Larry LaRue HEADLINES
Elsie Taniguchi was part of the Japanese community that made up a third of Fife’s population in 1942, when she and her family were taken from their farm to a detention center at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
For years, the Pacific Crest Trail was an adventure that lay ahead of Elena and Gus Wimberger, a once-in-a-lifetime trek theyd dreamed of and planned.
Two third-grade classes at St. Patrick Catholic School raised $160 selling coffee and doughnuts, and on Tuesday Carolyn Othieno asked the students how they’d like it spent.
Faced with the challenge and opportunity to produce a book on the 150 most influential people in the history of the Puyallup Valley, Ruth Anderson proceeded the only way she could.
When two high school boys decided to change the world, it didn’t surprise them that their ideas might offend those aggrieved by a discussion of testicles.
When a typhoon all but destroyed a small dock in Vung Tau, Vietnam, six months ago, a Tacoma couple heard about it from family and friends there.
Educators may retire, but the teacher in them rarely gives up the craft entirely. Two teachers who spent their lives in classrooms, Douglas McDonnell and Lena Gibson, found a post-career niche in Tacoma museums — he at the LeMay-America’s Car Museum, she with the Museum of Glass.
Douglas Scott was known as a card in World War II, which he acknowledged may be why he entered and exited the Army as a private first class.
Jeffrey Ray can’t remember all the people whose hearts he broke, though he knows his mother was one. Now in his mid-50s, Ray began "drinking and drugging" when he was a 14-year-old in Detroit.
The family of Iley Puloka will walk with white balloons for the third consecutive year Saturday night, and all the red and gold balloons around them will remind them again how lucky they are.
Greg Marshall is a piano-playing 60-year-old who writes music, commutes to Oregon to visit his wife and came to Tacoma three years ago to be with his dying brother.
The Washington Supreme Court is open to visitors when it meets at the Temple of Justice in Olympia throughout the year, although the gallery is seldom full.
Bob Johnson loved baseball and Tacoma enough to help keep them together in 1972. He was one of fewer than 20 businessmen who stepped forward that year and invested $5,000 with Stan Naccarato to save the Rainiers.
Most of us have been 8 years old. Isa Lockwood is 8 now, and doing a better job of it than most. Isa pronounced ee-sa has seen tigers since she was 4. Though her home-schooling single mom, Renee, rarely lets her watch regular television, Isa is allowed to watch the National Geographic channel.
Earl Shadle was 17 in 1941, the year Eva moved in next door. 'We walked to school together in the mornings, and I knew pretty quickly she was the girl I wanted," he said. "So I asked her out." Their first date was at the Puyallup Fair.
One month after graduating from Peninsula High School, 18-year-old Megan Blunk made a spur-of-the-moment decision and hopped on the back of a motorcycle driven by “my best friend’s boyfriend’s friend.”
Lea Armstrong is 71 years old and a bit eccentric. She lives in a downtown Tacoma building that was on a 1909 postcard she liked so much she bought it.
If you have an extra good thought on your hands, or an unused prayer, Ellie Walton could use it. The 7-month-old has bright eyes, a big smile and one of those laughs that make adults go soft. And for the second time in her young life, she's had a brain tumor removed.
When 31-year-old John Talbot Hanks moved to Douglas County, Ore., from the East in 1859, his parents begged him to come home. So Hanks wrote a letter seeking advice from his uncle.
Joe Lawson will auction an almost complete 1915 Cracker Jack set of baseball cards Sept. 3 in Tacoma. The rare find is the holy grail of the hobby.
The Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation Center sits on 6 acres on the edge of Tacoma’s East Side and houses a temple, monastery and recreation room.
The wedding dress of a Kent bride-to-be was stolen the day of the ceremony from her car Sunday. The 911 dispatcher she called ended up saving the day by lending the woman her own.
“Happiness Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch” was a hit song for the Canadian band Our Lady Peace, and it was not about Steve Naccarato.
Brian and Kelly Nelson once did that newlywed kind of thing, wrote down their goals for the next year, the next decade.
Talking as old men will, a friend told Doug McArthur the only thing he feared about death was the pain.
On Aug. 29, 2012, Doug McArthur was playing a round at the nine-hole Highlands Golf Course, near his Tacoma home. After teeing off on the first hole, he was lining up a putt on the green. And dropped dead.
All summer, the Orting Valley Farmers Market has been open each Friday from 3-7 p.m. and now has some 40 vendors. It was precisely the type of project the Spark Grants were created to fund.
Jazzlyn Knighten is doing the best she can, a 26-year-old single mother of three, taking 15 units a quarter at Tacoma Community College, pushing toward a degree that would let her work with the homeless.
The early-morning fire that tore through the kitchen did more than close the Ale House Sports Pub & Eatery for at least two months. It put 17 employees out of work, including general manager Craig Dickens. On July 12, Dickens got a visitor from across the parking lot: Narrows Plaza Bowl manager Mary Ann Greenfield.
A team of young Tacoma basketball players recently won a national championship, for which the trophy was bigger than some of their players.
He first picked up the guitar in the ’80s to play rock anthems, and now Rafe Wadleigh is at the brink of 40 — a schoolteacher, a husband and the father of two musicians.
ShaLuJuan Williams loved education but never felt she belonged in school.
Hundreds of kids this summer are spending 90 minutes a week on one of seven area golf courses through an international program called First Tee that tries to instill core values integrity, honesty, respect and confidence.
When the annual Toastmasters International Speech Contest was whittled from more than 30,000 entrants to a semifinal group of 89, one of those was Tacoma attorney Hari Alipuria.
A dedicated runner, Stephanie Arnold posted a career-best time in a half marathon a year ago but doesn’t remember it.
After spending most of his life in his familys restaurant, the scent of Italian meat sauce was in more than just Jerry Rosis clothes. It reached his heart and stayed.
When Leo Castro had a heart attack last week in the gym, a handful of young basketball players were stunned by what they saw — a man lying on the floor, not breathing, eyes rolled back in his head. Then they saved the Lakewood man's life.
When Cristopher Claeys was 4, his mother, Annie Starwich-Claeys, took a college anatomy class and he read the textbooks she brought home. The next time he wasnt feeling good, he said, Mom, my uvula hurts, father Scott Claeys said.
Mike Trammell and his two daughters made the drive from Puyallup to Lakewood on Memorial Day to visit the grave of Trammell’s mother at Mountain View Memorial Park. It didn’t go well.
As summer approaches and opportunities for volunteering in the community expand, Amy Allison is pitching her cause – Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful.
It is called the Old Settlers Cemetery, and it appears the first burial there took place in the 1860s. Rick Felty walks the cemetery grounds in Lakewood more than anyone.
Zach Ouellette of Tacoma was 16 years old two summers ago, working at the Proctor District Farmers Market with his mother, a market regular known as Cheryl the Pig Lady.
When they met at a 2007 Washington camp for scholarship winners, Bashair Alazadi was 16 and wore the traditional headscarf of all Muslim women. Carlos Sandoval was 17, Catholic and a smartass.
Bree Yager, who has been in and out of foster care her whole life, is about to do something no one in her family has done – graduate from high school. The 17-year-old Clover Park senior had never considered college because of the cost, then she landed one of 50 Washington Governors’ Scholarships for Foster Youth.
With offices in Tacoma, Olympia, Renton and Kennewick, Jay Haynie drives just over 500 miles a week. And thats since he slowed down.
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