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Small, shy and senior off-leash dog area coming to Chambers Creek Park

An expanded off-leash area including a separate area for small, shy and senior dogs is coming soon to Pierce County’s Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.   
Since its inception in 2007, the nonprofit SUNDogs group has lobbied for a larger off-leash area for dogs and their owners. Although the group obtained approval to open a small site near Central Meadow in 2009, it has taken several years to convince Pierce County to allow a site expansion.
“We are so appreciative of our new County Executive Bruce Dammeier, who met with us and understood the need for an expansion of the off leash area,” said SUNDogs President Bill Long. “Although the new site still isn’t as large as we wished, it is certainly a step in the right direction.”
Right now, SUNDogs maintains a less than one-acre site… Read Full Story

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City to celebrate volunteers

Tacoma Narrows Rotary will be celebrating their fourth annual Celebrate Community Event at Curtis Junior High School on April 29. Supported by Tacoma Narrows Rotary, University Place School District, City of University Place, Peace Out, and the UP-Parent Teacher Student Association, the Celebrate Community event will recognize volunteers in the community, hand out awards, hear from some well-known Curtis High School alumni, and help raise funds for future scholarships.
The Celebrate Community Event was developed four years ago by Dr. Jay Mosser, pastor of Sunset Bible Church and president of the Tacoma Narrows Rotary at that time. “[Dr.… Read Full Story

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NOTE TO READERS

In the April 7 edition of the University Place Press, a mix-up occurred in that an op-ed piece by Pierce County Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg was incorrectly by- lined as being written by Katie Landenburg, who had also submitted an op-ed piece that did not make it into the paper. The following is Katie Ladenburg’s correct op-ed, with Connie Ladenburg’s also printed here with her correct byline. University Place Press apologizes for the errors.

With the change of presi dency, Donald Trump… Read Full Story

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University Place Police Department March 24, 2017

Just after midnight on March 17, U.P. police responded to a reported shooting in the 3300 block of Sunset Drive West. Officers arrived and found a victim with a gunshot wound. The victim said he was attacked from behind and then shot. The victim was not cooperative and gave no descriptions…

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Le Roy

Dear Editor, The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2017 Facts and Figures report found a soaring prevalence, lack of effective treatment and enormous costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Washington State, with over 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s, it is the third leading cause of death…

Belleci serves a ‘council historian’ about original vision
Steve Dunkelberger

Caroline Belleci took a seat on the University Place City Council in early 2010, when the council appointed her to finish the term of her friend, the late Gene Brooks. Her service to the city started well before that, however, including terms on the planning commission since U.P. became a city in…

Come one, come all to Family Bingo Night

Spring is in the air which means sounds of family fun will be heard from miles around for the Annual Family Bingo Night at Chambers Creek Regional Park on Friday, April 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. in University Place. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event admission is $5 per person; children…

Slavonian Hall to host Daffodil Dinner and pastry sale

On Sunday, April 2, members of the Slavonian Lodge will host a special Daffodil Dinner and Croatian pastry sale. A tradition for the past 30-plus years, the dinner is the main annual fundraiser to keep the Croatian Lodge/Slavonian Hall at 2306 N. 30th St. well maintained, as it is listed with the…

Cotton swabs in the ears: Are they safe?
Sepehr Oliaei, MD

In a recent unscientific survey, eight out of 10 people reported that they routinely use Q-tips or other similar cotton swab products to clean, dry, massage or scratch their ear canals. Despite widespread warnings against use of cotton swabs in the ear canal by manufacturers, media and health care…

Community support flourishes in University Place

After seeing a story about Community Connection Place in a local paper, a business owner was inspired to help. The donations committee at Northwest Cascade, Inc. contacted Community Connection Place with the news that they would donate $25,000 this year. The recipient of the donation is the nonprofit…

Pierce County READS does more than promote reading

The Pierce County Library system READS is marking its 10th year with the selection of a book that is not only gripping and impactful, but also relevant and local. The county’s largest community one-book reading program is encouraging everyone to read “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War”…

Noise study finds mine won’t affect neighbors,
Steve Dunkelberger

A Noise study based on information from the mine operators concludes that the proposed  sand and gravel mining would not violate Tacoma’s noise limits, despite there being a residential area just 450 feet away. Mining could start as early as this summer if permits are approved as…

Work on Prologis complex at Tacoma, Fife border begins
Steve Dunkelberger

Construction on a massive industrial warehouse complex on the edge of the tideflats between Fife and Tacoma is taking shape and will include street improvements to streamline traffic to and from the facility that is projected to add between 300 and 1,500 jobs to the marketplace. The project is the…

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