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Tumwater seeks parks commissioners

Tumwater is looking for applicants for its Parks & Recreation Commission. Although the city’s press release did not state how many seats they want to be filled, its website reveals that …
Gadwall male
All winter long, on the lakes, ponds, and wetlands of Thurston County, we have opportunities to check out a variety of ducks. They are wintering here before flying off next spring to breeding …
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Sergeant Armando Garcia Jr., Saint Martin's University's America’s Service Heroes Scholarship awardee.
Sergeant Armando Garcia Jr., a member of the U.S. Army, was chosen by Saint Martin’s University as its 14th recipient of the America’s Service Heroes Scholarship. The award was …
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Three men were caught on surveillance footage attempting to steal a U.S. Bank ATM on the 5500 block of Martin Way E.
The Lacey Police Department is on the lookout for three men who tried but failed to steal an ATM. Early morning on November 28, three males were caught on surveillance footage attempting to steal …
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The Lacey Commission on Equity drafts its land acknowledgement and Policy after receiving input from the Nisqually Indian Tribe during its meeting on November 28, 2022.
The Lacey Commission on Equity is drafting its land acknowledgment and policy after receiving input from the Nisqually Indian Tribe. "The intent of this policy is that it would be integrated into the …
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Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir assessed the application for a Reasonable Use Exception (RUE) of a residence at 1203 Bowman Avenue NW on Monday.
City of Olympia Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir assessed the application for a Reasonable Use Exception (RUE) for a planned residence at 1203 Bowman Avenue NW, on Monday, November 28. The …
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Port of Olympia’s real estate director Allyn Roe addresses concerns surrounding the lease for Swire Coca-Cola.
Port of Olympia staff addressed concerns regarding a 95-acre lease in Tumwater for bottler Swire Coca-Cola during a meeting held on Monday, November 28. The Port Commissioners and the public …
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Olympia Housing Program specialist Christa Lenssen updated the Social Justice and Equity Committee on housing initiatives at a meeting held Monday, November 28, 2022.
Olympia's Housing Program specialist Christa Lenssen updated the Social Justice and Equity Commission on housing initiatives as the commission is eyeing putting together education and outreach …
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Making time for the elderly
The holiday season is now in full swing. That being said, holidays are viewed a little differently when you are part of the older generation. Sometimes, sadness, not excitement, is the main …
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At a meeting held Monday, November 28, 2022, Olympia's Social Justice and Equity Committee started working on the process of evaluating seven proposals for discrimination assessment.
The Social Justice and Equity Commission, on Monday, November 28, received seven proposals for a discrimination assessment, according to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive program manager Tobi …
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THURSTON COUNTY'S HIDDEN SECTOR

Everything you ever wanted to know about #GivingTuesday and more than that

Congratulations, you survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Second-Hand Sunday (this is a new one for me) Cyber Monday and now Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday, December 30 …

Learn history, environment, and diversity through the Sense of Place Walk

To celebrate 35 years of serving Thurston County, the Child Care Action Council (CCAC) offered the Sense of Place Walk project, which aims to give children – and grownups - a fun way to be …

Olympia searching for Arts Walk artists to do promo

Olympia is making a call out for artists who will have their work featured in the city’s Arts Walk. The city plans to commission two artists to create new, original works of art to be …

Washington Center for the Performing Arts reopens

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which has gone through a major refurbishing and updating of all theatrical equipment, has finally opened its curtains to the public. Washington …

What's happening for the last week of November 2022?

