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

28 April 2016

Be Well - Inside and out

Beauregard’s Salon at 4117 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place is unique for numerous reasons but perhaps their most attractive aspect is that each stylist plies her trade in a private studio rather than out on an open floor as is the case with most salons. Offering clients privacy and a more intimate experience with…

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28 April 2016

‘Teepee’ app puts tribes at your fingertips

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has developed a one-of-a-kind app for use with iPhones and iPads, available now from the Apple Store. Called “Teepee,” the app provides a wealth of information for all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. With this information at their fingertips, Teepee users can…

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14 April 2016

CLEAN OUR REZ

Anyone who lives on the Puyallup Reservation – and even those who drive through on occasion – has witnessed the sprawling landscape of refuse that has piled up over the years, generated by senseless littering, illegal dumping and homeless encampments. The Puyallup Tribal Council has retaliated by authorizing a massive…

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3 March 2016

Tacoma Fresh Now Open

On March 1, the ribbon was cut and the doors officially opened to Tacoma Fresh at 6210 29th St. NE. This grand opening celebration went on throughout the day, as customers ventured in to taste free samples and see what this new source for healthy living is all about.
Owner and entrepreneur William Manzanares transformed…

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4 February 2016

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes

Hoopin’ 4 Heroes” at Fife High School is less than two weeks away and things are shaping up nicely for this first-time charity basketball game. On the court will be two opposing teams: the Fife Police Department and first responders on one side and Fife School District staff on the other. Doors to the gymnasium open at…

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3 December 2015

Laughs abound in TLT’s ‘A Christmas Story’

With a cherished holiday film like “A Christmas Story” so firmly engrained in the American psyche, it might seem a risk to present the story in a stage play. After all, this film is known about as widely as the lyrics to “Jingle Bells,” and it wasn’t introduced to the world on the stage, but rather on the silver…

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19 November 2015

UWT begins American Indian Studies minor this winter

Starting this winter, University of Washington-Tacoma will officially offer an American Indian Studies minor. Developed by Assistant Professors Michelle Montgomery and Danica Sterud Miller and grounded by a strong commitment to the histories, representations and political struggles of indigenous peoples, the intellectual…

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5 November 2015

Veterans Memorial Wall ready for dedication

 With the final pieces all now in place, the Puyallup Tribe’s Veterans Memorial Wall is set for its dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11. It will take place at the memorial site in front of the Takopid Health Center, 2209 E. 32nd St in Tacoma, at 10 a.m. Afterward, a lunch will be served at the Emerald Queen Casino…

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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:

19 January 2017

Mark your calendars: Green Day

The chart-topping trio, Green Day, is headed to Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on Aug. 1. The Bay Area band will be out in support of last year's “Revolution Radio” album, but fans are sure to also hear pop-punk classics like “Brain Stew,” “American Idiot” and “Welcome to Paradise,” too.
Adding support…

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19 January 2017

Spaceworks gallery displays work by Native American artists

Spaceworks Gallery, a relatively new enterprise, is showing an exhibit of work by local Native American artists representing a diversity of tribal affiliations. Entitled “Protect the Sacred: Artists for Standing Rock,” all of the work is in one way or another addressing the attempt to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)…

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19 January 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Of Mice and Men
Jan. 20-Feb. 5, Friday and Saturday showings 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma, WA 98403

tacomalittletheatre.com

Tacoma Little Theatre begins 2017 with John…

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19 January 2017

Click Cable rate increases face council vote

The Tacoma Public Utility Board approved a 12.9 percent rate increase to Click Cable TV bills last week. If approved by the full City Council after flowing through the council’s Government Performance and Finance Committee, the rates would go into effect March 1.
The increase is the first in two years and is smaller…

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19 January 2017

‘The New Yorker’ cartoonist to speak at University of Puget Sound

The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is bringing to Tacoma her love of the absurd, her passion for pictures and words, and her precise sense of the fine line between humor and gravitas.
The acclaimed humorist and best-selling author will appear at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in Schneebeck Concert Hall at…

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19 January 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 20

