Port of Olympia

The Port of Olympia "is a municipal corporation, governed by three elected Commissioners who set policies and objectives. A community Port, it is committed to helping area residents enjoy a special quality of life by promoting a healthy economy and a healthy environment."

The Port in 2006

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OMJP Forum: Militarization of Port of Olympia
Thursday, June 23, 2005
7:00 to 9:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church
Capitol Way S and 20th Ave SE Map | Directions

Speakers: Port Commissioner Bob VanSchoorl; Carrie Lybecker, OMJP; and Dennis Mills, Veterans for Peace

Last year, after a 17-year hiatus, the Port of Olympia resumed shipment of military equipment to and from Iraq, Afghanistan, Latin America and Haiti, and land transport between the port, Fort Lewis, and other locations. This forum will address port militarization, results of public disclosure requests, civic participation in decision-making, port economics, environmental concerns, and community moral values. Speaker presentations will be followed by discussion. For more information, contact Alice Zillah, or see OMJP's Web page, Port of Olympia.

No sitting on this dock
Olympia port's cargo loaders see hours on the job leap
The Olympian
15 May 2005

Photo by Steve Bloom
Photo by Steve Bloom, The Olympian

The dockworkers are a marketing tool for the port, said John Wolfe, the executive director. "Service is what we sell." The return of military shipments has much to do with the reliability of Local 47, Wolfe said.

"That's why the military is here," Wolfe said. "It's because of the service provided by the port."

USNS Pililaau Largest Ship Ever in Oly Port
11 May 2005

"We did it to prove it could be done, and it was a success . . . When it's successful, it's a beautiful thing"—John Wolfe, Port Executive Director

USNS Pililaau

'Floating city' fits port's goals for its future, The Olympian

Port Manual: A Thurston County Citizen's Guide to the Port of Olympia
April 2005

Port Records

On February 07, 2005, a request was submitted to the Port under the state Open Records Act for all records related to the military and the Port. The offered records (about 700 pp) were reviewed Feb 24 and discussed with Jeri Sevier, Port Administrative Manager. See summary of this discussion.

Copies of the records were obtained Feb 25. See summary of discussion with Port Adminstrative Assistant Jennie Foglia-Jones. Subsequently, a request to clarify denied access to records was emailed to Jim Amador, Port Marine Terminal Director, Feb 27.

Open Records, WA State Attorney General
RCW 42.17, Open Records Act
RCW 42.30, Open Public Meetings Act

Military Shipments at the Port of Olympia: The saga continues
by Crystal Lorentzson
Cooper Point Journal
A summary of the events that have taken place in the struggle against the militarization of Olympia's port since the walkout/demonstration of 11.18.04.

Oly City Council: Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Feb 01, 2005
7 PM, 900 Plum St.

The city council will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting on a proposed resolution, "Placing the City of Olympia on Record in Support of the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign and the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Resolution Calling for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons by the Year 2020." See resolution text and hearing announcement. Sign up to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes. City Council meetings are recorded and televised.

[Feb 01, 2005, Resolution passed unanimously!]
"Olympia seeks end to nukes," The Olympian, 02 February 2005, B1.

The Olympian [editorial]: Security zone makes sense
January 30, 2005

The Olympia peace and justice community has vigorously opposed militarization of our port since it began in May 04. We've spoken at numerous city council and port commission meetings, held rallies and protests, written letters, etc. Unbeknownst to us, a new federal rule pertaining specifically to our port was subsequently proposed in the Federal Register in Oct 04 (as below, Jan 23), and finalized Dec 04. One city councilman, TJ Johnson, questioned the nontransparent (some would say duplicitous and collusive) process by which this occurred. The Olympian responded with the above editorial.

Reply by Larry Mosqueda including the text of five articles regarding previous accidents involving US nuclear submarines.

crippled subApra Harbor, Guam (Jan. 27, 2005) - The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) in dry dock to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam Jan. 8, 2005. Original Navy photo at

Port Response Steering Committee Report
OMJP Meeting
January 26, 2005

The Navy passed a rule allowing it to take over the port whenever it wants to. Larry researched the "humanitarian aid" that recently left the port, and found that Operation New Horizons is a front for a future possible invasion in Central America. People are encouraged to attend the Port Commission meetings on Feb 14 and 28th at 5:30 at the Market Center building. Letters to the editor are also needed. The next meeting of the Port Response SC will be on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 2:00, at the Free School.

"Militarization of the Port of Olympia and 'Humanitarian Aid' from the Port"
by Larry Mosqueda
January 23, 2005

On December 10, 2004, the Department of Homeland Security published final rules "establishing a security zone in Budd Inlet, Olympia, WA to protect Department of Defense assets and military cargo."

