Thurston Energy Releases its Program Analysis Report

first_imgThank you for your support of our program! Well, the time has come – we’ve released our program analysis report! We’re very excited to share with you the great work our community has done in saving energy, saving money and reducing carbon emissions here in Thurston County. Highlights include:Over 500 homes and 60 businesses have received energy evaluation services to dateOver 200 energy efficiency projects completed to dateCombined commercial and residential financial savings of over $90,000 annually in energy costsCombined reduced energy usage (580,000 kilowatt hours/yr & 35,000 therms/yr)CO2 reduction of over 560 tons, equal to taking nearly 100 cars off the roadThurston Energy Lenders have provided over $290,000 in energy efficiency loans to the communityBelow is a link to our website, where you can take a look at the program analysis report for yourself: Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Hello Friend of Thurston Energy,center_img Annette M RothMarketing & Outreach ManagerThurston Energy360-528-2112last_img read more

Better Breathing Through Chemistry – Lucky Eagle

first_imgRochester, Wash., January 3, 2013 –– Guests and employees of Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel can literally breathe easier thanks to a cutting-edge new molecular air purification system installed at the casino earlier this month.The system attacks smoke and other air contaminants at a molecular level, leaving the air virtually smoke free.“We can now proudly say that Lucky Eagle has the cleanest air of any casino in the region and we achieved it in an environmentally friendly way,” Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel Chief Executive Officer John Setterstrom said.The air purification system pioneered by Moleculair™ Technologies, Inc. emits a very fine mist of naturally occurring chemicals into the casino through the existing ventilation system. The mist binds to smoke molecules and other air contaminants, breaking down and destroying them.The product is in over 40 Casinos nationwide and they are expecting to double that in 2013.“Our system is reliable and hassle free to install and maintain,” said Chief Operating Officer Joe DiLeo of Moleculair.  “We have received calls from all over the world wanting our technology. We were excited to add Lucky Eagle Casino to our list of clients.”It is believed that Lucky Eagle is the first casino in Washington to implement this new technology.“This is yet another example of our commitment to making the experience for our guests as comfortable and enjoyable as possible,” Setterstrom said. Lucky Eagle eliminates smoke with molecular air system  #  #Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Chehalis Tribe. The casino features more than 900 slot machines, plus live poker, blackjack, keno and bingo. The newly expanded 171-room Eagles Landing Hotel is connected to the casino.center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

The Norcliffe Foundation Awards $505,000 To Saint Martin’s For New Engineering…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 The Norcliffe Foundation is a private nonprofit family foundation in Seattle, Wash., serving the Puget Sound region. It was established in 1952 by Paul Pigott for the purpose of improving the quality of life of all people in the community. “We are so grateful to The Norcliffe Foundation for this grant,” says Zella Kahn-Jetter, Ph.D., P.E., dean of The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. “This building is giving our students an opportunity to study in an incredibly sustainable state-of-the-art facility. The building is also designed to provide areas for collaborative learning between students and faculty. When you walk around the building, you see that. There’s a buzz. Faculty and students are excited about all the wonderful things going on here.” Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityLACEY, WASHINGTON — The Norcliffe Foundation of Seattle, Wash., has awarded a grant in the amount of $505,000 to the Engineering Initiative at Saint Martin’s University. The gift is designated for construction of Fr. Richard Cebula, O.S.B. Hall, the new engineering building, which was designed with the goal of achieving a LEED Platinum rating for its green construction.The grant from The Norcliffe Foundation will leverage a “top-off grant” of $600,000 from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to finishing paying for the construction of Cebula Hall.“We are thankful to The Norcliffe Foundation for its generosity,” says Saint Martin’s President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “Our students will benefit the most from this grant as it directly supports engineering labs and classrooms. The magnitude of this grant allows us to claim success on completing the fundraising for the new engineering building and it sets the stage for further fundraising to support an industrial lab building and lab equipment. This could not be done without this significant grant from Norcliffe.”center_img 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 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at Engineering classes began in Cebula Hall in January 2013. The building features exposed systems, such as the geothermal heating and cooling system, that are used as teaching tools.last_img read more

