Grappling with success, six Wisconsin wrestlers came out on top at the Big Ten tournament to qualify for the NCAA Championships Mar. 16-18 in Oklahoma City, Okla. As a team, the Badgers finished seventh overall with 75.6 points, while Minnesota won the championships, beating last year’s winner Illinois 138-125.Though Wisconsin finished lower than coach Barry Davis would have liked, he is pleased with his wrestlers’ hard work and the all wrestlers who qualified. At the same time, he’d like to see them get beyond the satisfaction of being there and focus on winning it all.”That’s what you work for,” Davis said. “They’ve earned their right to be there.”The highlight of the Big Ten Championships for Wisconsin was senior Tom Clum’s title match-up against top-ranked Mack Reiter of Minnesota at 133 pounds. It took three overtime periods before Clum scored a takedown to take the gold 6-4 against the defending Big Ten champion. Those in attendance deemed it the match of the century according to Davis.Clum, now a two-time Big Ten champion, and Ed Gutnik (141) are the only two seniors advancing to the national meet, as heavyweight Lee Kramer and 174-pound Kelly Flaherty fell in the early goings to end their Badger careers on a losing note.Joining the two seniors in Oklahoma City will be seventh-place finishers Colin Cudd (125) and Dallas Herbst (197), fifth-place finisher Craig Henning (157), and fourth-place finisher Tyler Turner (149). Jake Donar finished eighth at 165 pounds and will go to the national tournament as an alternate. Though no one aside from Clum placed higher than fourth, all of those advancing finished better than their initial pre-seeds.”Every guy we’re taking was above their seed except for Craig Henning and in that weight-class it can come out different every time,” Davis said. “These guys stepped up and did really well.”Big Ten Champion Minnesota wrestled up to a No. 1 ranking as four of their grapplers won individual titles — 184-pound Roger Kish, Dustin and CP Schlatter (149) and (157), and heavyweight Cole Konrad.Heading into the NCAA Championship, Konrad boasts a perfect 36-0 mark on the season and freshman Dustin Schlatter is 37-1. Both of these top-ranked individuals are primed to win the title in their respective weight-classes. Other top contenders from the Big Ten include Northwestern’s Jake Hebert (174) who is 32-0, Michigan’s 165-pound Ryan Churella (25-0), and Michigan State’s Andy Simmons (125) who is 29-0 this season.At 125 pounds, the unranked Colin Cudd will have his hands full with Simmons and Big 12 champion Sam Hazewinkel of Oklahoma, who is ranked No. 2 nationally. Another guy to look out for is Oklahoma State’s Scott Coleman, who lost in the championships a 2-1 nail-biter against Hazewinkel.Tom Clum aims to end his collegiate career on the victory stand. Edinboro’s senior Shawn Bunch who is 30-1 on the season will be Clum’s toughest test at 133 pounds, outside of Minnesota’s Mack Reiter for Clum to achieve his goal. Also looking to make a push for the title will be Big 12 champion Nathan Morgan of Oklahoma State.Tyler Turner will face a load of talent in the 149-pound weight-class. After going through somewhat of a funk during the second-half of the season, Turner turned it on at the Big Ten’s.”I think Tyler Turner wrestled well,” Davis said. “I think that he’s back to the first-half of the season when he competed, his body looks good and strong again, for a while there he just lost a lot of energy, his body wasn’t the same. [Now] I think after a couple weeks of practice his body is as strong as it has ever been.”Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota is one the clear favorites, but Tony Eustice of Iowa and Mark Disalvo of Central Michigan throw their weight around with as much success as Schlatter, so this class should be a tough one. The wildcard coming in is Troy Tirapelle of Illinois, who went into the Big Ten Championships unseeded — yet ended up finishing second.After somewhat disappointing fifth-place finish at the championships, Craig Henning looks to rebound and hopefully finish in that position or better at the NCAA’s. Reigning champion Alex Tirapelle of Illinois proved to be human as CP Schlatter of Minnesota upended the senior to win the Big Ten Championships. Also look for two other guys to make a push for the NCAA Championship in this stacked 157-pound division — Big 12 winner Trent Paulson of Iowa State and Matt Lebe of West Virginia.While the meet may not result in any Badgers crowned NCAA Champion, the experience gained by wrestling at the highest level will be well worth it.
The Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced at Orange Madness in the Carrier Dome on Friday night, and here are the highlights of the event.Best entrance — Brittney SykesBoth teams, the women’s and then men’s team, were introduced individually before their respective scrimmages, and Sykes stole the show.Amid a lot of subpar dancing and blaring introduction songs, Sykes mixed it up. The leader of the women’s team, who is recovering from an ACL and meniscus tear at the end of last season, busted a few moves before leaping onto the scorer’s table and pumping up the crowd. Her ACL didn’t look so bad and she followed her jump onto the table by getting all of her teammates into a circle for a synchronized dance.During the men’s team introductions, Michael Gbinije tried to change things up with a dunk. But his attempt clanged off the back rim and out, handing the “entrance point” to Sykes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBest walk-out song — Christian White, Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried”Props to Christian White for deviating from the rap and hip hop and going with a country song. Everyone loves an outlier.Biggest disappointment — Selfie booths Throughout the night, the hosts advertised the selfie booths where players, coaches and basketball alumni would be available for the fans. Once the scrimmages and dunk contest ended, fans funneled onto the football field to take seflies, but most posed a few feet away from the players and coaches and had someone else take pictures for them. Selfie booths were the new attraction that disappointingly led to few, if any, selfies at all.Best scrimmage performance — Rakeem ChristmasNo players on the men’s and women’s teams were playing particularly hard — and for good reason — but Rakeem Christmas flashed some athleticism while leading the white team to a win.Christmas had a mid-range jump shot rim out and couldn’t convert a jump hook after an up-and-under, but was active on the boards and as a shot blocker. And twice, Christmas gathered a loose ball and took it c0ast-t0-coast before dunking in transition. It’s worth noting that no one really got in his way, but the ability to dribble from end to end and gather himself around the rim was a good sight for the Orange.Best play — Terrence Roberts buzzer-beating dunk to win the alumni game With the score knotted at 25-25 and time winding down in the alumni game, Terrence Roberts collected a pass and flushed a one-handed, left-handed dunk to give his team the win. Some of the best plays of the night came in the alumni game, with John Wallace throwing down a two-handed dunk and back-to-back long-range 3s, and Mookie Jones getting a hot in the second half. But Roberts’ clutch jam takes the cake, and that should tell you something about the men’s and women’s scrimmages.Best moment — Nick Trivelpiece layupWith 15.5 seconds left in the men’s basketball scrimmage, 10-year old Nicholas Trivelpiece checked into the game to an ovation from the Dome crowd. Trivelpiece has been around the men’s basketball team since 2009 as a part of a program that pairs kids with pediatric brain tumors with high school and college athletes. He was around during media day on Friday afternoon, was interviewed by Trevor Cooney, made his way into the team picture and walked into the Dome with Rakeem Christmas at the start of the night. But then he got his on-court opportunity.Trivelpiece got the inbound and dribbled down the court but had a layup rim out. Cooney gathered the ball and handed it to him, and Trivelpiece rolled in a layup right before the buzzer sounded. After it did, the team lifted Trivelpiece up and showered him with high-fives. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2014 at 11:26 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse
Says cash could expose Eagles to match-fixing syndicateOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has offered insights into why the federation initially rejected the $390,000 cash gift by Japanese surgeon, Katsuya Takasu to the national U-23 team for winning the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Brazil.Takasu travelled to Belo Horizonte, where he gave two cheques to the team in the names of Coach Samson Siasia and John Mikel Obi, after Nigeria defeated Honduras 3-2 to finish third at Rio2016. NFF had blatantly refused to acknowledge the donation, though the Nigerian Embassy wrote the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, to allow Takasu present the donation to the team after a background checks were done on the Japanese.The largesse stirred controversy in the country with the Chairman, Senate Sports Committee, Obinna Ogba, among those who have questioned the proprietary of Siasia and Mikel decision to accept the donation on behalf of the team.Speaking on why NFF refused to commend Takasu in writing for his magnanimity, Pinnick told reporters on Tuesday night that the federation declined because it was not put in the picture initially when the doctor offered to donate the money.He said the donation was in breach of due process and the order of protocol originating from NFF and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) was also by-passed. As a result of the gap, they could not formally brief the sports minister.Pinnick insisted NFF position was anchored on protecting the integrity of Nigeria as taking money from questionable sources could expose Nigerian players to the match-fixing scheme of the notorious gambling ring in South East Asia.