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Step Right Up; Get Your Kalakala Souvenirs Right Here?

Workers methodically stripping the Kalakala down on the Blair Waterway in the Port of Tacoma are saving some pieces as souvenirs. And there's a demand for them. Smaller pieces like bolts, trim, and pieces of the engine seem to be in demand as souvenirs. 

The News Tribune reports that the company

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Pierce County General Services Building: Growing Plans

Pierce County is asking for public comment on traffic mitigation for its proposed centralized General Services Building.

The Pierce County Department of Planning and Land Services has finished reviewing the environmental checklist (SEPA) and traffic study and issued a "Mitigated Determination of

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David Boe to Run (Away) in 2015

City of Tacoma Deputy Mayor, and former Exit133 contributor, David Boe has decided not to seek a second elected term on the City Council. Unanimously appointed to the At-Large Position No. 7 in January 2010 and elected to a full term in November 2011, Boe is eligible for a second elected term

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Earned Sick Leave Amendments

Tonight the Tacoma City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on paid sick leave, but they won't be doing it without offering a few amendments to the already amended ordinance.

The original ordinance required employers in town to provide their employees with paid sick leave, earned at a rate

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of January 27, 2015

A Regional Center for Foreign Direct Investment

In November the World Trade Center Tacoma presented an update on their strategic plan to the Port Commission, one element of which is greater involvement in foreign direct investment opportunities. 

This week's Tacoma City Council study session will

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Annexing Point Ruston

Ruston is generally a pretty sleepy little town, but this week things are really heating up. Frustrated with trying to work with city officials in Ruston, the developers of Point Ruston have taken a step toward asking Tacoma to annex the portion of their property that falls in the smaller city's

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2015 Will Be the “Year of the Bike” in Tacoma

2015 is the year of the sheep (we know you Monkeyshines fans knew that). We knew that. Now Downtown On the Go and the Tacoma cycling community are launching an effort to make it the Year of the Bike as well. And you can help.

As the number of cyclists in town has gradually increased, Downtown On

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Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Point Defiance

Metro Parks is asking for public feedback in the ongoing master planning process for Point Defiance Park. Destination Point Defiance sets a vision for the future of the crown jewel of Tacoma's parks system.

Metro Parks invites the public to join the process to complete the master plan in several

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Rollin’ 253 Monday Madness

Rollin' 253 Skate & Community Center February 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

New skate session at Rollin’ 253. Join us every Monday for Monday madness.

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Density for Destiny?

University of Washington Tacoma February 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Planning and Urban Design Implications of the Proposed New County Building


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Ticket to Thrive at Annie Wright

Annie Wright Schools February 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

Don’t just survive middle school. Thrive at Annie Wright!

Annie Wright celebrates Middle Schoolers. This unique admissions event shows how students in Grades 6, 7 & 8 thrive at Annie Wright, whether in a math, Chinese or film class, on the athletic field, on stage, or in the Grand Canyon or

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Tacomapocalypse 4: Back from the Future! Artists Reception

Destiny City Comics February 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Join us this February at Destiny City Comics for a free family event featuring local artists of all types. Special features this year to include a children’s coloring contest for ages up to 12, and a zombie costume contest open to all ages. Please contact us if you are interested in being in
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Drive the Blues Away

LeMay - America's Car Museum February 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Live music entertainment, gourmet light bites from Pacific Grill, and samples from local breweries and distilleries - a perfect way to chase away the winter weather blues!

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Tacoma Musical Playhouse January 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm

​The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the

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“Postmodern Muslim Feminism,” by Sister Tahera Ahmad

University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall February 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Sister Tahera Ahmad is director of Interfaith Engagement and associate university chaplain, Northwestern University, sponsored by Swope Endowed Lectureship on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values, Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets: Lecture is free but ticketed. Advance pickup or order is recommended.

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Bicycle Documentary “AfterMass” Screens at The Grand Cinema

The Grand Cinema February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Downtown On the Go will kick-off the Year of the Bike with a free screening of AfterMass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland, a documentary by by Joe Biel, Jeff Hayes, Alice Isley and Rev Phil Sano.

