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Cloudy days couldn’t keep the ducks away

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One of our community’s most popular springtime celebration, the annual Duck Daze Parade, took place for the 17th year in a row on Saturday, June 2 along Bridgeport Way West. The weather was mild but the joy was plenty as crowds of families and friends lined the parade route to enjoy the various parade marchers commemorate the end of the rainy season.
Nearly 700 individuals participated in the parade, some of whom included the Curtis High School marching band, the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, City Council Members in Corvettes provided by a local club, fire trucks courtesy of West Pierce Fire, local businesses, Disney Princesses and so much more all decked out in yellow duck-ware!
Following the parade the UPTown Cruisin’ Car Show was the biggest one yet, with over 160 vehicles overflowing in Windmill Village and onto Drexler… Read Full Story


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Silent auction held to mitigate cost of preschool remodel

University Place Presbyterian Church held a live and silent auction on Friday, June 2 to assist remodeling costs for their Sunset Christian Preschool (SCP). More than 130 people attended the event emceed by Youth For Christ’s Bibby Akills that was full of fun, food, and some friendly competition bidding on donated goodies.
During the summer, University Place Presbyterian Church plans to undergo remodeling, which includes adding a new wing to the Sunset Christian Preschool.
“While the church has launched a campaign to fund the building project,” explained Marty Kelly, Director of the SCP, “our preschool is in great need of… Read Full Story


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U.S. Rep. Denny Heck responds to shooting

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement after the shooting at a baseball field where Members of Congress were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game:
“This tragedy hits home, and yet too many communities around the United States know the horror after a mass shooting like this. My colleagues were getting ready for the traditional Congressional Baseball Game where both parties put differences aside and celebrate America’s pastime. My prayers are with everyone on that field and… Read Full Story

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Ohm ohm at the beach

Tami Jackson For University Place Press

Grab a yoga mat, water bottle and maybe some sunscreen because plans for a new outdoor yoga class are now flowing toward Chambers Creek Regional Park. Classes will begin the first weekend in July. That means yoga students can practice their kneeling twists in view of McNeil Island and can chant "ohm"…

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All kinds of champions at Curtis High

Jeff Chamberlin Superintendent, U.P. School District

If you live in University Place, you likely know about the strong tradition of winning championships at Curtis High School. The Vikings are regular winners of league, district and sometimes even state titles. Many of these championships are won by teams or individual athletes, but Curtis High School’s…


Politics or problem-solving first? Olympia must decide now

Christine Kilduff State Representative – 28th Legislative District

I am a strong proponent of bipartisan cooperation in government. Over the last few years, I’ve told you about how Democrats and Republicans must work together in a divided government. Striving to work well with my colleagues is how I have passed legislation to provide legal services to veterans…


University Place Police Blotter

WEST PIERCE FIRE & RESCUE House fire under investigation At 11:51 a.m. on June 7, West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a residential fire at the 6600 block of 52nd Avenue West. Crews arrived to find a detached garage on fire with heavy smoke coming from the structure. The smoke was…

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New law improves railroad employee safety

Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom

Without railroads, the world would be an altogether different place. It’s nearly impossible to overstate the importance of the railroad for our economy, travel and culture. Everything from food and motor vehicles, to lumber and energy supplies are transported on the railways. Our society could not…

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Fear and hatred lead to addiction and block learning ability

Tami Jackson

Fear, anxiety, shame, guilt and hatred are all negative emotions that create unhealthy sates of attachment. Holding on to any of those painful or dishonorable emotional states will shut down the brain's ability to learn. That's according to Dr. Jennifer Wyman-Clemons who is on a mission to help people…

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United Way honors youth doing good deeds

Steve Dunkelberger

United Way of Pierce County recognized some of the best and brightest youth from Pierce County schools on May 24 at Puyallup Park Pavilion for their volunteerism in their community and around the world. The 150 students from around the county were honored for tallying at least 145 hours of volunteer…

News Briefs

GRANT HELPS STUDENTS OVERCOME BARRIERS TO LEARNING Local Communities In Schools affiliates are pleased to announce they have received a total of $47,500 in funding for the next year from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to support the Communities In Schools model of site coordination, which…

Courage360 expands services to Bethel community

Heather Giron Fritts Courage360 CEO

Local nonprofit Courage360 is honored to announce that we have begun delivering services in Spanaway. In the interest of building a healthy community, Courage360 has joined United Way of Pierce County’s strong network of organizations to implement proven strategies and best practices that respond…

Police Blotter

West Pierce Fire and Rescue Paramedic accused of stealing controlled drugs On May 25, a West Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighter/paramedic was arrested and booked into the Pierce County jail under the suspicion of unlawful procession of a controlled substance. He has been accused of stealing controlled…