“We rejected the donation because it did not follow due process. We should be careful about who we receive money from and our concern is about the integrity of our players and coaches, so that they are not induced with money to fix matches by the betting syndicate in Asia,” Pinnick said.“It (the donation) did not pass through the proper channel. The minister would have communicated with government to see, for example, if Nigeria is in conflict with the man’s country of origin. A lot of processes were isolated,’’ Pinnick said.He also highlighted the challenges faced by the federation in buying flight tickets for the players of this weekend’s Africa Cup of Nations match against Tanzania, arising from the unbeareable effect of assessing money in the Treasury Savings Account (TSA).According to him the federation had to a sign a guarantee before its travel agency agreed to issue flight tickets to enable the foreign-based players come for the match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte has said that his team will be underdogs when they face Manchester United and his old rival Jose Mourinho in the FA Cup final.Conte’s side cruised to a 2-0 win over Southampton in yesterday’s second semifinal to set up a heavyweight clash with United at Wembley onÂ May 19.But Conte doesn’t believe Chelsea, beaten by Arsenal 2-1 in last year’s final despite going into the match as Premier League champions, will be regarded as favourites to lift the famous old trophy. “This final is a game between two great teams. In my mind I can tell you we played the final as favourites against Arsenal,” he said.“I think in this season we arrive not as favourites. But then last season we lost the final even though we were expected to win.”Given their long-running feud, there will be as much attention on the two managers on Cup final day as there will be on the players.Blues boss Conte and United manager Mourinho have exchanged a series of bitter barbs via the media this season.Conte labelled Mourinho a “little man” with senile dementia after the United chief infuriated him by saying he thought his rival acted like a “clown” with his passionate touchline antics, while also referring to an Italian match-fixing scandal that Conte was cleared of any involvement in.Even this week, Conte took a swipe at Mourinho, insisting the Portuguese coach had it much easier than him in his two spells as Chelsea manager.Speaking after the win over Southampton, Conte made the rather unconvincing claim that he had cleared the air with Mourinho.“I think with Jose, we have clarified the situation. This is the most important thing. There is not a problem between him and I,” he said.“We are talking about two managers with strong characters, two winners. In your heart and your blood there is the will to win.“For sure, we want to try to win the trophy, in the same way United do. I have great respect for United and Mourinho’s story.”The final offers Conte a chance to end a troubled season with silverware in what might be his last match at Chelsea.Chelsea never came close to successfully defending the Premier League title and their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish are hanging by a slender thread.Numerous reports have claimed Conte will leave in the close season after falling out with Chelsea’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.Asked how he would rate Chelsea’s inconsistent season, Conte said: “I don’t understand what it means to have a successful season. It’s another thing if I’m happy or unhappy.“In this season we are working very hard. As you know well, it’s not simple to play in this league.“It is the only league to fight with six teams to win the title and a place in the Champions League. It will be more difficult year by year.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
France will play in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 after beating Belgium 1-0 thanks to a goal from Samuel Umtiti in St Petersburg on Tuesday evening.Here are eight things we learned. ROBERTO MARTINEZ IS REACTIVEIn the first minute, danger man Kylian Mbappe went on a dazzling run on the right flank. He just went pass Kevin De Bryune as if De Bryune wasn’t there. On paper, De Bryune was to play on Belgium’s right wing as part of a 5-man midfield in a 3-5-2 formation. After Mbappe’s daring first minute run, Eden Hazard went to the right wing as he possesses a relatively better defensive ability than De Bryune. Quick thinking there by Roberto Martinez.BELGIUM WARY OF FRANCE’S MIDFIELDRoberto Martinez’s tactical change [3-5-2] was to cope with France’s domineering midfielders. It was a great move to prevent the French from gaining total midfield control. DIDIER DESCHAMPS’S TACTICAL