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Is It Time for the Return of Mount Tahoma

As you may have heard over the weekend President Obama announced that Mount McKinley in Alaska will be officially changing back to its native name, Denali.

With this out-of-state news about Alaska's biggest peak, we can't help but think about Washington's biggest peak...

While the President is in

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Tacoma ISPs Rainier Connect & Net Venture Join Forces

Local internet service providers Rainier Connect and Net Venture have announced a joint operating agreement that will put both Tacoma-based companies under one roof.

The agreement comes as the City of Tacoma looka at whether to sign an operating agreement for the publicly-owned Click! Network to

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This Weekend: I Hope They Bring a Taco Truck!

Now you are probably asking yourself, what the hell does he mean with that title? Well, before I give away the secret, I want to say that this weekend could be a relaxing one, or one for the books. What I mean by this is I am supplying you with four very fun activities – two requiring to you be

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Tacoma Police to Community: We Need to Talk

The City of Tacoma, the Tacoma Police Department, and community leaders are inviting the community to start a conversation about how the department can improve and strengthen its relationship with the community.

Project PEACE, the new initiative from the City, launches with a series of community

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 25, 2015

It was a quick meeting this week - over and done in 15 minutes. Perhaps just the right length for our collective summer vacation attention spans...

CONSENT AGENDA

FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 28239 An ordinance vacating a portion of South 49th Street lying between South Wilkeson

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 25, 2015

Innovative Grants Program

Tacoma's Neighborhood Small Innovative Grant program, put on hold during the tight 2013-2014 budget cycle, returned for the current biennium. The break allowed staff to address a backlog of 86 projects, and to identify program improvements based on priorities and findings

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This Weekend in Tacoma: Who Doesn’t Like Drinking For A Cause?

As many of you already know, Tacoma is a town filled with lovers of nature, small niche communities, and beer connoisseurs alike. So it should come as no surprise that this weekend I have found a way for you to partake in all three characteristics of what make Tacoma such a fantastic city to live

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 18, 2015

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39256 A resolution approving the final plat of “Hoffman Corner”, a seven-lot subdivision for single-family development, located at 6804 East B Street.

FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

Ordinance No. 28302 An ordinance vacating the east 35 feet of East L

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Bike to a Business: Cosmonaut Coffee

Cosmonaut Coffee August 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

Ride your bike to Cosmonaut Coffee during August and receive 25% off all food and beverage items!

Located on the northern edge of downtown next to Wright Park, Cosmonaut has been serving Stumptown Coffee and Espresso in Tacoma since 2007. Check out their newly covered deck, patio, and creative

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Scavenger Hunt- Play Any Day on Your Phone

Tacoma - Opera Alley, Antique Row, Theater District July 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

Play on your phone any day with continued access. On this Tacoma adventure, find lions, dancing birds, and a giant salmon as different styles of urban art. Look for the wackiest and weirdest items along Antique Row and enjoy stunning architecture from early 1900’s buildings. Find clues to uncover a

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Peeled Bananas Comedy Night Open Mic

B Sharp Coffee House September 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Peeled Bananas Comedy Night presents a brand new comedy open mic to the downtown scene! Every Tuesday at 7:30pm come out and enjoy hilarious performances from some of the PNW most promising comedians. B Sharp has an assortment of delicious foods, coffee, and beer: the perfect venue for Fall and

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Minimum Wage: $15 / $12 or none?

University of Puget Sound Rotunda September 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

​Panel discussion about the choices on the November ballot for a change in the minimum wage.

Lyz Thurber, League of Women Voter’s great moderator, comes to city club to moderate this comprehensive look at all the alternatives available to Tacoma voters in November.

Panelists: Monique

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Park(ing) Day Open House

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co September 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

Want to participate in Park(ing) Day but not sure where to begin? Come to our Park(ing) Day Open House happy hour to learn from past participants on how to successfully turn a parking spot into a temporary public park.

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Try The Bus with Rep. Kilmer

Meet at 11th/Pacific September 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Let’s talk transit - on transit! Meet at 11th & Pacific and we’ll take a one-hour bus ride loop with Rep.Derek Kilmer. We’ve got your ORCA card, you’ll learn how to read the bus book, and have a chance to hear from, and ask questions of, Rep. Kilmer. RSVP to info@downtownonthego.org. Read more

Jewelry Making - Basic Skills: Soldering Wire Jewelry

Tacoma Metal Arts Center September 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

Whether you need a little coaching or are brand new to soldering, Jennifer will help demystify the process. In this one day intro to jewelry techniques, you will learn how to construct jewelry from wire. Make rings, bangles, and chain bracelets and necklaces from wire different gauges of copper,

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Rollin’ 253 Summer Day Camp

Rollin' 253 Skate & Community Center June 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

Rollin’ 253 begins the 13 week long summer camp today. Campers can enjoy roller sports, dance competitions, arts & crafts & more. Daily & weekly rates available. Drop in’s are welcome.

