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Proposed Regional Fire Authority committee holding a Town Hall session on Monday

Both city councils received briefings on Tuesday; reactions slightly differed Tumwater and Olympia city council members received separate briefings on Tuesday about the proposed Regional Fire …
Port Executive Director Sam Gibboney
The Port of Olympia Commission sent a letter to its staff last week, responding to calls by port employees for Executive Director Sam Gibboney’s resignation. Signed by Commission Chair Bob …
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The scales of justice represent the balance between fairness and injustice.
A transient Olympia woman was charged with two felonies after she allegedly pried her way into a stranger’s home, slept on his couch, and stole his belongings. Erica Ricarla Doyle, 37, was …
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The Lacey City Council met yesterday, August 11, to discuss its priority items on the work plan for the next two years.
Lacey City Council met yesterday, August 11, to discuss its priority items on the work plan for the next two years. Assistant City Manager Shannon Kelley-Fong said the process started with …
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The Olympia School Board discussed freedom of expression in student publications during its hybrid regular board meeting on August 11, 2022.
The Olympia School District (OSD) board examined the drafted policies regarding Freedom of Expression among student publications during their hybrid regular board meeting on August 11. “The …
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August surely began as a sunny month! Brace yourselves for another week full of amazing activities as we welcome another August week.    Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina, August …
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Jill Severn
There are many reasons not to garden: Your hands will get dirty and your fingernails will be a mess. It will make you sweaty and tired. Gardening requires tools, and practice using them. You …
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Olympia Police Chief Rich Allen discussed the OPD's Firearm Destruction Program at the city council meeting on August. 9, 2022.
Through Olympia’s Firearm Destruction Program, Olympia Police Chief Rich Allen said the city assists people to dispose of weapons they no longer want. Allen was at the Olympia City Council …
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Thurston County Opioid Response coordinator Katie Strozyk invites community members to participate in the overdose prevention and response training offered by the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department at the Olympia City Council meeting on August 9, 2022.
About 1700 opioid-related deaths were recorded in Washington State last year, according to Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby, who signed a proclamation designating Wednesday, August 31, 2022 as Overdose …
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George Walter
Spring’s dawn chorus has gone quiet. The birds’ eggs have hatched, and most of the young have fledged and are on their own. The season has changed, from breeding to migration. Some of …
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Sustainability and green energy at Quixote Village – homes, jobs & more from green energy pilot project
“We are extremely excited to go solar at Quixote Village. This will not only reduce our carbon footprint, but the cost savings will let us focus more on providing services to our …
Tumwater’s Planning Commission is working on recommendations to city building codes and regulations
The Tumwater Planning Commission went through proposed revisions to Ordinance No. O2022-013, which is intended to make minor corrections to the city’s development regulations. During its …
Prescribed burning in Tumwater to be permissible after amendments to municipal code
Prescribed burning in Tumwater will soon be permissible after the city's public health and safety committee agreed on August 9 to recommend an ordinance amending the city’s municipal …
Thurston County to be part of the site of first maritime heritage area designation
The country’s first national heritage area focused on maritime history is set to open by 2023, according to maritime historian Chuck Fowler from the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association …
Tumwater deliberates nomination of century-old walnut tree
The Tumwater Tree Board met yesterday, August 8, to consider nominating a century-old walnut tree growing in the city for designation as a Heritage Tree. The board discussed a nomination submitted …
Protection from sea-level rise suggested to cost Olympia $350 million
Olympia’s Water Resources Director Eric Christensen said it would cost up to $350 million to adapt long-term strategies against flooding in downtown Olympia. Christensen was at the Sea Level …
What has LOTT learned about the safety of reclaimed water?
Having recently completed its ten-year study on reclaimed the safety of reclaimed water, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance is hosting two kinds of events to involve the public. These include: A …
Olympia schools wants to offer the public another look at the balance calendar concept
Olympia School District (OSD) is considering stepping up its campaign to inform community members about the balanced calendar concept. “It seems like folks don't understand what the balanced …
Are you ready to pay 47% more for fire and EMS in 2024 than you did in 2022?
The Regional Fire Authority (RFA) planning committee will meet for the 12th time this Monday, August 8 at 5:30 p.m. to prepare its recommendations to Olympia and Tumwater city councils the following …
Lacey considering updates to its neighborhood Zone rules following Meridian gas station decision
Lacey is mulling updating its Municipal Code 16.36 related to the Neighborhood Commercial Zone following in the wake of the controversial Meridian Gas Station’s approval. During the …
Early primary election results show some clear winners
Primary elections were held throughout Washington on Tuesday, August 2, and results for many Thurston County races appear to be settled. That’s because we have a “Top Two” system …
Tumwater amends certain multi-unit development regulations to measure its public benefits
Several provisions of the Tumwater Municipal Code relating to planned unit development (PUD) were revised yesterday, August 1, after the Tumwater City Council approved Ordinance No. O2022-006, which …
Life

