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Food bank leader worries downtown homeless camps are keeping hungry people away

As executive director of the Thurston County Food Bank, Coit believes everyone should have access to food. That means people with homes and people without, including those living in tent camps in downtown Olympia within blocks of the food bank on Thurston Avenue Northeast.


Gun rights activists demand Lt. Gov. to apologize or resign

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A gun rights group is demanding Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib either apologize or resign over his stance on weapons in the state Capitol. Gun owners rallied on the Capitol steps worried about gun control efforts.


Fees Proposed For Electric Motorcycles

OLYMPIA, WA – A new Senate bill will increase the cost of registering an electric motorcycle. In addition to the regular registration fees, Senate Bill 5128 would add a $30 fee to all the other fees and taxes normally imposed on a similar vehicle.


Fun things to do in Thurston County this week

Harlequin Productions’ “I Ought To Be In Pictures” is the story of scriptwriter Herb, his relatively quiet life, his love Steffy and the unexpected arrival of a teenage daughter he hasn’t seen in 16 years. It’s opening this weekend at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p


On Dems’ green to-do list in Olympia: bans on plastic bags, straws

OLYMPIA – As an Edmonds City Council member in 2009, Strom Peterson championed the city's initiative to become the first municipality in Washington to ban plastic grocery bags. Ten years later, he's the lead sponsor of a bill in the state Legislature to ban single-use plastic bags across the state.


Washingon state AG Bob Ferguson threatens to sue Navy citing pollution concerns, harm to marine life

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a statement today, announcing that he is planning to join a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy for polluting water in the Puget Sound. To read the letter he sent to the federal government with his intent, click here.


Changes To Concealed Carry Law Proposed

OLYMPIA, WA – You may need to show that you know how to use a handgun to get a concealed permit in the future. If Senate Bill 5174 goes through as-written, it will change the law to require anyone applying for a concealed carry permit to go through a course in-person or online. The course would be c


Next phase of Olympia’s homeless plan almost ready

A neighborhood like no other in Olympia is almost ready for its grand opening. Residents will start moving into 30 brand new homes in downtown’s “Plum Street Village” early next month, and they won’t be charged a cent.


Washington Lt. Governor wants to ban guns in the House

OLYMPIA, Wash. — It wasn’t a threat, just a frustration that caused Washington Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib to skip Governor Inslee's State of the State address on Tuesday.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Recognizes Outstanding Local Youth

Five of our talented youth are diligently at work on their paths toward the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, a wonderfully prestigious award. The process culminates with a national winner. Nora Worley, Jacob Zipperer, A’Yunna Terry, Johanna Chhay and Kaiden Lindholm are well into the extensive a


Thrifty Thurston Investigates Local Milkshakes

Without a doubt, milkshakes are a sweet staple in restaurants across America. I wanted to see what Thurston County had to offer in regards to flavor options and cost. I visited five locally owned and operated venues offering milkshakes, ranging from sit-down options to drive-thrus. In order to make


Lt. Gov. Skips Speech Over Concealed Weapons Concerns

OLYMPIA, WA – Washington State’s Lieutenant Governor skipped the State of the State address because he felt vulnerable in a place where concealed carry is legal. The Everett Herald reports Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib was supposed to preside over the meeting, but didn’t because citizens are allowed to carry


10-Year Plan To Mitigate WA Wildfires Released

OLYMPIA, WA -Following a record-breaking number of wildfires across the state in 2018, Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands worked with nearly 1,000 community and federal agency members to develop a 10-year strategic plan to help residents and emergency responders prepare for and manage the rap


Inslee gets climate change and presidential advice from former California Gov. Jerry Brown

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee got high-profile moral support today for his campaign to pass new laws fighting climate change. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown visited the state Capitol with advice on persuading reluctant lawmakers to reduce greenhouse gases.


Man rescued from White Pass cliff crash faces sentencing for extortion

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - A Washington man who was rescued last week after driving off a cliff near White Pass was supposed to be sentenced for felony extortion that same day. The Washington State Patrol says Christopher LaRue, 42, of Yelm was driving eastbound on State Route 12 early Friday when he we


Gun rights advocates rally to defend 2nd Amendment

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gun rights advocates took to the steps of the state Capitol today. They're lobbying legislators for change after they suffered a big loss in November. More than 60% of Washington voters approved Initiative 1639 in November. It raises the age to buy a semi-automatic rifle, requires e


Downtown Courthouse Top Choice for County Commissioners

Administrators from City of Olympia, Thurston County judges, the Board of County Commissioners and other county officials met during a special session Tuesday to weigh-in on three possible locations for the new Thurston County Courthouse and Civic Center.


Yelm Police: Man Cited For Throwing Cell Phone Out Window

Two women contacted police Jan. 7 after one of the women’s boyfriend threw her friend’s cell phone out the window. The women told police that the friend had borrowed the iPhone 7 and was texting that woman’s boyfriend when her boyfriend got upset and tossed the phone. The owner of the phone said she


CORRECTION: Three NCW Bus Rentals Fined for Operating Without Permits

OLYMPIA, Wash. – State regulators took action against three North Central Washington passenger transportation companies that have been operating without permits in Washington.


Dori: Unconstitutional income tax introduced in Legislature

Just a few days into the new Legislative session down in Olympia, the thirst for your money continues as the first bill has dropped from the Democrats in the House of Representatives to try to get an income tax for the state.