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    Ruckelshaus Center finishes Capitol Lake Assessment, releases report

Ruckelshaus Center finishes Capitol Lake Assessment, releases report

December 23rd, 2014|

The William D. Ruckelshaus Center has released their Situation Assessment Report on Capitol Lake Management.

The report highlights the opportunities and shared values, as well as challenges and concerns that were common among those interviewed.

Representatives from the Ruckelshaus Center presented their findings at the Dec. 11  joint meeting of the State Capitol Committee and the  Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee. The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services recorded the presentation.

To read the Ruckelshaus Center report, click here. For more information on Capitol Lake Assessment reports, click here.

Fraser receives Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation

December 11th, 2014|

Photo courtesy of the Consulate-General of Japan

Photo courtesy of the Consulate-General of Japan

Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, was awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation at a reception in honor of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan’s birthday at Japanese Consul-General Omura’s residence in Seattle.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” said Fraser. “When I was born our two countries were at war. Today our countries are not only friends, we are partners in the global economy. We were able to turn a negative relationship with Japan into one that is positive and beneficial to our citizens, countries, and the world. I am grateful to everyone who has helped strengthen the bonds of friendship – it was not accomplished by one person. The Foreign Minister’s Commendation is a once in a lifetime award and I am humbled to be a recipient of this great honor.”

Fraser has been involved with the Olympia – Kato Sister City relationship for more than 35 years. In 2013, as the chair of the Washington-Hyogo Sister State 50th Anniversary Host Committee, Fraser welcomed the governor of Hyogo prefecture and more than 300 distinguished guests to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship.

The Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation is awarded to individuals and groups for outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries. This year, the Commendation was awarded to 108 individuals and 30 groups worldwide.