Essential Public Facilities, dangerous words

[Editor: this is a recap of the anti-airport meeting 1-13-23] It was a brief moment in the meeting about a major international airport being considered in South Pierce County. It was the moment when people asked, “How in the world did they approve ‘the dump?’” The answer, given by former Senator Rasmussen was 3 words,…

Farms to commercial airports? Graham meeting Jan. 13

The Coalition Against Graham and Eatonville-Roy Airports will be holding a meeting at Graham Kapowsin High School on Friday, January 13, 2023 for the public to come hear about and hopefully express their feeling about the two sites (of 3) that the Washington State Legislatures Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission (CACC) has selected as potential sites…

Balallan, Scotland gave Spanaway its start

By Marianne Lincoln, with notes from Steve Anderson Balallan, a small community on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides islands of Scotland was the birth place of John Montgomery in 1819. His family were farmers. He grew up among sheep, cattle and crops with plenty of room to play, but no education to make…

1846 list of local indigneous working for Fort Nisqually

The Puget Sound Agricultual Company extended across much of Pierce County’s prairie lands. Until 1846, it was considered British Land and was embattled in court through 1869, when it finally was paid and officially transferred. This is why so many 1850 Donation Land Claims were not surveyed until 1871 in the area. From Steve Anderson,…

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…