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Tacoma-Based Rainier Connect Matches Wave Broadband Offer to Run the Click! Network

Last night Tacoma Public Utilities hosted the second of two town hall meetings on the future of its Click! network - specifically a proposal to sign a 40-year lease with Kirkland, Washington-based Wave Broadband. The crowd at this meeting sounds like it was calmer than the first meeting on the

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Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

The City of Tacoma's Economic Development Department gets some attention from Geekwire this week for an ad running in the San Jose Mercury News this week. The idea behind the ad is to attract Bay Area tech firms looking for a satellite location in the Pacific Northwest.

Will it work?

It’s not

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McMenamins Finishing Bothell Project, Tacoma’s Elks is Up Next…

Lately it seems that any news has been good news when it comes to the Tacoma McMenamins Elks Temple.

Well, this certainly falls into that category: If what we're reading in The News Tribune this morning is true, you could see ground-breaking on the project within a year - possibly as early as next

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 21, 2015



Nigel S. Malden representing the appellant Matthew Austin appealing the recommendation of the Hearing Examiner regarding the Assessment Roll for Local Improvement District No. 8648 for the placement of permanent pavement with curbs and necessary storm drainage on South 69th

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 21, 2015

Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station

Last we heard WSDOT had decided (after significant public process) to locate the new Tacoma Amtrak station in the middle section of Freighthouse Square, and was taking public comment on design options. During this week's study session they will brief Tacoma City

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Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

Food truck fans, put this on your calendar: Three days a week for at least three months this summer it looks like you'll have a fun new option for lunch (and breakfast and dinner two days a week). A new program from the City of Tacoma will give local food trucks a place to set up for breakfast,

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 14, 2015



Wednesday, April 14, 2015 was proclaimed as Rock Paper Scissors Foundation Day in the City of Tacoma. The RPS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of mental, physical, and emotional abuse, creates

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Tax Amnesty for Tacoma Businesses?

There are currently 4,600 businesses in Tacoma with delinquent tax returns, license fees, or penalties on their account. Those delinquent fees and taxes are estimated to total in the neighborhood of $1.4 million. There are another estimated 2,000 businesses that the City of Tacoma knows of

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Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza

King's Books April 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

Join us for our eleventh annual Wayzgoose, or, letterpress and book arts extravaganza! Meet local printers and view their wares! Print your own keepsake! Make paper creations! And, returning for the eighth year…Steamroller Printing, thanks to the Tacoma Arts Commission!!! We’ll be creating 3’

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Outer Coast Earth Day Cleanup with South Sound Chapter of Surfrider Foundation

Three Rivers Registration Site April 25, 2015 at 6:30 am

The South Sound Chapter of Surfrider Foundation is Tacoma’s own. Twice a year we sponsor a volunteer’s BBQ for the Coastsavers marine debris removal efforts at the La Push and Rialto Beach registration site (fire station across from Three Rivers Resort). BBQ starts at noon, so get an early start.

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Calling all Change Makers

Good Karma April 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Calling all Change Makers is a creative forum for innovative change makers of all ages/disciplines to connect, explore, and discuss their curiosities. Whether you are looking to make inwardly change or outwardly change. YOU’RE A CHANGE MAKER! #CACM2015 @CACM2015 Find out what happens when GOOD

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Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza - Day 2

King's Books April 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

Join us for our eleventh annual Wayzgoose, or, letterpress and book arts extravaganza! Meet local printers and view their wares! Print your own keepsake! Make paper! Make paper creations! And, returning for the eighth year… Steamroller Printing, thanks to theTacoma Arts Commission!!! We’ll be

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Star Chefs on Broadway 2015: The World of Wonka

Pantages Theater and Lobby April 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Tickets: $200, $600* (VIP)

Join us for The Best Gloriumptious Dinner Party in town and support arts education! Get your Golden Ticket now and join the dreamers of dreams, Oompa Loompas, and a whole cast of characters in reveling in the delectably decadent confectionery ecstasy of the World of

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April Creative Colloquy

B Sharp Coffee House April 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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Blessing of the Bikes

