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Columbia Crest: Better students through STEM

By Angie Ellenbecker Contributing writer On March 26, the Eatonville School Board approved Columbia Crest to become a K-8 STEM school. Columbia Crest will now serve kindergarten through eighth-grade students,…

Election takes shape as candidates begin filing

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Candidates are starting the races for offices that will be on the ballot in this fall’s election. The five-day filing period for candidates is May…

New principal hired for Eatonville High

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch John Colgan, who is an assistant principal at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma and has worked in locales as varied as Taiwan and eastern…

Power bills may go down

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Puget Sound Energy has filed a request with state regulators to lower electric bills by passing through a higher amount of the federal energy exchange…

Kids and critters, reading and learning

Kids and critters, reading and learning

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch In the middle of a classroom at Eatonville Elementary School, five kindergarten students sat cross-legged on the floor next to cages with a rabbit and…

Rainier Film Festival starts three-day, 50-film run Friday

Rainier Film Festival starts three-day, 50-film run Friday

Ashford will be transformed into a mecca of independent filmmaking during the Rainier Independent Film Festival this weekend. From May 9 to May 11, more than 50 films in a…

Is it her weight or something else?

HERE TO HELP By Tillie Vuksich Dear Tillie, I’ve been struggling with my weight for years, but it’s come to the point where it is affecting my married life.  My…

Church youth hope cup runneth over

Church youth hope cup runneth over

By Joan Cronk Contributing writer The youth of Living Word Assembly of God Church in Eatonville are raising money for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. Youth…

Authorities want answers on 9-1-1 outage

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch First-responders and residents in south Pierce County dodged the potential of unanswered calls for help during a six-hour outage of 9-1-1 systems earlier this month.…

Northwest Trek will get kids-oriented addition

One of south Pierce County’s major visitor attractions will get some new features, courtesy of voters and taxpayers in Tacoma’s Metropolitan Parks District. A $191 million bond measure for the…