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Published December 12th, 2013 - 9:51PM
The Puyallup parks department is designing a replacement for the popular wading pool in Pioneer Park that will debut next summer. The city will spend more than a half-million dollars on a new spray park and on educational playground equipment.
Published December 11th, 2013 - 4:20PM
The death of a man hit and killed by a train in Puyallup Sunday was a suicide, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday.
Published December 11th, 2013 - 2:41PM
I know when winter strikes, the first thing I think about is dining outside! Yeah, no. I’m a wimp. I hate eating outside in December unless my job forces the issue. And that brings me to today’s blog post – al fresco wood-fired pizza.
Published December 10th, 2013 - 3:35PM
The Original Pancake House was back in business Tuesday morning after a man drove a van through the restaurant Monday night.
Published December 10th, 2013 - 6:58AM
Two brothers who say Puyallup police brutalized them two years ago have sued the city.
Published December 8th, 2013 - 10:41PM
A man died Sunday night when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train in Puyallup, deputy police chief Dave McDonald said.
Published December 8th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Chuck and Judy Cox were joined by 40 people Friday night at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup on the fourth anniversary of their daughter Susan Powell’s disappearance.
Published December 6th, 2013 - 10:02AM
Puyallup police are trying to keep shoppers safer this holiday season by increasing patrols for car prowlers, car thieves and drunken drivers.
Published December 5th, 2013 - 9:52PM
To commemorate children lost to violence, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and Chuck Cox, grandfather to a pair of murdered boys, will attend a ceremony and candle-lighting vigil Friday at Puyallup's Woodbine Cemetery.
Published December 5th, 2013 - 6:49PM
South Sound residents prepared for another night of potential record-breaking cold Thursday with no sign things would warm up over the weekend.
Published December 3rd, 2013 - 9:09PM
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will meet for two days this week at Pierce College in Puyallup.
Published December 2nd, 2013 - 11:51PM
Contrite Puyallup School District officials told parents at a school board meeting Monday night that the district has stepped away from its experiment with hand scanners in school lunchrooms.
Published December 2nd, 2013 - 7:36AM
A fire destroyed a Puyallup farm house early this morning in a dramatic blaze that shot flames into the air and could be seen across the valley, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.
Published November 30th, 2013 - 2:53AM
You survived Black Friday. You’re trying hard to figure out what Cyber Monday means. Maybe it’s time to join a worldwide effort called #givingtuesday — and coat your spirit in good will born of helping others.
Published November 27th, 2013 - 9:36AM
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' Sumner facility announces $226,000 in donations to Western Washington nonprofits during the past year. The company also emphasizes volunteer hours for its employees, giving them up to 52 hours of paid time off each year for volunteer work.
Published November 27th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Final election results presented different outcomes for two Pierce County fire districts that hoped to generate revenue for new and improved fire stations.
Published November 26th, 2013 - 11:05AM
Law enforcement in Pierce County will be increasing DUI patrols through the holiday season.
Published November 26th, 2013 - 12:05AM
A Tacoma police officer fired a round at a man after a pursuit that ended in Puyallup early Monday.
Published November 25th, 2013 - 10:48AM
A Tacoma police officer fired a single round at a man after a pursuit that ended in Puyallup early this morning.
Published November 25th, 2013 - 12:05AM
A proposed boost in funds for street and utility work and a slight increase in staff would lift Puyallup’s budget in 2014, following several years of cutbacks in Pierce County’s third-largest city.
Published November 24th, 2013 - 8:02PM
Wherever there's devastation and relief work to be done, that’s where Dave and Lora York want to be. Last week, that was the Philippines. The Puyallup couple returned Wednesday from a 10-day deployment to some of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Published November 22nd, 2013 - 5:44PM
Pierce County has purchased a crucial, missing link for connecting the popular Foothills Trail from South Prairie to Buckley.
Published November 22nd, 2013 - 9:39AM
One of three people charged with damaging 89 vehicles in Puyallup told police he busted out the windows and mirrors because it helped relieve stress, according to court documents.
Published November 21st, 2013 - 12:44PM
A third person believed to have broken out windows on 79 vehicles in Puyallup was arrested Wednesday, police said.
Published November 20th, 2013 - 1:05PM
While I wrote earlier today about South Hill’s status as a chain mecca, downtown Puyallup is seeing a continued shift to sophisticated dining choices. Coming soon – a New Orleans themed steak and seafood restaurant, a modern Mexican restaurant and now a downtown restaurant owner has announced she’s looking to open a high-end steakhouse on East Main. Read on.
Published November 19th, 2013 - 1:05PM
A 54-year-old motorcyclist lost control and went off the road in the eastbound lanes of state Route 512 at 94th Street near the South Hill Mall, according to the State Patrol.
Published November 19th, 2013 - 10:13AM
Two people arrested for smashing out the windows on 79 vehicles in Puyallup were released from jail after posting bail, records show.
Published November 15th, 2013 - 12:26PM
Puyallup police have arrested two people suspected of smashing windows and side mirrors on 79 vehicles last week.
Published November 13th, 2013 - 12:51PM
There have been no new reports of a man smashing car windows in Puyallup but police are still asking the public to call in tips.
Published November 13th, 2013 - 10:46AM
Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old man with vehicular assault for allegedly hitting a Puyallup police officer’s patrol car while driving a friend home from a Tacoma club.
Published November 12th, 2013 - 10:58PM
A divisive land-use debate in Puyallup ended Tuesday night with testimony from the affected property owner, a highly vocal crowd and a split vote by the City Council.

