The Veteran Broadcaster Serves Community Sundays at 9am on Mixx 96.1 FM
Dick with Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum
Dick Pust, who first began his radio career in Olympia radio in the late 1950s and recently ran for mayor of Olympia, has brought his media expertise and passion for the Olympia area to Mixx 96.1 KXXO with a new weekly half-hour community conversation, “It’s Your Community” Sundays at 9am.
Olympia grew up listening to Dick Pust chatting with candidates for local office and representatives from almost every community group one could imagine. Pust returns to what he does best with “It’s Your Community,” talking over the issues facing the Olympia area with the people who know the most about them.
Sponsors for “It’s Your Community” on Mixx 96.1 are:
Ann Shipley and Kathie McWaid, board members with the Thurston County Fair Foundation, explain how the local fair benefits the community.
Cub Scout leaders Scott Gibson and Dave Jones, along with members of Cub Scout Pack 202, Den 4, talk about how scouting helps kids.
Listen to Ann Shipley & Kathie McWaid:
Listen to Scott Gibson, Dave Jones, & the Cubs:
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Courtney Schrieve, president of PFLAG, and her son Hal Schrieve with Stonewall Youth, talk about gay, lesbian, and transgender issues.
Toastmaster Division Governor Judy Young and local Toastmaster Tom Arter give tips on how to be a more confident public speaker.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Betty Lochner, director of the state's GET (Guaranteed Education Tuition) program, explains a more economical way to finance higher education.
Melissa Saiz-Matheny with the Area Agency on Aging talks about services available for seniors who are unable to take care of themselves.
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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Denny Johnston, president of the Retired Public Employees Council, and member Jon Halvorson, talk about state employee retirement benefits.
Phil Owen, program director for Sidewalk, describes work being done to find homes for the homeless.
Listen to Denny Johnston & Jon Halvorson:
Listen to Phil Owen:
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Tumwater Assistant Fire Chief Jim McGarva tells what it takes to be a firefighter and offers fire safety tips.
Chris Quimby and Sara Thiessen with Senior Services for South Sound talk about services available to seniors.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Tenino Middle School teacher Bryan Hoddle talks about his work with disabled vets, especially those with missing limbs.
Former Olympia Council Member Karen Rogers gives some advice on anyone planning to run for political office.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Bucoda Town Council Member Alan Vanell, talks about the challenges of running a small town.
Kiwanis Past District Lieutenant Governor Don Sattleberg describes what Kiwanians do locally and worldwide.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014
New St. Martin's University Basketball Coach Michael Ostlund explains why the Lacey university is a good place to attend.
Tori Fairhurst with the Puget Sound Blood Center tells why giving blood is so important.
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Sunday, January 5, 2014
Former Olympia Council Member Matthew Green, now with the Buy Local program, explains the benefits of "shopping local."
Tumwater Community Development Department Manager Tim Smith talks about new roadways and round-abouts in his city.
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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Kathy McCormick, senior planner with the Thurston Regional Planning Council, presents the challenges of preparing for 120,000 new residents expected to arrive by the year 2035.
Local resident Frank Hensley talks about his recent trip to Cuba.
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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Retired Thurston County Health officer, Dr. Diana Yu, talks about the drug problem in Olympia and other health issues.
Past Rotary District Governor Bill McCarthy explains what the service clubs do, especially in such areas as world peace and the eradication of polio.
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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Former Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed talks about civility in government.
The president of the Woodland Trail Greenway Association, Jack Horton, provides the latest information on trail development in Thurston County.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Graeme Sackrison, founder of the Thurston Climate Action Team, talks about ways to save energy and improve our environment.
Local high school music teacher and football coach and director of the Olympia Choral Society, Terry Shaw, talks about how music and sports work together.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013
West Central Park owner Alicia Eliot and park designer Dennis Lyon talk about progress in developing Olympia's newest park.
Historian Shanna Stevenson promotes preservation of the Bigelow House.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Ann Anderson, president of the Ibsen Adoption Network, has advice for people adopting children with "special needs."
Eric Erler, director of the Capitol Land Trust, explains how people can preserve open space for future generations. www.capitollandtrust.org
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Public History Manager Carla Wulfsberg with the Olympia-Tumwater Foundation talks about the history of the Schmidt House.
