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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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Food Trucks in Tacoma

We haven't talked about food trucks much in a while...

Where can I eat from a food truck right now?

We don't see a lot of food trucks out and about in Tacoma during the winter months, but one truck, Kerry's Caribbean Takeout, is braving January to show up at UW Tacoma on ...

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Historic Water Ditch Trail: New Name, New Alternative

As work continues on Phase 2 of Tacoma's Historic Water Ditch Trail, a new design alternative has been proposed for Phase 3, and a new name is being dicussed for the whole trail.

A new Phase 3 alternative

At a recent open house, City staff shared four possible alignment alternatives for the Water

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Farewell, Kalakala - A Drone’s-Eye View

The news that the Kalakala would be scrapped by the end of the month came as no surprise, but it's still sad to see an iconic piece of Puget Sound history dismantled. If you never got the chance to see the historic ferry up close in person, chances are now you never will.

This drone-filmed tribute

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The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

With the transition from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Sheep set to occur in less than a month, we wondered if once again the Monkeys would come out and bring their glass gifts to our city. Every year the lovely people of Tacoma try to glean any hint of when Monkeyshines will arrive.

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Group Challenges Planned Pierce County Administration Building Location

A Tacoma group isn't happy about plans for a new consolidated Pierce County administration building to be built at South 36th and Pacific, on the site of the old Puget Sound Hospital. They're asking the County to take a second look at keeping more of its office space downtown

According to The News

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January Creative Colloquy

B Sharp Coffee House January 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Lovers of the literary gather to listen to storytellers narrate their tales.

Featured Readers Include:

  • Chelsea Vitone of UWT’s The Ledger
  • Alec Clayton “The Backside of Nowhere”
  • Melissa Thayer “The Stories We Don’t Tell”
  • and guest emcee, Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas
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Fairest Book Launch with Marissa Meyer

Olympic Room, Main Library January 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Celebration, readings costumes, prizes and a book signing.

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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.

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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, and

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University of Puget Sound Faculty Series: Inspired by the Folk: The Romance Between the Violin and t

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)

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The Homestretch Film Screening

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

The Junior League of Tacoma invites you to a special screening of The Homestretch on January 31st at the Stadium High School Theatre. Doors open: 9 am Film Screening: 10 amPanel Discussion: 11:30 amPanelists: Filmmaker Anne de Mare and local community leaders including, Senator Jeannie

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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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Making ready for the move: Kalakala about to be scrapped

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If you've got some time to kill in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the last moments of a piece of Puget Sound history. Sometime around low tide tomorrow morning - between 3 and 5 a.m. - mooring lines will be removed, and the Kalakala will begin its final journey.

Working with the tide and the help of a pair of tug boats, the historic ferry will be guided from her current spot on the Hylebos Waterway, out to Commencement Bay, and back up Blair Waterway, to where she willl meet her fate. The Kalakala will pass under the East 11th Street Bridge (not the Murray Morgan), and travel with a 100-yard security perimeter enforced by the Coast Guard to the appropriately named "graving dock." 

Work to dismantle the ferry could begin as early as Friday morning. Any metal from the process will go to a local scrap yard. There may or may not be souvenirs available at some point.

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Tacoma veteran is revved up for State of the Union

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Tacoman Steve Buchanan will be at President Obama's State of the Union speech tonight. 

Buchanan is a 37 year old veteran and father of two, law school grad, UWT MBA, and frequent attendee at 1 Million Cups - Tacoma, but what got him the VIP invite to sit in the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives tonight as Representative Kilmer's guest is a company he started right here in Tacoma.

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City Council Seeks Applicants for the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill one position on the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities. Youth between the ages of 16 and 18 are encouraged to apply.

The Tacoma Area Commission on

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Parkland man charged with rape and assault of 1-year-old girl

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Thomas Randle Babler, 26, with rape of a child in the first degree and assault of a child in the second degree. Babler was arraigned

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Summer Jobs 253 Now Accepting Employer and Student Applications for 2015 Program

The City of Tacoma and its partners, the Reach Center, Tacoma Public Schools and WorkForce Central, are accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Jobs 253 program now.

The program, which was

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Advisory: Keep Out of the Water at Titlow Beach (Lifted)

1/22/15: Advisory Lifted at Titlow Beach: Titlow Beach sewage spill advisory has been lifted

1/15/15: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recommends people keep out of the water at Titlow Beach

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Point Ruston files Notice of Intent to initiate partial annexation of project site into Tacoma

Developer cites lack of cooperation and lengthy delays by the Town of Ruston

Tacoma, Washington – Today, Point Ruston LLC filed a Notice of Intent to Initiate Annexation with the City of Tacoma that

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