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…

Feb. 21, Choir Mini-Festival at Bethel High School

Since PLU is remodeling the bleachers at Olson Auditorium Bethel is having 3 Choir Mini-Festivals at their high schools this year. Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m. is the Choir Mini-Festival at Bethel High School. It will feature Centennial Elementary, Elk Plain School of Choice, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Roy Elementary, Shining Mountain Elementary, Bethel Middle School, Cougar Mountain Middle School, …

GKCC 10th Annual Expo Fund Raiser at Bethel Middle School

The Graham /Kapowsin Community Council is holding their annual Expo on Saturday, March 2nd from 9 a.m. to – 3:30 p.m. at Bethel Middle School, 22001 38th Ave. E. Spanaway. Vendors, Shoppers, Donors, Entertainers and Sponsors are all wanted for the March 2nd Expo. The Graham / Kapowsin Community Council supports worthy projects in the community. There…

Unincorporated central and south Pierce county news

The Pierce Prairie Post coverage area includes the Bethel and Franklin Pierce School Districts, mainly. Since the coverage is Midland to McKenna, a small part of the news will also include the Yelm School District. The unincorporated county zip codes we mainly cover are 98387, 98444, 98445, 98446, 98580 and 98558. (also the incorporated city of…

Bethany Cemetery theft violates a place of peace

SPANAWAY, WA. – For 13 years, Laurie Porter has managed and maintained Bethany Cemetery on the Mountain Highway. She has worked to find the history of people and their families laid to rest there. The cemetery has many early pioneers from the area including many Hudson’s Bay Company descendants. This week she was very disturbed to…

The Weiler Bridge

As you are travelling south on the Mountain Highway past the light at 260th, you round a corner and begin to climb what is known as Muck Creek Hill. Just before that hill on the right is Weiler Road. Sitting high enough off Muck Creek to avoid flooding, Weiler road has seen a continuous growth…

Help the POST deliver your local news and get a tax deduction

Dear Pierce Prairie Post Reader,   Before you count down the final seconds of 2012, you should know that we are counting on you. When you read an article, it helps our statistics and helps us to convince advertisers to invest in our publication. Since we are also non-profit, if you like having a local…

There is a reason for loving the Braves

Editorial by Marianne Lincoln As a graduate of Bethel High School, a former school board member and a local historian, I appreciate a chance to share a perspective on the Bethel high school mascot name, Braves. In the late 1960’s, I asked my elementary class at Elk Plain Elementary how many were of Indian descent. Over…