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Posted on: December 1, 2016

A statement from Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy

I join our community in extending heartfelt condolences to the Tacoma Police Department and the City of Tacoma as they mourn the loss of Officer Jake Gutierrez. We also offer our deep appreciation to Officer Gutierrez’s family for his swift and ...Read on...

Posted on: December 1, 2016

County Council Meeting to be held in Tacoma

The Pierce County Council will hold an In-District Council meeting in District 5 at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, at the Salishan Family Investment Center, 1724 E. 44 St., Room 101 in Tacoma. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Rick Talbert. ...Read on...

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Council passes 2017 budget with emphasis on public safety, court programs and evaluations

After months of negotiation and discussion, the Pierce County Council voted unanimously to adopt the County’s 2017 operating and capital budgets. The new budget will take effect Jan. 1, 2017. A large focus of the 2017 budget is public safety, c...Read on...
Posted on: November 29, 2016

Guidance for Social Security in 2017

Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement plans for most Americans. The program continues to evolve and will do so, especially in light of projections about the solvency of Social Security. For individuals preparing to start their Social Security b...Read on...

Posted on: November 23, 2016

Pierce County runner up for international award for asset management programs

Pierce County was a runner up for The Institute of Asset Management’s 2016 “Asset Management Team Achievement Award.” An organization from the United Kingdom ultimately won the award on Nov. 23. The county was recognized by ...Read on...
Posted on: November 23, 2016

County observes Thanksgiving

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Nov. 24-25, in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal business hours will resume Monday, Nov. 28. Emergency services will operate without interruption.

Posted on: November 21, 2016

Keep the kids busy this winter break with Eco Explorers Camp

Unplug your child this winter and let them experience winter break the way it used to be – at Eco Explorers Camp – a great outdoor adventure designed to lead to a deeper understanding of some of Pierce County’s oldest natural tr...Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2016

Public invited to help design Cross Park in Frederickson

Pierce County Parks is hosting a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the evening to gather comments on the site design for Phase 1 of Cross Park in the Frederickson area of unincorporated Pierce County.  Phase 1 will develop the northern 3.5 acr...Read on...
Posted on: November 18, 2016

Pierce County Council to hear resolution related to growth and infrastructure investment within the

The Pierce County Council’s Community Development Committee will hear a resolution that articulates the County’s focus and efforts to manage growth in the central urban growth area.   During the committee meeting on Monday, No...Read on...
Posted on: November 10, 2016

County observes Veterans Day

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 14. Emergency services will operate without interruption.
Posted on: November 9, 2016

Proposed changes to Agricultural Resource Lands

In recent years, Pierce County has received an increasing number of questions from residents about zoning in rural land and farmland preservation.  To help clarify the process by which rural land is zoned, the Pierce County Council asked a consu...Read on...
Posted on: November 8, 2016

Puget Sound Behavioral Hospital to be demolished next year

County Council actions will lead to new South Sound 911 Communications Center At its meeting today, the Pierce County Council unanimously passed a resolution that affirms the County’s support for the voter-approved South Sound 911 public safety...Read on...
Posted on: November 8, 2016

Pierce County Council passes Park Impact Fees

The County Council today passed R2016-51s in a 6-1 vote which allows Pierce County to collect a one-time impact fee from a builder when new homes or apartments are constructed. This fee assures that new development pays a greater share of the cost of new ...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2016

Pierce County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse hosts open house for new applicants

Pierce County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse hosts Open House for new Applicants The Pierce County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse is accepting applications to volunteer with the group. An Open House will be held on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Parkland-...Read on...
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Learn about proposed Spanaway Lake Management Plan at Nov. 9 open house

Spanaway residents, business owners and lake users are invited to a Nov. 9 open house to learn about recommendations being considered to improve water quality in Spanaway Lake. The public will have a chance to review recommendations that are being develo...Read on...
Posted on: November 2, 2016

Pierce County hosts public open house 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. Park users, citizens and interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend an open house on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Envir...Read on...

Posted on: November 2, 2016

Learn how to travel with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Getting out and seeing the world is one of those pleasures that almost everyone enjoys. Whether it’s heading off to delightful far off places or taking in vistas nearby, travel can lift the heart and stimulate the mind. But with a diagnosis of A...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Pierce County responds to Washington State Democrats

In response to a complaint received from the Washington State Democrats, the Pierce County Auditor is sending the following postcard to households across the county by the end of next week. In addition, the Auditor’s website reflects the fact t...Read on...
Posted on: October 27, 2016

Two northbound lanes of Canyon Road East to be closed at night Oct. 30-Nov. 11

Pierce County crews will repair damaged pavement along Canyon Road East from 160th Street East to 116th Street East at night from Oct. 30-Nov. 11.  The pavement around drainage and sewer lids has cracked in some locations. Public Works crews wil...Read on...
Posted on: October 26, 2016

Meridian Habitat Park Playground Grand Opening Oct. 29

Meridian

Where can you play on a boulder, spin yourself silly, swing on a log, whisper to a friend through a listening trunk and play in a treehouse? Beginning Oct.29, all of these cool things and more will be found at the Meridian Habitat Park nature playground o...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2016

County Council Meeting to be held in Vaughn

The Pierce County Council will hold an In-District Council meeting in District 7 at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1, at Key Peninsula Civic Center Gymnasium, 17010 South Vaughn Road KPN in Vaughn. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Derek Young. ...Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2016

Pierce County road crews prepare for winter weather

Pierce County is preparing now for snow and ice on county roads.

Pierce County road crews will set up and recalibrate snow-fighting equipment and travel their snow plow routes on Oct. 20. Earlier in the week, they will review snow and ice response plan...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Chambers Bay Resort development team selected

After a comprehensive review that included significant community input, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Chambers Bay Development, LLC as the group to design, build and operate the Chambers Bay Resort in University Place, Wash. As a resu...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2016

Family Bingo Night at Meridian Habitat Park serves up fall fun for everyone

Fall is in the air and that means sounds of family fun will be heard from miles around Parks & Recreation’s Annual Family Bingo Night at Meridian Habitat Park on Friday, Nov. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in South Hill Puyallup.

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

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Public invited to weigh in on proposed County firework restrictions

The Pierce County Council is encouraging the public to provide feedback on a proposed ordinance that restricts fireworks in the County.

County Ordinance 2016-39s would amend Pierce County Code limiting the days and hours when fireworks may be sold and ...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Event provides link for anyone serving older adults or individuals with disabilities

Most older adults and people with disabilities hope to remain safe, independent, and active, whether at home or in a care facility. Knowing about available resources in the community and how to access them is one of the best things that people can do for ...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

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

“The potential for flooding along county roads increases as wet weather returns and leaves ...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2016

Flood insurance rates could change once FEMA flood maps go into effect

New flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could change flood insurance rates for some properties when they go into effect March 7, 2017.

Drafts of the new flood maps were released Sept. 7. Homeowners can view a document th...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Murder on the menu for an interactive dinner Oct. 28

Put your inner detective skills to work Oct. 28 at Parks and Recreation’s Murder Mystery Dinner, set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 9850 64th St. W. in University Place.

“The Ungrateful Dead,” a special Halloween-themed produc...Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2016

Pharmacists play role beyond doling out prescriptions for better health care

Every October is American Pharmacists Month. The month-long observance recognizes the important role local pharmacies play in providing accurate information regarding medications and offering preventative medications and suggesting alternatives to help ke...Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Community invited to comment on proposed Chambers Bay resort development

Pierce County invites the community to a town hall meeting on the proposed Chambers Bay resort development, Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bates Technical College Auditorium, Room 130B, 1101 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma.

The town hall meeting is an oppor...Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

County Council Meeting to be held in Fife

The Pierce County Council will hold an In-District Council meeting in District 2 at 5p.m. on Oct. 4, at Fife City Hall, 5411 23rd Street East in Fife. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Joyce McDonald.

Each member of the Pierce C...Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Pierce County Television takes home 17 awards at national conference

Each year, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) holds an awards banquet to honor the best in government television programming. Pierce County TV (PCTV) took home 17 awards at the 2016 event, including three first-pl...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

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

Pierce County hosts second open house public meeting

What will Chambers Creek Regional Park look like in 10 years? Pierce County invites you to help shape the 2017 update to the Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan. This 930-acre regional park...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Council to receive results of behavioral health study and conduct a series of committee meetings

The Pierce County Council will receive the results of a study conducted on the behavioral health systems in Pierce County, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m., at Council Chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045 in Tacoma. If you are unable to make the meeting you can view...Read on...

Posted on: September 22, 2016

Video News: Farming Special

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 22, 2016

A special show about local farmers and their farm fresh products.

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Posted on: September 20, 2016

Pierce County Executive presents 2017 budget to County Council

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy told the County Council today that the region’s economic growth allows for further investments in programs designed to safeguard citizens and support those dealing with behavioral and mental health challenges. The budg...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

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

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

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Forum provides businesses opportunity to work with government

Businesses looking to win government contracts have that opportunity at the Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum. This free event takes place Thursday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon at the McGavick Conference Center located on the campus of Clover Park Te...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

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

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

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

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Parks & Recreation is revving up to showcase 500 vehicles at Classic Car & Truck Show, Sept. 24

Classic Car Show

Sprinker Recreation Center’s parking lot will be lined up with more than 500 classic cars and trucks of all colors, shapes and sizes at the 14th annual CARSTAR Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car & Truck Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

This...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Sixth annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 17

Everyone in Pierce County is invited to watch approximately 75 immigrants become American citizens during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The naturalization ceremony – the final step to attain citizenship – begins promptly at 11 a.m. at the Mount T...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Video News: PCN Special - The Museums of Pierce County

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 15, 2016

Get a sneak peek inside some of the best museums in Pierce County.

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Posted on: September 13, 2016

Early stage memory loss series offers help and support

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, resources, and people who can help.

“Oh...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Step into fall with your Parks & Recreation Department

As families shift into school mode for the fall, Pierce County’s Parks & Recreation Department encourages you to browse the latest issue of the online program guide to find the perfect fit for your interests and schedule.

Parks & Recreation offers...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2016

Parks and Recreation looking for public input on Park Improvements Study

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is looking for public input on potential park improvements to Sprinker, Lake Tapps Park and Frontier Park through an online open house at www.piercecountywa.org/parkimprovements which will be up until Friday, Nov. 4, 20...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2016

Public meeting for Phase 1 design at Cross Park set for Sept. 20

Pierce County Parks is hosting a public meeting on the Phase 1 Improvements at Cross Park.

Cross Park is located at 4418 Military Road in the Frederickson area of unincorporated Pierce County. A Preliminary Master Plan was developed in 2015. This publ...Read on...

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.

Barney...Read on...

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.

Distr...Read on...

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.

Posted on: August 30, 2016

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

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

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

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

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

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...

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 Universi...Read on...

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...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Video News: Tourism Special

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

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

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Posted on: August 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...

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...

Posted on: August 16, 2016

Public invited to weigh in on proposed County firework restrictions

Pierce County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg is encouraging the public to speak at the County Council on a proposed ordinance that restricts fireworks in Pierce County.

County Ordinance 2016-39 would amend Pierce County Code limiting the sale and disch...Read on...

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...

Posted on: July 28, 2016

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

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

Committee memb...Read on...

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...

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...

Additional Info...
Posted on: July 22, 2016

Sprinker Recreation kicks off 40th anniversary with activities July 30

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

The...Read on...

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.

...Read on...

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...

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...

Posted on: July 20, 2016

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

Shared by the Pierce County Department of Communications:

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

The Home Cour...Read on...

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...

Posted on: July 19, 2016

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

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

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

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...

Posted on: July 8, 2016

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

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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
  • Sa...
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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...

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 Douglas...Read on...

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...

Posted on: May 27, 2016

County observes Memorial Day

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

Emergency services will operate without interruption.

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...

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.

Highli...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Judge Tollefson announces retirement from Superior Court

Honorable Brian Tollefson

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.
...Read on...

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...

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...

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:

An unsuspecting person receives a call ...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Posted on: February 26, 2016

Pierce County Law Library to close on Sundays

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

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

Posted on: February 26, 2016

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

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

Committee members needed

  • Agains...
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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Workshop explains Social Security retirement changes in 2016

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

Posted on: February 17, 2016

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

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

Posted on: February 16, 2016

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

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

Posted on: February 16, 2016

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

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

Posted on: February 16, 2016

Figueroa and Swanson elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

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

Posted on: February 12, 2016

Pierce County offices closed Monday, Feb. 15

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

Posted on: February 10, 2016

Pierce County Council meeting coming to University Place

In an effort to make government more accessible, the Pierce County Council brings its weekly meeting to various locations across the County several times each year.

Residents are invited to attend when Councilmember Connie Ladenburg hosts the Council...Read on...

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Pierce County looking for resort-style development at Chambers Bay

Developers asked to submit Statement of Qualifications

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

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Pierce County is looking to lease

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

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

Posted on: January 28, 2016

Libby Catalinich named Pierce County Director of Communications

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

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

Posted on: January 27, 2016

Milestone reached in Puyallup Valley farmland conservation

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

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

Posted on: January 26, 2016

Record-breaking year at Sprinker Recreation Center

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

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

Posted on: January 21, 2016

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

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

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

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Volunteers needed to help count homeless people in Pierce County

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

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Board of Equalization seeks members

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

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Pierce County Council chooses new leadership for 2016

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

Posted on: January 12, 2016

Councilmember Young selected for new transportation leadership academy

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

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

Posted on: January 11, 2016

Chambers Bay experiences changing demographic of golfers

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

Posted on: January 7, 2016

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

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Informed drivers find and fix car leaks for cleaner water

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

Posted on: January 5, 2016

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

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

Commis...Read on...

Posted on: January 4, 2016

Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

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

Posted on: December 29, 2015

Workshop brings hoarding out from the shadows

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

Posted on: December 22, 2015

Treecycle your Christmas tree

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

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

Posted on: December 15, 2015

County Council amends ordinance to allow sale of marijuana

Businesses must be licensed and meet county and state requirements

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

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlets

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

Committee members needed

  • Against -...
Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Emergency Operations Center open

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

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

Posted on: December 8, 2015

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

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

Posted on: December 7, 2015

Pierce County ferry fares to increase in 2016

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

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

...Read on...

Posted on: December 7, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

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

Posted on: December 2, 2015

Pierce County passes resolution supporting Stepping Up initiative

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

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

Posted on: November 30, 2015

Two Day Winter Eco Camp at Sprinker Recreation Center

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

Posted on: November 23, 2015

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

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

Posted on: November 17, 2015

Derek Young’s statement on passing of Gretchen Wilbert

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

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

Posted on: November 9, 2015

County observes Veterans Day

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

Emergency services will operate without interruption.

Posted on: November 10, 2015

Councilmember McDonald concerned budget action will make marijuana problems worse

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

Posted on: November 10, 2015

Talbert applauds passage of measure to fund property crimes unit

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

Posted on: November 10, 2015

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

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

Posted on: November 10, 2015

Recreation Assistant job opportunity with Parks and Recreation Department

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

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

Posted on: November 9, 2015

Pierce County invites community to flood preparedness open house

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

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

Posted on: November 5, 2015

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

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

Posted on: October 29, 2015

Pierce County hires Tiffany Speir as new Government Relations Director

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

Posted on: October 29, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: October 28, 2015

Therapeutic Recreation Leader opportunity with Parks and Recreation

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

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

Posted on: October 27, 2015

Fall fun for everyone at Parks and Recreation Family Bingo Night

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

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

Posted on: October 26, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: October 23, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: October 19, 2015

More in-district Council meetings scheduled in Pierce County

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

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

Posted on: October 14, 2015

Pierce County hailed winner by Thomson Reuters

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

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

Posted on: October 12, 2015

Community Connections director leaving position at Pierce County

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

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

Posted on: October 9, 2015

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

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

Posted on: October 7, 2015

Pierce County road crews prepare for winter weather

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

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

Posted on: October 5, 2015

Pierce County Television takes home 17 awards at national banquet

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

Posted on: October 5, 2015

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

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

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

Posted on: September 29, 2015

Medicare changes place responsibilities on beneficiaries

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

Posted on: September 25, 2015

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

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

  • Chinese President Xi visits Tacoma’s Lincoln High School
  • Money for sewer plant construction in proposed 2016 budget
  • County Council approves Conservation Futures projects
  • Learn how the Conservatio...
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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Oct. 7 workshop offered on caring for neighborhood stormwater systems

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

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

Posted on: September 23, 2015

Lacamas Creek Bridge reopens following replacement

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

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

Posted on: September 23, 2015

Free CPR Sunday event at Foss High School

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

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

Posted on: September 23, 2015

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

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

The Mounted Posse ...Read on...

Posted on: September 22, 2015

Executive McCarthy unveils sustainable, customer-focused 2016 budget

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

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

Posted on: September 18, 2015

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

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

Now ...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2015

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

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

  • Largest YMCA in state opens in Sumner
  • Pierce County Elections prepares military & overseas ballots
  • Frederickson industrial fire misses County building
  • Pierce County Council overrides veto to pass...
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Posted on: September 17, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Chambers Creek Regional Park to reopen dog park, beach access

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

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Canines and costumes at the Parks and Recreation Woof Woof Walk

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

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

Posted on: September 15, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

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

  • Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player since 1923 to win championship
  • A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property
  • Local PGA golfers play Chambers Bay
  • Former County Executive John Lad...
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Posted on: September 11, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: September 9, 2015

Council schedules more meetings to be held around Pierce County

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

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

Posted on: September 9, 2015

Forum provides businesses opportunity to do work with government

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

Learn fi...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2015

Alzheimer’s conference explores power of music

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

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

Posted on: September 8, 2015

Tiny Tots indoor playground reopens at the Lakewood Community Center

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

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

Posted on: September 8, 2015

Parks and Recreation Touch A Truck event

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

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

Posted on: September 4, 2015

Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

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

Posted on: September 4, 2015

County observes Labor Day

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

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Police help seniors to be safe at home

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

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

Posted on: September 1, 2015

Council reconsiders, approves behavioral health study proposal

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

R2015-91 ...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2015

Pierce County Sheriff seeking Community Academy participants

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

The academy...Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2015

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

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

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Young disappointed after Council’s behavioral health study vote

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

Posted on: August 25, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: August 24, 2015

Pierce County to reduce water usage in response to drought

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

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

Posted on: August 21, 2015

County to open more areas of Chambers Creek Regional Park

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

Posted on: August 21, 2015

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

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

  • Fife school zone cameras start giving tickets Sept. 3
  • Road striping crew covers more ground safely with innovative platform
  • County Council considers rule changes for marijuana businesses
  • Inventory...
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Posted on: August 21, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: August 14, 2015

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

From Mount Rainier National Park News:

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

Posted on: August 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on: August 7, 2015

Councilmember Young tapped to serve in a national position

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

Posted on: August 7, 2015

Plan ahead to maximize your Social Security benefits

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

Posted on: August 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

"...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: August 5, 2015

Parks and Recreation offers Northwest Magic basketball “boot camp”

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

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

Posted on: August 4, 2015

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

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

Posted on: August 3, 2015

2015 Primary Election information and results schedule available

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

Posted on: July 31, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on: July 28, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

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

The academy ...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2015

Parks and Recreation updates Junk in Your Trunk event schedule

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

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

Posted on: July 27, 2015

County outlines strategy for enforcing marijuana violations

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

Posted on: July 23, 2015

Councilmembers Young, Ladenburg call for countywide mental health audit

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

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

Posted on: July 23, 2015

6th District Council meeting will honor retiring JBLM commander

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

Posted on: July 22, 2015

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

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

The Sou...Read on...

Posted on: July 20, 2015

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

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

Posted on: July 17, 2015

Councilmember Talbert’s statement on comp plan reconsideration

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

Posted on: July 17, 2015

Auditor announces special three-day candidate filing period

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

Declarations of Candida...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

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

  • Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player since 1923 to win championship
  • A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property
  • Local PGA golfers play Chambers Bay
  • Former County Executive John Laden...
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Posted on: July 16, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: July 14, 2015

Pavement work at Tacoma Narrows Airport starts July 21

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

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

Posted on: July 14, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Executive McCarthy statement regarding referendum on General Services Building

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

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Dan Roach statement on General Services Building referendum

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

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Referendum qualifies for ballot

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

Click here for petition statistics
Posted on: July 9, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: July 9, 2015

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

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

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

County Executive’s statement on JBLM personnel drawdown

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

“Last summer, the...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2015

Video News: Tourism Special

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

  • Chambers Creek Regional Park
  • Ft. Lewis History Museum
  • Gig Harbor maritime
  • Paradise at Mt. Rainier
  • Northwest Trek ziplines
  • Sumner Link Trail
  • Brown’s Point Lighthouse Keepers
  • Shark d...
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Posted on: July 6, 2015

$35.5M for flood risk reduction, habitat projects

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

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

Posted on: July 6, 2015

Sounds of music fill the air at Meridian Habitat Park

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

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

Posted on: July 2, 2015

County observes Independence Day

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

Offices will reopen Monday, July 6.

Posted on: July 2, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Stay safe and legal this 4th of July

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

Posted on: July 1, 2015

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

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

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Lacamas Creek Bridge to close July 13 for replacement

The Lacamas Creek Bridge, located along 288th Street South just east of 48th Avenue South, will close July 13 while it is replaced. The bridge is expected to open in mid-October.

A 7.5 mile detour will take motorists along 40th Avenue South, Tisch Road...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2015

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

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

Posted on: June 26, 2015

County set to start resurfacing of Crystal Mountain Blvd East

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

Posted on: June 25, 2015

Excessive heat advisory issued

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

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

Posted on: June 25, 2015

Project to restore salmon habitat on Fennel Creek begins July 1

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

Posted on: June 24, 2015

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

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

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

Chambers Creek Regional Park reopening in stages, starting June 26

Sails statute in Spectator Square

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

The ...Read on...

Posted on: June 22, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: June 22, 2015

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

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

Posted on: June 21, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: June 20, 2015

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

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

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

Dry weather prompts county-wide burn ban

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

Posted on: June 17, 2015

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

In the kitchen with the U.S. Open caterer

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

Posted on: June 16, 2015

Learn how to make decisions when you can’t

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

Posted on: June 15, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: June 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on: June 9, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: June 8, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: June 8, 2015

USGA to open Merchandise Pavilion for Pre-Championship shopping

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

Posted on: June 5, 2015

Pierce County ferry’s biennial checkup to start June 12

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

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

Posted on: June 5, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: May 28, 2015

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

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

  • Rare for U.S. Open to be held on a municipal golf course
  • Who is the USGA? Learn about the history of the United States Golf Association
  • Learn about the sustainability of Chambers Bay, from fescue to re...
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Posted on: June 3, 2015

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

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

Posted on: June 2, 2015

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

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

Posted on: June 1, 2015

Superior Court Judge Tom Larkin to retire July 31

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

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

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

Posted on: May 28, 2015

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

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

  • Rare for U.S. Open to be held on a municipal golf course
  • U.S. Open preparations: View from the Trophy Club and U.S. Open security
  • Who is the USGA? Learn about the history of the United States Golf As...
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Posted on: May 29, 2015

County leaders celebrate projects that improve juror comfort

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

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

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

Posted on: May 27, 2015

Wings & Wheels rolls into Narrows Airport July 5th

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

Posted on: May 27, 2015

Local leaders join forces to plan for Chambers Creek Canyon trail

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

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

Posted on: May 22, 2015

Celebrate Tacoma Narrows Airport’s new observation area June 3

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

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

Posted on: May 22, 2015

County observes Memorial Day on May 25

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

Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 26.

Posted on: May 22, 2015

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

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

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

Pierce County Ferry offers extra weekday run June 15-19

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

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

Posted on: May 18, 2015

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

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

  • Sneak peek inside the Merchandise Pavilion at Chambers Bay
  • Last public uses around Chambers Bay close May 26th
  • Home Course in DuPont hosts U.S. Open local qualifier
  • Voters will elect 21 citizens fo...
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Posted on: May 18, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: May 18, 2015

Extreme tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22

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

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Pierce County ferry to undergo biennial checkup

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

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

Posted on: May 11, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on: May 11, 2015

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

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

“It’s an honor to be ...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2015

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

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

“Against” committee members needed

  • To...
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Posted on: May 8, 2015

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

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

These maps, created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are used by property ow...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2015

Councilmember Talbert uses award to draw attention to 2015 Heart Walk

The American Heart Association has presented its Gold Achievement Award to Pierce County. The award, given to Councilmember Rick Talbert during the organization’s annual breakfast on May 5, recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees b...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2015

Candidates sought for Pierce County Charter Review Commission

At least every 10 years since it was first adopted in 1981, the Pierce County Council is required to call for a Charter Review Commission to examine the effectiveness of the county’s governing document.

In accordance with Resolution 2015-14, Pierce Co...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2015

Puget Sound Starts Here Month challenges residents to protect local waters

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

“In Pierce County, we have many scenic vistas of mountains ...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2015

Potential alternatives for Pierce County Ferry System to be presented May 14

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to learn about potential alternatives developed as part of the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study at a May 14 public meeting on Anderson Island.

Alternatives regarding schedule changes, fare policies a...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2015

Pierce County News: U.S. Open Special - Media Day

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


  • Media Day details outside the ropes
  • USGA unveils U.S. Open transportation plan, 21,000 parking spots
  • Meet famous local golfers who played in past U.S. Opens
  • See the new Chambers Bay video gam...
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Posted on: May 1, 2015

Puget SoundCorps to help restore habitat of wetland preserve

A Puget SoundCorps crew will remove Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and other invasive plants and remove trash from Pierce County’s Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland May 4 through 29. Getting rid of these invasive plants and trash will improve the he...Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2015

Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

There is a brief time when the sky seems to fall in – from that period when people start wondering if they might have Alzheimer’s and the time they are formally diagnosed with the disease. That can be a horrifying time for individuals and families.

Pi...Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2015

Video News: U.S. Open transportation plan, famous local players, Tacoma Rainiers, and more

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


  • USGA unveils U.S. Open transportation plan, 21,000 parking spots
  • Chambers Bay sets some all-time records in 2014 report
  • Meet famous local golfers who played in past U.S. Opens
  • Get an update on U....
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Posted on: April 24, 2015

Free classes teach residents how to compost food and yard waste at home

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Residents can learn how to compost at home by attending Pierce County’s free classes this spring.

The county will offer a food waste composting class and a yard waste composting class, along with a class that teaches both techniques in one session.

...Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2015

Volunteers needed for open boards and commissions in the 5th District

Pierce County residents looking to give back to their communities have ample opportunities to volunteer, especially in the 5th Council District that extends from South Tacoma to 160th Street E. in Spanaway and east-west from Interstate 5 to Woodland Avenu...Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Day set for April 26 in Pierce County, Tacoma

The Pierce County Council and the Tacoma City Council have issued proclamations designating April 26th as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in Pierce County and the City of Tacoma. April 26, 2015, marks the twelfth anniversary of the tragic murder of Crysta...Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2015

Task force to dedicate DUI emphasis patrol to young victim

Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force will dedicate a DUI emphasis patrol this weekend in honor of Quinnton Dimmitt. The 17-year-old Franklin Pierce High School student was killed by an impaired driver April 25, 2014, as he drove to buy a...Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2015

Good planning makes travel accessible for all

Leisure travel is becoming increasingly accessible to people with disabilities and older adults. People can take safe, relaxing vacations anywhere in the world, but, as with any trip, planning is the key.

“Planning for Safe Travels” is a free, informat...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2015

Public invited to learn about South Sound 911, plans for a new public safety communications center

Leaders from South Sound 911 and members of the Pierce County Council will provide briefings about the agency’s plan to build a new public safety communications center at upcoming public meetings around the county. Voters in Pierce County authorized the p...Read on...

Posted on: April 20, 2015

Bill’s passage ensures future Pierce County ferry system funding

Pierce County officials are applauding the state legislature for passing a bill that aligns ferry system funding increases with inflation. Prior to Senate Bill 5307, revenue streams to county ferry systems were largely dependent on available state gas-tax...Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2015

Open houses on updated flood insurance rate maps planned

Homeowners and businesses located near coastal areas, rivers and streams can view updated flood insurance rate maps at three open houses in April.

These maps are used by property owners and federal, state and local agencies to determine standards for ...Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2015

USGA announces Parking and Spectator Guidelines for 115th U.S. Open

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Far Hills, N.J. (April 15, 2015) – In its preparation to conduct the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest, the United States Golf Association has released detailed spectator information that will assist anyone who plans to attend the championship.

...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2015

Pierce County establishes in-lieu fee program to balance development and wetland protection

Developers working in two Pierce County watersheds have a new option to offset unavoidable construction impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitat.

The county’s new in-lieu fee program provides developers in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed and a...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2015

Chambers Bay set more fiscal records in 2014

Chambers Bay Golf Course set new fiscal records in 2014, even as it reduced the number of rounds played to prepare for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship this June.

The golf course, owned by Pierce County, set all-time annual records for average greens fe...Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2015

Pierce County ferry peak season fare rates take effect May 1

Peak season fare rates start May 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Peak season runs through Sept. 30.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their fares increase from the non...Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2015

Pierce County CASA Program to host event at LeMay America’s Car Museum

Pierce County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) will gather at the Lemay America’s Car Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 to “Get the Word Out” about the CASA Program and the need for more CASAs.

CASAs are trained volunteer advocat...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2015

Video News: County Code more accessible, museum goers have information at their fingertips, and more

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

  • Making the Pierce County Code more accessible, searchable
  • Fee program to help County and developers rehabilitate wetlands
  • Tacoma Rainiers baseball season kicks off April 17
  • USGA’s John Bodenhame...
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Posted on: April 9, 2015

Pierce County moves code to the cloud, improves functionality and access for citizens

Now that the County has finished moving its online charter and code to Code Publishing, a Seattle-based Codification company, citizens and county staff will see and experience increased functionality provided through the new site. The overall responsibili...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2015

Community invited to open houses for Pierce County’s Comprehensive Plan update

Pierce County has issued a draft Comprehensive Plan update package and invites the community to learn more about such topics as land use, transportation and regional parks at a series of open houses.

“This is the community’s opportunity to learn how Pi...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2015

Milroy Bridge over Puyallup River to close April 15 for inspection

The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River at 66th Avenue East and River Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 15 to allow crews to perform a detailed structural inspection and general maintenance. Motorists should use an alternative route ...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2015

Pierce County CASA Program participates in Pinwheels for Prevention campaign

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Watch for silver and blue pinwheels to appear around Tacoma and Pierce County. For the second year Pierce County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is planting pinwheels around town during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Mon...Read on...

Posted on: April 6, 2015

Pierce County opens application window for Historic Preservation Grant Program

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission has opened the application process for the 2016 Preservation Grant Program.

Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project proposals. For stabilization, ...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2015

“Healthiest nation in one generation” could begin with Pierce County

Members of the County Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, March 31, proclaiming April 6-12 “National Public Health Week” in Pierce County. The measure is part of a broader effort to designate National Public Health Week across the country, ...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2015

Video News: Flood Buyout Program, Daffodil Court, Chambers Bay agronomists, and more

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

  • Flood Buyout Program helps homeowners sell and move on
  • SightLife celebrates Pierce County partnership with cornea donor appreciation
  • Daffodil Royal Court honored at Pierce County Council meeting
  • Trave...
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Posted on: April 1, 2015

County Council designates March 29, 2015, as Vietnam Veterans Day

Citing their respect and admiration for all Vietnam-era military veterans, members of the Pierce County Council unanimously adopted resolution R2015-39 at their March 31 meeting.

“So much was asked of our service members at a time when nobody could hav...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2015

Daffodil royalty descends on the Pierce County Council

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Amid a sea of yellow taffeta and silver tiaras, members of the Pierce County Council honored the 82nd Annual Daffodil Festival Tuesday and recognized the good work done by its ambassadors, members of the Royal Court.

Twenty-three Daffodil Princesses jo...Read on...

Posted on: March 30, 2015

Councilmember Roach wants to give the people a say in proposed building

Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach is proposing an ordinance that aims to accomplish what a private citizen has come under fire for trying to do: give the taxpayers a voice in the multi-million dollar decision to construct a new general services buildi...Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Video News: Pacific Ave. demolition, Museum Pass, electric Zamboni, and more

Pierce County News for the week of March 26, 2015.

  • WSDOT to demolish Pacific Avenue overpass in April for I-5 widening
  • County honors 69 people who volunteer with departments
  • JobFest in Tacoma to help teens and young adults find work
  • Museum Pass gets...
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Posted on: March 25, 2015

County Executive adjusts airport security access to accommodate businesses

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy is adjusting the new security policy at the two county-owned airports after further consultations with pilots, tenants and other airport customers.

The county installed 24-hour gate security at Pierce County Airpor...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2015

Family caregivers have resources to ease their work

Caregiving is the “new normal” in American families. People who need help – whether because of age, accident, debilitating disease, chronic health conditions or simple frailty – much prefer to remain in the familiar (and affordable) surroundings of home r...Read on...

Posted on: March 23, 2015

Section of 72nd Street East closed March 28-29 for vault installation

72nd Street East between Canyon Road East and 66th Avenue East will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, March 28 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29 while crews install pipes under the road for a new stormwater filter vault. The vault will remove contaminants from sto...Read on...

Posted on: March 23, 2015

Crystal Judson Family Justice Center earns Verizon Foundation grant

The Verizon Foundation has awarded $12,520 to the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center to fund mental health counseling and support groups for clients.

The Verizon Foundation invests in organizations that provide education, prevention, care and empowe...Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2015

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 30

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

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 30, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applicati...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2015

Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

Whether the need happens suddenly or over a period of years, when the necessity for extended health care happens, knowing about community resources is a necessity. The worst case scenario is to have to make decisions about long term care in a crisis.
...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2015

Pierce County Superior Court to host national jury management seminar

Jury administrators from around the nation are coming to Pierce County this month for a three-day advanced training seminar.

The Virginia-based National Center for State Courts selected Pierce County’s Jury Administration Office as the host after worki...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2015

County Executive, department leaders honor dozens for volunteer service

Pierce County honored 69 individuals and seven groups for outstanding volunteer service last year to parks, public safety, courts and community programs on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The honorees, selected through a nomination process, were celebrated a...Read on...

Posted on: March 13, 2015

Pierce County Ferry riders invited to take surveys on ferry use

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to take a survey during each of their sailings on March 17, 19, 21 and 22 to share information about their trip as part of the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study.

The origin and destination survey will...Read on...

Posted on: March 13, 2015

Video News: Comp plan public meetings begin, pro golfers play Chambers Bay, and more

Pierce County News for the week of March 12, 2015.

  • County Council drops new building lawsuit, referendum process to continue
  • Public meetings begin for Comprehensive Plan update
  • Fife signs on for pet licensing and animal control services from Pierce ...
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Posted on: March 11, 2015

County Council designates Volunteer Recognition Week

Members of the Pierce County Council and Scott Hall with PC Parks and Rec honor Alan Hughes and Rick Adams.

Pierce County has two new award-winning community volunteers.

On Tuesday, March 10, the County Council recognized the special efforts and contributions of the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award, Alan Hughes, and the recipient of the Special A...Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2015

Council passes shoreline regulations, sends final plan to state for approval

After years of tinkering, debate and listening to public input, members of the Pierce County Council passed a Shoreline Management Plan at the March 10, 2015, council meeting. Council Chair Dan Roach says he hopes it’s the end of what turned out to be a l...Read on...

Posted on: March 9, 2015

Weekend events commemorate Puyallup man killed by driver high on prescription painkillers

This weekend, Christopher Michael Kerns will be remembered in Puyallup with a memorial sign dedication and DUI emphasis patrol. To some, the crash that killed Kerns on April 17, 2014 in Puyallup had all the telltale signs of a potential drunken-driving ca...Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2015

Video News: Farm Forum, sewer bill exemption, U.S. Open, and more

Pierce County News for the week of March 5, 2015.

  • Pierce County Farm Forum connects farmers with consumers and purchasers
  • New sewer bill exemption to help low-income seniors & disabled
  • University Place establishes neighborhood parking restrictions fo...
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Posted on: March 5, 2015

Lane restrictions for vault installation along 72nd Street East begin March 9

Motorists traveling along 72nd Street East between Canyon Road East and 66th Ave. East should expect minor delays on weekdays from March 9 to April 6 while crews install a stormwater filter vault. The vault will remove contaminants from stormwater runoff ...Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2015

Draft Pierce County Comprehensive Plan update is available for public review

A draft policy document intended to guide growth in unincorporated Pierce County over the next 20 years is now available for the public to review. The updated Pierce County Comprehensive Plan fulfills a state legislative requirement that is due by June 30...Read on...

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Pierce County Council chair supports the citizens’ right to referendum

Councilmember Dan Roach, who chairs the Pierce County Council, has announced he’ll be proposing a resolution that would direct the county prosecutor’s office to drop a recently-filed lawsuit against a Pierce County resident.

The prosecutor filed a laws...Read on...

Posted on: March 2, 2015

New translated forms will aid in Pierce County Superior Court functions

Pierce County Superior Court is pleased to announce several criminal case forms commonly used in court have been translated into Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The court expects a significant portion of the public with limited English language ...Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Farm Forum draws 200 people to boost agriculture business

Farmers, wholesalers, institutional buyers and technical experts gathered in Puyallup on Friday, Feb. 27, to share strategies and experiences for boosting markets for the local agricultural industry.

About 200 people attended Pierce County's second Far...Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Look below the surface at Puget Sounds Like Fun Day on March 14

Learn what lives beneath Puget Sound and find out how to protect it at Puget Sounds Like Fun Day on March 14 in Vaughn.

This free family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 S. Vaughn Road KPN.

“Puget ...Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Video News: Farmland conservation, Chambers Bay video game, passport for pilots, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 26, 2015.

  • Pierce County completes largest farmland conservation in Puyallup
  • WSDOT prepares drivers for six miles of I-5 HOV lane work through Tacoma
  • Volunteers needed on local Selective Service board for military...
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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Second annual bridal showcase comes to Pierce County’s ESB

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Sunday, March 8, will mark the second annual Bridal Showcase at the Environmental Services Building (ESB) in Pierce County. The event is free to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can tour the facility and meet with a variety ...Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Community input sought for Aging & Disability priorities

Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) is initiating a process to gather community input for the creation of the 2016-2019 Area Plan. The Area Plan establishes funding priorities and the array of services that will be p...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2015

Pierce County to extend animal services to City of Fife

Beginning March 1, the Pierce County Auditor’s Office will provide pet licensing and animal control services to all Fife citizens.

