Olympia City Council Considers Option to Purchase “Kaiser Heights”

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaAt its regular business meeting on August 18, the Olympia City Council will consider approval of an option to purchase real estate owned by Wonderland Holdings LLC, consisting of approximately 75-acres southwest of Ken Lake. This parcel, located between Kaiser Road SW and Lakemoor Drive, was previously referred to as the proposed Kaiser Heights Development.Acquiring open space and natural areas to meet current and future park needs was a top priority identified by the community during a public process the City recently conducted as part of its update of the Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Plan. The option to purchase would preserve the City’s ability to acquire the 75-acre property if voters approve the proposed Olympia Metropolitan Park District (MPD). The City Council has taken action to place an MPD ballot measure before the voters on November 3, 2015.Consideration of this option will occur following recent City Council action to secure an option for 74 acres of land in Southeast Olympia in an area known as the “LBA Woods.” If both the Kaiser Heights and LBA Woods properties are purchased, the Olympia park system will grow by 149 acres. This would be a significant step in fulfilling the previously established goal of the 2004 voted utility tax ballot measure to acquire an additional 500 acres of new parks.last_img read more

7 Boy Scouts in Cobra Patrol Earn Eagle Scout Honor

first_imgFacebook458Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Troop 222On April 1, seven young men from Boy Scouts Troop 222 will be presented with scouting’s highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout.The Cobra Patrol started in March 2010 and has worked as a team to help each other through their advancements.  Over the past year they all have successfully completed their eagle project which benefited several organizations in the greater Thurston County area.Between the seven Eagle Scouts, they have accomplished:246 merit badges770 nights camping1,000+ miles hiking1,276 community service hours1,479 Eagle Project total service hoursOf the young men who join Boy Scouts, only 4% nationwide achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.  It’s even more rare for an entire patrol to attain this goal.The Cobra Patrol is comprised of Andrew Quebedeaux, Joseph Coon, Matthew Evans, Matthew Desy, Anthony Tulloch, Matthew Lamfers and Andrew Panush. All seven of these young men have shown the highest character, leadership ability, citizenship and Scout spirit.last_img read more

