Thurston County Health Officer COVID-19 Update: Letter to the Community

Thurston County Health Officer COVID-19 Update: Letter to the Community

first_imgFacebook209Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyLetter to the Community: July 8, 2020Hello Thurston County! I am excited to be your new Health Officer. I moved up from California and I have been exploring the county on the weekends. I have loved being near mountains, the Puget Sound and forests. It has been wonderful to be in the middle of so much natural beauty. As a coffee person, I have enjoyed sampling incredible coffee in our area. In my spare time I have been taking urban walks and hikes, meeting my neighbors, sampling amazing local food, reading a lot and enjoying being in the Pacific Northwest. I am looking forward to working with all of you to keep Thurston County healthy!These are challenging times as we take on the COVID-19 pandemic together. The COVID-19 pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint, and I look forward to running it with you. We have seen our positive case numbers of COVID-19 increase over the past week. It is important to be vigilant as more businesses open and more people go back to work.In recent days, traveling and private gatherings with family and friends are common ways people are contracting COVID-19. If you must gather, outdoors is better than indoors. The advice for preventing COVID-19 remains the same: cover your cough, wash your hands, wear a mask and stay more than six feet from people who are not part of your household when possible. I am using digital means to keep up with friends and family, limiting my travel within Thurston County and taking the opportunity to explore close to home.As our cases rise, you may have the opportunity to meet one of our intrepid disease detectives. Our contact tracers and epidemiologists interview every person who has a positive COVID-19 test. Contact tracers try to determine how people got sick and if anyone else they encountered might be at risk of getting sick. It is really important to share the names of people with whom you have had close contact, meaning you have been closer than six feet for fifteen minutes or longer. This information is completely confidential. We only collect it so we can see who else might be sick and offer them resources. Our goal in contact tracing it to find out how people are getting sick and break the cycle.When we know someone has been exposed, we ask them to quarantine at home for 14 days while watching for symptoms of COVID-19. This is to prevent other people from getting sick. COVID-19 can be transmitted even before people develop symptoms and know they are sick. By staying home after an exposure to COVID-19, we are doing our part to not make the people around us sick.During the contract tracing process, one way we find out if people are having symptoms of COVID-19 is by using a technology tool called SARA. This tool sends a text message every day and offers people the opportunity to share whether they are experiencing concerning symptoms. If people develop symptoms, we can help find testing locations and make sure people have what they need during isolation and quarantine. Being able to connect by text messages allows us to help take care of more people who are at risk of becoming sick from COVID-19.The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge. I am excited to be here in Thurston County and to be tackling this challenge with all of you. If we all work together, we can contain this virus and work toward a safe return to public life. This means staying home when you are sick, wearing a face covering when in public, washing your hands, covering your cough, and maintaining a distance of six feet from people outside your household. If you become sick or are concerned you may have been exposed, we can help. I am looking forward to contributing to our Thurston County community and meeting all of you from six feet away, wearing a face covering!Wishing you the best of health,Dimyana Abdelmalek, MD, MPHHealth Officer, Thurston Countylast_img read more

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Bid Farewell to the Olympia Symphony’s Maestro Huw Edwards

first_imgFacebook82Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Symphony Orchestra After 17 seasons with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Maestro Huw Edwards is stepping down from the podium. Music Director since 2003, Edwards is being honored by the community with a socially-distanced, drive-through parade on the day that would have been his final performance with the orchestra.The Olympia Symphony was scheduled to perform their traditional outdoor summer concert on July 26 in conjunction with a “Beat Beethoven 5K” event in collaboration with Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia. It was to feature a reprise of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which would have been performed by Edwards at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in April, at the OSO’s 19-20 season finale concert. Unfortunately, both events, milestones in the OSO’s planned celebratory season for their beloved longtime conductor, were cancelled due to COVID restrictions on public gatherings.“South Sound classical music lovers have been very fortunate to have Huw as the OSO Music Director for 17 incredible years; it is such a privilege to have a conductor of his caliber be part of our community. We will miss him greatly, wish him all the best, and can’t thank him enough,” said OSO Board President Bill Tweit.The public will have the opportunity to thank Edwards for his leadership, artistic vision, and friendship on July 26 from 4:00-5:00, at Bean, Gentry, Wheeler & Peternell Law Office at 910 Lakeridge Way SW in Olympia, WA. Guests are invited to drive past, honk, and wave at Maestro Edwards as the community collectively shares their gratitude and wishes him well. A box will be available to deposit notes or cards, or letters can be mailed to: Huw Edwards; c/o Olympia Symphony Orchestra; 3400 Capitol Blvd SE Suite 203; Olympia WA  98501. In addition, notes can be sent via this link, for inclusion in a book of sentiments to be presented to Huw Edwards in August. The deadline to submit a message is July 26.For more information, please visit the Olympia Symphony Orchestra website.last_img read more

