Day 10: Banning the use of latex gloves by food handlers

The House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee heard public testimony on Jan. 21, 2022, on HB1698, which would ban the use of latex gloves by food handlers. For more …

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Staff at Rosie's Place provided the red tent shown on a patch of lawn at their facility in Olympia as an alternative to indoor shelter on Jan. 11, 2022.
Eleven days after abruptly closing, Thurston County’s only shelter for homeless youth ages 18-24 is set to re-open tomorrow, according to program participants. Community Youth Services (CYS) …
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Jill Severn
Slowly but surely, the natural world is waking up. The chickens are getting up a little earlier and roosting a little later. Even the Americauna, who typically takes the whole winter off, laid one …
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Lacey City Council named former Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt as the city’s first-ever poet laureate during the council meeting on January 20, 2022.
The City of Lacey appointed its former deputy mayor, Cynthia Pratt, as its first-ever poet laureate during the council meeting on Thu., Jan. 20. A founding member of the Olympia Poetry Network, …
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Olympia police reported finding this cash in the car that was in the possession of Sasha Marie Beell on Jan. 18, 2021.
The arrest of an Olympia woman over her alleged possession of a stolen vehicle later yielded methamphetamines and blue pills suspected of containing fentanyl. According to reports by several …
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The JOLT Calendar Dates for upcoming week events
Details about these and other events are available in The JOLT's CALENDAR.  Jackbox Games for Teens: Fri., Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. Join virtually on Zoom, and play Tee K. O., Quiplash, and …
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The Senate Housing & Local Government Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 5818, which would promote housing construction by amending the state’s growth management act. The Senate …
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“Unwavering, staggering” military spouse unemployment could change after pandemic

“Unwavering, Staggering” Military Spouse Unemployment Could Change After Pandemicby Julie Zack, The War Horse January 20, 2022 Shugart Lafleur’s spouse came home with an announcement: We’re …
Olympia wants more inclusion for the disabled in city transportation, services
Olympia is looking into making itself more accessible for people with disabilities. The city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) met online yesterday, Jan. 19, to discuss how …
Day 8: Ranked-choice voting
The Senate State Government & Elections Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5584, which would implement ranked choice voting in elections.
Free at-home COVID tests now available here
Many sites in Thurston County continue to offer free COVID-19 testing for anyone interested, as part of the federal government’s fight against the pandemic. Now a new federal program, free …
Proposing a rest-stop revolution
What’s your favorite rest stop on Interstate 5? Let me guess; you probably don’t have one. In fact, unless you’re a long-haul trucker or commuter, you will never have a good …
In praise of a grandfather
Grandmothers get a lot of press, publicity and praise. Grandfathers, not so much. So today, I want to acknowledge the men who partner with the grandmothers to make the lives of grandchildren so …
Olympia theater group to produce play promoting vaccination
Olympia Family Theater (OFT) is set to perform a play encouraging people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza, in an effort to stem the tide against the pandemic and overcoming vaccine …
Day 7: Vehicular pursuit by police; catalytic converter theft
The House Public Safety Committee heard testimony on HB 1788, concerning vehicular pursuits. Also heard was HB 1815, concerning deterrence of catalytic converter thefts.
Life
Advice from a Lexis
What is the purpose of life?

Dear Lexis,  What is the purpose of life? Thanks,            ~ Curious in Lacey  Dear Curious in Lacey, This is a challenging question, but one …

Crisis in Child Care
Keeping the pressure on: What’s ahead and who’s left behind in changing the child care system Back in the spring, Jessica Heavner was feeling anxious. She had a new accounting job with the Federal Way school district and three kids she loved, but she didn’t love the math it took to …
Washington scores high in health survey; suicide remains an issue A new report provides a checkup on the health of people in Washington and the rest of the country.America's Health Rankings from the United Health Foundation assesses physical, mental and social …
Jill Severn's Gardening Column
The gift of a gardener’s legacy, now in print Mike Dillon retired after many years of owning as many as six community newspapers in the Seattle area. “Starting in the early 1990s, he writes “we had a columnist, Madeleine Wilde, …
‘Unity’ gateway carvings unveiled on Eastside Street  Some 65 people showed up in the cold and rain to celebrate the dedication of two towering cedar carvings by Native American artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo last Saturday. The art pieces were …
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Olympia headlines

‘Chronic offender’ arrested over alleged corndogs theft

Police arrested a transient Olympia man they described  as a “violent chronic problem offender” after he allegedly stole corndogs from a local store. According to Olympia police, …

Olympia council discusses plans to require all-electric buildings

 During its regular meeting on Tue., Jan. 11, the Olympia City Council agreed to have further discussions on staff’s plans to require “building electrification” for new and …

Person arrested after allegedly spitting in officer’s face

A transient Olympia woman was arrested after allegedly spitting in a police officer’s face, hitting his open mouth and eyes. According to Olympia police, Riley James Evans, a 28-year-old …

Wheeler homeless encampment set to be removed

Yesterday, the Olympia City Council approved the clean-up of the Wheeler Avenue homeless encampment, a property which has is considered a state-owned right of way. During its regular council …

Lacey headlines

Balanced Calendar: not the same as year-round school

North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) will hold its first community forum this Wed., Jan. 19, to get insights on their plan to explore a “balanced calendar” for the upcoming school …

Lacey looks into transition to 100% electric energy

During its work session last night, the Lacey City Council discussed a proposal to join Olympia in an interlocal agreement (ILA) to fund a study that would identify and assess the cost implications …

North Thurston school board revises gender-inclusive policy, signs partnership with three Washington universities

Timberline High School hosted North Thurston Public Schools’ (NTPS) first regular board meeting for 2022 on Jan. 11, 2022. Timberline Principal Paul Dean and some student representatives …

Lacey residents: Tomorrow's your day to say good-bye to your Christmas tree

BSA Troop 222's annual "Christmas Tree Roundup" is set for Sat., Jan. 8, in Lacey. The scouts and their adult advisors will travel throughout the city picking up Christmas trees -- if they are …

Tumwater headlines

Tumwater welcomes Debbie Sullivan as its first female mayor

As the new year rolls in, the city of Tumwater welcomed its first female mayor, Debbie Sullivan, and other newly elected councilmembers in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Tue., Jan. 4. For …

Washington leaders gather to honor retiring Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet

Today was Pete Kmet's last day as mayor of Tumwater.  Two weeks ago, some 120 leaders from throughout Washington converged at South Puget Sound Community College to honor and bid a formal …

Updated: Sewer-line break dumps hundreds of gallons of sewage into Percival Creek yesterday

On Monday, December 27, a blockage in a sanitary sewer line on Somerset Drive SW caused an estimated 735 gallons of sewage to discharge into the City of Tumwater stormwater system, and then into …

Tumwater’s new maintenance and operations facility presented for consideration

At his final city council meeting as mayor, outgoing Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet discussed a plan for a new maintenance and operations facility for the city. On Tue. Dec. 14, City Manager John Doan …

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