Kim Dinsmore, founder of the Cool Jazz, Clean Water festival, talks about the event that helps provide musical instruments to kids and clean water to people in Africa.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Business owner Jeff Trinin and Meg Martin with Interfaith Works talk about a new approach for sheltering the homeless.
Olympia High School graduates Carol Maylsz Yett and Bev Sherman Werschkul offer tips on how to stay in touch with former classmates.
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Listen to Carol Maylsz Yett & Bev Sherman Werschkul:
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Mary Segawa with the State Liquor Control Board explains how the state is planning to regulate legalized recreational marijuana.
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services director, Don Sloma, talks about what the county is doing to promote better health and living standards.
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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Lynn Schneider, director of the South Sound Estuarium, talks about preserving sea life in south Puget Sound.
Allyson Brooks, president of the Thurston County chapter of the League of Women Voters, talks about the importance of being an informed voter.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013
LOTT's Karla Fowler and Ben McConkey explain how the Groundwater Recharge Scientific Study could affect the Olympia area's water quality.
Trudy Soucup with the non-profit organization Homes First discusses the need for affordable housing.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Kirk Robinson, Assistant Director of the State Department of Agriculture, talks about food safety.
Cherie Reeves Speer with the YWCA's "Women of Achievement" program highlights the accomplishments of some exceptional local women.
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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Raiko Callner, executive director of the Judicial Conduct Commission, talks about maintaining an ethical judiciary.
Joseph Weber, a facilitator for the Traumatic Brain Injury Support Network, offers help for people with brain injuries.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Sandra Kaiser, the new Media Relations Director for The Evergreen State College, discusses the educational and economic impact the college has on Olympia.
Olympia Police officer Jeff Herbig talks about his experiences as a member of the city's "walking patrol."
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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Olympia City Manager Steve Hall discusses the connection between the availability of alcohol and the amount of crime in the downtown area.
Diane Gallegos, the director of Wolf Haven, explains the need for protecting endangered species such as wolves.
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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Member of Congress (10th district) Denny Heck talks about his work in the nation's capital, including the successful passage of a bill to reform "reverse mortgages."
Past Zonta Club presidents Bev Masini and Billie Wayt talk about their club's efforts in helping women achieve equality.
Listen to Congressman Heck: Listen to Bev Masini & Billie Wayt:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
David Robinson and Shelly Lively with the South Sound Alzheimer's Council give hope to those affected by memory loss.
Treacy Kreger, vice president of Friends of the Olympia Farmer's Market, promotes locally grown food.
Listen to David Robinson & Shelly Lively: Listen to Treacy Kreger:
September 1, 2013
Olympia Mayor Steve Buxbaum expressed his views on "low barrier" housing for the homeless.
Brian Wilson with the Olympia Downtown Ambassadors program and Rob Richards with the Capital Recovering Center talk about what they are doing to make downtown Olympia a friendlier, cleaner, and safer place in which to visit and work. 360-292-0565.
Listen to Mayor Buxbaum: Listen to Rob Richards & Brian Wilson:
August 25, 2013
Jon Halvorson, president of the Olympia Kiwanis Club, and Harbor Days event planner Shelly Lively explain how Kiwanis helps needy families and children. They also talk about what to expect during Harbor Days, a major community event sponsored by the club.
Counselor Keith Meyer talks about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), especially the effects it can have on members of the military and their families.
Listen to Jon Halvorson & Shelly Lively: Listen to Keith Meyer:
August 18, 2013
Patty Belmonte, director of the Hands On Children's Museum, explains the benefits of teaching children history at an early age.
Randy Ryan, executive director of the Children's Advocacy Center, talks about dealing with children who are victims of child abuse.
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August 11, 2013
Ann Freeman-Manzanares, the new general manager for Intercity Transit, talks about the benefits of public transportation.
Shelli Slaughter, director of the Family Support Center, discusses different ways to help families in need.
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August 4, 2013
Michael Mathias, property re-development manager for the old Olympia Brewery site, talks about the future of the abandoned property.
