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November tax decision for town voters

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Between now and November, Eatonville town leaders will be hoping voters are in the mood for new taxes. The Town Council decided last week to…

Loggers Jubilee: Sawing, parades and fast lawnmowers

Organizers of the Loggers Jubilee in Morton aren’t sure if the event started in 1937 or 1938. There apparently isn’t an official record. But to the best of recollections, the…

Political Buzz

Aug. 7 – election day – is the deadline for voting in the primary election. The Pierce County auditor’s elections department mailed ballots July 20 to registered voters, who can…

New member for Graham land-use panel

David Friscia has been named to the Graham Advisory Commission, a citizens’ group that makes recommendations Pierce County government officials on land-use issues. His appointment was ratified by the County…

Connie Hellyer, a Northwest Trek inspiration, dies at 97

Connie Hellyer, who with her husband donated land that became the Northwest Trek wildlife park, died Friday. She was 97. Hellyer, who lived in recent years in Puyallup and Tacoma,…

Crash claims driver’s life

An Eatonville man died after the pickup truck he was driving struck a tree Sunday on State Route 7. The State Patrol identified the motorist as Douglas S. Chappel, 40.…

Dreaded moths appear contained

Gypsy moth fighters think they’ve won two battles in Pierce County but are continuing the war against the insect the tree-wrecking insect. The state Department of Agriculture on June 21…

Mail in Margaret’s memory

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch People who use the post office in Eatonville are generally in sync with a congressman’s plan to rename it in honor of Mount Rainlier National…

Council race has old pros and a rookie

Two veteran politicians who have spent a combined 34 years in elected office and a political newcomer are in a three-way primary election race for the Pierce County Council seat…

Log piles in river have a purpose

Another summer of work to make the Mashel River more salmon-friendly and flood-resistant is underway. The state Department of Transportation (DOT) last week began work on installing log structures in…