New features

I've added a couple of new features:

  • The video interview of Mayor Foutch is now accessible on the sidebar, as are the interviews with folks living on the street.
  • I've added an rss feed of blogs that mention "Olympia". It is located below the links section on the sidebar.
  • I've been slowly accumulating links to local blogs, resources, and music, and I'd appreciate any new links that folks know of that I haven't yet run across.
Any comments on the layout or funciton of the site would be welcome.

A debate?

I notice a lot of conversation going on in the comments about the merits (or lack thereof) of the "Community Values" Ordinance. I wonder if the commenters wouldn't mind consolidating their thoughts into a post for the front page (I'm thinking of TFI & Rob Richards, but anyone would be welcome to contribute). Waddaya think?

Another Lowe's?

Do we really need a third Lowe's in the area? The Olympian:

mapThe home improvement chain has a store on Martin Way and submitted plans for a 166,000-square-foot store at College Street and Yelm Highway in Lacey. A west-side Olympia site would be its third in the county.

First book for local author

Newsday.com reports on a new book by Olympia resident Jim Lynch.

book coverWe're eating lunch at Seattle's Pike Place Market, high above the life-choked waters of Puget Sound, talking about Lynch's debut novel. "The Highest Tide" (Bloomsbury, $23.95) tells the story of Miles O'Malley, a 13-year-old boy who discovers a lot of misdirected sea life near his house in Olympia, Wash. Miles, a marine biology prodigy, knows what belongs in his part of the sound - sand dollars, clams, crabs - and what doesn't belong. For instance, a giant squid with a single eye the size of a dinner plate. When he finds just such a rare squid on a midnight reconnaissance, Miles becomes a local hero, a media attraction, and then even a kind of minor-league environmental saint.

More reviews here, here, and here.

Meet the author: Tacoma Public Library AUTHOR Series Jim Lynch, author of “The Highest Tide,

Americans displaced by Katrina arrive in Olympia

Read about families that have landed in the Olympia area from the Gulf Coast here, here, and here.

Blogging the forums?

This morning's short article in the Olympian got me thinking about the series of upcoming candidate forums, and that more of happened should be shared here.

I'm going to blog the results of the forum next Wednesday.

There are three other forums that I know of:

Thurston County Progressive Network and South Puget Environmental Clearinghouse Forum, September 27 at the General Admin. Building Auditorium (210 11th Ave. SW – 11th & Columbia Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

League of Women Voters, October 8. Other than the date, I don't have any other information on this one.

And, something called the "South Sound Forum" on October 11. I don't know the sponsors, time or locaiton, but its up on Phyllis Booth's wesbite.

Anyone willing to attend and share their views here?

UPDATE: I just realized that SPEECH president Keith Cotton just signed up to olyblog last night. Maybe he can share his views post-SPEECH forum (hint hint).

An Olympian returns from Iraq

Jeff DeLaCruz, a photographer and Olympia native, has returned from Iraq. Read about him here and here.

BuyBlue redux

The BuyBlue website has been revamped to include user ratings and other features. Contrary to my assumptions, it turns out that 7-eleven is very blue. I also heard a rumor yesterday about Venezuela distributing gas through 7-eleven. Does any one know about this?

Update on parks and sidewalks

The Olympian gives us an update on what's happening with the parks and sidewalks project.
Parks planners continue to negotiate for 12 more pieces of land for future parks, said Jonathon Turlove, senior program specialist. They hope to have all of it in the city's hands within the next two years and for a combined $15 million.

That includes coveted property on West Bay, which officials have touted as key to creating a continuous walkway around Budd Inlet to Percival Landing. It has taken longer than expected to secure land for a park and shoreline trail for several reasons, including getting an appraisal at a time when appraisers are backlogged due to the housing boom.

One point that stands out is the increased access the public will have to Budd Inlet when the parks along West Bay are in place. Go here for a tool to examine shoreline access.

Want to help reduce homelessness?

GRuB keeps kids engaged when they are in trouble. It helps them find thier way, and reduces the likelihood that they'll end up on the street.

[via email from Helena Meyer-Knapp]

This Week Only: GRuB's Seafood at the Schmidt, dinner and auction SEPTEMBER 18 4pm.

This Sunday marks the annual dinner and fabulous auction at the Schmidt Mansion in support of my favorite organization, GRuB.

Dinner is served from 4pm to 7pm or later. Do come or buy dinner tickets just to make a donation if you cannot make it. I'll have tickets in hand all this week and will happily deliver them to you, or you can buy them at the door.

If you don't already know, GRuB is an organization which uses serious gardening -- vegetables and flowers and home-based raised beds -- to bring about big changes in the lives of troubled kids. Every year we host this end of year party to celebrate their work and to feed and entertain our local community.

Please come to the dinner and see why I'm so proud of this group and the effect we have on our gardening crew.

Helena

These are comments from this year's crew.

“GRuB is important to me because over the summer I learned how to be myself, I made strong memories and friends. GRuB isn’t just about making memories and friends, it’s about going into the community and spreading the grub love…

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