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LEGACY. Rust’s great-grandson Tom Murphy was among the speakers. By Erica Cooley Special to Tacoma Weekly
Community members and friends in the historic town of Ruston celebrated a commemoration ceremony on July 30 in honor of one of Tacoma’s founding pioneers, William Ross Rust. Ruston community members, including great grandchildren of Rust and members of the W.R. Rust Statue Project, gathered to reveal the bust statue of Rust and to formally establish its place where visitors can learn about this city founder. The unveiling included words from Rust’s great-grandson, Tom Murphy, who described the life and legacy of the great pioneer who helped bring the beautiful town of Ruston into existence. Rust was born in 1850 and traveled west in 1876, attracted like many by the conquest of the gold rush in Colorado. There he learned about mining and organized an By Steve Dunkelberger email@example.com
mansion turned social club that was on the watch list with local historians is now in the early stages of restoration and renovation to bring the former hub of Tacoma’s business elite back to its grandeur. The mansion, at 539 Broadway, was built in 1889 to serve as the home of the Union Club, which was the social and business center for Tacoma’s men of industry and finance until the club dissolved in the 1980s. The 15,000-sqarefoot facility, which was later known as the University-Union Club after the two clubs merged in 1939, then served as a rental space for proms and weddings, but income
couldn’t keep up with the demand for repairs as the wood-framed structure aged and began showing signs of wear. Interest, and in some eyes concern, rose in historical circles last year because the top-tier of Tacoma’s iconic buildings – namely the former Elks Lodge and Old City Hall – began renovation plans. Portland-based McMenamins is renovating the Elks Lodge into a boutique hotel and entertainment hub. City officials are spending more than $1 million to shore up Old City Hall to avoid further deterioration until the Elks Lodge work is finished, since McMenamins has an option to renovate and lease Old City Hall once the lodge hotel opens. The company is known for making destination centers, although it works one project at a time. The Elks Lodge, which is just a block away from the Union Club and across the street from
Old City Hall, is set to open in late 2017. If current plans progress, Old City Hall could follow in 2019. With those sites seemingly safe from wrecking balls or demolition by neglect, the University-Union Club because a top concern alongside the 17-story Washington Building, which is currently owned by the Stratford Co. Eli and Amber Moreno have since bought the two-and-a-half-story Union Club for $1.2 million and expect to spend about that much in renovations in three phases in the coming years. The building will be home to startup companies and “satellite office” workers with shared printer, fax, Internet access, coffee, office supplies and shared meeting spaces. ‘We will have all of those things people would need,” Amber Moreno said, noting
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NEW LIFE. Eli and Amber Moreno show off the University-Union Club building they are currently renovating into a hub for startups and artists looking for live-work lofts.
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A MUSKOX CALF WITH PERSONALITY, HUDSON IS THE FUTURE AT POINT DEFIANCE Larry LaRue firstname.lastname@example.org
Hudson the muskox was born three months and one week ago, and was immediately rejected by his mother, who ignored him. He hasn’t had a bad day since. The keepers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Large Animal Research Station stepped in and began hand-feeding him, and he was raised with three other young muskox. Hudson preferred the company of humans – and still does. Especially those who will scratch him under the chin. “When I went up to Alaska to see the muskox, Hudson would hang out in the barn after the others had gone to their enclosures,” said Shannon Smith, senior biologist with the elephant barn at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. “He would rather be around people than other muskox.” That was endearing, but Hudson had to fit other criteria, too. Point Defiance has had a muskox display for 35 years, although it had been reduced in recent months – by natural deaths – to a herd of one. Mya, a 13-year-old muskox, was alone. Given the opportunity to take one of Alaska’s calves, with the promise of others to come, was a chance the zoo couldn’t pass. So Hudson, a slightly spoiled young muskox, was crated and flown south by Alaska Airlines on July 28, flying coach. Given his own corral at Point Defiance, he and Mya passed one another with a fence in between them. u See HUDSON / page A7
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EAST 50TH AND A STREET Tacoma has a tremendous pothole problem, and the residents know it. During the past couple of years, the city has acknowledged this issue by spending millions of dollars in major arterial repairs with the council’s “pothole initiative.” In 2010, routine maintenance by Tacoma’s Grounds and Maintenance Division completed street repairs on 229,638 square feet of road. In 2011, the city repaired about 150,000 more square feet of roads riddled with holes, and continue those efforts. Two road packages passed by voters last year added money to the city’s street fund. With the help of our readers and our dedicated Pothole Pig, we will continue to showcase some of the city’s biggest and best potholes through our weekly homage to one of T-Town’s most unnerving attributes. Help the Pothole Pig by e-mailing your worst pothole suggestions to SaveOurStreets@tacomaweekly.com. Potholes in need of repair can be reported to the City of Tacoma by calling (253) 591-5495.
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HILLTOP STREET FAIR CELEBRATES HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD For three years running, the Hilltop Street Fair has brought in thousands of people, showing everyone that Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood has a rich history and promising future. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Hilltop Street Fair’s expanded footprint includes MLK Jr. Way from 9th Street to 13th Street to include Centro Latino on L Street and other Hilltop locations. The goal of this year’s fair is to highlight the food, music, art, history and culture of one of the most vibrant areas of Tacoma. Last year’s fair brought in more than 10,000 people and attendance this year is expected to grow. This year’s street fair will feature four different stages and numerous local music acts. There will be extensive art and historical exhibitions and featured again this year; the Hilltop Film Competition. More than 90 local businesses and organizations are set to attend. Vendor applications for artisans and makers, non-profit organization and food vendors are being accepted until Aug. 15. If you would like to participate, please contact Jo Davies at hilltopstreetfair. firstname.lastname@example.org. Returning again this year, the Black Top Rebels Car Club will be hosting a classic car show. This year will see the first Hilltop Fashion Show, with clothing from local designers and models. The fashion show promises to be a community spectacle, with numerous contributors, including Mr. Mac’s clothing store. The Hilltop Street Fair is being sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission and KBTC. Their generous donations will make this outstanding event possible. Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood is a unique and diverse community that captures the past and portents the future of the city. With classic neighborhood residential housing and a business district growing in vibrancy, the Hilltop Business Association has pledged to showcase the expanding arts footprint of the Hilltop district by building on the street fair as a signature annual community arts experience. Demonstrating the impact Hilltop has; last year’s street fair received national attention, winning third place in the National Neighborhoods USA 2016 Best Neighborhood Social Revitalization Awards. For more information contact Kristie Worthey at email@example.com. For vendor applications contact Jo Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• Speaking to reporters to get our message out publicly. We will also have an open mic session, from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are reserving this space for families of people in prison, formerly incarcerated people, and people in prison to engage in this dialogue, for 5-10 minutes each. This is a space to talk about whatever you want to bring to the conversation. Possible topics include: mass incarceration, racial justice, the need for a policy that would allow people to go up for review after 15 years, how long-term sentences have impacted you or your family, what you have been doing since you got to prison or got out, other formerly incarcerated community leaders that inspire you, what you have been doing to strengthen this movement, and/or what you believe we should do to fight for this change. If your family members in prison would like to call in to speak during the open mic session, they can call on your line or mine (Margaret Diddams): 0-253-792-1401. If the call doesn’t go through the first time, it may be because someone else is speaking on the line. Encourage them to keep trying to get through.
ASIA PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER HOLDS TOWN HALL The Asia Pacific Cultural Center (4851 S. Tacoma Way) is hosting a Town Hall meeting on Friday, Aug. 12, 2-5 p.m. for all Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Rim Islander communities regarding voting/issues that affect them. This non-partisan event is a part of the AAPI National Presidential Town Hall meeting occurring in Las Vegas, where the two presidential candidates will be present. Live stream TV to the center will be the visual part of the national program. Voter registration and information from Democrats and Republicans will be available for all running on the General Election ballot. Voter Education is the goal for this forum. This event marks a historic moment because the Asia Pacific community, as a collective group are uniting their efforts through political engagement. Arrival and sign-in begins at 1 p.m. and refreshments and cultural food will be provided for this free event at APCC, corner of 50th & South Tacoma Way. PACIFIC AVENUE OVERPASS TO OPEN PARTIALLY A key downtown Tacoma thoroughfare will partially reopen for all users of the road next week. On Monday, Aug. 15, Pacific Avenue over Interstate 5 will reopen to a single lane of traffic in each direction, along with bicycle and pedestrian access. The specific reopening time has not been announced, so commuters should still use McKinley Way for their morning commute. Closed since spring 2015, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation demolished and rebuilt the Pacific Avenue overpass to make way
for additional lanes on I-5. “We truly appreciate the patience people showed while detouring around this closure,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Brenden Clarke. “We’re pleased to open at least some of the overpass, and are eager to open it in its entirety.” Over the next two months, WSDOT’s contractor, Max J. Kuney Company, will complete work on the overpass and open the road to its final, four-lane configuration, with a 6-foot-wide sidewalk and a 14-foot-wide shared use path. On Thursday, Aug. 18, (specific time to be announced) crews will close East McKinley Way (D Street) at I-5 to demolish and rebuild the overpass. The closure will be in place around the clock and is expected to last up to 18 months. During that time, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians will detour to Pacific Avenue. To accommodate motorists attending the Saturday, Aug. 20 McKinley Hill Street Fair, one lane of the overpass will be opened to alternating traffic from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on that day only. The work is part of the I-5 – M Street to Portland Avenue HOV project that will widen the interstate and build modern overcrossings to better withstand earthquakes.
