Archive of: Thurston County

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Input sought for Thurston County Comprehensive Plan

The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on March 3 regarding proposed changes to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan.  

The changes affect housing and working lands policies, regulations governing homeless encampments, as well as the joint plans Thurston County has with the cities of Yelm, Olympia and Lacey.

February 2010

Affordable and homeless housing grants available

Thurston County has about $2.55 million from the HOME & Affordable and Homeless Housing Programs that is available to organizations that produce, preserve or maintain low-income or affordable housing within the county.

The money also may be used for financial assistance and services to homeless households and for operational support to organizations that provide housing services that meet the goals of Thurston County's Ten-Year Homeless Plan and the HOME Consolidated Plan.

February 2010

Thurston County needs volunteers

Thurston County is looking for volunteers to serve on advisory boards, committees and commissions. These groups meet on a regular basis and make recommendations about important issues to the Board of County Commissioners.

Current vacancies include positions on the Historic Commission, Storm and Surface Water Advisory Board, Water Conservancy Board, Civil Service Commission, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Agriculture Advisory Board, and the Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees.

February 2010

Shellfish harvest approved for Henderson Inlet

Harvest restrictions in place since 2001 have been lifted in Henderson Inlet. Shellfish harvest is now approved for the area, which previously was closed to commercial shellfish harvest for five days after rainfall of one inch or more.

The state Department of Health recently reclassified this area of about 240 acres. The inlet drains heavily developed areas of Lacey, Olympia, and other parts of Thurston County. The southern part of the bay remains prohibited to harvesting due to pollution concerns from Woodland Creek.

February 2010

Pending homes sales up

"More certainty" and "more stability" in the market contributed to a boost in activity during January, according to officials from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Brokers reported an increase of nearly 27 percent in pending sales (purchase offers made and accepted, but not yet closed) compared to December and a 28 percent jump from 12 months ago.

February 2010

Grant money will save 20 acres of Thurston wetlands

The Washington Department of Ecology will spend $531,745 to acquire 20 acres of forested and coastal wetland habitat along the eastern shore of Totten Inlet in Thurston County.

The acquisition is part of a larger project to help return 1,100 acres of coastal wetlands and connected freshwater and upland habitat areas in Jefferson, Pacific, Thurston and Whatcom counties to natural conditions.

February 2010

Around the Sound

United Way of Thurston County is presenting "Mastering Crucial Conversations" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1601 N. Street SE in Olympia. Presentation topics include mastering crucial conversations; unlawful employment, discrimination, harassment and how to avoid related legal problems; and working with multiple generations in the workplace. The cost is $75 (and $50 for additional attendees from the same employer). For more information, click here or call (360) 943-2773, ext. 16.

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a coffee with state Sen. Mike Carrell from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in the Goodfella's Board Room at Great American Casino. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns about state issues.

February 2010

Around the Sound

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is hosting a health care reform town hall meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30 on the Tacoma Campus of Evergreen State College, 1210 6th Ave. David Flentge, president and CEO of Community Health Care in Tacoma, and other health care professionals from in and around the Tacoma and Seattle areas will lead the discussion, which is free and open to the public. For more information, or to RSVP, e-mail

Artists Pierce Elaine Davis, Jenny Fillius and Leo Schmidt will display their works Jan. 30 through April 25 at the City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, where artwork made from recycled and salvaged material is showcased. The EnviroHouse art exhibit rotates three times a year and continually seeks applications from artists with recycled-content artwork. For more information, click here or call (253) 573-2426.

January 2010

People on the Move

AGC of Washington has elected its 2010 slate of officers and board members, including a number of Pierce County contractors. Joining the board of trustees are Cedric "Butch" Brooks, Woodworth and Co. (Tacoma) and Jeff Stroud, Mountain Construction Inc. (Tacoma).
Scot McQueen has joined GeoEngineers as applied technology manager. He has 14 years of leadership experience designing and developing GIS and IT applications for government agencies, large private firms and publicly funded research institutes around the world.

Tacoma Water's current deputy superintendent, Linda McCrea, will take over as superintendent, starting Feb. 1. She replaces John Kirner, who has served as the Water superintendent since 2004, and has worked for Tacoma Public Utilities for 27 years.

January 2010

Lassen Foundation helps fund Bookends Literacy

The Thurston County division of Mason County Literacy has received a $2,500 grant from The Irving A. Lassen Foundation for its Bookends Literacy program.

The program is operated jointly by Mason County Literacy and South Puget Sound Community College and provides volunteer literacy services for adults in Thurston

January 2010
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