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Mike's story: Says he’s never been freer 

Standing in his makeshift house next to the wetlands in the east side of The Jungle, yesterday, Mike commented that he was free. 
Defocused shot of ambulance on a city street
Thurston County is searching nationwide for firefighters and paramedics who will serve in Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. In a press release , Thurston County Medic One announced that successful …
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Use caution when passing through road construction sites.
The southbound right turn lane of Capitol Boulevard at Tumwater Boulevard will be closed, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., tomorrow, March 6. The city explained in a press release that crews will be …
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A section of Willamette Drive NE is closed today until tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lacey announced that a section of Willamette Drive NE is closed today until tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Traffic will be reduced to one lane each way at Willamette Drive NE between …
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Reader opinion: The JOLT publishes readers' letters on Thurston County topics, generally verbatim and within a day or two of receiving them. These opinions come from members of our community.
I received my Mail-In Ballot a few days ago, probably you did as well. Basically, I was not concerned about the process until lately. There has been much alarm raised over the process of …
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The body of Justin Tyson McConnell was found inside a tent at the Chehalis Trail last February 20.
On February 20 at 12:23 PM, the Olympia Police Department received a report regarding a possible death near 3800 Ensign Road NE, where a resident was alerted by an unknown individual who claimed to …
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Slow-cooker turkey chili is the perfect comfort food for cold, windy days.
This chili recipe is healthy, easy and delicious. My daughter tells me she can’t eat chili unless I made it.  With the changing weather, this warm comfort food is perfect on raw, windy …
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At the Community Livability and Public Safety Committee meeting held Wednesday, February 28, 2024, Olympia Police Chief Rich Allen reported an increased car theft in the city over the past five years.
Olympia Police Chief Rich Allen announced on Wednesday that the department plans to utilize the $100,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to implement an automated license plate …
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Lacey secured a $75,000 middle housing grant managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce.
The Lacey Planning Commission received a comprehensive briefing regarding newly passed laws for middle housing and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Lacey Housing Coordinator Jennifer Adams …
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Buildings 206 and 210 were sold by the Port of Olympia on February 27, 2024.
The Port of Olympia Commission authorized the sale of two Cleanwater Center buildings to real estate firm Launch Negotiations, LLC, on Monday, February 26. Real Estate Senior Manager Clarita …
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The PARC Foundation supports the development of trails such as this one in Squaxin Park (formerly Priest Point Park) in Olympia.
The PARC Foundation of Thurston County announced its 2024 Community Grant Program, which is aimed at supporting local non-profit organizations and government agencies. PARC stands for parks, …
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Senior guard Tyke Thompson slams an open dunk in their victory against Alaska Fairbanks. He is one of the seven seniors who will play their final year at SMU.
Saint Martin’s University celebrated Seniors Night last Saturday after having two close defeats in a row, including a 79-80 heartbreaker against Alaska Anchorage two nights earlier at home. …
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Jill Severn portrait
In an alley one block north of Bigelow Park in NE Olympia, the biggest and likely oldest Madrona tree in Thurston County is in declining health, but still breathtakingly beautiful. Its location …
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The driver suspected of DUI was arrested and found to have active warrants including with the passenger.
A routine traffic stop turned into a car chase on Interstate 5 Northbound near exit 105 on the night of February 28 after a Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) deputy attempted to halt a driver …
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Human Resources Ben McDonald (bottom left) briefed the Port of Olympia Commission about an amendment to the contract of CSD Attorneys at Law.
The Port of Olympia Commissioned authorized a contract extension with the law firm supporting the port with union negotiations on Monday, February 26. The contract is with CSD Attorneys-at-Law, …
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Life

Thurston 2045 outreach survey shows residents like county’s rural landscape

Thurston’s Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) received Thurston 2045’s quarterly update last Monday, February 26. The county has a Comprehensive Plan (CP) update project called …

Happy Leap Year and my idea of an epic birthday

Happy Leap Year!  And to all the Leap Year Babies, Happy Birthday! Since it only happens every four years, I hope you are doing something epic this year to celebrate. What does …

Olympia Planning Commission Parks recommendations promote access and equity, endorses pocket parks

The Olympia Planning Commission approved the Parks chapter of the city's Comprehensive Plan update on Monday, with modifications to further promote community access and equity in park facilities. …
Police Blotter

Police Blotter for Sunday, March 3, 2024

Lacey Police Department On 3/3/24 at 12:33 AM in the 6300 block of Martin Way E, police arrested Carlos A. Mercado Henrquez, 44, on suspicion of a misdemeanor warrant. On 3/3/24 at 3:54 PM …

