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Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of April 26, 2016

Tacoma Smelter Plume

At this week's city council Study Session, the council will hear a presentation from the Washington Department of Ecology on the progress of the Tacoma Smelter Plume project, including the following:

  • Progress of soil replacement on residential yards and child play areas;
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Tacoma Water Takes Steps to Find Where There’s Lead in the Water

With the unsettling revelations around high lead levels in the water in Flint Michigan still very much in the news, citizens around the country are asking questions about what comes out of their own taps.

Tacoma Public Utilities is taking some initial steps to address these fears. In an update

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Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

An ordinance adopted by the City Council this week would allow the City of Tacoma to access a pot of up to $12.5 million in funds for public infrastructure improvements associated with private development. 

The money comes with some strings attached, but give Tacoma a way to keep a bit more of its

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 19, 2016



Ordinance No. 28354 An ordinance vacating the south 125 feet of the alley between Union Avenue and Puget Sound Avenue, north of South 40th Street, to consolidate the properties and facilitate future development.

The consent agenda was adopted without

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NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

TACOMA - Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is terminating its lease for a site on the tide flats with the Port of Tacoma. After careful review and evaluation during the pause of the environmental review process, the company met with Port staff to deliver the news this morning.

“While we do not see a way forward with the Port of Tacoma to realize this vision at this location, we remain committed to building facilities that offer a cleaner way to make products necessary for daily life, and to investing billions in local communities in the Pacific Northwest,” said Vee Godley, NWIW President. “We thank the Port of Tacoma Commissioners and staff for their consideration and interest, as well as the many business and community members who demonstrated their support for our project.  We also want to thank the people of Tacoma for their consideration of our project.”

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NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

Conversations about the proposed methanol plant in the Port of Tacoma continue to be ... lively. The environmental review was paused in February. The lease extension between the Port of Tacoma and NWIW is under consideration at this very moment. Then, today, NWIW published an economic analysis of

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Another Brewery for Tacoma’s Brewery District?

We're not sure how we missed this, but here's some interesting news: the Ram Brewing Company is working with the City of Tacoma on plans to rehabilitate a historic building in the Brewery District.

We noticed this brief note about Ram Brewing's interest in adaptive reuse of the Nisqually Power

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Seattle Sounders Exploring Moving S2 to Tacoma!

Here's a fascinating bit of news to drop on a Friday - The Seattle Sounders announced today that they're in discussions with the Rainiers and Metro Parks to move S2, the team's USL affiliate, to a new stadium in Tacoma. The team has been playing at Starfire Sports in Tukwila since 2015. The move,

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University Symphony Orchestra: Student Showcase

Pacific Lutheran University: Lagerquist Concert Hall in Mary Baker Russell Music Center March 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm

USO: Student Showcase

8 – 9:30pm
Location: MBR Music Center 330: Lagerquist Concert Hall
University Symphony Orchestra: Student Showcase New Work: Winner of the Student Composition Competition Winners of the Student Showcase perform as soloists Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major
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Harmonious Funk Band at The Swiss!

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub March 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Known for having crowds groovin’ from the moment they hit the stage. Harmonious Funk Band’s mix of cover songs range from Top 40 hits to classics from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and current.

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Dace’s Rock-n-More Spring Rockcital

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub March 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Dace’s Rock ‘n’ More Music Academy’s Spring Rockcital is here! We have 15 amazing student bands this quarter (ranging in age from 7 to almost 70!) and, in the words of Queen, “we will rock you!” Held at the Swiss in Tacoma (an appropriately rock ‘n’ roll setting), food and drink are available for

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Kitten Season

Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County March 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Spring marks the beginning of hundreds of tiny kittens arriving at The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County. In anticipation of the incoming litters, the Society is throwing its fourth annual Kitten Shower open house on Saturday, Mar. 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at 2608 Center St in Tacoma.


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Twilight Zone UnScripted

The Pantages Theater March 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm

From the darkest corners of reality to the land of the unexplained, Impro Theatre’s “Twilight Zone UnScripted” is a completely
improvised show in the style of classic 60’s sci-fi television shows. Enter a dimension of pure imagination as the company starts with audience suggestions and

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80s Madness with Prom Mixtape

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub March 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm

The Ultimate 80s Tribute returns to The Swiss in March!PROM DATE MIXTAPE brings you all the 80’s hits you love to dance to!!! Billy Idol - Devo - INXS - Tears For Fears - New Order and so much more!! IT’S THE BEST 80s REWIND-DANCE-PARTY… EVERY TIME!!

