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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Police help seniors to be safe at home

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

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Council reconsiders, approves behavioral health study proposal

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

R2015-91 ...

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

Pierce County Sheriff seeking Community Academy participants

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

The academy is an opportunity for participants to learn firsthand about law enforcement in Pierce County and to meet the Sheriff and other department members. The course seeks to familiarize the public with all aspects of the Sheriff's Department and provide insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

The class covers topics such as patrol procedures, use of force, detectives, narcotics, K-9, domestic violence, hiring and training, and more. Field trips are scheduled to the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Pierce County Jail, and Sheriff’s headquarters.

Pre-registration is required and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the class is filled. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and a photo I.D. is required after preliminary acceptance to the academy.

Interested citizens can register online or print and mail their application. Visit the Sheriff’s website at www.piercesheriff.org for more information. Click on “Get Involved” and then “Community Academy” to find the academy schedule. More information on the class will be sent once applications are received.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Priscilla Crabtree, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department
(253) 798-6646
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Posted on: August 28, 2015

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

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

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...

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Posted on: August 24, 2015

Pierce County to reduce water usage in response to drought

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

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

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

County to open more areas of Chambers Creek Regional Park

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

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...

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

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

From Mount Rainier National Park News:

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

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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.

"It says a lot about the hard work and dedication that the Planning and Land Services and Information Technology departments have put into this project, and I can't express how proud we are of their efforts," said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. "This award shows that their continued successes are setting a high standard across the country."

Pierce County’s permitting system has streamlined a traditional paper-based system. Online permitting tools reduced the number of customer phone calls and office visits by 20%, while also reducing the average consultation time by nearly 80%. Meanwhile, the mobile permitting app allows inspectors to access inspection requests, plans and permit data on their iPads. Customers can receive either electronic or printed copies of their inspections and request a re-inspection for the same or next day. Mobile permitting allows Department to conduct up to 70 more inspections a week – or 3,500 more per year! Additionally, Pierce County is one of the first counties in the nation to use free video chat tools such as Skype or Facetime for minor inspections.

“Our overarching goal at PALS is to integrate customer service in all aspects of the department,” said Dennis Hanberg, Director of Planning and Land Services (PALS). “We have been able to find efficiencies in the permitting process through the use of technology, for the benefit of our customers, citizens of Pierce County, and County staff.”

About the ESIG Award:

The 2015 ESIG award is presented by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). URISA is the premier non-profit organization for the use and integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to improve government services. According to the award announcement, “Because of the corporate, community and economic impact of Pierce County’s efforts, its Next Generation Permitting System is deserving of the 2015 Single Process Exemplary Systems in Government Award.”

MEDIA CONTACT:
John DeWeese, Pierce County Information Technology
253 798-6207
jdewees@co.pierce.waRead 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...

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Posted on: August 5, 2015

Parks and Recreation offers Northwest Magic basketball “boot camp”

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

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

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

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

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

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 special elections are taking place, how to vote, where to vote, when we'll know the results, and a number of other frequently asked questions.

Click here to access the 2015 Primary Election and Results Schedule.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor
253-798-3188
253-318-0493 (cell)
Julie.Anderson@co.pierce.wa.us

Mike Rooney, Elections Manager
253-798-2148
253-948-7547 (cell)
mrooney@co.pierce.wa.us

Whitney Rhodes, Assistant to the Auditor
253-798-3189
whitney.rhodes@co.pierce.wa.us@PierceCountyAudRead 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...

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Posted on: July 28, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

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

The academy is an opportunity for participants to learn first-hand about law enforcement in Pierce County and to meet the Sheriff and other department members. The course seeks to familiarize the public with all aspects of the Sheriff's Department and provides insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

The class covers topics such as the law, patrol procedures, use of force, detectives, narcotics, K-9, domestic violence, hiring and training, and more. Field trips are scheduled to the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Pierce County Jail, and Sheriff’s headquarters.

Pre-registration is required and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis until the class is filled. At this time there are openings. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. A photo I.D. is required after preliminary acceptance to the academy.

You can register online or print and mail in the application. Visit the Community Academy’s webpage for more information. Class details will be sent once your application is received.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Priscilla Crabtree, Sheriff’s Department
(253) 798-6646
pcrabtr@co.pierce.waRead 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...

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Posted on: July 23, 2015

6th District Council meeting will honor retiring JBLM commander

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

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...

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

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

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

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...

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Posted on: July 16, 2015

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

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

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

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Posted on: July 16, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

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

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2015

Pavement work at Tacoma Narrows Airport starts July 21

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

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

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...

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

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

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

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

County Executive’s statement on JBLM personnel drawdown

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

“Last summer, the...

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

Video News: Tourism Special

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

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

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

Sounds of music fill the air at Meridian Habitat Park

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

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

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

County observes Independence Day

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

Offices will reopen Monday, July 6.

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 ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

Stay safe and legal this 4th of July

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

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...

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

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

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

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 Eme...

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Posted on: June 25, 2015

Project to restore salmon habitat on Fennel Creek begins July 1

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

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...

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Posted on: June 22, 2015

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

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

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 changes, and Chambers Bay proved worthy of the toughest test in golf.

"This was one of the most extraordinary weeks in our region's history. Our communities hosted thousands of visitors, and tens of millions of people saw spectacular views of our beautiful home. On behalf of Pierce County, I offer our thanks and appreciation to the local, state and federal partners who helped make this a huge success, as well as the championship volunteers and residents who provided such a warm welcome to all of our visitors.

"I especially want to thank the United States Golf Association for selecting Chambers Bay as the site of the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest. Our county-owned golf course sets a great example for the USGA's goals of sustainable, accessible golf. I look forward to the post-championship reviews with county and USGA staff in the coming months. Our goal has always been to do this again and again, but first we have to take the time to analyze how it went.

"In the meantime, I am already looking forward to watching next year's championship at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania."

MEDIA CONTACT:
Hunter George, Pierce County Communications
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Posted on: June 20, 2015

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

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

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

Dry weather prompts county-wide burn ban

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

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 fit the region.

Lacz is CEO of Ridgewells Catering, which has been preparing meals for the U.S. Open since 1993. She's created a menu of over 150 items, and will serve over 40,000 meals during the week of the championship. Her diners include corporate sponsors, players, rules officials, media and the USGA. And the menu varies from tent to tent.

Many of her ingredients are purchased from Northwest-based suppliers. And here's one local item you might not have heard of before: salmon candy. About 100 pounds of it is available.

Not only will the food inventory be stocked locally, so will the staff. Lacz recruited a staff of 500 that includes chefs, cooks, bartenders, servers and wait staff, from South Seattle College, Tacoma Community College, University of Washington Tacoma, JBLM, and Bates Technical College.

FUN FACTS

  • Poultry 5,900 lbs.
  • Beef 5,900 lbs. (flank steak, tenderloin)
  • Pork 3,000 lbs.
  • Seafood 5,900 lbs. (albacore tuna, shrimp, salmon, dungeness crab)
  • Cheese 600 lbs.
  • 15,000 cookies
  • 400 lbs. salsa
  • 5,200 containers yogurt
  • 250 cases Northwest wine (Middleton Family Winery, Betz Winery, Columbia Crest Winery)
  • 4,500 cases beer
  • 3,000 cases bottled water
  • 100,000 cases ofRead 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...

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    Posted on: June 8, 2015

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

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

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

    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 ...

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    Posted on: June 5, 2015

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

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

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

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    Posted on: May 28, 2015

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

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

    • Rare for U.S. Open to be held on a municipal golf course
    • Who is the USGA? Learn about the history of the United States Golf Association
    • Learn about the sustainability of Chambers Bay, from fescue to re...
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    Posted on: 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 fun and memories as in previous years with a classic car show, jet car, vintage warbirds, live music and plenty of food.

    New in 2015 will be a visit from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadrons P-51 Mustang “Tuskegee Airman”, and thanks to USAAs title sponsorship, the Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, making its first ever west coast appearance. This exhibit allows you to put yourself in the cockpit and soar above the clouds in your own P-51C Mustang. Also included is the original film, RISE ABOVE, on a 160-degree panoramic screen in a 30-seat temperature-controlled movie theater. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame obstacles to train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots, and what it means to us 60 years later. The exhibit will be open for group tours and limited hours on the 3rd and 4th of July. The tours are free, so please call or e-mail to set up a time for your group to go through the exhibit and see the P-51C. The Exhibit will be open during the event on the 5th.

    Our newest Sponsor, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF) a 501 (c)(3) non-profit community foundation, is holding a raffle for a ride in the P-51C Tuskegee Airman. Tickets are $10 and the drawing will be at 3:00 on Sunday the 5th. You must be present to win. Tickets will be available online beginning Monday, May 18th at http://p-51mustang.eventbrite.com. Half of all proceeds will go to the GGHF Curious by Nature School to support early-childhood programs and tuition assistance grants. The school offers a one-of-a-kind, nature-based early-learning program where children go outside to learn, explore and play every day, rain or shine.

    The Hub at Gig Harbor is open and a big part of the festivities with a menu befitting the day and a beer garden for those with a thirst for more than water or pop. Various other food and beverage vendors will be on site to fill in what the Hub does not provide.

    The car show has boasted more than 150 classic and custom cars and promises to have just as many or more this year. Room has been made to allow up to 250. Dash plaques for every entry and lots of trophies. Contact Larry Hansen at 253-377-2525 or email red50merc@gmail.com.

    Bill Braack in the Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car will return for his fifth year with us. Always a crowd pleaser, we’ll see if he can win a race against a warbird this year. Warbirds scheduled to appear this year are a pair of P-51 Mustangs, Renny Price in the SU-29, the two ship T-6 Texan team “Yellow Thunder”, the West Coast Ravens and a Stearman Biplane flown by Vicky Benzing.

    This year, more on-site parking will be available, room for 300 cars on the VIP ramp are available first come first serve for $5. Parking is free at St. Anthony Medical Building on Pt. Fosdick, across from Uptown, and a free shuttle takes you right to the action. Tickets are: Adults 18 and older: $15, seniors and military ID card holders: $10, Kids 6 to 17: $5, and Kids 5 and under: FREE.

    As always, we appreciate our sponsors that make it all happen: USAA, Fairway Independent Mortgage Company, The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, Waste Management Inc, Tacoma Narrows Aviation, The Hub Restaurant, Drive Lambo, University Place Refuse, Pierce County, and Goldmine Coins & Relics. There are more opportunities to sponsor and plenty of room on the ramp so if you’re interested call Doug Fratoni at 253-405-9604 or e-mail sabrejetsllc@gmail.comRead 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...

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    Posted on: May 22, 2015

    Celebrate Tacoma Narrows Airport’s new observation area June 3

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

    A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new area, which will be known as the Rotary Aviation Zone, will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 3 at the airport, 1202 26th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor.

    The zone features an ADA-accessible observation tower with a front-row view of the runway, a viewing shelter and tables. Future plans include adding educational displays about aviation and the airport, additional lighting, and potentially a small mounted airplane.

    “People of all ages and abilities can visit this new area to watch planes fly in and out and learn more about aviation,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “Tacoma Narrows Airport has so much to offer pilots, businesses and visitors, and this new amenity should inspire even more interest in aviation in Pierce County.”

    The zone is a joint effort between The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport, and Pierce County. Funding was provided by all three organizations, while the concept and volunteer work to build the zone was handled by The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor and The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport.

    “We love to build projects like this,” said Dick Vanberg, The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor president. “The community will use it. It involves the different skills of several members. We like to work together as it builds our friendships. And our Rotary name will be seen by so many people.”

    The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor contributed approximately $25,000 toward the structures, while The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport contributed nearly $5,000 to the site. Pierce County contributed approximately $18,000 to pay for materials.

    "I've lived near the airport for almost 25 years and loved coming over to watch planes with my kids and now grandkids,” said Roger Gruener, The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport vice president. “After I became a community member (not a pilot) of the Tacoma Narrows Airport Advisory Commission, I felt we needed a better area to make that viewing easier. So I started The Friends group with our first goal of building this type of structure. I'm so thankful to The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor for funding most of it, because otherwise, it would still a dream. I value this airport as a very important asset in our community.”

    The observation tower and viewing shelter were designed by Jim Castino, principal at Castino Architecture, while Oliver Magnuson and Randy Barcalow served as construction managers. Brett Marlo DeSantis of Brett Marlo Designs served as the site designer.

    The roofs of the observation tower and shelter were provided by Spencer Aircraft, Wayne’s Roofing, and Scott & From Co. Inc. Tacoma Narrows Aviation provided the fencing around the site.

    About the ceremony
    Speakers at the event include Executive McCarthy, County Councilmember Derek Young (District 7), Vanberg, Gruener, and Deb Wallace, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities’ airport and ferry administrator. Attendees should park in the airport parking lot near the control tower. The zone is located next to tower.

    About Tacoma Narrows Airport
    Tacoma Narrows Airport is a regional airport that is used for small business jet travel and general aviation. The airport serves businesses, recreational flying, flight instruction, medical services, the media, the military, and law enforcement. There are approximately 62,400 operations at the airport each year.

    Pierce County also owns Pierce County Airport-Thun Field in Puyallup.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Deb Wallace, Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator
    (253) 798-7109 desk
    (360) 909-8198 cell
    deb.wallace@co.pierce.wa.us

    Anne Radford, Public Works and Utilities public information officer
    (253) 798-2464
    aradfor@co.pierce.waRead 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 ...

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    Posted on: May 18, 2015

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

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

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

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    Posted on: May 11, 2015

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

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

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

    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 ...

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    Posted on: May 8, 2015

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

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

    “Against” committee members needed

    • To...

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    Posted on: May 8, 2015

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

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

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

    Read on...

    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...

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    Posted on: May 5, 2015

    Puget Sound Starts Here Month challenges residents to protect local waters

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

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

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    Posted on: May 4, 2015

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

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

    Alternatives regarding schedule changes, fare policies a...

    Read on...

    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...
    Read on...

    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....
    Read on...

    Posted on: April 24, 2015

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

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

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

    ...

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    Posted on: April 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 funds and often subject to shifting political winds.

    “Pierce County is one of three counties in the state that operates its own ferry system, the funding for which – until this bill was passed – was capped at a million dollars divided three ways. In fact, despite the population increases there hasn’t been an increase in ferry funding since 1991,” said Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council Vice Chair. “Thanks to Senator Steve O’Ban and Representatives Jake Fey and Dick Muri, our ferry system will get a much-needed revenue boost and will therefore rely less heavily on the county road fund.”

    In late 2013, Richardson helped draft the first version of what eventually became SB 5307 while studying ways to make transportation funding more consistent from year to year and less reliant on legislative action. Pierce County Airport and Ferry Administrator Deb Wallace says the bill’s passage is welcome news.

    “It’s been over 20 years since the legislature last increased our funding,” said Wallace, “and I am delighted not only that they adopted a measure that was first drafted by Pierce County, but that future funding will be indexed to a growth factor instead of being debated each year.”

    SB 5307 will help reduce Pierce County’s reliance on funding ferry operations with county road funds, monies Wallace says are needed for other county roadwork and maintenance. Once the bill is signed by the governor and becomes law, the statewide funding cap will increase to $1.8 million for the next two-year period and Pierce County should see its share increase between $200,000 and $300,000.

    For more information on the Pierce County Ferry System, please visit www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council
    253-798-3308
    doug.richardson@co.pierce.wa.us

    Deb Wallace, Pierce County Airport and Ferry Administrator
    253-798-7109
    deb.wallace@co.pierce.waRead 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 ...

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    Posted on: April 15, 2015

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

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

    ...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...

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    Posted on: April 14, 2015

    Chambers Bay set more fiscal records in 2014

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

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

    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...
    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...

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    Posted on: March 31, 2015

    Daffodil royalty descends on the Pierce County Council

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

    Twenty-three Daffodil Princesses jo...

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    Posted on: March 30, 2015

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

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

    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...

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    Posted on: March 25, 2015

    Family caregivers have resources to ease their work

    Caregiving is the “new normal” in American families. People who need help – whether because of age, accident, debilitating disease, chronic health conditions or simple frailty – much prefer to remain in the familiar (and affordable) surroundings of home rather than move to formal care facilities. Fully one in four families will fall into this role.

    We won't always know when the need will arise, but there are things people can do to feel more prepared for caregiving. “Conversations on Caregiving” is an informal discussion about family caregiving and the resources, tools and skills that can help caregivers over the long term. The discussion will explore ways families share responsibilities, how to handle caregiver duties, the challenges most caregivers face and the resources available in Pierce County. Participants will also learn how to recognize and avoid caregiver burnout.

    “Conversations on Caregiving” will be offered four times:

    • April 11 – 11 a.m. to noon at the University Place Library, 3609 Market Place W. in University Place
    • April 13 – 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma
    • April 15 – 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the County City Building Rainier Conference Room 7th Floor, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma
    • April 15 – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian in Puyallup

    The discussion will provide an opportunity for individuals to explore the options, needs, resources and supports available to them. According to former first lady Rosalyn Carter, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.”

    “Conversations on Caregiving” is sponsored by Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) in collaboration with local community partners. ADR coordinates the Family Caregiver Support Program that provides a range of services and supports to family caregivers to help keep them strong and effective in their role. The program currently serves over 2,000 families in Pierce County.

    The information-only event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Kinney, Community Connections
    253-798-4509
    skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

    Bob Riler, Community Connections
    253-798-7384
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    Posted on: March 23, 2015

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

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

    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 empowerment resources for victims of domestic violence.

    “We are very thankful for the continued support of the Verizon Foundation. They are committed to giving back to the community by supporting programs such as ours," said Rick Talbert, a Pierce County Councilmember and chair of the center's Executive Board. "Support groups and counseling play a vital role in helping clients move past the abuse to lives of safety and stability. With the generous support of the Verizon Foundation we will continue to provide these much needed services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

    Established in 2005 through an agreement between Pierce County and the City of Tacoma, the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center serves the needs of domestic violence victims and their children by providing comprehensive victim services in a central, safe location. The center is named in honor of the late Crystal Judson Brame. More information is available at www.aplaceofhelp.org.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Charlston, Verizon Wireless
    (425) 603-2894
    Scott.charlston@verizonwireless.com

    Susan Adams, Crystal Judson Family Justice Center

    (253) 798-4310
    sadams@co.pierce.waRead 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...

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    Posted on: March 18, 2015

    Learn about resources for extended care of a loved one

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

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    Posted on: March 13, 2015

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

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

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

    County Council designates Volunteer Recognition Week

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

    Pierce County has two new award-winning community volunteers.

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

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    Posted on: March 10, 2015

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

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

    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 for U.S. Open
    • DuPont’s Home Course to host local U.S. Open qualifier
    • Lower than usual water level at Lake Tapps to return to normal
    • Tacoma Museum District to be open every Thursday night
    • Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Camp Showtime ice performance, Adult hockey learn to play

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Download our new mobile app.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead on...

    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...

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    Posted on: March 2, 2015

    New translated forms will aid in Pierce County Superior Court functions

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

    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 Farm Forum to learn more about agritourism and direct market sales, as well as to network with potential business partners.

    "We have a rich agricultural heritage in this region, and the growing popularity of our Farm Forum shows there's great interest in supporting it," said County Executive Pat McCarthy, the event's host. "We brought farmers and buyers together to assist them in making business connections and discovering new opportunities in various market settings, such as retail, restaurants, hospitals, schools and farmers markets."

