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Marsh laid to rest

Former Fife Mayor Winston Marsh passed away March 31 and was laid to rest April 6 following a memorial service of family, friends and coworkers at Puyallup’s All Saints Parish. He was 52.
Marsh had been a resident of Fife since 2007 and served on City Council from late 2013 until he was elected to serve as mayor last year. He resigned in February, to focus on his family and his cancer treatments.
The City Council formally recognized Marsh for his service to the community upon his resignation.
“Winston’s leadership, generosity, and dedication have been invaluable,” the statement read. “We are extremely grateful for his service and devotion to the community.”
The council then elected Kim Roscoe to serve the remaining year of Marsh’s mayoral term and appointed Lisa McClellan from a field of five candidates… Read Full Story

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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

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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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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.…

Plans get boost to consolidate county services at former hospital site
Steve Dunkelberger

Pierce County’s efforts to consolidate county services in a new facility at the site of the former Puget Sound Hospital landed a key partner recently, when the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health voted to join the project, but financial details are still under negotiations. At issue is $400,000…

Puyallup tribal police arrest fugitive
David Rose

Puyallup Tribal Police arrested a Washington’s Most Wanted fugitive early Saturday morning, Aug. 17. Derek Oatman had been on the run from King County Sheriff’s deputies since he was featured on WMW July 2. The 26-year-old had five warrants for his arrest for drugs and having a stolen car. One…

Portside Business Center taking shape
Steve Dunkelberger

The Portside Business Center in Fife has been more than five years in the making and is now breaking ground for what will be a planned commercial and warehouse hub along 20th Avenue in Fife. Plans for the commercial development started back in 2008, when the city entered a development agreement with…

Mears settles in as chief
Steve Dunkelberger

Mark Mears might be settling into his new role as Fife’s police chief but he is neither a stranger to the city nor to law enforcement. He has worked in Fife for seven years and has more than 20 years of police experience that include federal, city and rural posts. “I have been in law enforcement…

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