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Category: North End


Weyerhaeuser mansion price tag: $8 million

One of Tacoma’s most historic – and expensive – homes is on the market for $8 million.

That’s the asking price for the nearly 50-room Weyerhaeuser mansion overlooking Commencement Bay in Tacoma’s North End, according to redfin.com.

The home for Northwest Baptist Seminary is being sold so Salem, Ore.- based Corban University can expand the seminary, now part of Corban’s School of Ministry, by moving a more central Puget Sound location, perhaps south Seattle.


North Enders pick their priorities

Eager to accurately represent the wishes of their constituency, Tacoma’s North End Neighborhood Council members have spent the past few months asking residents what the city should focus on in their area.

In early May, they held their first North End Neighbors’ Conference at University of Puget Sound. The 75 folks who came noted their issues and discussed how to deal with them. Neighborhood Council members then circulated the issues for more input.

The final Top 10 list includes:

1. Support the new community garden at North 16th and Junett Streets.

2. Persuade city officials to give neighborhood councils

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Power restored to 10,000 Tacoma homes, businesses after four-hour outage

Just about the same time the sun showed up, the power went out, spoiling Memorial Day fun for many Tacoma residents.

A “major equipment failure” at a Tacoma Public Utilities substation cut power to some 10,000 homes and businesses in the city’s Westgate neighborhood and surrounding areas in the city’s North and West ends for about four hours this afternoon.

Crews restored the electricity by about 5 p.m., utilities spokeswoman Chris Gleason said.

They were still trying to sort out what caused the outage, but there was some thought it might have been the result of a mylar balloon striking

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Junior Daffodil Parade to take over Proctor Saturday

Rain or shine, the 49th annual Junior Daffodil Parade will invade Tacoma’s Proctor Business District Saturday.

Thousands of kids representing their schools, churches and youth groups are expected to participate in what’s become an annual tradition for many families. This year’s theme is “Carousel Of Spring.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. at Mason Middle School, 28th and Proctor streets, heads south on Proctor, then heads east along 26th Street through the business district. Streets in immediate vicinity will be closed to traffic for the morning.

The parade will be replayed several times on TV Tacoma (channel

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Boater tells of plane crash rescue

I talked with John Farrell, who helped rescue the two people whose plane crashed in Commencement Bay yesterday. I met with him at the Farrelli’s Pizza corporate office in Parkland, and he had some pretty interesting things to say. An early edition of the story is after the jump:

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