Matt Nagle

was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark. and moved to the Pacific Northwest upon graduating from college 25 years ago. He has been a community journalist his entire adult life, starting out as a cub reporter in his youth and working his way up to editorship at various Seattle-area publications. He loves his job because he can use his talents to help bring people and communities together.

Email: mnagle@tacomaweekly.com

27 April 2017

Four emerge from Puyallup Tribal Council primaries

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians held its primary elections on April 22 for two open seats on the Puyallup Tribal Council. From a field of 14 candidates, four emerged to move on to the general election on June 10. With 923 tribal members casting their votes, this was a record turnout for a Puyallup Tribal Council primary. Read More

30 March 2017

‘Our Future Working Together’

On March 23, personnel from the Puyallup Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) and the Juarez Group, LLC hosted the fourth annual “Our Future Working Together” conference at the Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom and Convention Center. Attracting a variety of small business contractors and sub-contractors looking…

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14 March 2017

Lesli Sanders gifts music lovers with second solo acoustic CD

Back in the 1980s when Lesli Sanders was a wild child from Tacoma living in Southern California, a music revolution was underway that shaped him as a musician and performer. “Hair metal,” among its monikers, attracted hordes of youth to L.A. and Hollywood where they unleashed their punk creativity and partied like there…

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9 March 2017

Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium

By all counts, the first Puyallup Tribal Medical Marijuana Symposium was a great success. Attracting a nice-sized crowd to the EQC Showroom that Saturday morning, March 4, attendees learned about the healing powers of cannabis and how tribal members can use this plant as medicine to alleviate a host of illnesses.
The…

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4 August 2016

Lushootseed Language Institute officially begins at UWT

Under the guidance of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the University of Washington-Tacoma has launched the Lushootseed Language Institute, a two-week immersion program to help revitalize the Lushootseed native language spoken by several indigenous Coast Salish tribes including the Puyallup. The first day of class on Aug. 1…

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28 July 2016

Biotech accelerator consortium tours Salish Cancer Center

The Puyallup Tribe’s Salish Cancer Center and Puyallup Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud hosted a group tour of the center on July 22 with representatives from the City of Tacoma, University of Washington-Tacoma, MultiCare and Madigan Army Medical Center. The group is part of a consortium that has come together to grow the biotech…

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30 June 2016

UWT graduate heads for Oxford

 It may be unusual for a 13-year-old to discover her calling in life, but it happened for Bronwyn Clarke. Now all grown up and focusing on her vocation, this fall she will be heading to Oxford University to continue pursuing her dreams of working in the world of politics.
“Knowing what I wanted to do at an early…

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The Daily MashUp

30 December 2015

Tacoma Singing Society holds auditions

Tacoma Singing Society, with the emphasis on society, is an auditioned choir…Read More

4 August 2015

Pink Lung Brigade hosts Awareness Wednesday at Health Dept.

Once a month, the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health allows concerned citizens…Read More

Favorite Articles

4 August 2011

The Art of Hip Hop

With the fourth annual Hip Hop in the Park just a week away – Aug. 13 starting at noon in People’s Park – the young students in Darren “Scooter” Spencer’s The Art of Hip Hop course at D.A.S.H. Center for the Performing Arts are busy pulling together last minute details before the big day. This is their event –…

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14 July 2011

History is made as pride flag flies over city hall

With a jubilant crowd surrounding them on a sunny July 7 afternoon, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and City Councilmember Ryan Mello led the countdown for the first-ever raising of the pride flag over city hall. The event marked the kick-off Tacoma’s LGBT pride festivities, which were extended to 10 days this year.

One…

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11 May 2010

Puyallup Tribe mourns the passing of Lena Landry

May 4, 2010, was a sad day for the Puyallup Indian Tribe, as beloved elder and former tribal leader Lena (Davis) Landry passed away quietly with her family by her side. Even though she lived a full life until age 91, her death was still a blow to people inside and outside the tribe. After more than 60 years working for the…

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18 August 2011

Student travels from Pakistan to study journalism at Pierce College

Note: You can find Ismail's articles in the Tacoma Weekly on these pages:

25 May 2017

Pothole Pig

After so long, we have to assume that Percival our beloved Pothole Pig has simply vanished. However, there are still potholes in the city that need attention, so we simply – and sadly – must hire someone to handle his workload.
We decided to give the candidates a trial run to see how they do in the field.

