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It's a jungle out there

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It's a jungle out there

You probably already know about the zoo in Tacoma, or you have visited the Aquarium in Seattle, but did you know you could pet a baby grizzly bear in Oregon, or touch a shark just over the border in California?  How about driving through not one but two wild animal

Head to the beach

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Head to the beach

Ocean Shores, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a peaceful retreat on the Pacific coast located conveniently 90 minutes west of Interstate 5 and the South Puget Sound area.  Here you'll find long stretches of sandy beach, 26 miles of inland waterways for boating and paddling, eclectic shops and

Welcome to the Northwest

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Welcome to the Northwest

If you are holding a copy of this 2018 Welcome Guide, then you either found it inside one of our weekly military newspapers, The Ranger, NW Airlifter or JBLM Living, online via our social media, or you picked it up at one of our military support events. Welcome to the Northwest! This

Downtown Puyallup: A Primer

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Downtown Puyallup: A Primer

Ah Puyallup, one of those tricky little Pacific Northwest destinations with a name that is hard to pronounce for non-locals. In addition to a river running through and more car lots than you can shake a squeegee at, what does it have to offer? Let me tell you -- loads! Downtown Puyallup

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Seattle celebrates holidays on stage

Like traffic and egg nog-spiced everything, you can count on Seattle delivering Broadway-quality musicals on stage during the month of December. And this year is no exception with Elf in town this week only, and Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn on stage a couple more weeks. Both productions are G-rated fun

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Job fair for troops and spouses

Choosing the right job while stationed here as a spouse, or for troops leaving the service, makes all the difference in a person's quality of life. Hire GI hopes to help local military and their spouses hit the jackpot of employment happiness by bringing a number of employers with a wide

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"Pershing's Last Patriot" in Lakewood

The WWI Centennial is not complete without watching Pershing's Last Patriot, presented by the Lakewood Historical Society and showing Sept. 26 in Lakewood, 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW. A FREE showing of the documentary about Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I.

Welcome to the Northwest

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Welcome to the Northwest

If you are holding a copy of this 2017 Welcome Guide, then you either found it inside one of our weekly military newspapers, The Ranger, NW Airlifter or JBLM Living, online via our social media, or you picked it up at one of our military support events. Welcome to the Northwest! This

Oh Canada

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Oh Canada

It will be a shame if you don't explore British Columbia while you are living here in the Northwest, because while similar in some ways to the greater Pacific Northwest and United States as a whole, there are many unique opportunities a minimum of three hours away that you can't

The Gulf War via JBLM

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The Gulf War via JBLM

On Aug. 7, 1990, violent events altered the lives of many soldiers, family members and civilians in and around then Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base.  President George Bush ordered troops to deploy to Saudi Arabia in response to Iraq's attack and occupation of Kuwait.   What began in 1990

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Former AUSA sub-chapter president, wife of former JBLM SF soldier, killed in Las Vegas shooting

One of the 59 people killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday had ties to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Denise Burditus, who originally stood up the Association of the United States Army’s sub chapter in Lacey, Wa., and the wife of a recently retired Green Beret with JBLM’s

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Washington's wine industry is aging just fine

FROM OLYMPIA BUSINESS WATCH... Washington wine is aging just fine. Earlier this week, the Washington State Wine Commission reported the results of a new economic impact study of the Washington wine industry which is the most comprehensive ever produced.  It contains good news--very good news. Washington wine is now an $8.6 billion annual business and across the

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EAT SPECIAL: hash browns

PLACES WE LOVE >>> El Gaucho Tacoma Why We Go: The upscale steakhouse brings New York-ish service and ambiance to Tacoma. While this town has several upscale eateries, never before has it had a restaurant that creates an experience that leaves diners feeling as if they had stepped into another world,

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EAT SPECIAL: Vien Dong

PLACES WE LOVE >>> Why We Go: When we wish to dine in another world, slightly Third World, steamy, exotic, Asian - as if out of a movie - Vien Dong in the Lincoln District fits the bill. Vien Dong envelopes the senses. The atmosphere takes us immediately to Vietnam without

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