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Olympia community's role to be expanded under new Police Oversight Board recommendation

Olympia's Community Livability and Public Safety Committee voted to move to the city council the recommendation to create an independent Community Oversight Board, which enhances the community's role …
Engineering Services Manager Bill Lindauer told the Tumwater Public Works Committee that they expect “substantial completion” of the project by the end of July.
Tumwater’s reconfiguration project for I-5, Trosper Road, and Capitol Boulevard will cost an additional $1,701,021, said Engineering Services Manager Bill Lindauer to the Public Works Committee …
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Concept sketch of the exterior (top) and the indoor family aquatic center of the future Young Child and Family Education Center give an idea of some features of the new facility. The project is a joint venture of the City of Lacey Parks and Recreation, North Thurston Public Schools, Thurston Economic Development Council and the South Sound YMCA.
Lacey City Council and the North Thurston Public Schools Board of Directors held a joint special meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at the school district administrative offices. The leaders sat intermingled …
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Estuarium Drag Benefit Show: Walk the Plank: Drag on the Salish Sea
In celebration of Pride Month, the Puget Sound Estuarium is hosting a series of events to recognize diversity through visibility of LGBTQIA+ individuals in STEM, as well as educate the community …
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Detour routes have been established for both southbound and northbound travelers, with clear signage and reader boards to guide motorists because of the temporary closure of Waddell Creek Road SW, from 90th Lane SW to 86th Lane SW, starting June 3 and continuing until June 30, according to Thurston County Public Works.
There will be a temporary closure of Waddell Creek Road SW, from 90th Lane SW to 86th Lane SW, starting June 3 and continuing until June 30, according to Thurston County Public Works.   The …
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The photos are taken from the CCTV footage of the alleged theft suspects at Ulta Beauty
acey Police Department (LPD) is requesting assistance from the public to identify three suspects involved in two separate theft incidents at Ulta Beauty.   LPD released the photos of the …
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Trish Lynn and Thom Donitz and friends
Ours is a pet-active region!  Past: Ratapalooza Ratapalooza was held on Saturday, May 18 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. We attended and were overwhelmed by the turnout of so many …
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Inspire Olympia program manager Marygrace Goddu reported they received 61 applications for the program, the majority of them organizations offering youth programming.
The Community Livability and Public Safety Committee approved the Cultural Access Advisory Board's (CAAB) recommendation to fund 60 local organizations for over $2 million and forwarded the same to …
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A slide from the Tumwater city staff’s presentation shows the length of the project which spans 3,330 feet of Mottman Road.
Olympia and Tumwater are set to spend $7.6 million to construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Mottman Road.   The Tumwater Public Works Committee agreed on Thursday, May 23, to …
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Nervous veteran talking loudly to psychiatrist during therapeutical videoconference via laptop computer
Although service members know they may lose their lives in combat in service of their country, they may not expect to lose their lives – or those they love – to suicide. April Smith , Auburn University Although service …
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Annette Sloan, Chantel and Matt Wagner with their service pony Apollo
Change the Narrative WA hosted the Music For a Cause music festival in Huntamer Park in Lacey WA on May 25, 2024.  This was their 2nd event during the Memorial Weekend.  There were …
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Seen facing north, the Davis-Meeker oak tree overhangs Old Highway 99 and is adjacent to the northernmost airplane hangar.
My name is Jesse Brighten, ISA certified arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Attending the Tumwater City Council meeting on 5/21/24, I was frankly appalled with the presentation by Lisa …
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Police lights
On May 11 at 4 p.m., the Olympia Police Department (OPD) responded to a reported theft at JCPenney, located at 625 Black Lake Boulevard SW.    According to the OPD police report, the …
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How long until these peonies bloom?
A few weeks ago, a young couple stopped to admire the pink dogwood blooming in the front yard. “How old is that tree?” the young man asked. “About 20 years,” I …
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Sign that was posted under the Davis Meeker oak stating it being unsafe. The sign was posted May 23.
A group fighting to save the historic Davis-Meeker Garry Oak tree from being cut down achieved a victory in their quest. Thurston County superior Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) …
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Thurston's Birds
This Turkey Vulture is soaring over Patagonia, Argentina.

Turkey Vultures and other soaring birds

Ever wonder what happens to road kills and other dead animals? Sometimes they are collected or buried by road maintenance folks, but more often they are removed by one of our more important, and …

Tumwater city administrator takes responsibility for process that led to plans to cut down the Davis-Meeker tree

The city council discussed the future of the historic 400-year-old tree at its May 21 meeting. The tree has been deemed a hazard by the city’s consultant urban forester; other arborists disagree.

Stolen vehicle pursuit ends in arrest in Tumwater

Tumwater Police Department (TPD) and the Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) coordinated a stolen vehicle pursuit that led to the arrest of a suspect with multiple felony warrants.