UPDATE: 2013 Fat Tire Festival Results

first_imgThe 2013 Fat Tire Festival results are inKootenay Krawl 5 and under:  Rosco Dupont 6-8 year olds:  Lauren Bridge 9-13 year olds:  Oso Punchard “Grown-ups”:  Travis HauckLast Wheelie Standing DudeDouble Up Cross Country Race Sane 100+:  “Slow and Easy”  Brent and Rose Watkinson Sane Over/Under:  1st:  (no team name)  Chantal Dery and Yael Oosthuizen                             2nd:  “I’ll kill you if those are my socks”  Blair and Jordan Weston                             3rd:  “Dust Bunnies”  Jim Jamieson and Oso Punchard                             4th:  “Bunny Hop Fantastic”  Jeanie Dwyer, Neeva Marchal, Macy Weston Insane Open Mixed:  “Thunderqueen  and Wonderboy”  Maya Grosch and Dude Insane Open  Women:  “Hucks R Us”  Jessica DeMars and Doris Hausleitner Insane Open Men:  1st:  “NRG” Ronnie Haws and Mike Seniuk                             2nd:  “Falcon Fliers”  Mike Hood and Remi                             3rd:  “Pulled Pork”  Mark Weigeldt and Jeremy Major                             4th:  “Home Alone”  Dylan Henderson and Chris George                             5th:  “Jamaican Christmas”  Anthony Maley & Liam Maley                             6th:  “400 lbs of meat”  Charles Arnold and Mark Crowe                             7th:  “Cheetah Power”  Jackson Giroux (SOLO!) Insane Open 80+  Mixed:  1st:  “Peddle, Dang It!”  Sue and Kelly Robertson                                         2nd:  (no team name)  Candace English and Rudy                                         3rd:  “Sollidos”  Allison Lutz and Eric Sollid                                         4th:  “Diamond Duo” Con & Martine Diamond Insane 80+  Men:  1st:  “Whiskey”  Randy Lall and Graeme Marshall                             2nd:  “Yes We Can!”  Lucas Meyers and Joel McBurney                             3rd:  “Harold Street”  CP Walsh and Marc ThibaultKids X-C 2-3 Girls:  1st Nya, 2nd Katie, 3rd Ella 2-3 Boys:  1st Ronan, 2nd Hugo, 3rd Lee 4-5 Girls:  1st Gabi, 2nd Molly, 3rd Jersey 4 Boys:  1st Jace, 2nd Henry, 3rd Liam 5 boys:  1st Rosco, 2nd Marcus, 3rd Jordan 6-7 Girls:  1st Isla, 2nd Maya, 3rd Anouk 8 Girls:  1st tula, 2nd Sarah, 3rd Neeva/Imogen (tie) 6-7 Boys:  1st Kai, 2nd Jacob, 3rd Wyatt 8 Boys:  1st Dylan, 2nd , 3rd Xxavier 9-12 Girls:  1st Jordan, 1st Lauren 9-12 Boys:  1st Yael, 2nd Nate, 3rd TheoDownhill Under 13 Girls:    1st:  Neeva Marechal                           2nd:  Imogen Maley                           3rd:  Jordan Weston                           4th:  Macy Weston                           5th:  Angelica Ross                           6th:  Sarah Robertson Under 13 Boys:  1st:  Nate Atkins                          2nd:  Arlo Henderson                          3rd:  Sam Fisher                         4th:  Yael Oosthuizen                         5th:  Coda Punchard                         6th:  Seth Oosthuizen                         7th:  Wyatt Atkins 13-15 Boys:        1st:  Benoit Thibault                           2nd:  Joel Aubert 16-18 Boys:     1st:  Lewis Seagram                        2nd:  Sky Dunn Saavis                       3rd:  Conrad Wekwert                       4th:  Elijah Cogswell Open Women:  1st:  Jeannie Dwyer                         2nd:  Candace English                         3rd:  Kerry Greenley                         4th:  Oso Punchard Open Men:    1st:  Dilon Standidge                     2nd:  Alex Volokhov                     3rd:  Nigel                     4th:  Francois Everybody loves a Parade!The Fat Tire Festival 2013 kicked off in grand spirits Friday evening as cyclists took to the new Kootenay Co-op parking lot on Baker Street to participate in the annual parade through the downtown core.Cyclists from all ages groups bought out the two wheelers for the annual parade.The parade traditionall kicks off the Fat Tire Fest weekend.Saturday events were planned before the final races of the weekend, Sunday at the former Morning Mountain Ski Hill.last_img read more

Simone4children Foundation needs base

first_imgJAMAICA’S former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, Simone Edwards, says the future of her Simone4Children Foun-dation’s homework programme and study centre, based in Hermitage, August Town, currently hangs in the balance.The centre, which opened in 2010 and offered homework programmes to inner-city children, along with a host of other community activities, was vandalised by criminal elements and is presently not in use.However, the Escarpment Road Church saw the Foun-dation’s plight, and the pastor – at the time – gave the former national player and coach his blessings to continue the programme at the place of worship.However, a change of pastor at the church recently has seen a new plan and Edwards’ search for a new base for the programme.”In Hermitage, I got a building put up there for the homework programme. It was running and everyone was working. It’s a place where we had our homework programme, fed families, gave back-to-school supplies, tried to create scholarships and focused on self-esteem building. But what we do is mostly focus on education, but now it (building) is damaged,” said Edwards.”Last year, I went down there, and some of the bad men broke the lock off the door, stole furniture, the stove and damaged the windows. The homework programme is continuing in the church, but the last I heard is that the new pastor wanted it off the property,” she told The Gleaner.Edwards, who described cutting the ribbons to open the study centre as ‘one of the proudest moments in my life’, said since the migration of the programme’s overseer, Dean Rhoden, a few years ago, things just went downhill.PARKING LOTShe revealed that the reason for their eviction is related to plans to convert the building which housed the study centre into a parking lot, but admitted she is still seeking a meeting with the pastor.”I am hoping they have a change of heart, so we are waiting to see if they are really going to do that. I don’t know where else to move it to, as the pastor before told us it was OK for it to be there,” Edwards lamented.”But I haven’t spoken to anybody as yet, so I don’t know what we are going to do. I was trying to have a meeting with the pastor. So I am going to see the pastor, but if he tells me I have to move, then I will try to find a good place to do my programme and have it permanent instead of running up and down,” she insisted, noting that the original building would be ideal.”I like where it is because it’s easier access. At the top (of community) was convenient, so I guess I will have to talk to the people in the community to get guarantees that no one can touch it,” she added.The Simone4children Foun-dation was formed in 2006 to assist the less fortunate, build worthwhile citizens and help others achieve their goals. Her Foundation established the computerised study centre in December 2010. It held treats, fed hundreds of persons and gave gifts to children.She also copped the 2010 AD Astra Award, delivered by the Immaculate Conception High School’s New York Chapter to Jamaicans who have excelled in their field over a period of time.last_img read more

