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Olympia downtown board deliberates funding of local business events

Olympia’s Parking & Business Improvement Area Board (PBIA) discussed financial subsidies to business programs during its October 5 regular session. Board Chair Melissa Hammond raised one …
At the Olympia Site Plan Committee meeting on October 5, 2022, the committee reviewed a three-story apartment building project on Palomino Drive SE.
The Olympia Site Plan Review Committee held a presubmission conference for a project proposal for a three-story apartment building at 1525 Palomino Drive SE yesterday, October 5. Joseph Rydman, …
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The Lacey Board of Park Commission is seeking public input on further improving Phase 1A of the Greg Cuoio Park as the community can pick a theme for the new playground.
The Greg Cuoio Park is getting a theme picked out for it – the Lacey Board of Park Commission is seeking community members’ thoughts on further improvements for the park in its Phase 1A …
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Public Launch of Olympia's Hidden Histories Walking Tours, October 7, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. October 7 is the public launch of Olympia's Hidden Histories, a series of self-guided walking tours (created …
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Evidence suggests that students’ academic success, including improved student retention and enhanced academic experience, is linked to library usage.
Timberland Regional Library (TRL) offers a wide range and depth of educational tools for K-12 students in a variety of learning atmospheres, said Timberland Regional Library Executive Director Cheryl …
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The scales of justice represent the balance between fairness and injustice.
An Olympia man was charged with two felonies after allegedly pulling out a gun on a store employee with whom he had a verbal argument. Calvert Raub Anderson Jr., 39, was charged with first-degree …
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The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) officially recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during the public meeting on Oct. 4, 2022.
The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the commissioners’ October 4 meeting, Thurston's Senior Deputy Prosecuting …
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At the Olympia City Council meeting on October 4, 2022, Olympia Public Works Director Mark Russell said they hope to start the construction of the Fones Road improvement in 2023.
Olympia Public Works Director Mark Russell gave an overview of the Fones Road improvement project during the eminent domain public hearing at the city council meeting last night, October 4. "Fones …
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Tumwater resident John Hayworth (top center) speaks at a public hearing of an ordinance opposing the annexation of Hopkins District into The Preserve.
Residents of both The Preserve in Tumwater and Hopkins Drainage District gave opposing views on the direction stormwater flows between the two areas during a Tumwater city council meeting yesterday, …
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The Lacey Transportation Committee approved a neighborhood to circulate a petition to install a temporary traffic calming device along 57th Avenue SE.
Lacey’s Transportation Committee is deliberating the installation of traffic calming devices or speed humps along 57th Avenue SE following speeding complaints from residents. The committee …
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Olympia's equity specialist, Olivia Salazar de Breaux, awarded industry association scholarship
The National Recreation Parks Association (NRPA) awarded diversity scholarships to Olympia's Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging specialist Olivia Salazar de Breaux. At the city council meeting last …
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the commissioners’ October 4 meeting, Thurston's Senior Deputy Prosecuting …
Olympia to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day this Monday
The Olympia City Council on Tuesday signed a proclamation designating Monday, October 10 as Indigenous Peoples' Day. The proclamation honors and acknowledges the indigenous people who have …
Port Commissioners agree to propose new district boundaries that are the same as those to be proposed by the Board of County Commissioners
The Port of Olympia’s commissioners agreed to set its districts’ boundaries to match those of the County Commissioners during a work session held yesterday, October 3. Thurston …
RFA committee reviews FBC formula with and without fire flow
RFA committee reviews FBC formula with and without fire flow Legal conundrum By Lorilyn C. Lirio The Regional Fire Authority planning committee is exploring a new Fire Benefit Charge (FBC) …
Another Olympia committee talks of the need for sidewalk improvement
Another Olympia committee talks of the need for sidewalk improvement After the Land Use and Environment and the Bicycle and Pedestrian committee raised their concern, the Olympia Planning …
Ensign Road is to be closed Thursday
Olympia is warning community members and passing motorists of Ensign Road’s closure on Thursday, October 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Martin Way to Providence Lane, the road closure will …
Sharay Trotter, Dakota Seddon, and Coach Kevin Schultz nominated for Fifth Annual Thurston County Sports Awards
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) congratulates student-athletes Sharay Trotter, Dakota Seddon, and Men’s Soccer Coach Kevin Schultz for being nominated in the fifth annual Thurston …
Olympia committee starts recruitment process for Police Use of Force Board
Olympia's Community Livability and Public Safety started the recruiting process to fill vacancies on the Police Use of Force Board. Earlier, Strategic Communications Director Kellie Purce Braseth …
Restaurant, apartment building to rise on Martin Way
The Olympia Site Plan Review Committee yesterday approved the land use for a project proposal of a three-story building with a restaurant and housing units at 4336 Martin Way E. Olympia associate …
Tumwater’s fund balance projected to fall under the required minimum amount by 2027
According to data projections made by Tumwater's Finance Director, Troy Niemeyer, Tumwater’s fund balance is predicted to fall below the minimum required balance by 2027. The 2027 balance is …
Arbor Day in Olympia proclaimed for Saturday, October 8
Olympia is inviting community members to participate in planting new trees as the city celebrates Arbor Day at Squaxin Park on Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Olympia City …
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Hurricane victims and how you can help, Indigenous People’s Day, Arts, and Harvest Festival

