Facebook12Tweet0Pin0As the latest stormy weather moves out of the area, it’s a reminder that storm and flood season is here and inclement weather will soon return.Rain, wind and cloudy weather is forecast again for Thursday, December 10, and a revised forecast for periods of rain and showers tapering off in the evening, will allow the rivers to recede below flood stage.Thurston County Emergency Management encourages everyone to take this break in the weather as an opportunity to improve their preparedness and safety. A primary preparedness tip includes storing enough food and water to be on your own for at least 72 hours. There are many preparedness links on the Emergency Management website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/em or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.Residents of unincorporated Thurston County can call the Roads Maintenance division at (360) 867-2300 to report flooded roads. Residents are urged to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies and any downed power lines. For power outages, please contact Puget Sound Energy at 800-225-5773 to ensure they are aware of the outage.Thurston County Emergency Management officials urge drivers to use caution in wet weather and stay away from flooded roads. “It only takes 18 inches of water to float a small car, so even if a roadway isn’t officially closed, the only safe bet is to avoid flooded roads and find an alternate route,” says Sandy Johnson, Thurston County Emergency Management Manager. Do NOT drive around road barricades!For more emergency information, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/EI/EI.asp or call 360-867-2800. Stay connected with TCEM with social media and get Thurston County Emergency Management updates on Facebook and Twitter:Facebook: ThurstonEMTwitter: @ThurstonEM
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Sound Estuary AssociationThe Estuarium, based in downtown Olympia, is recruiting volunteers for our 2017 Meet the Beach program. Meet the Beach provides natural interpretation to the general public and to K-12 groups at local beaches during summer low tide days. We are looking for volunteers who love the beach as much as we do and who want to inspire the community to explore and discover Puget Sound’s intertidal life and habitats.Starting in April, we will be providing six training sessions, free of charge. No existing knowledge or experience is required. We will teach volunteers everything they need to know. As part of this program, new volunteers will need to submit a background check. Volunteers are encouraged to contribute at least 15 hours of service during the season and become an Estuarium member.The South Sound Estuary Association is recruiting naturalists for the Meet the Beach program. Photo courtesy: South Sound Estuary Association.The Meet the Beach volunteer training is led by professional scientists and experts. The 2017 classroom and beach training dates are:Thursday, April 13, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PMThursday, April 20, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PMSunday, April 30, 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM at Tolmie BeachThursday, May 4, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PMThursday, May 11, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PMSaturday, May 13, 12:30 PM- 3:30 PM at Burfoot BeachVolunteers can apply for the Meet the Beach Program by filling out an online application at https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1682072780 or contacting Susan Shelton at Susan@SSEAcenter.org.For more information about Meet the Beach, visit our website or contact Susan Shelton at Susan@SSEAcenter.org.South Sound Estuary Association’s (SSEA’s) mission is to foster learning opportunities that inspire people of all ages to connect with, protect, and enjoy the unique estuary environment of south Puget Sound. Our motto is to “Explore · Connect · Inspire!” Our programs include: Estuarium; Meet the Beach; K-12 Education; Pier Peer; and Connecting the Community. We create opportunities for the public to learn about estuaries, geology, natural and cultural history, marine life, and human impact on the Puget Sound.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2016)–Supplemented at a cost of $1,500, longshot Iron Rob validated the investment with a half length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs. Originally scheduled for the hillside turf at the same distance, the Baffle was switched to the main track due to rainfall earlier this week. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and trained by George Papaprodromou, the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Twirling Candy got the distance in 1:15.50.Breaking from post position two in a field that was reduced to four sophomores by a pair of late scratches, Iron Rob sat a restrained second to favored Tiz a Billy around the far turn, took over a furlong out and won while eased up a bit at the wire.With no show wagering, Iron Rob, who was pulled up after the race on the Club House turn and did not return to the Winner’s Circle, was off at 5-1 and paid $13.60 and $3.80.“He’s fine,” said Papaprdromou. “He stumbled coming out of the gate. Santiago was holding him the whole way. Crossing the wire, he was holding him even. He jumped off because he didn’t want to have him keep galloping out or to have to jog back after.”Owned by Kretz Racing, LLC, Iron Rob, who broke his maiden two starts back going 5 ½ furlongs at Los Alamitos Dec. 4, got his second win from nine starts. With the winner’s share of $47,100, he increased his earnings to $110,520.Tiz a Billy, who took the lead coming out of the seven furlong chute, battled back late under Flavien Prat and finished 8 ½ lengths in front of He’s a Tiger. Off at 3-5, Tiz a Billy paid $2.60 to place.Fractions on the race were 22.07, 45.04 and 1:09.06.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.