JIM WALTON TO RECEIVE HUMANITARIAN AWARD
As a young man, just out of military service, Jim Walton settled in Tacoma and attended Tacoma Community College. In 1969, when racial tensions surfaced at the college, he led the way in finding a logical and acceptable path forward. He stepped in again when violence broke out in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood by guiding a small group of leaders to help quell the unrest and win concessions from the City Council. From that group’s leaders, the Black Collective was formed to address the concerns of the African American community and carry them to the City. Walton still helps lead the Collective nearly 50 years later.
Walton served the City of Tacoma well in many roles for 35 years, starting as director of the Human Relations Department, then assistant city manager, then deputy city manager and finished his working career from 2003–2005 as city manager.
In the community, Walton has worked tirelessly on the boards of the Youth Build Program, the local employment and apprenticeship program; and Tacoma Goodwill Industries (now Goodwill Olympics and Rainer Region). He has worked in the community through Tacoma Sunrise Rotary and was its first African American president. He has served or serves on the boards of United Way of Tacoma-Pierce County and as president, Safe Streets, Hilltop Homeownership Development Center, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Commencement Bank. Walton was elected to the Pierce County Charter Review Commission and served as vice chair.
Walton is one of six founders of Community Health Care, which was formed to address the health needs of the uninsured and low-income throughout Pierce County. He has served on the Development Advisory Council for Community Health Care and as co-chair for both the Tanbara Health Center Campaign in Salishan on Tacoma’s Eastside, and the Hilltop Regional Health Center Campaign on Tacoma’s Hilltop.
Because of the lifetime of work and dedication to the community in many capacities and his concerted and ongoing effort to improve the lives of those who have the fewest resources, Community Health Care is proud to award the Kimi and George Tanbara, MD Humanitarian Award to James L. Walton, an outstanding member of our community and society.
The award will be presented at a dinner in Jim’s honor on Oct. 9 at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion. The Hotel Murano is located at 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour preceding the event. Tickets and additional information can be found on Community Health Care’s website: www.commhealth.org.
FEEDBACK WANTED ON ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT REGULATIONS
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the City of Tacoma’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit Permanent Regulations. The commission meeting will be held in the Tacoma Municipal Building Council Chambers (747 Market St., 1st Floor) and will begin at 5 p.m. with the public hearing beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m.
The proposed regulations include amendments to various sections of the Tacoma Municipal Code, Title 13 – Land Use Regulatory Code, allowing detached accessory dwelling units in various single family zoning districts, which were previously only permitted through the Residential Infill Pilot Program. The changes simplify the code and create additional flexibility for both attached and detached accessory dwelling units also known as a backyard cottage.
The Planning Commission is inviting public comments on the proposed permanent regulations that, subject to further changes, would be forwarded to the City Council for adoption before the end of the year.
In addition to comments received at the public hearing, written comments are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Comments may be submitted to: Planning Commission, 747 Market Street, Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402, via fax at (253) 591-5433, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ACCESS TO IMPROVE IN TACOMA
Humana Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have additional access to two Iora Primary Care practices providing high-impact, relationship based primary care.
Iora Health and Humana’s (NYSE: HUM) value-based relationship is already delivering on the promise to provide a high quality of care and service to older adults in Arizona, Colorado and Washington. This is the fifth consecutive year that Iora Health and Humana have expanded their relationship in Washington.
The new practices mean that Humana Medicare Advantage members in Washington have access to Iora’s six primary care practices. The new and existing practices, operated by Iora Health, will accept all Humana Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (available for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid) offered in Washington, as well as Original Medicare.
The new practices are located at:
- 3705 S. Meridian Ave., Ste. B, Puyallup, WA 98373
- 5006 Center St., Ste. R, Tacoma, WA 98409
For a list of all Iora Primary Care locations, visit: ioraprimarycare.com.
