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he first thing 22-year-old Nicholas Loftin noticed was a mysterious sound of crackling coming from outside his window right as he was about to go to bed on July 2. He then saw flames. “The whole back of the house was on fire,” he said. He ran to the living room to wake his father Edward Loftin and escape with only the clothes they were wearing. Edward had just fallen asleep on the couch after spending the day cleaning, sharpening and repairing tools that would only become lumps of charred metal and melted plastic by dawn the following day – all were tools Edward used at his property maintenance business. “I did a lot of handyman stuff,” Edward said. “There wasn’t much I didn’t do.” Everything was gone. The two-floor house along the 1900 block of South Yakima Avenue had other tenants at a ground-level unit. All escaped injury. The house and their belongings were destroyed as well. Tacoma Fire Department investigators determined fireworks caused the damage.

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Edward and Nicholas Loftin had lived in their apartment for a decade. That all changed when an illegal firework destroyed everything they owned on July 2.

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The WestRock pulp and paper mill located in the Tacoma Tideflats has permits in the works to upgrade its chip-screening system that will allow for higher production volumes through a cleaner process than its current equipment. The cleaner equipment, however, could ultimately create more pollution with the increased production. The new equipment will replace existing, less efficient equipment and include finer screens to filter out smaller

wood dust and chips while adding about 90 tons of daily chip production to the facility’s capacity. This bump in operational capacity will cause an overall increase in WestRock’s emissions of dust and air pollution in the form of formaldehyde and chloroform, albeit below state thresholds and air quality standards. The state’s Department of Ecology has already greenlighted the project with a determination of non-significance for its air quality permit, meaning that the department doesn’t think the upgrades will pose significant negative u See MILL / page 9



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This week, Carter the Crater Gator found another impressive road divot to stretch out in. To be honest, we’ve had a difficult time with this critter. He can’t get over the fact that he’ll always be second-fiddle when compared to Percival, and frankly, he’s been getting a little snarky. While we’ve let him know that his replacement could waddle through the front door of the Tacoma Weekly office at any moment, the toothy sourpuss has countered with his own threat of “pulling a Percival” and disappearing. With this in mind, we are still in the process of trying out new pothole seeking varmints. If you’ve got any ideas, please send them to jgimse@

Tacoma Police are investigating after an 8-year-old girl says two men stole her puppy right out of her hands on Monday. Don Howard says his daugh- David Rose ter and her younger sister were playing in their yard near 352nd Street in Northeast Tacoma around 5 p.m. when two men drove past the home in a newer pearl white Toyota with tinted windows and then made a U-turn. “A tall, slim, light skinned man with his hair in a bun walked up to the kids, as the driver slowly pulled the car closer. The light skinned man asked to pet the puppy. When the girls told the man no, he

Drive-by thieves pulled this 8-year-old’s puppy Roxy right out of her hands. snatched the puppy from my 8-yearold’s hands and jumped into the car,” said Howard in a Facebook post. He described the male suspect who took the puppy as Pacific Islander and the getaway driver as black. “My daughters are terrified to even be at our home. I want to get justice for my kids and put these

men behind bars,” said Howard. Tacoma Police confirm that they took a report about a theft of a dog and are following up. “We have no leads at this time,” said Officer Loretta Cool. Roxy is a pit bull puppy with a white chest and white paws. She has a distinctive small bald circle on the top of her head. “My family is devastated and my daughters are traumatized that two grown men did this to them,” said Howard. He says the Toyota the suspects were driving could be a Celica. Officers are asking for any information to help locate the puppy and identify the suspects. Please call 911 if you see Roxy. If you wish to remain anonymous, submit a tip to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County by using the P3 Tips App on your phone or by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477). 

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BULLETIN BOARD COUNTYWIDE BURN BAN CURRENTLY UNDERWAY Due to dry weather, both now and in forecasts, Pierce County’s fire marshal, in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association, has declared a countywide burn ban effective Thursday, July 12 at 8 a.m., until further notice.  The burn ban applies to all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning. The ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues are allowed under the ban. Recreational fires must: • be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds and not be used as debris disposal; • grow no larger than three feet in diameter; • be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches; • be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire, such as hand tools and a charged garden hose or not less than two five-gallon buckets of water; and • no burning when winds exceed five miles per hour. The ban applies only to residents in unincorporated Pierce County. For residents of incorporated Pierce County cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements. If you have an approved burn permit from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and/or your property falls under the jurisdiction of DNR, you are advised to call 1 (800) 323-BURN for more information. For current information, please call the Pierce County Burn Ban hotline at (253) 798-7278.  WOODARDS GIVES STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION The following is a statement from Mayor Victoria Woodards regarding immigration: “There is great concern across the country and here in Tacoma on the separation of immigrant families, and I share that concern. It’s because of this that I am proud to have joined with mayors from coast to coast, from cities large and small, mayors who are both Democrats and Republicans, to ask the president and Congress to act swiftly to reunite divided families and provide local and state leaders with full access to information regarding children separated from their parents so that we can help make sure these children get the services they need. I want to make it clear that Tacoma remains a Welcoming City that is committed to providing immigrant and refugee communities with equitable access to City services. To aid in this effort, this year we appointed members to the City’s first Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. This Commission was created to better engage with these community members and to work with local organizations to identify and advance positive outcomes for our neighbors who are immigrants and refugees. Last Saturday, members of our community organized multiple events to raise their voices and declare that “Families Belong Together,” and many continue to speak out. I want to thank those that have been using their time and their voices to elevate this important issue, and I urge you to continue this work. Tacoma’s strength and vibrancy depends on the wellbeing and contributions of all members of our community. While it will take all of our efforts to keep attention on this area of shared concern, I vow that I will continue to fight for the health, safety, and success of immigrants and refugees.” Read “An Open Letter to the President of the United States and the Congress from the Nation’s Mayors Calling for the Immediate Reunification of Immigrant Children with their Families” at OVERNIGHT CLOSURES PLANNED FOR SOUTH TACOMA WAY Contractor crews building  direct connect HOV lanes  ( between State Route 16 and Interstate 5 will close a section of South Tacoma Way during overnight hours so crews can remove the temporary formwork from the new overpass.  Both directions of South Tacoma Way will be closed each night near the SR 16 overpass starting Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20 during the following times: 

• 9 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday • 9 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday • 9 p.m. Wednesday to 4 a.m. Thursday • 9 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday • 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday During the closures drivers who use South Tacoma Way will be detoured to Center Street via South Wilkeson and South Pine streets. Local access will be maintained on South Tacoma Way between South Pine Street and South Sprague Avenue. Additional lane and ramp closures associated with the Tacoma/Pierce County HOV construction can be found online at PORT OF TACOMA ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT GROUNDBREAKING The City of Fife will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Port of Tacoma Road Interchange Project, Phase One at the Fabulich Center (3600 Port of Tacoma Rd.) at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. Speakers will include Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Hans Zeiger, Representative Jake Fey, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Port Commissioner Don Meyer, representatives from the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, Transportation Improvement Board, Fife Mayor Kim Roscoe and Councilmember Pat Hulcey. The groundbreaking of this project is the culmination of decades of design, wetland mitigation, funding requests and collaboration, said Roscoe. “This project is a key step forward in solving our transportation issues in this region, and sets the stage for the future of Fife.” The Port of Tacoma Road Interchange Project marks an investment of $42.5 million and the collaborative effort between federal, state (FHWA, WSDOT, FMSIB, TIB), tribal and local governments. Mayor Roscoe says the scope, scale and government-to-government collaboration demonstrates the need for this project to be completed. “This interchange serves as a critical access point into and out of the Port of Tacoma, acting as a conduit for state and international trade,” she said. This project will provide road, intersection and interchange improvements by reconfiguring the existing interchange to a split diamond with one-way couplet. The Port of Tacoma Road and its existing bridge over I-5 will be converted to one-way southbound traffic while the parallel 34th Avenue East and its new bridge over I-5 (Phase Two) will be made one-way northbound.  At the completion of the project, access to the Port of Tacoma, safety and the operation of I-5 mainline will be improved. The design work for Phase 2 has begun and funding is currently being sought. LIBRARY HOSTS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS Tacoma Public Library is hosting conversations with people from our community. Each one is a chance for us to better understand people’s aspirations for our community, the concerns you have and what you believe might make a difference in strengthening the community. We’ll take what we learn from these conversations and use it to help make our work in the community more effective. We can’t promise the conversation will lead to a new program or policy. We pledge to get back to you with what we learned and let you know how we’ll use what we heard. Come and be involved in your community’s conversation at one of these dates/times/locations (more to be scheduled throughout the summer and fall): 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19 at Dixon Village, 5420 S. Stevens St.; 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24 at Fawcett Apartments, 3201 S. Fawcett Ave.;
6-7:30 p.m., Monday, July 30 at Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 Portland Ave. E.; 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1 at E. B. Wilson Apartments, 1202 S. M St;.
6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23 at Bergerson, 5303 S. Orchard St.;
6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Salishan, 1724 E. 44th St.;
6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 at North K, 911 N. K St.;
6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at Bay Terrace, 2550 S. G St.;
10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 27 at Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St. Heavy appetizers will be served at each event. Thank you to our community partners Associated Ministries, Bates Technical College, Tacoma Housing Authority, Metro Parks, and Tacoma Community College for providing meeting space throughout this project. SEE MORE BULLETIN BOARD ITEMS ON PAGE 9

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Tacoma Beer and Justice Harmon Tap Room, 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma Join the Campaign for Equal Justice for the Tacoma Beer and Justice event supporting civil legal aid for low-income families. The Campaign for Equal Justice supports Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, TACOMAPROBONO, and TeamChild in Pierce Co. each year. Featured speaker is Hon. Helen Whitener of the Pierce County Superior Court. Prior to her appointment, Judge Whitener served on the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and as a protem judge in Pierce County District Court and City of Tacoma Municipal Court. Born and raised in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Judge Whitener is the first immigrant-born judge of her court, the second black woman on her bench, and the first openly black LGBT judge in Washington. RSVP to There is no cost to attend and there will be a chance to donate at the event. All proceeds benefit legal aid and the Campaign for Equal Justice.  INFO: SUNDAY, JULY 22, 11 A.M.

Summer Garden Party at Guadalupe House Guadalupe House, 1417 S. G St., Tacoma Guadalupe House is doing a midsummer fundraiser garden party to raise money for new windows on Guadalupe House. Storytellers and poets will share their gift of words and inspiration. Come visit the urban gardens at the height of their beauty. Guadalupe House will have live local musical artists, storytellers and food, including Tacoma's best BBQ and a fancy hot dog bar. Come see the what's new in the garden (meditation garden, greenhouse, native foods garden, etc.) and see what Guadalupe House is up to in the community. The cover charge is only $10 per person (kids 15 or under are free).  INFO: WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 6:30 P.M.

Candidate Forum Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1115 S. 56th St., Tacoma Join Indivisible Tacoma as we host candidates from two crucial races on the ballot: Mary Robnett and Stephen Gonzalez. Justice Gonzalez is running for reelection to Washington State’s Supreme Court. He is the first person with a Latino surname elected to this office, and he encountered significant racially motivated opposition in his last election. Robnett is running for Pierce County prosecutor. She is currently an assistant attorney general and previously served for 18 years as a prosecutor in the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office. Robnett wants to bring a non-partisan, professional demeanor to the office and restore the community’s trust after years of turmoil and scandal, and more than $1 million of wasted taxpayer money. Each candidate will share their ideas and take questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public.  INFO:

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Puyallup Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) held its first annual “Investing in Your Future” hands-on career fair May 18. Occupying the Tribe’s riverboat and its surrounding parking lots, the fair included heavy equipment experiences outside for workers looking for this type of career, while inside the riverboat were vendors representing light construction companies and more. Organized by TERO staff members Ricki Williams and Justin Satiacum, with the help of Penny Fryberg and Tanya Coats, the fair was open to all interested workers both Native and non-Native alike. This first time out of the gate for the fair turned out quite successful. It was all put together in about two months, and the outcome was just what the TERO staff was hoping for. “This year we just wanted to get it going and we’re very happy with how it turned out,” Justin said. “We reached out to different contractors and companies and 40 were able to participate. A lot of companies had previous commitments but are interested in next year.” As Satiacum explained, the point of the fair was to help people into a career versus just a job. “We focus on getting people lined up with a career and doing something that they really enjoy and are going to stick with,” he said. “If you can do what you enjoy for a living, it will change your life. Plus with the added benefits and everything that comes along with a career, you can’t go wrong.” Among the exhibitors was Nisqually Construction Services, which works with tribes around the state including the Puyallup Tribe – for example, putting in gravel roads at the new Culture Center (dairy farm) for the Canoe Journey where overnight camping will be, and working as a sub-contractor on the new casino project with prime contractor Absher-Kitchell, among other projects. Nisqually Construction Services project manager and estimator Chris Hansen was at the fair representing this majority tribal-owned company. He spoke of the choice medical and retirement benefits and income offered to folks in the trades.


