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Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 1:08 pm
Police dog dies following accidental drug overdose during search
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 10:49 am
Join the Human Rights Commission
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 -- 8:39 am
SIGN UP NOW FOR SPRING METRO PARKS BREAK CAMPS
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Metro Parks Tacoma is offering spring break camps during two spring break weeks at three locations: Titlow Park, Center at Norpoint and STAR Center Day camps are being held the week of March 30-April 3. These camps offer daylong fun for children ages 6-12 during spring break week. Enjoy recreational activities, arts and crafts projects, games, fun and friendship. Day camper special: add-on Sports Skills camps for only $25, 1-3 p.m. daily. See sports camp details below. Titlow Lodge: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; only $139/week or single day option $35; Center at Norpoint: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; only $139/week or single day option $35. Sports Camp Details: Held 1-3 p.m. daily for ages 6-12. Improve your game by focusing on skill development. Camp includes instruction, games and lots of fun active participation. Soccer at Titlow Lodge: Tacoma Resident $69; Non-Resident $75; Basketball at Center at Norpoint: Center Card $69; Resident $69; Non-Resident $75. Specialty camps are also offered. Bricks4Kidz Mining & Crafting 2 is for ages 5-12. Campers will bring their virtual designs to life by building new mob figures, mosaics, and custom models, incorporating LEGO bricks. Campers will craft shelters, mobs, critters and tools using LEGO bricks. All campers will take home a T-shirt, mini-figure and daily craft. Camp takes place at STAR Center, 9 a.m. to noon. STAR Pass $140; Tacoma resident $168; non-resident $184. Bricks4Kidz Comic Book Creator is for ages 5-12. Explore comic book design as you create your personalized characters, develop story lines and incorporate pictures of actual sets with LEGO bricks. Takes place at STAR Center, 1-4 p.m. STAR Pass $140; Tacoma resident $168; non-resident $184. Day camps are also offered during the week of April 6-April 10. These provide daylong fun for children ages 6-12 during spring break week. Enjoy recreational activities, arts and crafts projects, games, fun and friendship. Day camper special: add-on Sports Skills camps for only $25, 1-3 p.m. daily. See sports camp details below. Day camps take place at Center at Norpoint, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; only $139/week or single day option $35. Sports camp is held 1-3 p.m. daily for ages 6-12. Improve your game by focusing on skill development. Camp includes instruction, games and lots of fun active participation. Basketball at Center at Norpoint: Center Card $69; resident $69; non-resident $75. Get more information at http://www.metroparks.com. Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 12:39 pm
Arts & Entertainment: Fez-wearing cartoonists add new monsters to old pictures
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - The Cartoonist's League of Absurd Washingtonians (a.k.a. the C.L.A.W.) is Tacoma's own, homegrown, fez-wearing illustration group. Amongst the group's many endeavors is the "Thrift Shop Painting Project" in which old, decorative, landscape paintings are repurposed by having monsters (both strange and familiar) added to them. A dramatic seascape, for example, might have Godzilla painted in. Or H.P. Lovecraft's ever-popular Cthulhu, one on the "great old ones," is shown dragging his giant body over the land. The artists of C.L.A.W. are tasked with taking an old painting (they are not allowed to spend more than $20 per painting) and adding a monster to the scene. They must match their chosen monster to the style of the original painting. The general idea is that the monster must be integrated into the scene as seamlessly as possible. The result is an ever-evolving collection of works that have been showing up at various venues around town ever since the Thrift Shop Painting Project debuted in the Old Post Office Building last October. March's venue is Destiny City Comics, housed inside King's Books on St. Helens Avenue. From there the show will move to either the Nearsighted Narwhal or Tacoma Games. The project came about when members of the group went shopping for frames to show their own work. They decided to find a use for the old paintings that came with the frames and the rest is history. Mark Brill's afore mentioned Godzilla scene, entitled "Beachfront Property," is masterfully painted. The iconic atomic reptile is fitted seamlessly into a standard, furniture-art seaside scene. The artist also added a plume of smoke rising from the ruins of a tower that Godzilla has just destroyed. James Stowe's "The Monlux Crossing the Wicked Woods" shows a big, red, devil-like monster in a pond that has been colored blood red. Author and illustrator R.R. Anderson transformed a lakeside dock into a giant, mechanical crab in "Post Mechanical Crab Apocalypse." Visitors to the show will also encounter the likes of Bigfoot, a giant Tiki, the evil witch from Hansel and Gretel, and the "Trojan rabbits," from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." All of the paintings are for sale. Proceeds go toward a scholarship that C.L.A.W. awards to deserving students. Those with unwanted landscape paintings (original paintings, not prints) may donate them to C.L.A.W. at Tinkertopia (an "alternative art supply and creative reuse center" located at 1914 Pacific Ave.). For further information on C.L.A.W. and the "Thrift Shop Painting Project" visit http://www.cartoonistsleague.org. Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 12:34 pm
