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2015
Months

December
  • December 31, 2015
    10th Anniversary Special - Gig Harbor Marina Fire in 2005 destroyed at least 50 boats | 2006 was a year in the record books for flooding in Pierce County | Grand opening of the second Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 2007 | 2008 brought a special visitor to the Museum of Glass - Lino, Italian glass master | Four Lakewood police officers were shot and killed at a Parkland coffee shop in 2009 | For 2010 a little Halloween fun with a story about the former Puget Sound Hospital | McNeil Island Prison closed in June 2011 | See adorable clouded leopard cubs from 2012 | In 2013 a military reunion when a mother surprised her daughter | A visit to the historic town of Wilkinson's Coke Ovens in 2014 | 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay
  • December 24, 2015
    Best of 2015 - Piano-playing juvenile fills Remann Hall with music | Hot Shop Heroes showcases healing exhibit at Museum of Glass | A surprise homecoming reunites an airman with his son at the ballpark | Meet the Farmer: Why fall season is critical for beekeeping | American Lake Veterans Golf Course offers para carts for wounded vets | Medical Examiner’s office scatters ashes of unclaimed cremains | Meet the Farmer: Duris Cucumber Farm in Puyallup | Fife High School celebrates its 100th Homecoming
  • December 17, 2015
    Best of the U.S. Open - Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player since 1923 to win championship | A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property | Local PGA golfers play Chambers Bay | Former County Executive John Ladenburg on the decision to build Chambers Bay | An early morning behind the scenes with the grounds keepers | Go inside the exclusive corporate hospitality tents at Chambers Bay | From burgers to beers, fans try to guess which concessions sell the best | Meet the volunteers who help make the U.S. Open possible | Pacific Northwesterners prove they’re good shoppers in Merchandise Pavilion
  • December 3, 2015
    Family Drug Court gives parents the tools to clean up their lives | Standing Ovation Award for the Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility | Toys for Tots collection is underway to help local kids in need | Festival of Trees raises money to support Mary Bridge Children's Hospital | Sumner bridge lighting kicks off the holiday season | Learn more about the making of Fantasy Lights | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Snowman Building Contest, Santa Train Ride

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November
  • November 19, 2015
    New Property Crimes Unit to go after criminals in 2016 | County Council’s 2016 budget includes marijuana enforcement, Foothills Trail | More seniors and disabled to quality for tax exemptions in 2016 | Resources for citizens during flooding and winter storm events | U.P. connects home-based businesses with customers | Meet the Farmer: Growing wholesale poinsettias with the DeGoede Brothers | Follow the journey of Tacoma’s Christmas tree from JBLM to the Pantages | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Fantasy Lights, Black Friday Skate
  • November 12, 2015
    Hot Shop Heroes showcases healing exhibit at Museum of Glass | Pierce County nets over $1 million from U.S. Open | TPCHD offers help for Washington Healthplanfinder open enrollment | Meet Standing Ovation Award winner Martha Keogh | Safe Routes to School provides more sidewalks to 44th street in U.P. | Go behind the scenes to see the work of Metro Animal Services | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Fantasy Lights Walk, Crafters Creations
  • November 5, 2015
    Soon-to-be veterans from JBLM get internships to learn civilian workforce | Pierce County justice programs help incarcerated veterans | Voters can track ballot, be notified of signature errors until certification | First responders talk about rise of mass shootings, how tactics are changing | Community academy has people in U.P. seeing police differently | New system making it easier to apply for jobs with Pierce County | See what big animal Bates students are welding for Fantasy Lights | Piano-playing juvenile fills Remann Hall with music | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Turkey bowling, Veterans Day Skate

