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How Cute is This Baby Moose?

No, really, it's pretty darn cute. The baby moose, the first to be born at Metro Parks' Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in 15 years, has all the adorableness of Bambi, with the endearing awkwardness of Bullwinkle. Take a moment, watch the video, share it with your co-workers. Monday win...

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Revitalizing Tacoma

Psst, Tacoma, they're talking about you...

An article on Next City today takes a look at Tacoma - the revitalization of its downtown, and questions around livability for all residents of the city - especially some of those with lower incomes. The title of the article asks a question:

Can Tacoma

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Wishing the Parkway Tavern the Happiest of 80th Birthdays

In case you hadn't picked up on it, we here at Exit133 love the Parkway Tavern. So we're thrilled to wish them the happiest of 80th birthdays this weekend. They'll be celebrating in style with a special outdoor beer garden, giant connect four (you know you want to try it!), music, magic, and new

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The Cloves & Beautiful Angle: Making Magic in Tacoma

Here's something fun to be on the lookout for around Tacoma this weekend...

Local band, The Cloves, and local guerrilla art creator, Beautiful Angle, have teamed up to do something special in Tacoma. A limited amount of letter-pressed posters featuring lyrics from the title track of The Cloves'

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More Buses for Northeast Tacoma

Beginning this fall Northeast Tacoma will have more bus service. Pierce Transit, in partnership with King County Transit, will be trying out a pilot program to give residents of the northeast corner of the city more chances to commute by bus.

According to an article in The News Tribune, the pilot

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Lincoln District Revitalization

Work is underway to bring new vitality to the Lincoln District and its surrounding neighborhood, and plans include more than just a facelift for 38th Street.


The City is in the process of giving the neighborhood a facelift that has been a long time coming. The main activity right now

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 21, 2015

It was a brief meeting this week, but with some important business getting taken care of nonetheless. 



Ordinance No. 28308 An ordinance amending Chapter 13.06 of the Municipal Code, related to Zoning, to reclassify the property located at 4722 35th

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New Permit Processes Encourage Sidewalk Cafes in Tacoma

We've heard a few people take note of an increase in the number of outdoor dining spaces popping up on sidewalks around Tacoma.  

The increase in outdoor tables and chairs, and a few umbrellas, is due at least in part to an initiative to make changes in how the City of Tacoma handles requests from

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

Rising Up from Tacoma’s Twenty-One Disasters & Defeats

Tacoma Historical Society Museum July 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Book signing and reception with author Deb Freedman, celebrating Tacoma Historical Society’s new book: “Rising Up from Tacoma’s Twenty-One Disasters & Defeats,”

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Summer Storytime at the Cabin

Job Carr Cabin Museum July 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

This week at the Job Carr Cabin Museum, children can experience Cooking in Pioneer Days through an apple art activity. Be prepared for an hour of fun every Wednesday for children 3-8 years old.

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Mason Gulch Open House

University of Puget Sound July 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The public is invited to attend an open house to discuss the creation of a natural resource management plan for Mason Gulch. The City of Tacoma is asking for feedback on the various areas that are being considered including native vegetation, wildlife habitat, recreation, public safety, slope

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Bike to a Business: Dorky’s Arcade

Dorky's Arcade July 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

​Ride your bike to Dorky’s Bar Arcade this July and receive a free soft drink with the purchase of any menu item! Dorky’s has an array of arcade and pinball games, as well as an extensive food menu and beer selection. The arcade is All Ages until 9pm. There’s a bike rack located on the sidewalk

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Jewelry Making - Color on Metal: Flame Painting, Patinas and Resins

Tacoma Metal Arts Center August 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

Learn to create stunning patina colors on copper. Mereditih will show how to create flame painted patterns on copper using a torch and how to seal the colors effectively. We will explore how to apply colored patterns with resin which can then be combined with other surface techniques for fabulous

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Weed Dating

Mother Earth Farm August 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Get dirty and meet someone! Mother Earth Farm is hosting our first ever Weed Dating, a chance to help out your community and connect with new friends… or more! The afternoon will start with a tour of the farm and after a brief demo we’ll divide and conquer those pesky weeds, rotating sections

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Tacoma Musical Playhouse Food Truck Festival

Tacoma Musical Playhouse (also known as the Narrows Theater) August 1, 2015 at 11:00 am

Join the Tacoma Musical Playhouse, TMP Family Theater and CampTMP for TMP’s first ever Food Truck Festival. TMP will have a variety of food trucks from the Puget Sound region.

