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

24 March 2015

Nearsighted Narwhal celebrates move with music

Sixth Avenue’s hip, funky and educational zine shop The Nearsighted Narwhal, is moving just one storefront down on April 1, then on April 2, owners Christina Wheeler and Ossain Cardenas will be throwing a big party there with a very special guest – singer, songwriter and storyteller Forest Beutel.  

Beutel, who…

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24 March 2015

Springtime means time to visit Chirp & Company

Now that the first official day of spring has come and gone, thoughts are turning to the great outdoors and our own backyards. It’s time to start getting out there to spruce things up, and there’s no better place to begin than at Chirp & Company in Proctor District. In business for nearly two decades at the same location,…

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18 March 2015

Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is preparing to open a new, state-of-the-art cancer care clinic in Fife. Named the Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center (SIOCC), it will be housed in the first floor of the Trans Pacific building that the Tribe has purchased, located at the Interstate 5/Port of Tacoma exit. An opening ceremony…

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3 March 2015

Big plans in the works for Tacoma Culture Center

The Tacoma Culture Center in Freighthouse Square has been open only since November, but already it is proving to fill a big need for local Native American communities. Owned by the non-profit Consultants for Indian Progress in Tacoma and operated by Toby Joseph (Apache, Navajo, Seneca and Ute), his wife Shannon (Cowichan)…

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24 February 2015

Business Spotlight

Tacomans shopping around for a new recreational cannabis store should stop by Diamond Green at 4002 S. 12th St. With its beautifully renovated interior, friendly and knowledgeable staff and big selection of products, Diamond Green will quickly become your go-to place for all your cannabis needs.

Just looking at customer…

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17 February 2015

Hozoji Matheson-Margullis

It seems that Puyallup tribal member and native Tacoman Hozoji Matheson-Margullis has a magic touch. Whether she’s writing poetic lyrics for music, playing in the two bands she’s in, diving for geoduck or helping to study underwater sea life, she is a major success at it. Most recently “Modern Drummer” magazine, a…

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4 February 2015

Business Spotlight: CLEAR CHOICE CANNABIS

Now that the initial rush on the state’s new marijuana retail shops has subsided dramatically, nine out of 10 times customers can get in and out within a matter of minutes, which is leading to an interesting phenomenon. Just like people choosing their favorite convenience or coffee shop to stop at during their day, cannabis…

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3 February 2015

Show your sweetheart big love with a gift from Brown’s Flowers

With Valentine’s Day approaching quickly, thoughts turn to where the best buy is for flowers for that special loved one. In Tacoma, Brown’s Flowers is ready to take your order and show you the quality customer service and quality flower arrangements the shop has gained a fine reputation for over its 89 years in business.…

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21 January 2015

Be Well - Inside and out

The Pure Body Shop at 2501 6th Ave. is your one-stop-shop for relaxation and treatment from head to toe. Within its beautiful interior space, walking in the door you will be able to unwind, de-stress and enjoy the Pure Body experience of taking much needed time for yourself that is affordable and healthy.

Using natural…

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6 January 2015

South Sound celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The year 2015 kicks off fittingly with several local celebrations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 19, there are several events being held before and after this national holiday to help people of all races and ages start off the new year giving honor to…

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10 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe gives Home Team Harvest its biggest donation

It may have been a chilly, rainy morning but there was plenty of warmth at KING 5’s Home Team Harvest on Dec. 6. Things were bustling at the Tacoma Mall, one of numerous sites set up that day to collect food and monetary donations for Northwest Harvest at this annual, one-day event.

As cars drove up to drop off…

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9 December 2014

Hilarious ‘Blabbering Bethann’ teaches a valuable lesson

Tacoma Weekly’s contributing editorial cartoonist Chris Britt has authored his first book, and it is laugh-out-loud funny for readers of all ages. A children’s book about the pitfalls of being selfish, “Blabbering Bethann’s” true lesson is about the joy of treating others with kindness and respect – something…

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3 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe grants $275,000 to UWT

Continuing its longstanding tradition of supporting higher education, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians has made its largest grant to date to the University of Washington-Tacoma – $275,000 that will go toward enhancing Native American education and research at the university.

“The Puyallup Tribe chose to gift the UWT…

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3 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe feeds, clothes the homeless

The Puyallup Tribe and a team of community volunteers started off this season of giving with a free giveaway to our area’s homeless on Nov. 22. Setting up shop near the Tacoma Dome on that rainy, cold and windy morning, the line of people seeking help remained constant into the afternoon.

