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Daytripping by ferry

Whether you are wanting to see the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains on a sunny day or spend some time bicycling or driving around on Vashon Island, the Washington State Ferry System offers ways to see and enjoy much of the region’s natural and community beauty. Much of

Zombies on the loose

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Zombies on the loose

Zombies in red shirts surrounded Amy Tiemeyer. "This should be fun," she said to a group of about 35 soldiers who had been made up to look like zombies. The soldiers represented the 56th Multi-functional Medical Battalion (MMB), the 551st Medical Logistics Company (MLC) and the 47th Combat Support Hospital (CSH). "We all

An American hero

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An American hero

For almost three years, Cpl. Robert L. Rudisill awoke on a mud floor."There were no beds," he said, as he sat at his kitchen table. "We slept in the dirt." Rudisill's walk in 1950 to a dirt bed in a hut in North Korea began in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 27, 1927. In

Caring for those who hold down the fort

Military Life

Caring for those who hold down the fort

Megan Casper and Alana Le were having coffee one day when the subject turned to military spouses and how they care for pretty much everyone in their lives. The two wondered,  "who takes care of military spouses when they are caring for others?" Normal sources of support, such as family, friends

A gate, trees and generals

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A gate, trees and generals

Trees are Mother Nature's generals. Despite their differing sizes and shapes, they fight to keep a foothold in the most extreme conditions. Their roots provide a solid base within their environment; their trunks provide strength to not only the tree but to those who use them; their branches hold the leaves that

A weekend at Long Beach (Part 2)

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A weekend at Long Beach (Part 2)

The Long Beach Peninsula has enough activities to fill a week of vacation and allow plenty of time to relax and unwind. The Beach: Stretching for 28 miles, the drive on beach is spectacular in its length. All you can see for miles in either direction is sandy beach and crashing

Desert attack

News Front

Desert attack

Early last Sunday morning at the Yakima Training Center, the day began hot and without a breeze. In the pre-dawn light, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, moved into position on the north end of the MPRC, or multi-purpose range complex. Strykers with the capabilities

The Evergreen Fleet Cruise sets course

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The Evergreen Fleet Cruise sets course

For decades, the Evergreen Fleet Cruise has been an annual tradition hosted by the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce and the Tacoma Yacht Club. With a goal of fostering networking and community links between civilian and military leaders, more than 200 attendees and 18 yachts participated in this year's event, which

Gold Star Kids go east

Military Life

Gold Star Kids go east

There might not be another place on this planet that evokes more pride of country and a wealth of American History than Washington, D.C. A group of military youth received free flights, hotel stays and a five-day tour of Washington, D.C. during a pilot program under USO Northwest 15 to 1:

Free Tacoma museums for military

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Free Tacoma museums for military

This summer, five downtown Tacoma museums are participating in the Blue Star Museums Program, which offers free admission to active-duty military and their families. All the museums are within walking distance of each other and it makes a great day trip to Tacoma, especially on a rainy summer day.  "Tacoma museums

15 years of glass

Arts

15 years of glass

On Thursday, July 6, Tacoma's own Museum of Glass (MOG) will mark 15 years of creating and promoting glass as an art form in the South Sound. The celebration will feature "cake and beverages during the day," said Jana Marcelia, MOG's director of communications, adding that the museum will be offering

First rate - First Date

Stage

First rate - First Date

Harlequin Productions' First Date is a romantic comedy in the tradition of Tracy and Hepburn, Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, updated for the digital age. Updated how? For starters the search engine Google appears in the guise of a woman, and there's a decidedly 21st

Warming to sumi art

Arts

Warming to sumi art

I must confess that I've never been a huge fan of sumi art. But I'm getting there. The more of it I see, the more I like it. There are 21 works of art in the show "Bamboo: The Summer Gentleman," and 19 of them are pictures of bamboo. One exception is

Living Body

Music

Living Body

The regions where you're born and grow up color every aspect of your life, with every nuance of the area resulting in people leading very different lives from each other. It should come as no surprise, then that these regions develop their own unique pockets of musical output. Even restricting

Hot Shop Heroes at JBLM

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Hot Shop Heroes at JBLM

A decade ago, military doctors didn't prescribe yoga, massage therapy, chiropractic work or art therapy to servicemembers in pain, whether it was physical or psychological. Times have changed, though, and military doctors nowadays not only acknowledge the value of nontraditional treatment methods, but prescribe them, as well. Servicemembers at Joint

Get outside with JBLM MWR

Outdoors

Get outside with JBLM MWR

The great outdoors is closer than you think, right here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). There are many fun, low-cost facilities and things to do, some even free. Freedom Park.  Located on the Fort Lewis side of the base.  Freedom Park has a seasonal, splash park for the little ones and

Travel on a budget by international housesitting

Travel

Travel on a budget by international housesitting

The seemingly elusive dream of free travel can be attained through the increasingly popular travel trend of housesitting, which usually includes care of animals, plants or both. Housesitting allows both the owner and sitter to travel on a budget by providing free pet care and free board, respectively, both of

Music in the Park

Music

Music in the Park

Music makes us do different things, depending on what is playing. Sometimes it makes us laugh, sometimes it makes us cry. However, nine times out of 10, music inspires us to dance. Olympia knows this about music, and embraces that desire to dance - especially when it is time to produce

Spank this burger

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Spank this burger

ANNOUNCER: You are going to need a nap after a full, calorie-laden meal at Spanky Burger and Brew on Tacoma's 6th Avenue, but when you need a grease-fix, the kind that hits the spot and drives your worries away, then Spanky is your man. JASON: Go early, the lunch crowd usually

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