More bus service in Spanaway, Parkland & Midland

PIERCE TRANSIT — The Spanaway Runner provides on-demand transportation to the public, connecting students, workers, seniors and those with limited mobility to and from community resources, appointments, school, work and transit hubs within the Spanaway Runner zone (shown in the map below). Trips must have a starting point and destination in the specified Spanaway Runner…

Tear gas 25 years ago – it hasn’t happened again

25 years ago, September 24, 1997, a U.S. Army training unit released tear gas in the middle of the night during dense fog. A large area west of Pacific Avenue needed to be evacuated. Residents were taken to a couple of gymnasiums at Camas Prairie and Spanaway Elementary schools a few were taken to local…

Pierce County Fair at Frontier Park Aug 11-14

August 11-14, Graham’s Frontier Park is the place to be. The Pierce County Fair, a quaint, low key, family oriented, local fair is happening this weekend. If you buy your tickets in advance at the fair office, you can even get a discount $5 instead of $7 for entry. If you park in the fair…

PLU opens a window for Parkland School in letter to Council

Pacific Lutheran University President Allan Belton opened a window of opportunity to the community who wants to save the Parkland School. In a letter to members of the Pierce County Council, he noted that the property is being made available for the purchase price of $2.85 million if the community can find a buyer within…

President Belton and PLU Regents need to work with their community

Editorial, Marianne Lincoln In many places in recent issues of “Resolute,” the magazine sent to alumni and supporters of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), the text says how the university works with their community. One article in particular: George Zeno talks Parkland, equity and community partnerships. (PLU Associate Vice President of Advancement) “No one organization is…

June 6 meeting about historic Parkland School

Councilmember Jani Hitchen has reserved a room at the James Sales School to have a community discussion about the fate of the historic Parkland School. The meeting will be held June 6. 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at 11213 Sheridan Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444. It was only May 15, when a group of people in…

6th Council District Meeting May 25

Every year, the County Council has meetings in each district instead of the Council Chambers. The 6th District, which includes West Parkland, Lakewood and Anderson Island, has a meeting May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. It is also available on Zoom at:…

The FATE of Parkland School, June 21

On May 17, the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission almost did not have a quorum, but when the Vice Chair finally came on line 10 minutes late, they were surprised by the 41 people signed on to their Zoom meeting. It was stated that it was the largest turnout of any meeting they…

May 17 Public Meeting to decide fate of the old Parkland School

Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation zoom meeting Tuesday 6 p.m. where the fate of our Parkland School building could be decided.  Go to https://www.piercecountywa.gov/5938/Landmarks-and-Historic-Preservation, to find out more about the meeting or, here is the pertinent information: Starts at 6pm, Tuesday night (May 17), Call in number (253) 215-8782, i.d. 938 3347 5756, pass code 594581.  …

8th Avenue East Road Work

PIERCE COUNTY — Work to resurface 8th Avenue East from 336th Street East to 288th Street East will begin April 11. The project is expected to be complete in mid-May. The project area is located south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord between 8th Avenue South and State Route 7. Approximately 200 feet of guardrail will be…

Stream activist lament

Opinion By Don Russell [Acronyms defined at the end of the article] Derek and Janet, I am now 92 years old and don’t have much time left. I have witnessed, photo documented, water quantity and water quality monitored, written numerous papers on the condition of the CCSS watershed, prescribed the actions necessary to restore the…