The City of Fife has entered into an interlocal agreement with Pierce County for services such as barking dogs, strays, ...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2015

Video News: General Services Building approved, Chambers Creek Regional Park closures, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 15, 2015.

  • County Council votes to build General Services Building
  • Public closures coming to Chambers Creek Regional Park
  • New volunteer opportunities with Pitch in for Parks
  • Puyallup dedicates new spray park com...
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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Workshop offers keys to success with vision loss

Vision loss doesn’t have to mean the loss of independence or quality of life. With the right support, people who are blind or partially sighted can do almost anything a fully-sighted person can do.

“Living with Vision Loss” will provide practical inf...Read on...

Posted on: February 23, 2015

U.S. Open championship-round tickets sold out; practice-round tickets still available

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FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that all championship-round tickets (Thursday through Sunday, June 18-21) for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., have sold out. This marks...Read on...

Posted on: February 19, 2015

14 businesses and homeowner associations recognized for excellent stormwater management

Fourteen local businesses and homeowner associations have been recognized for taking steps to reduce the amount of pollution entering Pierce County’s waterways in 2014.

These businesses and associations received Pierce County’s “5-Star Excellence in St...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2015

Largest Farmland Conservation project in Pierce County history completed

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Pierce County and Forterra ensured this week that one of the largest farms in Pierce County will be farmed for generations to come by removing development rights through a conservation easement.

Through a deal crafted by Forterra, Pierce County made t...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

County Council approves new General Services Building plan

After years of planning, members of the <_http3a_ _www.piercecountywa.org2f_council22_="">Pierce County Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 17 to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building.

Councilmembers Rick Talbert (District 5), Connie Ladenburg (District 4), ...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Crystal Judson Family Justice Center receives award for exemplary service

The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center received the 2014 Distinguished Organization award for exemplary service and support provided to domestic violence victims in our community.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar association presented the award to Cente...Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2015

County observes Presidents' Day on Feb. 16

Pierce County administrative offices will close on Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of Presidents' Day.

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Executive McCarthy's statement about Senate transportation package

The following is a statement by Executive Pat McCarthy on the Senate's bipartisan transportation package announced on Feb. 12:

"I congratulate the Washington State Senate's transportation negotiators for reaching a bipartisan agreement on a tran...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Healthier Air: Pierce County reaches milestone

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Efforts to reduce unhealthy wood smoke pollution in the Tacoma/Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone area reached a milestone today when the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved a 10-year action plan and announced the area will be redesignated as i...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Pierce County announces park and trail closures around the U.S. Open

Building a “temporary city” for more than 200,000 people takes time, so Pierce County Parks and Recreation will begin closing portions of Chambers Creek Regional Park on March 16 as on-site preparations ramp up for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chamb...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Video News: Property tax statement explained, North Meadow construction, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 12, 2015.

  • Understanding your property tax statement
  • Construction underway to make North Meadow parking lot bigger
  • Juvenile Court Administrator talks new programs, abused and neglected kids
  • County Council discus...
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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Boundary Review Board seeks applicants

The Pierce County Boundary Review Board seeks applicants for a vacancy on the quasi-judicial body that makes decisions on such issues as incorporations, annexations, mergers and disincorporations by cities, towns and special purpose districts.

The posi...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Auditor announces candidate filing period for Edgewood mayoral election

The City of Edgewood will hold a primary election for mayor in April and a general election in August. Candidate filings for the mayoral position will be accepted Feb. 23, 24 and 25, 2015.

Last November, Edgewood citizens voted to change their form of...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. The University Place academy begins Feb. 19 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. The South Hill acad...Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2015

Executive McCarthy statement regarding shutdown of ports

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding the announced weekend closure of West Coast ports due to a labor dispute:

"The impact of a shutdown will be devastating to thousands of people in Pierce County who rel...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Road work postponed on 66th Avenue East

Work requiring closure of a portion of 66th Avenue East south of its intersection with River Road (SR 167) previously scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 has been postponed. Pierce County road crews were scheduled to trim roadside vegetation that is encroachin...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2015

Video News: Proposed General Services Building, Sumner bridge design, free tax help, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 5, 2015.

  • Maximum price set for County’s proposed General Services Building
  • Citizens comment on 18 amendments to shoreline regulations
  • Sumner unveils design for Bridge St. Bridge
  • Health Department warns of measles and...
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Posted on: February 5, 2015

Champion guest stars and local skaters featured in new ice show this weekend

Reflections On Ice show

Professional performers will join members of the Lakewood Winter Club to present the 2015 ice show "Reflections on Ice – Entertaining America!" from Feb. 6-8 at Pierce County's Sprinker Recreation Center.

Five performances are scheduled, and ...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2015

Puyallup teen gets County Council support for awareness of heart defects

Congenital heart defect awareness proclamation

Zoe Cardwell was born with five severe heart defects, but the 16-year-old Puyallup resident considers herself one of the lucky ones.

“Congenital heart defects are all around us. You hear it in the stories of student athletes who have died with an undis...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

Executive presents business plan for proposed general services building

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has negotiated a development and lease agreement for a proposed general services building that would dramatically improve customer service while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

If approved by the Pierce County...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2015

Figueroa and Young elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

University Place Mayor Pro Tem Javier Figueroa and Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young have been elected to lead the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on telecommunications issues and televises local government progr...Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2014

Video News: General Services Building, shoreline amendments, Cheese Shoppe, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 29, 2015.

  • Public meeting shows South Tacoma support for County’s General Services Building
  • County Council to take shoreline amendments to public meetings
  • Find out which bills Pierce County is watching in this le...
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Posted on: January 28, 2015

County schedules community meetings on rural zoning adjustments

Pierce County Planning and Land Services has scheduled four meetings around the county to gather public input on proposed adjustments to some of the land use designations in rural areas.

The adjustment is part of the update to Pierce County’s Comprehe...Read on...

Posted on: January 26, 2015

Selective Service System needs local board members

The Selective Service System is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on their local board. A Selective Service Local Board is a group of five citizen volunteers whose mission, upon a draft, will be to decide who among the registrants in their community wi...Read on...

Posted on: January 26, 2015

Council to hold 4 hearings on shoreline regulations

Members of the Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee have scheduled four meetings around the county to gather public input on changes to proposed shoreline development guidelines required by the state.

These meetings will address 18 a...Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2015

Small claims now easier to file in Pierce County

Pierce County District Court has unveiled an innovative new way for customers to access court services online.

Citizens who wish to file a small claims case can now use District Court’s web-based Small Claims Kiosk application. Developed by District C...Read on...

Posted on: January 24, 2014

Video News: Seahawks help boost local business, filing small claims online, and more

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

  • Seahawks fever boosts Milton embroidery business
  • Pierce County Council names January Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • Pierce County District Court makes it easier to file small claims online
  • Skies ar...
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Posted on: January 21, 2015

Pierce County Juvenile Court wins coveted Annie E. Casey grant

Pierce County Juvenile Court has won a highly competitive grant aimed at reducing criminal behavior by elevating the voice of families in the Juvenile Justice system, improving the services and support to youth on probation and connecting youth with their...Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2015

County to expand parking at Chambers Creek Regional Park's playground

North Meadow Parking Lot

Pierce County will start construction Feb. 2 to more than double the number of parking spaces at the popular North Meadow area of Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place to help meet high demand.

A new parking area with approximately 50 spaces...Read on...

Posted on: January 20, 2015

Edible Gardens workshop series teaches gardening from seed to table

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Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food during the 2015 Edible Gardens workshop series, which runs from February through November. The free series of monthly workshops, which are sponsored by Pierce County and the Pierce Conservation ...Read on...

Posted on: January 20, 2015

Get out with the kids for PC Parks’ Friday Family Indoor Movie Night

Families looking for something to do with the kids during January and February can grab their blankets and kick back for an evening of fun at the movies, courtesy of Pierce County Parks and Recreation.

The first Friday Family Indoor Movie Night will ta...Read on...

Posted on: January 16, 2015

County observes MLK on Jan. 19

Pierce County administrative offices will close on Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

Posted on: January 16, 2015

Video News: Youth shelter, flu season, Sprinker attendance, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 15, 2015.

  • Pierce County to help fund youth shelter in Tacoma
  • Dangerous flu season hits Pierce County
  • Public invited to comment on proposed County general services building
  • Fife welcomes new city manager
  • Disco...
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Posted on: January 16, 2015

Interim traffic signal system to be installed at 94th Avenue East and 144th Street East

Work to install an interim traffic signal system and street lighting at the 94th Avenue East and 144th Street East intersection in South Hill will begin Jan. 20. Currently, the intersection is configured as a four-way stop.

Work is expected to be comp...Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2015

Urban Search and Rescue dogs to face final test in Puyallup

Canine heroes-in-waiting from around the nation will converge this weekend on a Puyallup gravel pit for their final trial. For those that pass the test, they'll receive coveted certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and ...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2015

Pierce County Council chooses leadership, committees for 2015

Pierce County Councilmember Dan Roach has been re-elected as Council chair for 2015. The seven-member body voted for leadership positions and assignments on Council committees and other boards and commissions at the Council’s Jan. 13 weekly meeting.

Co...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2015

Council proclaims January 2015 as Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Members of the Pierce County Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution declaring January 2015 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The measured, passed at the Jan. 13 Council meeting, calls human trafficking a form of modern-day slavery an...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2015

Volunteers needed for Pierce County’s annual homeless survey

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County.

The annual surv...Read on...

Posted on: January 12, 2015

Pierce County receives $2.16 million for road safety projects

Pierce County will receive $2.16 million in federal highway safety improvement funds to fund five road safety projects.

Pierce County is among 46 agencies across Washington that will receive more than $48 million in federal highway safety improvement f...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Study of Pierce County Ferry System underway

A study of the Pierce County Ferry System is currently underway to evaluate potential alternatives for the system, such as changes to the schedule and improvements to existing facilities.

During the Waterborne Transportation Study, Pierce County will a...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Public invited to learn more about proposed new county building

Three members of the Pierce County Council are hosting a public forum to provide local residents with another opportunity to learn about the proposed general services building currently under consideration. The meeting – arranged by Councilmembers Connie ...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Video News: JBLM welcomes the 16th CAB home, Madyson's Marshmallows, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 8, 2015.

  • Uncasing welcomes home the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade
  • Pierce County Council swears in new and returning councilmembers
  • Free budgeting classes help average folks prepare for retirement
  • Frederickson c...
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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings in University Place

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. A University Place academy begins Feb. 19 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.

The academy is a...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible fo...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2015

Roach praises choice to serve as 30th District state representative

Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach says he’s pleased with the governor’s appointment of Carol Gregory to fill the vacant 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives. That position has been open since the death of former Rep. Roger Freeman,...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2015

Inslee announces appointment of G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he is appointing G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court. Whitener is replacing Judge John McCarthy who is retiring after serving 18 years on the bench.

Whitener, who is originally from Trinidad and moved to the...Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2015

Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel seeks members

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is seeking new members for the Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel (ASAP). ASAP is a diverse panel that provides recommendations and coordination with community partners for Pierce County Animal Control. The pan...Read on...

Posted on: January 6, 2015

Derek Young sworn in, looking forward to service on County Council

One day after raising his right hand and taking the oath of office, new Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young says he’s humbled and excited to serve his constituents in the 7th Council District.

At the first council meeting of the New Year on Tuesday...Read on...

Posted on: December 30, 2014

Learn how to use Social Security

Many options are available to individuals when taking Social Security. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Planning ahead is important to make the most out of the benefits available to people as they retire or as they need to claim disabilit...Read on...

Posted on: December 29, 2014

Retirement for “average folks” will look different

If you look at advertising, it’s all about expanding your portfolio and enjoying the good life. While that may be true for some, most Americans will experience something quite different.

“Retirement for ‘Average’ Folks” explores what most people wil...Read on...

Posted on: December 29, 2014

Video News: Best of 2014 Special

Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 24, 2014 to Jan. 8, 2015.

  • Look back at Pierce County’s role in the Oso mudslide recovery
  • Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry given house
  • Meet the Farmer: Terry's Berries CSA program
  • Explore Wilkeson’s coal mi...
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Posted on: December 22, 2014

Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

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

Posted on: December 22, 2014

Pierce County Ferry fares to increase Jan. 1, 2015

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

“This is the second part of a two-step increase needed to help cover increased operational and maintenance expenses,” said Deb Wallac...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2014

Pierce County to privately distribute unclaimed ashes at sea

Due to an excess of cremated remains, the Pierce County Medical Examiner will scatter the unclaimed ashes of deceased individuals at sea on Dec. 18.

“Many of these cases go back decades and by law we have to do everything we can to try and find the nex...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2014

County nabs another award for FirstToSee project

Pierce County’s FirstToSee project has received an award for being among the best new tech sites and mobile apps in the Northwest. FirstToSee leverages the latest technology so the public and first responders can quickly share information in a disaster.

...Read on...

Posted on: December 12, 2014

Outgoing Councilmember Stan Flemming to be honored Dec. 16

Councilmember Stan Flemming

At the final 2014 meeting of the Pierce County Council on Tuesday, Dec. 16, members will recognize outgoing Councilmember Stan Flemming for his years of dedicated public service.

Flemming's colleagues will present him with a plaque honoring his work si...Read on...

Posted on: December 12, 2014

Video News: Calistoga levee, Wear Blue, Fantasy Lights, triplet cubs, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 11, 2014.

  • Orting feels cautious relief with new Calistoga levee in place
  • Winter weather brings tips for flood season preparedness
  • Want a job with Pierce County? New online hiring process makes it easier
  • DuPon...
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Posted on: December 11, 2014

Winds force Fantasy Lights to close again; Parks offers more half-priced nights to compensate

Due to the high winds and stormy conditions predicted for Thursday evening, Dec. 11, the Pierce County Parks and Recreation department has opted to close its winter Fantasy Lights experience for the night in the interest of safety.

Fantasy Lights at Sp...Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2014

Pierce County seeks joint meeting with King County to pick legislative replacement

Members of the Pierce County Council want to meet with the King County Council so they can jointly decide who to appoint to the vacant 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Pierce County Council members have expressed a strong desi...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management, water quality storm drainage plans...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Council to hold final on-location meeting of 2014 at new Parkland/Spanaway Sheriff’s precinct

The Pierce County Council holds at least one of its regular Tuesday meetings in each of the seven council districts each year. The final stop on the 2014 tour will be at the new Parkland/Spanaway Sheriff’s precinct on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The address is 14...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

20th Annual Fantasy Lights now open in Pierce County’s Spanaway Park

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Every night through New Year’s Day, visitors can treat themselves to a festive holiday display of lights unlike any other in the South Sound area. This year is the 20th anniversary of Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park an...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Video News: Child abduction software, recount 101, one Christmas tree's journey, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 5, 2014.

  • Pierce County’s child abduction software helps find missing kids
  • Road division cuts ribbon on decant facility in Frederickson
  • Recount 101: how Pierce County Elections handles a close race
  • Puyallup name...
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Posted on: December 5, 2014

New traffic signal configuration goes live Dec. 5 at Orting-Kapowsin Highway and 224th Street East

Motorists traveling through the intersection of Orting-Kapowsin Highway and 224th Street East will notice a new traffic signal configuration starting Friday, Dec. 5.

The signal in the eastbound direction on 224th Street East now includes a flashing ye...Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2014

County Council District 7 recount certified

The results of the County Council District 7 mandatory manual recount were certified Thursday, Dec. 4. The results confirmed Derek Young received the most votes and is the winner.

The Pierce County Canvassing Board met Thursday afternoon to review the...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

McDonald invites county residents to attend Council meeting in Puyallup

The Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting in Puyallup on Dec. 2. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Puyallup City Hall in the Williams Stoner Council Chambers (5th floor), 333 South Meridian in Puyallup (click here for a map...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Celebrate completion of 176th Street East corridor with Dec. 10 ribbon cutting

Government officials are inviting Pierce County residents to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 176th Street East corridor between B Street East and State Route 161 with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 10.

The ceremony kicks o...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Free Uber ride home avoids a DUI in Tacoma on Black Friday

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Avoid a DUI in Tacoma this Black Friday with the simple tap of an app.

To kick-off its holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force is partnering with Uber, the app that connects riders an...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

2014 General Election Certification and Recount

The 2014 General Election was certified by the Pierce County Canvassing Board today, bringing the election to a close. Results are available on the Pierce County Elections website (www.piercecountyelections.org).

The Canvassing Board has ordered a rec...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Celebrate new storm drain waste processing facility with Dec. 3 ribbon cutting

Pierce County will celebrate the completion of a new facility that processes roadside storm drain waste with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Pierce County Central Maintenance Facility, 4812 196th St. E in Spanaway.

The waste proces...Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2014

Video News: 2015 County budget, TAM western art, Meet the Tree Farmer, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Nov. 20, 2014.

  • Pierce County Council passes 2015 budget with new positions for public safety
  • South Sound 2-1-1 connects people with services for free
  • More providers, more plans offered for this year’s Affordable Care ...
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Posted on: November 19, 2014

Pierce County celebrates #GISDAY with free Open Data Portal

In celebration of International GIS Day, Pierce County is launching a free new site that makes it easy to research census data, zoning, local parks, property parcels, and more! The new Open Geospatial Data Portal makes the County’s GIS data widely availab...Read on...

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Posted on: November 18, 2014

Council boosts law enforcement, public safety with 2015 budget

After months of negotiation and discussion, members of the Pierce County Council voted unanimously Monday, Nov. 17 to adopt the county’s 2015 budget. The new budget takes effect Jan. 1 and, among other things, will devote more resources to public safety a...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2014

Brick removal and analysis to begin at former hospital site

The development team working on Pierce County’s proposed new general services building will begin removing and testing bricks from the vacant building on the site to determine how they can be used as part of the project.

The brick salvaging is set to b...Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2014

Superior Court adds remote video appearances through CourtCall

Attorneys and litigants now have the ability to appear remotely before Pierce County Superior Court through CourtCall Video, a private service that saves time and travel-related costs.

Superior Court began using the video service this month for approve...Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2014

Video News: Respite care program, Wilkeson's coke oven, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Nov. 13, 2014.

  • Pierce County Council wraps up meetings with directors, prepares to pass 2015 budget
  • Respite care program helps caregivers get a few hours to themselves
  • Aging and Disability Resources offers dementia workshop...
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Posted on: November 13, 2014

Sunset Festival of Bands now airing on Pierce County TV

The Sunset Festival of Bands is being televised for the first time in its six-year history, thanks to Pierce County TV.

The high school marching band demonstration was held Oct. 25 at Sumner High School’s Sunset Stadium. Hosted by Sumner High, the nine...Read on...

Posted on: November 13, 2014

County Council nears approval of 2015 budget

After meeting late into the evening Wednesday, Nov. 13, members of the Pierce County Council are close to agreement on provisions in the 2015 county operating budget.

“We laid the groundwork over the past several weeks and much of that culminated with ...Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2014

County urges residents to prepare now for flood season

Pierce County residents should prepare now for flood season to keep their family and property safe.

“Flood season in Pierce County is between November and March,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “Everyone should get ready and have a plan for...Read on...

Posted on: November 10, 2014

911 Tacoma Ave. S. building to be torn down

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Over the years, the “911 Building” as it is more commonly called has housed various Pierce County departments and leased tenants, including the former 911 Deli. The building, which was built in the early 1900s, had been lightly used in recent years and wa...Read on...

Posted on: November 10, 2014

Video News: Veterans working for Pierce County, Election Results, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Nov. 6, 2014.

  • County Council looks at the proposed budget for the Sheriff’s Department
  • A look at veterans who work for Pierce County
  • WorkForce Central helps veterans transition to the work force
  • How to get the latest...
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Posted on: November 10, 2014

No Council meeting Tuesday; County offices closed for Veterans Day

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. The Pierce County Council will also not be meeting that afternoon.

Regular county operations will resume Wednesday, Nov. 12, and the next m...Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2014

Gov. Inslee announces appointment of Gretchen Leanderson to Pierce County Superior Court

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that he is appointing Gretchen Leanderson to Pierce County Superior Court. Leanderson has served in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General since 1988 where she is currently the Division Chief of the A...Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2014

Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

Whether the need happens suddenly or over a period of years, when the necessity for extended health care happens, knowing about community resources is a necessity. The worst case scenario is to have to make decisions about long term care in a crisis witho...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Tight campaigns prompt voter privacy questions

As the election gets down to the wire, local committees have ramped up Get Out The Vote campaigns. As a result, voters want answers from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office about how their personal information is made public.

Campaign volunteers make ph...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Video News: Sheriff switches to new radios, U.S. Open caterer pays a visit, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Oct. 30, 2014.

  • Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce Transit move to a new radio system
  • Orting unveils plans for Bridge for Kids at Emergency Summit
  • Construction underway on County’s decant stormwater treatment fa...
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Posted on: November 3, 2014

Dementia: Setting the Record Straight

Dementia can be a frightening diagnosis, both for the individual and for their family. People often experience a range of emotions from anger and relief to denial and depression. And that is only the beginning. As short-term memory begins to fade, people ...Read on...

Posted on: October 30, 2014

2014 general election information and results schedule

On November 4, 2014, Pierce County will join with the rest of Washington State in voting in the 2014 general election. The Pierce County Auditor's office has published an election information and results schedule that details what's on the ballot, what sp...Read on...

Posted on: October 30, 2014

Registration recommended for Pierce County Parks’ upcoming Bingo Night

Mark your calendars for Family Bingo Night at the Meridian Habitat Community Center on Friday, Nov. 7. The annual event, hosted by Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services, begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 9 (doors open at 6). Registration is recomm...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2014

Residents invited to attend Pierce County Council meeting on Fox Island

This week, the Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting on Fox Island in the 7th Council District. The county charter directs the council to hold a number of its weekly meetings at various locations throughout the district to give count...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2014

Medicare changes place responsibilities on beneficiaries

Medicare is no longer a one-size-fits-all health insurance program. Medicare now offers beneficiaries two basic options – Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage – and dozens of additional choices within each path. Knowing the differences and how to choo...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2014

Video News: Drug Court's 20th anniversary, Chambers Bay frontline training, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Oct. 23, 2014.

  • Pierce County Drug Court celebrates 20th anniversary
  • Help Crime Stoppers get Winter Coats for Kids
  • Manufacturing designation brings in first grant money for military & defense sectors
  • A preview of the...
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Posted on: October 23, 2014

Community can help shape plan to bring sidewalks, ramps into ADA compliance

The community is invited to help Pierce County prioritize projects that will bring pedestrian facilities – such as sidewalks and ramps – located in public right-of-way in unincorporated Pierce County into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Ac...Read on...

Posted on: October 22, 2014

Learn how to be “WinterWise” at Oct. 25 event at McLendon Hardware in Puyallup

Pierce County is gearing up to respond to winter weather, and community members are encouraged to do the same.

Residents can learn about Pierce County’s response efforts and how they can prepare for winter weather at the WinterWise Kickoff Event from 1...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2014

New proposal would relieve pressure on county mental health system

Pierce County Council Member Stan Flemming says a one-tenth of one percent hike in sales tax in unincorporated areas of the county will help meet the needs of the mentally ill, a population he says is woefully underserved. Flemming announced his proposal ...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2014

Pierce County Drug Court celebrates 20-year anniversary

On Oct. 21, Pierce County Drug court will celebrate its 20th anniversary, marking the occasion with an awards ceremony and presentation followed by several guest speakers. Judge Edmund Murphy of Superior Court Department 9 will present a historic perspect...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Video News: JBLM honors Vietnam vets, Meet a pumpkin farmer, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Oct. 16, 2014.

  • JBLM honors Vietnam Veterans at 50th anniversary commemoration
  • Pierce County Council to begin public hearings about 2015 budget
  • Puyallup shows what can happen when leaves clog storm drains
  • Pierce Count...
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Posted on: October 16, 2014

Pierce County road crews prepare for winter weather

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

Road operations crews from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities will spend Oct. 20 and 21 traveling their snow plow routes, setting up and recalibrating equipment, and reviewing the...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2014

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

With wet fall weather returning and leaves falling, the potential for flooding along county roads increases. Pierce County residents can help reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves.

“While residents are raking leaves in their yards, th...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2014

Event provides link to disabilities and older adult services

Most older adults and people with disabilities want to remain in their own home. Knowing about available resources in the community and how to access them is one of the best things that people can do for their loved ones.

Making the Link 2014 offers t...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2014

County Council sets 10 meetings for 2015 budget

The Pierce County Council has scheduled 10 public meetings as it considers spending priorities for the 2015 budget.

Council members will soon conclude a series of retreats at which they learned about the specifics of the 2015 budget proposal submitted...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2014

Video News: New Sheriff's precinct, Puyallup joins South Sound 911, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Oct. 9, 2014.

  • Parkland-Spanaway community gets new Sheriff's precinct
  • City of Puyallup joins South Sound 911
  • Health Department talks Enterovirus D68, flu season
  • Domestic Violence Helpline in Pierce County answers 26,...
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Posted on: October 9, 2014

Public invited to join County Council for Ashford meeting Oct. 14

The Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting in Ashford on Oct. 14 as part of an effort to reach out to county residents who may not otherwise be able to attend the weekly meetings in Tacoma. The Ashford meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the ...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2014

Celebrate the annual return of salmon in Puyallup on Oct. 11

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Celebrate the return of salmon to the Puyallup River Watershed at the Salmon Homecoming on Oct. 11. This family-friendly event features guided tours to watch migrating salmon in Clarks Creek, tours of the Puyallup Hatchery, science and art activities for ...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2014

Pierce County TV's newscast named No. 1 in the nation

Pierce County TV's weekly newscast was named tops in the nation last week by a national industry group's Government Programming Awards.

The award for the program "Pierce County News" was one of four first-place finishes for PCTV, which airs c...Read on...

Posted on: October 6, 2014

Richardson invites county residents to attend Council meeting in Lakewood

In an effort to involve more citizens in government, the Pierce County Council will relocate its regular Tuesday meeting to Lakewood tomorrow evening. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Lakewood City Hall.

“The Pierce County Charter requires u...Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2014

Lake Louise boat ramp and Melody Lane Southwest to close for construction

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The Lake Louise boat ramp located off of Melody Lane Southwest in Lakewood will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays Oct. 6 through Dec. 7 while crews work on the sanitary sewer pump station located next to the ramp. Property owners who store t...Read on...

Posted on: October 2, 2014

Video News: Emergency Management Special

Pierce County News for the week of Oct. 2, 2014.

  • Relive the homecoming when search & rescue members returned home from 9/11
  • See how search & rescue teams receive structural training
  • Look back at Pierce County’s role in the Oso mudslide recovery
  • WATF-1...
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Posted on: October 1, 2014

Advance planning for funerals eases burdens

Decisions made in haste or under pressure are most often not the best decisions. This is particularly true at the passing of a loved one. Given these circumstances it’s not unusual for families to purchase services or overlook things that would not have b...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2014

County conducts soil testing at former Human Services site

An engineering firm will drill for soil samples the week of Sept. 29 around the site of Pierce County’s proposed new building for general government services in Tacoma.

The county is considering a proposal to consolidate 15 or so departments – mostly i...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2014

Video News: 2015 County budget, Meet the Farmer, piling removal, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 25, 2014.

  • County Executive presents proposed 2015 budget to County Council
  • Naturalization ceremony swears-in new citizens in Pierce County
  • Derelict piling removal underway off Steilacoom and Chambers Creek shore...
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Posted on: September 25, 2014

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

Non-peak season fare rates apply starting Oct. 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their rates decrease from the peak season rate of $21...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Executive McCarthy's 2015 budget proposal invests in job growth and mental health services

Executive Pat McCarthy has proposed adding four positions to assist people with mental illness and chemical dependency problems in her 2015 Pierce County budget proposal.

Her budget, submitted this week to the County Council, also curbs overtime in the...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Task force busts huge underage party in Puyallup while parents away

Students from 11 area high schools are facing charges after Pierce County’s multi-agency Party Intervention Patrol arrested the underage youth at an illegal drinking party last weekend in Puyallup.

Police arrested 27 youth ages 15 to 20 for possessin...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Friday and weekend 2015 U.S. Open tickets sold out; limited tickets still available other days

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FAR HILLS, N.J. – All tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., have sold out, according to the United States Golf Association (USGA). Tickets are available for Thursday’s openin...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2014

Video News: Assessing property value, catch basin thefts, Fife ordinance for lodging, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 18, 2014.

  • See how the County assesses property value
  • East Pierce Fire and Rescue talks fall prevention among seniors
  • Thefts of storm water grates becoming a safety concern in central Pierce County
  • No extension...
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Posted on: September 15, 2014

State to remove derelict docks and pilings at Sunnyside, Chambers Creek Regional parks

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Work is scheduled to begin Sept. 18 on a project to remove derelict pilings and two dilapidated docks located along the shoreline in Pierce County in an effort to restore intertidal and near-shore habitats and improve overall water quality.

The Washing...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2014

Fantasy Lights job opportunity with Parks and Recreation

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for seasonal work as traffic monitors at Fantasy Lights from Nov. 27, 2014, through Jan. 1, 2015.

Applicants will perform outdoor work directing traffic as cars drive through Spanaway Park vi...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2014

4th annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 20

Everyone in Pierce County is invited to watch approximately 75 immigrants become American citizens during a ceremony on Sept. 20 in Tacoma.

The naturalization ceremony – the final step to attain citizenship – begins promptly at 11 a.m. at the Mount Ta...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Superior Court Judge John McCarthy to retire Dec. 1

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Pierce County Superior Court Judge John McCarthy has decided to retire this fall, ending a successful 30-year career in public service as an elected official in this community.

In a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who will appoint his successor,...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Video News: Pierce County Jail audit, RallyPoint/6 opens, U.S. Open comes to fair, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 11, 2014.

  • Performance audit prompts efficiencies for Pierce County Jail
  • RallyPoint/6 in Lakewood connects veterans with jobs, housing
  • Pierce County Emergency Management maps schools for first responders
  • Leader...
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Posted on: September 12, 2014

Over 500 vehicles expected at Sept. 27 Classic Car & Truck Show

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Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 12th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car and Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 27. The free spectator event will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and more than 500 classic cars and ...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Pierce County to host purchasing forum for local businesses

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and Purchasing Division and their partners are hosting a free purchasing forum for local businesses. Attendees can learn about new and existing business opportunities with government agencies.

Organize...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2014

Section of Golden Given Road East to close Sept. 15-19 while new culvert is installed

Golden Given Road East between 112th Street East and 121st Street East in Parkland will be closed Sept. 15-19 while crews install a new, larger culvert to help reduce neighborhood flooding and improve fish passage. Access for residents and traffic detour ...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2014

Recommendation to expand runway protection zone removed from airport master plan update

Tacoma Narrows Airport

Pierce County Public Works and Utilities staff leading the development of Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update will not recommend an expansion of the runway protection zone at the airport.

The expansion of the zone, which would be required if th...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2014

Section of Vickery Avenue East to be closed Sept. 15-19

Vickery Avenue East between 128th Street East and 112th Street East will be closed Sept. 15-19 while crews rebuild the roadway.

A detour route will be in place, and will direct motorists west along 112th Street East, south along Waller Road East, and ...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Several Pierce County ferry runs canceled due to Steilacoom ferry landing work

Several Pierce County ferry runs will be canceled while construction crews make improvements to the Steilacoom ferry landing.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, Thursday, Sept. 18, Sunday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 25, the runs departing Steilacoom at 8:40 p.m.,...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Councilmember Ladenburg joins municipal leaders in call for cleaner fuels

Pierce County Council Member Connie Ladenburg has joined over 60 municipal leaders, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, in calling on Washington’s governor to soon implement a clean fuels standard. In an open letter sent to Governor Inslee, the ele...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Spanaway Park boat ramp and Bresemann Boulevard to close for construction

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The public boat ramp in Spanaway Park will be closed Sept. 15 to Oct. 24 so crews can replace the pavement in the ramp’s parking area with pervious pavement that will help filter out contaminants from stormwater before it enters the stormwater system. Bre...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Pierce County residents invited to informational U.S. Open meetings

Citizens who live in northwestern Pierce County will have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about the expected benefits and get an update on planning for next year’s U.S. Open golf tournament. The county will hold two meetings – one in Tacoma and a...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2014

Mayor Strickland and Executive McCarthy kick off leadership program to end family homelessness

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy joins Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland as Executive Sponsors of the Pierce County Leadership in Action Program (LAP), which launches today, Sept. 8.

The Leadership in Action Program, developed by the Annie E. Casey F...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Pierce County’s sewer system receives strong credit ratings in advance of bond sale

Pierce County’s sewer system received strong credit ratings this week from Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services and Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) in preparation for its upcoming revenue bond issuance. S&P assigned its "AA" l...Read on...

Posted on: September 4, 2014

Theft of catch basin inlet grates on the rise in Pierce County

More than 100 catch basin inlet grates have been stolen in unincorporated Pierce County this year, creating a public safety risk and costing the county thousands in replacement costs and staff time. The thefts are centered in Central Pierce County.

Th...Read on...

Posted on: September 4, 2014

New Washington State Fair exhibit showcases U.S. Open and Chambers Bay

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Visitors can step off the midway and into golf history in a new exhibit at the Washington State Fair that celebrates the preparation for the U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay.

The exhibit, titled “Designed to be a Champion,” shares stories and pho...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

District Court early closure on Sept. 12

Pierce County District Court will be closed at noon on Friday, Sept. 12 for employee training. The court will reopen on Monday, Sept. 15.

This closure applies to courtrooms and public service windows of all divisions of the Court, including the Probati...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2014

County invites kids to sixth annual Touch-A-Truck event

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Honk if you love trucks! Pierce County’s Parks and Recreation Services department will roll out the big-rigs on Saturday so kids of all ages can get a fun, hands-on experience at no cost. The sixth annual Touch-A-Truck event takes place Saturday, Sept. 6,...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2014

September named “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in Pierce County

Having a child diagnosed with cancer is arguably one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family. That’s why members of the Pierce County Council wanted to help draw attention to the battle against childhood cancer by officially designating...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2014

Alzheimer’s conference supports caregivers, families

Alzheimer's is officially the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. About one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. The vast majority of care for individua...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2014

Invitation to RallyPoint/6 grand opening Sept. 3

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RallyPoint/6 invites you to attend a grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at noon to tour the new facility, meet the team and hear guest speakers.

The nonprofit organization – which supports all generations of all military branches, veterans a...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2014

Your feet may be telling you something

We walk all over them but most of the time there’s no complaint – until it’s too late. The average woman will own 450 pairs of shoes in a lifetime. Men will own about half that many. Yet few people have their feet measured professionally, trusting only th...Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2014

Video News: Farming Special

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 28, 2014.

  • Meet the Farmer: Terry's Berries CSA program
  • Meet the Farmer: Stringtown Winery and Lavender
  • Pierce County’s Ag Program brings help to farmers
  • New Puget Sound Fresh mobile app promotes 25 local farms...
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Posted on: August 22, 2014

Pierce County Auditor’s Office recognized for ballot drop-box program

Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, Elections Supervisor Shannon Cortez, and Elections Specialist Dave Heinemann accepted a national award in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 21, for their office’s work on the highly-successful ballot drop-box program. T...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2014

Video News: PierceWorks!, Hotshop Heroes, Meet the Farmer, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 21, 2014.

  • PierceWorks! in Puyallup helps middle-aged adults find employment
  • WorkForce Central report shows people not seeking training for in-demand industries
  • Hotshop Heroes program from Museum of Glass comes to...
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Posted on: August 20, 2014

Council approves increase in new sewer connection charge; no changes to current customer fees

Members of the Pierce County Council voted on Aug. 19 to increase the fees for connecting to the sanitary sewer system to help pay for the ongoing expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place.

“This increase i...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2014

Sheriff's Community Academy accepting applications for fall program

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its fall Community Academy program. The Parkland-Spanaway academy begins Sept. 18 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 13 weeks.

The academy is ...Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2014

Video News: Lake Tapps dock signs, Fife police chief, Ft. Nisqually 1855 brigade, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 14, 2014.

  • Lake Tapps homeowners buy dock signs to improve safety
  • Boots2Work Career Fair in August just for service members
  • Fife names new police chief
  • Fountain in Fife gets a makeover for centennial celebration
  • E...
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Posted on: August 13, 2014

Pierce County to test new pavement products along 192nd Street East in Frederickson

Pierce County will apply seven pavement products along 192nd Street East in Frederickson in August and September to test the products’ performance and cost effectiveness over multiple years.

Pavement products are used to extend the life of county roads...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2014

Pierce County wins global achievement award for GIS mapping and road asset management

Pierce County has won an international award for using GIS mapping tools to better manage storm drains and other road assets. The Environmental Science and Research Institute (ESRI) recognized Pierce County’s leadership in managing key infrastructure. Imp...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

Video News: Waste sort examines garbage, ballot boxes prove popular, and more

Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 7, 2014.

  • Waste sort at Hidden Valley Landfill digs deep into County garbage
  • More voters use ballot drop boxes in County primary election
  • Don’t be fooled: Workshops teach seniors to avoid scams
  • 9th St. E near Lake ...
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Posted on: August 6, 2014

Auditor seeks additional appointments of “For” and “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “For” and “Against” statements for the November 4, 2014 General Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

  • Town of Carbonado, Prop...
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Posted on: August 6, 2014

Parks and Recreation to host kite-flying festival Aug. 9 at Chambers Creek Regional Park

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Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services will partner with the Pierce County Kitefliers Association for a fun-filled day of kites at Chambers Creek Regional Park on Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers say the entire family will be entertained and...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Section of 9th Street East near Lake Tapps Park reopens after road work

9th Street East between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East near Lake Tapps Park reopened Aug. 5 after crews reconstructed the roadway. The road was expected to reopen in mid-August.

Crews will continue to work along the roadway until the project i...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Council proclaims Aug. 9 to be “Pierce County Early Learning Day”

In recognition of First 5 Fundamentals Family Fun Fair kick-off event, members of the Pierce County Council unanimously approved Proposed Resolution R2014-93, designating Aug. 9 as “Pierce County Early Learning Day.”

The First 5 Fundamentals program, w...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2014

Pierce County wins national technology award from International Association of Emergency Managers

Pierce County has won a national award for using the latest Web technology to help locate abducted children. The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) recognized the County’s Lead Management System for a Technology & Innovation Award....Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2014

New County Council proposal would bring parity to employee evaluations

Proposed Ordinance 2014-59, which will be considered by the County Council’s Rules and Operations Committee on Aug. 11, would allow non-represented employees to challenge, grieve or appeal a supervisor's performance evaluation – a right that represented e...Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2014

Puget SoundCorps to help restore urban forest near Spanaway Creek

A Puget SoundCorps crew will remove English ivy and Himalayan blackberry from trees in Pierce County’s Bresemann Forest starting Aug. 4. Getting rid of these invasive plants will improve the health of the trees and the adjacent Spanaway Creek.

