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The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Committee has announced the opening of nominations for the 10th annual Greater Tacoma Peace Prize (GTPP). The purpose of this award is to recognize, honor and encourage peace building in our community.

The committee invites you to nominate an individual, group, or organization to receive the 2014 award. Return the nomination form at to the GTPP. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2014.

The name of the 2014 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize recipient will be announced in April, and the prize will be formally presented in May at the GTPP 10th Anniversary Banquet (date and place to be announced in February).

For further information, contact any of the committee members or visit the GTPP website


Can our democracy survive massive NSA surveillance? This question and more will be explored at a public forum featuring Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Washington State History Museum.

Drake is a former senior executive of the National Security Agency as well as a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. When Drake turned whistleblower, the U.S. government threw the Espionage Act at him and threatened him with 30 years in prison. Drake rejected several deals because he refused to "plea bargain with the truth," and the U.S. Dept. of Justice eventually dropped all ten of its original charges.

Radack is a former ethics adviser to the U.S. Dept. of Justice who turned whistleblower when she disclosed the FBI's ethics violations in the investigation of John Walker Lindh, denied an attorney in the aftermath of his capture during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. An honors graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, Radack is now director of national security and human rights at the Government Accountability Project.

Come and listen. There will be ample time for questions. Then decide for yourself. Seating limited, so reserve your seat(s) now at:

Sponsored by People for Peace Justice & Healing, co-sponsored by ACLU of Washington, Fellowship of Reconciliation-Tacoma, United for Peace of Pierce County, and Veterans for Peace-Tacoma.


Only Oatmeal Cookie Creations is partnering with the YWCA of Pierce County this Valentine’s Day to comfort women and children transitioning from domestic violence into healthy and safe environments.

For most, the season of giving is over, but small business owner Karina Blasco shares her gift of sweet, buttery and rich homemade cookies with the women and children fleeing abusive situations and now residing in the YWCA shelter and transitional homes throughout Pierce County. On Valentine’s Day, each family will receive a trendy Valentine Take-Out Box filled with fresh baked Cookie Creations made with love.

Valentine’s Day is the national day of love, but for many it can be a lonely and vulnerable day. Only Oatmeal Cookie Creations hopes that their Oatmeal Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cookies will bring a warm smile to many women and their children healing from abuse. Several hurting and confused women will know they are loved and not forgotten this Valentine’s Day.

“It’s my prayer that one bite into my Addictively Delicious cookies will bring all the love and comfort one desires on Valentine’s Day," said Blasco. "Every woman deserves love; these women in particular."

Only Oatmeal Cookie Creations is an online cookie boutique based in Tacoma. Their cookies offer endless creation possibilities that use a sweet and buttery cookie base of natural whole grain rolled oats. The company is solely operated and considered to be in the ground floor stages of a small start-up business. The owner spends her time operating and fulfilling the current business demands while working toward opening a retail establishment where her creative offerings can be expanded to an array of wholesome sweet treats. Only Oatmeal Cookies can be found at local specialty food establishments, Farmers Markets and online at The company is also on Facebook and Twitter @OnlyOatCookie. 


Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Chase Devyver, 29, with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the first degree, robbery in the first degree and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. He attacked his girlfriend with a knife and stabbed a man to death for intervening.

­­­“This is another unfortunate example of the havoc wreaked by domestic violence,” said Lindquist.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 19, 2014, the defendant and his girlfriend were sitting in a parked car in front of their residence in South Hill. They were arguing about their relationship. When the victim exited the vehicle and walked toward the house, the defendant followed and stabbed her from behind. The victim’s screams woke up a friend that was sleeping in another room. He intervened and the defendant stabbed him as well. The defendant then retrieved a gun from another room and demanded the female victim’s debit/credit card. He hit her in the head with the gun, took her keys, and stole her car.

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies spotted the vehicle on 176th Street East. The defendant led police on a pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour towards Canyon Road. The defendant lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a power pole. After he climbed out of the vehicle, he told deputies to shoot him. He was tased and arrested.


Metro Parks Tacoma staff ended the week with good news from Executive Director Jack C. Wilson, who had shared with employees over the summer that he would be taking an extended leave of absence to focus on a personal health matter. Via a message from his assistant Jennifer Bowman, Wilson shared the good news that he is home recovering following his second phase of treatment.

“Jack remains optimistic and is planning on returning to work in a limited capacity within just a few weeks,” Bowman’s announcement to employees shared. “He sends his gratitude to all of you for the cards, e-mails and well wishes you all have sent his way.

Park Board President Aaron Pointer expressed his excitement about the news. “Although Jack has missed some time this year because of health issues, he ensured that the District didn’t miss a beat,” he said. Adding, “My 2014 Work Plan for him is to get healthy and continue his leadership in moving Metro Parks forward.”


Meeting in two joint sessions in one day, the Pierce County Council teamed up with officials from neighboring counties to appoint Jesse Young and Graham Hunt to vacant positions in the Washington State House of Representatives on Jan. 17.

“Filling legislative vacancies is an important responsibility for county leaders,” said Pierce County Council Chairman Dan Roach (District 1). “Jesse Young and Graham Hunt are outstanding individuals and will serve their communities and the state of Washington well. I look forward to working with them.”

