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Category: Spanaway


Spanaway’s Logan Seelye exceeds $20,000 fundraising goal, continues effort to collect money for scholarship fund at Spanaway Lake High School

Logan Seelye has met one goal and is a step closer to reaching another one.

On Friday night, the 26-year-old Spanaway resident exceeded his online fundraising goal of $20,000 to get a WalkAide, a medical device that will help him walk easier without assistance and hopefully help him learn to walk again. He started the fundraiser two months ago for the experimental device, which isn’t covered on his insurance.

Seelye suffered a neck and spinal injury in July 2003 at a summer football camp at Central Washington University when he collided with another player during a scrimmage.

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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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Pierce County officials celebrate pilot transportation program at Sumner Senior Center

Several Pierce County officials were on hand Wednesday at the Sumner Senior Center to celebrate the newest transportation project in Pierce County.

Beyond the Borders Connector is a free pilot transportation program available to seniors 65 and older, eligible low-income residents and those with disabilities in Sumner and Bonney Lake, as well as Spanaway, Roy and Yelm. Launched at the beginning of March, it is an extension of a transportation program that has been running for about 10 years throughout Pierce County, and is funded by a grant through Pierce County Community Connections.

This program accommodates

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School district alerts parents to ‘sexting’ incident

Parents of students at Spanaway Middle School were alerted Wednesday by the Bethel School District to a so-called “sexting” incident involving students.

District spokeswoman Krista Carlson told the News Tribune that school staff became aware of the inappropriate message being passed among students and officials decided to alert parents.

She said the district message told parents that if their student had received the “sexting” message, they should delete it. It also asked parents to talk with their children about phone safety and the dangers of sending inappropriate messages.

“Whatever you send, it can stay with you for a very long time,” she

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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 interviews candidates for open seat

The Bethel School Board will hold a special meeting Monday Dec. 10, beginning at 5 p.m., to interview applicants for an open seat on the board.

The five candidates for the position are Jennifer Barnstein, Rachel Bacon, Warren Smith, Deborah Jones and Kristin Larson.

Interviews will be conducted publicly. The board will then recess into a closed executive session to review the five candidates’ qualifications for appointment. The board is not expected to take action Monday.


New Parkland-Spanaway sheriff’s precinct approved

The Pierce County Council has approved spending $2 million to open a Sheriff’s Department precinct in the Parkland-Spanaway area aimed at reducing crime.

The council voted Tuesday night to pay for land, two buildings and renovations where about 35 deputies will be based.

The facility near Pacific Avenue South and 141st Street Court South is at the epicenter of the highest crime area in unincorporated Pierce County, said Sheriff’s Department Chief Rob Masko.

“We will have a much faster response to our citizens who are living and working in the Parkland-Spanaway area,” Masko said. “We want to be more effective in fighting crime in that particular area.”

Burglaries, auto thefts and assaults are the most common crimes in the area, he said. The precinct is projected to open by the end of 2013, serving a population of about 80,000.

It will draw some deputies from the department’s only other precinct located on South Hill. A small detachment at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway also will move to the new precinct, Masko said.

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