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Posted on: November 16, 2022

District Court early closure on Nov. 18

Pierce County District Court will be closed at noon on Friday, Nov. 18, for employee training. The Court will reopen on Monday, Nov. 21.

This closure applies to all courtrooms and public service windows of all divisions of the court, including the Probatio...

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

Pierce County Department of Emergency Management and Bird’s Eye Medical receive international award

Pierce County Department of Emergency Management and Bird’s Eye Medical receive international award for COVID-19 response

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) awarded the 2022 IAEM-USA Business and Private Sector Integration...

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Posted on: November 9, 2022

Calling all community service groups!

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Are you serving your community and want funding?  We want your input!

Pierce County Human Services (PCHS) is creating a resource webpage to encourage groups with limited experience or capacity to seek funding to serve their communities. We recogni...

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Posted on: November 7, 2022

Pierce County awards $9.6 million in ARPA sewer and water utility infrastructure grants

Pierce County is awarding a total of $9.6 million to fund sewer and water system infrastructure improvement projects through its federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program.

The Planning and Public Works Department received 28 total applications ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

Pierce County completes salmon habitat restoration in Clear Creek

Pierce County, with funds from the Commencement Bay Trustee Council, completed a capital improvement project to expand salmon habitat and reduce flooding risk in the Clear Creek watershed. The Clear Creek Habitat Restoration project, located off ...

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Posted on: October 28, 2022

Experience the holidays with Pierce County Parks

Pierce County Parks has tons of holiday fun instore this winter for the entire family – including the dog! From November to December, here are some ways to enjoy the season with Pierce County Parks.

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Posted on: October 24, 2022

Burn ban lifted for unincorporated Pierce County

The county-wide fire safety burn ban for unincorporated Pierce County was lifted at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24. This decision was made in light of the recent rains and the forecast of continued precipitation and moderate temperatures. 

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Posted on: October 20, 2022

Hope is on the horizon for chronically unhoused people

This week, a new initiative to create a community village of microhomes for chronically homeless individuals was introduced to the Pierce County Council. 

Modeled after a successful community in Austin, Texas known as Community First! Village, the...

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Posted on: October 20, 2022

November 2022 election at a glance

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MEDIA CONTACT:Kyle Haugh, Elections Supervisor[email protected]  253-468-7544

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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Pierce County, Fife, service providers receive $35 million for safer housing opportunities

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Pierce County, the City of Fife, and homeless service providers were recently awarded $35 million from the state Right of Way Safety Initiative to help move residents living on state highway rights of way into safer housing opportunities, with an emphasis...

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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Road closures to begin Oct. 24 to install major sewer line in Spanaway

Pierce County is installing a new sewer interceptor in Spanaway near state Route 7/Mountain Highway East as part of the B Street Interceptor project.

This is the third phase of a multi-phased project to install new gravity sewer pipeline to serve the growi...

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Posted on: October 14, 2022

General Election Logic and Accuracy Test

Pierce County Elections will perform the County's official logic and accuracy testing on ballot counting and processing equipment at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, in Tacoma. The test is open to the medi...

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Posted on: October 12, 2022

County leadership sends joint letter in opposition to a potential new airport in Pierce County

Airport Site Evaluation

The Pierce County Council and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier sent a joint letter to aviation officials formally objecting to a potential new airport in Pierce County. They cited several reasons, including environmental harm.&...

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Posted on: October 7, 2022

Notice of Funding Availability for Public Facilities

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support pubic facilities. We are soliciting applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Public Facilities Projects to provide funding for eligible public...

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Posted on: October 6, 2022

Pierce County updates geographic greenhouse gas emissions data through regional inventory project

Pierce County’s participation in the Puget Sound Regional Emissions Analysis has provided the county with updated GHG emissions data for the baseline measurement year of 2015 and new data for 2019, which helps to gauge the County’s pro...

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Posted on: October 5, 2022

Comment now on County safe parking proposal

Today, Pierce County launched an online open house on a safe parking proposal that provides a recommendation for permanent safe parking regulations for unincorporated Pierce County. The public is invited to review the online open house and comment.&nb...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Spooky events happening in Pierce County Parks

Looking for some family-friendly ways to get into the spirit of Halloween or maybe get an early start on the holidays? Pierce County Parks has lots in store!

Haunted Headlights tickets go on sale Oct. 1Ghouls and goblins are heading to Graham with the retu...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

“Pardner Up” for Rideshare Month this October with Pierce Trips

Pierce Trips is proud to present Rideshare Month, Oct. 1-31. This year’s theme, “Pardner Up,” encourages folks to replace drive-alone trips with rideshare trips.

What is ridesharing? It can be carpooling, vanpooling, taking th...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Affordable housing awards bring 335 new units to Pierce County residents in need

Pierce County Human Services is awarding over $17 million for the development and preservation of affordable housing, resulting in 335 newly built units and 17 preserved units for low-income residents.

“These units will provide stable, affordable...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Pierce County Economic Development receives IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award

Pierce County’s Economic Development Department received the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2022 Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award for Innovation Programs and Initiatives for the Pierce County Business Accelerator ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2022

Fall Prevention Awareness Day Event

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Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition invite you to the annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day event this Thursday, September 22, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Mel Korum Family YMCA. The address is 302 43r...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

2023 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program accepting applications

The 2023 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County, is now accepting applications through Oct. 4, 2022.

Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project ...

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Posted on: September 1, 2022

Celebrate the last days of summer with Pierce County Parks

This September, Pierce County Parks offers free community events that the whole family can enjoy.

Gear up for Pierce County’s Touch-A-Truck eventPierce County Parks invites you to the 13th annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10...

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Posted on: September 1, 2022

Pierce County seeks public input on Comprehensive Plan update

Pierce County is updating the Comprehensive Plan and would like the public’s input on future growth in the county.

Planning and Public Works (PPW) staff will visit numerous sites and events throughout Pierce County in September to engage in discu...

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Posted on: August 19, 2022

Applications now open for C-PACER financing

Pierce County is now accepting applications for the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy + Resiliency Program (C-PACER). The C-PACER program allows owners and developers of eligible properties in Pierce County to obtain long-term financing, at a lowe...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Alzheimer’s Conference returns live in person with support, resources

One in three seniors will die from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. With a disease that kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined, it’s important to support families dealing with this heartbreaking condition. 

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Write-in candidate Cameron Severns advances to general election

Pierce County Elections received a declaration of write-in candidacy from Cameron Severns, who filed as a Democrat for the 25th Legislative District, State Representative Position No. 2. Under RCW 29A.24.311, candidates may declare themselves as a write-i...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Pierce County Council appoints Paul M. Herrera to District 2 County Council seat

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 9, 2022

Pierce County Council appoints Paul M. Herrera to District 2 County Council seat

Today the Pierce County Council appointed Paul M. Herrera to fill the vacant 2nd Pierce Count...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Deadline extended for ARPA Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Grant Program

Pierce County has extended the deadline for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Sewer and Water Utility Infrastructure Grant Program. 

All applications are now due by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. The new deadline does not impact the gr...

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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Celebrate Walk Everywhere Challenge in August with Pierce Trips

The Pierce Trips Walk Everywhere Challenge encourages people to replace car trips with walk trips during the month of August. Pierce County community members who walk or use a mobility device to get to frequented destinations such as work, the park, or gr...

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Posted on: July 26, 2022

Pierce County declares July 30 as Pierce County Trails Day

The Pierce County Council has issued a proclamation recognizing July 30, 2022, as “Pierce County Trails Day,” in support of ForeverGreen Trails’ annual event of the same name. The proclamation acknowledges that the enjoyment ...

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

Support, resources offered at 2022 Caregiver Conference

Thousands of Pierce County residents take care of a friend or family member with a serious health condition. While being a caregiver is a labor of love, it can also be very stressful. On top of that stress, the isolation created by COVID-19 has resulted i...

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Posted on: July 22, 2022

Colorful events happening in Pierce County Parks this August

Pierce County Parks are keeping things fun and colorful this summer! From festivals to a color run, August is jam packed with events in Pierce County Parks.

Kite Festival returns to Chambers Creek Regional ParkThe Pierce County Parks Kite Festival is back ...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Congratulations to Elections Supervisor Kyle Haugh

Kyle Haugh, elections supervisor for Pierce County Elections, will be designated as a Nationally Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement for election officials and election vendors in the country. CERA d...

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Posted on: July 14, 2022

Primary ballots mailed July 15 with district changes for some Pierce County voters

Ballots will be mailed this Friday and there are changes for some Pierce County voters. A few Congressional, Legislative, and County Council lines have changed following the 2020 Census. These adjustments, made every 10 years, can surprise voters.&nbs...

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Posted on: July 13, 2022

Rental Assistance Portal Closing August 1

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The Pierce County Rental Assistance program will stop accepting applications on August 1, 2022. Tenants will have until then to submit or make changes to their rental assistance application. Applications will be processed normally until all funds have bee...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Primary Election at a glance

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MEDIA CONTACT:Kyle Haugh, Elections Supervisor253-468-7544[email protected]  

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Posted on: July 6, 2022

Road closures to begin July 7 to install major sewer line in Parkland

Pierce County is installing a new sewer interceptor in Parkland near state Route 7/Pacific Avenue as part of the Parkland/Brookdale Interceptor project.

The new 72-inch diameter pipe will extend from the intersection of 131st Street East and A Street South...

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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Homeless Housing Program Funding Awards

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Pierce County made approximately $12.9M available in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Tacoma Housing Authority and local Homeless Document Recording Fee for our annual Home...

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Posted on: July 1, 2022

Applications open for Comprehensive Plan amendments

Applications for amendments to the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan will be accepted July 1 through August 1, 2022. The County accepts applications for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan every two years. Pierce County Council will review applications in...

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Posted on: July 1, 2022

From free movies to a dog festival, Pierce County Parks has something for everyone this July

During the month of July, Pierce County Parks has events and activities for all ages to enjoy plus dog-friendly options too!

Come fly a kite at Chambers Creek Regional ParkCome Fly a Kite Days returns to Chamber Creek Regional Park’s Central Mead...

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Posted on: June 30, 2022

Help turn traffic boxes into community landmarks

Calling all artists! The Pierce County Arts Commission is seeking designs to help turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks. Applications are now being accepted online to submit artwork that can be applied to traffic signal boxes throughout unincorpor...

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Posted on: June 23, 2022

Residential property values take another big jump

The latest assessed values for residential and commercial properties throughout Pierce County are in the mail to taxpayers and posted on the Assessor-Treasurer’s website.

“Home values in all parts of our County continue to increase dram...

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness - Request for Proposal

RFP - Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness

Unified Regional Approach

This has been edited to reflect the new application due date of June 24, 2022.

Everyone in Pierce County should have a home. Unfortunately, homelessness continues to harm many of the residents of Pierce County. To design a system t...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Daytime closures of part of Swan Creek Park planned for mid-June

The northeast side of Swan Creek Park will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13-16 and June 21-24 while Pierce County crews remove gravel from a sediment pond. 

The park’s parking lot near the Pioneer Way East and Waller Road East int...

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

Calling all dogs to the Pooch Paw-Ty on June 25

In recognition of National Dog Party Day, Pierce County Parks invite you and your dog to the new Pooch Paw-Ty event on Saturday, June 25 at South Hill Park and Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail in Puyallup. 

Dogs and their people can expect visits fro...

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

Pierce County announces $10 million in ARPA sewer and water utility infrastructure grants

Pierce County has established a grant program to allocate a total of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) stimulus funding for sewer and water system infrastructure improvements.

To mitigate long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in o...

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Posted on: May 26, 2022

Pierce County voters will receive new voter registration cards

New voter registration cards are being mailed to voters. The cards list new district and precinct assignments and are a result of Decennial Redistricting based on the 2020 census.

Voter registration cards are not needed to vote and are for informational pu...

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

Section of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest to be resurfaced

Crews will resurface a section of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest starting May 31. The work is expected to be completed in late July.

The approximately 1-mile stretch runs from just north of Stone Drive Northwest to approximately 325 feet south of 36th Stree...

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

Annual Donut Dash 5K returns

Presented by Pierce County Parks, the Donut Dash 5K returns with a virtual run option happening June 24-26 and an in-person event on Saturday, June 25, at the Foothills Trail in Orting.

Participants must pre-register online by Monday, June 13. All particip...

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Posted on: May 18, 2022

144th Street East Sewer Extension project to start May 31

Pierce County will be installing new sewer pipes east of Canyon Road East between 144th Street East and 160th Street East. Construction is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 31.

The new system will serve approximately 290 acres of Urban Growth Area that is...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write against committee statements for the August 2, 2022 Primary Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: May 12, 2022

Candidate filing week begins Monday, May 16

Offices open for election this year include:

  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representatives (Congress)
  • State Office – Secretary of State
  • State Senators and Representatives
  • Pierce County Offices
  • Judicial Offices including State Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Pier...
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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Pierce County Council approves budget adjustments

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Pierce County Council approves budget adjustments to support law enforcement, replace revenue

This week the Pierce County Council took action to make changes to the previously ad...

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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Key Peninsula Giveaway

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Key Peninsula Household Essentials Giveaway

Eligible households can join Pierce County's Community Action Programs on Tuesday, May 17th to receive free household items. This event is for income eligible Pierce County residents (outside the City of Tacoma)....

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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Notice of Funding Availability - Affordable Housing

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Affordable Housing Development and Preservation

Pierce County and the Pierce County Community Development Corporation have jointly made available funds to support the development and preservation of affordable housing in Pierce County. Applicants can utili...

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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Pierce County seeking public comments on updated Nisqually Watershed flood maps

In partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pierce County is updating the flood insurance rate maps along the Nisqually River.

These maps are used by FEMA to show where flood insurance is ...

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Posted on: May 2, 2022

Wear RED on May 5 to recognize and remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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Each day, tribal women disappear from their families. Some are killed and others go missing. This tragedy is especially common in the Pacific Northwest due to our proximity to an international airport, the Port of Tacoma, I-5 and JBLM.

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Posted on: April 28, 2022

Pierce County District Court launches Mental Health Court

Pierce County District Court is proud to announce that the newly formed Mental Health Court (MHC) will begin accepting referrals starting the week of May 2, 2022. The MHC combines court supervision, probation, and mental health treatment by collaborating ...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Project along section of 136th Street East to begin May 2

A project to improve accessibility and sidewalk connectivity along 136th Street East from 94th Avenue East to 97th Avenue East will begin May 2. The work is expected to be complete in early July.

The project area is in South Hill just west of Ballou Junior...

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Posted on: April 20, 2022

Council adopts policy to allow temporary safe parking facilities in unincorporated areas

 

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Following a recommendation from its recently adopted Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness, the Pierce County Council acted Tuesday to allow safe parking facilities in unincorporated areas on an interim basis....

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Posted on: April 20, 2022

Summer recreation scholarship program announced

Pierce County Parks is now accepting applications for its summer recreation scholarship program. The scholarship offers financial assistance to County residents participating in youth outdoor recreation programs offered by Pierce County Parks.

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Celebrate Bike Month in May with Pierce Trips

The Bike Everywhere Challenge runs from May 1-31, 2022. Participants can register as an individual or team. Those who log at least 10 bike trips in the Pierce Trips calendar are eligible to win prizes including: 

  • $50 and $100 gift cards to a local...
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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Workshops offer tips for caregiving on the Alzheimer’s journey

It’s normal for older adults to worry about forgetfulness as they age, but when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, individuals and their families must know what to expect as the disease progresses. With roughly 6 millio...

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Posted on: April 15, 2022

Pierce County Parks receives project of the year award for Frederickson Community Center

Pierce County Parks was recently recognized with a Project of the Year award for its preservation work completed at the historic Frederickson Community Center located in Cross Park, 4420 Military Road East.

The award, granted by the American Public Works A...

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Posted on: April 12, 2022

Celebrate Lidford Playfield’s new playground May 7

The community is invited to join Pierce County at the ribbon cutting celebration of the new playground at Lidford Playfield, 4115 60th St. E. in Tacoma.

The celebration takes place May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Speakers include County Executive Bruce Dammei...

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Posted on: April 7, 2022

Construction project on section of Canyon Road East will start April 11

Construction on a project to enhance safety and relieve traffic congestion on Canyon Road East from 400 feet north of 84th Street East to 72nd Street East will start April 11. The project is expected to be complete in Fall 2023.

Crews will work 7 a.m. to 3...

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Posted on: April 7, 2022

Pierce County Parks Foothills Dash returns to Orting April 23

The Foothills Dash, presented by Pierce County Parks, will be held Saturday, April 23, at the Foothills Trail in Orting. The race features 5K, 10K and half marathon distances.

The run begins at Orting Main City Park and follows one of the most scenic secti...

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Posted on: April 7, 2022

Section of 8th Avenue East to be resurfaced

Work to resurface 8th Avenue East from 336th Street East to 288th Street East will begin April 11. The project is expected to be complete in mid-May.

The project area is located south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord between 8th Avenue South and State Route 7.

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Pierce County hosts career fair April 14

Looking for a new job or career change? Current and future job seekers will have an opportunity to connect in person with department hiring managers Wednesday, April 14.