The giveaway items included…

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25 November 2014

Tacoma’s Toy Rescue Mission

Any grown-up who has lost their faith in the existence of Santa Claus need only visit the Toy Rescue Mission in Tacoma. There, you will meet the charming and personable Martha Davis and while she doesn’t have a white beard or a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, she is the embodiment of Saint Nick himself in her…

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11 November 2014

Experience the Christmas shop at Holland Nursery and Landscaping

Now that the days are turning colder and the autumn leaves are just about gone from the trees, thoughts turn to the holidays and all the warmth and beauty they bring. In Puyallup, the homey Christmas store at Holland Nursery and Landscaping – with its cozy feel, soft Christmas music playing in the background, twinkling…

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29 October 2014

Be Well - inside & out


It’s no secret what negative effects sensory overload can have on our daily lives. With kids, jobs, schedules, noise, traffic and so much more to contend with, not only do our mind and spirit suffer but our physical body as well can grow sore and painful from shouldering the demands of the day. It only stands…

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15 October 2014

Friends and family gather to welcome the salmon

The return of salmon to the Puyallup River Watershed received a festive welcoming on Oct. 11 at the Puyallup Hatchery. Adults and children alike were there to take part in the day’s activities that included guided tours to watch migrating salmon in Clarks Creek, tours of the hatchery, informational tables, science and art…

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15 October 2014

Sorry, kids! Cap’n Big Bones will be on the high seas this Halloween

Little lads and lassies (and big lads and lassies too!) take note: Tacoma’s beloved pirate Cap’n Big Bones and his lovely lass Lady Di won’t be around to jovially shiver the timbers of trick-or-treaters at Proctor Treats this Halloween. The big, loveable Cap’n and his wedded maiden have set sail on a long sea journey,…

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7 October 2014

Make a Scene: Prophets of Addiction celebrate at Louie G’s

Fresh from their 2014 U.S. tour, The Prophets of Addiction will headline a free all-ages show on Oct. 18 to celebrate being back home. This will be the band’s final local live performance for the year and a big happy birthday to Louie G’s owner Louie Galarza as well. Joining them on the Louie G’s stage will be Amadon,…

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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

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11 February 2016

SPORTSWATCH

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT DAY ARRIVES FOR SEVERAL LOCAL FOOTBALL STARS

Wednesday, Feb. 3 was a huge day for a select handful of football players from the Tacoma area. It was National Letter of Intent Day and some of the best gridiron athletes celebrated signing their names and committing to their chosen…

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11 February 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 11 - 20

THURSDAY, FEB. 11 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Kennedy vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 11 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Sumner vs. Wilson
Wilson HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 11 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Tahoma vs. Bellarmine Read More

11 February 2016

L.A. production brings ‘Dracula’ to the theater of the mind

Given the timing of L.A. Theatre Works production of “Bram Stoker's Dracula” – it will be presented at 3 p.m. on Valentine's Day at Tacoma's Pantages Theater – no wonder cast members are playing up romantic aspects of the story.
“On Valentine's Day, it's perfect,” jokes Renton native Skip Pipo who will play…

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11 February 2016

Bulletin Board

TACOMA AREA HOSTS PLENTY OF VALENTINE’S EVENTS

Show your love for your family this Valentine’s Day with activities around Tacoma and Pierce County. Following are a few themed ideas to get you started.
Keep Your Heart Racing: Jump start Heart Day at the racing car simulators in the Speed Zone…

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11 February 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 12

B SHARP COFFEE: Anne Reynolds, Clave Gringa (jazz) 8 p.m., NC-$10, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Brian Feist (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Jones & Fisher (country) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Billy Stoops &…

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11 February 2016

Celebrate the rhino at Mad Hat Tea Company

On Feb. 13, The Mad Hat Tea Company, Tacoma’s urban teahouse, opens an art exhibit called “The Black Rhino Show.” This is Mad Hat’s first art show in more than a year. In the past there have been memorable shows like the “Crow Show” and the delightful “Dodo Show.”
The Black Rhino show features work by…

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11 February 2016

Draft scope of environmental study released for planned methanol plant

City of Tacoma planners released a 17-page draft of what environmental, safety and economic issues the environmental study for a planned methanol plant has to address to allow the project to move forward. This draft “scoping” document comes as opponents to the facility began gathering signatures to call for a vote of…

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11 February 2016

Melissa Balch shows unique ceramic forms at Moss + Mineral Gallery

The Moss + Mineral Gallery is hosting a show by ceramics artist Melissa Balch. Called “Last Dance.” The show features Balch’s fantastical and unique ceramic works that were done during the course of a career in clay that lasted only five or so years before the artist set the potters’ tools aside and immerse herself…

