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Tumwater Fire Department recommends third station, increase in personnel

The Tumwater Fire Department is recommending to its city council the development of a third fire station for the city.    The department’s recommendation resulted from an …
The Olympia School District (OSD) Board adopted its budget resolution for the school year 2024-2025 at a meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2024.
The Olympia School District (OSD) adopted Resolution No. 657 , containing the budget for the school year 2024-2025, during its second reading last week, July 11. Executive Director of Business …
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Data on crashes in 2019-2023 in shows 97% the occur in Thurston County are minor, and fatal and serious injury crashes on the CMP network make up 1%.
Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) members backed keeping safety as a key focus in the Congestion Management Process (CMP), supporting the Transportation Policy Board's stance against removing …
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Use caution when passing through road construction sites.
Thurston County, Olympia, and Tumwater are warning motorists of traffic disruptions begin today and tomorrow Intersection construction at Sleater Kinney and 15 th Ave NE Thurston County …
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Orange jumpsuit, handcuffs, jail
Last weekend, Olympia Police Department (OPD) officers responded to an assault on the east side of town .   According to an OPD post , the incident occurred outside an apartment complex …
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Wildfire sweeping across prairie grass, a firefighter is shown close to the fire.
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Thurston County Director of Emergency Services, Department of Natural Resources, and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency …
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Olympia Arts Commission, July 11, 2024. Olympia Arts Program Manager Stephanie Johnson announces the city's Creative District received recertification from the Washington State Arts Commission.
The Washington State Arts Commission has recertified Olympia's Creative District, marking the city's commitment to further support the local creative community in the next five years.    …
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Wildland firefighters visited the Capitol and met with U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (whose district includes part of Thurston County), along with Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona.
“With pay raises due to sunset in September, we could lose thousands of firefighters as they face a difficult choice of covering rent or continuing to serve their community."
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The fresh pea dividend
For today’s purposes, let’s define “working class” as everyone whose living depends on a job. It might be a great job with decent pay . . . or not. People in this situation …
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WS DOT warns the public of a current scam with an example of the scam text message claiming to be from Good To Go!
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) warns the public of a new scam targeting residents by sending fraudulent texts claiming unpaid Good To Go! tolls .    Individuals …
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Olympia City Council, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. Shauna Montoya, holding a photo of her late son, Nathaniel Alexander Montoya, recounts how he was killed in April 2023 by individuals living in an RV parked in her neighborhood.
Olympia's RV parking and homelessness policies came under scrutiny on Tuesday after the city council heard testimony from a mother whose son was murdered by occupants of a long-term parked RV.  …
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Lacey City Hall
The City of Lacey has announced the opening of the application period for its new Human Services Grant Program (HSGP), running now through Friday, July 26.    Non-profit human service …
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Ballot checking stations
The Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Division will offer observer training for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election.    The training session will be via Zoom on Thursday, July …
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The 2nd Festival of the st̓əč̓as (Steh-Chass) on August 17 is looking for interested volunteers.
The 2nd Festival of the st̓əč̓as (Steh-Chass) will be at Heritage Park on Saturday, August 17, celebrating the “cultural and ecological significance of the decision to remove the 5th Avenue …
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State Fair Tenino Young at Heart Theatre flyer
Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre is producing Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic musical "State Fair" from July 25 to August 3.   “Set against the backdrop of the 1946 Iowa State …
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Life
SPORTS: SOCCER 
Midfielder Connor Lofy netted a brace of goals in the Artesians' high-scoring draw at West Seattle Junction FC.

FC Olympia sees three-goal lead slip away in eight-goal thriller 

FC Olympia ended their three-game away stretch with a bang as they survived a 4-4 battle with West Seattle Junction FC at Nino Cantu Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Sunday afternoon, July 7.   …

Capital Lakefair marks 67th year next week, to culminate with fireworks show 

The 2024 Capital Lakefair will be held next week from July 17-21 at Heritage Park. It features a parade, main stage entertainment, non-profit food vendors, arts and crafts, a car show , and fireworks …

Over The Edge: daring fundraisers involving both seniors and community members

I am usually up for participating in fundraisers, but when Mike Gregory, Development Director at Senior Services of South Sound, told me about Over the Edge – I took a hard pass. Oh, I believe …

JASCOM marks 1000 neuter/spay surgeries

Thurston County’s Joint Animal Services (JASCOM) marked a significant milestone on June 25 by performing its 1,000th spay/neuter surgery, just over a year after conducting the first surgery on …
Police Blotter

Police Blotter for Sunday, July 14, 2024

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office On 7/14/24 at 12:18 a.m. in the 14800 block of SR 507, Sheriff’s deputies arrested Scott Howard Langston, 53, on suspicions of 1) harassment, and 2) …

