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Party Patrols stopping underage drinkers

Authorities and volunteers throughout Pierce County are waging their annual crackdown on underage drinking at parties by teenagers this summer. The Party Intervention Patrol uses police, chemical-dependency professionals and parent…

Body on mountain trail a suicide victim

A man who was found dead Thursday on a trail at Mount Rainier National Park was a suicide victim, according to park officials. Park visitors reported finding the man’s body…

Suspected ice in engine started plane’s demise

Suspected ice in engine started plane’s demise

Federal investigators say the pllot of an airplane flying from Oregon to Seattle thought ice was developing in the engine, leading to a series of aerial maneuvers that ended with…

Ex-youth sports treasurer facing charges

An Eatonville woman is accused by authorities of stealing money from Eatonville Youth Sports Association while she was the group’s treasurer. Charges of theft have been filed against Nicole E.…

Rules for fireworks aren’t the same for everyone

Rules for fireworks aren’t the same for everyone

While fireworks will be legal in most of Pierce County for parts of two weeks leading up to and after Independence Day, one town will have a much tighter rein…

Summer lunches for Bethel district students

The free summer lunch program for students in the Bethel School District has begun. Lunches will be available to children 18 years of age and younger at two sites from…

Remodeling for Sheriff Department moves forward

A contractor has been hired to help turn Eatonville Town Hall’s basement into a new home for a Pierce County Sheriff Department unit that serves the southeast part of the…

Fire chief bids farewell

Fire chief bids farewell

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Reggie Romines thought he was going to be an accountant until he started calling a fire station home. Forty years later, Romines is settling into…

Pierce Transit cuts three months away

It’s official: Riders of Pierce Transit buses will start feeling the effects of major cuts in service by this fall. The agency’s Board of Commissioners, in a vote June 10,…

Retirement delayed for interim job

Eatonville School District superintendent Rich Stewart put his retirement plans on hold last week by accepting an appointment to be interim superintendent of Chimacum School District. Officials in the Chimacum…