The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, June 23, 2017 This Week's Paper
Be prepared for extreme heat this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be well above normal this weekend, reaching the upper 80s and low 90s. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. Normal activities like exercise, hiking, biking, sports, and working in the yard could become dangerous if people do not stay hydrated and dress appropriately. If you are planning to attend events, such as the Taste of Tacoma at Point Defiance Park, you are encouraged to plan ahead by bringing extra water and sunscreen.

Pierce County’s Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay… Read More

Film, discussion to explore impact of Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter and Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will be hosting a free showing of the film, “Iris”, on Wednesday, June 28, at the Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. The showing is free of charge, however reservations are required by calling (253) 798-8787. 

Few films capture the reality of Alzheimer’s like “Iris,” starring Judi Dench, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.  The love story traces the relationship of Irish Murdoch and John Bayley from their college student days, through a loving marriage, to the… Read More

NWSA handles record May international container volume

It was the strongest May on record for total international container volume, including empties, at 255,817 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). As new ocean carrier alliance services entered the gateway, volumes increased by 18 percent compared to last year, according to a report by the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the umbrella agency that manages commercial traffic in Tacoma and Seattle port operations.

Full imports grew 10 percent to 115,960 TEUs compared to last year as retailers continue to rebuild inventory levels and a favorable market outlook fuels import demand. Despite the strong… Read More

Gang member charged in 2016 gang-related homicide

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Juan Jose Gaitan Vasquez, 26, with murder in the first degree for the gang initiation killing of Samuel Cruces Vasquez, 26, in April of last year.

“Violent gangs have violent rituals,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Gang violence in Pierce County is dramatically down, and there is still work to do.”

On April 28, 2016, Tacoma Police patrol officers were dispatched to 7850 S. Trafton St. Upon arrival, patrol officers located Cruces Vasquez lying in the road. His vehicle was located just to the east. There was… Read More

County Exec thanks council for unanimous vote on budget

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier released a statement following the Pierce County Council's unanimous approval of the 2017 supplemental budget on June 20.

"We are eager to begin implementing programs to strengthen and support the behavioral health of our community," he wrote in the statement. "Those programs include an increase in mobile resources to respond to people in crisis, and financial support for the Alliance for South Sound Health hospital currently under construction."

The supplemental budget includes money for the development of a… Read More

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