The world looks to Portland, Oregon as an example of how bicycle culture can blossom out of

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Fife and Steilacoom are latest jurisdictions to consider improving roads with special taxing distric

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Back in 2012 the Tacoma City Council voted to create a Transportation Benefit District to raise funds for improvements to our roads. Shortly thereafter a $20 car tab fee was adopted to raise those funds. Other cities in the county including Buckley, Carbonado, Eatonville, Edgewood, Orting and Roy also have followed the same path.

Now The News Tribune reports that Fife and Steilacoom are moving in that general direction, although they're moving a little slower. This week Fife's city council voted to create a TBD, and Steilacoom's will consider the issue next month. Neither has any immediate plans to impose a car tab fee or other taxing structure, but the creation of a TBD opens the door to that possibility. Fife in particular has the impact of freight traffic to deal with, and would look for a way to include businesses in any funding scheme along with residents.

If Fife adopts a fee or tax to fund its TBD, especially one that includes businesses, it could go a ways toward leveling the playing field with Tacoma...

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Babe Lehrer, Tacoma businesswoman and philanthropist, dead at 93

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of Babe Lehrer over the weekend. The TNT calls her a "cornerstone of Tacoma philanthropy and business," and that seems like a good place to start.

She made countless contributions to Tacoma over the years including contributions to Tacoma Community College, the creation of the Theater District, and Temple Beth El, where she was a member. A public memorial service is planned for this Thursday at the Pantages.

She's been a fixture of Tacoma and guiding force for so many years. It's very hard to imagine Tacoma without Babe.

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Forbes Ranks Columbia Bank Among America’s Top 20

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For another year Tacoma's Columbia Bank has made the good side of Forbes' list of America's Best and Worst Banks. This year Tacoma-based Columbia shows up at number 17 out of the 100 largest publicly-traded banks in the U.S. That's a jump up from last year's spot at number 31.

The list reflects the health of the banks, based on key financial metrics along with recent growth. Columbia's rankings for this list don't yet reflect recent growth based on the acquisition of Intermountain Community Bancorp, so it's entirely possible they could have an even higher ranking in their future for next year.

Well done, Columbia.

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Jon Kitna resigns coaching, teaching job at Lincoln High to take job in Texas

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After just three years as head coach at Lincoln High School, John Kitna has announced his last day will be Friday. Kitna is leaving Lincoln to take a job as head coach at Class 5A Waxahachie High School in Texas, just south of Dallas.

Kitna describes Lincoln's success as difficult to sustain, and the move as an opportunity for sustainable positions for his assistants, most of whom have already said they will go with him.

Kitna says the comfortable thing to do would be to stay in his position at Lincoln, but that he will follow the path that God has shown him.

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TV Tacoma’s CityLine Features Destination Point Defiance

Metro Parks planners Doug Fraser and Roger Stanton joined Carol Mitchell today on Cityline and talked about next week’s Point Defiance Park Master Plan meeting

CityLine is produced by TV Tacoma.

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Tacoma Mayor to Deliver 2015 State of the City Address

In collaboration with the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Marilyn Strickland will deliver the 2015 State of the City Address on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in the Greater

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Former Councilmember Joe Lopez announces bid for At-Large Seat

Joe Lopez, who was previously appointed to represent District 1 on the Tacoma City Council in 2014, announced today that he is running for the at-large seat, position 7. Councilmember David Boe, who

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Changes for Associated Ministries

As Associated Ministries continues its development and pursues the mission of building stronger communities in Pierce County, its Board of Directors has decided to take a different direction and so

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Murray Morgan Bridge Closures Scheduled for Waterway Dredging in February

Closures to vehicle traffic on the Murray Morgan Bridge (11th Street in Tacoma) are scheduled to allow for dredging to be conducted in the Thea Foss Waterway. These closures are scheduled for Feb.

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