Memorial Day Service at Bethany Cemetery May 29

Each year at the small cemetery near Muck Creek on the Mountain Highway, Bethany Lutheran Church holds a wonderful celebration of Memorial Day. The event is complete  with a Flag and Firing Detail from JBLM and keynote speaker,  Chaplain Art Sortland (Capt, USN, Ret) to honor the day. This well attended event is located in a lovely…

Gnu City? One is on it’s way…

By Marianne Lincoln Pierce County needs jobs. It has lost many of its major employers over the past 20 years. Nalleys, Hygrade, ASARCO, Kaiser to name a few. For better or for worse, they are gone. Today the Washington State Employment Security Department released the county unemployment data for the state as of April 2017….

Pierce County to transition to integrated physical and behavioral healthcare

PIERCE COUNTY — No later than January 1, 2020, Pierce County residents in the Medicaid system will receive both physical and behavioral care through a state mandated initiative called Integration 2020.  Through this whole-person approach, physical and behavioral healthcare will be delivered via one system through an integrated network of providers, offering better coordinated care…

Environmental Small Grants Program for Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed

–Applications for 2017 Grant Applications Now Available– The City of Lakewood and Pierce County are partnering to provide $25,000 in grants this year to support environmental projects up to $2,500 in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed. View the grant announcement, criteria, and downloadable application form online at: https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/1872/Small-Grants-Program Applications are due June 1, 2017. New this…

Nisqually Land Trust Work Party May 24

Join us along the Nisqually River for another fun-filled morning of invasive weed control! Wednesday, May 24th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. This week we will be at our Thurston Ridge protected area pulling Scotch Broom. This is another important step forward in the restoration of this site, and we could use your help! If interested,…

Wetlands and Pierce County – can they coexist?

By Marianne Lincoln Two developments currently in process are raising the eyebrows of planning and development watchers in the county. These are called Ally Brook and Phoebe’s Meadows. In Phoebes Meadows, the developer actually didn’t want to build as many houses (4) as PALS (Planning and Land Services) demanded he put on the parcel (10)….

Open houses to plan for new growth in central Pierce County communities

PIERCE COUNTY — About 60,000 more people are projected to move to the unincorporated communities of Pierce County between 2010 and 2030, according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management. Pierce County is updating the Community Plans for Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland, and South Hill to plan for this growth. Central Pierce County residents are…

Nature Walk on Saturday, May 13

Upcoming events for the Nisqually Land Trust Join us for our first Nature Walk on Saturday, May 13! River Walk at Nisqually River Shoreline near Yelm  Saturday, May 13, 10 am – 11:30 am George Walter, board member and founder of the Land Trust, will guide the walk and share stories about how this forested shoreline was preserved….

Disasters, preparing ahead can save

We all like to believe we’ll know exactly what to do when disaster strikes. The truth is, it’s hard to think straight amid all the chaos — and that isn’t just dangerous, it’s life-threatening. When it comes to inclement weather, it’s always good to brush-up on your disaster safety best practices. Although some of this…

Bethel Community Survey on Facilities

BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — Last fall, our district conducted a Thoughtexchange process. We learned that school crowding and safety were top concerns and created the Long Range Facilities Task Force to address these issues. Although, we did not select you to be a member of the task force, we deeply value your input and appreciate…

Norwegian Heritage Festival – April 29

Saturday April 29, 2017, the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University will host The Norwegian Heritage Festival. This even features Scandinavian music, cookies, soups and other cultural foods, Norwegian crafts including weaving, rosemaling, hardanger and woodcarving. Other crafts, clothing, cookware and collectibles will also be available, Vikings are also expected to in attendance. This…