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Thursday, July 24, 2014 -- 11:10 am
Milton searches for a new police chief
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Milton's hunt for a new police chief is coming to a close, as two candidates were invited back for final interviews on July 22. The previous day, final candidates Tony Hernandez and Scott Eastman, as well as third place finisher Kevin Rice, went through a grueling day of panels, public receptions and interviews. The final decision should be made within the next couple of weeks. Hernandez has spent his law enforcement career in Jefferson County. After 20 years in the service he has worked his way up to the position of what he describes as a 'lead from the front' type of sheriff, taking the time to interact with citizens and making sure he is always in uniform. "I always tell my guys, 'I'm not asking you to do anything I wouldn't do myself,"' Hernandez said. The idea of leading in the front has led to some everyday complications that Hernandez is happy to deal with. "Buying a cup of coffee takes 45 minutes because I turn around and there's a line of people waiting to talk to me about the community," Hernandez said. Hernandez says his strength is in getting the community involved he currently has 20 officers and 100 volunteers, truly making policing a group effort. Eastman is a sergeant from the Lacey area with 23 years of police experience. As police chief, Eastman would like to get the Milton community involved by having advisory meetings, bringing community leaders together to discuss how the department is doing and how they can help one another. Eastman would also have plans to get the department accredited by the Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, holding the officers to certain standards held all across Washington State. "The accreditation increases the public trust and opinion while maintaining a benchmark for the department," Eastman said. Hernandez and Eastman were up against some stiff competition; third place finisher Rice is an ex-secret service agent who was responsible for the protection of both the President and Vice President on multiple occasions. Whatever the decision, Milton Mayor Debra Perry made it clear that the public's voice was vital to the decision making process. "We have such a wide variety of views in Milton, we have to consider [the candidates] from [the citizens] point of view," Perry said at the public reception on July 21. Read more...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 -- 10:42 am
Defense seizes the day for nationally ranked Kings
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Two football teams with loads of post-season aspirations ran headlong into each other July 12 at Chief Leschi Stadium, and the game remained in doubt for most of the contest. The Puyallup Nation Kings scratched and clawed their way through their toughest match-up of the season thus far and pulled out a 14-0 victory over a determined Puget Sound Outlaws club. As the end of the regular season looms, teams in the Western Washington Football Alliance are jockeying to score the best seed in the playoffs, and while the Outlaws are nearly a lock to make the post-season, they were trying to sew up a berth against the league-leading Kings. The Kings entered the game (and remain) ranked fifth in the American Football News Today rankings and had strung together six straight blowout victories. It was a gut-check game for them and as usual, the Kings' defense came through for them when their offense found their hands full with a stout and athletic Outlaw defense. Known as "The General" to his teammates and possibly the largest and most imposing linebacker in the Puget Sound, Nick Noga broke a scoreless tie in the waning seconds of the third quarter, when teammate Vikah Lefeau punched the ball out of the hands of the Outlaws' Naaman Springs, and Noga snatched the ball up for a 53-yard return for a touchdown. The 6-3, 285 pounder bolted untouched down the sideline for his third defensive touchdown of the season for the Kings. Four minutes into the fourth quarter cornerback Treisaun McCurry grabbed his second interception of the game, leaping high into the air on a deep pass attempt from Outlaw quarterback Justice Waite and coming down with the ball at the Kings' 25-yard line. Holding onto a 6-0 lead, quarterback Justin Southern directed the Kings on a four-minute, 75-yard scoring drive which was capped by a 17-yard pass to Nico Curran in the end zone. The acrobatic catch was not without drama as it was an incredibly close play next to the sideline and it took the referees several moments to determine what call they were going to make. Following the touchdown, Southern fired a quick pass to running back Donald McKee, who just got over the goal line for a 14-0 Kings lead with 6:56 remaining in the ballgame. With the shift in momentum, the Puyallup defense ramped-up their pressure on Waite and limited him to just one completion the rest of the game. It should be noted that Waite was playing quarterback in just his third game and had Kings defenders chasing him all around the field. Despite being sacked eight times in the contest, Waite's scrambling probably saved another 10. Noga ultimately sent Waite limping to the sidelines with sack number eight and with little time left in the game, the Outlaws faced fourth down and 26 yards to go. Springs came in to take over at quarterback and his long pass down field missed his target and the Kings victory was sealed. Puyallup's defense held Puget Sound to 25 yards on 18 rushing attempts and kept Waite off-balance a Read more...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 -- 10:18 am