Last week, Hurricane Ian obliterated communities in Florida. As of today, according to CNN, at least 102 people have been reported killed by the hurricane in Florida – 55 of them in Lee County, …

Compound effect

Dear Lexis, What is the best tool you’ve ever heard of for changing your life? Thanks, Curious in Olympia Dear Curious, That’s a great question, and I would say that the …

Gardeners’ burnout

At this time of the year, most gardeners are getting tired of gardening and beginning to look forward to the cozier indoor pursuits of shorter days and darker evenings. I think our gardens might …

What's happening coming up for the first week of October?

September’s history! Here are some of highlights of events coming in early October. Tumwater Falls Fest, Saturday, October 1, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  The inaugural Tumwater …

Pelagic Birds – Part 2

This week we will continue our series on pelagic birds, commonly called seabirds. Liam Hutcheson is again my co-author. One of the most delightful birds to see out on the ocean are the Storm …
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Olympia headlines

Oly Town FC women’s soccer team enters the national league

With the United Soccer League expanding its women’s league to include the Pacific Northwest States, Olympia’s Oly Town Artesians will be the first Washington State women’s team to …

Water pipe laying along Union Ave

Olympia city crews are working on Union Avenue and are expected to slow traffic. Union Avenue SE from Fairview Street SE and McCormick Street SE will have construction crews working on installing …

Olympia announces upcoming vacancies on boards and commissions

Olympia will open its application period for boards and commissions for 2023 starting in October, Strategic Communications Director Kellie Purce Braseth announced at the Community Livability and …

Tumwater: Night closure of US 101 on-ramp to northbound I-5 wraps up construction

TUMWATER – Tonight, nighttime drivers using US 101 between West Olympia and Tumwater can expect separate work zones. The work will finish a summer project to repave areas of southbound US 101 …

Lacey headlines

Lacey police seek alleged thieves

Lacey Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying four individuals who were allegedly caught stealing. In a media release, Lacey police said a man stole over $300 worth of …

‘Cultural competence’ to be key requirement in Lacey’s DEI strategic plan

The Lacey Commission on Equity discussed cultural competency as part of its work session in drafting the city's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan during its meeting …

Animal Services pushes for Lacey Community Cat Program

Lacey Joint Animal Services Commission (JASCOM) is lobbying for the new Community Cat Program (CCP) and recommending updates to the Lacey municipal code (LMC). During the council work session on …

Lacey officially allows the flying of equity flags

After a heated argument during the council meeting on Thursday, September 15, Lacey officially approved the proposed amendments to the existing Flag Policy, including additional flags to be flown in …

Tumwater headlines

Controlled burning at Tumwater, street closures in Olympia

Tumwater is warning motorists passing 93rd Avenue SW west of I-5 and the 8400 block of Old Highway 99 SE tomorrow, October 4, to Thursday, October 6, of slow-moving traffic in the area. City crews …

Proposed Regional Fire Authority considers various formulas for a ‘Fire Benefit Charge’

The planning committee for the proposed Regional Fire Authority (RFA) met again yesterday and reviewed several options for the Fire Benefit Charge (FBC), a fee that would be sent with property taxes …

Tumwater and Thurston County looking to stop Hopkins Drainage District

A Tumwater city committee is working to oppose the annexation of 599 properties into the Hopkins Drainage Ditch District No. 2 with an ordinance aiming to prevent the action. Further, Thurston …

Design for culvert calls for additional $80,000 in project cost

The design developed for a new culvert along Percival Creek under Sapp Road calls for an additional $80,753 in the project’s design cost, raising it from $143,000 to …

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