Facebook274Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Fire DepartmentOlympia Firefighters responded to a report of a fallen window washer just before 10:00 on July 17, 2014. Two window washers were working on the back side of the Capitol Terrace Apartments, a six floor complex at 1517 Capitol Way south in Olympia, just up from the capitol Campus.The first arriving unit, Olympia Ladder Truck found two window washers, believed to be from Ace Window Cleaning, hanging from their safety lines on the back of the building. One window washer was bleeding from the head.Three Olympia Firefighter crews immediately went to work on the rescue. One crew accessed the patient through a window on the fifth floor. A second crew went to the roof to assure that the safety lines would continue to hold the window washers and their malfunctioning window washing platform. A third crew carefully moved the articulated ladder truck into the narrow alleyway behind the building and extended the ladder up to the window washers.Crews assisted the first window washer out of their tangled equipment and down the ladder. This person was treated for a head laceration and transported to the hospital. The second window washer was then helped down the ladder. He was uninjured.Olympia Fire Department responded with one engine, one ladder truck, a medic unit, and a command unit. The County Special Operations and Rescue Team (SORT) was dispatched but not needed. There were no injuries to any of the firefighters during the rescue.Olympia Fire Department remained on scene until a representative from the state of Washington Department of Labor and Industries arrived.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryElk River Riesling, crafted with grapes from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA, earned a gold medal. This wine offers a spine-tingling aftershock of flavor that is luscious, bright and penetrating. In the winery’s restaurant it is paired with their homemade wilted spinach salad. Suggested listening while enjoying this wine is the song The River by Garth Brooks. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.Surfer’s Syrah, made with grapes from Discovery Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, earned a silver medal. The winery says this is the Edgar Allen Poe of wine as it is dark, brooding and intense. It pairs especially well with Surf and Turf at the winery while listening to Pipeline by The Ventures.This wine benefits South Beach EMS and fittingly features winery co-owner Blain Roberts on the label when he was a competitive surfer on Maui in the 1970s.Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris earned a bronze award with grapes from Airfield Vineyard. This wine offers a floral kaleidoscope of jasmine, melon and white tigers on the nose and palate. The winery’s homemade vegetarian broccoli bisque offers the perfect complement while reminiscing with As Time Goes By as sung by Louis Armstrong. This wine benefits 7th Street Theatre in Hoquiam.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the unique outdoor sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best Northwest Wine Destination in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.
Below, via Gawker, is an internal memo from ALM CEO Bill Pollak [pictured above]:Folks, Several weeks ago, I wrote to you about our business results for the first quarter of 2008 and shared some of the challenges we face as a result of the credit squeeze and other market factors. I also described our intention to tighten our belts and reduce costs. With no change in sight on the economic horizon, the senior management team and I have spent the past few weeks examining our business options. Our goal was to find solutions that would lower expenses without compromising quality, and which would allow us to continue to invest in and meet our long term business goals. In particular, we all strongly agree on the need to continue investing in our Web infrastructure, while expanding ALM’s ability to generate and publish content online.We looked at each business with these questions in mind: Are we getting the right return on our investment? Do we need to keep doing this work? Can we do this work another way? We believe that while we are primarily doing the right work in the right way, there are changes we need to make immediately to respond to economic conditions.Some of these changes involve revising the timing or scope of planned initiatives. Others, however, are staff related and go beyond simply delaying the filling of open jobs. In total, we have decided to eliminate forty-two current positions across ALM and Incisive’s US operations. These staff reductions are distributed across businesses, locations and job levels and all the employees involved have already been notified.The business changes we will be making are also broad in scope. These include scaling back plans to grow Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly magazine; closing down the Operations Department of Incisive’s Norwalk, CT. office; and shifting Law Firm, Inc. from a print magazine to a digital product.Another change in business strategy – and the one that will have the greatest impact on staff – is our decision to restructure ALM’s Event Division and reassign management responsibility for many of our existing SRI conferences to Insight in Canada, Incisive’s Events group in London and ALM’s Legal Publishing Division. A number of SRI’s financial events will be eliminated.Accepting and working through change is never easy, and changes that affect our colleagues and friends can be particularly painful. We did not make these decisions lightly. But we know that our future success depends on our ability to align ourselves with our markets and clients, and to ensure we have the resources we need to develop and grow our brands. The changes announced today will not only help us during the current economic turbulence, but will make us stronger in the future.As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note at[Redacted].Bill Ever since British acquisition firm Incisive Media purchased U.S.-based ALM last July for $630 million, it seemed that the Apax Partners subsidiary was on the fast track, quickly evolving from an entrepreneurial startup to a b-to-b powerhouse.Now, it seems there is some apprehension from inside—mostly about revenues. Is the legal market not as recession-proof as once thought?Earlier this month, ALM slashed 42 jobs across the board. The company apparently is scaling back plans to grow Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly magazine and is shifting Law Firm, Inc. from print to online only.