Letters About Literature Writing Contest

An annual national contest that encourages students to put their thoughts about a book into words is underway. Now in its ninth year in Washington, the Letters About Literature competition encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead. The contest, co-sponsored by the Washington State Library, is for schoolchildren in grades 4-12 and those who are homeschooled.

“I love to read for entertainment and to learn more,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “I encourage all kids to read because it gives them a strong foundation to be successful in school and life. The Letters About Literature contest is a great way for students to think about how a favorite book touches them and to put their thoughts about that book onto paper.”

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Tumwater City Council Agenda Items for 9/24 Meeting

Recreational Marijuana Ordinance No. O2013-013
This is a briefing at this time for potential council consideration October 1st.
History and Facts Brief:
In the last general election, the voters of Washington passed I -502, legalizing recreational marijuana use and possession under certain prescribed amounts and allowed for the production, processing and retailing of marijuana. The Liquor Control Board (LCB) has been drafting rules to implement the initiative and expects to complete those rules and open a 30 day window for application beginning on November 18, 2013. The City Council has given general direction to prepare amendments to the zoning code to allow for the production, processing and retailing of marijuana. If Council members wish to review the initiative text and the draft rule text, they can be found at http://www.liq.wa.gov/publications/Marijuana/I-502/i502.pdf and https://lcb.app.box.com/proposed-rules respectfully. Both I-502 and the draft rules require a 1000 foot distance from schools, playgrounds, recreation centers, child care centers, public parks, public transit centers, libraries, and game arcades. This severely limits the location in which these uses can locate in Tumwater. In addition, no more than one retail outlet will be permitted in Tumwater according to the proposed Liquor Control Board rules.

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Olympia Road Closures to Include 4th Avenue

Beginning Thursday, September 26, Union Pacific Railroad will be doing work at three locations for important rail repairs.This work will require the closure of the following roads:

  • Thursday, September 26 – Intersection of Adams Street and Olympia Avenue
  • Friday, September 27 – Intersection of 4th Avenue and Jefferson Street
  • Saturday, September 28 – Jefferson Street between 5th and State Avenues

All closures will begin at 7 am and are expected to be complete no later than 1 pm. Detours will be in place, however motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Opening

Mason County is seeking applicants to fill one position on the Housing Authority of Mason County Board of Commissioners that will become open in November.

Mason County Housing Authority is the owner/manager of Pine Garden Apartments, Goldsborough Cove Apartments, Fairmont Cove Apartments, and the Kneeland Park Apartments. The Housing Authority Board meets monthly on the fourth Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in the Mason County Commission Chambers at 411 North 5th Street, Shelton, WA. The time commitment is approximately 2 – 3 hours per month. Commission members serve five-year terms. The open position will expire in November 2018.

If interested, please contact the Mason County Commissioners office at 427-9670, 275-4467 or 482-5269, ext 419 for an advisory board form or it can be downloaded from our website – www.co.mason.wa.us. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

September 20, 2013/Board Of Mason County Commissioners