Pierce County has revamped electronic ticketing for its ferry. It added a smart phone app. No more getting out of your car to make a mad dash to the ticket office. But, the ticket office still will operate.
Pierce County began clearing homeless encampments along the Puyallup River this week. But because of a troubling lack of resources, and an inability to get to the root causes of homelessness, it means the effort is unlikely to do much good.
Myra Gamburg, a 84-year-old member of the Washington Democratic Party and a delegate to its national convention, says her age has brought feelings of invisibility and unimportance in a party that says it’s focused on diversity.
The Washington State delegates to the Democratic National Convention got a breakfast visit Wednesday from former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who urged them to work hard to beat Republican Donald Trump in November. Sanders’ comments were well-received by the delegation, which is heavily made up of Sanders supporters after he easily won the state Democratic caucuses in March.
A Tacoma man who accidentally shot himself while pulling a gun on police is charged with five crimes. His buddy, also of Tacoma, is charged with robbery and other crimes for shooting a man outside a Fife casino in a related incident. They’re both in the Pierce County Jail.
The family of Teresa Ryan filed a claim for $32 million, arguing that previous alleged crimes against the family should have gotten the man accused of killing her, Austin Nelson, arrested previously. The Sheriff’s department said Nelson was not identified as a suspect in the other alleged crimes until the day before the shooting.
A man accused of harassing a teenage girl outside a Tacoma school won’t serve further time in jail. Luis Ramon Ramos Aguilar, 38, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault Wednesday. He was accused of being one of two men who cornered a 16-year-old girl outside her school May 1.
The Tacoma City Council has approved the 2015-16 contract for its main police union. The membership of Local 6, which represents 307 rank-and-file officers, overwhelmingly approved the new bargaining agreement July 8, union president Sgt. Jim Barrett said. The City Council approved the contract Tuesday. The contract includes retroactive wage increases of 2.2 percent for 2015 and 1.1 percent for 2016, which reflect cost of living adjustments, Barrett said.
Tacoma’s Union Club will live again as a co-working space welcoming entrepreneurs and artists in a collaborative atmosphere. The club mansion, completed 126 years ago, offers views of the Port of Tacoma, Commencement Bay and beyond. The buyers plan to spend millions on renovation.
Chinook, the new 800 pound California sea lion, is on display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. He grew up in Washington but was moved to an aquatic facility in California for several years as part of an effort to save endangered salmon stocks in the Columbia River. The distinctive brand on his back was made by National Marine Fisheries officials both as a way to study marine mammals long term and to identify predatory sea lions who were depleting stocks of endangered salmon.
Meet Chinook, the newest resident of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Face-lift coming for former Tacoma men's social club
Bus riders give thumbs up to free Wi-Fi plan
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