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Archives: 2013

July
9th

Pacific Mayor Cy Sun officially recalled

The reign of the Pacific mayor that brought drama to the small city by firing multiple department heads and refusing to provide information to other elected officials is over.

The King County Election Board ratified results from a special recall election this morning against Cy Sun, saying the “turnout was strong.”

About 65 percent of the city’s 2,900 registered voters cast ballots in favor of recalling the embattled public official. Results show residents voted 949-502.

Sun has not been seen in City Hall since initial results were released June 25. He did not attend Monday night’s council meeting. He did

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July
9th

No Lakewood measure this year for street upkeep fee

The Lakewood City Council continues to spin its wheels over asking voters to approve a fee or tax for street maintenance.

Council members have turned their focus to 2014 with time to get the measure on this year’s ballot running out — the deadline to send a measure to the November ballot is Aug. 7 — and as they remain undecided on a specific proposal.

After more than two years of research and discussion, including separate reviews and recommendations by a citizen advisory board and an ad hoc committee of three council members, the full council remains unsure what fee or tax

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July
8th

Lakewood, fire district to honor 19 Arizona firefighters

The city of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will fly their flags at half-staff and encourage residents to observe a moment of silence Tuesday, July 9, in remembrance of the 19 Arizona firefighters killed in a wildfire last week.

The day coincides with a memorial service for the firefighters that Vice President Joe Biden will attend.

Mayor Don Anderson, a former volunteer firefighter, alluded to the November 2009 murder of four Lakewood police officers when he stated in a press release that the city shares a “special understanding of the loss suffered by their families and community.”

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July
8th

Fife City Council could extend moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens

The Fife City Council will likely take action on an ordinance that would extend a ban on collective gardens for medical marijuana at its meeting Tuesday night.

The city first passed a moratorium on collective gardens in August 2011, after the state Legislature authorized qualifying patients to create and participate in the gardens for medical purposes.

Collective gardens allow people with diagnosed terminal or debilitating illness to share responsibility for acquiring and supplying the resources required to produce and process cannabis for medical use.

The state’s law is subject to guidelines, which limit the number of

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July
8th

Fife City Council to review pre-feasibility study of proposed sports complex

The Fife City Council will review findings from a preliminary feasibility study on a proposed sports complex at its meeting Tuesday night.

The study is a compilation of data gathered in April, when executives from the California-based company Sportsplex USA visited Fife and surrounding cities to gauge the market for a multi-use sports facility in the Interstate 5 corridor.

The city authorized the $7,500 review as a first step before deciding whether to move forward with a full feasibility study, which would cost an additional $37,500.

Should the city decide to complete a full study, one funding source could be

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July
8th

Washington State Fair announces photo, quilting contests

The Washington State Fair is inviting entrants for two photography contests, a quilting contest and a tablesetting contest, according to a Fair news release.

The 73rd Northwest International Exhibition of Photography competition draws international entries, and the Seventh Annual Washington State Photographers Exhibition is exclusive for residents in the state, the release says. Entries will be displayed during the annual 17-day fair Sept. 6-22.

For more information on rules and entering photos, visit the entries page at thefair.com.

Additionally, a tablesetting contest will be held for crafty entertainers who want to showcase their table decor

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July
8th

Washington State Fair announces fine art contests, incorporates new name into special category

Regional artists are invited to enter the Washington State Fair’s fine art contest in several categories, according to a Fair press release.

Online registration must be completed by Sunday, Aug. 4, and entries are due Aug. 6-8 at the fairgrounds. A total of $4,300 will be awarded to winners in several categories, according to the release, including water media, oils, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, digital art and miniature categories.

A separate, special competition this year invites people to participate in the “Our State Fair” themed category, and art pieces must capture the artist’s view of the State Fair experience, the release says.

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July
6th

Public exposed to measles at Sea-Tac, officials say

Public health officials say people who were at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the Fourth of July may have been exposed to measles.

A contagious traveler flew from Beijing to Seattle and passed through the South Satellite baggage claim and customs area, then took the train to the main terminal and the baggage claim area there.

Most people in the Puget Sound area have immunity to the measles through vaccination so the risk to the general public is low, according to James Apa, spokesman for Public Health Seattle & King County.

However, people

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