Thorne Lane on-ramp to I-5 closes for 3 months

Work leads to permanent ramp changes for travelers, removes potential railroad intersection delays WSDOT LAKEWOOD — Travelers should prepare for a new stage of work on the I-5 Steilacoom-DuPont Road to Thorne Lane Corridor Improvements project. Once finished this construction will permanently change the way travelers exit to Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane. Weather permitting,…

Recent County Planning Changes Challenged

By Marianne Lincoln, February 23, 2021 Three separate challenges to the recently adopted planning amendments called Centers and Corridors have been submitted to the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board. The challenges caused the Pierce County Council to delay the effective dates at today’s County Council meeting (2-23-2021). The implementation of the plans was delayed…

LeMay Marymount Museum Open!

We are happy to be finally be open to the public! Our hours and policies are a little different now as the museum will be opened Thursday-Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm. Last tour of the day is at 3:00pm to ensure that everyone has adequate time to see the collection. Please read through our…

Washington State Legislature 2021 Session

By Marianne Lincoln, 2-17-2021 The Washington State Legislature is currently in its long session, which typically ends in the third week of April. Bills that are being considered this year can be found here. If you have a concern about a state issues or a bill being considered, you can find the list of contacts…

Watch for your new 2021 tax assessment

PIERCE COUNTY — 2021 sees moderate increases in property taxes While real estate values continue to surge in Pierce County, statutory limits on property tax rates are holding tax increases to modest levels this year.  “For the past three years, tax bills fluctuated due to the McCleary court decision on school funding,” Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan…

Tetatzin named new Pierce County Planning and Public Works director

Jennifer Tetatzin, a retired United States Navy commander, has been named Pierce County’s Planning and Public Works Director, pending confirmation by the Pierce County Council. Tetatzin most recently served as a Senior Principal Advisor in the Washington, D.C. area for Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a non-profit, professional services company.  As a senior consultant for the Department…

Creek, creek go away!

As we look harder at the damage that has been done to water flowing over Pierce county, going back to old plat maps, you see some mysteries about where empty channels run. The thing to notice is the path that Clover Creek takes through Parkland and into and out of Steilacoom Lake. Enjoy exploring. You…

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…