B SHARP COFFEE: T-Town Blues Revue (blues) 8 p.m., $7, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Ed Taylor (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Notorious 253 (dance) 9 p.m., NC
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC

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19 January 2017

Bulletin Board

TRAIN TESTING COMING TO TACOMA

Residents living along the Point Defiance Bypass train tracks between Tacoma and DuPont will soon see more – and faster – trains passing as testing of new tracks and signals begins next week.
Trains traveling at various speeds will test the new section that…

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19 January 2017

Ben Union talks new CD, perseverance

Ben Union is back. The popular Tacoma singer-songwriter – born Ben Mira – released his fourth album, “The Vamp LP,” on Tuesday (available through iTunes and other platforms); and while that disc includes the sort of infectious, pop party jams he's become known for in recent years, it also reveals a more vulnerable…

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19 January 2017

Playoffs on the horizon for Tacoma hoopsters

As the high school basketball regular season winds down with just a few weeks left, it’s time to take a look at where the Tacoma area schools stack up in the postseason picture. With new leagues and new classifications represented by Tacoma schools, the postseason looks to be busier than ever for teams representing the…

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19 January 2017

Fife settles costly fight over pot ban

The City of Fife has settled its longstanding legal battles with Greybeard Holdings over the city’s moratorium on marijuana businesses. This comes after more than two years of hearings and appeals that have proven costly in attorneys’ fees and the loss of potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue had the…

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19 January 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 20 – FEB. 2

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Puyallup vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine Prep – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL
Boys – South Kitsap vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Bethel vs.…

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18 January 2017

Deputies try to ID trio of women stealing from small businesses

Pierce County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for help identifying three women caught on surveillance video stealing from a bike shop in Puyallup’s South Hill area. Deputies say they may be suspects in other retail thefts as well.
Owner Nier Brittain at Inspired Ride Bicycles at 14712 Meridian Ave. E. says one woman…

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12 January 2017

Search on for accused child rapist Gilbert Greenwood

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies are searching for Gilbert M. Greenwood. The 51-year-old is charged with four counts of rape of a child in the first degree (aggravated) and one count of child molestation in the 1st degree (aggravated). He was arrested on May 17, 2013 and was out on bail when his trial was scheduled for Sept.…

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12 January 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents
The Distinguished Writer Series

Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens
pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org

Featured Reader: Tod Marshall, State…

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12 January 2017

Mark your calendars: DOA and MDC

Legendary hardcore bands DOA (shown) and MDC are headed to Jazzbones on Feb. 25 with their “Fight Back Tour,” for which MDC says its ever-changing acronym now stands for “Millions of Deceived Citizens”. Adding support that night will be locals Ten Pole Drunk, Dreadful Children and Garbage Type Items.
Music starts…

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12 January 2017

Business Spotlight: Vape-O-Rama

University Place residents looking for a one-stop vape shop can visit Vape-O-Rama, located at 7406 27th St. W., which offers a large selection of products for all your vaping needs.
Vape-O-Rama is a shop dedicated to newcomers and veteran vapers alike. Those unfamiliar with vaping can count on the knowledge of a friendly…

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12 January 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TCC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO HOST FREE MLK HOOPS CLINIC

Back by popular demand, your Tacoma Community College women's basketball team is hosting its second free youth basketball clinic, this time in the newly remodeled TCC gym. Girls and boys in the 2nd through 6th grades are encouraged to attend our…

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12 January 2017

Inmate charged with possession of meth-soaked letters

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Rickey Claude Yandell, 49, on Jan. 6 with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Letters sent to him in the mail had been soaked in methamphetamine.
“This is a new take on an old problem - smuggling drugs into jail,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Read More

12 January 2017

Prosecutor finds deputies’ use of deadly force lawful

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Justin Christopher Baker, 36, have been completed. Baker died from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by Pierce County…

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12 January 2017

LOCAL WRITERS PREPARE TO RESIST

A group of local writers will meet on Sunday, Jan. 15 to discuss ways of combining their art with community activism. Tacoma Writers Resist will hold its first public event at 6:30 p.m. at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., using readings and workshops to spark conversation about community needs and what life may look like…

