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Withstanding the quake

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Withstanding the quake

The Cascadia Subduction Zone, or CSZ, is a sleeping giant. Stretching a bit over 600 miles from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Mendocino, California, it last awoke over 300 years ago. At 8 a.m. this past Tuesday, a simulated disaster began when nature's alarm clock sounded, the giant stretched and a

JBLM neighbors staying strong

Military Life

JBLM neighbors staying strong

When you stop at a convenience store or gas station, you don't often think of your money giving back to anything beyond a gas company. However, Nisqually Markets has locations throughout the South Sound, and funds do more than buy gas and candy bars. Founded as part of the Nisqually Indian

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YesVets movement applauds employers hiring vets

When Rep. Gina McCabe, (R-Goldendale), met with military veterans in 2015 in her 14th District, located in southeast Washington, she discovered many of them were powerless to find meaningful work. She acted quickly and sponsored House Bill (HB) 2040 to encourage employers to hire more veterans In 2014, there was a

Fly in a vintage aircraft

Military Life

Fly in a vintage aircraft

In today's world, flight isn't nearly as exciting or glamorous as it was once considered. In fact, many think of it of as more of an inconvenience than anything else, with long waits in airport security lines, overpriced food at the terminals, and inadequate leg room aboard the plane. But

Para-educator, military spouse receives high honor

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Para-educator, military spouse receives high honor

Growing up in Washington D.C., Marie Lanham was first introduced to the safety patrol in elementary school. She happily volunteered for the position during 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Lanham could not have known just how much that experience would impact her in the years ahead or how her experience

Base students explore their world

Military Life

Base students explore their world

Children looked on in silence Tuesday as Boris, a working dog at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's K9 unit used his keen senses to seek out an "bomb" - in reality a toy. Boris's trainer, Kennel Master Caleb Christie, had told them to stay as quiet as possible as they watched so

Going Irish in Puyallup

Reviews

Going Irish in Puyallup

Announcer: There are plenty of Irish dining options in the South Sound, probably one close to where you live.  For those in Puyallup, the choice is easy - Flanagan's right there on the main street in the valley.  They are the new kids on the block, having just opened this

Food truck festival

Features

Food truck festival

Summer is fast approaching, as you can surely tell from the Washingtonians that spontaneously combusted over the past weekend. With these hot months comes more excuses to go outside, necessitating an influx of festivals and events to take advantage of people heroically deciding to leave their homes. Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Cultivating farmers markets

Features

Cultivating farmers markets

Farmers markets are great summer fun.  My favorite is the Olympia Farmers Market.  The smells of the different foods, the colors of the fruits and vegetables, and the plethora of jewelry, glassware, meats and bakery items is overwhelming. Located at 700 Capitol Way North in Olympia, the 40-year-old market is open from

Blue felt

Stage

Blue felt

There's always been plenty of room for blue humor and bawdiness in musical theater, even if it can sometimes feel like a more squeaky clean environment. Avenue Q is a musical that plays on misconceptions - pitching itself as a sort of children's puppet show crossed with a riff on

New gifts and purchases at Tacoma Art Museum

Arts

New gifts and purchases at Tacoma Art Museum

As an art critic and lifelong student of art, I must confess that my education is sorely lacking in certain areas - 19th and 20th century Western art being a prime example. I don't mean Western as opposed to Asian or Egyptian or African; I mean American cowboy art and

Fractured soul

Music

Fractured soul

As odd as it seems now, I somehow got through most of my formative years without having really heard the music of Prince. I suppose I knew from places like Saturday Night Live and other cultural pockets about his "Artist Formerly Known As" period, and from Chappelle's Show that he

Get involved: Military Voter Night

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Get involved: Military Voter Night

The Ranger and Airlifter newspapers are hosting a Military Voters Night informational event and FREE dinner with door prizes, June 29, 5-7 p.m. in DuPont and includes free dinner, lots of door prizes, and voter registrations.  Come learn how you can register to vote in the upcoming

Study shows where to retire

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Study shows where to retire

Average is a level about something that is mediocre, fair or ordinary. In other words, it is the opposite of extraordinary or outstanding. When it comes to the best and worst states for military retirees, Washington is plain, old average. Right in the middle.  Not good; not bad. Here's why. To begin, the average officer

International departures

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International departures

Travelers can fly directly to places as far away as Beijing, Dubai and Hong Kong from Sea-Tac International Airport, so it only makes sense that exotic fare should be available nearby. Yet most passengers are regrettably unaware of anything more challenging than a 6 a.m. Cinnabon in the Seatac area.

Going underground

Reviews

Going underground

Announcer: If you have not taken your stomach for a ride in downtown Olympia, then it is missing a great deal about Northwest cuisine. While there are plenty of places cooking fancy dinners on the waterfront, in Olympia, the mood and scene are often funky at best.  There is no

Top five: Walk in the woods

Outdoors

Top five: Walk in the woods

There are many things the Northwest does well. Coffee. Beer. Scenic water views. We also stand out in terms of our greenery. There's nothing quite like a Northwest forest, from its giant ferns at ground level all the way up to its towering Douglas firs. Northwest forests are pleasantly easy

Betty Ragan

Arts

Betty Ragan

Betty Sapp Ragan passed away a year ago. She was an excellent artist, and she left behind an impressive body of work, a lot of which is now being shown in an exhibition of photo collages and prints at the Mary Bozeman Gallery in the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Curated by

Complete Word of God

Stage

Complete Word of God

If you are easily offended by irreverent humor, steer clear of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at the Midnight Sun. They don't make them any more irreverent. Produced by Theater Artists Olympia and written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor for The Reduced Shakespeare Company,

Father's Day ideas

Outdoors

Father's Day ideas

Father's Day always seems so tricky to plan. Mother's Day is usually pretty simple: flowers, chocolate, seeing the extended family, and so on. But unless your dad has a very specific passion, it can be tricky to find a way to give him an awesome day. Well, the Volcano is

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