The new practices provide patients with Humana Medicare Advantage in Washington access to Iora’s model of care that changes the way primary care is delivered. By investing more in preventive care, building robust care teams, focusing on health outcomes, increasing customer service and incorporating proprietary technology built to support this unique care, Iora is leading the charge to transform the industry. Iora Primary Care patients experience:
- care built on respect and relationships with longer appointments and a team that listens;
- above average customer service and high levels of satisfaction (in one study, Iora patients reported a Net Promoter Score of86, compared to industry averages of 3). Net Promoter Score measures a person’s willingness to recommend a company (or organization) to others, based on the person’s overall satisfaction with the company or organization;
- the benefits of an integrated care team including doctors, nurse practitioners, health coaches and behavioral health specialists, among others, who guide patients’ care through the complex health system;
- convenience, including 24/7 access to health care professionals by phone for urgent needs, same/next day appointments for acute appointments and onsite labs;
- Iora’s proprietary collaborative care platform, Chirp, is designed so patients can schedule appointments, access their records and communicate directly with their care team electronically; and
- ease of collaboration with Humana’s deep array of in-network specialists so patients have a coordinated care plan that addresses their needs.
“In the four years that Iora Primary Care has been caring for patients in Washington, we have seen that by investing in relationships with people, you can help them live happier and healthier. Our patients get a team that respects and listens to them, and the investment in relationships has paid off; patients have seen a 50 percent decrease in hospitalizations and a 20 percent decrease in ER visits,” said Carroll Haymon, MD, Washington Medical Director at Iora Primary Care. “We are thrilled to be able to care for more older adults in Washington as a result of our long-lasting partnership with Humana.”
For more information, visit humana.com/provider/support/vbc.
CITY COUNCIL RECEIVES AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACTION STRATEGY
The City of Tacoma, in collaboration with its community partners, has developed an affordable housing action strategy to address Tacoma’s key challenges and recommended approaches that the City could consider taking. Tacoma City Council received the proposed strategy on Sept. 25. The intensive four-month process to develop the strategy included a series of community listening sessions, focus groups and other avenues for public feedback organized by the City and its community partners.
“Affordable housing and its availability impact people in an immediate way every day. It is because of this that the City Council and I identified this issue as a high priority,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “It is projected that, over the next 10 years, implementing this strategy would dramatically increase the City’s investments in new rental and homeownership opportunities and strengthen anti-displacement measures.”
Implementation of the strategy would include preserving affordable units at risk of converting to market-rate rental units and creating comprehensive protections for renters. Key challenges identified in the strategy include accelerating housing market conditions, a limited rental supply, households experiencing significant housing cost burdens, and community members experiencing barriers accessing or staying in housing. Approaches recommended in the strategy to address these key challenges include the creation of new housing, keeping existing housing affordable and in good repair, helping community members stay in their current housing, and reducing barriers for those who often encounter them.
Targets and their associated level of investment were broadly estimated for each of these recommended strategic approaches in order to guide public investments in housing activities and enable the City to track and report its progress along three key metrics: numbers of units produced, number of units preserved and numbers of households served.
With the strategy’s implementation it is projected that, over the next 10 years, it has the potential to: produce 6,000 new affordable units, preserve 2,300 existing affordable units and serve an additional 2,200 households. These new or preserved units, and new services or programs, would reach a total of 10,500 Tacoma households.
The strategy contains a series of recommendations that call for a large investment of public, philanthropic and private resources totaling as much as $70 million over the next 10 years. City staff would incorporate budget requests as it brings forward implementation actions over the next several years.
APPLICATIONS FOR ARTS PROJECTS FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE
Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2019? If so, you should take a look at the city’s Arts Projects funding program. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 and supports community projects that focus on the arts.
Applications are due by Monday, Nov. 5, 11:59 p.m.
Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of community festivals; arts workshops or demonstrations; dance, theater, and music performances and workshops; film festivals; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; visual art exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.
Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions; and federally-recognized tribes or Native non-profits. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms at http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/CEDD/TacomaCulture/arts/TA_ArtsProjects_2019call.pdf.
Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.
Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held Oct. 4, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 2nd floor, room 248.
TACOMA URBAN LEAGUE RECEIVES GRANT
The Tacoma Urban League, a leading nonprofit organization in Tacoma-Pierce County, was awarded the 2018 Washington Core Support Grant on July 10. The Satterberg Foundation grant provides $100,000 of unrestricted, general operating funding for each of the next 3 years to support programming aimed toward social justice.
The mission of the Tacoma Urban League is to assist African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the achievement of social equality and economic independence. The funding received from the 2018 Washington Core Support Grant will allow the Tacoma Urban League to enhance services in the South Puget Sound community.
