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End of an action-packed 2018

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End of an action-packed 2018

The world has rung in the New Year and welcomed 2019. As 2018 proved to be a year full of training, exercises and new leadership for the 446th Airlift "Rainier" Wing. Check out a summary of 2018 accomplishments and milestones pulled together from Public Affairs coverage. Missions, Exercises and Training Rainier Wing

Top-ranked stories of 2018

News Front

Top-ranked stories of 2018

This past year, the Army rolled out several programs and policies to boost the readiness of its soldiers as well as prepare them for life after the military. A pair of combat veterans also received the military's highest honor and a new World War II-style uniform was brought back. Below is

2018 Winter Guide

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2018 Winter Guide

Click here to view our interactive 2018 Winter Guide.

Sampling serious suds and quirky culture

Travel

Sampling serious suds and quirky culture

Breweries abound in the Pacific Northwest, but even in that environment, Portland, Oregon, is known as a craft-beer mecca. According to oregoncraftbeer.org, the Rose City has 77 craft beer breweries; that grows to 117 when you leave Portland proper to include the greater metro area of the city straddling the

Good eats on wheels

Reviews

Good eats on wheels

ANNOUNCER: Open just a few months now, the Street Eats Mobile Eatery is beginning to get a solid customer base willing to follow them around the South Sound. Floating between Bonney Lake and Tacoma, Dutch and Jackie got out the GPS this week and chased them down. DUTCH: Chasing down a

The Journey surprises

Arts

The Journey surprises

Now on view at American Art Company is The Journey, an exhibition of Plein Air Washington Artists. I can't honestly review this exhibition without stating my personal bias -- and yes, critics always have personal biases, no matter how they might try to be objective. The paintings in this show are

Foodie-themed festivities for New Year’s and beyond

Features

Foodie-themed festivities for New Year’s and beyond

As one year comes to a close and another is looming just ahead, I make it a point to refresh my admiration of the local culinary culture by finding delectable happenings around the South Sound. There's never a shortage of something going down from pairing dinners to cooking courses. Here's

An old-fashioned Christmas musical

Stage

An old-fashioned Christmas musical

Christmas might be over, but Harlequin Productions continues celebrating the season until New Year's Eve. For this year's holiday show, Harlequin dove deep into their archives to re-stage their first holiday show, The 1940s Radio Hour. First performed in 1993, this is the one that inspired the theater's Stardust series,

Royal Canadian Air Force complete training at WADS

News Front

Royal Canadian Air Force complete training at WADS

The Western Air Defense Sector hosted 11 air battle managers of the Royal Canadian Air Force for a five-week period this fall in order to complete their qualification training. The air battle managers were deployed from 3 Wing and 22 Wing of the RCAF. The 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational

Army-funded technology wins Oscar

News Front

Army-funded technology wins Oscar

Creative geniuses behind digital humans and human-like characters in Hollywood blockbusters Avatar, Blade Runner 2049, Maleficent, Furious 7, The Jungle Book, Ready Player One, and others have U.S. Army-funded technology to thank for visual effects. That technology was developed at the U.S. Army Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of

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Oh Voices

It’s not easy to be happy. It might surprise you to know that making cheerful music that doesn’t sound cheesy is a challenge for many musicians. When I hear a band that is making happy music that doesn’t involve lyrics about getting wasted or carving initials in leather seats, I

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Original Booty Burglars

If the Original Booty Burglars are one thing, it’s, well, original. They’re original and ridiculously entertaining. It’s not quantum physics. It’s rock and roll. The Original Booty Burglars know how to take control of a stage and know how to mesmerize a crowd. The first time I saw the Booty

Former Madigan doctor shares new mental health therapy

Military Life

Former Madigan doctor shares new mental health therapy

With his salt and pepper hair, square jaw, and handsome good looks, you might figure Dr. Kris Peterson as a retired Army colonel. When you combine this (strength and confidence) with the soft-spoken psychiatrist's easy-going demeanor, you can see how patients find it easy to connect, to trust him with

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Failing Winter, Empire Brass and others

Friday, Dec. 7 CLASSICAL the empire brass Tuba players are always getting the shaft. Their instrument can weigh almost 30 pounds, they rarely get to play a song’s melody, and they can’t help but sound like a sea lion with too much fiber in its diet. But The Empire Brass Holiday Pop

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Java Fusion Coffee House and Deli

Java Fusion Coffee House and Deli opened a little over a year ago on Sixth Avenue near the Narrows Bridges in the west end of Tacoma. Owned by Tacoma natives Marguerite Yoshino and family, the coffee house imparts a warm and welcoming vibe not only projected by charming employees, but

That New Year’s sound

Music

That New Year’s sound

For just about as long as I've been writing for this fine rag, I've complained about the inherent flaw in New Year's Eve, as a holiday: building up one giant party for an entire year will inevitably lead to disappointment. More than any other holiday (Halloween included), New Year's Eve

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Bubbles From Around The World

Thursday, Dec. 6: Bubbles From Around The World, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 7-Saturday, Dec. 8: Smorgasbord of Wine & Port, 6-10 p.m., $5, Pairings Fine Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th

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Good barbecue

Good barbecue — like some other good things in life — can’t be hurried. It’s a sloooooow process. We’re not talking about grilling, or backyard barbecues. We’re talking about the art of cooking meats and poultry over low, slow heat. The following know what they’re doing: HONEY BEE BBQ: The

Happy holidays?

Military Life

Happy holidays?

With the holiday season in full swing, a wondrous flurry of sparkling dazzlement, good tidings and cheer is in the air. Although the chill and frost inspires inner feelings of warmth and coziness for some, it can serve as the catalyst of melancholic hopelessness for others. Seasonal Depression or Seasonal

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Go big this season

We’re well into the feasting season. Still, for many of us, Thanksgiving dinner was the last serious sit-down meal for a while. With only the slightest effort, most of us can manage to survive from now until New Year’s Day on nothing but mini crab cakes, smoked salmon, artichoke dip,

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