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Posted on: April 24, 2014

County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014,... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2014

Pierce County welcomes task force home from record deployment to Oso

A Pierce County-based Urban Search and Rescue team has completed a record deployment to the massive SR 530 landslide in Snohomish County.

The first 80-member rotation of Pierce County government moves to 100 percent recycled paper

In honor of Earth Day, Executive Pat McCarthy announced that Pierce County is moving to 100 percent recycled paper in support of its ongoing... Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Parks Appreciation Day volunteers not deterred by spring weather

Saturday, April 26, is Parks Appreciation Day in Pierce County and it should be a typical spring day in wet Western Washington. Nevertheless, the county’s Parks and Recreation Department knows that lots of volunteers will... Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Turning in unused or expired medicines makes everyone safer

Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the 8th nationwide drug "take back" day on... Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2014

2014 Special Election Results Release Schedule

Tuesday, April 22 Election Day
8:15 p.m. (includes ballots processed through Election Day)
9:30 p.m. (includes voting center results)
Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 4 p.m.
Friday,... Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2014

Video News: 911 outage, JBLM Integrity Gate construction, and more

Pierce County News for the week of April 17, 2014.

  • Pierce County seeks answers about 911 outage

  • Animals rescued from fire at Washington State fairgrounds

  • University Place... Read on...

  • Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Job opportunities available in Parks and Recreation, Facilities Management

    Pierce County is seeking applicants for several open positions within its Parks and Recreation Services Department and Facilities Management Department.

    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Social Security benefits help people with a ticket to work

    Individuals with disabilities encounter numerous barriers to employment. Those frustrating walls hinder gainful employment and reduce self-sufficiency. But Social Security provides many effective work incentives that can be... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Floodwater protection measures coming for residents of Midland

    Pierce County’s Flood Control Zone District – a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Read on...

    Posted on: April 14, 2014

    Video News: Pierce County responds to the Oso Mudslide special report

    Pierce County News for the week of April 10, 2014.

  • Washington’s Search & Rescue Team comes home after 11 day deployment

  • FEMA’s WATF-1 deployed to first local disaster

  • Pierce... Read on...

  • Posted on: April 11, 2014

    Locks, vandals cause cable damage on Bridge to the Beach

    Before and after view of the bridge railing

    Some of those "love locks" are in temporary storage while Pierce County makes repairs to the cable railing on the popular Bridge to the Beach at Chambers... Read on...

    Posted on: April 10, 2014

    Executive presses for extra outreach during 911 outage

    Pierce County quickly mobilized in the early hours of Thursday morning to support local 911 dispatch centers during a multi-state outage.

    After learning about the outage at 1:20 a.m., the county activated its Emergency... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2014

    McDonald leads county in recognizing Pierce County READS program

    Members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution yesterday that draws attention to the largest community reading event around. Read on...

    Posted on: April 8, 2014

    Join Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the Museum Walk

    Join Downtown On the Go and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on Walk Tacoma’s Museum Walk, Wednesday, April 16, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. The 2.5 mile walk, sponsored by TWOKOI Japanese Cuisine, will start at the Children’s... Read on...

    Posted on: April 7, 2014

    Attorney General to help 'Get the Word Out' for child advocates

    State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and former State Auditor Brian Sonntag will be keynote speakers at Pierce County CASA’s “Get the Word Out” dinner on April 16.

    CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers have... Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2014

    Video News: Farming Special

    Pierce County News for the week of April 3, 2014.

  • Pierce County Ag: The Faces of Farming

  • Extra fancy hot house rhubarb growing in Puyallup

  • Dairy goats are a funny bunch at... Read on...

  • Posted on: April 3, 2014

    Pinwheels highlight need to help abused, neglected children

    CASA pinwheels

    Pinwheels will spring up in surprising places this month. Pierce County volunteers known as CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will participate in the “Pinwheels for Prevention” program to raise awareness about child... Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2014

    Public invited to Phil Sorensen's swearing-in as Superior Court judge

    The public is invited as Phil Sorensen is sworn in as a Pierce County Superior Court judge on Thursday, April 3.

    The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. A... Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2014

    Long term care insurance: Get the impartial facts

    Only about 10% of adults have long term care insurance. Given that Medicare does not cover long term care, how smart is that?

    Long term care can be expensive. Long term care insurance is expensive. Pierce County Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2014

    Executive McCarthy directs staff to further analyze landslide risks

    The following is a statement by County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding landslide risks in Pierce County:

    In the wake of the Oso slide, I convened a meeting of county experts in such areas as land-use planning, emergency... Read on...

    Posted on: March 31, 2014

    Community Connections Citizens Advisory Board seeks members

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking citizen members to serve on an advisory board that makes funding recommendations for community development grants.

    Members of the Pierce County Citizens’... Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2014

    Video News: Sheriff precinct construction, landslide preparedness, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 27, 2014.

  • Parkland-Spanaway Sheriff Precinct under construction

  • Pierce County has plans in place for landslides

  • Pierce County has... Read on...

  • Posted on: March 27, 2014

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 1

    Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

    An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 1, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...

    Posted on: March 26, 2014

    Sewer connection assistance available for residents and projects

    Pierce County is accepting applications for individuals or projects that need assistance connecting to the sewer system.

    This help is to available residents and projects located in Public Works and Utilities’ Read on...

    Posted on: March 24, 2014

    Auditor’s Office hosts annual Candidate’s Workshop

    Calling all candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s Office annual candidate’s workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at:
    Pierce County Election Center
    2501 S.... Read on...

    Posted on: March 21, 2014

    Pierce County volunteers commended at annual brunch

    Volunteers of the Year Ron Montgomery and Leonard (Steve) Vanderlinda

    Ron Montgomery and Leonard (Steve) Vanderlinda were honored as the Volunteers of the Year at the 36th annual Pierce County Volunteer Recognition Brunch on Saturday, March 15.

    For the past 30 years, Montgomery has... Read on...

    Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Video News: Medal of Honor recipient given house, improvements to 911 services, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 20, 2014.

  • Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry given house

  • DuPont adds citizen policing programs

  • Progress report: South Sound 911 new... Read on...

  • Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Chambers Bay posts record revenues as U.S. Open excitement builds

    Chambers Bay Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open.

    The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat... Read on...

    Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Summer job opportunity with Parks and Recreation Department

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services is accepting applications for summer gate attendant positions through April 25.

    Applicants will perform cashier work at Spanaway Lake Park, North Lake Tapps Park or Sprinker... Read on...

    Posted on: March 18, 2014

    Pay your property taxes online

    A message from your Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer:

    Thank you for your patience! The "Pay Property Taxes Online" tab on the Assessor-Treasurer’s home page www... Read on...

    Posted on: March 13, 2014

    Video News: Blighted properties, RallyPoint/6, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 13, 2014.

  • Tougher rules for blighted properties in unincorporated areas

  • Summit addresses rise in mental health cases in courts/jail

  • Rob... Read on...

  • Posted on: March 13, 2014

    Expect increased DUI patrols and bar visits on St. Patty’s Day

    Don’t count on the luck of the Irish to get you home safely if you've had too much to drink over the St. Patrick’s holiday.

    St. Patty’s celebrations will bring out more than green beer from March 14-17 when 70 law... Read on...

    Posted on: March 11, 2014

    Edible Gardens Workshop Series teaches gardening from seed to table

    Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food through Pierce County and Pierce Conservation District’s Edible Gardens Workshop Series. The free series of monthly workshops, which is offered at several... Read on...

    Posted on: March 10, 2014

    Treatment plant to end sales of individual bags of SoundGRO® fertilizer

    Individual bags of SoundGRO® fertilizer will no longer be sold directly from the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place, effective March 15. Bags will continue to be available at a number of... Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2014

    Civil Service Commission seeks applicants

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The commission is a... Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2014

    Brookdale Road sewer project resumes

    Construction on a project to replace a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland will resume on March 11. Work is expected to be complete in 2016.

    During the first phase of construction, sections of 131st Street East... Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2014

    Video News: Shoreline rules, Puyallup Activity Center, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 6, 2014

  • Proposed shoreline rules could affect 12,000+ property owners

  • Orting community takes a stand against crime

  • Free seminars to... Read on...

  • Posted on: March 5, 2014

    Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center has scheduled an additional “Writing Your Will” workshop for Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

    The free event will be held at the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center... Read on...

    Posted on: March 3, 2014

    Council meetings near Lake Tapps, Parkland and Gig Harbor seek input on shoreline regulations

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated April 2 to reflect the Council's decision to delay final action and hold more public hearings in the summer.

    The Pierce County Council seeks public input as it prepares... Read on...

    Posted on: February 27, 2014

    Video News: Rescued horses for adoption, DUI memorial unveiling, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 27, 2014.

  • County rescued horses, now ready for adoption

  • Memorial unveiling reminds drivers about DUI

  • Bright future for Boeing’s... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 27, 2014

    Composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s composting classes this spring. One class focuses on yard waste, and the other on food waste.

    “These classes are a great way... Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2014

    County Council toughens rules for addressing blighted properties

    The Pierce County Council has voted to toughen the rules for abandoned or blighted properties in unincorporated areas in an effort to protect neighborhoods.

    The Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to close gaps in the... Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2014

    Ombudsman program focuses on reducing misuse of drugs

    The Pierce County Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is taking on the improper marketing and misuse of certain prescribed drugs for the treatment of behavioral symptoms of dementia. The drugs most often used include Risperdal... Read on...

    Posted on: February 25, 2014

    2015 U.S. Open weekly tickets available to USGA members starting March 1

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that tickets for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, to be contested June 15-21 at Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., will be available to USGA... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2014

    RallyPoint/6 chooses Pierce County for first-of-its-kind center in state

    Pierce County and the South Sound enjoy a special relationship with military services members and their families. So it only makes sense that RallyPoint/6 chose Lakewood to open the state’s largest private, one-stop resource... Read on...

    Posted on: February 20, 2014

    Video News: Landfill recycles methane, Meet The Farmer hot house rhubarb, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 20, 2014.

  • LRI Landfill uses trash to power homes

  • Puyallup Police use social media to solve crimes

  • Talbert named chair of Pierce Transit... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 20, 2014

    Replacement of the Day Island sewer force main pipe underway

    Work to replace a deteriorated 382-foot sewer force main located under the Day Island Bridge began this week.

    Sewer service will not be interrupted during the project, which is expected to be complete in mid-May. Traffic... Read on...

    Posted on: February 19, 2014

    Memorial sign unveiling and DUI patrol remembers Graham teen killed by impaired driver

    Danirel Morse

    Two new memorial signs intended to remind motorists of the deadly consequences of impaired driving will be unveiled near Graham on Friday, Feb. 21 to remember a Bethel Junior High School student whose life was tragically cut... Read on...

    Posted on: February 18, 2014

    Executive McCarthy: Frederickson plant remains important part of Boeing’s future

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding Boeing’s decision to... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    Swan Creek residents invited to meeting on study and action plan

    Swan Creek residents and business owners can learn about an effort by Pierce County to improve the creek’s water quality at a community meeting on Feb. 19.

    Pierce County staff will share information about the development... Read on...

    Posted on: February 18, 2014

    Pierce County websites earn national recognition

    Silver Circle 3CMA Award

    Pierce County has won a Silver Circle Award in the Digital Interactive – Overall Website category at the 2013 3CMA annual Savvy Awards. The national award was given to Pierce County to recognize its outstanding and... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    County offices closed Feb. 17

    Pierce County administrative offices are closed Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents' Day. Offices will reopen Feb. 18.

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...

    Posted on: February 13, 2014

    Video News: Jail study, East Pierce County bus routes, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 13, 2014.

  • County Council appoints panel to study jail rates, operations

  • Auditor’s Recording Documents website gets facelift

  • Farm Forum... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 12, 2014

    Medical Examiner partners with SightLife to increase organ and tissue donations

    As many as 300 people will receive sight-restoring transplants each year thanks to an innovative partnership between the Pierce County Medical Examiner and SightLife, a global nonprofit focused on eliminating corneal... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    Pierce Transit Board selects Rick Talbert as chairman

    At its regular meeting on February 10, 2014, Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners elected Rick Talbert as its Chair, effective March 1, 2014.

    Talbert replaces Marilyn Strickland, whose second one-year term as Chair... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    County Auditor launches new look for recorded document searches

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office records 250,000 public documents each year, including deeds, liens, foreclosures, maps and more. Approximately 38,000 people visit the Auditor’s Office website to access these records.... Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2014

    Volunteer applications now available for 2015 U.S. Open Championship

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chambers Bay announced on Feb. 10 that volunteer applications for the 115th U.S. Open Championship are now available. The 2015 U.S. Open, the first to be played in the Pacific... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2014

    Video News: Cornea donation, live chat for property taxes, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 6, 2014.

  • Cornea donors to increase with Medical Examiner partnership

  • Live chat for property tax questions

  • It’s election week, time... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 7, 2014

    Sheriff's Community Academy openings

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its winter Community Academy program. The University Place academy begins Feb. 20 and will meet each Thursday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m.... Read on...

    Posted on: February 5, 2014

    Pierce County’s first Farm Forum will share marketing ideas and expertise

    Farm Forum logo

    More than 70 farmers are registered to attend the Pierce County Farm Forum, where they will glean ideas from each other and experts in agricultural marketing and trends.

    The Farm Forum, to be held Thursday, Feb. 6, on the... Read on...

    Posted on: January 30, 2014

    Video News: Rise in elder abuse cases, services for homeless youth, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 30, 2014.

  • Elder abuse criminal cases are on the rise

  • Four Family Support Centers will close -

  • Survey focuses on homeless... Read on...

  • Posted on: January 30, 2014

    U.S. National Champion Ryan Bradley, local skaters featured in new ice show

    Ice show poster

    Former U.S. figure skating champion Ryan Bradley will join members of the Lakewood Winter Club to present the 2014 ice show "Reflections on Ice - The... Read on...

    Posted on: January 27, 2014

    Beach advisory lifted after tests show normal water quality levels

    The water quality levels at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place tested normal and an advisory cautioning people to stay out of the water was lifted Jan. 27 by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department following... Read on...

    Posted on: January 27, 2014

    Workshop explores successful family caregiving

    The vast majority of health care provided in the United States – 89% of it – happens at home. Nearly one in three households is involved in family caregiving – either directly or indirectly. But for most caregivers, there is... Read on...

    Posted on: January 24, 2014

    Swimmers advised to stay out of water at Chambers Creek Regional Park after sewage discharge

    People are advised to stay out of the saltwater at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place as a precaution after approximately 200,000 gallons of partially disinfected sewage was discharged into the water.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: January 24, 2014

    Video News: Boeing 777x deal benefits County suppliers, Orting's Family Support Center, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 23, 2014.

  • Pierce County celebrates Boeing 777X announcement

  • Pierce County Council helps fill two Legislative Hous seats

  • Orting... Read on...

  • Posted on: January 22, 2014

    Register for Pierce County Landfill and Composting tour

    What happens to the trash? To find out, take a tour of Pierce County’s Landfill and Composting Facilities on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9:45 a.m. to noon. You’ll gain insight that not many get to experience and you'll change... Read on...

    Posted on: January 22, 2014

    Future development ideas for Tacoma Narrows Airport to be considered Jan. 29

    Pierce County will hold its fourth set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on Jan. 29 in Gig Harbor. Several future development alternatives for the airport will be discussed and evaluated.... Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2014

    Bonney Lake remembers father of 3 killed by man with earlier vehicular homicide conviction

    Gary Slick

    With the erection of two roadside memorial signs and a special DUI enforcement this weekend in Bonney Lake, family members urge the public to remember the life of Gary Slick, who was killed in one of Pierce County’s most... Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Councils appoint Jesse Young, Graham Hunt to House seats

    Meeting in two joint sessions in one day, the Pierce County Council teamed up with officials from neighboring counties to appoint Jesse Young and Graham Hunt to vacant positions in the Washington State House of... Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Video News: Building inspections via Skype, dental care for 4,000 kids, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 16, 2014.

  • County building inspections go high-tech

  • Pierce County Council selects new chairman

  • New Council website has better... Read on...

  • Posted on: January 17, 2014

    County offices closed Jan. 20

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Offices will reopen Jan. 21.

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Two more sessions of "Writing Your Will" added

    Due to overwhelming response, additional sessions of the “Writing Your Will: Tips Everyone Needs to Know” workshop have been added. Registration for the original workshop on Saturday, Jan. 25 is now closed.

    The Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    County Council elects Dan Roach as chair

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, to elect Councilmember Dan Roach as chairman for 2014.

    "This is a great honor and responsibility, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve," said Roach, who is... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Community input sought on Purdy Creek project

    Pierce County residents who live near Purdy Lane and 144th Street Northwest can provide input on a proposed project to improve Purdy Creek’s water quality and fish habitat at a meeting on Jan. 16.

    The meeting will be held... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Community Connections Grant keeps Parkland kids smiling

    Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC) in Parkland is doing their part to make a positive impact in Pierce County for low-income children with unmet dental needs. Thanks to a grant from Pierce County Community... Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2014

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few... Read on...

    Posted on: January 10, 2014

    Video News: Orting breaks ground on levee, Wilcox eggs, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 9, 2014.

  • Orting breaks ground on new setback levee

  • New year ushers in changes for city councils

  • Drivers look to Auditor’s... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 7, 2014

    Video News: Cornea donation, live chat for property taxes, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 7, 2014.

  • Cornea donors to increase with Medical Examiner partnership

  • Live chat for property tax questions

  • It’s election week,... Read on...

  • Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Homeless Coalition seeks volunteers

    For those of us living in the northwest, the cold, damp winter seems endless by this time of the year. Imagine being one of the 670 homeless individuals who slept outside or in an emergency shelter in your neighborhood last... Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Volunteers sought for youth violence prevention program

    The Department of Community Connections seeks volunteers to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set aside for youth... Read on...

    Posted on: January 7, 2014

    Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

    UPDATE: Jan. 16, 2014: Due to overwhelming response, these workshop dates are now full. Two more classes will be offered in March.

    There are some topics that people are reluctant to think about. While 60% of... Read on...

    Posted on: January 2, 2014

    Video News: Aviation Special

    Pierce County News for the week of Jan. 2, 2014.

  • Skills Center trains teens in carbon fiber

  • Aerospace industry impacts Pierce County

  • Take off in the new Sheriff's plane ... Read on...

  • Posted on: December 27, 2013

    Auditor’s Office to open early for Seahawks, Sounder FC plates

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will open at 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014 to kick off the team license plate sales featuring Seahawks and Sounder FC themes. The license plates will carry an iconic symbol for each team – the... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Video News: Best of 2013 Special

    Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 26, 2013.

  • Healing Bridge brings whimsy to sick kids

  • The cuddliest little additions at Pt. Defiance Zoo

  • South Prairie Creek celebrates big... Read on...

  • Posted on: December 24, 2013

    Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

    The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “Against” statements for the February 11, 2014 Special Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Work postponed on Brookdale Road sewer main

    A project to replace a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland has been postponed until mid-2014. Crews had planned to shift work to the eastern end of the project in December, but unfavorable conditions and associated... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Video News: 2013 Economic Special

    Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 19, 2013.

  • Aerospace Summit focuses on workforce training

  • Bates Machinist training sees high rate of job placement

  • Chambers Bay shows off U.S.... Read on...

  • Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Volunteers sought for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking volunteers to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, which helps with planning to improve services and better meet the community’s needs.

    The board assists the Department of... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

    As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

    Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    Construction of sewer force main in Puyallup starts Dec. 23

    Pierce County will begin installing a sewer force main in the South Hill area of Puyallup on Dec. 23. The work is expected to last through Jan. 20.

    Work will begin on 126th Street East and move west to 90th Avenue East.... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    New levee will protect people, help salmon

    Construction begins Thursday on a $16 million project that will reduce the risk of floods throughout the Puyallup River valley, create new habitat for salmon and produce more than 230 local jobs.

    Federal, state and local... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    Pierce County Ferry fares to increase 3 percent

    Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2014 and again in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

    “This two-step increase is needed to help cover increased operational and... Read on...

    Posted on: December 13, 2013

    Video News: County restricts marijuana, holiday crime trends, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 12, 2013.

  • County Council overrides veto, bans marijuana businesses

  • New land purchase extends Foothills Trail

  • Pierce Transit offers custom bus... Read on...

  • Posted on: December 10, 2013

    Tow companies, volunteers and cops team up to keep holiday roads safe

    Law enforcement officers who began removing impaired drivers from Pierce County roads Thanksgiving Day are urging potential drinking drivers to call taxis and line-up sober designated drivers again this weekend.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: December 9, 2013

    Civil Service Commission seeks applicants

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The... Read on...

    Posted on: December 6, 2013

    Sewer main work shifts to Brookdale Road in December

    Construction crews replacing a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland are shifting work to the eastern end of the project this month.

    The crews are replacing 5,000 feet of sewer pipe with a 72-inch diameter... Read on...

    Posted on: December 6, 2013

    Video News: Wood stove users, Christmas tree farmer, Fantasy Lights, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Dec. 5, 2013.

  • Tacoma company uses technology to burn wood cleanly

  • Puget Sound Clean Air uses fines, incentives with wood stove users

  • Fife to... Read on...

  • Posted on: December 4, 2013

    TJ Bohl selected as new Pierce County Juvenile Court administrator

    TJ Bohl

    TJ Bohl, who has worked in juvenile rehabilitation for 18 years, has been selected as the administrator for Pierce County Juvenile Court, which provides court, detention, probation and adoption services.

    The selection was... Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2013

    County observes Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 28 and 29

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Posted on: November 27, 2013

    County Council's Dec. 4 meeting to be held in Parkland

    Next week's regular meeting of the Pierce County Council will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at a fire station in Parkland.

    The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Station 61, located at 100 S.... Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

    Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

    The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV... Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Video News: County services for disabled, Bates Machinist training, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Nov. 21.

  • Disabled woman reaches out for County services, keeps her home

  • Holidays increase demand for human

  • Pierce County Council adopts 2014... Read on...

  • Posted on: November 21, 2013

    Enjoy 'Tis The Season Saturdays' at Sprinker

    Tis The Season

    A pancake breakfast with Blade, Sprinker Recreation Center's mascot, kicks off Tis The Season Saturdays at Pierce County's popular ice rink.

    The Dec. 7 breakfast for kids ages 3 to 12 is the start of a journey to a... Read on...

    Posted on: November 21, 2013

    Dangers of holiday scams and frauds highlighted

    December always sees a spike in the number of scams, frauds and identity thefts by crooks taking advantage of the fast paced holiday season. Many of these crimes happen because shoppers are a little less attentive to their... Read on...

    Posted on: November 20, 2013

    County invites community to learn about upcoming study of Spanaway Lake

    Spanaway Lake residents, business owners and recreational users can learn about an upcoming study of the lake’s health at a community meeting on Dec. 4.

    The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanaway Elementary,... Read on...

    Posted on: November 13, 2013

    County Council invites public comment on 2014 budget

    The Pierce County Council is poised to approve a 2014 budget that improves the responsiveness of local government, invests in community programs and maintains a stable financial position.

    The Council approved the budget... Read on...

    Posted on: November 15, 2013

    Video News: 2014 County budget, Puyallup homeless task force, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of November 14.

  • Citizens given more time to review County budget
  • Homeless task force sets guidelines
  • Freezing Nights opens doors for homeless
  • Fife... Read on...

  • Posted on: November 8, 2013

    County offices closed Nov. 11

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen Nov. 12.

    Posted on: November 8, 2013

    Video News: Help with healthcare, marijuana ordinance blocks businesses, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of November 7.

  • Health coverage sign-ups made easier with mobile van
  • State Health Exchange works around federal website
  • Marijuana ordinance bans businesses for... Read on...

  • Posted on: November 4, 2013

    Tips to prepare now for flood season

    The rain, fog and falling leaves mean that fall is here and winter is not far behind. Pierce County residents should prepare now for flood season to keep their families and property safe.

    “By now, people have pulled out... Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2013

    Video News: Track your election ballot, Sumner's historic mainstreet, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 31.

  • Election week: how to track your ballot
  • Citizens can watch budget hearings live
  • How to talk with someone experiencing domestic violence... Read on...

  • Posted on: October 30, 2013

    2013 General Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATES
    Election Day Nov. 5, Results at 8:15 p.m.
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Nov. 26 at 11 a.m... Read on...

    Posted on: October 29, 2013

    Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

    Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on Pierce County roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.

    "Practicing preventative maintenance can go a long... Read on...

    Posted on: October 25, 2013

    PCTV now available in HD on the Click! Network

    PCTV logo

    The award-winning Pierce County Television (PCTV) is now available in high definition to Click! Cable TV subscribers on channel 522.

    “Click! Cable TV is proud to support Pierce County TV in its transition to high... Read on...

    Posted on: October 25, 2013

    Video News: Sign up for healthcare, memorial at JBLM, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 24.

  • Open enrollment time for Affordable Health Care Plans
  • What you need to know about flu shots
  • How emergency crews are preparing for flood season... Read on...

  • Posted on: October 24, 2013

    Parks and Recreation invites you to Family Bingo Night Nov. 1

    Daughter and mom playing bingo

    The weather has changed and it’s time to move outdoor activities indoors. But don’t worry, Pierce County Parks has you covered. Join us Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Read on...

    Posted on: October 24, 2013

    Free composting classes teach residents to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this fall. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

    In the yard waste class,... Read on...

    Posted on: October 21, 2013

    Learn how to decipher Health Care Reform

    In 2014 the Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare) takes effect. The health care landscape will change substantially. New provisions are included that will impact individuals and families, people with jobs and people who are... Read on...

    Posted on: October 17, 2013

    ‘I Voted’ badge goes digital

    Pierce County Votes badge

    This election season you can digitally encourage friends to vote with the Pierce County Auditor’s new “I Voted” avatar. The transition from the traditional “I Voted” stickers to a digital image is both cost effective and a... Read on...

    Posted on: October 18, 2013

    Video News: Orting levee, what to know before you vote, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 17.

  • Orting levee gets millions from Flood Control District
  • County Council wrestles with marijuana rules
  • Drone surveillance ordinance passes County... Read on...

  • Posted on: October 17, 2013

    Homeowners invited to Oct. 23 workshop on septic system maintenance

    Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412... Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2013

    How Community Connections helps a family coping with dementia

    Lonnie and Rannah

    Every day is a good day for Raanah Aanstead. But three days each week, she is in the best place. “People make me smile,” she said. “They make me feel special.”

    For a little over a year, Raanah has been coming to Cascade... Read on...

    Posted on: October 10, 2013

    Video News: Meet a pumpkin farmer, property tax deadline, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 10.

  • Meet veteran pumpkin farmer Allen Scholz
  • New website aimed to help farmers
  • Second half property tax deadline nears
  • University Place... Read on...

  • Posted on: October 7, 2013

    Trail closure at Chambers Creek Regional Park

    The Grandview walking trail along Grandview Drive in University Place is closed to the public through Friday, Oct. 18. The trail runs between the North Meadow parking area north of Cirque Drive and the entrance to the park... Read on...

    Posted on: October 4, 2013

    Video News: Tornado misses County facility, autopsy photography, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of October 3.

  • Tornado narrowly misses County facility
  • How to prepare for severe storms
  • Pierce County Ferry saves on fuel costs
  • Mediation a cheaper... Read on...

  • Posted on: October 2, 2013

    Youth design ‘dream park’ during national 4-H experiment

    4H Day

    More than 600 Pierce County youth will join millions of students across the country during the week of Oct. 7 to participate in the 4-H Maps & Apps experiment.

    Youth become community planners, working in teams and... Read on...

    Posted on: October 1, 2013

    Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck earns state judicial award

    Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck

    Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck was honored by the state’s judiciary for outstanding contributions to youth and public education concerning the legal system.

    Judge van Doorninck was awarded the... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Help provided for individuals and families suffering addiction

    Many individuals and families suffer silently under the shadow of addiction. When alcohol or prescription drugs take over a person’s life, those nearby are impacted too. It can happen in any family – rich or poor, large or... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Video News: Pink salmon homecoming, jail cuts approved, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of September 26.

  • South Prairie Creek celebrates big salmon return
  • Water quality projects at Spanaway Lake
  • Executive’s 2014 budget proposal, Council approves jail... Read on...

  • Posted on: September 27, 2013

    PCTV wins 5 first-place programming awards

    Pierce County TV, which produces videos about people, programs and events in the region, won five first-place awards for programming by a leading national industry group.

    Judges with the National Association of... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Sprinker set to host Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships

    See spins, jumps and beautiful choreography during the 2014 Northwest Pacific Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Sprinker Recreation Center from Oct. 5-8.

    The championships will feature hundreds of regional... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    DUI task force's taxi program kicks-off Sept. 28

    Fun-seekers heading for 6th Avenue’s nightclubs this Saturday night in Tacoma will have help scoring a taxi ride home if they’ve had too much to drink.

    The rides - the first 25 of which will be free for groups sharing a... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    County ferry system saves $137,770 in fuel costs

    Pierce County saved $137,770 in diesel fuel costs for its ferries thanks to a new system that enables the engines to run cleaner and burn fuel more efficiently.

    This translated to a savings of approximately 23,657 gallons... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    Non-peak season Pierce County ferry rates, schedule starts October 1

    Non-peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to the fare rates and the schedule. Non-peak season runs from Oct. 1 to April 30.

    Fare ratesNon-peak season rates apply starting Oct. 1 for Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project starts Oct. 1

    Pierce County will begin replacing the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland Oct. 1. The project is expected to last through February 2015.