Pierce County’s career fair will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Pierce C...

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Posted on: April 1, 2022

Help remodel Sprinker Recreation Center

Pierce County invites community members to submit Sprinker Recreation Center building (Sprinker) upgrade ideas and feedback via an online open house until April 29.

Located in the heart of the Parkland and Spanaway communities, Sprinker is Pierce County&am...

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Posted on: April 1, 2022

Section of Sumner-Buckley Highway East to be resurfaced

Work to resurface Sumner-Buckley Highway East from 258th Avenue East to West Mason Avenue at the Buckley city limits will begin April 4. The work is expected to be complete in late May.

Crews will install or replace guardrail at several sections within the...

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Posted on: March 16, 2022

Live Stream: Deputy Dom Calata’s Celebration of Life

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Celebration of Life Service Details 

The Celebration of Life for Deputy Calata is at 1 p.m., March 25 at Church for All Nations at 111 112th St E, Tacoma. Parking and space are very limited at the church. If you are interested in attending the ser...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

District Court guidance on face coverings

Pierce County District Court plans to end its court-wide face covering requirement effective March 14, 2022, based on information provided in Governor Jay Inslee's conference on Feb. 28, 2022. Face coverings will be optional and social distancing...

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Posted on: March 7, 2022

Community invited to weigh in on Key Peninsula intersection project

The community is invited to provide feedback on an upcoming Key Peninsula intersection project via an online open house through March 31.

Pierce County is analyzing alternatives to reconfigure the Key Peninsula Highway Northwest/Lackey Road North­w...

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Posted on: February 25, 2022

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write against committee statements for the April 26, 2022, Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Pierce Trips relaunches the Best Commuter Business Leadership Program

Pierce County employers can earn recognition for supporting sustainable transportation by participating in the Best Commuter Business Leadership program (BCB).

Each year, Pierce Trips reviews and scores participating employers’ efforts toward inc...

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Posted on: February 11, 2022

2022 sees moderate increases in property taxes

While real estate values have surged in Pierce County, statutory limits on property tax rates are holding tax increases to modest levels this year. “In recent years, tax bills fluctuated due to the State Legislature and local school districts re...

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Posted on: February 7, 2022

Community invited to apply for 2022 Watershed Small Grants

Pierce County is partnering with watershed councils, local nonprofits and agencies to fund a small grants program supporting community projects that improve habitat and water quality across the county.

The 2022 cycle will award up to $70,000 total to proje...

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Posted on: January 27, 2022

Business and government to connect at Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum

Business owners looking to create or expand a revenue stream by working with government are invited to attend the virtual 2022 Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum.

In partnership with Alliance Northwest, the Forum will be held on Thursday, March 10, fro...

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Posted on: January 25, 2022

Improvements coming to 92nd Avenue East and 224th Street East intersection

Note: Updated work hours went into effect Feb. 17, 2022.

Work to improve safety and traffic operations at the 92nd Avenue East and 224th Street East intersection will begin Jan. 27 and run through mid-summer 2023.

Visit www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5819 for pr...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

District Court Continued Suspension of Jury Trials

Pierce County District Court has continued the suspension of all new civil and criminal jury trials until at least March 4th, 2022. Jury trials are slated to begin again on March 7, 2022. This date will be revisited as it approaches to determine if an ext...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Get free at-home Covid-19 Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-?home COVID-?19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

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Posted on: December 24, 2021

Shelter options for unhoused during expected cold snap

County announces shelter options for unhoused during expected cold snap

In partnership with the Coalition to End Homelessness and the City of Tacoma, Pierce County is coordinating warm indoor places to shelter for those experiencing homelessness, including...

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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Pierce County Districting Committee approves final map

The Pierce County Districting Committee approved new boundaries for Pierce County’s seven council districts at its Dec. 16, 2021 meeting.

The adopted map adjusted the boundaries to accommodate growth over the last 10 years, as identified by the 2...

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write against committee statements for the Feb. 8, 2022, Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Written comment now accepted on amended final districting map

At its Dec. 7, 2021 meeting the Pierce County Districting Committee took action to amend the final draft plan of proposed new boundaries for the seven Pierce County Council districts as presented by the Districting Master.

The changes included technical am...

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Special filing period Dec. 13-15, 2021, for Drainage District Elections

A special filing period will be held Dec. 13-15, 2021, for the Feb. 8, 2022, Drainage District Election. Offices are open for election in each of Pierce County’s eight drainage districts.

File in person at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th St...

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Posted on: December 2, 2021

Pierce County survey asks why and where people walk, bike and roll

Updated: This survey has been extended through Dec. 30.

Pierce County wants to know why and where people walk, bike and roll in unincorporated areas of the county.

Residents can visit www.piercecountywa.gov/active through Dec. 30, 2021, to take a survey on ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2021

Pierce County Parks 2022 No Sun Fun Run offers both virtual and in-person race options

The No Sun Fun Run, presented by Pierce County Parks, is reimagined for 2022 with the option to race in-person or virtually. The in-person race will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at the Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail in Puyallup while the virtual race w...

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

Final draft districting plan submitted to the Districting Committee for review

The Pierce County Districting Committee is tasked with redrawing the seven Pierce County Council districts to equally distribute the county's population based on 2020 Census data.

The Districting Committee will receive the final draft plan at thei...

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Posted on: November 3, 2021

Fantasy Lights offers a walk-through experience

At Fantasy Lights Walk, visitors can get into the holiday spirit with a close-up preview of more than 300 animated displays and thousands of brilliant lights before the drive-through event begins. Visitors may choose from two dates to take an evening stro...

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Posted on: November 2, 2021

Chambers Creek Canyon Trail project bridge installed

An important milestone for the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail project has been reached with the installation of a new bridge. The bridge is expected to open to the public in mid-November once the bridge railings have been installed and other minor work is co...

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Posted on: October 27, 2021

Fantasy Lights tickets go on sale Nov. 1

Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 for Fantasy Lights, the largest drive-through holiday light display in the Northwest. This year, the Spanaway Park event will run from Nov. 26, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022, and tickets must be pre-purchased online. Among the nearly 300 ela...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Constance R. White named Pierce County Clerk of the Superior Court

Following a nationwide search, Constance R. White has been selected to serve as Pierce County’s Clerk of Superior Court. She succeeds Kevin Stock, who is retiring after serving in the role for nearly two decades.

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

General Election at a glance

MEDIA CONTACTS:Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor [email protected]253-798-3188 

Mike Rooney, Elections Manager [email protected]253-798-2148

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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Donut Dash 5K fun run registration ends Monday, Oct. 4

Presented by Pierce County Parks and Recreation, the Donut Dash on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Foothills Trail in Orting is the fourth fun run in the 2021 5K series. Participants must pre-register online by Monday, Oct. 4. Legendary Doughnuts will be provid...

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Posted on: September 29, 2021

Haunted Headlights tickets go on sale Oct. 1

After a successful first year in 2020, the Haunted Headlights drive-through experience returns to Frontier Park for four days of family-friendly Halloween fun. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and must be purchased in advance online. No tickets will be sold at t...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

2021 Alzheimer’s Conference brings information and inspiration to caregivers

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Nearly half of all caregivers who provide help to older adults do so for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Right now, more than six million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and that number is projected to grow to 12.7 ...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Dammeier proposes biennial budget focusing on housing and homelessness

$3 billion budget highlights public safety and justice, behavioral health, and sustainability

Executive Bruce Dammeier presented his proposed 2022-2023 biennial budget to the Pierce County Council today. The nearly $3 billion budget prioritizes funding for...

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Posted on: September 20, 2021

Pierce County burn ban lifted Sept. 21 due to recent weather

The county-wide fire safety burn ban for unincorporated Pierce County will be lifted at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21. This decision was made due to recent rains, the forecast of continued precipitation and moderate temperatures.

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Posted on: September 13, 2021

Public invited to review the Draft Action Plan for the Carbon River Corridor

Over the past year, the Carbon River Corridor Cooperative Action Plan project team has had several conversations with landowners and stakeholders to determine how best to balance recreational needs while preserving historical and natural resources through...

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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Apply for a historic preservation grant

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission will accept applications for the 2022 Preservation Grant Program through Sept. 28, 2021. These small yet meaningful grants support historic preservation and history-related project proposals...

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Posted on: August 30, 2021

Community input sought for aging and disability services Area Plan Update

The Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) division invites the community to attend a public meeting to comment on the draft 2022-2023 Area Plan Update, including the 2022 proposed budget.

The one-hour virtual public meeting will...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Alzheimer’s educational series provides guidance to caregivers

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The numbers are shocking. Almost six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today and in 30 years, that number is expected to rise to 14 million. After a family member is diagnosed, they often become the most important individual in that family, wi...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Pierce County launches new sewer customer portal

Pierce County launched a new online portal Aug. 17 that offers its sewer customers enhanced payment options. Designed for ease of use and improved security, the new system allows customers to pay their bills and request services with additional flexibilit...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Pierce County seeks public input on early environmental findings for River Crossing Bridge project

Early findings from an environmental review of a proposed new bridge across the Puyallup River into Fife are available for public review and comment through Friday, Sept. 24.

The bridge project – known as the River Crossing – is part of...

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Posted on: August 13, 2021

Pierce County celebrates family reunification on Aug. 20

For most children living in foster care, reunification with their family is the best option for a permanent and loving home. Each year in Pierce County, hundreds of children are successfully reunited with their families after parents put in hard work to g...

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

Pierce County Medical Examiner seeks family or friends for more than 170 unclaimed decedents

What happens when someone dies, and no one claims their body? In the case of Pierce County, Wash., the Medical Examiner’s office arranges the cremation of the decedents and provides a respectful ceremony at a final resting place.

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Posted on: August 9, 2021

Final week to register for the Chambers Color Run

Registration closes in one week for the Color Run 5K fun run at Chambers Creek Regional Park on Aug. 28. The Chambers Color Run includes a warm-up dance party, runners covered in bright colorful powder, and views of Puget Sound. Pre-registration is requir...

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Posted on: August 4, 2021

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write against committee statements for the November 2, 2021, General  Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Work begins for Chambers Creek Canyon Trail project

Work on a new bridge that will be installed as part of the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail project began July 26. The work is expected to be complete in mid-October. 

The first phase of the work will result in a new bridge crossing connecting the City...

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Posted on: July 15, 2021

Primary Election at a glance

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Mike Rooney, Elections Manager[email protected]253-798-2148

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

Pierce County declares July as Park and Recreation Month

The Pierce County Council has issued a proclamation recognizing July as “Park and Recreation Month” in Pierce County, Washington, joining the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in its July dedication to encourage residents to ”get out, explor...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Prevail the Trail 5K fun run invites all ages and abilities to register

The Prevail the Trail 5K is the second race in Pierce County Parks’ Run the Fun 5K series and is open to all ages and abilities. The 5K may be completed at the racecourse in person or at a location of the racer’s choice with results su...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Special candidate filing period to be held July 12-14, 2021

A special filing period will be held July 12-14, 2021, as no candidate filings were received during the regular filing period for the following offices:

  • City of Roy – Council Positions 1, 3 and&nbs...
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Posted on: June 25, 2021

Residential property values take a big jump in Pierce County

The latest assessed values for residential and commercial properties throughout Pierce County are in the mail to taxpayers and posted on the Assessor-Treasurer’s website.  

“Home values in all parts of our county continue to in...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Pierce County Development Center lobby reopening on July 1

Pierce County’s Development Center lobby will open for in-person services on July 1, 2021. Lobby hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist customers. Online services are also still available.

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Posted on: June 23, 2021

Burn ban for unincorporated Pierce County starts at 8 a.m. on June 25

A county-wide burn ban in Pierce County is announced effective at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021, until further notice.

The Pierce County Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared a county-wide bu...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Accessibility, sidewalk connectivity improvements coming to section of 168th Street East

Work to improve accessibility and sidewalk connectivity along 168th Street East between Gem Heights Drive East and 171st Street Court East will start June 23. The work is expected to be complete in late July.

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

Huge Creek receives new culvert

A large three-sided culvert will be installed under 160th Street NW to improve fish passage and fish habitat. The work will start early July and is expected to be complete in late October.

The Huge Creek culvert is being replaced to provide a clear fish pa...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Community input sought for Community Action Programs

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Correction: The survey is available until July 31, 2021.

The Pierce County Human Services Community Action Programs (CAP) division is seeking input from community members to identify strengths and resources available to meet the needs of children, youth an...

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Posted on: June 10, 2021

Part of Swan Creek Park to be closed during the day June 21-July 1 for pond work

The northeast side of Swan Creek Park will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday, from June 21-July 1 while Pierce County crews remove gravel from a sediment pond.

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Posted on: June 8, 2021

Construction starting on the Upper Nisqually for Channel Migration Protection

Beginning in June, work will occur on an existing levee owned and maintained by Pierce County within the Mount Rainier National Park (MRNP) entrance area at state Route 706. Work is expected to be complete in October.

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Posted on: June 2, 2021

Wetland rehabilitation continues with junk removal along Canyon Road East

Work continues to help rehabilitate approximately 10 acres of wetland as part of Pierce County’s Canyon Road Regional Connection Project.  

In December 2020, Pierce County took ownership of a property along Canyon Road East and Pioneer Way East th...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

New traffic signal system coming to Canyon Road East and 96th Street East June 3

A new traffic signal system will be activated at the Canyon Road East and 96th Street East intersection around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 3. 

The activation is weather dependent. Activation work will start around 8 a.m. The roads will remain ope...

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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Community input sought for aging and disability services

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The Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) division is initiating a survey to gather community input for the two year update to  the 2020-2023 Area Plan. As the designated Area Agency on Aging for Pierce County, ADR mus...

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Universal design workshop focuses on age-friendly homes

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Sidewalk ramps at intersections, commonly called curb cuts, were designed to help wheelchairs navigate urban walkways. Once introduced, designers quickly realized their extensive value for parents pushing strollers, children riding bicycles and pedestrian...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Candidate filing week begins Monday, May 17

Offices open for election this year include:

  • Pierce County Superior Court #23
  • Port
  • Cities and towns
  • Schools
  • Fire
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Water
  • Sewer

190 nonpartisan local offices are open for election this year in Pierce County. Offices where more than two candidates...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Guardrail, retaining walls coming to section of 264th Street East

Update: This work will now start Monday, May 24.

About 600 feet of guardrail will be installed on the outside edge of 264th Street East to increase safety. The work will start May 17 and is expected to be complete in late June.

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Workshop discusses health care planning from a medical perspective

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Attorneys and social service providers stress the importance of having legal documents in place. Despite our best efforts to prepare living wills, advance directives and powers of attorney, oftentimes in a health care setting these legal documents can fal...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Learn the basics of Medicaid

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Many of us have heard of Medicaid and Medicare, but they can be easy to confuse. Join the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center for an online primer explaining the difference between the two, including how to qualify and apply. 

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Summer camp financial assistance program Kids Need to Play! announced

Pierce County Parks has created a program named Kids Need to Play! (KNP!) funded through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funding allocations to provide discounts for kids’ summer camps and programs. Several public and private recreation ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Tacoma Dome is home for Pierce County’s vaccination effort for six weeks starting April 27

Pierce County’s Department of Emergency Management is opening a mass vaccination site at the Tacoma Dome for six weeks starting April 27. The goal is to vaccinate at least 1,170 people each day and get an estimated 34,000 doses into the arms of ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Register now for the Spring Fling Virtual 5k

The Spring Fling Virtual 5k fun run sponsored by Pierce County Parks begins in May, and people can register now to participate. This is the first of a new five-part 5k fun run series titled RUN the FUN, which includes races throughout the year.

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program opens May 3

Eligible seniors can apply online for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and receive vouchers to purchase produce from participating farmers markets and farm stores, beginning May 3. Over 2,000 vouchers are available, each valued at $40, and may ...

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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Affordable homes and housing at the heart of proposal for $175 million in American Rescue Plan

In anticipation of soon receiving $175 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, Executive Bruce Dammeier submitted his proposed expenditure plan to the Pierce County Council today. The proposal was informed by and reflects input...

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Posted on: April 8, 2021

Pierce County Caregiver Conference goes virtual

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Thousands of Pierce County residents take care of a friend or family member with a serious health condition. While being a caregiver can be a labor of love, it can also be very stressful. On top of normal stress, the isolation created by COVID-19 has resu...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Workshop explores issues of downsizing, organizing and simplifying

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Nearly half of Americans consider their homes cluttered¬ with items they no longer use, and one in seven have a room in their home filled with unused items. While most could use extra space, 41 percent of Americans report they have not decluttered their h...

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Posted on: March 16, 2021

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 22

Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer. 

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 22 and continue through June. Targeted noxious weed and brush control applicati...

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Posted on: March 16, 2021

Series focuses on legal documents vital to residents of all ages

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For better or worse, we live in a society that relies on documentation. When an emergency, crisis or unforeseen circumstance arise, regardless of age, having documentation in place can provide support and direction during difficult times.