Fife signs tribal claims modification
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Fife City Council has approved a document titled "Third Limited Modification to the Puyallup Tribal Land Claims Settlement of 1988." The document, proposed by the Tribe and supported by all the local governments who are parties to the settlement, clears up confusion that was created by the Washington Attorney General's Office about one section of the settlement. The document does not change the terms of the settlement but instead clarifies what the parties intended when they negotiated the settlement. The Limited Modification - approved over the opposition of Councilmember Barry Johnson's lone "no" vote - explains that the original language of one section of the settlement "does not grant to the state or local governments any authority beyond that which federal law otherwise recognizes." The original wording of that section indicated that those governments kept the jurisdiction they had before. The Limited Modification clarifies what it was that they kept. Fife City Council wanted to adopt the Limited Modification, while the city and the Tribe approved a side agreement between those two parties. But since that agreement was not quite ready to be finalized, it was removed from the council's agenda as the two parties continue to work on it. The passage of the Limited Modification without the side agreement was presented as a gesture of good faith by Fife City Council to its largest resident and partner as talks on government services continue. The Limited Modification has already been approved by the other local governments who are parties to the Land Claims Settlement and is awaiting the signature of the governor, something he has agreed he will do. "We were the last ones," Fife City Manager Subir Mukerjee said. There is no date set on the final adoption of the government services agreement, which outlines a host of government-to-government understandings. "We need to set up operational standards as we do business," Mukerjee said. Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 11:49 am
County Executive adjusts airport security access to accommodate businesses
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 9:44 am
Small businesses fear $15-per-hour package
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Small business owners have a half-joking saying that the lowest paid employee is the one who signs the paychecks. They are the CEO and bottlewasher, the adage goes. Kris Blondin lives that saying. She owns Stink - Cheese and Meat, a wine and cheese café in the shadow of City Hall. She works 40 hours a week, plus mandatory overtime. She also not only hasn't had a paycheck since 2011, but added a second mortgage to her house to start the business and cashed out her retirement to keep the café open. "That was a huge sacrifice because it isn't just my retirement, but my husband's too," she said, noting that their combined income is at the lower end of the county average family income. "I swore I would never do it again after the first time," she said, noting that she opened a wine shop, Vin Grotto, in 2003 and sold it in 2007 before opening Stink. "But once the restaurant business is in your blood, there is not a lot you can do. I really don't have a life outside of this place." Her days are spent placing orders, picking up produce, wiping tables, paying bills, crunching numbers to make payroll for her five employees and to find funding options for future expansion plans, like seeking a liquor license to offer more than wine and beer. "No one does this for the money," she said. "People don't understand that. This is the most challenging - physically and psychologically - industry you can be in." Much like actors resign to a life of struggle between gigs, restaurateurs serve food out of an inner calling as well as an odds defying risk to pull success out of statistical failure - three in four restaurants fail shortly within three years of opening their doors. Many Tacoma restaurant owners fear more closed doors if the effort to raise the minimum wage in the city gains enough signatures for the November ballot and is approved by voters. The ballot measure would require all businesses operating within Tacoma to offer their employees at least $15 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2016. There is no exemption for bartenders or servers who make most of their income not from the hourly wage but from the tips they generate during their shifts. Tacoma's $15 Now signature drive comes after Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage law, but that one is being phased into effect over seven years, while Tacoma's petition would mean a jump from $9.47 an hour to $15 literally overnight. Unlike Seattle's law, it makes no concessions for tip earners or business size. The group has been gathering signatures since January and has a deadline of May 20 to make the November ballot. If approved by voters, the minimum wage would jump from the current $9.47 per hour to $15 two months later. If it fails, the wage would increase to about $9.75, since state law ties annual increases to the rate of inflation. That dramatic shift in an already small-margin industry would cause restaurant owners to make some tough decisions. "It is a tough business with tiny margins," Washington Restaur Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 9:29 am
