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…

Volunteers needed for open boards and commissions in the 5th District

Pierce County residents looking to give back to their communities have ample opportunities to volunteer, especially in the 5th Council District that extends from South Tacoma to 160th Street E. in Spanaway and east-west from Interstate 5 to Woodland Avenue E. in South Hill. “Serving on one of our many boards and commissions is an…

Visit Your National Parks for Free

National Parks Foundation — Did you know that during opening weekend of National Park Week, April 18–19, you can visit any of your more than 400 national parks for free? Be sure to mark your calendar for upcoming fee-free days. Fee-Free Days in Your National Parks:   April 18-19: Opening Weekend of National Park Week…

Open houses on updated flood insurance rate maps planned

PIERCE COUNTY — Homeowners and businesses located near coastal areas, rivers and streams can view updated flood insurance rate maps at three open houses in April. These maps are used by property owners and federal, state and local agencies to determine standards for development on properties within flood hazard areas of the county. Insurance companies use…

Pierce County receives $2.16 million for road safety projects

Pierce County will receive $2.16 million in federal highway safety improvement funds to fund five road safety projects. Pierce County is among 46 agencies across Washington that will receive more than $48 million in federal highway safety improvement funds, according to a Jan. 8 announcement by the Washington State Department of Transportation. “These funds will…

Learn how to use Social Security

Many options are available to individuals when taking Social Security. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Planning ahead is important to make the most out of the benefits available to people as they retire or as they need to claim disability. “Making Social Security Work for You” will provide straightforward information about whether, when…

Anti-bulling apps

USA.GOV — Bullying is a prominent topic, and more parents are on the lookout for warning signs and signals from their children. But sometimes, children aren’t comfortable telling parents what’s going on at school. That’s why SAMHSA has created the free KnowBullying app for smartphones. It is designed to help prevent bullying, and helps parents start…

Franklin Pierce Youth First wins grant to address youth substance abuse

White House Drug Policy Office Awards $625,000 to Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Community Served by Franklin Pierce School District Tacoma, WASHINGTON (October 16, 2014) – Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the Office National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 680 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $84 million, to communities across…

Is your car safe?

Safercar.gov, provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will help you identify recalls and investigations on your vehicle, learn what it’s crash test ratings are ad discover if there are other complaints or defects that have not yet generated a recall. Check it out! You’ll be better off knowing. http://www.safercar.gov/ There are lots…

Columbia Sportswear settles with EPA for mislabeled clothes containing insect repellent

Hats, socks containing insect repellent did not meet federal labeling standards (Seattle—July 22, 2014) Columbia Sportswear Company has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for distributing mislabeled clothing containing insect repellent and violating federal insecticide laws.   According to the settlement, the Portland, Oregon company distributed the clothes without the full label…