Washington Land

Friday, November 28, 2008

Desktop Backgrounds

Looking for FREE desktop backgrounds?

Here are the best of my Desktop Backgrounds for the year. I use images from the land I am selling as my desktop background on a rotating basis. Here are some of my favorites for the past year and I thought I would share them here with you.

su38 back of house
Custom Cedar Home

NH75 Douglas Fir Trees
Douglas Fir Trees

Mashel River
Mashel River in Eatonville, Washington

Yelm Prairie

Rocky Peak in Ashford, Washington

Forested Hills in Ashford, Washington

Nisqually River Valley in Ashford, Washington

Clear Lake
Clear Lake in Yelm, Washington

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Vacant Land Sales in Thurston County, Washington for January 2008


Western Showcase Homebuilders LLC sold .68 acres to Bayside Building and Development LLC of Olympia for $135,000.

Ronald and Talia Hastie sold 28.91 acres to Jeffrey and Cheri Sanderson of Lacey for $240,000.


Marshall and Geraldine Ellison sold .64 acres to Harold and Susan Broek of Tumwater for $85,000.


Ronald and Lorie O’Leary sold 5 acres to Todd and Sonya Andreas of Yelm for $139,050.


John and Margret Meek sold 40.06 acres to Efrain Flores of Reston, VA for $382,500 and also Mr. Flores deeded it over to Akasha Developers Unlimited LLC.

(Which is strange to me that somebody would name a company with the word unlimited and then follow it up with limited liability company. So which is it, unlimited or limited ?)


Robert and Cindy Cook sold .22 acres to Carl and Kelsey Vogel of Olympia for $69,900.


R & B Holdings LLC sold 4.76 acres to Graydon and Marlys Smith of Centralia for $150,000.

Information based on county records but not guaranteed.

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The Olympian Covers Fee Increase Hearing

(Olympia, Washington) - The Olympian put out an article covering last night's fee increase hearing and their characterization of the meeting was accurate. They also quoted me saying a bit of what I said against the massive fee increase. So the next time you try to develop your land remember who went to bat for you down at the county to help keep your land development fees low.


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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thurston County plans huge permit fee increase

(Olympia, Washington) Thurston County is having a public hearing tonight on the topic of permit fees for land development. The regulations are so burdensome and complex that the county needs to raise fees by a huge amount. Not only do they cost a lot of money but the county employees give out incorrect information about half the time. So they are to complex for them to administer as well. So these are a burden on the county and they are a burden on the people who just need a place to live.

Attend the Public hearing!

The public hearing is at 6 p.m. tonight in Room 280, Building 1, of the courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia.

Fee increases are either doubling, tripling or quadrupling depending on which fee you look at, check out the full document here


Update: I attended the hearing and spoke out against these outrageous fee increases. I was not surprised that every other person that attended also spoke out against them as well. What do you bet that the county commissioners will do it anyway?

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Farmer builds castle with no permit and hides behind hay for years

A British farmer built an entire literal castle behind a screen of hay bales and lived there concealed for four years to evade planning regulations. Apparently in England, if you get away with building without a permit for four years they can't make you tear it down--weird. See the full story in at Dailymail.co.uk, and it includes plenty of pictures of the guy's house. The article is pretty entertaining, includes commentary from the bureaucrats stating that he "built the house without planning permission, not sought retrospective planning permission." So the arrogant jerk not only didn't bother to get the permit but failed to pay for the retroactive permit after he was caught. Keep in mind that the planners do the same over here as well, retroactive permits show it isn't about safety or a legitimate purpose but instead just a revenue generator.

I guess the moral of the story is that he should have left the hay wall up, as apparently nobody had a complaint about a 40 foot tall rotting wall of hay covered with aging blue tarps flapping in the wind--that's OK, but that Tudor style castle is an unacceptable eyesore that has to go because you didn't pay for that retroactive permit.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

JZ Knight trying to stop new homes in Yelm, Washington

JZ Knight of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment is filing an appeal on permits granted to her neighbors, several builders trying to develop their land. This is just more NIMBYism and intolerance of one's neighbors. One might think that an "enlightened" person would love thy neighbor, but I obviously don't know what I'm talking about because I don't make hundreds of thousands giving seminars on enlightenment. Full story is in the The Olympian.

Also, the hearings are tonight at the Yelm city hall at 7:30 so if you're interested in this, you might want to show up.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Vacant Land Sales in Thurston County, Washington for December 2007


Nancy Robinson sold 1.8 acres to Jamie and Amy Lambert of Olympia, WA for $45,000.

Gordon and Alice Wallace sold 2.5 acres to Curtis Wambach of Lacey, WA for $60,000.

Peter and Cynthia Skowlund sold 1.62 acres to Angeline Larson of Olympia, WA for $175,000.


Dan Drewry sold .39 acres to Ronald and Josefina Pilon of Olympia, WA for $119,950.

Jeffrey Hardie sold .42 acres to Floyd and Michaela Pinkett of Lacey, WA for $100,000.


Evan Crawford sold .19 acres to Mike and Kelly Kempinski of Yelm, WA for $27,000.

Thomas Zweiger sold .24 acres to David Christoper and Anne Slizynski of Yelm, WA for $87,500.

Barbara Hutchinson sold 9.7 acres to Viewmont Place LLC of Seattle, WA for $1,943,000.


Calvin Braun sold 28.92 acres to Gordon and Beverlee Boe of Olympia, WA for $500,000.

Information based on county records but not guaranteed.

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