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100 Years and counting - it’s Barbara Nichols Month!

She’s small, standing under five feet, but her dress uniform shows medals and ribbons giving evidence of big service to the USA in three wars, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. She is Lieutenant …
Mary Beth Harrington, CVA
If you are a regular reader of this column, you are aware that I track the 1500+ “National Days”. For instance, yesterday was International Cat Day (so give your kitty extra loving if …
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The Maritime Washing National Heritage Area will be the first national heritage area dedicated to maritime history.
The country’s first national heritage area focused on maritime history is set to open by 2023, according to maritime historian Chuck Fowler from the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association …
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The walnut tree is estimated to be about 100 years old, located at 420 W D Street SW.
The Tumwater Tree Board met yesterday, August 8, to consider nominating a century-old walnut tree growing in the city for designation as a Heritage Tree. The board discussed a nomination submitted …
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Police are looking for this man who damaged a bus while stealing gas from it.
The Lacey Police Department is seeking a man who allegedly attempted to steal gas from a bus and damaged it in the process. In a media release, Lacey police said that the suspect attempted to …
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At the Sea Level Rise Response Collaborative-Executive committee meeting held on August 5, 2022, Olympia Water Resources Director Eric Christensen discussed different strategies for the SLR plan to address flooding within downtown Olympia.
Olympia’s Water Resources Director Eric Christensen said it would cost up to $350 million to adapt long-term strategies against flooding in downtown Olympia. Christensen was at the Sea Level …
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LOTT's study on its reclaimed water shows no harm to humans and minimal risk to the environment.
Having recently completed its ten-year study on reclaimed the safety of reclaimed water, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance is hosting two kinds of events to involve the public. These include: A …
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Alexis Rae Baker
The better your aim, the better your life My husband and I recently decided to watch an After Skool video on Youtube featuring some of Jordan Peterson’s greatest lessons. Jordan has always …
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A pie chart showing that the sectors of students (73.6%), community members (55.7%), and staff members (47.1%) still want to retain the current calendar, while family members (42.5%) is the only sector with more votes on pursuing the balanced calendar.
Olympia School District (OSD) is considering stepping up its campaign to inform community members about the balanced calendar concept. “It seems like folks don't understand what the balanced …
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The scales of justice represent the balance between fairness and injustice.
A Lacey man was allegedly caught asleep at the wheel and began harassing officers after he was brought in custody. Olympia police arrested Jacob J. Rousseau, 28, on July 30 after a reported …
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Are you ready to pay 47% more for fire and EMS in 2024 than you did in 2022?
The Regional Fire Authority (RFA) planning committee will meet for the 12th time this Monday, August 8 at 5:30 p.m. to prepare its recommendations to Olympia and Tumwater city councils the following …
Lacey considering updates to its neighborhood Zone rules following Meridian gas station decision
Lacey is mulling updating its Municipal Code 16.36 related to the Neighborhood Commercial Zone following in the wake of the controversial Meridian Gas Station’s approval. During the …
Early primary election results show some clear winners
Primary elections were held throughout Washington on Tuesday, August 2, and results for many Thurston County races appear to be settled. That’s because we have a “Top Two” system …
Tumwater amends certain multi-unit development regulations to measure its public benefits
Several provisions of the Tumwater Municipal Code relating to planned unit development (PUD) were revised yesterday, August 1, after the Tumwater City Council approved Ordinance No. O2022-006, which …
Lacey cautions Long Lake goers
Lacey is warning community members to take care when swimming in the waters of Long Lake. In a Facebook post earlier today, Lacey authorities revealed that it has received two reports of …
Reclaimed water safe to use—LOTT study
A decade-long LOTT Clean Water Alliance study assured reclaimed water has "very low risk" to human health and "no risk" to ecological health. During the Lacey City Council work session yesterday, …
OlyWines aims to help people embark on a journey
For cellar master Ed Schlich, wine is a democratic beverage that anyone should enjoy without concern about their knowledge of the products. "People have been intimidated by others when it comes to …
Deschutes Estuary: Who will own and maintain its parts?
The Funding and Governance Work Group of the Capitol Lake-Deschutes Estuary project presented yesterday their recommendations for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as an interlocal agreement that …
Olympia committee seeks to launch arts program for those transitioning out of homelessness
A City of Olympia committee hopes to partnewith Drexel House to seek an Artist in Residence, who would lead a program which aims to increase access to the arts for underserved communities. Arts …
What is the new and mysterious pulpy mass clogging up the works at LOTT’s treatment plant?
Something strange is floating into LOTT’s sewage treatment plant in downtown Olympia. It’s a nuisance, they say, and they’re willing to pay $1,000 to someone who tells them the …
County to support local homeless with short-term funding
Yesterday, the Thurston Board of County Commissioners passed a motion that approved a $49,275 contract with the Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (CCSWW) to provide shelter services …
BOCC hears public comments for proposed Pattison Lake Management District
Pattison Lake residents are pushing for the creation of a county-supported lake management district, which they believe would help protect and oversee the improvement of water quality and safety in …
Life

