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Crafting A Complete Story - Part 2: Make your Novel a Page-Turner

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:07pm
Event:  Sat, 11/15/2014 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Tumwater Timberland Library! In part two of his three-part series, local author Lindsay Schopfer discusses how to craft a story that keeps readers up late into the night because they just can’t put it down. Participants will learn how to establish a pattern of conflicts and resolutions throughout the story, balance description with action, and build up to the story’s climax. Attendance at all three classes is not required. The series concludes with Part 3 on 11/22. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Fairy Tea Party

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:57pm
Event:  Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Discover the enchanted world of the fairy folk at Tumwater Timberland Library's annual extravaganza! Dress in a fairy folk costume and enjoy a fairy tea and activities so exciting they're magical. Dancers from Ballet Northwest will also be performing two dances from the Nutcracker ballet. Free tickets will be available at the Tumwaterlibrary information desk beginning Friday, October 31. The library is normally closed at this time and will be open only for the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

NaNoWriMo Write-in

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:55pm
Event:  Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month by starting that novel you've always wanted to write! The Tumwater Timberland Library will provide a quiet space, free from distraction, in a supportive and focused environment. Stop in and get to work! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Crafting a Complete Story - Part 1: Where to Start your Story

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:54pm
Event:  Sat, 11/08/2014 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Tumwater Timberland Library! Local author Lindsay Schopfer offers a three-part writing class.  In part one, he discusses how a great story must start strong to get the reader’s attention. Each novel’s beginning must be a balancing act of description, backstory, and action. Participants will learn how much backstory to include in their novel, how to identify essential establishing information, and how to effectively drop their readers into the action.  Attendance at all three classes is not required.  Part 2 of the series will be on 11/15, with Part 3 on 11/22. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Ned Owens Named Chief Financial Officer at FORMA Construction

Thurston Talk - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:54am



Submitted by FORMA Construction

forma constructionFORMA Construction Company has named Ned Owens of Olympia the company’s new chief financial officer.  Owens succeeds Harvey Hanson, who will be retiring from FORMA this December after a 27-year tenure.

As CFO, Owens will provide leadership, oversight and direction for the financial operations of the $125 million company.

Owens comes from McGladrey LLP, the fifth largest accounting, tax and consulting firm, following 13 years in McGladrey’s Olympia and Seattle offices as a tax and audit associate and manager.  Prior to his tenure at McGladrey, Owens was an ocean import representative for Expeditors International, in Kent, Washington.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in 1995, Owens was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Seattle University and a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from Golden Gate University.

Owens is a certified public accountant and a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

An Olympia native, Ned and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of three children.  Owens enjoys hunting, swimming, skiing, tennis and music.  He is a member of the Olympia Rotary Club.

To learn more about FORMA, visit

Five High School Students Show How US Martial Arts Emphasizes Building Character

Thurston Talk - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:44am



By Gail Wood

dkb restorationAs she learned how to jump kick and box in her martial arts class, Brianna Asman surprisingly found the courage to pursue her real passion – theater.

“If it wasn’t for this,” Asman said as she looked around at students practicing martial arts, “I’d be home reading a book. I like drama a lot. And this gave me the confidence to do it.”

Asman, a sophomore at Timberline High School, began to overcome her shyness when she got started in martial arts six years at the US Martial Arts Center (USMAC) in Olympia.

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US Martial Arts junior instructors Aaron Kioshi and Brianna Asman (in white) work with their class.

“I was really, really shy when I was little,” Asman said. “This brought out a lot of confidence in me in a fun way.”

Her story is a common one.

Legrand Jones, a sophomore at Capital High School, began taking classes at USMAC six years ago when he was in fifth grade. Like Asman, he had something he wanted to overcome.

“For me, what they helped me with a lot was the idea of self-control and discipline,” Jones said. “I used to have a lot of anger management issues.”

Not anymore.

