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

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

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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17 December 2015

$235,000 toward homeless shelters

The City of Tacoma is flowing another $235,000 toward homeless shelters and services during the coming winter under an inclement weather declaration that allows shelters to go beyond their capacity during harsh winters. The city had been using the declaration on a day-to-day basis in past years, but the decision earlier this…

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17 December 2015

Tacoma graduation rates now top state average

Tacoma got an early holiday gift with the news that state records show the school district’s graduation rate last year reached 82.6 percent. That is not only the highest rate since the state began tracking rates in 2003 but also shows the fifth straight year of gains, toward the district’s goal of 85 percent by 2020. Read More

17 December 2015

Council unanimously votes to explore all-in Click future

At the last Tacoma City Council meeting of the year, and the last for Deputy Mayor David Boe and Councilmember Lauren Walker, the on-going debate over the municipally owned Click Network got a holiday gift. The council first rejected, by a 7-1 vote, a plan fronted by Tacoma Public Utility officials that would lease out the…

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10 December 2015

Council set to decide Click’s future, following TPU board’s endorsement of both options

Tacoma City Council members could vote as early as Dec. 15 on what the city should do with the municipally owned Click Network, a 17-year-old fiber optic network that provides Click Cable TV directly to its customers and wholesale Internet access through three private vendors that provide services to customers.
Two…

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3 December 2015

Health Department passes e-cig rules, creating uncertain future for vape shops

Tougher rules on the sale of e-cigarettes and the vapor-creating liquid used in them are set to take effect in 2016 now that the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health unanimously approved new regulations at its Nov. 18 meeting.
The new rules largely hold vaping devices under the same rules as traditional cigarettes and…

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The Daily MashUp

26 May 2016

State Farm Awards $20,000 Grant to City’s Summer Jobs 253 Program

  For the second consecutive year, State Farm has awarded a $20,000 grant…Read More

25 May 2016

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation names Alexander as Art Award Winner

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has announced artist Sean Alexander…Read More