Liberian, 2 Others Arrested in Kampala with a Ton of Ivory

first_imgA Liberian (not named) and two suspects from Guinea Bissau have been arrested in Kampala, Uganda’s wildlife authority spokesman Simplicious Gessa told the Ugandan Daily Monitor.Ugandan authorities said they have seized more than a ton of ivory, chopped into small pieces and treated with a chemical intended to prevent it being detected, the national wildlife protection service said Monday.The arrest was made in a Kampala suburb on Saturday, before it could be loaded at Entebbe international airport and flown off to an unknown destination, the authorities said.“In a joint operation with police, we recovered over 1000 kg of ivory suspected of being smuggled from either Tanzania or Democratic Republic of Congo and the operation is ongoing,” Mr. Gessa said.He added that the Ugandan authorities suspect the smuggling network goes beyond the three in custody “involving shipping agents and other officials as the consignment was suspected to be going through Entebbe (airport).”The traffickers may have used Uganda “because our laws are a little lax on trafficking.” Gessa called for harsher laws against wildlife smugglers “so that Uganda is not used as a smuggling route.”Some 30,000 African elephants are illegally killed each year for their ivory tusks, mainly to satisfy demand in the Asian market for products coveted as traditional medicine or as status symbols.Uganda is a key transit country for the illegal trade, especially from Congo’s huge forests.The trade is estimated to be worth $600 million annually.According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the African elephant population recorded its biggest drop in a quarter century last year, with an estimated population of 415,000 elephants, 111,000 less than a decade ago. (Source: Ugandan Daily Monitor).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Chelsea move two points clear at the top

first_img1 Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Chelsea Chelsea moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League as they beat Newcastle United 2-0 while rivals Manchester City were held by Everton.It was far from a vintage performance by Jose Mourinho’s side, who began the day level on points with City, but it proved enough to see off the managerless Magpies at Stamford Bridge.Oscar and Diego Costa grabbed the goals either side of the break for the Blues, who extend their advantage thanks to City’s slip-up at Everton.Manuel Pellegrini’s men had looked set to match Chelsea’s three-point haul as they led at Goodison Park through a Fernandinho strike on 74 minutes.But the Toffees fought back and Steven Naismith struck just four minutes later to secure Everton a deserved point.Burnley leapfrogged QPR out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor.Goals from Scott Arfield and Danny Ings either side of a Charlie Austin penalty secured the points for the home side in the crucial clash.QPR have now lost all ten of their top-flight away games this season, setting a new unwanted Premier League record, and are sitting third from bottom.Leicester remain at the foot of the table but boosted their survival prospects with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at home.Paul Konchesky was the unlikely hero for the Foxes with a well-struck volley on the stroke of half-time.Leicester are now just two points adrift of safety, while Villa have not won in six and continue their descent down the table.West Ham and Swansea played out a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.Andy Carroll put the visitors ahead at half-time with a brilliant solo strike but Mark Noble turned Bafetimbi Gomis’ header into his own net with 15 minutes left as the hosts rescued a point.Tony Pulis won his first Premier League game in charge of West Brom, as Saido Berahino’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory against Hull City, who are now just one place above the drop zone.In the day’s early kick-off, Lazar Markovic’s early strike secured Liverpool a 1-0 win at Sunderland.Premier League results:Burnley 2 – 1 QPRChelsea 2 – 0 NewcastleEverton 1 -1 Man CityLeicester 1 – 0 Aston VillaSwansea 1 – 1 West HamSunderland 0 – 1 LiverpoolWest Brom 1 – 0 Hulllast_img read more

