Washington Street Open For Holiday Shopping

Construction Suspended to Allow Downtown Shopping
The City of Olympia and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts (The Center) are pleased to announce that the City is suspending construction on the Washington Center project through the holiday season. Washington Street will be fully open and accessible starting Saturday, November 23, 2013.  Final construction will resume in early January.

“We are excited to ring in the holiday season with our friends and neighbors in the community.  A break in the project will give patrons and shoppers a chance to experience downtown Olympia without having to negotiate the construction” says Executive Director Jill Barnes. “We look forward to celebrating the future of the Washington Center as the project wraps up in the New Year.”

The Washington Center has many events planned during December. Enjoy Flamenco dancing, multiple performances of the Nutcracker, Clean Water/Cool Jazz, and even Sing-a-long Grease! Visit www.washingtoncenter.org for a listing of performances.  

Downtown merchants and Olympia Downtown Association also have a full day of Downtown for the Holidays activities planned for Sunday December 1st, from 12 noon-5pm.  Visit www.downtownolympia.com for details. To make your holiday shopping even easier, downtown parking is FREE at 2 and 3 hour meters from December 12 through 24.

In addition, you may view original artwork from local artist Ira Coyne on the front façade of the Washington Center.  On large plywood panels, Coyne depicts the many eras of the Washington Center building, which opened in 1924 as the Liberty Theater and became the Olympic Theater in 1948.

“We’re pleased to reopen Washington Street in time for the holiday season,” says Rich Hoey, Olympia’s Public Works Director. “We know that access is vital for a thriving downtown. We encourage residents to come down and support the businesses, see the art work, and enjoy a performance.”

In January, work will resume and will include installing the brick and stone siding on Washington Street, completing the new entry canopy, and the hanging of a new marquee! One lane of Washington Street will be closed in January during this final stage of construction, lasting approximately four to six weeks.

November 20, 2013/Joint News Release City Of Olympia And The Washington Center For The Performing Arts

WSDOT Accepting Public Comment on Transportation Projects Tthrough Dec 17

Washington state’s 4-year program of transportation projects ready for review. Want to see what future transportation improvement projects are in store for communities across the state?  Then check out Washington’s final draft of the 2014-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The Washington State Department of Transportation is now accepting public comment on the draft STIP which includes more than 1,000 transportation improvement projects across the state. WSDOT developed the list of projects in coordination with the metropolitan and regional transportation planning organizations to ensure that the projects are consistent with local, regional and state plans.

The 2014-17 STIP includes improvement projects utilizing $1.8 billion in federal funds. Projects include pavement overlays, roadway widening, bridge replacement or repair, signal systems, safety enhancements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and transit facilities.  

The 30-day public comment period is the final step in the process of adopting the STIP. Comments will be accepted on the plan between Nov. 18 and Dec. 17. Any comments received will be sent to the respective local planning organization for their consideration.  

Comments may be submitted by email or mail to: Nancy Huntley, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia, WA 98504-7390. They can also be submitted by fax at 360-705-6822.

About the STIP
The STIP is a statewide financially constrained prioritized program of transportation-related projects for Washington. It covers four years, and must be consistent with the long-range statewide transportation plan, metropolitan transportation plans, and regional transportation improvement programs. The STIP is required for projects to be authorized for federal funding.

November 20, 2013/Washington State Department of Transportation – NEWS

Forest, BLM Map Prices to Increase

The price of most hard-copy Pacific Northwest Recreation Series, Wilderness, Ranger District, and Special Area maps will increase January 1, 2014, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management announced today. This is the first price increase for these maps in seven years. Meanwhile, purchasing maps is becoming easier through online, retail outlet, and credit card options. The current price of hard-copy Pacific Northwest Recreation Series, Wilderness, Ranger District, and Special Area maps was established in 2007. Since then, costs to produce, distribute, and print maps have increased. Some Forest Service and BLM map prices will remain unchanged.

The new price for most hard copy Pacific Northwest Recreation Series, Wilderness, Ranger District, and Special Area maps will be $9 for paper and $10 for plastic. Customers can purchase maps online or by phone through the National Forest Store, online though Discover Your Northwest, and at Forest Service offices in Oregon and Washington. Most Forest Service offices can now accept credit cards. Hard-copy Pacific Northwest Recreation Series, Wilderness, Ranger District, and Special Area maps are also available at commercial retail outlets, though prices may be higher. The Forest Service and BLM continually update maps. Historically, maps have been updated—or revised—every 15-20 years. The agencies expect to shorten the revision cycle to every 5-10 years as cartographers continue to apply new digital technology to the map revision process. Digital versions of some maps for mobile applications are available through the Avenza map store.  Digital maps are $4.99 per side; many maps have two sides. The agencies are working to increase the availability of digital maps. Maps may be purchased at their current prices before the increase takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

November 20, 2013/BLM and The Forest Service Public Notice

Salmon Sportfishing Advisory Group Nominations

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Dec. 6 for membership on its Puget Sound Salmon Sportfishing Advisory Group.

Up to 15 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the Puget Sound Salmon Sportfishing Advisory Group for 2014 and 2015. Those selected will provide guidance to WDFW on issues affecting recreational salmon fisheries in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Members of the Puget Sound Salmon Sportfishing Advisory Group are expected to meet three or four times a year and participate in the annual salmon season-setting process known as North of Falcon. Members also are expected to communicate policy decisions to sportfishing groups in their areas.

"We're looking for people with first-hand knowledge of marine and freshwater sport salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, and have the ability to communicate their ideas to fishery managers and with fellow anglers,” said Ryan Lothrop, WDFW’s Puget Sound recreational salmon manager.

Nominees do not have to be affiliated with an organized group, and current members of the advisory group may be reappointed.

Nominations must be submitted in writing with the following information:

•    Nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
•    Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory group.
•    Nominee’s effectiveness in communication.
•    Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination.

Nominations must be received by Dec. 6. Nominations may be submitted to Ryan Lothrop by mail: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, contact Lothrop at (360) 902-2808.

November 20, 2013/WDFW Public Notice