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11 February 2016

Public gives input to new Fort Nisqually plan

Tacoma Metro Parks projects are a collaborative effort. Not only does it involve the city working with contractors and designers to work out a plan, but also a conversation with the public to adjust plans to their wants and needs. The latest public conversation has revolved around the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum…

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11 February 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Venues of the Week:

Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St.
Wed. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Third Thursday of each month: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Free admission: 5-8 p.m.
Open Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day
Info: museumofglass.org

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11 February 2016

One author, five books: Pierce County READS Sherman Alexie

What book will all of Pierce County be reading this year? Er, five books? In a break from tradition, Pierce County Library System chose five notable works from a single author for its 9th annual Pierce County READS program. Outspoken poet, novelist and screenwriter Sherman Alexie gets the nod as the 2016 featured author. Read More

11 February 2016

The Things We Like

EMPRESS WU ZETAIN

Wu Zetian (624-705AD) was the first and only empress in Chinese history. She ruled Tang Dynasty to its prosperity, which included expanding territory, placing Buddhism over Taoism as the state religion and developing agriculture. Although Wu was a competent monarch in terms of her…

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11 February 2016

Mark your calendars: Beyoncé

Bey was just getting warmed up at the Super Bowl. The pop diva – known for “Irreplaceable,” “Crazy in Love” and other smash hits - just announced dates for the Formation World Tour which will invade stadiums across the country, including Seattle's Century Link Field on May 18. Tickets will go for $45 to $280 and…

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11 February 2016

Stupid criminal of the week

Wearing all black is a style choice, but it doesn’t make you invisible in a well-lit crosswalk unless, of course, a drunk driver is cruising through town. On Jan. 29, a man was driving on Pearl Street when he barely avoided hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk. An officer happened to be observing the scene and pulled the…

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11 February 2016

Make a Scene: TMP brings comic relief to romance in time for Valentine’s Day

Tacoma Musical Playhouse has unveiled its latest mainstage show. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day. It is a delightful romp through all the twists, turns, triumphs and travails involved in the perpetual romantic entanglements between the sexes. Written by Joe DiPietro…

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11 February 2016

Local restaurants

Tacoma is a treasure trove of specialty restaurants, and one of the more unique of these dining experiences is Little Jerry’s located at 8233 S. Park Ave., a “Seinfeld” themed restaurant that brings a little piece of New York to our corner of the Northwest.
With the small size of the original Little Jerry’s,…

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11 February 2016

City continues to discuss future of single-use plastic bags

As the new year begins to roll along, concerned citizens are asking if the city of Tacoma can be greener in 2016. With word buzzing across the city about a potential methanol plant being built in Tacoma, another eco-threat is being addressed as a way to take a stance against environmentally damaging practices.
The Sustainable…

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11 February 2016

Curtis goes 12 rounds with top-ranked Federal Way

For the majority of the high school basketball season, the question of whether or not the top-ranked Federal Way Eagles would win the boys 4A state championship has rarely come up. Instead, the question has been more along the lines of “how much will they win it all by?” With three NCAA D-1 recruits on a stacked roster,…

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10 February 2016

Tacoma sex offender wanted after violent attack on woman

Level III Sex Offender Keith Hatton is wanted in Pierce County for Failure to Register. He was originally convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st degree in 1986 after he dragged a woman under the I-705 viaduct in Tacoma at knifepoint and raped her. The police report says he told the victim that if she “kept screaming…

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4 February 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 4 - 13

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Capital vs. Wilson
Wilson HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Lincoln vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Shelton vs. Foss Read More

4 February 2016

Bulletin Board

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW CONTINUES FOR METHANOL FACILITY

The City of Tacoma will hold the second of three public meetings Feb. 10 about the scope of the environmental review for a proposed methanol facility at the Port of Tacoma. 
The City is the lead agency for the facility’s environmental…

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4 February 2016

As the playoffs arrive, Tacoma’s best look potent

Most Grit City fans know that basketball is king in Tacoma. To get a feeling about just how strong the action is around the City of Destiny, one only needs to take a look at the first week of the playoff schedule. Depending upon which classification, the opening round of the high school postseason begins Monday, Feb. 8, with…

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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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4 February 2016

Night of the Keys

Drop by Louie G's Pizza in Fife this weekend to see some of the region's heaviest hitters on keyboard. The 11th session of A Night of Keys will kick off there at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, featuring headliner Brooke Lizotte, Doug Skoog, organizer Raymond Hayden and more.
The showcase started at the Mandolin Cafe in…

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4 February 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 5

B SHARP COFFEE: The Mark Elf Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: The Randy Oxford Band (blues, R&B,…

