DuPont News


  • Military Appreciation Day at the Spring Fair
    Posted on: 2014-04-08
    Make some memories at the Fair! FREE gate admission is offered to all active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans with valid military ID at any Spring Fair gate on Friday, April 11, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., thanks to media partners Talk Radio 570 KVI and KOMO Newsradio AM 1000/97.7 FM.

    For full details about this event, click on the link below!
  • Sequalitchew Creek Trail in DuPont has temporarily closed
    Posted on: 2014-04-08
    Officials with the City of DuPont closed the lower portion of the Sequalitchew Creek Trail on Wednesday, April 2, after a small portion of the hillside came down on the trail. The trail is closed until further notice.

    The slide is not far from where a culvert failed in 2011 and part of the trail washed away. “We are in the process of notifying the property owner, and bringing in a hydrologist to take a closer look at the hillside,” said Ted Danek, DuPont City Administrator.

    Organizers with the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day event will still meet at 4 p.m. at DuPont City Hall, but the walk will take place on a different trail.
  • Excitement Builds at Chambers Bay!
    Posted on: 2014-04-08
    Chambers Bay, designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones II, offers Scottish links-style golf amid windswept dunes on the shores of Puget Sound. The United States Golf Association will conduct its national championship, the U.S. Open, at Chambers Bay in June 2015.

    The Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open. The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat McCarthy, showed operating revenues increased more than $1 million over the prior year, a gain of 23 percent.

    “Golfers are coming from other states and other countries to play one of the few municipal courses in the nation that was selected to challenge the best players in the world,” Executive McCarthy said. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our region, and the best is yet to come. We have heard from other U.S. Open sites that we can expect incredible amounts of attention in the coming years. We’ll be ready.”

    Find more details about the success of Chambers Bay at the link below!
  • DuPont's Police Chief is Now Full-Time
    Posted on: 2014-03-10
    During the Feb. 25 DuPont City Council meeting, the council approved a revised police chief contract for Bob Sheehan, who has been working as the city’s acting police chief since April 2013.

    Sheehan retired in 2012 from the Tacoma Police Department as the Assistant Chief of Operations. He has 35 years of law enforcement experience, joining the Tacoma department in 1981 after serving in the United States Air Force as a military police officer. His career experience has included operations, administration, community policing, facilities project management, investigations, SWAT team, and internal affairs.

    For the full story, including how the position has been impacted by activities in the Legislature, click on the link below:
  • Free Services at Pierce County Library
    Posted on: 2014-03-10
    Pierce County Library customers can now download popular magazines, music albums, movies and television shows through two new services—free with a Pierce County Library card.

    Zinio, the library’s first-ever magazine download service, offers readers current and back issues of popular magazines. Titles include Martha Stewart Living, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Men’s Health, Forbes, Every Day with Rachel Ray, and more—84 titles in all.

    The library replaced its free music download service, Freegal, with a service called Hoopla and added movies and TV shows to the Hoopla experience. Through Hoopla, each library card holder can check out a total of eight items per month—music, movies and TV shows combined.

    Pierce County Library also offers e-book and audio book downloads as well as online resources and online classes such as Microsoft IT Academy and hundreds of continuing education topics.
  • See Something, Say Something
    Posted on: 2014-03-10
    Patterned after the national effort you may be familiar with, the DuPont Police Department is implementing “See Something, Say Something.' It is designed to supplement dialing 911 for emergencies and the non-emergency line that SouthSound 911 runs.
    Call the DuPont Police Department tip line, (253)-964-4275, whenever you see something that is not an emergency or doesn’t need a report. It’s for those situations where you don’t know whether or not to call the police at all. (When you know you should call, but not who, use 911!)
    The tip line is an unstaffed phone where you’ll leave a message that will be checked periodically. The department hopes that the information from the tip line will help them stay on top of potential issues and allow them to better serve the community.
  • Do You Want to Volunteer for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship?
    Posted on: 2014-02-11
    The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chambers Bay have announced that volunteer applications for the 115th U.S. Open Championship are now available. The 2015 U.S. Open, the first to be played in the Pacific Northwest, is scheduled for June 15-21 at Chambers Bay.

    Approximately 4,500 unpaid volunteers will be needed to fill positions on 24 committees, including hospitality, leaderboards, marshals, merchandise and spectator services. Those assigned to the 2015 U.S. Open will be required to work a minimum of four shifts, of five to six hours each. Volunteer positions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

    For the complete story and further information, click on the link below:
  • Revisions to NWL ROA Resident Handbook
    Posted on: 2014-02-10
    There were revisions to the Resident Handbook, that became effective January 1, 2014. You can access the complete Resident Handbook at www.nwlandingroa.org (click on Documents, Choose a Category, and drop down to NWL Resident Handbook). If there are any questions, please contact the ROA office at 253-964-1289.
  • DuPont Historical Society celebrates the life and legacy of the late Senator Mike Carrell
    Posted on: 2014-02-10
    The DuPont Historical Society is hosting a reception celebrating the late Senator Mike Carrell’s legacy in DuPont on Saturday, Feb.8 from 2-5 p.m. at the DuPont Community Center, located at 303 Barksdale Avenue.

    Senator Carrell was an advocate of preserving and promoting Pierce County’s historical landmarks and a member of the DuPont Historical Society. He personally worked on the restoration of DuPont’s 1940s era Dynamite train engine and helped secure funding for the train canopy.

    During the reception, tours of the museum will be given and volunteers will fire up the Dynamite Train. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at 253-882-5943 or email leemcdonald_2@hotmail.com.
  • DuPont Forza brewing up a good time with Saturday music
    Posted on: 2014-02-10
    It’s back… The DuPont Forza Coffee Company is once again offering live music from local performers on select Saturday nights. With an expanded menu of food items, and a liquor license allowing the option of wine and beer, manager Tammy Chamberlain is really excited about ramping up their live music offerings. “We are hoping to offer live music from local artists most Saturday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.,” explained Chamberlain.

    The artists Forza features are diverse, from country to folk. Future plans for live musical offerings include an open mic night, and the possibility of bringing back Friday night Christian music artists, something that has been enjoyed in the past.

    For the full story, click on the link below -- and check the DuPont Forza Facebook page for updates on upcoming music nights and artists that will be performing.
  • Free Story Time at Local Libraries
    Posted on: 2014-01-06
    Get little ones excited about language and learning at fun, free story times at Pierce County Library System. It’s never too early to introduce children to books and pave the way for future reading success.

    Little ones from 0 – 6 years old will enjoy fun books, games, art and songs at events: Baby Play and Learn (0- 24 months), Toddler Play and Learn (ages 2-3), Preschool Play and Learn (ages 3-6) and Family/Bilingual/Spanish Story Time (for families with preschool age children).

    Registration may be required so be sure to contact your library location for details (see link below).
  • Flu News
    Posted on: 2014-01-06
    The holidays are synonymous with travel, parties, and get-togethers. And that creates opportunities for people to spread illnesses like the flu. The Washington State Department of Health recommends getting a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your family and avoid falling under the weather this holiday season.
    Flu vaccines are available at many locations including health care professional’s offices, pharmacies, and some local health agencies. The DuPont HealthMart Pharmacy is one place locally that has the flu vaccine available. The Franciscan Medical Clinic located in DuPont also has flu vaccines available for registered patients.
    Much more information is available at the link below.
  • DuPont Fire Department Schedules Classes
    Posted on: 2014-01-06
    The DuPont Fire Department has four CPR, First Aid and AED Training courses scheduled in 2014. The first class will take place on February 1. If you need a First Aid class or CPR training for your work, office or school, this class is for you.

    All classes will take place at the DuPont Fire Station, located at 1780 Civic Drive in DuPont from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $30, for a two-year certification. Participants must RSVP by calling 253-964-8414. More information is available in the full story from SouthPugetSoundNews.com -- click the clink below!
  • Pet Licensing for 2014
    Posted on: 2014-01-06
    It is time to renew your pet license! Residents can get their pet tag at City Hall, located in the Civic Center, at 1700 Civic Dr., hours are M-F from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    (If you purchased a 2013 pet license from the City, courtesy renewal e-mails will be sent. If you would like a courtesy reminder for 2015, please supply your e-mail address on the application.)
  • Stop Rubbernecking Attracts Attention of DuPont City Police Department
    Posted on: 2013-12-11
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    December 11, 2013
    For more information please contact:
    Candice McElyea, 360 Degrees PR
    (941) 232-9046

    Stop Rubbernecking Attracts Attention of DuPont City Police Department

    Sarasota, Fla. - Carl Cannova, president of Stop Rubbernecking CC, LLC and creator of the SRN1000, has added some notable new customers to the company’s roster. Stop Rubbernecking is a company that began in Manatee County, Florida and is now expanding in a big way across the nation.
    The SRN1000, a privacy screen and barrier used mostly for law enforcement, has been purchased by eleven Florida law enforcement agencies, including the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
    New customers now include the DuPont City Police Department in DuPont, Washington; Apache Junction, Prescott and Tolleson Police Departments in Arizona; the Dallas Police Department, the Las Vegas Coroner’s Office, the West Palm Beach Police Department and the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas.
    The SRN1000 is a portable barrier system that protects victims of accidents and their families from prying eyes, keeps officers safe while working accidents, and hides traumatic scenes from onlookers and helps prevent “rubbernecking”. The screen is meant for use of law enforcement officers and has even been used by coroners and investigators who rely on the safety of the screen as well as the ability to protect from possible contamination and interruption to investigations.
    Cannova designed the SRN1000 with help from RoBrady, a local design company in Sarasota.
    Carl Cannova and his wife, Stop Rubbernecking CC CEO Tommie Cannova, have worked along with their son Phillip, vice president of sales, to reach new customers and find other departments that can benefit from the use of the portable barrier systems.
    “We are thrilled to have the support of not only law enforcement agencies locally, but now also across the country,” stated Cannova, president of Stop Rubbernecking CC, LLC. “We are so proud of the design of our product, the quality of production, as well as the privacy and safety that we are able to offer through the SRN1000. We believe that every law enforcement agency should have our product, and if they don’t know about it yet, they will soon!”

    For more information about the company and the SRN1000, go to www.srn1000.com
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  • Wild Animal Sightings
    Posted on: 2013-12-10
    There have been reports of wolf and coyote sightings in and around the City of DuPont. The DuPont Police Department has been in contact with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) regarding these reports and has been informed there are currently no wolves inhabiting areas west of the Cascade Mountains.
    DuPont does have a coyote population but there is no cause for panic. According to the WDFW, coyotes are curious but timid animals and will generally run away if challenged. However, remember that any wild animal will protect itself or its’ young. Never instigate a close encounter. If a coyote ever approaches too closely, pick up small children immediately and act aggressively toward the animal. Wave your arms, throw stones and shout at the coyote. If necessary, make yourself appear larger by standing up (if sitting) or stepping up onto a rock, stump or stair. The idea is to convince the coyote that you are not prey, but a potential danger.
    For more information, please click on the link below.
  • DuPont Museum on Facebook
    Posted on: 2013-11-12
    Like DuPont! The DuPont Museum is now on Facebook The museum will use Facebook to showcase events, restoration projects, new displays, and facts and photos submitted by former DuPont Company Town residents. Help promote the Museum and click LIKE!
  • Parks & Recreation updates
    Posted on: 2013-11-12
    For the latest in DuPont Parks and Rec info, Like them on Facebook. You can find registration information, ask questions about activities, or get news about volunteer opportunities.
  • City Seeking EMS Volunteers
    Posted on: 2013-11-12
    The DuPont Fire Department is currently accepting applications for motivated and career-minded EMS volunteers to help staff the Aid Car, assisting with patient care and transport. The reserves will be EMT’s who will supplement our career staff and help enable the fire engine to stay in DuPont and staffed during transport situations. Currently there are fewer private ambulance transport units available to the citizens in DuPont due to growing demand in other areas of the county which
    absorbs the use of Rural Metro and AMR. Volunteers need to be Washington State certified EMT’s who will work a minimum of three 12 or 24 hour shifts per month. Reserve EMT’s are volunteers and will be supplied with uniforms. A small stipend is available. They will not participate in suppression activities due to the high cost of uniforms, equipment and training. For more information, please contact the Fire Station at (253) 964-8414.
  • Finally...The DuPont General Store
    Posted on: 2013-11-12
    DuPont residents did something on Tuesday, Oct. 15 that they have never been able to do within the city limits for the past 46 years – go grocery shopping, in a real grocery store. The cold morning fog did not chase away the smiles and excitement as Steilacoom resident Sandy Ikemeyer opened the DuPont General Store to a crowd of residents, business owners and elected officials.
    Once the ribbon was cut, shoppers took to the shopping carts and began filling them full of bananas, apples, bread, milk, cereal, and eggs.
    For all the great details of this story, click on the link below!!
  • DuPont Lions Club Wreath Sale
    Posted on: 2013-11-12
    DuPont Lions Club members are taking orders for wreaths for the holidays! The 24” door size wreaths are made of fresh high mountain Noble Fir boughs, incense Cedar, blue juniper berries, pine cones and are adorned with a large bow. These beautiful wreaths sell for $30 each and will be ready for pick-up at the DuPont Fire Station (1780 Civic Drive) on Saturday, November 23, from 10-2. To order your wreaths contact Chairperson Penny Coffey at (253) 229-8279, Co-Chair Deb Smith at (253) 376-2302. Order forms are due no later than Saturday, November 16th.
  • South Sound Heart Walk 2013
    Posted on: 2013-10-08
    There is still time to support the City of DuPont employees who are participating in the South Sound Heart Walk scheduled for October 5, 2013. This effort is another way of showing that the City is committed to help both its employees and the community become more aware of cardiovascular diseases and strokes, and support organizations such as the American Heart Association that seek ways to fight these diseases. Register to join the team or help us with a donation by going to the website below and look for the City of DuPont team.
  • Fall Food Drive
    Posted on: 2013-10-08
    The DuPont Fire Department and DuPont Lions Club have once again partnered together to run a Fall Food Drive just in time for the holidays. Bring your canned goods or non-perishable items to the Pumpkin Patch Safety Fair on Saturday, October 19th or drop them off anytime in October to the Fire Department (1780 Civic Drive) to help with this worthy endeavor.
  • Civil Service Commission Vacancy
    Posted on: 2013-09-10
    The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the City’s volunteer Civil Service Commission to fill the remainder of a 6-year unexpired term ending June 30, 2017. Duties of the Commission relate to the selection, appointment, and employment of DuPont firefighters and police officers. The Commission is made up of three members and meets as needed at 6:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Eligible applicants must be a citizen of the United States, age 18 or older, and must have been a resident of the City of DuPont for at least three years immediately prior to the appointment. Per RCW, at the time of appointment, no more than two of the commission members may be “adherents to the same political party.” Commission members serve without compensation.

