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Have you ever wondered if you lived within the boundaries of a neighborhood association in the city of Olympia? Lots of people don’t realize they are within the boundaries of an RNA … more
One of the priorities of The JOLT is to tell stories no one else is telling, stories about the great things people are doing here in Thurston County. Neglected and untold stories are my specialty, … more
Last month, the American Ornithological Society (AOS), the professional organization responsible for such matters, announced that beginning in 2024 it plans to change the common English names of … more
Visualize this: A ferry terminal at the Port of Olympia, transporting the citizens of South Puget Sound to places that can only be reached on Interstate I-5 by driving polluting cars to Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver and other far away places! more
Well, it’s over. We have survived another Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and day after Christmas sales. Wrapping paper and boxes have been gathered up and disposed of. Decorations at our … more
A few columns ago, I wrote about my son’s partner’s experience in Overlake Hospital’s Emergency Dept (ED) in Bellevue.  I felt the care given to her was exceptional in the few … more
Yes, I know, you read the title correctly! McKenny Elementary School, one of the most diverse and effective elementary schools at providing learning growth to ALL types of students, is at risk of … more
Fruitcake evokes strong emotions! I grew up in the South where fruitcake played a part in every holiday celebration. So, whether you love fruitcake or not (and it is a love or hate thing), it is a … more
Shirley Stirling, of Lacey, writes about good things people in Thurston County are doing. If you’d like to nominate someone to be profiled, contact her at  shirley@theJOLTnews.com … more
I am writing to bring your attention to a pressing issue within our community that demands immediate coverage. The impending closure of McKenny Elementary in Olympia by the school board has left … more
At the risk of repeating myself, may I say again : I love where I live.    I love that landlords and realtors promote their properties by declaring that a clear view of Mt. Rainier or … more
The Olympia School Board, on 12/14/23 at 11:28 p.m., voted 3-2 to start a 90 day decision process to close Margaret McKenny Elementary School and Madison Elementary School after a 6-hour board … more
Thurston County gets lump of coal from DNR for Christmas Monday the Department of Natural Resources announced which of eight counties had made requests for older structurally complex 2 nd growth … more
In late summer, our neighbor offered us beautiful Italian plums from his small grove of five trees. This year provided a huge crop. I made plum cakes, plum jam, dried plums and froze two large bags … more
Sunshine Shirley Shirley Pearsall is the quintessential Altrusa member, devoted to bettering her community. But in her life, she has found many ways to give back. She and her husband Bob first … more
We have had a lot of fun already this holiday season, but this is also the time to share those good times with others. You may have noticed that the Jolt runs a list of mini-libraries in our … more
This column is brief, but I want to just take a moment to shine a light on a few very different ways that you can brighten someone’s day during this time of year. Light of Hope for Our … more
Since beginning this series of columns on the immense challenges for emergency care in our community, I have learned a great deal. I have heard from many of you, community members as well as current … more
Every December my wonderful neighbors and friends share lovely baked goods with our family as a gesture of friendship in keeping with the holiday spirit. I bake holiday treats for friends and … more
The city’s proposed changes effectively guarantee that lower-income families will be segregated from living in buildings receiving taxpayer paid property tax exemptions.  more
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