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Madison Elementary School community wants school board to take pay cuts to fill in budget shortfall

During a four-hour meeting last night, parents, students, teachers, and community members expressed sentiments against the closure of Olympia School District’s (OSD) Madison Elementary School. …
Director of Operations Warren Hendrickson briefed the Port of Olympia commission about the state’s misuse of aviation fuel taxes.
The Port of Olympia Commission voted to join an interlocal agreement with other Washington airports on Monday, February 26, to potentially litigate the state for not using fuel taxes for …
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BIPOC Business Community Liaison Mayra Pena of the Thurston County Economic Development Council shared the significant recommendations at a Lacey Commission on Equity meeting on Monday, Feb 26.
Thurston County’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Business Task Force outlined its crucial recommendations, highlighting support for existing BIPOC businesses, new startups, and …
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Associate Planner Marisa Whisman briefed the Board of County Commissioners about the contractor role they are looking for.
Thurston County is looking for a consulting firm to help manage its conservation lands. The county issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) last week to hire a non-profit conservation firm that …
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The Olympia Planning Commission continued the deliberation and approved the Parks chapter of the Comprehensive Plan update on Monday, February 26, 2024.
The Olympia Planning Commission approved the Parks chapter of the city's Comprehensive Plan update on Monday, with modifications to further promote community access and equity in park facilities. …
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Expect motored boats, large machinery, trucks and working crews in Capitol Lake for a sediment survey starting February 26 to March 5.
Capitol Lake will undergo a survey of underwater sediment known as a bathymetric survey as part of the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Project. Initially scheduled for November 2023, the survey …
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Lila Kennelly is one of the pages in the Washington State House of Representatives where one of her responsibilities is to support the Legislature’s operation, among others.
A student at Washington Middle School, Lila Kennelly, recently had the opportunity to serve as a page in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Representative Beth …
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Sarah Lamet (#15) attempts a jumper at mid-range. She led the scoring for the Saints at 22 points in their win vs Alaska Fairbanks.
The Saint Martin’s University women’s basketball team finally returned to the winning column and overcame a five-game losing skid as they dominated the University of Alaska Fairbanks, …
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Debra L. Glasser, M.D.
As winter drags on in the PNW and your medical columnist returns from vacation, I decided to make this week’s health topic just that. I love vacations and as it turns out, they are good for our …
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The scales of Justice represent the idea of decisions reached fairly and objectively by a weighing of evidence.
The Thurston County Sheriff expressed his dismay on crime-related legislation in a Friday social media post showing him participating in a car chase. "The cancerous mentality fostered by …
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Climate Mitigation Senior Program Manager Rebecca Harvey briefed the Board of County Commissioners about an agreement to support a residential energy efficiency and electrification campaign and a home energy score model ordinance.
The Board of County Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement to support two initiatives advancing the implementation of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan. The two initiatives focus on …
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Senior Planner Andrew Deffobis briefed the Board of County Commissioners about the changes to the county’s agriculture code.
The Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance amending its agriculture code on Tuesday, February 20. The changes expand permissible agricultural uses to the county’s long-term …
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Olympia's Design Review Board approved Franz Anderson Road Phase 1 apartment design plans on Thursday, February 22, 2024. The design plans include amenities for a dog area, orchards, and raised garden beds.
The Olympia Design Review Board approved the design plans for a new affordable housing development at 527 Franz Anderson Road SE, which would provide 71 units of permanent supportive housing for …
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Olympia School District Executive Director Kate Davis shared the ending funding balance trend through the years and sharing the next year’s estimated ending fund balance of $5,471,010.
Executive Director Kate Davis briefed the Olympia School District (OSD) Board last Thursday, February 22, on the district’s latest Fiscal Report. Davis shared that an estimated $5,474,013 …
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Nisqually Tribal Chair Willie Frank III, Natural Resources Director David Troutt, and the author At the Boldt Decision 50th Anniversary Celebration
Beginning in the early 1980s, the acrimony over treaty-right fishing began to diminish. The state’s approach to salmon management finally recognized the need to make peace with federal law and …
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Life
The Olympia Kitchen
This is the Croque Monseiur sandwich, hot and ready to eat.

Recipe: Croque monsieur - the sandwich of diplomats

Many people enjoy sandwiches from time to time. My family especially likes a favorite called Croque Monsieur. It is versatile, warm, filling, and may be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or weekend …

What's happening in the last week of February— Seniors’ Renaissance Bingo, Barney Carey Gets His Wings, and others!

The end of February will be filled with art and merriment!  Queerotica Art Exhibit, Friday, February 23, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Queerotica is a showcase of LGBTQIA2S+ artists and speakers …

The CENTER Stage Awards and Gala honors local talents and advocates

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts (CENTER) Stage Awards & Gala is set to bring together a vibrant community of artists, supporters, and philanthropists on Saturday, March 9, to …

SPSCC to present three concerts this March

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Music Department students will hold three concerts, Poetry in Motion, Beauty & Passion, and Winter Jazz in March. All three …
Police Blotter

Police Blotter for Thursday, February 22, 2024

Lacey Police Department On 2/22/24 at 1:48 AM in the 1200 block of College Street SE, police arrested Ke’Marion D. Hill, 19, on suspicion of 3 rd degree driving while license suspended. …

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Starting anew again
No two springs are exactly alike. And each spring, every gardener is one year older, so we’re never exactly alike either.   The more years of gardening behind us, the bigger the …
Spring Migration – It’s Started!
Check the calendar. It is 1/3 rd of the way from the winter solstice to the summer solstice, and the birds have noticed. They’re beginning the spring migration. Migration time for many …
Kathleen ponders youth violence, entitlement, consequences
I have been talking to my friends and family about the younger generation recently and we all agreed we don’t have a clue what is going on. Teenagers and even younger kids, car-jacking Kias and …
My property taxes vs inflation tell a different story than the Olympia city manager told
Olympia's city manager told the city council finance committee at a meeting on February 14 that " property taxes are not keeping up with inflation ." That has not been my experience, …
Is it a bug or a feature?
A quest to establish cordial relations with insects and bugs led me to “Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology,” by Eric Grissell. “Insects, at an estimated weight …
Olympia headlines
After a grueling nine matches of indoor soccer followed by a short but impressive playoff run, FC Olympia ended their winter season’s arena soccer stint last Sunday, February 25, bowing down to …
A developer proposing a new affordable housing project at 505 Union Avenue SE is exploring options to reduce development costs through potential frontage improvement exemptions under the city's …
FC Olympia (formerly Oly Town Artesians FC) marked their departure from the Evergreen State College Pavilion after ten years with the women’s arena soccer team, finishing the season with a 5-7 …
After deliberating on the environmental concerns, pedestrian and bicycle safety investments, and housing needs, Olympia's Land Use and Environment Committee accepted the Planning Commission's …
A student walking to Capitol High School became the victim of assault on Friday, February 16, according to a police report released by the Olympia Police Department (OPD) in a press release. The …
Tumwater headlines
On Tuesday, February 20, Tumwater City Council approved a service provider agreement with RH2 Engineering, Inc. to design a 3-million-gallon reservoir. The reservoir will be located …
Tumwater announced that the north side of Trosper Road and the west side of Capitol Boulevard would have intermittent traffic stops from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, and Thursday, …
Tumwater’s General Government Committee moved forward with an interlocal agreement to support Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) in facilitating a study to analyze the county’s …
Thurston County
A Thurston County Jail inmate assaulted a corrections deputy during breakfast service in the early morning of February 2. According to the police report, the incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. …
Public Works Road Operations Division Manager Mike Lowman highlighted the breadth of Thurston County’s transportation systems, which are approximately $1 billion, during a meeting yesterday, …
Olympia’s first Black American Mayor, Dontae Payne, received Thurston County’s African-American History Month proclamation during the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, …
Lacey headlines
Three men allegedly involved in a theft scheme of high-value gadgets have been investigated by the Lacey Police Department (LPD), with one of the suspects already in police custody. According to …
The Lacey City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 1656, making criminal impersonation a gross misdemeanor within the city limits. During the council meeting on February 20, City Attorney …
Law enforcement has just recently arrested two juveniles after allegedly making hoax bomb calls to several elementary schools in the county, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) stated in a …
Lacey Police Department (LPD) is asking the public for information following a reported burglary on 6th Avenue SE on January 27. LPD posted on their social media that the suspect allegedly …
PFAS in Washington’s well water could make you sick   ‘Forever chemicals’ linked to ailments from high cholesterol to cancer are in our clearest …
More local news
Some unhoused pets and their people
“Pets are humanizing,” said actor James Cromwell, who added, “They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.”   …
Thurston County to reimburse itself from proceeds of bonds for infrastructure projects
Thurston County’s Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) passed a resolution to reimburse the Thurston County Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds. Budget and Fiscal Manager Nicole Martinez …
Presidential Primary Elections ballots on the way, observer training Thursday
As the March 12 Presidential Primary Election approaches, the Office of the Secretary of State has distributed the voters’ pamphlets to all households in Thurston County starting last week, …
Thurston County invites applicants for advisory board, commission, committee positions
The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has announced an open invitation to the public interested in civic engagement to apply for positions on various citizen advisory boards, …
State auditors find 3 procedural lapses in probe into Sheriff's Deputy suspect shooting death
Officials from the Washington State Auditor’s Office found three procedural lapses in Region 3 (Critical Incident Investigation Team) CIIT probe on the deadly force incident that resulted in …
Olympia seeks public input on community oversight of law enforcement
Olympia is seeking public input on draft recommendations to enhance the community's involvement in overseeing law enforcement. At the February 13 city council meeting, Strategic Planning and …
Thurston County reviews 2024-25 preliminary work for code amendments
Thurston’s Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) reviewed the 2024-2025 comprehensive plan and development code docket items and scheduled the 20-day public comment period to start this week and …
OSD to hold hearings on school closures February 26 and 29
The Olympia School District (OSD) Board will hold public hearings on February 26 and 29 regarding proposed school consolidations, a time for community members to appeal and make their concerns known. …
Boldt Decision – 50 Years – Part 2
George Walter, environmental program manager at the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s natural resources department, has worked for 45+ years in various elements of fisheries for the Tribe. He may be …
Olympia Finance Committee seeks alternative revenue options to address budget gap
The Olympia City Council’s Finance Committee directed City Manager Jay Burney to explore other potential revenue measures beyond a levy lid lift to address a long-term budget shortfall in …