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Brit-Simone Sutter

Instead of pushing at the malls, the Weekly Volcano decided to hit the Tempest Lounge’s Trunk Show Saturday. Seven artists filled the Hilltop spot with jewelry as the flavor of the day. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but Brit-Simone Sutter, the marketing machine behind Vinosus Handmade.  As beautiful

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Mineral

Mineral, the dreamy jewelry gallery with big picture window on St. Helens has moved. As with so many of the buildings in Tacoma’s downtown core, her former building, The Webster, was sold, and Mineral owner and jewelry designer Lisa Kinoshita packed up her bags and moved to the Dome District,

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Heavy Metal Christmas Party

Nothing says Christmas like heavy metal. Forget mistletoe and egg nog. Forget Saint Nick and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. As Baby Jesus’ birthday looms ever closer, it’s time to think about drop tuned guitars and testosterone. On Thursday, Dec. 20, Cheers West in University Place will play host to the

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Sleep is overrated

Holy crap, this winter wonderland has been busy with all kinds of action, so let me just jump right in. The Supersuckers are the best rock and roll band ever Wednesday night I grabbed Suzy Stump, and we happily hopped on the barstools at the Red Hot for some brews and the

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Lakewood comes alive

A few years ago I looked around and said, “There is no live music in Lakewood!” It was strictly a DJ, karaoke and jukebox town (unless you count the mariachi band that frequently appears at Mazatlan restaurant), which is sad given the thriving music scene that existed in the late

Cactus

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Cactus

ANNOUNCER: As Tacoma's charming Proctor District continues to evolve, Jackie and Dutch are lured once again to dine at a newly opened establishment. Cactus, Seattle-born chain, boast Tex-Mex-styled cuisine. JACKIE: This spot is bustling with activity! Although, due to some creative design choices, even at full capacity Cactus manages to feel

Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

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Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

Niclas Olson is the founder and Artistic Director of New Muses Theatre Company in Tacoma. He adapts the primarily classic plays the company produces, and more often than not directs their productions and performs in the leading role. Plus, he does light design and other technical work for New Muses

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

You sometimes discover good eatin' in the unlikeliest of places. I was cocktailing at the Old Cheers West, circa 2003 or so. The place was cave-like dark and smoke-filled (remember when you could smoke in restaurants still?) with music thumping and average joes and scantily clad 20-somethings bumping and writhing

Airmen summer safety

Military Life

Airmen summer safety

While June 21 is the official beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend acts as the unofficial kickoff to the summer season for many Air Force families. The weather is in that sweet spot between not too hot, and not too cold. Many families enjoyed an extended weekend together. Friends gathered

Cargo City officially opens

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Cargo City officially opens

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to signify the official opening of Cargo City, located next to an aircraft parking ramp at Kuwait International Airport, marked a historic occasion May 19. The opening of Cargo City successfully closes the United States Air Force and Coalition Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base gateway after over 20 years

State lawmakers help military

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State lawmakers help military

HB 1137 - National Guard pay/wildland fires: Modifies pay for National Guard members in active state service. Directs the adjutant general to establish a pay scale for National Guard wildfire response, which takes into account experience and responsibility ESHB 1138 - Tenancy termination/military: Amends provisions in the Residential Landlord Tenant Act

Fairbanks, Alaska

Travel

Fairbanks, Alaska

The land of the midnight sun is much closer than you might expect. Flights on Alaska Airlines from Seattle are a less than a four-hour nonstop flight. Heading out on an early morning flight can have you exploring by 9:30 a.m., giving you a full day on your trip. Fairbanks

Sniffling, sneezing, coughing

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Sniffling, sneezing, coughing

April showers bring May flowers. The sing-song reminder rings true as dazzling blooms begin to sprout, blanketing the ground in hues of every color. For some, this is a time of suffering as allergies begin to piggy-back off the aesthetic beauty offered by the flourishing plant life. Don't fret --

Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarships awarded

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Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarships awarded

On May 22, the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund presented $27,000 in scholarships to deserving family members of soldiers, retirees, and Gold Star Families living within a 50-mile radius of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This year, 19 high school students, four university recipients and three Army spouses were awarded

Ballet scholarships for military youth

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Ballet scholarships for military youth

Sometimes, the best way to honor our past is to look to the future and find meaningful ways to support our youth. Tacoma City Ballet (TCB) is rising to that challenge this summer, as it opens a new military scholarship program for children of active-duty military personnel. The Lieutenant Colonel

Madigan participates in field training exercise

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Madigan participates in field training exercise

The deadly whistle of an incoming mortar breaks up the constant gunfire. Residents rush to provide lifesaving care to a mock casualty as they move him out of the line of fire. An instructor calls out what the wounded soldier might cry -- "I'm bleeding! It hurts!" -- to add

Road to TwitchCon

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Road to TwitchCon

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is partnering with Army Entertainment, an Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Family and MWR Program, to bring eSports tournaments to installations around the world for a chance to go to TwitchCon 2019 in September. The Street Fighter V Road to TwitchCon qualifiers are part of

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Cybercriminals impersonating servicemembers

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's Computer Crime Investigative Unit is once again warning soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for "social media scams" where cybercriminals impersonate servicemembers for romance scams and other impersonation crimes such as sales schemes and advance fee schemes. "By monitoring your social media

Engineering for the future

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Engineering for the future

The engineers had completed their work, and yesterday morning they watched and listened as the result of their hard work was recognized. "There is a legacy here," said Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, I Corps Commanding General, moments before cutting a red ribbon to open the new Observation Point 10 Trench Training

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Going big

The biggest highlight from last week can be summed up with one four-letter word. And, surprisingly, it’s not even a dirty word. It’s actually quite clean and pristine, that is, unless it’s yellow. Snow, snow, SNOW! All week long I’d been getting the Crystal Mountain snow reports via e-mail, which had me dreaming

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