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Computer science in schools gets STEM funding

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Eatonville School District is on the list of second-round recipients of a combined $4 million worth of state-affiliated grants for STEM education. Washington STEM, in…

County has opioid, painkillers ‘epidemic’

The opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the country has hit Pierce County, according to a report commissioned by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The department’s Treatment Services program offers people in…

Frontier Park stretches for trails

Frontier Park stretches for trails

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Pierce County wanted to add seven acres to Frontier Park in Graham but wasn’t going to have the money in time to keep the additional…

Senate race includes a rematch

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Voters have been there before in this year’s primary election race for state senator in the Second Legislative District. Randi Becker, the Republican incumbent, and…

Another fatality at falls

For the second time in as many months, an accident at Little Mashel Falls has claimed a life. An 18-year old male from Bonney Lake fell to his death from…

First county case of Zika reported

A Pierce County man in his 20s has tested positive for the Zika virus. Officials said the man, whose name and community where he lives weren’t reported, likely caught the…

10,000 bicyclists riding through south Pierce

Drivers in south Pierce County and elsewhere are advised by officials to allow extra travel time this weekend because of 10,000 bicyclists riding state highways and local roads for the…

Voters’ OK of EMS levies will keep services

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The upcoming primary election is important to emergency medical services in south Pierce County. Voters in the particular jurisdictions will decide whether to continue levies…

County shuts down pot shop

The owner of an unlicensed marijuana business in the Parkland area is facing charges after not closing it when he was required to under state law. Pierce County prosecutors on…

Report: County hit hard by heroin, prescription painkillers

The opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the country has hit Pierce County, according to a report commissioned by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The department’s Treatment Services program offers people in…