    The Farm Forum, co-hosted by Cascade Harvest Coalition, featured presentations and lively discussions about marketing and agritourism. Speakers included representatives from the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Blue Willow Lavender Farm, Wilcox Farms, and the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau.

    Participants learned more about the Pierce County Agriculture Program, which offers assistance with permitting, partnerships, promotion and land preservation. One highlight of the county program is the management of a mobile app for Puget Sound Fresh, Cascade Harvest Coalition's statewide directory of farms, farmers markets, products and activities.

    Another session focused on opportunities and barriers that local food purchasers have experienced in buying food direct from farmers. Those speakers represented Harborview Medical Center, Whole Food Market, Sumner School District, Charlie's Produce, and Primo Grill.

    The afternoon session featured a "speed-dating" format that gave local farmers the opportunity to meet with buyers from such entities as Joint Base Lewis McChord, farmers markets, Tacoma Boys, Marlene's Natural Foods Market & Deli, Harbor Greens Market, St. Martin's University, Pacific Lutheran University, Hotel Murano's Bite Restaurant and more.

    Technical experts were available throughout the day to discuss financing, permits, conservation, health regulations and more.

    The Farm Forum also received support from the Pierce Conservation District, The Russell Family Foundation, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the WSU Extension.

    More information is available at www.piercecountywa.org/farming. The forum included the release of a new Pierce County TV video about agritourism, which can be found here: http://youtu.be/PWalNEV1wXk.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications
    (253) 798-6606
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    Posted on: February 27, 2015

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

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

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

    “Puget ...

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    Posted on: February 27, 2015

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

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

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

    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 of vendors that will put just the right touch on a wedding day. There will be a variety of photographers, caterers, DJ's, event planners, florists, and more on site to help finalize wedding plans.

    The ESB is a flexible and modern location ideal for weddings, receptions, parties, or retreats. The facility includes a large meeting space, an outdoor courtyard, a catering kitchen as well as a spacious lobby area. The outdoor courtyard features a covered patio popular for evening receptions, while the large lawn adjacent to the building offers a spectacular view of Puget Sound as the backdrop for an outdoor wedding. The staff at the ESB can assist in every way to make sure the event runs smoothly.

    To set up a tour of this location, contact (253) 798-4141. Find more information including rental policies and availability calendar at the ESB website. For a slideshow of photos, please visit Pierce County’s Flickr gallery.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Andrea Clay, Recreation Supervisor
    253-798-4703
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    Posted on: February 27, 2015

    Community input sought for Aging & Disability priorities

    Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) is initiating a process to gather community input for the creation of the 2016-2019 Area Plan. The Area Plan establishes funding priorities and the array of services that will be provided to support older adults and adults with disabilities who are living in the community.

    Input can be provided at six community forums, an Internet survey, by e-mail and by mail. Comments can be made on any topic of concern, e.g., in-home care, transportation, nutrition, health care, housing, socialization, legal services, aging-in-place and employment / volunteerism. Information gathered will be used to help shape the “Area Plan” that will be created by ADR.

    “We want to hear what concerns people,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “In order for us to develop a strong plan for the next four years, we need to hear the experiences and suggestions of people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, family members, friends and professionals in the community.”

    Aging and Disability Resources has scheduled a series of forums for individuals to speak up and help shape priority areas and goals for services to older adults and individuals with disabilities in Pierce County. Six community forums are scheduled:

    • March 4 (2 to 4 p.m.) at the Center for Independence, 7801 Bridgeport Way W., Suite 200, Lakewood
    • March 9 (10 a.m. to noon) at the Lighthouse Senior Activity Center, 5016 E. A St., Tacoma
    • March 19 (12:30- 2:30 p.m.) at the Milgard Family HOPE Center, 8502 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor
    • March 21 (9 to 11 a.m.) at the Buckley Senior Center, 811 Main St., Buckley
    • March 30 (10 a.m. to noon) at the Mountain View Community Center, 3607 122nd Ave. E., Edgewood
    • April 16 (1 to 3 p.m.) at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood
    Each community input forum is open to the public. No RSVP is required.

    An Internet survey is also available to provide input. The survey is available at www.PierceCountyWA.org/ADR. Comments can also be provided by mail to Pierce County ADR, 1305 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 104, Tacoma, WA 98402. Email submissions can be made to PCSeniors@co.pierce.wa.us.

    Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) is a designated Area Agency on Aging. Guided by the Area Plan and an Advisory Board, the role of ADR is to plan and oversee long-term services and supports in Pierce County. For additional information about the Community Input Forums or the Area Plan, call (253) 798-7376.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Scott Kinney, Community Connections
    253-798-4509
    skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

    Bob Riler, Community Connections
    253-798-7384
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    Posted on: February 26, 2015

    Pierce County to extend animal services to City of Fife

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

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

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    Posted on: February 5, 2015

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

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

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

    2015 U.S. Open championship logo

    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...

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    Posted on: February 18, 2015

    Largest Farmland Conservation project in Pierce County history completed

    Forterra and Pierce County

    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 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), Derek Young (District 7), and Joyce McDonald (District 2) voted for the plan. Council Chair Dan Roach (District 1) and Councilmembers Doug Richardson (District 6) and Jim McCune (District 3) voted against it.

    The consolidation will bring together 19 departments and divisions currently scattered in 14 locations, including eight commercial leases covering 150,000 square feet.

    "This business plan will save taxpayers millions of dollars in leases, staffing and maintenance costs," said Councilmember Talbert, who represents the area in Tacoma’s South End that will house the new campus. "We have carefully analyzed current and future costs, asset values, risk, and more. An independent consultant verified our staff savings through consolidation. This pencils out in the taxpayers' interest."

    The 330,000-square-foot building will be constructed on the county-owned, 13-acre Pacific Avenue campus just up the hill from downtown. That site currently houses the former Puget Sound Hospital, which closed years ago. The county negotiated a "guaranteed maximum price" of $126.9 million with the developer, Wright Runstad & Company.

    "This makes good business sense. We will redirect eight current lease payments to this new building, and the consolidation will enable us to cut 38 staff positions, saving another $4 million a year," said Councilmember Ladenburg. "No taxes will be raised to pay for this. We can pay for it with existing resources and the savings gained from consolidating our services, and the savings will grow over time."

    The county made adjustments to the project based on feedback from the public, including four community meetings in January and February.

    County Executive Pat McCarthy publicly introduced the proposal in 2013 after several years of studying the service delivery in all county facilities -- owned and leased. Under the plan adopted Tuesday, most general government services will be consolidated into one General Services Building in a lease-to-own agreement with a nonprofit corporation. Services will include building permits, business licenses, Health Department records, and property tax payments, among others.

    The Executive thanked the County Council majority for analyzing the cost difference between the status quo and the savings over the next 30 years.

    "Taxpayers expect us to utilize public resources efficiently and effectively. This plan will save money while improving the delivery of services to the 820,000 residents we serve," she said. "My administration will now complete the planning for the staff changes and program improvements made possible by consolidating 19 departments and divisions into one location."

    Chair Roach, in explaining his position, said the reliance on staff savings was too risky.

    "In order to make the mortgage payments, 38.1 jobs would have to stay eliminated for the duration of the mortgage, and we can't promise that future councils and executives would adhere to that," he said. "I sincerely hope I'm proven wrong and everything works out for the best, but I couldn't in good conscience ask our taxpayers to shoulder that risk. I wouldn't make that commitment with my own money, and I don't think we should make it with their money either."

    The building will house approximately 1,300 employees, including about 250 from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, an independent agency that is joining the county as a tenant in the new building. Other tenants will include the four departments in the Pierce County Annex, a 1950s-era building that originally housed a discount department store. The Annex site likely will be sold.

    The county's existing downtown campus, anchored by the County-City Building, will continue to house about 1,000 employees from the law and justice sectors in what will be redeveloped with existing resources over time as the Pierce County Justice Center.

    Construction of the General Services Building will begin next month, with occupancy expected in fall 2016. Project documents and updates are available at www.piercecountywa.org/gsb.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Dan Roach, Pierce County Council Chair
    (253) 798-3635
    dan.roach@co.pierce.wa.us

    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
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    Posted on: February 17, 2015

    Crystal Judson Family Justice Center receives award for exemplary service

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

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

    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 transportation plan that completes Highway 167 and addresses traffic congestion around JBLM. We will take the time to study the details, of course, but this is a very important and positive step. Our competitors around the world are investing in their infrastructure, and we cannot afford to wait any longer. I am very encouraged by the Senate's progress."

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
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    Posted on: February 12, 2015

    Healthier Air: Pierce County reaches milestone

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

    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 Chambers Bay.

    Additional site closures are scheduled to take effect on April 20 and May 26, with the final site-wide closure taking place on June 10. The U.S. Open will be held June 15-21.

    “Chambers Creek Regional Park is an outstanding community asset, and we understand the impact the park closures will have to its many users,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “I appreciate the community’s support as construction begins on grandstands, temporary buildings and other components of the U.S. Open Championship, whose construction often compares it to a temporary city. The USGA and the county are working together to implement a phased-in approach so we can preserve public access to the park as long as possible.”

    An interactive map showing the closure schedule is available at www.piercecountywa.org/ccrp. The web page will be updated if there are changes to the closure schedule during construction.

    Here’s a breakdown of the schedule:

    March 16: Closures will be focused on the Central Meadow area, which includes the off-leash dog areas, the Bridge to the Beach, the grass meadow and portions of the Soundview Trail. The closure will allow construction to begin on a variety of temporary facilities for the U.S. Open. During the closure, public access to the affected areas will be restricted to authorized staff only.

    April 20: Full closure of the Central Meadow parking lot and restrooms, North Meadow grass area, and the Soundview Trail. Additionally, the entry road leading to the Central Meadow will be closed to the public. Grandview Trail will remain open; however, parking will be limited to on-street parking and the lots at the nearby Environmental Services Building.

    May 26: Playground by the Sound, the Chambers Bay Golf Course and Grandview Trail will be closed to the public.

    Final closures prior to the championship will occur in June when the Chambers Bay Grill and Pro Shop, Environmental Services Building and East Slope Trail will close to the public. Beginning June 10, no public access or parking will be available at the park or adjoining Environmental Services Building.

    “We will progressively reopen the site after the Championship as structures are disassembled and the site is restored,” said Parks and Recreation Director Tony Tipton. “The USGA is committed to helping us resume public access as quickly as possible. Some areas – particularly the Central Meadow – will remain closed for a longer period of time while the grass recovers. In the meantime, we hope park users will enjoy other regional trail systems, including the Foothills Trail and Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail.”

    The United States Golf Association is expecting more than 200,000 spectators, volunteers, media, vendors and staff to attend the seven-day event. This is the first time the U.S. Open will be held in the Pacific Northwest in its 115-year history, and just the fourth time the championship has been conducted at a publicly-owned course.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Tony Tipton, Pierce County Parks and Recreation Director
    253-798-4250
    ttipton@co.pierce.wa.us

    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications Director
    253-798-6606
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    Posted on: February 12, 2015

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

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

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

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    Posted on: February 9, 2015

    Sheriff's Community Academy openings

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. The University Place academy begins Feb. 19 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. The South Hill academy begins March 18 and will meet each Wednesday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.

    The academy is an opportunity for participants to learn first-hand about law enforcement in Pierce County and to meet the Sheriff and other department members. The course seeks to familiarize the public with all aspects of the Sheriff's Department and provides insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

    The class covers topics such as the law, patrol procedures, use of force, detectives, narcotics, K-9, domestic violence, hiring and training, and more. Field trips are scheduled to the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Pierce County Jail, and Sheriff’s headquarters.

    Pre-registration is required and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis until the class is filled. At this time there are openings. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.

    You can register online or print and mail in the application. Visit the Community Academy’s webpage for more information. Class details will be sent once your application is received.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Priscilla Crabtree, Sheriff’s Department
    (253) 798-6646
    pcrabtr@co.pierce.wa.us

    Teresa Berg, Sheriff’s Department
    (253) 798-4214
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    Posted on: February 7, 2015

    Executive McCarthy statement regarding shutdown of ports

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

    "The impact of a shutdown will be devastating to thousands of people in Pierce County who rely on ...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 each can accommodate up to 800 spectators. Tickets are available for balcony or on-ice seating.

    This year’s event features guest performers Jeremy Barrett and Natalia Zaitseva. Barrett is a U.S. Olympian and National Pairs Champion, while Zaitseva is a Russian Master of Sport in Pairs Skating. Both also performed with Moscow on Ice and Disney on Ice. Also featured is ice aerialist SueEllen Quick. These professional performers are joined by a cast of more than 75 local skaters and Northwest Champions.

    For the show, Sprinker's Ice Arena is transformed into a professional set with state-of-the-art light and sound, costuming and props. These annual ice shows increase in popularity every year. Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible.

    The ice show gives local skaters an experience outside the rigors of competitive life. It is enriching and rewarding for both viewers and participants. Shows are approximately 90 minutes in length with a 15-minute intermission.

    Show Times

    Friday, Feb. 6: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Feb. 7: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 9: 2 p.m.

    Ticket Information

    Balcony seats are $12 and On-Ice seats are $18. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets, by phone at 253-798-4000 or in person at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 South C Street in Tacoma, Washington.

    More information is available at www.reflectionsonice.com.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
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    Posted on: February 5, 2015

    Puyallup teen gets County Council support for awareness of heart defects

    Congenital heart defect awareness proclamation

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

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

    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 Council, the $126.9 million project would consolidate 19 departments and divisions currently housed in 14 locations.

    The project would be funded with existing resources, including the money currently spent on eight commercial office leases as well as significant staff savings through efficiencies created by the consolidation. It would be built on the county-owned 13-acre site of the former Puget Sound Hospital campus, located just up the hill from downtown Tacoma.

    "We started this project with a 'service first' goal - that is, we analyzed how to align our programs and divisions in a way that provides the most efficient customer service in a one-stop shopping experience," Executive McCarthy said. "Thousands of people from across Pierce County who use our services would be able to take care of business in one convenient location instead of driving all over the area."

    The Executive’s office presented the proposed development agreement to the Pierce County Council on Monday, Feb. 2. The Council, which has received regular briefings for months, is scheduled to vote Feb. 17 on whether to approve it. (A PowerPoint presentation of the business plan is available here.)

    The $126.9 million “guaranteed maximum price” from the developer includes:

    • $103.8 million for total construction, including fixtures and furniture.
    • $17.4 million for parking lots and structures.
    • $3.9 million for building, parking and tenant contingencies.

    Under the 63-20 financing model (named after the IRS code), the costs are guaranteed by the developer, Wright Runstad & Co., which would be responsible for any cost overruns. Incentives are built into the agreement to encourage the developer to come in under budget.

    The project is also estimated to incur approximately $15.5 million in financing costs, including interest paid on the bonds during construction. It's expected that up to $3 million of that amount will not be needed, but it's required to be available.

    All told, the annual lease payment would be approximately $8.6 million a year, depending on which of two financing options is selected.

    No tax increases are necessary to cover the cost because the project will, in fact, save taxpayer money. Most of the lease payment would come from two sources:

    • Getting out of eight commercial leases for 150,000 square feet, and spending that $3.2 million on the new building.
    • Eliminating 38 county positions due to the consolidations, which reduces the need for redundant functions. That would save $4 million in 2017, which adds up to well over $120 million in savings over 30 years.

    The remaining $1.16 million of the annual lease payment would be covered by the following sources: rent from the Tacoma Pierce County Department of Health, an independent agency that decided last summer to join the building as a tenant; savings from reducing the county fleet at least 10 percent thanks to the consolidations; and rent from retail space currently intended for a coffee shop and deli. Additional savings to be determined would come from lower utility bills and the eventual sale of the Pierce County Annex.

    "There's no question this consolidation makes good business sense," Executive McCarthy said. "Without the new building, we will spend well over $300 million on leases, salaries for redundant positions, and maintenance and upgrades in outdated buildings over the same period of time. Consolidation in a lease-to-own scenario is the prudent choice."

    If approved, the project would align county services into two main campuses. General government services would be located on the new campus, and about 1,000 employees in the law and justice sectors would remain at the downtown campus just two miles away.

    The project began in summer 2012 as county officials analyzed whether to continue to invest in the Pierce County Annex, a former discount department store that was built in the late 1950s and houses four departments. In summer 2013, the County Executive announced her proposal to realize economies of scale by consolidating services on the former hospital site. That fall, the County Council voted to spend $1 million to select a development team and design enough of the project to determine the amount of the fixed lease, which then must be approved by the Council before the project can continue.

    If approved, construction would begin in March, with the building fully occupied by November 2016.

    More information is available at www.piercecountywa.org/gsb.

    Feb. 5 update: Here's a story about the project financing by Pierce County TV.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications
    (253) 798-6606
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    Posted on: February 5, 2015

    Figueroa and Young elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

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

    Figueroa, who serves as the RCC president, holds several leadership positions with the city, including deputy mayor and member of the City Council’s U.S. Open Task Force. He has 30 years of experience in real estate asset management. He is an Army veteran, a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and a gubernatorial appointee to the State Council on Aging.

    “The Rainier Communications Commission provides an influential voice for local jurisdictions as the cable industry and the federal government discuss access to the rights of way in our communities,” Figueroa said. “We are committed to promoting community interests in telecommunications, especially in matters involving the siting of towers and other infrastructure.”

    Young was elected vice president of the RCC. He previously served 16 years on the Gig Harbor City Council, which included stints as a member of the Pierce County Regional Council, the Puget Sound Regional Council and the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners.

    “Besides the important telecommunications policy work, the RCC also adds transparency to local government by televising local meetings and events, and by telling award-winning stories about local people and places,” Young said.

    The Rainier Communications Commission consists of elected or appointed officials representing Pierce County and the cities of Sumner, Orting, Puyallup, Fife, DuPont, University Place, Ruston, Steilacoom and Carbonado. The City of Tacoma is a nonvoting partner.

    The RCC oversees Pierce County TV and other channels that air meetings and other programming for jurisdictions, agencies and schools. PCTV is available on channel 22 on Comcast Cable, 22/522 HD on Click! Cable TV, and channel 20 on Rainier Connect. Programming is available on demand at www.piercecountytv.org and on the PCTV mobile app.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    David Hinman, PCTV general manager
    (253) 798-8710
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    Posted on: January 29, 2014

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

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

    • Public meeting shows South Tacoma support for County’s General Services Building
    • County Council to take shoreline amendments to public meetings
    • Find out which bills Pierce County is watching in this le...
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    Posted on: January 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 amendments that resulted from a series of community hearings last spring. The Community Development Committee, chaired by District 5 Councilmember Rick Talbert, made changes to such areas as aquaculture practices, shoreline buffer provisions, and development around Lake Tapps Reservoir. Now the committee wants to gather feedback on those changes before sending a final version to the full County Council.

    Here is the schedule of community meetings:

    • Thursday, Jan. 29 - 5:30 p.m.
      North Lake Tapps Middle School
      20029 12th Street East, Lake Tapps, WA 98391

    • Monday, Feb. 2 - 5:30 p.m.
      Peninsula High School, Auditorium
      14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

    • Monday, Feb. 9 - 5:30 p.m.
      Pacific Lutheran University, Scandinavian Cultural Center
      12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

    • Monday, March 2 - 1:30 p.m.
      County-City Building, Room 1045
      930 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98402

    Washington State law requires that Pierce County update its shoreline development regulations, which were adopted in the early 1970s. This affects approximately 12,000 properties near marine waters, rivers and certain streams, lakes, wetlands, and floodplains. Participants can testify, provide written materials or both.