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12 January 2017

Make a Scene: Get the party started, she will: Saucy Yoda returns next week

Saucy Yoda has turned to the dark side (sort of), which may come as some surprise to local fans that have followed her since she first surfaced in Tacoma at Maltoberfest, an Oktoberfest-spoofing event held at Bob's Java Jive in 2011.
Saucy Yoda being the stage name of Alaska's Melodie Langer who will headline The Valley…

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12 January 2017

Bulletin Board

ANNIE WRIGHT TO OPEN NEW PROGRAM FOR BOYS

Annie Wright Schools plan to launch a new program for high school boys starting in the 2017-18 school year. Complementing Annie Wright’s co-ed lower and middle schools and all-girls’ upper school, this program will extend Annie Wright’s inquiry-based…

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12 January 2017

Process to fill council vacancy exposes ‘erosion of trust’

Tacoma City Council talked at a study session about what qualifications they would like to see in the person the council will later select to fill a vacant seat on the dais.
The council received 55 applications to fill the at-large position vacated by Victoria Woodards, who resigned last month to concentrate on a run…

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12 January 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 13

G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Sonic Funk (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Stoned Evergreen Travelers, Cottonwood Cutups, Danny Cash (bluegrass, country, Americana) 8 p.m., $5-$8
KEYS…

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11 January 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 12 - 17

THURSDAY, JAN 12 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Graham-K vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine Prep – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Rogers vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Mt. Tahoma vs.…

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5 January 2017

Cats and dogs featured in art at TCC

The flyer for the Gallery at Tacoma Community College's newly opened show, “Cat People, Dog People,” makes it sound as if this is an intellectually hefty exhibit. “Artists,” says the flyer, “explore the human/pet relationship, the history of domestication, the representation of dogs and cats through the ages, symbolism,…

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5 January 2017

Bulletin Board

MONEY FOR COLLEGE AVAILABLE – APPLY EARLY

Students who plan to attend Tacoma Community College in Fall 2017 could potentially save thousands of dollars by starting the financial planning process early.     
TCC’s financial aid priority deadline is March 16. Students…

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5 January 2017

Top of Tacoma beer garden is seriously closed

It wasn't quite how Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe owner Jamiekay Jones envisioned starting 2017. She got a call from one of her employees around 9 a.m. New Year's Day saying a driver had plowed into her popular establishment, located at 3529 McKinley Ave. E.
“It was icy out, and some gal ran off the road and took out…

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5 January 2017

Mark your calendars: Osborne sings Dylan

Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, best known for '90s hit “One of Us,” will headline Broadway Center's Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. on June 3. The focus of her set won't be on her own catalog, though. Instead, she'll be singing classics by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan.
Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging…

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5 January 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 6 – FEB. 2

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Emerald Ridge vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine Prep – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Graham-K vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 6 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Bethel vs. Lincoln Read More

5 January 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Heritage Skills Workshop: Bread Making
Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to noon
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 400 N. Pearl St. in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA 98407
FortNisqually.org

In this two-hour workshop participants…

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5 January 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 6

G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart and Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Chapter 5 (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Wild Child (rock) 8 p.m., $12-$15; DJ Semaj (DJ) 10:30 p.m., $5, NC ladies and military Read More

5 January 2017

Tacoma celebrates the Year of the Red Rooster

Business owners and other community leaders in the Lincoln International Business District will host the 2017 Lunar New Year Celebration on Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (convening around Yakima Avenue and South 38th Street in Tacoma). 
"The Lincoln International Business District continues…

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29 December 2016

The Things We Like

“GLASSY” AFFAIR

Looking for a more upscale way to ring in the New Year? Tacoma Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., will open its 6,900 squarefoot space – which features beautiful architecture, stylish ambiance – for its black-tie New Year’s Eve party. Starting at 8 p.m., the event will feature…

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29 December 2016

Bulletin Board

FIRST FLU-RELATED DEATH REPORTED

A Pierce County resident died Dec. 19 following complications from the flu. The man was in his 60s. He had chronic medical conditions that increased his risk of complications from the flu virus.
The flu is worse than a bad cold. It can cause days of fever, cough,…

