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Olympia's Director of Finance, Aaron BeMiller, sixth from top, explained the effects of proposed combined rate and utility tax increases during the Nov. 23, 2021 city council meeting.
During the regular city council meeting on Tue., Nov. 23, Olympia City Council members discussed staff plans to increase the little-understood utility tax rate by one percent. In the discussion, …
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Kathleen Anderson writes The Sage Connection in The JOLT.
 Well, we have survived Halloween and Thanksgiving. There are several other holidays to celebrate during this new month – Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa to mention a few, followed by the …
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Mary Beth Harrington
Congratulations, you survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, (to my knowledge the Sunday following Thanksgiving does not have a designation except National French Toast Day), …
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Dr. Ali Modarres is the Dean of the School of Urban Studies and the Assistant Chancellor for Community Engagement at the University of Washington Tacoma.
The economic development organizations of five counties will focus on workforce development and education as the future of economic development —at this year’s Regional Economic Forecast …
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Variants of the CV-22 Osprey are used by every branch of the US military. The Army has announced that these craft will be used in training missions at Joint Base Lewis-Chord Dec. 3-17, 2021.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command are scheduled to conduct "routine military training" at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and two other nearby facilities from Fri., Dec. 3 through Fri., Dec. …
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Workers from Advance Environmental used rakes and shovels to gather the debris at the homeless encampment on Deschutes Parkway on Day 1 of the cleanup project that started Wed., April 7, 2021.
In the interest of protecting the health and safety of all Olympia residents, the City of Olympia will remove and clear the encampment on Deschutes Parkway on December 8. Owners of the property on …
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This image is not of the Thurston County Jail nor of the individual accused of destroying a fire-suppression system there.
An inmate at the Thurston County Jail allegedly broke the sprinkler inside his cell, leading to the temporary disabling of fire alarms at the facility as staff purchased the needed parts for …
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Panattoni signs declaring the company as a developer already appear on Center Street in Tumwater in this August 2021 photo.
The City of Tumwater invites community members to provide their input on the proposed New Market Industrial Campus development, Tue., Nov. 30, starting at 6 p.m. The discussion will focus on …
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Seattle-based startup is creating an interactive map of Puget Sound

A waterway mapping project led by a man aboard a kayak has made its way to the South Puget Sound nearshore as part of a bid to aid in the conservation and restoration of estuarie in this …

Local Jews organize parade of lights to celebrate start of Chanukah this Sunday Not even a pandemic can keep this area’s Jews from figuring out a safe way to gather together to celebrate Chanukah, the festival of lights, which starts this Sunday. Instead of assembling …
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Olympia Timberland Library chosen for NASA education initiative Olympia Timberland Library has been selected to be part of NASA@ My Library, an education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning …
Jill Severn’s Gardening Column
It’s the worst week of the year for gardeners Sunday morning dawned late, cold and foggy. You couldn’t even describe sunrise as “getting light” because it really didn’t.  It only got as far as dismal grey. It …
Thanksgiving Thanks from The JOLT There are all sorts of reasons I think we will all agree that there are all sorts of thank-yous. There's the polite thank-you to the door stop, the more fervent and vigorous thank you between …
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Olympia headlines

Olympia man booked on felony after allegedly pointing gun during argument

 An Olympia man was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at a man he was arguing with over an unleashed dog. Olympia police arrested Iassc Hawkes-Engberts, 42, on the 500 block of Alta …

Olympia strikes all references to Log Cabin Road Extension in the city ordinance

The Olympia City Council put an end to the concept of a Log Cabin Road Extension as its members agreed to delete all of its references to it in the city ordinance during its regular council meeting …

Future of Ensign Road RV encampment relocation remains uncertain 

“We’re still in limbo,” Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards said as county commissioners shared their concerns about the proposed relocation of 18 recreational vehicles (RV) …

Olympia City Council establishes city's new Social Justice and Equity Commission

To address racism and discrimination in the community, the Olympia City Council approved the recommendation to establish the city’s Social Justice and Equity Commission during the regular city …

Lacey headlines

Lacey Museum features a new exhibit on Japanese Americans during World War II

Titled “Righting a Wrong”, the Lacey Museum features a new exhibit that highlights the experiences of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. With the new …

Thurston County residents share overwhelming support for county-wide Home Fund

 Several community members shared their support for the proposed county-wide Home Fund, which would add a 0.1 percent increase to sales taxes everywhere in Thurston County except in the city …

Lacey celebrates Native Heritage Month

 To reaffirm its commitment to preserve and protect indigenous culture and traditions, the City of Lacey declared the month of November as Native Heritage Month. During the Lacey City Council …

Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder comments about threats against elected officials

“We’re better than this as a community,” Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder said as he addressed threats made against elected officials during the Lacey City Council meeting on Thu., Nov. …

Tumwater headlines

Tumwater man arrested after allegedly breaking ex-wife’s windshield

 A transient Tumwater man was arrested after he allegedly broke the windshield of his ex-wife’s car, and a search by police later yielded glass pipes and suspected …

Tumwater man booked for threatening to kill, swinging guitar at woman, police

A transient Tumwater man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman whose car broke down and swung a guitar at her and responding police officers. Tumwater police arrested James …

Tumwater City Council sets Nov. 30 public hearing for the development of the New Market Industrial Campus

During the Tumwater City Council meeting on Tue., Nov. 16, the council announced plans to conduct a public hearing, and possibly issue a decision on the proposed development of the New Market …

COVID-19 stunts students' behavior and learning abilities

As schools finally re-open, teachers are starting to realize the impacts that COVID-19 had on students. Discussing school-improvement opportunities at last night's  Tumwater School District …

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