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October
  • October 29, 2015
    Pre-Trial Services Program lets low-risk defendants out early | County Council begins 2016 budget hearings | Customer Service Building referendum in general election | Deputy District Attorney honored for work with unusual case load | Family Justice Center says technology helping and hurting domestic violence victims | 50 new parking spaces open at North Meadow for playground and trail users | American Lake Veterans Golf Course offers para carts for wounded vets | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Family bingo night, DIY Fest
  • October 22, 2015
    South Sound 911 launches new dispatch system | Pierce County to get $1.5 billion in state transportation projects | Congestion relief for I-5 through JBLM will come over 10 years | McMillin Bridge near Orting finds new life | Puyallup tests permeable pavement in neighborhoods | County presents Standing Ovation Awards—Londa Caine | Meet the Farmer: the modern-day pumpkin patch | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Halloween Monster Skate, Junior Top Chefs
  • October 15, 2015
    Emergency Food Network hit with major food shortage | Grant gives all Pierce County farmers markets a boost in 2016 | General Election nears—what’s on the ballot | County road crews get ready for snow and ice conditions | County honors employees from Child Abduction Response Team | Fife High School celebrates its 100th Homecoming
  • October 8, 2015
    Trails of Pierce County - Two new extensions of Foothills Trail coming in 2016-17 | Uncover history along DuPont’s Sequalitchew Creek Trail | Chambers Creek Regional Park boasts 5k trail and beach access | Cushman Trail in Gig Harbor offers a peaceful workout | Puyallup shows how volunteers can help protect trails and habitat | Sumner Link Trail is best kept secret in warehouse district | Visit Paradise at Mt. Rainier for trails and wildlife
  • October 1, 2015
    Working behind bars: Becoming a corrections deputy in the Pierce County Jail | Felons find process easy for restoring voting rights | Parkland-Spanaway Sheriff’s Precinct making progress in community | University Place welcomes new 16th CAB Commander | Health Department proposes e-cigarette regulations | Farm app makes it easy to find pumpkin patches | Orting setback levee saves community, wins national award | Explore Wilkeson’s coal mining history and historic coke ovens | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Chihuly museum road trip, Companionship

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September
  • September 24, 2015
    Chinese President Xi visits Tacoma’s Lincoln High School | Money for sewer plant construction in proposed 2016 budget | County Council approves Conservation Futures projects | Learn how the Conservation Futures program protects parks and farms | County reopens off-leash dog park by Chambers Bay | Don’t wait, deadline approaches for registering to vote | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Pitch in For Parks, Companionship sea creatures
  • September 17, 2015
    Largest YMCA in state opens in Sumner | Pierce County Elections prepares military & overseas ballots | Frederickson industrial fire misses County building | Pierce County Council overrides veto to pass Comprehensive Plan | Fall workshops aimed at Alzheimer’s caregivers and family members | Health Department talks Food Safety Month at fairgrounds | What’s new at the Washington State Fair | Meet the Farmer: Why fall season is critical for beekeeping | Pink salmon return to new Fennel Creek channel
  • September 10, 2015
    Best of the U.S. Open - Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player since 1923 to win championship | A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property | Local PGA golfers play Chambers Bay | Former County Executive John Ladenburg on the decision to build Chambers Bay | An early morning behind the scenes with the grounds keepers | Go inside the exclusive corporate hospitality tents at Chambers Bay | From burgers to beers, fans try to guess which concessions sell the best | Meet the volunteers who help make the U.S. Open possible | Pacific Northwesterners prove they’re good shoppers in Merchandise Pavilion

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August
  • August 27, 2015
    Pierce County Council takes up issue of behavioral health | Transitioning soldiers get connected with civilian jobs at Boots2Work | Dry summer puts County road crews ahead of the game | Free immunization clinics busy with back to school rush | Toxic algae bloom keeps swimmers from some lakes | Soundview Trail reopens at Chambers Creek Regional Park | See quadruplet leopard cubs enjoy an outdoor playdate | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Touch A Truck, Fall 2015 Parks Guide
  • August 20, 2015
    Fife school zone cameras start giving tickets Sept. 3 | Road striping crew covers more ground safely with innovative platform | County Council considers rule changes for marijuana businesses | Inventory of behavioral health services discussed by County Council | Washington State Fair introduces new attractions for 2015 season | Pierce County makes changes to conserve water at County facilities | Fife’s FAST swim team is a big splash with kids and parents | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Karate classes, Junk in Your Trunk
  • August 13, 2015
    County Council modifies, adopts Comprehensive Plan after Executive veto | Fire officials say be ready for fire evacuations, sign up for alerts | Fife moves historic fountain to final resting place | Boots2Work military career fair attracts big companies | Last weeks to see American Soldier exhibit at State History Museum | Meet the Farmer: Duris Cucumber Farm in Puyallup | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Remodeled tennis courts at Sprinker, gymnastics classes
  • August, 6, 2015
    County’s Marijuana Task Force to shut down unlicensed pot shops | Health Department educates parents about e-cigarettes | Primary Election sets new record for registered voters | Fire officials warn boaters about teak surfing and carbon monoxide | New channel on Fennel Creek to be ready for salmon spawning season | Sumner Link Trail is best kept secret in warehouse district | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Gross Out Olympics, Pitch in for Parks