A highlight of the career fair was that Chief Leschi students attended. Here, they work with Red Hawk Fire Protection on learning how to correctly assemble a fire sprinkler system. “As of November last year, I can take early retirement. I have enough money to go sit on a beach in Mexico,” said the 58-year-old. And the best news is that companies are in heavy need of workers, especially during summer with construction projects getting underway. “The trades are crying for people,” he said, noting that Nisqually Construction Services has an apprenticeship program for equipment operators, including Operating Engineers School. Red Hawk Fire Protection was another fair vendor. Lisa Radloff, with human resources, said that Red Hawk Fire Protection currently has a lot of work opportunities. “We’re real busy – and we need workers,” she said, very happy that a Puyallup Tribal member had come by that day and signed up ready to work the following Monday. Radloff (a former employee of the Puyallup Tribe) and her Red Hawk Fire Protection partner Ricky Campbell, a field rep instructor and union rep with UA Local 699, were pleased that a group of Chief Leschi seniors attended the fair. The youth were given hands-on instruction on putting together commercial and

residential sprinkler equipment and learning different parts of the overall system. “It was fun and they really enjoyed it,” Radloff said. RG Construction, with its 100 percent TERO workforce, was there with an excavator for interested fair attendees to try out and made it known that the company offers onthe-job training and apprenticeships. RG Construction is involved with many tribal projects that include a property development for Marine View Ventures and the Tribe’s North Shore Golf Course. Laborers 252 set up an obstacle course for navigating a filled wheelbarrow around orange traffic cones, while other vendors at the fair invited people to run jackhammers, go up in lifts, operate a backhoe and much more. And with companies offering training and apprenticeship opportunities, new hires can earn while they learn. Chris Winters, a business representative with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (AFLCIO), said the fair was a brilliant idea to bring down that barrier of fear for people who are just getting out of high school or for those more elder u See TERO / page 10

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians invites the public to come and witness this historic event. Celebrate with singing, dancing, stories and sharing food for the Tribal Journeys of 2018 to the Puyallup Territory of the Medicine Creek Nation. Approximately 15,000 people representing coastal tribes from all over the Pacific Northwest are expected to participate. Canoes start landing on Saturday, July 28 at the former Ole & Charlie’s Marina, 4224 Marine View Dr., Tacoma, WA 98422 For more information, visit


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On the move – Puget Sound’s warehouse, logistics and transportation industry is booming portation and logistics field is expanding as companies create more distribution centers in places like Centralia and DuPont. “Warehouses are opening in the Puget Sound area as fast as they can,” says Imbruglio. “We’ve struggled to find adequate staffing during our seasonal peak and all the trucking companies we work with are experiencing massive driver shortages.” Wages are also on the rise, particularly in the warehouse sector. According to Imbruglio, there’s been a double-digit increase in pay during the last decade. Those who want to enter the field have a range of options. Tacoma Community College offers an Associate of Applied sciences degree in business with a focus on global logistics. The two-year program provides training in customer service, marketing and man-

BY HEIDI SMITH Jason Imbruglio’s career at Tacoma candy giant Brown & Haley started in 2009 as a temp job that quickly turned into something else. Because he demonstrated a willingness to learn and take on more responsi- Heidi Smith bility, he moved quickly through the shipping and receiving department to managing the warehouse and eventually earning his current role as distribution manager. “There’s a huge amount of upward mobility in this industry,” says Imbruglio. “Almost all companies now have logistics chains that need workers.” Regionally, the warehouse, trans-

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high school but are returning to school because they couldn’t get any further in the jobs they had without a degree.” Many military veterans also enroll in the program to learn how to transfer their previous logistics experience to the private sector. Once they graduate, TCC alumni are eligible for supervisory roles, although most companies will ask employees to spend at least some time packing boxes to understand how the business works. “We’re not teaching people so they can be on the warehouse floor,” says Cuadra. “Our students often start as supervisors and move up from there.” At Brown & Haley, one-third of the staff are graduates of Goodwill Industries warehouse and logistics training program, a 10-week course that includes a component which prepares students to move into supervisory positions within several years. The career path is free to the public thanks to Goodwill thrift store revenue and private sector donations. Since the program started in 2009, approximately 1,132 students have graduated, with roughly 900 of them placed in jobs with an average salary of $15 per hour. “We have a very good relationship with Goodwill,” says Imbruglio. “It’s a great way to find employees who have a good foundation and are going to do well.” Aside from safety and practical skills like forklift training, the program offers guidance in equally critical areas like work readiness and how to find a job. “We teach them about customer service and conduct mock interviews,” says Garuba Akinniyi Garuba Akinniyi, Distance Learning Programs coordinator for Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region. “Some of our industry partners come and interview students to give them an idea of what to expect.” Instructors come through a contract with Tacoma Community College and the course is broadcast live to a satellite classroom in Longview. “Those students go to class simultaneously with our students in Tacoma,” says Akinniyi. At the end of the course, they have the option of taking a national Microsoft exam on computer skills and a certified logistics exam. Nearly u See OPPORTUNITY / page 10

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Weird Politics in Pierce County BY GLEN MORGAN The candidate who bowed out of a write-in race against the Pierce County prosecutor in 2014 has thrown her hat into the ring a second time. Mary Robnett, who left the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office in 2012 to work for the attorney general in Seattle, has long been involved in backroom politics, but at 62 years old she is making her first run for office. She is trying to unseat 10-year incumbent Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, who has easily won two elections, in a very strange campaign, even for Pierce County. Robnett’s agenda appears to be personal. Grudges in the world of Pierce County politics are nothing new, but it is unusual and pretty weird when someone accused of sending a death threat to another person becomes a political donor to that same person. Campaign donations are clearly more welcome than death threats, but switching from one to the other is not common practice anywhere, even in Pierce County. FROM DEATH THREAT TO DONOR In 2010, Robnett accused deputy sheriff Glenda Nissen of sending her a death threat letter. She based the accusation on evidence she received from another detective in the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. The letter was received by Robnett the same week Nissen had sent a 3 a.m. e-mail to The News Tribune in Tacoma full of complaints about the Prosecutor’s Office. Nissen denied sending the death threat, but admitted sending the 3 a.m. e-mail. Time warp forward to 2018. Robnett, now a candidate, accepted a $2,000 campaign contribution, the legal maximum, from the very same alleged death-threat sender – Glenda Nissen. Nissen and her attorney also have a current lawsuit pending against Pierce County. Robnett also accepted a $2,000 contribution from Nissen’s attorney according to PDC reports. This attorney alone has filed more than a dozen lawsuits and other complaints against Pierce County in recent years, according to public records and news accounts. Robnett has also taken the maximum contribution from former detective Mike Ames, who has filed numerous complaints and lawsuits against the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Pierce County. Ames sued the county because the Prosecutor’s Office released “potential impeachment evidence” about him, as prosecutors are required to do under the law. He lost that lawsuit in 2014. He appealed his loss, but lost the appeal, too. Ames quit his job and filed another lawsuit against the county in 2016, claiming “unlawful termination,” among other allegations. Interestingly, Nissen and Ames are represented by

the same attorney who has also given the legal maximum amount to Robnett and even contributed beyond the maximum with an “independent expenditure.” If Robnett’s long shot campaign puts her in charge of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, there are obviously a number of people who feel they have something to gain. UNDER SCRUTINY AND DELETING RECORDS As campaign season heats up, Robnett’s politics and contributions are subject to increasing scrutiny. She claimed under oath that she wasn’t aware that Lindquist was campaigning for prosecutor in 2011, but she attended at least one of his fundraisers that year and a $50 donation was reported from her husband. She reportedly was also involved in numerous conversations with Lindquist’s campaign staff. According to e-mails provided to me by an anonymous source, Robnett used her government computer in the attorney general’s office in Seattle to send complaining and political e-mails to her former colleague’s work e-mail addresses. Complaints are not illegal, but on March 3, 2016, she told a deputy prosecutor in the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office to “delete your e-mail.” On March 7, she said, “I think if you delete (and then delete your delete) it will take some real effort to look if they still exist.” The intentional destruction of public records is illegal, and this is a particularly bizarre and reckless communication to send from a Washington State Attorney General e-mail address. It appears unlikely that the AG’s office would formally condone employees attempting to educate government workers about how to completely delete public records from future records requests. This author finds this activity particularly troubling. Robnett is currently under investigation by the Washington State Ethics Board for “use of public resources for political campaigns” while working at the AG’s office in Seattle. The investigation was initiated on June 18, 2018, and was filed by this author. CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FUND THEIR POLITICAL CHOICE Most of Robnett’s campaign contributions come from criminal defense attorneys, their friends and families. In addition to giving money, her donors and political allies have filed seven bar complaints against many of her former colleagues and former friends in the Prosecutor’s Office. Robnett was rumored to be involved in drafting the complaints, and the complaints were signed by a criminal defense attorney and two others who have also donated the legal maximum to her campaign, according to PDC reports. The complaints were more than 1,000 pages long

including attachments, which is impressive. Bar complaints are accusations against attorneys filed with the Washington State Bar Association, which is responsible for the licensing and discipline of attorneys. All seven of the bar complaints have been dismissed by the bar association. Ironically, Robnett reportedly often complained about the money Pierce County spent defeating these dismissed complaints and lawsuits, which are now being filed by her supporters. Robnett was also involved in an ethics complaint against a deputy prosecutor and her former boss. Her allegations were rejected by former Superior Court Judge Tom Felnagle, who investigated the claims for the Ethics Commission in 2016 and found no merit in the complaints. Voters might be a little concerned about a candidate for prosecutor who is willing to file false or frivolous charges against former co-workers, let alone other people. COURTING DRAMA AND KEEPING LOCAL POLITICS INTERESTING Robnett has a colorful history of involvement with political drama in the Pierce County courthouse. In 2007, former Deputy Prosecutor Barbara Corey sued Pierce County, alleging that former Prosecutor Gerry Horne defamed her, violated her civil rights, and unlawfully fired her. Robnett reportedly was involved in an internal political battle with Corey at the time and testified for Horne. Despite Robnett’s testimony, Corey won a jury verdict of $3 million. Pierce County also lost the appeal. The total bill to Pierce County taxpayers exceeded $4 million. The position of prosecutor is a partisan position, which requires running with a party affiliation, and Robnett filed as, “prefers non-partisan party.” Pierce County political insiders have reported that she tells Democrats she’s a “progressive” and Republicans she’s a “conservative.” The incumbent prosecutor is a Democrat, but he appears to represent himself consistently to all political audiences. As this campaign proceeds, we can probably expect more to be uncovered about Robnett’s strange political campaign, but local politics wouldn’t be any fun if they weren’t at least a little bit weird. Glen Morgan is currently executive director of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, and was grassroots director and property rights director at the Freedom Foundation from 2011 until January 2015. He enjoys creating videos documenting big government’s abuses of citizens – particularly on property rights issues. He is a frequent writer and speaker on property rights, the environmental movement, big government, and the importance of citizen activism.

Sen. Murray renews commitment as Alzheimer’s champion BY BOB WELLINGTON In Washington, we know the devastating impact Alzheimer’s disease has on our nation’s communities. Alzheimer’s is the country’s sixth-leading cause of death and the only leading cause that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. This public health crisis is deeply personal to me. I was diagnosed Bob Wellington with Alzheimer’s in 2010 and am currently living with mild neurocognitive disorder. I advocate for a cure and better care and support for the 110,000 Washingtonians who are living with Alzheimer’s and the 341,000 unpaid caregivers who provide

support to their loved ones. Thankfully, with the leadership of Senator Patty Murray, Congress is taking action to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. As ranking member of the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, Murray has been instrumental in securing historic funding increases for Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her committee in late June approved a $425 million increase for fiscal year 2019. In just the last four years, total funding has increased from $631 million to $1.9 billion – and if this most recent increase is signed into law, this number will reach $2.3 billion. Because of Murray’s leadership, together with other Congressional champions in both parties, scientists are making progress toward the first goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease – to effectively treat and prevent Alzheimer’s by 2025. This influx of funding is accelerating progress toward new discoveries and allowing for a wide variety of investment that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Across the country, researchers are advancing our understand-

ing of the disease, exploring biomarkers, discovering potential ways to reduce risk, and are working to move promising therapeutic candidates and diagnostic tools forward into clinical testing. Federal support has the power to change the trajectory of this disease and is critical in moving the cause forward. I stand with the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, and thousands of advocates in Washington state and across the country who continue to work closely with Congressional leaders like Murray to advocate for increased research funding and policies to improve the lives of everyone affected by Alzheimer’s. One day soon, we will have the first survivor of this disease.   Bob Wellington is a Tacoma resident and retired Air Force officer who served on the national Alzheimer’s Association Early Stage Advisory Group and is currently a member or the Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group that wrote the Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.

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As the Puyallup Tribe prepares to host a major cultural event, the city of Tacoma wants to provide funds and services as well as special recognition. Since 1989, the native people of the Pacific Northwest have held an annual Canoe Journey. Each year a different tribe hosts the canoe pullers and support crews from around the region. Upon their arrival, the visiting canoe families go through a protocol of asking permission to come ashore. This is followed by a week of singing, dancing and the exchange of gifts. The Puyallup Tribe will host the event this year, with the theme “Power Paddle to Puyallup: Honoring Our Medicine.” On July 28, more than 125 canoes will land at 4224 Marine View Dr. Between 12,000 and 15,000 people are expected to attend. The Council has a contingency fund from which it may disperse money on a discretionary basis. It has $500,000 for the 2017-18 budget cycle. A variety of events and projects have received funds ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Mayor Victoria Woodards has proposed using

$25,000 from this source to help the Tribe cover the costs of hosting Canoe Journey. The city would also provide in-kind services. The event aligns with one of the Council’s strategic priorities, to cultivate a vibrant cultural sector that fosters a creative, cohesive community. To recognize this important event, the city would like to present a proclamation to the Tribe during the July 17 Council meeting. With the Tribe’s permission, the city would fly the Puyallup Nation flag at Tacoma Municipal Building for the duration of the event. The flag would then be displayed on a permanent basis in the Council Chambers, if the Tribe agrees to this. Councilmember Anders Ibsen said this presents a “fantastic opportunity” to display the long relationship between the city and the Tribe, and to build better collaboration in the future. The mayor said the flag would fly in the small plaza adjacent to city hall. She said it most likely would be unfurled on July 27. She looks forward to having tribal members participate. “It will be a great day for the city of Tacoma,” she said.


A feature on the city’s website allows people to see where homeless encampments have been reported and what action the city has taken. Allyson Griffith with the city’s Neighborhood and Community Services gave a presentation on the topic to Tacoma City Council on July 10. For complaints of camps on private property, the city will work with the property owner to have the nuisance abated. Assistance can include no trespass orders and advice on altering the property to deter criminal activity. Some reported activity turns out not to be the result of the homeless. For example, Griffith said a report about a camper was checked out. No one was living in the camper, as it was just being used for storage. On public property, the city will send its homeless outreach team to the location. A variety of tactics can be used to keep trespassers out. She showed a photo of a bridge with a fence installed underneath it. Sometimes items belonging to homeless people are removed. These are taken to the stability

site for the homeless on Puyallup Avenue. Information related to 311 phone calls about encampments has been updated twice a week since the beginning of the year. Code compliance results and encampment cleanups are added to it as they occur. The city has three meetings planned for the public to learn more about this website feature. The first will be on July 16 from 11 a.m. to noon in room 16 of Tacoma Municipal Building North. The second will be on July 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the same location. The last will be July 25 from 6-7 p.m. at the Moore Library, 215 S. 56th St. Griffith said feedback from the public has been used to improve this website feature. Councilmember Lillian Hunter suggested using churches and Associated Ministries to spread the word about it. She noted that they often have outreach with the homeless. “Let us not forget the value that our faith-based community brings,” she remarked. The interactive mapping tool can be found at

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t Mill From page 1 environmental impacts. A public hearing on the permit and environmental review process, however, is set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Portland Avenue Community Center. The deadline for written comment is the following day, July 18. “We expect there will be an increase in pulp and paper production and some air pollutants,” according to Ecology documents regarding the project. “The pollutant increases will not exceed air quality standards.” The updated system will specifically add about 600


