Yurt Rentals Now Available At Olympic National Forest’s Coho Campground

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Olympic National ForestOlympia, WA – Olympic National Forest is now offering an alternative overnight option to recreation enthusiasts who want to camp without pitching a tent!  Three yurts, located in the Coho Campground on Lake Wynoochee, are available for rent at the rate of $65.00 per night.  The structures were recently completed by Wilderness Adventures, a concession group that will manage the rentals through an agreement with Olympic National Forest.“We are excited to have the yurts in place and pleased to offer this opportunity to the public,” said Dean Yoshina, Hood Canal District Ranger.  “Each of the yurts meets accessibility standards, is fully furnished, and can easily accommodate groups of five or six people.”The structures, 16-feet in diameter, are permanent tents made of vinyl canvas stretched over a wooden lattice.  Each is built on an elevated platform with a deck that overlooks the lake and equipped with heat, electric lights, a futon couch, a bunk bed, a table and chairs.  Picnic tables and fire rings are located outside. Campers must supply their own bedding (beds are twin, full, and queen sizes) and cooking supplies.The yurts are located a short distance from water faucets, newly rebuilt flush toilets, and a pleasant day use area.  They will be available on a “first come, first served” basis until November 17 when the campground will close for the season.  Coho Campground is expected to open again next May but visitors can reserve the yurts ahead of time by visiting http://www.recreation.gov/ and following links to Coho Campground.Coho Campground is located 35 miles north of Montesano.  From Route 12, turn north onto the Wynoochee Valley Road and continue 35 miles north to Forest Service Road 22.  Turn left on Forest Service Road 22 and then right on Forest Service Road 2294.  Coho Campground is located one mile ahead on the right.  For additional information about the yurt rentals, please call the Hood Canal Ranger District at 360-765-2200.last_img read more

South Puget Sound Rotary Matches $10,000 Grants From Gates Foundation For…

first_imgFacebook31Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Puget Sound RotaryOlympia, WA, January 2013 — Up to 6 families with children will receive financial assistance for rapid re-housing, thanks to the South Puget Sound Rotary and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partnership.Mike Swarthout, South Puget Sound Rotary president, handed a $10,000 check from the Family Homelessness Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Schelli Slaughter, Executive Director of the Family Support Center.    The South Puget Sound Rotary will match the grant with an additional $10,000, which will be raised at the South Puget Sound auction on April 27 at the Great Wolf Lodge.The Family Support Center, which is the coordinated entry point for all homeless families with children in the community, will use the funds to rapidly re-house up to six homeless families.Rapid re-housing is an approach that offers time-limited, small rental subsidies to assist the homeless in moving into housing, followed by intensive case management to ensure stability.  Rapid rehousing has been used in communities across the country to reduce homelessness as much as 50% in a few short years.  It is widely recognized as a “best practice” among strategies to reduce homelessness.  The South Puget Sound Rotary anticipates that 5 of the 6 families rapidly rehoused by the grant dollars will maintain permanent housing.  A small investment for such a large impact.The South Puget Sound Rotary, and many of the other 8 rotaries in Thurston County, is focused on eliminating homelessness in Thurston County.  What does that mean?  It means making sure that people on the margins of entering homelessness are diverted from losing housing in the first place.  It means someone in the unfortunate position of losing their housing are rapidly re-housed with appropriate services that get them financially able to sustain that housing permanently.  It means those few homeless individuals who have chronic issues (less than 10 percent of the population) have a safe place to sleep and supportive services that helps them with their issues and keeps the general public safe.The South Puget Sound Rotary meets every Friday at 7am at Tugboat Annies in Olympia.last_img read more

