Olympia police Chief Ronnie Roberts released a statement Friday denouncing the stabbing a couple in downtown Olympia by a man who said he was “supporting” law enforcement. The stabbing is being labeled a hate crime.
Undersheriff Tim Braniff is confident that Sheriff John Snaza will recover and return to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. He will remain in an Idaho hospital for the time being, recovering from injuries sustained in a Tuesday motorcycle crash in Montana.
Despite concerns about competing with the private sector and other issues, Lacey City Council has approved spending $22,000 on a feasibility study to determine whether a new YMCA should by built in the city.
A wildfire at JBLM is sending unhealthy amounts of smoke into Thurston County. The fire has been burning for several days in difficult territory near Muck Creek, said Odelle Hadley, senior air monitoring specialist for the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency.
Street-painting crews will be out early Saturday (Aug. 27) through Monday in Olympia applying plastic and paint markings on the newly chip-sealed areas of Eighth Avenue, Pacific Avenue, Phoenix Street, Puget Street, Lilly Road and Black Lake Boulevard.
Olympia firefighters responded to a fire alarm about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at a west Olympia apartment complex. When they arrived at the Fern Street Southwest building, they found fire inside one of the second-floor apartments. Damage was estimated at $45,000.
The Olympia Parks Stewardship Program and Friends of the LBA Woods teamed up Saturday for the first-ever LBA Woods work party. About 40 volunteers spent their day pulling out Himalayan blackberries, Scotch broom and other invasive plants.
Six out of the county’s eight public school systems have added students over the last 15 years. North Thurston Public Schools, Yelm Community Schools and the Olympia School District have grown at a faster pace than the state’s public school population.
The obstacle fun run known as Rampage at the RAC, in which participants crawled through mud or jumped over flames, will not be held this year so the city can explore other options and locations for the event.
The city of Lacey plans to install pedestrian flashing beacons at six intersections in response to safety concerns. The crossings are near schools, including Chinook, Komachin and Aspire middle schools, Timberline high school and Lakes Elementary School.