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4 February 2016

Lincoln District to celebrate Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is typically a celebration of the past, honoring those who have come before. This year, the Lincoln International District is hoping it will provide good omens for its future.
On Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Lincoln International District, between Yakima and 38th Street, will be celebrating…

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4 February 2016

Two Graham men charged in property theft bust

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Dayin Rex Henry, 34, and Shane Bryant Sweetman, 33, on Jan. 29 with multiple counts of possession of stolen property and trafficking stolen property. While serving a search warrant at the defendants’ residence in Graham, Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies located stolen trailers,…

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4 February 2016

Stupid Criminal of the week

If you’re driving with both a suspended license and a warrant for your arrest, it’s probably best not to drive around drawing a lot of attention to yourself. A man decided to take a drive on Jan. 19 in his car with headlights that only worked on the bright setting, not exactly inconspicuous. Unfortunately, he drove right…

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4 February 2016

IT’S DAFFODIL SEASON

23 high school seniors become official Daffodil Princesses and are named Ambassadors of Pierce County at Princess Promenade, Feb. 5 in Puyallup.

Princess Promenade is the official kickoff of the 83rd annual Daffodil Festival season in Pierce County on Friday evening, Feb. 5. One of Pierce County’s fondest traditions…

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4 February 2016

Mark your calendars: Dierks Bentley

The country superstar is the first act announced for the Washington State Fair's end of summer concert season. Bentley – best known for “What Was I Thinkin'?” and “Drunk on a Plane” and other hits – will headline the Fair's grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6,…

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4 February 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Venues of the Week:

Tacoma Musical Playhouse
7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, W 98406
(253) 565-6867
www.tmp.org

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is a non-profit arts organization, and is the largest community theater in the Pacific Northwest. TMP programs…

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4 February 2016

Puffy machines and sumptuous silk screens on view at Kittredge

University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery is back from winter break with a great new show. Aaron Badham’s mechanistic, pop-influenced sculptures are in the main gallery while Rita Robillard’s pictures, done using a mix of screen print and paint, are on the walls of the small gallery.
Called “Inflated Fabrications,”…

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4 February 2016

Last of Tacoma’s superfund sites inch toward cleanup

The cleanup plan for the last, and most contaminated, sites on Tacoma’s tideflats is entering its final review process with a roster of questions about the scope of the planned cleanup.
The Occidental Chemical site on the Hylebos Waterway has been vacant for years, but the environmental cleanup from its years of operation…

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4 February 2016

SPORTSWATCH

LINCOLN ABES CAPTURE 2016 ALL-CITY WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Team results for the 2016 Tacoma All-City Wrestling Tournament. 1. Lincoln Abes – 278.5, 2. Henry Foss Falcon – 170, 3. Bellarmine Prep Lions – 136.5, 4. Woodrow Wilson Rams – 132.5, 5. Stadium Tigers – 89, 6. Mt. Tahoma T-Birds –…

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4 February 2016

The Things We Like

FLY FISHING SHOW

The 2016 Pacific Northwest fly-fishing season begins in earnest when the annual Fly Fishing Show swings open its doors in the Lynnwood Convention Center Feb. 13-14, 3711 196th St. SW. This is a weekend potpourri of all-things-fly-fishing with non-stop casting demonstrations, seminars,…

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3 February 2016

Man charged in murder at Tacoma convenience store

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Robert Deshawn Grott, 29, with murder in the first degree for the shooting death of Julian Jemar Thomas, 23, at a Tacoma convenience store. Grott’s brother, Rashaad Dominique Grott, 22, has been charged with rendering criminal assistance in the first degree for driving…

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28 January 2016

Bulletin Board

RECORD-BREAKING YEAR AT SPRINKER RECREATION CENTER

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department announced that the Sprinker Recreation Center experienced record-breaking attendance and revenue in 2015.
Parks and Recreation has worked diligently to improve Sprinker and the facility has experienced…

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28 January 2016

Speak up for walking, bicycling and transit

Ever thought about speaking at City Council but not sure where to start? Or have something to say but not sure which elected body to say it to? Join Downtown On the Go for a casual conversation about the basics on Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. Share stories, hear tips & tricks, and then Councilmember Ryan Mello will join for the second…

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28 January 2016

Teddy Haggarty art show on display at Delia’s Oakland Lounge

Many of you out there are no doubt familiar with Tacoma artist Teddy Haggarty. The quintessential eccentric painter, Haggarty was once upon a time encountered frequently at his favorite watering holes (Bob’s Java Jive, Dawson’s Tavern, the now defunct Tempest Lounge to name a few). He was always there with his sketchpad…

