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Olympia announced plans to apply for a $40.9 million federal grant to help create a new affordable housing community in the area commonly called “The Jungle.” On Tuesday, June 18, … more
A group advocating for the protection of the Davis-Meeker Gary Oak tree released a statement alleging that an early email from Tumwater’s arborist, Kevin McFarland of South Urban Forestry, … more
Tumwater is set to hire Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture next month to begin designing a community center. The Tumwater General Government Committee endorsed BRS Architecture’s contract … more
Olympia has started working to update its zoning code and housing ordinances to comply with new state laws regarding middle housing. At Thursday's Land Use and Environment Committee meeting, … more
Thurston County disagreed with the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) findings regarding its alleged noncompliance with state laws after a million-dollar administrative headquarters build-out and … more
The Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution forming the water resources advisory board, which will replace the existing storm and surface water advisory board. The county … more
Lacey is inviting local non-profit organizations to apply to use the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for one day in 2025 without paying the facility rental fee. Non-profits interested … more
Representatives from local nonprofits South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity and Homes First brought concerns over barriers they face when developing new affordable housing in Olympia, claiming that … more
A proposed housing development in Tumwater renewed negative commentaries regarding the state’s multifamily tax exemption program. The proposed housing development will be the Rookery … more
Lacey's Finance Director, Troy Woo, has outlined the city's budget calendar for 2025, emphasizing significant activities, economic outlooks, and the critical role of public engagement. The … more
The Olympia Finance Committee recommended the approval of $285,000 in funding for the continuation of four Olympia downtown programs, including the Guide Program which functions similarly to the … more
To accommodate the growing needs of Tumwater, the city’s police department has developed a plan to show how it aims to improve its services, facilities, staffing, and use of technology across … more
Thurston County Commissioners discussed sending voters another proposal to build a new county courthouse complex, this time in downtown Olympia.  The location proposed is along Plum Street … more
The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) has announced the opening of the 2024 Call for Projects with almost $20 million in funding available from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal … more
Thurston County's Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) heard presentations from county s uperior court , prosecuting attorney , and s heriff’s office on Tuesday, June 11.   In an … more
Lacey is making strides in updating its Middle Housing Initiative, following new state legislative requirements.    The city aims to adopt a Middle Housing ordinance within six months … more
Thurston County Medic One is working on a mechanism to add SWAT paramedics to its response team.   The Tumwater Public Health and Safety Committee endorsed to its city council on Monday, … more
T o enhance public health and prevent foodborne illnesses, the Thurston County Board of Health has officially proclaimed June as Food Safety Month.    This initiative underscores the … more
The Lacey Planning Commission has taken big steps toward updating the city's neighborhood commercial districts, with a set of recommendations that could reshape local zoning laws.   After … more
Port of Olympia Executive Director Alex Smith addressed concerns about this week’s air show coinciding with the breeding season of larks.   Conservation group Black Hills Audubon … more
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