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29 December 2016

Mark your calendars: Osborne sings Dylan

Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne – best known for '90s hit “One of Us” - will headline Broadway Center's Rialto Theater at 7:30 p.m. June. The focus of her set won't be on her own catalogye, though. Instead, she'll be singing classics by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan.
Tickets are on sale now with prices…

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29 December 2016

Can’t miss options for New Year’s Eve

Still looking for last minute New Year's Eve plans? Here are six good bets for ringing in 2017.
First Night Tacoma (downtown Tacoma): Between 10,000 to 20,000 are expected to flock to downtown Tacoma for the city's biggest and most family friendly New Year's Eve celebration. Festivities will kick off…

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29 December 2016

Work on new Convention Center hotel to begin January 2017

At the developer’s expense, work to construct a ramp from Commerce Street into the parking garage under the Convention Center – as well as additional dock space adjacent to the existing ones on Market Street – is now scheduled to begin in January 2017.
Sidewalks in the vicinity of the new Greater Tacoma Convention…

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29 December 2016

City Life Top 10

As another year is almost in the books, and the readers have spoken by clicking their mouses and tapping their smart phones. Here is a recap of 10 of the most popular City Life stories posted at www.tacomaweekly.com.
1. “The Real Guns N' Roses is worth the wait in Seattle” (Aug. 18): This section's…

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29 December 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

First Night Tacoma
Dec. 31, 6 p.m. til past midnight
Downtown Tacoma

www.firstnighttacoma.org

In its 20-year history, First Night has developed a reputation as a safe, exciting, family-friendly alternative…

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29 December 2016

Plunge into 2017 at the coolest event of the year

Jump into the water with other jubilant merrymakers on Jan. 1 at the 6th annual Polar Bear Plunge, sponsored by BECU, at Point Defiance Marina boat launch.
Trade your winter coat for a swimsuit and go knee deep, waist high or all the way in. The Cub Plunge, for children younger than 10, begins at 11:30 a.m.,…

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29 December 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Dec. 30

JAZZBONES: Luke's Wall, Mother Crone, Powerhitter, No More Suns (hard rock, classic rock) 9 p.m., $6.66-$10
CULTURA: “Azul Fridays” with DJ Mauro (bachata, salsa, reggaeton and hip-hop DJ) 10 p.m., $5-$10
G. DONNALSON'S: Maggie Laird…

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29 December 2016

Graham man charged with cyberstalking ex-girlfriend

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Michael Andrew Hart, 43, on Dec. 23 with three counts of felony stalking, four counts of felony violation of a protection order, felony cyberstalking, felony harassment and six counts of disseminating private images.
“Protecting the community includes keeping up with…

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29 December 2016

Treecycle your Christmas tree

When the holidays are over, don’t forget to treecycle your fresh cut Christmas tree.
Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed as garbage.
Residents may also recycle their tree…

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29 December 2016

Lincoln District revitalization to begin in March

The City of Tacoma has gone out to bid for Phase 1 of the Lincoln District Revitalization Project which will include work on streetscape improvements and underground utilities. Bids are due in late January 2017, with construction projected to take place March to November 2017. During construction, traffic will be reduced…

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27 December 2016

Serial thieves target Puyallup vape shop

Pierce County Sheriff's Detectives are asking for help identifying the crooks that have trashed a Puyallup business three times since Thanksgiving. Super Vape’z is tucked away in a strip mall in Puyallup.
“They busted the first door. They came in but not too long, they grab something, and they go because the alarm…

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22 December 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

The 54th Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Life Center, 1717 S. Union Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405

lifecentertacoma.com

This is the last chance to see this dazzling production, which has become a treasured…

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22 December 2016

Bulletin Board

PUBLIC RESTROOMS COMING TO CONSERVATORY

The Victorian-style greenhouse on the west side of Tacoma’s Wright Park will get much-needed public restrooms next year.
The public is invited to an informational meeting about the planned addition and future phased additions and improvements to the W.W.…

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22 December 2016

Tacoma area man sentenced for 2013 drug cartel murder

Alvarez Calo, 30, was sentenced on Dec. 16 to 30.8 years in prison for the murder of Jamie Diaz-Solis. Last month, Calo was found guilty of murder in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and attempted robbery in the first degree. 
"Our streets are safer with this defendant in prison,” said Prosecutor…

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22 December 2016

Mark your calendars: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Nearly nine years passed between “Lifeline,” rock n' soul star Ben Harper's first album with The Innocent Criminals and this year's “Call It What It Is,” an album Entertainment Weekly calls “a welcome homecoming.” On July 21, Harper will showcase those new sounds during a 7:30 p.m. performance at Tacoma's Pantages…

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22 December 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS DEC. 22 – JAN. 7

THURSDAY, DEC. 22 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Bellarmine vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 5 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Willapa Valley vs. Chief Leschi
Chief Leschi HS – 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22 – BASKETBALL
Girls…

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22 December 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Dec. 23

CULTURA: “Azul Fridays” with DJ Mauro (bachata, salsa, reggaeton and hip-hop DJ) 10 p.m., $5-$10
G. DONNALSON'S: Sunday + Mr. Goessl (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
JAZZBONES: Will Jordan, Sotaria Gibson, Saint Claire, DJ QJ (pop, electronic)…

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22 December 2016

Big tests ahead for Life Christian

It’s been business as usual for the Life Christian boys’ basketball team this season. The Eagles currently sit at 7-1 heading into the Christmas break and are arguably the team to beat in the 2B state classification. Following two consecutive fourth-place finishes at the 2B Hardwood Classic in Spokane, Life Christian…

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22 December 2016

Weekly Rewind

The Dope Music Festival – a showcase of hip-hop, fashion and cannabis culture put on by Tacoma’s Two Five Trees and Sky Movement – returned to Tacoma last weekend. Its third annual installment was a two-day gala that brought (clockwise, from top left) Busta Rhymes, Da Brat, Young Hump of Digital Underground, Kokane,…

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22 December 2016

POT HOLE PIG

When Percival went missing, I didn’t pay much attention to it. After living with the little porker for half a year, it was clear to me that he was just about the most responsible pig that a roommate could ever hope for. I was sure he was fine. He cleaned up after himself unlike any pig I had ever heard of. Percival was…

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22 December 2016

The real cost of mental health In Pierce County

Last week, the Pierce County Council took a four yes – three no vote that rejected a 1/10th of 1 percent tax increase to fund mental health programs. (A “super majority” of five votes is needed for any tax increase.)
I respect the Council’s prerogative on this vote even as I am disappointed with the outcome.…

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22 December 2016

Cannabis at Events leads to “Higher Learning” from WSLCB

It was a damp November evening in the quintessentially Tacoma-esque neighborhood near Pac Ave. and 26th Ave, specifically, the lovely Tin Can Alley. An event where mum was the word, and an invitation was essential for your highly anticipated entry, our little city came together with just a select few of the movers and shakers…

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22 December 2016

How dope was the Dope Music Festival

Last weekend, Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17, was the third annual Dope Music Festival held at the Tacoma Dome. Two Five Tree's Productions planned the first night and Sky Movement took over for the second night. Friday evening was dubbed Old School Night at the Dome featuring E-40, Busta Rhymes,…

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22 December 2016

PDZA’s Dozer gets another girlfriend

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has added another massive walrus to its Rocky Shores Habitat in hopes of making some little walruses.
A 1,346-pound calf named Kulu is on loan from the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium. Earlier this month, she joined 3,650-pound male Dozer, 23, and females Joan…

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22 December 2016

Be Well - Inside & out:

Alicia Barrett was climbing the typical corporate ladder at a Fortune 50 retailer after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a stint at a regional retailer.
Yoga had long been a part of her personal life, so she decided to marry it with her professional life by opening Tuladhara Yoga…

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21 December 2016

Fircrest police seek ID of theft and fraud suspects

Fircrest police need your help to identify these suspects responsible for a theft and credit card fraud.
On the morning of Monday, Nov. 7 a vehicle was prowled on Birch Street in Fircrest. Unidentified suspect(s) stole a purse from inside the vehicle. The purse contained a laptop computer, credit cards, identification…