    Work will begin at the intersection of A Street and 133rd Street East and... Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2013

    Construction on sewer pipe along Grandview Drive W begins this week

    Pierce County will begin rehabilitating 9,600 feet of sewer pipe and about 30 manholes located along Grandview Drive West in University Place on Sept. 25.

    Repairs will be made to the corroded, 30-inch diameter... Read on...

    Posted on: September 20, 2013

    Video News: Airport opens restaurant, Fife hires Olympian, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of September 19.

  • Hub at Gig Harbor restaurant opens
  • Tacoma Narrows Airport gets Hub, new runway
  • County office becomes more citizen-friendly
  • Fife pool... Read on...

  • Posted on: September 16, 2013

    Pet owners, avoid late fees in October

    Forgot to license your pets? Worried about late fees?

    Take advantage of a unique chance to avoid all late fees during our Pet License Amnesty month.

    Next month, residents in unincorporated Pierce County, Tacoma,... Read on...

    Posted on: September 16, 2013

    Celebrate the annual return of salmon to South Prairie Creek Sept. 21

    Help welcome salmon home to South Prairie Creek at the Salmon Homecoming Celebration on Sept. 21. The family-friendly day will feature guided walking tours to see salmon in the creek, activities for kids, a Native American... Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2013

    Tiny Tots Indoor Playground re-opened at the Lakewood Community Center

    Fall is fast approaching. If you are already missing the connections with kids at the playground, Pierce County Parks and Recreation has you covered.

    Bring your child to the Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2013

    Video News: Tacoma Art Museum breaks ground, jail faces layoffs, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of September 12.

  • Groundbreaking kicks off Western Art at Tacoma Art Museum
  • Pierce County Jail loses bookings, faces layoffs
  • PCTV moves facilities, partners... Read on...

  • Posted on: September 13, 2013

    500 vehicles expected at Sept. 28 Classic Car & Truck Show

    Car Show

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 11th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept.... Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2013

    Pierce County earns national recognition for Mobile App Internship

    If you’re a local college student looking to jump start a high tech career, Pierce County has an app for that.

    Thanks to a partnership between Pierce County and the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), local students... Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2013

    PCTV moves to Bates Technical College under new partnership

    Pierce County TV, the award-winning channel that provides transparency for nine local governments, has moved its operations to Bates Technical College under a new partnership that expands training opportunities for students... Read on...

    Posted on: September 11, 2013

    Executive selects Tony Tipton as Parks and Recreation Director

    County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Tony Tipton, the county's go-to leader of important projects, as the director of Parks and Recreation Services... Read on...

    Posted on: September 9, 2013

    Portion of trail along Chambers Creek Road to temporarily close

    A portion of the East Slope Walking Trail near the north entrance to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place will be closed through December. This portion of the trail parallels Chambers... Read on...

    Posted on: September 5, 2013

    Video News: Aviation Special

    Pierce County News for the week of Sept. 5.

    • Skills Center trains teens in carbon fiber
    • Aerospace industry impacts Pierce County
    • Thun Field Airport- historical spot for the community... Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2013

    Crews to repair pavement on Canyon Road East Sept. 9-14

    Pierce County crews will repair pavement along Canyon Road East between 106th Street East and 116th Street East for five nights starting Monday, Sept. 9. Crews will remove areas of deteriorated pavement, place new hot mix... Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2013

    Third annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration

    The public is invited to join the celebration and watch as approximately 100 immigrants become new citizens, sworn in by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office Director Linda Dougherty. The ceremony will be... Read on...

    Posted on: September 4, 2013

    Homeowners invited to free workshops on managing stormwater systems

    Pierce County homeowners and homeowner associations are invited to attend a free workshop this fall to learn how to prepare their stormwater systems for the rainy season. Homeowners will also learn how to manage their... Read on...

    Posted on: September 4, 2013

    Forum provides businesses opportunity to do work with government

    Businesses looking to win government contracts will have the opportunity at the Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum on Friday, Oct. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street W. in... Read on...

    Posted on: September 4, 2013

    District Court early closure on Sept. 13

    Pierce County District Court will be closed at noon on Friday, Sept. 13 for employee training. The court will reopen on Monday, Sept. 16.

    This closure applies to courtrooms and public service windows of all divisions of... Read on...

    Posted on: August 29, 2013

    Video News: Northwest Trek special

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 29.

    It's a special show from Northwest Trek! Zip through the tree tops and experience a bison traffic jam. Prepare yourself for cute baby animals, behind the scenes access, and... Read on...

    Posted on: August 28, 2013

    Third round of Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan meetings scheduled for Sept. 4

    Pierce County will hold its third set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on Sept. 4 in Gig Harbor. Topics will include facility requirements and an introduction to potential development... Read on...

    Posted on: August 27, 2013

    Sheriff's Community Academy openings

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its fall Community Academy program. The academy begins Sept. 26 and will meet each Thursday evening for 13 weeks.

    This is the first... Read on...

    Posted on: August 27, 2013

    Grandparenting has a new look in 2013

    Grandparenting these days presents many new opportunities. But it also requires some approaches that were unheard of twenty years ago. The advent of technology and the experiences that youngsters have today create a whole... Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2013

    Video News: Link celebrates 10 years, new boat named for fallen officer, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 22.

  • Tacoma Link Light Rail celebrates 10 years
  • New Sheriff patrol boat named for fallen deputy Kent Mundell
  • Floodplain in Orting protects homes east of the... Read on...

  • Posted on: August 21, 2013

    See heavy machinery up close at Touch-A-Truck event on Sept. 7

    TouchATurck

    Does your child have a love for trucks and large vehicles? Then check out Pierce County's annual Touch-A-Truck event. The fun takes place on Saturday,... Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Jody Woodcock headed to D.C. for 1-year FEMA fellowship

    Jody Woodcock

    Emergency Management Deputy Director Jody Woodcock is headed to Washington, D.C. for a year as a Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Distinguished Alumni Fellow.

    Woodcock will join retired New York City... Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Section of 52nd Street East to be resurfaced Aug. 22-23; motorists should expect delays

    Motorists traveling along 52nd Street East between 66th Avenue East and Pioneer Way East near Fife should expect long delays from 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 as crews resurface the roadway.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Construction to partially close intersection at Wollochet Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW Aug. 23-25

    The intersection at Wollochet Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be partially closed Aug. 23-25 so crews can replace the pavement. The work will begin at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and be completed by 7 p.m.... Read on...

    Posted on: August 19, 2013

    Wastewater treatment plant receives “Outstanding Performance” award from state

    Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Pierce County's Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place has received the 2012 "Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding... Read on...

    Posted on: August 16, 2013

    Video News: Recovery program gives addicts new life, Tacoma Link celebrates 10 years, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 15.

  • Access to Recovery opens doors for addicts
  • Pierce County Council protects gun ranges
  • Puyallup puts moratorium on marijuana business
  • Tacoma... Read on...

  • Posted on: August 16, 2013

    37th Street Northwest boat launch on Wollochet Bay closed Aug. 19-23

    The boat launch on 37th Street Northwest on Wollochet Bay will be closed Aug. 19-23 while Pierce County rehabilitates the ramp.

    Pierce County crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2013

    Turn lane to be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West

    A turn lane will be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West in University Place to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection. Construction will begin Aug. 15 and is expected to be complete in the beginning of... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2013

    Section of 70th Avenue East to be reduced to one lane Aug. 17 for asphalt repairs

    The roadway along 70th Avenue East between the Interstate 5 overpass and Pacific Highway East near Milton will be reduced to one lane from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 so the roadway can be repaired and re-surfaced.

    Flaggers... Read on...

    Posted on: August 9, 2013

    Video News: National Night Out heals one community, planned power outage in Steilacoom, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 8.

  • Power outage planned for Steilacoom
  • Historic preservation grants help preserve local history
  • Puyallup celebrates National Night Out
  • Carwash kits... Read on...

  • Posted on: August 8, 2013

    State urban forestry restoration project focuses on Swan Creek Park

    Invasive plants will be removed from Swan Creek Park and adjacent Pierce County property over the next few weeks as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Urban Forestry Restoration Project.... Read on...

    Posted on: August 7, 2013

    North Warren Street Bridge in Roy to be replaced; four-month closure starts Aug. 12

    The North Warren Street Bridge that crosses Muck Creek in Roy will be closed for four months starting Aug. 12 so the bridge can be replaced. North Warren Street will be closed between Water Street West and Cedar Street West... Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2013

    Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

    A portion of the East Slope Walking Trail located near the north entrance of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place will close Aug. 7-15 so crews can install water and electrical utilities... Read on...

    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

    The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “Against” statements for the Nov. 5, 2013 General Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

    • ... Read on...

    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    Video News: Sales tax revenue could help bus riders, fundraiser supports domestic violence, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Aug. 1.

  • Sales tax revenue holds off Pierce Transit cuts
  • BBQ raises money for domestic violence victims
  • Cheney Stadium to host military career fair... Read on...

  • Posted on: August 2, 2013

    2013 Primary Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATESElection Day Aug. 6, Results at 8:15 p.m.Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Aug. 20 at 11 a.m.

    IMPORTANT... Read on...

    Posted on: August 1, 2013

    Foothills Trail near Crocker Trailhead to close periodically due to levee maintenance

    The Foothills Trail near the Crocker Trailhead will close periodically Aug. 5 to Aug. 14 due to maintenance work on the Carbon River levee next to the trail. Pierce County crews will install large rocks weighing several tons... Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2013

    County Council to consider protecting shooting ranges during Aug. 13 meeting in Orting

    The Pierce County Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that protects shooting ranges from noise and nuisance actions during an Aug. 13 meeting in Orting.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers... Read on...

    Posted on: July 29, 2013

    Tacoma Narrows Airport runway rehabilitation complete

    The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened July 28 after being closed for 10 nights for the final phase of its rehabilitation. Crews grooved the runway for improved traction and applied final markings to the... Read on...

    Posted on: July 26, 2013

    Countywide Stage 1 burn ban effective July 29

    Due to the continuing hot and dry weather, Pierce County Fire Marshal Warner Webb announced that a Phase One burn ban will be implemented at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 29.

    Beginning Monday morning, all burning permits are... Read on...

    Posted on: July 25, 2013

    Video News: Fife celebrates widening of 70th Avenue, public boat ramps get an overhaul, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of July 25.

  • Fife celebrates widening of 70th Avenue
  • Word War II exhibit opens at Fife Museum
  • Council delays vote on moving County elections
  • Where... Read on...

  • Posted on: July 25, 2013

    A Street KPS boat launch in Home open following ramp rehabilitation

    A Street KPS Boat Launch

    The boat launch on A Street KPS in Home reopened at 3 p.m. July 24 following Pierce County’s rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

    Crews replaced the existing ramp structure with concrete panels... Read on...

    Posted on: July 19, 2013

    Video News: Pierce County hosts the Aerospace Summit, U.S. Open hospitality sales begin, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of July 18.

  • Aerospace Summit focuses on workforce training
  • IT applications save taxpayer money
  • Creosote pilings removed off Chambers Bay
  • DuPont... Read on...

  • Posted on: July 18, 2013

    Tacoma Narrows Airport runway to close at night for final phase of rehabilitation

    The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor will be closed for 10 nights starting July 18 for the final phase of its rehabilitation. Crews will groove the runway for improved traction and apply the final markings to... Read on...

    Posted on: July 17, 2013

    Demand for worker training focus of 2nd Pierce County Aerospace Summit

    Pierce County can strengthen its place in the competitive aerospace supply chain if government, industry and education institutions collaborate to train workers to meet the growing demand around the world.

    That was the... Read on...

    Posted on: July 15, 2013

    Pierce County to host 2nd Aerospace Summit in July

    Pierce County’s second Aerospace Summit will offer valuable updates from experts in manufacturing technology and workforce training as the region continues its push for a larger stake in the global market.

    The summit,... Read on...

    Posted on: July 12, 2013

    Video News: Land use rules for marijuana, fly with the Fosdick Flyers, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of July 11.

  • Pierce County considers land use rules for marijuana industry
  • County elections could move to odd-years
  • New mobile app for voters
  • ... Read on...

  • Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

    mobile  app

    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings... Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Workshop prepares businesses for the Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving closer to full implementation. Washington State has chosen to establish a Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and businesses (with less than 50 employees) can shop... Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2013

    Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

    South Fork image

    Pierce County expects to reduce flood risk along two sections of the Puyallup River with projects set for this summer.

    Construction has begun on a 2,000-foot-long side channel near Orting, and work on another project that... Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2013

    Verizon Foundation awards grant for Family Justice Center services

    The Verizon Foundation has awarded $6,433 to the Family Justice Center Foundation Fund with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to fund... Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2013

    Work starts in July on Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland

    Larchmont image

    Midland residents will see work start in mid-July on the nearly 17-acre Larchmont Wetland Reserve to reduce flooding in the surrounding neighborhood and provide habitat for wildlife and improve the quality of stormwater... Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2013

    Hospitality sales begin for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) has opened corporate hospitality sales for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

    The U.S. Open will be conducted June 15-21, 2015, which... Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2013

    2 week closure of A Street KPS boat launch in Home planned; ramp to be rehabilitated

    The boat launch on A Street KPS in Home will be closed July 15-26 while Pierce County rehabilitates the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington Department... Read on...

    Posted on: July 5, 2013

    Chambers Bay 5K Challenge fits all ages and abilities

    Chambers Bay 5K Challenge

    Last year, 200 runners came out to tackle the Chambers Bay 5K Challenge. On July 20, this energizing fun run is back and better than ever.

    The race takes place along the Soundview Trail in Chambers Creek Regional Park,... Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

    A portion of the E Slope Walking Trail, near the north entrance to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, will temporarily close to the public.

    The closure will last from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9... Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    Video News: Questions answered about hosting the U.S. Open, new trend for property values, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of July 4.

  • Public meeting answers U.S. Open questions
  • County Council appoints District Court Judge
  • Valuations show property value increase
  • ... Read on...

  • Posted on: July 3, 2013

    County offices closed July 4

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

    Offices will reopen July 5.

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    PCTV airs U.S. Open presentation to County Council

    PCTV video

    If you missed last week’s U.S. Open presentation to the Pierce County Council, it can be viewed at various times on PCTV and online any time.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    County Council appoints McCann, Muri to vacant seats

    The Pierce County Council filled two key vacancies in the community on Tuesday, July 2.

    First, the Council voted 7-0 to appoint Kevin McCann as a judge on the Pierce County District Court bench. McCann, who has served the... Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    County Council blocks pot industry until rules are ready

    The Pierce County Council unanimously voted Tuesday, July 2, to delay the start of the marijuana market until state licensing rules are set and the county adopts permanent zoning regulations.

    Last fall, Washington state... Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    Stay safe and legal this Fourth of July

    The Pierce County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds citizens to celebrate the Fourth of July safely.

    Last year, Pierce County hospitals treated 34 firework-related injuries, according to the Office of the Washington State... Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

    Derelict Pile

    Portions of a public beach will close for about three weeks in July while Pierce County removes approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from the shoreline along Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.

    Work... Read on...

    Posted on: July 1, 2013

    Emergency Management recommends 'cooling' centers to avoid excessive heat

    The National Weather Service has declared an excessive heat warning for the Puget Sound region until 11 p.m. Monday, July 1. The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as... Read on...

    Posted on: July 1, 2013

    New project on 176th Street East begins in early July

    Construction work along 176th Street East from B Street East to 14th Avenue East in Frederickson will begin July 8.

    This project is one of several Pierce County projects to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion... Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2013

    Film explores depths of what makes us who we are

    The Alzheimer’s journey is just another story – until it hits home. When Ann Hedreen’s mother began the battle with Alzheimer’s, it was only natural for the daughter – a professional filmmaker – to pick up her camera and... Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2013

    Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service July 2-11

    Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from July 2-11. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and... Read on...

    Posted on: June 26, 2013

    Niagara Bottling, LLC to create jobs with new plant in Frederickson

    Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: June 24, 2013

    Pierce, Kitsap counties compete to cut costs in “Energy Challenge”

    Pierce County battled it out with Kitsap County to see which could reduce energy use the most in May. Both counties pitted their courthouses against each other in a friendly challenge to raise awareness about energy... Read on...

    Posted on: June 24, 2013

    McMillin Bridge headed for Pierce County Register of Historic Places

    The state-owned McMillin Bridge, a historically significant structure spanning the Puyallup River near Orting, may not be long for this world if the state proceeds to tear it down. But Pierce County wants to make sure the... Read on...

    Posted on: June 21, 2013

    Video News: Aviation Special

    Pierce County News for the week of June 20.

  • Skills Center trains teens in carbon fiber
  • Aerospace industry impacts Pierce County
  • Thun Field Airport - historical spot for the community... Read on...

  • Posted on: June 20, 2013

    Parents arrested for hosting teen grad drinking party

    Acting on a tip last weekend, police went to an East Pierce County home early Sunday and arrested a couple for allowing their residence to be used for an after-graduation underage drinking party for their daughter.

    Upon... Read on...

    Posted on: June 19, 2013

    Wings & Wheels back July 6 with aircraft, cars, motorcycles

    Wings and Wheels

    Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels returns to Tacoma Narrows Airport for its third year with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.... Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    Tacoma Narrows Airport runway reopens after rehabilitation work

    Tacona Narrows Airport

    The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened June 16 following a 45-day rehabilitation. Crews reduced the width of the runway, added new signage, and repaved the runway, among other improvements.

    The runway... Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    County Council invites public to learn about 2015 U.S. Open preparations

    Why did the USGA pick Chambers Bay as the site of the 2015 U.S. Open?
    When can people register to volunteer? When do tickets go on sale?
    How will spectators get to the site?

    The public is invited to come hear... Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    Learn about Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project at June 20 open house

    The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s replacement of the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland.

    The open house will be held June 20 run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Elmhurst... Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2013

    Video News: How to sign up for health coverage, public meeting about the U.S. Open, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of June 13.

  • Port container business up 35%
  • Health Department to assist Affordable Care Act enrollment
  • Building codes changes take effect July 1
  • ... Read on...

  • Posted on: June 13, 2013

    Crystal Judson Family Justice Center awarded Avon Foundation for Women grant

    The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $65,000 one-year grant to the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center in support of its Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program, which provides annual funding for 20... Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2013

    State urban forestry restoration project targets Spanaway Park

    The Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, enhances the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the... Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2013

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few... Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2013

    Video News: New home construction is booming, jail faces pod closures, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of June 6.

  • Pierce County Jail to close pods, cut positions
  • Parkland to get new Sheriff's Precinct
  • Steve O’Ban appointed to State Senate
  • Sumner... Read on...

  • Posted on: June 6, 2013

    Get the facts about sun safety before summer arrives

    Even the Stone Age people knew the sun brought life on Earth and that is one reason they used to worship it. But the sun can both heal and destroy. Sunlight can be the kiss of life or death. It depends on the way we use it.... Read on...

    Posted on: June 3, 2013

    Executive McCarthy appoints Ginny Dale as HR director

    Ginny Dale

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced on Monday, June 3, she has selected Ginny Dale as director of the Human Resources Department.

    Dale has... Read on...

    Posted on: June 3, 2013

    Workshop offers information and resources on Parkinson’s Disease

    Are you or someone you love living with Parkinson’s Disease? Learn the latest information on research, medication, and lifestyle changes that can improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones.

    Read on...

    Posted on: May 23, 2013

    Second round of Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan meetings scheduled for June 5

    Pierce County will hold its second set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on June 5.

    The county and stakeholders will discuss the airport’s inventory and aviation forecasts. Topics will... Read on...

    Posted on: May 31, 2013

    Video News: Legislation to help jail mental health, new restaurant at Narrows Airport, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 30.

  • Mental health legislation to help Pierce County Jail
  • 20 years of construction wraps on 112th Street East
  • Changes to Puyallup's water utility... Read on...

  • Posted on: May 30, 2013

    Advisory: Process for filling vacant Senate seat

    The process for appointing someone to the vacant 28th District Senate seat is governed by Article II, Section 15 of the Washington State Constitution.

    · Since Sen. Mike Carrell was a Republican, the County Central... Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2013

    Auditor announces 3-day filing period for open seats

    A special 3-day candidate filing period will be held June 5-7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. State law requires a reopening of the filing period when no one files for a position during the regular filing period... Read on...

    Posted on: May 29, 2013

    Executive McCarthy’s statement about the passing of Sen. Carrell

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell:

    “Mike was passionate about public service. He worked hard to hold state government accountable for its... Read on...

    Posted on: May 24, 2013

    Video News: Ride on the county's new patrol boat, campaign to stop Lake Tapps drownings, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 23.

  • Drownings trigger community action on Lake Tapps
  • Water safety for summer fun
  • Water rescue training for police and fire
  • New police boat... Read on...

  • Posted on: May 24, 2013

    County offices closed May 27

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

    Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 28.

    Posted on: May 20, 2013

    Tyler Salsbury captures 48th annual Puget Sound Amateur

    Tyler Salsbury, preparing for his sophomore year at the University of Washington, posted a sterling 5-under 139 to win the 48th Annual Puget Sound Amateur by two shots over David Talcott, whose final round 69 wasn’t enough... Read on...

    Posted on: May 20, 2013

    Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22-29

    Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from May 22-29. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

    The ceremony... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Flemming, Figueroa elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

    Pierce County Councilmember Stan Flemming and University Place City Councilmember Javier Figueroa have been elected to leadership positions with the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    County Executive pleased as Sen. Conway's mental competency bill signed into law

    Jails in Pierce County face a backlog of inmates waiting for mental competency evaluations, creating additional pressure on already thin resources and in some cases threatening public safety. A bill signed by Gov. Jay... Read on...

    Posted on: May 16, 2013

    Video News: Active shooter drill, EnCon molds Seattle tunnel, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 16.

  • National events reflected in active shooter drill
  • Remembering fallen law enforcement officers
  • Changes to the dangerous animal ordinance... Read on...

  • Posted on: May 15, 2013

    Seattle tunnel project creates jobs in Pierce County

    When the 1.8-mile SR 99 tunnel opens to traffic in 2015, it will rely on the strength of 1,450 precast concrete rings fabricated with pinpoint precision at a newly expanded plant in Pierce County.

    Dozens of community and... Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2013

    Responders from 21 emergency response agencies to participate in water rescue exercises

    On Thursday, May 16, 21 fire and police agencies will be conducting training exercises involving water rescues in the Puget Sound at Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom.

    The goal of the exercise is to evaluate both... Read on...

    Posted on: May 13, 2013

    Lake Tapps community and Cascade team up to promote Swimsafe, May 22

    With temperatures rising and beaches filling up, the Lake Tapps community and Cascade Water Alliance are taking steps to help swimmers and boaters who enjoy recreation on Lake Tapps and other area waterways stay safe this... Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Giving thanks for jurors who make important decisions in our community

    Several hundred Pierce County residents who were summoned to jury duty got special attention this week.

    The Pierce County Council joined Gov. Jay Inslee in proclaiming May 6-10 as “Juror Appreciation Week” to commend... Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport to remain open until Sept. 30

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 10 the contract control towers at Tacoma Narrows Airport and 148 other airports will remain open until... Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

    The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill an expired Ethics Commission position. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government... Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2013

    Video News: The White House honors Pierce County Library, tax breaks you should know about, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 9.

  • White House honors Pierce County
  • Juror Appreciation Week
  • Valley cities hold Volcano Awareness Month events
  • Taxes hit you hard? ... Read on...

  • Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Home Safe on Cinco de Mayo

    Police made over 198 DUI arrests in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties last weekend over the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Nearly eighty percent of the arrests were made in King and Pierce Counties.

    Over 50 officers, deputies... Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voter guide

    The Elections Division is seek individuals interested in writing an “Against” statement for the August 6, 2013 Primary Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following District:

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Candidate filing begins Monday, May 13

    Candidate filing begins Monday, May 13

    Candidate filing begins Monday, May 13 with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.

    Offices open for election this year include:
    • 26th Legislative District Senator – Files with the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Pierce County Library System to receive national medal

    In a White House ceremony this afternoon, May 8, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service... Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Deadline looms to register for Puget Sound Amateur golf championship

    Puget Sound Amateur poster

    Local golfers are preparing to test their skills against the top amateurs in the region at the 48th annual Puget Sound Amateur, to be held May 18-19 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course and Chambers Bay.

    Players will compete in a... Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Emergency Management wins top award for school safety program

    Pierce County Emergency Management’s school emergency preparedness program was just awarded the Exemplary National School Safety Program Award for innovative training in local schools. The ‘Pierce County All Hazards... Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2013

    Video News: Link Light Rail heading south, Sumner's gettting a new YMCA, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of May 2.

  • Sound Transit Link headed further south
  • Runway construction starts at Tacoma Narrows
  • Pierce County addresses food waste
  • Community Gardens... Read on...

  • Posted on: May 2, 2013

    Homeowners invited to May 8 workshop on septic system maintenance

    Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412 165th St. S... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Cops step-up Cinco de Mayo DUI and liquor enforcement

    As communities throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties bring out their sombreros and Mariachi guitars in anticipation of the coming Cinco de Mayo weekend, law enforcement is making its own plans.

    Beginning on... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Turn off, unplug and scale back: Pierce County challenges Kitsap County over energy reduction

    May 1 marks the kickoff of Pierce County’s courthouse energy reduction challenge against Kitsap County.

    We are going head-to-head with Kitsap County’s courthouse campus to see which building can save the most energy over... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate Puget Sound during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

    Organizations in Pierce County and across Western Washington are hosting a variety of events to teach residents... Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2013

    Video News: Tribute to victims of crime, Crystal Judson Family Center needs your help, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of April 25.

  • Special exhibit honors crime victims
  • 10th anniversary of Brame shooting: how DV services have changed
  • Save the date: Drug Take Back Day
  • ... Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2013

    Pierce County to work on reducing all waste, not just food waste

    Pierce County will use findings from its recent research on food waste management to develop tools and programs to cut 10 percent from the waste disposal stream over the next five years.

    Pierce County will focus on... Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2013

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

    The intersection at 176th Avenue East and 22nd Avenue East in Frederickson will close for construction at 9 p.m. Friday, May 3 and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, May 6.

    Crews will excavate the existing roadway, place crushed... Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2013

    Let the Remann Hall plant sale add some color to your life

    Come visit the Friends and Servants Greenhouse project, a partnership between the YMCA and Pierce County Juvenile Court. Youth are given an opportunity to work off community service hours. In the process they develop a good... Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2013

    Executive McCarthy elected president of Puget Sound Regional Council

    SEATTLE - Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth planning in a thriving four-county region.

    McCarthy, serving her second term as Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2013

    Council schedules in-district meetings in 3 communities

    The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Graham, North Tacoma and Parkland as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2013

    Our CASAs are Superheroes

    L to R- Carrie Appling, Rebekah Vaughan, Maureen Sorenson, and Amber Hasler

    Pierce County Juvenile Court hosted its annual themed volunteer appreciation luncheon on Saturday, April 20, to recognize CASAs for the work they do for our county’s most vulnerable children. In addition, seven CASAs were... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2013

    Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

    Car wash fundraisers can be a great way to raise money, but the soap and pollutants that run off the vehicles can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
    Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car... Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2013

    Executive McCarthy hails State Farm decision as latest sign of region’s economic vitality

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding State Farm’s announcement on April 19:

    “Pierce County welcomes State Farm’s decision to open an Initial Loss Reporting center in downtown... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    PCTV earns 2 EMMY nominations

    Pierce County TV, which manages government access programming for the county and six of its cities and towns, has earned two EMMY nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Winners will be... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Video News: New transit service in Pierce County, major I-5 ramp closure, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of April 18.

  • Beyond the Borders brings transit to rural Pierce County
  • WSDOT to close 38th southbound mall exit
  • Don’t Drip and Drive free car... Read on...

  • Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Turn in unused or expired medicines on April 27

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Runway rehabilitation at Tacoma Narrows Airport starts April 29

    Pierce County will rehabilitate the runway and four adjacent connector taxiways at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor this spring and summer to improve surfaces, add new features and meet federal aviation standards for the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Birthday party leads to 24 underage drinking arrests

    A Party Intervention Patrol on April 6 coordinated by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force resulted in the arrest of 24 youth, ages... Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2013

    Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

    Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

    “Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Motorists should take action so they “Don’t Drip and Drive”

    Pierce County motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

    Every year, hundreds of tons... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Executive McCarthy selects Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

    Lowell Porter

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced Monday, April 15, she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his... Read on...

    Posted on: April 12, 2013

    Milroy Bridge over Puyallup River to close April 17 for inspection

    The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River at 66th Avenue East and River Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 17 to allow crews to perform a detailed structural inspection and general maintenance. Motorists... Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2013

    Work on Wollochet Drive NW resumes April 15

    Construction work along Wollochet Drive NW near Gig Harbor will resume on April 15 following a winter work suspension.

    Pierce County is constructing two projects along Wollochet Drive NW: the first between East Bay Drive... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

    People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

    Sprinker ice rink

    Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

    The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011.... Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2013

    FAA delays closure of contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport until June 15

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Video News: Schedule your court hearing online, shoreline rules for waterfront property, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of April 4.

  • District Court offers online scheduling
  • Shoreline rules could affect waterfront property
  • County Council addresses foreclosed homes
  • ... Read on...

  • Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Pierce County team receives Open Government Award

    A team of Pierce County employees who redesigned part of the county's website to make it much easier for citizens to access public records were honored... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Community Cafe's will help guide services in Pierce County

    Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) will host a series of three Community Cafés to help draft the 2014-2015 Area Plan Update. The Area Plan... Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2013

    Exporting creates jobs and profits

    With 95 percent of potential customers living outside the United States, exporting goods and services makes great sense and can add significantly to a firm’s bottom line.