Pierce ...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2014

Video News: Aerospace Summit, Anderson Island opens park, Eco Adventure Camp, and more

Pierce County News for the week of July 31, 2014.

  • Aerospace Summit focuses on Boeing forecast, workforce training
  • WSDOT prepares to open eastbound Sprague ramps
  • Anderson Island opens 82-acre park
  • Ft. Steilacoom Golf Course gets FootGolf course
  • Puyallup...
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Posted on: July 29, 2014

Workshop offers tips for scam prevention

No scam

Seniors are the target of choice for scammers and other crooks. Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they're devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2014

Video News: Tourism Special

Pierce County News for the week of June 24, 2014.

  • Chambers Creek Regional Park
  • Ft. Lewis History Museum
  • Gig Harbor maritime & summer trolley
  • Paradise at Mt. Rainier
  • Northwest Trek ziplines
  • Sumner Link Trail
  • Brown’s Point Lighthouse Keepers
  • Shark div...
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Posted on: July 23, 2014

Aerospace Summit highlights local successes, challenges in global market

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With Boeing forecasting huge demand for new airplanes over the next two decades, Pierce County aerospace industry stakeholders spent Wednesday, July 23, discussing how to make sure this region maintains and grows its role in the global market.

"We...Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2014

Homeowners invited to workshops on caring for stormwater systems in their neighborhoods

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

Homeowners will learn simple steps to maintain storm drains,...Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2014

Council clarifies intent of ban on overnight tractor-trailer parking

The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, July 22, to clarify that a new ordinance is intended to ban overnight parking by tractor-trailers, not other large vehicles.

Astute constituents realized that legislation approved on July 15 had unintentionally ...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2014

2014 primary election information and results schedule

On August 5, 2014, Pierce County will join with the rest of Washington State in voting in the 2014 primary election. The Pierce County Auditor's office has published an election information and results schedule that details what's on the ballot, what spec...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2014

County fun-run aims to get kids fit and active

Since running around comes naturally to kids, the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services Department wants to take that energy and give kids a chance to race on a full-size track with a crowd of fans cheering them on.

Designed for ages 3-8, the M...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2014

Video News: I-5 HOV lanes for Tacoma, semi-truck parking, wildflowers at Paradise, and more

Pierce County News for the week of July 17, 2014.

  • Construction to start on new I-5 HOV lanes by Tacoma Dome
  • Puyallup River Bridge at 167 moved 60 feet for new bridge
  • County Council passes semi-truck parking regulations
  • USGA holds last Women’s Amateur Pu...
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Posted on: July 17, 2014

Sunday Daily Tickets, all Weekly packages sold out for 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay

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FAR HILLS, N.J. – All daily tickets for the final round (Sunday, June 21) and all weekly ticket packages for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., are sold out.

Limited daily tickets for the competition days on Th...Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2014

Pierce County set to unveil new FootGolf course at Fort Steilacoom Park

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Get ready to start seeing soccer balls on the Fort Steilacoom Golf Course. Pierce County officials will debut the new sport of FootGolf at a noon ceremony on July 18, followed by a grand opening celebration the following day from 1 to 5 p.m.

FootGolf i...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Pierce County Council approves restrictions on tractor-trailer parking

Editor’s note: The issue was later amended.

After removing a provision dealing with increased parking fines in general, members of the Pierce County Council voted 6-1 to restrict the parking of semi trailers along the roadside in certain areas of the c...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2014

Heat advisory prompts county-wide outdoor burn ban

The Pierce County Fire Marshal has declared an immediate county-wide burn ban. Weather forecasts calling for continued dry heat prompted the limited ban, which was issued jointly with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Department of Natura...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2014

Video News: U.S. Open community questions, new ballot boxes, and more

Pierce County News for the week of July 10, 2014.

  • Residents near Chambers Bay pack a County Council meeting for USGA presentation
  • County Council passes resolution to take a stand against human trafficking
  • New ballot boxes in Orting, Graham for August 5th...
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Posted on: July 9, 2014

U.S. Open update highlights County Council meeting in UP

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More than 200 people attended the July 8, 2014 meeting of the Pierce County Council to hear an update on preparations for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

The meeting, held at the county's Environmental Services Building in University Place, feature...Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2014

Motorists should fix leaks so they “Don’t Drip and Drive”

Vehicle leaks can cause havoc for drivers and the environment. Motorists in Pierce County can find an affordable repair and keep pollutants out of Puget Sound, thanks to Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

As part of the program,...Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2014

Firefighters hold crane rescue exercise at Pierce County’s wastewater treatment plant

Firefighters from West Pierce Fire and Rescue scaled a massive tower crane, then lowered a gurney with a mock victim 175 feet to the ground during a training exercise at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place on June 28...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2014

County council renounces human trafficking, vows to help raise awareness

With a unanimous vote Tuesday, members of the Pierce County Council approved Resolution R2014-83 which declares the County to be a “Not in My County” anti-human trafficking area.

The resolution originated with the Coalition Against Trafficking (CAT), a...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2014

County offices closed Friday, July 4th

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Offices will reopen Monday, July 7.

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Your chance to learn about U.S. Open at County Council meeting in University Place July 8

Now that the 2014 U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., has concluded, all eyes in the golf world are now turned to University Place’s Chamber Bay Golf Course. As part of its ongoing community outreach efforts, the Pierce County Council will hold an in-district m...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Randall Drive Northwest boat ramp on Gig Harbor Bay closed July 7-13

The boat launch and parking area at the end of Randall Drive Northwest on Gig Harbor Bay will be closed July 7-13 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the launching ramp.

Crews will replace the existing launching ramp structure with concrete panels purc...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Tips for when driving is no longer an option

One of the most difficult challenges families face is the time when an older adult should no longer get behind the wheel of a car. The automobile is often seen as the last symbol of a person’s independence and removing that can be devastating.

“Giving ...Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Construction resumes on Puyallup River side channel near Orting

Foothills Trail users can expect to see construction trucks crossing the trail just north of the McMillin Trailhead when work resumes June 30 on a side channel that will reconnect the Puyallup River to its historic floodplain near Orting.

The side cha...Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2014

Video News: Property values increase, 4th of July fireworks, Sharkmania at Pt. Defiance, and more

Pierce County News for the week of June 26, 2014.

  • Agencies statewide working on plan for texting 911 in emergencies
  • Housing trends raise property value assessments, hit mailboxes this week
  • Health Department removes underground storage tanks
  • Fireworks: what...
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Posted on: June 26, 2014

Chambers Bay 5K Challenge fits all ages and abilities

Last year, 150 runners came out to tackle the Chambers Bay 5K Challenge. On July 19, this energizing fun run is back and better than ever.

The race takes place along the Soundview Trail in Chambers Creek Regional Park, which offers breathtaking views o...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2014

County licensing services available Saturday, June 28

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will open Saturday June 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to meet summertime demand for:

  • Marriage licensing.
  • Passport processing.
  • Vehicle/vessel licensing.
  • Pet licensing.
  • Discover passes.

Last year more than 24,000 boats ...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Experience a bit of the Scottish Highlands at Frontier Park in Graham this weekend

The forty-fifth annual Tacoma Highland Games is back this weekend at Frontier Park. Beginning this year, the Tacoma Highland Games will be a two-day event.

Festivities kick off Friday, June 27, with the first annual Celtic concert from 6 to 9 p.m. The...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2014

County Council suspends district meetings on Shoreline Management Program

Members of the Pierce County Council have announced the postponement of a series of meetings around the county to hear from residents about the proposed Shoreline Management Program. The delay is necessary in order to give the county more time to draft am...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

Video News: Bus explosion drill, Governor plays Chambers Bay, Meet the Farmer, and more

Pierce County News for the week of June 19, 2014.

  • Pierce Transit holds largest anti-terrorism drill in Pierce County
  • Detailed planning makes anti-terrorism drill possible
  • Special Saturday hours June 28th for Auditor’s licensing office
  • Governor makes first...
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Posted on: June 19, 2014

Police intervene in weekend underage drinking parties on South Hill and in Graham

Pierce County’s Party Intervention Patrol citied 14 underage drinkers, ages 17-20, after a tip led the multi-agency team to a bonfire deep in the woods near the La Paloma Firs neighborhood of Graham.

Beginning at 11 PM on June 14, officers hiked into t...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Time is running out! Register now for Junk in Your Trunk at Sprinker

Pierce County’s annual “Junk in Your Trunk” community sale takes place Saturday, June 21, and all patrons are invited to attend. Admission is free. Those interested in participating as vendors must register by Friday, June 20.

Junk in Your Trunk is a t...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Local agencies collaborating with JBLM to develop land-use compatibility strategies

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is changing, and so are the communities in the south Puget Sound region.

Now, the organization that’s working to ensure effective communication and collaboration between the base and its neighbors is looking to engage t...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Pierce County wins national awards for District Court Live Chat and the FirstToSee emergency system

Pierce County leads the nation when it comes to using technology to better serve the Courts and protect the public in a disaster. That’s why the County has received three national awards for District Court’s Live Chat and the FirstToSee emergency system.

...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Section of Ninth Street East near Lake Tapps Park to close June 23 for construction

Ninth Street East between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East near Lake Tapps Park will close June 23 while crews reconstruct the roadway. The road is expected to reopen by mid-August.

Traffic traveling east on Ninth Street East will be detoured no...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2014

Executive McCarthy congratulates Pinehurst

The following is a statement by County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding the U.S. Open Championship:

"I congratulate the USGA, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, and the Village of Pinehurst for conducting a successful U.S. Open Championship. Th...Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2014

Video News: JBLM impact study, Puyallup connector route, Sumner Learning Garden, and more

Pierce County News for the week of June 12, 2014.

  • JBLM impact study to examine growth and encroachment around base
  • Antibiotic resistance: why your doctor is less likely to prescribe antibiotics
  • Construction of South Fork Floodplain resumes in Orting
  • Pie...
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Posted on: June 13, 2014

Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Mike Murphy

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the passing of Mike Murphy, an 18-year public servant with the state auditor’s office, past president of the Washington Association of Counties and former Grays Harbor county commissi...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Early registration deadline approaches for popular Tour de Pierce bike ride

There are just four days left to pre-register for the annual Tour de Pierce summer bicycle ride through central Pierce County.

The ride begins in Puyallup at the Gold parking lot of the Washington State Fairgrounds and winds through Puyallup, Sumner an...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2014

Pierce Transit set for anti-terrorism exercise June 12

Pierce Transit personnel will participate in a terrorist response exercise in two locations on Thursday, June 12. Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway and Washington State Fair & Event Center in Puyallup will each be the scene of simulated terroris...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2014

Tickets for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on sale June 9

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FAR HILLS, N.J. – Tickets for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and scheduled for June 15-21 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., will go on sale on June 9.

This is the first time the U.S. Op...Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2014

Video News: Aerospace Corridor, Meeker Days, U.S. Open tickets, and more

Pierce County News for the week of June 5, 2014.

  • Pierce County designated an ‘Aerospace Corridor’
  • Port of Tacoma to get more flexibility with Harbor Maintenance Tax
  • Puyallup opens new segment of Riverwalk Trail, missing link to Foothills
  • Meeker Days Festiv...
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Posted on: June 6, 2014

Pierce County Council takes a road trip, brings government to the people

The 1,806 square miles that comprise Pierce County can make it daunting for residents to travel all the way to Tacoma to attend a regular meeting of the County Council, so council members are holding a series of regular meetings around the county.

The ...Read on...

Posted on: June 4, 2014

Pierce County wins award for Puyallup River project that protects Orville Road

Pierce County recently won a Project of the Year Award from the Washington State chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for a project that protects Orville Road from severe erosion created by the Puyallup River.

Pierce County Public Wo...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2014

New facility will allow processing of storm drain waste

Construction of a new facility that processes roadside storm drain waste will begin June 9 at Pierce County’s Central Maintenance Facility in Frederickson. The new waste processing facility is expected to be complete in November 2014.

The facility will...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Preferred development alternative for Tacoma Narrows Airport to be presented June 11

Pierce County residents are invited to learn about the preferred development alternative for Tacoma Narrows Airport at an open house June 11 in Gig Harbor.

This is the fifth public meeting that has been held as part of an extensive airport master plan...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Closure near 176th Street East and B Street East intersection this weekend

Pierce County will close 300 feet of 176th Street East just east of the 176th Street East and B Street East intersection for reconstruction from 7 a.m. June 7 to 5 a.m. June 9. Crews will excavate the existing roadway, place crushed rock, and pave the new...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Sheriff’s cadets perform well at annual Apple Cup

2014 Cadets

The Pierce County Sheriff's Cadet Program was represented by 10 cadets at this year's annual Apple Cup in Yakima, Wash. In attendance were over 60 cadets from various law-enforcement agencies in Washington.

The Apple Cup is an opportunity for cadets to...Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2014

Agriculture Program wins VISION 2040 Award

Pierce County’s Agriculture Program is among six projects and programs around the region receiving prestigious VISION 2040 Awards from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The awards, presented on May 29, showcase work being done to implement VISION 2040,...Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2014

Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Herman Dillon Sr.

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the May 23 passing of Herman Dillon Sr., chairman of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ tribal council:

"Herman Dillon Sr. led with kindness, humor, strength of character and a ba...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

Video News: Active volcano website, Narrows Airport update, and more

Pierce County News for the week of May 29, 2014.

  • Mt. Rainier still poses threat, County unveils new active volcano website
  • Tacoma businesses chip in to keep Link Light Rail free for two years
  • Community invited to see Narrows Airport plan at last open house...
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Posted on: May 30, 2014

Pat McCarthy and John Marchione elected to lead Puget Sound Regional Council

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been reelected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth, economic development and transportation planning for the region.

McCarthy, serving her second term as County Executive, wa...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

Region wins manufacturing communities designation for aerospace

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced today that the central Puget Sound region was one of 12 communities nationwide winning a Manufacturing Communities designation as part of a federal initiative.

PSRC developed the proposal to designate...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2014

Learn about next phase of construction on Puyallup River side channel May 31

Residents and Foothills Trail users can learn about the next phase of construction on a Puyallup River side channel near Orting at an informal community meeting on May 31.

Pierce County will resume work on a side channel that will reconnect the histori...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2014

Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

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

Posted on: May 26, 2013

County offices closed May 26

Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.

Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 27.

Posted on: May 22, 2014

Video News: Boeing Frederickson, distracted driving patrol, military museum, and more

Pierce County News for the week of May 22, 2014.

  • Boeing Frederickson lands 777X tail work
  • Health Department starts seasonal beach water
  • Distracted driving & cell phone emphasis patrol through June 1
  • Driver alert: 6-week road closure near Lake Tapps Park
  • Former...
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Posted on: May 21, 2014

County Council recognizes efforts of Public Works employees

The Pierce County Council adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 18-24, 2014 as “National Public Works Week” in Pierce County. Speaking on behalf of the Council, which unanimously supported Resolution 2014-62, Councilmember Doug Richardson appla...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2014

Gig Harbor location added to series of open houses on Pierce County’s Comprehensive Plan

Pierce County’s unincorporated population is expected to grow by 75,000 residents by the year 2030.The community is invited to learn how that growth will be accommodated through a series of open houses planned for May and June. The open houses, which ar...Read on...

Posted on: May 19, 2014

Frank Garber rallies to win the 49th Annual Puget Sound Amateur

Frank Garber, a high school senior headed for Matt Thurmond’s nationally ranked University of Washington golf team this fall, came from two shots back to catch first round leader Matt Hartley and claim his first Puget Sound Amateur title.

Garber, who ...Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2014

Video News: Farmers market vouchers, Sumner Link Trail, and more

Pierce County News for the week of May 14, 2014.

  • Pierce County celebrates Jury Appreciation Week
  • Low-income seniors register now for farmers market vouchers
  • Lake Spanaway Golf Course fully operational, new turf after fungal rot
  • Easy tips to do at home for Pug...
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Posted on: May 14, 2014

Pierce County Council says “thanks” to those called for jury duty

The Pierce County Council has designated the week of May 19-23 as “Juror Appreciation Week.”

Resolution 2014-55, unanimously approved on Tuesday, May 13, points to the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers as an important and unique part of the American ...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2014

Video News: Korean delegates visit Drug Court, loans for septic replacement, and more

Pierce County News for the week of May 8, 2014.

  • South Korean delegates visit County Drug Court
  • New loan program helps people with septic repairs and replacement
  • Road closures affect Brookdale/Parkland during sewer project
  • County seeks public input...
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Posted on: May 12, 2014

Crews to prepare Ninth Street East near Lake Tapps Park for summer road closure

Motorists traveling along Ninth Street East between 190th Avenue East and 198th Avenue East near Lake Tapps Park should expect minor delays on weekdays from May 14 to June 13 as crews prepare the roadway for a summer road closure.

The two-lane road wil...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “Against” statements for the Aug. 5, 2014 Primary Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

  • City of Fircrest, Proposition No. 1 ...
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Posted on: May 8, 2014

Wings & Wheels rolls into Narrows Airport July 6th

Wings and Wheels poster

The fourth annual Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels event will take place on July 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful Tacoma Narrows Airport, the county-owned facility located at 1202 26th Ave NW in Gig Harbor. The event is presented by USAA, and it promise...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Lake Spanaway Golf Course now fully open to the public after greens repair

Amateur duffers around Puget Sound are filling up the tee sheet now that green repairs on Lake Spanaway Golf Course are complete and the course is fully open for business.

“The golfers who play this championship course are very happy,” said Pierce Cou...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Candidate filing begins Monday, May 12

Candidate filing begins Monday, May 12 with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office and the Office of the Secretary of State. Offices open for election this year include:

  • U.S. Representatives (Congress)
  • State Senators and Representatives
  • Pierce County Auditor, ...
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Posted on: May 7, 2014

Pierce County Council suspends truck traffic on aging Milroy Bridge

By a unanimous vote Tuesday, members of the Pierce County Council implemented new restrictions on vehicle traffic over the Milroy Bridge connecting the community of Waller to the City of Fife via 66th Ave. Ordinance 2014-22 prevents vehicles towing traile...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2014

Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

Whether the need happens suddenly or over a period of years, when the necessity for extended health care happens, knowing about community resources is a necessity. The worst case scenario is to have to make decisions about long term care in a crisis.

“...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Billy Frank Jr.

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on today's passing of Billy Frank Jr.:

“We have lost a national treasure in Billy Frank Jr. His advocacy regarding fishing and natural resources was second to none. His legacy include...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Pierce County TV debuts mobile app and talk show, earns Emmy nomination

Pierce County TV has launched a mobile app and a new public affairs talk show to enhance its coverage of local people, programs and events.

The PCTV app, available for Apple and Android devices, makes it easy to watch the channel’s original programming...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2014

Video News: Puget Sound Fresh app, Meet the Farmer: Going organic, and more

Pierce County News for the week of May 1, 2014.

  • New Puget Sound Fresh mobile app promotes 25 local farms
  • Meet the Farmer: Clean Food Farm explains organic practices
  • 27th Street in University Place now safer for school kids
  • Family Justice Center ne...
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Posted on: May 2, 2014

Films focus on Alzheimer’s caregiving

Families dealing with the prospect of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia face an uncertain future. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Most families work diligently to provide for the needs of their loved one in their own home as lo...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2014

Pierce County Drug Court could serve as model for Korean program

Twenty delegates from South Korea will tour Pierce County’s Felony Drug Court from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, to learn more about the local system for dealing with drug offenders.

Pierce County’s Felony Drug Court program started in 1994 and is the se...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2014

Celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May

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

The goal of Puget Sound Starts Here Month is to raise awareness ...Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2014

Grant helps fund conservation of 154 acres of farmland

Matlock Farm photo courtesy of Forterra

Pierce County will permanently conserve 154 acres of farmland in the Puyallup River Valley, thanks in part to a Washington State Department of Ecology grant.

The $525,000 grant from the state agency’s “Floodplains by Design” program serves as the final...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2014

New Puget Sound Fresh app puts local farms and farmers markets info in your pocket

Screen grab of mobile app home page

Consumers can find hundreds of local farms, markets, products, recipes and more using a new mobile app built by Pierce County and Cascade Harvest Coalition.

The Puget Sound Fresh app provides quick access to a growing network of farms and farmers marke...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2014

Replacement of generators at sanitary sewer pump stations in Lakewood underway

Work to replace generators at five sanitary sewer pump stations located throughout Lakewood began Monday, April 28. Construction is expected to last through early November, although the work at each site will take approximately one month.

The existing...Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2014

Councilman Rick Talbert to take brief leave for cancer treatment

Pierce County Councilman Rick Talbert will take a brief leave of absence for surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his kidney. He will undergo surgery May 5, and is expected to make a full recovery and return to work at the beginning of June.

“I’m h...Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2014

Peak season Pierce County ferry rates, schedule changes effective May 1

Peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to fare rates. Peak season runs May 1 to Sept. 30.

Riders should also be aware of several schedule changes that go into effect May 1 that will be in place year-round.

Peak season rates and s...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

CASA program’s “Get the Word Out” dinner highlights need for child advocates

More than 260 enthusiastic people attended a dinner event to raise awareness about the constant need for Court Appointed Special Advocates - volunteers who assist children in the court system.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke about the importa...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

Video News: CASA volunteers needed, Sumner HS marching band, and more

Pierce County News for the week of April 24, 2014.

  • CASA court program needs volunteers, 750 kids have no advocate
  • 1st half property taxes can be paid online
  • Drug Take-Back Day and year-round locations
  • Sustainability Month: CFL or LED light bulbs?
  • Chambers Ba...
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Posted on: April 24, 2014

County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

Joint Council-Executive Resolution R2014-49, approved durin...Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2014

Pierce County welcomes task force home from record deployment to Oso

A Pierce County-based Urban Search and Rescue team has completed a record deployment to the massive SR 530 landslide in Snohomish County.

The first 80-member rotation of Washington Task Force 1 (WATF-1) deployed on March 24 and returned April 4. The se...Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Pierce County government moves to 100 percent recycled paper

In honor of Earth Day, Executive Pat McCarthy announced that Pierce County is moving to 100 percent recycled paper in support of its ongoing sustainability efforts.

Pierce County is also making double-sided printing the new default for all printers cap...Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Parks Appreciation Day volunteers not deterred by spring weather

Saturday, April 26, is Parks Appreciation Day in Pierce County and it should be a typical spring day in wet Western Washington. Nevertheless, the county’s Parks and Recreation Department knows that lots of volunteers will brave the elements and turn out t...Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Turning in unused or expired medicines makes everyone safer

Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the 8th nationwide drug "take back" day on Saturday, April 26.

This one-...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2014

2014 Special Election results release schedule

Tuesday, April 22 Election Day
8:15 p.m. (includes ballots processed through Election Day) 9:30 p.m. (includes voting center results)
Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 4 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 4 p.m.
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Posted on: April 18, 2014

Video News: 911 outage, JBLM Integrity Gate construction, and more

Pierce County News for the week of April 17, 2014.

  • Pierce County seeks answers about 911 outage
  • Animals rescued from fire at Washington State fairgrounds
  • University Place Council bans marijuana businesses
  • Fife, County to put restrictions on Milroy Brid...
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    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Pierce County Parks employees awarded for professionalism, cultural outreach efforts

    The Washington Recreation and Parks Association recognized two outstanding employees of Pierce County Parks last week at its 2014 state conference in Seattle. Recreation Supervisor Jen Spane received the Young Professional Award for her contributions as a...Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Job opportunities available in Parks and Recreation, Facilities Management

    Pierce County is seeking applicants for several open positions within its Parks and Recreation Services Department and Facilities Management Department.

    • Summer track and field assistants

      The Summer Track and Field program runs once a week from June...

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    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    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...

    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Floodwater protection measures coming for residents of Midland

    Pierce County’s Flood Control Zone District – a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Pierce County Council – has announced that an unincorporated portion of the county will be the next to receive funding to help mitigate flood ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 14, 2014

    Video News: Pierce County responds to the Oso Mudslide special report

    Pierce County News for the week of April 10, 2014.

  • Washington’s Search & Rescue Team comes home after 11 day deployment
  • FEMA’s WATF-1 deployed to first local disaster
  • Pierce County’s aid to Oso during the first week
  • How K-9 search teams are helping the re...
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    Posted on: April 11, 2014

    Locks, vandals cause cable damage on Bridge to the Beach

    Before and after view of the bridge railing

    Some of those "love locks" are in temporary storage while Pierce County makes repairs to the cable railing on the popular Bridge to the Beach at Chambers Creek Regional Park.

    Hundreds of couples have been placing locks on the cables as a "permanen...Read on...

    Posted on: April 10, 2014

    Executive presses for extra outreach during 911 outage

    Pierce County quickly mobilized in the early hours of Thursday morning to support local 911 dispatch centers during a multi-state outage.

    After learning about the outage at 1:20 a.m., the county activated its Emergency Operations Center in Tacoma to co...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2014

    McDonald leads county in recognizing Pierce County READS program

    Members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution yesterday that draws attention to the largest community reading event around. Council Resolution R2014-30 proclaims March 2 through April 25 as the annual Pierce County READS program celebra...Read on...

    Posted on: April 8, 2014

    Join Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the Museum Walk

    Join Downtown On the Go and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on Walk Tacoma’s Museum Walk, Wednesday, April 16, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. The 2.5 mile walk, sponsored by TWOKOI Japanese Cuisine, will start at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma at 15th and P...Read on...

    Posted on: April 7, 2014

    Attorney General to help 'Get the Word Out' for child advocates

    State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and former State Auditor Brian Sonntag will be keynote speakers at Pierce County CASA’s “Get the Word Out” dinner on April 16.

    CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers have been providing advocacy for child...Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2014

    Video News: Farming Special

    Pierce County News for the week of April 3, 2014.

  • Pierce County Ag: The Faces of Farming
  • Extra fancy hot house rhubarb growing in Puyallup
  • Dairy goats are a funny bunch at this Eatonville goat farm
  • Sanford’s in Orting shows challenges of starting a ne...
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    Posted on: April 3, 2014

    Pinwheels highlight need to help abused, neglected children

    CASA pinwheels

    Pinwheels will spring up in surprising places this month. Pierce County volunteers known as CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will participate in the “Pinwheels for Prevention” program to raise awareness about child abuse during April, which is Na...Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2014

    Public invited to Phil Sorensen's swearing-in as Superior Court judge

    The public is invited as Phil Sorensen is sworn in as a Pierce County Superior Court judge on Thursday, April 3.

    The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. A reception will follow.

    Sorensen wa...Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2014

    Long term care insurance: Get the impartial facts

    Only about 10% of adults have long term care insurance. Given that Medicare does not cover long term care, how smart is that?

    Long term care can be expensive. Long term care insurance is expensive. Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources will of...Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2014

    Executive McCarthy directs staff to further analyze landslide risks

    The following is a statement by County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding landslide risks in Pierce County:

    In the wake of the Oso slide, I convened a meeting of county experts in such areas as land-use planning, emergency management, roads, rivers and i...Read on...

    Posted on: March 31, 2014

    Community Connections Citizens Advisory Board seeks members

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking citizen members to serve on an advisory board that makes funding recommendations for community development grants.

    Members of the Pierce County Citizens’ Advisory Board help reduce the im...Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2014

    Video News: Sheriff precinct construction, landslide preparedness, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 27, 2014.

  • Parkland-Spanaway Sheriff Precinct under construction
  • Pierce County has plans in place for landslides
  • Pierce County has grants to buy flood-prone properties
  • Herbicide spraying program begins April 1 ...
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    Posted on: March 27, 2014

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 1

    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 April 1, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applicatio...Read on...

    Posted on: March 26, 2014

    Sewer connection assistance available for residents and projects

    Pierce County is accepting applications for individuals or projects that need assistance connecting to the sewer system.

    This help is to available residents and projects located in Public Works and Utilities’ Sewer Service Area, a 117-square-mile basi...Read on...

    Posted on: March 24, 2014

    Auditor’s Office hosts annual Candidate’s Workshop

    Calling all candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s Office annual candidate’s workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at:
    Pierce County Election Center 2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C
    Tacoma, WA 98409...Read on...

    Posted on: March 21, 2014

    Pierce County volunteers commended at annual brunch

    Volunteers of the Year Ron Montgomery and Leonard (Steve) Vanderlinda

    Ron Montgomery and Leonard (Steve) Vanderlinda were honored as the Volunteers of the Year at the 36th annual Pierce County Volunteer Recognition Brunch on Saturday, March 15.

    For the past 30 years, Montgomery has faithfully worked with Pierce County Ja...Read on...

    Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Video News: Medal of Honor recipient given house, improvements to 911 services, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 20, 2014.

  • Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry given house
  • DuPont adds citizen policing programs
  • Progress report: South Sound 911 new radios, new website
  • Day Island sewer pipe replacement underway
  • Midland c...
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    Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Chambers Bay posts record revenues as U.S. Open excitement builds

    Chambers Bay Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open.

    The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat McCarthy, showed operating revenues...Read on...

    Posted on: March 18, 2014

    Pay your property taxes online

    A message from your Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer:

    Thank you for your patience! The "Pay Property Taxes Online" tab on the Assessor-Treasurer’s home page www.piercecountywa.org/atr is now working.

    Please feel free to click on it in order to pa...Read on...

    Posted on: March 13, 2014

    Video News: Blighted properties, RallyPoint/6, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 13, 2014.

  • Tougher rules for blighted properties in unincorporated areas
  • Summit addresses rise in mental health cases in courts/jail
  • Rob Masko named new Pierce County Undersheriff
  • County Council, schools raise ...
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    Posted on: March 13, 2014

    Expect increased DUI patrols and bar visits on St. Patty’s Day

    Don’t count on the luck of the Irish to get you home safely if you've had too much to drink over the St. Patrick’s holiday.

    St. Patty’s celebrations will bring out more than green beer from March 14-17 when 70 law enforcement officers from 30 agencies...Read on...

    Posted on: March 11, 2014

    Edible Gardens Workshop Series teaches gardening from seed to table

    Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food through Pierce County and Pierce Conservation District’s Edible Gardens Workshop Series. The free series of monthly workshops, which is offered at several locations, teaches beginning gardeners ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 10, 2014

    Treatment plant to end sales of individual bags of SoundGRO® fertilizer

    Individual bags of SoundGRO® fertilizer will no longer be sold directly from the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place, effective March 15. Bags will continue to be available at a number of distributors across Pierce Count...Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2014

    Civil Service Commission seeks applicants

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible fo...Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2014

    Brookdale Road sewer project resumes

    Construction on a project to replace a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland will resume on March 11. Work is expected to be complete in 2016.

    During the first phase of construction, sections of 131st Street East and Brookdale Road East will be c...Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2014

    Video News: Shoreline rules, Puyallup Activity Center, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 6, 2014

  • Proposed shoreline rules could affect 12,000+ property owners
  • Orting community takes a stand against crime
  • Free seminars to educate about misuse of drugs for dementia
  • Economic Development Board names top...
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    Posted on: March 5, 2014

    Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center has scheduled an additional “Writing Your Will” workshop for Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

    The free event will be held at the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center, 8502 Skansie Avenue in Gi...Read on...

    Posted on: March 3, 2014

    Council meetings near Lake Tapps, Parkland and Gig Harbor seek input on shoreline regulations

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated April 2 to reflect the Council's decision to delay final action and hold more public hearings in the summer.

    The Pierce County Council seeks public input as it prepares to update its shoreline development regulatio...Read on...

    Posted on: February 27, 2014

    Video News: Rescued horses for adoption, DUI memorial unveiling, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 27, 2014.

  • County rescued horses, now ready for adoption
  • Memorial unveiling reminds drivers about DUI
  • Bright future for Boeing’s Frederickson location
  • Tacoma Link expansion makes progress
  • Fife Mayor Glenn Hu...
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    Posted on: February 27, 2014

    Composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s composting classes this spring. One class focuses on yard waste, and the other on food waste.

    “These classes are a great way to learn about the two kinds o...Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2014

    County Council toughens rules for addressing blighted properties

    The Pierce County Council has voted to toughen the rules for abandoned or blighted properties in unincorporated areas in an effort to protect neighborhoods.

    The Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to close gaps in the county’s regulatory authority t...Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2014

    Ombudsman program focuses on reducing misuse of drugs

    The Pierce County Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is taking on the improper marketing and misuse of certain prescribed drugs for the treatment of behavioral symptoms of dementia. The drugs most often used include Risperdal, Seoquel, Abilify and Invega. ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 25, 2014

    2015 U.S. Open weekly tickets available to USGA members starting March 1

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that tickets for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, to be contested June 15-21 at Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., will be available to USGA Members beginning Saturday, Mar...Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2014

    RallyPoint/6 chooses Pierce County for first-of-its-kind center in state

    Pierce County and the South Sound enjoy a special relationship with military services members and their families. So it only makes sense that RallyPoint/6 chose Lakewood to open the state’s largest private, one-stop resource center.

    The nonprofit organ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 20, 2014

    Video News: Landfill recycles methane, Meet The Farmer hot house rhubarb, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 20, 2014.

  • LRI Landfill uses trash to power homes
  • Puyallup Police use social media to solve crimes
  • Talbert named chair of Pierce Transit Board
  • Still time to sign up for Affordable Healthcare
  • PCTV Mobile App now a...
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    Posted on: February 20, 2014

    Replacement of the Day Island sewer force main pipe underway

    Work to replace a deteriorated 382-foot sewer force main located under the Day Island Bridge began this week.

    Sewer service will not be interrupted during the project, which is expected to be complete in mid-May. Traffic across the bridge will be redu...Read on...

    Posted on: February 19, 2014

    Memorial sign unveiling and DUI patrol remembers Graham teen killed by impaired driver

    Danirel Morse

    Two new memorial signs intended to remind motorists of the deadly consequences of impaired driving will be unveiled near Graham on Friday, Feb. 21 to remember a Bethel Junior High School student whose life was tragically cut short by a drunk driver.

    Th...Read on...

    Posted on: February 18, 2014

    Executive McCarthy: Frederickson plant remains important part of Boeing’s future

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding Boeing’s decision to build the 777X wing plant in Everett:

    "During this process, I met with senior Boeing leadership and received personal assurances that Frederickson will ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    Swan Creek residents invited to meeting on study and action plan

    Swan Creek residents and business owners can learn about an effort by Pierce County to improve the creek’s water quality at a community meeting on Feb. 19.

    Pierce County staff will share information about the development of a watershed characterizatio...Read on...

    Posted on: February 18, 2014

    Pierce County websites earn national recognition

    Silver Circle 3CMA Award

    Pierce County has won a Silver Circle Award in the Digital Interactive – Overall Website category at the 2013 3CMA annual Savvy Awards. The national award was given to Pierce County to recognize its outstanding and innovative work in redesigning and reorg...Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    County offices closed Feb. 17

    Pierce County administrative offices are closed Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents' Day. Offices will reopen Feb. 18.

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management; water quality; storm drainage plan...Read on...

    Posted on: February 13, 2014

    Video News: Jail study, East Pierce County bus routes, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 13, 2014.

  • County Council appoints panel to study jail rates, operations
  • Auditor’s Recording Documents website gets facelift
  • Farm Forum has tools for farmers
  • Planning and budgeting for snow and wind storms
  • F...
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    Posted on: February 12, 2014

    Medical Examiner partners with SightLife to increase organ and tissue donations

    As many as 300 people will receive sight-restoring transplants each year thanks to an innovative partnership between the Pierce County Medical Examiner and SightLife, a global nonprofit focused on eliminating corneal blindness.

    Under the partnership, ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    Pierce Transit Board selects Rick Talbert as chairman

    At its regular meeting on February 10, 2014, Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners elected Rick Talbert as its Chair, effective March 1, 2014.

    Talbert replaces Marilyn Strickland, whose second one-year term as Chair ends on February 28, 2014.

    Fol...Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    County Auditor launches new look for recorded document searches

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office records 250,000 public documents each year, including deeds, liens, foreclosures, maps and more. Approximately 38,000 people visit the Auditor’s Office website to access these records.

    “Providing easy access to impor...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2014

    Volunteer applications now available for 2015 U.S. Open Championship

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chambers Bay announced on Feb. 10 that volunteer applications for the 115th U.S. Open Championship are now available. The 2015 U.S. Open, the first to be played in the Pacific Northwest, is scheduled for June ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2014

    Video News: Cornea donation, live chat for property taxes, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 6, 2014.

  • Cornea donors to increase with Medical Examiner partnership
  • Live chat for property tax questions
  • It’s election week, time to vote
  • Save the date for Parks & Recreation events
  • Puyallup gets smoot...
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    Posted on: February 7, 2014

    Sheriff's Community Academy openings

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. The University Place academy begins Feb. 20 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 13 weeks. The South Hill acad...Read on...

    Posted on: February 5, 2014

    Pierce County’s first Farm Forum will share marketing ideas and expertise

    Farm Forum logo

    More than 70 farmers are registered to attend the Pierce County Farm Forum, where they will glean ideas from each other and experts in agricultural marketing and trends.

    The Farm Forum, to be held Thursday, Feb. 6, on the WSU Extension campus in Puyall...Read on...

    Posted on: January 30, 2014

    Video News: Rise in elder abuse cases, services for homeless youth, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 30, 2014.

  • Elder abuse criminal cases are on the rise
  • Four Family Support Centers will close -
  • Survey focuses on homeless youth
  • School districts fill the special election ballot
  • Fife Museum’s WWII exhibit ...
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    Posted on: January 30, 2014

    U.S. National Champion Ryan Bradley, local skaters featured in new ice show

    Ice show poster

    Former U.S. figure skating champion Ryan Bradley will join members of the Lakewood Winter Club to present the 2014 ice show "Reflections on Ice - The Dream Continues" from Feb. 7-9 at Pierce County's Sprinker Recreation Center.

    Five performa...Read on...

    Posted on: January 27, 2014

    Beach advisory lifted after tests show normal water quality levels

    The water quality levels at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place tested normal and an advisory cautioning people to stay out of the water was lifted Jan. 27 by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department following an incident last week at the C...Read on...

    Posted on: January 27, 2014

    Workshop explores successful family caregiving

    The vast majority of health care provided in the United States – 89% of it – happens at home. Nearly one in three households is involved in family caregiving – either directly or indirectly. But for most caregivers, there is little training to meet the ch...Read on...

