Recent local blog posts

LBA Woods Park at critical juncture

Works in Progress - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:22pm

Will there be adequate open space and parks available to meet future need?

The 150 acres of woods surrounding LBA Park (located off Morse Merriman in SE Olympia) are the last large forested area within Olympia and its UGA that is not already a park. The owners of the two parcels that comprise the woods (Bentridge and Trillium) have expressed their willingness to sell, but unless the City acts quickly to secure the woods, the developments planned for those parcels will proceed.

The LBA Woods Park Coalition has now gathered over 5,200 signatures of area residents asking the Olympia City Council to purchase the woods for a park before these woods are lost to housing developments.

The City’s Parks, Recreation, and Arts Advisory Committee voted unanimously with one abstention to move forward with a study of the feasibility of purchasing the Bentridge parcel.

The LBA Woods are a true gem. The woods have more than four miles of wooded trails through varied terrains, including mature forest (a dozen or so trees over 36 inches diameter) and alder groves. Hundreds of people walk and run there. It is especially popular for walking dogs, and the gentle slope trails are accessible to seniors. Black Hills Audubon birders have identified fifty-eight bird species in the woods. The woods provide critical habitat for birds and wildlife that residents enjoy seeing in their yards and streets.

A significant body of new scientific research has shown that walking in larger forest parcels provides a number of surprising health benefits. Those benefits include: immune system boost, lower blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood; increased ability to focus (even in children with ADHD), accelerated recovery from surgery or illness, increased energy level, improved sleep.

City polls have consistently found that city residents state their number one parks goals to be nature and trails.

The demand for open space forest trails will nearly double in the next 20 years. Over that period, Olympia’s population is projected to increase 20,000 and Thurston County’s by 120,000. This begs the question, if Olympia does not act now to secure the woods, where will the children play? How will we address the nature-deficit disorder that will increasingly undermine our physical and mental health.

Funds exist to purchase the parcels. In 2004, City residents approved the “voted utility tax” to raise about $2 million a year until 2024 for parks. The voters’ pamphlet and the City mailer stated that the tax-generated park funds would be prioritized for park acquisition before the remaining lands are lost, and estimated the funds would acquire about 500 acres, mostly open space. To date, the City has acquired only 51 acres. The City can use the park acquisition funds from the voted utility tax to finance purchase of the Bentridge parcel now, which is currently on the market for a favorable price of $6.5 million. As Jane Kirkemo, the City Finance Director, has explained, the City could issue a bond anticipation note now to pay for the parcel, and pay off that note in 2016 when it sells a new round of general obligation bonds that would in turn be paid off using the voted utility tax revenues.

If the City supplements its bond funds supported by the utility tax with funds from other sources such as County conservation futures and state grant programs, the City would likely be able to purchase Trillium also by 2016.

Flat areas on the edges of the LBA woods can potentially address the City’s longstanding need for rectangular sport fields and an off-leash dog park without compromising the existing woods and walking trails. The City is conducting a site suitable study now that would confirm those uses.

Shortly after the study is released in November, it is expected that the City Council will make a decision whether to proceed to buy either of the two LBA parcels.

Council members indicate that heartfelt and thoughtful emails and letters are the most persuasive. If you want to help save the LBA woods and create LBA Woods Park, please write the City Council at Letters to the Olympian are also helpful.

For more information or to sign the LBA Woods Park petition or to donate, please go to

Brian Faller is a board member of the LBA Woods Park Coalition, which may be reached at .

Letter to Works in Progress

Works in Progress - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:21pm

About the September 2014 Issue

To Works in Progress staff:

I am grateful for Works in Progress and what you provide to our community. I found the the Hobby Lobby article informative and insightful. I was however troubled by the cover of the September issue. The Celtic cross (the cross with the circle at the intersection of two lines) is figured twice on the cover and is clearly the most predominant. This Celtic cross symbol is used primarily by the Episcopal Church and also the Roman Catholic church. The Hobby Lobby Green family seems to be affiliated with Assemblies of God churches and my Internet search finds no indication of their use of the Celtic cross symbol.

I think the Episcopal Church has been in the vanguard of inclusion, acceptance, and equality. I am Episcopalian and I was saddened to see this symbol associated with the Hobby Lobby story.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my thoughts.

Susan Todd, Olympia

Zahid Shariff 1939-2014

Works in Progress - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:20pm

Gentle, soft-spoken former Evergreen professor inspired his students in the cause of social justice

Political science professor, Zahid Shariff, had a gift for connecting with students during lectures at The Evergreen State College. Former students recall Shariff’s gentle demeanor and soft-spoken voice required them to lean in and listen close as he relayed what one described as “the most intensely beautiful things. Every sentence was poetry.”

“Zahid set minds free,” says Michelle Ryder, a former student who graduated from Evergreen in 2009 and works for a nonprofit in Bonney Lake. “His classroom always held the promise of building a better self, of connecting heart, mind and experience and situating them in lived reality and the broader struggle for global social justice and equality.”

Shariff, 75, passed away late Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. A funeral service and burial were held Tuesday, August 12, 2014, through the Islamic Center of Olympia.

Shariff served 22 years on the Evergreen faculty. His colleagues remember him as a devoted advocate for his students and campus community, and as a keen, respected observer of geo-political events and trends.

“Zahid could be counted on to give his all to his students,” says Lin Nelson, a sociology professor at Evergreen. “He helped build thoughtful, reflective and wise classes, and did much to cultivate human rights work on campus and in the community. He will be missed so very much.”

“A true intellectual and a gentleman in both senses of the word, Zahid was a proper man who was gentle with people,” adds Larry Mosqueda, a political science professor at Evergreen. “He was also a favorite of students. I was proud to be his friend and his colleague.”

