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Archives: June 2010


Taste of Tacoma: Whatcha Eatin’?

Taste of Tacoma started today under overcast skies. I’m sitting in front of the Bowl Stage listening to the Nolan Garrett Trio, a young group of guys who play guitar-driven classic rock: Think Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future” playing “Johnny B. Goode.” The group will play again at 7 tonight on the Country Stage.

2:10 p.m.: The band Hairmegeddon is playing Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” I feel like “Deadliest Catch” is about to start.

2:20 p.m.: The sun is starting to burn through the clouds.

While the music provides a nice backdrop, the real attraction is the food. Throughout the afternoon, I’ll be walking around and asking people, “Whatcha eatin’?” Read more »


Sunrise Road at Rainier opens Friday

The Sunrise Road in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park  will open Friday at noon  for the season,  a week earlier than originally scheduled, Mount Rainier Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said today.

Sunrise Lodge, Snack Bar and Gift Shop are scheduled to open  July 2.

The Sunrise Visitor Center will remain closed for the season for interior
rehabilitation and installation of new exhibits.  Visitor information and
book sales will be located in the Sunrise Ranger Station and Lodge for this

Sunrise, at an elevation of 6,400 feet, is the highest point in the park that

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Skansie Net Shed, Garfield Barracks win cash

South Sound historic properties won respectable piles of cash, thanks to fans who clicked to vote for them in the Seattle-Puget Sound Partners in Preservation on-line contest. American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsored the competition between 20 properties for a share of $1 million.

The Schooner Adventuress, a frequent South Sound visitor, and Seattle Town Hall won $125,000 each in the first round.

After that, contest organizers studied the most popular sites for a few weeks, and awarded grants to nine of them.

Skansie Brothers Net Shed in Gig Harbor will receive $100,000 to

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Get married, travel abroad, and go sailing

If your dog is yearning to be legal, if you wish you had what it takes to visit Victoria, if your boat needs tabs and your sweetheart wants a ring, Saturday is your lucky day.

It’s the Pierce County Auditor’s Office’s summer Saturday Fair, replete with all your licensing needs. And it’s a boon for working folks who have a tough time getting to the offices during the week.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., staff will be on hand to give you forms and accept your payment for marriage, pet, vehicle and boat licenses and passports. Pierce County

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West Point’s top grad (a local) to throw first pitch at M’s game Tuesday

JANET JENSEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER – Second Lt. Elizabeth Betterbed of Fox Island runs earlier this month in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. After graduating at the top of her class from West Point a few weeks ago and before moving to England to study as a Rhodes scholar, Betterbed is taking a couple of weeks off at home. She’ll throw out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners game Tuesday.

Just got an update from Tom Betterbed. We wrote a story about his daughter, Elizabeth, who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with the top score this year.
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Fore! Pierce County officials prepare to tee up 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay with trip to Pebble Beach this weekend

A delegation of Pierce County officials, sheriff’s officers and deputies is at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach this weekend on an outing funded by the upcoming amateur golf tournament at Chambers Bay.

They’re immersing themselves in details of the huge major golf tournament near Carmel, Calif., where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are among the players.

It’s all part of the planning for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said in an interview.

Are they enjoying the California sunshine and festive atmosphere? Sure, McCarthy said. But she also pointed out this is a working trip. She arrived in the area at midweek.

Delegation members are meeting with U.S. Golf Association officials and getting behind-the-scenes tours of the operation as part of the county’s preparation for the county’s turn to tee off with the huge event five years from now, spokesman Hunter George said.

The tournament could draw 60,000 people a day to the county-owned golf course, he added.

Pierce County’s official delegation at the 2010 U.S. Open, one of professional golfing’s signature events, includes McCarthy, George, Deputy County Executive Kevin Phelps, Chambers Bay General Manager Matt Allen and four members of the Sheriff’s Department, George said.

The USGA is hosting them and providing tours of course facilities from a 30,000-square-foot merchandising tent to hospitality arrangements and security operations, he added.

The deputies have been spending a lot of time with the Monterey County Sheriff’s office, learning about security logistics for such a large event, George said.

All but two of the officials’ expenses are being paid by the U.S. Amateur, the tournament to be held at Chambers Bay in August, George said. The money isn’t coming out of the county’s general fund, he stressed. The sheriff’s department is paying expenses for two of its deputies.

Expenses for the majority of the delegation are being covered by the U.S. Amateur with funds derived from corporate donations, hospitality monies, ticket sales and the like, George said.

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South Sound man wants to capture apartment maintenance glory in New Orleans

Angel Munoz spends so much time tinkering in his garage, his wife had to drag him out to go shopping for their son’s birthday party Friday.

When he’s not working as maintenance supervisor at Chambers Creek Estates apartments in University Place, Munoz spends hours timing how fast he can install a sink faucet or change a smoke alarm.
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Kids 8-17 can soar like eagles with free airplane rides at Thun Field June 26

If you’re a kid, and you’ve always dreamed of flying, you’ll get your chance next week – and it’s free.

But you need to act soon to register, as allotted spots are filling up for the flights as part of the annual Young Eagles rally at Pierce County’s Thun Field.

The event is set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 26.

Young Eagles is an international aviation lovers program that offers airplane rides to kids to introduce them to the wonder of flying, according to a news release from Pierce County.

The flights are free for kids 8 to 17.

The 20-minute rides are free for children ages 8 to 17. Reservations are encouraged and you can make them here or by calling 253-846-2617 between June 22 and June 25.

Official registration will take place at the event and requires a parent’s signature.

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