    Typical examples of development that will be reviewed for compliance with the updated shoreline regulations include: residential development and associated accessory uses, docks, piers and floats, bulkheads and retaining walls, boat launching ramps, recreational development, marinas and aquaculture uses.

    More information, including a complete list of the 18 amendments to last year’s proposal, can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/shoreline.

    The full County Council is scheduled to vote on the changes March 10. Then it goes to the state Department of Ecology for review.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    253-798-6606
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    Posted on: January 23, 2015

    Small claims now easier to file in Pierce County

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

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

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    Posted on: January 24, 2014

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

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

    • Seahawks fever boosts Milton embroidery business
    • Pierce County Council names January Human Trafficking Awareness Month
    • Pierce County District Court makes it easier to file small claims online
    • Skies ar...
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    Posted on: January 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 will be added to the North Meadow area, which currently has 39 spaces. The area is home to Playground by the Sound, one of the largest playgrounds in the community, and serves as the main access point for the Grandview and Soundview walking trails. Chambers Creek Regional Park, located adjacent to Grandview Drive West, is part of the 930-acre Chambers Creek Properties.

    In addition to adding the new parking area, crews will widen the park’s entrance and exit driveways on Grandview Drive West, build an access road from the existing parking lot to the new parking area, and widen the existing paved pedestrian path adjacent to the new parking lot.

    The existing North Meadow parking lot will be closed Feb. 2 through mid-September. Visitors can continue to use adjacent street parking along Grandview Drive West when accessing the playground, trail or restroom.

    "The North Meadow of Chambers Creek Regional Park has quickly become one of the most beloved recreation areas in the South Sound," said County Executive Pat McCarthy. "We can't avoid the inconvenience of the parking lot closure, but the end result is better access to one of the best parks around."

    The adjacent Grandview Trail, North Meadow restroom and Playground by the Sound will remain open during the work, although intermittent closures of the playground will be needed during construction.

    During the work to widen the existing driveways, the bike lane will be closed and motorists on Grandview Drive West may experience occasional short term traffic delays.

    Funding for the approximately $1.2 million project comes from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities. Jennings Northwest, LLC is the project contractor. For more information about the project, visit www.piercecountywa.org/NMparking.

    Construction work on the parking lot will be suspended from early April through July for the United States Golf Association’s set-up and execution of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, before resuming in early August. The work is expected to be complete in mid-September.

    Elsewhere on the site, park and trail closures are expected to begin in mid-March as construction of grandstands and temporary buildings for the U.S. Open gets under way. Closure dates will be announced in the near future as schedules are set.

    Click here to see the conceptual drawing.

    February 13 update: Here is an update from Pierce County TV:

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Brian Ziegler, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities director
    (253) 798-3159
    bziegle@co.pierce.wa.us

    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    253-798-6606
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    Posted on: January 20, 2015

    Edible Gardens workshop series teaches gardening from seed to table

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    Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food during the 2015 Edible Gardens workshop series, which runs from February through November. The free series of monthly workshops, which are sponsored by Pierce County and the Pierce Conservation District, teach beginning gardeners how to plan a garden, prepare the soil, plant seeds, and harvest the food they've grown.

    Each workshop is designed to help students throughout the growing season by addressing what needs to be done in the garden that month. The classes combine presentations with hands-on activities.

    “Each student’s knowledge will grow along with their garden, as they see their plantings go from seed to table,” said Stephanie Leisle, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities environmental educator. “Attendees are sure to leave the classes excited about planting a garden and harvesting their own food. The collaborative environment and ability to share experiences benefits everyone from first-timers to experienced gardeners.”

    Classes are taught by educators from Pierce County Public Works and Utilities, Pierce Conservation District’s Harvest Pierce County program and Tacoma Public Utilities.

    Two classes – Fruit Trees and Perennial Edible Gardens – have been added to this year’s series. The popularity of the series, now in its fourth year, has also led to an additional class location in Parkland at the Parkland/Spanaway Library.

    Class information
    The free monthly classes are held at five locations in Pierce County:

    • Puyallup – First Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at Washington State University Extension Puyallup, 2607 W Pioneer
    • Lakewood – Second Wednesdays (except Feb and Nov) from 6-8 p.m. at Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW
    • Parkland – Second Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S
    • Orting – Third Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at Washington Soldiers Home, 1301 Orting Kapowsin Highway E
    • Tacoma – Third Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Tagro Conference Center, Cleveland Way near Portland Ave.

    Additional schedule and registration information along with class descriptions are available at www.piercecountywa.org/ediblegardens.

    Class Topics

    • February—Fruit Trees
    • March—Starting From Seeds
    • April—Garden Soil 101
    • May—Planting and Maintaining Your Summer Vegetable Garden
    • June—Garden Bugs, Plant Diseases and Non-Toxic Alternatives
    • July—Fall and Winter Gardening
    • August—No classes
    • September—Composting Basics
    • October—Putting the Garden to Bed For the Winter
    • November—Perennial Edible Gardens

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Stephanie Leisle, Public Works and Utilities environmental educator
    (253) 798-4658
    sleisle@co.pierce.wa.us

    Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator
    (253) 798-4655
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    Posted on: January 20, 2015

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

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

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

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    Posted on: January 16, 2015

    County observes MLK on Jan. 19

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

    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...

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    Posted on: January 15, 2015

    Urban Search and Rescue dogs to face final test in Puyallup

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

    Dogs like these spent weeks sniffing through the rubble of the World Trade Center looking first for survivors, then for human remains. More recently, FEMA-certified dogs and their handlers who have been through the rigorous US&R Canine Search Specialist Certification program were deployed to the devastating SR530 Landslide in Snohomish County.

    Washington Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (WATF-1), which is sponsored by the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, is hosting the certification trials Jan. 24 and 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Randles Sand & Gravel in Puyallup.

    A national group of canine experts will evaluate teams consisting of a dog and its handler. Each team will have to find volunteer "victims" hidden in two different piles of rubble. As the handlers and their canine colleagues conduct their search, both will have to contend with various distractions intentionally introduced to make the test more realistic.

    More information about the FEMA certification is available at www.fema.gov/emergency/usr/canine.shtm.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Sheri Badger, Pierce County Emergency Management
    (253) 798-2204 (desk)
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    Posted on: January 13, 2015

    Pierce County Council chooses leadership, committees for 2015

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

    Co...

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    Posted on: January 13, 2015

    Council proclaims January 2015 as Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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

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

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    Posted on: January 13, 2015

    Volunteers needed for Pierce County’s annual homeless survey

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

    The annual survey – which is in its 18th year – is scheduled for Jan. 22-23. More than 100 volunteers are needed countywide to survey individuals and families at meal sites, day shelters, health clinics, and on the streets. The Homeless Network is also accepting donations of personal items that will be distributed over the two day period.

    “Experiencing homelessness is especially hard during the cold winter, and the month of January is often the most unforgiving. This survey will inform and strengthen our coordinated community efforts to find new and better ways to end homelessness," said Keith Galbraith, chair of the coalition. "It's also a great time to meet the practical cold-weather needs of those who require physical as well as emotional warmth expressed through the personal contact with members of our community who care."

    Volunteers are required to attend one of three scheduled trainings prior to participation. At the training, representatives from the Homeless Network will explain the reasons for the survey, discuss the process by which data is collected, and provide safety information. Workshops will be held at the following locations:

    Tacoma
    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sound View Building
    3602 Pacific Ave, Conf Room 1
    Tacoma, WA 98418

    Friday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    MDC Learning Center
    721 S Fawcett Ave, Suite 204
    Tacoma, WA 98405

    Gig Harbor
    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Gig Harbor Boys & Girls Club
    8502 Shansie Ave
    Gig Harbor, WA 98332

    "Please support this great community wide effort by volunteering and donating some of the needed items listed. Your help will really make a difference,” Galbraith said.

    The data collected provides a picture of the homeless issues in Pierce County, drives planning efforts, and leverages public and private funding for homeless housing and services. Last year, volunteers helped collect data from over 1,034 homeless individuals in our county. They identified 838 single, unattached individuals. The survey counted 196 families with 386 children age 18 and under as homeless during the 24 hour census period.

    To volunteer or for more information about the 2015 survey, contact Valerie Pettit at Pierce County Community Connections (253-798-7658).

    Donations of personal items such as clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, jackets, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, duffle bags, non-perishable food, bottled water, can openers, flashlights/batteries, towels, and toiletries can be delivered to Pierce County Community Connections Soundview Building at 3602 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98418 or MDC Learning Center at 721 S. Fawcett St, Suite 204 in Tacoma, WA 98405 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Valerie Pettit, Community Connections
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    Posted on: January 12, 2015

    Pierce County receives $2.16 million for road safety projects

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

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

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    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Study of Pierce County Ferry System underway

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

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

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    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Public invited to learn more about proposed new county building

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

    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 an opportunity for participants to learn first-hand about law enforcement in Pierce County and to meet the Sheriff and other department members. The course seeks to familiarize the public with all aspects of the Sheriff's Department and provides insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

    The class covers topics such as the law, patrol procedures, use of force, detectives, narcotics, K-9, domestic violence, hiring and training, and more. Field trips are scheduled to the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Pierce County Jail, and Sheriff’s headquarters.

    Pre-registration is required and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis until the class is filled. At this time there are openings. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.

    You can register online or print and mail in the application. Visit the Community Academy’s webpage for more information. Class details will be sent once your application is received.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Teresa Berg, Sheriff’s Department
    (253) 798-4214
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    Posted on: January 9, 2015

    Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible for rules and regulations governing examinations, appointments, appeals and other general personnel issues.

    Commissioners are required to attend one monthly meeting, or special meetings as required, and serve on a voluntary basis. Commission members must be a resident of Pierce County for a minimum of two years prior to appointment, registered to vote in Pierce County and a United States citizen. No more than two Commissioners may be from the same political party and no member after appointment may hold any salaried public office or engage in County employment other than his/her Commission duties.

    For more information or application materials click here or contact Sherry Hieb, Pierce County Civil Service Commission chief examiner, at 253-798-6250 or pccivilservice@co.pierce.wa.us.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Sherry Hieb, Pierce County Civil Service Commission chief examiner
    253-798-6250
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    Posted on: January 8, 2015

    Roach praises choice to serve as 30th District state representative

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

    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...

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    Posted on: January 7, 2015

    Pierce County Animal Services Advisory Panel seeks members

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

    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...

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    Posted on: December 30, 2014

    Learn how to use Social Security

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

    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 mining history and historic coke ovens
    • Shark dives at Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
    • Explore the hidden Sumner Link Trail
    • Eco Adventure Camp gets your feet wet in Pierce County parks
    • Visit Paradise at Mt. Rainier for trails and wildflower season

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Download our new mobile app.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead on...

    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...

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    Posted on: December 15, 2014

    Pierce County to privately distribute unclaimed ashes at sea

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

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

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    Posted on: December 15, 2014

    County nabs another award for FirstToSee project

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

    ...

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    Posted on: December 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 since being elected to the Pierce County Council in 2010 to represent the citizens of the 7th Council District. Flemming, a medical doctor and retired U.S. Army brigadier general, serves as the County Council’s vice chair. He previously served the community as a member of the Washington House of Representatives and a founding councilmember and mayor of the City of University Place.

    County employees and members of the public are invited to Tuesday's council meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. in the chamber on the 10th floor of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
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    Posted on: December 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

    Fantasy Lights at Sp...

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    Posted on: December 8, 2014

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

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

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

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    Posted on: December 5, 2014

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

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

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

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    Posted on: December 5, 2014

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

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

    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...

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    Posted on: December 4, 2014

    County Council District 7 recount certified

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

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

    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

    Visit the Website
    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 approved civil, criminal and family law matters.

    “We are happy to provide an additional service to attorneys and litigants that we believe will help speed processing of cases, make court appearances more convenient and reduce costs to participants," said Presiding Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper.

    CourtCall Video is browser-based and requires only a computer with Internet and a webcam. The company began a telephonic court appearance program in 1995 and expanded to video appearances to provide judicial officers, litigators, witnesses and jurors a convenient way to participate. There is no cost to participating courts and no equipment for courts to purchase. CourtCall's program is voluntary and those lawyers or other remote participants who wish to use the service pay a reasonable fee to do so in order to skip an expensive trip to Court.

    The CourtCall Video service adds the visual element while retaining the flexibility and portability of its telephonic appearance system.

    "We always knew that video would be the next frontier," said Mark Wapnick, CourtCall's President, "and we are thrilled to have created a proprietary system designed specifically for Judges and lawyers."

    CourtCall has completed millions of telephonic court appearances for more than 2,500 judicial officers across North America.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Ronald Culpepper, Presiding Judge
    (253)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 participating bands each performed twice before a panel of judges. Blue Thunder, the high-energy drum line that performs at Seattle Seahawks games, entertained as a special guest. Participating schools were:

    • Bonney Lake High School.
    • East Valley High School in Spokane Valley.
    • Enumclaw High School.
    • Mountainview High School in Auburn.
    • Sultan High School.
    • Chimacum High School.
    • Eisenhower High School in Yakima.
    • Klahowya High School in Silverdale.
    • Sumner High School.

    The 90-minute television program – produced by PCTV – airs on the county channel Mondays at 4 p.m., Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. through December. The Sunset Festival of Bands can also be viewed on the PCTV website at www.piercecountytv.org or on PCTV’s YouTube channel, and on the PCTV mobile app.

    DVD and Blu-ray copies of the program can be purchased from PCTV for $35 each. PCTV utilized five cameras, five microphones and a crew of 10 individuals - which included three students from Bates Technical College - to record the 2014 Sunset Festival of Bands. PCTV is sharing the program with other community television channels around the state.

    “Besides providing transparency for local governments, Pierce County TV does a great job of showcasing the people, places and events that make our community special,” said Pierce County Councilmember Stan Flemming, who serves as president of the Rainier Communications Commission, which governs the channel on behalf of seven member jurisdictions. “I am proud of the PCTV staff’s initiative to give us all the opportunity to watch these young musicians at their best.”

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Dave Hinman, Pierce County TV General Manager
    253-798-8710
    dhinman@co.pierce.wa.usRead 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 this past council meeting,” said Council Chair Dan Roach, who represents the 1st Council District. “Throughout this process, we've been listening to the public and I’m confident the final budget will adequately reflect their needs and concerns.”

    County department managers have spent the past several weeks providing input to the Council regarding anticipated 2015 priorities. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy first proposed a 2015 budget in accordance with the county charter on Sept. 22.

    The public will get its final chance to provide input into budget negotiations at the next council meeting on Monday, Nov. 17. It will take place at 3 p.m. in the council chambers on the 10th floor of the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma. The meeting will be aired live on Pierce County TV's channel and website.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Dan Roach, County Council Chair
    (253) 798-3635Read 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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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 special elections are taking place, how to vote, where to vote, when we'll know the results, and a number of other frequently asked questions.

    Click to access the 2014 General Election Information and Results ScheduleRead 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 Pierce County General Election
    • Pierce County road crews have a snow day
    • Pierce County to hold public meetings about ADA changes to sidewalks
    • Chambers Bay hosts U.S. Open training for tourism industry
    • Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Try Hockey for Free, Bingo Night

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Download our new mobile app.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead on...

    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...

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    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...

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    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 Sept. 23 by County Executive Pat McCarthy. They will spend the next several weeks interviewing department leaders and considering budget modifications.

    Those public meetings will be televised live on the county channel, Pierce County TV, found on channels 22/522HD on the Click! cable system, channel 22 on Comcast and channel 20 on Rainier Connect. Budget meetings will also be available on demand at www.piercecountytv.org and on the PCTV mobile app.

    The first meeting of the Committee of the Whole is scheduled for Oct. 22 and will begin with an overview by the county Budget and Finance Director and the Medical Examiner. The council will hear additional presentations from Parks and Recreations Services, Planning and Land Services, Public Works and Utilities, Community Connections, Facilities Management, and representatives of the court system. Also speaking to the council will be Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist, Corrections Bureau Chief Karen Daniels, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson and Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan.

    Public comment and possible council action could begin as early as Nov. 7, with Nov. 12 being reserved for possible final council action. The meeting agendas are subject to change, however the most up-to-date information can be found on the council’s website at www.piercecountywa.org/council.

    "We’re tasked each year with reviewing how and where county government is spending taxpayer dollars, and we take that obligation very seriously,” said Council Chair Dan Roach, who represents the 1st Council District. “It’s our job to take the thoughtful proposal that the executive submitted and ensure it carries out the citizens’ priorities in the most efficient and effective manner possible. It’s not an easy task, which is why we appreciate the fact that members of the public have the ability to watch the proceedings from start to finish."

    Roach added that the meetings are scheduled to be held in the Council Chamber, located on the 10th floor of the County-City Building. The address is 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, in Tacoma.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Dan Roach, Pierce County Council Chair
    253-798-3635
    dan.roach@co.pierce.wa.us

    Erich Ebel, Pierce County Communications
    253-798-6220
    erich.ebel@co.pierce.waRead 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 26,000 calls
    • International media descend on Chambers Bay for special tour
    • Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Woof Woof Walk, Superhero Party

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Download our new mobile app.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead 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 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 council meetings and produces videos about people, programs and events for the county and six member cities.

    Judges with the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors awarded a total of 17 “Government Programming Awards” to PCTV on Oct. 2. The awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia, and electronic programming produced by local government agencies.

    PCTV competed among 670 entries by local governments throughout the United States and Canada. Besides the weekly news program, PCTV also won first place awards for:

    “Pierce County TV continues to serve as a national model for providing transparency and accessibility to our local governments and communities,” said Stan Flemming, a Pierce County Councilmember and president of the Rainier Communications Commission, which represents jurisdictions served by the channel. “We compete with excellent channels in Seattle, Austin, Tampa and other metropolitan areas, and these awards speak volumes about the quality of our community programming."

    PCTV also won second-place awards for:

    PCTV also tied for third place – with TV Tacoma - for the prestigious overall “Excellence in Programming” award. Rounding out the awards were 5 third-place nods and three honorable mentions.

    Pierce County TV airs meetings and original community programming for the county and the cities of DuPont, Fife, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner, and University Place, as well as other partner agencies and schools.

    PCTV is available on channels 22/522HD on the Click! cable system, channel 22 on Comcast, and channel 20 on Rainier Connect. Programming is available on demand at www.piercecountytv.org and on the PCTV mobile app.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    David Hinman, PCTV general manager
    (253) 798-8710
    dhinman@co.pierce.wa.us
    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...

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    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 search members come home from Oso
    • Watch K-9’s and their handlers during tube training
    • Pierce Transit holds largest anti-terrorism drill in Pierce County
    • Robots are tested in a chemical drill at the Port of Tacoma
    • Puyallup examines lessons learned in 1980’s Columbian volcanic event
    • It’s time to gear up for winter and be prepared for storm season
    • First responders learn new strategies in active shooter drill

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Download our new mobile app.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead 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: 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...
    Read on...

    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 Pierce County Jail by adding new corrections deputy positions, and it makes investments in key business sectors to support job growth.