    Interested applicants need to apply no later than 4:00 PM on September 13, 2013. Additional information and applications are available on the City’s website, link below.
  • Historic Hose Cart Shed
    Posted on: 2013-09-10
    The historic hose cart shed restoration is now complete and has been moved to its permanent location next to the Fire Department. A dedication is being planned for September 24th at 6:30 PM.
  • EMS Volunteers Needed
    Posted on: 2013-09-10
    The DuPont Fire Department is currently accepting applications for motivated and career-minded EMS volunteers to help staff the Aid Car, assisting with patient care and transport. The reserves will be EMT’s who will supplement our career staff and help enable the fire engine to stay in DuPont and staffed during transport situations. Currently there are fewer private ambulance transport units available to the citizens in DuPont due to growing demand in other areas of the county which absorbs the use of Rural Metro and AMR. Volunteers need to be Washington State certified EMT’s who will work a minimum of three 12 or 24 hour shifts per month. Reserve EMT’s are volunteers who will be supplied with uniforms. A small stipend is available. They will not participate in suppression activities due to the high cost of uniforms, equipment and training. For more information, please contact the Fire Station at (253) 964-8414.
  • Police Citizen’s Academy
    Posted on: 2013-08-12
    The Police Department is hosting a Police Citizen’s Academy beginning in September and is accepting applications at this time. The Academy will run for 10 weeks on Thursday evenings beginning September 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Graduation will be held on November 14th. This is a great opportunity to learn how your Police Department operates and to meet our Police Chief and police officers. Applications are available on the City’s website or at the Police Department (1780 Civic Drive). For additional information visit the City’s website, or contact Police Chief Bob Sheehan at (253) 964-7060 or by email (see below).
  • Landscape Maintenance Update
    Posted on: 2013-08-12
    The Residential and Commercial Owners Associations, in conjunction with the City of DuPont, have put together an irrigation plan in an attempt to salvage the plants and trees in the medians along Center Drive.
    Beginning Wednesday, August 7th, the medians between Interstate 5 and Haskell Street began receiving water. The plan is to irrigate nightly for 5 nights and then reduce the frequency to one to two nights a week. This should be enough water to sustain the plant materials until the rains come and still keep costs down.
    We will begin moving up Center Drive, towards Steilacoom-DuPont Road with the intent of irrigating the medians that have the best chance of survival. There is a potential for significant tree loss further up Center Drive, and the Associations will not be irrigating plant material that is likely not to survive. The Associations are working with their landscape company, Total Grounds Management, to assess the damage and prioritize the irrigation.
    In addition, the Associations will be begin irrigation of the City parks along McNeil Street, at Garry Oaks and Jensen Avenues. The water will be concentrated on the shrubs in order to avoid plant loss; however, at this time it does not make sense to begin irrigating the dormant turf.
    The Associations will keep their members updated as this process continues.
  • Remember... Use Caution During Hot, Dry Weather
    Posted on: 2013-07-09
    It has been a cool, wet spring but we are now finally entering the summer season. Soon the green spaces and forested areas will dry out and the fire danger will move to a high level. We would like to remind residents that burning is not allowed on public property. This includes the trails and beaches along Puget Sound, where the danger of fire burning up the banks and into the residential areas is high during the summer months. Please use extra caution and help us keep DuPont safe!
  • National Night Out Block Parties
    Posted on: 2013-07-09
    It is not too late to start planning your neighborhood block party. National Night Out 2013 is Tuesday, August 6th. Plan an afternoon or evening party with family, friends and neighbors and the DuPont Police and Fire Departments will make every effort to attend. This is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with your neighbors, as well as get to know your police officers and firefighters and get your public safety questions answered. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and public safety-community partnerships. To get more information or arrange a time for us to arrive at your event, please contact Claire Keller-Scholz at (253) 964-8414 and join America’s Night Out Against Crime!
  • DuPont 2013 Population
    Posted on: 2013-07-09
    We have grown! The Washington State Office of Financial Management has released the 2013 population estimates on July 1st for Washington cities and counties. The official 2013 population figure for DuPont is 8,855, which is an increase of 215 persons from the 2012 population figure of 8,640. DuPont is the 10th largest city in Pierce County and the 88th largest city in the State. Population information is used in the allocation of certain state revenues, growth management and other planning functions.
  • Upcoming Primary Election
    Posted on: 2013-07-09
    If you have questions about the upcoming primary election, you’re not alone. Tuesday, August 6th is Primary Election Day. On July 15th every household will be mailed a Pierce County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet. On July 19th the Auditor will mail a primary ballot to all registered voters. (Military and overseas voters were mailed on June 21st.) The pamphlet and the ballot always prompt questions. Answers to many of the top questions and additional information on Pierce County elections can be found on the Pierce County Auditor’s webpage.
  • Looking for a Local Farmer's Market?
    Posted on: 2013-04-08
    Did you know that Washington State boasts over 125 farmers markets? Find the Market (or two or three!) nearest you at the link below from Washington State
    Farmers Market Association's 2013 Market Locator.
  • Tree City USA & Growth Award
    Posted on: 2013-04-08
    The City of DuPont has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. This is the fourth year that DuPont has met the four standards required to earn this national designation.
    DuPont also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for the second year for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. The prestigious Growth Award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
  • DuPont PowderWorks Park Field Alert
    Posted on: 2013-04-08
    The PowderWorks Park soccer field is currently closed for scheduled turf repair and maintenance from April 5th – 18th. No practices, games or other uses of the field are authorized during this period. The field will be available for the Baseball Jamboree on April 20th, but may require additional work depending on weather conditions. We appreciate your assistance in observing the field closure.
  • July 4th Planning Committee
    Posted on: 2013-04-08
    Interested in helping plan this year’s July 4th celebration? Consider joining our volunteer committee of local business owners and residents. This is a fantastic and fun way to get involved in your community! If interested, please contact Linda Cumberbatch (email below).
  • Amtrack Point Defiance Bypass is a Go
    Posted on: 2013-03-05
    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has given a green light to re-route Amtrak Cascades passenger trains through south Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont.

    The FRA determined that the Point Defiance Bypass project would not result in any significant adverse impacts to the environment and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), thus giving a green light to the project. A statement released by the Washington State Department of Transportation said that the WSDOT’s project team will now advance design work to reroute passenger trains from the BNSF Railway main line near Point Defiance to an existing, and less congested, rail line that travels through south Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont. WSDOT expects construction to begin in 2015 and open the new route to service in 2017.

    The complete story is can be found at SouthPugetSound News.com.
  • Washington State Jefferson Award Announced
    Posted on: 2013-03-05
    Our Congrats to Mike Mowat!! FISH Food Banks of Pierce County announced on Monday, March 4, 2013 that Mike Mowat, FISH board member and tireless volunteer, has been awarded the 2013 Washington State Jefferson Award. Presented by Seattle’s City Club, local winners are considered “unsung heroes—ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” More than 200 nominations were submitted, and only five winners were chosen, including Mike Mowat.

    More on this great story is available at the link below:
  • Cyber Crime Forum offered to Businesses
    Posted on: 2013-03-05
    The forum will be held March 20, 2013 at the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers and will offer tips for businesses to combat cyber crime -- leaders in combating cyber crime and business identity theft will talk about trends and solutions for local companies.

    Jointly sponsored by the Economic Development Departments of Pierce County and the City of Lakewood, the ppresentation will offer information about potential threats to businesses and what they can do to prevent or minimize intrusions.

    Registration and complete details on this presentation can be found at the link below:
  • Apply for a Landmarks Preservation Grant by April 15
    Posted on: 2013-03-05
    The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Preservation Grant Program, which assists in funding preservation efforts.

    Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project proposals. The maximum request is $10,000 for stabilization, restoration or rehabilitation of Certified Local Government register-listed buildings or structures. For photographic/document preservation, historic markers, history research, and public events/programming, the maximum request is $5,000.

    Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on April 15, 2013. Project activities must be completed by Oct. 1, 2014. More information and grant guidelines and the application form can be found on the Planning and Land Services website below.
  • Relay for Life Volunteers Needed
    Posted on: 2013-03-05
    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® is seeking volunteers in Steilacoom and DuPont – walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference – to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2013 event.

    Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease.

    If you would like to join the Relay For Life of Steilacoom-DuPont as a volunteer or team participant, call the American Cancer Society at (253) 207-5142, or visit www.RelayForLife.org. The full story can be viewed at the link below.
  • Obituary
    Posted on: 2013-02-27
    Sherron Lee Bodamer, 73, of Yelm WA, formerly of DuPont WA, born November 12, 1939, died in her home on February 24, 2013, with her loving and caring son at her side following a courageous seven year battle with ovarian cancer.
    She has many family members who will keep her in their hearts, knowing someday they will be reunited, including her husband of fifty-three years, Joseph Bodamer, four children, twenty-two grandchildren, and nine great-grand children.
    She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Sherron was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and a woman who loved unconditionally. She leave behind a legacy of family, service, and a testimony of the Savior.
    A memorial service is planned for Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10423 Clark Road SE, Yelm WA.
    In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sherron's name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (www.ocrf.org).
  • Police Request Community Help
    Posted on: 2013-02-05
    The DuPont Police Department is seeing a spike in thefts from vehicles and is asking for the public’s help.

    The thefts are taking place in the DuPont Station area around lunch time and in the early evening hours. The thieves are going into unlocked vehicles and are also breaking windows to gain entry. They are taking suitcases, computers, gym bags, and other miscellaneous items.

    If you see someone hanging around vehicles parked on the street or in the parking lots, or if you see a vehicle being driven slowly around the area with no apparent destination, police are asking you to call 911. Goodpaster said it would also be very helpful if you can get a license number or a description of the person.

    And remember, remove anything of value from the occupancy area of your vehicle when you park, and lock your doors.
  • No, not a Grocery Store
    Posted on: 2013-02-05
    Rush Commercial Construction broke ground on Monday, Feb. 4, on what will be a 9,245 square foot single-story daycare facility situated on 1.16 acres along McNeil Street and behind DuPont Station.

    Owner Sherry Helton said the DuPont Learning Center should be open in the fall of 2013. “Construction should be complete by August 1, so we’re hoping 30 days after that we can open.” Helton said the DuPont Learning Center will serve families with children ages four weeks to 12 years in age.

    So just how much land is left in DuPont for commerical development? That answer comes from DuPont’s planning manager, Bill Kingman, who said that the city has six parcels left for commercial development, which is where a grocery store could be built.

    For the complete story, click the SouthPugetSoundNews.com link below.
  • IMPORTANT! Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements
    Posted on: 2013-02-05
    As of January 1, 2013 carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are now required in all residential dwelling units, including single-family homes. This applies even for dwellings that don’t have fireplaces or gas-fired appliances. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled. It can cause illness and death in some situations, particularly within enclosed indoor areas. Carbon monoxide is produced by fuel-burning appliances, fireplaces and vehicles. The most common causes of CO poisoning are the indoor use of charcoal or gas grills, as well as the running of generators in garages or near air intakes.
    Form complete information, please refer to the link below.
  • DuPont Closes 2012 with a Big News!
    Posted on: 2013-01-08
    It is official: Amazon, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans to open a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in DuPont, Washington, creating hundreds of full-time jobs with benefits at the new site. The expected investment in the project will exceed $100 million. Amazon currently has 40 fulfillment centers in the U.S., including one in Sumner, Washington. 92 acres of land north of Center Drive and next to Intel has been cleared in preparation for a the new distribution center.

    “We are excited to welcome Amazon as the newest member of our community,” said Mayor Michael Grayum of DuPont. 'We are focused on attracting new businesses, creating quality jobs and strengthening economic growth. Amazon will be a great addition to the other prominent businesses that call DuPont home.'

    For the complete story, click on the South Puget Sound News link below.
  • New Year, New Fees
    Posted on: 2013-01-08
    2013 has brought new fees and charges to DuPont residents and business owners alike. Effective January 1, 2013, the city’s water utility tax rate increased from 11 to 12 percent. The Stormwater utility tax rate has increased from eight to ten percent.

    DuPont business owners will no longer pay a flat $50 annual business license fee. Instead they will now pay a fee that is based on the number of employees. The new rate structure is $75 per year for a business that employees zero to 24 employees; $300 per year for a business that employees 25 to 99 employees; and $500 per year for a business that has over 100 employees. Business licenses will still be administered through the Washington Master Business License Program. DuPont City Administrator Dawn Masko recently reported that businesses will be receiving a letter soon that explains the change.

    For more information, see the complete story at South Puget Sound News:
  • 2nd Annual Blanket Drive
    Posted on: 2013-01-08
    The DuPont Fire Department and DuPont Lions Club are hosting the 2nd annual Blanket Drive during the month of January. Please bring your new or gently used blankets to the Fire Station at 1780 Civic Drive anytime during January. This blanket drive will benefit the Tacoma Rescue Mission This blanket drive will benefit the Tacoma Rescue Mission and their ongoing work serving the homeless of Pierce County.
  • 'Goodwill Toward All' from South Puget Sounders
    Posted on: 2012-12-11
    There are a few stories we need to share with our readers about the good things local businesses, and in turn their customers, are doing year round to support local non-profits and families in need. From supporting our troops and their families, to lending a hand with our local PTA organizations, and giving donations to local food banks, so many South Sound businesses and residents are making a difference in the lives of people – some who are complete strangers.
    Please click on the link below to read about some of these wonderful efforts!!
  • Holiday Window Painting
    Posted on: 2012-12-11
    Many thanks to the students and parents from Pioneer Middle School and Saltar’s Point who helped adorn the windows along Wilmington Drive for the Holiday Tree Lighting. Thank you to the local businesses who offered their windows for the event. They look great! Be sure to drive by and take a look. Better yet, stop in our local businesses to say hello!
  • Remember to prepare your property for cold or freezing weather
    Posted on: 2012-12-11
    **Turn off and blow out your irrigation system so that the pipes do not freeze.
    **Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts so that they work at full efficiency.
    **Run interior pipes at a trickle to ensure that the pipes do not burst. Also know where your main water shut off valve is, in case a pipe bursts.
    **Locate the main electric fuse box and gas main so that you can turn on or off when needed.
    **Replace worn roof shingles or tiles on your house.
    **Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris.
    **Salt your driveway and sidewalks to stop them from icing over.
  • DuPont's Dynamite train decorated for the holidays!
    Posted on: 2012-12-11
    Historical Society volunteers Gary Lucas, Fred Foreman, Robert Grove, Felix Rodriguez and his daughter Alexandra, decorated DuPont's Dynamite train for the Christmas holidays. Longtime friend of the museum, Gary Lucas purchased a wreath for the engine, lights to outline the train and a Christmas tree which was set up on the newly restored flatbed car. Work on the train continues with funds raised by the DuPont Historical Society, donations by Collins Timber Company and the fundraising efforts of Gary Lucas. The train is located behind the DuPont Museum at 207 Barksdale Ave DuPont, WA 98327
    For more information about the Dynamite train, visit the museum website at www.dupontmuseum.com. The museum is open to the public 1-4pm Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sunday. To schedule group tours during off hours, call 253-964-2399. There is no museum admission charge.
  • Museum Gift Shop Offers Unique Holiday Gifts
    Posted on: 2012-12-11
    Looking for unique heritage holiday gifts? Shop at the DuPont Museum gift shop! New items will be featured during the holiday season. Find great gifts under $10 and $20 for teachers, kids stocking stuffers, and those difficult to buy for! The DuPont Museum, located in the Historic Village at 207 Barksdale Ave., is open from 1:00 – 4:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Please contact Doris Stewart at (253) 964-2399 for holiday shopping assistance.
  • Tis the Season... for the flu too
    Posted on: 2012-12-11
    Tis the season for giving, but no one wants to give or receive the flu. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Centers for Disease Control wants to remind American’s that it is not too late to vaccinate against the flu.

    As of December 1, 2012 flu activity across the state of Washington remained low, but influenza-like illness visits and influenza laboratory detection’s increased. Flu activity doesn’t usually peak until February and can last as late as May, which is why it’s not too late to get your flu shot.

    Influenza or Flu, is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Officials at the CDC think the flu virus spreads by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk, and those droplets infect other people. A person could also become infected by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it, then they touch their eyes, mouth or nose.

    Doctors recommend the best way to protect you and your family from getting the flu is to first get your flu vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone six months of age or older should be vaccinated each year. Other recommendations on how to combat against the flu virus is to cover your sneeze or cough with your arm or tissue – and wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Most importantly, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading the flu to others.

    For the complete story, more links, and a map, please click on the link below!
  • Steilacoom Museum Holiday Store
    Posted on: 2012-11-12
    The annual Steilacoom Museum Holiday Store will open on Saturday, November 10 and run through December 2. Hours are Saturdays from 10-3 and Sundays from 12 to 4.

