Public invited to comment on transportation projects

After months of collaborating with local and regional transportation planning organizations, the Washington State Department of Transportation is ready to present its annual list of future statewide transportation-improvement projects to the public for review and comment.

Anyone is welcome to provide feedback on WSDOT’s draft of the 2015–2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) beginning Tuesday, Nov. 18, until Wednesday, Dec. 17. The 30-day comment period is the last step of a process that finishes near where it began: talking with local residents, leaders and planners in communities across the state. Any comments WSDOT receives will be sent to the appropriate local-planning organization for consideration. [Read more…]

Monitoring ends on traveler from Ebola-impacted country

TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has concluded the 21-day monitoring period of a traveler who returned from an Ebola-impacted West African country late last month. The person had no fever or Ebola symptoms throughout the monitoring period. The Health Department received word from Centers for Disease Control via Washington State Department of Health Oct. 22 and followed the guidelines to assess the traveler’s risk level, which was low. [Read more…]

Pierce County Library System closed Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Pierce County Library System will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11, to observe Veterans Day. While the library is closed, people may continue to access free services from the online library which offers downloadable e-books, audiobooks, songs, movies and magazines and e-sources with subscription magazines such as Consumer Reports, Morningstar Investment Research Center, car repair manuals and more.

Idlewild’s Luna honored as teacher of the week

Photo by Nancy Covert.

Idlewild Elementary’s Carmelina Luna was with the STAR 101.5 Elementary Teacher of the Week award on Thursday, Nov. 6. In a local contest conducted by STAR 101.5 radio, Carmelina Luna, a 1st grade teacher, was nominated by her student, Gabriel Byrne. STAR 101.5’s Corine McKenzie, from the Curt & Corine Afternoon Show, made a surprise visit to Mrs. Luna’s Idlewild Elementary classroom in Lakewood. [Read more…]