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Farm Land Trust buys GRuB garden to preserve it

The farmland in west Olympia cultivated by the Garden Raised Bounty program has been permanently preserved for growing food.

Cultivating Youth graduates prepare beds for planting at the GRuB garden in west Olympia in 2011.

Boston Harbor Water customers asked to limit water usage temporarily

Residents of Thurston County who are connected to Boston Harbor Water Utility are being asked to temporarily reduce their water usage. The request comes after a malfunction in the well pumps that supply water to the reservoir was found.

Deal not yet sealed, but gas-tax increase advances

The Legislature voted in Wednesday’s early hours to approve the largest gas-tax increase in Washington’s history and the first in a ...

Heavy truck traffic can clog the roads at the end of state Route 167 where it ends in Puyallup.

Montgomery delivers one-hit gem in Mariners’ 5-0 victory over Padres

Montgomery gets second straight shutout, aided by homers from Zunino and Miller.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Montgomery works against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

MLS roster changes could be coming

Already active Sounders interested in what league might announce Wednesday.

Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said there will be an MLS conference call Wednesday to discuss, among other things, adding a “core player” to teams’ rosters.

John McGrath: Bringing NHL to Seattle area is billion-dollar investment

If the NHL is to come to the Puget Sound area, it would cost a $500 million expansion fee and another $500 million to build an arena

The NHL will consider adding expansion franchises, but the cost to bring a team to Seattle will likely be $1 billion — $500 million in expansion fees, and another $500 million to build an arena. So that’s an $1 billion investment, even before the first puck is dropped.

Legislature passes $16.1 billion transportation revenue bill

A $16.1 billion transportation revenue bill that includes an 11.9-cent increase in the gas tax over the next two years passed the Legislature early...

Vehicles remain parked outside the Legislative Building just after midnight, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as Tuesday's legislative session continued into the night. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the two-year state operating budget late Tuesday to avoid a government shutdown, but debate regarding the state transportation revenue package continued after midnight.

Fish Brewing Co. wins large brewery of the year award

Fish Brewing Co. of Olympia was named the Large Brewery of the Year, according to results from the 2015 Washington Beer Awards.

People news: Thurston EDC promotes staff members

The Thurston Economic Development Council has promoted Annette Roth and Kyle Weise.


Restaurant inspections for July 1

Comments are taken directly from the latest Thurston County inspection reports, which are available at each food establishment and at the Thurston...

Great Northwest Wine: Walla Walla offerings continue to dominate

Since the 1970s, the Walla Walla Valley has been well known for producing some of the Northwest’s finest red wines. Little has changed.

Winemaker William vonMetzger holds a bottle of Walla Walla Vintners’ award-winning 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

It’s time to water, fertilize, pinch back flowers; you can also still plant

July is the month to put your mettle to the petal and commit to caring for your blooming baskets and container gardens. You must water more often ...