    Posted on: January 24, 2014

    Swimmers advised to stay out of water at Chambers Creek Regional Park after sewage discharge

    People are advised to stay out of the saltwater at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place as a precaution after approximately 200,000 gallons of partially disinfected sewage was discharged into the water.

    The incident, caused by a brief mecha...Read on...

    Posted on: January 24, 2014

    Video News: Boeing 777x deal benefits County suppliers, Orting's Family Support Center, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 23, 2014.

  • Pierce County celebrates Boeing 777X announcement
  • Orting Family Support Center sees congressional visit
  • Free tax preparation services
  • County employees show Seahawks pride
  • New picnic shelter for Playgro...
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    Posted on: January 22, 2014

    Register for Pierce County Landfill and Composting tour

    What happens to the trash? To find out, take a tour of Pierce County’s Landfill and Composting Facilities on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9:45 a.m. to noon. You’ll gain insight that not many get to experience and you'll change the way you view your curbside con...Read on...

    Posted on: January 22, 2014

    Future development ideas for Tacoma Narrows Airport to be considered Jan. 29

    Pierce County will hold its fourth set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on Jan. 29 in Gig Harbor. Several future development alternatives for the airport will be discussed and evaluated.

    The Planning Advisory Committee...Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2014

    Bonney Lake remembers father of 3 killed by man with earlier vehicular homicide conviction

    Gary Slick

    With the erection of two roadside memorial signs and a special DUI enforcement this weekend in Bonney Lake, family members urge the public to remember the life of Gary Slick, who was killed in one of Pierce County’s most devastating impaired-driving crash...Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Councils appoint Jesse Young, Graham Hunt to House seats

    Meeting in two joint sessions in one day, the Pierce County Council teamed up with officials from neighboring counties to appoint Jesse Young and Graham Hunt to vacant positions in the Washington State House of Representatives on Friday, Jan. 17.

    “Fill...Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Video News: Building inspections via Skype, dental care for 4,000 kids, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 16, 2014.

  • County building inspections go high-tech
  • Pierce County Council selects new chairman
  • New Council website has better features for public
  • Flu outbreak turns deadly in Pierce County
  • Grant helps dental clinic s...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    County offices closed Jan. 20

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Offices will reopen Jan. 21.

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Two more sessions of "Writing Your Will" added

    Due to overwhelming response, additional sessions of the “Writing Your Will: Tips Everyone Needs to Know” workshop have been added. Registration for the original workshop on Saturday, Jan. 25 is now closed.

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Reso...Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    County Council elects Dan Roach as chair

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, to elect Councilmember Dan Roach as chairman for 2014.

    "This is a great honor and responsibility, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve," said Roach, who is beginning his fourth year repre...Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Community input sought on Purdy Creek project

    Pierce County residents who live near Purdy Lane and 144th Street Northwest can provide input on a proposed project to improve Purdy Creek’s water quality and fish habitat at a meeting on Jan. 16.

    The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Peninsula ...Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Community Connections Grant keeps Parkland kids smiling

    Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC) in Parkland is doing their part to make a positive impact in Pierce County for low-income children with unmet dental needs. Thanks to a grant from Pierce County Community Connections, as many as 4,000 additional...Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2014

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few simple tips might save them thousan...Read on...

    Posted on: January 10, 2014

    Video News: Orting breaks ground on levee, Wilcox eggs, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 9, 2014.

  • Orting breaks ground on new setback levee
  • New year ushers in changes for city councils
  • Drivers look to Auditor’s office for Seahawks plates
  • Rate changes for Pierce County ferry riders
  • Changes to So...
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    Posted on: February 7, 2014

    Video News: Cornea donation, live chat for property taxes, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 7, 2014.

  • Cornea donors to increase with Medical Examiner partnership
  • Live chat for property tax questions
  • It’s election week, time to vote
  • Save the date for Parks & Recreation events
  • Puyallup gets smoothe...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Homeless Coalition seeks volunteers

    For those of us living in the northwest, the cold, damp winter seems endless by this time of the year. Imagine being one of the 670 homeless individuals who slept outside or in an emergency shelter in your neighborhood last night. To understand the challe...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Volunteers sought for youth violence prevention program

    The Department of Community Connections seeks volunteers to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set aside for youth violence prevention programs.

    Th...Read on...

    Posted on: January 7, 2014

    Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

    UPDATE: Jan. 16, 2014: Due to overwhelming response, these workshop dates are now full. Two more classes will be offered in March.

    There are some topics that people are reluctant to think about. While 60% of adults said they believe everyone should ha...Read on...

    Posted on: January 2, 2014

    Video News: Aviation Special

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 2, 2014.

  • Skills Center trains teens in carbon fiber
  • Aerospace industry impacts Pierce County
  • Take off in the new Sheriff's plane
  • JBLM first to get new Apache Helicopter
  • Thun Field Airport - historical spot...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: December 27, 2013

    Auditor’s Office to open early for Seahawks, Sounder FC plates

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will open at 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014 to kick off the team license plate sales featuring Seahawks and Sounder FC themes. The license plates will carry an iconic symbol for each team – the 12th Man flag for the Seahawks, a ...Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Video News: Best of 2013 Special

    Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 26, 2013.

  • Healing Bridge brings whimsy to sick kids
  • The cuddliest little additions at Pt. Defiance Zoo
  • South Prairie Creek celebrates big salmon return
  • Sumner history captured in new pictorial book
  • New me...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: December 24, 2013

    Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

    The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “Against” statements for the February 11, 2014 Special Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

    • Steilacoom Historical Schoo...
    Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Work postponed on Brookdale Road sewer main

    A project to replace a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland has been postponed until mid-2014. Crews had planned to shift work to the eastern end of the project in December, but unfavorable conditions and associated costs have made postponement the...Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Video News: 2013 Economic Special

    Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Aerospace Summit focuses on workforce training
  • Bates Machinist training sees high rate of job placement
  • Chambers Bay shows off U.S. Open hole changes
  • Seattle tunnel brings jobs, cement work to Pier...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Volunteers sought for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking volunteers to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, which helps with planning to improve services and better meet the community’s needs.

    The board assists the Department of Community Connections with reviewing...Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

    As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

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

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    Construction of sewer force main in Puyallup starts Dec. 23

    Pierce County will begin installing a sewer force main in the South Hill area of Puyallup on Dec. 23. The work is expected to last through Jan. 20.

    Work will begin on 126th Street East and move west to 90th Avenue East. It will continue south along 90t...Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    New levee will protect people, help salmon

    Construction begins Thursday on a $16 million project that will reduce the risk of floods throughout the Puyallup River valley, create new habitat for salmon and produce more than 230 local jobs.

    Federal, state and local leaders will gather for a grou...Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    Pierce County Ferry fares to increase 3 percent

    Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2014 and again in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

    “This two-step increase is needed to help cover increased operational and maintenance expenses,” said Deb Wallace, ...Read on...

    Posted on: December 13, 2013

    Video News: County restricts marijuana, holiday crime trends, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 12, 2013.

  • County Council overrides veto, bans marijuana businesses
  • New land purchase extends Foothills Trail
  • Pierce Transit offers custom bus to and from Olympia
  • Puyallup warns mall shoppers about holiday ...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: December 10, 2013

    Tow companies, volunteers and cops team up to keep holiday roads safe

    Law enforcement officers who began removing impaired drivers from Pierce County roads Thanksgiving Day are urging potential drinking drivers to call taxis and line-up sober designated drivers again this weekend.

    The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic...Read on...

    Posted on: December 9, 2013

    Civil Service Commission seeks applicants

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body resp...Read on...

    Posted on: December 6, 2013

    Sewer main work shifts to Brookdale Road in December

    Construction crews replacing a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland are shifting work to the eastern end of the project this month.

    The crews are replacing 5,000 feet of sewer pipe with a 72-inch diameter interceptor pipe. The project, managed ...Read on...

    Posted on: December 6, 2013

    Video News: Wood stove users, Christmas tree farmer, Fantasy Lights, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 5, 2013.

  • Tacoma company uses technology to burn wood cleanly
  • Puget Sound Clean Air uses fines, incentives with wood stove users
  • Fife to raise stormwater rates in 2014
  • Mixed use development opens in Unive...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: December 4, 2013

    TJ Bohl selected as new Pierce County Juvenile Court administrator

    TJ Bohl

    TJ Bohl, who has worked in juvenile rehabilitation for 18 years, has been selected as the administrator for Pierce County Juvenile Court, which provides court, detention, probation and adoption services.

    The selection was made by the judges of Pierce C...Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2013

    County observes Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 28 and 29

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Posted on: November 27, 2013

    County Council's Dec. 4 meeting to be held in Parkland

    Next week's regular meeting of the Pierce County Council will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at a fire station in Parkland.

    The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Station 61, located at 100 S. 114th St., Parkland.

    The Co...Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

    Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

    The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV Park from Dwight Partin for $1,0...Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Video News: County services for disabled, Bates Machinist training, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Nov. 21.

  • Disabled woman reaches out for County services, keeps her home
  • Holidays increase demand for human
  • Pierce County Council adopts 2014 budget
  • Bates Machinist training sees high rate of job placement
  • Pi...
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    Posted on: November 21, 2013

    Enjoy 'Tis The Season Saturdays' at Sprinker

    Tis The Season

    A pancake breakfast with Blade, Sprinker Recreation Center's mascot, kicks off Tis The Season Saturdays at Pierce County's popular ice rink.

    The Dec. 7 breakfast for kids ages 3 to 12 is the start of a journey to a winter wonderland at Sprinker Recreat...Read on...

    Posted on: November 21, 2013

    Dangers of holiday scams and frauds highlighted

    December always sees a spike in the number of scams, frauds and identity thefts by crooks taking advantage of the fast paced holiday season. Many of these crimes happen because shoppers are a little less attentive to their surroundings.

    As technology...Read on...

    Posted on: November 20, 2013

    County invites community to learn about upcoming study of Spanaway Lake

    Spanaway Lake residents, business owners and recreational users can learn about an upcoming study of the lake’s health at a community meeting on Dec. 4.

    The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanaway Elementary, 412 165th St. S. in Spanaway.
    ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 13, 2013

    County Council invites public comment on 2014 budget

    The Pierce County Council is poised to approve a 2014 budget that improves the responsiveness of local government, invests in community programs and maintains a stable financial position.

    The Council approved the budget on second reading by a 7-0 vote ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 15, 2013

    Video News: 2014 County budget, Puyallup homeless task force, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of November 14.

  • Citizens given more time to review County budget
  • Homeless task force sets guidelines
  • Freezing Nights opens doors for homeless
  • Fife considers stormwater fee increase
  • Thanksgiving Basket Brigade needs...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: November 8, 2013

    County offices closed Nov. 11

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen Nov. 12.

    Posted on: November 8, 2013

    Video News: Help with healthcare, marijuana ordinance blocks businesses, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of November 7.

  • Health coverage sign-ups made easier with mobile van
  • State Health Exchange works around federal website
  • Marijuana ordinance bans businesses for now
  • Pierce County Council budget hearings update
  • Winter ...
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    Posted on: November 4, 2013

    Tips to prepare now for flood season

    The rain, fog and falling leaves mean that fall is here and winter is not far behind. Pierce County residents should prepare now for flood season to keep their families and property safe.

    “By now, people have pulled out their coats, sweaters, and hats...Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2013

    Video News: Track your election ballot, Sumner's historic mainstreet, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 31.

  • Election week: how to track your ballot
  • Citizens can watch budget hearings live
  • How to talk with someone experiencing domestic violence
  • Colorful mural comes to Fife
  • Sumner’s history book comes alive
  • ...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2013

    2013 General Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATESElection Day Nov. 5, Results at 8:15 p.m.Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Nov. 26 at 11 a.m.

    IMPORTANT NUMBERSTotal registered voters 438,344
    Expecte...Read on...

    Posted on: October 29, 2013

    Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

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

    "Practicing preventative maintenance can go a long way," said Brian Ziegle...Read on...

    Posted on: October 25, 2013

    PCTV now available in HD on the Click! Network

    PCTV logo

    The award-winning Pierce County Television (PCTV) is now available in high definition to Click! Cable TV subscribers on channel 522.

    “Click! Cable TV is proud to support Pierce County TV in its transition to high definition broadcasts,” said Click! Gen...Read on...

    Posted on: October 25, 2013

    Video News: Sign up for healthcare, memorial at JBLM, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 24.

  • Open enrollment time for Affordable Health Care Plans
  • What you need to know about flu shots
  • How emergency crews are preparing for flood season
  • What’s being done in Puyallup to protect Salmon
  • New Memori...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: October 24, 2013

    Parks and Recreation invites you to Family Bingo Night Nov. 1

    Daughter and mom playing bingo

    The weather has changed and it’s time to move outdoor activities indoors. But don’t worry, Pierce County Parks has you covered. Join us Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Family Bingo Night at Meridian Habitat Community Center in South Hill Puyallup.

    D...Read on...

    Posted on: October 24, 2013

    Free composting classes teach residents to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this fall. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

    In the yard waste class, participants will learn how to choose a bi...Read on...

    Posted on: October 21, 2013

    Learn how to decipher Health Care Reform

    In 2014 the Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare) takes effect. The health care landscape will change substantially. New provisions are included that will impact individuals and families, people with jobs and people who are unemployed.

    Pierce County...Read on...

    Posted on: October 17, 2013

    ‘I Voted’ badge goes digital

    Pierce County Votes badge

    This election season you can digitally encourage friends to vote with the Pierce County Auditor’s new “I Voted” avatar. The transition from the traditional “I Voted” stickers to a digital image is both cost effective and a reflection of modern communicati...Read on...

    Posted on: October 18, 2013

    Video News: Orting levee, what to know before you vote, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 17.

  • Orting levee gets millions from Flood Control District
  • County Council wrestles with marijuana rules
  • Drone surveillance ordinance passes County Council
  • What to know before you vote
  • Tips for your next foo...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: October 17, 2013

    Homeowners invited to Oct. 23 workshop on septic system maintenance

    Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412 165th St. S in Spanaway.

    “The w...Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2013

    How Community Connections helps a family coping with dementia

    Lonnie and Rannah

    Every day is a good day for Raanah Aanstead. But three days each week, she is in the best place. “People make me smile,” she said. “They make me feel special.”

    For a little over a year, Raanah has been coming to Cascade Park Active Day, an adult day he...Read on...

    Posted on: October 10, 2013

    Video News: Meet a pumpkin farmer, property tax deadline, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 10.

  • Meet veteran pumpkin farmer Allen Scholz
  • New website aimed to help farmers
  • Second half property tax deadline nears
  • University Place voter guide
  • Study confirms aerospace pumps billions into economy
  • Parks: ...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: October 7, 2013

    Trail closure at Chambers Creek Regional Park

    The Grandview walking trail along Grandview Drive in University Place is closed to the public through Friday, Oct. 18. The trail runs between the North Meadow parking area north of Cirque Drive and the entrance to the park at 62nd Street Court West. The p...Read on...

    Posted on: October 4, 2013

    Video News: Tornado misses County facility, autopsy photography, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 3.

  • Tornado narrowly misses County facility
  • How to prepare for severe storms
  • Pierce County Ferry saves on fuel costs
  • Mediation a cheaper option to resolve court issues
  • Sprinker to host regional ice skating cha...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: October 2, 2013

    Youth design ‘dream park’ during national 4-H experiment

    4H Day

    More than 600 Pierce County youth will join millions of students across the country during the week of Oct. 7 to participate in the 4-H Maps & Apps experiment.

    Youth become community planners, working in teams and using geographic information systems ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 1, 2013

    Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck earns state judicial award

    Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck

    Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck was honored by the state’s judiciary for outstanding contributions to youth and public education concerning the legal system.

    Judge van Doorninck was awarded the Washington Judges’ Foundation 2...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Help provided for individuals and families suffering addiction

    Many individuals and families suffer silently under the shadow of addiction. When alcohol or prescription drugs take over a person’s life, those nearby are impacted too. It can happen in any family – rich or poor, large or small, employed or not. No one i...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Video News: Pink salmon homecoming, jail cuts approved, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of September 26.

  • South Prairie Creek celebrates big salmon return
  • Water quality projects at Spanaway Lake
  • Executive’s 2014 budget proposal, Council approves jail cuts
  • Immigrants become U.S. Citizens at ceremony
  • Columbia...
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    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    PCTV wins 5 first-place programming awards

    Pierce County TV, which produces videos about people, programs and events in the region, won five first-place awards for programming by a leading national industry group.

    Judges with the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Sprinker set to host Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships

    See spins, jumps and beautiful choreography during the 2014 Northwest Pacific Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Sprinker Recreation Center from Oct. 5-8.

    The championships will feature hundreds of regional skaters, some of whom will compet...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    DUI task force's taxi program kicks-off Sept. 28

    Fun-seekers heading for 6th Avenue’s nightclubs this Saturday night in Tacoma will have help scoring a taxi ride home if they’ve had too much to drink.

    The rides - the first 25 of which will be free for groups sharing a ride within Tacoma - are sponsor...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    County ferry system saves $137,770 in fuel costs

    Pierce County saved $137,770 in diesel fuel costs for its ferries thanks to a new system that enables the engines to run cleaner and burn fuel more efficiently.

    This translated to a savings of approximately 23,657 gallons of diesel fuel during the firs...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    Non-peak season Pierce County ferry rates, schedule starts October 1

    Non-peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to the fare rates and the schedule. Non-peak season runs from Oct. 1 to April 30.

    Fare ratesNon-peak season rates apply starting Oct. 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers who drive a vehi...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project starts Oct. 1

    Pierce County will begin replacing the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland Oct. 1. The project is expected to last through February 2015.

    Work will begin at the intersection of A Street and 133rd Street East and move north along A Street to 131...Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2013

    Construction on sewer pipe along Grandview Drive W begins this week

    Pierce County will begin rehabilitating 9,600 feet of sewer pipe and about 30 manholes located along Grandview Drive West in University Place on Sept. 25.

    Repairs will be made to the corroded, 30-inch diameter interceptor sewer pipe in order to increa...Read on...

    Posted on: September 20, 2013

    Video News: Airport opens restaurant, Fife hires Olympian, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of September 19.

  • Hub at Gig Harbor restaurant opens
  • Tacoma Narrows Airport gets Hub, new runway
  • County office becomes more citizen-friendly
  • Fife pool hires Olympic gold medalist
  • Chihuly inspires Hilltop Artists at Museu...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: September 16, 2013

    Pet owners, avoid late fees in October

    Forgot to license your pets? Worried about late fees?

    Take advantage of a unique chance to avoid all late fees during our Pet License Amnesty month.

    Next month, residents in unincorporated Pierce County, Tacoma, University Place, Lakewood, Roy, Al...Read on...

    Posted on: September 16, 2013

    Celebrate the annual return of salmon to South Prairie Creek Sept. 21

    Help welcome salmon home to South Prairie Creek at the Salmon Homecoming Celebration on Sept. 21. The family-friendly day will feature guided walking tours to see salmon in the creek, activities for kids, a Native American storyteller, live music, a displ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2013

    Tiny Tots Indoor Playground re-opened at the Lakewood Community Center

    Fall is fast approaching. If you are already missing the connections with kids at the playground, Pierce County Parks and Recreation has you covered.

    Bring your child to the Tiny Tots Indoor Playground for fun, socialization and crafts. Kids will deli...Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2013

    Video News: Tacoma Art Museum breaks ground, jail faces layoffs, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of September 12.

  • Groundbreaking kicks off Western Art at Tacoma Art Museum
  • Pierce County Jail loses bookings, faces layoffs
  • PCTV moves facilities, partners with Bates
  • Family activities at Washington State Fair
  • Heal...
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    Posted on: September 13, 2013

    500 vehicles expected at Sept. 28 Classic Car & Truck Show

    Car Show

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 11th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 28.

    Hours for the free spectator event are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 500 classic cars and trucks ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2013

    Pierce County earns national recognition for Mobile App Internship

    If you’re a local college student looking to jump start a high tech career, Pierce County has an app for that.

    Thanks to a partnership between Pierce County and the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), local students get real-world experience making...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2013

    PCTV moves to Bates Technical College under new partnership

    Pierce County TV, the award-winning channel that provides transparency for nine local governments, has moved its operations to Bates Technical College under a new partnership that expands training opportunities for students.

    PCTV is now operating out o...Read on...

    Posted on: September 11, 2013

    Executive selects Tony Tipton as Parks and Recreation Director

    County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Tony Tipton, the county's go-to leader of important projects, as the director of Parks and Recreation Services.

    Since 2011, the Executive has assigned Tipton to senior management roles to assist with the merge...Read on...

    Posted on: September 9, 2013

    Portion of trail along Chambers Creek Road to temporarily close

    A portion of the East Slope Walking Trail near the north entrance to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place will be closed through December. This portion of the trail parallels Chambers Creek Road West.

    The closure i...Read on...

    Posted on: September 5, 2013

    Video News: Aviation Special

    Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 5.

    • Skills Center trains teens in carbon fiber
    • Aerospace industry impacts Pierce County
    • Thun Field Airport- historical spot for the community
    • JBLM shows news Apache Helicopter
    • Tacoma Narrows Airport runway work com...
    Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2013

    Crews to repair pavement on Canyon Road East Sept. 9-14

    Pierce County crews will repair pavement along Canyon Road East between 106th Street East and 116th Street East for five nights starting Monday, Sept. 9. Crews will remove areas of deteriorated pavement, place new hot mix asphalt and seal cracks.

    The w...Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2013

    Third annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration

    The public is invited to join the celebration and watch as approximately 100 immigrants become new citizens, sworn in by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office Director Linda Dougherty. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 21, at ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 4, 2013

    Homeowners invited to free workshops on managing stormwater systems

    Pierce County homeowners and homeowner associations are invited to attend a free workshop this fall to learn how to prepare their stormwater systems for the rainy season. Homeowners will also learn how to manage their neighborhood associations or start on...Read on...

    Posted on: September 4, 2013

    Forum provides businesses opportunity to do work with government

    Businesses looking to win government contracts will have the opportunity at the Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum on Friday, Oct. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street W. in University Place. Click here fo...Read on...

    Posted on: August 29, 2013

    Video News: Northwest Trek special

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 29.

    It's a special show from Northwest Trek! Zip through the tree tops and experience a bison traffic jam. Prepare yourself for cute baby animals, behind the scenes access, and what to know before you go.

    ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 28, 2013

    Third round of Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan meetings scheduled for Sept. 4

    Pierce County will hold its third set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on Sept. 4 in Gig Harbor. Topics will include facility requirements and an introduction to potential development alternatives for the airport.

    “Req...Read on...

    Posted on: August 27, 2013

    Sheriff's Community Academy openings

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its fall Community Academy program. The academy begins Sept. 26 and will meet each Thursday evening for 13 weeks.

    This is the first time a session will be held in a no...Read on...

    Posted on: August 27, 2013

    Grandparenting has a new look in 2013

    Grandparenting these days presents many new opportunities. But it also requires some approaches that were unheard of twenty years ago. The advent of technology and the experiences that youngsters have today create a whole new environment.

    There are as ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2013

    Video News: Link celebrates 10 years, new boat named for fallen officer, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 22.

  • Tacoma Link Light Rail celebrates 10 years
  • New Sheriff patrol boat named for fallen deputy Kent Mundell
  • Floodplain in Orting protects homes east of the Puyallup River
  • HOA workshops help prevent neighborhood floo...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: August 21, 2013

    See heavy machinery up close at Touch-A-Truck event on Sept. 7

    TouchATurck

    Does your child have a love for trucks and large vehicles? Then check out Pierce County's annual Touch-A-Truck event. The fun takes place on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 South C Street in Tacoma. A special...Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Jody Woodcock headed to D.C. for 1-year FEMA fellowship

    Jody Woodcock

    Emergency Management Deputy Director Jody Woodcock is headed to Washington, D.C. for a year as a Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Distinguished Alumni Fellow.

    Woodcock will join retired New York City detective Edwin Welch in a yearlong a...Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Section of 52nd Street East to be resurfaced Aug. 22-23; motorists should expect delays

    Motorists traveling along 52nd Street East between 66th Avenue East and Pioneer Way East near Fife should expect long delays from 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 as crews resurface the roadway.

    The two-lane road will be reduced to o...Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Construction to partially close intersection at Wollochet Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW Aug. 23-25

    The intersection at Wollochet Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be partially closed Aug. 23-25 so crews can replace the pavement. The work will begin at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and be completed by 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.

    The following ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 19, 2013

    Wastewater treatment plant receives “Outstanding Performance” award from state

    Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Pierce County's Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place has received the 2012 "Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance" award from the Washington State Department of Ecology for the fifth consecutive yea...Read on...

    Posted on: August 16, 2013

    Video News: Recovery program gives addicts new life, Tacoma Link celebrates 10 years, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 15.

  • Access to Recovery opens doors for addicts
  • Pierce County Council protects gun ranges
  • Puyallup puts moratorium on marijuana business
  • Tacoma Link celebrates 10 years
  • Pierce Transit switches to renewable natural...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: August 16, 2013

    37th Street Northwest boat launch on Wollochet Bay closed Aug. 19-23

    The boat launch on 37th Street Northwest on Wollochet Bay will be closed Aug. 19-23 while Pierce County rehabilitates the ramp.

    Pierce County crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington Department...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2013

    Turn lane to be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West

    A turn lane will be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West in University Place to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection. Construction will begin Aug. 15 and is expected to be complete in the beginning of September. Motorists should expe...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2013

    Section of 70th Avenue East to be reduced to one lane Aug. 17 for asphalt repairs

    The roadway along 70th Avenue East between the Interstate 5 overpass and Pacific Highway East near Milton will be reduced to one lane from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 so the roadway can be repaired and re-surfaced.

    Flaggers will be onsite to direct traff...Read on...

    Posted on: August 9, 2013

    Video News: National Night Out heals one community, planned power outage in Steilacoom, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 8.

  • Power outage planned for Steilacoom
  • Historic preservation grants help preserve local history
  • Puyallup celebrates National Night Out
  • Carwash kits help protect Puget Sound
  • University Place festival marks 18 years
  • Fa...
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    Posted on: August 8, 2013

    State urban forestry restoration project focuses on Swan Creek Park

    Invasive plants will be removed from Swan Creek Park and adjacent Pierce County property over the next few weeks as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Urban Forestry Restoration Project. Non-native invasive plants such as ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 7, 2013

    North Warren Street Bridge in Roy to be replaced; four-month closure starts Aug. 12

    The North Warren Street Bridge that crosses Muck Creek in Roy will be closed for four months starting Aug. 12 so the bridge can be replaced. North Warren Street will be closed between Water Street West and Cedar Street West during the work. Motorists will...Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2013

    Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

    A portion of the East Slope Walking Trail located near the north entrance of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place will close Aug. 7-15 so crews can install water and electrical utilities as part of the ongoing expansi...Read on...

    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

    The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “Against” statements for the Nov. 5, 2013 General Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

    Wilkeson, Proposition No. 1 – ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    Video News: Sales tax revenue could help bus riders, fundraiser supports domestic violence, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 1.

  • Sales tax revenue holds off Pierce Transit cuts
  • BBQ raises money for domestic violence victims
  • Cheney Stadium to host military career fair
  • Tacoma-Pierce County gets new brand
  • Team effort brings compa...
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    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    2013 Primary Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATESElection Day Aug. 6, Results at 8:15 p.m.Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Aug. 20 at 11 a.m.

    IMPORTANT NUMBERSTotal registered voters 445,760*
    Expected...Read on...

    Posted on: August 1, 2013

    Foothills Trail near Crocker Trailhead to close periodically due to levee maintenance

    The Foothills Trail near the Crocker Trailhead will close periodically Aug. 5 to Aug. 14 due to maintenance work on the Carbon River levee next to the trail. Pierce County crews will install large rocks weighing several tons as part of planned maintenance...Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2013

    County Council to consider protecting shooting ranges during Aug. 13 meeting in Orting

    The Pierce County Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that protects shooting ranges from noise and nuisance actions during an Aug. 13 meeting in Orting.

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

    Posted on: July 29, 2013

    Tacoma Narrows Airport runway rehabilitation complete

    The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened July 28 after being closed for 10 nights for the final phase of its rehabilitation. Crews grooved the runway for improved traction and applied final markings to the runway and connector taxiways....Read on...

    Posted on: July 26, 2013

    Countywide Stage 1 burn ban effective July 29

    Due to the continuing hot and dry weather, Pierce County Fire Marshal Warner Webb announced that a Phase One burn ban will be implemented at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 29.

    Beginning Monday morning, all burning permits are suspended and outdoor burning ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 25, 2013

    Video News: Fife celebrates widening of 70th Avenue, public boat ramps get an overhaul, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of July 25.

  • Fife celebrates widening of 70th Avenue
  • Word War II exhibit opens at Fife Museum
  • Council delays vote on moving County elections
  • Where will you be for National Night Out?
  • Facelifts for 8 public boat laun...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: July 25, 2013

    A Street KPS boat launch in Home open following ramp rehabilitation

    A Street KPS Boat Launch

    The boat launch on A Street KPS in Home reopened at 3 p.m. July 24 following Pierce County’s rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

    Crews replaced the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington Departm...Read on...

    Posted on: July 19, 2013

    Video News: Pierce County hosts the Aerospace Summit, U.S. Open hospitality sales begin, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of July 18.

  • Aerospace Summit focuses on workforce training
  • IT applications save taxpayer money
  • Creosote pilings removed off Chambers Bay
  • DuPont stabilizes firefighter staffing
  • Sumner approves transportation plan
  • U...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: July 18, 2013

    Tacoma Narrows Airport runway to close at night for final phase of rehabilitation

    The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor will be closed for 10 nights starting July 18 for the final phase of its rehabilitation. Crews will groove the runway for improved traction and apply the final markings to the runway and connector taxiway...Read on...

    Posted on: July 17, 2013

    Demand for worker training focus of 2nd Pierce County Aerospace Summit

    Pierce County can strengthen its place in the competitive aerospace supply chain if government, industry and education institutions collaborate to train workers to meet the growing demand around the world.

    That was the key message at the second annual ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 15, 2013

    Pierce County to host 2nd Aerospace Summit in July

    Pierce County’s second Aerospace Summit will offer valuable updates from experts in manufacturing technology and workforce training as the region continues its push for a larger stake in the global market.

    The summit, which features a presentation by ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 12, 2013

    Video News: Land use rules for marijuana, fly with the Fosdick Flyers, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of July 11.

  • Pierce County considers land use rules for marijuana industry
  • County elections could move to odd-years
  • New mobile app for voters
  • Muri appointed to 28th District
  • Energy challenge saves taxpayers mon...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

    mobile  app

    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings during floods, fires and other di...Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Workshop prepares businesses for the Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving closer to full implementation. Washington State has chosen to establish a Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and businesses (with less than 50 employees) can shop for insurance plans.

    Take t...Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2013

    Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

    South Fork image

    Pierce County expects to reduce flood risk along two sections of the Puyallup River with projects set for this summer.

    Construction has begun on a 2,000-foot-long side channel near Orting, and work on another project that will use engineered log jams t...Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2013

    Verizon Foundation awards grant for Family Justice Center services

    The Verizon Foundation has awarded $6,433 to the Family Justice Center Foundation Fund with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to fund mental health counseling and support groups for clients of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center. The Verizon Fo...Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2013

    Work starts in July on Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland

    Larchmont image

    Midland residents will see work start in mid-July on the nearly 17-acre Larchmont Wetland Reserve to reduce flooding in the surrounding neighborhood and provide habitat for wildlife and improve the quality of stormwater runoff.

    The Pierce County Publi...Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2013

    Hospitality sales begin for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) has opened corporate hospitality sales for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

    The U.S. Open will be conducted June 15-21, 2015, which includes three practice-round days a...Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2013

    2 week closure of A Street KPS boat launch in Home planned; ramp to be rehabilitated

    The boat launch on A Street KPS in Home will be closed July 15-26 while Pierce County rehabilitates the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    During...Read on...

    Posted on: July 5, 2013

    Chambers Bay 5K Challenge fits all ages and abilities

    Chambers Bay 5K Challenge

    Last year, 200 runners came out to tackle the Chambers Bay 5K Challenge. On July 20, this energizing fun run is back and better than ever.

    The race takes place along the Soundview Trail in Chambers Creek Regional Park, which offers some of the most b...Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

    A portion of the E Slope Walking Trail, near the north entrance to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, will temporarily close to the public.

    The closure will last from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 through 12:30 a.m. on Friday, July 12...Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    Video News: Questions answered about hosting the U.S. Open, new trend for property values, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of July 4.

  • Public meeting answers U.S. Open questions
  • County Council appoints District Court Judge
  • Valuations show property value increase
  • Cities to get 10% from flood control tax
  • Fife opens first farmers marke...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    County offices closed July 4

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

    Offices will reopen July 5.

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    PCTV airs U.S. Open presentation to County Council

    PCTV video

    If you missed last week’s U.S. Open presentation to the Pierce County Council, it can be viewed at various times on PCTV and online any time.

    The one-hour presentation on June 27 featured Danny Sink, the United States Golf Association’s on-site champ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    County Council appoints McCann, Muri to vacant seats

    The Pierce County Council filled two key vacancies in the community on Tuesday, July 2.

    First, the Council voted 7-0 to appoint Kevin McCann as a judge on the Pierce County District Court bench. McCann, who has served the county as a deputy prosecutor ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    County Council blocks pot industry until rules are ready

    The Pierce County Council unanimously voted Tuesday, July 2, to delay the start of the marijuana market until state licensing rules are set and the county adopts permanent zoning regulations.

    Last fall, Washington state voters approved Initiative 502, ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    Stay safe and legal this Fourth of July

    The Pierce County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds citizens to celebrate the Fourth of July safely.

    Last year, Pierce County hospitals treated 34 firework-related injuries, according to the Office of the Washington State Fire Marshal. Avoid serious injury...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

    Derelict Pile

    Portions of a public beach will close for about three weeks in July while Pierce County removes approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from the shoreline along Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.

    Work will begin July 8 at the south p...Read on...

    Posted on: July 1, 2013

    Emergency Management recommends 'cooling' centers to avoid excessive heat

    The National Weather Service has declared an excessive heat warning for the Puget Sound region until 11 p.m. Monday, July 1. The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as much as possible, and to check on...Read on...

    Posted on: July 1, 2013

    New project on 176th Street East begins in early July

    Construction work along 176th Street East from B Street East to 14th Avenue East in Frederickson will begin July 8.

    This project is one of several Pierce County projects to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion through the 176th Street East co...Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2013

    Film explores depths of what makes us who we are

    The Alzheimer’s journey is just another story – until it hits home. When Ann Hedreen’s mother began the battle with Alzheimer’s, it was only natural for the daughter – a professional filmmaker – to pick up her camera and tell the story with a mix of scien...Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2013

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

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

    Posted on: June 26, 2013

    Niagara Bottling, LLC to create jobs with new plant in Frederickson

    Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce County, Washington. This will be Niagara’s first site in the Pacific Northwest, jo...Read on...

    Posted on: June 24, 2013

    Pierce, Kitsap counties compete to cut costs in “Energy Challenge”

    Pierce County battled it out with Kitsap County to see which could reduce energy use the most in May. Both counties pitted their courthouses against each other in a friendly challenge to raise awareness about energy conservation, save taxpayer dollars, an...Read on...

    Posted on: June 24, 2013

    McMillin Bridge headed for Pierce County Register of Historic Places

    The state-owned McMillin Bridge, a historically significant structure spanning the Puyallup River near Orting, may not be long for this world if the state proceeds to tear it down. But Pierce County wants to make sure the bridge's future remains the subje...Read on...

    Posted on: June 21, 2013

    Video News: Aviation Special

    Pierce County News for the week of June 20.

  • Skills Center trains teens in carbon fiber
  • Aerospace industry impacts Pierce County
  • Thun Field Airport - historical spot for the community
  • JBLM first to get new Apache Helicopter
  • Tacoma Narrows Airp...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: June 20, 2013

    Parents arrested for hosting teen grad drinking party

    Acting on a tip last weekend, police went to an East Pierce County home early Sunday and arrested a couple for allowing their residence to be used for an after-graduation underage drinking party for their daughter.

    Upon obtaining a search warrant to s...Read on...

    Posted on: June 19, 2013

    Wings & Wheels back July 6 with aircraft, cars, motorcycles

    Wings and Wheels

    Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels returns to Tacoma Narrows Airport for its third year with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

    Wings & Wheels runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6 at the airport, located at 1202 26th Ave....Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    Tacoma Narrows Airport runway reopens after rehabilitation work

    Tacona Narrows Airport

    The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened June 16 following a 45-day rehabilitation. Crews reduced the width of the runway, added new signage, and repaved the runway, among other improvements.

    The runway will be closed from 8 p.m. to ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    County Council invites public to learn about 2015 U.S. Open preparations

    Why did the USGA pick Chambers Bay as the site of the 2015 U.S. Open?
    When can people register to volunteer? When do tickets go on sale?
    How will spectators get to the site?

    The public is invited to come hear answers to these and other questions ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    Learn about Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project at June 20 open house

    The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s replacement of the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland.

    The open house will be held June 20 run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Elmhurst Elementary School community room...Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2013

    Video News: How to sign up for health coverage, public meeting about the U.S. Open, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of June 13.

  • Port container business up 35%
  • Health Department to assist Affordable Care Act enrollment
  • Building codes changes take effect July 1
  • Progress on Foothills Trail missing link
  • Ferry schedule will affect Ju...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2013

    Crystal Judson Family Justice Center awarded Avon Foundation for Women grant

    The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $65,000 one-year grant to the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center in support of its Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program, which provides annual funding for 20 full-time coordinator positions in d...Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2013

    State urban forestry restoration project targets Spanaway Park

    The Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, enhances the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the health and functionality of trees ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2013

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few simple tips might save them thousan...Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2013

    Video News: New home construction is booming, jail faces pod closures, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of June 6.

  • Pierce County Jail to close pods, cut positions
  • Parkland to get new Sheriff's Precinct
  • Steve O’Ban appointed to State Senate
  • Sumner to replace two bridges
  • UP opens history museum
  • Building permits in new...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: June 6, 2013

    Get the facts about sun safety before summer arrives

    Even the Stone Age people knew the sun brought life on Earth and that is one reason they used to worship it. But the sun can both heal and destroy. Sunlight can be the kiss of life or death. It depends on the way we use it.

    Pierce County Aging & ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 3, 2013

    Executive McCarthy appoints Ginny Dale as HR director

    Ginny Dale

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced on Monday, June 3, she has selected Ginny Dale as director of the Human Resources Department.

    Dale has worked as a human resources professional and manager for the State of Washington since 1991. She serve...Read on...

