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Jill Severn
After such a slow-moving, chilly spring, it’s suddenly time to do everything. We can finally plant tomatoes and other warm-weather vegetables.  We need to replant seeds that didn’t …
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Mary Beth Harrington, CVA
If you regularly read this column, you know that I am from Texas. While I spent most of my time 400 miles from Uvalde, the tragedy in that town affects me deeply; I am sure that it impacts you, …
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The Olympia Site Plan committee held two presubmission hearings on proposed residential projects near the historic shoreline on May 25, 2022.
The Olympia Site Plan Committee on Wednesday, May 25, conducted presubmission hearings for two potential downtown housing development projects. 221 Fifth Avenue SW: Apartments Architect Jeff …
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On Thursday, May 26, Olympia School District Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Priddy updated the board of directors on the Enrollment Stabilization fund during its regular meeting. 
Olympia School District received $2.8 million in enrollment stabilization funds, 50% less than they expected to get from the federal government. In a report to the OSD board of directors during a …
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The scales of justice represent the balance between fairness and injustice.
An Olympia woman was charged with a felony after allegedly attacking another woman using a metal pipe. The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney charged April Destiny Forbes-Damaske, 34, with …
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Cascadia Mosaic Collective Saturday, May 14 through Saturday, June 25, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cascadia Mosaic Collective is a group of Pacific Northwest based artists who practice within and beyond …
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The Juneteenth flag was created in 1977 by Ben Haith, founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation, and illustrator Lisa Jeanne Graf.
The City of Lacey’s Commission on Equity laid out its initial plans for the 41st Juneteenth Celebration at their May 23 meeting. Lacey Assistant City Manager Shannon Kelley-Fong said Lacey …
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Olympia Councilmember Dontae Payne and Rabbi Seth Goldstein thanked the city council for signing two proclamations that support diversity and inclusion of LGBTQ+ group and Jewish Americans in the community.
The Olympia City Council signed a proclamation designating May 2022 as Jewish American Heritage Month on Tuesday, May 24. The proclamation encourages people to condemn anti-semitism and stand with …
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Those looking for a way to enhance their summer through reading, exploring, creating and learning should take part in the Timberland Regional Library Summer Library Program happening June 1-Aug. …
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Airport Master Plan Update Open House being conducted under the shadow of state effort to expand aviation capacity
The Port of Olympia will hold its third public open house on the Olympia Regional Airport Master Plan Update (MPU) on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. For details about …
Thurston youth stage die-in protest over climate crisis
Thurston Youth Climate Alliance members staged a die-in protest at the recent Olympia city council meeting, urging the city to act on the climate crisis. Louisa Sevier, the alliance’s …
Olympia Downtown Alliance and the City of Olympia seek community input on a business recruitment and retention strategy
The Olympia Downtown Alliance and the City of Olympia want to hear from the community. Together, they are working on a business recruitment and retention strategy for downtown. The final plan will do …
Environmental group leaders appeal together for county protection of "legacy" trees
Thurston County Commissioners Mejia, Menser, and Edwards: The organizations listed below request that you protect the trees in Capitol State Forest, especially the Legacy Forests within Thurston …
Ensign Road closed tomorrow
Ensign Road from Martin Way to Providence Mother Joseph Care Center will be closed off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, May 25, according to an Olympia press release. Both lanes of Ensign Road will …
“Bow waves” expected to hit Olympia budget in 2023
Olympia will see a continuation of costs for homelessness, climate, solid waste, and crisis response programs amounting to $2.2 million in 2023, Finance Director Aaron BeMiller said. …
Tumwater approves agreement to maintain Palermo Treatment Lagoon
The Tumwater City Council approved an interlocal agreement between Tumwater and the Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT) to maintain the Palermo Treatment Lagoon Thursday, May …
Olympia committee seeks to legislate rent-increase notices, limit move-in costs
Olympia’s Land Use and Environment Committee wants to bring three rental policy measures to the city council to provide immediate relief to renters.  In a meeting held on Thursday, May …
Lacey mulls a shared community/learning/aquatics center for children and families
The Lacey City Council is exploring a three-way partnership with North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) and the South Sound YMCA to explore the feasibility of an indoor Young Child and Family …
Olympia City Council approves inclusion of 2021 year-end fund list for budget amendment
The Olympia City Council approved the inclusion of 11 items in the upcoming budget amendment, which appropriations will come from the city’s $10.2 million available funds. During the city …
Thurston County celebrates public works professionals 'everyday heroes' and ‘unsung heroes”
The Thurston Board of County Commissioners declared the third week of May, 15 to 21, National Public Works Week during their Tuesday meeting on May 17. This year's theme is titled "Ready and …
Port of Olympia seeking input on Olympia Regional Airport Master Plan Update at third open house
The Port of Olympia will hold the third public open house on the Olympia Regional Airport Master Plan Update (MPU) on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM via Zoom. The Port of …
Life
Thurston's Birds