    "Our local economy is growing, and the county government's overall fiscal condition is sound, balanced and sustainable," Executive McCarthy told the County Council on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in her annual budget address. "Pierce County is in great shape thanks to the hard work by our employees to keep finding new ways to improve our efficiency and effectiveness."

    Highlights from her budget proposal include:

    • Four new positions - spread among District Court, Juvenile Court and the Department of Community Connections - to assist people with mental illness and chemical dependency issues who struggle in court systems that are overburdened and ill-equipped to help them.
    • Additional funding for the Pierce County Veterans Bureau to provide vouchers to indigent veterans in need of basic services, such as housing and food.
    • No growth in the number of county staff positions (the additions are offset by eliminating vacancies and positions filled by expired grants), and no general tax increases.
    • Additional support for her initiatives to support job growth in the aerospace and agriculture sectors, which are poised for growth.

    The Pierce County Jail's fiscal health remains the county's biggest challenge. The Executive proposes to follow the recommendations from a recent independent performance audit by adding eight corrections deputy positions to help the Sheriff reduce his Corrections Bureau's reliance on overtime. However, she cautioned that adding positions is only a small part of the recommended solution.

    "The performance audit shows that hiring more corrections deputies is not enough," Executive McCarthy said. "The audit recommends that the Sheriff pursue specific management and policy changes. These are not easy changes. But we will resolve these issues by working together to cut costs and restore the Pierce County Jail's status as a regional facility serving the whole community."

    Under the Executive's proposal, general fund spending would increase by 2.9 percent, to $281.4 million, thanks to increases in sales tax revenues and higher property values. The General Fund covers most general government services and has the most discretion in its usage.

    Total county spending - including specific funds for roads, the airport and ferry system, stormwater and sewer systems, and more - drops by 5.8 percent, to $928 million, mostly due to lower spending on the multi-year expansion of the Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    The Executive's budget proposal is available online here.

    The County Council will schedule public hearings this fall to review spending by department and consider any changes to the Executive's proposal. The Council's current schedule assumes a final vote on the 2015 budget Nov. 17.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
    hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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

    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 Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will remove approximately 32 derelict creosote-treated pilings located in the tidelands at Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom, as well as two dilapidated docks along the Chambers Creek Regional Park’s shoreline in University Place.

    Creosote is a heavy, oily liquid made from coal tar or wood tar and used as a wood preservative. Creosote-treated materials leach chemicals into beach and marine sediments, creating toxic conditions for organisms living in and using these areas.

    “The shallows along these beaches offer significant forage fish spawning habitat,” said Kristin Swenddal, DNR Aquatic Resources Division Manager. “Creosote has been found to negatively affect the survival rate of herring eggs, so we and our partners are working to remove as much creosote from Puget Sound ecosystems as possible. In addition, the old docks at this site are crumbling and pose a public safety risk.”

    The work at Sunnyside Beach Park will begin Sept. 18, and is expected to be complete by the end of September. The beach will remain open during the project, although beach access will be restricted in the immediate area surrounding the work.

    After the Sunnyside Beach Park work is complete, DNR will remove two creosote-treated docks, including pilings and associated concrete structures from the north and south dock areas located along the Chambers Creek Regional Park’s 2.5 mile-long beach. The two docks have 12,150-square-feet of decaying decking and close to 800 creosote and concrete pilings. Beach access will be restricted in the immediate area surrounding the work.

    “We are excited to have these areas safe for the public and aquatic life,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “Thanks to the hard work by Pierce County's legislative delegation in Olympia, the state set aside funding to nurture and protect our amazing shoreline.”

    The south dock will be removed once the purple martin nesting season is over, which is typically in September. If purple martins are still present when the Steilacoom portion of the project is complete, the contractor will begin demolition of overwater structures at the north dock. On Oct. 1, the contractor will move to the south dock then up the shoreline to the north dock to complete the removal process there. The work is expected to be finished by Jan. 1, 2015. This timeline minimizes the impact on existing marine and avian habitats. The docks and pilings are located primarily on state-owned aquatic lands.

    The two docks and associated pilings have degraded to the point that they have become a significant hazard to the environment as well as recreational and marine traffic around South Puget Sound. The unused structures block the natural movement of sediment and provide unwanted shading along the critical nearshore habitat. Removal of creosote helps restore intertidal and near shore habitats and improves overall water quality.

    The estimated cost of Pierce County’s portion of the project is $2.5 million, which is funded by an appropriation in the Washington Legislature’s 2013-15 capital budget, to be administered through the Washington State Department of Ecology. DNR will use $1,711,200 for the removal of in-water pilings and docks. Pierce County will provide the remaining $788,800 for onshore cleanup work. The contractor for the project is Orion Marine Contractors, Inc.

    DNR is leading efforts throughout Puget Sound to remove creosote-treated structures, pilings, and debris from Washington’s marine and estuarine waters. More information on this program is available here on the DNR website. Pierce County has posted project information at www.co.pierce.wa.us/sewerprojects.

    In 2013, Pierce County removed approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from Chambers Creek Regional Park after receiving $160,000 in grant funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program and administered by the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Wynnae Wright, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, natural resource specialist
    (206) 909-1304
    wynnae.wright@dnr.wa.gov

    Callene Abernathy, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities public information specialist
    (253) 798-4661
    caberna@co.pierce.waRead 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...

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    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

    Judge McCarthy

    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, Judge McCarthy said his retirement will be effective Dec. 1, 2014.

    "It has been an honor to serve the people of Pierce County and Washington State for the past 30 years. I truly appreciate the opportunities I have had to support the administration of justice, which is a bedrock of our society," Judge McCarthy said. "My family and I appreciated all of the well-wishers during my recent treatment for cancer. I am happy to say that my doctors have given me a clean bill of health and I can call myself a cancer survivor. Now I'm anxious to spend more time with my grandchildren and pursue some other interests."

    Judge McCarthy’s term runs through the end of 2016.

    Judge McCarthy, 65, has served as a judge for over 22 years -- five years in Pierce County District Court, and the last 18 years with Superior Court. Before joining the bench, he served as an elected member of the Port of Tacoma Commission from 1983 to 1992.

    He is a graduate of Tacoma’s Bellarmine Preparatory School and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. He continues to officiate youth and high school football and basketball and has done so for over 17 years. He also volunteers in Mount Rainier National Park.

    He is married to Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
    hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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.

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    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...

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    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 ...

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    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.,...

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    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" long-term rating with a stable outlook to the 2014 sewer revenue bonds, and Moody’s assigned an "Aa3" long-term rating with a stable outlook.

    The rating agencies assigned these ratings based on their view of the Pierce County sewer utility’s credit fundamentals, including:

    • The essential nature of the utility’s services;
    • A local economy that benefits from military and trade activity and healthy income indicators;
    • A stable and very diverse customer base;
    • Strong historical financial performance;
    • Strong management of a significant capital plan that includes an expanded wastewater treatment plant;
    • Maintenance of strong operating liquidity and healthy cash reserves;
    • Relatively affordable sewer bills for a large metro area; and
    • Strong expected coverage of the existing and projected debt service of the system by net revenues.

    County officials expect the strong ratings to contribute favorable interest rates when the county offers the estimated $31.9 million 2014 revenue bonds in a competitive sale next week.

    The bond proceeds will fund a portion of the projects identified in the sewer utility’s 2013-2018 capital facilities plan. The projects include the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to expand capacity for projected growth in demand through 2022, as well as other improvements in the service area.

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Stacey Scott, Pierce County Budget and Finance
    253-798-7580
    sscott@co.pierce.waRead 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...

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    Posted on: September 4, 2014

    New Washington State Fair exhibit showcases U.S. Open and Chambers Bay

    US Open exhibit

    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 individuals with Alzheimer’s happens in the home – provided by family members.

    The annual Pierce County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference provides information, support and encouragement for caregivers, family members and friends who are giving care in the home. The conference will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1315 N. Stevens in Tacoma. The event is free but RSVP is required by calling (253) 798-8787.

    Alzheimer’s kills more than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. It is one of the most known diseases worldwide but it is also one of the least understood. Medications are available which delay symptoms but as yet there is no cure or prevention. Increasingly, women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic.

    The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference will feature keynote speaker Ann Hedreen – writer, teacher, caregiver and filmmaker. Hedreen produced “Quick Brown Fox,” a feature-length documentary of her mother’s journey through Alzheimer’s and impact it had on the family. Additional sessions will focus on legal issues, caregiving tips and in-home helps including the influence of pet therapy. Local service providers and community-based resources will also be on hand for participants to gain a better understanding of local supports and resources.

    “The challenges facing caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's are incredible,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. “Caregiving places incredible physical and emotional demands on spouses and families. While researchers continue to seek a cure, the best we can do right now is to provide the best support possible to those individuals who continue to provide loving care to people with dementia.”

    The Pierce County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference is an informational event sponsored by the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County and the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Bob Riler, Community Connections
    253-798-7384
    briler@co.pierce.wa.us

    Scott Kinney, Community Connections
    253-798-4509
    skinney@co.pierce.waRead on...

    Posted on: August 29, 2014

    Invitation to RallyPoint/6 grand opening Sept. 3

    Rallypoint6 logo

    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
    • County wins 2040 Vision Award for Agriculture Program
    • Meet the Farmer: Veteran Orting pumpkin farmer keeps crop hyper-local
    • Meet the Farmer: Clean Food Farm explains organic practices
    • Meet the Farmer: Cox Christmas tree farm in Eatonville supplements retirement

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Download our new mobile app.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead 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 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...

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    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 an opportunity for participants to learn first-hand about law enforcement in Pierce County and to meet the Sheriff and other department members. The course seeks to familiarize the public with all aspects of the Sheriff's Department and provides insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

    The class covers topics such as the law, patrol procedures, use of force, detectives, narcotics, K-9, domestic violence, hiring and training, and more. Field trips are scheduled to the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Pierce County Jail, Sheriff’s headquarters.

    Pre-registration is required and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis until the class is filled. You can register online or print out and mail in the application. Class details will be sent once your application is received.

    Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Fingerprinting and a photo I.D. are required after preliminary acceptance to the academy. Visit the Community Academy's page to learn more.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Priscilla Crabtree, Sheriff’s Department
    (253) 798-6646
    pcrabtr@co.pierce.waRead 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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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. Investigators can use the system to quickly search and organize thousands of tips about a child’s possible location. The system is one of the first of its kind to be designed for local government.

     

    Investigators are often inundated with thousands of tips and eyewitness reports when a child is abducted. The Lead Management System allows users to quickly sort these "tips" and find key information which then become “leads.” The system makes it easy for investigators to manage those leads which could best result in a child's safe recovery. 911 dispatchers can now enter call logs directly into the county's Information Portal, and investigators can immediately upload eyewitness reports. This saves time and ensures critical information is not lost.

    The new system allows reports to be directly entered into the tip log, thereby providing officials with real-time updates on a child's possible location. Reports can be sorted based on categories such as victim or suspect, and also displayed on a map if a witness provides an address. The Web-based interface is easy to use and can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices.

    Pierce County's Department of Emergency Management and Information Technology Department partnered with the Tacoma Police Department to create the system. The project team also worked closely the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

    About the IAEM:

    The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has more than 6,700 members in 58 countries, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies. Visit www.iaem.com/awards for more details and a list of all national winners.

     

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    John DeWeese, Pierce County Information Technology
    (253) 798-6207
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    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 employees already enjoy in statute.

    Pierce County law requires certain provisions with regard to county employee performance evaluations; however others are only practiced as a policy. Ordinance 2014-59 – proposed by Councilmember Stan Flemming – would codify those policies to help instill a level of assured fairness among all employees.

    “This issue was actually brought to my attention by a county employee who noticed the discrepancy,” said Flemming, who represents the 7th Council District. “I was surprised that county code treated the two types of employees differently, but glad that we have workers among our ranks that pay attention to details.”

    Under county code, employee performance evaluations for career service employees can be used for a wide range of personnel actions including salary increases, disciplinary actions and layoffs. Proposed Ordinance 2014-59 would grant jurisdiction to the county’s Personnel Board to review appeals of performance evaluations and to make recommendations on personnel policies and procedures in the Administrative Guidelines.

    The upcoming rules committee meeting begins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11, and Pierce County residents are encouraged to testify both in-person and via e-mail. Final consideration of the measure is scheduled for Aug. 19 at the Council’s regular 3 p.m. meeting.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Stan Flemming, Pierce County Council District 7
    253-798-6654
    stan.flemming@co.pierce.waRead 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.

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    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

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    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 vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. And it’s not just wealthy seniors who are targeted.

    “Scams, Schemes & Swindles: Surviving the Onslaught of Crooks” is an interactive presentation to help consumers be alert and aware of the most successful techniques that the scammers use and the risks of falling victim. The event will be held four times in August:

    Aug. 7

    • 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the County-City Building, Rainier Room
      930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma

    • 7 to 8 p.m. at the South Hill Branch Library15420 Meridian E, South Hill

      Aug. 11

    • 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room2401 S. 35th Street, Tacoma
    • 7 to 8 p.m. at the University Place Branch Library3609 Market Place W, University Place

    The presentation will review the top ten scams targeting seniors using actual case studies. Participants will also learn how to protect themselves and loved ones from scammers and identity thieves. Resources for victims of scams and fraud will be provided as well as practical things people can do to report crimes.

    “Scams are the crime of our day,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources manager. “It is easy to victimize a trusting person and often not reported because of embarrassment. A little awareness and knowledge of some community resources is probably the best prevention tool we can have.”

    Although it's widely believed to be underreported, a 2009 study by MetLife's Mature Market Institute estimates that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion per year due to financial abuse – fraud, as well as theft by family members and acquaintances.

    The workshop is a presentation of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center in collaboration with the National Council on Aging. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP not required. For more information about the presentation call (253) 798-4600.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:Bob Riler, Community Connections
    253-798-7384
    briler@co.pierce.wa.us

    Scott Kinney, Community Connections
    253-798-4509
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    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 dives at Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
    • Tacoma Museum Pass
    • Tacoma’s Theater District

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Download our new mobile app.

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    Posted on: July 23, 2014

    Aerospace Summit highlights local successes, challenges in global market

    Aerospace Summit

    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 have a built-in advantage. Our aerospace heritage goes back generations. But we know that's not enough - not in today's hyper competitive business climate," County Executive Pat McCarthy told 160 people attending the third annual Pierce County Aerospace Summit, which she co-hosted with the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

    Aerospace suppliers and representatives of government, education, workforce training and financial programs participated in an interactive discussion about strengths and weaknesses in the local sector. Most agreed that Pierce County and the state are going in the right direction, as evidenced by Boeing's decision to build the 777X in Washington state, including the tail assembly at its plant in the Pierce County community of Frederickson. Other highlights include expansions by local suppliers as well as Boeing's successful run last week at the Farnborough International Airshow, where it announced orders for 201 airplanes.

    "These are important wins for us in Pierce County because we are all part of the Puget Sound shop floor," said Bruce Kendall, president of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

    In the Aerospace Summit's keynote address, a Boeing executive presented the company's Current Market Outlook through 2033. Boeing now projects a global need for 36,770 new airplanes with a market value of $5.2 trillion. About one-third of that growth will occur in the Asia Pacific region.

    "We are forecasting a strong, growing market that's driven by customers flying where they want, when they want, especially in emerging markets," said Jim Billing, director of market analysis for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "With the most comprehensive wide-body lineup in the industry, Boeing will be able to meet customers needs now and in the future."

    However, Aerospace Summit participants agreed that competition for that manufacturing growth is intensifying.

    "We're not competing just with Airbus, but with the states and countries that want to take some of what we have here and get those investments in their markets as well," Kendall said.

    McCarthy, Kendall, state schools Superintendent Randy Dorn and industry leaders emphasized three concerns to address:

    • Persuading the Washington Legislature to pay for the long overdue completion of Highway 167 from Puyallup to the Port of Tacoma, a need the County Executive described as "arguably the most important economic development project in the state."
    • Encouraging collaboration among government, private business and educational institutions to improve school performance so that youth are prepared to enter a changing job market.
    • Urging Congress to reauthorize the Export Import Bank, which assists with many of Boeing's business deals.

    Alex Pietsch, director of Gov. Jay Inslee's Office of Aerospace, said aerospace represents 11 percent of the wages in Washington state, with 1,350 firms employing 132,500 people. He noted that Boeing is experiencing unprecedented production increases. And last week's announcement that Mitsubishi Aircraft is bringing its new regional jet to Moses Lake for testing demonstrates the value of the state's expertise.

    "Thanks to the 777X decision, we will enjoy the vast majority of commercial market share for the next two decades at least," Pietsch said.

    Pierce County Aerospace Summit participants included representatives from General Plastics, ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, AIM Aerospace, Toray Composites (America), the U.S. Export Assistance Center, and WorkForce Central, among many others.

    Here is our PCTV video about the summit:

    MEDIA CONTACTS:Chris Green, Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County
    (253) 284-5889
    chris@edbtacomapierce.org

    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications
    (253) 961-8422
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    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 special elections are taking place, how to vote, where to vote, when we'll know the results, and a number of other frequently asked questions.

    Click to access the 2014 Primary Election Information and Results ScheduleRead 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...

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    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

    FootGolf

    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...

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    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

    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, featured presentations by USGA Championship Director Danny Sink, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Jaime Vogt of the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Councilmember Connie Ladenburg (District 4) served as chair of the meeting, as is the Council's custom for "in-district" meetings.

    The Pierce County TV video of the meeting is available here. The update starts about 5 minutes in with a welcome by University Place Mayor Denise McCluskey.

    In addition, the United States Golf Association has posted a detailed FAQ on the Chambers Bay websiteRead 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,...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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's legal and illegal
    • Fire Marshal on 4th of July safety, liability when fireworks star fires
    • City of Fife begins search for new city manager
    • Pt. Defiance Zoo opens new Sharkmania exhibit with buzz saw Sharks
    • Anyone can swim with sharks in Zoo's Shark Dive adventure
    • Parks: Chambers Bay 5K, Stroller Strides classes

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

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    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead on...

    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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.

    ...

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    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...

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    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. Their combined efforts set a high bar for excellence in providing a safe and enjoyable experience. Pierce County and its partners will be ready to continue that tradition at Chambers Bay next year."

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director253-798-6606hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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...

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    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 terrorist attacks on Pierce Transit buses.

    More than 60 volunteers will assist by playing passengers on the buses, enabling first responders to more realistically respond to the wounded on the bus “explosions.”

    This terrorist response exercise is the culmination of 16 months worth of training, drills, and tabletop exercises with Pierce Transit and its partners and stakeholders. These exercises are designed to allow participating agencies the opportunity to practice emergency response, enabling responders to better know each other’s skills, resources and assets, as well as to practice communications between each agency.

    Over 300 response participants include representatives from Pierce Transit, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue, Graham Fire & Rescue, King County Metro Transit Police, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Pierce County Parks and Recreation, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Type 3 Incident Management Team, Regional Intelligence Group, South Sound 9-1-1, and the Tacoma Police Department. Funding for this exercise was provided by Department of Homeland Security grants.

    Special media notice: Media is invited to observe either scenario.

    For the Sprinker Recreation Center site (14824 C St., Spanaway), media is asked to check in at the Incident Command Post by 9:45 a.m. for a briefing on the exercise. The exercise will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. The scenario is a transit bus which has just had a bomb explode, and then another bomb will be found inside of Sprinker. There will be multiple casualties as first responders show up on scene, including a bomb robot and bomb-sniffing dogs.

