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Orca Books Co-op opens in new downtown Olympia location

  It’s been a wild year for the folks at Orca Books.   The long-standing downtown Olympia-based bookstore packed up and moved from their Fourth Avenue storefront to a new …

Push for equity accelerates in Olympia

The Olympia City Council began talks of forming a Social Justice and Equity Advisory Commission shortly after the death of George Floyd in May. Once the council decided to form a …

Senior Services is holding "A Gratitude Gathering" next Wednesday, Oct. 28

OLYMPIA -- Part gala, part fundraiser and part variety show, this week's first ever "A Gratitude Gathering" promises to be inspiring. Senior Services for South Sound, which runs several programs for …

Navigating online learning with grandma

Linda Myers is the great grandmother of a kindergartner in a Thurston County grade school. When the child’s mother had to be hospitalized recently, Myers became this child's "at-home …
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Arts Month is still in gear

There's only a week left to see the artwork displayed in Olympia's Arts Month exhibit. 
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In times of great anxiety, music can heal. That’s true for the fans finding new tunes, and for the artists expressing themselves through art.   Ask the members of Jupiter …
OLYMPIA -- Thurston County is considering the development of a new off-leash dog park. The new dog park would be on 5.7 acres of land bordering 200 Delphi Rd. SW.
Catching a movie on the big screen locally has been made all the more difficult after Regal Cinema, the theater chain that includes Lacey’s Regal Martin Village, announced they’re …
Sports
Parents from the Olympia School District expressed their hopes for a return to high school athletics at a school board meeting on Sept. 28th. While students in the Olympia School District were …

Voter turnout in county breaking records

Voter turnout hit 40 percent on Tuesday, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office announced on its Twitter page yesterday. Anticipating a hectic election cycle, largely due to complications …

Olympia headlines

Possible housing code changes on the horizon

Changes to Olympia’s housing code will be considered at Monday’s meeting of the city’s Planning Commission. Possible code revisions concern accessory dwelling units (ADUs), …

Olympia plans to approve new renter protections

The Olympia City Council is prepared to approve an ordinance that would provide protections to renters facing eviction due to COVID-19-related complications.   The ordinance, an addition …

New senior housing for Olympia

A new 67-unit senior housing development is planned for Olympia in the area bordered by Henderson Blvd., Yelm Highway and Palomino Drive.   The South Sound Village Cooperative will be a …

Will Thurston County get its new courtroom next month?

While people involved in building a new off-site courtroom for Thurston County Superior and District courts are pushing for a Nov. 1 completion date, some supply chain issues are making that goal …

Lacey headlines

Who shot first? Did Reinoehl shoot at all?

Officers working under the jurisdiction of a federal task force fired 37 rounds at Michael Reinoehl the evening of Sept. 3, according to a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office press …

City of Lacey and school board to hold joint meeting

The city of Lacey and the North Thurston school board will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 pm.   The agenda includes a discussion of upcoming capital projects, road and …

Health advisories lifted for Pattison and Long Lake

OLYMPIA – Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) lifted the health advisories for Pattison Lake and Long Lake on Thursday, October 1, after water samples from both lakes …

Thurston County Superior Court mourns the passing of Judge Carol Fuller

On September 28, 2020, Thurston Superior Court lost one of its own. We were saddened to learn of the passing of Judge Carol Fuller.  Judge Fuller served for 24 years as the first female …

Tumwater headlines

Public hearing tomorrow on Tumwater’s property tax levy

  TUMWATER -- The city wants to pass a special ordinance that will allow it to increase next year’s property tax levy slightly above normal levels. A “Declaration of Substantial …

Busy schedule for Tumwater City Council tomorrow

The Tumwater City Council meets tomorrow, Oct. 6, at 7 pm. On the agenda is a recommendation that the Mayor sign a contract amendment with the state Department of Commerce increasing the amount of …

Tumwater School District plans for return to in-person learning with hybrid model

Following guidance from the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department, the Tumwater School District (TSD) has decided to take steps towards reopening schools. In a recent letter to …

Homeless site, Panattoni on Port of Olympia agenda

At its meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, the Olympia Port Commission will consider an amendment to Panattoni’s 10-year lease option for 199 acres of land in Tumwater, which it approved in mid-July. …

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