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Summer is finally here, and if you're like our medical team, you've been anxiously awaiting the warmer weather and longer days. We must say, 2013 in the Pacific Northwest has had a solid number of sunny days so far!
Much of the public now recognizes the dangers of overexposure to the sun. Skin cancer ranks as one of the most common forms of cancer across the globe, and individuals are increasingly conscientious about protecting their skin from damaging ultraviolet, or UV, rays. Certain natural sources might be able to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Pierce County Library System will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day.
Acting on a tip last weekend, police went to an East Pierce County home early Sunday and arrested a couple for allowing their residence to be used for an after-graduation underage drinking party for their daughter.
White River High School’s yearbook has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2013 “Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 11,” which celebrates the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.
Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels returns to Tacoma Narrows Airport for its third year with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.
The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened June 16 following a 45-day rehabilitation. Crews reduced the width of the runway, added new signage, and repaved the runway, among other improvements.
Justin Gregson, a Sumner man, was among the troopers sworn in at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday afternoon. He will serve out of Tacoma. Other troopers graduating into service at the Tacoma station include Johnna Batiste, Brian Gavin, Shannon Laux, Cory Litchfield and Maurice Rincon.
The Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, enhances the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the health and functionality of trees and forested sites in urban settings.
The program provides significant improvements in the protection, use, development and restoration of more than three miles of shoreline and the water quality of the White River in Buckley.
Tuesday, the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office charged Joshua Jones, 23, and Samuel Miles-Johnson, 25, with Promoting Commercial Sex Abuse of a Minor after the two were arrested in Fife Monday. Family and friends of a girl allegedly pandered by the defendants discovered her picture in the website Backpage.com's escort section and helped police locate them by posing as a potential customer.
The Buckley Youth Activity Center will host a summer kick-off celebration from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m Friday.
Franciscan Health System has opened the Franciscan Medical Pavilion in Bonney Lake. The state-of-the-art facility will include offices for family medicine, internal medicine, digital x-rays and urgent care. The building will also include a retail pharmacy and on-site lab.
The Sumner Downtown Association is seeking non-profit organizations and service clubs who are interested in reserving a free information booth for Rhubarb Days.
The community of Sumner and its surrounding neighbors will gather at 11:30 a.m. Friday to participate in a sign raising event for the future YMCA.
An open house will be held at 7 p.m. tonight, June 5, in order to provide a forum for the community to learn more about the shoreline master plan.
Children and teenagers will boost their reading skill and have fun earning prizes during Pierce County Library System’s Summer Reading program, which runs June 22 through Sept. 1 in all Pierce County Libraries.
The Washington State Patrol announced today that a public memorial service for fallen Trooper Sean M. O’Connell will be held Thursday, June 6, at 1 p.m. at Comcast Arena in Everett.
In many ways, today’s kids have busier schedules than any previous generation of youngsters. Many extracurricular activities, including sports, require a nearly year-round commitment, and the dual-income household has landed many kids in after-school programs where kids tend to their schoolwork or engage in various activities that keep them from resting on their laurels.
This week's editorial cartoon shines a spotlight on the state House and state Senate's inability to split the difference between their budgets.
White River High's Jerry Scheidt was named 2A Boys Coach of the Year.
Author Richard LeMieux will speak and sign books during a free event at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m.
Teenagers and their parents will learn about teen dating and healthy relationships during free events at Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave., starting Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tyler James Deutsch, 25, with Assault of a Child in the First Degree, Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree and Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic violence, for allegedly placing his 6 week old daughter in a working freezer long enough for the baby’s temperature to fall to 84 degrees.
This week's editorial cartoon highlights the city of Seattle's failed bid to bring back an NBA home team.
Don't be surprised to see fire engines and ambulances in the parking lot of the old Bonney Lake Albertson's store starting this week.
Pierce County will hold its second set of public meetings on Tacoma Narrows Airport’s master plan update on June 5.
Tyler Salsbury, an Enumclaw High graduate preparing for his sophomore year at the University of Washington, posted a sterling 5-under 139 to win the 48th Annual Puget Sound Amateur by two shots over David Talcott, whose final round 69 wasn’t enough to catch the front-runner.
Dave Wagner died five times on March 19 after suffering a type of heart attack called the “widow maker.” Three days later, he was discharged from the hospital with only minimal damage to his heart and is back to leading a normal life with his family. His decision to call 911 saved his life.
Panther Nate DeLeon was awarded an Honorable Mention for the All-League team
Public agencies surrounding Lake Tapps have ramped up their water safety initiatives in anticipation of the 2013 warm weather season. The summer of 2012 tied 2010 for deadliest summer on Tapps, following three drownings that occurred in the two-month period from June to August.
East Pierce Fire and Rescue unveiled a new sign on the front of its South Prairie station during a ceremony Saturday attended by city officials, East Pierce personnel, a local Boy Scout Troop and numerous community members. A reception was held immediately following the ceremony in the bay of the fire station.
Hailey Holm of Buckley earned third place in the Grades 7-8 division of the Our Own Expressions short story contest. Erin Haas of Lake Tapps earned second placed in the Grades 11-12 division of the short story contest.
Police made over 198 DUI arrests in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties last weekend over the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Nearly eighty percent of the arrests were made in King and Pierce Counties.
Persons appearing in the police blotter are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
On Thursday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Derrick Myers, 28, with first degree murder for the alleged killing of 3-year-old Terric Davis.
East Pierce Fire and Rescue has been awarded the 2013 Heart Safe Community Award in the small community category (population less than 100,000) by the International Association of Fire Chief's EMS Section and Physio-Control, Inc. The annual award recognizes organizations with creative approaches to implementing and maintaining systems to prevent and treat cardiac-related diseases within their communities.
A brief look at three new businesses on the Plateau
The Bonney Lake boys soccer team defeated the Enumclaw Hornets 2-1 Friday evening.
Numerous witnesses called 911 to report that a personal watercraft carrying two people crashed at a high rate of speed into a dock on the 3000 block of 179th Avenue East on Island 21, an offshoot of Driftwood Point.
Friday, the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office charged Michael Patrick League, 69, with two counts of Murder in the First Degree. On March 24, the defendant allegedly shot his son, Dennis League, 46, and daughter, Danielle Faucett, 43.
At the May 8 meeting of the Sumner School District Board of Directors, high school seniors who exemplify this year’s graduating class will be honored: Jessica Bahr, Amanda Body, Chelsea Crawford, Sierra Espinal, Taylor Fiend, Michael Furnstahl, Zach Jones, Josh Kersey, Madisen Liddle and Karissa Olson.
State Superintendent Randy Dorn honored recipients of the 2012 Washington Achievement Awards at a ceremony held April 30.
Breakdown statistics were not immediately available.
As communities throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties bring out their sombreros and Mariachi guitars in anticipation of the coming Cinco de Mayo weekend, law enforcement is making its own plans.
Homeowners are invited to a free workshop to learn how to maintain their septic systems and troubleshoot problems. The workshop will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the Spanaway Elementary School cafeteria, 412 165th St. S in Spanaway.
May 1 marks the kickoff of Pierce County’s courthouse energy reduction challenge against Kitsap County.
The Sumner Spartans boys soccer team defeated Steilacoom 1-0 Tuesday night.
The Sumner Spartans girls tennis team defeated the Bonney Lake Panthers 5-0 Tuesday afternoon.
The survey is an entirely anonymous questionnaire, the results of which will be used in an upcoming series on local reactions to Initiative 502's implementation. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete.