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Put one way, this summer marks the 60th birthday of one of the South Sound's most legendary residents. Put another way, this mythic figure spans millennia. Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest told tales of wild men in the woods, from the Lummi Ts'emekwes to the Chinookan people's mountain skookums

Vacation season

Travel

Vacation season

Are you traveling this summer and planning to stay at someone's home? The relationship between guest and host or hostess can sometimes be a delicate one. Here are a few ways to be a fabulous houseguest, so you can be sure to be invited back again and again. Keep in mind

The snow is melting

Outdoors

The snow is melting

Mount Rainier looms over Joint Base Lewis-McChord and just begs to be explored. Winter weather limits your options to explore, but now that spring is here and weather is warming up, Mount Rainier National Park roads will soon be opening up for the season. At this time of year, weather conditions

Carter Lake Elementary honors military children

Military Life

Carter Lake Elementary honors military children

Last month, Carter Lake Elementary School's principal, teachers, administrators and staff, as well as invited guests and parents, paused to honor military children as part of the month-long recognition of April as Month of the Military Child. "This is our opportunity to acknowledge and be thankful for the service of all

From refugee to soldier

Military Life

From refugee to soldier

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord will celebrate the diversity and honor of its servicemembers, including Sgt. Maj. El Sar, I Corps command chaplain sergeant major, a Cambodian-born American who lived through atrocities as a child in his homeland and is now proud to

Fallen never forgotten

Benefits

Fallen never forgotten

For some people, the memory of personal tragedy never fades. "I was with a client when I got the call," said Linda Eldred. Her voice cracked as she spoke. Her eyes filled with tears. "At first I didn't answer my phone and it kept ringing and ringing. Finally, I answered it

Preparing for hybrid threats

News Front

Preparing for hybrid threats

Since 1980, military personnel have come and gone through the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, to prepare for missions around the world. These month-long rotations are usually geared to prepare a unit for an upcoming mission. For the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, their April 2018 rotation to NTC

Airman Leadership School Class 18-D graduates

News Front

Airman Leadership School Class 18-D graduates

Congratulations to the following airmen who graduated the Julius A. Kolb Airman Leadership School at Joint Base Lewis-McChord May 3. Senior Airman Austin Bathrick, 62nd Operations Support Squadron Staff Sgt. Erick Diaz, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron Senior Airman John Draxler, 7th Airlift Squadron Senior Airman Ryan Edens, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Senior Airman Joseph Hynson,

Former NFL Player, Xbox surprise troops

News Front

Former NFL Player, Xbox surprise troops

A former NFL football player broke up the routine of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's in- and out-processing center April 27 when he made a surprise lunchtime appearance, bearing free Xboxes for soldiers. Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, Hank Baskett, distributed 60 of the game systems, along with accessories, donated by Microsoft Headquarters

Volunteer of the Year Luncheon is another big success

News Front

Volunteer of the Year Luncheon is another big success

Fortunately, it was what they called a "facsimile check," -- that is the cost Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) would have had to pay for all the volunteer hours it received. And at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, the large check was presented on stage at the McChord Club for $2.6 million.

Construction at JBLM

News Front

Construction at JBLM

Commuters to and from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will have to pardon the construction at the Lewis Main Liberty Gate at Exit 120. Work will begin the beginning of June and should be completed by the end of September. Only two of the four access lanes will be open for incoming traffic

And the award goes to ...

Veterans

And the award goes to ...

In an ideal world, when a National Guard or Reserve servicemember attends annual training, monthly drill or is called to active-duty status, her coworkers and employer are there to support her. They absorb her workload -- probably with a little grumbling -- then work together to finish her projects as

Appreciation and advice

News Front

Appreciation and advice

It was a special moment, one filled with commitment on the part of local high school seniors. And it was a moment filled with thank-yous. A little over a month before they graduate, 170 teenagers stood and pledged to join the military at the eighth annual Operation Recruit Enlistment Dinner May 2.

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

Welcome, once again, to Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a specific subsection of pop culture from its birth, to how it exists today. This month, I'm thinking about comic book adaptations for adults. The subgenre experienced its biggest heyday in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, but with Deadpool and Logan showing that there's

Patio Palooza

Food Matters

Patio Palooza

Guys! Take a peek out of your window right now! Unless Washington is being her usual temperamental self, that shiny orb in the sky is called the sun. And I'm pretty sure she's sticking around for a while. Or, at the very least a few consecutive days here and there,

Future looks bright

Arts

Future looks bright

If the 12 artists represented in the "Senior Art Show" at University of Puget Sound's Kittredge Gallery are an indication of what the future of art in the South Sound holds in store, the future shall be bright.  The "Senior Art Show" is Puget Sound's annual exhibit of studio-based senior thesis projects by

Full Immersion

Music

Full Immersion

For a lot of us, when we're young, I think it's a fairly common experience to absorb music in a very surface-level way. Your parents play you songs, which tend to be upbeat and inoffensive, and you latch on to certain sentimental songs, but the notion of music achieving a

Fish fish fish

Features

Fish fish fish

ANNOUNCER: It has been a long wait for the swanky 1960's-styled fish and chips shop to open, but Dutch and Jackie rush into Fish Fish Fish this week to see what they can catch. Another venture by the owners of Shake Shake Shake, this too is designed with family and

The good, the bad and the unnecessary

Stage

The good, the bad and the unnecessary

Talley's Folly is a sweet romance with an unlikely couple, the daughter of a wealthy garment factory owner in Missouri and a Jewish immigrant from the East Coast. This two-person, Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place during World War II in one act (97-minutes long with no intermission) and in a

Stealing Shots

South Sound Cinema

Stealing Shots

It's a baked-in factor of independent film for directors to "steal" shots. Lacking the budget that would allow for a production to get permits and shut down a city street, for instance, a small crew would run out, shoot a couple takes with their actors, and get out before cops

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