Sen. Karen Fraser
Photo credit: Thurston Talk
– “People in Politics: Karen Fraser
“In recognition of Karen Fraser’s decades of service and long list of accomplishments, the area’s Woodland Trail that runs through Lacey and Olympia was recently renamed Karen Fraser Woodland Trail. The City of Lacey noted that the Trail’s new name was a fitting tribute for someone who has been a “trailblazer” from Lacey to the state Capital.”
“There were monthly meetings, public testimony, lots of data and tours up and down the entire basin. The work of the task force needed to represent the balance of all interests.
“‘There are at least two dams, agriculture and towns like Yelm on the river,’ noted Karen. ‘There’s a whole chapter in our final report on economic enhancement. It is not just locking up all the land around the river.’
“Approved by the Legislature, the final plan established the Nisqually River Council that to this day, helps implement the plan,” by Barb Lally, Thurston Talk.
Billy Frank, Jr. Park, Olympia
Photo credit: Port of Olympia
– “[Olympia] waterfront trail and park will be named for Nisqually activist Billy Frank Jr.”
“The Port of Olympia commission has unanimously approved a waterfront project that will name a trail and park for Billy Frank Jr., the legendary Nisqually tribal activist who died in 2014.
The project is expected to begin with a dedication ceremony March 9, Frank’s birthday. Once complete, a trail that runs along East Bay, as well as a park at the north end of the port peninsula, will be named for him, port spokeswoman Jennie Foglia-Jones said,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.