Tacoma http://kplu.org en Tacoma City Council favors Hilltop area for light rail extension http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-city-council-favors-hilltop-area-light-rail-extension <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tacoma is on the brink of more than doubling the length of its Sound Transit Link Light Rail line.</span></p><p>Under a plan just recommended by the Tacoma City Council, the current starter line between the Tacoma Dome and the city's downtown would extend north into the Hilltop neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8530 at http://kplu.org Tacoma City Council favors Hilltop area for light rail extension Why Tacoma owes its slogan to a ‘crazy person’ http://kplu.org/post/why-tacoma-owes-its-slogan-crazy-person <p>Tacoma has been known as the “City of Destiny” for more than 140 years.</p><p>And while the city’s slogan is unique because it has lasted for so long (when was the last time you heard Seattle referred to as “Jet City?”), it also comes from a 19 Century “crazy person” who was a relentless promoter of Tacoma.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-tacoma-owes-its-slogan-crazy-person">Read more on <em>I Wonder Why ... ?</em></a></strong></p><p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:40:48 +0000 Paula Wissel 6247 at http://kplu.org Why Tacoma owes its slogan to a ‘crazy person’ Milton ditches bike helmet law, says rules created liability http://kplu.org/post/milton-ditches-bike-helmet-law-says-rules-created-liability <p>No helmet laws, no liability &mdash; at least that&rsquo;s the way the city of Milton sees it.</p><p>For insurance reasons, the Milton City Council last week repealed the section of city code, in place since 1997, that mandated people riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters and roller skates in public places wear helmets.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We want to stress personal responsibility and expect people to use the skate park at their own risk,&quot; says City Administrator Subir Mukerjee.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 31 May 2012 18:00:44 +0000 Evan Hoover 5134 at http://kplu.org Milton ditches bike helmet law, says rules created liability Tacoma survey points to serious gang problem along I-5 http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-survey-points-serious-gang-problem-along-i-5 <p>Tacoma city officials knew they had a gang problem, and a survey published this week has brought out new worries.</p><p>The survey, called The Tacoma Gang Project, found 651 active gang members and associates within the city. The survey also uncovered that gang recruitment happens as early as middle school. North of Tacoma, King County reports 10,000 gang members within 140 active criminal street gangs and an increase of 165 percent in gang related crimes.</p><p>&ldquo;There is lots of gang activity up and down the I-5 corridor,&rdquo; said King County Councilman Reagan Dunn.</p><p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:40:33 +0000 Evan Hoover 4773 at http://kplu.org Tacoma survey points to serious gang problem along I-5 Tacoma police investigating motorcycle club after shootings http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-police-investigating-motorcycle-club-after-shootings <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; Tacoma police are investigating a motorcycle club whose parties twice have ended in shooting deaths during the past eight months.</p><p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:11:47 +0000 The Associated Press 4776 at http://kplu.org Sales tax boost would create safety net for mentally ill http://kplu.org/post/sales-tax-boost-would-create-safety-net-mentally-ill <p>If you live anywhere in the Puget Sound region you probably pay a small sales tax to support mental health services. The main exception is in Pierce County.</p><p>That may change, at least within Tacoma city limits.</p><p>A proposal in front of the Tacoma City Council would raise the sales tax by 1/10th of a percent, or a penny per $10 purchase. That&rsquo;s the same as residents pay in King, Snohomish, Thurston and many other counties. The revenue would be dedicated to a broad array of services to assist people with serious mental illness or drug abuse problems.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:04:35 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4505 at http://kplu.org Hot, exciting and dangerous: Glassblowing with Hilltop Artists http://kplu.org/post/hot-exciting-and-dangerous-glassblowing-hilltop-artists <p>In the mid-1990&#39;s, gang activity in Tacoma&#39;s Hilltop neighborhood was at an all time high. The area had become notorious for drug deals, assaults, and drive-by shootings. Gangs often recruited from schools - all the way down through the elementary grades.