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Posted on: February 26, 2024

Presidential primary logic and accuracy test

Pierce County Elections will perform the County's official logic and accuracy testing on ballot counting and processing equipment at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 27 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, in Tacoma. The test is open to the me...

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Posted on: February 23, 2024 | Last Modified on: November 21, 2012

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 April 23, 2024 Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: February 23, 2024 | Last Modified on: November 21, 2012

Final certification of the 2024 February Special Election

The February 13, 2024, Special Election has been officially certified by the Canvassing Board. The Board is composed of Deputy Auditor Cindy Hartman, County Council Member Marty Campbell, and a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.

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Posted on: January 19, 2024

February 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 9 a.m. on Jan. 25 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S. 35th St., in Tacoma. The test is open to the med...

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Posted on: January 18, 2024

Feb. 13 special election at a glance

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

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Posted on: January 11, 2024

Resources for cold weather, warming centers and overnight shelter information

As colder temperatures and snow are expected from Thursday onwards, Pierce County is working alongside the Coalition to End Homelessness and the City of Tacoma to organize warm indoor shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness, including those wit...

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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Updates to Draft Comprehensive Plan kick off with an engagement period

Pierce County released the Draft Comprehensive Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public review and comment by February 26. Members of the public are invited to provide input on how to plan for the next 20 years of growth in unincorporated ...

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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Volunteers, donations needed for the Homeless Point-In-Time Count

Every day in Pierce County, thousands of people sleep in cars, shelters or on the streets. An estimated 70% of people experiencing homelessness are sleeping without shelter each night due to a lack of affordable housing and emergency shelter space. Each y...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Language Library offers services, programs in additional languages

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Pierce County Human Services is proud to announce the launch of the Language Library, a webpage dedicated to providing information about Human Services programs and resources to people who read and speak limited English. The library, available at www.pier...

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Posted on: December 15, 2023

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 Feb. 13, 2024, Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Pierce County Council Approves New Grant Program for Small Businesses

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CONTACT: Bryan Dominique, Communications Manager, at [email protected] or (253) 392-4221 

TACOMA – The Pierce County Council approved Ordinance No. 2023-69s on Tuesday, Dec. 5, establishing a Small Business Stren...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Request for proposals to address refugee stabilization

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing a request for proposals from qualified organizations to provide a range of services to assist newly arrived refugees as they settle into their new community and become stable. The goal of this funding is to provi...

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Posted on: December 4, 2023

Request for proposals for addressing youth violence prevention

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing a request for proposals for youth violence prevention. The Community Services division is soliciting applications from qualified organizations to support violence prevention programs benefitting youth in unincorp...

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Posted on: December 1, 2023

Pierce County accepting art grant applications beginning Dec. 8

The 2024 Pierce County Art Grant program application window opens Monday, Dec. 8. The grant program is designed to increase access to the arts, develop educational programs, provide support for unincorporated and underserved areas of Pierce County, and ce...

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Posted on: November 30, 2023

Public comment sought on draft plan for Affordable Housing Tax

The public is invited to comment on Pierce County’s draft Affordable Housing Tax Plan, which will determine how the tax is implemented across the county for the next six years.

The draft plan includes legislative information, analyses of existing...

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

Final certification of the 2023 general election

The November 7, 2023, General Election has been officially certified by the Canvassing Board. The Board is composed of Auditor Linda Farmer, County Council Chair Ryan Mello, and a deputy prosecuting attorney.

The final turnout of the election was 30.36% wi...

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

General election canvassing and certification meeting

Pierce County Elections will conduct the Canvassing and Certification of the Nov. 7, 2023, General Election at 10 a.m. on Nov. 28 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S. 35th St., Suite C, in Tacoma. The meeting is open to the media and the public....

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Statement from Pierce County Auditor Linda Farmer

The USPS delivered 37 general election ballots to Pierce County Elections today that it discovered in out-of-service USPS mailboxes within the county.

All 37 ballots have signature dates on or before election day and therefore must be counted under state l...

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Posted on: November 13, 2023

District Court early closure on Nov. 17

Pierce County District Court will be closed at noon on Friday, Nov. 17, for employee training. The Court will reopen on Monday, Nov. 20.

