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  • Immigration What’s Next Forum

    On February 25, 2021, the Thurston League held a forum on immigration issues, entitled “Immigration 2021:  What Happens Next?”  The forum was co-sponsored by Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance (SSA), Mason County League of Women Voters, and Asian Pacific Islanders Coalition, South Puget Sound Chapter (APIC-SPS).  Over 70 people participated in the forum, which was held virtually.  Our speakers addressed topics on the federal, state, and local levels. 

    Karen Tvedt, LWVTC President, and Kathy Baros-Friedman, from the Spanish Roundtable, moderated the forum.  Steffani Powell, an immigration attorney and member of SSA and Jorge Barón, Executive Director of the Northwest Immigration Rights Project, spoke to the myriad of issues at the federal level: what changes might come with the new administration; and what litigation is currently underway. 

    The state level perspective was presented by Cariño Barragàn Talancón, with the Washington Immigration Solidarity Network.  She spoke about her organization and pending state legislation. 

    From the local level, we heard from speakers representing three organizations.  Anne Fischel and Bob Zeigler informed us on SSA and its activities.  Ellen Shortt Sanchez of Elevate Mason County gave a presentation on immigration issues in Mason County.  Lin Crowley, Co-Chair of the APIC Chapter provided an enlightening educational history of Asian immigration in the United States.  She also spoke about APIC’s activities.

    After the presentations, the speakers and attendants moved into breakrooms for more dialog on their respective subjects.  Breakroom facilitators, who handled questions and reported back to the group, included Joel LeBel from SSA, Ellen Saunders of SSA, Lola Flores from the Washington State Commission of Hispanic Affairs, and Shari Silverman of the Thurston County League.  The forum was a great success, and we received a lot of positive feedback.  It will be available for review soon on the LWV of Thurston County’s YouTube channel.




    CLICK HERE to see a video of this forum.

  • published Youth Forum in Voter Info 2021-01-29 14:06:13 -0800

    Youth Forum

    Facing the Issues: Capital High School Youth Forum

    Seven members of the Capital High School Debate Team agreed to write individual oratories on matters important to us here in Thurston County. League members provided the list of topics, and students decided to use one or create their own. 

    Watch the Youth Forum!


    Kaloyan Menser: How do we get youth engaged in local government? 
    Ivy Davis: A history of women's work being stolen by men.
    Charlie Norris: The politics of kindness. 
    Meredith Morgan: What is the best way to solve homelessness? 
    Alaina Houser: Is the Thurston County Climate Mitigation Plan strong enough?
    Madeleine Lashinksy: What are needed changes to the juvenile justice system?
    Tealia Noviello: Are the police accountable and do we need reform?




  • commented on Contact Us 2021-01-10 12:35:48 -0800
    Shelley, I apologize if you are getting lots of these while I try to figure out what gives with my accounts. Peggy

  • commented on Confronting Racism/Inequity 2021-11-01 14:00:36 -0700
  • published Water Study Forum 7 in Water Study Forums -- reports 2020-11-14 15:29:37 -0800

    Water Study Forum 7

    Where’s the Water: Realities of Water Quality and Water Quantity?  November 10, 2020


    CLICK HERE for the video of this forum.

  • published Water Study Forum 6 in Water Study Forums -- reports 2020-11-14 15:29:00 -0800

    Water Study Forum 6


     Where's the Water:  What Are the Impacts of Sea Level Rising in Thurston County?  March 5, 2020 

    Unique circumstances resulted in the presenters scheduled for the first portion of this public meeting being unable to attend. Candice Penn, Climate Specialist, Squaxin Island Tribe, and Brian McTeague, G.I.S. Manager, Squaxin Island Tribe were able to join by electronic means.  They provided commentary on The Squaxin Island Tribe Sea Level Rise Story Map  video presentation.  They also answered questions from the audience.  




    The second portion of the evening's program shifted from the sea to a river.  That was the Chehalis River and the ongoing concerns about the devastating floods that occur in this river's flood plane.




    Andrea McNamara Doyle, Director of the Department of Ecology newly established Office of Chehalis Basin spoke about the the  innovative and ambitious approach to water management being considered.  She talked about the efforts involved in developing information about Flood Control on the Chehalis River.  An aspect of this work is the consideration of building a dam that would be used only at critical times.




    The second speaker on this topic was Lee First, Representative for Twin Harbors Waterkeeper. Her organization is clearly opposed to using a dam as a method to control Chehalis River flood events.  She spoke of the competition between development and natural habitat, with the idea that greater weight should be given to nature.


