The second part of a three-part series on downtown Olympia by reporter Andy Hobbs proved to be a must-read item last week, but it fell short of a four paragraph news brief on the Capitol Lake dam malfunctioning, which caused the lake to drain.
Here’s the list:
1. Dam malfunction causes Capitol Lake to suddenly drain: Not sure why this was so popular last week, unless people thought the big day had finally arrived and a decision had been made to remove the dam and let Capitol Lake revert to its natural state as an estuary. But, alas, no. Instead, a computer malfunctioned and it caused the lake to drain.
2. Downtown Olympia: Taking back the streets, part 2: The second part in a series on downtown Olympia continued to be widely read, eliciting plenty of comments on The Olympian website and Olympian Facebook page.
3. Deputies arrest alleged naked bike thief in Thurston County neighborhood: Put “naked” in any headline and the story is bound to attract the curious.
4. Thurston County Sheriff: New jail to remain closed unless budget is restored: Sheriff John Snaza wants his law enforcement budget restored or else he’ll keep the new jail mothballed for another year. That was the message he delivered to the Board of County Commissioners last week. The new jail, also known as the Accountability and Restitution Center, has been a thorn in the county’s side. The county paid $45 million to build the jail, which was completed in 2010, and yet it still hasn’t opened. Somewhere, up above, Bill Pilkey has raised his hand to speak.
5. Restaurant inspections for Oct. 8: The fifth most read story last week wasn’t a story at all; it was a list of restaurant inspections. I leave you with this: “Door and window were propped open allowing entry and presence of flies.”