Tire fire in Federal Way burns into night

Firefighters in Federal Way are battling a tire fire Thursday afternoon, according to South King Fire & Rescue. The fire is burning among tires and other debris at South 344th Street and 19th Avenue South, the department posted on Twitter.


Ivan the gorilla statue — and his legacy — unveiled in Tacoma

A life-sized bronze statue of Ivan the gorilla was unveiled Wednesday outside Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The Tacoma icon lived decades in the B&I shopping mall before going to live at Zoo Atlanta, where he died in 2012. The Beloved Ivan Project raised funds to create a sculpture as a memorial and to teach visitors about the perils faced by gorillas in the wild.


It could be Western Washington’s wettest October ever

The continual rain over the past two weeks has Western Washington within spitting distance of a precipitation record for October. With five days remaining in the month, Sea-Tac Airport already has recorded 8.40 inches of rainfall, the third highest reading since records have been kept.

Politics & Government

Democrats threaten to sue county over ballot date issue

The Washington State Democrats have announced their intention to possibly sue Pierce County over instructions issued about mailing deadlines for ballots. Democrats allege in a news release that saying that ballots need to be mailed by Nov. 4, not the Nov. 8 date by which they must be postmarked to count, will confuse voters and suppress turnout.

Elections 2016

‘New reality’ of vote-by-mail includes delays and problems with postmarks

The U.S. Postal Service isn’t delivering mail as quickly as it used to, and elections officials say that has the potential to disrupt voting-by-mail in the first presidential election since the service changes took effect last year. Of even greater concern in Washington state, where ballots must be postmarked by Election Day: Problems have also been reported with correctly postmarking ballots across the country.

Politics & Government

Billionaires pour money into state Supreme Court race

State Supreme Court Justice Charlie Wiggins is facing a new onslaught of advertisements thanks to nearly $1 million in independent contributions helping his opponent, Federal Way Municipal Court Judge Dave Larson. Many have been critical of the high court’s makeup, and of its rulings on landmark education decisions.


Woman arrested for stabbing ex’s new girl — with car key

A 32-year-old woman was arrested Thursday, accused of stabbing her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend with a car key in the leg, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.The victim suffered a “long and deep laceration on her left thigh” in the 11:15 a.m. incident in the 400 block of 110th Street Court East, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.


Come spring, you’ll be able to stroll safely from UWT to the waterfront

Work to extend the Prairie Line Trail, which will eventually run from the Thea Foss Waterway down into South Tacoma, is underway. The multi-use trail that started on the campus of the University of Washington Tacoma is undergoing another round of construction, and is set to be complete in March or April, according to the city’s public works department. That work will bring the trail to the waterfront.


Houses for homeless youth to close in Bethel

A drop in available funding means the end of a housing program that has been serving homeless young adults in Graham since 2005. Pierce County officials say they had fewer resources for the program this year due to a drop in grant funding.


Stubborn tire fire will take "hours" to extinguish

The fire is burned among tires and other debris at South 344th Street and 19th Avenue South.
Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com
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Stubborn tire fire will take "hours" to extinguish

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Water leak in businesses on Tacoma's antique row

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