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Marsh laid to rest

Former Fife Mayor Winston Marsh passed away March 31 and was laid to rest April 6 following a memorial service of family, friends and coworkers at Puyallup’s All Saints Parish. He was 52.
Marsh had been a resident of Fife since 2007 and served on City Council from late 2013 until he was elected to serve as mayor last year. He resigned in February, to focus on his family and his cancer treatments.
The City Council formally recognized Marsh for his service to the community upon his resignation.
“Winston’s leadership, generosity, and dedication have been invaluable,” the statement read. “We are extremely grateful for his service and devotion to the community.”
The council then elected Kim Roscoe to serve the remaining year of Marsh’s mayoral term and appointed Lisa McClellan from a field of five candidates… Read Full Story

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Small business job creation continued in March

NFIB report: Strong month for hiring despite a tight labor market
Small business owners continued to hire in March, and they are having to increase compensation to remain competitive in a tight labor market, according to the March Jobs Report released April 6 by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
“The post-election optimism we’ve seen among small business owners has led to more job openings, but small employers are struggling to find qualified applicants,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.
Small business owners reported a seasonally adjusted average employment change… Read Full Story

It’s Just Business: Looking for a chance

“I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.” – Russell Wilson

In past articles I pretty much complained about find skilled workers. At the time I saw the articles more of me asking questions to see if any other manager or owner were facing the same obstacles. When I got reaction to the articles, I realized that others read the articles as me not being able to find people to… Read Full Story

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Jackie Fender Special to Tacoma Weekly

The process of job hunting can be a daunting experience, especially for young adults new to the journey of being gainfully employed. Luckily, Pierce County residents can seek some insight into the process at JobFest 2017 on Wednesday, April 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at Tacoma’s STAR Center (VIP access…

The Changing Faces of the Library Through Technology
Dan Beers For the Milton-Edgewood Signal

It is widely thought that the Greek philosopher Heraclitus was the first to note “change is the only constant in life.” This sentiment especially holds true for libraries. It was not that all long ago that these were quiet refuges of study, where finding a book meant searching through narrow drawers…

Northwest Detention Center: inside the fence
Steve Dunkelberger

(Editor’s note: This article is the second in a series about the Northwest Detention Center, located on the Tacoma Tideflats and home to up to 1,575 detainees. Last week’s edition covered the City Council’s concerns about the privately-managed facility and its temporary moratorium against potential…

Fire and Rescue News: East Pierce Firefighters To Host Three Easter Egg Hunts

Bonney Lake, WA— East Pierce firefighters are sponsoring three annual Easter Egg Hunts around the fire district on Saturday, April 15. All three events are free. The firefighters will be accepting food and monetary donations for local food banks. Sumner The 27th annual Sumner Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored…

Two bank robbers hit the same Tacoma branch
David Rose

Tacoma Police are trying to identify two bank robbers who hit the same branch of the Columbia Bank in the 200 block of South 84th Street. The first was on Tuesday, March 28 at 1:15 p.m. The suspect is described as white, in his late 50’s, approximately 6-feet tall with a medium build and…

East Pierce Technical Rescue Team prepares for the predictable

You’re having a really bad day when you see this team. The East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters who belong to the Technical Rescue Team respond to extraordinary or highly dangerous rescue situations such as building collapses, confined-space entrapments, wilderness and high-angle rescues. On…

It’s Just Business
William Manzanares

Some fresh, new opportunities are coming to light for local small businesses via World Trade Center Tacoma. Rising on the foundation of Tacoma’s longtime sister city relationship with Fuzhou, China, and thanks to changes in government policy in that country, doors are beginning to open in China…

Police apprehend identity thief
David Rose

The Washington State Patrol arrested Kelsea Bernhardt Friday night, March 24 in Tacoma. Troopers say she was a passenger in a car when they attempted to make a traffic stop on I-5 and 56th. It quickly became a pursuit. According to the driver, she told him to run because she saw herself…

Council raises concern over detention center’s future

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about the Northwest Detention Center and immigration policies as they affect Tacoma. Next week, inside the detention center itself.) Tacoma City Council wants answers and reassurances from Geo Group America, the private operation of an Immigration and…

County exec highlights partnerships at ‘state of the county address’
Steve Dunkelberger

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier held his first “state of the county address” last week and outlined a supplemental budget and roster of partnerships to curb homelessness around the county. The 30-minute address touched on county efforts to streamline departments to save money and boost…

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