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Saturday, February 13, 2016 This Week's Paper
Northwest Seaport Alliance tops 3.5 million containers in 2015

International container volumes through the Puget Sound rebounded strongly in 2015 with The Northwest Seaport Alliance handling more than 3.5 million 25-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 4 percent.

Container volumes grew despite the slowing Chinese economy and volume declines earlier in the year during West Coast labor negotiations.

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma formed The Northwest Seaport Alliance in August to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway—the third largest in North America—and create more economic opportunities.

“The Northwest Seaport Alliance…

Streamlined Permitting System Now Live at

The City of Tacoma’s Planning and Development Services has launched an online Tacoma Permits system that utilizes Accela software and offers a number of efficiencies.

With this launch, all land use, building, and site development permits will be processed through the new system. When first logging in, applicants will be required to set up an account which will then store customer information for future permits and allow access to permit information at any time.

“This new permitting software is really about transparency and accessibility,” said Planning and Development…

Tacoma Police Arrest Man Suspected in 17 Armed Robberies Around Puget Sound

Tonight at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Tacoma Police Department’s Violence Reduction Team arrested a suspect who was wanted for armed robbery in King County, Lewis County and Pierce County. The Violence Reduction Team, working with multiple agencies from several jurisdictions, was able to identify the suspect and located him just south of Tacoma.

Officers were able to arrest the suspect, who was wanted in 17 armed robberies. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. He was armed with a handgun at the time of arrest. He was transported to the Tacoma Police department where…

Volunteers needed to help count homeless people in Pierce County

The Pierce County Department of Community Connections and Tacoma-Lakewood-Pierce County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness are looking for volunteers to gather census data of the homeless population and those on the verge of becoming homeless in Pierce County. The Point in Time annual survey is scheduled on Friday, Jan. 29. More than 200 volunteers are needed county-wide to survey individuals and families at meal sites, day shelters, health clinics, and on the streets.

“Homelessness any time of year is hard, but during the winter months it is especially difficult,” said Tammy Boros,…

Tacoma Historical Society hires new director

Tacoma Historical Society and Museum reached a milestone this week with the hiring of a new director.

“Thanks to generous grants, donations and membership increases, we were able to hire Julie LaRue, a graduate of the prestigious Cooperstown, New York, Graduate Program in History Museum Studies,” said THS President Bill Baarsma.“We are thrilled to have such an outstanding professional in this important leadership position.”

Prior to coming to Tacoma, LaRue served as the educator at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY, as a curatorial assistant at the Fenimore Art Museum,…

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