Tacoma and Puyallup students win big in library card design contest


Greta Jaecklein, 11, of Tacoma, and Karly Dammel, 16, of Puyallup, will see their designs on the next two Pierce County Library System cards. Jaecklein, a 5th grader at Grant Elementary, won in the K-6 category for her lively depiction of frogs jumping into a good book. Dammel, a home-schooled 10th grader, won in the 7-12 category for her colorful design of a reading superhero. View the winning artwork. [Read more…]

2015 BLEVE Soccer Tournament Champions

Central Pierce Fire and Rescue 2015 BLEVE team picture after winning the championship.

By Noah Tchobanoff

I am very proud to announce that our Central Pierce Fire and Rescue team took first place in the Rec Division Saturday May 16 in this years BLEVE Soccer Tournament by going undefeated in four games. The Seattle Soccer BLEVE is a Firefighter and Law Enforcement charity soccer tournament benefitting Treehouse. [Read more…]

Action-packed week keeps region ‘open’ during U.S. Open

Not attending the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay this June? No problem. There’s plenty more to explore for residents and visitors alike. Golf-inspired events kick-off the Championship week from Sumner to Tacoma. A heart of glass, artistic panache, mountainous must-dos and the largest automotive collection on earth create unforgettable festivities. With so much excitement, it’s no wonder the Harmon Brewing Co. crafted a Scottish ale to celebrate the Open. For more events, visit www.traveltacoma.com/calendar. [Read more…]

Crowe receives Conservation Award

On the heels of Earth Day and just prior to her journey to the Republic of Congo to join famous Primatologist Jane Goodall, Puyallup resident Becci Crowe is being honored as recipient of the Artist for Conservation Award for the month of May. The Award is made each month to a Signature Member of this prestigious international juried organization of Artists who has demonstrated a combination of artistic excellence and an outstanding contribution to the conservation cause.

Local Wildlife Artist Becci Crowe to join Jane Goodall in the Congo

Becci & Mark Crowe with Jane Goodall

“The party’s over. Now off to the jungle,” declares Puyallup wildlife artist Becci Crowe as she plans her 13th trip to the African continent.  This one is special even for Crowe who is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation. On this trip, Crowe will join famed primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Republic of Congo. The Sanctuary is home to more than 150 chimpanzees, many of whom are orphan victims of the illegal commercial bush meat trade.  Crowe and Goodall will be staying on the Sanctuary compound and, conditions permitting, participating in the transfer of an orphan chimpanzee to a pristine island home. “We can make a difference – one animal at a time. It’s taking that first step that’s crucial” adds Crowe. [Read more…]

The Puyallup RV Show Apr. 30-May 3

Summer is almost here–are you ready for your upcoming camping vacation? You might just hit it out of the park at this year’s Puyallup RV Show with a grand selection of new RVs, seminars, fun attractions and featured manufacturing housing exhibits. For four days only (April 30-May 3, 2015), The Grand Puyallup RV Show will offer attendees a chance to view the latest RVs from Western Washington’s top RV dealers. [Read more…]

Toastmaster Evaluation and International Speech contests, May 2


AUBURN, WA—The top local Toastmasters will participate in Evaluation and International Speech contests at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S. Contestants represent clubs in District 32’s Division D, which covers Federal Way, Auburn, Fife, Puyallup, northeast Tacoma, Bonney Lake and Enumclaw. [Read more…]