The Tacoma News Tribune reports on an interesting mix of tradition and technology:
The Mayan god Maxim, who some believe grants wishes in exchange for tobacco and rum, has a home in Olympia.
While the most famous home of the wooden idol is located in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, Tim Hilliard has a Maxim shrine in his home.
On his Web site, timshome.com/Maxim, Hilliard, 50, solicits e-mail wishes in any language for the miniature MaxÃmon he bought in Guatemala.
He turns the computer screen toward Maxim and lights a candle. “He’s all-seeing, so I figure I don’t have to read him the e-mails,
Someone to build something somewhere near East Bay waterfront, says the Olympian:
At one point, Commissioner Bob Van Schoorl quipped: "Maybe we should build City Hall on top of the sports and events center."
Luke Carpenter, Bainbridge Island Fire Department operations chief, remembers well the encounter he had at the island's roundabout a few months ago.I guess Olympia and Lacey were proactive about getting the word out:
With his emergency vehicle's sirens blasting, Carpenter was headed south on Madison Avenue toward High School Road. Meanwhile, a woman traveling east on High School Road approached the roundabout and arrived at the same time as Carpenter.
The woman looked at him, entered the circle and stopped before the next exit, causing Carpenter to consider whether to stop himself or climb the inside curb.
Some cities launch education campaigns to help drivers figure out how to use roundabouts. Lacey and Olympia created such a program after they began building roundabouts and saw the confusion some drivers were having. Lacey's Web site links to "Driving Modern Roundabouts," a 10-minute video produced by the two cities and the Washington Department of Transportation.
Olympia: the source for all good things:
Ladyfest Ottawa began in 2002 after some local gals were inspired by the original Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington. Each year they keep getting bigger and better.
Harlequin created a mission from the beginning to generate high-quality productions of new works, neglected works of merit and unconventional treatments of classics.
Lois Maffeo in the Olympian:
All local artists and groups -- including those involved in everything from performing to visual to literary arts -- will have a chance to network and discuss the arts at the Yashiro Japanese Garden for what city arts staff and commission volunteers hope will be the first of many casual monthly meetings.
It's an effort to strengthen and unify Olympia's growing and diverse arts scene, said arts commissioner, musician and writer Lois Maffeo.
"It's going to be an opportunity for artists and organizations. It could be someone representing the Olympia Film Society or Harlequin or another arts group -- writers and poets, filmmaking. Anybody is welcome to come," Maffeo said. "We are deliberately casting our net very wide. It's going to really be an idea summit."
From the Olympian:
The LOTT Alliance permit, written by the state Department of Ecology, sharply restricts the amount of organic material in the effluent during the summer.
But at the same time, LOTT will be allowed to increase the flow of wastewater into Budd Inlet during the winter. The sewer partnership serves more than 85,000 customers in Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater.
Sleater–Kinney is one of those rare bands that has never released a duff album, even if some long– term fans may grumble about the loss of the energy and rawness that drove its first recordings. Then a few months ago Sleater–Kinney gave listeners The Woods, a gloriously rock—in the scorching riffs, thunder–and–lightning drums (courtesy of long–time drummer and rock goddess Janet Weiss) and speaker– blowing sound sense—record that scared some people off, but made others sit up and take notice. If you’d never paid attention to Sleater–Kinney before or brushed them off as a girl band, The Woods confirms that three women rock hard, while maintaining a stellar level of songwriting.
–We are in Jefferson Parish, just outside of New Orleans. At the National Guard checkpoint, they are under orders to turn away all media. All of the reporters are turning they're TV trucks around. Things are so bad, Bush is now censoring all reporting from NOLA. The First Amendment sank with the city.–
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To me, this is an embarassment. It's not enough that the government won't allow the media to talk about what's really going on in Iraq, but now this. All I can say is that I am outraged. This is happening on our own soil. Americans are dying because of the Bush Adminstration's "Inarguable Failure", as Jon Stewart so eloquently stated on The Daily Show last night. To those who would point the finger elsewhere Stewart offered, "No. Shut up". From what these folks are saying, it sounds like media suppression. Authorities don't want the people, you and I, to see what they caused. Most notably, the thousands and thousands of deaths that were caused by the woefully inadequate and delayed response and the budget cuts made over the years, by both Bush adminstrations, to money that would have gone towards prevention of a catastrophy of this magnitude.
I was given great hope by the media's reaction to Bush's nonreaction to Katrina, and they deserve praise for their return to pull-no-punches journalism. I just hope that journalists will find the guts to either sneak past the checkpoints and risk prosecution or make enough noise about this that authorities have no choice but to let them in.