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‘Popsicles with Your Administrators’ offers back-to-school info

Assistant principals from four Fife Schools took it to the streets on Monday, Aug. 14 for a day of “Popsicles with Your Administrators,” a chance for area parents/guardians to get answers to any questions about back-to-school for Fife students before the big first day back on Sept. 6.
There to help out were Mark Beddes, Columbia Junior High School assistant principal; Amy Mittelstaedt, Hedden Elementary assistant principal; Megan Gallwas, Surprise Lake Middle School assistant principal; and Brian Neufeld, Endeavour Intermediate Elementary assistant principal. Setting up informational tables in the parking lots of four Fife apartment complexes, the day started at the Astoria Apartments then moved on to The Lakes Apartments, Chateau Rainier Apartments and Bella Sonoma Apartments. It was a beautiful, sunny summer day for such… Read Full Story

Satisfaction from benefaction: NW Furniture

Like a triangle, there are three components to NW Furniture Bank, with 14 employees who help collect and distribute surplus furniture to people in need. Directly on top of the charity is Hope Furnishings, 117 Puyallup Ave., a for-profit business that sells new, gently used and vintage furniture to support the NW Furniture Bank charity below. With these two is a mattress recycling effort, located directly behind NW Furniture Bank, that also generates funds to help the low-income recipients sleep better at night thanks to donated furniture.
The stitching that holds this triangle together is CEO Bill Lemke who is now celebrating NW Furniture… Read Full Story

Armed robbery and home burglary down in Pierce County

In the first six months of 2017, Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies say an analysis of the crime statistics shows armed robberies and home burglaries are down. Detectives say one reason may be that more people have surveillance and security systems in their homes, which makes for harder targets for crooks. The department’s Property Crime Unit is also seeing success.
“We’re able to go out and actively work these people, hold them responsible, put them in jail and we see our crime numbers dropping,” said Det. Ed Troyer.
However,… Read Full Story

More News
New clues reinvigorate cold case murder
David Rose

Deep in the ground of the Sumner Cemetery, new clues have been unearthed in a cold case shrouded in mystery since 1989. “How can you solve a homicide when you don’t know who your victim is?” said renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Kathy Taylor. Taylor helped the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s…

Fife targets ‘chronic’ hoteliers
Steve Dunkelberger

The strip of hotels and motels along Pacific Highway are set to become safer through a program meant to cut down on chronic trouble making in the rooms that is draining police resources.  Fife City Council passed two progressive ordinances earlier this month geared toward reducing crime and increasing…

Laughter, tears intermingle at McCrossin’s celebration of life
Matt Nagle

Friends, family and loved ones, staff and students of Fife Schools gathered in the Fife High gymnasium on a warm Sept. 13 afternoon for a celebration of life for Superintendent John McCrossin, who passed away on Aug. 26 following a brief bout with cancer. While there were few dry eyes in the house…

Pedestrian Safety

It’s that time of year again when children are heading back to school. As our days get shorter and children are out earlier, please use extra caution when driving. Children will be waiting at bus stops and using crosswalks.   Since 2001, an average of more than 15,500 children; ages 14 and…

News Briefs: September 5, 2014

TACOMA, PIERCE COUNTY AIR QUALITY HITS THE MARK   After years of hard work to reduce air pollution, a plan is being submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency that shows greater Tacoma and surrounding communities meet a federal air pollution standard.   Tacoma and Pierce County violated…

Police, communities must work together for everyone’s safety
Paul Pastor, Pierce County Sheriff

When we raise our right hand to swear our oath of office as a peace officer, we enter a realm of risk. Two risks are the most serious. The first risk is that we will have force used against us and will be killed or seriously injured in the context of carrying out our duties. The second risk is that…

Search is on for accused killer, three others in custody
David Rose

Tacoma Police are asking for the public’s help finding Raphael Smith following the murder of Kevin Young at the King Oscar Motel on South Hosmer Street. A murder warrant has been issued for the 32-year-old Smith. "If you see him, or know of him, do not approach him. He should be considered armed…

News Briefs: August 22, 2014

ROAD CLOSURE ON JOVITA BOULEVARD   Jovita Boulevard will be closed to all traffic on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. from 114th Avenue East at Jovita, to West Valley Highway. The city will be performing yearly scheduled maintenance, cleaning of the culverts, and replacing and/or installing…

A tale of two cities:
Steve Dunkelberger

Marketed as the first business-to-business marijuana trade show in the nation, CannaCon Northwest seemed like any other trade show, with vendors of insurance providers, swag bags of T-shirts and hats and small business owners swapping business cards. “It’s like any home and garden show,” organizer…

Recognizing and Treating a Heart Attack

A sudden and unexpected medical emergency involving a loved one can be a shattering and emotional experience. Too often, those at the scene are unable or uncertain about how to render effective first aid to the stricken person, even if such assistance may be the key factor in the victim’s survival.…