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On the move

For several years, Tasha Pasco, principal managing broker for Coldwell Banker Bain’s Tacoma and Puyallup branch offices, has been watching the progress underway at the Village at Chambers Bay. And for several years, she has known that as soon as her current lease was up, she was moving her office there.
That day has finally arrived. Later this month, Pasco and some 30 of her agents will set up shop in their new digs at 3633 Market Place W. in the Village at Chambers Bay. Their new 5,000 square foot space will feature a host of industrial-inspired design details like exposed beams and 16-foot ceilings. It also sports a double-sided fireplace, a lounge and patio.
The move represents an effort by Coldwell Banker Bain to relocate its South Sound offices into walkable neighborhoods. Within the last few years, they have opened… Read Full Story

Things are looking UP at U.P. Town Center

As part of its city hall relocation effort, University Place recently contracted with AustinCina Architects to design and plan the interior layout for the upper two floors inside the UP Civic and Library Building, also known as Town Center, a.k.a. The Village at Chambers Day. The interior design work will detail all spaces that will eventually accommodate U.P. City Hall, including council member offices and the council chambers.
That's according to City Manager Steve Sugg, whose office is inside the current city hall/Windmill Village complex at 3715 Bridgeport Way W. Sugg also said that once the design work for relocation is completed,… Read Full Story

Tacoma breaks ground

On Monday, July 10, Jason Zacharia, president of Kindred Rehabilitation, took the podium in turn with other healthcare leaders inside a white welcome tent. It was a ground-breaking ceremony for a $25 million investment in Tacoma's soon-to-be rehabilitation hospital now ready for construction on the same plot where the old Afifi Shriners building once stood at 815 S. Vassault St.
According to Zacharia, this ground was soon going to support the first free-standing rehabilitation hospital west of the Cascades, in both Washington and Oregon,… Read Full Story

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Tribe breaks ground for new elders assisted living facility
Matt Nagle

After many years of anticipation, the day finally arrived on July 7 for the Puyallup Tribe to break ground on a new elders assisted living facility. Gathering at the site next to the Tribe’s House of Respect Elders Center, Tribal Council, along with those in the Tribe who have long worked on the…

Presidential Advisory
Julie Anderson Pierce County Auditor

On June 28, Washington’s secretary of state received a letter from President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity. The Commission requested, “...the publicly available voter roll data for Washington…” Washingtonians and Pierce County voters can breathe a sigh of relief. This voter information…

Search on for sex offender with history of groping victims
David Rose

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a convicted sex offender who has a disturbing history of groping his victims and sexually assaulting them. Twonte McMurry is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. The 42-year-old was classified as a Level III sex offender after detectives…

Concept of interim Tideflat rules inches forward

The Tacoma Planning Commission hosted a marathon public comment meeting June 21 as sides stated their cases regarding plans for interim regulations for the Tideflats that would restrict land uses in the industrial and shipping while the area undergoes a multi-year subarea planning review. More than…

Water safety 101: Follow these 4 easy tips to prevent drowning
MultiCare Health System

Despite Hollywood’s best attempts, drowning in real life doesn’t look the way it does in movies. Drowning is silent, and sadly the cause of almost 800 deaths a year for children in the United States, more than half of which are among children ages 0 to 4, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.…

Connie’s County Council Corner
Connie Ladenburg

Summer is often the time when out of town family and friends come to visit. Here is a secret: You don’t have to take them to Seattle for something to do or see. Pierce County is a great place to show off! Do you know that Pierce County is the only county in the country that goes from sea level to…

Police Blotter

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death of 55-year-old Mark Myers, who was found shot to death inside his home along Sunset Drive West on June 22, when a friend arrived around 11 a.m. to walk Myers’…

Job opportunity with Parks and Recreation

Pierce County Parks and recreation is accepting applications for temporary/part-time work as a Recreation Assistant for the Active Adults Trips and Tours Program. Applicants will provide leadership and functional supervision by safely transporting participants in standard passenger vans. This position…

Prosecutor Lindquist discusses elder abuse with U.P. City Council

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist gave a public safety update to council members at the regularly scheduled University Place City Council meeting. “We’re very happy with the work you do, Mark,” said University Place Mayor Javier Figueroa. “We’re happy with how it impacts all of our…

Peaceful, win-win solutions aren’t guaranteed
Paul Pastor Pierce County Sheriff

As we look at police use of force involving people with mental illness, I see a number of assumptions and issues that we need to consider and remember. First, and sadly, not every one of these incidents is going to “come out right.” Police encounters with the mentally ill sometimes bring a high…