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Category: Fife


Fife to unveil new, interactive sculpture at history museum

Representatives from the Fife Historical Society and the Fife Public Arts Commission will unveil a new sculpture on Sunday near Dacca Park, according to a city news release.

Olympia artist Eric Holdener was chosen from five applicants and will receive $9,000 from the city of Fife for the interactive sculpture. It will have gears and wheels that turn, and is made up of various steel components.

The artwork will depict the “importance of balance” in a community with deep roots in agriculture and equal commitment to modern industry and commerce, according to the release.

Holdener said the sculpture, called “Wheel

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Fife to celebrate reopening of new 70th Avenue East

The city of Fife will host a ribbon cutting for the grand reopening of 70th Avenue East, according to a city news release.

The $15 million project was a collaboration between local, state and federal governments.

The road is a major arterial that connects “transportation dependent” businesses along the Interstate 5 corridor, according to the release.

“This achievement is a key link in the regional transportation system that passes through Fife, and sets us up for the future connection of SR 167,” said City Manager Dave Zabell in the release.

State Sen. Bruce Dammeier, Rep. Hans Zeiger and Pierce County

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Fife takes next step toward feasibility study of proposed sports complex

The Fife City Council, after much discussion at its regular meeting Tuesday night, recommended that staff move forward with a lodging tax application to possibly fund a feasibility study for a proposed sports complex.

The next step comes after the California-based company Sportsplex USA released its preliminary report on the market demand for a multi-use facility, which could include several softball and soccer fields and an on-site restaurant for national and international events.

The city authorized the $7,500 preliminary review as a first step before spending $45,000 on a full, traditional feasibility study. If a full study occurs, it would

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Fife City Council could extend moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens

The Fife City Council will likely take action on an ordinance that would extend a ban on collective gardens for medical marijuana at its meeting Tuesday night.

The city first passed a moratorium on collective gardens in August 2011, after the state Legislature authorized qualifying patients to create and participate in the gardens for medical purposes.

Collective gardens allow people with diagnosed terminal or debilitating illness to share responsibility for acquiring and supplying the resources required to produce and process cannabis for medical use.

The state’s law is subject to guidelines, which limit the number of

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Fife City Council to review pre-feasibility study of proposed sports complex

The Fife City Council will review findings from a preliminary feasibility study on a proposed sports complex at its meeting Tuesday night.

The study is a compilation of data gathered in April, when executives from the California-based company Sportsplex USA visited Fife and surrounding cities to gauge the market for a multi-use sports facility in the Interstate 5 corridor.

The city authorized the $7,500 review as a first step before deciding whether to move forward with a full feasibility study, which would cost an additional $37,500.

Should the city decide to complete a full study, one funding source could be

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Fife police officers receive department’s Lifesaving Award for helping save infant in April

Two Fife police officers were honored at the Fife City Council meeting on Tuesday for efforts that saved a young life.

Officers Tobin Volkman and Jeff McNaughton of the Fife Police Department were awarded the Lifesaving Award for responding to a call dealing with an infant who stopped breathing, said city spokeswoman Laurel Potter.

The award is given to officers whose quick action and sound judgment result in saving a life, she said in an email Thursday.

When Volkman and McNaughton arrived at the scene on April 1, the baby was having extreme difficulty breathing and soon stopped breathing altogether,

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VIDEO: Fife farmers market debut and ribbon cutting

The city of Fife opened its first farmers market, which will be open every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. until Aug. 28.

Market manager Laurel Potter said the market’s season could be extended if it is successful and weather cooperates.

Below is a video of highlights from Wednesday’s debut and ribbon-cutting.

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Fife connects with its farming roots, debuts city’s first farmers market

Fife channeled its agricultural roots Wednesday with the debut of the city’s first farmers market.

The market will offer locally grown produce to residents who don’t have access to a major grocery store in the city limits, as well as art, activities, live music and other services.

Mayor Rob Cerqui, who is a fourth-generation vegetable farmer, said the long-awaited market will provide residents and the working population with fresh, local food options every week during the Wednesday lunch hour and also increase visibility for local businesses.

“We’ve got a lot of retail businesses people aren’t aware of,” he

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