Thurston County – 2012 Tax Statements Being Mailed to Property Owners

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA — Property tax statements and postcard notices will start to arrive in taxpayer mailboxes on February 13th according to Shawn Myers, Thurston County Treasurer.  Taxpayers have until April 30th to pay their first half property taxes. Mailed payments must be postmarked by the due date to avoid interest and penalty charges.  Payments can be made on the County Treasurer’s web site at using an electronic check without a fee or by credit/debit card with a 2.75% transaction fee.  Payments can also be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office in Building One or the parking lot drop box at the courthouse-2000 Lakeridge Drive SW,Olympia, 98502.  Office hours are 8a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday.In total the Treasurer’s Office will collect $324 million in property taxes this year; approximately$9-million more than in 2011.  The vast majority of those tax proceeds go to the State of Washington, local schools and other local taxing districts.County Assessor, Steven Drew and County Treasurer, Shawn Myers continue to work together in order to provide valuable and accessible information regarding property assessments and taxes. Property taxes are calculated based upon the value established for each property and the taxing district levy rates where each property is located. In this tax cycle, most properties experienced a reduction in value and new taxes were approved for many of the taxing districts across the county. For many taxpayers these factors will result in an increase in the overall taxes owed in connection with their property. For more information about 2011 assessed values and 2012 levies please visit  and follow the links.In an ongoing effort to save tax dollars the Treasurer is partnering with to offer paperless billing. For the first time taxpayers will have the opportunity to receive future property tax statements/notices electronically through, a third party vendor. is a free, green alternative that enables taxpayers to receive and manage many of their billing statements electronically in addition to their property taxes.last_img read more

Westport Winery Wine Earns Outstanding Rating

first_imgFacebook93Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s rosé of Sangiovese, Message In A Bottle, earned an “Outstanding” rating in the Fall Issue of Wine Press Northwest. Within this evaluation of Italian red wines from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia Message was ranked as the number two wine in the region.The Message In A Bottle label was painted in watercolor by Darryl Easter, a family friend. Photo courtesy: Westport WineryWinemaker Dana Roberts attributes much of his success with this wine to the Sauer family who own Red Willow Vineyard. “Mike Sauer is a pioneer in the Washington State wine industry. His attention to detail and love of the land shows in every varietal we harvest. Plus, we have a great friendship with his family. Top quality grapes and relationship is why about 60% of our grapes come from Red Willow.”Wine Press Northwest’s review of Message In A Bottle said, “The pink wine crafted using Grosso clone fruit is stunningly beautiful with amazing florals of rose petal and violets joined by a theme of white strawberry, pink raspberry and peach fuzz. There’s a lick of Jolly Rancher watermelon candy in the midpalate, yet bright acidity provides for a clean finish to pair with Crab Louise. Sales of this wine help support the Westport Search Dogs of Washington.”This wine features a label painted by Roberts family friend and watercolorist Darryl Easter. The sculpture commemorating this wine was created by Abe Singer of Montesano.A new sculpture created to commemorate the wine now sits outside the Winery. It was created by Abe Singer. Photo courtesy: Westport WineryThe Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort was voted #2 winery restaurant in the nation in 2017 by USA Today. In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine seven times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second store, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Joins Act Six Network, Providing 7 Full Scholarships

