Battle with a Steamroller – for Spanaway Lake

SPANAWAY, WA — The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) came up with new shoreline regulations and has charged counties and cities to implement the new guideline. Although Pierce County was dragging its governmental feet in doing so, the DOE rattled their cage this past year with reminders of the state benefits that could be taken…

Winter escape to Orcas Island – Part III

By Marianne Lincoln I rose Sunday before the break of dawn, the Moran Mansion was still glowing through the fog hanging over the harbor. I showered, packed my bags, grabbed my camera and headed off to the south east corner of the island to find the sunrise that was foretold at last night’s dinner. Up the…

62 million reasons to protect the lake

SPANAWAY, WA — Lake property values, restrictions on construction and political posturing will be topic on the table  Thursday at the new Round Table Pizza at 208th and Mountain Highway. Spanaway Lake properties represent around $62,000,000 in taxable value.  Tule Lake may also be affected. The new Shoreline Management Project proposed by Deborah Hyde for Pierce County…

Oops, there goes your house by the lake…

By Marianne Lincoln Pierce County is proposing to adopt a significant change to the rules and regulations that affect Spanaway Lake and its associated creeks. This change is being implemented by the creation and passage of the Shoreline Master Program. The proposed Shoreline Master program would change the existing setbacks to buffers.  The difference is…

Spanaway Lake Improvement meeting, just the beginning

SPANAWAY, WA — Tonight, December 4, Pierce County held a kickoff meeting for the Spanaway Lake Management Plan. Executive Pat McCarthy arrived just after her State of the County speech at the council meeting in Parkland, encouraging residents of the county’s committment to the project. Diane Smolko and Windy Kruse are the key county organizers…

Inboard Finals Sunday Sept. 8 on Spanaway Lake

SPANAWAY, WA —  There was excitement, noise, food, sunshine and the smell of fuel in the air at Spanaway Park this Sunday.  The announcers, Jeff Ayler and Brad Luce called the races adding excitement and exhilaration to the heats. They have worked together 4 or 5 years and have called about 9 races together, since…

Thunder on Spanaway Lake again Sunday

SPANAWAY, WA —  Saturday, Spanaway Park was the site for the Inboard Nationals. The Tacoma Inboard Racing Association organized the event at the lake. The first round of races was local competition. In the afternoon, the second round began. These were the Nationals. The classes and results were as follows:   Class      1st, 2nd, 3rd…

Inboard Summer Nationals Sept. 7-8 on Spanaway Lake

SPANAWAY, WA —  Starting Friday afternoon, you may start hearing the roar of the Tacoma Inboard Racing Association boats on Spanaway Lake. This year, the site is more than just racing, it is the Inboard Summer Nationals. This is a BIG event for the area. Expect there to be a considerable amount of traffic through…