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KPLU Advisory Council Unanimously Opposes Sale to KUOW

We were disappointed to hear of the planned sale of KPLU to KUOW, primarily because the announced plans of the Seattle-based station to turn its new acquisition into an all jazz format - eliminating the news component of what KPLU currently does.

Apparently we weren't alone in our

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 17, 2015


Resolution No. 39312 A resolution authorizing the extension of agreements with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, in the amount of $250,000, budgeted from the Rail Fund, to satisfy closeout provisions, and for freight rail service through March 16, 2016.

This resolution authorizes

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Work Begins on McMenamins’ Tacoma Elks Lodge

The day that some in Tacoma thought would never come has actually come: McMenamins chose this wet and blustery week to begin work on its long-anticipated renovation of Tacoma's historic Elks Lodge.

It's just small stuff for now, but The News Tribune reports that we can expect to see the

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Billboards, Billboards, Billboards

A new set of rules related to reducing the number of billboards in Tacoma is set to be discussed by the Tacoma City Council today.

The proposed rules are being offered City of Tacoma staff as an alternative/addendum to the set of rules that came out of a billboard stakeholder group, and which then

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Tacoma Food Co-Op Merger With Central Co-Op?

Big news today for fans of Tacoma Food Co-op: the Tacoma-based co-op may be joining forces with Capitol Hill's Central Co-op.

Justin Carder at the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog writes that the merger, announced today, is being discussed as a means to strengthen the two grassroots organizations through

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City OKs New PSE LNG Facility

This week the Tacoma City Council approved an agreement allowing Puget Sound Energy to build a liquefied natural gas facility on Port of Tacoma property at East 11th Street and Taylor Way. 

PSE wants to build the natural gas liquefaction and storage facility on the 33-acre site on the

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Pierce County Could Limit Possession, Use, Sale of E-Cigarettes & Vaping Products

At a meeting next week the Pierce County Board of Health will vote on new rules on the possession, use, and sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The new rules would apply to Pierce County

  • Annual permits would be required for the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products
  • No one under 18
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KPLU Announces Intent to Sell to KUOW

Pacific Lutheran University announced its intent today to sell its broadcasting assets to the University of Washington for $8 million. This would combine the two regional NPR broadcasters into a single organization. According to a statement on the KUOW website, 88.5 (KPLU) will become an all jazz

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The Parkway Presents: Honey, The Parkway Ruined Thanksgiving…Again!

The Parkway Tavern November 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Its that wonderful time of year. To be thankful for family, friends, and of course, good beer.

We at The Parkway want you to come and celebrate with us by letting us ruin your Thanksgiving once again! We have an amazing line-up of beers and of course, an awesome crew ready to serve you on one of

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Tacoma City Turkey Trot

Fleet Feet Tacoma November 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Join us on Thanksgiving Day for a 5k Run/Walk and 1k Kids Run
in the Proctor district of Tacoma!

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Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Program 2016

Spaceworks November 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Spaceworks Announces Call for Creative Enterprise ApplicationsDeadline to Apply: December 7, 2015

Spaceworks invites creatives* who have a plan for a creative/innovative business that benefits Tacoma’s community and are seeking to develop a thriving business to apply to participate in its 2016
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Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts November 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Back by popular demand! With amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, and athletic feats, it is the most entertaining show of its kind. This cast of performers and pound puppies deliver high energy excitement, where you’ll witness some of the most incredible stunts and

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70th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting - a FREE community event!

November 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Join in celebration for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting tradition. Since World War II, the South Sound community has congregated each winter for the Holiday Tree Lighting. Gather for carols and photos with Santa at this free community event, open to the public. If it isn’t already, make it your

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World AIDS Day

Tacoma Art Museum December 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

Join with others in remembrance of those who have died and in support of those who are living with HIV or AIDS. Gather to raise awareness, to hope for a future without HIV/AIDS, and to take action to make that future possible. This event is hosted by PCAF (Pierce County AIDS Foundation) in

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Tacoma Link Expansion Open House

The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus December 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm

The City of Tacoma has received $15 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding for the Tacoma Link Expansion project. This funding brings us one step closer toward construction.

