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How to pick the right contractor

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How to pick the right contractor

Preparing to undergo any home project, big or small, can be exciting but also intimidating. Many projects can be done yourself with the right tools and a few hours studying YouTube videos. Then there are bigger projects that require permitting, licenses and field experts. Choosing the right contractor can save

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WSDOT shares info on I-5 project along JBLM

About 70 people attended the Washington State Department of Transportation's open house Thursday evening at Tillicum Elementary School in Lakewood to go over the details of the Interstate 5 widening project with rebuilt Berkeley and Thorne Lane interchanges. The $495 million I-5 project runs along Joint Base Lewis-McChord and is scheduled

Military daughters say ‘That’s My Dress’

Military Life

Military daughters say ‘That’s My Dress’

Adrianna Engelstad and her friend Lillian Smith-Magallanez, both students at Central Kitsap High School, attended the USO - Operation That's My Dress event. The two arrived at American Lake Conference Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord not quite sure what to expect. The high energy Fashion Show with a performance by

Boeing partners with USO Pathfinder

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Boeing partners with USO Pathfinder

A day-long employment summit for military spouses and servicewomen took place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday. The event was a partnership with The Boeing Company and the USO. The expo focused on helping to navigate the transition from military life to the civilian world with professional development and resources. The

Finally recognized

News

Finally recognized

Jessie Castro, Vitaliano Bantiles and Lenenor Jimenez had waited over 75 years to receive due recognition for their service alongside American forces pitted against the Japanese Army in the Philippines during World War II. Joining the three surviving veterans were the next of kin of 57 other Filipino-Americans who received the

Meet the new Madi and Lewi

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Meet the new Madi and Lewi

Two soft gray cygnets, also known as young swans, clumsily made their way from their traveling crate to the verdant inner pond of Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Oct. 24 to take their place as the latest in a succession of mated pairs that stretches back to

The Finders Keepers Project

Travel

The Finders Keepers Project

Up and down the west coast of the United States people love to beachcomb, and one of the most prized finds is glass fishing floats. It is much rare to find these today as they have been replaced in the fishing industry by plastic and aluminum floats. Lincoln City, Oregon,

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Combating cancer

Breast cancer is an ever-present and unfortunate reality in America. One in eight women are diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, and it is the second leading cancer-causing death among women in the United States, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With staggering statistics across the board and

Buy a brick

News

Buy a brick

This Veterans Day marks another anniversary of the end of the Great War, or World War I, a century ago. Hostilities on the Western Front ceased on at the 11th hour of the 11th day, 1918. On this day this year, Sunday, Nov. 11, Americans will pause to honor those men

Shaking it off

Music

Shaking it off

So much of rock and roll boils down to one simple goal: shaking off the oppressive stress and browbeating aggressors of everyday life. If you make it through the exhausting marathon that makes up just one average, unremarkable weekday in this life of ours, you're afforded the opportunity to frantically

‘The Jungle’ and ‘Tsunami Coming’

Arts

‘The Jungle’ and ‘Tsunami Coming’

Featured artists at Minka are Lauren Boilini and Michael Kaniecki. Boilini is a Seattle-based painter and public artist who has been awarded commissions across the U.S. and artist residencies all over the world. Her epic installation "The Jungle" explores themes of overcrowding, aggression and ecological breakdown.      Tacoma artist Michael Kaniecki

Beauty in imperfection

Stage

Beauty in imperfection

Yohen takes its time revealing exactly what's going on with its two characters, James (Malcolm J. West) and Sumi (Aya Hashiguchi). While they speak as though they've known each other for many years, there's a hesitance to their interactions, a kind of nervous energy that feels slightly off. It takes until

Ta Carbon Mexican Asadero

Reviews

Ta Carbon Mexican Asadero

ANNOUNCER: Ta Carbon Mexican Asadero boasts authentic Mexican cuisine with a meat-driven, steakhouse-inspired menu. If you mention steak or Mexican dishes to Dutch or Jackie, they are sure to arrive with their appetites.JACKIE: The ambiance is intimate! I've heard quite a buzz surrounding Ta Carbon and would have never guessed such

Copy that!

Music

Copy that!

Even grown-ups love wearing costumes for Halloween -- the more provocative the better. At Olympia Film Society's (OFS) Capitol Theater, that cosplay rocks. Each year since 2003, OFS has presented a parade of musicians who dress and perform as idols of the past. Last year's mistress of ceremonies, "Vanessa the

Win Halloween with digital decorating

Military Life

Win Halloween with digital decorating

Technology has been influencing the entertainment industry for decades. Movies, video games, and even amusement parks have evolved dramatically since the introduction of digital animation, high definition, and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), as designers increasingly close the gap between real and animated. These advancements have allowed entertainers the ability to

Chasing terror

Attractions

Chasing terror

It's a never-ending source of fascination, to me, that people so frequently volunteer to be horrified. With a world so chock-full of real, readily accessible terror, how odd and endearing is it that people line up to pay money for the privilege of having of the wits scared out of

Halloween-y treats

Features

Halloween-y treats

I think of Halloween as a type of training. Your body needs to be eased into the season of eating. To amp up for all the holiday parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, a month-long pumpkin spice indulgence with a finale of candy corn gorgefest is the best sort of

McChord airman earns Bronze Star Medal

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McChord airman earns Bronze Star Medal

Senior Master Sgt. Travis J. Calmez, 62nd Airlift Maintenance Squadron (62 AMXS) superintendent, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was presented a Bronze Star Medal Oct. 12, which he earned for his actions while deployed to Forward Operating Base Oqab, Kabul, Afghanistan. The award was presented by Lt. Col. Jacob P. Sullivan, 62 AMXS

Air Force extends high year of tenure for E-4s through E-6s

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Air Force extends high year of tenure for E-4s through E-6s

The Air Force is extending the high year of tenure for senior airmen through technical sergeants beginning Feb. 1, 2019. The memo, signed Oct. 18, extends the high year of tenure from eight to 10 years for senior airmen, from 15 to 20 years for staff sergeants and from 20 to

Washington Guard, business come together for Industry Day

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Washington Guard, business come together for Industry Day

Hundreds of Guardsmen got to see some of the best technology from some of the nation's leading defense industries Oct. 18 at the Pierce County Readiness Center. Industry Day, hosted by the National Guard Association of Washington, provides a unique opportunity for Washington National Guardsmen and the representatives of the

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