Olympia http://kplu.org en State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake http://kplu.org/post/state-officials-seize-cold-snap-freeze-out-invasive-snails-capitol-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A cold snap might be an effective tool for fish and wildlife managers trying to stop the spread of a tiny invasive species.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capitol Lake in Olympia is serving as a testing ground for freezing out New Zealand mud snails.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:06:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11753 at http://kplu.org State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake Murder Reveals ‘Lord of the Flies’ Street Culture in Olympia http://kplu.org/post/murder-reveals-lord-flies-street-culture-olympia <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Washington&rsquo;s Capitol campus in Olympia, sandstone buildings stand as monuments to the rule of law. But just a few blocks away you can find a street culture where young adults and teenagers live by their own rules&mdash;s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ometimes</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with tragic consequences. An especially grisly murder last year revealed an underworld in Washington&rsquo;s capital city that can sound almost like it belongs in &ldquo;Lord of the Flies.&rdquo;</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:41:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10463 at http://kplu.org Murder Reveals ‘Lord of the Flies’ Street Culture in Olympia Olympia Becomes 10th Wash. City to Ban Plastic Bags http://kplu.org/post/olympia-becomes-10th-wash-city-ban-plastic-bags <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Olympia has become the tenth city in Washington to ban disposable plastic bags from retail stores.</span></p><p>A unanimous vote from the Olympia City Council means starting in July, shoppers will have to bring their own reusable totes or pay 5 cents for a paper bag. Olympia joins nearby Tumwater and unincorporated Thurston County in enacting the ban.</p><p>Katrina Rosen, field director with Environment Washington, says the news is evidence of the growing movement spreading in the south Sound.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:40:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10394 at http://kplu.org Olympia Becomes 10th Wash. City to Ban Plastic Bags Determined Father Learns the Ropes in Olympia, Advances Bill http://kplu.org/post/determined-father-learns-ropes-olympia-advances-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are nearly 900 registered lobbyists in Washington state. These are the paid professionals who try to influence the outcome of the legislative process.</span></p><p>But this year, a determined dad proved even outsiders can play the legislative game with a bit of help.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9843 at http://kplu.org Determined Father Learns the Ropes in Olympia, Advances Bill Social issues in Inslee's inaugural speech rub Republicans wrong way http://kplu.org/post/social-issues-inslees-inaugural-speech-rub-republicans-wrong-way <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/011613AJ_Inslee_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s new governor touched a nerve with some Republicans in his inaugural address. On the topic of abortion Democrat Jay Inslee called on the legislature to pass the so-called Reproductive Parity Act. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:49:13 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7580 at http://kplu.org Social issues in Inslee's inaugural speech rub Republicans wrong way Jay Inslee sworn in as governor, says Washington still poised to change the world http://kplu.org/post/jay-inslee-sworn-governor-says-washington-still-poised-change-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says Washington state is poised to develop the next wave of innovations that will change the world.</span></p><p>In prepared remarks for his inaugural speech Wednesday, Inslee cited the state's history of ideas in aerospace and software. He said Washington isn't done.</p><p>Inslee's first talk took an international focus, noting that the world economy is changing as it emerges from the recession. And he said the state must move swiftly to continue competing with the rest of the world.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:37:24 +0000 The Associated Press 7571 at http://kplu.org Jay Inslee sworn in as governor, says Washington still poised to change the world Vandals attack Olympia police station, again http://kplu.org/post/vandals-attack-olympia-police-station-again <p>Nine windows were broken at Olympia&rsquo;s west-side police station early Wednesday morning, said police spokeswoman Laura Wohl.</p><p>Based on the patterns of the broken glass Wohl reasoned that a hammer or a similar tool was used to break the windows.</p><p>Currently no suspects, motives or leads have been identified, but the police suspect anarchists are behind the vandalism.</p><p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:39:14 +0000 Evan Hoover 5166 at http://kplu.org Vandals attack Olympia police station, again Audubon map – new Puget Loop unveiled as enviro groups strategize http://kplu.org/post/audubon-map-%E2%80%93-new-puget-loop-unveiled-enviro-groups-strategize <p>Stormy weather is not the best recipe for bird watching.</p><p>But that&rsquo;s not stopping<a href="http://wcvoters.org/issues-legislation/environmental-priorities-coalition"> environmentalists from getting together in Olympia </a>to set their<a href="http://wecprotects.org/legislation/default-page"> legislative priorities</a>.</p><p>And among the festivities celebrating the Washington Conservation Voters&rsquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;day of lobbying is the unveiling of a colorful new, hand-drawn bird-watching map.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:04:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3912 at http://kplu.org Audubon map – new Puget Loop unveiled as enviro groups strategize Storm knocks out power in Washington capital campus http://kplu.org/post/storm-knocks-out-power-washington-capital-campus <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; The massive snow and freezing rain storm that pummeled the Pacific Northwest has caused a power outage at Gov. Chris Gregoire&#39;s office, legislative buildings and other state agencies in Olympia.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:15:15 +0000 The Associated Press 3847 at http://kplu.org Storm knocks out power in Washington capital campus Puget Sound area groups stand up for Japan's disaster victims http://kplu.org/post/puget-sound-area-groups-stand-japans-disaster-victims <p>Rallies, memorials and interfaith prayer gatherings are scheduled around Puget Sound today and through the weekend, as people gather in support of the victims of last week&#39;s earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan.</p><p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:23:05 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1028 at http://kplu.org Puget Sound area groups stand up for Japan's disaster victims Old Olympia Brewery seeks new life as mixed-use complex http://kplu.org/post/old-olympia-brewery-seeks-new-life-mixed-use-complex <p>The former Olympia Brewery, in Tumwater, Wash., may join a handful of historic structures around Puget Sound that are finding new life as shopping or entertainment complexes.&nbsp;</p><p>A Centralia developer bought the old brewhouse and a nearby warehouse last year, and now he&#39;s trying to put together a plan that will attract further financing.</p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:45:14 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 807 at http://kplu.org Old Olympia Brewery seeks new life as mixed-use complex One month down, lots of work ahead on budget http://kplu.org/post/one-month-down-lots-work-ahead-budget <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-951719.mp3</p><p>Washington's legislature has hit the one-month mark. Budget writers say a deal is close at hand between the House and Senate to re-balance the current two-year spending plan. After that, attention will shift to the closing a multi-billion dollar shortfall in the next two-year budget.</p><p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:05:43 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 774 at http://kplu.org One month down, lots of work ahead on budget Lawmakers take stand on urban-to-rural tax flow http://kplu.org/post/lawmakers-take-stand-urban-rural-tax-flow <P>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949661.mp3</P> <P>Democrats in the Washington House of Representatives have a "One Washington" mantra. But a couple of Western Washington lawmakers are testing that East-West unity. Their issue? The flow of state tax dollars that go over the mountains. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:56:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 684 at http://kplu.org Rents cause sticker shock at new state data center http://kplu.org/post/rents-cause-sticker-shock-new-state-data-center <p>Construction of Washington's new $300 million data center complex is expected to wrap-up this summer. But as state agencies prepare to move in, the rent per square foot is causing some sticker shock.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:02:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 624 at http://kplu.org Rents cause sticker shock at new state data center Lawmakers face budget blues in 2011 session http://kplu.org/post/lawmakers-face-budget-blues-2011-session <p>Washington lawmakers are singing the blues over the state’s budget woes. The legislature convenes Monday for a 105-day session. Once again, majority Democrats are confronted with a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 15:45:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 471 at http://kplu.org Lawmakers face budget blues in 2011 session