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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 This Week's Paper
County’s Community Connections director leaving for Building Changes post

After nearly five years with Pierce County Community Connections, Helen Howell’s last day as director of that department will be Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Howell will be transitioning to her new role as Executive Director of Building Changes, an organization that transforms the way communities work to reduce homelessness and address the needs of those struggling to remain housed. Community Connections works closely with Building Changes so Howell will continue to be a partner with Pierce County.

“It’s been quite a journey. Throughout my tenure and in the midst of a lot of change,…

Crews clean up tainted soil as part of ongoing project

Crews are digging up contaminated soil at 90 yards in Pierce and King counties as part of the continuing Tacoma Smelter Plume cleanup.

Five different contractors are removing dirt from 75 yards in Tacoma and 15 yards on south Vashon-Maury Island, and expect to finish work by late December. The soil is taken to approved landfills for disposal.

The yards are contaminated with arsenic and lead spread by air emissions from the former Asarco smelter in north Tacoma. The Tacoma Smelter Plume encompasses a 1,000-square-mile area in Pierce, King and Thurston counties.

The levels…

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber endorses $12 for Tacoma

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber endorses the “$12 for Tacoma” campaign in support of Measure 1B, calling it the minimum wage increase that works for Tacoma’s workers and its economy.

Measure 1B, a compromise proposal put on the Nov. 3 ballot by the Tacoma City Council, will raise the minimum wage by 27 percent over two years from $9.47 to $12 per hour.

“The Chamber represents hundreds of small business owners who make up the foundation of Tacoma’s economy,” said Tom Pierson, President and CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. “As the Chamber’s board…

Tacoma’s Pacific Brewing buys American Brewing Co.

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co, LLC, of Tacoma, Washington has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with American Brewing Co., of Edmonds, Washington to acquire its brewery and related business operations.  The transaction is subject to typical and customary conditions to closing, including approval by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board of PB&M’s application to assume American’s brewery license.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue…

Year was record setting for forest fires, almost double previous record

The 2015 fire season was a record-setting one for Washington’s Fire Service Resource Mobilization Plan. The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office coordinated assistance to local fire jurisdictions in an unprecedented 30 fires this summer, beginning on June 13 with the Cold Springs Fire in Douglas County. The most recent Mobilization fire was the Horsethief Butte Fire in Klickitat County, which started on September 13.  The previous record was 17 fires in 2012, capped by a mid-September lightning storm that ignited multiple fires across Chelan and Douglas Counties.  In 2014, the…

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