NEW GUIDELINES RELEASED FOR LANDMARKS NOMINATION PROCESS The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office is excited to announce a new guide to help property owners and historic preservation enthusiasts nominate a building to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. The “Nominating a Property to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places” guide provides step-by-step support for residents to understand the criteria that make properties eligible for nomination, where to access historical resources and archives, and the review process conducted by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Tacoma City Council. The guide is being released in preparation for a series of workshops, designed to help property owners research the history of their houses. In partnership with the Tacoma Public Library, these workshops will feature local professional historians and will take place this fall. More details will be released later this summer.  “With this new guide, we hope to make the nomination process even easier and see landmarks recognized in more Tacoma neighborhoods,” said Assistant Historic Preservation Officer Lauren Hoogkamer.  Currently, there are more than 170 individual landmarks and four historic districts on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. These places are recognized for their architectural, cultural, and historical

pounds of “suspended particulates,” 1,000 pounds of minute particles, 7,800 pounds of “volatile organic compounds” and 31,000 pounds of “toxic air pollutants” such as lead, nitrogen dioxide and ozone into the air each year, according to a summary of the project. “Of course, pollution is not great but there is industry here that people rely on and that industry has byproducts,” said Citizens for a Healthy Bay Policy and Technical Project Manager Erin Dilworth. “We can’t come down on WestRock because it hasn’t done anything wrong.” The non-profit watchdog of Commencement Bay, however, is working on its formal comment letter regarding the project that will call for tighter pollution standards overall. WestRock was formerly known as Simpson Tacoma

importance to Tacoma’s history. However, there are other places of significance throughout Tacoma that meet the eligibility criteria but are not yet listed on the register. The guide can be accessed from the Nominating a Landmark page  on the City’s site. To learn more about the nomination process, e-mail, or call Hoogkamer at (253) 591-5254. MUSLIM EXCHANGE STUDENT TO HELP BUILD UNDERSTANDING In August 2018, Ceren from Turkey will arrive in Tacoma to spend the next 10 months with a local family while she attends Lincoln High School. She is participating in the The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. Her dream is to become a goodwill ambassador with the UN, and Tacoma is the city where she will get to learn more about American culture and share her own. Each year, international high school students representing more than 60 nationalities come to the U.S. to experience American culture as part of CIEE’s USA High School program. Students live as typical American teenagers – attending a U.S. high school, living with an American host family, and participating in extracurricular activities and sports. During their stay, students also give back to their host communities through many volunteering and community service opportunities. Through its USA High School

Kraft before it was sold to RockTenn, which then merged with MeadWestvaco Corp in a $16 billion deal to form WestRock in 2015. The Tacoma location employs about 400 people. That payroll puts it as the county’s 54th highest employer between the food distribution company McLane Northwest and the Fife School District, according to the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County. The local operation is one of the few facilities the company has on the West Coast. Most of its 300 operations are located in the Southeast, Europe, Asia and South America. The company of 45,000 workers ranks second in its industry on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies, a listing it has gained since the company formed.

program, CIEE provides life-changing cultural exchanges that help students, families, and schools gain new perspectives and develop lifelong relationships that cross borders and cultures. These families are opening their heart and home and making a dream come true for these students. Can you do the same? Contact your CIEE local coordinator Denise Hendrick at deniseWA.CIEE@ or visit to learn more. Founded in 1947, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 60 study centers in 40 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. Visit
 BATES COLLEGE GETS 3-D MEASURING INSTRUMENT Students in the CNC machinist program will have new equipment on which to learn because of a generous grant from the Dart Foundation. The $45,000 grant, given to the Bates Technical College Foundation, will fund the purchase of a specialized measuring machine, the Computer Numerical Control Coordinate Measuring Machine

(CMM), which will allow the college to offer a career path in CNC coordinate measuring machine operation and programming in the near future. “Our local employer demand has long requested that we offer this career training as manufacturing becomes more refined and parts are made with more complexity,” said Assistant Vice President Brandon Rogers. “These instruments measure the surface of 3-D objects and are used during the inspection phase of the manufacturing process. CMM programmers interpret blueprints and program the machine to take accurate measurements,” explained Rogers. Because of its high cost, the coordinate measuring machine has been beyond the college’s reach for many years. “Technical education depends on keeping our learning spaces and tools current with industry standards as we prepare students for the workforce. This grant is an investment that will help ensure our students are well-trained for their future careers,” said Executive Director of Resource Development Erin Zeiger. The college’s CNC machinist program serves more than 50 students annually, and includes an integrated technical high school that enables students to enroll in a degree-granting program while simultaneously completing high school. The CNC machinist program also offers a bilingual Spanish-English CNC operator program to help serve the local Hispanic and Latino community. For more information, go to bates.ctc.

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From page 6 52 corporate partners work with Goodwill to provide placement opportunities for graduates. From an industry standpoint, programs like Goodwill’s provide some level of security when it comes to hiring. “We’re not taking a blind leap of faith,” says Imbruglia. “We talk with the instructors and ask them about students who are showing aptitude.” Sara Kennedy is one such student currently enrolled in the program. A former warehouse employee who has spent the last decade raising a family, Kennedy says the course has been instrumental in giving her the confidence to go back to work. “I’m so much better informed than I was the first time around,” she says. “I feel safer and more knowledgeable about the whole warehouse industry. It’s a great opportunity to get back into the workforce.” She particularly appreciated the focus on so-called “soft skills.” “The instructors are amazing,” she says.

• Tacoma Community College: associate of applied sciences degree in business with a focus on global logistics at areasofstudy/careertraining/business “They help with things like communicating effectively with others, knowing how to work with diversity and understanding how to network.” Employers like Brown & Haley benefit from that approach. “There’s more to it than just moving boxes or driving a forklift,” says Imbruglio. “Goodwill graduates have a good understanding of the skills they need and what they’re going to be responsible for.

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(Left) Edward Loftin was taking a nap on the couch in the living room when his son Nicholas awoke him after seeing flames outside the window of their Yakima Avenue residence. (Right) Loftin shows Ryan Waterman what used to be the kitchen of his residence that was destroyed by fire that was likely caused by fireworks. Waterman and Loftin were strangers before the fire but news of Loftin’s need for yard tools prompted Waterman to donate tools, and even swing by to drop them off.

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$20,000 goal, and a stream of donations from clients, friends and strangers like Ryan Waterman. He decided he needed to do something after learning of the blaze on social media. “I just had to help him out,” said Waterman, who donated a lawn mower, a weed eater, a fertilizer, two racks and a hedge trimmer from his collection of tools at Waterman Property Maintenance. “This is just stuff I had laying around.” Waterman’s donation of tools meant Edward was working the next day, operating from a motel room the Red Cross provided until they can find

more permanent housing. “A lot of people don’t have the strength to carry on from something like this, but all you can do is dust yourself off and walk on,” Edward said. “I believe that if you are good to people, it will come back to you. That’s what I teach my son.” The blaze was actually the second house fire caused by fireworks in as many days in a city where all fireworks are illegal. Fire officials continue to investigate both fires as well as tally the final cost of damages fireworks caused around the city during Independence Day celebrations.


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Tacoma's Gordon Beckham nabs a hot one at first base and shuffles the ball back to pitcher Mike Morin for the out. Beckham was called up to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, July 10, following yet another trip to the disabled list for Seattle's Felix Hernandez. In 57 games for the Rainiers, Beckham was batting .318 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 33 runs batted in.



hen we last caught up with the local boys of summer, the Tacoma Rainiers were sitting at 44-40 on the season and hot and heavy on the heels of the firstplace Fresno Grizzlies. Despite a successful 4-2 mark over the past week, the Rainiers still remain 4.5 games behind the Grizzlies entering the short Triple-A All-Star Game break. The landscape of the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern Division could change drastically by the end of Tacoma’s next four-game series. Fresno will be coming to town on Thursday, July 12, and when the series concludes four days later, the two top teams in the division could very well be neck and neck heading into the back-stretch of summer. However, if the Rainiers slip up, they could easily find themselves closer to 10 games out of the race. If Puget Sound baseball fans are excited about a Seattle Mariners club that is currently four games behind the Houston Astros, perhaps some of that home town mojo will pass through the gates as fans fill up Cheney Stadium for this important set of games.

Tacoma will enter their showdown with Fresno with a season’s best record of 48-42. This mark is rather impressive considering that the Rainiers sat four games under .500 at 29-33 just one month ago. That is a 10-game swing in the positive direction for the Rainiers, and if that doesn’t stoke the fires under the fan base, then they’re just not paying attention. Let’s take a look at the Rainiers’ run of six games leading up to the Triple-A All-Star Game break. Cheney Stadium was in a festive spirit on Tuesday, July 3, as the Rainiers wrapped up their five-game series with the Reno Aces in front of 7,083 fans. Tacoma had already taken three of the previous four games, and it was time to take care of business in front of such a fantastic crowd. While the annual fireworks show would cap the night, following the end of the game, the effort by the Rainiers was explosive. Tacoma would slap the Aces’ pitching staff around for 15 hits on the night, while racking up 11 runs in their 8.5 innings at the plate. Starting pitcher Christian Bergman scored his second-straight win by delivering six strong innings of work. Bergman (5-6) struck out four Aces, walked just a single batter and gave up just two earned runs on five hits. Right-fielder Cameron Perkins led the Tacoma hit parade, going three-

for-five on the night, including a three-run blast in the third inning. Shortstop Zach Vincej and center fielder Andrew Aplin also added a double each. The road wasn’t very welcoming to the Rainiers the following night as Tacoma fell to the Albuqueque Isotopes by a score of 8-2 in front of an incredible crowd of 15,652 at Isotopes Park. Despite knocking around 10 hits on the night, Tacoma was unable to make it happen when it counted. Starting pitcher Bryan Evans (11) was stung by a two-run home run in the fifth inning, as well as a solo blast in the seventh. The Tacoma bats didn’t help the situation, yielding zero extra-base hits. Albuquerque pitchers were on fire the following night, as Tacoma was blanked by a score of 2-0. The Rainiers were able to muster just three hits on the night, none of which were for extra bases. It was a tough loss, as Tacoma starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (2-2) put together a masterful performance, going the full eight innings, while giving up just two earned runs on eight hits. Tacoma would get back into the swing of things on Friday, July 6, hanging an 8-4 loss on Albuquerque. The Rainiers’ bats erupted for 14 hits, and a combination of six pitchers kept the Isotope batters at bay. u See RAINIERS / page 16


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The Sounders Women knocked off the TSS Rovers by a score of 6-1 on Saturday, July 7, at Sunset Stadium in Sumner. The victory gave the ladies in green and blue their third consecutive Northwest Division title in the 104-team Women's Premier Soccer League. The four best teams from the west will now converge on Starfire Stadium in Tukwila beginning on Saturday, July 14, with a spot in the WPSL Final Four going to the winners the following day.


There are several soccer teams in the Puget Sound that wear the rave green and sounder blue of the Seattle Sounders. Local fans are well aware of the rough year that the two big clubs have been going through. However, there some other teams representing the Sounders culture that are not only successful, but playing in top form. The Seattle Sounders Academy, the Sounders Women and the Sounders U23 clubs have all found success this season, and with any luck, they could be in position to bring home a trophy or two. In fact, the Sounders Academy has already reached the mountaintop in the United States Development Academy’s U16-17 national championship tournament at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, July 10. After giving up an early 1-0 lead to Atlanta United, the Sounders Academy squad fought tooth and nail to find an equalizer. A goal by Ray Serrano tied the game in the 40th minute, and then it was all Sounders for the remainder of the match. The boys from Puget Sound would shut down the Atlanta scoring machine and drop another four goals into the back of the net for a 5-1 victory. Things may be a little tough for the big club, but the future for the Sounders is looking very solid after seeing the youngsters hoist the national championship trophy. Closer to home, the Sounders Women have been doing what they do best. For the third-straight season, the Sounders Women have captured the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s Northwest Division championship. A 6-1 victory over the TSS Rovers on Saturday, July 7, at Sunset Stadium in

Sumner ran their record to 6-0-1 to end the regular season. The Sounders Women will host the WPSL West Region Final Four beginning on Saturday, July 14, at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. Game one will feature the Sounders Women hosting the Beach Futbol Club (6-1-0) from Torrance, Calif. at 12 p.m. The second semifinal will match the FC Tucson Women (5-2-1) against the Fresno FC Ladies (6-0-2). The winners of the semifinals will meet at Starfire on Sunday, July 15, at 1 p.m. With two wins, the Sounders Women would advance to the WPSL Final Four in Norman, Okla. The WPSL semifinals will take place on Friday, July 20, with the championship match set for Sunday, July 22. To get to the top of the heap in the WPSL is a formidable task, as the league is made up of 104 clubs spanning the United States and Puerto Rico. The playoffs have yet to begin in the Premier Development League, but don’t tell that to the Sounders U23. With two games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Sounders U23 hold their post-season hopes and dreams in their own hands. After taking a second-straight victory over the Portland Timbers U23 in a span of a week, the Sounders U23 would have to get past a feisty Victoria Highlanders club on Friday, July 6. Powered by a pair of goals from Santiago Patino, the Sounders U23 topped Victoria 3-1, avenging an early June loss up north. With their third win in a row, the Sounders U23 (5-4-3) look to be peaking, going into their road match against the TSS Rovers (4-4-1) on Wednesday, July 11. The regular season will wrap with a road match against the firstplace Calgary Foothills FC (8-1-2). Two victories would see the Puget boys paying a return visit to Calgary for a playoff

match, with the winners heading down the coast to battle it out in the PDL Western Conference Tournament. After winning the Major Soccer League championship in 2016, and finishing as the runners-up in 2017, the Seattle Sounders have struggled through the current season with a lackluster 4-9-4 record. Along with many other factors, the early loss of Jordan Morris for the season has had a big impact on the Sounders’ offensive out-

put. Through 17 matches, the Sounders have scored just 15 goals. The boys from Centurylink Field currently sit a full 10 points out of the playoff picture. The Sounders S2 have had an even tougher time in their current USL season. While the matches at Cheney Stadium have been enjoyable, there’s not much to be said about the 3-11-2 record. After four consecutive losses, the

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Former Lincoln swingman Jakhai Dillingham will bring two years of big time state tournament experience with him as he begins his career in the fall as a University of Puget Sound Logger. UPS ADDS SIX TO MEN’S BASKETBALL RECRUITING CLASS First-year head coach Aubrey Shelton announced six dynamic new Loggers to the Puget Sound men’s basketball recruiting class. “This class is full of versatility and winning players from winning programs,” said Shelton. “All six can play multiple positions, defend, and put the ball in the hoop. Most importantly, they are high-character young men who will make the Puget Sound campus a better place.”

national stage, while several field athletes garnered awards during the 2018 UPS outdoor track and field season. Wells traveled to La Crosse, Wisc., for the NCAA D-III Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 24-26), where he set two personal records. During the decathlon, Wells cleared 1.99 meters in the high jump, and threw 37.09 meters in the discus, both of which are personal bests. He finished third in both events. He also won the decathlon’s 110-meter hurdles by crossing the finish line in 15.03 seconds. Wells won the Northwest Conference title in the 110-meter hurdles for the second consecutive year. He crossed the finish line in 15.14 seconds during the championships at Linfield (April 24). Both Wells and Brandin Porter received U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-West Region honors. Porter placed second in the men’s discus during the NWC Championships with a throw of 43.59 meters. His best mark this spring was 45.32 meters during the Ken Shannon Invitational. Wells and Porter are two of five Loggers to earn All-NWC honors in 2018. Wells earned nods in both the 110-meter hurdles and decathlon, while Porter wrapped up his freshman season with an All-NWC honor in the discus. Jack Monaghan took third in the men’s 800 meters by timing in at 1:57.53, good for an All-NWC bid. Alvin Johnson claimed second place in the men’s triple jump for an All-NWC honor. He cleared 13.56 meters. Alison Wise earned an All-NWC honor in the women’s 800 meters. She crossed the finish line in 2:17.58, good for third place.

