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Tacoma’s 4th of July celebration returns to thrill the masses
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Tacoma’s 4th of July extravaganza will be back to thrill the masses again this year. The volunteers who are part of the non-profit organization that presents the annual Freedom Fair, its air show and fireworks over Commencement Bay, will not be stopped. They are not letting slow-to-materialize sponsorships and donations prevent the aircraft and fireworks from flying high into the sky. 
“It is a decades-old tradition for thousands of people to stroll along the Ruston Way Waterfront among 200… Read More

TOUR. Pierce County Civil Engineer Amanda Summers gave a tour of the newly renovated Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant last week, following four years of design and renovation work.

Wastewater treatment plant renovations added capacity

By Steve Dunkelberger

Renovations of Pierce County’s Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant have increased sewer capacity that should keep up with the county’s population growth until 2040. The project was the largest capital improvement project in Pierce County history.
The $342 million project lasted four years and increased the plant’s capacity by 15 million gallons a day, to 44 million gallons… Read More

All hail Festival of Sail

Thea Foss Waterway was buzzing with activity all weekend, as people from far and near came to see the world’s largest rubber ducky and all the tall ships that floated majestically on the water. With the festival centered on the waterways of Tacoma, those opposed to the liquefied natural gas (LNG)… Read More


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SAX APPEAL. Rob Lind will perform with influential Tacoma garage-rock band, the Sonics, on July 1 at Seattle Center.

Sonics Guy: Rob Lind an iconic band’s comeback, future

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Tacoma's most emulated garage-rock band, The Sonics, will return to Seattle for the first time since the outfit celebrated the release of its critically acclaimed “This is the Sonics” album at the Moore Theater and Easy Street Records in 2015.
The band – featuring sax player Rob Lind from the classic 1960s lineup - will perform “The Witch,” “Psycho” and other high-octane classics… Read More

VISUAL MUSIC. Tweed Meyer’s pastel painting of the band Loose Gravel and the Quarry was made live during a performance at the Swiss.
A tangible piece of the moment

When I look at a painting by local artist Tweed Meyer, I always see more than a little kinship with the great post-impressionist/proto-expressionist Vincent Van Gogh. The kinship goes deeper than just a stylistic affinity. I get the strong sense that, like Van Gogh, Meyer gets an emotional charge from places and people. Her gift is that she is effective in her ability to channel this emotional perception… Read More

TYLER STREET BOYS. After a four-game swing south to visit the first-place Reno Aces, the Tacoma Rainier's will return home for an eight-game home stand. The Rainier's will begin a four-game set against the Las Vegas 51s on Monday, June 26,

Tacoma Rainiers set for an upswing

By Justin Gimse

It’s been a wild season so far for the Tacoma Rainiers and their faithful baseball fans. After two straight seasons of surprisingly solid weather early in the season, the Rainiers have stepped out onto the field for some chilly and wet contests at Cheney Stadium. Of course, if it was just the weather offering up a difficult road for the Rainiers, that wouldn’t be all too bad.

The real… Read More



The Sounders Women traveled to Oregon for a two-game road trip over June 10 and June 11 playing FCM Portland on Saturday night, then turning around and playing Westside Metros on Sunday. Both games ended in victories for… Read More


It’s Just Business: Can You Read This Article?

By William Manzanares IV

Fourteen percent of the population can’t read this article. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. Do you know someone who struggles with reading? I’ve written this article to help shed some light on the matter and come up with solutions to solve it. I would like to use my entrepreneurial… 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: End of school brings summer stresses for many families

The bell rang for the final time of the school year this week marking the beginning of summer breaks for thousands of youth and their families.While for some that means family trips, carefree days at splash parks and afternoons flying kites at neighborhood parks, the end of school brings stress… Read More