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Archives: May 2012


South Hill library opens with improvements

The South Hill Pierce County Library has reopened with better, quieter acoustics, a central customer-service desk, and a new media library for CDs and DVDs. The library at 15420 Meridian E. reopened May 7 after a one-month closure from April 9 to May 6. Cost for the project was $83,000.

The South Hill library is one of the four-busiest in the 18-branch Pierce County Library System. The South Hill library had a million checkouts of items in 2011.

The 20,000-square-foot library was closed April 9-May 6.

Here’s the news release:

TACOMA – After a one-month closure to bring customers

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Storified: Tweeting twiger on the loose

An escaped tiger has taken to social media to live-tweet his exploits. (Don’t laugh, he may have more followers than you do.) Here’s a sampling of the witty kitty showcased in a Storify.

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Meet Bates College presidential finalists

Two Pierce County education administrators and a third candidate from Minnesota are the finalists in the search for a new president to lead Bates Technical College.

The finalists are:
• Tony Apostle, who is retiring as superintendent of the Puyallup School District at the end of June.
• Amy Goings, vice president for operations and college relations at Clover Park Technical College.
• Ron Langrell, executive vice president and chief academic officer for Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn.

Current Bates President Lyle Quasim announced last year that he planned to retire. He will remain at Bates

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Civilian hall of fame at JBLM inducts 2 new members

Joint Base Lewis-McChord welcomed two new inductees into its civilian hall of fame Wednesday.

Former DuPont mayor Tamara Jenkins and Ken Swarner, co-publisher and editor of the Fort Lewis Ranger, were recognized during a ceremony earlier today.

Under Jenkin’s leadership, DuPont created a memorial wall to honor fallen service members who lived in the south Pierce County city  — three names will be added on Memorial Day — and in 2010 organized a combined Fourth of July and pro-troop parade.

Swarner’s active support of the military includes organizing events so families of deployed soldiers can have pictures taken with Santa

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Ruling clears path for completion of new Camp Murray gate

Construction of the new gate at Camp Murray cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when a hearing examiner tossed out a challenge filed by residents in neighboring Tillicum who are opposed to the project.

A representative of the neighborhood group, the Tillicum Action Committee, said it would meet this week to consider whether to appeal to Pierce County Superior Court.

“We’re disappointed that the hearing officer didn’t see the same issues that we were concerned with,” Pat O’Brien said.

The examiner, James O’Connor, denied a second appeal of a permit that Lakewood city officials issued so the Washington Military Department can

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It’s time again for free Slurpees

You’re thirsty for an icy treat and don’t want to pay a penny. Well, 7-Eleven can sate that desire today.

It’s SlurpFREE Day at 7-Elevens across the country. Customers can get a free 7.11-ounce Slurpee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (May 23). Flavors vary by store.

Find a participating store at www.slurpee.com.

The website does proclaim “While supplies last,” so don’t wait too long to indulge.


Puyallup police, court won’t move into City Hall

Puyallup’s five-story City Hall that overlooks the library and Pioneer Park downtown won’t become home to the city’s police department or municipal court.

There isn’t enough space, consultants told the City Council on Tuesday. They also said the building wasn’t designed for those public safety programs and adapting it to fit their needs would cost millions of dollars.

The seven-member council seemed convinced.

“I definitely think this report puts the nail in the coffin of moving the court or police to into this building,” Councilman John Palmer said during the study session.

Instead, several council members indicated they wanted to

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