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Small, shy and senior off-leash dog area coming to Chambers Creek Park

An expanded off-leash area including a separate area for small, shy and senior dogs is coming soon to Pierce County’s Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.   
Since its inception in 2007, the nonprofit SUNDogs group has lobbied for a larger off-leash area for dogs and their owners. Although the group obtained approval to open a small site near Central Meadow in 2009, it has taken several years to convince Pierce County to allow a site expansion.
“We are so appreciative of our new County Executive Bruce Dammeier, who met with us and understood the need for an expansion of the off leash area,” said SUNDogs President Bill Long. “Although the new site still isn’t as large as we wished, it is certainly a step in the right direction.”
Right now, SUNDogs maintains a less than one-acre site… Read Full Story

City to celebrate volunteers

Tacoma Narrows Rotary will be celebrating their fourth annual Celebrate Community Event at Curtis Junior High School on April 29. Supported by Tacoma Narrows Rotary, University Place School District, City of University Place, Peace Out, and the UP-Parent Teacher Student Association, the Celebrate Community event will recognize volunteers in the community, hand out awards, hear from some well-known Curtis High School alumni, and help raise funds for future scholarships.
The Celebrate Community Event was developed four years ago by Dr. Jay Mosser, pastor of Sunset Bible Church and president of the Tacoma Narrows Rotary at that time. “[Dr.… Read Full Story

Obamacare: What happens now?


In the April 7 edition of the University Place Press, a mix-up occurred in that an op-ed piece by Pierce County Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg was incorrectly by- lined as being written by Katie Landenburg, who had also submitted an op-ed piece that did not make it into the paper. The following is Katie Ladenburg’s correct op-ed, with Connie Ladenburg’s also printed here with her correct byline. University Place Press apologizes for the errors.

With the change of presi dency, Donald Trump… Read Full Story

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‘Daffodil Paradise’
Savannah Fry Special to Tacoma Weekly

The 81st annual Daffodil Festival Queen’s Coronation took place on April 1 at the Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma. The event is an annual celebration of the Royal Court, the highlight of which is the selection of the new Queen from amongst the 23 Princesses. Princess Katie Meinecke, from Fife…

Budget Season is Here
Rep. Christine Kilduff (D – University Place)

In early January, I shared my thoughts with you on the need for legislators to step up for the next generation and solve the education funding challenge this year. A few months later, we continue to work towards a solution. Like the arrival of spring, budget season is upon us in the Legislature. It’s…

The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)
Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom

Thousands of families across our state struggle with mental health issues, neglect, homelessness, poverty and other challenges. Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is the largest department in our state – providing everything from disability, welfare programs, to adult…

Working Together

I’m one of those people who thinks that we can be more productive when we partner and work together to get things done, even in government. For a number of years  Pierce County, University Place and Lakewood have had a Master Plan for the Chambers Creek properties. We are going through a public…

Curtis High School student serves as page in the state House of Representatives

Grant Schmidtke, a student at Curtis High School, served as a legislative page for the state House of Representatives the week of March 13 – 17. He was co-sponsored by 13th District Rep. Tom Dent and 28th District Rep. Dick Muri. “I am glad Grant came to Olympia to get a firsthand look at how…

Council raises concern over detention center’s future

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about the Northwest Detention Center and immigration policies as they affect Tacoma. Next week, inside the detention center itself.) Tacoma City Council wants answers and reassurances from Geo Group America, the private operation of an Immigration and…

County exec highlights partnerships at ‘state of the county address’

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier held his first “state of the county address” last week and outlined a supplemental budget and roster of partnerships to curb homelessness around the county. The 30-minute address touched on county efforts to streamline departments to save money and boost…

Whole Foods Market helps children grow community gardens
Jackie Fender Special to Tacoma Weekly

Whole Foods Market has a reputation for providing an elevated grocery shopping experience that highlights fresh, organic produce and artisan goods. Their tidily lined shelves feature familiar and funky products that make eating healthy, and often even locally sourced, easy but what many don’t know…

City ponders pot zoning
Dan Beers For the University Place Press

The University Place Planning Commission is set to announce its recommendation to make changes to the zoning rules before the City Council on April 3. This recommendation would allow retail marijuana stores in commercial areas of the city’s mixed-use zones. That is, of course, provided the City…

Delicious soup brings the community together

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the March 16 soup lunch at Community Connection Place (CCP), featuring Italian wedding soup from Grassi's Ristorante and dessert by CarePartners. CCP President Sheila Phillip sends out a special thank you to Ken Grassi and Grassi's Ristorante for providing the soup lunch.…