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JBLM unit fights ticks and COVID

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JBLM unit fights ticks and COVID

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HONOLULU - For Public Health Command-Pacific Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) personnel keeping others safe from disease is a top priority. Located at Camp Zama, Japan, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the EMBLs' mission is to protect the health of the force from vector borne diseases found

JBLM soldiers in CA fighting fires

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JBLM soldiers in CA fighting fires

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, California - In the midst of the California wildfires, more than 200 U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) soldiers are supporting wildland fire ground response operations in the August Complex, located in the densely forested northern part of the state. "We are proud to support the U.S. Department of

How would you spend an $81,000 re-enlistment bonus?

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How would you spend an $81,000 re-enlistment bonus?

  The latest re-enlistment bonus list released by the DoD stated incentives to stay in the military are running as high as $81,000 for select MOSs – a reason some might change their MOS to reap these larger payouts, or stay in the service longer to get the signing cash. But what

More opening on base

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More opening on base

  All indoor church services will begin this weekend, and two gyms will begin weekend openings in October, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) commanders said during a Townhall on Facebook, Tuesday. Major General Stephen Smith, deputy commander I Corps and JBLM said 14 days have passed since Labor Day and despite a

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Bad boys

I’ve been in a really bad mood all week. I should find some local art to review, but the way I’ve been feeling lately I’ll probably hate anything I see. Here’s the thing: I go to see local art exhibits, and what I see is stuff that’s been around half

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Needle Damage

Between flashing multi-colored lights, multiple Ocean Grooves DJs, the packed dance floor, and the beating throb of the house and mash-up music pouring out of the speakers, one might assume that they have wandered headlong into a giant dance club. Nope, just the Swiss. The popular downtown Tacoma watering hole opened its

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More openings on base

  All indoor church services will begin this weekend, and two gyms will begin weekend openings in October, Joint Base Lewis McChord commanders said during a Townhall on Facebook, Tuesday. Major General Stephen Smith, deputy commander I Corps and JBLM said 14 days have passed since Labor Day and despite a small

Fall Family Field Trip

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Fall Family Field Trip

For families looking for something to do this fall that is both educational and fun, the reopening of Tacoma's museum district is good news. The museums of the Tacoma Museum District - Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, LeMay - America's Car Museum, Foss Waterway Seaport,

At Election Time, Hire a Vet

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At Election Time, Hire a Vet

As an attorney and the City of Lakewood's deputy mayor, Jason Whalen consistently works in a collaborative manner. "Rather than worry about partisan politics or who gets credit for what," he wrote in an email, "we know that the mission is best achieved by working together for the common good." That common

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Tomorrow marks the official first day of fall, which means it's now acceptable to buy everything PUMPKIN. But to be honest, it's been acceptable for us since Starbucks dropped their Pumpkin Spice Latte last month. Whether you've waited until now, or have been indulging in everything pumpkin since August, we're

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Family problems

“Under a Mantle of Stars” Harlequin Productions presents this comedy by the author of “The Kiss of the Spider Woman” that deals with a middle-class family that is taken off guard when two masked strangers come to the door. Everyone thinks they know who the strangers are, but they don’t since

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Break the "Wind"

Classic shows are always fun, but spoofs of classics are generally hilarious. A South Sound case in point is Olympia Little Theater’s staging of “Moonlight and Magnolias,” which opens this week. This Ken Ludwig comedy takes a look behind the curtain of the golden age of Hollywood in a fictional way,

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Remembered Light, Sex Workers Art Show and more

THE STAGE “The Weir” Some of the best plays in the South Sound might just be playing in the imaginations of the audiences who attend a special staged reading. Lakewood Playhouse presents a staged reading of “the Weir” by Conor McPherson for three days. The show is a simple work that lets

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A jam packed city that’s not Seattle

When thinking about big cities in Washington the majority of people automatically think of Seattle. However, located down the 1-90 corridor from Seattle is the often overlooked city of Bellevue. Perched above Lake Washington it offers stunning water views, vast green parks immersed in city skylines, shopping and of course

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Revisiting racism

“It’s not how you talk, not how you dress, not what kind of music you listen to … but people just don’t get it,” says comedian, author, actor and talk show host Brian Copeland. “They think it’s a show that tells you how to act white.” The confusion centers around the

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Jake steps up to the plate

The birth of a new beer pub always brings a little tear to my eye. But a new one just steps from my house makes me openly weep like a dad on his daughter’s wedding day. Such bawling came with the opening of Jake’s Bar and Bistro at 215 Wilkes Street

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Military may soon sue for medical negligence

Each year, more than 250,000 deaths in the U.S. are caused by medical negligence. Many more suffer short- or long-term impacts. Families struggle to find answers and hold medical professionals accountable for their actions, but it is not simple, particularly for military members.   Since 1950, the Feres Doctrine has prevented active-duty

Buying a local car via text or email

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Buying a local car via text or email

    If you are less concerned about taking a test drive or getting whiffs of that new car smell from lots of different vehicles, you might consider negotiating your next car deal without leaving your house. Adam Nunn, whose dad served 20 years in the Air Force, recently bought a car via

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JBLM starts to re-open more services

  (Ranger Staff & JBLM release)   Cases of COVID-19 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord continue to slow along with the rest of the state Lt. Gen. Randy George, I Corps and base commander said Tuesday during a regular scheduled townhall meeting via Facebook. “(Lower cases) means its easier to maintain readiness and return to

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Mascot tryouts underway

While most were still snug in their beds this morning, 20-year-old South Hill resident Payton Foutz was giving his all during today’s tryout for Tacoma Rainiers popular mascot Rhubarb the Reindeer. Foutz seemed a bit nervous at first when he entered the conference room at the Rainiers Administration Offices in

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