Monday, May 30, 2011

Business Districts

The Business Examiner had a recent article about our local business districts, including our Ruston-Point Defiance District. You can read the article here...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gone But Not Forgotten

For those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, we remember....

Forescore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we engage in a great civil war, testing whether that nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this great nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate this hallow ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that great cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tunnel Closure

I confirmed the tunnel closure today was for maintaince by our own Steve and Steve. The road was closed for just part of the day. The closure was not related to the on-going LID work on the south side of the tunnel.

Babies And More Babies

The Point Defiance Zoo announced that the clouded leopard pair are expecting new ones in a few weeks. They managed to mate without being noticed and surprised everyone. The News Tribune has the story here....

And as we all know, babies grow up too fast. The Sumatran tiger cubs celebrate their first birthday on Saturday. There will be special activities for the cubs and visitors, a big birthday card to sign and "cub-cakes" while supplies last. You can read more about the party here...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Burglaries Up 120% In Ruston

KIRO News is reporting that burglaries are up 120% in Ruston over the last year. I wonder if that means we went from 2 to 5 of them? It doesn't appear they talked to anyone in Ruston, although Jerry at Jungle Fever across Pearl Street got interviewed. He told them he was in Tacoma, but the reporter said he was close enough.

I have an email in to the mayor and police chief to see if we can get more details. You can see the KIRO report here...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ruston Shoreline Master Plan

The public is invited once again to provide input to the planning commission at their next meeting - this time on the Shoreline Master Program that is under review. You can get details on the proposed plan and past discussion here....

Ruston may only have 200 feet of shoreline within its boundaries, but they are important. So please attend and share your thoughts at 7 pm, next Wednesday, May 25th at the community center.

Council Meeting Tonight

The only thing on the agenda for the council meeting tonight is the first reading of the new sign code ordinance, which could have a major impact on our local businesses. The full packet of information is available on the town web site here..., including the proposed ordinance (which will have a second reading at the next meeting before final adoption). Join the fun at 7 pm tonight at 5219 N. Shirley Street!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Walk In The Park

Point Defiance is full of glory this evening. We are so blessed to live next to this regional jewel.

Monday, May 9, 2011

You Can Be On Camera

The Zoo Society is inviting anyone interested in participating in their summer commercial to sign up by tomorrow, Tuesday May 10th. The commercial will be filmed on Wednesday, May 11th. If you have a family with children under 12 and are interested, contact the zoo marketing department by noon on Tuesday via email to

Point Ruston Pictures

Tim Rusher from Point Ruston shared this photos. The first one is is a boat that cruised by the site this morning - weird but true. The young eagle and sea otter trying to get past the new fence along Ruston Way are also true. We live in the coolest place on earth!