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Students at Bates Technical College and community members in need will soon have a new location to obtain free perishable and non-perishable food items. The Nourish Pierce County Mobile Food Bank is now parking at the South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St., in Tacoma on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“We are excited to bring this much-needed resource to our college community, which will augment the student government-led food pantry efforts at each of our three campuses,” said Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou. “The college cares about the health and well-being of our students, and this partnership will make a difference in the lives of our students and their families.”

To learn more about Nourish Pierce County and the mobile food bank, visit To learn more about Bates Technical College, visit


House leadership has appointed the following members of Congress to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, which is chaired by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and vice-chaired by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA).

The Select Committee was established to study, investigate, and develop recommendations on modernizing Congress, including recommending rules to promote a more modern and efficient Congress; procedures, including the schedule and calendar; policies to develop the next generation of leaders; staff recruitment, diversity, retention, and compensation and benefits; administrative efficiencies, including purchasing, travel, outside services, and shared administrative staff; technology and innovation; and the work of the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards.

The congressional members are: Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rob Woodall (R-GA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), William Timmons (R-SC), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Mark Pocan (D-WI).

“It’s clear now, more than ever, that the House is a fixer-upper,” Kilmer said. “Americans deserve a government that works. I am excited to get to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who got appointed to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. My colleagues bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to the Committee, and they have a proven track record of increasing transparency in government.

Soon the Committee will work across the aisle to create bipartisan, lasting change to modernize Congress and get it working for the people again.”


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire Democratic leadership on Feb. 11 condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar for suggesting that Israel’s allies in American politics were motivated by money rather than principle. Omar’s tweet, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” referencing $100 bills — drew immediate denunciations from Republicans and Democrats. Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the leadership issued a joint statement calling Omar’s “use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters” deeply offensive and insisted on an apology.

Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement:

“First of all, I think it would do a lot of good if many of my colleagues refrained from spreading hate and intolerance, as well as any insults and personal attacks, via tweet. It sounds obvious, but it needed to be said. We need to be role models and treat everyone with respect, even if we don’t always get it.

“And none of us, including Representative Ilhan Omar, can be effective if we choose to create division and target particular groups of people with our statements. I stand with our Jewish-American neighbors, and that does not mean I am beholden to any particular group. I do it because it’s the right thing to do. I’m relieved Representative Omar apologized, and I know we can all move on from this and get to a place where we can respect each other and make progress together.”


Chamber Luncheon, featuring the WorkWell Awards, is a Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber awards program that recognizes and celebrates local employers who are committed to making health and wellness a priority in their workplaces.

Congratulations to this year’s award designees:

Gold Designees: Received by an employer who has implemented changes to all three categories – healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco cessation: CHI Franciscan, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, MultiCare Health System and The Doty Group.

Silver Designees: Received by an employer who has implemented changes to two of the three categories – healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco cessation: Better Business Bureau Northwest & the Pacific, City of Tacoma and TrueBlue.

Bronze Designee: Received by an employer who has implemented changes to one of the three categories – healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco cessation: Harts Services and HopeSparks.

Active Transportation Advocate Designee: Received by an employer who provides encouragement and incentives to their employees for using active transportation: GeoEngineers and SiteCrafting.

Happy Heart Designee: Received by an employer who demonstrate a broad and long-term commitment to employee health and well-being: Better Business Bureau Northwest & the Pacific, CHI Franciscan, City of Tacoma, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, MultiCare, The Doty Group and TrueBlue.

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