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A COVID vaccine is coming. Here’s how WA is preparing

That medical experts have warned of a winter surge of the coronavirus since the early days of the now year-old pandemic doesn’t make the lived reality of it any less sobering. Cases …

Third arrest in shooting of teen

Thurston County sheriff deputies arrested a third suspect in the nonfatal shooting of a 19-year-old Olympia man earlier this month. The 19-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of …

Seven sweet and wonderful brief stories to brighten your Thanksgiving

  Each  of us who work on The JOLT come from different backgrounds and traditions.  Here are a few wonderful and sweet stories with which we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.     Thanksgiving Reflection 2020 Thanksgiving is finally upon us! I feel for many, 2020 has been a year full of challenges for which we may not have been thankful! Yet …

Local and state resources help families with remote learning

Ups and downs of reported COVID-19 cases in Thurston County has largely determined whether students would learn in classrooms or remotely, using home internet or WiFi connections to access …
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OLYMPIA - For its 10th Anniversary, the folks at Olympia-based Friendly Water for the World had dreamed of having a huge dinner, featuring exotic foods from Africa, serving hundreds of participants …
The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 24, at 5:30 p.m. to receive public testimony on proposed amendments to the Thurston County Comprehensive …
Serial entrepreneur Leland Harmell and his wife, Sydney, have launched Rainbow Cloud Café, in west Olympia. And their grand opening is this Saturday. If the business’ name sounds …
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

Olympia School District improves racial equity engagement plan

Olympia School District (OSD) board discussed current equity policy and racial equity training during its work session on Thursday, November 19, held online. The focal point of the meeting was the …

Olympia budget projects $2 million shortfall in general fund

  A draft of Olympia’s 2021 operating budget shows a $2 million gap in the general fund, an effect of economic hardships brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The funding …

Olympia School District finds unexpected $3.2 million cash

Olympia School District Board learned that it spent $3.2 million less than planned in 2019-20, during its regular meeting last Thursday, November 12. The highlight of the meeting was the …

Police Blotter for Fri. - Sun., Nov. 13-15, 2020

Olympia Police Department At 12:36 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Columbia Street Northwest, police arrested Thomas S. Brannam, 29, on suspicion of criminal trespass. At 3:07 a.m. Saturday …

Lacey headlines

Attention Veterans: This story is for you

Are you a veteran in need of help? Having trouble finding the information or services you need? Thanks to the vision of the City of Lacey and support from Thurston County, the South Puget Sound …

Lacey Police looking to hire mental health professional to help homeless population

The Lacey Police Department may hire a professional to work with homeless individuals suffering with mental health issues, said Lacey Police Chief Robert Almada. Almada addressed the Lacey City …

Police seeking multiple suspects in Lacey shooting

A 19-year-old Olympia man is in serious condition after a shooting near Lacey Sunday evening. Now the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is searching for multiple suspects. A press release …

Northbound Marvin Road closure starts Wednesday

LACEY, WA, November 2, 2020: As part of the Hawks Prairie Road & Marvin Road Roundabout Expansion project, northbound Marvin Road, from 31st Avenue NE to just south of Hawks Prairie Road NE, will …

Tumwater headlines

Thurston County could reach 90% voter turnout

The Ballot Processing Center in Tumwater was filled with people Friday morning, but was almost entirely quiet.    The workers, just over 20 of them on Friday morning, sat at long rows …

Public hearing on Tumwater budget Monday

A public hearing on Tumwater's 2021-2 budget is scheduled during its City Council meeting on Monday. The Tumwater City Council meets Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 pm. PUBLIC COMMENTThe public may …

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 …

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