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Category: Ashford


Ashford school closed by power outage should reopen Wednesday

Eatonville Schools Superintendent Rich Stewart said Tuesday afternoon that Columbia Crest Elementary – closed Tuesday due to a power outage – should be open Wednesday morning.

But he said that – depending on the weather – the school district might run winter bus routes. A combination of snow and rain Monday night caused power outages in the area near the school in Ashford.


Fundraisers set Saturday for injured Elbe-area battalion chief

A series of fundraisers to help injured Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Bill Tylor are planned Saturday at the Eatonville Eagles Hall, 100 Weyerhaeuser Road N.

A pancake breakfast is at 8 a.m., followed by a poker run that takes off from the hall at 9:30 a.m. A spaghetti dinner is at 5 p.m. and a live auction is at 8 p.m.

A silent auction will run throughout the day, and live music starts up at 8:30 p.m.

People also can make donations to Tylor at any First Citizens Bank branch.

Tylor injured his spinal cord in

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Two Pierce County parks part of “appreciation day”

Two Pierce County-owned parks are among the sites for volunteer cleanups Saturday.

The two county sites are the Central Meadow at Chambers Creek Regional Park and Ashford County Park.

More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to work at 43 sites from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for Parks Appreciation Day.

Work will include spreading bark, pulling weeds and pruning and planting trees. For a list of all the sites for 16 jurisdictions and organizations, visit www.parksappreciationday.net.

Here’s the county’s news release:

April 18, 2012

Pierce County to host Parks Appreciation Day events at

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New county park opens Saturday in Ashford

Ashford County Park, a 36-acre recreation area near Mount Rainier, will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday, with grand opening ceremonies at noon.

The festivities will include music, hamburgers, hot dogs, park tours and appearances by a number of local officials, according to a press release.

The park is located near Mount Rainier at 29700 State Route 706 East.

The first phase of the park cost about $3.4 million, funded mostly with real estate excise taxes, the news release said.

Two decades ago, local activists persuaded the Champion International Paper Co. to donate 29 acres to Pierce County for

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