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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
26th

Pacific mayor fires second city clerk

Pacific Mayor Cy Sun said today that he fired his city clerk, who he brought on after he fired her predecessor in July.

“She was a new hire on (a six month) provisionary period, and our relationship just didn’t work out, so I let her go,” Sun said in a phone interview with The News Tribune. “You can call it insubordination, or whatever you want. A clerk is hard to come by, because I have to delegate a lot of power to her. We have to get a good relationship so I’m confident. It’s a great responsibility.”

The position was one

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Feb.
26th

Tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo in ‘poor condition’ after emergency surgery

An endangered Malayan tiger cub is in poor condition today after undergoing emergency surgery Monday night.

Berani, who arrived at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in October, fell ill Monday. His keepers noticed something was amiss when the 6-month-old cub stopped eating, developed a high fever and became lethargic.

Zoo veterinarians immediately took X-rays and performed an ultrasound on the Berani, testing for a possible intestinal blockage.

“There was no blockage but his gastrointestinal tract appears to be very, very irritated,” zoo veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf said, adding that Berani could be suffering from an infection.

After surgery, the 74-pound

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Feb.
25th

Tacoma will see 14 new and renovated schools by 2021

Tacoma Public Schools is set to launch a construction boom, thanks to passage earlier this month of a $500 million bond measure.

On Monday, the Tacoma School Board opted for a construction schedule that envisions the completion of 14 new and renovated schools over the next eight years.

Washington-Hoyt Elementary School will be the first, beginning this summer. Students will be housed at the empty Hunt Middle School campus during the 2013-14 school year and the renovated Washington, which includes a new addition and room for students now in the separate Hoyt building, is scheduled to open in September 2014.

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Feb.
22nd

Lawmaker proposes cap on Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls

A peninsula lawmaker is proposing a way to pay off the Tacoma Narrows Bridge without any further increases in toll rates.

To do that, the legislation drafted by Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, would rely on loans from the state’s motor vehicle fund until the bridge is paid off in 2030. It would then keep tolls on the bridge until those loans are repaid.

Angel, a former Realtor and banker, likens the legislation that was introduced Thursday to extending a home mortgage.

She earlier proposed selling the naming rights to bridges and highways as a way to raise money

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Feb.
22nd

Cascade Christian grad reunites with the medical team who saved her life

Just weeks before her high school graduation last spring, Sarah Davis’ family wasn’t sure she’d be able to make it to the ceremony. She had been severely injured in a car accident. But the determined student made it to the finish line. She’s now a student at Pacific Lutheran University.

Davis and her parents recently returned to Tacoma General Hospital to meet the medical team who helped her survive.

To see a story and photo from the hospital’s blog, click here.

Feb.
22nd

$2.75 million grant brings advanced technology to breast cancer center in Tacoma

A $2.75 million grant is bringing advanced technology to Tacoma’s Carol Milgard Breast Center to help detect early signs of breast cancer.
The center will be the first in Pierce County to offer tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography. Six tomo units will be installed at the center throughout the year.
The tomo unit is used during breast exams when an X-ray takes several images of the breast in seconds and converts them into a stack of thin layers. That allows radiologists to look at breast tissue one layer at a time instead of as a single image.

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Feb.
22nd

Can you open your home to a homeless youth?

Housing 4 Success (H4S), a Pierce County-wide effort to end youth and young adult homelessness, is recruiting for host homes in the community.

The program pairs a young person experiencing homelessness with a caring individual/family that has a spare bedroom and wants to make a difference. Host home providers receive support services from a housing specialist along with financial assistance.

H4S is a collaboration between Associated Ministries, the REACH Center, Shared Housing Services, Vadis, and Oasis, It is funded by Pierce County, the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Housing Authority.

The youth and young adults accepted into the

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Feb.
21st

Tacoma schools want your suggestions on innovation

Tacoma Public Schools has launched an online application site seeking your ideas for innovation that can improve academic achievement.

The state designated Tacoma as Washington’s first district-wide innovative school zone.

In October, the School Board adopted the state’s first school district innovation policy aimed at encouraging and supporting innovative learning options for students. This application will make it possible for any community or staff member to suggest changes aimed at promoting innovation.

Not all innovations may be appropriate for Tacoma Public Schools, and the policy sets up a process to ensure that ideas are critically reviewed.

“We’re smart enough to

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