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28 January 2016

Organic forms characterize B2’s Winter Exhibition

Beginning its sixth year in existence, B2 (“bee-squared”) Fine Art Gallery is still going strong, putting together great shows by some of the region’s best artists. The gallery is currently running its “Winter Pop Up Exhibition,” featuring three-dimensional works by Ric Hall, Shannon Weber, Steve Sauer, Sharon Feeney,…

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28 January 2016

Mark your calendars: Rock Hall Three For All

Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick are hitting the road together this summer, and their forthcoming tour includes a stop at Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on Aug. 26. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. that day, and tickets went on sale last week with prices $26.50 to $101; www.ticketmaster.com …

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28 January 2016

The Things We Like

CELLO DEBUT

Alistair MacRae takes his beloved cello to some unlikely places. In days past you might have found University of Puget Sound’s new cello professor sweeping his bow alongside German rock band The Scorpions or performing beside American tap dancer Savion Glover. More often, though, MacRae…

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28 January 2016

Jazz favorite Ed Taylor takes new gig at G. Donnalson’s

Local jazz favorite Ed Taylor has started a new residency at G. Donnalson's wine bar with his next performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30.
Taylor described his new gig as being “kind of like 'Saturday Night Live.' It's the same show, but they might get a different host every week.…

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28 January 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 29

B SHARP COFFEE: McTuff (jazz) 8 p.m., NC-$10, AA
DAWSON'S: Junkyard Jane (“Swampabilly” blues, Americana) 8 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Ed Taylor (smooth jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew…

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28 January 2016

UWT plots future after turning 25

University of Washington Tacoma turned 25 last year and is preparing to build on that history to plan its future as an urban-serving university.
The “Big Question” people are being asked is “As an Urban-Serving University, what positive role can University of Washington Tacoma play in achieving your aspirations?” Read More

28 January 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 29 – FEB. 5

FRIDAY, JAN. 29 – BASKETBALL
Women – Willamette vs. PLU
Pacific Lutheran – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 29 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Foss vs. Wilson
Wilson HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 29 – BASKETBALL
Boys – No. Thurston vs. Mt. Tahoma Read More

28 January 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PIERCE COUNTRY YOUTH SOCCER OPEN FOR NEW TEAMS AND EXPANDED BOUNDARIES

One thing you can count on in youth sports is they are constantly changing. It could be a simple change to the rules of play, a new league or it could be a vacated geographic region because a club chose to affiliate with a different…

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28 January 2016

Stupid criminal of the week

A man decided to party a little too hard at a local movie theater with a Four Loko and caused an accident on Jan. 10. After sneaking in the alcoholic drink to a film, the movie wrapped up a little quicker then the man wanted and he decided to chug the rest of the drink before driving home to Renton. Unfortunately, the man’s…

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28 January 2016

New look for thrift store retail unveiled at 38th Street Goodwill

A Jan. 21 ribbon cutting ceremony officially launched a new look for Goodwill thrift stores in southwest Washington. The re-opening of the 32,800 square foot Goodwill store at 3121 S. 38th St. provides a first glimpse at a new store design that will expand across 15 counties in southwest Washington and the Olympic Peninsula…

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28 January 2016

Local Restuarants

One of the things everyone is searching for in life is a neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name. Billy B’s Pub and Grub, located at 1213 S. 56th St., is looking to be that place under the leadership of owner Dave Peluso.
“I grew up in South Tacoma. I stayed in South Tacoma and I felt there was a need for…

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28 January 2016

Singers needed to try out for ‘O Say Can You Sing?’ competition

Can you hold a note better than Carl Lewis? Can you remember the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” better than Christina Aguilera? Then you may already be on the road to becoming the next Jacqueline Pearson.
Pearson got concerts at the Washington State Fair grandstand started on a patriotic note for years, followed…

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28 January 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Museums of the Week:

Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave.
Tues.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free Third Thursday 5-8 p.m.
www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Mission: Connecting people through art. Tacoma Art Museum serves the diverse communities…

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27 January 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Tacoma serial home burglar pleads guilty

Michael Leair pleaded guilty to six counts of residential burglary in Pierce County Superior Court Monday morning. He was sentenced to 84 months in prison. Tips to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County from a “Washington's Most Wanted” viewer helped police catch him after Leair was seen leaving a pawn shop last…

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27 January 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Suspects wanted in Puyallup robbery and assault

Pierce County detectives are trying to identify four theft suspects at a Walmart in Puyallup. One of them bit and strangled employees during his escape. It happened just a few days before Christmas. Detectives say there were four crooks in all, but only three of them were caught on camera.
“Four people went in. Two…

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21 January 2016

Be Well - Inside and out

As anyone who has experienced the cycle of dieting knows, losing weight can be a serious struggle. Keeping the weight off often proves to be the biggest challenge, with the losing-gaining-losing rollercoaster leading to discouragement, disappointing results and, sometimes, poor health in the long run. However, there is a…

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21 January 2016

Is a career in teaching or counseling for you?

