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Pet-friendly Wenatchee

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Pet-friendly Wenatchee

Wenatchee, the apple capital of the world, is situated on the banks of the Columbia River and makes a great family getaway which can include the family dog. Plan to stay at the Holiday Inn Express Wenatchee, which is the most pet-friendly hotel we have ever visited. All rooms are

A fun day in La Conner

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A fun day in La Conner

 La Conner is a cute little waterfront town about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Plan to find a place to park and enjoy this beautifully walkable town, filled with shops, museums and great places to eat. First stop, head towards the waterfront and visit the Scone Lady Bakery.

Military Scholars shine

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Military Scholars shine

Northwest Military is pleased to recognize Military Scholars from area high schools who graduate in 2018. These high school seniors are veterans of multiple schools and survivors of a military "career" that included a parent's deployments, leaving best friends, and rarely having a grandparent at Grandparent's Day. Like the Dandelion, the

A park, a picnic and a pooch

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A park, a picnic and a pooch

With the sun finally out, now is a great time to soak up some vitamin D by enjoying outdoor time with your favorite pooch. Washington state parks are very pet-friendly and most allow pets on leashes to enjoy the trails alongside you. Who wants to eat inside when it is

Astoria, Oregon (part two)

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Astoria, Oregon (part two)

There is so much to see and do in Astoria, Oregon, and being so close to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it's a quick and easy weekend getaway.   The Astoria Column is an extraordinary attraction. It is located on Coxcomb Hill high above the downtown area. The column is the centerpiece of

Astoria, Oregon

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Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is a magical town. It's everything a historic port city should be: hills filled with Victorian homes, a historic downtown, eclectic shopping and delectable dining. The town has such a good mix of things to do that it is equally perfect for a family getaway or a couple's retreat.

The return of Blue Star Museums

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The return of Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums 2018 kicks off Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and a variety of museums in all 50 states. Since 2010, the Blue Star Museums program has offered free

JBLM hosts Retiree Appreciation Event

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JBLM hosts Retiree Appreciation Event

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Directorate of Personnel & Family Readiness is hosting a JBLM Retiree Appreciation Event Friday, May 18, at the American Lake Conference Center. The event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be available for purchase. Lt. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, I Corps commander, is scheduled to

“Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia”

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“Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia”

On May 26, the Museum of Flight will open a new exhibit, "Vietnam Divided: War Above Southeast Asia." It will be a permanent addition to the Great Gallery, the museum's glass-walled main exhibit area.  The new exhibit reinterprets four currently displayed aircraft and offers new perspectives while highlighting the tactics and

A gateway to success

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A gateway to success

Starting your career off in the military can be a great gateway to success in life. That's what Jeffrey Hellam, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and the proprietor of Hellam's Vineyard Wine Shop & Wine Bar in La Conner, Washington, did. He trained at the Motor Lifeboat School

Remembering an almost 30-year family tradition

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Remembering an almost 30-year family tradition

In April 1989, Gary Stedman lost his beloved wife to breast cancer. He wanted his three young children to become comfortable going to a cemetery, so he began to take them to the Fort Lewis Cemetery to place flags at each gravesite prior to Memorial Day. Stedman was in charge of

New book from New York Times bestselling  author JoAnn Ross

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New book from New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross

Local New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross' new book, Herons Landing, will be available May 22. This is the first novel in her new Honeymoon Harbor series; the title comes from the Great Blue Herons that nest in a tree near the home (called Herons Landing). The novel is

22 flags for 22 too many

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22 flags for 22 too many

The Student Veterans of Tacoma Community College (SVOTCC) is drawing attention to the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide each day in the United States. The group is hosting an event, 22 Flags for 22 Too Many Veteran Suicides, through May 26 and will place 22

New location for JBLM Armed Forces Day Community Celebration

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New location for JBLM Armed Forces Day Community Celebration

This year's Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Armed Forces Day Community Celebration will take place at Heritage Park on JBLM - McChord Field from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 19. This marks the first time since becoming a joint base Oct. 1, 2010, that the event will be held

The snow is melting

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The snow is melting

Mount Rainier looms over Joint Base Lewis-McChord and just begs to be explored. Winter weather limits your options to explore, but now that spring is here and weather is warming up, Mount Rainier National Park roads will soon be opening up for the season. At this time of year, weather conditions

Yakima

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Yakima

Yakima is known to most military stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a training area, but the town and surrounding valley have so much more to offer. Dramatic views of the eastern side of Mount Rainier, plenty of outdoor activities, agritourism and a hopping downtown make it well worth the

MilSpouseFest 2018

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MilSpouseFest 2018

On Thursday, May 17, military spouses will converge on the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood to take part in MilSpouseFest (MSF) 2018. Presented by USAA, the program was founded by military spouses to provide a way to meet new friends, network, learn and have fun. The day is designed to be

Northern California

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Northern California

The first thoughts when California comes to mind are San Diego, San Francisco or Yosemite National Park, and many overlook the northern part of the state which is about a nine-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This beautiful area of the state has fun attractions, stunning natural scenery, a giant

Summer fun in Whistler

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Summer fun in Whistler

Whistler is well-known as one of the top ski resorts in North America, but it is also a great destination for a summer vacation. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, up your game with a trip to Whistler this summer and try a variety of adrenaline-packed adventures. The Tourism Whistler Official

Zip lining in the Pacific Northwest

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Zip lining in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is known for its dramatic scenery. Zip lining is a great way to get off the ground and get a different perspective on the views while enjoying an exhilarating experience. High Life Adventures This one was my teenage boys' favorite and that was due to the "Zwing." This crazy

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