Prior to this, "On October 12, 2004, it published a notice of proposed rulemaking, "Security Zones; Protection of Military Cargo, Captain of the Port Zone Puget Sound, WA'' in the Federal Register (69 FR 60600). No written comments were received by the Coast Guard regarding this proposed rule. A public hearing was not requested and none was held."

Port Response Steering Committee Report
OMJP Meeting
January 12, 2005

The Port Response Steering Committee met last week and decided to keep attending the Port Commission meetings to let them know the issue is not going away. The next Commission meeting is Monday, Jan. 24 at 5:30. There will also be a workshop about the port during the Synergy Conference, Feb. 7th-11th, at Evergreen. A phone tree will be set up to quickly notify people about military shipments. Additionally, there will be articles in next month's WIP and the CPJ. The next meeting of the Port Response group will be on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 2:00, at the Free School, 808 Jefferson St.

We need to continue our dialog with the Longshore Union. If we oppose the military shipments without an awareness of the impact on Longshore jobs, we will not be following through on our offer of solidarity with the union.

A new port rule has been enacted to make Bud Bay a security zone for the military. This means the military has control of the port when there is a shipment, not the port. One of the reasons given for this rule is the threat of al-Qaida. The complete text is available at [or here]. The city council was not aware of this rule, which became final on Dec. 10, nor was the Olympian.

Military Shipments From Port of Olympia
14 November 2004

OMJP Announcement and Port Commission contact info

Daily Vigil and Procession
Intersection Plum and State Streets, 4:00 PM, proceeding (4:45 PM) to port gates

Day of SS Cape Intrepid Arrival
Demonstration, 4:00 PM at Port Plaza

Port Commission meeting, 5:30 PM, Monday, November 22, LOTT Board Room, Market Centre Building, 111 Market Street NE

No War, No Torture, No Militarization of Our Port!
May 30, 2004

May 30, 2004
Olympians gathered today at Sylvester Park for an OMJP-sponsored rally and march through Olympia.

Army in Port of Olympia
Week of May 23
Photos by Drew Hendricks and Green Party of South Puget Sound

City Council Threatened re: USS Olympia Resolution
May 21, 2004

The City of Olympia and its councilmembers are receiving abusive, intimidating and even threatening emails and phone calls directed to the city and to individual councilmembers at home. This is apparently the result of a nationwide campaign. See report of tonight's emergency OMJP meeting. The city will proceed with a hearing to receive public comments on a proposed resolution declaring the city's opposition to the planned visit of the USS Olympia.


Email your support for the resolution and the city council to

Attend public hearing on proposed resolution, Tuesday May 25 8 PM at City Hall, 900 Plum St. Arrive early to sign up to speak. Doors open at 6:15.

Text of proposed resolution | Staff report | Email received by City | April 08 letter from Navy to Mayor Foutch | Doug Mah's counter resolution May 25 | City Council meeting minutes & testimony May 25

USS Olympia: Nuclear Reactor Coming to Port of Olympia
May 18, 2004

USS Olympia

The Olympia City Council voted 4:3 tonight to hold public hearings next week on a resolution, proposed by Councilmember TJ Johnson, to oppose the impending visit of the USS Olympia to the Port of Olympia. The USS Olympia is a "fast attack" submarine that carries a nuclear reactor as well as Tomahawk missles which also may be equipped with nuclear warheads. See a report on tonight's city council meeting.

OMJP opposes the presence of nuclear submarines in Olympia's harbor and calls for the city to declare Olympia a nuclear free zone.

Take Action: Contact the city council at or 360-753-8447, and attend city council hearing next Tuesday, May 25, 8PM, City Hall, 900 Plum St.

