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Resident-owned manufactured home community would replace The Jungle

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, …
Photo of the Davis-Meeker oak
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, …
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Tumwater Parks and Recreation Director Chuck Denney (bottom right) briefed the General Government Committee about a contract with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture.
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 …
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Land Use and Environment Committee meeting, June 20, 2024. Olympia principal planner Joyce Phillips briefs the committee on the two-phased approach in updating housing ordinances.
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, …
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Ilk Beer provided ice-cold cans of its Olympia-brewed beer at Enterprise for Equity's Dreams in Action event.
At a time when many people worry about the economy and many more struggle to make ends meet during this period of high inflation, Olympia’s Enterprise for Equity (E4E) was able to celebrate the …
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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.
Editor's Note:  Columnist Jill Severn is taking the week off. Before she did, she sent us these comments, from reader Ellen Richter, who commented on last week's column, titled , " Heronswood …
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Christian Castro Chavajay. Lacey Police urges the public to call their non-emergency dispatch at (360)704-2740 for information on this missing person.
Lacey Police Department (LPD) has recently reported two missing persons and is asking the public’s assistance in locating them. The first missing person is Cristian Castro Chavajay, a …
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The 3000 Pacific Ave. SE building in Olympia houses the offices of the County Auditor, Community Planning and Economic Development, Board of County Commissioners, Information Technology, Board of Equalization, Human Resources, Geodata, Central Services Administration and Treasurer.
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 …
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The Tenino Quarry Pool
Tenino is re-opening its historic Quarry Pool this Saturday, June 22, with a day of live music and several family activities. The pool closed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the four …
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Operations Manager Jeremy Davis briefed the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday, June 18, about a resolution reorganizing the storm and surface water advisory board into the water resources advisory board.
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 …
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Lacey is inviting local non-profit organizations to apply for an opportunity to use the Washington Center for the Performing Arts
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 …
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Giving high-fives to people in the audience in the foreground is graduate Matthew Graffagnino.
Olympia School District’s Transition Academy and Project Search held their graduation ceremony on Friday, June 7, 2024, at the Capital High School Performing Arts Center. Smiles, laughs, happy …
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Western Wood-Peewee
My smartphone, knowing I am interested in birds, alerted me to a new book about flycatchers, Field Guide to North American Flycatchers, and now I own a copy. Flycatchers are common in Thurston …
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The scales of Justice represent the idea of decisions reached fairly and objectively by a weighing of evidence.
Olympia Police Department (OPD) officers responded to a reported burglary in the 1100 block of Wheeler Avenue SE just before 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7. The homeowner reported an unknown male …
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Life
LoveOly Summerfest 2024 returns to Downtown Olympia on June 21 to 23.

LoveOly SummerFest 2024 kicks off this Friday

LoveOly Summerfest 2024 returns to Downtown Olympia on June 21-23. Olympia Downtown Alliance’s three-day street festival would feature live music, children’s activities, Hands on …

Joint Animal Services kennels full: Adopt or foster a dog today! 

Joint Animal Services (JAS) is at full capacity , with its kennels filled with lovable dogs in need of homes.   JAS is reaching out to the community, urging “furparents” to …

Easy summer fare

With the warm weather upon us, on some days, we have fired up the grill to enjoy simple, grilled meat dinners. I often prepare basic salads and light side dishes to accompany grilled steak, fish or …

Join Puget Sound Estuarium’s Meet the Beach 2024 and explore marine life 

This summer, the Puget Sound Estuarium invites you to discover the rich marine life in Puget Sound with the Meet the Beach program.   Offered for free throughout the season, these …
Police Blotter

Police Blotter for Thursday, June 20, 2024

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office On 6/20/24 at 2:38 a.m. in the 5100 block of Stadium Lane SE, Sheriff’s deputies arrested Caleb Antonio Gallegos, 21, on suspicion of harassment. …

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What’s in a name?
The subject of names came up the other while talking to the great grands. They were telling me the names of their friends at school and I remarked how most of them were different from the names my …
Silver screen fur friends
Last week everyone was treated to a fantastic column by Trish as she told us about the great time she had at the Tumwater Dog Days event. This week Thom will share with you. Since I was not …
Long COVID is not new; however, there is a new definition
I am inspired to write this informational column on Long COVID following the NASEM (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) issuing its new definition of this condition on June 11: …
Heronswood and the Brotherhood of the Traveling Plants
A gardener I met in a buffet line had a lot to say about rock gardens and plant collecting. Before we got to the main dish, after which we would part ways, he leaned forward a little and said …
A bit of Father's Day history and events to share with the dads in your life
Father’s Day will be celebrated this weekend across our nation. Special meals, gatherings, and outings will be planned and prepared for dad, and gifts and cards purchased and wrapped. Lawn work …
Olympia headlines
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 …
FC Olympia women’s team continue their pursuit for another undefeated season in the USL W League as the Artesians easily handle Capital FC Atletica and Lane United FC in two quick games this …
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 …
Puget Sound Estuarium invites nature enthusiasts of all ages to embark on its Annual Benefit Cruise on Sunday, June 30. This exclusive boating trip offers a unique opportunity to explore the …
The Aspen Institute named South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) again as a finalist for the 2025 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence .  
Tumwater headlines
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 …
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 …
At a meeting yesterday, June 13, Tumwater School District (TSD) Superintendent Kevin Bogatin updated the board on the changes in leadership, graduation, and events in the latest quarter.   …
Thurston County
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lacey headlines
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 …
Two juveniles were arrested on the night of June 18 following a series of burglaries at the Lacey Food Truck Depot, according to a Lacey Police Department (LPD) news release. The incident began …
Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) deputies attempted to stop a vehicle in the Lacey area in the early morning of June 9 for not having a front license plate. The vehicle fled, leading …
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 …
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 local news
Local documentary, forum tackle fentanyl epidemic 
It’s no secret that opioids -- fentanyl in particular -- have blazed a path of addiction and death across this nation, and the state of Washington is no exception. As a locally produced …
City of Tenino seeks artists to create two murals
Tenino is looking to commission two mural projects on city buildings; bids are due by July 1.   The city's ARCH (Arts, Recreation, Culture, History & Business) Commission and staff will …
County proclaims June as Food Safety Month 
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 …
Lacey explores new guidelines for Neighborhood Commercial Districts 
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 …
Port’s Alex Smith addresses concerns about air show coinciding with breeding season of larks 
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 …
Shellfish harvesting reopens in parts of Willapa Bay and some rivers
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has reopened several areas in Willapa Bay for commercial shellfish harvesting.    Nahcotta, Cedar River, North River, Nemah River, and …
June is Composting Awareness Month , promoting sustainable practices
In an effort to combat climate change and promote sustainable practices, Thurston County has officially designated June 2024 as Composting Awareness Month.    This proclamation …
Port reappropriates funds for investigation of Budd Inlet, next up West Bay
The Port of Olympia Commission approved the transfer of $2 million from the Port’s reserve funds to proceed with the analysis of Budd Inlet on Monday, June 10. Sediment sampling was …
Intercity Transit reconsiders plan for Martin Way-Meridian Road roundabout
Intercity Transit (IT) is reconsidering its plan to construct a roundabout on Martin Way and Merdian Road, according to an update by Development Director Peter Stackpole. The transportation …
Intercity Transit outlines budget for new transit facility in West Olympia, other projects
Intercity Transit’s board of directors adopted updated plans for the agency’s capital projects on Wednesday, June 5. The plans, packaged in its 2025-2029 capital improvement plan, contain …