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BAY WATCHERS CALL FOUL ON PROCESS TO RESTART GRAVEL MINING By Steve Dunkelberger
KATHY MANKE DIDN'T JUST REOPEN OLD TOWN'S SPAR, SHE SAVED IT
Citizens for a Healthy Bay (CHB), the non-profit environmental group tasked with monitoring the health of Commencement Bay, wants the city to conduct a full environmental review of a plan to restart surface mining at the former Coski Sand and Gravel Mine facility on the Hylebos Waterway, particularly since plans call for 600 gravel trucks a day streaming from the waterfront location. The mine had stopped operations about 20 years ago. News of the permit application came during the holiday season that announced a public hearing would be held this week. Comments are being accepted only until the end of the month, something CHB director Melissa Malott said seemed far short of the “transparency” pledge by city officials, following the outcry regarding news of the nowdead methanol plant and the planned construction of a liquefied natural gas plant. “We are pretty frustrated,” she said. “We basically think this is ridiculous. I am, honestly, pretty appalled.”
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MINING. Citizens for a Healthy Bay wants the city to conduct a full environmental review
regarding plans to restart mining operations at the former Coski Sand and Gravel Mine along the Hylebos Waterway.
A group called Terra5 Company LLC has submitted plans to the former Coski Mine at 2500 Marine View Dr., which is located between the Hylebos Waterway and 450 feet from the residential area of Northeast Tacoma. Plans call for the removal of about
400,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel from the 17-acre site during the next decade, which would call for about 15 truckloads every hour of operation, or 600 trucks a day. Mining would reportedly take place during the day, and loading could occur both day and
night. The permit documents mention two shifts, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. “The mine is directly uphill from the Hylebos, a waterway with numerous environmental problems, and is only 450 feet
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Kathy Manke fell in love with Tacoma's Old Town district long before she bought The Spar, a pub/diner that first opened there in 1917. “I was doing research into my family and this area, and I found out that my great grandfather, Richard Uhlman, had a butcher shop in Old Town,” Manke said. “We found that Richard's mother took a train here from Sacramento.” Old Town was the area where Tacoma's first post office appeared – in a log cabin – and small businesses developed. Uhlman took advantage of the city's early years as a fishing village, often setting up shop on the beach near the Old Town dock. There, he cut and sold fresh beef to fishermen heading out to sea. Manke shared her great-grandfather's knack for business. “I'd owned the Cloverleaf with my ex-husband and managed the Engine House for three years,” Manke said. “When I saw this place, I realized it was
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PROCESS TO FILL COUNCIL VACANCY EXPOSES 'EROSION OF TRUST' By Steve Dunkelberger email@example.com
construction, contamination remediation, hazardous material handling, and more. Environmental careers start at $14/hr and can reach senior management positions paying more than $65/hr. The program is targeting Tacoma or Pierce County residents 18 and older. The
Tacoma City Council talked at a study session about what qualifications they would like to see in the person the council will later select to fill a vacant seat on the dais. The council received 55 applications to fill the at-large position vacated by Victoria Woodards, who resigned last month to concentrate on a run for mayor. The council's Government Performance and Finance Committee of Marty Campbell, Anders Ibsen, Joe Lonergan and Robert Thoms will now draft a short list of three to five candidates at its regular meeting on Jan. 18. Those finalists will then be interviewed by the full council during a study session at noon on Jan. 24, with the City Council likely to announce an appointment at the regular council meeting later that day. The interviews and the appointment will be televised from the council chambers. The timeline allows for the appointee to then participate in drafting council priorities and committee appointments during a day-long council retreat later that week. Councilmember Conor McCarthy criticized Strickland for the short timeline, particularly since the vacancy was announced during the holiday season and outlined in e-mail, without council debate on the process. "I don't necessarily think it is a bad process," he said; however, he thinks the council should have been more involved in determining the process and used it as an example of the "erosion of trust" among members of the council. Councilmember Keith Blocker agreed with
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POTHOLE OF THE WEEK
After weeks of rumors and hearsay, it appears Tacoma Weekly’s own Percival the Pothole Pig may be making his way back home. Reports that the porker had been seen in Mexico have given way to new information placing him in California’s Muscle Beach, impressing crowds with his weight lifting feats as he continues to head north. Should The Pothole Pig eventually return to Tacoma, the question must be asked, how will his journey have affected him? What physical and mental changes can we expect? Keep your eye on the Tacoma Weekly for updated reports.
Bulletin Board ANNIE WRIGHT TO OPEN NEW PROGRAM FOR BOYS Annie Wright Schools plan to launch a new program for high school boys starting in the 2017-18 school year. Complementing Annie Wright’s co-ed lower and middle schools and all-girls’ upper school, this program will extend Annie Wright’s inquiry-based experience to boys in grades 9-12. The upper school for boys, based on Annie Wright’s current upper school for girls but specifically designed for the ways boys learn, will extend Annie Wright’s expertise in single gender high school education. Drawing on Annie Wright’s rich traditions while providing innovative and specialized programs, the upper school for boys will open in August 2017 with grade 9, adding a grade each subsequent year. “This initiative is a natural extension of Annie Wright’s student-centered mission and a tremendous opportunity to serve the South Sound and beyond,” said Head of Schools Christian G. Sullivan. “While honoring our tradition of excellence in single gender high school education, we are providing a more inclusive approach to the Annie Wright experience.” While academic classes will be separated by gender, boys and girls in the upper school will have many opportunities for intersection, including arts and social events. New state-of-the-art facilities, designed specifically for how boys learn best, will accommodate the new program within three years. Current Assistant Head of Schools Susan Bauska will serve as director of the upper school for boys. Bauska has worked at Annie Wright for 26 years, previously as director of the upper school for girls. “Annie Wright’s leadership, financial health and supportive community have never been stronger,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees John Long. “The school is in an ideal position to launch this new program which honors the past while looking toward the future.” Once the boys’ program is established, Annie Wright will provide the only independent school option for boys near downtown Tacoma and the only boarding opportunity for boys in the South Sound. ARTISTS OF COLOR INVITED TO APPLY FOR ART INSTALLATION Pierce County artists of color can submit applications now through Feb. 13 to have existing portable pieces of artwork considered for purchase and installation at People’s Community Center in Tacoma. Portable artworks include two-dimensional pieces that fall within certain eligibility guidelines. Media can include, but is not limited to: painting, drawing, works on paper, photography, printmaking, digital, collage, mosaics, fiber, mixed-media and wall-mountable low-relief sculpture. Applicants must be artists of color, live in Pierce County and be 18 years or older. Artists with ties to the Hilltop community will be prioritized. “People’s Community Center has become such a focal point for the rapidly evolving, highly diverse Hilltop neighborhood,” said District 3 Council Member Keith Blocker. “This is a special opportunity for artists of color from the local area to help build and sustain the already welcoming environment of this facility.” Up to $10,000 in total artwork purchases, including any required framing, will be made, with no one artwork costing more than $1,500. Funding for this portable works purchase opportunity comes from Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Program which dedicates 1 percent of construction costs from public capital projects to the creation of public art. Artworks purchased through this opportunity will become part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection. For more information, and to apply, go to cityoftacoma. org/artsopps. GIVE MURDER A SPORTING CHANCE Add dinner, murder and mystery to kick off your Super Bowl weekend. The Pacific Northwest’s premiere mystery theatre company will present a special sportsthemed interactive dinner Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 9850 64th St. W. in University Place. The event promises an evening of entertaining mayhem and interaction with an outrageous cast of actors while you try to figure out the culprit in a live “whodunit” mystery that includes a stadium-style buffet dinner from Chambers Bay Grill. To participate in the interactive dinner, reserve your spot online or call (253) 798-4141 by Jan. 27. Cost is $59 per adult (ages 21 and over only). Advance tickets are required and will not be sold at the door. For more information, visit www.piercecountywa.org/murdermysterydinner.
Members of the audience are encouraged to wear their favorite sports attire. The sports-themed buffet dinner includes nachos, garlic fries, crudité platter, buffalo wings, specialty dogs, dessert, and beverages. A no host bar will be available.
NEW CHURCH DESIGNED FOR YOUNG ADULTS Millennials now have a new place to gather. On the corner of North Mullen and 35th Street is an unassuming, quaint church nestled in a quiet neighborhood of Tacoma’s North End community. On the outside, it looks like a place of tradition and reverent history. But, on the inside, there is something completely different happening. On Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m., millennials of Tacoma fill this sacred old building and bring vibrancy like never before. Life Center will launch a ministry focused on targeting the young adults in Pierce County at North End Community Church (NECC), located at 3502 N. Mullen St., Tacoma, 98407. The young adult pastor who is leading the charge, Brandon Perritte, shares, “This group of people is known to be unreachable and disengaged from society. Millennials are yearning for real relationships, community and a life that has impact. They don’t want anything to do with things that appear to be fake, especially church.” He goes on to explain, “Meeting at NECC is ideal because you know what you’re getting when you walk in the door of this old church. This generation values what is real versus what’s relevant.” Life Center Young Adults (YA) is confident and determined they can reach this demographic. The YA leadership team is a dynamic group of millennials, those born between 1980-1999, and they are motivated, with clear vision to draw millennials into meaningful and causedriven community. Perritte goes on to say, “We know what it takes to fix the disconnect with millennials. Our solution is community.” Life Center YA will provide several avenues for young adults to engage in community and make an impact in the city. In addition to weekly church services that are unapologetically Jesus-centered in teaching, Perritte describes, “If it doesn’t bring community, then we simply aren’t going to do it. We’ve planned weekly restaurant take-overs, small and large group hangs during the week, monthly community service projects, annual adopt-ablocks, block parties and whatever it takes to make an impact in the city.” COLUMBIA BANK RAISES $200,000+ FOR HOMELESS SHELTERS Columbia Bank announced on Jan. 6 that $209,335.96 and 8,140 items were raised for 54 local homeless shelters across the Northwest during the second annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive. Through generous donations from customers, employees and the community, Columbia Bank surpassed its 2016 fundraising goal of $160,000 for Warm Hearts by 30.8 percent, and exceeded the funds raised in 2015 by 32.8 percent. “We are so proud of our employees, customers and community, who rallied together again this year to raise awareness of this growing issue, and make a real difference,” said Melanie Dressel, President & CEO of Columbia Bank. “The Warm Hearts Winter Drive was created to benefit the growing number of people who are impacted by homelessness and are struggling to receive essential services during our cold and rainy winter months.” According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of people experiencing homelessness in the Northwest has increased six percent since 2015. Columbia Bank launched the Warm Hearts Winter Drive in 2015 to support nonprofit organizations providing warmth to individuals, families and children in need. One hundred percent of the clothing and funds collected during the Warm Hearts Winter Drive are donated directly back to the shelters and relief organizations in the communities where the collections originated. For a full list of benefitting organizations in each county, visit www.warmheartswinterdrive.com. DANCE THEATRE NORTHWEST NEEDS DANCERS Experienced dancers with classical training are needed for upcoming performances of “Arts Are Education,” “Art Inspires Art” and other community arts performances. Positions are open for company members, Junior Dance Ensemble members and guest performers. Jan. 14 at 8:50 a.m. is the next audition for Dance Theatre Northwest Jr. Dance Ensemble Members (ages 9-18). The audition requires advanced completion of a Junior Dance Ensemble performing member application and consists of participation in an intermediate-level youth ballet class. No prepared variation or solo is required. Girls are asked to wear pink tights and ballet shoes, a black leotard, waistband, and to arrive with their hair secured up; they should bring pointe shoes if they are SEE MORE BULLETIN BOARD ITEMS ON PAGE A7
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Pierce County Sheriff's deputies are searching for Gilbert M. Greenwood. The 51-year-old is charged with four counts of rape of a child in the first DAVID ROSE degree (aggravated) and one count of child molestation in the 1st degree (aggravated). He was arrested on May 17, 2013 and was out on bail when his trial was scheduled for Sept. 15, 2014. He failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. "At the time, we were told he had left the country. We now believe he is somewhere on the Olympic Pen-
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insula and so we are asking for the public's help to find him" said Det. Ed Troyer. According to the charging documents, Greenwood allegedly showed a 4-5-year-old girl videos of men and women having "really rough" sex before raping her. Prosecutors say the sexual abuse continued for years. Greenwood is 6-feet, 4-inches tall, 265 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If you can tell deputies where to find him, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to his arrest. Call the hot line at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477). This is one of the Pierce County fugitives being featured Friday night on “Washington's Most Wanted” at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX.
