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Tumwater and Thurston County looking to stop Hopkins Drainage District

A Tumwater city committee is working to oppose the annexation of 599 properties into the Hopkins Drainage Ditch District No. 2 with an ordinance aiming to prevent the action. Further, Thurston …
The 60% design of the new culvert under Sapp Road triggers additional requirements for stormwater management.
The design developed for a new culvert along Percival Creek under Sapp Road calls for an additional $80,753 in the project’s design cost, raising it from $143,000 to …
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Lacey Joint Animal Services Commission wants amendments on the city's animal ordinances.
Lacey Joint Animal Services Commission (JASCOM) is lobbying for the new Community Cat Program (CCP) and recommending updates to the Lacey municipal code (LMC). During the council work session on …
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Rubus laciniatus is another invasive, non-native blackberry species, but it’s much less common and invasive than Himalayan blackberries.
Yesterday a friend pointed out something I had never noticed: This is the time of year when Himalayan blackberry bushes – one of our most common invasive species – send out long, arching …
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Olympia's Strategic Projects manager Amy Buckler showed a graph reflecting the disparity in experience during the pandemic between renters and homeowners. Buckler gave an update on the Strong Olympia program at the Finance Committee meeting on September 21, 2022. 
Olympia tenants went through the most challenges during the pandemic, according to an online survey conducted by the city for the Strong Olympia program. At the Finance Committee meeting on …
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SPSCC welcomes staff and faculty back to campus with 85 new employees including the 20 tenure-track faculty.
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) this week kicked off its 2022-23 academic year, welcoming 20 new full-time tenure-track faculty members to the college. Kristofer Alston, Nursing …
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The Olympia Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting discussed suggestions for the Capital Facilities Plan (CFP).
Olympia committee talk sidewalk issue anew By P. Jade Asumbrado In the wake of public clamor for the city to focus on its sidewalks, The Olympia Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee …
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The scales of justice represent the balance between fairness and injustice.
A burglary suspect was shot in the arm after being confronted by the relatives of the property owner, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) said yesterday. Sheriff’s deputies …
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George Walter
Pelagic Birds – Part 1 September and October are fairly boring months for local bird watching. So, as a change of pace, we are writing over the next few weeks about, and providing …
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The last days of September are near, and we will still have a lot of fun with the upcoming events. Horses Healing Hearts: A Night of Denim and Diamonds, September 23, from 5:30 …
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Olympia receives award for solar campaign
Olympia received a "SolSmart Gold" designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, more accessible, and affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. Climate Program …
Tumwater city council questions allocation of Thurston Strong funds
Tumwater city council questions allocation of Thurston Strong funds Doubts expressed on how it is used By Jerome Tuaño Members of Tumwater’s city council questioned the benefits …
Olympia councilmember wants revenue source for climate work
Olympia Councilmember Lisa Parshley made a referral request to the Finance Committee staff and the legal team to look for viable options in finding a specific revenue stream dedicated to climate work …
Olympia encourages citizens to register to vote; 16 and up can pre-register
Olympia encourages citizens to register to vote; 16 and up can pre-register By Lorilyn C. Lirio Olympia’s American citizens aged 16 and up can now pre-register to vote, Thurston County …
LNI fines Olympia roofer for hazardous practice
Washington State Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) called out Olympia company United Roofing Solutions, Inc. for putting its workers at risk. “United is showing intentional …
Olympia's Housing Action Plan looks at reducing residence parking requirements, clarifying permitting process
Olympia is contemplating reducing minimum parking requirements to accommodate more housing projects. This was according to contract planner Gary Cooper when he gave a brief presentation at the …
Budd Inlet cleanup will be the Port’s biggest project in decades
A $100 million project to clean up Budd Inlet is set to be the Port of Olympia’s biggest project in decades. The Port held a work session on September 20, to discuss their potential approach to …
Lacey officially allows the flying of equity flags
After a heated argument during the council meeting on Thursday, September 15, Lacey officially approved the proposed amendments to the existing Flag Policy, including additional flags to be flown in …
Olympia street improvement in the works
Olympia's Assistant City Engineer Steve Sperr announced that developing street connectivity and downtown sidewalk standards would take time. During the Land Use and Environment Committee update on …
Lacey recognizes September 20 National Voter Registration Day
The Lacey City Council officially set Tuesday, September 20, as National Voter Registration Day. The council said the proclamation signed during its meeting Thursday, September 15, aims to …
Olympia’s emissions decreasing
Olympia's day-to-day operations in 2021 have generated 8,262 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e), 11% less than it did in 2014, city Climate Program intern Louisa Sevier reported at the …
Private ambulances operating in Olympia still not meeting medical standard services, says fire chief
"Private ambulance services in the city did not meet the generally accepted medical standards and reasonable levels of service," Olympia Fire Chief Todd Carson reiterated at the city council meeting …
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Local theater produces Latinx version of an American classic The Secret Garden

