The Daily Mash-Up

Monday, August 31, 2015 This Week's Paper

Tacoma City Council passed a plan last night to make the selling of fortified wines and high-alcohol malt liquors in the city’s North and West Ends in an effort to stem the rise of street drunkenness, petty crimes and littering of the tall cans and pocket-sized bottles the boozers leave behind.

The first step in the effort is to politely ask the 37 convenience stores and grocery outlets that sell the dozens of brands, commonly with the High Gravity, Steel, Ice names, to stop stocking them on their shelves. If the request doesn’t solve the issue, the effort steps up from there until the ban in made mandatory.

The council voted 8-1 on the plan with Council member Joe Lonergan in opposition because he said the idea would only push street drunks into his district in South Tacoma.

This AIA spans about a third of the city, from Cedar and Alder streets and Commencement Bay to The Narrows on the west; and from 19th and Center streets to Point Defiance. The city has two other AIAs that cover downtown and the Lincoln district, making cheap booze more difficult to find around the City of Destiny.

Combustible metal fire in a parts deburring machine

At 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 25, Tacoma firefighters from stations 1,2,4,8,11,12, and 17 responded to a commercial structure fire in a aerospace part manufacturing facility at 2024 Puyallup Ave.

The first arriving engine company found smoke showing from the eves of the 52,000 square foot machine shop building. Upon further investigation, crews found a fire had started in a large "parts" deburring machine.

With the combustible metal titanium intensely burning around the machine and in its associated collection hoppers, crews initially managed interior exposures while devising an operationally strategy to attack the blaze.

Since titanium is a water reactive material, so putting water on the fire would have made it worse, crews had to carefully work their way around the machine and fight the fire by using numerous dry chemical and CO2 extinguishers.

Once out, crews turned their attention to ventilating the heavy layer of smoke that had built up inside the structure during the extended extinguishment of the fire.

All of the facilities employees were able to escape without harm, with one person being evaluated by paramedics and released at the scene.

The cause of the fire was the ignition of titanium metal shavings, resulting in an estimated $55,000 damage to the building and machinery.

Fife Police Department exceeded two goals when it came to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge 2013. The first was team size and the second was funds raised.

Ten team members jumped into the chilly waters at Owens Beach on Saturday, Feb. 23 and exceeded their fundraising goal of $1,000 by $500. All of those who participated would like to thank you for supporting Special Olympics Washington.

Contribution help provide year-round sports training and competition for 10,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The 2013 Pierce County Biggest Winner Couples weight-loss competition has been canceled because of low registration, although the deadline was set to be March 5.

Pierce County Biggest Winner is an annual, 12-week competition to promote weight loss and healthy living, that is sponsored by the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living in partnership with the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, along with Healthy Communities of Pierce County.

Three Link routes rank high so far

The selection of a “preferred option” and an alternative route for the expanded Link light rail line in Tacoma has gotten bit easier with the roster of six all but being officially cut down to three routes set for a vote this spring.

Tacoma City Council was briefed on the options at a study session this afternoon.

A top choice and a fallback route are expected to face a Sound Transit Commission vote this spring after transit officials do further research of each of the six routes under initial consideration.

The options have been studied for the last two years and once included 24 routes or variations. The routes on the short list are:
* B1 that is a route along Stadium Way and Division Street to 6th Avenue and ending at Union Avenue. The 2.9-mile route along 6th Avenue is projected to cost $163 million.
* Another option would be C1 that would expand the current line from the Dome District to 48th and Portland Avenue at a cost of $119 million to run 2.3 miles.
* The last “top option” so far is E1 and runs along Stadium and Division before running to 19th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way at a cost of $133 million to go 2.3 miles.

Routes to Fife, the Tacoma Mall and a downtown loops are still under review, but the top options are ranking highest in the research so far in terms of economic development potential, ridership, grant funding options and impacts to disadvantaged communities.

Once a top choice is selected in April, the funding dance begins. Sound Transit has projected about $150 million in funding for the route expansion, with about $50 million coming from the regional transportation agency, $50 million through federal grants and the remainder coming from partnerships and other sources, including options for a Local Improvement District and private investments that could include talks with the Puyallup Tribe to contribute to the route heading into Fife if that route makes the cut this spring.

The current 1.6-mile light rail line serves six stations from the Theater District to the Tacoma Dome Station, with trains running every 12 minutes during the day. The 10-year-old service cost $77 million to construct. It served a million riders last year and marks its 10th anniversary this summer. Voters in 2008 approved an expansion of Tacoma Link as part of the Sound Transit 2 ballot measure. Routes have been talked about ever since, with formal study starting in 2010.

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