    This is the place to find unique and exciting gifts for the holidays. Shop early so you won’t miss an opportunity to select great items for all ages. The new 2013 Steilacoom Museum Calendar is available now and through the season! It’s a great $10 gift which completely benefits the Museum Association.

    Read the complete story with descriptions of many great gifts and holiday decor at the link below!
  • Support Youth Basketball!!
    Posted on: 2012-11-12
    The City of DuPont’s youth basketball league serves nearly 200 youth in and around our community. We need your help! Your company’s name will be placed on the back of the uniforms for $175 per team. Please contact (253) 912-5245 if you are interested. Thank you!!
  • Emergency Communications Tower
    Posted on: 2012-11-12
    The first reading of the ordinance to amend the DuPont Municipal Code to allow public wireless communication facilities in all zones throughout DuPont will be held at the November 13th City Council meeting. The proposed ordinance is posted on the city website.
  • Turkey Angels Reunite!
    Posted on: 2012-11-12
    It all started back in 2008, with a climate that is much like this year: elections, jobs, economy and war. Angie Sherman and Shari Crumbaker felt a calling to do something help those in need, right here in Pierce County. They decided to see how much money they could raise in one day, and went out and purchased turkeys at local grocery stores. In less than 5 hours, they raised $1000 and purchased 88 turkeys. Earning the Turkey Angels nickname, Shari and Angie are ready to take on this challenge again, and are inviting you to join them.

    All it takes is whatever your heart feels you can give. A buck or $5.00. Sherman or Crumbaker will pick up the donations. Just call 253-224-0333 or email sherman.angie@gmail.com. Donations will be picked up on November 13, and shopping for turkeys will take place on November 15.

    “We know you are in the same boat we are in. The economy says; hold on to what you can. But remember, doors open and blessings happen. When you think you cannot afford to give, is the time you cannot afford not to give,” said Sherman.

    If you need a tax deductible donation receipt from FISH, please let Angie or Shari know and one will be provided.
  • Coats for Kids
    Posted on: 2012-11-12
    The DuPont Fire Department, together with the DuPont Lions Club and Caring for Kids, is holding their second annual “Coats for Kids” Drive in November. Please drop off new and/or clean and undamaged coats of any size at the DuPont Fire Department, 1780 Civic Drive, anytime between November 1st and November 30th. If you or your organization are unable to drop donations off but would still like to contribute, please contact DuPont’s CERT Coordinator Claire Keller-Scholz at (253) 964-8414 or via email at cscholz@ci.dupont.wa.us and we will arrange to have the DuPont Fire Department pick them up. Thank you for helping make life better for the children of our community during the chilly weather months.
  • National Fire Prevention Week
    Posted on: 2012-10-09
    National Fire Prevention Week is October 7th – 13th. This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out!” and focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get our quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That’s why having two ways out needs to be a key part of your plan.

    For more information on home safety contact the DuPont Fire Department at (253) 964-8414.
  • Annual Traffic Counts
    Posted on: 2012-10-09
    Each year the City collects updated traffic count information along several primary access streets to monitor changes in roadway use and traffic flows. The traffic counts are used in the planning and review of development projects and in planning for future roadway construction improvements. Traffic counts are scheduled to occur the week of October 8th, with placement of rubber tubes and traffic count recorders set to occur over this weekend. Motorists are asked to use caution to ensure the safety of the workers while the recorders are being installed and removed.
  • New Washington voters can still Register!
    Posted on: 2012-10-09
    The last day to register in person at the Pierce County Auditor’s Office (new Washington voters only) is October 29th.
  • Fall Food Drive
    Posted on: 2012-10-09
    The DuPont Fire Department and DuPont Lions Club have partnered together to run a Fall Food Drive just in time for the holidays. Bring your canned goods or non-perishable items to the Pumpkin Patch Safety Fair on October 20th or drop them off anytime in October to the Fire Department (1780 Civic Drive) to help with this worthy endeavor.
  • NEW!! Sounder Train Service
    Posted on: 2012-10-09
    Starting October 8th, Sounder is offering first-class, reliable service between Lakewood and Seattle. New stops are Lakewood and South Tacoma and it continues to downtown Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. Trains have plush seating, outlets for computers, bicycle storage, restrooms and fantastic views.
  • Report Street Light Problems Online
    Posted on: 2012-10-09
    As daylight hours are beginning to get shorter, it is a good time to check your neighborhood street lights and help us identify those that are not working and need to be repaired. Citizens now have a new option for reporting street light problems. To report a street light outage or other problem using the new online tool, please record the number on the pole along with the nearest street address, click on the link below, fill in the requested information and click “submit” to send in your request. You will receive a confirmation email to notify you that the repair request has been received and is being processed. In some cases you may receive a follow-up email or phone call if additional information or clarification is needed. Repairs usually take 2-3 days to complete but can take up to one week. If the repair has not been accomplished after a week, please do not hesitate to report it again.
  • Public Comment Wanted on Shoreline Master Program
    Posted on: 2012-08-06
    The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on DuPont’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

    The City of DuPont’s Shoreline Master Program was last updated in 1995. The DuPont Shoreline Master Program regulates approximately 3.5 miles of marine shorelines within Puget Sound; including the eastern shore of the Nisqually Delta, Tatsolo Point, and the brackish marsh at the mouth of Sequalitchew Creek. The updated Shoreline Master Program focuses on restoring the ecological functions of the shoreline and increasing access to publicly owned areas.

    The Public Comment Period is effective from August 6, 2012 to September 5, 2012. All comments must be received by 5 p.m.

    For the full story and complete information, please go to www.SouthPugetSoundNews.com
  • Clock Tower Park Playground is *OPEN*
    Posted on: 2012-08-06
    This week the Department of Ecology’s contractor completed the recommended remedial soil work at the Clock Tower Park playground. In addition, City crews have replaced the border timbers and placed additional engineered wood chips to increase the playground’s safety surfacing. Although there are still a few areas of sod replacement to complete, the playground is back open for use and enjoyment.
    (Story courtesy of DuPont Administrator's Letter)
  • SAFETY FIRST!
    Posted on: 2012-08-06
    The Police Department would like to remind residents to close and lock any ground level windows or doors at night. With the warm weather people are leaving windows open at night to help cool of their homes. Please be CAUTIOUS that this is an open invitation for someone to enter your home. The Police Department received a report of an attempted burglary last week(August 2nd). A resident had left a ground level window open and someone had taken off the screen and started to enter the home. The person was scared off and did not enter the home (possibly because they saw the homeowner sleeping on a couch).
    Our thanks to the City Administrator's Letter for the important reminder!
  • 2012 Heritage Days Are Here!
    Posted on: 2012-08-06
    Help the City celebrate Heritage Days August 17th thru 19th, by celebrating its unique history and rich tradition.

    Start the weekend off by participating in the 1st Annual Heritage Days Golf Scramble There is still time to register for this event scheduled for Friday, August 17th at The Home Course. The tournament is a 1:30PM shotgun start. Cost is $65 and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, prizes and a BBQ after play. If you are considering playing, don't delay! Space is filling fast! Registration forms are available at www.ci.dupont.wa.us

    Day two of Heritage Days consists of, Northwest Landing ROA’s Annual Movie in the Park on Saturday, August 18th. This year, the selected feature is Greece, The sing a long version. The show starts at 8:00PM at Clocktower Park. Movie concessions are available for purchase.

    Complete the weekend by attending the Annual 1843 Ft. Nisqually Salmon Bake. This event runs from noon-4PM at the 1843 Ft. Nisqually site. Enjoy live music, kid’s activities, historical demonstrations, Buffalo Soldiers and much more. The cost for the Salmon Bake is $15, with a child’s hotdog plate available.

    Many helping hands are needed. Please contact either Amy Walker at awalker@ci.dupont.wa.us or Lee McDonald at leemcdonald_2@hotmail.com.
  • Upcoming Alley Project
    Posted on: 2012-07-10
    Please take note of this announcement from the City Administrator:

    In the latter part of July, the ROA will continue the process of filling cracks and resealing alleys owned by the Association. This is a major undertaking that requires the cooperation of residents. Signs will be posted and the alleys will be closed for at least 24 hours and residents will be required to park on the street. There will be No Alley Access during the sealing.
    This year’s schedule includes all the alleys beyond the traffic circle located at the intersection of Hoffman Hill Blvd. and Burnside Place. The precise schedule will be announced in plenty of time for residents to avoid driving or walking in the wet oil.
    At the completion of this phase, every alley will have been sealed in the last six years. Stay tuned for further announcements.
  • In Memory
    Posted on: 2012-07-10
    Our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of two soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord who died in Afghanistan last week.

    According to the Dept. of Defense, Staff Sgt. Raul M. Guerra, 37, died on July 4, in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Three days later, Cpl. Juan P. Navarro, 23, of Austin, Texas, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.

    The two soldiers were serving in different units from JBLM. Guerra was assigned to JBLM’s 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. He deployed to Afghanistan with his battalion in May. This was his fifth deployment.

    For the full story about these brave men, please click on the link below.
  • DuPont Grows!
    Posted on: 2012-07-10
    You have more neighbors these days!! Both DuPont and Steilacoom are showing an increase in their population for 2012.

    According to Washington State’s Office of Financial Management (OFM), the official 2012 population figure for DuPont is 8,640, an increase of 210 individuals from the 2011 population figure of 8,430. Steilacoom’s official 2012 population figure is 6,015, an increase of 15 individuals from the 2011 population figure of 6,000.

    With this population jump, DuPont is now the 8th largest city in Pierce County.

    For more on this 'growing' story, visit the link below!
  • New Advisory Board Member Announced
    Posted on: 2012-07-10
    DuPont resident Laurie Fait was recently appointed to the Pierce County Conservation Futures Program Citizens’ Advisory Board.
    Conservations Future is a land preservation program for protection of open space, timber lands, wetlands, habitat areas, agricultural and farm lands within Pierce County. The Citizens’ Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Pierce County Council for proposals to be funded as part of the program.
    Congrats Laurie!
  • Work Continues on the DuPont Dynamite Train
    Posted on: 2012-06-12
    Volunteers Russ Segner, Felix Rodrigues, Garry Lucas and Fred Foreman (coordinator) met Saturday, June 9th to continue restoring the Wood Flat Car. The train restoration is being funded by the DuPont Historical Society. Lumber was donated by the Collins Timber Company.
    Thank you volunteers!

    See the link below to see pictures of the Wood Flat Car Restoration.
  • Eagles Pride Golf Course to host Amateur Championship
    Posted on: 2012-06-12
    The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is excited to announce the start of the 86th Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship as 98 amateur golfers converge upon Eagles Pride Golf Course. The 72-hole, individual stroke play competition will begin on Tuesday, June 12 and conclude on Friday, June 15.

    Eagles Pride Golf Course has played host to two previous Washington State Men’s Amateur Championships, with the first being in 1983 and most recently in 1999. The two prior champions, Jim Empey ('83) and Ryan Lavoie ('99), have both continued to have success in the game of golf, so a victory this week is sure to be a great stepping stone for the champion.

    Head Golf Professional, Eric Bowen, said that in addition to the usual military aircraft flying overhead, they hope to have a special treat in store for the players. 'We'd like to have an American flag in replacement of the flag on 18, of which soldiers will hold at attention while players finish their round.'

    For the complete story, go to South Puget Sound News!
  • Congrats to DuPont!!
    Posted on: 2012-06-12
    This story was recently published in the City Administrator’s Letter:
    The City of DuPont was recently honored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce with a WorkWell Award in recognition of our wellness efforts. This award is for agencies in Pierce County who are leaders in promoting wellness in the workplace. WorkWell is a program designed to recognize local employers who made a commitment to address workforce health issues. There are many benefits to achieving a healthy worksite status including employees who are more productive and are more likely to be on the job and performing well when they are in good health. The City was also recently awarded the Association of WA Cities Well City Award, which translates to approximately $11,500 savings in health premiums to the City. Many thanks go to the City’s Wellness Coordinator Bernadette Moreland and the Wellness Committee for their continuing efforts in actively implementing programs to support healthy lifestyles for City employees!
  • Proposed JBLM Entry Gate
    Posted on: 2012-05-08
    The Department of the Army at JBLM is conducting a public scoping meeting under the National Environmental Policy Act for the construction and operation of an Access Control Point (entry gate) at the intersection of Steilacoom-DuPont Road and Wharf Road. This project location is the next road junction north of the Center Drive & Steilacoom-DuPont Road intersection. As a component of this project, the Army proposes to install a traffic signal at this intersection. The Army is asking for comments on the environmental effects of this proposal. The scoping meeting will be held at the DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, on Thursday, May 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Comments on this proposal must be submitted by May 31, 2012. The environmental assessment for this action is located on the website below.
    DuPont staff and consultants have been meeting with representatives from JBLM to discuss the project, preliminary comments and concerns, and share design and study information specifically as it relates to impacts to DuPont businesses, citizens and traffic flow.

    Story courtesy of DuPont, WA Administrator’s Letter
  • Public cautioned regarding entry into training areas
    Posted on: 2012-05-08
    JBLM officials want to remind the public and installation residents that access to Base training areas is strictly controlled. No one is allowed to enter the training areas unless they have obtained permission in advance from the JBLM Range Control section.

    The primary reasons for these restrictions are to ensure that there are no conflicts in the use of the training area, and to ensure safety. Many training areas are perfectly safe for public use, so long as visitors get authorization in advance. However, some are in use for current training at almost all times; others have been used for live fire or other training over the years, and may contain hazards. Unfortunately, some of those areas are used by hikers or other outdoorsmen who do not obtain authorization to be there.

    In addition to jeopardizing their own safety, people who enter the JBLM training areas without obtaining authorization in advance could be cited for trespassing.

    All persons who want to enter a JBLM training area must obtain an area access permit. To learn more about legally and safely using JBLM’s training areas, contact the JBLM Range Control Office at 253-967-6371.

    For the complete story, please click on the South Puget Sound News link below!
  • $770,000 Civic Center debt shortfall
    Posted on: 2012-05-08
    Have any loose change? The City of DuPont needs $770,000 to make the payment on the Civic Center in December 2012.
    The Civic Center's debt service payment is taken from four city funds, with a majority of the payment coming from the Capital Projects Fund, which receives Real Estate Excise Taxes, also known as REET. The city receives REET funds when commercial and residential real estate is purchased. Due to the downturn in the housing market, the city's REET revenue has decreased substantially in recent years. The sale of residential properties slowed as homeowners rented their homes instead of selling them, due to the dramatic drop in home prices.
    While REET may have all but disappeared, the city is still on the hook to make its Civic Center lease payments using whatever funds or taxes are available because the city pledged its full faith, credit, and resources to make the payments until 2039.
    There is much more to this story. For the full report, see it all at the South Puget Sound News link below!
  • Interested parties are invited to comment on proposed North Parcel gravel mine expansion
    Posted on: 2012-04-10
    The City of DuPont has issued a 'Determination of Significance' and request for comments on the scope of the Environmental Statement for the CalPortland Pioneer Aggregates expansion of the North Parcel Mining proposal.

    Interested parties have until 4 p.m. on May 9 to submit written comments on the scope of the EIS, via letter, email or fax to Responsible Official: Dawn Masko, City Administrator, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA, 98327. Fax is 253-964-1455. Email is: dmasko@ci.dupont.wa.us.

    For the full story from SouthPugetSoundNews.com, and a link to the 'Determination of Significance', please click on the website below.
  • DuPont Resident Nominated for Volunteer Service Award
    Posted on: 2012-04-10
    DuPont resident Roy Coffey was nominated to receive the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award by the DuPont Fire Department for the hours and skills he has provided to the department and the city, specifically with assisting cleaning up storm debris from January’s ice storm.

    He will join other volunteers from throughout Washington during a ceremony on April 23 at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia when Gov. Chris Gregoire will recognize extraordinary individuals who affect real change in their communities through volunteer service.

