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Who:             Washington Potato Growers Free Potato Event When:            Thursday, May 14 – 11 am (while supplies last) Where:          Tacoma Dome – Parking Lots G & F (please follow volunteer direction) What:             Washington Potato Growers are “On the Road to a Million Pounds of Potatoes” with plans to host their largest potato giveaway…

Candidate filing begins May 11

[If you have always through more people should run for office, here is YOUR chance! Editor] Offices open for election this year include: U.S. Representatives (Congress) State Offices State Senators and Representatives Pierce County Offices Judicial Offices including State Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Pierce County Superior Court. Democratic and Republican Precinct Committee Officers…

62nd Airlift Wing to Salute American Heroes with Flyover, May 8

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The 62nd Airlift Wing will salute the American heroes at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 during an Air Force Salutes morale flyover throughout Washington State’s Puget Sound region, May 8. “The 62nd AW salutes each American serving on the frontlines in combat against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said U.S….

Pierce County Parks to open May 5; Chambers Bay opens May 1

PIERCE COUNTY — Pierce County is restoring public use of parks with protocols and guidelines to keep the public safe. Park and trailhead parking lots will open May 5, while Chambers Creek Regional Park will open earlier, on May 1. Parks outdoor spaces will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Restrooms will…

Earth Day at 50 years – April 22, 1970

Editor: Marianne Lincoln 50 years ago today in the United States, we held the very first Earth Day. I was 13 years old and in 7th grade at Bethel Junior High. We cleaned up landscaping and planted flowers. We drew pictures of Earth and other planetary art work. We heard the new movement of environmentalists…

Property tax due date extended to June 1

County Assessor-Treasurer extends property tax due date to June 1 PIERCE COUNTY — Citing the financial impact of the COVID-19 virus on Pierce County residents, Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan, in coordination with the County Finance Director, has extended the due date for first-half property tax payments to June 1, 2020.  Interest charges will not be assessed…

843% Unemployment insurance application increase over last week

OLYMPIA – During the week of March 15-21, 133,464 new claims for unemployment benefits were filed with the Employment Security Department (ESD) which was an increase of 119,310 new claims over the previous week. Tremendous increase in new unemployment claims due to COVID-19 related layoffs “This data shows the enormity of the situation unfolding in…

Council approves emergency ordinances related to COVID-19 Measures provide economic relief to residents and small businesses

PIERCE COUNTY –  The Council passed Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-43 to declare an emergency and establish a loan program for small businesses.  Under certain qualifying circumstances, businesses may apply for zero-interest, twelve-month loans at $2,000 per employee, with a total amount per employer not to exceed $10,000. The loan fund will be administered by the Pierce…

FREE MEALS AVAILABLE AT 10 BETHEL SCHOOLS

Este mensaje en español From BETHEL SCHOOLS — Starting Tuesday, March 17, free meals will be available to ANYONE ages 1-18 through the end of the statewide school closure. These “grab and go” meals will include both lunch and breakfast for the following morning. We’ll be utilizing “curbside pick-up” to maintain social distancing, so you…