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Hallowzine: a Fundraiser for the Olympia Zine Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:00pm

Come help us raise money to reserve a space for the Olympia Zine Fest in 2015! This bash will feature:
* Spooky mixes by DJ Wildman James
* Tarot readings by Sage Adderley
* Dancing (if you’re into it)
* A costume contest with awesome prizes
* A raffle of great items including a collectible one of a kind zine created in realtime and a free table at the zinefest!
* Kombucha mocktails and bake sale delicacies to slake your thirst and curb your hunger

$5 entry includes one raffle ticket, you can buy more for just a buck each.



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Add Your Name to the Percival Landing Rail

Thurston Talk - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:15am



Submitted by City of Olympia

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Add a name to the Percival Landing railing. Names received by December 1, 2014 will be added before the holidays.

Have you considered adding your name or that of a loved one to Percival Landing’s structure and history? A donation to Percival Landing makes the perfect Holiday gift! Contributions are still being accepted for the Percival Landing Railing Project. Names of contributors are sandblasted into the stainless steel railing plate – donation levels are $50, $100, $500 and $1000.

Names received by December 1, 2014 will be installed by the Holidays later in the month.

Forms are available at

Call Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380 for more information.

Nick Kerry: Olympia Native Keeps KGY Family Tradition Alive for New Generation

Thurston Talk - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:54am



By Gale Hemmann

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Nick Kerry, business manager at KGY, is enthusiastic about bringing his family’s historical station to a new generation. Photo courtesy of Nick Kerry

You know the saying: “Everything old is new again.” Old films and cars become classics; young hipsters embrace vintage styles from their parents’ era.

Then there are some things that are both old and new. Oldies KGY 95.3 FM in Olympia, for example, is a historic radio station. It was one of the first stations in Washington to sign onto the air in 1922. Yet they continue to adapt to changing listener needs and a new digital landscape. Serving the community with factual news and entertaining hosts never goes out of style, and as KGY’s 90-plus years attest, it is a timeless fixture of Olympia life.

At the helm of KGY (also home to the regional station South Sound Country 96.9 KAYO) is a talented staff who genuinely love connecting with the people of Thurston County and beyond. One of these people is Nick Kerry, Business Manager. KGY has been family-owned by the Kerry’s since 1939, and Nick is the great-grandson of Tom Olsen, who first brought the station into the family. (Read about the history of KGY in this ThurstonTalk article.)

I met with Kerry at the historic waterfront KGY building (fun fact: KGY is the only radio station in the country known to be built on the water) to learn more about what it’s like to be part of the KGY family legacy, and what his great-grandfather might think of radio today.

At 25, Kerry is a well-spoken professional and proud to represent “the younger face” of KGY as well as his family’s near-century of hard work.

Kerry graduated from Capital High School, and began working at the radio station at age 17. He attended Western Washington University, where he majored in political science. Throughout college, he spent summers working at KGY and maintained an interest in radio. He participated in a semester-long program at Western’s KUGS 89.3 station.

After graduating, Kerry came to work at KGY full-time. It wasn’t a sense of obligation but genuine interest that led Kerry to the family business. He says his experience in radio had helped him “come out of his shell” and grow as a person. “Radio gave me a way to talk to anyone,” Kerry says.

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Kerry’s great-grandfather, Tom Olsen, bought KGY in 1939. The family has owned the station ever since. Photo courtesy of the Kerry family

KGY was also a very special place to Kerry – it was where his grandmother, Barbara Olsen Kerry, who ran the station for many years, had spent countless hours. He associates the business with her memory. “The energy and vibe here were just appealing to me right away,” says Kerry. He also describes the first time he operated the radio equipment as memorable and exciting. Clearly, he shares the family bug for radio.

Of course, he also grew up immersed in conversation about the station. KGY was a big topic around the dinner table and at family holiday gatherings. He also had a natural affinity for classic rock, alongside more contemporary artists.

Though Kerry didn’t know his great-grandfather (he passed away before Kerry was born), he knows the family stories about him well. An Olympia native, Tom Olsen was active and well-known in the local community, and was known to be very progressive-thinking about technology. He was always tinkering with the latest “gadgets” of his day. “He was absolutely ahead of his time,” Kerry says.

Kerry thinks his great-grandfather would love the technology available today, from computers to smartphones to iPods. He believes Olsen would no doubt be fascinated by KGY’s Android and Apple apps, digital streaming and the internet. He also notes that his grandfather would be happy to know that the family spirit and community service mindset at KGY continue to thrive.

Kerry says he started in an entry-level position at KGY, and was asked to do a range of menial tasks around the building before working his way up. “They put me through the paces,” he says with a laugh.

As an employee at KGY, Kerry was frequently at various community events, including Capital Lakefair and the Mason County Fair. He was surprised by the number of people who stopped by the booths to share what KGY meant to them. He says the experience was “eye-opening” about how deeply people cared about the station, and it cemented his decision to “invest time and make a difference” in his career there.

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From its scenic location at the Port of Olympia, KGY keeps listeners up-to-date on the latest news in Thurston County. Photo courtesy of KGY Radio.

A lifelong resident, Kerry feels a deep attachment to Olympia. Aside from working at KGY, he enjoys getting out and about downtown. He has an interest in architecture and is fascinated by all the wonderful mid-century homes in Olympia. He also is an avid photographer, and was on the yearbook staff while at Capital High School.

Jennifer Kerry, Nick’s aunt, is the President of KGY. She currently serves in an advisory role. Many of the Kerry family still live in Olympia. For Nick, Olympia, KGY, and family all go hand-in-hand, and that’s as it should be.

KGY: What’s in it for younger listeners?