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Rental and utility assistance available for Pierce County tenants behind on payments

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Pierce County and the City of Tacoma have partnered to bring an eviction prevention program to thousands of residents impacted by COVID-19. Pierce County renters with overdue rent and/or utility bills can apply for financial assistance. Eligible utilities...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Pierce County businesses weigh in on business assistance programs

Pierce County businesses recently told the County’s Economic Development Department what they need to survive and recover from the pandemic. 

A survey of Pierce County businesses was recently conducted to learn which types of assistance ...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Workshop lays out basics of Social Security Disability

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The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 Americans have a disability, but still, many people are unaware of this vital program. The importance of these benefits cannot be understated, as they often protect against poverty, homelessness, and bankruptcy.  

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write against committee statements for the Apr. 27, 2021 Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Know the differences between natural aging and dementia

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The number of Americans living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast.13.8 million people age 65 and older are projected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050. It is normal for memory to change with age, but...

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Posted on: February 17, 2021

Tools and techniques to avoid scams

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they are now considered ‘the crime of the 21st century.’ If you’ve been the victim of a scam, you know how upsetting it can be. But often consumers may not even recognize the truly effective ...

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Posted on: February 15, 2021

Pierce County seeks COVID Recovery Team members with virtual hiring event

Pierce County Department of Emergency Management seeks COVID Recovery Team members to immediately serve on the front lines of its COVID-19 recovery efforts. COVID Recovery Team members will help Pierce County emerge from the pandemic crisis and serve the ...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

2021 sees moderate increases in property taxes

While real estate values continue to surge in Pierce County, statutory limits on property tax rates are holding tax increases to modest levels this year.  “For the past three years, tax bills fluctuated due to the McCleary court decisio...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Get the most out of your doctor visit

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Going to the doctor isn’t what it used to be. With innovative technology and advancements in medicine, it’s expected that we are more informed and engaged with our medical providers. It’s more important now than ever for patients (or their caregivers) to ...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Advance planning for funerals eases burdens

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Few people are comfortable talking about death, but making funeral arrangements ahead of time is beneficial in more ways than one. Decisions made in haste or under pressure are often not the best decisions, especially after the passing of a loved one. Pre...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Mass COVID vaccination sites planned for Pierce County

In an effort to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations, Pierce County officials are moving forward with plans to swiftly create three mass vaccination sites and several mobile locations.

The County’s Department of Emergency Management has d...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Avoid costly mistakes with free retirement planning workshop

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Everybody looks forward to retiring someday. With preparation and a little luck, most of us will have the opportunity to enjoy retirement, but simple mistakes can easily set you on the wrong track. Avoid that fate by taking care to avoid common financial ...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Wheeled all-terrain vehicles allowed on additional Pierce County roads starting Jan. 1

Wheeled all-terrain vehicles will be allowed on most public County roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less in the south and east sections of unincorporated Pierce County starting Jan. 1, 2021. 

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

Pierce County Parks 2021 No Sun Fun Run offers virtual and in-person options

The No Sun Fun Run, presented by Pierce County Parks, is reimagined for 2021 with the option to race in-person or virtually. The in-person race will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 at Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail in Puyallup while the virtual race will o...

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Posted on: December 21, 2020

Pierce County sewer rates to increase Jan. 1, 2021

Customers in Pierce County’s sewer service area will see a 3.75 percent increase in their sewer rates starting Jan. 1, 2021.

The Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2019-77 which set the sewer rate as part of the 2020-21 biennial budget. T...

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

Help shape the future of Orangegate Park

The community is invited to help Pierce County develop a plan for Orangegate Park in the Summit-Waller community. Currently it is 150 acres classified as undeveloped. The first phase of park improvements is expected to begin in 2023. 

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

Pierce County COVID Testing Station opens to meet community need

Pierce County has expanded its COVID testing effort with a new station to meet increased demand.

The Pierce County COVID Testing Station – located at 3003 107th St. S., Lakewood, 98499 – is a former vehicle emissions testing location. T...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Pierce County District Court suspends jury trials

The Pierce County District Court remains committed to taking important steps to protect public health while ensuring continued access to justice and essential court services during the COVID-19 pandemic. On November 23, 2020 the Court issued an order susp...

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Posted on: December 9, 2020

Expert panel focuses on extended care of a loved one

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Long-term care is commonly associated with seniors, but younger adults are increasingly finding themselves in need of services following an accident, unexpected illness or chronic condition. Whether you’re a resident in a long-term care facility or are re...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Three new courtrooms and associated spaces completed for County-City Building District Court

The completion of renovations on the fifth floor of the County-City Building includes three new courtrooms and associated spaces that bring new technologies, expanded energy conservation, and increased accessibility to the Pierce County District Court. Th...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Reconstructed traffic signal system coming to Canyon Road East and 84th Street East

A reconstructed traffic signal system will be activated at the Canyon Road East and 84th Street East intersection around noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Activation work will start around 10 a.m. Motorists should expect delays. The activation is weather dependen...

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Apply for a historic preservation grant

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission will accept applications for the 2021 Preservation Grant Program through Jan. 8, 2021. These grants assist in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County. The program’s goal is t...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Pierce County Parks facilities respond to the Governor’s latest restrictions

Pierce County Parks has worked diligently to provide social, sport, and recreational activities at various sites throughout the county in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to Governor Inslee’s recently released directive and out of...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Traffic signal system coming to Steele Street South and 102nd Street South intersection Nov. 19

A new traffic signal system will be activated at the Steele Street South and 102nd Street South intersection on Thursday, Nov. 19. The activation is weather dependent. 

The addition of the signal is expected to improve traffic operations and safet...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Fantasy Lights opens Nov. 21

Popular holiday tradition Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park will open early this year on Nov. 21. The family-friendly annual event, now in its 26th year, offers visitors the perfect way to experience the magic of the holiday season from the safety of their ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2020

District Court response to November 15, 2020 statewide order

Pierce County District Court will not modify court operations based on information provided by the Governor during his November 15, 2020 press conference. The court has instituted safety measures that meet or exceed recommendations from the Tacoma/Pierce ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2020

Superior Court's response to Governor's 11-15-2020 press conference

Pierce County Superior Court will not modify court operations based on information provided by the Governor during his November 15, 2020 press conference. The court has instituted safety measures that meet or exceed recommendations from the Tacoma/Pierce ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Local Rotarians help Pierce County elections

The Nov. 3 General Election promises a historic level of voter turnout. While many voters are returning ballots early, Pierce County Elections anticipates a high volume of traffic at its 47 ballot drop boxes on Election Day. 

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

CARES Act partnership creates over 70 new paid job internships for young adults

A partnership between Pierce County Economic Development, WorkForce Central, and Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region has come together through a CARES Act initiative to create paid internship positions for young people in the community. The Reco...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Meet Me in the Park partnership increases programming in time of need

Meet Me in the Park is a unique program designed by Pierce County Parks, offered in partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma, that provides vital small group social and recreational connections for community members of all abilities who have experienced height...

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Stan and Joan Cross Park opens; design features sustainable restoration of historic barns and access

Pierce County Parks has completed the development of the northern 4-acres of the 64-acre Stan and Joan Cross Park site. This development represents phase 1 of the park’s master plan. 

Stan and Joan Cross Park is the first and only public...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Pierce County refinances bonds; saves over $25 million

Yesterday, Pierce County sold $11.3 million of general obligation refunding bonds and $189.4 million of sewer revenue refunding bonds to refinance existing debt and take advantage of lower market interest rates. The general obligation refunding will save ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Popular Woof Woof dog walk starts at So. Hill Community Park

The Woof Woof Walk will take place this year at the South Hill Community Park and Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail in Puyallup on Oct. 24 from 9 a.m.-noon. Both people and pet participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes for this ...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Voight's Creek bridge on Foothills Trail closed for repair

Beginning Sept. 23, a one-mile portion of the Foothills Trail will be closed for repair. The closed section is just east of Orting and no detours will be possible until the work is complete. The closure will last from Wed., Sept. 23 through mid-October.

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Pierce County businesses: Apply by Oct. 2 to receive COVID-19 relief funds

Pierce County businesses impacted by COVID-19 can apply for multiple programs offering financial relief through the Pierce County Economic Development Department. Applications are due by Oct. 2 for this round of funding for the following programs:

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Criminal Justice Work Group findings presented to County Council

Today, a group of leaders from across Pierce County presented to the County Council the results of a review of Pierce County’s criminal justice policies and practices.  

The Criminal Justice Work Group was convened by Sheriff Paul Pastor...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Pierce County takes steps to have Electron Dam removed

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 Tr...

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

Pierce County to hire more Sheriff deputies

 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 i...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

New features and improvements at North Lake Tapps County Park

Following six months of construction, North Lake Tapps County Park is fully open again and ready to welcome visitors with many new amenities and enhanced features.

The list of improvements includes a new bulkhead which allows for easier water access, and a...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

New sewer pump station to be built at intersection of 28th Avenue East and 182nd Street East

A project to extend sewer service to a 370-acre area in central Pierce County near Spanaway and Frederickson will begin June 29. The work is expected to be complete by June 2021.

A new sewer pump station will be built near the intersection of 28th Avenue E...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

County allocates $5 million to help schools safely reopen in the fall

In its largest allocation to date, Pierce County has directed $5 million of CARES Act funding to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for K-12 schools in the county.

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

County continues to allocate CARES Act funding; More than $17 million in support

Another round of federal CARES Act funding has been allocated by Pierce County. As a result, nearly one-third of the $158 million total CARES funding has been allocated to date.

This week’s funding decisions include $5 million to expand public he...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Pierce County allocates $3.8 million to help farmers, seniors and homeowners

The next round of CARES Act funding is on its way to aid Pierce County residents in recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

The largest share of the funding, $2.2 million, will go toward a new foreclosure prevention program designed to help homeo...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Ken Farmer named head of Pierce County Disaster Recovery Office

Executive Bruce Dammeier has appointed Retired Major General Kenneth Farmer, M.D., to lead Pierce County’s Office of Disaster Recovery. A noted military leader and physician, Dr. Farmer will help guide Pierce County’s efforts to recove...

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Posted on: May 16, 2020

Pierce County distributes next $17 million in CARES Act funding

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier announced the next $17 million of the $158 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal funding has been distributed to assist with the COVID-19 recovery response.

“I appreci...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

New traffic signal system to be activated Feb. 6 at 78th Avenue East and 184th Street East

A new traffic signal system will be activated on Feb. 6 at the intersection of 78th Avenue East and 184th Street East to improve intersection operations.

The intersection was widened to add left turn lanes for 78th Avenue East.

Crews previously added street...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

County to hear final recommendations for Agricultural Resource Land Study

The Pierce County Council Community Development and Performance Audit Committees in a joint meeting will receive a presentation on outcomes and recommendations from the Agricultural Resource Land (ARL) Study that was commissioned by the council.

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

District Court early closure, Sept. 16

Pierce County District Court will close at noon Friday, Sept. 16 for employee training. The court will reopen Monday, Sept. 19.

This closure applies to courtrooms and public service windows of all District Court divisions, including Probation.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

County observes Labor Day, Sept. 5

Labor Day

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Emergency services will operate without interruption.

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

Rev up for fun at Touch-A-Truck event, Sept. 10.

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will host its seventh annual Touch-A-Truck event Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S. in Tacoma.

This free community event allows the public to explore a variety of...Read on...

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

South Hill panel focuses on extended care for loved ones

Long-term care is commonly associated with age, however younger adults are finding themselves in need of services following accidents, unexpected illnesses or chronic conditions. One-third of residents in long-term care facilities are under age 65 and man...Read on...

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Posted on: August 29, 2016

Pierce County Ferry offers two-boat service during Labor Day weekend

The Pierce County Ferry will offer additional runs during the Labor Day weekend to accommodate holiday travelers.

Pierce County will operate both boats from noon to 6:40 p.m. on Sept. 2, 4 and 5. In addition to normally scheduled runs, the system’s se...Read on...

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Posted on: August 29, 2016

Section of 108th Street East to be resurfaced Sept. 6-16

108th Street East will be resurfaced between Ainsworth Avenue South and Pacific Avenue South from Sept. 6-16.

The road will remain open, although it will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays from 7 a...Read on...

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

Chambers Bay resort proposals unveiled; Public invited to learn more at Sept. 8 open house

At today’s study session Pierce County Councilmembers had their first look at the two development proposals vying for the opportunity to build a $45 million resort at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

Pierce County’s vision for the resort is one ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

Food trucks to park themselves at Sprinker Recreation Center, Aug. 27

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is thrilled to bring you more than 29 delicious reasons to sample and explore the 2nd Annual Mobile Food Fest at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S. in Spanaway.

The admission-free event takes place Saturday, A...Read on...

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

Work to improve sidewalks, pedestrian visibility on Park Avenue South begins Aug. 29

Work to improve sidewalks and pedestrian visibility along Park Avenue South between 125th Street South and Garfield Street South will begin Aug. 29. The work is expected to be complete in late November.

The project will include new six-foot sidewalks a...Read on...

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Annual Kite Festival takes flight Aug. 28

A spectacularly colorful day of all things kites will take place at Pierce County Parks & Recreation’s annual Kite Festival on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Meadow located at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 6320 Grandview Dr. in Univ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Dry weather prompts county-wide burn ban

Pierce County Fire Marshal Warner Webb has announced a county-wide outdoor burn ban, effective 8 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, until further notice. Dry weather and forecasts calling for continued dry heat prompted the limited ban, issued jointly with the Pier...Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Heat advisory notice and options

Due to the high temperatures expected this weekend, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat warning for parts of the Puget Sound. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to lower 90s Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 18-20. ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Section of Gem Heights Drive East to be resurfaced Aug. 22-26

Gem Heights Drive East will be resurfaced between Silver Creek Avenue East and Meridian Avenue East from Aug. 22-26.

The road will remain open, although it will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays f...Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Video News: Tourism Special

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 18, 2016

The best places and things to see and do in our County!

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Posted on: August 3, 2016

UPDATED: Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

Editor’s Note: Updates committee members needed.

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “For” and “Against” committee statements for the Nov. 8, 2016, General Election Local Voters’ Pa...Read on...

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Posted on: July 28, 2016

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “For” and “Against” committee statements for the Nov. 8, 2016, General Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet in the following districts:

Committee memb...Read on...

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

Public input sought on Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan update

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is looking for public input on the 2017 update to the Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan.

The master plan is used to establish the vision for the park and to guide future development. Park users, citizens ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

August 2 Primary Election at a glance

August 2 Election at a glance

The Pierce County Auditor's Office has provided an overview of the August 2 Primary Election.

Visit the Auditor's website for ballot drop box and voting center locations.Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Sprinker Recreation kicks off 40th anniversary with activities July 30

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Sprinker Recreation Center, Pierce County’s premier recreational facility. To celebrate, Parks and Recreation has planned activities for the whole family to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

The...Read on...

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

198th Avenue East extension opens new route to ease traffic

Map of Tehaleh

[On behalf of Pierce County, The City of Bonney Lake and Newland Communities]

Today officials from Pierce County, The City of Bonney Lake and Newland Communities, developer of the Tehaleh community, celebrated the completion of a $7.7 million extensio...Read on...

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

New ferry ticketing system goes live July 26

Pierce County Ferry riders will purchase their ferry tickets through a new ticketing system starting July 26.

Riders will be able to buy their tickets online at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry, at the Steilacoom Terminal and via a new smartphone app.

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Section of Foothills Trail to close during levee maintenance

Pierce County crews will make repairs to the Carbon River levee near the Foothills Trail between Voight’s Creek and 197th Avenue East starting the week of July 25.

That section of the Foothills Trail will be closed for about a week. The trail may re-op...Read on...

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Posted on: July 20, 2016

Chambers Bay to host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in 2019

Shared by the Pierce County Department of Communications:

Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., has been selected by the USGA as the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The dates of the championship are May 25-29.

The Home Cour...Read on...

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Posted on: July 20, 2016

Open house on options to replace or rehabilitate the Fox Island Bridge planned for Aug. 2

The community is invited to an Aug. 2 open house to learn about potential options to rehabilitate or replace the Fox Island Bridge.

The Preliminary Type, Size and Location Study began in winter 2015. Pierce County and HDR Engineering, the consultant h...Read on...

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Posted on: July 19, 2016

Pierce County Airport-Thun Field’s runway to be closed at night for electrical work

Pierce County Airport-Thun Field’s runway will be closed Monday to Thursday at night from Aug. 1 to Sept. 9 while crews install new wiring and replace runway edge light lamps. The runway will be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.

The work will take pla...Read on...

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Posted on: July 18, 2016

New version of the Pierce County Bike Map released

Bicyclists can now pick up the latest version of the Pierce County Bike Map at public libraries and most city halls and bike shops around the county.

The free map shows paved trails open to non-motorized traffic, bike lanes that are striped and signed...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Pierce County Medical Examiner seeks friends and families to reclaim remains of deceased

The friends and family members of 37 individuals who died in Pierce County have one last opportunity to reclaim their remains. The list of individuals can be found below and at the Medical Examiner's website.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner plans t...Read on...

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Posted on: July 7, 2016

“Sounds at Sunset” concert series at Meridian Habitat Park

Sounds of live music will fill the air at Meridian Habitat Park in Puyallup every Friday in July from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The free summer concerts will feature a variety of local and regional musical styles that appeal to music lovers of all ages and taste...Read on...

