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North Proctor memories

Two of Tacoma’s Proctor District businesses, Culpepper Books and The Pacific Northwest Shop, are hosting receptions and book signings Friday evening, featuring the authors of a recently published book on the district. The twin events are set from 6-8 p.m. “Tacoma’s Proctor District” is among the latest releases from Arcadia Publishing,

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Impromptu Gallery

The latest in cooperative art galleries, Impromptu Gallery next to the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma, had its debut this month with an eye-pleasing multi-artist show. The gallery cooperative is not a new concept — it’s one that allows member artists more control over the space they show in and

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Kinky boots

I’m overflowing with excitement right now because tonight I’ll have a chance to meet and party with one of my all-time heroes, and if you don’t know this guy, please allow me to introduce you: John Fluevog. Fluevog is a shoe designer from Vancouver, British Columbia, who has an amazing cult

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Marcia's Silver Spoon Café

Sometimes people consider me the ultimate Tacoma insider when it comes to nightlife, but one of the secrets to my success is simple. Sure, I’ve developed lasting relationships with so many of the wonderful restaurant and bar owners in this region because I really admire what they do, and I genuinely

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Big shoes to fill

He goes by many names. Mesopotamians called him Enkidu. Tibetans call him Yeti. The Chinese call him Yeren. Australians call him Yowie, the Welch call him Brenin Llwyd or the Grey King. Scottish people refer to him as the Grey Man of Ben MacDhui, aka Am Fear Liath Mòr, and

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Felt good

Faith Hagenhofer is among the more inventive artists working in the South Sound region. I especially appreciate the many ways in which she takes advantage of and, in some cases, works against the natural properties of her chosen media — felt, mostly felt; woven, matted, soft and furry felt. I was

100 percent operational

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100 percent operational

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - A McChord C-17 Globemaster III took off Dec. 22 over the new underground bridge to commemorate the reopening of the McChord Field runway to its full, 10,100-foot operational length. This follows the 11-month closure of almost half of the runway due to two failing culverts under

Top 10 movies of 2020

South Sound Cinema

Top 10 movies of 2020

Even though this year was unlike any other in the history of cinema, in that most films were either limited theatrical releases or premiered on at-home platforms, there was no shortage of first-rate works, including: The Assistant, Crip Camp, First Cow, Hillbilly Elegy, I'm Your Woman, The Invisible Man, The Life

Changes to military payroll

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Changes to military payroll

WASHINGTON - The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is planning to extend payroll collections for military and DOD civilians through December 2021 to reimburse a tax deferment designed to support personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. A presidential memorandum signed in August temporarily paused a portion of Social Security, called

Wild world of JBLM

Jobs & Education

Wild world of JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Transitioning service members, military spouses, college students and local community members interned with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) biologists and foresters in 90-day rotations throughout 2020 to gain hands-on experience with a wide range of environmental projects as part of a collaborative partnership between JBLM Fish and Wildlife and JBLM Forestry. "We're service members making leaders out of students and students making scientists out of service members," said Dennis Buckingham, conservation ecologist and internship coordinator. "Military participants are typically

Strykers to get lasers

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Strykers to get lasers

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Offering a silent shot with unlimited rounds, laser weapons have long been the "next big thing" coming to the battlefield. Now, "next" is finally here. As the Army works to address increasing and changing threats from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and rockets, artillery and mortars (RAM), the service

PCSing: Changing your bank/credit union

Military Life

PCSing: Changing your bank/credit union

Getting ready to PCS? Dread the idea of changing banks? You are not alone. According to Bankrate.com, in a 2019 survey, found that the average U.S. adult keeps the same primary checking account for 14.3 years. Twenty-one percent said they used their account between 21 and 50 years. Older respondents are more

Racial disparity exists for airmen

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Racial disparity exists for airmen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force released its report on the findings of an Air Force Inspector General independent review into racial disparity Dec. 21. The full report is available for download on AF.mil.   The Secretary of the Air Force and the Air and Space Forces service

Serving 40 years possible

Benefits

Serving 40 years possible

U.S. Army Colonel Paul Schmitt, a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) stationed in Kyiv, Ukraine, was planning to retire after 30 years of service. Schmitt serves as the Army Attaché with the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. The DAO represents the Department of Defense to the

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Susie Ristuben

Susie Ristuben needs no introduction, but a friend offers one anyway: “This is Susie. Isn’t she fabulous?” Fabulous is right. Just don’t tell her that unless you want to make her blush. She balks at the term “socialite” and shrugs off the suggestion that she’s somebody in Tacoma/Gig Harbor society. But

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Mishmash

You’ve seen the shoulder bags made out of duct tape. How about those that have seat belts salvaged from old cars and junkyards that are used as tote bag straps complete with chunky metal push button clasps? The tote bags are Mishmash, a design line created by Allison Kline in

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In the bag

Dave’s Meats and Produce So close to my home I could walk, Dave’s Meats and Produce has the most sensational meat counter and the nicest folks working there. Fresh cuts, prepped and ready to cook, broil, sauté or grill provide an easy answer to “what will I prepare for dinner tonight?”

‘Tis the Season for ginger

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‘Tis the Season for ginger

Ginger is not just spicy, sweet and delicious, it's also tremendously good for you. And the holiday season is the perfect time to pack a punch with it in everything from the cookie tray to the cocktails. Here's why and how to include this efficacious superfood in your holiday festivities. Be

JBLM honors fallen

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JBLM honors fallen

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - A steady cascade of cold rain splashed atop the marble and granite headstones marking the final resting places of more than 1,000 fallen service members and their families at the Camp Lewis Cemetery on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dec. 16. Moving row by row, soldiers and airmen placed green wreaths, laced with red ribbon, in front

Arby's opens on JBLM

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Arby's opens on JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - The Army and Air Force Exchange Service opened a brand-new Arby's this week at the Lewis Main Exchange shopping center. Part of an ongoing mall and food court upgrade, Arby's offers slow-cooked and freshly sliced meats and BE FIT options. Lewis' Subway, Charley's Philly Steaks and Auntie

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