I asked Kerry about the appeal of KGY for younger listeners. What would Nick’s peers, people in their 20’s and 30’s, find appealing about the station? First of all, the timeless appeal of classic rock is undeniable. Myself and many people I know are just as likely to rock out to the Beatles or Stones as something more contemporary.

A younger audience also listens to the “young country” offered on South Sound Country 96.9 KAYO. KAYO plays everything from Keith Urban to Lady Antebellum, representing the best of new country with local DJ’s and country music news mixed in. (You can follow KAYO on Facebook.)

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Kerry has always enjoyed interacting with KGY fans at local festivals and fairs across Thurston County. Here, KGY participates in an Oyster Challenge at the Port of Olympia. Photo courtesy of KGY Radio.

In addition, KGY has always been and remains the place to get your up-to-the-minute local news you can’t get anywhere else. KGY provides the hyper-localized information, such as up-to-the-minute traffic alerts, you need to start your day.

They also feature local high school sports highlights on the weekly “Red Zone Talk” program. Local sports personality Meg Wochnick hosts athlete interviews, and covers game highlights and scores each Friday morning (find her on Twitter at @MegWochnick). And Seahawks fans will enjoy “Hawk Talk” with Stephanie Hemphill and Kevin the Brit on Thursday mornings.

Another great way to connect with KGY is through their social media channels. Social media is becoming a popular way for listeners to interact with the station and its personalities. You can follow KGY on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can also stream KGY from anywhere through their website and apps. No matter what your listening device, KGY makes it convenient to tap into local news.

Listeners can win event tickets and other prizes through the station’s contests, and they also host special events around town.

So what’s next for the area’s oldest radio station? Kerry is optimistic about the future. “No matter what technological changes come, we want to continue to bring our listeners value – to make a difference in their lives.”

I ask Kerry if he thinks his great-grandfather, Tom Olsen, would be proud of what KGY has become today. “Yeah,” says Kerry thoughtfully, “I think he would.”


Terry Norberg Catches the Moment at Capital High School Football Games

Thurston Talk - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:35am



By Gail Wood

little caesars logoSince 1975, Ed Stevens, Jack Swarthout, Wayne Sortun and now John Johnson have coached the Capital High School football team.  During that same time, one thing has been consistent.  For nearly 40 years, Terry Norberg has rarely missed a Cougar game. He’s almost like the national anthem – a part of the game.

Since the late 1970s, Norberg’s been there at the games, video taping nearly every play, every touchdown and every tackle.

“It’s been fun, Norberg said. “I like it.”

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Terry Norberg has been capturing Capital High School football games since the late 1970s.

As a teacher and editor of the school’s Capital News Service, Norberg first began capturing the games on video in the late 70s. The footage Norberg shot would then be shown on the school’s closed circuit station. Sometimes, the coaches studied Norberg’s video of the game. Eventually, Norberg videotaped the games just for the coaches.

“I started shooting the games in the late 70s because we had a news program,” Norberg said. “Most years, I’ve done every game.”

In 2008, Norberg retired from teaching after 38 years, spending all but five of those years at Capital. But Norberg, a 1962 graduate from Wahkiakum High School in Cathlamet, didn’t want to retire from being the Cougars videographer. He’s having too much fun.

“I like the games. They’re exciting,” Norberg said. “And I like the people.”

Norberg can recall and recap some of the biggest moments in Capital football. He has videoed every play in the Cougars run to state titles in 1996 and 1998. He remembers the scores, the players’ names and the plays of that run.

“My favorite game was the first year we won the state title in 1996,” Norberg said, setting up his detailed account of the team’s playoff run that year.

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Terry Norberg often looks for the premiere spot to get the best images of the Capital football games.

First, there was a pigtail game on a Tuesday at R.A. Long in Longview. Then on a Saturday night in Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Capital beat No. 1 ranked O’Dea.

“They had only given up one touchdown all year,” Norberg said. “We beat O’Dea 37-7.”

Darren Tinnerstat, who is now an assistant coach at Capital, was the Cougars big-play quarterback that game. And Kyle Camus, who is now also an assistant coach with the Cougars, started at tackle.

“Here’s a sideline story for you,” Norberg said as he began to set up a scene about the game. “There was a guy from Kennedy standing up behind me shooting the game.”

That fella was hardly an O’Dea fan.

“We blocked a field goal and one of Frank O’Conner’s kids ran it back for a touchdown,” Norberg said. “I turned around and looked at the guy from Kennedy and he said, ‘Well, I enjoyed every moment of that.’”

Lots of plays stand out in Norberg’s memory. One was about Jordan Carey, the sure-handed speedster who went on to play wide receiver at the University of Oregon.

“We were up at Bothell,” Norberg began. “They were ahead of us.”

Then John Oatman, the Cougars’ quarterback that day, tossed a deep pass 50 yards to a sprinting Carey.

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Norberg enjoys recapping some of his favorite Capital High School games.

“Jordan, who was named the Seattle Times player of the year, caught it in full stride and ran for a touchdown,” Norberg said. “But we were still behind. We get the ball back and we’re driving.”

Carey, Norberg said as he recounted the play, lined up on the right side. Tony Davis, who was a sophomore and would go on to play at Eastern Washington University, lined up on the left side.

“Knowing that they’d be watching Jordan, they ran the play to Tony Davis,” Norberg said. “And nobody even put a finger on him. He scored a touchdown.”

To get the best vantage point to video the games, Norberg always headed for a spot above the field. Often, that was the press box. But sometimes those vantage points were less than ideal and hard to reach.

“We had a playoff game maybe two years ago down at Richfield and I was shocked,” Norberg said with a chuckle. “You had to climb up this medal ladder with round rungs. And it was quite a ways up the ladder. I thought oh my goodness – are you guys nuts?”

Adding to the challenge was a steady rain.

“I don’t know what they’re thinking with the liability issues,” Norberg said. “You fall down that sucker you’re dead.”