PROSECUTOR FINDS DEPUTIES’ USE OF DEADLY FORCE LAWFUL Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Justin Christopher Baker, 36, have been completed. Baker died from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies David Sutherland, Brian Coburn, Robert Blumenschine, Roger Fuller, and Chad Helligso. Deputies opened fire after Baker advanced on them with a running chainsaw. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist concluded that the deputies acted lawfully. "This is an unfortunate example of suicideby-cop,” Prosecutor Lindquist said. “It’s also an example of what methamphetamine can do to a person’s mental and emotional stability.” In the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2016, Baker showed up unexpectedly and uninvited at his parents’ residence, wielding a running chainsaw and making various threats to enter the residence, kill himself with the chainsaw, and to attack the deputies when they showed up. The father also reported that he felt Baker was plan-
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ning to commit “suicide by cop” by making deputies take action against him when they arrived. He also said his son had a history of drug use. This information was relayed to the responding deputies. They arrived a short time later and confronted Baker while he was holding and revving the chainsaw in a threatening manner toward the deputies. The deputies pointed their duty firearms at Baker while giving him verbal commands to put the chainsaw down on the ground and move away from it. Baker continued to hold the chainsaw out towards the deputies while revving it. One of the deputies fired his taser, hitting Baker, but this failed to stop him. Baker charged the deputies with the running chainsaw, and deputies shot and killed him. Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Clark determined that Baker had 27 gunshot wounds, of which several had the potential to be fatal. The postmortem toxicology report indicated Baker had a large quantity of methamphetamine and amphetamines in his system at the time of his death. Dr. Clark stated that the amount of these drugs in Baker’s system was potentially fatal.
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INMATE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METHSOAKED LETTERS The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Rickey Claude Yandell, 49, on Jan. 6 with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Letters sent to him in the mail had been soaked in methamphetamine. “This is a new take on an old problem smuggling drugs into jail,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. On Jan. 4, a Pierce County Corrections Officer along with her K9 partner, Rocket, were asked to investigate a letter that had been sent to Yandell while he was in custody at the Pierce County Jail. The letter was addressed to Yandel and was suspicious because of its odd physical appearance. K9 Rocket alerted on the letter addressed to Yandell. It was one of ten letters placed on the floor. Rocket was then taken to Yandell’s cell and conducted a second search. Yandell’s paperwork was spread on the floor, and Rocket alerted on another letter with two sheets of paper. One-third of a page had been torn off. Deputies field tested the pages from both letters and got a positive result for methamphetamine. This type of crime has become more and more common all over the country as inmates try to get drugs inside jails and prisons via the U.S. mail. Bail is set at $50,000. Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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TACOMA UNITES FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
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(Above) Dr. Maxine Mimms will be honored with the prestigious 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. (Right) Keynote speech will be delivered by Julianne Malveaux, a renowned labor economist, author and commentator who will be shedding light on the current state of our country’s stance on equality and our perception of it. By Duncan Rolfson Special to Tacoma Weekly
This year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be observed on Monday, Jan. 16. People of all races, religions and genders will be taking time from the mundanetrenches we call life to observe the legacy that this great man imparted on our nation. Starting as early as the Sunday just before this holiday, there will be gatherings of community and fellowship for a common belief. Spanning nearly half the week, here is a list of a few events aimed and remembering and celebrating this great man. The 11th Annual MLK Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision is being presented on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2:30 p.m. at Urban Grace Church by “The Conversation” and in collaboration with the church and Associated Ministries. Traditionally, it has served as a collaborative effort of community-focused and faith-based volunteers and artists attempting to illuminate the inequities and other hurdles in modern day society. Alongside multi-faith blessings and calls for peace and unity, the event will feature live art expressions via spoken word poetry and live music focused on civil rights and equal justice for all. It is free to the public, and all are invited to attend and share in the message being offered. The goal of this event is to express the need for actively promoting and reiterating Dr. King’s message of the betterment of singular and social justices. In conjunction with the observance, two local activists will be honored with a Social Justice Award. These men are Henry Lyle “Hank” Adams and Dean Jackson. Hank Adams (SiouxAssiniboine), is a local social justice activist whose long-
standing work has been instrumental in working to assert and protect local Native American fishing and hunting rights. Dean Jackson is founder and director of Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG) located in the landmark Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, which serves as an example for the locals on how to work to create and promote food sovereignty and re-connection to the soil by simply changing the lives of local people on the margins of our community. On Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 a.m., the 2017 MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast will be hosted by University of WashingtonTacoma, located in the University Y Student Center. Local artistry, community involvement, and peer recognition are the happenings here, including a presentation of the Dream Awards and a keynote speech from Erin Jones from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Please come down and get involved – only you and your community will benefit from your participation in this year’s event. Also on Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be the the City of Tacoma’s Annual MLK Celebration at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. This year, Dr. Maxine B. Mimms will be honored with the prestigious 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, which is presented each year during the city’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration before an average crowd of approximately 2,000 attendees from the community. “Dr. Mimms embodies the mission of Dr. King through her extraordinary dedication to opening doors of higher education to the diverse community in Tacoma,” said Committee Chairwoman Erin Lee. “Our event theme is ‘Beloved Community’ and we gave special consider-
ation to nominees whose work focused on understanding our community and its needs, and delivering solutions.” The event will feature keynote speaker Harold Moss, Tacoma's first African American city council member and Mayor. Moss has been active in the Tacoma community since the 1950s when he was a member of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served two terms as president of the branch. The celebration will include exhibitions of all types – music, dance and poetry – that highlight the strength, resiliency and creativity of young men of color. Performances will focus highly on Dr. King’s relationship with the communities he affected, how he challenged and changed our nation's very fiber, and his message to honor the dignity and rights of every person, no matter their differences to you or me. The following day the University of Puget Sound is inviting the community to come together for their annual Martin Luther King Celebration. Everyone is welcome to the free evening. Keynote speech will be delivered by Julianne Malveaux, a renowned labor economist, author and commentator who will be shedding light on the current state of our country’s stance on equality and our perception of it. Described by author and activist Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country,” Malveaux truly embraces views on race, culture, gender and economics that are helping shape public opinion in 21st-century America. Malveaux’s keynote talk, plus messages from the Puget Sound community and the presentation of the Keep The Faith Alive Award, will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are required.
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LOUNGING. Vape-O-Rama in University Place not only offers a large selection of vaping products, but a lounge to try new flavors or converse with like-minded customers. By Derek Shuck email@example.com
University Place residents looking for a one-stop vape shop can visit Vape-O-Rama, located at 7406 27th St. W., which offers a large selection of products for all your vaping needs. Vape-O-Rama is a shop dedicated to newcomers and veteran vapers alike. Those unfamiliar with vaping can count on the knowledge of a friendly staff dedicated to customer service that will get you started on the road to vaping. On the other hand, experienced vapers can take comfort in not only the wide variety of products VapeO-Rama offers, but also a space that allows them to talk to other vaping enthusiasts about the pleasures of this revolutionary smoking trend. Owner Chuck Bertrand credits the store’s success to their fantastic customer service and a policy by which Vape-ORama makes sure that every product works as intended. “I think the biggest thing is we take care of our
“I think the biggest thing is we take care of our customers. If something goes wrong, we fix it or replace it. Obviously customer service is important for building long term relationships.” – CHUCK BERTRAND, OWNER OF VAPE-O-RAMA customers. If something goes wrong, we fix it or replace it. Obviously customer service is important for building long term relationships,” Bertrand said. “If you bought [a product] three months ago from us and it breaks, we’ll replace it. “ The store also offers a wide variety of products to buy; everything from equipment to various flavors are displayed throughout the store, which provides a nice environment to talk about vaping for beginners and regular users. Should you want to try new flavors or just hang out
at the friendly store, Vape-O-Rama’s vape lounge should meet all your needs, including “try before you buy.” Through putting an emphasis on customer service and dedication to helping people with their vaping needs, VapeO-Rama has established a reputation as one of the best. Vape-O-Rama in University Place is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vape-O-Rama also has locations in Kent, Renton, Lakewood and Burien. For more information, visit vape-o-rama.com or call (253) 267-5698.
