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Tacoma straddles the neighboring Commencement Bay with several smaller cities surrounding it and is known as the "City of Destiny" because the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 1800s. The decision of the railroad was influenced by Tacoma's neighboring Commencement Bay. By connecting the bay with the railroad Tacoma's motto became "When rails meet sails."

Population: 197181
Local Newspapers: The News Tribune
Local Sports Teams: Tacoma Rainiers (Triple A Baseball)
Local Colleges: University of Puget Sound

Zip Codes associated with tacoma, washington: 98402 98403 98404 98405 98406 98407 98408 98409 98422 98424 98433 98443 98445 98446 98465 98466 98467 98498
Towns/Cities near tacoma, washington : Gig Harbor Artondale University Place Fircrest Ruston Fox Island

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McMenamins might not rescue Old City Hall after all Almost two years...

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Feeling a little crowded on the hiking trail?

Bill Radke speaks with Fitz Cahall, host of the podcast The Dirtbag Dairies , and Jill Simmons, executive director of the Washington Trails Association , about the impact that our region's growing population is having on hiking trails around Washington. She wears a yellow uniform, loose, with a sweatshirt underneath.

Meetings in the works about naming new peninsula park

Metro Parks Tacoma is looking for ideas about what to name the peninsula park under construction at Port Defiance Park. Make your suggestion by Aug. 4 at

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

LeMay America's Car Museum 2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421 Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: America's Car Museum spotlights America's love affair with the automobile. Featuring a nine-acre campus - with a four-story museum as the centerpiece - ACM, situated atop Tacoma and in the shadow of Mt.

New leadership brings new location for homeless youth

Community Youth Services , which has been operating an overnight shelter for young people in Tacoma for the past two years, announced that they recently hired Talcott Broadhead as the executive director of Pierce County programs, who in the last month has relocated their drop-in services to The Wellness Center Building. Broadhead replaces former Executive Director of Pierce County Programs Kurt Miller.

Fife Music in the Park 2017

Wally and the Beeves vocalist Keely Whitney and Elvis tribute artist Danny Vernon had the crowds laughing and singing at Fife's Music In The Park. Photo by Tami Jackson / The Tacoma Weekly Plan now to unfold your lawn chairs or throw down a blanket to lounge on the grass at Dacca Park each Friday at 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 11. It's really just the best concert happening around.

In city once known for its aroma, mayoral race focuses on environment

Environmental issues haven't been a big focus in the race to become Seattle's next mayor, but they're playing a key role in Tacoma. Locals mobilized against a plan to build the world's largest methanol refinery at the Port of Tacoma last year.

Youth Jail funding hinges on confusing ballot language

Opponents in the ongoing fight to construct a new youth detention facility planned for the Central District joined in verbal combat, spitting state laws instead of protest anthems, dressed not in the uniforms of resistance but those of "Office Space."

Bumbling burglar has bad luck trying to break into Parkland bar

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to identify a bumbling burglar in Parkland. He had a tough time breaking into the Hard Luck Bar & Grill in the 10700 block of Park Avenue South at 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 22. "This burglar has to be one of the most-inept burglars we`ve ever seen.

Pipeline protest disrupts work at Port of Tacoma

A crowd of about 100 protesters disrupted construction on the "fracked gas" pipeline and facility at the Port of Tacoma Monday night. Protesters didn't have a permit as they blocked a street in the 5600 block of 12th St E, halting construction on a liquefied natural gas pipeline, Fife police said.

Summertime education and activities abound for youth

The Children's Museum is a great locale to spend some time summer loving. Geared toward the 3- to 6-year-old age bracket, each course provides an opportunity for your mini to immerse themselves in hands-on activities that will hone their passio Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tacoma / The Tacoma Weekly On the last day of school, kids emerge from the classroom halls wild eyed and ranting "schools out for summer," day dreaming about all the adventures they are going to embark upon.

Tribe breaks ground for new elders assisted living facility

Breaking ground for the facility were Puyallup Tribal Council Member Sylvia Miller; Planning & Land Use Services Special Project Manager Charlene Matheson; Puyallup Tribal Council Members James Rideout, Annette Bryan and David Bean; M Photo by Matt Nagle / The Tacoma Weekly 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.

Evergreen updates campus safety plan

But some students went too far when they interrupted faculty member Bret Weinstein's class, and a day later pushed furniture against doorways during a takeover of the library building in May, Evergreen president George Bridges told The Olympian's editorial board this week. "Blocking doors - that's a criminal act in the state of Washington, to prevent people from entering or exiting, you can't do that in a public building," he said.

WA: Sound Transit to Test New Bypass Tracks

July 12--Two weeks after an Amtrak train went off the rails in Steilacoom, the new railroad tracks that will keep passenger trains off that scenic -- but out-of-the-way-- coastal route are about to get their first extensive testing. Sound Transit will run a test train this weekend on a series of 50-mph runs from Tacoma to DuPont along the new Point Defiance Bypass route to test tracks and signals, the agency said Monday.

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Tacoma commuters, get ready. Two big traffic shifts are scheduled this week and will last for six months, according to a Washington State Department of Transportation blog post.

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

"In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads" Through Feb. 18, 2018, Wed. through Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma Info: Internationally acclaimed Seattle artist Zhi Lin has refocused attention on the overlooked yet vital history of the Chinese laborers of the 19th century.

High speed caused Amtrak derailment along Washington coast

In this July 2, 2017 file photo, emergency crews respond to the scene of a train derailment near Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash. Some of the passengers suffered minor injuries.

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