5/1: Sam Mulvey, KTQA Laptop Distribution Project

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Becky interviews…Sam! He’s finally ready to share KTQA’s latest community project: refurbished laptops for needy students.

Interview begins at 9:00…ish.


  • Just before air today, Governor Inslee gave a press conference in which he announced that most aspects of his stay-at-home order will be extended through May 31st.
    • By May 15, new construction, auto sales, curb-side retail pick-up, car washes, and drive-in spiritual services may begin as long as sites institute protocols for minimizing transmission.
    • Municipalities may institute more restrictive ordinances, and certain counties with few cases will be able to apply for health department waivers from certain orders at all phases of re-opening. (Pierce County is not one of those counties at this time).
    • He also encouraged residents to visit WAmaskchallenge.org to find entities needing donations of cloth face coverings.
  • Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is answering questions about COVID-19 consumer protections all day today via Twitter.
    • Individuals may direct questions on twitter to @AGOWA, or tweet a question with the hashtag #AskAGferguson
  • Alaska Airlines will require all pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents, and passengers to wear masks while working or flying, starting May 11th.
    • Customers will be expected to bring their own mask but will be provided with one if they forget.
    • The mask policy is temporary, but with no end date.
    • The airline is also blocking seats to increase distance between passengers on planes through May 31, 2020.


  • Pierce County Parks has reopened Chambers Creek Regional Park as of today, and other Pierce County trailheads and parking lots will open to the public on May 5th.
    • Restrooms, rec centers, playgrounds, picnic shelters and athletic fields will all remain closed.
    • The County may close parks if areas become too crowded and physical distancing is not being maintained.
    • Full parking lots are a signal that visitors should come back later, rather than try to park along neighborhood streets.
    • Visitors should stay in your family or household group, making sure to give 25 feet of distance between your group and others in lawn spaces.


  • Starting Monday, May 4, Tacoma residents with Solid Waste accounts will be able to drop off garbage at the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center, also known as the Dump, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 8am-5:30pm.
    • Residential yard waste loads will be accepted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 8am-5:30pm.
    • Household hazardous waste may be dropped off Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.
    • Payments must be made via credit card, and physical distancing must be maintained.
    • The Recycle Center, EnviroHouse, and Solid Waste front office lobby remain closed.
    • Customers can call (253) 502-2100 or visit CityOfTacoma.org/SolidWaste for information.
  • Additional funding has been added to Tacoma Public Utilities’ Emergency Assistance Program in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
    • General information on whether you qualify for a one-time utility credit can be found online at MyTPU.org/EmergencyAssistance
    • Tacoma residents can also (253) 572-5557
    • TPU customers living in Pierce County can call (855) 798-4328
  • The Health Department has advised individuals to stay out of the water at Thea’s Park and immediate surrounding areas along the Thea Foss Waterway due to a sewage spill that occurred on Wednesday. Walking along the waterway, while maintaining distance from anyone not from your household, is still ok.
  • The Tacoma City Marathon that was scheduled to have taken place tomorrow is cancelled.