City of Olympia Converts to LED Streetlights

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaFrom now through January, Olympia’s city-owned streetlights will be converted from existing HPS (High Pressure Sodium) to new Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. A contract firm, the Light Doctor, is performing the work. The general schedule is as follows:Westside         OctoberSoutheast        NovemberNortheast        DecemberDowntown       JanuaryOlympia has about 3,200 city-owned streetlights located primarily along major roadways and in newer neighborhoods. In addition, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) owns about 1,300 streetlights in Olympia, which are typically on wooden poles. The PSE-owned lights are not being converted at this time, although PSE is supporting the City project with energy savings rebates.Funding for the project is a combination of City money, a $500,000 State Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency Grant, and PSE energy savings rebates with an estimated $375,000 value.Benefits of LED TechnologyIncreased reliability. LEDs have an extremely low failure rate, which means less outages and reduced maintenance costs.Reduced power consumption. We estimate savings of $174,000 per year.Enhanced pedestrian safety. LED light is focused more directly toward the ground.Better light quality. Colors are more identifiable due to the neutral color of LED lights.last_img read more

Port Increases Safety of Stormwater Treatment Plant

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaPort of Olympia has been working to identify and correct causes of the hydrogen peroxide spill that occurred at the Marine Terminal’s stormwater treatment plant on Jan. 28, 2015. The spill did not result in any chemicals entering Budd Inlet.Immediately following the release of the hydrogen peroxide, the Port had an independent engineering firm assess the cause of the spill and evaluate potential improvements to make the system even safer. The firm found that a non-vented ball valve was the cause of the spill and identified areas where the system can be improved for efficiency and safety.Port staff shared the engineering firm’s report with the Washington Dept of Ecology, which regulates industrial stormwater. Ecology asked the Port to proceed with design of the recommended improvements and the Port issued a contract with the same firm for the design services.The Port’s goal is to have the full treatment system and any recommended improvements on-line in early 2016. In the interim, the Port is maximizing treatment from other portions of the treatment system and used the hydrogen peroxide recovered from the release in the treatment process.State-of-the-Art FacilityPort of Olympia works closely with Ecology to ensure that the Port’s industrial stormwater treatment achieves regulatory requirements for water discharged into Puget Sound. The Port worked closely with its contractors to develop an innovative process to treat pollutants associated with log yard operations.The Port improved and modernized the stormwater treatment facility on the Marine Terminal in 2014. The project included building conveyance piping, treatment ponds, the facility building and systems.Governor Jay Inslee cut the ribbon and addressed Port staff and guests at the grand opening of the modern stormwater treatment facility on December 3, 2014.The construction contract for modernizing the Marine Terminal stormwater treatment system total was $9.9 million. Total construction costs including the contract, administration, engineering and permitting were $11.1 million. Port tenants are contributing to the costs of facility construction and operations.Port’s Commitment to Water QualityThe stormwater management program is a major element of Port of Olympia’s commitment to preventing, reducing and eliminating the discharge of pollutants into Puget Sound. Port staff work closely with tenants and Ecology to minimize the potential for pollutants to enter Budd Inlet from stormwater runoff flowing off impervious surfaces on Port properties.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonMy name is Gus, and I am a 9 month old male Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix. Surviving on my own for a while wasn’t very much fun and I am happy the wonderful staff at Adopt-A-Pet brought me into the shelter where I can have a soft/warm bed, lots of good food and loving.We really don’t know how I do with children, other dogs or cats but I think it will be fun learning. Right now we are working on how to walk nicely on a leash and my basic commands. I am a very happy and healthy pup. Please come in for a visit I would love to snuggle up to you and show you how wonderful I am.We always need volunteers to help with the dogs, in the office or with outreach.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Our contact information is www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com.last_img read more

