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All-City All-City GIRLS GIRLS Basketball Basketball Team Team A7 FREE s Friday, March 28, 2014 WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MAN A5 GRAY SKY BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE CHARTER REVIEW MOVES FORWARD WITH CHANGE OF MAYORAL DUTIES By Steve Dunkelberger The committee tasked with reviewing Tacoma’s City Charter is moving forward with a planned recommendation to the city council that would change the way the city operates. The change would strengthen the role of the mayor from a largely ceremonial role to one that directly appoints the city’s department heads. The Charter Review’s subcommittee concerning the form of government approved a plan to recommend to the full Charter Review effort a change that would largely mirror the City of Spokane’s charter. The subcommittee will now draft a model for discussion by the full committee, which will then forward recommendations to the city council. The city council would then decide if this, or any, recommendations are placed on a public ballot. Subcommittee chairman Ken Miller and members Bill Baarsma, Justin Leighton, Gary Brackett, Justin Van Dyk and Jim Merritt voted to support the change. Member WHAT’S RIGHT ųWITH TACOMA Mabel Edmonds opposed the draft. The subcommittee hopes to have a working draft of the proposed changes to present at its first public hearing April 9. “This is historic,” Baarsma said. “This is a big change.” Cities with more than 100,000 residents generally have a municipal structure that has the mayor playing a strong leadership and oversight role of city activities by proposing budgets and overseeing department chiefs, for example. In Tacoma, those duties are X See CHARTER / page A11 PHOTOS BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER TOXINS. A University of Washington Tacoma study raises concerns about the levels of arsenic and lead found in South Sound lakes. Tacoma’s Snake Lake is among the 26 bodies of water researchers tested. SAFETY OF LAKE FISH IN QUESTION UWT RESEARCHERS TESTED 26 LAKES By Steve Dunkelberger A study by University of Washington Tacoma researchers tested the waters of 26 lakes around the South Sound and concluded that the bodies of water contain high levels of arsenic and lead. Those toxins could raise questions about the safety of the fish consumed from those waters, although future research is needed. The toxins are linked to the metal smelting operations at American Smelting and Refining Co., or Asarco, in Ruston, which has also been linked to soil contamination in a 1,000-squaremile area reaching as far north as Seattle and south to Olympia. Asarco operated for almost 100 years before it ceased operations in 1989. Testing and clean up of soil has been underway ever since. But that effort hasn’t reached the area’s lakes, which are popular with sports fishing. “With 83 percent of the lakes in the deposition zone having surface sediments exceeding published ‘probable effects concentrations’ for arsenic and lead, this study provides evidence for possible ongoing environmental health concerns,” the study reported. Lakes in urbanized areas are particularly of concern since the lakes are stocked with sports fish by Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as used for recreational activities that put people in contact with contaminated water. These lakes are also considered more concerning since they are largely shallow, so the heavy “The research is still ongoing and it is certainly on our radar.” – Hannah Aoyagi, Ph.D Tacoma Smelter Plume Project Planner metal toxins are found pretty evenly through the water column rather than simply settling to the lake-bed sediment. While the most contaminated lakes are found in North Pierce County and South King County because that pattern follows the common wind direction inland from Commencement Bay, Tacoma’s Snake Lake and Wapato Lake tested about standard toxin levels. Wapatop, for example, contained 19.8 milligrams of arsenic per kilogram of sediment. “Basically, when the wind blew toward Seattle, they would let it fly,” said Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering at UWT’s Environmental Science and Studies James E. Gawel, Ph.D., noting that Asarco had a policy in the 1970s that shut down smelter operations only when the wind blew from the north and directed the toxins toward Tacoma. Even with that policy, much of Tacoma and the surrounding cities were contaminated by arsenic and lead, which were used in the smelting process. The Department of Ecology has an on-going program to monitor or remove the toxic soil in residential yards, schoolyards, camps and parks where there might be direct contact with contaminated dirt. The program started in 2009, when the State of Washington received a settlement from Asarco for $94 million to pay for cleanup of the Tacoma Smelter Plume. That settlement however, does not include the testing and cleanup of lake sediment at this point. “The research is still ongoing and it is certainly on our radar,” Tacoma Smelter Plume Project Planner Hannah Aoyagi, Ph.D. The arsenic standard for freshwater sediments is 14 milligrams per kilogram of sediment, but that standard was set in 2013 and doesn’t take into account fish or human health risk. Those risks are calculated on a site-bysite basis and have yet to be determined for the lakes. What is also unknown at this point is the level of heavy metal contamination the fish in the lakes contain and what levels could be passed to people eating the fish caught from the lakes. “That is kind of the really big picture,” Gawel said. More information about the study can be found at pubmed/24317160. HERB GODDESS HOROSCOPE Tacoma 2.0 A3 Softball Preview A7 ARIES (March 21 – April 19) Your priorities may be in question as you feel pulled in several directions. Problems could surface at work and in your home life. Take time to get feedback to figure your solutions or they may elude you. Sunday’s New Moon may help you find answers. Time to make a fresh start. