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March 11, 2014 at 12:14pm

Senior Airman Madelyn McCullough of 446th AW wins media awards

Senior Airman Madelyn McCullough of the 446th Airlift Wing grabbed three awards in the 2013 Air Force Reserve Command Media Contest. The top entries were announced today by Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, AFRC commander. The public affairs competition featured 317 Web, print, graphic, still photo and broadcasting entries from 30 organizations.

McCullough grabbed a first place award for Commentary, second place for Outstanding New Writer and third place for News Article.

McCullough's first place entitles her to advance to the Air Force Media Contest at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

To read a list of all the winners, click here.

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April 16, 2013 at 7:45am

Local Alan Kropf and his Mutineer beverage magazine for Millennials

ALAN KROPF: He runs a magazine that actually lives up to its name, causing a mutiny in beverage culture.

A true story of "local boy done good," Alan Kropf is making waves in the realm of beverages. Kropf is the founder of Mutineer Magazine, and has been nationally recognized by Forbes, Zagat and Wine & Spirits Magazine as one to watch under the age of 30 in the world of wine, spirits and coffee. A graduate of Rogers High School and Pierce College, he is being recognized this week as one of Pierce College's 2013 Distinguished Alumni.

Kropf created Mutineer Magazine, a publication geared toward making fine beverages approachable to adults in their 20s and 30s, after working as sommelier of the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel. "After gaining experience on the service side of beverage, Mutineer Magazine was my way of combining my passion for art with my passion for beverages," he said.

Kropf credits his success to naive optimism and his experience at Pierce College as a part of the student leadership program. "The experience helped me understand team dynamics, organizational leadership and bringing a vision and mission to life. Something as ambitious as Mutineer requires the ability to look beyond the constraints of reasonable reality, or in my case, ignore it altogether."

When asked about what he thinks of the explosion of distilleries, breweries and craft coffee roasters in the South Puget Sound, Kropf, who now lives in Napa Valley, Calif., believes the area can definitely hang with the rest of the country. "I highly suggest supporting your local beverage producers with great enthusiasm. Washington has long been a touchstone for beverage in the United States, particularly in regards to beer, and I get giggly inside trying to comprehend the amazingness of the beverage renaissance taking place."

What's a 20 or 30-something to do when choosing a wine or spirit, according to Kropf? "Drink local and watch your beverage karma soar. Beyond that, I suggest seeking as much diversity in your drinking as possible. Try everything once, and before you know it you'll have an enviable palate that will earn you the honors of selecting the next bottle from the wine list with dinner."

April 19, 2012 at 8:01am

MORNING SPEW: Washam fined, craft beer app, children-only airline flights ...

CRAFT BEER: There's an app for that.


Tacoma Takes The High Road: Cheney Stadium Sustainable Stormwater Project is actually cool. (Weekly Volcano)

Checking In With Wily Washam: Pierce County Ethics Commission says Pierce County assessor-treasurer Dale Washam used public resources for campaign purposes in an effort to unseat county Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. (News Tribune)

Oh Lovely: Anders Behring Breivik, who admits killing 77 people in Norway last summer, used the video game Modern Warfare 2 as training. (CNN)

Oh Lovely II: India successfully launched a missile with nuclear capability and a 3,100-mile range, giving it the ability to strike Beijing and Shanghai. (The New York Times)

Pulitzer or Peabody?: Colbert and Huffington debate. (Poynter)

Families And Flying: Should airlines offer children-only seating areas and flights? (Huffington Post)

Which Cities Are Setting Music Trends?: Not the ones you'd think. (Time)

Because 50 Isn't Enough: 53 reasons why we need a new Star Trek TV series. (Huffington Post)

Record Stores: Popular musicians come clean with their favorite records stores. (Pop Matters)

Got 99 Cents And Love Craft Beer?: There's an app for that. (Craft Beer App)

April 3, 2012 at 7:24am

MORNING SPEW: Yay Tacoma schools, ugliest buildings, Lindsay Lohan's face morph ...

SIS BUILDING IN VUAXHALL, LONDON: Ugly. Photo courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk


Tacoma Dome: It's being summitted. (News Tribune)

Lakewood City Council: It cares about its street. (Lakewood Patch)

School Improvement Grant Vs. Tacoma: Tacoma School District is doing better than most. (News Tribune)

White House Vs. F.D.A.: The Obama administration has often been more cautious on regulatory issues than the F.D.A. (The New York Times)

James Murdoch: Son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch is expected to step down as chairman of BSkyB. (CNN)

Romney Aims For Primary Hat-trick Win: Romney all but ignored his Republican rivals to attack Democratic President Obama, accusing him of "crushing dreams" with a "government-centered society." (BBC)

What Don Draper Could Have Seen: Photos of the Rolling Stones at Forest Hills Stadium in 1966. (Gothamist)

The Daily Show: It will report from the Democratic National Convention. (Deadline)

Jack White: He's released a new song ... via balloons. (Pitchfork)

Divorce Expo: New York was introduced to ii, married it and kicked it out of the house. (Time)

The World's Ugliest Buildings: Are you sure? (Telegraph)


December 20, 2011 at 7:46am

MORNING SPEW: Prince review, payroll tax cut, Garfunkel and Oats Christmas ...