Would you like to become a certified teacher in just a year? Or, if you prefer evening classes, would you like to qualify as a school or mental health counselor in just two years?
Demand for teachers is currently so strong in the United States that last year, every student who earned a University of Puget Sound Master…

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21 January 2016

Stupid criminal of the week

Fast food always sounds delicious when you’ve been drinking, but the smart move is to just stay home and munch on a bag of chips, especially if you’re too far gone to even stay conscious. Workers at a Division Avenue food joint got quite a surprise on Jan. 9, when a man literally was passed out inside his car outside…

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21 January 2016

Bulletin Board

STREAMLINED PERMITTING SYSTEM NOW LIVE

Today, the City of Tacoma’s Planning and Development Services launched an online Tacoma Permits system that utilizes Accela software and offers a number of efficiencies.
With this launch, all land use, building, and site development permits will be processed…

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21 January 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Theaters of the Week:

New Muses Theatre presents William Shakespeare's ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Jan. 15-31, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave., #10, Tacoma
On the streets of Verona, a war between two powerful families has led to chaos…

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21 January 2016

CHI Franciscan Health and MultiCare Health System approved to build psychiatric hospital in Tacoma

Residents of Pierce County and the surrounding areas will have better access to desperately needed mental health services with approval of a new psychiatric hospital.
The Washington State Department of Health approved an application from MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health to jointly build and operate…

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21 January 2016

Milton father charged for leaving 15-month-old in freezing car overnight

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Anthony Dufour, 29, on Jan. 13 with criminal mistreatment in the second degree and abandonment of a dependent person in the second degree, for leaving his infant daughter overnight in a freezing car at his Milton home. Dufour was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.…

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21 January 2016

SPORTSWATCH

THE TIME HAS ARRIVED FOR WOMEN’S SOCCER IN TACOMA

Craig Vincent knows a lot about the women’s soccer scene in Tacoma. For several years he has planned, worked and hoped for a local women’s team to take root for the players in South Sound. Finally, it is going to happen in 2015 with the arrival…

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21 January 2016

The Things We Like

TACOMAPOCALYPSE

Tacomapocalypse 5 is almost here! The morbidly humorous February 2-D art show that just won't stay dead returns to Destiny City Comics Feb. 1-28. Special artists event/open house will be on Saturday, Feb. 13. The theme this year is "Death Takes a Holiday," so along with…

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21 January 2016

Manitou Arts Center to close down after 20 years of service

It looks like the end of the line for the Manitou Community Center and its arts programs, daycare and martial arts school that it has housed for the last 20 years. Originally built as Manitou Elementary School in 1911 (with additions in 1924, 1957 and 1967), the building and grounds were taken over by Metro Parks Tacoma in…

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21 January 2016

Mark your calendars: Janet Jackson rescheduled

Looks like Janet Jackson was “Unbreakable,” after all. The pop queen had to postpone the launch of her tour this month, which included a Jan. 13 stop at KeyArena, as she prepared to undergo surgery for an undisclosed ailment. But Live Nation has announced that all dates have been rescheduled. She'll now visit Seattle…

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21 January 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 22 - 30

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Lincoln vs. Foss
Henry Foss HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Foss vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Olympia vs. Stadium

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21 January 2016

CORRECTION

The Tacoma Weekly would like to apologize for the following errors in the story “The Old Spaghetti Factory prepares to move locations” from the Jan. 15 edition.

The Old Spaghetti factory has been in Tacoma since the 1970's, not the 1980's also, hours at the new location are as follows:
Sunday

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21 January 2016

Teen charged in murder of ex-girlfriend’s mother

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Austin Richard Moores Nelson, 19, on Jan. 19 with murder in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and animal cruelty in the first degree for shooting his ex-girlfriend's mother, Teresa Ryan, to death and killing the family dog. Moores Nelson pleaded not guilty and is…

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21 January 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 22

B SHARP COFFEE: Adriana Giordano and the EntreMundos Quarteto (Brazilian jazz, soul) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
EMERALD QUEEN: Brian McKnight (R&B, soul) 8:30 p.m., $40 to $95
G. DONNALSON'S: Ed Taylor (smooth jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA

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14 January 2016

Domestic violence suspect wanted in Pierce County

Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies are asking for your help to find Darmar Robinson. He has four active misdemeanor warrants for Domestic Violence Assault in the 4th degree ($75,000 bail on each) and a Domestic Violence No Contact Order Violation ($50,000 bail). Robinson is 5-feet 5-inches and weighs 165 pounds. If you can…