“Zahid was generous with his time and knowledge, mentoring new Evergreen faculty, and inspiring them with his dedicated approach to teaching,” says Therese Saliba, professor of Middle Eastern studies at Evergreen. “Even after retirement, he stayed intellectually engaged with book discussion groups and post-retirement teaching.”

Shariff brought a real-life perspective to his classes on colonialism and imperialism. Born on March 7, 1939 in India, his parents and eight siblings were required to move in 1948 as part of the Partition of India. The family re-settled in Pakistan, where Shariff earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Karachi University. Shariff pursued his studies in New York City, earning a Doctorate in Public Administration from New York University in 1966. He then returned to Pakistan to participate in efforts to build a modernized, peaceful nation.

In 1971, Shariff accepted an offer to teach at Brooklyn College in New York. In 1977, he and his family moved to Illinois, where he earned tenure as a political science professor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. In 1991, he relocated to Olympia to begin his teaching at Evergreen.

In addition to several nieces and nephews, Shariff is survived by two sisters, Hamim Aftab and Farida Shariff; two daughters, Syra (Jim) Postelnick and Nina (Lance) Helgeson; two step-sons Evan (Ann) Schofer and Jonathan Schofer; and three grandchildren, Mollie and Mark Schofer, and Lucas Helgeson.

“Our family feels profound gratitude for the love and support that our father, brother and uncle received from colleagues, friends and students throughout his time in Olympia, and especially in his final days,” Syra Postelnick, Shariff’s daughter, says in a family statement. “We will all miss his intellect, generosity, gentleness and beautiful smile.”

Colleagues, family and friends are planning a memorial at The Evergreen State College in the fall. Memorial donations may be made to Evergreen’s Annual Fund, which supports the First People’s Foundation and other student scholarships.

—Zahid Shariff’s family

Ode to GRuB

Works in Progress - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:20pm

GRuB doesn’t just feed the hungry food
Or the youth truth
They serve up hope for the future too
Their staff walks on water
Blue and Gaffi made sure was collected
In an up cycled rain barrel
They don’t just grow food on that farm
Or hope or futures
They grow wings on the backs of solitary angels
Once slumped over lost in despair
Now found on their knees with dirt in their hair
Smiling friends everywhere
And just like disenfranchised youth with pink hair
They lifted me up
Through the dirt of a ten by ten garden plot
Next to a housing project
But then real projects
Happened around a picnic table of volunteers
In the self-esteem and sense of community we built
You see we planted and grew respect in each other
It seems they grow nothing but deep roots and wings
Because everyone who is given the opportunity
To just be
At an urban farm run by old Evergreeners
Comes back to roost
Like a pigeon homing in on personal growth
And seeds of truth
And I have the tag on my leg as proof
That’s why I keep coming back
Giving them time and money
Because they gave me the bounty any good farm grows
But they did it to my heart mind and soul
And it doesn’t rot or expire like things you desire
You can’t buy GRuB’s brand of food on any shelf
I know I had some myself

Lennée Reid is a truth seeker, nature lover, poet and spoken word artist. She has one child and lives in Olympia. She can also be found on YouTube.

Big changes at Bread & Roses

Works in Progress - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:20pm

Since its inception in 1982, Bread & Roses has provided hospitality to the poor and homeless of our community in a wide variety of ways. When I joined the household as a live-in volunteer in 2003, the Cherry Street community kitchen and day center had just closed and the new Advocacy Center was getting started. Shortly after that, our Devoe Street men’s shelter was replaced by Catholic Community Services’ Drexel House. We published the Voice of Olympia street newspaper for several years. Other organizations have also benefited from our support, including the Tenants’ Union, Partners in Prevention Education, EGYHOP, the Family Emergency Shelter, SideWalk, and Interfaith Works. Throughout it all, we have continued to provide hospitality at the Women’s Guesthouse shelter.

We took a break from sheltering for the month of August to provide a break for the live-in volunteers, to deep clean the house and to conduct much-needed repairs. (This is the first such break in decades—literally every day for over fifteen years, live-in volunteers have shared life in these houses with our homeless guests.) We also used the month to reflect on our mission, our history, and our role as providers of hospitality.

The demand for our shelter services has changed significantly over the last two years. Rent assistance programs at SideWalk and at the Community Action Council have been highly successful at quickly moving the homeless off the streets and into permanent housing. Overall shelter demand among women has fallen so quickly that when we closed our doors in August the only impact was that the Salvation Army filled a few of its empty beds. For this and other reasons, we will not reopen as a shelter in September.

Bread & Roses will continue to offer hospitality, but in a new way. Beginning this September, we will provide affordable housing to low-income people who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to service. We will rent rooms to low-income students, Americorps volunteers, and other community volunteers, and provide an environment tailored to support their service and encourage collaboration.

Residents will also benefit from the combined wisdom and experience of Selena, Phil, and Meta, the hosts at Bread & Roses who, along with many current and past board members, have contributed significantly to the creation of a long list of local projects. Our hosts are a vital asset of this intentional community who will mentor and develop a new generation of social justice leaders and activists.

There is still a very serious and specific need for shelter and intensive, long-term services for homeless women with severe disabilities. We’ve found that an increasing percentage of the women who seek shelter have complex needs that cannot be met at Bread & Roses.

An unprecedented number of our guests in the past 18 months moved to adult family homes or other supportive housing, were hospitalized, or were admitted to inpatient treatment facilities. At least five of our recent guests required mobility assistance devices, in a house where every bed is at the top of a flight of stairs.

One guest experienced severe and frightening hallucinations on a daily basis; most days she was unable to prepare food for herself, bathe or tend to other necessary self-care tasks. It took us four months of persistent advocating with mental health providers to get her access to appropriate medication, and another month before she was hospitalized. While it has not been unusual for us to have one or two guests each year with similar issues, during those same four months we had eight other guests with serious mental health symptoms, two of whom were developmentally disabled young adults, and at least four of whom struggled with active substance abuse problems.