“It’s helped me a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”

The emphasis at USMAC isn’t learning how to slap kick or punch. That’s the lure, the attraction. The emphasis is teaching respect and learning discipline. Each week, students bring a report card from their parents, not their teachers. Students are graded on things like how they behaved, how they clean they kept their rooms and information about their performance in school.

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Aaron Field demonstrates a leg kick.

“The biggest thing I get out of it is what they teach you,” said Aaron Field, a junior at Capital.

There are five tenants that USMAC teaches.

“There’s indomitable spirit, integrity, confidence and self-control,” Field said. “That confidence carries over to school. I’m very confident when it comes to presentations or public speaking. I don’t think I would have had that if I hadn’t taken taekwondo.”

Three years ago, Aaron Kioshi, now a junior at North Thurston High School, got involved with martial arts at USMAC when his mom got a coupon to the center for a free lesson. He went once and got “hooked.”

“That first day, there was all this energy,” Kioshi said. “Everyone was really happy and ready to go. It was fun. Everyone was wanting to do it.”

His martial arts experience has helped Kioshi develop his coordination and confidence as an athlete. Now, he’s turning out for football at North Thurston and he plans to turn out for wrestling for the first time this winter.  He will also run track again in the spring. Right now, he comes to USMAC on Wednesdays after football practice.

“The first rule is to never use your martial arts to hurt anyone,” Kioshi said. “It’s all to defend yourself. It’s all about respecting others. It’s never about going out and causing trouble.”

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Legrand Jones talks with his class.

For kids who are shy, it teaches them confidence. For kids who are more aggressive, it teaches them restraint, how to hold back and respect others. And that is the emphasis. It’s not just learning how to kick box and combat, it’s about learning respect.

Saehee Kwak, a junior at Capital, has been going to USMAC for three years. Her experience as a junior instructor and in her own workouts is a stress reliever.

“I get a lot of stress from school,” Kwak said. “I come here and go home happy.”

Kwak moved to Olympia from Korea in 2011 and she said she didn’t know any English. Her experience at USMAC has helped in her transition.

“I’ve learned how to be confident, to speak up, to answer with confidence, showing who I am,” she said.

The ultimate goal of USMAC is building tomorrow’s leaders today. The focus is more on building character than building punch power.

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Aaron Kioshi demonstrates technique with his class.

“The things we teach all lead someone to be a strong leader in the community,” said Debbie Winters, project manager with USMAC. “We have ten home rules for children. The first one is to show respect to your parents and family members. Our focus is more on character.”

On Saturday, about 700 students from across the Northwest with similar stories will compete in the annual Governor’s Cup at Saint Martin’s University. Black belt sparring begins at 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon board breaking and sparring continues.

Kioshi won’t be able to judge at Saturday’s Governor’s Cup competition. He’ll be in Tacoma at a conference for deaf students. He knows sign language and works with deaf children.

“That’s fun, too,” Kioshi said.

To learn more about US Martial Arts, click here.  Governor’s Cup information can be found at this link.


Tacoma Little Theatre’S ‘OFF THE SHELF’ presents MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE

South Sound Arts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:30am

Tacoma Little Theatre presents the emotional piece My Name is Rachel Corrie, directed by Niclas R. Olson and featuring Lauren Nance as Rachel. The production will be performed one night only, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Rachel Corrie. Picture taken from the Rachel Corrie Memorial website
On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old from Olympia, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. My Name is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play composed from Rachel's own journals, letters and emails-creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, to work as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.
Tickets for the November 6, 2014 performance at 7:30pm are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.
TLT's Off the Shelf is a new series of play readings. “We know that there is a tremendous amount of wonderful theatre that deserves to be heard but sometimes just doesn’t get an opportunity. With Off the Shelf, local directors and actors will be bringing some scripts to life that we hope you will find entertaining, challenging and educational to our stage. We hope that you’ll sit back and enjoy an evening of theatre. You never know, you might see one of these shows on our mainstage in the future,” says TLT artistic director Chris Serface.
Disclaimer: This is not my writing but is a press release from TLT printed with very few changes. I did see My Name is Rachel Corrie when it played at the Seattle Repertory Theatre a few years back, and I was tremendously moved by it. I highly recommend that South Sound theater-goers take advantage of this one-night-only opportunity to experience this intelligent and heartfelt performance.
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Marginals & Mystics: Collage Mixed Media by Evan Clayton Horback at Salon Refu