    For the Washington State Fair & Event Center site (1404 5th St. SW in Puyallup), media is asked to check in by 9:30 a.m. for a briefing on the exercise. The exercise will begin at approximately 10 a.m. At this scenario, a “hijacked” bus will be utilized for hostage negotiations and SWAT response. First responders from law and fire will respond to the buses, and work on neutralizing the bad guys and assisting the multiple victims.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Sheri Badger, Pierce County Emergency Management
    253-798-2204 or 253-377-4149 (cell)
    sbadger@co.pierce.waRead on...

    Posted on: June 8, 2014

    Tickets for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on sale June 9

    2015 U.S. Open

    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 ...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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 meet and compete against other youth with similar interests while displaying their knowledge of various aspects of law enforcement. Cadets competed in staged events that simulated daily duties and dispatched calls to which a deputy would respond, including a traffic stop, burglary in progress, high-risk stop, suspicious person and physical agility. The cadets were evaluated on their ability to complete their tasks, properly apply laws, use of proper tactics, decision-making skills and knowledge of procedures.

    Seven of Pierce County's 10 cadets placed in at least one event.

    • Cadets Megan Price and Nathan Wick brought home 1st place in high risk stop and 2nd place for burglary in progress.
    • Cadets Alex Bailey and Jose Mendoza took 3rd place for assault/domestic violence and 3rd place for high risk stop.
    • Cadets Brittney Davidson and Alex Brandt placed 3rd for suspicious person.
    • Cadet Joseph Mager placed 3rd in the 300 meter.

    The Cadet Program is for young adults between 15 and 21 years of age who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Cadets volunteer thousands of hours each year at various community events throughout Pierce County. In addition to performing community service, cadets attend weekly meetings and hands-on training, mentored by sheriff deputies on the streets and corrections deputies in the Pierce County Jail.

    If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Cadet Program, the Sheriff’s Department is hosting an open house June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the South Hill Precinct, 271 John Bananola Way E in Puyallup. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in drill down and street and jail mock scenarios.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Yolanda Guiler, Sheriff's Department
    (253) 798-4027
    yguiler@co.pierce.waRead 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, the region's long-range growth, economic development and transportation strategy.

    Over the past year, Pierce County’s Agriculture Program has organized a Farm Forum, created a resources website for farmers, implemented regulatory and permitting reform and assisted with marketing by creating a series of videos introducing farmers to the community.

    A signature accomplishment was establishing a partnership with the Cascade Harvest Coalition to develop an app for the Puget Sound Fresh program, which provides easy access to hundreds of farms, farmers markets and other information supporting the local food supply throughout Western Washington. The app is available at www.pugetsoundfresh.org.

    “County staff in at least six departments are collaborating on our Agriculture Program to support local farmers,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “The agriculture industry is a vital part of our community and contributes to our quality of life. We are making sure that farming remains a healthy component of life in Pierce County.”

    Other VISION 2040 Award winners are:

    12th Avenue Arts, sponsored by Capitol Hill Housing.

    • A vibrant new multi-purpose building in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, which transforms a 29,000 square foot surface parking lot into a cultural center that meets arts, housing and public safety needs.

    Fourth Street Improvements, sponsored by City of Bremerton and LMN Architects with partnering agencies Lorax Partners and Exeltech Consulting.

    • A streetscape design that created a lively theatrical ambiance to generate new investment in downtown Bremerton.

    Arbor Village, sponsored by Mountlake Terrace.

    • The first, large scale mixed-use project to be developed in Mountlake Terrace's new Town Center.

    Redmond's Central Connector, sponsored by the City of Redmond in partnership with King County, Sound Transit, and The Berger Partnership.

    • The connector locates several instrumental public infrastructure projects on ten acres of prime real estate in the regional growth center and opens a network of active transportation opportunities using the eastside rail corridor.

    Residential Infill Measures Report, sponsored by City of Everett, with partnership from Washington State Department of Commerce, Inova, Property Counselors, and Fehr and Peers.

    • A reference manual of innovative infill practices and an exploration of potential housing types, infill locations, and land use code changes that will increase residential development capacity in Everett.

    VISION 2040 is the region's growth management, economic, and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region-promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.

    PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, economic development and transportation planning in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 county, city, port, transit, tribal, and state agencies serving the region. It coordinates the distribution of at least $180 million in Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funds each year. PSRC sets priorities and evaluates the most efficient ways to target those funds to support state and local transportation and growth management plans.

    Title VI Notice: PSRC fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see www.psrc.org/about/public/titlevi or call 206-587-4819.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications
    (253) 798-6606
    hgeorge@co.pierce.wa.us

    Michele Leslie, PSRC
    (206) 587-4819
    mleslie@psrcRead 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 balance...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, was elected on Thursday, May 29, during the PSRC's annual General Assembly. Redmond Mayor John Marchione was reelected Vice President.

    "As President of the Puget Sound Regional Council over the past year, I've had the opportunity to collaborate with dedicated elected officials, community members, and many other civic minded people on improving transportation, growing jobs, and enhancing the region's communities," McCarthy said.

    "Through the PSRC, the region works together to lay the foundation so everyone living here, now and in the future, will enjoy the quality of life that has historically drawn people here and convinced them to stay. I look forward to continuing this important work."

    The region's General Assembly includes elected representation from all the members of the PSRC, including King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties, as well as more than 80 cities, towns, state agencies, transit agencies, ports, and tribal governments.

    At the meeting, the General Assembly also adopted the agency's budget and work program and approved an update to the region's Transportation 2040 plan.

    Title VI Notice: PSRC fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see www.psrc.org/about/public/titlevi/ or call 206-587-4819.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Rick Olson, Puget Sound Regional Council
    206-971-3050
    rolson@psrcRead 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...

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    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 Bonney Lake man receives Medal of Honor
    • Fort Lewis Military Museum has firearms, statue of Saddam Hussein
    • Parks: Junk in your trunk sale/Adult Trips

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

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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...
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    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 attends Juanita High School in Kirkland, posted a two round total of 6-under-par 136 over the weekend of May 17-18 at Chambers Bay. A field of 120 players battled the Robert Trent Jones II-designed links style layout that next June will welcome the world’s best players for the 115th annual U.S. Open Championship.

    Round one on Saturday was played under sunny skies and mild temperatures, and the great scoring conditions made the championship layout seem vulnerable to low scores. But the course lived up to its reputation as an U.S. Open-quality layout as wayward shots found thick rough and the severe sloping greens proved a formidable test for even the best putters. By the end of the day, Garber and Hartley distanced themselves from the rest of the field with outstanding play.

    Sunday's second round brought a bit of wind and rain and added another element to challenge the area’s best golfers. No one could make a run at the leaders, and by the end of the first nine holes Garber had caught Harley. Garber's steady play down the stretch led to a 4-shot victory.

    Garber has been named player of the year by both the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and the Washington State Golf Association. He has won the Pacific Northwest Junior Boys' Amateur and the AAA State High School championship, among others.

    The Puget Sound Amateur, conducted by Pierce County Parks and Recreation, will return to Lake Spanaway next year - its 50th year - while Chambers Bay prepares to host the U.S. Open. Lake Spanaway, which is renowned architect Vernon Macan’s last design, represents a different challenge with traditional tree-lined fairways combined with natural northwest greens. Lake Spanaway was the home of the Puget Sound Amateur for 47 years prior to the addition of Chambers Bay three years ago.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Tony Bubenas, Pierce County Golf supervisor
    (253) 798-4012
    tony.bubenas@co.pierce.wa.us

    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications
    (253) 798-6606
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    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 ...

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    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...

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    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 promises to bring as much fun and memories as in previous years with a classic car show, jet car, vintage warbirds, live music and plenty of food.

    The Hub at Gig Harbor is open and a big part of the festivities with a menu befitting the day and a beer garden for those with a thirst for more than water or pop. Various other food and beverage vendors will be on site to fill in what the Hub does not provide.

    The car show has boasted more than 150 classic and custom cars and promises to have just as many or more this year. Room has been made to allow up to 250. Griot’s Garage has provided goodie bags for the first 150 entries. University Place Refuse has donated the use of a music stage, so there will be live music throughout the day.

    Bill Braack in the Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car will return for his fourth year with us. Always a crowd pleaser, we’ll see if he can win a race against a warbird this year. Warbirds scheduled to appear this year are a pair of P-51 Mustangs, a Hawker Sea Fury, Stearman Biplane, T-33 Shooting Star, Extra 300 and a F4U Corsair or two.

    This year, more on-site parking will be available. Room for 300 cars on the VIP ramp are available first come first serve for $5. Parking at the south lot is free and a shuttle will be available from St. Anthony Medical Building on Pt. Fosdick, across from Uptown, at no cost.

    Here are ticket prices: 18 and older, $15; seniors and military ID card holders, $10; kids 6 to 17, $5; and kids 5 and under are free.

    As always, we appreciate our sponsors that make it all happen: USAA, Waste Management Inc, Tacoma Narrows Aviation, Sterling Bank, The Hub Restaurant, University Place Refuse, Pierce County, Goldmine Coins & Relics and Rapture Massage & Body Works. There are more opportunities to sponsor and plenty of room on the ramp so if you’re interested call Doug Fratoni at 253-405-9604 or e-mail sabrejetsllc@gmail.comRead 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...

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    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 includes influencing public policy to protect our precious natural resources that make this such an amazing place to live. John and I send our thoughts and prayers to Billy’s familyRead 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...

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    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...

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    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 markets who are members of the Coalition, a Seattle-based nonprofit that has been providing programs and resources to help build a sustainable food system in Washington State since 1999.

    “The 2014 print edition of our annual Farm Guide is being distributed now, and thanks to this innovative partnership with Pierce County we have made information about what's fresh, local and in season easily accessible on your smartphone," said Mary Embleton, Cascade Harvest Coalition’s Executive Director. "Now it's easier than ever to support local farms and have access to local food.”

    The Puget Sound Fresh app is available in the Google Play (Android) and Apple App stores (Windows Phone is not yet supported). The app features:

    • Access to more than 200 farms, starting with the nearest farms using the device’s GPS.
    • Information about more than 100 farmers markets.
    • Where to find more than 240 farm products, including fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, herbs, meat, nursery stock, specialty forest products, and more.
    • A harvest schedule so you always know what’s in season.
    • 200 recipes provided by local farms and chefs.
    • A calendar of local food- and farm-related events, including harvest festivals, cooking classes, workshops, farm tours and dinners.
    • The ability to save your favorite farms, markets and recipes.
    “Farmers tell me they need more connections to local consumers,” Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said. “Our county IT Department has a unique program for building mobile apps, and Cascade Harvest Coalition has extraordinary resources in its Puget Sound Fresh program and the Farm Guide. So it makes perfect sense to work together and build a tool that encourages people to ‘buy local’ wherever they live.”

    The Puget Sound Fresh program, which includes the 56-page Farm Guide and companion website, is expanding beyond its original 12-county coverage area. The mobile app will be updated with new entries as more farms enroll. More information about the program is available at www.pugetsoundfresh.org.

    "We are thrilled to be included in the new Puget Sound Fresh mobile app. It’s a wonderful addition to the web and print directory,” said Brenda Vanderloop of 21 Acres, a Sammamish Valley farm near Woodinville. “We're spreading the word to our farm partners, market shoppers, students and visitors to take advantage of this great resource."

    Snohomish County farmer Darren Carleton said the app addresses the mobile needs of farmers and consumers.

    “About half of our customers access our website via a phone or tablet,” said Darren Carleton of Carleton Farms. “This will give customers that ‘anytime’ ability to search for local food sources, and it provides farmers like us with another marketing outlet. This is a great tool!”

    The Puget Sound Fresh app was developed as a component of the Pierce County Agriculture Program, which is assisting the industry in a variety of ways, including marketing. Pierce County builds and maintains a suite of mobile apps through an internship program with the University of Washington Tacoma's Institute of Technology and other colleges.

    Note: A media kit with screenshots, a Facebook banner and other graphics is available here.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Sheryl Wiser, Cascade Harvest Coalition
    Puget Sound Fresh Manager
    (206) 632-0606
    sheryl@cascadeharvest.org

    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
    hgeorge@co.pierce.wa.us


    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Sheri Badger, Pierce County Emergency Management
    (253) 798-2204 (desk)
    (253) 377-4149 (cell)

    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications
    (253) 798-6606
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    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-day event ...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 1...

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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 rescue effort

  • GIS technology helps searchers find victims faster

  • Unincorporated property owners can assess risk on their land with County’s Lidar data

  • County officials discuss threat of a catastrophic Mt. Rainier event

  • Medical Examiner staff help at Snohomish County coroner’s office

  • Pierce County pilot rescues 4-year-old boy from mudslide

  • Oso community feels support from the region

  • The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

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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 "permanent" symbol of their love since last year. Earlier this week, the top cable at the end of the bridge on the edge of Puget Sound began sagging under the weight of all that love. On Friday, the locks were on the ground, and the cable was gone.

    Parks officials suspect vandals pulled, pried or jumped on the sagging cable, causing it to break. Parks staff gathered about 100 locks and put them in storage. A handful of locks fell into the Sound.

    The county's top priority is public safety. Parks staff immediately restrung cable so the public can enjoy what's expected to be a gorgeous spring weekend. In the meantime, Executive Pat McCarthy has directed county engineers to analyze options for a longterm solutionRead 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 was appointed to the bench in early March by Gov. Jay Inslee. He fills a seat vacated when Superior Court Judge Linda Lee was appointed to the Washington State Court of Appeals.

    Sorensen spent the past 24 years with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office, most recently as chief criminal deputy. He began his tenure in the family support division and has served with multiple units, including the drug and robbery/assault sections. He has prosecuted numerous high profile cases, including the Tacoma Mall shooter and the getaway driver for Maurice Clemmons, the man who killed four Lakewood police officers.

    Sorensen earned undergraduate and law degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound, respectively. He and his family live in Lakewood.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Ron Culpepper, Superior Court Presiding Judge(253)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 offer an impartial look at the pros and cons to long term care insurance, reasons to buy and reasons not to buy. This is an information-only event. Participants will get straight-forward information about the benefits and disadvantages to a plan.

    “Long Term Care Insurance: Smart or Foolish?” will be presented twice:

    • Monday, April 14; 7 to 8 p.m.
    Soundview Building
    3602 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

    • Wednesday, April 16; 7 to 8 p.m.
    Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
    1301 N Highlands Parkway, Tacoma

    “Our culture often denies aging,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “It’s easy to not even think about long term care insurance. It can be very expensive and most of us never think we will need care for an extended period of time. But before turning our back on such a policy, it’s important to know what it is we are rejecting.”

    The workshop will cover a number of important topics: long term care services and the need for care, the upside and downside to long term care insurance, what insurance really does, who should buy it and who should not buy it, the consequences of doing nothing and alternatives to long term care insurance.

    “Long Term Care Insurance: Smart or Foolish?” is an information-only workshop. There will be no selling of products. The workshop is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center. It is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested in advance by calling (253) 798-8787.

    For more information about the workshop itself, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Kinney, Community Connections
    253-798-4509
    skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

    Bob Riler, Community Connections
    253-798-7384
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    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 information technology to discuss Pierce County's level of risk for a catastrophic landslide.

    Existing records in Pierce County don’t reveal landslides that come anywhere close to the magnitude of the Oso slide, which comprised an estimated 6 to 7 million cubic yards of earth. We regularly handle small slides - 10 to 100 cubic yards - that involve material slipping off of wet slopes, but not wholesale collapses of hillsides, especially in populated areas. This year alone, our public works crews have responded to 42 small slides that affected county roadways. The largest slide in our road division's records was a 1998 event in which 10,000 cubic yards of earth wiped out a portion of Cromwell Drive near Gig Harbor.

    The county has gone above and beyond what some of our peers do with LIDAR technology. We have been working for months on an updated landslide risk map based on slopes, and that new data will be added to our permitting system in the next week. Property owners in unincorporated Pierce County can look up their parcels in the “About My Property” section of our website and see any known hazards, such as landslides, flooding and erosion. Our system flags such properties when building permit applications are filed, and the property owners are required to submit geotechnical analyses in many cases.

    We have been focused in recent years on mitigating and planning for catastrophic events involving flooding and volcanic lahars. There's plenty of geological evidence to show those are the biggest risks, and our practice shows that if we know about it, we’ll do something about it. The scope of the Oso slide has certainly been eye-opening, and we will be consulting with the USGS and other partners, as well as further analyzing our own data to see if this should be added to our ongoing risk analysis and mitigation.

    Our role as a local government is to balance the need to protect the public from harm and to protect private property rights. We have done a lot of work regarding lahars and floods. Right now, we don’t have any data that says catastrophic landslides are a bigger risk than is currently knownRead 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...


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    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 Jail inmates two times per week for a total of 10,000 hours. He teaches basic life principles to men who have never had that kind of male instruction or role model in their lives. He leads bible studies, listens carefully to inmates’ struggles, and encourages them.

    Vanderlinda has volunteered 11,000 hours of his time at the county jail for 25 years. He visits three times a week to conduct 55-minute classes/services and provide individual counseling with the inmates. He has lead bible studies with some of the more serious offenders.

    More than 100 volunteers were honored, including:

    Joyce Messer, who was awarded a Special Achievement Award for her 20 years of service to the Sheriff's Department Foothills Detachment. Messer assists with various administrative tasks and has been instrumental in compiling and copying reports that are submitted to the Pierce County Prosecutor for determination of charges and case clearing.

    Carl Ritting, who also received a Special Achievement Award for his service to the Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) Advisory Board. Ritting joined the ADR Advisory Board at the age of 80 and in his three terms of service has served as the Chair of the Public Relations/Education and Advocacy Committee, the Planning and Allocations Committee, the Quality Improvement/Customer Service Committee, and as Second Officer for the Advisory Board.

    The German Shepherd Search Dogs of Washington received the Volunteer Group of the Year award, which is valued by the Department of Emergency Management. This 8-member group searches for lost people such as hikers and dementia patients and assists in the recovery of human remains.

    Other volunteers were recognized for their work with Community Connections, Juvenile Court, Superior Court, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works and Utilities.

    “The 82 individuals and seven groups honored gave a total of 27,557 hours of volunteer service to Pierce County government in 2013," said Scott Hall, Parks and Recreation superintendent who manages the volunteer recognition event for Pierce County.

    To show their appreciation, the County Council and County Executive Pat McCarthy co-sponsored Resolution 2014-16 proclaiming the week of March 10-16 as "Volunteer Recognition Week" in Pierce County.

    The brunch was co-hosted by Deputy Executive Kevin Phelps and County Councilmember Stan Flemming at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, where over 400 guests attended.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Hall, Parks and Recreation superintendent
    253-798-4006
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    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 in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties team up to look for impaired drivers.

    The DUI emphasis patrols are organized by the King County Target Zero Task Force, the Snohomish County DUI & Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force, and the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force.

    They will include visits to bars early in the evening to promote a safe ride home. DUI and bar enforcement teams will work in north King County on Friday; in Pierce and South King County on Saturday; and, in Snohomish County, beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday when many will head from work to bars. The Washington State Patrol will have extra troopers on the road throughout the weekend.

