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Saturday, December 10, 2016 This Week's Paper

Fallen hero: a family mourns, a city gathers

The family of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez appreciates the flow of support from around the world following his murder last week. His funeral is set for Dec. 9 at the Tacoma Dome, where the public is welcome to further pay their respects.
“We would like to personally thank the City of Tacoma for the outpouring of love that has been shown for my brother…,” wrote Antoinette Gutierrez-Nevada in a statement. “We are humbled by the amount of support he has received from the community and the love we have received from his family in blue. It is quite evident that he has had a tremendous impact on the community. Although we cannot turn back the clock, I hope everyone can find comfort in the fact that my brother loved his job – he ran toward danger while others ran away. He was my hero before… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
Toy Run benefits Toys for Tots Marine Corps Reserve Program

Car enthusiasts from around the Northwest showed off their holiday spirit of giving at Pacific Raceways in Kent. Thousands attended the Lexus of Bellevue NorthWest Toy Run to benefit Toys for Tots Marine Corps Reserve Program in Tacoma.
"We brought a little Lion King toy set so there's some fun little things for little kids on there,” said Ashley Elness. Organizers say it was the biggest turnout in 12 years. "I am completely amazed. The public is much more generous than is commonly known,” said Pierce County Toys for Tots Coordinator Chuck Wharton.
Lexus of Bellevue presented the charity with a $5,000 check and… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
Linda Hurley Ishem: Woman with two lives had to start over at 41

Linda Hurley Ishem was the vice president of Chicago’s largest African-American run bank before her 30thbirthday, then she moved to the Northwest and started over.
“I moved here in 1988 for a man,” Ishem said. “That's embarrassing, but it's true. I did marry him, and we were together 24 years.”
They lived in Tacoma, and Ishem was hired by the State Department of Community Development. Four years later, she went to the Pierce County Department of Community Development, which… Read Full Story

More News
Business Spotlight: Diamond Green opens new glass shop
By Derek Shuck

Diamond Green, one of Tacoma’s premier marijuana shops located at 4002 S. 12th St., continues to grow, opening up a new glass shop right next door last month. Diamond Green has been operating since early last year, and has become a favorite in the Tacoma area for their knowledgeable staff and wide…

Neighbors scared after shots fired
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Detectives are trying to identify whoever fired shots at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department's Foothills Detachment building in the Bonney Lake area last Saturday while two deputies were inside. "It’s somebody we want to get caught right away because obviously they have a grudge against…

Bulletin Board
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

CITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RENOVATE TACOMA DOME Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the Tacoma City Council recently approved $21.3 million to renovate the iconic Tacoma Dome in the 2017-18 Biennial Budget presented by City Manager T.C. Broadnax. The City- owned facility will be revitalized with new seating,…

Fallen hero: a family mourns, a city gathers
By Steve Dunkelberger

The family of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez appreciates the flow of support from around the world following his murder last week. His funeral is set for Dec. 9 at the Tacoma Dome, where the public is welcome to further pay their respects. “We would like to personally…

Honor student spreads warmth in annual sock drive
By Carolin Jones

In 2013, the Tacoma Fire Department lost the driving force behind their “Put A Sock In It” drive to ensure warm feet for the homeless. That's where Nathan Jensen comes in. “They didn't have anyone to do it, so I volunteered to run it,” says Jensen, son of a former fire chief. At 13 years old,…

Evergreen’s Master in Teaching makes a difference for area children
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Many Tacoma-area teachers, including Christina Vernon, have something in common. They earned their teaching degrees in a social justice-focused Master in Teaching (MiT) program offered by The Evergreen State College. Evergreen is currently accepting applications for its fall 2017 MiT program, which…

Mystery grows as Pothole Pig remains MIA
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Perceval, the Tacoma Weekly’s beloved pothole purveying pig, remains missing. Folks, we are worried. The swift, yet often sweaty, swine of the streets was last seen the morning of Nov. 9 in the Stadium District. A nearby surveillance video captured a clip of the three-legged wonder strutting toward…

Local officials briefed as tempo shifts at JBLM
By Steve Dunkelberger

Elected officials from around Pierce County received a snapshot briefing from Joint Base Lewis-McChord's top brass so they could better understand operations at the Army-Air Force installation as well as understand the challenges and projects ahead. Any news about JBLM is big news since the combined…

Bulletin Board
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER TO BETTER MEET NEEDS The City of Tacoma’s Customer Support Center – which provides a “one-stop shop” for City services, and offers a concierge feel in the way of reception, face-to-face interaction, 311 telephone support, online resources and mobile app connectivity…

Procession of Stars spreads message of peace
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Peace is in the stars this Season and you are invited to be part of the festivities as a message of peace spreads all over Tacoma and the South Puget Sound. Fun, uplifting and light hearted, Tacoma’s Procession of Stars takes a new direction this year as it expands to include a span of time stretching…