South Sound Arts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:12am

Published in the Weekly Volcano, Oct. 16, 2014
Heading to Jersey, collageIt has been 100 years since Picasso and Braque invented the technique of collage. In more contemporary times the technique has degenerated to either warmed-up Kurt Schwitters or to bizarre and often comical combinations of surrealistic imagery which tend to be more gimmicky than artistic. Notable exceptions have been the works of Robert Rauschenberg and Romare Bearden.
Evan Clayton Horback, a relative newcomer to Olympia, has made the technique special again — art with integrity and class, art that is more Rauschenbergian and Schwitters, yet uniquely Horback. That’s what good artists do.
Horback is an East Coast transplant who should be showing his work in major galleries in Seattle and Portland and will be soon if there’s if there’s any justice in this world. Meanwhile, Susan Christian has thankfully recognized his talent and has given him an excellent showcase in her gallery, Salon Refu.
untitled collageThe show is a mixture of paintings and collages, and the paintings are truly collages in concept if not in technique. He sees collage not just as a technique for creating imagery but as a compositional tool, a means of arranging images, shapes, colors and textures in sometimes startling and always pleasing ways.
I didn’t count, but by rough estimate there are about 40 pieces in the show. All but one set of nine collages on book covers are rough in texture, most done on burlap pasted on board with the edges left in a rough state. I love the scruffy surfaces.
In close to half of the paintings and collages there are line drawings of faces or figures superimposed over collage elements. These line drawings are purposefully crude yet elegant and remind me a lot of drawings by Seattle artist Fay Jones as well as Andy Warhol’s early, pre-pop paintings and drawings. There are also a lot with fields of dots over collage elements. I would have a hard time explaining why, but these really work nicely.
“Oblations (X3)” is a set of three line drawings of young boys cropped at the top and repeated at the bottom to create the illusion of the kind of infuriating rolling television images that used to be common. The word “Triples” is written in script in blue on a diagonal band of black offering sharp contrasts which nevertheless fits with the repetitive figures.
The largest and one of the strongest paintings is “Subhadra,” a close-up image of a woman’s face cropped so all we see is chin and lips combined with a band of rectangular shapes in red, blue and yellow. The texture in this one is like an old billboard that has been ripped almost to shreds and the face looks like an enlarged halftone that has been driven over by a tractor.
This little gallery continues to offer shows by the very best artists in the area. Horback’s work is intelligent, honest and beautiful. You really should see this one.
Evan Clayton Horback: Marginals & Mystics, Thursday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m. through Oct. 26, Salon Refu 114 N Capitol Way, Olympia,

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Olympia’s 12th Man Show Their Seahawk Spirit

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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:30am



Winds are blowing.  Dark nights are settling in early.  Rain drops are falling hard and frequent.  It must be October – and therefore time for some frightful (or fright-less) fun.  Harvest festivals, Halloween parties, pumpkin patches, and freaky haunted houses are all on the agenda for the weekend.  Use our full event calendar to plan your activities or skim through our highlights below.

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The 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 at Northwest Harley-Davidson

Thurston Talk - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:00am



NW Harley Front Entry 2It’s been 13 years since Harley-Davidson has introduced an all-new model.  This spring, the company introduces the 500cc and 750cc Street.  This new bike is aimed at younger, more urban riders and has a price point to match.  Starting at $6700, the Street is within reach of younger riders who love the Harley brand, but aren’t yet ready for the price tag on some of the larger bikes.

The Street is described as a smaller, more nimble bike that can handle the roughness of urban streets with specialized suspension.   The smaller design means it’s lighter with an instant throttle response, a plus for urban riders handling heavier traffic and multiple stop and go situations.

