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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…

Highway reopens with low-tech safeguards

Highway reopens with low-tech safeguards

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The reopening of a troublesome portion of State Route 7 may be only temporary, in part because the state’s preferred method for stabilizing a hillside…

  Co-ops: For the people, by the people

  Co-ops: For the people, by the people

By Louise Carson Contributing writer This is the International Year of the Cooperative, designated by the United Nations back in 2009. It’s not such a long way from that to…

Levy for Ashford-area fire protection is back

Fire District 23 officials hope the second time will be the charm for a levy they say is critical to paying for its fire protection and medical services in the…