SOUTH SOUND 911 CHANGES FINGERPRINTING HOURS Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, South Sound 911 fingerprinting service hours will change to 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each business day. Due to the personal attention required for the fingerprinting process, the change will better meet expectations for completing the service within business hours. The change in hours will affect only those individuals in need of fingerprints or those applying for a new/original concealed pistol license (CPL). Those unable to visit the counter during service hours may be able to obtain fingerprints elsewhere or may be eligible to apply for a CPL at another agency. Information about alternate service providers is available on service-specific pages on South Sound 911’s website. Normal business hours remain unchanged for other public counter services provided by South Sound 911’s Records department. South Sound 911 completed 14,814 requests for fingerprints in 2015, including those required for new/original CPLs, at its public counter at 945 Tacoma Ave. S. The Records department operates the public counter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. NEW PEOPLE’S COMMUNITY CENTER POOL OPENS NEXT MONTH Get ready to dip your toes in Tacoma’s newest public, indoor swimming pool at People’s Community Center, 1602 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The grand opening begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission is free to everyone, regardless of whether you want to test the sparkling, 85-degree water – bring your swimsuit – or simply tour the center and its new pool. The newly completed L-shaped pool boasts Tacoma’s only indoor spraypad and three lap lanes, plus renovated locker rooms. Huge windows on the pool’s South 17th Street side bathe it in natural light, a stark contrast to the subterranean atmosphere typical of most indoor pools. “We are so excited to open this gorgeous, new community pool,” said Erik Hanberg, president of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners. “The pool and indoor spraypad invite swimmers and soon-to-be swimmers of all ages.” This major building project has been years in the making. It is a collaboration between community stakeholders; Metro Parks Tacoma, which manages the center; and the City of Tacoma, which owns the building and led construction. The work began more than a year ago with demolition of the previous pool structure. The desire for a pool serving the Hilltop and central Tacoma is a longstanding one, dating back to before the construction of the old pool. It shut down in 2008 because of structural problems, and officials considered turning the space into a gym. But community members lobbied hard for a new pool. Construction came about with the support of the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks and state taxpayers through the state Department of Commerce. The grand opening is not just an opportunity for a firsthand look at the pool and center. It’s also a chance to meet Metro Parks and People’s Center staff members, learn about planned People’s Center programs and share your ideas for the future of the center and pool. The pool features stair-step access to a shallow swimming area and submerged bench, perfect for introductory swimming lessons. The entire pool is relatively shallow, making it enjoyable even for non-swimmers. Metro Parks plans a regular schedule of lessons, water exercise, lap-lane and recreational swimming opportunities. The pool will be open daily. Key pool elements include a three-lane lap pool, passive swim area and bench, a spraypad especially for toddlers, a current channel and vortex, designed for both fun and therapy, floating pads for walk-on-water play, two poolside basketball hoops, two party rooms and two family changing areas/restrooms and one additional restroom. The walk-on-water feature is similar to those at popular water parks. Floating pads are shaped and colored to look like lily pads and log slices, and are anchored beneath a cargo net, which stretches from one side of the pool to the other. The trick is to use the cargo net for balance as you walk across the pool. The side-by-side basketball hoops are ready for halfcourt, 3-on-3 basketball games. The current channel is a smaller version of the lazy river at Metro Parks’ Stewart Heights pool, minus the floating tubes. The high-velocity vortex and current also can be used for physical or occupational therapy. The pool meets all Americans with Disabilities Act standards. It’s equipped with a poolside lift and a set of closely spaced, parallel railings to ease entry and exit via stairs. COME ONE, COME ALL TO TACOMA HISTORY TRIVIA NIGHT Join the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office, the Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Historical Society as they host the third annual Tacoma History Trivia Night beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17. This free event is open to the public and will take place at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub (1904 Jefferson Ave.). Participants are invited to test their knowledge of state and city history. Fun prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and refreshments are available for purchase. “We’re so excited to host this night with the Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Historical Society,” said Historic Preservation Coordinator Lauren Hoogkamer. “We hope to see a lot of competitive history buffs attend the event.” For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org/HPEvents or contact Hoogkamer at email@example.com or call (253) 591-5254. SEE MORE BULLETIN BOARD ITEMS AT TACOMAWEEKLY.COM
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PIERCE COUNTY DEPUTIES SEARCH FOR CONVICTED CHILD RAPIST By David Rose Washington’s Most Wanted - Q13 Fox
A convicted child rapist is on the run in Pierce County and deputies are asking for the public's help to find him. Matthew Turner is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. A warrant was issued for his arrest on July DAVID ROSE 28. The 29-year-old Turner is a Level 3 sex offender, which is considered the highest risk to reoffend. Turner was 16 when he lured a 10-yearold girl out of her house, forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. Detectives say the attack occurred when he was already facing indecent liberties charges in another case involving two teenage class-
ROY MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING 12-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW WITH MACHETE Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the murder of a 12-year-old boy in Roy. Detectives believe the 27-yearold suspect murdered his nephew in their home with a machete and then shot himself in the head while driving. On Aug. 7 at 3:12 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a white pickup truck striking a Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) fence. The driver, Christian Brayton, was unconscious and bleeding from his head. Upon closer inspection, it appeared the driver had shot himself in the head while driving. He died at the scene. At 5:32 a.m. deputies were dispatched to a residence in Roy after a man called 911 to report that his neighbor was screaming about his son killing his grandson. When deputies arrived, they found Jesse Brayton’s body inside the home and it appeared he had been killed with a machete. Neighbors told deputies the suspect’s name and told them that he had left in a white pickup truck. Deputies were able to quickly determine that the crash and the homicide were related. According to the boy’s grandfather, the suspect and the victim were getting along and were playing video games the evening before the 911 call was placed. Detectives believe that the suspect may have been suffering from mental health issues.
mates. Those charges were later dismissed as part of a plea agreement when he pled guilty to rape of a child in the first degree. Turner began the Sex Offender Treatment Program while he was incarcerated, but was terminated due to lack of progress. This is not the first time he's failed to report in as required by law. “He was convicted for the same thing in 2012," said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer. We need to know where he is and who he is living next to, to make sure there are no other young girls in danger." Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to Turner's arrest. Call the hot line anonymously at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. This is one of the cases I am featuring on “Washington's Most Wanted,” Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday night at 10 p.m on JOEtv
TELLER CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM ELDERLY CUSTOMER Pierce County Prosecutor’s office charged Shelley Christine Lehman, 43, with one count of 1st degree theft and one count of 1st degree identity theft after she was allegedly caught making withdrawals from the account of an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s who lives in a care facility. “Cases like this are why we started our Elder Abuse Unit,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “We are committed to protecting the vulnerable. On Aug. 1, Fircrest Police were dispatched to TAPCO Credit Union regarding a theft investigation. An investigation revealed that teller Shelley Lehman made numerous withdrawals from the credit union member Jean Hockman’s account over a period of months. Hockman is currently in a care facility and has Alzheimer’s. All account withdrawals were made under Lehman’s teller code and most of them were at the drive through window where she often works. The TAPCO Branch Manager reviewed video surveillance at the drive through window at the time of the transactions and discovered that there was not a
vehicle at the window during the time of the transaction on most occasions. This meant that there was no customer to receive the cash from the withdrawal. The manager also discovered that Hockman’s address was recently changed from a Milton address to a University Place address, which is next door to Lehman’s Department of Licensing address. The investigation revealed that the fraudulent withdrawals started on Dec. 9, 2015 and lasted until July 27, 2016. The amount of the loss is over $42,000. Hockman’s son discovered the loss and contacted TAPCO who started an investigation. During TAPCO’s investigation Lehman called in sick and then sent an email saying that she was “sorry” and “had messed up so bad.” Lehman also stated that she had been in two vehicle collisions and had been prescribed pain drugs. She then became addicted to the pain pills and began purchasing the pills illegally. 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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PARKLAND MAN SENTENCED IN 2015 HAMMER ATTACK KILLING Richard Blair, 45, was sentenced on Aug. 4 to 41 years in prison for the murder of his roommate. A jury convicted Blair of 1st degree murder. “Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Kevin Benton and John Cummings did great work on a brutal and inexplicable case,” said Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist. On Jan. 31, 2015, at approximately 12:54 p.m., Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the 800 block of 97th Street South regarding a tenant being found dead. Deputies were led to a shed behind the residence where a white male was observed lying face down, obviously deceased. The victim had obvious injuries to the top and front of his head and his wrists had been cut. There was a claw hammer and a screwdriver next to his body. Detectives interviewed the other residents and learned Blair and the victim, James Payne, were renting the shed behind the house. One of the residents reported that Blair woke him up that morning and said that he killed “Jimmy.” The residents say Blair asked for help burying the body and when they refused they say Blair suggested they dismember and burn the body. One of the residents called 911, and Blair was arrested at a homeless camp a short time later. Blair claimed he killed Payne in self-defense. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and concluded Payne died of blunt force trauma, sharp force trauma, and neck compression. Payne had a depressed skull fracture on his left side, one fractured rib, and large cuts to his wrists and neck. Payne was struck more than 50 times including 10 to the head consistent with hammer blows.