The end of November is near! Let us wrap up the month as we welcome the yuletide season. Fantasy Lights, November 25 to January 1 Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park is the largest holiday …
Port makes last-minute budget cut to 2023 capital investment plan before adoption
The Port of Olympia Commission made a last-minute budget cut before adopting its 2023 operating budget and capital investment plan during a meeting held on Monday, November 28. The budget cut made …
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday; community urged to ‘shop small’
The Olympia City Council signed a proclamation designating tomorrow, November 26 as Small Business Saturday. The proclamation, signed on Tuesday, November 22, recognizes local small businesses and …
Proposed Thurston County airport seen to harm wildlife, displace residents and businesses
The proposed new Thurston County airport would harm wildlife and displace thousands of residents and businesses, two experts warned. Cindy Schexnider, a retired Department of Fish and Wildlife …
Tumwater moves to adopt a rental housing code
Tumwater city council agreed to put forward an ordinance adding a rental housing chapter into the city’s municipal code during its meeting on Tuesday, November 22. The new chapter contains …
County, Olympia seeks testimonies about housing experiences
Thurston County’s Housing Authority and the City of Olympia are asking community members to share their stories about “whether housing discrimination or other barriers have had an impact …
County and Port set public hearings on new district boundaries
The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) set a public hearing for the proposed five County Commissioners District boundary lines on Wednesday, December 7, waiving the 20-day public hearing …
Lacey’s general spending up by 20% for Q3
Lacey has seen an increase of $7,507,515 in its General Fund Expenditure for the third quarter of 2022 from the same period last year. During the Finance and Economic Development Committee meeting …
Olympia approves 2023 operating budget recommendation
The Olympia City Council has approved the Finance Committee and City Manager Jay Burney's 2023 operating budget recommendation at a meeting on Tuesday, November 22. The city council also approved …
Lacey city council asserts participation in land use review process
Lacey city council rejected an ordinance removing their part from the land use review process during a meeting held yesterday, November 17. Voting 4-3, this ordinance would have allowed …
Olympia Planning Commission to continue policy discussion on Capital Mall Triangle plan, housing
The Olympia Planning Commission will carry on discussions about policy issues on Neighborhood Centers, the Capital Mall Triangle subarea plan, and the Housing Action plan. "These issues often take …
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Olympia headlines

Three wins consecutively for Oly Town Artesians

Oly Town Artesians continued on its winning streak away from home, beating their hosts Portland Blacktails 9-4 at the Indoor Goals Soccer Center in Beaverton, Oregon, on Sunday. They cruised to a …

Transient Olympia man accused of assaulting with axe

A transient Olympia man, Brandon James Jackson, 37, was charged with a felony after allegedly assaulting another individual using an axe, causing the victim’s head to bleed. Jackson, was …

Part of Legion Way in downtown Olympia to be closed all next week

Legion Way SE from Jefferson Street SE to Cherry Street SE in Olympia will be closed all week next week from Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 2. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those days, city …

Capital Mall Triangle development threatens residents’ housing security, says city planner

"High concentrations of renters, BIPOC [black, indigenous and people of color], and low-income households in/near the Triangle subarea" are vulnerable to economic displacement when Olympia redevelops …

Lacey headlines

Police shooting under probe after truck hijacking on I-5

Authorities are investigating a shooting that involved the Washington State Patrol (WSP) last Friday afternoon after a truck was hijacked on I-5. The WSP said in a news release that a state …

Lacey Museum gains photos from Alternative Fuel Fair and shopping center door handles

Lacey’s Historical Commission accepted two acquisitions for the Lacey Museum during a meeting held yesterday, November 16. The first acquisition is the door handles from the Sears building …

Lacey holds public forum on converting hotel to homeless shelter

The Washington State Department of Commerce, Thurston County, and the City of Lacey held two public forums on a supportive housing acquisition project in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, …

Lacey Parks and Equity Commission meet jointly to discuss Corporate Sponsorship Policy improvements

The Lacey Commission On Equity and Board Of Park Commissioners had a joint meeting to review the Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation’s (LPCR) drafted improvements to the Corporate Sponsorship …

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Tumwater headlines

Several sites in Tumwater to undergo roadwork later this week

Several sites in Tumwater will be undergoing construction from Thursday, December 1, to Friday, December 2, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to the city, Capitol Boulevard South at its 5100 block …

Capitol Boulevard in Tumwater to have traffic disruptions next week

Capitol Boulevard from its 6300 block to X Street SE will be distrupted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., of Monday and Tuesday next week, November 28 to November 29. Tumwater warns that southbound …

Tumwater's looking at steps for a future composting program

Tumwater’s public works committee recommended to the city council an ordinance outlining a compost procurement policy as required by HB 1799 during a meeting held  November …

One-lane traffic along Capitol Boulevard in Tumwater next week

Expect traffic to slow down along Capitol Boulevard SE from X Street SE to the 6300 block of Capitol Boulevard SE from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 21, until the next day. According to …

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