During a meeting in Gig Harbor, Young was appointed by the seven Pierce County Councilmembers and three Kitsap County Commissioners to fill a seat representing the 26th legislative district. Young, a business technology consultant from Gig Harbor, was one of three nominees submitted by the Washington State Republican Party to succeed former Rep. Jan Angel, who was elected to the state Senate in November. The other nominees were Adam Berman and Doug Cloud, both of Gig Harbor.

“There were three qualified candidates who prepared well for today’s forum and we heard lots of testimony on behalf of them, and most were in favor of Jesse Young," said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. “I look forward to working with him as a representative.”

After the meeting, the Pierce County Councilmembers traveled across the county to meet with their three Thurston County counterparts in DuPont. The group selected Hunt, an Orting City Councilman and owner of an insurance agency, for the 2nd legislative district seat formerly held by Rep. Gary Alexander. The other two GOP nominees were Matt Hamilton of Graham and Andrew Barkis of Olympia.

Young and Hunt will be sworn in during a special ceremony at the state Legislature, which just convened its 2014 session this week. Their appointments last through November, when the seats will be on the ballot again.


The Pierce County Council voted Jan. 14 to elect Councilmember Dan Roach as chairman for 2014.

"This is a great honor and responsibility, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve," said Roach, who is beginning his fourth year representing District 1 in East Pierce County. "I look forward to applying my experience in public policy and as a business owner to the challenges the county faces as we set and fund the priorities of government."

The Council also selected Councilmember Stan Flemming (District 7) as vice chairman, and Joyce McDonald (District 2) as executive pro tem.

Prior to his election to the Pierce County Council in 2010, Roach served five terms in the Washington State House of Representatives. The owner of Roach Gymnastics in Sumner, the Councilman lives in the Bonney Lake area with his wife Melanie and their five children.

Flemming also previously served in the state House and was the founding mayor of the City of University Place. He's a family physician and retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army who joined the Council in 2010.

McDonald, who is starting her sixth year on the Council, spent the past two years as chair of the County Council, a position that rotates among the members. She previously served five terms in the state House.

The chairman presides at all regular Council meetings, while the vice chair presides in the absence of the chairman. The executive pro tem is a councilmember selected to perform some of the County Executive's duties in the event of the executive's absence or temporary disability.


Seattle-based artist Joseph Gregory Rossano will be in the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass from Wednesday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Feb. 2 as part of the 2014 Visiting Artist Residency program. This residency concludes with a lecture on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m., which will be streamed live on the Museum’s website.

“Rossano’s work is captivating and beautiful,” notes Susan Warner, executive director of Museum of Glass. “His unique perspective on the intersection of art and nature contributes to larger and more complex questions about the impact of humanity on our planet.”

Joseph Gregory Rossano earned a BFA in studio arts at Louisiana State University in 1987. He has worked as both the artistic director for Waterford Crystal in Ireland and the studio manager and lead gaffer for Chihuly Studio in Seattle. Rossano has been an integral team member for a number of established artists including Lino Tagliapietra, Benjamin Moore, Richard Royal, Martin Blank and William Morris. He currently lives and works in Arlington, WA.

"As an artist, I am interested in studying and abstracting form, texture and materials, drawing inspiration from both historical and natural sources,” states Rossano. “Through the use of varied media, I seek to express the ephemeral and sometimes fragmented quality of our human experience and our relationship to the natural world."

Rossano’s work has been featured at Museum of Glass on several occasions including “Mirrored Murrelets,” an installation of a flock of glass birds on the Museum’s mid-level reflecting pool in 2007 and in the exhibition Northwest Artists Collect, which was on display from January 19 through October 27, 2013. In addition, Rossano has exhibited at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Pacific Science Center, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and Museum of Northwest Art and was awarded the Ford Motor Company Fellowship with Earthwatch Institute.


Derek Young, a four-term Gig Harbor City Councilmember, member of the Pierce County and Puget Sound Regional Councils, and Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners, has announced his candidacy for the District #7 seat on the Pierce County Council.

“In my 16 years on the City Council, I’ve supported policy changes to strengthen our local economy, help cities and the county plan for growth, and protect our natural environment. I’m running because I want those same positive results for our whole region. Pierce County needs to improve long-term planning to promote local economic development, stabilize the budget, make our community safer and provide adequate transportation options for our citizens.”

While on the City Council, Derek’s advocacy helped triple the size of the City’s parks and open space inventory and add miles of trails. “I’ll continue looking for ways to preserve our region’s natural beauty and expand recreation opportunities for our families.”

Derek grew up in Gig Harbor attending Peninsula schools and the University of Washington. He currently runs a small business and can be found in his spare time playing with his two nieces, Zoe and Darby.

District #7 covers Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, Ruston, and much of West and North Tacoma. Derek already has enthusiastic support on both sides of the bridge including endorsements from Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Councilmembers Connie Ladenburg and Rick Talbert; State Senator Jeannie Darneille; State Representatives Jake Fey, Laurie Jinkins, and Larry Seaquist; Gig Harbor City Councilmembers Casey Arbenz, Steve Ekberg, Paul Kadzik, Rahna Lovrovich, and Ken Malich, and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Councilmembers David Boe, Anders Ibsen, and Robert Thoms.

For more information or to contact Derek directly, call him at (253) 225-5878 or visit the campaign website


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