Workshop on Medicare options

Medicare changes place responsibilities on beneficiaries PIERCE COUNTY — Medicare is complex. Beneficiaries are faced with a wide range of options, many of which can be quite confusing. Medicare offers beneficiaries two basic options – Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage – and dozens of additional choices within each path. Knowing the differences and how to…

Electron Dam, what is it?

As the railroad expanded into the timberlands of Western Washington to ease transport of the logs to mills downstream, many geological discoveries were made in Pierce County. One was the large deposit of clay near Eatonville that resulted in the construction of the place called Clay City, the other was the construction of the Electron…

Letter from the Puyallup Nation regarding the Electron Dam Project

[Editor Note: The following is content is a letter from the website of the Puyallup Tribal Council regarding the Electron Dam. The water diversion dam (Headworks) is 10 miles up river from the Hydroelectric Plant at Electron. That diverted water runs in an 8 x 8 foot flume to the forebay above the hydro plant….

Pierce County takes steps to sanction Electron Dam

PIERCE COUNTY — Citing the inexcusable environmental harm caused by irresponsible management of the Electron Dam, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier has issued a letter imposing a series of mitigation steps the owners must take.  Working with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Dammeier’s ultimate goal is to remove the 12-foot tall wooden dam from the…

Graham brush fire consumes homes & vehicles September 7th, 2020

GRAHAM, WA — 154th Avenue East at 240th Street East between Graham and Kapowsin is closed and residents are under an evacuation order on Tuesday morning. The area is still hot in many places. The fire was started by a falling cottonwood tree on high voltage lines about 9:45 p.m. 9-7-2020. Resident Robert Johnson saw…

14 Districts review timeline for in-person learning

Today we received new guidance from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department which shows that Pierce County has now transitioned from the high level to the moderate level of COVID-19 infection. This is good news for our staff, students and their families. Please see the attached letter from 14 Pierce County Superintendents about the timeline for…

Deadline for Clover Creek stormwater presentations

8/31 deadline for Presentation Proposals on the topic of Stormwater in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Final Notice: The Chambers Clover Creek Watershed Council invites individuals with knowledge or expertise on the topic of Stormwater to submit a short topic abstract to be considered for the annual Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Issues Forum, scheduled for the late…

BRT – Bus Rapid Transit virtual public meeting August 27

Join our virtual public meeting! Interested in the learning the latest about the Pierce Transit Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project? Join us online for a project update and an opportunity to interact directly with the project team! We hope you can join us virtually via Zoom on August 27, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m….

Our local Suffrage Centennial Aug. 26

There is a National Historic site in Parkland of which not many are aware. No, not the Oregon Trail marker at the former Brookdale Golf Course, although that is significant too. The historic designation is at is the former home of Emma Smith DeVoe at 133rd and B Street East. Born in Illinois, Mrs. DeVoe…

Pierce County Council expands support to help more local businesses

August 6, 2020 PIERCE COUNTY — This week the Pierce County Council passed two ordinances aimed at making more funding available to local businesses struggling from impacts of COVID-19. The first ordinance doubled the total amount of funding available through a previously established COVID-19 Adaptation Grant Program, bringing the total authorized for assistance to $10…

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…