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Distractions may keep you from sticking to your to-do list. Prioritize to maximize your accomplishments. Conversations with trusted friends may open new connections. New career possibilities may come from social meetings. Sunday’s New Moon may bring clarity. GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) All kinds of connections may happen while networking this week. Sharing your ideas in casual conversation could bring visionary ideas and spontaneous opportunities. Research your options to make the best decisions. The New Moon on Sunday gives you a boost. CANCER (June 21 – July 22) If you feel like you’re going in too many directions, take a break to get your focus. Avoid distractions that may hold up progress. Pursuing a teaching or learning opportunity may help give you satisfaction. Learn to balance your efforts. LEO (July 23 – August 22) You may be inspired to take a step in a new direction. Your options may pave the way for exciting new experiences or encounters. Your selfconfidence is high this week after the New Moon on Sunday. Step outside your comfort zone. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) Are you on the verge of taking a financial risk with shared assets? Use your practical common sense to think things through. Sunday’s New Moon may bring clarity to recent money matters. Get things off on the right foot. WASHINGTON’S MOST WANTED: Serial robber may be hiding in Tacoma. PAGE A3 Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) Romance is in the air this week. Many opportunities are coming for you this week as well. Be easygoing and light hearted. Sunday’s New Moon in Aries may bring a turnaround in an important relationship. Remember to keep up your wellness routine. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) You may feel like you want to be alone or limit your choice of the company you keep this week. There is someone who may charm you into letting your guard down. Trust your instincts and go with the flow. Try to focus on a regular routine for greater progress. WORD SEARCH N S K T J A Z Z B O N E S Z D E C G T V A I Z E U N E V A H T X I S C A U M N O S L I W M U I D A T S H T B A E N V L G E B D Q S S K H A E M E N T O Y Y O R L T Y S M M R O D R S O R J M R U R O N E W D T F I J J T O O K O I E X V N S M E T L S K C O J P C X A Y J D G E R H P A P D T F K A J R G I A I W R E O R F E C L T T R K B R M P C E C N E X Y A G I A X K J G H E H V I P V J N E O B C C Q S U C L I I T Y R D Y P Y N E T O U O R O W E Y N S K R P K A A Y J M J A H E W Q A C B E D D W Z R N W A M T Q L O P P J L D G Y W S U P N C O R SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) Family communications may not go well this week. Choose your words carefully so others fully understand what you are trying to convey. Distractions may cause interruptions so keep plans flexible. A romantic adventure may be on the agenda. Set boundaries with yourself and others. Business or personal relationships may get complicated this week. Make important decisions that you have been avoiding. Keep communication lines open. Sunday’s New Moon brings an upbeat energy. AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) This week’s gift to you is the opportunity to catch up and feel more grounded. Listen to what others suggest and draw your conclusions privately. Confrontations may get you needed answers. Study the terms and conditions in detail before making risky decisions. PISCES (February 19 – March 20) Implementing radical solutions may balance an unsettled situation. Romantic relationships are favored this week. Have fun and give into the experience. The New Moon in Aries gives you a chance to arrange steps for greater security. Finances may reach a critical phase of discontent. ANAGRAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY T A C O M A D O M E L L M A S P E Horoscope, word search and more B6 The Lucky Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer: Sea Turtle and Mountain Edition By Kathleen Merryman The turtles are my buddies. I admired the green sea turtles, the honu, who graze around the edges of Kauai, long before I got cancer. Ancient and new, they don’t much mind sharing a wave with us at Brennecke Beach. Grazing on seaweed in the rocks at Spouting Horn, they have no clue that we come to watch them – that every time we spot them, we yip with pleasure and point. None of that matters to them. They just keep on surviving the bumps in the ocean. That’s why I was so happy to run into them the day I began chemotherapy. The honu co-star in one of the assortment of waiting room videos in the Milgard Cancer Center in Multicare Medical Center’s Philip Pavilion. Digitized, those turtles and schools of reef fish work most days to pull an assortment of mainlanders into the kind of happy place where we’re willing to launch repeated assaults on our own bodies. Welcome to The Lucky Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer, Sea Turtle and Mountain Edition. The sea turtles don’t do it alone. They can’t because, cool as they are, they don’t appeal to every spirit. They’re just one element in the wallpaper of memory and optimism built around the hospital’s cancer war. Some days, instead of turtles we get gardens, and some days we get the desert. We never know precisely where they are. Both ways, we get lessons in resilience and endurance. Fresh from short, dark days, azaleas, trillium and dogwood bounce back, dewy and new somewhere in the Northwest. Steadfast after millennia of carving winds, rock formations stand like families, together, enduring, changing, redefining. They reach into the spot that resonates with their image, and we grab hold. And that’s just the video wallpaper in the place. Every photograph on the walls is of a spot we might have been smart and active enough to visit in our Northwest. Every image invites us to come back again, as soon as we are well and ready. “Get through this,” the stones in a stream say. “Get back here, so we can be beautiful together,” calls a patch of rain forest. From the check-in desk to the chemo suites, everyone who works in the joint joins the chorus. They are the better angels into which oldfashioned medicine has evolved. True, they’re big fans of the advances science has made with drugs, radiation and operations. All that magical technology can keep us from barfing, these days. It’s so much better, Merrilee and Maiken, Chris and Lisa say, than it was even nine years ago, even four years ago. These days, at lunchtime, Roland X See CANCER / page A5 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Sports ........................A7 Make A Scene ........B5 A&E ....................... ....B1 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 22 Pages

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