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FREE s Friday, July 26, 2013 NURSE CAMP Terrified A13 A10 in Tacoma B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE ų WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA ų Lincoln LAWGS are Tacoma’s newest welcome figures By Kathleen Merryman S PHOTO BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN CLAIMING THE WALL. With the paint on their new mural dry, the artists stood for a portrait. From left, they are Devin Quiton. LeRoy Schmidt, Darren Pen and Sally and Chuck Budack. ally and Chuck Budack claimed victory last week in the turf war they’ve been fighting with gang taggers for five years. They did it with paint, a coat of gangbusters sealant, volunteers, permits, $1,900 of their own money and their vaca- tion time. Their new mural celebrates the power of the Lincoln District, and their resolve to fight blighters. It stretches along the curve of State Route 7 as it rises from Interstate 5 to 38th Street and it features a greengrass, blue-sky picture of a diverse and united neighborhood. The Budacks consider it their 25th anniversary gift. Sally put the last dabs X See LAWGS / page A12 PLAY BALL? Visions of a Fife sports complex resurface By Steve Dunkelberger Two years after the City of Fife sold a site that was being targeted as a location for a multi-million dollar soccer complex, the city is looking at funding a study to see if developing a sports complex would bring athletic tourists to the city. Fife City Council recently approved the submission of a grant request for $37,500 from the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to fund a detailed study of the issue after a preliminary report found such a complex would draw sports crowds. The application for more money to pay for a consultant to study a topic the city had just abandoned was not lost on council member Pat Hulcey, who saw the request for more money as spending good money after bad. “We have been down this road,” he said. The city had been pondering a sports complex for a 54-acre site along on 20th Avenue East only to sell the site for $12 million in 2011 because the economic downturn mothballed plans and the city found itself in need of cash. The original plans envisioned a sports complex that would host regional soccer tournaments and flood visitors into local hotels. A study at the time concluded the facility would have been a regional draw. The land, however, was sold to the Washington State Department of Transportation for open space. Proceeds from the sale beefed up the city’s bottom line, but about $8 million was put into the city’s Miscellaneous Capital Projects Fund, which could be used for funding a future sports facility. And much like the last consultant’s report on the concept, a preliminary study has PHOTOS BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER NATURE. Family, friends and coworkers gathered to walk on a beach that was once an environmental disaster. ST. PAUL WATERWAY MARKS ENVIRONMENTAL MILESTONE By Steve Dunkelberger N ew Tacomans don’t remember when the Tacoma Aroma was more than a Seattledriven catchphrase to diss its smaller sibling. Tacoma stunk. Industries on the waterfront were filling the sky with rotten-eggsmelling chemicals like hydrogen sulfide. Commencement Bay was once considered one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country. It is now a national model of restoration of urban waterways. The journey from being a Superfund site to the envy of other restoration efforts is 25 years old this month. Simpson Tacoma Kraft Co. marked that transformation with tours of the St. Paul “What we see today is a healthy habitat that stemmed from hard work and cooperation among the company and community partners with a steadfast commitment to restoring our urban bays.” – Dave McEntee, Simpson Tacoma Kraft Co. Waterway beach for workers, their families, environmentalists and officials up and down the ranks who led the restoration and Superfund cleanup project. The cardboard and lumber maker sits at ground zero of the cleanup. “When we purchased the pulp and paper X See COMPLEX / page A9 Royal baby A7 2013 PROCTOR ARTS FESTIVAL: With more than 150 vendors committed, there’s a lot going on a this year’s Proctor Arts Fest. PAGE B3 John Stearns A13 City Briefs ................A2 Pothole Pig ...............A3 Dreamfest 13 B4 mill in 1985, the shoreline had been polluted for more than 60 years,” said Dave McEntee, vice president, Operations Services. “But we had a vision not only for Simpson, but to restore the bay’s natural habitat and prevent future pollution.” X See CLEANUP / page A12 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Sports .....................A13 Make A Scene ........ B5 A&E ....................... ..B1 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 24 Pages

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