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Avoid the worst holiday weekend traffic through Olympia

Memorial Day is the start of the summer travel season, and the already crowded Interstate 5 corridor will feel the pressure.

Southbound traffic on Interstate 5 past Joint Base Lewis-McChord was stop-and-go last year at the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend.

Les Purce prepares to leave long legacy at Evergreen

In his 15 years as president of The Evergreen State College, $209 million in new buildings and capital projects have sprouted, its enrollment has climbed...

The Evergreen State College president Les Purce serenades with "Lu Lu's Back in Town" during his April 28th interview.

Hundreds participate in Day of Champions in Tumwater

In its 12th year, the event brought together students in grades kindergarten through 12 from about 40 schools for Olympic-inspired games. The activities...

The annual Day of Champions track and field event at Tumwater District Stadium draws hundreds of students with special needs for fun, friendship and hamburgers.

Sounders and Kansas City play to scoreless draw

Seattle manages lots of possession, but no goals against cautious SKC

Sounders forward Chad Barrett, center, takes a shot on goal that Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia, right, was able to save Saturday in Seattle.

Fernando Rodney breezes through ninth in Seattle Mariners’ 3-2 win over Toronto

Fernando Rodney says he feels ‘invincible’ when protecting a one-run lead; James Paxton gets victory in his native country.

Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney celebrates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in AL baseball action in Toronto on Saturday May 23, 2015.

Olympia captures 4A West Central District fastpitch title with 4-2 win over Bethel

If anything is going to distract Olympia High School softball standout Maddy Stensby, it’s hearing lyrics to any song by One Direction.


Spring cleaning means decision time for what stays, goes for donations

Spring and summer are the times when Goodwill sees its greatest volume of donations; plus tips on donating your treasures

Video by C.R. Roberts

Grand opening set for Pita Pit at Capital Mall

Pita sandwich business, Pita Pit, will have a grand opening on Friday (May 29) at Capital Mall.

Shipping news: port expects Aster K Tuesday

Aster K is set to return to the Port of Olympia on Tuesday where it will load logs the remainder of the week. It is expected to depart for Japan on...

Aster K will load logs this week at the Port of Olympia.

Aspen-area poor having trouble with accessing health care

About 4,500 county residents live at or below the federal poverty level in the Aspen area, and Pitkin County health officials are seeking options to help the area's low-income families get the care they need.

EXCHANGE: Program for injured veterans promotes fitness

Keith Aguina, a veteran who is a quadriplegic, often encountered poor attitudes and physical barriers at the gym.

In this photo taken April 17, 2015, Ret. U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Fred Jamison, in Plainfield, Ill., works out in Joliet, Ill. Jamison is part of Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies which helps veterans get fitness training. Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies is part of the nonprofit veterans’ organization AllenForce, founded by Donna Allen-Sebok, a therapeutic recreation specialist. She thought of the program after someone asked her to help an injured veteran. (Lathan Goumas/Herald-News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT

Fifth-grader shares dream, wins $1,500 for college

When Rineyville Elementary School fifth-grader Rasia Graves learned her mother had multiple sclerosis, she knew she wanted to do what she could to find a cure. To her, that means eventually becoming a neurologist.