Neil Simon was one of America’s funniest playwrights. But Simon, who died in August, was aiming for more than laughs — and that’s how Harlequin Productions is approaching his 1980 “I Ought To Be in Pictures,” opening this weekend at the State Theater in Olympia.
Thurston County commissioners met Tuesday with various elected officials to discuss plans to build a new county courthouse complex. Many said they support moving the county courthouse and offices to downtown Olympia.
The city of Olympia says attendance at Oly on Ice, the seasonal ice skating rink that opened the weekend before Thanksgiving and closed Jan. 6, was more than double what it had projected for its inaugural year. Planning already has begun for the 2019-20 season.
Because of the partial shutdown of the federal government, the upcoming razor clam digs scheduled for this weekend, January 19-21, have been cancelled, the Olympic National Park announced Wednesday in a news release.
Construction is set to begin Jan. 21 on Westman Mill, a mixed-use development on Port of Olympia property at 510 State Ave. NE. The first phase of construction will include installing piles for the new buildings.
Deston Denniston stands on the edge of a 120-acre piece of property, pointing to its various parts and rattling off the qualities of their soil. He speaks with precision honed by years of permaculture experience.
John Bash, who has served as Tumwater’s superintendent since 2015, announced shortly before winter break he will leave the district at the end of the school year. His Dec. 18 resignation letter to the school board did not mention the teachers strike that delayed the start of school in September by nearly two weeks.
Matthew Leupold was sentenced in Pierce County Superior Court on Thursday for beheading Theresa Greenhalgh and Mary Buras Jan. 4, 2017 in Tacoma. Leupold pleaded guilty during a trial that started a month ago.
Providence officials say they are responding to increased flu activity this month. Last week, more than 10 percent of people coming into the emergency room at Providence St. Peter in Olympia had flu-like symptoms and nearly 20 percent of flu tests came back positive.
A day after Tumwater’s mayor reiterated his concerns about the state of the former Olympia Brewing Co. buildings and the lack of building security, fire crews responded to a small blaze there Thursday afternoon.
Democratic leaders are already questioning whether a 2020 presidential candidate chosen by energized liberals can both excite the base and hold onto red-district voters who just helped deliver them the House of Representatives.