“We are thrilled to be one of only two nonprofits in Pierce County selected to receive the Satterberg Foundation’s Core Support Grant,” said Tacoma Urban League President T’wina Franklin. “The Tacoma Urban League is devoted to empowering communities through youth mentorship, improving and protecting economic prosperity, and promoting racial and gender equity. This grant will ensure we can continue to reach diverse communities and provide quality services.”
Goals of the Core Support Grant program include supporting organizations that demonstrate strengths in diversity, equity, and inclusion, that work to create opportunities for people they serve and impact, and that work to remove systemic barriers and inequity.
Board Chair LaTasha Wortham said, “The Satterberg Foundation is known for its commitment to social and environment justice. The mission and programming at the Tacoma Urban League could not be more aligned with that of the Satterberg Foundation. We consider this award not only a validation of the important work being done by the Tacoma Urban League, but also a challenge to continue empowering our community. We accept the challenge and look forward to the next 50 years promoting equality and justice.”
2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Tacoma Urban League. For 50 years the organization has worked to strengthen and support the local African American community. Founded in 1968, The Tacoma Urban League is devoted to empowering African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to enter the economic and social mainstream. From its earliest days in the civil rights movement, through years of partnership with government, and public and private agencies, the Tacoma Urban League has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change.
For more information, visit www.thetacomaurbanleague.org.
CHANGING THE FACE OF GOLF IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
|Chambers Bay will replace its fine fescue putting surfaces with perennial Poa annua in a decision that will immediately improve daily playing conditions and ensure the ability to conduct an exemplary USGA Championship in 2021, officials for Chambers Bay recently announced. Chambers Bay, site of the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, 2015 U.S. Open and the 2010 U.S. Amateur championships, will close play on Oct. 1 and reopen in March 2019. The golf course closure will not impact operations of the Chambers Creek Regional Park.
The ongoing turfgrass project will provide long-term benefits to the facility, which is an important asset to the community and region, according to Matt Allen, general manager. Chambers Bay is owned by Pierce County and operated by KemperSports.
In early 2017, turf grass health issues surfaced on three putting greens (No. 7, No. 10, and No. 13), and the decision was made to re-sod those greens with a local source of Poa annua. Results of that sod work prompted conversations between KemperSports, Pierce County, and the USGA about the prospect of re-surfacing every green. By the end of the year, consensus had been reached that such a project would not only ensure better putting surfaces for future championships, but would improve the every-day experience for our customers.
“We acknowledge the foresight and initiative of everyone at Chambers Bay for undertaking this work,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships.
Overwhelmingly positive feedback has been received from customers and stakeholders about the new Poa annua greens.
“The people I have talked to have been nothing but positive about the new greens they have played,” said Larry Gilhuly, USGA agronomist. “Players think the greens are spectacular. They’re firm. They have good pace.”
“Any concerns that Poa annua would not be conducive to the firm and fast conditions that are hallmarks of links golf have quickly been erased,” said Eric Johnson, director of agronomy at Chambers Bay.
While the course is closed, the clubhouse, golf shop, and restaurant will remain open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information or to book a tee time at Chambers Bay, visit hwww.chambersbaygolf.com.
APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR BOARD OF ETHICS
Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill two positions on the Board of Ethics. The Board of Ethics is comprised of five regular members who are Tacoma residents. Members are recommended by the Government Performance and Finance Committee and appointed by the City Council. The membership term is three years.
The role of the board is to receive, investigate and make recommendations for disposition of complaints of violation of the Code of Ethics by the city manager, the director of public utilities, a member of the Public Utility Board (Utility Board), or a city-elected official. The board may also render advisory opinions in response to a request by one of the aforementioned officials, and render and publish formal opinions on any matter within the scope of the Board’s authority, which it may deem appropriate.
For additional information on the Board of Ethics, visit www.cityoftacoma.org/government/committees_boards_commissions/Board_of_Ethics or contact City Clerk Doris Sorum at (253) 591-5361.
Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, Oct. 8. To apply, visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication; contact the Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5178, email@example.com; or drop by the City Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.
APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR AUDIT ADVISORY BOARD
Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants with experience in government performance and financial auditing, public administration, and government financial and fiscal practices to fill the “citizen member” position on the Audit Advisory Board.
The Audit Advisory Board is comprised of each member of the Government Performance and Finance Committee, two members of the Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) Board, and one citizen with the knowledge listed above. The chair of the Government Performance and Finance Committee serves as chair of the board.
