The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, May 27, 2016 This Week's Paper
Environmental review begins for proposed methanol manufacturing facility

Northwest Innovation Works is proposing to build a facility at the Port of Tacoma to convert natural gas to methanol. The methanol would be used as feedstock in Asia to produce olefin, a compound used in such consumer goods as cell phones, plastic components and carpet fibers. The cleaner-burning methanol would help reduce China’s reliance on higher-emission coal and petroleum.

The proposed facility is currently under environmental review through the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) to analyze the likely… Read More

Tacoma Educator is National Finalist for Teacher of the Year

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, an AP government teacher at Lincoln High School and Washington’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year.

“We’re proud to have Nate representing Washington at the national level. He has high standards for himself, his colleagues, and his students,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “He represents what works in schools and classrooms. He listens more than he talks. He cares about his students and their experiences. He understands the struggles of his community, but he does not take ‘No’ or ‘I can’t’… Read More

State Superintendent Candidate Forum set for Jan. 14 in Tacoma

On Thursday night, Jan. 14, all four announced 2016 Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates are scheduled to speak and meet voters at a free forum held as part of the January Pierce County Democrats meeting.  Candidates Chris Reykdal, Gil Mendoza, Erin Jones, and Larry Seaquist will each make brief remarks and then take questions. The public is encouraged to attend the event at the IBEW Local 76 Hall, 3049 S. 36th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409.  After a 6:00 potluck, the meeting will begin at 7:00, with the candidates expected to speak starting at approximately… Read More

Man dies of gunshot on Browns Point

On Jan. 11,  at approximately 3:30 a.m. the Tacoma Police Department received multiple calls of gunshots being heard in the area of Brown’s Point Boulevard and McMurray Road. 

Officers responded and located a victim of a gunshot wound.  The victim, an 18-year-old male, was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The Medical Examiner will release identification when appropriate.  The investigation is in the preliminary stage and is ongoing.  No further information for release at this time.

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Tacoma’s Minimum Wage Rules Finalized

After a public process that included four meetings to solicit community feedback, Tacoma’s minimum wage rules are now final and available at These rules will guide the implementation of Initiative Measure No. 1B, which was approved by Tacoma voters in November.

Initiative Measure No. 1B called for the Tacoma minimum wage to increase to $10.35 per hour on Feb. 1, 2016 (the same effective date as the Paid Leave Ordinance passed in January 2015). The Tacoma minimum wage would increase to $11.15 per hour on… Read More

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