These women deserve accessible and affordable treatment and permanent housing. In the absence of adequate support services, we cannot provide hospitality to such high-needs individuals without risking their safety and ours. Nor can we count moving them to an apartment, without those services, a success.

Fortunately, our advocacy efforts and the efforts of others have paid off: The local mental health system is preparing for long-overdue reforms, the county is recognizing the need to create permanent supportive housing, and increasing inpatient treatment and psychiatric beds has become a priority at the state level. Lastly, the Interfaith Works shelter is opening a year-round location this November and will be admitting the most vulnerable among the homeless. Despite these positive developments, we will continue to advocate for a functional, responsive, and well-funded safety net for the most vulnerable in our communities.

Over the next year, as we host our first intentional community of service volunteers, we will continue to examine how we can best serve the community. We invite you to become part of that conversation. There are a lot of possibilities and we are certain – with your continued support – that Bread & Roses will be as vital and as valuable as ever.

B&R is a 501(c)3 non-profit inspired by the Catholic Worker movement and dedicated to serving the homeless, poor and marginalized of Thurston County. Over the years, thousands of generous people throughout this community and beyond have contributaed to the success and accomplishments of B&R. Current live-in volunteers are Selena Kilmoyer, Meta Hogan, and Phil Owen. We continue to operate from the original House of Hospitality and Guesthouse on 8th Avenue on Olympia’s east side. You can contact us at, or call Meta at 360-259-9619, Selena at 360-951-0326, or Phil at 360-545-3174

The Aberdeen City Council passes resolution opposing crude oil in Grays Harbor County

Works in Progress - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:19pm

Resolution No. 2014 — A resolution in opposition to the transport and storage of crude oil in the City of Aberdeen and the Grays Harbor Estuary

WHEREAS, between April 29, 2014, and May 21 2014, there were four derailments on the Genesee and Wyoming rail line between Centralia and Aberdeen that raise serious questions about the capability of this rail line to handle current export commodities let alone the 150 car unit trains of explosive Bakken and tar sands crude oil;

WHEREAS, the Genesee and Wyoming railroad has admitted that they were unaware of the poor condition of the railway and the rail bed of the line through Grays Harbor County;

WHEREAS, in July 2013 a line of DOT 111 tank cars filled with Bakken and tar sands crude oil derailed in Lac Megantic, Quebec resulting in the destruction of 40 buildings and the deaths of 47 people;

WHEREAS, the emergency response teams of the city of Aberdeen as well as the surrounding cities, are not adequately equipped to handle explosions and fire from railcars carrying crude oil or other flammable petroleum distillates;

WHEREAS, various groups and organizations such as the Washington State Council of Firefighters through their legislative lobbyist Geoff Simpson, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77 SeaTac through their business manager Lou Walter, the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen’s Union Local 4, Vancouver through their president Cager Claubaugh and Railroad Workers United, Spokane through their Steering Committee member Robert Hill have registered strong opposition due to safety concerns, to the transportation and storage of crude oil anywhere in the state of Washington;

WHEREAS, catastrophic explosions, spills and death due to derailments of tankers carrying Bakken, tar sands and other crude oil have also occurred in Castleton, North Dakota, New Brunswick, Canada, Aliceville, Alabama, Lynchburg, Virginia and other sites within the year since July 2013 and could occur in any town along the rail line including Aberdeen;

WHEREAS, the seafood industry accounts for nearly half of the region’s economic value and that industry would be irreparably devastated by spills of crude oil into the waters of Grays Harbor;

WHEREAS, shipments of fruits, grains and other vital commodities are experiencing delays and stoppages due to precedence being given to crude oil trains resulting in goods damage and higher prices;

WHEREAS, agencies of the United States government, including the Federal Railroad Admiration (FRA), have, in July of 2014 proposed an overhaul of safety standards for transporting crude oil and alcohol by rail due to the safety concerns over railroad conditions and the conditions of the DOT 111 tank cars; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ABERDEEN: Based upon the previously unknown dangers to the health, welfare and safety of Grays Harbor communities and citizens, the city of Aberdeen strongly urges the Port of Grays Harbor not to execute any new leases for facilities or storage tenninals that would accommodate crude oil transport or storage within the Port properties and to carefully examine the terms of any existing leases to determine if grounds exist to tenninate provisions which would allow crude oil transport or storage facilities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the city of Aberdeen strongly requests that cities and other governing bodies responsible for permitting crude oil transport and storage facilities deny future permits in light of the new information regarding rail safety and the volatility and explosiveness of the crude oil products involved and to carefully examine the terms of any existing permits to determine if revocation would be justified based on this information not being presented at the time of the original permit requests.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the city of Aberdeen strongly urges the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board to analyze and study the potential economic effect of crude oil train traffic on the displacement of existing economic activity and the potential loss of access to rail transport by local and regional shippers.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the city of Aberdeen urges Governor lnslee, in accordance with the Centennial accord between the federally recognized Indian tribes and the state of Washington established in 1989, work directly with the Skokomish Indian Tribe, Chehalis Confederated tribes, the Nisqually tribe, the Squaxin Island tribe, the Quinault Indian nation, the Shoalwater Bay Tribe and other such tribes as are necessary to protect their treaty rights and fishing resources which are threatened by proposed oil terminals, expanding oil refineries and the routing through their territories of crude oil unit trains carrying Bakken, tar sands and other crude oil.

PASSED and APPROVED on September 24, 2014.
(Aberdeen City Councilman Alan Richrod reported, “The resolution passed unanimously to great applause.”)

