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Fall motorcycle rides

Outdoors

Fall motorcycle rides

The yellow lines on his map that marked the routes Gino Moroni has ridden his motorcycle across the state, told the story. Perched on his bike, he's been there, seen that. "I've done all this yellow stuff," Moroni said with a grin, pointing to his map highlighted with yellow lines. There's a lot

The Beach at Titlow

Reviews

The Beach at Titlow

Established just after the end of prohibition in 1934, The Beach at Titlow in Tacoma has flourished for over 80 years in part because of the Narrows Bridge view, but also because of the home-style food it serves up daily.  Like many of the taverns across town, The Beach serves

A romp in a giant Northwest sandbox

Travel

A romp in a giant Northwest sandbox

The towering natural sandbox that is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the only place in the world where you can marvel at dunes that thrust as high as 500 feet into the sky, an ocean at their feet, festooned with coastal forests and tree islands. But they're not

Five great places to see wild animals

Attractions

Five great places to see wild animals

The Northwest is a wild kind of place, at least outside of the cities. Mere miles outside of Seattle, Portland, Tacoma and other major Northwest cities, you'll find forests and bodies of water and the Northwest as it was before humans took over. You'll also find plenty of places to

Eyewitness to WWII

News

Eyewitness to WWII

They are a rapidly vanishing national treasure, those valiant young men, those members of the Greatest Generation who were willing to sacrifice everything in order to, truly, save the world. At the rate of nearly 500 a day, every day, they leave us, and with them their memories, their unique

Juggling it all with a sprinkling of fairy dust

Military Life

Juggling it all with a sprinkling of fairy dust

Despite being a whimsical woodland sprite bringing the gift of smiles and pretty fingernails to kids at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Center, "Nail Fairy" Martina Ngo is pretty down-to-earth in her approach to romance.   She describes the courtship and subsequent engagement and marriage to the Marine she calls

Warrior care camp

Military Life

Warrior care camp

Staff Sgt. Carlos Delgado gave Patrick Bowman an occasional helping hand and loads of words of encouragement as Bowman wheeled his blue Top End racing wheelchair over a 100-yard course. "I'm just here to help," Delgado, a combat medic assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, told me as Bowman crossed

Ted music

Music

Ted music

It's no secret that music can play a vital role in improving a child's education. Research has shown that learning to play a musical instrument improves academic performance, teaches discipline, and develops physical skills such as rhythm and coordination. Studies have also shown that children who study music demonstrate increased

Educating veterans

Jobs & Education

Educating veterans

Since 9/11, many active-duty, Reserve and veteran military members have faced challenges in pursuing their educational goals. Pierce College, a two-year college with campuses in Lakewood, Puyallup, and an extension on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has emerged as the Nation's most friendly community college for its work with servicemembers. This is commitment to

Spouse advancement

Jobs & Education

Spouse advancement

Patricia Vergara, a military spouse based in Japan, has a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration. She wanted to add more training to her resumé, so she, like thousands of other military spouses, took advantage of a little-known benefit called the Military Career Advancement Account (MyCAA), a program sponsored by the

Free program is a must for military

Jobs & Education

Free program is a must for military

The next time you see a resumé that states that someone is proficient and/or has skills with Microsoft Programs, you may want to realize that you are just using your best guess in deciphering what is their actual proficiency. Servicemembers, their family members, retired veterans, state employees with CAC cards and

Take a break from service

Jobs & Education

Take a break from service

Staff Sgt. Jessica Cotton had a tough choice to make. Should she reenlist in the Army or hang up her uniform and go be a lawyer? But the drill sergeant on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, who has been in the Army for eight years, didn't have to choose between the Army

You be the boss

Jobs & Education

You be the boss

When soldiers retire from the Army, they have a few options: completely retire or work for the government or private industry. But, retired 1st Sgt. Will Rivera decided to take a different approach to retirement. He went into business for himself. He took his passion for running and turned it

Life lessons of a military spouse

Military Life

Life lessons of a military spouse

There's a certain confidence and positivity that Kimberly Benoit oozes, the same way the white foamy product comes out of the can onto her client's hair.  She deftly multitasks, telling the story of her life as a military spouse and giving insights to life lessons she has learned while her

Psycho-Moto-Psycho

Arts

Psycho-Moto-Psycho

It's been a long time since I've seen art by Marty Fehl, and his new show, Psycho-Moto-Psycho, at Brick & Mortar Gallery is quite a departure from the paintings I saw years ago - a good and exciting departure. Fehl's new work consists of paintings and installations based on motorcycles and

To Kill a Mockingbird

Stage

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird is universally acclaimed as one of the best American novels of the 20th century, and the Oscar-winning film version of her book, released in 1962, was one of America's best and most popular films. Atticus Finch, as portrayed by Gregory Peck,

Speakers' Corner

Music

Speakers' Corner

I've spoken before about the archetype in music known as the manic preacher. These are the wild people who command an audience with an avalanche of words and wide-eyed ideas. Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Jim Carroll, Isaac Brock, Patrick Stickles - these are people linked not quite by ideology or

In reel time

South Sound Cinema

In reel time

I was always a fan of movies. My dad, as I reminded him just recently, showed me The Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was just 12 (his response: "Shut up."), and while that isn't cinema at its finest, it did open my eyes to a whole world of the

POSTPONED:  Backyard BBQ Cook-Off

Military Life

POSTPONED: Backyard BBQ Cook-Off

The summer months tend to be prime time for people to dust off their grill master skills, load up on charcoal or get out the smoker, and get down to business: it's time to barbecue. Families whip up their ultra secret barbecue recipes and prepare to have a feast among

Sending in the troops

News Front

Sending in the troops

Eastern Washington is burning. Wildfires have gripped the western United States on a scale not seen for some time. Thousands of emergency personnel are working around the clock to staunch the flames. Among them are members of the U.S. Army. The Washington National Guard has played an important role providing air

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