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Sheriff: ‘If it’s worth doing, it’s worth paying for’

Editor’s Note: Staff writer Steve Dunkelberger attended a seven-week University Place Public Safety and Criminal Justice Community Academy class that highlight the issues facing law enforcement officers and communities along the way. Fife is planning a similar program.

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor won reelection in November, albeit unopposed, for a position he has held for the last 15 years, surviving a shift from the position of county’s top cop changing from an appointed to an elected position eight years ago.
Alongside his local law enforcement duties, Pastor serves as a national lecturer on police matters, including efforts with the FBI's National Executive Institute and the American Leadership Forum as a senior fellow.
He sees departments across the nation facing shrinking budgets alongside rising… Read Full Story

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Be Well - Inside & out: Rainier Dental

Rainier Dental, a dentistry with offices in Tacoma, Bonney Lake, Sumner and Puyallup, is proud to welcome its newest family member, Dr. Chris Bae.
Dr. Bae has been in private practice for more than 17 years and has experience in every area of general dentistry, including oral surgery, endodontics and Invisalign.
He began his journey in 1999, where after getting his degree from Boston University, he joined his brother’s practice. He spent the early part of his career working with his brother, but moved on in 2007. From there, Bae continued to work in the Washington area before ending up at Rainier Dental. Tacoma was the first stop… Read Full Story

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It’s Just Business

As a lifelong entrepreneur, it is no secret that William Manzanares has a passion for business. This, of course, includes working for success for himself and his employees but there are others out in the broader community that he also wants to help succeed – the youth.
“Mentoring our young people is actually what I feel is my true calling,” he said. “It takes me back to when I was younger and trying to figure out my way in this world.”
In doing some research on putting together a set of books on business for youth, he pondered… Read Full Story

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Fire and Rescue News

Santa and his firefighter friends are coming to your neighborhood! The East Pierce firefighters will cruise a few blocks ahead of Santa’s sleigh to let you know that jolly St. Nick is here. Watch for the lights of the emergency vehicles and listen for the sirens and Christmas music. The East Pierce…

The Lions Den

The Melvin Jones Fellowship Program is just another way Lions Club International (LCI) has chosen to honor our founder Melvin Jones. This Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) was established in 1973. The MJF program recognizes donations of $1,000 to Lions Clubs international Foundation (LCIF). A new MJF…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ Fri., Nov. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave. Join the Smith family this holiday season at the 1904 World’s Fair and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special…

CRIME STOPPERS: Police on the hunt for identity theft suspect
David Rose

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to identify the suspect responsible for a theft and credit card fraud. On the morning of Friday, Oct. 4, a vehicle was prowled on 133rd St. E. in Puyallup. A window of the vehicle was smashed in by an unidentified suspect and a purse containing several…

Local Restaurants

Hidden deep in the heart of Fife is the Warthog Barbeque Pit, a long-standing restaurant that has been bringing home-style cooking to the city for over 18 years. With the opening of another location in Parkland, the team led by owner Gary Kurashima shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Warthog…

It’s Just Business: The Minimum Wage
William Manzanares

Last year when Dan Price, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments, announced that he would raise the company's minimum salary to $70,000 a year, he was roundly praised by many – and roundly criticized by others, notably his own customers. It seems…

Votes set to leave County Council divided

As of presstime on Nov. 9, Republican Bruce Dammeier is edging out Democrat Rick Talbert to be Pierce County’s next executive in early returns. Dammeier currently has 51 percent to Talbert’s 48 percent with more results set for release. A Republican win in this race hasn’t happened in more than…

Thank you – from Mill Ridge Village

Mill Ridge Village would like to thank the following businesses that participated in and donated to this year’s annual Night in Tuscany on to benefit VFW Post 11401/Fife, Milton, Edgewood. With your help, Mill Ridge Village was able to surpass its $5,000 goal by thousands of dollars. Crescent Lighting, Bill…

Nightside Distillery creates fruit punch vodka for a cause
Derek Shuck

Nightside Distillery in Edgewood is not only introducing a new fruit punch-flavored vodka flavor this week, but donating a substantial amount of sales of the product to the East Pierce Fire and Rescue Foundation. Nightside has been a part of the community for nearly four years, and after an avalanche…

Selden’s Furniture brings automobile history to its showroom
Larry LaRue

When Thomas Selden sailed from England to Connecticut in 1638, his descendants covered the width of America – and by the early 1900s stretched from New York to Pierce County. Sydney Selden, born in Tacoma in 1902, would go on to a retail career that saw him sell everything from carpet to World War…

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