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She’s ‘living the American dream’

She’s ‘living the American dream’

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Sem Chan has little memory of arriving in the United States as a Cambodian refugee, but she’ll always remember the day she became an American…

Bethel district revising attendance areas

The Bethel School District will hold two public forums next week on proposed changes of attendance areas for its middle schools and high schools. The recommendations of the Secondary School…

McCarthy sets pace in county exec race

Based on how the race has gone so far, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy is a heavy favorite to win re-election next month over Bruce Minker, the head of one…

Votes coming in; voter registration still open

Nearly 40,000 of Pierce County’s voters have already cast their ballots in the general election, county election officials said Friday. The county has approximately 440,000 registered voters. Through Thursday, roughly…

New home for orphaned moose calves

New home for orphaned moose calves

A three-state effort to save them has three orphaned moose calves living at Northwest Trek. Two of the calves – a male and a female – were rescued in Idaho.…

Red Cross salutes fallen park rangers

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Two Mount Rainier National Park rangers who died this year in the line of duty were honored posthumuously Wednesday by a local Red Cross chapter…

Transit asking voters for sales tax increase

Voters in Pierce Transit’s public transportation benefit area are deciding whether to increase the county sales tax by three-tenths of 1 percent in order to boost funding for the agency’s…

Police investigating football field vandalism

The Eatonville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding out who’s responsible for vandalism at the Eatonville High School football field. According to police chief Jason McGuire,…

Tax-majority question on ballot

When is a majority big enough to raise taxes? That’s the question Pierce County Council members have posed and voters countywide are answering in the general election. Ballots mailed to…

It’s people’s turn with budget

The first of at least eight hearings scheduled by the County Council was held last Wednesday, with budget director Gary Robinson giving a general overview of the county’s finances. Elected…