Clare Jensen

is home-grown Tacoman who started her journalism career as an intern for the Tacoma Weekly in 2007. Since then, she has consistently covered Tacoma schools, and news for the Puyallup Tribe, but her true love of writing centers around local music, businesses and the people and events that make Tacoma unique.


25 April 2012

Youth and Family Summit Aims to Ignite Discussions on Race and Education

This weekend, more than 1,000 community youth and adults will gather together to discuss a four-letter word that has become sometimes taboo in local educational institutions: race.

The Youth and Family Summit, modeled after the 2010 event that attracted more than 700 middle and high school students to school – on…

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24 April 2012

World Wide Vegan Bakesale in Tacoma on Sunday

Stop by King's Books (218 St. Helens Ave.) on from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday for some delicious, homemade, completely animal-free sweet treats!

For the second year in a row, local vegans are joining forces to participate in the annual World Wide Vegan Bake Sale, which aims to spread vegan awareness - and general yumminess…

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12 April 2012

Making New Connections at Irma Gary House

On March 29, roommates Rhonda Hos and Tammy Cadott sat in their cozy living room, sipping coffee and talking about the day ahead. Hos was getting ready to head to Port Townsend to work for the weekend, and Cadott was preparing for a day of volunteer work at Habitat For Humanity.

The two women have a lot in common.…

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12 April 2012

Once-Hidden Art Goes on Display at Bellarmine

High school junior Ally Pepin was overcome with emotion when she saw the prolific paintings of artists Adam Aldrich, Justin Mason and Charles Ralston.

The masterful paintings spanning diverse abstract styles caught her eye, but they were not displayed for sale on the gallery wall like one would expect of the superbly…

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29 March 2012

CD Review: Midnight Salvage Co.

Midnight Salvage Co. has been making a name for themselves around the Northwest music scene (especially in their home town of Tacoma) and their long-awaited debut album should not disappoint the hordes of fans who have acclaimed the band’s high-energy live sets over the last few years.

What spawned out of a series…

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29 March 2012

Local College Students Make No Child Left Hungry Their Goal

What started as a college leadership project has morphed into a community service effort that helps feed 75 Tacomans each week.

College friends Serina Clark and Chelsea Arbogast have made it their mission that no child is left hungry.

Clark and Arbogast started a little over a month ago, getting food donations…

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15 March 2012

Welcome, freshmen!

Tacoma School of the Arts will welcome its first ever freshman class this fall after more than a decade of catering solely to sophomore students and above.

The decision came after recent demands by the school’s community and current middle schoolers who said it was time for the alternative arts high school based…

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15 March 2012

Hey, Coulier!

Longtime comedian Dave Coulier will be in Tacoma next week presenting his unique blend of standup, impressions, zany voices and even a little bit of music for five shows at the Tacoma Comedy Club.

Best known for his role as Joey Gladstone on the early 1990s sitcom “Full House,” Coulier got his start in comedy…

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8 March 2012

Tacoma Titans wheel their way to Nationals

Tacoma Titans wheelchair basketball squad is getting a good start as the only competitive team in the South Sound.

After only two years of turning the purely recreational team into an official National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) competitor, they have already become a standout in the Northwest Region.

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8 March 2012

Vile Red Falcons

Vile Red Falcons' are back at it on the heels of the release of their first full-length studio album.

After selling out of their first self-titled EP in 2009, the men behind the vile name spent the bulk of 2011 writing and recording "Under Your Skin" with legendary engineer Conrad Uno at Egg Studios.


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1 March 2012

Can You Spare One Dollar Per Month?

Doug Clerget, a 33-year-old Tacoma-grown real estate agent, credits his philanthropic ways to his upbringing.

Raised by his grandfather – also named Doug Clerget – a local mover and shaker who made helping people his priority, giving back to the community was a way of life in their household.

But the older…

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16 February 2012

Twilight Academy takes high school after hours - Vampires not included

Tacoma's newest educational option the Twilight Academy is not intended to be a magnet for sparkly bloodsuckers, like its famous moniker may imply.

