Public Comment, new County Council Districts

On December 6, 2021, on a zoom link, the public may comment on the changes in the newly proposed County Council District map. From the Council email: Due to discrepancies in data that appeared in the GIS version of the map submitted Monday, Nov. 29, the Districting Master has resubmitted the map for public review….

50 years ago, I listened

By Marianne Lincoln It was the day before Thanksgiving, 1971. I arrived home from school at 2:15 p.m. I heard the news say there was a skyjacking taking place on a flight from Portland, Oregon. It was headed to Seattle. I thought to myself, this is interesting, I bet I can find out first-hand what…

Watershed Manager asks state to mandate water law

Letter from Cindy Beckett, EPA Certified Watershed Manager, to the Washington State Legislature Pierce County, Washington has very literally and permanently destroyed 60% of its water resources to date, the rest is on the chopping block now. That includes the recharge area to the people’s Sole Source Aquifer, our only Salmon bearing creek system that…

River Flood Warning until SAT 5:41 PM PST

From McChord SFB Weather Alerts Action Recommended Avoid the subject event as per the instructions Issued By Seattle/Tacoma – WA, US, National Weather Service Affected Area Nisqually River Near National Description …FLOOD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM THIS MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON… WHAT…Moderate flooding is occurring and major flooding is forecast. WHERE…Nisqually River Near National….

Does anyone in charge really understand ground water?

[Editor Note: These are recent letters between our Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Director and a local Watershed manager. GMA = Growth Management Act, SSA= Sole Source Aquifer, UGA=Urban Growth Boundary] Hello Dr Chen Thank you for your response.  Unfortunately, some of the information that has been supplied to you is incorrect as I will…

Native Plant Sale open for pre-orders

What is the Annual Native Plant Sale?  A nonprofit sale run by the Pierce Conservation District – with a mission to get environmentally friendly native plants to our residents as easily and cheaply as possible! Our plants are bare root or plug stock, which means they do not come in pots or burlap bags (your…

Nov. 20 & 21 Walk Through Fantasy Lights

At Fantasy Lights Walk, visitors can get into the holiday spirit with a close-up preview of more than 300 animated displays and thousands of brilliant lights before the drive-through event begins. Visitors may choose from two dates to take an evening stroll under twinkling holiday lights to celebrate the season at Spanaway Park. When:        Saturday,…

Busy airspace overhead and on the ground at McChord

JBLM — From November 1 to 10, 2021, the 62nd Airlift Wing will be holding a major exercise using airlift and fighter assets, joint partners and special operations forces. This event will help determine Team McChord’s ability to deploy, respond and sustain forces in combat and emergency situations. Locally, we will see more air traffic,…

Fantasy Lights Tickets are online only this year

This year tickets will available online only, not at the event! The largest drive-through holiday light display in the Northwest is back: Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park kicks off Nov. 26, but you can get your tickets online starting Monday, Nov. 1. This year’s event runs Nov. 26, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022 and tickets…

What the 2020 Census reveals about Pierce County

The 2020 Census was released late this decade, somewhat caused by squabbles about how it would be conducted and somewhat caused by working through the pandemic. Where the population numbers land impacts representation, number of Congressional Districts, and how the new lines are drawn to balance the population in legislative and county districts. The population…