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25 May 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 25 – JUNE 11

THURSDAY, MAY 25 - TRACK
4A, 3A, 2A State Track Meet
Mt. Tahoma Stadium - 3 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 25 - BASEBALL
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 - TRACK
4A, 3A, 2A State Track Meet

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25 May 2017

Tacoma’s Off the Dome taking off since collaboration with Kutt Calhoun

Tacoma rappers Terry “Capital-T” Maxwell and Anthony “B-Dub” Turner didn’t expect to be working with one of their idols at this stage in their careers; but there they’ll be Friday night, playing Jazzbones with Kansas City’s Kutt Calhoun (né Melvin Calhoun.)
Calhoun is best known as the hype man for popular…

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25 May 2017

Community takes strides against hunger, literally

The Emergency Food Network (EFN) wrapped up its first official Hunger Awareness Month on Saturday, May 20, with a Hunger Walk and 5K Run fundraiser. More than 650 runners and walkers took advantage of a beautiful sunny morning at Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom Park to show support for a noble cause that affects one in seven…

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25 May 2017

Food Fight! For a cause

There's nothing like a little friendly competition to capture a community's attention.
Two community organizers do just that with another round of the Fife Milton Edgewood Food Fight. Rather than the typical lunchroom action of slinging mashed potatoes and hamburger buns through the air, this food fight more constructive,…

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25 May 2017

Nightlife

Friday, May 26

AIRPORT TAVERN: Jordani & The Sun Kings, Sotaria & The Gravities (soul, pop) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Eugenie Jones (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES:

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25 May 2017

Tideflats take center stage on several fronts

The six protesters who were arrested last week after they reportedly chained themselves to construction equipment at the construction site of Puget Sound Energy’s 8 million-gallon liquefied natural gas facility at the corner of East 11th and Alexander Avenue East on the Tideflats have been released.
The protesters…

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25 May 2017

Mark your calendars: Future

Future is the main attraction on June 10 at Auburn's White River Amphitheatre. The rapper – who performed at the Tacoma Dome with Drake in September – is out in support of the two albums he released this year, “Future” and “Hndrxx.” Also on the bill are Migos, A$AP Ferg and Zoey Dollaz with a 7 p.m. start time.…

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25 May 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

“The Pirates of Penzance”
May 26th through June 25th, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood

Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been…

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25 May 2017

Memorial Day Observance

Tacoma Historical Society

The Tacoma Historical Society will present its annual Memorial Day Observance in Tacoma’s War Memorial Park at Sixth Avenue and MacArthur Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 29. Two new memorials, bearing the names of 226 Pierce County citizens who lost their lives…

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25 May 2017

Tacoma residents organize to save healthcare for local caregivers

Pierce County residents are fighting to save affordable healthcare for Washington’s caregivers. On Wednesday, community members rallied to oppose the state Senate budget, which would cut $28.1 million to home care aide health insurance and cause thousands of caregivers to lose insurance. Home care workers in Washington…

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25 May 2017

Bulletin Board

PIER 4 REALIGNMENT NEARS HALFWAY POINT AT SOUTH HARBOR

The Pier 4 reconfiguration is taking shape on the General Central Peninsula in Tacoma's South Harbor. Crews are working heavily on pier construction and installing underground utilities, including electrical, communication, sewer and stormwater…

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25 May 2017

McGraw and Hill bring soul 2 soul to Dome May 27

For local country fans, what could top hunky, chart-topping singer Tim McGraw headlining at last September’s Washington State Fair? Try McGraw hitting the road with superstar spouse, Faith Hill, for their first co-headlining tour in more than a decade.
The pop power couple has rebooted its popular Soul 2 Soul tour…

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25 May 2017

Festivals offer fun all summer long

Summer festival season is officially underway with Seattle Center's Northwest Folklife the Gorge Amphitheatre's Sasquatch on the docket this weekend (you know, even if it's not technically summer yet.) Here are some South Sound events you'll want to mark on your calendar – sunscreen optional.
Meeker Days

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18 May 2017

4th annual ‘Swim Defiance’ set for June 3

Have you ever taken the ferry to Vashon Island and wondered what it would be like to swim there instead? If so, and if you actually have the stamina and skills to navigate the bracing waters of Dalco Passage, you’re in luck: swimmers will be doing just that at the fourth annual Swim Defiance on Saturday, June 3.
“We…

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18 May 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma

Goings on this Week in Tacoma:

“The World’s First Long Distance Telephone Line”
Through Aug. 30, Tue. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 407 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98405

