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.


13 October 2016

ST3 package heads to November ballot

Puget Sound residents will vote on a $54 billion transit package in November that will raise property taxes, sales taxes and vehicle tabs to fund mass transit projects around the region.
The Sound Transit 3 package, known on the ballot as Proposition 1, includes several key projects in Pierce County, including the routing…

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6 October 2016

Law enforcement involves everyone as it evolves with communities

Editor’s Note: Staff writer Steve Dunkelberger is attending the seven-week University Place Public Safety and Criminal Justice Community Academy class and will highlight the issues facing law enforcement officers and communities along the way.

Pierce County has changed a lot since University Place Police…

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29 September 2016

Talk outlines possible review of tideflats zoning rules

A roundtable talk on Sept. 19 that included many of the major players on Tacoma’s tideflats provided a glimpse of city efforts that could lead to a lengthy review of zoning rules of the largely industrial waterfront at a time when no public meeting about the tideflats goes without community protests. This Monday afternoon…

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15 September 2016

City’s budget begins taking shape for fall vote

The march toward a biannual budget is picking up pace with community meetings and study sessions slated this fall. A City Council vote on the 2017-2018 budget is scheduled for Nov. 15.
The nutshell if that the city’s general fund budget, one that pays for city services from the police and fire departments to library…

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15 September 2016

Safety information of PSE planned gas plant could come this fall

A Washington State Court of Appeals commissioner has merged two appeals of a lower court decision on the disclosure of fire and emergency response information involving the proposed 8 million gallon liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility Puget Sound Energy wants to build on the tideflats.
Port watchdog Arthur West and…

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8 September 2016

Link expansion takes shape, works to preserve station parking

Plans for the expansion of Sound Transit’s light rail line to Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood took a bit of a turn from previous plans by shifting designs for a few of the stations from the side of the roadway to the center of the streets. The changes come with the blessing of the Tacoma City Council because center-placed…

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1 September 2016

Court, again, orders release of planned PSE gas plant’s safety information

Environmental activists and members of RedLine Tacoma, a group that opposes the planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the tideflats, scored a win of sorts last week when Superior Court Judge Frank E. Cuthbertson ordered the release of safety response studies that Puget Sound Energy submitted as part of the facility’s…

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25 August 2016

Local, statewide test results show mostly jumps in learning

University Place’s Curtis High School posted strong scores in all test areas during statewide tests last year. The results were recently released and are used by principals to improve student learning.
“I think we are quite proud of our results,” University Place School District Superintendent Jeff Chamberlin…

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23 May 2017

Stadium grad to to lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

By Kayla Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach As the nation pauses to remember…Read More

22 May 2017

Kids can become Junior Rangers at Point Defiance Park

Now there’s new way for children to become familiar with the 760-acre treasure…Read More