Kathleen Cooper, Tacoma News Tribune

Kathleen Cooper

Tacoma News Tribune

Tacoma, WA, United States

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Past articles by Kathleen:

Foreclosure help coming right to Tacomans’ front doors

Homeowners facing foreclosure can find a lot of assistance, but pride and fear can stand in the way of asking for help. State figures show just one homeowner in 10 takes advantage of the myriad programs available. → Read More

Tehaleh, in east Pierce County, now home to 450 families

Almost five years after taking over the largest master-planned community in Western Washington, Newland Communities has transformed it from a surreal landscape devoid of anything but paved streets into a series of new neighborhoods for 450 families and counting. → Read More

Tacoma-based Franciscan plans more urgent care clinics with new partner

A New-York based urgent care company will open its first West Coast clinics by next summer as part of a joint venture with Tacoma-based CHI Franciscan Health. → Read More

Forza Coffee closes last three corporate stores

Forza Coffee Company, founded in Gig Harbor in 2005, closed the doors on its last three corporate stores this week. → Read More

Tacoma picks McMenamins to renovate Old City Hall

Portland-based McMenamins has proposed to renovate another iconic Tacoma building, and the City of Tacoma said “yes.” → Read More

Pierce, Thurston unemployment rates hold steady

Pierce and Thurston county employers added enough jobs in October to keep up with more people joining the workforce, keeping the counties’ unemployment rates virtually the same as in September, state data release Tuesday show. → Read More

Tacoma’s renovated McMenamins Elks Temple to open in the summer 2017, company announces

Six years after Portland-based brewpub operator McMenamins bought Tacoma’s historic Elks Temple, it’s finally the city’s turn to watch the company polish one of the jewels of downtown. → Read More

Tacoma staff working on ‘alternative’ for billboards since the spring

The Tacoma City Council heard from more than a dozen people Tuesday night over dueling ideas about regulating billboards in the city. → Read More

Tacoma billboard hearing to feature last-minute staff proposal

A public hearing Tuesday on possible changes to Tacoma’s billboard laws will feature dueling proposals, one from the citizen-led city Planning Commission that’s the result of months of public work. → Read More

Tacoma’s MultiCare in talks to buy Hospice of Kitsap County

Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System is expanding its reach in Western Washington by negotiating the purchase of Hospice of Kitsap County in Silverdale. → Read More

Downtown Tacoma’s holiday ice rink opens Nov. 21

Downtown Tacoma’s holiday ice rink will open Nov. 21, the Tacoma Art Museum announced Wednesday. → Read More

Find out how Tacoma Mall neighborhood plan is shaping up

For people interested in what the city is planning for the Tacoma Mall neighborhood, November presents several opportunities to catch up. → Read More

Tacoma voters approving $12 minimum wage increase

By a slim margin, Tacoma voters were approving an increase to Tacoma’s minimum wage, according to results Tuesday night. → Read More

New report shows what $12 and $15 minimum wage levels might mean for Tacoma

An analysis completed Thursday is the first to show what exactly might happen to the collective payroll of Tacoma businesses if either $12 or $15 becomes the minimum wage. → Read More

$12 Tacoma minimum wage campaign just dollars away from raising $100,000

The campaign advocating for a $12 minimum wage in Tacoma are just $101 away from raising almost $100,000 in just a little over a month, state records show. → Read More

Tacoma $12 or $15 minimum wage vote puts nonprofits in bind

Nonprofit groups who operate in Tacoma are keeping a wary eye on the competing minimum wage initiatives on Tacoma’s ballot next month. → Read More

Group from Chile visits Tacoma’s Urban Waters and downtown university

A group of leaders from Chile visited Tacoma this week, the city announced Wednesday. → Read More

Tacoma family’s mortgage no longer underwater — they had an offer in 48 hours

A family featured in 2014 as the face of Pierce County’s underwater mortgage problem now has an offer on their home that’s above asking price, and they plan to sell and move to a bigger home early next year. → Read More

Tacoma voters to consider new wage floor

This fall, Tacoma voters will be the latest to decide whether to raise their city’s minimum wage. They will also get to choose how far and fast any increase should go. → Read More

Pierce County woman files class-action lawsuit against Volkswagen

A Pierce County woman is the latest person to sue Volkswagen over revelations that it installed devices in its diesel-powered cars to cheat on emissions tests. → Read More