The Daily Mash-Up

Thursday, April 27, 2017 This Week's Paper
Pierce unmoved in overall health rankings

Still at 24 out of 39, Pierce County saw no overall movement in the 2017 County Health Rankings. Slightly lower rates of adult smoking and drinking, improvements in rates of physical activity and a decreasing level of teen births, uninsured and unemployed residents, however is good news.

The County Health Rankings explore how long people live and how healthy people feel while alive. While Pierce County hasn’t seen any dramatic improvement in overall health rankings from this or other similar reports, the community has enhanced its focus on collaborative efforts to tackle long-standing… Read More

City’s technology survey shows residents use smartphones more than computers

To better understand how Tacoma residents use technology – as well as any related areas of need that may exist – the City of Tacoma surveyed 1,270 randomly selected households representing a diverse cross-section of the community in English, Korean, Khmer, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. The survey yielded a 41 percent response rate as well as detailed data that supported preliminary findings.  

Nearly all respondents indicated that they had a computing or internet-enabled device in the household, with smartphones slightly edging out computers in usage. Most survey respondents… Read More

Citizens for a Health Bay seeks volunteers for nature projects

Citizens for a Healthy Bay has some fantastic volunteer opportunities coming up.

Earth Day Wetland Restoration

April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. crews will rebuild an entire wetland ecosystem along the banks of the Puyallup River. The Gog le hi te wetland is critical to the Puyallup’s native salmon, river otter, an astonishing variety of birds and much more. Volunteers will be removing harmful invasive species and cleaning debris that washes in from the river.

CHB will provide gloves, supplies and refreshments. Volunteers will need waterproof,… Read More

Little Bill Engelhart pays homage to Buck Ormsby (video)

As promised, there's more video from Sunday's tribute to Northwest rock legend Buck Ormsby at the Temple Theatre. Our second clip (click here) features fellow Bluenote Bill Engelhart performing a mash-up of Ray Charles hits “Baby, Please Don't Go” and “I Got a Woman.” He chose those cuts to commemorate the times he and Ormsby would sneak into Lacey's Evergreen Ballroom to catch Charles, Little Richard and more of their idols back in the 1950s. Stay tuned for more clips… Read More

Former Superior Court Judge enters Port race

Former Superior Court Judge John McCarthy has announced that he is running for the Port of Tacoma Commission, Position #1. The position will be vacated by Connie Bacon when her term expires at the end of the year. McCarthy previously served as a Port of Tacoma Commissioner from 1983 to 1992.

“I am passionate about the Port of Tacoma. Our public port will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018 and members of my family have worked there for more than 75 years. The port is at a critical point in decisions about its future use and development. I want to be part of making the decisions… Read More

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