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.


17 December 2015

$235,000 toward homeless shelters

The City of Tacoma is flowing another $235,000 toward homeless shelters and services during the coming winter under an inclement weather declaration that allows shelters to go beyond their capacity during harsh winters. The city had been using the declaration on a day-to-day basis in past years, but the decision earlier this…

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17 December 2015

Tacoma graduation rates now top state average

Tacoma got an early holiday gift with the news that state records show the school district’s graduation rate last year reached 82.6 percent. That is not only the highest rate since the state began tracking rates in 2003 but also shows the fifth straight year of gains, toward the district’s goal of 85 percent by 2020. Read More

17 December 2015

Council unanimously votes to explore all-in Click future

At the last Tacoma City Council meeting of the year, and the last for Deputy Mayor David Boe and Councilmember Lauren Walker, the on-going debate over the municipally owned Click Network got a holiday gift. The council first rejected, by a 7-1 vote, a plan fronted by Tacoma Public Utility officials that would lease out the…

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10 December 2015

Council set to decide Click’s future, following TPU board’s endorsement of both options

Tacoma City Council members could vote as early as Dec. 15 on what the city should do with the municipally owned Click Network, a 17-year-old fiber optic network that provides Click Cable TV directly to its customers and wholesale Internet access through three private vendors that provide services to customers.

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3 December 2015

Health Department passes e-cig rules, creating uncertain future for vape shops

Tougher rules on the sale of e-cigarettes and the vapor-creating liquid used in them are set to take effect in 2016 now that the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health unanimously approved new regulations at its Nov. 18 meeting.
The new rules largely hold vaping devices under the same rules as traditional cigarettes and…

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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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The Daily MashUp

29 July 2016

Fife’s Hulcey retapped for Freight Mobility Board

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Fife Deputy Mayor Pat Hulcey to a second term…Read More

28 July 2016

Sound Transit Board selects firm for Link expansion final design

The Sound Transit Board of Directors today selected HDR Engineering, Inc. to…Read More