July 2 – Spanaway Lake closes because of toxic algae

TACOMA – PIERCE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT – On July 2, the Health Department closed Spanaway Lake because of high toxic algae levels. Test results show the algae contain toxins at levels that are harmful to people and pets. You should stay out of the water and not use it for recreation— don’t swim, wade, waterski, or…

Annual property values set by County Assessor-Treasurer

PIERCE COUNTY –The latest assessed values of over 327,000 parcels of property throughout Pierce County have been mailed or emailed this week to the property owners.  These 2020 values will be used as the basis for property taxes to be billed in February of 2021.  “Homes in all parts of our County continue to increase…

June 27 blood drive in Graham

GRAHAM — On Saturday, June 27, Cascade Regional Blood Services will have their Bloodmobile in Graham, Washington. Please donate if you can to assist with those hospitalized in this pandemic. Before you arrive to donate, be sure you have eaten well and consumed plenty of non-caffeinated fluids. Bring your picture ID. If you are under…

Night time air traffic for military exercise June 22 to July 1

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct a military exercise June 22-July 1 at JBLM and Satsop Nuclear Power Plant in Elma, Washington.  The Ranger battalion will use training ammunition and other training devises to make the exercise as real as possible. There…

2020 Graduations were a successful change of pace

By Marianne Lincoln COVID-19 has changed everything in the way people interact and celebrate in 2020. School closings didn’t stop our very determined class of 2020 from celebrating graduation from high school. With cars, boats, limousines and trucks, the Class of 2020 spruced up, painted, embellished and honked their way through a graduation ceremony that…

2020 Graduations on the road in June

2020 graduation at Bethel area high schools may affect traffic in some areas. Although schools have gone to great lengths to direct traffic into parking lots, it still may be best to avoid the areas if you are not participating in the graduation. Graduation at Challenger High is Monday June 15, 2020. The graduation is…

April 2020 Unemployment

Here is the Washington State unemployment figures by county for April 2020 compared to April 2017. If you would like more information, here is the source link.

Councilmen seeking Phase 2 in Rural areas of Pierce

June 2, 2020, the Pierce County Council will consider the following: 1. Proposal No. R2020-40, Safe Start Washington Plan Modification Request A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Requesting the Governor to Consider Modifications to the Safe Start Washington Plan to Enable a County with a Population of 75,000 or More to Request Phase 2…

Final Environmental Impact Statement released

From Pierce County: The draft updates have progressed through public open houses, land use advisory commission meetings and the Planning Commission’s final recommendations to the County Council. Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the council’s consideration process has been postponed. Final Environmental Impact Statement released Part of the update process…

Need a SPUD?

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…