Incorporation Proposed for Spanaway

Today, February 19, 2019 at the Pierce County Council meeting, Boojee Bowman, President of the Spanaway Historical Society, present the council with a $100 check, a map and a letter requesting the incorporation of the area known as Spanaway for incorporation as a city. Her presentation was followed by words of Marianne Lincoln, who was…

Good News for Bethel Schools

Tonight the initial election data appears to have the Bethel School District Bond election validated and passing. The election data has 116 of 118 precincts reporting. The ballots mailed in may still be arriving especially due to weather. The final numbers usually take a couple weeks before the election is certified as complete. At 65%,…

South End Hardware roof collapsed

SPANAWAY, WA — The Ace Hardware known locally as South End Hardware suffered a roof collapse from the snow and rainwater load. The business will be closed until repairs can be completed. We are wishing Owner Brian Stead and his employees well as they clean up and rebuild. The South End Hardware is almost a…

Bethel Bond is validated, decision tonight

  As of Monday February 11, 2019, the Bethel Bond issue has received enough votes to validate the election! The election required 16, 616 ballots to be turned in. As of Monday, there were 18, 573 ballots turned in to the Auditor’s office. The election deadline is 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12. At this time,…

HB1233 tries to preempt science and experts

Sometimes there is a bill in the legislature that is so egregious that you hope no one is dumb or evil enough to let it leave committee. In the case of HB1233, all the sponsors are from the same party and the opposing party is in charge of the committee. At issues is this line,…

Turn in those ballots, Bethel voters!

There are two ways to spoil and election. One is to fail to get enough yes votes. The other is to fail to “qualify” by getting enough ballots turned in. Every election costs around $75,000 for a school district to even get on the ballot. Add to that the cost of sending out informational materials,…

Graham Library intersection meeting Feb. 6

Public invited to Feb. 6 open house on 92nd Avenue East and 224th Street East intersection project The public is invited to learn about Pierce County’s plans to improve the intersection at 92nd Avenue East and 224th Street East at an open house on Feb. 6 at North Star Elementary, 7719 224th St. E in…

Lakewood Water Pipeline? Meeting Feb. 6

At this time, there is a plan for city density development in the communities of Frederickson, South Hill, Spanaway and Parkland. The key question is: Will there be enough water? Federal Law prohibits pumping water from another source (Tacoma’s Green River Water) into our Sole Source Aquifer. Can Spanaway Water, Firgrove Water, Rainier View Water…

Spanaway has a rich history

A few days ago I visited Heritage Bank on the corner of Military Road and Pacific Avenue. As President of the Spanaway Community Association, the new manager began talking about adding photos to the wall, depicting the history of Spanaway. I told her I would bring some in short order. In the past couple of…

Who are we, Spanaway?

If you are a Facebook user living in the Spanaway vicinity, you may have noticed there are a number of “blotters” that have been formed to tell up to date “news” about the area. These blotters include: Spanaway / Graham Blotter spanaway / elk plain / graham community blotter Spanaway / Elk Plain / Graham…

Bethel’s Visual and Performing Arts

Bethel’s Visual and Performing Arts Newsletter EXPRESSIONS Vol. 29  No. 10     January 23, 2019 January: 23 6:00 – 8:00pm        Tacoma Creates Community Conversation  (901 Broadway) 7:00pm                   Demonstration Band & Orchestra Concert  CE 24 7:00pm                   Demonstration Band & Orchestra Concert  SM 25 2:30 – 6:00pm        Set Up Displays at District Art Festival  (All Art Staff)  SLHS…

Buckley Mayor joins the chorus

Editorial by Marianne Lincoln At the Pierce County Regional Council meeting on Thursday January 17, 2019, a contingent of community representatives from Frederickson, Midland, North Clover Creek Collins and Spanaway spoke during general public comments (myself included). They highlighted the devastation that massive development has caused in the area, turning pastures to apartment buildings and…