CJ Geathers - Tumwater High School 6-1 Guard During his senior season, Geathers led his team in scoring (22.0 points per game), assists, and steals, and he was selected MVP of the 2A Evergreen Conference. A scoring machine, Geathers has the potential to be a big-time contributor right away for the maroon and white. A terrific student (3.9 GPA at Tumwater), Geathers is interested in majoring in biology. Griffin Webb - Enumclaw High School 6-4 Wing Webb helped lead Enumclaw to a 23-6 record, district championship, and a fourth-place finish in the 4A State Tournament last winter. Webb is a versatile guard who can do a little bit of everything on the court, including play and defend four positions. A relentless competitor who also excelled on the football field, look for Griffin to make immediate contributions as a Logger. Academically, Griffin is interested in majoring in business. Jordan Alvarado - JSerra Catholic (Calif.) 6-3 Wing Alvarado was a four-year varsity player and two-time captain who helped lead the Lions to the CIF State Playoffs the past two seasons. Alvarado is a versatile defensive stopper who is capable of shutting down four positions. Alvarado is interested in beginning his academic career with business courses. Donovan Wilson - Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 5-10 Guard Wilson is a strong and quick guard who has the ability to get to the rim and shoot from three-point range. He has the potential to be an elite on-ball defender. A three-year varsity player at Archbishop Mitty, Wilson helped the Monarchs go deep into the CIF State Playoffs last season. He is interested in studying ethnic studies and sociology. LOGGERS SHINE ON CONFERENCE, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL STAGES University of Puget Sound’s Matt Wells competed on the

Tacoma’s Hot Tickets SUMMER'S BEST THURSDAY, JULY 12 - BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 13 - BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 14 - WOMEN’S SOCCER Beach Futbol Club vs. Sounders Women Starfire Stadium - 12 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 14 - BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 15 - MEN’S SOCCER Bellingham vs. Washington Premier Washington Premier Complex - 5 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 15 - WOMEN’S SOCCER Seattle Stars vs. Washington Premier Starfire Stadium - 6 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 15 - BASEBAL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.

Jakhai Dillingham - Lincoln High School 6-0 Guard Dillingham was an intregal part of the Abes’ success the past two seasons, helping lead the team to back-to-back 20-0 regular seasons and 26-2 finishes overall, placing fifth and third in state. During his senior season, Dillingham was selected team captain. He shot a team-leading 50-percent from three-point range, and he was one of the best all-around defenders on the team. Cal Hansen - O’Dea High School 6-5 Forward Hansen was a four-year varsity player for the Irish, helping the team place second in state his sophomore year. This past season O’Dea went 24-6 overall, and Hansen was selected to the Second Team All-State Tournament Team. He has the potential make an immediate impact for the Loggers. Hansen has been admitted into Puget Sound’s Business Leadership Program.


FRIDAY, JULY 20 - BASEBALL Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 21 - JIU JITSU Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pacific Lutheran - 10 a.m. FEAR HER FIGHT TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL WOMXN’S STRENGTH SUMMIT An exceptional day has been planned for Womxn of the South Sound on Sunday, July 15. The organization known as Fear Her Fight has planned an event that is designed to help athletes harness their confidence from winning the platform, to fighting the patriarchy. This company is ran by one of Washington’s only Latina strength coaches, Maria Rodriguez, who teaches various classes at different gyms. Fear Her Fight’s mission for its first annual Womxn’s Strength Summit is to create a space for collaboration of athletes from all sports and in all skill levels. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn, discuss, and be a boss of their own passion. With eight speakers from different narratives and messages, attendees are guaranteed to be inspired to dive into the strength community. The organization is providing resources, networking, food and tools for womxn to thrive and be architects of their fitness journeys. This event will allow these womxn to move within their potential and explore what strength means to them, knowing it does not look one certain way. Fear Her Fight is inviting entrepreneurs, fitness influencers, and public figures and new timers with common ideals, so that we can present strength as inclusive, timeless, and universal as possible. Fear Her Fight encourages a diverse attendance of womxn to join them for a day of community and personal growth. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a coffee hour, mimosa and breakfast bar and an opportunity to meet and greet each other before settling in for a great day. After breakout sessions and featured speakers, lunch will be provided by Chipotle. The day will conclude with several more fantastic speakers, a third breakout session, a panel Q&A period and will end with a voluntary deadlift competition. The Womxn’s Strength Summit will take place at Northwest Strength & Conditioning at 3624 96th Street SW in Lakewood. Tickets for the event are $85 and financial assistance is available for those in need. Contact for more information and visit to learn more about the organization, as well as the event. PLU’S GRADDY FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE Pacific Lutheran University multi-sport athlete Machaela Graddy was featured in the July 2 issue of Sports Illustrated after wrapping up a phenomenal career on the soccer pitch and on the javelin runway. The Eatonville native was featured in the magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd” section that highlights outstanding athletic u See SPORTSWATCH / page 15

SATURDAY, JULY 21, MMA CageSport 52 Emerald Queen Casino - 7 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 21 - BASEBALL Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 22 - BASEBALL Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 26 - USL SOCCER Las Vegas vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1 - BASEBALL Oklahoma City vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 2 - BASEBALL Oklahoma City vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, AUG. 3 - BASEBALL Oklahoma City vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 4 - BASEBALL Col. Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 5 - BASEBALL Col. Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m. MONDAY, AUG. 6 - BASEBALL Col. Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 7 - BASEBALL Col. Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 11:35 a.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 11 - USL SOCCER San Antonio FC vs. Sounders S2 Cheney Stadium - 7 p.m.


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After suffering two defeats to the Glendale Raptors in the regular season, the Seattle Seawolves put it all together when it really counted. Playing in front of a rowdy crowd at Torero Stadium in San Diego, the Seawolves edged Glendale by a score of 23-19, capturing Major League Rugby’s “America’s Championship Shield” on Sunday, July 8. After selling out every home match this season, it almost seemed fitting that the boys from the Puget Sound would wind up with the ultimate reward. Seattle led 20-19 with less than 20 minutes to play. Following a deep run into Glendale territory, Peter Smith capped the scoring with a three-point penalty goal. The Seawolves defense held for the remaining 12 minutes, and the upset was complete. The seven-team MLR will add New York City, and possibly Los Angeles, next season, with Washington D.C. joining the league in 2020.

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Former Rogers High School and Tacoma Community College standout Haleigh Thompson (top-left and right) broke through the Blackhills FC defense in the 60th minute of play to score the game winner for Washington Premier FC on Sunday, July 8, in Puyallup. Lexsi Manning (former Curtis Viking and Central Washington Wildcat) opened the scoring with a goal six minutes into the match. Former Wilson Ram, Angela Celedon, added an insurance goal with three minutes left to play. The 3-1 Northwest Premier Soccer League victory sends the WPFC ladies on to the semifinals against the top-seeded Seattle Stars. The win lifted WPFC’s record to 5-3-1 on the year. Now, the local ladies will face a squad that has scored 28 goals on the season, while giving up just two. The teams will meet at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila on Sunday, July 15, at 6 p.m.


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We’re fairly certain that Rhubarb is actually ranked as a Tenderhoof in the Reindeer Scouts, but the Puget Sound's best mascot got into full character on Boy Scout Night on Friday, June 29.

t Soccer From page 12 Sounders S2 now find themselves at the bottom of the 17-team USL Western Conference standings. Amazingly enough, the club is only four points out of a playoff spot. With a host of games still on tap through October, perhaps there’s still a chance to turn their season around. They may not be associated with the Sounders, but the Washington Premier FC

(formerly South Sound FC) also has a strong, winning tradition. With their 4-1 win over the Oly Town Artesians on Sunday, July 8, the WPFC clinched the top seed in the Evergreen Premier League with an 8-1-0 record. The local boys will have one final regular season game to tune up for the playoffs. It will be a rivalry game on Sunday, July 15, at the Washington Premier field in Puyallup, when Bellingham United pays a visit. Expect one of the toughest matches of the year to take place.

t Sportswatch From page 13 achievements from amateur athletes and has been a staple of the famous sporting periodical since 1956. Graddy landed a spot in the magazine after winning the national title in the javelin last month at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in La Crosse, Wisc. The Eatonville native shattered her own school record at the meet on May 24 with a toss of 150 feet, 3 1/4 inches, on her second attempt of the day. That throw held up and was six inches better than the runner-up finisher, becoming the 27th Lute to win an individual national title and the first since Ryan Dirks won back-to-back titles in the men’s weight throw in 2000 and 2001. Also an NWC champion in the javelin, Graddy was a Third-Team All-American this fall as a member of the two-time NWC champion Lute women’s soccer team. She was a three-time All-Region selection and ended her career ranking sixth all-time in both career goals (41) and points (103). Graddy missed graduation while competing at nationals but received her degree in kinesiology on Memorial Day in a special on-campus ceremony involving five other student-athletes at the Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts. TACOMA/PIERCE COUNTY VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS NEEDED The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and rec-

reation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. Line judges are also needed for local high school matches. A comprehensive training program scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, Sunday, Aug. 26 and Monday, Aug. 27, is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive. For students, retirees or former athletes looking to re-connect with a sport, officiating high school and middle school sports is also an excellent way to earn some extra income and provide a great service to the teams. Registration is due no later than Thursday, Aug. 9, so please contact us immediately. For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, please visit our website and contact Marc Blau at (253) 677-2872 or TROY PETERSON BACK ON DEFENSE FOR TACOMA STARS Federal Way native Troy Peterson will be returning to the Tacoma Stars for the 2018-19 season. Peterson appeared in all 22 regular season games last season as well as every playoff game. In those 25 games, Peterson notched five goals and six assists for a Major Arena Soccer League career high 11 points. One of the anchors of a tough Tacoma defense, Peterson has played in 44 games for the Stars over his two seasons, totaling 15 points. For his MASL total, he has 54 games to his credit with nine goals and eight assists. “Troy is a steady force for us with the Stars and we are happy to have him back,” said Tacoma Stars head coach Darren Sawatzky. “You always know what you are getting with him and occasionally he scores a goal or makes a tackle that keeps you in the game. Troy epitomizes this new generation of the Stars and having his local presence

Starting pitcher Williams Perez (2-0) earned the win after he put in a strong five innings of work. Perez struck out eight Albuquerque batters, while walking two and giving up three earned runs. Designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach delivered a solo home run and a double in the game. Vincej added a double and a triple. Third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean, Miller and first baseman Gordon Beckham also added a double each. Beckham would come through for the Rainiers the following night, knocking in both runs in the 2-1 victory over Albuquerque. A solo blast in the sixth inning, and a double in the ninth, was all Tacoma needed in the tight affair. Starting pitcher Casey Lawrence delivered a strong performance, giving up just two hits and one earned run over six innings. However, the win would go to Daniel Schlereth (2-0), who threw just five pitches on the night. Shawn Armstrong would earn the save. Starting pitcher Ariel Miranda has been released from his contract. Catcher Mike Marjama has also announced his retirement from baseball to take a position with the National Eating Disorder Association. Tacoma returns to Cheney Stadium on Thursday, July 12, against Fresno at 7:05 p.m. There will be a fireworks show following the game on Friday, July 13. After their four-game set, Tacoma will head south for a four-game series with Reno. The Rainiers will then return home for a short, three-game series with the Salt Lake Bees beginning on Friday, July 20. For tickets and more information, visit, or stop by the Cheney Stadium box office.


The Sounders Women will host the Beach Futbol Club on Saturday, July 14, at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila at 12 p.m. A win sends the team on to the Women's Premier Soccer League Western Conference finals the following day at 1 p.m.

for years to come will be important for us.” The Tacoma Stars have relaunched their Legacy Memberships, and they are on sale now. Guarantee your season tickets for life by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or go to Stay up to date with the Stars by following them on Twitter (@TacomaStarsSC) or Instagram (instagram. com/thetacomastars), and by liking the team on Facebook ( STARS RE-SIGN LEADING SCORER NICK PERERA The Tacoma Stars announced they have re-signed their leading scorer from the 2017-18 Major Arena Soccer League season, Nick Perera, to a new deal. Per team and league policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Perera joined the Stars and appeared in 12 games after arriving via trade with the Syracuse Silver Knights. Perera scored 20 goals to go with 10 assists in uniform with Tacoma after notching six points in three games with Syracuse. In 93 career MASL games Perera has 93 goals and 83 assists for 176 points. “I’m very proud and excited to be playing for the Tacoma Stars this season,” said Perera. “I felt an immediate connection with the players, fans and the organization. It’s a privilege to work with such wonderful people. Special thanks have to go out to Coach Darren Sawatzky and Lane Smith for welcoming me into the Tacoma Stars family.” Although the schedule has not been released, the Stars have announced Dec. 1 as their home opener. The MASL has again expanded the league schedule, bringing the season total to 24 contests. Tacoma is set to host 12 regular-season matches at the Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.

