Hand Car Races in Wilkeson July 21, 2019

The third Saturday in July the town of Wilkeson is taken over with festivities. Historically, Wilkeson is a coal mining town, complete with brick coke ovens and lots of railroad tracks. It is in a quaint, rural setting with sandstone block buildings, entry arch and onion domed Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. It is nestled in…

Canyon Road Traffic Delays 99th to 84th

Motorists should expect traffic delays along Canyon Road East between 99th Street Court East and 84th Street East through the fall due to utility work. This work is in preparation for an upcoming Pierce County road project along this section of Canyon Road East. Tacoma Power will be moving utility poles, and Puget Sound Energy…

YIKES BIKES! STP July 13-14

The annual Seattle to Portland Event is cycling through Pierce County July 13 -14, 2019. Spanaway Middle School is a busy stop along the way with porta-potties, snacks, repairs, water, sun lotion and other useful tools for the visitors passing through. Families of the cyclists in cars and trucks, also stop in to check on…

Dawson Playground Open House

Pierce County Parks will be holding an Open House regarding improvements to Dawson Playfield in Midland. The event will be held Sunday, August 4, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Dawson Playfield Picnic Shelter on 90th and Portland Avenue. The public is invited.

Changes to Washington state’s election laws are now in effect

PIERCE COUNTY AUDITOR —  As of July 1, 2019, new conveniences and increased accessibility to voting in Washington are now law. The State Legislature passed a number of bills during the 2018 and 2019 sessions that changed significant dates and deadlines for registration and voting. Those changes include: Pre-paid postage: Every ballot will now come…

New Health Center Coming to Bethel Middle School

With three years of funding from Kaiser Permanente, Community Health Care will open a new clinic to serve Spanaway students SPANAWAY – School-based health centers have been associated with improved educational outcomes including better attendance and higher grades as well as decreased emergency department use and hospital admissions. Now, Spanaway’s Bethel Middle School will get…

Road Work near LaGrande – SR7 closures

State Route 7 slope stabilization work begins in July Travelers will see daytime closures of SR 7 near La Grande EATONVILLE – Travelers heading to Alder Lake and Mount Rainier National Park on State Route 7 this summer and fall will want to plan extra travel time into their adventures. As early as July 15,…

Tacoma Highland Games in Graham

GRAHAM, WA — On June 21 and 22, 2019, the Tacoma Highland Games will be bringing the haggus, the bag pipes and the Celtic entertainment to the community of Graham at Frontier Park. Gates open at 8 a.m. The full schedule is on their website here. Frontier Park, also known as the Pierce County Fairgrounds…

Important Zoning Updates

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Planning Commission will consider proposed updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans at public meetings over the next few months. Community plans provide direction on how growth and development will occur. The plans address topics such as zoning, transportation, the look and feel of the…

Fireworks rules in unincorporated areas

The 4th of July is approaching. Tribal Fireworks booths are already selling fireworks.  Illegal fireworks are subject to confiscation and possible  criminal charges. State licensed sales of legal fireworks will begin on June 28. It’s a good time to review what the laws are concerning your decision to light that first tempting firecracker. Here is…

IMPORTANT Community Plan Update Meetings

Frederickson and PSM (Parkland Spanaway Midland) community plan update open houses and hearings will be held this next two weeks. This is in regard to the Centers and Corridors Proposal changes. One hour before the hearings in front of the Land Use Advisory Committee (LUAC), there is an open house where attendees can peruse the…