Common sense pet safety for hot summer weather

Thom Donitz and Trish Lynn are neighbors and close friends who share their love of animals and wildlife. Trish is a lifelong resident of Tumwater; Thom moved here 20 years ago. Contact them at …
Police Blotter

Police Blotter for Monday, May 27, 2024

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office On 5/27/24 at 3:43 p.m. in the 8500 block of 29 th Way SE, Sheriff’s deputies arrested Druzell Adel Haunani Manalo Kamana, 38, on suspicion of 4 th …

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Sixth graders complete an endangered species project   The students of Autumn Stevick and Jennifer Metsler are not just passive learners, but active investigators, as evidenced in a recent …
Here's my take on the Davis-Meeker controversy, for what it's worth.
The Tumwater community and officials are grappling over the fate of the historic Davis-Meeker oak tree on Old Highway 99. The tree served as the end point of the Oregon Trail, and has borne witness …
There's got to be a better way to deal with freeway investigations
Is it worth the delay of thousands of cars and occupants thereof, who are delayed while the last witness is interviewed in depth?
While the remaining WWII veterans are still with us, there's something we can do for them
In 1956 I recall my father pointing out a story in the Lincoln Leader , our hometown newspaper. The headline read, “Last Civil War Veteran dies.”  The veteran was Albert Woolson , a …
One foot in front of the other, a designing woman redefines her life path
Vanessa Gardner Nagel, is a fascinating woman - a tiny female designer of all things beautiful, and she wears red glasses – what more do you need to know? Living in Minnesota, California, …
Olympia headlines
An Olympia resident aired concerns about preemptive rent increases in the city, alleging that her landlord appeared to circumvent the new rental protection laws. During the public comment …
FC Olympia’s quest for another year of dominance in the USL W League Northwest Division is off to a flying start as they took light work of Tacoma Galaxy in a thumping 4-0 win in front of the …
The Thurston Regional Housing Council approved over $20 million in funding recommendations for homeless services and affordable housing projects at its meeting last Wednesday, May 8. The …
Port of Olympia’s four business lines all performed better than projections in 2023, the port’s year-end financial report showed, but most of the agency's debt was excluded.  …
The cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater, along with Thurston County, are set to host a Lodging Tax Funding Workshop for potential applicants on Wednesday, June 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Lacey …
Tumwater headlines
Final paving work for the Capitol Blvd/Trosper Road project will take place on weeknights, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., beginning June 3 and continuing as follows: 8 p.m. Monday, June 3 to 5 a.m. …
The Tumwater City Council has decided to wait for the US Supreme Court’s decision on the Grants Pass case before resuming discussions about an ordinance that would suspend the prohibition of …
Long Lake Management District conducted its annual treatment last week to mitigate harmful algal blooms ahead of the coming summer. The lake management district contracted AquaTechnex to perform …
Thurston County
Thurston County’s Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved the Forest Lands Conversion Code update at a meeting on Tuesday.   Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) …
The English philosopher G.K. Chesterton once pointed out that courage is an apparent oxymoron, that it means “to live taking the form of a readiness to die.”   This sense of …
Thurston County Public Works met with the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) yesterday to discuss this year’s on-call contract solicitation, evaluation, and results. According to the …
Lacey headlines
The best student-athletes of Saint Martin’s University (SMU) stood their ground as they performed in the 2024 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships …
When the invasive spongy moth is in its caterpillar phase, it isn’t a picky eater. That’s part of the reason the bugs are so destructive. “They eat between [300] and 500 different types of plants,” said Karla Salp, a spokesperson for the Washington Department of Agriculture.
Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm have agreed to conduct a study on housing and racial disparities. The Olympia City Council has approved a resolution that allows the city to enter into a …
Lacey is now accepting applications for its Lacey Youth Council (LYC) from students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2024-25 school year.  Applying students must be …
The Joint Animal Services Commission (JASCOM) has been actively enhancing its services and community outreach efforts, executive director Sarah Hock reports.
More local news
County honors fallen officers, commemorates Peace Officers Memorial Day
Thurston County commemorated Peace Officers Memorial Day, a solemn occasion dedicated to honoring law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Tumwater police report 25 use-of-force incidents in 2023
Tumwater Police Department recorded 25 incidents of police officers using force in 2023, Lieutenant Carlos Quiles reported to the Tumwater Public Health and Safety Committee on Tuesday, May 14. …
Yelm schools’ community forum draws crowd to brainstorm solutions
It was standing room only -- and very little of that remaining -- at Yelm Community Schools’ community yesterday, May 16 at Yelm Middle School’s Commons. Superintendent Chris Woods …
Dave – One piece of the puzzle that is homelessness 
As I was walking down Washington Street NE last Friday morning, a homeless man standing in the shadows of the alley next to SK Market hailed me.  “How ya doin’.  “I …
Defending champions FC Olympia set sights on new season
United Soccer League West: FC Olympia’s championship set to repeat? Imagine winning the division just on your very first try in such a dominant fashion that you never lost to any team in …
Energize Olympia hopes to engage 500 residents in the 2024 heat pump program
Olympia is continuing its Energize Olympia heat pump program in 2024 with the goal of engaging at least 550 residents by providing education on heat pump technology and installing additional heat …
Thurston County Medic One looks to add new unit
Thurston County Medic One is looking to add a new unit which will be based in the North End Fire Station at Linwood Avenue, Tumwater Fire Chief Brian Hurley told the Tumwater City Council on Tuesday, …
Carstens and Scheuerell lead Evergreen State College at decent showing in Conference Championships
The best student-athletes from Evergreen State College Outdoor Track & Field Team competed in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) T&F Championships last May 10 and 11 at Moehl Stadium of …
Tumwater mayor decides to remove Davis-Meeker Oak
Tumwater Mayor Debbie Sullivan has decided that the city will remove the historic Davis-Meeker Garry Oak tree on Old Highway 99. City staff informed the city council about the mayor’s plans …
'Red, Set, Go!' evacuation campaign introduced this Wildfire Awareness Month
Thurston County has introduced "Ready, Set, Go!," evacuation campaign as part of Wildfire Awareness Month. This campaign aims to deliver the evacuation message clearly to the residents to ensure …