Pierce County to hire more Sheriff deputies

PIERCE COUNTY — Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier has lifted the County’s hiring freeze to add approximately two dozen deputies to the Sheriff’s Department. “This unique opportunity to bring experienced deputies to the County is one we can’t pass up,” said Dammeier. “While other places look to defund police, in Pierce County we are looking…

Pierce County Council funds youth jobs initiative with CARES Act monies

PIERCE COUNTY — To connect more young people to jobs in Pierce County, the Pierce County Council unanimously approved an initiative aimed at youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25. Under this new youth and young adult jobs program, the county will partner with WorkForce Central, which will take the lead…

Workshop provides guidance on essential legal documents

PIERCEC OUNTY — The saying goes, “Lack of preparation on your part does not require a crisis on my part.” Yet many Americans have failed to prepare the most essential legal documents – will, power of attorney, and advance directives for finances and health care. Spouses or families are often left to make many decisions…

JBLM Unit to conduct two-week long training exercise 27 July- 8 Aug.

 JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – 1ST Special Forces Group will conduct a two-week long training exercise consisting of helicopter and maritime operations, July 27 through August 8. The training will occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and midnight each day. There will be noticeable day and nighttime aviation traffic between American Lake and Solo…

OK Hwy Closure at 252nd Street E

Orting-Kapowsin Highway East will be closed south of 252nd Street East July 31 to mid-August Orting-Kapowsin Highway East will be closed about 400 feet south of 252nd Street East from July 31 to mid-August while a box culvert is replaced. The work is part of a larger project that will run from July 27 to…

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…

Input on Milroy Bridge Replacement

Pierce County seeks public input on project to replace Milroy Bridge PIERCE COUNTY — The community can provide input about potential environmental impacts of a project to build a new bridge from Canyon Road East across the Puyallup River into the City of Fife via an online open house through Aug. 7. The bridge project…

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…

Annual property values set by County Assessor-Treasurer

PIERCE COUNTY –The latest assessed values of over 327,000 parcels of property throughout Pierce County have been mailed or emailed this week to the property owners.  These 2020 values will be used as the basis for property taxes to be billed in February of 2021.  “Homes in all parts of our County continue to increase…

June 27 blood drive in Graham

GRAHAM — On Saturday, June 27, Cascade Regional Blood Services will have their Bloodmobile in Graham, Washington. Please donate if you can to assist with those hospitalized in this pandemic. Before you arrive to donate, be sure you have eaten well and consumed plenty of non-caffeinated fluids. Bring your picture ID. If you are under…