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July
  • July 30, 2015
    Military personnel transitioning from JBLM have help finding new careers | Pierce County Council honors retiring JBLM commander Col. Hodges | Key Peninsula shoreline tour focuses on failing septic systems | Swimsafe program in East Pierce County brings education to kids | Cleanup underway at Chambers Creek Regional Park beach | University Place celebrates new glass art in Civic Building | Puyallup celebrates 125th anniversary in August | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Movie in the Park, Food Truck Fest
  • July 16, 2015
    Best of the U.S. Open - Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player since 1923 to win championship | A historical look at Pierce County’s Chambers Bay property | Local PGA golfers play Chambers Bay | Former County Executive John Ladenburg on the decision to build Chambers Bay | An early morning behind the scenes with the grounds keepers | Go inside the exclusive corporate hospitality tents at Chambers Bay | From burgers to beers, fans try to guess which concessions sell the best | Meet the volunteers who help make the U.S. Open possible | Pacific Northwesterners prove they’re good shoppers in Merchandise Pavilion
  • July 9, 2015
    Restoring trails and parks around Chambers Bay after the U.S. Open | U.S. Open food donation gives local food banks a summer boost | Fire Marshal says Pierce County has resources for long fire season | Residential property values up an average 6.6% in 2015 | State legislators consider transportation package, Hwy 167 extension | Puyallup opens new northbound bridge over Puyallup River | Tacoma Narrows Airport opens public observation deck | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Junk in Your Trunk, Concerts in the Park
  • July 2, 2015
    Special Tourism Show - Chambers Creek Regional Park | Ft. Lewis History Museum | Gig Harbor maritime & summer trolley | Paradise at Mt. Rainier | Northwest Trek ziplines | Sumner Link Trail | Brown’s Point Lighthouse Keepers | Shark dives at Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium | Tacoma Museum Pass | Tacoma’s Theater District

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June
  • June 22, 2015
    PCN U.S. Open Special from the 18th Fairway - Jordan Spieth becomes youngest player to since 1923 to win championship | County leaders examine how it went, from transportation to security | Go inside the exclusive corporate hospitality tents at Chambers Bay | See the mouth-watering menu and meet the caterer for the U.S. Open | From burgers to beers, fans try to guess which concessions sell the best | Behind the scenes in the media center with journalists from around the world | Meet the volunteers who help make the U.S. Open possible | Golf fans from around the world describe their experience at Chambers Bay | Pacific Northwesterners prove they’re good shoppers in Merchandise Pavilion | Cities in Pierce County capitalize on the U.S. Open and what it means for economic development
  • June 18, 2015
    PCN Special from the 2015 U.S. Open - Hear what the big-name players have to say about Chambers Bay | An early morning behind the scenes with the grounds keepers | Mike Davis with the USGA talks course setup during the U.S. Open | An inside look at the fan experience in Spectator Square | Jack and Barbara Nicklaus spend time with wounded vets in Lakewood | See the transportation plan in action and how it’s keeping people moving | County’s Tacoma Narrows Airport sees boom in business | Kickoff ceremony honors military, offers kids activities | Sumner celebrates the Open with parade and putt putt course
  • June 11, 2015
    U.S. Open Special from Spectator Square - Rare for U.S. Open to be held on a municipal golf course | Who is the USGA? Learn about the history of the United States Golf Association | Learn about the sustainability of Chambers Bay, from fescue to reclaimed water | Meet the agronomists who oversee the turf at Chambers Bay | June forecast for Chambers Bay could bring a mixed bag during the U.S. Open | Local pro golfers play Chambers Bay | Chambers Bay video game offers digital U.S. Open | USGA’s John Bodenhamer has roots in DuPont’s Home Course | U.S. Open grandstand marshal volunteers receive training
  • June 4, 2015
    U.S. Open Special from the Chambers Bay clubhouse - Rare for U.S. Open to be held on a municipal golf course | Who is the USGA? Learn about the history of the United States Golf Association | Learn about the sustainability of Chambers Bay, from fescue to reclaimed water | Meet the agronomists who oversee the turf at Chambers Bay | June forecast for Chambers Bay could bring a mixed bag during the U.S. Open | Local pro golfers play Chambers Bay | Chambers Bay video game offers digital U.S. Open | USGA’s John Bodenhamer has roots in DuPont’s Home Course | U.S. Open grandstand marshal volunteers receive training

