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Popular Mount Rainier destination opening soon, but will it open for holiday weekend?
State workers are getting closer to opening Chinook Pass, according to statement issued Sunday by the state Department of Transportation. “Chinook Pass remains closed, but crews are making good progress … Click to Continue »
Hundreds mourn graduating senior killed in Old Highway 99 crash
Friends and family members gathered at Tiger Stadium in Centralia last week to remember a Centralia High School student who died in a fatal car crash near Grand Mound on … Click to Continue »
Level 3 sex offender registers to live in Yelm
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is notifying the community that Level 3 sex offender Thomas V. Dewar, 36, has registered to live in the 16000 block of Suntree Court Southeast … Click to Continue »
Why you still can’t swim in — or even touch — this Thurston County lake
New tests show that toxin levels in Thurston County’s Summit Lake still are more than 100 times higher than acceptable levels. As a result, residents are being told to continue … Click to Continue »
What’s Happening for May 26
Saturday Bird walk: Explore Powell Pastures on the Nisqually River shoreline near Yelm with the Black Hills Audubon society, 8:30-10:30 a.m. The 1.5-mile round-trip walk is rated easy to moderate. … Click to Continue »

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Haven't filed a 2016 tax return yet? Don't worry; it's not too late--and it's not as difficult as you think.
Are you approaching retirement age and wondering where you can retire to make your retirement nest egg last longer? Retiring abroad may be the answer. But first, it's important to look at the tax implications because not all retirement country destinations are created equal.
In recent years, employer-sponsored retirement plans have become a key component for retirement savings. Not only do they help employees save for the future; they also offer tax benefits for small business owners.
As a businessman working in Seattle, I traveled the I-5 corridor between Seattle and Portland many times. When southbound from Seattle, I looked forward to driving through the Olympia area because it was such a pleasant and scenic part of the trip.
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