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 3, 2023

Pierce County seeks artwork designs for Sprinker’s future outdoor fitness court

Calling all artists! The Pierce County Arts Commission is seeking digitized artwork designs from local artists that will make an impact at the future outdoor fitness court at Sprinker Recreation Center (Sprinker) in the Parkland community. Applications ar...

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Posted on: October 27, 2023

Superior Court grants motion to dismiss petition related to the Parkland area community village

The planned village community for chronically homeless individuals in Parkland took another step forward today. On Friday morning, Pierce County Superior Court granted the County and Tacoma Rescue Mission’s motions to dismiss the Land Use Petiti...

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Posted on: October 25, 2023

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 happening at Spanaway Park.  Join us the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 17-19, to kick off the holiday season early or join us any e...

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Posted on: October 23, 2023

Notice of Funding Availability for Public Services

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

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Posted on: October 19, 2023

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 public facilities. We are soliciting applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Public Facilities Projects to provide funding for eligible publi...

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Pierce County releases Flood Plan Annual Progress Report

Due to the County’s robust floodplain management and participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS), residents and businesses in unincorporated Pierce County continue to be eligible for ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Human Services and Metropolitan Development Council join forces to assess community needs

Pierce County Human Services, in partnership with the Metropolitan Development Council (MDC), is embarking on a comprehensive assessment to identify the strengths, barriers, and available resources within the community, with a special focus on addressing ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2023

Resource expo connects Pierce County with long-term care options

Knowing your options is always a good idea. Knowing your options before a crisis is even more important. Making the Link 2023 is Pierce County’s annual showcase of care providers and services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. T...

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Posted on: October 5, 2023

2023 general election at a glance

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MEDIA CONTACTKyle Haugh, Elections Manager [email protected]253-798-2146

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Posted on: October 4, 2023

Free resource event for small business owners and entrepreneurs

Small business owners and entrepreneurs of Pierce County are invited to the free Thriving Together Resource Event happening Oct. 18 at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood. Hosted by the Pierce County Community Navigator team and the City of Lakewoo...

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Posted on: October 4, 2023

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 9 a.m. on Oct. 17 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, Suite C, in Tacoma. The test is open to ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

Pierce County completes the purchase of a downtown Tacoma building

Pierce County announced today the completion of acquiring a downtown Tacoma office building located at 1501 Market St. The building purchase is the next step in the County’s Justice Center and Space Planning Study – an initiative to co...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

Pierce County Elections brings back the “I Voted” sticker

CORRECTION: The link to the toolkit has been updated below.

Pierce County Elections is thrilled to announce the return of the iconic “I Voted” sticker. After a hiatus since 2016, we are reintroducing this cherished tradition to encourag...

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Posted on: September 25, 2023

Foothills Trail closure between Military Rd. and 136th St. trail crossings begins Oct. 9

Beginning Monday, Oct. 9, approximately one mile of the Foothills Trail will be closed between the Military Road and 136th Street trail crossings. Both trail crossings will be undergoing ADA accessibility improvements.

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Posted on: September 19, 2023

Dammeier proposes new biennial budget focusing on public safety and justice

$3 billion+ budget guided by community input

Executive Bruce Dammeier presented his proposed 2024-2025 biennial budget to the Pierce County Council today. The more than $3 billion budget is based on community input and prioritizes funding for public safety...

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Posted on: September 13, 2023

Falls prevention event highlights awareness, action

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Falls are not a natural part of aging. Unexpected falls can result in serious and costly injury, from minor sprains and bruises or to major bone breaks. They can even result in hospitalization or death. As the number of seniors continues to grow, the numb...

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Posted on: September 11, 2023

Free Pierce County Alzheimer’s Conference returns Oct. 7

Individuals, family members, and caregivers grappling with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are invited to the 2023 Pierce County Alzheimer’s Disease Conference, “Transitions in the World of Alzheimer’s,&...

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Posted on: September 7, 2023

Legal aid and eviction prevention support in the community

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Pierce County Human Services, in collaboration with Tacomaprobono and the Pierce County Library System, is hosting a series of “partner pop-up” community events this fall to offer support to residents facing legal or eviction issues. 

