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

29 October 2015

Tacoma Power offers customers to go solar without the panels

Tacoma Power has begun offering a way for its customers to invest in solar energy by starting Pierce County’s first community solar project.
The program seeks to provide customers with an easy way to participate in an affordable way to invest in solar energy by offering a 75-kilowatt project that doesn’t require…

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29 October 2015

Tax amnesty clears city’s books of closed shops, nets $90,000

Tacoma’s first-ever program of offering businesses an amnesty on their unpaid taxes and licensing fees brought some otherwise uncollected dollars to city coffers and cleaned up the business tax rolls.
“Overall, it was a success,” Tax and License Division Manager Danielle Larson said during a study session on the…

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29 October 2015

Citizens for a Healthy Bay celebrates 25 years

Commencement Bay was making national headlines in the late 1980s as one of the most contaminated waterways in the nation. The non-profit Citizens for a Healthy Bay came together in 1990 to work on cleanup efforts and monitor water quality throughout the process.
CHB formed to represent the people of Tacoma in the Superfund…

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22 October 2015

Tacoma Fire steps up warnings about hazards of aluminum wiring

Tacoma Fire officials stepping are up efforts to alert owners of older homes of a fire hazard many don’t know exists in their walls.
“For most people, you don’t know you have a problem until you have a significant problem,” said Tacoma Fire Chief of Administration Toryono Green during a City Council study session…

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8 October 2015

Tacoma’s future could look a lot like its past

The early years of Tacoma’s growth around the turn of the last century saw strips of small businesses on street level storefronts with the proprietors living above their shops. That practice largely disappeared with the advent of suburban living, shopping malls and chain stores.
But that past could be part of Tacoma’s…

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1 October 2015

Tacoma Rail chugs along

The slow times at Tacoma Rail, caused by the economic downturn of years passed, are gone as national and international shipping operations on the tideflats increase. That rise in traffic means the city-owned Tacoma Rail operations are chugging along at an increased pace.
“We are slowly coming out of the Great Recessionary…

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1 October 2015

‘Oliver’ opens TMP season

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is set for a must-see season if their opener, “Oliver” – a musical retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale “Oliver Twist” – is any indication.
What stood out overall in the production was the polish in the set and light design that amplified the already stellar voices up and…

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24 September 2015

Link expansion gains $2 million federal grant

Plans to expand Tacoma’s Link light rail from its downtown stretch to Hilltop got a boost from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which awarded a $2 million grant that will fund transit-oriented development planning efforts along the future route. The grant will help the city foster smart, affordable development…

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24 September 2015

City council reconfirms TPU director amid Click controversy

Tacoma City Council voted 7-1 to keep Bill Gaines as the executive director of Tacoma Public Utilities in a reconformation process voters gave the council in the the charter review process a year ago.
Only Councilmember Anders Ibsen opposed the reappointment, and Mayor Marilyn Strickland was absent to attend activities…

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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