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University has joined as the newest college partner in the Act Six network, a leadership development and scholarship initiative led by Degrees of Change that identifies, trains and supports the region’s most promising urban students as transformative campus and community leaders. As an Act Six partner, Saint Martin’s will provide full-tuition, full-need scholarships for a cohort of seven diverse urban leaders from across the Puget Sound each year.Saint Martin’s joins Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University and Whitworth University to become the fifth college partner in the Tacoma-Seattle Act Six network, increasing to 29 the number of Act Six scholars selected annually across the region.“We are delighted to be partnering with Degrees of Change and the Act Six program,” says Saint Martin’s dean of enrollment Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D. “The Act Six program’s emphasis on empowering younger leaders to make a difference in their communities is a great mission fit with Saint Martin’s University and speaks directly to our Benedictine values of community, justice and respect for others.”Degrees of Change President Tim Herron, Ed.D., adds, “Saint Martin’s is an exceptional local university with a strong track record of serving underrepresented students and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Act Six network. Saint Martin’s will offer a unique and powerful educational experience for Act Six scholars. Given the close alignment of the university’s mission with the mission of Degrees of Change, we look forward to joining forces to invest even more deeply in transformative leaders for our urban communities.”Students interested in Act Six at Saint Martin’s can apply online at by November 6, 2018. The first cohort of Saint Martin’s Act Six scholars will be announced in March and enroll in fall 2019.Act Six is a cohort-based, leadership development and scholarship program develops urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than 800 ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholarship recipients from Tacoma, Seattle, Yakima and Spokane; Portland, Oregon; Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; and Indianapolis, Indiana, have enrolled at thirteen private colleges and universities.Act Six develops leaders through a four-step strategy:Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of the most promising urban and community student leaders.Train and prepare these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.Send and fund the cadres together to select faith- and social justice-based colleges on full-tuition, full-need scholarships.Support and inspire by providing strong campus support, ongoing leadership development and vocational connections to inspire scholars to serve their home communities.While 87% of Act Six scholars come from low-income families or are the first generation in their family to attend college, 82% percent earn their bachelor’s degrees within six years, more than doubling the rate for low-income, first-generation students nationwide. Nearly two-thirds of the program’s graduates are working or serving back in their home communities and among alumni who have been out of college for three or more years, 31% have earned a post-graduate degree or credential. Learn more about Act Six at of Change is a not-for-profit organization based in Tacoma that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. Degrees of Change partners with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, career development and alumni programming to underrepresented students who desire to lead and serve their home communities.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at read more

Public Health Confirms 10 New Cases of COVID-19 in Thurston County

first_imgFacebook269Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyThurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) has confirmed ten new cases of COVID-19, totaling 24 confirmed cases in Thurston County, as of 3:00 p.m., March 26, 2020. For an age group and gender breakdown, visit the Thurston County website.Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu, said in response to the increase in cases, “I really want to thank those who have taken social distancing seriously and are practicing the restrictions that have been put into place.” She said, “We expected to see a slight jump in cases as these individuals would have been exposed two weeks ago, before the restrictions were put in place. We are also seeing more positives because there is more capacity for testing in our community.”“We knew this was in our community,” said Yu. “The increase in testing just confirms this and gives us a better picture of what is occurring.”Dr. Yu is also reminding people to practice social distancing to help protect themselves and their loved ones. This includes reinforcing to children the importance of social distancing. This age group may not show symptoms but are a vector for the virus and can pass it on to the high-risk population.Director of Emergency Services, Kurt Hardin added, “We are asking people to practice social distancing to not only protect themselves and their families, but to protect our local healthcare providers and first responders as well.” He said, “We need to do our part to keep our paramedics, EMTs, and firefighters healthy so they can continue their important job of responding to emergencies in our community.”People with symptoms like a fever and cough should self-isolate to decrease exposure to others. If people have trouble breathing or need medical care, they should call ahead to their health care provider for guidance. Those at highest risk for severe illness include older adults, pregnant women, and people who are immunocompromised or have chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. To reduce the potential spread of the virus, we’re asking people to call ahead to their healthcare providers and not go directly to the emergency room or urgent care. Those with medical emergencies should still call 911.The State Department of Health has set up a hotline for questions and concerns that is staffed seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. That number is: 1-800-525-0127.To learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak and find answers to some frequently asked questions, visit the Thurston County PHSS Coronavirus webpage at: and share Thurston County’s on social media for the most updated information:Facebook – Thurston County WashingtonTwitter – @ThurstonCountyPHSS Facebook – Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesPHSS Twitter – @ThurstonHealthlast_img read more

Virat Kohli dethroned from the top spot in the latest ICC Test rankings

first_imgAdvertisement o0yrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj19Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2p5q0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9477iWould you ever consider trying this?😱vej2Can your students do this? 🌚bcjeRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been removed from the top spot in the latest ICC Test batsmen Rankings by Australian Steve Smith. The Aussie missed the third Ashes Test at Headingley, and leads the chart in the new rankings announced on Tuesday. The 32-year-old now has a chance to extend to guarantee that lead in the fourth Test, starting Wednesday at the Old Trafford in Manchester.Advertisement On the other hand, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane returned to the top-10, climbing four places up to 7th spot, after his half-century and hundred in Antigua with another half-century in Jamaica. His compatriot Indian Hanuma Vihari, the top scorer of the two-match series against the West Indies, has gone 40 places up and is now on 30th spot after just six Tests. Kohli, who played a vital 76 in the first innings of the second Test, got dismissed by Kemar Roach in the second innings for a golden duck finally lost his place after a long while at the top.Advertisement Virat Kohli overtook Smith on the charts after August 2018, when the former Australian skipper was serving a ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal. The Australian right hander has since fought his way back up in the list in his first series after the ban, scoring two centuries in the first Test against England and crucial 92 in the second.However, Kohli has a chance to overtake Smith in the home Test series against South Africa, starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam.Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

