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Civil Service Commission needs member

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for county Sheriff Department employees. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible for rules and regulations…

Minor earthquake recorded near Mount Rainier

An earthquake between Eatonville and Mount Rainier was recorded Sunday evening. There were no reports of damage. According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the earthquake registered at a magnitude…

County targets human trafficking

The Pierce County Council wants broader public awareness of human trafficking, calling it a form of modern-day slavery and a violation of basic human rights. “Until we all recognize what’s…

Help for O-K Highway, Alder Cutoff

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Two roads in south Pierce County will share some of the recently announced allocation of millions of federal dollars for making motorists and pedestrians safer…

Dropouts have a way back in

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch A new program in the Bethel School District is giving high school dropouts a second chance to earn their diploma. The Bethel Acceleration Academy, paid…

So Super

So Super

Even before the Seattle Seahawks earned a trip to the Super Bowl with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Green Bay last Sunday, transportation workers at the Eatonville School District’s bus…

State reducing speed limits on SR-161, SR-7

The days of 50-mile-an-hour speed limits on parts of State Routes 161 and 7 are coming to an end. Ditto for a 35-mile-an-hour zone on another portion of 161. The…

Workshops cover ‘average’ retirement plans

“Retirement for ‘Average’ Folks,” a free informational workshop to be hosted by Pierce County officials in the South Hill and Spanaway areas next month, explores what most people will face…

Who’s responsible for old landfill?

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Eatonville officials are gearing up for a possible fight over legal responsibility for the cleanup of a long-abandoned landfill that was once used by the…

Authorities drying out tainted water supply

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department staff have found traces of E. coli bacteria in water running from a cistern fed by a spring near Ohop Lake.…