The Audit Advisory Board supports the city council’s Government Performance and Finance Committee in carrying out its audit advisory, oversight and liaison functions. These functions include: ensuring coordination of audit needs of the city council and the work of independent auditors retained by the city to audit city programs, functions and activities; making audit management recommendations to the city council; and acting as a liaison between the city council and the office of the city manager with regard to audits of city programs, functions, and activities that are not under the direction of the city council.
For additional information on the Audit Advisory Board, please contact Michelle Delia at (253) 591‑5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, Oct. 9. To apply, please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact the Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5178; or stop by the Clerk’s Office, Room 11, Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Tacoma, WA 98402.
NISQUALLY ESCAPE ROOM WINS HISTORY AWARD
It’s one thing to observe historical interpreters portraying life as it was in a mid-19th century. It’s another to figuratively go back in time to solve a mystery using historical clues.
Since its debut in 2017, “Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually” has turned local history into an adventure for more than 1,000 escape room players.
The attraction’s success in engaging new audiences prompted the Washington State Historical Society to honor Fort Nisqually Living History Museum with its 2018 David Douglas award.
The award recognizes the significant contribution of an individual or an organization through projects, exhibits, educational products or any other vehicle that informs or expands appreciation of state history.
Fort Nisqually is among seven winners of annual awards that were presented during the society’s yearly meeting on Sept. 22.
“I’m proud of the innovative ways Fort Nisqually is connecting people to history and to be honored by the Washington State Historical Society is a testament to the wonderful work of Metro Parks Tacoma staff,” said Andrea Smith, president of the five-member Metro Parks Board of Commissioners.
The game was developed in partnership with Labyrinth Escape Games, a Portland enterprise owned by former museum volunteer Andrew Lind. During his high school years, Lind participated in the Fort’s apprentice interpreter program. His background and hands-on experience made him a natural partner in the game’s creation.
“Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually” is a high energy, hour-long suspense game in which as many as eight players find clues and solve puzzles to escape from a room in one of Fort Nisqually’s historic structures, “Trapped” is based on actual events that occurred at the original Fort in 1853. Puzzles are drawn from primary source documents in the museum’s archives. Participants play by candlelight and are immersed in a 19th century environment.
Metro Parks Tacoma’s goal in producing the escape room was to create an innovative educational experience that engaged new audiences. The goal was to create an attraction that would draw people who either had never visited the living history museum, or hadn’t visited in a long time. As it turned out, a survey of 2017 players showed that 51 percent had never been to Fort Nisqually.
“Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually” received five stars in online reviews from players who came to Fort Nisqually from as far away as Pullman and San Francisco. They included people who played in period costume, or as families, and some to celebrate birthdays or as part of a team-building activity. “I loved how it felt as though we’d stepped back in time. It was a magical night,” one player wrote.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s outpost on Puget Sound. With the help of costumed interpreters, guests experience life in Washington Territory during the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both national historic landmarks, and a visitor center with museum store.
The 2019 season of “Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually” begins in January. Tickets go on sale in November.
BOY SCOUTS GIRLS BOOT CAMP SCHEDULED
The Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America is getting ready for an influx of girls wanting to join Scouts BSA after the first of the year. More than 100 local young girls have already signed up for Cub Scouting and starting in 2019, older girls can join Boy Scouts and be eligible to work toward becoming Eagle Scouts. Nationwide, thousands of young people reportedly have been clamoring to sign up. In preparation for this, the Scouts are producing community information meetings and setting up a “boot camp” for prospective new members along with their parents and guardians.
The Scouts will conduct its first-ever BSA Boot Camp for girls, ages 13-17 interested in joining Scouts BSA in 2019. The event will take place at Camp Thunderbird on Summit Lake, just outside of Olympia, on the weekend of Oct. 5-7. The 200-acre camp is open to both prospective members and their parents and guardians. The weekend will begin 6:30 p.m. on Friday night and wrap on Sunday morning around 11:30 a.m. There will be a combination of classroom learning as well as outdoor training.
Girls will learn how to use a map, compass and GPS device along with basic outdoor skills like where and how to safely start a fire, how to set up a tent, how to obtain clean drinking water, tying knots, safe outdoor food storage along with the “10 essentials” for outdoor recreation. Classroom learning will also include lessons on “the patrol method” and mandatory youth protection training. Parents and guardians will also learn about how they can get involved in Scout troops and receive leadership training.
