The Daily Mash-Up

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 This Week's Paper

Port of Tacoma international container volumes improved 20 percent year to date in October, even as peak shipping season began to wind down.

Total container volumes improved 34 percent over the same month last year, with 165,173 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) crossing Tacoma's terminals.

Full import containers improved 26 percent year to date to 490,760 TEUs, while full exports grew nearly 17 percent in the same time period to 360,080 TEUs. For the year, container volumes increased nearly 14 percent to 1,387,761 TEUs.

Container volumes continue to reflect the addition of the Grand Alliance and its associated carriers this summer, as well strong volumes from our established customers.

Meanwhile, intermodal lifts and breakbulk cargo volumes showed continued improvement last month. Intermodal lifts grew 30 percent year to date, reflecting the Port's growing container volumes, and high demand for machinery and construction equipment overseas drove breakbulk volumes up 91 percent on the year.

Tacoma Fire offers flooding tips

Flooding is the most common and widespread of all natural disasters and with the moderate to heavy rain expected across the region the next few days, now is the time to prepare for water related hazards.

What to do before a flood
-- Know your flood risk and know your evacuations routes
-- Clean out leaves around your gutters and storm drains
Assemble a disaster supply kit

What to do during a flood
-- Do not try to walk or drive through flooded areas. Water can be deeper than it appears and fast moving water just six inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Cars can be swept away in just two feet of water
-- Report downed power lines to Tacoma Public Utilities @ 253-502-8602 (call 911 if it is a life threatening situation) and do not try to move them.
-- Stay informed - visit the National Weather Service to monitor weather conditions, Ready.gov for disaster preparedness information and check out the Regional Public Information Network to subscribe to news alerts from more than 75 government, transportation, utility, health and emergency response agencies that serve the area.

News Haiku: rain and more rain

To give a continuous shout out to the Art at Work effort going on all through the month of November, here is a recap of the news as presented in a haiku.

Water cascades down;
Rescue Mission still needs birds;
Streets are cold rivers.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 “on” (also known as morae), in three phrases of five, seven and five on respectively. Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables, this isn’t quite right since syllables and “on” are not the same, but this is Tacoma so we make our own rules. Now, you try it.

Use of three lines of up to 17 syllables, with the five, seven, five pattern.
Use of a "season" word;
Use of a "cut" or "kire" (sometimes indicated by a punctuation mark) to compare two unrelated images.

The bands for next year's Sasquatch Music festival won't be known for months. But today promoters announced that the first tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.

The annual Memorial Day weekend kickoff show for Grant County’s Gorge Amphitheatre will take place from May 24 to 27 in 2013, and discounted, four-day passes will be available at www.sasquatchfestival.com through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31. Prices are not yet known.

The full lineup will be released in February. Main stage performers at this year's festival included Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, the Shins, Santigold and St. Vincent.

News Haiku: turkey time

To give a continuous shout out to the Art at Work effort going on all through the month of November, here is a recap of the news as presented in a haiku.

Hard rain continues;
Rescue Mission needs birds now;
Donate to needy.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 “on” (also known as morae), in three phrases of five, seven and five on respectively. Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables, this isn’t quite right since syllables and “on” are not the same, but this is Tacoma so we make our own rules. Now, you try it.

Use of three lines of up to 17 syllables, with the five, seven, five pattern.
Use of a "season" word;
Use of a "cut" or "kire" (sometimes indicated by a punctuation mark) to compare two unrelated images.

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