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Jason Harris

These days it’s here a fireman, there a fireman, everywhere a fireman — but who’s complaining? Not me. Puyallup Fire Station #3 physician assistant Jason Harris, 39, burns down the house with his charisma, personality and community involvement, but his smoldering eyes and washboard abs save me. His fireman coat is back

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Good Karma

After spending 11 years with Nordstrom and the last seven with The Sports Authority as regional visual coordinator, Michelle Baerg, owner of Good Karma Boutique, proves she has a good eye and good taste. Baerg had been making jewelry in her spare time for years and opened her shop two

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In the bag

Maui Splash While on vacation in Maui I discovered Tedeschi Vineyards, a winery that produces pineapple wine. Also known as Maui Wines, this vineyard sits majestically at Ulupalakua Ranch. This volcanic soil is exceedingly fertile and has been turning out Carnelian grapes of high quality with chameleon abilities to produce red

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Lunch rules

ANNOUNCER: A good sandwich is a wonderful thing, not to be taken for granted. It has the capability of all-encompassing nourishment, containing protein and vitamins, roughage and dairy, all cozied up inside a carbohydrate shell. Usually a simple enough formula, it is possible to get it wrong, and the boys

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Don't Tell Sophie

Is it just me, or does saying “2008” fell weird to anyone else? Am I the only one who thinks “2008” sounds like cars should be flying and robots should be making my bed? Whether it sounds funny or not, there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s 2008 now. There’s

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Learn to be creative

Pacific Gallery Artists’ January meeting looks interesting as artist Lynn Di Nino — the creative force behind community and local artists collaborative events such as the now extremely popular 100th Monkey Parties and last year’s Chaos Into Order at Sixth Avenue’s Art on the Ave — will be in the

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Hometown tourist

This vacation has been such a good time that I really can’t get the The Go-Gos out of my head. All of the dirty little details won’t fit, so here are the highlights: Syd Vicious and I had the unique opportunity to see Alexo Rulz’s band, Foray, at the Viaduct, the newer

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Mexican Justice League

What I’m about to say in today’s column could get me fired. No, you stupid heads, not from this job. It’s also not from my routine day job. I’m about to disclose some information about a league that I’m in, and disclosure of that information could get me kicked out, or it’ll be

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Sprinker snowman contest

Before there were cities, governments or tacos, ancient people endeavored to sculpt natural substances into meaningful forms — monoliths to honor the seasons, shaped mounds of earth to celebrate ancient gods. Since then, environmental sculpture has become an ever-mutating pursuit, employing a vast, varied and growing variety of media —

Shelter at home

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Shelter at home

Quarantine snacks all eaten, multiple seasons of TV shows already binge watched and now you're left staring around your house trying to figure out what to do. Let us help with things you can do without leaving your house:  Scholastic is offering free daily learning at home to ensure your kids

2020 Spring Welcome Guide

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2020 Spring Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see. Click the link below and start

What's Happening

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What's Happening

It's another week for us to stave off boredom while we all spend way too much time at home. To help figuratively keep you company, we've assembled a list of recommended entertainments. Most of these are free, and all of them will help take your mind off of the heavy

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Music picks of the week

Thursday POP the lund bros. It’s one thing to have one musically inclined child, but two? Good genes I suppose.  In the tradition of Oasis and the Kinks, the Lund Bros. are considered the kings of pop in their hometown of Tacoma.  With catchy guitar hooks, poppy rhythms, and in sync harmonies,

Craft beer and spirits in the South Sound

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Craft beer and spirits in the South Sound

It is no surprise that the South Sound, which was home to much of the micro-brew craze of the 1990s, continues to be a center for the craft beers of today. From Tacoma's historic brewery neighborhood to the community vibe of Olympia, you are sure to find a brew that

New In-N-Out Burger in Oregon is the closest location to JBLM

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New In-N-Out Burger in Oregon is the closest location to JBLM

Cult food followings are no stranger to the Seattle/Tacoma areas. In fact, most regions have some sort of fan base circulating around a local cuisine or restaurant. Ask any local what you absolutely have to try and you may hear anything from the Seattle Dog (a hot dog served with

Paintball: fun for everyone

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Paintball: fun for everyone

Paintball is FUN! "This is exactly what we promote and provide," began Nick Goobin, who with his wife Denize has owned and operated Paintball, Inc. at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for two decades. "We are an entertainment industry and there is a lot of competition for this, and to ensure our continuing success

Depression doesn’t require meds

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Depression doesn’t require meds

(Photo: Dr. Jonathan Downar works with a local patient). Depression isn't your fault. It is a medical condition -- an inhibition of sorts in your brain. And like any physical problem, there are medical solutions. But that doesn't mean you have to take a regimen of pharmaceuticals, some which cause side-effects. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation,

It takes a village to run a golf course

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It takes a village to run a golf course

When you step inside the $1.4 million Rehabilitation Learning Center that serves as the club house for the American Lake Veterans Golf Course (ALVGC), the atmosphere is bustling with activity. Much like any other golf club there is a sense of camaraderie, but this golf course is the only Americans

JBLM Auto Skills Centers

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JBLM Auto Skills Centers

If a person takes care of their automobile, it stands to reason that their four-wheeled investment will take care of them when on the road. One way to accomplish this is to visit one of the two Auto Skills Centers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), which are located at 4043 West

Historic forts -- a taste of regional history

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Historic forts -- a taste of regional history

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, an area famed for its scenery, diversity and history. Speaking of history, some of the area's history is to be found in the Northwest's historic military forts. Below is a partial list of old outposts that invite visitors to explore some of the region's past. Washington Historic Fort

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