The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, May 06, 2016 This Week's Paper
New report shows visitor spending, $630 million, supports over 6,300 jobs in the State

A new National Park Service report shows that 7,674,513 visitors to national parks in Washington spent $470 million in the state in 2015. That spending resulted in 6,364 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $631 million.

“The national parks of Washington attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Pacific West Regional Director Laura Joss. “Whether they are out for an afternoon, a school field trip, or a month-long family vacation, visitors come to have a great experience, and end up spending a little money along the way.  This… Read More

UBER, Traffic Safety Task Force Team Up to get Pierce County Home Safe

If you're headed out for a night on the town with friends this Saturday in Pierce County, consider swapping the car keys for a smartphone and getting a free ride home with Uber instead. The Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force is partnering with the popular ride-hailing app, Uber, to help fun seekers get to and from bars safely and reliably at the push of a button.

With Uber, people can request a ride wherever they are and be picked up within minutes. Beginning this Friday and through the end of 2016, Pierce County residents and visitors planning an evening out with alcohol… Read More

Northwest Innovation Works terminates lease with Port of Tacoma

After 24 months of studying the feasibility of developing a methanol plant on the former Kaiser smelter site, Northwest Innovation Works has exercised its option to terminate the lease, effective immediately.

The lease allowed NWIW to either terminate the lease during the remainder of the feasibility period, which runs through April 30, or enter the construction period of the lease. The lease’s construction period would have required the company to increase its lease payments.

The April 25 special Port of Tacoma Commission meeting to consider an extension to the lease’s feasibility… Read More

Bay watching group adds its name to methanol plant opposition

Citizens for a Healthy Bay has announced that the non-profit environmental watchdog group opposes Northwest Innovation Works’ (NWIW) request to extend the feasibility period of their lease with the Port of Tacoma for a methanol refinery.

"CHB holds as a central value making science-based decisions. We are committed to empowering members of the public to be effective advocates for a healthy Commencement Bay by sharing clear and scientifically accurate information, and to broker straightforward conversations with policymakers, industry representatives, government agencies, environmental… Read More

Gypsy moth spraying set for tomorrow

The weather continues to prompt adjustments in the state's gypsy moth treatment schedule.

On Tuesday, April 19, Washington State Department of Agriculture sprayers will conduct gypsy moth treatment in areas of Tacoma'd Browns Point and the northern tideflats beginning at 6 a.m.  

To date, WSDA has conducted gypsy moth treatments in areas from Vancouver to Nisqually, Gig Harbor and much of Tacoma and Fife.

All sites must be treated three times with Btk, a non-chemical bacterial insecticide approved for organic agriculture. It targets caterpillars and is not… Read More

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