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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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Pedestrian Safety

It’s that time of year again when children are heading back to school. As our days get shorter and children are out earlier, please use extra caution when driving. Children will be waiting at bus stops and using crosswalks.   Since 2001, an average of more than 15,500 children; ages 14 and…

News Briefs: September 5, 2014

TACOMA, PIERCE COUNTY AIR QUALITY HITS THE MARK   After years of hard work to reduce air pollution, a plan is being submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency that shows greater Tacoma and surrounding communities meet a federal air pollution standard.   Tacoma and Pierce County violated…

Police, communities must work together for everyone’s safety
Paul Pastor, Pierce County Sheriff

When we raise our right hand to swear our oath of office as a peace officer, we enter a realm of risk. Two risks are the most serious. The first risk is that we will have force used against us and will be killed or seriously injured in the context of carrying out our duties. The second risk is that…

Search is on for accused killer, three others in custody
David Rose

Tacoma Police are asking for the public’s help finding Raphael Smith following the murder of Kevin Young at the King Oscar Motel on South Hosmer Street. A murder warrant has been issued for the 32-year-old Smith. "If you see him, or know of him, do not approach him. He should be considered armed…

News Briefs: August 22, 2014

ROAD CLOSURE ON JOVITA BOULEVARD   Jovita Boulevard will be closed to all traffic on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. from 114th Avenue East at Jovita, to West Valley Highway. The city will be performing yearly scheduled maintenance, cleaning of the culverts, and replacing and/or installing…

A tale of two cities:
Steve Dunkelberger

Marketed as the first business-to-business marijuana trade show in the nation, CannaCon Northwest seemed like any other trade show, with vendors of insurance providers, swag bags of T-shirts and hats and small business owners swapping business cards. “It’s like any home and garden show,” organizer…

Recognizing and Treating a Heart Attack

A sudden and unexpected medical emergency involving a loved one can be a shattering and emotional experience. Too often, those at the scene are unable or uncertain about how to render effective first aid to the stricken person, even if such assistance may be the key factor in the victim’s survival.…

Plans get boost to consolidate county services at former hospital site
Steve Dunkelberger

Pierce County’s efforts to consolidate county services in a new facility at the site of the former Puget Sound Hospital landed a key partner recently, when the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health voted to join the project, but financial details are still under negotiations. At issue is $400,000…

Puyallup tribal police arrest fugitive
David Rose

Puyallup Tribal Police arrested a Washington’s Most Wanted fugitive early Saturday morning, Aug. 17. Derek Oatman had been on the run from King County Sheriff’s deputies since he was featured on WMW July 2. The 26-year-old had five warrants for his arrest for drugs and having a stolen car. One…

Portside Business Center taking shape
Steve Dunkelberger

The Portside Business Center in Fife has been more than five years in the making and is now breaking ground for what will be a planned commercial and warehouse hub along 20th Avenue in Fife. Plans for the commercial development started back in 2008, when the city entered a development agreement with…

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