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Capital High School football coaches review Terry Norberg’s videos of games.

At Ingersoll, where Capital has played all its home games for 39 years, Norberg used to climb up on the roof of the stadium to shoot the game. Eventually, for safety reasons, that was stopped and now he crowds into a press box that’s often packed.

“You count over 20 people and you count the average weight and you start to wonder if this is really a good idea,” Norberg said with a laugh.

Through all these years, Norberg has had an understanding and supportive wife.

“My wife loves football, but she also likes doing things,” Norberg said.

Recently, to help satisfy that desire, Norberg, along with his wife and daughter, headed for Yosemite. But Norberg had a timeline on their trip.

“I definitely wanted to get back by the time we played Wilson, because the game was at Stadium,” Norberg said. “In my 30 some years, that’s my favorite place to shoot a game.”

And even after all these years Norberg hasn’t lost his love and passion for being at the game, capturing it on video.


Centralia’s Julie Pendleton Carries on Father’s Legacy with Northwest Sausage and Deli

Thurston Talk - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:34am



By Kelli Samson

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Brandon Bock (left) and Dave Pendleton enjoy some Smoker Bacon-Wrapped Meatballs at Dick’s Brewing Company’s annual Brewer’s Barbecue and Pairing.

Hunting season is upon us, and hopefully there will be those lucky enough to bring home some wild game. Unless you’ve got lots of time and know-how, you’re going to need some help processing that meat.

This is where Northwest Sausage in Centralia comes in. Simply bring in at least 25 pounds of your clean and boneless cuts of elk, deer, bear, or beef; choose from three different types of sausages and six types of pepperoni; decide among the various seasonings, and owner Julie Pendleton will be sure the rest gets taken care of.

Pendleton is the daughter of Dick Young, the larger-than-life founder of Dick’s Brewing Company (1994) and Northwest Sausage and Deli (1983). With these businesses, her father created legacies of both quality brewing and Old World-style smoked sausages. Julie has been carrying on those family traditions since her father passed away in 2009.

After studying business at Western Washington University (WWU), Julie was employed outside of her father’s businesses for five years. One day, he called her and asked if she was ready to come back to the family business, Northwest Sausage & Deli.  Julie knew instantly, the answer was yes. She was able to work alongside her dad for about five years, learning the operation of the family businesses.

With the passing of her dad, she had the choice to sell Northwest Sausage and Deli or to keep it going. She knew in her heart that she couldn’t let it go.  “The deli, to me, is my dad. It is all of my childhood memories.”

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Northwest Sausage and Dick’s Brewing Company founder, Dick Young, circa 1985. Interestingly, Dick was never a hunter. “He was always busy processing the meat,” explains his daughter, Julie Pendleton.

Area hunters are grateful. They have been making the trek to Northwest Sausage for over thirty years now, and for many it’s an annual tradition.

“We’ll see the same hunters from year to year, coming in, dropping off their meat, and having lunch and a beer in the deli with their buddies or their dad. A week later we’ll call to tell them that their meat is ready, and they’ll come back and do it all over again.”

Northwest Sausage uses electric air smokehouses and the very same original recipes that Dick Young himself perfected. Dick began his career in the meat business working for Midway Meats in Chehalis as a teenager, eventually opening up Dick’s Meats in Rochester. He and his family began Northwest Sausage in late 1983, and it’s been a destination for locals, travelers, and hunters alike ever since.

The turn-around time for processing the meat is one to two weeks. They make summer sausage, pepperoni, and kielbasa or Polish sausages, and they have samples (with beef) for tasting so that hunters know what flavors they’re getting.

Not a hunter? No problem. The meat case in the deli’s got you covered.

“We process the same types of sausages from beef, all available in our meat cases to purchase at the Deli. We do lunch meats, barbecue pork and jerky, and other varieties of sausage. We also produce frozen products from pork, like bratwurst, Andouille, breakfast sausage and chorizo. Our lunch and dinner menu is based off all the products we make here, too,” explains Julie who notes that the lunch menu is served daily and dinner menu Thursday and Friday nights.

“The deli is a well-oiled machine,” she chuckles.

It’s like the legacy left by her dad: steady, dependable, tried-and-true, something you can depend upon. It speaks to the values of the Young family and what they started together over thirty-years ago when she was just a little girl.

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Julie Pendleton preps some menu items inside Northwest Sausage and Deli.

Lucky for us, the Young family also believes in sharing. In addition to their meats and sandwiches, the deli also prepares soups.

Cabbage & Andouille Soup

1 lb. Andouille (or Polish Sausage) sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 onion (6 oz.), peeled and chopped

1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced

5 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth

1 bottle (12 oz.) Dick’s Golden Ale or Dick’s Silk Lady

1 pound thin-skinned potatoes (1 1/2 in. wide), scrubbed and quartered

1 1/2 quarts finely shredded green cabbage (about 1 head)

1 cup sliced carrots (1/4 in. thick)

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1/2 teaspoon whole allspice

1/2 teaspoon peppercorns

Salt & Pepper to taste



1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir sausage often until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon out and discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.

2. Add onion and garlic to pan; stir often until limp, 3 minutes.

3. Increase heat to high. Add broth, beer, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, coriander, allspice, and peppercorns (wrap and tie spices in cheesecloth if desired). Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender to bite, 10 to 15 minutes. Discard spices if wrapped.

Find Northwest Sausage and Deli on Facebook or via their website at


dicks sausageNorthwest Sausage & Deli

5945 Prather Rd. in Centralia

(800) 586-7760


New Hours Starting in November:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Hungry for prime rib or steak?  Visit Northwest Sausage and Deli on Thursday or Friday evenings.