View documents pertaining to the making of long distance telegraph lines and…

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18 May 2017

PHOTO GALLERY - SHOCK SURGE TO FIRST PLACE

FIRST PLACE. The 1-0 victory by Washington Premier South Sound FC over the Spokane Shadow was a first for the hometown boys. In their previous six meetings, Spokane was victorious in four matches and tied with the Shock in the other two. Spokane won the first two Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) championships (the league…

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18 May 2017

Chris Cornell dead of apparent suicide

Details are gradually emerging regarding the shocking death of Soundgarden and Audioslave front man Chris Cornell, who passed away just hours after performing in Detroit last night. Many sources report that a family friend called police around midnight after finding the 52-year-old singer unresponsive in his hotel room. The…

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18 May 2017

Changing Scene Theatre Northwest brings unique work to the stage

Theater is happening in and around Tacoma. In addition to the established community theaters: Tacoma Little Theatre, Lakewood Playhouse and Tacoma Musical Playhouse, there is Paradise Theatre across the water, in Gig Harbor and – slightly to the north – there is Centerstage! In Federal Way. The theater departments of…

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18 May 2017

Nightlife

Friday, May 19

G. DONNA LSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Old School Fellas (R&B,  dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Afrodisiacs (pop covers) 9 p.m., $10-$15; “Funktion Friday” with…

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18 May 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 19 – JUNE 11

FRIDAY, MAY 19 – SOCCER
Portland U23 vs. Sounders U23
Bonney Lake HS – 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 - FOOTBALL
NW Hurricanes vs. Pierce Cty Bengals
Art Crate Stadium - 5 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 - SOCCER
Women - Olympic Force vs. WP…

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18 May 2017

Young U.P. student to sing National Anthem at Rainiers game

Young Sarah Seevers is a busy young lady. Already, this 14-year-old Drum Intermediate School student has a resume that boasts a variety of skills that most would envy. Seevers is a member of the Tacoma Youth Chorus. She is a gold level swimmer with the University Place Aquatic Club swim team, the Sharks. Not only that but…

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18 May 2017

Council appoints Pauli as new city manager

It only took a matter of minutes for the Tacoma City Council to appoint the city’s interim city manager, Elizabeth Pauli, to the permanent position despite never holding a formal interview or community forum like the top three candidates had to face last week.
Those interviews apparently didn’t go well for them…

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18 May 2017

Bulletin Board

HUNGER WALK/RUN TO PROVIDE DAIRY TO FAMILIES IN NEED

Does a stroll through the park sound like a great way to spend your Saturday morning? How about a run on the trails? At the Hunger Walk & 5K Run you can enjoy either of these and help your neighbors in need at the same time.
On May…

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18 May 2017

Home & Garden: Ampersand Interior Designs

The home is where the heart is, they say, which is why how your home looks and feels can be so important. Your home tells your story; it sets the tone for the goings-on within its doors. It can even affect your mood.
Seattle based Ampersand Interior Design has this in mind when they state their philosophy: “Ampersand…

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18 May 2017

Hunting wabbits, so be vewy, vewy quiet!

Elmer J. Fudd, of Bugs Bunny fame, would completely disapprove of the bunny hunt that sends ham radio operators traipsing through the woods each year. That's because the bunny is not cute or furry like Fudd’s wabbit. The bunny that Radio Club of Tacoma, W7DK, hunts is actually a hidden radio signal transmitter.
This…

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18 May 2017

Never promised you a rain garden

On Wednesday, May 5, the City sponsored a rain garden class at EnviroHouse, on the north end of Tacoma. That’s where this reporter learned that not just any homeowner is promised a rain garden because not every landscape can support one.
The City of Tacoma offers an exciting array of similar free classes to residents…

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18 May 2017

Live fire training held for West Pierce Fire and Rescue

West Pierce Fire and Rescue (WPFR) got a chance to do some live fire training on a real house in University Place on May 11. The residents at 326 Oas Dr. W. kindly donated their house to the fire department in an effort to provide an opportunity for firefighters to hone their skills in as real an environment as possible. Read More

18 May 2017

Graham man charged with murder in bear spray, shooting

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Justin Jennings, 39, on May 12 with one count of murder in the second degree. Jennings allegedly sprayed bear spray on J. Christopher Burton, 50, and then shot him twice during an argument over a car.
“This appears to be a minor dispute that pointlessly escalated,"…

