Pierce County ferry peak season fare rates take effect May 1

Peak season fare rates start May 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Peak season runs through Sept. 30. Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their fares increase from the non-peak season rate of $17.80 to the peak season rate of $22.30,…

Major construction coming to I-5 in Olympia

Heads up: Major construction coming to I-5 in Olympia   Drivers are encouraged to avoid Interstate 5 and US 101 in Olympia over the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 while crews repair a bridge expansion joint. Day and night lane and ramp closures are expected to cause lengthy backups and traffic delays. Consider…

Is your car safe?

Safercar.gov, provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will help you identify recalls and investigations on your vehicle, learn what it’s crash test ratings are ad discover if there are other complaints or defects that have not yet generated a recall. Check it out! You’ll be better off knowing. http://www.safercar.gov/ There are lots…

Ferry rates/schedules change May 1

Peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to fare rates. Peak season runs May 1 to Sept. 30. Riders should also be aware of several schedule changes that go into effect May 1 that will be in place year-round. Peak season rates and schedule Peak season fare rates start May 1 for…

Anderson Island on a quiet Saturday in March

By Marianne Lincoln Saturday afternoon I wandered to the Town of Steilacoom, parked my car and bought a ticket for the Anderson Island Ferry. As a walk on, I spent $5.15 for the ticket, but since I needed more than two hours on the island, parking was $6. In between the interruptions by trains rolling…

Winter escape to Orcas Island – Part III

By Marianne Lincoln I rose Sunday before the break of dawn, the Moran Mansion was still glowing through the fog hanging over the harbor. I showered, packed my bags, grabbed my camera and headed off to the south east corner of the island to find the sunrise that was foretold at last night’s dinner. Up the…

Winter escape to Orcas Island – Part II

By Marianne Lincoln In the dark of early morning, around 5:30 a.m., a small cloud began to creep over the harbor at the Rosario. By 6:30 a.m. there was a gray sheet of fog hanging over the entire resort. I arose, dressed and headed off across the island to find a place where a sunrise might…

Winter escape to Orcas Island – Part I

By Marianne Lincoln It was finally 3 p.m. on Friday and I could barely wait to take the elevator out of the building and jump in my car. I quickly checked the Seattle area traffic map on my Smartphone, yellow, red, and black, lots of red and black. Even up in Everett there was serious…

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.  

SR507 reopend at East Gate around 9pm

ROY, WA — The Twitter feed from WSP Trooper Guy Gil noted that SR507 was reopened around 9 p.m. this evening following the tragic one car accident that killed the driver and critically injured the passenger. The black Corvette was travelling at a high rate of speed, hit a tree when the driver lost control.  The car…

SR507 closed both ways for evening fatality accident at East Gate

ROY, WA — There was one death and another hospitalized with critical injuries after a one-car rollover crash around 6 p.m. on state Route 507 near East Gate Road. The car was a 1996 Corvette heading north on SR507. It lost control and hit a tree. The driver of the car died at the scene….

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service July 2-11

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles – such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – should plan ahead to avoid low tides from July 2-11. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and riders may be asked to wait until a later sailing. Ticket agents and crew…