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May
  • May 28, 2015
    Rare for U.S. Open to be held on a municipal course | U.S. Open preparations: Go inside the Trophy Club and U.S. Open security | Who is the USGA? Learn about the history of the United States Golf Association | County’s Tacoma Narrows Airport to be busy during Open | University Place nears completion of sidewalks to every school | Sumner boy scouts honor veterans at cemetery | A surprise homecoming reunites a soldier with his son at the ballpark | Puyallup opens new spray park for kids in Pioneer Park | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Summer hockey camp, Track & Field program
  • May 21, 2015
    Former County Executive John Ladenburg on the decision to build Chambers Bay | Chambers Bay construction update: grandstands and Grandview Trail closure | Learn about the sustainability of Chambers Bay, from fescue to reclaimed water | U.S. Open grandstand marshal volunteers receive training | University Place citizens get parking questions answered at last open house | County Parks & Rec to offer summer camps for kids & adults with disabilities | Popular Eco Adventure Camp adds a second week | County prepares to update Transportation Plan for local roads | Zoo announces 1-week old clouded leopard cubs | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Tour de Pierce, summer camp registrations
  • May 14, 2015
    Sneak peek inside the Merchandise Pavilion at Chambers Bay | Last public uses around Chambers Bay close May 26th | Golf 101 for non-golfers: Learn the basics before the U.S. Open | Home Course in DuPont hosts U.S. Open local qualifier | Voters will elect 21 citizens for Charter Review Commission this fall | Decades of fallen officers remembered at Law Enforcement Memorial | Whole Foods opens in University Place | Learn how to make a compost worm bin and attend free classes | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Disc golf free clinic and Success Soccer Camp
  • May 7, 2015
    Pierce County Sheriff Dept. tests for Child Abduction team certification | Whole Foods brings new, local jobs to University Place | Fife helps 5 year old install bat box in Radiance community | Family events for Puget Sound Starts Here month | Grandstands are going up around Chambers Bay | Attending the U.S. Open? Here’s what to Know Before You Go | Puyallup’s new Adopt-A-Trail program seeks volunteers | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: T-ball registration, Camp Lots of Fun for kids with disabilities

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April
  • April 30, 2015
    Media Day outside the ropes |US Open Transportation Plan | Meet famous local golfers who played in past U.S. Opens | Chambers Bay Video Game | Media Day Mike Davis on course conditions | Meet the agronomists who oversee the turf at Chambers Bay | USGA’s John Bodenhamer has roots in DuPont’s Home Course | Local Pro Golfers Play Chambers Bay
  • April 23, 2015
    U.S. Open Transportation Plan | Chambers Bay sets some all-time records in 2014 report | Meet famous local golfers who played in past U.S. Opens | Get an update on U.S. Open construction at Chambers Bay | Fife police train hotel-motel staff along Pacific Highway to report and prevent crime | Vacation traveling tips for seniors and people with disabilities | Pierce County Council remembers Domestic Violence Awareness Day | Tacoma Rainiers fans celebrate at home opener| Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Mon & son dance, Companionship Forest Fun
  • April 16, 2015
    Farming Special - Pierce County Ag: The Faces of Farming | Extra fancy hot house rhubarb growing in Puyallup | Dairy goats are a funny bunch at this Eatonville goat farm | Sanford's in Orting shows challenges of starting a new farm | Next generation molds Wilcox Farm's cage-free eggs in Roy | Veteran Orting pumpkin farmer keeps crop hyper-local | Cox Christmas tree farm in Eatonville supplements retirement
  • April 9, 2015
    Making the Pierce County Code more accessible, searchable | Fee program to help County and developers rehabilitate wetlands | Tacoma Rainiers baseball season kicks off April 17 | USGA’s John Bodenhamer has roots in DuPont’s Home Course | U.S. Open construction update at Chambers Bay | Museum app gives visitors art information at their fingertips | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Parks Appreciation Day, Cinco de Mayo Spring Fling
  • April 2, 2015
    Flood Buyout Program helps homeowners sell and move on | SightLife celebrates Pierce County partnership with cornea donor appreciation | Daffodil Royal Court honored at Pierce County Council meeting | Travel Tacoma + Pierce County says tourism is booming at annual meeting | Public Health Week a chance to examine how we’re doing in Pierce County | Meet the agronomists who oversee the turf at Chambers Bay | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Frontier Park Yard Sale, Princess Party