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21 December 2016

Tacoma police seek ID of bank robber

Tacoma police need your help to identify the suspect responsible for a bank robbery. At 12:40 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 detectives say he robbed a Columbia Bank branch located in the 600 block of North I Street in Tacoma. The suspect entered the bank, approached a teller, and presented a note demanding cash.…

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15 December 2016

Circle your calendars for these ones

In the next month there are a few high school games that should be considered “can’t miss” contests for local basketball fans. These are the sort of games that are sure to deliver a playoff-level atmosphere. Some of these games may very well determine which team will win their league title, but we’re looking more…

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15 December 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS DEC. 16 - 27

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 - BASKETBALL
Boys - Olympia vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine HS - 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 - BASKETBALL
Boys - Sumner vs. Curtis
Curtis HS - 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 - BASKETBALL
Boys - Bethel vs. Stadium
Stadium HS -…

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15 December 2016

Mark your calendars: Neil Diamond

Legendary crooner Neil Diamond will return to Seattle's KeyArena with his forthcoming 50th anniversary tour. On July 26, fans can expect to hear hits dating back to the 1960s. We're talking classics like “I'm a Believer,” “Cracklin' Rosie” and, of course, “Sweet Caroline” that earned Diamond a spot in the Songwriters…

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15 December 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Dec. 16

CULTURA: “Jingle Bachata” with DJ Mauro and DJ Leo (bachata, salsa, reggaeton DJ) 10 p.m., $20
G. DONNALSON'S: Kim Archer (blues, funk) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
JAZZBONES: Erotic City (Prince tribute) 8 p.m., $15-$20

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15 December 2016

The Things We Like

FUNNY WOMAN

Comedian Sarah Colonna – best known for appearances on the E! Nework's Chelsea Lately and her popular books, “Life As I Blow It: Tales of Love, Life & Sex … Not Necessarily in That Order” and “Has Anyone Seen My Pants?” – will headline Tacoma Comedy Club with five big…

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15 December 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Symphony Tacoma’s “Messiah”
Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98465

symphonytacoma.org

Symphony Tacoma is pleased to welcome to this performance Christina Kowalski-Holien,…

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15 December 2016

Bulletin Board

MAXINE MIMMS TO RECEIVE HONOR

The City Events and Recognitions Committee will honor Dr. Maxine B. Mimms with the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16. The event will begin at 11 a.m. in the…

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15 December 2016

University Place Boy Scout troop robbed of supplies

On Monday, Dec. 5 a truck pulled up to Boy Scout Troop 248’s storage shed on Bridgeport Way, tore away the door and made off with many of the Scouts’ supplies. It’s been a week since the event took place and Scout Master Dave Matzen still has no leads on the missing gear.
“All are replaceable; it’s just a…

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15 December 2016

Tacoma to receive support for transit development plan 

As part of the second phase of their Transit Oriented Development Technical Assistance Ladders of Opportunity Initiative, the Federal Transit Administration and Smart Growth America announced recently that Tacoma is one of five cities from around the country to be competitively awarded with ground technical assistance supporting…

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15 December 2016

Pothole Pig remains MIA

In another update in the case of our missing porker, Percival, his girlfriend Charlotte claims to have received a phone call from her long-time boyfriend. On Saturday, Dec. 10 at approximately 10:34 p.m., Charlotte answered her phone to hear breathing that was consistent with the patterns of Percival the Pothole Pig. After…

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8 December 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Dec. 9

B SHARP COFFEE: Greta Matassa (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
JAZZBONES: Kim Archer Band and The Paula Boggs Band (blues, rock, soul) 6 p.m., $10-$12
CULTURA: “Azul Fridays” with DJ Mauro (DJ) 10 p.m., $5-$10
G. DONNALSON'S:

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8 December 2016

Mark Your Calendars: Frank Ocean at Sasquatch Festival

Frank Ocean is the first artist to be announced for Sasquatch 2017. The popular music and comedy festival will return to Grant County's Gorge Amphitheatre from May 26 to 28, and Ocean (born Christopher Breaux) will be there performing songs from his new, critically acclaimed album, “Blonde.”
Promoter Live Nation…