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LENNY AND THE DREAMMAKERS HELPS THE HOMELESS IN WONDERFUL WAYS GROUP NOW GATHERING BACK-TO-SCHOOL ITEMS ier was immensely touching. So many expressed their disbelief that someone, anyone, would take the time to do something for them. Many were especially touched by the handmade pillowcases. Imagine, a simple pillowcase making an impact in someone's life. It perfectly illustrates our Mission Statement: â€œFace to Face, Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart. Touching one life at a time with simple acts of kindness.â€? We also realize the need is still great, and frankly, never ending. We continue to strive to do more, to reach more people. At Adamâ€™s Street shelter, they put up flyers for us to advertise when we will be coming. At Nativity House, we recently made an important contact that will help with the process and ensure we reach as many people as possible. Seeing all the children prompted us to add in another caper. We chose to do a back to school event. We are in the process of obtaining backpacks, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, anything a child needs to be prepared for school. School can be challenging enough without worrying about having the necessary supplies. We can take away one source of stress for these kids who already have so much on their young shoulders. Thank you to all who have joined us in touching lives in our community. If you would like to follow our group as we strive each day to fulfill our Mission Statement, please visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lennyandthedreammakers. If you wish to help more directly, please visit our GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/v5p4sqp5. Together, we can make a difference. We can acknowledge those who often feel unseen and bring a moment of humanity and hope to those who feel forgotten.
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Recently, an article was featured in the University Place Press and the Tacoma Weekly about our homeless outreach group, Lenny and the DreamMakers. We were so grateful for the introduction to our local community and for the exposure it provided our group. As a result, we received both donations and volunteers. We had our most recent event, which we call our â€œcapers,â€? on July 23. We want to share with you our experiences of that day and hopefully show you why we do it and why it means so much to us. Saturday was another gorgeous Washington day. Thirteen of our members gathered to load all of the donations collected and the food purchased into the vehicles. We went to Adamâ€™s Street Shelter first, where we encountered families and many children. We then went to Nativity House, a day shelter where those struggling with homelessness can get a shower and some food. It was an amazing few hours. On our last caper, we were only able to give out 60 sandwiches due to finances. This caper, thanks to a great fundraiser, we were able to give out twice that amount. We met around 150 people that day. In addition to the sandwiches and other food, we gave out blankets, sleeping bags, handmade waterproof mats, socks, sandals, toiletries, homemade pillowcases and much more. For the kids, we had special goodies that included a toy and healthy snacks. After each caper we come away with such joy from meeting so many people who are varied in their experiences and what ultimately occurred in their lives to bring on the challenge of homelessness. Despite their current situation, we are humbled by their spirit that refuses to give up. The gratitude expressed for anything that makes their difficult situation a little eas-
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METRO DIVE TEAM PROVIDES PUBLIC SAFETY INFORMATION
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SUIT UP. (Left) Metro Dive Team members are required to perform a certain
number of dives per year, they much prefer getting those numbers with practice dives like the one pictured here. (Right) Metro Dive team member Brent Van Dyke suits up for a practice dive on Aug. 5 By Derek Shuck firstname.lastname@example.org
On Aug. 5, the Pierce County Metro Dive team visited Point Ruston to educate pier-walkers on water safety. The dive team is made up of nine Pierce County deputies and two Tacoma Police officers. For all members, it is an extra-duty assignment. The dive team trains twice each month on average and responds to roughly 60-70 missions annually. Their primary mission is the safety of its personnel and members of the public. “We’re doing show and tell for the public to encourage water safety. Specifically we’re encouraging children to wear life vests,” Metro Dive Team Member Brent Van Dyke said. Though the focus is on children, the dive team was also reaching out to adults, reminding them of the importance of life preservers not just in the water, but around the water as well including piers and docks “Water in our area is always cold, and even if you’re a good swimmer, if you fall into it unexpectedly you can drown based on how your body reacts to cold water,”
Van Dyke said. “We want to emphasize today that if you’re on, near or around water, always have a life vest near or on, under the age of 13 always wear one, on a boat, on a dock, anywhere.” The team’s visit to Ruston on the warm, sunny day was much more relaxed than their normal water activities. “We respond to all water related incidents, drownings, evidence searches, vehicles in the waters and rivers, people stranded on swift water rescue stuff, where someone will wade across a river and can’t get back, they’ll call us,” Van Dyke said. ‘The team spent the day handing out flyers and showing off various equipment they use during their dives. These high tech tools include a mini ROV video ray with a front and rear camera the divers can use to scope out below-surface situations. “It reduces our risk to send [the camera] down instead of a diver. Multiple dives in a day can be dangerous. The more limited we are on our dives, the better off we are,” Van Dyke said. Other tools include a Kronsberg Sonar System that will formulate a 360-degree image map when submerged in the water
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STATE INACTION PITS SCHOOLS, EDUCATORS AGAINST EACH OTHER There once was a day and time when an order from the Washington State Supreme Court meant something. Those days are apparently so long gone that they might as well be footnotes in high school history courses – that is if the classroom could afford the textbooks. The state’s highest court ruled back in 2012 that state lawmakers had not been upholding the state Constitution in regard to its “paramount duty” to fund public school education. It was a landmark decision known as the “McCleary Decision” that was supposed to put the legislature on notice that they had to come up with a plan to do their jobs. Bickering and finger pointing ensued. A few funding packages passed that added some nickels and dimes to public education of the state’s future. But it wasn’t enough. More bickering and finger pointing followed. Lawmakers found themselves again in front of the Supreme Court for the delays in crafting a deal to have schools fully funded by 2018. Then what was seen as a hammer came down in 2015 when the high court unanimously held lawmakers in contempt of court and slapped the legislature with a sanction of $100,000 for every day that the funding troubles weren’t solved. Well, there is still no deal, and lawmakers are betting that the fines will eventually be waived once a deal actually bubbles up from the politically charged stew that is state politics. They are probably right since the special account to fund “basic education” created for the $21 million in accumulated fines is just a line item in a budget at this point. The inaction in Olympia is now shifting from weird to downright bizarre. The state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has filed a lawsuit against seven school districts, including Tacoma, for spending levy dollars to fund teacher salaries that wouldn’t otherwise be covered by money the districts receive from the state. The lawsuit isn’t so much that State Superintendent Randy Dorn, who is not seeking reelection, thinks the districts are doing anything bad, just that the use of locally-approved levy dollars violates state law since levies are meant to fund extra programs and amenities, not basic education. That responsibility rests with the state, where lawmakers are failing. Allowing districts to use levy dollars for basic education, his argument goes, puts children in poorer districts at a disadvantage since levy measures there are less likely to pass. And it also takes state lawmakers off the hook for actually finding a schoolfunding solution. Tacoma schools and other districts are now in the middle of a proxy war and our children are suffering. Dorn championed the lawsuit to force, yet again, lawmakers to do their jobs since apparently more than a year of daily fines for contempt isn’t enough. And earlier this month, a coalition that includes the Washington Educators Association, school administrators and education-minded civic groups added to the fray by raising questions about the state’s new charter school law, which the Washington Legislature approved earlier this year. The legal complaint alleges that the new law violates the state constitution by diverting public funding to privately run charter schools that are unaccountable to Washington voters, which is the reasoning why the state Supreme Court overturned a similar charter school law last year. The next move in this whole mess comes in early September when the Supreme Court wants to hear updates from lawmakers on their efforts to finally do their jobs.