Tumwater Firefighters Engage Community to Warm the Hearts of Children

first_imgSubmitted by Tumwater FirefightersOn November 21, the Tumwater Firefighters, IAFF Local 2409, will provide brand-new winter coats to children attending Tumwater Hill Elementary School in partnership with Operation Warm, a national non-profit dedicated to warming the hearts, minds, and bodies of children living in need across North America. This is the second year Tumwater Firefighters have participated in the “Firefighters for Operation Warm” program. Last year, Tumwater Firefighters distributed nearly 200 American-made coats to students attending Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School.This year, Local 2409 hope to raise enough money to distribute coats to 400 children attending Tumwater Hill Elementary School. They are asking the community to support their efforts through monetary donations— an event will be held Saturday, October 25 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Pint’s Barn located in Tumwater. The event will feature a silent auction, food, and music provided by Ethan Tucker. “With our poverty levels reaching 11%, our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one,” stated Donovan Cathey, Local 2409 President. “By nature of our service to the community, we’re able to see the harsh effects poverty has on these children first hand.” Tumwater Firefighters will arrive at Tumwater Hill Elementary, personally fitting each child with a new coat, and helping them to write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You.”Specifically for their Firefighter program, Operation Warm has been able to manufacture 60,000 100% American-made coats, supporting over 200 jobs. These children will receive bright, new coats made with American pride. “This is so much more than a coat,” said Cathey, “beyond warmth and dignity for children, American coat production targets a root cause of poverty for so many families.”“This is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children,” stated Rich Lally, Executive Director of Operation Warm. “A new coat boosts a child’s self-esteem and allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities, such as food and shelter.”To donate to Tumwater Firefighters click on www.operationwarm.org/tumwater or for more information visit Firefighters for Operation Warm. Facebook79Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

City of Olympia Partners with REI on New Priest Point Park…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaIn partnership with REI Co-op and community volunteers, the City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation has just finished installing a new trail at Priest Point Park. The new trail provides access to the southern beach and striking panoramic views of Olympia, including the State Capitol building.Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee chair member, Jim Nieland is a regular volunteer on the trail project. Photo courtesy: City of OlympiaThe trail is approximately 720 feet long and construction began in June. It has taken approximately three and a half months to build. The City of Olympia received a grant from REI Co-op for $20,000 to build the new trail and decommission a social trail, approximately 500 feet long, which was causing erosion to a bluff and was unsafe to park visitors. The grant has funded a City of Olympia staff member to lead volunteer work parties and build the trail, as well as cover materials such as gravel, plants, lumber and signage.Volunteers from the community have come out to build the trail and support the project regularly, often assisting on the trail three to four times per week. The Washington Trails Association, local churches and businesses have also been a part of the trail building. Washington Conservation Corps has provided much needed restoration in the area. Removing hundreds of yards of English Ivy, Laurel and Holly. The project is near competition. Trail crews will wait until the weather turns wet to complete the planting portion of the plan, ensuring successful rooting of new native plants.A group from the Washington Trails Association group came out to help build the trail and are gathered at the trail’s end on the shores of Puget Sound. Photo courtesy: City of OlympiaThe community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of this new trail on Thursday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. Meet at kitchen shelter #4 at Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Dr. NE. Guests will have an opportunity to vote on a name for the new pathway at the celebration.last_img read more