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Posted on: July 7, 2016

Pioneer Way entrance to Swan Creek Park closed weekdays July 11-16

The Swan Creek Park entrance near Pioneer Way and Waller Road on the southeast side of Swan Creek will be closed weekdays July 11-16 while crews remove gravel from a sediment pond.

The Pioneer Way entrance and all park property on the southeast side of...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

A Statement from Pierce County Council Chair Doug Richardson

“I am in receipt of Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy’s veto of Council Ordinance 2016-35s which requested the Planning Commission to conduct a public hearing considering amendments to prohibit the production, processing, and retail sale of marijuana i...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Pierce County Executive vetoes marijuana ordinance

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy today vetoed a County ordinance that requested the Planning Commission to consider amendments to the County Code related to marijuana production, processing and retail sale.

The veto sends the ordinance back to the...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Tips for staying safe on 4th of July

With the 4th of July quickly approaching we want to make sure the residents of Pierce County are celebrating safely! The Pierce County Fire Marshal has put together useful information to help guide residents.

Be Prepared… before you light fireworks

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Posted on: June 28, 2016

Pilot of two-boat service on the Pierce County Ferry during summer weekends starts July 1

The Pierce County Ferry will offer additional weekend runs in July and August to minimize delays during the busy summer season as part of a pilot program in 2016.

Pierce County will operate both boats from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays. In addi...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2016

Fourth of July weekend brings schedule changes, extreme tide warning for Pierce County Ferry

Pierce County Ferry riders should be aware of several items during the Fourth of July weekend.

Schedule changesDuring the Fourth of July weekend, a run departing Steilacoom at 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4 will be offered. The run departing Steilacoom at 4...Read on...

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Posted on: June 22, 2016

Puget Sound Fresh app wins international award for design excellence

The Puget Sound Fresh App is the perfect way for consumers to learn about fresh summer produce or find local farmer markets. Now the popular app has won a 2016 Apex Award for design and overall communications excellence.

APEX 2016 is an international c...Read on...

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Posted on: June 13, 2016

Junk In Your Trunk community garage sale returns

Imagine treasure hunting at scores of garage sales without driving all day. Pierce County Parks and Recreation kicks off its seventh season by hosting four Junk in Your Trunk community garage sales on:

  • Saturday, June 25
  • Saturday, July 16
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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Flights on the vintage Douglas DC-3 offered during Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels July 3

Aviation enthusiasts can sign up now for an unforgettable flight aboard the vintage Douglas DC-3 during Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels on July 3 at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.

The 1-hour experience includes a tour of the Historic Flight Foundation’s Dou...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Grandparenting has a new look

Children today face many extraordinary challenges and opportunities. That’s even more true for grandparents.Kids face so many issues in their lives and they often bring those challenges to home and family.

“Conversations on Grandparenting” is an inform...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2016

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Foothills National Recreational Trail

A groundbreaking ceremony for additional trail improvements to the Buckley to South Prairie section of the Foothills National Recreation Trail will take place on June 7, 2016, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Fitzer Mill Site, along Highway 165.

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Chuck Buzzard named Washington’s GIS Person of the Year!

Chuck Buzzard

Pierce County’s Chuck Buzzard is a groundbreaking technologist, innovative leader, and partner with many state and local agencies. Chuck has now been named “GIS Person of the Year” for his expertise and countless hours of volunteering.

The Washington S...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels back July 3, 2016 with aircraft, cars, motorcycles

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Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels is back for its sixth year with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 3 at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, located at 1202 26th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor.

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Register now for 26th annual Tour de Pierce bike ride June 26

Cyclists from all over the Puget Sound will take part in the 26th annual Tour de Pierce on Sunday, June 26. The bike ride to promote fitness, fun, and safety, includes 30- and 50-mile marked routes, plus a 12-mile route designed for families or for those ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Memorial Day weekend brings holiday schedule, extreme tide warning for Pierce County Ferry

The Pierce County Ferry will operate on its holiday schedule on Memorial Day, May 30.

The ferry will operate a one-boat service, instead of a two-boat service that is typically offered on holiday weekends. The M/V Steilacoom II will handle the holiday...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Road project along Crystal Mountain Boulevard East resumes May 23

Work on a road project along Crystal Mountain Boulevard East from State Route 410 to the Crystal Mountain Resort will resume May 23.

Utility crews will be onsite for about two weeks starting May 23 to relocate utility lines located near Mile Marker 6 ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

Traffic revisions coming to 62nd Ave. E. and 48th St. E. SW of River Road May 18

Pierce County will permanently close 62nd Avenue East at 52nd Street East on May 18, which will create a dead end on 62nd Avenue East.

In addition, the intersection of 62nd Avenue East and 48th Street East will become an all-way stop.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Judge Tollefson announces retirement from Superior Court

Honorable Brian Tollefson

Judge Brian Tollefson, Pierce County Superior Court’s most senior judge has announced his retirement effective May 31, 2016.

Judge Tollefson was elected to Superior Court in 1988 and has served continuously in that position without opposition for over...Read on...

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Posted on: May 10, 2016

Businesses can learn first-hand about cyber-related crimes

Businesses are invited to hear cyber security experts discuss global trends, regional impacts, and how to protect your business from cybercrime, at a half-day program on Thursday, May 26 in Lakewood.

The forum covers topics such as shifts in the cyber ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2016

Pierce County Superior Court honors jurors May 16-20

Pierce County Superior Court is sponsoring Juror Appreciation Week from May 16-20 to recognize the important service that residents provide on jury duty and to highlight and honor and importance of that service.

Last year, 19,881 citizens served on a j...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2016

Puget Sound Starts Here Month challenges residents to adopt Sound-healthy behaviors

Pierce County is teaming up with hundreds of organizations across Puget Sound to challenge residents to commit to at least one Sound-healthy action during May’s Puget Sound Starts Here Month.

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

Passing of Robin McKinney

Robin McKinney, facilities services coordinator for Facilities Management, passed away on April 27, at age 54 after her long battle with cancer.

Robin is a Lincoln High School graduate. Robin graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served 12 years i...Read on...

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Posted on: May 3, 2016

Crystal Judson Family Justice Center marks 10th anniversary

The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center was established ten years ago following Crystal's murder at the hands of her husband. The community came together to grieve and heal, determined to raise awareness of domestic violence in our community and create ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Social Security benefits help people with a ticket to work

Individuals with disabilities encounter numerous barriers to employment. Those frustrating walls hinder gainful employment and reduce self-sufficiency. But Social Security provides many effective work incentives that can be combined with other state resou...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Ansara named Director of Community Connections for Pierce County

Following a lengthy and thorough recruitment process, Peter Ansara has been named Director of Community Connections for Pierce County. He begins his new role on May 2, 2016.

“Peter is passionate about serving Pierce County and the important work of Com...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Unsheltered homelessness up 37 percent in Pierce County

On Jan. 29, 2016, nearly 2,000 people in Pierce County were homeless.

Pierce County has seen a dramatic rise in homelessness over the last 12 months. Based on the 2016 Point in Time homelessness report released today, the number of people and families ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

Films on aging highlight Older Americans Month

Movies can be our window on the world and windows into our own lives. In observance of Older Americans Month, the Pierce County Library system and Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources are showing three remarkable films that explore the significa...Read on...

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

Apply for a landmarks preservation grant by June 10

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the 2017 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County.

Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or histor...Read on...

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

Gaddis named new Pierce County Court Administrator

Pierce County Superior Court today announced Chris Gaddis as its newest Court Administrator. He will begin his new role on May 2, 2016.

Gaddis has had a 23-year career in law enforcement and has been the Chief of Police for the City of Normandy Park si...Read on...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

Three final decisions become the most important

Postponing the most important decisions can be disastrous. It can tear families apart and destroy what took a lifetime to establish. Three final decisions are the most important and come into play at the most stressful time of life – when death occurs.
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Posted on: April 12, 2016

New traffic signal system to be activated at 52nd Street East and 66th Avenue East April 12

A new traffic signal system will be activated at the intersection of 52nd Street East and 66th Avenue East near Puyallup on April 12 to improve intersection operations.

Currently, there is a stop sign on 52nd Street East where it intersects with 66th A...Read on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2016

Workshop offers keys to success with vision loss

Vision loss happens more often that we may care to admit. Whether by disease, age, accident or trauma, people can have their vision impacted. But it doesn’t have to mean the loss of independence or quality of life. By tapping into community supports and r...Read on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2016

Jury duty scams on the rise

Jury coordinators in Pierce County have received several reports this week of scammers working the phones to trick residents into believing they owe a fine for missing jury duty.

Here’s what to look out for:

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Posted on: April 8, 2016

Seattle Seahawks Jimmy Graham’s mother and Pierce County’s CASA team up to help foster kids

Pierce County Juvenile Court’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program will be holding a free event at LeMay - America's Car Museum, on April 28 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the amazing work of their 230 volunteers, to connect with new volunteers, an...Read on...

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Posted on: April 6, 2016

Pierce County ferry peak season fare rates go into effect May 1

Peak season fare rates start May 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their fares increase from the non-peak season rate of $18.35 to the peak season rate of $23.85, while passengers drivi...Read on...

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Posted on: April 6, 2016

Pinwheels strive to raise awareness, prevention of child abuse and neglect during April

Prevention pinwheels

Silver and blue pinwheels have taken over the front lawn of Pierce County Juvenile Court, and are springing up around Tacoma and Pierce County to help bring awareness to National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

For the third year Pierce County ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancies

The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill two Ethics Commission positions. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government.

Applicants must be registered to vote...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Meetings to discuss proposed co-located SS911, Health Department and Community Connections building

Want to learn more about possible facility solutions that Pierce County is exploring? Residents can attend community meetings during April to hear about a concept under consideration that may provide improved facilities for some County employees, Tacoma-P...Read on...

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

New traffic signal system to be activated at 78th Avenue East and 192nd Street East March 31

A new traffic signal system will be activated at the intersection of 78th Avenue East and 192nd Street East near Graham on March 31 to improve intersection operations.

Currently, there are stop signs on 192nd Street East where it intersects with 78th A...Read on...

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

County offers resources for early stage memory loss

Individuals and families dealing with memory loss or facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s are typically filled with anxiety, fear and confusion. It’s a time when the sky can seem to be falling in. But there is hope, there are resources and there are people w...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Work at 112th Street East and A Street South intersection starts March 28

Work to relieve traffic congestion at the 112th Street East and A Street South intersection will start March 28. The work is expected to be complete by the end of July or early August.

The intersection will be widened to accommodate a new traffic signa...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Learn about extended care resources for a loved one

Long term care is commonly associated with age. But increasingly younger adults find themselves in need of services following accidents, unexpected illnesses or chronic conditions. One third of residents in long term care facilities are under 65 years. A...Read on...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

Pierce County Auditor hosts Passport Week

In response to a surge in demand for passports, the Pierce County Auditor’s Office, located at 2401 S. 35th St., Room 200, in Tacoma will be staying open an extra hour the week of April 4-8, 2016. Doors will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Why Apr...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 28

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start Monday, March 28, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control a...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

It’s time for Parks & Recreation's Annual Family Bingo Night

Spring is around the corner and that means the sounds of family fun will be heard from miles around Chambers Creek Regional Park for Parks & Recreation’s Annual Family Bingo Night on Friday, April 1, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Event ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Social Security Disability focus on March 23

Odds are you won’t need it. Odds are if you do need it, Social Security Disability is a lifesaver. Nearly one out of every six working-age Americans – 29.5 million people – has a disability, making them much more likely to experience economic hardship th...Read on...

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Posted on: February 29, 2016

Pierce County Ferry out of service until further notice

The Pierce County Ferry is expected to be out of service most of Feb. 29 following electrical issues on the M/V Steilacoom II.

The ferry lost steering controls on one engine as it departed Steilacoom at 5:45 a.m. for the first run of the day. The ferry...Read on...

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Posted on: February 29, 2016

Pierce County Ferry service expected to resume in early evening

Pierce County Ferry service is expected to resume in the early evening Feb. 29 once the M/V Christine Anderson is cleared to take over the remaining runs of the day.

Ferry service has been down since 5:45 a.m. Feb. 29 after the system’s other ferry, th...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write committee statements for the April 26, 2016, Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet in the following districts:

Committee members needed

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Pierce County Law Library to close on Sundays

The Pierce County Law Library will be closed on Sundays, effective March 6. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved this closure in response to funding restrictions that no longer support Sunday hours.

Hours on Monday will remain 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.,...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Workshop explains Social Security retirement changes in 2016

Social Security continues to be a key part of how Americans ensure their financial security after they retire. Congress made some substantial changes to the program that take effect in 2016. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, th...Read on...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Auditor seeks to appoint “For” and “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

A citizen’s petition to “Form a metropolitan park district in University Place” has qualified for the April 26, 2016 ballot. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write a “for” and “against” s...Read on...

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Posted on: February 16, 2016

Auditor announces election date and candidate filing period for the Proposed University Place Metrop

A citizen’s petition to “Form a metropolitan park district in University Place” has qualified for the April 26, 2016 ballot. At the same election that the proposition is submitted to the voters as to whether a metropolitan park district is to be formed, f...Read on...

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Posted on: February 16, 2016

Figueroa and Swanson elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

University Place Mayor Javier Figueroa and City of Puyallup Councilmember Tom Swanson have been elected to lead the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on telecommunications issues and televises local government programmin...Read on...

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Posted on: February 16, 2016

Try Hockey For Free Day coming to Sprinker Ice Arena Feb. 20.

Pierce County Parks and Recreation invites boys and girls to Sprinker Ice Arena on Saturday, Feb. 20 for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of Hockey Weekend Across America. Starting at 5:45 p.m. local youth, ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ic...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Pierce County offices closed Monday, Feb. 15

In observance of Presidents' Day, Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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Posted on: February 8, 2016

Pierce County looking for resort-style development at Chambers Bay

Developers asked to submit Statement of Qualifications

Pierce County is looking for a partner to design, finance, construct and operate a resort-style development adjacent to the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash. Chambers Bay hosted t...Read on...

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Posted on: February 3, 2016

Pierce County is looking to lease

Pierce County is seeking greater efficiencies in leased space and opportunities to provide a better return on investment to taxpayers.

Numerous leases are expiring this calendar year. The county must continue to lease office space. However, it is not ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 28, 2016

Libby Catalinich named Pierce County Director of Communications

County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Libby Catalinich as the next Director of Communications. The first day on the job for Catalinich will be Feb. 8, with confirmation by the County Council to follow.

Catalinich will leave her positon as Senior A...Read on...

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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Milestone reached in Puyallup Valley farmland conservation

PCC Farmland Trust has announced that Puyallup Valley’s Shelstad Farm and Harman Farm are preserved in perpetuity, joining five other working farms in the area that have been conserved by the organization.

PCC Farmland Trust will celebrate the conserv...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2016

Record-breaking year at Sprinker Recreation Center

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department announced that the Sprinker Recreation Center experienced record-breaking attendance and revenue in 2015.

Parks and Recreation has worked diligently to improve Sprinker and the facility has experienced...Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Rehabilitation of six sewer manholes to begin Jan. 25 in Lakewood

Construction work to preserve the life of six sewer collection manholes in Lakewood will begin Jan. 25.

Crews will replace corroded interior iron drop structures, install new manhole steps, and rehabilitate walls, shelves, and channels. Additionally, ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

Volunteers needed to help count homeless people in Pierce County

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Lakewood-Pierce County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness are looking for volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2016

Board of Equalization seeks members

Applications are being accepted to fill two regular Members and one Alternate Member on the Pierce County Board of Equalization. The seven member board hears appeals from taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value of their properties as determined by ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2016

Pierce County Council chooses new leadership for 2016

Pierce County Councilmember Doug Richardson has been elected as council chair for 2016. The seven-member body voted for leadership positions at the council’s Jan. 12 weekly meeting. Voting for committee leadership will occur at the Jan. 19 council meeting...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2016

Councilmember Young selected for new transportation leadership academy

Transportation For America has selected Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young to participate in the 2016 Transportation Leadership Academy.

The yearlong training academy focuses on teaching local leaders about performance measurements to better asse...Read on...

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Posted on: January 11, 2016

Chambers Bay experiences changing demographic of golfers

Following a historic year in which Chambers Bay hosted the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest, the course recently released statistics that illustrate the marketing benefits of hosting the National Championship. As a result of forty hours of televis...Read on...

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Posted on: January 7, 2016

Don’t Drip and Drive campaign wins National Environmental Achievement Award

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Informed drivers find and fix car leaks for cleaner water

Pierce and King counties have won the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) National Environmental Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Information and Education for the joi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 5, 2016

2015 U.S. Open Championship tallies $134 million in regional economic impact

Pierce County and neighboring counties realized a $134 million boost in total economic impact from the U.S. Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association at Chambers Bay Golf Course June 15-21, 2015, a recent study reveals.

Commis...Read on...

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources is hosting a repeat series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?” The 6-part series of discussions for families and individuals focuses on the initial journey through Alzheimer’s and oth...Read on...

