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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…

End of highway closure uncertain

The Dispatch A section of State Route 7 near Alder is expected to remain closed most or all of this week as highway workers try to figure out how to…

School Board retreat Wednesday

The Eatonville School Board will hold a retreat Wednesday in the school district’s main office. The informal meeting to discuss various district matters will begin at 6:30 p.m. In another…

Note to businesses: Capitalize on tourism

By Calvin W. Goings Contributing writer In 2011, the U.S. travel and tourism industry generated $1.2 trillion from domestic and international travel and supported 7.6 million jobs, according to the…