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County to celebrate Independence Day

Thurston County government offices will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. All offices will reopen for regular business Tuesday, July 5. The county’s …
The Thurston County Housing Authority is interested in purchasing the former OYO Hotel in Tumwater, above, and converting it into long-term housing for senior citizens and "neighbors with disabilities."
The Port of Olympia commissioners expressed willingness to collaborate with the Regional Housing Council (RHC), directing Port Executive Director Sam Gibboney to reach out to discuss the Housing …
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Strategic Projects manager Amy Buckler showed the timeline for Olympia Strong, the city's economic resiliency plan, process and implementation during the Planning Commission meeting on June 27, 2022.
Olympia-based businesses received almost 60% of the $7 million of Thurston Strong's COVID-related grants for businesses and workforce, according to Olympia Economic Development Director Mike Reid, …
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The scales of justice represent the balance between fairness and injustice.
An Olympia man was charged with a felony and a gross misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend after a crisis group reported him to the police. The assault was reported to …
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Mary Beth Harrington, CVA
Ready for some fireworks? For more than 50 years, the City of Lacey has celebrated Independence Day a day early. Sunday, July 3rd from 3:00 – 11:00 pm at Rainier Vista Community Park, enjoy …
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Olympia Regional Learning Academy student Jabron Amil Smith receives his diploma from Olympia School Board President Maria Flores.
This year's graduating class of Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) received their diplomas in front of friends and family on June 8 at Indian Summer Golf and  Country …
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Visitors on June 27, 2022 arrived at the Cooper Crest Forest to see the these signs warning would-be hikers away from the property.
 Olympia residents near 20th Avenue NW and Cooper Point Road were surprised this morning when they discovered that 20th Avenue was being shut down with no notice for a logging operation …
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At the OSD board meeting on Thursday, June 23, Business and Finance director Kate Davis presented results of a district-wide survey.
Parents and students want the schools to prioritize teaching, academic support, and social-emotional support, according to the online survey conducted by the Olympia School District from May 16 …
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Alexis Rae Baker
Dear Lexis,  My daughter has been exhibiting some questionable behavior lately and I think it has to do with the people she hangs out with. She’s always been something of a people …
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A photo of the suspect.
The Lacey Police Department is searching for a male suspect who allegedly stole a car with a 7-month-old baby onboard. Lacey police said in a news release that officers were dispatched to an auto …
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School board welcomes new student reps; says thanks to Scott and Pineda
Rahma Gaye of Capitol High School and Olympia High School’s Christine Zhang took the oath as student representatives to the Olympia School District Board for the 2022-2023 school year. Darcy …
New OPD chief to hold online public meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Newly-appointed Olympia Police Chief Rich Allen is inviting the public to join him in an online meeting, where he will address some questions on various issues on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. Allen …
Darcy Huffman is the new Olympia school board vice president
Darcy Huffman is the new Olympia School District Board of Directors vice president after a unanimous vote from the board members  during the board meeting last night. Huffman will hold the …
Olympia’s newest park is for the bees
Olympia’s newest park offers something for toddlers, seniors, skaters, lunch-packers, grade-schoolers, gardeners and beekeepers. Not only that, Olympia didn’t have to pay a penny for …
Congratulations Oly Bears of 2022!
Olympia High School's graduates marched last Tuesday, June 21 at Saint Martin's University to collect their diplomas in front of family and friends. Olympia School District Superintendent  …
Public challenges council about tax breaks for housing developers
Four residents expressed opposition to giving tax exemptions to multifamily housing developers. Public commenters asked the councilmembers to remove from the calendar consent two items: approval …
70-unit apartment building proposed at corner of Franklin and Olympia
The Site Plan Review Committee yesterday reviewed a proposed project that would build 70 multifamily units on a 14,375 square-foot parcel lot at 303 Franklin St. NE at the NE corner with Olympia …
Three Lakes Crossing development in Tumwater could create 45 new homes
Development of the Three Lakes Crossing property in Tumwater is in consideration for approval. This development would create 45 homes. Copper Ridge, LLC based in Puyallup is the applicant for this …
Congratulations Capital High School Class of 2022
Capital High School’s 2022 graduates marched on Friday, June 17 in front of friends,family and guests. Speakers included Olympia School Superintendent Patrick Murphy, School Board Vice …
Olympia restricts open carry firearms in city hall, other locations
The Olympia City council approved an ordinance that echos a new state law prohibiting open carry of firearms and other weapons in city hall, council chambers or any locations used in connection with …
How to merge fire departments?  Here’s what Tumwater and Olympia are considering
Olympia and Tumwater are working through details of the planned merger of their fire departments. During Tumwater’s city council meeting yesterday the members were briefed about governance …
Thurston approves $2M budget for Atrium furniture, fixtures
Subhead:  Voting 2-1, the Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) awarded yesterday the $2,025,558 contract to Gordon Products Inc, which does business as The Creative Office, for …
Life