    Posted on: June 3, 2013

    Workshop offers information and resources on Parkinson’s Disease

    Are you or someone you love living with Parkinson’s Disease? Learn the latest information on research, medication, and lifestyle changes that can improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones.

    Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources in col...Read on...

    Posted on: May 23, 2013

    Second round of Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan meetings scheduled for June 5

    Pierce County will hold its second set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on June 5.

    The county and stakeholders will discuss the airport’s inventory and aviation forecasts. Topics will include existing facilities and la...Read on...

    Posted on: May 31, 2013

    Video News: Legislation to help jail mental health, new restaurant at Narrows Airport, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 30.

  • Mental health legislation to help Pierce County Jail
  • 20 years of construction wraps on 112th Street East
  • Changes to Puyallup's water utility bill
  • Meet Pierce County Emergency Management's new director
  • Ta...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2013

    Advisory: Process for filling vacant Senate seat

    The process for appointing someone to the vacant 28th District Senate seat is governed by Article II, Section 15 of the Washington State Constitution.

    · Since Sen. Mike Carrell was a Republican, the County Central Committee of the Republican Par...Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2013

    Auditor announces 3-day filing period for open seats

    A special 3-day candidate filing period will be held June 5-7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. State law requires a reopening of the filing period when no one files for a position during the regular filing period.

    Declarations of Candidacy will be acc...Read on...

    Posted on: May 29, 2013

    Executive McCarthy’s statement about the passing of Sen. Carrell

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell:

    “Mike was passionate about public service. He worked hard to hold state government accountable for its spending and decisions, and he wa...Read on...

    Posted on: May 24, 2013

    Video News: Ride on the county's new patrol boat, campaign to stop Lake Tapps drownings, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 23.

  • Drownings trigger community action on Lake Tapps
  • Water safety for summer fun
  • Water rescue training for police and fire
  • New police boat tests the water in ferry drill
  • Officers ride for fallen in Police Un...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: May 24, 2013

    County offices closed May 27

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

    Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 28.

    Posted on: May 20, 2013

    Tyler Salsbury captures 48th annual Puget Sound Amateur

    Tyler Salsbury, preparing for his sophomore year at the University of Washington, posted a sterling 5-under 139 to win the 48th Annual Puget Sound Amateur by two shots over David Talcott, whose final round 69 wasn’t enough to catch the front-runner.

    N...Read on...

    Posted on: May 20, 2013

    Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22-29

    Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from May 22-29. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and the rider may be asked to postpone...Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

    The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the...Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Flemming, Figueroa elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

    Pierce County Councilmember Stan Flemming and University Place City Councilmember Javier Figueroa have been elected to leadership positions with the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on telecommunications issues and tele...Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    County Executive pleased as Sen. Conway's mental competency bill signed into law

    Jails in Pierce County face a backlog of inmates waiting for mental competency evaluations, creating additional pressure on already thin resources and in some cases threatening public safety. A bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee is designed to cut into that ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 16, 2013

    Video News: Active shooter drill, EnCon molds Seattle tunnel, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 16.

  • National events reflected in active shooter drill
  • Remembering fallen law enforcement officers
  • Changes to the dangerous animal ordinance
  • Pierce Transit to cut 84 staff
  • Seattle tunnel brings jobs, cem...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2013

    Seattle tunnel project creates jobs in Pierce County

    When the 1.8-mile SR 99 tunnel opens to traffic in 2015, it will rely on the strength of 1,450 precast concrete rings fabricated with pinpoint precision at a newly expanded plant in Pierce County.

    Dozens of community and business leaders gathered May 1...Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2013

    Responders from 21 emergency response agencies to participate in water rescue exercises

    On Thursday, May 16, 21 fire and police agencies will be conducting training exercises involving water rescues in the Puget Sound at Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom.

    The goal of the exercise is to evaluate both individual agency capabilities and t...Read on...

    Posted on: May 13, 2013

    Lake Tapps community and Cascade team up to promote Swimsafe, May 22

    With temperatures rising and beaches filling up, the Lake Tapps community and Cascade Water Alliance are taking steps to help swimmers and boaters who enjoy recreation on Lake Tapps and other area waterways stay safe this summer.

    “We remember all of ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Giving thanks for jurors who make important decisions in our community

    Several hundred Pierce County residents who were summoned to jury duty got special attention this week.

    The Pierce County Council joined Gov. Jay Inslee in proclaiming May 6-10 as “Juror Appreciation Week” to commend citizens for performing an importan...Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport to remain open until Sept. 30

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 10 the contract control towers at Tacoma Narrows Airport and 148 other airports will remain open until Sept. 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year 2013.

    The towers had been slated to cl...Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

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

    Applications must be registered...Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2013

    Video News: The White House honors Pierce County Library, tax breaks you should know about, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 9.

  • White House honors Pierce County
  • Juror Appreciation Week
  • Valley cities hold Volcano Awareness Month events
  • Taxes hit you hard? Consider these exemptions & deferrals
  • Beckonridge roadwork in UP to help...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Home Safe on Cinco de Mayo

    Police made over 198 DUI arrests in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties last weekend over the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Nearly eighty percent of the arrests were made in King and Pierce Counties.

    Over 50 officers, deputies and troopers participated in th...Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voter guide

    The Elections Division is seek individuals interested in writing an “Against” statement for the August 6, 2013 Primary Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following District:

    Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Candidate filing begins Monday, May 13

    Candidate filing begins Monday, May 13

    Candidate filing begins Monday, May 13 with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.

    Offices open for election this year include:
    • 26th Legislative District Senator – Files with the Office of the Secretary of Sta...Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Pierce County Library System to receive national medal

    In a White House ceremony this afternoon, May 8, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Pierce County Library System....Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Deadline looms to register for Puget Sound Amateur golf championship

    Puget Sound Amateur poster

    Local golfers are preparing to test their skills against the top amateurs in the region at the 48th annual Puget Sound Amateur, to be held May 18-19 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course and Chambers Bay.

    Players will compete in a 36-hole stroke play format for...Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Emergency Management wins top award for school safety program

    Pierce County Emergency Management’s school emergency preparedness program was just awarded the Exemplary National School Safety Program Award for innovative training in local schools. The ‘Pierce County All Hazards Emergency Preparedness Training Program...Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2013

    Video News: Link Light Rail heading south, Sumner's gettting a new YMCA, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 2.

  • Sound Transit Link headed further south
  • Runway construction starts at Tacoma Narrows
  • Pierce County addresses food waste
  • Community Gardens Summit this week
  • Sumner to get YMCA
  • Zoo opens new Stingray Cove
  • ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2013

    Homeowners invited to May 8 workshop on septic system maintenance

    Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412 165th St. S in Spanaway.

    “The workshop ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Cops step-up Cinco de Mayo DUI and liquor enforcement

    As communities throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties bring out their sombreros and Mariachi guitars in anticipation of the coming Cinco de Mayo weekend, law enforcement is making its own plans.

    Beginning on Saturday, May 4, local, county and ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Turn off, unplug and scale back: Pierce County challenges Kitsap County over energy reduction

    May 1 marks the kickoff of Pierce County’s courthouse energy reduction challenge against Kitsap County.

    We are going head-to-head with Kitsap County’s courthouse campus to see which building can save the most energy over the next 31 days. In support o...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate Puget Sound during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

    Organizations in Pierce County and across Western Washington are hosting a variety of events to teach residents simple ways they can protect Puget...Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2013

    Video News: Tribute to victims of crime, Crystal Judson Family Center needs your help, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of April 25.

  • Special exhibit honors crime victims
  • 10th anniversary of Brame shooting: how DV services have changed
  • Save the date: Drug Take Back Day
  • Data shows Tacoma air pollution is improving
  • Personal art of chil...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2013

    Pierce County to work on reducing all waste, not just food waste

    Pierce County will use findings from its recent research on food waste management to develop tools and programs to cut 10 percent from the waste disposal stream over the next five years.

    Pierce County will focus on overall waste reduction, create a vol...Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2013

    Intersection at 176th Street East and 22nd Avenue East to close this weekend

    The intersection at 176th Avenue East and 22nd Avenue East in Frederickson will close for construction at 9 p.m. Friday, May 3 and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, May 6.

    Crews will excavate the existing roadway, place crushed rock, and pave the intersection. ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2013

    Let the Remann Hall plant sale add some color to your life

    Come visit the Friends and Servants Greenhouse project, a partnership between the YMCA and Pierce County Juvenile Court. Youth are given an opportunity to work off community service hours. In the process they develop a good work ethic, learn gardening ski...Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2013

    Executive McCarthy elected president of Puget Sound Regional Council

    SEATTLE - Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth planning in a thriving four-county region.

    McCarthy, serving her second term as County Executive, was elected on Thu...Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2013

    Council schedules in-district meetings in 3 communities

    The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Graham, North Tacoma and Parkland as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

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

    Posted on: April 23, 2013

    Our CASAs are Superheroes

    L to R- Carrie Appling, Rebekah Vaughan, Maureen Sorenson, and Amber Hasler

    Pierce County Juvenile Court hosted its annual themed volunteer appreciation luncheon on Saturday, April 20, to recognize CASAs for the work they do for our county’s most vulnerable children. In addition, seven CASAs were honored for outstanding contribut...Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2013

    Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

    Car wash fundraisers can be a great way to raise money, but the soap and pollutants that run off the vehicles can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
    Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car wash fundraiser by checking out...Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2013

    Executive McCarthy hails State Farm decision as latest sign of region’s economic vitality

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding State Farm’s announcement on April 19:

    “Pierce County welcomes State Farm’s decision to open an Initial Loss Reporting center in downtown Tacoma. This follows Amazon’s recen...Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    PCTV earns 2 EMMY nominations

    Pierce County TV, which manages government access programming for the county and six of its cities and towns, has earned two EMMY nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Winners will be announced on June 15, 2013.

    "P...Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Video News: New transit service in Pierce County, major I-5 ramp closure, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of April 18.

  • Beyond the Borders brings transit to rural Pierce County
  • WSDOT to close 38th southbound mall exit
  • Don’t Drip and Drive free car inspections
  • Sumner Council honors marching band
  • Inclusive Play at the Chi...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Turn in unused or expired medicines on April 27

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug "take back" day on Saturday, April 27.

    This one-day event will...Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Runway rehabilitation at Tacoma Narrows Airport starts April 29

    Pierce County will rehabilitate the runway and four adjacent connector taxiways at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor this spring and summer to improve surfaces, add new features and meet federal aviation standards for the airport’s size.

    Work will...Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Birthday party leads to 24 underage drinking arrests

    A Party Intervention Patrol on April 6 coordinated by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force resulted in the arrest of 24 youth, ages 18-21, for minor in possession.

    Included among the arrested youth was a female who was taken to j...Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2013

    Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

    Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

    “Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the environment,” said Pierce Coun...Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Motorists should take action so they “Don’t Drip and Drive”

    Pierce County motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

    Every year, hundreds of tons of oil and other petroleum-relat...Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Executive McCarthy selects Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

    Lowell Porter

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced Monday, April 15, she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his 30-plus years of experience in public safety will help ensure the region remains prepared for anythi...Read on...

    Posted on: April 12, 2013

    Milroy Bridge over Puyallup River to close April 17 for inspection

    The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River at 66th Avenue East and River Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 17 to allow crews to perform a detailed structural inspection and general maintenance. Motorists should use an alternative route ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2013

    Work on Wollochet Drive NW resumes April 15

    Construction work along Wollochet Drive NW near Gig Harbor will resume on April 15 following a winter work suspension.

    Pierce County is constructing two projects along Wollochet Drive NW: the first between East Bay Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW, and t...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

    People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and patterns come to the surface. ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

    Sprinker ice rink

    Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

    The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011. The remodel consisted of upgradi...Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2013

    FAA delays closure of contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport until June 15

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor until June 15.

    The tower is one of 149 contract control towers slated to close this spring as the...Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2013

    Video News: Schedule your court hearing online, shoreline rules for waterfront property, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of April 4.

  • District Court offers online scheduling
  • Shoreline rules could affect waterfront property
  • County Council addresses foreclosed homes
  • Pierce County saves $1 million in energy costs
  • Puyallup Farmer’s Market...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Pierce County team receives Open Government Award

    A team of Pierce County employees who redesigned part of the county's website to make it much easier for citizens to access public records were honored Wednesday, April 3, by the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

    It was the second time in three...Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Community Cafe's will help guide services in Pierce County

    Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) will host a series of three Community Cafés to help draft the 2014-2015 Area Plan Update. The Area Plan is used as a guide for planning and funding programs and services that can best serve older adults and...Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2013

    Exporting creates jobs and profits

    With 95 percent of potential customers living outside the United States, exporting goods and services makes great sense and can add significantly to a firm’s bottom line.

    The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the World Trade Center Taco...Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2013

    Board of Equalization alternate member vacancy

    Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy for an Alternate Member on the Pierce County Board of Equalization. The seven-member board hears appeals from taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value of their properties as determined by the Assesso...Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2013

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 8

    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 April 8, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applicatio...Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2013

    Video News: The Bomb Squad called to the Port, Tacoma Narrows will lose its tower, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 28.

  • Port of Tacoma hosts multi-agency bomb drill
  • County airport to lose FAA control tower during runway project (UPDATE: On April 5, a week after this story aired, the FAA delayed the closures until June 15 w...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2013

    District Court now offers self-scheduling for infraction hearings

    People who need to schedule infraction hearings with Pierce County District Court can now do so online without having to wait on the phone or at the public counter.

    Developed by District Court with support from Pierce County’s Information Technology De...Read on...

    Posted on: March 26, 2013

    Candidate workshop set for April 3

    Calling all election candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s annual candidates’ workshop is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C, Tacoma, WA 98409.

    “Our goal in...Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2013

    Foothills Trail users can discuss impacts from upcoming construction April 6

    Pierce County is inviting feedback from Foothills Trail users and neighbors on how a summer construction project along the Puyallup River near McMillin may impact them.

    Construction on a new side channel on the west side of the river will begin in Jun...Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2013

    Universal Design Workshop shows how to stay at home

    People buy homes to suit their practical needs – kids, hobbies, interests, neighborhoods and more. But those needs invariably change over time. In order to stay in a home and enjoy the benefits, careful thought has to be put into making the home livable f...Read on...

    Posted on: March 22, 2013

    FAA to close contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor will close this spring as the FAA implements the budget sequestration.

    On March 22, the FAA notified Pierce County, which operates the airport, th...Read on...

    Posted on: March 22, 2013

    Video News: Grant program gives the gift of heat, Chambers Bay makes some changes, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 21.

  • Health officials concerned about your survey results
  • Pierce County thanks 500 volunteers
  • Grant program gives the gift of heat
  • Chambers Bay shows off hole changes
  • Arts program expands in University Plac...
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    Posted on: March 21, 2013

    Pierce County lowers flags in memory of former Governor and Executive Booth Gardner

    Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered that flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in memory of former Gov. Booth Gardner, who passed away last Friday. State flags will remain at half-staff until close of business on Saturday, March 30 or firs...Read on...

    Posted on: March 19, 2013

    Agencies to hold counter-terrorism exercise at Port of Tacoma March 22

    A number of local, state and federal agencies will participate in a simulated improvised explosive device (IED) exercise at the Port of Tacoma on Friday. There will be two scenarios along the Blair Waterway where IEDs will be discovered and disposed of.
    ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 16, 2013

    Executive McCarthy's statement on the passing of Booth Gardner

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the passing of Booth Gardner, a former County Executive and Governor:

    "It is with a heavy heart that we say good-bye to one of Pierce County's favorite sons. We have only had ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 14, 2013

    Video News: Tacoma Narrows could lose its tower, companies are moving to Pierce County, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 14.

  • Tacoma Narrows could lose control tower
  • EDB says business climate seeing up tick
  • Fife's 70th Avenue would connect with 167 extension
  • Job fair to help 60% unemployed young adults
  • Tiger cubs reunite afte...
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    Posted on: March 7, 2013

    Video News: Major companies moving to Pierce County, 3D technology available soon, and more

    Top stories on Pierce County News for the week of March 7.

  • EDB says major companies moving to Pierce County
  • Bills in Olympia could help Pierce County
  • Milgard Center to get 3D mammograms
  • University Place opens Harbor Greens grocer
  • Puget Sound Amat...
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    Posted on: March 7, 2013

    Free special needs transportation expands in rural Pierce County

    Connector image

    Community Connections is expanding special needs transportation in rural Pierce County. The “Beyond the Borders Connector,” a four-month pilot project, provides eligible riders with a link to services in rural communities. The transportation program is ad...Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2013

    Sequestration may close FAA contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor may close as the FAA implements the budget sequestration. This proposed tower closure is one of many that could occur at airports around the country. ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2013

    Forum offers tips for businesses to combat cyber crime

    Leaders in combating cyber crime and business identity theft will talk about trends and solutions for local companies at a forum on March 20 in Lakewood.

    The forum, jointly sponsored by the Economic Development Departments of Pierce County and the City...Read on...

    Posted on: March 4, 2013

    Going to – and leaving – the hospital takes planning

    A stay in the hospital used to be a pretty simple thing. Patients went in when they were sick and left when they were better. Today, a hospital stay is much more complicated. Patients leave the hospital with ever more complicated conditions.

    Hospital ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 28, 2013

    Video News: JBLM shows off new attack helicopter, what a new flood plans means for you, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 28.

  • JBLM first to get new Apache
  • Council passes flood plan
  • Property taxes Q&A
  • The secret's out, flying is affordable
  • Daffodil Court visits Council
  • The 20-minute newscast is produced by PCTV and can be se...Read on...

    Posted on: February 21, 2013

    Video News: County's newest K-9 cop, cyber crime targets small businesses, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 21.

  • Cyber criminals target small businesses
  • See the County's newest K-9 cop
  • Understanding your property taxes
  • Mild winter saves snow-fighting money
  • Deputies to ride in Police Unity Tour
  • The 20-minute new...Read on...

    Posted on: February 21, 2013

    Apply for a landmarks preservation grant by April 15

    The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts.

    Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-re...Read on...

    Posted on: February 20, 2013

    Auditor’s Office seeks appointment of voter pamphlet “Against” committee members

    The Pierce County Auditor's Elections Division is seeking individuals interested in writing “Against” statements for the April 23, 2013 Special Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following Districts:

    • Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 18...Read on...

    Posted on: February 19, 2013

    Property tax payment envelopes missing return address

    Pierce County property tax statements that were mailed last week are missing one small element - the county's return address on the payment stubs.

    Not to worry, though. The envelopes provided with the property tax statements are imprinted with a bar co...Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    County offices closed Feb. 18

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of President’s Day.

    Offices will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 19.

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    Celebrate completion of Key Center crosswalk Feb. 27

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a new crosswalk in Key Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Key Center Fire Station No. 46, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway KPN.

    Pierce County installed a new mid-...Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    Video News: What has the SWAT team in Puyallup, long lines for concealed pistol licenses, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 14.

  • SWAT teams train at flooded house
  • Pierce Transit OK's some weekend service
  • The cost of future transportation
  • Long lines for concealed pistol licenses
  • Changes in Social Security
  • The 20-minute newscast...Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    New compactors reduce waste and increase efficiency at Pierce County facilities

    Image of solar trash can

    In an ongoing effort to support sustainability and resource conservation, Facilities Management has installed solar powered trash compactors and recycling units at two Pierce County facilities.

    The units are powered by a solar panel, which utilizes a ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2013

    Free composting classes teach how to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this spring. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

    "These classes are a great way to learn about the two kinds...Read on...

    Posted on: February 8, 2013

    Olympians Rachael Flatt and Ben Agosto join local skaters in ice show

    The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2013 ice show, "Reflections on Ice – ONCE Upon A Dream."

    This professionally choreographed figure skating show will be held Feb. 8-...Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Video News: How public safety handles mental illness, landlords say "no" to smokers, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 7.

  • Deputies encounter more mental illness in the field
  • Sewer plant expansion about to start
  • What makes Pierce County boater-friendly
  • $1.2 million for wood stove program
  • Plans for 94th in Puyallup
  • The 20-...Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Flood-prone house to be used for SWAT training exercise Feb. 8

    A flood-prone house owned by Pierce County will be used for a Tacoma Police Department SWAT team training exercise Feb. 8 before it is ultimately demolished by county crews and returned to a natural floodplain.

    The SWAT team will practice various tacti...Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Preventing cyber crime and identity theft at your business

    All businesses are encouraged to attend this business forum on Wednesday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW in Lakewood.

    Sponsored by the Pierce County Economic Development Department & a...Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management; water quality; storm drainage plan...Read on...

    Posted on: February 1, 2013

    "Drive sober or get pulled over" Super Bowl weekend

    Be sure to plan a safe ride home this weekend. The Target Zero Teams in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will be out this Super Bowl weekend looking for impaired drivers.

    “Football fans look forward to spending the day with family and friends watc...Read on...

    Posted on: January 31, 2013

    Film explores Alzheimer’s from the inside

    One of every eight people over 65 years has Alzheimer’s. Over half of all families are touched by Alzheimer’s. There is no cure for the disease. But there is hope.

    “HOPEless” is a special showing of two documentary films produced by HBO. “The Memor...Read on...

    Posted on: January 28, 2013

    Jobs float in, SR 520 pontoons float out: Tacoma pontoon construction boosts local economy

    Six more pontoons are complete for the new State Route 520 floating bridge. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor joined state and local leaders in Tacoma today, as Washington State Department of Transportation crews began float-out of the second cycle of ...Read on...

    Posted on: January 23, 2013

    Learn about wastewater treatment plant expansion at Jan. 31 open house

    The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The open house will run from 5 to7 p.m. on Jan. 31, at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. W...Read on...

    Posted on: January 23, 2013

    Learn the ins and outs of Medicaid

    Health care costs continue to climb. Many people presume that in one way or another Medicare and/or Medicaid will pay for care, especially long term care.

    Medicaid, a program financed jointly by the federal and state governments, provides medical care ...Read on...

    Posted on: January 18, 2013

    County offices closed Jan. 21

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

    Offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 22.

    Posted on: January 18, 2013

    Fruit Tree Steward Program kicks off

    Tacoma’s first Fruit Tree Steward Program begins this February. The Pierce County Gleaning Project and the Tacoma/Pierce County Community Gardens are excited to announce this six part series focused on organic fruit tree care, designed for beginners. From...Read on...

    Posted on: January 16, 2013

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center will host an additional presentation of “Social Security After Retirement” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Pierce County Soundview Building, 3611 S. D Street in Tacoma, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    The wo...Read on...

    Posted on: January 15, 2013

    4 County Council members start terms

    The Pierce County Council opened its 2013 work on Tuesday, Jan. 15, by welcoming the return of one member and adding three new faces.

    Joyce McDonald (District 2) took the oath of office after winning a second four-year term last November. The Council t...Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2013

    Pierce County to update master plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport

    Pierce County will update the master plan for the Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW) in Gig Harbor in 2013.

    The county and stakeholders will evaluate potential alternatives and determine how best to meet the community’s long-term development needs so that f...Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2013

    Sustainable landscaping workshop offered for landscape professionals

    Landscape professionals looking to incorporate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance into their business are invited to attend a Pierce County workshop on sustainable landscaping in February.

    The "Sustainable Landscaping - Pri...Read on...

    Posted on: January 11, 2013

    18th annual Fantasy Lights sets record for ticket sales

    Fantasy Lights

    The 18th annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park dazzled thousands of visitors traveling through the park in more than 25,800 vehicles. The event brought in a record $325,801 in ticket sales.

    The Northwest's largest drive-through holiday lights show, Fa...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2013

    Volunteers Needed to conduct Pierce County's annual homeless survey

    The Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County. The annual survey – which is in i...Read on...

    Posted on: January 8, 2013

    District Court elects Maggie Ross as Presiding Judge

    The Judges of the Pierce County District Court have elected Maggie Ross as Presiding Judge for the next two years.

    Judge Ross has served on the District Court bench for 15 years. She began her judicial career as a Commissioner in the Court and served i...Read on...

    Posted on: January 3, 2013

    Pierce County wins national environmental award

    Pierce County recently won a national environmental award for its “Raise the Grade” stream health and stormwater technical assistance programs.

    The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented Public Works and Utilities’ Surface Water Manag...Read on...

    Posted on: January 3, 2013

    3 Superior Court judges to be sworn in Jan. 4

    Three newly elected Pierce County Superior Court judges will have their joint swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Jan. 4.

    The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. A r...Read on...

    Posted on: January 2, 2013

    Workshop offers guidance for aging parents of children with disabilities

    Parents of children with a life-long developmental disability, chronic illness or mental health condition often face a lifetime of challenges, successes, sorrows, and joys.

    But what happens when aging parents develop their own medical and cognitive d...Read on...

    Posted on: December 26, 2012

    Auditor seeks volunteers to write "against" statement for Puyallup schools measure

    The Puyallup School District No. 3 has placed a $279.6 million General Obligation Bond on the Feb. 12, 2013 Special Election ballot for capital improvements and construction. Read the Resolution and ballot title.

    The Puyallup School District No. 3 has ...Read on...

    Posted on: December 24, 2012

    Treecycle your Christmas tree

    As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

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

    Posted on: December 21, 2012

    Auditor seeks appointment of voter pamphlet “against” committee members

    The Tacoma School District No. 10 Neighborhood School Improvements and Safety Upgrades $500,000,000 General Obligation Bond will be on the Feb. 12, 2013 Special Election ballot. Read the Resolution and ballot title.

    The Tacoma School District No. 10 ...Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    Pierce County employees celebrate the holidays by giving to the community

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    Employees from throughout Pierce County gave back to the community this holiday season with a variety of fun holiday activities.

    Planning and Land Services collected $550 (22 - $25 gift cards) for this year’s Adopt-A-Family program.

    Pierce Count...Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    McCarthy takes the oath of office for 2nd term

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    County Executive Pat McCarthy officially took the oath of office on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 for her second term that begins next month.

    McCarthy was re-elected in the Nov. 6 General Election. The oath was administered by her husband, Superior Court Jud...Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    County receives grants to fund salmon recovery projects

    Pierce County will receive nearly $1.1 million to improve and protect salmon habitat.

    The grants were awarded to the county and other local organizations by the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved more than $19 million for salmon reco...Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2012

    Pierce County Ferry schedule to change in 2013

    A variety of changes to the Pierce County Ferry sailing schedule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

    A total of seven service changes were made using input from the community. The changes include new runs, shifted run times, canceled runs, and changes to...Read on...

    Posted on: December 17, 2012

    Fitness instructor job opportunity with Parks & Recreation

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the position of a part time fitness instructor to lead fitness classes at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place. The Fitness Instructor is a highly motivated person with outstandi...Read on...

    Posted on: December 13, 2012

    Graham horse owner charged with animal cruelty

    Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged John Diller, 69, with ten counts of Animal Cruelty in the Second Degree for failing to properly care for his horses.

    “We are holding the owner accountable for cruelty to the animals,” said Prosecut...Read on...

    Posted on: December 12, 2012

    Holiday revelers can get a free ride home instead of a DUI

    The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, in partnership with the Pierce County Tower’s Association and Aloha Cab Company, is kicking off its holiday Home Safe Bar Program to keep would-be impaired drivers off the road.

    Beginning this...Read on...

    Posted on: December 4, 2012

    See Santa land at Thun Field, Dec. 9

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    Spencer Aircraft’s Annual Santa Fly-in is back from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Pierce County Airport-Thun Field, 16709 103rd Ave. Ct. E., Puyallup.

    Santa will be on hand for photos and candy canes will be served.

    Please support the Emergen...Read on...

    Posted on: December 3, 2012

    County selects Tracy Guerin as deputy director of Budget & Finance

    Tracy Guerin, a top manager of Washington State government, has been selected as the deputy director of the Pierce County Budget and Finance Department.

    "Tracy brings extensive experience in the major services provided by the county and will hold ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 30, 2012

    Council to hold Dec. 4 meeting in Northeast Tacoma

    The Pierce County Council will hold its Dec. 4 regular meeting in the Northeast Tacoma area as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

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

    Posted on: November 30, 2012

    New date: Friday Family Movie Night changed to Dec. 14

    Pierce County’s Movie Series event featuring the movie “Arthur Christmas” has been moved to Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

    Pre-registration for the original date (Dec. 7) will be honored on the new date. The Parks and Recreation event will run from 6:30 to 8...Read on...

    Posted on: November 28, 2012

    Extended hours to provide easy access to licensing, passport services

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will extend licensing and passport service hours for four days in December.

    Here are the dates:
    • Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.• Friday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m....Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2012

    County's energy conservation guidelines put practice into policy

    Pierce County has adopted an energy conservation policy to lower operating costs and conserve energy at all county-owned buildings.

    The new policy contains a background of Pierce County’s sustainability goals for energy conservation, as well as guidin...Read on...

    Posted on: November 26, 2012

    Council to hold Nov. 27 meeting in Summit/Midland

    The Pierce County Council will hold its Nov. 27 regular meeting in the Summit/Midland area as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

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

    Posted on: November 21, 2012

    County offices closed Nov. 22-23

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Offices will reopen Monday, Nov. 26.

    Posted on: November 20, 2012

    Online upgrades make building permits faster and easier

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    Before you apply for a permit to build the ultimate man cave, you can now check online to see how many people are waiting in line at the Pierce County Development Center.

    That’s one of several online improvements launched by Planning and Land Services ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 16, 2012

    Fantasy Lights Walk is Sunday, Nov. 18

    Kick off the holiday season this Sunday, Nov. 18 with a sneak, non-motorized preview of the 18th annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park.

    This is the only opportunity to walk through the Northwest's largest drive-through holiday lights display. The walk...Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2012

    New websites boost Pierce County's online services

    Pierce County has launched a major redesign of three websites that significantly upgrades the public's ability to stay informed about programs and services.

    The sites, launched on Nov. 18, offer new tools and features that improve the user experience, ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 15, 2012

    Companionship job opportunity with Parks & Recreation

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the position of team leader in the Peninsula School District within the Companionship Program.

    The Companionship Program provides recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals of ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 14, 2012

    County Council adopts responsible, balanced budget for 2013

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Nov. 13, to adopt a "responsible and fiscally sound" budget for 2013 that reduces general-government spending.

    The budget, approved on a 7-0 vote, did not include a cost-of-living adjustment for employ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 8, 2012

    Learn how to prepare for retirement at upcoming workshop

    Retirement is everyone's goal. But a successful retirement takes proper planning. How people plan during the last 2-5 years of work before retirement can make a world of difference. "Retiring Soon? Prepare!" provides the tools and resources that...Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Celebrate start of treatment plant expansion with Nov. 15 groundbreaking

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the start of construction on the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the plant, located at 10311 Chambers Creek Road W in Univer...Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    County seeks applications for community grants

    Pierce County is soliciting applications for $800,000 in federal grants aimed at improving living conditions in lower income areas.

    The grants will be offered to nonprofit, public and government agencies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De...Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Council ready to approve 2013 budget on Nov. 13

    The Pierce County Council is set to approve a 2013 budget that trims spending while protecting core public safety services.

    In public meetings on Nov. 5-6, the Council voted to make a number of adjustments to the budget proposal submitted in September ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 6, 2012

    Celebrate completion of stormwater pond with ribbon cutting Nov. 14

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a stormwater pond in the Fir Ridge neighborhood south of Bonney Lake.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the property located on the northeast corner of 112th ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 1, 2012

    Annual job sector survey: make your business voice heard

    Thursday Nov 01 2012 12:18 PM

    The Job Sector Survey is a cooperative project led by economic development organizations in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

    It is an annual, one-of-a-kind tool that provides an on-the-ground assessment of ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2012

    Party's over for 18 Fife and Bonney Lake youth

    Tuesday Oct 30 2012 12:28 PM

    An underage drinking party last Saturday night (Oct. 27) in the Bonney Lake area resulted in the arrests of 18 youths for minor in possession of alcohol.

    The youths, primarily 17- and 18-year-olds from Fife, were report...Read on...

    Posted on: October 29, 2012

    Workshop prepares families for difficult conversations

    Monday Oct 29 2012 11:42 AM

    The holidays bring families together. It's a chance to catch up and share news. But it's also a chance to check up on older relatives and other loved ones who may be at risk.

    "Breaking the Ice" is an information...Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    Pierce Transit boundary changes prompt voter calls

    Anxious voters are calling the Pierce County Auditor's Office because Pierce Transit Proposition 1 does not appear on their ballots.

    "Some voters think they have been issued the wrong ballot, but they have forgotten that Pierce Transit's boundary ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    County selects Jennifer Joly to lead government relations

    Monday Oct 22 2012 2:23 PM

    Jennifer Joly, an experienced policy advisor for the Washington Legislature and the Governor's Office, has been selected as head of government relations for Pierce County.

    Joly was selected by a panel of county officials t...Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    Making the Link 2012 provides links to services for disabled and older adults

    Most older adults and people with disabilities want to remain in their own home. Knowing about available resources in the community and how to access them is one of the best things that people can do for their loved ones.

    Making the Link 2012 offers t...Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    County selects Jennifer Joly to lead government relations

    Jennifer Joly, an experienced policy advisor for the Washington Legislature and the Governor's Office, has been selected as head of government relations for Pierce County.

    Joly was selected by a panel of county officials that included Executive Pat McC...Read on...

    Posted on: October 18, 2012

    Partners preserve 120-acre farm near Orting forever

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    Pierce County Executive, Pat McCarthy addresses the crowd. 1/3A 120-acre property will forever remain as a farm and habitat thanks to another successful public-private partnership in the Puyallup River Valley.

    Pierce County, the PCC Farmland Trust and ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2012

    Petition filed for return of seized horses

    Tuesday Oct 16 2012 12:47 PM

    Animal owner John Diller filed a petition for the return of the 39 horses in Pierce County District Court. The Pierce County Auditor's office was served with a copy on Oct. 15. A hearing date has been scheduled for Nov. 1, ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 15, 2012

    Pierce County burn ban lifted

    Monday Oct 15 2012 1:17 PM

    In light of the recent rains and the forecast for continued precipitation, the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau lifted the countywide burn ban as of noon on Monday, Oct. 15.

    The lifting of the fire safety burn ban doe...Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2012

    County Council sets hearings for 2013 budget

    Monday Oct 15 2012 12:51 PM

    The Pierce County Council will hold at least eight public hearings over the next two weeks to ask questions and discuss key spending areas before it adopts a 2013 budget.

    The Council will start its Committee of the Whole ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2012

    Video news: Lifesaving signs on West Pierce lakes, how residents can help victims of DV, and more

    Friday Oct 12 2012 12:13 PM

    Pierce County News top stories for the week of Oct. 11:

    • Lakewood Sounder service starts
    • Council Members tour water quality sites• Lifesaving signs go up on West Pierce lakes
    • Domestic Violence awareness month – i...Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2012

    Touch A Truck award results in

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    More than 2,500 people flocked to Sprinker Recreation Center last month for the 5th annual Touch A Truck event, which gave kids of all ages the chance to get up close with trucks of all shapes and sizes.

    Participants were asked to vote on their favorit...Read on...

    Posted on: October 10, 2012

    Tacoma Fire hosts CPR Sunday, Oct. 14

    Wednesday Oct 10 2012 1:12 PM

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Sunday is an annual community event offered free-of-charge to anyone interested in learning the basic lifesaving skills of CPR. On Sunday, Oct. 14, citizens are invited to learn the fund...Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2012

    Section of Artondale Drive NW to close overnight for paving

    Wednesday Oct 10 2012 9:08 AM

    A section of Artondale Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 to 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 as part of an area road construction project.

    Artondale Drive NW will be closed from Wollochet Drive...Read on...

    Posted on: October 10, 2012

    Youth build Tooth Brush Robots to solve environmental issues

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    Wednesday Oct 10 2012 8:58 AM

    More than 1,000 Pierce County youth will join millions of students across the country Oct. 10 to participate in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge experiment. Youth will discover how real life engineers use robots to help solve env...Read on...

    Posted on: October 8, 2012

    PCTV wins 12 national awards

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    Monday Oct 08 2012 2:05 PM

    Pierce County Television, which provides information and transparency for local governments, was recently recognized in 12 award categories by a national industry association.

    PCTV's awards included recognition for two of ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 5, 2012

    Senior advocates host Pierce County Legislative Candidate Forum

    Friday Oct 05 2012 3:22 PM

    Candidates for the State House and Senate representing Pierce County's Legislative Districts 2, 25 and 27 will participate in a citizen forum on Monday, Oct. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Puyallup United Methodist Church, ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 5, 2012

    Free composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

    Friday Oct 05 2012 10:34 AM

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County's free composting classes this October and November. One class will focus on yard waste, and the second will focus on food waste. ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 5, 2012

    Workshop helps family caregivers manage difficult behaviors

    Friday Oct 05 2012 9:11 AM

    Managing the behavior of a family member with dementia can be a harrowing task. Communicating with a person with dementia can be distressing for everyone. Wandering behaviors, especially as the winter months come along, becom...Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2012

    Voter registration deadline fast approaching

    Wednesday Oct 03 2012 3:33 PM

    To vote in the upcoming presidential election you first must be registered.

    Saturday, Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote or change your address by mail. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked on or befor...Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2012

    Emergency Operations Center Open House, Oct. 13

    Open House

    Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is hosting its 2012 Open House/Winter Weather Preparedness Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature indoor presentations and activities (including a children's acti...Read on...

    Posted on: October 4, 2012

    Public invited to help high school club install rain garden Oct. 13

    Pierce County residents are invited to help Curtis High School's Environmental Club install a rain garden on the school's campus in University Place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 13. The rain garden will be installed off of 40th Street W between buildings 200...Read on...

    Posted on: October 2, 2012

    Preventing and coping with brain injury is key

    Tuesday Oct 02 2012 10:45 AM

    Adults and children have something in common. They are both very susceptible to brain injury. The impact of any kind of brain injury – concussion, TBI, acquired brain injury – may have long lasting consequences.

    "Br...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    Public can donate to help care for 39 seized horses

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 4:00 PM

    Offers of help are pouring into the Pierce County Auditor's Office as Animal Control officers wrap up seizing 39 horses amid an investigation of neglect.

    "Responding to people's compassion and generosity is almost a...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    72nd Street KPS boat launch near Long Branch open following ramp rehabilitation

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 9:57 AM

    The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch reopened at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 following Pierce County's rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

    Crews replaced the existing ramp structure with concrete...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    DUI Patrol and Home Safe Bar Program hits Tacoma streets

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 9:56 AM

    Pierce County's Target Zero law enforcement team dedicated to reducing the number of people killed by impaired drivers is headed for Tacoma the weekend of Sept. 29.

