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Collective Vision Mural Program Call for Muralists for Downtown Olympia Project

first_imgFacebook77Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of OlympiaThe PBIA Clean and Safe Committee is asking artists with skills in arts administration to submit proposals to create a mural project in Downtown Olympia. The project will include the placement of a mural on a privately owned wall in the Downtown core. Murals prevent graffiti while adding to our already diverse and expansive arts culture.Application Details:Desired Qualifications: Experience installing large scale murals and experience working with youth on art projectsBudget: $5000Deadline for Receipt of Application: Friday, February 17, 2017, 5 p.m.Applications Available online at, via email at, by calling 360-570-3798 or in person by visiting the Olympia City Hall located at 601 E 4th Ave.last_img read more

WDFW Approves a Seven-Day Razor Clam Dig in First Weeks of…

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeRazor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for seven days of digging beginning February 6. State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:February 6, Thursday, 4:40 pm -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksFebruary 7, Friday, 5:26 pm -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisFebruary 8, Saturday, 6:09 pm -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksFebruary 9, Sunday, 6:51 pm -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisFebruary 10, Monday, 7:32 pm -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksFebruary 11, Tuesday, 8:13 pm -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisFebruary 12, Wednesday, 8:55 pm -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNo digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.“Work to dodge the rain, and this should be a great dig,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Razor clams do not like fresh water, so heavy rain can make them harder to find, but with a bit of patience and good timing it should still be possible to bag limits of clams given the healthy populations across the beaches.”For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through February, please see our razor clam webpage.Ayres said additional tentative razor clam digs for March and later will be announced in early February.WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. To see videos of WDFW’s sustainable management work for razor clam seasons, visit our razor clam page.WDFW is also asking razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam gun or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the spring season.Additional safety considerations are important this time of year. “Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when low tides come at dusk and after dark,” said Ayres. “Diggers can also start gathering clams an hour or two before the tide, which will allow folks to enjoy daylight for most of their time on the beach.”All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ( For more information, see read more

Watch: Adorable Ziva gives MS Dhoni a back massage and hugs him!

first_imgAdvertisement ks87NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9cir( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4di3sWould you ever consider trying this?😱5geni52Can your students do this? 🌚5irRoller skating! Powered by Firework MS Dhoni is enjoying his sabbatical to the fullest. The legendary Indian wicketkeeper haven’t played for the national team, since this year’s World Cup and has been spotted spending his vacation with friends and family. And on Saturday, ‘Captain Cool’ was seen getting a nice shoulder massage from his daughter Ziva. In the adorable video, which was uploaded on her social media page, Ziva is seen sitting on the couch along with her father and hugging him from behind. And MS, clearly appeared to enjoy all the attention he got from his little daughter.Advertisement Watch the heart melting video here:Advertisement Dhoni has taken a break from cricket since the World Cup semi-final and opted not to return for the series against Bangladesh next month. With heavy speculations on his international future, India’s chief selector MSK Prasad last week, commented that the Men in Blues haved move on and will provide more opportunities to young wicketkeepers like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson.Ravi Shastri on the other hand, has asked the media to stop fuelling speculations on MS Dhoni’s future, quoting it as “downright disrespectful” to both the cricketer and his contribution for Team India.In an interview, Shastri, claimed that Dhoni had retired from Tests in the perfect moment, and that, only he has the right to decide when to retire from the limited-overs formats of the game.Meanwhile, India’s world cup winning captain has kept himself busy off the field with numerous activities since July. He even joined the Territorial Army (106 TA Battalion) in Jammu and Kashmir after the World Cup and even trained with them for two weeks. Advertisementlast_img read more

