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Tenino’s Brandi Bratton, Ally Vestal – Quick Studies on the Tennis Court

Thurston Talk - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:50am

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It’s not that Brandi Bratton and Ally Vestal aren’t athletic. They just didn’t know anything about tennis. On the first day that they showed up for tennis practice at Tenino High School, they didn’t just have to learn about making forehand and backhand shots. They also had to learn the basics, like how to keep score.

Calvin Johnson Q&A at Rough Trade

K Records - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:21am
Everett True of Collapseboard moderates a discussion with Calvin Johnson at Rough Trade East, London, England, Nov. 2015, about the recent Beat Happening compilation album Look Around. The Beat Happening double album compilation Look Around is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
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Tilling with Tots – Gardening Tips for Olympia Kids

Thurston Talk - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 6:00am

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My toddler has shown a lot of interest in gardening recently. Besides getting messy in the dirt, she also enjoys harvesting berries and watching plants grow. As a treat, she received a basket stuffed with gardening tools and seeds. She was overjoyed with the plan to grow her own vegetables, but there was one problem…I didn’t

Realtor Betty Holt Gives Back with Greene Realty

Thurston Talk - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 6:00am

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Betty Holt’s roots in the community run deep. She grew up in Thurston County and went to Tumwater High School. When her first child entered school, she volunteered so regularly in her daughter’s classrooms that they offered her a paid job at Garfield Elementary School. Her first volunteer leadership job was as vice president of

Joyful Hands Ministries – Making a Difference One Smile at a Time

Thurston Talk - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 6:00am

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For more than three years, Dee Hampton, affectionately known as Mama Dee, has stood at the corner of State Avenue and Franklin Street in downtown Olympia. Her lips are curled into a radiant smile, while her hands are diligently serving food to help feed the hungry. When asked why she started a street feed, Dee

Nominations Open for Thurston County Tourism Awards

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 5:06pm

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Submitted by The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) announces the Thurston County Tourism Awards. The awards recognize people who have gone above and beyond to help bring tourism to Thurston County. Three awards aim to highlight individuals who unite the community, work tirelessly towards achieving a long-term vision

Registration Now Open for Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Summer Programs

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:33pm

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Submitted by The City of Olympia Registration for all summer Parks, Arts & Recreation camps, classes and other programs is now open. We strongly encourages participants to register early, camps and classes can fill up quickly. The latest edition of our program guide, “Experience It!” has been mailed to past participants who have registered for

Amanda McCavour’s “Embroidered Spaces” Mesmerizes at The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:01am

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Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College Color might be one of the last aspects of Amanda McCavour’s work that registers on an intellectual level. It is soft, delightful, and hopeful – appropriate for the season. But it is the captivating quality of line becoming form, becoming space, that initially draws one through the doors

Famed Brazilian Poet Visits Saint Martin’s University

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 9:54am

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Submitted by Saint Martin’s University  Salgado Maranhão remained illiterate until age 15, spending most of his youth working on his family’s isolated subsistence farm in rural, northeastern Brazil. Now, he is one of Brazil’s most celebrated poets and will be presenting a reading of his work at Saint Martin’s University. Accompanied by Alexis Levitin, a

The Andersons Make Joyful Noise a Family Affair

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 6:00am

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When Tammy Anderson became a member of the Olympia Choral Society (OCS), she didn’t foresee it becoming a family affair. “I joined OCS because my friend Sharon Harris encouraged me to audition,” said Tammy. Sharon had attended one of Timberline High School’s choir concerts and loved it. Tammy’s youngest daughter, Belana, was performing in its symphonic choir. “Sharon

New Director Brings Economic Development Focus to Yelm Chamber

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 6:00am

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Once upon a time, the first thing a business did when they moved to a new town was join the local chamber of commerce. “It was an automatic thing,” says Victoria Wortberg, Executive Director of the Yelm Chamber. But times have changed, and so has the relationship between the business community and groups that support

Evan Ferber Reflects on the Impact of the Dispute Resolution Center

Thurston Talk - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 6:00am

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It’s not a big office in downtown Olympia or even one you may have noticed before, but it is at the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County that Evan Ferber has made a life for himself and helped to change countless others. It’s where he says his career truly began and where, in December, it

Mariner Fans: Unite!

safeco_field_1Hope does spring eternal for loyal Mariner fans… Every spring we believe that THIS may be the year!

What better way to celebrate the Seattle Mariner’s baseball team than to take a tour of the Safeco field?

So, that’s exactly what several Rebels by Bus did… a week before opening day.