Prince At The Tacoma Dome: Flawlessly flamboyant. (Seattle Weekly)

Politics: Republicans on the House rules committee have voted to prevent a direct vote today on a Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months. (CNN)

Iraq's Sunni Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi: He denies any wrongdoing, a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on terrorism-related charges. (BBC)

Piers Morgan: His first name might not be the only dumb thing about him. (BBC)

The Fug Girls: Celebrities who could really use a red-carpet boost in 2012. (New York Magazine)

Another Year-end List: The 15 best single episodes of television in 2011. (Pajiba)

No Comment: MTV brings back Punk'd. (TV Guide)

Oh Course "Tiny Dancer": Cameron Crowe's best musical moments. (Spinner)

Christmas Gifts: What people wanted in 1975. (Buzz Feed)

December 7, 2011 at 12:06am

5 Things To Do Today: Rock and Roll Bingo, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Knowledge Night, reggae ...


WEDNESDAY DEC. 7, 2011 >>>

1. Play bingo with those not just killing time before the Grim Reaper calls their number. Every Wednesday at The New Frontier Lounge, players are treated to a rather boisterous evening of number-calling. The music rocks, the prizes are craptastic and there's something very satisfying about yelling "It's not a tumor!" when B-9 is pulled from the hopper (Schwarzenegger anyone?). Sessions are free with $2 margaritas and $4 Cuervo Gold shots during bingo. Every Wednesday night is also Taco Night with $1 beef, $1 black bean and $2 chicken in soft or crunchy shells.

2. When it comes to coverage of climate change, energy, and environmental issues, the meltdown in mainstream news reporting couldn't come at a worse time. That shrinking category of news is as critical as ever. But the ranks of reporters best equipped to cover these major environmental and climate change stories at most news outlets, particularly in local markets, are being decimated. Ellen Moore, lecturer for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Tacoma, will discuss how mainstream media cover environmental issues at 12:30 p.m. in Room 117 of the Joy Building on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

3. A Midsummer Night's Dream is filled with more plot twists, love triangles and relationship misadventures than your average Hollywood chick flick. Some might even say that it's like an episode of Jerry Springer filmed on location in an enchanted Athenian forest. Under the lead of student director Jordan Beck, 12 Pacific Lutheran University students will stage the Shakespeare classic - with contemporary costuming and an expressionistic, whimsical set - at 7:30 p.m. on the Eastvold Mainstage.

4. Doyle's Public House will add a little holiday spirit to its 8 p.m. Wednesday Knowledge Night contest. The Stadium District watering hole will be collecting canned food and toys during the game. In return for your generous donation you'll receive a free appetizer and a chance to win bonus points and prizes.

5. Hawaiian reggae band Island Bound will perform at 8 p.m. inside Jazzbones.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Happy hours

September 14, 2011 at 8:04am

MORNING SPEW: Tacoma 253 Hearts vs. Portland Trailblazers, best new bands and more ...


Why The Neighbor Kids Are Still Disturbing Your Morning Chill Time: Tacoma School District will fight its striking teachers in court this morning. (News Tribune)

"Tacoma 253 Hearts Vs. Portland Trailblazers": That could be a local headline if the Tacoma City Council can find a way to revamp the Tacoma Dome for a professional sports team. (News Tribune)

Boldly Going Again: J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct Star Trek 2; pre-production is already underway, and the plan is to begin shooting this winter. (Vulture)

Since 1976: Austin City Limits has announced its new lineup (The Decemberists and Gillian Welch!). (Paste Magazine)

Already?: The "40 Best New Bands of 2011." (Stereogum)

The New Sassy: A review of the new Rookie magazine for teen girls. (Slate)

The Killing Bono trailer is out:

August 10, 2011 at 9:04am

MORNING SPEW: Anderson The Terrible, 20 greatest dancing GIFs, Print is not dead and more ...


Anderson The Terrible: Tacoma City Council says talking to the former city manager was like talking to the hand. (News Tribune)

War Of The Seven Word Message: Mr. Clear Channel Outdoor, tear down those 190 billboards. (News Tribune)

Recall Election: Republicans hold on to their union-hating majority in Wisconsin. (Seattle Times)

Oh No: Economist thinks China may topple the global financial situation on purpose. And that's how money ruins friendships, as if we were every friends with China. (Reuters)

Gawd We Love Him: Someone forgot to tell Alec Baldwin that print is dead. (Poynter)

Dance Motherfucker: Pop culture's 20 greatest dancing GIFs (Pajiba)

July 20, 2011 at 12:16pm

CNN likes our Happy Hour App system


Check out the national exposure our Happy Hour Mobile App system received below. Because the Weekly Volcano has partnered with GoTime.com, our happy hour app doesn't only work in the South Sound; it also works in 160 other cities around the country - including New York, which was featured on CNN.

The Weekly Volcano Happy Hour App has up-to-date listings of happy-hour offerings from bars, clubs, taverns and restaurants from Tumwater to Federal Way, from Gig Harbor to Bonney Lake. As of now, some 210 happy hours are listed - with more being added on a constant basis.

January 5, 2011 at 1:33pm

Comment of the day

Damon Stewart has never been to federal prison, but he's sad about the Funky Monkey's demise too.


This gem just popped up on weeklyvolcano.com in regard to our story on the demise of the Funky Monkey, 104.9 FM.

"I was In the federal Prison at Seatac for Twenty months. The monkey kept my sanity for the entire time. I got out and found nothing else could compare. I have been streaming for over a year. I feel lost." -Bill Garvey


See the other 48 comments, as well as our actual article, here.

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