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Category: Eatonville


Black bear euthanized at Northwest Trek

A 22-year-old black bear suffering from cancer was euthanized Wednesday at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

Veterinarians found a mammary gland tumor in the female bear in July 2010 and treated her with low-dose chemotherapy and surgeries. Her condition, however, continued to deteriorate.

“I was impressed with the quality of life she had because of the hard work of the zookeepers who administered that treatment every day for three years,” veterinarian Dr. Allison Case said.

Black bears in the wild typically live 20 years.

She was one of two black bears at Northwest Trek, which both arrived in 1993 as orphaned

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VIDEO: Highlights of Eatonville active shooter drill

Pierce County Emergency Management coordinated an active shooter drill in Eatonville on Tuesday at both the middle and high school. Pierce, King and Snohomish county agenecies were represented, 17 total.

Two scenarios were exercised, including one inside the middle school. The video below shows highlights from the hostage situation on a bus near the high school.



Eatonville School District completes active shooter drill after nine months of violence response training

Hundreds of emergency responders, students and school officials in Eatonville participated in an active shooter drill coordinated by Pierce County Emergency Management and hosted by the Eatonville School District that took over two schools and several blocks in the Mount Rainier foothills community.

The event, which included 17 responding agencies from Pierce, King and Snohomish counties, was the culmination of about nine months of emergency response planning that was meant to prepare students, school officials and emergency responders for a large scale school shooting.

Sixth-grader Brooklyn Welch, 12, was the first victim in one of two simulated

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Northwest Trek adopts orphaned fox kits

A group of orphaned fox kits found in an irrigation pipe in Idaho can now call Eatonville’s Northwest Trek Wildlife Park home.

The park’s zoological curator, Heidi Hellmuth, traveled to Zoo Boise May 20 to pick up the siblings after their mother was caught stealing chickens and shot by a rancher near Rexburg, Idaho, according to the park.

The kits, three males and two females, are about two months old.

They’re in a quarantine area and won’t be on exhibit until they’re older and have been socialized. Hellmuth said it’s too soon to say when that will be.

Fully weaned,

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Mayor movement the theme for Pierce County elections filing week

Several East Pierce County cities and towns could experience a leadership shake-up after the November election, as a number of mayor positions are up for grabs and others have attracted challengers.

Election season started this week as candidates officially filed with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for races in the Aug. 6 primary and the Nov. 5 general election.

Cities and towns with outgoing mayors include Puyallup, Orting, Eatonville and Edgewood. Incumbent mayors in Sumner, Bonney Lake and Milton all will face challengers.

In Eatonville, four candidates filed to run for mayor after Ray Harper opted not to seek a

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Four candidates file to run for mayor in Eatonville

Two council members, a town treasurer and a former fire chief all filed this week to run for mayor of Eatonville.

The four candidates filed to run for mayor after Ray Harper opted not to seek a second term. He is running for Town Council Position 2 against Bob Walter.

Harper said working full time at Boeing factored into his decision, but he wants to continue to serve the city. He has made a lot of changes over his four-year term, and wants to stay connected in order to see those changes through.

“I want to follow through,” he said

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Eatonville mayor not running for re-election, files to run for Town Council Position 2

Eatonville Mayor Ray Harper filed Tuesday night to run for a Town Council spot, forgoing another term as mayor.

Harper has filed to run for Position 2, according to the Pierce County elections website.

Three candidates have filed to run for mayor, including Town Councilman Gordon Bowman.

Harper has struggled with budget problems in his tenure.

Last year in April, he experienced backlash from residents when he proposed disbanding the Eatonville Police Department and contracting with Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for services. The council unanimously voted against the cost-saving proposal.

Also in April 2012, a state audit found the city

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Councilman, 2 others file to run for mayor of Eatonville

Town Councilman Gordon Bowman is one of three candidates so far who have filed to run for mayor of Eatonville, according to the Pierce County elections website.

In addition to Bowman, Carl (Bud) Lucas and Mike Schaub have filed to run.

Filing week ends Friday, May 17. Candidates can file or online or in-person with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office. The primary election is Aug. 6. The general election is Nov. 5.

Incumbent Mayor Ray Harper has yet to file to run for re-election.

Eatonville, a town with a population of about 2,700, has experienced budget problems in recent years. The town

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