Olympia Harbor Days Tug of the Month: Danni K

first_imgFacebook159Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Les EldridgeDANNI K was built in Seattle in 1916 by Alex Callerm for the Snohomish River Boom Company of Everett, Washington.  Originally named the George S., she boomed and towed logs out of the Swinomish Slough (now the Swinomish Channel) for several years.Tug DANNI K at Olympia Harbor Days 2018. Photo credit: Karla FowlerFrom 1959 to 1971, she changed ownership four times. In 1971, she was renamed the Millard T. Fillmore after the 13th president of the United States. The author is pursuing more information of the choice of President Fillmore as a name, as it appears to be a surprising selection. Fillmore is not regarded as a highly respected national leader, although his term of office was memorable and contributed to several important federal decisions and laws, and indeed is thought by many to be a major factor in the eventual advent of the American Civil War.Fillmore was a strong advocate and shaper of the Compromise of 1850, which codified slavery among new states as they entered the Union, and the same holds true for the Fugitive Slave Law, which required federal action to return runaway slaves to their owners.  Even though Fillmore was an anti-slavery New Yorker, he believed his slavery support actions were central to holding the Union together, his primary priority.  His actions, however, marked the demise of the Whig Party, and the inception of the largely pro-abolition Republican Party.The Tug Fillmore was purchased by Albert Freeman in 1973. He stored her, unused for 40 years, in covered moorage on the shores of West Lake Union, Seattle, and sold her in 2013. In 2016, the present owner, Dan Cadman, bought her and renamed her DANNI K, after his granddaughter.DANNI K is 36 feet in length, with a beam of 11 feet and draws 5 feet. Her hull and decks are steel-clad. Her original 32-horsepower gasoline engine was replaced in 1957 by a war surplus Grey Marine 671 General Motors Diesel airshift, also known as a “Screamin’ Jimmy,” originally designed for US Military water craft and tanks in WWII. This two-cycle engine generates 165 horsepower, with redundant fuel filtering and bilge pumping capacity.DANNI K raced in the Small Tug category in the 2017 and 2018 Olympia Harbor Days vintage tug races.  As she was the oldest tug in the 2018 event, that had not previously been selected as a logo tug, she was bestowed the honor of Logo Tug for the 2019 Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival where dock side tours of the tug are offered.  Skipper Dan Cadman now uses the tug as a pleasure craft and offers harbor tours and light towing work.  Tug DANNI K is moored at the Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island, Washington.  Contact IslandBoats@hotmail.com for tour information.Tug DANNI K racing at Olympia Harbor Days 2018. Photo credit: LG Evans Maritime ImagesSources:  Interview with Dan Cadman, 2017, 2018.  West Coast Workboats, Archie Satterfield, Sasquatch Books.  Ships of the Inland Sea, Gordon Newell, Binford and Mort.About Les Eldridge:  Les is president of the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association and author of a number of maritime histories, a series of novels on the American Civil War at sea, and a book of humorous verse. The Tugs at the Capital City, Volume 1, a collection of Tug of the Month stories was published in 2018. He lectures frequently ashore and afloat, and narrates the OHD races each year.  In 1989, as a Washington State Centennial Commissioner, he chaired the Commission’s Maritime Committee.  For more, see EldridgeSeaSaga.com.Tug of the Month is sponsored by Olympia Harbor Days Tug Boat Races and Festival, an Olympia Kiwanis Club event free to the community.  It takes place every Labor Day weekend on the Olympia waterfront since 1974.  All Tug of the Month stories can be found at www.harbordays.com/blog.   For festival information, see www.HarborDays.com, or on Facebook@OlympiaHarborDays.  Questions to Executive Director Carol Riley at info@harbordays.com.last_img read more

Watch : Germany and Holland play out a 6-goal thriller

first_imgAdvertisement wbrkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsf3plWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exkus5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1rew8Would you ever consider trying this?😱1ak8nbcCan your students do this? 🌚20vfwRoller skating! Powered by Firework Netherlands won an exciting contest against Germany on Saturday in the Group stage match of Euro 2020 qualification round. It was a very important three points for Holland. After this defeat, Germany stayed at the third position of their respective Group.Advertisement Germany took the lead at the beginning of the match when Serge Gnabry scored the first goal of the match at the 9th minute. Joshua Kimmich and Memphis Depay were booked in the first half of the match. The first half ended with a 1-0 scoreline in favour of Germany.Advertisement The real game began at the second half of the match. Frenkie De Jong scored the equaliser at the 59th minute of the match. Jonathan Tah’s own goal gave Holland the lead for the first time in the match at the 66th minute. Toni Kroos equalised the scoreline at the 73rd minute of the match. Marten de Roon and Frenkie de Jong were booked in the second half of the match.Donyell Malen scored the third goal of the match at the 79th minute of the match. Wijnaldum scored the last goal for Holland at the 91st minute of the match. The match ended with a scoreline of 4-2 in favour of Holland.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket: Deciphering South Africa’s woes with spin in India

