Elk Plain Grange fire and restoration

By Marianne Lincoln ELK PLAIN — Recently a friend contacted me concern because he saw a yellow sign in front of the Elk Plain Grange. Because the Grange is a historic building to those of us who are Elk Plain old timers, he was very concerned about it. I looked up the parcel and the…

SEPA – when it really matters, or does it?

By Marianne Lincoln [Podcast link] [Editor Update: [Editor Update: Wetland Variance, Tommy’s Carwash, Application Number: 979272Related Application Numbers: 958554 and 975551Tax Parcel Numbers: 0319121055, 0319121057 and 0319121058Examiner’s Hearing: March 30, 2022, at 9 A.M., at the Pierce County Public Services Building,South Entrance, Public Meeting Room, 2401 South 35th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409.] SEPA is an…

Pop Up Vendors upcoming events

You know those colored tents in the parking lots, along streets and at Farmer’s Markets? They are going to be at various locations in South Pierce County and Lewis County this Spring. Upcoming events, so far: *Welcome Spring! Saturday, February 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Yelm Nisqually Moose Lodge *Car show and vendor…

Native Plant Sale open for pre-orders

What is the Annual Native Plant Sale?  A nonprofit sale run by the Pierce Conservation District – with a mission to get environmentally friendly native plants to our residents as easily and cheaply as possible! Our plants are bare root or plug stock, which means they do not come in pots or burlap bags (your…

Drive Thru – Spring Fair

See The Spring Fair in your car. The Daffodil Parade will be a static display including floats, bands, clowns, and of course, Princesses. The dates are April 7 – 11 and 14-18 for 2021. You must buy your ticket in advance and it is based on a carload, so make sure you have friends or…

Herbicide spraying begins March 22

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 22 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 22 and continue through June. Targeted noxious weed and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed….

Food Prosperity Open House in Yelm Feb. 8

Food Prosperity Central event Saturday February 8th, 10am to 4pm, Yelm Community Center, 16530 103rd Ave SE, Yelm, WA 98597. Admission is free. Bee Forever will be participating as a vendor, which means you can stock up with their delicious local honey, C60Star oils and soaps. They will also be part of the educational program…

Unit #1 needs your help

By Sandra Kean-Wolfer Help us save the Washington Horseman Tacoma Unit #1!!! The Tacoma Unit has been the center of the horse show world in the Pacific Northwest for decades. This wonderful venue has touched the hearts of so many people. From world champion riders to beginning 4-H kids. People come from far and wide…

August 25 & 26 – Lacamas Fair

It is the biggest little fair in Pierce County. The Lacamas Community Fair, on 8th avenue South isn’t on what most county resident would consider a main street. This is the most family and children friendly fair you can find. The dates are August 25th & 26th, 2018. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4…

Irreparable Damage – Permits? Really?

[Editor Note: This is the neighborhood I grew up in. My family property at nearby Shady Acres airport has been in the family since 1965.] By Marianne Lincoln Around mid-July, large earth moving equipment started rolling across a former dairy farm along 208th Street East in Spanaway/Frederickson. A considerable portion of this land is Federally listed…

April 8th – Daffodil Grand Floral Parade

Since 1934, the Daffodil Festival has been a part of Pierce County’s lifestyle. From the events visited by each high school’s princesses, the Queen Coronation, maritime parade and the magnificent mutt show, to the Grand Floral Parade in in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting, residents love showing off their communities. This year’s Queen is Marin Sasaki…

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 28

[Editor note: I would rather title that, annual poison application on the roadside plants, just keep that in mind for your pets & children. Also, if you see the county contractors spraying where they should not, like in wetland areas, please photograph and/or report it!] County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer….