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

22 June 2017

Puyallup Tribal Council welcomes one incumbent, one new member

It was standing room only in the Puyallup Tribal Council Chambers on June 15, as tribal community members gathered for the official swearing in of two council candidates who came out winners of the 2017 election – Tim Reynon and James “Jim Jim” Rideout.
With the scent of burning sage perfuming the air, the Tribe’s…

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1 June 2017

Puyallup veterans honor their own on Memorial Day

Just like Memorial Day commemorations happening across the country on May 29, the Puyallup Tribe held its own memorial event that day as well as is tribal tradition. Led by Puyallup Tribal veterans, the moment of reflection and gratitude took place under sunny skies at the Warrior Wall of the Puyallup People that was officially…

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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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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:

22 June 2017

National Indian Gaming Association chooses David Bean as vice chairman

Puyallup Tribal Councilmember David Bean was sworn in on June 20 as vice chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). He will serve out the rest of the one-year term of the former vice chairman, then be up for full re-election at NIGA’s next national conference.
Nominated by NIGA at-large board member…

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22 June 2017

SPORTSWATCH

4A SOUTH PUGET SOUND LEAGUE

ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL

Most Valuable Pitcher: Michael Newstrom, Puyallup, sr.
Most Valuable Player: Michael Spellacy, Puyallup, sr.
Coach of the Year: Casey Adcox, Sumner
FIRST TEAM
Pitcher: Jake Roten, Emerald Ridge, sr.; Derek…

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22 June 2017

Bulletin Board

 ‘DOT COMPLICATED’ AUTHOR TO KEYNOTE CHAMBER EVENT

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Emmy nominee and founder/CEO of Zuckerberg Media, Randi Zuckerberg, will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural South Sound Summit.
Zuckerberg, author of New York Times best…

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22 June 2017

Puyallup Nation Kings stay undefeated

WRECKING CREW. The Puyallup Nation King's are starting to click on all cylinders. The two-time defending champions of the Western Washington Football Alliance are now 4-0, thanks to an over- whelming 56-7 performance over the Kitsap Storm on Saturday, June 17, at Chief Leschi Stadium. After four games, the Kings are outscoring…

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22 June 2017

A tangible piece of the moment

When I look at a painting by local artist Tweed Meyer, I always see more than a little kinship with the great post-impressionist/proto-expressionist Vincent Van Gogh. The kinship goes deeper than just a stylistic affinity. I get the strong sense that, like Van Gogh, Meyer gets an emotional charge from places and people. Her…

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22 June 2017

Nightlife

Friday, June 23

CULTURA: Azul Fridays with DJ Mauro and DJ Leo (Latin DJ) 10 p.m., $10-$240
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Fever 103, Cheap Trixx (Foreigner, Cheap Trick tribute) 8 p.m., $10-$15
KEYS ON MAIN:

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22 June 2017

Lakewood man charged with 2015 cold case murder

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged David Gallegos, 30, on June 15 with murder in the second degree for the stabbing death of Danny Guerin, 36. Gallegos stabbed Guerin multiple times for no apparent reason as Guerin sat in his car in a Lakewood park. 
“Citizens solved this murder mystery,” said…

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22 June 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

Atomic Comicon 2017
June 23, 1-5 p.m.; June 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma

Info: www.tacomalibrary.org/browse_program/atomic-comicon-2017

Come…

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22 June 2017

Developer preps for grocery store in Fife

A full-service grocery store could be coming to Fife sooner rather than later.
Fife City Council has authorized the $1.25 million sale of about four acres of unused city land at the southwest corner of 70th Avenue East and 20th Street East to a developer who has plans for a grocery store on the property.
Jeffrey…

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22 June 2017

Lindquist discusses elder abuse with University Place City Council

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist gave a public safety update to University Place Council members at the regularly scheduled University Place City Council meeting.
“We’re very happy with the work you do, Mark,” said Mayor Javier Figueroa. “We’re happy with how it impacts all of our communities, but especially…

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22 June 2017

Puyallup Tribal Council welcomes one incumbent, one new member

It was standing room only in the Puyallup Tribal Council Chambers on June 15, as tribal community members gathered for the official swearing in of two council candidates who came out winners of the 2017 election – Tim Reynon and James “Jim Jim” Rideout.
With the scent of burning sage perfuming the air, the Tribe’s…

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22 June 2017

Be Well - Inside & out: Women rule at Beach Bound Fitness

There are many reasons why women might choose to get their workout from a women's-only gym boutique. Beyond not wanting to do warm-up stretches in front of a crowd because of concerns with gawking, an all-women's gym can simply feel safer. Maybe someone has a history of abuse, or maybe she has personal body issues and doesn't…

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22 June 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 26 – JULY 16

MONDAY, JUNE 26 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 6:05 p.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 6:05 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma…

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22 June 2017

Mark your calendars: Reggae on the Way

We now know the lineup for Tacoma's newest summer festival, Reggae on the Way, which will take over South Tacoma Way, near the Airport Tavern, starting at 3 p.m. on July 30. The event will feature performances by Common Kings, Ballyhoo, Tribal Theory, Stay Grounded, Positive Rising and Anuhea (shown.) The event is open to…

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22 June 2017

Taste of Tacoma to bring the best in local eats to Point Defiance

With the arrival of summer, it's time to head over to Point Defiance for some alligator on a stick. More than 225,000 noshers are expected to bring their appetites to the Emerald Queen's annual Taste of Tacoma celebration as it takes over the park from Friday to Sunday, June 23 to 25.
This year's festival will showcase…

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20 June 2017

Dance Theatre Northwest presents ‘All That Dance’

On Saturday, June 24, Dance Theatre Northwest will bring its newest production of “All That Dance” to the Mount Tahoma high school auditorium (4634 S. 74th St.) at 4 p.m. “All That Dance" features "42nd Street," "Almost Blue," "The Reef," Fascinating Rhythm," "African Spirit,"…

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15 June 2017

Tahoma Audubon Society announces youth bird drawing contest winners

Beautiful backyard birds – the American Robin, the Spotted Towhee and the Red-breasted Nuthatch – were the artistic challenge for students in the 18th annual Youth Bird Drawing Contest of Tahoma Audubon Society (TAS).
This year 21 schools from across Pierce County submitted a total of 125 entries to be judged. Entries…

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15 June 2017

Bulletin Board

TPU LAUNCHES WOMEN'S RESOURCE GROUPS

Nearly half of the women who work for Tacoma Public Utili-ties gathered recently to participate in a new resource group designed to sup-port women in the
workplace. Just overa quarter of Tacoma Public Utilities’ employees are female.
The group, called…

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15 June 2017

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck responds to shooting

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement after the shooting at a baseball field where Members of Congress were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game:
“This tragedy hits home, and yet too many communities around the United States know the…

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15 June 2017

Meet the makers at Matter on June 17

Meet local makers of contemporary, one-off home designs and jewelry at Matter's “Meet the Makers Popup” this Saturday, June 17, 4-8 p.m.
First up, meet Tacoma artist Nicholas Nyland, introducing his amazing line of home accessories, a collection called “Object Lesson.” The new co-owner of Matter, with Lisa Kinoshita,…

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15 June 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

Crafts of the Past: Tatting with Patti Logan
June 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St.
Info:
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15 June 2017

Forest Beutel to debut new solo CD at Jazzbones

Inspiration can come from the weirdest places. Just ask Tacoma singer-songwriter Forest Beutel, best known for singing and picking banjo for popular bluegrass outfits, Barleywine Revue and the Rusty Cleavers.
Beutel felt stuck when writing one of the new songs he plans to perform on Friday, June 16, at Jazzbones. “I…

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15 June 2017

Rollin’ 253’s Saturday night Retro Skate

Tacoma is full of secrets and one of them is how three seasons every year the roller skating rink located just one block south of Tacoma Community College on Mildred Street is packed. Rollin' 253's General Manager Jerri Turner said up to 150 people will be bumping skates on a typical Saturday night. Yet show up in the summer…

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15 June 2017

Mark your calendars: Bumbershoot

Promoter One Reel has released the daily lineups for Seattle's Bumbershoot festival. Headlining the main stage at Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend will be Flume (Sept. 1), Lorde (Sept. 2, shown) and Odesza (Sept. 3). Among other big shots performing this year are Weezer, The Roots,  Flo Rida, Spoon, Margaret Cho,…

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15 June 2017

Ohm ohm at the beach

Grab a yoga mat, water bottle and maybe some sunscreen because plans for a new outdoor yoga class are now flowing toward Chambers Creek Regional Park. Classes will begin the first weekend in July. That means yoga students can practice their kneeling twists in view of McNeil Island and can chant "ohm" while listening…

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15 June 2017

Nightlife

Friday, June 16

AIRPORT TAVERN: Shawn Daddy (reggae) 9 p.m., NC
B SHARP COFFEE: Tacoma Community Jazz Band (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Bill & Denny's Little Big Band (jazz, blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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15 June 2017

Second Cycle helps riders get ready for summer

Are you a fair weather cyclist? If you like to ride when the roads are dry and the sun is shining, you’re probably just now dusting off your bicycle for the first ride of the year. If so, Travis Martin at Second Cycle in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood has a few words of advice.
“Your bike probably needs a general…

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15 June 2017

Don’t Blink - Matter is becoming Minka

In the retail equivalent of ice skating’s double-axel, triple-Salchow, local design store Matter is making a bold leap, changing its name to Minka, and starting its own eponymous product line. “It makes sense,” says Lisa Kinoshita, who co-owns the store with new business and creative partner, Nicholas Nyland. “The…

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15 June 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 17 – JULY 15

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – SOCCER
Yakima United vs. South Sound FC Women
Washington Premier Complex – 1 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – SOCCER
Yakima United vs. South Sound FC
Washington Premier Complex – 3:30 p.m.

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8 June 2017

Pothole Pig rumors

There are new rumors about the disappearance of Percival, our beloved Pothole Pig. While there is no solid evidence at this point, the rumors have rekindled the search.
Rumor has it that Percival was leading a double life from the unassuming, all-business pig that he presented to his friends and co-workers. Rumors are…

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8 June 2017

Local Restaurants: Chef provides excellent cuisine for your event or party

Delphia Brewton is a personal chef who offers all sorts of catering. While she loves creating excellent cuisine, she is also expanding her brand and is working on a new cookbook. Customers can also buy gift baskets from her to deliver when someone is ill or a "welcome home" basket for that special new arrival. Read More

8 June 2017

Waldorf School relocates to Weyerhaeuser Estate

Tacoma Waldorf School is relocating to the educational building on the property formerly known as the Weyerhaeuser Estate in North Tacoma. The move enables the school to expand enrollment to more than double their current numbers, filling a long-awaited demand for this specialized education. Waldorf curriculum emphasizes…

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8 June 2017

The ‘20s are roaring back to Tacoma

Ladies. it's time to pull on your bell-shaped hats and matte stockings. Men, don your colorful suits and patterned socks because Friday and Saturday evenings, June 9 and 10, Tacoma from the 1920s with all its original community support and party enthusiasm is roaring back in style. It's going to be a double feature weekend,…

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8 June 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 8 - 30

THURSDAY, JUNE 8 – BASEBALL
Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 – SOCCER
Lane United vs. Sounders U23 Read More

8 June 2017

Lakewood Playhouse delivers Gilbert and Sullivan swashbuckler

Pirates. Pirates. Pirates. Pirates. As a vehicle of adventure and fantasy they have never really gone out of style (at least since they ceased to be a reality-based scourge for those travelling on the high seas). They are the archetype of the colorful outlaw, extravagant in their fashion choices, free to travel wherever the…

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8 June 2017

Lakewood Playhouse delivers Gilbert and Sullivan swashbuckler

Pirates. Pirates. Pirates. Pirates. As a vehicle of adventure and fantasy they have never really gone out of style (at least since they ceased to be a reality-based scourge for those travelling on the high seas). They are the archetype of the colorful outlaw, extravagant in their fashion choices, free to travel wherever the…

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8 June 2017

Bulletin Board

C-SPAN REVEALS TACOMA HISTORY, HIGHLIGHTS AUTHORS

Film crews from C-SPAN are visiting Tacoma this week to feature the history and non-fiction literary life of the city on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).
In…

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8 June 2017

Family Affair Car Show brings classic cars to Fife

Gather up the kids, warm up the family auto and take a nice drive to Dacca Park in Fife (2820 54th Ave. E.) on June 25 for the 11th annual Fife Family Affair Car Show. Admission is free and there are all kinds of things planned to keep all ages entertained for hours.
Fife Historical Society Managing Director Julie Watts…

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8 June 2017

Osborne re-imagines work of Dylan at Broadway Center

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Joan Osborne performed the songs of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan at Tacoma's Rialto Theater on Saturday, June 3. Versions of those songs will appear on her upcoming CD “Songs of Bob Dylan” which is due out in September. 
Dylan is one of the most prolific songwriters…

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8 June 2017

Nightlife

Friday, June 9

AIRPORT TAVERN: Stacy Jones Band (blues) 8 p.m., NC
B SHARP COFFEE: Something to Tell (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Joynaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Rumor 6 (pop…

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8 June 2017

Mark your calendars: Arcade Fire

Montreal's Arcade Fire has announced new tour dates, including an Oct. 15 return to Seattle's KeyArena. The band will be out in support of its forthcoming fifth album, “Everything Now,” the follow-up to 2013's “Reflektor.”
Providing support for the “Infinite Content” tour in Seattle will be popular art-pop…

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8 June 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

2017 Salish Sea Early Music Festival: The Music of Mauro Giuliani
June 4, 7 p.m.
Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison, Tacoma

Info: www.salishseafestival.org/tacoma
The final 2017 Salish Sea Early Music…

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8 June 2017

Three more men arrested in online child sex sting

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Paul Hobgood, 56, Gregory Harrison, 34, and Daniel Moody, Jr., 35, with attempted rape of a child in the first degree. All three men answered ads online and spoke with an undercover agent they believed was a mother offering her early teen and pre-teen children for sex. Read More

8 June 2017

A STATE TITLE FOR PUYALLUP’S OWN YERBURY

This article originally appeared in the June 2 edition of the Puyallup Tribal News.
The last time the Puyallup Vikings baseball team didn’t make it to the 4A state tournament, senior outfielder Tallon Yerbury was in second grade. In those 10 years, the Vikings have put together two runner-up…

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8 June 2017

SPORTSWATCH

LINCOLN TO FACE O’DEA IN EMERALD CITY KICKOFF CLASSIC

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced the matchups for the 2017 WIAA Emerald City Kickoff Classic (ECKC) to be hosted at Husky Stadium on the University of Washington Campus, Saturday, Sept. 2. The eight…

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7 June 2017

Woman targets elderly for check fraud, identity theft

Pierce County Sheriff's Detectives are asking for the public's help to identify a woman using a stolen identity belonging to an 86-year-old woman suffering from dementia. 
“In this particular case, somebody in the family recognized what was going on, which is a good thing, especially if you have parents that…

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1 June 2017

A STATE TITLE FOR PUYALLUP’S OWN YERBURY

In Print, this article appears in the June 2 edition of the Puyallup Tribal News.

The last time the Puyallup Vikings baseball team didn’t make it to the 4A state tournament, senior outfielder Tallon Yerbury was in second grade. In those 10 years, the Vikings have put together two runner-up…

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1 June 2017

TACOMA TSUNAMI TAKE THE CROWN

After a successful 2016 season that saw the Tacoma Tsunami capture the U19 Division II state rugby championship, the organization felt it was time to move up to the next level. What followed was a 7-1 season, capped a 41-18 thumping of Liberty on Saturday, May 27 at Pat Ryan Field in Seattle to capture the 2017 U19 Division…

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1 June 2017

Puyallup veterans honor their own on Memorial Day

Just like Memorial Day commemorations happening across the country on May 29, the Puyallup Tribe held its own memorial event that day as well as is tribal tradition. Led by Puyallup Tribal veterans, the moment of reflection and gratitude took place under sunny skies at the Warrior Wall of the Puyallup People that was officially…