    Bar patrons in all three counties will be able to obtain scan cards from their bartenders or visiting officer-volunteer teams which can be easily used to call local taxi companies. Follow-up visits from command staff of local law enforcement agencies and the Liquor Control Board will be made within an hour of a DUI arrest or on the following day. At that time, the bar’s track record on turning out drivers who say they were drinking at the bar before their arrest will be reviewed with on-site owners and personnel.

    “Unfortunately, some have turned St. Patty’s Day celebrations into another deadly drinking and driving long weekend on the social calendar,” said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary.

    From 2005 to 2013, impaired driving was the cause of 63 percent of all road deaths over the St. Patrick’s holiday in Pierce, Snohomish and King counties. During this period, 12 people lost their lives after someone got behind the wheel and drove drunk or otherwise impaired.

    Motorists who anticipate drinking this weekend have one sure way to avoid the plenty of “green” they will need to cover the costs of a DUI, said John Cheesman, chief of the Fircrest Police Department and chair of the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force. “The way to avoid getting arrested is to arrange for a sober ride home before the festivities begin.”

    “An impaired driving death is a 100 percent preventable crime,” said Puyallup Police Chief Bryan Jeter, who will accompany a Home Safe Bar team and welcome over 25 DUI officers to his city Saturday night to make sure his city remains fatality-free.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Media who want to accompany a bar team in Pierce, Snohomish or King county or ride-along with a DUI officer Friday, Saturday or Monday should contact Gloria Mansfield Averill, Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, Pierce County Community Connections, (253) 222-9088Read 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 for rules and regulations governing examinations, appointments, appeals and other general personnel issues.

    Commissioners are required to attend one monthly meeting, or special meetings as required, and serve on a voluntary basis. Commission members must be a resident of Pierce County for a minimum of two years prior to appointment, registered to vote in Pierce County and a United States citizen. No more than two Commissioners may be from the same political party and no member after appointment may hold any salaried public office or engage in County employment other than his/her Commission duties.

    For more information or application materials, please contact Sherry Hieb, Pierce County Civil Service Commission chief examiner, at 253-798-6250 or pccivilservice@co.pierce.wa.us.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Sherry Hieb, Pierce County Civil Service Commission
    253-798-3433
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    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 Gig Harbor. The presenter will be elder law attorney Timothy Acker. Space is limited and RSVPs are required in advance by calling (253) 798-8787. Previous sessions have filled quickly.

    Wills are one of those 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 and maintain.

    In this information-only workshop, participants will have the chance to learn about Wills from the ground up and ask questions in the process.

    Among the issues that will be discussed:

    • Who needs a Will and why
    • What’s in a Will
    • Using online Wills
    • When an attorney is needed
    • Updating a Will
    • Do-it-yourself Wills

    “Most people know they ought to have a Will,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “But it’s hard to find an opportunity to learn about the basics of writing a will in a neutral setting. We are able to offer a forum where people can get good, honest information about Wills, dispel some of the misconceptions and understand the huge benefits to making a Will. We hope people will take advantage of this presentation.”

    “Writing Your Will” is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center. The workshop is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required in advance by calling (253) 798-8787. For more information about the workshop itself, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Kinney, Community Connections
    253-798-4509
    skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

    Bob Riler, Community Connections
    253-798-7384
    briler@co.pierce.wa.us
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    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 regulations for the first time since the 1970s.

    Based on changes to state law enacted by the Washington State Legislature in 2003, the county must regulate development along marine waters, rivers, wetlands, floodplains, and certain lakes and streams. State law also establishes a schedule for all cities and counties to update their shoreline management programs.

    Various Pierce County stakeholders have been working on a draft proposal since 2008, and it's nearing completion. The Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee has scheduled a series of meetings around the county to gather public comment on the draft.

    "This update to shoreline regulations affects approximately 12,000 properties in Pierce County," said County Councilmember Rick Talbert (District 5), chair of the Community Development Committee. "We know this is a sensitive issue. We are trying to craft an update that complies with state law while protecting individual property rights. We encourage interested parties to review these updates and provide the Council with their comments."

    State law includes a requirement that development result in "no net loss of shoreline ecological function." The law also includes criteria for shoreline vegetation conservation. Pierce County proposes to comply with the law by establishing a shoreline buffer.

    These new buffer standards would not apply retroactively. For example, legally existing residential development is defined as a "conforming use" and would not be subject to new shoreline buffer requirements. Legally existing lawns, gardens and established landscaping also could be maintained within shoreline buffer areas.

    All future development and redevelopment within shoreline jurisdiction would need to comply with the county's updated Shoreline Master Program. Typical examples of development that would be reviewed for compliance with the updated shoreline regulations include: residential development and associated accessory uses, docks, piers and floats, bulkheads and retaining walls, boat launching ramps, recreational development, marinas and aquaculture uses.

    Here is the schedule of Community Development Committee meetings:

    • March 6, 5:30 p.m., North Lake Tapps Middle School, 20029 12th St. E, Lake Tapps.
    • March 20, 5:30 p.m., Pacific Lutheran University, Scandinavian Cultural Center, 12180 Park Ave. S.
    • April 3, 5:30 p.m., Peninsula High School auditorium, 14105 Purdy Dr. NW, Gig Harbor.
    • April 7, 1:30 p.m., County-City Building, Room 1045, 930 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma.

    The full County Council was originally scheduled to vote on the updated regulations on April 22, but it decided to postpone the final vote and hold more hearings over the summer. Dates will be announced when they are confirmed.

    The County Council will accept testimony orally and in writing. For more information about Ordinance 2013-45 or to submit a comment, go to www.piercecountywa.org/council.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Debby Hyde, Planning and Land Services
    (253) 798-7110
    dhyde@co.pierce.wa.us

    Mike Kruger, County Council legislative analyst
    (253) 798-6067
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    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

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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.

    The sign unveiling ceremony, set for 1 p.m., will remember 14-year-old Daniel Morse, who was killed Dec. 27, 2009 after he crossed the 9800 block of 204th Street East at dusk and began riding his new skateboard on the side of the road given to him for Christmas. Morse was thrown into the air after Darrell Andrew Ross, who was driving over the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 and without his headlights on, swerved and slammed into him. Ross, who admitted to the crime, was convicted and served 23 months in prison.

    “We usually install one memorial sign in memory of victims, but we are installing two in this case,” said Sharon Reynon of the Tacoma Pierce County DUI Victim’s Panel. “This is to doubly remind motorists of the toll impaired driving can take on families.” Daniel’s older brother Christopher also was killed by a driver suspected of alcohol and marijuana impairment while driving home from his job at a pizza parlor in 2003 in the San Diego area.

    To assist the family in getting out their message that all impaired driving crashes are preventable, the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force will conduct a special DUI emphasis patrol on Saturday night, Feb. 22. At least 25 task force troopers, deputies and officers will hunt for impaired drivers throughout East Pierce County, including near the site where Daniel was killed, handing out memorial flyers about Daniel to the motorists they stop.

    Pierce County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Harms, who will coordinate the multi-agency patrol, said he expects more than the usual number of arrests Saturday night in part because the task force will utilize the Washington State Patrol’s Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU).

    The MIDU is a 36-foot mobile home equipped with three breath-test instruments and two holding cells. It enables patrol officers to drop off arrested motorists for processing and get back on patrol in minutes. Troopers manning the MIDU Saturday night will request blood warrants whenever arrestees show signs of impairment but have not been drinking. Once warrants are obtained, on-board phlebotomists will draw blood samples to determine which impairing drugs drivers have consumed.

    “We will be working hard to remove every alcohol- or drugged-impaired driver from the road that night in hopes we will never have to erect another sign like Daniel’s,” said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, who will kick off the special DUI emphasis patrol on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. and accompany the task force’s Home Safe Bar team on bar visits.

    MEDIA ADVISORY
    Media are invited to cover the brief roadside sign ceremony on the 9800 block of 204th Street East near Graham at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

    On Saturday night, media can interview family members, follow as Daniel’s two surviving brothers ride along with Sheriff’s deputies, accompany the Home Safe Bar Team to area bars where drivers said they had been drinking before being arrested.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Gloria Mansfield Averill, Pierce County Community Connections
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    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 be a big part of the company's future plans. The company has 1,800 employees in Frederickson, and the local network of suppliers and aerospace training programs ensures our important place in the global supply chain. I assured Boeing that Pierce County is ready to assist when the company is ready to utilize the undeveloped land it owns here.

    “I am very happy for my peers in Everett and Snohomish County. Our top goal all along was to keep Washington at the epicenter of the aerospace industry, and we have succeeded.”

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
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    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

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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 smoother railroad crossings

  • Sumner cemetery cleans up from vandalism

  • Milton business feeling the Seahawks boom

  • Parks: Broomball/President’s Day Skate

  • The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

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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 academy begins March 19 and will meet each Wednesday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for 13 weeks.

    The academy is an opportunity for participants to learn first-hand about law enforcement in Pierce County and to meet the Sheriff and other department members. The course seeks to familiarize the public with all aspects of the Sheriff's Department and provides insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

    The class covers topics such as the law, patrol procedures, use of force, detectives, narcotics, K-9, domestic violence, hiring and training, and more. Field trips are scheduled to the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Pierce County Jail, Sheriff’s headquarters, and the Range.
    Pre-registration is required and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis until the class is filled. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Fingerprinting and a photo I.D. are required after preliminary acceptance to the academy.

    You can register online or print and mail in the application. To get more information, visit the Sheriff’s Department website. More information on the class will be sent once your application is received.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Teresa Berg, Sheriff’s Department
    (253) 798-6646
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    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 performances are scheduled, and each can accommodate up to 800 spectators. Tickets are available for balcony or on-ice seating.

    This annual event showcases a featured guest performer as well as local talent. This year's featured performer is Bradley, who landed an incredible quadruple jump that placed him at the top of the podium in 2011. He also won the silver at the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships as well as three consecutive U.S. Collegiate titles and the U.S. junior championship. He represented the United States at three World Figure Skating Championships.

    The creative force behind the show is U.S. Figure Skating Double Gold Medalists Heidi Sullivan and Stephanie Rowland. Both are members of the skating staff at Sprinker Recreation Center, operated by Pierce County Parks and Recreation.

    The 70-member cast was chosen after tryouts and auditions in late August. They have been practicing since then to get ready for the February performances under the direction of Kathy Wainhouse, the Technical Show Director and director of skating for Sprinker. She oversees the competitive skating program and hosts seminars for the Professional Skaters Association.

    For the show, Sprinker's Ice Arena is transformed into a professional set with state-of-the-art light and sound, costuming and props. These annual ice shows increase in popularity every year. Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible.

    The ice show gives local skaters an experience outside the rigors of competitive life. It is enriching and rewarding for both viewers and participants. Five former cast members are currently touring in professional shows.

    Show Times
    Friday, Feb. 7: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Feb. 8: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Feb. 9: 2 p.m.

    Ticket Information
    Balcony seats are $12 and On-Ice seats are $18. Cash, check, debit, VISA and M/C are accepted. Order tickets by phone at 253-798-4000 or in person at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 South C Street in Tacoma, Washington.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Kathy Wainhouse, Technical Show Director
    (253) 798-4042
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    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

  • Pierce County Council helps fill two Legislative Hous seats

  • Orting Family Support Center sees congressional visit

  • Free tax preparation services

  • County e...


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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 containers. Seating is limited so register now. Cost is $10 for members and students and $20 for non-members.

    The recycling, yard waste, and garbage from Pierce County’s 800,000 citizens take an elaborate and calculated journey once they leave our curb. This tour will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the complicated systems and state-of-the-art facilities that handle and process the county’s yard waste and about 1 million tons of garbage generated annually.

    The 3-acre indoor composting facility located near the closed Hidden Valley landfill on Puyallup’s South Hill is one of two high-tech facilities that compost yard waste in-County. Electronically controlled and monitored, this facility turns our residential yard waste into a usable, nutrient rich compost in about 32 days, all while creating its own indoor weather system. This location works in tandem with other regional composting facilities to make sure that an equal balance of materials going in generate the best product coming out. The property at Hidden Valley also houses Pierce County’s largest transfer station and the old, closed, 76-acre landfill.

    The second stop on the tour will be the final destination for all garbage generated in Pierce County. The 304th street landfill, opened in Graham at the end of 1999, is both an impressive display of engineering and environmental protection, as well as a dismal look at the culmination of our waste behaviors. With a planned final footprint of 168 acres, this landfill will be home to garbage generated in Pierce County, including the City of Tacoma and JBLM, through 2040. We will also take a from-a-distance look at the waste-to-energy facility which produces electricity from methane produced by the decomposing garbage and the collection system that is in place to capture, transport and treat the constant flow of leachate (garbage juice).

    We'll meet at the SR 512 Park & Ride behind the McDonald's and load a bus to the landfill and composting facilities.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Jessica Ludwig, Resource Conservation Program coordinator
    253-798-6611
    jludwig@co.pierce.waRead 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...




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    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    County offices closed Jan. 20

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Offices will reopen Jan. 21.

    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 Resource Center and MultiCare Celebrate Seniority will host two more workshop sessions in March.

    Puyallup – Saturday, March 15
    10 to 11:30 a.m.
    Good Sam Hospital Children’s Therapy Unit
    402 15th Ave SE, # 100

    Tacoma – Tuesday, March 18
    10 to 11:30 a.m.
    Allenmore Hospital Basement Classroom
    1901 S Union Avenue

    The presenter will be elder law attorney Jonete Rehmke. Space is limited. RSVPs are required in advance by calling (253) 798-8787.

    Participants will have the chance to learn about Wills from the ground up and ask questions in the process. Among the issues that will be discussed: who needs a Will and why; what’s in a Will; using online Wills; when an attorney is needed; updating a Wills and do-it-yourself Wills.

    “Writing Your Will” is sponsored by Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources and MultiCare Celebrate Seniority. The workshop is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required in advance by calling (253) 798-8787. For more information about the workshop itself, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Kinney, Community Connections
    253-798-4509
    skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

    Bob Riler, Community Connections
    253-798-7384
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    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 representing District 1 in East Pierce County. "I look forward to applying my experience in public policy and as a business owner to the challenges the county faces as we set and fund the priorities of government."

    The Council also selected Councilmember Stan Flemming (District 7) as vice chairman, and Joyce McDonald (District 2) as executive pro tem.

    Prior to his election to the Pierce County Council in 2010, Roach served five terms in the Washington State House of Representatives. The owner of Roach Gymnastics in Sumner, the Councilman lives in the Bonney Lake area with his wife Melanie and their five children.

    Flemming also previously served in the state House and was the founding mayor of the City of University Place. He's a family physician and retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army who joined the Council in 2010.

    McDonald, who is starting her sixth year on the Council, spent the past two years as chair of the County Council, a position that rotates among the members. She previously served five terms in the state House.

    The chairman presides at all regular Council meetings, while the vice chair presides in the absence of the chairman. The executive pro tem is a councilmember selected to perform some of the County Executive's duties in the event of the executive's absence or temporary disability.

    Councilmembers also conducted their annual reorganization of four standing committees. Here is a list of the meeting schedules and members:

    Rules and Operations CommitteeMeets Mondays at 10 a.m.Roach (chair), Flemming (vice chair), McDonald, Douglas Richardson (District 6)

    Community Development CommitteeMeets first and third Mondays at 1:30 p.m.Rick Talbert (chair, District 5), Richardson (vice chair), Flemming, Connie Ladenburg (District 4), Jim McCune (District 3)

    Economic and Infrastructure Development CommitteeMeets second and fourth Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.Flemming (chair), Ladenburg (vice chair), McCune, Richardson, Talbert

    Public Safety and Human Services CommitteeMeets second Mondays at 1:30 p.m. McCune (chair), McDonald (vice chair), Flemming, Ladenburg, Richardson

    More information about the County Council is available online at www.piercecountywa.org/council or by calling (253) 798-7777.

    The full council meets Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the 10th floor of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, Tacoma.

    Council meetings are televised live and replayed each week on Pierce County TV (channel 22 in most areas, and 522 on the Click! Network’s HD tier) and streamed live and archived at www.piercecountytv.org.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Dan Roach, Council chair(253) 798-3635

    Hunter George, Communications director
    (253) 798-6606hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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 smoother railroad crossings

  • Sumner cemetery cleans up from vandalism

  • Milton business feeling the Seahawks boom

  • Parks: Broomball/President’s Day Skate

  • The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead 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 for the community

  • The secret's out, flying is affordable

  • Tacoma Narrows Airport runway work complete

  • The Hub at Narrows

  • The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead 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...




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    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...
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    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...



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    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 ...



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    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 responsible for rules and regulations governing examinations, appointments, appeals and other general personnel issues.

    Commissioners are required to attend one monthly meeting, or special meetings as required, and serve on a voluntary basis. Commission members must be a resident of Pierce County for a minimum of two years prior to appointment, registered to vote in Pierce County and a United States citizen.

    For more information or application materials, please contact Sherry Hieb, Pierce County Civil Service Commission chief examiner, at 253-798-6250 or pccivilservice@co.pierce.wa.us.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:Sherry Hieb, Pierce County Civil Service Commission
    253-798-3433
    shieb@co.pierce.waRead 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...



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    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 Council, which normally meets on Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, holds at least one meeting a year in each of the seven Council districts, as required by the Pierce County Charter.

    Wednesday's meeting marks the final "in-district" meeting of 2013. It will be led by Councilmember Rick Talbert (District 5).

    More information, including Council agendas, is available at www.piercecountywa.org/council.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:Rick Talbert, County Councilmember
    (253) 798-6653
    rtalber@co.pierce.wa.us

    Hunter George, Communications director
    (253) 798-6606
    hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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 Recreation Center, located at 14824 C Street S, Tacoma (Spanaway). Breakfast will be held upstairs in the Rainier Room at 10 a.m. Photos will be taken from 10:30 to 11 a.m. A one-hour skating session begins at 11:45 a.m. The cost is $20 per person. The registration deadline is Dec. 2.

    To register or learn more about programs and events, visit www.piercecountywa.org/parks or call (253) 798-4141.

    Here is the rest of the schedule for Tis The Season Saturdays:

    December 14: Up On the Housetop Crafters Creations
    Bring your holiday crafts and creations for our first annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $35 booth rental includes a 6' table and 2 chairs. Space will be limited so don’t wait to register. For more information call (253) 798-4000

    December 21: Jingle Bell Jam – Ice Skating
    Join us for the second annual all ages “Holiday Jam” public ice skating session from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Ice Skate to your favorite holiday beats (remixed) with DJ Cory on rink side. Forecast predicts snow on the ice!

    December 28: Ice Princess Party
    Bring your little princess (ages 5+) to an enchanting day on the ice. The morning will start with crafts in the Alder Room from 10 to 11 a.m. Then we will commence with a princess procession to the ice arena for ice skating with the Fairy Godmother from 11 to 11:45 a.m. with fun games to play on ice. The princesses will be welcome to stay and skate from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. For more information contact Jen at (253) 798-4753.

    Safety Note: Princess gowns must not be longer than calf length to ice skate. All Princesses who plan to skate need to bring an all-purpose helmet to wear on the ice.

    Morning events are sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company; Breakfast with Blade is sponsored by Lake Spanaway Golf CourseRead 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...
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    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
  • ...
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    Posted on: October 30, 2013

    2013 General Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATES
    Election 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 NUMBERS
    Total registered voters 438,344
    Expected Tu...




