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Council appoints McClellan to fill Marsh seat

Fife City Council appointed Lisa McClellan to the council seat vacated by Winston Marsh, who resigned from the council to focus on his health and family.
Marsh was starting his second year as mayor when he resigned in February. The council then elected Kim Roscoe to serve the final year of the two-year, largely ceremonial mayoral term.
McClellan was one of five applicants who applied for the council appointment and who were interviewed during the Tuesday meeting. She will serve in council position six through the year, until an election is held in the fall.  If only one candidate campaigns for the council position, he or she will be selected and confirmed in either the primary election. If two people run for the position, they will face each other in the primary in August and then the general election in November.Read Full Story

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East Pierce Technical Rescue Team prepares for the predictable

You’re having a really bad day when you see this team. The East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters who belong to the Technical Rescue Team respond to extraordinary or highly dangerous rescue situations such as building collapses, confined-space entrapments, wilderness and high-angle rescues. On March 7, they participated in a drill that simulated a parking garage collapse following an earthquake. They practiced the complex skills necessary to identify potential risks, stabilize concrete slabs and cut and move debris to reach a patient trapped in a vehicle.
The Technical Rescue Team is one of four special operations teams at East Pierce… Read Full Story

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It’s Just Business

Some fresh, new opportunities are coming to light for local small businesses via World Trade Center Tacoma. Rising on the foundation of Tacoma’s longtime sister city relationship with Fuzhou, China, and thanks to changes in government policy in that country, doors are beginning to open in China for Tacoma entrepreneurs to engage in cross-border business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce. Michael Fowler, senior consultant for the China Trade and Investment Program at World Trade Center Tacoma, is helping to secure these opportunities… Read Full Story

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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…

An Open Letter to the Citizens of the City of Edgewood

Like many of you, I am a father, husband and grandfather. I take pride in my community and I am proud to be a member of the Edgewood Police Department. I have been a Patrol Officer for the better part of 21 years, and I have spent a great deal of that time in the City of Edgewood. Often we are notified…

Pierce County READS does more than promote reading

The Pierce County Library system READS is marking its 10th year with the selection of a book that is not only gripping and impactful, but also relevant and local. The county’s largest community one-book reading program is encouraging everyone to read “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War”…

Tacoma Police searching for accused I.D. thief
David Rose

Mail theft is a widespread problem for many communities in Western Washington. "It's unfortunate that you can't leave things in your mailbox but we do have a lot of thefts just from unsecured mailboxes," said Officer Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police. Detectives have identified one suspect…

We have moved!

You will notice that this issue of the paper is a bit smaller than usual. That is by design. The Pierce County Community Newspaper Group, publisher of the Tacoma Weekly, Fife Free Press, Milton-Edgewood Signal, Puyallup Tribal News and the University Place Press, moved offices last week. The move…

Hylebos creek needs funding for repairs
Duncan Rolfson

“This is nothing new,” says Mark Howlett, Millton City Engineer, “at least not for the residents living near the creek.” That creek he is referring to is Hylebos Creek in Milton, specifically near 5th Avenue, which traditionally has remained flooded a few times a year for the past few decades.…

Noise study finds mine won’t affect neighbors

A Noise study based on information from the mine operators concludes that the proposed  sand and gravel mining would not violate Tacoma’s noise limits, despite there being a residential area just 450 feet away. Today is the last day to comment on the study. Mining could start as early…

Public’s help needed to find armed robber using stolen credit card
David Rose

Pierce County Sheriff’s Detectives are hoping somebody can identify a suspect who tried to use a credit card stolen during an armed robbery. On Dec. 26, 2016, a woman was robbed at gunpoint in an apartment complex parking lot on 103rd Avenue East in Edgewood. Deputies say the victim had just…

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