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Our marine neighbors – Pigeon Guillemots
Pigeon Guillemots are medium-sized (about 13”) seabirds of the Auk family and are fairly common in our Southern Puget Sound marine waters. They are often seen on the water near the shore and, …
Despicable Me 4-Ever 
Gru is back with more of his despicable plans and hilarious antics in the series’ fourth installment. The movie is fairly good, with plenty of laughs and slapstick. The Minions continue to steal the show, especially with their line of mischief. Despicable Me 4 is bringing in all the laughs this Fourth of July weekend.  
Every wedding has that one moment you always remember…or maybe two…
The Beginning… How do you put together a wedding in your yard? It takes quite a bit of planning. Announcements go out about the big day.  My daughter, her daughter (the bride to …
Pawsific NorthWest Cat Café: cats and coffee, what’s not to love?
This week, Trish went to check out the Pawsific NorthWest Cat Cafe, located in Olympia at 3415 Pacific Ave, in the same complex as the Ross Store. This is Thurston County's first and only Cat …
Settling into summer 
The fourth of July has passed and it’s getting hot. Independence Day has long been acknowledged as the real beginning of our summer, and often a time of relief from a wet, cool …
Olympia headlines
The Olympia City Council approved the Capital Mall T riangle subarea plan on Tuesday, with amendments on affordable housing incentives and economic development options.    The Capital …
The 2024 Summer Outreach Event bridges the gaps between services which are available to the less fortunate of the community.   “Holding the se event s (there is a Winter Outreach …
Peter Stackpole, Development Director of Intercity Transit, said during the Lacey City Council work session on July 9 that the construction of the Intercity Transit Roundabout at Martin Way and …
The Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division announced on Monday, July 8, the mailing of Local Voters’ P amphlets for the upcoming August 6, 2024, Primary Election.  …
Beginning Thursday, July 11, the City of Olympia will commence chip sealing activities to restore and extend the life of the pavement on Harrison Avenue and Olympic Way.    The project …
Tumwater headlines
The Port of Olympia Commission authorized Executive Director Alex Smith on Monday, July 8, to sign a contract with Century West Engineering to provide Olympia Regional Airport with engineering …
The Tumwater School District (TSD) Board of Directors (BOD) is seeking interested applicants and nominees for the Director of District 3 position due to Scott Killough's recent resignation. …
Tumwater City Council authorized Mayor Debbie Sullivan to sign a contract with the Rookery Apartments owners on Tuesday, July 2, granting them an eight-year exemption from property taxes. The …
Thurston County
The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) C ourthouse S ubcommittee weighed various hybrid options for the renovation of the Thurston County Courthouse Campus in its July 5 meeting . …
The Port of Olympia Commission authorized Executive Director Alex Smith on Monday, July 8, to sign a contract with local lobbying firm Propolis Communications to provide the port with legislative …
During its annual Awards Night last month, Yelm Dollars for Scholars (YDFS) awarded more than a hundred scholarships to graduating seniors during its Awards Night on June 4 . A total of $154,300 …
Lacey headlines
North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) Superintendent Troy Oliver released the 2024-2025 Superintendent’s Entry Plan outlining the steps he will take in the first six months to deepen his …
Lacey, in partnership with Senior Services for South Sound, will open the Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center as a cooling center for seniors in Lacey during this extreme heat. The center will open …
The City of Lacey is urging community members to reduce outdoor water usage starting today through Friday, July 12, due to unexpected repairs on one of its wells.    The repairs, …
North Thurston Public Schools’ Envision Career Academy held its graduation ceremony on June 13 at the Koval Center for the Performing Arts. Envision is an NTPS choice high school using a …
The North Thurston High School Class of 2024 graduated on June 12 in a ceremony at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey. According to the list provided by North Thurston Public Schools, 263 …
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Olympia LEOFF Disability Board explores respite care options for members 
Olympia's Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighter ( LEOFF ) Disability Board is exploring potential policy changes to include respite care for caregivers of disabled members.   Following …
FC Olympia returns home after mixed results in three away games 
After three games on the road, the lads of FC Olympia will return home on Wednesday just in time for the fast-approaching conclusion of this season’s USL League Two Northwest Division, having …
Gluesenkamp Perez sends off Tumwater, other high school grads, to military academies
Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) celebrated seven students from Washington’s Third District appointed to U.S. service academies. The congresswoman hosted a send-off dinner for the …
FC Olympia overpower Oakland Soul in extra time thriller, advance to USL W League Western Conference Final 
It took an extra 30 minutes of action, but FC Olympia secured its ticket to its first appearance in the USL W League Western Conference Final after surviving a grueling battle against Oakland Soul, …
Two arrested in puppies theft 
Tw o suspects have been charg ed with robbery in an incident involving the theft of three puppies, according to a news release from the Olympia Police Department (OPD) .   During the theft, …
State appellate court grants stay on temporary restraining order against Davis-Meeker Oak’s removal
The Washington State Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the temporary restraining order against the removal of the Davis-Meeker Gary Oak tree. A temporary restraining order against the …
Tumwater hires designer for community center 
Tumwater City Council authorized Mayor Debbie Sullivan Tuesday, July 2, to sign a contract with Barker Rinker Seacat (BRS) Architecture to design a community center.   The community center …
Olympia reviews a proposal to subdivide, later add two houses to single-family property
On Wednesday, July 3, a local property owner asked Olympia's Site Plan Review Committee to review options for subdividing a .6-acre lot to add two single-family residences behind an existing house at …
FC Olympia visits Bay Area, faces Oakland Soul SC in West Coast Semifinal 
After clinching the lone playoff spot for the Northwest Division in unbeaten fashion, the women of FC Olympia are tasked to face the Oakland Soul SC in the Western Conference Semifinal of the 2024 …
US Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez to hold mobile office hours in Tenino
U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez announced her sixth set of mobile office hours in Tenino. Residents of Washington’s Third Congressional District can visit Tenino City Hall at 149 Hodgden …