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Archives: June 2013

June
25th

Loss of Lewis-McChord brigade will leave void for Lakewood


The 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division crosses “Phase Line: Lakewood” as it enters Kuwait as the last combat unit to leave Iraq in August 2010.
(Courtesy: City of Lakewood)

Tuesday’s announced inactivation of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division also means the coming end of the unit’s strong relationship with the city of Lakewood.

The city is the brigade’s “adopted” community under Lewis-McChord’s community connector program. The program pairs major units at the base with surrounding communities to break down the fence line between the military and civilian populations.

Brigade soldiers have helped out at community

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June
25th

Caulfield accepts terms to become Lakewood city manager

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson said Tuesday that John Caulfield has accepted terms to become the new city manager of Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Caulfield, the 48-year-old city manager of Mountlake Terrace, will begin his new job Sept. 3. Caulfield is required to give 60 days of notice to his current employer.

The contract still needs to be drawn up and approved by the full council, and it’s unclear at this time when that would occur. Anderson declined to reveal Caulfield’s base salary because the contract is pending. The council was unanimous in voting to begin contract negotiations with Caulfield.

“I’m

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June
24th

Homer, believed to be last sea otter survivor of Exxon Valdez spill, dies at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

The last remaining sea otter known to have survived the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was euthanized at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Monday.

Homer, believed to be 25, went on to live an unusually long life after the Valdez disaster. A sea otter’s lifespan is 15 to 25 years.

Homer was named for the city in Alaska where she was found. She came to Tacoma not long after the oil spill, and was one of about three dozen sea otters that were rescued and placed in zoos and aquariums.

For

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June
22nd

VIDEO: Highlights from Saturday’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, 5K fun run at Meeker Days Festival

Puyallup hosted its first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser as part of the Meeker Days Festival. The walk was paired with a 5K run, and both events benefited the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County and Good Samaritan Behavioral Health.

The Meeker Days Festival continues Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

June
20th

Caulfield is Lakewood City Council’s pick as new city manager

The Lakewood City Council voted Thursday night to enter into contract negotiations with Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield to become the new city manager for Pierce County’s second-largest city.

Caulfield, 48, was the last person standing after a recruitment process that drew more than 30 people nationwide and extended interview requests to six finalists. Three finalists withdrew before the interviews, the council whittled the pool down to two after the interviews, and Wednesday’s withdrawal by Deputy Pierce County Executive Kevin Phelps left just Caulfield.

Council members said Caulfield has the skill set, especially in economic development, financial acumen and

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June
20th

Jovita Boulevard in Edgewood to close July 8 for more than a month; realignment project nears completion

Jovita Boulevard will close to through traffic from Monday July 8 until Sunday Aug. 14, according to a city news release.

The road will close from Meridian Avenue East to the proximity of the new roundabout, which has been under construction as part of the long-awaited Jovita realignment project.

Residential, business and emergency vehicle traffic will be permitted, according to the release.

The nearly $5.4 million transportation improvement project has been a joint effort led by Edgewood and Milton, as well as the state Transportation Improvement Board.

In an earlier interview with The News Tribune, City Manager Mark Bauer said

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June
20th

Meeker Days Festival begins Friday; more than 250 vendors participating

The 74th Annual Meeker Days Festival begins Friday in Puyallup.

Festival coordinator Paige Griffith said the Puyallup Main Street Association, which sponsors the three-day-event, expects more people to attend the festival than in past years.

This year’s event attracted more than 250 vendors, and four stages will host musical acts all weekend long.

“It’s a celebration of our city’s heritage,” Griffith said Thursday.

The event runs noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Griffith said two musicians from  NBC’s “The Voice” are scheduled to perform. Beverly McClellan, a finalist from season one, and finalist Amanda

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June
20th

Report says Sumner has chosen bidder for sale of Sumner Meadows Golf Course; city says nothing decided

Brokers in Seattle say the city of Sumner has chosen Principal Financial Group as the winning bidder for the city’s golf course, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Real estate brokers from the firm Jones Lang LaSalle said Principal, a global financial company, could build an industrial park on the land, the report says.

Sumner city spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said the report is misleading, and the city has short-listed a buyer who is negotiating a purchase and sale agreement with officials. She said council members have yet to consider a sale, and would need to review and approve an

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