Bag Local Hunger at Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway

Thurston Talk - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:00am




Beginning on October 29, both Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway will be collecting monetary donations for Northwest Harvest and food items for the Thurston County Food Bank.

Most of us do not worry about where we will get our next meal. However, many in our community are not as fortunate and deal with hunger on a daily basis. Reportedly, one in four children in Washington live in a household that struggles to put food on the table. Additionally, Washington is currently ranked as the fourteenth hungriest state in the nation and has been noted to be in the top six states for the fastest-growing rate of hunger. While food is plentiful for most in our community, it is not the case for everyone, which is why Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway have dedicated their efforts to help provide nutritious food to the hungry by promoting a Bag Local Hunger program.

Between October 29 and November 18, 2014, Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway stores will participate in their Bag Local Hunger program to raise money and collect food to help families in need. Money donations can be made right at the check stand and are an easy way to help out those less fortunate.  Customers can simply add a designated dollar amount to their grocery bill. Funds raised through check stand donations will be directed to Northwest Harvest, which is Washington’s statewide hunger relief agency working toward providing nutritious food to hungry people statewide.

Throughout the 21 day food drive, Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway will have a designated collection container located at the front of the store so that customers can drop off their food donations as they leave the store. All of the food donated via Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway will go directly to the Thurston County Food Bank. The food bank arrives daily to collect the donations and distribute to the local community.

Donations can be made right at the check stand at locally owned Bayview and Ralph's Thriftway stores.

Donations can be made right at the check stand at locally owned Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway stores.

Kevin Stormans, President of Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway shares, “We heavily support the Thurston County Food Bank in various ways throughout the year. The fall program of Bag Local Hunger has been highly successful in the past because our customers are especially giving this time of year as we approach the holidays.”

As part of the Bag Local Hunger program, Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway will put a more charitable twist on their usual Buy One Get One (BOGO) promotion. During the Bag Local Hunger food drive the local grocer will revise their BOGO promotion to Buy One Give One. Select Western Family products will be eligible for the BOGO promotion whereby customers can purchase two Western Family products for the price of one with the opportunity to donate the food.

While customers can take advantage of the Western Family BOGO, any brand of food can be purchased and donated. It is important to keep in mind that foods high in fat, oils, and sugar provide calories but few nutrients. These foods make up a high percentage of many diets because they are inexpensive and easy to obtain. It is beneficial to provide healthful foods for those with limited financial resources to supplement their restricted choices with healthy alternatives. Foods helpful for people struggling with constant hunger include canned or dry fruits and vegetables, non-perishable whole grains, canned lean meats and fish, dried beans, boxed, dried or canned milk especially low-fat and fortified with Vitamin D. Healthful donations are especially helpful.

Last year, customers from Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway donated approximately $40,000 in cash in addition to the daily pick up of food product donations that the Thurston County Food Bank collected. Stormans comments, “Bag Local Hunger is a great program that increases awareness of people needing food in our community. As a local grocer, we feel especially compelled to help out with this need in our community.”

To participate in the Bag Local Hunger program simply visit either Bayview or Ralph’s Thriftway. At the check stand, make a cash donation directed toward Northwest Harvest or donate food items which will be distributed by the Thurston County Food Bank.


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The Thurston County Food Bank encourages donations of foods that have plenty of nutrients.

Ralph’s Thriftway

1908 East 4th in Olympia



Bayview Thriftway

516 West 4th Street in Olympia


Ruby Fray on WVAU!

K Records - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:41pm
This month Ruby Fray are touring across the United States of A. in celebration of their new K album Grackle [KLP251]. Last week they stopped off at the studios of WVAU to be interviewed and play a few songs live on the air. Their host, Chloe, took the following photog and posted it at the […]
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Gretchen Bennett: Wednesday, November 5th, 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:59pm

Gretchen Frances Bennett was selected to receive a Special Recognition Award for Betty Bowen. 2014. Also in 2014, she completed postgraduate studies with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont. In 2012, her work was included in exhibitions at Ditch Projects, Springfield, Oregon and The Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University. In 2011, she developed a temporary work for the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, presented a solo show at Vignettes, Seattle, and her work was featured in the exhibition Heel Gezellig, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam. She was awarded a residency with The Corporation of Yaddo in 2011. In 2010, she won a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency on Governors Island, New York, and a studio residency with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland. Her work was included in the 2010 Seattle Art Museum exhibition, Kurt. She helped found the arts collective, Seattle Catalog LLC (Sea-Cat). She teaches at Seattle University.

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All Your Friend’s Friends “Jump Kick the Legs”

K Records - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:51pm
The first video from the NW hip hop compilation All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] produced by SMOKE M2D6. “Jump Kick The Legs” features the lyrical stylings of (in order of appearance) Xperience, Zikki, Jesus Chris, Candidt, Nicatine, Hashtronaut, Swamptiger, Miz, Ang P, Heretic The Heathen, Shellz Sck and Luvva J! All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] […]
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Halloween Happenings Around Olympia

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:59am




Ghosts and goblins come out to play on Friday, October 31.  Over the past few weeks, ThurstonTalk has been sharing stories of Halloween activities, events and celebrations.  Find all of our fall harvest and Halloween related stories here.

Find additional ideas and events on ThurstonTalk’s event calendar.

Fall in Downtown Olympia

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:36am



By Laurie Wetherford, Pope John Paul II High School Intern to ThurstonTalk

Downtown Olympia during fall is one of the sights to see.  Park your car and take jaunt down the streets that are covered in leaves and people strolling in cozy fall attire. Visit the shops and restaurants throughout the area. Make an effort to especially pay a visit to some of the amazing local businesses. Grab a warm drink from one of Olympia’s local coffee shops  and don’t forget to bundle up!

