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Public Defense Director: Caseload may not normalize until 2022

It may be 2022 before the Thurston County justice system sees a normal caseload, said Patrick O’Connor, head of the county’s Department of Public Defense. O’Connor and leading …

100th birthday celebration starts with birthday girl's COVID-19 vaccine

Frances Swank, 99 until tomorrow, received the first of 147 planned vaccines today at an event that was part birthday party, part National Guard mobilization, at her home at Boardwalk Apartments in …

Daily Legislative Report for Thu., Feb. 25, 2021 - VIDEO

The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater Presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering The 2021 Washington State Legislature for Thu., Feb. 25, 2021. The House debated two bills, concerning …
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About one in six county residents have received at least one vaccination

A total of 4.54 percent of Thurston County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, said Public Health and Social Services Director Schelli Slaughter yesterday. In addition, 11.4 …

New Regional Housing Council to expand on the work of a discontinued county division

Thurston County, Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm finalized an agreement for the five jurisdictions to work together and pool resources in finding solutions to homelessness throughout the …

Daily Legislative Report for Wed., Feb. 24, 2021 - VIDEO

The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater Presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering The 2021 Washington State Legislature. Yesterday afternoon, Tue., Feb 23, the Senate debated …

New county program lets drug court participants meet with victims of crimes for facilitated conversation

A new program launched within the Thurston County justice system officials allows participants of the drug court program to meet with victims of crimes they were convicted of for a facilitated …
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Here’s are a few events in the Thurston County area that will keep you entertained in the coming week! Story Trails at Olympia Parks - West Bay and Harry Fain’s Legion Park Now …
Colt’s Crisis, the first in a promised series of thrillers featuring protagonist Colt Garrett was published a couple months ago.  I received a copy to review for The JOLT, and I found the …
Thurston County will enter Phase 2 of Washington’s Roadmap to Recovery plan starting Monday, after the state made adjustments to safety metrics and requirements. Now, rather than having to …
The COVID-19 pandemic has dished up a steady serving of uncertainty — and in some instance, closures — for restaurants near and far. It was in that uncertainty that the folks at Octapas …
Anyone who cares about the Thurston County agriculture and farmland -- or who appreciates locally grown veggies and meat -- is invited to complete an online survey to share your perspective on local …
Olympia headlines

Murder suspect to undergo competency evaluation

The trial of an Olympia man accused of murder is awaiting the results of a competency evaluation to determine whether the man is competent to stand trial. Kyle G. Jarstad, 32, is accused of …

Two people entered Senior Services' downtown facility and stole food earlier this week

Two people entered the Senior Services for South Sound building on Monday, and caused nearly $2,000 in damage and stolen property, prompting a number of community members and organizations to provide …

Potential new drive-thru espresso stand in West Olympia

The Olympia Site Plan Committee today discussed a possible drive-thru espresso stand that may be constructed at the intersection of Cooper Point Road Southwest and Evergreen Park Drive. The Site …

Downtown retailer burglarized early this morning

A lone burglar smashed the front door glass at Olympia Gear Exchange early this morning, entered the store and stole $173, according to owner Joe Hyer. Security camera video shows an individual wearing a …

Lacey headlines

North Thurston School Board announces name of new alternative learning school

The North Thurston Public Schools district board met via Zoom last night for a regular board meeting. Topics included student preparedness in terms of post-secondary success, the announcement of the …

North Thurston school board discusses hybrid grading scale and  Komachin Middle School remodeling

The North Thurston Public Schools’  board met for a regular meeting last night. Agenda items included a sports announcement, grading scales, the Komachin Middle School construction …

Lacey residents lobby council in favor of regional climate mitigation plan

Lacey City Council held its regular meeting last night and discussed multiple topics including the pending Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan and the city’s exclusive franchise agreement with …

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 …

Tumwater headlines

Pete Kmet decides against seeking a fourth term as mayor of Tumwater

After guiding his city as it tripled in size over 29 years of public service to its citizens, Mayor Pete Kmet has decided to retire next December. He announced his decision at the annual State of …

Tumwater City Council Says Final Farewell to Councilmember Tom Oliva During His Last Meeting

The Tumwater City Council met online for a regular meeting last night. With only a few things on the agenda, the majority of the meeting was dedicated to reflecting on Councilmember Tom Oliva’s …

Smoking and vaping outlawed in Tumwater Parks

Tumwater on Tuesday became the latest close-in jurisdiction to ban smoking and vaping in city parks, following suit with the cities of Olympia and Lacey and Thurston County, which have all passed …

Tom Oliva to exit Tumwater's city council next week

Public service has been an interesting and worthwhile responsibility, said Tumwater City Councilperson Tom Oliva, but that time is winding to a close after the three-time elected councilor announced …

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