New Police Chief Takes Charge In Fair Haven

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – Joseph McGovern is ready for the job.Probably like every police officer, McGovern explained, “You always want to be chief before you retire.” And that dream came true this week for the veteran officer. On Monday evening he was sworn in to take command of the borough department, where he has worked for 28 years.He has been functioning as the acting chief for the last seven months, since his predecessor, Darryl G. Breckenridge, retired after 30 years in the department, the last ten as chief. He has also continued to serve as the borough Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinator, which he has done for about the last decade.He takes over a department staffed by 13 full-time officers and two part-time Class II and two part-time Class I officers. He continues to look forward to the challenges the position holds, saying, “I’ve got the easiest job, because of past leadership (in the department).” He has worked with this group over the course of nearly three decades on the job. Along with the leadership, “I have good people here,” among the largely experienced department, he continued. “And I know when I’m not here, they’re still doing the right thing.”McGovern started with the department as a young dispatcher and over the years worked his way up through the ranks to captain, having also worked as a detective. During that time, “I’ve held every every position here,” he said.Along with on-the-job training, McGovern has participated in ongoing supplemental training over the years. He is among the 2 percent of local department officers who have attended the FBI education program at Quantico, Virginia. That, and his responsibility overseeing the OEM, is good training for this position, he believes.McGovern and his wife Theresa have lived in the community for 26 years, raising two sons (who, incidentally, have expressed interest in pursuing law enforcement careers.) The eldest, Joe Jr., will be heading for the U.S. Marines following his graduation from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School this spring.The role of chief—and police officer, for that matter—“is really about solving problems,” usually on a daily basis, he said. And that’s all right. “It really is about helping people,” he explained.For a small town with a large number of children, “It really is about community policing,” reaching out to sectors of the community, like the schools where officers regularly appear conducting bicycle safety and anti-drug use programs. “I don’t think you’ll find a better department that has relationships with the schools,” he maintained.Knowing everyone, while generally beneficial, can make the job somewhat difficult at times. A case in point occurred recently with the arrest of a local volunteer fireman, Nicholas Joyce, 19, who was charged with arson. Without speaking directly about this case, McGovern acknowledged it can be tough to take into custody someone he’s known for some time. But, he explained, he relies on the advice that former chief Breckenridge offered, which has become something of a motto for McGovern: “Just do the right thing,” McGovern remembered. “Do it for the right reasons.”last_img read more

Bombers ready for playoffs with solid showing in Castlegar

first_imgSaturday the Bombers edged Mount Boucherie on a goal by Abbie Bouchier-Willans.Jena Wheeldon was in goal for the Bombers.The Bomber concluded play with a nail-biter against the Hawks.The team was missing four key players.But Gibson was impressed at how the others players stepped up to fill in.“Hailee Gerun was the player of the game, playing with heart, skill and poise after spending the morning fitness testing with the White Caps High Performance Soccer Program in Nelson,” Gibson said.Quinn scored the lone goal for LVR from Sydney Ednie and Tara Yowek.LVR now awaits the winner of Tuesday’s semi final between Stanley Humphries and J. Lloyd Crowe in the West Kootenay Championship game Thursday at Pass Creek.A win advances LVR into the BC High School Girl’s Fieldhockey tournament November 6-8 in Oliver.A loss and LVR must play a wild card game to advance to the provincial tournament October 28 in Kelowna against Fraser Valley #2. The L.V. Rogers Bombers tuned up for the playoffs by going 3-0-1 during the West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey Tournament Saturday at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.LVR defeated Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar (4-0), South Okanagan of Oliver (2-0) and West Kelowna’s Mount Boucherie (1-0) before playing rival J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks to a 1-1 tie.“The team is maturing this year and is now able to relax in pressure situations and make good decisions and self-less passes to ensure the best result for the whole team,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson.LVR opened the tournament Friday with wins over Stanley Humphries and South Okanagan.Jena Wheeldon scored twice with Allie Zondervan and Lauren Walgren adding singles in the opener.Against South Okanagan, Grade 9 players Hanna Quinn and Julia Burkart scored LVR.last_img read more