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CITY COUNCIL SHOULD LOOK FOR AN OUTSIDER TO FILL VACANT SEAT The City of Tacomaâ€™s call for applications to fill the at-large position left vacant when Victoria Woodards announced her resignation to concentrate on her bid for mayor, and avoid the cityâ€™s term limit rules along the way, drew 55 applicants from all neighborhoods in the City of Destiny. Some of the applicants are well known commodities in local circles, from former councilmember Lauren Walker to Kris â€œSonics Guyâ€? Brannon. It was the largest slate of applicants since David Boe and Ryan Mello were appointed in 2010 from a field of 44 applicants for two at-large positions created when Marilyn Strickland stepped down when she was elected mayor and Julie Anderson left to serve as Pierce County Auditor. Current City Council members should take the volume of applicants to heart and seek a candidate that is both qualified and has views that diverge from the councilâ€™s own so that new perspectives, fresh ideas and differing views enter the discussion. That is not to say that this newly minted council member would or should actually drive the conversation, since he or she would just be one of nine voices from the dais, but having the perspective of a small business owner or grassroots activist could add depth to policy discussions as well as dedicate the time to attend meetings, briefings and council sessions required by the position that is technically a part-time post that pays $46,013.92 a year. In reality, the job calls for more than part-time commitments since such meetings are peppered sporadically throughout the regular work week, making it difficult for a nine-to-five worker to manage. The City Council, after all, is not only responsible for enacting all legislation, developing policies and making general decisions on behalf of the city and region at large, but will particularly be focused in the coming months on the task of finding, interviewing and hiring a new city manager now that T.C. Broadnax is leaving for the top administrative post in Dallas. That is an appointment that canâ€™t be rushed or rubberstamped because a â€œbad hireâ€? could bring a return of deficit spending and less-than-transparent discussions. The next step in the selection process will come when the council's Government Performance and Finance Committee of Marty Campbell, Anders Ibsen, Joe Lonergan and Robert Thoms whittle the roster of 55 applicants down to a short list of three to five candidates at its regular meeting on Jan. 18. Those finalists will then be interviewed by the full council during a study session at noon on Jan. 24. The City Council is then expected to announce an appointment at the regular council meeting later that day. We should all stay tuned as the selection process plays out.
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor. (Re: â€œA voice of reason on the failed behavioral health taxâ€? by Jerry Gibbs, TW 1-6-17): Mr. Gibbs tries to completely muddle the real issue of mental health problems in Pierce County. The Behavioral Health Study delivered to the County Council in September shows that Pierce County has the worst mental health outcomes in the state, a fact that calls for compassion and responsible citizen action rather than the typical anti-tax rhetoric. Most of the editorial is a rant against ST3l taxes, which may not be fair in terms of when we start paying and when we get transit all the way to Tacoma, but the I-5 traffic problem needs to be faced and solved. Taking a selfish perspective on serious mental health problems in our County shows no empathy for the pain experienced by people needing help and their families. The report indicates that lack of affordable housing is the biggest culprit in our mental health crisis. When will the county take responsibility for providing adequate shelter and affordable housing, where we also come in dead last in the state? Connie Brown, Executive Director Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
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AVOIDING DĂ‰JĂ€ VU ALL OVER AGAIN
By Don C. Brunell
The late Yogi Berra coined the phrase â€œitâ€™s dĂŠjĂ vu all over again!â€? It is used extensively to describe political miscues. Case in point: ObamaCare. Recently, Wall Street Journalâ€™s Kimberley Strassel wrote a column describing President Obamaâ€™s failure with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). â€œThe vision of the president calling on his party members to â€“ yet again â€“ lay down their political lives for his â€˜signatureâ€™ law was a reminder of how this disaster began.â€? Unfortunately, Republicans, who now control Congress and the White House, may be poised to repeat the same mistakes Obama and Democrats made in 2010 when they jammed the ACA through Congress â€“ important sections unwritten and devoid of Republican input. When the President signed the law on March 23, 2010 most members of Congress had no time to skim, let alone read, the bill. It was 2,700 pages, which changed by the minute. Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) admitted she was waiting to pass ACA to learn what was in it. That statement summarized the predicament of lawmakers, eroded public confidence and caused a strong backlash among voters. President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans, holding the majority on Capitol Hill, now find themselves in the Democratsâ€™ shoes. They are poised
to act swiftly to repeal Obamacare and replace it. The â€œItâ€? is yet to be defined. Democrats and Republicans must realize that making health care affordable and available is an â€œAmericanâ€? issue, not a political football. The stakeholders are not just party-line voters, but people from every circumstance in life and all parts of our nation. Elected officials must bring all interests together and work diligently to find practical and affordable solutions. The goal needs to be: keep what is working and thoughtfully design and implement new solutions to fix what is not. It canâ€™t wait. ObamaCare may fall of its own financial weight. Our federal government owes over $20 trillion and the ACA subsidies will reach $42.6 billion this year which is up from $32.8 billion in 2016, the Center for Health and Economy reports. According to the Washington Policy Center, 170,000 people in our state receive health insurance through the state exchange and most of these people receive federal subsidizes. Another 600,000 Washingtonians were placed in the expanded Medicaid program, where 90 percent of the costs are paid by federal taxpayers. While Trump and GOP lawmakers are eager to fix health care, they must be surgical in their approach and sell workable strategies to the public. It is possible. Washington State lawmakers did it in the early 1980s. At the time, the insurance gap was among the â€œworking poorâ€? â€“ people
earning too much to qualify for Medicaid, but in low-wage jobs offering no health insurance. In 2016, those individuals would earn between $12,000 and $24,000 yearly. Employers and people with health insurance paid higher premiums. Providers had to raise rates to recover costs for the uninsured. Meanwhile, our state legislature struggled just to fund Medicaid. Lawmakers, health experts, doctors, hospitals, insurers and employers worked together and came up with the â€œBasic Health Plan.â€? The legislation passed in 1987 and was fully implemented in 1993. Between 1999 and 2009, the BHP covered over a half million people. The BHP had its share of problems. As expenses mounted, subsidized premiums rose and the waiting list grew, state budget cuts took a toll. However, the process used to develop it is one to emulate. As Strassel concluded: â€œLong before ObamaCare cratered on the merits, it had failed in the court of public opinion â€“ because of both the manner and the means by which it became law.â€? Hopefully, that is a lesson learned. Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the stateâ€™s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at theBrunells@msn.com.
FAMILY LIFE UNDER THE STIGMA OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION
By 'Rebecca Schneider'
â€œYou have reached the voicemail box of...â€? â€œYou have reached the voicemail box ofâ€Śâ€? â€œYou have reached the voicemail box ofâ€Śâ€? Panic set in. I was supposed to get dinner with him at Chiliâ€™s, my pregnancy cravings running wild for those honey chipotle chicken crispers. We had just talked about it on the phone less than an hour before. After a few minutes of waiting in the car, his family saw me, came outside and said, â€œHe was pulled over by the police driving home in the work truck and they took him.â€? I sped back home, tears streaming down my face, and frantically told my parents what was going on. We rushed to the police station, even though he told me not to come. He didnâ€™t want me to see him there under those circumstances. When we got there, an officer told us he didnâ€™t have any documentation, so there was no way they could release him. I went back to his apartment, scrambling to find anything I could that would show that he had lived here a long time â€“ his high school diploma, his bartending license, some cash he had, thinking maybe it would help. When I got back, the officer sneered, â€œI couldnâ€™t release him if I wanted to.â€? The officers said I could go in to see him. He stood up in his socks, paint and dust still speckled in his hair after a long day at work, asking why I came when he told me not to. But I could see the fear that now replaced the pride in his eyes. I donâ€™t remember what we said to each other. The young officer walked me back out. He told me he was the one who pulled him over. I could feel the remorse as he retold the story - the story that was beginning to pave the path to deportation, all starting with a routine traffic
stop. â€œHe pulled out of the gas station and turned left where there was a â€˜no left turnâ€™ sign. I had to pull him over. Heâ€™s such a good guy. Heâ€™s really such a good guy.â€? Such a good guy among many other good guys. Undocumented guys. Hardworking, ambitious, and familyoriented guys. He was doing all that he could for the family we were about to start. The day he was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the court officer let me see him before they escorted him out through the back. He kissed my recently protruding stomach. â€œYouâ€™re pregnant?â€? she asked. I nodded, my face red and swollen from crying. â€œItâ€™s okay. Heâ€™ll be back soon.â€? I watched as he walked away with the officers, shackled by the wrists and ankles, like a dangerous criminal. I later found out that she, the court officer, was the one that called ICE to report him, violating her job description. Three years later, he says he doesnâ€™t want to tell our son that he was ever detained or that he skipped his meals in the detention center, trading his food for paper, pens, and stamps to write letters to me that I still have not received. But I think these facts are important for my son with caramel skin, chocolate eyes, and dark brown hair to know, because being undocumented will never be an allegation made against me, with my German last name, dark blonde hair and skin the color of Wonder Bread. My son, because of his fatherâ€™s ethnicity, may be labeled a rapist or a drug dealer, for those who feed into the rhetoric of our President-Elect. He will not be judged by his humor or his character, but for the origin of his last name. I want him to know that his father was able to overcome the struggles he went through, was able to receive Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and was able to
raise him with me, not through phone calls or letters to his home country or visits to a detention center. I want my son to know that, as that young officer got to know his father, he realized that not all immigrants are bad. And I want my son to be able to live a life free of fear for his Guatemalan roots that play such a big part in his life. I want him to proudly speak both of the languages he knows in public without having to feel like he needs to assimilate to the majority group threatened by his culture. There are roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today. They have children, they work, and they pay taxes that they cannot claim later. They live in constant fear that they will be taken from their children who are citizens of the United States. The year after my son was born, there were 275,000 babies born to undocumented immigrants in this country. Think of how likely these numbers make it for US citizens to know an undocumented immigrant, personally or in passing, and probably unbeknownst to many. But studies show that, the more meaningful relationships a person has with people of different races and ethnicities, the fewer prejudices he or she will have towards others. I want people to get to know my son for who he is, shaped greatly into the fun-loving kid that he is becoming by his huge extended Guatemalan family. Maybe knowing that my little boy almost lost his Papa will make even one person understand the experience of the huge group of children born to undocumented immigrants in our country. â€œRebecca Schneiderâ€? is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is using a pen name for reasons of family security, but correspondence can be sent to her through Professor Jeffrey Pugh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Bulletin Board CONTINUED FROM PAGE A2 dancing on pointe. Leg warmers, extra shorts, jewelry, and skirts are not permitted in the audition class. Boys should wear black shorts or tights and a white T-shirt or leotard. White shoes and socks are preferred. Please pick up your applications as soon as possible. Be prepared and arrive early. Jan. 14-Feb. 10 (by appointment) are audition dates for the Dance Theatre Northwest Regional Performing Company members and guest artists (teens/ adults ages 16-35). The audition requires advanced completion of a performing company member application and consists of participation in an intermediateadvanced-level ballet class. After the class a prepared variation or solo is required. All dancers should have a strong double pirouette and be able to perform adagio combinations at or above the 90 degree level as well as petite and grande allegro combinations. Girls are asked to wear pink tights, black leotards and pointe shoes, and to arrive ready to do a Pointe barre and center with their hair secured up; they should also bring soft ballet and/or jazz shoes. Leg warmers, extra shorts, jewelry, and skirts are not permitted in the audition class. Boys should wear black tights and a white leotard or T-shirt. White shoes and socks are preferred. Active professional company members, not including apprentice members, who are available to perform and are in compliance with company contracts will be provided with a modest artists fee/ stipend and other company benefits. All dancers should have previous performing experience. There may be some exceptions to the age rule if dancers are strong enough and attend daily classes. Call (253) 778-6534 for an application and audition appointment or send DVD audition and resume to: DTNW, 2811 Bridgeport Way W. #24, University Place/ Tacoma, WA 98466. Scholarship information is available Jan. 14-31 for dancers ages 12-21 with five or more years classical ballet training. Also for boys age 11 and up who want to train in the intensive program. Please call (253) 565-5149 for an application and an audition appointment.