Be Well: Chef Anna Cooks offers gourmet meals without all the work
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - We've all watched the Food Network and wished we could whip up meals like the pros, except without all the hard work, time and angry yelling. Luckily, residents in and around the Tacoma area can get just that with the services of Chef Anna Cooks. Chef Anna Cooks is a service run by Anna Wagner, a personal chef who will make meals for clients on a weekly or monthly basis. "I really like feeling like I'm helping people out; it makes me feel good contributing positively to their lives," Wagner said. Services include a week's worth of dinner meals for a family of three for $150, and a family of four for $175 (bigger families can contact Wagner for a price quote). Wagner also kicks it up a notch by offering a week's worth of gourmet meals, $250 a week for two adults and $300 a week for four adults. Other options include three-, four-, five- and six-course dinner party events with pricing ranging from $85 per person to $125 per person. Wagner uses her own pots and pans and buys the groceries that will be needed to cook your meal. She uses her client's kitchen and leaves everything in reusable containers with reheating instructions so all that clients have to do is come back and heat up some food to enjoy a fully prepared meal. "Overall the service is generally healthier. You also know exactly who made your food," Wagner said. "It saves time for people that have families, who may be really busy and having a hard time fitting in grocery shopping and food preparation for the family. This is something they can count on to be healthy, tasty and ready for them right away." Customers fill out an extensive food questionnaire, ensuring that the meals provided are exactly what the customer wants, accounting for allergies and dietary restrictions. "Everything I cook is going to be exactly what [the customer] wants," Wagner said. Wagner examines the questionnaire and presents a menu for the meal a few days prior to job, ensuring the customer is getting exactly what they want while still accounting for a wide variety of choice. "I feel like I'm opening doors to more adventurous eating for some of my clients," Wagner said. In 2008, Wagner decided she was sick of her desk job and entered culinary school. She discovered the restaurant business wasn't for her so she transferred to Culinary Business Academy, where she perfected her personal chef skills, completing the course in 2011. Now, Wagner is looking to spread the wealth of knowledge. She's in the preliminary stages of setting up online cooking classes for newbies. "I've done a lot of research on other personal chefs' price services. I'm below anyone else in the area that offers the same services. I feel like it's a really good quality; they get a lot of value out of the service," Wagner said. For a free consultation or to set up an appointment with Chef Anna Cooks, visit http://www.chefannacooks.com or call (253) 448-6555. Read more...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 -- 9:58 am
Collaborate or perish, co-operate and flourish
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - In 2008 with the change in County charter, the position of sheriff became an elected off ice in Pierce County. I am convinced that there is real wisdom in having the people elect the sheriff to represent the peoples' interests in terms of safety and security and to protect rights. But that advantage of independence needs to be tempered with a willingness to work with others for the common good: a willingness to collaborate with the public and with other organizations. While I am independent, I know that I need to collaborate and cooperate with other people and other agencies to get things accomplished. Collaboration and cooperation are essential to move the public's business forward and to improve community safety. When things don't get done in the public sector, it is often due to an unwillingness to work together. Too often, people in positions of responsibility would rather posture than solve problems. They would rather make noise than make progress. This is not unique to one group or ideology. We see this on the national level and the results are not good. "Collaborate or Perish" is the title of a book recently written by William Bratton, the commissioner of NYPD under Mayor Rudy Guilianni and the new commissioner under Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Bratton's book describes how, in law enforcement and other government services, cooperation and collaboration are essential to moving things forward. Just consider some of our greatest public safety accomplishments here in Pierce County and the role that collaboration has played. The Sheriff 's Department's collaboration with the public and the legislature and other agencies resulted in this County overcoming the terrible "methademic" of the late '90's and early 2000's. Our success in this area is regarded as a national model. The Child Advocacy Center at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital is built on a foundation of collaboration and cooperation between law enforcement, doctors, nurses, social workers, and MultiCare. This, too, is regarded as a national