Essential Public Facilities, dangerous words

[Editor: this is a recap of the anti-airport meeting 1-13-23] It was a brief moment in the meeting about a major international airport being considered in South Pierce County. It was the moment when people asked, “How in the world did they approve ‘the dump?’” The answer, given by former Senator Rasmussen was 3 words,…

Farms to commercial airports? Graham meeting Jan. 13

The Coalition Against Graham and Eatonville-Roy Airports will be holding a meeting at Graham Kapowsin High School on Friday, January 13, 2023 for the public to come hear about and hopefully express their feeling about the two sites (of 3) that the Washington State Legislatures Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission (CACC) has selected as potential sites…

Godzilla is on the horizon or is that Baby Huey?

For those of you who love your quiet, safe, inexpensive little enclave of Spanaway, or Frederickson, or Parkland, guess what? Godzilla has reared her head again. $200,000 of state money has once again been placed in the Washington State budget by Rep. Melanie Morgan of the 29th District, for the purpose of an incorporation study…

Dire warnings on our watershed – dialogue

Several members of the Chambers Clover Watershed Council have been exchanging some very concerning emails recently. Based on their experience, credentials, and length of service in the stewardship capacity, these are worth your interest. (Cindy Beckett, Don Russell and Kurt Reidinger) Starting with a reply to Ms. Beckett’s email in the previous article, “Destruction of…

Rep. Morgan plants $200k for incorporation study in State budget again

Rep. Melanie Morgan of the 29th Legislative district is trying again. She had a proposal to get $200,000 incorporation study money from the Washington State budget for the area Pierce County just rezoned called “Centers and Corridors.” The idea is to make it one big city. (Larger than Tacoma I might add.) You will not…

What the 2020 Census reveals about Pierce County

The 2020 Census was released late this decade, somewhat caused by squabbles about how it would be conducted and somewhat caused by working through the pandemic. Where the population numbers land impacts representation, number of Congressional Districts, and how the new lines are drawn to balance the population in legislative and county districts. The population…

Online open house for SR 702 roundabout east of McKenna

MCKENNA – A new single-lane roundabout will replace the existing two-way stop at the intersection of State Route 702 and Eighth Avenue South in Pierce County. Starting today, Aug. 24, community members can learn more about the intersection improvement plans during an online open house. The Washington State Department of Transportation will use public feedback…

Little Park Restaurant property update

[UPDATE: The Flying Tomato, formerly a restaurant between South Hill and Graham, has purchased the Little Park Property. They plan to open their restaurant there. You can see there is activity on the site, clearing out old furnishings.We have not learned what other property will be considered for tiny homes.] [UPDATE 7-31-21: Note from Councilmember…

Renaming Bethel High School’s Mascot

By Marianne Lincoln BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — On June 8, 2021, the Bethel School Board unanimously voted to appoint a Bethel High School Mascot Committee. The purpose of the committee was to follow a new State of Washington law that passed the State House 90-8 and the Senate 40-9 and was signed by the Governor…

Inslee announces eviction moratorium “bridge”

Gov. Jay Inslee announced a “bridge” proclamation today between the eviction moratorium and the housing stability programs put in place by the Legislature. The bridge is effective July 1 through September 30. More than $650 million of federal relief dollars allocated to assist renters is predicted to be available beginning in July. This is in…