Gee, I’m Oh So Hungry

Works in Progress - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:19pm

It tastes good this shit they shovel, I swallow
Mon Santo Clause (That’s lawyer speak)
Stuffing stockings with poison year round
(Know Yer Law Everyone) = KYLE
We Haul Insecticide (,) Leaking Everywhere
Hey, Insects, Go to Hell
Hi, I have the munchies and
will eat anything
Everything in SIGHT
Smoking Increases Guys (and girls
(and gods)) Hunger and Thirst
GMO so hungry and STONED
September Today Or Nearly Every Day
Feed me
Give Me Osteoporosis
Go Make Olives
Go Massacre Orchards
Go Marr Oranges
Graze My Oates and heather
Hall & Oates
You’re a rich girl and you’ve gone too far
‘cause you know it don’t matter anyway
You can rely on the old man’s money
You can rely on the old man’s money
God Made Oxymoron

Kenneth is an Evergreen grad. He spends his days sleeping, reading outside with cat in lap when weather allows, buying records at Rainy Day, and working on art projects. He spends his nights stocking products at a convenience store.

This is how we roll: what makes Works In Progress happen

Works in Progress - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:19pm

Works In Progress is in a symbiotic dance with the local community–a perfectly imperfect waltz that reflects the skills and understandings of those who participate. Birthed from activists almost 25 years ago, WIP may sometimes jolt and jerk, linger or trip, but it always finds a way to move forward.

Often mistaken for a traditional publication with a staff of reporters, it’s not uncommon for people to send in topics or events they think need to be covered. This is understandable. US culture assumes the best way to get things done is to pay someone to do it. But is that really what motivates people? Or does it just get in the way of what actually needs to be done?

Consider this: If given a choice, would Boeing employees choose to continue building giant jets that pollute the atmosphere or would they rather work in an equally giant factory that produces inexpensive, electric, enclosed tricycles for the masses to reduce pollution and save the planet?

The people who are involved in Work In Progress do so because of who they are and what they believe. It is a labor of love and purpose.

Please consider becoming involved in some way.

Works In Progress (WIP) was established in 1990 by the Thurston County Rainbow Coalition. At that time, activists/groups did not have an effective way of communicating with each other or the progressive community. Most folks did not own personal computers and cell phones were still the size of large bricks. The only way to reach people in the area (outside of KAOS) was The Olympian, which was then owned by the politically-conservative Gannett Corporation—today’s largest US newspaper publisher best known for its national publication USA Today. Needless to say, little was mentioned in the daily paper about progressive activities in town. In fact, in 1990 little was mentioned about anything going on in Thurston County. Gannett’s The Olympian, “affectionately” called The Zero, The Zip, or The Five-Minute Read, was the primary reason for WIP’s creation.

In May 1990, the first issue of WIP was printed at the Shelton-Mason Journal—then owned by the Gay family—40 minutes away in Shelton. About a dozen of the original WIPsters went along to witness the hand delivery of the layout pages to the Journal office. Works In Progress would continue to be printed at that location for the next 23 years.

From the beginning, Works In Progress gave voice to many stories that would not have been covered by the commercial press. Notable among them was the construction of the DNR building with non-union labor. Mark Bean, union organizer for the Carpenters’ Union, provided coverage of the hard won struggle to convince Washington State to require contractors bidding on state government projects to hire union labor. Another was the only published photo (Kendra Jennings Mapp) of the takeover of the legislative building in protest of the first Iraq invasion in 1991. And there were many more that can be found on WIP’s website.

At present day, WIP continues to publish the works of writers in the social justice community and encourages both writers and readers to participate in the production of future issues. Social justice is a neverending cause.

Works In Progress has a minimal amount of structure or, as it might be said, as little as we can get by on. The organization’s structure is primarily formed by function. Most people have taken on regular roles of responsibility and the others work in WIP when they have time or on a specific project. Both types of participation are valued as one gives stability and the other, variety.

As an all-volunteer organization, no one can be told what to do or where to go. (It’s occasionally tried, but if the person doesn’t want to do it, it ain’t gonna fly.) So while there traditionally has been a focal person that people tend to look toward, in reality, all are in charge and no one is in charge simultaneously. Daunting, you may think, and yet pretty amazing that the paper has lasted more than two decades. And people really do want to make a difference even though it may mean not making a buck. (While we do care about people’s financial survival and will compensate when possible, with this nonprofit, funds are not always available. In fact, rarely. Our apologies.)

With this loose structure, it is very important that people attempt to maintain positive attitudes. Sometimes this is hard as things can become difficult since we are all human and perfectly imperfect. There will be miscommunications, disagreements, and, every once in a while, a bad decision. As the saying goes, “shit happens.” Yet this, too, shall pass and WIP will carry on.

We ask that people are respectful of different levels of understanding. We’re all working on figuring things out; some have just been on the path a bit longer. In addition, it’s also important that people be aware of the baggage they may carry from personal experiences that can harm their abilities to interact with others. We can sympathize with those who have experienced sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, military duty, child abuse, and other painful situations. Unfortunately, Works In Progress is not an ideal place to work through one’s personal issues. We highly recommend counseling (and not just for our sakes).

Submitting your work to WIP
Some people have claimed to feel a bit intimidated in submitting content to Works In Progress. Let us explain why this is unnecessary.

WIP’s original purpose was to provide people in the social justice community a way to communicate to each other. From there it soon added its intent to become a voice for the disenfranchised as well as a forum to explore issues of importance. While some who participate may have professional skills, the majority do not. People who submit work to WIP are not paid, at least, not by us!

Works In Progress does not have reporters. It is only in the last year that we formed the Writers’ Group whose members have, at times, volunteered to write assigned stories, but this is not usual. Most of the content in WIP is written by individuals in the community who have chosen to spend the time and effort to share what they believe is important for others to know.

