Day 13: Prohibiting the use of fake media

The Senate State Government and Elections Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5817, which would restrict usage of synthetic media “deep fakes” in campaigns for elective …

TOP STORIES
Some 30 police officers were involved in today's arrests.
Two men were arrested this afternoon in connection with an alleged shooting in Tumwater over the weekend. Lt. Jennifer Kolb of Tumwater police told The JOLT that Levi Ramirez and Quentin Deuel …
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Tumwater Parks and Recreation Director Chuck Denney reported to the City Council on Jan. 25, 2022 updates on the Tumwater Valley Golf Club for the past years.
Tumwater’s city council discussed whether the city-owned Tumwater Valley Golf Course is still worthy of funding amid its reported net loss in the past decade. During the Council's Tuesday …
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Kathleen Anderson writes The Sage Connection in The JOLT.
I don’t know about you but I’m done. I am done with the snow, the cold and the fog. And most of all, I am done with COVID dictating what, where and when I can safely do things. I am done …
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Dear K Shuru on Jan. 16, 2022.
What started as a verbal argument between two Lacey men ended in an alleged stabbing and an arrest. According to reports by several Lacey police officers, Dear K Shuru, 20, was arrested on Jan. 16 …
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The House Public Safety Committee heard public testimony on House Bill 1848, concerning fraud in assisted reproduction. New phrase in this report: "Misattributed parentage." For more …
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The Thurston County Board of Commissioners on January 25, 2022 approved an ordinance creating a county-wide home fund in a bid to fund affordable housing.
At its meeting today, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance creating a county-wide Home Fund, extending the 0.1 percent increase Olympia added to its retail sales taxes to …
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Thinking about starting your own nonprofit org?

There has been a lot of media coverage about the “Great Resignation” – individuals deciding to leave their jobs to pursue new, often diverse, careers. (I myself have contemplated …
Olympia, Tumwater closer to merging fire departments
Olympia and Tumwater discussed some final steps in institutionalizing the Regional Fire Authority (RFA) yesterday, which would merge the two cities’ fire departments. During the RFA …
Olympia’s Planning Commission proposes enhanced bike lanes
Olympia’s Planning Commission focused its Monday meeting on proposed standards for an enhanced bike lane network. Commissioner Gregory Quetin said the proposed enhancements would help in …
Day 11: Falsifying vaccination cards
The Senate Law & Justice Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5667, which would make falsifying, possessing or using forged COVID-19 vaccination cards illegal in the state of …
Port commissioners authorize independent probe into Evans' alleged conflict of interest
Port of Olympia commissioners have authorized a probe into Commissioner Amy Evans’ conflict of interest linked to her role as a broker for real estate firm Kidder Matthews. In a meeting on …
The JOLT Real Estate Report for Jan. 15-22, 2022
This weekly report covers single-family home sales in Thurston County over the week of January 15 to 22, 2022 . There were 44 sales completed from Sunday,  January 15 through Saturday, …
Learn how to disagree in style
 Dear Lexis,  My husband and I get along well enough, but lately, I’ve been wondering why, after years of marriage, our perspectives still differ so significantly. It can be quite …
Day 10: Banning the use of latex gloves by food handlers
The House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee heard public testimony on Jan. 21, 2022, on HB1698, which would ban the use of latex gloves by food handlers. For more …
Life
Olympia theater group to produce play promoting vaccination

Olympia Family Theater (OFT) is set to perform a play encouraging people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza, in an effort to stem the tide against the pandemic and overcoming vaccine …

Advice from a Lexis
What is the purpose of life? Dear Lexis,  What is the purpose of life? Thanks,            ~ Curious in Lacey  Dear Curious in Lacey, This is a challenging question, but one …
Crisis in Child Care
Keeping the pressure on: What’s ahead and who’s left behind in changing the child care system Back in the spring, Jessica Heavner was feeling anxious. She had a new accounting job with the Federal Way school district and three kids she loved, but she didn’t love the math it took to …
Washington scores high in health survey; suicide remains an issue A new report provides a checkup on the health of people in Washington and the rest of the country.America's Health Rankings from the United Health Foundation assesses physical, mental and social …
Jill Severn's Gardening Column
The gift of a gardener’s legacy, now in print Mike Dillon retired after many years of owning as many as six community newspapers in the Seattle area. “Starting in the early 1990s, he writes “we had a columnist, Madeleine Wilde, …
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Olympia headlines

Illegal drugs found in Olympia woman’s allegedly stolen car

The arrest of an Olympia woman over her alleged possession of a stolen vehicle later yielded methamphetamines and blue pills suspected of containing fentanyl. According to reports by several …

Olympia wants more inclusion for the disabled in city transportation, services

Olympia is looking into making itself more accessible for people with disabilities. The city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) met online yesterday, Jan. 19, to discuss how …

‘Chronic offender’ arrested over alleged corndogs theft

Police arrested a transient Olympia man they described  as a “violent chronic problem offender” after he allegedly stole corndogs from a local store. According to Olympia police, …

Olympia council discusses plans to require all-electric buildings

 During its regular meeting on Tue., Jan. 11, the Olympia City Council agreed to have further discussions on staff’s plans to require “building electrification” for new and …

Lacey headlines

Lacey names city’s first poet laureate, sets February as ‘Lacey Loves to Read Month’

The City of Lacey appointed its former deputy mayor, Cynthia Pratt, as its first-ever poet laureate during the council meeting on Thu., Jan. 20. A founding member of the Olympia Poetry Network, …

Balanced Calendar: not the same as year-round school

North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) will hold its first community forum this Wed., Jan. 19, to get insights on their plan to explore a “balanced calendar” for the upcoming school …

Lacey looks into transition to 100% electric energy

During its work session last night, the Lacey City Council discussed a proposal to join Olympia in an interlocal agreement (ILA) to fund a study that would identify and assess the cost implications …

North Thurston school board revises gender-inclusive policy, signs partnership with three Washington universities

Timberline High School hosted North Thurston Public Schools’ (NTPS) first regular board meeting for 2022 on Jan. 11, 2022. Timberline Principal Paul Dean and some student representatives …

Tumwater headlines

Tumwater welcomes Debbie Sullivan as its first female mayor

As the new year rolls in, the city of Tumwater welcomed its first female mayor, Debbie Sullivan, and other newly elected councilmembers in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Tue., Jan. 4. For …

Washington leaders gather to honor retiring Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet

Today was Pete Kmet's last day as mayor of Tumwater.  Two weeks ago, some 120 leaders from throughout Washington converged at South Puget Sound Community College to honor and bid a formal …

Updated: Sewer-line break dumps hundreds of gallons of sewage into Percival Creek yesterday

On Monday, December 27, a blockage in a sanitary sewer line on Somerset Drive SW caused an estimated 735 gallons of sewage to discharge into the City of Tumwater stormwater system, and then into …

Tumwater’s new maintenance and operations facility presented for consideration

At his final city council meeting as mayor, outgoing Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet discussed a plan for a new maintenance and operations facility for the city. On Tue. Dec. 14, City Manager John Doan …

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