Judy Kimeldorf, board member with "The Little Red Schoolhouse," talks about helping low-income school kids. www.redschool.org
Chef Amadeus talks about preparing mushrooms at the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival in Lacey and the joy of cooking. Listen to the Esteps and Kim Manthe:
Listen to Chef Amadeus:
July 21, 2013
Thurston County Emergency Services Director Steve Romines talks about what's being done in Thurston County to prepare for disasters.
The City of Olympia's parking services manager, Karen Kenneson, gives an update on the city's parking situation.
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July 14, 2013
The Olympia School District's Randy Steele explains how robots are being used to get kids interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Krensa Mabwa with GRuB (Garden Raised Urban Bounty) describes the ecological benefits of growing your own food.
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July 7, 2013
OlyTours tour guide Dixie Havlack talks about the best places to take your company when they visit Olympia.
Mark Pearson, lead singer with the group Brothers Four, talks about the importance of music, especially folk music.
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June 30, 2013
John Hughes, director of the Legacy Project, tells how he is collecting stories of people who shaped the State's history.
Kathryn Beall, board director of the Olympia Little Theater, talks about the theater's history and its importance to local arts community.
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June 23, 2013
Jim Larson, director of Morningside, talks about changes in the way his organization deals with the physically and mentally challenged.
Crisis Clinic manager Paul Larsen and staff member Keylee Marineau tell what happens when someone calls their help line.
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June 16, 2013
Don Leaf with the Olympia Kiwanis Club talks about growing gardens to raise food for lower income people.
Jennifer Myrick, president of Capital Kids Connection, talks about the needs of foster kids.
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June 9, 2013
Olympia Golf and Country Club Owner and medical researcher Dr. Angela Bowen, talks about her contributions to medical science and her current plan to protect open space by "saving" a historic local golf club from developers who might have turned it into a housing development.
Curt Andino, the director of Habitat for Humanity, explains how his non-profit organization helps low income families own their own homes.
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June 2, 2013
East Olympia Fire Chief Mel Low talks about the challenges of having a major rail line cut your district in half. He also explains the latest CPR technique.
Shirley Stirling, Ann Shipley, and Suzy Scuderi with the Daughers of the American Revolution (DAR) talk about the importance of Sylvester Park.
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Listen to Shirley Stirling, Ann Shipley, and Suzy Scuderi:
May 26, 2013
Alicia Eliot, owner of a controversial piece of property on Olympia's west side, explains why she is going to turn the site into a park for everyone to enjoy.
Michele Penberthy, a board member with the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, talks about changes being made at the center.
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May 19, 2013
Mark Couey, director of the Special Investigation Unit for the State Insurance Commissioner, talks about insurance fraud.
Skip Steffan, the executive director of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission, explains what his organization does to help the homeless.
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May 12, 2013
Mary Belz, president of Friends of the Library, speaks about the need for a new library in Olympia.
Charlie Barron, president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Major Bill Lum, local corps officer, talk about "rules" at their local homeless shelter.
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May 5, 2013
Olympia Port Commissioner Jeff Davis talks about air traffic controllers, shipping, property development, and the various aspects of Port operation.
Wayne Gruen, co-director of CROP Walk, discusses the world's hunger problem.
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April 28, 2013
Rich DeGarmo and Karen Keller with the Centennial Station talk about the benefits of mass transit such as railroads.
Laura Porter with the DSHS ACE program explains new research on dysfunctional families and how problems in childhood affect the way a person grows up.
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April 21, 2013
Stephanie Johnson, the co-coordinator of Arts Walk, presented by the City of Olympia Arts Commission and Parks, Arts & Recreation department, gives an update on the bi-annual celebration and offers parking and travel advice. www.Olympiawa.gov/ArtsWalk
Ryan Betz, Mo Young, and Terrance Krall with the Boys and Girls Clubs expound on the benefits of the club's youth programs.
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April 14, 2013
Olympia Mayor Steve Buxbaum updates listeners on the affairs of the city and discusses the homeless problem.
White Pass Ski Patrol member, Cory Eckert, talks about safety on the ski slopes.
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April 7, 2013
Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim and Project Zero Manager Jerry Noviello explain their goal of reducing traffic fatalities down to zero.
