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Hillside still too shaky for highway to reopen

No reopening of State Route 7 in the Alder area was being planned Monday, the state Department of Transportation reported. The highway remained closed indefinitely as a safety precaution because…

Breakfast fund-raiser supports firefighters, community

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Enough people eating pancakes next Wednesday will help the Eatonville Fire Department do its job. From 9 a.m. to noon on July 4 at the…

Hope for recovering ranger’s body

The body of a park ranger who died during a rescue last week of stranded climbers on Mount Rainier could be removed from the side of the mountain Wednesday or…

Firefighters and libraries’ financial incentives encourage kids to read

The Dispatch Pierce County Library System is giving kids a financial incentive to read this summer. School-age children are being encouraged to boost their reading skill and qualify for prizes…

Bethel parent new regional leader for state PTA

De Marco Best, a parent in the Bethel School District, has been elected as Washington State PTA’s Region 5 director. Best’s one-year term began June 1. As a region director,…

Property values falling

Most property owners in Pierce County will soon learn that the taxable value of their land is going down, and how much. On Friday, the county assessor-treasurer will begin mailing…

Park ranger dies during mountain rescue

A Mount Rainier National Park ranger fell to his death Thursday during a rescue of mountain climbers. Park officials said Nick Hall, 34, was among rescuers who went to the…

Leash on fireworks varies

The Dispatch The start of fireworks sales for the annual Fourth of July celebration is about a week away, followed by legal dates to use them that vary widely depending…

Student will spend summer planning a trip to Mars

Washington Aerospace Scholars has selected Eli Olson, an Eatonville High School student, for one of the program’s four summer residency sessions held in June and July at the Museum of…

Off they go into the wildlife yonder

Air Force Staff Sgt. James Lee, fresh from an overseas deployment, wanted a different kind of service closer to home. Northwest Trek thanks him. Lee and 20 other crew members…