Jonny Lang Wows EQC Audience
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Former child guitar prodigy Jonny Lang played to a sold-out crowd at the Emerald Queen Casino on Friday, March 20. The 34-year-old, American blues, gospel and rock artist is known for his unique vocals and soulful guitar riffs which he's delivered aplenty since he debuted with his "Smokin" album in 1995. Six of his seven albums have ranked in the Billboard top 50, and he received a Grammy for 2006's "Turn Around." He recently completed a 21-city "Experience Hendrix" European tour with other top billed artists; and is in the midst of his North American tour with 32 more cities through July. Fans at the EQC were taken for a ride with a impeccable delivery of Lang doing his thing with the following set list.  If you did not catch him on this visit to Washington, he is a must see on his next.  Set list: "Blew Up (The House)," "Don't Stop (For Anything)," "A Quitter Never Wins," "Turn Around," "Red Light," "Livin' for the City," "What You're Looking For," "Angel," "That Great Day," "We Are the Same," "40 Days," "Lie to Me" Bill Bungard, special to Tacoma Weekly Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 9:27 am
"Spiritual Cowgirl" Jessica Lynne plays for a good cause
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Tacoma country singer Jessica Lynne has been a mover and shaker in the regional country scene since shortly after she arrived in 2010. In 2013, she beat out competitors from around the state to reach the western regional finals of the Texaco Country Showdown, among the biggest showcases of unsigned country artists in the country. Then, last year, she took her Gretchen Wilson-style sass to the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, where she played her biggest gig to date, as an opening act at last year's Watershed Festival. It's just the sort of career arc you'd expect from someone who honed her chops in the twangy clubs of - huh? - Denmark? "I grew up in a very strict, Christian environment, and I loved the way country gave me a little bit of an outlet," said Lynne, recalling her childhood in the small town of Haslev; her Danish mom and American dad met while attending Bible college in New York. "But I was writing all these country songs," she said, "and I got really discouraged because in Denmark they were not very encouraging." Lynne will share her music with much more receptive audiences over the next few days. First, she'll join Tacoma sax man Paul Sawtelle to raise funds for Ted Brown Music's outreach program on March 28. Then she'll warm up for "Pickin' Wildflowers" and "Podunk" singer Keith Anderson when he drops by Steel Creek American Whiskey on April 1. Earlier this month, she provided some insight into her journey from Scandinavia to Puget Sound, and why naming her 2011 CD debut, "Spiritual Cowgirl," made perfect sense. Tacoma Weekly: So how did you fall in love with country music in Denmark? And at what age are we talking about? Lynne: When I was little, I didn't know country music other then Patsy Cline and some of the real old stuff. Then, when I was 12, I was home sick from school; and the TV got kind of stuck on this channel that was only over there for like a month, and it was CMT. Faith Hill's "Wild One" was No. 1, and it played over and over again. I was like, "Oh my god, I love this song. She's singin' about me." There was just this whole other type of songwriting and whole other type of music than what I was used to, and I just fell in love with it. TW: When did you really start playing music? Lynne: I feel like I wrote my first song when I was like 6 years old. It was just taking a melody that was already there and then translating it to Danish. But I started playing piano by 8 or 10, or something like that. I know I did six years of piano before I started on guitar, as well. TW: What made you start writing your own country songs? Lynne: I was writing my own songs already. But I was spending every minute I had guessing what made country music, and every penny I had buying CDs that were imported. We didn't have the Internet or iTunes or anything, so I had to import them for triple the price. And my vacations over here, I'd spend in record stores. TW: What kind of scene was there for country music? Lynne: The Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 8:22 am
Nightlife