    Our thanks to SouthPugetSoundNews.com for this great story!
  • New DuPont Visitor Information Center
    Posted on: 2012-03-13
    The DuPont Museum, 207 Barksdale Ave. in the Historic District, is now also a designated Visitor Information Center. If you are a local business be sure and bring by your business cards, flyers, discount coupons, or brochures so that we can help to promote you. For more information, contact Johanna Jones at 253-964-2399.
  • Get Ready for 2012 Steilacoom Farmers Market
    Posted on: 2012-03-13
    Organizers for the Steilacoom Farmers Market are gearing up for the 2012 season, and are looking for vendors. The Vendor Application and Guidelines for 2012 are linked for your convenience.
    Please contact the Town of Steilacoom at 253 581-1912 if you have any questions. Volunteers are always welcome. Opening day for the 2012 Steilacoom Farmers Market is Wednesday, June 13. Save the date!

    Thanks to SouthPugetSoundNews.com for this story.
  • Vote for Local Schools in 'Save Vote Win' Contest
    Posted on: 2012-03-13
    Lakewood Cartridge World owner Susan Cowperthwaite reports that both Chloe Clark Elementary and Pioneer Middle School are participating in Cartridge World's 'Save Vote Win' contest being held March 15-31. The contest is to help improve technology funding in Lakewood-DuPont and Steilacoom area schools. Cartridge World is sponsoring the contest, which schools could win $15,000 that would go towards new computer supplies.
    'We're all affected by the challenges our schools are facing,' said Frank Case, President of Cartridge World North America. 'So, we are supporting local education with our 'Save Vote Win' contest -- three schools will win $15,000 each. This will provide an entire classroom of computers.'
    Between March 15-31, parents, faculty, family and friends can vote at www.SaveVoteWin.com for their school. Three winning schools will be chosen by online voting and random drawing.
    The three winning schools will be announced by April 30, 2012.

    Story courtesy of SouthPugetSoundNews.com
  • DuPont Historical Society Board of Directors Opening
    Posted on: 2012-03-13
    No experience necessary to apply. All you need is a love of history and the ability to be a team player. Must be able to attend monthly board meetings, assist with events and serve on special committees. Send a letter of interest to DuPont Museum 207 Barksdale Ave. DuPont, WA 98327 or call 253-964-2399.
  • 12 Year old entrepreneur boy starts business in rough economy. // DuPont WA
    Posted on: 2012-02-20
    Saw this on Facebook today. This is a great happy feel good story of a 12 Year old boy Ethan Miller who starts his own business doing balloon animals at birthday parties. Gives 10% to World Vision. What a great idea for young boy to start working hard and thinking of others!



  • Community Finance Committee Needs Volunteers
    Posted on: 2012-02-07
    As the City faces looming debt, Mayor Michael Grayum is forming a Community Finance Committee and is looking for citizens willing to donate their time and expertise toward getting our city back on solid financial ground.
    'Our highest priority is fixing our community's fiscal crisis by identifying a sustainable way to make the debt service payments for the Fire Station, Police Station and City Hall. We face a tough financial challenge and must come together to make DuPont the best place to live, work and play,' said the mayor in a statement issued on January 16, 2012.
    Expected to begin meeting on March 1, Mayor Grayum has appointed Councilwoman Kathy Trotter and Councilman Mike Courts to serve on the committee. However, no citizens have volunteered yet. 'I will go to the voter registration lists and start dialing to get volunteers if I have to,' said Grayum.
    Those interested in volunteering should contact the mayor at 253-912-5218 and mgrayum@ci.dupont.wa.us, or contact Finance Director, Sandi Hines at 253-912-3300.
    For the full story, please see the South Puget Sound News link below.
  • Funds for Restoration of 1920s Fire Department Hose Cart and Engine
    Posted on: 2012-02-07
    The DuPont Fire Department has recently received notice of a $1,500 grant from the DuPont Historical Society to assist in the restoration of the department's 1920s hose cart, hose cart building, and it's first motorized fire engine--a 1963 Ford/LaFrance. The Society recognized the historical significance of these artifacts and provided the grant to aid in preserving pieces of DuPont's history. The Fire Department hopes to partner with the DuPont Lions Club for additional fundraising.
    The hose cart has already been structurally repaired by West Pierce Fire & Rescue's maintenance shop and is ready for sand blasting and powder coating. The hose cart building has been structurally repaired by firefighters and is ready to have a new roof, siding and floor installed. A DuPont Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout rank is going to guide the project to completion. The Ford/LaFrance fire engine is in the shop having the drive train stabilized and repairs made. Following these repairs it will be driven to Washington Truck Rebuilders for an estimate for body work and paint.
    Our thanks to the City of DuPont Administrator's Letter for this story.
  • Please Report Recent Winter Storm Damage
    Posted on: 2012-02-07
    The Pierce County Damage Assessment Center (DAC) is collecting damage information from homeowners and business owners affected by the recent ice and snow storms online at www.piercecountywa.gov/reportdamage. Please contact the DAC with any questions at (866) 798-
    6363 (toll-free) or email PCEOC@co.pierce.wa.us. The DAC is open Monday-Friday, 8 AM -4 PM.
  • City Council Applications Due Friday, Feb 10th
    Posted on: 2012-02-07
    The City is seeking interested candidates desiring to be appointed to a vacant City Council seat. If you are interested, your application and letter of interest must be submitted in person or by U.S. mail no later than Friday, February 10th, at 4:00 pm.
    Applications and information are available at the link below.
  • Please Help with Blanket Drive!!
    Posted on: 2012-01-11
    The DuPont Fire Department is partnering with the DuPont Lions on a Blanket Drive for the homeless shelter. Please bring your gently used or new blankets to the Fire Dept at 1780 Civic Drive, DuPont.
    Last day of the Drive is January 20th.
    If you have questions, please email Heidi Wiser athwiser@ci.dupont.wa.us.
  • NEW Youth Council!
    Posted on: 2012-01-10
    The Youth Council is anticipated to be officially formed by resolution at the January 10th City Council meeting.
    **Applications are due by Monday, January 23rd
    at 4:00 PM.
    **The Youth Council is open to students in grades 9th – 12th who reside in DuPont or attend Steilacoom High School.
    Interested youth must submit a letter of interest to:
    City Hall
    Attn: Erin Larsen, City Clerk
    1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.
    The following questions must be addressed in the letter of interest:
    1. Why do you want to serve as a member of the Youth Council?
    2. What are the three most important issues concerning your neighborhood?
    3. List any past, present, or future involvement in your school.
    4. What would you like to see the Youth Council accomplish in the upcoming year?
    Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to get involved in your community and have fun at the same
    time!
    Questions? Please call DuPont Parks & Recreation at (253) 912-5245.
    (This story courtesy of the NWLROA Administrator's Newsletter)
  • Planning Agency Vacancy
    Posted on: 2012-01-10
    Here is another chance to make a difference in DuPont! The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the Planning Agency. Eligible applicants must be residents of DuPont for at least one year.
    Please submit a letter of interest to the City Clerk (1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327) that includes your elevant professional experience, your reasons for desiring to be appointed to this position, and your thoughts on the most significant planning issues facing the City in both the short and long term.

    (This story courtesy of the NWLROA Administrator's Newsletter.)
  • Flags lowered for Ranger Margaret Anderson
    Posted on: 2012-01-10
    Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has directed that flags in Pierce County facilities be lowered to half-staff until further notice in honor of Margaret Anderson, the Mount Rainier National Park ranger who was killed in the line of duty last week.

    Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

    'Our thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson family, the National Park staff and the entire community,' Executive McCarthy said.
  • Sheriff's Community Academy Accepting Applicants
    Posted on: 2012-01-10
    Are you interested in learning more about the Sherrif's Department?? Here is your chance!
    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department's Community Academy provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about local law enforcement, is accepting applications for two sessions this winter.

    South Hill Academy: The Wednesday evening classes begin Jan. 25 and will meet once a week at the South Hill Precinct, 160th and Meridian.

    University Place Academy: The Thursday evening classes begin Feb. 23 at the University Place Police Department, 3609 Marketplace W.

    Both sessions meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

    The course seeks to familiarize the public with all aspects of the Sheriff's Department and provides insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

    Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Fingerprinting will be required prior to final acceptance into the program.

    For the full story, applications and contact info, please click on the Pierce County website link below!

    CONTACT:
    Susan McDougal, Sheriff's Department
    253-798-6646
    smcdoug@co.pierce.wa.us

  • Kids Soccer
    Posted on: 2012-01-10
    Registration is open for 5th & 6th grade Youth Soccer. The season runs from February 6th – March 30th at DuPont PowderWorks Park. The cost is $75 which includes a t-shirt uniform.
    Registration closes on January 25th at 4:00 PM. This program is being run as a partnership with All Sports.

    The winter session of Kidz Love Soccer begins on February 29th and runs through April 4th. Classes are on Wednesday afternoons at DuPont Powderworks Park. The program is open to children ages 2 – 10.

    Registration forms are available on the City’s website (below).
  • State rates Bridgeport Place 100% Deficiency-Free
    Posted on: 2011-12-16
    Executive Director Sandra E. Nelson and her staff of 40 team members at Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living are celebrating the conclusion of a successful State inspection. Upon completion of the comprehensive annual survey Bridgeport Place was rated 100% Deficiency-Free. The findings of the inspection include every aspect of operations from administration to nursing to business and medical recordkeeping, to food service, housekeeping, maintenance and facilities: no deficiencies whatsoever.

    Nelson credits her cohesive team for their dedication to providing the best possible environment and services for the seniors who call Bridgeport Place home. Nelson has served as executive director for the past five years. Bridgeport Place marked its 10th Anniversary in August. The management team and staff include several other longtime employees who have been with the community since ground was broken and construction was begun on the site more than ten years ago.

    Ryan Ramsdell, Soundcare, Inc. Vice Chairman sent a letter of congratulations marking the achievement stating, “On behalf of the Shareholders and Soundcare Board of Directors, I wish to congratulate you on another Deficiency-Free Survey!”

    Soundcare, Inc., with corporate headquarters in University Place, Washington also owns and operates University Place Care Center, in University Place, Messenger House Care Center on Bainbridge Island, and Nisqually Valley Care Center, in McKenna. http://www.soundcareinc.com

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  • Santa is Coming to Town!
    Posted on: 2011-12-13
    Your DuPont Firefighters and Police Officers will be escorting Santa throughout the DuPont
    community on the evenings of December 13
    th & 14th from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Santa will be handing
    out candy canes to children of all ages and dog treats to our four-legged friends. Santa will be
    escorted through town on the fire engine, but due to safety considerations, will only be stopping at
    intersections.
    Maps and estimated arrival times are available on the City’s website. Please
    remember that Santa is very busy this time of year and the arrival times are merely estimate.
  • CPR, First Aid and AED Training offered by City of DuPont
    Posted on: 2011-12-13
    The DuPont Fire Department is offering a CPR, First Aid and AED Training class on Saturday, December 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DuPont Fire Station.
    Contact the DuPont Fire Department at 253-964-8414 to enroll. The cost is $30 for a two-year certification. The DuPont Fire Station is located at 1780 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA.

    More information on this traning can be found at www.SouthPugetSoundNews.com.
  • Heartfelt Sympathy for the JBLM Community
    Posted on: 2011-12-13
    Please join us in keeping the families of the fallen airmen from Monday night's helicopter crash in your thoughts and prayers.
    For updates regarding the unfolding investigation of this tragedy, please go to www.SouthPugetSoundNews.com. There is also information at that site for those who wish to make donations to the families.
  • Safety First!
    Posted on: 2011-11-28
    Law enforcement will conduct extra DUI patrols in Pierce County from Nov. 24, 2011 through Jan. 2, 2012. Coinciding with this campaign, on Friday, Nov. 25, the Washington State Patrol conducted a Black Friday emphasis patrol with many of the local participating law enforcement agencies throughout Pierce County.

    Public education combined with strict enforcement is a proven method for reducing DUI crashes and fatalities. However, law enforcement officers can’t do it alone. Pierce County officials are reminding residents that each of us need to do our part, just as Carol and Frank Blair are. The Blairs have made it their mission to reduce the carnage caused by drunk drivers. On Feb. 26, 2010, their daughter Sheena was killed when an SUV moved into her lane and hit her head-on. The driver of the SUV had a blood alcohol level of almost three times the legal limit.

    While their grief is enormous, Carol and Frank are working to prevent drunk driving by leading many efforts to honor the spirit of Sheena and all other victims of drunk driving crashes. They urge every one to do their part this holiday season to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.

    For the complete story, see the link below to SouthPugetSoundNews.com.
  • State Budget Cuts May Hit Our Local Schools
    Posted on: 2011-11-28
    The Steilacoom Historical School District is bracing for the outcome of the Washington State Legislature’s November 28 special session.

    Celeste Johnston, the District Public Information Officer, told South Puget Sound News, “Given that public schools comprise the largest portion of the state budget, the Steilacoom Historical School District #1 is concerned about a potential impact on our students and schools.”

    “Our District has a strong record of both academic performance and fiscal responsibility,” Johnston said. “Because the District spends resources wisely, we will make every effort to find a way to handle a reduction in revenue while minimizing negative impact to students and employees.

    More details on this story are available at SoughPugetSoundNews.com, linked below.
  • Friends of the DuPont Library News
    Posted on: 2011-11-09
    The DuPont Library now has a new Community Branch Supervisor. The next time you visit the Library, be sure to tell Susan McBride hello and welcome. Also, please remember that the DuPont Library has a new phone number: 253-548-3326.

    The Friends of the DuPont Library are in need of your gently used ChildrenˇŻs Books. If you have any to donate, please deliver them to the Library.

    Here is a list of childrenˇŻs events at the Library for November and December:

    Story Times (through November 18)
    ˇöToddler Time, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
    ˇöPreschool Story Time, Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
    ˇöBaby Time, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

    Book Buddies will be held Saturday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m.

    Blast Off! ¨C Fetch! With Ruff Ruffmanon Saturday, November 12 from noon to 1 p.m. This program is geared for kids in grades 3 ¨C 5. Registration is required. Please call the Library for available space.

    Muppet Crafts will be held Wednesday, November 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Drop by the ChildrenˇŻs Area and make a fun Muppets craft to take home. No registration is required.

    Gingerbread House Decorating will take place on Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. at the DuPont Library. Children age 5 and up and their parents are invited. Space is limited, so registration is required. Call the Library for registration or for more details.

    Source - South Puget Sound News
  • Heirloom Apple Orchard Volunteers needed.
    Posted on: 2011-11-08
    The DuPont Tourism Board is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee to help preserve and protect the City’s heirloom apple orchard. Please contact (253) 912-5245 if you are interested.
  • DuPont Tree Board Vacancy
    Posted on: 2011-11-08
    The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the Tree Advisory Board. The Tree Board advises and provides information to the Mayor, City Council, and City staff on matters related to urban forestry. Eligible applicants do not need to be residents of DuPont, but should have an interest in or knowledge of trees and associated resources. Please submit a letter of interest that includes your relevant professional experience, and your reasons for desiring to be appointed to this position. Submit application materials together with a copy of your resume to the City Clerk at DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.

    Source - City of DuPont Adminstrator's Letter
  • Christmas Trees For Sale in DuPont
    Posted on: 2011-11-08
    Evergreen Valley Tree Farm has been approved to sell trees on a vacant lot behind America’s Credit Union. Time and dates of operations unavailable at time of reporting. Tis the season!