Julio Valdenegro, for one, is thrilled to see the Street hit the floor at Northwest Harley-Davidson.  The co-owner has worked at the Lacey dealership since 2001 and is looking forward to the impact this new model will have.  “We’ll see a new type of buyer for this bike,” shares Valdenegro, “and we are looking forward to a new generation of Harley riders in the store.”

Conspicuously absent from the Street is the large amount of chrome typically seen on most Harleys.  This “blacked-out” style adds to the urban appeal as does the more neutral riding position, providing comfort and stability.

The Street is made in Kansas City, Missouri and showcases the top quality you’d expect from Harley-Davidson.  And with the two engine sizes and many customization options, the Street gives buyers a lot of choice.

Want to check out the new Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 for yourself?  Visit the Lacey shop where the always friendly experts on staff can show you the Street in person.


Developer Heidgerken Shares Old Brewery Vision

Janine's Little Hollywood - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:00pm

Above: For the first time, Old Brewery owner George Heidgerken meets Peter G. Schmidt Jr., 92, today after Heidgerken’s presentation. Schmidt was born in the Schmidt House and is the grandson of Leopold F. Schmidt, who built the Old Brewery in 1895.
“I’d like to see you succeed, but it’s going to be rugged,” Schmidt told Heidgerken.  Schmidt shared stories about growing up near the brewery.
“When Olympia beer first hit Seattle, my god, they just couldn’t ship it fast enough….Every year, production doubled in size….” said Schmidt.
 By Janine Unsoeld

It was a full house at the historic Schmidt House today in Tumwater as community members came to hear George Heidgerken speak about his vision for redeveloping the Old Brewery property. His Falls Development LLC project manager, Jon Potter, joined him. A slideshow chronicled the Old Brewery’s history from 1906 to the present.Heidgerken joked that while doing research for the purchase years ago, he found out why no one bought it, saying it would easily cost half a billion dollars to renovate. The more he found out about its legacy, however, the more intrigued he became with the possibilities. Heidgerken owns about 35 acres of the area on both sides of the Deschutes River, including 11 acres of water.

“It’s a real treasure….To restore the buildings, we have the original plans and photos to be authentic….From an economic standpoint, it’s something of a leap of faith…the road, access, utilities, everything’s different (now).” Admitting that nothing at the site meets current codes, Heidgerken said that despite the challenges, it’s a remarkable opportunity. The hillside, he says, hasn’t been maintained in decades and said a parking garage would provide needed parking and stabilization. Groundwater monitoring wells will be installed soon.

“This is a big deal for Tumwater and the county…it’s a unique facility…it’s time that somebody does this stuff.”The City of Tumwater has determined that redevelopment of the property will have an adverse impact on the environment and is seeking public comment on the scope of an environmental impact statement for the site.

The deadline is Monday, October 20, by 5:00 p.m. Comments on the three land use alternatives identified for the site may be directed to: Tim Smith, AICP, City of Tumwater Planning Manager, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501; or (360) 754-4212.Heidgerken says he doesn’t know where the process will end up, but there is interest in the property from restaurants, educational institutions and hoteliers. He says the site has the potential of being a nationally known destination, like Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and can serve as a catalyst for other development.

Above: The Old Brewery as seen on October 8, 2014 during a tour of the Tumwater property near the Deschutes River.

Frequent murmurs of approval were heard while Heidgerken gave his presentation, and someone in the audience remarked, “It's about time.”Heidgerken says he has spent $1 million cleaning up the property and $3 million in remodeling efforts. He cited the project’s possible benefits such as future public access to trails and the water, including the outer edge of South Capitol Lake, a craft brewing and distilling center with interest from local educational institutions, dorms for students and residential apartments or condominiums for longer term residents, space for art and antique shows, concerts in the park, and more. Asked about the timeline of the project, Heidgerken said that the permit process dictates the pace. “It may look like we’re not doing anything on the outside, but on the inside, we’re busy….” He stressed his commitment to the project, and mentioned similar projects he is involved with are thriving.