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Kareem Kandi World Orchestra

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub March 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Music Fans,The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra will be performing at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub in Tacoma WA on Sunday March 25th. I’ll be joined byGreg Feingold on bass, Holmberg Max on drums, and special guest Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophonist. We’ll also be featuring several students fromThe Weekly

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Film Focus: Behind the Curtain - Todrick Hall

Theatre on the Square March 30, 2018 at 7:30 am

Behind the Curtain is an inspiring documentary about Todrick Hall as he launches his most ambitious project yet: the full-scale original musical, Straight Outta Oz. We watch him struggle to write songs about growing up gay and black in small-town Texas, his difficult relationship with his mom,

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Tacoma History

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We like Tacoma, and we like stories about its history - the quirkier, the better - so a newly revamped Tacoma History website is a great place for us to spend some time when current events get to be just a bit too much.

Posted by local historian Michael Sullivan, each story features some episode of Tacoma's past - big and small - told in word and picture.

Sullivan recounts public episodes like the story behind the 40-foot red neon pegasus (complete with animated gold lightning bolts) that once graced the top of Tacoma's tallest building. He also tells more personal stories, like the one of an Oregon woman who followed her Army boyfriend to Tacoma, where she robbed a theater for the money to follow him on to Alaska. and of course, we get the history of that long-gone theater, too.

It's fun to dip into a story or two, and get a snapshot of moments in Tacoma's history - 

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Council Member Blocker’s March 2016 Newsletter

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Tacoma City Council Member Keith Blocker took his place representing the people of Tacoma's Ditrict 3 in January.

To communicate with members of his district and others, Council Member Blocker will be publishing a regular e-newsletter focusing on issues relevant to his constituents. This month's edition includes a look at the Safe Routes to School program, as well as a feature on a "youth of the month," and tidbits on a short list of "District 3's Top 3" individuals and organizations. And there's a good list of ways for Tacoma residents to get involved with their city.

If you're a resident of District 3, or if you just like to keep an eye on what's going on, it's worth a read. If you want to keep up with the newsletter, you can sign up to receive it in your inbox, or just read it online.

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Steve Prefontaine left mark on Tacoma running scene before his death

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Today we find ourselves thinking about the legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who should have turned 65 this week, and enjoying re-reading a 2015 TNT article about Tacoma's (multiple) Prefontaine connections. 

You may know that the 1997 movie about his life was filmed, in part, here in Tacoma, on the track and around the campus at UPS. Fewer people know that Pre visited Tacoma back in 1974, just months before the car crash that cut his life short at age 24. While here, he ran with the locals, visited a few (pretty divey sounding) bars, and said of Point Defiance, "This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever run. You don’t know what you have here.”

Tacoma today has a pretty special running community. We'd like to think that if Pre was around, he would still enjoy running here.

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Pierce County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet

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We're down to the wire, and it's time to cast those votes! If you haven't done so already, grab your ballot, your pen, and your voters' pamphlet, and get to work.

What's that you say? Your dog ate your voters' guide? Or maybe it disappeared into the pile of political mailers and other junk mail? That's not going to get you off the hook - the Pierce County Auditor has you covered with an online version.

So make your choices, and get that ballot in the mail on November 2, or to a ballot dropbox no later than November 3. Find locations for those on the Auditor's website as well.

Happy voting!

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Shoot the T: A Photo Competition to Highlight Tacoma

TACOMA, WA – Shoot The T is a photo contest created to showcase the beauty of Tacoma as well as promote art and creativity in the City of Destiny. The winning contestant is destined for a grand

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Museum of Glass Celebrates Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

Museum of Glass to Join Association of Art Museum Directors’ Seventh Annual Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

Tacoma, Wash. — Museum of Glass (MOG) will offer

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Tacoma Selected to Receive $200,000 in Environmental Protection Agency Grant Dollars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that the City of Tacoma has been selected to receive $200,000 in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant

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Celebrate Bike to Work Day!

Tacoma, Wash. – Half of the U.S. population live within 5 miles of their workplace. We want to celebrate Tacomans who are choosing to commute those miles by bike! As a part of Bike Month, Downtown On

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Drinking water at Metro Parks passes tests

Metro Parks officials on Friday reported that more than 60 drinking water sources throughout the park district recorded either no lead or minute levels well below public health limits.

Staff members

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