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Posted on: December 29, 2015

Workshop brings hoarding out from the shadows

Television has made hoarding into prime time entertainment. But hoarding is serious business that can last a lifetime – a mental health disorder that may touch over 1 million people in the US. Often families are torn apart, friends are alienated and mar...Read on...

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Posted on: December 22, 2015

Treecycle your Christmas tree

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After you take down the decorations, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be ...Read on...

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Posted on: December 15, 2015

County Council amends ordinance to allow sale of marijuana

Businesses must be licensed and meet county and state requirements

The County Council this afternoon repealed its de facto ban on marijuana production and sales in unincorporated areas. The bill changes the conditional use permit process by eliminating...Read on...

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Posted on: December 14, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlets

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write committee statements for the Feb. 9, 2016, Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet in the following districts:

Committee members needed

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Posted on: December 10, 2015

Repair work on the Anderson Island ferry landing starts Dec. 14

Repairs will be made to the Pierce County Ferry landing on Anderson Island outside of sailing hours the week of Dec. 14.

Crews will repair damaged apron hinges and brackets between 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 5:45 a.m. Dec. 15. The apron hinges and brack...Read on...

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

Emergency Operations Center open

In response to flooding on multiple rivers, isolated landslides, and road closures in Pierce County, the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center opened today at a Level 2 at 9 a.m.

Officials are working with jurisdictions and partners across Pierce...Read on...

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Posted on: December 8, 2015

Crafters Creations event offers one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday

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Want to get out and pick from locally crafted, unique gifts for that “hard to buy for” person on your shopping list? With more than 55 vendors — and holiday experience fit for the season — Pierce County Parks invites you to shop at the 3rd annual Crafters...Read on...

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Posted on: December 7, 2015

Pierce County ferry fares to increase in 2016

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase across all rider categories except for youth starting Jan. 1, 2016.

The increase was recommended as part of the 2015 Waterborne Transportation Study, and included in the 2016 Pierce County Budget.

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Posted on: December 7, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. The University Place academy begins Jan. 13, 2016 and will meet each Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. The South...Read on...

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Posted on: December 2, 2015

Pierce County passes resolution supporting Stepping Up initiative

Program designed to reduce the number of people in jail with mental illness

The Pierce County Council yesterday passed a resolution announcing support for the national “Stepping Up” initiative. The program will be employed to reduce the number of peopl...Read on...

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Posted on: November 30, 2015

Two Day Winter Eco Camp at Sprinker Recreation Center

Make plans to keep the kids busy this winter break by making reservations for the newest addition to our environmental education programming. Winter Eco Camp will provide kids the opportunity to explore the gifts of nature at Spanaway’s Bresemann’s Forest...Read on...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

21st annual Fantasy Lights experience to kick off at Spanaway Park

Over 300 lighted holiday displays will illuminate the grounds of Spanaway Park in Pierce County beginning Nov. 26 and running through Jan. 1, 2016. It’s the 21st annual Fantasy Lights drive-through display put on by Pierce County’s Parks and Recreation Se...Read on...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Derek Young’s statement on passing of Gretchen Wilbert

Former Gig Harbor Mayor Gretchen Wilbert passed away last weekend. She served from 1990 through 2006. In response, Pierce County Council Member Derek Young issued this statement:

“On Sunday, we lost a true visionary and leader with the passing of Mayor...Read on...

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Posted on: November 10, 2015

Councilmember McDonald concerned budget action will make marijuana problems worse

During the Pierce County Council’s budget debate at their Nov. 10 meeting, the body adopted an amendment that would create a special fund to enforce state and county marijuana laws. Councilmember Joyce McDonald – a vehement opponent of legalizing marijuan...Read on...

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Posted on: November 10, 2015

Recreation Assistant job opportunity with Parks and Recreation Department

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for a Recreation Assistant for the Indoor Playground program at the Lakewood Community Center.

The Indoor Playground program is a parent/guardian-child program with staff involvement. Appli...Read on...

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Posted on: November 10, 2015

Richardson proposal would crack down on illegal marijuana operations in Pierce County

After July 1, 2016, unlicensed marijuana sales operations in unincorporated Pierce County will be in violation of the law. Now that a budget amendment authored by Councilmember Doug Richardson has been adopted, those caught breaking the law after the cuto...Read on...

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Posted on: November 10, 2015

Talbert applauds passage of measure to fund property crimes unit

During budget debate at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Pierce County Council, the body adopted an amendment that funds the creation of a Sheriff’s unit dedicated solely to property crimes. It’s a measure which Councilmember Rick Talbert has been fighting on b...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2015

County observes Veterans Day

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Emergency services will operate without interruption.

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Posted on: November 9, 2015

Pierce County invites community to flood preparedness open house

Pierce County residents are invited to a flood preparedness open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Stewart Elementary School, 426 4th Ave. NE in Puyallup.

This free event will feature informational booths and short presentations about flood p...Read on...

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Posted on: November 5, 2015

Economic impact of U.S. Open shows County fared well

Pierce County officials have released the numbers showing the U.S. Open’s economic impact on the county. The financial summary shows Pierce County incurred about $3.9 million in overall expenses and saw just over $5 million in revenue, resulting in a net ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 29, 2015

Local United States District Court judge honored at U.S. Supreme Court

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United States District Court Judge Robert Bryan was recognized at the annual American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence event at the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Bryan received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 29, 2015

Pierce County hires Tiffany Speir as new Government Relations Director

County Executive Pat McCarthy has announced the hiring of Tiffany Speir as Director of Government Relations for Pierce County. Speir, formerly with the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP), has worked in Pierce County for the last seve...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2015

Therapeutic Recreation Leader opportunity with Parks and Recreation

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the position of Therapeutic Recreation Leader for the Companionship program’s Club TGIF and Camp Pierce.

Companionship’s Club TGIF provides inclusive recreation and socialization skills...Read on...

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Posted on: October 27, 2015

Fall fun for everyone at Parks and Recreation Family Bingo Night

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Family Bingo Night on Friday, Nov. 6. The event is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Meridian Habitat Park.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Event admission costs $5 per person and children...Read on...

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Posted on: October 26, 2015

Pierce County completes evaluation of ramp, sidewalk compliance with ADA standards

Nearly all sidewalks in unincorporated Pierce County are wide enough to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while non-compliant curb ramps may be creating barriers to accessibility.

These findings are part of Pierce County’s American...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

North Meadow parking area at Chambers Creek Regional Park to reopen after expansion

The North Meadow parking area at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place will reopen Oct. 24 following an expansion project that more than doubled the number of parking spaces in order to help meet high demand.

A new parking area with approxim...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2015

More in-district Council meetings scheduled in Pierce County

The Pierce County Council has updated its list of upcoming meetings held in locations around the county in an effort to make government more accessible.

The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, will hol...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2015

Pierce County hailed winner by Thomson Reuters

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Thomson Reuters has bestowed a rare Public Sector Champion award to Casey Kaul, on behalf of the Pierce County Auditor’s Recording Team.

Public Sector Champions are individuals and jurisdictions that have achieved excellence in planning, leadership an...Read on...

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Posted on: October 12, 2015

Community Connections director leaving position at Pierce County

After nearly five years with Pierce County Community Connections, Helen Howell’s last day as director of that department will be Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Howell will be transitioning to her new role as Executive Director of Building Changes, an organization th...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2015

Event highlights resources, services, programs, supports for seniors and disabled

Pierce County has a wealth of resources, services, programs, supports and benefits to help older adults and individuals of all ages remain safe, independent and active at home. Making the Link 2015 is the premiere opportunity for professionals, volunteer...Read on...

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Posted on: October 7, 2015

Pierce County road crews prepare for winter weather

Pierce County is preparing now for winter weather on county roads.

On Oct. 12 and 13, Pierce County road crews will travel their snow plow routes, set up and recalibrate equipment, and review the county’s Snow and Ice Response Plan in anticipation of w...Read on...

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Posted on: October 5, 2015

Pierce County Television takes home 17 awards at national banquet

Each year, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) holds an awards banquet to honor the best in government television programming. Pierce County TV (PCTV) took home 17 awards at the 2015 event, including two first-plac...Read on...

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Posted on: October 5, 2015

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on Pierce County roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.

“With wet fall weather returning and leaves falling, the potential for flooding alon...Read on...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

Medicare changes place responsibilities on beneficiaries

Medicare is complex. Beneficiaries are faced with a wide range of options, many of which are very confusing. Medicare now offers beneficiaries two basic options – Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage – and dozens of additional choices within each pat...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Oct. 7 workshop offered on caring for neighborhood stormwater systems

Pierce County homeowners and homeowner association members are invited to a free workshop Oct. 7 to learn how to prepare neighborhood stormwater systems for the rainy season.

The 2015 Community Stormwater Event runs from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Allmend...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Video News: President Xi visits Tacoma, 2016 budget hearings, dog park opens, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 24, 2015.

  • Chinese President Xi visits Tacoma’s Lincoln High School
  • Money for sewer plant construction in proposed 2016 budget
  • County Council approves Conservation Futures projects
  • Learn how the Conservatio...
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Posted on: September 23, 2015

Free CPR Sunday event at Foss High School

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The annual FREE CPR Sunday event is October 11th at Foss High School. Learn how to provide infant, child, and adult CPR and receive instruction on how to use a defibrillator.

View brochure information here. Please call 253-594-7979 or log on to www.CP...Read on...

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Posted on: September 23, 2015

Lacamas Creek Bridge reopens following replacement

The Lacamas Creek Bridge, located along 288th Street South just east of 48th Avenue South, reopened Sept. 23 after it was replaced.

The two-lane bridge, which is located east of Roy, had been closed since July 13 for the work. The bridge was replaced ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 23, 2015

Pierce County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse hosts Open House for new Applicants

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The Pierce County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse is accepting applications to volunteer with the group. An Open House will be held on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Parkland-Spanaway Sherriff’s Precinct for people interested in joining the posse.

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Posted on: September 22, 2015

Executive McCarthy unveils sustainable, customer-focused 2016 budget

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy detailed her budget proposal before the County Council Tuesday, highlighting an expanded economy, improved customer services and an investment in what she termed the “moral center” of government.

Her 2016 budget pro...Read on...

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Posted on: September 18, 2015

Puget Sound Fresh app wins national award for best new mobile app

Western Washington farmers and consumers who support local food already love the Puget Sound Fresh app. Both Android and Apple users can use the app to find more than 350 farms and farmers markets, as well as recipes, harvest calendars and events.

Now ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

Canines and costumes at the Parks and Recreation Woof Woof Walk

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department will host the Woof Woof Walk for pet owners and their dogs on Saturday, Oct. 24. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spanaway Park.

Woof Woof Walk participants can choose between a 1.5-mile or ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

Chambers Creek Regional Park to reopen dog park, beach access

Pierce County Parks and Recreation has announced the off-leash dog area and beach access at Chamber Creek Regional Park will reopen on Friday, Sept. 18. These areas have been closed since the U.S. Open golf championship, which took place June 15-21, 2015,...Read on...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

Non-peak season Pierce County Ferry fare rates go into effect Oct. 1

Non-peak season fare rates start Oct. 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their rates decrease from the peak season rate of $22.30 to the non-peak season rate of $17.80, while passengers...Read on...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

Video News: Sumner YMCA, military voters, beekeeping, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 17, 2015.

  • Largest YMCA in state opens in Sumner
  • Pierce County Elections prepares military & overseas ballots
  • Frederickson industrial fire misses County building
  • Pierce County Council overrides veto to ...
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Posted on: September 15, 2015

500 vehicles expected at Sept. 26 Classic Car & Truck Show

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 13th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Hours for the free spectator event are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 500 classic cars and truc...Read on...

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Posted on: September 11, 2015

Pierce County Airport-Thun Field’s runway to be closed during pavement work

Temporary closures of Pierce County Airport-Thun Field’s runway will take place between Sept. 14 and Sept. 18 while crews seal pavement cracks and replace signage and markings.

The runway will be closed overnight from 7 a.m. Sept. 14 to 6 p.m. Sept. 15...Read on...

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Posted on: September 11, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 10, 2015.

  • Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player since 1923 to win championship
  • A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property
  • Local PGA golfers play Chambers Bay
  • Former County Executive John Lad...
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Posted on: September 9, 2015

Council schedules more meetings to be held around Pierce County

The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Eatonville, Buckley and Tacoma as part of its effort to make government more accessible to more people.

The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2015

Forum provides businesses opportunity to do work with government

Businesses looking to win government contracts will have the opportunity at the Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at the STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St in Tacoma. Click here for map and directions.

Learn fi...Read on...

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Posted on: September 8, 2015

Alzheimer’s conference explores power of music

Hope continues to grow for successful medical treatments for Alzheimer's. In the meantime people around the world are finding immense success with the therapeutic power of music for individuals dealing with the disease.

The annual Pierce County Alzhe...Read on...

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Posted on: September 8, 2015

Parks and Recreation Touch A Truck event

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department will host the sixth-annual Touch A Truck event on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center.

Touch A Truck allows the public to explore a variety of tr...Read on...

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Posted on: September 8, 2015

Tiny Tots indoor playground reopens at the Lakewood Community Center

The weather is changing but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Visitors are invited to bring their children to the Lakewood Community Center to experience the Tiny Tots indoor playground.

Kids aged five and under will delight in the opportunity to ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

County observes Labor Day

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources is hosting a repeat series of the popular “Oh My Gosh – Now What?”, a 6-part series of discussions for families and individuals about the initial journey through Alzheimer’s and other Deme...Read on...

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Police help seniors to be safe at home

Local communities have become much more accessible and senior-friendly. Even so, when it comes to personal safety, older adults and people with disabilities need to take special precautions at home as well as out and about.

Together with local polic...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Council reconsiders, approves behavioral health study proposal

Having voted on the prevailing side in the Pierce County Council’s rejection of a proposal to take stock of the county’s behavioral health system on Aug. 25, Councilmember Doug Richardson called for reconsideration at the Sept. 1 council meeting.

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

Pierce County Sheriff seeking Community Academy participants

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its fall Community Academy program. A Gig Harbor/Peninsula academy begins Sept. 24 and will meet each Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.

The academy...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

Councilmember Young’s statement on Executive’s second comprehensive plan override

On Friday, Aug. 28, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy notified members of the County Council that she was vetoing the Council’s passage of a county comprehensive plan for the second time, citing concern over an amendment that would allow larger scale r...Read on...

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Posted on: August 25, 2015

Pioneer Way entrance to Swan Creek Park closed Sept. 9-18

The Swan Creek Park entrance at Pioneer Way and the park area on the southeast side of Swan Creek will be closed weekdays Sept. 9-18 while crews dredge a sediment pond.

The Pioneer Way entrance and all park property on the southeast side of Swan Creek wi...Read on...

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Posted on: August 25, 2015

Young disappointed after Council’s behavioral health study vote

Pierce County Councilmembers Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg had proposed a resolution directing the Performance Audit Committee to conduct a thorough, countywide evaluation of behavioral health services. However, Council Resolution R2015-91 was not adop...Read on...

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Posted on: August 24, 2015

Pierce County to reduce water usage in response to drought

Pierce County government will be taking steps to reduce water usage by at least 10 percent.

“I am asking staff to reduce the irrigation of lawns and landscaping at our facilities until further notice,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “We ar...Read on...

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

County to open more areas of Chambers Creek Regional Park

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is announcing that Soundview Trail, Central Meadow parking lot and the Central Meadow restrooms will reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 22. Those areas of Chambers Creek Regional Park had been closed for the U.S. Ope...Read on...

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

Labor Day weekend brings holiday schedule, extreme tide warning for Pierce County Ferry

The Pierce County Ferry will operate on its holiday schedule on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles and vehicles with low ground clearance - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – traveling to or f...Read on...

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

Video News: Fife school cameras, road striping platform, Washington State Fair, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 21, 2015.

  • Fife school zone cameras start giving tickets Sept. 3
  • Road striping crew covers more ground safely with innovative platform
  • County Council considers rule changes for marijuana businesses
  • Inventory...
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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Glacial outburst flood and debris flow occurs at Mount Rainier National Park

From Mount Rainier National Park News:

A glacial outburst flood and debris flow occurred at Tahoma Creek in Mount Rainier National Park on Thursday, August 13, 2015 beginning at approximately 9:40 am. The glacial outburst flood originated from the Sout...Read on...

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Video News: Comprehensive Plan, fire evacuations, Duris Cucumber Farm, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 13, 2015

  • County Council modifies, adopts Comprehensive Plan after Executive veto
  • Fire officials say be ready for fire evacuations, sign up for alerts
  • Fife moves historic fountain to final resting place
  • Boot...
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Posted on: August 10, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint “For” and “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

A citizen’s petition for the “Sale of spirits for on-premises consumption in the City of Fircrest” has qualified for the November 3, 2015 ballot. The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write a ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

Councilmember Young tapped to serve in a national position

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has named Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young as the newest member of its Health Steering Committee. The organization, which represents county governments nationwide, made the announcement following its 2015...Read on...

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

Plan ahead to maximize your Social Security benefits

For people planning on receiving Social Security now or in the future, knowing how to make the benefits is critical. A few simple tips can save beneficiaries thousands of dollars. And for those currently receiving Social Security benefits, there may be ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

Video News: Marijuana task force, Primary Election, Fennel Creek, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 6, 2015.

