City Briefs

September is Pet License Amnesty Month

If you are one of the many who have forgotten to renew or license your pets, take advantage of a unique chance to avoid all late fees in September.

Local pet licensing officials have joined forces to declare September as Pet License Amnesty Month. Residents in unincorporated Pierce County, Tacoma, University Place, Lakewood, Roy, Algona, Bonney Lake, Milton, Edgewood, Pacific, Puyallup, Sumner, Wilkeson, South Prairie and Carbonado can license their pets and avoid the late fees.

“The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is joining with our partner pet licensing agencies to waive late fees. We encourage residents to renew their pet’s license,” said Auditor Julie Anderson. “It has never been easier. You can obtain a pet license online, by mail, or in person at any of our offices.”

Owners who care about their pets will want to take advantage of this opportunity to renew or purchase a new license. A pet license provides identification and improves public safety. And, it is the law.

“The City of Tacoma is excited to join in this amnesty campaign with our partner pet licensing agencies,” said Jenni Barrett, Animal Licensing Operations manager. “The amnesty period provides an opportunity for pet owners to provide their pet a ticket home and comply with the law. They can simply apply for a current year’s pet license online, by mail or in person with no late fees involved.”

A license lets people know that your pet is a cherished member of your family, and a license is often your pet’s ticket home. When animal control officers pick up a pet wearing a license, every attempt is made to return the pet home, saving the owner a trip to the shelter and impound fees.

Licensing fees begin at $4 and vary, depending on where you live, the type of pet, and whether the cat or dog has been spayed or neutered.

The amnesty program expires Sept. 30. Failure to license a pet on time, or during this special amnesty month, can result in late fees up to $30 per animal.


Low tides could affect large vehicles planning to ride the Pierce County ferry to Anderson Island, Ketron Island or Steilacoom during Labor Day weekend.

Load restrictions will be in place for large vehicles (recreational vehicles, commercial trucks and trailers) on certain sailings during the morning. Riders with large vehicles are encouraged to consult the time chart below and alter their travel schedule if possible. If ferry staff determines the vehicle is too large and the tide is too low, the rider may need to wait until a later sailing.

Here is a list detailing the dates and times large vehicles could be denied ferry passage: Sept. 3 from 5:45-7 a.m.; Sept. 4 from 5:45-8 a.m. and

Sept. 5 from 5:45-9:30 a.m.

Ticket agents and crew will be checking all large vehicles that arrive during the times indicated in the chart above. Some large vehicles may be loaded, but there are no guarantees.

Riders can call Marine Superintendent Paul Crow at ( HYPERLINK "tel:253-588-5290" t "_blank" 253) 588-5290 if they need advice on which run might work best for them.

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On Labor Day (Sept. 5), Pierce Transit local bus service and the SHUTTLE paratransit service will operate on a Sunday schedule. 

Pierce Transit administrative offices and all Bus Shop facilities will be closed. Telephone information will not be available.

Intercity Transit’s local and Olympia Express services will operate on a Sunday schedule.

For additional information call Pierce Transit Customer Service at (253) 581-8000, or visit the Pierce Transit website at


One of the more extensive private collections of books and other materials on the history of the Pacific Northwest becomes available to generations of students, researchers and writers beginning on Sept. 11 when the Murray and Rosa Morgan Room opens at Tacoma Public Library’s downtown Main Library.

The beloved historian/author, who passed away in 2000, bequeathed his library and his literary estate (research papers, manuscripts, recordings, correspondence and newspaper columns) to the Tacoma Public Library. An informal ceremony marking the opening of the room (housed in the Northwest Room and Special Collections on the second floor of the library) is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 11. Members of Morgan's family will be attending.

Murray Morgan was a journalist, political commentator, theater and arts reviewer, political activist, freelance writer, college history teacher and author.

In addition to his collection of books, the Tacoma Public Library received early drafts of his books and his correspondence with his editors. His notes and transcripts from his regular radio broadcasts are great sources for both local news history (1950s crime commission, 1960s urban renewal and more) and national news (for example, his tribute to President John F. Kennedy a few days after the assassination is amazing.) The collection includes letters from listeners writing in response to his broadcasts, and a large collection of research materials on local and regional theater.


Ron Piksa, a native of Tacoma and current resident of Lakewood, was elected last week as ninth general vice president of The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IABSO & RIW) as part of the leadership team led by General President Walter Wise.

Piksa joined Local 114 in Tacoma as an apprentice ironworker in 1974 and gained journeyman status in 1976. He remained at Local 114 until 1999, when his membership was transferred to Local 86 in Seattle.

Piksa has served as executive board member, recording secretary,president, JATC chairman, business manager/financial secretary-treasurer and as Pierce County Building Trades president. He currently serves as president of the Pacific Northwest District Council. Piksa also serves as chairman of the Pacific Northwest Retirement, Annuity and Apprenticeship Trust Funds.

General President Walter Wise appointed Piksa as ninth general vice president earlier this year.

“I’m pleased that our proud Ironworker delegates saw fit to elect me to this position within the Union, and I look forward to leading my brothers and sisters as we move forward to a bright future,” Piksa said.


The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s Parkland Community Academy is an opportunity for citizens to learn firsthand about law enforcement and the department’s role. The next 13-week session starts Sept. 21. Applications are now being accepted.

The course will familiarize the public with the HYPERLINK "" t "_blank" Sheriff's Department and provides insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The academy also affords an opportunity to meet the sheriff and other department members.

The class covers constitutional law, hiring, training, patrol, detectives, policing the police, narcotics, K-9, crime analysis, the criminal justice system, and domestic violence. Field trips are scheduled to the 9-1-1 Communications Center, Forensics, Pierce County Jail and the Marksman firing range.

Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. A background check is done of all applicants.

Use the online application found at To an application mailed to you or to register over the phone, call (253) 798-6646.


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