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Category: Northeast Tacoma


Hylebos bridge reopens after 11-year closure

The Hylebos Bridge had its celebratory opening this morning.

The structure spans the Hylebos Waterway, connecting Alexander Avenue East and Marine View Drive.

An emergency stop broke one of its drive shafts, closing the drawbridge in 2001.

About $23 million worth of mechanical, electrical and other renovations later, the bridge reopened to traffic June 1.

Today marked the celebration of the reopening by the city and the Port of Tacoma.

It won’t fill all the gaps for drivers in what used to be a straight route from downtown Tacoma to the tideflats. The Blair Bridge was demolished in 1997, and

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Is Tacoma man America’s Hottest Husband?


A Northeast Tacoma man is one of 22 finalists for Redbook magazine’s “America’s Hottest Husband Contest.”

Scott Battishill, 39, is a 1988 graduate of Foss High School. He and his wife, Wendy, 38, have been married for 16 years and they have two children: Julia, 10, and Jackson, 5.

Here are some of the ways Scott is making the rest of us husbands look lazy:

Scott brings his wife coffee every morning and constantly surprises her with thoughtful gifts … Scott also single-handedly plans romantic weekend getaways and family trips … He recently spent a weekend building a birdhouse.

Wendy entered Scott in the contest this past summer. “I have seen the Redbook contest in past years and always thought, ‘If I entered Scott he would so win.’” she said in an e-mail Thursday. “I went online, submitted a few pictures and wrote the essay about what makes him hot.”

What was Scott’s reaction?

“The best part of the contest for me was when Wendy read to me her submission essay,” he said in an e-mail Thursday night. “That was truly wonderful to hear and has more than made the (substantial) ribbing I’ve received from my buddies worth it.”


Masters Sunday at Augusta it was not

Strong winds and gray skies have a tendency to ruin the image of an idyllic golf outing for many, but that didn’t stop several brave souls from hitting the links at North Shore Golf Course.

Matt Wamsley was one of them. The 39-year-old was putting on the practice green before playing nine holes. He said he enjoys playing in the wind because he doesn’t get the chance to play in such conditions often.

"Sometimes you’re playing in a tournament when it’s really windy," he said, "and you have to be prepared for

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