RESPONSEThe French set-up in a rather conservative manner. After going a goal up, the French sat deeper as they set up in an almost 6-4-0 formation. The shape varied into a 6-1-3/ 5-4-1/4-3-3/4-5-1 depending on where the Belgians had overloads. Stephen N’zonzi and Youri Tielemans were brought on at the latter parts of the game to provide more cover for the French defence.ROBERTO MARTINEZ’S TACTICAL RESPONSEAfter going a goal down, Martinez brought on Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco for Moussa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini. The idea was clear. The French were defending in their numbers which meant that the Belgians needed more men upfront as well as width.ROMELU LUKAKU FAILS TO GET INTO THE GAME As much as Lukaku tried, he just couldn’t find a way to make his presence felt. He was unable to find his way into the game and he would definitely have wished for a more dominating performance.FRANCE IS EFFICIENTFrance has proven beyond every reasonable doubt that they know how to win a football match. The sheer intelligence with which they play is remarkable. Every move on the pitch is almost perfect. They know when and how to press, drop off, defend and attack. Deschamps has really done a good job and his side progress into the finals as the favourites.KYLIAN MBAPPE IS A HANDFUL TO CONTAINKylian Mbappe has proved to be too hot to handle and it was no different today. Marouane Fellaini, Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele found it very difficult to cope with Mbappe’s blistering pace. Mbappe also proved to have some dirty tricks up his sleeves as he picked up a yellow card for time wasting. THE REIGNITED THREAT OF SET-PIECESHow many times haven’t we seen teams score from set pieces in this world cup? This world cup has brought back the long forgotten strategy of winning via set-piece efficiency.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years LOS ANGELES — In the joyful moments after a nail-biting victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the years seemed to fall away for LeBron James and Tyson Chandler, the two oldest Lakers.They bumped chests and embraced. Afterward in the locker room, James interjected when a reporter asked Chandler what James said during the celebration: “I said ‘That’s my dog!’” he shouted, laughing over the din.But then, as 18-year-veterans do, Chandler started looking forward.“I love to learn in games like this because then the young players are a little more receptive,” he said. “So I’d rather learn on nights like this than to take the ‘L’ from this. Then it’s kind of hard to preach the kind of things you want to preach.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe authority asserted by Chandler’s words belies the fact that he first practiced with the team less than a week ago. But in the power structure of the Lakers’ locker room, experience has started taking a more firm grip.There have been a number of factors in the bounce-back to 7-6 over the last six games for the Lakers: an easier schedule, fewer All-Stars to guard, perhaps a heightened sense of urgency after some internal drama, and even long stretches of playing and recovering at home. But there’s also a sense that the most experienced Lakers have cemented positions of respect and leadership in the locker room – to the point where even Chandler, who was scooped up last Tuesday after being bought out by Phoenix, can immediately and effortlessly slide into a spot as one of the most valuable voices on the team.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That doesn’t mean veterans are poaching the on-court roles of the younger players: Over the last six games, Coach Luke Walton has stuck with a starting lineup that arguably showcases three of the best young Lakers: Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball. But it seems impossible to separate the recent 5-1 stretch without giving a nod to the experience that has carried the Lakers late in games lately, especially against younger teams.LeBron James was always going to be a part of that. So it isn’t a surprise that he’s been central in the wins, averaging 25 points during the last six games, and hitting key free throws against the Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks. Even though he hasn’t been reliable at the line this year – James said himself Sunday that he has been “garbage,” – he also has a knack for doing enough to win. He did that Sunday, slamming home a putback dunk after missing both free throws with 15 seconds left.But other veterans, especially Rajon Rondo and Chandler, have had an outsized influence on the recent success as well. From a 1-5 start in games decided by 10 or fewer points, the Lakers have now won their last four close games. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Chandler’s contributions have been dramatic: The 36-year-old tipped out two offensive rebounds in a close win over the Timberwolves, and he also made the game-winning blocked shot against Atlanta’s Trae Young, 16 years his junior. After the win, Walton credited Chandler with both helping solidify the Lakers’ defensive identity and easing the transition of subbing out JaVale McGee.