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July
17th

Public Disclosure Commission filings: Puyallup campaign updates

After two Planning Commission members who are running for Puyallup City Council were criticized for their conduct, a heated political debate broke out at Tuesday’s regular council meeting. 

Part of that debate focused on contributions to competing candidates. Below is an updated list of all the Puyallup City Council candidates and their most recent financial records with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

DISTRICT 1, POSITION 2:

John Hopkins* $5,100 (Personal contributions; Hopkins’ campaign is self-financed)

Corry Glucoft $200 (Donor Joan Cronk)

DISTRICT 2, POSITION 2:

Steve Hastings** $0 (Self-financed: Doesn’t intend to

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July
17th

Puyallup City Council discusses conduct of Planning Commissioners, council members as election season heats up

In a long and heated discussion at Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Puyallup City Council members exchanged barbs on the ethical behavior of city officials during an election season that’s in full swing.

The discussion started after Council members John Palmer and Kent Boyle requested an addition to the meeting agenda regarding controversial conduct involving two Planning Commission members and an applicant seeking to rezone land near Shaw Road.

Several residents have expressed concern that chairman Steve Hastings and vice chairman Chris McNutt attended a private meeting that included a senior representative from Schnitzer West, a developer that has an

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July
16th

Fife to unveil new, interactive sculpture at history museum

Representatives from the Fife Historical Society and the Fife Public Arts Commission will unveil a new sculpture on Sunday near Dacca Park, according to a city news release.

Olympia artist Eric Holdener was chosen from five applicants and will receive $9,000 from the city of Fife for the interactive sculpture. It will have gears and wheels that turn, and is made up of various steel components.

The artwork will depict the “importance of balance” in a community with deep roots in agriculture and equal commitment to modern industry and commerce, according to the release.

Holdener said the sculpture, called “Wheel

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July
14th

Company recalls brand of hummus sold at northwest QFC stores

Penny’s Salsa has issued a recall for some types of hummus sold at QFC stores in Western Washington and Portland that may contain a bacterium called Listeria Monocytogenes, according to QFC.

According to the grocery store chain, Penny’s Salsa voluntary recalled its pico de gallo hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, garlic hummus and original hummus with use by dates of July 13 through Aug. 25.

The bacterium can cause an infection called Listeriosis, which can include fever and muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In some cases it can lead

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July
12th

Fife to celebrate reopening of new 70th Avenue East

The city of Fife will host a ribbon cutting for the grand reopening of 70th Avenue East, according to a city news release.

The $15 million project was a collaboration between local, state and federal governments.

The road is a major arterial that connects “transportation dependent” businesses along the Interstate 5 corridor, according to the release.

“This achievement is a key link in the regional transportation system that passes through Fife, and sets us up for the future connection of SR 167,” said City Manager Dave Zabell in the release.

State Sen. Bruce Dammeier, Rep. Hans Zeiger and Pierce County

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July
10th

Fife takes next step toward feasibility study of proposed sports complex

The Fife City Council, after much discussion at its regular meeting Tuesday night, recommended that staff move forward with a lodging tax application to possibly fund a feasibility study for a proposed sports complex.

The next step comes after the California-based company Sportsplex USA released its preliminary report on the market demand for a multi-use facility, which could include several softball and soccer fields and an on-site restaurant for national and international events.

The city authorized the $7,500 preliminary review as a first step before spending $45,000 on a full, traditional feasibility study. If a full study occurs, it would

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July
10th

Two nominated for mayor in Pacific

Two Pacific council members have expressed interest in becoming mayor in the wake of a special election that recalled former Mayor Cy Sun.

Leanne Guier and John Jones were nominated at a special council meeting Tuesday night, hours after a King County Election Board certified results that forced Sun out of office.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask Guier and Jones questions at a town hall meeting tonight before the City Council appoints a new mayor Thursday.

The mayor’s term ends in December 2015.

July
9th

David Herlihy, author of “The Lost Cyclist,” will speak Wednesday at Tacoma Public Library

David V. Herlihy will show some of the rare photos taken during a 1890 bicycle trip around the globe at a free lecture Wednesday (July 10).

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library.

The photos were taken during a trip around the world by William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen on what was a new version of the bicycle called the “safety” bicycle. The pair also took along another innovation, the Kodak compact film camera. Their photos, recently rediscovered, will be shown as Herlihy talks about their adventure.

Herlihy is the author

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