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Burn ban lifted

A ban on outdoor burning in Pierce County has been lifted by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The ban was in effect for all or parts of five days,…

2014: Inspiration and reality

2014: Inspiration and reality

2014 was full of inspiring stories and stern realities as recounted in The Dispatch. The year began on its first day with a horrific traffic accident that temporarily devastated a…

Mom and Pop made holidays bright

The Mom and Pop Shop made Christmas brighter for families in the Bethel School Dstrict with its annual day of giving. The eighth annual event at Bethel Family Center gave…

$280,000-plus for salmon projects

State funding has been approved for work on making the Nisqually River and Ohop Creek more hospitable to salmon. The Pierce Conservation District and the Nisqually Land Trust, champions of…

Algae makes Clear Lake a health risk

The water in Clear Lake is unsafe for people and pets because of toxic algae, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The department issued an advisory warning people not…

Snowshoer found dead on mountain

A 37-year-old Puyallup man has been found dead on Mount Rainier after disappearing during a snowshoe trip. Searchers found him at about noon on Monday next to Edith Creek in…

Insurance grant helps protect firefighters

Insurance grant helps protect firefighters

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch An insurance company’s $5,620 grant to Eatonville Fire and Rescue will help the agency buy protective gear for firefighters. The award from Fireman’s Fund Insurance…

Holy Disciples food bank fills need and stomachs

A food bank operated by a Graham-area church serves about 500 people a week, and the demand is expected to continue. Holy Disciples Catholic Church, located at 10425 187th St…

A watery grave for unwanted and unknown

By Pat Jenkins The Disptch Twenty-three people, including three with Spanaway ties before or after their deaths, went to their final resting place last week in the waters of Puget…

Becker heads Senate healthcare panel

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch A lawmaker from Eatonville will again be the top member of the state Senate’s Healthcare Committee when the 2015 session of the Legislature convenes. Sen.…