    The Pierce County Economic Development Department... Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2013

    Board of Equalization alternate member vacancy

    Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy for an Alternate Member on the Pierce County Board of Equalization. The seven-member board hears appeals from taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value of their... Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2013

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 8

    Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

    An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 8, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2013

    Video News: The Bomb Squad called to the Port, Tacoma Narrows will lose its tower, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 28.

  • Port of Tacoma hosts multi-agency bomb drill
  • County airport to lose FAA control tower during runway project (UPDATE: On April 5, a week after this story... Read on...

  • Posted on: March 28, 2013

    District Court now offers self-scheduling for infraction hearings

    People who need to schedule infraction hearings with Pierce County District Court can now do so online without having to wait on the phone or at the public... Read on...

    Posted on: March 26, 2013

    Candidate workshop set for April 3

    Calling all election candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s annual candidates’ workshop is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C,... Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2013

    Foothills Trail users can discuss impacts from upcoming construction April 6

    Pierce County is inviting feedback from Foothills Trail users and neighbors on how a summer construction project along the Puyallup River near McMillin may impact them.

    Construction on a new side channel on the west side... Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2013

    Universal Design Workshop shows how to stay at home

    People buy homes to suit their practical needs – kids, hobbies, interests, neighborhoods and more. But those needs invariably change over time. In order to stay in a home and enjoy the benefits, careful thought has to be put... Read on...

    Posted on: March 22, 2013

    FAA to close contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor will close this spring as the FAA implements the budget sequestration.

    On March 22, the FAA notified Pierce County,... Read on...

    Posted on: March 22, 2013

    Video News: Grant program gives the gift of heat, Chambers Bay makes some changes, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 21.

  • Health officials concerned about your survey results
  • Pierce County thanks 500 volunteers
  • Grant program gives the gift of heat
  • Chambers... Read on...

  • Posted on: March 21, 2013

    Pierce County lowers flags in memory of former Governor and Executive Booth Gardner

    Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered that flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in memory of former Gov. Booth Gardner, who passed away last Friday. State flags will remain at half-staff until close of... Read on...

    Posted on: March 19, 2013

    Agencies to hold counter-terrorism exercise at Port of Tacoma March 22

    A number of local, state and federal agencies will participate in a simulated improvised explosive device (IED) exercise at the Port of Tacoma on Friday. There will be two scenarios along the Blair Waterway where IEDs will... Read on...

    Posted on: March 16, 2013

    Executive McCarthy's statement on the passing of Booth Gardner

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the passing of Booth Gardner, a former County Executive and Governor:

    "It is with a heavy heart that we say good-bye to one of Pierce County's... Read on...

    Posted on: March 14, 2013

    Video News: Tacoma Narrows could lose its tower, companies are moving to Pierce County, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of March 14.

  • Tacoma Narrows could lose control tower
  • EDB says business climate seeing up tick
  • Fife's 70th Avenue would connect with 167 extension
  • ... Read on...

  • Posted on: March 7, 2013

    Video News: Major companies moving to Pierce County, 3D technology available soon, and more

    Top stories on Pierce County News for the week of March 7.

  • EDB says major companies moving to Pierce County
  • Bills in Olympia could help Pierce County
  • Milgard Center to get 3D... Read on...

  • Posted on: March 7, 2013

    Free special needs transportation expands in rural Pierce County

    Connector image

    Community Connections is expanding special needs transportation in rural Pierce County. The “Beyond the Borders Connector,” a four-month pilot project, provides eligible riders with a link to services in rural communities.... Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2013

    Sequestration may close FAA contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor may close as the FAA implements the budget sequestration. This proposed tower closure is one of many that could occur... Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2013

    Forum offers tips for businesses to combat cyber crime

    Leaders in combating cyber crime and business identity theft will talk about trends and solutions for local companies at a forum on March 20 in Lakewood.

    The forum, jointly sponsored by the Economic Development... Read on...

    Posted on: March 4, 2013

    Going to – and leaving – the hospital takes planning

    A stay in the hospital used to be a pretty simple thing. Patients went in when they were sick and left when they were better. Today, a hospital stay is much more complicated. Patients leave the hospital with ever more... Read on...

    Posted on: February 28, 2013

    Video News: JBLM shows off new attack helicopter, what a new flood plans means for you, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 28.

  • JBLM first to get new Apache
  • Council passes flood plan
  • Property taxes Q&A
  • The secret's out, flying is affordable
  • ... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 21, 2013

    Video News: County's newest K-9 cop, cyber crime targets small businesses, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 21.

  • Cyber criminals target small businesses
  • See the County's newest K-9 cop
  • Understanding your property taxes
  • Mild winter saves... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 21, 2013

    Apply for a landmarks preservation grant by April 15

    The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts.

    Grant requests can be made for... Read on...

    Posted on: February 20, 2013

    Auditor’s Office seeks appointment of voter pamphlet “Against” committee members

    The Pierce County Auditor's Elections Division is seeking individuals interested in writing “Against” statements for the April 23, 2013 Special Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following Districts:

    • Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: February 19, 2013

    Property tax payment envelopes missing return address

    Pierce County property tax statements that were mailed last week are missing one small element - the county's return address on the payment stubs.

    Not to worry, though. The envelopes provided with the property tax... Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    County offices closed Feb. 18

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of President’s Day.

    Offices will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 19.

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    Celebrate completion of Key Center crosswalk Feb. 27

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a new crosswalk in Key Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Key Center Fire Station No. 46, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway KPN... Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    Video News: What has the SWAT team in Puyallup, long lines for concealed pistol licenses, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 14.

  • SWAT teams train at flooded house
  • Pierce Transit OK's some weekend service
  • The cost of future transportation
  • Long lines for... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 15, 2013

    New compactors reduce waste and increase efficiency at Pierce County facilities

    Image of solar trash can

    In an ongoing effort to support sustainability and resource conservation, Facilities Management has installed solar powered trash compactors and recycling units at two Pierce County facilities.

    The units are powered by a... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2013

    Free composting classes teach how to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this spring. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

    "These classes are a great way... Read on...

    Posted on: February 8, 2013

    Olympians Rachael Flatt and Ben Agosto join local skaters in ice show

    The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2013 ice show, "Reflections on Ice – ONCE Upon A Dream."

    This professionally choreographed figure... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Video News: How public safety handles mental illness, landlords say "no" to smokers, and more

    Pierce County News for the week of Feb. 7.

  • Deputies encounter more mental illness in the field
  • Sewer plant expansion about to start
  • What makes Pierce County boater-friendly
  • $1.2... Read on...

  • Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Flood-prone house to be used for SWAT training exercise Feb. 8

    A flood-prone house owned by Pierce County will be used for a Tacoma Police Department SWAT team training exercise Feb. 8 before it is ultimately demolished by county crews and returned to a natural floodplain.

    The SWAT... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Preventing cyber crime and identity theft at your business

    All businesses are encouraged to attend this business forum on Wednesday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW in Lakewood.

    Sponsored by the Pierce County Economic... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...

    Posted on: February 1, 2013

    "Drive sober or get pulled over" Super Bowl weekend

    Be sure to plan a safe ride home this weekend. The Target Zero Teams in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will be out this Super Bowl weekend looking for impaired drivers.

    “Football fans look forward to spending the... Read on...

    Posted on: January 31, 2013

    Film explores Alzheimer’s from the inside

    One of every eight people over 65 years has Alzheimer’s. Over half of all families are touched by Alzheimer’s. There is no cure for the disease. But there is hope.

    “HOPEless” is a special showing of two documentary... Read on...

    Posted on: January 28, 2013

    Jobs float in, SR 520 pontoons float out: Tacoma pontoon construction boosts local economy

    Six more pontoons are complete for the new State Route 520 floating bridge. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor joined state and local leaders in Tacoma today, as Washington State Department of Transportation crews began... Read on...

    Posted on: January 23, 2013

    Learn about wastewater treatment plant expansion at Jan. 31 open house

    The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The open house will run from 5 to7 p.m. on Jan. 31, at the Environmental... Read on...

    Posted on: January 23, 2013

    Learn the ins and outs of Medicaid

    Health care costs continue to climb. Many people presume that in one way or another Medicare and/or Medicaid will pay for care, especially long term care.

    Medicaid, a program financed jointly by the federal and state... Read on...

    Posted on: January 18, 2013

    County offices closed Jan. 21

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

    Offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 22.

    Posted on: January 18, 2013

    Fruit Tree Steward Program kicks off

    Tacoma’s first Fruit Tree Steward Program begins this February. The Pierce County Gleaning Project and the Tacoma/Pierce County Community Gardens are excited to announce this six part series focused on organic fruit tree... Read on...

    Posted on: January 16, 2013

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center will host an additional presentation of “Social Security After Retirement” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Pierce County Soundview Building, 3611 S. D Street in Tacoma, from 4... Read on...

    Posted on: January 15, 2013

    4 County Council members start terms

    The Pierce County Council opened its 2013 work on Tuesday, Jan. 15, by welcoming the return of one member and adding three new faces.

    Joyce McDonald (District 2) took the oath of office after winning a second four-year... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2013

    Pierce County to update master plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport

    Pierce County will update the master plan for the Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW) in Gig Harbor in 2013.

    The county and stakeholders will evaluate potential alternatives and determine how best to meet the community’s... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2013

    Sustainable landscaping workshop offered for landscape professionals

    Landscape professionals looking to incorporate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance into their business are invited to attend a Pierce County workshop on sustainable landscaping in February.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: January 11, 2013

    18th annual Fantasy Lights sets record for ticket sales

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    The 18th annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park dazzled thousands of visitors traveling through the park in more than 25,800 vehicles. The event brought in a record $325,801 in ticket sales.

    The Northwest's largest... Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2013

    Volunteers Needed to conduct Pierce County's annual homeless survey

    The Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County.... Read on...

    Posted on: January 8, 2013

    District Court elects Maggie Ross as Presiding Judge

    The Judges of the Pierce County District Court have elected Maggie Ross as Presiding Judge for the next two years.

    Judge Ross has served on the District Court bench for 15 years. She began her judicial career as a... Read on...

    Posted on: January 3, 2013

    Pierce County wins national environmental award

    Pierce County recently won a national environmental award for its “Raise the Grade” stream health and stormwater technical assistance programs.

    The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented Public Works and... Read on...

    Posted on: January 3, 2013

    3 Superior Court judges to be sworn in Jan. 4

    Three newly elected Pierce County Superior Court judges will have their joint swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Jan. 4.

    The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City... Read on...

    Posted on: January 2, 2013

    Workshop offers guidance for aging parents of children with disabilities

    Parents of children with a life-long developmental disability, chronic illness or mental health condition often face a lifetime of challenges, successes, sorrows, and joys.

    But what happens when aging parents develop... Read on...

    Posted on: December 26, 2012

    Auditor seeks volunteers to write "against" statement for Puyallup schools measure

    The Puyallup School District No. 3 has placed a $279.6 million General Obligation Bond on the Feb. 12, 2013 Special Election ballot for capital improvements and construction. Treecycle your Christmas tree

    As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

    Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees... Read on...

    Posted on: December 21, 2012

    Auditor seeks appointment of voter pamphlet “against” committee members

    The Tacoma School District No. 10 Neighborhood School Improvements and Safety Upgrades $500,000,000 General Obligation Bond will be on the Feb. 12, 2013 Special Election ballot. Pierce County employees celebrate the holidays by giving to the community SantaCops.jpg

    Employees from throughout Pierce County gave back to the community this holiday season with a variety of fun holiday activities.

    Planning and Land Services collected $550 (22 - $25 gift cards) for this year’s... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    McCarthy takes the oath of office for 2nd term

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    County Executive Pat McCarthy officially took the oath of office on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 for her second term that begins next month.

    McCarthy was re-elected in the Nov. 6 General Election. The oath was administered by... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    County receives grants to fund salmon recovery projects

    Pierce County will receive nearly $1.1 million to improve and protect salmon habitat.

    The grants were awarded to the county and other local organizations by the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved more... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2012

    Pierce County Ferry schedule to change in 2013

    A variety of changes to the Pierce County Ferry sailing schedule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

    A total of seven service changes were made using input from the community. The changes include new runs, shifted run times... Read on...

    Posted on: December 17, 2012

    Fitness instructor job opportunity with Parks & Recreation

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the position of a part time fitness instructor to lead fitness classes at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place. The Fitness Instructor is a highly... Read on...

    Posted on: December 13, 2012

    Graham horse owner charged with animal cruelty

    Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged John Diller, 69, with ten counts of Animal Cruelty in the Second Degree for failing to properly care for his horses.

    “We are holding the owner accountable for cruelty... Read on...

    Posted on: December 12, 2012

    Holiday revelers can get a free ride home instead of a DUI

    The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, in partnership with the Pierce County Tower’s Association and Aloha Cab Company, is kicking off... Read on...

    Posted on: December 4, 2012

    See Santa land at Thun Field, Dec. 9

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    Spencer Aircraft’s Annual Santa Fly-in is back from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Pierce County Airport-Thun Field, 16709 103rd Ave. Ct. E.,... Read on...

    Posted on: December 3, 2012

    County selects Tracy Guerin as deputy director of Budget & Finance

    Tracy Guerin, a top manager of Washington State government, has been selected as the deputy director of the Pierce County Budget and Finance Department... Read on...

    Posted on: November 30, 2012

    Council to hold Dec. 4 meeting in Northeast Tacoma

    The Pierce County Council will hold its Dec. 4 regular meeting in the Northeast Tacoma area as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the... Read on...

    Posted on: November 30, 2012

    New date: Friday Family Movie Night changed to Dec. 14

    Pierce County’s Movie Series event featuring the movie “Arthur Christmas” has been moved to Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

    Pre-registration for the original date (Dec. 7) will be honored on the new date. The Parks and... Read on...

    Posted on: November 28, 2012

    Extended hours to provide easy access to licensing, passport services

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will extend licensing and passport service hours for four days in December.

    Here are the dates:
    • Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.• Friday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m... Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2012

    County's energy conservation guidelines put practice into policy

    Pierce County has adopted an energy conservation policy to lower operating costs and conserve energy at all county-owned buildings.

    The new policy contains a background of Pierce County’s sustainability goals for energy... Read on...

    Posted on: November 26, 2012

    Council to hold Nov. 27 meeting in Summit/Midland

    The Pierce County Council will hold its Nov. 27 regular meeting in the Summit/Midland area as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the... Read on...

    Posted on: November 21, 2012

    County offices closed Nov. 22-23

    Pierce County administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Offices will reopen Monday, Nov. 26.

    Posted on: November 20, 2012

    Online upgrades make building permits faster and easier

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    Before you apply for a permit to build the ultimate man cave, you can now check online to see how many people are waiting in line at the Pierce County Development Center.

    That’s one of several online improvements launched... Read on...

    Posted on: November 16, 2012

    Fantasy Lights Walk is Sunday, Nov. 18

    Kick off the holiday season this Sunday, Nov. 18 with a sneak, non-motorized preview of the 18th annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park.

    This is the only opportunity to walk through the Northwest's largest... Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2012

    New websites boost Pierce County's online services

    Pierce County has launched a major redesign of three websites that significantly upgrades the public's ability to stay informed about programs and services.

    The sites, launched on Nov. 18, offer new tools and features... Read on...

    Posted on: November 15, 2012

    Companionship job opportunity with Parks & Recreation

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the position of team leader in the Peninsula School District within the Companionship Program.

    The Companionship Program provides recreation and leisure... Read on...

    Posted on: November 14, 2012

    County Council adopts responsible, balanced budget for 2013

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Nov. 13, to adopt a "responsible and fiscally sound" budget for 2013 that reduces general-government spending.

    The budget, approved on a 7-0 vote, did not include a... Read on...

    Posted on: November 8, 2012

    Learn how to prepare for retirement at upcoming workshop

    Retirement is everyone's goal. But a successful retirement takes proper planning. How people plan during the last 2-5 years of work before retirement can make a world of difference. "Retiring Soon? Prepare!"... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Celebrate start of treatment plant expansion with Nov. 15 groundbreaking

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the start of construction on the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the plant, located at 10311... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    County seeks applications for community grants

    Pierce County is soliciting applications for $800,000 in federal grants aimed at improving living conditions in lower income areas.

    The grants will be offered to nonprofit, public and government agencies from the U.S.... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Council ready to approve 2013 budget on Nov. 13

    The Pierce County Council is set to approve a 2013 budget that trims spending while protecting core public safety services.

    In public meetings on Nov. 5-6, the Council voted to make a number of adjustments to the budget... Read on...

    Posted on: November 6, 2012

    Celebrate completion of stormwater pond with ribbon cutting Nov. 14

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a stormwater pond in the Fir Ridge neighborhood south of Bonney Lake.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the property located on... Read on...

    Posted on: November 1, 2012

    Annual job sector survey: make your business voice heard

    Thursday Nov 01 2012 12:18 PM

    The Job Sector Survey is a cooperative project led by economic development organizations in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

    It is an annual, one-of-a-kind tool that provides... Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2012

    Party's over for 18 Fife and Bonney Lake youth

    Tuesday Oct 30 2012 12:28 PM

    An underage drinking party last Saturday night (Oct. 27) in the Bonney Lake area resulted in the arrests of 18 youths for minor in possession of alcohol.

    The youths, primarily 17- and... Read on...

    Posted on: October 29, 2012

    Workshop prepares families for difficult conversations

    Monday Oct 29 2012 11:42 AM

    The holidays bring families together. It's a chance to catch up and share news. But it's also a chance to check up on older relatives and other loved ones who may be at risk... Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    Pierce Transit boundary changes prompt voter calls

    Anxious voters are calling the Pierce County Auditor's Office because Pierce Transit Proposition 1 does not appear on their ballots.

    "Some voters think they have been issued the wrong ballot, but they have forgotten... Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    County selects Jennifer Joly to lead government relations

    Monday Oct 22 2012 2:23 PM

    Jennifer Joly, an experienced policy advisor for the Washington Legislature and the Governor's Office, has been selected as head of government relations for Pierce County.

    Joly was... Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    Making the Link 2012 provides links to services for disabled and older adults

    Most older adults and people with disabilities want to remain in their own home. Knowing about available resources in the community and how to access them is one of the best things that people can do for their loved ones.... Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    County selects Jennifer Joly to lead government relations

    Jennifer Joly, an experienced policy advisor for the Washington Legislature and the Governor's Office, has been selected as head of government relations for Pierce County.

    Joly was selected by a panel of county... Read on...

    Posted on: October 18, 2012

    Partners preserve 120-acre farm near Orting forever

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    Pierce County Executive, Pat McCarthy addresses the crowd. 1/3A 120-acre property will forever remain as a farm and habitat thanks to another successful public-private partnership in the Puyallup River Valley.

    Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2012

    Petition filed for return of seized horses

    Tuesday Oct 16 2012 12:47 PM

    Animal owner John Diller filed a petition for the return of the 39 horses in Pierce County District Court. The Pierce County Auditor's office was served with a copy on Oct. 15. A hearing... Read on...

    Posted on: October 15, 2012

    Pierce County burn ban lifted

    Monday Oct 15 2012 1:17 PM

    In light of the recent rains and the forecast for continued precipitation, the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau lifted the countywide burn ban as of noon on Monday, Oct. 15.

    The lifting... Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2012

    County Council sets hearings for 2013 budget

    Monday Oct 15 2012 12:51 PM

    The Pierce County Council will hold at least eight public hearings over the next two weeks to ask questions and discuss key spending areas before it adopts a 2013 budget.

    The Council will... Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2012

    Video news: Lifesaving signs on West Pierce lakes, how residents can help victims of DV, and more

    Friday Oct 12 2012 12:13 PM

    Pierce County News top stories for the week of Oct. 11:

    • Lakewood Sounder service starts
    • Council Members tour water quality sites• Lifesaving signs go up on West Pierce lakes
    •... Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2012

    Touch A Truck award results in

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    More than 2,500 people flocked to Sprinker Recreation Center last month for the 5th annual Touch A Truck event, which gave kids of all ages the chance to get up close with trucks of all shapes and sizes.

    Participants were... Read on...

    Posted on: October 10, 2012

    Tacoma Fire hosts CPR Sunday, Oct. 14

    Wednesday Oct 10 2012 1:12 PM

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Sunday is an annual community event offered free-of-charge to anyone interested in learning the basic lifesaving skills of CPR. On Sunday, Oct. 14,... Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2012

    Section of Artondale Drive NW to close overnight for paving

    Wednesday Oct 10 2012 9:08 AM

    A section of Artondale Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 to 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 as part of an area road construction project.

    Artondale Drive NW will... Read on...

    Posted on: October 10, 2012

    Youth build Tooth Brush Robots to solve environmental issues

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    Wednesday Oct 10 2012 8:58 AM

    More than 1,000 Pierce County youth will join millions of students across the country Oct. 10 to participate in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge experiment. Youth will discover how real life... Read on...

    Posted on: October 8, 2012

    PCTV wins 12 national awards

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    Monday Oct 08 2012 2:05 PM

    Pierce County Television, which provides information and transparency for local governments, was recently recognized in 12 award categories by a national industry association.

    PCTV's... Read on...

    Posted on: October 5, 2012

    Senior advocates host Pierce County Legislative Candidate Forum

    Friday Oct 05 2012 3:22 PM

    Candidates for the State House and Senate representing Pierce County's Legislative Districts 2, 25 and 27 will participate in a citizen forum on Monday, Oct. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the... Read on...

    Posted on: October 5, 2012

    Free composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

    Friday Oct 05 2012 10:34 AM

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County's free composting classes this October and November. One class will focus on yard waste, and the... Read on...

    Posted on: October 5, 2012

    Workshop helps family caregivers manage difficult behaviors

    Friday Oct 05 2012 9:11 AM

    Managing the behavior of a family member with dementia can be a harrowing task. Communicating with a person with dementia can be distressing for everyone. Wandering behaviors, especially as the... Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2012

    Voter registration deadline fast approaching

    Wednesday Oct 03 2012 3:33 PM

    To vote in the upcoming presidential election you first must be registered.

    Saturday, Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote or change your address by mail. Mail-in registration forms... Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2012

    Emergency Operations Center Open House, Oct. 13

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    Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is hosting its 2012 Open House/Winter Weather Preparedness Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature indoor presentations and... Read on...

    Posted on: October 4, 2012

    Public invited to help high school club install rain garden Oct. 13

    Pierce County residents are invited to help Curtis High School's Environmental Club install a rain garden on the school's campus in University Place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 13. The rain garden will be installed off... Read on...

    Posted on: October 2, 2012

    Preventing and coping with brain injury is key

    Tuesday Oct 02 2012 10:45 AM

    Adults and children have something in common. They are both very susceptible to brain injury. The impact of any kind of brain injury – concussion, TBI, acquired brain injury – may have long... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    Public can donate to help care for 39 seized horses

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 4:00 PM

    Offers of help are pouring into the Pierce County Auditor's Office as Animal Control officers wrap up seizing 39 horses amid an investigation of neglect.

    "Responding to people's... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    72nd Street KPS boat launch near Long Branch open following ramp rehabilitation

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 9:57 AM

    The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch reopened at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 following Pierce County's rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

    Crews replaced the... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    DUI Patrol and Home Safe Bar Program hits Tacoma streets

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 9:56 AM

    Pierce County's Target Zero law enforcement team dedicated to reducing the number of people killed by impaired drivers is headed for Tacoma the weekend of Sept. 29.

    The team has arrested... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    39 horses being seized from Graham property

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:57 PM

    Pierce County Animal Control officers are in the process of seizing 39 horses this morning from a property in the area of the 30800 block of Meridian East.

    Animal Control officers served a... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    Sheriff's cadets perform well at academy

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:54 PM

    Eight members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Cadet Program performed well at the week-long Washington Law Enforcement Exploring Advisors Academy.

    Pierce County sent seven cadets to the... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    Pierce County wins national, international award

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:53 PM

    Pierce County Emergency Management and Information Technology won both a national and international awards competition for its new Damage Assessment Mobile Application. The International... Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Executive proposes spending less on general government in 2013

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy proposes spending less on general government services in 2013 than is budgeted for this year.

    The Executive's 2013 budget proposal makes strategic cuts in most departments to... Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Cascade, Lake Tapps Community Council announce 2012/13 lake levels

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 11:37 AM

    In 2009, the Lake Tapps Community Council and Cascade Water Alliance established long term agreements ensuring consistent, seasonal lake levels every year. The following is the annual 2012/13... Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Rebuilt Chambers Creek fish ladder to open Sept. 27

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 11:32 AM

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the newly rebuilt fish ladder on the Chambers Creek dam when it opens Sept. 27, just in time for the fall salmon run.

    The repairs allow the... Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    County receives $13 million low-interest state loan for treatment plant expansion

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 10:00 AM

    Pierce County's Public Works and Utilities department applied for and received a low-interest state loan for the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Books, e-books, movies, homework help all free with Pierce County Library card

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 9:58 AM

    During Pierce County Library System's sixth annual library card drive—Oct. 1-31, get a... Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Sound Transit Ribbon Cutting invite, Oct. 6

    Monday Sep 24 2012 11:48 AM

    Sound Transit would like to invite you to a three-station celebration Saturday, Oct. 6 as they launch Sounder train service to Lakewood and South Tacoma! They'll have free train rides and... Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Purchasing Forum connects businesses with area agencies

    Monday Sep 24 2012 10:04 AM

    Looking to do business with governments?

    Meet purchasing agents from local, state, federal and other public agencies at the Great Pierce County Purchasing Forum.

    Exhibitors include... Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Update: NW partners to help wounded warrior visit home

    Monday Sep 24 2012 9:35 AM

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this announcement erroneously said the flight already occurred. This version contains updates throughout to show the flights are scheduled for Sept.... Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs volunteers sought

    Friday Sep 21 2012 10:29 AM

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking new members to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government... Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    5-day closure of 72nd Street KPS boat launch planned

    Friday Sep 21 2012 10:25 AM

    The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch will be closed Sept. 24-28 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete... Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    Aviation Exploring Post established for interested teens

    Friday Sep 21 2012 10:16 AM

    Teens and young adults interested in aviation are invited to attend a kick-off meeting for a new Aviation Exploring Post being established in Pierce County.

    The meeting will be held Sept.... Read on...

    Posted on: September 20, 2012

    Workshop focuses on holistic retirement planning

    Thursday Sep 20 2012 1:15 PM

    Retirement is everyone's goal. But good retirement takes good planning. And it isn't all about money either. How people plan during the last two to five years of work before retirement... Read on...

    Posted on: September 18, 2012

    Free homeowners workshops focus on stormwater systems

    Tuesday Sep 18 2012 9:57 AM

    Pierce County residents who live in communities with homeowners associations are invited to attend a workshop on how to maintain and protect their stormwater systems.

    The free workshops,... Read on...

    Posted on: September 17, 2012

    Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 22

    Monday Sep 17 2012 1:07 PM

    The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. citizenship ceremony at the Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th Street, Tacoma on Sept. 22.

    Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are... Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Shifting focus of caregiving on the caregiver

    Friday Sep 14 2012 9:12 AM

    Caregivers are great at taking care of their loved ones – spouse, parents, children, neighbors. But some caregivers rarely get a break from their daily routines of meal preparation, personal... Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Help yourself and the environment: turn in unused, expired medicines

    Friday Sep 14 2012 8:52 AM

    The public is encouraged to safely dispose of unused or expired medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug "take back" day on Saturday, Sept. 29.

    This... Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Online resource now includes information about pollution in shellfish beds

    Friday Sep 14 2012 9:04 AM

    The public can now access Pierce County's quarterly shellfish bed sampling results for Filucy Bay, Rocky Bay and Burley Lagoon via the county's online system that provides information... Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2012

    Executive to accept national recognition for Foothills Trail

    Thursday Sep 13 2012 9:04 AM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will officially accept national recognition for the Foothills Trail at the Pierce County Trail Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

    Randy King,... Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2012

    Pierce County seeks comments on proposed sewer regulation changes

    Wednesday Sep 12 2012 5:18 PM

    All customers of the Pierce County Sewer Utility are invited to provide feedback on proposed updates to county regulations that deal with Sewer Utility operations. Suggested changes include... Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2012

    McCarthy announces start of Sounder service to Lakewood and South Tacoma

    Wednesday Sep 12 2012 2:15 PM

    Sound Transit announced today that Sounder commuter rail service to South Tacoma and Lakewood will begin Monday, Oct. 8.

    To celebrate the start of service, Sound Transit will hold a public... Read on...

    Posted on: September 10, 2012

    Classic Car and Truck Show set for Sept. 29 at Sprinker

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    Monday Sep 10 2012 10:24 AM

    1/2Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 10th annual Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 29.

    Hours for the free spectator event are 10 a.m.... Read on...

    Posted on: September 7, 2012

    Ferry crew rescues kayaker

    Friday Sep 07 2012 8:10 PM

    The Pierce County ferry crew rescued a man from his kayak on Thursday, September 6, after the kayak capsized near the Steilacoom ferry dock.

    The kayaker was spotted in the water by ferry... Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2012

    Traffic engineer to represent west in Institute of Transportation Engineers

    Thursday Sep 06 2012 8:44 AM

    Pierce County Traffic Engineer Rory D. Grindley, P.E., has been confirmed as the Western District Administrator of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a professional association... Read on...