“We were on our way there, but getting someone of Tyson’s caliber both on and off the floor really helps,” Walton said. “Just make it more consistent, that is all we are trying to do, play good defense consistently.”Rondo, on the other hand, has had a more subtle influence: While he’s no longer the starter, Walton has often turned to him to close games over Lonzo Ball. His per-game production – minutes, points, assists, rebounds and steals – has been nearly identical to Ball’s during the last six games, and he’s been playing a gradually larger role since returning from his early three-game suspension and losing his starting job. It seems like his voice is being heard more as well: Josh Hart called him after a recent game “one of my favorite teammates I’ve had.”“The way he sees it, the way he communicates to you,” Hart said, “it gets you thinking a lot more.”But if there’s potential for a wedge to be driven between Ball and Rondo over roles, it’s not readily apparent from the surface. Rondo defended Ball from scrutiny after Saturday’s win in Sacramento, when he helped close out as Ball sat on the bench in the final minutes.“I just try to tell the young guys just to keep focus,” he said. “You guys (the media) are going to make a big deal about a lot of things that he does because he is who he is, but at the end of the day we’re winning so there’s not too much negativity that you can say. He’s going to continue to grow.”As Chandler’s addition has helped tip the scales in favor of experience, the most important thing the veteran’s presence might be doing is helping ground James. He admitted to Yahoo Sports this week that he “almost cracked” after the team’s 2-5 start, and James is famously demanding of his organization when the team isn’t winning.Chandler’s presence has seemed like a salve in the week since he came aboard, and as a fellow Team USA player and the only Laker whose career extends longer than James’, the two seem to have a natural trust that only experience breeds.“We knew we had a spot that needed some reassurance,” James said. “And for us to be able to get Tyson in the fashion that we got him and to be able to just implement him in right away and the impact that he’s made in what, three games? He’s played for three games so far? He’s great.”Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed
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DES MOINES — An Iowa Supreme Court ruling Friday clarifies a portion of the state’s 2017 “stand your ground” law.The Supreme Court says the “stand your ground” law does not require pretrial hearings to determine if self defense was an issue — saying it provides an immunity from liability — not an immunity from prosecution.The ruling is in the case of Lamar Wilson. Wilson fired into a crowd at the pedestrian mall in Iowa City in August of 2017 — killing Kaleek Jones and seriously injuring two others. He was charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, and three counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.Wilson claimed he fired in self defense after seeing someone else show a gun. The jury found Wilson guilty of lesser charges of voluntary manslaughter, two counts of assault with intent to cause serious injury, and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.Wilson appealed the convictions — saying he should have been given a pre-trial hearing — and that would have vindicated him without a trial. The Supreme Court disagreed, and also dismissed other appeal issues raised by Wilson.Wilson was sentenced consecutively to ten years in prison for voluntary manslaughter, two two-year terms for the assaults, and ten years in prison for intimidation with a dangerous weapon.Here’s the ruling: Stand Your Ground Ruling PDF
24 Jun 2020 Guidance for reopening of golf club bar and catering facilities from 4 July Following the Prime Minister’s statements yesterday (23 June), further changes were made to lockdown rules that will be introduced next month in England and are of significance to golf clubs and organisations that operate bar or catering facilities.The headline announcement is that pubs and restaurants will now be able to open from the 4 July as long as they can demonstrate that they are “COVID-19 Safe”. This includes those within golf clubhouses or other golfing facilities. In the first instance, a risk assessment should be carried out, the details of which should be shared with your workforce. For organisations of over 50 employees, this should be published on your website.In order to make it more viable for the hospitality industry to open, the Government has given scope to relax the current 2m Social Distancing rules in certain instances to allow ‘1m Plus’, which means remaining 1m apart whilst taking other mitigation to reduce the risk of transmission.Other measures include:Keeping a temporary record of customers for 21 days to assist with NHS Track and Trace RequestsProviding clear guidance on arrival of Social Distancing & Hygiene measures in place at the venueUtilising contactless payment wherever