Tacoma activates water-shortage response plans

Historic low river levels – combined with record-setting hot and dry weather that have significantly increased the demand for water – have led Everett, Seattle and Tacoma to implement the first stage of their water shortage response plans.

The cities are all activating their response plans as a precautionary measure and have joined together to ensure that the entire region is ready for a potential water shortage. [Read more…]

The Grand Cinema hires new assistant executive directors

Tacoma, WA – Several months ago we started our search to fill the newly created position of Assistant Executive Director for The Grand Cinema’s full-time staff team. Our applicant pool offered many exceptional candidates, and the skills of our top two runners were so impressive and distinct that we decided to hire them both – two is better than one, right? [Read more…]

Overnight ramp closure scheduled in Tacoma for I-5 HOV work

TACOMA – Drivers who use Tacoma and Fife area highways may encounter nighttime delays during the week of July 27. Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation plan a series of overnight lane and ramp closures as part of the I-5: M Street to Portland Avenue – HOV and I-5 – Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road – Northbound HOV projects. [Read more…]

Bates: Advanced Technology Center construction delivers hands-on learning zone

Originally posted in the Student Stories section of the Bates Technical College’s Blog.

Providing students with real-world learning opportunities is a hallmark of the educational experience at Bates Technical College.

So when construction began last year on the Advanced Technology Center at Central/Mohler Campus , a handful of program instructors began collaborating with Marty Mattes, the college’s director of facilities and operations , to offer students a peek into what it’s like in the industry through touring the construction site. Scheduled for completion fall 2015, the building will house engineering , information technology , and digital media programs, and will begin holding classes winter quarter.  [Read more]


UPS students study Southwest US for full semester

Mesa Verde, Colo.(Public Domain, by Lisafein)

TACOMA, Wash. – Professor of Geology Barry Goldstein makes this prediction for the 13 students who will be in his hands during the new Southwest Semester of study and travel offered by University of Puget Sound:

“They will grow up in a lot of ways,” he says, with a frank look. “They’re going to work so much harder than they think they will. They’re going to work really hard.” [Read more…]

Bates Technical College fire service student wins silver in national competition

Adam McKee

TACOMA, Wash. – Bates Technical College Fire Service student Adam McKee took home a silver medal at last month’s SkillsUSA championships, held in Louisville, Ky.

McKee, a resident volunteer at the Enumclaw Fire Department, competed in the firefighting category against eight students nationwide. [Read more…]