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Thursday, August 27, 2015 This Week's Paper
Fire damages vacant house

The first arriving company reported significant fire showing from both the front and back of a vacant house at the corner of 48th and J streets. Operationally, crews mounted an aggressive interior attack on the well entrenched fire, protected nearby exposures from fire damage, searched the home, and ventilated the structure.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and there were no injuries to report.

Are you a poet and know it?

The press release as told in a haiku:

T-town seeks poet;
Apply online if you dare;
Get chills from the fame.

And now for real-real, not for play-play.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting applications for the fifth annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program until March 8.

The individual selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for two years – from May 2013 to April 2015 – and receive a $2,000 stipend for advancing and actively contributing to Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications and/or special projects.

This individual will also participate in Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month each November and help produce the 2015 Tacoma Poet Laureate ceremony announcing the next Tacoma Poet Laureate.

“The Tacoma Poet Laureate program was founded in 2008 by Urban Grace Church and it transitioned over to the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program in 2011,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “It’s a fantastic program and a great way of infusing the literary world into the civic realm.”

Eligibility extends to literary artists who live or work in Tacoma and are active participants in Tacoma’s poetry community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be practicing artists, dedicated to producing poetry in any form, genre or style on a regular basis. Other eligibility requirements apply. Detailed information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program and the application are available at

RR Anderson has a new venture. His Tikertopia is seeking to partner with the community by salvaging any safe “throw-aways” they may have that can be used in art works. Donations from businesses will be honored Friends of the Creative Reuse Strategic Treasure-Saving Alliance.

Founded by two Tacoma artists (one a preschool art teacher, the other the political cartoonist), Tinkertopia promotes a definitive sense of planetary resource conservation working with local industries to divert safe+clean remnants, seconds, scraps, off-cuts, discards, misprints and overstock from the waste stream, then redistributing these goods as low-cost arts and crafts supplies under the idea that one person’s junk is another person’s bonanza of materials for early education art classes, learning games, science experiments, crafts, costuming, and other expressions of creativity.

Tinkertopia has been awarded special Creative Endeavor status under Spaceworks Tacoma, a joint non-profit of the City of Tacoma Arts Commission and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Spaceworks is working to activate Tacoma with destination-quality artwork, art projects, and arts-based business.

To schedule a pickup with the Tinkermobile, call (253) 778-6539; or email and the effort will swing by to haul away the donation.

Jobs float in, SR 520 pontoons float out: Tacoma pontoon construction boosts local economy

Six more pontoons are complete for the new State Route 520 floating bridge. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor joined state and local leaders in Tacoma today, as Washington State Department of Transportation crews began float-out of the second cycle of supplemental pontoons.

This float-out follows six months of construction at the Concrete Tech Corporation site, wrapping up the second of six pontoon construction cycles in Tacoma. Crews completed 12 of 44 pontoons to be built in Tacoma and towed from Commencement Bay to Lake Washington.

“Growing our economy requires making smart investments in our infrastructure,” Kilmer said. “Projects like the SR 520 pontoon construction help our communities by investing in the foundation of a strong economy for decades to come and creating jobs not just in King County, but in communities like Tacoma and Aberdeen, as well.”

At last count, Tacoma pontoon construction generated more than 170 family-wage jobs – the majority in skilled trades, such as carpentry, concrete and iron work.

“We talk often about the importance of the transportation system to the state’s economy and how it benefits everyone regardless of where the infrastructure is built,” said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. “The Tacoma construction site is a terrific example of immediate, family-wage jobs that the SR 520 program has generated in Pierce County. We are grateful for our regional partnerships as we construct a bridge that will last for 75 years or more.”

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy emphasized the importance of the SR 520 bridge replacement to both the Puget Sound region economy and its quality of life.

“Our region’s economy depends on a thriving two-way trade – and that trade can only happen on a strong, effective transportation system across the state,” said McCarthy, who also serves as vice president of the Puget Sound Regional Council executive board. “Transportation projects like the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program are never just about one county or city – they support us all. That’s why we must continue to invest in a system that moves people and goods across our state.”

Port of Tacoma Commissioner Connie Bacon said, “It has been gratifying to see pieces of this key regional transportation project take shape here in the port industrial area. We applaud transportation investments that keep people and goods moving and contribute jobs to our trade-rich state.”

The pontoons built in Tacoma, known as supplemental pontoons, will provide stability and flotation when attached to longer longitudinal pontoons built in Aberdeen. The supplemental pontoons each weigh 2,500 to 2,820 tons and measure 100 feet long, 50 to 60 feet wide and about 28 feet tall.

Two of the pontoons from the latest cycle will be towed to Lake Washington this week and four will remain in Tacoma until additional longitudinal pontoons arrive on the lake. During the course of bridge construction, 44 Tacoma pontoons will be joined with 33 pontoons built in Aberdeen for a total of 77 pontoons needed to construct the world’s longest floating bridge.

“Tacoma is proud of the industry that has kept our economic engine humming through difficult times,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “Tacomans love bridges, and we’ve helped build the second Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the Hood Canal Bridge and now SR 520. We’re proud to be part of the team that is building a floating bridge that will serve the Puget Sound region for generations to come and is the longest in the world, to boot!”

The SR 520 Floating Bridge and Landings Project replaces the vulnerable floating bridge and approaches. Contractor Kiewit/General/Manson, A Joint Venture, has a $586.6 million contract to build the floating bridge, anchors and 44 supplemental pontoons. Construction is under way on Lake Washington. The floating bridge contract requires the new, six-lane SR 520 floating bridge to open to traffic by July 2015, but includes incentives for an earlier opening in December 2014.

Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell and Council Member David Boe have recently been appointed to serve as chairman and vice-chairman of the city’s Economic Development Committee, respectively. Combined, they have 40 years of experience as business owners.

"As members of this committee, Council Members Campbell and Boe have been working with City staff and other stakeholders to develop an economic development framework for Tacoma. With a continued emphasis on entrepreneurship, neighborhood business districts and land use, we can be strategic and focus on leveraging our assets," said Mayor Marilyn Strickland.

The Economic Development Committee reviews, evaluates and proposes economic development concepts, initiatives and policies that affect Tacoma’s business climate, neighborhood business districts, downtown and the waterfront, regional issues and opportunities, tourism, historic preservation, capital projects planning, development, and other related topics.

“I’m looking forward to many robust discussions about economic development in Tacoma," said Campbell, who was elected to the City Council in 2009. "We have a strong committee that brings experience and ideas from many different perspectives. The last few years have been difficult, and we need to make sure Tacoma is well positioned as we come out of the recession."

Campbell has been a retail business owner and advocate by leading organizations such as the Downtown Merchant’s Group and the Cross District Business Association, and by helping launch Go Local Tacoma. Boe owns and operates BOE architects, PLLC, located in downtown Tacoma. Before being elected to the City Council in 2011, he served on the Planning Commission and the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Economic Development Committee members include Council Members Lauren Walker and Ryan Mello.

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