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.


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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22 December 2016

Be Well - Inside & out:

Alicia Barrett was climbing the typical corporate ladder at a Fortune 50 retailer after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a stint at a regional retailer.
Yoga had long been a part of her personal life, so she decided to marry it with her professional life by opening Tuladhara Yoga…

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17 November 2016

Masonic outreach seeks to help anyone facing ‘life events’

University Place-based Washington Masonic Charities, the umbrella entity for the fraternal organization’s charity and community service efforts, is hosting a workshop to help families take on the difficult discussion about elder care, wills and estate planning.
“It’s about education and taking that step toward…

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The Daily MashUp

27 June 2017

Stay safe on July 4

There are over 100 community fireworks displays in Washington State, all celebrating…Read More

27 June 2017

WSDOT: Traffic switches on I-5 in Tacoma takes planning, patience

Tacoma commuters, get ready. Two big traffic shifts are scheduled to occur shortly…Read More