100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 28, 1913
The city of Tacoma, as well as other municipalities of the first class, will be permitted to branch out in business to a marked extent if the House and Senate concur in the reports of their judiciary committees. Mayor Seymour and Commissioner of Finance Freeland of Tacoma were on hand to watch the proceedings and they aided in getting favorable action on three of the bills from the committees. The day lacked but one ray serene – the senate committee doubted the constitutionality of the bill by Sen. Ralph Metcalf to permit cities to aid private charities.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 28, 1963
Machinists at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. voted overwhelmingly to approve a new labor contract providing for increased wages, along with vacation and insurance benefits. But the pact, approved at mass meetings throughout the country yesterday, has no union shop clause – the issue that was a chief stumbling block during eight months of intermittent negotiations.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 28, 1988
Two steelhead trout, barely visible in the foaming, light-green water just below the Ballard Locks, passed quickly through the blue nylon net designed to protect them from hungry sea lions. It was just what Mike Johnson wanted to see. Watching from a walkway above the net Wednesday afternoon, he said the two fish paused slightly but not enough for sea lions to intercept them. The 235-foot net was installed Tuesday as a barrier to sea lions that had been catching and eating steelhead as they paused before entering the fish ladder at the locks. Nothing prevents the sea lions from catching the fish before they pass through the net. The steelhead are most vulnerable when they mill around in front of the fish ladder, and so far, the net has kept sea lions out of that area.