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Olympia presents 3 alternative development scenarios for Capital Mall plan; asks public for inputs

Olympia's Community Plan and Development (CP&D) on Thursday, February 2, hosted an open house on the Capital Mall Triangle Subarea Plan, where it asked attendees to share their ideas and inputs …
Martin Way Park & Ride in Lacey, WA
Intercity Transit Authority (ITA) authorized General Manager Ann Freeman-Manzanares to enter into a contract with Tapani, Inc. for $1,731,000 to construct improvements for the Martin Way …
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Olympia's traffic boxes all around town will be decorated by works from local artists.
Olympia’s voting for its traffic box art project is now open. In a press release by the city’s Parks, Arts & Recreation, 72 pieces were submitted by local artists of all ages, …
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Here’ the essential truth: People do not keep chickens to save money on eggs; people keep chickens because we like chickens, enjoy looking after them, and value really fresh eggs.
On the news a few nights ago I heard that there’s a surge of people buying baby chicks and hens because the cost of eggs has gone up. Silly people! Has it crossed their minds that the cost …
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Mary Blake, whose family received care from the Fisher House, learns about the kitchen operations while dropping by to donate.
“They come here in devastating crisis, often from long distances, sometimes from halfway around the world,” Rachael Waters of the local Fisher House explained about the people who check …
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Let's enter another week with exciting activities. Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Camas Plaza Grand Opening, February 3, from 10 a.m.Nisqually Markets, an enterprise of the Nisqually Indian Tribe …
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Washington State Departments of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Corrections (DOC) only held a virtual meeting in the wake of death threats to their staff concerning the planned sex offenders' housing in the Tenino area.
Transfer of the first resident into the proposed less restrictive alternative (LRA) residence for sex offenders near Tenino is postponed, for now, according to officials from the Washington State …
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Camas Plaza is the new location of Nisqually Markets convenience store.
On Friday, February 3, the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Nisqually Markets, managed by Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation (MCEC), will be holding a grand opening celebration at Camas Plaza with a …
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The Sergio Jaramillo Center at 3444 Martin Way.
Interfaith Works has updated the Olympia City Council on the ongoing project called Sergio Jaramillo, a daytime resource center to provide people hygiene services, on-site medical, mental health, and …
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The layout plan for the renovated headquarters of Intercity Transit shows that additional parking space will take over the space of the old administration building.
Intercity Transit is set to start the renovation of the maintenance buildings in its headquarters at Pattison Street this March. The agency's governing body authorized General Manager Ann …
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THURSTON’S BIRDS

Olympia Christmas Bird Count Report

In January participants on the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) anticipate receiving the results of local counts. It gives us a snapshot of what birds are available for watching in the area …

Big changes for small nonprofits

Each quarter since 2013, I have received the following notice from Amazon…. “This is the quarterly notification to inform you that AmazonSmile has made a charitable donation to the …

Herons, Bitterns and Egrets – Part One

The Great Blue Heron is a majestic bird we are all familiar with, symbolizing nature and wild wetland areas for us. These birds and their other heron-like cousins, Bitterns and Egrets, have …

What's happening next week?

Let us end January with a blast! Browse the article to find activities of your choice. Chief Leschi’s birthday memorial walk, January 27, from 10:30 a.m.On Jan. 27, Chief Leschi's birthday - …

What's happening for the 4th week of January?

