4/3: Brent Hartinger, Author and Screenwriter

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Brent Hartinger is an author of fiction, a screenwriter, and a world traveler with lots of ties to Tacoma. He joins me remotely today from Austin, Texas. Welcome to the show!

Interview begins at 9:50.


  • The governor has extended Washington’s statewide stay-at-home order through May 4. Public gatherings remain banned, and non-essential businesses may reopen on May 5.
    • All state lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish & Wildlife will remain closed through May 4.
  • Implementation of new state building codes that were set to start July 1st have been delayed November 1st.
  • Washington’s Emergency Management Division alerts residents that the federal government will not ask to confirm your personal or banking details by email, phone or text message, or demand a “processing fee” for residents to get their federal coronavirus checks.
    • The Washington Attorney General’s Office says: do not click on links in email or text messages relating to the stimulus checks, and do not provide your personal information. If you are contacted by a scammer, do not engage — even to tell them you know it is a scam. Email addresses and phone numbers that are confirmed to be active are more valuable when selling to other scammers.
    • Suspected scams may be reported to the Federal Trade Commission by calling toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP–that’s 1-877-382-4357– or by visiting FTCcomplaintAssistant.gov.


  • Tacoma Public Schools plans to resume classes on Tuesday May 5 to fully comply with the current extension of the state-wide stay-at-home order.
  • The City of Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management division will reduce hours at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility at 3510 S Mullen St. beginning Tuesday, April 7. The facility will be open Fridays through Mondays 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until further notice. Only essential household hazardous waste from residential customers will be allowed, including waste that cannot be safely stored at home until the facility resumes normal operations. Hazardous waste that can be stored temporarily at home, such as florescent bulbs or batteries, should be kept there. For questions or more information, call (253) 502-2100.
  • The annual Daffodil Parade, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4 in downtown Tacoma, is cancelled.


  • Pierce Transit is further reducing service beginning on April 6.
    • On Saturdays and Sundays, transit will operate on a regular Sunday schedule
    • On weekdays, transit will operate according to a modified Sunday schedule
    • Riders can find out when their next bus is coming by checking their routes on PierceTransit.org/Change beginning Sunday, April 5.
    • Riders waiting at bus stops can text 253.533.7084 and enter the bus stop number found on the pole.
    • Pierce Transit can also be reached by calling 253.581.8000