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State lawmakers want to levy a 75 percent tax on electronic cigarettes, prompting opposition from a growing community of those who use the tobacco substitute.
As fish stories go, Lloyd Livernash has a great one, lacking only a fish. “My dad and uncle worked the sawmill in Buckley, and once or twice a year we’d drive down to Point Defiance, rent a rowboat and go fishing,” Livernash said. “The year I turned 11, we all went fishing around Washington’s birthday.” This was in 1939 — 75 years ago.
Two years ago, when MultiCare began its multimillion-dollar expansion of Tacoma General Hospital, planners knew that, sooner or later, the day would come when the hospital's most vulnerable patients -- the fragile preemies and critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit -- would have to be packed up and moved to new quarters.
A coho run to the Nisqually River forecast to be nearly three times bigger than last year should make South Sound anglers eager to get on the water, especially when combined with record forecasts for Columbia River chinook.
From the office of the Pierce County auditor, week ending Feb. 28, 2014
When a rheumatologist told Linda Drake of Miami that she might have lung cancer, the former smoker did some research and discovered a study for early detection and treatment of the disease with researchers in South Florida.
We’ve all made bad life choices — some of us more than others. But few of us have the courage to sort them out by hiking 1,100 miles all by ourselves along the Pacific Crest Trail, then telling all in a book.
With the governor’s signing of the Real Hope Act earlier this week, the state might have made a bigger promise of college financial aid than it can keep, at least immediately. The legislation was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee as dozens of students watched. The law makes students brought to the country illegally as children eligible for state need grants to attend colleges and universities.
GO AND DO: Crab feed, financial fitness fair, sustanability expo, concerts, minatirues and more happenings this weekend
Take in the Shelton Crab Feed, the Tacoma Concert Band concert, Sustainability Expo, lots of music and Sukiyaki at weekend events
Washington’s leaders have shown political indifference to higher education, allowing tuition to spiral out of control and failing to put enough money into financial aid to help ease the cost, a new report says.
The University of Washington Tacoma will soon have a new leader, following the death of Chancellor Debra Friedman in January.
A new homeless community in Olympia has attracted national media attention as a template for projects across the country.
Lawmakers from both political parties gathered under cloudy skies Tuesday to compete in an annual showing of marksmanship.
The Pierce County Council on Tuesday adopted stricter standards and streamlined enforcement for dealing with blighted properties.
From the office of the Pierce County auditor, week ending Feb. 21, 2014
There’s a lot of paperwork involved in the complicated world of commercial fishing.
The City of Tacoma has posted a report from City Manager T.C. Broadnax following his meeting this week with David Zeeck, publisher of The News Tribune.
These days, Karina Quiroz is exploring her options, looking at colleges. The Tacoma 19-year-old is interested in a veterinary technician program at Pierce College. She also has thought about nursing as a career.
A Vietnam veteran living in Olympia is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs two years after a severe bacterial infection he developed while receiving care at the system’s Seattle hospital led to the amputation of his right leg.
Despite heavy snows, road crews at Mount Rainier National Park managed today to open the 12-mile road from Longmire to Paradise.
A pair of golfers from the South Sound will compete on the Golf Channel reality series “Big Break Florida.”
The heavy snowfall that hit the Cascades this month has Jim Ziolkowski slamming doors. When he leaves the facilities maintenance office at Longmire at the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, he gives the door a swing that shakes the old wooden building to its frame. When he comes back in, he slams it again. It’s not that Ziolkowski is frustrated by the amount of snow that’s fallen on the park in the past three weeks — although as he’s acting facilities manager, one might forgive him for that.
The Corkscrew Northern Railroad carried four decades of emotional freight. Passion built its 35 bridges and 375 feet of twisting track.
GET OUT: Family nature hikes, Children's Dental Health Day, LGBT wedding expo, TSO, Blues Vespers and more this weekend
Whether you're wanting to explore nature, plan a wedding, enjoy the symphony, experience wine and food or are an aviation enthusiast, there's plenty to do this weekend.
Ski areas on Thursday continued to warn skiers and snowboarders of deep-snow risks after a man died Wednesday at Crystal Mountain.
Private companies often can do large print jobs faster and cheaper than state government can do in-house, according to a state determination that will expand the private sector’s role in the printing of state documents.
State regulators are considering a proposal that would prohibit all boats from discharging sewage into Puget Sound, whether it is treated or not.
The parade of winter storms that have been blowing through Washington for the past 10 days will continue Thursday.
Epic powder days come with avalanche, deep snow warnings.
For 25 years, Tacoma's tall ship — the Odyssey — has paid its own way. Every summer, the Tacoma Sea Scouts charter the 90-foot-long yacht to other Scout groups around the country for eight weeklong San Juan Island cruises.
School enrollment in Tacoma will decline gradually over the next decade, a report to the Tacoma School Board projects.
On the unseasonably warm morning of Jan. 14, what would have been Don Burkhart’s 70th birthday, his presence was as strong as ever in his old Olalla home.
After 40 years in the newspaper business, the last 24 as the outdoor writer for The News Tribune, Bob Mottram retired in 2003.
From the office of the Pierce County auditor, week ending Feb. 14, 2014
Areas of Tacoma and Pierce County received around three inches of rain from a series of showers Sunday night through Monday afternoon, but local rivers stayed inside their banks, and there were no official reports of significant urban flooding.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s declaration of a moratorium on state executions for aggravated murders was a long-awaited moment for former Washington State Supreme Court Justice Robert F. Utter, one of Washington’s long-respected death penalty opponents.
A pickup truck crashed into the bedroom of a Lacey mobile home late Friday, narrowly missing four sleeping people.
In the latter part of January we began to change the delivery method of a midweek advertising product.
It took only about 30 minutes at the Armys massive training center in the Mojave Desert for Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Reyes to see a different threat than hed faced in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mount Rainier and other national parks are allowing free entry over the President's Day weekend.
Gov. Jay Inslee granted pay increases to three more state agency directors Feb. 1, bringing to nine the number of cabinet agency leaders who received raises in the past six months.
The Senate’s Republican-dominated majority showed its cards Thursday, saying half of the 26-member group supports a proposal to raise the gas tax by 111/2 cents while also making changes in how transportation money is spent.
Finding Cheney Stadium could be a walk in the park with new locator signs.
State lawmakers have long agreed that a high school diploma in Washington should do more to prepare students to attend college or start a career.
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he’s in office, announcing a move he hopes will enable officials to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.”
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