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City gathers for Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

CELEBRATE. Tacoma's first African American mayor Harold Moss fought back tears when he spoke of the early days of civil rights struggles in Tacoma as keynote speaker for the city's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center on Monday. Myles King Terry-Williams sang the "Star Spangled Banner" to open the event. The South Sound MLK Mass Chorus performed a selection of inspirational songs as well.

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NOW OPEN. With friends and family gathered round, War Pony Xpress owner Faron Young cuts the ribbon on his new business with help from Puyallup Tribal Councilmember Annette Bryan next to him.

New business signals long-awaited improvements

By Matt Nagle

For many years the East Portland Avenue corridor has been left pretty much the same, with no new major building developments or beautification projects in the works. Home to many Tacoma residents and small businesses, the avenue is a busy thoroughfare with a long and storied history among the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and the neighborhood’s diversity has grown considerably over the years. Thus,… Read More

Emergency food network announces new deputy director

Emergency Food Network is proud to announce that Michelle Douglas is their new deputy director.
Douglas brings 16 years of leadership experience with her to the position. She most recently served as executive director at the Rainbow Center in Tacoma and also served as operations manager at the… Read More


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LET IT SNOW. It has been a good winter for skiers with plenty of snow to be found at the local ski resorts. Crystal Mountain has already recieved 179 inches of snow with more to come.

Ski enthusiasts are rejoicing over record snowfalls

By Matt Kite

Are you a chionophile? The word, according to Wikipedia, refers to “any organisms that can thrive in cold winter conditions.” Broken down to its Greek roots, it means snow (chion) lover (phile).
While some athletes and fitness-minded types hibernate when the days grow short and the mercury plummets, others come out to play. That latter group – skiers, snowboarders, show-shoers, inner-tubers… Read More

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Ben Union talks new CD, perseverance

Ben Union is back. The popular Tacoma singer-songwriter – born Ben Mira – released his fourth album, “The Vamp LP,” on Tuesday (available through iTunes and other platforms); and while that disc includes the sort of infectious, pop party jams he's become known for in recent years, it also reveals a more vulnerable side of its maker.
Still recovering from a sold-out CD release party… Read More

SHOWDOWN. Wilson junior Emmitt Matthews Jr. throws down yet another jam. Matthews finished with 24 points in Wilson's 79-63 loss to Timberline in the opening game of the MLK Invitational.

LINCOLN EDGES FOSS - Clash of Titans Lives Up to Billing

By Justin Gimse

There are very few things in the sporting world that can top a good rivalry. When pressed on it, it seems as though winning a league or state championship is the only thing that can elicit a greater response from players, coaches and fans than a good rivalry. There are the sort of rivalries that pit one school against the other, and the stakes are high no matter what the sport being played. Then,… Read More



Sophomore guard Samone Jackson was named the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for women's basketball, the NWC recently announced. It is the third time this season a Logger has received the NWC weekly honor. Elizabeth… Read More

“The spirit behind using secret shoppers isn’t to bust your employees or to make for a “gotcha!” moment when the employee may not handle things correctly, but rather to see whether your own policies are being implemented and i

It’s just business: SECRET SHOPPERS

By William Manzanares

It’s pretty much a given that if you are an entrepreneur, you are a very busy person. For those who have families to tend to, multiple business locations to maintain or other areas in life that don’t allow for spending every working hour of the day on site, it can be difficult to keep an eye on things at work when you’re not there. But there is help and they’re called secret shoppers. I… Read More

Be Well - Inside & Out

Rainier Medical is a weight loss and wellness clinic originally opened by Dr. Valerie Sutherland MD in University Place. Sutherland, along with her team of health and wellness professionals, have helped community members all across the Puget Sound to loose 11,100 pounds among all their patients and… Read More

Our view: History bends to justice but requires action

People around the world and around kitchen tables and school classrooms spent time to learn and reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of a better world, one of acceptance, peace, equality, justice and love. Yes, one based on love over all.
It seems, therefore, fitting as America… Read More