 “I own three sites on water, all historical, and this is in the category of ‘the right thing’…. This is a high priority – I’m well-funded to do it.” Potter said that Heidgerken owns the property outright and is under no interest rate pressure to rush things. Heidgerken said he and Potter have a 10 – 15 year relationship of working together and want to do it the right way. Both welcomed public input into the visioning process.

He said his Oregon City, all-waterfront project, the site of the former Blue Heron Paper Company, with 25-30 acres at the end of the Oregon Trail, has attracted national attention. “For 152 years, there’s been no public access to the (Willamette) Falls…they jumped on it….” he said.

Heidgerken also mentioned success with his ownership of a 70 acre, water strategic piece of the Chambers Bay golf course near Tacoma.Above: A drawing by Falls Development LLC depicts a remodel of the building at 240 Custer Way, also known as the RST Cellars Building, flanked by housing that could either be dorms for students or apartments, depending on market interest and economic considerations. 
Some members of the public stuck around to look at drawings of the proposed redevelopment up close.

Rob Kirkwood, a founding member of the Old Brewhouse Foundation attended the presentation, and said he didn’t know about Tumwater’s citizen comment deadline of October 20 until someone referred him to the Little Hollywood article published on Sunday, October 12. “I knew a deadline was coming up but I didn’t know when until I was referred to your article….We need more time to comment….it’s a regional asset, a regional responsibility. We need to ensure public access. It could be a county museum, like a Museum of South Sound History, Industry and Art,” said Kirkwood.

The Old Brewhouse Foundation is having its annual meeting on Saturday, October 18, at Timberland Tumwater Library, 7023 New Market Street. The meeting is open to the public and new Foundation members are always welcome, said Kirkwood. A tour of the Old Brewery for Foundation members starts at 3:30 p.m.Longtime Tumwater resident Nancy Partlow was already aware of the October 20 public comment deadline and will be submitting formal comments to the city.

 “I’ve done some research about the 625 or 1,000 stall parking garage proposals in Alternatives 2 and 3. Just for comparison, the Tumwater Walmart has 730 parking stalls,” says Partlow.    “The historic brewhouse site is the last place in Tumwater that a hotel and parking garage should be built. The Deschutes Estuary below the lower falls is Tumwater's most important natural area. Its biological diversity is unmatched within the city. 

“Many environmentally destructive things have been done to the Deschutes River and floodplain over the last 100-plus years, starting with the old brewhouse complex, which would never be allowed to be built where it is today. Permitting high-intensity commercial redevelopment of the site, accessible by car from either an on-site parking garage or down the narrow road that runs adjacent to the fence line of Tumwater Falls Park, is a bad idea,” says Partlow.Audience member Pat Rasmussen stayed after the presentation to speak with Heidgerken about the Native American history of the area. Rasmussen has extensively researched the presence of the Steh-chass Indians and has compiled a sourced paper about the Nisqually tribe. Heidgerken listened, and welcomed her input.

Asked for her thoughts about the redevelopment proposal, Rasmussen said, “The old brewery and Tumwater Historical Park are located on an ancient permanent village site inhabited for thousands of years by the Steh-chass Indians. This site is far too sensitive for the scale of development proposed. The steep slopes behind the brewery are only held in place by the trees….Removing them for development could cause a landslide. The narrow road into the brewery has a steep drop-off to the river below. Any work on that road could cause a landslide directly into the Deschutes River,” said Rasmussen.

 Above: A Falls Development LLC conceptual drawing for the Old Brewery area features housing along the railroad, a two lane road access, a parking garage, boardwalk, and more.
In a telephone interview late last week with John Doan, City of Tumwater’s executive administrator, Doan described to Little Hollywood the challenges of the Brewery District and redevelopment plans:

“….There’s community frustration and it’s not getting any easier with time. … People were proud about the brewery – it was an attraction. In the 60’s and 70s, about 900 people worked for the (new) brewery, and most lived no more than a quarter of a mile or half a mile away. Many walked to work or took the trolley. You didn’t have to find parking for 900 people….There’s a challenge of remodeling old buildings to fit today’s world. It’s a balance, and it’s complicated in the sense that there’s a lot of moving parts….”

