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.

Email: stevedunkel@tacomaweekly.com

23 June 2015

Tacoma inmates set to face short-term shuffle

Anyone arrested for petty crimes in Tacoma might face some cell shuffling for the next few months as the city shifts its inmate housing back to Pierce County Jail, following the end of a contract Tacoma had with Fife.

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved four jail services contracts with Pierce County, Fife, the…

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23 June 2015

TPU poll suggests little support for Click! Cable


Tacoma Public Utilities officials presented the results of a telephone poll of its customers to the City Council on Tuesday regarding the future of Click! Cable. A consultant’s financial analysis of various options was also presented. Both point toward leasing the fiber optic network out to a private company…

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16 June 2015

Student Handcuffed

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor is investigating the details involving the handcuffing of a Washington High School student in a hallway for charges that were later dropped. The student, however, was denied a chance to walk at his school’s graduation after school officials banned him from the ceremony because of the incident.

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16 June 2015

Proctor residents call for hiatus to study impacts of future developments


Proctor residents who are concerned about potential quality of life impacts caused by large housing developments in the works want the city to issue a moratorium to allow for more study on what effects a boom in high-density projects could have on the neighborhood.

An online petition has more than 600…

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16 June 2015

Pierce County Asylum preps to become center of haunted hub

An army of volunteers at Pierce County Asylum is busy sanding and painting and splattering fake blood and guts around their haunted house in preparation for Halloween in July and plans for a sibling haunted house upstairs.

The co-location of two haunted houses in Freighthouse Station, which is better known by its former…

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11 June 2015

Three petitions set to ride fall ballot


Two city-specific petitions and one county-wide effort are at, or close, to the required number of signatures to be deemed valid, clearing the way for them to face voters in the fall.

The petition to raise the Tacoma’s minimum wage to $15 an hour cleared the signature-gathering requirement already.…

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9 June 2015

Planning Commission recommends changes to Link expansion


Tacoma’s Planning Commission has drafted a list of recommended changes to plans for expanding Link light rail service from downtown to the Hilltop neighborhood.

The recommendations come as the City Council prepares to solidify plans with Sound Transit later this summer. Tacoma’s Link expansion is…

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9 June 2015

Sound Transit eyes 15 billion voter package, seeks comments

Sound Transit is gathering survey results and comments about a roster of mass transit expansion projects around the region as a first step toward putting a ballot measure to voters as early as next fall.

Comments and project rankings gained from the online survey of residents within the Sound Transit boundaries of…

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3 June 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Lakewood Playhouse ends season with Victorian spoof

Lakewood Playhouse takes audiences on a time-travel romp with its season-ending “Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical comedy set in a music hall in Victorian England.

This show within a show has all the standard bits of turn-of-the-last-century theater, with its audience participation, actor interactions with targeted…

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3 June 2015

City Council buys Old City Hall, renovations planned

Tacoma’s landmark Old City Hall is set to finally get new life now that Tacoma City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to buy the historic building for $4 million with plans to restore the vacant and iconic building.

The council approved a deal with Seattle-based Stratford Co. to buy the building between Commerce…

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3 June 2015

Neighbors rally to petition City Council for shorter buildings in Proctor

More than 150 people packed a public library meeting room Wednesday evening to formulate a response to commercial development they feel is out of character for their neighborhood.

The concern comes as construction of a commercial and residential building known as Proctor Station at 28th Street and Proctor takes shape…

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28 May 2015

‘Cabaret’ dives into the cost of decadence

The tales of debauchery and excess during the final days of the Weimar Republic that gave rise to the oppression and destruction of Germany’s Third Reich found in the show “Cabaret” are community theater gold.

“Cabaret,” directed by John Munn, is a musical adaptation of the novel “Goodbye to Berlin”…

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28 May 2015

PATRIOTIC BUS

Pierce Transit unveiled a patriotic-themed bus last week that will be rotated through routes throughout the system as a way to show local pride in service members. “Everywhere in our area, you will see this bus,” Pierce Transit’s Interim CEO Jim Walton said. This is not the first time the transit agency has decked out…

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28 May 2015

Exercise, Education converge at downtown on the go walks

It might be a sign of the times that more than one cell phone popped out so people at Wright Park could take photos of a stream of about 200 people walking two-by-two from the area around the County City Building before heading downtown.

At least one of those “selfie snappers” thought it was some sort of well-mannered…

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28 May 2015

Advisory vote on Pierce County hub clears courtroom hurdle

A Superior Court judge has ruled that efforts to gain enough signatures to put a referendum on the fall ballot to determine the future of the planned Pierce County General Services building can move forward.

Judge Kevin Hull ruled last week that a lawsuit against the signature gathering lacked the legal standing required,…

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19 May 2015

Point Defiance Park Master Plan preps for final review on May 28

Metro Parks planners are entering the final stage of reviews for the master plan for Point Defiance. An open house set for May 28 at the Pagoda will provide park watchers with a final chance to view the umbrella document that will drive future changes at the peninsula park along Commencement Bay. Fear not – don’t expect…

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28 August 2015

Homeless camps slated for Sept. 9 forum

The New Tacoma Neighborhood Council is sponsoring a forum on homeless encampments…Read More

28 August 2015

Rainier Connect Announces Joint Operating Agreement with Net-Venture

Rainier Connect has announced it has entered into a Joint Venture Operating…Read More