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Mayor announces call for business, educator summit on job creation

OUTLOOK. Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland gave her final State of the City address with a call for workplace training initiative.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland gave her final State of the City address to a capacity crowd of about 250 people at the Hotel Murano last week with a message of improvements in the city since she became mayor in 2010 and a forecast of things to come this year under the theme of “Educate. Connect. Prosper.”
The mayor is leaving office at the end of the year with a city much different than the one she started with two terms ago. The unemployment rate was 12 percent, the high school graduation rate was 55 percent and the city's financial picture was described by bond-raters as "stable,” Strickland said of Tacoma when she took office in 2010. In contrast to now, the jobless rate… Read More


The People’s Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness

By Zach Powers PLU Marketing & Communications

Genesis Housing and Community Development Coalition will host a professional development conference called The People’s Gathering on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University on Friday, February 24. The full-day conference will focus on skills and strategies to facilitate difficult conversations around race in workplace and educational settings.
Headlined by four nationally-known speakers… Read More

Investigation of gull deaths on tideflats continues

Early laboratory results suggest that whatever killed sea gulls along the Tacoma waterfront last month likely isn’t harmful to people, but more tests are underway to determine the source of the die-off of upward of 80 seagulls.
“Based on what we know so far, water pollution or contamination… Read More


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PRODIGY. Rising violin star Kristin Lee will make her debut with Symphony Tacoma during performances of “Classics III: Mozart & Tchaikovksy” next week. Sarah Ioannides will conduct.

Symphony Tacoma to feature violin soloist Kristin Lee

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Award-winning violinist Kristin Lee - a rising star in the world of classical music - will make her debut with Symphony Tacoma next week. Lee will be a featured soloist during “Classics III: Mozart & Tchaikovsky,” a program that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, at Gig Harbor’s Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, at Broadway Center’s Rialto Theater. 
The… Read More

Rhein Haus has two entrances, adjacent to nearby Wright Park.
First peek inside Stadium’s new Rhein Haus (photos)

Stadium District's long-awaited Rhein Haus will open its doors to the general public on Saturday with a grand opening party that will include music from the Bavarian Village Band. Last night, though, we got a sneak peak inside the spacious, German-themed beer hall and restaurant, along with… Read More

LOGGING WINS. With the game well out of reach, Puget Sound freshman Kristen Ahn works the ball up the court with Pacific Lutheran sophomore Lauren Furu keeping her in check.


By Justin Gimse

Television and radio announcers often say that you can throw out the records when it comes to a rivalry game. When dealing with any sort of crosstown or league rivalry, it’s usually a safe bet that the action is going to be tight, and outcome never certain for the favorites. When the University of Puget Sound Loggers paid a visit to Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium on Tuesday,… Read More

Playoff fever hits Tacoma’s hoopsters

The district basketball crunch is nearing its end, and a host of Tacoma schools are still in the postseason mix for a ticket to regionals, while some have already secured a spot to the big dance. If the Tacoma-area schools can continue notching wins, this year may very well go down as one of the largest… Read More


It’s Just Business: UWT business plan competition reaches out to veterans

By William Manzanares

The Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) at University of Washington-Tacoma has launched its first ever business plan competition. With the goal to create future business leaders in Pierce County, and Tacoma in particular, the competition is open to all colleges and universities in the South Sound and members of the broader community as well.  The winning team will receive… 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: Mystery over bird deaths shows fragility of ecosystem

Something killed up to 80 seagulls around the Tacoma Tideflats last month and state biologist still don’t know what caused it. While initial results suggest whatever poisoned the seagulls doesn’t likely pose any risk to human health, nothing is for certain other than that something happened… Read More