  • County’s Marijuana Task Force to shut down unlicensed pot shops
  • Health Department educates parents about e-cigarettes
  • Primary Election sets new record for registered voters
  • Fire officials warn boater...
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Posted on: August 6, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint “against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write an “against” statement for the November 3, 2015, General Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet in the following district:

“Against” committee members neede...Read on...

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Posted on: August 6, 2015

Pierce County’s next-generation permitting system best in the nation

Pierce County has won a top technology award for creating the most advanced permitting system in the nation. The Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award recognizes the county’s efforts to streamline a key service and save significant money.

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Posted on: August 5, 2015

Parks and Recreation offers Northwest Magic basketball “boot camp”

Thursday, Aug. 13, is the last day to register for Northwest Magic Boot Camp, a program presented by the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department.

The rigorous basketball skills camp concentrates on discipline, attitude, fundamentals, and developm...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

Urban Forestry Restoration Project to clean up Bresemann Forest and Spanaway Park

Throughout the month of August, a team from Puget SoundCorps – part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps – will work with Pierce County Parks and Recreation and the Pierce Conservation District to help restore areas of Bresemann Forest and Spanawa...Read on...

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Posted on: August 3, 2015

2015 Primary Election information and results schedule available

On Aug. 4, 2015, Pierce County will join with the rest of Washington State in voting in the 2015 primary election. The Pierce County Auditor's office has published an election information and results schedule that details what's on the ballot, what specia...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

Video News: JBLM drawdown, beach cleanup, Puyallup 125th birthday, and more

Pierce County News for the week of July 30, 2015.

  • Military personnel transitioning from JBLM have help finding new careers
  • Pierce County Council honors retiring JBLM commander Col. Hodges
  • Key Peninsula shoreline tour focuses on failing septic systems...
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Posted on: July 30, 2015

New work hours for Crystal Mountain Boulevard East project due to fire precautions

Work will resume Aug. 3 on a project to resurface 6.1 miles of Crystal Mountain Boulevard East from State Route 410 to the Crystal Mountain Resort after work was suspended July 6 due to fire precautions in the area.

The current schedule calls for work...Read on...

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Posted on: July 28, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. The Parkland/Spanaway academy begins Sept. 3 and will meet each Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

County outlines strategy for enforcing marijuana violations

By July 1, 2016, all unlicensed marijuana sales operations in unincorporated Pierce County – medical and recreational – must close. That message has been delivered to county landlords, business owners and operators whose establishments involve the burgeon...Read on...

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

Parks and Recreation updates Junk in Your Trunk event schedule

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will host two more Junk in Your Trunk community events this summer. The last event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 instead of Saturday, Sept. 12.

Junk in Your Trunk is a variation of the traditional garage sale c...Read on...

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Posted on: July 23, 2015

6th District Council meeting will honor retiring JBLM commander

The Pierce County Council will hold a special meeting in DuPont at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27, to recognize the retirement of U.S. Army Col. H. Charles Hodges as well as conduct regular council business. Col. Hodges has served as commander of Joint Base Le...Read on...

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Posted on: July 23, 2015

Councilmembers Young, Ladenburg call for countywide mental health audit

In response to the growing behavioral health crisis facing Pierce County, Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg and Derek Young have introduced a resolution calling for an audit of the County’s mental health resources.

“We know that we have a mental health c...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

Pierce County wins state and national award for its Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility

Pierce County recently won Project of the Year—Structures $25 million to $75 million at both the Washington State Chapter and the National level of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for its new Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility.

The Sou...Read on...

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

Foothills Trail between Orting and Crocker trailheads to close for levee maintenance

The Foothills Trail between the Orting and Crocker trailheads will be closed up to two weeks in late July and early August. If the trail can re-open safely, it may re-open after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Check the project website for daily updates at www.pi...Read on...

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

Auditor announces special three-day candidate filing period

A special three-day candidate filing period will be held July 22, 23 and 24, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. State law requires a reopening of the filing period when no one files for a position during the regular filing period.

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

Councilmember Talbert’s statement on comp plan reconsideration

After Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy vetoed the comprehensive plan passed by the County Council on June 30, 2015, Councilmember Rick Talbert (5th District) issued the following statement regarding two amendments cited as the primary reason for the v...Read on...

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Posted on: July 16, 2015

Council Chair’s statement on Executive veto of Pierce County comprehensive plan

After learning that Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy vetoed the county’s comprehensive plan, passed unanimously by the County Council on June 30, Council Chair Dan Roach issued the following statement:

“I am surprised that the executive chose to re...Read on...

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Posted on: July 16, 2015

Delays expected on Brookdale Road East July 23-24 due to paving work

Motorists can expect moderate delays on Brookdale Road East, 131st Street East, and A Street South in Parkland from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 23-24 while crews place the final pavement on the roadway.

A pilot car will guide motorists though the paving pro...Read on...

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Posted on: July 16, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

Pierce County News for the week of July 16, 2015.

  • Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player since 1923 to win championship
  • A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property
  • Local PGA golfers play Chambers Bay
  • Former County Executive John Laden...
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Posted on: July 14, 2015

Councilmember Doug Richardson’s Statement on JBLM Personnel Drawdown and Transportation Funding

U.S. Army officials announced last week that Joint Base Lewis-McCord will reduce troop strength by 1,250, a number that is much lower than previously proposed.

“The reduced personnel drawdown is great news for Pierce County and District 6,” said Counci...Read on...

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Posted on: July 14, 2015

Pavement work at Tacoma Narrows Airport starts July 21

Work to seal pavement cracks and replace markings at Tacoma Narrows Airport will begin July 21. The airport will remain open during the nighttime work.

Crews will seal pavement cracks on the north half of Taxiway A, the connector taxiways, and the nort...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Dan Roach statement on General Services Building referendum

In response to the Pierce County Auditor’s announcement that an effort by county resident Jerry Gibbs calling for a vote on the county’s proposed General Services building has collected enough signatures to qualify for the November 2015 ballot, Pierce Cou...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Executive McCarthy statement regarding referendum on General Services Building

“The merits of this project are clear: we can save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and dramatically improve customer service by consolidating 19 divisions from 14 locations into one. We can do this while owning the building instead of continuing to ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Referendum qualifies for ballot

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office has completed checking the signatures of Referendum 2015-1 regarding the proposed General Services Building. The referendum needed 24,427 valid signatures to qualify and achieved 24,493 valid signatures at approximately ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

Pierce County makes the top ten list of digital leaders in government

Pierce County has made the list of “Top Ten” digital leaders, according to the 2015 Digital County Survey. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

“It is an honor for Pierc...Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

Video News: Restoring Chambers, fire fighting resources, Tacoma Narrows Aviation Zone, and more

Pierce County News for the week of July 9, 2015.

  • Restoring trails and parks around Chambers Bay after the U.S. Open
  • U.S. Open food donation gives local food banks a summer boost
  • Fire Marshal says Pierce County has resources for long fire season
  • Re...
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Posted on: July 8, 2015

County Executive’s statement on JBLM personnel drawdown

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the announcement that U.S. Army officials intend to only reduce the force at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by 1,250, a number far lower than originally proposed.

“Last summer, the...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

$35.5M for flood risk reduction, habitat projects

Last week state legislators awarded $35.5 million dollars to the Floodplains by Design grant program in the capital budget paving the way for seven multiple benefit projects across the state to move forward.

Floodplains by Design, administered by the ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

Sounds of music fill the air at Meridian Habitat Park

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will host free live music concerts at Meridian Habitat Park in Puyallup on Friday nights in July.

The concert series will feature a variety of musical styles that appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes. Spectat...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

Video News: Tourism Special

Pierce County News for the week of July 2, 2015.

  • Chambers Creek Regional Park
  • Ft. Lewis History Museum
  • Gig Harbor maritime
  • Paradise at Mt. Rainier
  • Northwest Trek ziplines
  • Sumner Link Trail
  • Brown’s Point Lighthouse Keepers
  • Shark d...
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Posted on: July 2, 2015

County observes Independence Day

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

Offices will reopen Monday, July 6.

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

Ron Klein named interim communications director as Hunter George heads to Metro Parks Tacoma

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has named Ron Klein as the interim director of the Department of Communications while a search is made for a permanent hire.

Klein succeeds Hunter George, who has served as director since 2009 and resigned to take ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

Playground by the Sound at Chambers Creek Regional Park to reopen July 3

Pierce County’s Parks and Recreation department has announced the Playground by the Sound at Chambers Creek Regional Park will reopen to the public on Friday, July 3. The popular playground has been closed since May 26, 2015, in preparation for the U.S. O...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

Stay safe and legal this 4th of July

The Pierce County Fire Marshal and Department of Emergency Management wants to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. The best way to safely enjoy the 4th is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if you decide to ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

Inslee announces appointment of Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he is appointing Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court. Schwartz serves as a sole practitioner, handling complex felony and civil litigation in both state and federal courts. He has operated his own private l...Read on...

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Posted on: June 26, 2015

County set to start resurfacing of Crystal Mountain Blvd East

Work will begin Monday, June 29 on a Pierce County project to resurface 6.1 miles of Crystal Mountain Boulevard East from State Route 410 to the Crystal Mountain Resort during the summer and fall of 2015 and 2016. Crews will also install new guardrails an...Read on...

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Posted on: June 25, 2015

Excessive heat advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for hot weather for parts of the Puget Sound area this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to mid 90s on Friday through Sunday.

The Pierce County Department of E...Read on...

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Posted on: June 25, 2015

Project to restore salmon habitat on Fennel Creek begins July 1

A project to restore salmon habitat on Fennel Creek where it joins the Puyallup River will begin July 1 and continue through the end of August. Truck traffic along McCutcheon Road between 96th Street East and 128th Street East may increase during the work...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2015

Video News: U.S. Open Special from the 18th fairway

Pierce County News for the week of June 22, 2015.

  • Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player to since 1923 to win championship
  • County leaders examine how it went, from transportation to security
  • Go inside the exclusive corporate hospitality tents at Cha...
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Posted on: June 22, 2015

50 percent off all 2015 U.S. Open Championship merchandise

All remaining inventory in the U.S. Open Main Merchandise Pavilion at Chambers Bay will be on sale at 50 percent off on Monday, June 22, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Logoed apparel, headwear, shirts, towels and many other items will be included in the sale. ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 22, 2015

Chambers Creek Regional Park reopening in stages, starting June 26

Sails statute in Spectator Square

Just hours after Jordan Spieth won the 2015 U.S. Open, construction crews were already beginning to remove the infrastructure that supported the championship in order to restore public access to Chambers Creek Regional Park as quickly as possible.

The ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 22, 2015

Fourth of July weekend brings holiday schedule, extreme tide warning for Pierce County Ferry

The Pierce County Ferry will operate on its holiday schedule July 3 and 4.

The Pierce County Ferry will operate a one-boat service. Pierce County will extend the service day on July 3 and 4 by adding a triangle departing Steilacoom at 11 p.m. to accomm...Read on...

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Posted on: June 21, 2015

Executive McCarthy: Chambers Bay was worthy of the toughest test in golf

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the conclusion of the 2015 U.S. Open:

"Congratulations to Jordan Spieth on winning the 2015 U.S. Open Championship. It was a thrilling week with lots of dramatic lead chang...Read on...

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Posted on: June 20, 2015

Video News: U.S. Open Special from Chambers Bays

Pierce County News for the week of June 18, 2015.

  • Hear what the big-name players have to say about Chambers Bay
  • An early morning behind the scenes with the grounds keepers
  • Mike Davis with the USGA talks course setup during the U.S. Open
  • An insid...
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Posted on: June 18, 2015

Dry weather prompts county-wide burn ban

The Pierce County Fire Marshal has declared a county-wide burn ban effective 8 a.m., Monday, June 22, until further notice. Dry weather and forecasts calling for continued dry heat prompted the limited ban, issued jointly with the Pierce County Fire Chief...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

U.S. Open caterer serves a Northwest menu to thousands

In the kitchen with the U.S. Open caterer

From Northwest Nicoise Salad that includes local line-caught albacore tuna to Seattle-style hot dogs with cream cheese, grilled onions, mustard and sauerkraut, or a fish taco station with Pacific cod, Susan Lacz thoughtfully creates her menu selections to...Read on...

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Posted on: June 16, 2015

Learn how to make decisions when you can’t

Car crashes, sports injuries, work mishaps, falls, home accidents, acute diseases and infections, disasters. Something happens and suddenly you are no longer able to speak. What do you want for your care? How will your resources be spent? Who will decide?...Read on...

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Posted on: June 15, 2015

Tacoma Narrows Airport welcomes U.S. Open Championship traffic, fans

Peter Harrington knows to look up when he hears the word “plane.”

But the 18-month-old from San Clemente, Calif. just had to look forward to see two jets parked on the tarmac right outside Tacoma Narrows Airport’s new observation area on Monday, June 1...Read on...

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Posted on: June 11, 2015

Video News: U.S. Open Special from Spectator Square

Pierce County News for the week of June 11, 2015.

  • Building a temporary city from beginning to end
  • A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property
  • Former County Executive John Ladenburg on the decision to build Chambers Bay
  • Meet Chambe...
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Posted on: June 10, 2015

Community invited to June 24 open house on planned Point Fosdick Drive Northwest roundabout

The community is invited to learn about a planned roundabout at the intersection of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest, Stone Drive Northwest, and 34th Avenue Northwest at an open house from 4-7 p.m. June 24 at the Goodman Middle School Commons, 3701 38th Ave....Read on...

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Posted on: June 9, 2015

Learn about Tacoma Narrows Airport’s draft water system plan June 23

Pierce County’s draft plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport’s water system will be presented at a June 23 public meeting at the airport.

The draft plan covers how the county manages and operates the water system, and describes system needs in the next 20 yea...Read on...

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Posted on: June 8, 2015

36 agencies join in support of U.S. Open security plan

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department will be supported by 36 local, state and federal agencies as they provide for the safety and security of everyone attending the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

The Sheriff’s Department, which is the lead agency for pub...Read on...

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Posted on: June 8, 2015

USGA to open Merchandise Pavilion for Pre-Championship shopping

The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced today that the U.S. Open Main Merchandise Pavilion will be open to the public for pre-championship shopping from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily). Tickets will not be r...Read on...

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Posted on: June 5, 2015

Pierce County ferry’s biennial checkup to start June 12

The biennial inspection of the M/V Steilacoom II, one of Pierce County’s two ferries, will begin June 12, and is expected to be complete July 9. The county’s other ferry, the M/V Christine Anderson, will handle the full schedule.

Vigor Industrial, the ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 5, 2015

Pierce County Parks and Recreation hosts annual Junk in Your Trunk event

Pierce County Parks and Recreation will host the annual Junk in Your Trunk community event on Saturday, June 20.

Junk in Your Trunk is a variation of the traditional garage sale concept. Vendors use their vehicles to transport and sell items in the Spr...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

Draft recommendations for Pierce County Ferry System to be presented June 11

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to learn about draft recommendations developed during the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study at a June 11 public meeting on Anderson Island.
The draft recommendations include short-term and long-term str...Read on...

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Posted on: June 2, 2015

Early registration for 25th annual Tour de Pierce bike ride ends June 12

Participants in the 2015 Tour de Pierce have until June 12 to register for the event at the $14 individual price, or $42 price for a family of four from the same household. The 25th annual bike ride to promote safety, fitness and fun kicks off June 28 in ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2015

Superior Court Judge Tom Larkin to retire July 31

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Tom Larkin will retire on July 31, ending a 30-year career as a judge in Pierce County.

Judge Larkin served 20 years in Superior Court and 10 years in District Court.

The Superior Court Bench and the Tacoma Pierce ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 29, 2015

County leaders celebrate projects that improve juror comfort

Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Martin, Executive Pat McCarthy and Councilmembers Doug Richardson, Joyce McDonald and Jim McCune

Pierce County leaders kicked off Juror Appreciation Week (May 18-22) by highlighting several projects designed to make the jury experience more comfortable.

The Facilities Management Department recently completed a new outdoor patio next to the jury as...Read on...

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

Video News: U.S. Open Special from the Chambers Bay clubhouse

Pierce County News for the week of June 3, 2015.

  • Rare for U.S. Open to be held on a municipal golf course
  • Who is the USGA? Learn about the history of the United States Golf Association
  • Learn about the sustainability of Chambers Bay, from fescue to re...
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Posted on: May 28, 2015

Video News: Who is the USGA, an airman's surprise homecoming, spray park in Puyallup, and more

Pierce County News for the week of May 28, 2015.

  • Rare for U.S. Open to be held on a municipal golf course
  • U.S. Open preparations: View from the Trophy Club and U.S. Open security
  • Who is the USGA? Learn about the history of the United States Golf As...
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Posted on: May 27, 2015

Local leaders join forces to plan for Chambers Creek Canyon trail

Leaders of Pierce County and the cities of University Place and Lakewood have agreed to work together to develop a trail through the scenic Chambers Creek Canyon.