The Christmas Tree: A tradition rooted in New Jersey

first_imgThe exhibition of All Things New Jersey at the Monmouth Museum on the campus of Brookdale Community College brings the idea of the Christmas tree and its New Jersey heritage full-circle. Each decorated tree highlights a different region or aspect of New Jerseys rich heritage.By Sharon HazardWHO WOULD HAVE guessed that a symbol of love and peace had its American origins during time of war and in the state of New Jersey? The Christmas tree was not always a traditional part of the holiday celebration in America. The first sighting of a lit and decorated live tree occurred on Christmas Eve during the Revolutionary War when a group of Hessian soldiers carried on their German tradition near the Trenton Battlefield in 1776. Hessians were German mercenaries hired by the British to defeat George Washington and his troops camped along the Delaware River on this cold and bitter night.. Not to be distracted by thoughts of the upcoming battle, they used a lit tree as a backdrop for their holiday celebration, a event that proved to take its toll on their soldiering capabilities. They were defeated the next day.After the war, some of these German soldiers stayed in America and the idea of the Christmas tree slowly took root but very few carried on the traditionWith the prominence of the Christmas tree as the undisputed symbol of the holidays today, it is hard to believe that in the beginning of the nineteenth century, Christmas was just another day and bringing a live tree into the house was an almost unheard of tradition in most of the world.We have Prince Albert and Queen Victoria of England to thank for taking up where the Hessians left off and helped to make the Christmas tree the centerpiece of the holidays here in America. German-born, Prince Albert can take most of the credit. When he came to England as the consort of the queen, he brought with him many of his country’s customs, the most enduring being the Christmas tree. Due to a drawing in an 1848 issue of The London News showing the royal family gathered round a live tree lit with candles and decorated with dolls and delicacies, within ten years Christmas was the most celebrated holiday in England.Some years later, Charles Dickens helped carry the tradition to America with the publication of a Christmas Carol, giving the world a Romantic glimpse of a Victorian Christmas.The exhibition of All Things New Jersey at the Monmouth Museum on the campus of Brookdale Community College brings the idea of the Christmas tree and its New Jersey heritage full-circle.Each decorated tree highlights a different region or aspect of New Jersey’s rich heritage.Presented by the Friends of Monmouth Museum, the “Lighthouse Tree” pays homage to New Jersey’s maritime history and the role these historic structures played in guiding ships and protecting its 127 miles of shoreline.The Holly Club of Sea Girt’s “Crops of New Jersey Tree” is decorated with fruits and vegetable grown in New Jersey, and enhanced with photos taken of New Jersey produce.Birds of New Jersey are perched all over the tree decorated by the Navesink Garden Club. The abundant bird-life in the state is well-represented in this color creation.The Shrewsbury Garden Club’s tree was inspired by the Lenape Indians, the Native Americans that once populated New Jersey. Ornaments include at tee-pee shaped tree topper made of reeds and natural grasses.“Getting to Know New Jersey, A Road Trip on the Highways and Byways” is the theme for the Ocean Township Garden Club’s offering. Visitors to the exhibition can take a drive through the Garden State while admiring the decorations that include the state flower; fruit; bird; tree and animal. A popcorn and cranberry garland celebrates New Jersey’s local produce.The Bayberry Garden Club of Brielle celebrates New Jersey music with a tree covered with photos of the state’s most famous musicians, singers and rock stars. Visitors will enjoy trying to see how many of New Jersey’s musical celebrities they can recognize.The Highlands Garden Club’s tree gives visitors a tour of all things New Jersey. Ornaments include representations of lighthouses, amusement parks, historical sites, museums, beaches, boardwalks and fishing.The Garden Club R.F. D., headquartered in the Little Red Schoolhouse in Middletown presented a tree that looks back on the club’s seventy years of horticultural knowledge and design with ornaments having a gardening theme.The exhibit runs through December 31, 2011. For more information call the Monmouth Museum at 732-747-2266last_img read more

Hotshot Horses Gallop into Haskell

first_imgBy Brian DeakyneOCEANPORT – Super­latives like “biggest” and “richest” are in order for Sunday when the 46th running of the William Hill Haskell Invitational takes place at Monmouth Park.Sunday’s race, which is the premiere event each summer at Monmouth Park, will feature a host a field of impressive horses.Paynter took the 2012 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and took home a $1 million purse.“This is the biggest race in New Jersey and the richest race is North America,” said John Heims, media relations director at Monmouth Park. “I’m not going to anticipate how many people we’re going to get, but I’d say in the high 30 (thousands).”The race will include Preakness winner Oxbow and Golden Soul, the runner-up at this year’s Kentucky Derby.“This is a $1 million race, so everybody wants to be a part of it,” Heims said. “These are the best 3-year-olds and the champion will really emerge as the best out there.”Verrazano also will be racing on Sunday along with Micromanage, who won the Long Branch Stakes earlier in July.The race, named after the first president and chairman of Monmouth Park Jockey Club, is even more important to the local area after Super Storm Sandy last fall.“This is really part of restoring the Shore,” Heims said. “I know what the damage was like and we take pride in this. We take pride in the summer season when people can really come to the Jersey Shore for this event.”Even with the Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up racing this weekend, Heims said the Haskell this year really is an open competition.“It’s a wide-open betting race,” he said. “The winner will really stamp himself in the 3-year-old division and there is a lot of pride in that for them.”The name Haskell has become synonymous with high-stakes racing. The first event called the Haskell, held at Monmouth Park in 1968, was run as a handicap race for older horses. It became an invitational handicap race in 1981.Horses in the 2012 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park round the turn with eventual winner, Paynter, in the lead.According to racetrack history, Amory Haskell (1863-1966), who the race is named for, is the man who can be credited with keeping the sport alive in the state of New Jersey. Over the years, horse racing at the Jersey Shore has had many metamorphoses and the track itself, many physical relocations.According to the Mon­mouth Park website, horse racing in New Jersey was outlawed for 53 years until Haskell championed the cause of legalizing pari-mutuel wagering for thoroughbred and standardbred racing.After several years of intense lobbying, Haskell was successful in getting an amendment to the state Constitution adopted that allowed betting. He organized a group of prominent businessmen to build a new racetrack.The newly organized Monmouth Park Jockey Club opened on the present Oceanport Avenue location on June 19, 1946, with 18,724 in attendance.The gates will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

