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Archives: April 2013


Ecumenical leader to speak in Tacoma May 8

A major ecumenical leader will speak in Tacoma May 8 for an interfaith program.

The Rev. Michael Kinnamon, former general secretary of the National Council of Churches, will address the topic: “Jews and Christians Discussing the Difficult Issues.”

Kinnamon will speak at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at Temple Beth El, 5975 S. 12th St. The event is sponsored by Bethany Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church, and Temple Beth El, all in Tacoma.

Kinnamon is the visiting professor of “ecumenical collaboration in interreligious dialogue” at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

He was elected NCC general secretary in

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State to study refinancing of Tacoma Narrows Bridge debt

The state will convene a group to study ways to refinance the debt owed on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in an effort to hold down tolls.

However, an opinion released last year by the state treasurer’s office concluded options are limited and are either very costly or not allowed under current state law.

The transportation budget that passed out of the Legislature on Sunday included an amendment requiring the Joint Transportation Committee to “convene a work group to identify and evaluate internal refinance opportunities for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.”

Staff members of the transportation committees, the Washington State Transportation Commission,

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Some relief cited for Lakewood neighborhood plagued by cut-through traffic

A Lakewood city official said some progress is being made in reducing cut-through traffic in a neighborhood north of American Lake adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

City officials will provide an update to neighbors during an open house starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the gymnasium of Harrison Prep School, 8800 121st St. SW. A representative from the Army-Air Force base also will attend.

Residents in the neighborhood north of American Lake have raised concerns that growth at the part of the base known as Lewis North is prompting drivers to divert onto their quiet streets. Neighbors

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VIDEO: Adventuress docks in Gig Harbor before heading to Tacoma’s Foss Waterway later this week

The schooner Adventuress docked in Gig Harbor on Saturday for dockside tours and a public sail. It will sail to the Foss Waterway this week.

The ship was built in 1913 and is 133 feet long. It has a capacity of 45, and 15 crew members live on board full time. The vessel, operated by the nonprofit Sound Experience, offers day and overnight educational and environmental programs.

Adventuress travels all over the Puget Sound, from Bellingham to Olympia.

For information on schedules, prices and programs, visit soundexp.org.


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Puyallup parks advisory board to hold study session, review potential parks and recreation cuts

The Puyallup Parks, Recreation & Senior Advisory Board will hold a study session Monday to review the city’s parks and recreation department amid an ongoing budget restructuring process.

Sarah Harris, the recently appointed parks administrator, said department officials will recommend ways to make up for a recent reduction in overall funding for programs and services.

Last month the city made across-the-board cuts of $1.6 million, and the parks budget was reduced by about $236,000.

The original proposed cuts included reductions in part time staff positions, shorter Sunday hours at the recreation center and talk of eliminating the wading pool, a

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Peak-season changes for Pierce County ferries to start Wednesday

The peak-season schedule and fares for Pierce County ferries will go into effect Wednesday.

A variety of fares will increase. And there will be several schedule changes. The county’s ferry system operates service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Here’s Pierce County’s news release:

Peak season Pierce County ferry rates, schedule start May 1

Peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to fare rates and the schedule. Peak season runs May 1 to September 30.

Fare rates

Peak season fares start May 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a

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Lakewood stepping up enforcement of leash law

The city of Lakewood is reminding residents of the leash law at its city parks and ramping up enforcement.

The move comes after a neighbor of Fort Steilacoom Park complained in a e-mail to Mayor Don Anderson that she’s tired of being harassed by off-leash dogs at the park.

The large park has a popular 22-acre dog park, the only place at any city park where pooches can roam free, but the resident said there are many owners that violate the law and the city is doing a poor job enforcing it.

“I also am allowed

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VIDEO: Take a virtual ride on the new roller coaster, set to debut at the Washington State Fair in September

The Washington State Fair announced this month it will get a new permanent roller coaster at the fairgrounds. The looping inversion coaster will debut at the annual event, which runs Sept. 6-22.

A naming contest is under way for fairgoers 13 and older, and this video was released to help entrants come up with the perfect new name. The fair is accepting entries until midnight May 8 at thefair.com/spring-fair/contests.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682