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Posted on: September 1, 2023

Community input needed for aging and disability services plan

Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) invites the community to attend a public meeting to comment on the Draft 2024-2027 Area Plan, including the 2024 proposed budget. 

A survey was conducted this spring, providing feed...

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Posted on: August 31, 2023

Foothills Trail East Puyallup Trailhead Improvement Project starts Sept. 5

Construction of the Foothills Trail East Puyallup Trailhead expansion project begins Tuesday, Sept. 5. During construction, the trailhead parking lot and restrooms will be closed for 4-5 months.

The trail will remain open and trail users are encouraged to ...

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Posted on: August 23, 2023

Over $29M awarded for behavioral health services in Pierce County

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing the awards from the recent Behavioral Health Request for Proposals (RFP), which funds mental health and substance use services for residents across Pierce County. Funding is available from two taxes – the Behavio...

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Posted on: August 22, 2023

Applications being accepted for the 2024 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program

The 2024 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding multiple preservation efforts in Pierce County, is now accepting applications through noon on Oct. 2, 2023.

Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history...

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Posted on: August 22, 2023

Funds available to support people with developmental disabilities

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Pierce County Developmental Disabilities program is requesting proposals from organizations providing Information and Education (InfoEd) services in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, young children with developmental...

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Posted on: August 15, 2023

Final certification of the 2023 primary election

The Aug. 1, 2023, Primary Election has been officially certified by the Canvassing Board. The Board is composed of Auditor Linda Farmer, County Council Chair Ryan Mello, and a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.

The final turnout of the election was 24.79% with 1...

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Posted on: August 14, 2023

Primary election canvassing and certification meeting

Pierce County Elections will conduct the Canvassing and Certification of the Aug. 1, 2023, Primary Election at 10 a.m. on Aug. 15 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, Suite C, in Tacoma. The meeting is open to the media and the public.&a...

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Posted on: August 10, 2023

Update: Washington State Task Force-1 Bolsters Search and Rescue Efforts in Hawaii

Updated 8/13/2023

In a continued effort to provide vital assistance, the Washington State Task Force-1 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (WA-TF1) has augmented its support to Hawaii's search and rescue operations by sending an additional 30 members of ...

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Posted on: August 8, 2023

Ski Park Bridge along Foothills Trail closed Aug. 22-24

The Ski Park Bridge along the Foothills Trail will be closed Aug. 22-24 while crews conduct geotechnical drilling.

The bridge is located about 3.5 miles east of the Orting Trailhead on the Foothills Trail.

The bridge closure will be in place 8 a.m. until 4 ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2023

Results of post-election audit of batches

Pierce County Elections conducted the post-election audit of batches at 10:00 a.m. on August 3 at the Pierce County Elections Center in Tacoma.

The test was open to the media and the public. Representatives from the Republican and Democratic parties were i...

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Posted on: August 3, 2023

$4M available to support homeless housing assistance

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Pierce County Human Services, as a collaborative applicant for the Tacoma/Lakewood/Pierce County Continuum of Care (CoC), is announcing a Notice of funding Available (NOFA) for an estimated $4 million to support homeless housing services. Applications wil...

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Posted on: August 3, 2023

Chambers Creek Regional Park closures Aug. 9-14

From Aug. 9-14, the Soundview Trail and Central Meadow, including the dog park, at Chambers Creek Regional Park will be closed. The North Meadow and Grandview Trail will remain open. 

The closure is due to the Tacoma Arts Live events taking place ...

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Posted on: August 2, 2023

Post-election audit of batches

Pierce County Elections will perform the mandatory and routine post-election audit of batches at 10 a.m. on Aug. 3 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, Suite C, in Tacoma. The test is open to the media and the public. 

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Posted on: August 1, 2023

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. 7, 2023, General Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet. 

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Posted on: July 25, 2023

$1M available for Homeless Shelter Access Hub

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Pierce County Homeless Programs is requesting proposals from organizations to provide navigation services that result in homeless households being placed into local overnight shelters. $1M is available from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Homeless Doc...

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Posted on: July 18, 2023

$2M awarded for homeless prevention

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing the Homeless Prevention awards from the American Rescue Plan Fund. This funding is allocated through the Pierce County Council in response to the Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness.