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14 January 2016

Undercover sting in Tacoma targets accused child sex predators

This will not be easy to read, but it's important information for every parent in our state. Washington’s Most Wanted's Parella Lewis recently joined the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force and dozens of other agencies in a sting operation to identify child predators in our communities.…

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14 January 2016

Bulletin Board

HELP SET A WORLD RECORD AND PASS A REUSABLE BAG ORDINANCE

Mark your calendars for the weekend of Jan. 23 to 24, when Plastic Ain't Tacoma’s Bag (a coalition of hundreds of concerned citizens) will set a World Record for “Most Reusable Bags Made from T-shirts in 48 hours (across multiple locations)." Read More

14 January 2016

Signs highlight the diversity of trees in Tacoma’s Wright Park

It’s hard to imagine what Wright Park looked like in 1886 when the Tacoma Land Company donated the vacant land for a public park.
Its 27 acres were barren, muddy and likely devoid of native trees, which had been logged off for commercial sale.
But conditions attached to the gift required that at least 300 ornamental…

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14 January 2016

City approves moratorium on marijuana shops

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on new marijuana shops within the city to allow for state lawmakers to develop new rules for the booming pot industry.
The moratorium means the city will not issue new business permits for marijuana businesses for as long as the next six months. Current pot shops…

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14 January 2016

Where to celebrate MLK Day

Here are a few options for locals who want to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. next week:
Lakewood MLK Day celebration
The Lakewood celebration will kick off with a Commemorative Civil Right March, which will begin at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 at Clover Park Technical College's…

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14 January 2016

SPORTSWATCH

SOUTH SOUND FC BRINGS NWPL WOMEN’S SOCCER TO GRIT CITY

The Northwest Premier League has announced that the South Sound Football Club is joining the new elite amateur women’s soccer league to represent the City of Destiny in statewide play.

“The purpose of the South Sound Women’s program…

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14 January 2016

The Things We Like

‘TRANSITIONS AND REFLECTIONS’

“Transitions and Reflections,” textile artist Barbara Lee Smith Smith’s farewell to the Pacific Northwest, is currently on display in The Gallery at TCC. The show features pieces that are more abstract than most of Smith’s previous work. Other changes…

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14 January 2016

Mark your calendars: Sasquatch! Lineup announced

Since its inception in 2002, the Gorge Amphitheatre's Sasquatch Music Festival has been among the most talked about entertainment events of late spring. Don't expect it to be any different this year after Monday's announcement that the Cure, the Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Digable Planets and Florence and the Machine are…

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14 January 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

LeMay America’s Car Museum
2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: www.lemaymuseum.org

America’s Car Museum (ACM) spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. Featuring…

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14 January 2016

Make a Scene: Lakewood Playhouse makes ‘Arcadia’ a lush place to be

In the 1630s, Nicolas Poussin created a neoclassical painting called “Et in Arcadia ego” or "Even in Arcadia, there am I." The sentence is spoken by Death, who is depicted in the painting as a beautiful woman. Even in an idyllic place – Arcadia – death, decay, and dissolution are part of the scheme.

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14 January 2016

Signature drive seeks to put methanol plant to a vote

The first public hearing for people to learn details about – and voice their concerns over – a methanol-conversion plant slated for Tacoma’s waterfront is set for next week, but opponents to the plans are already lining up in hopes of blocking the project.
A group called RedLine Tacoma Coalition filed paperwork…

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14 January 2016

KeyBank presents $30,000 to Goodwill for financial literacy training

KeyBank has provided more critical funding for free family, single parent and youth financial literacy with its recent gift to Goodwill’s financial literacy training program. 
“Goodwill’s financial literacy program, ‘Key to Change,’ aligns perfectly with KeyBank’s commitment to help our communities thrive,”…

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14 January 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 15 - 23

FRIDAY, JAN. 15 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Bellarmine vs. Stadium
Stadium HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 15 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Mt. Tahoma vs. Wilson
Wilson HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 15 – BASKETBALL
Girls – No. Thurston vs. Lincoln Read More

14 January 2016

Bates opens new Advanced Technology Center

Upon its grand opening on Jan. 7, the city of Tacoma officially welcomed a new Bates Technical College facility, the Advanced Technology Center located at 2320 S. 19th St.
Officials broke ground on the two-story, 53,000-square-foot building last year. The facility includes an auditorium, meeting spaces, administrative…

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14 January 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 15

