The Daily Mash-Up

Thursday, March 30, 2017 This Week's Paper
Man sentenced in underage sex sting

Anthony Ray Blankenship, 33, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison and 36 months of community custody after he pleaded guilty on Feb. 8, to three counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

“We are committed to protecting children and other vulnerable members of our community,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

In mid-December of 2015, the Washington State Patrol arrested Blankenship as part of a sting operation where undercover officers posed as a 13-year-old girl online. Blankenship responded to an online posting by the officers and exchanged sexually explicit… Read More

School zone camera set to return around Stewart

The Tacoma Police Department wants drivers to remember that there are school-area speed cameras located at 50th and Pacific.  The cameras were off line and citations were not issued during the time of remodeling at Stewart Middle School.  The school re-opening means the speed cameras will be back on line during school hours.

The Tacoma Police Department will be giving warnings for a two week period. On March 27, the citations issued will stand as school zone camera issued citations.

Stewart Middle School students will be attending Stewart Middle School located… Read More

Six local schools receive garden grants from Whole Kids Foundation

Six Pierce County elementary schools will each receive $2,000 school garden grants through Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation. Students at Tacoma’s Clover Creek Elementary, Seabury School, Summit Olympus and Whitman Elementary, and University Place’s Evergreen Primary and Curtis High School, can now enjoy an edible educational garden.

Gardens are becoming an increasingly used educational tool as school gardens are shown to improve children’s behavior and performance at school and improve their attitudes about and appreciate for the environment. Additionally,… Read More

Water monitoring set for March 18

Pierce Conservation District Stream Team and King Conservation District Stream Stewards are partnering for the kickoff of the World Water Monitoring Challenge.

The challenge is held each March and engages citizens in local water-quality monitoring. Citizens can upload their data to and check out other local data. On March 18 from 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. current stream monitors and those interested in monitoring are invited to participate in a field day with interactive stations about water quality and land use. Local crews will visit two… Read More

Citizens’ Forum rescheduled for March 21

At this week’s City Council meeting, the City Council approved moving Citizens’ Forum from Tuesday, March 14 to Tuesday, March 21 due to the cancellation of the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 14. 

The purpose of Citizens’ Forum is to assist the Council in making policy decisions; therefore, items of discussion shall be limited to matters over which the City Council has jurisdiction. A speaker’s remarks shall be limited to up to three minutes per person, per Citizens’ Forum. Where necessary, due to the number of persons who want to address the Council, the presiding… Read More

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