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Toxic algae puts swimmers at risk

Toxic algae puts swimmers at risk

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Beating the heat this summer at nine lakes in Pierce County has required keeping an eye out for illness-inducing algae. The lakes have been posted…

Suspect in murders arrested

A suspect is being held by Pierce County authorities in connection with the murders of two men in the Frederickson-Spanaway area. Richard Atkisson, 40, was arrested by Sheriff Department detectives,…

More traffic delays on SR-161

Patience will be a virtue the rest of this week for motorists on a portion of State Route 161 near Eatonville that’s scheduled for some finishing touches on a repaving…

A fairly good time all around

A fairly good time all around

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch At one of the entry gates, Karen Chin giggled while taking a photograph of her children, Emily and Casey, at the start of their annual…

Fires at Mount Rainier doused by rain

A fire in the Shadow Lake of Mount Rainier National Park, ignited by lightning the night of Aug. 11, was extinguished by heavy rain the following evening, park officials reported.…

Bethel board to meet

The Bethel School District Board will conduct a retreat Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bethel Learning Center, located at 21818 38th Ave E. in Spanaway.…

‘This might be what I want to do’

‘This might be what I want to do’

By Susan Woodward Contributing writer Julianne Golding, 17, learned something new about herself last month. And it is that she really likes newborns. A student at MultiCare Health System’s 11th…

Spanaway man passenger in fatal crash

The driver died and two passengers, including one from Spanaway, were injured when a vehicle crashed last Saturday in Capitol Forest in Thurston. According to the State Patrol, Richard G.…

Trail project is on course

Trail project is on course

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The Bud Blancher Trail project in Eatonville is on track, thanks to a revived pool of donations and other funding that got a little deeper…

Family back under their own roof

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch An Eatonville-area family, forced into hospitals by a New Year’s Day automobile accident that left one of its members paralyzed, is back home. Douglas and…