My husband Steve and I raised four children in Thurston County. In addition to South Thurston Journal, we also own Thornfield Acres, a small organic farm, and Mason Dixon Line, a small restaurant in Rochester. I'm also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Wood Stove “Mobile Apps” for Rural Poor and Elderly?
Forty percent of low-income Americans reported that they have had to choose between paying for food and utilities in the past year.
Should local governments have sweeping power to change how we live–especially when those changes would hurt our neediest citizens the most?
Should a government’s decision making process be more accessible to those who are affected the most?
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) is an unelected, little known, and powerful agency that has created strict and confusing regulations over wood burning, that have a great impact on low income citizens in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.
In an apparent attempt to share their draconian wood stove laws with folks who are trying hard not to freeze in their homes, PSCAA came up with some really cool mobile apps.
Mt. St. Helens was once one of the most beautiful, pristine, symmetrical mountains in the world. For thousands of years, it had reflected its grandeur in the huge, deep, crystal pure Spirit Lake.
Then in March 1980, Mt. St. Helens started to have earthquakes–“harmonic tremors”–the signaled the movement of magma. The mountain started to puff up ash.
After the initial surprise, western Washington residents mostly saw it as a curiosity. It became a day trip for people to drive to watch it billow dark ash.
People joked about the volcano, and radio stations played Jimmy Buffet’s song, “Volcano,” the title track from his new album at the time. What an eery coincidence!
We didn’t understand what was coming, although brave geologist Dave Johnston, 30, tried to warn us. We mostly thought that the lava would pour out of the volcano top and leisurely roll down the side. We didn’t understand that our volcanoes had thick magma, and would simply explode when they erupted. Dave tried to tell us otherwise. Continue reading Mt. St. Helens Erupts–A Look Back at Spring 1980→