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Friday, March 27 JAZZBONES: Studebaker John and the Hawks (blues) 8 p.m., $10; DJ Pressha (DJ) 10:30 p.m., $5 men, NC women B SHARP COFFEE: Warren G. Hardings (folk, bluegrass) 8 p.m., $5 CULTURA EVENT CENTER: Latin Edition (Latin music) 9:30 p.m. DAWSON'S: Little Bill & The Bluenotes (blues, jazz) 8 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC MAXWELL'S: Live music, 7 p.m., NC NEW FRONTIER: Devil on a Leash, Brad Yaeger & The Night Terrors (rock, gothic-American) 9 p.m., $5 NORTHERN PACIFIC: Mister Master, Captain Algebra, Cradleman (rock) 7 p.m., NC, AA STONEGATE: Crosswalk (rock) 9 p.m., NC THE SWISS: Wildsky (rock) 9 p.m., $5-$10 TACOMA COMEDY: Dennis Regan (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $15, 18+ early show UNCLE SAM'S: Led Zeppmen (Led Zeppelin tribute) 8 p.m. UNCLE THURM'S: Kareem Kandi Band (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA THE VALLEY: Fabulous Downey Brothers, The Cutwinkles, Masonsapron (alternative) 9 p.m., NC Saturday, March 28 LOUIE G'S: Monsters Scare You, Keeping Secrets, Sky Pilot (rock, metalcore) 8 p.m., AA B SHARP COFFEE: Fang Chia, Children of Kids (post-rock, prog-jazz) 8 p.m., $5 BOB'S JAVA JIVE: Full Moon Radio, Hot Cops, Coma Figura, Halcyonaire (alternative, punk, pop) 9 p.m., $5 BROADWAY CENTER - STUDIO 3: Drunken Telegraph (storytelling) 7:30 p.m., $8, AA CULTURA EVENT CENTER: Absolution (DJ) 9:30 p.m., NC before midnight, $5-$10, 18+ DAWSON'S: Steve Bailey and the Flames (blues) 8 p.m., NC DOYLE'S: The Bog Hoppers (Irish, Celtic-rock) 9:30 p.m., NC GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Erotic City, Bump Kitchen (Prince tribute, funk) 8 p.m., $15 KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC NORTHERN PACIFIC: Mister Master, Captain Algebra, Cradleman (rock) 7 p.m., NC, AA THE SPAR: Tumblin' Dice (Rolling Stones tribute) 8 p.m., NC STONEGATE: Crosswalk (rock) 9 p.m., NC THE SWISS: Kry (rock covers) 9 p.m., $5-$10 TACOMA COMEDY: Dennis Regan (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $15, 18+ early show TACOMA DOME: Maroon 5, Magic!, Rozzi Crane (pop) 7:30 p.m., $46.50-$122, AA UNCLE SAM'S: Stoned Evergreen Travelers (hard rock) 8 p.m. UPS - KILWORTH CHAPEL: Adelphian Concert Choir (poetry and music) 2 p.m., AA Sunday, March 29 TACOMA COMEDY: Jose's Ha Ha Ha Show (comedy) 8 p.m., $10, 18+ CULTURA EVENT CENTER: Hempfest tryouts (rock) 7 p.m., NC DAWSON'S: Tim Hall Band (open jam) 8 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: Rhythm Fire School of Music and Performance, 3 p.m., NC, AA NEW FRONTIER: 40 Grit (bluegrass jam) 3 p.m., NC O'MALLEY'S: Comedy open mic, 8:30 p.m., NC THE SPAR: Jim King & The Southsiders (blues) 7 p.m., NC STONEGATE: Bobby Hoffman and the Soul Spiderz (open jam) 8 p.m., NC Monday, March 30 STONEGATE: Too Many Cooks with Steve Stefanowicz (rock) 8 p.m., NC B SHARP COFFEE: Creative Colloquy (spoken word) 7 p.m., NC, AA JAZZBONES: Rockaroke (live band karaoke) 11 p.m., NC Tuesday, March 31 STEEL CREEK: A Thousand Horses (co Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 8:15 am
Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Washington State Historical Museum 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402 Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: http://www.washingtonhistory.org The Washington State History Museum is where fascination and fun come together. People of all ages can explore and be entertained in an environment where characters from Washington's past speak about their lives. Through interactive exhibits, theatrical storytelling, high-tech displays and dramatic artifacts, learn about our state's unique people and places, as well as their impact on the country and the world. This weeks events: March 28, 1 p.m. Loving Hands at Home: Western Fashion & Sewing Live models in period clothing and clothing expert Kate Slaminko share the history of Western fashion and sewing. See techniques from the different fashion eras featured in the exhibit Pomp & Circumstance. Learn what has influenced clothing design and sewing through history and hear what it means for something to have been made by, "loving hands at home." After the program, tour the exhibit with its curator, Jennifer Kilmer, Director of the Washington State Historical Society. Clothing shown in this program is not part of the WSHS collection. Price is included in Museum Admission For more information, contact Susan Rohrer at susan.rohrer@wshs.wa.gov. March 31, noon History Speaks: Gypsy & June Hear authors and subject experts speak about a variety of historical topics of interest to Washingtonians. "Gypsy & June: Causing Havoc in the Great Depression and Beyond" with Gwen Whiting. Gypsy Rose Lee and her sister June Havoc were made immortal in the Broadway play and subsequent movie Gypsy. Their real lives, however, were far more colorful than anything Hollywood could dream up. Take a backstage peek into history from the Great Depression to the Red Scare and learn more about mayhem, mystery, and possibly murder. Price is included in Museum Admission. April 1, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ring of Fire Family Camp Hands-on volcano activities for visitors of all ages. Hear legends of volcanoes with Native American storyteller Harvest Moon. Price is included in Museum Admission. Pre-registration encouraged. To pre-register, email SchoolPrograms@wshs.wa.gov. Thursday Nights at the