‘NEW YORKER’ CARTOONIST TO SPEAK AT UPS The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is bringing to Tacoma her love of the absurd, her passion for pictures and words, and her precise sense of the fine line between humor and gravitas. The acclaimed humorist and author will appear at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Schneebeck Concert Hall at University of Puget Sound. “An Evening With Roz Chast,” including a post-lecture Q&A with the audience, is presented by the Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts. Ticket information is below and early reservations are recommended. The Brooklyn-born Chast has published hundreds of cartoons in The New Yorker, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, and other magazines and has written or illustrated more than a dozen books. Described by Salon as “the first truly subversive New Yorker cartoonist,” and by New Yorker editor David Remnick as “the magazine’s only certifiable genius,” Chast creates cartoons that often reveal the ludicrous in simple domestic scenes or poke fun at the unspoken obsessions that take hold of us all. NPR’s Fresh Air host Terry Gross once asked Chast what her down-to-earth parents – a schoolteacher and a vice principal who grew up during the Depression – thought about her rather esoteric cartoons. In response Chast related how her father used to carry around a Saturday Review cartoon in his wallet showing a man on a psychiatrist’s couch saying, “I feel inadequate, because I don’t understand the cartoons in The New Yorker.” It is a gag that many of the magazine’s readers can relate to. Chast, the cartoonist, makes fun in ways that at times seem to shoot into outer space, turn around, and zap back again – sometimes hitting the mark and evoking a wry smile, at other times crashing to earth. However Chast, the person, is upfront and real. She earnestly explained to Terry Gross that her father’s habit of pulling out his mocking cartoon was simply a sign that he was proud of her – even if he had no idea what she was trying to say. An only child, Chast started drawing cartoons while still young. She later studied at Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in painting “because it seemed more artistic,” she says on her website. But soon after graduating she switched back to cartoons and had her first cartoon accepted by The New Yorker at the age of 24. Many submissions later she was invited to join the staff. Chast’s books have included “Unscientific Americans,” “Parallel Universes,” “Mondo Boxo” and “Theories of Every-
thing: Selected, Collected, and HealthInspected Cartoons by Roz Chast 1978– 2006.” Her most recent best-selling book is “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” a searing memoir about her efforts to cope alone with her elderly parents in the final years of their lives. The honors granted to the popular cartoonist are many and include the 2015 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, New York City Literary Honors Award for Humor, and the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Best Gag Cartoon, among others. Chast holds honorary doctoral degrees from Dartmouth College, Leslie University, and Pratt Institute, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The lecture by Chast is sponsored by the Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts, University of Puget Sound’s premier lecture series. The series brings intellectuals, public figures, writers, and artists to the university to present challenging ideas that stimulate further exploration and discussion on campus. Past Pierce lecturers have included The Washington Post political writer E.J. Dionne; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz; Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka; economist Robert Reich; author Carlos Fuentes; psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison; filmmaker Spike Lee; the Hon. Cory Booker, now a U.S. senator; political commentator David Brooks; columnist Thomas Friedman; writer Leonard Pitts, Jr., playwright Edward Albee; race and religion scholar Cornel West; musician Philip Glass; playwright Suzan-Lori Parks; dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp; historian and television host Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and novelist Marlon James.
WORKSOURCE OPENS NEW HUB FOR JOB SEEKERS While Pierce County’s unemployment rate improved 0.9 percent over the course of 2016, its economic recovery still lags behind the rest of the state and falls short when compared with other Puget Sound communities. From a January high of 6.7 percent to a November low of 5.8 percent, many workers remain unemployed, underemployed or disconnected from the economy altogether. The new and improved WorkSource Pierce Job Center is a hub where job seekers can access tools, assistance and support throughout their search. With a committed team of experts on hand, job seekers benefit by learning about training programs, high-demand positions and opportunities uniquely suited to each skillset. Job seekers, employers and community members alike are invited to drop by the Job Center and enjoy light snacks and beverages while touring the facility, meeting experts and learning about hiring opportunities. The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the worksource Pierce Job Center at 3650 S. Cedar St. APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR POET LAUREATE The Tacoma Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the seventh annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. The individual selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for two years – from May 2017 to April 2019 – and receive a $4,000 stipend for advancing and actively contributing to Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications and/or special projects. This individual will also participate in Tacoma Arts Month each October and help produce the 2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate ceremony announcing the next Tacoma Poet Laureate. “The Poet Laureate program provides an incredible opportunity for a unique Tacoma poet to engage the entire city as an ambassador for this important and dynamic art form,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “We are excited for the next Poet Laureate to share their talents and passion with all audiences.” Eligibility extends to literary artists who live in Pierce County and are actively engaged in Tacoma’s creative community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and practicing artists, dedicated to producing poetry in any form, genre or style on a regular basis. Other eligibility requirements apply. Current poet laureate Cathy Nguyen and the Tacoma Arts Commission and will host a poetry event at which the winner of this year’s Poet Laureate competition will officially be awarded the title. The free, public event will be held Saturday, April 29, location to be announced. The application and information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program, which was founded in 2008 by Urban Grace Church and transitioned to the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program in 2011, are available at cityoftacoma.org/poet.
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PUYALLUP TRIBAL IMPACT Supporting the Economic Growth of Our Community
PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER
Federal, regional, state and local leaders gathered with the Puyallup Tribal Council to officially cut the ribbon on the Tribe’s new state-of-the-art Salish Cancer Center (SCC) in the spring of 2015. Joining in on the event were (back row from left): former Fife Mayor Tim Curtis; former Congressman Norm Dicks and Puyallup Tribal Council Vice-Chairman Larry LaPointe; (front row from left) Puyallup Tribal Council Members Marguerite Edwards and Sylvia Miller; Puyallup Vice-Chairwoman Roleen Hargrove; Senator Maria Cantwell; Puyallup Chairman Bill Sterud; Gov. Jay Inslee; Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen; Congressman Denny Heck; and Puyallup Tribal Council Members David Bean and Tim Reynon.
The most urban of Native American tribes, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians continues to be a critical component of the South Sound economy. As Pierce County’s sixth largest employer, a donor to a broad range of charitable organizations, and a major funder of housing, roads, education and environmental projects, the Puyallup Tribe stands as a model for taking care of not only its
own membership, but sharing its wealth among the broader community as well. The Puyallup Tribe is one of the largest employers in Pierce County. With a payroll of more than 3,100 people that work in the Tribe’s businesses, government, economic development corporation, school, and health and housing authorities – approximately 70 percent of whom are non-Native –
employees enjoy competitive wages and benefits. In 2015 the Tribe spent over $491 million. This spending supports communities by providing good wages and generous benefits to individuals, and through purchases of goods and services from local suppliers, vendors, contractors, construction companies and more.
From sponsoring local charities, non-profit organizations, social welfare projects and events that may otherwise suffer or cease to exist, to protecting the environment, funding crime prevention, city improvement projects and healthcare, the Tribe maintains its commitment to honoring its destiny as “the generous people,” the meaning of the Tribe’s very name “Puyallup.”
PARTNERING TO ENHANCE LOCAL TRANSPORTATION Partnering with local jurisdictions to improve local transportation over the past seven years, the Tribe has spent more than $40 million on transportation projects and traffic safety services in neighboring areas. These are largely done in collaboration with state and local governments to benefit the region’s growing traffic infrastructure, which helps everyone. Projects range from lighting and safety improvements to bridges and reconstruction projects, providing hundreds of jobs to local engineers, tradesmen, environmental and cultural resource consultants, construction contractors, and the like. Examples of the Tribe’s expenditures over the past seven years to completed and ongoing projects include: 30TH STREET SAFETY PROJECT, TACOMA Paving, lighting, ADA access, replacement of sidewalks on both sides of 30th Avenue from Portland Avenue to R Street, and one side of 31st Avenue, including relocation
of public utilities. Permitted through the City of Tacoma. The project was completed spring of 2013. 31ST STREET REHABILITATION PROJECT, TACOMA 31st Street was a failed road that has received repavement, curb and stormwater facilities, street trees, and relocation of public utilities. Permitted through the City of Tacoma. The project was completed in summer 2015. EAST ROOSEVELT/EAST WRIGHT STREET IMPROVEMENTS & MAINTENANCE WORK The Tribe committed $15,000 to replace a failing section of Roosevelt that was important for access to the Tribal Health Clinic. A new asphalt overlay was applied, alongside curb improvements and alleyway paving. TRANSPORTATION PLANNING & COLLABORATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS I-5 HOV Project, Tacoma and Fife: Tribal staff has
worked with WSDOT regarding HOV improvements on I-5. East Side Community Projects: Tribal staff is working with the City of Tacoma with respect to long-range transportation planning involving several city streets. Additional Transportation Planning and Administration: Tribal staff works in collaboration with a number of federal, state and local government agencies to plan and administer transportation projects in the region. Inspection Services: The Puyallup Tribe pays for City of Tacoma inspectors for road project oversight; fees to exceed $100,000. Port of Tacoma Emergency Response ITS Study: The Puyallup Tribe has committed $75,000 to partner with the City of Tacoma, Port of Tacoma, and local port businesses to study emergency vehicle response in the Port of Tacoma tide flats area to address safety concerns and increase local police & fire response.
