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.


21 July 2016

Plastic bags won’t disappear over night, but their days are numbered

The recently approved ban on single-use plastic bags won’t come immediately since the city has a slate of public outreach efforts to shoppers and business owners through the next year so everyone has time to adjust to life without them.
Tacoma City Council voted in an 8-1 decision earlier this month to become the…

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14 July 2016

Open space ranks high with park users eyeing Chambers Bay options

Residents and park users of the Chambers Creek Regional Park trails and open spaces have several opportunities to vote their thoughts about the future of the 930-acre Pierce County park along the western edge of University Place.
An online survey is now available and survey takers will be out in force during the Kite…

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7 July 2016

Bag ban, in some form, seems bound for Tacoma

Tacoma City Council is primed to consider two plans meant to cut down on the amount of litter that collects in trees and bushes or finds its way into the stomachs of sea life after flowing into waterways.
The council will decide on a proposed ordinance that would ban single-use retail bags and charge a fee of no less…

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9 June 2016

Eyes turn to Tacoma for development, business relocation

Investors, developers and business boosters saw a snapshot last week of things to come in Tacoma at a city-sponsored showcase that highlighted the $1 billion worth of construction projects in the works around the city.
The “Downtown Tacoma Economic Development Showcase” at LeMay: America’s Car Museum drew about…

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19 May 2016

Munn feels the burn during fundraising roast

That smell of smoke wafting through Lakewood and University Place last Saturday wasn’t a community picnic or forest fire. It was Lakewood Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director John Munn in the hot seat during a celebrity roast to mark the 50th birthday of the theater’s building and raise money for youth theater programs. Read More

12 May 2016

Search for lead in water continues, spread to other areas

The trickle down effects of Tacoma Water finding lead in its water system in April that then prompted Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma to test their facilities has rippled to surrounding school districts.
Tests of water at park water fountains and facilities have so far shown no lead contamination. Suburban…

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22 February 2017

Stickland joins other mayors urging Congress to rethink Affordable Care Act repeal

As federal lawmakers discuss repeal of the Patient Protection Affordable Care…Read More

21 February 2017

Columbia Banking announces passing of CEO Dressel

Columbia Banking System has announced that its President and Chief Executive…Read More