Museums April 2, 2-8 p.m. Can't visit the museum during the work day or on the weekend? No problem! We're open late until 8 p.m. every Thursday night in March, April, May, and June. Avoid the evening traffic, spend some quality time with your loved ones and visit one of the participating museums - the History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and LeMay - America's Car Museum. Regular admission applies, except on 3rd Thursdays when admission is free at the History Museum from 2-8 p.m., and at Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass from 5-8 p.m. Current Exhibits: Time Intrusionator Through April 12 Who will be the next Keeper? Could it be you? Enter the fabulous-miraculous world of Ernest Oglby Punkweiler a Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 8:09 am
SPORTSWATCH
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - GAVRONSKI TO HEADLINE BATTLE AT THE BOAT 100 AT THE EQC MARCH 28 Brian Halquist Productions is proud to announce a very special night of fights as the Battle at the Boat series celebrates its 100th show on Saturday, Mar. 28 live from the Emerald Queen Casino. Headlining this milestone event will be hometown favorite, Mike "Imagine Me" Gavronski (16-1-1, 10 KOs) vs. Maurice Louishomme (8-1-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight clash. This historic night will feature a number of thrilling matchups, showcasing the most talented up-and-coming fighters in the Northwest and is sure to be talked about for years to come. When Mike Gavronski steps in the ring, fans know not to blink. Gavronski has been a staple at recent Battle at the Boat events, first appearing at the EQC back in 2010. Since then, the talented Tacoma native has fought all over the country, including bouts in California, Oregon and Illinois just to name a few. His exciting style mixes elite footwork with heavy hands, creating a unique blend of speed and power that his opponents have learned to fear. Looking to extend his current win streak to three, Gavronski faces a tough test in Maurice Louishomme of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Louishomme has fought tough in his young boxing career, suffering his only setback against 2012 Ukrainian Olympian Ievgen Khytrov. Also featured will be undefeated sensation Jeremy McCleary (6-0) of Buckley. The talented 20 year old will look to keep his undefeated streak alive in a rematch against native Oregonian Corben Page. It will be McCleary's first contest of more than four rounds and with all of his professional victories going the distance, the three time local Golden Gloves champion has proven that cardio won't be an issue. Keeping with the theme of talented local fighters, Yakima's Marcelino Pineda (4-1, 4 K0s) will be featured on the card as well. Pineda, who has knocked out all four opponents he's defeated, will look to add another highlight reel knockout to his resume as he takes on skilled veteran Paul Mpendo. Rounding out the featured bouts of the night will be another name familiar to boxing fans, as Vancouver, Washington's Jason Davis makes his long awaited return to the Battle at the Boat stage, taking on Daryl Gardner in a 4-round super welterweight contest. "This really is a truly special show for us. Over 18 years ago we were going to do one show and that one show has developed into the premier boxing series on the west coast. Number 100 and we're going strong. I'm ready to start on the second hundred. I'm still young!" laughed promoter Brian Halquist. Since June of 1997, Battle at the Boat has been the premier showcase of boxing talent in the Pacific Northwest. The show has been featured on Showtime, HBO, ESPN, ESPN 2, Direct TV, Fox Sports and even garnered international exposure on Telemundo, Univision and Azteca. Battle at the Boat veterans have gone on to headline numerous events around the world, capturing world titles Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 8:00 am
TACOMA'S HOT TICKETS MARCH 26 - APRIL 5
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - THURSDAY, MARCH 26 - FASTPITCH Foss vs. Lincoln Sera Fields - 4 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 26 - BASEBALL Shelton vs. Wilson Wilson HS - 4 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 26 - HS SOCCER Boys - Wilson vs. Foss Mt. Tahoma Stadium - 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 26 - HS SOCCER Boys - South Kitsap vs. Stadium Stadium Bowl - 7:15 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 27 - FASTPITCH River Ridge vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma HS - 4 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 27 - FASTPITCH Clover Park vs. Foss Heidelberg - 4 pm. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - TRACK Wilson, Lincoln @ Viking Invit. Curtis HS - 10:30 a.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - TRACK Peyton Scoring Meet UPS Baker Stadium - 11 a.