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…

Major County Rezoning Proposal

The area Pierce County identified 2 years ago as “The City of Pierce” is now being slated for a zoning density increase in the area from Pacific Avenue on the West to Meridian on the East and 112th Street to 176th Street. This will affect all people the own single family homes and property! Request:…

JBLM artillery Jan. 15-18

JBLM conducts late-night mortar, demolitions and artillery training Tuesday morning through Friday evening JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct day and late-night training Tuesday morning through Friday evening that will include either artillery, mortars or demolitions. TRAINING BEGINS                           Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 a.m. TRAINING ENDS                               Friday, Jan.18, at 11:59 p.m….

Graham Library intersection

If you drive on 224th Street in Graham past the library, no doubt you have occasionally been stuck in traffic when the road was blocked by an accident. 224th Street is a county road outside of the urban growth boundary, therefore, it has no been slated for widening even though it bridges two state highways…