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Archives: July 2009

July
30th

Public budget forum tonight in Edgewood

Edgewood officials will host a forum tonight asking citizens for feedback about how to trim the city’s budget.


The city is trying to close a $750,000 budget gap this year, and is considering options such as reducing its police force, cutting city staff and a raising its levy lid.


A utility tax is another option that may be discussed.


The budget forum takes place tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Edgewood City Hall, located at 2224 104th Avenue East.

July
29th

Correct link for Pierce County weather tracker

Kevin Cavanagh with Pierce County Information Technology points out that the link we published in the printed paper for the weather tracker system left off one symbol.


The correct link is http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/PC/


If you can’t bring it up, click here.


On the left side, it’s titled “How hot is it?”


It’s pretty cool. According to the site, “Eleven weather stations around the county record temperature, wind speed, relative humidity and more. Data is updated every 15 minutes.”

July
29th

Beat the Heat at Hotel Murano

How does living it up in air-conditioned luxury for about $100 sound? It’s possible through Sunday at the Hotel Murano.

The downtown Tacoma hotel issued a special offer on its Twitter and Facebook pages: Whatever the high temperature of the day is, that’s how much a one-night stay costs.

Dina Nishioka, spokeswoman for the hotel, called it the “Beat the Heat” special. It was the hotel’s chance to attract customers during this week’s hot streak while expanding its presence on the social-networking sites.

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July
29th

Word of the day at Frisko Freeze: Shake

I just stopped by Frisko Freeze in Tacoma to find out what’s been their most popular item today.

Without a doubt, supervisor Jamal McGee says, it’s milkshakes and cones. McGee and his co-workers are boxed into the Tacoma walk-up’s tight quarters, which makes today’s sun extra hot. I wrote about such occupations today.

Even though it’s hot, this is a popular time for the restaurant, as hungry and thirsty customers need plenty of replenishment.

“On a day like this, we’re doing like 2,000 in business,” McGee asked how many customers visit the stand on a hot days such as today.

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July
29th

This shady spot’s worth keeping

Today was a good day for Micah Tyler. The 38-year-old snagged a couple of bass while fishing today at Spanaway Lake.

He also arrived at the park early, spotted some shad near the shore and plopped down his chair and gear. When the temperature began to rise to the upper-90’s around noon, Tyler was relaxing on his chair.

“It’s cool,” he said as he reeled in his line. “It’s nice right here.”

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July
29th

An unconventional way to stay cool

My assignment today is to find spots that people are going to keep cool in the 100ish-degree heat. One of the most unconventional places is the ice rink at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway.

I visited the cool spot about 11 a.m., when the center’s competitive skaters were practicing their moves. It was one of the best ways to beat the heat that I’ve found this week.

The arena was a cool 65 degrees, which center officials say is hotter than usual. I didn’t mind.

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July
29th

Puyallup candidate forum tonight

Candidates for three Puyallup City Council positions will appear at a candidate forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Puyallup Public Library.


The library is located at 324 South Meridian Street, on the west side of Pioneer Park.


Each council position has attracted three candidates, meaning each race will be on the August 18 primary ballot. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will advance to the November general election.


At the forum, audience members will be able to ask the candidates questions directly as well as hear where candidates stand

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July
28th

Sweatin’ in the trenches

The heat also makes work harder for anyone who wears an orange vest and hardhat on the road.

Whether they’re laying asphalt, excavating dirt or simply directing traffic, their already warm workplace gets even hotter.

I spoke with a crew from Northwest Cascade Inc., who was excavating ditches today for a sewer project in the Tillicum area of Lakewood.

The boys in orange were digging in about 90-degree heat when I spoke to them about 1 p.m. They say the work site feels warmer.

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