Home Improvement And Energy Efficiency Go Hand In Hand In Olympia

first_imgSubmitted by Northwest Energy TeamGeorge and Martha Dickins asked Brent Foster of Northwest Infrared to inspect their 1970’s inherited home. The education they received helped them prioritize improvements.Spring is when we start thinking seriously about big home improvement projects in Thurston County. As you’re gearing up, take a look at what you can do to make your home more comfortable and your energy bills lower next time the cold weather rolls around.This Thursday, March 21, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lacey Timberland Library experts on building science, efficient heat sources, and solar power are available to answer your questions on what you can do to make your home more comfortable and your electricity bills lower. This is the Home Efficiency Action Training (HEAT) workshop. It is free and open to the public.Before you begin ripping out walls it’s best to have a plan. You know you want the end result to be a more energy efficient, more comfortable home. How to get there can look like a cluttered path. What you’d like is a little guidance and some expert advice to make your path clearer.  And no sales pitch, if you please, thank you. Right?Marty Hemmann went to the HEAT workshop this January. “My baseboard heaters were noisy. Really noisy! They were inefficient and expensive and we were cold and uncomfortable. We had had enough. I went to the [HEAT] workshop to see what our options were.“I thought I was going to get some information about things people were selling. What I got was an education,” says Hemmann. “There are so many options for improving my home; it was good to be able to have them explained clearly and to get my questions answered.”George and Martha did quite a lot of home improvement projects on their own, with guidance from Brent Foster (Northwest Infrared) and Paul Ivy (Northwest Energy Team).Hemmann chose to have an infrared inspection and blower door test done on his home. He used the test results as a reference and guide while gathering bids for energy efficiency improvements on his home. He took those results to Paul Ivy of Northwest Energy Team, who was also at the HEAT workshop.“I did the proper thing and got three bids. I chose Northwest Energy Team because I knew they were on the same page as I was. Talking to them at the workshop gave me a feel for their approach. That took some of the strain out of the experience. And they are helping me fill out the rebate forms!”Northwest Energy Team used the infrared and blower door report to guide their work on Hemmann’s home. They sealed up the air leaks, including the big ones in the skylights, and installed a ductless heat pump to replace the noisy and costly baseboard heaters.After meeting Brent Foster of Northwest Infrared, George and Martha Dickins decided to have him inspect their inherited 1970’s home. “It had a lot ‘deferred maintenance’ (ie: it needed work),” says Martha. “We knew there were potential problems but we didn’t know where to start and what was most important to deal with.  With Brent it was all about education. He had nothing to sell – he doesn’t work for any product company – so we felt we could trust his advice. He helped us figure out what was worth spending money on and what wasn’t.”The Dickins decided to do all the improvements they can — energy efficient and otherwise – in one fell swoop. Northwest Energy Team put in a ductless heat pump, insulated and sealed off air leaks. “It’s a huge project; we’re stripping the house down to the studs. We got good advice and chose Northwest Energy Team because they respected that advice. And clearly they do good work.”The Dickins’, whose home renovation projects are almost complete, installed a ductless heat pump, insulated, and sealed off air leaks.Matt Cooper went to the HEAT workshop to meet Kirk Haffner of South Sound Solar. “With all the rebates and credits available, we’ve been looking closely at solar,” says Cooper. “I found differing information on the web. A lot of white papers focus on solar performance in California or Germany. I couldn’t find much on solar in Western Washington. I appreciated being able to hear the facts, in person, from Kirk and get them straight.”Haffner says, “We like to do these workshops because it gives folks a chance to really think about how energy efficiency works in a home. We get people calling us to help lower their electricity bills and our response is: first make your home more efficient. Then call us. Yes, solar is the ultimate renewable energy source. However, your home needs to operate a basic level of energy efficiency or you’re not going to get the full benefit of an investment in solar.”For more information, attend the workshop at the Lacey Timberland Library on March 21 at 5:00 pm. Facebook22Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