Asked about the scope of the letter of mutual partnership signed by various entities to create a craft brewery and distilling center, Doan said not to worry about the partnership's limitations or the location of the center – it’s about programmatic cooperation.

“It’s a run at something there’s a market demand for – it’s really a field that's very hot….In the end, everybody wants to see something happen down there.”

For more information, contact the City of Tumwater at
For past articles about the Old Brewery and Tumwater’s Brewery District plans, go to www.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.comand use the search button to type in key words.

For more information about History Programs and Schmidt House tours, contact Don Trosper, Public History and Development Manager, (360) 786-8117 or or the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, (360) 943-2550 or

Above: Inside the Old Brewery tower as seen on October 8, 2014 during a tour of the Tumwater property. Editor's Note, October 18: A caption for this story for a Falls Development LLC conceptual drawing misidentified the proposed building depicted. It was identified as the brewery tower. It is the 240 Custer Way building, also known as the RST Cellars building. The error has been corrected.

Hallowzine: a benefit for the Olympia Zine Fest

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:42pm
Event:  Sat, 11/01/2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Hallowzine flyer

All proceeds go towards renting space for the Olympia Zine Fest, coming to downtown Olympia in 2015!  Thanks! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 019

K Records - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:19pm
The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is also available from Stitcher and iTunes. This episode of the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard is an exploration of music discovered on a recent West Coast tour by the Hive Dwellers  (of which Calvin Johnson is a member, along with Ben Kapp and Gabriel Will). We follow the Hive Dwellers from Washington […]
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FCC Approves Sale of KGY1240 AM Radio

Thurston Talk - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:11am


Submitted by KGY Radio

The KGYBUILDINGFederal Communications Commission has approved the sale of radio station KGY 1240AM.  Sacred Heart Radio, based in the Seattle area, closed on the transaction today and will take over the operation and programming as of October 16.

Jennifer Kerry, President of KGY, Inc. noted that the station will continue at 95.3 on the FM dial and said that  “…we have moved the legendary programming and community involvement of KGY to 95.3 on the FM band and the sale of 1240 AM is a great opportunity to bring more programming diversity to Olympia.”

Sacred Heart Radio is a radio network originating at KBLE 1050AM in Seattle with additional stations in Yakima, Spokane, Kodiak and now Olympia.  The non-profit group is headed by Ron Belter.

There are no staffing changes anticipated in the operation of KGY 95.3FM.

Jennifer Kerry’s grandfather, Tom Olsen, bought KGY in 1939 and it has been owned by the family since then.  KGY, Inc. also owns KAYO 96.9FM, South Sound Country and will continue to operate both KAYO and the new KGY on 95.3FM. Both stations are managed by Jackson Dell Weaver.

“Reach Out at the Well” Returns to Downtown Following Successful Summer Event

Thurston Talk - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:58am



Submitted by Renata Rollins for Reach out at the Well

Free community fair aims to foster courageous community caretaking

artesian wellFollowing 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.

“We aim to uplift the downtown neighborhood through strengthening relationships, cultivating networks, and encouraging volunteerism,” said Renata Rollins, event organizer and a coordinator with the Outreach Workers League. “It’s all about the ethic of courageous community caretaking. It takes a village to raise a village.”

All are welcome, whether seeking volunteer opportunities or a little help getting through a rough patch, or even just to get in touch with the Downtown Neighborhood.

With winter weather approaching, there’s a big push for volunteers at the local shelters, when they experience a swell in their overnight numbers.

“Volunteering is fun and provides community members with the opportunity to directly engage with children and families,” said Natalie Moran of the Family Support Center, which opened the family shelter, Pear Blossom Place, in July. “We welcome children to volunteer alongside their parents. Without the dedication and support of volunteers, the community’s largest homeless family shelter would not be possible.”

