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Attention 18-25 year-olds: Ever want to be in the movies?

Sometime in the next few weeks an ensemble of three to five people ages 18-25 will be picked to star together in a new feature film. They might be you, or your neighbor or your neighbor's kids -- …

How fired cops win their jobs back: arbitration

        By Melissa Santos / Crosscut.com April 8, 2021 Backup was only about a minute away. But by the time it arrived, Centralia Police Officer Phil …

Proposed law would penalize inclusion of unlawful lease provisions and limit allowed reasons for eviction, refusal to continue and termination.

The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater Presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering The 2021 Washington State Legislature. Senate lawmakers debated Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1236; …

Bill concerning defenses in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits heads to the governor

The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater Presents The Daily Legislative Report, covering The 2021 Washington State Legislature. House lawmakers debated Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5263, …

What's doing next week?

Fresh from The JOLT's CALENDAR, Here are a few events in the Thurston County area that will keep you entertained in the coming week - April 12-19! Capitol Volkssport Club - Local Olympia Walk: …

Thurston County Ranks 8th Healthiest in State

Thurston County ranks eighth healthiest among Washington’s 39 counties, according to County Health Rankings data released last week. The county moved up from a rank of ninth place from 2020. …

Nearly 200 cops with credibility issues still working in Washington state

        By Melissa Santos / Crosscut.com By the time police arrived, the street fight had dispersed. A man emerged from his house, clearly intoxicated, shouting …

Considering running for office? Candidates workshop coming April 22

  Thurston County Elections will hold a Candidate Filing Workshop online on Thursday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in running for office this …

UPDATE: Cleanup of homeless encampment on Deschutes Parkway has begun

Day One of the cleanup project at the Deschutes Parkway homeless encampment started at 9 am today. Workers from Advance Environmental 
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In a couple days, Advance Environmental will begin to clean the sprawling homeless encampments along Deschutes Parkway as a response to waste accumulation and environmental impacts at the camps on …
Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls re-opened to the public yesterday, with some new amenities and a new name -- but without new signs yet. The Olympia Tumwater Foundation closed the park last year so it …
Scene in Thurston County:   If you see something amazing or especially beautiful in Tumwater, Lacey or Olympia, and capture a reasonably decent photo, please send it to us. We're not yet …
May 7, 2020, wasn’t the ideal date to open a new restaurant, but sometimes you have to work with the hand you’re dealt. Nicole Andres has worked as a bartender in the Thurston County …
I met Kevin and Julia on Saturday morning, March 13, at 8:15. We sat at a picnic table near the playground the Southwest section of Priest Point Park. I would call them local heroes. Kind, caring …
Olympia headlines

Olympia council approves development agreement on West Bay Drive after developer agrees to $250K Home Fund donation

In a vote of 6-1, the Olympia City Council approved a development agreement with a developer interested in constructing housing and amenities along the waters of Budd Bay on West Bay Drive NW. The …

Search for new Olympia police chief is on hold

One of the four finalists to become the permanent Olympia Police Department chief had previously been reprimanded in Kalamazoo, Michigan for grabbing a man by the throat during an arrest. The City …

Rezoning effort to allow warehouses to be built near Beaver Creek receives 155 comments opposed

The Thurston County Commissioners voted unanimously to move a rezoning issue to the Official Docket of Comprehensive Plan amendments, after receiving 155 public comments against the rezoning. At …

Oly council hears opinions about proposed 478-apartment development on West Bay Drive

A public hearing at the Olympia City Council meeting last night drew a crowd of opposition and proponents of a potential project that would bring large development along West Bay Drive. At the …

Lacey headlines

Lacey annexation of Capitol City and Chambers Estates moves to next phase

The Lacey City Council voted last night to send a planned annexation of Capitol City Estates and Chambers Estates to the Thurston County Boundary Review Board. The decision received a split vote …

Jennifer S. Thomas appointed to North Thurston School Board

North Thurston Public Schools' Board of Directors has chosen Jennifer S. Thomas, PhD, to join them to represent Director District 3. Thomas replaces Director Melissa “Mel” Hartley, who …

Lacey to annex 288 acres south of Yelm Highway

The City of Lacey is working its way through the annexation process for 288 acres within the Capitol City and Chambers Estates areas, including the Capitol City Golf Course. The Lacey City Council …

North Thurston Public Schools seeking candidates for director seat

North Thurston Public Schools’ District 3 Board Member Melissa “Mel” Hartley will be stepping down from the board after accepting a job offer on the east coast, school officials …

Tumwater headlines

Angela Jefferson appointed to Tumwater City Council

The Tumwater City Council appointed planning commission member Angela Jefferson to fill the council’s vacant position 2 seat. Jefferson replaces former councilperson Tom Oliva, who stepped …

Eight candidates vie for vacant Tumwater City Council seat

Eight candidates have tossed their hat in the ring for Tumwater City Council’s vacant position 2 seat — and all of the candidates are scheduled to have their say during a special public …

Tumwater council hears updates about library, joint animal services, forestry plan

Tumwater City Council       Tumwater City Council met for a regular meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.   The council first heard from Executive …

Tumwater School Board discusses School Improvement Plan for Littlerock Elementary

The Tumwater School Board met for a work session Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m. First up on the agenda was a meeting with Littlerock Elementary School Principal, Glenn Spinnie regarding the …

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