Old Warrior Pays Dividends
Ramtha, the 35,000 year old warrior from Atlantis hasn't ever been seen in Yelm, but his presence has been felt. Ramtha's School of Enlightenment has contributed much to the local economy.
A recent survey of 495 of the school's students reveals that they spent almost a quarter of a million dollars on one three-day seminar. The money went for entertainment, food, housing and travel. More than $86,000 went into Yelm businesses.
Centralia Ambulatory Surgery Center Expert Addresses 600 Administrators and Physicians in Washington, DC
Kevin McHugh, CEO of Centralia’s Washington Orthopaedic Center, was selected as one of two presenters of the keynote address for the annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Practice Assemblies in Washington, DC. More than 600 practice administrators and physicians heard McHugh’s address.
The Orthopaedic Practice Assemblies is a specialty group of the Medical Group Managers Association, a professional organization with 8,933 member organizations and 18,566 individual memberships. The Association expected 32,000 attendees at the annual meeting.
McHugh was chosen for the presentation because of his experience in organizing a detailed, procedure specific, cost study. The study was conducted with 24 surgery centers nationwide and elements of the cost study have been incorporated already and other elements will be incorporated in January 1998 by the Health Care Finance Administration, commonly known as Medicare, into a new payment system known as Ambulatory Patient Categories (APCs). Implementation of the payment methodologies are expected to radically reduce the cost Medicare pays for services in the Part B environment. APCs will be the equivalent of outpatient Diagnostic Related Groups, (DRGs), routinely used in the in-patient hospital setting.
For more information, contact Kevin McHugh at Washington Orthopaedic Center at 1-800-342-0205 or 360-736-2889, extension 235.
Boathouse Grill Reopens in Spring
Early next year the Boathouse Grill in Point Defiance Park will reopen under the Anthony’s banner. The Metro Parks Tacoma facility will undergo a $775,000 renovation prior to opening under the new management. Anthony’s will provide $525,000 of the renovation funds, with $250,000 coming from Metro Parks capital improvement funds.
Anthony’s operates several waterfront restaurants in the Puget Sound area and was selected following a request for proposals advertised by the park district.
Under the terms of the agreement, Anthony’s will pay the park district a guaranteed annual rent of $115,000 for an initial 15-year contract, or five percent of the gross up to $1.5 million and six percent of any additional gross. Anthony’s were also offered the option of two 10-year extensions beyond the initial 15 years.
Anthony’s plans to operate a mid-priced family seafood restaurant offering lunch and dinner seven days a week and breakfast on weekends.
The park district board of commisioners decided to close the seven-year-old facility on September 14 after falling revenues dictated a change.
FEATURE ARTICLE - The Roslyn Connection for Contentment
Roslyn and Cle Elum in Eastern Washington are only a few miles apart and thousands of miles from most places on Earth, but they’ve made the world a smaller place, a richer place, a more interesting place, a more caring place, a more enjoyable place. (Continuted)
Read more about Roslyn, Rotary, Northern Exposure, Mary Bridge, the Courage Classic and the entire world in this feature-length article.
Goeducks Help Pay for New Park
Phase 1 of cleanup and demolition of the former Dickman Lumber Mill began on July 16 during a community celebration to highlight turning the site into another park along Ruston Way. The addition of this park will add two different beaches of different character to the 2 miles of waterfront walkways and parks bordering Commencement Bay. The walkways provide outstanding views of Commencement Bay, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. The beaches will add a substantial uplands area between the railroad/street and the water and suitable topography for creation of a tidal estuarine wetland and abundant marine life. The park will be open for year round use.
Master of Ceremonies, Metro Parks Executive Director Jim Montgomerie welcomed Jennifer Belcher, Commissioner of Public Lands and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Park Board President Doug Miller and Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole to remark on the occasion. Mayor Ebersole observed that within 8 years, following the conversion of the ASARCO site and completion of the Thea Foss Waterway, Tacoma will have more than a 10-mile stretch of waterfront park, from the Thea Foss to Point Defiance, an achievement unmatched across the US.
Funds for Phase 1 of the development of the mill site include a $1 million grant from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Aquatic Lands Enrichment Account (ALEA) fund to match funding from $850,000 from City of Tacoma, $570,000 from 1986 Metro Parks bond issue as well as $131,000 from the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation, $1,000 from Rotary #8 and $100 from a private citizen. The grant is one of the largest made from the state’s ALEA which is funded entirely from revenue generated by DNR-managed geoduck harvesting, lease revenue on state-owned waterfront sites.
Metro Parks is applying for funds for Phase 2, the complete removal of the decking from the high-water mark out to the edge. The Metro Parks project planner is Dan Scamporlina.
The design development and construction documents are being completed by Bruce Dees and Associates. Americorps crews assigned to Metro Parks will initiate clean up through the summer. The construction bid requests will be issued in late 1997 or early 1998. The winner of the competitive bid process will do the demolition of the buildings and decking. A six months construction phase begins in early spring and completion is expected in the fall.
A decision about the name for the park has not been made yet and suggestions will be considered by the Metro Parks Naming Committee for a mid-September decision. Call 305-1000 with your suggestion.
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