Olympia City Services On Martin Luther King Jr Day

All City offices including City Hall, Olympia Municipal Court, Olympia Probation Services, and The Olympia Center will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

City Services Provided
Fire and Police Emergency Services: Call 9-1-1 for emergency police, fire and medic services.
Free Parking: Customers shopping downtown are reminded that they do not need to pay the meter on City-recognized holidays.
Parks Open: All forty Olympia Parks will be open from dawn to dusk.
Public Works Emergencies: Citizens with a Public Works emergency (drinking water, wastewater, STEP alarms, or transportation) can call emergency dispatch at 360.753.8333.
Regular Waste Collection Schedules In Effect: Residential and commercial garbage, recycling or organics WILL be collected, based on your regular schedule. Crews may arrive earlier than normal on holidays, so set your cart out by 6:00 a.m. to ensure collection.

Intercity Transit
Intercity Transit will operate regular schedules on MLK Day. This includes local bus, Olympia-Tacoma Express, Dial-A-Lift, and Village Vans transportation services. For more information please visit intercitytransit.com or call 360.786.1881

January 17, 2014/City of Olympia Public Notice

North Mason Resources

North Mason Resources (NMR), a group of service providers all in one building across from QFC in Belfair at 140 NE State Route 300, has used humor via Facebook to share a very serious need: funds.

From Facebook: “As Board Chair Janice Olmsted says, ‘Donation may be made through our website http://www.nmresources.org/, by mail, office, drop by on horseback, golf cart even by ambulance!’ (No donations via hearse, please!!! We need our donors to hang around a while longer!!!)”

NMR houses WorkSource, Resource Coordinator and Homeless Advocate, DAV/VA Representative , Community Food Pantry, BHR (Counseling), MTG Meds (help with free or reduce priced prescriptions), County Nurse working with parenting teens, Olympic College Educational Advisor, and drop off location for Northwest Children’s Outreach (clothing and other needs for children birth to 18).

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State Library, local libraries offering “Gadget Menagerie” training

The Washington State Library is partnering with local libraries across the state providing “Gadget Menagerie” training on handheld devices for library staff. Library patrons and students will be provided similar training focused on the needs of the device user. About 40 locations and 70 sessions are scheduled for the Gadget Menagerie through July.

“This is another great example of the Washington State Library and our excellent local libraries providing helpful ‘real-world’ training to folks,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “It’s a brave new world of technology, fun and helpful and scary to people who haven’t used all of these devices.” “We are very excited to be able to provide this training,” said State Librarian Rand Simmons. “These skills will benefit both library staff and those who wish to use the devices to access a whole array of useful library resources.”

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Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council Meeting

Gov. Inslee will introduce Partnership’s new executive director, Sheida Sahandy. The Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council will meet from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the GA Auditorium at 210 11th Ave., Olympia. This two-day session will begin with Gov. Inslee introducing the Partnership’s newly appointed executive director, Sheida Sahandy.

The Leadership Council will also:
Advise staff on how to proceed in addressing marine sediment issues.
Hear an update on current legislative priorities.
Hear a panel presentation on Puget Sound issues related to traffic safety and oil by rail transport. The Leadership Council is the governing body of the Puget Sound Partnership. Its seven members are leading citizens chosen from around the Sound and appointed by the governor.

These meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to address questions or comments about the regional effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. The full agenda, meeting materials and directions are available at: http://www.psp.wa.gov/LC_meetings.php.

January 17, 2014/ www.psp.wa.gov News Release