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Odd Otter Opening

November 26, 2014 - 07:20

It looks like Odd Otter Brewing is finally opening. After a series of delays, they plan to open their doors to the public this weekend, according to an announcement on their Facebook page this week.

Tacoma, Washington, beer lovers, world: We. Have. Done it. And we couldn't have done it without

Laureate Listening Project

November 24, 2014 - 13:56

Do you have a poem that reflects some aspect of the essence of Tacoma? Poets, from professionals to amateurs (maybe even especially amateurs) are invited to share their work with the Laureate Listening Project.

Lucas Smiraldo, the City Of Tacoma Poet Laureate has launched a program to record

Now Reading: Dangerous Domains: A conversation with Tacoma building inspector Dan McConaughy

November 24, 2014 - 12:13

Dangerous buildings are structures in the City that go beyond "derelict" buildings in terms of owner neglect. These boarded up buildings with the "Do Not Occupy" signs are more than just eyesores. 

They're often vandalized, occupied by squatters, and stripped of any copper by metal thieves. Due to

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of November 25, 2014

November 24, 2014 - 07:49

It's a short Council meeting agenda for this short work week, but there are still a couple of important items here.

Budgets & Public Hearings

With work continuing on a final 2015-2016 biennial budget, the Council will hear another set of presentations at this week's study session/budget work

Shop Locally, Act Globally, Get Some Good Stuff

November 21, 2014 - 12:50

We're still a week out from Black Friday, and all the craziness that day entails. Before we get to that, this weekend brings several chances to get an early, and ethical start to your holiday shopping.

Annual Holiday Fair Trade Market

This will be the fifth year of this collaboration between St

Now Reading: Parking could be an issue when Amtrak moves to Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

November 21, 2014 - 09:07

When the Tacoma Amtrak station moves to Freighthouse Square, it will lose the ample free parking available at its current location further down Puyallup Avenue.

With the move, the new Amtrak station location joins the cluster that already includes the Sounder station, the terminus of the Tacoma

WildFin American Grill to Open at Point Ruston

November 20, 2014 - 12:25

There's a new restaurant coming to Point Ruston: today the mixed-use center developers announced that WildFin American Grill will open its third location in one of a waterfront Point Ruston waterfront spaces restaurant space.

Tacoma, Wash. - November 20, 2014 - Point Ruston (PointRuston.com), the

Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 18, 2014

November 20, 2014 - 12:01

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS/PRESENTATIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

December 2, 2014 was proclaimed as #GivingTuesday in recognition of the national day of philanthropy falling on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. In Tacoma New Phoebe House will be using their #GivingTuesday to invite supporters to help them

Now Reading: Tacoma police change how they seek permission to use cellphone tracker

November 20, 2014 - 07:02

Tacoma police have been using a controversial cell phone tracking devices, or "cell site simulator," to find criminals. Now judges in Pierce County are requiring higher standards for their use.

TPD was getting warrants to use the cell site simulators... well, kind of. They had warrants signed by

City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

November 19, 2014 - 11:27

Last night the Tacoma City Council signed off on a development agreement for the construction of an $85 million hotel, with a possible second residential phase that could bring the project total to $150 million.

In April the City began official negotiations with Yareton Investment & Management LLC

New & Improved UWT Book Store: More Comfortable, More to Offer, & Open to the Public

November 19, 2014 - 08:08

The UWT book store has always been open to the public, but it's always felt a little... like a school book store. That changes with the remodel of the space, wrapping up this week.

With the grand reopening, visitors will find a new "bookstore/coffee house" vibe that may remind you more of a Barnes & Noble ...

Community Leader and Transit Champion Justin Leighton Announces Bid for City Council

November 18, 2014 - 15:30

Tacoma, WA. - Hilltop resident and community advocate Justin Leighton has announced his bid for Tacoma City Council, District 3.  The Council seat, currently held by Lauren Walker, will be vacated after Walker finishes the last of her two terms serving Tacoma.

“Councilwoman Walker has been a

Twokoi Will Close for the Winter

November 18, 2014 - 10:31

Sad news for sushi lovers in Tacoma: Twokoi Japanese Restaurant will be closing for the winter. The Japanese restaurant at South 17th and Commerce in downtown Tacoma announced this week that they will be closing up shop while major construction re-routes 17th into a straight street passing directly

St. Joe’s Workers Strike, Ask CHI-Franciscan to Take Better Care of Them

November 18, 2014 - 09:29

If your travels happen to take you by Saint Joseph or Saint Claire hospitals today, you may notice a little more activity than usual outside. Workers at the two CHI-Franciscan Health hospitals will be striking, demanding the organization address their complaints of unfair labor practices, which

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of November 18, 2014

November 17, 2014 - 16:50

Budget Work Session

This week's City Council study session will be another budget work session. The Council will hear presentations on budgets for the Planning and Development Services Department, the Public Assembly Facilities Department, the Public Works Department, and the Capital Facilities

Up For Discussion: Paid Sick Leave in Tacoma

November 17, 2014 - 10:22

Tacoma City Council can expect to get an earful on the subject of paid sick leave at this week's Council meeting. Supporters of a requirement that Tacoma employers provide paid sick leave to employees are rallying the public to show up for this week's Citizens' Forum comment opportunity.

In

Transportation Benefit District Budget: Plans for Spending That $20 Car Tab Fee

November 17, 2014 - 09:35

In 2012 a Transportation Benefit District was formed to fund transportation system improvements in Tacoma. Later that year the TBD adopted its first funding mechanism, a $20 car tab fee. 

Since then the TBD has been collecting those fees. In the 2013-2014 biennium, $4 million was collected, and

Finishing the Historic Water Ditch Trail

November 14, 2014 - 09:38

When completed the Historic Water Ditch Trail will provide a 6.5 mile bicycle and pedestrian connection through south Tacoma to the southern edge of the downtown, roughly paralleling South Tacoma Way.

More than 100 years ago a system of trails connected Mount Rainier to Tacoma; the historic Water

FC Tacoma 253: A New Soccer Team for Tacoma

November 14, 2014 - 06:06

We don't often write about sports, but this news caught our attention: Tacoma is getting a new men's outdoor soccer team. Today the National Premier Soccer League is expected to announce the new FC Tacoma 253. 

FC Tacoma 253 will begin playing in the upcoming season, using the field at Mount

Polar Plaza Returns to Downtown Tacoma

November 13, 2014 - 18:59

You may have noticed the work going on downtown at 17th and Pacific in preparation for the moment when Tollefson Plaza once again transforms into Polar Plaza for the Winter 2014 season starting November 21. The ice skating rink returns for another season thanks again to Franciscan Health and Tacoma Art Museum, along with other local businesses. 

​Skaters can look forward to ...