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Nautical History Unearthed Under Highlands Bungalow

first_imgBy Jay CookIt is not everyday that a piece of history is discovered underneath someone’s house, let alone holding that house up.But this odd occurrence was a reality for Eileen Scanlon of 5th Street in Highlands, who discovered on May 26 exactly what was beneath the floorboards of a three-bedroom bungalow on her property.What she found was a 44-foot vessel, constructed of white oak and pieced together by iron nails, dating back to the mid-19th century. It measured 12 feet across, and was found mostly intact, rudder and all.Scanlon, who lives with her husband Mike in the main house on their plot, also owns a third rentable unit just behind their residence. They have been living here at 5th Street since 2010, when they purchased the three-house lot. She had always been aware of something under the bungalow.“I knew there was a boat under there because we had seen it—but nobody had any idea it was almost 50 feet long and that it was forming the foundation of the house,” she said.Rusted iron nails, ranging from a few inches to nearly a footand a half in length, held the vessel together.That particular Tuesday morning was quite hectic, beginning with a visit from her architect, Cathy Franco. “She came down because she was worried about the beams and how they were going to deal with putting it back on the foundation—architectural stuff,” said Scanlon. Next thing she knew, Franco was calling her at 8 a.m. to come outside and see what the crew on site had exposed.Once the discovery had been made, construction to the bungalow was stopped for three days. Although the work had come to a temporary halt, an influx of sightseers had just begun.“I’m taking pictures to send back to my family in Ireland,” said Patrick O’Flaherty, 56, of Middletown. “I saw it on the web this morning and said ‘Oh my God I know where that house is.’”While the general public had just learned of the ship, Scanlon was not the only local to know of its existence. Claire Stelios, 59, of Highlands, has her own vivid memories of the vessel.“I was 11 when I moved to this property,” Stelios said, pointing to Scanlon’s yard. She spent ten years of her adolescent life living there, her family renting from former proprietor Jack Elia. “I knew it, and so did the previous owner. When he fixed the bungalows, what they found in there was a lot of liquor bottles.”The bow of the boat is shown after old floorboards were ripped out and replaced in May of 2008. Photo courtesy Chris FrancyClaims of the boat’s past usage have floated around from a rum-running ship to a transportation vessel, but local historian Russell Card put those to rest. “When I went over there I saw it was indeed a barge that used to bring seafood into market,” said Card, president of the Historical Society of Highlands. He was one of the first people on site Tuesday after the barge had been revealed.“The Historical Society has known for a number of years,” Card said. “We always figured it was just a boathouse that they pulled up on the beach, but it turned out to be something older than that.”A former Highlands Council member also first saw the boat in May of 2008. “I live two doors away and the previous owner was doing some work, and they asked my advice because they saw the boat,” said Chris Francy, the 73-year-old Highlands resident.“The floor was sagging that had been built on top of it, and they had to restore it,” he recalled. When Francy saw what was under the house, he went home to grab his camera and take a few photographs.While it had been reported that coal had been found on the boat, Scanlon refuted those claims, saying that it had been another substance. “The coal turned out to be tar. The remnants we found are from tar buckets,” she said. “I had a historian come in afterwards and he cleared up a few misconceptions that were going around.”The exact manner in which the boat reached its final resting place has come into question as well. Scanlon, who has family history in Highlands dating back to the early 20th century, offered her own take. “There was a sluiceway here, so we believe it went up the sluiceway. Why it stayed there, I don’t have any idea,” Scanlon said. She compared the former waterway on her property to another area similarly in Highlands – Snug Harbor.In the days since its discovery, Scanlon reluctantly had to disassemble the barge to continue the house-lifting project. She did what she could to keep the vessel intact, with some help from the workers on site. A large portion of the bow was salvaged, along with the planks that made up the body of the boat.Currently, everything sits in Scanlon’s side yard. The planks are stacked five feet high, and the bow sits in one solid piece a few feet off of her house. “We moved everything with three guys and a Bobcat,” she said.So, what does Scanlon plan to do with her newfound piece of nautical history? She has bounced between a couple different ideas, one of them being the bow would become the centerpiece to her garden out back. She has also contemplated giving it to a museum, an idea that Card supports fully. “It’s her property, and I respect the property owner’s decision,” he said. “But I look at it from a different standpoint. I do see it as a loss to history in its own right. Something like that probably should be in a museum.”last_img read more