Urban Grace Church April 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

Regardless of religious belief, or lack thereof, bring your wheels to be blessed by community religious leaders. All people who ride bicycles are welcome.Coffee at 7:30 AM, service at 8:00 AM.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Water Flume Line Trail

Water Flume Line Trail ~ Phase II April 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Join the City of Tacoma to commemorate the phase two completion of the Water Flume Line Trail. The celebration will start with a trail dedication and a ribbon “cutting” event with elected officials and special guests followed by attendees riding or walking through a “ribbon” for a guided

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21 Cities That Were Made For Running

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We like running, and we like Tacoma, and apparently we're not alone. Tacoma shows up on a list of the top cities for running in the world.

And it's from reputable media outlet BuzzFeed, so you know it's scientific.

They did miss one thing though, Tacoma is home to Tacoma Runners - one of the larger running clubs in the country. That's got to count for something.

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Matt Driscoll: It’s time to come to terms with Tacoma’s shrinking grit

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Just how gritty are we anymore?

That's what Matt Driscoll asks in his latest column for the TNT. His answer? Tacoma's grittiness is "increasingly overstated." The blue collar jobs that have so long formed a major pillar of Tacoma's identity are shrinking in numbers, replaced by low-wage service jobs.

What can we do to replace those vanishing blue collar careers? How about an education that prepares those young men and women who are dropping out of the labor market for the next generation of jobs? And don't forget the need for businesses to offer them those jobs - even if they don't fit the gritty image. Maybe the next generation of middle class jobs comes with a cap and gown, rather than a blue collar, but maybe they can serve the same purpose.

Is it time to let the grit take on a bit of a polish? Can we hold onto the grit, and make room for what's next?

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Restless crowd wants Tacoma to keep control of Click network

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It's not every day that a public meeting to discuss the future of a branch of a public utility involves shouting and throwing things at the stage, but that's part of what happened at this week's first town hall event on the future of Tacoma's Click! network.

The crowd that showed up for the open house hosted by TPU didn't like the "instant polling" method TPU wanted to use to gather input. The general sentiment about the proposed deal to lease Click! to Wave Broadband didn't seem to get much support either.

If you missed this week's action-packed meeting, you still have one more chance to join the conversation. The second of two town halls on the proposal will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Utilities headquarters at South 35th Street.

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Neighbors ask court to halt Weyerhaeuser mansion events

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We've written numerous times about the battle between the owners of the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion on North Stevens and the neighbors over whether or not the large historic property can be used for events like weddings.

The matter could have been wity a recent compromise ruling from the Hearing Examiner granted the property owners a conditional use permit, along with a list of conditions.

Apparently those conditions weren't enough for the neighbors, who are now suing at the County level. They're challenging the premise that the whole property is a historic site, which qualifies it for adaptive reuse. They also complain that the Hearing Examiner's solution of requiring the estate owners to erect a sound barrier wall would be unattractive, and still insufficient to block noise from wedding festivities on the other side from their third floor. 

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Council Member Marty Campbell to Help Spruce Up McKinley Park During April 25 Parks Appreciation Day

City Council Member Marty Campbell will join U.S. Representative Denny Heck of the 10th Congressional District and Park Board Commissioner Larry Dahl at a Parks Appreciation Day event in McKinley

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Mobile Concessions Invited to Apply

Metro Parks Tacoma is accepting applications for its Carts in Parks – Mobile Concessions Program at select parks from June 1, 2015 through September 7, 2015. 

The purpose of the program is to

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Make a Splash Grant Application Due May 22

The City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Department is awarding Make a Splash grant rebates of up to $4,000 to anyone with a Tacoma project that will help protect surface water resources. 

Make a

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Planners to present draft Master Plan update for Point Defiance Park

Public meeting set for Thursday, April 23; open house planned for May 28

After several months of talking with the public about Point Defiance Park and refining a 2008 Concept Plan, Metro Parks

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Thousands of Diners Will Eat Out to Raise Funds in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

On Thursday, April 30th, join with thousands of diners throughout the South Sound region to raise funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and cares services. With over 50 local restaurants to choose from, the

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