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Now Reading: Tacoma rebounds

July 21, 2014 - 11:00

Althought Tacoma's economy took a bigger hit with the economic downturn, and although it has recovered more slowly, things are improving.

A Seattle Times article over the weekend takes a look at current economic conditions in Tacoma and Pierce County, and compares them to Seattle and King County,

Bob’s Java Jive Added to National Register of Historic Places

July 17, 2014 - 11:39

Bob's Java Jive, the classic coffee pot-shaped building on South Tacoma Way, has been placed on the national register of historic places.

The News Tribune reports that the uniquely shaped 85-year-old landmark has officially been added to the register for its architectural significance. The Java Jive has been on the Tacoma Register of Historic places for a number of years now, a designation which has protected it from demolition. This adds...

Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014

July 16, 2014 - 13:15


Mayor Strickland read a recognition for Simpson Kraft and RockTenn in recognition of Simpson’s civic and business leadership in its decades in Tacoma, and RockTenn’s intent to continue that legacy. The recognition acknowledged Simpson’s

Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

July 16, 2014 - 06:44

Sometimes an attempt at a compromise just ends up making nobody happy. That seems to be the case in a recent decision by Tacoma's Hearing Examiner on the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion.

Last month's finding of the Hearing Examiner aimed for a compromise on the event venue, allowing weddings and other

Now Reading: How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

July 15, 2014 - 09:47

The Center for Data Science may be one of the less well-known departments at UW Tacoma, but it's doing some interesting and valuable work that is really putting the University on the map.

One project is a machine learning program developed in partnership with Multicare that could help hospitals

Vote for Tacoma Fire Department’s Chicken en Croute

July 15, 2014 - 08:49

All those votes for Tacoma Fire's video on Good Morning America last week worked, and moved the team from Station 12 to the final round. That final round includes several different competitions between Tacoma's firefighters, and their competition.

You can help Tacoma out with your vote again today. This time it's a recipe competition - Tacoma Fire's chicken en croûte recipe vs ...

Learn About the City’s Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

July 14, 2014 - 14:57

A new round of Community Budget Input meetings on the City of Tacoma's 2015-2016 budget-setting process kicks off tonight with a meeting for residents of District 3. At these meetings residents will have the opportunity to hear more about the City's projected $6 million budget shortfall for the next biennium, and some ideas for fixing it, as well has learn more about the deferred maintenance and other expenses that could significantly increase that shortfall.

You can also catch a video, starring City Manager TC Broadnax, explaining ...

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 15, 2014

July 14, 2014 - 11:50

Human Services Strategic Plan

At this week's study session the City Council will hear a presentation from Neighborhood and Community Services staff on the proposed Human Services Strategic Plan. The City's Human Services Plan identifies the City's role in human services, funding priorities, and

Congratulations 2014 New Tacoma Award Winners!

July 11, 2014 - 14:24

At a luncheon today the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber celebrated the winners of its 2014 New Tacoma Awards.

The Ghilarducci Award recognizing successful new development, renovation or beautification went to Foss Waterway Seaport’s Rehabilitation - The Seaport has transformed the historic Balfour

New Loan Program to Help Preserve Tacoma’s Commercial Historic Buildings

July 11, 2014 - 11:31

A new program from the City of Tacoma aims to give historic commercial or retail property owners help with restoration.

The new Historic Rehabilitation and Repair Loan Program would offer 10-year, low-interest loans to owners of commercial properties listed on the Tacoma Register of Historic

City Council Budget Priorities

July 10, 2014 - 15:31

This month Tacoma residents have the opportunity to learn more about the City of Tacoma's budget situation, and to share their opinions on the whole thing at a series of community input meetings. Last month the City Council completed an exercise to identify budget priorities for the City's

Now Reading: Jaime Kay passes Marrow’s torch to Hilltop Kitchen’s Chris and Matt

July 10, 2014 - 11:21

There's a bit of a shuffle in the works for a couple of Tacoma's better eating and drinking establishments, and their proprietors.

Jamie Kay of Top of Tacoma and Marrow, and her Marrow business partner Chef Kyle Wnuk will be leaving Marrow, and handing the business over to Chris Keil from Hilltop

Now Reading: The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Dog-A-Thon FUNdraising page

July 9, 2014 - 15:28

The cats (and people) of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee are doing their part to help raise funds for the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society, and they're asking for your help. The IBKC has set themselves an ambitious goal of $100,000 for this year's Humane Society Dog-A-Thon.

The Dog-A-Thon raises

Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014

July 9, 2014 - 11:05


Deputy Mayor Woodards proclaimed July 2014 as Gay Pride Month in recognition of the contributions of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/ally community makes to Tacoma’s diversity, economic vitality, and quality of life, and of the city's

Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

July 9, 2014 - 07:36

UPDATE: Vote now at gma.yahoo.com.

We knew there was a lot of talent within the Tacoma Fire Department, but until this morning we clearly didn't realize the full extent of it. 

Good Morning America gave fire departments across America the chance to compete for a $10,000 prize for their cities.

City & Metro Parks Partner on Schuster Slope Open Space

July 8, 2014 - 14:33

The City and Metro Parks are taking a new approach to how City-owned public open spaces are managed. The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks are embarking on a partnership for the managment of undeveloped open spaces in Tacoma.

They want to determine how the needs of the community can be served by

Tacoma Transportation Master Plan

July 8, 2014 - 09:45

The City of Tacoma has begun work on a transportation master plan that will guide transportation decisions over the coming decades.

When the plan is complete it will be Tacoma's first comprehensive transportation master plan, meant to help inform decision-making on issues like the debates around

Now Reading: Who really gives a crap?: A drunk sailor guide to charter review for/against statements

July 7, 2014 - 13:17

Maybe you just can't wait for the for and against statements on proposed changes to Tacoma's Charter to come out. Maybe you're looking for something a little less formal, but potentially more insightful than those statements. Maybe you're just interested in reading another perspective.

If either

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 8, 2014

July 7, 2014 - 07:15

Public Private Partnerships

At this week's study session, the Tacoma City Council will hear a briefing from Public Works and Planning and Development Services on the City's Public Private Partnerships. The P-3 presentation will include an overview of major community partners and how those

Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

July 3, 2014 - 11:50

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has announced the nominees for its New Tacoma Awards. The awards recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals who make an outstanding contribution to downtown Tacoma.

Nominations were submitted by the community and recipients selected by a