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Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP) Closure for Shellfish HarvestingAll Species Closure in Budd Inlet A marine biotoxin that causes diarrhetic shellfish poison (DSP) has been detected at unsafe … more
In January participants on the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) anticipate receiving the results of local counts. It gives us a snapshot of what birds are available for watching in the area … more
The Great Blue Heron is a majestic bird we are all familiar with, symbolizing nature and wild wetland areas for us. These birds and their other heron-like cousins, Bitterns and Egrets, have … more
Tumwater City Council passed an ordinance supporting the addition of the Tumwater segment of the Cowlitz Trail to the Oregon National Historic Trail during a meeting held on Tuesday, January … more
In an annual tribute for Martin Luther King Day, students at Thurgood Marshall Middle School from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades volunteered throughout Olympia on Friday,  January 13 to plant … more
So how are those new year’s resolutions going? (My primary resolution was to NOT make any resolutions, so I guess the year has been successful thus far!) Very often, people make resolutions … more
Olympia's Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA) is contemplating partnering with the city's economic development department to reopen and use the Artesian Commons Park, which was shut down … more
On Sunday, we will have daylight from 7:51 a.m. until 4:52 p.m. Those of us obsessed with light-seeking will notice that daylight is now increasing at the rate of one and a half minutes a day since … more
To address the loss of farmland in the city and the gap in the food system, Olympia is seeking experienced design consultants to prepare an agri-park feasibility study to determine the viability of … more
Writing about owls in a recent column reminded me of the day I met our photographer, Liam Hutcheson. It was the Olympia Christmas Bird Count five years ago. Promptly at 7:30 a.m., ten-year-old Liam … more
Arguably one of the highlights of this year was how Olympia renamed a park on East Bay Drive to acknowledge its history and try to mend ties with its people. Originally called Priest Point Park, … more
Residents and motorists of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater are advised to be aware of their cities’ snow plow routes, winter plans and measures. On their respective websites, the three cities … more
A friend telephoned me earlier this week. “They’re hooting!” he reported. He lives near one of the city’s wooded parks, and each year about this time he hears Great Horned … more
We recently had a winter storm, complete with rain, snow, and a power outage, at my house that lasted for 24 hours. Our generator kept our food safe and house warm, but the television and … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
Last weekend a friend and I went for an afternoon walk at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. It was a beautiful day, clear and relatively warm for November. The parking lot was … more
“If the RFA passes up the ballot in April of 2023, the shift of property tax and any resulting general fund expense reduction will not occur until 2024.” Jay Burney, Olympia city … more
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