    Posted on: September 4, 2012

    Export Forum focuses on creating jobs and profits

    Tuesday Sep 04 2012 8:42 AM

    With 95 percent of potential customers living outside of the United States, exporting goods and services makes business sense and can add significantly to a firm's bottom line.

    The Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: August 30, 2012

    Caregiver/Newscaster headlines Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference

    Thursday Aug 30 2012 4:00 PM

    Well-known newscaster Connie Thompson will headline the 2012 Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference for Pierce County. Thompson has been a long-time news anchor and currently produces and... Read on...

    Posted on: August 29, 2012

    Celebrate completion of Canyon Road East projects at ribbon cutting Sept. 6

    Wednesday Aug 29 2012 10:15 AM

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of Canyon Road East corridor road projects from State Route 512 to 176th Street East.

    The ribbon cutting... Read on...

    Posted on: August 23, 2012

    “All Things Medicare” workshops detail 2013 Medicare changes

    Thursday Aug 23 2012 3:31 PM

    Medicare coverage changes every year. Everyone's needs are different so beneficiaries have to stay on top of annual changes to make Medicare work best for them.

    "All Things... Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2012

    County releases final environmental impact statement for proposed flood plan

    The Final Environmental Impact Statement for Pierce County's proposed Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan was released August 22. The statement evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the plan, as well as two... Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2012

    Auditor announces mandatory recounts

    Wednesday Aug 22 2012 9:56 AM

    Pierce County will conduct mandatory recounts in the race for Pierce County Council District No. 4 and to determine the new Precinct Committee Officer in a Fife precinct.

    The recount will... Read on...

    Posted on: August 21, 2012

    Citizens salary commission sets monthly meeting schedule

    Tuesday Aug 21 2012 2:15 PM

    The Pierce County Citizens Committee on Salaries for Elected Officials, which held its first meeting last month, will meet monthly through the end of the year.

    The commission's regularly... Read on...

    Posted on: August 15, 2012

    Heat advisory: Options for staying cool

    Wednesday Aug 15 2012 3:22 PM

    Due to the high temperatures expected this week, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16-17. Residents in Pierce County can seek... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2012

    Wall Street upgrades, affirms Pierce County's strong bond ratings

    In moves that reflect confidence in Pierce County's fiscal management, two leading Wall Street ratings agencies gave the county high marks on bonds that will be invested in projects to make the region safer and better... Read on...

    Posted on: August 9, 2012

    Change to Pierce County election results release schedule for Aug. 9

    The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 7 p.m. today instead of 4 p.m. You can find results online at www.piercecountywa.org/results or in... Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2012

    Pierce County announces an additional results release for Wednesday, Aug. 8

    Wednesday Aug 08 2012 2:22 PM

    The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 4 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. You can find results online at McCarthy announces start of track testing for Sounder extension to Lakewood

    Sound Transit announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the start of rail and signal testing on more than eight miles of new track for its Sounder commuter rail extension to Lakewood.

    Crews began running Sounder test trains up to... Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2012

    Pentagon approves $5.7 million for Freedom Bridge improvements

    Monday Aug 06 2012 4:15 PM

    The Pentagon has approved a $5.7 million grant for the City of Lakewood to improve the Freedom Bridge overpass, which will alleviate congestion and improve public safety for people accessing... Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2012

    Residents invited to comment on food waste collection options

    Nearly one-third of Pierce County's waste is food, making it the largest category of material entering our landfill.

    In 2010, the county began exploring how to manage and reduce food waste, and is now asking for the... Read on...

    Posted on: August 3, 2012

    Extra day needed to complete rehabilitation of Hall Road boat ramp

    Friday Aug 03 2012 4:30 PM

    Pierce County will reopen the boat launch on Hall Road in Vaughn at 3 p.m. Aug. 4 after crews complete a rehabilitation of the boat ramp. The boat launch was closed on July 30 for the work... Read on...

    Posted on: August 3, 2012

    Pierce County Fair offers free document shredding Aug. 4

    Friday Aug 03 2012 3:22 PM

    Identity theft can cost you thousands of dollars, damage your credit and credibility, and leave you with a feeling of vulnerability.

    On Saturday, Aug. 4, the Pierce County Fair and its... Read on...

    Posted on: August 1, 2012

    Pierce County breaks ground on Energy Star-certified housing

    Energy Star

    Wednesday Aug 01 2012 3:31 PM

    With one ceremonial dig in an empty lot, County Executive Pat McCarthy kicked off construction of a new community in Pierce County - The Woods at Golden Given. Volunteers, contractors and... Read on...

    Posted on: July 27, 2012

    Boeing market outlook highlights first Pierce County Aerospace Summit

    Boeing predicts the global market will need 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, and Pierce County aerospace suppliers can help the company compete for that business by finding ways to work faster while providing a... Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2012

    Section of 112th Street East reopens ahead of schedule

    The section of 112th Street East between Fruitland Avenue East and Woodland Avenue East that was closed June 25 for a road construction project reopened July 30---five days ahead of schedule.

    Crews lowered the road by as... Read on...

    Posted on: July 25, 2012

    Paralytic shellfish poison closes beaches

    Wednesday Jul 25 2012 1:22 PM

    Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in shellfish samples collected from the Day Island, Point Defiance, Wollochet Bay, and Hale Passage areas of Pierce County.... Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2012

    Peninsula transfer station to accept household hazardous waste

    Starting in July, Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula residents can drop off their household hazardous waste at the Purdy Transfer Station in Gig Harbor free of charge on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. The transfer... Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2012

    Frontier Park Playground ribbon cutting, July 10

    Frontier Park Playground

    The new Frontier Park Playground, made possible by local students and Graham community members, will open on Tuesday, July 10 with a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

    The remodeled playground is... Read on...

    Posted on: June 29, 2012

    Pierce County Auditor answers questions about Aug. 7 primary election

    If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you're not alone.

    Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 is Election Day. On July 12, 2012, every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters' Pamphlet.... Read on...

    Posted on: June 28, 2012

    Wire theft and vandalism cost Pierce County $8,865

    Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along a half-mile of county road at 38th Street and 192nd Street in Frederickson after discovering two separate incidents of wire theft and vandalism.... Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2012

    UPDATED: Tips, laws and other info for a safe July 4th celebration

    Wednesday Jun 27 2012 10:36 AM

    Editor's note: updates to delete reference to a City Blast show in Puyallup and Orting fireworks show

    In 2011, the Pierce County Fire Marshal's Office reported that 24 fires... Read on...

    Posted on: June 25, 2012

    Liberty Ridge Elementary students win $500 for disaster preparedness

    Liberty Ridge

    Monday Jun 25 2012 4:53 PM

    Shyleen Richardson and Alyssa Currier, students at Liberty Ridge Elementary in Sumner, claimed a $500 prize for their school's disaster preparedness efforts. Hundreds of students throughout... Read on...

    Posted on: June 14, 2012

    Pierce County wins awards for online improvements

    Pierce County has won two national awards for creating online tools that streamline the building permit process and improve the management of electronic records in the criminal justice system.

    The National Association of... Read on...

    Posted on: June 14, 2012

    Property value notices to be mailed June 22

    The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer's office will begin mailing notices of value for most residential and commercial properties in Pierce County on June 22.

    The notices provide taxpayers with their assessed values as... Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2012

    Wings & Wheels to feature cool aircraft, cars and music

    Wings and Wheels

    Wednesday Jun 13 2012 10:32 AM

    Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels is back for its second year with airplane fly-bys, a meet and greet with pilots, airplane and helicopter rides, displays, a car show, a motorcycle show and... Read on...

    Posted on: June 12, 2012

    County engineer elected to national board

    Engineer

    Tuesday Jun 12 2012 3:07 PM

    Pierce County Engineer Brian D. Stacy, P.E., has been elected to serve a two-year term as the Western Regional Vice President for the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Board of... Read on...

    Posted on: June 8, 2012

    McCarthy re-elected vice president of Puget Sound Regional Council

    Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown has been re-elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been re-elected Vice President. The vote took place today at the agency's... Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2012

    Pierce County to host aerospace summit in July

    Thursday Jun 07 2012 9:18 AM

    There are more than 80 firms in the aerospace supply chain in Pierce County, and their industry is changing rapidly due to increased global demand for commercial air travel and a highly... Read on...

    Posted on: June 4, 2012

    Tour de Pierce Pre-Registration Deadline June 8

    Monday Jun 04 2012 12:41 PM

    Since 1990, bicyclists from all over the Northwest have participated in the annual Tour de Pierce bike ride. This year's June 24th event will include 12-, 30- and 50-mile marked routes. The... Read on...

    Posted on: June 6, 2012

    Mount Rainier lahar losses could reach $6 billion or more in Puyallup Valley

    Wednesday Jun 06 2012 11:08 AM

    A new report from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) estimates that a volcanic mudflow (known as a lahar) from Mount Rainier could produce property losses of up to $6... Read on...

    Posted on: June 1, 2012

    Juvenile Court advocates host author of book on foster care

    Friday Jun 01 2012 3:52 PM

    Author Jake Dekker will speak and sign copies of his important book that chronicles the path of a boy who was abandoned at infancy, beaten and tortured at 5, placed in foster care at 7 and -... Read on...

    Posted on: May 31, 2012

    Feds add Foothills Trail to National Recreational Trail system

    The popular Foothills Trail, which winds through East Pierce County from Puyallup to Buckley, is among 54 trails around the country that are joining the National Recreational Trail system.

    Two federal officials -... Read on...

    Posted on: May 31, 2012

    Sign up for Junior Golf Program at Fort Steilacoom

    Thursday May 31 2012 8:00 AM

    A first-rate Junior Golf Program that provides basic instruction on the game's fundamentals is moving to Pierce County's Fort Steilacoom Golf Course.

    The program starts June 25 and... Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2012

    Road project earns award for using pervious concrete

    Road Project.jpg

    Wednesday May 30 2012 4:23 PM

    Pierce County has won an award for a pilot project that used pervious concrete for the first time on a county road as a means of helping to control flooding.

    The first place... Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2012

    Pierce County to practice for the Big One

    Pierce County Emergency Management and its partners will participate in a multi-county earthquake exercise from June 5-6.

    More than 22 Pierce County cities, towns, departments and organizations will exercise their... Read on...

    Posted on: May 25, 2012

    Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

    Friday May 25 2012 12:10 PM

    Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car wash fundraiser by checking out a fish-friendly car wash kit. The kits are available at several Pierce County locations... Read on...

    Posted on: May 23, 2012

    Larson fires sizzling 67 to capture first Puget Sound Amateur golf title

    Wednesday May 23 2012 11:58 AM

    Craig Larson from Tacoma Firs Golf Center came from one shot back to capture the 47th Puget Sound Amateur by four shots over first-round leaders Alex Williams of West Seattle and Bryan Jan... Read on...

    Posted on: May 22, 2012

    County assists with conservation of forested wetland in Puyallup

    Thanks to funding from the Pierce County Conservation Futures Program, Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and the City of Puyallup conserved 8.66 acres of forested wetlands in southwest Puyallup.

    Forterra... Read on...

    Posted on: May 21, 2012

    Spanaway fourth-graders paint 2 county snow plows

    Painted snow plows

    If you see a string of mittens or a cart-wheeling Santa Claus headed down the street during the next snowfall, you don't need new glasses.

    These scenes were painted on two of Pierce County's snow plows on May 17 by... Read on...

    Posted on: May 18, 2012

    Steilacoom ferry terminal reopens May 22 following remodel

    The Steilacoom ferry terminal will reopen May 22 following a remodel inside and out. The terminal, located at 56 Union Ave. in Steilacoom, closed Jan. 4 for the work.

    "I think our ferry patrons will be pleased with the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2012

    Sheriff's Department attends national Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony

    Thursday May 17 2012 9:50 AM

    A message from Sheriff Paul Pastor:

    "Last night, along with about 50,000 other people, I attended the Candlelight Vigil and Posting of Names at National Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony... Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2012

    Learn how to start or grow business at South Sound Business Fair

    Tuesday May 15 2012 3:17 PM

    The Pierce County Economic Development Department, along with local, state and federal participants, will staff a resource table at the South Sound Business Fair in Orting next month.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: May 14, 2012

    Learn about potential improvements to Steilacoom Terminal ferry loading lanes

    Monday May 14 2012 9:29 AM

    The public is invited to learn about potential improvements to the ferry loading lanes at the Steilacoom Terminal during a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717... Read on...

    Posted on: May 3, 2012

    Wright added to memorial for fallen deputies

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department held a ceremony on Thursday, May 3, to add Deputy Shandon Wright's picture to a memorial for fallen deputies.

    A ribbon bearing Wright's name was also added to the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2012

    Choose a safe ride home this Cinco de Mayo weekend

    Wednesday May 02 2012 4:13 PM

    Extra DUI patrols will be out across King, Pierce and Snohomish counties this Cinco de Mayo weekend. Thirty-three local law enforcement agencies, the Washington State Liquor Control Board,... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Plant sale benefits juvenile offender program

    Tuesday May 01 2012 2:33 PM

    With spring in full bloom, flowers and plants grown by juvenile offenders will be on sale every Friday and Saturday at Remann Hall.

    The annual plant sale - featuring annuals, perennials,... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Several Pierce County farmers markets open this week

    Tuesday May 01 2012 12:07 PM

    Celebrate the arrival of spring and this season's first bounty with the opening of several Pierce County farmers markets. After six long months in hibernation two markets will open the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Pierce County residents encouraged to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

    Tuesday May 01 2012 11:18 AM

    Celebrate tourism and why tourism matters with the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau [TRCVB] and the 2012 Pierce County Tourism Ambassadors during the 29th annual National Travel +... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Findings of JBLM Community Needs Survey released

    Tuesday May 01 2012 9:49 AM

    The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) just released findings of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Community Needs Survey. This is the first time the local community and JBLM... Read on...

    Posted on: April 30, 2012

    Peak season ferry rates take effect May 1

    The Steilacoom II

    Monday Apr 30 2012 4:42 PM

    The Steilacoom II 1/1Peak season fare rates apply starting Tuesday, May 1, for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Peak season runs from May 1 to... Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2012

    Sound Transit adopts McCarthy, Enslow proposal to save bus route

    New ST Express Route 596 will enable agency to continue serving Sounder riders from Bonney Lake, Buckley and Enumclaw

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors today unanimously approved creation of a new Sound Transit bus... Read on...

    Posted on: April 30, 2012

    April showers bring more than May flowers

    Did you know that runoff flows over hard surfaces like parking lots, picking up pollutants along the way? Most runoff is not treated before it travels into our streams, rivers, lakes and Puget Sound.

    Since this is the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2012

    Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 3

    Thursday Apr 26 2012 12:39 PM

    Pierce County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be honored at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the McGavick Student &... Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2012

    Rainier Country earns EMMY nomination

    A Pierce County TV (PCTV) video production has been nominated for a Northwest Regional EMMY by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    The news magazine show Rainier Country was nominated for its 2011-12... Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2012

    Celebrate Puget Sound in May

    Wednesday Apr 25 2012 9:23 AM

    Communities across Western Washington will celebrate Puget Sound with family-friendly activities and educational programs during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

    "Puget Sound is a... Read on...

    Posted on: April 24, 2012

    More plastic recycling options for Pierce County residents

    Tuesday Apr 24 2012 4:08 PM

    Pierce County residents can now recycle additional plastic items. Plastic jars, tubs and buckets can be added to curbside recycling carts. Examples include yogurt and sour cream containers,... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    Flood insurance premiums lowered thanks to new FEMA flood rating for Pierce County

    Monday Apr 23 2012 10:55 AM

    Pierce County has earned a new flood rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of its floodplain management activities. The new rating means that unincorporated... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    McCarthy, Enslow propose saving commuter bus route for Bonney Lake Sounder riders

    Monday Apr 23 2012 9:02 AM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow today announced a proposal for Sound Transit to preserve bus service between the Bonney Lake Park-and-Ride lot and the Sumner... Read on...

    Posted on: April 20, 2012

    Juvenile Court volunteers honored

    Friday Apr 20 2012 11:37 AM

    Volunteers who help abused and neglected children navigate the court system were honored at Pierce County Juvenile Court's annual appreciation luncheon on April 14.

    The event recognized... Read on...

    Posted on: April 20, 2012

    Council schedules district meetings in 3 communities

    Friday Apr 20 2012 9:37 AM

    The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Lakebay, Puyallup and Spanaway as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in... Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2012

    Pierce County expands popular Puget Sound Amateur to 2 golf courses

    Thursday Apr 19 2012 4:46 PM

    This spring's annual Puget Sound Amateur, one of the top golf championships in the Northwest, will span two days over two of Pierce County's most popular public courses.

    The 47th... Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2012

    Pierce County's sustainability efforts save $1.3 million

    Thursday Apr 19 2012 12:28 PM

    Pierce County saved more than $1.3 million in 2010 and 2011 by reducing its use of energy, water, fuel and office supplies, according to its second Annual Sustainability Index.

    The report,... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2012

    Pierce County to host Parks Appreciation Day events at 2 parks

    More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to get their hands dirty for Parks Appreciation Day this Saturday, April 21.

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation will be among 16 jurisdictions and organizations hosting clean-ups at... Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2012

    Ethics Commission schedules special meeting

    Tuesday Apr 17 2012 11:15 AM

    The Pierce County Ethics Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

    The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2012

    County helps convert Orting funeral home into food bank

    Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:19 PM

    Say good-bye to candelabras and flower stands. Today, the rooms of the former Power's Funeral Home in downtown Orting are lined with shelves and bins of food, fruits and vegetables. The... Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2012

    Chambers Bay goes gas-free for a day to celebrate Earth Day

    Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:09 PM

    It takes a lot of equipment and fuel to mow and maintain a 250-acre golf course like Chambers Bay. But on April 22 - Earth Day - not an ounce of gas will be used to maintain the course... Read on...

    Posted on: April 10, 2012

    Warner Webb selected as Pierce County fire marshal

    Tuesday Apr 10 2012 2:42 PM

    Warner Webb will assume the lead role in the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau on April 16, where he currently serves as a fire inspector.

    He came to Pierce County from the Whatcom... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2012

    Rethink and re-energize your habits on cleaning and trash

    Monday Apr 09 2012 11:13 AM

    Many Pierce County employees are in the midst of spring cleaning. As you clear out your closets and tackle the paper piles on your desk at work, you may already be thinking about the three... Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2012

    Lake Tapps at full recreational level

    Thursday Apr 05 2012 11:50 AM

    Cascade Water Alliance announced today that the water level in Lake Tapps has officially reached full recreational pool of 541.5 feet. Over the next week, the lake level will increase to... Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2012

    Turning in unused or expired medicines makes everyone safer

    Thursday Apr 05 2012 9:34 AM

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Airport commissions to discuss technology and economic impact

    Friday May 04 2012 12:54 PM

    The public is invited to a joint meeting of the two advisory commissions that represent the Pierce County-owned airports near Puyallup and Gig Harbor.

    The May 10 meeting features... Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2012

    Preservation grant applications now available

    Thursday Apr 05 2012 2:35 PM

    The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the 2012-13 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts in the Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Daffodil Festival royalty visits County Council

    Wednesday Apr 04 2012 2:54 PM

    Members of the Daffodil Festival's 2012 royal court visited the Pierce County Council yesterday to mark the 79th year that the festival has heralded the coming of spring to Pierce County... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Pierce County saves big on energy - you can too

    Wednesday Apr 04 2012 12:38 PM

    Pierce County is celebrating Energy Conservation Week by helping you conserve energy at work and home.

    Here's what to expect this week:

    Energy Conservation GiveawaysPierce... Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2012

    Pierce County's 'Biggest Losers' cut energy consumption

    Pierce County has reduced energy use by 12.4 percent since 2009, saving taxpayers $858,000.

    Staff in three Pierce County buildings have done exceptionally well with reducing energy and will receive the "Biggest Energy... Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2012

    County adopts strategy to prevent catastrophic flooding

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, April 3, to create a flood district that protects lives, homes, businesses and the entire regional economy from a catastrophic loss.

    On a 5-2 vote, the Council approved the... Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2012

    Report highlights performance audit findings

    The Pierce County Performance Audit Committee has released its 2011 Annual Report, which focuses on Juvenile Court, the Criminal Justice Dashboard, Human Resources and natural resource lands management.

    "Performance... Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2012

    Auditor to host annual candidate workshop, April 5

    Friday Mar 30 2012 9:31 AM

    With election season upon us, the Pierce County Auditor's Office annual candidate's workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the Pierce County... Read on...

    Posted on: March 20, 2012

    $6.95 million secured for I-5 interchange analyses near JBLM

    Tuesday Mar 20 2012 12:55 PM

    Commuters are a step closer to seeing traffic relief along the corridor serving Joint Base Lewis-McChord thanks to $6.9 million provided by the Washington Legislature.

    The funding,... Read on...

    Posted on: March 19, 2012

    Read with a Daffodil princess

    Monday Mar 19 2012 3:05 PM

    Enjoy storytime with Daffodil Princesses on Saturday, March 24 at various libraries throughout Pierce County. The princesses will read stories, talk with the children, be available for photos... Read on...

    Posted on: March 16, 2012

    137 Pierce County volunteers honored

    Longtime 4-H leader Cathy Swenson will be honored as the Volunteer of the Year during the 34th annual Pierce County Volunteer Recognition Brunch on Saturday, March 17.

    Swenson has volunteered with 4-H for nearly 50 years.... Read on...

    Posted on: March 14, 2012

    Councilman Roach schedules 2 Town Hall meetings

    Wednesday Mar 14 2012 2:45 PM

    Pierce County Councilman Dan Roach will hold two Town Hall meetings this month to discuss the proposed Flood Control Zone District and other local topics of interest.

    The District 1... Read on...

    Posted on: March 8, 2012

    County Executive's statement regarding port's growth

    Thursday Mar 08 2012 3:10 PM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the DUI patrol watching for St. Patrick's Day revelers

    Thursday Mar 08 2012 9:40 AM

    For drinking drivers, it will take more than a four-leaf clover to avoid a DUI this St. Patrick's Day.

    Officers, deputies and troopers from Pierce County law enforcement agencies will... Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2012

    President Obama approves disaster declaration for winter storm response

    Tuesday Mar 06 2012 12:13 PM

    Gov. Chris Gregoire thanked President Obama for his timely approval of a disaster declaration for public infrastructure damages and emergency response costs in 11 Washington counties suffered... Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2012

    Free job fair for students and those with developmental disabilities

    Tuesday Mar 06 2012 11:54 AM

    Job seekers and students with disabilities can attend a free conference called "Tools 4 Success" to help prepare them for their job searches and employment.

    The half-day employment... Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2012

    Thieves steal life saving fire equipment

    Monday Mar 05 2012 12:08 PM

    Last week, during routine inspections, the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau discovered a number of missing fire department connections that are typically found next to, or on the outside of... Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2012

    Workshop focuses on financial security for women

    Monday Mar 05 2012 11:35 AM

    At first glance, it may be difficult to believe that women's financial needs are all that different from men's. However, women face unique challenges that translate to different financial... Read on...

    Posted on: March 2, 2012

    Craig Adams, Meagan Foley appointed to Court Commissioner posts

    Craig Adams, the longtime legal advisor to the Pierce County sheriff, has been appointed as a Superior Court Commissioner.

    The appointment marks a return to the bench for Adams, who served as a Court Commissioner for two... Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    County Council to meet in Frederickson

    Wednesday Feb 29 2012 10:43 AM

    The Pierce County Council will hold its March 6 meeting in Frederickson.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, holds... Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    Pierce County releases plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards

    Draft Environmental Impact Statement for plan also available

    Pierce County on Feb. 29 released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated... Read on...

    Posted on: February 28, 2012

    Lake Tapps to be refilled mid-March

    Tuesday Feb 28 2012 11:33 AM

    The following is the 2012 Lake Tapps Spring Refill Update from Cascade Water Alliance and the Lake Tapps Community Council:

    Cascade will begin the spring refill of Lake Tapps as early as... Read on...

    Posted on: February 27, 2012

    Medical Examiner earns national certification

    The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office has received national accreditation, ranking it among the best death investigation facilities in the United States.

    "This certification is a measure of quality assurance... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Last chance for free storm debris disposal

    Friday Feb 24 2012 9:27 AM

    Sunday, Feb. 26 is your last chance to dispose of storm debris of any size for free at select Pierce County transfer stations.

    Hidden Valley17925 Meridian Street ESeven days a... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Executive taps Dennis Hanberg as planning director

    Citing his vast experience in the private and public sectors, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected veteran planning manager Dennis Hanberg to lead the Department of Planning and Land Services.

    Hanberg has... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Gov. Gregoire requests federal disaster declaration for winter storm damage

    Friday Feb 24 2012 11:24 AM

    {Forwarded in the community interest by the Department of Communications}

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked President Obama to declare a federal disaster area in 11 Washington counties for... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Executive co-sponsors light-rail plan for Federal Way

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors on Feb. 23 unanimously approved an amendment to the agency's 2012 budget to provide $24.3 million in additional funding for establishing a shovel-ready plan to extend light rail from... Read on...

    Posted on: February 17, 2012

    Free storm debris disposal ends Feb. 26

    Friday Feb 17 2012 3:58 PM

    If you have put off cleaning up after the January snow and ice storm, time is running out to take advantage of free storm debris disposal. Pierce County's program will wrap up on Sunday, Feb... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Council endorses E-Verify; opposes state legislation

    Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:37 PM

    The Pierce County Council is sending a message to the Washington Legislature: Don't take away the county's ability to protect local jobs for legal residents, said Councilmember Dick Muri... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Youth violence prevention experts needed

    Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:09 PM

    Money is available from Pierce County's Department of Community Connections for organizations to develop Youth Violence Prevention Programs.

    Community Connections recently announced the... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Pierce County receives $450,000 for Puyallup River flood study

    Pierce County announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $450,000 to continue studying strategies to address significant flooding issues along the Puyallup River.

    Known as the Puyallup River General... Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2012

    Chambers Bay named America’s Top Municipal Course by LINKS Magazine

    LINKS Magazine's recently published list of the Top Municipal Courses in the United States ranks Chambers Bay No. 1. The links-style course, owned by Pierce County and managed by KemperSports Management since 2007, hosted... Read on...

    Posted on: February 2, 2012

    Jozef Sabovcik and local figure skaters featured in Feb. 10-12 ice show

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    Thursday Feb 02 2012 2:53 PM

    The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2012 ice show, "Reflections on Ice - Celebration, the Next Generation."... Read on...

    Posted on: January 30, 2012

    Big crowd enjoys Sprinker ice rink's opening day

    Sprinker Ice Rink

    More than 400 skaters of all ages and abilities tried out Sprinker Recreation Center's new-and-improved ice rink on Jan. 28, which opened to the public after an eight-month renovation.

    County Executive Pat McCarthy... Read on...

    Posted on: January 12, 2012

    Project LOCATE: New program finds missing, vulnerable people

    Thursday Jan 12 2012 9:56 AM

    You've seen the news reports all too often: someone with a developmental disability or a medical condition such as dementia or autism wanders away, and first responders and volunteers scour... Read on...

    Posted on: January 10, 2012

    Council selects McDonald as new chair; Talbert tabbed as vice chair

    Pierce County Councilmembers voted Tuesday, Jan. 10 to select veteran lawmaker Joyce McDonald (District 2) as Council Chair for 2012.

    In a demonstration of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-led Council also selected... Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2012

    District Court completes move; begins operations in new courtrooms

    Pierce County District Court, which handles more than 175,000 cases a year, is saving taxpayer money by consolidating operations.

    Effective Monday, Jan. 9, the court's traffic and civil calendars moved to newly... Read on...

    Posted on: January 4, 2012

    Flags lowered for Ranger Margaret Anderson

    Wednesday Jan 04 2012 3:39 PM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has directed that flags in Pierce County facilities be lowered to half-staff until further notice in honor of Margaret Anderson, the Mount Rainier... Read on...


    Assessor-Treasurer

    2 Stories
    Posted on: March 18, 2014

    Pay your property taxes online

    A message from your Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer:

    Thank you for your patience! The "Pay Property Taxes Online" tab on the Assessor-Treasurer’s home page www... Read on...

    Posted on: June 14, 2012

    Property value notices to be mailed June 22

    The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer's office will begin mailing notices of value for most residential and commercial properties in Pierce County on June 22.

    The notices provide taxpayers with their assessed values as... Read on...


    Auditor

    27 Stories
    Posted on: April 18, 2014

    2014 Special Election Results Release Schedule

    Tuesday, April 22 Election Day
    8:15 p.m. (includes ballots processed through Election Day)
    9:30 p.m. (includes voting center results)
    Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday, April 24, 4 p.m.
    Friday,... Read on...

    Posted on: March 24, 2014

    Auditor’s Office hosts annual Candidate’s Workshop

    Calling all candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s Office annual candidate’s workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at:
    Pierce County Election Center
    2501 S.... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    County Auditor launches new look for recorded document searches

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office records 250,000 public documents each year, including deeds, liens, foreclosures, maps and more. Approximately 38,000 people visit the Auditor’s Office website to access these records.... Read on...

    Posted on: December 27, 2013

    Auditor’s Office to open early for Seahawks, Sounder FC plates

    The Pierce County Auditor’s Office will open at 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014 to kick off the team license plate sales featuring Seahawks and Sounder FC themes. The license plates will carry an iconic symbol for each team – the... Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2013

    2013 General Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATES
    Election Day Nov. 5, Results at 8:15 p.m.
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Nov. 26 at 11 a.m... Read on...