    Source - City of DuPont Administrator's Letter
  • Moving! NWL - HOA
    Posted on: 2011-11-08
    The Northwest Landing Owners Association Office will be moving to 1495 Wilmington Drive, Suite 110 in the America’s Credit Union Building. They will have the same contact information for phone and email.
  • Creekside Village Project
    Posted on: 2011-11-08
    Barghausen Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Commencement Bay Development, submitted a sensitive area application for the Creekside Village project to construct a left turn lane in the Center Drive right-of-way that crosses over Sequalitchew Creek. The notice of land use application can be viewed on the City’s website. The comment period closes November 28th, 2011.

    Source - City of DuPont Administrator's Letter
  • DuPont Youth Council
    Posted on: 2011-11-08
    Local youth who are interested in participating in the Youth Council are encouraged to watch the City’s website for applications which should be available beginning November 14th. Parent volunteers are also needed. Please contact Parks & Recreation for more information. 253-964-8121

    Source - City of DuPont Administrator's Letter
  • National Fire Prevention Week
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    National Fire Prevention Week is October 9th – 15th. This year’s theme is Protect Your Family from Fire. DuPont Fire Department will be visiting Chloe Clark Elementary School and Pioneer Middle School to address cross walk safety and fire prevention topics with students and teachers. Parents are reminded that October is a good month to change smoke alarm batteries and furnace filters. Did You Know? Almost all U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, but almost 2/3 of home fire deaths resulted in homes without working smoke alarms. In 2009, home fires killed one person every 3 1/2 hours – or roughly seven people every day, and someone was reported injured in a fire every 31 minutes. Candles were the third leading cause of home injuries. Protect your family from fire and plan ahead for safety!
    Develop and practice a home escape plan. Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Many cooking fires start from “unattended” cooking. Have heating equipment and chimneys inspected and cleaned annually. Keep flammable materials away from light bulbs, light fixtures, and lamps. Use flashlights during power outages, not candles.
    For more information on home safety contact the DuPont Fire Department at (253) 964-8414.
  • Hose Cart Shed “Shakes” - DuPont Historical Society News
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    At the DuPont Historical Society’s Hudson Bay Day event, brothers Buss and Jack Brake, both members of the Steilacoom Historical Society, set up their shake splitting station next to the recently moved Hose Cart Shed at the Fire Station. They demonstrated making shakes from cedar blocks, a craft they were taught as kids. The public was invited to help split the shakes and sign their names on them. The shakes will be used to replace the ones on the roof of the hose cart building. Historical Society Board members Wes Westby and Bert Wyant are making more shakes and storing them until the roof is ready to go up. The shed is currently undergoing restoration by volunteers from the Fire Department.

    The DuPont Hose Card Shed was one of four firefighting equipment storage buildings strategically located throughout the Historic Village. During the early years when DuPont was a company town, the village was protected by Fire Company No. 11, organized in the 1920s and made up of boys ages 8-12. It is recognized as the youngest officially listed fire department in the United States. The hose cart sheds had hipped roofs and curved rafter tails matching the craftsman style houses in the Village and were named for the wheeled carts and hoses there were used to put out fires in the Village. The restoration is being funded by the DuPont Historical Society and a grant from the Svinski Foundation.

    Source: Administrator's Letter - City of DuPont
  • Free Document Shredding at ACU in DuPont!
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    A free document shredding opportunity is being offered on Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at America’s Credit Union (ACU), 1495 Wilmington Drive. This event is being provided by Better Business Bureau, ACU and Cintas for DuPont residents to securely shred person documents to prevent identity theft. You may bring up to three bags or boxes of unwanted documents per person. No cardboard or three-ring binders please. You may also donated your old cell phone for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program which connects deployed soldiers with home by providing international calling cards. Additional information is available at wwa.bbb.org/secure-your-id.

    Source: Administrator's Letter - City of DuPont
  • Powerful Legacy, the Story of Fort Nisqually
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    Discover DuPont’s early history! Historian Drew Crooks, in an illustrated presentation, will discuss the history of Fort Nisqually, the Hudson’s Bay Company post on Puget Sound. Affecting both people and environment, this frontier trading station left a strong legacy that endures to the present day. The presentation will be held on Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 PM at DuPont Community Presbyterian Church in the Historic Village, 502 Barksdale Avenue. This lecture is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.
    For more information about this event or how to become a member of the DuPont Historical Society, contact Johanna Jones at (253) 964-2399 (weekdays) or Lee McDonald at (253) 267-5265 (evenings and weekends) or visit their website at www.dupontmuseum.com.

    Source: Administrator's Letter - City of DuPont
  • Holiday Food Drive
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    On Saturday, October 29th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the DuPont Fire Department and DuPont Lions Club will be accepting donations for their Fall Holiday Food Drive. Two locations will be set up to accept food donations in DuPont. A food drive location at the DuPont Fire Stations, located at 1780 Civic Drive, will be in conjunction with the DuPont Fire Department Pumpkin Patch Safety Fair. Citizens brining food donations will receive a free pumpkin to take home. The second location will be on Ross Loop in the DuPont City Center.
    This year, many families are experiencing times of financial difficulty. Let’s help make their holiday season a little better. Please bring canned foods or any non-perishables and help fill our fire engines. Any donation helps! If you cannot attend this event but you or your organization would like to give donations, please contact DuPont CERT Coordinator Heidi Wiser at (253) 964-8414 or email hwiser@ci.dupont.wa.us. Thank you for helping make life better for the families of our community!

    Source: Administrator's Letter - City of DuPont
  • City of DuPont Board and Agency Vacancies
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the following board and agencies:
    Planning Agency Park & Recreation Agency Tree Advisory Board Tourism Board
    Eligible applicants must be residents of DuPont for at least one year. Please submit a letter of interest that includes your relevant professional experience, your reasons for desiring to be appointed to this position, and your thoughts on the most significant issues relevant to the agency facing the City in both the short and long term. Submit application materials together with a copy of your resume to the City Clerk at DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327

    Source: Administrator's Letter - City of DuPont
  • Fall CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Class
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    The fall session of CERT training will start on Tuesday, October 18th. This class is aimed at preparing groups of citizens who live or work in our community to prepare for and respond to disasters. The classes follow a model developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program is designed to teach people in neighborhoods how to help each other in the first few minutes or hours following a disaster – before emergency responders are able to get to them to render professional help. Participants will gain hands-on skills such as how to put out small fires, render first aid in a disaster situation, and perform light search and rescue.
    The series of six classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for three weeks from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM and will culminate in a practical exercise to be held on a Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For more information or to register please contact Fire Chief Hull or Fire Operations Chief Cooper at 253-964-8414. There is no charge to participate.

    Source: Administrator's Letter - City of DuPont
  • DuPont Lions Club Wreath Sale
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    DuPont Lions Club members are taking orders for wreaths for the holidays! The 24” door size wreaths, made of high mountain Noble Fir boughs, incense Cedar, blue juniper berries, pine cones and adorned with a large bow, sell for $30 each and will be ready for pick-up or delivery just prior to Thanksgiving. To order your wreaths contact City Administrator Dawn Masko at (253) 964-8121 or at dmasko@ci.dupont.wa.us.

    Proceeds benefit the DuPont Lions Club. Last year the DuPont Lions Club helped provide vision and hearing tests to over 2,000 students in DuPont area schools, distributed 271 dictionaries to area school children, dismantled and rebuilt the aging Clock Tower Park arbor, and helped collect 6,000 pounds of food for the Fish food bank. For more information about these and other projects by the DuPont Lions Club visit their website at www.thedupontlionsclub.com or call Club President Bill McDonald at (253) 267-5267

    Source: Administrator's Letter - City of DuPont
  • Heirloom Apple Orchard in DuPont
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    The City of DuPont’s Tourism Board is currently seeking volunteers to serve on a committee to help preserve and protect the City’s heirloom apple orchard. Committee meetings will begin in late October. Please contact the City at (253) 912-5245 if you are interested.

    Source: Administrator's Letter - City of DuPont
  • El Rancho Madrona Water Distribution System Project
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    Construction work on the El Rancho Madrona (ERM) water distribution system improvement project is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 10th. This project includes the installation of approximately 2,100 lineal feet of new water main, as well as installation of new fire hydrants, valves, water service connections, and appurtenances. The project is preliminarily targeted to finish by the end of next month. Residents in the area should experience limited service impacts during the project, but are reminded to drive carefully near work zones. The project also includes the removal of the ERM water system concrete reservoir and well facilities, which are no longer used since the system was connected to the City’s main water system. The completed project will accomplish a long-planned improvement project to replace aging portions of our water system to provide for increased system reliability for El Rancho customers, and will provide for better system functionality for our water system operators. For questions about the project please contact Public Works at (253) 912-5381.

    Source: Administrator's Letter City Of DuPont
  • !!!!Important!!! Public Hearing
    Posted on: 2011-10-10
    The City Council will hold a Public Hearing during their regular meeting on October 11th, 2011, 7:00 PM at 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA for the purpose of receiving written or oral comments on the proposed Settlement Agreement among the CalPortland Company (formerly known as Glacier Northwest); WPP, LLC; the Washington Environmental Coalition; the Nisqually Delta Association; the Black Hills Audubon Society; the Anderson Island Quality of Life Committee; and the City of DuPont. The public hearing will also be open for comments on any environmental documents and any written comments received to date related to the proposed Settlement Agreement.
  • DuPont Skate Park Grant
    Posted on: 2011-09-07
    The City recently received notification that it will receive $97,057 from a Washington Wildlife
    Recreation grant to build a community skate park. Applying for and receiving the grant required
    many steps, including approval by the grant review board at the Washington State Recreation and
    Conservation Office and funding by the Legislature. The grant was originally funded in the amount
    of $21,669. However, the City Council anticipated the grant award would increase as cost estimates
    and fund balances were adjusted for projects in other categories. Patience paid off.
    The grant requires a 50% match of City and private money be allocated toward this project. The
    City Council already appropriated the necessary match requirement and is exploring all
    opportunities to leverage funds and other resources to complete this project. Residents and
    business owners are also coming together to help raise private contributions to assist in this effort.
    Next steps regarding the skate park will be discussed at an upcoming Parks Agency meeting.
    Please contact City Hall at (253) 964-8121 if you are interested in contributing to this project and/or
    would like to participate on a fundraising committee.

    Source: City of DuPont Administrator's Letter
  • Concerns over DuPont’s water supply remain as discussions continue with the 2011 Settlement Agreemen
    Posted on: 2011-09-07
    Time is running out for the public to comment on the 2011 Settlement Agreement. The sixty-day public comment period ends Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4 p.m. In addition to this deadline, the City has scheduled a public meeting to discuss groundwater issues the morning of Thursday, September 8. The public is encouraged to attend.

    The 9 a.m. meeting, scheduled for DuPont City Hall, is designed to provide an opportunity for state licensed hydro geologists, who study and regulate groundwater uses, to discuss the local geology, groundwater conditions and water supply sources and systems.

    A public notice on the city’s website states: “The experts plan to discuss these issues in relation to potential expansion of the existing sand and gravel mine in DuPont and a potential restoration plan for the Sequalitchew Creek Watershed.”

    Council members asked for this special technical meeting as part of their review of the 2011 Settlement Agreement. Based on the public comments and presentations from the August 30 DuPont City Council Workshop, a meeting with the water experts is greatly needed. There are still concerns about the impact of dewatering a portion of the Vashon Aquifer as part of the CalPortland sand and gravel mine expansion.

    During the August 30 council workshop, Lakewood resident Don Russell gave a presentation that cited several potential conflicts between the 2011 Settlement Agreement and DuPont’s Comprehensive Plan. Russell pointed out that the infiltration of potentially polluted runoff water into the mine pit floor will alter the quality and quantity of groundwater discharging into Puget Sound via underground springs and shoreline seeps. Russell also raised a red flag about DuPont’s domestic water supply.


    Don Russell of Lakewood gave his thoughts on the 2011 Settlement Agreement during the August 30 DuPont City Council Workshop. Other presenters seated with him are Don Dresser, Laurie Fait, Darrell Reeck and Rev. Dr. James Lewis.

    “There is a potential for the degradation of the City of DuPont’s domestic water supply as exposed sediments from Edmond Marsh mineralize and release their organic bound nitrates and toxic metals to water infiltrating into the sea level aquifer below.”

    DuPont resident Darrell Reeck stated during his presentation that many DuPont residents oppose the proposed 2011 Settlement Agreement. He came to this conclusion after doorbelling over 100 homes in DuPont.

    “One resident summed it up perfectly by saying ‘with an aquifer, you only get one chance,’ said Reeck.

    Puyallup resident, Rev. Dr. James D. Lewis, representing the Archives and History Commission of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, presented concerns about protecting any artifacts buried in the ground beyond the 189 foot protection of the Methodist Mission marker.

    “One of our concerns is that there may well be artifacts that have historical significance well beyond 189 feet. We would want to be consulted on any action that might impact the prospect of mining that close to the historical site. We would also want the CalPortland Company to have an archaeologist available when actual mining was to be done that close to the historical site,” said Lewis.

    DuPont resident, Laurie Fait gave a presentation on behalf of the Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council. Like Russell and Reeck, Fait’s comments were focused on water.

    “Draining the aquifer will cause a minimum of a 50 percent flow reduction along the entire reach of Sequalitchew Creek. This 50 percent flow reduction is a conservative number,” said Fait.

    Fait further testified that “draining the aquifer will decrease the freshwater discharge to Puget Sound via the springs at seeps located along the nearshore at the base of the mining property.”

    The springs Fait was referring to can be seen at low tide on the far north end of DuPont’s beach where large boulders are located. In 2006, Pacific Groundwater Group outlined in CalPortland’s Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that dewatering will reduce spring flows at Puget Sound by 25 percent, causing a significant decrease in the nearshore habitat functions provided by springs.

    “We are right next door to Nisqually where this great restoration program for fish has been done. The fish leaving their estuary need the springs along our shoreline fully functioning in order to live,” she said.

    Firing a warning shot, Fait told the council, “We (SCWC) understand that the city attorney does not feel a SEPA review is required before signing. Our group has consulted with two top environmental attorneys in our region, and both have said, absolutely, that the city should be requesting a full SEPA review before signing a new settlement agreement.”

    None of the signatories of the 2011 Settlement Agreement gave presentations during the August 30 council workshop. All of the presentations from the August 30 council workshop can be found on the city’s website. A quorum of city council members may attend the September 8 public meeting. The city is encouraging the public to attend and ask questions. Anyone wishing to comment on the 2011 Settlement Agreement can send their comments to DuPont’s City Clerk, Erin Larsen, at 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327 or via email at elarsen@ci.dupont.wa.us.

    Source: South Puget Sound News
  • Groundwater Roundtable Meeting - Public encouraged to attend
    Posted on: 2011-09-07
    The City of DuPont will host a round table meeting on Thursday, September 8th at 9:00 AM. This
    meeting is designed to provide an opportunity for state licensed hydrogeologists and other technical
    experts, who study and regulate groundwater uses, to discuss the local geology, groundwater
    conditions and water supply sources and systems, with a focus on water quality and quantity. The
    experts plan to discuss these issues in relation to potential expansion of an existing sand and gravel
    mine in DuPont and a potential restoration plan for the Sequalitchew Creek Watershed. The public
    is encouraged to attend the round table and bring their questions.

    Source: City of DuPont Administrator's Letter
  • Community Development Update - City of DuPont
    Posted on: 2011-09-07
    The final multifamily design decision for the Creekside Village project was issued on August
    31st and is posted on the City’s website under 'Planning Decisions/Staff Reports'.
    • The Planning Agency will meet on September 12th at 7:00 PM to discuss the next steps of the
    DuPont Shoreline Master Program Update. The program itself will not be discussed.

    Source: City of DuPont Administrator's Letter
  • Board and Agency Vacancies in DuPont
    Posted on: 2011-09-07
    The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the following board and agencies:
    • Planning Agency
    • Park & Recreation Agency
    • Tree Advisory Board

    Eligible applicants must be residents of DuPont for at least one year. Please submit a letter of
    interest that includes your relevant professional experience, your reasons for desiring to be
    appointed to this position, and your thoughts on the most significant issues relevant to the agency
    facing the City in both the short and long term. Submit application materials together with a copy of
    your resume to the City Clerk at DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.