    The team has arrested more than 2,500 impaired drivers ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    39 horses being seized from Graham property

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:57 PM

    Pierce County Animal Control officers are in the process of seizing 39 horses this morning from a property in the area of the 30800 block of Meridian East.

    Animal Control officers served a search warrant this morning in...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    Sheriff's cadets perform well at academy

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:54 PM

    Eight members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Cadet Program performed well at the week-long Washington Law Enforcement Exploring Advisors Academy.

    Pierce County sent seven cadets to the Basic Academy and one to the Advan...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    Pierce County wins national, international award

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:53 PM

    Pierce County Emergency Management and Information Technology won both a national and international awards competition for its new Damage Assessment Mobile Application. The International Association of Emergency Managers (...Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Executive proposes spending less on general government in 2013

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy proposes spending less on general government services in 2013 than is budgeted for this year.

    The Executive's 2013 budget proposal makes strategic cuts in most departments to achieve a $1.6 million reduction in the ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Cascade, Lake Tapps Community Council announce 2012/13 lake levels

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 11:37 AM

    In 2009, the Lake Tapps Community Council and Cascade Water Alliance established long term agreements ensuring consistent, seasonal lake levels every year. The following is the annual 2012/13 winter and spring lake level an...Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Rebuilt Chambers Creek fish ladder to open Sept. 27

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 11:32 AM

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the newly rebuilt fish ladder on the Chambers Creek dam when it opens Sept. 27, just in time for the fall salmon run.

    The repairs allow the reopening of the second fish l...Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    County receives $13 million low-interest state loan for treatment plant expansion

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 10:00 AM

    Pierce County's Public Works and Utilities department applied for and received a low-interest state loan for the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.

    The $13 million loan will supplement ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Books, e-books, movies, homework help all free with Pierce County Library card

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 9:58 AM

    During Pierce County Library System's sixth annual library card drive—Oct. 1-31, get a free library card and enter to win a Kindle Fire HD.

    "This library is very necessary," said Amanda Love, mother of six and ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Sound Transit Ribbon Cutting invite, Oct. 6

    Monday Sep 24 2012 11:48 AM

    Sound Transit would like to invite you to a three-station celebration Saturday, Oct. 6 as they launch Sounder train service to Lakewood and South Tacoma! They'll have free train rides and fun activities for the whole family ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Purchasing Forum connects businesses with area agencies

    Monday Sep 24 2012 10:04 AM

    Looking to do business with governments?

    Meet purchasing agents from local, state, federal and other public agencies at the Great Pierce County Purchasing Forum.

    Exhibitors include Pierce County, City of Tacoma, Port...Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Update: NW partners to help wounded warrior visit home

    Monday Sep 24 2012 9:35 AM

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this announcement erroneously said the flight already occurred. This version contains updates throughout to show the flights are scheduled for Sept. 27-28.

    Army Soldier Jeremy Sawyer wa...Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs volunteers sought

    Friday Sep 21 2012 10:29 AM

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking new members to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set a...Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    5-day closure of 72nd Street KPS boat launch planned

    Friday Sep 21 2012 10:25 AM

    The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch will be closed Sept. 24-28 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington...Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    Aviation Exploring Post established for interested teens

    Friday Sep 21 2012 10:16 AM

    Teens and young adults interested in aviation are invited to attend a kick-off meeting for a new Aviation Exploring Post being established in Pierce County.

    The meeting will be held Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Pavco Flight...Read on...

    Posted on: September 20, 2012

    Workshop focuses on holistic retirement planning

    Thursday Sep 20 2012 1:15 PM

    Retirement is everyone's goal. But good retirement takes good planning. And it isn't all about money either. How people plan during the last two to five years of work before retirement can make a world of difference. "...Read on...

    Posted on: September 18, 2012

    Free homeowners workshops focus on stormwater systems

    Tuesday Sep 18 2012 9:57 AM

    Pierce County residents who live in communities with homeowners associations are invited to attend a workshop on how to maintain and protect their stormwater systems.

    The free workshops, offered by Pierce County Public W...Read on...

    Posted on: September 17, 2012

    Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 22

    Monday Sep 17 2012 1:07 PM

    The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. citizenship ceremony at the Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th Street, Tacoma on Sept. 22.

    Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are observed in September to commem...Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Shifting focus of caregiving on the caregiver

    Friday Sep 14 2012 9:12 AM

    Caregivers are great at taking care of their loved ones – spouse, parents, children, neighbors. But some caregivers rarely get a break from their daily routines of meal preparation, personal care, medication management, docto...Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Help yourself and the environment: turn in unused, expired medicines

    Friday Sep 14 2012 8:52 AM

    The public is encouraged to safely dispose of unused or expired medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug "take back" day on Saturday, Sept. 29.

    This event will provide free, anonym...Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Online resource now includes information about pollution in shellfish beds

    Friday Sep 14 2012 9:04 AM

    The public can now access Pierce County's quarterly shellfish bed sampling results for Filucy Bay, Rocky Bay and Burley Lagoon via the county's online system that provides information about the health of waterways in Pierce C...Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2012

    Executive to accept national recognition for Foothills Trail

    Thursday Sep 13 2012 9:04 AM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will officially accept national recognition for the Foothills Trail at the Pierce County Trail Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

    Randy King, superintendent of Mount Rainier National P...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2012

    Pierce County seeks comments on proposed sewer regulation changes

    Wednesday Sep 12 2012 5:18 PM

    All customers of the Pierce County Sewer Utility are invited to provide feedback on proposed updates to county regulations that deal with Sewer Utility operations. Suggested changes include bill payment clarifications and ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2012

    McCarthy announces start of Sounder service to Lakewood and South Tacoma

    Wednesday Sep 12 2012 2:15 PM

    Sound Transit announced today that Sounder commuter rail service to South Tacoma and Lakewood will begin Monday, Oct. 8.

    To celebrate the start of service, Sound Transit will hold a public ribbon-cutting event on Saturd...Read on...

    Posted on: September 10, 2012

    Classic Car and Truck Show set for Sept. 29 at Sprinker

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    Monday Sep 10 2012 10:24 AM

    1/2Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 10th annual Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 29.

    Hours for the free spectator event are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 500 cl...Read on...

    Posted on: September 7, 2012

    Ferry crew rescues kayaker

    Friday Sep 07 2012 8:10 PM

    The Pierce County ferry crew rescued a man from his kayak on Thursday, September 6, after the kayak capsized near the Steilacoom ferry dock.

    The kayaker was spotted in the water by ferry workers around 9:50 a.m. as the fe...Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2012

    Traffic engineer to represent west in Institute of Transportation Engineers

    Thursday Sep 06 2012 8:44 AM

    Pierce County Traffic Engineer Rory D. Grindley, P.E., has been confirmed as the Western District Administrator of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a professional association of more than 17,000 transportati...Read on...

    Posted on: September 4, 2012

    Export Forum focuses on creating jobs and profits

    Tuesday Sep 04 2012 8:42 AM

    With 95 percent of potential customers living outside of the United States, exporting goods and services makes business sense and can add significantly to a firm's bottom line.

    The Pierce County Economic Development Depar...Read on...

    Posted on: August 30, 2012

    Caregiver/Newscaster headlines Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference

    Thursday Aug 30 2012 4:00 PM

    Well-known newscaster Connie Thompson will headline the 2012 Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference for Pierce County. Thompson has been a long-time news anchor and currently produces and presents daily consumer segments for KOMO...Read on...

    Posted on: August 29, 2012

    Celebrate completion of Canyon Road East projects at ribbon cutting Sept. 6

    Wednesday Aug 29 2012 10:15 AM

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of Canyon Road East corridor road projects from State Route 512 to 176th Street East.

    The ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Sept. 6 at 3 p.m....Read on...

    Posted on: August 23, 2012

    “All Things Medicare” workshops detail 2013 Medicare changes

    Thursday Aug 23 2012 3:31 PM

    Medicare coverage changes every year. Everyone's needs are different so beneficiaries have to stay on top of annual changes to make Medicare work best for them.

    "All Things Medicare" will provide a comprehensi...Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2012

    County releases final environmental impact statement for proposed flood plan

    The Final Environmental Impact Statement for Pierce County's proposed Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan was released August 22. The statement evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the plan, as well as two alternative approaches.

    The flood...Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2012

    Auditor announces mandatory recounts

    Wednesday Aug 22 2012 9:56 AM

    Pierce County will conduct mandatory recounts in the race for Pierce County Council District No. 4 and to determine the new Precinct Committee Officer in a Fife precinct.

    The recount will begin Thursday, Aug. 23 at 9 a....Read on...

    Posted on: August 21, 2012

    Citizens salary commission sets monthly meeting schedule

    Tuesday Aug 21 2012 2:15 PM

    The Pierce County Citizens Committee on Salaries for Elected Officials, which held its first meeting last month, will meet monthly through the end of the year.

    The commission's regularly scheduled meetings will be held th...Read on...

    Posted on: August 15, 2012

    Heat advisory: Options for staying cool

    Wednesday Aug 15 2012 3:22 PM

    Due to the high temperatures expected this week, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16-17. Residents in Pierce County can seek relief from the heat by visiting loc...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2012

    Wall Street upgrades, affirms Pierce County's strong bond ratings

    In moves that reflect confidence in Pierce County's fiscal management, two leading Wall Street ratings agencies gave the county high marks on bonds that will be invested in projects to make the region safer and better prepared to handle population and job...Read on...

    Posted on: August 9, 2012

    Change to Pierce County election results release schedule for Aug. 9

    The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 7 p.m. today instead of 4 p.m. You can find results online at www.piercecountywa.org/results or in person at the Election Center located at 2501 South 35th Street, in Tacoma.

    The Audit...Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2012

    Pierce County announces an additional results release for Wednesday, Aug. 8

    Wednesday Aug 08 2012 2:22 PM

    The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 4 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. You can find results online at www.piercecountywa.org/results or in person at the Election Center locat...Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2012

    McCarthy announces start of track testing for Sounder extension to Lakewood

    Sound Transit announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the start of rail and signal testing on more than eight miles of new track for its Sounder commuter rail extension to Lakewood.

    Crews began running Sounder test trains up to 40 miles per hour from Freightho...Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2012

    Pentagon approves $5.7 million for Freedom Bridge improvements

    Monday Aug 06 2012 4:15 PM

    The Pentagon has approved a $5.7 million grant for the City of Lakewood to improve the Freedom Bridge overpass, which will alleviate congestion and improve public safety for people accessing Madigan Army Medical Center.

    Th...Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2012

    Residents invited to comment on food waste collection options

    Nearly one-third of Pierce County's waste is food, making it the largest category of material entering our landfill.

    In 2010, the county began exploring how to manage and reduce food waste, and is now asking for the community's input via a series of p...Read on...

    Posted on: August 3, 2012

    Extra day needed to complete rehabilitation of Hall Road boat ramp

    Friday Aug 03 2012 4:30 PM

    Pierce County will reopen the boat launch on Hall Road in Vaughn at 3 p.m. Aug. 4 after crews complete a rehabilitation of the boat ramp. The boat launch was closed on July 30 for the work.

    The county is replacing the exis...Read on...

    Posted on: August 3, 2012

    Pierce County Fair offers free document shredding Aug. 4

    Friday Aug 03 2012 3:22 PM

    Identity theft can cost you thousands of dollars, damage your credit and credibility, and leave you with a feeling of vulnerability.

    On Saturday, Aug. 4, the Pierce County Fair and its partners at Cintas Document Managemen...Read on...

    Posted on: August 1, 2012

    Pierce County breaks ground on Energy Star-certified housing

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    Wednesday Aug 01 2012 3:31 PM

    With one ceremonial dig in an empty lot, County Executive Pat McCarthy kicked off construction of a new community in Pierce County - The Woods at Golden Given. Volunteers, contractors and community partners will now begin ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 27, 2012

    Boeing market outlook highlights first Pierce County Aerospace Summit

    Boeing predicts the global market will need 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, and Pierce County aerospace suppliers can help the company compete for that business by finding ways to work faster while providing a safe, efficient and reliable pro...Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2012

    Section of 112th Street East reopens ahead of schedule

    The section of 112th Street East between Fruitland Avenue East and Woodland Avenue East that was closed June 25 for a road construction project reopened July 30---five days ahead of schedule.

    Crews lowered the road by as much as five feet and installed...Read on...

    Posted on: July 25, 2012

    Paralytic shellfish poison closes beaches

    Wednesday Jul 25 2012 1:22 PM

    Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in shellfish samples collected from the Day Island, Point Defiance, Wollochet Bay, and Hale Passage areas of Pierce County. As a result, the Washington St...Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2012

    Peninsula transfer station to accept household hazardous waste

    Starting in July, Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula residents can drop off their household hazardous waste at the Purdy Transfer Station in Gig Harbor free of charge on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. The transfer station is located at 14515 54th...Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2012

    Frontier Park Playground ribbon cutting, July 10

    Frontier Park Playground

    The new Frontier Park Playground, made possible by local students and Graham community members, will open on Tuesday, July 10 with a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

    The remodeled playground is 5,800 square feet and features...Read on...

    Posted on: June 29, 2012

    Pierce County Auditor answers questions about Aug. 7 primary election

    If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you're not alone.

    Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 is Election Day. On July 12, 2012, every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters' Pamphlet. On July 20, 2012 the Auditor will mai...Read on...

    Posted on: June 28, 2012

    Wire theft and vandalism cost Pierce County $8,865

    Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along a half-mile of county road at 38th Street and 192nd Street in Frederickson after discovering two separate incidents of wire theft and vandalism.

    The repair work cost the count...Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2012

    UPDATED: Tips, laws and other info for a safe July 4th celebration

    Wednesday Jun 27 2012 10:36 AM

    Editor's note: updates to delete reference to a City Blast show in Puyallup and Orting fireworks show

    In 2011, the Pierce County Fire Marshal's Office reported that 24 fires and 27 injuries in Pierce County were caused...Read on...

    Posted on: June 25, 2012

    Liberty Ridge Elementary students win $500 for disaster preparedness

    Liberty Ridge

    Monday Jun 25 2012 4:53 PM

    Shyleen Richardson and Alyssa Currier, students at Liberty Ridge Elementary in Sumner, claimed a $500 prize for their school's disaster preparedness efforts. Hundreds of students throughout the Puget Sound competed in a draw...Read on...

    Posted on: June 14, 2012

    Pierce County wins awards for online improvements

    Pierce County has won two national awards for creating online tools that streamline the building permit process and improve the management of electronic records in the criminal justice system.

    The National Association of Counties Achievement Awards wil...Read on...

    Posted on: June 14, 2012

    Property value notices to be mailed June 22

    The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer's office will begin mailing notices of value for most residential and commercial properties in Pierce County on June 22.

    The notices provide taxpayers with their assessed values as of Jan. 1, 2012. Those values are...Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2012

    Wings & Wheels to feature cool aircraft, cars and music

    Wings and Wheels

    Wednesday Jun 13 2012 10:32 AM

    Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels is back for its second year with airplane fly-bys, a meet and greet with pilots, airplane and helicopter rides, displays, a car show, a motorcycle show and more.

    Wings & Wheels runs f...Read on...

    Posted on: June 12, 2012

    County engineer elected to national board

    Engineer

    Tuesday Jun 12 2012 3:07 PM

    Pierce County Engineer Brian D. Stacy, P.E., has been elected to serve a two-year term as the Western Regional Vice President for the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Board of Directors.

    "This is a gr...Read on...

    Posted on: June 8, 2012

    McCarthy re-elected vice president of Puget Sound Regional Council

    Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown has been re-elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been re-elected Vice President. The vote took place today at the agency's annual meeting of its General Assem...Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2012

    Pierce County to host aerospace summit in July

    Thursday Jun 07 2012 9:18 AM

    There are more than 80 firms in the aerospace supply chain in Pierce County, and their industry is changing rapidly due to increased global demand for commercial air travel and a highly competitive marketplace.

    That's wh...Read on...

    Posted on: June 4, 2012

    Tour de Pierce Pre-Registration Deadline June 8

    Monday Jun 04 2012 12:41 PM

    Since 1990, bicyclists from all over the Northwest have participated in the annual Tour de Pierce bike ride. This year's June 24th event will include 12-, 30- and 50-mile marked routes. The 12-mile route is designed for fami...Read on...

    Posted on: June 6, 2012

    Mount Rainier lahar losses could reach $6 billion or more in Puyallup Valley

    Wednesday Jun 06 2012 11:08 AM

    A new report from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) estimates that a volcanic mudflow (known as a lahar) from Mount Rainier could produce property losses of up to $6 billion to communities in the ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 1, 2012

    Juvenile Court advocates host author of book on foster care

    Friday Jun 01 2012 3:52 PM

    Author Jake Dekker will speak and sign copies of his important book that chronicles the path of a boy who was abandoned at infancy, beaten and tortured at 5, placed in foster care at 7 and - against all odds - adopted at 10 i...Read on...

    Posted on: May 31, 2012

    Feds add Foothills Trail to National Recreational Trail system

    The popular Foothills Trail, which winds through East Pierce County from Puyallup to Buckley, is among 54 trails around the country that are joining the National Recreational Trail system.

    Two federal officials - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar a...Read on...

    Posted on: May 31, 2012

    Sign up for Junior Golf Program at Fort Steilacoom

    Thursday May 31 2012 8:00 AM

    A first-rate Junior Golf Program that provides basic instruction on the game's fundamentals is moving to Pierce County's Fort Steilacoom Golf Course.

    The program starts June 25 and will be held every Monday morning in a...Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2012

    Road project earns award for using pervious concrete

    Road Project.jpg

    Wednesday May 30 2012 4:23 PM

    Pierce County has won an award for a pilot project that used pervious concrete for the first time on a county road as a means of helping to control flooding.

    The first place "Excellence in Concrete Construction&q...Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2012

    Pierce County to practice for the Big One

    Pierce County Emergency Management and its partners will participate in a multi-county earthquake exercise from June 5-6.

    More than 22 Pierce County cities, towns, departments and organizations will exercise their emergency response plans to a "p...Read on...

    Posted on: May 25, 2012

    Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

    Friday May 25 2012 12:10 PM

    Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car wash fundraiser by checking out a fish-friendly car wash kit. The kits are available at several Pierce County locations.

    The kits keep soap, oil and othe...Read on...

    Posted on: May 23, 2012

    Larson fires sizzling 67 to capture first Puget Sound Amateur golf title

    Wednesday May 23 2012 11:58 AM

    Craig Larson from Tacoma Firs Golf Center came from one shot back to capture the 47th Puget Sound Amateur by four shots over first-round leaders Alex Williams of West Seattle and Bryan Jan of Chambers Bay.

    Larson's tw...Read on...

    Posted on: May 22, 2012

    County assists with conservation of forested wetland in Puyallup

    Thanks to funding from the Pierce County Conservation Futures Program, Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and the City of Puyallup conserved 8.66 acres of forested wetlands in southwest Puyallup.

    Forterra negotiated the sale of the property ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 21, 2012

    Spanaway fourth-graders paint 2 county snow plows

    Painted snow plows

    If you see a string of mittens or a cart-wheeling Santa Claus headed down the street during the next snowfall, you don't need new glasses.

    These scenes were painted on two of Pierce County's snow plows on May 17 by fourth graders at the Elk Plain Schoo...Read on...

    Posted on: May 18, 2012

    Steilacoom ferry terminal reopens May 22 following remodel

    The Steilacoom ferry terminal will reopen May 22 following a remodel inside and out. The terminal, located at 56 Union Ave. in Steilacoom, closed Jan. 4 for the work.

    "I think our ferry patrons will be pleased with the results and enjoy spending t...Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2012

    Sheriff's Department attends national Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony

    Thursday May 17 2012 9:50 AM

    A message from Sheriff Paul Pastor:

    "Last night, along with about 50,000 other people, I attended the Candlelight Vigil and Posting of Names at National Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony in Washington D.C. I was the...Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2012

    Learn how to start or grow business at South Sound Business Fair

    Tuesday May 15 2012 3:17 PM

    The Pierce County Economic Development Department, along with local, state and federal participants, will staff a resource table at the South Sound Business Fair in Orting next month.

    The fair will be held June 9, 2012 at...Read on...

    Posted on: May 14, 2012

    Learn about potential improvements to Steilacoom Terminal ferry loading lanes

    Monday May 14 2012 9:29 AM

    The public is invited to learn about potential improvements to the ferry loading lanes at the Steilacoom Terminal during a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St. in Steilacoom. Publi...Read on...

    Posted on: May 3, 2012

    Wright added to memorial for fallen deputies

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department held a ceremony on Thursday, May 3, to add Deputy Shandon Wright's picture to a memorial for fallen deputies.

    A ribbon bearing Wright's name was also added to the Sheriff's Department flag. The ceremony was atten...Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2012

    Choose a safe ride home this Cinco de Mayo weekend

    Wednesday May 02 2012 4:13 PM

    Extra DUI patrols will be out across King, Pierce and Snohomish counties this Cinco de Mayo weekend. Thirty-three local law enforcement agencies, the Washington State Liquor Control Board, and the Washington State Patrol h...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Plant sale benefits juvenile offender program

    Tuesday May 01 2012 2:33 PM

    With spring in full bloom, flowers and plants grown by juvenile offenders will be on sale every Friday and Saturday at Remann Hall.

    The annual plant sale - featuring annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and veggie starts ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Several Pierce County farmers markets open this week

    Tuesday May 01 2012 12:07 PM

    Celebrate the arrival of spring and this season's first bounty with the opening of several Pierce County farmers markets. After six long months in hibernation two markets will open the first week of May.

    The 6th Avenue M...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Pierce County residents encouraged to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

    Tuesday May 01 2012 11:18 AM

    Celebrate tourism and why tourism matters with the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau [TRCVB] and the 2012 Pierce County Tourism Ambassadors during the 29th annual National Travel + Tourism Week.

    Throughout Tou...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Findings of JBLM Community Needs Survey released

    Tuesday May 01 2012 9:49 AM

    The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) just released findings of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Community Needs Survey. This is the first time the local community and JBLM officials have collaborated to r...Read on...

    Posted on: April 30, 2012

    Peak season ferry rates take effect May 1

    The Steilacoom II

    Monday Apr 30 2012 4:42 PM

    The Steilacoom II 1/1Peak season fare rates apply starting Tuesday, May 1, for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Peak season runs from May 1 to Sept. 30.

    Walk-on passenger ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2012

    Sound Transit adopts McCarthy, Enslow proposal to save bus route

    New ST Express Route 596 will enable agency to continue serving Sounder riders from Bonney Lake, Buckley and Enumclaw

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors today unanimously approved creation of a new Sound Transit bus route between the Bonney Lake Park...Read on...

    Posted on: April 30, 2012

    April showers bring more than May flowers

    Did you know that runoff flows over hard surfaces like parking lots, picking up pollutants along the way? Most runoff is not treated before it travels into our streams, rivers, lakes and Puget Sound.

    Since this is the last week of Pierce County Sustain...Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2012

    Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 3

    Thursday Apr 26 2012 12:39 PM

    Pierce County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be honored at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the McGavick Student & Conference Center at Clover Park Te...Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2012

    Rainier Country earns EMMY nomination

    A Pierce County TV (PCTV) video production has been nominated for a Northwest Regional EMMY by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    The news magazine show Rainier Country was nominated for its 2011-12 winter edition, which features an...Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2012

    Celebrate Puget Sound in May

    Wednesday Apr 25 2012 9:23 AM

    Communities across Western Washington will celebrate Puget Sound with family-friendly activities and educational programs during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

    "Puget Sound is a treasure that belongs to ever...Read on...

    Posted on: April 24, 2012

    More plastic recycling options for Pierce County residents

    Tuesday Apr 24 2012 4:08 PM

    Pierce County residents can now recycle additional plastic items. Plastic jars, tubs and buckets can be added to curbside recycling carts. Examples include yogurt and sour cream containers, plastic salsa jars, and kitty litt...Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    Flood insurance premiums lowered thanks to new FEMA flood rating for Pierce County

    Monday Apr 23 2012 10:55 AM

    Pierce County has earned a new flood rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of its floodplain management activities. The new rating means that unincorporated Pierce County residents living in ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    McCarthy, Enslow propose saving commuter bus route for Bonney Lake Sounder riders

    Monday Apr 23 2012 9:02 AM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow today announced a proposal for Sound Transit to preserve bus service between the Bonney Lake Park-and-Ride lot and the Sumner Sounder Station. The new service,...Read on...

    Posted on: April 20, 2012

    Juvenile Court volunteers honored

    Friday Apr 20 2012 11:37 AM

    Volunteers who help abused and neglected children navigate the court system were honored at Pierce County Juvenile Court's annual appreciation luncheon on April 14.

    The event recognized the important work done by Court Ap...Read on...

    Posted on: April 20, 2012

    Council schedules district meetings in 3 communities

    Friday Apr 20 2012 9:37 AM

    The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Lakebay, Puyallup and Spanaway as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-Cit...Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2012

    Pierce County expands popular Puget Sound Amateur to 2 golf courses

    Thursday Apr 19 2012 4:46 PM

    This spring's annual Puget Sound Amateur, one of the top golf championships in the Northwest, will span two days over two of Pierce County's most popular public courses.

    The 47th Annual Puget Sound Amateur will take pl...Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2012

    Pierce County's sustainability efforts save $1.3 million

    Thursday Apr 19 2012 12:28 PM

    Pierce County saved more than $1.3 million in 2010 and 2011 by reducing its use of energy, water, fuel and office supplies, according to its second Annual Sustainability Index.

    The report, issued April 19 by the Pierce ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2012

    Pierce County to host Parks Appreciation Day events at 2 parks

    More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to get their hands dirty for Parks Appreciation Day this Saturday, April 21.

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation will be among 16 jurisdictions and organizations hosting clean-ups at 43 sites from 9 a.m. to noon. ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2012

    Ethics Commission schedules special meeting

    Tuesday Apr 17 2012 11:15 AM

    The Pierce County Ethics Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

    The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Library's Swasey Br...Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2012

    County helps convert Orting funeral home into food bank

    Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:19 PM

    Say good-bye to candelabras and flower stands. Today, the rooms of the former Power's Funeral Home in downtown Orting are lined with shelves and bins of food, fruits and vegetables. The new Orting Food Bank is open for bus...Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2012

    Chambers Bay goes gas-free for a day to celebrate Earth Day

    Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:09 PM

    It takes a lot of equipment and fuel to mow and maintain a 250-acre golf course like Chambers Bay. But on April 22 - Earth Day - not an ounce of gas will be used to maintain the course.

    Chambers Bay Superintendent David...Read on...

    Posted on: April 10, 2012

    Warner Webb selected as Pierce County fire marshal

    Tuesday Apr 10 2012 2:42 PM

    Warner Webb will assume the lead role in the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau on April 16, where he currently serves as a fire inspector.

    He came to Pierce County from the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office, where ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2012

    Rethink and re-energize your habits on cleaning and trash

    Monday Apr 09 2012 11:13 AM

    Many Pierce County employees are in the midst of spring cleaning. As you clear out your closets and tackle the paper piles on your desk at work, you may already be thinking about the three "Rs" - reduce, reuse and ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2012

    Lake Tapps at full recreational level

    Thursday Apr 05 2012 11:50 AM

    Cascade Water Alliance announced today that the water level in Lake Tapps has officially reached full recreational pool of 541.5 feet. Over the next week, the lake level will increase to approximately 542 feet and Cascade ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2012

    Turning in unused or expired medicines makes everyone safer

    Thursday Apr 05 2012 9:34 AM

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug "take back" day on Satu...Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Airport commissions to discuss technology and economic impact

    Friday May 04 2012 12:54 PM

    The public is invited to a joint meeting of the two advisory commissions that represent the Pierce County-owned airports near Puyallup and Gig Harbor.

    The May 10 meeting features presentations about aviation in Pierce Cou...Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2012

    Preservation grant applications now available

    Thursday Apr 05 2012 2:35 PM

    The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the 2012-13 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts in the Pierce County.

    Requests for grants up t...Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Daffodil Festival royalty visits County Council

    Wednesday Apr 04 2012 2:54 PM

    Members of the Daffodil Festival's 2012 royal court visited the Pierce County Council yesterday to mark the 79th year that the festival has heralded the coming of spring to Pierce County.

    Councilmembers heard from princ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Pierce County saves big on energy - you can too

    Wednesday Apr 04 2012 12:38 PM

    Pierce County is celebrating Energy Conservation Week by helping you conserve energy at work and home.

    Here's what to expect this week:

    Energy Conservation GiveawaysPierce County is partnering with Tacoma Public ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2012

    Pierce County's 'Biggest Losers' cut energy consumption

    Pierce County has reduced energy use by 12.4 percent since 2009, saving taxpayers $858,000.

    Staff in three Pierce County buildings have done exceptionally well with reducing energy and will receive the "Biggest Energy Loser" award for 2011. ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2012

    County adopts strategy to prevent catastrophic flooding

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, April 3, to create a flood district that protects lives, homes, businesses and the entire regional economy from a catastrophic loss.

    On a 5-2 vote, the Council approved the creation of a Flood Control Zone Distr...Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2012

    Report highlights performance audit findings

    The Pierce County Performance Audit Committee has released its 2011 Annual Report, which focuses on Juvenile Court, the Criminal Justice Dashboard, Human Resources and natural resource lands management.

    "Performance audits provide our citizens goo...Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2012

    Auditor to host annual candidate workshop, April 5

    Friday Mar 30 2012 9:31 AM

    With election season upon us, the Pierce County Auditor's Office annual candidate's workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th Street...Read on...

    Posted on: March 20, 2012

    $6.95 million secured for I-5 interchange analyses near JBLM

    Tuesday Mar 20 2012 12:55 PM

    Commuters are a step closer to seeing traffic relief along the corridor serving Joint Base Lewis-McChord thanks to $6.9 million provided by the Washington Legislature.

    The funding, contained in the transportation budget ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 19, 2012

    Read with a Daffodil princess

    Monday Mar 19 2012 3:05 PM

    Enjoy storytime with Daffodil Princesses on Saturday, March 24 at various libraries throughout Pierce County. The princesses will read stories, talk with the children, be available for photos and have a special gift for all o...Read on...

    Posted on: March 16, 2012

    137 Pierce County volunteers honored

    Longtime 4-H leader Cathy Swenson will be honored as the Volunteer of the Year during the 34th annual Pierce County Volunteer Recognition Brunch on Saturday, March 17.

    Swenson has volunteered with 4-H for nearly 50 years. She has led the clothing proje...Read on...

    Posted on: March 14, 2012

    Councilman Roach schedules 2 Town Hall meetings

    Wednesday Mar 14 2012 2:45 PM

    Pierce County Councilman Dan Roach will hold two Town Hall meetings this month to discuss the proposed Flood Control Zone District and other local topics of interest.

    The District 1 councilman will hold meetings:

    Wed...Read on...

    Posted on: March 8, 2012

    County Executive's statement regarding port's growth

    Thursday Mar 08 2012 3:10 PM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the news about three shipping companies selecting the Port of Tacoma as their port-of-call:

    "The Port of Tacoma plays a major role in our...Read on...

    Posted on: March 8, 2012

    DUI patrol watching for St. Patrick's Day revelers

    Thursday Mar 08 2012 9:40 AM

    For drinking drivers, it will take more than a four-leaf clover to avoid a DUI this St. Patrick's Day.

    Officers, deputies and troopers from Pierce County law enforcement agencies will team up Saturday, March 17 to appre...Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2012

    President Obama approves disaster declaration for winter storm response

    Tuesday Mar 06 2012 12:13 PM

    Gov. Chris Gregoire thanked President Obama for his timely approval of a disaster declaration for public infrastructure damages and emergency response costs in 11 Washington counties suffered during January's severe winter ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2012

    Free job fair for students and those with developmental disabilities

    Tuesday Mar 06 2012 11:54 AM

    Job seekers and students with disabilities can attend a free conference called "Tools 4 Success" to help prepare them for their job searches and employment.

    The half-day employment and technology conference wil...Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2012

    Thieves steal life saving fire equipment

    Monday Mar 05 2012 12:08 PM

    Last week, during routine inspections, the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau discovered a number of missing fire department connections that are typically found next to, or on the outside of business structures. After fur...Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2012

    Workshop focuses on financial security for women

    Monday Mar 05 2012 11:35 AM

    At first glance, it may be difficult to believe that women's financial needs are all that different from men's. However, women face unique challenges that translate to different financial needs.

    "Women's Guide to Fi...Read on...

    Posted on: March 2, 2012

    Craig Adams, Meagan Foley appointed to Court Commissioner posts

    Craig Adams, the longtime legal advisor to the Pierce County sheriff, has been appointed as a Superior Court Commissioner.

    The appointment marks a return to the bench for Adams, who served as a Court Commissioner for two years during a career that incl...Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    County Council to meet in Frederickson

    Wednesday Feb 29 2012 10:43 AM

    The Pierce County Council will hold its March 6 meeting in Frederickson.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, holds at least one meeting a year in e...Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    Pierce County releases plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards

    Draft Environmental Impact Statement for plan also available

    Pierce County on Feb. 29 released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated floodplains over the next 20 years.

    ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 28, 2012

    Lake Tapps to be refilled mid-March

    Tuesday Feb 28 2012 11:33 AM

    The following is the 2012 Lake Tapps Spring Refill Update from Cascade Water Alliance and the Lake Tapps Community Council:

    Cascade will begin the spring refill of Lake Tapps as early as March 12 with the goal of having ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 27, 2012

    Medical Examiner earns national certification

    The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office has received national accreditation, ranking it among the best death investigation facilities in the United States.

    "This certification is a measure of quality assurance," said Dr. Thomas B. Clark I...Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Last chance for free storm debris disposal

    Friday Feb 24 2012 9:27 AM

    Sunday, Feb. 26 is your last chance to dispose of storm debris of any size for free at select Pierce County transfer stations.

    Hidden Valley17925 Meridian Street ESeven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

    Purdy1451...Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Executive taps Dennis Hanberg as planning director

    Citing his vast experience in the private and public sectors, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected veteran planning manager Dennis Hanberg to lead the Department of Planning and Land Services.

    Hanberg has worked as an environmental health ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Gov. Gregoire requests federal disaster declaration for winter storm damage

    Friday Feb 24 2012 11:24 AM

    {Forwarded in the community interest by the Department of Communications}

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked President Obama to declare a federal disaster area in 11 Washington counties for damages and emergency response costs...Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Executive co-sponsors light-rail plan for Federal Way

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors on Feb. 23 unanimously approved an amendment to the agency's 2012 budget to provide $24.3 million in additional funding for establishing a shovel-ready plan to extend light rail from South 200th Street to the heart of ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 17, 2012

    Free storm debris disposal ends Feb. 26

    Friday Feb 17 2012 3:58 PM

    If you have put off cleaning up after the January snow and ice storm, time is running out to take advantage of free storm debris disposal. Pierce County's program will wrap up on Sunday, Feb 26.

    More than 15,000 tons of d...Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Council endorses E-Verify; opposes state legislation

    Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:37 PM

    The Pierce County Council is sending a message to the Washington Legislature: Don't take away the county's ability to protect local jobs for legal residents, said Councilmember Dick Muri.

    The seven-member Council voted un...Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Youth violence prevention experts needed

    Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:09 PM

    Money is available from Pierce County's Department of Community Connections for organizations to develop Youth Violence Prevention Programs.

    Community Connections recently announced the Request for Proposals that address...Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Pierce County receives $450,000 for Puyallup River flood study

    Pierce County announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $450,000 to continue studying strategies to address significant flooding issues along the Puyallup River.

    Known as the Puyallup River General Investigation, the study is a six-year, coo...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2012

    Chambers Bay named America’s Top Municipal Course by LINKS Magazine

    LINKS Magazine's recently published list of the Top Municipal Courses in the United States ranks Chambers Bay No. 1. The links-style course, owned by Pierce County and managed by KemperSports Management since 2007, hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur and is prep...Read on...

    Posted on: February 2, 2012

    Jozef Sabovcik and local figure skaters featured in Feb. 10-12 ice show

    Jozef Sabovcik.jpg

    Thursday Feb 02 2012 2:53 PM

    The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2012 ice show, "Reflections on Ice - Celebration, the Next Generation."

    This professionally choreog...Read on...

    Posted on: January 30, 2012

    Big crowd enjoys Sprinker ice rink's opening day

    Sprinker Ice Rink

    More than 400 skaters of all ages and abilities tried out Sprinker Recreation Center's new-and-improved ice rink on Jan. 28, which opened to the public after an eight-month renovation.

    County Executive Pat McCarthy cut the ribbon by driving the Zambon...Read on...

    Posted on: January 12, 2012

    Project LOCATE: New program finds missing, vulnerable people

    Thursday Jan 12 2012 9:56 AM

    You've seen the news reports all too often: someone with a developmental disability or a medical condition such as dementia or autism wanders away, and first responders and volunteers scour the area in a desperate search am...Read on...

    Posted on: January 10, 2012

    Council selects McDonald as new chair; Talbert tabbed as vice chair

    Pierce County Councilmembers voted Tuesday, Jan. 10 to select veteran lawmaker Joyce McDonald (District 2) as Council Chair for 2012.

    In a demonstration of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-led Council also selected Democrat Rick Talbert (District...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2012

    District Court completes move; begins operations in new courtrooms

    Pierce County District Court, which handles more than 175,000 cases a year, is saving taxpayer money by consolidating operations.

    Effective Monday, Jan. 9, the court's traffic and civil calendars moved to newly renovated courtrooms on the first floor o...Read on...

    Posted on: January 4, 2012

    Flags lowered for Ranger Margaret Anderson

    Wednesday Jan 04 2012 3:39 PM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has directed that flags in Pierce County facilities be lowered to half-staff until further notice in honor of Margaret Anderson, the Mount Rainier National Park ranger who was killed in...Read on...


    Assessor-Treasurer

    2 Stories
    Posted on: March 18, 2014

    Pay your property taxes online

    A message from your Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer:

    Thank you for your patience! The "Pay Property Taxes Online" tab on the Assessor-Treasurer’s home page www.piercecountywa.org/atr is now working.

    Please feel free to click on it in order to pa...Read on...

    Posted on: June 14, 2012

    Property value notices to be mailed June 22

    The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer's office will begin mailing notices of value for most residential and commercial properties in Pierce County on June 22.

    The notices provide taxpayers with their assessed values as of Jan. 1, 2012. Those values are...Read on...


    Auditor

    55 Stories
    Posted on: September 15, 2016

    Sixth annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 17

    Everyone in Pierce County is invited to watch approximately 75 immigrants become American citizens during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17.

    The naturalization ceremony – the final step to attain citizenship – begins promptly at 11 a.m. at the Mount T...Read on...

