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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

Tacoma News
Spokane remains second-largest city in state

In 2016, Spokane's population was about 215,973, an increase of 1.36 percent over 2015. Tacoma grew 1.73 percent to finish at 211,277 people.

Our view: By all means available

Tacoma, and the greater Puget Sound region, is getting slammed with a dramatic rise in homelessness and its related ills that will likely only get worse as working-class wages remain largely stagnant while rents and housing costs continue to skyrocket with little hope that they will plateau anytime soon. The City has already allocated $9 million for homelessness services during the next two years, which is a 48 percent increase over what the city spent in 2015 and 2016.

Boyington finally honored

PILOT. The monument is located at Lincoln High School, where Gregory "Pappy" Boyington attend- ed before his military service in World War II.

Tacoma Little Theatre Presents Venus in Fur

Tacoma Little Theatre presents Venus in Fur by David Ives, on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30pm. This production will be directed by Blake R. York and stars Jacob Tice and Cassie Jo Fastabend.

Comedian Kane Holloway brings new set to Spokane Comedy Club - Wed, 24 May 2017 PST

After making the leap to Los Angeles, Seattle native Kane Holloway now has his sights set on New York. After hearing comedian Brian Regan's joke questioning the need for the directions on Pop-Tarts boxes, the then 12-year-old Holloway told the bit to his mother, taking credit for it after she asked if he had thought of the joke himself.

Sonics' sound grounded in garage

In the late '60s, Rob Lind joined the Navy and became an aircraft-carrier pilot. He flew in the Vietnam War, and he followed his love of aviation into a long career as a commercial pilot for U.S. Air.

Johnathan Williams withdraws from NBA draft to return to Gonzaga

ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman has confirmed that Gonzaga basketball player Johnathan Williams III will not be leaving Gonzaga after all. The GU forward has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and will return to the school to play in the 2017-2018 season.

See Eric Church Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell With Live 'Rusty Cage'

Back in March, Eric Church covered Pearl Jam's "Better Man" for an exuberant crowd in Tacoma, Washington - his choice of song a tender, contemplative moment that paid tribute to Seattle's hometown heroes. On Friday, at one of his Holdin' My Own Tour's last stops in Washington, D.C., the Chief performed another grunge classic, Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage," under much more somber circumstances: to honor the passing of Chris Cornell, who took his own life last week.

Police, wildlife officers tranquilize large bear in Lakewood

Police and Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife officers were forced to tranquilize a large black bear in the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood.

Reenergized Sonics Rock the Neighborhood Theatre

The Sonics, Dex Romweber Neighborhood Theatre May 19, 2017 On Saturday, May 19, The Sonics schooled an adoring crowd at the Neighborhood Theate on just who penned the manual on high-octane '60s scuzz rock, punk and grunge. The band, formed in 1960 in Tacoma, Wash., is responsible for such classic nuggets of mid-'60s photo-punk as "Psycho," "The Witch," and "Have Love, Will Travel."

Instead of tearing homeless camps down, Tacoma city officials build them up

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As the tide goes out, head to a rocky beach to look for marine creatures

If you are looking for a low-cost educational activity to do with your children, or just want to get outdoors, a series of low tides later this week just might be the answer. Beginning Thursday and running through May 29, some of the lowest tides of the summer will take place from late morning to mid afternoon, offering an excellent opportunity to explore the South Sound's rocky beaches.

Washington students rally around 8-year-old fighting cancer

In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 photo, letters written by Richard Gordon Elementary School second grade students to student Makoa Saffery who is suffering from cancer are displayed in Kingston, Wash. Makoa Saffery, 8, is out to beat cancer.

Joanne and Bruce Harrell receive UW's 2017 Odegaard Award

University of Washington Regent Joanne Harrell and Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell have been named the 2017 recipients of the UW's Charles E. Odegaard Award. The award was presented at the 47th annual Celebration event hosted by the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program on May 16, at the Husky Union Building on the UW Seattle campus.

Spin zone: Latest toy craze has kids, parents, schools scrambling

They're called spinners. But, if you're a kid or a parent we don't need to tell you that.

Washington man, dogs die in house fire

Washington officials say a man may have died after trying to rescue his dogs from a house fire. KOMO-AM reports the Tacoma man and his two dogs died after his house burned Thursday.

Cellphone ban for drivers is overdue

Gov. Jay Inslee, center, smiles with Lavera Wade, left, after signing a bill aimed at distracted driving at the State of Washington Combined Transportation Center in Tacoma, Wash., on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Wade's grandson died after driving into the wrong lane and colliding with a semi truck while sending a text message.

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