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    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 Ziegler, Pierce ...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...
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    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...
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    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: Click it, Don't kick it
  • The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Watch online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts when specific shows or council meetings are posted to sign up for updates when PCTV posts new shows or council meetingsRead 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 planned closure allows for installation of a sewer bypass line necessary for Pierce County's rehabilitation of the sewer pipe along Grandview Drive between Heitman Way and 64th Street W.

    Wooden barricades are in place at each end of the closed portion of the trail. The barricades have a “Trail Closed Ahead” sign and arrows directing walkers to detour to the sidewalk area paralleling Grandview Drive.

    Public Works and Utilities is rehabilitating 9,600 feet of existing 30-inch sewer pipe and about 30 manholes along Grandview Drive to prolong the pipe's life and make it structurally sound. A new pipe liner will be installed and cured in place, which will reduce the need for large road excavations and extended road lane closures. The pipe liner protects the pipe from hydrogen sulfide corrosion. This method was chosen because it was the alternative with the lowest cost and least impact to the public during construction.

    More information about this project can be found at www.co.pierce.wa.us/Grandview.

    MEDIA CONTACTS: Steven Chanfrau, P.E., Pierce County Sewer Utility engineering supervisor
    253-798-4129 Steven.Chanfrau@co.pierce.wa.us

    Callene Abernathy, Public Works and Utilities public information specialist
    (253) 798-4661callene.abernathy@co.pierce.waRead 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...
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    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 (GIS) and mapping techniques to plan and design a park. Each member designs certain features and draws it on a sheet protector. This simulates GIS technology as they stack the clear layers of their maps to create their park.

    Students brainstorm what they’d like in their “dream” park. The most common answer is, of course, a playground. Some other ideas are a picnic area, field, wading pool, walking paths, basketball court, amphitheater, flower garden, and a horseshoe pit. Students work in teams to decide on their favorite park features and problem solve how to map out their 8-acre park. One classroom will use these skills to plan and design new garden beds at their school.

    "In this year’s experiment, young people experience first-hand how GIS and mapping are used to solve real-world problems," said Christina Murray, Washington State University Pierce County Extension 4-H Coordinator. “It gives them a taste of how geography impacts our lives and communities.”

    Participating in the experiment helps students discover new interests and career options. GIS/GPS mapping has applications in numerous fields – from healthcare, national defense and environmental science to agriculture, aeronautics and city planning. In fact, GIS/GPS is ranked among the fastest growing occupational fields in the nation. Because the uses for geospatial technology are so widespread and diverse, the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent.

    "Now entering its sixth year, 4-H National Youth Science Day will again bring young people face-to-face with the challenges of today’s global economy," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. "America faces a future of intense global competition with a startling shortage of scientists. However, with high-quality positive youth development programs like 4-H National Youth Science Day, youth are introduced to highly relevant concepts and solutions that will ensure their contributions to their communities today, and their success as global leaders tomorrow."

    WSU Pierce County 4-H partners with the following organizations to advance science exploration with local youth through participation in the science experiment: YMCA of Pierce County, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Tacoma Nature Center, Summit and Fife Libraries, Daffodil Elementary, Cascade Christian Schools, Northeast Tacoma Elementary, Midland Elementary, Naches Trails, Wildwood Park Elementary, St. Nick’s Catholic School, Lochburn Middle School, and Stadium High School.

    About National Youth Science Day

    For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching youth about science, engineering and technology. Created to combat a shortage of American young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day seeks to spark an early youth interest and leadership in science.

    Currently, more than 5 million young people across the nation participate in 4-H science, engineering and technology programming in topics as varied as robotics, rocketry, wind power, GPS mapping, agricultural science, film making, water quality and biofuels. And, through the 5-year campaign - One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas, 4-H has undertaken a bold goal of engaging one million additional young people in science, engineering and technology programming by the end of 2013.

    This year’s 4-H National Youth Science Day is jointly sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Donaldson Filtration Systems, John Deere, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Philips, and USGS.

    For photo opportunities, contact Christina Murray for a list of participating sites.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Christina Murray, WSU Pierce County 4-H(253) 798-3223murraychristin@wsuRead 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...
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    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, Algona, Bonney Lake, Milton, Edgewood, Pacific, Puyallup, Sumner, South Prairie and Carbonado can license their pets and avoid the late fees.

    “October Amnesty was created to encourage residents to renew their pet's license. The automatic waiving of late fees is a joint campaign by the Pierce County Auditor's Office and partner pet licensing agencies," said Auditor Julie Anderson. "Renewal options include online, by mail, or in person at any of our offices. We hope pet owners take advantage of this great opportunity."

    "The City of Tacoma is excited to join in this amnesty campaign with our partner pet licensing agencies," said Jenni Barrett, Animal Licensing Operations Manager. "The amnesty period provides an opportunity for pet owners to provide their pet a ticket home and comply with the law. They can simply apply for a current year's pet license online, by mail or in person with no late fees involved."

    A license lets people know that your pet is a cherished member of your family, and a license is often your pet's ticket home. When animal control officers find a pet wearing a license, every attempt is made to return the pet home, saving the owner a trip to the shelter and impound fees. A pet license improves public safety and, it’s the law.

    Licensing fees vary, depending on where you live, the type of pet, and whether the cat or dog has been spayed or neutered.

    The amnesty program expires Oct. 31. Failure to license a pet on time, or during this special amnesty month, can result in late fees up to $20 per animal.

    More information is available by visiting your local pet licensing website or calling during business hours.

    Pierce County Auditor's Office www.piercecountywa.org/pets(253) 798-7445

    City of Tacoma Animal Licensingwww.cityoftacoma.org/pets(253) 627-PETS (7387)

    City of University Placewww.cityofup.com(253) 798-4251

    City of Lakewoodwww.petdata.com(866) 594-1283

    City of Roy www.cityofroy.us(253) 843-1113

    Metro Animal Services
    Cities of Puyallup, Sumner, Algona, Bonney Lake, Edgewood, Milton & Pacificwww.metroanimalservices.org(253) 299-PETS (7387)

    MEDIA CONTACTS:Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor253-798-3188 or 253-318-0493 (cell)julie.anderson@co.pierce.wa.us

    Danielle Larson, City of Tacoma Tax and License Manager253-573-2378dlarson@cityoftacoma.org

    Leslie Wheeler, University Place Police Office Manager253-798-4251 lwheeler@cityofup.com

    Carmen Palmer, Metro Animal Services253-299-5503carmenp@ci.sumner.waRead 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 are anticipated to be on display.

    “This year we’re excited to welcome back our title sponsor, Hi-Tech Collision," said Becca Boyle, event coordinator at Sprinker Recreation Center. "We will also feature a pirate theme, and we’re inviting staff, spectators and participants to join in the festivities with their pirate-inspired attire! Lady Luck Steakhouse Saloon will provide the Caribbean Island barbeque luncheon. It's sure to be a great afternoon in the park with family, friends, and classic car enthusiasts. Everyone is invited, so join us, rain or shine."

    Sound EFX's Cory Kolilis returns to MC the show, which also features car-related vendors, an espresso cart, prize give-aways, and more.

    Pre-register your classic car or truck (pre-1985 models) by Sept. 22 for only $15 or day-of-show registration will be available for $20. Souvenir T-shirts may be pre-ordered by Sept. 22 with your entry for just $10.

    To register call Sprinker Recreation Center at 253-798-4000. Day-of-event registration for participants begins at 7 a.m. followed by judging at 11:30 a.m. and the award presentation at 2 p.m. Dash plaques and goodie bags are included for the first 300 entries – the first 100 will also receive an (on-site) Caribbean luncheon ticket. Gates open for spectators at 10 a.m. with free admission for all ages.

    For more information, call Becca Boyle, (253) 798-4056, or Mark Richards, (253) 798-4030.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Becca Boyle, Parks and Recreation(253) 798-4056bboyle@co.pierce.wa.us

    Mark Richards, Parks and Recreation(253) 798-4030mricha1@co.pierce.waRead 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 merger of the county’s two social service departments and to manage special projects for Parks and Recreation. Earlier, he served as project manager for the development of Chambers Bay, which is preparing to host the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest in 2015.

    “Tony Tipton brings unique management experience to Parks and Recreation,” Executive McCarthy said. “After a distinguished career with our Public Works and Utilities Department, he has served the past few years as a loaned executive to help manage some of our most complex projects in other departments. His expertise in project management, budgeting, strategic planning and customer service will benefit a department that’s dedicated to making Pierce County a fun place to live."

    As Parks Director, Tipton will oversee 65 full-time employees and budgets totaling about $30 million. That includes the highly successful Conservation Futures program that dedicates a small portion of the property tax to purchasing land for preservation of open space.

    “I’m honored to by chosen by Executive McCarthy to lead our Parks and Recreation Services Department," Tipton said. "Our park sites and recreation programs directly improve the quality of life here in Pierce County. I couldn’t be more excited to work with the outstanding team at Parks and our elected leadership in Pierce County to deliver high quality parks and recreation programs for our community to enjoy.”

    Tipton is a Pacific Lutheran University graduate who began his career as a Certified Public Accountant. The bulk of his 29-year career includes 23 years with Pierce County Public Works and Utilities. He held a variety of management roles that led to his appointment as project manager for the development of Chambers Bay, which has become one of the top international tourism draws in the Northwest.

    In 2011, Executive McCarthy appointed Tipton as an interim deputy director of the new Department of Community Connections, which was created by the consolidation of two agencies. Since October 2011, Tipton has served as special assistant to the director of Parks and Recreation, where he has led the creation of an asset management system and new performance measures, among other things.

    “We conducted a nationwide search and reviewed an outstanding group of finalists," Executive McCarthy said. "Tony will be an excellent leader for a department that manages a diverse portfolio, including regional parks, neighborhood 'pocket' parks, an ice rink, the Foothills Trail and more.”

    Tipton succeeds Kathy Kravit-Smith, who retired in June. He starts Sept. 16. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Pierce County Council.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Communications director(253) 961-8422hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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 for map and directions.

    Panelists and exhibitors include Pierce County, City of Tacoma, Tacoma School District, Port of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Go Local Tacoma, Washington Department of Enterprise Services, Washington Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Joint Base Lewis McChord, NAVSUP Fleet Logics Center, Puget Sound, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Pacific NW Defense Coalition, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC); Native PTAC and the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency.

    The Washington State Office of Women and Minority Owned Enterprises will conduct two workshops to assist qualified businesses procure State Certification as a bona fide minority owned business as well as a new category-Small Business Enterprise, a gender and race neutral program.

    Register online or contact Hans Kueck at (253) 798-2335 or email hkueck@co.pierce.wa.us.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Hans Kueck, Economic Development253-798-2335hkueck@co.pierce.waRead 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.

    The weekly newscast is produced by PCTV. Find it on channel 22 Comcast and Click!, and channel 20 Rainier Connect every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., or online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

    Visit PCTV's “Notify Me” page to sign up for alerts updates when specific shows or council meetings are postedRead 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 north central Pierce County location. Anyone may apply. However, this location will be most convenient for those living in central or north Pierce County, Edgewood, and Brown’s Point.

    The academy is an opportunity for participants to learn first-hand about law enforcement in Pierce County and to meet the Sheriff and other department members. The course seeks to familiarize the public with all aspects of the Sheriff's Department and provides insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

    The class covers topics such as the law, patrol procedures, use of force, detectives, narcotics, K-9, domestic violence, hiring and training, and more. Field trips are scheduled to the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Pierce County Jail, Sheriff’s headquarters, and the Range.

    Pre-registration is required and applications are accepted on a first come first served basis until the class is filled. At this time there are 30 openings. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Fingerprinting and a photo I.D. are required after preliminary acceptance to the program so sign up soon.

    You can register online or print and mail in the application. More information will be sent once your application is received.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Susan McDougal, Pierce County Sheriff's Department(253) 798-6646smcdoug@co.pierce.waRead 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...
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    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 no horns time is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. for sensory-sensitive children.

    Kids of all ages will love to climb, run around, sit in and even honk horns of many types of trucks and vehicles. They can explore a fire engine, dump trucks, command center, bucket truck, striper, tractor, military vehicles, school buses and so many more. New solid waste and LeMay vehicles, including a mobile shredder unit, have been added to the lineup.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Also, bring your personal documents to be shredded for free. Food donation bins will also be set up to accept canned food items for the food bank.

    Big Truck T-shirts will be on sale for $8 the day of the event. Don't miss your chance to buy one.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:Andrea Clay, Parks and Recreation
    253-798-4703aclay@co.pierce.waRead 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 year.

    “Good business practices and environmental stewardship are top priorities for our employees,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “This award shows our rate payers how seriously we pursue these values.”

    Of approximately 300 wastewater treatment plants in Washington, Pierce County’s plant is one of 107 that achieved full compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in 2012. Treatment plants were evaluated for compliance with the effluent limits, monitoring and reporting requirements, spill prevention planning, pretreatment, and overall operational demands of the NPDES permit.

    "It takes diligent operators and a strong management team, working effectively together, to achieve this high level of compliance,” according to a letter from the Department of Ecology to Executive McCarthy. “It's not easy to operate a wastewater treatment plant 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without violations. Ecology appreciates the extraordinary level of effort your plant operators demonstrated throughout 2012. Talented and proficient operators are critical to successful plant operations and protecting the health of Washington's waters."

    This is the 14th time in the 17-year history of the program that the plant has earned this award.

    "Our employees have the expertise and skills required to meet the exacting standards and rigid guidelines for NPDES compliance,” said Brian Ziegler, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities director. "They take pride in their work and deserve this recognition, particularly since we are under construction for a large treatment plant expansion that will meet Pierce County's treatment needs for decades."

    The $353 million expansion will increase sewer capacity, introduce new technologies that help protect the environment, support economic development in Pierce County, and build the foundation for meeting future environmental regulations. The project will also allow the county to repair and replace aging infrastructure at the plant.

    The expansion project will increase the plant’s footprint from 49 acres to 89 acres and treatment capacity from 28.7 million gallons per day to 43 million gallons per day. Infrastructure improvements consist of a new laboratory, rehabilitation of existing buildings, and expansion of many of the treatment facilities such as digesters, aeration basins and secondary clarifiers.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Larry Ekstrom, Public Works and Utilities wastewater treatment plant superintendent(253) 798-3032lekstro@co.pierce.wa.us

    Callene Abernathy, Public Works and Utilities public information specialist(253) 798-4661caberna@co.pierce.wa.usRead 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...
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    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 is prohibited, except for small recreational fires less than three feet in diameter, fires in barbecues and cooking appliances, outdoor fireplaces and campfires in approved fire pits and locations at established campgrounds.

    Persons with approved Department of Natural Resources burn permits are advised to call 800-323-BURN (2876).

    For additional information or instructions, please contact your local fire department or the Pierce County Fire Marshal's office at (253) 798-7179Read 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...
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    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...
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    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 Pierce County Aerospace Summit, held Wednesday at Clover Park Technical College. More than 125 people attended, representing aerospace suppliers, manufacturers, industry service providers, policy makers and educators.

    "This is not a pep talk. This is a call to action," said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, a co-host of the summit. "I went to the Paris Air Show last month to help recruit new business to Pierce County, and I witnessed first-hand the intense global competition for this business. We must be ready to show companies all over the world that we have what it takes to build the next generation of aircraft."

    Bruce Kendall, president and CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board, reported that Pierce County's delegation to the Paris Air Show met with 31 companies and notched three solid leads.

    "In the past 24 hours, 76,001 airplanes landed in the United States. Clearly, there is potential for enormous business growth in this industry," said Kendall, another co-host of the summit along with the World Trade Center Tacoma.

    Michelle Burreson, workforce development manager for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, described the aerospace giant's programs and partnerships to train workers. It's an ongoing challenge, particularly as Boeing works to ramp up production of the 737 and 787.

    "Fifty percent of our U.S.-based workforce will be eligible to retire between 2011 and 2016," she told the audience. "We are building strong relationships with educational institutions to create a highly skilled and readily available workforce for years to come."

    Alex Pietsch, director of the Washington State Office of Aerospace, outlined the state's 5-year plan to "protect and grow" aerospace jobs. That includes a concerted effort to win assembly of Boeing's 777X as well as recruit global suppliers who work with Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier and other manufacturers.

    "It's clear the world perceives Washington State as a global aerospace leader," Pietsch said. "But there is strong competition. If we work together, we can attract companies from around the world to bring jobs here."

    The Aerospace Summit featured presentations on worker training by WorkForce Central, the Pierce County Skills Center, the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Clover Park Technical College, Washington State University, Toray Composites, CIMtech, Pacific Coast Composites and PNJ Machining.


    MEDIA CONTACTS:Chris Green, Economic Development Board vice president
    (253) 383-4726chris@edbtacomapierce.org

    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
    253-798-6606hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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...
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    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...
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    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, which creates a framework for the licensing the production and sale of recreational marijuana. The state Liquor Control Board is expected to release rules governing the process later this year. The seven-member Council wants to make sure there is adequate time to consider whether additional local regulations will be needed in unincorporated areas.

    "Like other local communities around the state, we need to act now to ensure that the marijuana industry doesn't get started before we have the opportunity to consider its impacts on our citizens," said Councilmember Doug Richardson (District 6).

    Ordinance 2013-26 puts marijuana-related activities on hold for six months. During that time, a working group of representatives from five areas of county government - the Council, Executive's Office, Sheriff's Department, Prosecutor's Office, and Planning and Land Services - will work on draft regulations for the Council's consideration this fall.

    "There are a lot of unanswered questions. This temporary delay gives us time to study our options for local regulations," said Councilmember Jim McCune (District 3).

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Councilmember Doug Richardson(253) 798-3308drichar@co.pierce.wa.us

    Councilmember Jim McCune(253) 798-6626jmccune@co.pierce.waRead 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, joining 13 others around the country.

    The new 311,000-square-foot facility in Randles Business Park in the Frederickson Industrial Area will initially create 36 jobs and make a capital investment of approximately $50 million. The facility will serve the company's customers throughout the region.

    Groundbreaking is expected this fall and the company is scheduled to be fully operational in early 2014.
    "We are very excited about our expansion in Washington State," said Brian Hess, Niagara’s Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs. "We're looking forward to servicing the needs of our customers in the region, and to being a good corporate neighbor. We can't wait to get started."

    Niagara attributes its decision to locate in Pierce County not only to an operational and cost analysis that makes sense for the company, but also to a great "community fit." Hess shared that each of the entities involved came to the table in a true partnership effort.

    "We had several organizations working together for our project. The Washington State Department of Commerce, Pierce County, and the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and other local partners came together with one voice to communicate that our project was welcomed and that this community was the right place for our business,” Hess said.

    “Other Northwest states were in the running for this innovative operation and these good jobs,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Our Commerce Department worked in close partnership with Pierce County, the EDB for Tacoma-Pierce County and our business community over seven months to demonstrate the reasons why this community is a perfect fit with Niagara, a dynamic, environmentally-conscious, advanced manufacturing company. We’re delighted to welcome them to Washington State!”

    “Niagara Bottling is a great addition to the local business community,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, who visited the company’s California headquarters to discuss the merits of locating in Frederickson. “Niagara is a national leader in the industry, and building a plant in Pierce County provides great access to the Northwest market. Niagara joins companies like Amazon, State Farm and others who have recently announced decisions to expand in Pierce County because it’s a great place to work, live and play.”