Starting in 2019, BSA Units will be known as members of Scouts BSA. Scouts ages 11-17 will be able to earn merit badges by learning a myriad of Scout skills/knowledge and will be eligible to advance to the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. Only four percent of all Scouts obtain this rank after a lengthy review process. Scout Executive/Council CEO Ralph Voelker says he looks forward to the day when he can congratulate the first girls to earn this advancement.
BSA research has shown that families are busier than ever with less free time and want convenience. Convenience beats cost of outside activities. Scouting programs are appealing to most modern families. In a recent survey of parents not involved in Scouting, 90 percent of respondents are interested in programs like Cub Scouting for their daughters. Another 87 percent said their daughters are very interested in Boy Scouting programs. A pilot program for girls joining Cub Scouts was implemented earlier this year and more than 100 younger girls across the South Sound have signed up to be Cub Scouts.
SOUND CREDIT UNION, WASHINGTON BANCORP ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ACQUISITION
Sound Credit Union and Washington Bancorp, Inc. (OTC Pink “WGTB”), the holding company for the Bank of Washington, are pleased to jointly announce a strategic acquisition between the financial institutions – the first of its kind in Washington State history. The transaction will be structured with Sound Credit Union purchasing substantially all of the assets and assuming substantially all of the liabilities of the Bank of Washington.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both institutions and is subject to regulatory approval, approval by the shareholders of Washington Bancorp, Inc. and other customary approvals. The transaction is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2019. It is anticipated that WGTB shareholders will receive approximately $6.40 in cash per share, based on the outstanding shares as of the date of the Purchase agreement. The combined company will have approximately $1.7 billion in assets, $1.3 billion in loans, $1.5 billion in deposits and operate 29 branches throughout King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston Counties.
Don Clark, Sound Credit Union’s president and CEO, commented, “We are excited to announce the acquisition of Bank of Washington’s assets. This combination will help us further expand our footprint in Snohomish and King Counties, accelerate our business and mortgage lending efforts, and add great employees. We feel that the value and cultures of both companies are very similar with a strong commitment to customers and the communities in which we serve.”
Marty Steele, Washington Bancorp, Inc.’s president and CEO added, “We are enthusiastic about this partnership because of the expanded opportunities it brings to our customers, our employees and our communities. This deal rewards our long-term shareholders who have supported us for many years. As a larger and stronger financial institution with a significantly higher legal lending limit, we will be better able to compete in today’s competitive environment and serve our customers. Sound Credit Union is a strong local financial institution with a long history of meeting the financial needs of both businesses and consumers in the greater Puget Sound market.”
Sound Credit Union was advised in the transaction by Howard & Howard as legal counsel. Washington Bancorp, Inc. was advised by D.A. Davidson & Co. as financial advisor and Keller Rohrback, LLP as legal counsel.
STUDENTS BEGIN KAYAKING ON THE FOSS
The Foss Waterway Seaport in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, Jason Lee Middle School’s THRIVE program, and MetroParks Tacoma will launch the first-ever EcoKayaking educational program on Monday, Sept. 24. THRIVE at Jason Lee uses brain science research to combine fitness, education and health to improve student achievement. Through the three-way partnership between Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma Public Schools and MetroParks, this innovative and exciting on-water program will provide 14 Jason Lee Middle School THRIVE students an opportunity to spend a few hours of each school day learning about science and kayaking on the Thea Foss Waterway.
The fall cohort of students will learn to kayak in tandem boats, collect and evaluate water samples for quality and microscopic life, and will work as teams to generate questions and collect data about our marine environment. A spring cohort will continue the learning and discovery in April and May 2019.
Jason Lee students in this program will get their introduction to kayaks and water programs on Monday, Sept. 24 when MetroParks will bring a boat and gear for the students to learn about. The rest of the week will be spent learning about safety and “getting their feet wet” at the Stadium High School pool. Beginning on Oct. 1 students and their kayaks will be on the Thea Foss Waterway where they will be daily until mid-November.
EcoKayaking is funded by educational grants to the Foss Waterway Seaport from The Russell Family Foundation and the James M. Lea Foundation with staffing and budgetary support from Tacoma Public Schools and instructional staffing from MetroParks Tacoma.
