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Milton officers train hard for bicycle patrols

The city of Milton is too pretty an area to just be enjoyed from inside a car; it should be experienced and felt through other modes of transportation like a bicycle, and Milton Police Chief Tony Hernandez and his team are the ones setting the example.

On Sept. 18, the department led the charge with a four-day, 32-hour International Police Mountain Bike Course. Officers from Milton, Gig Harbor, Yakima, Mercer Island and King County Office of the Sheriff, Pierce County Office of the Sheriff, and Pierce County Security were in attendance.

All of the agencies have one thing in common: the institution of bicycle patrols for officers in their city. These types of patrols involve several different types of advantages, including more approachable officers. Since they are no longer boxed in to quick moving cars, talking to them… 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

Homelessness Cause and Effect

“Let the cops handle it.” That has become the all too frequent refrain repeated by legislators at the local, state and national level. It is their fallback position when they don’t have the resources, the energy or the courage to deal with issues that come before them. It is a variation of the “kick the can down the road” or “don’t bother asking me to address tough questions” approach which unfortunately passes for governing in America today.

There are a number of real problems that confront our communities for which elected… Read Full Story

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Buffalo Soldiers Museum to host celebrity golf tourney

Come out and play golf Oct. 9 at one of the best courses in Western Washington with Seattle Sonics legend Slick Watts, Seattle Seahawks alumni Nesby Glasgow, Edwin Bailey, Charles Young and Super Bowl champion Oakland Raider Otis Sistrunk. The tournament is being sponsored by the Tacoma Buffalo Soldiers…

Edgewood announces city council vacancy

The City of Edgewood is seeking interested citizens to fill an unexpired term of office for City Council Position #4. Those interested in applying must be citizens of the United States and the State of Washington, and be registered voters of the City of Edgewood. Applicants must have been City residents…

Jovita Boulevard closed Oct. 3-4

The City of Edgewood will be closing Jovita Boulevard to all motorists between West Valley Highway and 114th Avenue East for annual maintenance of the roadway and drainage facilities. The closure will commence at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 and will remain closed until approximately 5 p.m. Sunday,…

Fire & Rescue News

1. Why do the 911 dispatchers ask so many questions, aren’t they wasting time? Even while the dispatcher is talking to you on the phone, other dispatchers are already starting emergency units to the scene. The dispatchers gather valuable information and then relay this via radio to the firefighters*…

Memorial service for Glenn Ash, founder of Pierce County Prayer Breakfast, set for Oct. 10

Glenn Ash is remembered for bringing to Tacoma the largest religious event in the city’s history, the 1983 Billy Graham Crusade at the Tacoma Dome. Ash, who was crusade chairman, died Sept. 6 in Prescott, AZ, his home for the past eight years. He was 92. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday,…

News Briefs

Harvesting science, free food and activities at Fife Harvest Fest Fife will return to its agricultural roots with the Fife Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Dacca Park. The annual event kicks off with a parade winding its way from Fife High School to Dacca Park; continues…

Candidates for Fife City Council

Five positions on Fife City Council are up for election on Nov. 3. In this issue, we focus on Tim Curtis, who is running unop- posed to retain his Position 2 seat; incumbent Barry Johnson for Position 3; and his Position 3 challenger Dierdre “Dee Dee” Gethers. In our next issue (Oct. 16), readers…

Tacoma Rail chugs along
Steve Dunkelberger

The slow times at Tacoma Rail, caused by the economic downturn of years passed, are gone as national and international shipping operations on the tideflats increase. That rise in traffic means the city-owned Tacoma Rail operations are chugging along at an increased pace. “We are slowly coming out…

Fife preps for budget season with mixed forecast
Steve Dunkelberger

The City of Fife has taken the first steps into its “off year” biannual budget review with a review of the current forecast for 2016 and a projection of the timeline to come this fall. The City Council shifted how the city budgets last November when it voted to have a mid-way review of its two-year…

Fife police chief moves to South Sound 911

The City of Fife and Fife Police Chief Marks Mears have announced that Mears has accepted a new position as the Deputy Director for South Sound 911. Mears’ departure from Fife is expected in the late fall. Under Mears’ leadership, the Fife Police Department expects to be accredited by Washington…

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