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Category: Puyallup


Public Disclosure Commission filings: Puyallup campaign updates

After two Planning Commission members who are running for Puyallup City Council were criticized for their conduct, a heated political debate broke out at Tuesday’s regular council meeting. 

Part of that debate focused on contributions to competing candidates. Below is an updated list of all the Puyallup City Council candidates and their most recent financial records with the state Public Disclosure Commission.


John Hopkins* $5,100 (Personal contributions; Hopkins’ campaign is self-financed)

Corry Glucoft $200 (Donor Joan Cronk)


Steve Hastings** $0 (Self-financed: Doesn’t intend to

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Puyallup City Council discusses conduct of Planning Commissioners, council members as election season heats up

In a long and heated discussion at Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Puyallup City Council members exchanged barbs on the ethical behavior of city officials during an election season that’s in full swing.

The discussion started after Council members John Palmer and Kent Boyle requested an addition to the meeting agenda regarding controversial conduct involving two Planning Commission members and an applicant seeking to rezone land near Shaw Road.

Several residents have expressed concern that chairman Steve Hastings and vice chairman Chris McNutt attended a private meeting that included a senior representative from Schnitzer West, a developer that has an

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Washington State Fair announces photo, quilting contests

The Washington State Fair is inviting entrants for two photography contests, a quilting contest and a tablesetting contest, according to a Fair news release.

The 73rd Northwest International Exhibition of Photography competition draws international entries, and the Seventh Annual Washington State Photographers Exhibition is exclusive for residents in the state, the release says. Entries will be displayed during the annual 17-day fair Sept. 6-22.

For more information on rules and entering photos, visit the entries page at thefair.com.

Additionally, a tablesetting contest will be held for crafty entertainers who want to showcase their table decor

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Washington State Fair announces fine art contests, incorporates new name into special category

Regional artists are invited to enter the Washington State Fair’s fine art contest in several categories, according to a Fair press release.

Online registration must be completed by Sunday, Aug. 4, and entries are due Aug. 6-8 at the fairgrounds. A total of $4,300 will be awarded to winners in several categories, according to the release, including water media, oils, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, digital art and miniature categories.

A separate, special competition this year invites people to participate in the “Our State Fair” themed category, and art pieces must capture the artist’s view of the State Fair experience, the release says.

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VIDEO: Highlights from Saturday’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, 5K fun run at Meeker Days Festival

Puyallup hosted its first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser as part of the Meeker Days Festival. The walk was paired with a 5K run, and both events benefited the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County and Good Samaritan Behavioral Health.

The Meeker Days Festival continues Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Meeker Days Festival begins Friday; more than 250 vendors participating

The 74th Annual Meeker Days Festival begins Friday in Puyallup.

Festival coordinator Paige Griffith said the Puyallup Main Street Association, which sponsors the three-day-event, expects more people to attend the festival than in past years.

This year’s event attracted more than 250 vendors, and four stages will host musical acts all weekend long.

“It’s a celebration of our city’s heritage,” Griffith said Thursday.

The event runs noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Griffith said two musicians from  NBC’s “The Voice” are scheduled to perform. Beverly McClellan, a finalist from season one, and finalist Amanda

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VIDEO: Washington State Fair Traveling Farm visits Lakewood elementary school

The Washington State Fair Traveling Farm made its final stop of the school year last week at Lake Louise Elementary School in Lakewood.

It teaches kids about farming and food production using a customized tractor-trailer that drives to schools within a 50-mile radius of the fairgrounds in Puyallup.

A story about the program will be featured in The News Tribune later this week. Below is a preview of what the mobile classroom has to offer kids.


Washington State Fair announces name for new roller coaster, winners who coined it

Washington State Fair has a name for its newest ride and the two contest winners responsible for it are from East Pierce County.

The new roller coaster, set to debut in September, will carry the name “Rainier Rush” after fair staff sifted through more than 1,600 entries, according to a fair news release.

Karen Chapman of Puyallup and Melissa Hollenbeck-Barovic of Edgewood both coined the label and won two season passes to the Washington State Fair, as well as 240 ride tickets.

Two runners-up were also selected, the release says, as they used the same name concept but spelled Rainier another

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