Debbie Cockrell, KIRO 7

Debbie Cockrell


Olympia, WA, United States

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Past articles by Debbie:

Port of Tacoma part of federal effort to ease supply-chain issues for agricultural products

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday announced capacity expansion for chilled and frozen agricultural commodities at the Port of Houston in Texas and expansion of its partnership with the Northwest Seaport Alliance, affecting the Port of Tacoma. → Read More

Sea Mar Community Health Centers purchases downtown Tacoma site for $6.2 million

A health entity recently invested in some Tacoma real estate with its purchase of a downtown building. → Read More

Get a COVID shot and possibly win $1M? It’s one of many WA state incentives available

Lottery drawings, higher education financial aid, game systems, smart speakers and tickets for sporting events and air travel are now being used by the state of Washington to nudge the most reluctant people to get vaccinated. → Read More

Registration open for mass vaccine events in Buckley, Tacoma

Two mass COVID-19 vaccination events have been announced this week for Pierce County. → Read More

Redfin puts Tacoma at No. 1 again for fastest-selling housing market in January

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — On Friday, real estate firm Redfin confirmed what most buyers already knew about Tacoma home sales. The market was the fastest-selling one in the country in January, according to Redfin’s analysis of sales data. The main reason for the speed: Lack of inventory. The number of homes for sale in Tacoma was down nearly 24 percent year over year in January, according to the… → Read More

MultiCare Auburn site sees more COVID-19 cases among staff, patients and 1 new death

AUBURN, Wash. — Tacoma-based MultiCare on Thursday announced more cases have been detected in a COVID-19 outbreak at its Auburn Medical Center, for a total of 14 patients (two of whom have died) and 12 workers with confirmed positive results. The health system reported that five more patients in the hospital’s behavioral health unit have tested positive for COVID-19 and a second COVID-19… → Read More

Pierce County once again sets record for new COVID-19 cases reported in single day

Pierce County reported 276 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and two additional deaths. The new deaths involved two Puyallup women, one in her 70s with underlying health conditions and one in her 80s with no known underlying health conditions. → Read More

Pierce County sees best day in week with just four new COVID-19 cases

Pierce County on Thursday reported just four new COVID-19 cases and one new death. → Read More

How would you rank traveling out of Sea-Tac Airport? Recent survey gives it low marks

A new ranking of airports nationwide based on customer satisfaction has Seattle-Tacoma International Airport near the bottom of the list. → Read More

Plans for a second new psychiatric hospital move to Tacoma City Council

A second psychiatric hospital for Tacoma is moving closer to clearing its last hurdle before construction. → Read More

Bring your own water bottle: Alaska Airlines broadens plastic use reduction program

Alaska Airlines really doesn’t want to be dispensing ice water to you in Earth-polluting plastic bottles or cups when you can bring your own reusable bottle. → Read More

Home prices in Pierce, Thurston take off as Seattle real estate comes off ‘sugar high'

King County’s housing demands are continuing to have a pricey ripple effect in Pierce County and elsewhere, with home prices rising at a sharper clip in the Tacoma area than Seattle, based on year-over-year data. → Read More

Dormant for years, plans for $200 million resort near Mount Rainier show signs of life

Plans for $200 million resort to serve visitors to Mount Rainier National Park are resurfacing decades after initial approval. → Read More

Sunday is your chance to see Brewery Lofts for yourself in Tacoma

Brewery Blocks Tacoma is ready to unveil its lofts. → Read More

Pierce County median home prices up again; no break in rents, either

It was another expensive month for home sales in Pierce County. → Read More

St. Joseph nurses to vote next week on possible strike

The nurses, represented by WSNA, have been in contract negotiations for nearly a year with the Tacoma-based health system and have had 14 negotiation sessions. → Read More

Mayor Pete is headed to Seattle later this month for grassroots fundraising event

Tickets to the public event listed on the ActBlue website, billed as “A Grassroots Event With Mayor Pete,” were made available last week. Location of the July 23 fundraiser in Seattle, the site says, will be announced the week of the event. → Read More

Pierce County median home prices up again; no break in rents, either

Closed sales for single family residential homes were down 8.65 percent from a year ago, more than in King County, whose median closed home sale price was down 2.80 percent from a year ago. → Read More

Rare South Sound prairie at center of economic battle. Will industry or nature win?

NorthPoint Development seeks to build logistics site at Maytown property in Thurston County. Friends of Rocky Prairie are fighting to keep the parcel owned by the Port of Tacoma undeveloped. → Read More

Motions denied in effort to block Click negotiations, but fight may not be over

A Pierce County Superior Court judge denied motions to stop Tacoma from pursuing a final agreement with Rainier Connect in expansion of Click public-private partnership. → Read More