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  1. Answers

    On December 18, 2017, Amtrak 501, on its inaugural run, left the tracks near DuPont at 7:34 a.m. Several  passenger cars landed on southbound I-5.  Tragically, 3 people died, 57 passengers were injured, as were 8 occupants of cars on the freeway....

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  2. Broadband Focus of County Council Meeting

    The Pierce County Council will hold an in-district Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the Gig Harbor High School Auditorium, 5101 Rosedale St. NW in Gig Harbor. This in-district meeting will be chaired by Councilmember Derek Young,...

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  3. Council Schedule Highlights Week of May 20th, 2019

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 1:30 pm Community Development Committee Derek Young, Chair Dave Morell, Vice Chair Marty Campbell Jim McCune Douglas G. Richardson Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click!...

    DerekYoung
  4. The other Washington

    While I enjoy traveling occasionally, I am biased toward what we have to offer here in Pierce County.  I love our South Sound, our mountain, our people and living “Like the Mountain is Out.”  There are more things that I would like to do here in...

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  5. Respect for what we do

    Recently, my husband and I watched, “On the Basis of Sex,” the story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s (RBG) first precedent setting case on gender discrimination. RBG continued to work on cases that overturned 100 years of gender discrimination. At the time...

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  6. Hello, Sunshine!

    It’s been quite a week in Pierce County! On Tuesday, the Council approved the ordinance that allows the Chambers Bay resort to move forward.  I appreciate the due diligence and review completed by the Council as they performed their work.  They had a...

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  7. Explaining My Vote on the Resort at Chambers Bay

    My vote today is difficult because we’re given a choice between a flawed proposal presented by the Executive and continuing to lose money on a luxury golf course accessible to few Pierce County residents. Even the other respondent to our request for...

    DerekYoung
  8. A new chapter

    As you know from previous blogs, I’ve been an avid reader my entire life.  Books have taken me to far-off imaginary lands and transported me back into fascinating historical events.  A great book can be a relaxing vacation without leaving home and a...

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  9. The Power of Stories Retold

    This week I once again heard two powerful and horrific stories about domestic violence in our community.  Both stories were difficult to listen to and comprehend.  They describe a world that I fervently wish did not exist.  Unfortunately, in this...

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  10. Placing children at the center

    While it wasn’t the first time I had visited Baby Court, the case I watched unfold in the courtroom last week had a strong impact on me. For those not familiar with the program, Baby Court is an innovative approach to working as a community...

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  11. Early Intervention

    It was 2016 when Taylor first noticed that her 12-month old baby, Kael, may be experiencing some delays in his development. From the beginning, Kael was upset by loud noises and did not like being around crowds. When he wasn’t babbling or making some...

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  12. Greener greens

    For nearly a quarter of a century, the Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan has included plans to build a golf course, restaurant, hotel and other community amenities.  It also included enhancements to the initial trail system. Since that...

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  13. Gatherings

    Gatherings serve an important role in our community.  They rally us around a common interest or concern.  And, they give us a shared place to put differences aside for a bit of time. Gatherings give us an opportunity to learn from one another and...

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  14. Work at the intersection of 62nd Avenue NW and 144th Street NW starts April 9

    Construction on a project to improve the intersection of 62nd Avenue Northwest and 144th Street Northwest will begin April 9. The project is expected to be complete in early 2020. The project will increase the safety and efficiency of the...

    DerekYoung
  15. Council Schedule Highlights Week of April 1st, 2019

    Monday, April 1st, 2019 1:30 pm Community Development Committee Derek Young, Chair Dave Morell, Vice Chair Marty Campbell Jim McCune Douglas G. Richardson Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click!...

    DerekYoung
  16. Prenatal to 25 Advisory Commission for Child, Youth and Young Adult Development is a must!

    Next Tuesday, Apr. 2, the Pierce County Council will have an opportunity to pass  Ordinance 2019-6. This ordinance would establish a prenatal to age 25 (P-25) advisory commission made up of parents and people that work with and for the children of...

    ConnieLadenburg
  17. Lives at stake

    I can’t think of a more important job than saving a life.  Sometimes it can be in a very controlled environment when skill and precision are paramount – think of a surgeon in an operating room.  Sometimes it can be in the middle of chaos, when faced...

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  18. Two bills for young people in Pierce County

    Pierce County lags behind our peers in most socioeconomic measurements. Whether it’s poverty rates, educational attainment, behavioral health, child dependency, or crime we see clear signals of social policy failures. That’s why Councilmember...

    DerekYoung
  19. #ThePierceCountyWay

    During this year’s State of the County Address I had the honor of telling our community about the great work you’ve been doing on behalf of our residents as well as some tremendous community collaborations where we play a variety of roles. I also...

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  20. 2019 Legislative Town Halls

    26th Legislative District Senator Emily Randall Saturday, March 23rd 9:00 am at Olympic College Theater 1520 Ohio Ave. in Bremerton 12:00 pm at Gig Harbor City Hall 3510 Grandview St. in Gig Harbor 3:00 pm at Key Peninsula Civic Center 17010 S Vaughn...

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