The Daily Mash-Up

Sunday, July 24, 2016 This Week's Paper
Boca del Rio is Tacoma’s 14th Sister City

Boca del Rio, located in the center of State of Veracruz, Mexico has become Tacoma's 14th Sister City.

"A sister city in Mexico is long overdue for Tacoma and we are thrilled to welcome Boca del Rio to the family," said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “This relationship will help strengthen Tacoma’s position as a welcoming city with an international focus and a great place to visit, become educated, celebrate the arts and conduct business.”

“The Sister Cities Committee has created a work plan through 2018 to ensure that Boca del Rio’s relationship with Tacoma fulfills… Read More

Pierce County judge finds water initiatives unconstitutional

A Pierce County Superior Court judge on Friday threw out two initiatives that would require public votes for high-water volume projects.

Judge Jack Nevin agreed with the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the Port of Tacoma and the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County, saying that the initiatives can’t legally compel a vote on development projects, set conditions for the provision of water, interfere with existing city administrative management of water operations or conflict with local, state and federal laws.

“The initiatives, besides being unconstitutional, would… Read More

Man sentenced to 18 years for death of elderly man in his care

Superior Court Judge Michael Schwartz has sentenced Larry Lee, 51, to 220 months in prison for the death of Philip Carter, 59. The sentence is the high end of the standard range, as requested by deputy prosecutors Erika Nohavec and Bryce Nelson. Nohavec told the court that medical professionals called this “one of the worst cases of neglect they had seen.”

A jury found Lee guilty of second-degree murder on June 15, finding also that Carter was a particularly vulnerable victim.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist noted that successful prosecutions of caregivers for neglect is rare, but… Read More

Pierce Transit to offer free services July 4

Pierce Transit local buses and SHUTTLES will operate on a Sunday Schedule on July 4.  

Pierce Transit routes that do not have Sunday service, including Route 13, will not operate on July 4. Rides on all Pierce Transit vehicles will be free all day on July 4, thanks to a sponsorship from the Tacoma Events Commission. For specific route information,  visit

In addition to its regular service Pierce Transit is providing free express bus service on July 4 for people… Read More

Firefighters train for wildfire season with drills at Point Defiance

Tacoma Fire Deparment Firefighters and medics are gearing up for the summer fire season by practicing wildfire firefighting skills at Point Defiance Park this week. Crews are working on the specialized hose handling, suppression techniques, and mop up that are unique to large grass, brush and tree fires.

They are also familiarizing themselves with the department’s new “Brush Truck” specifically designed for wildfire incidents. The 4x4 apparatus is equipped with a 400-gallon water tank, 10-gallon Class A foam tank, wildland hose and an 85 gallon-per-minute pump. The size and versatility… Read More

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