Olympia Capital Building Fall Bayview Thriftway Pumpkins Olympia Supply Fall downtown Olympia Waterstreet Cafe Fall downtown Olympia (10) The Kiss Statue downtown Olympia Oyster House Fall downtown Olympia Heritage Room Fall downtown Olympia Capitol Theater Fall downtown Olympia (3)

From Biological Warfare Containment to Fighting Smog, Panorama Resident Retired Female Meteorologists have seen their Share of Adventure

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:35am



By Cara Bertozzi

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Betty worked with women and children as a Policeperson volunteer when she was just 17. She was not allowed to work on cases involving men.

Betty Jankus and Charlotte Hopper, by the simple pursuit of their dreams, are no strangers to attracting attention for challenging mainstream expectations. These two remarkable ladies have a storied friendship dating back more than 50 years, culminating in their retirement in 1990 at Lacey’s groundbreaking retirement community, Panorama.

Charlotte was a member of the WA State Department of Ecology team in the early 1960s that performed the environmental impact study on the forward-thinking proposed development of an “age-in-place” campus that caters to active retirees and lifelong learners. When it came time to retire, the well-traveled duo settled on a two-bedroom house they shared with two cats and two dogs, who needed outside access, and established themselves as active community members in beautiful, temperate Washington State.

In fact, weather played a starring role in the careers of both women. Charlotte was one of the first women to earn a Meteorology degree from the University of Washington, and Betty was the second female to do so at UCLA. Betty later earned a Master’s degree in Education from UW as well. So, how did these two scientists who came of age in the 1930s – both women will celebrate their 90th birthday in the next year – carve out successful careers in a male-dominated field and find themselves on the cutting edge of multiple scientific revolutions?

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Charlotte (center) attended her OCS graduation with her mother and brother (left) before leaving on assignment for Japan.

When Betty was eight years old, growing up in Connecticut, her father’s friend gifted her with an old microscope and an oak box full of slides. It was an unusual gift for a little girl at the time, but Betty made a paradigm-shifting realization under the lens of that tool: just because you looked at something didn’t mean that you saw it. Betty would later review the seminal book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson that further revealed the complex network of relationships that govern life, such that understanding only one piece of the puzzle as a specialist gives a remarkably limited view of reality.

Betty originally pursued a career as an accountant, but after a decade of working in the field and being passed over for promotion, she determined it was time to move on. The Air Force was recruiting women for limited roles in 1952, and Betty joined as a weather observer, having been fascinated by cloud formation as a young child. She loved the challenge of dealing with forecasting’s 140-something variables, and after her time in service, she used the GI Bill to complete her degree and earn full status as a meteorologist.

While attending UCLA, Betty used to watch the pollution form and accumulate from the School of Meteorology roof after a storm. There were no emission standards at the time, and the city founders had established industry zones along the shore. The basin-like area naturally trapped inefficient fuel burning byproducts, necessitating alerts during which time speed limits would be decreased and schools would cancel recess. The black smoke looked like money to executives, but the scientists were collecting data that would change the way we think about pollution. Charlotte was also involved in research with the Los Angeles County Pollution Control District that defined smog (smoke plus fog), ultimately resulting in the Clean Air Act.

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Betty (left) and Charlotte (right) are enjoying life at Panorama and can be found volunteering around town or hanging out at Fish Tale Brew Pub.

In contrast to Betty, Charlotte grew up in the small town of Livingston, Montana and started pharmacy school in 1942 after completing high school. Shortly afterward, the US was pulled into World War II, which seemed much more exciting and relevant.  Charlotte withdrew from school and enlisted in the Navy WAVES. She was sent to aerographer school, which began her introduction to meteorology. Notably, her familiarity with weather codes made her a prime candidate to assist in the decoding of Japanese secret messages.

When WWII ended, Charlotte left the service and pursued her degree. However, she was recalled for the Korean War, and she took the opportunity presented by the dearth of officers left behind during the war. Charlotte completed officer candidacy school in 1951 and was then assigned as the only female Air Force weather officer in occupied Japan.

Under MacArthur, a special forecast section was established in Japan, and it was used to predict the weather and determine the safety of flight plans each day over Korea. The tall, red-headed female officer who was in charge of these important calculations caused quite a stir. Having a female at the base was so unusual that Charlotte had to drive two miles to her living quarters until an outhouse, a small improvement, was constructed on the compound. Betty laughs when she tells me I should write a book on how the lack of bathroom facilities was a big factor in determining which jobs were available to women at the time.

The paths of the two women crossed in 1962, when Betty was working at Dugway Proving Ground monitoring classified chemical and biological warfare tests. Weather conditions had to be watched carefully to ensure containment of dangerous materials. Betty wanted to increase data point collection 600-fold and take advantage of the move into the digital age. As the contract manager, she sourced MRI, a meteorology research company, to design new instruments and divine the calculus necessary for the precision measurements. Charlotte was on the team assigned to the project, and the two ladies immediately developed an affinity and professional respect for each other.

They would keep in touch and travel together over the next 50 plus years and even shared homes on and off when they were working in the same area. After initially retiring in separate locations, Betty and Charlotte agreed that it would be more fun to share their retirement together and made Lacey their final home.

They still giggle when they think about how little we know about the world we live in and how the weather will impact us. This complexity that is inherent in all science continues to evoke joy and wonder for this dynamic duo, who can often be found admiring the weather from their well-positioned matching chairs.


A Story About Fellowship – A Bed and Breakfast on the Water

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:48am



Submitted by Annie Lucille

fellowship boat olympiaHave you ever wondered what the story behind the beautiful wooden yacht moored at Swantown Marina guest dock is? Fellowship is her name, and her tale is one full of history and adventure.

Since 1955, Fellowship has been cruising the waters of the Pacific Northwest region, traveling around both Canada and Washington. Originally named Vixen (in her first life), the mighty ship originally served as a training vessel for Royal Canadian Naval officers, cadets and reservist members before being retired for private use.