model. Today, there is substantially less gang violence in Pierce County than in King County because of collaboration and communication and cooperation between agencies. Finally, the recent funding initiative to establish a new 911 and emergency radio system is a major example of cooperation between local and county government and between law enforcement and fire/emergency medical services. We are well on our way to completing a system which is highly integrated, more effective and safer for the public and first responders. I believe that we should work to further improve cooperation and collaboration in order to enhance public safety and achieve greater efficiencies. This is especially true as we emerge from the recession. Law enforcement (and for that matter government in general) needs to look for ways to combine resources and to de-silo and to reduce duplication. We can't be as efficient and effective as we need to be if we stay in our own c Read more...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 1:05 pm
Lots to do in Puyallup
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Check out these events and more at http://www.cityofpuyallup.org. Discover Puyallup's History! Visit the History Room Saturday, July 26 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Puyallup Public Library - 324 S. Meridian The Puyallup Public Library is offering a program that opens the library's History Room archive to the public on a monthly basis. The archive will be open for public exploration and research. Volunteers will be available as guides to the photograph collection, past city directories, Puyallup High School yearbooks and a wide range of other materials that have historical significance to the community. Materials available date back to the early 1900s. Reading with a Doggie Friend Saturday, July 26 3-4 p.m. Puyallup Public Library - 324 S. Meridian Clover the Dalmatian loves to listen to a good book, maybe even more than chasing moles in her backyard! This trained therapy dog visits the library on a regular basis and provides kids with a no-pressure situation to practice their reading skills. Plus, who doesn't love curling up with a good book and a sweet dog that loves to listen? And don't worry if you make a mistake or say a word wrong - this dog is just happy to see you. Noon Tunes Tuesday, July 29 12 p.m. Pioneer Park - 325 S. Meridian Join us at Pioneer Park for our Noon Tunes concert featuring Buck & Elizabeth performing Animated Music! Hope to see you all there!  Family Series Wednesday, July 30 12 p.m. Bradley Lake Park - 531 31st Ave. SE Join us a Bradley Lake Park for our Family Series Concerts! At noon we have Greg Bennick with a Globe Trotting Juggling Show. Then at 6:30 p.m. we have Twisted Dixie performing young country.  Minecraft @ the Library (for teens!) Wednesday, July 30 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Puyallup Public Library - 324 S. Meridian Play Minecraft with friends and meet other players! Try our PVP maps or just do some free play. This event is open to Minecraft beginners and experts alike. You may bring your own laptop/tablet to play, or use one of the library's laptops. In addition to playing Minecraft, you can also create something with our Minecraft-themed crafts. That's a lot of "craft!" Space for this program is limited and registration is required - sign up at the Reference Desk or by phone at (253) 841-5454. This event is offered as part of the Teen Summer Reading Program (ages 12-19) and is sponsored by the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library. Concerts in the Park Thursday, July 31 6:30 p.m. Pioneer Park - 325 S. Meridian This week's concert series features the New Blues Brothers performing classic R&B songs. Hope to see you there! Read more...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 11:29 am
Fife Community Calendar
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- 11:26 am
2015-16 Lodging Tax Request for Proposals
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - The City of Fife is soliciting applications for lodging tax revenues in 2015. Organizations wishing to apply must use the application on our website (http://www.cityoffife.org) or may request one by calling (253) 896-8606. All proposals must meet the LTAC Guidelines as created by the Fife Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). The LTAC may also review funding requests for 2016, although no guarantee of funding can be given. The LTAC is especially interested in receiving applications for a City-wide rebranding effort. Each organization receiving funding will be required to submit appropriate documentation to receive reimbursement of any approved lodging tax funds. Also, each organization is required to submit two progress reports to the city, one due in June and the other in November. Proposals are due no later than the close of business, 5 p.m., on Thursday, August 15, 2014. Contact Laurel McQuade (lmcquade@cityoffife.org) with any questions regarding the application process. Read more...
Saturday, July 19, 2014 -- 12:22 pm
Bothell-based Riverside East nationally recognized
Bothell Reporter - Bothell-based Riverside East , together with seven other Village Concepts communities throughout Washington state, was nationally recognized by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents ... (more) Read more...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- 10:38 am
Guest Editorial: Have you gotten a 55 percent raise?