The Olympia Film Society presents 32nd Annual Olympia Film Festival

first_imgSubmitted by The Olympia Film Society The Olympia Film Society is pleased to announce a number of special guests attending the 32nd Annual Olympia Film Festival, held at the historic Capitol Theater Friday, November 6, 2015 through Sunday, November 15, 2015.Joining us opening night, and again on the evening of Tuesday, November 10, actor and filmmaker Crispin Glover will be screening two of his films, and performing his live show, “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show.”  Mr. Glover is known for his scene-stealing turns in both cult classics and Hollywood blockbusters (Back to the Future, River’s Edge, Wild at Heart, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Charlie’s Angels), and his boundary-pushing work as a filmmaker, author and musician.On Saturday, November 7, we welcome Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame member and radio personality, Marco Collins, and filmmaker Marq Evans for a Q&A, following the screening of Evans’ new documentary,The Glamour and the Squalor.  The film chronicles Collins’ rise to prominence in the early 90’s as an influential tastemaker and breaker of artists such as, Beck, Weezer, The Foo Fighters, and Death Cab for Cutie.Throughout festival we will be hosting an number of post-film Q&As –including those with local filmmakers, Zach Weintraub (Slackjaw) and John Portanova (Valley of the Sasquatch), and a special Skype session with filmmaker Jen Senko, who offers a unique opportunity for audiences to give their feedback on her work-in-progress documentary, The Brainwashing of My Dad, also screening at the festival.A full schedule and ticket information for the Olympia Film Festival is on the way!  For interview opportunities with any of the above-mentioned artists, please contact OFS Marketing Coordinator, Hannah Eklund at 360.754.6670, ext. 12, or email at Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Copalis Beach Added to Recreational Razor Clam Digs in April

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Copalis Beach has been added to the previously announced tentative April razor clam opener. We appreciate your patience as we conducted one additional set of marine toxin tests to ensure the clams are safe to eat. The results are expected no later than April 16. The results of the first round of required testing are below. The specific details of the tentative upcoming opener are:April 19, Thursday, 9:46 a.m.; -0.9 feet; MocrocksApril 20, Friday, 10:37 a.m.; -0.7 feet; MocrocksApril 21, Saturday, 11:34 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 1 p.m.)April 22, Sunday, 12:38 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 2 p.m.)More information can be found at: read more

Saint Martin’s University Selects its First Cadre of Act Six Scholars

first_imgFacebook72Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University has selected its first cadre of Act Six Scholars. In 2018, Saint Martin’s joined Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University and Whitworth University to become the fifth college partner in the Tacoma-Seattle Act Six network. 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 is very excited to be part of this leadership program and to work with this amazing group of students next year,” says Saint Martin’s dean of enrollment Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D. “We’re also excited about the things they will accomplish in their lives as Saints!”The Act Six network is 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.“Act Six Scholars must complete a rigorous, three-phase evaluation process that requires multiple essays, academic assessments, group activities and interviews,” says Rebecca Byrne, senior admissions counselor. “Our Cadre One was carefully selected from a pool of accomplished young leaders. It was an honor to learn the compelling stories and unique perspectives that these students shared. The seven scholars were selected for their distinctive points of view, their ability to overcome obstacles, their passion for their communities and their vision to meet the world’s deep needs. We could not be more proud to call this group Saints!”The first cadre of Saint Martin’s Act Six Scholars are:Reine Albite, from Olympia, who will graduate from Pope John Paul II High School, in Lacey, and will major in civil engineering.Jolie Bwiza, from Masisi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, who is graduating from Stadium High School, in Tacoma, and will major in social work.Asma Ibrahim, from Tukwila, who will graduate from Federal Way High School, in Federal Way, and will major in biology.Katherine Jamerson, from Tacoma, who is graduating from Franklin Pierce High School, in Tacoma, and will major in business administration.Jose Armando Jurado Beltran, from Paracho, Mexico, who will graduate from Washington High School, in Tacoma, and will major in nursing.Elvis Knight, from Nairobi, Kenya, who is graduating from Tacoma Science and Math Institute, in Tacoma, and will major in social work.Tina Ngo, from Burien, who will graduate from Highline High School, in Burien, and will major in nursing.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.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 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