    Source: City of DuPont Administrator's Letter
  • South Puget Sound News
    Posted on: 2011-08-09
    SPSN wants to remind you to check their site daily and check out the Event Listings page. Become a fan on Facebook, follow them on Twitter. You can sign up for daily email notices too.
  • Sequalitchew Creek Update
    Posted on: 2011-08-09
    Below is information regarding how and when to comment on the proposed 2011 Settlement Agreement.
    Questions submitted on 3x5 cards by citizens during the two town hall meetings held recently are not part of the public record (meaning, they will not be included in the final report to city council on September 13).
    To ensure that your thoughts are included you can resubmit in writing will ensure they are submitted for city council review. Address your comments by September 9, to Erin Larsen, City Clerk, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.

    For the complete story, please click on the Suburban Times link below.

  • Emergency Medical Services Levy Renewal
    Posted on: 2011-08-09
    Time is running out to cast your vote on this important ballot issue. All ballots must be postmarked by August 16th or placed in the Pierce County Auditor’s ballot drop box located in Ross Plaza by 8 PM, August 16th.
    To view the renewal committee's letter to the public , click on the link below.

  • Pierce County Burn Ban
    Posted on: 2011-08-09
    Prompted by long-range forecasts calling for continued dry weather a countywide burn ban will take effect beginning Monday, Aug. 8, and expiring Friday, Sept. 30. The ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed.
    The ban was declared by the Pierce County Fire Marshal in conjunction with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
    Persons with approved DNR burn permits are advised to call 1-800-323-BURN (2876) for more information.

    (Source: SouthPugetSoundNews.com)

  • JBLM Late Night Firing Announcement
    Posted on: 2011-08-09
    Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be conducting late night firing on August 12 - 20. JBLM will be firing demolitions and C4 during the day and night. Increased levels of activity will be noticed during the evening hours, and firing will be conducted from numerous firing points on base.
    For more information contact JBLM Public Affairs Office’s External Communication Division hot line at (253) 967-0852, daily.

  • South Sound 911 to be on November ballot
    Posted on: 2011-08-09
    The Pierce County Council voted 5-2 to ask voters in November to establish a seamless, more efficient emergency communications system that improves safety for every resident and first responder. The measure would appear on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. If voters approve the funding, a new agency called South Sound 911 will be created to update and improve critical communications equipment for participating law enforcement and fire agencies, particularly in light of looming federal mandates.
    For the complete story, click on the SouthPugetSoundNews.com link below.

  • July Update from the Friends of the DuPont Library
    Posted on: 2011-07-12
    July 19: 10:30 a.m. Summer Reading Puppet Theatre presents Ferdinand the Bull and Jack and the Beanstalk. This program is for ages six to Tweens.
    July 28: 3 to 4 p.m. Summer Reading Teen Program: Henna Tattoos. Learn to use all natural henna paste to make temporary tattoos at the Library. This is for ages 12 to 18.
    July 28: 7 p.m. Friends of the DuPont Library monthly meeting, held at the DuPont Library. All are welcome to attend.
  • John Nystrom recommended for Ass't Principal at Pioneer Middle School
    Posted on: 2011-07-12
    A familiar face hopes to become the new Assistant Principal at Pioneer Middle School. In a July 11 press release, Steilacoom Historical School District announced the superintendent’s recommendation of hiring John Nystrom as the new assistant principal of Pioneer Middle School in DuPont. The decision to hire Nystrom is subject to Board of Directors’ approval.
    For more on this story, see South Puget Sound News.

  • Public Hearing for School District's potential surplus land sale
    Posted on: 2011-07-12
    On July 14, the Steilacoom Historical School District will hold a public hearing to discuss the potential sale of surplus property parcels in the area of Cherrydale Primary School (Cherrydale Woods). The intended use of the land is to add open space for the community. The proposed sale of the property by the district for $380,000 is to Pierce County under the Conservation Futures program.

    For the full story, including meeting time and location, please go to SouthPugetSoundNews.com
  • New Fireworks Rules
    Posted on: 2011-06-30
    The DuPont Police and Fire Departments want to keep families safe this Independence Holiday and make citizens aware of the code changes that take effect this year for the 4th of July celebration. In the City of DuPont it is only legal to discharge fireworks on July 3rd and July 4th between the hours of Noon and Midnight. It is illegal to discharge fireworks on any public property, including streets, sidewalks and public parks. Illegal fireworks in DuPont are firecrackers, bottle rockets and individual missiles and rockets, cherry bombs, and any altered or homemade fireworks. Legal fireworks in DuPont include roman candles, cones and fountains, reloadable tubes and multiple aerials
    The City encourages its residents to have a safe and fun 4th of July and enjoy the liberty of discharging fireworks in DuPont, but please do so safely and with consideration for others and within the limitations of City law. Please contact the Police Department (253-964-7060) or the Fire Department (253-964-8414) for additional information.
  • Summer Sports Camps
    Posted on: 2011-06-07
    In July and August, the City of DuPont and Skyhawks are offering weekly summer sports camps that include soccer, basketball, baseball and football. Camps will be held at at DuPont Powderworks Park and Chloe Clark Elementary. Registration can be found online at www.skyhawks.com or www.ci.dupont.wa.us.
  • Friends of the DuPont Library News
    Posted on: 2011-06-07
    June Events at the Library:
    June 11: Second Saturday program Book Buddies, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Also, Photography for Kids will be held at 10:30 a.m. for ages 7 to 15; come to the Library and learn how to take photographs with your camera phone. Registration required at www.piercecountylibrary.org.
    June 15: Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor, will speak about voting by mail. 7 p.m., open to all who are interested.
    June 18: The Friends of the DuPont Library will be collecting your gently used books at the Goodwill Drop-off location at Chloe Clark Elementary after the City-Wide Yard Sale from 2 to 5 p.m.
    June 22: The Library’s Summer Reading Program starts at 10 a.m. with Simone LaDrumma: Just Say Yes To Drums! - A little bit of drumming, a lot of rhythm, look at and play drums from around the world.
    June 23: The monthly Friends of the DuPont Library meeting starting at 7 p.m. at the Library. All are welcome to attend.
  • Oberlin Congregational Church VBS
    Posted on: 2011-06-07
    Don’t miss “Pandamania – where God is wild about you” Vacation Bible School at Oberlin Congregational Church. VBS will be held July 11-15, from 9:00 a.m. to noon for Preschool ages 4 and 5, and kids from Kindergarten through 5th grade. The cost is $10/child. Contact: 253-584-4623 or visit www.oberlinchurch.org.
  • Steilacoom Fireworks
    Posted on: 2011-06-07
    For over twenty years, the citizens of Steilacoom have hosted one of the best fireworks shows in the Puget Sound – entirely from donations – and now you can contribute online. Last year the organization raised over $20,000 and every penny went to Steilacoom Fireworks show. Go to www.steilacoom.org/ about 1/3 down the page, and you can either print the form and send in your donation, or click the button and pay online with your credit card. You could even give a little every month.
    The Steilacoom Citizens’ Fireworks Committee is a volunteer organization, incorporated under the laws of Washington State as a Non Profit Corporation (IRS 501 c (4). The Purpose of the Steilacoom Citizens’ Fireworks Committee is to put on the annual fireworks display on the night of the 4th of July, commemorating the United States on its’ Birthday. The Fireworks Committee continues their policy that every penny donated to Steilacoom Fireworks is used for Steilacoom Fireworks; your Fireworks Committee personnel are volunteers.
  • Preschool Now Enrolling
    Posted on: 2011-06-07
    Steilacoom Cooperative Preschool is now enrolling for the 2011-2012 academic year. Current openings are available in the following classes:
    2 year old class: Thursdays 12:15pm - 1:30pm (mommy and me class).
    3 year old class: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30am - 11:45am.
    4 year old class: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 9:30am - 12:00pm.
    Please call 253-905-6009 or visit us at www.steilacoompreschool.com for more information. Steilacoom Cooperative Preschool is affiliated with Bates Technical College and is an equal opportunity and non-discriminatory employer and educational institution.
  • The Home Course 2011 Junior Club and Summer Junior Camps
    Posted on: 2011-06-07
    The Home Course is offering a Junior Golf Club program designed to promote the game of a life time to kids and give them access to the golf course at a very affordable rate. The Eagle Club Full Benefits annual membership fee of $60 gives juniors a $5 stand-by rate, Wednesday evening golf clinics, 50 percent discount on range balls, USGA Handicap, covers the entry fee for Junior Club Championship Tournament in August, discounts on junior golf camps and much more. This program is for kids ages 8-17.
    Junior Golf Clinics begin June 23 and run through August. Junior Golf Camps are running from June 28-30 and July 26-28 at 8:45 am to Noon. Camps are limited to the first 30 paid juniors. Quality instruction will be provided by The Home Course golf professionals covering topics that include iron and wood play, chipping, pitching, putting, bunker play and etiquette and rules. A barbeque lunch will be provided on the last day of the camp and each participant will receive a prize bag. Cost is $45 for Eagle Club members; $55 for Non Eagle Club members. For more information contact Brent or Collin at The Home Course at 253-964-0520.
  • City of DuPont Planning Agency Vacancy
    Posted on: 2011-06-07
    The City is seeking interested residents for appointment to the City’s volunteer Planning Agency. Eligible applicants must be residents of the City of DuPont and must submit a letter of interest that includes relevant professional experience, reasons for desiring to be appointed to this position and thoughts on the most significant planning issues facing the City in both the short and long term. Deliver letter of interest to City Hall, Attn: Erin Larsen City Clerk, 1700 Civic Dr., DuPont, WA 98327.
  • New local online news website coming soon
    Posted on: 2011-06-07
    The former editor of the Home Town Clipper, Cara Mitchell, announced on June 7 that she is taking steps to produce a new online news website. This comes after the sudden closure of the Home Town Clipper.
    In a letter sent out to friends and business colleagues, Mitchell writes, 'With so many individuals contacting me to express their concerns and frustrations regarding the paper’s cancellation, it has become very apparent that there remains a strong desire and demand for a local newspaper. After carefully considering the options, I’m excited to announce that a new local news website covering DuPont and Steilacoom will be launched in the near future. The website will provide the same quality writing and local news coverage that the former paper provided. For businesses, it will provide an opportunity to advertise online. Most importantly, readers will be able to stay connected and informed on current issues within our communities.'

    DuPont Neighbors will link up the new website once it is officially launched.
  • JBLM Late Night Firing Announcement
    Posted on: 2011-05-10
    Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be conducting late night firing on the following dates:
    * May 10-13 (day & night) 60mm, 81mm and 120mm Mortars
    * May 12 (day & night) Demolitions, C4 and TNT
    Increased levels of activity will be noticed during the evening hours, and firing will be conducted from numerous firing points on base.
    Comments or questions about noise may be directed to the JBLM Public Affairs Office’s External Communication Division hot line at (253) 967-0852, daily.
    (Source: Suburban Times)
  • Well Done DuPont and Steilacoom
    Posted on: 2011-05-06
    The City of DuPont and the Town of Steilacoom recently earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust. Eighty-two cities received the award based on best practice standards in employee health promotion.
    AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust provides health benefits to 15,000+ city employees in our state. Recipients receive a 2 percent premium discount on their Regence BlueShield or Asuris Northwest Health medical coverage for employee & spouses in 2012.
    (Source: Home Town Clipper)
  • Chloe Creations Displays Art
    Posted on: 2011-05-06
    A giant mosaic made from tiles painted by students welcomes everyone at Chloe Clark Elementary. Depicting children exploring outer space, the art was installed over spring break, and revealed during Art Walk on April 21. The project was organized by the Chloe Clark PTA through Chloe Creations.
    (Source: Home Town Clipper)
  • The Trax is Gets its Start
    Posted on: 2011-05-06
    The Trax at DuPont, a $35 million project developed by DuPont Trax LLC broke ground recently. The development plans to bring apartments and retail space to town as well as a recreation area, swimming pool and underground parking.
    The construction schedule estimates 46 apartments to be ready nine months after breaking ground, with lofts, townhomes and retail space built six to 10 months later.
    (Source: Tacoma New Tribune)
  • Attention Soccer Players: LSDSC Fall Registration is Open
    Posted on: 2011-05-05
    Kids wishing to play in the 2011 fall soccer season can register online now at www.lakewoodsoccerclub.org. The returning player priority registration deadline is approaching. May 15 is the last day to be guaranteed a spot on the team your child played on last year. Visit www.lakewoodsoccerclub.org for more information.
  • DuPont Community Presbyterian Church to hold Vacation Bible School
    Posted on: 2011-05-05
    There is a lot of excitement building around DuPont Community Presbyterian Church as they prepare for this year’s Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is “Big Apple Adventure” by Lifeway. It is an exciting, fun-filled way to learn about God and share the message. There will be games, crafts, and awesome music. Come hop in our Christ cab and learn the answers to the questions! VBS will be held July 18 – 22. Hours are 8:55 to 11:50 a.m. at the church, located at 502 Barksdale Ave. in the Historic Village. Registration is now open and space is limited. Kids age 4 through sixth grade. Contact Fran Anderson at dupontgranny@comcast.net or call 253-964-3098 for more information.
  • Friends of the DuPont Library News
    Posted on: 2011-05-05
    There is lots going on in May!
    May 7: The library will hold a Museum of Flight: Robotics Program at 10 AM.
    May 14: The Library’s second Saturday program, Book Buddies, will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.
    May 14: Celebrate with us! It's the Library’s Anniversary Party from 1-3 PM.
    May 24: Family Game Night from 6 to 7:30 PM.
    May 26: The Friends of the DuPont Library meeting
    May 30: The Library will be closed for Memorial Day.
  • Sentinels Youth Football and Cheerleading Registration
    Posted on: 2011-05-05
    Registration is now open online for the Sentinels’ youth football and cheerleading teams for boys and girls in grades two through eight. Practices will be held at Steilacoom High School beginning Monday, August 1. The teams are part of the Thurston County Youth Football League. Sentinels franchise head coach Mark Miller, a DuPont resident, said that the teams will be in both the DuPont and Steilacoom Fourth of July parades this year. To register, visit the league website at tcyfl.com. For additional information, see the team’s website at tcyflsentinels.com. Any questions may be directed to tcyflsentinels@gmail.com.
  • DuPont Parks and Recreation Invites Public to Attend Auction
    Posted on: 2011-05-05
    The DuPont Parks and Recreation Agency is excited about their upcoming fundraiser: 'There’s No Place Like Home' Silent and Live Auction to be held on Friday, May 13 at 6:00 PM at the DuPont Civic Center. Organizers hope to raise $5,000 to benefit local sports programs.
    Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the Silent Auction will begin shortly thereafter. The Live Auction will follow with Police Chief Ron Goodpaster as the auctioneer for the evening. Hors D’oeuvres and desserts are included in the ticket price of $15.00. Tickets are available at DuPont City Hall. All proceeds go directly to the DuPont Parks and Recreation Agency to benefit sports and recreation programs, and events.
    Be sure to read the full story in the Home Town Clipper!

