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South Sound 911 moves forward

POSSIBILITIES. The former Puget Sound Hospital could see redevelopment if plans move forward for the construction of a South Sound 911 call center and administrative building.

The five-year-old agency tasked with overseeing first responder communications and emergency calls is conducting a review of a plan that would construct a home for the agency on the site of the former Puget Sound Hospital in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood.
South Sound 911 had been working on a plan to buy another county-owned site that is now home for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Pierce County would have then used the money from the transaction to buy and renovate a facility across the street. Those plans eventually proved unworkable.
South Sound 911 formed after Pierce County voters approved a 0.1 sales tax increase in 2011 to consolidate a handful of separate… Read More

LEGACY OF LOVE. The Drive-A- Thon at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton was created in honor of Kathryn “Panda” Bradley (in front), who died from a brain tumor in 2012.

Surviving in the Fast Lane

By Carolin Jones Special to Tacoma Weekly

Once a disease like cancer hits, the patient and the rest of the family are challenged to turn their lives upside down immediately. Especially for kids, cancer can quickly bring childhood to an end and turn life into an ongoing marathon of doctor’s visits, chemotherapy and physical challenges that make it hard to enjoy the simple things.
The Goodtimes Project, formerly known as Camp Goodtimes,… Read More

Our children are the future – no, really

I have often heard the saying “Our children are the future,” and for the longest time I thought to myself, how cliché. That was until I realized that my child’s opportunity for a better education was in jeopardy. That is when the phrase hit home.
Her first year in school, my daughter… Read More


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By Ernest Jasmin

Once upon a time, during an era many refer to as “last month,” locals would flock to Point Defiance Park to ride bikes, toss footballs and enjoy picnics on scenic Owen Beach. But increasingly, the park has being invaded by another type of visitor: Pokémon hunters.
Pokémon Go has enveloped the planet like a zombie plague since developer Niantic launched the mobile game on July 6, for… Read More

Temple of the Dog reunites for mini tour

Sing along everybody: This fall we're gonna party like it's ninety ninety one. That's because iconic grunge super-group Temple of the Dog has announced a five-stop mini tour that includes a Nov. 20 stop at Seattle's Paramount Theatre. 

The group formed in 1990 from the ashes of Mother Love Bone, following the death of front man Andrew Wood and months before grunge mania spread… Read More

CROWNED. Seattle Mariner ace Felix Hernandez made the most of his final rehabilitation start with the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium on Friday, July 15.

Return of the King

By Justin Gimse

Occasionally, the City of Destiny will play host to dignitaries from other countries. In the last year or so, Tacoma has welcomed King Harald V of Norway, as well as Xi Jinping, the President of China. The Puget Sound traffic fiasco that coincided with President Jinping’s visit last September was so awful that sometimes it seems as though it has never recovered. Of course, whenever our own President… Read More



CBS Seattle and Fam First Family Foundation welcome the third annual Subway Beast Mode Challenge, a family festival to celebrate Marshawn Lynch and his foundation on Saturday, July 20 at Swan Creek Park in Tacoma. The… Read More

FAMILY MATTERS. Kodiak Electric founder and owner Dan Peterson (right) and son Geoff work together to give customers top-notch service even after the work is done.

It’s just business: Entrepreneur turns crisis into opportunity

By William Manzanares

When the U.S. economy began taking a serious nosedive in 2007, the repercussions on businesses were felt coast to coast – not the ideal time to launch a new company. However, the most successful entrepreneurs know that the time is right to start a business when the necessity is there, not always when the time is right. You just have to get up and do it and that’s just what Dan Peterson did when… Read More


Email etiquette. Nowadays, a vast amount of our business communication happens in the realm of electronic mail. And often, we never even get a chance to meet face to face with the people we email. That's why it's so important that we realize it's not only the words we write in emails that matter,… Read More

Letter to the Editor: Steve Case

Dear Editor,
I enjoyed this week’s (July 15) Our View titled “Hey, Tacoma, You Are Beautiful.” It’s especially timely for me, because as I pondered becoming GeekWire’s next “Geek of the Week” I was tempted to list my hometown as “Greater Seattle area” (like… Read More