    Posted on: July 28, 2016

    Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

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

    Committee memb...Read on...

    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...

    Posted on: February 26, 2016

    Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlet

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

    Committee members needed

    • Agains...
    Read on...

    Posted on: February 16, 2016

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

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

    Posted on: December 14, 2015

    Auditor seeks to appoint committee members for voters’ pamphlets

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

    Committee members needed

    • Against -...
    Read on...

    Posted on: August 10, 2015

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

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

    Posted on: August 6, 2015

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

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

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

    Posted on: July 17, 2015

    Auditor announces special three-day candidate filing period

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

    Declarations of Candida...Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2015

    Referendum qualifies for ballot

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

    Click here for petition statistics
    Posted on: May 8, 2015

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

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

    “Against” committee members needed

    • To...
    Read on...

    Posted on: May 6, 2015

    Candidates sought for Pierce County Charter Review Commission

    At least every 10 years since it was first adopted in 1981, the Pierce County Council is required to call for a Charter Review Commission to examine the effectiveness of the county’s governing document.

    In accordance with Resolution 2015-14, Pierce Co...Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2015

    Pierce County to extend animal services to City of Fife

    Beginning March 1, the Pierce County Auditor’s Office will provide pet licensing and animal control services to all Fife citizens.

    The City of Fife has entered into an interlocal agreement with Pierce County for services such as barking dogs, strays, ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 18, 2015

    Fife Partners with Pierce County to Provide Animal Services

    Soon all Fife residents will experience the benefits of Pierce County Animal Services. From barking dogs to strays and pet licensing to animal complaints, Pierce County will soon be Fife’s one-stop-shop for animal services. The City of Fife expects to beg...Read on...

    Posted on: January 7, 2015

    Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel seeks members

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is seeking new members for the Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel (ASAP). ASAP is a diverse panel that provides recommendations and coordination with community partners for Pierce County Animal Control. The pan...Read on...

    Posted on: December 4, 2014

    County Council District 7 recount certified

    The results of the County Council District 7 mandatory manual recount were certified Thursday, Dec. 4. The results confirmed Derek Young received the most votes and is the winner.

    The Pierce County Canvassing Board met Thursday afternoon to review the...Read on...

    Posted on: November 25, 2014

    2014 General Election Certification and Recount

    The 2014 General Election was certified by the Pierce County Canvassing Board today, bringing the election to a close. Results are available on the Pierce County Elections website (www.piercecountyelections.org).

    The Canvassing Board has ordered a rec...Read on...

    Posted on: November 6, 2014

    Pierce County Elections will release today’s election results at 8 p.m., rather than 4:30 p.m.

    “We are working hard to count and report the highest volume of ballots possible. To accomplish this, we need more time today,” said Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor. “We’re also going to work all day on Saturday, Nov. 8. It’s been a challenge to reco...Read on...

    Posted on: November 3, 2014

    Tight campaigns prompt voter privacy questions

    As the election gets down to the wire, local committees have ramped up Get Out The Vote campaigns. As a result, voters want answers from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office about how their personal information is made public.

    Campaign volunteers make ph...Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2014

    2014 general election information and results schedule

    On November 4, 2014, Pierce County will join with the rest of Washington State in voting in the 2014 general election. The Pierce County Auditor's office has published an election information and results schedule that details what's on the ballot, what sp...Read on...

    Posted on: September 2, 2014

    4th Annual Citizenship Celebration

    2013 Citizenship Participants

    Everyone in Pierce County is invited to watch approximately 75 immigrants become American citizens during a ceremony on Sept. 20 in Tacoma.

    The naturalization ceremony – the final step to attain citizenship – begins promptly at 11 a.m. at the Mount Tah...Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2014

    Pierce County Auditor’s Office recognized for ballot drop-box program

    Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, Elections Supervisor Shannon Cortez, and Elections Specialist Dave Heinemann accepted a national award in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 21, for their office’s work on the highly-successful ballot drop-box program. T...Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2014

    Auditor seeks additional appointments of “For” and “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

    The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “For” and “Against” statements for the November 4, 2014 General Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

    • Town of Carbonado, Prop...
    Read on...

    Posted on: August 4, 2014

    E-Newsletter Hits In-boxes!

    August 2014 Newsletter

    The Pierce County Auditor's Office debuted a new e-newsletter. Designed to highlight our most interesting work, this newsletter is meant to be short and exciting.

    This is our first installment of a monthly e-newsletter. Are you interested? Click here h...Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2014

    New Ballot Drop Boxes!

    Orting Drop Box

    Pierce County has two new ballot drop boxes – Orting and Graham – just in time for the August Primary Election.

    Orting voters will find their box located just in front of the Public Safety building at 401 Washington Ave SE. Voters in Graham have a new...Read on...

    Posted on: July 18, 2014

    2014 primary election information and results schedule

    On August 5, 2014, Pierce County will join with the rest of Washington State in voting in the 2014 primary election. The Pierce County Auditor's office has published an election information and results schedule that details what's on the ballot, what spec...Read on...

    Posted on: June 25, 2014

    County licensing services available Saturday, June 28

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will open Saturday June 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to meet summertime demand for:

    • Marriage licensing.
    • Passport processing.
    • Vehicle/vessel licensing.
    • Pet licensing.
    • Discover passes.

    Last year more than 24,000 boats ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2014

    Candidate filing begins Monday, May 12

    Candidate filing begins Monday, May 12 with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office and the Office of the Secretary of State. Offices open for election this year include:

    • U.S. Representatives (Congress)
    • State Senators and Representatives
    • Pierce County Auditor, ...
    Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2014

    2014 Special Election Results Release Schedule

    Tuesday, April 22 Election Day
    8:15 p.m. (includes ballots processed through Election Day) 9:30 p.m. (includes voting center results)
    Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 4 p.m.
    Friday, April 25, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 4 p.m.
    ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 24, 2014

    Auditor’s Office hosts annual Candidate’s Workshop

    Calling all candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s Office annual candidate’s workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at:
    Pierce County Election Center 2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C
    Tacoma, WA 98409...Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    County Auditor launches new look for recorded document searches

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office records 250,000 public documents each year, including deeds, liens, foreclosures, maps and more. Approximately 38,000 people visit the Auditor’s Office website to access these records.

    “Providing easy access to impor...Read on...

    Posted on: December 27, 2013

    Auditor’s Office to open early for Seahawks, Sounder FC plates

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will open at 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014 to kick off the team license plate sales featuring Seahawks and Sounder FC themes. The license plates will carry an iconic symbol for each team – the 12th Man flag for the Seahawks, a ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2013

    2013 General Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATESElection Day Nov. 5, Results at 8:15 p.m.Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Nov. 26 at 11 a.m.

    IMPORTANT NUMBERSTotal registered voters 438,344
    Expecte...Read on...

    Posted on: September 16, 2013

    Pet owners, avoid late fees in October

    Forgot to license your pets? Worried about late fees?

    Take advantage of a unique chance to avoid all late fees during our Pet License Amnesty month.

    Next month, residents in unincorporated Pierce County, Tacoma, University Place, Lakewood, Roy, Al...Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2013

    Third annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration

    The public is invited to join the celebration and watch as approximately 100 immigrants become new citizens, sworn in by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office Director Linda Dougherty. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 21, at ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

    The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “Against” statements for the Nov. 5, 2013 General Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

    Wilkeson, Proposition No. 1 – ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    2013 Primary Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATESElection Day Aug. 6, Results at 8:15 p.m.Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Aug. 20 at 11 a.m.

    IMPORTANT NUMBERSTotal registered voters 445,760*
    Expected...Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

    mobile  app

    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings during floods, fires and other di...Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2013

    Auditor announces 3-day filing period for open seats

    A special 3-day candidate filing period will be held June 5-7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. State law requires a reopening of the filing period when no one files for a position during the regular filing period.

    Declarations of Candidacy will be acc...Read on...

    Posted on: February 19, 2013

    Property tax payment envelopes missing return address

    Pierce County property tax statements that were mailed last week are missing one small element - the county's return address on the payment stubs.

    Not to worry, though. The envelopes provided with the property tax statements are imprinted with a bar co...Read on...

    Posted on: March 26, 2013

    Candidate workshop set for April 3

    Calling all election candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s annual candidates’ workshop is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C, Tacoma, WA 98409.

    “Our goal in...Read on...

    Posted on: February 20, 2013

    Auditor’s Office seeks appointment of voter pamphlet “Against” committee members

    The Pierce County Auditor's Elections Division is seeking individuals interested in writing “Against” statements for the April 23, 2013 Special Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following Districts:

    • Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 18...Read on...

    Posted on: December 26, 2012

    Auditor seeks volunteers to write "against" statement for Puyallup schools measure

    The Puyallup School District No. 3 has placed a $279.6 million General Obligation Bond on the Feb. 12, 2013 Special Election ballot. Read the Resolution and ballot title.

    The Puyallup School District No. 3 has not appointed committee members to prepare...Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    Pierce Transit boundary changes prompt voter calls

    Anxious voters are calling the Pierce County Auditor's Office because Pierce Transit Proposition 1 does not appear on their ballots.

    "Some voters think they have been issued the wrong ballot, but they have forgotten that Pierce Transit's boundary ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2012

    Petition filed for return of seized horses

    Tuesday Oct 16 2012 12:47 PM

    Animal owner John Diller filed a petition for the return of the 39 horses in Pierce County District Court. The Pierce County Auditor's office was served with a copy on Oct. 15. A hearing date has been scheduled for Nov. 1, ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2012

    Voter registration deadline fast approaching

    Wednesday Oct 03 2012 3:33 PM

    To vote in the upcoming presidential election you first must be registered.

    Saturday, Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote or change your address by mail. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked on or befor...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    Public can donate to help care for 39 seized horses

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 4:00 PM

    Offers of help are pouring into the Pierce County Auditor's Office as Animal Control officers wrap up seizing 39 horses amid an investigation of neglect.

    "Responding to people's compassion and generosity is almost a...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    39 horses being seized from Graham property

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:57 PM

    Pierce County Animal Control officers are in the process of seizing 39 horses this morning from a property in the area of the 30800 block of Meridian East.

    Animal Control officers served a search warrant this morning in...Read on...

    Posted on: September 17, 2012

    Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 22

    Monday Sep 17 2012 1:07 PM

    The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. citizenship ceremony at the Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th Street, Tacoma on Sept. 22.

    Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are observed in September to commem...Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2012

    Auditor announces mandatory recounts

    Wednesday Aug 22 2012 9:56 AM

    Pierce County will conduct mandatory recounts in the race for Pierce County Council District No. 4 and to determine the new Precinct Committee Officer in a Fife precinct.

    The recount will begin Thursday, Aug. 23 at 9 a....Read on...

    Posted on: August 9, 2012

    Change to Pierce County election results release schedule for Aug. 9

    Thursday Aug 09 2012 1:16 PM

    The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 7 p.m. today instead of 4 p.m. You can find results online at www.piercecountywa.org/results or in person at the Election Center located at 2501 South 35th ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 29, 2012

    Pierce County Auditor answers questions about Aug. 7 primary election

    If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you're not alone.

    Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 is Election Day. On July 12, 2012, every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters' Pamphlet. On July 20, 2012 the Auditor will mai...Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2012

    Pierce County announces an additional results release for Wednesday, Aug. 8

    Wednesday Aug 08 2012 2:22 PM

    The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 4 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. You can find results online at www.piercecountywa.org/results or in person at the Election Center locat...Read on...

    Posted on: June 29, 2012

    Pierce County Auditor answers questions about Aug. 7 primary election

    If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you're not alone.

    Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 is Election Day. On July 12, 2012, every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters' Pamphlet. On July 20, 2012 the Auditor will mai...Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2012

    Auditor to host annual candidate workshop, April 5

    Friday Mar 30 2012 9:31 AM

    With election season upon us, the Pierce County Auditor's Office annual candidate's workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th Street...Read on...


    Boards & Commissions

    2 Stories
    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible fo...Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management; water quality; storm drainage plan...Read on...


    Budget & Finance

    5 Stories
    Posted on: September 22, 2015

    Executive McCarthy unveils sustainable, customer-focused 2016 budget

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

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

    Posted on: November 13, 2014

    County Council nears approval of 2015 budget

    After meeting late into the evening Wednesday, Nov. 13, members of the Pierce County Council are close to agreement on provisions in the 2015 county operating budget.

    “We laid the groundwork over the past several weeks and much of that culminated with ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 9, 2014

    County Council sets 10 meetings for 2015 budget

    The Pierce County Council has scheduled 10 public meetings as it considers spending priorities for the 2015 budget.

    Council members will soon conclude a series of retreats at which they learned about the specifics of the 2015 budget proposal submitted...Read on...

    Posted on: September 5, 2014

    Pierce County’s sewer system receives strong credit ratings in advance of bond sale

    Pierce County’s sewer system received strong credit ratings this week from Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services and Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) in preparation for its upcoming revenue bond issuance. S&P assigned its "AA" l...Read on...

    Posted on: December 3, 2012

    County selects Tracy Guerin as deputy director of Budget & Finance

    Tracy Guerin, a top manager of Washington State government, has been selected as the deputy director of the Pierce County Budget and Finance Department.

    "Tracy brings extensive experience in the major services provided by the county and will hold ...Read on...


    Chambers Bay

    4 Stories
    Posted on: September 17, 2015

    Chambers Creek Regional Park to reopen dog park, beach access

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

    Posted on: May 23, 2012

    Larson fires sizzling 67 to capture first Puget Sound Amateur golf title

    Wednesday May 23 2012 11:58 AM

    Craig Larson from Tacoma Firs Golf Center came from one shot back to capture the 47th Puget Sound Amateur by four shots over first-round leaders Alex Williams of West Seattle and Bryan Jan of Chambers Bay.

    Larson's tw...Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2012

    Chambers Bay goes gas-free for a day to celebrate Earth Day

    Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:09 PM

    It takes a lot of equipment and fuel to mow and maintain a 250-acre golf course like Chambers Bay. But on April 22 - Earth Day - not an ounce of gas will be used to maintain the course.

    Chambers Bay Superintendent David...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2012

    Chambers Bay named America’s Top Municipal Course by LINKS Magazine

    LINKS Magazine's recently published list of the Top Municipal Courses in the United States ranks Chambers Bay No. 1. The links-style course, owned by Pierce County and managed by KemperSports Management since 2007, hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur and is prep...Read on...


    Communications

    13 Stories
    Posted on: February 16, 2016

    Figueroa and Swanson elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

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

    Posted on: November 13, 2014

    Sunset Festival of Bands now airing on Pierce County TV

    The Sunset Festival of Bands is being televised for the first time in its six-year history, thanks to Pierce County TV.

    The high school marching band demonstration was held Oct. 25 at Sumner High School’s Sunset Stadium. Hosted by Sumner High, the nine...Read on...

    Posted on: October 7, 2014

    Pierce County TV's newscast named No. 1 in the nation

    Pierce County TV's weekly newscast was named tops in the nation last week by a national industry group's Government Programming Awards.

    The award for the program "Pierce County News" was one of four first-place finishes for PCTV, which airs c...Read on...

    Posted on: May 5, 2014

    Pierce County TV debuts mobile app and talk show, earns Emmy nomination

    Pierce County TV has launched a mobile app and a new public affairs talk show to enhance its coverage of local people, programs and events.

    The PCTV app, available for Apple and Android devices, makes it easy to watch the channel’s original programming...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    PCTV wins 5 first-place programming awards

    Pierce County TV, which produces videos about people, programs and events in the region, won five first-place awards for programming by a leading national industry group.

    Judges with the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    PCTV earns 2 EMMY nominations

    Pierce County TV, which manages government access programming for the county and six of its cities and towns, has earned two EMMY nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Winners will be announced on June 15, 2013.

    "P...Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Pierce County team receives Open Government Award

    A team of Pierce County employees who redesigned part of the county's website to make it much easier for citizens to access public records were honored Wednesday, April 3, by the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

    It was the second time in three...Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2012

    New websites boost Pierce County's online services

    Pierce County has launched a major redesign of three websites that significantly upgrades the public's ability to stay informed about programs and services.

    The sites, launched on Nov. 18, offer new tools and features that improve the user experience, ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 8, 2012

    PCTV wins 12 national awards

    pctv

    Monday Oct 08 2012 2:05 PM

    Pierce County Television, which provides information and transparency for local governments, was recently recognized in 12 award categories by a national industry association.

    PCTV's awards included recognition for two of ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 14, 2012

    Pierce County wins awards for online improvements

    Pierce County has won two national awards for creating online tools that streamline the building permit process and improve the management of electronic records in the criminal justice system.

    The National Association of Counties Achievement Awards wil...Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2012

    Rainier Country earns EMMY nomination

    Wednesday Apr 25 2012 11:21 AM

    A Pierce County TV (PCTV) video production has been nominated for a Northwest Regional EMMY by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    The news magazine show Rainier Country was nominated for its 2011-12...Read on...

    Posted on: March 16, 2012

    137 Pierce County volunteers honored

    Longtime 4-H leader Cathy Swenson will be honored as the Volunteer of the Year during the 34th annual Pierce County Volunteer Recognition Brunch on Saturday, March 17.

    Swenson has volunteered with 4-H for nearly 50 years. She has led the clothing proje...Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Pierce County receives $450,000 for Puyallup River flood study

    Pierce County announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $450,000 to continue studying strategies to address significant flooding issues along the Puyallup River.

    Known as the Puyallup River General Investigation, the study is a six-year, coo...Read on...


    Community Connections

    71 Stories
    Posted on: November 29, 2016

    Guidance for Social Security in 2017

    Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement plans for most Americans. The program continues to evolve and will do so, especially in light of projections about the solvency of Social Security. For individuals preparing to start their Social Security b...Read on...

    Posted on: November 2, 2016

    Learn how to travel with Alzheimer’s or dementia

    Getting out and seeing the world is one of those pleasures that almost everyone enjoys. Whether it’s heading off to delightful far off places or taking in vistas nearby, travel can lift the heart and stimulate the mind. But with a diagnosis of A...Read on...

    Posted on: October 12, 2016

    Event provides link for anyone serving older adults or individuals with disabilities

    Most older adults and people with disabilities hope to remain safe, independent, and active, whether at home or in a care facility. Knowing about available resources in the community and how to access them is one of the best things that people can do for ...Read on...

    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...

    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...

    Posted on: February 24, 2016

    Workshop explains Social Security retirement changes in 2016

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

    Posted on: January 15, 2016

    Volunteers needed to help count homeless people in Pierce County

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

    Posted on: January 4, 2016

    Learn skills to deal with initial diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

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

    Posted on: December 29, 2015

    Workshop brings hoarding out from the shadows

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

    Posted on: October 12, 2015

    Community Connections director leaving position at Pierce County

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

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

    Posted on: August 7, 2015

    Plan ahead to maximize your Social Security benefits

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

    Posted on: April 22, 2015

    Task force to dedicate DUI emphasis patrol to young victim

    Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force will dedicate a DUI emphasis patrol this weekend in honor of Quinnton Dimmitt. The 17-year-old Franklin Pierce High School student was killed by an impaired driver April 25, 2014, as he drove to buy a...Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2015

    Family caregivers have resources to ease their work

    Caregiving is the “new normal” in American families. People who need help – whether because of age, accident, debilitating disease, chronic health conditions or simple frailty – much prefer to remain in the familiar (and affordable) surroundings of home r...Read on...

    Posted on: February 27, 2015

    Community input sought for Aging & Disability priorities

    Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) is initiating a process to gather community input for the creation of the 2016-2019 Area Plan. The Area Plan establishes funding priorities and the array of services that will be p...Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2015

    Volunteers needed for Pierce County’s annual homeless survey

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County.

    The annual surv...Read on...

    Posted on: December 29, 2014

    Retirement for “average folks” will look different

    If you look at advertising, it’s all about expanding your portfolio and enjoying the good life. While that may be true for some, most Americans will experience something quite different.

    “Retirement for ‘Average’ Folks” explores what most people wil...Read on...

    Posted on: November 25, 2014

    Free Uber ride home avoids a DUI in Tacoma on Black Friday

    Choose Your Ride poster

    Avoid a DUI in Tacoma this Black Friday with the simple tap of an app.

    To kick-off its holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force is partnering with Uber, the app that connects riders an...Read on...

    Posted on: November 5, 2014

    Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

    Whether the need happens suddenly or over a period of years, when the necessity for extended health care happens, knowing about community resources is a necessity. The worst case scenario is to have to make decisions about long term care in a crisis witho...Read on...

    Posted on: November 3, 2014

    Dementia: Setting the Record Straight

    Dementia can be a frightening diagnosis, both for the individual and for their family. People often experience a range of emotions from anger and relief to denial and depression. And that is only the beginning. As short-term memory begins to fade, people ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 27, 2014

    Medicare changes place responsibilities on beneficiaries

    Medicare is no longer a one-size-fits-all health insurance program. Medicare now offers beneficiaries two basic options – Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage – and dozens of additional choices within each path. Knowing the differences and how to choo...Read on...

    Posted on: October 1, 2014

    Advance planning for funerals eases burdens

    Decisions made in haste or under pressure are most often not the best decisions. This is particularly true at the passing of a loved one. Given these circumstances it’s not unusual for families to purchase services or overlook things that would not have b...Read on...

    Posted on: August 29, 2014

    Your feet may be telling you something

    We walk all over them but most of the time there’s no complaint – until it’s too late. The average woman will own 450 pairs of shoes in a lifetime. Men will own about half that many. Yet few people have their feet measured professionally, trusting only th...Read on...

    Posted on: July 29, 2014

    Workshop offers tips for scam prevention

    No scam

    Seniors are the target of choice for scammers and other crooks. Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they're devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very...Read on...

    Posted on: June 30, 2014

    Tips for when driving is no longer an option

    One of the most difficult challenges families face is the time when an older adult should no longer get behind the wheel of a car. The automobile is often seen as the last symbol of a person’s independence and removing that can be devastating.

    “Giving ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 19, 2014

    Police intervene in weekend underage drinking parties on South Hill and in Graham

    Pierce County’s Party Intervention Patrol citied 14 underage drinkers, ages 17-20, after a tip led the multi-agency team to a bonfire deep in the woods near the La Paloma Firs neighborhood of Graham.

    Beginning at 11 PM on June 14, officers hiked into t...Read on...

    Posted on: May 6, 2014

    Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

    Whether the need happens suddenly or over a period of years, when the necessity for extended health care happens, knowing about community resources is a necessity. The worst case scenario is to have to make decisions about long term care in a crisis.

    “...Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2014

    Films focus on Alzheimer’s caregiving

    Families dealing with the prospect of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia face an uncertain future. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Most families work diligently to provide for the needs of their loved one in their own home as lo...Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    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...

    Posted on: April 1, 2014

    Long term care insurance: Get the impartial facts

    Only about 10% of adults have long term care insurance. Given that Medicare does not cover long term care, how smart is that?

    Long term care can be expensive. Long term care insurance is expensive. Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources will of...Read on...

    Posted on: March 31, 2014

    Community Connections Citizens Advisory Board seeks members

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking citizen members to serve on an advisory board that makes funding recommendations for community development grants.

    Members of the Pierce County Citizens’ Advisory Board help reduce the im...Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2014

    Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center has scheduled an additional “Writing Your Will” workshop for Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

    The free event will be held at the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center, 8502 Skansie Avenue in Gi...Read on...

    Posted on: January 27, 2014

    Workshop explores successful family caregiving

    The vast majority of health care provided in the United States – 89% of it – happens at home. Nearly one in three households is involved in family caregiving – either directly or indirectly. But for most caregivers, there is little training to meet the ch...Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2014

    Bonney Lake remembers father of 3 killed by man with earlier vehicular homicide conviction

    With the erection of two roadside memorial signs and a special DUI enforcement this weekend in Bonney Lake, family members urge the public to remember the life of Gary Slick, who was killed in one of Pierce County’s most devastating impaired-driving crash...Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Community Connections Grant keeps Parkland kids smiling

    Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC) in Parkland is doing their part to make a positive impact in Pierce County for low-income children with unmet dental needs. Thanks to a grant from Pierce County Community Connections, as many as 4,000 additional...Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2014

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few simple tips might save them thousan...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Homeless Coalition seeks volunteers

    For those of us living in the northwest, the cold, damp winter seems endless by this time of the year. Imagine being one of the 670 homeless individuals who slept outside or in an emergency shelter in your neighborhood last night. To understand the challe...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Volunteers sought for youth violence prevention program

    The Department of Community Connections seeks volunteers to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set aside for youth violence prevention programs.

    Th...Read on...

    Posted on: January 7, 2014

    Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

    There are some topics that people are reluctant to think about. While 60% of adults said they believe everyone should have a will, only 44% said they have one. The reality is that a Will is an essential document for any adult, regardless of age, to create...Read on...

    Posted on: December 10, 2013

    Tow companies, volunteers and cops team up to keep holiday roads safe

    Law enforcement officers who began removing impaired drivers from Pierce County roads Thanksgiving Day are urging potential drinking drivers to call taxis and line-up sober designated drivers again this weekend.

    The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic...Read on...

    Posted on: November 21, 2013

    Dangers of holiday scams and frauds highlighted

    December always sees a spike in the number of scams, frauds and identity thefts by crooks taking advantage of the fast paced holiday season. Many of these crimes happen because shoppers are a little less attentive to their surroundings.

    As technology...Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2013

    How Community Connections helps a family coping with dementia

    Lonnie and Rannah

    Every day is a good day for Raanah Aanstead. But three days each week, she is in the best place. “People make me smile,” she said. “They make me feel special.”

    For a little over a year, Raanah has been coming to Cascade Park Active Day, an adult day he...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Help provided for individuals and families suffering addiction

    Many individuals and families suffer silently under the shadow of addiction. When alcohol or prescription drugs take over a person’s life, those nearby are impacted too. It can happen in any family – rich or poor, large or small, employed or not. No one i...Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    DUI task force's taxi program kicks-off Sept. 28

    Fun-seekers heading for 6th Avenue’s nightclubs this Saturday night in Tacoma will have help scoring a taxi ride home if they’ve had too much to drink.

    The rides - the first 25 of which will be free for groups sharing a ride within Tacoma - are sponsor...Read on...

    Posted on: August 27, 2013

    Grandparenting has a new look in 2013

    Grandparenting these days presents many new opportunities. But it also requires some approaches that were unheard of twenty years ago. The advent of technology and the experiences that youngsters have today create a whole new environment.

    There are as ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Workshop prepares businesses for the Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving closer to full implementation. Washington State has chosen to establish a Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and businesses (with less than 50 employees) can shop for insurance plans.

    Take t...Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2013

    Film explores depths of what makes us who we are

    The Alzheimer’s journey is just another story – until it hits home. When Ann Hedreen’s mother began the battle with Alzheimer’s, it was only natural for the daughter – a professional filmmaker – to pick up her camera and tell the story with a mix of scien...Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2013

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few simple tips might save them thousan...Read on...

    Posted on: June 6, 2013

    Get the facts about sun safety before summer arrives

    Even the Stone Age people knew the sun brought life on Earth and that is one reason they used to worship it. But the sun can both heal and destroy. Sunlight can be the kiss of life or death. It depends on the way we use it.

    Pierce County Aging & ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Cops step-up Cinco de Mayo DUI and liquor enforcement

    As communities throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties bring out their sombreros and Mariachi guitars in anticipation of the coming Cinco de Mayo weekend, law enforcement is making its own plans.

    Beginning on Saturday, May 4, local, county and ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Birthday party leads to 24 underage drinking arrests

    A Party Intervention Patrol on April 6 coordinated by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force resulted in the arrest of 24 youth, ages 18-21, for minor in possession.

    Included among the arrested youth was a female who was taken to j...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

    People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and patterns come to the surface. ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Community Cafe's will help guide services in Pierce County

    Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) will host a series of three Community Cafés to help draft the 2014-2015 Area Plan Update. The Area Plan is used as a guide for planning and funding programs and services that can best serve older adults and...Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2013

    Universal Design Workshop shows how to stay at home

    People buy homes to suit their practical needs – kids, hobbies, interests, neighborhoods and more. But those needs invariably change over time. In order to stay in a home and enjoy the benefits, careful thought has to be put into making the home livable f...Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2013

    Free special needs transportation expands in rural Pierce County

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    Community Connections is expanding special needs transportation in rural Pierce County. The “Beyond the Borders Connector,” a four-month pilot project, provides eligible riders with a link to services in rural communities. The transportation program is ad...Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2013

    Forum offers tips for businesses to combat cyber crime

    Leaders in combating cyber crime and business identity theft will talk about trends and solutions for local companies at a forum on March 20 in Lakewood.

    The forum, jointly sponsored by the Economic Development Departments of Pierce County and the City...Read on...

    Posted on: March 4, 2013

    Going to – and leaving – the hospital takes planning

    A stay in the hospital used to be a pretty simple thing. Patients went in when they were sick and left when they were better. Today, a hospital stay is much more complicated. Patients leave the hospital with ever more complicated conditions.

    Hospital ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 1, 2013

    "Drive sober or get pulled over" Super Bowl weekend

    Be sure to plan a safe ride home this weekend. The Target Zero Teams in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will be out this Super Bowl weekend looking for impaired drivers.

    “Football fans look forward to spending the day with family and friends watc...Read on...

    Posted on: January 31, 2013

    Film explores Alzheimer’s from the inside

    One of every eight people over 65 years has Alzheimer’s. Over half of all families are touched by Alzheimer’s. There is no cure for the disease. But there is hope.

    “HOPEless” is a special showing of two documentary films produced by HBO. “The Memor...Read on...

    Posted on: January 16, 2013

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center will host an additional presentation of “Social Security After Retirement” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Pierce County Soundview Building, 3611 S. D Street in Tacoma, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    The wo...Read on...

    Posted on: January 23, 2013

    Learn the ins and outs of Medicaid

    Health care costs continue to climb. Many people presume that in one way or another Medicare and/or Medicaid will pay for care, especially long term care.

    Medicaid, a program financed jointly by the federal and state governments, provides medical care ...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2013

    Volunteers Needed to conduct Pierce County's annual homeless survey

    The Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County. The annual survey – which is in i...Read on...

    Posted on: January 2, 2013

    Workshop offers guidance for aging parents of children with disabilities

    Parents of children with a life-long developmental disability, chronic illness or mental health condition often face a lifetime of challenges, successes, sorrows, and joys.

    But what happens when aging parents develop their own medical and cognitive d...Read on...

    Posted on: December 12, 2012

    Holiday revelers can get a free ride home instead of a DUI

    The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, in partnership with the Pierce County Tower’s Association and Aloha Cab Company, is kicking off its holiday Home Safe Bar Program to keep would-be impaired drivers off the road.

    Beginning this...Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    County seeks applications for community grants

    Pierce County is soliciting applications for $800,000 in federal grants aimed at improving living conditions in lower income areas.

    The grants will be offered to nonprofit, public and government agencies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De...Read on...

    Posted on: October 29, 2012

    Workshop prepares families for difficult conversations

    Monday Oct 29 2012 11:42 AM

    The holidays bring families together. It's a chance to catch up and share news. But it's also a chance to check up on older relatives and other loved ones who may be at risk.

    "Breaking the Ice" is an information...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    DUI Patrol and Home Safe Bar Program hits Tacoma streets

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 9:56 AM

    Pierce County's Target Zero law enforcement team dedicated to reducing the number of people killed by impaired drivers is headed for Tacoma the weekend of Sept. 29.

    The team has arrested more than 2,500 impaired drivers ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs volunteers sought

    Friday Sep 21 2012 10:29 AM

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking new members to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set a...Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2012

    County helps convert Orting funeral home into food bank

    Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:19 PM

    Say good-bye to candelabras and flower stands. Today, the rooms of the former Power's Funeral Home in downtown Orting are lined with shelves and bins of food, fruits and vegetables. The new Orting Food Bank is open for bus...Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2012

    Free job fair for students and those with developmental disabilities

    Tuesday Mar 06 2012 11:54 AM

    Job seekers and students with disabilities can attend a free conference called "Tools 4 Success" to help prepare them for their job searches and employment.

    The half-day employment and technology conference wil...Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Youth violence prevention experts needed

    Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:09 PM

    Money is available from Pierce County's Department of Community Connections for organizations to develop Youth Violence Prevention Programs.

    Community Connections recently announced the Request for Proposals that address...Read on...

    Posted on: August 1, 2012

    Pierce County breaks ground on Energy Star certified housing

    The Woods

    With one ceremonial dig in an empty lot, County Executive Pat McCarthy kicked off construction of a new community in Pierce County – The Woods at Golden Given. Volunteers, contractors and community partners will now begin developing this $6.2 million, 30-...Read on...


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    Posted on: December 1, 2016

    County Council Meeting to be held in Tacoma

    The Pierce County Council will hold an In-District Council meeting in District 5 at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, at the Salishan Family Investment Center, 1724 E. 44 St., Room 101 in Tacoma. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Rick Talbert. ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 29, 2016

    Council passes 2017 budget with emphasis on public safety, court programs and evaluations

    After months of negotiation and discussion, the Pierce County Council voted unanimously to adopt the County’s 2017 operating and capital budgets. The new budget will take effect Jan. 1, 2017. A large focus of the 2017 budget is public safety, c...Read on...
    Posted on: November 8, 2016

    Pierce County Council to hear resolution related to growth and infrastructure investment within the

    The Pierce County Council’s Community Development Committee will hear a resolution that articulates the County’s focus and efforts to manage growth in the central urban growth area.  During the committee meeting on Monday, No...Read on...
    Posted on: October 13, 2016

    Public invited to weigh in on proposed County firework restrictions

    The Pierce County Council is encouraging the public to provide feedback on a proposed ordinance that restricts fireworks in the County.

    County Ordinance 2016-39s would amend Pierce County Code limiting the days and hours when fireworks may be sold and ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2016

    County Council Meeting to be held in Fife

    The Pierce County Council will hold an In-District Council meeting in District 2 at 5p.m. on Oct. 4, at Fife City Hall, 5411 23rd Street East in Fife. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Joyce McDonald.

    Each member of the Pierce C...Read on...

    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.

    Barney...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2016

    Pierce County Council meeting coming to University Place

    In an effort to make government more accessible, the Pierce County Council brings its weekly meeting to various locations across the County several times each year.

    Residents are invited to attend when Councilmember Connie Ladenburg hosts the Council...Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2016

    Pierce County Council chooses new leadership for 2016

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

    Posted on: January 12, 2016

    Councilmember Young selected for new transportation leadership academy

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

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

    Posted on: December 15, 2015

    County Council amends ordinance to allow sale of marijuana

    Businesses must be licensed and meet county and state requirements

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

    Posted on: December 2, 2015

    Pierce County passes resolution supporting Stepping Up initiative

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

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

    Posted on: November 17, 2015

    Derek Young’s statement on passing of Gretchen Wilbert

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

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

    Posted on: November 10, 2015

    Councilmember McDonald concerned budget action will make marijuana problems worse

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

    Posted on: November 10, 2015

    Talbert applauds passage of measure to fund property crimes unit

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

    Posted on: November 10, 2015

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

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

    Posted on: October 29, 2015

    Pierce County hires Tiffany Speir as new Government Relations Director

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

    Posted on: October 19, 2015

    More in-district Council meetings scheduled in Pierce County

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

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

    Posted on: September 22, 2015

    Executive McCarthy unveils sustainable, customer-focused 2016 budget

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

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

    Posted on: September 9, 2015

    Council schedules more meetings to be held around Pierce County

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

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

    Posted on: August 28, 2015

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

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

    Posted on: August 25, 2015

    Young disappointed after Council’s behavioral health study vote

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

    Posted on: August 7, 2015

    Councilmember Young tapped to serve in a national position

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

    Posted on: July 27, 2015

    County outlines strategy for enforcing marijuana violations

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

    Posted on: July 23, 2015

    Councilmembers Young, Ladenburg call for countywide mental health audit

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

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

    Posted on: July 23, 2015

    6th District Council meeting will honor retiring JBLM commander

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

    Posted on: July 17, 2015

    Councilmember Talbert’s statement on comp plan reconsideration

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

    Posted on: July 16, 2015

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

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

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

    Posted on: July 14, 2015

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

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

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

    Posted on: July 10, 2015

    Dan Roach statement on General Services Building referendum

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

    Posted on: May 27, 2015

    Local leaders join forces to plan for Chambers Creek Canyon trail

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

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

    Posted on: May 13, 2015

    Pierce County ferry to undergo biennial checkup

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

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

    Posted on: May 11, 2015

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

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

    “It’s an honor to be ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 6, 2015

    Councilmember Talbert uses award to draw attention to 2015 Heart Walk

    The American Heart Association has presented its Gold Achievement Award to Pierce County. The award, given to Councilmember Rick Talbert during the organization’s annual breakfast on May 5, recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees b...Read on...

    Posted on: May 6, 2015

    Candidates sought for Pierce County Charter Review Commission

    At least every 10 years since it was first adopted in 1981, the Pierce County Council is required to call for a Charter Review Commission to examine the effectiveness of the county’s governing document.

    In accordance with Resolution 2015-14, Pierce Co...Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2015

    Volunteers needed for open boards and commissions in the 5th District

    Pierce County residents looking to give back to their communities have ample opportunities to volunteer, especially in the 5th Council District that extends from South Tacoma to 160th Street E. in Spanaway and east-west from Interstate 5 to Woodland Avenu...Read on...

    Posted on: April 22, 2015

    Domestic Violence Awareness Day set for April 26 in Pierce County, Tacoma

    The Pierce County Council and the Tacoma City Council have issued proclamations designating April 26th as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in Pierce County and the City of Tacoma. April 26, 2015, marks the twelfth anniversary of the tragic murder of Crysta...Read on...

    Posted on: April 21, 2015

    Public invited to learn about South Sound 911, plans for a new public safety communications center

    Leaders from South Sound 911 and members of the Pierce County Council will provide briefings about the agency’s plan to build a new public safety communications center at upcoming public meetings around the county. Voters in Pierce County authorized the p...Read on...

    Posted on: April 20, 2015

    Bill’s passage ensures future Pierce County ferry system funding

    Pierce County officials are applauding the state legislature for passing a bill that aligns ferry system funding increases with inflation. Prior to Senate Bill 5307, revenue streams to county ferry systems were largely dependent on available state gas-tax...Read on...

