South Sound briefs


2 men seriously injured in Yelm Highway crash

Two Thurston County men were flown Thursday to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries after a crash on Yelm Highway in which the vehicle they were in left the roadway, went through a chain-link fence and struck a tree, the Washington State Patrol reported.

John Salzer, 24, of Olympia was driving a 1992 Toyota pickup east on the 8400 block of Yelm Highway shortly after midnight when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. Neither Salzer nor his passenger, Todd Bachmann, 26, was wearing a seatbelt, according to the patrol.

Both still were in serious condition Thursday and in intensive care, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Construction equipment reported stolen from site

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office is looking into the theft of two pieces of construction equipment worth a combined $55,000 that occurred Tuesday night or Wednesday morning along Marvin Road.

Johnson Brothers Excavating crews reported Wednesday that a 2007 Bobcat loader and a 2004 utility trailer were missing from a construction site on the 2900 block of Marvin Road Northeast, Lt. Chris Mealy said Thursday.


Puget Sound Partnership to open office in Tacoma

The Puget Sound Partnership will open an office in the Urban Waters marine research center in Tacoma.

The partnership is a new state agency charged with cleaning up Puget Sound. The Urban Waters building is expected to be completed in spring 2009 on the east side of the Thea Foss Waterway. It will include a 100-foot dock to allow for water-monitoring vessel research.


Performer, historian will bring pioneer days to life

Karen Haas will present a look into the state's pioneer days, "Sisters in Time," at 2 p.m. Sunday at DuPont Community Presbyterian Church.

Haas, a performer and historian with the Washington State Humanities Inquiring Minds Series, sings and tells stories as four women living in Washington in summer 1855.

Admission is free. The church is at 502 Barksdale Ave. For more information, call 253-267-5267 or 253-964-2399.


Seattle judge to fill seat on federal court

The Senate has confirmed Richard Jones as a federal court judge in Seattle.

Jones, a King County Superior Court judge since 1994, was nominated by President Bush in March at the recommendation of a bipartisan panel.

Jones is the half brother of music producer Quincy Jones and was born and raised in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law. He fills the seat of Judge John C. Coughenour.