The Hops on the Sound beer and music festival, mentioned on the front page of our City Life section on Aug. 5, will be held at Cheney Stadium on Sept. 24. Learn more at www.hopsonthesound.com. In the May 12 story “Children’s Museum supports special needs families with ‘Play Days,’” A Step Ahead in Pierce County’s name was written incorrectly as Pierce County Step Ahead. In the Aug. 5 story “Art Chantry and Andy Art featured at MAWP,” it was incorrectly stated that artist Larkin would also be showing his art. Art Chantry and Andy Art will be the only two featured artists. Tacoma Weekly apologizes for these errors.
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WASHINGTON’S ALMOST FORGOTTEN OLYMPIC LEGENDS By Don C. Brunell The Great Depression was very hard on most Americans. People lost their savings, jobs and homes. Often families were separated because there simply were too many mouths to feed even when moms, dads and kids pooled their meager earnings from odd jobs. Businesses and factories closed and our government struggled to respond. Soup kitchens fed people waiting in long unemployment lines. It is against this setting that fascist Germany hosted the summer Olympics in 1936. It was an extravaganza that was unimaginable for Olympians traveling to Berlin that August. The games were supposed to showcase Germany’s supremacy. The Nazi athletes came from Adolf Hitler’s “Aryan” or master race. They were government supported and trained full time with the best coaches. They were expected to dominate. However, as it worked out the American team, composed mainly of struggling commoners from all races, religions and cultural heritages, turned the tables on the Führer in his own backyard. Jesse Owens immediately became an Olympic legend winning four gold medals. During his career, Owens, one of 18 black American athletes competing in Berlin, set world records in the long jump, 220-yard sprint and low hurdles, and long
jump. He equaled the world’s best time in the 100-yard dash. There is a correspondingly moving Olympic story that was nearly forgotten until the daughter of a University of Washington rower contacted her neighbor, the accomplished author Daniel James Brown. A few years ago, Brown met Joe Rantz, who was in hospice care at Judy Willman’s suburban Seattle home. When he heard the story, he immediately wanted to write a book about Rantz, but the dying rower’s desire was to have a book written about the Husky crew that won the gold medal on blustery Lake Grunau. “The Boys in the Boat” is more than the saga of the 1936 U.S. Olympic eightoar rowing crew – dubbed the Miracle 9 – beating the favored crews from Italy and Germany. It is the about the culturally unique American way of life based on freedom to take risks. It is about our character – our ability to overcome adversity. It is about Americans pulling together to accomplish the impossible if we are determined and work hard. The Husky nine came from working class sons of loggers, fishermen, farmers and shipyard workers who grew up in Washington. They were different from the Ivy League collegiate rowers who dominated competitive rowing. They weren’t the sons of people of means like the Roosevelts. Just as Owens had no college athletic scholarship, the Husky crew members
worked their way through the University of Washington paying their own tuition and supporting themselves with “buck a day” jobs. In fact, Washington’s crew house was one of few places the rowers could consistently find a square meal. Rantz, one of the Husky’s strongest rowers, experienced gut-wrenching setbacks as a child. He watched his mother die coughing up blood when he was just four-years old and was abandoned at age 12 to subsist on his own. Rather than become a victim, he found the grit to survive. His older brother finally took him in during his high school years and he became a star athlete at Roosevelt High School. The Huskies crew coach recruited him with just the promise of a part-time job. The 1936 Olympic rowing champions from Washington were said to be eight hearts beating as one. Pulling together, they overcame insurmountable odds. They never quit and overpowered opponents coming from behind to nip them at the finish line. These are the Americans who make our country strong and the envy of the world. Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at theBrunells@msn.com.
OUR DETERIORATING ENVIRONMENT: IS ANYBODY LISTENING? By Mel Gurtov While the scientists have been doing their job in calling attention to the multiple ways in which environmental decline threatens the planet, we hear less and less from political leaders. Their focus is on the here-and-now – terrorism, jobs, immigration – and not on commitments to the future. Last year’s Paris Agreement on climate change seems like a distant memory. Here is some of the latest scientific evidence, which points not only to the magnitude and immediacy of the problem but also to the interdependence of its parts: Five scientists from the Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in College Park, Maryland, give findings on the rate of climate change increase – “unprecedented for at least the past 1,000 years” – and therefore the need for an accelerated response. To the now familiar melting of the Arctic ice packs – which the most recent study shows is likely to cause a sea level rise of “at least several meters”– should be added the equally if not more dangerous thawing of the permafrost, which means increasing emissions of methane and carbon dioxide. “Indeed,” Chris Mooney reports, “scientists have discovered a simple statistic that underscores the scale of the potential problem: There may be more than twice as much carbon contained in northern permafrost as there is in the atmosphere itself. That’s a staggering thought.” (Methane, by the way, seems to be the unsung villain: all the attention to carbon dioxide, Bill McKibben tells us in The Nation, detracts from methane’s equally potent heat trapping. Increased use of natural gas, plus fracking, are significantly increasing methane emissions in the U.S.) The world’s largest forest “carbon sink,” the Amazon basin, is losing its ability to soak up excess carbon dioxide, a British study reports. In a nutshell, growth – i.e., conversion of forest land to agriculture – is outpacing forest sustainability. Human expansion, such as in the Amazon basin, is imperiling the ecosystem itself. A study by European scientists finds that biodiversity levels have fallen below the point where the ecosystem can remain intact. Species decline of 10 percent, the scientists estimate, is dangerous; “but their study found that overall, across the globe, the average decline is already more like 15 percent. In other words, original species are only about 85 percent as abundant (84.6 percent to be precise) as they were before human land-use changes.” Climate change will add
substantially to this sobering assessment. A new UN Environment Programme report covering all parts of the globe found that well-known problems are intensifying. Two problems in particular: “One was worsening air pollution problems, driven, again, by large populations and the swelling of urban cores. Another was widespread water scarcity problems, exacerbated by climate change but also greater demand in growing cities.” More than 1,200 scientists from 160 countries participated in the study. The first-ever international report on declining populations of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators underscores the looming threat to world food supplies and the agricultural system that supports it. The causes of pollinator extinction are well known: global warming, pesticides, and overuse of agricultural land. New studies of flooding confirm that rising sea levels as the result of global warming are occurring at a faster rate than ever before. The coastal flooding witnessed in recent years in Miami, Charleston, and Norfolk is likely to be more frequent and prolonged in the future. Ocean levels may rise up three to four feet by 2100. China, while promising to draw 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources, is, in fact, continuing to construct coal-fired plants—on average, one plant a week until 2020, according to the latest Greenpeace report. The extraordinary fact about this new construction is that it creates huge excess capacity, the result not of central government dictates but rather of permits for investment in coal-fired plants by leaders in distant provinces. Unless this trend stops, as much as $200 billion will be wasted, and water availability will dramatically decline. Two pieces of good news: nuclear power is in trouble everywhere, and the ozone “hole” over the Antarctic is starting to heal. The latest “World Nuclear Industry Status Report” details the numerous nuclear power plants that have been or in a short time will be shut down. Financing problems, aging plants, and technical breakdowns are a big part of the reason; but competition from renewable energy sources is becoming the most important factor. The future energy picture is captured in this notation: “Globally, wind power output grew by 17 percent, solar by 33 percent, nuclear by 1.3 percent” in the past year, and “Brazil, China, India, Japan and the Netherlands now all generate more electricity from wind turbines alone than from nuclear power plants.” Meantime, thanks to the 1987 Montreal
Protocol that phased out ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, the ozone layer is growing back—a sign that international agreements backed by a coalition of scientists do work. Public opinion trails behind scientific findings on climate change, according to Pew Research Center polls. The urgency of climate change is felt more strongly in Europe and Latin America than in the U.S. and China. That fact is worrisome: Americans and Chinese, who live in the biggest carbon producing societies, should be the most concerned about climate change. On the other hand, Americans’ concern is rising again: the percentage of Americans polled by Gallup in 2016 who believe climate change is a worrisome problem stands at 64 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, only 10 percent of U.S. adults now discount global warming as a major problem. But before we celebrate, we need to remind ourselves that expressions of concern don’t equate to what people are willing to do to combat the problem, even at the polls. And if many of them are inclined to “let the politicians figure it out,” or hide behind “I’m not a scientist” disclaimers, we’re in great trouble. Sadly, climate change is barely on the election-year agenda. That’s hardly surprising in the case of Donald Trump, a climate change denier. His comeuppance will be when his prize Florida hotel, Mar-a-Lago, goes under water in perhaps 30 years, along with many other coastal properties as mentioned above. Beaches and streets are already flooding in Miami. As for Hillary Clinton, she has mentioned global warming of course, but it’s clearly not a high priority in her campaign. Whether or not that changes in her presidency remains to be seen. A final thought, which comes from an opinion piece by William Gail, former president of the American Meteorological Society: Future generations may have to start from scratch in grappling with the “new dark age” of climate-altering changes. Their learning process will have been disrupted. Models, technologies, and other resources used to identify patterns, and predict and act on Earth’s dramatic changes, will be largely useless. Our children and grandchildren have no idea what they are inheriting. Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University and blogs at In the Human Interest.