TRIBE, WSDOT PARTNER TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY In keeping with their mutual agreement reached in 2014, the Puyallup Tribe and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) continue to partner on WSDOT’s HOV construction project on Interstate 5 on the Puyallup Indian Reservation. The agreement provides that work will be conducted in a manner respectful of the Tribe’s lands and treaty rights. For example, in late 2015 WSDOT crews focused on several excavation activities with the Tribe’s archaeological monitors present during the work. The agreement further conveys several parcels of land to the Tribe to offset the lost use of lands on which the Tribe has given WSDOT easements for the project. A right of first refusal gives the Tribe an opportunity to purchase additional lands. The agreement deals particularly with replacement of Interstate 5 bridges across the Puyallup River, as the bridges are more than 50 years old and would not withstand the impact of a serious earthquake. The new bridges will provide a much greater degree of safety in such an event, and the HOV lanes will improve transportation significantly in the area. In addition to providing room for one HOV lane on this portion of I-5, as part of this project WSDOT will also rebuild the northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge to make it straighter and wider than the existing bridge; improve the I-5/Portland Avenue interchange; and repave all the lanes of northbound I-5 within the project limits. Construction of the first bridge shafts for the new northbound I-5 bridge over the river has started near State Route 167, and work on the new ramp bridge from northbound I-5 to SR 167 is also progressing. Part of the agreement is to protect the fishery habitat and resource and to preserve Tribal members’ opportunity
to fish, a right guaranteed by the Treaty of Medicine Creek. To accomplish those goals, WSDOT has focused its work in the Puyallup River at times other than fishing season and fish migration periods. The work will use construction methods that minimize impact on the resource. With the project to rebuild the bridge will come in-water work in the Puyallup River that WSDOT is keeing tribal fishermen informed of. This work includes monitoring equipment for water quality to be placed in the water to meet water quality standards for the river established by the Tribe and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The placement of floating booms will outline an 80-foot channel for boats and behind the booms temporary work platforms will be constructed on both sides of the river. Isolation casings for the in-water bridge piers will also be installed. STATE ROUTE 167 In 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee formally signed a transportation package that will flow $16.2 billion toward roads and transportation routes around the state for the next 16 years. On the roster of projects slated for those dollars is the final leg of State Route 167 that would provide a roadway between the distribution and warehouse hubs of Kent and Auburn to Port of Tacoma waters. The Tribe is working with the state and other partners to ensure that the project remains a top priority and again remains respectful of the Tribe’s lands and treaty rights. The funding package includes $1.85 billion to continue the SR 167 roadway, which currently ends just short of the waterway. The roadway had been first pondered back in the 1970s. Construction started in the 1980s only to stall ever since. It was called a “top priority” for lawmakers for the last generation only to go unfunded year after year
A computer-enhanced image of what I-5 will look like after the new northbound bridge is complete. Note that both northbound and southbound I-5 traffic will temporarily be shifted onto the new northbound bridge while crews demolish and rebuild the southbound bridge.
for the last 25 years. The Tribe, Port officials, business groups and transportation boosters have lobbied for the roadway as a way for the state to be competitive for international shipping traffic, which could avoid transportation delays found through the Puget Sound by routing cargo through Canadian ports and eventually route larger ships through the Panama Canal. Washington is the most tradedependent state in the nation, with 40 percent of jobs related to international trade. Pierce County is the most trade-dependent county in the state, so any threat to that industry raises alarms for businesses and lawmakers alike. The project will receive $2.5 million between now and 2017 and then ramp up to a peak of $395 million between 2021 and 2023 during the main construction period with a final $200 million between 2029 and 2031 to finalize the work. Washington State Department of Transportation estimates a completed SR 167 could fuel job growth to the tune of $10.1 billion.
For more information about the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, visit www.puyallup-tribe.com.
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tan institution that had touched many lives over the years.â€? That was in 1987, and Manke and a partner, Suzanne Simchuk, took a chance on an aging building in complete disarray. â€œThe windows were all painted over, the inside was a mess,â€? Manke recalled. â€œWe did a lot of what needed to be done ourselves.â€? Over the decades, The Spar had been a pub, a billiards parlor, a men's store and a soft drink bar. Prohibition took its toll until its repeal in 1933, when The Spar began selling alcohol again. â€œWhen we finally got reopened in 1988, we sold beer â€“ no hard liquor â€“ and food,â€? Manke said. â€œFor awhile, we were the only pub in town, and we had lines out the door. We had a bouncer, until someone cold-
cocked him.â€? Careful attention was paid to the history of the place. Billiards tables were reinstalled and an antique bar set off the back room. Wonderful old photos of the district â€“ some of them a hundred years old â€“ prominently decorate one front-room wall. Among the photos is one with Manke's great-grandfather, Richard Uhlman, included. When other taverns opened in Tacoma, like The Swiss, business changed. â€œWe started having music about 20 years ago, Sunday Night Blues,â€? Manke said. â€œEvery other week, in the beginning, we'd have an Irish band play. We still have blues each Sunday night.â€? Manke knew before buying the place what kind of diligence it took to run it. â€œI worked 80 hours a week when we opened, and bought a small house a few blocks away,â€? Manke said. â€œAfter years, I cut it down to about 60 hours a week.
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McCarthy, saying that he expected that there would have been some discussion by the council about what process it would follow to make the appointment rather than simply receiving email about how the vacancy would be filled. "That did raise some concern," Blocker said. "It just didn't sit right." Strickland defended the process by saying that the city charter doesn't outline a formal process to fill a vacancy. This selection process is the fifth time that the City Council has filled vacancies since 2010. "I am perfectly comfortable with this," she said.
â€œYou own a place like this, this is your life, your family. I've got about 30 employees and love them all.â€? About 15 years ago, Manke sensed that families wanted to eat at The Spar. It created a business-model dilemma. â€œWe didn't want to change the pub feel, or make any of our regular customers feel uncomfortable,â€? Manke said. â€œWe opened just the front end to families, and it didn't change the feel â€“ in fact, our regulars seemed to like it.â€? The Spar and its regulars are a responsibility Manke loves. â€œI absolutely feel we preserved history here, brought it back to life,â€? she said. â€œWe have had people meet here and get married. We've hosted wedding receptions. We've had a lot of college students and produced two doctors, a lot of teachers, at least one lawyer. We've had judges who regularly stopped in for lunch. We have one group
The council appointed David Boe and Ryan Mello in 2010 to serve the one year remaining on the at-large terms vacated by Marilyn Strickland, who shuffled seats when she was elected mayor and when Julie Anderson left the council after being elected Pierce County Auditor. That process took about a month and involved 44 candidates. Boe and Mello then won reelection in 2011. Boe left in 2015, while Mello won reelection to another four-year term. Tacoma City Council members selected Robert Thoms from a field of seven applicants to serve the North End district position in 2013, when Jake Fey resigned following his election to the State House of Representatives. Thoms then won the District 2 seat in 2013 and has
that's come for dinner each Friday since I've been here.â€? The Spar's customers and employees have become a second family, but Manke has an original clan of her own that keeps growing: three children, seven grandchildren, eight great-grand children. As The Spar celebrates its 30th year under Manke's ownership â€“ and its 100th year in existence â€“ ideas for the pub are brewing. â€œWe're planning a big Valentineâ€™s Day dinner for people who met here, got together here,â€? Manke said. â€œWe've had former employees meet here and marry.â€? As for Manke, she's not sure how long she'll stay on as owner. â€œI really am not certain, but I know this: I want The Spar to stay in the family,â€? Manke said. She has the feeling that Great-Grandpa Uhlman would like that, too.
a reelection campaign to retain the post when the term ends later this year. Tacoma City Council member Anders Ibsen was briefly replaced by Joe Lopez in 2014, when Ibsen left for Marine Corps Reserve officer training. That selection process took about a month and drew a field of 15 applicants. Ibsen returned three weeks later, citing medical reasons. The City Council is responsible for enacting all legislation, developing policies and making decisions for governing the City of Tacoma. City Council duties include adopting and amending city laws, approving the budget, establishing city policies and standards, approving contracts and agreements, and representing the city. The parttime council position pays an annual salary of $46,013.92.
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from the closest Northeast Tacoma home,â€? Citizens for a Healthy Bay stated in an alert about the project. â€œDespite this sensitive location, the City of Tacoma is expected to issue a â€˜Mitigated Determination of Non-significance,â€™ meaning that the project will not need to undergo a full environmental SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) review. Proceeding without a full SEPA review means two things. First, we will not have enough scientific information to know if the project is safe for the health of our environment and community. Itâ€™s difficult to know exactly what hazards the mine might create without the review, but potential air quality, noise and traffic impacts alone from mining and heavy truck usage are enough to warrant a full review. Illegal landfills have also been found on neighboring sites, making possible chemical contamination from an undocumented on-site dump another major concern. Second, the public will have far fewer opportunities to influence the city's decision. If the city grants the Conditional Use Permit, the company will be able to apply for a mining permit with the state.â€? The city is conducting a SEPA review and has conducted all of its checklist except for a noise analysis, project manager Shirley Schultz stated. â€œThe city has made a preliminary determination that an Environmental Impact Statement is not necessary; the project as presented can be mitigated through either conditions placed on the project (through SEPA or the conditional use permit) or through compliance with adopted regulations and policies. That is not the same as exempting something SEPA reviews; itâ€™s a different path to environmental analysis. However, the determination is preliminary, and public /agency comment can provide additional information about whether an EIS is warranted, and, if so, what the scope of that EIS would be.â€? The city will accept public comments until Jan. 27, after which planners will issue a final decision on the project. Information about the project is available at healthybay. org. Permit details are available at tacomapermits.org.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017
FALCONS IN OVERDRIVE FOSS AWAITS MLK SHOWDOWN WITH LINCOLN
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PHOTOS BY KAYLA MEHRING
STARSHIP. (top) Even the Tacoma
Stars themselves couldn't believe how fast they scored their first goal. After Raphael Cox stole the opening Baja kickoff, he quickly pushed the ball forward and then dished it off to his left as Dan Antoniuk planted a foot on the ball and drove it into the back of the net. Just seven seconds had evaporated off the clock. (middle) Vincent McCluskey celebrates his own goal just 28 seconds later. (bottom) While he didn't find the back of the net, Mike Ramos just missed on some dazzling efforts.
