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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…

Highway project will disrupt traffic

Roadwork that starts today on a section of State Route 161 will result in traffic delays, according to the state Department of Transportation. In a project scheduled to continue through…

Insider and outsider in assessor-treasurer race

With the embattled incumbent out of the picture, the general-election race for Pierce County assessor-treasurer is between an administrator already working in the office and someone who wants to move…

Plan to add sixth-graders moves ahead

Sixth-graders will be middle school student in the Bethel School District beginning next September. In a 3-0 vote at its Oct. 9 meeting, the School Board approved changing the current…

Tax decision faces town

Eatonville voters are deciding whether to boost property taxes to help improve the town’s finances. A levy placed on the general election ballot by the Town Council will, if it…

Owner wants horses back

The owner of 39 horses that were seized by Pierce County authorities to protect them from alleged mistreatment has formally declared he wants them back. Officials said Tuesday that John…