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8 December 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

‘The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut’
Dec. 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 3 p.m.
Tacoma City Ballet
Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma
Box Office: (253) 591-5894
www.broadwaycenter.org

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8 December 2016

The Things We Like

JAZZY CHRISTMAS

Seattle guitarist Michael Powers will return to Marine View Church on Sunday, Dec. 11, for his eighth annual Christmas show, billed as “Frosty's Funky Holiday.” Describing his own style, Powers said it is “rooted in the jazz tradition that keeps pace stylistically with pop, R&B…

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8 December 2016

Excitement on the flat track

The flat track was the place to be Dec. 3 as the Dockyard Derby Dames, Tacoma's Roller derby league, held its third bout of its 11 season. Dubbed “Wreck the Halls,” the event was a double header.
The evening's first match-up saw the DYDD's own Marauding Mollys square up against the Rodeo City Rollergirls from Ellensburg.…

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8 December 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS DEC. 9 - 18

THURSDAY, DEC. 8 - BASKETBALL
Girls - Lindbergh vs. Franklin Pierce
Franklin Pierce HS - 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 8 - BASKETBALL
Girls - Puyallup vs. Curtis
Curtis HS - 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9 - BASKETBALL
Boys - Evergreen vs. Washington Read More

8 December 2016

Find apocalyptic ales at Dystopian State Brewery Co.

Dystopian State Brewing Company is the new kid on the block of Tacoma's continuously growing beer scene. The historic building that used to be home to the Arctic Bottling Company, and Wagner Motors, has now been overhauled to be a Dystopian-themed microbrewery and 10,000 sq. ft. tap room – yet keeper of the old world charm.…

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8 December 2016

Business Spotlight: Diamond Green opens new glass shop

Diamond Green, one of Tacoma’s premier marijuana shops located at 4002 S. 12th St., continues to grow, opening up a new glass shop right next door last month.
Diamond Green has been operating since early last year, and has become a favorite in the Tacoma area for their knowledgeable staff and wide open floor space. Read More

8 December 2016

Neighbors scared after shots fired

Detectives are trying to identify whoever fired shots at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department's Foothills Detachment building in the Bonney Lake area last Saturday while two deputies were inside.
"It’s somebody we want to get caught right away because obviously they have a grudge against us personally or…

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8 December 2016

Bulletin Board

CITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RENOVATE TACOMA DOME

Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the Tacoma City Council recently approved $21.3 million to renovate the iconic Tacoma Dome in the 2017-18 Biennial Budget presented by City Manager T.C. Broadnax. The City- owned facility will be revitalized with new seating,…

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5 December 2016

Evergreen’s Master in Teaching makes a difference for area children

Many Tacoma-area teachers, including Christina Vernon, have something in common. They earned their teaching degrees in a social justice-focused Master in Teaching (MiT) program offered by The Evergreen State College. Evergreen is currently accepting applications for its fall 2017 MiT program, which will be offered at the…

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1 December 2016

Make a Scene: Annual Countdown show brings rock and holiday cheer to New Frontier

Tacomans will have plenty of reminders this month that Christmas is almost here: The shimmery spectacle of “Zoolights” at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium; the heart-warming sounds of Tacoma boy Bing Crosby's 1942 classic, “White Christmas,” dusted off for its yearly spin on the turntable; local weeklies that dedicate…

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1 December 2016

Mystery grows as Pothole Pig remains MIA

Perceval, the Tacoma Weekly’s beloved pothole purveying pig, remains missing.
Folks, we are worried.
The swift, yet often sweaty, swine of the streets was last seen the morning of Nov. 9 in the Stadium District. A nearby surveillance video captured a clip of the three-legged wonder strutting toward a particularly…

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1 December 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

A 19th Century Christmas 2016
Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Nisqually, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407
www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum

Take…

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1 December 2016

Bulletin Board

CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER TO BETTER MEET NEEDS

The City of Tacoma’s Customer Support Center – which provides a “one-stop shop” for City services, and offers a concierge feel in the way of reception, face-to-face interaction, 311 telephone support, online resources and mobile app connectivity…

