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)….

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…

News from Bethel Schools: Let’s Rock the Ridge with Digital Learning

Hi everyone, We really need your help! A teacher from Rocky Ridge, one of our elementary schools, is a national finalist in the Farmers Insurance $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge. Elissa Dornan is competing head-to-head with proposals from Idaho and Montana. She needs as many votes as possible to win the contest.  If she wins, the money…

Rocky Ridge Night at LimeBerry Frozen Yogurt

This Sunday, February 23, from 1 – 4 p.m., LimeBerry Frozen Yogurt in Graham (22205 Meridian Ave E) is donating 20% of the sales to Rocky Ridge Elementary School’s PTA. Use the code ROCKY RIDGE at checkout.

75 feet from shoreline – what do you have?

SPANAWAY, WA — Thursday Jan. 9, two meetings were held at the Spanaway Round Table Pizza. These meeting were to raise awareness among people living near Pierce County bodies of water that their shoreline are about to have 75 foot buffers created. What do you have in Pierce County within 75 feet of a creek, river,…

SR7 at 296th accident and backup

There’s a traffic backup southbound on SR7 at about 296th Street. tonight. The mess started about 6pm and is currently a significant delay. Take another route to head south toward Eatonville and Elbe.

Prairie winter morning

By Marianne Lincoln ‘Tis the dawning of the day, The bitter cold will melt away Upon the rising of the sun, A glorious day is newly sprung. The dainty frost around the grass Glistens but will scarcely last. The lowly calling of the hawk O’er the prairie breakfast stalks. The distant mountain silhouettes the sky…

Mountain Highway blocking collision cleared at 260th

Collision SR 7 Southbound Collision on SR 7 southbound at Milepost 41.97 near 260th St E beginning at 10:51 a.m. on November 28, 2013 until further notice. The right lane is blocked. Cleared Collision SR 7 Southbound Cleared 11:17 am Previous Message: Collision on SR 7 southbound at Milepost 41.97 near 260th St E.  

November moon on a crisp cold evening

By Marianne Lincoln It was a crisp, cold evening out on the Muck Prairie. Around 8:20 p.m., the moon began to rise over the mountains, glowing an eerie orange color. As it rose, shadows were cast across the  grassy fields of Range Area 13; the former homestead of Hudson’s Bay employee Charles Wren and location of New Muck…

Bethel Over Emerald Ridge 28-21, Homecoming

SPANAWAY, WA — It was all there, the balloons, the streamers, the hats, shirts and school colored camo pants. There was royalty arriving in classic cars at half time, cheerleaders, hoots, howls, the band playing pep tunes and lots of people. The first score went to the Bethel Braves, but the Emerald Ridge Jaguars soon…

Hudson Bay Company descendants abound in south Pierce County

By Marianne Lincoln SPANAWAY, WA — Long before Washington was a state or even a territory, even before Oregon was a territory, this area was occupied by indigenous people and the fur traders. In 1832, a small contingent from the Hudson’s Bay Company built a storehouse on the shore of Puget Sound at the mouth…

Getting your historical bearings – Parkland, Spanaway to Roy

From the time Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean, until 1846, the United States and Great Brittain competed for the Pacific Northwest. The area north of the Columbia River was particularly controversial. With considerably more American settlers around Oregon City and a Hudson’s Bay outpost at Vancouver, it was thought highly likely the area…