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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The Daily MashUp

29 June 2016

Pierce Transit to offer free services July 4

Pierce Transit local buses and SHUTTLES will operate on a Sunday Schedule on…Read More

29 June 2016

Firefighters train for wildfire season with drills at Point Defiance

Tacoma Fire Deparment Firefighters and medics are gearing up for the summer…Read More