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleAdvertisement 7csNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsaw6qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecni8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 10ka4Would you ever consider trying this?😱cdeuCan your students do this? 🌚8jzussRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India have been on a roll having won 11 consecutive series at home, essentially making it a fortress. The Men In Blue have often exploited the opposition’s inability to tackle spin which the subcontinent boasts of, with South Africa bearing the brunt of it.Advertisement South Africa and India have engaged in several memorable battles in the peninsula with the hosts possessing the X-factor in the form of spin bowling. Right from Sunil Joshi and Anil Kumble in the 90s to the fearsome Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin during the recent times, spin has always been the factor to which the Proteas failed to procure an antidote to.South Africa’s dubious record against spin reached its speak during their last tour where a famed line-up comprising of greats such as Hashim Amla and Ab de Villiers were hapless against spin. The third test in Nagpur was the lowest point with the side only managing to score 264 runs across both the innings.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleThe Proteas’ core issue against the Indian pitches is often their lack of instant adaptation. After being used to play on fiery, bouncy surfaces of the Bullring, the predicament of switching to the dry surfaces of India can be quite a task. Such a change in surfaces requires a lot of application which the 2015 World Cup semi-finalists have immensely lacked as the side takes quite a while to settle into Indian rank turners.Another factor apart from the technical aspect is the concept of fear that the side have imparted upon themselves. Playing spin with a mind plagued with fear can often cause a lapse in judgement which can prove to be costly.Advertisement Moreover, a further pressing concern is the lack of quality spinners that The Proteas possess in their domestic setup. The lack of spinners in the setup affects the preparation which ultimately shows in the result. Nicky Boje, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir and now Keshav Maharaj are only the prominent spinners to have emerged out of the team in recent times.There is however hope for the Proteas with the side eventually getting used to the conditions. The prime example being their latest tour in 2015, where despite getting mangled for 78 in Nagpur, the side stuck in for a gruelling 143 overs on a fifth-day snakepit with spinners bowling 100 overs of those. Although the result was not optimum, the approach and temperament was on point.With the Proteas having dealt with spin in Vizag in a satisfactory manner despite a seven-fer by Ashwin, their true test lies in Pune, a venue where India last tasted a home defeat.Read Also:Rohit Sharma hoping to do greater things after getting a second life in test cricketAshwin scripts history; ties Muttiah Muralitharan’s record with 350 test wickets Advertisementlast_img read more

Pedestrians Find it Tough Going on Shrewsbury Ave.

first_imgRED BANK – Recently repaved and restriped, Shrewsbury Avenue looks nice and is great for traffic, but for pedestrians crossing the busy thoroughfare, things are as tough as ever.“It’s still impossible to get across the street,” said Amy Goldsmith, a Locust Avenue resident and president of the West Side Community Group, an advocacy organization for residents and businesses.A customer at the Shrewsbury Avenue post office makes her way across that busy street.Shrewsbury Avenue is a heavily traveled traffic artery, running north-south through the borough, with motorists regularly using it as an alternative to Maple Avenue/Route 35. The west side thoroughfare, lined with a patchwork quilt of residences and retail and commercial businesses, has a considerable amount of foot traffic with area residents walking or riding bikes around the neighborhoods.Business owners and residents have long voiced concerns about the safety, specifically complaining that motorists regularly scoff at the state law requiring them to yield to pedestrians looking to cross.“If you’re going to step off the curb you better watch what you’re doing,” said Mariana Fernandez, a borough resident, as she contemplated crossing last week.The street, a Monmouth County road, was recently repaved but there are no specific plans to improve the lot for pedestrians – except to ask local officials to look into it, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said.Residents say people don’t stop when they are in the crosswalks and when they do, “they are rude,” said Tricia Nelson, owner of British Cottage furniture, 126 Shrews­bury Ave. Impolite hand gestures often accompany the stop, she said.Nelson and others suggested that plastic signs used elsewhere, including on East Front Street by Riverview Medical Center, that remind motorists of the law be installed. “They could help, don’t you think?” Nelson asked.“They put them on the east side, they should put them here,” said Glenn Piscitelli, an employee of Strokers pizza and deli, 124 Shrewsbury Ave.There have been discussions about various traffic calming proposals, most unrealized, Goldsmith said, such as talk of sidewalk bump-outs, redoing traffic signals and she has even suggested using the large, portable, illuminated signs, to remind motorists to stop for pedestrians.Red Bank Police Captain Darren McConnell said county engineers and officials don’t like the small signs placed in the street for Shrewsbury Avenue because of the street’s relative narrowness. He said, while the signs are used on other roads, “we’re getting away from them. They’re a maintenance issue because cars hit them so often.”Police have been addressing the issue by conducting an ongoing sting operation of sorts on that roadway and others. A plainclothes officer crosses the street and notifies a nearby officer in a patrol vehicle of motorists and pedestrians not adhering to the law.“In a matter of a few hours we give out close to 50 tickets,” McConnell said. The tickets could mean a $200 fine and two moving violation points to the offender, he said.Compliance is not just a problem in the borough.“It’s all over the state,” McConnell said. It’s “more an educational thing than an enforcement thing.”Goldsmith said she is concerned that when she stops her car at a crosswalk, the car following her won’t.“I fear for my life and for the people walking in front of me that the people behind won’t stop,” she said.“My biggest fear is getting squished on Shrewsbury Avenue,” Nelson of British Cottage agreed. She hopes more attention will be paid to the issue before someone is hurt or killed.Shrewsbury Avenue was among road projects, totaling about 20 miles, that the county worked on this year, Arnone said. The project repaved and restriped the road, including crosswalks.Still to be completed is the replacement of the traffic light at the Drs. James Parker Boulevard intersection where a light with a countdown clock will be installed and curb cuts will make the crosswalk handicap accessible, Arnone said. By John Burtonlast_img read more