In the mid 1990s, Olympia resident Nels E. Jensen purchased the vessel from Canada.  Jensen gave the vessel a new name –Fellowship – and a makeover. Jensen completely remodeled below deck, transforming the vessel from a utilitarian military ship into a comfortable private-use yacht.

Meanwhile, Captain Steve Clift of the U.S. Coast Guard had been researching boats to purchase. Steve and his fiancé, Barbara, discovered the vessel and were instantly drawn in by her name. They had always envisioned having a special place for friends and family to share time together, and in 2004, their dreams to purchase the ship came true.

Soon after taking ownership of Fellowship, Steve made Barbara his wife by exchanging wedding vows on the bow of the ship in January 2006. This marked the first of many more special moments to take place aboard the vessel.

fellowship boat olympiaIn the years that followed, Steve and Barbara combined their skills and experience to entirely re-purpose Fellowship. With Steve’s background in custom home construction and Barbara’s experience owning an Italian restaurant, the two worked together to transform Fellowship into a cruising bed and breakfast.

Steve began by completely tearing out the upper and lower decks, down to the hull. The restoration included a redesign and construction of a new open concept upper deck, featuring a large chef inspired galley (kitchen) at the stern, spacious dining area at mid-cabin, and a comfortable main saloon (living room) with large wood trimmed windows which display captivating views of the surrounding waters.

Below deck, guests are welcomed with four cozy cabin rooms that sleep 8-10 people (bedding includes cozy, goose down pillows and blankets), and one full bathroom. A beautiful master suite is positioned in the lower bow, serving as the captain’s living quarters.

When groups come aboard, Steve is happy to share his wisdom in boating. He enjoys teaching guests how to navigate and use nautical instruments. He even gives guests a chance to steer. Steve appreciates the participation of the guest-crew and typically appoints a “first mate” to assist in departures and returns to the dock.

Barbara’s attention to detail throughout the interior creates a sound environment for her culinary talents and hospitality to come to life. Carefully chosen ingredients are used in all her meals (which are pleasing to any pallet). She has been able to incorporate her passion of cooking and serving guests on Fellowship.

fellowship boat olympiaFellowship is now a venue to share customized adventures on the water, including:

  • San Juan Island getaways
  • Dockside dinners
  • Sunset dinner cruises
  • Corporate retreats/meeting space
  • Special ceremonies and events

Fellowship herself is a beautiful vessel, but more meaningful are the life changing moments that have been shared with the people who come aboard. One of the most memorable recent events included Barbara’s mother.  In September 2013, Lucille Osborne (age 92) and Owen Torseth (age 88) tied the knot during a private wedding ceremony on the ship. This day was an inspiring reflection of true “fellowship” and a reminder that new beginnings can be created in life, no matter your age.

The ambitious 6-8 month remodel Captain Steve and Barbara Clift originally envisioned ended up taking a total of five years to complete. However, despite the extra time invested, they now feel blessed to live aboard and call the ship “home.” In Barbara’s words, “we are living our dream, and absolutely love to share Fellowship with others and make memories that last a lifetime”.

You can learn more about Fellowship by visiting Fellowship Cruises Facebook page here, or contacting Steve and Barbara by email, or phone 253-241-9880.


Interfaith Emergency Shelter Set To Open November 1

Janine's Little Hollywood - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:00am

Above: Meg Martin works in the new office of the Interfaith Emergency Overnight Shelter this past weekend. New beds are stacked in the foreground.
By Janine

The Interfaith Works Emergency Shelter is set to open November 1 at First Christian Church in downtown Olympia with space and beds for 30 men and women.
City of Olympia Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir presided at a public hearing held Monday night to decide on a conditional use permit proposal to use the church’s basement to expand the shelter capacity from 30 beds to 42 beds. The basement had previously been used by the Family Support Center, which recently moved to the Smith Building, located on Olympia’s eastside. The current permit expires in January of 2015. The church had also been the location for Camp Quixote, the temporary homeless camp, that has since moved to Quixote Village.City planner Steve Friddle represented the city and provided the staff report recommending that the shelter be permitted for 42 beds. Hearing Examiner Scheibmeir stated at the outset that he did a site visit, walked through the property and neighborhood, and disagreed with the city's interpretation of the code. Friddle admitted that the Olympia municipal code regarding group homes, residential and commercial standards and uses was confusing, and that the city recommended the 42 bed shelter based on state fire and building codes. Scheibmeir said that it's not his job to defend the city's land use policies, but he calculated the capacity of the space to allow 37 beds, and he did not make that calculation lightly, knowing its “draconian ramifications.” The hearing examiner took Danny Kadden, executive director of Interfaith Works, and Meg Martin, Interfaith Shelter Program Manager, to task for not documenting the specifics of how the facility would be used. Both provided new information and details about the facility that had not previously been provided to the hearing examiner.“I don't care about rules about pets, or where people store their belongings...but the hours of operation and the way a facility is used, and a number of other aspects of the plan are essential...Those are critical for me to know....What I would like is for the applicant to examine their plan relevant to the basic issues...and develop a clear understanding...of what will be expected.”Several people offered testimony in support and against the permit.Brenda Hatcher of First Christian Church spoke in support of the group's permit, saying it was a unanimous decision by the congregation to host the shelter, saying it feels strongly that human beings deserve a place to be. Speaking in support of Interfaith Works, she said the organization has a good record of doing what they promise.“They've been partners with us for years and have an ongoing reputation for being compassionate...and provide for people,” she said.Don Sloma, Thurston County's director of public health services, also spoke in support of the shelter's application, as did Theresa Slusher, the county's homeless services coordinator. In 2013, the shelter received a conditional award of $400,000 by a multi-jurisdictional housing consortium based on Interfaith Works’ ability to work with the City of Olympia and local advocates to identify an acceptable site for the project and obtain required permits. Theresa Sparber, a 63 year old who is homeless, also spoke in support of the shelter. She said she has a history of strokes, COPD, and heart attacks, and that maneuvering at night on slick streets has caused her to have multiple falls.“I can't wait for the shelter to open, to rejuvenate my body, to get rest. Believe me, by 5 o'clock, we're ready to hit the sack. A friend of mine is 73 and she's in different bushes. There's so many of us displaced women who are lost out there and it's a place we never thought we'd be. (The shelter) is a great effort on everyone's part - it gives us hope,” said Sparber. Jim Haley, President and CEO of Thurston First Bank spoke against the permit. He said the bank relocated to 600 Franklin Street, one block away from the proposed shelter as part of an effort to revitalize downtown. Citing multiple concerns, Haley said he didn't see anything about the shelter that benefits the neighborhood. He said he wasn't against the homeless, but “it's business that creates tax revenue so we can better help the homeless.”
 The hearing lasted about two hours, and Scheibmeir held the record open until the end of the week for additional information to be submitted by the applicants and others who wish to submit materials. He said he hoped to make a decision within 10 days from the following Monday.“I envision approving this (permit) but I'm not sure in what fashion....Two groups deserve certainty: the population who would benefit from its use, and those affected, such as businesses and residents...neither trumps the other, both deserve to be recognized....” said Scheibmeir. Shelter Gets Ready To OpenThe task of locating a shelter formerly known as The People’s House has proved difficult in terms of finding a suitable location.  Staff and volunteers were working hard this past weekend to get the space at First Christian Church ready.