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - It never ends! East Pierce Fire District, never satisfied with the money it gets, wants another Maintenance and Operations levy entitled Proposition-1. In the upcoming August Primary Election, the District is asking taxpayers to replace the existing soon-to-expire two- year levy with a four-year levy. And, not only that, they want a 55% increase in the levy amount to boot! The existing levy has cost taxpayers $3.1 million per year, but Proposition-1 will cost East Pierce taxpayers $4.8 million per year; a 55% increase. Are you guaranteed a 55% increase in pay for the next four years? They say they are not making as much money as they used to and costs are rising. Welcome to the club! The recession has forced us all to make drastic cuts while our expenses have increased. They say they have made pay cuts, leading one to believe that base-rates of pay have been reduced. But, in reality, future contractual pay increases have simply been deferred. Our District is not the wealthiest, nor the busiest, yet our District's Fire Chiefs and Firefighters are among the highest paid in the USA. They say the extra money means that they can hire more Firefighters. Read the ballot measure! The only thing that the District is promising to do is to collect 19.2 million extra dollars, and spend it on anything that qualifies as Maintenance and Operations. They have some very big and very expensive plans for the future. Bailing them out with even more money per year for a longer period of time is not going to force the reforms necessary to build a long-term sustainable service that we can afford. Defeat this levy. There is nothing to feel guilty about. The Commissioners, the Management, and the Union have to hear Us - the Taxpayer - loud and clear! "We are not going to be paralyzed by fear. We are not a bottomless pit of money! Today's economic challenges demand new ways of providing service through innovative thinking and slashing costs in order to prepare for the big expenses to come." Be Brave! - Vote No! Submitted by the Be Brave - Vote No! Committee on East Pierce Fire District Proposition 1: Jacquelyn Whalen (Milton), Rose Hill (Edgewood) and Richard Willner (Bonney Lake). Read more...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- 10:29 am
Political Signs in Fife: FAQ
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Does Fife allow signs in public rights of ways or only on private property? The City of Fife currently does not allow signs within the right-of-way except signs required by a governmental authority (see FMC 16.03.120 and 16.09.030). Only private property (see 16.03.110 "each private lot"). What are the maximum size of signs, and does this increase or decrease in regards to residential zones and non-residential zones? In reference to political campaign signs the size is not regulated. The definition of a political sign (see 16.02.360) does not include a size allowance, as well as 16.03.110, but the code does state that political signs shall be limited to one sign per candidate per street frontage for each private lot. Political signs are not allowed on vacant lots without permission from the property owner (see 16.03.120). Other signs, like freestanding or wall signs, size is regulated by zone and lot or business size. How soon after an election does a political sign need to be removed? Political signs shall be removed within seven days after the election, except that a candidate who wins a primary election may continue to display political signs until seven days after the general election (see 16.03.110). Additional sign information: Permits are not required for political signs and if they are located within the rights-of-way they can be removed without notice (16.09.030). A general rule of thumb for right-of-way is typically the back side of the sidewalk, or behind a utility pole. Many times the road extends much further than the pavement, to utility boxes, power poles or stormwater drains are all usually considered within the ownership of the public and within the right-of-way. Reading the "Prohibited Signs" section of our code is helpful (16.09.020). Our sign code (Title 16) can be found at http://www.codepublishing.com/wa/fife/. Read more...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- 12:38 pm
Fife Community Activity Calendar
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- 8:51 am
Sumner - Come shop, dine and explore our city!
