The Daily Mash-Up

Thursday, January 19, 2017 This Week's Paper
Are you a poet and want others to know it? Become the city’s Poet Laureate

The Tacoma Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the seventh annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program. The application deadline is on Monday, Feb. 27.

The individual selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for two years – from May 2017 to April 2019 – and receive a $4,000 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 Tacoma Arts Month each October and help produce the 2019… Read More

Planning Commission chair announces bid for Tacoma City Council

City of Tacoma Planning Commission Chair Chris Beale has announced that he is running for Tacoma City Council Position 5; the seat is currently held by Councilmember Joe Lonergan, who is barred by the city charter from running for another term and has been in the position since 2009. Beale says that his experience volunteering in various community-based organizations and boards led him to the decision to run.

“I am running for City Council because I care deeply about South Tacoma – As a first generation college graduate, I have dedicated… Read More

Inmate charged with possession of methamphetamine soaked letters

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Rickey Claude Yandell, 49, with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Letters sent to him in the mail had been soaked in methamphetamine.

“This is a new take on an old problem - smuggling drugs into jail,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

On Jan. 4, a Pierce County Corrections officer along with her K9 partner, Rocket, were asked to investigate a letter that had been sent to Yandell while he was in custody at the Pierce County Jail. The letter was addressed to Yandell and was suspicious because of its odd… Read More

Northwest Seaport Alliance handles single-largest auto discharge in Port of Tacoma history

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the umbrella organization that operates terminal traffic on the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, is expected to unload more than 4,800 vehicles off the Glovis Composer auto ship on Jan. 9. The roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ship from Korea will berth at Terminal 7 in Tacoma.

At 656 feet long (200 meters) and 106 feet wide (32 meters), the ship has a total capacity to transport 6,400 vehicles. During this call, the South Harbor will receive 4,818 vehicles in addition to six high and heavy cargoes, making this the single-largest auto discharge off a vessel in the Port… Read More

Columbia Bank raises $200,000 for homeless programs

Columbia Bank announced today that $209,335.96 and 8,140 items were raised for 54 local homeless shelters across the Northwest during the second annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive. Through generous donations from customers, employees and the community, Columbia Bank surpassed its 2016 fundraising goal of $160,000 for Warm Hearts by 30.8 percent, and exceeded the funds raised in 2015 by 32.8 percent.

“We are so proud of our employees, customers and community, who rallied together again this year to raise awareness of this growing issue, and make a real difference,” said Melanie… Read More

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