possibleCalculating the maximum number of customers it is safe to accommodate taking into account either the 2m Social Distancing rule or new “1m plus” rule.Where PPE is already being used, it should continue to be, however workplaces should not encourage the precautionary use of extra PPE and risk assessment should reflect the limited role such equipment will play.Table service should be offered with a designated server wherever possible. In instances where bar or counter service is unavoidable, customers need to be prevented from remaining at the bar after ordering.The full guidance is available here and all involved in golf in England should review it as soon as possible so they can begin putting in place the necessary steps to ensure your business can continue to open-up safely.The document includes practical considerations of how these new rules can be implemented, whilst being mindful that no two businesses are identical. Everyone is responsible for translating the guidance into the specific actions. Importantly, all will need to monitor measures to make sure they continue to protect customers and workers, so comprehensive checklists are included throughout the guidance to ensure the safety of everyone.If you are in doubt as to how this guidance applies to your particular organisation, you should contact your local Trading Standards or Environmental Health, who will have the responsibility for enforcement.The most up-to-date Government guidance will be available at www.gov.uk/workingsafelyEngland Golf has also provided a checklist for golf clubs on the re-opening of clubhouses as part of the PlaySafe guidance.Opening your ClubhouseYou can also read the response to the announcement from the golfing bodies, including quotes from England Golf’s CEO Jeremy Tomlinson.**The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf is supported by the following industry bodies: The R&A, The PGA, PING, UK Golf Federation, British Golf Industry Association, Syngenta, IMG, The Belfry, England Golf, Golf Ireland, Golfing Union of Ireland, Ladies Golf Union, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association, Golf Course Managers Association.** Tags: Coronavirus
Facebook104Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners When the holidays wind down and the decorations get packed away, it’s time to figure out what to do with the Christmas tree. This season, free tree collection and drop-off opportunities are available county-wide.Across the region, trees are recycled into mulch for parks, trails, and gardens to keep the Evergreen state green. Photo courtesy: Boy Scout Troop 222.To prepare your tree for recycling, please remove all ornaments, lights, stands, nails, and tinsel prior to drop off. Flocked trees are accepted.Drop-off Locations All Thurston County residents: Trees are accepted at the Waste and Recovery Center located at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey from December 26 – January 14 (closed January 1). Open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; entrance gates close at 4:45 p.m. daily.Rainier residents: Take trees to the Rainier Drop Box Facility at 13010 Rainier Acres Road from December 29 – January 14. The facility is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Rochester residents: Take trees to the Rochester Drop Box Facility at 16500 Sargent Road from December 26 – January 14. The facility is open Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tenino residents: Trees are accepted at 418 S. Wichman Street from December 26 – January 15.Yelm residents: Place trees in the designated tree dumpsters at Yelm City Park located at SR 507 and Mosman Avenue anytime from December 29 – January 15, or until the dumpsters are full.Pick Up InformationLeMay yard/food waste customers: Place trees in or near your yard/food waste cart (cut into sections of 3 feet or less). Call 360-923-0111 for additional information.City of Olympia garbage customers: Place trees in your organics bin pick up location. For customers with Tuesday/Wednesday service, tree pick up is January 6. For those with Thursday/Friday service, pick up is January 13. Place tree in regular pick up spot by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day. Trees over 6 feet must be cut in half. If you have questions, contact the City of Olympia’s Waste ReSources at 360-753-8310.City of Lacey residents: Local Boy Scouts will provide curbside pick-up of holiday trees on Saturday, January 6, for residents within Lacey city limits. Trees must be placed curbside in front of homes by 8:00 a.m. Donations to the Boy Scouts can be made online at troop222wa.org, or mailed to BSA Troop 222, PO Box 5379, Lacey, WA 98509. For more information, contact the City of Lacey’s Public Affairs Department at 360-491-3214 or [email protected] of Tumwater residents: Place trees at the nearest street corner by 7:00 a.m. on January 8. Be careful not to block traffic signs, or driver and pedestrian access or visibility. Call the city at 360-754-4150 for additional information.Multi-family complex residents: Check with your property manager for tree placement locations.