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‘Very lean:’ Graham Fire reducing service

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Graham Fire and Rescue, facing the possibility of a second rejection by voters of a levy, will go ahead with closures of fire stations and…

No hunting when students in Pack Forest

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Students and hunters will keep their distance from each other during the first full season of forest education at Pack Forest this fall. The Eatonville-area…

Car and motorcycle collide, rider hurt

One motorist was injured in a crash involving a motorcycle and an automobile on State Route 7 near Spanaway Sunday. The State Patrol reported that the motorcycle’s rider, a 47-year-old…

Wave if you want peace

Wave if you want peace

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch It started with a hundred and now is down to one. Peace. That’s the wish Michael Hill is still conveying every week from a street…

Crash claims infant’s life

An infant from Florida died last week as a result of injuries suffered in a traffic accident on State Route 161 in the Graham-Kapowsin area Sept. 5. The State Patrol…

People and pooches back Cancer Society

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Thirty-five people and eight dogs participated in a recent Bark for Life fund-raiser in Eatonville for the American Cancer Society. Cierra Richards, who organized the…

Lakes still in limbo with toxic algae

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Eight lakes in Pierce County remained risky places last week to swim. Advisory warnings about toxic algae that have been posted at the lakes throughout…

All aboard in Elbe for food and fun

LET’S EAT By Carolyn Augustine Drive toward Mount Rainier on State Route 7 until you come to Elbe and suddenly you will imagine you have taken a wrong turn into…

Libraries’ new director looks forward

Libraries’ new director looks forward

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Georgia Lomax, who wants libraries to “look forward and ask what they must now become,” will soon move up from second-in-command to the top leadership…

County battling pushy blackberries

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Himalayan blackberries make a tasty snack, but they’re no treat for forests where they grow and take over. A crew of young adults and military…