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Drought adds to man-made problems for salmon

By Lorraine Loomis Water – how much we have and how clean it should be – is on the minds of many these days as the drought rolls on in…

Caring community backed Art in Bloom

I wanted to thank everyone who attended Art in Bloom, held Friday evening and Saturday, July 24 and 25, at Terry and Sharon Van Eaton’s home. The event raised approximately…

Feeding hearts, minds and tummies

By Alana Smith Hunger is a silent hardship. It can strike anyone at any time. The face of hunger in Eatonville may surprise you. It is not the meagerly clothed…

Water emergency puts conservation front and center

An open letter from the town of Eatonville to customers of its municipal water system: Governor Jay Inslee has declared a statewide drought emergency due to a widespread lack of…

Wildfire woes

Wildfire woes

As treacherous as the wildfire season has been this year in Pierce County and the rest of western Washington, it’s still worse in the east side of the state. “So…

Give national parks the support they deserve

Give national parks the support they deserve

By Dave Reichert and Ron Kind National parks aren’t just pristine forests and wilderness areas, they’re battlefields and important monuments that embody our American heritage. They’re seashores, deserts, valleys and…

People came out on top in budget battle

By Randi Becker After weeks of meetings between leaders of the operating budget, capital budget and the transportation revenue-reform package, many long nights and a surprise-near budget derailment, a final…

Class photo brings back memories

I ask myself, Where has all the time gone? This group of young adults was my last class to teach at Weyerhaeuser Elementary School (Eatonville School District) before retirement. As…

Politics, class sizes and the budget

Politics, class sizes and the budget

Political cartoonist Frank Shiers Jr. on the new state budget: “Reports I read say that the Washington Education Association pressured Democratic state senators to renege on their promise to delay…

Landfill permit issue evokes not-so-fond memories

By Art Perkins In its June 10 edition, The Dispatch carried a front-page article headlined “Landfill owners want a longer permit.” Beneath that heading, the article went on to note…

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