“We encourage groups, churches, schools and any other interested organization to consider volunteering together to cover a certain period of time,” said Meg Martin, shelter director with Interfaith Works, whose new Emergency Overnight Shelter opens November 1 at First Christian Church. “We are also looking for volunteers to share skills, information and teach enrichment classes as well. This is a great way to gain a better understanding of an important social issue that extends far beyond our downtown.”

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will join the fall event, along with returning groups such as Covenant Creatures, which gives out free pet food and supplies at the fair; several youth and family organizations; and free/low-cost health clinics and services. Sea-Mar Clinic will offer Medicaid enrollment for those who qualify. The Downtown Ambassadors will serve as official greeters, serving up free hot coffee donated by Burial Grounds.

The event runs noon to 3 p.m. on Friday October 17 at downtown’s Artesian Commons Park, commonly called “the Well,” at 415 E. Fourth Ave.


Thrifty Thurston Gets Scared at Local Haunted Houses and Corn Mazes

Thurston Talk - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:53am



By Alyssa Ramsfield

hanson motors sponsorNothing puts me in a better state of mind for Halloween than an old fashioned fright. Whether it’s a vampire awakening from his tomb or a scarecrow come to life, Thurston County is full of haunted houses and corn mazes to satisfy the need for a good scare.

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Scary-Nights Haunted House makes it easy to have spine-tingling fun and support the community!

There is one haunted house that stands out as being the scariest place year after year, My Morbid Mind. Owner Kevin Noah strives to be the best haunt in all of Washington. This labor of love started as a backyard spine-tingling event and has grown to a mammoth barn packed to the brim with props, actors, and special effects. This year is better than ever boasting new ghosts and ghouls. While this spooky spot is considered a PG-13 attraction, on Halloween from 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. the lights turn on and the creatures hand out candy for the “Kids Walk Thru.” It’s the perfect opportunity to take the whole family for some frightful fun.

If you head south to Bucoda, you can support a great cause and check out the terrifying entertainment at Scary-Nights Haunted House. This event is three years old to the Bucoda location, but has been haunting areas around the Northwest for 15 years.  Tickets are being sold across the county with money going right back into the community. Two dollars from each ticket bought locally, will go to the Tenino Quarry Pool. Your screams of support are greatly appreciated at Scary-Nights.


olympia corn maze

Schilter Family Farm brings the land of Oz to life with this year’s corn maze.

Rutledge Corn Maze just gets bigger and better every year. The annual haunted maze starts as the sun falls behind the Black Hills. Actors and props are hidden amongst the maze making the route for escape a difficult task. Rutledge has also added a Zombie Paintball Hunt. Visitors can take out prop and actor zombies with mounted paintball guns as they ride through the farm. Family activities that are available include a kid-friendly trip in the maze and corn train during the day.

Fall Harvest Festival is in full effect at Schilter Family Farm. A big part of the 5-acres festival is dedicated to their corn maze. This expansive network of twists and turns takes an average of an hour to complete. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz. On October 18 and 25, the maze comes alive with The Dark Side of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West takes flight along with her troop of monkeys swooping in on unsuspecting victims trying to find their way through the dark abyss. This special evening event is not recommended for the faint of heart.

Blood curdling screams and chilling thrills can be found across Thurston County. Be sure to check out all of these eerie venues before the clock strikes midnight on All Hallows’ Eve.

Thrifty Thurston highlights inexpensive family fun in Thurston County.  The weekly series focuses on family-friendly activities throughout our community.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.


You Can Help Shape Olympia’s Future Neighborhood Centers

Thurston Talk - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:37am



Submitted by The City of Olympia

 Jennifer Crain.

The Wildwood Building, serves as a neighborhood hub.  Help plan more throughout the city. Photo credit: Jennifer Crain.

The City of Olympia is laying the groundwork for supporting successful neighborhood centers. These small-scale neighborhood activity hubs offer residents convenient shopping and other services within a half-mile or 20-minute walk from home, contributing to a healthy lifestyle, helping us reduce our carbon footprint, and fostering neighborhood interaction.

