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'March for Life' rally to draw thousands to Capitol Jan. 21

Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the 2014 "March for Life" rally. The rally is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the north steps of the Legislative Building.

Rally organizers estimate that roughly 4,500 people will attend the event this year, affecting traffic and parking on the west Capitol Campus that day.

Nov. 14 open house will focus on new campus building

The Department of Enterprise Services will host an open house meeting to share information with the public about the planned construction of a new state-owned office building at 1063 Capitol Way S.

The 1063 Block Replacement Project open house will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 14, 2013, in the Presentation room at the 1500 Jefferson St. building in Olympia.

Motorcycle event closes campus road Dec. 7

A charity event that brings thousands of motorcycles to Marathon Park and downtown Olympia will close Deschutes Parkway from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Olympia Toy Run is an annual event in which thousands of motorcyclists donate toys and money to the Salvation Army's Toy N' Joy Shop, which distributes the gifts to needy children.

Governor's Mansion holiday tours available in December

Reservations required for free visit to popular, historic home

Holiday tours of the Governor’s Mansion are being offered on Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

Morning and afternoon times are available. Reservations are required.

The Georgian-style mansion is located on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Constructed in 1908, the mansion is the oldest building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

Holiday decorations for the mansion are paid for through private donations. No public money is used.

U.S. Capitol Christmas tree comes to campus Nov. 8

An 88-foot-tall Engelmann spruce tree, cut from a northeast Washington forest and on its way to decorate the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building for the holidays, arrives at the Capitol Campus Friday Nov. 8.

The public is invited to welcome the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Olympia.

The tree will be on display along the South Diagonal of the west campus between 4 and 6 p.m. Friday. Free hot chocolate and candy canes will be available.

Hazardous trees to be removed at Centennial Park March 18

On Tuesday, March 18, a contractor hired by Enterprise Services will remove two unhealthy trees from Centennial Park, at Washington Street and Union Avenue, on the state Capitol Campus.

The two trees — a cottonwood and an alder — have been identified as dangerous because of their declining health and the possibility that they might cause injury or property damage.

Centennial Park is home to Olympia's largest Redwood tree, which is believed to be 140 years old.

State to lower Capitol Lake Dec. 3 to freeze invasive snails

The water level at Capitol Lake will be lowered starting today in an effort to control New Zealand mudsnails, an invasive species. The current cold-weather conditions provide an opportunity to kill the snails by freezing them.

State to lower Capitol Lake Feb. 4 to freeze invasive snails

The water level at Capitol Lake will be lowered starting Feb. 4 in an effort to control invasive New Zealand mudsnails. Colder than normal temperatures are expected this week; providing an opportunity to kill the snails by freezing them.

Wintery forecast prompts prep work on campus

It could be nothing more than a few flurries, but Enterprise Services isn't taking any chances: department crews are gearing up for snow and ice removal on the Capitol Campus.

The National Weather Service forecast for Olympia calls for a 40 percent chance of flurries before 10 p.m. tonight, then a chance of snow between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. The snow will turn to freezing rain, possibly mixed with snow.

East Plaza Stair tower elevator out of service Feb. 22

The elevator in stair tower #1 on the East Plaza will be shut down from about 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 22 while a contractor investigates the source of water infiltration.

The elevator is one of several that connect the underground Plaza Garage to state office buildings on the East Capitol Campus.

The work on Saturday is being done to prepare for a project that begins this summer that will repair stair towers #1 and #8, both on the southern portion of the East Plaza.

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