How to be a local delegate to select a Presidential candidate

How do you actually choose a Presidential candidate? Aside from the fact that the two main political may change some of the process due to the virus restrictions currently in place, there is a process for each party to select their candidate for the general election for President of the United States. If you are…

2020 Census begins March 12

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online. By phone. By mail. March 12-20, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. If you live in the following locations,…

Emergency unemployment for Federal Workers

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner Suzi LeVine announced an emergency rule January 24, allowing federal workers working without pay to receive unemployment benefits. Workers can learn how to apply here: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment-benefits-related-to-partial-federal-shutdown#NEW The Employment Security Department has posted data about the estimated number of workers impacted by county, including estimates of lost wages by…

Sierra Pacific – 208th Street – Wetland

[Guest column on the Army Corps “decision” 2014 Sierra Pacific site on 208th St. in Spanaway] Letter To: Dennis Hanberg; Scott Sissons; Bruce Dammeier: I have contacted the USACE (United States Army Corps of Engineers) staff personnel now in charge of this area and am waiting for them to call back.  Meantime, I am proceeding…

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…