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BRIDGEPORT WAY ROADWORK TO RUN THROUGH FALL PHOTO BY LARRY LARUE
FEEDING TIME. Shannon Smith, senior biologist with the elephant barn at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, said Hudson loves foot and scratches under the chin.
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Commuters who use the strip of Bridgeport Way between South 19th and South 27th streets will have to add a few minutes to their drives for a few more months. Crews will be closing lanes and redirecting traffic in the area through the fall so they can construct curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes and street planters in the area as a way to spruce up University Place’s main street. The new roadway will look similar to other recent improvements along Bridgeport, although there won’t be a median between 19th and 27th streets like there is along the retail hub of the city between the town center and Green Firs. Utility crews from Tacoma Water will be taking advantage of the road construction as well by replacing water mains in the area at the same time. Doing the work now avoids future road closures in the same area since the water mains in the neighborhood are aging and becoming brittle. The street improvements total about $2.3 million, with most of it being covered by federal grants. The
Tacoma Water work costs the utility another $540,000. This work comes months after roadway improvements ended on the west side of Bridgeport Way between 67th Avenue and the city limits between University Place and Lakewood. These improvements included the construction of a bike lane, street lighting, pervious concrete sidewalks, rain gardens, vegetative swales and bio-filtration facilities to clean the storm water runoff that discharges into nearby Leach Creek, which is a spawning ground for both Coho and Chum salmon. The creek runoff work was funded through a $750,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. That work and the ongoing construction along UP’s strip of Bridgeport Way won’t be the last time commuters along that roadway will see traffic cones, however, since another round of street work is also in the offing. “After this current phase of Bridgeport, we have one more phase, which is between Chambers Lane and Chambers Creek Road,” the city’s Director of Engineering and Capital Projects Jack Ecklund said. “That work will begin next year, likely in the spring.”
“She ignored him and he didn’t show much interest in her,” Smith said. “Hudson is much more active around people.” Hudson is already something of a celebrity. Visitors who have heard about his arrival gather at his corral and watch him. Hudson can put on a good show. At 3:30 p.m. each afternoon, he gets lunch – a gallon bottle of milk and a handful or two of muskox kibble. Drinking his milk takes all of about one minute. Hudson doesn’t sip. There were a dozen or more zoo visitors on hand one day last week to watch him guzzle down lunch and ask Smith and other biologists questions about Hudson. How much does he weigh? One-hundred and 40 pounds, up 10 from the day he arrived. How much will he weigh when full grown? The average adult weighs 680 pounds – and big males can reach 900 pounds. How fast can he run? About 36 miles an hour. How soon can he breed? Not until he’s 18 months old. What does he like to eat besides milk and kibble? “Like most babies, he’s inquisitive and will try to eat anything he finds,” Smith told the group. “He’s especially fond of clover and dandelions. He ate too many the other day and had an upset stomach.” How long do muskox live? Between 12 and 20 years, normally. Occasionally, one will reach 25. When full grown, Hudson will likely stand four to five feet tall at the shoulder and look like an unmade bed on four legs. Muskox grow two layers of hair, an outer level called guard hair and a softer under layer that keeps the animal warm in its home on the tundra. That under layer of hair, called qiviut, is highly prized as wool and costs as much
as $80 an ounce. Hudson could be a cash cow, but likely won’t be. His role at Point Defiance is to become father or a new herd of muskox. In the coming months, the zoo will be getting a four-year-old female in hopes that she and Hudson get along. Initially, the concern is she’s bigger and stronger than he is, but he will gain weight and strength quickly. “Muskox have been born here before, and we look forward to that again,” Smith said. “It won’t be for awhile, because Hudson won’t be ready to breed for another 15 months. The breeding season is usually early summer and females carry their young for eight months.” For now, Hudson is it. He seems to sense the job at hand, and approaches visitors at the fence line. He also occasionally charges a large ball in his enclosure and, on warm days, enjoys life in a kiddie pool. Zoo keepers have already had to begin discipline, however. Hudson likes to nibble at their shirts. He loves to lick sweat off their bare arms and legs. How do you stop a muskox from doing that? “You give them a gentle push from the side,” Smith said. “You never push their head from the front. Do that, and they naturally consider it a challenge and push back.” Muskox are not endangered, but Hudson fills a rare niche among American zoos. Point Defiance is one of only two zoos in the continental U.S. with muskox displays. The other is Minnesota. Hudson seems quite happy to be in Tacoma. Why are they called “muskox?” Hudson would likely consider that a personal question. During mating season, when males are in rut, they emit a musky odor to attract females. Hudson will have to wait more than a year to prove that. Until then, life will continue to be milk-and-clover-and-scratchesunder-the-chin good.
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that the business model is something the couple is familiar with as owner-operators of SURGEtacoma, a similar shared workspace facility on Tacoma Avenue South. Other areas of the building will be available as early as this winter for special events of up to 240 people or 100 people with tables. Future phases include between 10 to 15 work-live artist lofts and an open floor with waterfront views that could be home to an anchor tenant. “We are going to give the market whatever it is
seeking,” Eli Moreno said. Startups and small businesses can pay monthly membership dues of less than $100 based on their needs and have access to the facility during regular business hours. Higher membership levels include 24-hour access, gallery space and dedicated units for work and store materials. But all of these plans start with renovations that include a new roof and rewiring of much of the electrical systems as well as the historical research of the building’s long history by diving through boxes of photographs showing everything from tux-and-tails dinners to camping trips and pool tournaments. The Union Club served as a formal “gentlemen’s club” for almost a century, where local
business elites could meet, socialize and make business contacts as they build their empires over bowling matches or games of pool or cigars and brandy in the lounge. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt paid a visit, which is an interesting twist of history since the Morenos live in a house that Eleanor’s uncle Theodore Roosevelt had stayed during a visit to Tacoma while he was president in 1903. Former presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt were fifth cousins. The renovations will play off the building’s history and its notable members and guests but also provide amenities for modern uses. “The history behind it is what makes it fun, but the business side has to work,” Amber Moreno said.
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ore sampling works that he sold in 1890, moving to Tacoma to buy the Ryan Smelter. Originally the Ryan Smelter was for lead, but soon Rust converted it to copper, helping the Tacoma Smelting Co. grew into the largest employer in Pierce County. Former Mayor of Tacoma and current president of the Tacoma Historical Society Bill Baarsma spoke at the unveiling stating, “Rust, I would say, was Tacoma’s greatest negotiator. After the purchase of the Ryan Smelter, he was approached by the Guggenheims about purchasing the company. Rust traveled to New York to meet with them where they offered him $1 million for the smelter. Rust rebutted back with a price of $5 million, to which the Guggenheims laughed at him, and he left, stating that by time they saw him again they would pay the $5 million. One year later in 1905, the Guggenheims purchased the Tacoma Smelting Company for $5 million and kept Rust as manger of the smelter for the next decade.” Rust had an undeniable influence in the development of industry that started the City of Destiny in the 20th century. The community that blossomed around the gates of the plant was referred to as “Smeltertown.” In 1906, Rust encouraged the
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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 last spring to officially cut the ribbon on the Tribe’s new state-of-the-art Salish Cancer Center (SCC). Joining in on the event were (back row from left): 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.” In the following pages, you’ll read more about what a valuable community partner the Puyallup Tribe of Indians is to the region and the state.
PARTNERING TO ENHANCE LOCAL TRANSPORTATION Partnering with local jurisdictions to improve local transportation, in 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 is 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 3-4 year 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’ opportu-
nity 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 for
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.
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 trade-dependent 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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KINGS RAIN DESTRUCTION
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BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONS
PHOTOS BY ROCKY ROSS
CRACK! (top) Since being called up from Double-A Jackson earlier in the season, infielder D.J. Peterson has shown that he belongs playing at a high level. The 2013 first-round MLB draft pick is batting .283 with Tacoma, including seven home runs, six doubles and 33 runs batted in. (middle) Starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio has went 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA since joining the Rainiers from Jackson on July 21. (bottom) Luis Sardinas comes up short with this stolen base attempt.
