Citizens – Arm Yourself

The best citizens in a democracy are those who know what is happening around them. Here are links to legislation that is proposed and actions being taken… Pierce County Council Washington Legislature Congress    

Conway: Working families will benefit from new paid family leave law

OLYMPIA – After months of tense negotiations, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation establishing a new statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program late Friday night. Senate Bill 5975 creates a paid family and medical leave insurance program that is funded by premiums paid by both employers and employees, and allows employer voluntary plans….

Next Lake Kapowsin Cleanup July 15

Hello All: We had a great work party last Saturday (5/20/17) at Lake Kapowsin boat launch with a total of 19 volunteers.  Thanks to all that helped!!   Fish and Wildlife access managers Derek Hacker and John Evans also came and worked on the parking area green spaces to increase visibility for security. We cleared about 740…

Growth – Is it managed in Pierce County?

Back in the early 1990’s the Washington State legislature passed the Growth Management Act. Since that time in Pierce County lot sizes have grown much smaller, there is more traffic congestion in unincorporated areas and now there are restrictions on who can get a well put on their property in rural areas. Did ‘we’ preserve our…

Well water? HB1382 might affect you

House Bill 1382 is a response to the Hirst Decision from the Washington State Supreme Court last year. That decision made new rules for tapping underground water for property owners in Washington State, effectively slowing development in rural areas by controlling whether or not a well could be drilled based on a required professional assessment…

WA Unemployment claim filing issues continue

WASHINGTON EMPLOYMENT SECURITY — FYI: We posted the following alert to our website today. For context, we generally serve an average of 60,000 claimants each week. UI system stabilizing, phone volume still high, sign-on system still facing some issues  Alert: Updated 3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 ESD’s unemployment benefit claims centers have received more…

A look at Washington’s unemployment

As Christmas approaches, we hope everyone gets a visit from Santa, or is happy & healthy and financially secure. Truth is, there are ever so many that area not having a happy Christmas. They may be unemployed, homeless, ill, injured or in a jail or prison. In any case, it always pays to share some love…

Have you seen a Badger?

Reposted from Facebook post of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife We want to know if you see a badger, whether dead or alive. WDFW is building its knowledge of badger locations and population stability in the state. To do so, …we are seeking help from the public. If you see a live badger or…

Stay safe and legal this 4th of July

The Pierce County Fire Marshal and Department of Emergency Management wants to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. The best way to safely enjoy the 4th is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if you decide to purchase fireworks when they go on sale June 28, and use…

Relieve congestion on Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont?

The public is invited to attend an open house to learn more about ideas to help relieve congestion on Interstate 5 between Lakewood and DuPont. Washington State Department of Transportation staff will host the open house where commuters and residents are encouraged to participate and comment. Proposed corridor improvements WSDOT officials will be on hand…

Flag lowering, April 15 – 150 years, remembrance of Abe Lincoln

Governor Inslee directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, April 15, in honor of a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, and died on April 15, 150 years ago. Flags should remain at half-staff until…