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25 things to know as University of Washington Tacoma turns 25

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This year the University of Washington Tacoma celebrates its 25th anniversary. 25 years ago the doors opened to the first (tiny) class of UWT students, and set in motion big changes for downtown Tacoma.

25 years later the University has graduated thousands of students, renovated almost all of its historic buildings, and built a few new ones. Its plans for continued expansion of both the student body and the activated spaces within the campus footprint over the next 25 years are no less ambitious.

The News Tribune recently published a list of 25 things to know about UW Tacoma. There are a lot of interesting facts in there, particularly some details about the history of how the university came to be. Maybe even more interesting are the possibilities for the university to leverage its research and community partnerships to continue to lift Tacoma and the surrounding region for decades to come.

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Pierce County Council, mental health system both broken

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Pierce County's mental health system is in bad shape. Stories of people in need of help facing long waits, or unable to get the care they need are not uncommon.

Exactly how bad things are, though, that we won't know. At least not any time soon, thanks to the dysfunction of another branch of the County government. This week the Pierce County Council voted down a proposal brought forward by two of its members, Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg, which would have funded a study to show exactly where and how the system falls short, and how much money is being wasted by using County jails in the place of actual mental health services.

Matt Driscoll at The News Tribune takes a critical look at what went wrong with this particular issue in the context of the bigger picture of the dysfunctional dynamics of the current Pierce County Council, which he expects to see continue on other issues. Meanwhile, some of the county's most vulnerable residents continue to go without the services that could help them.

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13 Art Trips You Need To Take

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Of course we think of Tacoma as a world-class destination, but it's always nice to see stories that confirm it. Like this Forbes Travel Guide post that lists Tacoma among a dozen other cities around the globe as travel destinations for art lovers.

The Forbes piece specifically calls out the Museum of Glass as a distinctive cultural experience, and part of Tacoma's Museum District. Forbes also suggests the cultured traveler stay at Tacoma's Hotel Murano to fully enjoy the art on offer there. 

It's nice to see Tacoma on a list alongside Florence, New York City, Paris, and other better-known art destinations. Maybe this would be a good weekend to pay another visit to one of our local (world-class) museums...

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Matt Driscoll: A look at Tacoma’s ‘unmet, brutal need’ for affordable housing

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The need for and supply of affordable housing in Tacoma is a topic that is constantly bobbing up in the public consciousness, or floating just below the surface of many conversations on topics from the minimum wage to proposed amendments related to Tacoma's Comprehensive Plan. 

In an article in the TNT over the weekend, Matt Driscoll takes a look at how Tacoma Housing Authority deals with the tens of thousands of applications for assistance it recieves every year, and how small a small fraction they are able to offer help to.

The way Tacoma handles affordable housing is an explicit topic of discussion right now, with relevant amendments to the Comprehensive Plan working their way through the review process. Tacoma's Planning Commission and City staff have come up with proposals for the public to review at a pair of upcoming info sessions, and to officially weigh in on at a public hearing to be held on August 19.

In light of this, Driscoll's article offers some interesting food for thought as you consider your reaction to proposed changes to what is allowed, encouraged, and limited in Tacoma's neighborhoods.

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New traffic flow map available for JBLM/DuPont commuters

DUPONT – For drivers who travel through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) corridor, a new traffic flow map showing Interstate 5 and arterial roads is now available to help them make informed route

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Rainier Connect Announces Joint Operating Agreement with Net-Venture

Rainier Connect, announced it has entered into a Joint Venture Operating agreement (JOA) with Net-Venture, effective September 1, 2015. As part of this JOA, customers currently with Net-Venture will

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I-5 concrete panel work continues Aug. 26-29 in Tacoma & Lacey

Crews will finish replacing 21 concrete panels on northbound Interstate 5 in Pierce and Thurston counties during the overnight hours. Closure details are as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 27 - Tacoma

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Young disappointed after Council’s behavioral health study vote

Pierce County Councilmembers Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg had proposed a resolution directing the Performance Audit Committee to conduct a thorough, countywide evaluation of behavioral health

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I-5 concrete panel work continues Aug. 26-29 in Tacoma & Lacey

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will finish replacing 11 of 21 concrete panels on northbound Interstate 5 in Pierce and Thurston counties during the

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