Jackie Ashley, president of Rebuilding Together Thurston County talks about helping low income families and seniors with free repairs on their homes.
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Sunday, March 31, 2013 Show:
Tamra Marlow and Mike Walsh of the Dispute Resolution Center talk about ways to settle disputes without going to court. Bill Evans and Kevin McMains of the Lion's Project New Hope Northwest discuss Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and other issues of interest to veterans.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013 Show:
Lisa Smith with Enterprise for Equity provides needed information to people who might be thinking of going into business for themselves. Hillary Soens and Cherie Reeves Sperr with the YWCA encourage young girls to consider training for jobs currently dominated by men through their "Girls Without Limits" program.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013 Show:
Sarah Hannapel of Concern for Animals talks about the proper care of animals and prevention of animal abuse. Sarah Greenwell with the Olympia School District and Maddy deGive with North Thurston Public Schools talk about students who are homeless.
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Sunday, March 10, 2013 Show:
LisaNa Red Bear, a Mental Health Specialist with Behavioral Health Resources (BHR), gives a lesson on "Mental Health First Aid." Carolyn Smith with the State Insurance Office explains the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare").
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Sunday, March 3, 2013 Show:
Andrew Oczkewicz, manager of the USO at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, explains how his organization helps our soldiers. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy talks about how drug court helps people turn their lives around.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013 Show:
Thurston County Treasurer Shawn Myers explains your property tax statement. Scott Schoengarth, producer of Entertainment Explosion's "Really Big Shoe" talks about why the show is more than just entertainment. The charitable event also helps needy school children.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013 Show:
Sarah Patterson, Nancy Deakins, and Gabby Loftues with the Expanding Your Horizons program challenge young women to enter "non-traditional" careers. They will be holding hands-on workshops for middle-school girls at South Puget Sound Community College March 2nd in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. www.starjumper.net
Roxy Caples, president of the Olympia Art League, explains why art is so important to this area.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013 Show:
Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson talks about the many ethnic backgrounds represented in the Olympia area. SideWalk Advocacy volunteer Emma Margraf and chef Karyn Lindberg, organizers of "Love For a Change," present another way to help the homeless.
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Listen to Emma Margraf & Karyn Lindberg:
Sunday, February 3, 2013 Show:
Michael Endicott, former Secret Service agent and personal bodyguard to President Richard Nixon, talks about public safety and Presidential history. Matthew Drake, director of "Kourageous Kids" explains how his books help terminally ill kids.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013 Show:
Army Major James Ruzicka talks about serving his country in Afghanistan. Former Olympia mayor Mark Foutch talks about a better way to preserve Olympia's history.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013 Show:
Community Youth Services Director Charles Shelan talks about Olympia's homeless kids and helping them cope with the city's new sidewalk ordinance. Sally Beckwith, a heart attack survivor and volunteer with the American Heart Association, talks about heart health.
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Sunday, January 13, 2013 Show:
Olympia Council Member Karen Rogers talks about issues involving Olympia's homeless population and other city topics. James Reddick with the Parks Foundation of Thurston County promotes the preservation and improvement of local parks.
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Sunday, January 6, 2013 Show:
Rani Hong, president of the Troni Foundation, and "one of the world's leading voices in the fight against modern day slavery," talks about human trafficking. Doug Mah, former Olympia mayor, discusses issues facing the city.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012 Show:
Mark Brown, a member of the State Parks and Recreation Commission, warns that, because of budgetary constraints, some parks may have to close. Jim Cooper, executive director of TOGETHER!, talks about school dropouts and kids at risk.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012 Show:
Tumwater Council Member Judi Hoefling reflects on her years in city government. Former Olympia High School teacher Jim Carlson talks about how education has changed over the years.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012 Show:
Vivian Eason with Thurston County Emergency Management discusses ways people can prepare for emergencies. Robert Coit, executive director of the Thurston County Food Bank, and Patty Gregory and Alie Miceli with the Family Support Center, talk about helping families in need and the Holiday Connection coalition of non-profit groups.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012 Show:
Major Bill Lum, local director of the Salvation Army, discusses ways to help Olympia's needy, especially the homeless. Marie Poland with Sustainable South Sound talks about the environmental benefits of "buying local."