The following is what’s most essential to keep in mind when writing for Works In Progress:

Works In Progress is committed to stories misrepresented or ignored by the mainstream media. We value local, well-researched news stories, accounts of personal experience, and reflections by local authors. Opinion pieces, also valued, are often best supported by facts, examples, and sources, and we encourage writers to include these elements to submissions. We’re also looking for graphics, poetry, cartoons, and articles that push the boundaries of conventional journalism.

Another thing to remember is that there are WIP members who edit submissions and will work with authors to maximize readability and clarity. We want you to look good, too.

For more information, please contact Works In Progress at olywip@gmail. We are also on Facebook.

WIP ‘s working groups

Writers’ Group
The Writers’ Group is probably the most dynamic of WIP’s organization. Peopled by regular WIP contributors, the group is primarily focused on content (articles, photos, graphics, and other submissions). This is an opportunity for individuals to discuss their planned contributions, topics that should be covered in WIP—if possible, and by whom—and photos or graphics to accompany content. This group also shares the responsibility of editorial decisions with the Editing Group and works to improve coverage of issues important to the progressive community. This group meets for one hour at Traditions Café at 5:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month.

Distribution/Outreach Group
The Distribution/Outreach Group is a lively group that has the tasks of overseeing the physical distribution of Works In Progress and community outreach, which includes tabling at local events. In both duties, people skills and self-motivation are equally important because, at many times during each month, distribution members are the public faces of WIP.
This group meets the second Thursday of the month when neccessary. Location varies.

Editing Group
The Editing Group makes editorial decisions regarding content submitted to Works In Progress. It is responsible for editing articles, fact checking, and working with authors to resolve any problems regarding their submissions. Most of the work is done during the two-hour meeting on a Tuesday evening, though a few articles may require more attention during the next couple of days. Those individuals with editing skills and an attention to detail are highly valued. This is a great group if you love to nitpick. (We’d appreciate it!)

Layout Group
The Layout Group is the most isolated group as its primary responsibility is the digital layout of the paper edition. Individual members work separately on computers using the publishing software InDesign and communicate primarily by email and phone. Most of the efforts by this group is during the week before the last Monday of the month. The amount of work required for each individual is negotiated. Active Layout Group members who are involved in the layout of pending issues are required to attend that issue’s editing and proofreading meetings.

Proofreading Group
The Proofreading Group is the friendliest collection of people in WIP and even more nitpicky than the Editing Group. Responsible for finding errors big and small, they are also the most quiet and sometimes not at all. They are also responsible for revising headlines, when needed, and making last minute decisions on just about anything regarding the pending issue.
This group meets at 1 pm on the Saturday before the last Monday of the month. Red pens are provided.

Website/Social Media Group
The Website/Social Media Group is the lastest addition to WIP. It is responsible for maintaining the website, which includes updating the website, uploading the digital issue each month, and promoting WIP on social media. WIP is eager for more people to become involved in order to move Works In Progress more fully into the 21st century.

For more information on any of the above WIP groups, please contact us at

Come visit us at the Well!

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:31pm
Event:  Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

“Reach Out at the Well” returns to downtown, following successful summer event

 Free community fair aims to foster courageous community caretaking

Following a successful first run, “Reach Out at the Well” returns to downtown’s Artesian Commons Park on Friday October 17 from noon to 3 p.m.

 The free community fair is hosted by the Olympia Outreach Workers League, a coalition of nearly a dozen downtown service organizations who operate with generous volunteer support. Participating organizations setup booths and provide information on their services and volunteer opportunities. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

read more

The National Weather Service Kicks off Windstorm Season – 52 Years after 1962 Columbus Day Disaster

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:32pm



Submitted by Mason County PUD 3

The 52nd anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day storm is Sunday October 12. This historic windstorm, the strongest non-tropical windstorm to hit the lower 48 in American history, marks the start of western Washington State’s windstorm season.

All of Mason County went dark for nearly two hours after the storm damaged high power transmission lines feeding Mason PUD 1 and PUD 3 substations. It took six days to restore electricity to all customers. The National Weather Service measured wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour at Sanderson Field near Shelton.

The Columbus Day storm was born from the remnants of a former western pacific tropical storm named Freda. What was left of Freda off Japan rode a strong westerly jet stream across the northern Pacific and intensified dramatically off northern California as it turned north along the Pacific Northwest coast.

Wind speeds exceeded 150 mph along the Oregon and Washington coasts and topped 100 mph in the western interior valleys from Eugene to Bellingham. Since the storm damaged many wind instruments, the actual highest wind speeds could have been higher.

The storm killed 46 people from northern California to Washington State and injured hundreds of others. It blew down or destroyed thousands of buildings and knocked out power to millions of people from San Francisco to southern British Columbia. The windstorm also blew down 15 billion board feet of timber from the coast to as far east as western Montana, enough lumber to build a million homes.

The 1962 Columbus Day storm is considered the granddaddy of all windstorms. All other Pacific Northwest windstorms are measured against it. Could another storm like this one occur again? Yes and it would be far more devastating than back then since three times more people live in the region along with all the infrastructure to support them.

Windstorm season is here. Windstorms occur almost every year. Some of our regions stronger events occur about every ten years such as the Hanukkah eve windstorm of December 2006 that knocked out power to about 1.5 million people in western Washington.

Even the first not so strong blow can produce significant impacts since it usually occurs when leaves are still on many trees and the event acts like a tree trimmer, resulting in some power outages.

Are you ready for this season’s first wind event? Now is the time to get better prepared, before the wind blows. Here are a few key resources to help you get ready at home, work or school, or in your vehicle. When you are prepared, you are not scared.

Learn more about how to report and last through storms and power outages from Mason PUD 3. Check out theWashington State Emergency Management Division for more disaster preparation information.


Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes Opens Second Location

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:16pm


Submitted by Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes

mystical cupcakes

Rachel Young, owner of Mystical Cupcakes, opens her second storefront on January 2, 2014.

Olympia’s Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes will open its second location October 15 in Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite B24. The new location, across from the food court, will offer a full menu of delectable cupcakes, plus a wide assortment of candies, custom order cakes and pies, t-shirts, greeting cards and gift items.

With plenty of in-house seating, Mystical Cupcakes will also host events such as cupcake decorating classes, birthday parties, book signings and themed parties for both adults and children.

Leta Hankins, local leasing manager for the mall, is enthusiastic about the mall’s newest addition.

“I’m really excited because we are focusing on bringing more local businesses into the mall, and Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes is perfect,” she said. “I love that they are local, innovative and unique to the mall. They will add a breath of fresh air.”

Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes was established two years ago by founder/owner Rachel Young in her kitchen as she experimented with and developed her own unique recipes. Joined by her mother, Victoria Cunningham, the two appeared on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in October 2013, which re-aired in April 2014. The episode, “L.A. Bridal Bash,” can be viewed from the link on the shop’s Web site.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held at the mall location October 31 at noon. More details will be announced via the Web site and also on the shop’s Facebook page.

The new location will be a great addition for mall shoppers.

“There’s no other place to purchase cupcakes in the mall or the gift items we will be offering,” said Young. “Plus, for our current downtown customers who reside on the west side, our mall shop will be so convenient.”

Cunningham described the new location as being warm, inviting and, more importantly, cheerful.

“It will be a happy place for our customers,” said Cunningham. “And who doesn’t love happy?”

For more information, contact Young or Cunningham at, at the downtown store location, 111 Market St NE, Suite 107, Olympia, or by phone at 360.350.0332.




Sacred Trees of India - Evergreen Gallery

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:19am

From today's inbox:

Evergreen Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the fall exhibition, Sacred Trees of India: Photographs by Deidi von Schaewen. For the past 28 years, von Schaewen has traveled in India, immersing herself in its people and culture, and exploring themes through her photography and video. For her series on the Sacred Trees, she traveled the length and breadth of India. The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

read more

Raise a Pint to Toast Three Magnets Brewing Company

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:38am



By Lisa Herrick

Thurston First BankThe highly anticipated opening of Three Magnets Brewing Company will soon be here, although it is intended to be a quiet and understated event. The plan is to open with a soft launch by the end of October and unveil the brewery’s craft beers with a limited menu.  The full menu featuring a casual take on pub style goodies, which includes house-cured seafood, seasonally inspired cocktails and regional wines, will slowly be rolled out in the following months.

three magnets brewing

The Three Magnets Brewing Company team inside the nearly completed brewpub. Tanks are full of ready to serve craft beer. Left to right: Nate, Sara and Elliot Reilly-Three Magnets Brewing Company owners, Jeff Stokes-Brewer/Front of House Manager, Nancy Bickell-Kitchen Manager, and Pat Jansen-Head Brewer/Local Sourcing Liaison.

This gradual introduction of the locally sourced and made from scratch menu is an intentional decision to ease the 40 new employees and thereby the community into a successful experience with the new brewpub. I recently toured the brewery with the Three Magnets Brewing Company gang. I suspect my experience is precisely the vibe they are striving for – the sharing of quality beer with lively discussions in a family friendly setting. I could engage in conversation and drink beer with them any day.

“What we have been hearing is how excited people are to have the brewpub in Olympia and how thrilled they are that they can bring their kids to a public house,” share Sara and Nate Reilly, owners of Three Magnets Brewing Company.  You may recognize the couple as the owners of Darby’s Cafe also located in downtown Olympia. The Reillys aspire to honor Olympia’s brewing history while creating a community gathering space. “People want to be associated with beer in this area because it is a key part of our heritage,” Sara explains.

The Reillys have designed the brewpub to include an all-ages dining area, an open kitchen for customers to view their meals being made from scratch, an open brew space where beer will be served directly from the tanks, and a 21+ pub offering indoor and outdoor seating. While the brewpub’s layout is integral to the community gathering space design, the Three Magnets Brewing Company name creates the ambiance.

“Three Magnets is based on a 115-year-old book called Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard,” explains Sara.  ”Basically, Ebenezer considered himself an inventor of the perfect community. He thought he could take the best of both rural and urban living and blend them into a perfect town-country. When reading this, everything called out to us as Olympia, either what we are or what we strive to be.”

three magnets brewing

Brewer Jeff Stokes serves up beer sampling directly from the tank.

“We don’t know if we are there yet but it is where we want to be and it is what we want to do as a business to help the community get there,” agree Nate and Sara.

Nate continues, “The community support has been awesome. So many businesses have reached out to put our beer on tap, help us move our tanks or welcome us to the neighborhood. They truly want us to be successful.”

The Reillys consider success as a thriving business that gives back to the community.

Three Magnets Brewing Company has named their flagship beers after some other local icons.  Proceeds will benefit local causes within the community. Nate explains, “We currently have three namesake beers reflecting some of our favorite places in the community – The Brotherhood Brown named after the Brotherhood Lounge, Rainy Day IPA named after Rainy Day Records, and the Helsing Junction Farmhouse Saison named after Helsing Junction Farms. Early next year we hope to introduce the Oldschool Lager to be named after Oldschool Pizzeria.”