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Smokies grab three points at Bauer Showcase tournament

first_imgThe Trail Smoke Eaters opened the 2013-14 Junior A season in grand style, picking up three of four weekend points at the Bauer BC Hockey League Showcase tournament at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.Trail rebounded from a 4-3 overtime loss Friday against the Langley Rivermen to dump the Smokies Cowichan Valley Capitals 6-2 at Prospera Centre Sunday.After allowing Cowichan to grab a 1-0 lead, Trail scored six straight goal en route to the lopsided victory.Brent Lamont and Bryce Knapp each scored twice to lead the Trail offensive attack. Valik Chichkin and Travis Stephens, acquired from Coquitlam earlier in the week, added singles. Trail goaltender Dustin Nikkel, the KIJHL’s top netminder last season, made 36 saves, 17 in the first period alone, to collect his first win as a Smoke Eater.Friday, Langley captain Mitch McLain scored Friday’s winner 22 seconds into overtime to pace the Rivermen in a see-saw affair that saw seven lead changes.Trail opened the scoring 6:23 into the first period when Jesse Knowler spun and fired a low shot through Rivermen starter James Barr.The Lower Mainland opponents replied with two unanswered goals in period two, first on a short-handed breakaway from Matt Ustaski, then took the lead on the first of two from forward Brendon Kearney.Trail captain Adam Wheeldon notched his first goal of the season 3:03 into the third on a Scott Davidson rebound, before Kearney’s second goal put Langley up 3-2 with 11:09 remaining.The Smokies would benefit from a late third-period power-play as first-year BCHLer Jake Kauppila opened his 2013-14 account to tie the game 3-3 with 2:09 left in regulation.The Michigan Tech commit finished Friday with two points in his first BCHL game. McLain’s seeing-eye wrister on a Langley power-play early in OT sealed Trail’s fate Friday, as the Smokies were forced to settle with a point. Adam Todd made 25 saves in his season debut.The Smokies return to Cominco Arena for their 2013-14 home opener Friday, September 13th when they host the Penticton Vees in the first of two weekend meetings. For ticket information, call (250) 368-5000.last_img read more

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Former LVR Bomber star inks deal in Romania

first_img“(CSM Oradea) were very successful last season and are going to be trying to get into EuroChallenge this season as well,” Denison said.“Their American point guard from last season, William Franklin, and their Australian shooting guard, Daniel Dillon, will be returning to play for them which shows they are a professional club that import players like to play for.”CSM Oradea plays in the 16-team Liga Nationala league.The team lost out in straight games during the 2012-13 playoffs to Gaz Metan after edging Ploiesti and U. Mobitel CN during the early round of the playoffs.“After talking to their coach and general manager it sounded like a good place to play and I’m looking forward to being a part of the team,” Denison said.“Last season they had five players average over 10 points a game and they averaged 15 assists a game as a team and I think this the reason why they were so successful last season.“I feel my play style fits in with a team oriented approach, I’m never selfish with the ball and if someone is open I will get it to them.”Last season Denison averaged 10.5 points per game while playing 20 minutes per game.Denison, who helped lead LVR (junior boys) and Trafalgar (juvenile boys) teams to provincial titles during his high school career, is penciled in to start on the bench for CSM Oradea.Franklin and Dillon join other starters shooting guard Radovan Markovic, center Bogdan Tibirna and power forward Vujadin Subotic.“When I talked to the coach it sounds like he runs a very structured system and I think this will help us win tight games,” said Denison, who spends the offseason living in Shuswap area near Salmon Arm. At least L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Sean Denison is getting to travel and see the world.The former Bomber basketball star recently signed on to play in the Romania League (Liga Nationala) with CSM Oradea after a stint last season in Russia.“I am really looking forward to this season . . . it looks like it could be good for me and fun to play,” the 6’11”, 245-pound power forward said before hopping a plane for Europe.Liga Nationala is the fifth team — fourth country — for Denison since graduating from a four-year NCAA Men’s Division One career with the Santa Clara Broncos.Denison, 27, had stops in Turkey, Germany and the past two seasons in Russia.Last season was a struggle just getting two the hardwood for Denison as the NBA lockout allowed the pros to take many of the jobs in Europe reserved for other players.“The lockout played a part but it wasn’t just that, my last season wasn’t as good as it could have been,” Denison explained. “There’s no telling all of the factors involved but this year it took longer to find something good.”In Romania Denison, who along with wife Trisha have two children, is excited at the team he is joining in the city of Oradea.last_img read more

