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Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail

Outdoors

Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail

Recently, my oldest and dearest friend came home for a visit. She's a fancy city slicker now, hailing from New York City. Not Brooklyn or another borough. NYC proper. Naturally, I usually trek up to Seattle and go to some hip, new restaurant for our annual catch up. But this

Slopes, seas and Subarus

Travel

Slopes, seas and Subarus

In an ideal world, there would be a car that had it all for the northwest lifestyle, like maybe cargo space for shopping or leisure activities like camping or skiing.  As long as we're talking about camping and skiing, wouldn't it be nice for this fantasy car to have the

Tips before getting that rental house key

Military Life

Tips before getting that rental house key

Apartment homes abound in the South Puget Sound but ultimately there are times when it's more appropriate to rent a house. Maybe you'd like space and a yard for kids and pets; maybe you want extra privacy so you can blast your music as loud as you want; maybe you

Feel the nausea

Outdoors

Feel the nausea

Much has been written about the pairings of food with wine, and chocolate with beer, but what about the combination of fair food with amusement rides and animal odors? A fine onion burger tastes great (even a second time) with a gentle rocking motion upwind of the petting zoo, but put

14-sandwich salute

Features

14-sandwich salute

In a state of psychosis, I e-mailed everyone in my address book and asked each person to send me his or her top recommendation for the best sandwich in the South Sound. I told them I would eat every suggestion and then pick the best 14 on the list -

Six historic Northwest beers

Bars & Clubs

Six historic Northwest beers

Visiting six great breweries with historic and personal connections to the Puget Sound area was very rewarding work. The lagers I sampled weren't bad, either. From the gritty patriotism of Wingman Brewers, to the service orientation of Top Rung Brewing, followed by the sense of community of Three Magnets Brewing Company, mirrored

Madigan provided lifelong care for family

Military Life

Madigan provided lifelong care for family

The staff at Madigan Army Medical Center first started taking care of the McLauchlan family 64 years ago. In 1951, their son David needed care for polio, so the family uprooted from the Panama Canal Zone to Madigan at then-Fort Lewis. Throughout the career of 1st Sgt. David Russell McLauchlan,

Book review: Operation Babylift

News

Book review: Operation Babylift

The perfect companion to Angels Flying Out of Hell, Operation Babylift is the poignant memoir of Air Force nurse Regina Aune and orphan Aryn Lockhart, both of whom were on the ill-fated initial C5-A Babylift mission out of Saigon that crashed with more than 300 babies, crew, and caregivers on

Tacoma Cabana

Reviews

Tacoma Cabana

Tacoma Cabana refers to its style as vacation fusion, and though located in downtown Tacoma right on Pacific Avenue, it makes you feel as if you truly are on vacation.  From the menu, the dark interior and bamboo everything, to the vacation-styled drink menu, it is an in-town escape from

Through the night

Music

Through the night

Sometimes I think about the two trips I made several years ago to New York City and regret the fact that I never made it to the mythical birthplace of punk known as CBGB. I was taken by the grittiness that still existed in the city, to some degree, and

The Aloha Club Collection

Arts

The Aloha Club Collection

Selections from the Aloha Club Collection now showing at the Tacoma Art Museum includes 21 diverse works in painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and textiles by well-known regional artists described in the press release as "emerging artists in new media" and "historically important yet overlooked Northwest artists." The Aloha Club is

Returning to the sea

Military Life

Returning to the sea

Burial at sea is an ancient tradition. For as long as men and women have been sailors and drawn to adventure in the seas, some have chosen the open ocean as their final resting place. That's often been the case for those who served at sea as members of the

News

New VA initiative helps veterans

Actions speak louder than words. This past May, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, or VECI. Beginning in 25 communities across the country, the initiative's goal is to create networks of institutions and organizations that together can better serve veterans and their families. "President Obama challenged the VA

Dock fishing derby

Outdoors

Dock fishing derby

The coastal waters of Puget Sound boast a bounty of fish and other water species, and near shore fishing is a great way to take advantage of it. Dock fishing is a popular activity in our area, and Saturday, Aug. 22 you can join The Dock Fishing Community for their

The military salutes back

News Front

The military salutes back

A late morning breeze last Thursday tugged at the balloons as the sun shone brightly. Nearby, children played on the large grassy area comprising Puyallup's Pioneer Park as vendors set up their tents and arranged their materials in front of the pavilion. In the parking lot to the west, next to the

Washington military battling wildfires

News Front

Washington military battling wildfires

With temperatures at a record-setting high this year, it was only a matter of time until wildfires started to blaze over large portions of Central Washington. Thankfully, the Washington National Guard currently has forces on the ground and in the air to help the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WaDNR).

Sand in the City Gala

Outdoors

Sand in the City Gala

This weekend, the Hands On Children's Museum (HOCM) will once again hold the largest free festival in the South Sound. Along the Olympia waterfront, preparations are being completed for the 15th annual Sand in the City festival. Last year, more than 30,000 families enjoyed a weekend of art, hands-on learning

Keep the beaches open

South Sound Cinema

Keep the beaches open

Have you ever been said to have eyes like a doll's eye? Then you might be a Jaws. Has the star of All That Jazz ever told you to smile, you son of a bitch? You might be a Jaws. Has a crusty old shark hunter raked his fingernails across

Go Canada!

Travel

Go Canada!

For some of our readers, international travel may seem cost-prohibitive. A car trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, however, is well within most budgets, assuming you know a few economizing tips. Tip #1If you drive your own car, Vancouver's just shy of three hours north of Lakewood. You'll need a passport

Hanks Bar and Grill

Reviews

Hanks Bar and Grill

Located on the corner of North 6th and K streets, Hanks Bar and Grill (formerly The Corner Bar) serves up some of the best pizza, beers and appetizers in Tacoma.  What once was simply a neighborhood dive bar for the North Slope residents, is quickly becoming one of the best

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