</p><p>It took a lot of effort by the police and community groups to turn the neighborhood around. One of the organizations that&#39;s made a difference is <a href="http://hilltopartists.org/">Hilltop Artists</a>. It started out in those high-crime days by convincing kids who were attracted to &quot;danger&quot; to swap gang banging for another dangerous activity: glassblowing.</p><p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:01:49 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 4205 at http://kplu.org Hot, exciting and dangerous: Glassblowing with Hilltop Artists Jon Kitna hopes to coach at high school in Tacoma, Wash. http://kplu.org/post/jon-kitna-hopes-coach-high-school-tacoma-wash <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; After 15 years as an NFL quarterback, Jon Kitna hopes to return to his old high school in Tacoma as a coach.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:32:58 +0000 The Associated Press 3899 at http://kplu.org Jon Kitna hopes to coach at high school in Tacoma, Wash. Teen wakes up sleeping bus driver in Washington http://kplu.org/post/teen-wakes-sleeping-bus-driver-washington <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; An alert Washington state teenager likely prevented an accident when he woke up a sleeping bus driver who had nodded off at the wheel while entering an Interstate 5 onramp in Tacoma.</p><p>A surveillance camera on the school bus recorded 17-year-old Emmanuel Williams jump from his seat and rush to the front of the bus after seeing the driver&#39;s head go down.</p><p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 20:41:48 +0000 The Associated Press 3398 at http://kplu.org Injured woman crawls out of swamp near Tacoma http://kplu.org/post/injured-woman-crawls-out-swamp-near-tacoma <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; A trucker was changing a flat tire Thursday morning on Interstate 5 south of Tacoma when he saw a woman in her underwear crawl over the guardrail from a swamp near the Nisqually River.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:59:43 +0000 The Associated Press 2510 at http://kplu.org Update: S&P lowers Tacoma's rating on debt backed by fed http://kplu.org/post/update-sp-lowers-tacomas-rating-debt-backed-fed <p>Soon after downgrading the credit rating of the United States, Standard &amp; Poor&rsquo;s has taken the city of Tacoma&rsquo;s rating down a notch from AAA to AA+ on debt it has issued that is backed by the federal government, <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2011/08/city-of-tacoma-downgraded-by-sp.html">according to a report in the Puget Sound Business Journal.</a></p><p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:56:10 +0000 Jake Ellison 2279 at http://kplu.org Tacoma workers laid off in 'Nalley Valley' getting federal help http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-workers-laid-nalley-valley-getting-federal-help <p>More than two-hundred workers who lost their jobs when the &quot;Nalley Valley&quot; canning plant in Tacoma closed last month are now eligible for special retraining through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.</p><p>The newly unemployed, consider it a victory. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 12:30:00 +0000 Vanessa Romo 2209 at http://kplu.org Tacoma workers laid off in 'Nalley Valley' getting federal help Tacoma asks teens to spread curfew rules through videos http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-asks-teens-spread-curfew-rules-through-videos <p>Tacoma is cracking down on minors who stay out past midnight, and city leaders are counting on teens to get the word out.</p><p>They just kicked off a contest that <a href="http://www.tacomacurfew.com/videocontest/videos_contest_gallery.php?contest_id=1">asks kids to make mini-movies</a> about the city&#39;s curfew law. While they want minors to know the curfew is no joke, they say they&rsquo;d love to see funny videos about it.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 23:44:27 +0000 Charla Bear 2191 at http://kplu.org Tacoma asks teens to spread curfew rules through videos Video of Tacoma housing project goes viral, gets it wrong http://kplu.org/post/video-tacoma-housing-project-goes-viral-gets-it-wrong <p>An attack video claiming to expose a housing development in Tacoma &quot;built for illegal immigrants!&quot; has been played more than 300,000 times on YouTube. There&rsquo;s only one problem, the Tacoma News Tribune reports, it&rsquo;s completely wrong about almost everything.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 23:01:47 +0000 Jake Ellison 2188 at http://kplu.org Video of Tacoma housing project goes viral, gets it wrong Vicci Martinez from Tacoma in finals of "The Voice" tonight http://kplu.org/post/vicci-martinez-tacoma-finals-voice-tonight <p>A woman who was born and raised in Tacoma will perform in the last round of reality TV singing contest &ldquo;The Voice&rdquo; tonight. The competition has made the local rocker a familiar face to millions of people around the world.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:20:36 +0000 Charla Bear 1970 at http://kplu.org Vicci Martinez from Tacoma in finals of "The Voice" tonight