The Daily Mash-Up

Friday, April 29, 2016 This Week's Paper
Department of Agriculture to spray for Gypsy Moths

The Washington State Department of Agriculture will conduct the first of several treatments beginning next weekend to eradicate Asian and European gypsy moths, highly destructive, invasive pests found in several Western Washington sites.
Local sites include large areas of Tacoma’s tideflats, Fife, Edgewood and Milton.


In total, WSDA will treat about 10,500 acres with Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki), which is approved for use on organic food crops and has been safely used in previous gypsy moth eradication projects for many years. April 16 is the tentative date… Read More

... aaaaaaand we have Jeff Dunham contest winners

Congratulations to Debbie Nubile and Laura Moltzen who each answered all four questions from our Jeff Dunham challenge correctly. As a result, they each get a pair of tickets to catch Dunham's  April 10 performance at the Tacoma Dome. Just to recap, though, here are the answers they got right.

1. What… Read More

Pinwheels strive to raise awareness, prevention of child abuse and neglect during April

Silver and blue pinwheels have taken over the front lawn of Pierce County Juvenile Court, and are springing up around Tacoma and Pierce County to help bring awareness to National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

For the third year Pierce County Juvenile Court’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program kicked off the “Pinwheels for Prevention”campaign by planting pinwheels around town during April to raise awareness for the area’s abused children. The pinwheel is the new national symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention and symbolizes the hope for the happy, healthy,… Read More

Walk Tacoma 2016 Kicks Off on April 6

Celebrate National Walking Day tomorrow by joining Downtown On the Go and the American Heart Association on the Walk Tacoma Kick-off in Wright Park.  The 1.7 mile Tacoma's Historic Schools Walk, led by Dr. Garcia, Tacoma Public Schools and Jonah Jensen, BLRB Architects, will highlight Stadium High School and the Central School.  This event will kick-off the 2016 Walk Tacoma Series sponsored by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation.

The walk, sponsored by Commencement Bank, will begin on the south end of Wright Park by the lion sculptures at noon, with sign-in… Read More

Jury convicts killer in 2006 cold-case murder

A jury has convicted Brandon Lee Farmer, 30, of murder in the first degree for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45. In 2014, Tacoma Police Department cold-case detectives received a tip that led to Farmer’s arrest. Farmer is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14 at 1:30 p.m. in room 411 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.

“Another success story for justice from our cold-case project,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Collaboration between the Tacoma Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and our office has resulted in several convictions with more… Read More

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