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Dixie's Home Cookin' in Sumner is known and loved for three things: 1.) Healthy, home-style food using the freshest ingredients, 2.) The cozy atmosphere, and 3.) The customer-oriented owners and staff. This magic combination makes Dixie's a favorite for diners of all ages who come back over and over again to indulge in the restaurant's big serving portions of mouth-watering home cooking you just can't find anywhere else. Case in point: Dixie's hamburgers are worthy of an award considering their taste and quality. With meat patties supplied by celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda and his third-generation meat wholesale company Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, Dixie's hamburgers are a delicious mixture of prime rib chuck and beef short-rib that makes a difference you can taste. "We sell over 6,000 hamburgers a year," says Dave Jacobs, who owns and operates Dixie's Home Cookin' with wife Christine. Dave says the restaurant is equally well known for its impressive breakfast menu and serving it all day. "We're a big breakfast house. You can come in at 7 a.m. and get a burger or 7 p.m. and get breakfast." Biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak, omelettes and scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, hobo hash...all of this and more are offered during all business hours. Not in the mood for breakfast? Order a sandwich or wrap - from classics like the BLT ("Dave's BLT" comes with eight pieces of bacon), club, Reuben, Monte Cristo and meatloaf sandwiches, to Dixie's turkey salad, beer battered fish sandwich and pot roast dip. Or, if you're looking for a home cooked meal like mom used to make, check out the selection of dinner platters that come with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable and homemade buttermilk biscuit - choose from breaded pork loin, top sirloin steak, sliced turkey breast or roast beef, and more. And don't forget to leave room for dessert! Dixie's has built a fine reputation for having the best rhubarb pie that even discriminating food reviewers have sung its praises. Dave and Christine always take part in Sumner's annual Rhubarb Days - happening July 12 and 13 - and lines form early with customers hungry for pie. Dixie's supports all the festivals in Sumner and enjoys a nice rapport with the city and the people who live there. "We make everything from scratch," Dave says, "and we do something different - an oatmeal crumb topping and a lot of people like that." In addition to rhubarb pie, Dixie's serves strawberry rhubarb, peach, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry pies and more, and are always willing to make special requests. No matter what you decide to eat at Dixie's, you'll get a lot of it, as the restaurant's serving portions are legendary in size. Smaller portions are available for kids on a big menu of selections for the little ones, and adults too can ask for a bit less on their plate if they so desire. To-go orders are welcome, or sit and stay awhile in the restaurant's inviting atmosphere where the staff smiles and says hi when you wa Read more...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- 8:48 am
Police Blotter
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Edgewood Police Department Edgewood officers were able to locate and arrest a suspect in a previous car prowl and forgery. The suspect admitted to the forgery and was charged by the prosecutor's office. In the early morning hours of July 5, a speeding vehicle entered Edgewood on Meridian doing 70 mph. The driver saw a patrol car attempting to turn around in order to give chase, so he attempted to hide by pulling into a local business. The vehicle was going too fast and struck a tree, bench and a light pole that was incased in cement. The two occupants were both 16 years of age, and they had been drinking. The driver was processed for DUI, and the passenger was arrested for being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol. An Edgewood officer responded to a local pharmacy for a reported prescription fraud. When the officer arrived, he found the suspect still in the pharmacy and detained him. After arresting the suspect for the forgery, he checked his name for any other cases that the suspect may be listed in. The officer found a case where the suspect was listed as cashing forged checks. He then interviewed the suspect on that case and subsequently arrested him on additional counts of Forgery and Identity Theft. Milton Police Department The City of Milton is assisting the Fife Police Department with a case involving a suspect seen on a YouTube video stealing a laptop and other items from a vehicle between in the early morning hours of July 3. The vehicle was parked near the Emerald Queen Casino on Pacific Highway. The video can be found at: http://youtu.be/9gxjsEDJZLU . Anyone with information about the identity and/or location of the suspect should contact the Fife Police Department at 253-922-6633 and mention case #14-2374. The City of Milton received 19 applications for the police chief position. These applications will be screened to determine the finalists who will be contacted for interviews. Citizens, key community leaders and the City Council can meet and interview the candidates to assist the mayor in selecting the next Chief at a meeting on July 21. A Milton Police Officer responded to assist City of Fife officers regarding a vehicle prowl in progress call along the 2200 block of 70th Avenue.  Several subjects had been seen and reported breaking into vehicles. The officer confronted two subjects matching the descriptions near a bus stop on 70th Avenue and detained them. Further investigation revealed one of the subjects had a valid warrant out of Seattle for Theft. The witness to the vehicle prowl positively identified the detained subjects. They were both arrested for the vehicle prowl and theft. A Milton police officer contacted a subject for not using the crosswalk near the intersection of 28th Avenue and Milton Way. The female subject failed to use a crosswalk and walked along the curb near the main intersection for the distance of about 50 feet. When the officer contacted the subject, she tried to walk away. After being repeatedly Read more...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- 8:46 am
Sheriff looking for missing sex offender
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Why do they let these guys out of prison? That's the most common question I get when it comes to convicted sex offenders, especially child rapists. I wish I had a good answer. I don't, so I focus on trying to put them back in jail when they violate the terms of their probation. Take Tuan Anh Tran for example. He's a convicted child rapist who assaulted a boy more than a 100 times starting when the kid was 11. He didn't stop until the child was old enough to fight back. Tran was 24 when the abuse started. Makes me sick. Why do they let these guys out? Tran disappeared in November of 2012. Detectives went to see him during a routine check but were told he'd moved out two weeks earlier. He is wanted now by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for failing to register as a Level II sex offender. If you spot him, please call the Crime Stoppers hotline 1-800-222-tips. I can't answer succinctly why these child sex predators are ever let out of prison, but with your help I can sure try to get them locked up again.  Read more...