Comments Sought on Claypit Creek

first_imgStory and Photo By Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN — The public has until Thursday, March 31, to comment to the state Department of Environmental Protection on a plan to make various changes at the Claypit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods Park.The Monmouth County Park System operates the park along Claypit Creek, which flows south into the Navesink River, just east of the Oceanic Bridge. The proposed work includes:Public restrooms in an existing carriage house.Replacing an unpaved parking lot off Locust Avenue and increasing parking from an estimated 25 or 30 spaces to 90 spaces. It will have a paved travel way, but the parking spots will be permeable stones.An open-sided shelter, an estimated 60 feet by 40 feet.A shoreline boardwalk for such activities as fishing, crabbing and viewing.A dock to launch kayaks and canoes.A pedestrian trail.A permeable material patio with creek views.A wildlife blind overlooking a freshwater pond.Rebuild a spillway on the pond.A three-bay storage facility, an estimated 50 feet by 30 feet.Removal of a deteriorated bulkhead.Remove invasive phragmites reed grass.Create a saltmarsh to create wildlife habitat and protection against erosion.Carriage house at Claypit CreekThe county says it needs DEP approvals for various permits under the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act, waterfront development and work in freshwater wetlands.The state has classified the area waters as Category One, meaning they are significant environmentally, recreationally, for fisheries or for drinking water. So, the state wants to protect them from major changes.In a Park System memo to director James J. Truncer, parks landscape architect Joseph V. Sardonia says, “The proposed plan satisfies all of DEP’s requirements, while allowing and improving public access to a variety of natural features, habitats and trails. The proposed design protects the site, improves habitat and provides minimal user-support facilities.”But a Facebook page, Claypit Creek Development, has raised concerns about such issues as changes to the property, renting out the area to groups and parking needs. Those concerned were not immediately reachable.Anyone wishing to comment on the project can contact the DEP, Division of Land Use Regulation, Mail Code-501-2A, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ, 08625, Attention:  Monmouth County/Middletown Township Bureau Chief.The cost of the project has not been determined, Sardonia said.He said some work could be done for free, either through volunteers or through a contractor to satisfy a DEP enforcement action. Also, according to Sardonia, work could be done as money becomes available.If the permit process goes smoothly, the spillway could be repaired later this year, Sardonia said. Then, the rest could get going next year, Sardonia said.“It’s been a longtime coming,” Sardonia said. “Once it was done, I think, people’ll be really happy with it. We’re trying to protect what we have.”The county obtained the 44-acre Claypit Creek section – also known as the Fisher-Stern property – in June 2005, Sardonia said. He said the property is enticing because it is on the water and has easy access to the water.Overall, Hartshorne Woods is 794 acres, Sardonia said.last_img read more

Castlegar’s Walker signs entry-level deal with Avs

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Colorado Avalanche of the NHL announced Tuesday the club had signed Luke Walker of Castlegar to an entry-level contract.Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Colorado selected the Sunflower City minor hockey grad in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. In two pre-season games with the Avs, Walker, who played in the WHL last season for the Portland Winterhawks, scored one goal.Walker played three seasons with the Winterhawks and had 27 goals and 30 assists in 61 games this past year.Of course it was during the recent season that Walker helped the United States knock of Canada to claim the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. However, it will be the route Walker took to the gold medal that will be talked about for years. Walker, 19, first overcame a serious facial injury — he was hit in the face by a puck during a December 8, 2009 contest against Everett Silvertips — that required hours of dental surgery.The injury, requiring more than 50 stitches and emergency surgery at 7 a.m. the following morning in Portland, happened days before Walker was to attend the Team USA training camp.Still wanting to attend the camp despite the loss of stamina, Walker made the trek. But now wearing a face shield to protect the injury he was barely able to survive the rigours of the camp.In fact when the scrimmage was about to begin the coaching staff told Walker to leave the ice. Walker pleaded with the coaches to let him play and was one of the better players on the ice forcing evaluators to select him to the team.Walker has been reassigned to Lake Erie of the AHL on Sunday.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Big guns Walton, Delong lead Rebels past Leafs 4-1

