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“In God We Trust?”

Pierce County Councilman Jim McCune wants to make Pierce County the first in Washington State to put the words "In God we trust" on the wall of its council chambers.

McCune's proposal comes as a California group is working to get the national motto displayed in government buildings across the

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Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

With work well underway on the UWT Station section of the Prairie Line Trail, City design plans are moving forward as well - and finding a few unexpected issues.

The City is now working on finalizing plans for the northern third of the one (ish) mile pedestrian and bike corridor that will connect

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Envisioning Tacoma

What's your vision for Tacoma? That's what the City of Tacoma wants to know.

The City is reaching out to citizens on a number of fronts to engage citizens in the discussion of what Tacoma's future looks like in a strategic visioning process meant to identify and prioritize goals for Tacoma's

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Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

The City of Tacoma reports that the switch to every-other-week garbage pick-up is meeting goals for cost-savings and greenhouse gas reduction.

The every-other-week program, rolled out last year is cutting City fuel costs by 44%, for about $163,000 saved over the course of the year, according to a

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014



Resolution No. 38960 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma; accepting $601,949 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for the replacement of one switcher locomotive. [Alan Matheson, Chief

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Skip Your Spin Class (SYSC) Ride

5 Mile Loop at Point Defiance Park July 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

Join some awesome ladies for a loop (or 2) around beautiful Five mile Drive at Point Defiance Park. Meet at the kiosk by the entrance to the park at 10AM. This is a weekly, casual paced ride with a no drop policy.

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Tuesday Night Ride

O'Malley's Irish Pub July 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Meet at O’Mally’s on 6th Ave. to ride 25 miles (or so). Return to O’Mally’s for delicious food from Parker’s at O’Malley’s. It’s Taco Tuesday, folks! Get on your bike!

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Walk to Work with Downtown On the Go!

Meet at the corner of Division & I Street July 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

Meet at the corner of I/Division and walk to work with us. Everyone who attends gets a $5 Corina Bakery gift card!

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Tacoma 2025 Community Visioning Workshop

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center July 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Tacoma’s Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is intended to set the course and guide where the City of Tacoma (as both a local government organization and a community) is going over the next 10 years, and to help the City direct its efforts and resources toward a clearly defined vision for its

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Rum, I Mean Run, From Tacoma Cabana

Tacoma Cabana July 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Join us July 31 as we hold our first-ever run from Tacoma Cabana in downtown Tacoma. The run will feature everything you would expect - an easy-ish 3-mile run with a hundred or so friends, a route that tries to make the most of Tacoma’s terrain, and a chance to order post-run drinks with those

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Friday Morning Movies at Main!

Main Library August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Hollywood comes to Tacoma Public Library every Friday morning at 10 a.m. This week join us for one of 2014’s blockbuster films about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. Call the Main library for more details,

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Breaking Hunger Trap Shooting Tournament

Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club August 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

This fundraising Trap Shooting Tournament benefits Emergency Food Network, providing emergency food for low-income children, adults and seniors. Teams of five shooters will make a difference in their community by putting much need food on the tables of those in need. Each shooter will have the

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Spaceworks Quadruple Grand Opening

10th and MLK August 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Spaceworks Tacoma invites you to celebrate the grand opening of four new businesses at the corner of 10th and Martin Luther King Jr Way. We partnered with property owner Paul Okner to help activate this previously vacant building.

Spaceworks and the owners of Concrete Market, The Tshirt Men

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After a century, Tacoma-based Lucks Food Decorating Co. has become a respected, international brand

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There are some Tacoma businesses that we hear about all the time, and there are some we seldom, if ever hear about. That doesn't mean that we're not interested, it just means that they're quietly going about their business.

Lucks Food Decorating Company is one of them. Apparently they've been quietly going about the business of developing, producing, and innovating edible, decorative foods for a century. And they're growing, and looking to international markets to expand.

If you hadn't heard of them before, maybe it was because they were trying to be the best-kept secret in town. But now you know.

You can also see some of their products at Lucks.com or on the Lucks Facebook page.

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Would someone please articulate an economic plan for Tacoma?

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Ken Miller has a kind of dark take on Tacoma's economic outlook in an op-ed piece in The News Tribune.

From where Miller sits, Tacoma is doing okay for now - not great, but okay - but all that could change. Miller looks at the uncertain future of what he identifies as Tacoma's two big economic engines, the Port and JBLM, and sees dark clouds on the horizon, and no one knows where the umbrellas are.

As he puts it, "as we approach an economic moment of truth, I don’t understand our plan for winning ... please, will someone, anyone, articulate our economic development strategy in terms of measurable results?"

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Shaw House: A Tacoma architect’s home and idea lab could soon be a local historic landmark

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The 113-year-old home of Tacoma architect Stanley T. Shaw is being considered for inclusion on the Tacoma Register of Historic places.

It's not a big piece of history, but sometimes it's the little stories, not the big ones that really give you a sense of place. Todd Matthews over at the Tacoma Daily Index wrote a nice piece on the home and the architect who built it, as well as some other buildings still standing around town.

Whether or not the home is included in the list, it's an enjoyable tour of a little corner of Tacoma's history.

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Tacoma rebounds

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Althought Tacoma's economy took a bigger hit with the economic downturn, and although it has recovered more slowly, things are improving.

A Seattle Times article over the weekend takes a look at current economic conditions in Tacoma and Pierce County, and compares them to Seattle and King County, and the rest of the state.

The conclusion? "Tacoma faces some big challenges," but "Tacoma and Pierce County are essential elements of the Puget Sound economy. And the significant improvements there are good for the entire region."

Does the Tacoma described in the Seattle Times piece sound like the Tacoma you know?

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56-hour ramp closure to occur near SR 7/South 38th Street interchange

At 8 a.m. on Monday, July 28, WSDOT maintenance crews will close the right lane of southbound SR 7 approaching South 38th Street, and the southbound SR 7 exit to westbound South 38th Street. Over the

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Tacoma father charged for spiking son’s bottle with ketamine

TACOMA, WA – Today Scott Rasmus, 34, pleaded not guilty to assault of a child in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm. The Tacoma man drugged his 5-month-old son earlier this year,

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Pierce Transit CEO Lynne Griffith Announces Plans to Retire

Today, Pierce Transit CEO Lynne Griffith announced her intent to retire effective December 31, 2014. Griffith has led the Agency since April 17, 2006.

In a letter to the Pierce Transit Board and

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Five days remain: Shape the future of regional mass transit

Only five days remain! Have you joined the conversation?

Now is the time to comment on Sound Transit’s Long-Range Plan Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) released last

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Every Other Week Garbage Collection is Meeting Projected Goals

The City of Tacoma’s rollout of every other week garbage collection is reducing fuel costs and pollution as projected.

In the first quarter, fuel costs were reduced by 44 percent, which if sustained

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