RAINIERS ENTER FINAL MONTH IN FIRST
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By Justin Gimse
hen the Western Washington Football Alliance (WWFA) went state-wide and expanded from eight to 14 teams this past offseason, it looked as though the Puyallup Nation Kings were going to have quite a bit more difficult time setting up a defense of their 2015 WWFA championship. With a host of new faces and talent joining the team, no one was sure just how long, and how trying, the growing pains were going to be for the reigning champs. After the final whistle blew to end the 2016 WWFA championship game on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Chief Leschi Stadium, it was very clear that this organization managed their growing pains to the point of having almost been invisible. There’s just no way of getting around the fact that the Kings fielded a team that was nearly untouchable throughout the season. The championship game would pit the best two teams in the WWFA against each other. Most would consider this the best-case scenario for a postseason climax. Considering that the Kings had defeated the Wenatchee Valley Rams 18-10 in a hard-nosed dogfight earlier in the season, the title matchup looked like it just might be the best game of the season. Somewhere along the way, somebody forgot to tell the Kings about this. After a relatively slow start, the Kings captured the title game’s momentum and hammered the Rams (9-2) to the tune of 46-13 to finish the season with a perfect 11-0 record in front of what was probably the biggest football crowd ever seen at Chief Leschi Stadium. After working out a few kinks in two preseason games, the Kings went on to dominate the rest of the WWFA as though they were out to prove something. Not just that they were the best team, but that they were the defending champions hell-bent on winning backto-back titles. In the end, the numbers tell a full and simple tale about this team’s performance through 11 games. Puyallup averaged 51.3 points per game for the season. On the other side of the ball, the Kings gave up just 8.6 points per game, and that number is mislead-
PHOTOS BY KEVIN PETERSEN
PERFECT! (top) Wide receiver Ktron Barquet is upended after a catch. Barquet created mismatches for Puyallup's opponents all season long. (midleft) Defensive back Leon Johnson goes up and sideways to break up what appeared to be a sure-fire Wenatchee touchdown. (mid-right) Kings' veteran Isaiah Syph times it perfectly as he robs the Rams of a long completion. (bottom) Puyallup's "Darkside" defense shutout six opponents this season.
ing as several opposition scores were put on the board by opposing defenses via turnovers. The championship game was actually a bit of a contest for the first two quarters. Turnovers and defensive stands kept the scoring low, but it would just be a matter of time before the Kings made the correct adjustments and turned the game into a blowout victory. Just like their semifinal matchup against the Bellingham Bulldogs, the Kings found themselves in a real tussle early in the game. It was clear that both defenses were keyed-up and big hits and turnovers were being delivered. The Rams turned the ball over three times early in the ballgame, but it was the second one that had some teeth. Dropping back on first down from the 33 yard line, Ram quarterback Zachariah Clow was immediately hit by linebacker Vikah Lefau and the ball popped loose. Demetrius Moore recovered the ball at the Rams’ 20-yard line, and the Kings were knocking at the door early. Seven plays later, Puyallup quarterback Adam
Kruse connected with wide receiver Mike Waller Jr. from three yards out on fourth-and-goal and the Kings were on the scoreboard. Following a blocked point-after kick, Puyallup led 6-0 with 9:29 remaining in the first quarter. Both defenses dominated the rest of the first quarter, as the 6-0 score held through the first 15 minutes. The Kings nearly went up by another touchdown after Kruse hit wide receiver Ktron Barquet up the middle for a 69-yard catch and sprint to the goal-line. However, an illegal man down field penalty brought the ball back and the Kings would end up having to punt the ball away. After several defensive stops, the Rams started a drive from their own 41 yard line. With the help of a Kings penalty, a 29-yard scamper and a lucky fumble bounce, the Rams made their way down to the Puyallup eight yard line. Two plays later, running back John Rossi took a handoff over the right side and plowed his way into the end-zone. Following a successful kick, the Rams
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With just 26 games remaining in the Tacoma Rainiers regular season, the excitement is reaching a crescendo amongst the fan base that this remarkable Triple-A baseball club could very well go wire-to-wire as the first place team in the Pacific Coast League’s (PCL) Pacific Northern division. As of press time, the Rainiers have owned first place in the division since opening day on April 7. That is an incredible span of 119 straight games, and now it’s crunch time. Tacoma has been holding off the Fresno Grizzlies (64-53) and Reno Aces (62-56) for much of the season, and if there was ever a chance for either of these teams to possibly catch the Rainiers, it could line up for one of them over this final stretch run. The Rainiers currently own a five game lead over second-place Fresno, and a 7.5 game lead over Reno. There’s no glossing over the brutality of Tacoma’s remaining schedule. They’ll play five games against teams under .500, and 21 against clubs that are still gunning for a postseason berth. It’s going to be a wild one, so hold on tight. After taking a much needed day off on Thursday, Aug. 11, the Rainiers will close out the season with 25 consecutive games without a breather. This will begin with a road trip to the PCL American Southern division leading Nashville Sounds (68-50), and the second-place Memphis Redbirds (57-61). That’s not going to be an easy eight game stretch. The Rainiers will return home on Saturday, Aug. 20 to face the Las Vegas 51s (57-61) for a four-game series. At first glance, this looks like the soft part of the final schedule. The only problem is that Las Vegas has owned the Rainiers so far this season with an 8-3 mark against hometown boys. Are you getting nervous yet? Following the Las Vegas series, Tacoma will hit the road for the last time to face Reno for a fivegame stretch. It will certainly be a make-or-break situation for the Aces, and you can believe that they will be giving the Rainiers everything they can handle, as they try to make a last-gasp run at the division title. Tacoma will come home for the final eight games of the season on Monday, Aug. 29, starting with a four-game tilt against Fresno. While the Rainiers’ final run of games involves games against some of the best teams in the PCL, the Grizzlies remaining schedule looks like a creampuff in comparison. Twenty of Fresno’s final 24 games will be against teams with losing records, including three teams (Iowa, Sacramento and Albuquerque) who reside in the cellar of their respective divisions. The Rainiers five game lead over the Grizzlies could be in serious jeopardy by the time the two teams square off three weeks from now.
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LOGGER WOMEN RANKED NATIONALLY IN PRESEASON SOCCER POLL
The Puget Sound women’s soccer team is ranked 20th in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll. The Loggers finished the 2015 campaign ranked 17th after posting an undefeated record (17-0-5). First-year head coach Joe Vari and the Loggers begin the 2016 season at William Smith on Sept. 3. The first home game of the year is Sept. 9 against Whittier, and Northwest Conference play opens at home on Sept. 17 against Whitman. The Loggers return several key student-athletes as they begin their journey for a 15th consecutive NWC title. Among the returners, Emma Donckels, Bailey Edwards and Lauren Thomas each earned All-NWC nods in 2015. Puget Sound is the only NWC team ranked in the NSCAA Top 25.
THE COLOR RUN RETURNS TO THE TACOMA DOME AUG. 14
The Color Run, the largest 5K event series in the world, is bringing its 2016 tour theme, “The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour” to the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma on Sunday, August 14. The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour will combine the enjoyment of a 5k with all the fun leisure of an island-style vacation full of unforgettable memories, music, and colors. “We want to bring happiness and health to people’s lives and The Color Run does just that. We are excited to come to Tacoma and give Color Runners the opportunity to step into paradise with us and enjoy a 5K vacation that only The Color Run can create,” said Louis Wills, The Color Run’s event director. “Our participants will experience palm trees, beach balls in the air, festive music, tons of color, island flowers and more at our Tropicolor World Tour. It’ll be a colorific experience you won’t want to miss.” Brand new this year is the Tropicolor Zone on the course, where Color Runners will be bathed in a tropical array of colors and delicious island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, inflatable arches, and island-style music. Participants can expect to be whisked away to paradise and splashed with vivid colors every kilometer as they pass a different color zone. At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will enjoy even more fun at Rainbow Beach—an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities, and massive color throws. The Tacoma run will benefit Sound Outreach!, an organization that supports senior, disabled and homeless citizens in gaining access to sustainable, independent living and guides people to success with the necessary resources. The Tropicolor World Tour marks the fifth anniversary of The Color Run. The tour will be making stops all around the globe and is anticipated to visit more than 40 countries worldwide in 2016.Registration for The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour in Tacoma is open and tickets are available until the start of the run. To purchase your ticket or for more information about the The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour, visit, http://thecolorrun.com/locations/tacoma-wa/.
TACOMA/PIERCE COUNTY VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS NEEDED
The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. Line Judges are also needed for local high school matches. A comprehensive training program scheduled for Aug. 23, 25, 29 and 31 is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive. For students, retirees, or former athletes looking to reconnect with a sport, officiating high school and middle school sports is also an excellent way to earn some extra income and provide a great service to the teams. Registration is due no later than August 10th so please contact us immediately. For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, please visit our website at www.tpcvob.com and contact Marc Blau at 253-677-2872 or mhblau@comcast. net.