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‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ TMP caps season with Disney favorite



ou can’t go wrong with Disney. No matter how high you rate on the curmudgeon scale, when you sit down – albeit against your will – to watch a Disney or Pixar movie, you are going to get swept up in the entertainment and your heart strings are going to be plucked like a harp. I generally end up secretly soaking up a few stray tears on my shirt sleeve after a Disney feature. When you go to a Disney musical, it’s a safe bet that you’re going to enjoy the show. That is the case with the Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Directed and choreographed by Jon Douglas Rake, the show features some powerful and competent actors in all of its lead roles. The sumptuous sets, costumes and lighting all contribute to the conjuring of an enchanted place in the past where this French fairy tale unfolds. With this show, the TMP will conclude its 24th season of main stage shows. The story is of Belle (Cherisse Martinelli), who is a bibliophile who wants to leave her provincial village behind in pursuit of romance and adventure. She ends up in the castle of the Beast (Brandon Hell), who was a handsome, but mean-spirited, prince until he snubbed a request for shelter made by a passing enchantress. Because the enchantress had the appearance of a hag, the prince refused any hospitality. The enchantress then revealed her power and beauty and cursed the prince to take the form of a beast until he was able to love another and be loved in return. The household servants (unjustly) also share their master’s curse. They are slowly being transmuted into common household objects: clocks, candlesticks, feather dusters, chests of drawers, rugs, crockery, cutlery and other items. This all makes for some delightful inventions on the part of TMP Costume Designer Jocelyne Fowler. Martinelli, in the leading role of Belle, is the heart and soul of the show. Her acting and her vocal abilities are both equally formidable. Her voice is a rich blend of creamy satin and shimmering effervescence. She is u See TMP / page 26


(Top and middle) The TMP production features a large, ensemble cast that brings a spiritedness to the stage. (Bottom) The Beast (Brandon Hell) and Belle (Charisse Martinelli) enjoy a dance together in the TMP production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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In 1872, the artist John Gast made a painting called “American Progress,” which showed the spirit of progress, personified as a scantily clad woman, floating through the air and moving westward wearing the “star of empire” on her forehead. Under one arm she carries a book, emblem of knowledge and education. In her other hand, she has a coil of telegraph wire that is being strung across the landscape as she goes, bringing communication and connectivity. Following the spirit of progress are steam locomotives, covered wagons, stage coaches and farmers pushing their plows. Fleeing from the spirit are the buffalo, wild animals and a band of Native Americans. For his contribution to “In the Spirit, Contemporary Native Arts,” which is showing at the Washington State History Museum through Aug. 12, Charles W. Bloomfield, affiliated with the Pyramid Lake Paiute, Saanich and Lummi Tribes, made a collage in which photographic images are placed over parts of a copy of the Gast painting. Bloomfield calls his picture “Manifest Deathstiny,” a play on the phrase “manifest destiny,” that earlier generations of Americans used to refer to the American push to extend the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts of the continent. In Bloomfield’s version of the image, the spirit of progress has a skull placed over her face, like a death mask. Thus, she is transformed into a bringer of disease, war, famine and death. On the ground behind the figure there are now dead and dying buffalo, in reference to the slaughter of the great herds of the plains whose destruction was a sacramental desecration to the world of the plains peoples. The whole left side of the pictorial surface is occupied with a mountain of portraits of some of the great chiefs, warriors and leaders that resisted the incursion of American “progress” into the West. Among them are the likes of Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Geronimo, Chief Joseph,

Running Eagle (a woman warrior of the Blackfoot Nation) and Buffalo Calf Road Woman, who is said by the Cheyenne to have knocked General George Custer off his horse at the Battle of Little Bighorn. What Bloomfield makes vividly clear is that progress is in the eye of the beholder. Progress for the American social and economic system meant defeat, poverty, imprisonment, disempowerment and loss of language and the loss whole treasury of cultural knowledge for many Native Americans. Bloomfield’s art, and

13th annual show of contemporary Native American art on view at WSHM in a Northwest Native Festival, which takes place Aug. 11 at both museums. “In the Spirit” consists of 29 works from 21 Native artists. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists at the Aug. 11 festival or at the Third Thursday art walk/free museum night on July 19. Each spring, Native artists from many states and Canada submit work for consideration by a jury of local artists and curators. The 2018 jury included artist Alex McCarty (Makah), a graduate of Evergreen State College; curator and artist


“Manifest Deathstiny,” 2018, digital collage by Charles W. Bloomfield (Pyramid Lake, Paiute, Stanch and Lummi) is part of WSHM’s “In the Spirit Contemporary Native Arts” show, which runs through Aug. 12. that of all the other art in this show, however, also puts the lie to Gast’s image of the band of Indians fleeing the coming of modernity. All of the work in the show attests to the resilience of Native Americans. This is a show of Native resilience that says “We’re still here. We are part of the contemporary world, yet we have kept our traditions and our stories alive and relevant.” This is the 13th year that WSHM has hosted a show of contemporary Native American art as part of a Native American festival. This year, as was the case last year, WSHM is teaming up with the Tacoma Art Museum to celebrate Native art and culture

Classic bench to be raffled at Curran Apple Orchard concerts A beautiful wooden bench complete with a hidden storage space is being raffled off by the Curran Apple Orchard volunteers. Made from a French bedframe circa 1940s, the bench stands 43 inches tall, 26 inches deep and 40 inches long. Made from a combination of oak, mahogany and maple, the bench is finished with English chestnut stain and tung oil. It is valued at $450. Purchase tickets for $2 each or three for $5 at the Curran Summer Concerts or by contacting The winning ticket will be drawn at the Curran Orchard Cider Squeeze on Sunday, Aug. 26. Curran Summer Concerts: • July 26: America’s First Corps Band “Courage” • Aug. 2: The Fabulous Murphtones (popular and classic rock) • Aug. 16: David Deacon-Joyner Trio (jazz) For more information, visit

Asia Tail (Cherokee), a graduate of Cooper Union School of Art in New York; and Lynette Miller, head of collections of the Washington State Historical Society. This year, Carly Feddersen’s (Colville Confederated Tribes) basket “Stargazer” was awarded “Best in Show.” “The Spirit of the Northwest” award went to “Protector Mask,” a construction of repurposed plastic bottles by Linley Logan (Onondowaga, Seneca). The “Honoring Tradition” award was given to Earl Davis for the wood carving “First Ancestor.” Three “Honoring Innovation” awards were given for “Generations” by Denise Emerson (Navajo and Skokomish); “Owl

Transformation” by Sean Gallagher (Ixupiat) and “Black Snake Rising” by RYAN! Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of the Colville.) The latter is a digital print which shows a black entanglement flooding from right to left. Wildlife are caught in its front while things like a suitcase, a Volkswagen Bug and a bicycle wheel are in the rear. Feddersen explains that this is a picture of a sea of oil; that the natural world and our very selves are being drowned in an “ocean filled with our necessities, indulgences and consequences.” RYAN! Feddersen, incidentally, is the curator at a show of Native American art called “Red Ink,” at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner (see for details). Stylistically, “In the Spirit” is as diverse as the tribal affiliations of its artists. There are works done with contemporary media and contemporary styles. But there are also works in which traditional techniques and materials are used in new ways. Patti Puhn’s (Squaxin Island) bowler/cloche hat made of cedar bark has poetic charm. Susanne L. Cross’ (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan) beadwork butterflies and glistening shawl with images of whistling elk are beautifully designed and constructed. Rebecca Feld’s (Pyramid Lake Paiute) “Galactic Moccasins” combine Native American pow wow wear with a science fiction expanse of imagination. Robert Upham’s (Lake Traverse Sioux) drawings done on an old railroad ledger sheet and a nautical map hearken to the “ledger art” practiced by Native artists when they were kept in prison camps. Given discarded ledgers, the Native prisoners proceeded to use the paper as a drawing and painting surface to replace the buffalo hide that was a favorite surface for traditional paintings and visual story telling. “In the Spirit” provides food for thought for everyone. The exhibit runs through Aug. 12. For more information, visit exhibits/In TheSpirit.


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Food trucks stocked with culinary creations that will make your mouth water in anticipation will converge on Wright Park (501 South I St., Tacoma) Sunday, July 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tantalize your taste buds, savor the scents, feast your eyes on nature’s beauty, and devour the sounds of great local music. The afternoon will feature a wide variety of mobile food trucks from near and far along with local entertainment. The food trucks lined up to participate are Arnold’s Happy Days, Ben and Jerry’s / Hula Girl Ice Cream, Celebrity Cake Studio, CJ’s Phillys, Dippin’ Dots, Europa Bistro, HamHock Jones Soul Shack, Hometown Dogs, Kama’aina Grill, Lumpia World, Mobile Food Command Center, On The Grind, Original House of Donuts, Panda Dim Sum, Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, Sirius Wood Fired Pizza, Stacks Burgers, The Pit Stop Grill, Tijuana Taco, Tornado Potato, Smokin’ Robinson’s, Burrito Boy and Lizzie Lou's Too. The “Keep Tacoma Beered Garden” will provide an

assortment of lagers, ales and other brewed beverages for those of legal age. If you want to be more active, you can get moving with MixxedFit performances. MixxedFit is a fitness program that incorporates explosive movements and boot camp toning. Join instructors, students and guests in bringing the community together through dance, group fitness, and fitness fun with a free MixxedFit demo class. Musical entertainment will be provided by Baking With Julia and Kristen Marlo. Founded in Tacoma in 1994, Baking with Julia plays rock n’ roll, dance, fun, and R&B. The band members are Faith Jackson (lead vocals), Dave Jackson (bass), Les Johnson-Keys (guitar and vocals), Paul Jackson (lead guitar and vocals), and Peter Berman (drums and vocals.) Singer/songwriter Kristen Marlo began singing before she could talk, and hasn’t stopped since. She is a classically trained vocalist and self-taught guitarist,

but also an accomplished composer and lyricist. Inspiration for her prolific songwriting comes from passion for new experiences; her work covers the full range of human emotion, from love and lust to rage and revenge. The Food Truck Fest is a community partnership between Metro Parks Tacoma and Bloodworks Northwest, which is making it more convenient to give blood that’s needed at Tacoma-area hospitals. You can donate blood at the blood drive, which takes place during the festival. Reserve your donation time online at When you donate, you’re saving lives. The Tacoma Food Truck Fest is sponsored by Mud Bay and Bloodworks Northwest. Ride your bike and park it in the free bike corral. Admission to the Food Truck Fest is free. For more information, visit metroparkstacoma. org/foodtruckfest.

Fort Steilacoom holds living history open house On Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. historic Fort Steilacoom will have a living history open house. Located at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. (on the grounds of Western State Hospital) in Lakewood, Fort Steilacoom occupies an important position in the history of early America and the Pacific Northwest. The fort played a significant role in the settling of Washington Territory. Beginning with its construction in 1849 and ending with its closure in 1868, Fort Steilacoom served as a beacon of American power and promise, promoting the migration of settlers to Washington and securing American interest in the region. Located in the south Puget Sound, Fort Steilacoom was a part of an early network of settlements, including forts, camps and military posts, which were owned by either the United States or the Hudson’s Bay Company. Today, the historic Fort Steilacoom Association seeks to interpret and preserve the fort’s remaining structures, reminding current and future generations of the fort’s contributions to the history of the United States. At the open house, you can learn about the U.S.

Army fort 1849-68 and see living historians in period dress as you tour the four historic buildings on the grounds. You can also visit the museum and gift

shop. Donations are accepted. For information, call (253) 582-5838 or visit


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Tacoma Musical Playhouse Summer Camp Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma Camp TMP Performance Age Group: Students entering sixth-eighth grade. Rehearsals: July 16-Aug. 10, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers will rehearse and perform “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” which is based on the Tony Award-winning musical and Academy Award-winning film. A smalltown girl searches for a new life under the bright lights of 1920s New York City.  INFO: FRIDAY, JULY 20, 6 P.M.

Friday at the Fort

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma This is a fundraiser to benefit the educational programs of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Seattle-based band, the Beatniks, will play. There will be local craft beer, NW wines, local food vendors and a silent auction with lots of great local experiences. The Science Dome at Pierce College, the Tacoma area’s only digital planetarium, is one of the hidden treasures in our midst. There you can settle into one of the plush theater seats and sit back to watch a presentation that will teach you some of the mysteries of this vast and mind-blowing cosmos in which we live. The planetarium will be going full bore this summer with a multitude of shows. Explore the night sky, fly through the solar system, explore the universe, and learn about new astronomical discoveries. All-ages shows start with a half-hour interactive tour of our current night sky and are followed by a 25 to 40 min. full-dome video. Each show runs approximately one hour total. The live presentations vary by presenter and Pierce College rotates through several different videos. You'll get a different experience every time you come. Shows are every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3:15 p.m. Cost is $6 for general admission (ages 3 and up). Wednesday double features are $6 for one show or $10 for two. Pierce College students are free with ID. All-ages planetarium shows are suitable for anyone who can sit for about one hour. It does get very dark in the Science Dome, please consider this before bringing small children. Visit to see descriptions and previews of the full dome videos, a full schedule and to buy tickets. The Pierce College Science Dome is located in the school’s Rainier Building 263, 9401 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood. Schedule of summer shows: • Fri., July 13, 7 p.m. Space School • Sat., July 14, 3:15 p.m. Habitat Earth

• Sat., Aug. 11, 3:15 p.m. Mysteries of the Unseen World • Wed., Aug. 15, 1 p.m. Space School • Wed., Aug. 15, 2:15 p.m. Habitat Earth • Fri., Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Dynamic Earth • Sat., Aug. 18, 3:15 p.m. Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun

• Sat. Sept. 1, 3:15 p.m. Sea Monsters


There are also children’s planetarium shows. The next one, “Light!,” takes place July 14, 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. There are more showings of “Light!” on July 21 and July 28 in the same time slots as the July 14 show. “Light!” asks why is the moon bright? Why do we have shadows? Are there types of light that we can’t see? Come solve these mysteries with Pierce College as we explore light. This interactive planetarium show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-12. Cost: $6 per child. Adults free. Runs Saturdays in July at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Approx. 45 minutes.


• Wed., Aug. 22, 2:15 p.m. The Secret Lives of Stars • Fri., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity • Sat., Aug. 25, 3:15 p.m. Moons: Worlds of Mystery • Wed., Aug. 29, 1 p.m. Experience the Aurora • Wed., Aug. 29, 2:15 p.m. Lamps of Atlantis

Children’s planetarium shows continue through the summer:

• Wed., July 18, 2:15 p.m. Flying Monsters

• Sat., Aug. 4, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star

• Fri., July 20, 7 p.m. Sea Monsters

• Sat., Aug. 11, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star

• Wed., July 25, 2:15 p.m. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity • Fri., July 27, 7 p.m. Solar Superstorms • Sat., July 28, 3:15 p.m. The Secret Lives of Stars • Wed., Aug. 1, 1 p.m. Moons: Worlds of Mystery • Wed., Aug. 1, 2:15 p.m. Experience the Aurora • Fri., Aug. 3, 7 p.m. Lamps of Atlantis • Sat., Aug. 4, 3:15 p.m. Hidden Universe • Wed., Aug. 8, 1 p.m. Chaos and Order • Wed., Aug. 8, 1 p.m. 2:15 p.m. Experience the Aurora • Fri. Aug. 10, 7 p.m. From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

Tripod Show

• Fri., Aug. 31, 7 p.m. Hidden Universe

• Wed., Aug. 22, 1 p.m. Solar Superstorms

• Wed., July 18, 1 p.m. Dynamic Earth

• Wed., July 25, 1 p.m. Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun


Center for Spiritual Living, 206 N. J St., Tacoma See and hear three short shows. First is Sharon Styer’s “No Touching.” Says Styer, “I’ve arrived at the place where I allow myself to tear things up: art books; old, saved images; my early photography work. Everything and nothing is sacred." Next, Duncan Livingston will present his 1999 Makah whaling coverage for The News Tribune. Finally, Steve LaBerge is obsessed with Burning Man and will show his work. "I love building these giant kinetic sculptures, the clothing and the vehicles," says LaBerge. $3 donation.

