Wetlands and Pierce County – can they coexist?

By Marianne Lincoln Two developments currently in process are raising the eyebrows of planning and development watchers in the county. These are called Ally Brook and Phoebe’s Meadows. In Phoebes Meadows, the developer actually didn’t want to build as many houses (4) as PALS (Planning and Land Services) demanded he put on the parcel (10)….

Open houses to plan for new growth in central Pierce County communities

PIERCE COUNTY — About 60,000 more people are projected to move to the unincorporated communities of Pierce County between 2010 and 2030, according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management. Pierce County is updating the Community Plans for Frederickson, Mid-County, Parkland-Spanaway-Midland, and South Hill to plan for this growth. Central Pierce County residents are…

Chase Garden seeking new owner

I just wanted to provide information about Chase Garden, which was bequeathed by Emmott & Ione Chase to the Garden Conservancy upon Emmott’s death in 2010. They have been managing the property from Cold Spring NY.  Here is the statement posted on our website: The Garden Conservancy will continue to manage the garden through the…

OK Highway Floods at Thrift

By Marianne Lincoln   UPDATE 3/21/17: The OK Highway is still closed. Crews were working on a big hole in the ground, so they most have gotten the pole removed and are repairing the pipes. Vactor trucks are still removing material around the drainage pipe. — THRIFT, WA — Since Friday March 17, the Orting-Kapowsin…

March 18 Power Outage in Graham Planned

GRAHAM, WA — On March 18 there is a Planned Power Outage on the east side of Graham serviced by PSE from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. for repairs to the substation. From PSE: In an ongoing effort to deliver safe and reliable energy to you and your neighbors, Puget Sound Energy will be doing some…

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…

March 4 – Southwood Neighborhood Watch

The Southwood community just east of Bethel High School off 46th Avenue & 224th Street (East of Elk Plain)  will be holding a Neighborhood Watch meeting on March 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Graham Library. If you would like more information, you may contact the organizer, Robert Taylor at rtaylor361@yahoo.com. If…

GKCC seeks sponsors for March 4 event

The Graham Kapowsin Community Council is seeking donations and/or sponsorships for their ‘Feed the Children’ Fundraiser event on March 4, 2017 at the Graham Elementary School, located at 10026 204th Street, E., Graham, WA 98338. This is GKCC’s 14th year of raising money to support this program. All the money raised for this event goes right back into…

14th Annual EXPO – March 4, 2017

14th Annual EXPO  ‘Feed the Children’  Fundraiser & Fun Run/Walk WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9AM-3PM. WHERE:  Graham Elementary School, 10026 204th St. E. Graham, WA 98338. GKCC’s Purpose:  Linking community together while serving the Graham area. There are many volunteer opportunities. From Science classes to Reading Tutoring to Holiday Fundraisers, there is always…

Bethel SD seeks members for Long Range Facilities Task Force

Group to study overcrowded and aging schools districtwide Recent studies show as many as 3,000 more students will enter Bethel Schools in the next decade. Do we have enough space? Will we be ready? The Bethel School District is now seeking staff, parents, students and community members for its Long Range Facilities Task Force. The…

Feb. 13 Graham Fire Commissioners Meeting

GRAHAM, WA — On February 13, 2017, the continuing story of Fire District 21, will add another chapter. Currently, the Fire Chief, Ryan Baskett is on paid administrative leave pending investigation of the questions the union raised. The President of IAFF Local 726, Russ Karns,  has left the position for an Assistant Chief position at…

Chief Baskett of Graham Fire will take administrative leave

GRAHAM, WA — The January 23rd Graham Fire District Commissioners meeting was a lively, and occasionally raucous public event. There were a few brief minutes of procedural agenda items, including Chief Baskett explaining a ladder truck was damaged when the gate of a local closed on it and another truck had ladder damage from a…