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Election comes down to wire in council race

The race for the Fife Council Position 3 seat is coming down to the last voter tally between incumbent Barry Johnson and former councilmember Dierdre Gethers, who is leading the former mayor by 29 votes.

The turnout of Fife voters was among the lowest in the county, with only 26 percent of the registered voters, about 1,000, turning in ballots. The county-wide average was 34 percent.

The latest election returns that were released Tuesday afternoon show Gethers has 468 votes to Johnson’s 439 votes. Some 75 voters who turned in ballots opted the leave their choice empty in this race, which could have swayed the election either way with just a 3 percent difference.

The next release of ballot counts from the Nov. 3 election will come on Nov. 13, with further releases through next week. The election will be certified… Read Full Story

The Signal Searchlight

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

Tacoma Police use high-tech tool to solve child murders

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 for WebEOC.

Then in 2009, when four Lakewood Police officers were murdered, Tacoma Police Detective Lindsey Wade was in the emergency operations center. Wade recalls, “A tip line was set up, the call takers were stationed in the building… Read Full Story

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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…

Annual Christmas benefit to take place Dec. 5
Derek Shuck

The city of Milton has a reputation for giving, and this holiday season is no exception as the Brightening 4 Children Giving Wreath Program and the Underprivileged Children’s Fund are inviting the community to their annual Christmas benefit at Bud’s Saloon and Steakhouse on Dec. 5 for a night…

Milton’s Senior Center is a great way to stay active
Derek Shuck

Milton’s Senior Center is looking for a few Milton residents over 60 who want to get involved with their community, and maybe make new friends along the way. “It’s a place where you can meet friendly smiles, lots of people your age, people you have something in common with,” Sandy Parr, vice-president…

The Lions Den

At the beginning, there was a package: a CARE package, aimed to reduce hunger and show solidarity with the people of war-torn Europe. More than 60 years ago, at the end of World War II in 1945, 22 American charities got together to found CARE. Originally known as the Cooperative for American Remittances…

News Briefs

TACOMA MARKS INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS DAY International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Nov. 21. This is the one day a year when people who are affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities for support, information and empowerment. Tacoma’s…

Fife selects interim police chief
Derek Shuck

Fife Police Department Assistant Chief David Woods has been named as interim police chief while the City of Fife searches for a replacement for former Chief Mark Mears. “Interim Chief Woods has been with the city for 27 years and perfectly complements the great strides the department has made, making…

Hunt for suspect accused in Tacoma ambush murder
David Rose

Tacoma Police are asking for the public's help to find the suspect wanted in the murder of 18-year-old Elijah Crawford on Nov. 2 in the 1800 block of East 44th Street. A warrant has been issued for Alberto Colt-Sarmiento's arrest. "Elijah and two friends were sitting in a car. They were…

Fife police detectives looking for help

Fife Police detectives are looking for help in identifying three black males who committed two thefts and a robbery in Fife on Saturday, Nov. 7. All of the incidents occurred along the 5400 block of 20th Street East. The suspects are described as younger black males, possibly in their late teens.…

Benefit promises to bring out the funk
Matt Nagle

A great opportunity to hear a phenomenal band, eat some delicious food and help out the Fife High School Music Department is coming up on Nov. 28, when popular Seattle-based band DoctorfunK plays a benefit concert for the department at Louie G.’s Pizzeria. This family friendly, all ages show begins…