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You would think a mother would get more respect

YAY: PROTECTIVE MOTHERS

If a pack of giants came to your house year-after-year to apparently steal your children, you might turn a little testy. The female peregrine falcon that raises her family atop a 180-foot crane at the Port of Olympia has been watching volunteers take her chicks every spring to tag them for research. She’s losing her patience.

The falcon mom has cracked the volunteers’ hard hats with her sharp beak in the past and, brandishing dangerous talons, regularly dive bombs the intruders. Like all responsible parents she is protective of her young, even if the tags help state Fish and Wildlife officers track the young birds.

Ms. Falcon would be happy to know that two of her previous offspring are happily nesting on Seattle area bridges. No word about the safety of those bridges, however.

YAY: SCOOTER SAVED

Firefighters rushed into a burning mobile home in Rochester recently to save the homeowners’ dog, which they found lying unconscious under a bed. Firefighters used oxygen to revive Scooter, who last week remained on an IV drip, after blood tests and chest X-rays. Thanks to West Thurston firefighters for that act of humanity.

BOO: NO FIRE ALARMS

The mobile home where firefighters found Scooter did not have a smoke detector. That simple, inexpensive device might have saved the dog from injuries, as well as those suffered by one of the home’s occupants.

YAY: SPRINKLER BENEFITS

The Olympia City Council voted last week to require sprinkler systems in all new home construction, starting next year. The concept is a good one: sprinkler systems use less water than a fire department response and increase firefighter safety. Homeowners benefit from immediate fire suppression, and limiting smoke and water damage. A combination of smoke detectors and sprinklers can save lives.

BOO: SPRINKLER COSTS

Unfortunately, sprinkler systems add another barrier to first-time home ownership. We’d feel better if the city and insurance companies provided grant programs to homeowners and builders to ease the financial burden.

YAY: OKLAHOMA AID

The survivors of the unbelievably powerful tornado that ripped though a small Oklahoma town are just coming to grips with the extent of the devastation. And they need our help. Here’s how:

You can send as little as $10 to the American Red Cross by texting “Red Cross” at 90999. You can send a donation to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief at P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Or, go to ok.gov/okstrong for other options.

YAY: WEEKEND FUN!

Want to learn more about Chinese culture? The Dragon Fire Festival starting at 5.30 p.m. June 1 at The Olympia Center will feature Lion Dance, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations along with a Chinese orchestra, dance groups and an authentic Chinese meal. The event benefits Senior Services for South Sound.

Also on Saturday, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra presents “The Magic of Opera: Faust — by Gounod,” its last concert of the season. The orchestra performs with Opera Pacifica and the St. Martin’s Chorale at 7:30 p.m. June 1 at the Minnaert Center for the Arts.

YAY: RIDING INTO TOWN

Just when we thought the good old days were gone forever, the city of Sedro-Woolley resurrected a piece of the past. The City Council repealed a 27-year-old ban on “riding or driving horses, cattle and mules” in the city center. Sedro-Wolley Police Chief Doug Wood says he once had to admonish two people who rode horses to the courthouse because their driver licenses had been suspended.

Which begs the question, will state lawmakers include drunken horse riding in any new DUI laws?

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