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18 May 2017

Mark your calendars: Katy Perry

Katy Perry is coming back to Tacoma. On Monday, the pop princess announced dates in support of her forthcoming album “Witness,” including a Feb. 3 stop at the Tacoma Dome where she last performed in 2014 (shown.)
Tickets for next year's show go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Monday, May 22. Visit www.ticketmaster.com

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18 May 2017

Mother’s Day graduation brought happy congrats…and rain

Torrential rains poured as moms and their children posed for pictures on the music building's steps at the University of Puget Sound (UPS). It was shortly after noon on Sunday, May 14, and the weather could not dampen anyone's enthusiasm because on this day the moms were graduating with their college degrees and it was Mother's…

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17 May 2017

Reward up to $20,000 for info on whereabouts of accused Tacoma killer

The FBI and Tacoma Police Department are offering a cash reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted in two murders. 
On Feb. 7, 2010, detectives say Santiago “Pucho” Villalba Mederos was looking to retaliate against rival gang members when he encountered a brother…

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15 May 2017

Seattle luminaries turn out as U2 revisits “The Joshua Tree”

You know you're at a huge event when Bill Gates and Eddie Vedder show up. Such is the magnitude of  U2's 30th anniversary stadium tour for “The Joshua Tree,” the iconic, Irish rock quartet's most celebrated album.

The trek made its U.S. debut Sunday at Seattle's Century Link Field, following its launch the…

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11 May 2017

THE SHOCK DROP FIVE ON SEATTLE IN OPENER

Having navigated through a successful slate of preseason games, the Washington Premier South Sound FC opened league play against the Seattle Stars, one of their toughest rivals on Sunday, May 7 at the Washington Premier Soccer Fields. After a even matchup early on, Seattle would break the ice for the first goal. The Shock…

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11 May 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

“Cardinal Sins”
May 13 through June 4, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma

A tragic love affair woven in the amazing story of the birth of Freedom: the creation of Magna Carta, Civil war, justice and the…

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11 May 2017

Class and Cannabis at The Gallery

Even after Initiative 502 passed a few years back, the stigma of selling cannabis was still very much in the minds of those in the community. Folks tended to think of dingy “Green Cross” storefronts in sketchy parts of town. However, Tedd Wetherbee, owner of The Gallery chain of cannabis stores, looked to change all that. Read More

11 May 2017

Mark your calendars: Melissa Etheridge

The latest addition to the Washington State Fair Concert Series is singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge. The roots rocker – best known for “Come to My Window,” “I'm the Only One” and other hits – will headline the 11,000-seat Washington State Fair Event Center grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.
Tickets…

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11 May 2017

Toy Boat and UWT present ‘Water by the Spoonful’

For its most recent productions, Tacoma’s Toy Boat Theatre (the little theater company that could) has teamed up with University of Washington-Tacoma’s Student Theatre Actors Guild. The collaboration brings together UWT students and faculty with seasoned, regional actors. Toy Boat fills a valuable niche in Tacoma, giving…

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11 May 2017

Ceramics artist Nyland joins Lawler and Kinoshita at Matter

Matter, the art gallery/design boutique located at 821 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma, has made a few changes. Renowned painter and ceramicist Nicholas Nyland has joined Steve Lawler (rePly Furniture) and Lisa Kinoshita (jewelry maker, photographer, installation artist, curator and botanist of Moss + Mineral fame). Nyland…

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11 May 2017

Tacoma holds Day of Remembrance for Japanese American history

On May 17-18, 1942, more than eight hundred and seventy people of Japanese ancestry – many of them American citizens – were forcibly removed from Tacoma from Union Station. They were headed to Pinedale Assembly Center near Fresno, California. Approximately one out of seven returned to Tacoma. 
This free series…

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11 May 2017

Bulletin Board

CITY TO CONDUCT TIDEFLATS SUBAREA PLAN

On Tuesday, May 9, the City of Tacoma took an important step toward guaranteeing that a comprehensive community dialogue will take place regarding the Port of Tacoma and Tideflats. 
First, the City considered a budget appropriation of $500,000…

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11 May 2017

City of Tacoma declares state of public health emergency

The Tacoma City Council has passed Ordinance 28430, which declares a state of public health emergency relating to the conditions of homeless encampments and took effect immediately.
The declaration was made in response to growing health concerns resulting from higher concentrations of people living in the more than…

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11 May 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 11 - 28

THURSDAY, MAY 11 - SOCCER
Mt. Rainier vs. Bellarmine Prep
Sparks Stadium - 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 – BASEBALL
Round Rock vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 – SOCCER
NPSL #6 vs. Bellarmine (WCD…