$2M was available to alloca...

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Posted on: July 17, 2023

Successful primary election logic and accuracy test

Pierce County voting systems passed their mandatory and routine pre-election tests. Pierce County Elections conducted a test of the County’s Accessible Voting Unit on July 12 and conducted the official Logic & Accuracy (L&A) test of ball...

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Posted on: July 17, 2023

Partial closure of SR 7 over two weekends for sewer project in Parkland

Travelers who use state Route 7 in Parkland will want to build extra time into their trips for the two upcoming weekends.

As part of Pierce County’s Parkland/Brookdale Sewer Interceptor project, traffic on SR 7 at 129th Street South will be parti...

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Posted on: July 10, 2023

Primary 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 8:30 a.m. on July 17 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, Suite C, in Tacoma. The test is open ...

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Posted on: June 23, 2023

Residential property values drop three percent

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 www.PierceCountyWa.gov/atr.

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Posted on: June 21, 2023

Council Approves Joining Interlocal Agreement to Form Pierce County Opioid Abatement

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June 21, 2023 

Pierce County Council Approves Joining Interlocal Agreement to Form Pierce County Opioid Abatement Council 

The human toll of the Opioid Epidemic, which has been raging nationwide since the 199...

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Posted on: June 20, 2023

Over $12M awarded for homeless, housing services

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Pierce County Human Services recently received additional funding from the state to increase the Homeless Housing Program funding awards to supplement revenue shortfalls. The Homeless Housing Program (HHP) funding is the largest Notice of Funding Availabi...

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Posted on: June 20, 2023

$500K available for Pierce County senior centers

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Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) is requesting proposals from organizations providing senior center services. Approximately $500K is available from County General Funds annually for these services, which can be used to support the basic ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2023

Over $2M awarded for children, youth and young adult services

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing the awards from the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) which funds services for children, youth and young adults in the region. These funds are for educational services that improve education out...

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Posted on: June 13, 2023

$6M available to support development, preservation of affordable housing

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing a notice of funding availability (NOFA) of over $6 million to support the development and preservation of affordable housing. Funding from the 1406 Affordable Housing Sales Tax Fund (1406), 2060 Affordable Housin...

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Posted on: June 6, 2023

Moody's Investors Service upgrades Pierce County's rating to Aaa with stable outlook

Moody's Investors Service has upgraded Pierce County, WA's issuer and limited tax general obligation (LTGO) ratings to Aaa from Aa1, with a revised outlook of stable. The upgrade in the issuer rating to Aaa reflects the county's strong regional economy, w...
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Posted on: June 6, 2023

Burn ban for unincorporated Pierce County starts at 8 a.m. on June 7

A burn ban for unincorporated Pierce County is announced effective at 8 a.m. on June 7, 2023, until further notice.

The Pierce County Fire Marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared the burn ban. This is due to cu...

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Posted on: June 5, 2023

Pierce County is seeking input on climate vulnerability and sustainability

Pierce County Planning & Public Works is seeking public input on the draft Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) and the Sustainability 2030: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan update.  Both will address issues related to our climate.

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Posted on: May 31, 2023

Resources offered at virtual 2023 Pierce County Caregiver Conference

Caregiver Conference 2023

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 is still...

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Posted on: May 23, 2023

Special Filing Period – May 24-26, 2023

A special filing period will be held May 24-26, 2023, as no candidate filings were received during the regular filing period for the following offices:

City of Roy – Council Position 3Town of South Prairie –&a...

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

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 1, 2023 Primary Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

Candidate filing week begins Monday, May 15

Candidate filing week begins Monday, May 15, 2023. Offices open for election this year include: 

  • Pierce County Council District 2
  • Court of Appeals Division 2, District 1, Pos 2
  • Pierce County Superior Court 1
  • Port
  • Cities and towns
  • Schools
  • Fire
  • Park and Re...
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Posted on: May 10, 2023

Homeless Point-in-Time Count Results

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THE HOMELESS POINT-IN-TIME (PIT) COUNT HELPS US UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS.

Every day in Pierce County, thousands of people sleep in cars, shelters or on the street. They are someone's mom, dad, child or friend. Do you ever wonder how th...