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 -- 5:53 pm
Candidates for Pierce County District Court judgeship tout experience
The News Tribune - Experience: Pierce County judge pro-tem since 1996; judge pro-tem for municipal courts in Fife, Puyallup and Ruston; arbitrator and mediator. Read more...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 -- 5:07 pm
'Can you hear me now?' Copper wire thieves target cell tower
KOMO News - MILTON, Wash. -- Thieves stripped a north Pierce County cell phone tower and the surrounding area of hundreds of feet of copper wire, police said Tuesday, yanking the wire from an overgrown plot of land, the supporting structure, and the tower itself. Read more...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 -- 10:03 am
Be Well: Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - The dangers of sleep apnea and heavy snoring are often overlooked and left untreated. A dentist who understands the treatment options for sleep apnea educates patients on the serious health risks that accompany obstructive sleep apnea. Patients with apnea may awaken from five to more than 10 times per hour and not be aware of waking, but suffer the effects. Sleep apnea is the cessation of airflow lasting more than 10 seconds, and the majority of sleep apnea sufferers experience several episodes per night. While it may not seem like a pressing danger because the apneic eventually awakens slightly to take the necessary breath, the lack of oxygen to the body, even for a short period of time, can have lasting health effects. When the airway collapses due to negative pressure from the expansion of the lungs, the body experiences a significant drop in oxygen saturation, from 95 percent to as low as 50 percent. This oxygen starvation can cause countless health problems, most notably an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Growth hormones are secreted during sleep, particularly in the first episode of delta sleep. As sleep is interrupted, these secretions may change and negatively affect many systems. Studies are currently being done on the effects of apnea on the hypothalamus and pituitary systems. We've heard thousands of times how important a good night's rest is to our whole body function and overall health. During sleep apnea events, patients are forced to come out of nourishing REM sleep in order to regain breath. This intermittent interruption throughout the night carries over to the next day, seriously affecting the body's ability to function. Alertness and concentration are easily broken, and patients may experience fatigue and poor productivity as a result of excessive daytime sleepiness. Health Risks of Sleep Apnea: Hypertension Heart attack Stroke Depression Muscle pain Fibromyalgia Cardiac arrhythmia Inefficient metabolism Loss of short term memory Weight gain Gastric reflux High blood pressure Diabetes Severe anxiety Memory and concentration impairment Intellectual deterioration Mood swings/temperamental behavior Insomnia Impotence There is good news for sleep apnea sufferers, however. With proper sleep apnea treatment, you can beat the negative health effects of sleep apnea. Following successful treatment, patients are alert, active, have a higher metabolism, more energy & system functions can completely return to normal. If you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact Hopkins & Shin Dental in Milton (2748 Milton Way) for a full evaluation right away, (253) 927-5501. Also visit http://www.milton-dental.com. CPAP is the most common medical treatment for apnea. If you cannot tolerate or dislike the mask type treatment, be sure to talk with us about an option you may have using a custom designed appliance to be worn during sleep. Read more...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 -- 9:33 am
Graduation season brings thoughts of Teekah Lewis
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Teekah Lewis should be graduating from high school right now. Her family should be celebrating the milestone with her and preparing for her 18th birthday on July 4. Instead, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has created a new age progression photo of what she might look like now. Lewis disappeared from a Tacoma bowling alley in 1999. She was just two years old. "Actually, this year, especially this month, is very upsetting to me because I'm hearing about all these graduation parties, these kids graduating, and my daughter should be walking down that aisle this year, but she's not," said Lewis' mom Theresa this week. She contacts me every year to make sure I haven't forgotten about her daughter, to make sure that again this year, I will try to help bring her home. I haven't and I will. Theresa has never given up hope that her little girl is alive and will return. She knows her daughter's kidnappers are out there and has a message for them: "Let our family start over, you know. Let her come home to her mom and her sisters and her aunts and uncle and her grandma, you know. We want her home, and that's all we've been trying for the past 15 years is get Teekah out there and say, 'Look, it's time for her to come home. These people just need to let her go. You don't have to be caught. Just let her go. Walk away.'" If you have any information about Lewis' kidnapping or think you know a girl who looks like the one in the age progression photo, call Tacoma Police or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. Read more...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 -- 3:51 pm
