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Good News for Prairie Line Trail

As we move into spring, and weather more conducive to construction work, the Prairie Line Trail is moving forward.

Phase two of construction on the UWT portion of the project is about to start. On Monday excavation begins for the regional water quality treatment facility near 21st Street, followed

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Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

The discussion of decorating the Tacoma Dome with Andy Warhol's "Flowers for Tacoma" is back.

Once upon a time Andy Warhol submitted a design proposal to decorate the Tacoma Dome with a giant flower. Tacoma turned him down, and went with the neon you see now on the inside of the Dome. The idea of

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Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

The new Bass Pro Shop at I-5 and 72nd in south Tacoma has gotten a lot of attention as a retail destination. Now they're asking to raise the visibility of their new store a little more with a rather large sign - and a dozen smaller signs.

A proposed free-standing sign, "designed in the style of a

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I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

If I-5 south of Tacoma, specifically that lovely stretch through JBLM, is part of your regular commute, you may want to take note of an upcoming open house.

WSDOT is inviting residents and highway uses to learn more and to share their thoughts on resolving the problem of the frequent... congestion

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Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

South Tacoma Way is getting a lot of attention lately. 

Last month the City officially designated the stretch of car dealerships along South Tacoma Way as "Tacoma's Auto Row," giving the businesses the green light to apply to WSDOT for directional signage to the district along I-5. The City has

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Free Saturday 5k - April 19, 2014

Point Defiance Park April 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come out and run.

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Easter Egg Hunt in Wright Park

Wright Park April 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Easter Egg Hunt in Wright Park:


Event date and time: Saturday, April 19th, from 10am to 11:30am; Registration begins at 9:30am.

We are inviting the city of Tacoma to join us for a fantastic time of hanging out, having fun and snatching up copious amounts of Easter eggs!

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Sewing to Sowing

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum April 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

Experience springtime in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Visit with the Fort’s gardeners and see what’s growing. Sow seeds to take home with you. There are family-friendly period games and craft projects. Talk with special guest Richard Scheuerman, author of “Harvest

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Tacoma Concert Band “See the USA”

Pantages Theatre April 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Join us for a musical trip across the country. “From sea to shining sea”-the music of America

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Tiger Cub Kali’s Birthday

April 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

Wish Kali a happy birthday as she enjoys special birthday treats. Enjoy a “cubcake” while supplies last!

FREE with paid admission or membership. Skip the lines and save up to $10 on four tickets by purchasing online!

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Wingman Brewers 3rd Anniversary Party

Wingman Brewers Tacoma Taproom April 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

It’s time to celebrate 3 years of Wingman Beers!On April 19th from Noon to Midnight we will be be throwing down and celebrating with the folks that make it matter…YOU!As part of the festivities we will be premiering our Double IPA POCKET ACES, which will be available in 22oz bottles as well as a

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Craft Beer Caravan and Earth Day Celebration

Harmon Tap Room April 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Some of the finest craft beer from around the south Puget Sound will flow at the Harmon Tap Room on Earth Day, Tuesday April 22 to celebrate a sustainable achievement - Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labels for their beers.

A group of progressive brewers have obtained a life-cycle based

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Bike to a Business - Savor Tacoma Creperie

Savor - Tacoma Creperie April 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

We love crepes! And Savor loves bikes!

Bike to Savor - Tacoma Creperie any Tuesday in April and receive 10 percent off!

Want the bike business at your business? Contact Downtown On the Go to let us know what month you’d like to give a discount.

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Oreos, radio, and saving the cat: an interview with Ira Glass

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We're huge This American Life fans. And we're not the only ones. Rachel Ervin over at Post Defiance shares her recent experience interviewing TAL producer Ira Glass, who she describes as having "profound impact" on her life. 

Every week on NPR Ira Glass tells a story through interviews with other people. It's not every week that a Tacoma writer gets to tell the story of interviewing Ira Glass. We're glad she did.

There's a lot about Glass' perspective on the radio and interviewing business, but some of our favorite bits come when he talks about his sense of place - like this bit about New York:

New York is fine. But it’s harder to do a ‘man on the street’ interview with someone with it sounding like New York City... I don’t feel like I live in America anymore now that I live in New York. Like, I don’t drive a car. Not driving a car makes you not an American. 

Oh, and the part where he asks if we'll be offended if he talks about Seattle when he visits Tacoma for his May 4th Broadway Center show...

You know, like will people beat me up if I try to play clips of Dan Savage? 

