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2019 Thurston County Easter Egg Hunts and Activities

Grab your baskets, it’s Easter egg hunting season! These colorful and elusive prizes are scattered throughout Thurston County – finding them takes a keen eye – but the rewards are great. Everything from candy, toys, cash prizes, and even bikes are waiting to be claimed by eager children. And there a


Flu activity surges, increasing demand on health care facilities

OLYMPIA, Washington — Influenza activity is high across the state and the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths have increased sharply over the past several weeks, according to health officials at the Washington State Department of Health. Medical facilities, particularly in western Washingto


Police Blotter: March 24

Assault — Longview police Friday arrested Matthew Richard Bensemon, 38, city of residence unknown, on suspicion of second-degree assault. Drugs, stolen vehicle — Woodland police Friday arrested Christina Jean Conophy, 38, of Tumwater, Wash., on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and a felon


Residents show concern after proposal for housing development in Olympia

A proposal for Green Cove Park, an 181-unit single-family subdivision is at the site of a former sand and gravel pit once owned by Theodore Sundberg, public records show. Residents are showing concern about building on the site.


Washington state must pay rent on home for sex offender while she seeks release from McNeil Island

A Pierce County judge has ruled that the state must pay rent on a Lakewood home while officials decide whether the first woman ever involuntarily committed as a sexually violent predator can be released to the address.


Olympia Marine’s recovery from traumatic brain injury featured in film to air on KBTC

When he talks about the day he was critically injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Jason Poole of Olympia is casual. “I was blasted,” he says often and easily, or “I got blown up,” in much the same tone someone else might say, “I started college” or “I moved to Washington.”


The wealthiest 20 zip codes in Washington state

Tax season is upon us, and how much money you have -- and how much money you're about to include along with your filing -- is likely on the minds of millions of people across the country.


Second Parkland student dies in 'apparent suicide,' police say

A student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School died in an "apparent suicide" on Saturday night, Coral Springs, Florida, police said, just a week after a 19-year-old survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at the school took her own life.


Proposed bill to support sexual assault survivors passes state House, heads to Senate

OLYMPIA - A proposed bill that would clarify requirements to obtain a sexual assault protection order has passed the Washington State House and now heads to the Senate for approval.


14-year-old carefully planned hammer attack, charges say

STEILACOOM, Wash. - A 14-year-old high school student in Steilacoom, Washington, carefully planned an attack targeting a girl at his school, according to charges. He's accused of luring the girl from a classroom, then hitting her repeatedly in the head with a hammer in what prosecutors call a “long


Joshua Giles: Armed robbery suspect and accused accomplice wanted in Olympia and Shelton

WANTED IN THURSTON AND MASON COUNTY — Police are asking for your help to find a suspect who detectives believe is involved in at least six armed robberies so far including holdups in Olympia, Tumwater and Shelton.


Going Electric: Cooking Schools in the First Half of the 20th Century

On November 26, 1940, cooking school attendees at the Capitol Park Auditorium in Olympia watched the play “Alice in Electric Wonderland.” In the story, Alice, disconsolate that her mother is too busy cooking to play with her, is brought by the White Rabbit to a.


Retired vet walking from Washington to Florida to raise awareness for PTSD and suicide prevention

PUYALLUP, Wash. — At Anthem Coffee in Puyallup, Jimmy Novak walked up to a group of strangers sipping their morning coffee. "Hi! I'm Jimmy, I'm walking across America." Novak, who lives in DuPont, retired from the army at the end of January.


Half the Sweet 16 is set in women's NCAA Tournament

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight invitations to the Sweet 16 have been delivered and the other eight will be decided Monday night. UConn's back in the regional semifinals for the 26th consecutive year. The Huskies had to work for it as pesky Buffalo rallied from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit to get within


Q&A | Secretary Ross Hunter on Washington’s foster youth sent out of state — and the money needed to end that practice

OLYMPIA — Former state Rep. Ross Hunter remembers tough calls he had to make as a House budget writer to balance Washington’s books in the wake of the Great Recession. Now, Hunter is secretary of the state Department of Children, Youth, and Families — and he’s on the other end, asking for a big fund


Sirens: Indecent Exposures; Man Hears Threatening Voice From Woods

• At 12:51 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the 100 block of South Silver Street and cited a 45-year-old Rochester man on suspicion of third-degree driving on a suspended license.


Olympia Farmers Market Announces Opening Day of Regular or High Season

On Thursday, April 4, the Olympia Farmers Market will celebrate the opening of its 44th season with bell ringing, entertainment and vendor specials. Beginning on Thursday, April 4, the market will operate “High Season” and will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Expanded sanctuary state rules advance in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal to create expanded sanctuary state rules is moving forward in Washington. The bill, from Mercer Island Democratic Sen. Lisa Wellman, would limit the ability of police to inquire about immigration status, and require schools, courthouses, and other government faciliti


Derek Cockrum: Yo-Yo Master and Circus Extraordinaire

Derek Cockrum is a yo-yo master and performing artist with a bag of intricate tricks that he makes look easy. His impressive skills astonish many as he manipulates the yo-yo to do the unimaginable.


Woman Arrested After She Allegedly Disconnected Train Cars, Blocking Traffic in Bucoda

Authorities say traffic in and out of Bucoda was blocked for nearly two hours Wednesday after a woman allegedly disconnected cars on a freight train, putting it at risk of derailment.