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Olympia to remove Deschutes Parkway homeless encampment

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of all Olympia residents, the City of Olympia will remove and clear the encampment on Deschutes Parkway on December 8. Owners of the property on …

Thurston County Jail inmate allegedly breaks sprinkler, causing temporary disabling of fire alarms

An inmate at the Thurston County Jail allegedly broke the sprinkler inside his cell, leading to the temporary disabling of fire alarms at the facility as staff purchased the needed parts for …
Panattoni signs declaring the company as a developer already appear on Center Street in Tumwater in this August 2021 photo.
The City of Tumwater invites community members to provide their input on the proposed New Market Industrial Campus development, Tue., Nov. 30, starting at 6 p.m. The discussion will focus on …
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This home at 1917 Mark St NE in Olympia was sold for $418,950 by Mark Ellis from BHGRE - Northwest Home Team.
This weekly report covers single-family home sales in Thurston County over the past week. There were 62 sales completed from Sunday, November 21 through Saturday, November 27, 2021. That's exactly …
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Introduction to Afformations

Dear Readers, I wanted to take some time today to introduce you to a concept that is new to me but one that I believe could be very powerful. Danny Stusser, the publisher [and interim editor] of …

Starting with the orange line at Eld Inlet and moving south and west, each day of Brian Footen's mapping journey is shown in a different color.
A waterway mapping project led by a man aboard a kayak has made its way to the South Puget Sound nearshore as part of a bid to aid in the conservation and restoration of estuarie in this …
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In a scene from the 2020 Chabad Chanukah event, Rabbi Yosef Schtroks leads a game-show type activity in front of the assembled cars.
Not even a pandemic can keep this area’s Jews from figuring out a safe way to gather together to celebrate Chanukah, the festival of lights, which starts this Sunday. Instead of assembling …
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The James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch on Dec. 22, 2021, is the largest, most powerful space telescope ever built. Olympia Timberland Library is one 60 public libraries in the US to receive special educational materials to help the public to learn more about it and other STEAM topics.
Olympia Timberland Library has been selected to be part of NASA@ My Library, an education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning …
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Jill Severn
Sunday morning dawned late, cold and foggy. You couldn’t even describe sunrise as “getting light” because it really didn’t.  It only got as far as dismal grey. It …
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The Mochida family is shown wearing mandatory identification tags as they were forced to abandon their nursery and greenhouse business in California in Feb. 1942.
Titled “Righting a Wrong”, the Lacey Museum features a new exhibit that highlights the experiences of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. With the new …
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At The JOLT we're all very thankful and grateful
There are all sorts of reasons I think we will all agree that there are all sorts of thank-yous. There's the polite thank-you to the door stop, the more fervent and vigorous thank you between …
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The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) held a public hearing regarding creation of a Home Fund throughout Thurston County on Tue., Nov. 23, 2021.
 Several community members shared their support for the proposed county-wide Home Fund, which would add a 0.1 percent increase to sales taxes everywhere in Thurston County except in the city …
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 A transient Tumwater man was arrested after he allegedly broke the windshield of his ex-wife’s car, and a search by police later yielded glass pipes and suspected …
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Life
THURSTON COUNTY'S HIDDEN SECTOR
Thinking about volunteering around the holidays?

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day mill. Go to work, pay bills, take care of chores around the house, rinse and repeat. It’s easy to forget that the whole reason we do these …

Lacey celebrates Native Heritage Month  To reaffirm its commitment to preserve and protect indigenous culture and traditions, the City of Lacey declared the month of November as Native Heritage Month. During the Lacey City Council …
Olympia strikes all references to Log Cabin Road Extension in the city ordinance The Olympia City Council put an end to the concept of a Log Cabin Road Extension as its members agreed to delete all of its references to it in the city ordinance during its regular council meeting …
LOCAL HERO
Local woman competing for title of Mrs. America in Las Vegas this Saturday  On August 14, Kama Montermini was so ecstatic that her close friend Derozette Banks was named first runner-up at the Mrs. Washington America pageant that the thought of who would win the title …
Nisqually Land Trust acquires two key properties along Ohop Creek The Nisqually Land Trust has permanently protected two more properties central to the restoration of Ohop Creek, one of the two main tributaries to the Nisqually River. They include 45 acres of …
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Olympia headlines

Olympia man booked on felony after allegedly pointing gun during argument

 An Olympia man was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at a man he was arguing with over an unleashed dog. Olympia police arrested Iassc Hawkes-Engberts, 42, on the 500 block of Alta …

Future of Ensign Road RV encampment relocation remains uncertain 

“We’re still in limbo,” Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards said as county commissioners shared their concerns about the proposed relocation of 18 recreational vehicles (RV) …

Olympia City Council establishes city's new Social Justice and Equity Commission

To address racism and discrimination in the community, the Olympia City Council approved the recommendation to establish the city’s Social Justice and Equity Commission during the regular city …

Olympia discusses solar-electric system for Quixote Village

To cut energy costs and provide more sustainable electric power for low-income residents, the Olympia City Council is considering installing a solar-electric system at Quixote Village. During the …

Lacey headlines

Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder comments about threats against elected officials

“We’re better than this as a community,” Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder said as he addressed threats made against elected officials during the Lacey City Council meeting on Thu., Nov. …

Veterans Day in Lacey continues year round

Another Veterans Day has come and gone, and as usual, the memories came back. The uncle I grew up hearing about but never met because he was killed during World War II. My other uncles, who …

“How to make Lacey more welcoming?” Community members say: better representation

In a community engagement session last night, the Lacey Commission on Equity received several suggestions on how to make the city a more welcoming place, with some community members believing it all …

From booze to books: New library to open in Hawks Prairie

Timberland Regional Library has a new branch in the Hawks Prairie area of eastern Lacey that will open to the public in January 2022. Timberland Regional Library (TRL) staff are in the process of …

Tumwater headlines

Tumwater man booked for threatening to kill, swinging guitar at woman, police

A transient Tumwater man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman whose car broke down and swung a guitar at her and responding police officers. Tumwater police arrested James …

Tumwater City Council sets Nov. 30 public hearing for the development of the New Market Industrial Campus

During the Tumwater City Council meeting on Tue., Nov. 16, the council announced plans to conduct a public hearing, and possibly issue a decision on the proposed development of the New Market …

COVID-19 stunts students' behavior and learning abilities

As schools finally re-open, teachers are starting to realize the impacts that COVID-19 had on students. Discussing school-improvement opportunities at last night's  Tumwater School District …

Port commissioners approve interlocal agreement that might lead to development at New Market Industrial Campus

During the Port of Olympia Commission meeting on Mon., Nov. 8, community members expressed health and safety concerns against the proposed Panattoni development on the Port’s  New Market …

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