Lacey ‘Young Child and Families Center’ project takes its first step

The Lacey City Council signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday, August 4, with North Thurston Public Schools and the South Sound YMCA to fund afeasibility study of what’s being called  …

Coyotes are here to stay in North American cities -- including those in Thurston County

Coyotes have become practically ubiquitous across the lower 48 United States, and they are increasingly turning up in suburban areas like Thurston County. The draws are abundant food and green space.

Olympia transport group proposes enhanced bike lanes on streets

The Olympia Public Works Transportation Group proposed the inclusion of enhanced bike lanes in the Engineering Design and Development Standards or EDDS, tying it to future road works in the …

What’s happening coming up?

Thurston County Fair Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, July 31, 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Join Thurston Country as they celebrate its 150th year. This is a week-long affair in a haven of animals, …

Nighthawks and Swifts

There are two species of migratory, insect-eating birds that I look up to, mainly because they are only seen when flying in the sky above me. The legs and feet of both species are weak and used …
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Olympia headlines

Logged for investment return, now reclaimed for conservation

In June, neighbors near 20th Avenue NW and Cooper Point Road were surprised by a logging operation about which that they had had no meaningful notice. Many trees in a beautiful, forested area were …

Quince Street Village welcomes its first residents from Franklin Street Mitigation Site

Quince Street Village, the new location for Olympia’s Mitigation Site project for the homeless, accepted its first batch of 12 occupants on Monday, August 1. According to the city’s …

Olympia considering seeking federal grants to pay for water and wastewater projects

    Olympia  is contemplating applying for federal Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grants to fund the city's utilities projects. The Federal Emergency …

Multiple felony charges for Olympia man who allegedly stole from store, swung knife at employees

An Olympia man was charged with multiple felonies and a gross misdemeanor after allegedly stealing from a grocery store and swinging a knife at employees who attempted to stop him. Javier Mendoza, …

Lacey headlines

Lacey man accused of throwing rocks at security guards

A Lacey man was arrested on suspicion of hurling rocks at two security guards who were working at the Intercity Transit Center on State Avenue NE. The reporting party wrote in his witness …

Lacey street maintenance budget rolled out

Lacey’s Transportation Committee reported spending a total of $4,185,925 on its street maintenance projects in 2021. "People like to refer to our roads as 'driving on gold,' so our roadway …

Lacey’s Robin Vazquez is Thurston’s new member of County Board of Health

Lacey city council member Robin Vazquez attended her first board meeting as the newest addition to the Thurston County Board of Health (BOH) yesterday, August 2. “I’m excited to be a …

Thurston to spend $1.4M grant on road safety improvements

The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) authorized the county’s Public Works Department to proceed with its road safety project with the Washington State Department of Transportation …

Tumwater headlines

Federal government grants additional funding for Capitol Boulevard - X Street roundabout

The federal government granted Tumwater additional funding of $1,296,030 for the right-of-way acquisition phase of a proposed roundabout at Capitol Boulevard and X Street on Monday, August 1. The …

Tumwater man allegedly runs over skateboard, narrowly misses skater

A Tumwater man allegedly became upset at a drive-thru customer on an electric skateboard and then ran over the device, narrowly missing the skater. Douglas Daryl Nedrow Jr., 55, was arrested on …

Who would run the proposed regional fire authority?

If voters approve the proposed Regional Fire Authority (RFA) of Olympia and Tumwater, its governing board would likely be composed of one individual appointed by each city council and five citizens …

Man flees police over alleged stolen bike tire

A man was arrested after allegedly stealing a bike tire then giving chase to police, hitting a patrol car in the process. Sebastian Adam Cain Barnett, 24, was arrested on July 11 after a reported …

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