I thought it would be helpful if I blog on this, that it is raining, since not everyone may be aware of this fact. I know Rick appreciates learning that it is raining.
Suspicious yellow stuff in the sky was noted earlier, lasted less than five minutes, fortunately that has cleared away and we are back to our proper raincast.
We can be assured of sogginess through at least Friday.
How about: "for environmental impact review"? From the Olympian:
OLYMPIA — Three Olympia residents filed written challenges this week to plans for dredging the Port of Olympia harbor and Budd Inlet turning basin for ships.
Residents Walt Jorgensen, Jerry Lee Dierker and Arthur West essentially accused the port of doing little or no environmental review of the effects of dredging.
The port hopes to gain permits to start the $2.4 million job in October. It would take four months to complete, according to Jim Amador, the port’s marine terminal director. The port and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers believe the dredging, the first in more than 30 years, is necessary to remove silt that someday could impede ships from entering or using the port.
The appellants believe the port is in violation of the state Environmental Policy Act and needs to do an environmental impact review before dredging. They further have linked the dredging to a port plan to recruit a Weyerhaeuser log export business to Olympia this year from Tacoma. Port officials deny any connection between the need to dredge and their plans to bring the Federal Way-based business to Olympia.
Commissioner Steve Pottle termed all of the appellants “anti-port
It looks like we might get a meaningful civil rights bill through the senate this year. From gay.com:
Finkbeiner joined fellow Republicans and two Democrats in opposing the bill, leading to its 25-24 defeat after passing by a large margin in the House. On Monday, however, he reversed his stance, giving civil rights advocates new hope for the bill's passage.
"I've had a number of conversations over the past year that have led me to more fully understand the level of discrimination against gays and lesbians, and I now find it is both appropriate and necessary for the state to make it clear that this is not acceptable," Finkbeiner said in a written statement.
There has long been broad bipartisan support in the House for a statewide antidiscrimination bill. Washington's Senate, however, has been bitterly divided, and observers see Finkbeiner as the key link to break Republican opposition to the bill.
Whether more Republicans follow suit is unclear, but Democrats say Finkbeiner's reversal locks in the minimum 25 votes to ensure passage. If the bill makes it out of committee this week, a vote could come as early as Jan. 20.
Given the long and tortuous road to a statewide antidiscrimination law -- a bill in one form or another has been delayed or defeated for 30 years -- gay rights advocates are waiting until the vote is final before celebrating.
You can read more about it here.
From the Olympian:
Whether it’s a clarinet that lost its appeal after six months of squeaking, or a trombone that was faithfully toted to class each day until high school graduation, used band instruments can be spared a life sentence of storage thanks to at least one South Sound nonprofit organization.
Each fall, the instruments are given to schools that have high numbers of children who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, which is an indicator of poverty. Then individual band and orchestra programs loan the instruments to students who can’t afford to buy or rent an instrument of their own.
“Those are the kids that need that instrument,
Rick posted earlier on rubber sidewalks and there is now one ready for inspection on 6th and Cushing SW, westside Oly.
The sidewalks are under two large trees that survived the ice storm of winter 96-97. So the placement is appropriate, will be interesting to see how the rubber panels respond to the tree roots over time.
My honest first impression? I don't like rubber sidewalks. But eventually probably I'll get used to them. They don't feel right, they are sort of spongy and strange. They aren't quite like rubber used for playgrounds, less give to them. But there is a big transition from walking on cement to rubber. And possibly I'd like the rubber sidewalk better if all the sidewalks were rubber, to have just a patch of rubber amidst cement doesn't seem to work.
I am curious about how animals will react, anyone have a dog out there that they can walk across the sidewalk and see how it responds? I can easily imagine a dog refusing to walk on it, or deciding that the sidewalk needs to be properly marked. Which might make the now light colored surface take on a yellowish tone.
I'm starting to grow webbing between my toes. From the Olympian:
It has rained every day in Thurston County since Dec. 16, and it could be several more days before that streak is broken, according to the National Weather Service.
“We're just in this pattern where we keep getting one right after another,