Heat wave coming this weekend

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued an advisory today warning residents of an expected heat wave this coming Saturday through Monday, June 25 to 27. NWS expects the first heat wave of the …

Crows and Jays

Jays and crows, members of the Corvid Family, are among our most common birds. Most are not all that colorful, and males and females look alike. But they all have interesting stories to …

Report: High health ranking for older Washingtonians, but barriers remain

Although the state's residents fare well in a new report, older Washingtonians still face challenges to their overall health.UnitedHealthcare ranked states in its tenth annual America's Health …

Yauger Park repairs and updates on the way

The Olympia City council has approved a $1.1 million contract for Yauger Park field renovations.. Olympia Parks department project engineer Jake Lund said on Tuesday, June 14, they opened the bid …

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Juneteenth Celebration - Lacey: Saturday, June 18, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Enjoy a FREE BBQ lunch, games, entertainment, a presentation, and time to connect with your community. All community members …
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Olympia headlines

Olympia man caught allegedly stealing copper wiring from a construction site

A Lacey police officer caught on video a man allegedly stealing wires from a house under construction on Stephanie Loop. The suspect, Andrew H. Bouret, 41, was arrested on Wednesday, June 22 after …

Olympia police seek suspect in alleged abduction attempt

The Olympia Police Department is seeking information about a man who allegedly attempted to abduct a woman walking home from work. Olympia police said officers were dispatched to an abduction …

Artesian women clinch club's first-ever championship in Salem

The Oly Town Artesians find themselves in their first ever Premier League Championship as the women won in the Northwest Premier League 3-0 last weekend against the Vancouver Victory. “The …

Reward for info on arson attempt suspects

State Rep. Andrew Barkis (WA-District 2, R) is offering a $5,000 reward for the identification of the two men who attempted to set his multi-use building on fire last week. The Olympia Police …

Lacey headlines

Local Special Olympics athletes bring home the gold, silver, bronze and more

Thurston County’s Fast and Furious Track and Field team brought home some 39 medals and 14 ribbons from the Special Olympics State Games held at Pacific Lutheran University this past …

Tree City USA: Lacey amends tree-cutting regulations

The Lacey City Council approved a new permit process on tree removal within the city yesterday. Councilmember Michael Steadman pushed for amending the existing threshold of five tree removals …

Lacey scores new museum acquisitions

The Lacey Historical Commission accepted some historical records and artifacts that will be part of the Lacey Museum's permanent collection. At its regular meeting yesterday, Lacey Museum Curator …

Lacey Timberland Library reopening for in-person activities

The Timberland Regional Library (TRL) recently announced that its Lacey library is gradually going back to face-to-face activities after the two-year lockdown brought about by the pandemic. At its …

Tumwater headlines

Dirt bike dirt bag dumps daughter

A Tumwater man with a suspended driver’s license was arrested after allegedly speeding on a dirt bike with his 9-year-old daughter on board, then evading police. Tumwater police arrested the …

Tumwater Mayor joins Barnes Lake Management District meeting for the first time

Tumwater Mayor Debbie Sullivan attended the Barnes Lake Management District (BLMD) Steering Committee meeting for the first time since she started her term in January this year. Sullivan said that …

Tumwater mulls tweaking municipal code

The Tumwater General Government Committee reviewed the proposed amendments for the Tumwater Municipal Code (TMC) prior to submitting them to the City Council. During yesterday’s meeting, …

Tumwater man admits to walking into neighbor’s house, stealing soundbar

A Tumwater man was arrested after admitting to walking into a neighbor’s house when they weren’t around and stealing a soundbar. Michael Anthony Escobar, 30, was arrested on May 29 …

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