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Of the 91 patients currently in Providence hospitals in Olympia and Centralia, 18 are fully vaccinated and 73 are not.
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is reporting ten deaths due to COVID-19 in a 24-hour period from September 15 to 16 at Providence St. Peter Hospital (Providence) in Olympia, …
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Jill Severn
Fall is a good time to plant trees. Rain and cool weather will help them make a gentle transition from pot to earth, and by spring their roots will be established and ready for action. But …
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This recent image of Lake Lawrence, in south Thurston County, shows a layer of algae scum that caused health officials to restrict use of the lake on Aug. 13, 2021.
County officials issued a health warning on Lake Lawrence as a result of toxic algae bloom on Fri., Sept. 17,  a month after a similar warning was issued.  The popular boating and …
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Olympia police report that this is the vehicle driven by Daniel Robert Williams on Sun., Sept. 12.
A good Samaritan spotted an allegedly intoxicated driver, who was caught by Olympia police as he was sought to purchase more alcohol in a local grocery store, last Sun., Sept. 12. Daniel Robert …
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Lacey City Councilmembers unanimously approved an ordinance that provides an increase in the number of general members for the Board of Park Commissioners at its meeting on Sept. 16, 2021.
During its regular council meeting yesterday, the Lacey City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 1601 which adds two members to the city’s Board of Park Commissioners. Parks, Culture, and …
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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! 2nd Annual Thurston County …
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This is a view of Fourth Avenue from inside Olympia City Hall.
We are aware of reports that members of the Proud Boys group are expected to take part in demonstrations in our community this weekend. The Olympia Police Department (OPD) is monitoring two Saturday, …
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On the left, a lethal dose of heroin; on the right, a lethal dose of fentanyl.
While it’s widely understood that under present rulings virtually any “illegal” drugs are legal to consume in Washington, they are not illegal to distribute. Three law enforcement …
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Smartphone users have even easier access to library services through the updated app, for Android and iPhone users.
Book lovers on the go can access their favorite titles from anywhere with the Timberland Regional Library mobile application. Available on Android and iOS, the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) …
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Life
Four new park developments planned in Olympia

The City of Olympia plans to develop four new parks as part of the city’s long-term directive to make recreational spaces more inclusive and accessible. On Thu., Sept. 9, Olympia Parks …

What are those green boxes painted on Simmons Street? A year after it installed its first "bicycle box" lane, the City of Olympia added two new bicycle boxes on Simmons Street as a way to promote traffic safety. Bicycle Box Located …
JILL SEVERN'S GARDENING COLUMN
Gardens for the landless For people who live in apartments, duplexes, tiny houses or houses with tiny yards, community gardens are the 21st century’s version of a micro homestead – one that usually comes with …
Lacey considers increasing the size of its parks commission During the regular Lacey City Council meeting on Thur., Sept. 2, Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Burbidge introduced a recommendation to expand the Board of Park Commissioners from five to …
HOUSING
Martin Way Phase 2 faces a $1.7 million funding gap needed to build 64 new housing units  The Thurston Regional Housing Council (RHC) discussed possible actions to resolve the $1.7 million funding gap needed to complete 2828 Martin Way Phase 2, a project which is set to provide 64 new …
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Olympia headlines

Olympia Mayor denounces downtown violence 

During the Olympia City Council meeting on Tues., Sept. 14, Mayor Cheryl Selby released a statement denouncing the violence in Olympia on Sept. 4. In her speech, the mayor stated, “Anyone …

Three transient men accused of taking over and trashing Eastside house

A woman returned to her Eastside residence after a few days away discovered three squatters living in her home, on Friday, Sept. 3. Transients Joshua Ordway, 22; Nathan Cicco, 20; and Sebastian …

Olympia's Interim Police Chief comments on downtown rumble, then resigns

Update from Interim Police Chief Aaron Jelcick on recent shooting Last Saturday, members of the Proud Boys and people allied with Antifa convened in Downtown Olympia intent on engaging in conflict …

Alleged graffiti tagger turns out to be wanted on two warrants

Olympia police observed a woman allegedly tagging a pillar of Olympia’s 4th Ave Bridge on Tuesday, September 7. Hannah Isabella Nunez, 22, of Olympia, originally provided the name of Mae Lee …

Lacey headlines

Lacey council members expresses concern on Affordable Housing Tax

Members of the Lacey City Council expressed their concern following a proposal made to Thurston County by the Regional Housing Council for the adoption of the affordable housing tax, a policy that …

Lacey City Council reviews proposal that would allow HOAs to remove trees

Dubbed as a “city of trees,” Lacey’s City Council reviewed a proposal to provide Home Owners Associations (HOA) with more flexibility to remove otherwise healthy trees within their …

North Thurston schools are safe, majority of students agree

In a district-wide survey conducted by North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) in 2020-21, results showed that the majority of students felt safe in their schools. During the regular NTPS board …

Major traffic delays expected along Carpenter Road through Thursday

The City of Lacey warned motorists to expect major traffic delays along Carpenter Road as it receives final paving from Tue., Sept. 7 to Thurs., Sept 9. As a reminder, the city urged motorists to …

Tumwater headlines

Alleged hardware heist might lead to hard time

A local transient man was caught by Tumwater police after a silent alarm notified them of an alleged burglary on Mon., Sept. 6 at approximately 4:30 a.m. Tumwater police officers report that they …

Using store’s own tools, man accused of attempting to break into locked display case

A medical furloughed prisoner was caught by Tumwater police attempting to break into a big box store’s electronic display case on Sun., Sept. 5. Chase Aaron Martin, 22, of Hoquiam, told …

Timeline for the New Market Industrial Campus still unclear

Tumwater officials confirmed that there is still no clear timeline for the proposed New Market Industrial Campus development during the regular city council meeting on Tue., Sept. 7. Initially, …

“Beyond red” situation in MultiCare hospitals

MultiCare released a statement declaring its facilities are nearing maximum capacity as a result of the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases. The regional nonprofit healthcare system acquired what is now …

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