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Which State Has the Most Justin Bieber Fever and Fans?

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Hint: it's not Washington.

In fact, Washington has the fewest Bieber Fever sufferers in North America, based on one extremely scientific survey. Estately has a detailed breakdown of exactly where the Bieb is the most popular (and where he's definitely not), but we like the summary that credits the teen pop-star's "stolen" laptop stunt right here in Tacoma for his lack of popularity in our little corner of the nation.

Whatever the reason, we're proud to be in the lowest percentile on this one.

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11 Best Hot Dogs on the Planet

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A long-established and widely-read publication has named The Red Hot to a "best on the planet" list. We love seeing our favorite places appearing on "best of ..." lists, and "best on the planet" is quite the honor.

Whether or not you've ever actually picked up a copy of High Times (we're not sure we ever have), you can probably take a guess at the subject matter...

But hey, it's legal now... and besides, we can safely assume they've eaten their fair share of hot dogs, so who better to judge the best in the world?

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Tacoma Report - March 29, 2014

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The latest edition of Tacoma Report is online now from the City of Tacoma. It's 20 minutes of Tacoma-specific information that you might find useful. Watch online anytime.

This month you can learn about community cleanups, the completion of the first Depave project in Washington State right here in Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project, Talk the Walk, camping at Tacoma Power properties, youth summer employment program, work on the Prairie Line Trail, the Daffodil Festival, TPU's home weatherization program, and more...

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New Tacoma mountain bike trail marks start of city’s official system

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It may have been rainy and muddy for the official opening of Tacoma's new Swan Creek Park mountain bike trails, but they've still gotten quite a lot of attention from mountain bike enthusiasts. They've also gone a ways toward reclaiming that corner of Tacoma for active recreation and good clean (muddy) fun.

One of the trails, nicknamed "Braking Bad," references both mountain bike fun and the park's less than sunny history. The trails came from a collaborative effort between Metro Parks, and community groups, including Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which has worked hard on this and other trails.

And they hope this is just the beginning for the Swan Creek trail system. 

Read more at The Oregonian

Oregon Preservationists Vow to Save Endangered Parking Lots

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Empty lots are disappearing from Oregon downtowns at an alarming rate. Fortunately a preservation group has stepped in to stand up for the endangered asphalt.

“For too long we have considered these vacant lots ‘interlopers’ or ‘missing teeth’ in our historic downtowns but it is time for their historic significance and aesthetic merits to be recognized and celebrated. ... Asphalt pavements have played an important role in changing the landscape and the history of the U.S. since the late 19th century.”

The nonprofit National Asphalt Pavement Association and preservationists are both behind the effort to preserve Oregon's historic paved spaces. 

Read more at Restore Oregon

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

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Tacoma Housing Authority's McCarver Special Housing Program has made significant strides in improving outcomes for the students and families who participate in it.

The program is unique in the country, and the innovative approach is getting attention from outside our area for its success rates.

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If we want people to drive less, we have to end sexism

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More women than men ride public transportation. Yet many, if not most women, have felt unsafe when riding public transit.

Sexual harassment, or outright assault are not uncommon experiences, a fact which causes many women who can afford to avoid public transit to do so.

This article makes the argument (based on a longer Atlantic Cities article) that if cities and transit advocates want to get serious about encouraging ridership, they've also got to get serious about discouraging sexual harassment.

What have you experienced (or witnessed others experience) on transit in Tacoma and beyond?

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Missing Eagle Owl Found Safe in Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium staff locate Forrest in trees near Fort Nisqually after two-plus day search

TACOMA, Wash. – Forrest is home. Staff members from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium located

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Eagle Owl

Forrest believed to be somewhere in Point Defiance Park

TACOMA, Wash. – Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is asking for help from the public in locating Forrest, the zoo’s Eurasian eagle owl, which flew

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TV Tacoma Goes Urban Green

Tacoma is doing more around environmental and sustainable efforts than some may think and City’s TV Tacoma government access television station is determined to let people know about it.


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Public invited to WSDOT open house about I-5 – JBLM Area Corridor – Planning Study

Residents and highway users are invited to learn more and share their thoughts about potential improvements for Interstate 5 through the JBLM vicinity. 

Washington State Department of Transportation

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PLU Forensics Finishes Season Strong, Placing Top 30 in the Nation

Parkland, WA- The T.O.H. Karl Forensics Forum has returned from the United States Universities Worlds Debate Championship at Purdue University. Seniors David Mooney and Pam Barker were among the

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