The Daily Mash-Up

Monday, April 24, 2017 This Week's Paper
Computer-aided dispatch system now unites local public safety agencies

South Sound 911 and the Tacoma Fire Department have successfully launched a new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, officially uniting public safety agencies countywide. When the two agencies implemented the new Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure CAD system for Tacoma Fire Communications, all local police and fire agencies were united on a single platform.

“This is an important accomplishment, and a first of its kind in Pierce County,” South Sound 911 Executive Director Andrew Neiditz said.

The countywide CAD project was a six year undertaking requiring a steadfast… Read More

Murder suspect returned to face trial

A fugitive has returned to the United States after six years on the run. Agents from the FBI’s Seattle Field Office escorted Juan Ortiz, 24, formerly of Tacoma, back from Mexico. Ortiz will face state charges of Murder in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, filed by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Superior Court of Washington for Pierce County issued a warrant for Ortiz’s arrest after the May 11, 2010, murder of Juan Zuniga and shooting of another victim in Tacoma, Washington.
Ortiz was taken into… Read More

Thousands anticipated for Parks Appreciation Day

Andrea Smith, now president of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners, remembered pulling ivy off trees during the first Parks Appreciation Day 16 years ago when she was a parks foundation supporter.

“That was my assignment that first year – in the rain,” Smith said, laughing. “It’s amazing how big it has grown, and it’s wonderful how much people have embraced it. It’s better every year.”

People across Pierce County can do something good for the earth from 9 am to noon on April 22 – which happens to be Earth Day – at Parks Appreciation Day.

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Nominations for Historic Preservation Awards Due April 24

The Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2017 Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations are being accepted now through the Historic Preservation Award Nominations form until Monday, April 24.

The categories include Residential Renovation, Commercial Renovation, Preservation Planning, Policy or Initiative, Landmark Nomination to be Recognized, Urban Revitalization, Leadership in Preservation, Organization in Preservation,… Read More

Metro Parks Tacoma enlists volunteers in hacker outreach

Metro Parks Tacoma is opening up a new realm of volunteerism using digital technology to get more people involved in parks and recreation activities.

The platform is a hackathon, a two-day event geared to professional and amateur techies who are invited to strategically dig into all sorts of data and create digital tools that will increase public access and engagement.

"Hackathon – Parks and People United Through Technology" takes place Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, at STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma.

It’s an opportunity for… Read More

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