40th Annual Model Railroad Show

ALL ABOARD!Next Stop: Pacific Science Center’s 40th Annual Model Railroad Show, January 18-20.  Back for the 40th consecutive year, the Model Railroad Show will showcase dozens of highly detailed, creative scenic layouts, displays and activities that deliver a lasting impression. Partake in the tiny world of modeling, tinkering and engineering and discover why our Model Railroad Show has been a Northwest family tradition since 1974. Play engineer and operate trains, explore dozens of layouts, try themed hands-on craft activities and ride the Iron Horse Railway under Pacific Science Center's iconic arches. Complete your trip with the IMAX® film Rocky Mountain Express and experience the adventure of a transcontinental railway on Seattle’s biggest screen.
WHO: Presented in conjunction with the National Model Railroad Association, Pacific Northwest Region 4th division. The group provides dozens of layouts, displays and activities that capture the public’s interest in trains and train models. In addition to the NMRA layouts, guests can build their own train and tracks at the LEGO railroad display.


Saint Martin’s To Celebrate The Legacy Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Saint Martin’s University community will honor the memory and legacy of human rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Friday, Jan. 24, with its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This event is free and open to the public, and it will take place 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Worthington Conference Center, located on the Lacey campus at 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E.

Suzi Q. Smith, an American poet and spoken-word artist who is among the highest-ranked slam poets in the nation, is the keynote speaker for the event. Smith has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, and her poetry has been sampled and remixed around the globe, earning her international acclaim. She is also well-known as an activist who collaborates with organizations advocating for civil rights, peace, the arts and youth.

Several Saint Martin’s students are scheduled to make a variety of presentations during the evening, which will also include a Southern-style dinner. The Old School Fellas, an eight-piece jazz band, will provide music.

“We hope this annual program serves as a reminder to our community about the crucial need to carry on Dr. King’s vision for true social justice,” says Brittany Reed, assistant director of campus life at Saint Martin’s.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is presented by Saint Martin’s Campus Life, the Black Student Union and the Office of Intercultural Initiatives.

January 17, 2014/ www.stmartin.edu Public Notice

Elwha Valley Whiskey Bend Road to Close for Repairs January 15

Whiskey Bend Road, the gravel road connecting Olympic Hot Springs Road to the Whiskey Bend trailhead, will close to all use on Wednesday, January 15. The 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road will close to all use for one day, Wednesday, January 15, to allow the Olympic National Park road crew to clear and repair a culvert that was plugged during this past weekend’s heavy rains.

The road will close on Wednesday morning and reopen Wednesday evening when repairs are complete.

January 14, 2013/Olympic National Park News Release

Three Planning Commission Hearings Jan. 15

Thurston County - Public comment taken on Ken Lake, Schader Crown Ranch, county’s Comprehensive Plan. The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold three public hearings on Wednesday, January 15 starting at 7 p.m. The hearings are on proposed land use plan map changes for the Ken Lake area, the Schader Crown Ranch Long-Term Agriculture reconsideration, and on Comprehensive Plan amendment methods.

Ken Lake Land Use Map Changes
The first public hearing will be on a proposed amendment to change the land use and zoning for approximately 106 acres located in an unincorporated area of the Urban Growth Boundary for the City of Olympia in an area northwest of Ken Lake. The land use and zoning would change from Residential Four Units per Acre TCC 23.04 (R-4) to Residential Low Impact Two to Four Units per Acre TCC 23.04 (RLI-2-4) or other appropriate land use and zoning district.