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Video gaming and  basketball come to JBLM

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Video gaming and basketball come to JBLM

On June 11 and 12, active-duty servicemembers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be treated to a unique experience made possible by the NBA, PlayStation and USO Northwest. JBLM will be the seventh military base visited this year by Hoops for Troops, a two-day program that offers opportunities for military servicemembers to

Wide-eyed wonder

Music

Wide-eyed wonder

Years ago, when I was making my first little excursions into the world of the deeply nerdy and wonderfully heartfelt world of artists like They Might Be Giants, Daniel Johnston, and Jonathan Richman, my dad would poke fun at me by pointing out the frivolity and randomness of their song

"Agamemnon" scores big

Stage

"Agamemnon" scores big

Watching Agamemnon at Dukesbay Theater opening night was a totally immersive theatrical experience. This is the way theater was in the beginning when many theatrical traditions still in common use were first invented, and it plays as well in 21st century Tacoma as it must have in Greece 2,400 years

Northwest Harley-Davidson wins American Legion Military Employer Award

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Northwest Harley-Davidson wins American Legion Military Employer Award

Lacey-based motorcycle dealership Northwest Harley-Davidson will be awarded the American Legion's Employer of Veterans Award for Washington State. Company co-owner Joe Deck will receive the plaque on behalf of Northwest Harley in Spokane during the American Legion Department of Washington's annual convention on July 17. The dealership is also in the

JBLM family heads up special needs effort

Military Life

JBLM family heads up special needs effort

The Steilacoom Historical School District made history last Friday. On the sun-drenched Blair Taylor Athletic Field at Steilacoom High School, more than 120 differently abled children from the district's schools participated in the first Day of Champions' track and field event. "We're so proud to be doing this," exclaimed Kathi Weight, the

Zombie Epidemic 5k this month in Lakewood

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Zombie Epidemic 5k this month in Lakewood

It's official: the zombies are coming. Fortunately, these zombies don't want to eat your brains. They just want to chase you through Fort Steilacoom Park. Your job is to evade and escape. On June 27, the Capt. Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) is sponsoring its Zombie

JBLM’s Freedom Park  site for summer

Military Life

JBLM’s Freedom Park site for summer

JBLM's Freedom Park will give families at Joint Base Lewis McChord a focal point this summer, and be the spot for a couple summer parties. "It offers a nice open space community park for families of all ages," said Colin Brooks, Community Activities Specialist JBLM MWR. The park has been open for

Soldier lifts 525 pounds

Military Life

Soldier lifts 525 pounds

It's as though Jacob Summers has reinvented himself. Three years ago, Summers was as skinny as a flag pole. He weighed 155 pounds when he joined the Army in 2011. Then, as a way of releasing stress, he started lifting weights. Now he's a solid 200 pounds, is capable of deadlifting 525

Flying high

Military Life

Flying high

Are you skilled in flying and have the desire to do more for this nation?  Do you already have a personal plane that could be used to defend this country or even help those devastated with disasters such as last year's Oso Landslide? Maybe you just have a love for

Saddle up

Military Life

Saddle up

Owning a horse is nothing like owning a cat or dog. Horses require a tremendous amount of commitment and work. For those willing to put in the effort and the hours, however, the payoff is worth it. There's nothing quite like riding one of these amazing beasts - it is

Spouse Magazine June 2015

Spouse magazine

Spouse Magazine June 2015

SPOUSE magazine is a free, online magazine that addresses the unique needs and interests of military spouses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Base Kitsap. SPOUSE

Top ten pizzas

Features

Top ten pizzas

Everyone has one of those days when they just can't find the energy to make dinner at home. And an easy go-to always comes around to pizza ... it's fast, it's convenient, and it always hits the spot. However, there is no excuse for South Sounders to settle for cardboard

Visual Edge: 'Paint, Steel Porcelain'

Arts

Visual Edge: 'Paint, Steel Porcelain'

It makes my heart happy to see that Laura Hanan has re-opened Brick & Mortar Gallery. The once funky little gallery on Pacific at 9th street is now elegant and welcoming and in business again after a hiatus of six years with a selection of Hanan's paintings plus porcelain wall

Taqueria El Antojo

Reviews

Taqueria El Antojo

Mexican food is easy to find in the South Sound, and cheap Mexican food seems to be even easier. However, finding affordable authentic Mexican cuisine takes a bit more effort.  Fortunately for South Sounders, Taqueria El Antojo has a ton of affordable offerings served up quickly that taste great.  And

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What's with these papers?

The Ranger Publishing Company has undergone some recent changes that warrant a little explanation.  They make sense to us at the newspaper company, and hopefully they have been a welcome sight to our readers.  But, first, a brief explanation of our organization. Merritt Benson, then a communications professor at the University

The hub ... a baloo

Outdoors

The hub ... a baloo

The U.S. Open will operate two parking lots with free shuttle service back and forth to Chambers Bay, which is better than sitting for three hours on Bridgeport Way inching your way towards the big tournament. Surviving the free lots, however, takes a little inside knowledge.  Here's a brief explanation for

All eyes on UP

Outdoors

All eyes on UP

A nation of golfers' eyes will be on University Place next week, however, a lot of people will be told they're looking at Seattle.  That's okay.  The once sleepy town of UP knows how to fight for what it wants, and over the past 10 years, that is apparently to

Getting to the parking lots

Outdoors

Getting to the parking lots

No one really knows what's going to happen. Sure, planners have spent years anticipating traffic problems surely to rise when you hold one of the country's biggest sporting events on a cliff with one road in and one out, but that will not matter when you just wanted to grab

Beer and the Open

Outdoors

Beer and the Open

Beer is good. Beer is great. And during the U.S. Open, there are a couple key places to stock up your rental fridge or pack the cooler for watching the tournament on TV (pretty sure you can't take it into the venue). For brewpubs, Narrows Brewing on the upper end of

Stock your rental

Outdoors

Stock your rental

If you are renting a home during the U.S. Open, and you need to keep the refrigerator stocked, you have come to the right place. Grocery shopping near Chamber's Bay is amazing. Sure, there are Safeway and Fred Meyer, but the specialty stores will keep your pre- and post-functions deliciously

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