first_imgClosing day for the Winter/Spring Meet is June 12. The jackpot – which has grown steadily over 33 consecutive race days – is paid only when there is one ticket with all six winners. There were two winning tickets on Sunday, April 24, which returned $53,276.78. A total of $199,449 in new money was bet into the pool. There is also a Super High 5 carryover of $3,696.95 going into Friday’s card. Golden Gate Fields will not conduct live racing on Wednesday or Thursday but will be open for simulcasting. Golden Gate Fields will finish its inaugural Turf Festival with a flourish as it will conduct the Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile on Saturday, April 30 and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan and $100,000 Campanile on Sunday, May 1. ALBANY, CALIF. – The jackpot on the Golden Pick 6 will begin at $453,398.07 when racing resumes Friday, April 29 at Golden Gate Fields. Friday’s Golden Pick 6 will begin with race 3. The average field size in the sequence is 7.83 horses before scratches.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2016)–Longshot Do the Dance hugged the rail and rallied late to win Friday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a nose under Tyler Baze. Trained by Gary Sherlock, the Kentucky-bred filly by Discreet Cat was just up to tag pacesetter Nine Point Nine right on the wire as she got a mile on turf in 1:33.90.Even though the temporary inner rail was set at 30 feet, Sherlock was confident in his filly’s ability to run from off the pace.“The plan was to save ground and make a run,” he said. “As you can see, horses are doing well from off the pace and we were just hoping for the right trip.”Off at 7-1 in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Do the Dance paid $16.60, $6.20 and $4.20. Owned by Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing and Sherlock, Do the Dance improved her overall record to 18-3-3-1. With the winner’s share of $31,800, she increased her earnings to $138,755.“This filly used to get pretty nervous,” said Baze. “But she’s relaxing better and better with each race. She ran great.”Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Nine Point Nine set measured fractions of 23.60, 47.15, 1:10.38 and 1:21.98 and did everything but hold the winner off by a nose. Off at 8-1, she finished three quarters of a length in front of Patriotic Diamond and paid $8.00 and $5.40.Patriotic Diamond, who was ridden by Jamie Theriot, was attentive to the pace and finished a head in front of Mrs. Norris for third money. Off at 10-1, she paid $6.40 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, OUR SILVER OAK, WINNER: “I followed one of the owner’s instructions to a T, and the good news is, I didn’t run out of them. I got plenty left for next time he runs. Actually, I had a really, really good trip, even though the horse was really tough to saddle and my saddle did start to move back in the paddock before we came out. But I didn’t want to go over there (to re-saddle) and get him all riled up.“It wasn’t bad enough where I couldn’t ride him as hard as I want to, but I didn’t need to, so it worked out good.”     KENT DESORMEAUX, IRISH HEATWAVE, SECOND: “He was a little fresh and that cost him today.  He still fought, he tried to win, but the tank was a little empty.”TRAINER QUOTESJONATHAN WONG, OUR SILVER OAK, WINNER: “We got a great trip. Mike Smith, he’s the man. You can’t get a better rider. This is my first stakes win at Santa Anita.“Honestly I had no clue who was in second (Irish Heatwave), I was just following my horse around the turn, I saw him flying to the outside and when I saw he won, I was just jumping up and down.“He is best as a turf runner, especially being by Unusual Heat. He’s bred up and down for grass. He is just a really cool horse and I am very grateful to everyone who gave me the opportunity to train him and Mike Smith for the great ride.”OWNER QUOTES     MICHAEL NENTWIG, CO-OWNER, OUR SILVER OAK WINNER: “I was worried that it was a closer photo than I thought. We were up top jumping around and I wanted to make sure he actually got his nose down.“It’s a big win for us and the horse is better than his record shows. He won first time sprinting in Los Alamitos and with his breeding, he is clearly better going two turns and on the turf. I am just so happy for my partners, Bobby, Jones, Ray Pagano, and Jonathan Wong who has done super since he got the horse. I’m just thrilled for everyone, it’s a team effort. I’m so thrilled for the guys who put in the hard work at the barn. It’s all about that the family effort.”     BOBBY JONES, CO-OWNER, OUR SILVER OAK: “I told Mike Smith to get out there and close, don’t be too far back; he told me after that I gave him the right instructions.NOTES: Wong has been training “about five years.” This is his first stakes win at Santa Anita.last_img read more