You can smell that home cooking, and the Leafs like it a lot after sweeping three NDCC games against Grand Forks, Creston and Osoyoos

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsJust think what might happen if the Nelson Leafs played all of their Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games at home?Can you say victory party down Baker Street?I knew you could.The Leafs continue to take care of business at the NDCC Arena, using two-goal performances by Nik Newman and Brent Norman to edge the defending KIJHL Champion Osoyoos Coyotes 5-3 Sunday afternoon in the Heritage City.The win increases the lead for Nelson in the Murdoch Division to three points over idle Beaver Valley and five over third place Castlegar.“I’d say we had a good (three games) with great (contributions) from everyone all weekend,” said Leaf head coach Frank Maida when asked if the teams like its home cooking.Nelson’s secret to its early success has been to get off to a good start.The Leafs employed the strategy Friday against Grand Forks, out scoring the Bruins 4-1 during the opening frame.Saturday against Creston, two goals in the first period stake the home side to a 2-1 lead.Sunday Norman scored twice while Newman and Colton Malmsten added singles around goals by Zach Lindsay and Thierry Martine of the Coyotes to give the Leafs the two-goal advantage.After a scoreless second period Newman gave Nelson a three-goal lead with his sixth goal of the season.Lindsay, with his second of the game, cut the margin to two less than a minute later on the power play.But Leaf goalie Andrew Walton slammed the door on the Coyote shooters to register his third win of the season.“Everyone is buying into the program . . . they’re buying into the systems and working hard in every game,” Maida said about the key to the early season success.Nelson, improving to 4-1-0-1 at home, out shot the Coyotes 34-31.And the home stand continues Tuesday when the Leafs face Murdoch rival Beaver Valley at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“It’s very important to establish a good home record,” Maida said. “It helps the players gain confidence.”“We’ve got a lot of rookies on this team so having them play well helps them gain that confidence,” Maida added.Sprinkled amongst the rookies are a few seasoned veterans. The Leafs added another veteran to the mix when the team acquired Jonathan Petrash via the free agent marker.The 20-year-old defenceman had been released by the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Once Maida got wind of the news, he quickly put in a call to the 6-foot, 192-pound red head.“I calledl Jonathan and told him we’d like him to come to Nelson and be one of our leaders,” Maida said. “Jon’s played for Simon (Wheeldon) and I so he knows our systems and it’s the same system that Calgary plays and has played excellent since he arrived.”EXTRA TIME: The Leafs played the game with only five defencemen after roster players Patrick Martens and Colton Schell were game-time scratches due to injury. The result saw Cameron Dobransky move up to the forward line. . . .Leaf winger Brett Norman moved up to second in Nelson scoring with his three-point game Sunday.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more