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Council appoints McClellan to fill Marsh seat

Fife City Council appointed Lisa McClellan to the council seat vacated by Winston Marsh, who resigned from the council to focus on his health and family.
Marsh was starting his second year as mayor when he resigned in February. The council then elected Kim Roscoe to serve the final year of the two-year, largely ceremonial mayoral term.
McClellan was one of five applicants who applied for the council appointment and who were interviewed during the Tuesday meeting. She will serve in council position six through the year, until an election is held in the fall.  If only one candidate campaigns for the council position, he or she will be selected and confirmed in either the primary election. If two people run for the position, they will face each other in the primary in August and then the general election in November.Read Full Story

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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 March 7, they participated in a drill that simulated a parking garage collapse following an earthquake. They practiced the complex skills necessary to identify potential risks, stabilize concrete slabs and cut and move debris to reach a patient trapped in a vehicle.
The Technical Rescue Team is one of four special operations teams at East Pierce… Read Full Story

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It’s Just Business

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 for Tacoma entrepreneurs to engage in cross-border business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce. Michael Fowler, senior consultant for the China Trade and Investment Program at World Trade Center Tacoma, is helping to secure these opportunities… Read Full Story

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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…

Fife Community Outreach Project gives families hope
Duncan Rolfson

A group of citizens in the Fife/Milton/Edgewood area has been supporting a growing number of families whose lives are sustained in a motel or local hotel room along Fife’s string of freeway-side locations. Angie Barreto, North Pierce County Community Coalition Board Member and Fife Community Outreach…

Fire and Rescue News: Please don’t let this tragedy happen in your house!

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent creating a fire hazard by reducing air flow to the dryer and backing up dryer exhaust gases. The leading cause of home clothes…

$10,000 reward offered in Tacoma double murder
David Rose

Friends and family of Terry Northcutt have been out in Tacoma posting Crime Stoppers flyers offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in his murder. Tacoma Police need your help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for killing Northcutt and Voravangso “Two” Phanmama on Friday,…

What is your dream job?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney What is your dream job? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I ask this question in all of the interviews for employment that I conduct. I do this because I truly want to know what the applicants at my…

Deadline nears to enter VIBE’s first ever business plan competition
William Manzanares

Things are moving along nicely for the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship’s (VIBE) first ever business plan competition. Open to all colleges and universities in the South Sound and members of the broader community as well, the competition is generally patterned after the popular…

It’s Just Business: It’s never too late to learn money management
William Manzanares

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin      Have you ever thought to yourself about why you weren’t taught about money management in school? Not only do they not teach you this in school, money isn’t talked about much there either. Well, the…

Muslim Community Appreciation Day
Duncan Rolfson

On Saturday, March 11, community members of many religions, races and beliefs congregated at the Islamic Center of Tacoma for a day consisting of appreciation and education. The gathering at the local University Place mosque was equipped with a plethora of familiar, state fair-esque activities aimed…

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