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Thurston County Health Officer's Weekly Letter

January 21, 2021 Dear Thurston Superintendents and Heads of Schools, In my letter on January 15, 2021, I affirmed Thurston County is in alignment with the Washington State Department of …

Three off-leash dog parks coming to Olympia this summer

Olympia city officials recently finalized a lease with Olympia School District for a 5.5 acre plot of land near McLane Elementary School, which will be utilized as an off-leash dog park sometime …

Suspect still hospitalized after officer-involved shooting on I-5

A suspect who was shot by law enforcement officers on Interstate 5 last week remains in custody at a local hospital, according to investigators. The suspect, who has thus far only been identified …

Daily Legislative Report for Thu., Jan. 21, 2021

The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater Presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering The 2021 Washington State Legislature. The Senate’s Housing & Local Government Committee held …

Tumwater City Council passes climate mitigation plan

Tumwater City Council met last night to discuss the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, a 30-year interlocal agreement, that would acknowledge the urgency of global warming and the deterring effects of …
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Last night’s Olympia city council meeting included approvals of the exclusive contract with Comcast, an Eastside Street Art Crossing Concept Plan and a labor agreement with the police …
Just before 10 pm last night fire took out the old barn at Lattin’s Cider Mill & Farm, damaging surrounding structures and trees. The cider mill, farm stand and bakery were not damaged …
Why is this night different from all other nights? On all other nights, The JOLT reports to you about what already has happened.  It’s the news, not fiction. Or it’s feature …
The voting patterns of religious groups in the U.S. have been scrutinized since the presidential election for evidence of shifting allegiances among the faithful. Many have wondered if a boost in …
For residents of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey, there’s a new book that promises to shed light on the rich – and at times, tumultuous – history of Thurston County. Titled Thurston …
Olympia headlines

Olympia's Community Court awarded $400,000 federal grant, officials plan to increase services

Olympia's Community Court was recently awarded a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which court officials plan to spend on increased housing, mental health and addiction services for …

Griffin School Board Discusses Hybrid Learning Model and New Tier Support Pyramid

Griffin School District’s Board met for a work session on last night. Topics of conversation included discussion around an announcement of a hybrid learning model and a multi-tiered support …

Olympia city council to discuss Comcast renewal tomorrow

The Olympia City Council is set to meet on Tue., Jan. 12 at 5:30 pm; the agenda includes renewing Comcast's exclusive franchise in the city. The council will discuss other topics including the …

Yen Huynh selected to fill vacant Olympia City Council position

The Olympia City Council on Tuesday interviewed the seven finalists vying for the vacant council position and, following a vote, selected Yen Huynh. Huynh will fill Position #2 left by Jessica …

Lacey headlines

Lacey City Council to discuss Comcast renewal and puppy mill ordinance

The Lacey City Council is holding a regular meeting Thu., Jan. 21 starting at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes a proposed new ordinance that would restrict sales of commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet …

K-9 Arlo undergoes successful surgeries, is released from hospital

K-9 Arlo, a police dog with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office who was shot twice last week, is recovering in leaps and bounds according to the sheriff’s office. Arlo became the …

North Thurston Public Schools updates

Prior to Winter Break in mid-December, North Thurston Public Schools served around 900 students in-person. Superintendent Debra Clemens expects that number to increase gradually at the start of the …

Two arrested after one threatens retail employee with a knife, police allege

Police arrested two people last night after a man reportedly stole from the Best Buy store in Lacey and then threatened a store employee with a knife. One suspect was booked on suspicion of …

Tumwater headlines

Tumwater School Board Talks Hybrid Learning Plan, Community Concerns, and Fall Sports

Tumwater School Board met last night for a regular board meeting to discuss a series of updates and community concerns. The district’s recent hybrid learning plan, announced yesterday, was a …

Tumwater council discusses 10-year franchise agreement with Comcast

Last night the Tumwater City Council held their regular meeting. The main topic was a new Cable Franchise Agreement with Comcast Cable Communications Management. This 10-year agreement would …

Murder-arson suspect arrested; bail set at $1 million

On July 25 in Rainier, a 58-year-old man was killed in a house fire. Now, detectives say that fire was intentionally started, and authorities arrested a Tumwater resident yesterday. Jamie Montalvo …

Tumwater's Christmas Cruizin' this Friday Night - Reserve your spot!

Tumwater, WA – Looking for free holiday fun for the whole family? Join the City of Tumwater and the Parks and Recreation Department for a new holiday event, Christmas …

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