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Saints look to ‘natural leader’ to lead Selkirk into BCIHL season

first_img“Logan is a natural leader who sets the tone every day with his high compete level and his enthusiasm for being at the rink,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”He’s a high character guy who played a key role within our leadership group on and off the ice last season and really distinguished himself as someone who had the respect and trust of his teammates. Logan was the ideal choice to take over the captaincy and lead our team this year.”Proulx is coming off a stellar rookie season for Selkirk that saw him tie for second in team and league scoring behind former teammate Jordan Wood. He was also named a BCIHL First-Team All-Star and helped lead the Saints to their first-ever league championship. Proulx’s junior playing career included stops in the Western Hockey League with the Edmonton Oil Kings and the British Columbia Hockey League with the Trail Smoke Eaters and Cowichan Valley Capitals. “It means a tremendous amount to me to be chosen as captain this year,” said the skillful sniper.”To be part of any leadership group is an honour and a privilege. I take a lot of pride in being a leader and it’s something that has always come naturally to me. Last year we set a high standard as a team with our work ethic and I think that was the start of something we now expect of ourselves and each other as Selkirk Saints.” “I’m really excited to have all the boys back in town and to get back on the ice with the team. I’m looking forward to welcoming the new guys to Castlegar and getting back into the swing of things,” he adds.”We had a very successful season last year and I know the guys want to compete for and win another BCIHL championship this year.” Selkirk’s leadership group will also include a pair of players — Scott Swiston and Dylan Smith — who are returning as assistant captains for a second season.The third ‘A’ will be worn by second-year forward Connor McLaughlin, who finished third on the team in points last season with 27. “Connor was one of our hardest workers and best conditioned players last season,” said Dubois of the former Nelson Leaf and Fernie Ghostrider.”He plays a gritty, responsible game and he’s going to be a great fit wearing an ‘A’ along with Scott and Dylan.” The Saints opened training camp Sunday evening at the Castlegar Rec Complex. The Saints, beginning another march to the top of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Sunday in Castlegar, named Trail native Logan Proulx to lead them.The 22-year-old forward has been named captain of the Saints hockey club.Proulx will slip on the captaincy when Selkirk opens the exhibition season Tuesday in the Silver City against the Trail Smoke Eaters at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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TRAX swimmer Ian Markus gets top level coaching at Prospects Training Camp

first_img  Anyone interested in joining the TRAX Swim Club please email: traxswimclub@gmail.com The Monday after the Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay Regional Age Group camp in Kamloops, Swim BC ran its first ever Prospects Regional Camp in the Interior with swimmers identified from the autumn Provincial Prospects selection from the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions invited to attend. TRAX Swim Club swimmer Ian Markus was chosen and attended the Regional (Okanagan/Kootenay) Prospects Training Camp in Kamloops.center_img Markus was fortunate to participate in the training camp which focused on all four swim strokes and had inspirational guidance from people such as former World Champion and Olympic medalist Brent Hayden.Video analyst and expert from Canadian Sport Institute – Pacific, Graham Olson provided swimmers with immediate and impactful feedback on their body position and stroke mechanics.Outside of the water swimmers received informative and engaging presentations with great examples of healthful and helpful foods to fuel performance.  last_img read more