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Sunday, December 2, 2012 Show:
Dennis Mahar, local director of the Area Agency on Aging for Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties, talks about services for aged. Damian Gates and Patty Ayala Ross, board members of Sound Learning, talk about what's being done to fight adult illiteracy.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012 Show:
Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston/Mason County Health Officer, discusses the need for immunizations and offers health tips. Tenino Police Chief John Hutchings talks about law enforcement in a small town. He also addresses the special skills needed in dealing with the mentally ill.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012 Show:
Lacey Fire Chief Steve Brooks gives tips on avoiding a house fire and Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts talks about what's being done to keep Olympia area residents safe.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012 Show:
John Lee, State Director of Veterans Affairs, talks about the benefits available to veterans and their families. Don Trosper, President of the Tumwater Historical Association, promotes historical preservation.
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Sunday, November 4, 2012 Show:
Tori Fairhurst with the Puget Sound Blood Center talks about why it's so important to give blood. Rich DeGarmo, chair of the Centennial Station Committee, predicts better rail service to Olympia in the future.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012 Show:
Clydia Cuykendall, chair of the Port of Olympia Citizen's Advisory and past president of the League of Women Voters, talks about the current activities at the Port and how the League promotes public awareness of political issues. Dave Hughes with a new non-profit called Healthy Communities has tips on how to stay healthy.
Listen to Clydia Cuykendall:
Listen to Dave Hughes:
Sunday, October 21, 2012 Show:
Cherie Reeves Sperr from the Olympia YWCA talks about "Women of Achievement." Ed Echtle with the Capitol Way Heritage Corridor Project points out various forgotten historical sites in Olympia.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012 Show:
Community Activist Larry Watkinson reveals what it's like to get around in Olympia when you can't see. Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock talks about the dangers of texting while driving with a special warning to teenagers.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012 Show:
Olympia Mayor Steve Buxbaum explains the upcoming Public Safety ballot issue. Olympia Fire Marshal Rob Bradley gives fire safety tips.
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September 30, 2012 Show:
Lacey Deputy Mayor Jason Hearn talks about how Lacey may soon become Thurston County's largest city. Downtown Olympia YMCA manager Jake Grater and "Y" Youth Director Tanya Bowers-Anderson explain why teaching a young child how to swim is so important.
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September 23, 2012 Show:
Michael Cade, executive director of the Thurston County Economic Development Council, talks about the local economy. Roger Jones, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, discusses the satisfaction derived from being a Big Brother - and the overwhelming need for same.
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September 16, 2012 Show:
Will Capitol Lake ever be the beautiful lake it once was? Bob Wubbena with an organization called CLIPA talks about that. LOTT manager Mike Strub tells you some things you need to know about waste water.
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September 9, 2012 Show:
Phil Owen with the Sidewalk Advocacy talks about what's being done to help the homeless find housing. Charlie Kirry, president of the Olympia High School Alumni Association, presents some amazing facts about Olympia High.
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September 2, 2012 Show: Judy Reynolds,who has a condition called Sjogrens Syndrome, tells how she copes with the disease and gives hope to others who may have it. Most people have never heard of Sjogrens Syndrome, but several million people in the United States are afflicted by it. Many don't even know it. Judy organizes support groups. Olympia Mayor Pro-tem Nathaniel Jones talks about some of the challenges facing the capital city.
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August 26, 2012 Show: Shelly Lively with the Olympia Kiwanis and Bob Peck with the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association talk about Harbor Days and why it is now being run by the Olympia Kiwanis Club. In the second segment, citizen activist Jerry Reilly gives a progress report on what's being done to develop more park space on Olympia's isthmus.
Listen to Shelly Lively & Bob Peck:
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August 19, 2012 Show: Kris Goddard with 2020 Vision Olympia talks about what the Capital City could look like in the future. The Evergreen State College Academic Vice President and Provost Michael Zimmerman explains why a liberal arts education is vitally important to a person's success in life.
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August 12, 2012 Show: Brian Wilson and Rob Richards talk about the intent of Downtown Olympia's new Ambassadors Program. Bob Jones and Phil Schulte from the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations discuss the importance of neighborhood associations.
