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Sep. 3, 2009 at 3:40pm

Now on The Melon: The Rotten Melon Episode 01

A discussion with John Hathaway


Electric Elliot and Chris Van Vechten speak with the New Takhoman's John Hathaway about Tacoma in this new podcast segment: The Rotten Melon.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Term Limits
  • Dale Washam's scandal
  • Election 2009
  • And more!!!

Listen here:

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Sep. 1, 2009 at 10:09am

Now on The Melon: Tall Ships Long Gone

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Tacoma Events Commission a group of non-profit volunteers networked with local businesses to create a majestic weekend for the citizens of this gun-metal gray cesspool. In 2008, however, the vultures that govern this city gorged themselves on the carcasses of the small businesses that were civically minded enough to invest their resources in Tall Ships.

Read it at:

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Feb. 26, 2009 at 1:34pm


help convince the school board to record!

Tonight at 5pm, members of The Melon will be asking the Tacoma School Board to film their meetings and post them online. 

The Melon has been filming most of their meetings as a public service but will be unable to do so in the future due to primarily time commitments.

The school board already has the funding, personnel and equipment necessary to do this, but have avoided filming their meetings for one reason or another.

Please, come help support a good and very acheivable cause by joining The Melon tonight to stand or voice your support for the filming of these meetings.

WHERE: School Board Meeting, fourth floor auditorium, Central Administration Building, 601 S. 8th St.

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Feb. 19, 2009 at 11:10pm


help convince the school board to record!

Thursday, February 26, 2009 6:00PM

The Melon invites all of its allies to attend the School Board Meeting to either testify or merely show-up in support of convincing the School Board to broadcast its meetings on public television.  Thus far, The Melon has been providing coverage as a public service since July of 2008 - but this is becoming problematic in a weakening economy and we can no longer do this as private individuals.  We nonetheless believe that these meetings are not only important, but more digestible than most other civic meetings and should be broadcast. Electric Elliot Trotter and Chris Van Vechten both plan to speak, and invite anyone else with an interest in doing so to join us.

Latest meeting coverage:

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Feb. 12, 2009 at 7:06pm

Feed>>The Melon?

How hungry are you?

Hey folks,

As a Tacoma based blog, we, at The Melon, were wondering if all of our content not just our Tacoma specific works could find their way on the Feed's front page and if that would offend anyone.

If you'd like to taste more Melon, just say so in the comments. Perhaps the almighty Kevin will hear your call and grant us full feed powers.

~Electric Elliot

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Oct. 15, 2008 at 3:03pm

The Melon to Live-Blog Debate Tonight



Join The Melon at debate central as we live-blog the 3rd and final presidential debate of the season.

You can participate too by leaving your comments for our moderator. He'll be bringing his favorites into the post and commenting as well.

You can check out the action here:

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Oct. 14, 2008 at 10:55am

No Dicks!


Why Congressman Norm Dicks needs to be voted out of office.

Find out at The Melon:

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Oct. 14, 2008 at 12:53am


by Chris Van Vechten


The Melon is on a mission from G-d to raise $2,750 by the end of the year to cover the costs of our website.  Sure, you say, that is all well and good, but ’tis the season to be donating and why of all causes is The Melon worthy of my $15 contribution?  The following is a brief list I’ve composed to answer that question.

1.  Donating to The Melon is patriotic.  If you don’t donate, then you’re a terrorist.

2.  The Melon is the only blog providing the people of Tacoma weekly - unedited coverage - of the Tacoma Public School Board, an institution that represents almost 29,000 students, 2,000 teachers + para-educators, untold numbers of administrators, custodians, cafeteria workers etc.  I wouldn’t be surprised if over 50,000 individuals in this city were affected on a DAILY BASIS by the decisions the school board makes, which is why somebody needs to hold them accountable.  As of yet, The Melon remains THE ONLY institution to actively promote a transparent school board as evident by our weekly commitment to donate time to the cause.

3.  The Melon is both a primary site for the work of guerrilla documentary filmmaker Joseph La Sac and a frequent venue for social commentators like R.R. Anderson.

4.  The Melon has deep ties to the University of Puget Sound - the Harvard of the West.  Therefore, just by reading this blog you’re effectively receiving an Ivy League Education.  Don’t you think it’s worth at least a $15 contribution.

5.  Donating to The Melon does not require wearing a purplish green wristband for the rest of your life.  You will not need to demonstrate your altruistic nature to anyone because just by donating to The Melon you automatically receive your name brandished across our Support US page for the whole world to see. Furthermore, there are no marathons, relays, or marches for The Melon.  All we want is your money, which means you can support us from the comfort of your own couch.

6.  Just think, for less than the cost of a cu-tip a day, you can be a supporter of The Melon for an entire year.

7.  The Melon is the only major media outlet that refuses to pander to the lowest common denominator.

8.  Melon girls are super hot, check out their blogs here:

9.  The Melon insist on serving its readers in a purely fair and balanced way.  Democrat or Republican, we offer no discrimination.  Too us, you are both equally guilty.

10.  The Melon was among the first to sound the alarm regarding the threat posed by Robert “The Traveller” Hill.  Later, The Melon was among the first to recognize and respond to Jessie Hill's message of change as he ran for Pierce County Sheriff.

11.  In 2007, KUPS recognized The Melon as “the show with the most chemistry” on 90.1FM.

12.  The Melon is the only mainstream blog in Tacoma to offer in-depth beer columns and bar reviews by our esteemed alcoholic Matt Stevens.

13.  The Melon is 100% fat-free, is low in carbohydrates, and rumor has it that The Melon has the potential to be a powerful aphrodisiac.

Assuming you’ve now been fully convinced to make a donation, please log-on now to our Support Us page and scroll to the bottom to our Paypal button to make a contribution.

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Oct. 6, 2008 at 11:38pm

Chris "The Wedge" to Live-Blog Presidential Debate!


Chris “The Wedge” Van Vechten has enthusiastically volunteered to live-blog tomorrow’s Presidential Debate. As with Electric Elliot’s recent live-blog, Chris will bring you up to date analysis on McCain and Obama.

But wait, there’s more! You can participate by commenting on Chris’s post! Chris will be checking the comment stream, bringing in those he likes the best and replying.

Be sure to join us tomorrow at 6pm PST.

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Oct. 6, 2008 at 10:59pm

Announcing the Sweet-Spot: The Melon’s Online Gallery


Hoping to give some exposure to your artwork? Then look no farther than The Melon’s revolutionary (and Tacoma's only) Online gallery, the Sweet-Spot.  Every month, we’ll select an artist to display their work at our online gallery for the world to see.

How to submit:

  1. Send an email to
  2. Attach up to 5 sample images (should be 300dpi) [If selected you'll have more pieces in your show.]
  3. Include the following information:
  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Brief artist statement about work(include medium information)

You will be notified when we receive your submission and if you are selected for our gallery.

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