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Meet Washington National Guard's new senior enlisted advisor

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Meet Washington National Guard's new senior enlisted advisor

"There is no better candidate in the state to undertake this demanding joint assignment," Washington Air National Guard Commander, Brigadier General John Tuohy said.  "Chief Almond will continue to guide our enlisted corps in her new position and will bring unity of effort to the Washington Army and Air National

South Sound costume parties

Bars & Clubs

South Sound costume parties

You live for this time of year, where you can dress up as bacon (or sexy bacon?) and wander the streets incognito, becoming your extroverted alter ego for just one night. And as long as you're abandoning all inhibitions, you might as well have a good time and maybe -

Second attempt

Reviews

Second attempt

Ever have one of those days where your brain simply doesn't cooperate with the rest of your body? Well, me too. In fact, something happened on the way to The Forum in downtown Tacoma a few weeks ago. After immersing myself in the historic Olympus Hotel, enjoying a few drinks

Gig Harbor Gondola

Outdoors

Gig Harbor Gondola

The Puget Sound is filled with opportunities to go on sailboats, cruises, ferries, kayaks and all kinds of other watercraft, but there is only one Venetian gondola plying the waters of the Sound - and it's docked on the shores of Gig Harbor. Headed up by John "Cinque" Synco, Gig Harbor

Flipping the page

Arts

Flipping the page

The beautiful practice of self-publishing has been providing a soapbox for maniacs and artists alike for many years. Without self-publishing, we would be bereft of scores of psychotic fan fiction, transgressive prose, loopy proposals for new religions, and furiously DIY examinations of local art and music - among countless other

Bonfires and Bogeymen

Stage

Bonfires and Bogeymen

Kids and adults alike will be enthralled with Fort Nisqually's annual Halloween event. Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen has become a successful tradition over the past 20 years and will take place Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Guests will be able to

The weird and the wild

South Sound Cinema

The weird and the wild

One of the last great horror movies I saw was at The Grand Cinema. The film was The House of the Devil, and it was a loving homage to the ‘80s satanic panic that ran through culture and really flourished in horror movies. There's a point close to the end

Soaring into Olympia

Arts

Soaring into Olympia

Michael Dickter comes soaring into Olympia's Salon Refu with a show featuring paintings of birds and flowers, subject matter that is often snubbed with various "nesses" such as sweetness and preciousness. But there is little of the saccharine in Dickter's birds and flowers. The subject matter of his paintings is

Midnight conversations

Music

Midnight conversations

The idea of the chanteuse is one that has held its status in pop music, even if everything else about pop has been transformed by time. While the roles portrayed by strong women in music have evolved over time, the chanteuse remains a powerful figure, as comfortable in a smoky

[title of show] is top notch

Stage

[title of show] is top notch

I went to see [title of show] (brackets and lower case letters intentional) thinking it was the dumbest play title I had ever heard but also with the expectation, that based on what little I had heard about it, that it was probably going to be pretty good. It was,

Joint Land Use Study

News Front

Joint Land Use Study

Robert Frost once wrote, "Good fences make good neighbors," but what if the neighbors involved are military installations and the civilian communities they surround? When the neighborly issues involve community growth and national security, it takes more than just a fence to help these neighbors coexist peacefully. For the past 18

Be a part of supporting your Navy

News Front

Be a part of supporting your Navy

Comprised of more than 40,000 members worldwide, the Navy League of the United States is a force to be reckoned with. Serving to educate the public about the importance of strong services, the Navy League provides vital support to servicemembers and their families. The mission of the Navy League is three-fold:

Warrior Wednesdays

Features

Warrior Wednesdays

There is a tradition at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub in Tacoma. Smiling down from the walls of the restaurant are photos of deployed service men and women, each holding a hand drawn sign reading, "I'd rather be at The Swiss." But one picture holds a special place. The image of

Starting your own franchise

Jobs & Education

Starting your own franchise

For 30 years, Joe Maassen served with honor in the Washington Army National Guard. When it came time for mandatory retirement, it was a piece of his life that was hard to let go. "I really enjoyed working for the Army National Guard," said Maassen, who retired as a lieutenant colonel. Twenty-seven

Roasting coffee for the troops

Jobs & Education

Roasting coffee for the troops

De Espresso Liber, a South Sound based coffee roaster is carving out a name for itself in Washington's vibrant coffee scene. It's a small veteran-owned enterprise. Its founder, Alex, is a former Green Beret.  Because of the sometimes sensitive nature of special operations, Alex prefers to keep his last name out

Wings to the future

Military Life

Wings to the future

The Washington Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is an often unnoticed and underrated asset to the state and its citizens. "We aren't always noticed; we don't always stand out," said 1st Lt. Jessica Jerwa, public relations officer. "These are sharp, young people; they are highly motivated to serve this

New dental assistant program

News Front

New dental assistant program

Last week, nine students graduated from the American Red Cross' Dental Assistant Program. They were recognized during a ceremony held Oct. 15 at Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord before an audience of their friends and family.    The program is the first of its kind offered on JBLM

10 must-see places

Outdoors

10 must-see places

Bored? Looking for something to do, but you don't want to drive far? Well, then check out Spanaway, located just out the back gate of McChord Field that features golf, fishing, swimming, ice skating, rock climbing and great meals. Here are 10 great must-see spots in Spanaway. First and foremost, one of the

Vic's honors vets

Benefits & Deals

Vic's honors vets

With Veterans Day approaching, many people may be pondering ways to give back to the men and women who have served - and are still serving - our country. Vic's Espresso and Eats on Camp Murray will do so in a big way Nov. 5 with its annual Vic's Honors Vets

Navy Wives Club of America

Military Life

Navy Wives Club of America

The terms "military spouse" and "volunteer" are almost synonymous. Spouses serve as ombudsmen and take on responsibilities in family readiness groups. They step up in their parent teacher organizations, in groups like Navy Compass, and in positions all around military bases, but they don't do it for pay or for

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