“The plan is to donate a designated amount from each pint of these beer sold to a cause mutually decided between us and the namesake business,” Nate continues. “For example, $.25 of every pint of the Brotherhood Brown sold at Three Magnets Brewing Company will go toward SafePlace, an important cause to Brotherhood Tavern owners Pit and Melissa. They are also doubling-down on this and will be donating $.25 of every pint that they sell of the Broho Brown over their bar to SafePlace as well.” Three Magnets Brewing Company will soon be announcing the charitable causes for the Rainy Day IPA and Helsing Junction Farmhouse Saison.

three magnets brewing

Three Magnets Brewing Company is an all ages brewpub serving craft beer and casual take on surf-n-turf. Photo credit: Three Magnets Brewing Company

In addition to the namesake beers, the brewery tanks are full and ready to serve Session IPA, Session Saison, Brewers Best Bitter and Rye Ale.  A Fall Harvest brew is in the fermentation tank and ready to be moved over while two fresh hopped IPAs are fermenting away.  Each of these beers will be available once the doors open. Until then, you can fill your growler at Gravity Beer Market or find their beer on tap at The Brotherhood Lounge, The Old School Pizzeria, Cooper Point Public House, Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza, Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen, Darby’s Café, i.talia Pizzeria, Mercato Ristorante, Ramblin’ Jacks, Rhythm & Rye, Skep & Skein, Vic’s Pizzerias, The Westside Tavern, Waterstreet Café & Bar, and The Eastside Club Tavern.

Here’s to toasting the innovative brews, delectable menu, and the pursuit to create the ideal community. To stay informed of the Three Magnets Brewing Company progress visit their Facebook page.

Three Magnets Brewing Company

600 Franklin Street SE, Suite 105

Olympia, WA 98501


Categories: Local Food Blogs

Garden Courte Cares for Others in Untold Ways

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:37am



garden courte

Garden Courte Memory Care Center staff display some of the backpacks and school supplies they collected.

The gradual slide into autumn always makes me stop and take stock of things.  Swapping out the shorts, sandals, and toys of summer for coats, boots, and holiday decorations is when I do my biggest donation pile of the year.  I like knowing that outgrown clothes and surplus housewares will do more than help someone in need, they’ll give them pause to be as thankful as I was when others shared with me.

Sir Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  In our area, this philosophy is embodied by the caring hearts and hands at Olympia’s Garden Courte Memory Care Community.  Whether for full-time residential or short-term respite care, they lovingly provide a safe, healthy environment for family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

But the staff at Garden Courte does more than just care for our relatives.  They also donate to, host, and provide for many local non-profits in the Thurston County region.

Community Marketing Director Marilyn Richards is proud that Garden Courte serves “Community Youth Services alongside the Haven House which this year we just added to our list of agencies and organizations.  We continue to serve The Little Red Schoolhouse Project where we collect gently used and new coats for kids.  In April, it was Purple Up for Military Kids NO BULLYING dinner at The Boys and Girls Club of Lacey.  Here we cooked, served, provided a bagful of goodies for each child and did a video presentation on bullying.  Not to forget the seniors we serve in Thurston County, Garden Courte is always a sponsor of high profile events alongside other facilities that share in our interests like the Living Well, Living Long Conference, yearly Alzheimer’s Conference, The South Sound Alzheimer’s Walk, Lakefair 50+ In the Park and our own Caregiver Support Group held at St. Michaels and in our facility once each monthly.”

garden courte

Chef Rubi (left) and Maintenance Director Paul attended the No Bullying dinner.

Garden Courte is also a member of the Senior Action Network, where both Dawn Peterson and Marilyn Richards serve on the Board of Directors.  They also work with Meals On Wheels, the South Sound Alzheimer’s Council where again Dawn and Marilyn serve on the board, and support fundraising events monetarily by attending banquet auctions at The Crisis Center, Community Youth Services, Senior Center for South Sound and Dispute Resolution Center.

Haven House/Safe Shelter Program Director Brian Hosford recounts his meeting with the staff at Garden Courte.  “Dawn Peterson reached out to me in June to inquire as to how Garden Courte could support Haven House.  This was a very welcome call and I quickly agreed to meet Dawn and Marilyn to provide a tour of our facility and allow them to assess needs.  This assessment meeting itself spoke volumes about Garden Court’s proactive approach to helping the community.  Just a week or two after our meeting, Haven House received many backpacks and journals– items we sorely need and are always running out of.  Here in September, Dawn & Marilyn also provided a delicious dinner that our kids really enjoyed.  Four extra large pizzas from Papa Murphy’s that the kids mentioned many times how awesome the treat was.  Staff helped the kids see that the community does care about them and organizations like Garden Courte are trying to help in any way possible.   This helped the kids feel supported in a time of crisis in their lives.  I look forward to working with the awesome Garden Courte team in the future.  Garden Courte is clearly concerned with assisting social programs in need and I appreciate their efforts to reach out and help in any way they can.”

garden courteEven when economic times are tough and communities as a whole are struggling, it’s heartwarming to see the power of sharing.  We are all able to reach out to someone in need, whether through time, money, or donations of extra blankets, clothes, or food.  Organizations like Garden Courte not only care for our aging relatives but our service members, school-children, and caregivers.

Check the Garden Courte calendar regularly, you’ll find endless opportunities to learn from, mingle with, and support the community we all call home.  Live as poet Maya Angelou proclaimed, “If you find it in your heart to care for someone else, you will have succeeded.”


Hempler’s Heavenly Ham

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:30am



By Katie Hurley

olympia bayview thriftway

Hempler’s Black Forest Ham and Chanterelle pizza

When Hans Hempler started selling meat in Bellingham in 1934, I doubt he envisioned his Black Forest ham thinly sliced on top of a pizza, baked in a cheesy cauliflower casserole or nestled inside a crispy Panini. But Hempler’s ham and bacon are favorites in our house, and there are countless mouth-watering ways to use them.

