The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, May 26, 2017 This Week's Paper
Possible changes to sick leave rules coming

In November 2016, voters approved Washington State Initiative 1433, changing statewide employment standards by increasing state minimum wage and adding paid sick leave. Tacoma’s minimum wage will not be impacted until at least 2019; however, amendments to Tacoma Municipal Code (TMC) Chapter 18.10 “Paid Leave” will be considered this year to align city code with the state’s paid sick leave law. 

On May 31, city staff will be providing information to the City Council Government Performance and Finance Committee on proposed amendments. The meeting agenda and associated materials… Read More

Tacoma Water designated ‘Landowner of the Year’

Protecting the Green River Watershed to provide customers with safe, reliable water serves as a key responsibility for Tacoma Water. The role includes everything from protecting lands by controlling and securing access to creating habitat for fish and wildlife to protecting nest sites for sensitive species to jointly managing approved and permitted hunts.

Those actions, along with many other habitat and species protection activities, earned the utility the Citizen Award - Landowner of the Year from the Washington State Department of Wildlife (WDFW).

The state agency recognized… Read More

Citizens for a Healthy Bay needs your help

Place of Circling Waters is a critical restoration site at the mouth of the Hylebos Creek. Its 30 acres of wetland and forest are home to an incredible variety of birds, coyote, river otter and of course our native salmon. Help make a difference for this crucial wildlife habitat by helping CHB remove invasive species and trash.

CHB will provide gloves, supplies and refreshments. You just need long sleeves and waterproof / sturdy footwear. This event is a great way to get involved and make a difference, even if you’ve never done this kind of work before.

What:… Read More

Stadium grad to to lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

By Kayla Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach

As the nation pauses to remember those who have died in service to America, a Stadium High School graduate and Tacoma native has special responsibilities on Memorial Day, serving with the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard in Washington D.C.

Seaman Kody Smith, a fire controlman, is participating in the Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He is the lead for the Ceremonial Guard firing party for funerals and presidential and joint service ceremonies.

“Having the distinct honor of laying… Read More

Kids can become Junior Rangers at Point Defiance Park

Now there’s new way for children to become familiar with the 760-acre treasure that is Point Defiance Park.

Park Ranger Mary Krauszer, with the help of Visitors Center ambassadors, plans to enlist them as Junior Rangers.

“There’s no age limit,” Krauszer said. “I’ve tried to make it so kids as young as 5, or perhaps younger with adult help, can do it.”
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The centerpiece of the program is a colorful handbook, with a map, that is chock full of activities and information about the park’s unique attractions, animals, plus do’s and don’ts.… Read More

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