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11 May 2017

New Jazzbones owners plan club makeover

Jazzbones has new owners, but they will be familiar faces to regular patrons of the Sixth Avenue hot spot.
Longtime bartender and manager Rachel Hogan and her boyfriend, Jonathan “Bruce” Hanshaw – a construction worker who had already been helping with repairs – have bought the 300-capacity music venue. The…

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11 May 2017

Nightlife

Friday, May 12

G. DONNALSON'S: Paula Byrne (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix ( dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Appetite for Deception, The Llanos Brothers (Guns N' Roses tribute, rock) 8 p.m., $10-$15; DJ Anthem (DJ) 11 p.m., $5 Read More

11 May 2017

May is Hunger Awareness Month in Pierce County

Pierce County has officially designated May as its first official Hunger Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Emergency Food Network (EFN), Hunger Awareness Month was designed to get the community involved through a variety of events throughout the month, to fundraise during a particular busy time for food pantries and meal…

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10 May 2017

Tacoma Police seek I.D. of bank robber with ‘raspy voice’

Tacoma Police are asking for the public’s help to I.D. a bank robbery suspect. “The thing that stands out about this guy is he apparently has a pretty raspy voice,” said Officer Shelbie Boyd.
On May 1, police say the suspect walked into the bank at 12:22 p.m. in the 900 block of Tacoma Avenue South.…

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4 May 2017

FOUR FINALISTS SELECTED FOR TACOMA CITY MANAGER POSITION

The Tacoma City Council has selected four finalists for the position of City Manager.

They are:

Kristoff Bauer has more than 22 years of management experience and currently serves as Deputy City Manager for the City of Fayetteville, N.C. He previously served the City of Fayetteville, N.C. as…

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4 May 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 4 - 21

THURSDAY, MAY 4 – FASTPITCH
Lindbergh vs. Foss
Heidelberg Complex – 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 – FASTPITCH
Wilson vs. Stadium
Peck Field – 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 – FASTPITCH
Lakes vs. Lincoln
Sera Field – 4 p.m.

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4 May 2017

Bluntly Speaking

Hello, our sincerest hope is that you are well. Not knowing you, or the potential of things you may or may not have done in life remains mildly irrelevant to the introduction of this article, yet remains at the heart of it, as well.
We want to chat about cannabis. Yes, we want to chat with you, your neighbor and anyone…

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4 May 2017

Mark your calendars: Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans is bringing his standup comedy to the Washington State Fair Concert Series with a scheduled Sept. 23 stop at the Fair's 11,000-seat grandstand. Wayans is  an actor, comedian, writer and producer, best known for films that include the “Scary Movie” series, “White Chicks,” “The Ladykillers” and…

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4 May 2017

WILSON HOOPS LEGEND GOES D-1

WINNER. (Left Arvella Jenkins, David Jr. and David Jenkins Sr.) On Monday, May 1, a gathering of family, friends and supporters of Wilson High School basketball got together for a celebration. With a few swipes of a pen, one of the greatest basketball players to ever lace up the sneakers in the city of Tacoma, inked the next…

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4 May 2017

From combat to apartment flat: Veterans Resource Fair has got your back

The fifth annual Veterans Resource Fair marches into this city on May 13th and performs from 9-to-3 o’clock inside the Tacoma Dome’s Exhibition Hall. The event is a great place for military-affiliated individuals living in Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston counties to network and learn about their Veteran’s Administration…

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4 May 2017

Indian Education/TCC powwow enjoys biggest turnout ever

The 11th annual Tacoma Indian Education/Tacoma Community College powwow was held on Saturday, April 15 on the campus of TCC. This has been an ongoing successful partnership between the Tacoma Indian Education program and TCC going on 11 years. This was the most successful powwow to date with more than 500 people in attendance. Read More

4 May 2017

South Sound FC christen new home, partnership

SHOCK! The South Sound FC will begin their fourth year of play in the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) soon with a new name and some new digs. Gone are days at Lakewood's Harry Lang Stadium, where it felt like the players were several hundred yards away from the fans. Now, the Shock will be calling the Washington Premier…

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4 May 2017

The Things We Like

EMBLEM SHALL RETURN

Tacoma's club scene was dealt a serious blow when Emblem closed it's doors last weekend. The venue – initially opened at 1025 Pacific Ave. as Encore - was shuttered to make way for apartments; but owner Jon Tartaglia said he is actively looking for a new spot to reopen. “Plans…