The weather was perfect… brilliant blue sky and sunshine.  The grounds crew was hard at work to prepare the field.  All of the seating was being pressure washed.  There were several lawn mowers (walk behind type, NOT tractor/ride-ons) hard at work.

We were charged a special $10 rate for this excellent tour.  The tour started at 12:30.  We had time after our arrival to the Team Store on 1st Avenue to browse the store and get a snack.  We were advised to buy our Key Griffey Jr. (1st Mariner to get into the Hall of Fame, doncha know?) tee shirts now… they will sell out quickly!

The tour was excellent.  Our guide was not only well versed in Mariner history, but also the intricate workings of the amazing Safeco field.  We visited many sections of the field… from the Lookout landing to the press box to the exclusive Diamond Club.  We also went inside the Visitor lock room.  The final stop was the field itself…to the dugouts and right next to the grass.  We were advised NOT to step, or even touch, the grass!

After the tour, which lasted close to two hours, we walked across 1st Avenue to the Pyramid Alehouse.  We had a satisfying lunch, then trekked over to the  Sounder train for our return trip home.

Another fun day… Go M’s!

Categories: Local Environment

"Before the Wind" - a book release event with Jim Lynch

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:45pm
Event:  Thu, 04/21/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Local author Jim Lynch will present his new book, a grand saga of a sailing-obsessed family. He is the author of "The Highest Tide," "Border Songs" and "Truth Like the Sun." Books will be available for sale.

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African American History in WA State

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:42pm
Event:  Wed, 04/20/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

African American history is all around us in the state of Washington. University of Washington Professor, Dr. Quintard Taylor, will describe the ways in which Washington's black residents have shaped the lives of all Washingtonians.

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:20pm

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton My name is Buddy. I am a 5 year old German Spitz. I am a very friendly boy. I do however prefer children over the age of 8 and I do not get along so well with other small animals such as cats, chickens and rabbits. I do like to

One Year After Making History, Black Hills Baseball Looks for More

Thurston Talk - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 6:44am

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Ask Milo Ames what he remembers most about his first two years as a member of the Black Hills High School baseball team and the senior responds rather quickly. “A lot of losing,” Ames said. “Which caused a lot of anger for the coaches and the players.” Despite featuring just four schools, the 2A Evergreen

Healthy Eating Meets Community Access at Helsing Junction Farm

Thurston Talk - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 6:05am

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Why does farm fresh, height-of-the-season sweet corn taste so much better? Why do local strawberries burst with flavor that you just can’t find at the grocery store? Why are farmstand peas so much crisper and juicy? At Helsing Junction Farm they know it’s all about the soil, and the freshness of the product. “We grow

Checking Gary Edwards' Math

Olympia Time - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 7:53am
Former Thurston County Sheriff Gary Edwards is running for county commissioner. So, it would make a lot of sense that he's making public safety (more cops on the streets, or deputies on the road) a campaign priority.

Number two in fact:


I can't disagree with his statement that the number of deputies hasn't increased in over 20 years, but I thought I'd check his population numbers.

As I've been reminded, the Thurston County Sheriff only works in the unincorporated parts of the county. So, "the population" that his statement refers to must be the unincorporated population. Otherwise, the statement wouldn't be unnecessarily inflated.

But, either way, he's wrong.


1995 Most recent Difference Thurston 192,013 262,388 70,375 Lacey 26,419 44,919 Olympia 39,292 48,338 Yelm 2,242 8,223 Tenino 1,299 1709 Rainier 1,350 1,923 Tumwater 11,534 18,820 Incorporated subtotal 82,136 123,932 Thurston unincorporated 109,877 138,456 28,579
He could use the top number, the total difference between Thurston County in 1995 and right now and be closer to his 60,000 number. But lumping in the populations of cities covered by their own police forces would be misleading.
Or, he could cut his number in half and be more accurate. But, the number would seem less impressive, especially against a six figure total population figure.
What really impacts me is that this table took me all of ten minutes to put together. Getting the accurate number wasn't hard for me, Edwards should have bothered to do the same work. Not doing so make it seem like to me that this is more along the lines of something he heard somewhere and decided to make a campaign platform.
It is also worth noting that a total population is not a very good standard for judging the effectiveness of policing. What would be a better standard would be comparing crime rates in 1995 and 2016, right?

Allison Borges Finds Empowerment and Inspiration Through Star Fitness

Thurston Talk - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 7:42am

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Submitted by Star Fitness Allison Borges is busy dehydrating food, checking her gear, and studying maps. In a couple of weeks she’s headed to Southern California to start her thru-hike of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a brave undertaking indeed, and Allison has Tiffany Jolly, yoga teacher, mentor and friend, to thank for

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