Steve Dunkelberger

has been a journalist in Washington for more than 15 years. He is a historian and book author. He is also a media contest judge for Sigma Delta Chi, the national fraternity for journalists.


16 March 2017

Make a Scene: ‘Gypsy’ comes to Tacoma stage

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of one of America’s musical greats has all the glamour of a hoodie and loafers, or maybe a straightjacket and slippers. But that’s the point.
“Gypsy,” directed by Chris Serface with choreography by Lexi Barnett and musical direction by Debra Leach, isn’t as much a play…

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9 March 2017

Mystery seems solved over death of tideflat seagulls

Some details still remain unknown but the cause of a mass kill off of at least 30 seagulls around Commencement Bay a month ago seems to have been botulism, according to final test results received by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The botulism detected was a type C toxin that is not associated with…

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9 March 2017

Chambers Bay Distillery looks to expand as demand grows

Childhood friends Alan Davis and Jeff Robinette grew up in Lakewood and wanted to stay local when they set out to craft spirits that were not only good tasting but created a sense of place.
Chambers Bay Distillery opened in 2012. Bourbon mash was mixed. Alcohol distilled and the poured into oak barrels to age in 2014.…

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9 February 2017

Click rate hikes clear council, consultant continues ‘all in’ effort

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved rate increases to the municipally owned Click Cable Network to help offset the rising fees for television programming and higher labor cost. The increases average to about 13 percent, depending on what cable package customers have and are the first increases since 2014, when rates…

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2 February 2017

Budget Woes for Fife

The City of Fife is spending more money than it is taking in from taxes and fees. The current two-year general fund of $37 million draws about $600,000 from the city’s cash reserves. That account will run out by 2019 if nothing else changes since expenses are growing at a rate of about 3 percent a year while revenues are…

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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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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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24 March 2017

Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility brings inmates back to their roots

When the Puyallup Tribe opened its Restorative Correctional Facility three years…Read More

23 March 2017

Foss Seaport offers tours, dinner cruises aboard Schooner Zodiac

The Schooner Zodiac has partnered with the Foss Waterway Seaport. While docked…Read More