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Posted on: May 8, 2023

Public input needed for aging and disability services plan

The Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) division is developing the 2024-2027 Area Plan and is seeking community input from County residents about aging and disability services in the region. 

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Posted on: May 4, 2023

Pierce County to purchase a downtown Tacoma building and consolidate justice services

Pierce County today announced plans to acquire an office building located at 1501 Market St. in Tacoma. The building purchase is the next step in the County’s Justice Center and Space Planning Study, an initiative to combine justice-related prog...

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Posted on: April 28, 2023

Request for proposals for homeless prevention services

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing a request for proposals (RFP) for homeless prevention services. The Community Services division is soliciting applications from qualified organizations that will serve low-income households at-risk of homelessnes...

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Posted on: May 1, 2023

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides affordable, healthy food for older adults

Beginning today, 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. Over 3,700 vouchers valued at $80 are available and may be used...

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Posted on: April 27, 2023

Public input needed for Tourism Destination Strategic Plan

Pierce County is developing a long-term Tourism Destination Strategic Plan and is seeking input from County residents about tourism in the region. The online survey is administered by Pierce County Economic Development in partnership with both Pierce Coun...

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Posted on: April 26, 2023

ERPP Update for Landlords

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Join us may 3 for a landlord update

 

ERPP ends in July, so what does that mean for landlords?

The Center for Dialog and Resolution/ERPP Program, Pierce County Human Services, and Tacomaprobono Community Lawyers are inviting Pierce County landlords ...

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Posted on: March 31, 2023

April special 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 10:00 a.m. on April 5 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, in Tacoma. The test is open to the m...

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Posted on: March 30, 2023

Pierce County sees first tenant signed up in new warehouse/distribution development

FRED310, a prominent new warehouse/distribution development located on 310 acres in the Frederickson area, has acquired its first tenant, Harbor Freight Tools. The national tool retailer has signed a build-to-suit lease totaling 782,875 square feet.&n...

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Posted on: March 24, 2023

New boat launch reservation system at North Lake Tapps Park

Starting April 6, Pierce County Parks will be accepting online reservations for the North Lake Tapps Park boat launch ramp. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance and include one parking spot per person per day for boat launch use.

The online da...

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Posted on: March 24, 2023

Grants available for watershed improvement projects

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 2023 cycle will award more than $70,000 total to p...

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Posted on: March 20, 2023

Pierce County seeks public input on 2023 Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan

Pierce County is drafting the 2023 Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (2023 Flood Plan) and would like the public’s input on how we will address flooding over the next 10 years. 

Led by Pierce County Planning and Public Works, the 2023 Flo...

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Posted on: March 17, 2023

Pierce County District Court commissioner appointed

The Pierce County District Court judges are pleased to announce their selection of Pedro Chou as the new District Court commissioner. Pedro’s start date will be May 1, 2023. Pedro will initially be tasked with implementing a Community Court as w...

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Posted on: March 17, 2023

Work to manage roadside vegetation starts March 27

Vegetation management work along road shoulders in unincorporated Pierce County will begin this spring, with crews applying herbicides March 27 through June.  

Herbicides are applied to combat weeds and eliminate vegetation from road shoulders.&am...

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Posted on: March 13, 2023

Pierce County accepting applications for Behavioral Health Tax funds

The Pierce County Human Services Behavioral Health program is accepting applications to provide mental health, substance use disorder, and therapeutic court-related services within Pierce County.

Applicants must apply online before 11:59 P.M. on F...

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Posted on: March 8, 2023

Celebrate the groundbreaking of Sprinker Recreation Center’s new outdoor project

Pierce County Parks invites the community to a groundbreaking event on Thursday, March 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Sprinker Recreation Center playfield (14824 C St. South, Tacoma, WA). This event will kick off construction of significant improvements to S...

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Posted on: February 24, 2023

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 25, 2023 Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: February 24, 2023

Overcoming Adversity film series presents final free movie for caregivers

Millions of Americans--including thousands in Pierce County--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. Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is...

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Posted on: February 13, 2023

2023 sees moderate increases in property taxes

Property tax statements are in the mail this week to 174,000 owners of residential and commercial land and buildings in Pierce County. For homes where the tax is paid through a mortgage escrow account, the statement is sent to the bank or mortgage company...

