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Free salmon

Outdoors

Free salmon

Each year, when the salmon begin their long journey back to their birth stream, the Nisqually Clear Creek Hatchery kicks into high gear processing the Chinook salmon for their sperm and eggs. It has been a tradition for more than 20 years for the Nisqually Tribe to give away the

Things to consider when hosting a Hail and Farewell

Military Life

Things to consider when hosting a Hail and Farewell

When looking for a location to host a Hail and Farewell, there are many things to consider. The most important is the notorious Interstate 5 traffic, which can be gridlocked when everyone is trying to get to the event. Also the cost of holding an event at a Joint Base

Shopping a variety of Exchanges in the region

Military Life

Shopping a variety of Exchanges in the region

The holidays are a good time to venture out when shopping for the season. There are quite a few Exchanges in the area and each has its own personality and promotions. One thing they all share is tax-free shopping. In Washington state, that is a huge benefit, which can save

Local Facebook Groups and Pages

Military Life

Local Facebook Groups and Pages

I have to admit, I am a local Facebook Groupie and by that I mean I belong to a variety of local groups and pages on Facebook. In fact, one of the first pages I joined when I moved here was JBLM Families, which is run by the publishing company

Enjoy the scenic Seattle waterfront

Attractions

Enjoy the scenic Seattle waterfront

There is so much to see and do in Seattle it is hard to know where to start. I like to visit with a set area in mind and focus on that. One such area is Seattle's vibrant and historic waterfront which makes a great day trip from Joint Base

Exploring the Sea to Sky Highway

Travel

Exploring the Sea to Sky Highway

The Sea to Sky Highway, a section of Canada's Highway 99, stretches from Horseshoe Bay past Whistler to Pemberton in British Columbia. The winding highway received its name due to the change from a coastal highway at sea level, which follows along the edges of coastal mountains, to a mountain

The Military Dream Big Fair

Jobs & Education

The Military Dream Big Fair

On Saturday, Feb 16, the Military Dream Big Fair will take place at the Capital Christian Center in Lacey. The event is produced by The Ranger, Northwest Airlifter and JBLM Living newspapers and sponsored by USAA. It's a great opportunity for military and family members to learn about employment and

JBLM spouse to coach national cheer team

News Front

JBLM spouse to coach national cheer team

Two military students and a spouse from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be part of the USA National Cheer Team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi March 14-22, 2019. JBLM's Stacie Pogoncheff is the head coach. She took over from her daughter Kelbie Pogoncheff, who founded the

Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

Outdoors

Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

Orcas have been spotted in the South Puget Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and as far south as Priest Point in Olympia in recent weeks. Farther afield, a few humpback whales have been seen in the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Rare still this time

Holiday shopping in Gig Harbor

Military Life

Holiday shopping in Gig Harbor

With an eclectic downtown waterfront district with small locally owned shops and nationally recognized stores at the Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center, holiday shopping is pleasant in the coastal village of Gig Harbor. New this year is the Olympic Towne Center located on Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Downtown Gig Harbor is

Special Forces Bourbon raises $22,000

News Front

Special Forces Bourbon raises $22,000

On Monday, Dec. 3, representatives for the Heritage Distilling Company (HDC) presented a check for over $22,000 to the Special Forces Chapter 16 Association. HDC has now donated over $100,000 in the last four years; raised from the sale of Special Forces Bourbon.  "Bottle sales of the 2018 run of Special

Tokeland

Travel

Tokeland

The cute little town of Tokeland sits on the north end of Willapa Bay and the southwestern coast of Washington state. The pristine bay is a wonder to behold and has miles of undeveloped shoreline. There are two reasons to visit Tokeland: Nelson's Crab and The Tokeland Hotel. Both of

A one-of-a-kind holiday show

Attractions

A one-of-a-kind holiday show

It has to be something special to brave the traffic and drive from the South Sound area up to Bellevue. Snowflake Lane is the something special. The event has become a well-loved holiday tradition with up to 10,000 spectators attending each evening. "Snowflake Lane is a one-of-a-kind, free holiday show you

Visiting Seattle Southside

Military Life

Visiting Seattle Southside

The Pacific Northwest Explorers headed to Seattle Southside for their latest adventure. Many in the group had only visited the area when going to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and did not realize all the fun activities and eclectic restaurants they could visit. The group started their day at the Seattle Chocolate

Love of travel

Military Life

Love of travel

Trying to have a career as a military spouse is very challenging with the constant moves causing gaps in your resumé. Military spouse Mandy Kruger utilized her skills to start a travel blog and keep her resumé up to date with the frequent changes and unexpected aspects of military life. "Blogging

Holiday lighted boat parades

Attractions

Holiday lighted boat parades

Living along the Puget Sound affords us a few coastal traditions. One coastal tradition is a lighted boat parade. Often sponsored by local yacht clubs, these parades of boats are annual events, which helps to kick off the holiday season. Here are three lighted boat parades in our area. "The lighted

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

Stage

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

If you love movies and you love karaoke, then you will love The Greatest Showman Sing-Along Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Washington Center in Olympia. This fun event is reminiscent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume, so wear your best circus, animal or

Gifts that give back

Online Newspapers

Gifts that give back

With the holidays upon us, it's the peak gift-giving time of the year. With veteran suicides at an average of 22 a day, wouldn't it be nice if your present could also help a veteran? Well it can. Here are some great options everyone is sure to love.A gift of

Orcas Island beckons

Travel

Orcas Island beckons

Quiet season is upon the San Juan Islands, and the summer crowds have faded away. Orcas Island makes a great weekend getaway or a longer stay over the holidays. This jewel of an island is about to explode in popularity now that Oprah has purchased an estate and extensive commercial

Air Force veteran starts candy company which helps those with OCD

Military Life

Air Force veteran starts candy company which helps those with OCD

In 2002, when retired Master Sgt. Ellen Laguatan, owner, OCD Candy Company was still serving in the Air Force, she used to keep a jar of candy on her desk. Due to her Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, she kept the candy color coordinated and organized. Her co-workers' favorite activity was

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