The event will take place from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and will utilize the parking lot behind the Tacoma Musical

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Tacoma’s Annual Bon Odori Festival

Tacoma Buddhist Temple August 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Come and enjoy Japanese dance and foods at the Annual Tacoma Bon Odori outdoor festival on Saturday, August 1.This free celebration will feature Japanese folk dancing and drumming outside the Tacoma Buddhist Temple. In between dances, there will be taiko drumming performances by Fuji Taiko of

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Candidates for District 3 council race talk about development in Tacoma

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Lauren Walker, the Tacoma City Councilmember who represents District 3 (central Tacoma), runs into the end of her term limits this year, and will be stepping down from her seat on the council dais.

The race to replace her is one of the more crowded council races we've seen in Tacoma in recent years, with seven names appearing on the primary ballot for District 3 voters to choose from. When the dust settles and the primary votes are counted next month, only two of those names will advance to the November election. The News Tribune's Kate Martin interviewed six of the candidates (Robert Hill, with his multiple convictions and restraining orders, was left out). The question: "How do you think Tacoma should plan for future growth?" 

Whether or not you live in District 3, it's a question worth considering. Martin summarizes the candidate's answers - do you agree with any of them?

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Matt Driscoll: Is fear over a ‘Chamber candidate’ for Tacoma City Council warranted?

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It's not an uncommon sentiment - here in Tacoma, or elsewhere, for that matter - that a politician who makes decisions that please the business community is in their pocket.

It's a simple story to tell - that there are two separate and opposite camps, one pro-business, the other pro-worker, and that politicians and citizens alike can easily be placed on one side or the other of the invisible dividing line.

But are things really that clear-cut? Matt Driscoll asks "Is 'business-owner,' by definition, a partisan position?" And, particularly as we take a probably brief breather from the bruising commentary around the minimum wage, is "business owner" necessarily the opposite of "working people?"

Is it that simple? Does it have to be?

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John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

Gadfly may not be a word we use every day, but it's the most common one we've heard used to describe Tacoma's John Hathaway. Hathaway passed away last week at age 69.

He came onto the public stage around the tragic events surrounding Police Chief David Brame's high-profile shooting of his wife, Crystal, and himself in 2003. Hathaway scooped the story of the couple's divorce, and allegations that the police chief was an abusive husband. 

sIn later years Hathaway continued to challenge local government, fostering lively... discussion via his regular email and later on his blog, The New Takhoman. We sat next to him at ...


Downtown Tacoma hotel developer in talks with two very different hotel operators

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If you've been following the happenings around the proposed Tacoma Convention Center hotel project, you may know that Yareton, the Chinese investment group developing the project had another deadline recently. 

Yareton completed its first due-diligence phase last month, and will make the second of two "earnest money" payments, pending City approval of development plans.  The development group has also started discussions with two hotel chains about operation of the new Tacoma hotel - a 4-hotel boutique operator based in the western U.S., or a global hotel operator with hundreds of properties around the world. The TNT has more details of those two chains, although the conversations are just exploratory at this point.

Whatever the decision is on who will operate the hotel, it's supposed to be "four-star," according to the developer's deal with the City - although it sounds like "four-star" could mean a lot of things.

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“Hate Won’t Win” Launches in Tacoma August 2

The national “Hate Won’t Win” movement, proclaimed by the family of slain Charleston murder victim Daniel L. Simmons, Sr., will officially launch in Tacoma/Pierce County at the Bethlehem Baptist

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Growth at the city’s indie cinema: Two is better than one

Tacoma, WA – Several months ago we started our search to fill the newly created position of Assistant Executive Director for The Grand Cinema’s full-time staff team. Our applicant pool offered many

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South Tacoma Way Corridor Improvements Begin July 6

The City of Tacoma’s Public Works department will begin improvements on the South Tacoma Way Corridor on Monday, July 6, for a project that is estimated to run through November 2015. This project

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Baby Steps: Newborn Moose Roams With Mom, Thrills Visitors at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Moose calf is the first to be born at park in 15 years

EATONVILLE, Wash.--Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s newest resident is just a few days old but is already a popular attraction with visitors.

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Prosecutor finds officers’ use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, Cooperative Cities Crime Response Unit, and Lakewood Police

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