    Posted on: September 16, 2013

    Pet owners, avoid late fees in October

    Forgot to license your pets? Worried about late fees?

    Take advantage of a unique chance to avoid all late fees during our Pet License Amnesty month.

    Next month, residents in unincorporated Pierce County, Tacoma,... Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2013

    Third annual Pierce County Citizenship Celebration

    The public is invited to join the celebration and watch as approximately 100 immigrants become new citizens, sworn in by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office Director Linda Dougherty. The ceremony will be... Read on...

    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    Auditor seeks appointment of “Against” committee members for voters’ pamphlet

    The Auditor’s Office announces the opening of a special appointment period. Individuals are needed to write “Against” statements for the Nov. 5, 2013 General Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following districts:

    • ... Read on...

    Posted on: August 2, 2013

    2013 Primary Election Results Release Schedule

    KEY DATESElection Day Aug. 6, Results at 8:15 p.m.Canvassing Board Meeting – Voter intent Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon
    Canvassing Board Meeting – Certification Aug. 20 at 11 a.m.

    IMPORTANT... Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings... Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2013

    Auditor announces 3-day filing period for open seats

    A special 3-day candidate filing period will be held June 5-7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. State law requires a reopening of the filing period when no one files for a position during the regular filing period... Read on...

    Posted on: February 19, 2013

    Property tax payment envelopes missing return address

    Pierce County property tax statements that were mailed last week are missing one small element - the county's return address on the payment stubs.

    Not to worry, though. The envelopes provided with the property tax... Read on...

    Posted on: March 26, 2013

    Candidate workshop set for April 3

    Calling all election candidates! The Pierce County Auditor’s annual candidates’ workshop is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the Pierce County Election Center, 2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C,... Read on...

    Posted on: February 20, 2013

    Auditor’s Office seeks appointment of voter pamphlet “Against” committee members

    The Pierce County Auditor's Elections Division is seeking individuals interested in writing “Against” statements for the April 23, 2013 Special Election local voters’ pamphlet in the following Districts:

    • Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: December 26, 2012

    Auditor seeks volunteers to write "against" statement for Puyallup schools measure

    The Puyallup School District No. 3 has placed a $279.6 million General Obligation Bond on the Feb. 12, 2013 Special Election ballot. Read the Resolution and... Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    Pierce Transit boundary changes prompt voter calls

    Anxious voters are calling the Pierce County Auditor's Office because Pierce Transit Proposition 1 does not appear on their ballots.

    "Some voters think they have been issued the wrong ballot, but they have forgotten... Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2012

    Petition filed for return of seized horses

    Tuesday Oct 16 2012 12:47 PM

    Animal owner John Diller filed a petition for the return of the 39 horses in Pierce County District Court. The Pierce County Auditor's office was served with a copy on Oct. 15. A hearing... Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2012

    Voter registration deadline fast approaching

    Wednesday Oct 03 2012 3:33 PM

    To vote in the upcoming presidential election you first must be registered.

    Saturday, Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote or change your address by mail. Mail-in registration forms... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    Public can donate to help care for 39 seized horses

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 4:00 PM

    Offers of help are pouring into the Pierce County Auditor's Office as Animal Control officers wrap up seizing 39 horses amid an investigation of neglect.

    "Responding to people's... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    39 horses being seized from Graham property

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:57 PM

    Pierce County Animal Control officers are in the process of seizing 39 horses this morning from a property in the area of the 30800 block of Meridian East.

    Animal Control officers served a... Read on...

    Posted on: September 17, 2012

    Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 22

    Monday Sep 17 2012 1:07 PM

    The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. citizenship ceremony at the Mount Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th Street, Tacoma on Sept. 22.

    Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are... Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2012

    Auditor announces mandatory recounts

    Wednesday Aug 22 2012 9:56 AM

    Pierce County will conduct mandatory recounts in the race for Pierce County Council District No. 4 and to determine the new Precinct Committee Officer in a Fife precinct.

    The recount will... Read on...

    Posted on: August 9, 2012

    Change to Pierce County election results release schedule for Aug. 9

    Thursday Aug 09 2012 1:16 PM

    The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 7 p.m. today instead of 4 p.m. You can find results online at www... Read on...

    Posted on: June 29, 2012

    Pierce County Auditor answers questions about Aug. 7 primary election

    If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you're not alone.

    Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 is Election Day. On July 12, 2012, every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters' Pamphlet.... Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2012

    Pierce County announces an additional results release for Wednesday, Aug. 8

    Wednesday Aug 08 2012 2:22 PM

    The Pierce County Auditor will release updated election results at 4 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. You can find results online at Pierce County Auditor answers questions about Aug. 7 primary election

    If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you're not alone.

    Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 is Election Day. On July 12, 2012, every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters' Pamphlet.... Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2012

    Auditor to host annual candidate workshop, April 5

    Friday Mar 30 2012 9:31 AM

    With election season upon us, the Pierce County Auditor's Office annual candidate's workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

    The workshop will be held at the Pierce County... Read on...


    Boards & Commissions

    2 Stories
    Posted on: April 1, 2013

    Board of Equalization alternate member vacancy

    Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy for an Alternate Member on the Pierce County Board of Equalization. The seven-member board hears appeals from taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value of their... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...


    Budget & Finance

    1 Story
    Posted on: December 3, 2012

    County selects Tracy Guerin as deputy director of Budget & Finance

    Tracy Guerin, a top manager of Washington State government, has been selected as the deputy director of the Pierce County Budget and Finance Department... Read on...


    Chambers Bay

    3 Stories
    Posted on: May 23, 2012

    Larson fires sizzling 67 to capture first Puget Sound Amateur golf title

    Wednesday May 23 2012 11:58 AM

    Craig Larson from Tacoma Firs Golf Center came from one shot back to capture the 47th Puget Sound Amateur by four shots over first-round leaders Alex Williams of West Seattle and Bryan Jan... Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2012

    Chambers Bay goes gas-free for a day to celebrate Earth Day

    Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:09 PM

    It takes a lot of equipment and fuel to mow and maintain a 250-acre golf course like Chambers Bay. But on April 22 - Earth Day - not an ounce of gas will be used to maintain the course... Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2012

    Chambers Bay named America’s Top Municipal Course by LINKS Magazine

    LINKS Magazine's recently published list of the Top Municipal Courses in the United States ranks Chambers Bay No. 1. The links-style course, owned by Pierce County and managed by KemperSports Management since 2007, hosted... Read on...


    Communications

    9 Stories
    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    PCTV wins 5 first-place programming awards

    Pierce County TV, which produces videos about people, programs and events in the region, won five first-place awards for programming by a leading national industry group.

    Judges with the National Association of... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    PCTV earns 2 EMMY nominations

    Pierce County TV, which manages government access programming for the county and six of its cities and towns, has earned two EMMY nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Winners will be... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Pierce County team receives Open Government Award

    A team of Pierce County employees who redesigned part of the county's website to make it much easier for citizens to access public records were honored... Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2012

    New websites boost Pierce County's online services

    Pierce County has launched a major redesign of three websites that significantly upgrades the public's ability to stay informed about programs and services.

    The sites, launched on Nov. 18, offer new tools and features... Read on...

    Posted on: October 8, 2012

    PCTV wins 12 national awards

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    Monday Oct 08 2012 2:05 PM

    Pierce County Television, which provides information and transparency for local governments, was recently recognized in 12 award categories by a national industry association.

    PCTV's... Read on...

    Posted on: June 14, 2012

    Pierce County wins awards for online improvements

    Pierce County has won two national awards for creating online tools that streamline the building permit process and improve the management of electronic records in the criminal justice system.

    The National Association of... Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2012

    Rainier Country earns EMMY nomination

    Wednesday Apr 25 2012 11:21 AM

    A Pierce County TV (PCTV) video production has been nominated for a Northwest Regional EMMY by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    The news magazine show Rainier... Read on...

    Posted on: March 16, 2012

    137 Pierce County volunteers honored

    Longtime 4-H leader Cathy Swenson will be honored as the Volunteer of the Year during the 34th annual Pierce County Volunteer Recognition Brunch on Saturday, March 17.

    Swenson has volunteered with 4-H for nearly 50 years.... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Pierce County receives $450,000 for Puyallup River flood study

    Pierce County announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $450,000 to continue studying strategies to address significant flooding issues along the Puyallup River.

    Known as the Puyallup River General... Read on...


    Community Connections

    44 Stories
    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Social Security benefits help people with a ticket to work

    Individuals with disabilities encounter numerous barriers to employment. Those frustrating walls hinder gainful employment and reduce self-sufficiency. But Social Security provides many effective work incentives that can be... Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2014

    Long term care insurance: Get the impartial facts

    Only about 10% of adults have long term care insurance. Given that Medicare does not cover long term care, how smart is that?

    Long term care can be expensive. Long term care insurance is expensive. Pierce County Read on...

    Posted on: March 31, 2014

    Community Connections Citizens Advisory Board seeks members

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking citizen members to serve on an advisory board that makes funding recommendations for community development grants.

    Members of the Pierce County Citizens’... Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2014

    Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center has scheduled an additional “Writing Your Will” workshop for Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

    The free event will be held at the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Family HOPE Center... Read on...

    Posted on: January 27, 2014

    Workshop explores successful family caregiving

    The vast majority of health care provided in the United States – 89% of it – happens at home. Nearly one in three households is involved in family caregiving – either directly or indirectly. But for most caregivers, there is... Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2014

    Bonney Lake remembers father of 3 killed by man with earlier vehicular homicide conviction

    With the erection of two roadside memorial signs and a special DUI enforcement this weekend in Bonney Lake, family members urge the public to remember the life of Gary Slick, who was killed in one of Pierce County’s most... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Community Connections Grant keeps Parkland kids smiling

    Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC) in Parkland is doing their part to make a positive impact in Pierce County for low-income children with unmet dental needs. Thanks to a grant from Pierce County Community... Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2014

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few... Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Homeless Coalition seeks volunteers

    For those of us living in the northwest, the cold, damp winter seems endless by this time of the year. Imagine being one of the 670 homeless individuals who slept outside or in an emergency shelter in your neighborhood last... Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Volunteers sought for youth violence prevention program

    The Department of Community Connections seeks volunteers to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government on the use of tax dollars set aside for youth... Read on...

    Posted on: January 7, 2014

    Knowing how to make a Will saves problems later

    There are some topics that people are reluctant to think about. While 60% of adults said they believe everyone should have a will, only 44% said they have one. The reality is that a Will is an essential document for any... Read on...

    Posted on: December 10, 2013

    Tow companies, volunteers and cops team up to keep holiday roads safe

    Law enforcement officers who began removing impaired drivers from Pierce County roads Thanksgiving Day are urging potential drinking drivers to call taxis and line-up sober designated drivers again this weekend.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: November 21, 2013

    Dangers of holiday scams and frauds highlighted

    December always sees a spike in the number of scams, frauds and identity thefts by crooks taking advantage of the fast paced holiday season. Many of these crimes happen because shoppers are a little less attentive to their... Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2013

    How Community Connections helps a family coping with dementia

    Lonnie and Rannah

    Every day is a good day for Raanah Aanstead. But three days each week, she is in the best place. “People make me smile,” she said. “They make me feel special.”

    For a little over a year, Raanah has been coming to Cascade... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Help provided for individuals and families suffering addiction

    Many individuals and families suffer silently under the shadow of addiction. When alcohol or prescription drugs take over a person’s life, those nearby are impacted too. It can happen in any family – rich or poor, large or... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    DUI task force's taxi program kicks-off Sept. 28

    Fun-seekers heading for 6th Avenue’s nightclubs this Saturday night in Tacoma will have help scoring a taxi ride home if they’ve had too much to drink.

    The rides - the first 25 of which will be free for groups sharing a... Read on...

    Posted on: August 27, 2013

    Grandparenting has a new look in 2013

    Grandparenting these days presents many new opportunities. But it also requires some approaches that were unheard of twenty years ago. The advent of technology and the experiences that youngsters have today create a whole... Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Workshop prepares businesses for the Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving closer to full implementation. Washington State has chosen to establish a Health Benefit Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and businesses (with less than 50 employees) can shop... Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2013

    Film explores depths of what makes us who we are

    The Alzheimer’s journey is just another story – until it hits home. When Ann Hedreen’s mother began the battle with Alzheimer’s, it was only natural for the daughter – a professional filmmaker – to pick up her camera and... Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2013

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few... Read on...

    Posted on: June 6, 2013

    Get the facts about sun safety before summer arrives

    Even the Stone Age people knew the sun brought life on Earth and that is one reason they used to worship it. But the sun can both heal and destroy. Sunlight can be the kiss of life or death. It depends on the way we use it.... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Cops step-up Cinco de Mayo DUI and liquor enforcement

    As communities throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties bring out their sombreros and Mariachi guitars in anticipation of the coming Cinco de Mayo weekend, law enforcement is making its own plans.

    Beginning on... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Birthday party leads to 24 underage drinking arrests

    A Party Intervention Patrol on April 6 coordinated by the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force resulted in the arrest of 24 youth, ages... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

    People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Community Cafe's will help guide services in Pierce County

    Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) will host a series of three Community Cafés to help draft the 2014-2015 Area Plan Update. The Area Plan... Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2013

    Universal Design Workshop shows how to stay at home

    People buy homes to suit their practical needs – kids, hobbies, interests, neighborhoods and more. But those needs invariably change over time. In order to stay in a home and enjoy the benefits, careful thought has to be put... Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2013

    Free special needs transportation expands in rural Pierce County

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    Community Connections is expanding special needs transportation in rural Pierce County. The “Beyond the Borders Connector,” a four-month pilot project, provides eligible riders with a link to services in rural communities.... Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2013

    Forum offers tips for businesses to combat cyber crime

    Leaders in combating cyber crime and business identity theft will talk about trends and solutions for local companies at a forum on March 20 in Lakewood.

    The forum, jointly sponsored by the Economic Development... Read on...

    Posted on: March 4, 2013

    Going to – and leaving – the hospital takes planning

    A stay in the hospital used to be a pretty simple thing. Patients went in when they were sick and left when they were better. Today, a hospital stay is much more complicated. Patients leave the hospital with ever more... Read on...

    Posted on: February 1, 2013

    "Drive sober or get pulled over" Super Bowl weekend

    Be sure to plan a safe ride home this weekend. The Target Zero Teams in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will be out this Super Bowl weekend looking for impaired drivers.

    “Football fans look forward to spending the... Read on...

    Posted on: January 31, 2013

    Film explores Alzheimer’s from the inside

    One of every eight people over 65 years has Alzheimer’s. Over half of all families are touched by Alzheimer’s. There is no cure for the disease. But there is hope.

    “HOPEless” is a special showing of two documentary... Read on...

    Posted on: January 16, 2013

    Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits

    The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center will host an additional presentation of “Social Security After Retirement” on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Pierce County Soundview Building, 3611 S. D Street in Tacoma, from 4... Read on...

    Posted on: January 23, 2013

    Learn the ins and outs of Medicaid

    Health care costs continue to climb. Many people presume that in one way or another Medicare and/or Medicaid will pay for care, especially long term care.

    Medicaid, a program financed jointly by the federal and state... Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2013

    Volunteers Needed to conduct Pierce County's annual homeless survey

    The Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness seek volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County.... Read on...

    Posted on: January 2, 2013

    Workshop offers guidance for aging parents of children with disabilities

    Parents of children with a life-long developmental disability, chronic illness or mental health condition often face a lifetime of challenges, successes, sorrows, and joys.

    But what happens when aging parents develop... Read on...

    Posted on: December 12, 2012

    Holiday revelers can get a free ride home instead of a DUI

    The Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, in partnership with the Pierce County Tower’s Association and Aloha Cab Company, is kicking off... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    County seeks applications for community grants

    Pierce County is soliciting applications for $800,000 in federal grants aimed at improving living conditions in lower income areas.

    The grants will be offered to nonprofit, public and government agencies from the U.S.... Read on...

    Posted on: October 29, 2012

    Workshop prepares families for difficult conversations

    Monday Oct 29 2012 11:42 AM

    The holidays bring families together. It's a chance to catch up and share news. But it's also a chance to check up on older relatives and other loved ones who may be at risk... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    DUI Patrol and Home Safe Bar Program hits Tacoma streets

    Thursday Sep 27 2012 9:56 AM

    Pierce County's Target Zero law enforcement team dedicated to reducing the number of people killed by impaired drivers is headed for Tacoma the weekend of Sept. 29.

    The team has arrested... Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs volunteers sought

    Friday Sep 21 2012 10:29 AM

    The Pierce County Department of Community Connections is seeking new members to serve on the Allocation Advisory Committee for Prevention Programs, an advisory body to Pierce County government... Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2012

    County helps convert Orting funeral home into food bank

    Wednesday Apr 11 2012 2:19 PM

    Say good-bye to candelabras and flower stands. Today, the rooms of the former Power's Funeral Home in downtown Orting are lined with shelves and bins of food, fruits and vegetables. The... Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2012

    Free job fair for students and those with developmental disabilities

    Tuesday Mar 06 2012 11:54 AM

    Job seekers and students with disabilities can attend a free conference called "Tools 4 Success" to help prepare them for their job searches and employment.

    The half-day employment... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Youth violence prevention experts needed

    Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:09 PM

    Money is available from Pierce County's Department of Community Connections for organizations to develop Youth Violence Prevention Programs.

    Community Connections recently announced the... Read on...

    Posted on: August 1, 2012

    Pierce County breaks ground on Energy Star certified housing

    The Woods

    With one ceremonial dig in an empty lot, County Executive Pat McCarthy kicked off construction of a new community in Pierce County – The Woods at Golden Given. Volunteers, contractors and community partners will now begin... Read on...


    County Council

    35 Stories
    Posted on: April 24, 2014

    County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

    Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014,... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Floodwater protection measures coming for residents of Midland

    Pierce County’s Flood Control Zone District – a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2014

    McDonald leads county in recognizing Pierce County READS program

    Members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution yesterday that draws attention to the largest community reading event around. Read on...

    Posted on: March 3, 2014

    Council meetings near Lake Tapps, Parkland and Gig Harbor seek input on shoreline regulations

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated April 2 to reflect the Council's decision to delay final action and hold more public hearings in the summer.

    The Pierce County Council seeks public input as it prepares... Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2014

    County Council toughens rules for addressing blighted properties

    The Pierce County Council has voted to toughen the rules for abandoned or blighted properties in unincorporated areas in an effort to protect neighborhoods.

    The Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to close gaps in the... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    Pierce Transit Board selects Rick Talbert as chairman

    At its regular meeting on February 10, 2014, Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners elected Rick Talbert as its Chair, effective March 1, 2014.

    Talbert replaces Marilyn Strickland, whose second one-year term as Chair... Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Councils appoint Jesse Young, Graham Hunt to House seats

    Meeting in two joint sessions in one day, the Pierce County Council teamed up with officials from neighboring counties to appoint Jesse Young and Graham Hunt to vacant positions in the Washington State House of... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    County Council elects Dan Roach as chair

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, to elect Councilmember Dan Roach as chairman for 2014.

    "This is a great honor and responsibility, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve," said Roach, who is... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    New levee will protect people, help salmon

    Construction begins Thursday on a $16 million project that will reduce the risk of floods throughout the Puyallup River valley, create new habitat for salmon and produce more than 230 local jobs.

    Federal, state and local... Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2013

    County Council's Dec. 4 meeting to be held in Parkland

    Next week's regular meeting of the Pierce County Council will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at a fire station in Parkland.

    The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Station 61, located at 100 S.... Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

    Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

    The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV... Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2013

    County Council to consider protecting shooting ranges during Aug. 13 meeting in Orting

    The Pierce County Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that protects shooting ranges from noise and nuisance actions during an Aug. 13 meeting in Orting.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers... Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2013

    Verizon Foundation awards grant for Family Justice Center services

    The Verizon Foundation has awarded $6,433 to the Family Justice Center Foundation Fund with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to fund... Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    PCTV airs U.S. Open presentation to County Council

    PCTV video

    If you missed last week’s U.S. Open presentation to the Pierce County Council, it can be viewed at various times on PCTV and online any time. ... Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    County Council blocks pot industry until rules are ready

    The Pierce County Council unanimously voted Tuesday, July 2, to delay the start of the marijuana market until state licensing rules are set and the county adopts permanent zoning regulations.

    Last fall, Washington state... Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    County Council appoints McCann, Muri to vacant seats

    The Pierce County Council filled two key vacancies in the community on Tuesday, July 2.

    First, the Council voted 7-0 to appoint Kevin McCann as a judge on the Pierce County District Court bench. McCann, who has served the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2013

    Advisory: Process for filling vacant Senate seat

    The process for appointing someone to the vacant 28th District Senate seat is governed by Article II, Section 15 of the Washington State Constitution.

    · Since Sen. Mike Carrell was a Republican, the County Central... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Flemming, Figueroa elected to leadership of Rainier Communications Commission

    Pierce County Councilmember Stan Flemming and University Place City Councilmember Javier Figueroa have been elected to leadership positions with the Rainier Communications Commission, which advises local jurisdictions on... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

    The ceremony... Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2013

    Council schedules in-district meetings in 3 communities

    The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Graham, North Tacoma and Parkland as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the... Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    Celebrate completion of Key Center crosswalk Feb. 27

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a new crosswalk in Key Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Key Center Fire Station No. 46, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway KPN... Read on...

    Posted on: January 15, 2013

    4 County Council members start terms

    The Pierce County Council opened its 2013 work on Tuesday, Jan. 15, by welcoming the return of one member and adding three new faces.

    Joyce McDonald (District 2) took the oath of office after winning a second four-year... Read on...

    Posted on: November 30, 2012

    Council to hold Dec. 4 meeting in Northeast Tacoma

    The Pierce County Council will hold its Dec. 4 regular meeting in the Northeast Tacoma area as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the... Read on...

    Posted on: November 26, 2012

    Council to hold Nov. 27 meeting in Summit/Midland

    The Pierce County Council will hold its Nov. 27 regular meeting in the Summit/Midland area as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the... Read on...

    Posted on: November 14, 2012

    County Council adopts responsible, balanced budget for 2013

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, Nov. 13, to adopt a "responsible and fiscally sound" budget for 2013 that reduces general-government spending.

    The budget, approved on a 7-0 vote, did not include a... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Council ready to approve 2013 budget on Nov. 13

    The Pierce County Council is set to approve a 2013 budget that trims spending while protecting core public safety services.

    In public meetings on Nov. 5-6, the Council voted to make a number of adjustments to the budget... Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2012

    County Council sets hearings for 2013 budget

    Monday Oct 15 2012 12:51 PM

    The Pierce County Council will hold at least eight public hearings over the next two weeks to ask questions and discuss key spending areas before it adopts a 2013 budget.

    The Council will... Read on...

    Posted on: April 20, 2012

    Council schedules district meetings in 3 communities

    Friday Apr 20 2012 9:37 AM

    The Pierce County Council will hold upcoming meetings in Lakebay, Puyallup and Spanaway as part of its practice of taking government on the road.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Daffodil Festival royalty visits County Council

    Wednesday Apr 04 2012 2:54 PM

    Members of the Daffodil Festival's 2012 royal court visited the Pierce County Council yesterday to mark the 79th year that the festival has heralded the coming of spring to Pierce County... Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2012

    County adopts strategy to prevent catastrophic flooding

    The Pierce County Council voted Tuesday, April 3, to create a flood district that protects lives, homes, businesses and the entire regional economy from a catastrophic loss.

    On a 5-2 vote, the Council approved the... Read on...

    Posted on: March 28, 2012

    Report highlights performance audit findings

    The Pierce County Performance Audit Committee has released its 2011 Annual Report, which focuses on Juvenile Court, the Criminal Justice Dashboard, Human Resources and natural resource lands management.

    "Performance... Read on...

    Posted on: March 14, 2012

    Councilman Roach schedules 2 Town Hall meetings

    Wednesday Mar 14 2012 2:45 PM

    Pierce County Councilman Dan Roach will hold two Town Hall meetings this month to discuss the proposed Flood Control Zone District and other local topics of interest.

    The District 1... Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    County Council to meet in Frederickson

    Wednesday Feb 29 2012 10:43 AM

    The Pierce County Council will hold its March 6 meeting in Frederickson.

    The Council, which normally meets Tuesdays in its chambers in the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma, holds... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Council endorses E-Verify; opposes state legislation

    Tuesday Feb 14 2012 3:37 PM

    The Pierce County Council is sending a message to the Washington Legislature: Don't take away the county's ability to protect local jobs for legal residents, said Councilmember Dick Muri... Read on...

    Posted on: January 10, 2012

    Council selects McDonald as new chair; Talbert tabbed as vice chair

    Pierce County Councilmembers voted Tuesday, Jan. 10 to select veteran lawmaker Joyce McDonald (District 2) as Council Chair for 2012.

    In a demonstration of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-led Council also selected... Read on...


    County Executive

    48 Stories
    Posted on: April 24, 2014

    County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

    Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014,... Read on...

    Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Chambers Bay posts record revenues as U.S. Open excitement builds

    Chambers Bay Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open.

    The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat... Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2014

    Executive McCarthy directs staff to further analyze landslide risks

    The following is a statement by County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding landslide risks in Pierce County:

    In the wake of the Oso slide, I convened a meeting of county experts in such areas as land-use planning, emergency... Read on...

    Posted on: February 18, 2014

    Executive McCarthy: Frederickson plant remains important part of Boeing’s future

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding Boeing’s decision to... Read on...

    Posted on: February 12, 2014

    Medical Examiner partners with SightLife to increase organ and tissue donations

    As many as 300 people will receive sight-restoring transplants each year thanks to an innovative partnership between the Pierce County Medical Examiner and SightLife, a global nonprofit focused on eliminating corneal... Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2014

    Volunteer applications now available for 2015 U.S. Open Championship

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chambers Bay announced on Feb. 10 that volunteer applications for the 115th U.S. Open Championship are now available. The 2015 U.S. Open, the first to be played in the Pacific... Read on...

    Posted on: December 9, 2013

    Civil Service Commission seeks applicants

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The... Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

    Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

    The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV... Read on...

    Posted on: July 15, 2013

    Pierce County to host 2nd Aerospace Summit in July

    Pierce County’s second Aerospace Summit will offer valuable updates from experts in manufacturing technology and workforce training as the region continues its push for a larger stake in the global market.

    The summit,... Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings... Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2013

    Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

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    Pierce County expects to reduce flood risk along two sections of the Puyallup River with projects set for this summer.

    Construction has begun on a 2,000-foot-long side channel near Orting, and work on another project that... Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2013

    Hospitality sales begin for 2015 U.S. Open for Chambers Bay

    2015 U.S. Open logo

    The United States Golf Association (USGA) has opened corporate hospitality sales for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

    The U.S. Open will be conducted June 15-21, 2015, which... Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

    Derelict Pile

    Portions of a public beach will close for about three weeks in July while Pierce County removes approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from the shoreline along Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.

    Work... Read on...

    Posted on: June 26, 2013

    Niagara Bottling, LLC to create jobs with new plant in Frederickson

    Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: May 29, 2013

    Executive McCarthy’s statement about the passing of Sen. Carrell

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell:

    “Mike was passionate about public service. He worked hard to hold state government accountable for its... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

    The ceremony... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    County Executive pleased as Sen. Conway's mental competency bill signed into law

    Jails in Pierce County face a backlog of inmates waiting for mental competency evaluations, creating additional pressure on already thin resources and in some cases threatening public safety. A bill signed by Gov. Jay... Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2013

    Seattle tunnel project creates jobs in Pierce County

    When the 1.8-mile SR 99 tunnel opens to traffic in 2015, it will rely on the strength of 1,450 precast concrete rings fabricated with pinpoint precision at a newly expanded plant in Pierce County.

    Dozens of community and... Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport to remain open until Sept. 30

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 10 the contract control towers at Tacoma Narrows Airport and 148 other airports will remain open until... Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

    The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill an expired Ethics Commission position. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government... Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2013

    Executive McCarthy elected president of Puget Sound Regional Council

    SEATTLE - Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth planning in a thriving four-county region.

    McCarthy, serving her second term as Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2013

    Executive McCarthy hails State Farm decision as latest sign of region’s economic vitality

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding State Farm’s announcement on April 19:

    “Pierce County welcomes State Farm’s decision to open an Initial Loss Reporting center in downtown... Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2013

    Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

    Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

    “Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

    Sprinker ice rink

    Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

    The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011.... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

    People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Executive McCarthy selects Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

    Lowell Porter

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced Monday, April 15, she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his... Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2013

    FAA delays closure of contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport until June 15

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2013

    Pierce County team receives Open Government Award

    A team of Pierce County employees who redesigned part of the county's website to make it much easier for citizens to access public records were honored... Read on...

    Posted on: March 21, 2013

    Pierce County lowers flags in memory of former Governor and Executive Booth Gardner

    Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered that flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in memory of former Gov. Booth Gardner, who passed away last Friday. State flags will remain at half-staff until close of... Read on...

    Posted on: January 28, 2013

    Jobs float in, SR 520 pontoons float out: Tacoma pontoon construction boosts local economy

    Six more pontoons are complete for the new State Route 520 floating bridge. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor joined state and local leaders in Tacoma today, as Washington State Department of Transportation crews began... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    McCarthy takes the oath of office for 2nd term

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    County Executive Pat McCarthy officially took the oath of office on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 for her second term that begins next month.

    McCarthy was re-elected in the Nov. 6 General Election. The oath was administered by... Read on...

    Posted on: November 20, 2012

    Online upgrades make building permits faster and easier

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    Before you apply for a permit to build the ultimate man cave, you can now check online to see how many people are waiting in line at the Pierce County Development Center.

