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JBLM Reservist aims to put brakes on motorcycle deaths with riders’ group

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JBLM Reservist aims to put brakes on motorcycle deaths with riders’ group

Not long after the Air Force Safety Center released that last year's motorcycle deaths had risen more than 150 percent compared to the previous year, Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cutchin felt the need to flip that statistic by having military motorcycle riders commiserate and stress traffic

Remote-controlled lifesavers

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Remote-controlled lifesavers

Families worry when a Soldier goes off to war -- it's natural. They schedule Internet chats and regular emails and phone calls to check in with one another. They send care packages to their Soldiers to curb any boredom and give them a little taste of home.

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Small details are key for Honor Guard members

Sgt. 1st Class Ken Cowen stared at the regimental pin on the blouse of Spc. Amedee Santamour. Cowen's eyes never wavered as he examined the pin.  Santamour never moved; his eyes fixed on a spot on the wall of the Captain George Fortson Armory on Camp Murray. Several moments later,

Smith listens to local vets’ concerns during town hall

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Smith listens to local vets’ concerns during town hall

Give Congressman Adam Smith of the 9th Congressional District his due - he speaks to the issues."I'm very pleased to be here," Charles Keller, a national recruiter for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), said as he waited for Smith to arrive.  "He's always been very truthful and answered our

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Military unsure of future benefits

The 800-pound gorilla of the federal budget deficit and all of its consequences has begun to undermine the long-term financial confidence of many military families. What's more, the deficit's effects may have a significant impact on the traditional 20-year retirement benefit Servicemembers receive for honorable service.A recent survey conducted by

An oasis in the middle  of the city

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An oasis in the middle of the city

Fragrant orchids, pristine lilies, and delicate azaleas burst forth around you, and a splendor of deep magenta, indigo, and goldenrod yellow greets your weary eyes. A sigh escapes, and you're transported to paradise. Outside, the blistering winds of winter rage on, but you've already forgotten about it. "It's a cocoon

Mattress selection plays  key role

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Mattress selection plays key role

No one disagrees about the importance of a good night's sleep."Everyone needs rest and that comes from a good mattress," David Smith, co-owner of Mattress Depot USA, said. "Getting a good night's sleep makes life a bit easier."Mattress Depot USA specializes in selling quality clearance, mismatched, factory seconds and closeout

Doing it for the love of the mission

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Doing it for the love of the mission

As a kid growing up in South Dakota, Tech. Sgt. Tavis Delaney loved military aircraft. There wasn't a speck of wall in his bedroom that wasn't covered by a poster of an aircraft. "I was infatuated," Delaney said.  Years later, that love still burns strong. Delaney, now a joint terminal

Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver features aviation treasures

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Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver features aviation treasures

Aviation history buffs looking to explore all the options the state of Washington has to offer will enjoy a visit to the Pearson Air Museum at Fort Vancouver. Located about 120 miles south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Vancouver, the museum gives visitors the chance to experience the "Golden Age

Power of Love

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Power of Love

In every issue of this fine rag my hack team of wannabe journalists and I tackle some of the most laughable criminal acts that have recently happened in our area. Then - if we're doing our job - we write about those crimes in a way that makes you chuckle,

In her own write

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In her own write

January is unique month for Tacoma. While there are several published writers in town, in January, one local novelists will make her debut. The first is Marissa Meyer. Her book, Cinder, launches Jan 3. Cinder is a young-adult book based on 16-year-old Cinder, who is part human and part machine. The story

Thursdays & Saturdays: Karaoke with Rev. Colin

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Thursdays & Saturdays: Karaoke with Rev. Colin

The restaurant is housed in a firehouse built in 1907 and still retains some of original firefighting artifacts. Recently purchased by the X Group, the force behind Asado and Masa, there's new excitement regarding the food, which over time has been good, but not astounding-tastier than

WA Veterans Affairs honors volunteers

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WA Veterans Affairs honors volunteers

They are the fabulous 10.At a luncheon held in Auburn in early November, the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) recognized seven individuals who have devoted time and energy to improving the lives of Washington's veterans. Three others also received the award.

Deals of the Week

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Deals of the Week

Crafty savings Michaels, the craft store where you can find just about anything, puts out regular weekly coupons. But on Wednesdays, military can save an additional 10 percent on anything (including sale items), by showing their ID at the register. So make a list before the next big project and

Sesame Street resources for military families

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Sesame Street resources for military families

Military families having trouble adjusting to a family member's deployment have a new resource to help those with school-age children with the transition. Sesame Street and The Electric Company unveiled a new collection of resources for military families last month at a launch celebration at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

Melting Pot campaign helps children at  St. Jude Hospital

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Melting Pot campaign helps children at St. Jude Hospital

For the last eight years, the Melting Pot franchise has supported St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in its fight against childhood cancer through its Thanks and Giving campaign. This year's campaign began in November and runs through January. "We recommend $5 donations, so everyone can give," said Karen Lawler, director

Ski for Health Day in Leavenworth

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Ski for Health Day in Leavenworth

Those who've always wanted to learn how to ski can get an excellent introduction as part of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club's Ski for Health Day, Jan. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Icicle River Trail outside Leavenworth. The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club is a nonprofit organization that

JBLM husband and wife serve  together in  Afghanistan

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JBLM husband and wife serve together in Afghanistan

With orders to deploy to Afghanistan in hand, Staff Sgt. Brandon Salah started putting the wheels in motion to make sure everything was taken care of at home before he left.But before he could start planning, his wife Ana, a sergeant, received orders to deploy to Afghanistan as well. The

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJ Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJ Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. The Junction Sports Bar and Grill Lewis County. Blues Jam. Hosted by Blues Attitude. 8 pm. City Hall Saloon and Eatery Enumclaw. Taco Thursday Live Blues Night. 5 pm. Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Taco

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJ Calendar: Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJ Calendar: Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Upper Tacoma. Gina Belliveau. 7:30 pm. NC. Matrix Coffee House Lewis County. Song Circle. All Ages. 7 pm. $2 suggested donation. BLUES Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Jerry Miller Band. 7 pm. Doyle’s Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. McTuff funk soul boogaloo and Jesse T’s birthday. 9 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Big

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