Olympia Urban Corridor - In Our Interests?

Effective hyperlocal advocacy journalism from Jay Elder.

Crane Barge to Remove Cranes, Arrives


This is more (see previous blog entries) video from a couple weeks ago, when a crane barge was arriving. It's set to some music from YouTube, that was selected somwhat quite randomly, so please turn down the volume if it bugs ya. Hope you enjoy some of these shots. Thanks! Robert

Bee swarm season begins!

(Passing this on from a neighbor in the Eastside Neighborhood Association)

Yesterday was the official beginning of swarm season in our neighborhood.


A bee swarm is the natural reproductive process that honeybees go through. The bees gorge themselves on honey, leave the hive for a temporary resting place, while scouting bees look for a new home. Their natural hive is an empty tree, but they have been known to hive themselves in all kinds of places.
Honeybee swarms are terrifying to most people. But counter to conventional wisdom, swarming is a time when bees are the least aggressive. With no home to protect and their bellies full of honey (which makes it difficult for them to project their stingers), they are almost peaceable. However the honey they consumed will last them no more than three days and less depending on the weather. 70% of all swarms die because they are unable to find a suitable home.

Train Carries Proppants From Port


Tacoma Rail engines carry proppants for oil fracking operations, from Port of Olympia, to the Bakken Region of Montana and North Dakota

Early April Recent Photos

Almost all of these photos are from around Budd Bay. There has been a lot of traffic and other activity at the port. In this set of photos are images of the new ship Inland Sea arriving (also video of that below,) the Corella Arrow arriving, unloading bagged ceramic proppants (destined for the Bakken Region oil fracking operations of ND and MT,) and departing. Also the Atlantic Burnet log carrier departing at night.


video Inland Sea Arriving


video Corella Arrow arriving in Budd Bay

Anne Feeney & Evan Greer Tour to Honor the Legacy of Pete Seeger

Event: 
Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

The rabble-rousing spirit of beloved protest singer Pete Seeger lives on -- and this April, renowned labor singer Anne Feeney and riot-folk troubadour Evan Greer are out to prove it. Audiences who attend the multi-generational “Carry it On” tour will learn to expect the unexpected during high energy concerts that feature music ranging from Irish ballads to union singalongs to political punk anthems. Greer and Feeney have both shared stages multiple times with Pete Seeger. Together they will carry on Pete’s legacy - harnessing the power of music for revolutionary social change, and making it irresistible for audiences to join in and sing along. They will be in Olympia April 16th; 7pm @ the Davis Williams Building; 906 S. Columbia St., Suite 330; Price: Donation; Phone: 206-254-4908.

The Carry it On Tour features Anne’s bottomless backpack of hellraising songs, given new energy by Evan's skillful accompaniment on a veritable arsenal of acoustic instruments. Greer's catchy and original folk-punk anthems shine with the addition of Anne's soaring harmony vocals. The two have been touring together for more than a decade -- since Evan was just a teenager -- and their dynamic stage performance, which ranges from hilarious to serious, will instantly and permanently change the opinion of anyone who has ever thought that political music has to be boring.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Event: 
Tue, 05/13/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Children 3-6 years can bring their favorite stuffed animal for a sleepover at the Tumwater Timberland Library! After an evening of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games, we'll tuck the animals in and say goodnight. Come back the next day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to pick up your stuffed animal friend and find out what mischief the animals got into during their night at the library!

Celebration of the Species - Marbled Murrelet

Event: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Author Maria Mudd Ruth will give a slide presentation on the topics in her book, "Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet," a just-reissued account of her adventures with an endangered seabird. A Q&A will follow. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Event held at the Tumwater Timberland Library.

Tumwater May-hem Comic and Game Fest

Event: 
Sat, 05/03/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Drop by the Tumwater Timberland Library to get free comic books, play board games, card games and video games, and make personalized superhero insignia necklaces! In addition to door prizes, you can enter a family cosplay contest to win fantastic rewards from local comic and game stores. Ask at the library’s information desk for more information.
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