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Shops offer ‘drip and drive’ checks

Auto shops throughout Pierce County have joined the fight to cut down on runoff pollution by participating in the Don’t Drip and Drive program, designed to educate Washington drivers about the importance of checking for vehicle leaks and of regular vehicle inspections.
Don’t Drip and Drive was created by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology in an effort to quell the pollution in local waterways. Partnering with the Automotive Services Association (ASA), AAA, and Envirostars, auto shops that are participating in the campaign offer a free leak inspection, a free estimate for potential repairs, and 10 percent off (up to $50) leak repairs.
For those who wish to self-diagnose, experts recommend parking cars over a piece of cardboard after driving for approximately 15 minutes. Then, after waiting for about… Read Full Story

Small business job creation continued in March

NFIB report: Strong month for hiring despite a tight labor market
Small business owners continued to hire in March, and they are having to increase compensation to remain competitive in a tight labor market, according to the March Jobs Report released April 6 by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
“The post-election optimism we’ve seen among small business owners has led to more job openings, but small employers are struggling to find qualified applicants,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.
Small business owners reported a seasonally adjusted average employment change… Read Full Story

It’s Just Business: Looking for a chance

“I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.” – Russell Wilson

In past articles I pretty much complained about find skilled workers. At the time I saw the articles more of me asking questions to see if any other manager or owner were facing the same obstacles. When I got reaction to the articles, I realized that others read the articles as me not being able to find people to… Read Full Story

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Fife Community Outreach Project gives families hope
Duncan Rolfson

A group of citizens in the Fife/Milton/Edgewood area has been supporting a growing number of families whose lives are sustained in a motel or local hotel room along Fife’s string of freeway-side locations. Angie Barreto, North Pierce County Community Coalition Board Member and Fife Community Outreach…

Fire and Rescue News: Please don’t let this tragedy happen in your house!

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent creating a fire hazard by reducing air flow to the dryer and backing up dryer exhaust gases. The leading cause of home clothes…

$10,000 reward offered in Tacoma double murder
David Rose

Friends and family of Terry Northcutt have been out in Tacoma posting Crime Stoppers flyers offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in his murder. Tacoma Police need your help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for killing Northcutt and Voravangso “Two” Phanmama on Friday,…

What is your dream job?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney What is your dream job? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I ask this question in all of the interviews for employment that I conduct. I do this because I truly want to know what the applicants at my…

Deadline nears to enter VIBE’s first ever business plan competition
William Manzanares

Things are moving along nicely for the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship’s (VIBE) first ever business plan competition. Open to all colleges and universities in the South Sound and members of the broader community as well, the competition is generally patterned after the popular…

It’s Just Business: It’s never too late to learn money management
William Manzanares

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin      Have you ever thought to yourself about why you weren’t taught about money management in school? Not only do they not teach you this in school, money isn’t talked about much there either. Well, the…

Muslim Community Appreciation Day
Duncan Rolfson

On Saturday, March 11, community members of many religions, races and beliefs congregated at the Islamic Center of Tacoma for a day consisting of appreciation and education. The gathering at the local University Place mosque was equipped with a plethora of familiar, state fair-esque activities aimed…

Milton family escapes house fire

A family of six lost everything when their home was destroyed in a fire Saturday evening. Firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue were called to the home on the 500 block of 13th Avenue in Milton at 7:30 p.m. Smoke alarms alerted the family, who evacuated the home before the firefighters arrived.…

Dancing the night away at the SLMS powwow

The annual powwow at Surprise Lake Middle School attracted dancers, drummers and spectators alike for an evening of community and family on March 3. Always a wonderful event, this 2017 powwow was no different, as everyone enjoyed music, cultural sharing and vendors selling food and Native-themed wares.…

Fire & Rescue News: Common Questions Regarding

East Pierce Fire & Rescue (EPF&R) responds to 9-1-1 medical aid calls in Edgewood, Milton, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Lake Tapps, South Prairie and rural Buckley, serving a community of 88,000 people spread out over an area of 150 square miles. In 2017, it is estimated that EPF&R will respond…