Time to Sign up for Tumwater University 2018

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TumwaterTumwater University brings community members together in an informal classroom-style setting for three evenings of education and engagement. The program is designed so participants (students) have fun and get in the university spirit. Tumwater U offers a classroom experience, curriculum, and faculty comprised of members of local government, elected officials, and City staff. Students earn a diploma and T-shirt at graduation.Become a scholar on all of the important things that make Tumwater a special place to live at Tumwater University.  Gain a better understanding of how local government functions, learn about City programs and services, and have a chance to provide input on community priorities.Courses offerings include:Every Vote CountsWhat’s Brewing in Tumwater?Let’s Play the Budget GameCommunity School InitiativeHousing SolutionsFire SafetyScience of Traffic ControlsThere are two field trips options, special guests, and more.Tumwater University will be held at City Hall on three consecutive Monday evenings, March 12, 19, and 26, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Registration is available online at City of Tumwater website – Applicants are considered on a first-come, first-served basis until seats are filled. All students must be willing to commit to attending all three nights. For assistance with registration contact David La Garde, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@ci.tumwater.wa.us.last_img read more

Legislative Page Torsten Spieler

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by House Democratic CaucusTorsten Spieler, a student at Avanti High School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Sequim), Torsten is the son of Jen Waldref and Thilo Spieler of Olympia and Lacey. Pages assume a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. Pages support the efficient operation of the Legislature while also receiving daily civics instruction, drafting their own bills, and participating in mock committee hearings.last_img read more

Thurston County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Update: Letter to the Community

first_imgFacebook191Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyLast Wednesday, Thurston County entered Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe Start plan. The Governor and the State Secretary of Health issued a masking directive that took effect Friday 6/26. This replaces our local masking directive for residents and is in addition to the Governor’s issued mandate about masking in workplaces. Our long-term care outbreak is under control and we continue monitoring. Over the past few weeks, we have received 5-9 positive reports almost every day. Some recent cases are travel associated (to areas with a rapid rise in cases, like Arizona). There are some household contacts of confirmed cases, some exposed from meeting up with friends, some are work related (not in healthcare) and the rest have been exposed in the community. In general, cases are affecting younger folks. The danger is that the disease continues to spread in our community.As restrictions ease up, we are going out more, doing more activities, visiting and gathering in larger groups. The risk of exposure increases with every action we take. If you are at high risk and vulnerable, limit outings, keep your distance, maintain your hand hygiene and wear your face covering. These are the best ways to keep you safe. For all others – PLEASE KEEP YOUR DISTANCE AND WEAR YOUR FACE COVER WHEN YOU ARE IN PUBLIC. For younger folks in the workforce and engaging in more social interactions – YOU can become infected and YOU can pass on COVID-19 two days before you even know you are sick. We need to all work together to keep the case numbers low and to protect our most vulnerable folks who are at risk of hospitalization and death.Why should I worry? I am young and healthy, and I will get over it.Anybody can get infected. When you become infected, it takes a few days for symptoms to show up. You are contagious for up to two days before you show any signs and for 7-10 days after. You can pass this on if you are not careful with handwashing, covering your nose and mouth, or keeping your distance from others. If you happen to be one of the unlucky younger folks that gets severely affected, you may end up with lung impairment, kidney failure as well as other organ damage. You could pass this on to some of your friends that might have asthma or diabetes.I will be leaving this temporary position to resume my status as a retired public health professional. It has been a challenging and rewarding past 4 months. I hope I have been able to make a difference. As a member of the community, I will continue to listen to advice from our local public health professionals. Since I am in the vulnerable age group, I plan to continue to limit my outings and group gatherings to places where I can see physical distancing and face coverings encouraged. I need to protect myself too.Your new Health Officer is Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek. She holds a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. She completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri and a Master in Public Health degree from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the years, she has been able to spend time doing international public health work in the Middle East. Her grandmother lives on Vashon Island, so she is excited to be closer to family.For the past three years, she has worked as an Emergency Physician at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center in California. For the past year and half, she led the HEDSUP group. The HEDSUP group uses a multidisciplinary approach to connect patients with complex medical and social needs with resources which include: primary care, psychiatry, patient care coordination, and intensive case management. She is excited to be joining the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department. She brings a well-rounded background, fresh ideas and a comprehensive approach to community health. I am looking forward to her advocating for the health of Thurston County residents. Welcome!!Stay healthy everyone and protect yourself from COVID-19. Our future generations will be talking about this pandemic the way we talk about the 1918 Flu pandemic. Learn from the lessons of the past. We have had 100 years of improvement in disease control due to public health measures. We continue to learn more about COVID-19 and refine recommendations to better protect you and me. Bottom line, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, WASH YOUR HANDS AND WEAR A FACE COVER WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC.See you around town, from a distance. Take care. Thank you for caring about our community and each other.Diana. T. Yu, MD, MSPHActing Health Officer, Thurston County (until 6/30/2020)last_img read more