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Posted on: February 10, 2023

Pierce County courts host YMCA Mock Trial Regional Tournament

The YMCA Mock Trial Regional Tournament returns to the County-City Building this month for the first time in several years. Students from Oakland High School and Tacoma School of the Arts will compete in this year’s event. The tournament will be...

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Posted on: February 10, 2023

Pierce County seeks input on opportunities, services for children aged birth to 25

Pierce County invites community members invested in the healthy growth and development of children to join the Birth to 25 (B25) Advisory Board at the second Build the Bridge event convening on Feb. 24 to discuss services and opportunities for youth and y...

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Posted on: February 3, 2023

Help identify a Pierce County decedent

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office is seeking information to help in the identification of this unidentified middle-aged man who was found deceased in a small, wooded area adjacent to an open lot on 115th Street in Tacoma on June 21, 20...

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Posted on: February 2, 2023

Updates to Critical Areas Ordinance kick off with an engagement period

Pierce County is conducting a periodic review and update of its Critical Areas regulations, as directed by the Washington State Growth Management Act and seeking input from the public until March 6, on priorities and suggestions for future changes prior t...

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Posted on: January 27, 2023

Feb. 14 Special Election at a glance

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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Free business skills training for Pierce County small business owners

Small business owners in Pierce County now have access to free, on-demand business skills training. The Pierce County Business Skills Program offers nine free, non-credit, short courses to help entrepreneurs start, build, and keep their business on track....

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

Pierce County Parks presents Rock the Rink ice show

Bring your friends and family to Pierce County Parks’ exciting new ice show: Rock the Rink! 

Join the fun at Tacoma’s Sprinker Recreation Center to watch this upbeat and thrilling ice show featuring decades of nostalgic tunes t...

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Posted on: January 24, 2023

Two Gig Harbor area ballot drop boxes moving to new locations

Pierce County Elections has moved two ballot drop boxes to new locations.

The Gig Harbor Fire Station drop box is now located at Gig Harbor City Hall, 3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335.

The Purdy Fire Station drop box is now located at the Purdy Park...

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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Pierce County and Comcast partner to bring high speed internet to Key Peninsula

Pierce County, WA – Pierce County and Comcast have finalized an agreement that will expand the availability of high-speed internet services on the Key Peninsula. Comcast will construct the infrastructure and make available a fast and re...

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Posted on: January 20, 2023

February 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 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 24 at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S 35th St, in Tacoma. The test is open to the me...

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Posted on: January 17, 2023

Chambers Bay resort development ends

Reflecting a worsening economic environment, Pierce County and Chambers Bay Resort, LLC, have terminated the agreement to develop a resort at Chambers Bay Golf Course.

“We are disappointed that we were not able to bring Chambers Bay Resort to our...

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Posted on: December 21, 2022

Pierce County sewer rates to increase Jan. 1, 2023

Customers in Pierce County’s sewer service area will see a 3 percent increase in their sewer rates starting Jan. 1, 2023.

In November 2021 the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance No. 2021-106, which set the sewer rate as part of the 2022-23 bi...

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Posted on: December 16, 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 Feb. 14, 2023, Special Election Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

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Posted on: December 14, 2022

Pierce County Council Adds 52 Miles of Shoreline Protection in South Puget Sound

On Tuesday, December 13, the Pierce County Council increased the area of marine shorelines protected from new pier and dock development on Pierce County marine shorelines by 52 miles with amendments to Pierce County’s shoreline development polic...

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Posted on: December 14, 2022

Pierce County Parks seeks input on 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 Jan. 31.

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

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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 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 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: 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

Fall Prevention

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: 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: 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 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 5, 2022

Homeless Housing Program Funding Awards

PCHS news - homeless

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: 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 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

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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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. 

“So far, 73...

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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 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.

“School may be out for the summer, but we are already thinking about the ...

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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.

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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.

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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

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 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 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

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.

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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

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

Video News: Tourism Special

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

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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

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 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:

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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.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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: 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

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: 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: 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.

This uni...Read on...

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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.

“These change...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.

“Pierce County is characterized by its beautiful views and ...Read on...

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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

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 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 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

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 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 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

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: 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: 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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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