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Friday, February 12, 2016 This Week's Paper

‘Fun in the Sun’

Even a little rain outside couldn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd gathered within the Puyallup Park Pavilion Friday night, Feb. 5, celebrating the 51st Annual Daffodil Festival Princess Promenade.
Princess Promenade is an annual Festival event, recognizing the 23 members of the Royal Court who have been selected by their respective high schools as Daffodil Princesses for this year.
Promenade marks the first full appearance of the Festival’s Royal Court for the year, serving as both the grand reveal of those iconic yellow dresses, and the first time each Princess is outfitted with her sash, tiara, and golden daffodil pin.
Princess Shayla Chandler, from Fife High School, proclaimed Promenade to be one of the most special nights of her life. “It’s not often that one gets celebrated like that,” she said. “It… Read Full Story

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Crews prep to start road work as streets repair funds gathers dollars

The dedicated account for the two voter-approved street packages has been created and work plans are underway. The end of potholes will take time, but relief is on the way.
Tacoma voters approved two tax and fee increase packages last November that are projected to generate $325 million for road repairs and rebuilds during the next 10 years.
Decisions on which road or sidewalk or trail gets fixed first will be based on cost and need but will largely follow the city’s Six-Year Infrastructure Maintenance Plan, the Six-Year Comprehensive Transportation Plan and Tacoma’s Transportation Master Plan.
Proposition 3 increased… Read Full Story

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TACOMA AREA HOSTS PLENTY OF VALENTINE’S EVENTS

Show your love for your family this Valentine’s Day with activities around Tacoma and Pierce County. Following are a few themed ideas to get you started.
Keep Your Heart Racing: Jump start Heart Day at the racing car simulators in the Speed Zone at LeMay-America’s Car Museum. Speed Zone is open during regular museum hours. Save a few dollars if you visit on Feb. 11, when Speed Zone entry is free with museum admission.Read Full Story

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Draft scope of environmental study released for planned methanol plant
By Steve Dunkelberger

City of Tacoma planners released a 17-page draft of what environmental, safety and economic issues the environmental study for a planned methanol plant has to address to allow the project to move forward. This draft “scoping” document comes as opponents to the facility began gathering signatures…

Public gives input to new Fort Nisqually plan
By Derek Shuck

Tacoma Metro Parks projects are a collaborative effort. Not only does it involve the city working with contractors and designers to work out a plan, but also a conversation with the public to adjust plans to their wants and needs. The latest public conversation has revolved around the Fort Nisqually…

One author, five books: Pierce County READS Sherman Alexie
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

What book will all of Pierce County be reading this year? Er, five books? In a break from tradition, Pierce County Library System chose five notable works from a single author for its 9th annual Pierce County READS program. Outspoken poet, novelist and screenwriter Sherman Alexie gets the nod as the…

Stupid criminal of the week
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Wearing all black is a style choice, but it doesn’t make you invisible in a well-lit crosswalk unless, of course, a drunk driver is cruising through town. On Jan. 29, a man was driving on Pearl Street when he barely avoided hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk. An officer happened to be observing…

Local restaurants
By Derek Shuck

Tacoma is a treasure trove of specialty restaurants, and one of the more unique of these dining experiences is Little Jerry’s located at 8233 S. Park Ave., a “Seinfeld” themed restaurant that brings a little piece of New York to our corner of the Northwest. With the small size of the original…

City continues to discuss future of single-use plastic bags
By Erica Cooley Special to Tacoma Weekly

As the new year begins to roll along, concerned citizens are asking if the city of Tacoma can be greener in 2016. With word buzzing across the city about a potential methanol plant being built in Tacoma, another eco-threat is being addressed as a way to take a stance against environmentally damaging…

Tacoma sex offender wanted after violent attack on woman
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Level III Sex Offender Keith Hatton is wanted in Pierce County for Failure to Register. He was originally convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st degree in 1986 after he dragged a woman under the I-705 viaduct in Tacoma at knifepoint and raped her. The police report says he told the victim…

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW CONTINUES FOR METHANOL FACILITY The City of Tacoma will hold the second of three public meetings Feb. 10 about the scope of the environmental review for a proposed methanol facility at the Port of Tacoma.  The City is the lead agency for the facility’s environmental review…

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes
By Matt Nagle

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes” at Fife High School is less than two weeks away and things are shaping up nicely for this first-time charity basketball game. On the court will be two opposing teams: the Fife Police Department and first responders on one side and Fife School District staff on the other. Doors…

Lincoln District to celebrate Lunar New Year
By Derek Shuck

The Lunar New Year is typically a celebration of the past, honoring those who have come before. This year, the Lincoln International District is hoping it will provide good omens for its future. On Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Lincoln International District, between Yakima and 38th Street,…