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Burn ban is over

Effective Thursday at noon, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted a Stage 1 air quality burn ban in Pierce County because of improving weather conditions. The ban, which lasted…

Federal grant preserves fire department

A federal grant of $546,580 will cover personnel costs the next two years-plus of the Eatonville Fire Department, sparing the agency from possible layoffs. The federal funds also have improved…

It happened in 2012

It happened in 2012

Here are some of the bigger stories that made news in 2012 for Dispatch readers: WEATHER Highways and roads were blocked or littered with fallen trees, downed utility lines and…

Family escapes fire unharmed

A fire in their house the day after Christmas turned out almost as well as a Graham family could have hoped. The nearest firefighters were just 10 blocks away, a…

Libraries cut spending for new books

A budget that has less money for buying books and changes some personnel costs has been approved for the Pierce County Library System for 2013. Then system’s Board of Trustees…

Bush was there ‘to make progress’

Bush was there ‘to make progress’

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Roger Bush has learned a lot in 20 years in public office – 12 in the Legislature and the last eight as a Pierce County…

Vigil planned for Connecticut school shooting victims

The fatal shooting of 26 people, most of them children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. two weeks ago is still reverberating on the opposite coast in Pierce…

‘Treecycling’ turns holiday firs into garden compost

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked Christmas tree in their trash container for pickup by their recycling hauler, according to the county’s …

Very good deeds, very good cheer

Very good deeds, very good cheer

A favorite Santa Claus. Community organizers with a special talent for helping others. A teenager who never stops volunteering. And a woman who brings Christmas to the homeless. These six…

‘Lots of hard work’ pays off for school

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Columbia Crest Elementary School in the Eatonville School District is one of seven schools in Washington that will each receive a $10,000 award for meeting…