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  It’s been a wild year for the folks at Orca Books.   The long-standing downtown Olympia-based bookstore packed up and moved from their Fourth Avenue storefront to a new … more
The Olympia City Council began talks of forming a Social Justice and Equity Advisory Commission shortly after the death of George Floyd in May. Once the council decided to form a … more
Linda Myers is the great grandmother of a kindergartner in a Thurston County grade school. When the child’s mother had to be hospitalized recently, Myers became this child's "at-home … more
OLYMPIA – The State Auditor’s Office completed the last portion of their annual review of Thurston County’s finances. State auditors found the … more
  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 … more
Thurston County Achieves Major Milestone on Habitat Conservation Plan - Requests Comments on Scope of Environmental Impact Statement  EIS will examine the environmental impacts of the … more
Changes to Olympia’s housing code will be considered at Monday’s meeting of the city’s Planning Commission. Possible code revisions concern accessory dwelling units (ADUs), … more
Hello Thurston County! Thank you for the very thoughtful questions you have been submitting, keep them coming! Yesterday in response to rising transmission rates in our community, I made the … more
OLYMPIA – After a public hearing on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the Thurston County Board of Health adopted new rules on smoking and vaping. The action formally adopts rules consistent with the … more
The Olympia City Council passed an ordinance yesterday providing protection to renters in danger of eviction because of pandemic-related factors. This meeting marked the second time the ordinance … more
OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners have been working with Thurston Strong (thurstonstrong.org), a local economic recovery task force, administered by the Thurston County … more
Thurston County Superior Court hasn’t had a new Superior Court judge position added since 2000, and in those two decades, criminal filings have increased by 18 percent.   Superior … more
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 … more
  OLYMPIA –The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. to receive public testimony on the annual update of the county … more
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office wants to add three new patrol deputies and one detective to its staff in 2021. Sheriff John Snaza and his command staff presented their case to Thurston … more
The Olympia City Council is prepared to approve an ordinance that would provide protections to renters facing eviction due to COVID-19-related complications.   The ordinance, an addition … more
A new 67-unit senior housing development is planned for Olympia in the area bordered by Henderson Blvd., Yelm Highway and Palomino Drive.   The South Sound Village Cooperative will be a … more
 Hello Thurston County! This has been a challenging week for our county as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as we have seen our cases increase significantly. The question on everyone’s … more
During a budget workshop meeting on Monday, Port of Olympia officials discussed several capital investment projects that were put on hold because of the pandemic, and the possibility of them … more
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 … more
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