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

14 January 2016

City approves moratorium on marijuana shops

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on new marijuana shops within the city to allow for state lawmakers to develop new rules for the booming pot industry.
The moratorium means the city will not issue new business permits for marijuana businesses for as long as the next six months. Current pot shops…

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14 January 2016

Signature drive seeks to put methanol plant to a vote

The first public hearing for people to learn details about – and voice their concerns over – a methanol-conversion plant slated for Tacoma’s waterfront is set for next week, but opponents to the plans are already lining up in hopes of blocking the project.
A group called RedLine Tacoma Coalition filed paperwork…

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7 January 2016

2016 promises hot-button issues for Tacoma

Planned gas plants raise concerns about safety of tideflats
Tacoma City Council has already greenlighted plans for Puget Sound Energy to move forward with a liquefied natural gas facility on the Tacoma Tideflats. PSE’s facility would be an 8 million gallon natural gas liquefaction and storage facility…

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7 January 2016

Thousands at First Night rings in new year

Thousands at First Night rings in new year

Tacoma’s annual First Night celebration, ironically on the last night of the year, drew capacity crowds at venues around downtown in search of family friendly, alcohol-free entertainment to mark the start of 2016.
Capping the night was a thunderous performance by Tacoma’s…

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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.
Two…

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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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The Daily MashUp

24 August 2016

Advisory committee helps guide Link route improvements to Hilltop, dowtown

 As Sound Transit continues its work to expand the Tacoma Link, the City…Read More

23 August 2016

Public invited to Sept. 8 open house about Chambers Bay plans

At a study session on Aug. 23, Pierce County Councilmembers had their first…Read More