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…]

County Republican Party elects new officers

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 the Pierce County Republican Party held a meeting for their Central Committee Precinct Committee Officers, members and guests. This meeting was held to vote and organize itself for the 2015-2016 terms.

The newly elected board is: Deryl McCarty (Puyallup) Chairman; Linda Siegel (Fox Island) Vice Chair; Connie Coleman-Lacadie (Lakewood) State Committeeman; James Caswell, State Committeeman; Sharon Hanek (Bonney Lake) Treasurer and Patricia Mannie (University Place) Deputy Treasurer. [Read more…]

Newly created Community Services Advisory Board has vacancies

The City of Lakewood is accepting applications to fill  four (4) members on the newly created Community Services Advisory Board.

DESCRIPTION:  The Community Services Advisory Board  advises the City Council on matters related to Human Services, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) programs which may include: [Read more…]

Benning Potoa’e chosen for U.S. Marines game

Lakes High School defensive end Benning Potoa’e credits much of his hard-work ethic to his father, Aleki, a first sergeant in the 5th Battalion, 200th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“Being in the military has really helped me out,” the younger Potoa’e says. “My dad being a soldier, him going through his routines, waking me up in the morning, it has really helped me out.”

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