• Sat., Aug. 4, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star

• Sat., July 21, 3:15 p.m. Life: A Cosmic Story


• Sat., Aug. 11, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star • Sat., Aug. 18, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star • Sat., Aug. 18, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star • Sat., Aug. 25, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star • Sat., Aug. 25, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star • Sat. Sept. 1, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Magnificent Moons • Sat. Sept. 1, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Magnificent Moons Visit for more on the children’s planetarium show.

Flags Across the Narrows Narrows Bridge, Tacoma March the Tacoma Narrows for liberty and constitutional rights. Veterans will be leading the way, so bring your flags and walking shoes. Marchers will walk across the bridge ending at the War Memorial Park in Tacoma for speakers, music and information booths.  INFO: 169&pageId=12422 SATURDAY, JULY 21, 12 P.M.

Summer Soiree

Prairie Line Trail - UWT Station, 1900 Commerce St., Tacoma Join the UW-Tacoma alumni for UW-Tacoma's annual Summer Soirée to enjoy live music and great food. Progressive dinner on the Prairie Line Trail with prix fixe menu by a top local restauranteur. Proceeds benefit the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative.  INFO:

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Thousands of people took advantage of the slightly overcast weather and visited Art on the Ave, Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue, for the city’s largest street festival on Sunday. Attractions along the strip included face painting and balloon twisting, demonstrations by the Dockyard Derby Dames, games of checkers courtesy of the Tacoma Artists Collective, glassblowing demonstrations at the Hippy House and music, music, music by bands such as Warren Dunes, Josiah French and the Americans and Zenith.


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Culture Corner A guide to cultural organizations of Tacoma


Job Carr Cabin Museum 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma  INFO: or

July events at the Job Carr Cabin Museum: Old Town’s Job Carr Cabin Museum hosts many events for children and adults. For the kids, there are crafts at the cabin every other Saturday as well as story time on Fridays. Storytellers will also fan out to Tacoma’s libraries through the summer. For adults, there are monthly history tours that set out from the cabin. Below you will find a listing of events through July. Visit the above websites to get a full list of events through the rest of the summer and beyond. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DESIGNERS

Fashions by Lisa Marie (top) and Dawnamatrix Designs (lower) will be amongst the creations of a multitude of fashion and accessory designers featured at the LeMay Museum’s July 21 “Couture & Cars Fashion Show.” On Saturday, July 21, 6:30-11 p.m., LeMay - America's Car Museum (2702 E. D St., Tacoma) will host its annual “Couture and Cars Fashion Show.” The event will showcase six couture designers from the Northwest region. The evening of fine machinery and high fashion merges a love of fashion and cars to bring you this unique runway experience. The event doors will open at 6:30 p.m., there will be a DJ, designer booths and red-carpet photos available before the show. The seating for the show will begin at 7 p.m. and the fashion show will start at 7:10 p.m. sharp. After the show, there will be an after party at the museum. FEATURED DESIGNERS:

Chany Venturini Venturini is the Bainbridge Island-based label of Maria “Chany” Venturini. Venturini designs custom couture and finely tailored garments for her clientele. The environment is important to her and while her work embodies glamour and luxury, her pieces are 80 percent reclaimed material. She believes that fashion is more than what you wear, it is how you wear it.  INFO:

Dawnamatrix Designs Dawnamatrix is a latex fashion designer specializing in bespoke (made to order) handcrafted latex fashion and rubber couture. Dawnamatrix has been

producing unique, handcrafted latex couture for the past six years, and has recently relocated from Boston to Seattle. Dawnamatrix garments have been worn by celebrities and performers such as Sharon Stone, Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, Pink, Bjork and Beyonce, and have been published in Vogue, Interview, L’Officiel magazines, and Covergirl ad campaigns. Our designs are informed by traditional garment construction using modern technologies and rendered in glossy materials. Dawnamatrix merges fine art with high style as a vision for the future of fashion.  INFO:

Designs by THOR – The House of Rose The House of Rose (THOR) is best known for creating exquisite full suits and jackets for the man or woman who wants to stand out. Unparalleled in fine accents and customization, each bespoke design by THOR ensemble is perfected for optimum client fit and individual style with no two suits or jackets alike.  INFO:

Swimwear Heidi Fish Heidi Fish can design a new swimsuit for you or copy an oldie that you love. You will be able to order limited runs, designer samples and very unique one of a kinds. Custom fittings are available by appointment only.  INFO: u See COUTURE / page 26

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CRAFT SATURDAYS Drop by the cabin for fun arts and crafts activities designed for children ages 3-9 and their families. Activities are held on the second Saturday of each month, February through December. • Saturday, July 14, 12-6 p.m. On July 14, the craft activity is rock painting. SUMMER STORYTIME AT THE CABIN Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, through Aug. 31. Stories, games and crafts for kids ages 3-9 and their families • Friday, July 20, 11 a.m. to noon Storyteller Amanda shares farm stories and a children's craft. Children ages 3-9 and their families are invited to join. Admission to the museum and all events are “pay as you can.” • Friday, July 27, 11 a.m. to noon Children can hear stories about homes of the past, present and future. Then, kids can build with Lincoln Logs and design a house of their own. PIONEER STORYTIME AT TACOMA PUBLIC LIBRARIES Through Aug. 9, Job Carr Cabin storytellers will be visiting all eight branches of the Tacoma Public Library in summer 2018. • July 17, 1 p.m., Fern Hill Branch Head to the Fern Hill Branch of the Tacoma Public Library for Pioneer Storytime. Can you imagine life before cars, phones or lightbulbs? Step back in time to find out what it was like to be a kid when the city of Tacoma was just starting. Enjoy stories, toys, games and crafts from the Oregon Trail. For ages 3-7. Info: • July 28, 10:30 a.m., Mottett Branch Head to the Mottett Branch of the Tacoma Public Library for Pioneer Storytime. Info: OLD TOWN HISTORY WALKS Guided monthly walks, Saturday mornings, May through Sept. Are you curious about Tacoma history? Do you want to learn more about Tacoma’s early residents? Have you ever wondered about the buildings in the Old Town neighborhood? There is one guided tour each month, May through September. Walks take place, rain or shine. Tours last approximately one hour. Tours begin at Job Carr Cabin Museum unless otherwise noted. • Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. to noon Immigrant Influences: This tour will focus on people whose stories are rooted in faraway places but found a home in Old Town Tacoma.


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ART NEWS ROUNDUP CALL FOR ARTS ACTIVITIES FOR TACOMA ARTS MONTH Will you be hosting an arts event in October? Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity? Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2018 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar. The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during the 17th annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. They are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater and film. If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let the Tacoma Arts Commission know. Your arts event will be listed in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on There is no cost to you. The Tacoma Arts Commission will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, electronic newsletters, television ads, radio ads and through a variety of social media outlets. Tacoma Arts Month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. You are encouraged to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event. The deadline for the first round of submissions is Aug. 6. The Tacoma Arts Commission will accept activities on a rolling basis after that, but submitting your information by Aug. 6 will ensure that your activity is included in the first round of information that will go out. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To participate, fill out the online submission form via Submittable: Please note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out an individual form for each event. Questions? Contact Rachel Betron at (253) 5915191 or For more information, visit EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR TURNED AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT KING’S BOOKS Author Dr. Paul Seward will be coming to Tacoma for an event at King’s Books on July 19 at 7 p.m. In his debut memoir, “Patient Care: Death and Life in the Emergency Room,” published by Catapult on July 3, Seward, one of the first doctors to specialize in emergency medicine (which didn’t become a recognized specialty until 1979) reflects on how a life in medicine tests what it means to put ethics into practice. Recalling remarkable cases – and people – from a career launched in the first days of the emergency room (ER), Seward leads us through suspenseful diagnoses and explorations of anatomy. By his side, we learn to distinguish nursemaid’s elbow from a true broken arm and we learn how our breathing and swallowing mechanisms resemble a practical joke. But when a baby’s heart stops and a young doctor forgets what to do, the situation is far from funny. Within the conditions of great stress and rapid decision-making that are routine in the ER, Seward shows us that physicians must be more than technicians of the body; they must be restorers of the human. Whether it is comforting anxious family or subjecting a distressed patient to tough procedures – resulting, once, in a patient punching a doctor – on every shift, a physician learns the difficult work of caring for strangers. “Patient Care” is a reflection on a lifetime of cases – and the ethical, scientific and all-too-human complications that arose. Seward has been a physician for nearly 50 years, and has spent the majority of those years working in

emergency rooms on both coasts. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and did his internship and residency in pediatrics at UCSan Francisco. Seward is an emeritus member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Now retired, he and his wife live in Vermont. For more information, event/paulseward. CASCADE WRITERS HOST THREE-DAY WORKSHOP Cascade Writers are hosting a workshop that runs July 20-22 at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma. The workshop will feature Milford-Style critiques, an agent, panels on writing, editing, self-publishing and more. Participants will include editor and author John Joseph Adams, author Christie Yant, agent DongWon Song, author Spencer Ellsworth, author Randy Henderson, author John J.A. Pitts, author David D. Levine, author Rachael K. Jones and author Liz Coleman. And there are still more to come. Cascade Writers provides educational seminars and workshops for the general public interested in writing and publishing original works. Cascade Writers is registered as a non-profit corporation in Washington. You must register to attend: event/three-day-writing-workshop-2018/?instance_ id=2647. For more information on Cascade Writers and the workshop, visit or

Tacoma Maritime Fest around the corner The 25th Maritime Fest celebrating Tacoma's historic waterfront is set for July 28 and 29. Join the Foss Waterway Seaport at this free, all-ages event and be part of this valued maritime tradition that honors Tacoma’s rich maritime history, the trades that defined its past, and the activities and industry that shape it now. Celebrating the City of Destiny’s 46 miles of waterfront and rich history, Maritime Fest brings together an array of waterfront organizations: Industrial, environmental, recreational and nonprofit. Tacoma Maritime Fest is a tradition that nearly a quarter-million people have enjoyed during the past two decades. It is the only community event that celebrates Tacoma’s most important asset: its waterfront. Admission to the Maritime Fest and the Foss Waterway Seaport is free thanks to support from KeyBank. Events include dock side tours of vessels, a garage sale, paddleboard activities, live music, pirates, a bounce pirate ship, face painting, shanty singers, craftspeople showing off boat building skills, model toy boat building, food trucks and more. A boat shuttle will run between the Foss Waterway Seaport and the Museum of Glass, which is hosting its Festival of Glass on July 29. For information, visit


The 25th annual Maritime Fest is coming to the Foss Waterway Seaport July 28 and 29. The free celebration of Tacoma’s maritime culture — past and present — will include events and activities for everyone from kids to adults.


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‘BLUES ON!’ TAKES OVER WHERE THE OLD TOWN BLUES FESTIVAL LEFT OFF Southern bluesman Dexter Allen headlines event

Night Life TW PICK OF THE WEEK PLU’s Jazz Under the Stars: Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto On Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m., Pacific Lutheran University’s Music Center Amphitheater will continue its summer Jazz Under the Stars concert series with a performance by the Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto with Mark Ivester on drums, Ben Thomas on vibraphone, Tim Carey on bass and Jovino Santos Neto on piano, flute and melodica. Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal's group from 1977 to 1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records. His personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. For information, visit or



(Top) Dexter Allen and (above) Rafael Tranquilino Band. The second annual blues festival, Blues On!, takes place at Old Town Park, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma, on Saturday, July 14, 1-8 p.m. The Old Town Blues Festival ran for 25 years and then became “Blues On!” beginning in 2017. Old Town Park will continue to be the gathering spot for the second official Blues On! This festival is a must for blues fans each summer. It is all about the music. It features award-winning local and national acts, is open to all ages and is free to the public. The organizers have created an amazing lineup for this season featuring multi-award-winning Mississippi bluesman, Dexter Allen. To build upon the original tradition of the festival, and to show support for the community, the Old Town Business Association created a non-profit 501(c) (3); The Robert “Ted” Brown Foundation – 501(c)(3) #82-0956108, which donated more than $2,000 to the Tacoma School District K-12 music program in 2017 and hopes to double the donation this year. This year, there are five groups in the lineup for the festival. First up is Little Bill and the Blue Notes, who are an institution more than a band. Since 1956 Bill Engelhart and various lineups have been wowing audiences with their take on rhythm and blues. In 1959 the Bluenotes made the national charts with the teenage love song “I Love an Angel” and since then have released a bevy of recordings. Over the years, Engelhart has had the pleasure of working with some of the finest musicians in the Northwest including Jo Johanson, Isaac Scott and Buck England. In addition, he has opened for legendary acts such as BB King, Robert Lockwood Jr. and Buddy Guy. The singer, songwriter and bass player has a roomful of awards including NW Hall of Fame, the W.C. Handy Award and the BB Life Time

Achievement Award. Next up is Tuck Foster and the Tumbling Dice, a group that comes out of the central part of the state. Front man Tuck Foster has been performing the blues for more than 35 years and has been awarded for: Best Blues Band, Best Blues Performer, Best Blues Harmonica Player and Best Male Blues Vocalist by the members of the Inland Empire Blues Society 2005, 2014, 2015, and, 2016. Foster’s performances are said to possess an energy and honesty not seen in an entertainer since the passing of the great Junior Wells. The Rafael Tranquilino Band occupies the mid-way portion of the festival. Rafael Tranquilino Band is a power house of guitar, bass and drums with vocals that fuse rock, blues and funk in an alternative invocation of crossroads; past, present, and future. Tranquilino is known for his searing riffs and old fashioned Delta slide. His music is hypnotic; it has wings, lifting listeners to a lingering point of tension before being set free in sweet relief. RTB is a rocket ship blasting full speed through layers of atmosphere into outer space, taking their listeners on a transcendent ride. As the afternoon slips into evening, The Lady A Band will take the stage. This songstress began singing at age 5. She began her performance career as a back-up singer in a Motown revue band during the 80s. Her musical ear, Louisiana roots, and her musical family always lead her back to blues and gospel music, mixed with flavors of soul and funk like a perfect jambalaya. Though born and raised in Seattle, you can clearly hear the Southern undertones in her music and lyrics. Whether during a festival, in a hazy nightclub or a private party setting, this Pacific Northwest u See BLUES / page 26

Friday, July 13

Sunday, July 15

BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Norma Owens (jazz) 7 p.m., Triple Threat Band (jazz) 9 p.m.

IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Adam Levy, Danny O’Keefe (blues, jazz) 5 p.m.

CRESCENT MOON GIFTS: Drum Circle (participatory percussion) 6:30 p.m.

SOUTH PROCTOR HIDDEN TREASURES: Vintage Music (vintage sheet music) 2 p.m.

EMERALD QUEEN BRIDGE NIGHTCLUB: Notorious 253 (dance tunes) 9 p.m.

STONEGATE: Country Music Jam (jam) 5 p.m.