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1 December 2016

The Things We Like

IT'S ‘A MIRACLE’

Tacoma Little Theatre brings to life the classic story of “Miracle on 34th Street,” directed by Maria Valenzuela. It's the story of Kris Kringle, a retirement home resident who gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. He ends up in a court competency hearing, putting at stake…

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1 December 2016

“A Big Band Christmas” returns to TCC

Rich Wetzel and his Groovin' Higher Orchestra have moved their Big Band Christmas show back to Tacoma Community College after last year's dinner show at the Temple Theatre. This year's event is slated for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Tacoma Community College's Building 2 Auditorium.
Over the last decade and a half, the event…

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1 December 2016

Mark your calendars: Blake Shelton

Country superstar Blake Shelton will return to Tacoma in 2017. The singer – best known for NBC-TV's “The Voice” and hits that include “Hillybilly Bone,” “Boys Round Here” and “Ol Red” - will headline the Tacoma Dome, where he last performed in 2014, on Feb. 25. The show – billed as the “Doing it to Country…

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1 December 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS DEC. 1 - 10

THURSDAY, DEC. 1 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Gig Harbor vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2 – 2B FOOTBALL
Napavine vs. Liberty
Tacoma Dome – 4 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Bellarmine vs. Curtis

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1 December 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Dec. 2

CULTURA: “Azul Fridays” with DJ Mauro (DJ) 10 p.m., $5-$10
G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart and Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
JAZZBONES: Norm, Baba B. and Unified Culture (reggae) 7 p.m., $10-$15
KEYS ON…

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1 December 2016

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS WELCOME BACK TY HALL; WALTMAN AND KEITZ HONORED

The Tacoma Stars acquired forward Ty Hall as part of a trade with the Harrisburg Heat, the club announced Monday, Nov. 28. Full details of the trade will be announced at a later time.
Hall, 27, returns to Tacoma after logging time in…

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1 December 2016

Procession of Stars spreads message of peace

Peace is in the stars this Season and you are invited to be part of the festivities as a message of peace spreads all over Tacoma and the South Puget Sound. Fun, uplifting and light hearted, Tacoma’s Procession of Stars takes a new direction this year as it expands to include a span of time stretching from the 6th Avenue…

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1 December 2016

Dance Theatre Northwest features artists in ‘Nutcracker’

Dance Theatre Northwest’s “The Nutcracker” was designed to offer a warm and inviting community feeling and generous holiday spirit. The company wanted it to be both an excellent first-time dance experience and also one that is different and fresh each year with lots of dynamic dance.
The intention is for each…

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1 December 2016

Prosecutor finds use of deadly force lawful

Independent and concurrent investigations have been completed by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Lakewood Police Department, the Steilacoom Police Department and the Cooperative Cities/Metro Crime Response Unit regarding…

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1 December 2016

Right to carry guns comes with responsibility

(Editor’s Note: Staff writer Steve Dunkelberger has been attending the University Place Public Safety and Criminal Justice Community Academy class that highlights the issues facing law enforcement officers and communities along the way. Tacoma has a similar program every fall as well.)

America is a “gun nation.”…

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30 November 2016

Hunt on for shooter using BB gun to shatter car windows

Somebody is shooting out the windows of cars with a pellet or BB gun in Tacoma and the Midland area of Pierce County. That has neighbors angry and concerned for their safety.
Kim Dezelak says her car got hit last Sunday night near the Hilltop neighborhood. “I went to go unlock my car and my window looked funky. So,…

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28 November 2016

Suspect sought after assault turns to murder

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to identify the suspect responsible for the murder of 54-year-old Thomas Jefferson.
He was driving a white minivan, possibly a mid-2000’s Chrysler Town and Country. At 2:24 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Jefferson was found lying unconscious on the sidewalk in front…

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23 November 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS NOV. 29 – DEC. 3

SATURDAY, NOV. 26 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Bellarmine Jamboree
Bellarmine HS – 2:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOV. 29 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Cleveland vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOV. 29 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Timberline…

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