B SHARP COFFEE: Greta Matassa Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Funk Factory (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Sonny Landreth (blues) 8 p.m.,…

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7 January 2016

Furloughed sex offender how being sought

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies are searching for convicted sex offender Chris Ramsey. Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps locate him. Ramsey was released from jail for a furlough to attend a funeral for a family member but did not return.
"There…

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7 January 2016

Several Tacoma teams sit atop standings at midseason

As we near the midpoint in the high school basketball season here in Tacoma, it’s time to take a snapshot of the first stretch that Grit City’s boys teams have gone through. At first blush, things look awfully familiar in several league standings as the preseason favorites have been doing exactly what most basketball…

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7 January 2016

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 8

REAL ART TACOMA: The Rusty Cleavers, Jake McNeillie & Co., Devilwood, The Busy Wild (roots rock, bluegrass) 7 p.m., $8, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: Human Spirit with Thomas Marriot and Mark Taylor (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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7 January 2016

2016 promises hot-button issues for Tacoma

Planned gas plants raise concerns about safety of tideflats
Tacoma City Council has already greenlighted plans for Puget Sound Energy to move forward with a liquefied natural gas facility on the Tacoma Tideflats. PSE’s facility would be an 8 million gallon natural gas liquefaction and storage facility…

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7 January 2016

Pastor announces re-election campaign

I want you to be among the first to know that I will be seeking re-election to the Office of Sheriff in 2016.
The Sheriff’s Department has built a strong record of accomplishments in the last several years in the face of very difficult circumstances. We are values-led. We have demonstrated effectiveness and cost efficiency. Read More

7 January 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 8 - 16

FRIDAY, JAN. 8 – BASKETBALL
Women – Willamette vs. UPS
UPS Fieldhouse – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 8 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Shelton vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 8 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Olympia vs. Bellarmine Read More

7 January 2016

Thousands at First Night rings in new year

Thousands at First Night rings in new year

Tacoma’s annual First Night celebration, ironically on the last night of the year, drew capacity crowds at venues around downtown in search of family friendly, alcohol-free entertainment to mark the start of 2016.
Capping the night was a thunderous performance by Tacoma’s…

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7 January 2016

PUGET SOUND ORTHOPAEDICS DOUBLES IN SIZE

TACOMA – Puget Sound Orthopaedics  (PSO) has become the largest independent orthopedic practice in Pierce County since seven surgeons from Tacoma CHI Franciscan Health Orthopedics, Spine, Sports Medicine and Podiatry, formerly Tacoma Orthopaedic Surgeons, officially joined the independent practice…

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7 January 2016

Make a Scene: North End Social Club open for business

You have to forgive Tacoma entrepreneur Justin Caillier if he seems a bit tired these days. Not only did he just open one of Tacoma's  newest hot spots – the North End Social Club, located at 3013 Sixth Ave. – but he also had a couple of new additions to his family. We caught up recently to talk about his vision…

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7 January 2016

The Things We Like

EVOLUTION: Art, Science & Adaptation

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory and Metro Parks Tacoma are pleased to present “EVOLUTION: Art, Science & Adaptation,” Jan. 12-March 6, 2016. In this exhibition, 12 Northwest contemporary artists will take a unique approach to evolution through works…

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7 January 2016

Stupid criminal of the week

A classic episode of ‘Seinfeld’ taught us that you should be careful what you do in your car, as it’s a pretty visible place. Best case scenario you end up like Jerry, who mistakenly had a girlfriend believe he was picking his nose, worse case you end up in jail, like a driver on jan. 1 traveling down Yakima Ave. The…

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7 January 2016

Bulletin Board

2015 U.S. Open Championship tallies $134 million in regional economic impact
Pierce County and neighboring counties realized a $134 million boost in total economic impact from the U.S. Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association at Chambers Bay Golf Course June 15-21, a recent…

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7 January 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PUGET SOUND RECLAIMS TOTEM TROPHY IN HISTORIC 2015 SEASON

The 2015 season was, by many accounts, the most successful fall for the Puget Sound football program since the turn of the century. The Loggers' five Northwest Conference victories tied a Puget Sound record (1933), and their 6-3 overall record…

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7 January 2016

Dog walker finds human remains by TCC

A person walking a dog found by the sports field of Tacoma Community College on Jan. 5, stumbled across a set of bones and called 911.
The bones turned out to be human.
Tacoma police are investigating the case as a possible homicide.
College classes were not affected by the discovery, which prompted investigators…

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7 January 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Theater of the Week:

Lakewood Playhouse
5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd.
Lakewood, WA  98499  (253) 588-0042
www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

Lakewood Playhouse was founded in 1938. They currently have a 180-seat theatre in…

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