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The Ruston Inn's Stoli Elit

So I find myself at the Ruston Inn, yet again. Oh, boy. The 12 or 15 loud talkers on a recent Thursday, all in their 40s and 50s, wearing NASCAR jackets, flannel shirts and hockey jerseys. It’s gonna be another fun night indeed. Over in the corner is the eldest: A

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Trip The Light Fantastic

Turning on the radio can be a fairly depressing proposition. There was a time when stations on the FM dial had integrity, but those days are long gone. With the obvious exception of KEXP, chances are anything you tune in on the car radio is going to suck hardcore, and

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BuyOlympia for shirts

In July 1999 some were worrying about Y2K and the end of days, but Pat Castaldo and Aaron Tuller, two young veterans of the Northwest music scene, were hatching a plan to create a Web site to sell artwork by their friends in bands. Not the music, the visual artwork

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I hope I have seen our future

Hey Tacoma, I have seen the light, and this bright beacon of hope illuminated it’s way into my heart when I least expected it. This past weekend I was fortunate enough to accompany the husband to his company Christmas party, and in all places, Spokane. Yes, you heard me, Spokane.

Visiting Seattle Southside

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Visiting Seattle Southside

The Pacific Northwest Explorers headed to Seattle Southside for their latest adventure. Many in the group had only visited the area when going to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and did not realize all the fun activities and eclectic restaurants they could visit. The group started their day at the Seattle Chocolate

Love of travel

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Love of travel

Trying to have a career as a military spouse is very challenging with the constant moves causing gaps in your resumé. Military spouse Mandy Kruger utilized her skills to start a travel blog and keep her resumé up to date with the frequent changes and unexpected aspects of military life. "Blogging

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Making health a priority

Sadly, the avenue of men's health does not receive as much attention as it deserves; often eclipsed by the hues of pink and fundraisers associated with women's health and illness. For this reason, Pacific Medical Centers' Primary Care Physician Dr. David True has reached out to advise, inform, and give

Winter reads

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Winter reads

As the weather outside gets colder and holiday fervor creeps into our weekly schedules, it's no wonder many of us are looking for an excuse to retreat to the safety (and solitude) of our sofa. There, a good book and a warm blanket await us. If the only thing holding

Letting potential off the leash

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Letting potential off the leash

Fraser is a hero. As a service dog, he was paired with Alex, a young man confined to a wheelchair. The partnership between the two allowed Alex to enter Seattle University, earn a bachelor's degree and then complete an internship in South Africa. "Alex says he never would have dreamed of studying

To awaken and soothe

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To awaken and soothe

Where were you when you first were moved by the music of just one voice and one instrument? You'd be a liar if you didn't say that you'd crossed this threshold as a very small child. While we, as a species, quickly become accustomed to a big band full of

Two shows at Department of Ecology

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Two shows at Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology in Lacey is routinely filled with art, with rotating shows of local and area artists in the public spaces. Works by two Olympia artists, Lois Beck and Mary McCann, are now on display in the dining room (McCann) and the lobby (Beck). These artists have shown

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

It's no great secret that, while the holiday season may bring its share of joy and merriment, it can also be an achingly sad time of year for so many people. Somehow, a lot of holiday entertainment not only doesn't shy away from this aspect of the season, but places

Holiday movie preview

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Holiday movie preview

Season's screenings! Should we wait till December to talk about the 2018 holiday movies I'm most excited to see, or should we dive right in and open our previews early? I say: EARLY! Roma (Dec. 6) Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, the blazing talent behind Gravity (for which he won a best director Oscar), was inspired

Holiday lighted boat parades

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Holiday lighted boat parades

Living along the Puget Sound affords us a few coastal traditions. One coastal tradition is a lighted boat parade. Often sponsored by local yacht clubs, these parades of boats are annual events, which helps to kick off the holiday season. Here are three lighted boat parades in our area. "The lighted

Gifts from the Pacific Northwest

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Gifts from the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is a must visit for any traveler. Whether your interests include arts and leisure or outdoor adventure, this state has it all. If the holidays aren't the right time for family to come visit, help them experience the PNW first-hand with these local treasures that make

Surgeon General increasing lethality at AFRC wings

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Surgeon General increasing lethality at AFRC wings

The Surgeon General's Office of the Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is revitalizing the medical waiver adjudication process from the top down. The office recently tested a new process where wing commanders have the authority to allow members to continue serving, in a full or limited

Deploying mental healthcare downrange

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Deploying mental healthcare downrange

Deployed mental health providers play a vital role in delivering medical care downrange, ensuring the health of the warfighter and the mission. Even though servicemembers who deploy are medically ready, both physically and mentally, the rigors of deployment can take a toll. "Deployments can be stressful and servicemembers are away from their

McChord C-17 shows capabilities

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McChord C-17 shows capabilities

A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to McChord was the first to land, since 2003, on the Selah Airstrip Nov. 15 at Yakima Training Center (YTC). A C-17 carrying two U.S. Army High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) vehicles and a support vehicle from Joint Base Lewis-McChord landed on the newly renovated

10th CST trains with local firefighters and police

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10th CST trains with local firefighters and police

The phone rings, an emergency situation is taking place and first responders need the help of the Washington National Guard's 10th Civil Support Team. Guardsmen grab their gear, identify the vehicles they need and head to the scene. This scenario recently happened when a suspicious package was left at a state

America’s First Corps feed hundreds of soldiers

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America’s First Corps feed hundreds of soldiers

In preparation for the Thanksgiving meal to be served at Courage Inn Nov. 23 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, soldiers from across America's First Corps were in the kitchen there overnight preparing food enough for 500 people. "(Tuesday) evening we started preparing for today's lunchtime Thanksgiving feast for the soldiers," said Sgt.

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