Flycatchers

Flycatchers are a family of birds that are fairly common but not well-known. With a little information and willingness to look and listen, you can find and identify several species of …

Artists selected for new work to be placed in Olympia’s Eastside

The Olympia city council has approved the Arts Commission’s recommendation of metal design artists Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei as project artists for the Martin Way Pacific Avenue Art …

Mexican-food trucks: Ole!

Recently some of my family members spent some time in Cabo San Jose, a resort town at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California. I, who did not, received daily updates and photos of exotic …

TRL offers new Check Out Washington kits

Timberland Regional Library now offers new Check Out Washington Kits to help area families get closer to nature. TRL is one of ten library districts in the state to offer the new Check Out …

Prairie Birds – Part 2

Last Saturday, following my own advice from last week’s column, a friend and I journeyed out to the prairies to see what we could see. It rained off and on (what a shock!) but it was a …
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Olympia headlines

More than a third of Oly households pay more than 30% of income for housing, city says

Community Planning and Development program analyst Max DeJarnatt said 37.3% of households are cost-burdened and more than 15% of those are severely cost-burdened. According to DeJarnatt during the …

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation makes equity, inclusion ‘top priority’

The Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department (PAR) is putting the Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Program of 2022 as its “highest priority,” Parks Director Paul Simmons said at its …

Repeat offender allegedly resists arrest, throws beer at officer

An Olympia man with “a history of violent behavior towards officers” was charged after allegedly trespassing and later assaulting law enforcement while resisting arrest. Kenneth M. …

Olympia City Council celebrates Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islands American Heritage Month

The Olympia City Council proclaimed May 2022 as Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Americans (ANHPIA) Heritage Month, to pay tribute to the contributions of this community group to American …

Lacey headlines

Man to face three charges after routine traffic stop

A man stopped for speeding was arrested over the weekend after Lacey police found pills in his vehicle. Lacey Police Department said in a tweet this morning that one officer conducted a routine …

Gardening Lessons from Ukraine

A startling image appeared on TV news last week: in the foreground a patch of brilliant red tulips bloomed; just behind them a Ukrainian house lay in ruins. In the aftermath of brutal violence, the …

Lacey man allegedly hurls jug of urine at ex-wife for Mother’s Day

A Lacey man allegedly gave his ex-wife an odd Mother’s Day greeting. The suspect, 31, was arrested on May 15, exactly a week after a reported assault at a home along Fifth Avenue …

Ten economic development lessons learned from the recent Meridian Market process

The Hearing Examiner for the City of Lacey recently issued a recommendation to allow construction of the Meridian Market Gas Station project in northeast Lacey despite resident concerns. The City …

Tumwater headlines

Alleged no-contact order violator arrested after four-hour standoff

A man accused of violating a no-contact order was arrested on Wednesday, May 18, after a four-hour standoff against Tumwater police and the Thurston County SWAT team. Officers were dispatched to a …

Tumwater annexes 11 parcels into city

City staff urged Tumwater's city leaders to make annexing twelve "islands" a top priority for the council. In his report to the city council yesterday, Tumwater planning manager Brad Medrud said …

Boyfriend allegedly assaults partner

A Shelton man was arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in her Tumwater apartment over suspicions of cheating. Tumwater police arrested the suspect, 24, after his girlfriend reported …

Tumwater proclaims May 15-21 Emergency Medical Services Week

The Tumwater City Council declared May 15-21 as Emergency Medical Service Week at its meeting Tuesday, May 3. “I encourage all people to join in this observance to recognize those who give …

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