Monday, May 02, 2016 This Week's Paper

How safe is natural gas?

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank E. Cuthbertson is set to decide today, April 29, whether his previous temporary decision will become permanent to keep the City of Tacoma from releasing the city’s hazardous response plans for a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant.
Puget Sound Energy wants the information to remain secret out of fear that releasing details about the proposed plant’s safety assessment would make it a potential target for terrorist attacks as well as disclose confidential company plans. Red Line Tacoma activist John Carlton sought the details so the environmental group could better understand the potential destruction a blast or fire could have on the surrounding area.
The tideflats is already home to three oil refineries, the third busiest shipping terminals in the nation and oil train traffic.… Read Full Story

Popular presidential election lecture series adds bonus night

While the current presidential election cycle might seem like the wildest ever – and the lowest of the low with respect to personal insults – a popular University of Puget Sound lecture series gives the historical perspective. In the most recent lecture, for instance, presenter Michael E. Purdy, M.A., presidential historian and founder/owner of the website, compiled a list of insults lobbed in previous contests, including Dwight Eisenhower calling Harry Truman a “congenital liar.”
The free lecture series, "Who Will Win the White House?" attracted an overflow crowd of one hundred and eighty… Read Full Story

CRIME STOPPERS: Tacoma Police searching for kidnapping and rape suspect

Tacoma Police are asking for help finding Oscar Sanabria who is charged in Pierce County Superior Court with rape in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree.
Prosecutors say that on March 29, he offered to give the victim a ride from a McDonalds restaurant at 72nd Street and Pacific Avenue South in Tacoma. Instead of taking her where she asked to go, detectives say Sanabria began driving in a different direction then parked on a dirt road near South 84th Street and Canyon Road.… Read Full Story

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Marijuana prevention conference to bring youth, parents together
By Eilish McLean, Special to Tacoma Weekly

“What’s your natural high?” That’s what the Pierce County Prevention Collaborative is asking teens next month – and a warning: the answer they’re looking for isn’t marijuana. The Collaborative consists of several local organizations, including Safe Streets, Tacoma Urban League, Puget…

Learn all about city services at ‘T-Town: Play, Explore, Learn’ expo
By Erica Cooley Special to Tacoma Weekly

Nearly a decade since a community event like this was held in the city, Tacoma presents T-Town: Play, Explore, Learn City Services Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, May 7. This free, public event is part of an ongoing effort to raise community awareness about…

Be Well - Inside and out
By Matt Nagle

Beauregard’s Salon at 4117 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place is unique for numerous reasons but perhaps their most attractive aspect is that each stylist plies her trade in a private studio rather than out on an open floor as is the case with most salons. Offering clients privacy and a more…

Caring men ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ for women
By Derek Shuck

Every year, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes continues to grow. And a rainy day on April 22 couldn’t stop Tacomans from making a wet walk to raise funds for the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County and raise awareness of sexual violence. The event sees men throw on a pair of high heels and literally walk…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Registration is now open for the City of Tacoma’s second annual Amazing Preservation Race on Saturday, May 14 as part of Historic Preservation Month. The race will begin at 11 a.m. on the University of Washington Tacoma campus stairs (1900 Commerce St.). Registration is $50 for a team of up to four…

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

UTILITIES, HEALTH DEPARTMENT TEAM UP FOR LEAD RESPONSE EFFORT Tacoma Public Utilities and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department are teaming up to respond to community concerns related to the recent discovery of elevated lead levels in water samples from pipes outside four customers’ homes. The…

‘Teepee’ app puts tribes at your fingertips
By Matt Nagle

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has developed a one-of-a-kind app for use with iPhones and iPads, available now from the Apple Store. Called “Teepee,” the app provides a wealth of information for all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. With this information at their fingertips,…

CRIME STOPPERS: Mother-daughter duo wanted in multiple cities
By David Rose

Detectives in Pierce and King counties are searching for a mother-daughter duo who have felony warrants for their arrest. “Right now we’re looking for Lora McKay. She also goes by Lora Contor,” says Normandy Park Police Det. Jeremy Hedrick. “Basically, her hustle is to wait outside daycares…

Despite late start, Democratic caucus offered opportunities for productive conversations
By Eilish McLean, Special to Tacoma Weekly

On Sunday, April 17, as the sun set record high temperatures in Western Washington, people started queuing up at Jason Lee Middle School to sign in to the 27th Legislative District’s Democratic Caucus around noon. By 1 p.m. the line stretched from the school’s entrance through the parking lot…

Comment period on proposed Transit plan arrives next week
By Steve Dunkelberger

The next stop in the planned Sound Transit 3 package that is bound for the November ballot comes on April 29. That’s the deadline for public comment on draft roster of mass transit projects that includes Sounder rail service between Federal Way and Tacoma and a light rail extension from downtown…