• State Parks Commission to Talk Revenue at Special Meeting

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is calling a special meeting next week in Olympia to discuss its spending plan for the remainder of the current budget cycle and to begin identifying priorities for the agency’s 2013-15 budget request, due in September.

    The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Washington State Parks Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia, in the Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office on the third floor. A Commission meeting agenda is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/agency/commissionmeetings/. Time for public comment will be provided.

    In the 2012 session, the Legislature transferred $4 million to State Parks from a state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, for operations and maintenance of parks as the Commission works to implement a new funding structure, which relies significantly upon sales of the Discover Pass.

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  • Starlight Celebration reopens 7th Street Theatre Jan. 23

    Grays Harbor’s historic 7th Street Theatre will present a Grand Reopening for the second year in a row, this time a “Starlight Celebration” on Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.
    The free reopening celebration at the downtown Hoquiam theatre follows a three-month project of restoration of the curved plaster ceiling and embedded, lighted stars, in addition to the restoration of all ornamental plaster and walls. The work was done by EverGreene Architectural Arts of New York City, who have restored historic buildings all over the country from the Radio City Music Hall to the Grand Opera House in Meridian, Mississippi.
    This reopening event follows by almost exactly a year the 2009 reopening, which took place after a closure for replacement of the stage rigging, seat restoration, and new stage curtain.
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