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Archives: Dec. 2007

Dec.
28th

Programming note

I usually post to this blog on weekdays because, well, that’s when the Trib pays me to post on it and that’s when most people read, though I do occasionally add stuff on the weekend. After this week, my work schedule is going to change, and so will my blog updates.


I’m switching to a Tuesday-Saturday shift, so that’s when you’ll be seeing most of the updates these days. I did this for several reasons, including the flexibility to cover (and blog about) more weekend events.


(Also, the change in scheduling and the holiday on Tuesday mean I

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Dec.
28th

Morning report, Dec. 28

I couldn’t link up with Dave Best, the injured soldier who received a free car, yesterday. I’m going to try again today.


Also, there was an uptick in comments yesterday. I know from the hit counts that plenty of folks are reading, but I encourage everyone to spout off whatever comments they feel like typing — whether the content is intelligent, fun, goofy, etc.

Dec.
27th

Howdy, FeedTacoma readers

We’ve just been added to the blogroll at FeedTacoma. For those checking this blog out for the first time, I hope y’all keep coming back. For a quick primer of who I am and what I do, check out this previous post.


And if this is your first time here, go ahead and check out some of my older stuff. I’ve delineated it by city/town and, for Tacoma, by neighborhood.

Dec.
27th

Lion statue gracing Wright Park once more

The first of two lion statues was reinstalled today after months of repairs at iconic Wright Park, the latest and most visible sign of the $4 million project to return prominence to the area that used to be a center of the city’s social life.

"This is a big step," said Kristi Evans, a project manager with Metro Parks. "It’s more than just a couple of statues."

Crews will reinstall four statues – two lions and two maidens – this week and next. The statues, sculpted from poured sandstone slurry, needed repairs to patch major cracks.

They remained in a heated storage container in the park; the cracks were filled in, and each statue will receive one or two coats of fresh paint. Lights will be installed on the statues’ bases.

The statues have long resonated with Tacoma residents and visitors, said Melissa McGinnis, a historian with Metro Parks.

"If you look at historic photographs throughout the years," she said, "everybody took their pictures at Wright Park in front of the statues."

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