PT. DEFIANCE UNVEILS NEW FIELD GUIDE AND INTERACTIVE GAME
A fun, prize-filled adventure awaits individuals and families alike at Point Defiance Park. Metro Parks Tacoma has a cool new way to discover the Park through its “That’s the Point” interactive game. To join in the fun, pick up a free park Field Guide, explore the key attractions of Tacoma’s 760-acre park, and collect codes along the way to earn prizes. The 20-page Field Guide is filled with fun facts, multiple maps and a bit of history. You’ll also find a sampling of the plants and animals you may discover on your park adventure. There’s room to record your experience and an invitation to play That’s the Point (TTP). “We want visitors to get out and explore the park, especially areas they haven’t yet visited,” said Phedra Redifer, who supervises the park’s Visitors Center. “The field guide is a fun tool to help them do just that. It’s full of interesting information and includes a game where you can win great prizes as you explore.” Mary Krauszer, Point Defiance Park’s ranger, said she recently met a family at Dalco Passage Viewpoint on Five Mile Drive who were working through their Field
Guides. Usually Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is their sole destination, they said.”’We came all the way from Issaquah to do this, and it’s already taken us places we’d never been before in the park,’” Krauszer recalled one of them saying. The game’s experience is the main point, but the odds of winning are also high. Players can earn multiple prizes, such as free or discounted admission to Point Defiance Park attractions and events. Specific prizes include free entry into the Black Cat Fun Run, a TTP water bottle, a thyme seedling kit, and more. The monthly grand prize winner will receive an All Access Pass to many of Metro Parks Tacoma’s most popular events and facilities, valued at $450. To play the game, pick up a guide and venture into the park to look for specially marked TTP signs in each color-coded zone. Each sign features a personal story from a Point Defiance visitor sharing his or her special park memory. They include Michael Morency, who first visited Point Defiance after moving to Tacoma in 2015. “Traversing through the densely packed canopy of lush green trees, we couldn’t believe we were still in the city,” he wrote. Sarah Bennett’s words appear on another sign: “This park connects us to a time and place when beauty, strength and nature were intertwined. Whenever I walk here, I am reminded that they still are,” she said. Each TTP sign includes a special code associated with one of five TTP zones. To play, go to the TTP web page and enter zone codes. You will receive your prize via email. Contestants who submit all five codes will be eligible for a monthly drawing to win the grand prize allaccess pass. Free Point Defiance Park Field Guides are available at the Point Defiance Park Visitors Center and at the Point Defiance Marina shop. The Visitors Center is open through Monday, Sept. 5, Thursdays through Sundays, plus Labor Day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The marina shop is open daily from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m.
TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 10 SATURDAY, AUG. 13 – FISHING Gig Harbor Salmon Derby Awards Bass Pro Shop – 4 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 20 – BASEBALL Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 21 – BASEBALL Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 1:35 p.m. MONDAY, AUG. 22 – BASEBALL Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 23 – BASEBALL Las Vegas vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. MONDAY, AUG. 29 – BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 30 – BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 – BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 – BASEBALL Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 – FOOTBALL Wilson vs. Foss Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 – FOOTBALL Steilacoom vs. Stadium Stadium Bowl – 7 p.m.
SOUNDERS WOMEN FALL IN WPSL WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
It was a new year in a new league with the same philosophy for the Sounders Women. Players first, and then chase championships. The team has operated for nearly two decades as a development team for women in the United States. With the ever changing soccer landscape, the Sounders Women played their first year in the WPSL to great success under new head coach Kim Calkins. The team finished the regular season as WPSL NW Division Champions and they advanced to the Western Conference championship on Sunday, July 23, narrowly losing to the eventual WPSL runner-up San Diego Sea Lions by a score of 3-2. The loss against the Sea Lions was the only loss of the season for the Sounders Women (11-1-0). “It was an honor for our coaching staff to the have the opportunity to work with the Sounders Women this year. I have no doubt that a number of these players will have future professional opportunities in the game. We had quite a bit of success this season, however, as competitors, we always want to achieve the next level and do even more for the club. I could not be more proud of the effort from the players and the quality of young women representing Sounders Women this year. I look forward to watching the success of the many of them throughout their college fall seasons,” explained Calkins, Sounders Women head coach. The team was highlighted by a group of players from Florida State University in Cassie Miller, Kaycie Tillman, Natalia Kuikka, and Megan Connolly. These players traveled about as far as they could to work on their player development this summer. When you add the local players from the University of Washington, Seattle University and others, the mix was solid for the first year in the WPSL and resulted in an undefeated regular season for the Women in Rave Green. Kelly Beck from Seattle University and Kate Bennet from the University of Washington played big roles for the Sounders Women in helping lead the young group to success. The Sounders Women now break for the year with many young women heading back to their respective college soccer programs with the dream of moving up in the game following the seasons they complete this fall. The Sounders Women program has again helped players in the development growth toward the top level of soccer in the United States and we look forward to watching them in the years to come.
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KEN GRIFFEY JR. BY THE NUMBERS GAMES .................................. 2,671 PLATE APPEARANCES ........... 11,340 AT-BATS ................................. 9,801 HITS ....................................... 2,781 RUNS ...................................... 1,662 HOME RUNS .............................. 630 DOUBLES ................................... 524 TRIPLES ....................................... 38 RUNS BATTED IN .................... 1,836 STOLEN BASES .......................... 184 WALKS.................................... 1,312 STRIKEOUTS ........................... 1,779 BATTING AVERAGE .................... .284 ON-BASE % .............................. .370 ON-BASE + SLUGGING.............. .907 TOTAL BASES ......................... 5,271 HIT BY PITCH ............................... 81 10 GOLDEN GLOVE AWARDS 7 SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS 1997 AL & MLB MVP 5-TIME TOP-FIVE MVP VOTES 9-TIME TOP-20 MVP VOTES 2005 NL COMEBACK AWARD FIRST YEAR SALARY - $68,000 TOP SALARY (4X) $12.5 MIL PHOTOS BY ROCKY ROSS
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were actually ahead 7-6 with 7:17 remaining in the second quarter. It was apparent that the sudden deficit lit a fire under the Kings’ offense. On the ensuing drive, Puyallup marched down the field 60 yards in nine plays and capped it with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Kruse to receiver Dashun Salgado in the corner of the end-zone. Puyallup’s Duante Barnett had himself a sure two-point conversion on a wide-open pass from James Tyler III, but the defensive lineman’s mitts weren’t up to the task and the ball hit the turf. Puyallup now led 12-7 with 3:54 remaining in the first half. On the ensuing Wenatchee possession, the Kings would force the Rams to punt after just three plays. Coming up with his second huge play of the game, Vikah Lefau made a bee-line toward the punter and got a glove on the punt. The ball ricocheted into the air nearly as high as a normal punt, and backward toward the Ram goal-line. Just before the ball reached the end-zone, Lefau scooped up the ball and fell into the end-zone for another Puyallup touchdown. The Kings would enter the locker rooms with an 18-7 lead. Puyallup wasted no time coming out for
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Reno will have a more difficult go of it with road games against Memphis and Nashville, but two series against Sacramento could soften the blow for the Aces. With Reno coming to Cheney Stadium on Friday, Sept. 2 for the final series of the regular season, they could still be in the running for a shot at the division title. More importantly for the hometown fans, those final four games could very well be the most important games of the season for the Rainiers. Since the Triple-A All-Star break, Tacoma has put together the best record in the PCL at 20-8. Just behind the Rainiers, Fresno has the third-best mark at 18-11, with Reno coming in at fifth with a 16-12 record. One remarkable aspect of this first-place run of 119 games for Tacoma has been the
the second half. It took all of two plays to put more points on the scoreboard. Defensive back Joseph Titialii stepped in front of quick pass by Clow and returned the ball 62 yards for a pick-six interception. Running back Donald McKee rumbled into the end-zone for a two-point conversion and Puyallup now led 26-7 with just one minute off of the third quarter clock. The Kings’ defense stepped up again on the next Ram possession. Wenatchee would muster one first down on the drive, but ultimately faced fourth-and-10 from the Kings’ 48 yard line. Feeling pressure flying up the middle, the Wenatchee punter muffed the snap and was immediately drilled by several Kings just a moment after getting both hands on the ball. Puyallup took over on the Wenatchee 40 yard line and took off just a couple of minutes before scoring again. An electrifying 31-yard catch by Barquet set up the Kings at the Wenatchee one yard line. Two plays later, running back Christopher McCutchin lowered his shoulders into the right side and crossed the goal-line for another touchdown. Another failed point-after put the Puyallup lead at 32-7 with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter. It was apparent that the interception and fumbled punt combination had taken a seri-
ous toll on Wenatchee’s psyche at this point. Despite excellent field position to start their next drive, Wenatchee proceeded to turn the ball over on their first play as defensive back Isaiah Syph leaped high into the air to nab a long pass by Clow. The turnover would produce no points for the Kings, but the momentum of the game was clearly on Puyallup’s side. The teams went back and forth for a few possessions until Wenatchee successfully turned away a Kings drive that ended at the Ram six yard line. After regaining possession, Wenatchee got off two plays before lightning struck for the Kings again. Rolling to his right, Clow made the unwise decision to throw the ball back toward his left and the ball was intercepted by Sal-
gado, who returned the ball 11 yards for another Puyallup touchdown. A successful two-point conversion put the score at 40-7 with 8:57 remaining in the game. Both teams added touchdown scores late as the teams emptied much of their benches for the final of 46-13. It was clear that the Kings not only had brought the best football players to the title game, but they were pushed by a solid coaching staff led by head coach Tutu Tamaalevea. Despite hoisting the championship trophy, Puyallup’s journey has not ended this season. The Kings will travel to Denver, CO on Aug. 20 to face either the Rocky Mountain Silverbacks (7-3) or the Colorado Cougars (8-1) for what is being dubbed a semi-pro national championship contest.