STARS DROP SIX ON BAJA AND CRUISE By Justin Gimse firstname.lastname@example.org
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acoma high schools are now represented in five of Washington’s six classifications. When Tacoma’s big schools were spread between the 3A and 4A levels it was difficult to find a consensus pick for the best boys basketball team in the city. Now that Henry Foss High School has moved to the 2A level, and there are no longer the regular home and away showdowns between the Falcons and the usual top-level suspects like Lincoln and Wilson, figuring out who is at the top of the City of Destiny is proving to be even more difficult. Many folks around the state consider the Falcons to be the top contender for the state 2A basketball championship. Years of challenging for the 3A Narrows title against Lincoln and Wilson made Foss a regular in the 3A state rankings and rightfully got their name and reputation out there. While they narrowly missed out on a ticket to the Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome for several years, they have been considered a program to be reckoned with by whomever they might face. This season, the Falcons are no longer jockeying with their crosstown rivals for a trip to the Tacoma Dome. Instead, Foss is now hammering teams in the 2A South Puget Sound League like nobody’s business. While there are no “sure things” in basketball and upsets happen all of the time, one has to stretch their imagination a little bit to picture a 12-team 2A state tournament field at Yakima’s Sun Dome without the Foss Falcons smack dab in the middle of the picture. But before we continue to roll that way, let’s get back to the conversation about who may be the best team in the city. Foss will not be matching up against Bellarmine or Wilson this season in non-league affairs. There will be just one game during the regular season that could cast some light on who will end up with city bragging rights this season and the contest is nearly upon us. When Foss hosts the undefeated Lincoln Abes at the Tacoma MLK Invitational on Monday, Jan. 16, it will be a meeting between the leaders of the 2A SPSL and the 3A Pierce County League. Both teams have been impressive on the court going into the 3:30 p.m. contest. Lincoln has already defeated Bellarmine 66-50 in a non-league contest to open the season, while also taking the first of their two games against rival Wilson by a score of 86-68. The Abes are a legitimate top-five team at the 3A level and many folks around town are beginning to believe they will be watching them play in the Tacoma Dome again this season. Playing in the 2A SPSL has been a big plus for Foss this season. While they’ve made a clean sweep of their league
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MERCURIAL. Not only do the Foss Falcons have some quality height to throw at their opponents, but they also have a slew of dangerous, ball-hawking guards that span their lineup. Seattle may very well have the Puget Sound's "big men" but if you're looking for dynamite guards, you need to come down to Tacoma. (top) Foss senior guard Trey Tyson dives for it. (left) That's quite a few hands on a rebound. (second-right) Junior Demetrius Crosby has turned into a game changer. (third-right) Senior Donald Scott sweeps the glass. (bottom) Senior Rakim Nelson goes up for two.
Just when you thought you knew how a Tacoma Stars home match was going to go down, they go and try something new. Instead of spotting the visiting team a few points and clawing their way back to close out a tight, heart-stopping victory, the Stars decided to flip the script on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the ShoWare Center in Kent. From the sound of the opening whistle, the Stars jumped all over Atletico Baja and built themselves a sizeable lead, only to have the visitors try and claw themselves back into match in the end. However, there wouldn’t be enough time for Baja as Tacoma cruised to a 6-4 victory, pushing its Major Arena Soccer League record to 7-3 on the season. Had there been another 10 minutes or so, it’s quite possible that Baja could have tied the match up, but we’re not dealing in fantasy land here. The game is only 60 minutes long, and if you can’t take care of business inside that timeframe, tough luck and so long. Tacoma wasted no time getting its first goal on the scoreboard. With many fans still making their way to their seats, Tacoma’s Raphael Cox bolted down the field, skipped a pass to Dan Antoniuk, and the team’s leading scorer did the rest, pounding the ball into the back of the net. When the shocked crowd looked up at the scoreboard, a mere seven seconds had evaporated off of the clock. While folks were amazed at the speed in which Tacoma scored, there would be no time to discuss what had just happened as the Stars would strike again. It would take just 28 seconds for former UPS Logger Vincent McCluskey to snatch a loose ball and turn toward the goal. When he looked up, McCluskey had no one between himself and the net except Baja goalkeeper Mario Escobar. McCluskey wasted little time, advanced the ball just a hair and sent a blast past Escobar and the Stars were ahead 2-0 with just 35 seconds elapsed off the clock. The ShoWare Crowd was both in a state of disbelief and in an absolute frenzy.
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Back by popular demand, your Tacoma Community College women's basketball team is hosting its second free youth basketball clinic, this time in the newly remodeled TCC gym. Girls and boys in the 2nd through 6th grades are encouraged to attend our clinic on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16. The clinic will cover offensive and defensive fundamentals with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the clinic running from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 30 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. However, space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended. Invite your friends, teammates, and family to attend our special day full of basketball, fun, and reflection. Please contact DHaley@tacomacc.edu for more info.
Conference men's player to be honored this season in the fifth installment of the weekly award that includes nominees from all 416 NCAA Division III institutions. The business major, who also earned Northwest Conference Player of the Week accolades, tallied a career-best 31 points on Friday, Jan. 6, helping PLU (7-6, 2-2 NWC) tear through George Fox University 92-75 before closing the home stand inside Olson Gymnasium with a 14-point, 16-rebound effort against Willamette University the following evening in the Lutes' 81-70 win. Pacific Lutheran returns to the hardwood on Friday, Jan. 13, traveling to Walla Walla to face second-ranked Whitman College, followed by a trip to Spokane to face Whitworth the following evening. The Lutes will return to Tacoma on Tuesday, Jan. 17 as they pay a visit to their crosstown rival University of Puget Sound Loggers. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. with the women’s matchup starting at 6 p.m.
NATIONALLY RANKED UPS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
PLU FOOTBALL RANKED AMONG THE NATIONS BEST IN NCAA D-III
TCC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO HOST FREE MLK HOOPS CLINIC
The Puget Sound women's basketball team dominated the glass in route to an 85-58 victory over Lewis & Clark in the UPS Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Loggers are ranked 18th in the D3Hoops.com poll and 19th in the WBCA coaches’ poll. The Loggers (12-0, 4-1 NWC) outrebounded the Pioneers (9-4, 2-2 NWC), 51-25. Claire Fitzgerald nearly posted a double-double by finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds. Jamie Lange added seven boards and 15 points off the bench. Elizabeth Prewitt and Caitlin Malvar scored 11 points apiece. Malvar added seven assists in the win, and the freshman has at least seven dimes in each of her last four games. Freshman Mara Henderson scored in double figures for the first time in her collegiate career, netting 10 points in 14 minutes off the bench. Puget Sound shot over 50 percent from floor (53.2 percent) for the second consecutive game. The Loggers shot 53.7 percent in Friday's win over Willamette. The Loggers dominated the opening quarter, 22-10. The Pioneers kept pace in the second quarter, as Puget Sound entered the half with a 43-33 edge. Puget Sound has a tall task next weekend, when it travels to the "Whits." The Loggers tipoff at Whitworth on Friday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m., and then take on Whitman on Saturday, Jan. 14.
PLU’S CHRISTY EARNS WEEKLY NATIONAL BASKETBALL HONOR
Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball student-athlete Jared Christy's stellar performance over the weekend continues to turn heads, earning a spot on the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week. Christy was one of five men's players to be recognized from around the nation after averaging 22.5 points per game, 14.5 rebounds per game, and 5.5 assists per game in a pair of Lute victories. Christy is the first Northwest
The Pacific Lutheran University football team finished the 2016 season ranked among the nation's best in NCAA Division III in several statistical categories. Safety and All-Northwest Conference selection Travis McMillion came out of the season with impressive numbers, posting an average of 6.8 solo tackles per game. This earned him a ranking of 12th nationally. “I'm very honored to be acknowledged, but the best part is that my teammates treat me the same no matter what,” said McMillion. The PLU offense ranked 24th in 3rd Down Conversion Percentage at 46.3 percent and 19th in Red Zone Offense (87.1 percent efficiency). The Lutes' special teams had an especially successful season, ranking among the nation's best in multiple stat categories. Most notably was the PLU punt return defense which finished the season ranked fourth nationally, allowing just 1.18 yards per return. PLU additionally ranks 34th in net punting (35.4), while All-NWC honoree Dallan Rodriguez ranks 29th in field goals per game (1.0), and 25th in field goal percentage (75.0). The Lutes have been known for their unique team chemistry and united attitude. This cohesion on the field has led to several team successes, including a ranking 12th nationally for time of possession (33:45), 13th in fewest fumbles lost (four), and 17th for fewest turnovers (12). PLU additionally didn't allow a blocked punt all season and ranks 11th in fewest blocked field goals allowed with just one all year. The NCAA Division III statistical rankings include 244 total teams. “We play selfless and free and live by the slogan: 'It's amazing what we can accomplish, when no one cares who gets the credit.' “ The Lutes wrapped up 2016 with a 5-4 record and a 4-3 mark in Northwest Conference play. It was PLU's sixth winning season in the last seven years. – By Sarah Cornell-Maier, PLU Sports.
TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 12 – JAN. 16 THURSDAY, JAN 12 – BASKETBALL Boys – Graham-K vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine Prep – 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 12 – BASKETBALL Girls – Rogers vs. Curtis Curtis HS – 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13 – BASKETBALL Boys – Mt. Tahoma vs. Lincoln Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13 – BASKETBALL Girls – Fife vs. Foss Henry Foss HS – 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13 – BASKETBALL Girls – Lincoln vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma HS – 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13 – BASKETBALL Boys – Foss vs. Fife Fife HS – 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13 – MASL SOCCER Cedar Rapids vs. Tacoma Stars ShoWare Center, Kent – 7:35 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14 – BASKETBALL Girls – Bellarmine vs. Wilson Wilson HS – 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14 – BASKETBALL Girls – Puyallup vs. Curtis Curtis HS – 7 p.m.
MONDAY, JAN. 16 – BASKETBALL Boys – Timberline vs. Wilson Henry Foss HS – 2 p.m.
MONDAY, JAN. 16 – BASKETBALL Girls – Lincoln vs. Foss Henry Foss HS – 3:30 p.m.
MONDAY, JAN. 16 – BASKETBALL Girls – West Seattle vs. Wilson Lincoln HS – 3:30 p.m.
