Fir Meadows and Oxbow flooding in Pioneer Valley

By Marianne Lincoln Flooding continues to plague the Pioneer Valley area in Spanaway/Frederickson. Fir Meadows, which was built in 1968, has closed roads and swift water flowing in from the flooded playfield near the railroad tracks on Knoble Road. Electric vaults are underwater, yet people are still driving through the closed signs and even wading…

Feb. 13 Graham Fire Commissioners Meeting

GRAHAM, WA — On February 13, 2017, the continuing story of Fire District 21, will add another chapter. Currently, the Fire Chief, Ryan Baskett is on paid administrative leave pending investigation of the questions the union raised. The President of IAFF Local 726, Russ Karns,  has left the position for an Assistant Chief position at…

Chief Baskett of Graham Fire will take administrative leave

GRAHAM, WA — The January 23rd Graham Fire District Commissioners meeting was a lively, and occasionally raucous public event. There were a few brief minutes of procedural agenda items, including Chief Baskett explaining a ladder truck was damaged when the gate of a local closed on it and another truck had ladder damage from a…

IAFF Local 726 takes issue with Graham Fire Chief

GRAHAM, WA — Monday, January 9, 2017, at the Graham Fire District commissioners meeting, it was revealed that the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 726, which represents the fire fighters in Graham (also Central Pierce and Orting) had prepared a list of grievances against the Fire Chief of District 21, Ryan Baskett. Local…

Graham Citizens – January 9

Tonight, January 9 is a Graham Fire Commissioners meeting. This is short notice, but if  you live inside the Graham Fire District, this is a commissioners meeting you do not want to miss. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Station 94, 23014 70th Ave E, Graham, WA 98338. Come out and find out why and…

Life’s lessons learned

By Marianne Lincoln My apologies to all my readers for the slow press this December. Since Thanksgiving, I have been working at a seasonal job and in my spare time, taking care of my home and working on craft projects for my granddaughters. A Christmas stocking with felt cut outs, sequins and beads can take…

Joint Base Lewis-McChord enters prescribed ecological burn season

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The annual prescribed burn season at JBLM for ecological restoration, habitat maintenance and wildfire prevention is underway, according to JBLM Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Division. JBLM conducts ecological burns throughout the spring and summer for two reasons. First, the dry conditions ensure invasive species such as Scot’s Broom are…

Vacancies need candidates

A special three-day candidate filing period will be held July 22, 23 and 24, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. State law requires a reopening of the filing period when no one files for a position during the regular filing period. Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted for the following offices: City of Roy…

Graham Fire & Rescue Opens Final Station

GRAHAM, WA – Fire Chief Ryan Baskett announced today the Board of Fire Commissioners approved the increase of daily firefighter and firefighter/paramedic staffing to 13. The additional members will allow the Department to have emergency crews in all five of their 24-hour-capable stations, including Station 6 located in the Thrift response area. Graham Fire &…

Fires break out in Frederickson July 4

This 4th of July there was sun and record-breaking temperatures. That combination turned frustrating for local firefighters. The Central Pierce water truck had no sooner finished dousing a grass fire at the Kalapus Chiropractic clinic, than another fire began on 200th near the IKEA warehouse. Thanks to Shady Acres pilot Judy Scott, the PPP got this…

Stay safe and legal this 4th of July

The Pierce County Fire Marshal and Department of Emergency Management wants to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. The best way to safely enjoy the 4th is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if you decide to purchase fireworks when they go on sale June 28, and use…

Where to beat the heat…

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for hot weather for parts of the Puget Sound area this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to mid 90s on Friday through Sunday. The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as much…