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Rebels Headrick sinks Leafs with overtime winner

first_imgThe teams played through 40 minutes of scoreless time after Darren Medeiros and Levi Hulston exchanged first period goals.Castlegar held much of the territorial play out shooting Nelson 41-23.Patrick Ostermann, busy in the Nelson nets, took the loss for the visitors.Paul Broadbent registered the win in goal for the Rebels.Despite registering a single point, Nelson fell two points behind third place Grand Forks Border Bruins in Murdoch Division standings.Both Grand Forks and Nelson clinched a playoff berth after Spokane Braves suffered a 5-0 home ice loss to Fernie Friday. The loss was Spokane’s eighth straight setback.Nelson is idle until the Leafs host Castlegar Friday at the NDCC Arena. The Nelson Leafs know they can play with the best in the Murdoch Division.Now the players overcome the hurdle by registering a few wins.Nick Headrick scored a power play goal in overtime to spark the Rebels to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night in Castlegar.Headrick scored the marker with Nelson defenceman Aigne McGeady-Bruce in the penalty box for holding.last_img read more

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Two teams heading in opposite directions clash Friday at NDCC Arena

first_imgJacob Karran will be back in the lineup Saturday when Nelson hosts Fernie Ghostriders Saturday.The three other players first game back is November 10 against Castlegar Rebels.Leafs GM, Mario DiBella also served a one-game suspension for Saturday’s dust up.Meanwhile Nelson is still missing defencemen Zach Morey and Dash Thompson and forward Kolten Nelson due to injury.Hawks Kramer shines to register Conference POMNot only does Nelson have to face the red-hot Hawks, but the Green and White will also have to beat the Kootenay Conference Player-of-the-Month, Tallon Kramer in goal.The Hawks netminder finished the month with six wins, three shutouts and a 1.00 goals against average.The native of Grande Prairie, AB, fourth in Goalie Leaders category with a .938 save percentage.Kramer edged out Logan Styler and Ed Lindsay of Castlegar Rebels, Mitch Traichevich of Kimberley and Justen James of Creston Valley Thunder Cats.Colin Bell of Osoyoos Coyotes was the Player-of-the-Month in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.Busy month for Nelson LeafsNelson, finishing the month of October with a 4-4 record, hosts Fernie Ghostriders to start a busy stretch of games in November.Fernie is third in the Eddie Mountain Division behind Creston and Kimberley. The two teams are tied for top spot in the division with 26 points.The Leafs, which started the month off with a 3-2 OT loss Tuesday in Grand Forks against the Border Bruins, play 10 games, during the month — four at home a six on the road. It’s a case of two teams going in the opposite directions.The Nelson Leafs, a team expected to challenge for the Murdoch Division but struggling to find consistency, entertains the soaring Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs have dropped three straight — four of the past five games — while the Nitehawks are on a roll having won eight consecutive games to open a six-point lead in the Murdoch Division over the Leafs.During the losing streak, Nelson has scored only nine goals in five games. Nelson’s top scorer, Dale Howell, is tied for 17th in KIJHL scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists.Beaver Valley holds a 3-2 lead in the season series, having won the past two games — 5-4 and 4-2 in Fruitvale.Nelson defeated the Hawks 3-2 in overtime in the only game played at the NDCC Arena.Injuries, suspensions shorten Leafs benchThe donnybrook between Nelson and Creston last Saturday has the Leafs playing shorthanded for the next few games.Nelson dressed only 15 players for Tuesday’s clash against Grand Forks due to four players serving suspensions after the Creston game.Defenceman Brent Headon and forwards Jack Karran and Mason Mullaney were hit with three-game sits for multiple fights in the same stoppage of play.Defenceman Jacob Karran serves two games for a checking-from-behind major penalty.last_img read more

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LAZARO BARRERA STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MAY 14, 2016

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMARTIN GARCIA, I WILL SCORE, WINNER: “Jerry (Hollendorfer) told me to see how the race happens and to go from there. My horse broke really sharp, so I took advantage.When asked if the addition of blinkers in his more recent races, or maturity is the determining factor with I Will Score’s success: “He was just learning before, in his previous races. Now, he’s a more mature horse, he’s a better horse. He can run anywhere (regarding running style).” PAUL REDDAM, OWNER MRAZEK, SECOND: “He wins that race nine out of 10 times, I’d say. Smokey Image came to us on the outside, so Mario decided he didn’t want to be in between two guys in the middle of a three-way duel. If he comes out of this good, we’ll probably ship to New York and run in the Woody Stephens (Grade II, seven furlongs) on Belmont Day.” NOTES: Winning owner and breeder Hans Poetsch is from Scottsdale, AZ. TRAINER QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, I WILL SCORE, WINNER: “You know, I wanted him to get away from the gate good, which he did. Martin thought they were going a bit fast so he took hold of him, to save horse. They got up and finished it.”last_img read more

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