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Tree treatments to take place on Capitol Campus April 9

Treatments to improve tree health and longevity will take place on west Capitol Campus on Monday, April 9.

Work is weather-dependent and scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Kwanzan flowering cherry trees on Cherry Lane, located east of the Temple of Justice and the Legislative Building, will be treated to prevent fungus on the foliage.

The treatments will be conducted by contractor Wolbert's Plant Essentials.

May 1 update: A second round of treatments will take place from 6 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 3. 

Phase 2 of long-term planning process for Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed begins soon

Phase 2 of the long-term planning process for Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed will begin soon.

Enterprise Services received an appropriation of $4 million in the 2018 supplemental capital budget to begin an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A project-specific EIS is needed before short-term actions like dredging can occur or before a long-term management plan can be selected for implementation.

Sliding door on Legislative Building to be replaced

On March 31, the automatic sliding door on the southeast side of the Legislative Building will be replaced. It has exceeded its life expectancy of more than 15 years and needs to be replaced before total failure occurs. 

The sliding door serves as the main Americans with Disabilities (ADA) entrance to the building. The south portico doors will be unlocked during business hours March 31-April 3 to allow for ADA access.

Thousands expected at Capitol on Saturday, March 24

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the 2018 March for Our Lives rally. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, beginning on the north steps of the Legislative Building and concluding at Sylvester Park.

New hours announced for Tivoli Fountain

Spring hours for the Tivoli Fountain on the Washington State Capitol Campus have begun following a brief closure last week for seasonal maintenance.

Historic USS Olympia silver on display at Olympia City Hall

OLYMPIA -- A selection of pieces from the USS Olympia's official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall. The antique silverware set was presented to the historic U.S. Navy warship more than 100 years ago following local and statewide efforts to raise funds for the service.

The silver pieces can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the lobby at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.

Tree treatments to take place on Capitol Campus March 2

Treatments to improve tree health will take place in two Capitol Campus locations Friday, March 2. Work will begin at 8 a.m.

The Bush butternut tree, located near the World War II memorial, will be treated for mites.

Kwanzan cherry trees on both sides of Cherry Lane, located to the east of the Legislative Building, will be treated for root rot. Nutrients also will be added to the trees’ soil.

The treatments will be conducted by contractor Wolbert's Inc. Plant Essentials.

Enterprise Services seeks public comment on proposed rules for certain public and nonprofit hospital risk pools

Enterprise Services is seeking public comment on proposed rules for certain public and nonprofit hospital risk pools through March 1.

A new state law permits certain public and nonprofit hospitals to jointly self-insure for property and liability risks. The law also requires that the state risk manager adopt rules for these public benefit hospital joint self-insurance programs (also called risk pools). The state risk manager's office is a program within the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.

Capitol Campus parking updates

We've passed the halfway mark of the 2018 Legislative Session and the campus is bustling. While parking spots are available, finding one close to where you want to be can be a challenge. Actions such as an increase in employee general (zoned) parking stalls and visitor parking in the Plaza Garage -- as well as increased parking enforcement -- have made finding available parking less of a challenge this session. And there's more. Here are some additional updates about campus parking:

Test drive an electric vehicle on the Capitol Campus Feb. 20


Enterprise Services Fleet Operations will be hosting an electric vehicle “ride & drive” event, in partnership with Western Washington Clean Cities and Oregon’s Forth. This event will provide an opportunity for state workers to sit in, drive and learn about a variety of electric vehicles, including the Chevy Bolt and Volt, Ford Focus EV, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, Tesla 3, electric bicycles, motorcycles and more.