Travel Discounts Available for Tourists as the Summer Arrives

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerIt’s here.As temperatures rise and the start of the season arrives with the Memorial Day Weekend, the Jersey Shore is gearing up for visitors.NJ Transit is helping bring people to the shore with discounted deals and travel packages. Discounts are now available for those traveling by train, car or bus and heading to the beach, Monmouth Park or SixFlags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor.A new service is being offered to rail passengers heading to Monmouth Park racetrack. They can receive grandstand admission and a track program for $1 plus round-trip train fare when purchasing their tickets, according to Nancy Snyder, a NJ Transit spokeswoman. Those tickets will be available on NJ Transit’s rail system.This summer, NJ Transit will continue to offer beachgoers taking trains and buses to the shore a discounted beach admission package with the purchase of a round-trip train fare, Snyder said.Passengers riding NJ Transit can save up to $6.50 on admission to one of five beaches – Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach and Belmar – by purchasing round-trip train fare and a beach pass for one price at NJ Transit ticket vending machines. The package can be purchased for $31.50 from New York Penn Station or any station on the Northeast Corridor, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines and for $23.50 from Hoboken Terminal or Newark Penn Station.NJ Transit will also be offering discounts for families riding the trains on weekends.“Children 11 years and younger can ride the train for free,” Synder said. “The discount allows for two children accompanied by a fare-paying adult to ride the train for free.”A newer program available to shore shoppers and beachgoers is the Shore EZride Jitney, Synder said. The jitney will take its first passengers at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, from the boardwalk at Pier Village to the train station in Long Branch. The Shore EZride Jitney also will help beachgoers get to and from the beaches and shopping in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach this summer.Thrill-rides seekers can save up to $51 by purchasing round-trip bus transportation and park admission together to Six Flags Great Adventure or Hurricane Harbor. Tickets can be purchased anywhere in the NJ Transit bus system, Synder said.Towns along the shore also will be hosting new and familiar events including Skimbash 2012 in Sea Bright, and the 2012 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival in Middletown, Long Branch and Point Pleasant.In Belmar, the borough is renovating its marina and adding a new mini-golf course as well as adding new ramps for beach accessibility, said Kelsey Windas, a Belmar spokesperson.Looking to promote local parking and increase local business, Asbury Park will offer free parking every Wednesday and mark the opening of the beach season Sunday, May 27, with fireworks.While many towns are keeping beach badges and admissions rates the same as last season, Sandy Hook beachgoers will have to pay more to park their cars. This year the parking fee is increasing $5; daily parking will cost beachgoers $15 and a season pass will cost $75 per car.last_img read more

Saints add depth in goal with signing of Alexandre Sirard

first_imgForget about the nice summer weather.The movers and shakers from the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey Team are doing their best to dream of success on ice after inking a major cog in next season’s team — former Western Hockey League netminder Alexandre Sirard of Calgary.Sirard joins the Saints for the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season following three seasons of junior hockey spent in the WHL, AJHL and SJHL.”I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk College and joining the Saints,” said Sirard, who describes himself as a quick, athletic goaltender with a good foot work in a team press release. “I’m looking to establish myself as a top player in the BCIHL and play a role in building a winning team, while also having good marks in school.”As an 18-year old, he saw action with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and compiled a record of 3-4-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in nine games.He went on to play two-plus seasons of Junior A hockey, primarily with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melville Millionaires.He was named the Mills’ Playoff MVP in 2011 following a first-round series loss to the Estevan Bruins, who he held to 11 goals on 172 shots over five games. Sirard split the 2011/12 season between the University of Regina and the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s Pilot Butte Storm, who he helped to a league championship following his late season addition.He concluded his junior career with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and sevven ties. “Alex is a talented netminder whose experience in Major Junior and Junior A hockey has prepared him well to take the next step at the college level,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”With a largely new group coming in this fall, getting solid and steady goaltending will be crucial to team success early in the season.”Alex is coming off a championship run last season and he’s highly motivated to be a key piece of another winning team at Selkirk College.” The 21-year old has shown an ability to step up his game in the playoffs, where he has posted a 2.68 goals-against average and .927 save percentage over the past two seasons. Sirard is the second goaltender to commit to the Saints this offseason, joining former KIJHL and VIJHL stand-out Stephen Wolff. Also committed to the Saints for the 2012/13 season are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) and defencemen Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL), Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL) and Lucas Hildebrand (Revelstoke, KIJHL).last_img read more