Local theater group Olympia Family Theater will be presenting their production of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting September 30 to October …

Sign up for adventure with a TRL Library Card!

Take adventures, access resources and learn something new for free with a library card from your local Timberland Regional Library. Timberland Regional Library (TRL) offers a variety of …

Interested in photography? Join Lacey's TRL contest!

Lacey’s Timberland Regional Library branch and the Friends of the Lacey Library teamed up for an exciting digital photography contest for its residents. Titled “My Neighborhood: A …

What's happening coming up for the 3rd week of September?

Time flies so fast. We are now approaching the last weeks of the month. Let us take a peek at some events next week that might interest you and your family. Beginner Square Dance Lessons, …

Check out the new mural in Olympia

If you’re in the neighborhood of Percival Landing, near 215 Columbia Street NW, you might want to drop by and see the newly dedicated “Welcome to Squaxin Territory” and “Land …
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Olympia community members voice need for community sidewalks

Olympia community members went over their demand to include the sidewalks program in the Capital Facilities Plan, claiming that sidewalks are essential to neighborhoods for mobility, safety, and …

STEM to STEAM, get your science and art on as well as your adventure with the local nonprofits events and volunteer opportunities

It’s a busy time of the year. The autumnal equinox arrives Thursday, also called the September equinox or fall equinox. College and Pro Football are in full swing. Hockey preseason starts this …

Tumwater man killed in ‘seemingly unprovoked’ shooting

A 26-year-old Tumwater man was killed in a “seemingly unprovoked” shooting at a WinCo Foods parking lot in Olympia, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) said …

Elderly Olympia woman found dead at home; adopted son arrested

An 82-year-old Olympia woman was found dead inside her home, and her adopted son has been arrested in connection with her death, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) announced …

Lacey headlines

Saint Martin's No. 52 top performer on social mobility for regional universities in the west

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University has been ranked No. 52 among the 2022-2023 Top Performers on Social Mobility for Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World …

Lacey man accused of stealing from Home Depot, altercation with employees

A Lacey man was arrested on suspicion of stealing multiple items worth over $100 from a Home Depot and punching two loss prevention officers in the face. Joshua J, Goldade, 35, was arrested on …

Lacey growing from town to city, looking at infrastructure needs

Lacey City Council discussed the city's long-term capital facilities plan, specifically its investments in its public works operations, animal services, and administration facilities during their …

Want to help the city and the environment? Join Lacey’s Volunteer Litter Pickup Program

Lacey kicked off its Volunteer Litter Pickup Program yesterday, September 6, at the regular meeting of the city’s Transportation Committee. Transportation Maintenance Supervisor Scott …

Tumwater headlines

Tumwater deliberates church signage and use

Tumwater’s General Government Committee argued an amendment to the city’s municipal code, which will allow 15-feet signage for churches in residential zone districts during their meeting …

Tumwater proposes increases in stormwater utility fees to fund Deschutes Estuary project

Tumwater is proposing several increases in stormwater utility fees to fund the city’s contribution toward the Capitol Lake-Deschutes Estuary project. During a city council work session …

Tumwater moves to renew contract with Thurston County prosecutors

Tumwater’s public health committee approved the renewal of a contract to maintain legal support services provided by the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The committee …

RFA committee discusses possible FBC adjustments

Regional Fire Authority planning committee members are considering six options to adjust the Fire Benefit Charge (FBC) formula. At the RFA planning committee meeting held Monday, September 12, …

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