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Category: Graham


Intersection at 176th Street East and 22nd Avenue East near Frederickson to close this weekend

The intersection at 176th Avenue East and 22nd Avenue East in Frederickson will close for construction at 9 p.m. on Friday and reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, according to a Pierce County press release.

Crews will excavate the roadway, place crushed rock and pave the intersection, the release says.

Businesses will remain open during construction and a detour route will be in effect. A detour map is available at piercecountywa.org/fredericksonarea.

The work is part of a larger project on 176th Street East from 14th Avenue East to Waller Road East. It will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion, according to

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Bethel surveys families on new possibilities for schools

The Bethel School District is seeking public feedback on possible new instructional programs for students.

The district is asking families to complete a survey to determine interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math), a School of Visual and Performing Arts, Cambridge or International Baccalaureate college prep programs, a school for students in kindergarten through grade 8, and other options.

Results of this survey will be used to help identify possible future district programs. To take the survey, go to http://bit.ly/UIF769


Bethel School Board seeks input on school attendance boundaries

The Bethel School Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday Dec 11 on a proposal to change attendance boundaries for secondary schools in the Bethel School District. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office, 516 176th St. East, Spanaway.

Copies of the revised boundary maps are available on the district Web site, www.bethelsd.org.

District goals include a desire to even out school enrollment over the next five years, minimize the need to split neighborhoods between schools and maintain bus route safety. The new boundaries are needed due to population growth and changes in grade configurations,

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Bethel School Board dives into pool possibilities

The Bethel School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday Nov. 5 to study the possibility of a long-sought aquatic center for the school district, which includes Spanway, Graham and nearby communities.
The meeting will be at the school district office, 516 176th St. E., Spanaway.

The idea for a pool has been talked about for years in the school district, but funding for both construction and ongoing maintenance has remained a question mark.

There is no swimming pool in the Bethel School District. Swim teams must go outside the school district to practice and compete at pools in

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Bethel schools boundary re-draw discussion tonight, Thursday

Tonight is the first of two opportunities for residents of the Bethel School District to hear about proposed adjustments to attendance boundaries for the district’s middle and high schools. If approved, the changes would take effect at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

The district plans to adjust the boundaries to alleviate overcrowding and to accommodate the shift to middle schools for students in grades six through eight, which the school board approved Oct. 9 . This year, middle schools served only students in grade seven and eight, while ninth graders moved from the former junior highs to the

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Pierce County avoids risk of losing potential state grants, loans

Pierce County for the time being will not lose its ability to compete for an estimated $31 million in potential state grants and loans because a state board ruled several comprehensive plan amendments were out of compliance.

The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to postpone indefinitely action on repealing the four comprehensive plan amendments.

The Growth Management Hearings Board has stayed its rulings pending the outcome of appeals in Pierce and Thurston County Superior Courts, which is expected to take at least six months.

The state Department of Commerce has indicated the stays will protect the county from any

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Hearings board stays its ruling blocking Orton Junction

A state hearings board today stayed its ruling that Pierce County acted out of step with state law when it approved comprehensive plan amendments for the proposed Orton Junction development south of Sumner.

The Growth Management Hearings Board ruled last month the county was out of compliance because of the land-use changes. The county requested the stay because its ability to compete for up to $31 million in potential state grant and loan awards could be imperiled by the ruling.

Orton Farms and the City of Sumner also requested the stay. They also have appealed the ruling in Thurston

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New Frontier Park playground in Graham to open Tuesday

A remodeled playground at Frontier Park in Graham – with slides, bridges, swings and a tunnel – will open Tuesday.

Events will start at 6 p.m. with a hot dog dinner, followed by play activities and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The remodeled playground is 5,800 square feet and includes overhead ladders, a crow’s nest and a climbing wall. A fifth-grade class at Kapowsin Elementary School helped raise money for the new playground equipment. Frontier Park is located at 21800 Meridian South.

Here’s the news release:

July 3, 2012

Frontier Park Playground ribbon cutting, July 10


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