Meg Martin, Interfaith Works Emergency Shelter program director, took time to explain the goals for the space. “Changing the emphasis to housing a pre-screened clientele will aim to the serve the most vulnerable adult homeless individuals over the age of 24 who are not generally violent offenders,” said Martin.  Although a daytime warming and activity shelter is badly needed in the community, this shelter will not serve that purpose.

Using a lengthy questionnaire, street outreach workers assessed the needs and vulnerability of over 135 people in the last month. To fill the shelter beds, staff will attempt to locate 30 of those people who received the highest score in terms of vulnerability, and prioritize the beds for those who need it most.“With the (previous) first-come, first-served model, we would have filled up immediately. Women and those with severe mental illness wouldn’t have gotten in,” she said about the new intake strategy.

Martin explained that each person will have a bed designated for them unless they miss three consecutive evenings without telling staff a reason for their absence. Lockers will be available for their belongings, and pets are allowed in kennels next to their person. Martin says this has been allowed in the past with no problems. “We never want to have an empty bed...This effort has a much broader vision for placing people in permanent supportive housing. If we can expand, we’ll save a huge amount of community resources,” Martin said. Members of the homeless population tend to have more contact with police, and have a higher use of emergency room services than the general population.

Check in time at the shelter starts at 5:00 p.m. for women, and 7:00 p.m. for men. Everyone needs to be checked in by 9:00 p.m. and leave in the morning by 7 a.m. Guests will need to sign a personal conduct agreement and “good neighbor” policy form. If a guest’s behavior prevents their fulfilling the shelter agreements, they will be directed by staff to leave.According to the proposal submitted to the city in September, the shelter will not house Level 2 and 3 sex offenders. While staff will not automatically conduct criminal background checks, staff reserve the right to do so at any time on any guest staying at the shelter. The shelter will serve all genders and couples. The space is already sub-divided in a way that allows separate sleeping areas and bathroom access.

Two professional, trained staff will be on site at all times. Shelter staff will be supported by three or four trained volunteers during a portion of the evening hours.In addition, SideWalk, a homeless advocacy program, will work with guests on rapid-rehousing advocacy, and Behavioral Health Resources staff will be available for mental health support.

Full meals will not be provided, as those services are available at the Union Gospel Mission and Salvation Army.“We’re open to more partnerships – some are in the works, and some we’re still figuring out,” said Martin, who also said that more volunteers are needed. 

It was that lack of clarity that concerned city Hearing Examiner Scheibmeir at Monday night's hearing.

Shelter Capacity Projections and Community Needs

Currently, the proposed 42 shelter beds at First Christian Church will be split - 22 for men and 20 for women. In addition, Sacred Heart Church in Lacey and St. Michael’s Church on Olympia’s eastside will operate a 12 bed shelter for men, as they have in previous years. This year, they will shelter the next 12 men on the Interfaith shelter’s screened list.

In her testimony, Theresa Slusher calculated a net gain of 10 beds for both men and women combined but it is also worth noting that the women are taking a net loss.

The shelter beds for women in the community are limited to Salvation Army and the Interfaith Shelter.

Bread and Roses, a non-profit inspired by the Catholic Worker movement and dedicated to serving the homeless, recently announced that they will no longer shelter homeless women.
For more information about the Interfaith Works Emergency Shelter, contact Meg Martin at meg@iwshelter.orgor

For more information about Interfaith Works, go to Fresh beds at First Christian Church wait to be placed in rooms for men and women.

Providence St. Peter Hospital Seeks Magnet Recognition Program® Re-Designation for Excellence in Nursing Services

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:48pm



Submitted by Providence Saint Peter Hospital

Providence St. Peter Hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2010 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.  This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services.  In December 2014, Providence St. Peter Hospital is applying for re-designation.

Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so.  Anyone may send comments via e-mail, fax, and direct mail.  All phone comments to the Magnet Program Office must be followed up in writing.

All comments are confidential and never shared with the facility.  If you choose, your comments may be anonymous but must be in writing.  All comments must be received by November 28, 2014.  Send comments to the addresses and numbers below.


