More South Sound briefs


Residents invited to sound off on port

The group Public Funds for Public Purposes plans an open-mike event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today for South Sound residents to sound off about the Port of Olympia and development of its properties.

The event will be at the Olympia Farmers Market.

Gaelica, a Tenino-based group, will play its new song "For Rocky Prairie," a commentary on a joint project in the works between the Olympia and Tacoma ports, event organizers say in a news release.


Lacey council hopeful speaks at noon today

Jason Hearn, a candidate for Lacey City Council, will be the guest speaker at the Thurston County Mainstream Republicans' luncheon at noon today in Tumwater.

The group meets at the Tumwater Valley Bar & Grill. Admission is $2. To reserve a spot, call 360-456-2992. For information about Hearn, a 12-year resident of Lacey who owns Northwest Media Management, go to www.jasonhearn.com.


Rossi to talk at forum sponsored by chamber

Dino Rossi, a potential Republican candidate for governor in 2008, will speak at a forum sponsored by the Lacey Chamber of Commerce next week in Lacey.

Registration for the forum starts at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin's University.

Rossi has not declared his candidacy against Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, who beat him by 133 votes in the 2004 election. He is expected to talk about the state's business climate and how to make it better - both themes from his past campaign.

Forbes magazine recently ranked the state's business climate as the nation's fifth-best.

Since losing the governor's race and challenging the results in court, Rossi wrote a book about leadership and founded Forward Washington, which his Web site describes as a nonpartisan, nonprofit group "dedicated to increasing public awareness of issues affecting the future of Washington state, its citizens and its economy."

Registration for the forum is $15 for chamber members and $18 for nonmembers. To reserve a spot, call 360-491-4141 or e-mail myenne@laceychamber.com.