Where is unemployment now?

Each month the Washington Employment Service Department releases unemployment by county figures. Here are a few so you can see what has been happening in the past few months.

Inconvenient water

Editorial: Marianne Lincoln Is water an inconvenience? Apparently, if you are an official developing Pierce County, it is. First, I must say, this is nothing new. Developments in Pierce County have been moving water out of the way for a very long time. Here is a litany of examples: 1853 a dam was constructed at…

New County Council swearing in January 4

The new Pierce County Councilmembers will be sworn in on January 4, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers. The public can watch on Pierce County TV, over a Zoom link, or listen by calling in on a phone. Meeting will be live streamed and remote attendance is provided via zoom weblinkhttps://piercecountywa.zoom.us/j/97661787423or by calling…

Impact fee increases in 2021

In the unincorporated urban portions of Pierce County, we are well aware of the need for infrastructure. To help with the impacts of all the new construction, the county charges impact fees. The builders hate them, but the new property taxes on a home don’t kick in for over a year and their cars on…

Festive and Fun! Our holiday lights

Christmas lights are a cheerful product of the season. While Earthlings in the Northern Hemisphere are going through the shortest days of the year, the bright and cheerful lights help brighten both the darkness and our moods. The Frederickson area has a very special computer software engineer whose delight turned to programming Christmas lights at…

Pierce County sewer rates to increase Jan. 1, 2021

PIERCE COUNTY — Customers in Pierce County’s sewer service area will see a 3.75 percent increase in their sewer rates starting Jan. 1, 2021. The Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2019-77 which set the sewer rate as part of the 2020-21 biennial budget. There was also a rate increase in 2020. Single-family residential customers…

Current Unemployment November 2020

Here is the state of our State in unemployment for the end of November 2020 from the Employment Security Department. Here is a link to further data.

Holiday lights on?

Spanaway Park Fantasy Lights have been taking up space and locking the south gate of the park for years now. Since it is the only public park in Spanaway, the County leaves the north entrance open for daytime use, but closes it just before dark. If you are there around 3:00 p.m., you can watch…

Topsoil in your yard – is it safe?

If you are fairly new to Pierce County, you may not be aware that the beautiful place on the waterfront called Point Ruston hides a dirty old secret. The site was formerly the ASARCO Smelter. It took raw materials and turned out new shiny copper materials. The sludge from the refinery was poured into Puget…