The best little Fair in Pierce County – Aug 26-27

The Lacamas Community Fair is taking place the weekend of August 26 – 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It has everything you expect in a fair, preserves, quilting, produce, food, kids events, horses, rabbits and chickens. From Spanaway – SR7, Pacific Avenue, take the Roy exit (at the Roy-Y) SR507. Turn left about…

Proposed changes to Agricultural Resource Lands

In recent years, Pierce County has received an increasing number of questions from residents about zoning in rural land and farmland preservation. To help clarify the process by which rural land is zoned, the Pierce County Council asked a consultant team earlier this year to evaluate how the County’s Planning and Land Services department designates…

End of the season for Fruit on the Loop

It’s Labor Day and that signals the end of the annual fruit stand on Spanaway Loop Road…. well, almost. This year Connell and Shouna Goodman brought in a couple extra truckloads for the end of the season and there just might be a little left over for Tuesday. If you haven’t gotten your last peaches, apples or…

Are you ready for Fruit on the Loop?

Word today from Alice Shibig, “I just got a phone call from Shouana and Connell, they are in Portland Oregon headed this way with peaches and nectarines. ” Located on Spanaway Loop Road near Tule Lake Road, the Rainier Christian Church and at the doorstep of the Shibig farm is a favorite spot to cruise in for…

End of the year for local charities

Here’s a great charity to donate to, one that will always give back in great ways… -Editor – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  – By the best estimates, Nisqually steelhead are just 400 fish from extinction. A run of wild salmon…

City Goat Farm & Zoo, it’s a farm party

By Marianne Lincoln SPANAWAY, WA — Sunday afternoon I couldn’t resist stopping to see the camels (Shaun and Wednesday) at the farm at 811 168th Street East in Spanaway. Most of their Christmas trees had sold out and the farm was fairly quiet as people sat at home in front of the Seahawks and 49ers game. The City…

McCarthy’s State of the County delivered in Parkland meeting

The Pierce County Council met in Parkland this evening, Dec. 4. All members except Stand Fleming were present. The County Executive Pat McCarthy was also at the meeting and provided a review of the past year in Pierce County. In the fifth years of her term, Pat McCarthy reported the State of the County. She…

Cranes and pump trucks arrive at Roy mill

By Marianne Lincoln ROY, WA — Two cranes are outside the Wilcox Feed Mill tonight as operation have begun to stabilize the tanks adjacent to the one that collapsed on Monday afternoon and remove debris. The electrical control room for the plant has been destroyed. Cutting loose pieces of structures and welding in other supports…

Autumn arrives and ends the Washington State Fair

By Marianne Lincoln PUYALLUP, WA — It’s all there, caramel apples, inflated alien dolls, bubble makers, crazy rides, onion cheeseburgers, barbecue chicken and ribs, excited children, sheep, pigs, cows, and even camels. It’s the fair in Puyallup. This year, it is called the Washington State fair. Gone is the whole two-story structure with cow heads at the…

Nisqually Springs Farm: Dollar Dog Corn Maze starts Sept. 21

MCKENNA, WA — Starting September 21, 2013, Nisqually Springs Farm and Twin Start Credit Union are hosting a Corn Maze at their location  next to Stewart’s Meats on highway 507 in McKenna. It is the only Certified Organic Corn Maze in Washington State. The Twin Star Dollar Dog, embedded in the corn maze represents the…

Dupont: Hudson Bay Day connects our history

The Hudson Bay Company wasn’t just at Fort Nisqually. That was it’s headquarters in Pierce County, but when the fur trade subsided, theirPuget Sound Agricultural Company raised produce, livestock and sold them along with implements useful to residents in the area. Parkland, Spanaway, Elk Plain, Rocky Ridge and Roy all had farms related to the…

Doug Carlson appointed to Franklin Pierce School Board

PARKLAND, WA — At the end of the meeting, following a late executive session, the Franklin Pierce School Board chose Doug Carlson, 47, the Pierce College Health Education Center Operations Manager to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Director Reva Palmer. Carlson has a wife and four chidren ages 19, 16, 14…