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1 June 2017

Courage360 expands services to Bethel community

Local nonprofit Courage360 is honored to announce that we have begun delivering services in Spanaway. In the interest of building a healthy community, Courage360 has joined United Way of Pierce County’s strong network of organizations to implement proven strategies and best practices that respond to the problem of persistent…

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1 June 2017

Mark your calendars: Guns N’ Roses

Guns N' Roses – featuring Axl Rose, Saul “Slash” Hudson and Seattle boy Duff McKagan from the original lineup – will bring their “Not in This Lifetime” tour back to Washington on Sept. 3, this time to the Gorge Amphitheatre in Gorge.
British rock duo Royal Blood will add support this time around with a 7:30…

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1 June 2017

Improvisational comic actors bring TLT stage to life every 4th Saturday

An art form like improvisational comedy requires its practitioners to possess a unique set of skills. In addition to needing the means to act out a variety of characters, they also need an ability akin to that of a writer, to be able to weave a story from nothing but their own fertile imaginations. And they have to be quick-witted…

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1 June 2017

Tribute events taking shape for fallen bassist, Jason Locking

Tacoma's indie-rock community lost one of its most beloved members on Sunday, May 28, with the death of Jason Locking who played bass in several local bands, including Archibald Leach, Pioneers West, Gold Teeth and, most recently, Old Foals. He died peacefully in his sleep following a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer.…

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1 June 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week:

“The Women of Lockerbie”
Remaining shows: June 2, 3, 7:30 p.m. Also a 2 p.m. matinee June 3.
The Liberty Theater, 116 W. Main, Puyallup

In these times of terrorism and cultural divisiveness there is a play that eloquently explores fear, terror, and humanity’s reactions…

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1 June 2017

Bulletin Board

CONTEST CONNECTS PEOPLE TO NESTING PEREGRINES

Tacoma has four new “celebrity” residents living downtown. No, they are not movie stars – they are baby peregrine falcons. Currently, there is a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons located in a nest box in downtown Tacoma. Murray is a local resident…

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1 June 2017

16th Cab volunteer at Color Run

Soldiers assigned to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division volunteered at a color run at University Place Primary on Friday, May 19, 2017. For the past several years, the 16th CAB and the City of University Place have been partners in I Corps' Community Connector Program, which brings together Joint Base Lewis-McChord…

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1 June 2017

Dumping ground no longer

One horrific August night in 1994, Johnny Robert Eggers took the life of Meeka Willingham, a Stadium High School cheerleader. He stabbed her 56 times.
Eggers had a long history of criminal violence in Eastern Washington and King County, but no prior record in Pierce County. So how had he come to live in Pierce County?…

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1 June 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 3 - 30

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 – SOCCER
Vancouver vs. South Sound FC
Washington Premier Complex – 3:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 – FOOTBALL
Renton vs. Puyallup Nation Kings
Chief Leschi Stadium – 6 p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 5 – BASEBALL
Reno vs.…

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1 June 2017

United Way honors youth doing good deeds

United Way of Pierce County recognized some of the best and brightest youth from Pierce County schools on May 24 at Puyallup Park Pavilion for their volunteerism in their community and around the world.
The 150 students from around the county were honored for tallying at least 145 hours of volunteer activities during…

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1 June 2017

Nightlife

Friday, June 2

AIRPORT TAVERN: Funk Jam Friday, 9 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart & Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
JAZZBONES: Dedset, Enloe, Descent (rock) 8 p.m., $6-$10
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Chapter…

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1 June 2017

Exhibit from National Football Hall of Fame comes to WSHM

Confession time: I am a self-professed creature of habit, allowing many of my enthusiasms to be governed by the turning of the seasons. Classical music and dark beer are for winter. Baseball and bicycles are for summer. Football is definitely a thing of autumn. The Memorial Day weekend opening of the Washington State History…

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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

TCC displays annual student art exhibit

The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, a vault of visual delights, is hosting its annual, “Student Art Exhibition” a display of work by students that have passed through one or several of the school’s art courses. The show follows hot on the heels of the arts faculty show. TCC’s arts program offers courses in a…

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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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