Hemplers, now located in Ferndale, Washington, produces a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner meats that are available at locally owned Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway stores. Hemplers’ products are free of allergens, gluten and MSG and are naturally hardwood smoked. Boneless whole hams, half hams, applewood smoked bacon, uncured franks and uncured pepperoni are available in the meat department, and deli selections include Uncured Ham and Artisan Sundried Tomato and Basil Roast Chicken, sliced to order.

A half or whole Hempler’s ham makes a great, hearty fall dinner, and the leftovers can be incorporated into some great meals for the next few days.

Hempler’s Black Forest Ham makes an excellent pizza topper. Prepare your favorite pizza crust dough – I like the Essential Baking Co. frozen dough available at Ralph’s and Bayview. Top the crust with a blend of grated cheese, very thinly sliced strips of Hempler’s ham and any other desired toppings such as sautéed diced chanterelle mushrooms or caramelized onions. Bake or grill according to the crust recipe or package instructions.

olympia grocery store

Hempler’s ham makes this caulifornia “mac-n-cheese” unforgettable.

Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese with Ham is another hearty family pleaser.  Steamed, chopped cauliflower florets replace the pasta in this creamy dish. The blend of salty, smoky ham and gooey cheese sauce almost makes you forget there’s no mac in your mac & cheese!

1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets

1 c. cubed, cooked Hempler’s ham

1 cup half-and-half

½ c. sour cream

1 t. Dijon mustard

dash of white pepper

1 clove garlic, finely minced

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1 c. cubed cheese (any variety you like)

Preheat oven to 375. Steam or boil cauliflower for 8-10 minutes, until soft. Drain in a colander, using a towel or paper towels to press any extra water out of the cauliflower. Place the cauliflower in a greased 7×11 baking dish and top with cubed ham and cubed cheese. Heat the cream over medium heat until it almost boils. Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream, Dijon, white pepper, garlic and shredded cheddar. Pour over the cauliflower, ham and cubed cheese and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes, until bubbly and starting to brown on top.

My hands down, all time favorite ham recipe is this unbelievably amazing Black Forest Ham and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Earthy, creamy Cambozola cheese, sweet caramelized onions and salty, smoky Hempler’s ham will rock your taste buds.

Stop by the meat department or deli at Ralph’s Thriftway or Bayview Thriftway today and check out the selection of Hempler’s ham, bacon, pepperoni, franks and roast chicken.


olympia grocery store

Resi,in the Bayview Deli,will slice your Hempler’s Ham or Roast Chicken to order.

Bayview Thriftway

516 W. 4th Ave., Olympia



Ralph’s Thriftway

1908 E. 4th Ave., Olympia



Mecca Normal on Democracy Now!

K Records - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:54am
Recently the public radio series Democracy Now! ran an episode on Malachi Ritscher and his act of self-immolation, an anti-war statement of protest which inspired the Mecca Normal song “Malachi”. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman conducted an in depth interview with Mecca Normal‘s Jean Smith and David Lester about Malachi Ritscher and about their work as […]
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Posing Mantis

Mojourner Truth - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:44pm

First, I just saw flitter-flying, like a faerie from Pan's Labyrinth, sunlight on long wings. When it landed, I saw a praying mantis. Not preying as far as I could tell. Just posing.

Hey Lover, Needles and Pizza, Mythological Horses and Werecat

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 5:00pm

Monday, October 13th, doors at 8pm

*It’s Hey Lover’s Underground Tour!

HEY LOVER (Portland)


MYTHOLOGICAL HORSES (Alaska & Washington)

WERECAT (Olympia)


Facebook Invite

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Items Accepted for Organics Collection Now the Same Countywide

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:57pm



Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste 

The organics collection programs in Thurston County have gone through several changes over the past few years. This left many residents and businesses confused about what can go in their organics collection bins. To clear things up, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and LeMay recently adopted the same list of acceptable items. So now, no matter where you live or work, or who picks up your organics, the items you can put in your bin are the same. These items fall into three basic groups:

olympia food composting

Food scraps are one category of organics that can be collected curbside.  The full list has been recently updated.

  • Yard and wood waste including grass, branches, leaves, plant waste, and clean lumber scraps.
  • Food waste and plate scrapings including fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy, eggs, meat, bones, seafood, and shells.
  • Un-coated food-soiled paper and shredded paper including paper napkins, towels, coffee filters, and pizza boxes. Shredded paper should be put in a paper bag.

Building a more Resilient Organics Collection System

During the last five years, the number of communities in the Northwest that collect yard and food waste to be composted grew dramatically. This huge amount of additional material caused an increase in contamination and odor problems at some composting facilities. As a result, some of these facilities shut down or put restrictions on the kinds of materials they would accept.  Recently, these major changes in the composting industry started to create challenges for local organics collection programs, especially for schools and businesses.

“To ensure the long-term success of our organics collection programs, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and LeMay worked together to find new and more diverse outlets for our materials” said Thurston County Solid Waste Reduction Specialist Peter Guttchen. “This more decentralized and resilient system will help us sustain and grow our organics programs as the composting industry in our region and across the nation changes and matures.”

Currently about 60% of the organics delivered to the WARC are hauled to Silver Springs Organics near Rainier to be composted into high quality products. About 35% of the material is burned in industrial furnaces or is directly land-applied as mulch on area farms. The remaining 5% is trucked to composting facilities in Eastern WA and in Snohomish County.  These facilities are designed to safely compost the organics from restaurants, schools, and other places that generate a lot of food-soiled paper and food waste.

For more information

To download and print a list of what you can put in your organics bin to post on your fridge at home or in your business, click here. Also, watch your mailbox. A detailed chart of acceptable organics will be included in Talking Trash which will be delivered to every Thurston County  household in November. You’ll also find lists of what can go in your recycling and organics bins in LeMay’s upcoming utility bill inserts.  Information about the City of Olympia’s recycling and collection services can be found here.



Categories: Local Environment
Syndicate content