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CURTIS GIRLS UPSET DRIVE FALLS SHORT AGAINST BELLARMINE
PHOTOS BY ROCKY ROSS
ENERGY. (left) Curtis junior Jalaiya Frederick is shadowed by Bellarmine sophomore Reyell Frazier. The two guards are among the best in the business in the
area and they're always a threat to steal the ball and score points from all over the court. (middle) Viking senior Hailey Marsh tries to find some room between a host of defenders. (right) Curtis freshman Kayrena Taylor is already proving to be a strong performer for the Vikings. Taylor would leave the Bellarmine game midway through the fourth quarter after taking a whack to the nose. By Justin Gimse email@example.com
Whenever Curtis and Bellarmine Prep meet up in the gymnasium or on the field of play, there’s a pretty good chance that the contest is going to go down to the wire. With a scant four miles separating the two schools, the players always seem to get up for the contests and give it their all. Needless to say, the crowds are also always into it, lending a playoff feel to the game, no matter where it lands in the season’s schedule. Now that the two teams are competing in the same league, it’s beginning to feel like these affairs have been turned up a notch. The Curtis girls’ basketball team paid a visit to Bellarmine on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and while it wasn’t the most well-executed basketball game this season, it certainly fit the bill as a true Curtis versus Bellarmine battle. At times it seemed as though neither team could remember how to get the ball in the basket, and then the floodgates would open up for one of the teams. In the end, it would be Bellarmine sitting a little higher in the water as the 4A South Puget Sound League
leaders fought off a late Curtis surge to take the win by a score of 53-47. A frenzied pace was set following the opening tip-off and it had the feel of a runaway train for both teams. Turnovers began to mount as both defenses swarmed to the ball, forcing turnovers and rushed shots. It was only a matter of time before the two squads remembered that there was still going to be three more quarters of play and that perhaps the exuberance was outpacing the game plans set out by the coaches. At the end of the first quarter, Bellarmine led by a score of 6-2. However, if the amount of energy put out by both teams were added up, the score would have been closer to maybe 30-28. As we know, basketball doesn’t work that way. It was clear though that if the defensive pressure mounted by both teams continued at the first quarter level, there wasn’t going to be a whole lot of scoring going on in this affair. The first team to get their offense on track was Bellarmine, as the Lions took a 16-6 lead a little over two minutes into the period. The double-digit deficit seemed to slap the Vikings awake and Curtis began
chipping away at the Bellarmine lead. With three minutes left in the first half, the score sat at 20-18 Bellarmine. There were probably several fans in the gym who must have been wondering how this had come about, because it seemed as though just a moment before the momentum of the game was going the Lions’ way. Before a clear answer to that question arrived, Curtis junior guard Jalaiya Frederick launched a deep three-point shot from the wing that found the bottom of the net and the Vikings had taken the lead at 21-20 with 1:30 left in the second quarter. A minute later, Curtis freshman Ella Brubaker took a feed from senior Kaelin Williams-Kennedy for open layup and Curtis led 23-20 going into halftime. A quick tabulation at halftime found that the Vikings had forced the Lions into an astounding 18 first-half turnovers. While Curtis’ nine turnovers were nothing to really brag about, the number dialed up by their defense was something very impressive. If this trend continued into the second half, it looked as though Curtis may very well pull off the upset over the league leaders. One thing that was playing to Bellarmine’s disadvantage was a huge one. Twotime Tacoma Weekly All-City selection Shalyse Smith was in street clothes on the Bellarmine bench. The team was obviously missing their center and leader and game plan tweaking was going to be needed at halftime to counter Curtis’ swarming pressure. Smith is still recovering from a concussion and injured neck that she suffered in a recent game against Sumner, when her head collided with her opponent’s. She is expected to return as early as next week. Without the cool hand of their big gun, Bellarmine would turn to a couple of other veterans to get the Bellarmine offense back on track and under control. Juniors Madeline Garcia and Jenny Hagle settled things down for the Lions in the third quarter and the results began to show immediately on the
scoreboard. Halfway into the quarter, Bellarmine had regained the game’s momentum and led 34-27. On the flipside, it felt like someone had put a cover over the Vikings’ basket. Curtis was only able to muster just nine points in the third quarter, even though they had some excellent opportunities. Bellarmine led 45-32 at the end of the period. Going into the fourth quarter, the flow of the game looked as though Bellarmine had all the mojo going for themselves. However, the Vikings still had a surprising amount of their own still left in the gas tank. The fourth quarter was not friendly to the Lions. From the opening whistle to just under a minute left in the game, Bellarmine was able to muster just five points on free throws. Meanwhile, the Vikings were clawing their way back into the game with the sort of ferocity that saw them shock Bellarmine at the end of the first half. With 1:02 left in the game, Hagle hit one of two free throws to give Bellarmine a 50-45 lead. For the second consecutive trip down court, Williams-Kennedy was unable to convert a shot attempt at close range, and Bellarmine got the ball back with time running out. After chewing up a bit of time off the clock, Hagle found Mary Joyce open under the basket and the senior converted the Lions’ only field goal of the quarter, and it would turn out to be the deal breaker. Another Curtis miss on their own end closed out the Vikings’ upset run. Frederick would score a lay-in with two seconds remaining, but it wasn’t going to be enough as Bellarmine took the 53-47 win. A scoring check between the University Place Press and Bellarmine’s shot tracker following the game found that Bellarmine was incorrectly awarded an extra point between the third and fourth quarter. A three-point shot was awarded after the fact on a play that was actually a layup, so in reality the score should have been 52-47.
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opponents so far this season, the overall records of their league foes have hurt them in the WIAA’s early run of RPI rankings. These RPI rankings will be hugely important at season’s end because they will be used to decide the seeding for the 2A state tournament’s 12 teams. As of this issue, the Falcons sit at 39th in the 2A RPI rankings, while many sports outlets around the state consider them to be the number one or two team in the state. Since the final RPI tally will end at the 20-game mark and will not include league playoff and district performances, it’s not a stretch to imagine a situation where Foss ends the season ranked number one by the Associated Press, follows that up with a district championship, and then enters the state tournament seeded closer to 12 than number one. Since the RPI rankings don’t take margin of victory into consideration, the Falcons are not going to get much help
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Stars’ fans wouldn’t have to wait much longer for the third goal, as former Franklin Pierce star Derek Johnson took a feed from Mike Ramos and slammed a shot past Escobar into the back corner of the goal. Tacoma now led 3-0 with 13:11 still remaining in the first quarter. At this point, Baja was able to finally gather their wits about them and they held the Stars at bay for the next 10 minutes, holding Tacoma scoreless, despite several point-blank opportunities in front of the Baja goal. Finally, with just two and a half minutes left in the first stanza, Joseph “the Jet” Cairel was able to get into the act. Gathering a blast from Tacoma’s Evan McNeley that just missed the top-left of the goal, Cairel leapt into the air, kneed the ball to himself, and without the ball touching the turf, planted a left foot on the ball that just skimmed inside of the goal into the far side of the net. Tacoma led 4-0 going into
from the rest of their league. It’s become clear that the 2A SPSL has two legitimately strong teams, and the Falcons already beat the other one by 20 points in their first meeting. If we were talking about margins of victory, one would be hard-pressed to find a squad to top Foss. When the Falcons topped Franklin Pierce by a score of 96-24 on Tuesday, Jan. 10, it marked the fifth time that Foss has defeated an opponent by 40 points or more. In fact, when Lindbergh flirted with an upset at Foss on Friday, Jan. 6 for three quarters, the 20-point, 80-60 defeat was the closest margin of victory for the Falcons. But of course, we must remember that the Falcons have lost some games this season. To open the season, Foss fell to Timberline by a score of 80-70. This same Timberline squad is tied atop the 3A South Sound Conference with Capital, and is currently ranked sixth in the 3A RPI standings. Foss also lost three of four games at the Max Preps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs against some talented squads from California, Las Vegas and Arizona. The eyeball test says those losses have rekindled a fire
the second quarter. Antoniuk would bring the crowd to its feet yet again early in the second quarter. After a close miss by Cox, Cairel took the rebound and sent in a left footer that missed wide right. Escobar was unable to gather the ball in and Antoniuk wasn’t hanging around watching. He was charging on the ball. Once Antoniuk reached the loose roller, he spun to his left and sent a cannon shot into the far corner of the net. Tacoma now led 5-0 with over 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Two minutes later, Baja was unable to
under the Falcons, and ultimately have no bearing on their run at a title shot in Yakima. But there’s still a lot of basketball to be played before the postseason, and it’s possible that the city’s best game may be going down when the Falcons (8-4) meet the Abes (12-0) in a matter of days. It won’t settle the argument of who is the best in town, but it will go a long way toward that end. More importantly, it’s going to a true test for both teams, as these two rosters match up so well side by side. Timberline (8-3) is the only in-state team to top the Falcons, and they will be facing Wilson (10-2) at the MLK Invitational at 2 p.m. Both games look like exceptional matchups and worthy of the big bucket of popcorn for the entire duration. Congratulations are in order for Foss senior Roberto Gittens and Life Christian senior Luke Lovelady. When the McDonald’s All American nominations came out on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the two talented big men were the sole representatives from the city of Tacoma among the all-stars selected out of Washington state.
clear the ball from their end as Troy Peterson stole a kick up the boards and sent it toward the Baja box. Johnson got a foot on a fifty-fifty ball, sending it back toward former Bellarmine Lion star Alex Megson. The veteran wasted no time and sent a onetimer past a leaping Escobar and the scoreboard said the Stars had a 6-0 lead. The first half shutout disappeared 30 seconds later as Baja’s Timothy Liermann sent a screamer past Tacoma goalkeeper Danny Waltman, and Baja was on the board. The score remained 6-1 going into halftime. Baja would score a power play goal
with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter to draw closer at 6-2 Tacoma. After pulling its Escobar for a sixthattacker in the fourth quarter, Baja (5-5) was able to knock to more into the nets, the last coming with just 23 seconds left in the match. Tacoma will host the Cedar Rapids Rampage (8-3) on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7:35 p.m. in the ShoWare Center. It is $2 beer night for those of proper age and that sort of thing doesn’t happen too often in 2017, so it’s worth mentioning. Tickets and more information can be found at tacomastars.com.
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Stop LNG Now!
KEEP TACOMA BEAUTIFUL Once upon a time, Tacoma had an ugly reputation for being a dirty city – even giving off its own smell that became notorious as “the aroma of Tacoma.” Adding to this, tourist traffic was low, crime was high and it seemed that Tacoma didn’t matter because Seattle was just a short drive away. This all changed in recent years, as Tacoma has made a stunning comeback and is now one of the most beautiful and livable cities on the west coast. Tacoma is back on the map and no one wants to return to those dark and dreary days.
PUYALLUP TRIBE: “NO LNG!” The extinction of salmon throughout Puget Sound is upon us.
