Olyblog is great and Hyperlocal

I know its only been a week since I ran into Olyblog, but I have giddy high hopes for a local blog community here.

The last few days I've ran into a few posts about hyperlocal journalism (which seems to be what Rick is doing here) and how it can help community discourse.

Already on Olyblog we're seeing more discussion of Olympia City Council candidates then I've seen anywhere else so far.

Just for giggles, here is wikipedia on hyperlocal.

The only thing I would change about Olyblog right now is the tagline: "This ain't CNN." Please, Rick, change it. Without the deep James Earl Jones voice, it isn't funny.

Traffic delays

Here's an updated list of construciton projects in Olympia.
"We apologize for the inconvenience. With typically dry and sunny days, August is prime construction time in the Northwest,: said Michael Mucha, public works director. "Our goal is to complete City projects as efficiently and quickly as possible."

Weyerhaeuser move = more log trucks

log truckNow comes the whole story:
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Weyerhaeuser's move next spring to the Port of Olympia will more than double daily log truck traffic on city streets in Olympia. The forest products company will add 75 trucks a day to port traffic and bring the total number of trucks visiting the port each day up to 125.

Various and sundry

City contracts for GIS data

Spacial News: The city has contracted with Geographic Technologies Group, Inc. to provide the city with GIS data about storm water run-off.
The City of Olympia has selected GTG to implement a UML/Geodatabase Design and Development project for the Water Resources Division of the Public Works Department. The project will enable field personnel to manage and maintain storm water site data in both the office and the field.

New director for Red Cross in Thurston/Mason counties.

Tacoma News Tribune:
Keriann Cockrell has joined the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter as director of the Thurston-Mason counties office. Cockrell’s knowledge of the greater Olympia community will help the local Red Cross chapter increase services, raise visibility and create a greater understanding of the vital services provided by the Red Cross, the agency said. She worked for 16 years in rehabilitation counseling, serving as Washington state manager and director of marketing for a national rehabilitation counseling firm in Olympia.

No more mold

KOMO reports that School will be "mold-free" in time for classes:
OLYMPIA - Olympia school officials say they expect to meet an Aug. 31 deadline for finishing a mold removal project at Capital High School. All the mold has been cleared and the bottom few feet of all contaminated walls have also been removed. Workers now are wrapping up the project's second stage, which involves replacing the wall sections with mold-resistant sheet rock.

[update 8-25-05] Ooops. Looks like the mold isn't gone after all:
OLYMPIA -- A consultant has found trace amounts of mold inside two more hallway walls at Capital High School, Olympia School District officials announced Wednesday.

City council sets priorities

city hallThe Olympian reports that the city council has big plans:
Jane Kirkemo, the city's finance director, described the plan as "one of the most aggressive," thanks in large part to the parks and sidewalks funding measure that voters passed last September.


Here's a list of where to take all that stuff that you never wear.

NFZ now official

Oregon live has an AP blurb about Olympia's Nuclear Free Zone:
As expected, City Council members voted 5 to 2 Tuesday to adopt an ordinance barring anything related to nuclear weapons within town.

The ordinance, which takes effect in 30 days, also specifies that companies doing business with the city will be asked to affirm in writing that they are not involved in nuclear weapons production. Officials will then try to avoid doing business with those that don't provide such an affidavit unless there is no reasonable alternative.

The Olympian also has a piece. It seems the ordinance underwent some fine tuning:
A late change to the ordinance -- the result of an executive session held earlier that night -- will protect Olympia from the most significant legal threat, said Bob Sterbank, city attorney.

Under that change, the federal government and use of national roadways -- which locally means Interstate 5 and U.S. Highway 101 -- for transporting nuclear weapons or their components is exempt from the law. That same exemption also might cover Plum Street, which officials say might be considered part of the national highway system. City staff was asked to check on the Plum Street's status.

New tenant at the port of Olympia

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Weyerhaeuser is to switch ports from Tacoma to Olympia. TNT reports that the new tenant will:
• Generate about 38 jobs and an additional 17 longshore positions, according to Kari Qvigstad, the Port of Olympia’s marketing and business development director. Twenty-three longshore members, plus added casual workers, now work at the port.
• Bring in an estimated $1.47 million in revenue a year.
• Provide the port with some tenant stability. The port and Weyerhaeuser will sign a five-year lease, with options to extend it after that, Qvigstad said.

The price tag for Olympia:
The Port of Olympia plans to do $4 million worth of improvements to the site before Weyerhaeuser moves in. The port commission was scheduled to approve the lease at its meeting Monday night.

No story in The Olympian (as of Tuesday 2:30pm).

[update 4:00pm]
The Olympian article is here. (Thanks Khaos).

Olympia Film Society fundraiser

If you're thinking of taking advantage of the Regal Cinemas $1 movie deal this week don't forget that all proceeds from Thursday night will be donated to the OFS.
First-run features include "The Cave," "The Brothers Grimm," "The Constant Gardener" and "Undiscovered."

Values ordinance

To be discussed at Tuesday's city council meeting:
Community Values Ordinance: Through the Community Values Ordinance, we as citizens can have some authority by dictating values to business in our community. This ordinance would keep profits within the local community, promote fair competition, provide for living wages, maintain free-speech rights for the employees and citizens (human citizens), and promote ecological sustainability. Under the community values ordinance, large business entities, including big box stores, would get a report card score based on the community values listed above. Corporations that score below the minimum standard would be unable to locate in or remain in our community.

Full text available here.
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