The two cities have already approved the agreement. With the Pierce County Council’s unan...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2015

Wings & Wheels rolls into Narrows Airport July 5th

The fifth annual Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels event will take place on July 5th from 11am to 5pm at the beautiful Tacoma Narrows Airport, located at 1202 26th Ave NW in Gig Harbor. The Title Sponsor for the event is USAA, and it promises to bring as much...Read on...

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

Celebrate Tacoma Narrows Airport’s new observation area June 3

Aviation enthusiasts will have a new place to take in the sights and sounds of an active regional airport, thanks to Tacoma Narrows Airport’s new observation area.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new area, which will be known as the Rotary A...Read on...

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

County observes Memorial Day on May 25

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 26.

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

Video News: J. Ladenburg on building Chambers Bay, environmental sustainability, and more

Pierce County News for the week of May 21, 2015.

  • Former County Executive John Ladenburg on the decision to build Chambers Bay
  • Chambers Bay construction update: grandstands and Grandview Trail closure
  • Learn about the sustainability of Chambers Bay, f...
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Posted on: May 20, 2015

Pierce County Ferry offers extra weekday run June 15-19

Pierce County will offer an additional weekday run departing Steilacoom at 4:45 a.m. June 15-19 to support commuters during the U.S. Open Championship.

This run was added in anticipation of increased ferry demand and traffic in Steilacoom. The run may ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 18, 2015

City of University Place U.S. Open Informational Open House set for May 19

The public is invited to attend the final City of University Place U.S. Open informational open house on May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Curtis High School cafeteria, 8425 40th St. W. in University Place.

This is the last in a series of numerous public...Read on...

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Posted on: May 18, 2015

Extreme tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles and vehicles with low ground clearance - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – traveling to or from Anderson or Ketron islands for Memorial Day weekend should plan ahead to avoid extre...Read on...

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Posted on: May 18, 2015

Video News: Sneak peek inside Merchandise Pavilion, Golf 101, how to make a compost bin, and more

Pierce County News for the week of May 14, 2015.

  • Sneak peek inside the Merchandise Pavilion at Chambers Bay
  • Last public uses around Chambers Bay close May 26th
  • Home Course in DuPont hosts U.S. Open local qualifier
  • Voters will elect 21 citizens fo...
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Posted on: May 13, 2015

Pierce County ferry to undergo biennial checkup

Just as doctors recommend annual physicals for their patients, the U.S. Coast Guard also insists on ferry boat inspections every two years.

One of Pierce County’s two ferries, the M/V Steilacoom II, will motor into dry dock on June 1 for its biennial i...Read on...

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Posted on: May 11, 2015

Executive McCarthy recruits retired transit chief to join Sound Transit citizen panel

County Executive Pat McCarthy has successfully nominated Don S. Monroe to represent Pierce County on the Citizen Oversight Panel that independently monitors Sound Transit’s commitment to voters.

Monroe served as Pierce Transit’s chief executive officer...Read on...

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Posted on: May 11, 2015

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association gives Liberty Bell Award to Talbert

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Citing his dedication to outstanding public service, members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA) presented the Liberty Bell Award to Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert at the annual Law Day Luncheon on May 8.

“It’s an honor to be ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint “against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is opening a special appointment period to recruit individuals to write “against” statements for the August 4, 2015, primary election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

“Against” committee members needed

  • To...
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Posted on: May 8, 2015

Open house on flood insurance maps planned for May 19 in Gig Harbor

Homeowners and businesses located near coastal areas have are invited to view updated federal flood insurance rate maps at a May 19 open house in Gig Harbor.

These maps, created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are used by property ow...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2015

Candidates sought for Pierce County Charter Review Commission

At least every 10 years since it was first adopted in 1981, the Pierce County Council is required to call for a Charter Review Commission to examine the effectiveness of the county’s governing document.

In accordance with Resolution 2015-14, Pierce Co...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2015

Councilmember Talbert uses award to draw attention to 2015 Heart Walk

The American Heart Association has presented its Gold Achievement Award to Pierce County. The award, given to Councilmember Rick Talbert during the organization’s annual breakfast on May 5, recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees b...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2015

Puget Sound Starts Here Month challenges residents to protect local waters

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Pierce County is teaming up with hundreds of organizations across Puget Sound to challenge residents to commit to at least one Sound-healthy action during May’s Puget Sound Starts Here Month.

“In Pierce County, we have many scenic vistas of mountains ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 4, 2015

Potential alternatives for Pierce County Ferry System to be presented May 14

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to learn about potential alternatives developed as part of the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study at a May 14 public meeting on Anderson Island.

Alternatives regarding schedule changes, fare policies a...Read on...

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Posted on: May 1, 2015

Pierce County News: U.S. Open Special - Media Day

Pierce County News for the week of April 30, 2015.


  • Media Day details outside the ropes
  • USGA unveils U.S. Open transportation plan, 21,000 parking spots
  • Meet famous local golfers who played in past U.S. Opens
  • See the new Chambers Bay video gam...
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Posted on: May 1, 2015

Puget SoundCorps to help restore habitat of wetland preserve

A Puget SoundCorps crew will remove Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and other invasive plants and remove trash from Pierce County’s Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland May 4 through 29. Getting rid of these invasive plants and trash will improve the he...Read on...

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Posted on: April 28, 2015

Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

There is a brief time when the sky seems to fall in – from that period when people start wondering if they might have Alzheimer’s and the time they are formally diagnosed with the disease. That can be a horrifying time for individuals and families.

Pi...Read on...

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Posted on: April 24, 2015

Free classes teach residents how to compost food and yard waste at home

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Residents can learn how to compost at home by attending Pierce County’s free classes this spring.

The county will offer a food waste composting class and a yard waste composting class, along with a class that teaches both techniques in one session.

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Posted on: April 24, 2015

Video News: U.S. Open transportation plan, famous local players, Tacoma Rainiers, and more

Pierce County News for the week of April 24, 2015.


  • USGA unveils U.S. Open transportation plan, 21,000 parking spots
  • Chambers Bay sets some all-time records in 2014 report
  • Meet famous local golfers who played in past U.S. Opens
  • Get an update on U....
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Posted on: April 23, 2015

Volunteers needed for open boards and commissions in the 5th District

Pierce County residents looking to give back to their communities have ample opportunities to volunteer, especially in the 5th Council District that extends from South Tacoma to 160th Street E. in Spanaway and east-west from Interstate 5 to Woodland Avenu...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Day set for April 26 in Pierce County, Tacoma

The Pierce County Council and the Tacoma City Council have issued proclamations designating April 26th as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in Pierce County and the City of Tacoma. April 26, 2015, marks the twelfth anniversary of the tragic murder of Crysta...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2015

Good planning makes travel accessible for all

Leisure travel is becoming increasingly accessible to people with disabilities and older adults. People can take safe, relaxing vacations anywhere in the world, but, as with any trip, planning is the key.

“Planning for Safe Travels” is a free, informat...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2015

Task force to dedicate DUI emphasis patrol to young victim

Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force will dedicate a DUI emphasis patrol this weekend in honor of Quinnton Dimmitt. The 17-year-old Franklin Pierce High School student was killed by an impaired driver April 25, 2014, as he drove to buy a...Read on...

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Posted on: April 21, 2015

Public invited to learn about South Sound 911, plans for a new public safety communications center

Leaders from South Sound 911 and members of the Pierce County Council will provide briefings about the agency’s plan to build a new public safety communications center at upcoming public meetings around the county. Voters in Pierce County authorized the p...Read on...

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Posted on: April 20, 2015

Bill’s passage ensures future Pierce County ferry system funding

Pierce County officials are applauding the state legislature for passing a bill that aligns ferry system funding increases with inflation. Prior to Senate Bill 5307, revenue streams to county ferry systems were largely dependent on available state gas-tax...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2015

Open houses on updated flood insurance rate maps planned

Homeowners and businesses located near coastal areas, rivers and streams can view updated flood insurance rate maps at three open houses in April.

These maps are used by property owners and federal, state and local agencies to determine standards for ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2015

USGA announces Parking and Spectator Guidelines for 115th U.S. Open

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Far Hills, N.J. (April 15, 2015) – In its preparation to conduct the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest, the United States Golf Association has released detailed spectator information that will assist anyone who plans to attend the championship.

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

Chambers Bay set more fiscal records in 2014

Chambers Bay Golf Course set new fiscal records in 2014, even as it reduced the number of rounds played to prepare for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship this June.

The golf course, owned by Pierce County, set all-time annual records for average greens fe...Read on...

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

Pierce County establishes in-lieu fee program to balance development and wetland protection

Developers working in two Pierce County watersheds have a new option to offset unavoidable construction impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitat.

The county’s new in-lieu fee program provides developers in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed and a...Read on...

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Posted on: April 13, 2015

Pierce County CASA Program to host event at LeMay America’s Car Museum

Pierce County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) will gather at the Lemay America’s Car Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 to “Get the Word Out” about the CASA Program and the need for more CASAs.

CASAs are trained volunteer advocat...Read on...

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Posted on: April 13, 2015

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...Read on...

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Posted on: April 9, 2015

Community invited to open houses for Pierce County’s Comprehensive Plan update

Pierce County has issued a draft Comprehensive Plan update package and invites the community to learn more about such topics as land use, transportation and regional parks at a series of open houses.

“This is the community’s opportunity to learn how Pi...Read on...

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Posted on: April 9, 2015

Milroy Bridge over Puyallup River to close April 15 for inspection

The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River at 66th Avenue East and River Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 15 to allow crews to perform a detailed structural inspection and general maintenance. Motorists should use an alternative route ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 9, 2015

Pierce County moves code to the cloud, improves functionality and access for citizens

Now that the County has finished moving its online charter and code to Code Publishing, a Seattle-based Codification company, citizens and county staff will see and experience increased functionality provided through the new site. The overall responsibili...Read on...

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Posted on: April 9, 2015

Video News: County Code more accessible, museum goers have information at their fingertips, and more

Pierce County News for the week of April 9, 2015.

  • Making the Pierce County Code more accessible, searchable
  • Fee program to help County and developers rehabilitate wetlands
  • Tacoma Rainiers baseball season kicks off April 17
  • USGA’s John Bodenhame...
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Posted on: April 8, 2015

Pierce County CASA Program participates in Pinwheels for Prevention campaign

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Watch for silver and blue pinwheels to appear around Tacoma and Pierce County. For the second year Pierce County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is planting pinwheels around town during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Mon...Read on...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Pierce County opens application window for Historic Preservation Grant Program

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission has opened the application process for the 2016 Preservation Grant Program.

Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project proposals. For stabilization, ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 3, 2015

“Healthiest nation in one generation” could begin with Pierce County

Members of the County Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, March 31, proclaiming April 6-12 “National Public Health Week” in Pierce County. The measure is part of a broader effort to designate National Public Health Week across the country, ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 2, 2015

Video News: Flood Buyout Program, Daffodil Court, Chambers Bay agronomists, and more

Pierce County News for the week of April 2, 2015.

  • Flood Buyout Program helps homeowners sell and move on
  • SightLife celebrates Pierce County partnership with cornea donor appreciation
  • Daffodil Royal Court honored at Pierce County Council meeting
  • Trave...
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Posted on: April 1, 2015

County Council designates March 29, 2015, as Vietnam Veterans Day

Citing their respect and admiration for all Vietnam-era military veterans, members of the Pierce County Council unanimously adopted resolution R2015-39 at their March 31 meeting.

“So much was asked of our service members at a time when nobody could hav...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2015

Daffodil royalty descends on the Pierce County Council

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Amid a sea of yellow taffeta and silver tiaras, members of the Pierce County Council honored the 82nd Annual Daffodil Festival Tuesday and recognized the good work done by its ambassadors, members of the Royal Court.

Twenty-three Daffodil Princesses jo...Read on...

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

Councilmember Roach wants to give the people a say in proposed building

Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach is proposing an ordinance that aims to accomplish what a private citizen has come under fire for trying to do: give the taxpayers a voice in the multi-million dollar decision to construct a new general services buildi...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

Video News: Pacific Ave. demolition, Museum Pass, electric Zamboni, and more

Pierce County News for the week of March 26, 2015.

  • WSDOT to demolish Pacific Avenue overpass in April for I-5 widening
  • County honors 69 people who volunteer with departments
  • JobFest in Tacoma to help teens and young adults find work
  • Museum Pass gets...
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Posted on: March 25, 2015

County Executive adjusts airport security access to accommodate businesses

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy is adjusting the new security policy at the two county-owned airports after further consultations with pilots, tenants and other airport customers.

The county installed 24-hour gate security at Pierce County Airpor...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2015

Family caregivers have resources to ease their work

Caregiving is the “new normal” in American families. People who need help – whether because of age, accident, debilitating disease, chronic health conditions or simple frailty – much prefer to remain in the familiar (and affordable) surroundings of home r...Read on...

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Posted on: March 23, 2015

Crystal Judson Family Justice Center earns Verizon Foundation grant

The Verizon Foundation has awarded $12,520 to the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center to fund mental health counseling and support groups for clients.

The Verizon Foundation invests in organizations that provide education, prevention, care and empowe...Read on...

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Posted on: March 23, 2015

Section of 72nd Street East closed March 28-29 for vault installation

72nd Street East between Canyon Road East and 66th Avenue East will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29 while crews install pipes under the road for a new stormwater filter vault. The vault will remove contaminants from sto...Read on...

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Posted on: March 20, 2015

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 30

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 30, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applicati...Read on...

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Posted on: March 18, 2015

Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

Whether the need happens suddenly or over a period of years, when the necessity for extended health care happens, knowing about community resources is a necessity. The worst case scenario is to have to make decisions about long term care in a crisis.
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Posted on: March 16, 2015

County Executive, department leaders honor dozens for volunteer service

Pierce County honored 69 individuals and seven groups for outstanding volunteer service last year to parks, public safety, courts and community programs on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The honorees, selected through a nomination process, were celebrated a...Read on...

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Posted on: March 16, 2015

Pierce County Superior Court to host national jury management seminar

Jury administrators from around the nation are coming to Pierce County this month for a three-day advanced training seminar.

The Virginia-based National Center for State Courts selected Pierce County’s Jury Administration Office as the host after worki...Read on...

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Posted on: March 13, 2015

Pierce County Ferry riders invited to take surveys on ferry use

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to take a survey during each of their sailings on March 17, 19, 21 and 22 to share information about their trip as part of the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study.

The origin and destination survey will...Read on...

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Posted on: March 13, 2015

Video News: Comp plan public meetings begin, pro golfers play Chambers Bay, and more

Pierce County News for the week of March 12, 2015.

  • County Council drops new building lawsuit, referendum process to continue
  • Public meetings begin for Comprehensive Plan update
  • Fife signs on for pet licensing and animal control services from Pierce ...
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Posted on: March 11, 2015

County Council designates Volunteer Recognition Week

Members of the Pierce County Council and Scott Hall with PC Parks and Rec honor Alan Hughes and Rick Adams.

Pierce County has two new award-winning community volunteers.

On Tuesday, March 10, the County Council recognized the special efforts and contributions of the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award, Alan Hughes, and the recipient of the Special A...Read on...

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Posted on: March 10, 2015

Council passes shoreline regulations, sends final plan to state for approval

After years of tinkering, debate and listening to public input, members of the Pierce County Council passed a Shoreline Management Plan at the March 10, 2015, council meeting. Council Chair Dan Roach says he hopes it’s the end of what turned out to be a l...Read on...

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Posted on: March 9, 2015

Weekend events commemorate Puyallup man killed by driver high on prescription painkillers

This weekend, Christopher Michael Kerns will be remembered in Puyallup with a memorial sign dedication and DUI emphasis patrol. To some, the crash that killed Kerns on April 17, 2014 in Puyallup had all the telltale signs of a potential drunken-driving ca...Read on...

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

Video News: Farm Forum, sewer bill exemption, U.S. Open, and more

Pierce County News for the week of March 5, 2015.

  • Pierce County Farm Forum connects farmers with consumers and purchasers
  • New sewer bill exemption to help low-income seniors & disabled
  • University Place establishes neighborhood parking restriction...
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Posted on: March 5, 2015

Draft Pierce County Comprehensive Plan update is available for public review

A draft policy document intended to guide growth in unincorporated Pierce County over the next 20 years is now available for the public to review. The updated Pierce County Comprehensive Plan fulfills a state legislative requirement that is due by June 30...Read on...

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Posted on: March 5, 2015

Lane restrictions for vault installation along 72nd Street East begin March 9

Motorists traveling along 72nd Street East between Canyon Road East and 66th Ave. East should expect minor delays on weekdays from March 9 to April 6 while crews install a stormwater filter vault. The vault will remove contaminants from stormwater runoff ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 3, 2015

Pierce County Council chair supports the citizens’ right to referendum

Councilmember Dan Roach, who chairs the Pierce County Council, has announced he’ll be proposing a resolution that would direct the county prosecutor’s office to drop a recently-filed lawsuit against a Pierce County resident.

The prosecutor filed a laws...Read on...

