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A muskox calf with personality, Hudson is the future at Point Defiance

Hudson the muskox was born three months and one week ago, and was immediately rejected by his mother, who ignored him.
He hasn’t had a bad day since.
The keepers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Large Animal Research Station stepped in and began hand-feeding him, and he was raised with three other young muskox.
Hudson preferred the company of humans – and still does. Especially those who will scratch him under the chin.
“When I went up to Alaska to see the muskox, Hudson would hang out in the barn after the others had gone to their enclosures,” said Shannon Smith, senior biologist with the elephant barn at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. “He would rather be around people than other muskox.”
That was endearing, but Hudson had to fit other criteria, too.
Point Defiance has had a… Read Full Story

Lakewood Police hope new DNA profile will identify suspect in Seeley Park murder

Visiting her son’s gravesite hasn’t gotten easier for Vicky Jordan. It’s been one year since her son, Danny Guerin, was found stabbed to death near his pickup truck in the parking lot of Seeley Lake Park in Lakewood.
“You’ll never have closure when you have your child is murdered in such a violent way,” said Jordan.
Now, Lakewood Police say they have a DNA profile of a possible suspect in the 36-year-old’s murder.
“Officers found what they believe was fresh spit or saliva, probably about 5 to 6 feet from the victim’s body,” said Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler. “Obviously, if it’s not dried it’s… Read Full Story

Be well - Inside and out

Tacoma residents looking to lower stress and develop healthy habits are invited to attend “From Sickness to Health,” a ten-week program hosted by Tacoma Central Church.
The program begins on Aug. 24-28 with a four-day introduction to healthy activities. Citizens are invited from 7- 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday for free nightly samples at Tacoma Community College. After this, the group will meet once a week to introduce new habits into their daily routine and give updates to how they are doing.
“The… Read Full Story

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Local Restaurants
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Hot Rods 4 Hearts Car Show enters third year
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In 2014, Scott Britz decided to put on a car show to benefit the American Heart Association to honor his father and nephew, both of whom passed away from heart disease several years ago. The modest show was a success, raising more than $1,800 for the organization. In 2015, he repeated the event and…

The Queen of Losers
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Tribal Council breaks ground at new EQC parking garage
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Aug. 12 saw a groundbreaking for the future site of a new parking garage for the Emerald Queen Casino off of Portland Avenue. “Not only is this going to be a great economic development boost, not only is this going to help out with jobs and employment, but this is like our ancestors will be waving…

AG files campaign finance complaint against Port of Tacoma officials, EDB, Chamber of Commerce

The Attorney General’s Office announced the filing of a complaint on Aug. 15 in Pierce County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by Port of Tacoma officials, the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. The complaint alleges…

Fire & Rescue News

To help prevent unintentional drownings and increase life jacket use, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, sponsored by East Pierce Professional Firefighters, offer life jackets at a discounted price of $14 in sizes infant through adult. Stop by our Headquarters Station anytime between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.…

The Lions Den

Now that a new Lions year has started, here is some information about this year’s District Governor (DG) and her cabinet. This year’s DG is Lion Jan Weatherly from the Olympia Host Lions. She has been a Lion for 17 years and she is a highly qualified diabetes educator and nutritionist, founder…

Deputies search for sex offender who threatens victims’ families
David Rose

Pierce County detectives in the sex offender registration unit are asking for the public’s help to find Douglas Jermaine Bush. In 2006 he was convicted of rape of a child in the third degree in Clark County. He has also been convicted of felony harassment. According to official court records, Bush…

Primary election shows strong support for incumbents
Steve Dunkelberger

Results from Tuesday’s primary election show incumbents have strong support as they head into the general election on Nov. 8, which will also select the nation’s next president. Ballots will continue to be tallied with results updated through Aug. 16, when the results will be certified and made…