fluctuations in the roster. Since the club answers to the roster whims of the Seattle Rainiers, fans at Cheney Stadium have seen quite a few different players donning the hometown colors. In fact, through 119 games, Tacoma has gone through a whopping 144 roster transactions. This involves players being called up to the Mariners, being sent down from Seattle, being put on the injured list, as well as a handful of outright player releases. Through it all, Tacoma manager Pat Listach has been able to keep this team chugging along at a champion’s pace. A month from now, we will know if the Rainiers had enough kick at the end of the season’s race to cross the finish line in first place. At that point, we may even be able to start talking about the playoffs, but let’s not jump that gun quite yet. For tickets and more information visit tacomarainiers.com, or visit the Cheney Stadium box office.
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Tacoma expat returns, outlines plans for new Motopony album and a record deal. (Doing silly voice.) F--- that guy. He just read his dumb poem. It could be jealousy, but also I think it’s like that was their job. It was their job to push on me and push against me, just like it was my step dad’s job to tell me that I needed a real job, and that art was stupid. That made me strong. It did. It made me fight that voice instead of just being lazy and everyone patting me on the back. Instead, I fought. I fought for it, and I wanted it. It made me hungry to disprove them. I guess there is probably a part of leaving that was cool in that I didn’t have to put on my psychological armor every time I got onstage. But then you just end up having to do it anyway. You can find those guys at every show. There’s always gonna be some dude who thinks, “I could do that better. Oh, he’s only got three strings on his guitar.” I’m in Seattle, and … I’ve made a lot of people uncomfortable here. You don’t get away from that stuff, and I don’t think I was leaving to hide from it. That’s been there my whole life. It was there before I got to Tacoma. I knew I wasn’t gonna get out from underneath those dudes. They just got real extreme in Tacoma for some reason. (He cracks up.)
By Ernest A. Jasmin email@example.com
acoma loved me and hated me equally enough for the dreamer I was, so I suppose there should be some explanation as to why I never came back.” So writes Daniel Blue in an open letter published Aug. 3 on Tacoma blog Exit 133 (www. exit133.com.) Blue was among Tacoma’s most prolific artists while he lived here: He designed clothing, created the ubiquitous 253 Heart logo as seen on car decals and t-shirts around town, and he fronted Motopony, an indie-rock outfit that generated considerable buzz before he moved to Seattle in 2010. On Aug. 20, Blue will be back at Jazzbones, only his second performance in Tacoma since he headed north. In his recent letter, he outlines his reasons for leaving, seemingly a combination of restlessness, ambition and a distaste for scene politics. We asked him to expand on those thoughts, and to discuss the music he’s been writing since the release of Motopony’s sophomore album, “Welcome You,” last year. TACOMA WEEKLY: You wrote “Tacoma,” which is essentially a breakup song; and there’s that video of you with Grace Sullivan (a Kris Crews directed clip you can find on YouTube). You have that line, “I’m not trying to leave you, in fact I’m trying to stay,” and you did wind up moving to Seattle. I wondered if you had a different perspective on the feelings that inspired that song. DANIEL BLUE: Yeah, of course. Ultimately, wherever you go, there you are. (He laughs.) When you shake loose and find yourself somewhere else, you get to see what parts of your problems were proximity based and what parts of your problems were just your personality and what you draw to yourself out of the world. Right? I had to leave Tacoma, but that’s just because that’s where my life path was going, and I could feel that while I was there. I was even dreaming about it; not daydreaming, but I was having dreams that I had to move. I had given so much of my art and voice to loving and working hard for Tacoma, and being a part of civic stuff and the arts scene and supporting local businesses. So I think leaving made me feel guilty. I was a little bit
PHOTO BY PATRICK GOOKIN
Daniel Blue in concert with Laughter Train and Sporty Lee
8 p.m. Aug. 20 Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave. $10 to $15 www.jazzbones.com
disillusioned, too. Like I put in the Exit 133 article, I was kind of like, “I worked real hard, and I’m still broke.” (He cracks up.) You didn’t make me famous, Tacoma. I guess the way my perspective has changed is sometimes you’ve got to just follow the trail, and it doesn’t mean you’re betraying anyone. It just means it’s the way life is taking you, and to love locally means I can love locally and support my community here in Seattle as
well. I don’t know that one place can deserve my love over another. So I’m not betraying my message as much as I thought I was by changing my area code.
lack of a batter word, “hated on” you. How much of that was a factor? BLUE: I didn’t leave ‘cause I was running from the haters, if that’s what you’re asking me. It’s easy to give the local guy a hard time if you knew he was just an idiot poet at Panamonica’s (referring to the Tacoma Avenue club where he got his start, which closed in 2005). You knew him then, and now he’s trying to say he’s a big shot and he deserves national attention
TW: Part of what you address in the letter is dealing with some of the scene politics here. You make reference to some sort of “anti-Daniel Blue party.” (He laughs.) I remember seeing hecklers at the New Frontier, and it seems as if there was this contingent of people that, for
TW: What was that? Was it people that you personally knew? Was it people in other bands? BLUE: I didn’t grow up there. I transplanted from Bonney Lake to Seattle. I started a clothing company in Seattle, and that failed, so I moved to Tacoma. I think people kind of had a thing goin’ and an agreement about how it was gonna go. There was some ruffling of feathers. “Why does this guy get to invent a 253 Heart? (A logo he designed that can be seen on cars decals and t-shirts, locally.) Why does this guy get to be in a band and stand on the stage? We’ve been here the whole time fighting for this; and suddenly he comes with his voice, and adopts our love for this place and then calls himself the spokesperson for it. F--that! I’ve been here the whole time.” Some of it was that. I was new and loud, and that’s kind of annoying, especially when you’ve been dug in and actually living in a place for a long time. It’s a small place, and you just end up stepping on people’s toes. That’s just real, especially
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THE THINGS WE LIKE ONE NEW JESSICA LYNNE Maurice the Fish Records is preparing the release of “Catch Me If You Can,” the latest CD from Tacoma country singer Jessica Lynne. The disc includes five new songs, and Lynne and her backing band, The Cousins, will celebrate with an Aug. 20 performance at Steel Creek American Whiskey. The show will start at 8 p.m. that day, and tickets are available online at www. brownpapertickets.com with prices ranging from $15 to $35.
TWO LUPUS WALK Gather your family, friends and co-workers to walk in support of Lupus awareness and research in our community at the second annual South Sound Lupus Walk, an event – organized by Surrounded by Others United by Lupus (S.O.U.L.) - that
will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at First Creek Middle School, 1801 E. 56th St. Funds raised will go to Lupus research being conducted at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Raise $25 in pledges for an event t-Shirt. There will also be light refreshments, raffles and kids’ activities. Call (253) 954-7848 for further details.
which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 13 at Meeker Mansion, located at 312 Spring St., in Puyallup. Participants can rent a 10-foot by 10-foot space for $30, or just pore over other people’s odds and ends that are up for sale. Verbal appraisals will be provided by Dave Price of Pioneer Antiques at a cost of $5. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of Meeker Mansion; www.meekermansion.org.
FOUR “BRING IT ON”
THREE MEEKER YARD SALE Have a few items in your garage you’d like to get rid of? Take them to the Meeker Mansion Great American Yard and Antique Sale
Catch the Tacoma interpretation of the 2000 hit film “Bring it On” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. “Bring it On: The Musical” takes audiences on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. The original story
is written by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”) and the production features music by award-winning composers LinManuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Amanda Green. Tickets are $10; www.tmp.org.
FIVE LINCOLN FEST Come join the Lincoln Business District in celebrating Lincoln Pride from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Lincoln Park, which is located at 801 S. 37th St. There will be fun games and activities for kids of all ages including live music, fine cuisines and other fun activities. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit down as you enjoy a beautiful day at the park.