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54th Avenue crossing remains a divider between city, tribe

The Fife City Council and Puyallup Tribe remain at odds over the best way to reopen a railroad crossing along 54th Avenue that was closed in 1999, following an agreement in 1997 between the city and the Fife School District that led to the construction of Columbia Junior High School.
The settlement required landscaping and other features to be added. That landscaping was never completed, so the state and the railroad consider the crossing technically still open. The guard arms and lights still flash when a train comes along the tracks some 16 times a day, but the tracks themselves are blocked to pedestrian traffic by a chain link fence. Since the crossing is treated on state and railroad ledgers as being open, a state review to remove the fence that blocks the crossing is not required.
But this is where the complicated issues… Read Full Story

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Be Well - Inside & out: South Hill Mall to host Children’s Dental Health Day

Healthy oral hygiene habits are built starting as early as two years of age and can help ensure the development of strong and healthy adult teeth. This is just one of the reasons why the American Dental Association sponsors a National Children’s Dental Health Month each year in February. It may not be as glamorous as National Pizza Pie Day (earlier this month) or National Straw Hat Month (that’s in April). But it’s essential to raise awareness about the importance of oral health in children to inform and guide them to a lifetime of positive dental care practices with the proper resources.
That said, the Pierce County Dental Society… Read Full Story

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It’s just business: UWT business plan competition reaches out to veterans

The Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) at University of Washington-Tacoma has launched its first ever business plan competition. With the goal to create future business leaders in Pierce County, and Tacoma in particular, the competition is open to all colleges and universities in the South Sound and members of the broader community as well.  The winning team will receive in-kind services from businesses in the area and a cash prize that can be used as seed money for their entrepreneurial project.
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The Lions Den

What do Lions do? You have probably asked that question before. We do a lot of service, we raise funds and have a lot of fun. We have a shared culture that we learn about as we grow. We become Lions by taking an oath. We become a Lion at heart when some project bites. After that we treasure being…

Fire and Rescue News

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent creating a fire hazard by reducing air flow to the dryer and backing up dryer exhaust gases. The leading cause of home clothes…

The People’s Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness
Zach Powers PLU Marketing & Communications

Genesis Housing and Community Development Coalition will host a professional development conference called The People’s Gathering on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University on Friday, February 24. The full-day conference will focus on skills and strategies to facilitate difficult conversations…

Forum designed to help businesses prepare for a disaster

Join Pierce County’s Economic Development Department along with County, Federal and State partners at its first post disaster recovery forum Tuesday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at Dacca Barn, 2820 54th Ave. E. in Fife. This free half-day event is intended to encourage businesses…

Investigation of gull deaths on tideflats continues
Steve Dunkelberger

Early laboratory results suggest that whatever killed sea gulls along the Tacoma waterfront last month likely isn’t harmful to people, but more tests are underway to determine the source of the die-off of upward of 80 seagulls. “Based on what we know so far, water pollution or contamination is…

Sheriffs on the lookout for sex offender
David Rose

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies need your help to find sex offender Edward Butler. The 58-year-old has warrants for domestic violence assault in the fourth degree and violation of a domestic violence no contact protection order. Butler is also wanted for failure to register as a Level II sex offender.…

Community Meeting

Telecare Corporation is hosting a meeting for Milton community members to learn about an Evaluation and Treatment facility that we are considering relocating from Lakewood, WA. Date: Monday, February 13 Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: City of Milton, Activity Center 1000 Laurel Street | Milton,…

Parents plead for homicide suspect to turn himself in
David Rose

On Feb. 27, 2016 Bubba Mathes was one of two victims killed in a horrific car crash in Pierce County. He’d been at a party with friends and after posting a video of his fun night out, 39 minutes later he was riding in Dennis Mouth’s Lexus when Mouth crashed his car trying to exit I-5 to Port of…

Questions remain on death of seagulls on waterfront
Steve Dunkelberger

Walkers along Schuster Parkway first spotted dead seagulls on Jan. 21. Then there were dead birds spotted along Ruston Way, at Port of Tacoma shipping terminals, Point Defiance and North Tacoma’s waterfront neighborhood of Browns Point a day later, but also as far north as Des Moines, some 10 miles…

Council shuffles seats during first meeting of the year
Steve Dunkelberger

Fife City Council’s recent shuffle of chairs and committee assignments won’t likely be the only leadership changes in the city. Fife City Manager Subir Mukerjee, for example, confirms that he is in informal talks with the City Council about developing a transition plan as he ponders retirement.…

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