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Category: South Tacoma


Tacoma Cemeteries tour complete with historic reenactors set for July 15 and 16

Here’s the announcement:

Have you ever stood in an old cemetery and thought, “How I wish these stones could talk”? The Fort Nisqually Time Travelers, a select group of living history re-enactors, had that same thought. Together with the Tacoma Cemeteries and Tacoma Historical Society they invite you to experience Tacoma’s history as it comes to life in a unique, fascinating way at the Third Annual Living History Cemetery Tour. Eight reenactors will portray working people who had an impact on our history as they share their life stories from their grave sites.

Tours start 6-7:40 p.m. on Friday, July

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South Tacoma history walk starts at 10 am Saturday

Gather at Northwest Motor Scooters at 10 a.m. Saturday (August 14) for what the Tacoma Historical Society is calling a “Free Walk Through History.”

The event (see flier) will feature the author of “South Tacoma” Darlyne Reiter, railroad historian and photograph Jim Fredrickson and architectural historian Gerald Eysaman.

The highlight (for me at least) will be the 11 tour of Oakwood Cemetery and Columbarium with Bill Habermann.

For more information go to tacomahistory.org.


State to review controversial rail plan after all

The state Department of Transportation announced today that it will review the effect of the Point Defiance Bypass project on its surrounding communities after all.

DOT will conduct a project-level, Environmental Assessment of the $91 million project, something for which Lakewood officials have repeatedly asked the state.

It isn’t clear how the environmental assessment, which officials say could take up to two years, will affect the $590 million the state received this year to improve passenger rail along the Interstate 5 corridor.

The state must build the bypass by 2017, or it could potentially lose the federal money.
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More I-5 work in Lakewood this weekend

Concrete panel rehabilitation work continues on the southbound lanes of I-5 in Tacoma and Lakewood and on the northbound lanes from Lacey to Nisqually again this weekend. With it, lane restrictions and ramp closures that stretch throughout the construction zone.

This work is part of a summer-long project that repairs and rehabilitates 25.5 miles of I-5 in Thurston and Pierce counties.

“Last weekend, crews replaced 36 concrete panels and installed 1,386 dowel bars on I-5,” said Kevin Dayton, region administrator. “But the backups in Pierce County were manageable because so many drivers planned ahead or postponed trips.”
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Ratty sofas doomed in Edison

South Tacoma’s Edison Neighborhood will hold its fourth annual cleanup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

This is cause for tons of rejoicing among activists who have coordinated the event with the City of Tacoma. The city will provide the containers and haul them away for free.

Here’s how it works: Residents of single-family homes or duplexes between South 56th and 66th streets between Oakes and Washington streets can bring their pesky junk to Edison Elementary School, 5830 S, Pine St., and have it hauled away for free. They must also bring a proof of

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The need for speed guns

You might have caught the story about the Park Avenue Neighborhood group

lying in wait for speeders last week. They were clocking violators, snapping

photos of their cars and license plates, and making a list to send to the

city. By now, some of the people who blew through the 25-mile-per hour speed

limit probably have letters from Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell suggesting

that they not do that again.

If you read that story, bet you were thinking, “Dang. How do we get one of

those radar guns?”

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War protest at Tacoma Mall

Kelly Larson opposed the war in Iraq before American troops invaded the country. When her chemistry teacher at Stadium High School was deployed, the war became personal.

So Larson, a sophomore at the Tacoma school, joined about 50 others in a students’ protest Thursday at Tacoma Mall. They chanted slogans and held signs in front of the mall’s business office building, which is home to recruiting offices for most branches of the military.

"I’m just sick of all the hate in the world," said Larson, sporting a Che Guevara button on her

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