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Archives: June 2011


KBTC wins Emmy award

For the fourth consecutive year, KBTC television has won an Emmy Award for an episode in the documentary series “Full Focus.”

Representatives from KBTC accepted their statuette at the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards ceremony on June 11 in Snoqualmie.

The award-winning episode “Portraits of Fallen Heroes” is a half-hour documentary that features artist Michael Reagan, who has sketched more than 2,400 portraits free of charge for the families of fallen soldiers.

KBTC, owned and operated by Bates Technical College in Tacoma, has won eight Emmy Awards and has garnered 23 Emmy nominations

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Clover Park Tech graduates Friday

A record 1,951 students are graduating from Clover Park Technical College this year. More than 400 will participate in graduation ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday June 17 at the Tacoma Dome. Jay Inslee, Democratic Congressman from Washington’s First District, is the guest speaker. Benjamin Wells is the student speaker.
No ticket is needed to attend.


Job help available for military spouses, displaced contractors

Job assistance is available for military spouses and civilian defense workers who live in Pierce and Thurston counties.

The U.S. Department of Labor provided the $4.8 million grant due to base closure and realignment that resulted in the merger of the local Air Force and Army installations into Joint Base Lewis-McChord as well as the base’s rapid growth since 2003.

The grant will provide job training and placement for spouses who relocated to Lewis-McChord with their husbands and wives. It will provide the same assistance to any Department of Defense civilian workers who were laid off due to the merger,

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UPlace, Lakewood hold informational meetings Thursday

The cities of Lakewood and University Place each will hold meetings Thursday night so residents can learn about ongoing issues.

University Place City Manager Steve Sugg will make a presentation on city finances, traffic impact fees and Town Center. Afterward, Sugg and senior managers will answer questions from the audience.

The meeting runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Hall, 3715 Bridgeport Way West

“Without a meeting of this type, citizens come to rely on grocery store conversations or other sources to ascertain how the City is faring during these difficult economic times. I want to take this

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Federal Way approves more money for sand-sculpting event

Federal Way city leaders have approved spending more money on a sand-sculpting competition.

The City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday night to spend another $25,000 from the city’s hotel-motel tax, or lodging tax. The council also approved moving $5,000 that was designated for a parade to the budget for the sand-sculpting competition.

Organizers said $5,000 wasn’t enough money to fund a parade in conjunction with the event.

The council’s action increases the total city money for this summer’s “Tour of Champions” competition to $53,000, including $23,0000 approved earlier this year. All of the money will come from the city’s

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Notable Night at UP school

You are invited to celebrate the 11th annual “Night of the
Notables” Thursday at Drum Intermediate School in University Place.
The event, which begins at 7 p.m., has seventh grade students showcase their skills in reading, writing, social studies and art to bring to life historic figures. Audience members are invited to drop tickets into a collection box to watch students “become” their notable.
Tickets are 25 cents each at the door. Money raised benefits the school’s seventh grade fund. In addition, anyone who brings a nonperishable item for the University Place Families Unlimited Network food bank

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Puyallup council to revise district boundaries, won’t move to at-large

Puyallup will redraw its City Council district boundaries to account for population growth over the last decade. But it isn’t moving to an at-large system in which all seven seats are subject to a citywide vote – a possibility that had concerned some citizens.

“Let your legacy be that you let (the at-large option) die at this meeting,” resident Tom Smillie urged the City Council on Tuesday night.

The council discussed redistricting during its regular meeting. It’s a process governments go through every 10 years following the U.S. Census.

Puyallup gained about 4,000 residents between 2000 and 2010, with much

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State science test delayed

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a new law Tuesday that delays a requirement for high school students to pass a state science test to graduate.

House Bill 1410 delays the graduation requirement until the class of 2015 – students who are currently in eighth grade.
Students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 – this year’s 10th and ninth graders – are no longer required to pass a state science exam to be eligible to graduate.

The change is designed to allow a smoother transition into end-of-course biology exams and away from the current state science test.

“This change

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