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March
  • March 26, 2015
    WSDOT to demolish Pacific Avenue overpass in April for I-5 widening | County honors 69 people who volunteer with departments | JobFest in Tacoma to help teens and young adults find work | Museum Pass gets visitors into multiple Tacoma museums | U.S. Open construction update: laying the foundation at Central Meadow | Take a ride on Sprinker’s new green-cleaning Zamboni | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Mini-kicker Soccer Camp, Sustainability Workshop landfill tour
  • March 12, 2015
    County Council drops new building lawsuit, referendum process to continue | Public meetings begin for Comprehensive Plan update | Fife signs on for pet licensing and animal control services from Pierce County | Tacoma’s air quality back in attainment, but wood burning restrictions still apply| University Place finishes missing link in 56th Street Sidewalks to School project | Economic Development Board talks golf and U.S. Open corporate hospitality | Local pro golfers play Chambers Bay | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: adult slowpitch leagues, Adult Trip to Lake Washington
  • March 5, 2015
    Pierce County Farm Forum connects farmers with consumers and purchasers | New sewer bill exemption to help low-income seniors & disabled | University Place establishes neighborhood parking restrictions for U.S. Open | DuPont’s Home Course to host local U.S. Open qualifier | Lower than usual water level at Lake Tapps to return to normal | Tacoma Museum District to be open every Thursday night | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Camp Showtime ice performance, Adult hockey learn to play

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February
  • February 26, 2015
    Pierce County completes largest farmland conservation in Puyallup | WSDOT prepares drivers for six miles of I-5 HOV lane work through Tacoma | Volunteers needed on local Selective Service board for military draft | Championship round tickets sell out for 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay | Chambers Bay to be featured in World Golf Tour video game | Pierce County airports to lure pilots with new tourism passport | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Bridal Showcase, Success Soccer Camp
  • February 19, 2015
    County Council votes to build General Services Building | Public closures coming to Chambers Creek Regional Park | New volunteer opportunities with Pitch in for Parks | Puyallup dedicates new spray park coming in May | DuPont sees industry growth with Amazon fulfillment center | Fife History Museum exhibit shows evolution of wedding traditions and dresses | Meet the Farmer: Mountain Lodge Farm cheesemaking class | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Foothills Dash in Orting, Youth basketball registration
  • February 12, 2015
    Understanding your property tax statement | Construction underway to make North Meadow parking lot bigger | Juvenile Court Administrator talks new programs, abused and neglected kids | County Council discusses General Services Building in committee | Teen’s story inspires Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month | Tacoma staple Brown & Haley have 100-year success with Almond Roca | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Pitch in For Parks, Kids cooking class
  • February 5, 2015
    Maximum price set for County’s proposed General Services Building | Citizens comment on 18 amendments to shoreline regulations | Sumner unveils design for Bridge St. Bridge | Health Department warns of measles and whooping cough outbreaks | Goodwill offers free tax help | Pierce County employees show their Seahawks pride | Puyallup opens new playground at DeCoursey Park | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Kidz Love Soccer registration, Family Movie Night

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January
  • January 29, 2015
    Public meeting shows South Tacoma support for County’s General Services Building | County Council to take shoreline amendments to public meetings | Find out what bills Pierce County is watching in this legislative session | Potential military job cuts at JBLM draws crowd at Community Listening Session | Puyallup’s Cheese Shoppe a home for cheese enthusiasts | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Daddy daughter dances, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day skates
  • January 22, 2015
    Seahawks fever boosts Milton embroidery business | Pierce County Council names January Human Trafficking Awareness Month | Pierce County District Court makes it easier to file small claims online | Skies are clearing in Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s 2015 economic forecast | Meet the Farmer: Richter’s Hot House Rhubarb | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Ice show at Sprinker, Adult Trip winter sleigh ride
  • January 15, 2015
    Pierce County to help fund youth shelter in Tacoma | Dangerous flu season hits Pierce County | Public invited to comment on proposed County general services building | Fife welcomes new city manager | Discover sweet treats in Fife at Emily’s Chocolates | Sprinker data shows strong attendance after renovation | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: Indoor youth soccer
  • January 8, 2015
    Uncasing welcomes home the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade | Pierce County Council swears in new and returning councilmembers | Free budgeting classes help average folks prepare for retirement | Frederickson celebrates the end of construction on 176th Street East \ Sumner family business has sweet success with marshmallows | Medical Examiner’s office scatters ashes of unclaimed cremains | Pierce County Parks & Recreation: No Sun Fun Run, MLK cheapskate

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