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.


29 September 2016

Talk outlines possible review of tideflats zoning rules

A roundtable talk on Sept. 19 that included many of the major players on Tacoma’s tideflats provided a glimpse of city efforts that could lead to a lengthy review of zoning rules of the largely industrial waterfront at a time when no public meeting about the tideflats goes without community protests. This Monday afternoon…

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15 September 2016

City’s budget begins taking shape for fall vote

The march toward a biannual budget is picking up pace with community meetings and study sessions slated this fall. A City Council vote on the 2017-2018 budget is scheduled for Nov. 15.
The nutshell if that the city’s general fund budget, one that pays for city services from the police and fire departments to library…

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15 September 2016

Safety information of PSE planned gas plant could come this fall

A Washington State Court of Appeals commissioner has merged two appeals of a lower court decision on the disclosure of fire and emergency response information involving the proposed 8 million gallon liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility Puget Sound Energy wants to build on the tideflats.
Port watchdog Arthur West and…

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8 September 2016

Link expansion takes shape, works to preserve station parking

Plans for the expansion of Sound Transit’s light rail line to Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood took a bit of a turn from previous plans by shifting designs for a few of the stations from the side of the roadway to the center of the streets. The changes come with the blessing of the Tacoma City Council because center-placed…

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1 September 2016

Court, again, orders release of planned PSE gas plant’s safety information

Environmental activists and members of RedLine Tacoma, a group that opposes the planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the tideflats, scored a win of sorts last week when Superior Court Judge Frank E. Cuthbertson ordered the release of safety response studies that Puget Sound Energy submitted as part of the facility’s…

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25 August 2016

Local, statewide test results show mostly jumps in learning

University Place’s Curtis High School posted strong scores in all test areas during statewide tests last year. The results were recently released and are used by principals to improve student learning.
“I think we are quite proud of our results,” University Place School District Superintendent Jeff Chamberlin…

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4 August 2016

Sampling continues for toxins in UWT groundwater

Sampling crews are drilling wells on and around University of Washington-Tacoma to monitor the spread and concentration of chemicals that were left in the soil during the more than 100 years of manufacturing and industrial activity in the area. 
The work will run through the month, so area residents, students and…

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4 August 2016

Primary election shows strong support for incumbents

Results from Tuesday’s primary election show incumbents have strong support as they head into the general election on Nov. 8, which will also select the nation’s next president.
Ballots will continue to be tallied with results updated through Aug. 16, when the results will be certified and made official. Washington…

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4 August 2016

Road construction projected to be around for years

Interstate 5 isn’t the only major road work that will occur outside the car windows of commuters for years to come. Work on local overpasses, off-ramps and connector roads, as well as State Route 167, will keep crews in orange vests active for the next decade or so.
The main driver of the work is to have more direct…

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28 September 2016

Four Tacoma schools earn 2016 ‘School of Distinction’ award

Four Tacoma schools—Wilson High School, Geiger Elementary School, Lincoln…Read More

27 September 2016

Leave Law Gives Domestic Violence Victims Time to Seek Help

Tacoma’s paid leave law, which went into effect last February, can be used…Read More