Evergreen to Offer NOAA Climate Change Lecture

(Olympia, Wash.) Understanding of the Earth’s carbon cycle and its intimate connection with climate and ocean acidification will be examined by a prominent U.S. government scientist November 7 at 5 p.m. in Lecture Hall 3 at The Evergreen State College.
Christopher Sabine, director of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will discuss how ocean acidification affects marine life, atmospheric carbon levels, and ultimately the global climate.   
This event is sponsored by: Earth Matters: Geology and Chemistry, Ocean Life and Environmental Policy, and Practice of Sustainable Agriculture Academic Programs, the Evergreen Chemistry Club, and the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society.  
This free event is open to the public at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW Olympia, WA 98505.  Parking is $2.00.

October 28, 2013/Evergreen State College News Release

Comment On Thurston County’s 2014 Budget

Thurston County Commissioners encourage county residents to comment on the proposed 2014 budget at a public hearing Tuesday, October 29.  The preliminary budget proposal recommends a reduction in spending for 2014 as inflation continues to outpace revenue growth. Taking into consideration 2013 expenditures and early revenue forecasts for next year, Commissioners will need to trim about $6 million dollars from 2013 spending levels for the 2014 budget.

County manager Cliff Moore says county leadership is committed to good management and financial practices.  “We must be diligent to ensure there are sufficient reserves to meet cash flow needs and the cost of unanticipated emergencies.  Our greatest challenge is to balance the needs of county citizens with our current revenues.”  This is difficult, as the primary source of county revenue- property tax- is capped at one percent growth per year while inflation has been running three percent to seven percent a year.


TRL Board Of Trustees Meeting

The Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 7:00 pm at the Oakville Timberland Library located at 204 Main Street, Oakville, WA 98568. The meeting is open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.

Planning Advisory Commission Vacancy

Mason County is seeking applicants from Commissioner Districts 1, 2, & 3 to fill a single vacancy on the Mason County Planning Advisory Commission.