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…

Owner Will Maintain? Make sure your sign is up!

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 23 Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer. An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 23 and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed….

How to be a local delegate to select a Presidential candidate

How do you actually choose a Presidential candidate? Aside from the fact that the two main political may change some of the process due to the virus restrictions currently in place, there is a process for each party to select their candidate for the general election for President of the United States. If you are…

Spanaway To Go

SPANAWAY, WA — Due to the Declaration of Emergency by Governor Inslee there is a temporary closure on all bars and restaurants in the State of Washington. Drive-Thru and To-Go operations are still available to customers, sitting in dining rooms together is banned.  Governor’s COVID-19 Resource Page Wednesday, March 18, our editor drove around Spanaway…

Meridian Avenue East sewer project underway March 23 to mid-July

PIERCE COUNTY — A project to extend sewer facilities under Meridian Avenue East (State Route 161) at several South Hill intersections will begin March 23. The work is expected to be complete by mid-July. Work will be done at the highway’s intersections with 146th Street East, 147th Street East, 149th Street East and 158th Street…

Planning Commission makes final recommendations on updates to four community plans

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Planning Commission made its final recommendations on updates to the Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland and South Hill community plans March 10 and 12. 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 community, and…

EXPO at Frontier Park March 7

The Graham Kapowsin Community Council will hold its 17th Annual Home & Garden EXPO on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Frontier Park  in Graham from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frontier Park is located at 21718 Meridian East, Graham, WA. GKCC benefits the local food bank and other services in the community. You can find…

2020 Census begins March 12

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online. By phone. By mail. March 12-20, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. If you live in the following locations,…