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4 May 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

‘1984’ by George Orwell
May 7, 7 p.m.
Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA

One night only staged reading of the Orwell classic. Based on the novel by George Orwell, “1984” is a terrifying and breathtaking view of a world controlled by a totalitarian government.…

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4 May 2017

Collaboration charts successes for Tacoma students

The Foundation for Tacoma Students and Graduate Tacoma released the 2017 Community Impact Report toward the community-defined goals for all grades and all Tacoma schools at an unveiling event that about 200 community boosters attended April28 at Metro Parks Tacoma’s STAR Center.
A collection of Gray Middle School…

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4 May 2017

Goodwill’s ‘Ready to Work’ luncheon introduces new president and CEO

On Tuesday amongst the classic northwest sunbreaks, the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center slowly filled with an exemplary group of individuals celebrating Goodwill’s “Ready To Work” annual luncheon. It’s an opportunity for local Pacific Northwest businesses, individuals, donors and community members to come…

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4 May 2017

Bulletin Board

VIALLE ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID FOR SCHOOL BOARD

Citing her commitment to excellence in our public schools, Tacoma School Board member Karen Vialle has announced her campaign for reelection this fall. Vialle, a former mayor of Tacoma and longtime community activist, is completing her first six-year…

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4 May 2017

Street wear brand ETC puts Tacoma on the fashion map

ETC is a locally owned, small, exclusive street-wear and urban boutique located at 907 Pacific Ave. Best friends Umi Wagoner, who is 27 years old, and Perris Wright, 28, are the owners and creative directors of ETC Tacoma. Perris is the idea guy for graphics and design. He did the logo, works with printing techniques and…

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4 May 2017

Nightlife

Friday, May 5

AIRPORT TAVERN: Stay Grounded (reggae) 9 p.m., $7
G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart and Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: 4 More (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Afroman with Haiku, Bvmmer…

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4 May 2017

Make a Scene: Ibsen classic ‘Peer Gynt’ staged by New Muses

We live in a time of trolls. We live in a time in which we construct ourselves in terms of the media that we consume. We live in a time in which increasing numbers of our fellow citizens seem unable or unwilling to distinguish fact from fiction. “Facts” become a matter of personal preference and are often handed out by…

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3 May 2017

Authorities hunt for coffee maker crook

Pierce County Sheriff's detectives are asking for help to identify a thief who stole a coffee maker from the South Hill Kohl’s store.
“Even though it was only a $200 coffee maker that he ran out of the store with, that doesn’t mean he’s not out doing it on a daily basis,” said…

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27 April 2017

Tacoma Opera Presents Offenbach Classic

Tacoma Opera will celebrate the opening of its 49th season this weekend with a production of Jacques Offenbach's “La Périchole” at Broadway Center's Rialto Theater.
Offenbach wrote this three-act opéra bouffe-style work, with its libretto produced by Henri Melhac and Ludovic Halévy. “La  Périchole”…

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27 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 28

URBAN ELK: Karrie O'Neill Muzic (rock, pop, Americana) 7 p.m., NC
B SHARP COFFEE: Squirrel Butter (roots, Americana) 8 p.m., $5, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Nancy Zahn (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite…

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27 April 2017

Make a Scene: TLT’s ‘Exit Laughing’ tickles and tantalizes

Judging by the frequent bursts of enthusiastic laughter, the Tacoma Little Theatre’s penultimate show of this season, a comedy called “Exit Laughing,” is an audience hit. The laughs begin early and continue through both acts of this swift play that is directed by Rick Horner.
The play is set in the suburban, middle…

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27 April 2017

12 men arrested and charged during online child sex sting

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged 12 men on April 24 with charges arising from an online child sex sting operation. The charges include attempted child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and commercial sexual abuse of a minor. 
“Protecting the vulnerable, especially children,…

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27 April 2017

Bulletin Board

STEPPING IT UP IN PIERCE COUNTY

Creating safer routes to school and transit, improving our sidewalks and streets for all users, and connecting our cross-community trail system. This is just a taste of what our regional Pierce County team is working on as a part of a recent call to action to Step It…

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27 April 2017

Be Well - Inside & Out

The folks at Classy Cuts really know what they’re doing. With more than 10 years of doing business in Tacoma’s 72nd Street neighborhood (and five years at their Bonney Lake location), owner Tina Dao and team have created a full service salon that caters to the entire family and focuses on customer retention and service.