Organizational contacts for this program are Dr. Kaddee Lawrence, director of audience engagement and science education, Foss Waterway Seaport, email@example.com; Season Jackson, science teacher, AVID and mentors, Jason Lee Middle School, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Kyle Clogston, adventure programming, MetroParks Tacoma, email@example.com.
FREE WORKSHOP TEACHES NATURAL LAWN CARE
Caring for your yard the natural way helps keep Lake Tapps beautiful and clean. Learn how at a free workshop Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., at Island Lodge, 20818 Island Parkway E., Lake Tapps.
“Toxic algae advisories or warnings are never good news for those who live on and enjoy Lake Tapps,” said Chrissy Cooley, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department program manager. “But nutrient runoff from yards can lead to unwanted plant and algae growth – even toxic algae. The workshop will help residents understand how they can have a beautiful yard that also protects Lake Tapps,” Cooley said.
Pick your plants with care. Shoreline plant choice can enhance lake water quality, preserve the views, and keep geese off lawns. What you use to cultivate your plants and lawns affects the lake. Master gardener Patty Peterson will explain the connection between your yard and the health of the lake. Learn which plants are best to keep the lake healthy.
You’ll learn about the five natural yard care principles and why they matter:
- build healthy soils,
- choose the right plants,
- practice smart watering,
- think twice before you use pesticides,
- practice natural yard care.
For the second time, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has partnered with Cascade Water Alliance to sponsor the event. You can enter a raffle for a chance to win free plants and soil.
BATES UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE, WEB ADDRESS
Bates Technical College is proud to welcome you to the new BatesTech.edu website. This website is part of a yearlong, three-phase web project to build a new student portal, employee intranet and a public-facing website.
BatesTech.edu was formally launched on Monday, Sept. 24 as part of an employee-training day prior to the start of fall quarter. It replaces the outdated community and technical college-system URL and an eight-year-old website design.
As the college’s digital front door, the homepage received nearly 400,000 unique visitors from around the world over the last 12 months, making the website an important recruitment tool. With input from college stakeholders and accessibility in mind, the web team embarked on this redesign in an effort to provide easier access to information for prospective and current students, add an employee-only intranet, and use advanced and responsive design to help optimize the user experience from any device.
New features include:
- improved layout, navigation and search tool,
- enhanced accessibility for people with disabilities,
- new integration with student portal MyBates and the employee intranet,
- optimized information request to increase engagement with prospective students, and
- responsive design for improved user experience across all devices.
The college’s web team encourages users to explore the website. Since the redesign is a significant change from the previous website, it will take time to adjust. Note that there may be changes to areas as staff receives feedback. Please feel free to submit comments or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the new website, visit BatesTech.edu. For more information, call (253) 680-7000.
AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM CELEBRATES HONDA
Honda’s iconic “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” advertising campaign is widely credited in changing cultural views on motorcycles more than a half-century ago and bringing the joy of two-wheeled motoring to the masses. To celebrate the company’s history, LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) is featuring 125 bikes from the collection of Master Collector Brown M. Maloney.
Maloney, who owns and operates three radio stations in Washington State, is a lifelong auto and motorcycle enthusiast whose collection includes many Mercedes-Benzes, Ferraris, Fords and vintage Honda motorcycles. America’s Car Museum recently recognized him as a Master Collector as part of the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, which was organized by America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) – a not-for-profit dedicated to securing America’s automotive heritage.
With more than 125 Hondas in the new display, visitors to the Museum can view this unrivalled assortment of motorbikes, including notable ones such as a 1952 Honda Cubby “Bicycle Motor” with Original Bicycle, 1962 CB-92 125cc Sport Bike with Race Accessories, 1979 CBX Six Cylinder and 1983 CX-650 Turbo.
“The Master Collectors selected by ACM embody what it means to be a true aficionado,” said ACM President and COO Paul E. Miller. “Brown’s lifelong passion for vintage vehicles, especially Honda motorcycles, serves as a bright light in the collector community. We are humbled to be able to share such an assortment with guests to the Museum.”
To date, ACM has awarded the Master Collector designation to eight people, including Nicola Bulgari, Ken and Patty McBride, Peter Hageman, Al McEwan, Glenn Mounger, Steven R. Plaster, Peter Gleeson and Dale Chihuly.
For more information about other exhibits at America’s Car Museum, visit americascarmuseum.org.