Rishabh Pant opens up on comparisons with Dhoni and his inclusion in the Indian…

first_imgAdvertisement 51ylynNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs965sbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3gfb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lpWould you ever consider trying this?😱9lCan your students do this? 🌚3gx3uRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian youngster Rishabh Pant has been compared with the legendary MS Dhoni ever since his arrival in the national team. But the wicketkeeper strongly disagrees, claiming that he is eager to learn from Dhoni, instead of competing with him. In an interview with Bombay Times, Pant spoke about his career and his relationship with the veteran keeper.Advertisement In answer to the comparison between him and MSD, Pant stated,Advertisement “I do think about the comparison with Dhoni sometimes, but it’s too difficult. If I am learning from him, I can’t possibly think that I can be in his league overnight. I am just trying to learn from him. I consider him my mentor. He has taught me so many things — be it how to work on my batting or mind-set before I go to bat, and most importantly, keeping calm in pressure situations. At 21, if I start thinking that I have to fill Dhoni’s shoes, it will get very difficult for me. I just try to keep it simple. I want to play the game to the best of my ability and learn from everyone around me, especially my seniors.”Since his test debut, the young wicketkeeper-batsman has become a regular face in the squad, performing at the top level frequently. His tons against England and Australia in difficult situations truly proved his class, despite the rumours that he got into the Indian team way too early. And Pant was very clear about his inclusion saying,Advertisement “It’s good for a player to get an early break. Besides, I am not getting anything for free. I have worked hard and earned my place in the Indian cricket team. Nobody has gifted that to me. Koi nahi bolta ke, ‘Bhai team mein aaja’. Aisa nahi hota hai. If you don’t perform well, you won’t be selected. It’s as simple as that. Everyone has to justify their spot in the team.” Advertisementlast_img read more

See how Sourav Ganguly reacted to the news of the Mohun Bagan – ATK…

first_imgAdvertisement 6k52iuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6oydw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5co0Would you ever consider trying this?😱uavCan your students do this? 🌚awRoller skating! Powered by Firework BCCI president and former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly, who also happens to be a hardcore football fan, reckons that the merger between ATK, the Kolkata-based Indian Super League franchise and I-League giant Mohun Bagan is a “momentous partnership for Bengal football”. On Thursday, the RPSG Group, (owner of ATK) acquired majority shareholding in Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited and Bagan is all set to play as ATK-Mohun Bagan in next year’s ISL.Advertisement “A momentous partnership for Bengal football. I have no doubt ATK and Mohun Bagan will be torchbearers of moving Indian football forward together,” Ganguly tweeted.Advertisement “In this context, I am very thankful to India’s one of the most well-known industrialists and our Kolkata’s very own Dr Sanjiv Goenka for his investment through RPSG. Their vision on Indian football aligns with our philosophy and our combined forces will surely take the club to bigger and greater heights. In this respect, it is a red-letter day in the history of this iconic institution,” said Swapan Sadhan Bose, Chairman, Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Pvt. Ltd. in an official statement.“I can assure millions and millions of Bagan supporters spread across the globe, that the poetry will continue. Now that the prose is ready to lend a helping hand,” he added.Meanwhile, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia also hailed the merger but hopes that ATK should maintain the 130-year-old club’s legacy to reap rewards of their hard-work.“It’s good that Mohun Bagan is getting a good buyer but I think the colour and name has to be kept and the logo. Their history is very rich. It’s good that RPSG Group is buying it, they are a very professional company. But I hope that they can completely use the Mohun Bagan colour, logo and jersey. It should be maroon and green,” Bhutia said in an interview.The RPSG Group is set to become 80 per cent majority shareholder while Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) Private Limited will own the remaining. The merged club will come into existence from June 1, 2020 and will participate in the Indian Super League season (ISL) next season as well as other important competitions held by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).You may also like:Sunil Chhetri aware that his international career is winding downEXCLUSIVE: Minerva FC goalkeeper Nidhin Lal accuses club of not paying his salary for 8 months Advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester City star Kyle Walker hosts ‘sex party’ amidst Coronavirus lockdown

