3/25: Kristin Ang, Port of Tacoma Commissioner

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Sam and Becky extend the invitation for listeners to call and email us, and then go through new notices from around the city and county. Becky reveals a little bit about herself, and then interviews Tacoma Port Commissioner Kristin Ang about how we are all globally connected and essential.

Interview begins at 9:30


  • Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have closed all State Parks and Wildlife areas to the public starting today, Wednesday, March 25, for at least two weeks.
  • The has State Employment Security Department hasrelaxed rules on seeking unemployment benefits–applicants no longer are required to actively seek work due to the governor’s Stay at Home order.
  • Mount Rainier National Park is closed to the public. Backcountry users of the park must maintain social distancing practices.



Link: City of Tacoma

  • In accordance with Governor Inslee’s emergency “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City of Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management is limiting access to the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center, also known as the dump, starting today, Wednesday, March 25, until further notice.
  • no self-haul residential garbage, yard waste, or Call-2-Haul loads will be accepted.
  • The Recycle Center, EnviroHouse, and Solid Waste front office lobby will be closed until further notice.
  • the Household Hazardous Waste Facility will remain open to residential customers
  • Essential commercial solid waste loads in excess of 1,000 lbs will still be accepted at the center from 8 AM to 6 PM, seven days a week.
  • collection schedule changes for both residential and commercial customers may occur anbd will be posted online at cityoftacoma.org/solidwaste
  • Solid waste customers can call 253-502-2100 to hear service changes, and to request additional pick-ups or call-2-haul services


  • University of Puget Sound has canceled its May 17th graduation ceremony
  • Anyone 18 and younger may continue to pick up school breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday at Tacoma Middle School sites and bus stops. Times and maps can be found online at bit.ly/MealsOnBusWheels. Students may also pick up printed learning packets on Thursday, March 24, at the 10 middle schools between 10am and noon.


  • Gig Harbor’s city playgrounds, sports courts, and park restrooms are closed
  • Gig Harbor city offices are closed to the public, but essential staff can still be reached by phone at 253-851-8136
  • The Pierce County Health Department has changed its reporting style of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Learn basic information about each case online at tpchd.org/COVID19cases

Kristin Ang is serving her first term as port of tacoma commissioner. Welcome!

  1. how has the current situation changed operations at the port?
  2. what is unchanged?
  3. why are ports important?
  4. What dos commissioner do?
  5. what were some of your campaign hpes?
  6. how are you working to still achieve those things in this climate?
  7. what are some fun things many residents don’t necessiarly know about?