Bombers overcome jitters to take down Eagles in Kootenay AA Boy’s Hoop Final

first_imgThe rest of the team joined in during the final period as the Bombers increased the lead to 19-4 run to secure the win.“I thought our zone press worked really well for us,” said Zukowski as LVR’s pressure created several Eagle turnovers that led to easy fast-break baskets.Zukowski finished the game with 25 points while Sturrup added 21.Spencer had 11 and Eberle and Erich Schepkonski each finished with six points.N. Randhawa led the Eagles with 17.LVR defeated Grand Forks in one semi final while the Eagles got past the Hawks from Trail to advance to the final.David Thompson of Invermere and Prince Charles Comets of Creston finished fifth and sixth, respectively.The Bombers return to the Hangar court for training while waiting for the 16-team tournament draw.“I’m excited about the tournament,” Zukowski exclaimed. “We went last year and played in the big (TCC Fieldhouse) gym so because we’ve been there before hopefully we’ll be able to do better.”The Bombers finished the 2012 event in 15th spot.OVERTIME: The Bombers played without Jesse Zak for most of the game. The senior starter suffered a hamstring injury early in the first quarter and was held out of the final by the training staff. . . .The tournament organizing committee at LVR honoured former teacher Blair D’Andrea with a plague on the scorer’s table, which read: Dedicated to “Coach Drey” Blair D’Andrea . . . Always a Bomber in Our Hearts. Blair D’Andrea died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday. He coached the LVR Junior Boys to a Provincial title in 2001. Maybe it was the pressure of being the pre-tournament favourite.Possibly the 200-plus hoop fans present in the Hangar was the cause for the mistake-filled performance in the first half.Whatever the reason, once the home side dusted off the A-Game there was no stopping the defending Kootenay champ as the Bombers throttled the Golden Eagles 75-43 Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar in the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Basketball Final.The Bombers now make a return trip back to represent the zone at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships March 6-9 in Kamloops.“We just came out too jumpy, we were over excited a little bit but once we got into our offence and calmed down we blew them away,” a beaming Bomber captain Matt Zukowski said a few minutes after receiving the Kootenay Championship trophy from LVR Athletic Director Val Gibson.Zukowski, along with the entire starting lineup, did not have a great opening 20 minutes.That goes the same for the Bomber bench as the team missed countless lay-ups and in-close shots to lead 14-12 after one quarter and 26-21 at recess.But a late bucket with only a few seconds left on the clock before halftime by Tobin Eberle and some words of wisdom from the Bomber coaching staff made for a different second half for the home side.Bombers rang up 49 points on the Eagles, 18 coming from Zukowski who cut through the Golden interior defence to pick up most of his points.“I was sweating a little bit,” Zukowski confessed heading into the halftime break. “But (head coach) Ross (Naka) just told us to settle down and run the offence and it worked out in the end.”Once the third quarter started it was like there was a different team inside the Bomber home jerseys.Zukowski began taking the ball inside where he was able to score 12 points.Senior teammate Jack Sturrup added eight points while Isaiah Kingdon and Cail Spencer adds a few buckets.last_img read more