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Category: Pierce County


What’s open, what’s closed this Fourth of July

Here’s a breakdown of what’s open and what’s closed for the Fourth of July holiday:

• Tacoma garbage pickup will be delayed one day. Pickups scheduled Thursday will occur Friday. Pickups that are regularly Friday will be pushed to Saturday. The Tacoma landfill, recycling center and household hazardous waste facility will be closed.

• Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed.

• Pierce County Library System locations will be closed.

• City of Tacoma and Pierce County government buildings will be closed.

• Pierce Transit buses will run on a Sunday schedule, without bus shop or phone service.

• Tacoma Link

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Low tides could affect Pierce Count ferry runs for large vehicles

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles should plan ahead for low tides from Tuesday through July 11.

Load restrictions will be in place on some ferry runs, and riders may be asked to wait until a later sailing.

The restrictions affect large vehicles, such as RV’s, commercial trucks or a vehicle towing a trailer, according to the Pierce County Ferry System.

It provides service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Ticket agents and ferry crews will be checking large vehicles and those towing trailers for sailings affected by low tides.

For information on which ferry

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Music benefit Sunday at The Swiss will raise funds to bring holiday meals to Pierce County’s needy

A group that distributes holiday meals in December to Pierce County residents in need is holding a summer music benefit Sunday at The Swiss in downtown Tacoma.

Friends of the Holidays is a volunteer organization that is in its 15th year of serving the needy during the holidays.

The fund raiser Sunday starts at 3 p.m. at 1904 Jefferson Ave. and will include performances from Linda Myers Band, Mary McPage & The Assassins, 7 on 7, Chris Stevens & The Surf Monkeys, James King & The Southsiders, Spin Cycle and Tumblin’ Dice.

The suggested donation is $10 at the door.

Local merchants

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State’s forest restoration project targets Spanaway Park

The state Department of Natural Resources is bringing an urban forestry restoration program to Pierce County, according to a county news release.

Washington Conservation Corps teams will remove English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and yellow-flag iris from Spanaway Park and Bresemann Forest over the next few weeks in Spanaway.

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project enhances the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality, according to the release, by improving the health and functionality of trees and forested areas in urban settings.

Non-native invasive species have prevented the community from experiencing the full benefits of these forested areas,

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SOUND OFF: Pierce County locals react to Wednesday’s emergency alert system mishap

South Sound residents and others across Western Washington were confused Wednesday by emergency alerts on their cellphones that warned of flash flooding in the area – weather that was actually forecast for Puerto Rico.

Here’s what they had to say:

Shannon Ergun: “I got the alert four different times starting at about 1 p.m. I’m a teacher at Lincoln High School and one of my students got the alert just before I did. I started to reprimand him for having his phone out when my phone went off too.”

Sara Hurd: “I got a cell phone alert earlier this afternoon while I was

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Single candidate files for mayor race in South Prairie; special filing period fails to attract candidates for other open spots

Anthony (Tony) Caldwell filed last week to run unopposed for mayor of South Prairie, according to the Pierce County elections website.

The Pierce County Auditor’s office opened a special three-day filing period last week for a couple dozen races that had yet to attract candidates. Among those open spots, South Prairie had a mayor and council position up for grabs.

Nobody filed for South Prairie council Position 5, according to the elections website. Caldwell filed Friday morning, the last day of the filing period.

In Roy, nobody filed to run for the open council Position 3. The City Council will

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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.



New Pierce County human resources director appointed

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected state official Ginny Dale as the new director of the county’s human resources department.

Dale, 41, is currently assistant director for state human resources within the Office of Financial Management. She has worked as a human resources professional and manager for the state since 1991.

“Ginny Dale has a proven record of success utilizing technology solutions, identifying new ways to do business and measuring results,” McCarthy said in a statement released Tuesday. “Her experience at the state makes her a great fit as a member of Pierce County’s management team.”

Dale will

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