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Coalition of groups priming for election fight, protests

TIDEFLATS. Members of several environmental and social justice groups staged a protest on the Tideflats against the construction of Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas facility.

The community uproar that originally started a year ago and prompted the death of a planned natural gas to methanol plant on the tideflats continues to morph into other local environmental and social justice issues as like-minded groups merge and share resources.
The grassroots effort Save Tacoma Water, for example, is gathering momentum for a ballot measure to change the term limits for City Council members from the current 10 years with a “break in service” before running again. The group hopes voters approve a change that would set the limit to eight years followed by a break of at least eight years before the elected official could run for office again.
RedLine Tacoma continues… Read More



By Jackie Fender

Communing over food and drink has always been a fundamental aspect of the human culture. Dining together provides sustenance for the stomach and spirit, giving the diners a moment to reflect and connect, which is likely why dining out for a good cause is such a brilliant and successful fundraising model. Pierce County Aids Foundation (PCAF) has this in mind when hosting their annual Dining Out for… Read More

Link expansion plans chug into final design phase

The expansion of the Tacoma Link lightrail system from its current terminus in the Theater District loop up to Martin Luther King Jr. Way is entering its final design phase.
The current Link route started in 2003 and runs 1.6 miles from the Tacoma Dome Station to the Theater District Station… Read More


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SWAP MEET. Cycling fans will be able to buy and sell used bikes and related gear on April 29 on the campus of the University of Puget Sound.

Popular UPS Bike Swap event kicks off Bike Month

By Matt Kite

If you’ve thought lately about buying, selling or fixing a bicycle, you’re in luck. The City of Tacoma has dedicated the entire month of May to cycling, and the fun actually kicks off a few days early, on Saturday, April 29, with the ninth-annual Bike Swap at the University of Puget Sound. Vendors, mechanics, experts and enthusiasts alike will gather from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thompson Hall… Read More

‘Hilltop Artists Day’ to Celebrate Tacoma’s Art and Community
Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

April 23, 1-5 p.m.
‘Hilltop Artists Day’ to Celebrate Tacoma’s Art and Community
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, WA 98402

Hilltop Artists is pleased to announce Hilltop Artists Day at Museum of Glass on Sunday, April 23 from 1-5 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of Dale and Leslie Chihuly, the event is free for all youth ages 18 and… Read More

HOME AGAIN. Starting pitcher Chase De Jong put in five innings of stellar work against Albuquerque on Monday, April 17. The 23-year old right hander scattered just five hits, gave up a single earned run and struck out five Isotope batters.

Rainiers Go Boom

By Josiah Rutledge Tacoma Weekly Correspondent

A trip home to Cheney Stadium proved to be just what the doctor ordered for the Tacoma Rainiers, as their opening road trip was marred by rain and early-season struggles as they fell three games to one to the Sacramento RiverCats in their opening series of the season. Though it wasn’t quite the fast start the defending Pacific Coast League Northern Division champs had hoped for, they were able… Read More



The Sounders U23 team will face the Olympic Soccer Academy (OSA) in the first round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on May 10 at Seattle Memorial Stadium. Kick off for the game will be 7:30 p.m. Winner of the first round… Read More

‘Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood’ by Trevor Noah

Hands down one of the best books by Trevor Noah, host of the “Daily Show.” “Born a Crime” tells the stories of his younger life growing up in South Africa born of a white father and black mother, which was a crime in those days. I have to admit I listened to the book on Audible and that is… Read More

Our view: Unheard voices can still bring thunder

It was a year ago that Northwest Innovation Works officially called off its plans to build what would have been the world’s largest natural gas to methanol plant in the world at Tacoma’s Tideflats during a time when any and all public meetings even remotely connected to the plant were flooded… Read More