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Archives: Feb. 2012


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Fife police officers honored

Two Fife detectives and a lieutenant are the first recipients of the department’s new Police Chief’s Award, given to people who maximize resources and use innovation to help the department and community.

Detectives Jeff Nolta and Jeff Rackley and Lt. Tom Thompson were selected for their efforts to work through a backlog of cases in the investigations division. The unit since has made changes to improve flow and tracking of cases, the department said in a news release.

“By implementing this award, I am confident that this search for excellence and innovations will yield many new and better ways of

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Cascade Water Alliance adopts new Lake Tapps property rules

A newly adopted policy requires people who live on Lake Tapps to obtain permission before building new docks or similar structures.

The idea behind the policy is to “keep the property free of obstructions and unauthorized structures to ensure dike integrity, water quality, public safety and use are not compromised,” said John Marchione, chairman of Cascade Water Alliance’s board of directors, in a statement.

The board adopted the policy last week. Cascade Water Alliance owns the East Pierce County reservoir.

Existing docks and similar structures may still be able to stand under the policy, so long as they don’t harm

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Lakewood nixes moratorium on mega liquor stores

City leaders aren’t interested in keeping what a staff member termed mega liquor stores out of Lakewood.

With private liquor sales around the corner, the City Council rejected the idea of imposing a moratorium to keep out large, standalone liquor stores during a study session Monday night.

That was one option floated as city staff prepares for the state to get out of the business of distributing and selling liquor.

Mayor Doug Richardson said no one on the council was clamoring for a moratorium. He noted the message from voters in passing the initiative was clear, suggesting there was hesitancy

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Cascade Water Alliance names new board officers

The group of King County cities and water and sewer districts that owns Lake Tapps has a new board chairman.

John Marchione, mayor of Redmond, has been selected by his fellow Cascade Water Alliance board members to fill the post. David Knight, a Covington Water District commissioner, has been picked as vice-chairman, and Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton will continue as the secretary-treasurer.

The board picked the officers at a meeting last week.

Cascade Water Alliance purchased Lake Tapps – a popular East Pierce County recreation spot – in 2009, with plans to eventually use it as a regional drinking water

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Eviction not yet enforced at Occupy Tacoma encampment

People at the Occupy Tacoma encampment continued packing up Sunday per their eviction notice but authorities did not arrive to shoo them off the property.

“We are giving them time to pack up and vacate the property,” Washington State Patrol trooper Guy Gill said. “We’re being flexible but will continue checking the area.”

The state Department of Transportation, which owns the land, issued an eviction notice Thursday. Campers were notified that they had until Sunday to leave Don Pugnetti Park at the corner of Pacific Avenue and South 21st Street.

By late afternoon, a few tents remained and a dozen

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Interim director promoted to oversee Pierce County planning and land use

The interim director of Pierce County’s Planning and Land Services has been selected to oversee the department.

After a nationwide search, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy appointed Dennis Hanberg Friday as director of the department, known by the acronym PALS.

Hanberg became interim director in the fall when Chuck Kleeberg resigned after 14 years as PALS’ director to work for the City of Seattle’s Public Utilities.

Hanberg was deputy director under Kleeberg. Hanberg has worked as an environmental health specialist, land-use planning consultant, business owner, commercial property owner and planning director. He has 29 years of experience with two enginnering firms.

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Puyallup Spring Fair dates announced

The Spring Fair in Puyallup is set for April 19-22.

It’ll feature traditional favorites, such as animals, a garden show, monster trucks and demolition derbies. Some new exhibits also are planned, including a racecar simulator and a hands-on rock music exhibit in which people can try out different instruments.

Kids ages 6-15 can enter their creative works – from baked goods to photography – in the Creative Kids Exhibit. The deadline to enter is April 9.

Each child who enters will receive a free gate ticket.

Admission is $9 at the gate for adults and $7 at the gate for

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