The Daily Mash-Up

Saturday, February 25, 2017 This Week's Paper
Washington “eight-for-eight” on AMBER Alerts

State officials and broadcasters are hailing the effectiveness of the AMBER Alert system, in the wake of eight successful activations and recoveries so far in 2013.

Nationwide, the AMBER Alert system has led to the successful recovery of 656 children since its inception.

“The value of the AMBER Alert system in these recoveries cannot be overstated. Timely public awareness was crucial and directly helped law enforcement safely recover these abducted children,” said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. “The AMBER Alert system is a true partnership between law enforcement and… Read More

Tacoma Link celebrates 10 years, 9.4 million riders

Sound Transit celebrates 10 years of light rail service on Tacoma Link tomorrow with rider appreciation events at all six Tacoma Link stations.

Sound Transit Board Chair and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will be joined by Sound Transit Board members Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma; Mary Moss, Lakewood City Councilmember; and Dave Enslow, Mayor of Sumner, to greet riders at the Union Station platform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and hop aboard the train as part of the celebration.

“Today marks an exciting milestone in the evolution of light rail service in Pierce… Read More

Port of Tacoma container volumes up through July, although growth moderates

Nearly 1.1 million containers have crossed Port of Tacoma docks through July, marking a 24 percent increase year to date.

Despite the gain on the year, container volume growth appears to be moderating, as expected. International volumes had posted double-digit gains through the first six months of the year but grew only 3 percent last month. With lagging domestic volumes factored in, overall container growth was flat compared to July 2012.

The tempered growth was expected. July marked the first month-over-month comparison that included the Grand Alliance in both the 2013 and 2012… Read More

Live fire training burn in Fife develops firefighting skills

Tacoma Fire department conducted a live fire training burn of a house located at 1623 62nd Ave. E. in Fife on Aug. 20.

Live fire training in a controlled environment is valuable tool to develop firefighting skills. Nearly 30 firefighters and staff participated in a variety of drills throughout the day. Training objectives included interior fire attack, hose handling, and using a thermal imaging camera to search for and observe fire behavior.

TFD’s training center staff coordinated the regulatory aspects of the burn and there were no injuries to report.

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Weed burning sets off commercial structure fire

At 3:55 p.m. yesterday Tacoma firefighters from stations 2,7,8,9,12,16,17 and CP 6-3 responded to a reported commercial structure fire at 6234 South Tacoma Way.

The first arriving engine company found heavy flames and smoke showing from the roof of the one-story tavern business. Initially crews mounted an interior attack, but moved to a defensive strategy as the well-entrenched fire compromised the structural stability of the building. A single employee was in the business at the time of the fire, and was able to escape without harm

The cause of the fire was determined to be embers… Read More

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