The Sound Transit Board is scheduled to receive a briefing on the preliminary

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W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory public meeting

Metro Parks Tacoma headquarters December 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma is poised to embark on improvements to the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, and managers would like citizens’ input.
The conservatory is a historic treasure that has graced the east side of Wright Park since 1908. But after more than a century of use, the Victorian-style

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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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Ranking the Best (and Worst) Colleges for Low Income Students

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We knew UW Tacoma has made a huge difference in the fabric of life in downtown Tacoma, and in the lives of the thousands of students who have earned their diplomas there.

Now a new study shows the Tacoma campus of the University of Washington is doing particularly good things for low-income students. Priceonomics ran the numbers on schools that are accessible to low income students in terms of admission rates and cost, while also producing good outcomes in terms of graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and future earnings. UW Tacoma ranks second best on that list, with only Texas A&M ranking better.

This means that Tacoma's UW campus is a particularly good deal in terms of bang for the buck and what really matters to students in the long run - life after college. Way to go UWT.

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Tacoma voters to weigh rival minimum-wage initiatives

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If you're a Tacoma voter, you have one week to decide how to vote on the minimum wage issue on the ballot this year. $15 now? $12 over a couple years? Neither?

While you ponder that, you may also be pondering how to navigate the ballot to make sure you cast the vote you actually mean to. Regardless of your choice, be sure to vote on both parts of the ballot item: Should either of these be enacted? (yes or no) AND if the yes votes prevail, which should it be? ($12 or $15). Even if you vote no on the first question, your choice on the second could still be relevant if most voters vote yes.

An article in The Seattle Times this week takes an outsider's look at the Tacoma minimum wage debate from a city that has already made its own $15 decision, giving some context to the question now before voters in Tacoma.

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Tacoma strong mayor ballot item could have unintended consequences

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On the ballots showing up in Tacoma mailboxes, there are several items causing a bit of controversy. One of them, titled "Citizens' Charter Amendment Initiative Measure No. 2" would make changes to the way Tacoma's government functions.

This is the return of one of the recommendations of the Charter Review Commission - one that didn't make it past the City Council to the voters last November. But it's in the voters' hands now... although it may be a little flawed as written. The TNT's Kate Martin takes a closer look at the measure - its intent, its background, some of the mistakes/issues pointed out by the City attorney and others, and the rebuttal to those issues from supporters.

Issues raised by challengers include the accidental omission of the "Powers of the People" section of Tacoma's Charter, as well as problems that could leave Tacoma without a mayor or a city manager for a few months immediately following the election, allow a tied council vote to pass, make council terms indefinite, and eliminate the initiative petition process. 

While every item on the ballot is important, this would be a particularly good one to pay attention to.

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Sarah Ioannides leads Sounds of the Season with Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

New Symphony Music Director conducts annual holiday concert for first 

TACOMA, WA - Music Director Sarah Ioannides leads the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra with special guests from the Tacoma Youth

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Tacoma Voters Pass Proposition 3 and Proposition A for Street Repair and Improvements

Today, certified results show that Tacoma voters said yes to repairing Tacoma’s streets and passed Proposition 3 and Proposition A. These propositions will work together to repair and improve city

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Hear and comment on plans for W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

Wright Park attraction in need of restoration, renovation

Metro Parks Tacoma is poised to embark on improvements to the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, and managers would like your input.


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Applicants Sought for the Board of Ethics

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill two positions on the Board of Ethics.

The Board of Ethics consists of five regular members, recommended by the Government Performance and

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City of Tacoma Observes Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 26 and 27

Administrative offices in the Tacoma Municipal Building complex (747 Market St. and 733 Market St.) and in other City of Tacoma facilities will close Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in

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