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FREE s Friday, January 10, 2014 Comedian CRAIG GASS ARTWORK FROM TACOMA STUDENTS A6 B4 comes back to his Northwest roots B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE WSDOT TOURISM AND TRAVEL Interstate 5, connected work set to start PHOTO BY WSDOT MEN AT WORK. WSDOT has a roster of I-5 projects in Pierce County that will mean slow downs soon but benefits when they are finished. By Steve Dunkelberger The construction â&#x20AC;&#x153;double Dutchâ&#x20AC;? that will stage several projects along Pierce Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strip of Interstate 5 heading into King County is set to start in a few months. The work will last years and span a series of projects to expand the roadway, replace bridges and streamline on-ramp designs. Costs for the work will top a half billion dollars and is already behind schedule. The first slate of work involves replacing the northbound I-5 bridge over the Puyallup River. The work is in a holding pattern since construction requires an agreement with the Puyallup Tribe, which is in negotiations out of concerns about impacts to salmon habitats and tribal lands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All we know is that the ball is in their court,â&#x20AC;? Washington State Department of Transportation Communications Manager Claudia Bingham Baker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in regular contact with them.â&#x20AC;? Once the agreement is reached, work can begin on the north bridge and will shift to the south bridge once the first span is completed. The roadway needs at least one bridge open at a time to allow I-5 traffic to flow through the area. The new bridges will be wider and straighter than the current spans and will enable the roadway to have commuter lanes that will be added as well. Crews will widen northbound and southbound I-5 to four general-purpose lanes and one additional High-Occupancy Vehicle lane from Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s M Street to Portland Avenue. To do this, WSDOT will replace the Pacific Avenue and McKinley Way bridges over I-5, and build a new northbound I-5 bridge over the I-705 interchange. Work on this X See WSDOT / page A4 Tacoma to host 2014 Go West Tourism Summit TACOMA CELEBRATES THE LEGACY OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. City honors Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream at three key events GRAPHIC COURTESY OF 2014 GO WEST SUMMIT By Derek Shuck Cheryl Brown Henderson Carlos MuÍ&#x;oz By Matt Nagle a youth component this year and perform under the direction of Tacoma City Council Member Victoria Woodards. There will also be performances by Bob Williams of Living Voices, who will take event attendees through the experiences of a student activist from Mississippi joining the struggle for civil rights; Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo; Pacific Lutheran Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s step team, Lute Nation; and Lincoln High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drumline. In addition to free holiday on-street parking and free parking at Freighthouse Square (2501 E. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; St.), which is easily accessible via Link light rail from the Convention Center stop located directly in front of the event venue, there will also be signage and personnel directing event attendees to designated complimentary parking stalls that will be made available on a firstcome, first-served basis at the following locations: ¡ Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway) ¡ Pacific Plaza Garage (1125 Commerce St.) ¡ Park Plaza North (923 Commerce St.) Additional information is available at O n Jan. 20, all across the country people will be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a time to look back on what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned from history and how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re keeping Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream alive as we enter 2014. Here in Tacoma there are several events scheduled that the public is invited to attend. YOUTH CONTINUING THE LEGACY Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration takes place on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway). Doors will open at 10 a.m. and the event will start at 11 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the MLK Food Drive benefitting the Allen AME Church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at the age of 35 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent, lifelong campaign for civil rights and social justice,â&#x20AC;? said committee chairwoman Roslyn Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature event this year, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youth Continuing the Legacy,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; seeks to build upon his legacy of hope.â&#x20AC;? At this event, Human Rights Champion Award recipients Mark Martinez, Tom McCarthy, Laurie Davenport and Stella Haioulani will be recognized for their public service. Eric Boles will be this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keynote speaker. Boles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a Tacoma resident and former National Football League player with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is president of The Gamechangers, Inc. a training and consulting company whose leadership, team and personal development processes are used by a number of globally recognized companies. The South Sound MLK Mass Choir will feature VISIT US ON FACEBOOK Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 94 2+&%8,%/5%28<  ; ; ; r + 3*07200. The 8th Annual MLK Unity Breakfast will be held on Jan. 20 to recognize and celebrate Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy and his historic civic leadership that inspired a nation to strive for equality. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that declared â&#x20AC;&#x153;separate but equalâ&#x20AC;? unconstitutional and began the integration of the public school system, forever changing the educational landscape in America. This gathering honors the message of Dr. King and the progress he continues to inspire. To recognize this important event in the civil rights X See MLK / page A4 Sports ........................A6 Make A Scene ........B5 A&E ....................... ....B1 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages %+/'6'/4 2+&%8+)*4+)*4312'3'/4    MLK JR. UNITY BREAKFAST Pierce County will look to expand its tour and travel department on Feb. 24-27 when the city hosts the 2014 Go West Summit. The Go West Summit is an international tourism convention where tour operators and suppliers representing various attractions from across the world can connect with one another and develop relationships in which buyers find attractions they are interested in, and may end up promoting the attraction in the future. The four-day conference, scheduled for Feb. 24-27, will bring more than 150 international and domestic tour operators and 200 tourism suppliers from the western United States, plus media and U.S. Embassy delegates. Five experiential tours during the Go West Summit called Adventure Day tours will highlight key attractions in Pierce County. According to a Go West Summit survey, more than $14.5 million worth of contracts were signed on the show floor during this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference in Fort Worth, Texas and the conference is expected to bring more than 6.2 million visitors to the area over 18 months. Along with making connections, the conference allows buyers to experience Pierce County through several activities throughout the weekend, potentially making local connections which would strengthen Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its a double-whammy because it brings people here for the conference, but obviously the benefit to us is getting these tour and travel operators to build us into their itineraries in the X See TOURISM / page A4 $%*+2 9$%/: %*''.  63 9$: $ &&+4+0/%-0543('%452+/) $9$:   9":#   !

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