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UW Tacoma students transformed a parking lot into a community garden

Posted: March 30 2018

University of Washington Tacoma students have transformed a Kent parking lot into a food-producing greenspace. Paradise Parking Plots is a community garden for refugees and immigrants in the Kent area. UW Tacoma’s…

Thurston County sues opioid manufacturers and distributors

Posted: March 30 2018

The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Western District of Washington against U.S. manufacturers of prescription opioids and three primary…

State to receive $7.9 million to improve elections systems

Posted: March 30 2018

Washington state will soon receive $7.9 million under the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 in order to improve its cybersecurity and upgrade its elections systems. The state is required…

Washington rolls out first-ever US Retirement Marketplace portal

Posted: March 30 2018

131,000 Washington employers currently do not offer retirement plans to their employees, leaving 2 million Washingtonians without access to retirement plans through their jobs. This week, the Washington State Department…

Walmart to carry ethical beauty products made in Tumwater

Posted: March 29 2018

Walmart will now carry products made by Tumwater company Alaffia in 3,600 locations around the U.S. The products appeared in Walmart stores in early March and are now being distributed to locations…

Tacoma security company turns 100

Posted: March 29 2018

Robblee’s Total Security in Tacoma is celebrating 100 years in business. The full-service, residential, commercial, and industrial security company technically started in 1913 as a bicycle and automobile tire repair…

Thurston County PIT census shows 43 percent increase in homeless population

Posted: March 29 2018

Thurston County has released the results of its 2018 Point in Time Count of Homeless People, which showed that the number of homeless people in the county has increased significantly. On…

McMenamins Elks Lodge is Officially Under Renovation

Posted: March 29 2018

Architecture-loving Tacomans were ecstatic when they heard McMenamins was buying the beloved Elks Lodge building. The thought of the space being restored to its original glory was something locals could get behind.…

Century-old Tacoma print shop gets massive new printers

Posted: March 28 2018

Everything about Johnson-Cox Printing is historic. The company’s five buildings on lower Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma are relics of the past. The main building is even listed in the National Register of…

New tariffs could hurt ports and the state economy

Posted: March 28 2018

Earlier this month President Trump announced the U.S. would be imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, from all countries except Mexico. This…

Port of Olympia invests in four Thurston County cities

Posted: March 28 2018

As part of the Port of Olympia’s Small Cities Program, the port’s commission announced a new round of investments in Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino, and Yelm. Each community will receive $10,000 in matching funds to be…

Metro Parks Appreciation Day on April 21

Posted: March 28 2018

April 21 is Parks Appreciation Day, one of Tacoma’s most popular environmental volunteer events of the year. Metro Parks Tacoma estimates that hundreds of community members will show up to help rejuvenate…

Olympia Farmers Market to celebrate opening day on April 5

Posted: March 27 2018

The Olympia Farmers Market will celebrate its 43rd year in operation on April 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 700 Capitol Way North in Olympia. Although the…

UW Tacoma’s 2018 VIBE Business Plan Competition

Posted: March 27 2018

The University of Washington Tacoma is hosting its 2018 Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. The deadline to submit business plans to the competition is April 13, 2018.…

Highlights from the 2018 Washington Trade Summit

Posted: March 27 2018

On March 26, at the Amazon Arizona Building in Seattle, the Washington Council on International Trade’s Washington Trade Summit took place. Over 300 business owners, government officials, and community leaders…

Tacoma in search of partners for Click!

Posted: March 27 2018

The City of Tacoma released a Request for Information and Qualifications last week to gather feedback from private and public organizations interested in partnering with local public telecommunications provider, Click!…

Air France now offering nonstop flights to Paris out of Sea-Tac

Posted: March 26 2018

Air France is now offering nonstop flights to Paris from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In partnership with Delta, the airline is providing up to 12 flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and…

More distracted driving patrols starting April 2

Posted: March 26 2018

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission announced there will be extra patrols watching for distracted drivers from April 2-14. Additional law enforcement officers from over 150 different agencies will be on…

Harborstone Credit Union partnership to help small, underserved businesses

Posted: March 26 2018

Harborstone Credit Union and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business have teamed up for a good cause. Their partnership will help grow small businesses in underserved communities. It…

First responders can now file for workers’ comp for PTSD

Posted: March 26 2018

On Mar. 23, Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6214 into law, allowing first responders to file for workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics will all be…

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