The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 This Week's Paper
Tacoma Musical Playhouse wins big at AACTFest 2017

The Tacoma Musical Playhouse's production of "The Addams Family" was the big winner at this year’s National AACTFest 2017.

AACT’s theater festivals are part of a multi-year process that culminates in a national festival, held in odd-numbered years. Community theaters from AACT’s 10 regions enter productions for adjudication and advancement from state to regional to national level. AACTFest is thus a celebration of theater and a learning experience for those who take part.

The National AACTFEST 2017 festival is a major event – typically more than 600 people participate,… Read More

Passenger train derails near Steilacoom

At approximately 2:30 p.m. July 2, West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a train derailment at Chambers Bay.

An Amtrak Cascade Train, four cars derailed at Bridge 13 in Steilacoom at Chambers Bay Marina and Dry Storage. There were 15 cars total and the first four derailed.

There were no significant injuries or fire during the incident.

215 passengers are being moved via Pierce Transit buses and are being taken to the Tacoma Amtrak station.

Firefighters prepared for a fuel spill, which can happen during incidents such as this, but there has been no… Read More

Court dismisses $20 million, excessive force claim

The Federal Western District Court of Tacoma has dismissed all claims against Pierce County and Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Helligso in the 2014 officer-involved shooting that led to the death of Michael Lee Bourquin, 21.

Pierce County moved to dismiss all claims in a pre-trial motion and won a major victory.

The District Court’s pretrial ruling marks an end of a two-year battle between Pierce County and the estate of Michael Bourquin. The county successfully argued that Helligso was justified in using deadly force in his encounter with Bourquin on the morning of Feb.… Read More

Wilcox Family Farms taps Work Start grant to keep pace with growth

The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and nonprofit small business manufacturing consultant Impact Washington, has awarded $75,000 from the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund to help Wilcox Family Farms train new and current workers in lean enterprise principles and food safety.

"Growing and retaining good jobs in rural communities like Roy is critical to strengthening communities," said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender.  “Work Start is an invaluable tool that allows us to do that… Read More

New M.A.T.H. center at Goodwill’s Milgard Center provides free career support

To meet adult and youth student needs, a free Mathematic Assistance Tutoring & Help (M.A.T.H.) Center is now open at Goodwill’s Milgard Job Training Center in Tacoma.

Funded by Goodwill and the City of Tacoma, the walk-in center is in response to a high number of adults and youth struggling with math requirements for a variety of career paths offered through Goodwill and City job training programs.

“The City of Tacoma is partnering on this endeavor because 80 percent of applicants to vocational training programs were not able to meet the minimum math requirements,”… Read More

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