Harstine Island Community Club - Second One Hundred Years Building Fund

The Community Club of Harstine Island has launched an ambitious effort to create a fund to serve expansion needs for its second one hundred years. The Club, with its locally iconic 100-year old Hall, anticipates that the population of the Island will continue to grow and that, eventually, additional meeting and recreational space will be required. No thought is being given at this time to replacing the hall, which is a wonderful vestige of the Island’s history, but the time will very likely come sometime in the second hundred years when, in order to accommodate more people and more activities, the hall may need to be expanded or replaced. The idea is to get a running start to position the Club for decisions that may not be taken for some time yet. A decision to use the funds will require a two-thirds affirmative vote of both the Club Board and the membership at large.

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Thurston Commissioners Extend 2015 Budget Comment Period

Extension lasts through October 24. OLYMPIA – After hearing from constituents at a public hearing Tuesday evening, Thurston County Commissioners have extended the deadline for comment on the preliminary 2015 county budget. County residents now have through Friday, October 24 to comment on next year’s spending plan.

Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela says the additional comment period is warranted after a citizen pointed out that the on-line version of the preliminary budget had some problems. “Apparently, some figures in the on-line budget document displayed improperly, making it hard to understand those parts of the budget. County staff are revising the tables and we want to make sure people have time to review the corrected budget and comment if they would like."

Revisions should be completed by the close of business on October 10 and at that point, the on-line budget book will be posted on the county web site at -

There are several ways to make comments-

Commissioners will review input as it is received and a work session scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, October 27 to discuss any possible modifications to the proposed budget. The 2015 budget is now scheduled for adoption on October 28.


Low Stream Flow Delays Fishing Opener On Dungeness River

Action: Delays fishing opening day for the Dungeness River.
Effective time and date: 12:01 a.m., Oct. 8, 2014 through 11:59 p.m., Oct. 15, 2014.
Species affected: All Species.

Location: Dungeness River from the mouth upstream to the hatchery intake pipe (at river mile 11.3). Reason for action: Current flow in the Dungeness River is well below the mean flow for early October. This lack of flow leaves Dungeness Chinook salmon, an Endangered Species Act listed stock within the Puget Sound ESU, particularly susceptible to disturbance as their spawning activities conclude. It is anticipated that rainfall sufficient to recharge the system and draw coho into the river will occur by Oct. 16 otherwise this closure may be extended. Information contact: Mike Gross, District 16 fish biologist, (360) 249-1210; Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager, (360) 249-1201.

WDFW – October 7, 2014

Free Community Health Education Seminar & Dinner at Summit Pacific Medical Center

Elma, Washington – The community is invited to attend a free community health education dinner on Friday, October 17th, from 4pm to 5pm at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma (600 East Main Street). The class, “What YOU Need to Know About Strokes,” will be led by Fawn Ross, ARNP and Stroke/Telestroke Coordinator at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Guests will be able to enjoy a free dinner during Ross’ presentation.

Ross’ presentation will touch on what a stroke is, who they affect, how they affect your body, and the life-saving responses one should take if having or witnessing somebody else having a stroke. Ross will also walk guests through what a stroke victim can expect upon arriving at the emergency department, including a demonstration on the Telestroke Robot used at facilities, like SPMC, that participate in the Telestroke Network. A question and answer session will follow.

Summit Pacific Medical Center has hosted a series of similar community health education seminars on the fourth Friday of every month all year. It appears there will be no classes in November and December at this time. However, the health education dinners are scheduled to resume in January 2015, with the 4th Friday of the Month schedule. Please visit to see any scheduled changes, cancelations, and/or updates.

October 7, 2014