    Posted on: April 14, 2015

    Roach: Council Democrats deny citizens’ right to vote on referendum

    After announcing March 30 that he would introduce an ordinance to give taxpayers a vote on the county’s general services building proposal, Pierce County Council members deadlocked 3-3 on whether to add Council Chair Dan Roach’s measure to Tuesday’s agend...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2015

    Pierce County moves code to the cloud, improves functionality and access for citizens

    Now that the County has finished moving its online charter and code to Code Publishing, a Seattle-based Codification company, citizens and county staff will see and experience increased functionality provided through the new site. The overall responsibili...Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2015

    “Healthiest nation in one generation” could begin with Pierce County

    Members of the County Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, March 31, proclaiming April 6-12 “National Public Health Week” in Pierce County. The measure is part of a broader effort to designate National Public Health Week across the country, ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2015

    County Council designates March 29, 2015, as Vietnam Veterans Day

    Citing their respect and admiration for all Vietnam-era military veterans, members of the Pierce County Council unanimously adopted resolution R2015-39 at their March 31 meeting.

    “So much was asked of our service members at a time when nobody could hav...Read on...

    Posted on: March 31, 2015

    Daffodil royalty descends on the Pierce County Council

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    Amid a sea of yellow taffeta and silver tiaras, members of the Pierce County Council honored the 82nd Annual Daffodil Festival Tuesday and recognized the good work done by its ambassadors, members of the Royal Court.

    Twenty-three Daffodil Princesses jo...Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2015

    Councilmember Roach wants to give the people a say in proposed building

    Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach is proposing an ordinance that aims to accomplish what a private citizen has come under fire for trying to do: give the taxpayers a voice in the multi-million dollar decision to construct a new general services buildi...Read on...

    Posted on: March 11, 2015

    County Council honors volunteers, designates Volunteer Recognition Week

    Members of the Pierce County Council and Scott Hall with PC Parks and Rec honor Alan Hughes and Rick Adams.

    Pierce County has two new award-winning community volunteers.

    On Tuesday, March 10, the County Council recognized the special efforts and contributions of the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award, Alan Hughes, and the recipient of the Special A...Read on...

    Posted on: March 10, 2015

    Council passes shoreline regulations, sends final plan to state for approval

    After years of tinkering, debate and listening to public input, members of the Pierce County Council passed a Shoreline Management Plan at the March 10, 2015, council meeting. Council Chair Dan Roach says he hopes it’s the end of what turned out to be a l...Read on...

    Posted on: March 3, 2015

    Pierce County Council chair supports the citizens’ right to referendum

    Councilmember Dan Roach, who chairs the Pierce County Council, has announced he’ll be proposing a resolution that would direct the county prosecutor’s office to drop a recently-filed lawsuit against a Pierce County resident.

    The prosecutor filed a laws...Read on...

    Posted on: February 17, 2015

    County Council approves new General Services Building plan

    After years of planning, members of the <_http3a_ _www.piercecountywa.org2f_council22_="">Pierce County Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 17 to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building.

    Councilmembers Rick Talbert (District 5), Connie Ladenburg (District 4), ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 5, 2015

    Puyallup teen gets County Council support for awareness of heart defects

    Congenital heart defect awareness proclamation

    Zoe Cardwell was born with five severe heart defects, but the 16-year-old Puyallup resident considers herself one of the lucky ones.

    “Congenital heart defects are all around us. You hear it in the stories of student athletes who have died with an undis...Read on...

    Posted on: February 5, 2015

    Figueroa and Young elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

    University Place Mayor Pro Tem Javier Figueroa and Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young have been elected to lead the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on telecommunications issues and televises local government progr...Read on...

    Posted on: January 26, 2015

    Council to hold 4 hearings on shoreline regulations

    Members of the Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee have scheduled four meetings around the county to gather public input on changes to proposed shoreline development guidelines required by the state.

    These meetings will address 18 a...Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2015

    Pierce County Council chooses leadership, committees for 2015

    Pierce County Councilmember Dan Roach has been re-elected as Council chair for 2015. The seven-member body voted for leadership positions and assignments on Council committees and other boards and commissions at the Council’s Jan. 13 weekly meeting.

    Co...Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2015

    Council proclaims January 2015 as Human Trafficking Prevention Month

    Members of the Pierce County Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution declaring January 2015 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

    The measured, passed at the Jan. 13 Council meeting, calls human trafficking a form of modern-day slavery an...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Public invited to learn more about proposed new county building

    Three members of the Pierce County Council are hosting a public forum to provide local residents with another opportunity to learn about the proposed general services building currently under consideration. The meeting – arranged by Councilmembers Connie ...Read on...

    Posted on: January 8, 2015

    Roach praises choice to serve as 30th District state representative

    Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach says he’s pleased with the governor’s appointment of Carol Gregory to fill the vacant 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives. That position has been open since the death of former Rep. Roger Freeman,...Read on...

    Posted on: January 6, 2015

    Derek Young sworn in, looking forward to service on County Council

    One day after raising his right hand and taking the oath of office, new Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young says he’s humbled and excited to serve his constituents in the 7th Council District.

    At the first council meeting of the New Year on Tuesday...Read on...

    Posted on: December 8, 2014

    Pierce County seeks joint meeting with King County to pick legislative replacement

    Members of the Pierce County Council want to meet with the King County Council so they can jointly decide who to appoint to the vacant 30th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

    Pierce County Council members have expressed a strong desi...Read on...

    Posted on: December 5, 2014

    Council to hold final on-location meeting of 2014 at new Parkland/Spanaway Sheriff’s precinct

    The Pierce County Council holds at least one of its regular Tuesday meetings in each of the seven council districts each year. The final stop on the 2014 tour will be at the new Parkland/Spanaway Sheriff’s precinct on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The address is 14...Read on...

    Posted on: November 26, 2014

    McDonald invites county residents to attend Council meeting in Puyallup

    The Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting in Puyallup on Dec. 2. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Puyallup City Hall in the Williams Stoner Council Chambers (5th floor), 333 South Meridian in Puyallup (click here for a map...Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2014

    Council boosts law enforcement, public safety with 2015 budget

    After months of negotiation and discussion, members of the Pierce County Council voted unanimously Monday, Nov. 17 to adopt the county’s 2015 budget. The new budget takes effect Jan. 1 and, among other things, will devote more resources to public safety a...Read on...

    Posted on: November 13, 2014

    County Council nears approval of 2015 budget

    After meeting late into the evening Wednesday, Nov. 13, members of the Pierce County Council are close to agreement on provisions in the 2015 county operating budget.

    “We laid the groundwork over the past several weeks and much of that culminated with ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 27, 2014

    Residents invited to attend Pierce County Council meeting on Fox Island

    This week, the Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting on Fox Island in the 7th Council District. The county charter directs the council to hold a number of its weekly meetings at various locations throughout the district to give count...Read on...

    Posted on: October 9, 2014

    County Council sets 10 meetings for 2015 budget

    The Pierce County Council has scheduled 10 public meetings as it considers spending priorities for the 2015 budget.

    Council members will soon conclude a series of retreats at which they learned about the specifics of the 2015 budget proposal submitted...Read on...

    Posted on: October 9, 2014

    Public invited to join County Council for Ashford meeting Oct. 14

    The Pierce County Council will hold its regular Tuesday meeting in Ashford on Oct. 14 as part of an effort to reach out to county residents who may not otherwise be able to attend the weekly meetings in Tacoma. The Ashford meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 6, 2014

    Richardson invites county residents to attend Council meeting in Lakewood

    In an effort to involve more citizens in government, the Pierce County Council will relocate its regular Tuesday meeting to Lakewood tomorrow evening. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Lakewood City Hall.

    “The Pierce County Charter requires u...Read on...

    Posted on: September 9, 2014

    Councilmember Ladenburg joins municipal leaders in call for cleaner fuels

    Pierce County Council Member Connie Ladenburg has joined over 60 municipal leaders, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, in calling on Washington’s governor to soon implement a clean fuels standard. In an open letter sent to Governor Inslee, the ele...Read on...

    Posted on: September 9, 2014

    Pierce County residents invited to informational U.S. Open meetings

    Citizens who live in northwestern Pierce County will have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about the expected benefits and get an update on planning for next year’s U.S. Open golf tournament. The county will hold two meetings – one in Tacoma and a...Read on...

    Posted on: September 3, 2014

    September named “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in Pierce County

    Having a child diagnosed with cancer is arguably one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family. That’s why members of the Pierce County Council wanted to help draw attention to the battle against childhood cancer by officially designating...Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2014

    Council approves increase in new sewer connection charge; no changes to current customer fees

    Members of the Pierce County Council voted on Aug. 19 to increase the fees for connecting to the sanitary sewer system to help pay for the ongoing expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place.

    “This increase i...Read on...

    Posted on: August 5, 2014

    Council proclaims Aug. 9 to be “Pierce County Early Learning Day”

    In recognition of First 5 Fundamentals Family Fun Fair kick-off event, members of the Pierce County Council unanimously approved Proposed Resolution R2014-93, designating Aug. 9 as “Pierce County Early Learning Day.”

    The First 5 Fundamentals program, w...Read on...

    Posted on: August 4, 2014

    New County Council proposal would bring parity to employee evaluations

    Proposed Ordinance 2014-59, which will be considered by the County Council’s Rules and Operations Committee on Aug. 11, would allow non-represented employees to challenge, grieve or appeal a supervisor's performance evaluation – a right that represented e...Read on...

    Posted on: July 23, 2014

    Council clarifies intent of ban on overnight tractor-trailer parking

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, July 22, to clarify that a new ordinance is intended to ban overnight parking by tractor-trailers, not other large vehicles.

    Astute constituents realized that legislation approved on July 15 had unintentionally ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 16, 2014

    Pierce County Council approves restrictions on tractor-trailer parking

    After removing a provision dealing with increased parking fines in general, members of the Pierce County Council voted 6-1 to restrict the parking of semi trailers along the roadside in certain areas of the county at night.

    Citing safety concerns for p...Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2014

    U.S. Open update highlights County Council meeting in UP

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    More than 200 people attended the July 8, 2014 meeting of the Pierce County Council to hear an update on preparations for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

    The meeting, held at the county's Environmental Services Building in University Place, feature...Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2014

    County council renounces human trafficking, vows to help raise awareness

    With a unanimous vote Tuesday, members of the Pierce County Council approved Resolution R2014-83 which declares the County to be a “Not in My County” anti-human trafficking area.

    The resolution originated with the Coalition Against Trafficking (CAT), a...Read on...

    Posted on: June 30, 2014

    Your chance to learn about U.S. Open at County Council meeting in University Place July 8

    Now that the 2014 U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., has concluded, all eyes in the golf world are now turned to University Place’s Chamber Bay Golf Course. As part of its ongoing community outreach efforts, the Pierce County Council will hold an in-district m...Read on...

    Posted on: June 24, 2014

    County Council suspends district meetings on Shoreline Management Program

    Members of the Pierce County Council have announced the postponement of a series of meetings around the county to hear from residents about the proposed Shoreline Management Program. The delay is necessary in order to give the county more time to draft am...Read on...

    Posted on: June 6, 2014

    Pierce County Council takes a road trip, brings government to the people

    The 1,806 square miles that comprise Pierce County can make it daunting for residents to travel all the way to Tacoma to attend a regular meeting of the County Council, so council members are holding a series of regular meetings around the county.

    The ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 14, 2014

    Pierce County Council says “thanks” to those called for jury duty

    The Pierce County Council has designated the week of May 19-23 as “Juror Appreciation Week.”

    Resolution 2014-55, unanimously approved on Tuesday, May 13, points to the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers as an important and unique part of the American ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 7, 2014

    Pierce County Council suspends truck traffic on aging Milroy Bridge

    By a unanimous vote Tuesday, members of the Pierce County Council implemented new restrictions on vehicle traffic over the Milroy Bridge connecting the community of Waller to the City of Fife via 66th Ave. Ordinance 2014-22 prevents vehicles towing traile...Read on...

    Posted on: April 28, 2014

    Councilman Rick Talbert to take brief leave for cancer treatment

    Pierce County Councilman Rick Talbert will take a brief leave of absence for surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his kidney. He will undergo surgery May 5, and is expected to make a full recovery and return to work at the beginning of June.

    “I’m h...Read on...

    Posted on: April 24, 2014

    County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

    Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

    Joint Council-Executive Resolution R2014-49, approved durin...Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Floodwater protection measures coming for residents of Midland

    Pierce County’s Flood Control Zone District – a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Pierce County Council – has announced that an unincorporated portion of the county will be the next to receive funding to help mitigate flood ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2014

    McDonald leads county in recognizing Pierce County READS program

    Members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution yesterday that draws attention to the largest community reading event around. Council Resolution R2014-30 proclaims March 2 through April 25 as the annual Pierce County READS program celebra...Read on...

    Posted on: March 3, 2014

    Council meetings near Lake Tapps, Parkland and Gig Harbor seek input on shoreline regulations

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated April 2 to reflect the Council's decision to delay final action and hold more public hearings in the summer.

    The Pierce County Council seeks public input as it prepares to update its shoreline development regulatio...Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2014

    County Council toughens rules for addressing blighted properties

    The Pierce County Council has voted to toughen the rules for abandoned or blighted properties in unincorporated areas in an effort to protect neighborhoods.

    The Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to close gaps in the county’s regulatory authority t...Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    Pierce Transit Board selects Rick Talbert as chairman

    At its regular meeting on February 10, 2014, Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners elected Rick Talbert as its Chair, effective March 1, 2014.

    Talbert replaces Marilyn Strickland, whose second one-year term as Chair ends on February 28, 2014.

    Fol...Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Councils appoint Jesse Young, Graham Hunt to House seats

    Meeting in two joint sessions in one day, the Pierce County Council teamed up with officials from neighboring counties to appoint Jesse Young and Graham Hunt to vacant positions in the Washington State House of Representatives on Friday, Jan. 17.

    “Fill...Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    County Council elects Dan Roach as chair

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, to elect Councilmember Dan Roach as chairman for 2014.

    "This is a great honor and responsibility, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve," said Roach, who is beginning his fourth year repre...Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    New levee will protect people, help salmon

    Construction begins Thursday on a $16 million project that will reduce the risk of floods throughout the Puyallup River valley, create new habitat for salmon and produce more than 230 local jobs.

    Federal, state and local leaders will gather for a grou...Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2013

    County Council's Dec. 4 meeting to be held in Parkland

    Next week's regular meeting of the Pierce County Council will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at a fire station in Parkland.

    The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Station 61, located at 100 S. 114th St., Parkland.

    The Co...Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

    Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

    The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV Park from Dwight Partin for $1,0...Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2013

    County Council to consider protecting shooting ranges during Aug. 13 meeting in Orting

    The Pierce County Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that protects shooting ranges from noise and nuisance actions during an Aug. 13 meeting in Orting.

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

    Posted on: July 9, 2013

    Verizon Foundation awards grant for Family Justice Center services

    The Verizon Foundation has awarded $6,433 to the Family Justice Center Foundation Fund with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to fund mental health counseling and support groups for clients of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center. The Verizon Fo...Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    PCTV airs U.S. Open presentation to County Council

    PCTV video

    If you missed last week’s U.S. Open presentation to the Pierce County Council, it can be viewed at various times on PCTV and online any time.

    The one-hour presentation on June 27 featured Danny Sink, the United States Golf Association’s on-site champ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    County Council blocks pot industry until rules are ready

    The Pierce County Council unanimously voted Tuesday, July 2, to delay the start of the marijuana market until state licensing rules are set and the county adopts permanent zoning regulations.

    Last fall, Washington state voters approved Initiative 502, ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    County Council appoints McCann, Muri to vacant seats

    The Pierce County Council filled two key vacancies in the community on Tuesday, July 2.

    First, the Council voted 7-0 to appoint Kevin McCann as a judge on the Pierce County District Court bench. McCann, who has served the county as a deputy prosecutor ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Flemming, Figueroa elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

    Pierce County Councilmember Stan Flemming and University Place City Councilmember Javier Figueroa have been elected to leadership positions with the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on telecommunications issues and tele...Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

    The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the...Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2013

    Council schedules in-district meetings in 3 communities

    The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Graham, North Tacoma and Parkland as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

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

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    Celebrate completion of Key Center crosswalk Feb. 27

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a new crosswalk in Key Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Key Center Fire Station No. 46, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway KPN.

    Pierce County installed a new mid-...Read on...

    Posted on: January 15, 2013

    4 County Council members start terms

    The Pierce County Council opened its 2013 work on Tuesday, Jan. 15, by welcoming the return of one member and adding three new faces.

    Joyce McDonald (District 2) took the oath of office after winning a second four-year term last November. The Council t...Read on...

    Posted on: November 30, 2012

    Council to hold Dec. 4 meeting in Northeast Tacoma

    The Pierce County Council will hold its Dec. 4 regular meeting in the Northeast Tacoma area as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

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

    Posted on: November 26, 2012

    Council to hold Nov. 27 meeting in Summit/Midland

    The Pierce County Council will hold its Nov. 27 regular meeting in the Summit/Midland area as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

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

    Posted on: November 14, 2012

    County Council adopts responsible, balanced budget for 2013

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Nov. 13, to adopt a "responsible and fiscally sound" budget for 2013 that reduces general-government spending.

    The budget, approved on a 7-0 vote, did not include a cost-of-living adjustment for employ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Council ready to approve 2013 budget on Nov. 13

    The Pierce County Council is set to approve a 2013 budget that trims spending while protecting core public safety services.

    In public meetings on Nov. 5-6, the Council voted to make a number of adjustments to the budget proposal submitted in September ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2012

    County Council sets hearings for 2013 budget

    Monday Oct 15 2012 12:51 PM

    The Pierce County Council will hold at least eight public hearings over the next two weeks to ask questions and discuss key spending areas before it adopts a 2013 budget.

    The Council will start its Committee of the Whole ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 20, 2012

    Council schedules district meetings in 3 communities

    Friday Apr 20 2012 9:37 AM

    The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Lakebay, Puyallup and Spanaway as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-Cit...Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Daffodil Festival royalty visits County Council

    Wednesday Apr 04 2012 2:54 PM

    Members of the Daffodil Festival's 2012 royal court visited the Pierce County Council yesterday to mark the 79th year that the festival has heralded the coming of spring to Pierce County.

    Councilmembers heard from princ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2012

    County adopts strategy to prevent catastrophic flooding

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, April 3, to create a flood district that protects lives, homes, businesses and the entire regional economy from a catastrophic loss.

    On a 5-2 vote, the Council approved the creation of a Flood Control Zone Distr...Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2012

    Report highlights performance audit findings

    The Pierce County Performance Audit Committee has released its 2011 Annual Report, which focuses on Juvenile Court, the Criminal Justice Dashboard, Human Resources and natural resource lands management.

    "Performance audits provide our citizens goo...Read on...

    Posted on: March 14, 2012

    Councilman Roach schedules 2 Town Hall meetings

    Wednesday Mar 14 2012 2:45 PM

    Pierce County Councilman Dan Roach will hold two Town Hall meetings this month to discuss the proposed Flood Control Zone District and other local topics of interest.

    The District 1 councilman will hold meetings:

    Wed...Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    County Council to meet in Frederickson

    Wednesday Feb 29 2012 10:43 AM

    The Pierce County Council will hold its March 6 meeting in Frederickson.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, holds at least one meeting a year in e...Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Council endorses E-Verify; opposes state legislation

    Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:37 PM

    The Pierce County Council is sending a message to the Washington Legislature: Don't take away the county's ability to protect local jobs for legal residents, said Councilmember Dick Muri.

    The seven-member Council voted un...Read on...

    Posted on: January 10, 2012

    Council selects McDonald as new chair; Talbert tabbed as vice chair

    Pierce County Councilmembers voted Tuesday, Jan. 10 to select veteran lawmaker Joyce McDonald (District 2) as Council Chair for 2012.

    In a demonstration of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-led Council also selected Democrat Rick Talbert (District...Read on...


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    Posted on: December 1, 2016

    A statement from Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy

    I join our community in extending heartfelt condolences to the Tacoma Police Department and the City of Tacoma as they mourn the loss of Officer Jake Gutierrez. We also offer our deep appreciation to Officer Gutierrez’s family for his swift and ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 19, 2016

    Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

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

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

    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...

    Posted on: January 13, 2016

    Board of Equalization seeks members

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

    Posted on: November 5, 2015

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

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

    Posted on: September 22, 2015

    Executive McCarthy unveils sustainable, customer-focused 2016 budget

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

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

    Posted on: August 24, 2015

    Pierce County to reduce water usage in response to drought

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

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

    Posted on: July 27, 2015

    County outlines strategy for enforcing marijuana violations

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

    Posted on: July 10, 2015

    Executive McCarthy statement regarding referendum on General Services Building

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

    Posted on: July 8, 2015

    County Executive’s statement on JBLM personnel drawdown

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

    “Last summer, the...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2015

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

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

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

    Posted on: June 22, 2015

    Chambers Creek Regional Park reopening in stages, starting June 26

    Sails statute in Spectator Square

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

    The ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 21, 2015

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

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

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

    Posted on: June 8, 2015

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

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

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

    Posted on: May 6, 2015

    Councilmember Talbert uses award to draw attention to 2015 Heart Walk

    The American Heart Association has presented its Gold Achievement Award to Pierce County. The award, given to Councilmember Rick Talbert during the organization’s annual breakfast on May 5, recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees b...Read on...

    Posted on: April 14, 2015

    Chambers Bay set more fiscal records in 2014

    Chambers Bay Golf Course set new fiscal records in 2014, even as it reduced the number of rounds played to prepare for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship this June.

    The golf course, owned by Pierce County, set all-time annual records for average greens fe...Read on...

    Posted on: March 16, 2015

    County Executive, department leaders honor dozens for volunteer service

    Pierce County honored 69 individuals and seven groups for outstanding volunteer service last year to parks, public safety, courts and community programs on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

    The honorees, selected through a nomination process, were celebrated a...Read on...

    Posted on: February 27, 2015

    Farm Forum draws 200 people to boost agriculture business

    Farmers, wholesalers, institutional buyers and technical experts gathered in Puyallup on Friday, Feb. 27, to share strategies and experiences for boosting markets for the local agricultural industry.

    About 200 people attended Pierce County's second Far...Read on...

    Posted on: February 19, 2015

    14 businesses and homeowner associations recognized for excellent stormwater management

    Fourteen local businesses and homeowner associations have been recognized for taking steps to reduce the amount of pollution entering Pierce County’s waterways in 2014.

    These businesses and associations received Pierce County’s “5-Star Excellence in St...Read on...

    Posted on: February 17, 2015

    County Council approves new General Services Building plan

    After years of planning, members of the <_http3a_ _www.piercecountywa.org2f_council22_="">Pierce County Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 17 to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building.

    Councilmembers Rick Talbert (District 5), Connie Ladenburg (District 4), ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 12, 2015

    Executive McCarthy's statement about Senate transportation package

    The following is a statement by Executive Pat McCarthy on the Senate's bipartisan transportation package announced on Feb. 12:

    "I congratulate the Washington State Senate's transportation negotiators for reaching a bipartisan agreement on a tran...Read on...

    Posted on: February 12, 2015

    Healthier Air: Pierce County reaches milestone

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    Efforts to reduce unhealthy wood smoke pollution in the Tacoma/Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone area reached a milestone today when the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved a 10-year action plan and announced the area will be redesignated as i...Read on...

    Posted on: February 2, 2015

    Executive presents business plan for proposed general services building

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has negotiated a development and lease agreement for a proposed general services building that would dramatically improve customer service while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

    If approved by the Pierce County...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Public invited to learn more about proposed new county building

    Three members of the Pierce County Council are hosting a public forum to provide local residents with another opportunity to learn about the proposed general services building currently under consideration. The meeting – arranged by Councilmembers Connie ...Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible fo...Read on...

    Posted on: September 23, 2014

    Executive McCarthy's 2015 budget proposal invests in job growth and mental health services

    Executive Pat McCarthy has proposed adding four positions to assist people with mental illness and chemical dependency problems in her 2015 Pierce County budget proposal.

    Her budget, submitted this week to the County Council, also curbs overtime in the...Read on...

    Posted on: September 23, 2014

    Friday and weekend 2015 U.S. Open tickets sold out; limited tickets still available other days

    U.S. Open logo

    FAR HILLS, N.J. – All tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., have sold out, according to the United States Golf Association (USGA). Tickets are available for Thursday’s openin...Read on...

    Posted on: September 15, 2014

    State to remove derelict docks and pilings at Sunnyside, Chambers Creek Regional parks

    Aerial view of the North Dock

    Work is scheduled to begin Sept. 18 on a project to remove derelict pilings and two dilapidated docks located along the shoreline in Pierce County in an effort to restore intertidal and near-shore habitats and improve overall water quality.

    The Washing...Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2014

    U.S. Open update highlights County Council meeting in UP

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    More than 200 people attended the July 8, 2014 meeting of the Pierce County Council to hear an update on preparations for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

    The meeting, held at the county's Environmental Services Building in University Place, feature...Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2014

    Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Mike Murphy

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the passing of Mike Murphy, an 18-year public servant with the state auditor’s office, past president of the Washington Association of Counties and former Grays Harbor county commissi...Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2014

    Ag Program wins VISION 2040 Award

    Pierce County’s Agriculture Program is among six projects and programs around the region receiving prestigious VISION 2040 Awards from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

    The awards, presented on May 29, showcase work being done to implement VISION 2040,...Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2014

    Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Herman Dillon Sr.

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the May 23 passing of Herman Dillon Sr., chairman of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ tribal council:

    "Herman Dillon Sr. led with kindness, humor, strength of character and a ba...Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2014

    Pat McCarthy and John Marchione elected to lead Puget Sound Regional Council

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been reelected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth, economic development and transportation planning for the region.

    McCarthy, serving her second term as County Executive, wa...Read on...

    Posted on: May 29, 2014

    Region wins manufacturing communities designation for aerospace

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced today that the central Puget Sound region was one of 12 communities nationwide winning a Manufacturing Communities designation as part of a federal initiative.

    PSRC developed the proposal to designate...Read on...

    Posted on: May 5, 2014

    Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Billy Frank Jr.

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on today's passing of Billy Frank Jr.:

    “We have lost a national treasure in Billy Frank Jr. His advocacy regarding fishing and natural resources was second to none. His legacy include...Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2014

    New Puget Sound Fresh app puts local farms and farmers markets info in your pocket

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    Consumers can find hundreds of local farms, markets, products, recipes and more using a new mobile app built by Pierce County and Cascade Harvest Coalition.

    The Puget Sound Fresh app provides quick access to a growing network of farms and farmers marke...Read on...

    Posted on: April 24, 2014

    County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

    Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

    Joint Council-Executive Resolution R2014-49, approved durin...Read on...

    Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Chambers Bay posts record revenues as U.S. Open excitement builds

    Chambers Bay Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open.

    The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat McCarthy, showed operating revenues...Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2014

    Executive McCarthy directs staff to further analyze landslide risks

    The following is a statement by County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding landslide risks in Pierce County:

    In the wake of the Oso slide, I convened a meeting of county experts in such areas as land-use planning, emergency management, roads, rivers and i...Read on...

    Posted on: February 18, 2014

    Executive McCarthy: Frederickson plant remains important part of Boeing’s future

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding Boeing’s decision to build the 777X wing plant in Everett:

    "During this process, I met with senior Boeing leadership and received personal assurances that Frederickson will ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 12, 2014

    Medical Examiner partners with SightLife to increase organ and tissue donations

    As many as 300 people will receive sight-restoring transplants each year thanks to an innovative partnership between the Pierce County Medical Examiner and SightLife, a global nonprofit focused on eliminating corneal blindness.

    Under the partnership, ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2014

    Volunteer applications now available for 2015 U.S. Open Championship

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chambers Bay announced on Feb. 10 that volunteer applications for the 115th U.S. Open Championship are now available. The 2015 U.S. Open, the first to be played in the Pacific Northwest, is scheduled for June ...Read on...

    Posted on: December 9, 2013

    Civil Service Commission seeks applicants

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body resp...Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

    Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

    The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV Park from Dwight Partin for $1,0...Read on...

    Posted on: July 15, 2013

    Pierce County to host 2nd Aerospace Summit in July

    Pierce County’s second Aerospace Summit will offer valuable updates from experts in manufacturing technology and workforce training as the region continues its push for a larger stake in the global market.

    The summit, which features a presentation by ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings during floods, fires and other di...Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2013

    Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

    South Fork image

    Pierce County expects to reduce flood risk along two sections of the Puyallup River with projects set for this summer.

    Construction has begun on a 2,000-foot-long side channel near Orting, and work on another project that will use engineered log jams t...Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2013

    Hospitality sales begin for 2015 U.S. Open for Chambers Bay

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) has opened corporate hospitality sales for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

    The U.S. Open will be conducted June 15-21, 2015, which includes three practice-round days a...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

    Derelict Pile

    Portions of a public beach will close for about three weeks in July while Pierce County removes approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from the shoreline along Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.

    Work will begin July 8 at the south p...Read on...

    Posted on: June 26, 2013

    Niagara Bottling, LLC to create jobs with new plant in Frederickson

    Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce County, Washington. This will be Niagara’s first site in the Pacific Northwest, jo...Read on...

    Posted on: May 29, 2013

    Executive McCarthy’s statement about the passing of Sen. Carrell

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell:

    “Mike was passionate about public service. He worked hard to hold state government accountable for its spending and decisions, and he wa...Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

    The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the...Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    County Executive pleased as Sen. Conway's mental competency bill signed into law

    Jails in Pierce County face a backlog of inmates waiting for mental competency evaluations, creating additional pressure on already thin resources and in some cases threatening public safety. A bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee is designed to cut into that ...Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2013

    Seattle tunnel project creates jobs in Pierce County

    When the 1.8-mile SR 99 tunnel opens to traffic in 2015, it will rely on the strength of 1,450 precast concrete rings fabricated with pinpoint precision at a newly expanded plant in Pierce County.

    Dozens of community and business leaders gathered May 1...Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport to remain open until Sept. 30

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 10 the contract control towers at Tacoma Narrows Airport and 148 other airports will remain open until Sept. 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year 2013.

    The towers had been slated to cl...Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

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

    Applications must be registered...Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2013

    Executive McCarthy elected president of Puget Sound Regional Council

    SEATTLE - Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth planning in a thriving four-county region.

    McCarthy, serving her second term as County Executive, was elected on Thu...Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2013

    Executive McCarthy hails State Farm decision as latest sign of region’s economic vitality

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding State Farm’s announcement on April 19:

    “Pierce County welcomes State Farm’s decision to open an Initial Loss Reporting center in downtown Tacoma. This follows Amazon’s recen...Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2013

    Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

    Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

    “Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the environment,” said Pierce Coun...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

    Sprinker ice rink

    Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

    The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011. The remodel consisted of upgradi...Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

    People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and patterns come to the surface. ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Executive McCarthy selects Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

    Lowell Porter

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced Monday, April 15, she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his 30-plus years of experience in public safety will help ensure the region remains prepared for anythi...Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2013

    FAA delays closure of contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport until June 15

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor until June 15.

    The tower is one of 149 contract control towers slated to close this spring as the...Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Pierce County team receives Open Government Award

    A team of Pierce County employees who redesigned part of the county's website to make it much easier for citizens to access public records were honored Wednesday, April 3, by the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

    It was the second time in three...Read on...

    Posted on: March 21, 2013

    Pierce County lowers flags in memory of former Governor and Executive Booth Gardner

    Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered that flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in memory of former Gov. Booth Gardner, who passed away last Friday. State flags will remain at half-staff until close of business on Saturday, March 30 or firs...Read on...

    Posted on: January 28, 2013

    Jobs float in, SR 520 pontoons float out: Tacoma pontoon construction boosts local economy

    Six more pontoons are complete for the new State Route 520 floating bridge. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor joined state and local leaders in Tacoma today, as Washington State Department of Transportation crews began float-out of the second cycle of ...Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    McCarthy takes the oath of office for 2nd term

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    County Executive Pat McCarthy officially took the oath of office on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 for her second term that begins next month.

    McCarthy was re-elected in the Nov. 6 General Election. The oath was administered by her husband, Superior Court Jud...Read on...

    Posted on: November 20, 2012

    Online upgrades make building permits faster and easier

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    Before you apply for a permit to build the ultimate man cave, you can now check online to see how many people are waiting in line at the Pierce County Development Center.

    That’s one of several online improvements launched by Planning and Land Services ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 18, 2012

    Partners preserve 120-acre farm near Orting forever

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    Pierce County Executive, Pat McCarthy addresses the crowd. 1/3A 120-acre property will forever remain as a farm and habitat thanks to another successful public-private partnership in the Puyallup River Valley.

    Pierce County, the PCC Farmland Trust and ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Executive proposes spending less on general government in 2013

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 3:05 PM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy proposes spending less on general government services in 2013 than is budgeted for this year.

    The Executive's 2013 budget proposal makes strategic cuts in most departments to achieve a...Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Sound Transit Ribbon Cutting invite, Oct. 6

    Monday Sep 24 2012 11:48 AM

    Sound Transit would like to invite you to a three-station celebration Saturday, Oct. 6 as they launch Sounder train service to Lakewood and South Tacoma! They'll have free train rides and fun activities for the whole family ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2012

    Executive to accept national recognition for Foothills Trail

    Thursday Sep 13 2012 9:04 AM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will officially accept national recognition for the Foothills Trail at the Pierce County Trail Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

    Randy King, superintendent of Mount Rainier National P...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2012

    McCarthy announces start of Sounder service to Lakewood and South Tacoma

    Wednesday Sep 12 2012 2:15 PM

    Sound Transit announced today that Sounder commuter rail service to South Tacoma and Lakewood will begin Monday, Oct. 8.

    To celebrate the start of service, Sound Transit will hold a public ribbon-cutting event on Saturd...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2012

    Wall Street upgrades, affirms Pierce County's strong bond ratings

    In moves that reflect confidence in Pierce County's fiscal management, two leading Wall Street ratings agencies gave the county high marks on bonds that will be invested in projects to make the region safer and better prepared to handle population and job...Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2012

    McCarthy announces start of track testing for Sounder extension to Lakewood

    Sound Transit announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the start of rail and signal testing on more than eight miles of new track for its Sounder commuter rail extension to Lakewood.

    Crews began running Sounder test trains up to 40 miles per hour from Freightho...Read on...

    Posted on: July 27, 2012

    Boeing market outlook highlights first Pierce County Aerospace Summit

    Boeing predicts the global market will need 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, and Pierce County aerospace suppliers can help the company compete for that business by finding ways to work faster while providing a safe, efficient and reliable pro...Read on...

    Posted on: June 8, 2012

    McCarthy re-elected vice president of Puget Sound Regional Council

    Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown has been re-elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been re-elected Vice President. The vote took place today at the agency's annual meeting of its General Assem...Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Findings of JBLM Community Needs Survey released

    Tuesday May 01 2012 9:49 AM

    The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) just released findings of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Community Needs Survey. This is the first time the local community and JBLM officials have collaborated to r...Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    McCarthy, Enslow propose saving commuter bus route for Bonney Lake Sounder riders

    Monday Apr 23 2012 9:02 AM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow today announced a proposal for Sound Transit to preserve bus service between the Bonney Lake Park-and-Ride lot and the Sumner Sounder Station. The new service,...Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2012

    Sound Transit adopts McCarthy, Enslow proposal to save bus route

    New ST Express Route 596 will enable agency to continue serving Sounder riders from Bonney Lake, Buckley and Enumclaw

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors today unanimously approved creation of a new Sound Transit bus route between the Bonney Lake Park...Read on...

    Posted on: March 8, 2012

    County Executive's statement regarding port's growth

    Thursday Mar 08 2012 3:10 PM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the news about three shipping companies selecting the Port of Tacoma as their port-of-call:

    "The Port of Tacoma plays a major role in our...Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Executive co-sponsors light-rail plan for Federal Way

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors on Feb. 23 unanimously approved an amendment to the agency's 2012 budget to provide $24.3 million in additional funding for establishing a shovel-ready plan to extend light rail from South 200th Street to the heart of ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 14, 2010

    Partnership preserves Devil's Head, a 94-acre 'jewel' in the Sound

    Devil's Head, a 94-acre jewel in the South Sound, will be preserved for public use thanks to a coalition of conservation partners that acquired the stunning waterfront property.

    Located at the south end of the Key Peninsula, the property includes about...Read on...

    Posted on: May 24, 2010

    Public-private partnership saves 100-acre farm

    Three new organic farms are operating in the Orting area thanks to a successful public-private partnership.

    Officials representing Pierce County, PCC Farmland Trust and the State of Washington gathered May 21 on the site of the former dairy farm to cel...Read on...


    District 1 News

    4 Stories
    Posted on: November 18, 2016

    2016 Fall Events

    Pierce County Parks: 
    One of the new things happening at Pierce County Parks is 
    Freezin Fridays at Sprinker Recreation Center, 7:45-9:45 pm. It’s a great place for teens to come and “chill” with friends! Sp...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2016

    New road in Bonney Lake to open soon near Tehaleh

    A new road in slated to open in Bonney Lake this April near the Tehaleh development. The one-mile section will give drivers a direct link to 410, rather than weaving through the neighborhood, and should help alleviate some congestion. Hear from Pierce Cou...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2016

    Opportunity to serve on the Conservation Futures and Open Space Citizens’ Advisory Board

    The Conservation Futures and Open Space Citizens’ Advisory Board (CAB) is looking to fill three vacancies on the board for Pierce County Districts 1, 4 and 5. Individuals must live in the district they are representing and is a four-year term. If you are ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2016

    New Property Crimes Unit

    Pierce County officials want to reduce the number of property crimes. The 2016 County budget includes funding for a new, special unit in the Sheriff's Department.Read on...


    District 2 News

    5 Stories
    Posted on: November 17, 2016

    Pierce County Council honors veterans

    Veterans

    The veterans of Pierce County were honored by the County Council with the observance of November 11, 2016, as Veterans Day, and all citizens are urged to join in this observance, and express their appreciation for the contributions and sacrifices veterans...Read on...

    Click to view the proclamation
    Posted on: November 18, 2016

    Meridian Habitat Park Nature Playground Grand Opening

    On Oct. 29 the community participated in a ribbon cutting for the new Meridian Habitat Park nature playground. Learn more about this wonderful park on Facebook or at the park webpage.

           PCTV also did a wonderful...Read on...

    Posted on: November 17, 2016

    Pierce College recognized by County Council for 50 years of service

    Pierce College Day

    The Pierce County Council recognized Pierce College for their service and expressed appreciation by proclaiming October 8, 2016 “Pierce College Day”.

    Click to view the proclamation.
    Posted on: September 12, 2016

    Enjoy summer in Fife with these events!


    Fife Farmer’s Market Fridays from 3pm to 7pm
    Dacca Park, 2820 54th Ave E., Fife, WA 98424