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - BASEBALL Whitman vs. UPS UPS - Doubleheader - 12 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - BASEBALL George Fox vs. PLU PLU - Doubleheader - 12 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - FASTPITCH Whitworth vs. UPS UPS - Doubleheader - 12 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - FASTPITCH Lewis & Clark vs. PLU PLU - Doubleheader - 12 p.m SATURDAY, MARCH 28 - BOXING Battle at the Boat 100 Emerald Queen Casino - 7 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 29 - BASEBALL Whitman vs. UPS UPS - 12 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 29 - BASEBALL George Fox vs. PLU PLU - 12 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 29 - FASTPITCH Whitworth vs. UPS UPS - Doubleheader - 12 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 29 - FASTPITCH Lewis & Clark vs. PLU PLU - Doubleheader - 12 p.m. MONDAY, MARCH 30 - BASEBALL Mt. Tahoma vs. Wilson Wilson HS - 3 p.m. MONDAY, MARCH 30 - FASTPITCH Capital vs. Wilson Wilson HS - 4 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 31 - BASEBALL North Thurston vs. Foss Foss HS - 4 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 31 - BASEBALL Central Kitsap vs. Lincoln Heidelberg Field - 4 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 31 - HS SOCCER Yelm vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine HS - 4 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 31 - HS SOCCER Wilson vs. Lincoln Lincoln Bowl - 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 - BASEBALL Federal Way vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma HS - 4 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 5 - TRACK 30th Shotwell Invitational UPS Baker Stadium - 10 a.m. Read more...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- 7:55 am
Our View: Trickledown of low voter turnout causes flood of troubles
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Tacomans love to gripe about things wrong with the nation, state and city. Voting to actually voice their gripes with action, however, doesn't follow the barrage of complaints. And that's a problem that needs to change. Registered voters in Tacoma only turn in about one in three, often one in four, ballots they receive. Voter turnout for presidential elections tops out at three out of four. Non-voters are handing over their political responsibility to their neighbors, the same ones who let their dog poop on their lawn and the ones who play loud music into the wee hours of the morning on Wednesdays. This is not a new problem, or even a problem unique to Tacoma or Washington or even the United States. A growing number of people are simply opting out of political discourse. The troubles caused by those disconnected trickles of non-voting raindrops create a cumulative flood of troubles. One such case can be found in the rising tide of citizen-generated initiatives that only require a percentage of the signatures of registered voters to find a place on a ballot. Initiatives in Tacoma, for example, need less than 3,000 signatures to seek a ballot to change city law. That might be good on its face, allowing regular people to gather their forces and change city law when the City Council fails to act the way they wished. Accountability is a good thing. Citizen involvement in politics is also a good thing. "Accountability" only to a small group of people with a particular mandate, however, is troubling. Ponder the fact that anyone can get a measure placed on a ballot by gathering a few thousand signatures and then rely on the trend of low voter turnout to make the idea into law with little effort. A group just has to gather about 3,000 signatures to gain a slot on the ballot and just about 30,000 voters to affect the lives of 200,000 residents. That leaves the political process up to the will of an extremely small minority, often focused on a particular issue or special interest that isn't particularly interested in debating the ramifications of whatever the ballot measure proposes since doing so would only lose voters. Not only are elections bought and sold; voter inaction is actually making it cheaper for it to happen. Special interest groups are getting their will at a bargain price. One interesting aspect of this apathy is that there are two main camps of habitual non-voters. One is made up of people who simply live in their own world and give little care to what happens outside of their social media feeds and the flashing box in their living rooms. But the second camp is made up of those folks who follow politics and issues of the day. They see inaction by their elected officials and simply follow that example. Neither group has the right to complain, yet they do as if inaction on their part will somehow correct the inaction of others. Read more...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 11:53 am
Crews battle duplex fire at North K
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -- 7:50 am
Search underway for missing Tacoma man
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Monday, March 23, 2015 -- 11:48 am
Tacoma Presents 8 Men's Talks, April 16 to Nov. 19
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Friday, March 20, 2015 -- 11:49 am
Tacoma to Recognize Women's History Month on March 28
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Friday, March 20, 2015 -- 8:15 am
Annual county roadside herbicide applications start March 30
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 -- 11:51 am
Discovering Dometop on Foot with March 28 walk
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