Tacoma gears up for 34th annual Freedom Fair
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Is there really anything more American than planes, fireworks and hotdogs? The 34th annual Freedom Fair and Air Show on July 4 at Ruston Way looks to once again entertain huge crowds while celebrating American heritage. "It is a decades-old tradition for thousands of people to stroll along the Ruston Way Waterfront on Independence Day," said Gary Grape, who has been an organizer of the event for almost 14 years. "They enjoy stopping at the restaurants, food and beverage booths, arts an d crafts vendors, car show, pole vault event, kids' fun zone, commercial exhibits, and seven live entertainment areas that complement the air show and fireworks." The festival will transform Ruston Way into a sea of festivities on America's most patriotic day, with over two miles of Tacoma waterfront. Ruston Way will be virtually unrecognizable, filled with vendors and entertainment including the annual tradition of The Tacoma Freedom Fair Beach Vault, featuring top Northwest pole-vaulters defying gravity. Other events include the annual car show featuring everything from hot rods to muscle cars, as well as a BMX bike show sponsored by Monster Energy. All of this will be set to a backdrop of live Tacoma bands playing at seven different stages. The air show will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. while the fireworks will begin at 10:10 with the grand finale at 10:30. For more information on the Freedom Fair and Air Show, visit http://www.freedomfair.com. Read more...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 -- 8:27 am
Back to Beale Street competition a Freedom Fair highlight
http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Ruston Way is sure to be the loudest place in Tacoma on the Fourth of July, from the chest-rattling roar of stunt planes to the thunderous cacophony of the 10 p.m. fireworks show. Adding to that joyful noise is a small army of bands performing in six different areas, perhaps none more buzz-worthy than the Dukes Chowder House Blues Stage. That stage will be headlined by the final round of the South Sound Blues Association's Back to Beale Street Blues Competition. In its ninth year, the SSBA's battle of the bands awards its winners with all-expense-paid trips to the International Blues Challenge - essentially, the Super Bowl of American blues, which will next take place in January on Memphis' historic Beale Street. "It's definitely a big springboard," SSBA President Gary Grape said. "When you're back there, you're in front of judges that are music buyers, that are radio people, that are record label owners. You've got a whole cross-section. And when you win this thing you're given an opportunity of a lifetime." Last year's winners were Tacoma blues and soul favorite, the Randy Oxford Band, and dynamic boogie-woogie keyboard player Arthur Migliazza. This year, Grape was excited to see a lot of fresh faces, including four teen bands affiliated with Puget Sound Music for Youth Association. "It was exciting to see these kids that didn't know a whole lot about blues," Grape said, "studied it, looked at the history of it, listened to it - wrote their own charts, maybe did some covers their way, and really put on a fine, 25-minute set. I was really proud of all the kids." The youngest band to survive preliminary rounds is Emily Randolph & Oaklawn, its namesake an alumnus of NBC-TV's "The Voice." The 16-year-old Tacoma singer-songwriter was a member of Blake Shelton's team on season five, and her debut EP, "Here We Go Again," can be found on iTunes. Randolph & Oaklawn will warm up with an appearance at Point Defiance Park during Taste of Taste of Tacoma, with their set scheduled for 1 p.m. June 27 on the Bowl Stage. The band is scheduled to go on at 6 p.m. during the Back to Beale Street finals. Competitors also include CD Woodbury Band (3:30 p.m.), a group that the Washington Blues Association dubbed "best new band" in 2010; Seattle's Brian Lee and the Orbiters (4:45 p.m.) playing songs from their newest album, "In Orbit;" Ayron Jones and The Way (7:15 p.m.) whose 2013 debut album, "Dream," was produced by Seattle rap legend Sir Mix-A-Lot. Capping things off at 8:30 p.m. is King Kom Beaux, a veteran trio that features Doug Kerney on guitar, Billy Barner on drums and Joe Hendershot on bass. The winner will be announced at 9:30 p.m., before the fireworks. Find a full schedule of bands performing at Freedom Fair online at http://www.freedomfair.com/music.php. Read more...

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