4/29: Malia Somerville, Marine Mammal and Birds Curator

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Malia Somerville gives insight on how the non-human animals at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are faring. She rattles off puffin factoids, explains the case of the wandering peacock, and shares her love of sea lions.

Interview begins at 10:04.


  • The Governor addressed the public just before airtime and indicated that his stay-at-home order will remain in effect beyond May 4th, with a gradual lifting of restrictions according to public health data, availability of testing and equipment, and capacity of the state healthcare system.
  • Guidance for the resumption of non-urgent surgeries will also be forthcoming
  • The governor also issued further updated guidelines for how construction work across the state can resume:
    • Construction that was contracted or was permitted to begin before March 23 may now resume
    • Only projects where physical distancing can be maintained are permitted
    • Projects must have a COVID-19 safety plan and COVID-19 coordinator
    • The comprehensive plan must be posted at job sites


  • Shoppers at Costco will to need wear face coverings starting May 4th.
    • The requirement doesn’t apply to infants under age 2, or anyone unable to wear a mask because of medical conditions.
  • The Pierce County Bar Association is hosting a virtual lunch-and-learn meeting on Tenant-Landlord Rights & Responsibilities during the Covid-19 Pandemic tomorrow, Apr 30 at 11:30 AM.
    • Participants can ask attorneys questions about the effects of the current eviction moratorium
    • Details on how to join the zoom meeting are available by calling TacomaProBono at (253) 572-5134 or by visiting facebook and searching TacomaProBono, all one word.
    • Details on other free legal aid are also available at TacomaProBono.org


  • The City is launchingT-Town Hall, a virtual series on topics of public health and the local economy.
    • The first event will take place Thursday, April 30th at 6pm with a focus on Tacoma’s rental assistance program.
    • To virtually attend the series with a computer or smart device, go to cityoftacoma.org and follow links in the “News” section
    • To listen to the series by phone, call 311 for instructions