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Archives: June 2013

June
28th

Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates increase Monday

As the temperature goes up, so do Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls.

The toll rates will increase 25 cents on Monday, the first of two increases approved by the Washington State Transportation Commission in May. The second 25-cent increase will take effect on July 1, 2014.

Good to Go! tolls will be $4.25, and tollbooth and pay-by-mail tolls will be $5.25 and $6.25, respectively.

State official financed the project by backloading the debt in an effort to keep tolls as low as possible when the new span opened in July 2007. Officials assumed increases in tolls —

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June
27th

Tacoma’s population passes 200,000 for 1st time, estimates show

The City of Destiny reached a new destination on April 1: 200,000 people.

Tacoma’s population surpassed that number for the first time in its history, according to the latest state population estimates released Thursday.

The city’s population grew by 800 people in the last year for a total population of 200,400, according to the estimates prepared by the state Office of Financial Management.

Tacoma remains the state’s third most populous city behind Seattle, population: 626,600, and Spokane, population: 211,300. Spokane solidified its projected lead on Tacoma as the state’s second-largest city in the last 12 months, with the gap growing

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June
27th

Fife police officers receive department’s Lifesaving Award for helping save infant in April

Two Fife police officers were honored at the Fife City Council meeting on Tuesday for efforts that saved a young life.

Officers Tobin Volkman and Jeff McNaughton of the Fife Police Department were awarded the Lifesaving Award for responding to a call dealing with an infant who stopped breathing, said city spokeswoman Laurel Potter.

The award is given to officers whose quick action and sound judgment result in saving a life, she said in an email Thursday.

When Volkman and McNaughton arrived at the scene on April 1, the baby was having extreme difficulty breathing and soon stopped breathing altogether,

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June
27th

Low tides could affect Pierce Count ferry runs for large vehicles

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles should plan ahead for low tides from Tuesday through July 11.

Load restrictions will be in place on some ferry runs, and riders may be asked to wait until a later sailing.

The restrictions affect large vehicles, such as RV’s, commercial trucks or a vehicle towing a trailer, according to the Pierce County Ferry System.

It provides service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Ticket agents and ferry crews will be checking large vehicles and those towing trailers for sailings affected by low tides.

For information on which ferry

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June
27th

Music benefit Sunday at The Swiss will raise funds to bring holiday meals to Pierce County’s needy

A group that distributes holiday meals in December to Pierce County residents in need is holding a summer music benefit Sunday at The Swiss in downtown Tacoma.

Friends of the Holidays is a volunteer organization that is in its 15th year of serving the needy during the holidays.

The fund raiser Sunday starts at 3 p.m. at 1904 Jefferson Ave. and will include performances from Linda Myers Band, Mary McPage & The Assassins, 7 on 7, Chris Stevens & The Surf Monkeys, James King & The Southsiders, Spin Cycle and Tumblin’ Dice.

The suggested donation is $10 at the door.

Local merchants

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June
26th

VIDEO: Fife farmers market debut and ribbon cutting

The city of Fife opened its first farmers market, which will be open every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. until Aug. 28.

Market manager Laurel Potter said the market’s season could be extended if it is successful and weather cooperates.

Below is a video of highlights from Wednesday’s debut and ribbon-cutting.

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June
26th

Fife connects with its farming roots, debuts city’s first farmers market

Fife channeled its agricultural roots Wednesday with the debut of the city’s first farmers market.

The market will offer locally grown produce to residents who don’t have access to a major grocery store in the city limits, as well as art, activities, live music and other services.

Mayor Rob Cerqui, who is a fourth-generation vegetable farmer, said the long-awaited market will provide residents and the working population with fresh, local food options every week during the Wednesday lunch hour and also increase visibility for local businesses.

“We’ve got a lot of retail businesses people aren’t aware of,” he

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June
26th

Resident can learn about 2015 U.S. Open planning Thursday

Local residents can learn more about the preparations and planning for the U.S. Open that will be played at Chambers Bay golf course in 2015 during a meeting Thursday, June 27.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Environmental Services Building, located next to Chambers Bay at 9850 64th St. W, University Place.

Danny Sink, the United States Golf Association’s on-site championship director, will make a presentation. Former County Executive John Ladenburg will make brief remarks about the conversion of the site from a sand and gravel pit to U.S. Open site and park, and county officials

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