Among the most ardent Tacoma boosters is the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, which has been a forward thinking and financially generous leader in keeping Tacoma beautiful. The Tribe’s active protection of this area’s pristine waters, the salmon and all natural resources has benefitted the entire region. The Tribe vigorously opposes the prospect of an LNG plant being sited in the metropolitan Tacoma area. Not only would the plant be placed right on the Tribe’s reservation, it would mar Tacoma’s great scenic beauty, put natural resources at risk and endanger the lives of everyone who lives and works here in the event of a catastrophic LNG accident.
A PLANT WITHOUT A CUSTOMER Pristine waterways next to an industrial complex such as LNG could cause an environmental disaster in the Puget Sound from which we may never recover.
Puget Sound Energy is in the final permitting stages of the proposed LNG plant even though at this point PSE lacks any customers for LNG. The proposal started after the private utility company landed a contract with Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) to provide ships with cleaner-burning LNG rather than diesel, but TOTE has since put those plans on hold, announcing in a news release that the company does not have an exact date for when it will retrofit its ships to use LNG. In other words, PSE wants to build a plant without a customer.
LNG PUTS AREA RESIDENTS IN JEOPARDY Also among its plans, PSE wants to form a for-profit subsidiary to handle the commercial sales of LNG to TOTE and other yet-to-be-determined customers while also storing the LNG for its utility customers to use during extreme weather conditions. Transporting LNG for local ratepayers presents the threat, and the inherent risks, of tanker trucks on our roadways and the potential for gas truck accidents in our neighborhoods or at the plant. Moreover, we would face potential risks to our health, the environment and our wallets for something PSE has yet to prove utility customers need. Thousands of oil train cars enter and leave the Port of Tacoma daily. A train derailment in the river would be catastrophic.
THE HISTORIC DANGERS OF LNG The construction of an LNG plant would require a large capacity natural gas pipeline to be constructed through the heart of the city of Fife, another booming city that lies right on the Interstate 5 corridor through Pierce County. This should deeply concern local residents considering historic on-site accidents that have occurred involving or related to LNG: r On Oct. 20, 1944 in Cleveland, 128 people died when an East Ohio Natural Gas Company’s LNG tank ruptured and exploded. LNG spilled into the city’s sewer system, vaporized and turned into a gas, which exploded and burned.
The I-5 corridor is well known for traffic congestion, which greatly increases the risk of toxic accidents on the highway.
A catastrophic LNG explosion could ignite the entire Port of Tacoma.
r On Oct. 6, 1979 in Lusby, MD a pump seal failed at the Cove Point LNG facility, which released natural gas vapors that settled into an electrical conduit. The gas vapors ignited when a worker switched off a circuit breaker, causing an explosion that killed one worker and severely injured another. r On Jan. 19, 2004 an explosion at Sonatrach LNG facility in Skikda, Algeria killed 27 people and injured 56. Three LNG trains were also destroyed. The massive hydrocarbon gas explosion was ignited when a steam boiler that was part of an LNG liquefaction train exploded near a propane and ethane refrigeration storage site. A report from a U.S. government inspection team cited that a leak of hydrocarbons from the liquefaction process initiated the domino effect of explosions. r On April 7, 2014 a “processing vessel” at a Williams Co. Inc. facility near the small town of Plymouth, Wash., exploded, spraying chunks of shrapnel as heavy as 250 pounds as far as 300 yards. The flying debris pierced the double walls of a 134-foot LNG tank on site, causing leaks. Five workers were injured, and local responders warned that vapors from the leaks could trigger a more devastating, second explosion. A county fire department spokesman said authorities were concerned a second blast could level a 0.75 mile “lethal zone” around the plant.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017
SECTION B, PAGE 1
Lakewood Playhouse brings the razzle and dazzle of ‘Rocky Horror’ to the stage
PHOTOS BY TIM JOHNSTON
THE HORROR. Left photo: Brandon Ehrenheim brings down the house starring as Frank ‘N’ Furter. (l to r, back row) Tony Williams as Rocky, Brandon Ehrenheim as Frank 'N' Furter, Winnie Bean as Columbia. (l to r, front) Jake Atwood as Brad, Xander Layden as Dr. Scott, and Jenna McRill as janet.
gaining steam until the specter of AIDS threw a wet towel on things in the 1980s.) Opening weekend of Lakewood Playhouse’s scintillating spectacle is marred by technical difficulties involving the use of wireless microphones. These cut in and out causing gaps in the otherwise great vocal performances of the actors. Sometimes a character is belting out a line only to have it be inaudible to the audience. This technical glitch (which one hopes will be ironed out as the show goes on) disrupts the flow of the story and undercuts the performances of the fine cast. Starring as Frank ‘N’ Furter – the alien, transvestite, mad scientist –Brandon Ehrenheim towers over the show both figuratively and literally. Tall and confident, Ehrenheim vamps to and fro across the stage, dressed in a corset, fishnet stockings and glittering platform shoes. His flawless performance is a delight to behold. Equally adept is Gary Chambers as Riff-Raff, Frank’s chief henchman. Chambers performs his musical parts with all the gothic vibrato of a heavy metal diva and has a gift for inhabiting his characters to the point that the acting is seamless. Slender LaNita Hudson, possessed of a brassy and sassy set of windpipes, is great in her two roles as the Usherette that sings the opening number and as the mad housemaid Magenta.
Atwood and McRill both are brilliant in their performances as nerds seduced by the pleasures of the flesh in Frank ‘N’ Furter’s castle. They are also brave enough to perform much of the show in their underwear. The pigtailed, tutu-wearing groupie Columbia is played by Winnie Bean. Her energetic performance is a vital ingredient in the dynamism of the spoof. Likewise, the high octane show put on by Xander Layden, as both Eddie and Dr. Scott, helps boost the dance numbers to a fever pitch. Clad in a skin tight, golden muscleman outfit, Tony L. Williams breaths life into Rocky, the hunk created by the mad scientist Frank that is meant to be an object of carnal desire. Good natured and somewhat gawky, Williams nevertheless is becoming a crowd favorite of Lakewood Playhouse shows. The theater’s artistic director John Munn performs the part of the jovial narrator who talks back to audience remarks and gets increasingly drunk as the show goes on. One of the best features of the show is the live band, conducted by Josh Zimmerman who is a wizard on the keyboards and keeps things stirred up with clever asides shouted at the narrator. Kayla Crawford’s choreography is also a key ingredient of the show. The cast is continually forming piles and configurations of human bod-
ies that make things seem like an evershifting game of Twister. Staging “Rocky Horror” brings with it the dicey problem of how to deal with the audience participation aspect so vital to the cult movie experience. Many in the audience exhibit intimate familiarity with this cinematic experience that involves shouting things at the actors, throwing things and even dressing up as the characters and acting out some of the parts (in what are called shadow performances). Lakewood Playhouse wants to encourage some of this and discourage some of it. Throwing, lighting and squirting are prohibited. Shouting, dancing and dressing as characters, on the other hand, are encouraged. For a mere five bucks, theatergoers can buy an “audience partica-pation goodie bag” that has little LED lights and confetti that can be used at given parts of the show. While some members of the audience are obvious aficionados, many others are “virgins” and are taken unawares by the various shouts ejaculated by their fellows. Overall, the show is a dazzling spectacle. If Lakewood Playhouse can get its microphones to cooperate, this could be something more. “The Rocky Horror Show” runs through Jan. 29. The run includes two midnight performances that will go even further to capture that cultic, cinematic experience. For further information visit www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.
MLK UNITY BREAKFAST The 11th annual Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the University of WashingtonTa c o m a ’ s University Y Student Center, 1710 Market St. This gathering honors the message of Dr. King and the progress he continues to inspire. The theme of the 2017 MLK Unity Breakfast is “Let’s Talk About Action.” Erin Jones, the first African-American woman to run for executive office in the state of Washington, will give the keynote address at this year’s MLK Unity Breakfast. The program recognizes students, faculty, and community members for outstanding service to the community through the Dream Awards which will be presented during the program. Tickets are $10 to $20, and they are available online at www.tacoma.uw.edu/ mlkregister.
SHORELINE CLEANUP Winter weather and tides push trash to the north side of Commencement Bay and onto local beaches, where it can harm wildlife and people alike. To combat this problem, organizers are asking Tacomans to help remove plastic and other debris during an MLK Day cleanup event that will kick off at 12:40 p.m. Monday at Tyee Marina, 5618 Marine View Dr. Citizens for a Healthy Bay will provide gloves, supplies and refreshments. Participants just need sturdy, waterproof footwear and warm clothing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
of noisy, high-flying action. Start times are 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $10 to $69; www.ticketmaster.com.
plaunch to explore a virtual version of the venue and find clues that will allow you to unlock the lineup launch video and win prizes, including a pair of VIP tickets allowing you to catch all the action from the stage viewing deck.
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akewood Playhouse continues its 78th season with a production of Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show,” a zany, genderbending, genera-blending spectacle that most of us are familiar with from the cult movie phenomenon that has been around since it bubbled up out of New York City in the 1970s. Lakewood Playhouse director Alan Wilkie is a self-professed “Rocky Horror” addict, having frequented the midnight showings that took place at Seattle’s Neptune Theater. Mingling the musical genera with the aesthetic of B-grade horror and science fiction movies, “Rocky Horror” tells the tale of a chaste (stodgy), newly engaged couple – Brad (Jake Atwood) and Janet (Jenna McRill) – that get stranded on a dark and rainy night and go to a weird castle to use the phone. There they encounter a hedonistic group of characters that exist without any kind of sexual boundaries. Representing the kind of stock, “Leave it to Beaver” type of characters from 50s and 60s television shows – the kind where married couples sleep in separate, twin beds – Brad and Janet are plunged into a sexual free-for-all that exemplifies the loosening of mores that was happening at the height of the sexual revolution. (The process was
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FOUR SASQUATCH CLUES
THREE METAL MANGLING ACTION Catch Aftershock, Krazy Train and other massive monster trucks as the Monster Jam Triple Threat series takes over the Tacoma Dome for three days
No, not that Sasquatch. On Friday, organizers of the Sasquatch Music Festival will launch a virtual game with clues on who is playing this year’s event, which will take over the Gorge Amphitheatre during Memorial Day Weekend, from May 26 to 28. Visit www.sasquatchfestival.com/lineu-
FIVE POET LAUREATE At 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will appear at King’s Books, 218 St. Helen’s Ave., as part of the store’s “Distinguished Writer Series.” Marshall teaches at Gonzaga University and is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently “Bugle.” An open mic for poets will follow with sing-up at 6:45 p.m. The event is part of the store’s “Distinguished Writer Series” which takes place the second Friday of each month and is sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry Connection and the Tacoma Arts Commission; www.kingsbookstore.com.
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