John Griogaire Bell out of Oly Council race

Joe Hyer is now all alone in his race for Olympia City Council:


For personal reasons, I have been unable to actively campaign and I would be unable to accept the position on city council if I were to win the election. Therefore, I have decided that it would be unethical to take contributions or to participate in any candidate forums.

It is not possible to remove my name from the ballot nor change the statement in the voters' pamphlet, so I am placing this notice on the website provided in the pamphlet.

Thank you,

J. G. Bell

Odissi classical dance recital

The Evergreen State College and Evergreen Expressions are pleased to announce an Odissi classical dance recital by the world-famous Orissa Dance Academy on Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 8:00 pm in the Experimental Theater in the college’s Communications Building.

The Orissa Dance Academy is considered to be the foremost Odissi dance ensemble in the home state of the dance style, Orissa. The featured male and female dancers are sensational in their pure rhythmic dance and exquisite in the story telling dances, such as “Shrusthi o Pralaya,

Road construction update

The Olympian brings us up to speed (whoops, sorry) on the state of road construction and delays.

Day of Indigenous Solidarity

Join the Native Student Alliance in celebrating a Day of Indigenous Solidarity, Monday, October 10th. There will be a march from Woodruff Park located at the intersection of Harrison St. and Thomas to Silvester Park, downtown. All those interested in joining the NSA are asked to assemble in Woodruff Park at 4 pm, the march will begin at 4:40 and the rally and celebration in Silvester will take place from 5 - 7 pm and will include a performance by Aztec dancers and speakers, including yours truly.

As you know, our government still observes "Columbus Day" as a federal holiday. Many of us feel that the time has come for American Society to move on from a celebration of colonialism and 500 years of oppression of the native peoples of this hemisphere. Rather, we wish to focus on the survival and revival of many rich and enduring indigenous cultures, the contributions that have been made to the benefit of all civilized peoples by indigenous peoples and our hope for a future society that will respect and honor the sacred in the natural world around us. I hope to see you there.

Oly Nanowrimo, or writing a novel in 30 days

Probably one of the better ideas I've ever heard of, that I would really love to do, but would take some real convincing to get me off my duff to do, is Nanowimo, or National Novel Writing Month.

Its way more than a month really (I heard about it a few years ago from a friend that was seriously considering jumping into it). It is a great examle of how the internet works to bring people together and... well, I'd let the Nanowrimo folks explain details themselves:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

A thrice deployed Olympian

From the Seattle PI:
HADITHA, Iraq -- They stormed the insurgent-ridden city of Fallujah, returned home, and now are back in Iraq's most troubled province - all in 10 months time. Some prefer this hectic pace.

"I didn't join the Marine Corps just to stand around," said Lance Cpl. Giovanni Perez of Los Angeles.

But for others, the demands of the overstretched U.S. military are just too much, regardless of the bonuses being dangled before them to re-enlist.

"I get out of the Marine Corps in seven months and I can't wait," Cpl. Daniel Trigg of Olympia, Wash., said while guarding a mosque where a large cache of insurgent weapons was being removed.

Trigg is on his third tour in Iraq in three years. His last tour had him in the southern city of Najaf, where U.S. troops fought fierce battles with Shiite Muslim militiamen last year.

Plan for improvements to Percival Landing

orcaThe Olympian is running a piece about planned improvements to Percival Landing.

The popular boardwalk will be rebuilt during the next 10 to 20 years.

A study found that some of the wood pilings that support the 30-year-old landing from below are deteriorating and must be replaced.

Barker Landscape Architects of Seattle and Elizabeth Conner, an artist from Vashon Island, have been hired to lead a $125,000 public process for the redesign. The city will hunt for state grants and other construction money next year.

The existing landing and public art cost $4.1 million, said David Hanna, parks services manager. It will cost $6 million to rebuild it, with the price rising to $9 million if part of the landing is redesigned so it doesn't hang over the water.

In the meantime, the city will spend about $125,000 making annual inspections and repairs to keep the boardwalk open while it plans for the replacement.

The draft plan does not say what materials will be used when the landing is rebuilt. Residents have said they prefer a wood or rustic look. Johnson said the city will keep that in mind as they look for materials that can withstand the marine environment better than the wood pilings.

Don't wood pilings last longer if they are properly taken care of?

Public comment will be accepted until Oct. 20th. Check out the plans here.

WP Review of "For God and Country"

The Washington Post released an extended piece on Chalpain Yee's book:

Much of the government's case is still a mystery to Yee. It was dropped before his lawyers received any evidentiary material from prosecutors. Much of that material remains classified. His writing draws on material published in the media about the origins and collapse of the case. But the book does fill in some of the blanks.

Of the classified sketch of the base he was allegedly caught with, he says it was a diagram of the human anatomy he had drawn in a small green notepad during a combat stress lecture. Of the six foreign bank accounts he allegedly held, which a military judge ruled made him a flight risk, he says he had only one active account outside the country -- his military account in Guantanamo.

Yee left the military on Jan. 7 of this year, an honorable discharge in hand but deep in debt from legal bills. He continues to live with his wife and daughter -- who is now in kindergarten -- in Olympia. He is a course away from completing his master's degree in international relations. The family has been living off a small advance from his publisher, he says.

He is still hopeful that someday the military will apologize to him and his family. He's frequently reminded, though, of why that may never happen. In March, FBI agents visited his landlord and asked about him. And just two months ago, he was stopped trying to board a plane and told he was on the government's no-fly list.

He is still an object of suspicion.

Previous posts about Yee here and here.

Symposium, "Democracy---Rhetoric, or Reason?"

Evergreen Symposium, "Democracy---Rhetoric, or Reason?"

The MPA program at The Evergreen State College, along with Evergreen's Extended Education Program and the Evergreen Chapter of ASPA, are sponsoring a symposium on the theme, "Democracy--Rhetoric, or Reason?" This event is free and open to the public.

Recent local and international events suggest that there is little real dialogue between citizens, public officials, and public administrators on many critical issues. Citizens believe the government doesn't listen to them, and government officials bemoan the lack of citizen understanding of complex issues and the poor mechanisms for obtaining input into important decisions. This one-day event will provide tools for citizens and public administrators to enhance their dialogue over key issues and improve governance.

A Fools Guide to Democracy: A Night of Improv With A Political Bent

Fools Play Improv will present “Fools Guide to Democracy,
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