Finishing January with excitement is a good idea. Take a peek at the different activities lined up for us.  Manifestation: Conscious Dance Workshop, January 20, 4 p.m.Feeling blocked and …
‘The stormwater system has outlived it’s useful life and is critical infrastructure’, county okays contract
The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the contract award for solid waste facilities, pumps, systems upgrades and improvements amounting to $1,015,397 to Rognlin's, Inc. Susan …
New use-of-force agency seeking civilian investigators for law enforcement oversight
Washington State’s newly established Office of Independent Investigations (OII), A civilian-led investigative team with a focus on anti-racist training, is looking for people who will make up …
Thurston now requires use of compost for county projects
The Thurston County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance requiring the purchase and use of compost material for county projects involving landscaping and construction during a meeting …
Sheriff cautions public to act peacefully in the wake of death threats over controversial housing for sex offenders in Tenino
Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders warned the public against violence after threats were made against authorities involved in the planned housing at Tenino for sex offenders. Sanders said …
Olympia invites community to discuss Capital Mall Triangle Subarea Plan Thursday
Olympia is calling on community members to attend an open house on the Capital Mall Triangle Subarea Plan on Thursday, February 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The meeting, which will also discuss the …
Olympia seeks local artist for community program
Olympia is looking for an artist to serve in its Artist in Residence (AIR) program in the city’s efforts to promote the arts to the community. According to an Olympia Parks, Arts & …
Sunday town hall draws 300 opposed to planned sex-offender housing near Tenino
Some 300 Tenino-area residents met for two hours on Sunday to hear from three public officials and each other about the planned sex-offender residence expected to open this Wednesday in a …
Revival Motors & Coffee Co. seeks to remodel former Howard's Cleaners location
The Olympia Site Plan Review Committee held a presubmission hearing on a proposal for remodeling a building at 606 Union Avenue SE into a restaurant and a retail shop. In the narrative submitted …
Olympia School District’s budget deficit draws alarm
The Olympia School District (OSD) had a meeting last Thursday, January 26, to discuss what actions can be taken to address the budget deficit, bringing community members to voice their worries, …
Lacey mulls passing ordinance on use of compost materials in public capital projects
Lacey City Council discussed adopting an ordinance on using compost products in planning government-funded projects or soliciting and reviewing bids for such projects. Public Works Management …
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Olympia headlines

Oly Town FC secures WISL playoff spot after first win at Snohomish, 8-2

Displaying one of their best defensive performances this season, Oly Town FC trounced the midtable Snohomish County FC for the first time away from home, 8-2, as the Artesians clinched a playoff …

Olympia man allegedly reached for knife after caught stealing at grocery store

Two charges were filed against an Olympia man after he allegedly reached for a knife in his pocket when officers caught him attempting to steal from a grocery store. Bradley Christopher Caddy, 36, …

Olympia receives 86 applications for 25 vacant positions on various committees

Olympia City received 86 applications for various city advisory boards, including 32 applicants for the newly-established Cultural Access Program, the city's Strategic Communications Director Kellie …

Olympia and Thurston County partner for Urban Growth Area Comprehensive Plan

Olympia and Thurston County’s Planning Commissions collaborated on Wednesday, January 25, to approve and forward a joint Urban Growth Area (UGA) Comprehensive Plan to the Olympia City …

Lacey headlines

‘Lacey Loves to Read’ partners pick winning bookmark art

To encourage citizens to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of reading, Lacey proclaims the month of February as “Lacey Loves to Read” month. During the meeting on January 19, …

Disorderly at the transit center, woman arrested on trespass and assault allegations

A Lacey woman was charged with a felony and a misdemeanor after allegedly slapping and spitting at an Intercity Transit security officer. Wendy Ann Adkins, 59, was charged with third-degree …

Lacey home share program has eight successful matches, housing in exchange for support

Lacey’s General Government & Public Safety Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, January 24, to discuss updates to the Home Share pilot program. “A home share is a living …

Police seeking alleged knife-wielding robber who fled on bike

The Lacey Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying an alleged robber accused of charging a store employee with a knife. Lacey police said the male suspect entered Home …

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Tumwater headlines

Traffic to get even slower for two weeks at Tumwater’s Capitol-and-Trosper intersection

Expect traffic to slow down at the Capitol Boulevard SE and Trosper Road SW intersection the following two weeks, Monday to Friday, January 30 to February 10, as Tumwater announced that there will be …

Thurston Housing Authority is considering converting Tumwater Inn into housing for seniors

The Housing Authority of Thurston County (HATC) is considering purchasing Tumwater Inn on Capitol Boulevard and converting the motel to supportive housing for seniors, said HATC Executive Director …

Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee appoints 5 to advocate pro and con positions

The Regional Fire Authority (RFA) Planning Committee appointed five people who will make up two committees that advocate or oppose the creation of the RFA, which is the subject of the voters' ballot …

Man arrested after allegedly setting historic building on fire

A man was arrested after he admitted to setting fire to the historic Brewmaster’s House in Tumwater. Tumwater police said in a Facebook post that officers and fire department personnel were …

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