Topsoil in your yard – is it safe?

If you are fairly new to Pierce County, you may not be aware that the beautiful place on the waterfront called Point Ruston hides a dirty old secret. The site was formerly the ASARCO Smelter. It took raw materials and turned out new shiny copper materials. The sludge from the refinery was poured into Puget…

What is the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department?

With the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department’s existence in the balance this week, you may have a lot of questions about who they are, what they do, and how much it all costs. Unless you have needed their services, you may not be aware of all the things your local Health Department does in Pierce…

And the County Executive will be in control of the new Health Dept.

Here is the invitation to the meeting with a bit more information about where the Council is going with the demise of the Interlocal Agreement for the Tacoma Pierce County Board of Health. This item says there will be a new Board of Health and the Department will be under the County Executive. So the…

Workshop lays out basics of Social Security Disability

PIERCE COUNTY — When someone experiences a disabling injury or illness, it can trigger a range of unsettling emotions and fears, not only for the person with the disability, but for their family members and friends, too. It may be comforting to know that when a long-term disability happens, Social Security Disability can provide financial…

July 2 – Spanaway Lake closes because of toxic algae

TACOMA – PIERCE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT – On July 2, the Health Department closed Spanaway Lake because of high toxic algae levels. Test results show the algae contain toxins at levels that are harmful to people and pets. You should stay out of the water and not use it for recreation— don’t swim, wade, waterski, or…

June 27 blood drive in Graham

GRAHAM — On Saturday, June 27, Cascade Regional Blood Services will have their Bloodmobile in Graham, Washington. Please donate if you can to assist with those hospitalized in this pandemic. Before you arrive to donate, be sure you have eaten well and consumed plenty of non-caffeinated fluids. Bring your picture ID. If you are under…

Councilmen seeking Phase 2 in Rural areas of Pierce

June 2, 2020, the Pierce County Council will consider the following: 1. Proposal No. R2020-40, Safe Start Washington Plan Modification Request A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Requesting the Governor to Consider Modifications to the Safe Start Washington Plan to Enable a County with a Population of 75,000 or More to Request Phase 2…

Spanaway To Go

SPANAWAY, WA — Due to the Declaration of Emergency by Governor Inslee there is a temporary closure on all bars and restaurants in the State of Washington. Drive-Thru and To-Go operations are still available to customers, sitting in dining rooms together is banned.  Governor’s COVID-19 Resource Page Wednesday, March 18, our editor drove around Spanaway…

Life Decisions, preparing for the worst

Five Wishes: Personal, Medical, Emotional, Familial, Spiritual Life is fragile and the unexpected can happen any day.  One only has to read the daily newspaper or tune into the news to see that.  When it comes to health care, preparing for the unexpected is more than important regardless of age – it’s essential.  “Five Wishes”…

Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave is Here

OLYMPIA – Washingtonians now have access to the most generous Paid Family and Medical Leave program in the U.S. Nearly all workers in this state, including part- and full-time, may be able to take up to 12 weeks to care for themselves or a family member through a serious illness or injury, to bond with…