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Southbound I-5 Near Lacey Reopens After Four-Truck Pileup
Four people were injured and drivers faced delays on Interstate 5 near Lacey on Wednesday after a crash involving four large trucks blocked all southbound lanes in the area. All lanes reopened at about 8:15 p.m.
Homelessness in Hawks Prairie has residents on edge
As Olympia grapples with a homeless crisis downtown, an emerging homeless problem in northeast Lacey has acted as a reminder that the challenge of homelessness has a far wider reach.
Changes coming to Olympia school buses after preschooler left in bus depot for an hour
Olympia School District officials say they will install alarms on all of their school buses after a preschooler was forgotten on a bus for more than an hour last month. The boy was supposed to get off at the first of three schools along the morning bus route Nov. 15, according to the district. But h
Fun things to do in Thurston County this week
Tchaikovsky’s holiday classical ballet The Nutcracker continues with two local productions this weekend, both featuring big casts of mostly local dancers. Ballet Northwest’s production is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 5
ATF releases profile of persons of interest behind arsons at Jehovah's Witnesses halls
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive told KIRO 7 Tuesday that several persons of interest have been identified in connection to a string of arsons and attacks on Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls in Thurston County.
WSP: 2,392 semitruck crashes so far in 2018
Smashed semis and mangled metal shut down all lanes of I-5 multiple days this week. Chopper 7 captured video of Wednesday night’s crash in Lacey that had commuters at a standstill for hours.
Washington state revving up to implement Paid Family and Medical Leave programs Jan. 1
Olympia, Wash. - It's almost the new year, which also means that some components of the new Paid Family and Medical Leave programs are being rolled out Jan. 1. The initial law was passed in 2017 with bi-partisan support, and outlines the opportunity for employees to take paid time to care for themse
Thurston County New Year’s Eve Events 2018
It’s time to ring in the new year and in Thurston County, we have plenty of places to go watch the ball drop, listen to music and eat while we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. There are even daytime events for kids that can’t quite make it to midnight and family fun every
Power outage woes might continue into Monday for some following windstorm
Power outages continued across the region Saturday and might last into Monday, local utilities said following Friday night’s windstorm that put over 100,000 customers in the dark across Western Washington, including in Pierce and Thurston counties.
Jehovah's Witnesses keep spiritual routine after string of Kingdom Hall attacks
Friday marks one week since fire ripped through a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Lacey. The fire, which was ruled an arson, is the latest in a string of attacks on Kingdom Halls in Thurston County.
Roll back time limits for prosecuting sex crimes in Washington
More help for sexual assault victims needs to rank among the Legislature’s priorities when the 2019 session gets underway next month. As it stands, not enough is being done in Olympia — particularly for survivors whose trauma has kept them silent for years or decades.
Speeding cited as cause of crash that delayed traffic on southbound I-5 in Lacey for 5 hours
Motorists driving too fast triggered a crash on southbound I-5 in Lacey on Wednesday that delayed traffic for more than five hours, according to the Washington State Patrol. The state patrol released the crash details on Thursday, including that four people were injured and sent to Providence St. Pe
Night Guardrail Repair Slated for Olympia
Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation. Overnight drivers who use the southbound US 101 on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 in Olympia are advised to plan extra time to their trips during night hours of Tuesday, December 18.
31 WSP troopers sworn in at state capitol
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol welcomed 31 troopers to the force on Thursday. The troopers were sworn in at a ceremony the Washington State Capitol in Olympia by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst. They were presented commission cards by Gov. Jay Inslee and WSP Chief John
Gov. Jay Inslee Wants $1.1 Billion to Help Save Puget Sound's Critically Endangered Orcas
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee wants $1.1 billion to pay for a broad-based, unprecedented state effort to help recover the critically endangered southern resident population of killer whales.
Hartley Jewelers owners say farewell after 50 years of designing and selling jewelry
Hartley Jewelers has been a fixture in west Olympia for 30 years. And before that it was a home-based business for about 20. But after 50 years of customizing, designing, repairing, appraising and selling jewelry, Rick and Linda Hartley have decided it is time to retire. That means more time for the
Washington governor proposes capital gains tax in new budget
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a new capital gains tax and an increase in business taxes on services as part of his next two-year budget proposal that looks to increase spending on the state's mental health system and the environment, including efforts to help the state's struggl
Thurston County REALTORS End the Year with More Giving
Thurston County REALTORS Association (TCRA) installed their 2019 officers and board and raised money for several charities at their Installation Luncheon and Holiday Charity Auction on December 6, 2018. The annual event drew nearly 200 attendees and was held at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in O
Inslee proposes $1.1 billion plan to save southern resident orcas
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a $1.1 billion plan and a "herculean effort" to save the dying southern resident orca population of the Pacific Northwest. Inslee detailed the plan as part of his budget proposal Thursday. If approved, it would provide across-the-board increases in prog
Hundreds without power in Thurston County
Power outages were reported across the Olympia area Thursday morning. According to Puget Sound Energy, more than 300 customers in the area were without power as of 9 a.m., with the largest outage being in East Olympia starting Wednesday night.