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27 April 2017

Local Restaurants

The best sorts of hidden gems are the neighborhood bars. The classic “everyone knows your name” dynamic with ice-cold brews and hearty bites waiting for you as you ante up to the rail. Sometimes you need a destination where you can throw on your favorite T-shirt and jeans and enjoy the company of your friends and neighbors.…

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27 April 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 27 – MAY 14

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – FASTPITCH
Lincoln vs. Stadium
Peck Fields – 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – SOCCER
Stadium vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – BASEBALL
Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers Read More

27 April 2017

Four emerge from Puyallup Tribal Council primaries

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians held its primary elections on April 22 for two open seats on the Puyallup Tribal Council. From a field of 14 candidates, four emerged to move on to the general election on June 10. With 923 tribal members casting their votes, this was a record turnout for a Puyallup Tribal Council primary. Read More

27 April 2017

SR 167 timeline, details taking shape

Plans are moving forward for the extension of State Route 167 as a way to better connect the warehouse and distribution hub of the Kent Valley to the Tacoma Tideflats and ease traffic through the region.
Washington State Department of Transportation staffers held a series of public meetings about the state of the plans…

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27 April 2017

Weekly Rewind

"With our recurring Weekly Rewind feature, our staff photographers capture some of the biggest community happenings that you may have missed. Click on this week's gallery to relive the fun.”

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27 April 2017

Mark your calendars: Kendrick Lamar

Hip-hop maverick Kendrick Lamar recently dropped “Damn,” among the most heavily anticipated albums of 2017; and Monday he announced dates for his forthcoming tour, which includes an Aug. 1 stop at the Tacoma Dome.
Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. will provide support with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Tickets will go on sale…

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27 April 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma

Goings on this Week in Tacoma:

“Mrs. Smith goes to Washington”
April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I St, Tacoma

Tacoma Little Theatre presents Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington by Linda Britt. This production will be directed by Ellen Peters and stars Kathi Aleman. Read More

20 April 2017

Tacoma Police warn of ‘skimmers’ on 7-Eleven ATMs

Tacoma Police are warning people to look closely at the ATM before you withdraw cash at a 7-Eleven store​. Thieves are using “skimming machines” to steal bank account information off the magnetic strip and then cash out of accounts.
"A 'skimmer' was detected and removed from an ATM by a customer…

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20 April 2017

Make a Scene: Guitar Fest comes to Tacoma Dome April 29-30

Whether you're looking for a rare Epiphone guitar or you want to offload a few instruments that have been gathering dust in the attic, the Tacoma Guitar Festival is the place to be next weekend.
Its third, annual installment is expected to draw 1,500 guitar aficionados to the Tacoma Dome on April 29 and 30. The event…

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20 April 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 20 - 30

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 – FASTPITCH
Wilson vs. Lincoln
SERA Complex – 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 – SOCCER
Mt. Tahoma vs. Wilson
Stadium Bowl – 7:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 – BASEBALL
Central Kitsap vs. Bellarmine
Cheney…

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20 April 2017

Camp scholarships available for young eco‐adventurers

For the past five years, Pierce County Parks and Recreation in partnership with Pierce County Planning and Public Works Department have organized the Eco Explorers Adventure Camp for kids at Chambers Creek Regional Park. Through exploration, adventure and creative play, each day offers exciting new experiences that will challenge…

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20 April 2017

Bulletin Board

NORTHBOUND EXIT 133 CLOSES FOR SEVERAL MONTHS

Drivers who use the northbound Interstate 5 exit to I-705 and State Route 7 will need to take a detour for the next several months.
As of Friday, April 14, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation closed the Tacoma…

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20 April 2017

Home & Garden: Engage kids’ love of nature through bird feeding

Is it difficult to pry your kids away from their electronic devices to get them outdoors? From tots to teens, today's kids love their electronics. After all, where could you find anything to compete with the bright sights and sounds of their favorite video game? The answer may be no farther than your backyard and the brightly…

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20 April 2017

The Things We Like

SQUEAK & SQUAWK FUNDRAISER

Organizers of the forthcoming Squeak & Squawk Festival will host a fund-raising concert at Lift Bridge Coffee – located at 1102 A St. - at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21. The lineup includes local indie-rock and power-pop favorites Pig Snout, Trees and Timber (shown),…

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20 April 2017

Prosecutor’s Office wins two awards

The National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS) of Pierce County presented two awards to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. The first was the award for Outstanding Community Service, 2017. 
“Community service and community safety are among our main duties,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “We appreciate…