LOUIE G’S: Unhailoed, Bleed the Stone, Invasive, Apophis Theory (rock) 8 p.m. THE PLAID PIG: The Derelicts, Dust Mob, Neutralboy, Psycho 78 (punk) 9 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Jay Mohr (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. UNCLE SAM'S: Metal Church (rock) 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 14

THE SWISS: Billy Shew all ages jam (jam) 6 p.m. TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: The Dope Show (comedy) 8 p.m. THEA FOSS WATERWAY: Tara Tinsley (singer/ songwriter) 1 p.m. UNCLE SAM'S: Final Notice with Bob Evans (country, rock, bluegrass) 7 p.m.

Monday, July 16 THE SWISS: Open Mic Night (open mic) 7 p.m.

AIRPORT TAVERN: He is We, The Common Names, Caleb Jermaine (indie pop) 8 p.m.

TED BROWN MUSIC: Drum Clinic with Ben Smith (rock) 6 p.m.

ALMA MATER: NEna KapOne, Celina Graves, Eazy-EQ (hip hop) 9 p.m.

UNCLE SAM'S: Lolo and Friends (jam) 7 p.m.

DOYLE’S: Sister Madame (pop) 9 p.m. EMERALD QUEEN BRIDGE NIGHTCLUB: Notorious 253 (dance tunes) 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17 METRONOME: Open Mic (open mic) 7 p.m.

THE HUB: Steve Stefanowicz (rock) 7 p.m.

STONEGATE: Blues Jam with Roger Williamson (blues) 8 p.m.

JAZZBONES: The Briefs, Noi!se, Dreadful Children, Ten Pole Drunk (punk) 9 p.m.

TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: New Talent Tuesday (comedy) 8 p.m.

JOHNNY’S DOCK: Tim Cox Band (R&B) 5 p.m.

UNCLE SAM'S: SOB Band (jam) 7 p.m., NC

LEMAY CAR MUSEUM: The Funaddicts (classic rock) 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18

LOUIE G’S: Damn the Flood, Casualty of God, Zenith, Wythre (metal) 8 p.m.

JAZZBONES: Live it Outloud All Ages Jam (jam) 6 p.m.

OLD TOWN PARK: Blues Festival (blues) 2 p.m.

OLD TOWN: Bryson Foster Band (rock) 6:30 p.m.

O’MALLEYS PUB: Dublin Abbey (Celtic) 9 p.m.

STONEGATE: Open Mic with Justin McDonald (open mic) 9 p.m.

THE PLAID PIG: American Wrecking Company, Helles, Beyond Theory, Drug of Choice (metal) 9 p.m. POINT RUSTON: Longstride Music (reggae) 5 p.m. ROCK THE DOCK: Rockin Aces (rock) 8 p.m. THE SAFE HOUSE: The Bitter Ex Lovers, Are They Brothers, The Fun Police, Bailey Ukulele (punk) 7 p.m.

TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic (comedy) 8 p.m. UNCLE SAM'S: Subvinyl Jukebox (jam) 7 p.m., NC

Thursday, July 19

THE SWISS: The Spazmatics (spastic rock) 9 p.m.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, MUSIC CENTER AMPHITHEATER: Jazz Under the Stars, Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto (jazz) 7 p.m.

TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Jay Mohr (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

ROCK THE DOCK: Open Mic with Dustin (rock) 8 p.m.

UNCLE SAM'S: Harrison St. Band (rock) 7 p.m.

STONEGATE: Power Rock Jam (rock jam) 8 p.m., NC

THE VALLEY: Wild Cat Rose, Stoned Evergreen Travelers, Truck Bed Boys (country rock) 8 p.m. VINO AQUINO: Jeff Ross (singer/songwriter) 7 p.m.

TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Rich Vos (comedy) 8 p.m. UNCLE SAM'S: Jerry Miller (rock, blues) 7 p.m.


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Answering your questions on mental health, relationships and life issues

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Dear Barb, Why is it so important for people to prove you are wrong? It makes me want to work harder to show how wrong they are. It seems that the older people get the more opinionated and right they seem to be. Is there a trick to being persuasive in a conversation without being offensive or confrontational? Signed, Always Seem Wrong Dear Always, Telling someone they are wrong is usually unnecessary and does the opposite of endearing them to you. It strikes to the core of anyone’s ego. There is a trick to actually showing disagreement called the “Ransberger Pivot,” which turns it into a polite conversation without telling somebody they are wrong. The idea behind it is pretty simple. Instead of arguing, listen to what they have to say, and silently ask yourself what’s important to them. First understand how they feel and why. Be patient, look them in the eye and look for parallel views and verbally validate what is similar. Most of the time there is common ground that you share with them and you can use that as a starting point to leverage your position. I don’t know that age is necessarily a factor, but as you get older you do get wiser, well, most of us do. But we are never done learning. Some older people think that they don’t need new information, but believe me, especially in this high-tech age, they will be left behind in the dust! Embracing new information is fun. Ignorance is no longer bliss. Focus on what you agree on instead of disagree on, as this creates more likelihood that they will listen to what you have to say, allowing you the opportunity to correct them without them losing face. Resist jumping quickly to correct someone in a conversation no matter how tempting it may be. You’ll find less uncomfortable debates or un-needed escalated discussions and more interesting perspectives using this method of disagreement. Maybe even turn it into a heart-to-heart talk or a reason to fact check something. Matching their emotions, but not their intensity, is also a great way to connect, making them feel like you are listening, because you are! Sometimes, however, you may have to just look at them and say, “We should agree that we disagree and that’s okay.” You don’t need to care about anyone’s approval. Isn’t the freedom to be different and unique grand? Barb Rock is a mental health counselor for the House of Matthew Homeward Bound program in Tacoma, and the published author of “Run Your Own Race: Happiness after 50.” Send any questions related to mental health, relationships or life issues to her at

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t Blues From page 25 diva is always backed by an ensemble of superb musicians that keeps the music pumping and the joint always jumping with their flavorful renditions, which announce “a new breed of blues.” The Lady A also stays rooted in her music by hosting a Back Porch Blues showcase, in which she invites friends and family to participate in nights of old-school blues, gospel and soul on stage as a perfect night out for audiences of all ages. Stir it all up with Lady A’s raw vocals and you have a good gumbo mix of party that won’t stop, or a slow jam that percolates just under the surface of the music. Dexter Allen, the 2018 “Blues On!” headliner, will cap the festival off at the end of the evening. Allen is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, whose accomplishments include receiving a Jackson Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year in 2008, and Entertainer of the Year in 2009. Recently

t TMP From page 17 incandescent in her portrayal of brave Belle, lighting up the stage with her presence. She played the leading role of Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” with which the Tacoma Musical Playhouse finished off last season. Hell, as the Beast, is able to hold his own with Martinelli. Jimmi Cook, however, as the narcissistic villain Gaston, is perfect for his role. With a strong chin and with his muscular body packed into leather pants and a tight, Mighty Mouse shirt, Cook sizzles with humor and his vocal performance is stellar. Much comic relief is provided by Jake Atwood, who plays Gaston’s side kick (often literally so), Lefou. The frizzy wig and the skirt-like pantaloons somehow make Lefou somewhat less savory than the character actually deserves, however. Tall and slender Lumiere (Mauro Bozzo) – an animated candle stick – and the sultry Babette (Allyson Jacobs-Lake) – a feather duster – also provide humorous antics throughout the show. Karen Early-Evans, as the animated chest of drawers – named Madame de la Grande Bouche – packs a serious punch with her operatic arias. The rest of the main cast are Diane Bozzo as the teapot Mrs. Potts, Joe Woodland as Maurice (Belle’s father) and Cameron Waters as Monsieur D’Arque. The “Silly Girls,” who idolize Gaston, are played by Emma Deloye, Corissa Deverse and Cassandra Dechant, all of whom can pack a wallop. Child actors Howy Howard, as the teacup, Chip, and Kennedy Arneson, as a cartwheeling carpet, provide more of that Disney humor to the mix. Cogsworth is played by Chris Serface, the artistic director of Tacoma Little Theatre. The opening of the show is narrated by John Munn, artistic director of

EVENT SCHEDULE: • 6:30 p.m. Event doors open and pre-show red carpet photos • 7 p.m. Start seating for the show • 7:10 p.m. Fashion show • 9:30 p.m. After party at the LeMay Museum • 11 p.m. Event ends TICKET PRICES: • $65 VIP + museum entrance (includes front row seat, free drink ticket and prepaid parking $5 value) • $55 VIP (front row seating, free drink ticket and prepaid parking $5 value) • $45 second and third row + museum entrance (includes prepaid parking $5 value) • $35 second and third row (includes prepaid parking $5 value) Link to tickets: Ticket prices will increase $5 if purchased at the door For more information visit

he was signed onto blues legend Bobby Rush’s record label, Deep Rush Records, and appeared as a bass guitarist in the 2014 James Brown biopic, “Get On Up.” Allen is going to blow your hair back, so get ready. The South Sound Blues Association is committed to preserving and promoting blues music and the blues community; supporting blues education; and promoting the South Sound area blues scene and its blues musicians. It is dedicated to preserving the blues as an American art form on behalf of its performers and fans through education, community and performances. For more on “Blues On!” visit or FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: • 1-2 p.m. Little Bill and the Blue Notes • 2:15-3:15 p.m. Tuck Foster and the Tumbling Dice • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Rafael Tranquilino Band • 4:45-6 p.m. The Lady A Band • 6:15-7:45 p.m. Dexter Allen

the Lakewood Playhouse. The presence of these two makes this show an example of synergistic cooperation among Tacoma’s community theaters. A large ensemble of actors and singers enliven the crowd scenes and big dance numbers. There are such wonderfully strange things as dances of dishes dressed as Bavarian beerhall wenches and a line of dancing forks and spoons. The rose is a prominent theme in the story; and has been even in the story’s pre-Disney origin. As a fundraising tool, TMP is selling light-up, blinking roses in the lobby (only $5 a pop). When the Beast gives Belle a rose, audience members light up their roses and wave them in the air. The beguiling effect is one of the emotional high points of the show. The potent songwriting team of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice imbued this work of theatrical art with a number of songs and musical moments that are positively ravishing. The Beast’s “If I Can’t Love Her” is striking. The prominence of Belle in so much of the music means that the audience is treated to a feast of Martinelli’s talent. As much as I enjoy Disney products, they always feel so formulaic, streamlined and sanitized that I have an urge to go back and examine the source material of whatever it is that Disney has taken into its machinery. In this case, I read an English translation of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s mid-18th century story, “La Belle et la Bete,” in which Belle is hindered not by a sexist suitor (Gaston) but by two vain, jealous sisters who end up being turned into statues that flank the castle door. Disney, however, does keep the main shape of the narrative intact and both versions do end up with the happy ending of Belle and the Beast, returned to his true form as the human prince, able to live in love. TMP’s “Beauty and the Beast” runs through July 29. For tickets, schedules and information, visit tmp. org.


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Promote your community event, class, meeting, concert, art exhibit or theater production by e-mailing or calling (253) 922-5317. Fresh produce, meat, cheese, flowers, and a variety of specialty foods and crafts will be offered, as well as prepared foods. Perfect for picking up on the way to the concerts in the park. Price: Free. Info: (253) 983-2018

POSSIBILITIES OF POLYMER CLAY Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. Tacoma Metal Arts Center, 3833 6th Ave., Tacoma Polymer clay offers many possibilities in jewelry making. Instructor Meredith Arnold will show you a variety of techniques to take you from beginner or intermediate to advanced skills in short order. The project revolves around creating a tile bracelet. You will learn tricks for simplifying construction and a lot of fun surface techniques. Arnold will share her tips and help you step by step so you can put your own spin on this versatile material. Some tools are included as well as instruction for making your own tools. Tacoma Metal Arts Center is a school for jewelry making and metalsmithing that offers classes, private lessons and studio access. Whether you are just beginning or have experience, you can design and create unique jewelry and decorative objects.

LOUIE FOXX: MINERAL MAGIC Wed., July 18, 2-3 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. This show is full of magic, comedy, juggling and tons of audience interaction. You’ll be amazed as a kid from the audience magically creates a diamond. Price: Free Info: (253) 548-3302; HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE Thurs., July 19, 7-8:15 p.m. Meditate in Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave. S., Ste. #301 In this series, inspired by the teachings of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, we will look at how to direct our growth in the most meaningful ways. Ages: All ages. Price: $10; reduced pricing for members, seniors, unemployed and students. Info: (360) 754-7787;

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‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ Fri., July 13, 7:30 p.m. Sat.,July 14, 7:30 p.m. Sun., July 15, 2 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Plays through July 29. Price: Adults $31; senior (60+), military, students $29; children (12 and under) $22; groups of 10 or more $27. All seating is reserved. Info: (253) 565-6867; BRAIN BOOSTING SUMMER CAMPS Fri., July 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. Do you have kiddos who need enriching summer activities? Take a look at the History Museum’s exciting week-long summer camps, scheduled during July. Avoid the summer brain-drain and have fun both inside and outside of the museum. Ages: 8-11. Price: $265 per-week for museum members, $295 per-week for non-members. Info: (253) 272-3500; TIPTOE THROUGH THE TIDEPOOLS Fri., July 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Titlow Park, 8425 Sixth Ave. Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year. A naturalist will guide low-tide beach exploration. Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: (253) 404-3930; BLUE STAR MUSEUMS Fri., July 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children's Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave. Whether you want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, encounter animals at the aquarium or meet your heroes at a historic site, Blue Star Museums can help you create memories. Ages: Birth-12 years old. Price: Pay as you will. Info: (253) 627-6031;

NATURE ROCKS: WORLD OF WOLVES Sat., July 14, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. Learn about wolves: biology, history, current status and recovery, as well as Wolf Haven’s role in the wildlife community. Presented by Wolf Haven. Ages: Adult. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3304; NATURE YOGA Sat., July 14, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St. Fun, child-centered activities and nature poses are combined with time-honored yoga practice to guide children and an adult partner through warm-up, work-out, strengthen, cool down and relaxation. Adult attendance is required. Ages: 18 months-12 years (plus adults). Price: $15/adult-child combo, $5 for each additional child or adult. Info: (253) 404-3930; family-programs-nature-center WALKING CLUB Sat., July 14, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue S. Join us every Saturday through Aug. 11 when we head out for a 30-40 minute morning walk around Wright Park or downtown Tacoma. No registration required. Wear walking shoes and dress for comfort. Ages: All ages. Price: Free. Info: (253) 292-2001; tacoma.bibliocommons. com/events/search/q=walking%20 clubandfq=branch_location_id:(1) ALL AGES BLUES JAM Sun., July 15, 8:30 p.m. The Swiss Pub, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave. Bring your family and friends for a fun night of music with great food, great staff, and a great place to hang and listen. Ages: All ages until 8:30 p.m.; 21 and over after. Price: Free. Info: (253) 572-2821; events/1720678781303304/ ARGENTINE TANGO ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS CLASS Sun., July 15, 12-1 p.m. Backstreet Tango, 3505 S. 14th St. Dancers can start on any Sunday no need to wait for the start of another series. Stop by for a complimentary class. Ages: 16 years of age and up with guardian. Price: $40 for your first eight classes, first class is complimentary. Info: (253) 3048296; 20TH ANNUAL YOUNG KOI SHOW Sun., July 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hoshi Koi, 5002 44th St. E. Come and see some of the most beautiful koi in the Northwest competing for the title of Grand Champion. Also on Saturday there will be a koi auction for those of you looking to add koi to your pond. Ages: All ages. Price: Free admission and parking. Info: (253)