    That’s one of several online improvements launched... Read on...

    Posted on: October 18, 2012

    Partners preserve 120-acre farm near Orting forever

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    Pierce County Executive, Pat McCarthy addresses the crowd. 1/3A 120-acre property will forever remain as a farm and habitat thanks to another successful public-private partnership in the Puyallup River Valley.

    Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Executive proposes spending less on general government in 2013

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 3:05 PM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy proposes spending less on general government services in 2013 than is budgeted for this year.

    The Executive's 2013 budget proposal makes strategic... Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Sound Transit Ribbon Cutting invite, Oct. 6

    Monday Sep 24 2012 11:48 AM

    Sound Transit would like to invite you to a three-station celebration Saturday, Oct. 6 as they launch Sounder train service to Lakewood and South Tacoma! They'll have free train rides and... Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2012

    Executive to accept national recognition for Foothills Trail

    Thursday Sep 13 2012 9:04 AM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will officially accept national recognition for the Foothills Trail at the Pierce County Trail Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

    Randy King,... Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2012

    McCarthy announces start of Sounder service to Lakewood and South Tacoma

    Wednesday Sep 12 2012 2:15 PM

    Sound Transit announced today that Sounder commuter rail service to South Tacoma and Lakewood will begin Monday, Oct. 8.

    To celebrate the start of service, Sound Transit will hold a public... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2012

    Wall Street upgrades, affirms Pierce County's strong bond ratings

    In moves that reflect confidence in Pierce County's fiscal management, two leading Wall Street ratings agencies gave the county high marks on bonds that will be invested in projects to make the region safer and better... Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2012

    McCarthy announces start of track testing for Sounder extension to Lakewood

    Sound Transit announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the start of rail and signal testing on more than eight miles of new track for its Sounder commuter rail extension to Lakewood.

    Crews began running Sounder test trains up to... Read on...

    Posted on: July 27, 2012

    Boeing market outlook highlights first Pierce County Aerospace Summit

    Boeing predicts the global market will need 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, and Pierce County aerospace suppliers can help the company compete for that business by finding ways to work faster while providing a... Read on...

    Posted on: June 8, 2012

    McCarthy re-elected vice president of Puget Sound Regional Council

    Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown has been re-elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been re-elected Vice President. The vote took place today at the agency's... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2012

    Findings of JBLM Community Needs Survey released

    Tuesday May 01 2012 9:49 AM

    The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) just released findings of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Community Needs Survey. This is the first time the local community and JBLM... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    McCarthy, Enslow propose saving commuter bus route for Bonney Lake Sounder riders

    Monday Apr 23 2012 9:02 AM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow today announced a proposal for Sound Transit to preserve bus service between the Bonney Lake Park-and-Ride lot and the Sumner... Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2012

    Sound Transit adopts McCarthy, Enslow proposal to save bus route

    New ST Express Route 596 will enable agency to continue serving Sounder riders from Bonney Lake, Buckley and Enumclaw

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors today unanimously approved creation of a new Sound Transit bus... Read on...

    Posted on: March 8, 2012

    County Executive's statement regarding port's growth

    Thursday Mar 08 2012 3:10 PM

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the news about three shipping companies selecting the Port of Tacoma as their port-of-call:

    "The Port of... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Executive co-sponsors light-rail plan for Federal Way

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors on Feb. 23 unanimously approved an amendment to the agency's 2012 budget to provide $24.3 million in additional funding for establishing a shovel-ready plan to extend light rail from... Read on...

    Posted on: July 14, 2010

    Partnership preserves Devil's Head, a 94-acre 'jewel' in the Sound

    Devil's Head, a 94-acre jewel in the South Sound, will be preserved for public use thanks to a coalition of conservation partners that acquired the stunning waterfront property.

    Located at the south end of the Key... Read on...

    Posted on: May 24, 2010

    Public-private partnership saves 100-acre farm

    Three new organic farms are operating in the Orting area thanks to a successful public-private partnership.

    Officials representing Pierce County, PCC Farmland Trust and the State of Washington gathered May 21 on the site... Read on...


    District Court

    3 Stories
    Posted on: March 28, 2013

    District Court now offers self-scheduling for infraction hearings

    People who need to schedule infraction hearings with Pierce County District Court can now do so online without having to wait on the phone or at the public... Read on...

    Posted on: January 8, 2013

    District Court elects Maggie Ross as Presiding Judge

    The Judges of the Pierce County District Court have elected Maggie Ross as Presiding Judge for the next two years.

    Judge Ross has served on the District Court bench for 15 years. She began her judicial career as a... Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2012

    District Court completes move; begins operations in new courtrooms

    Pierce County District Court, which handles more than 175,000 cases a year, is saving taxpayer money by consolidating operations.

    Effective Monday, Jan. 9, the court's traffic and civil calendars moved to newly... Read on...


    Economic Development

    11 Stories
    Posted on: September 4, 2013

    Forum provides businesses opportunity to do work with government

    Businesses looking to win government contracts will have the opportunity at the Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum on Friday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street W. in... Read on...

    Posted on: July 15, 2013

    Pierce County to host 2nd Aerospace Summit in July

    Pierce County’s second Aerospace Summit will offer valuable updates from experts in manufacturing technology and workforce training as the region continues its push for a larger stake in the global market.

    The summit,... Read on...

    Posted on: June 26, 2013

    Niagara Bottling, LLC to create jobs with new plant in Frederickson

    Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2013

    Executive McCarthy hails State Farm decision as latest sign of region’s economic vitality

    The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding State Farm’s announcement on April 19:

    “Pierce County welcomes State Farm’s decision to open an Initial Loss Reporting center in downtown... Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2013

    Forum offers tips for businesses to combat cyber crime

    Leaders in combating cyber crime and business identity theft will talk about trends and solutions for local companies at a forum on March 20 in Lakewood.

    The forum, jointly sponsored by the Economic Development... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Preventing cyber crime and identity theft at your business

    All businesses are encouraged to attend this business forum on Wednesday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers, 6000 Main St. SW in Lakewood.

    Sponsored by the Pierce County Economic... Read on...

    Posted on: November 1, 2012

    Annual job sector survey: make your business voice heard

    Thursday Nov 01 2012 12:18 PM

    The Job Sector Survey is a cooperative project led by economic development organizations in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

    It is an annual, one-of-a-kind tool that provides... Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2012

    Purchasing Forum connects businesses with area agencies

    Monday Sep 24 2012 10:04 AM

    Looking to do business with governments?

    Meet purchasing agents from local, state, federal and other public agencies at the Great Pierce County Purchasing Forum.

    Exhibitors include... Read on...

    Posted on: September 4, 2012

    Export Forum focuses on creating jobs and profits

    Tuesday Sep 04 2012 8:42 AM

    With 95 percent of potential customers living outside of the United States, exporting goods and services makes business sense and can add significantly to a firm's bottom line.

    The Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: June 7, 2012

    Pierce County to host aerospace summit in July

    Thursday Jun 07 2012 9:18 AM

    There are more than 80 firms in the aerospace supply chain in Pierce County, and their industry is changing rapidly due to increased global demand for commercial air travel and a highly... Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2012

    Learn how to start or grow business at South Sound Business Fair

    Tuesday May 15 2012 3:17 PM

    The Pierce County Economic Development Department, along with local, state and federal participants, will staff a resource table at the South Sound Business Fair in Orting next month.

    The... Read on...


    Emergency Management

    19 Stories
    Posted on: April 23, 2014

    Pierce County welcomes task force home from record deployment to Oso

    A Pierce County-based Urban Search and Rescue team has completed a record deployment to the massive SR 530 landslide in Snohomish County.

    The first 80-member rotation of Floodwater protection measures coming for residents of Midland

    Pierce County’s Flood Control Zone District – a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2014

    Executive McCarthy directs staff to further analyze landslide risks

    The following is a statement by County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding landslide risks in Pierce County:

    In the wake of the Oso slide, I convened a meeting of county experts in such areas as land-use planning, emergency... Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Jody Woodcock headed to D.C. for 1-year FEMA fellowship

    Jody Woodcock

    Emergency Management Deputy Director Jody Woodcock is headed to Washington, D.C. for a year as a Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Distinguished Alumni Fellow.

    Woodcock will join retired New York City... Read on...

    Posted on: July 26, 2013

    Countywide Stage 1 burn ban effective July 29

    Due to the continuing hot and dry weather, Pierce County Fire Marshal Warner Webb announced that a Phase One burn ban will be implemented at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 29.

    Beginning Monday morning, all burning permits are... Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings... Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2013

    Responders from 21 emergency response agencies to participate in water rescue exercises

    On Thursday, May 16, 21 fire and police agencies will be conducting training exercises involving water rescues in the Puget Sound at Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom.

    The goal of the exercise is to evaluate both... Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Emergency Management wins top award for school safety program

    Pierce County Emergency Management’s school emergency preparedness program was just awarded the Exemplary National School Safety Program Award for innovative training in local schools. The ‘Pierce County All Hazards... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Executive McCarthy selects Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

    Lowell Porter

    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced Monday, April 15, she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his... Read on...

    Posted on: March 19, 2013

    Agencies to hold counter-terrorism exercise at Port of Tacoma March 22

    A number of local, state and federal agencies will participate in a simulated improvised explosive device (IED) exercise at the Port of Tacoma on Friday. There will be two scenarios along the Blair Waterway where IEDs will... Read on...

    Posted on: October 15, 2012

    Pierce County burn ban lifted

    Monday Oct 15 2012 1:17 PM

    In light of the recent rains and the forecast for continued precipitation, the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau lifted the countywide burn ban as of noon on Monday, Oct. 15.

    The lifting... Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2012

    Emergency Operations Center Open House, Oct. 13

    Open House

    Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is hosting its 2012 Open House/Winter Weather Preparedness Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature indoor presentations and... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    Pierce County wins national, international award

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:53 PM

    Pierce County Emergency Management and Information Technology won both a national and international awards competition for its new Damage Assessment Mobile Application. The International... Read on...

    Posted on: June 25, 2012

    Liberty Ridge Elementary students win $500 for disaster preparedness

    Liberty Ridge

    Monday Jun 25 2012 4:53 PM

    Shyleen Richardson and Alyssa Currier, students at Liberty Ridge Elementary in Sumner, claimed a $500 prize for their school's disaster preparedness efforts. Hundreds of students throughout... Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2012

    Pierce County to practice for the Big One

    Pierce County Emergency Management and its partners will participate in a multi-county earthquake exercise from June 5-6.

    More than 22 Pierce County cities, towns, departments and organizations will exercise their... Read on...

    Posted on: August 15, 2012

    Heat advisory: Options for staying cool

    Wednesday Aug 15 2012 3:22 PM

    Due to the high temperatures expected this week, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16-17. Residents in Pierce County can seek... Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2012

    UPDATED: Tips, laws and other info for a safe July 4th celebration

    Wednesday Jun 27 2012 10:36 AM

    Editor's note: updates to delete reference to a City Blast show in Puyallup and Orting fireworks show

    In 2011, the Pierce County Fire Marshal's Office reported that 24 fires... Read on...

    Posted on: April 10, 2012

    Warner Webb selected as Pierce County fire marshal

    Tuesday Apr 10 2012 2:42 PM

    Warner Webb will assume the lead role in the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau on April 16, where he currently serves as a fire inspector.

    He came to Pierce County from the Whatcom... Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2012

    President Obama approves disaster declaration for winter storm response

    Tuesday Mar 06 2012 12:13 PM

    Gov. Chris Gregoire thanked President Obama for his timely approval of a disaster declaration for public infrastructure damages and emergency response costs in 11 Washington counties suffered... Read on...


    Facilities Management

    4 Stories
    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Job opportunities available in Parks and Recreation, Facilities Management

    Pierce County is seeking applicants for several open positions within its Parks and Recreation Services Department and Facilities Management Department.

    Posted on: September 3, 2013

    Non-Profit for 63-20 Process

    Request for Qualifications Due Sept. 11, 2013

    Additional Info...
    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    New compactors reduce waste and increase efficiency at Pierce County facilities

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    In an ongoing effort to support sustainability and resource conservation, Facilities Management has installed solar powered trash compactors and recycling units at two Pierce County facilities.

    The units are powered by a... Read on...

    Posted on: August 15, 2012

    Notice of Sale of Surplus Tax Title Real Property

    Facilities Management on behalf of the Treasurer of Pierce County, Washington offered for sale at public auction tax title property held in trust by Pierce County.

    The auction was held on Friday, October 7, 2011 in the... View Fall 2011 Tax Title Auction Results

    Fall 2011 Tax Title Auction Results

    Government Relations

    1 Story
    Posted on: October 22, 2012

    County selects Jennifer Joly to lead government relations

    Jennifer Joly, an experienced policy advisor for the Washington Legislature and the Governor's Office, has been selected as head of government relations for Pierce County.

    Joly was selected by a panel of county... Read on...


    Human Resources

    1 Story
    Posted on: August 21, 2012

    Citizens salary commission sets monthly meeting schedule

    Tuesday Aug 21 2012 2:15 PM

    The Pierce County Citizens Committee on Salaries for Elected Officials, which held its first meeting last month, will meet monthly through the end of the year.

    The commission's regularly... Read on...


    Information Technology

    2 Stories
    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings... Read on...

    Posted on: July 11, 2013

    Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

    mobile  app

    Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings... Read on...


    Juvenile Court

    3 Stories
    Posted on: April 7, 2014

    Attorney General to help 'Get the Word Out' for child advocates

    State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and former State Auditor Brian Sonntag will be keynote speakers at Pierce County CASA’s “Get the Word Out” dinner on April 16.

    CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers have... Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2014

    Pinwheels highlight need to help abused, neglected children

    CASA pinwheels

    Pinwheels will spring up in surprising places this month. Pierce County volunteers known as CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will participate in the “Pinwheels for Prevention” program to raise awareness about child... Read on...

    Posted on: December 4, 2013

    TJ Bohl selected as new Pierce County Juvenile Court administrator

    TJ Bohl

    TJ Bohl, who has worked in juvenile rehabilitation for 18 years, has been selected as the administrator for Pierce County Juvenile Court, which provides court, detention, probation and adoption services.

    The selection was... Read on...


    Medical Examiner

    2 Stories
    Posted on: February 12, 2014

    Medical Examiner partners with SightLife to increase organ and tissue donations

    As many as 300 people will receive sight-restoring transplants each year thanks to an innovative partnership between the Pierce County Medical Examiner and SightLife, a global nonprofit focused on eliminating corneal... Read on...

    Posted on: February 27, 2012

    Medical Examiner earns national certification

    The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office has received national accreditation, ranking it among the best death investigation facilities in the United States.

    "This certification is a measure of quality assurance... Read on...


    Parks & Recreation

    31 Stories
    Posted on: April 22, 2014

    Parks Appreciation Day volunteers not deterred by spring weather

    Saturday, April 26, is Parks Appreciation Day in Pierce County and it should be a typical spring day in wet Western Washington. Nevertheless, the county’s Parks and Recreation Department knows that lots of volunteers will... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Job opportunities available in Parks and Recreation, Facilities Management

    Pierce County is seeking applicants for several open positions within its Parks and Recreation Services Department and Facilities Management Department.

    Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Chambers Bay posts record revenues as U.S. Open excitement builds

    Chambers Bay Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open.

    The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat... Read on...

    Posted on: March 20, 2014

    Summer job opportunity with Parks and Recreation Department

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services is accepting applications for summer gate attendant positions through April 25.

    Applicants will perform cashier work at Spanaway Lake Park, North Lake Tapps Park or Sprinker... Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

    Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

    The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV... Read on...

    Posted on: November 21, 2013

    Enjoy 'Tis The Season Saturdays' at Sprinker

    Tis The Season

    A pancake breakfast with Blade, Sprinker Recreation Center's mascot, kicks off Tis The Season Saturdays at Pierce County's popular ice rink.

    The Dec. 7 breakfast for kids ages 3 to 12 is the start of a journey to a... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Sprinker set to host Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships

    See spins, jumps and beautiful choreography during the 2014 Northwest Pacific Regional U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Sprinker Recreation Center from Oct. 5-8.

    The championships will feature hundreds of regional... Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2013

    Tiny Tots Indoor Playground re-opened at the Lakewood Community Center

    Fall is fast approaching. If you are already missing the connections with kids at the playground, Pierce County Parks and Recreation has you covered.

    Bring your child to the Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2013

    500 vehicles expected at Sept. 28 Classic Car & Truck Show

    Car Show

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 11th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept.... Read on...

    Posted on: September 11, 2013

    Executive selects Tony Tipton as Parks and Recreation Director

    County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Tony Tipton, the county's go-to leader of important projects, as the director of Parks and Recreation Services... Read on...

    Posted on: July 5, 2013

    Chambers Bay 5K Challenge fits all ages and abilities

    Chambers Bay 5K Challenge

    Last year, 200 runners came out to tackle the Chambers Bay 5K Challenge. On July 20, this energizing fun run is back and better than ever.

    The race takes place along the Soundview Trail in Chambers Creek Regional Park,... Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2013

    State urban forestry restoration project targets Spanaway Park

    The Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, enhances the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 20, 2013

    Tyler Salsbury captures 48th annual Puget Sound Amateur

    Tyler Salsbury, preparing for his sophomore year at the University of Washington, posted a sterling 5-under 139 to win the 48th Annual Puget Sound Amateur by two shots over David Talcott, whose final round 69 wasn’t enough... Read on...

    Posted on: May 8, 2013

    Deadline looms to register for Puget Sound Amateur golf championship

    Puget Sound Amateur poster

    Local golfers are preparing to test their skills against the top amateurs in the region at the 48th annual Puget Sound Amateur, to be held May 18-19 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course and Chambers Bay.

    Players will compete in a... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

    Sprinker ice rink

    Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

    The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011.... Read on...

    Posted on: February 22, 2013

    Seasonal job opportunity with Parks and Recreation

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for a seasonal maintenance job opening.

    The successful applicant will perform building and trail maintenance work at the Environmental Services Building and... Read on...

    Posted on: February 8, 2013

    Olympians Rachael Flatt and Ben Agosto join local skaters in ice show

    The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2013 ice show, "Reflections on Ice – ONCE Upon A Dream."

    This professionally choreographed figure... Read on...

    Posted on: January 11, 2013

    18th annual Fantasy Lights sets record for ticket sales

    Fantasy Lights

    The 18th annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park dazzled thousands of visitors traveling through the park in more than 25,800 vehicles. The event brought in a record $325,801 in ticket sales.

    The Northwest's largest... Read on...

    Posted on: November 16, 2012

    Fantasy Lights Walk is Sunday, Nov. 18

    Kick off the holiday season this Sunday, Nov. 18 with a sneak, non-motorized preview of the 18th annual Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park.

    This is the only opportunity to walk through the Northwest's largest... Read on...

    Posted on: November 15, 2012

    Companionship job opportunity with Parks & Recreation

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the position of team leader in the Peninsula School District within the Companionship Program.

    The Companionship Program provides recreation and leisure... Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2012

    Touch A Truck award results in

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    More than 2,500 people flocked to Sprinker Recreation Center last month for the 5th annual Touch A Truck event, which gave kids of all ages the chance to get up close with trucks of all shapes and sizes.

    Participants were... Read on...

    Posted on: September 10, 2012

    Classic Car and Truck Show set for Sept. 29 at Sprinker

    Classic Car and Truck Show

    Monday Sep 10 2012 10:24 AM

    1/2Pierce County Parks and Recreation will hold the 10th annual Classic Car & Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 29.

    Hours for the free spectator event are 10 a.m.... Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2012

    Frontier Park Playground ribbon cutting, July 10

    Frontier Park Playground

    The new Frontier Park Playground, made possible by local students and Graham community members, will open on Tuesday, July 10 with a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

    The remodeled playground is... Read on...

    Posted on: June 4, 2012

    Tour de Pierce Pre-Registration Deadline June 8

    Monday Jun 04 2012 12:41 PM

    Since 1990, bicyclists from all over the Northwest have participated in the annual Tour de Pierce bike ride. This year's June 24th event will include 12-, 30- and 50-mile marked routes. The... Read on...

    Posted on: May 31, 2012

    Sign up for Junior Golf Program at Fort Steilacoom

    Thursday May 31 2012 8:00 AM

    A first-rate Junior Golf Program that provides basic instruction on the game's fundamentals is moving to Pierce County's Fort Steilacoom Golf Course.

    The program starts June 25 and... Read on...

    Posted on: May 31, 2012

    Feds add Foothills Trail to National Recreational Trail system

    The popular Foothills Trail, which winds through East Pierce County from Puyallup to Buckley, is among 54 trails around the country that are joining the National Recreational Trail system.

    Two federal officials -... Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2012

    Pierce County expands popular Puget Sound Amateur to 2 golf courses

    Thursday Apr 19 2012 4:46 PM

    This spring's annual Puget Sound Amateur, one of the top golf championships in the Northwest, will span two days over two of Pierce County's most popular public courses.

    The 47th... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2012

    Pierce County to host Parks Appreciation Day events at 2 parks

    More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to get their hands dirty for Parks Appreciation Day this Saturday, April 21.

    Pierce County Parks and Recreation will be among 16 jurisdictions and organizations hosting clean-ups at... Read on...

    Posted on: February 2, 2012

    Jozef Sabovcik and local figure skaters featured in Feb. 10-12 ice show

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    Thursday Feb 02 2012 2:53 PM

    The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2012 ice show, "Reflections on Ice - Celebration, the Next Generation."... Read on...

    Posted on: January 30, 2012

    Big crowd enjoys Sprinker ice rink's opening day

    Sprinker Ice Rink

    More than 400 skaters of all ages and abilities tried out Sprinker Recreation Center's new-and-improved ice rink on Jan. 28, which opened to the public after an eight-month renovation.

    County Executive Pat McCarthy... Read on...


    Pierce County Farming Blog

    14 Stories
    Posted on: April 18, 2014

    Pierce County Farmers Markets

    Puyallup Farmers Market

    Spring is here and so are the farmers markets!

    Pierce County has a rich history of farmers markets. By shopping at your local farmers market, you get food that is fresh and locally grown, and help support our local... Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2014

    5th Annual Harvest Pierce County Spring Summit! - May 3rd, 2014

    Join us for one of the best events in town-the Harvest Pierce County Spring Summit! And best part? It’s FREE.

    The day is full of great classes, kid’s activities, and a wonderful lunch provided by Free Range Kitchen.... Read on...

    Posted on: April 7, 2014

    Dairy goats are a funny bunch at this Eatonville goat farm

    Pierce County is home to four dairy goats farms. Our newest installment of Meet the Farmer video series features Left Foot Farm in Eatonville. Please view the video on Read on...

    Posted on: February 21, 2014

    Extra fancy hot house rhubarb growing in Puyallup

    Rhubarb

    Please watch our Meet the Farmer video, featuring a local Puyallup rhubarb grower, on the Pierce County Farming main page, or on the Read on...

    Posted on: February 4, 2014

    Pierce Conservation District Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet - March 12th 2014

    At this gathering we will celebrate 2013 accomplishments and honor amazing volunteers and community partners working to conserve natural resources and support sustainable farming throughout Pierce County.

    Alongside this... Read on...

    Posted on: February 4, 2014

    WSU Women in Agriculture Conference - March 15th, 2014

    This year’s Women in Agriculture Conference is conference will be held in multiple locations across Washington, Idaho and Oregon—on the same day—including, Puyallup, Port... Read on...

    Posted on: February 6, 2014

    Pierce County’s first Farm Forum will share marketing ideas and expertise

    More than 70 farmers are registered to attend the Pierce County Farm Forum, where they will glean ideas from each other and experts in agricultural marketing and trends.

    The Farm Forum, to be held Thursday, Feb. 6, on the... Read on...

    Posted on: January 10, 2014

    Next generation molds Wilcox Farm’s cage-free eggs in Roy

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    Please watch our Meet the Farmer video, featuring Wilcox Farms in Roy, on the PC TV video series.

    Also, check out your sources for locally produced eggs Read on...

    Posted on: December 23, 2013

    New Publication Helps Seed Producers Address Climatic Risks in the Northwest

    Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is pleased to announce the release of Climatic Considerations for Seed Crops: Guidelines and Field Trainings for Organic and Specialty Vegetable Seed Producers. The guide focuses on organic and... Read on...

    Posted on: November 26, 2013

    Industry Notice: “New Horizons for Agriculture”

    “New Horizons for Agriculture”

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we should be thankful for the productive and rich farm lands we have in Pierce County. Our Best Permitting Agency efforts are now reaching out to... Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2013

    Cox Christmas tree farm in Eatonville supplements retirement

    Christmas trees

    Please watch our Meet the Farmer video, featuring Cox Christmas in Eatonville, on the PC TV video series.

    There are other many farms in Pierce County offering u-cut... Read on...

    Posted on: October 25, 2013

    Focus on Farming Conference - November 21, 2013

    Focus on Farming is a one-day gathering for all types of farming in one location; whether organic or conventional, livestock or row crops, large or small. Providing quality... Read on...

    Posted on: August 30, 2013

    Want some publicity for your farm? Apply for Pierce County TV’s “Meet the Farmers” series!

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    Pierce County Planning and Land Services will be producing a series highlighting local farmers on PCTV (Pierce County Television). The purpose of these segments is to help the public learn about the important role that... Read on...

    Posted on: October 11, 2013

    Veteran Orting pumpkin farmer keeps crop hyper-local

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    Please watch our Meet the Farmer video, featuring a veteran pumpkin farmer in Orting, on the PC TV video series.

    Also, check out Pierce County's local Read on...


    Planning & Land Services

    10 Stories
    Posted on: March 6, 2014

    Industry Notice: Changes in the Field Inspection Process

    PALS inspectors are starting to use iPads in the field. Learn about the benefits and changes that the new system brings to the inspection process.

    Additional Info...
    Posted on: December 18, 2013

    Industry Notice: Recreational Marijuana Related Uses

    In response to the Washington State Initiative 502 (I-502), Pierce County adopted regulations to address State licensed retail sales, processing, and production of recreational marijuana. The regulations are effective December 20, 2013.

    Additional Info...
    Posted on: June 25, 2013

    Industry Notice: Changes to Time Provisions for FINAL PLATS

    The State of Washington recently passed Substitute House Bill 1074 changing some of the requirements associated with the process for formal plats, and the duration of approval once the Final Plat is recorded.

    Additional Info...
    Posted on: February 21, 2013

    Apply for a landmarks preservation grant by April 15

    The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts.

    Grant requests can be made for... Read on...

    Posted on: November 20, 2012

    Online upgrades make building permits faster and easier

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    Before you apply for a permit to build the ultimate man cave, you can now check online to see how many people are waiting in line at the Pierce County Development Center.

    That’s one of several online improvements launched... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Shoreline Master Program Update

    Updated October 15, 2012
    The proposed code changes have been sent the County Council for action.

    Details of the proposed changes.
    Posted on: October 19, 2012

    Land Use Advisory Commission (LUAC) Members Needed

    Pierce County is seeking members for Land Use Advisory Commissions in:

    • Frederickson
    • Graham
    • Midland
    • South Hill
    • Spanaway
    • Summit View
    • Summit... Read on...

    Posted on: November 5, 2012

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    Posted on: April 5, 2012

    Preservation grant applications now available

    Thursday Apr 05 2012 2:35 PM

    The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the 2012-13 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts in the Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Executive taps Dennis Hanberg as planning director

    Citing his vast experience in the private and public sectors, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected veteran planning manager Dennis Hanberg to lead the Department of Planning and Land Services.

    Hanberg has... Read on...


    Prosecuting Attorney

    47 Stories
    Posted on: March 31, 2014

    Deputy Prosecutor Kara Sanchez honored by Sheriff's Department

    TACOMA, WA – On Mar. 28, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor honored law enforcement employees at the department’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Among those recognized was the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s Kara... Read on...

    Posted on: March 21, 2014

    Father sentenced to 16 years for placing baby in freezer

    TACOMA, WA – Today Tyler Deutsch, 26, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for beating his infant daughter and placing her in his freezer. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 31, 2014 to assault of a child in the first degree... Read on...

    Posted on: March 18, 2014

    Prosecutor finds deputy's use of deadly force lawful

    TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting death of Justin Michael... Read on...

    Posted on: March 17, 2014

    Pierce County wins disabilities lawsuit

    TACOMA, WA – On Mar. 7, 2014, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Civil Division won a lawsuit filed in federal court by a former jail inmate. The plaintiff accused the Pierce County Jail of violating her rights under... Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2014

    Deputy Prosecutor Sorensen appointed to be judge

    TACOMA, WA -- Today Washington State Governor Jay Inslee appointed Deputy Prosecutor Phil Sorensen to be a Pierce County Superior Court judge. He will take the bench on April 1 and be publicly sworn in on April 3. Sorensen... Read on...

    Posted on: March 5, 2014

    Man charged for fatal car crash

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Anderson Hamilton, 48, with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault for causing a severe car crash that killed one person and... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2014

    Two more defendants charged with murder in car theft retaliation

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Presley Lind, 28, and Christopher Olsen, 32, with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and unlawful possession of a firearm for a... Read on...