first_imgWalton, kept off the score sheet Friday, started the onslaught on Leaf netminder Patrick Defoe 28 seconds into the third period.Two power play goals by Delong and Walton increased the margin to 3-0 and sealed the contest for Castlegar, especially the way Beauchamp was playing.Dallon Stoddart finally solved the Castlegar backstopper shortly after Walton’s second marker.But Arthur Andrews restored the three-goal margin with an unassisted marker minutes later.Castlegar, 32-10-1-2, climbs to within nine points of idle Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Each team has played 45 games.The two teams meet next weekend in a home-and-home series that will not doubt confirm the Murdoch Division winner.The Rebels, with seven games remaining in the regular season, has a date with Grand Forks and two home-and-home series with Nelson and Spokane.The loss drops Nelson to 24-15-0-4.The Leafs have nine games remaining in February — three against Grand Forks, two with both Castlegar and Beaver Valley and one each with Spokane and Golden.Nelson plays Thursday in Grand Forks against the Bruins before returning for two home games — Friday and Sunday afternoon — against the Bruins and Spokane.ICE CHIPS: A Mother Nature winter storm kept the crowd down Saturday in Castlegar. After more than 600 fans flocked to the NDCC Arena Friday, only 200-plus ventured out onto the roads for the return match between Castlegar and Nelson. . . .Castlegar goalie Jordan Gluck was not on the bench for Castlegar after receiving a one-game suspension for landing a game misconduct in the final 10 minutes of Friday’s game in Nelson. The Castlegar Rebels sent a message right back to the Nelson Leafs, and it was the big guns leading the way.Leading scorer Stuart Walton scored twice and Anthony Delong added a single to lead the Rebels to a 4-1 decision over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Sunflower City.”I thought we out-chanced them in the first period but we spent 10-minutes in the penalty box,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.Nelson out shot the Rebels 10-6 in the frame.The win avenges a 6-2 loss Friday in Nelson and snaps a two-game losing skid for the Rebels.But while the offensive threats for Castlegar shined during a four-goal explosion in the third period, it was netminder Conner Beauchamp sparkling throughout the contest between the pipes.The Nanton, Alberta rookie constantly frustrated a Nelson team that held a considerable advantage in shots, out shooting the hosts 28-17.Beauchamp’s play allowed the Castlegar snipers a little extra time to warm up — two periods to be exact.last_img read more

Let the Nelson City Soccer Playoffs begin

first_imgTo Real Nelson the regular season means nothing.Real Nelson made the most of the start of the new season by doubling Bia Boro 4-2 in quarterfinal playoff round in the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Master League Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.Real Nelson plodded its way through the 15-game regular season registering just one victory.But Sunday the celler-dwellers looked like world beaters as the squad advanced to the semi finals against defending playoff champion Jackson’s Hole.In the other quarterfinal matchup, Red Dog shutout Ted Allen’s 2-0. Red Dog plays Club Inter Sunday at 3:45 p.m. at Lakeside.In Finlay’s Ladies Rec playoff action, Lily Whites meet Selkirk Eyecare and Dirty Dozen plays Red Dog Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Lakeside.The winners advance to the final.Lily Whites won the regular season title with a 9-4-2 record. Dirty Dozen was second.In Leo’s Men’s Open, the regular season champ Innkeepers faces Kootenay Co-op while the LVR Bombers tangle with the Old Dogs FC. Game times are Saturday at 3:45 p.m. at Lakeside.The Innkeepers dominated the regular season dropping only one game all season.last_img read more

Nelson Reps blast Castlegar

first_img Nelson travels to Spokane for two games. The Nelson Peewee Reps tuned up for a two-game tilt south of the 49th parallel by stopping rival Castlegar 7-1 in West Kootenay Minor Hockey action. Coach Jeff Hunt said the real story was the play of defencemen Shayla Elias, Brett Anderson, Reid Vulcano, Elijah Havers, and Ben Price and the solid game in the nets by  goalie Charles Curiston who all played all 60 minutes and played remarkably well. Next weekend the Reps play in a tournament in Winfield where the players get to see some of the likely Northern representatives for the Provincials.Nelson hosts the BC Championships in March.Co-chairs Vince Vulcano and Cam Patterson are spearheading the tournamaent organizing committee. Kai Simmonds scored three times to lead the Reps with Max Spielman adding a pair and singles going to Cody Barnes and Reid Vulcano.Taylor Harrison assisted on four of the seven goals.The Reps were without the services of Mike Zarikoff and Reece Hunt so once again Nick Haidu joined the forwards and did a fabulous job.last_img read more