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.


6 October 2011

Heart Walk 2011 puts focus on prevention

Three years ago, Tacoma native Jon Wheeler was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

He got the news at age 30, on the same day his second child was born.

A year later, Wheeler was admitted to the hospital where he stayed for the next five months. He lost almost half of his total body weight, and all of his…

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6 October 2011

Volunteer campaign urges Tacoma to spare an hour for youth

David Droge believes even the busiest people have at least one hour to spare.

The Lincoln High School writing coach used this simple idea as a way to get more volunteers on the South End high school’s campus.

That effort has morphed into a city-wide call for caring adults who can spare an hour to connect…

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29 September 2011

Local rockers mix it up with free show at Hell’s Kitchen

Next week, the indie and the rock worlds will cross in a frenzy of local musical extravagance that won’t even cost you a dime.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Oct. 7, Hell’s Kitchen will open its doors to the music-loving masses, showcasing some of the best that Tacoma has to offer on all sides of the rock spectrum…

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29 September 2011

District, union agree to put strike behind them

After months of bargaining and seven days on strike, Tacoma School District has finally settled its bargaining qualms.

After Tacoma teachers voted to strike Sept. 12, it took days of picketing, back and forth negotiations and the Governor’s intervention to come to an agreement and put students and teachers back…

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22 September 2011

Fur Ball is back - with a twist

Tacoma’s premier fundraising event for local pets returns this year with a little twist from years past.

The black tie (encouraged) event will take place Oct. 1 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Tacoma Art Museum, instead of the usual location at Temple Theater.

The event will also put more of an emphasis on…

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22 September 2011

Live Laugh Love

Seven years ago, Karol Brown started a health event centered around black women because she noticed a disparity in the education, prevention and detection opportunities for women of color. 
Today, the free annual event attracts more than 200 woman and young girls to come be educated, empowered and healthy.

On Oct.…

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22 September 2011

Economy hits hard for oral health care

Erika Utley is a stay-at-home mother of four from Gig Harbor. Her husband is a salesman whose commission-based pay took a hard hit with the declining economy. Insurance plans were offered through his employer, but the out-of-pocket premiums were too much for the family to bear.

Dental care for their children and themselves…

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15 September 2011

Class Size, Teacher Pay and Seniority

Amid the day-by-day, hour-by-hour changing developments in the Tacoma teachers strike, one fact remains consistent: they still have no contract agreement with the school district, and an impending lawsuit hangs over the union’s head.

As the legal events rapidly unfold, three main issues remain unresolved between…

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1 September 2011

Bumbershoot Weekend Coverage

While Bumbershoot is technically attached to our big sister to the north, as one of the largest festivals of its kind in North America, the three-day festival cannot be ignored just because it is 35 miles outside Tacoma city limits.

As one of the largest showcases for regional and national music acts, Bumbershoot is…

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1 September 2011

Foss going strong into new school year

Nine months ago, Henry Foss High School was in danger of being shut down.

As Tacoma’s smallest comprehensive high school, a budget crisis and low numbers put Foss on the chopping block.

The community spoke out, and Tacoma School Board listened. More than 1,000 students will walk into the halls of Foss on the…

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25 August 2011

Grit returns to the city

Some may argue that over the years, Tacoma has saturated its summer music festival scene. Quincy Henry is not one of those people.

Last year, Henry – also known by his hip-hop stage moniker Q-Dot – spearheaded a local music festival that he sees as someday being Tacoma’s Bumbershoot. Or the South Sound’s Sasquatch.

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25 August 2011

Stuff the Bus

Despite a tough economy, Tacoma still cares about helping out its students.

In its seventh year of Community In Schools’ Tacoma school supply drive “Stuff The Bus,” organizers were thrilled that donations still came through strong.

“We knew we were going to be a little down from last year, because of…

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18 August 2011

So Just Festival’s 5th Anniversary

On Aug. 20, local social justice advocates will turn out their fifth-annual arts and education forum that puts local issues in the community’s spotlight.

From 2-6 p.m. at Evergreen State College’s Tacoma campus, local artists and organizations will share their words with Tacoma at this free event.


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11 August 2011

‘iCarly’ star Cosgrove to share her music with Tacoma

UPDATE: At 3 p.m. Aug. 11, Tacoma Weekly was notified that Miranda Cosgrove suffered an ankle injury in a tour bus accident. Dancing Crazy Summer Tour has been postponed until further notice. The Broadway Center is looking to reschedule the performance pending schedule availability and the Box Office…

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11 August 2011

Open for Business

On Aug. 26, the highly anticipated Tacoma Food Co-op will finally open its doors.

After a hiccup in contract negotiations with the location’s landlord, the Co-op is moving forward with setting up shop for its Aug. 26 opening date.

And as always, they are still seeking new member-owners to help fill the gap…

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11 August 2011

A Smiling Servant

Del Rotan has done his service for America. The 90-year-old Tacoman and World War II veteran served for three years in Europe, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and at Omaha Beach.

He raised two successful daughters with his wife of 63 years, and is grandfather to more than a dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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28 July 2011

Music Review: Big Wheel Stunt Show

Big Wheel Stunt Show deliver a rocking, bluesy mix of good-time tunes on their second album “Cheetah Milque.”

Named after a conversation about how different animals’ milk would affect a human, “Cheetah Milque” is packed with sprints of energetic funky fun, as one would expect to feel after drinking the milk…

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28 July 2011

The Rebel Riot to feed Tacoma’s car-show hunger

There’s a new kid on Tacoma’s car show block.

The Rebel Riot hopes to fill the void left in Tacoma’s summer scene by the discontinuation of the ever-beloved Hotrod-A-Rama.

Hosted on Aug. 6 at the New Frontier, The Rebel Riot can accommodate up to 200 classic cars in its contest, and just like any good…

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28 July 2011

Largest port habitat restoration project wraps

Port of Tacoma recently wrapped up its largest environmental restoration project to date: a 26-acre wildlife habitat site along Hylebos Creek.

The port purchased the property in 2005 for habitat restoration and mitigation, and finally dedicated the space, named by the Puyallup Tribe a traditional Twulshootseed word…

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28 July 2011

A positive stretch

A new running group has started along Dock Street.

Every Wednesday for the last seven weeks, a growing group of walkers and runners gather under the I-705 interchange, and take off down a three to four-mile jaunt around Thea’s Park and back. After that, some will stick around for a quick yoga session.

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The Daily MashUp

11 April 2012

Chief Leschi Daffodil Princess Alexandria Cole found dead

Chief Leschi senior and 2012 Daffodil Festival Royalty Alexandria Cole has been…Read More

5 April 2012

LeMay announces opening night festivities

LeMay Car Museum will open its doors in a big way June 1, with three different,…Read More

Favorite Articles

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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