Outdoors
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I am sure you are aware; that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and while many of us will be celebrating with BBQ, boats, or beaches, I think it is important to take a moment to reflect on the … more
Camas is blooming in Thurston County prairies this week, including prairie land on JBLM. It’s also blooming in the median of I-5 in Hawks Prairie. This small blue flower is a hardy native … more
The month of May is now closing its doors. Have you attended some local events this month? Now is your last chance to.  Art in the Parks Workshop: Photography in the Park, Saturday, May 20, … more
The Komachin Middle School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) has raised $2,177.00 of its $500 goal starting in January 2023 for its national service partner, the March of Dimes. … more
It’s been so warm at night that I have left my bedroom’s sliding door open. As a result, I’ve been awakened at about 5:00 a.m. by singing birds (and wide-awake cats who think they … more
How did you like the lightning and thunder show last night? I know that here in the PNW we don’t get storms like that very often (in Texas, we call that April and May), but the severity of the … more
At Tuesday's Olympia City Council meeting, the Heritage Commission honored seven individuals, places, and local organizations that have contributed to the community's heritage. Recipients of … more
In recent weeks several readers have asked me to help them better identify the spring birds, and especially their songs. I suspect some of you have tried listening to the dawn chorus and been … more
A warming climate is changing what grows where. In France, the traditional area for growing the grapes that become champagne are getting too hot. In England, they’re just now getting warm … more
Yesterday (May 3rd) I took my own advice and journeyed to Grays Harbor to see the annual shorebird migration. I have previously written about this annual spring opportunity to witness this avian … more
Intercity Transit is hosting the Annual Bicycle Community Challenge in Thurston County this month.  Bicycle Commuter Challenge Coordinator Duncan Green said the 36-year-old event is the … more
Odds and ends… May has finally arrived, after a very drippy April, and I am anxious to see what pops up in our garden. We have finally put our mini greenhouses together and placed them over … more
We all get a good feeling when we show up for others – whether it’s a family member, neighbor, or community organization. Giving is supposed to feel good — and who couldn’t … more
The second annual Squaxin Island Race was held Saturday, April 15, by the Sound Rowers and Paddlers Club. The race started out of Boston Harbor Marina, with the start and finish lines close to the … more
Olympia’s Spring Arts walk is in full swing today, with more than 98 locations participating in hosting art experiences. There are more than 225 artists to engage with and activities to enjoy … more
Thurston County had a chilly, rainy spring – until this past week, when warm sunny weather made people swoon. But just when the sun came out, a friend and I left for, of all places, Las … more
My son, Aaron, and I went to the Billy Frank, Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge on Earth Day. Here is our report on what we saw and heard. If you go to the refuge in the next several weeks, you … more
Only 63 events are in The JOLT's Community Calendar this week!  Here are some highlights: Spring Art Walk, Friday and Saturday, April 28-29 The Spring edition of the Olympia Arts Walk will … more
Did you miss me? Apologies if you missed my column last week (and thank you for noticing my absence), but the virus that has been going around caught me, and I was down for the count for the full … more
Every year someone will ask me, “What are you going to do for Earth Day?” For the past 21 years, my answer has been basically the same. You see, my son Aaron’s birthday is April … more
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