Lacey ‘Young Child and Families Center’ project takes its first step

The Lacey City Council signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday, August 4, with North Thurston Public Schools and the South Sound YMCA to fund afeasibility study of what’s being called  …

Coyotes are here to stay in North American cities -- including those in Thurston County

Coyotes have become practically ubiquitous across the lower 48 United States, and they are increasingly turning up in suburban areas like Thurston County. The draws are abundant food and green space.

Olympia transport group proposes enhanced bike lanes on streets

The Olympia Public Works Transportation Group proposed the inclusion of enhanced bike lanes in the Engineering Design and Development Standards or EDDS, tying it to future road works in the …

Lacey cautions Long Lake goers

Lacey is warning community members to take care when swimming in the waters of Long Lake. In a Facebook post earlier today, Lacey authorities revealed that it has received two reports of …

OlyWines aims to help people embark on a journey

For cellar master Ed Schlich, wine is a democratic beverage that anyone should enjoy without concern about their knowledge of the products. "People have been intimidated by others when it comes to …
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Galloway Street in Olympia is closed tomorrow

Galloway Street SE in Olympia will be closed tomorrow, August 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for repairs. The street is a few blocks east of Vic’s Pizzeria Wildwood. Traffic on the road will …

Arrested on DUI suspicion, Lacey man accosts, harasses cops

A Lacey man was allegedly caught asleep at the wheel and began harassing officers after he was brought in custody. Olympia police arrested Jacob J. Rousseau, 28, on July 30 after a reported …

Logged for investment return, now reclaimed for conservation

In June, neighbors near 20th Avenue NW and Cooper Point Road were surprised by a logging operation about which that they had had no meaningful notice. Many trees in a beautiful, forested area were …

Quince Street Village welcomes its first residents from Franklin Street Mitigation Site

Quince Street Village, the new location for Olympia’s Mitigation Site project for the homeless, accepted its first batch of 12 occupants on Monday, August 1. According to the city’s …

Lacey headlines

Welfare check leads authorities to allegedly stolen generator

Authorities in Lacey have recovered an allegedly stolen generator that they found while conducting a welfare check. According to a series of tweets by the Lacey Police Department, a patrol officer …

Lacey man allegedly damaged a bus while trying to steal gas

The Lacey Police Department is seeking a man who allegedly attempted to steal gas from a bus and damaged it in the process. In a media release, Lacey police said that the suspect attempted to …

Lacey man accused of throwing rocks at security guards

A Lacey man was arrested on suspicion of hurling rocks at two security guards who were working at the Intercity Transit Center on State Avenue NE. The reporting party wrote in his witness …

Lacey street maintenance budget rolled out

Lacey’s Transportation Committee reported spending a total of $4,185,925 on its street maintenance projects in 2021. "People like to refer to our roads as 'driving on gold,' so our roadway …

Tumwater headlines

Lacey’s Robin Vazquez is Thurston’s new member of County Board of Health

Lacey city council member Robin Vazquez attended her first board meeting as the newest addition to the Thurston County Board of Health (BOH) yesterday, August 2. “I’m excited to be a …

Thurston to spend $1.4M grant on road safety improvements

The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) authorized the county’s Public Works Department to proceed with its road safety project with the Washington State Department of Transportation …

Federal government grants additional funding for Capitol Boulevard - X Street roundabout

The federal government granted Tumwater additional funding of $1,296,030 for the right-of-way acquisition phase of a proposed roundabout at Capitol Boulevard and X Street on Monday, August 1. The …

Tumwater man allegedly runs over skateboard, narrowly misses skater

A Tumwater man allegedly became upset at a drive-thru customer on an electric skateboard and then ran over the device, narrowly missing the skater. Douglas Daryl Nedrow Jr., 55, was arrested on …

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