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Candidates flood open city, port seats

Last Friday’s filing deadline for the primary campaign season brought a flurry of announcements that fired the starting pistol for races to fill seats on the City Council and Port of Tacoma Commission.
Term limits lead to three open seats on the Tacoma City Council, including that of mayor since current Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Councilmembers Marty Campbell, Joe Lonergan, who are not allowed under the city charter to run again. The trickledown effects of term limits caused former councilmember Victoria Woodards to resign last year to concentrate on a mayoral bid. Former councilwoman Lauren Walker Lee was appointed to Woodards’ seat with the pledge to not seek election, leaving… Read More

BLACK SHEEP. Dedication ceremony of the Gregory “Pappy” Boyington monument included a Marine honor guard.

Boyington finally honored

By Jackie Fender for the Tacoma Weekly

The sun shone bright Friday, May 19. Perfect weather for those who looked to the skies in admiration of the F4U Corsair fighter plane that flew overhead Lincoln High School in honor of the unveiling of the Pappy Boyington, Perpetual Garden Memorial monument. The festivities led by Master of Ceremonies, Charley Land of KLAY Radio boasted a hearty turnout. People of all ages filled the seats, sidewalks… Read More

Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement

As Washingtonians prepare for upcoming summer travel, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission emphasizes the simplest step in keeping families safe: buckle up. The national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign is taking place now through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day,… Read More


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The 46th annual Northwest Folklife Festival will take over Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., with festivities starting at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday. Find a full schedule at

Folklife showcases region’s diversity this weekend

By Ernest Jasmin

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, Tacomans are finalizing their plans for packing as much fun and sun into their three- and four-day weekends as possible. Some will load up the S.U.V. and make a beeline for the woods where they'll reset with a few relaxing days of hiking and camping. Others dropped 300 bucks for tickets to Sasquatch Festival which will bring the likes of The Shins, Chance the Rapper… Read More

VOYAGERS. Denise Levine’s “Taking on Water, Little Pond, Catskills,” 2017, is acrylic on canvas.
TCC displays annual student art exhibit

The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, a vault of visual delights, is hosting its annual, “Student Art Exhibition” a display of work by students that have passed through one or several of the school’s art courses. The show follows hot on the heels of the arts faculty show. TCC’s arts program offers courses in a variety of media including digital design, photography, printmaking, drawing,… Read More

TOP NOTCH. Tacoma shortstop Tyler Smith is congratulated by his Rainiers' teammates after smacking a solo blast over the left field wall.


By Josiah Rutledge Tacoma Weekly Correspondent

As if the Rainiers schedule wasn't crowded enough as they prepared to enter a stretch of 16 games in 15 days, it was further compressed when last Tuesday's showdown with the Omaha Storm Chasers was canceled due to rain and rescheduled for just two days later. With the rescheduling, the Rainiers would be forced to cram sixteen games into just two weeks, beginning with a four-game series against Omaha,… Read More



The Sounders U23 team played the Portland Timbers U23 team on Friday, May 19 at Bonney Lake high school. The Sounders U23 scored in stoppage time on a goal by Conner Antley to seal the win.
Antley scored the stoppage-time… Read More


It’s Just Business: Serial entrepreneur looks for new challenge

By William Manzanares

I write often about the dream of business ownership and the challenges of operating businesses. I have also written about mentorship and giving back to the community. So here is my newest challenge for readers to help me find a business that needs help to get off the ground. Do you or do you know someone who really has a good business idea but doesn’t have the right people to make the idea a reality?… 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: By all means available

Tacoma, and the greater Puget Sound region, is getting slammed with a dramatic rise in homelessness and its related ills that will likely only get worse as working-class wages remain largely stagnant while rents and housing costs continue to skyrocket with little hope that they will plateau anytime… Read More