Victoria Woodards elected chair of Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health

Victoria Woodards

Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health unanimously elected Tacoma City Council Member and Deputy Mayor Victoria Woodards at its Dec. 17 meeting. Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert was elected vice chair. Each will serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2015.The Board of Health governs Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, meeting monthly to consider policies to strengthen the health of communities in Pierce County. [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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Struggling student finds her calling in construction management

Construction ManagementWhen Tori Ratsavong-Stanley first enrolled at Pierce, she wasn’t exactly sold on the idea of college at all. She had taken some classes previously at another community college, but never really found her niche. With little direction or guidance there, she decided to leave and try Pierce College as a last-ditch effort in earning a degree of any kind.

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West Pierce Fire & Rescue recognizes citizen heroes

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University Place, Wash.—At the West Pierce Fire & Rescue commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd, five individuals were recognized for their heroic actions during an emergency medical response on American Lake on July 29, 2014. Dave, Joni, and Abigail Dupille, Jamie Ross, and Kate Owens were all recognized for helping a man in need of medical assistance, as well as a woman who was with him during the incident.

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CPTC: Composites graduate shares success story


Albina Moore feels like her life is starting anew.

With two college degrees from her home country of Russia and after a career as an international airline flight attendant, Moore desired a career in the aerospace industry. Clover Park Technical College’s Advanced Composites Program prepared Moore for the career she wished for. When she graduated Winter Quarter 2014, she was already working as a composite technician at Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company.

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Lakes HS art teacher recognized

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LAKEWOOD- Lakes High School art teacher Tracy Fortune was named Washington State Art Educator of the Year. Fortune was recognized during the Washington Art Education Association Conference at Showalter Middle School in Tukwila last month. This was the first time Fortune was nominated for the award. Fortune worked for 10 years at Hudtloff Middle School before joining the staff at Lakes this school year.

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