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The Olympia Standard #41: Weak Mayor vs Strong Mayor

7/8/2019
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Why does Olympia have a council-manager system, with a "weak mayor" who doesn't have much more authority than the rest of council? What does it look like when a city has a "strong mayor" in a mayor-council system? We interviewed a former mayor of Olympia, Holly Gadbaw, and the current mayor of Tumwater, Pete Kmet, to learn more! The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:47:47

The Olympia Standard #40: Port of Olympia Update

7/2/2019
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The Port of Olympia has new leadership and is undergoing a long-term visioning process. We spoke with Sam Gibboney, the new executive director, about the current status and future of the port. We talked about the nature of ports as local government institutions, what our local port does for the county, and what we can expect to see future. There is a critical seat up for election this year on the port commission, so we’d like our listeners to pay close attention to these issues! The Olympia...

Duration:00:36:38

The Olympia Standard #39: Legislative Update with Beth Doglio

5/30/2019
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Here is our annual legislative update! As we did last year, we sat down with Representative Beth Doglio to talk about what Olympia brought to the recent session, and how the outcomes of the session will impact people in Olympia. We dove into homelessness and housing, climate change and the environment, the new code of conduct around sexual harassment, vaccine exemptions, and more. The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:39:33

The Olympia Standard #38: The Future of Transportation

5/6/2019
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With all the talk about having a walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly city, what does it look like to get there? The city of Olympia is in the process of developing it’s very first Transportation Master Plan. To get a high level view of our local transportation system, the changing needs, and how we will be getting around in the future, we interviewed Thera Black. Thera is a former planner at the Thurston Regional Planning Council and now a local consultant on transportation system The...

Duration:00:58:45

The Olympia Standard #37: Downtown Olympia and City Government

4/16/2019
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To wrap up our series on downtown Olympia, we invited two city employees who focus on downtown planning. Amy Buckler is the downtown programs manager and Max DeJarnatt is working on parking policy. We talked about how the city incorporates various perspectives into their planning efforts, the balancing act of addressing different needs, the vision for downtown, and what work remains. The city’s parking strategy will be adopted soon and can be found here. The Olympia Standard...

Duration:00:49:38

The Olympia Standard #36: EGYHOP in Downtown Olympia

4/1/2019
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EGYHOP (Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project) has been around for over 20 years providing services to homeless people in downtown Olympia. As part of our series of perspectives on downtown, we interviewed Cassie as a volunteer with this organization. We talked about why they provide the services they offer, how downtown has changed over the years, and how we could respond to conflicting needs and interests. The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:34:13

The Olympia Standard #35: Thurston Conservation District Update and Election

3/18/2019
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Last year, the Olympia Standard broke the story on serious issues within the Thurston Conservation District (check out episode 10). Since then, two board members have been removed by the State Conservation Commission. We interviewed TJ Johnson to get an update on the situation and the future of the TCD. TJ is a candidate for the board in the current election. More details on how to vote in this unusual election process can be found here! The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:34:32

The Olympia Standard #34: Downtown Conversations Part 4: Thurston County Food Bank

3/4/2019
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Continuing our series on perspectives of downtown Olympia, we interviewed the Thurston County Food Bank’s executive director, Robert Coit, about his vision for providing food to anyone who needs it from a central location. We talk about how that area has changed over time, the experience of patrons and workers, and how the Food Bank is responding to changing needs. The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:36:10

The Olympia Standard #33: Downtown Conversations Part 3 Concerns about Downtown

2/11/2019
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Continuing our series on perspectives of downtown Olympia, we interviewed Brianne. She loves to come downtown, but lately doesn’t feel that it is a safe and welcoming environment based on some of her personal experiences. She has been encouraging people to engage positively with the city for change. The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:35:44

The Olympia Standard #32: Downtown Conversations Part 2

1/28/2019
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This is the second episode on our series of perspectives on downtown Olympia. We interviewed two business owners, Jacob David of Nineveh Assyrian and Nathan Reilly of Three Magnets Brewing. They are both active in downtown business associations, PBIA and ODA. What do these acronyms mean?? And what is their experience owning a business downtown? Listen and learn! The Olympia Standard #30: Our 2019 Agenda The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:39:19

The Olympia Standard #31: Downtown Conversations Part 1

1/14/2019
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This episode is the first of a series about perspectives of downtown Olympia. We recorded an interview with two residents, Kento Azegami and David Scherer Water, to learn their story of downtown as a neighborhood and home. Why did they choose to live there? What is their experience? How do they see the future of downtown? The Olympia Standard #30: Our 2019 Agenda The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:01:00:10

The Olympia Standard #30: Our 2019 Agenda

12/28/2018
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For our last episode of 2018, we solicited topics and questions that our listeners would like to hear about in the next year. We reviewed the most intriguing questions to help set our agenda for 2019. The Olympia Standard #30: Our 2019 Agenda The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:54:06

The Olympia Standard #29: Timberland Regional Library News with Cheryl Heywood

12/10/2018
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We recently interviewed Cheryl Heywood, director of Timberland Regional Libraries. We talked about the value that the library brings to Olympia, the structure and funding of the five-county library system, and how the library will be moving forward with some tough decisions around budget shortfalls. The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:52:08

The Olympia Standard #28: Oly Budget with Jim Cooper

11/27/2018
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The Olympia Standard #28: Oly Budget with Jim Cooper The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:37:16

The Olympia Standard #27: Election Recap

11/12/2018
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The Olympia Standard #26: Ballot Review The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:41:37

The Olympia Standard #26: Ballot Review

10/29/2018
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The Olympia Standard #26: Ballot Review The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:48:35

The Olympia Standard #25: Thurston County Commissioner

10/15/2018
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On this episode of The Olympia Standard, we interviewed Thurston County Commissioner candidates Bud Blake and Tye Menser. Other than three-letter folksy nicknames... what do these candidates have in common? Where do they diverge in their approaches to the budget, the environment, homelessness, and the structure of county government? The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:50:26

The Olympia Standard #24: Thurston County Prosecutor Candidates

10/1/2018
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We interviewed Thurston County Commissioner candidates Bud Blake and Tye Menser. Other than three-letter folksy nicknames... what do these candidates have in common? Where do they diverge in their approaches to the budget, the environment, homelessness, and the structure of county government? The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:53:40

The Olympia Standard #23: County Auditor Candidates

9/17/2018
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On this episode of The Olympia Standard, we interview the candidates for Thurston County Auditor, Mary Hall and Stuart Holmes. Learn more about the role of this office, what each candidate has to offer, and what type of food they would choose to eat for any meal of the day. The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:47:07

The Olympia Standard #22: Public Transportation Tax

9/3/2018
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On this episode of The Olympia Standard, Olympia voters will see one local tax proposal on their ballot for the general election, a sales tax for public transit. We interviewed Clark Gilman, a City Council member and advocate for the initiative, and Eric Phillips of Intercity Transit. The Olympia Standard RSSCONTACT: Email us here

Duration:00:51:58