  • published Water Study Forum 5 in Water Study Forums -- reports 2020-11-14 15:28:31 -0800

    Water Study Forum 5

    Where’s the Water: Streams, Salmon & Orcas 

    The final community meeting to explore this topic and collect information for the update of the LWVTC Water Study was held on May 7, 2019.   Click here to see a Video of this meeting.

    Paula Holroyde, Water Study Committee Chair, welcome folks to the Olympia Center and thanks all who have made the Water Study Public Meetings such a success. 




    ANN MARIE PEARCE, Education Outreach Specialist, Thurston County Planning Water Division: “HOW CLEAN IS YOUR STREAM?

    GABE MADEL, Fish Biologist, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife: “WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH SALMON IN THURSTON COUNTY?”


     KIRSTEN HARMA, Lead Entity Coordinator, Chehalis Basin Partnership, Department of Natural Resources, Chehalis Tribe:  “CURRENT STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE SALMON HABITAT RESTORATION”

    CINDY HANSON, Education Coordinator, Orca Network, Whidbey Island, Washington: “WHAT ARE WE DOING TO PROTECT OUR ENDANGERED ORCAS?”


    To find out more about the Thurston League's involvement in Thurston County water issues, please take a look at our water study page by clicking here.              



  • published Water Study Forum 3 in Water Study Forums -- reports 2020-11-14 15:27:11 -0800

    Water Study Forum 3

    Where’s the Water: Rural Water Challenges & Solutions – March 19, 2019

    The third public meeting on aspects of Thurston County's water supply took a rural turn.  An enthusiastic crowd met in Yelm to hear speakers talk about issues unique to rural residents of the county.


    Mayor JW Foster talked about water resource planning going on in Yelm.  This "center of the universe"  has been attracting residents for hundred of years, with no signs of slowing down. Accommodation to population increases demands thoughtful planning. 

    Mary Verner, Department of Ecology Water Resources Division Program Manager, provided the "nuts and bolts of water rights permits."   Again, population growth is a pivotal factor in actions being taken by her Division.  The importance of Watershed Plans being developed was stressed by Ms. Verner.


    The fact that "farms" come in all sizes and varieties, from house plants to mega-farms and ranches, was the opening point of Glen Schorno.  He is a Dairyman from Yelm, and his remarks were related to agriculture water needs.  One of his major points is that technology is now a key factor in enabling more efficient use of water. 

    The final speaker of the evening, Nora White, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Thurston Conservation District (TCD), provided a range of voluntary and non-regulatory solutions to water management. Land owners are able to get direct education and technical assistance from TCD through their localized and hands-on approaches.                                             


    A video containing each of the presentations can be viewed by checking here

  • published Water Study Forum 2 in Water Study Forums -- reports 2020-11-14 15:26:06 -0800

    Water Study Forum 2

    Where’s the Water: Water for People, Water for Fish – March 5, 2019

    Another standing room crowd listened and learned about a range of aspect of Thurston County's water supply.


    Speakers George Walter, Environmental Program Supervisor, Nisqually Indian Tribe; Marc Daily, Executive Director, Thurston Regional Planning Council; and Maia Bellon, Director, Department of Ecology talked about history, current circumstances, and prospects for the future.  

    A video of the evening program is presented here in three parts:

    Part 1 is 42 minutes long. 

    Part 2 is 24 minutes long.

    Part 3 is 36 minutes long 


    And click here for a video: mitigating for permit-exempt wells in the Nisqually watershed 

  • published Water Study Forum 1 in Water Study Forums -- reports 2020-11-14 15:24:37 -0800

    Water Study Forum 1

    Where’s the Water: Reality Check – February 5, 2019

    Yes, it was a standing only crowd for the 1st of five Water Study public meetings. Certainly the excellent front page article in The Olympian, meeting sponsor, was a draw.  The presence of other sponsors contributed to the informative evening.


    Moderator, former Senator, Karen Fraser set the stage with eye opening information about the portion of water that is actually available it for human use. Listen to her remarks by clicking here.

    Her remarks were followed by presentations by two first-rate presenters, Kevin Hansen, County Hydrogeologist, Thurston County Water Resources, and David Troutt, Natural Resources Director for the Nisqually Indian Tribe.

       Mr Hanen explained where Thurston County water comes from and the challenges to maintaining adequate supply.  He pointed to the promise of a set of watershed plans for Thurston County Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA).  Find his remarks here. 



    Mr. Troutt, who was instrumental in the development of the first approved plan, for the Nisqually watershed, spoke ab out the plan.  He also talked about the impact of I-5 crossing the Nisqually in terms of economy, salmon recovery, and national security.  Here are his remarks.

