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Olympia Green Faith to call for climate action at Oct. 18 event

The Olympia arm of Green Faith, an international, multi-faith grassroots organization, will call for climate action at an event at Fertile Ground on Oct. 18. Olympia Green Faith said in a news …

Olympia ends agreement with Romano Capital on Boulevard Road Development

The City of Olympia has ended an agreement with Romano Capital to develop a 10-acre property at 3900 Boulevard Road. However, the City remains committed to seeing the property developed to help …

“The enemy is lurking in our bodies” — Women veterans say toxic exposure caused breast cancer

October 14, 2021 -- As Kate Hendricks Thomas sat one night with her second-grade son Matthew, he placed his hands on the table as if he were an adult girding up for an important …
The Lacey City Council on Oct. 14, 2021 addressed their concerns about relocating 20 RVs that house transient people to a Carpenter Road location next to the city limits.
During yesterday’s work session, the Lacey City Council expressed their concerns about the proposed transfer of recreational vehicles  (RVs) from Ensign Rd. next to Providence St. …
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From The JOLT's Calendar, here are a few events in Thurston County and online to keep you entertained in the coming week! Arts Walk, 50th Anniversary Exhibit: Fri-Sun., Oct 1 - Nov 14, 10:00 …
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Sometime in January, when you're not reading The JOLT, consider the entertainment value of a gardening book or catalog printed on paper.
Come January, I will be longing for a chair by a fire and a stack of seed catalogues. That post-holiday ritual offered assurance that winter would not last forever. It was a time for mulling over …
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Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek, top row, right, shared that COVID-19 cases have declined in the past week during the Thurston County Board of Health meeting on Oct. 12, 2021.
During the Thurston County Board of Health Meeting on Tue., Oct. 12, Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek reported that COVID-19 cases have declined. “Cases are trending …
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Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall presented to the public at a Thurston County League of Women Voters event on Oct. 13, 2021.
Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall urged the public to exercise caution when sharing information online and educate themselves about the election process to stem the spread of false information. In …
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State-wide ban on single-use plastic bags now in effect

With increasing concerns about environmental pollution, the state legislature issued a ban on single-use plastic. It also imposed corresponding fees for using other types of shopping bags effective …

City of Olympia to sign new accord with the Squaxin Island Tribe The Olympia City Council and the Squaxin Island Tribal Council will sign a new Accord between the two governments at noon on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Olympia City Hall.  Following the signing of the …
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A real-life David-and-Goliath story: For the Good of the Order As a native-born Washingtonian, I have known about the Nisqually Indian Tribe and the river that bears their name from the time I was an adolescent.  In 1957, my 7th-grade class made a …
Olympia public works transfers control of four city properties to parks department During the city council meeting on Tue., Sept. 28, the Olympia City Council approved a resolution that transfers primary management and control of four city properties from the Public Works …
Port Commissioners react to mandatory vaccination requirement In a statement, Port of Olympia Commissioner Bill McGregor said, “I am opposed to be mandated to do something. It’s a freedom of choice issue,” in reaction to a proposed resolution …
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Olympia headlines

No bail for suspect linked to homeless man found dead under Olympia bridge

 A 24-year-old man who was arrested last Thu., Oct. 7, in connection with the body that was discovered under a downtown Olympia bridge is being held in custody without bail, according to …

Olympia City Council: Pat Cole's Picks

It's local election season, and we're all trying to figure out who to vote for and support.  Local elections are, in many ways, the most important elections. Our local governments have the …

Man arrested in connection with body found under Fourth Avenue Bridge

A 24-year-old man was arrested Thu., Oct. 7., on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the body that was discovered under the Fourth Avenue Bridge in downtown Olympia earlier this …

Memorandum set to bring new era of understanding and cooperation between Squaxin Island Tribe and City of Olympia

The leaders of the Squaxin Island Tribe and City of Olympia gathered today at noon to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to shepherd in a new era of cooperation between the peoples …

Lacey headlines

Lacey receives Governor's Smart Communities Award

CITY OF LACEY RECEIVES 2020-21 GOVERNOR’S SMART COMMUNITIES AWARD  LACEY, WA, October 8, 2021:  The City of Lacey recently received a 2020-21 Governor’s Smart Communities …

Lacey-area parents complain about school bus service at NTPS  board meeting

Several parents spoke out to the North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) board yesterday, complaining about the lack of accommodations from its transportation department for safer alternative bus …

Reality-TV bikini-barista business employee allegedly threatened

A bikini barista worker was allegedly threatened by a man wielding a knife-like object at her drive-thru window at 6 a.m. last Friday, September 24. Michael Richard Shepard, 61, of Lacey, allegedly walked …

Senior Services’ Home Share program set to resume

 Following appropriations from the other three large local governments here, the Olympia City Council approved a request to partly fund the re-launch of Senior Services’ Home Share, a …

Tumwater headlines

Tumwater’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge open to all

Tumwater’s city government and school district have teamed up to deliver the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, a series of brief videos, readings, audio recordings and discussion guides designed …

Outgoing Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet discusses racial equity in joint city-school board meeting

As a part of the Tumwater Community 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, city leaders including Mayor Pete Kmet stressed the need to discuss racial equity in an online meeting with the Tumwater School …

Olympia man, 18, accused of rape

An 18-year-old Olympia man was arrested Tue., Oct. 5., on suspicion of raping a woman while they were alone inside a car near Tumwater Historical Park. Four companions of the suspect and the woman …

Time to check your smoke alarms -- in Tumwater

Tumwater’s Fire Chief Brian Hurley reminded residents to regularly check their fire alarms during the Tumwater city council meeting yesterday. During the discussion, the Fire Chief shared …

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