first_imgImage Courtesy: REX/Louise McNamaraAdvertisement xdyuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6jwlWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eay8cg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7vdWould you ever consider trying this?😱o4iCan your students do this? 🌚1Roller skating! Powered by Firework All majorly affected countries due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic are undergoing lock downs, and citizens, celebrities and sportspersons alike- have been advised to maintain social distancing and self-isolation. However, Kyle Walker had other plans. The Manchester City superstar had organised a ‘sex party’, inviting over a sex worker and a model, along with his buddy in his apartment, which has him earning the wrath of fans and the club alike, and is also on the verge of a huge compensation for breaking the health guidelines as UK faces a complete lock down.Advertisement Image Courtesy: REX/Louise McNamaraKyle Walker, along with his friend in his apartment in Hale, Cheshire, invited Louise McNamara, a 21 year old escort, and another unnamed 24 year old Brazilian model for a three hour long ‘sex party’ last Tuesday, as it was revealed by McNamara herself, who also revealed some photos from Walker’s apartment.Following the publication of the incident in British tabloid The Sun, an official statement came from Manchester City on Walker’s violation of the pandemic rules.Advertisement “Manchester City are aware of a story in a tabloid newspaper regarding the private life of Kyle Walker in relation to a breach of the UK lock down and social distancing rules.” a spokesperson of the club said.As doctors, nurses and healthcare officials are battling out the deadly virus outbreak, Walker, being a poster boy of the Premier League elites, his irresponsible conduct has made the club disheartened.Advertisement The spokesperson added: “We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure,” hinting that the England international will face a fine.However, the right back has come up with an apology for his behaviour, as he denounced his own behaviour in a statement last night.“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week which have resulted in a story today (Sunday) about my private life in a tabloid newspaper,” the 29 year old said.“I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down,” Walker added.The player, who himself breached the lock down guidelines, had earlier made a tweet, urging his followers to remain indoors and follow the self-isolation procedure. Walker also added on this: “My actions in this matter are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown. And I want to re-iterate the message: Stay home, stay safe.”Over 47,000 positive cases have been confirmed in the UK till date, with 4,932 deaths.Also read-See which footballing superstar just donated Rs. 7,64,19,000 to fight Coronavirus!Massive update on U-17 Fifa World Cup scheduled to be held in India Advertisementlast_img read more

Chiefs sweep Kootenay Ice in weekend BCMMHL action

first_imgHome ice didn’t pay off this weekend for the Kootenay Ice in BC Major Midget League action in the West Kootenay.The Vancouver Northeast Chiefs skated away with a pair of one-side wins Saturday in Nelson and Sunday morning in Trail.The Chiefs, third overall in BCMMHL standings with a 15-7-2 record, out scored the Ice 16-4 in the two-game series.Vancouver dumped Kootenay 9-1 Saturday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson before rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Ice 7-3 Sunday at the Cominco Arena in Trail.Kyle Johnson scored three times for the Chiefs in the opener while Parker Colley had four assists. Blake Sidoni of Trail scored the lone goal for the Ice, which trailed at the period breaks 3-0 and 7-0.Sunday, Kootenay led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Aigne McGready-Bruce of Nelson.Kootenay then scored twice early in the second period.Sidoni, with his second in two games, and Matthew Alderson of Trail put Kootenay up by three goals five minutes into the middle frame.But the Chiefs rallied to score four times in the final 11 minutes of the period before putting the game away with three goals in the third period.Devon Stafford scored three times to lead the Chiefs.Solomon Burk of Castlegar and Jason Mailhiot of Trail tended goal for the Ice.Kootenay, dropping to 3-18-3 on the season, hosts cellar–dwelling Thompson Blazers Saturday (5:45 p.m.) and Sunday (9:45 a.m.) at the NDCC Arena.The Blazers enter the game with one win in 22 games.last_img read more