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Category: Camp Murray

March
6th

Neighbors ready for Friday opening of Camp Murray gate

Camp Murray will open its new gate Friday as some residents in neighboring Tillicum wait to see if their worst fears about the increased traffic are borne out.

Officials at the headquarters of the Washington Military Department said they’ve invested about $1 million in off-base traffic improvements required by the city to ensure the neighbors’ concerns aren’t realized.

“The new Camp Murray gate will provide a safer avenue to work for our employees, and will lessen some of the current traffic challenges in the surrounding community,” said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, director of the Washington Military Department. “We believe the

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Jan.
17th

Bill seeks to aid Lakewood’s effort to annex Camp Murray

A bill has been introduced to assist the city of Lakewood’s efforts to annex neighboring Camp Murray.

Senate Bill 5068 and its companion, House Bill 1158, empower the state’s adjutant general to petition for the annexation of state land used for military purposes to a city or town.

The legislation is attempted to overcome an obstacle city officials identified as they looked further into bringing the home of the Washington Military Department into the city: Who in state government has the authority to move the process forward?

City Manager Andrew Neiditz said the city is “looking for clarification on

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Oct.
11th

More booming times at Camp Murray this weekend

The Washington Army National Guard is alerting neighbors about the firing of cannon salutes on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, on the north end of Camp Murray.

The first salute is for a change-of-command ceremony for the 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. Col. Christopher Fowler will transfer command to Col. Michael Weitzel.

Sunday’s salute will accompany the retirement ceremony for Master Sgt. Joel Cournyer, who served the Guard and active-duty Army for more than 30 years. The retirement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.

The duration of the volleys

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Aug.
9th

A booming time at Camp Murray on Friday

The Washington Army National Guard will be firing a cannon salute at about 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, at the north end of Camp Murray’s parade field, according to an advisory.

The cannon salute is part of a retirement ceremony for Col. James Drago, inspector general of the Washington National Guard. The duration of the ceremonial cannon firing is estimated to be less than 20 seconds, but will be audible in the Tillicum neighborhood, on Camp Murray and on parts of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Questions or concerns should be directed to the Washington National Guard public affairs office at

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June
11th

Fight over Camp Murray gate headed to Superior Court

Neighbors opposed to the new gate being constructed at Camp Murray have taken their fight to Pierce County Superior Court.

The Tillicum Action Committee filed an appeal Friday asking a judge to order the city to reconsider its decision to issue a permit that allows the Washington Military Department to complete the project.

The filing came after  the city hearing examiner, James O’Connor, denied last month a second appeal of the permit filed by the committee.

Here’s the petition along with the hearing examiner’s written decision:

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May
23rd

Ruling clears path for completion of new Camp Murray gate

Construction of the new gate at Camp Murray cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when a hearing examiner tossed out a challenge filed by residents in neighboring Tillicum who are opposed to the project.

A representative of the neighborhood group, the Tillicum Action Committee, said it would meet this week to consider whether to appeal to Pierce County Superior Court.

“We’re disappointed that the hearing officer didn’t see the same issues that we were concerned with,” Pat O’Brien said.

The examiner, James O’Connor, denied a second appeal of a permit that Lakewood city officials issued so the Washington Military Department can

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March
1st

Decision means more study for Camp Murray gate permit

Thursday’s decision on the appeal of a permit needed to move the Camp Murray gate in Tillicum did little to settle the controversy.

Hearing Examiner James O’Connor remanded the permit back to Lakewood city officials for further study and action.

Concerned residents challenged the permit the city issued to the Washington Military Department so it can connect the new gate now under construction to public streets closer to their neighborhood.

Military department officials say the current gate is unsafe due to its proximity to the busy intersection of Berkeley Street and Union Avenue, an antiquated Interstate 5 interchange and a

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Oct.
31st

Appeal hearing on Camp Murray gate permit set for Dec. 7

The hearing on an appeal of the city of Lakewood’s issuance of a permit allowing Camp Murray to move its main gate will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 7.

Hearing Examiner James O’Connor will preside at the hearing to be held in the council chambers of City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Meanwhile, the Washington Military Department filed notice that it will participate in the hearing and call witnesses.

Attorneys for the city, state and Tillicum Action Committee are

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