312-4375; DROP-IN HELP WITH WORKSOURCE Mon., July 16, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 2-4 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. WorkSource employment experts help you with your specific questions about all things employment-related: resumes, unemployment claims, job coaching and interview prep. Price: Free. Info: (253) 548-3304; ADULT POTTERY CLASS Mon., July 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Throwing Mud Gallery, 2210-2212 N. 30th St. The six-week pottery classes at Throwing Mud Gallery are a mix of beginners to more experienced adult students, which encourages a cooperative learning environment. Ages: 18+. Price: $220 + cost of basic tool kit. Info: (253) 254-7961; BIBLE DISCUSSION – GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK Mon., July 16, 1-2 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Bible discussion – the Gospel according to Mark, led by Pastor Martin Yabroff. No background required. Open discussion and practical applications. Price: Free. Info: (253) 5644402; LAKEWOOD FARMERS MARKET Tues., July 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St., Lakewood Featuring fresh food, organic produce, arts, gluten free items, sweet treats, crafts, live entertainment and music, chef demonstrations and a master gardener speaker series. Price: Free. Info: (253) 983-7887 DISCOVER THE PEAK OF ADVENTURE Tues., July 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tacoma AAA Cruise and Travel Store, 1801 S. Union Ave. Come see why the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer is one of the “Best Train Experiences in the World.” Rail journeys take you from Seattle to beautiful British Columbia and into the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Ages: Adults. Price: This is event is free, everyone is welcome. Info: (253) 756-3034; SUMMER STORIES FOR TODDLERS Tues., July 17, 10:15-11 a.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S. Enjoy simple picture books, songs, finger-plays, movement games and more. Ages 3-6 with an adult. Price: Free. Info: (253) 5483304; COMMUNION AND REFLECTION Wed., July 18, 12 p.m.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Communion service, all are welcome, with brief spiritual reflection on faith and daily living, about half hour. Price: Free. Info: (253) 5644402; STEILACOOM FARMERS MARKET Wed., July 18, 3-7 p.m. LaFayette and Wilkes St, Steilacoom


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TACOMA WEEKLY NEWS • • Friday, July 13, 2018





ABANDONED VEHICLE SALE Northwest Towing, at 2025 S 341st Pl, Federal Way on 7/17/2018. In compliance with the RCW46.55.130. at 3:00 p.m. Viewing of cars from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Registered Tow Number 5695. Cash Auction Only

ABANDONED VEHICLE SALE Fife Towing, Fife Recovery Service & NW Towing, at 1313 34th Ave E, Fife on 7/19/2018. In compliance with the RCW46.55.130 at 11:00 a.m. Viewing of cars from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Registered Tow Numbers 5009, 5421, 5588. Cash Auction Only

Auction Notice

Abandoned Vehicle Lakewood Towing Inc. #5002 9393 Lakeview Ave SW Lakewood, Wa 98499 Ph. 253-582-5080 Auction 07172018 01302018 7/17/2018 Date 01/30/2018 pm Sign in & View @ 11 pm Auction Starts @ 2 pm In accordance with RCW 46.55.130 Lakewood Towing Inc. will sell to the highest bidder. See complete listing @ or Superior Court of Washington posting at ourCounty officeof Pierce In re: Marriage | domestic partnership Petitioner EDWARD HINDS NO: 18-3-01349-5

Summons Served by Publication And Respondent YOLANDA RAYNETTE HINDS Summons Served by Publication To Yolanda Raynette Hinds- the other party has asked the Court to End your Marriage or domestic partnership. Name Change Change the name of the Respondent You must respond in writing if you want the court to consider your side Deadline! Your Response must be filed and served within 60 days of the date this summons is published. If you do not file and serve your Response or a Notice of Appearance by the Deadline: *No one has to notify you about other hearings in this case, and * The court may approve the request in the Petition without hearing your side (called a default judgment). Follow these steps: Read the Petition and any other documents that were filed at court with this summons. Those documents explain what the other party is asking for. Fill out a Response on this form FL Divorce 211, Response to Petition about a Marriage. Serve (give) a copy of your Response to the person who filed this Summons at the address below, and to any other parties. You use certified mail with return receipt requested. For more information on how to serve, read Superior Court Civil Rule 5. File your original Response with the court clerk at this address: Superior Court Clerk, Pierce County 930 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma WA 98402 Lawyer not required: It is a good idea to talk to a lawyer, but you may file and serve your Response without one. Person filing this summons or his/her lawyer fills out below EDWARD HINDS April 5, 2018 The following address 34414 28th Place SW Federal Way WA 98023 Superior Court of Washington, County of Pierce

Notices TO: Liza Keating Case Style: K.,K & K.,G

No: 18-7-00220-34

Case Number: PUY-CV-CUST-2018-0019

Notice and Summons by Publication (Dependency) (SMPB) (Optional Use)

Nature of Case: Custody

Dependency of: TARYN LEE D.O.B.: 02/03/2004 To: ANGELINA LEE, Mother A Dependency Petition was filed on March 12, 2018; A Fact Finding hearing will be held on this matter on: June 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court, 2801 32nd Avenue SW, Tumwater, Washington 98501. You should be present at this hearing. The hearing will determine if your child is dependent as defined in RCW 13.34.050(5). This begins a judicial process which could result in permanent loss of your parental rights. If you do not appear at the hearing, the court may enter a dependency order in your absence. To request a copy of the Notice, Summons, and Dependency Petition, call DSHS at 360-725-6700 or 1-888-822-3541. To view information about your rights, including right to a lawyer, go to HYPERLINK “http://www.atg.” Dated: __________________, by Linda Myhre Enlow, Thurston County Clerk.

TO: Shellyne Squally Case Name: S J, L Case Number: PUY-G-JV 2018-0015 Nature of Case: Guardianship of a Minor Child SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a petition has been filed asking the Court to appoint the above-named Petitioner(s) to be guardian(s) for S J, L, a minor child under PTC 7.12 (Guardianship of Minors Code). YOU ARE SUMMONED to appear at a guardianship hearing in this Court on the Puyallup Indian Reservation at: DAY: Monday TIME: 10:30 AM

DATE: August 13th 2018

LOCATION: 14451 EAST 31st ST., TACOMA, WA 98404 The guardianship hearing is private and closed. Only those persons the Court finds to have a legitimate interest in the proceedings may attend. The Court will hear testimony to determine whether guardianship is in the best interest of the child and the Tribal community. The Court will consider all guardianship reports submitted for review. All parties shall be given the opportunity to contest the factual contents and conclusions of the guardianship reports. Any party may file recommendations regarding the guardianship with the Court at least 10 calendar days before the hearing. You also have the following rights before the Court: The right to be present before the Court; The right to present written and oral testimony; The right to subpoena witnesses; The right to submit relevant evidence to the Court for consideration; The right to counsel at your own expense and effort: the Court has a list of attorneys who are admitted to practice before the Puyallup Tribe; and The right to appeal a final decision in this matter. If you do not appear at the hearing or file a written response to the petition within 20 days from the date of this notice, the Court may enter an order in your absence. NOTICE PURSUANT TO PTC 4.08.250 – DEFAULT JUDGMENT WHEN A PARTY AGAINST WHOM A JUDGMENT IS SOUGHT FAILS TO APPEAR, PLEAD, OR OTHERWISE DEFEND WITHING THE TIME ALLOWED, AND THAT IS SHOWN TO THE COURT BY A MOTION AND AFFIDAVIT OR TESTIMONY, THE COURT MAY ENTER AN ORDER OF DEFAULT AND, WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE TO THE PARTY IN DEFAULT, ENTER A JUDGMENT GRANTING THE RELIEF SOUGHT IN THE COMPLAINT. Copies of the Petition and this Summons are available at the Court Clerk’s Office located at 1451 E. 31st St., Tacoma, WA 98404. If you have any questions, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at (253) 680-5585.

YOU ARE HEREBY summoned to appear and respond to the Civil Complaint/Petition filed by the above named Petitioner in the Court of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians on the Puyallup Indian Reservation, located at 1451 E 31st Street Tacoma, Washington 98404. A(n) Initial Hearing is scheduled at the abovenamed Court on August 21st , 2018, at 9:30 AM. You must respond in writing to the civil complaint/petition within twenty (20) days after the date of the first publication of this summons. You must serve a copy of your written answer on the Petitioner and file with this Court an affidavit of service. Failure to file a written response may result in a default judgment entered against you. The parties have the right to legal representation at their own expense and effort. This Court has a list of attorneys and spokespersons who are admitted to practice in this Court. Copies of the Civil Complaint/Petition and this Summons are available at the Court Clerk’s Office located at 1451 E. 31st St., Tacoma, WA 98404. If you have any questions, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at (253) 680-5585.

VoluNteers Volunteer to help an Isolated Elder Make a difference in someone’s life! Senior Companions and Senior Friends are volunteers whose friendship helps seniors maintain their independence through regular visits and assistance with errands. Senior Companion volunteers must be 55+, low-income and serve 15 hrs/week to receive a tax free stipend. Senior Friend volunteers must be 18+ and serve 2 hrs/ month – no stipend. Eligible volunteers will pass a background check and attend training before being matched with an elder needing your help. Call Sarah (253-722-5686) or Linda (253-7225691) at Lutheran Community Services for more information & an application VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES NEEDED FOR RESIDENTS IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES The Pierce County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for people who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive, and skilled communicators to be volunteer ombudsman. As a LTC Ombudsman, you will visit an assisted living community or a skilled nursing community, working to ensure that resident rights are being protected and helping residents resolve problems they are unable to solve on their own. Volunteer ombudsman are trained and certified and dedicate 4 hours a week or 16 hours a month. Ongoing support, case staffing,

team-meetings, and trainings are provided each month. For more information please call 253 798-3789 or Email Kgavron@co.pierce. Or visit www. Wanted: Volunteers for groceries. The Empowerment Center currently has a limited number of openings for volunteers in our food bank. These positions will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Come volunteer and receive free groceries! El Shaddai Christian Ministries/The Empowerment Center, 4340 Pacific Ave., Tacoma WA 98148. For more information contact us at 253677-7740. City of Fife Needs You! We are looking for passionate applicants for open positions on our volunteer Boards and Commissions. Openings are on the Arts Commission, Parks Board, Tree Board and Youth Commission. Applications are accepted year round, but first review will be 3/24/17. Online Application: www. NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: VOLUNTEER MORE, TWEET LESS CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care has some great ways for you to serve the community and make meaningful connections. Those near the end of life need help with living. If you have 1-4 hours a week to read to someone, listen to their stories, run er-

VoluNteers rands, make phone calls, or welcome people to our hospice facility, then we have several opportunities for you. Join us in the new year for trainings scheduled in January and March. Log onto www.chifranciscan. org and click “hospice and palliative care” in the “our services” tab to learn more. Or call James Bentley at 253-538-4649 #PROJECTFEEDTACOMA There are about 2,000 homeless in Tacoma and about 1.000 beds. Many are families with children. Please help #PROJECTFEEDTACOMA to provide some basic necessities. All items donated will go directly to people on the street. PROJECT FEED TACOMA is 100% volunteer. This is a true grass roots organization and they really need your help. For more information and to find more go to Can you help with some urgent needs as winter approaches? Here are some suggestions and a huge THANK YOU! Needed: Warm Socks for Men, Women and Children; Warm Hats; Gloves; Peanut Butter and Jam/ Jelly; Crackers, Chips and non-perishable snacks; Individually wrapped granola bars or protein bars; cookies; lotion; lip balm; tampons and sanitary napkins; wipes; soap, shampoo and conditioner; gallon sized freezer bags. A BIG THANKS TO THE COPPER DOOR FOR ALLOWING PROJECT FEED TACOMA TO COLLECT DONATIONS THERE. Help hard-working families by volunteering with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)! Provide free income tax preparation to low and moderate income households. Locations throughout Pierce County. Day, evening and weekend hours available (February to April 2017). Volunteers can serve as tax preparers, quality reviewers, greeters, or interpreters (for non-English speaking or hearing-impaired tax payers). Free training provided. Learn more and apply online at Volunteer meals on Wheels Driver Seeking a volunteer Meals on Wheels Driver. Delivers frozen meals once a week in the Pierce County area, mileage reimbursement.

Must have a clean background check, WA driver’s license, car insurance and food handlers card. Call front desk for more info: 253-2728433 Food Bank Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank on the Eastside of Tacoma, WA is powered strictly by volunteers. We provide much needed food and other basic household items to people in need on a weekly basis. Being a volunteer driven organization we are always looking for good people who are interested in donating a few hours of their lives helping make the lives of someone else a little better. Donate as much or as little of your time you want for a wide variety of tasks, there is always plenty to do. If you are looking for a way to be part of something bigger and give a little much needed help to the local community then contact us and we’ll get you started. Please join us in helping to spread a little holiday cheer. Contact 253212-2778. Help furnish hope to those in need! NW Furniture Bank Volunteers needed. “NWFB helps restore hope, dignity and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture to people in need.” Tuesday-Saturday Truck Volunteers Needed- 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Truck volunteers ride along in the truck, deliver furniture to clients and make residential and corporate pickups; they are an essential part of the NWFB Team. To volunteer contact us at info@ or call 253-302-3868. South Sound Outreach is offering free tax preparation for those who make $50,000 or less. To schedule an appointment call 253.593.2111 or visit our website at www.southsound Make a difference in the life of a child! The Northwest Youth Sports Alliance is looking for coaches for our developmental youth sports program. Sports vary by season. Coaches are provided general training and go through a national background check clearance process. For more information, visit www.metroparkstacoma. org/nysa or contact Roy Fletcher, Youth Sports Coordinator, or 253.305.1025.

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July 21, 7pm

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September 8, 7pm

September 15, 8:30pm

September 29, 8:30pm

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1-888-831-7655 • EQC I-5 (I-5 Exit 135): 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma, WA 98404 • EQC Hotel & Casino (I-5 Exit 137): 5700 Pac. Hwy E., Fife, WA 98424 You must be 21 to enter the casino. Management reserves the right to change any event or promotion. Tickets available at the EQC Box Offices. EQC is not responsible for any third party ticket sales.

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