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Highway closed until October

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch State Route 7 in the Alder area will likely remain closed into October while efforts continue to keep a hillside from crumbling onto the highway.…

Senate incumbent has party challenger in primary

Voters in the reconfigured Second District have a choice to make in the primary election in August: Should state Sen. Randi Becker remain in the running for another term, or…

Bethel schools have new leaders

The Bethel School District has announced new administrators at its school and central office levels: • New principals include Lynn Gill at Graham-Kapowsin High School, Jeff Gutfield at Bethel junior…

Sights to behold on garden tour

Eatonville is again joining other communities in promoting its loveliest gardens. The fourth annual Eatonville Garden Tour on July 21 will feature five gardens. Three are in the town and…

Fireworks law comes in quietly

The town of Eatonville’s conversion to a new, more restrictive fireworks law apparently went off without too much of a bang during the Independence Day holiday. The Police Department reported…

Street lights losing wiring to thieves

Thieves are giving Pierce County road crews and taxpayers headaches by helping themselves to street-light wiring. Crews recently replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along a half-mile of…

Schools will save on energy bills – guaranteed

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch There aren’t many guarantees in life, but Eatonville School District has found one that’s worth more than $100,000. The district is receiving state funding to…

Property rights dispute still alive

Attorneys for an Orting-area developer have asked the state Supreme Court to hear her case against Pierce County involving her efforts to open an RV park and campground. Pacific Legal…

Washington Avenue project will wait for better times

The town of Eatonville is putting proposed improvements of Washington Avenue on the back burner because it can’t afford the complete project. Preliminary estimates of the cost of traffic controls…

Decision by former ‘band geek’ to become a makeup artist is looking good

By Andrea Gettler Contributing writer Let me take you back to 2005 at Pacific Lutheran University. There are smiling faces everywhere you look, and even parents crying tears of joy,…