08 April 04, Letter from Navy to Mayor Foutch
13 May 04, Nuclear Sub Coming to Olympia
16 May 04, Update on USS Olympia Visit, sub invitation from Sam Reed
18 May 04, The Olympian: Activists say submarine not welcome
18 May 04, Oly City Council Meeting
18 May 04, Minutes of City Council meeting
19 May 04, The Olympian: Port of Olympia to ship military vehicles
19 May 04, Letter from city Communications Director
20 May 04, Emergency OMJP meeting
20 May 04, Why Olympia?
20 May 04, Letter from Navy re: cancellation sub visit
21 May 04, The Olympian: Insecurity sinks USS Olympia visit
21 May 04, OMJP emergency meeting
21 May 04, Letters to City Council (pdf)
22 May 04, April letter from Navy to Mayor Foutch
24 May 04, Letter by Larry Mosqueda to city Council
25 May 04, Planning for City Council Meeting
25 May 04, Remarks by Carrie Lybecker to City Council
25 May 04, Talk radio targets City Council meeting
25 May 04, OMJP statement submitted to council
25 May 04, City Council meeting minutes & testimony
27 May 04, Talk radio and the City Council Meeting
27 May 04, Letter by Marco Rosaire Rossi to City Council
28 May 04, About City Council meeting; Thank CC
08 June 04, City Council final resolution, M-1561
07 June 04, USS Cape Kennedy arrives in port
08 June 04, ship in port, Olympian article
11 June 04, Letter from City Council to Navy
16 Aug 04, The Olympian: Army cargo loads up at port today
25 Aug 04, The Olympian: Port plans to connect rail line at terminal
30 Jan 05, The Olympian: Security zone makes sense
30 Jan 05, Larry Mosqueda, Olympian editorial & militarization of port
01 Feb 05, Letter to The Olympian, Carrie Lybecker
01 Feb 05, Letter to The Olympian, Ann Fischel
02 Feb 05, Letter to The Olympian, Michael Tempke
02 Feb 05, Letter to The Olympian, Taryn Gearhart
02 Feb 05, The Olympian: Olympia seeks end to nukes
02 Feb 05, Military Shipments, Port of Olympia: The saga continues, Crystal Lorentzson 04 Feb 05, Letter to The Olympian, Andrew Beck
15 May 05, The Olympian: No sitting on this dock: cargo loaders see hours on the job leap

another world is possible . . .

One of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Statue of Zeus, was created by the Athenian sculptor, Phidias. Phidias was also responsible for the awe-inspiring Statue of Athena in the Parthenon as well as additional smaller sculptures at Plataea and Marathon. The temple of Zeus in Olympia Greece, created by the architect, Libon, was magnificent in itself. It had been constructed to honor Zeus and serve as a more fitting location for the Olympic Games, which until then had been held in Peloponnesus. The temple was as high as a four story building is today but was determined to still be too simple for the King of Gods and thus Phidias was commissioned to build the Statue of Zeus. The Statue of Zeus was created piece by piece in the workshop of Phidias and was completed around 456 B.C. and assembled in the Temple of Zeus.

The Statue of Zeus was a chryselephantine sculpture that all but overwhelmed the temple. The method for crafting a chryselephantine sculpture involved carving thin sheets of ivory around a wooden frame. The ivory is then accented with sheets of gold leaf to represent hair, armor, etc. Sometimes precious or semi-precious gems are used for eyes, weaponry and jewelry.

Zeus, the god of thunder, was portrayed seated on a throne of cedar wood inlaid with ivory, gold, ebony and precious stone. Dual engraved sphinxes supported the armrests. According to Pausanias, a 2nd century AD traveler, the Statue of Zeus was embellished with olive shoots worked in gold. In Zeus' right hand rested a miniature statue of the goddess of victory, Nike. The small statue of Nike was also chryselephantine in nature. A gold inlaid scepter with an eagle atop it was in Zeus' left hand. The head of the Statue of Zeus nearly touched the ceiling of the temple which was elevated just over forty feet. Strabo, a noted geographer, stated that if the legendary Zeus were to arise "he would unroof the temple." Phidias requested an indication of approval of the statue from Zeus himself and legend has it that lightening struck the temple shortly after the statue was completed.

The Statue of Zeus withstood attacks from both nature and competitors for many years. Caligula, the Roman Emperor, attempted to have the Statue of Zeus removed from the temple and relocated to Rome. Caligula, the Roman Emperor, was jealous over the Statue's apparent hold on his newly subjugated people. He ordered the Statue of Zeus removed from the temple in Olympia and relocated to Rome where he intended to remodel the statue into his own likeness. When contractors arrived to and attempted to remove the statue however, the scaffolding they had erected around the statue shook and broke apart. Legend has it the incident was accompanied by a noise that sounded like laughter. The contractors fled.

The Statue of Zeus remained, enduring earthquakes and other attacks by Mother Nature, until eight centuries later when the Roman emperor closed the temple at the urgings of Christian priests. It is generally thought that the Statue of Zeus was taken apart and hauled off to its new home in Constantinople in A.D. 394. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of Lauseion in A.D. 462. During archaeological digs in the 19th and 20th century, a mere few columns were unearthed along with evidence of Phidias' workshop in the location where the Statue of Zeus was said to have been built. These few items are to this date the only remaining evidence of this magnificent monument.
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