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County budget finalized

The Pierce County Council was expected to approve a final budget this week for 2013 with special earmarks for police protection, parks and financial rainy days. The budget was finalized,…

Missing snowboarders found alive

Two snowboarders stranded since Sunday on Mount Rainier by a winter storm have been rescued. Searchers found Derek Tyndall, 21, and Thomas Dalle, 20, on Tuesday morning. The search had…

Where there’s wood smoke, there’s trouble for lungs

Where there’s wood smoke, there’s trouble for lungs

As temperatures drop this fall and winter, smoke from homes will increase as people fire up woodstoves and fireplaces to keep warm. And that concerns Puget Sound Air Pollution Control…

Auction benefits Bethel graduates

The Graham Business Association’s scholarship auction, benefitting high school graduates in the Bethel School District, will be held Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Silver Creek retirement community. The cost…

Veterans Day: One of two times a year we honor military

By Stan Stuefloten Contributing writer Did you vote? I’m sure you did. Don’t we live in a great country. Where else in the world, if you don’t like your boss,…

Wildlife corridor at 2,500-acre, $10.5 million mark

The Nisqually Land Trust says has completed a 2,500-acre, $10.5 million wildlife corridor connecting local, state and federal protected land near the main entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. The…

Morehouse resignation gives Bethel board another vacancy

For the third time this year, the Bethel School Board has lost a member through resignation. Ronald Morehouse is the latest to depart. He gave up his District 1 seat…

After 20 years, son gives WWII vet the burial ‘he deserves’

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch George Pitcher didn’t like having a fuss made over him, and “he didn’t like going to funerals,” said his son, Jim. “But he deserves something…

Renewable energy at landfill getting attention

The public has most of this month to get on the record with their opinions about a proposed renewable energy plant at the LRI Landfill in Graham. The Tacoma-Pierce County…

Voters like supermajority for county taxes

Voters in Pierce County want a bigger majority of County Council members to sign off on any future tax increases. In the general election that ended Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly supported…