A sailor speaks with Olyblog

I discovered a blog last week that contains contributors from the submarine Olympia. I emailed Rob, one of the bloggers, and asked him if he knew about the nuclear free zone, and if he would be willing to talk to the people of Olyblog about being on the submarine that carries the name of our town. Here is is reply:

olyinsigniaInterestingly enough on the submarine blog I co-contribute to, one of the topics today was Los Angeles-class sub relations with namesake cities. I wasn't really familiar with the NFZ issue until a few weeks ago when I reported to Olympia and my buddies at the sub blog let me know about it (most of them are very conservative and had...opinions...on the issue).

I like the blog you've got going. I can say I am not a fan of nuclear weapons, but nuclear power is a much different animal. I'm part of the engineering department, a reactor operator by rate, and I can tell you there is a night-and-day difference between nuclear weapons and nuclear power. While I'm pretty liberal myself, I think nuclear energy (for purposes like electrical power generation) is a great way to go, if managed and given the proper oversight. I can't speak to civilian nuclear power, but I can tell you the Navy has an unparalled record of safety and success with it's plants, both shipboard and land based.

I'd be happy to correspond and open a dialog with the people of Olympia; I'd pass on the opportunity to the guys on the boat, too. I do have to say that anything I comment on/say/write is strictly my own opinions and views...I'm not representing the command or the Navy in any way. I can say the command and crew of the Olympia is one of the best I've served with, at least in the short time I've been with the ship.

I notice that Rob has registered on the blog, so he can take it from here in answering any questions that you have. I'll make a permanent link on the side bar to this post, so the conversation can continue.

Port of Olympia Candidates

The Olympian gives brief bios on the candidates for the Executive Director of the Port of Olympia.

Columbus Day run


In celebration of Columbus Day, runners will take on the rolling hills south of Olympia in courses of 1, 10 and 13.1 miles as well as 5 and 10 kilometers. A duathlon with two 2-mile runs sandwiching an 11-mile bike ride is also an option.

There will be post-race food and prizes for winners.

From Interstate 5, take Exit 99 and turn left on Highway 121. Turn right on Tilley Road, and continue to the park.

COST: Range from $12 to $40 depending on the event

Online registration, at active.com, ends Friday at midnight.

INFORMATION: Call 360-273-9684.

Attention ornithologists

From the Seattle Times:

Bring those binoculars: Audubon Washington has just released "The Southwest Loop" of the Great Washington State Birding Trail — its third map in a series. The map features self-guided driving routes along Highways 6, 12, 14 and 101, from Olympia to Grays Harbor, down to the Long Beach Peninsula, along the Columbia River Gorge, and throughout Lewis County, guiding novice and expert birdwatchers to premier birding sites in the region. The map and others in the series are available at state visitor centers throughout Southwest Washington or by calling the Lewis County Convention and Visitor Bureau at 800-525-3323.

Olympia Rafah Sister City Project

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Open House General Meeting

Join us to learn about our delegation leaving this autumn.

A dream more powerful than one person, To reach across 10,000 miles and touch another life.

In a very short time our friends and community members will be departing for the Gaza Strip. Our delgation will share why they are going and what they plan on accomplishing in country.

Please come and learn more about what we do, where we are headed, and help us send off our Olympia delegation to Rafah.

Colleges exploring downtown extensions

The Olympian is reporting that there are several colleges and universities interested in opening branch campuses or extensions downtown. The creation of educational opportunities in the evening seems like a good way to make downtown a vital place that doesn't close up at 5:00 pm.

[update 10/6/05]

Here's another article in the Olympian on the topic.

Rubber sidewalks come to Olympia

It seems that they don't crack when roots grow under them. From the PI:

Liz Ellis, an arborist with the city's [Seattle] transportation department, championed bringing rubber sidewalks to Seattle after she read they were being tested in Santa Monica, Calif., and other cities.

She was intrigued not by the novelty of it. Nor did she want to give Seattleites a little extra bounce in their step as the winter gloom sets in.

She pointed to a mound in the rubber sidewalk, raised by the roots growing from one of the red maple trees on the shady, lush street of small houses on Eighth Avenue South, between South Rose and South Thistle streets.

Across the street, where the sidewalk is concrete, the growing roots of another tree had already cracked it. "That (sidewalk) was just put in about a year ago," Ellis said.

The rubberized sidewalks are more elastic, so instead of cracking, they stretch, and have to be replaced less often and are cheaper to fix, Ellis said.


Dan Joyce, a principal at the Gardena, Calif.-based rubber sidewalk manufacturer Rubbersidewalks Inc., said 80 cities in eight states are trying rubberized sidewalks. Tacoma and Olympia are among them.

Check out what they look like here.

MARC My Words

On October 15, 2005, the short film "MARC My Words" will premiere at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - at the Cinerama (2100 4th Ave, Seattle) at 12:00 pm, as part of the "Local Shorts" program.

The 11-minute short documentary profiles the activities and attitudes of the group MARC - the Multifaith Alliance of Reconciling Communities, an association of multifaith GLBT clergy, as well as the growth of the Religious Coalition for Equality, an issues-based coalition of clergy of all stripes and sexualities working for GLBT rights.

The film contains unique footage of the Marriage Equality Rally in Olympia on February 14, 2005, when hundreds of clergy and supporters (including the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses) gathered on the steps of the Capitol in support of love and marriage for all. Since the press virtually ignored the rally, this is a rare opportunity for those who were not there to witness the full scope of the event, and for the rest of us to recall the beauty of the experience.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for Local Shorts through Three Dollar Bill Cinema (http://www.seattlequeerfilm.com).

Màori artist sought for Evergreen residency

Scoop reports:

Màori artist sought for Washington residency

Established Màori artists are invited to apply for a three month residency next year at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

The pilot residency, a new initiative from Te Waka Toi, the Màori arts board of Creative New Zealand, will have a strong focus on interaction with Native American artists and will be based at the college’s Longhouse Education and Cultural Center. A ‘longhouse’ is the Native American equivalent of a Màori wharenui.

A Soldier's View

"A Pictorial Reflection of the War in Iraq" offers an unvarnished photographic look at the war through the eyes of a young soldier from Olympia named Jeff de la Cruz. A portion of the proceeds from this show will raise money for the family of a murdered Iraqi interpreter. Reception: 6-8 p.m., Open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Call: 206-583-0497 for more infor.

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