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County officials provide detailed update on vaccinations

Thurston County has received 13,925 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of today. County health officials have asked for patience as they expect it to take weeks to work through the approximately 70,000 …

Daily Legislative Report for Tue., Jan. 26, 2021 - VIDEO

The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater Presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering The 2021 Washington State Legislature. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, The House Commerce & Gaming Committee …

Time to vote again: This time it’s about your food

Anyone who cares about the Thurston County agriculture and farmland -- or who appreciates locally grown veggies and meat -- is invited to complete an online survey to share your perspective on local …

"Personal Ad"

The JOLT is pleased to welcome Olympia-based cartoonist Chelsea Baker, whose dull wit and sharp pen (or is it the other way around?) brings to a point issues and events relevant to us here in …

The JOLT Real Estate Week in Review for Jan. 17-23, 2021

This weekly report covers single-family home sales in Thurston County over the past week.  There were 44 sales completed from Sun., Jan. 17 through Sat., Jan. 23, 2020.  (The house with the …
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Denny here again. Have been to Olympia's Priest Point Park each of the last three days. Last Thursday, I made a sweep of the southwest section of the beach, from the southern-most access trail to …
Olympia city officials recently finalized a lease with Olympia School District for a 5.5 acre plot of land near McLane Elementary School, which will be utilized as an off-leash dog park sometime …
Last night’s Olympia city council meeting included approvals of the exclusive contract with Comcast, an Eastside Street Art Crossing Concept Plan and a labor agreement with the police …
Just before 10 pm last night fire took out the old barn at Lattin’s Cider Mill & Farm, damaging surrounding structures and trees. The cider mill, farm stand and bakery were not damaged …
Why is this night different from all other nights? On all other nights, The JOLT reports to you about what already has happened.  It’s the news, not fiction. Or it’s feature …
Olympia headlines

Olympia School Board discusses return to classrooms starting Feb. 1

Olympia School District’s board met via Zoom yesterday for a work session. This work session was specifically devoted to the hybrid expansion plan and pandemic education response updates. …

Olympia's Community Court awarded $400,000 federal grant, officials plan to increase services

Olympia's Community Court was recently awarded a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which court officials plan to spend on increased housing, mental health and addiction services for …

Griffin School Board Discusses Hybrid Learning Model and New Tier Support Pyramid

Griffin School District’s Board met for a work session on last night. Topics of conversation included discussion around an announcement of a hybrid learning model and a multi-tiered support …

Olympia city council to discuss Comcast renewal tomorrow

The Olympia City Council is set to meet on Tue., Jan. 12 at 5:30 pm; the agenda includes renewing Comcast's exclusive franchise in the city. The council will discuss other topics including the …

Lacey headlines

Lacey residents lobby council in favor of regional climate mitigation plan

Lacey City Council held its regular meeting last night and discussed multiple topics including the pending Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan and the city’s exclusive franchise agreement with …

Lacey City Council to discuss Comcast renewal and puppy mill ordinance

The Lacey City Council is holding a regular meeting Thu., Jan. 21 starting at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes a proposed new ordinance that would restrict sales of commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet …

K-9 Arlo undergoes successful surgeries, is released from hospital

K-9 Arlo, a police dog with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office who was shot twice last week, is recovering in leaps and bounds according to the sheriff’s office. Arlo became the …

North Thurston Public Schools updates

Prior to Winter Break in mid-December, North Thurston Public Schools served around 900 students in-person. Superintendent Debra Clemens expects that number to increase gradually at the start of the …

Tumwater headlines

Tumwater City Council passes climate mitigation plan

Tumwater City Council met last night to discuss the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, a 30-year interlocal agreement, that would acknowledge the urgency of global warming and the deterring effects of …

Tumwater School Board Talks Hybrid Learning Plan, Community Concerns, and Fall Sports

Tumwater School Board met last night for a regular board meeting to discuss a series of updates and community concerns. The district’s recent hybrid learning plan, announced yesterday, was a …

Tumwater council discusses 10-year franchise agreement with Comcast

Last night the Tumwater City Council held their regular meeting. The main topic was a new Cable Franchise Agreement with Comcast Cable Communications Management. This 10-year agreement would …

Murder-arson suspect arrested; bail set at $1 million

On July 25 in Rainier, a 58-year-old man was killed in a house fire. Now, detectives say that fire was intentionally started, and authorities arrested a Tumwater resident yesterday. Jamie Montalvo …

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