  • published Water Study Forums -- reports in Water Study 2020-11-14 15:14:50 -0800

    Water Study Forums -- reports

    Water Study Forum 7
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    Water Study Forum 6
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  • published Water Study Forum 4 in Water Study Forums -- reports 2020-11-14 15:11:47 -0800

    Water Study Forum 4

    Where's The Water: Storm Water and Toxic Runoff  ---  April 2, 2019

    This meeting drew a somewhat different crowd, with its focus on storm water, watersheds, and permitting processes.  A video recording of this meeting can be viewed HERE.

    Here are pictures of the speakers, as well as co-sponsors who were available to give information and answer questions.


    Chris Wilke, Executive Director, Puget Soundkeeper, and Art Starry, R.S., Environmental Health Division, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, listen while waiting to present.


    Jana Ratcliff, Program Manager, Stormwater and Watersheds, WA Dept. of Transportation, talks about the need for permitting of new roadways or retrofitting existing pavement.



    Abbey Stockwell, Senior Stormwater Planner, WA Dept of speaks on the impact of Municipal Permitting.  


  • donated 2020-10-30 17:23:42 -0700

    Virtual Ticket Donation

    This is not a normal time. We will miss having our Annual Ed Fund Benefit Luncheon, and we chose not to do a virtual event. But we appreciate members and supporters buying virtual ticket as a way to donate to our Education Fund.

    The activities supported by this fund include:

    Candidate Forums, which have been so well received this campaign season.

    The Water Study Update, which has used a number of community forums for data collection and should be ready next May.

    They Represent You (TRY), a contact listing of elected officials on a county, state, and national level production and distribution.


    If you are not a LWVTC member yet, we invite you to join.  Click here to reach our membership form.


  • published NA Words Matter in DEI Blog 2020-10-21 14:43:56 -0700

    NA Words Matter

    In preparation for 2020 Native American Heritage Month, the follow was obtained from the National Park Service website.


    Words Matter

    It’s important to use language correctly in our messaging. Native nations were separated from their home lands due to battles, genocide, and western expansion. There are distinctions among various tribes resulting from geographic location, language, and cultural practices. For example, within the Lakota Nation (aka Sioux), there are seven bands and within one band there are three: Hidasta, Arikara, and Mandan. Within the Cheyenne, there are two: Northern and Southern. It’s similar for the Arapaho, River Crow, Mountain Crow, and others. In addition, there are various regional identities, such as the Northern Plains, Southern Plains, Wetlands, etc.

    The Harpers Ferry Center Editorial Style Guide provides guidance for NPS staff and partners. We are also grateful for assistance from CIRCLE, the Council for Indigenous Relevancy, Communication, Leadership, and Excellence employee resource group, in developing this guidance. Here are some specific items that might be helpful:

    • Create, develop, and share educational activities and youth programs related to AI/AN/NH both past and present. AI/AN/NH are contemporary and ‘living’ cultures and that should be conveyed to the staff and to the public.
    • Alaska Native This term refers to the indigneous people of the area. Native Alaskan is anyone from Alaska (including non-indigenous).
    • American Indian Some tribes (and their associated parks) prefer Native American. Use specific tribal name(s) whenever possible, accurate, and appropriate. See also First Nations, tribal names.
    • First Nation, First Nations Refers to aboriginal people in Canada who are neither Inuit (people of the Canadian Arctic) nor Métis (descendants of First Nation people who married Europeans). Often used in the plural in the collective sense, as in a program for First Nations youth. The term is widely used in Canada but is not used in the US, except in connection with Métis whose homelands include northwest Minnesota, North Dakota, or other northern states. See also American Indian.
    • Native American Use if requested by specific tribes or parks. See American Indian.
    • tribal name Use specific tribal name(s) whenever possible, accurate, and appropriate. Also the preference is to use the singular noun: Navajo, Lakota, Tlingit. See also American Indian. Examples: The Navajo entered Canyon de Chelly about 300 years ago. The Anishinaabek fished in Lake Superior.

  • donated 2020-05-28 10:01:54 -0700

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  • wants to volunteer 2019-08-04 12:45:22 -0700

    Volunteer Opportunities for Members

    The LWV-TC is working hard to engage Thurston County residents of all ages not just as informed voters, but as energetic and effective volunteers. There are six major areas where we need volunteer help. Lend your time and expertise to further our mission of educating Thurston County citizens to take action that makes a positive impact in our community.

    You may check the area(s) that you want to work with the League. Someone already volunteering in that area will contact you to discuss how you best can use your talents to pursue your passions. 

    A list of volunteer activities with more details of types of activities that are available under the broad heading can be seen by clicking here.  You might want to print, indicate more specifically the types of activities you are interested in, as well as your skills and experience in those areas.  Then you can mail the printed copy to LWVTC  POBox 2203, Olympia, WA  98507.  Emailing an electric copy to our email address will also work:  [email protected]

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