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Gardner served state and county ‘very well’

Gardner served state and county ‘very well’

Booth Gardner, who was Pierce County’s first county executive and went on to become a two-term governor of Washington, died last Friday. Gardner was 76 and had suffered from Parkinson’s…

Bethel’s pool of dreams

Bethel’s pool of dreams

Momentum is rising for Bethel School District to build a multi-million-dollar aquatic center. Decisions still must be made on what the facility would include, how much can be spent and…

Free special-needs transportation expands

Seniors, disabled persons and people with low incomes have additional transportation options with the expansion of Pierce County’s free Beyond the Borders Connector service. The increased service, which started the…

Park rangers memorialized

Park rangers memorialized

The names of 11 National Park employees – two of them Mount Rainier National Park rangers – who died in the line of duty the past three years have been…

Pierce Transit reduces amount of service cuts

The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners, taking some of the sting out of the service cuts that will take effect this fall, have voted to provide limited bus service on…

Student part of space think tank

Student part of space think tank

Cassidy Forler has the right stuff. The Eatonville High School student is a participant in Phase One of the 2012-13 Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS). The program is a free, competitive…

Eatonville closer to picking schools chief

At least 12 people might have been trying to become Eatonville School District’s superintendent by last week’s application deadline. That’s the number of “interested people” who either submitted an application…

Pistols of Pierce County

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch More than 14,000 Pierce County residents wanted to legally arm themselves with handguns in 2012, and another 500-plus requested that authority in barely the first…

Gun issues gain legislators’ attention

By Zoey Palmer WNPA Olympia Bureau Four firearms-related bills are expected to continue moving through the House of Representatives this state legislative session after receiving committee confirmation before the policy-bill…

90-day prescription refills on the way?

The Legislature, partly at the urging of a senator from the Eatonville area, is deciding whether the state will allow 90-day prescription drug refills that proponents claim are best for…