Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force On Parks And Outdoor Recreation To Meet In Sequim

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation will meet next week in Sequim. The Governor called together leaders in outdoor recreation to develop an action plan for increasing outdoor recreation activities and encouraging recreation-related jobs and businesses. The task force, which has been meeting since April, is on target to complete its work by Sept. 19.
The task force will meet from 4-8 p.m., Aug. 19, in the Sequim Holiday Inn Express, 1441 E. Washington St., Sequim.
At this meeting, the task force will review draft recommendations submitted by the four task force subcommittees and reach consensus on recommendations to carry forward in the final report. The draft report is due to the Governor’s Office by Sept. 1.


Numerous Night I-5/US 101 Ramp & Lane Closures

OLYMPIA – Nighttime drivers who use Interstate 5 and US 101 in Olympia and Tumwater should plan for ramp and lane closures this week. The closures are needed to allow contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to continue paving areas of I-5.

Work schedule:

10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • Closing two right lanes of southbound I-5 from Plum Street Southeast/14th Avenue to the southbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101.
  • Closing Henderson Boulevard Southeast/14th Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5.

10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, to 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14

  • Closing two right lanes of southbound I-5 from Henderson Boulevard Southeast to Deschutes Parkway Southwest.

12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14

  • Closing southbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101. Drivers will need to use alternate routes.

10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, to 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15.

  • Closing the two right lanes of southbound I-5 from Capitol Lake to Deschutes Parkway Southwest.


Volunteers Sought to Help Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Become a Master Recycler Composter to learn new skills and help your community. OLYMPIA- Join fellow fans of waste reduction and become a "green ambassador" for the three "R's." Thurston County trains Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteers with the purpose of inspiring others to reduce waste, recycle, or compost at home and work.  
Over a five week period, MRC volunteers learn how to reduce waste and increase public awareness of opportunities to prevent waste, recycle, and compost in Thurston County.  Training will be held every other Tuesday evening, September 9 through November 4. Two Saturday morning field trips are scheduled for September 27 and October 11.
Participants receive background and hands-on training from county and state educators. Class topics include waste prevention including wasting less food, recycling processes and markets, home composting, worm composting, greener buying choices, how to work with the public plus so much more.
Course graduates agree to give a minimum of 25 hours of yearly service as they put their new skills to use. They work with local organizations, community members, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, or at special events encouraging waste prevention, recycling and composting. MRCs can design their own projects or work on existing ones. On-going continuing education opportunities will be provided.
Online applications are available now at Preference will be given to applicants who live or work within Thurston County. Applications are due August 22 by 5 p.m. Space is limited.
A $75 course fee will be collected at the first class to cover all training supplies and field trips.
For more information, go to and click on "Volunteers" or contact Cori Carlton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at or call 867-2162.

MACECOM Governance & Legislative Board Meetings

MACECOM Governance Board, August 12th, 2014, Shelton Civic Center, 3:00 PM. MACECOM Legislative Board meeting is upon completion of Gov Board.

MACECOM Governance Board
Meeting Agenda
1.    Call to Order/Introductions
2.    Review and approval of July minutes
3.    Director’s report
PUD Building
4.    2015 User Fees
5.    2015 Budget update
6.    Good of the order
7.    Next meeting date/time

MACECOM Legislative Board
Meeting Agenda
1.    Call to Order and introductions
2.    Review and approval of July meeting minutes
3.    Voucher review and signature
4.    Items from the Governance Board
5.    Good of the order
6.    Next meeting date
7.    Adjournment