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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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Memorial for Babe Lehrer at the Pantages Theater

Pantages Theater January 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Please join us to honor the life of Babe Lehrer, who passed away just a few days short of her 94th birthday.

The public memorial tribute will be hosted at the Pantages Theater on Thursday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m.

Babe was a life-long resident of Tacoma, an accomplished businesswoman, and–in

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Together We Can Get There: Tacoma’s 2014 Active Transportation Successes

Tahoma Rm, Commencement Hall, University of Puget Sound January 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The City of Tacoma welcomes the community to the semi-annual presentation by Diane Wiatr, Active Transportation Coordinator, on the City’s 2014 accomplishments for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as plans for 2015.
Formal presentation begins at 6 PM, and will include plenty for questions and

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Point Defiance Park Master Plan Public Meeting

Point Defiance Pagoda January 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma planners invite citizens to review the 2008 Concept Plan for Point Defiance Park and discuss it in a public meeting at the Point Defiance Pagoda.Several years ago, Metro Parks Tacoma engaged the public in discussions about the future of Point Defiance Park. Their work culminated

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Movie Night at Club Auto Kirkland

Club Auto Kirkland January 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Join us for The World of Amateur Racing: Fast Cars, Lots of Passion movie night at Club Auto Kirkland. This is an Open House format, so join us when you can.

Movie snacks and beverages are provided.

Members: Free

Guests & Visitors: $7 per person

Space is limited, RSVPs are requested.

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Explore! Urban Studies at UWT

University of Washington Tacoma January 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Interested in a degree in Urban Studies or Sustainable Urban Development from UWT?

Experience UW Tacoma firsthand with an event for prospective transfer students. Learn more about classes with a hands-on workshop with current faculty, talk with an admissions advisor about the transfer process,

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Performance: Inspired by the Folk: The Romance Between the Violin and the Fiddle

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

Maria Sampen, violin, with Oksana Ezhokina, piano, guest artist, present works by Brahms, Bloch, Enescu, and Roger Briggs (World Premiere)

Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors, students, military, Puget Sound faculty/staff; free for Puget Sound students, available at WIC, 253.879.3100, and online at

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The Homestretch Film Screening

Stadium High School Theatre January 31, 2015 at 9:00 am

Right now there are 1.6 million youth in America who struggle with homelessness and the number is growing. The Homestretch follows three homeless teenagers as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of

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Meet the Artist! Sunglasses After Dark signing with local creator Stan Shaw

Destiny City Comics January 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Stop by Destiny City Comics’ first book signing event, celebrating the release of Sunglasses After Dark with local artist Stan Shaw. This graphic novel was originally published in serialized comic form in 1989 by heavy metal legend Glenn Danzig’s underground comic book company, Verotik. Now
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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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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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Moody’s Upgrades City of Tacoma’s Bond Rating

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned the City of Tacoma an A1 rating for its $20.8 million Solid Waste Revenue Bonds for 2015 and upgraded the City’s rating on $58.1 million of outstanding parity

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Annie Wright Schools Announce New Middle School Director and Unique Opportunity to Visit the School

Tacoma, Wash. — Annie Wright Schools announced today that exceptional educator Bill Hulseman will join Annie Wright as Director of Middle School beginning July 1.

Mr. Hulseman has worked in Sacred

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Bates Technical College’s Culinary Arts serves up competition burger

TACOMA, Wash. – There are restaurant burgers, and then there are burgers that compete for awards. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the café at 1101 S. Yakima Avenue in Tacoma, Bates

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Healthy Tacoma Statement on Paid Sick Leave Passage

People should not have to decide between staying home to get well and putting food on the table. It is common sense to make sure we all have the right to access paid sick days.

Tonight the Tacoma

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