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Posted on: March 2, 2015

New translated forms will aid in Pierce County Superior Court functions

Pierce County Superior Court is pleased to announce several criminal case forms commonly used in court have been translated into Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The court expects a significant portion of the public with limited English language ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Community input sought for Aging & Disability priorities

Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) is initiating a process to gather community input for the creation of the 2016-2019 Area Plan. The Area Plan establishes funding priorities and the array of services that will be p...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Farm Forum draws 200 people to boost agriculture business

Farmers, wholesalers, institutional buyers and technical experts gathered in Puyallup on Friday, Feb. 27, to share strategies and experiences for boosting markets for the local agricultural industry.

About 200 people attended Pierce County's second Far...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Look below the surface at Puget Sounds Like Fun Day on March 14

Learn what lives beneath Puget Sound and find out how to protect it at Puget Sounds Like Fun Day on March 14 in Vaughn.

This free family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 S. Vaughn Road KPN.

“Puget ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Second annual bridal showcase comes to Pierce County’s ESB

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Sunday, March 8, will mark the second annual Bridal Showcase at the Environmental Services Building (ESB) in Pierce County. The event is free to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can tour the facility and meet with a variety ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Video News: Farmland conservation, Chambers Bay video game, passport for pilots, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 26, 2015.

  • Pierce County completes largest farmland conservation in Puyallup
  • WSDOT prepares drivers for six miles of I-5 HOV lane work through Tacoma
  • Volunteers needed on local Selective Service board for military...
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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Workshop offers keys to success with vision loss

Vision loss doesn’t have to mean the loss of independence or quality of life. With the right support, people who are blind or partially sighted can do almost anything a fully-sighted person can do.

“Living with Vision Loss” will provide practical inf...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Pierce County to extend animal services to City of Fife

Beginning March 1, the Pierce County Auditor’s Office will provide pet licensing and animal control services to all Fife citizens.

The City of Fife has entered into an interlocal agreement with Pierce County for services such as barking dogs, strays, ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 23, 2015

U.S. Open championship-round tickets sold out; practice-round tickets still available

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FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that all championship-round tickets (Thursday through Sunday, June 18-21) for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., have sold out. This marks...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2015

14 businesses and homeowner associations recognized for excellent stormwater management

Fourteen local businesses and homeowner associations have been recognized for taking steps to reduce the amount of pollution entering Pierce County’s waterways in 2014.

These businesses and associations received Pierce County’s “5-Star Excellence in St...Read on...

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Posted on: February 18, 2015

Largest Farmland Conservation project in Pierce County history completed

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Pierce County and Forterra ensured this week that one of the largest farms in Pierce County will be farmed for generations to come by removing development rights through a conservation easement.

Through a deal crafted by Forterra, Pierce County made t...Read on...

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Posted on: February 17, 2015

County Council approves new General Services Building plan

After years of planning, members of the <_http3a_ _www.piercecountywa.org2f_council22_="">Pierce County Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 17 to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building.

Councilmembers Rick Talbert (District 5), Connie Ladenburg (District 4), ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 17, 2015

Crystal Judson Family Justice Center receives award for exemplary service

The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center received the 2014 Distinguished Organization award for exemplary service and support provided to domestic violence victims in our community.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar association presented the award to Cente...Read on...

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Posted on: February 13, 2015

County observes Presidents' Day on Feb. 16

Pierce County administrative offices will close on Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of Presidents' Day.

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Auditor announces candidate filing period for Edgewood mayoral election

The City of Edgewood will hold a primary election for mayor in April and a general election in August. Candidate filings for the mayoral position will be accepted Feb. 23, 24 and 25, 2015.

Last November, Edgewood citizens voted to change their form of...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Boundary Review Board seeks applicants

The Pierce County Boundary Review Board seeks applicants for a vacancy on the quasi-judicial body that makes decisions on such issues as incorporations, annexations, mergers and disincorporations by cities, towns and special purpose districts.

The posi...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Executive McCarthy's statement about Senate transportation package

The following is a statement by Executive Pat McCarthy on the Senate's bipartisan transportation package announced on Feb. 12:

"I congratulate the Washington State Senate's transportation negotiators for reaching a bipartisan agreement on a tran...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Healthier Air: Pierce County reaches milestone

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Efforts to reduce unhealthy wood smoke pollution in the Tacoma/Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone area reached a milestone today when the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved a 10-year action plan and announced the area will be redesignated as i...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Pierce County announces park and trail closures around the U.S. Open

Building a “temporary city” for more than 200,000 people takes time, so Pierce County Parks and Recreation will begin closing portions of Chambers Creek Regional Park on March 16 as on-site preparations ramp up for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chamb...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Video News: Property tax statement explained, North Meadow construction, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 12, 2015.

  • Understanding your property tax statement
  • Construction underway to make North Meadow parking lot bigger
  • Juvenile Court Administrator talks new programs, abused and neglected kids
  • County Council discus...
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Posted on: February 9, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. The University Place academy begins Feb. 19 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. The South Hill acad...Read on...

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Posted on: February 7, 2015

Executive McCarthy statement regarding shutdown of ports

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding the announced weekend closure of West Coast ports due to a labor dispute:

"The impact of a shutdown will be devastating to thousands of people in Pierce County who rel...Read on...

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Posted on: February 6, 2015

Road work postponed on 66th Avenue East

Work requiring closure of a portion of 66th Avenue East south of its intersection with River Road (SR 167) previously scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 has been postponed. Pierce County road crews were scheduled to trim roadside vegetation that is encroachin...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2015

Champion guest stars and local skaters featured in new ice show this weekend

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Professional performers will join members of the Lakewood Winter Club to present the 2015 ice show "Reflections on Ice – Entertaining America!" from Feb. 6-8 at Pierce County's Sprinker Recreation Center.

Five performances are scheduled, and ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2015

Figueroa and Young elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

University Place Mayor Pro Tem Javier Figueroa and Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young have been elected to lead the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on telecommunications issues and televises local government progr...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2015

Puyallup teen gets County Council support for awareness of heart defects

Congenital heart defect awareness proclamation

Zoe Cardwell was born with five severe heart defects, but the 16-year-old Puyallup resident considers herself one of the lucky ones.

“Congenital heart defects are all around us. You hear it in the stories of student athletes who have died with an undis...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2015

Video News: General Services Building approved, Chambers Creek Regional Park closures, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 15, 2015.

  • County Council votes to build General Services Building
  • Public closures coming to Chambers Creek Regional Park
  • New volunteer opportunities with Pitch in for Parks
  • Puyallup dedicates new spray park com...
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Posted on: February 5, 2015

Video News: Proposed General Services Building, Sumner bridge design, free tax help, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 5, 2015.

  • Maximum price set for County’s proposed General Services Building
  • Citizens comment on 18 amendments to shoreline regulations
  • Sumner unveils design for Bridge St. Bridge
  • Health Department warns of measles and...
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Posted on: February 2, 2015

Executive presents business plan for proposed general services building

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has negotiated a development and lease agreement for a proposed general services building that would dramatically improve customer service while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

If approved by the Pierce County...Read on...

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Posted on: January 28, 2015

County schedules community meetings on rural zoning adjustments

Pierce County Planning and Land Services has scheduled four meetings around the county to gather public input on proposed adjustments to some of the land use designations in rural areas.

The adjustment is part of the update to Pierce County’s Comprehe...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2015

Council to hold 4 hearings on shoreline regulations

Members of the Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee have scheduled four meetings around the county to gather public input on changes to proposed shoreline development guidelines required by the state.

These meetings will address 18 a...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2015

Selective Service System needs local board members

The Selective Service System is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on their local board. A Selective Service Local Board is a group of five citizen volunteers whose mission, upon a draft, will be to decide who among the registrants in their community wi...Read on...

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Posted on: January 23, 2015

Small claims now easier to file in Pierce County

Pierce County District Court has unveiled an innovative new way for customers to access court services online.

Citizens who wish to file a small claims case can now use District Court’s web-based Small Claims Kiosk application. Developed by District C...Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2015

County to expand parking at Chambers Creek Regional Park's playground

North Meadow Parking Lot

Pierce County will start construction Feb. 2 to more than double the number of parking spaces at the popular North Meadow area of Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place to help meet high demand.

A new parking area with approximately 50 spaces...Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2015

Pierce County Juvenile Court wins coveted Annie E. Casey grant

Pierce County Juvenile Court has won a highly competitive grant aimed at reducing criminal behavior by elevating the voice of families in the Juvenile Justice system, improving the services and support to youth on probation and connecting youth with their...Read on...

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

Edible Gardens workshop series teaches gardening from seed to table

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Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food during the 2015 Edible Gardens workshop series, which runs from February through November. The free series of monthly workshops, which are sponsored by Pierce County and the Pierce Conservation ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

Get out with the kids for PC Parks’ Friday Family Indoor Movie Night

Families looking for something to do with the kids during January and February can grab their blankets and kick back for an evening of fun at the movies, courtesy of Pierce County Parks and Recreation.

The first Friday Family Indoor Movie Night will ta...Read on...

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Posted on: January 16, 2015

County observes MLK on Jan. 19

Pierce County administrative offices will close on Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

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Posted on: January 16, 2015

Interim traffic signal system to be installed at 94th Avenue East and 144th Street East

Work to install an interim traffic signal system and street lighting at the 94th Avenue East and 144th Street East intersection in South Hill will begin Jan. 20. Currently, the intersection is configured as a four-way stop.

Work is expected to be comp...Read on...

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Posted on: January 16, 2015

Video News: Youth shelter, flu season, Sprinker attendance, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 15, 2015.

  • Pierce County to help fund youth shelter in Tacoma
  • Dangerous flu season hits Pierce County
  • Public invited to comment on proposed County general services building
  • Fife welcomes new city manager
  • Disco...
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Posted on: January 15, 2015

Urban Search and Rescue dogs to face final test in Puyallup

Canine heroes-in-waiting from around the nation will converge this weekend on a Puyallup gravel pit for their final trial. For those that pass the test, they'll receive coveted certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2015

Council proclaims January 2015 as Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Members of the Pierce County Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution declaring January 2015 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The measured, passed at the Jan. 13 Council meeting, calls human trafficking a form of modern-day slavery an...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2015

Pierce County Council chooses leadership, committees for 2015

Pierce County Councilmember Dan Roach has been re-elected as Council chair for 2015. The seven-member body voted for leadership positions and assignments on Council committees and other boards and commissions at the Council’s Jan. 13 weekly meeting.

Co...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2015

Volunteers needed for Pierce County’s annual homeless survey

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County.

The annual surv...Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2015

Pierce County receives $2.16 million for road safety projects

Pierce County will receive $2.16 million in federal highway safety improvement funds to fund five road safety projects.

Pierce County is among 46 agencies across Washington that will receive more than $48 million in federal highway safety improvement f...Read on...

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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Public invited to learn more about proposed new county building

Three members of the Pierce County Council are hosting a public forum to provide local residents with another opportunity to learn about the proposed general services building currently under consideration. The meeting – arranged by Councilmembers Connie ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings in University Place

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. A University Place academy begins Feb. 19 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.

The academy is a...Read on...

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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Study of Pierce County Ferry System underway

A study of the Pierce County Ferry System is currently underway to evaluate potential alternatives for the system, such as changes to the schedule and improvements to existing facilities.

During the Waterborne Transportation Study, Pierce County will a...Read on...

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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Video News: JBLM welcomes the 16th CAB home, Madyson's Marshmallows, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 8, 2015.

  • Uncasing welcomes home the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade
  • Pierce County Council swears in new and returning councilmembers
  • Free budgeting classes help average folks prepare for retirement
  • Frederickson c...
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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible fo...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2015

Inslee announces appointment of G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he is appointing G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court. Whitener is replacing Judge John McCarthy who is retiring after serving 18 years on the bench.

Whitener, who is originally from Trinidad and moved to the...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2015

Roach praises choice to serve as 30th District state representative

Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach says he’s pleased with the governor’s appointment of Carol Gregory to fill the vacant 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives. That position has been open since the death of former Rep. Roger Freeman,...Read on...

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Posted on: January 7, 2015

Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel seeks members

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is seeking new members for the Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel (ASAP). ASAP is a diverse panel that provides recommendations and coordination with community partners for Pierce County Animal Control. The pan...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2015

Derek Young sworn in, looking forward to service on County Council

One day after raising his right hand and taking the oath of office, new Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young says he’s humbled and excited to serve his constituents in the 7th Council District.

At the first council meeting of the New Year on Tuesday...Read on...

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Posted on: December 30, 2014

Learn how to use Social Security

Many options are available to individuals when taking Social Security. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Planning ahead is important to make the most out of the benefits available to people as they retire or as they need to claim disabilit...Read on...

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Posted on: December 29, 2014

Retirement for “average folks” will look different

If you look at advertising, it’s all about expanding your portfolio and enjoying the good life. While that may be true for some, most Americans will experience something quite different.

“Retirement for ‘Average’ Folks” explores what most people wil...Read on...

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Posted on: December 29, 2014

Video News: Best of 2014 Special

Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 24, 2014 to Jan. 8, 2015.

  • Look back at Pierce County’s role in the Oso mudslide recovery
  • Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry given house
  • Meet the Farmer: Terry's Berries CSA program
  • Explore Wilkeson’s coal mi...
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Posted on: December 22, 2014

Pierce County Ferry fares to increase Jan. 1, 2015

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

“This is the second part of a two-step increase needed to help cover increased operational and maintenance expenses,” said Deb Wallac...Read on...

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Posted on: December 22, 2014

Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be d...Read on...

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Posted on: December 15, 2014

County nabs another award for FirstToSee project

Pierce County’s FirstToSee project has received an award for being among the best new tech sites and mobile apps in the Northwest. FirstToSee leverages the latest technology so the public and first responders can quickly share information in a disaster.

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Posted on: December 15, 2014

Pierce County to privately distribute unclaimed ashes at sea

Due to an excess of cremated remains, the Pierce County Medical Examiner will scatter the unclaimed ashes of deceased individuals at sea on Dec. 18.

“Many of these cases go back decades and by law we have to do everything we can to try and find the nex...Read on...

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Posted on: December 12, 2014

Outgoing Councilmember Stan Flemming to be honored Dec. 16

Councilmember Stan Flemming

At the final 2014 meeting of the Pierce County Council on Tuesday, Dec. 16, members will recognize outgoing Councilmember Stan Flemming for his years of dedicated public service.

Flemming's colleagues will present him with a plaque honoring his work si...Read on...

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Posted on: December 12, 2014

Video News: Calistoga levee, Wear Blue, Fantasy Lights, triplet cubs, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 11, 2014.

  • Orting feels cautious relief with new Calistoga levee in place
  • Winter weather brings tips for flood season preparedness
  • Want a job with Pierce County? New online hiring process makes it easier
  • DuPon...
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Posted on: December 11, 2014

Winds force Fantasy Lights to close again; Parks offers more half-priced nights to compensate

Due to the high winds and stormy conditions predicted for Thursday evening, Dec. 11, the Pierce County Parks and Recreation department has opted to close its winter Fantasy Lights experience for the night in the interest of safety.

Fantasy Lights at Sp...Read on...

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Posted on: December 8, 2014

Pierce County seeks joint meeting with King County to pick legislative replacement

Members of the Pierce County Council want to meet with the King County Council so they can jointly decide who to appoint to the vacant 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Pierce County Council members have expressed a strong desi...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

20th Annual Fantasy Lights now open in Pierce County’s Spanaway Park

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Every night through New Year’s Day, visitors can treat themselves to a festive holiday display of lights unlike any other in the South Sound area. This year is the 20th anniversary of Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park an...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management, water quality storm drainage plans...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Council to hold final on-location meeting of 2014 at new Parkland/Spanaway Sheriff’s precinct

The Pierce County Council holds at least one of its regular Tuesday meetings in each of the seven council districts each year. The final stop on the 2014 tour will be at the new Parkland/Spanaway Sheriff’s precinct on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The address is 14...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

New traffic signal configuration goes live Dec. 5 at Orting-Kapowsin Highway and 224th Street East

Motorists traveling through the intersection of Orting-Kapowsin Highway and 224th Street East will notice a new traffic signal configuration starting Friday, Dec. 5.

The signal in the eastbound direction on 224th Street East now includes a flashing ye...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Video News: Child abduction software, recount 101, one Christmas tree's journey, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 5, 2014.

  • Pierce County’s child abduction software helps find missing kids
  • Road division cuts ribbon on decant facility in Frederickson
  • Recount 101: how Pierce County Elections handles a close race
  • Puyallup name...
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Posted on: December 4, 2014

County Council District 7 recount certified

The results of the County Council District 7 mandatory manual recount were certified Thursday, Dec. 4. The results confirmed Derek Young received the most votes and is the winner.

The Pierce County Canvassing Board met Thursday afternoon to review the...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2014

Video News: General Services Building, shoreline amendments, Cheese Shoppe, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 29, 2015.

  • Public meeting shows South Tacoma support for County’s General Services Building
  • County Council to take shoreline amendments to public meetings
  • Find out which bills Pierce County is watching in this le...
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Posted on: January 24, 2014

Video News: Seahawks help boost local business, filing small claims online, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 22, 2015.

  • Seahawks fever boosts Milton embroidery business
  • Pierce County Council names January Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • Pierce County District Court makes it easier to file small claims online
  • Skies ar...
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Posted on: January 17, 2014

County offices closed Jan. 20

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Offices will reopen Jan. 21.

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