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Listen to Bob Jones & Phil Schulte from Coaltion of Neighborhood Associations:
August 5, 2012 Show: Dr. Richard Brantner and Frank Hensley of the State Medical Quality Assurance Commission talk about what's being done to assure high quality medical care, and Mary Pontarolo, director of Safeplace, tells what's being done to protect victims of abuse.
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July 29, 2012 Show: Jim Kiefert with an organization called "US Too" shares some good news and encouragement for people concerned about prostate cancer. Charles Shelan, director of Community Youth Services, talks about what's being done to help kids at risk.
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July 22, 2012 Show: Olympia Port Commissioner Bill McGregor and Friends of the Waterfront spokesperson Bob Jacobs present their views on Olympia's proposed Shoreline Master Program.
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July 15, 2012 Show: New Olympia School District superintendent Dick Cvitanich tells a little about himself and what he wants to accomplish. TV personality Chef Amadeus talks about why he's coming all the way from Florida to take part in the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival in Lacey.
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July 8, 2012 Show: Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim shares his vision for a family resource center. TCTV (Thurston Community Television) CEO Deb Vinsel discusses Channel 22 and how it works to serve the community.
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July 1, 2012 Show: Olympia Council Member Jeannine Roe explains the "Ambassador" program and how it will make downtown more "user friendly." GRuB co-founder and executive director Kim Gaffi talks about food sustainability and how growing a garden is good for the environment.
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June 24, 2012 Show: Guests include Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, revealing an Olympia building he would like to see destroyed, and Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB) executive director George Sharp on the two attractions drawing folks to Lacey.
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June 17, 2012 Show: Guests include Tumwater mayor Pete Kmet talking about some possible uses for the old Tumwater Brewery and PBIA chair Ken Adney on efforts to make downtown Olympia more attractive to shoppers.
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Listen to Ken Adney of Olympia's Parking, Business & Improvement Area (PBIA):
June 10, 2012 Show: Guests include long-time community activist Anna Schlecht on advocating for persons who are homeless and new Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza. Listen to Anna Schlecht:
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June 3, 2012 Show: Guests include Raj Manhas, Superintendent of Thurston County Schools, and Lacey City Councilman Ron Lawson, who supports legalizing marijuana. Listen to Superintendent Manhas:
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May 26, 2012 Show: Guests include John Masterson from Behavioral Health Resources (BHR) discussing homelessness and the mentally ill, and Dr. Christine McCale discussing psychological responses, including her own, to being out of work. Listen to John Masterson:
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May 20, 2012 Show: Guests include SPSSCC president Dr. Gerald Pumphrey and Olympia Timberland Library manager Cheryl Heywood on whether books are in your library's future. Listen to Dr. Pumphrey:
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May 13, 2012 Show: No show on Mother's Day
May 6, 2012 Show: Guests include retired state supreme court justice Gary Alexander on juror pay and Russian immigrant Katya Miltimore discussing life in the USA.
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April 29, 2012 Show: Guests include Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson on being black in a white society, and Jan Teague discussing the light at the end of the economic slowdown tunnel.
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April 22, 2012 Show: Guests include Debbie Mealy, talking about what we can do to end human trafficking, and George Barner discussing his battle with diabetes.
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April 15, 2012 Show: Guests include Olympia mayor Stephen Buxbaum and Jennifer Williamson Forster, executive director of the South Sound Reading Foundation.
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April 8, 2012 Show: Guests include Eric Johnson, president of the Washington State Ports Association, and Lon Wyrick, executive director of Thurston Regional Planning, who will talk about the Sustainable Thurston project.
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April 1, 2012 Show: Guests include historian Dave Nicandri, former director of the Washington State Historical Society, and retired judge Rick Strophy, one of the founders of the Drug Court.
Listen to Dave Nicandri:
Listen to Rick Strophy:
March 25, 2012 Show: Guests include Jill Severn, an advocate for the homeless, and Joe French, a resident at the Camp Quixote encampment; and Connie Lorenz of the Olympia Downtown Association, who will share some of the reasons one might want to make downtown a destination.
Listen to Connie Lorenz:
Listen to Jill Severn and Joe French:
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