The 4-2 decision approving a rezone proposal paves the way for real-estate firm Schnitzer West to buy former daffodil farmland near Shaw Road for industrial development.

Mayor Rick Hansen and council members John Knutsen, Steve Vermillion and Tom Swanson voted in favor of the change while council members John Palmer and John Hopkins cast dissenting votes.

“This isn’t an easy decision. This isn’t a fun decision,” Hansen said.

Retired farmer Neil Van Lierop, who closed his decades-old operation in May, had previously secured a contingent deal to sell 13 acres to Schnitzer pending a decision on a proposed rezone of the land.

The council approved the change despite a Planning Commission recommendation to reject the proposal, vocal opposition from a standing-room-only crowd and an anti-rezone petition.

The decision unifies two parcels with slightly different industrial zoning, making it easier for the developer to build there. It also allows for warehouses, which previously weren’t allowed.

Van Lierop’s wife, Lore, spoke on his behalf urging the council to approve the rezone so the couple can sell the land and secure their retirement, noting her husband is nearing 76 years old.

“This land is ours. We have the right to do what we want with our land,” she said. “My husband worked all his life in this valley. It is time for him to quit. If anyone wants to come farm our land, they are welcome to do it.”

Despite Van Lierop’s emotional testimony, many Puyallup residents spoke in opposition to the land-use change.

Resident Tom Taylor hauled in a plastic bin filled with 600-plus petitions opposing the rezone, holding it up in front of council members.

“I ask that you consider who you’re representing and what they’re saying,” he said, drawing applause from the crowd.

Nancy Johnson, a Planning Commission member, said that once one warehouse goes in, others will soon follow.

“I urge you to promote growth that adds to the community, not detracts,” she said, drawing more applause from the crowd. “Why don’t you offer creative alternatives rather than the mantra of property-owner rights?”

The new zoning chips away at a mixed-use approach that Planning Commission members and landowners agreed on four years ago.

Residents have said approval of the rezone would undermine the original mixed-use vision and invite a “sea of warehouses” into an area that is seen as a “gateway” to the city.

Palmer echoed that point Tuesday night.

“Why perpetuate warehouses that this city does not want to see?” he asked.

Swanson emphasized before the vote that the council’s job is to act as judges of the application criteria. He said he didn’t go to the meeting with his mind made up.

Jeff Harmer, a Schnitzer representative, said his company would be open to working with residents to address their concerns.
Published November 12th, 2013 - 10:15AM
Puyallup is now home to two more tea destinations.
Published November 12th, 2013 - 12:05AM
A captain from a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade who was in Afghanistan this time last year paid homage to veterans of all wars at a Veterans Day celebration Monday in Puyallup.
Published November 11th, 2013 - 6:39PM
An idea to create new parks space in Puyallup has been thrown into the middle of a land-use debate as the City Council prepares to take a final vote Tuesday on a proposed industrial rezone of former farmland near Shaw Road.
Published November 11th, 2013 - 3:21PM
Puyallup police are looking for suspects they believe have vandalized more than 50 vehicles throughout the city since last week.
Published November 11th, 2013 - 2:56PM
A 25-year-old shoplifting suspect suffered minor injuries when he allegedly tried to elude police and was stopped by a Puyallup police K-9 Sunday, the department said.
Published November 10th, 2013 - 8:13PM
A 25-year-old man was taken to the hospital Sunday after he allegedly shoplifted from the Macy’s store at the South Hill Mall and crashed his vehicle in Puyallup, where he was detained by a K-9 team.
Published November 7th, 2013 - 4:54PM
The 24-year-old defendant who allegedly told police he "really wanted to find it" pleads not guilty.
Published November 5th, 2013 - 8:24PM
It appeared to be a mixed bag of incumbent and newcomer victories Tuesday night as early election results rolled in for East Pierce County races.
Published November 4th, 2013 - 12:05AM
The Puyallup School District will ask voters to approve two tax measures in a February election — one a replacement levy to pay for ongoing operations, and a second levy to pay for both capital improvements to school buildings and technology purchases and upgrades.
Published November 4th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Pierce Transit plans to start express bus service complete with Wi-Fi for employees of a private business in Olympia that is relocating to Puyallup.
Published October 25th, 2013 - 4:54PM
Jeremy Capodanno faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and has agreed to forfeit two homes, two automobiles and five guns to the government, federal prosecutors say.
Published October 25th, 2013 - 11:23AM
Drivers planning to cross the Puyallup River Bridge on northbound state Route 167 this weekend, be warned.
Published October 25th, 2013 - 7:31AM
A man suspected of stealing a rifle from a neighboring house was arrested Thursday after a four-hour standoff in Puyallup.
Published October 24th, 2013 - 12:26PM
A SWAT team is evacuating residents in a Puyallup neighborhood while they try to negotiate with an armed man suspected of burglarizing a nearby home, police said.
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