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20 April 2017

Mark your calendars: Gorillaz

The world's most popular virtual band, Gorillaz, has announced new tour dates which include a Sept. 30 stop at Seattle's KeyArena.
The cartoon version of band – the brainchild of Blur's Damon Albarn and “Tank Girl” cartoonist Jamie Hewlett – consists of Murdoc Niccals, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. The real collective…

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20 April 2017

Getting to the bottom of colonoscopies: five myths debunked

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States and the second leading cause in men, but it doesn't need to be. In fact, it's one of the few cancers that can be prevented by appropriate screening.
“Colonoscopies are life-saving, preventive tests,” says Kevin…

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20 April 2017

Small, shy and senior off-leash dog area coming to Chambers Creek Park

An expanded off-leash area including a separate area for small, shy and senior dogs is coming soon to Pierce County’s Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.  
Since its inception in 2007, the nonprofit SUNDogs group has lobbied for a larger off-leash area for dogs and their owners. Although the…

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20 April 2017

Nightlife

Friday, April 21

REAL ART TACOMA: Cheap Sweat, Stamps, Sprism, Mop (alternative) 8 p.m., $7, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (story telling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m.,…

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20 April 2017

Home & Garden: Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors

Located at 7216 27th St. W. in University Place, this full-service nursery is truly a one-stop shop. Everything in house has been optimized for our Pacific Northwest weather, and the horticultural techniques critical for maintaining them. Just flag anyone on staff for any questions, no matter how specific they may be, and…

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20 April 2017

CORRECTION

The photos in the April 14 story “PLU MediaLab holds free screening of environmental film” were incorrectly credited. They were taken by Kelly Lavelle. Tacoma Weekly apologizes for the error.

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20 April 2017

City of Tacoma ‘Bike month’ schedule of events

Designated “Bike Month” by the City of Tacoma, the month of May will be packed with bike-related events and activities. Below are just a handful of the many events planned throughout the month:

May 1-31: Bike everywhere challenge. Ditch your car and use your bike to commute to work, the park, the…

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19 April 2017

Second defendant arraigned for April 2016 stabbing death

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Cesar Chicas-Carballo, 30, on April 14. The Prosecutor’s Office charged Chicas-Carballo with first-degree murder on March 2 for the stabbing of Samuel Crces Vasquez in April of last year. Chicas-Carballo was arrested on April 13.
“Our gang unit has successfully reduced…

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13 April 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 13 - 30

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 – SOCCER
Bethel vs. Lincoln
Lincoln Bowl – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 - BASEBALL
El Paso vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 - BASEBALL
California Lutheran vs. PLU
Pacific…

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13 April 2017

Goats at the Elks Lodge

ECO-FRIENDLY. A crew of 41 goats are work- ing at clearing brush and blackberry bushes next to the former Elks Lodge in downtown Tacoma this week. The buffet of vegetation will be gone by Friday, when the goats are expected to have gnawed, chewed and swal- lowed the last of the greenery from the half- acre site. They will…

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13 April 2017

Bulletin Board

GOODWILL EXTENDS TAX SEASON TO OCT. 10

If you qualified for Earned Income (EITC) or child tax credits this year and have not claimed these credits in the past, you could be eligible for up to two additional years’ worth of refunds. This and a number of other taxpayer needs are prompting Goodwill,…

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13 April 2017

The Things We Like

BEST DOCUMENTARY

“Changing Currents: Protecting North American's Rivers” - a documentary created by Pacific Lutheran University's MediaLab – was recognized as best video documentary at the 2017 National Broadcasting Society Electronic Media Competition Awards Ceremony, held in New York on March…

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13 April 2017

Power rates increase under hybrid plan

Tacoma City Council has approved electricity rate hikes for the next two years after rejecting an earlier proposal that some members worried would not promote conservation. It was the first power rate increase since 2005.
The earlier plan put the entire rate increases of $5.75 in 2017 and 2018 onto the current $10.50…

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13 April 2017

PLU MediaLab holds free screening of environmental film

Kelly Lavelle, an art and graphic design major at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), has grown up in the Pacific Northwest, learning to appreciate the region’s beauty and abundant natural resources.
It was this love for the environment that Lavelle, 21, said prompted her and four other PLU students to begin researching…

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13 April 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma

Sewing to Sowing
April 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Crowd favorite Blackberry Patch Farm will be on hand again this year with baby lambs. Folks can check out the new poultry house and visit with chicks. Families can get their…

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