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

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 March 2015

Saga continues over planned Pierce County Services Building

The yet-to-be-built, and already controversial, Pierce County General Services Building slated for the former Puget Sound Hospital site on the Pacific Avenue hillside is headed for another round of hearings.

Two local residents, Leslie Young and Anthony Miller, have filed a lawsuit against Jerry Gibbs who has organized…

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31 March 2015

A look at The Future

Tacoma is set to take another look at its comprehensive plan, an umbrella document that is required by the state to address future growth and development.

The city’s comprehensive plan provided the framework for more than a dozen neighborhood-specific transportation and cultural plans for the city and six regional…

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25 March 2015

Fife signs tribal claims modification


Fife City Council has approved a document titled “Third Limited Modification to the Puyallup Tribal Land Claims Settlement of 1988.” The document, proposed by the Tribe and supported by all the local governments who are parties to the settlement, clears up confusion that was created by the Washington Attorney…

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25 March 2015

Small businesses fear $15-per-hour package

Small business owners have a half-joking saying that the lowest paid employee is the one who signs the paychecks. They are the CEO and bottlewasher, the adage goes.

Kris Blondin lives that saying. She owns Stink - Cheese and Meat, a wine…

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24 March 2015

Spring means cleaning, home repairs 

The days are getting longer and warmer, which means the annual rite of spring cleaning is underway. Tops on many “to do” lists for homeowners around Puget Sound are gutter repairs and roof replacements. Two tips are: 1.) don’t wait, and 2.) there are people who can help. TriState Roofing and its army of 50 local staff…

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17 March 2015

Asarco clean up, outreach continues

American Smelting and Refining Company's Tacoma smelter closed in 1986 after 87 years of operation. The cleanup of the arsenic and lead that its copper smelting left in the soil around Puget Sound will take years to mitigate. But progress comes.

Washington Department of Ecology started removing contaminated soil in…

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17 March 2015

Mayor still mum on street repair details


Absent a city mechanism to fund residential street improvements in recent years, neighborhoods have sought ways to fix the potholes themselves by forming Local Improvement Districts to tax themselves to pay for the work.

LIDs provide ways for property owners to pay for everything from street and alley…

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11 March 2015

Staging the Superbowl of golf involves a lot of moving parts

Deals are done. Agreements are signed. Interlocal agreements are cleared. Plans are in motion, so now the work begins. And details matter when it comes to holding what amounts to the Superbowl of golf that will bring some 245,000 people to Pierce County for the U.S. Open in mid June.

Construction of the United States…

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10 March 2015

‘Java Tacoma’ brews up stiff cup of comedy

Dukesbay Productions has brewed up another episode in the continuing musical comedy centered at the fictitious Perky's Coffee shop. "Java Tacoma 5: Game of Scones," written by Aya Hashiguchi and directed by Micheal O'Hara, is part laugh factory, part homage to William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and a healthy scoop of local…

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4 March 2015

Point Ruston loggerheads lead to partnership talk


The Ruston City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that directs city staff to being in talks with Tacoma to have the City of Destiny shepherd the permits needed to continue construction of Point Ruston. The $1.2 billion residential and commercial site straddles the Ruston-Tacoma city line.

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3 March 2015

Building boom for U.S. Open set to start

Most of the tickets for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in the middle of June are sold out, but the region will certainly know golf is the name of the game as tens of thousands of golf fans, international journalists and golf officials fill hotel rooms, eat at area restaurants, visit local museums and drive local streets.

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3 March 2015

$500 Million Pothole Plan


Questions regarding Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s plan to fix the city’s crater-marked streets started shortly after she outlined the idea of a $500 million tax package during her State of the City address last week.

She wants residents to rally behind a voter-approved package that would raise…

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3 March 2015

Mental health programs funded around Tacoma with sales tax fund


Tacoma City Council has unanimously approved a slate of resolutions that will help fund mental health and drug treatment programs in the city through the city’s Mental Health Fund. The fund is paid by a .1 percent sales tax created in 2012 and totals $5.27 million for mental health services. The Mental Health…

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25 February 2015

Mayor’s ‘State of the City’ outlines plan to help street repairs

  • Voice your thoughts at #SOTC253

  • Street repair package slated for November ballot

  • Council accepts annexation petition, Ruston likely to challenge bid

The end of potholes isn’t on the horizon anytime soon, but Tacoma…

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24 February 2015

Council set to ponder billboard recommendations

A group of 17 residents, business owners, advertising specialists and billboard owners tasked with developing billboard regulations that would avoid legal battles has issued its advisory report to the city’s Planning Commission. The report will be the topic of City Council discussion at the March 3 study session.

The…

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24 February 2015

Waterfront makeover ideas take shape at Point Defiance

Plans for the Point Defiance waterfront have changed since they were last discussed a year ago and are on display at community meetings through the spring.

Metro Parks Tacoma planners will hold two more presentations on the Point Defiance Park Master Plan. A meeting on Thursday, March 26 will focus on pedestrian and…

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The Daily MashUp

2 September 2015

Take Transit to State Fair

Guests of the Washington State Fair can save on gas and parking, avoid the traffic,…Read More

2 September 2015

Police help seniors to be safe at home

Local communities have become much more accessible and senior-friendly. Even…Read More