COVID-19
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Hello Thurston County! Earlier today, I released a letter to Thurston County Superintendents and K-12 Educators with my recommendation for K-12 schools in our county to take a slow, careful, … more
Thurston County has more than 20 job openings. There are  positions with the Sheriff's Office, Public Works, Community Planning Economic and Development, Public Health and Social Services, and … more
Olympia’s Land Use and Environment committee meets today and will consider adding new protection for renters to the Olympia Municipal Code.  The proposed renter protection ordinance … more
    Hello Thurston County! This week I have a brief update about schools and then I will answer some more of your questions. I always look forward to reading all of your questions and … more
Hello Thurston County! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. I enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and warm weather.I look forward to reading the questions that come in each week from residents. From … more
LACEY — On a hot, dry day where air quality was worsening from record wildfires, students at St. Martin’s University walked around campus, either to their next class or to their dorm, … more
Letter to the Community: September 1, 2020 Hello Thurston County! Labor Day weekend is coming up! While you are enjoying the long weekend and taking time to connect with family and loved ones, … more
In last week’s letter, I asked the community to submit questions for me to answer. I have selected three questions to answer this week. more
OLYMPIA –– City officials will talk on Thursday night about how best to meet the needs of the city’s residents, with plans to discuss installing outdoor exercise equipment in public parks for visitors to use while COVID-19 restrictions are in effect. more
OLYMPIA – Yesterday, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Community Action Council of Lewis Mason and Thurston Counties (CAC) to manage the Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) for Thurston County renters. more
OLYMPIA –– The state Supreme Court’s order to suspend all Superior Court jury trials in the state until at least July 6 has come and gone but — citing an abundance of caution in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — local health and court officials continue to delay the commencement of jury trials. more
This week, the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department received many questions. In my letter this week, I am going to address some of the questions that have come in. more
THURSTON COUNTY –– As each of the public school districts in Thurston County announce a rollout of entirely-remote learning plans for Fall 2020, local preschools are also making decisions about how best to serve their students and families in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. more
OLYMPIA –– The Olympia Board decided Monday night in a four-hour-long meeting to move to a fully remote fall semester. more
Hello Thurston County! Yesterday I made the difficult decision to recommend distance learning for both public and private K-12 schools. I made this decision in response to the rise in our case counts over the past month, with more than one hundred people a week becoming infected with COVID-19 over the past two weeks. more
OLYMPIA –– The Olympia School Board, the governing body of the Olympia School District, is meeting Monday, Aug. 3 to discuss the district’s fall reopening plan. more
OLYMPIA –– I have only lived in Olympia for a few months. Most of that time has been during social distancing, face masks and hand washing in the COVID era. more
LACEY –– The Lacey City Council approved the use of the remaining $408,100 in CARES Act funding to be divided equally between Economic Recovery and Social Services on Thursday night. more
Like scenes from the television news, this morning I drove my car into two different lines, windows rolled up in the 80 degree heat, and waited for COVID-19 tests.  One for me, one for a family … more
TUMWATER –– Issues over how the COVID-19 pandemic affects the city’s utility billing and keeping up the Tumwater Valley Golf Course came up during a discussion at the Tumwater Budget & Finance Committee. more
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