O’Ban critical of governor’s transportation proposal

Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, who has been working for years to alleviate traffic congestion on Interstate 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, says he is disappointed that JBLM traffic problems are largely ignored by Gov. Jay Inslee’s new transportation proposal.

“I would like to have seen the governor prioritize his project list better. Of course every part of our state has transportation needs, but the severe congestion in and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord has a significant impact on the South Sound region as a whole,” said O’Ban, R-Pierce County, who serves the JBLM area as part of the 28th Legislative District. [Read more…]

PC TV points cameras at Chambers Bay U.S. Open


Pierce County TV dedicated its December 18 episode to the upcoming U.S. Open at Chambers Bay (watch show below). Segments include:

  • International media descend on Chambers Bay for special tour
  • U.S. Open caterer seeks local food and hiring local servers
  • A look inside the Corporate Hospitality Tents for the U.S. Open
  • Chambers Creek Regional Park boasts 5k trail and beach access
  • Chambers Bay explains hole changes for Open
  • USGA gives glimpse at course conditions for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay
  • Chambers Bay hosts U.S. Open training for tourism industry
  • A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property

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Washington’s unemployment rate rises to 6.2 percent

OLYMPIA – Despite an estimated 6,800 new jobs created from October 2014 to November 2014, Washington’s unemployment rate rose for a third month in a row to 6.2 percent, according to preliminary and seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the state Employment Security Department.

The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8 percent. [Read more…]

F.U.N. hosting December food drive

Families Unlimited Network is hosting a Food Drive throughout December to benefit the local food bank. Bring in your non perishable donations Monday-Friday 6am-4:30pm and Saturdays 6am-1:30pm to University Place Refuse and Recycling located 2815 Rochester St W, University Place 98466. Cash donation made payable to F.U.N. will be accepted the the U.P. Refuse office or in the payment drop box.

Letter: Holiday thieves

By Toni Aulerich

Today I left my house to run an errand. As I pulled out of the driveway I noticed a box in the ivy that fronts the front yard. Normally I don’t like to pick anything out of the yard without gloves and more so because of not knowing what the box contains. I decided to brave it and look.

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‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ opens Jan. 9 at Lakewood Playhouse


The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the third show of our 76th season: Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet.

The play will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Performances will be January 9th – February 1st, 2015 with special showings at 8:00pm on Thursday, January 15th (Pay What You Can Night) and 8:00pm on Thursday, January 22nd (Pay What You Can Actors Benefit). Our ticket prices are $25.00 (general admission), $22.00 (military), $21.00 (seniors) and $19.00 (students/educators).

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