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Big Year Stories – Part 1
Introduction – In 2023, Liam Hutcheson located and documented 378 bird species in Washington, a new state record. I enjoyed hearing Liam tell the stories of his Big Year and I asked him to …
Vacation is good for your health
As winter drags on in the PNW and your medical columnist returns from vacation, I decided to make this week’s health topic just that. I love vacations and as it turns out, they are good for our …
Recipe: Croque monsieur - the sandwich of diplomats
Many people enjoy sandwiches from time to time. My family especially likes a favorite called Croque Monsieur. It is versatile, warm, filling, and may be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or weekend …
Starting anew again
No two springs are exactly alike. And each spring, every gardener is one year older, so we’re never exactly alike either.   The more years of gardening behind us, the bigger the …
Spring Migration – It’s Started!
Check the calendar. It is 1/3 rd of the way from the winter solstice to the summer solstice, and the birds have noticed. They’re beginning the spring migration. Migration time for many …
Olympia headlines
Olympia's Site Plan Review Committee heard a proposal for a cottage community project at 1937 7th Avenue SE. At the presubmission conference on Wednesday, local developers Michael Miltimore and …
Beverage can manufacturer Crown Cork & Seal Company (Crown) agreed to pay $1,945,305 as penalties due to its violations of air quality regulations, a news release by the Olympic Region Clean Air …
Olympia appeared to be progressing slower than other regional jurisdictions, according to an observation shared by Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir before the city council on Tuesday. Based on …
The Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Division is seeking residents to serve as members of the "Against" committee for the upcoming Special Election on April 23. Committee members will …
During a four-hour meeting last night, parents, students, teachers, and community members expressed sentiments against the closure of Olympia School District’s (OSD) Madison Elementary School. …
Tumwater headlines
On Tuesday, February 20, Tumwater City Council approved a service provider agreement with RH2 Engineering, Inc. to design a 3-million-gallon reservoir. The reservoir will be located …
The end of February will be filled with art and merriment!  Queerotica Art Exhibit, Friday, February 23, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Queerotica is a showcase of LGBTQIA2S+ artists and speakers …
Tumwater announced that the north side of Trosper Road and the west side of Capitol Boulevard would have intermittent traffic stops from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, and Thursday, …
Thurston County
The Thurston County Board of Commissioners invites public participation in the review process for proposed comprehensive plan amendments and development regulation changes for the 2024-25 dockets. …
Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect involved in a case of identity theft. The alleged theft identity theft suspect, whose …
The Port of Olympia Commissioned approved on Monday, February 26, the contract of Alex Smith, the new executive director. Smith’s contract is for $210,000 and takes effect on March 18, …
Lacey headlines
An Army doctor stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was arraigned last Friday in what Army investigators say is the largest military sexual abuse case on record. “We cannot state with …
The Lacey City Council kicked off a "visioning session" aimed at establishing key priorities for the upcoming 2025 Comprehensive Plan update during a recent work session on Tuesday, February 27. …
Thurston County’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Business Task Force outlined its crucial recommendations, highlighting support for existing BIPOC businesses, new startups, and …
The Saint Martin’s University women’s basketball team finally returned to the winning column and overcame a five-game losing skid as they dominated the University of Alaska Fairbanks, …
The Thurston County Sheriff expressed his dismay on crime-related legislation in a Friday social media post showing him participating in a car chase. "The cancerous mentality fostered by …
More local news
Thurston County voter registration deadlines for Primary Election coming up
Thurston County has announced the deadlines for voter registration ahead of the upcoming March 12 Presidential Primary Election. Citizens are urged to register or update their voter registration …
Port of Olympia joins other WA airports to potentially litigate state for diverting fuel taxes
The Port of Olympia Commission voted to join an interlocal agreement with other Washington airports on Monday, February 26, to potentially litigate the state for not using fuel taxes for …
Thurston County looking for firm to manage its conservation lands
Thurston County is looking for a consulting firm to help manage its conservation lands. The county issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) last week to hire a non-profit conservation firm that …
Sediment survey to create loud noise in Capitol Lake
Capitol Lake will undergo a survey of underwater sediment known as a bathymetric survey as part of the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Project. Initially scheduled for November 2023, the survey …
Legislative Page Lila Kennelly
A student at Washington Middle School, Lila Kennelly, recently had the opportunity to serve as a page in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Representative Beth …
County joins cities on initiatives promoting electrical efficiency
The Board of County Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement to support two initiatives advancing the implementation of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan. The two initiatives focus on …
County approves changes to agriculture code for uses and agrotourism
The Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance amending its agriculture code on Tuesday, February 20. The changes expand permissible agricultural uses to the county’s long-term …
Design plans approved for Olympia’s 71-unit affordable housing project on Franz Anderson Road
The Olympia Design Review Board approved the design plans for a new affordable housing development at 527 Franz Anderson Road SE, which would provide 71 units of permanent supportive housing for …
Olympia School District ending fund balances dropping steeply after tax levy changes
Executive Director Kate Davis briefed the Olympia School District (OSD) Board last Thursday, February 22, on the district’s latest Fiscal Report. Davis shared that an estimated $5,474,013 …
Boldt Decision – 50 Years – Part 3
Beginning in the early 1980s, the acrimony over treaty-right fishing began to diminish. The state’s approach to salmon management finally recognized the need to make peace with federal law and …