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City preps to annex land to streamline SR167 work

Fife and Washington State Department of Transportation officials are in early talks about a plan that would involve Fife annexing about a dozen parcels of unincorporated land between Interstate 5 and Pacific Highway that are part of the planned roadway for State Route 167.

The move would help streamline the permitting process for the key transportation corridor by putting all of the land within one municipality instead of requiring permits from Fife and Pierce County.

The state Legislature passed a statewide transportation funding package, known as “Connecting Washington,” earlier this year. That package includes funding for “Puget Sound Gateway” projects to complete SR 167 to address major commercial trucking congestion between the shipping operations on the Tacoma Tideflats and the distribution hubs in the Kent… Read Full Story

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The city of Milton will soon have a new location to take its inmates with the signing of a new interlocal agreement that will see both Puyallup and Sunnyside host beds for prisoners.

“It’s a good deal. This is just generally a good business practice,” Chief Tony Hernandez said.

The city of Puyallup will host six beds for inmates at a cost of $95 per bed a day for the city. They will also accept female inmates, which is currently not an option with the city’s former contract with Fife.

The Sunnyside contract will be for long-term inmates, with a minimum of seven days, thus the city of Sunnyside will house inmates… Read Full Story

Milton Gears up for annual tree lighting on Dec. 5

It wouldn’t be December without the city of Milton’s annual tree lighting, this year scheduled to take place on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m.

Eagle-eyed residents may have noticed the traditional tree that is lit every year in front of city hall has been removed. Due to diseasing, the tree had to come down earlier this year. However, a little obstacle like that won’t stop the ceremony.

“If Milton is about nothing else, we are about tradition, so we will be lighting the tree, and if you want to know what that looks like you should show… Read Full Story

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Emergency Road Closure

25th Street East between Freeman Road and 86th Avenue East was closed to thru traffic beginning Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. until further notice. The closure was deemed necessary following recent inspection by the City’s geotechnical engineer and consideration of slope movement that has occurred in the area…

Fife ponders return of historic street names
Steve Dunkelberger

Fife City Council gave its greenlight for city staff to work on an effort to add street signs listing the historical names of some of the city’s main streets alongside their current names. Adding brown-toned street names to about two dozen intersections with traffic lights would cost about…


The Fife Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Dacca Barn, 2820 54th Ave E. in Fife, 6:30 p.m. Upcoming meeting dates are as follows: Dec. 2 and 16, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19 and June 2 and 16. 

Northwest Lions Leadership Institute offer leadership training and much more

An excellent leadership course for any Lion to take is the Northwest Lions Leadership Institute. It is offered yearly, in the winter and rotates between Washington and Oregon. In 2016 it is in Yakima, on the weekend of Feb. 4-7. This leadership training course is designed to help improve leaders’…

Fire News: Prepare now for winter driving

As winter weather approaches, it is time to start thinking about preparing for winter storms. Winter weather is likely to cause power outages and poor driving conditions. It is always better to be prepared than caught off guard. East Pierce Fire and Rescue would like your family to be prepared for…

Let the spirit move you at Holland Nursery and Landscaping’s Christmas shop
Matt Nagle

Walk into the Christmas Store at Holland Nursery and Landscaping, and it’s highly likely that the Christmas spirit will hit you like a sack full of toys. Plainly speaking, it’s beautiful in there. Like being in a living Christmas card, the store is warm and cozy with soft holiday music playing,…

Tacoma Police use high-tech tool to solve child murders
David Rose

A computer program designed to help manage emergencies is now helping Tacoma Police work to solve cold cases. The system is called WebEOC. “The system has been in use for quite a few years so it’s been used in big disasters, floods, the Oso slide,” explains Michael Payne, the developer…

Shop early for the holidays at Puyallup tribal elders Winter Bazaar

The Puyallup Tribe's Elders Center, 3010 Duct Cho St., is having a Winter Bazaar this coming Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for crafts, Native American items, jewelry and more to get your Christmas buying started! See flyer for more information.

Elementary school welcomes Puyallup Tribe Giving Bus
Matt Nagle

Monday morning, Nov. 9, was a happy time at Rocky Ridge Elementary School in Graham, as a group of excited third-graders waited in anticipation for a busload of gifts to arrive just for them and their classmates. Assembled in front of their school with big smiles on their faces and holding “thank…