    Posted on: February 21, 2014

    Man charged with murder for car theft retaliation

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Nathan Stevenson, 25, with murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree for a Frederickson shooting that killed Robert Ward, 24. The defendant... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    Tarrer sentenced to 74 years in third murder trial

    TACOMA, WA – Today Larry Tarrer, 40, was sentenced to 74 years in prison for a 1991 shooting that paralyzed Claudia McCorvey, and killed McCorvey’s unborn son and Lavern Simpkins. On Feb. 10, 2014, a jury convicted the... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    Man sentenced to 16 and a half years for shaking 7-day-old son

    TACOMA, WA – Today Joshua Sullivan, 19, was sentenced to 16 and a half years in prison for violently shaking his 7-day-old son, causing severe injuries. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to Assault of a Child in the First Degree.... Read on...

    Posted on: February 13, 2014

    Father charged for suffocating 2-year-old daughter

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Salvador Sanchez-Orozco, 26, with murder in the first degree for squeezing his 2-year-old daughter to death at his Tacoma apartment. He is scheduled to be... Read on...

    Posted on: February 12, 2014

    Babysitter charged for raping boys in his care

    TACOMA, WA – Yesterday Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jonathan Harris, 26, with multiple counts of child rape, child molestation and possessing and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    Charging decision still pending in Puyallup shooting

    TACOMA, WA – Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced today that his office is still reviewing evidence in the Puyallup shooting, where a 13-year-old boy shot his friend. The suspect will be released to his parents and is not... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2014

    Prosecutor Mark Lindquist issues statement on Governor’s death penalty moratorium

    “In our system of justice, the Governor has authority under the law to halt death warrants. Governor Inslee announced today that there will be a moratorium on the death penalty during his term.

    “I know the Governor’s... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2014

    Tacoma teacher charged for having sex with high school students

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Meredith Powell, 24, with two counts of child rape in the third degree and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. She engaged in sexual... Read on...

    Posted on: February 6, 2014

    Father pleads guilty to murdering his adult children

    TACOMA, WA – Today Michael League, 69, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the second degree for killing his adult children, Dennis League and Danielle Faucett, at his Puyallup home in 2013. Deputy Prosecutor Stephen... Read on...

    Posted on: January 31, 2014

    No criminal charges for Spanaway dog owner

    TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will not file criminal charges against the owner of two dogs that attacked a Spanaway woman last year because the investigation did not yield evidence to support any... Read on...

    Posted on: January 31, 2014

    Guilty plea from man who shook 7-day-old son

    TACOMA, WA – Today Joshua Sullivan, 18, pleaded guilty to Assault of a Child in the First Degree for violently shaking his 7-day-old son, causing severe injuries. The state will request an exceptional sentence of 20 years in... Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2014

    Defendant charged with murder, robbery and eluding

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Chase Devyver, 29, with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, and attempting to elude a pursuing... Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2014

    Savage sentenced to life without parole

    TACOMA, WA – Today Tyler Wolfegang Savage, 21, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him of aggravated murder on Dec. 17, 2013. In 2010, the defendant raped and murdered 16-year-old... Read on...

    Posted on: January 16, 2014

    ‘Doomsday Prepper’ charged for illegal firearms

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tyler Smith, 26, with unlawful possession of a firearm after he discharged two rifles on the reality television show “Doomsday Preppers.” The defendant is a... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Conviction affirmed in murder of four Lakewood officers

    TACOMA, WA – Today the Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed four Aggravated Murder convictions for Darcus Allen, 42. In June 2011, Allen was sentenced to 420 years in prison for his involvement in the shooting deaths... Read on...

    Posted on: January 9, 2014

    Man charged in oxycodone robbery

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jared Gloster, 31, with two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree for stealing Oxycodone from two South Hill pharmacies. Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: January 2, 2014

    Man Charged for 1991 Murder

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Schaef, 51, with Murder in the First Degree for the 1991 shooting death of Jerald Iafrati. The defendant killed the victim during a drug deal.
    ... Read on...

    Posted on: December 30, 2013

    Man Charged in Fox Island Stabbing Death

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jason Madron, 30, with Murder in the First Degree for stabbing Jacob Glenn, 23, to death near a Fox Island gas station.

    “This was a disturbing crime,... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    White Supremacists Charged in Stabbing Death

    TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeffrey Cooke, 32, Melissa Bourgault, 33, Mark Stredicke, 37, Eric Elliser, 33, and Shane McKrittrick, 32, with Murder in the Second Degree and Conspiracy... Read on...

    Posted on: December 17, 2013

    Jury Convicts Savage of Aggravated Murder

    Today, a jury found Tyler Wolfegang Savage, 21, guilty as charged, convicting him of Aggravated Murder in the First Degree. In 2010, the defendant raped and murdered 16-year-old developmentally disabled Kimberly “Kimmie”... Read on...

    Posted on: December 6, 2013

    Man Charged in Assassination of Gang Leader

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Naitaalii Toleafoa, 18, with Murder in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree. The defendant... Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2013

    Jury Applauds Prosecutor, Acquits Defendant in Mock Trial

    TACOMA, WA – Today, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s (PCPAO) Diversity Committee hosted a mock trial for Upward Bound high school students. The mock trial was held in Judge Culpepper’s courtroom at the... Read on...

    Posted on: November 26, 2013

    Prosecutor Lindquist Hosts Mock Trial for High School Students

    TACOMA, WA – On November 27, 2013, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s (PCPAO) Diversity Committee will host a mock trial for Upward Bound high school students. The mock trial will begin at 9:00am in Courtroom... Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2013

    Vandals Charged with Damaging 86 Vehicles

    TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Tyler Graham, 24, Nicole Simons, 22, and James Reynolds, 19, with multiple counts of Malicious Mischief in the Second and Third Degree. During a week-long... Read on...

    Posted on: November 21, 2013

    Man Sentenced to 50 Years to Life for Murder and Rape of 2-Year-Old

    TACOMA, WA – Today Jake Musga, 19, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison after pleading guilty on September 9, 2013 to Murder in the First Degree and Rape of a Child in the First Degree. The defendant sexually... Read on...

    Posted on: November 15, 2013

    Mother Sentenced to 40 Years for Bleaching Child's Eyes

    TACOMA, WA -Today Jennifer Mothershead, 31, received an exceptional sentence of 40 years in prison after a jury found her guilty on October 4, 2013 of Assault of a Child in the First Degree. The defendant repeatedly put... Read on...

    Posted on: November 14, 2013

    Man Charged for Killing Girlfriend

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Refugio Sanchez Jr, 32, with Murder in the Second Degree for beating his girlfriend, Angela Cannizzio, and strangling her to death in their Lakewood home... Read on...

    Posted on: November 12, 2013

    Women Charged in Tacoma Man's Disappearance

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Margaret Effelberg, 38, with Murder in the First Degree for the death of missing Tacoma man, Santiago Cortes. Effelberg and another defendant, Arianna... Read on...

    Posted on: November 8, 2013

    Man Charged for Trying to Lure 13 Year Old Boy

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kasey Curulla, 18, with Luring and Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. The 13 year old victim was walking home from school when the defendant... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2013

    Man Who Posts Ad For Child Porn Charged

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ngoc Van Tran, 24, with Dealing in Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct. The defendant was arrested after chatting online with an... Read on...

    Posted on: November 6, 2013

    Police Searching For Man Charged With Murder

    TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Eric Contreras, 22, with Murder in the First Degree for shooting Victor Zaldivar, 21, at a party near Puyallup. During a confrontation, the defendant pushed... Read on...

    Posted on: November 1, 2013

    Man Sentenced to 27 Years for Second Vehicular Homicide

    TACOMA, WA – Today James Southard, Jr., 51, was sentenced to an exceptional sentence of 27 years after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. The defendant struck and killed Gary Slick, who was walking on a roadside in... Read on...

    Posted on: October 31, 2013

    Man Charged in Drug Cartel Murder

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ray Turner, 32, with Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree and Attempted Robbery in the... Read on...

    Posted on: October 28, 2013

    Man Charged with Rape of a Child He Met Online

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Glen Winans, 47, with Rape of a Child in the Second Degree for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met online.

    While deployed in Afghanistan, the... Read on...

    Posted on: October 25, 2013

    Pierce County Wins Jail Lawsuit

    TACOMA, WA – Yesterday, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Civil Division won a lawsuit filed by a former inmate. The plaintiff accused the Pierce County Jail of medical malpractice, negligence and civil rights... Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2013

    Father Charged for Assaulting Seven-Week-Old Daughter

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Raymon Tyhia, 35, with Assault of a Child in the First Degree for assaulting and shaking his seven-week-old daughter, causing brain damage.

    “We hold fully... Read on...

    Posted on: October 15, 2013

    Teen Charged with Manslaughter in Shooting

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tanielu Lotovaivai, 19, with First Degree Manslaughter in the death of Jalon Bea, 17, who died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting was an... Read on...

    Posted on: October 8, 2013

    Three Men Charged in Soldier's Murder

    TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeremiah Hill, 23, with MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE in the stabbing death of Tevin Geike, 20. Cedarium Johnson, 21, and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 21, were... Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2013

    Prosecutor Finds Officers' Use of Deadly Force Lawful

    TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Lakewood Police Department, and the Cooperative Cities/Metro Crime Response Unit... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2013

    Multiple Charges Arise From Killing in Stadium District

    TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeremy Bennett, 17, and Andrew Boyd, 18, with Murder in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree, in the death of Lawrence F. Howse, 54, a resident... Read on...


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    Posted on: March 11, 2014

    Edible Gardens Workshop Series teaches gardening from seed to table

    Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food through Pierce County and Pierce Conservation District’s Edible Gardens Workshop Series. The free series of monthly workshops, which is offered at several... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2014

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Community input sought on Purdy Creek project

    Pierce County residents who live near Purdy Lane and 144th Street Northwest can provide input on a proposed project to improve Purdy Creek’s water quality and fish habitat at a meeting on Jan. 16.

    The meeting will be held... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

    As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

    Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    Construction of sewer force main in Puyallup starts Dec. 23

    Pierce County will begin installing a sewer force main in the South Hill area of Puyallup on Dec. 23. The work is expected to last through Jan. 20.

    Work will begin on 126th Street East and move west to 90th Avenue East.... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    New levee will protect people, help salmon

    Construction begins Thursday on a $16 million project that will reduce the risk of floods throughout the Puyallup River valley, create new habitat for salmon and produce more than 230 local jobs.

    Federal, state and local... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    Pierce County Ferry fares to increase 3 percent

    Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2014 and again in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

    “This two-step increase is needed to help cover increased operational and... Read on...

    Posted on: December 6, 2013

    Sewer main work shifts to Brookdale Road in December

    Construction crews replacing a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland are shifting work to the eastern end of the project this month.

    The crews are replacing 5,000 feet of sewer pipe with a 72-inch diameter... Read on...

    Posted on: November 20, 2013

    County invites community to learn about upcoming study of Spanaway Lake

    Spanaway Lake residents, business owners and recreational users can learn about an upcoming study of the lake’s health at a community meeting on Dec. 4.

    The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanaway Elementary,... Read on...

    Posted on: October 29, 2013

    Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

    Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on Pierce County roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.

    "Practicing preventative maintenance can go a long... Read on...

    Posted on: October 24, 2013

    Free composting classes teach residents to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this fall. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

    In the yard waste class,... Read on...

    Posted on: October 17, 2013

    Homeowners invited to Oct. 23 workshop on septic system maintenance

    Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412... Read on...

    Posted on: October 7, 2013

    Trail closure at Chambers Creek Regional Park

    The Grandview walking trail along Grandview Drive in University Place is closed to the public through Friday, Oct. 18. The trail runs between the North Meadow parking area north of Cirque Drive and the entrance to the park... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    County ferry system saves $137,770 in fuel costs

    Pierce County saved $137,770 in diesel fuel costs for its ferries thanks to a new system that enables the engines to run cleaner and burn fuel more efficiently.

    This translated to a savings of approximately 23,657 gallons... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project starts Oct. 1

    Pierce County will begin replacing the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland Oct. 1. The project is expected to last through February 2015.

    Work will begin at the intersection of A Street and 133rd Street East and... Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2013

    Construction on sewer pipe along Grandview Drive W begins this week

    Pierce County will begin rehabilitating 9,600 feet of sewer pipe and about 30 manholes located along Grandview Drive West in University Place on Sept. 25.

    Repairs will be made to the corroded, 30-inch diameter... Read on...

    Posted on: September 16, 2013

    Celebrate the annual return of salmon to South Prairie Creek Sept. 21

    Help welcome salmon home to South Prairie Creek at the Salmon Homecoming Celebration on Sept. 21. The family-friendly day will feature guided walking tours to see salmon in the creek, activities for kids, a Native American... Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2013

    Crews to repair pavement on Canyon Road East Sept. 9-14

    Pierce County crews will repair pavement along Canyon Road East between 106th Street East and 116th Street East for five nights starting Monday, Sept. 9. Crews will remove areas of deteriorated pavement, place new hot mix... Read on...

    Posted on: August 28, 2013

    Third round of Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan meetings scheduled for Sept. 4

    Pierce County will hold its third set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on Sept. 4 in Gig Harbor. Topics will include facility requirements and an introduction to potential development... Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Construction to partially close intersection at Wollochet Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW Aug. 23-25

    The intersection at Wollochet Drive NW and Fillmore Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be partially closed Aug. 23-25 so crews can replace the pavement. The work will begin at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and be completed by 7 p.m.... Read on...

    Posted on: August 19, 2013

    Wastewater treatment plant receives “Outstanding Performance” award from state

    Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Pierce County's Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place has received the 2012 "Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding... Read on...

    Posted on: August 16, 2013

    37th Street Northwest boat launch on Wollochet Bay closed Aug. 19-23

    The boat launch on 37th Street Northwest on Wollochet Bay will be closed Aug. 19-23 while Pierce County rehabilitates the ramp.

    Pierce County crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2013

    Turn lane to be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West

    A turn lane will be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West in University Place to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection. Construction will begin Aug. 15 and is expected to be complete in the beginning of... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2013

    Section of 70th Avenue East to be reduced to one lane Aug. 17 for asphalt repairs

    The roadway along 70th Avenue East between the Interstate 5 overpass and Pacific Highway East near Milton will be reduced to one lane from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 so the roadway can be repaired and re-surfaced.

    Flaggers... Read on...

    Posted on: August 7, 2013

    North Warren Street Bridge in Roy to be replaced; four-month closure starts Aug. 12

    The North Warren Street Bridge that crosses Muck Creek in Roy will be closed for four months starting Aug. 12 so the bridge can be replaced. North Warren Street will be closed between Water Street West and Cedar Street West... Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2013

    State urban forestry restoration project focuses on Swan Creek Park

    Invasive plants will be removed from Swan Creek Park and adjacent Pierce County property over the next few weeks as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Urban Forestry Restoration Project.... Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2013

    Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

    A portion of the East Slope Walking Trail located near the north entrance of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place will close Aug. 7-15 so crews can install water and electrical utilities... Read on...

    Posted on: August 1, 2013

    Foothills Trail near Crocker Trailhead to close periodically due to levee maintenance

    The Foothills Trail near the Crocker Trailhead will close periodically Aug. 5 to Aug. 14 due to maintenance work on the Carbon River levee next to the trail. Pierce County crews will install large rocks weighing several tons... Read on...

    Posted on: July 25, 2013

    A Street KPS boat launch in Home open following ramp rehabilitation

    A Street KPS Boat Launch

    The boat launch on A Street KPS in Home reopened at 3 p.m. July 24 following Pierce County’s rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

    Crews replaced the existing ramp structure with concrete panels... Read on...

    Posted on: July 29, 2013

    Tacoma Narrows Airport runway rehabilitation complete

    The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened July 28 after being closed for 10 nights for the final phase of its rehabilitation. Crews grooved the runway for improved traction and applied final markings to the... Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2013

    Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

    South Fork image

    Pierce County expects to reduce flood risk along two sections of the Puyallup River with projects set for this summer.

    Construction has begun on a 2,000-foot-long side channel near Orting, and work on another project that... Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2013

    Work starts in July on Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland

    Midland residents will see work start in mid-July on the nearly 17-acre Larchmont Wetland Reserve to reduce flooding in the surrounding neighborhood and provide habitat for wildlife and improve the quality of stormwater... Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2013

    2 week closure of A Street KPS boat launch in Home planned; ramp to be rehabilitated

    The boat launch on A Street KPS in Home will be closed July 15-26 while Pierce County rehabilitates the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington Department... Read on...

    Posted on: July 3, 2013

    Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

    A portion of the E Slope Walking Trail, near the north entrance to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, will temporarily close to the public.

    The closure will last from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9... Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2013

    Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

    Derelict Pile

    Portions of a public beach will close for about three weeks in July while Pierce County removes approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from the shoreline along Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.

    Work... Read on...

    Posted on: July 1, 2013

    New project on 176th Street East begins in early July

    Construction work along 176th Street East from B Street East to 14th Avenue East in Frederickson will begin July 8.

    This project is one of several Pierce County projects to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion... Read on...

    Posted on: June 27, 2013

    Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service July 2-11

    Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from July 2-11. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and... Read on...

    Posted on: June 19, 2013

    Wings & Wheels back July 6 with aircraft, cars, motorcycles

    Wings and Wheels

    Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels returns to Tacoma Narrows Airport for its third year with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.... Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    Tacoma Narrows Airport runway reopens after rehabilitation work

    The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened June 16 following a 45-day rehabilitation. Crews reduced the width of the runway, added new signage, and repaved the runway, among other improvements.

    The runway... Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    Learn about Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project at June 20 open house

    The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s replacement of the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland.

    The open house will be held June 20 run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Elmhurst... Read on...

    Posted on: May 23, 2013

    Second round of Tacoma Narrows Airport master plan meetings scheduled for June 5

    Pierce County will hold its second set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on June 5.

    The county and stakeholders will discuss the airport’s inventory and aviation forecasts. Topics will... Read on...

    Posted on: May 20, 2013

    Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22-29

    Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from May 22-29. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2013

    Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

    The ceremony... Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport to remain open until Sept. 30

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 10 the contract control towers at Tacoma Narrows Airport and 148 other airports will remain open until Sept. 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year 2013... Read on...

    Posted on: May 2, 2013

    Homeowners invited to May 8 workshop on septic system maintenance

    Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412 165th St. S... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate Puget Sound during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

    Organizations in Pierce County and across Western Washington are hosting a variety of events to teach residents... Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2013

    Pierce County to work on reducing all waste, not just food waste

    Pierce County will use findings from its recent research on food waste management to develop tools and programs to cut 10 percent from the waste disposal stream over the next five years.

    Pierce County will focus on... Read on...

    Posted on: April 29, 2013

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

    The intersection at 176th Street East and 22nd Avenue East in Frederickson will close for construction at 9 p.m. Friday, May 3 and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, May 6.

    Crews will excavate the existing roadway, place crushed... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2013

    Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

    Car wash fundraisers can be a great way to raise money, but the soap and pollutants that run off the vehicles can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
    Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Runway rehabilitation at Tacoma Narrows Airport starts April 29

    Pierce County will rehabilitate the runway and four adjacent connector taxiways at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor this spring and summer to improve surfaces, add new features and meet federal aviation standards for the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Turn in unused or expired medicines on April 27

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2013

    Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

    Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

    “Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 12, 2013

    Milroy Bridge over Puyallup River to close April 17 for inspection

    The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River at 66th Avenue East and River Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 17 to allow crews to perform a detailed structural inspection and general maintenance. Motorists... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Motorists should take action so they “Don’t Drip and Drive”

    Pierce County motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

    Every year, hundreds of tons... Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2013

    Work on Wollochet Drive NW resumes April 15

    Construction work along Wollochet Drive NW near Gig Harbor will resume on April 15 following a winter work suspension.

    Pierce County is constructing two projects along Wollochet Drive NW: the first between East Bay Drive... Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2013

    FAA delays closure of control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor until June 15.

    The tower is one of 149 contract control towers... Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2013

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 8

    Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

    An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 8, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Flood-prone house to be used for SWAT training exercise Feb. 8

    A flood-prone house owned by Pierce County will be used for a Tacoma Police Department SWAT team training exercise Feb. 8 before it is ultimately demolished by county crews and returned to a natural floodplain.

    The SWAT... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Motorists should take action so they "Don’t Drip and Drive"

    Pierce County motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

    Every year, hundreds of tons... Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2013

    Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

    Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

    “Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2013

    Work on Wollochet Drive NW resumes April 15

    Construction work along Wollochet Drive NW near Gig Harbor will resume on April 15 following a winter work suspension.

    Pierce County is constructing two projects along Wollochet Drive NW: the first between East Bay Drive... Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2013

    FAA delays closure of contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport until June 15

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows... Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2013

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 8

    Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

    An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 8, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2013

    Foothills Trail users can discuss impacts from upcoming construction April 6

    Pierce County is inviting feedback from Foothills Trail users and neighbors on how a summer construction project along the Puyallup River near McMillin may impact them.

    Construction on a new side channel on the west side... Read on...

    Posted on: March 22, 2013

    FAA to close contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor will close this spring as the FAA implements the budget sequestration.

    On March 22, the FAA notified Pierce County,... Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2013

    Sequestration may close FAA contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor may close as the FAA implements the budget sequestration. This proposed tower closure is one of many that could occur... Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    Celebrate completion of Key Center crosswalk Feb. 27

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a new crosswalk in Key Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Key Center Fire Station No. 46, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway KPN... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2013

    Free composting classes teach how to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this spring. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

    "These classes are a great way... Read on...

    Posted on: January 23, 2013

    Learn about wastewater treatment plant expansion at Jan. 31 open house

    Jan. 23, 2013

    The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The open house will run from 5 to7 p.m. on Jan. 31, at the... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2013

    Pierce County to update master plan for Tacoma Narrows Airport

    Jan. 14, 2013

    Pierce County will update the master plan for the Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW) in Gig Harbor in 2013.

    The county and stakeholders will evaluate potential alternatives and determine how best to meet the... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2013

    Sustainable landscaping workshop offered for landscape professionals

    Jan. 14, 2013

    Landscape professionals looking to incorporate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance into their business are invited to attend a Pierce County workshop on sustainable landscaping in... Read on...

    Posted on: January 3, 2013

    Pierce County wins national environmental award

    Pierce County recently won a national environmental award for its “Raise the Grade” stream health and stormwater technical assistance programs.

    The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented Public Works and... Read on...

    Posted on: December 24, 2012

    Treecycle your Christmas tree

    As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

    Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    County receives grants to fund salmon recovery projects

    Pierce County will receive nearly $1.1 million to improve and protect salmon habitat.

    The grants were awarded to the county and other local organizations by the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved more... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2012

    Pierce County Ferry schedule to change in 2013

    A variety of changes to the Pierce County Ferry sailing schedule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

    A total of seven service changes were made using input from the community. The changes include new runs, shifted run times... Read on...

    Posted on: December 4, 2012

    See Santa land at Thun Field, Dec. 9

    Santa photo

    Spencer Aircraft’s Annual Santa Fly-in is back from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Pierce County Airport-Thun Field, 16709 103rd Ave. Ct. E.,... Read on...

    Posted on: November 13, 2012

    Celebrate start of treatment plant expansion with Nov. 15 groundbreaking

    Nov. 13, 2012

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the start of construction on the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the plant,... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Celebrate completion of stormwater pond with ribbon cutting Nov. 14

    Nov. 7, 2012

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a stormwater pond in the Fir Ridge neighborhood south of Bonney Lake. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the... Read on...

    Posted on: October 25, 2012

    Weigh-in on proposed changes to the 2013 ferry schedule

    Oct. 24, 2012

    Pierce County residents are invited to two community meetings to learn about potential changes to the ferry sailing schedule to improve service.

    A menu of possible service changes has been created with... Read on...

    Posted on: October 23, 2012

    Additional food waste workshops scheduled

    Oct. 23, 2012

    Pierce County will offer three additional food waste workshops on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 to allow residents and businesses to weigh-in on options for managing and reducing food waste.

    These workshops, like... Read on...

    Posted on: October 19, 2012

    Prepare now for flood season

    Oct. 19, 2012

    With the fall and winter flood season nearing, Pierce County residents should prepare now to keep their family and property safe.

    "Everyone should have a family plan in place and an emergency kit on... Read on...

    Posted on: October 10, 2012

    Section of Artondale Drive NW to close overnight for paving

    Oct. 10, 2012

    A section of Artondale Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 to 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 as part of an area road construction project.

    Artondale Drive NW will be closed from... Read on...

    Posted on: October 5, 2012

    Free composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

    Oct. 5, 2012

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this October and November. One class will focus on yard waste, and the second will focus... Read on...

    Posted on: October 2, 2012

    Public invited to help high school club install rain garden Oct. 13

    Oct. 2, 2012

    Pierce County residents are invited to help Curtis High School's Environmental Club install a rain garden on the school's campus in University Place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct 13. The rain garden will be... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    72nd Street KPS boat launch near Long Branch open following ramp rehabilitation

    Sept. 27, 2012

    The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch reopened at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 following Pierce County’s rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

    Crews replaced the existing ramp... Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    Pierce County receives a $13 million state loan

    Sept. 25, 2012

    Pierce County’s Public Works and Utilities department applied for and received a low-interest state loan for the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.

    The $13 million loan... Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    5-day closure of 72nd Street KPS boat launch planned

    Sept. 21, 2012

    The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch will be closed Sept. 24-28 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased... Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    Aviation Exploring Post established for interested teens

    Sept. 21, 2012

    Teens and young adults interested in aviation are invited to attend a kick-off meeting for a new Aviation Exploring Post being established in Pierce County.

    The meeting will be held Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.... Read on...

    Posted on: September 18, 2012

    Free homeowners workshops focus on stormwater systems

    Sept. 18, 2012

    Pierce County residents who live in communities with homeowners associations are invited to attend a workshop on how to maintain and protect their stormwater systems.

    The free workshops, offered by... Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Online resource now includes information about pollution in shellfish beds

    Sept. 14, 2012

    The public can now access Pierce County’s quarterly shellfish bed sampling results for Filucy Bay, Rocky Bay and Burley Lagoon via the county’s online system that provides information about the health of... Read on...

    Posted on: September 6, 2012

    Traffic engineer to represent west in Institute of Transportation Engineers

    Thursday Sep 06 2012 8:44 AM

    Pierce County Traffic Engineer Rory D. Grindley, P.E., has been confirmed as the Western District Administrator of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a professional association... Read on...

    Posted on: September 13, 2012

    Pierce County seeks comments on proposed sewer regulation changes

    Sept. 13, 2012

    All customers of the Pierce County Sewer Utility are invited to provide feedback on proposed updates to county regulations that deal with Sewer Utility operations. Suggested changes include bill payment... Read on...

    Posted on: September 7, 2012

    Ferry crew rescues kayaker

    Friday Sep 07 2012 8:10 PM

    The Pierce County ferry crew rescued a man from his kayak on Thursday, September 6, after the kayak capsized near the Steilacoom ferry dock.

    The kayaker was spotted in the water by ferry... Read on...

    Posted on: August 29, 2012

    Celebrate completion of Canyon Road East projects at ribbon cutting Sept. 6

    Aug. 29, 2012

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of Canyon Road East corridor road projects from State Route 512 to 176th Street East.

    The ribbon cutting ceremony is set for... Read on...

    Posted on: August 27, 2012

    Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service Aug. 29-Sept. 2

    Aug. 27, 2012

    Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Load restrictions will be in place on... Read on...

    Posted on: August 22, 2012

    County releases final environmental impact statement for proposed flood plan

    Wednesday Aug 22 2012 10:57 AM

    The Final Environmental Impact Statement for Pierce County's proposed Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan was released August 22. The statement evaluates the potential environmental... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2012

    Change at Sumner-Tapps Highway E/South Tapps Drive E intersection coming Aug. 14

    Aug. 13, 2012

    Pierce County will revise the travel lanes of Sumner-Tapps Highway E Aug. 14 to provide left-turn lanes at the South Tapps Drive E intersection on the two legs of the highway. Left-turn lanes will not be... Read on...

    Posted on: August 7, 2012

    Hall Road boat launch to close Aug. 8 for paving

    Aug. 7, 2012

    The boat launch on Hall Road in Vaughn will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 while crews pave the boat ramp approach.

    This work is the last step in Pierce County's rehabilitation of the boat ramp... Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2012

    Residents invited to comment on food waste collection options

    Aug. 6, 2012

    Residents invited to comment on food waste collection options

    Nearly one-third of Pierce County's waste is food, making it the largest category of material entering our landfill.

    In 2010, the county... Read on...

    Posted on: August 3, 2012

    Extra day needed to complete rehabilitation of Hall Road boat ramp

    Aug. 3, 2012

    Pierce County will reopen the boat launch on Hall Road in Vaughn at 3 p.m. Aug. 4 after crews complete a rehabilitation of the boat ramp. The boat launch was closed on July 30 for the work.
    The county is... Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2012

    Section of 112th Street East reopens ahead of schedule

    July 31, 2012

    The section of 112th Street East between Fruitland Avenue East and Woodland Avenue East that was closed June 25 for a road construction project reopened July 30---five days ahead of schedule.

    Crews... Read on...

    Posted on: July 26, 2012

    Five-day closure of Hall Road boat launch in Vaughn planned; ramp to be rehabilitated

    July 26, 2012

    The boat launch on Hall Road at Vaughn will be closed July 30 to August 3 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from... Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2012

    Crews to activate new signals at two Canyon Road intersections; new lanes to open

    July 10, 2012

    Pierce County will activate new traffic signals at two intersections of Canyon Road E in Frederickson on Wednesday and Thursday, resulting in lane restrictions over a two-hour period each day.

