The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 This Week's Paper
South Sound 911 merges law enforcement 911 and dispatch centers

As of 6 a.m. May 16, all of the local law enforcement communications services in the county are provided from a communications center in Tacoma -- now known as South Sound 911’s Law Enforcement Communications Center. The center now answers 911 calls countywide and provides dispatch service for all 19 local law enforcement agencies.

Until now, law enforcement communications were provided from two centers -- the Eastside Communications Center in Puyallup, and the South 35th Street Communications Center in Tacoma. Prior to South Sound 911’s consolidation efforts, there were four local… Read More

Shark bites maintenance diver at Point Defiance Zoo

At approximately 9:30 a.m. May 15 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, a zoo dive safety officer and a zoo trained volunteer diver were doing routine maintenance in the shark exhibit.
One of the zoo’s three sandbar sharks bit the volunteer diver’s finger.

Staff delivered first aid and called 911 based on zoo emergency procedures. The diver was alert and conscious. Paramedics arrived minutes later and transported the diver to Tacoma General Hospital.

According to the dive safety officer in the water, the four-foot long sandbar shark was behaving normally before… Read More

Metro Parks named finalist for National Gold Medal Award

Metro Parks Tacoma is a finalist for the prestigious National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

“This award is the top of our profession, and it is a great privilege to be a finalist with other outstanding park systems,” said Andrea Smith, president of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners. “We work hard to be the best of the best, and we owe so much of our success to supportive citizens and partners who enhance our efforts to serve the community.”

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that… Read More

Wapato Lake water treatment successful against algae

Metro Parks Tacoma crews have successfully treated Wapato Lake to reduce public exposure to toxic algae.

“We’re happy the treatment went well,” said Marina Becker, director of parks and natural resources for the district. “This should give visitors to the lake confidence that the water is safe for non-motorized boats and paddle boards, and for kids to dip their toes in.”

Metro Parks is working with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to restock the lake for youth fishing later in the year.

Blue-green algae blooms have been a problem in Wapato… Read More

Lopez Announces Tacoma Mayor Bid

Evelyn Lopez, whose prior work includes stints as Assistant Attorney General and Executive Director of the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, announced that she is running for Mayor of Tacoma.

“We need better management from our leaders and a commitment to doing the people’s work. I have managed teams of staff and worked for justice and open government. Tacoma is on the brink of enormous change," she announced. "We need smart growth in mixed-used areas like Stadium and around the Mall. We also need leaders with the backbone to say no to projects like the LNG plant.”

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