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Rain washes burn ban away

Recent rain and forecasts for more of it has brought an end to a ban on outdoor burning in Pierce County. The ban was lifted at noon Monday by the…

Power utility for sale?

  A possible sale of Eatonville’s electrical utility has been headed off by the Town Council. Mayor Ray Harper said the town administration wanted to hire a consultant to study…

Car break-ins lead to prison sentence

The second half of a car thief team that victimized Mount Rainier National Park visitors is on his way to prison. Matthew J. Mortinson, 35, was sentenced in federal court…

Council race puts old foes on new ground

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Marilyn Rasmussen and Jim McCune, opponents in a race two years ago for the Legislature, are election foes again – this time for the Pierce…

County exec sees less spending, fewer jobs

Pierce County would spend less, eliminate nearly 50 jobs and maintain current levels of funding for police protection in a budget proposed by County Executive Pat McCarthy for 2013. “We…

Dedications for school facilities

The Bethel School District is planning dedication ceremonies for its Bethel Learning Center and a new portion of Pierce County Skills Center. In cooperation with the Boys and Girls Clubs…

Alexander vs. Hartman for state representative

Gary Alexander and Greg Hartman are having new experiences in their race to decide which one of them will serve the Second District as a state representative. Alexander, a Republican,…

One dead, one hurt in highway crash

An Eatonville woman died and another motorist was injured in a traffic accident Tuesday on State Route 161. The State Patrol identified the deceased motorist as Susan L. Adams, 47.…

Public’s turn with forest proposal

The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing Thursday in Ashford – and keep accepting comments most of October – on a plan to designate 80…

Graham-area food bank helps 5,000 people monthly

By Nora Schindler Contributing writer “There’s a food bank near here?” That’s the question several people asked the volunteers from Holy Disciples Catholic Church at a recent food drive. They…