    “The team that came together to make this deal happen was top notch,” said Susan Suess, Senior Vice President at the EDB. “The State, Pierce County, and EDB were laser focused on ensuring that the client’s needs were met throughout the recruitment process.”

    Recognized as an industry leader in both innovation and design, Niagara is known for having the lightest weight one-half-liter bottle on the market. The company's Eco-Air Bottle® recently received a Drinktec Beverage Innovation Award for the Best PET Design. Niagara has also been recognized for its sustainability efforts to reduce its carbon footprint through both consumption reduction in materials and the implementation of various energy efficiency methods.

    Niagara BottlingAndrew Peykoff, Sr. founded Niagara Bottling Company in 1963 by traveling door-to-door selling glass bottled purified drinking water. Since then Niagara's primary business has been in private-label bottled water sold in grocery stores and big-box retailers. Headquartered in Ontario, California, Andy Peykoff II is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. He continues to implement the ideals and commitment to the environment put in place by his father. Contact: Pamela Anderson Cridlebaugh, 909-758-5812.

    Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB)The EDB provides confidential direct assistance to primary businesses considering the area as a potential site for location or expansion. Information is provided on demographics, workforce training and hiring, financing, site selection, permitting, incentives and connecting with local authorities. Contact Susan Suess, 253-383-4726.

    Pierce CountyUnder the leadership of Executive Pat McCarthy and through its Economic Development Department, Pierce County is focused on predictable and timely permitting, business retention and attraction, and business climate improvement. Contact Hunter George, 253-961-8422.

    About CommerceCommerce is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. For more information, visit www.commerce.wa.gov. For information on locating or expanding a business in Washington, visit www.choosewashington.comRead 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 subject of continued discussion.

    The County Council voted 6-0 on June 18 to have the McMillin Bridge put on the Pierce County Register of Historic Places. This registry identifies buildings, structures, places and districts of historic or architectural significance that deserve preservation and protection.

    The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Properties in 1982. By adding the bridge to the Pierce County Register of Historic Places, advocates hope to save what is viewed as an engineering feat of its time.

    “It’s just another step in trying to preserve one of Pierce County’s historical landmarks,” said Councilmember Stan Flemming (District 7), sponsor of Ordinance 2013-18. "It's the only known bridge of its type in the world."

    The bridge was designed by Homer M. Hadley of the Portland Cement Association in the early 1930s. Hadley is arguably one of the most innovative bridge designers of the 20th century, with numerous other landmark bridges in the region featuring his work, including the concrete pontoons on the SR 520 bridge over Lake Washington. When completed in September 1935, the McMillin Bridge stood as the longest concrete truss or beam span in the United States, measuring 170 feet, and was considered an engineering marvel.

    However, the bridge's placement on another historic register does not ensure the structure's future. The Washing State Department of Transportation, which owns the bridge, is considering demolishing it. The state says the McMillin is too narrow for traffic on State Route 162, rating it "functionally obsolete." The state wants to tear down the old span a replace it with a new one nearby.

    Advocates agree a new bridge is needed, but they want to see the McMillin preserved in some capacity.

    “The merit of being placed on the historic register may not ultimately save the bridge, but it is acknowledging that it’s worth the distinction,” said Councilmember Dan Roach, who represents District 1 where the McMillin Bridge is located.

    The bridge is named for the nearby unincorporated area of McMillin.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director(253) 798-6606hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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...
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    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. N.W. in Gig Harbor.

    The event is part of the Tacoma Freedom Fair, which is produced by the Tacoma Events Commission. The Tacoma Freedom Fair & Airshow will take place on July 4 on the Ruston Way Waterfront.

    “Bring your family to Wings & Wheels for a fun day of seeing historic planes, cool cars and motorcycles up close,” said Lori Linenko, the commission’s board chair and president. “You’ll be able to see airplane fly-bys, meet pilots, and take a ride in an airplane or helicopter. Then take a walk through our car and hot rod show. And don’t miss the Smoke-N-Thunder jet car as it races down the runway at nearly 300 miles per hour.”

    The event also features food vendors, military displays, a beer garden, two jump castles and entertainment. Tickets are available in advance at www.FreedomFair.com or at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults 18 and older; $10 for seniors and military ID card holders; $5 for children ages 6 to 17; and free for children ages 5 and under.

    Vintage aircraft and warbirds“At Wings & Wheels, visitors will see a Stearman, T-6 Texan, Ace Maker T-33 Shooting Star, P-51 ‘Speedball Alice,’ MC-170 Fouga Magister, and an AH-1 Cobra, as well as many others," said Doug Fratoni, Aviation Events Director.

    ParkingDue to the limited access to the Narrows Airport, airport parking will be available only for those who purchase their tickets online before the event. Day-of-event ticket purchasers should use satellite parking at the Uptown Gig Harbor parking lot at 4701 Point Fosdick Dr. NW in Gig Harbor and take one of the shuttle buses that run to the event every 15 minutes.

    Information for residents, pilotsResidents around the airport can expect some air noise during the event due to fly-bys and fly-ins. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department will provide traffic control at Stone Drive Northwest and 26th Avenue Northwest.

    The airport will remain open for normal operations, with the exception of a three-hour airspace closure from noon to 3 p.m. A Federal Aviation Administration NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) alert for aircraft operators will be published in advance with the exact time of the airspace closure.

    MEDIA CONTACTSLori Linenko, Tacoma Events Commission president
    (253) 507-9357staff@freedomfair.com

    Deb Wallace, Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator
    (253) 798-7109deb.wallace@co.pierce.waRead 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 about the 2015 U.S. Open Championship during an in-district meeting of the Pierce County Council on June 27, 2013. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Environmental Services Building, located next to Chambers Bay at 9850 64th St. W, University Place.

    The meeting will feature a presentation by Danny Sink, the United States Golf Association's on-site championship director, just days after his return from a month-long assignment supporting the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia. Former County Executive John Ladenburg will make brief remarks about the conversion of the site from a sand and gravel pit to U.S. Open site and park. And county officials will give an update on planning for the championship.

    "The U.S. Open is one of the premiere sporting events in the world, and it is coming to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in its history," said County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg, who will preside over the meeting being held in the District 4 area she represents. "This is a great opportunity for residents and business owners to come learn about the championship, including the timeline for preparations."

    The U.S. Open will be conducted June 15-21, 2015, which includes three practice days before the four-day championship rounds. The USGA is planning on total attendance of 235,000 spectators, volunteers, media, vendors and staff.

    By law, the County Council holds one meeting each year in each of the seven Council districts.

    MEDIA CONTACT:Connie Ladenburg, County Councilmember
    (253) 798-7590cladenb@co.pierce.waRead 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, located at 420 133rd St. E. A short presentation will be made at 6 p.m. about the project and construction schedule. An interceptor is a sewer line that receives wastewater from multiple collector pipes and transports it to a wastewater treatment plant.

    The county will replace about 5,000 feet of pipe with a 72-inch diameter interceptor pipe along Brookdale Road from Golden Given Road East to A Street South. The work will begin in mid to late July, and is expected to last until October 2014. The existing pipes are 30-inches and 8-inches in diameter.

    “The nearby interceptor pipe along 133rd Street East and Brookdale Road is nearing its capacity of 7 million gallons per day. It's also heavily corroded, and it's located in an area affected by high groundwater levels,” said Jane Vandenberg, Public Works and Utilities Sewer Utility engineering supervisor. “Groundwater seeps into the sewer pipe, reducing its capacity to carry wastewater. By installing a new interceptor pipe along Brookdale Road, the county will be able to increase wastewater capacity. Also, the new interceptor will be in an area less affected by high groundwater.”

    About 750 feet of new 36-inch diameter pipe will be installed along A Street South to connect the Brookdale Road interceptor pipe to the existing pipe at 133rd Street East.

    Detour routes may be in place periodically throughout the project. There will be local access when detours are in place. The county will work with property owners to minimize impacts.

    Visit www.piercecountywa.org/brookdaleinterceptor for more information.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Jane Vandenberg, P.E., Public Works and Utilities Sewer Utility engineering supervisor(253) 798-4641jvande@co.pierce.wa.us

    Callene Abernathy, Public Works and Utilities public information specialist(253) 798-4661caberna@co.pierce.waRead 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 construction double
  • Tehaleh development busiest for construction
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    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 & Disability Resources is sponsoring “The Sun and Your Skin: What the Sun Can Do,” a special workshop to help lay out the truth about the consequences of exposure to the sun, potential short and long term harm, and things people can do to prevent skin damage.

    The workshop will be repeated four times at four different locations:

    • June 17 - 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
    Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room, 2401 S 35th Street in Tacoma

    • June 17 - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.Summit Branch Library, 5107 112th St E. in Tacoma

    • June 19 - 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
    County-City Building Rainier Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave S, 7th Floor in Tacoma

    • June 19 - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.Sound View Building, 3611 S. D Street in Tacoma

    “After months of clouds and rain, people in the Northwest can’t wait to enjoy the sunshine,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “But it’s easy to go overboard and, in a very short time, cause serious damage. Knowing how to avoid harmful overexposure is important for everyone.”

    “The Sun and Your Skin: What the Sun Can Do” will be presented by Cascade Eye and Skin Centers and the Pierce county Aging & Disability Resource Center. The workshop will offer the best information science can provide and show ways that people can prevent potential damage as well as what to look for as potential problem signs. Additional community resources will also be provided.

    The workshop is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Kinney, Community Connections253-798-4509skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

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    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 served as the acting State Human Resources director and is currently assistant director for State Human Resources within the Office of Financial Management.

    “Pierce County has a dedicated and diverse workforce of 3,000 employees, so it was important that we search nationwide for the right human resources leader,” Executive McCarthy said. “Ginny Dale has a proven record of success utilizing technology solutions, identifying new ways to do business and measuring results. Her experience at the state makes her a great fit as a member of Pierce County’s management team.”

    Prior to her appointment as acting director by then-Gov. Chris Gregoire, Dale served as deputy State Human Resources director, which manages an $8 million budget and a staff of 45. She also worked as assistant director of the Washington State Department of Personnel.

    She started her career as a human resources professional advising state personnel, revenue and transportation agencies. In 2007, Dale was a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Manager Award. In 2010, she was elected to the board of the Washington State Employees Credit Union.

    Dale succeeds Betsy Sawyers, who retired in December. She starts June 24. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the County Council.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director(253) 961-8422hgeorge@co.pierce.waRead 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 collaboration with the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation will host “Taking on Parkinson’s”, a special workshop to help those impacted by Parkinson’s better understand the disease and its management. A neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s progresses over time causing symptoms, as well as its burden, to change as the disease evolves. Education to gain a better understanding of the disease is an important tool to help Parkinson’s patients manage their illness and thrive.

    Parkinson’s Disease cannot yet be cured and sufferers get worse over time as the normal bodily functions, including breathing, balance, movement, and heart function worsen. Parkinson’s most often occurs after the age of 50 and is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly. Other related disorders include Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and ALS.

    “Patients and families beginning to deal with Parkinson’s are on a very long and difficult journey,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “Knowing about more the disease and the available treatments is a huge part of successfully living with the disease and providing the best care.”

    “Taking on Parkinson’s” is an informal presentation by Sharon Jung of the NW Parkinson’s Foundation. She will be speaking on the basics of PD and the many treatment approaches that are currently available and the hope that patients and families can have.

    The presentation will be held Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Villas at Union Park, 2010 Union Avenue S. in Tacoma. There is no cost.

    For more information call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Scott Kinney, Community Connections253-798-4509skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

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    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
  • Tacoma restaurant expands to Tacoma Narrows Airport
  • Parks: outdoor volleyball league
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    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 Party shall submit a list of three names to the Pierce County Council.

    · The Council has 60 days from the date the vacancy occurred (in this case, May 29) to appoint someone from that list, by a majority vote. If the Council cannot agree on a selection within 60 days, the selection goes to the Governor, who then has 30 days to make the appointment.

    · Under the County Council’s rules of procedure, a resolution will be introduced on a consent agenda and can be heard on any date at least one week later. Here’s the fastest scenario in this case: If the county Republicans submit names within the next few days, the Council could introduce a resolution on the June 4 consent agenda and hold the hearing on June 11 (or anytime thereafter). Again, that’s just a scenario. It's up to county Republicans to submit a list, and then it's subject to the will of the County Council as to when it takes up the matter.

    · Sen. Carrell’s term runs from 2012 to 2016. Because the vacancy occurred after this year’s filing period (RCW 29A.24.171), the Senate position will be on the ballot in 2014 as a two-year unexpired term. The special filing period that was just announced for unfilled seats doesn’t count.

    · Candidates will file during the normal filing period for other offices in 2014.


    Washington State ConstitutionARTICLE II
    LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

    SECTION 15 VACANCIES IN LEGISLATURE AND IN PARTISAN COUNTY ELECTIVE OFFICE. Such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature or in any partisan county elective office shall be filled by appointment by the county legislative authority of the county in which the vacancy occurs: Provided, That the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district, county, or county commissioner or council district and the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and shall be one of three persons who shall be nominated by the county central committee of that party, and in case a majority of the members of the county legislative authority do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district, county, or county commissioner or council district and of the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and the person so appointed shall hold office until his or her successor is elected at the next general election, and has qualified: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring after the general election in a year that the office appears on the ballot and before the start of the next term, the term of the successor who is of the same party as the incumbent may commence once he or she has qualified and shall continue through the term for which he or she was elected: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring in the office of joint senator, or joint representative, the vacancy shall be filled from a list of three nominees selected by the state central committee, by appointment by the joint action of the boards of county legislative authorities of the counties composing the joint senatorial or joint representative district, the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated, and in case a majority of the members of the county legislative authority do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated. [AMENDMENT 96, 2003 House Joint Resolution No. 4206, p 2819. Approved November 4, 2003.]

    MEDIA CONTACT: Hunter George, Pierce County Communications Director
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    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.

    Ninety-nine players battled Pierce County's two championship courses over two days, May 18-19.

    Lake Spanaway Golf Course, hosted day one under cloudy, drizzling skies and proved a worthy adversary with only three players in the field under par. Lake Spanaway’s tree-lined fairways and traditional Northwest greens were no match for Salsbury as he toured the golf course in 68 strokes to hold the first-day lead by two over Thomas Jun. Heavy afternoon showers made scoring difficult and all players were looking for a drier day at Chambers Bay.

    Chambers Bay, the site of the 2015 United States Open, welcomed the players for the final round under dry and warm conditions. Scoring proved difficult as the links-style layout designed by Robert Trent Jones II lived up to its championship reputation. The undulating greens made every putt a challenge and although Talcott made a run with a final round 69, Salsbury finished with a 1-under par 71 for the victory.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Tony Bubenas, Pierce County(253) 798-4012tbubena@co.pierce.wa.us

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    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 close June 15 as the Federal Aviation Administration implements budget cuts under the congressional directive known as sequestration.

    “This is great news for the customers of our popular airport,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “We continue to work with the FAA, our congressional delegation and potential partners to keep the tower operating. The DOT’s decision gives us more time to explore options.”

    Pierce County has not received information regarding the status of the towers beyond Sept. 30.

    The following statement was issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

    "Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that DOT has determined that the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the FAA to transfer sufficient funds to end employee furloughs and keep the 149 low activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. The FAA will also put $10 million towards reducing cuts and delays in core NextGen programs and will allocate approximately $11 million to partially restore the support of infrastructure in the national airspace system."

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Deb Wallace, Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator(360) 909-8198deb.wallace@co.pierce.wa.us

    Warren Hendrickson, Public Works and Utilities aviation and ferry planer(253) 798-2428warren.hendrickson@co.pierce.waRead 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 schools
  • State Men’s Amateur coming to Chambers Bay
  • DuPont's Dynamite Train
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    The 20-minute newscast is produced by PCTV and can be seen on channel 22 Comcast and Click! Watch Pierce County News every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., or online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

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    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 State• Port of Tacoma Commissioners
    • City and Town Council Members• School District Directors
    • Fire District Commissioners• Park and Recreation District Commissioners
    • Water District Commissioners• Sewer District Commissioners

    Online candidate filing opens Monday, May 13 at 9 a.m. To file your declaration of candidacy go to piercecountyelections.org and choose the “Become a Candidate” link. Besides the candidate filing link, this site includes a list of open offices, filing fees, additional candidate information and will include a list of candidate filings.

    After a candidate files for office, they will receive an email instructing them how to submit their picture and voter pamphlet statement online. Email updates will also be sent to a candidate as other candidates file against them.

    “This truly is the year for citizens interested in participating in local government to get involved. Many local races in city government, school districts and fire districts are up for election this year. Filing your candidacy is the first step. We're here to help you get off on the right foot,” said Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor.

    Filing week runs through Friday, May 17. Online filing closes at 4 p.m. In-person filing ends at 4:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Election Center, located at 2501 South 35th St. Suite C in Tacoma.

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is responsible for elections, licensing services, a variety of public records and animal control services.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Julie Anderson, Pierce County auditor253-798-3189julie.anderson@co.pierce.wa.us

    Mike Rooney, Pierce County elections manager253-798-2148mrooney@co.pierce.waRead 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
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    The 20-minute newscast is produced by PCTV and can be seen on channel 22 Comcast and Click! Watch Pierce County News every day at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., or online anytime at www.piercecountytv.org/pcn.

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    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 Thursday, April 25, during the PSRC’s annual General Assembly. Redmond Mayor John Marchione was elected Vice President.

    “The PSRC plays a vital role in knitting all of the communities of central Puget Sound together and planning for our future,” McCarthy said. “Over the next year we’ll be focused on improvements to our transportation system, boosting job growth, and ensuring the region continues to grow in ways that reflect our shared Northwest values.”

    As President, McCarthy chairs the PSRC’s Executive Board and serves as the leader in guiding the PSRC’s budget and work program. The agency is preparing to update the region’s long range transportation plan, produce new data to monitor the region’s performance toward the goals in the VISION 2040 growth strategy, and select projects for federal transportation funding. PSRC’s Executive Board also will select a new Executive Director because of the retirement of Bob Drewel, who has led the agency for nine years.

    McCarthy succeeds Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown as President of the PSRC.

    The region’s General Assembly includes elected representation from all the members of the PSRC, including King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties, as well as more than 80 cities, towns, state agencies, transit agencies, ports, and Tribal Governments. The Assembly meets at least annually to adopt the agency’s budget and elect leadership. Typically, the President of the PSRC serves for two years.

    Title VI Notice: PSRC fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see www.psrc.org/about/public/titlevi/ or call (206) 587-4819.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.

    "Pierce County News" is nominated for Public, Current and Community Affairs. The entry, a compilation of the weekly news program's best stories of 2012, features the new zip line at Northwest Trek, roller derby, and local work by the Italian Glass Master.

    Another PCTV original, a news magazine called "Rainier Country," is nominated in the same category. This episode features stories about a glass art program that helps troubled teen girls, the Puyallup Police Department's K-9 team, and Sumner's successful coffee roaster.

    PCTV can be found on channel 22 on the Comcast and Click! networks, and channel 20 on Rainier Connect. A live stream and archived programs and meetings are available on-demand at www.piercecountytv.org.

    The channel serves Pierce County and the cities of DuPont, Fife, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner and University Place, as well as such partners as the Port of Tacoma and Sound Transit.

    Pierce County News, Best of 2012

    Rainier Country