The new credit retrieval program, stationed at Foss High School after regular school hours, is meeting the need for non-conventional high school students, and the first…

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9 February 2012

2012 Princess Promenade

One of Pierce County's fondest traditions kicked off Feb. 4 with the area's brightest young women donning their quintessential yellow gowns for the public debut of this year's Daffodil Festival Princesses.

The 2012 Princess Promenade, which officially proclaims 24 of the area's high school seniors as official Daffodil…

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9 February 2012

Tacoma’s Robotics Alliance Prepares for Bot Big Leagues

Tacoma Public Schools "Robotics Alliance" is getting down to the wire on a high-stakes deadline that could take them to the world championships of robots for the third time.

The team that started as School of the Arts' SOTA BOTS in 2008 has since morphed into a larger alliance, centered in Stewart Middle Schools' shop…

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9 February 2012

CD Review: Perry Acker - “Path to Freedom”

Gig Harbor-based Perry Acker's debut studio album "Path to Freedom" is a shining example of the band's high-polished, high-talent and highly-smooth music.

A mix of smooth jazz, soft crooning vocals, and mellow classic rock basics, "Path to Freedom" is feel-good jam-styled music with enough gumption to take center…

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2 February 2012

Show your love for boobies this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine's Day, one special event will unite singles, couples, friends and fun – all for a cause that is (literally) close to your heart.

The Boobie Bash at Hell's Kitchen Feb. 14 will do just that. The pink-infused Valentine's Day event will feature live music, pretty dancing ladies, all sorts of great raffle…

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26 January 2012

Want to know your student’s graes? There’s an app for that

Grades for students in Tacoma Public Schools are now instantaneously available via the district's new TPS Grades app for smartphones.

Tacoma School District has allowed parents and students to access grades online for the past couple of years, and officials say adapting that website into a mobile app was the natural…

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12 January 2012

Baker Middle School embarks on a new era

Baker Middle School students and staff bid farewell to their old home as they entered the brand new, state-of-the-art education center Jan. 2 after winter break.

The 119,000-square-foot building was opened after 18 months of construction as a replacement for the increasingly run-down structure that sits next door.…

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12 January 2012

Tacoma’s oldest preschool co-op welcomes alumni for 60th celebration

Over the past 60 years, thousands of tots, toddlers, kiddies and pre-kindergartners have crawled, waddled, and ran through the halls of Jack and Jill Co-op Preschool – the first of its kind in Tacoma.

Started in 1951 under the name of Mason Methodist Co-Op, the pre-school program followed the growing trend nation-wide…

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28 December 2011

"A Little Twist" coming from New York to Pantages

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players are putting “a little twist” on their classic repertoire with an upcoming show at Broadway Center.

The traveling company, which has wowed audiences in New York and nationwide, will be making their first trip to Tacoma for this one-of-a-kind cabaret-styled show.


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17 May 2011

Marrow to land a spot in the heart of Tacoma

It’s the essence. The core. The nitty gritty.

In short, it’s Marrow: a new fine-dining experience that will make exotic foods accessible to the general public.

And it’s the first of its kind for Tacoma.

Top of Tacoma founders Jaime Kay and Jason Jones have teamed up with local chef Kyle Wnuk to…

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7 July 2011

Much more than coffee

One year ago, the founders of Caffe Dei opened the doors to what they hoped would become a destination for specialty coffee in Tacoma.

The café’s passionate coffee professionals Shuanna Holt and Shane Siegfried would pull high-quality espresso into artisan cups of pure, decant brews worthy of being named after the…

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3 March 2011

The Middle Years

More than half of Tacoma’s middle schools are failing.

It is no secret. It’s also nothing new.

Last spring, four Tacoma middle schools were identified among schools in the state performing in the lowest 5 percent. This status qualified each these four schools for a federal School Improvement Grant…

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9 June 2011

The hidden face of homelessness

Juan Amezcua is homeless.

But you wouldn’t know it by looking at him.

He doesn’t push a shopping cart, nor does he hold up a sign asking for change on the street corner.

In fact, Juan, his wife Melissa, and their three children used to be proud homeowners until the economy went south and left them…

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