Steven Gerrard admits he had injection ahead of ‘slip’ game with Chelsea

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “Don’t think that is an excuse,” he told the Daily Mail. “What happened was just pure bad luck but, when you do a book or film, especially with people who have won Oscars and made films such as Amy [the biopic of the late Amy Winehouse] and Senna, you must be as honest and open as you can.’ In the clash, Gerrard slipped, handing Demba Ba the chance to score and put the Blues ahead in first-half injury time.Jose Mourinho’s side claimed a 2-0 victory in the end, taking the title out of Liverpool’s hands and allowing Manchester City to clinch it on the final day of the season.And while the former Reds midfielder, now manager of Scottish Premiership side Rangers, has confessed to needing the injection on a back problem before the fixture, he insists he’s not trying to absolve himself. deals Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 REAL DEAL REVEALED Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted he needed an epidural injection ahead of their fateful ‘title-decider’ with Chelsea in April 2014.The revelation comes in the new biopic – ‘Make Us Dream’ – being released about his career. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Gerrards kneels on the turf during their defeat to Chelsea in April 2014. REVEALED tense shining Latest Premier League Stories gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT no dice 2 whoops Chelsea fans celebrate behind Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in April 2014. “Looking back, I didn’t hide it well, did I? But that’s me. You could see the pure ecstasy when I was at the top end of the dream. But the low moments? I’m not one who could put on the poker face. I never have been.”last_img read more


first_imgA north Donegal man will be sentenced in April after today pleading guilty to abusing seven victims over a 16-year period.The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court today to 14 counts of indecent assault, sexual assault and rape between 1984 and 2000 in both Donegal and Dublin. Mr Justice Paul Carney ordered that the Co Donegal man be immediately registered as a sex offender. The child rapist was then remanded on continuing bail until he is sentenced on April 15.Victim impact reports will be prepared for the sentencing hearing, the judge was told.The child rapist cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims.DONEGAL MAN ADMITS SEX ABUSE OF SEVEN VICTIMS was last modified: February 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL MAN ADMITS SEX ABUSE OF SEVEN VICTIMSlast_img read more


first_imgThe emergency services are at the scene of a three car smash in Inishowen.The accident happened at about 3.30pm at Aught outside Muff.It is understood one of the cars has been badly damaged in the crash. There are three ambulances and Gardai at the scene.However it is not known if there are any serious injuries to those involved.One eye-witness told Donegal Daily that one of the cars looks to be badly damaged.“IT looks pretty bad but I can’t tell if anyone is injured. One of the cars is in a right mess and there are three ambulances there. “Hopefully nobody is seriously injured but it does look pretty bad,” said the man.EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF THREE CAR SMASH was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AughtcrashInishowenmufflast_img read more

A holiday gift for widow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Abramson gave Aquila the good news via speakerphone. The workers who crowded the conference room listened in, wearing huge smiles and dabbing at tears as Aquila, a recent widow and mother of two, talked with Abramson. The staff had gathered for a monthly meeting – dining on pizza to celebrate a profitable month – and to hear the stories of those nominated for the painting services. Abramson read letters about families and one nonprofit organization in need, but became tearful and was unable to finish Terry and Linda Bundy’s story of Aquila, their neighbor in Acton. “Just last month, Carlos, her husband of 20 years, died suddenly of a heart attack,” the letter read. “He was only 40 years old. … She is left to raise their 9-year-old daughter and their 16-year-old son.” Carlos Aquila was stricken as he was driving about a block from the family home. His car swerved into a parked car and his son and a friend pulled him from his car and called 911. He died at a hospital. “There wasn’t even a chance to say goodbye,” the Bundys wrote. The four runners-up in the contest each received a few votes, but about three-quarters of the crew marked the index card on the bulletin below the copy of the Bundys’ letter. “This would be something nice for her, her husband passed away,” Engelbert Barrientos said after casting his vote. “It’s Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for. It’s nice to be able to help someone else.” Aquila, a faceless voice on speakerphone, was clearly stunned as Abramson explained how her story had touched him, his employees and a representative from Dunn-Edwards, which will donate the paint. Work will begin in January. “This is God’s work, through you guys,” she said, quite evidently holding back tears. Thank you so much. My children thank you. God bless you guys.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Josh Abramson’s eyes usually don’t fill with tears when he leads staff meetings at his Valencia painting company. But Wednesday’s gathering of some two dozen employees and others in the upstairs conference room at A. Albright Painting was special. The crew had gathered to hear about the five top nominees for a company contest – $5,000 worth of painting services for a deserving household – and to vote for the winner. “Oh, my God!” cried Sylvia Aquila of Acton, reached by phone after employees decided she would be the recipient of the company’s donation. last_img read more