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

19 May 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Audience treated to Buddy Holly story at TMP

A few versions of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” have made their way around the region in recent years, all with a different slant on the story behind the birth of rock and roll through the rise of Buddy Holly and the Crickets in the late 1950s.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s staging of the show is more revue than…

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19 May 2015

Final day for election filing sees shuffles, surges

The end of the candidate filing week last Friday marks the official campaign kick off season for the Aug. 4 primary election to narrow down the field for the Nov. 3 general election.

The final hours of filing saw some shuffling between races and a surge of candidates. Shuffling came in races such as Tacoma’s District…

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14 May 2015

Hometown grocer welcomes newcomer to foodie marketplace

Some of the loudest applauses about the grand opening of the Whole Foods in University Place last week came from one of its “competitors” for the title of the South Sound’s foodie hub.

“I hope that the community embraces them just as much as this neighborhood has embraced us for the last 20 years,” Proctor’s…

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13 May 2015

City task force to research minimum wage issue


A task force charged with researching minimum wage issues formed this week as a petition continues to circulate that would make Tacoma’s minimum wage the most radical in the country.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland paneled the 15-person task force on Tuesday following a call from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber…

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12 May 2015

Fairy godmother visits TCB so 300 children can enjoy free ballet

Tacoma Arts Commission awarded Tacoma City Ballet a grant that will allow the ballet company to play the role of Fairy Godmother to 300 children and their families, who will receive free tickets to see its production of Cinderella at the Pantages Theater this weekend.

The “Fairy Godmother Project” is a gift of…

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12 May 2015

Veterans keep vow to never leave one behind

The military has its own “corporate culture” that civilians just don’t understand.

Soldiers often distill it down to the motto, “embrace the suck.”

Those in uniform struggle on without complaint and don’t ask for help, especially help from civilians or even from the government they wrote a check…

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6 May 2015

Hear the thunder, smell the blood at Centerstage’s ‘For All That’

The trenches of World War I have long grown over with grass or been filled with earth carried in place by a century of erosion of their makeshift walls. But their legacy remains in the sparks of radical nationalism around Europe.

The horrific “war to end all wars” did not hold to its naive promise to make conflict…

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6 May 2015

Tacoma Amtrak station design moves forward

Plans to move Tacoma’s Amtrak station to co-locate with Sound Transit’s Sounder trains at the century-old Freighthouse Square are moving forward now that designs have been changed to better present the former warehouse’s role in Tacoma history.

The design was created by a working group of city and state officials,…

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5 May 2015

Hilltop pool breaks ground

Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to mark the beginning of a major renovation of People’s Community Center adding an aquatics facility to Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.

“This goes to prove that partnerships work to bring to back a valuable asset to this community,”…

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5 May 2015

Public forums are focus of future 911 hub location


The location of the future home of the new South Sound 911 has narrowed to two potential sites, with the preferred option of a former industrial site in Fircrest and an alternative in Tacoma. Public meetings will outline the details of the sites for the agency that handles emergency calls and records.

South…

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29 April 2015

U.S. Open impacts won’t just come to Chambers Bay course

While the first U.S. Open to be held in the Pacific Northwest is gearing up for Chamber’s Bay in mid June, activities and golf-related impacts are already being felt around Pierce County.

Hundreds of directional signs and promotional banners along Interstate 5 and downtowns around Puget Sound are popping up. Museums…

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29 April 2015

Voters could decide on “strong” mayor change after all

A group of Tacomans is launching a petition drive to put on the fall ballot a change of how the city is managed.

The Pierce County Better Government League wants the mayor to play a stronger role in driving city policies by giving the mayor the authority to have a staff to develop policies outside of the City Council,…

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28 April 2015

More Click talks in the works as local suitor bids on network


The long-term future of Tacoma’s municipally owned Click! Network is in question, but the short term is clear: More talks are in the works.

The 17-year-old fiber optic web around the city directly provides cable television service as Click! Network and Internet connections to businesses and households…

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28 April 2015

Season opens for farmers markets with Eastside location, low-income options

The presence of a bright orb of heat in the sky, albeit sporadic, marks the start of many farmers markets around Puget Sound.

New this year is the addition of a farmers market location on the Eastside of Tacoma and a program at Tacoma locations to boost the spending power of low-income produce seekers.

Tacoma…

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21 April 2015

TLT takes full swing with ‘Fairway’ comedy

Tacoma Little Theatre kicks off the festivities linked to the U.S. Open coming to town in a few weeks by staging “The Fox on the Fairway” by Ken Ludwig. The full-energy farce about all things golf is like an episode of “Three’s Company” with a lot more ugly sweaters and mixed-match socks. There are pratfalls, double…

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21 April 2015

Portland grad students help set Tacoma’s future


A group of Portland State University graduate students is gathering survey results about Tacoma’s housing stock as a way for the city to develop zoning rules that promote growth in neighborhoods as well as preserve affordability and character of the residential options.

Responses gathered during walking…

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14 April 2015

Sudden road closures provide look of gridlock to come

Heidy Morales died last Friday afternoon, April 10, when her SUV suddenly swerved through a guardrail on the East L Street overpass and plunged into traffic on Interstate 5. About the same time, and just a few blocks away, a truck clipped a beam on the Puyallup River Bridge that connects Tacoma to Fife’s Pacific Highway.…

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14 April 2015

Solid performances, good design elevate ‘Evita’

Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s “Evita” takes audiences on a trip to a different place and a different time without a passport or a time machine as it gives a tour of Argentine’s post-war “golden age.”

Juan Peron (played by thunder-throated Jonathan Bill) was an oppressive, Nazi-housing dictator, who kept power…

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8 April 2015

Council voices concerns, support about leasing Click


Plans to lease Tacoma’s Click! Network for the next 40 years to Wave Broadband has received mixed reviews from the Tacoma City Council, which will ultimately have to sign off on any deal.

The municipally owned Click Network has been losing money since it formed 17 years ago, and that rate of loss has…

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7 April 2015

‘Roméo and Juliette’ set for Tacoma Opera

Tacoma Opera's season ender needs no translation, even if the music will be sung in French. “Roméo and Juliette” takes on the international language of love.

Charles Gounod's version has all the romance, intrigue and tragedy of the William Shakespeare’s original tale of star-crossed lovers but adds music and…

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31 August 2015

Candlelight Tour: History with Texture

Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for a magical evening walking…Read More

28 August 2015

Homeless camps slated for Sept. 9 forum

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