What kinds of neighborhood centers do you want in Olympia?  Fill out our short questionnaire on OLYSpeaks at This survey will be open until midnight on October 28, 2014.

The Olympia Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall about initial exploration of the City’s neighborhood center regulations.

For more information, please contact Amy Buckler or Michelle Sadlier at 360.753.8314 or

The Posture of Pain

Thurston Talk - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:00am



olympia massage

Kenton Stuth, owner of In Touch Therapy, has been a licensed massage therapist for eight years.

We’ve all experienced it – a strain in our neck or a pinch in our lower back. These common discomforts can often make daily activities and chores strenuous and difficult. However, Founder and Clinic Director of In Touch Therapy, Kenton Stuth, says there are a few simple changes we can make in our daily movements that can help alleviate and even prevent these common pains.

Stuth says one of the most common complaints his clients come in with is in regard to neck pain. He says people often attribute pain in their neck to “sleeping wrong.” This is, however, a common misconception.

Stuth says, rather than “sleeping wrong,” people engage in activities prior to sleep that cause tenseness in the neck region. “I can’t tell people to stop sleeping,” he explains, so instead, Stuth suggests changing the activities you engage in prior to sleep that could be causing discomfort when you wake up. “It’s the daily, little things we do,” he says. “You don’t throw your back out from loading the dishwasher wrong. You throw your back out from loading the dishwasher wrong for 20 years.”

Stuth continues, explaining that, “People all have postures which contribute to their pain.” Being able to identify where your pain is coming from is a good place to start when trying to alleviate discomfort. Stuth says pain usually travels front-to-back and bottom-to-top.  So if you are experiencing pain in your back, look at your front, and if you feel pain in your knee, look at your ankle.

“The biggest thing that hurts people is bending over. When you bend over – at the knees or back – and twist at the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on the discs in your back. This can cause herniations and other painful conditions,” says Stuth. “Try to keep everything pointed the same direction. If you bend over and need to turn, bend, stand up, and then turn your entire body, rather than twisting while bent over,” suggests Stuth.

Stuth says a few other good rules of thumb to follow are:

  • Don’t lean over when you brush your teeth. And, if you find yourself leaning over anyway, use your hand to prop yourself up.
  • When you get out of bed, don’t sit up. Turn on your side, then push yourself up.
  • If you work at a computer, elevate the monitor so that it is level with your vision and your head is pointed straight ahead.
  • Find out which of your eyes is dominant and orient your office or workspace so that it accommodates your dominant side, alleviating strain.

These are just a few changes you can apply to the way you move your body during daily activities that will encourage healthy body movement and alleviate pain brought on by improper, repetitive motions.


A massive explosion in 1934 (mostly because I'm out of blogging topics) and some cool watermarked video

Olympia Time - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:48am
I'm literally posting this because I am lacking something for this week's second post. I was hoping to find a tsunami map for Budd Inlet or some reflection on homeless students, but came up short.

I had nothing prepared, nothing inspirational for you. So, this is just a smidge of some Smith Troy out of context and some interesting video.

From Historylink:
On Wednesday afternoon, June 27, 1934, 10 people are killed and seven are injured when two explosions demolish the J. A. Denn Powder Company plant on Hawk’s Prairie, eight miles east of Olympia.  An 11th victim, the company chemist, will die from his injuries the following day.  Thurston County authorities investigate the accident, but so little of the plant remains that the official cause will remain a mystery.


Smith Troy, the Thurston County coroner as well as a deputy county prosecutor, began an immediate investigation of the disaster.  He was assisted in the inquest by Claude Havens, Thurston County Sheriff; William A. Sullivan, Washington State Insurance Commissioner, acting as ex-officio state fire marshal; and E. Patrick Kelly, Washington State Director of Labor and Industries.
During an interview, Troy told reporters: “So little remains of the plant and surrounding buildings, about all we can hope to do is question survivors.  It will be difficult to determine the causes, but we may discover who, if anybody, was responsible for the blast” (The Seattle Times).

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