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Town puts moratorium on pot businesses

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Any possibility of a state-licensed marijuana business in Eatonville is likely on hold for at least the first half of 2015 as a result of…

Graham hiring voter-approved firefighters

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Graham Fire and Rescue officials are moving quickly to turn voters’ wishes into more firefighters and fully functioning fire stations. The fire district announced in…

Car crash kills one

A Roy man died in a traffic accident Monday in Thurston County. The State Patrol identified him as William C. Barringer, 60, and said he was pronounced dead at the…

Highway open again

State Route 706 near Ashford is among several state highways that were closed at one time or another Monday by mudslides caused by heavy rain. The state Department of Transportation…

Burn ban lifted

A ban on outdoor burning in Pierce County has been lifted by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The ban was in effect for all or parts of five days,…

2014: Inspiration and reality

2014: Inspiration and reality

2014 was full of inspiring stories and stern realities as recounted in The Dispatch. The year began on its first day with a horrific traffic accident that temporarily devastated a…

Mom and Pop made holidays bright

The Mom and Pop Shop made Christmas brighter for families in the Bethel School Dstrict with its annual day of giving. The eighth annual event at Bethel Family Center gave…

$280,000-plus for salmon projects

State funding has been approved for work on making the Nisqually River and Ohop Creek more hospitable to salmon. The Pierce Conservation District and the Nisqually Land Trust, champions of…

Algae makes Clear Lake a health risk

The water in Clear Lake is unsafe for people and pets because of toxic algae, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The department issued an advisory warning people not…

Snowshoer found dead on mountain

A 37-year-old Puyallup man has been found dead on Mount Rainier after disappearing during a snowshoe trip. Searchers found him at about noon on Monday next to Edith Creek in…