    • Lane... Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2012

    Peninsula transfer station to accept household hazardous waste

    July 9, 2012

    Starting in July, Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula residents can drop off their household hazardous waste at the Purdy Transfer Station in Gig Harbor free of charge on the second Friday and Saturday of each month... Read on...

    Posted on: June 28, 2012

    Wire theft and vandalism cost Pierce County $8,865

    June 28, 2012

    Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along a half-mile of county road at 38th Street and 192nd Street in Frederickson after discovering two separate incidents of wire theft... Read on...

    Posted on: June 21, 2012

    Road closure of section of 112th St E starts June 25

    June 21, 2012

    Pierce County will close a section of 112th Street East on June 25 for six weeks as part of a road construction project.

    112th Street East will be closed between Fruitland Avenue East and Woodland Avenue... Read on...

    Posted on: June 18, 2012

    June 25 open house planned on sewer interceptor rehabilitation project in University Place

    June 18, 2012

    The public is invited to an open house June 25 to learn about Pierce County’s upcoming rehabilitation of 9,600 feet of sewer pipe and about 30 manholes located along Grandview Drive W. in University Place.... Read on...

    Posted on: June 15, 2012

    Wednesday ferry schedule adjusted

    June 15, 2012

    Pierce County has revised its June and July ferry fuel run schedule to accommodate residents and visitors celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in Steilacoom or on Anderson or Ketron islands. This means... Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2012

    Wings & Wheels to feature cool aircraft, cars, music and more

    June 13, 2012

    Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels is back for its second year with airplane fly-bys, a meet and greet with pilots, airplane and helicopter rides, displays, a car show, a motorcycle show and more.

    Wings &... Read on...

    Posted on: June 12, 2012

    County engineer elected to national board

    Engineer

    Tuesday Jun 12 2012 3:07 PM

    Pierce County Engineer Brian D. Stacy, P.E., has been elected to serve a two-year term as the Western Regional Vice President for the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Board of... Read on...

    Posted on: June 12, 2012

    Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service July 1-8

    June 12, 2012

    Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from July 1-8. Load restrictions will be in place on some... Read on...

    Posted on: June 11, 2012

    Two meetings planned on potential improvements to Steilacoom ferry loading lanes

    June 11, 2012

    The public is invited to learn about potential improvements to the ferry loading lanes at the Steilacoom Terminal during upcoming community meetings in Steilacoom and on Anderson Island.

    The Steilacoom... Read on...

    Posted on: May 25, 2012

    Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

    May 25, 2012

    Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car wash fundraiser by checking out a fish-friendly car wash kit. The kits are available at several Pierce County locations.

    The kits keep... Read on...

    Posted on: May 21, 2012

    Spanaway fourth-graders paint 2 county snow plows

    Painted snow plows

    May 21, 2012

    If you see a string of mittens or a cart-wheeling Santa Claus headed down the street during the next snowfall, you don't need new glasses.

    These scenes were painted on two of Pierce County's snow... Read on...

    Posted on: May 18, 2012

    Remodeled ferry terminal opens May 22

    May 18, 2012

    The Steilacoom ferry terminal will reopen May 22 following a remodel inside and out. The terminal, located at 56 Union Ave. in Steilacoom, closed Jan. 4 for the work.

    "I think our ferry patrons will be... Read on...

    Posted on: May 18, 2012

    Day Island sewer pipe to be replaced

    May 18, 2012

    Following recent leaks in the Day Island sewer force main and subsequent spot inspections, Pierce County will replace the pipe to prevent future leakage. Design work on the replacement pipe will begin... Read on...

    Posted on: May 14, 2012

    Learn about potential improvements to Steilacoom Terminal ferry loading lanes

    May 14, 2012

    The public is invited to learn about potential improvements to the ferry loading lanes at the Steilacoom Terminal during a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St. in... Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2012

    Celebrate National Public Works Week with activities, contest

    May 10, 2012

    Pierce County residents are invited to participate in several activities as part of National Public Works Week, which runs from May 20-26.

    “Pierce County Public Works and Utilities employees strive to... Read on...

    Posted on: May 4, 2012

    Section of Orting-Kapowsin Highway temporarily closed due to localized flooding

    May 4, 2012

    The stretch of the Orting-Kapowsin Highway between 264th Street and 288th Street E. is closed temporarily due to localized flooding caused by heavy rains and wildlife activity.

    Pierce County road crews... Read on...

    Posted on: May 4, 2012

    Airport commissions to discuss technology and economic impact

    May 4, 2012

    The public is invited to a joint meeting of the two advisory commissions that represent the Pierce County-owned airports near Puyallup and Gig Harbor.

    The May 10 meeting features presentations about... Read on...

    Posted on: April 30, 2012

    Peak season ferry rates take effect May 1

    April 30, 2012

    Peak season rates apply starting Tuesday, May 1, for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Peak season runs from May 1 to Sept. 30.

    Walk-on passenger rates... Read on...

    Posted on: April 27, 2012

    Summit-area residents invited to public meeting on proposed road improvements

    April 27, 2012

    Summit-area residents are invited to a public meeting on May 10 to learn about Pierce County’s proposed improvements to more than a mile of Canyon Road E. from 99th St. Court E. to 84th St. E.

    “The... Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2012

    Celebrate Puget Sound in May

    April 25, 2012

    Communities across Western Washington will celebrate Puget Sound with family-friendly activities and educational programs during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

    "Puget Sound is a treasure that... Read on...

    Posted on: April 24, 2012

    More plastic recycling options for Pierce County residents

    April 24, 2012

    Pierce County residents can now recycle additional plastic items. Plastic jars, tubs and buckets can be added to curbside recycling carts. Examples include yogurt and sour cream containers, plastic salsa... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    FEMA’s new flood rating reduces insurance premiums in Pierce County

    April 23, 2012

    FEMA’s new flood rating reduces insurance premiums in Pierce County

    Pierce County has earned a new flood rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of its floodplain... Read on...

    Posted on: April 16, 2012

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 18

    April 16, 2012

    Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

    An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 18, and continue through June.... Read on...

    Posted on: March 23, 2012

    Airport Advisory Commission applicants sought

    March 23, 2012

    The Pierce County Executive is seeking applicants to fill four positions on the Thun Field Advisory Commission (TFAC). The Pierce County Council created the TFAC to provide the community and airport tenants... Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    Pierce County releases plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards

    Feb. 29, 2012

    Pierce County on Feb. 29 released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated floodplains over the next 20 years.

    The draft Rivers... Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2012

    Last chance for free storm debris disposal

    Friday Feb 24 2012 9:27 AM

    Sunday, Feb. 26 is your last chance to dispose of storm debris of any size for free at select Pierce County transfer stations.

    Hidden Valley17925 Meridian Street ESeven days a... Read on...

    Posted on: February 17, 2012

    Free storm debris disposal ends Feb. 26

    Friday Feb 17 2012 3:58 PM

    If you have put off cleaning up after the January snow and ice storm, time is running out to take advantage of free storm debris disposal. Pierce County's program will wrap up on Sunday, Feb... Read on...

    Posted on: January 25, 2012

    Calm between storms: county crews manage the clean-up

    Wednesday Jan 25 2012 5:07 PM

    County crews are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel from the storm events that started Friday, Jan. 13 and lasted more than a week.

    Although calls are still trickling in, the... Read on...


    Public Works & Utilities - Roads

    21 Stories
    Posted on: March 27, 2014

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 1

    Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

    An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 1, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2014

    Brookdale project resumes

    Construction on a project to replace a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland will resume on March 11. Work is expected to be complete in 2016.

    During the first phase of construction, sections of 131st Street East... Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2013

    Section of 52nd Street East to be resurfaced Aug. 22-23; motorists should expect delays

    Motorists traveling along 52nd Street East between 66th Avenue East and Pioneer Way East near Fife should expect long delays from 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 as crews resurface the roadway.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: July 1, 2013

    New project on 176th Street East begins in early July

    Construction work along 176th Street East from B Street East to 14th Avenue East in Frederickson will begin July 8.

    This project is one of several Pierce County projects to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion... Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2013

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 8

    Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

    An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 8, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...

    Posted on: October 10, 2012

    Section of Artondale Drive NW to close overnight for paving

    A section of Artondale Drive NW near Gig Harbor will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 to 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 as part of an area road construction project.

    Artondale Drive NW will be closed from Wollochet Drive... Read on...

    Posted on: September 27, 2012

    72nd Street KPS boat launch near Long Branch open following ramp rehabilitation

    The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch reopened at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 following Pierce County’s rehabilitation of the ramp – two days ahead of schedule.

    Crews replaced the existing ramp structure with concrete... Read on...

    Posted on: September 21, 2012

    5-day closure of 72nd Street KPS boat launch planned

    The boat launch on 72nd Street KPS near Long Branch will be closed Sept. 24-28 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington... Read on...

    Posted on: August 29, 2012

    Celebrate completion of Canyon Road East projects at ribbon cutting Sept. 6

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of Canyon Road East corridor road projects from State Route 512 to 176th Street East.

    The ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2012

    Change at Sumner-Tapps Highway E/South Tapps Drive E intersection coming Aug. 14

    Pierce County will revise the travel lanes of Sumner-Tapps Highway E Aug. 14 to provide left-turn lanes at the South Tapps Drive E intersection on the two legs of the highway. Left-turn lanes will not be added to South Tapps... Read on...

    Posted on: August 8, 2012

    Hall Road boat launch to close Aug. 8 for paving

    The boat launch on Hall Road in Vaughn will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 while crews pave the boat ramp approach.

    This work is the last step in Pierce County's rehabilitation of the boat ramp. The county on... Read on...

    Posted on: August 3, 2012

    Extra day needed to complete rehabilitation of Hall Road boat ramp

    Pierce County will reopen the boat launch on Hall Road in Vaughn at 3 p.m. Aug. 4 after crews complete a rehabilitation of the boat ramp. The boat launch was closed on July 30 for the work. The county is replacing the... Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2012

    Section of 112th Street East reopens ahead of schedule

    The section of 112th Street East between Fruitland Avenue East and Woodland Avenue East that was closed June 25 for a road construction project reopened July 30---five days ahead of schedule.

    Crews lowered the road by as... Read on...

    Posted on: July 26, 2012

    Five-day closure of Hall Road boat launch in Vaughn planned; ramp to be rehabilitated

    The boat launch on Hall Road at Vaughn will be closed July 30 to August 3 so Pierce County can rehabilitate the ramp.

    Crews will replace the existing ramp structure with concrete panels purchased from the Washington... Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2012

    Crews to activate new signals at two Canyon Road intersections; new lanes to open

    Crews to activate new signals at two Canyon Road intersections; new lanes to open

    Pierce County will activate new traffic signals at two intersections of Canyon Road E in Frederickson on Wednesday and Thursday, resulting... Read on...

    Posted on: June 28, 2012

    Wire theft and vandalism cost Pierce County $8,865

    Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along a half-mile of county road at 38th Street and 192nd Street in Frederickson after discovering two separate incidents of wire theft and vandalism.... Read on...

    Posted on: June 21, 2012

    Road closure of section of 112th St E starts June 25

    Pierce County will close a section of 112th Street East on June 25 for six weeks as part of a road construction project.

    112th Street East will be closed between Fruitland Avenue East and Woodland Avenue East until early... Read on...

    Posted on: May 21, 2012

    Spanaway fourth-graders paint 2 county snow plows

    Painted snow plows

    If you see a string of mittens or a cart-wheeling Santa Claus headed down the street during the next snowfall, you don't need new glasses.

    These scenes were painted on two of Pierce County's snow plows on May 17 by... Read on...

    Posted on: May 4, 2012

    Section of Orting-Kapowsin Highway temporarily closed due to localized flooding

    The stretch of the Orting-Kapowsin Highway between 264th Street and 288th Street E. is closed temporarily due to localized flooding caused by heavy rains and wildlife activity.

    Pierce County road crews closed the section... Read on...

    Posted on: April 27, 2012

    Summit-area residents invited to public meeting on proposed road improvements

    Summit-area residents are invited to a public meeting on May 10 to learn about Pierce County’s proposed improvements to more than a mile of Canyon Road E. from 99th St. Court E. to 84th St. E.

    “The improvements are... Read on...

    Posted on: April 16, 2012

    Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 18

    Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

    An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 18, and continue through June. Targeted noxious... Read on...


    Public Works & Utilities - Sewer & Water Utilities

    20 Stories
    Posted on: March 26, 2014

    Sewer connection assistance available for residents and projects

    Pierce County is accepting applications for individuals or projects that need assistance connecting to the sewer system.

    This help is to available residents and projects located in Public Works and Utilities’ Read on...

    Posted on: March 10, 2014

    Treatment plant to end sales of individual bags of SoundGRO® fertilizer

    Individual bags of SoundGRO® fertilizer will no longer be sold directly from the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place, effective March 15. Bags will continue to be available at a number of... Read on...

    Posted on: March 10, 2014

    Treatment plant to end sales of individual bags of SoundGRO® fertilizer

    Individual bags of SoundGRO® fertilizer will no longer be sold directly from the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place, effective March 15. Bags will continue to be available at a number of... Read on...

    Posted on: February 20, 2014

    Replacement of the Day Island sewer force main pipe underway

    Work to replace a deteriorated 382-foot sewer force main located under the Day Island Bridge began this week.

    Sewer service will not be interrupted during the project, which is expected to be complete in mid-May. Traffic... Read on...

    Posted on: January 27, 2014

    Beach advisory lifted after tests show normal water quality levels

    The water quality levels at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place tested normal and an advisory cautioning people to stay out of the water was lifted Jan. 27 by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department following... Read on...

    Posted on: January 24, 2014

    Swimmers advised to stay out of water at Chambers Creek Regional Park after sewage discharge

    People are advised to stay out of the saltwater at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place as a precaution after approximately 200,000 gallons of partially disinfected sewage was discharged into the water.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2013

    Work postponed on Brookdale Road sewer main

    A project to replace a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland has been postponed until mid-2014. Crews had planned to shift work to the eastern end of the project in December, but unfavorable conditions and associated... Read on...

    Posted on: December 19, 2013

    Construction of sewer force main in Puyallup starts Dec. 23

    Pierce County will begin installing a sewer force main in the South Hill area of Puyallup on Dec. 23. The work is expected to last through Jan. 20.

    Work will begin on 126th Street East and move west to 90th Avenue East.... Read on...

    Posted on: December 6, 2013

    Sewer main work shifts to Brookdale Road in December

    Construction crews replacing a sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland are shifting work to the eastern end of the project this month.

    The crews are replacing 5,000 feet of sewer pipe with a 72-inch diameter... Read on...

    Posted on: October 7, 2013

    Trail closure at Chambers Creek Regional Park

    The Grandview walking trail along Grandview Drive in University Place is closed to the public through Friday, Oct. 18. The trail runs between the North Meadow parking area north of Cirque Drive and the entrance to the park... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2013

    Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project starts Oct. 1

    Pierce County will begin replacing the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland Oct. 1. The project is expected to last through February 2015.

    Work will begin at the intersection of A Street and 133rd Street East and... Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2013

    Construction on sewer pipe along Grandview Drive W begins this week

    Pierce County will begin rehabilitating 9,600 feet of sewer pipe and about 30 manholes located along Grandview Drive West in University Place on Sept. 25.

    Repairs will be made to the corroded, 30-inch diameter... Read on...

    Posted on: August 19, 2013

    Wastewater treatment plant receives “Outstanding Performance” award from state

    Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Pierce County's Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in University Place has received the 2012 "Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding... Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2013

    Turn lane to be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West

    A turn lane will be added on Chambers Creek Road at 64th Street West in University Place to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection. Construction will begin Aug. 15 and is expected to be complete in the beginning of... Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2013

    Partial walking trail closure on Chambers Creek Road

    A portion of the E Slope Walking Trail, near the north entrance to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, will temporarily close to the public.

    The closure will last from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9... Read on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2013

    Learn about Brookdale Road sewer main replacement project at June 20 open house

    The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s replacement of the sewer main along Brookdale Road in Parkland.

    The open house will be held June 20 run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Elmhurst... Read on...

    Posted on: January 23, 2013

    Learn about wastewater treatment plant expansion at Jan. 31 open house

    Jan. 23, 2013

    The public is invited to an upcoming open house to learn about Pierce County’s expansion of the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The open house will run from 5 to7 p.m. on Jan. 31, at the... Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2012

    Celebrate start of treatment plant expansion with Nov. 15 groundbreaking

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the start of construction on the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the plant, located at 10311... Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2012

    County receives $13 million low-interest state loan for treatment plant expansion

    Tuesday Sep 25 2012 10:00 AM

    Pierce County's Public Works and Utilities department applied for and received a low-interest state loan for the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.

    The... Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2012

    Pierce County seeks comments on proposed sewer regulation changes

    Wednesday Sep 12 2012 5:18 PM

    All customers of the Pierce County Sewer Utility are invited to provide feedback on proposed updates to county regulations that deal with Sewer Utility operations. Suggested changes include... Read on...


    Public Works & Utilities - Solid Waste & Recycling

    6 Stories
    Posted on: February 27, 2014

    Composting classes teach residents how to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s composting classes this spring. One class focuses on yard waste, and the other on food waste.

    “These classes are a great way... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2013

    Free composting classes teach how to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this spring. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

    "These classes are a great way... Read on...

    Posted on: December 24, 2012

    Treecycle your Christmas tree

    Dec. 24, 2012

    As you recycle your wrapping paper, don’t forget to treecycle your Christmas tree.

    Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container... Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2012

    Residents invited to comment on food waste collection options

    Nearly one-third of Pierce County's waste is food, making it the largest category of material entering our landfill.

    In 2010, the county began exploring how to manage and reduce food waste, and is now asking for the... Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2012

    Peninsula transfer station to accept household hazardous waste

    Starting in July, Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula residents can drop off their household hazardous waste at the Purdy Transfer Station in Gig Harbor free of charge on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. The transfer... Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2012

    Peninsula transfer station to accept household hazardous waste

    Starting in July, Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula residents can drop off their household hazardous waste at the Purdy Transfer Station in Gig Harbor free of charge on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. The transfer... Read on...


    Public Works & Utilities - Stormwater & Flooding

    24 Stories
    Posted on: October 29, 2013

    Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

    Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on Pierce County roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.

    "Practicing preventative maintenance can go a long... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2013

    Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

    Car wash fundraisers can be a great way to raise money, but the soap and pollutants that run off the vehicles can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
    Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car... Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2013

    Motorists should take action so they "Don’t Drip and Drive"

    Pierce County motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

    Every year, hundreds of tons... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Turn in unused or expired medicines on April 27

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

    Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

    Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2013

    Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

    Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

    “Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

    Posted on: March 25, 2013

    Foothills Trail users can discuss impacts from upcoming construction April 6

    Pierce County is inviting feedback from Foothills Trail users and neighbors on how a summer construction project along the Puyallup River near McMillin may impact them.

    Construction on a new side channel on the west side... Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2013

    Free composting classes teach how to reduce waste at home

    Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this spring. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

    "These classes are a great way... Read on...

    Posted on: February 7, 2013

    Flood-prone house to be used for SWAT training exercise Feb. 8

    A flood-prone house owned by Pierce County will be used for a Tacoma Police Department SWAT team training exercise Feb. 8 before it is ultimately demolished by county crews and returned to a natural floodplain.

    The SWAT... Read on...

    Posted on: January 14, 2013

    Sustainable landscaping workshop offered for landscape professionals

    Jan. 14, 2013

    Landscape professionals looking to incorporate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance into their business are invited to attend a Pierce County workshop on sustainable landscaping in... Read on...

    Posted on: January 3, 2013

    Pierce County wins national environmental award

    Pierce County recently won a national environmental award for its “Raise the Grade” stream health and stormwater technical assistance programs.

    The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented Public Works and... Read on...

    Posted on: December 20, 2012

    County receives grants to fund salmon recovery projects

    Pierce County will receive nearly $1.1 million to improve and protect salmon habitat.

    The grants were awarded to the county and other local organizations by the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved more... Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    Pierce County releases plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards

    Draft Environmental Impact Statement for plan also available

    Pierce County on Feb. 29 released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    Flood insurance premiums lowered thanks to new FEMA flood rating for Pierce County

    Monday Apr 23 2012 10:55 AM

    Pierce County has earned a new flood rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of its floodplain management activities. The new rating means that unincorporated... Read on...

    Posted on: November 6, 2012

    Celebrate completion of stormwater pond with ribbon cutting Nov. 14

    Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a stormwater pond in the Fir Ridge neighborhood south of Bonney Lake.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the property located on... Read on...

    Posted on: October 19, 2012

    Prepare now for flood season

    With the fall and winter flood season nearing, Pierce County residents should prepare now to keep their family and property safe.

    "Everyone should have a family plan in place and an emergency kit on hand in case of... Read on...

    Posted on: September 18, 2012

    Free homeowners workshops focus on stormwater systems

    Pierce County residents who live in communities with homeowners associations are invited to attend a workshop on how to maintain and protect their stormwater systems.

    The free workshops, offered by Pierce County Public... Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Online resource now includes information about pollution in shellfish beds

    The public can now access Pierce County’s quarterly shellfish bed sampling results for Filucy Bay, Rocky Bay and Burley Lagoon via the county’s online system that provides information about the health of waterways in Pierce... Read on...

    Posted on: May 30, 2012

    Road project earns award for using pervious concrete

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    Wednesday May 30 2012 4:23 PM

    Pierce County has won an award for a pilot project that used pervious concrete for the first time on a county road as a means of helping to control flooding.

    The first place... Read on...

    Posted on: May 25, 2012

    Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

    Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car wash fundraiser by checking out a fish-friendly car wash kit. The kits are available at several Pierce County locations.

    The kits keep soap, oil and... Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2012

    Celebrate Puget Sound in May

    Communities across Western Washington will celebrate Puget Sound with family-friendly activities and educational programs during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

    "Puget Sound is a treasure that belongs to every... Read on...

    Posted on: April 23, 2012

    FEMA’s new flood rating reduces insurance premiums in Pierce County

    FEMA’s new flood rating reduces insurance premiums in Pierce County

    Pierce County has earned a new flood rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of its floodplain management activities. The... Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2012

    Pierce County releases plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards

    Draft Environmental Impact Statement for plan also available

    Pierce County on Feb. 29 released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated... Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2012

    Pierce County receives $450,000 for Puyallup River flood study

    Pierce County announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $450,000 to continue studying strategies to address significant flooding issues along the Puyallup River.

    Known as the Puyallup River General... Read on...


    Puget Sound Fresh - What's New

    3 Stories
    Posted on: April 23, 2014

    Get listed on Puget Sound Fresh!

    Interested in listing your farm, farmers market, event or recipe? Please contact us.

    Posted on: April 8, 2014

    The Farm Guides are coming!

    Be on the look out for the 2014 Farm Guide - it hits the streets over the next few weeks. Contact info@cascadeharvest.org if you would like copies to distribute.

    Posted on: March 4, 2014

    Welcome to the Puget Sound Fresh Mobile App

    Your source for what's fresh, local and in season year-round.


    Sheriff's Department

    11 Stories
    Posted on: April 22, 2014

    Turning in unused or expired medicines makes everyone safer

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the 8th nationwide drug "take back" day on... Read on...

    Posted on: August 27, 2013

    Sheriff's Community Academy openings

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is looking for interested citizens to attend its fall Community Academy program. The academy begins Sept. 26 and will meet each Thursday evening for 13 weeks.

    This is the first... Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2013

    Turn in unused or expired medicines on April 27

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug Read on...

    Posted on: March 19, 2013

    Agencies to hold counter-terrorism exercise at Port of Tacoma March 22

    A number of local, state and federal agencies will participate in a simulated improvised explosive device (IED) exercise at the Port of Tacoma on Friday. There will be two scenarios along the Blair Waterway where IEDs will... Read on...

    Posted on: September 26, 2012

    Sheriff's cadets perform well at academy

    Wednesday Sep 26 2012 1:54 PM

    Eight members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Cadet Program performed well at the weeklong Washington Law Enforcement Exploring Advisors Academy.

    Pierce County sent seven cadets to the... Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2012

    Help yourself and the environment: turn in unused, expired medicines

    Friday Sep 14 2012 8:52 AM

    The public is encouraged to safely dispose of unused or expired medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug "take back" day on Saturday, Sept. 29.

    This... Read on...

    Posted on: June 28, 2012

    Wire theft and vandalism cost Pierce County $8,865

    Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along a half-mile of county road at 38th Street and 192nd Street in Frederickson after discovering two separate incidents of wire theft and vandalism.... Read on...

    Posted on: May 17, 2012

    Sheriff's Department attends national Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony

    Thursday May 17 2012 9:50 AM

    A message from Sheriff Paul Pastor:

    "Last night, along with about 50,000 other people, I attended the Candlelight Vigil and Posting of Names at National Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony... Read on...

    Posted on: May 3, 2012

    Wright added to memorial for fallen deputies

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department held a ceremony on Thursday, May 3, to add Deputy Shandon Wright's picture to a memorial for fallen deputies.

    A ribbon bearing Wright's name was also added to the... Read on...

    Posted on: April 26, 2012

    Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 3

    Thursday Apr 26 2012 12:39 PM

    Pierce County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be honored at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the McGavick Student &... Read on...

    Posted on: April 5, 2012

    Turning in unused or expired medicines makes everyone safer

    Thursday Apr 05 2012 9:34 AM

    Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug... Read on...


    Superior Court

    5 Stories
    Posted on: April 1, 2014

    Public invited to Phil Sorensen's swearing-in as Superior Court judge

    The public is invited as Phil Sorensen is sworn in as a Pierce County Superior Court judge on Thursday, April 3.

    The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. A... Read on...

    Posted on: October 1, 2013

    Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck earns state judicial award

    Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck

    Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck was honored by the state’s judiciary for outstanding contributions to youth and public education concerning the legal system.

    Judge van Doorninck was awarded the... Read on...

    Posted on: May 10, 2013

    Giving thanks for jurors who make important decisions in our community

    Several hundred Pierce County residents who were summoned to jury duty got special attention this week.

    The Pierce County Council joined Gov. Jay Inslee in proclaiming May 6-10 as “Juror Appreciation Week” to commend... Read on...

    Posted on: March 2, 2012

    Craig Adams, Meagan Foley appointed to Court Commissioner posts

    Craig Adams, the longtime legal advisor to the Pierce County sheriff, has been appointed as a Superior Court Commissioner.

    The appointment marks a return to the bench for Adams, who served as a Court Commissioner for two... Read on...

    Posted on: January 3, 2013

    3 Superior Court judges to be sworn in Jan. 4

    Three newly elected Pierce County Superior Court judges will have their joint swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Jan. 4.

    The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City... Read on...


    Sustainability

    11 Stories
    Posted on: April 22, 2014

    Pierce County government moves to 100 percent recycled paper

    In honor of Earth Day, Executive Pat McCarthy announced that Pierce County is moving to 100 percent recycled paper in support of its ongoing... Read on...

    Posted on: June 24, 2013

    Pierce, Kitsap counties compete to cut costs in “Energy Challenge”

    Pierce County battled it out with Kitsap County to see which could reduce energy use the most in May. Both counties pitted their courthouses against each other in a friendly challenge to raise awareness about energy... Read on...

    Posted on: May 1, 2013

    Turn off, unplug and scale back: Pierce County challenges Kitsap County over energy reduction

    May 1 marks the kickoff of Pierce County’s courthouse energy reduction challenge against Kitsap County.

    We are going head-to-head with Kitsap County’s courthouse campus to see which building can save the most energy over... Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2013

    New compactors reduce waste and increase efficiency at Pierce County facilities

    Image of solar trash can

    In an ongoing effort to support sustainability and resource conservation, Facilities Management has installed solar powered trash compactors and recycling units at two Pierce County facilities.

    The units are powered by a... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2013

    After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

    Sprinker ice rink

    Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

    The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011.... Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2012

    County's energy conservation guidelines put practice into policy

    Pierce County has adopted an energy conservation policy to lower operating costs and conserve energy at all county-owned buildings.

    The new policy contains a background of Pierce County’s sustainability goals for energy... Read on...

    Posted on: April 30, 2012

    April showers bring more than May flowers

    Monday Apr 30 2012 9:35 AM

    Did you know that runoff flows over hard surfaces like parking lots, picking up pollutants along the way? Most runoff is not treated before it travels into our streams, rivers, lakes and Puget... Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2012

    Pierce County's sustainability efforts save $1.3 million

    Thursday Apr 19 2012 12:28 PM

    Pierce County saved more than $1.3 million in 2010 and 2011 by reducing its use of energy, water, fuel and office supplies, according to its second Annual Sustainability Index.

    The report,... Read on...

    Posted on: April 9, 2012

    Rethink and re-energize your habits on cleaning and trash

    Monday Apr 09 2012 11:13 AM

    Many Pierce County employees are in the midst of spring cleaning. As you clear out your closets and tackle the paper piles on your desk at work, you may already be thinking about the three... Read on...

    Posted on: April 4, 2012

    Pierce County saves big on energy - you can too

    Wednesday Apr 04 2012 12:38 PM

    Pierce County is celebrating Energy Conservation Week by helping you conserve energy at work and home.

    Here's what to expect this week:

    Energy Conservation GiveawaysPierce... Read on...

    Posted on: April 3, 2012

    Pierce County's 'Biggest Losers' cut energy consumption

    Pierce County has reduced energy use by 12.4 percent since 2009, saving taxpayers $858,000.

    Staff in three Pierce County buildings have done exceptionally well with reducing energy and will receive the "Biggest Energy... Read on...