The Daily Mash-Up

Saturday, August 27, 2016 This Week's Paper
Avoid a DUI Cinco de Mayo:  Get a Free Ride To and From the Bar

As part of the Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force’s continuing push to zero out traffic fatalities by 2030 and reduce the number of drivers who leave a bar impaired, it’s furthering its partnership with Uber.

Uber, the rideshare company, will be offering new users who are either Pierce County residents or visitors two free rides up to $10 each to get to a bar and back home again. Bar hoppers anywhere in Pierce County who might otherwise opt to stay home because they don’t have a designated driver can download the Uber app and key in 253HOMESAFE in the promotions… Read More

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month

The City of Tacoma is teaming up with more than 750 organizations across the region to celebrate Puget Sound Starts Here month. During the month of May, a calendar of events offers activities to help residents experience the benefits of living near the Puget Sound and engaging in Sound-healthy behaviors.

Local events in Tacoma include:

  • Workshops on composting, green cleaning, rain barrels, native plants and more, weekends at the EnviroHouse (3510 S. Mullen St.). For more information and to pre-register, visit
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Unsheltered homelessness up 37 percent in Pierce County

Pierce County has seen a dramatic rise in homelessness over the last 12 months. Based on the 2016 Point in Time homelessness report, the number of people and families living outside, in cars or other places not meant for habitation has risen 37 percent since last year.

“This is clearly a sobering report,” said Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council Chair. “It is particularly upsetting to learn that so many of those who are homeless are without a home due to domestic violence. My colleagues on the Council and I intend to use the results from the gap analysis currently underway to… Read More

Terminal 5 draft environmental impact statement nears completion

The draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed improvements to the North Harbor’s Terminal 5 is expected to be published in mid-May. A 30-day public comment period will follow its release.

The proposed improvements would allow the terminal to handle the larger ships, and includes dock strengthening to support larger cargo cranes, electrical upgrades and possible changes to upland portions of the facility.

The DEIS will contain information on three possible alternatives to upgrading the terminal, as well as the possible environmental impacts of those alternatives… Read More

DEA to hold Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday

After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds—2,762 tons—of unused prescription drugs in the past 5 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications.  The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA’s tribal and local law enforcement partners this Saturday, April 30th, from 10 am-2 pm local time.  This service is free of charge, with no questions… Read More

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