Category Archives: Spanaway

Week in Review – eclipse, burn ban off but pollution increases, BSD announces half its students live in poverty

by Bruce A. Smith  From sublime celestial wonders to grinding mundane issues like clean air, heat and enough food to eat have filled the lives of Mountain Country residents this week.

Posted in Bethel News, Culture, Eatonville News, Events, Graham News, Nature, Spanaway | 10 Comments

Kinder Swimmer in Spanaway reaches out to all kids

by Bruce A. Smith Kinder Swimmer, the brainchild of Leona Day and Carrie McCarthy, is offering specialized swimming lessons to area residents at its indoor pool in Spanaway, along with regular swim sessions. 

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Pierce County Fair delights thousands

  Under pleasant but mostly cloudy summer skies, over sixteen-thousand people attended the 64th Annual Pierce County Fair, held this weekend at Frontier Park in Graham.

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Recent drownings are tragic reminders about the importance of water safety – free use of life jackets available

Editor’s Note: The Mountain News received this press release about summer safety from the Washington State Department of Health today, and two  facts jumped out that make this compelling information. 

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Pierce Conservation District to fill board position – volunteer needed

Editor’s Note:  The following press release from Pierce County may be of great interest to many Mountain News readers.  The Pierce Conservation District needs a new volunteer board member.

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Remembering Jimi

by Bruce A. Smith  I just received a press release from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office today announcing the conviction of Olujimi Awbah Blakeney in the shooting death of Lisa Melancon, the well-liked Tacoma city employee who was killed on her … Continue reading

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Gardening project at Spanaway Elementary is state-of-the-art endeavor

  The new Spanaway Elementary School on Pacific Avenue currently under construction will have a unique feature – a state-of-the-art horticultural classroom and greenhouse that will support an innovative gardening curriculum for all students, K-6.

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Bridge work on 176th St in Frederickson going smoothly; few traffic glitches

  County officials are applauding a savvy driving public that has found alternative routes during the past year as the expansion work on 176th St intensified.

Posted in Bethel News, Culture, Frederickson, South Hill, Spanaway | 1 Comment

2nd LD Democrats hold fundraising picnic at Spanaway Lake

  Under cloudy skies struggling to let some summer sun shine forth, the 2nd Legislative District Democrats met in Spanaway on Saturday to feast on grilled salmon, talk politics, and raise some cash for organizational expenses.

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County re-districting bodes well for Graham, Frederickson and Spanaway

  Pierce County is undergoing a reconfiguration of its seven council district boundaries due to changes in population, and the proposed changes – if approved by the current County Council – will strengthen the political voice of Graham, Frederickson, and … Continue reading

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