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Ecology approves Lacey's shoreline program update

The Washington Department of Ecology has approved the City of Lacey's comprehensive update of its shoreline master program.

Lacey is one of 40 local governments that have updated their shoreline master program. The revised shoreline program combines local plans for future shoreline development and preservation with new shoreline development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

October 2011

Response to diesel-fuel spill at Hylebos Waterway wraps up

State, federal and local responders have recovered most of the diesel fuel spilled into a boomed area from a fishing tender at the mouth of the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma early this morning.  

The area around the vessel will remain boomed and absorbent pads will be left to capture any residual fuel under the dock.

October 2011

Around the Sound

Kent's annual Fall Recycling Collection Event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Russell Road Park, 24400 Russell Road. Residents can dispose of items that are not easily recyclable at the curb, including appliances, mattresses, even toilets and sinks. Tires and petroleum products, as well as concrete, rocks, asphalt and brick will also be accepted at the event. The Shred-It of Washington truck will be on site to offer free shredding of up to three file-sized boxes of documents. Click here for more information.

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a military affairs meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at Burs Restaurant, 6151 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. Call (253) 582-9400 for more information.

October 2011

Study identifies Tacoma Tideflats area transportation improvements

State and local transportation departments have a new tool to prioritize and seek funding for road and rail improvements in the Tacoma Tideflats area.

The Tideflats Area Transportation Study came to two conclusions. First, investments in the corridor will not improve without completing State Route 167. Second, the study identifies projects that would augment a completed SR 167 to improve traffic further.

October 2011

Tacoma gains state designation for clean water IPZ

Tacoma has created an Urban Clean Water Technology Innovation Partnership Zone to link university research with the business community and lead to the creation of new companies and new jobs for the city and Pierce County.

The designation from Washington State Department of Commerce is one of 13 statewide. IPZs are economic development efforts that partner research, work force training and the private sector to promote collaboration that will lead to new technologies, marketable products, company formation and job creation.

October 2011

Ecology, City of Tacoma responding to diesel spill in Thea Foss Waterway

The state Department of Ecology and City of Tacoma are responding to a diesel fuel spill in the Thea Foss Waterway.

There is a thin, unrecoverable sheen on the water from the head of the waterway to the 11th Street bridge. Oil containment boom is being deployed in the waterway to keep the sheen from spreading.

October 2011

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber holds annual meeting

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting today at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

In front of the about 500-person audience, chamber President and CEO Tom Pierson laid out his goals for the organization he recently joined.

October 2011

Blog watch: Trade, taxes, roadwork and aspirations

Find out more about next month's Washington Trade Conference at The Live Wire.

Check OlyBlog for a link to comments from the Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences.

October 2011

People on the Move

Lee Wojnar has been named 2011 Credit Union Advocate of the Year by the Northwest Credit Union Association. He is vice president of marketing for O Bee Credit Union.

Amy Wigstrom has been named chief advancement officer for Museum of Glass. She most recently served as executive director for the American Heart Association of Pierce County. Wigstrom also has worked as executive director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and director of performing arts at Sun Valley Center for the Arts. She has a bachelor's degree in music education from Pacific Lutheran University.

October 2011

Home values continue to struggle

Home values in the United States showed minimal monthly appreciation during August, according to the latest Zillow Real Estate Market Report. The Zillow Home Value Index increased 0.1 percent from July to August. On a year-over-year basis, home values declined 4.5 percent to $172,600. Home values have fallen 28.3 percent since they peaked in June 2006.

The Olympia metro market saw values fall 5 percent year over year to $220,400, but values increased 0.4 percent month to month. In Tacoma, year-over-year values were off 9.9 percent to $163,200 and down 0.3 percent month to month.

October 2011
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