Address: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Magnet Recognition Program Office

8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400

Silver Spring, MD  20910-3492

Fax:                301-628-5217


Phone:          866-588-3301 (toll free)

Fixing America’s Health Crisis Starts with Your own Mindset

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:29pm


Submitted by Dr. Jaron Banks for Russell Chiropractic 

Dr. Jaron Banks

Dr. Jaron Banks

How can America have the most expensive yet least effective health care system of all wealthy, developed nations1? It’s not that Americans have bad genes, live in poor environments, or lack access to medicine. We have greater resources for “healthcare” than any other nation, yet the problem still exists—and it’s based on two factors: our paradigm of health care and our lifestyle habits.

Sick Healthcare

Americans typically follow a treatment-paradigm of health care. We generally don’t think about our health until we feel ill or have pain. When ailments limit our quality of life, we typically seek out the quickest fix in a pill or a surgery rather than making necessary changes to our lifestyle or habits that are causing or exacerbating the problem. We—and the specialists we seek—also tend to look at single parts of the body that are acting up rather than looking at the bigger picture of health as a whole organism.

A movement is afoot, however, to change the public and provider perspective from a reactive treatment paradigm to a proactive wellness approach.

Chiropractors, in particular, have long taught that regular wellness care can increase the balance, function, and health in your body as a whole. The idea is to catch little problems and dysfunction before they become so far advanced that classic symptoms show.

Western medicine as a whole is also starting to talk about this proactive approach. As early as the 1950’s, a few influential doctors were pioneering this “new” mindset when they helped the World Health Organization redefine health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 2

One of these pioneers, John Travis, M.D., opened one of the first medical Wellness Centers back in 1975. There he empowered his patients to be self-directed and learn high-level wellness habits as an alternative to traditional symptom and illness-oriented care. Travis published a model (below) showing the limitations of treatment paradigms compared to a wellness paradigm on a spectrum of health.

The spectrum illustrates a dramatic point: most of us sit comfortably at the neutral point or somewhere a little to the left waiting for signs or symptoms to tell us something is wrong. The danger of hovering on the left side is that life can be unpredictably short. For example, the first symptom of heart disease can be chest pain from a heart attack. By then, it’s too late to think about heart health. We may have disease brewing internally long before we notice any signs or symptoms. So, to fix America’s healthcare problem in your house, ask, yourself “Where am I on this Illness-Wellness Continuum?”Wellness chart

Your Lifestyle and America

Every single choice you make—every day of your life—shifts you towards the left or to the right of this scale: illness or wellness; function or dysfunction. To prevent premature death or the need to react to a preventable chronic illness, notice where you currently sit and make a plan for improvement, wherever you are. Choosing to move towards the wellness side is the first step in the right direction!

Start by becoming aware of the daily habits that keep you from wellness and add practices that move you towards your wellness goal. Every bit of movement and any exercise in your day can add to your health while prolonged periods of inactivity slowly move you left.

Every time you eat processed foods with added sugars, chemicals, and preservatives, you also move your body to the left. Everything that’s fresh, nutritious, and natural springs you towards wellness.

As you become aware of the unconscious habits in your life and ascend to a healthier lifestyle, you will be amazed by the positive changes your body will experience. You will add years to your life and life to your years.

Wellness Doctors

Finally, to help America out of this crisis, seek wellness doctors who will teach you about your body and health rather than visiting “sickness” doctors after problems are limiting your quality of life.  Find wellness specialists who can help you tune your body to its highest levels of performance instead of those who simply treat symptoms.

Chiropractors, for example, are generally wellness and prevention-oriented rather than symptom-based in their patient care. They are trained to identify problems early, before they cause significant disruption in your body–especially in your central nervous system which is in charge of regulating every function in your body.

The so-called “alternative” medicine practitioners are, in many ways, the answer to the old problem-treatment model that played (and is still playing) a major role in creating America’s current health crisis.

Thankfully, the solution for you and your family is within your power. Decide now to be proactive rather than reactive with your health and prove with your daily habits your commitment to becoming your best self.


Jaron Banks, D.C. is a Doctor of Chiropractic at Russell Chiropractic Center in Tumwater, WA where he and Matt Russell, D.C. empower their patients and clients to attain new levels of health and wellness by helping restore balance to their bodies and educating them on wellness habits specific to their needs. With effective conservative care they also help people with a wide variety of ailments and injuries.

Follow Dr. Banks on Facebook here.

Russell Chiropractic Center

3948 B Cleveland Ave., Tumwater





Star Louisiana Ship Departing Video

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:25pm

The ship was seen departing at around 5:30 AM Saturday the 25th.

Video (20x speed:)

Regular Speed

According to the Port (downloaded 27 October '14):

"The M/V Star Louisiana is expected to arrive at the Port of Olympia's Marine Terminal on October 23, 2014.
After unloading cargo, it's scheduled to depart on October 25, 2014.

Shipping Line:
Grieg Star Shipping

Vessel Flag:

Shanghai and Xingang, China

Bagged proppants


General Steamship

Tentative Work Schedule:
Day and night shifts

Crowley and Brusco Tug and Barge"

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Property Tax Payments Due October 31

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:30pm


Submitted by Thurston County

MoneyThe deadline is October 31st for Thurston County residents to pay their 2014 second half property taxes.  Payments can be made in a variety of ways.

Property taxes can be paid through the Thurston County Treasurer’s web site at .

There is no additional charge for the electronic check payment option on-line, but there is a 2.5% fee for a major credit card payment and a flat $3.95 fee for a VISA debit card payment.

Payments can also be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office or the courthouse parking lot drop box – located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One, Olympia 98502. The same fees apply for payments made in person. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Payments made by mail must be postmarked by the due date.

Penalties and interest will be charged for those who do not have their payments in on time.

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