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Zoning updates getting a look

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Pierce County officials will be in Graham Thursday evening to talk to citizens about land-use-related topics involving the county’s future, including one that’s raising some…

State catches up with Pierce on jury duty

Pierce County’s switch last year to shorter periods of jury duty for its citizens is now the norm for the rest of Washington. Governor Jay Inslee last Wednesday signed into…

Local help with medical coverage deadline

Eatonville Family Agency, an official source of one-on-one assistance with the federal Affordable Healthcare Act, is making appointments to help people purchase a medical plan before the special enrollment period…

One lake, two views of future

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch There is disagreement over what the future holds for Lake Kapowsin. Two state agencies that manage the lake see it being preserved only for its…

Fire victims ‘amazed’ by support

Fire victims ‘amazed’ by support

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Community members are organizing support for a Graham-area family whose home was destroyed in a fire earlier this month. Mikael and Greg Caillier and their…

County makes ‘modest’ health gains

Pierce County appears to be getting healthier compared to other counties in Washington but is still doing poorly in physical and environmental health indicators such as smoking, preventative care and…

Becker cancels forum

State Sen. Randi Becker, saying she needs to keep herself available for voting on legislation, has canceled a town hall-style meeting she had planned to host by telephone April 9…

New leader for FISH food banks

Sue Potter, vowing to carry on the organization’s tradition of compassionate community service, has been named executive director of FISH Food Banks of Pierce County. Potter, whose selection to replace…

The buzz about bees

The buzz about bees

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Bees won’t sting you unless you provoke them. Even if you don’t mean to, that’s when they temporarily stray from being one of man’s best…

Training for invasive-plants fight

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council will teach citizens how to identify and report invasive vegetation during a free workshop April8 at Northwest Trek. The council trains the public in…