  • EMS Levy Committee Appointments
    Posted on: 2011-05-05
    The DuPont City Council approved a Resolution to place an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy Renewal on the August 16, 2011 ballot. The City is seeking interested citizens to serve on the committees responsible for preparing statements for and against the ballot measure. Each committee shall consist of not more than three members and are solely responsible for submitting to the City their argument statements within the specified time line for the election. If you are interested in serving on one of the two committees please contact City Clerk Erin Larsen at elarsen@ci.dupont.wa.us or (253) 964-8121. Appointments to the “For” and “Against” committees will be made no later than May 24, 2011.
    (Source: DuPont City Administrator)
  • Parks & Recreation Activites
    Posted on: 2011-05-05
    Information is now available for various events and activities in DuPont. Please call (253) 912-5245 or go to the City’s website at www.ci.dupont.wa.us for registration information, questions, or for volunteer opportunities.
    ** The deadline to register for the Spring Track program is May 6th at 4:00 PM. The program is open to ages 4 thru 18. Practices are on Monday from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and Saturday from Noon – 1:30 PM at Pioneer Middle School and begin on May 9th. The cost if $135 which includes a uniform. Registration forms are available on the City’s website.
    ** Purchase your tickets today to help support the Annual Parks & Recreation Auction being held on Friday, May 13th at 6:00 PM. Generous donations continue to arrive daily and this is shaping up to be a spectacular event! Many thanks to our local businesses and America’s Credit Union for their sponsorship. Volunteers are still needed to help out during the event. Please contact (253) 912-5245 if you are interested in helping.
    ** The City of DuPont will be celebrating Memorial Day on 9:00 AM on Monday, May 30th at Ross Plaza. More information will be available soon.
    ** Applications are now available online to participate in the July 4th Independence Day Parade. This years parade starts at 10:00 AM and will be followed by live music, entertainment, and a carnival in the park. Many thanks to the Forever Young Seniors who will kick off the day at 8:00 AM with their famous Pancake Breakfast. Special thanks also go to our DuPont Lions Club who will host the Independence Day BBQ. We are extremely grateful to our many event sponsors, including Northwest Landing ROA, Lacey Costco, and the City of DuPont.
    ** Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Summer Sports Camps, Yoga, Cheerleading, Dance4Life, Karate, Cheney Stadium Baseball Day, and more!
    (Source: DuPont City Administrator)
  • Congratulations to Us!!
    Posted on: 2011-05-05
    The City of DuPont has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. This is the second year that DuPont has met the four standards required to earn this national designation. Way to go DuPont!
    (Source: DuPont City Administrator)
  • JBLM Late Night Firing
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be conducting day and late night firing from April 5 through the 15 of Demolitions and C4.
    Increased levels of activity will be noticed during the evening hours, and firing will be conducted from numerous firing points on base.
  • Summer Girl Scout Camp
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    Camp as you are at Girl Scout summer camp! It's all about YOU, and you don't have to be a Girl Scout to join the fun! How do you want to challenge yourself? Kayaking or windsurfing? Horseback riding or cooking? Studying marine biology? Doing yoga, arts & crafts or starring in a musical? Enjoy the fun of camp in a safe, all-girl environment where you design your own experience. Make new friends, spend time with familiar faces and discover your strengths. Our unique camp properties--in Carnation, Belfair and on Hood Canal--offer something for every girl. Join us! Financial Aid is available. Visit www.GirlScoutsWW.org/camp or call 800-541-9852 to register today.
  • DuPont Settlement Negotiations
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    The following is an excerpt from the Home Town Clipper--see link below for full story.
    The City of DuPont has been participating in discussions with CalPortland and other signatories to the 1994 settlement agreement. These negotiations stem from the proposed mine expansion. The 1994 settlement agreement contains language that may be viewed as inconsistent with the mining expansion proposal. The parties have been meeting in the hopes of finding a way to satisfactorily resolve these issues.
    The City has posted a new joint statement by the parties on its website. The statement indicates that negotiations are ongoing but the parties expect to know whether there is a tentative agreement by the end of April.
  • Annual Egg Hunt!
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    Join your neighbors for the Annual Springtime Egghunt on Saturday, April 23rd at 11AM. Hunting times will remain the same.......rain or shine! (The Easter Bunny is on a very tight schedule)

    Days events are as follows:
    11AM Welcome
    11:10 Ages 0-3
    11:20 Ages 4-6
    11:30 Ages 7-9
    11:40 Ages 10 and Up
    11:50 Adults

    Support our local Youth Baseball teams who will be on site with a hotdog and hamburger sale!

    The Egg Hunt, proudly sponsored by Northwest Landing ROA, is a community-wide event and open to all DuPont residents.
  • Local photographer exhibiting at Olympia Arts Walk
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    DuPont photographer, Scott Nelson will exhibit 10-15 recent works at the upcoming Olympia Arts Walk. The subject of Nelson's photographs includes details of urban life as well as landscapes captured in and around DuPont and the North West. A free reception and showing of this work will take place at the American Legion Hall, located at 219 Legion Way in Olympia, on April 22 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Other Arts Walk events will be held throughout downtown Olympia on April 22 and 23. For a full listing of events, times, and locations, please visit www.artswalkolympia.com/. For more information about Scott Nelson's exhibit, call 360-556-7764.
  • Friends of the DuPont Library News
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    April is packed full of fun programs at your local library!
    April 16: Celebrate stories with the library starting at 11 a.m. as Author Michele Mariscal reads her children's book 'I'm the Missing Piece'. Guests are invited to listen to the story, sing songs and do a craft.
    April 16: At 2 p.m. the Daffodil Princesses return! Guests can join the Princesses from the Daffodil Festival for story time. Pictures will be taken afterwards.
    April 28: Family Game Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    April 28: Pierce County Reads Book Discussion. Readers are welcome to come discuss the book, 'The Big Burn'. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. The Friends of the DuPont Library monthly meeting will follow this from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
    April 30: Pierce County Reads Author Timothy Egan will be speaking about his book, 'The Big Burn' at Clover Park Vocational Tech, Sharon McGavick Center at 7 p.m.
  • Harbor Greens--Will They or Won't They?
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    Update: On Monday March 21, City Administrator Dawn Masko clarified for the Home Town Clipper that Harbor Greens Market had only picked up the application for the temporary use permit, and that the application had not yet been submitted to the city.
    The Home Town Clipper quotes Scott Teodoro with Harbor Greens Market, 'Our idea is to apply for a temporary use permit and open up a mobile grocery store, allowing us to come to DuPont, talk to residents and find out what they want in the way of a store. But we haven't made a decision yet if we'll apply for the permit.'
    See link below to Home Town Clipper for full story.
  • Obituary: Former DuPont Mayor, Apolonia Andre
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    Pola Andre passed away on March 22, 2011 in Long Beach, CA. She served as City Clerk for the city of DuPont, WA, and was then elected Mayor, guiding the city for 10 years while laying the foundation for the city's eventual expansion through negotiations with the Weyerhauser Company.
  • Volunteers Needed:
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    Volunteers are needed for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 23 and for the Mother/Son Dance on April 29. Contact Gina Irvin at irvjam@msn.com for more details.
  • Skate Park Update
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    The Skate Park grant funding received a glimmer of hope this past week as the current proposed House of Representative's budget restores funding for the Washington Wildlife, Recreation & Parks Program (WWRP) and provides funding of $97,057 for the DuPont PowderWorks Skate Park in the 2011-2013 Capital Budget. This amount would be matched by local funding. We are grateful to all who have supported funding for the program and that our project has been included in the budget thus far. Staff remains hopeful that the program will be included in the Senate version of the Capital Budget which is tentatively scheduled to be released next week. We will continue to monitor the legislative session and provide updates as more information is forthcoming.
  • Nighttime Ranger Training
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will conduct a military training exercise in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nev., area April 11-21. In addition, units from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, from Fort Campbell, Ky., and Air Force Special Operations Command from Hurlburt Field, Fla., will also be participating.
  • Get Rid of that Extra Stuff!
    Posted on: 2011-04-12
    Gather up your treasures and get ready for the semi-annual Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents are responsible for posting and removing their own signs. Watch for ads in the local papers advertising the sale.
  • Arrowhead Weekly Update
    Posted on: 2011-02-24
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  • Remembering Leon W. Lickteig
    Posted on: 2011-01-11
    At the request of his family, we are sharing the news of the passing of long time DuPont resident, Leon Wallace Lickteig. He was born on September 11, 1919 in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Lickteig spent 30 years of his life traveling the world with his wife in the Army. He loved his Army career and was very patriotic. Lickteig was awarded many distinguished medals during his Army career.

    Leon and his wife Lorraine lived in DuPont since his retirement in 1969. He devoted his life to his Army career, his wife, two children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

    Lickteig belonged to HHV, Nat'l Museum US Army, NLEOAF, DAV WWII Museum, TREA, NAUS, NCOA, DAV, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Retired Enlisted Assoc., Paralyzed Vets, and Ft. Lewis Chapter.

    Lickteig touched many lives and will be dearly missed by all who crossed his path. He passed away on December 3, 2010.

    He is survived by son Jeffrey and daughter Lana (Larry), 7 grandchildren, Paige (David), Jeffrey-Paul, Bradley, Leith, Lance (Kelly), Laurel, Emilie (Vinnie), 4 great-grandchildren, Madison, Sophie, Ayla and Hayden, and sister Jean Campos.
  • Fire Department SAFER Grant
    Posted on: 2010-12-06
    The City of DuPont Fire Department received a conditional approval for their recently submitted SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant application through FEMA. It is expected that final approval will be later in December. Over the past three years, the DuPont Fire Department has reduced its staffing from five firefighters on duty to the current minimum staffing level of two firefighters. The grant award will provide wages , benefits and turn-out gear for three firefighters for a two-year period, which would restore our minimum staffing level on DuPont Engine 25 to three firefighters. If the grant is awarded, it is expected that recruitment and training could occur during the first half of 2011 and the three positions could be on-line by mid-year.
  • City Hall Business Hours
    Posted on: 2010-12-06
    DuPont City Hall business hours changed to 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM effective December 1st. The change is a result of numerous staffing reductions over the past year that have significantly impacted staff’s ability to balance the many competing needs of the City which must be accomplished in a timely manner.
  • New Northwest Landing Commercial Owners Association (COA) Board
    Posted on: 2010-11-05
    Effective November 15, Quadrant will no longer be in control of the COA Board. Their declarant control period is coming to an end as the development of Northwest Landing is in its final stages. Elections were recently held and the new board members will be Diane Branson (America’s Credit Union), Jim Tweedy (CalPortland), and David Yasuda (Puget Western, Inc.). Larry Ackerman, Tammy Corey, and Denise Ford will continue to manage the COA operations, as well as the Residential Owners Association (ROA).
  • Mounts Road JBLM gate now Open
    Posted on: 2010-10-12
    In an effort to ease morning congestion on northbound Interstate 5, the Mounts Road gate to Joint Base Lewis-McChord opened on Monday, October 4. The gate is now open on weekday mornings from 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM to drivers with Defense Department identification cards and base decals only. It is limited to vehicles entering from Nisqually Road, coming northbound from old Pacific Highway SE in Thurston County. Left-turns into the entrance and exiting traffic are prohibited.
  • Reminder from the DuPont Fire Department
    Posted on: 2010-09-16
    The DuPont Fire Department would like to remind residents to change your furnace filters. DuPont Fire Department is experiencing an unusually high number of responses to residences and commercial buildings with a smell of smoke when furnaces are turned on because of the cooler fall weather. Dirty furnace filters, after a summer of non-use or the use of air conditioning, have the tendency to give off a burning lint smell. Generally this smell goes away after the first few uses, but dirty filters create less efficient heating and increases operating costs. DuPont Fire Department would like to remind you to please remember to change your furnace filters at least twice a year.
  • Saying Goodbye to Lorraine Overmyer
    Posted on: 2010-08-02
    On Friday, July 30, long-time DuPont resident and volunteer Lorraine Overmyer passed away. Overmyer served as a DuPont City Councilmember for sixteen years (from 1976 – 1989 and again from 1994-1997) and was instrumental in the formation of the DuPont Historical Society as well as the establishment of the DuPont Museum. She received the award of Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation from the State’s Historic Preservation Office for her work in preserving artifacts from the DuPont Company, organizing the descendents of Fort Nisqually families, and pushing for the historic designation of the Methodist Mission site. Lorraine was the 2009 Grand Marshal of DuPont’s 4th of July Parade. Her tireless dedication to the citizens of DuPont will be greatly missed. Service arrangements will be announced at a later time.

    If you would like to read more about Overmyer's life in DuPont, please click on the link below to an article published in the July 2009 issue of the Home Town Clipper.
  • County-wide Burn Ban in effect through September 30
    Posted on: 2010-07-26
    A county-wide burn ban went into effect July 15th and will remain in effect until September 30th. The burn ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban. Citizens having further questions should call the DuPont Fire Department at 964-8414.
  • Cooling Center Available
    Posted on: 2010-07-26
    DuPont citizens are reminded that a Cooling Center will be open in DuPont at the Public Safety Building EOC on days when the temperatures are expected to be 90 degrees and above. The Cooling Center will be open from noon until 10 p.m.. Bathroom facilities are available and water will be furnished. No food is allowed in the EOC. Children must not be left unattended and must be well supervised. Ample parking is available in the Civic Center parking lot. For additional information please contact the DuPont Fire Chief at 253-964-8414.
  • State Farm Honored As One of Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles
    Posted on: 2010-07-13
    The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large employers, honored State Farm Insurance Companies on Monday for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging their workers and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.

    State Farm was among 66 employers that received the 2010 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. State Farm received a Gold Award for its efforts.

    State Farm cares about the health of its employees and their families. Its “Live Well, Be Well initiative encourages employees to make informed lifestyle decisions in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation and preventive screenings.

    “We help our employees manage the risks of everyday life by providing a variety of quality benefits, resources and programs,” said Dr. Stephen Kindred, Assistant Vice President and Medical Director. “We believes our employees represent our strongest competitive advantage.”


    “We are delighted to recognize State Farm for its innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees,” said Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health. “State Farm and its management team recognize just how important a healthy workforce is to increasing productivity and controlling health care costs, and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”

    Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established workplace well-being programs with measurable success and documented outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for employers who have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.
  • DuPont Museum Receives David Douglas Award
    Posted on: 2010-07-09
    The DuPont Museum and Historical Society are the recipients of one of the six awards being given this year by the Washington State Historical Society. David Nicandri, Director of the Washington State Historical Society, and John Hughes, Chairman of the Awards Committee of the Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, presented the 2009 Washington State Historical Society awards for distinguished achievements in state and local history during the Society’s 119th Annual Meeting on June 19, held at the Washington State History Museum.
    This year’s David Douglas Award went to DuPont Museum and Historical Society’s exhibit Life in a Company Town: Yesterday and Today. The exhibit encompasses the history of DuPont; from the establishment of the DuPont Powderworks plant and village in 1906, to the building of Weyerhaeuser’s Northwest Landing. The exhibit provides an important cultural link to DuPont’s past, present, and future.
  • DuPonts Population
    Posted on: 2010-07-09
    According to the July 2 DuPont City Administrator's Letter, DuPont's official population is 7,930 people, with 2,540 single-family homes, and 906 multifamily units. The data which was received from the Washington State Office of Financial Management, was current as of April 1, 2010.
  • Summer Theft and Burglaries Reminder
    Posted on: 2010-07-09
    The City of DuPont Police Department would like to remind all residents to keep their garage doors and first story windows closed at night. With the heat of the summer here, there is a tendency to leave these open to cool your home. Last summer we had thefts from garages and burglaries of homes by people crawling through open ground floor windows. Recent patrols around the City have observed several garages and windows left open at night. Don’t be a victim; as you check your doors to make sure they are locked before you go to bed, be sure to close your ground floor windows and your garage door. Make sure your car is locked and all valuables are removed or out of sight.

