Water, water isn’t always everywhere, there’s nary a drop to drink

By Marianne Lincoln Land use planning meets sole source aquifer and the fight is on The Pierce County communities of Midland, Summit, Waller, Parkland Spanaway Frederickson, Graham, Elk Plain and South Hill along with Lakewood and University Place have one thing in common, they sit on a sole source aquifer. That means, their only supply…

May 22 – 11am Council Study Session on incorporation study data

[Editor note: the previous meeting ran long, so they are starting at 11:25am.] The County Council will have a study session on May 22 at 11 a.m. One of the components will be a presentation of the data accumulated from the Department of Commerce study on the feasibility of incorporation of Parkland, Spanaway, Midland, Frederickson…

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write against committee statements for the August 1, 2023 Primary Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet. Against Committee members needed • Pierce County Library System – Proposition 1 – Sumner Library Facility Area – General Obligation Bonds – $15,000,000 • Graham…

Candidate filing week begins Monday, May 15

PIERCE COUNTY — Candidate filing week begins Monday, May 15, 2023. Offices open for election this year include: Approximately 186 nonpartisan local offices are open for election this year in Pierce County. Offices where more than two candidates file will appear in the Aug. 1 Primary Election. All other offices will advance to the General…

Cantwell Legislation to Modernize Nation’s Weather Radio System

Nation’s Weather Radio System to Deliver Real-Time Emergency Alerts – Passes Committee Bills would allow National Weather Service radio alerts to reach 98-99% of the United States; upgrade 17 weather stations in the State of Washington Full Senate to consider the legislation at a later date following today’s unanimous vote WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National…

May is “Wildfire Awareness Month” 

County Council Proclaims May as Wildfire Awareness Month and Invitation to Participate in Wildfire Ready Neighbors Pierce County, WA – The Pierce County Council issued a proclamation at its May 2nd meeting announcing May as “Wildfire Awareness Month.” The proclamation underscores how wildfire risk and severity in Western Washington is increasing, along with the need…

A road called Muck-Kapowsin

By Marianne Lincoln It all started with Muck-Kapowsin Road. It isn’t called that anymore, it has a number like most other roads in Pierce County. It is now 224th Street. It runs from Elk Plain at the Mountain Highway through Graham and Thrift and on to “The Country.” Roads in the area were often named…

New legislation that impacts Pierce County

The 2023 regular session for the State Legislature ended Sunday, April 23, 2023. The Legislature acted on many bills and budgetary items during the session that will benefit Pierce County residents and all of Washington. Many of these actions support priorities in areas of housing affordability, infrastructure, and public safety that are aligned with priorities…

Paving coming for parts of State Route 7 

Fish passage work at two creeks, paving coming for State Route 7 in Pierce CountyProject consolidates work, cuts costs   EATONVILLE – More than five miles of State Route 7 will see construction between Eatonville and Spanaway into fall 2023. The project will remove two barriers to fish passage and repair miles of the highway surface. Combining…

Not the Best for the Land or for the Homeless

Guest Editorial by Claudia Finseth,Parkland, Pierce County Planning Commissioner emeritus24 March 2023 On Tuesday, March 21, I sat through the six hour meeting of the Pierce County Council. The vast majority of community members who spoke (I am guessing around 75%) asked the council specifically not to put the planned tiny home village for the…

County Flood Plan April 12 Open House

PIERCE COUNTY — Pierce County is currently in the process of drafting the 2023 Comprehensive Flood Management Plan. The 2023 Flood Plan identifies policies, programs and projects to help improve our community’s resilience to riverine, coastal, groundwater and urban flood hazards by: • Reducing flooding impacts, structure damages, and maintenance costs. • Improving natural habitat…

Parkland Community Assn. March 28

The 501(c)(3) status arrived in March 2023 and the Parkland Community Assn. (PCA) is now fully operational. The next meeting for the organization will be Tuesday, March 28, 6 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church hall. The Parkland Community Assn. began last May with a group that formed to Save the Historic Parkland School (1908)…