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The start of something great

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The start of something great

The first soldier of any influence to recommend the construction of an Army post at American Lake was Maj. Gen. Arthur Murray. On a visit in 1912 to inspect National Guard training, Murray, who at the time was chief of the United States Army Board, delegated to inspect possible sites

It began with a glacier

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It began with a glacier

Joint Base Lewis-McChord was once covered by a mile-thick sheet of ice. Geologists believe the greater Puget Sound basin was carved out by this ice (named the Vashon Glacier), which scraped and drove across the region 30,000 years ago.  It was this process that created the perfect flat terrain for

A well-deserved 100 candles

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A well-deserved 100 candles

In this part of the country, any institution celebrating 100 consecutive years in operation is amazing - these milestones are certainly few and far between.  The fact that the organization is a place that serves our greater good, protects us, and fights for our freedoms - well, that is simply

Soldiers find no sign of D.B. Cooper

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Soldiers find no sign of D.B. Cooper

Forging through the brush and forest near Lake Merwin, Washington, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment soldiers from Fort Lewis returned to the base at the start of the 1970's without finding the famed hijacker D.B. Cooper. F.B.I. agents requested assistance from the Army to search the area where Cooper was believed to

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Little Mermaid in Seattle

Fans of Disney's Little Mermaid won't be disappointed putting some cash on a hook and reeling in an evening in Seattle to see the Little Mermaid at the 5th Avenue Theatre.  This homegrown production will go on a 10-city tour after this run here, and for good reason, the production

5th Ave opens with style

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5th Ave opens with style

Go to the bathroom before the show because there is no intermission in Man of La Mancha - the classic play within a play with the old familiar "Impossible Dream" song but a new take on staging and some excellent performances at 5th Ave this month in Seattle. Director Allison Narver

Military supporters retire

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Military supporters retire

It's not every military supporter that upon retirement is invited over to the commanding general's home for a goodbye party. But, John and Denise Dhane aren't your average military supporters. In the time that Col. (ret) John Dhane, DDS and his wife Denise have operated their orthodontic practice in DuPont, hundreds

Going on a bear hunt

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Going on a bear hunt

David Williams' epic odyssey to hunt bear in British Columbia hasn't come without its challenges. For starters, there's the Hodgkin's Lymphoma he had to battle into remission first, and the three study groups he voluntarily subjected himself to - but this 18-year-old Navy kid isn't going to let anything stop

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

Students connected to JBLM headed to world robotic competition

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Students connected to JBLM headed to world robotic competition

Four Capital High School students with dads who work on Joint Base Lewis-McChord compete next week in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of a 26-person team headed to the FIRST Championship, a world competition in robotics featuring participants from 39 countries. Mark Burrell, Tristan Cellucci, Felicia Jurgens and Alex Fallot, helped

JBLM girl wins state championship

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JBLM girl wins state championship

Lourdes (Lou) Faletagoai, the daughter of Sgt. First Class Usoalii Faletagoai, a combat engineer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, took up wrestling three years ago in her sophomore year at Clover Park High School in Lakewood.  As of this past weekend, she is now the Washington state champion in women's wrestling

14-sandwich salute

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14-sandwich salute

In a state of psychosis, I e-mailed everyone in my address book and asked each person to send me his or her top recommendation for the best sandwich in the South Sound. I told them I would eat every suggestion and then pick the best 14 on the list -

Feel the nausea

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Feel the nausea

Much has been written about the pairings of food with wine, and chocolate with beer, but what about the combination of fair food with amusement rides and animal odors? A fine onion burger tastes great (even a second time) with a gentle rocking motion upwind of the petting zoo, but put

Five important places for local military history

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Five important places for local military history

The South Sound is rich in military history, and to better understand how that happened, to prepare for the coming 100th anniversary of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (2017), and to partake in an upcoming August event in DuPont, getting a grip on how our military got here and why is both

Staying close to the action

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Staying close to the action

It's not accommodations that include afternoon tea, massage, a swimming pool or minibar - and it's certainly not pretty - but for serious fishermen that want to stay close to the action with all of the supplies and services they may need fingertips away, Olson's Resort on the Olympic Peninsula,

Top 10 reasons to drive south

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Top 10 reasons to drive south

It's easy to look north. Both Seattle and Canada are huge draws when living in this area. But, there are equally good reasons to turn your steering wheel south and to explore the areas around Vancouver, Washington, and Portland. Here are 10. 1. Ape Caves By now you have already visited or

Welcome Expo on JBLM

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Welcome Expo on JBLM

"We want to help spouses get to know us, others in their neighborhood, and sign up for something they might like to do," said Kelli Weinerth, president of the Lewis Community Spouses' Club. To those ends, the club is hosting their first Welcome Expo - putting military spouses face to face

Not your father's AUSA

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Not your father's AUSA

The reigns of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army changed hands this month, and the new leader vows to make meaningful involvement, fun and soldier support cornerstones of the organization. Amy Tiemeyer, military relations liaison for America's Credit Union, envisions a dynamic chapter

Selfie leadership

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Selfie leadership

It takes 10 minutes in the presence of Col. David Kumashiro, out-going commander of McChord Field's 62nd Airlift Wing, to know he's not an egomaniac.  Self-deprecating, humble, on the margins of extroversion, Kumashiro prefers to use the "we" than the "me."  He also employs the word "team" so often that

How to avoid the Open

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How to avoid the Open

If your plan is to stay as far away from the U.S. Open in University Place as you can, but staying home isn't what you want to do either, allow us to suggest a few alternatives: Cars There are a few car-related diversions to grab your fancy between June 15 and June

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