    Summer is also the time where many residents leave for extended vacations. Forms are available at City Hall to notify the Police of your absence. Please feel free to utilize this service so Police and residents can work together to help reduce burglaries.
  • Sprinkler Recall Extension
    Posted on: 2010-06-07
    According to the City of DuPont, Comunale and Tyco have agreed to extend the time for participation in the recall program July 15 for the 15 remaining homes that did not take advantage of the opportunity to have recalled sprinkler heads replaced free of charge. The release must be signed and work scheduled and completed prior to July 15th. Comunale sent a representative door to door on Thursday, June 3rd in an attempt to inform home owners of this opportunity. Fire Chief Hull and Battalion Chief Cooper will be going door to door in the evenings of the week of June 7th in a further attempt to inform home owners or occupants.
    The staff of the DuPont Building Department and the Chiefs’ of the Fire Department cannot stress enough how important participation in this program is. In the event of a fire, these recalled sprinkler heads may not work properly. This creates a severe life safety issue. The fact that the recalled sprinkler heads have not been replaced may cause an insurance issue following a fire loss, as insurance premiums are based on the assumption that the system is working properly. Finally, at the time of sale, a home owner may find themselves paying for replacement of the sprinkler heads in order to close the sale. Anyone having questions should contact Fire Chief Hull at 253-405-8048, or Battalion Chief Cooper at 253-377-3247.
  • Arbor at Clock Tower Park Removed
    Posted on: 2010-06-07
    The DuPont Lion’s Club in coordination with City staff have demolished the Arbor at Clock Tower Park due to dry rot. A new Arbor will be constructed in the future.
  • Fire Department Training Exercise
    Posted on: 2010-06-07
    The DuPont Fire Department partnered with Joint Base Lewis McChord and the Lacey Fire Department on Tuesday May 25th to conduct a live burn training exercise. The Nisqually Tribal Association donated a house on Mounts Road that had been scheduled for demolition, and acquired all required permits from the Department of Ecology. Numerous fires were set inside the building and teams of 4 firefighters were able to make 16 attacks on the structure before the building was allowed to burn. Firefighters are required to have between 180 to 240 hours of training annually and must complete at least one live-fire training exercise.
  • Sequalitchew Creek Trail Markers
    Posted on: 2010-05-29
    According to the City of DuPont, trail markers are being installed along the Sequalitchew Creek Trail next week to provide directional guides for trail users. The markers will be augmented by an interpretive map and additional markers and point-of-interest signage in the near future. The concept, once complete, is to provide trail users with an interactive and enjoyable experience between the interpretive map and trail markers along the way. This project is being coordinated by the DuPont Tourism Board.
  • Friends of the DuPont Library News
    Posted on: 2010-05-29
    On Wednesday June 9, Historian Drew Crooks will present the Story of Fort Nisqually at the DuPont Library. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is geared for ages grade school to adult. Crooks in an illustrated talk will examine the story of this Hudson’s Bay Company post from origins in 1833 to closure in 1870. He will then go on to discuss key events from 1870 to the present that have affected both buildings and sites of the old trading station. Drew will conclude with a look at the ongoing legacy of Fort Nisqually, an historic outpost that changed forever the history of the region.
  • Utilities And Transportation Commission Hearing Dates
    Posted on: 2010-05-09
    UTC has set a hearing on June 7 and 8 on four petitions to modify existing highway-rail grade crossings in the City of Lakewood and City of DuPont. You can learn more about this issue by going online at the link provided below. More information can be found in the April and May issues of the Home Town Clipper (www.hometownclipper.com).
  • New Hires for the City of DuPont
    Posted on: 2010-04-02
    According to the City Administrator's Friday Letter, the City of DuPont has recently hired a new Finance Director, and has promoted Dana Smitley to the position of Police Sergeant. You can read more about these two individuals in the April issue of the Home Town Clipper.
  • Update- City of DuPont “War on Terrorism” Memorial”
    Posted on: 2010-04-02
    As reported in February a committee has been formed to coordinate the planning and construction of a War Memorial honoring DuPont residents who have given their life in defense of our country since September 11, 2001. The committee has met several times and selected Ross Plaza as the memorial site. The committee has also solicited and received several memorial designs and requested assistant from Ft. Lewis in researching the names of soldiers who were residents of DuPont prior to their death.
    Presently the committee identified three names but since they are looking back almost 10 years our research is not complete. Anyone with information of other servicemen or civilians who were residents before their death is requested to contact Phil Courts at 253-964-6894 or email him at courtship@comcast.net. Additionally, the committee is considering including service members who have been wounded and received the Purple Heart and were or are now residents. Because DuPont is such a fast growing and transient city this may not be possible but it you are a Purple Heart recipient or know someone who is please contact Phil Courts. As soon as the committee has a firm bid on the memorial, which won’t be possible until a tentative list of names is developed, they will be soliciting support from residents and local businesses.
  • Being a Responsible Pet Owner
    Posted on: 2010-03-01
    A reminder went out to DuPont residents in the February 2010 newsletter about being a responsible pet owner. The City would like to remind pet owners that your animal must be on a leash when out on public property per DMC 7.06.005. Pet owners also must carry and use equipment to remove your pet's fecal matter. A violation of either of these codes could result in a $25 fine. The City newsletter reads, 'If any citizen observes animal owners breaking either the leash or poop scoop law, please call the animal control hotline at 253-830-5010.'
  • Utility Tax Increase
    Posted on: 2010-03-01
    According to the February 2010 DuPont City Hall newsletter, a 2% utility tax increase on water, stormwater and refuse was approved at the January 26 Council Meeting. As a result, the City's utility rates were also increased by 2%, the frst rate change since 2000. Previously, the base rate for a single family residence located in the City of DuPont was $32 fpr water amd $14.50 for stormwater for a 60-day period. Any consumption over 1,000 cubic feet was charged at $1.12 per 100 cubic feet.
    The new rates, effective February 1, will be $32.64 for water and $14.80 for stormwater with $1.14 for each 100 cubic feet of consumption over 1,000cf. Commercial and multi-family rates have also increased. If you have questions regarding the new rates, contact DuPont's Uility Billing Department at 253-912-5210.
  • DuPont Museum and Historical Society 2010 Lecture Series
    Posted on: 2010-02-25
    The DuPont Museum and Historical Society is beginning their lecture series on Sunday, March 7 at the DuPont Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. During the first lecture, Joint Base Lewis McCord archeologist Dr. Bret Ruby will reveal what happened to Greene Park, DuPont’s neighbor town during his talk on ‘The Historical Archeology of Greene Park: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of Fort Lewis and WWI”. The Lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.dupontmuseum.com.
  • Home Buyers Tax Credit Information
    Posted on: 2010-02-09
    The President signed the Homebuyer Tax Credit legislation, extending & expanding the tax credit. Legislation includes some modifications to the existing tax credit which became effective December 1st. The National Association of Realtors has created written materials below explaining the original and modified Homebuyer Tax Credit.

    Homebuyer Tax Credit Changes
    Homebuyer Tax Credit Frequently Asked Questions



  • Give-A-Book Program
    Posted on: 2010-02-09
    Are you a local business that would like to give the gift of literacy to local school children? If so, a great opportunity awaits you with the Give-A-Book program, run by DuPont resident April Bilderbach. The goal of the Give-A-Book Program is to provide personalized storybooks to all the kindergartners at Chloe Clark and Cherry Dale elementary schools. Each book is created by hand. To offset the costs, Bilderback is looking for local sponsors.The goal is for each kindergartner to receive a personalized book that includes his name, school and teacher’s name printed throughout the story. Benefits for businesses that support program include being able to have their names appear on the cover pages of the book and being able to show their support for literacy. Businesses can choose to sponsor one kindergarten class (at a cost of about $400) or even all of the kindergartners in the district, which would cost about $4,000.Business owners or individuals who would like to support the Give-A-Book Program can contact Bilderbach at www.southsoundcreateabook.com or by calling 661-713-4287.
  • Tips for Cold Weather & Frozen Pipes
    Posted on: 2010-01-10
    The Winter 2010 NWLROA Newsletter gave readers a few tips on how to prevent frozen pipes after they received a few calls during our December cold snap. Some of the tips are as follows:
  • Allow a small trickle of water run overnight on sink faucets located on exterior walls, or leave cupboard doors open so heat can get to them.
  • Check your insulation around your pipes, especially in the attic and crawl spaces where pipes are close to exterior vents.
  • Cover exposed outdoor faucets with an insulated cap.
  • In Memory of Mark Shannon Jackson
    Posted on: 2009-12-09
    Mark Shannon Jackson, September 23, 1950 - November 24, 2009. Our Father, Mark S. Jackson, 59 passed away November 24, 2009 in Federal Way. He was born in Puyallup on September 23, 1950 and graduated from Puyallup H.S. He attened W.W.U., earned a degree in political science and history and Urban Studies from U.P.S. He was hired as DuPont's first city planner in 1976 and worked with Weyerhauser to preserve the history of DuPont while developing Northwest Landing. He served as Mayor of DuPont from 1987-1991 and went on to work for the Department of Ecology. His passion for the outdoors led him to work in the garden among plants and nature. He was a diehard fisherman, a loving father, and loyal friend whos wit and laughter could lift any spirit. He is remembered by his loving children Emily, Kathleen and Patrick, their mother Barb, father Bill, his sister Gail, brother Bruce, cousin Karen, forever friend John McDonald and many dear friends and family. We extend graciousness for the life he had and find solace in knowing that his mind, body and soul are at peace. Please join us in celebrating his life at the DuPont Community Church 502 Barksdale Ave., at 1:00PM on December 5, 2009.
  • H1N1 Flu Virus Info
    Posted on: 2009-10-01
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  • First Citizens Bank Comes to DuPont
    Posted on: 2009-09-16
    Over the weekend of September 12, DuPont-based Venture Bank was closed and First Citizens Bank out of Raleigh, North Carolina took over ownership. You can read the original press release that was sent out to all media outlets, including the Home Town Clipper on the link below.
  • Operation Make A Soldier Smile Is Back
    Posted on: 2009-09-08
    Are you up for a challenge? Organizers for Operation Make A Soldier Smile (MASS) are in full swing planning what some predict could turn into the largest shipment of holiday care packages to troops overseas sent by United States citizens. Organizers are asking citizens from Steilacoom, DuPont, Lakewood, Anderson Island and neighboring communities to get involved and show your support for our troops around the holidays. MASS is asking for monetary donations and items to be part of the care packages which will be sent to our deployed Fort Lewis Soldiers. Their biggest expense is paying for postage for the thousands of holiday care packages they hope to send. Monetary donations to Operation Make a Soldier Smile (MASS) can be made at any Venture Bank location. MASS is not a 501c3, but if you need the tax deduction, feel free to issue your gift through the Association of the United States Army-Fort Lewis Chapter. Send your contribution to AUSA Fort Lewis, c/o the Fort Lewis Ranger Newspaper, 8312 Custer Rd, Lakewood, WA 98499. Those funds will funnel directly to MASS and AUSA which is a 501C3. MASS needs to receive donations no later than October 15. Holiday care packages must be prepared and mailed no later than November 20. Organizers expect to hold a packaging party on November 18 at the DuPont Civic Center starting at 6:30pm. More information is posted on the City of DuPont’s website at www.ci.dupont.wa.us. If you have specific questions, please e-mail Denise Dhane at denisedhane@qwestoffice.net, or Paula Watters at justpmw58@comcast.net.
  • City Implementing On-Street Parking Restrictions
    Posted on: 2009-09-08
    The City of DuPont is now implementing no-parking restrictions in residential neighborhoods. Parking on both sides of the street seriously impedes the access of emergency vehicles on a number of City streets. To provide fire access, it has become necessary to implement parking restrictions on some streets, which will limit parking to one side of the street. Restrictions were established by Resolution of the City Council for an area on McDonald Street north of Wilson Ave. In the future restrictions are planned for additional areas on the following streets: McDonald, Forrest, Arnold, Meyer, Braget (curves), Tolmie (curves), Rowan Court (curves), Cox (curves), Hudson and Griggs (curves). Homeowners adjacent to affect parking areas will receive notice of an informational meeting planned in September.
  • New Battalion Chief
    Posted on: 2009-09-08
    The DuPont City Administrator's Friday Letter dated September 4 announced that September first was “Day One” for recently promoted Battalion Chief Greg Cooper. Officially dubbed “Battalion 25”, Chief Cooper takes over as Operations Chief with a long list of projects, policies, and items to accomplish.

  • DuPont Museum Receives Donation from Tribe
    Posted on: 2009-07-07
    At an awards luncheon June 18th at the Nisqually Red Wing Casino, the DuPont Historical Society and Museum received a check for $12,000 from the Nisqually Tribe Charitable Giving Program.

    The funds will be used to purchase new equipment, improve the museum website and to enhance the Society's educational programming and events including DuPont's Hudson Bay Company 1843 Ft. Nisqually Site Event slated for August 23rd.

    'We are grateful for the award and have enjoyed working with the Nisqually Tribe's Cultural Committee and with Archive Director Joe Kalama this past year. We look forward to our continued partnership in promoting our combined history to present and future generations, said Joh Jones, Museum Manager.

    A $50,000 State of Washington Capitol Heritage Grant was officially awarded to the DuPont Museum in May. The grant is in addition to the $50,000 State appropriation received last year for Phase 1 of the Dynamite Train Canopy that was completed earlier this year. The Capitol Heritage grant will fund Phase 2 of the Canopy Project, which includes sidewalks, lighting, fencing and interpretive signage.

    The DuPont museum was also awarded a collection of professional resource books and DVDs for Museum Staff and Volunteers valued at $2,000 through the Institution for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) ”Connecting to Collections Bookshelf” Grant program.

  • Filing Deadline for November Elections June 5
    Posted on: 2009-06-05
    If you're considering running for one of DuPont's 5 council seats up for election this November, you better have your paperwork filed with the Pierce County Auditor TODAY. Complete details can be found on the Pierce County Auditor's website.
    A listing of all candidates who have filed may be found on the link posted below:
  • Chloe Clark Statue Update
    Posted on: 2009-06-04
    The June 4 News Tribune had an update on the Chloe Clark Statue that was just completed. Read the article via the link below:
  • DuPont Dynamite Train Update
    Posted on: 2009-04-26
    In an email sent out by DuPont Historical Society President, Lee McDonald, we have learned that DuPont's Dynamite Train is now at home under its new canopy and the engine is running once again. Here is the message:

    Below this email is a clip provided by Fred Foreman of the moving of the Dynamite Train.

    I want to give you all an update on DuPont's Dynamite Train. Thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteer Keith Beaton and Fred Foreman the engine is up and running and tucked away under the new canopy. Keith, who works on stryker vehicles, spent weeks cleaning,repairing and getting the train running.

    The first phase of the canopy building project is completed. The second phase, slated to begin sometime in July, will include the installation of sidewalks (allowing for handicapped accessibility) lighting and interpretive signage. Public Works Director, Peter Zahn has done a tremendous job in taking this canopy from a design on paper to an actual building.

    The gentleman on the clip with the hat is Russell with the State Dept of Archeology who has been actively involved in the train restoration, is starting the process to have the train placed on the List of historic landmarks. Sen. Mike Carrell is working on the train's restoration also and has been on-site between Session meetings. We still have a lot to do to get it back to its original condition. But we are on our way.

    I would also like to thank museum manager, Joh Jones, Cara Mitchell and others who refused to let this dream die. When the going got tough...you got going!

    If anyone would like to help with the train's restoration, please contact Joh at the museum at 253-964-2399

    Finally, I would invite those who have not been by the museum, to come view the train and park. During Park Appreciation Day volunteers cleaned, weeded, painted and planted. A group of us even pulled down the ivy that was strangling our beloved Cherry Trees at the entrance of the Village.


    Then another email followed this one, with another thank you:

    I just sent you an email about the Dynamite Train and a clip when I realized I left one DuPont resident's name off who was also instrumental in helping us obtain funding for the train canopy project. There are others but Councilman John Ehrenreich helped us at the State legislature last year to secure (Heritage) capital funding and lobbying for the canopy. Without his important participation the train project would still be only a dream. Thank you all, our legislators and councilors for your support. We will keep you posted on a date for our ribbon cutting party.


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