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Training helps community be ready for disasters

Special to The Dispatch Following a major disaster, first-responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number…

Alder Lake-area fire 19 percent contained

Efforts to quell a forest fire near Alder Lake continued to make headway last week. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the 280-acre fire was 19 percent contained. Officials reported…

‘Get to the bottom’ of police issues

A “crisis in our communities” involving citizens and police was the subject for a roundtable with law enforcement officers co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert. Reichert, whose congressional district includes…

Business Briefs

• King Feed will celebrate its 13th anniversary with a customer-appreciation event Sept. 19-20. Live music from 12 to 2 p.m. both days and children’s games will be accompanied by…

Water use goes down

A request for Eatonville residents to voluntarily use less water this summer got the reaction town officials hoped for. In July, customers of the municipal water system were asked to…

Willow by popular demand

Willow by popular demand

The public has spoken: The moose calf at Northwest Trek shall be known as Willow. That’s the name chosen in recent online voting from among three names nominated by the…

What’s new at school in 2015-16?

The 2015-16 school year for the Bethel and Eatonville school districts started Sept. 9 with new teachers, principals, ways of learning and facilities: BETHEL • Anticipated student enrollment: 17,628. •…

Pierce County will study mental health ‘crisis’

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Pierce County’s mental health system will be evaluated in an independent study ordered by the County Council. A consultant will be hired to conduct an…

Yard and garage sale, U.S.A.

Yard and garage sale, U.S.A.

By PAT JENKINS The Dispatch If you’re a statistics believer, consider this one: There are 160,000 garage and yard sales on any given week in the United States. And it…

Fire to be contained Oct. 1

Fire to be contained Oct. 1

Officials involved in efforts to control a forest fire near Alder Lake are estimating it will be contained by Oct. 1. By that date, the fire will have been burning…