Archive of: Thurston County

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East Bay redevelopment enters comment phase

The public is invited to comment on the Port of Olympia's plans for removing contaminated soil and continuing to investigate contamination at its East Bay Redevelopment site near Budd Inlet.

The Washington Department of Ecology is accepting comments until April 16, on both of the plans, as well as a state environmental review of the soil removal plan.

The property was used for timber-related industries from the late 1880s until 1968. For the last 40 years, the property had been used for commercial and light-industrial activities and storage. Those activities contaminated soil and groundwater, causing some contamination levels to be above state cleanup levels. 

March 2009

South Sound man gets hard time for ponzi scheme

Charles Nolon Bush, 69,  was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 30 years in prison, three years supervised release and $30 million in restitution for 27 counts of securities, wire and mail fraud as well as money laundering. 

"This was an incredible enterprise," U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said at the sentencing. "He lied to people on a repeated basis.... He was very calculated throughout this enterprise... Throughout all of this the one who got paid first was Nolan Bush."

March 2009

Home prices continue to fall

Home prices fell across the country by 11.6 percent in January 2009, compared to a year ago, according to First American CoreLogic and its LoanPerformance Home Price Index. This fall represents 11 consecutive months of depreciation by more than 10 percent, and early February data indicates the trend will continue. In the South Sound, home prices decreased 10.32 percent in January compared to a year ago. In December 2008, Tacoma showed a decrease of 9.44 percent compared to one year prior.

March 2009

WACE outlines state revenue forecast numbers

The Washington Alliance for a Competitive Economy has published a new competitiveness brief entitled "Biennial Revenue Still Growing - Barely."

March 2009

Thurston surplus items on sale

Thurston County will be selling surplus items online through the end of the week.

Items for sale include various types of office equipment including file cabinets, desks and other items. Those interested in viewing the items or bidding should go to to register as a buyer. There is no cost to register. Condition of the items vary and they are sold on an "as-is" basis.

March 2009

Pile driving to begin on LOTT site

The LOTT Alliance is building a new Education Center and Business Offices on the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant site in downtown Olympia, on the northeast corner of the intersection of Adams Street and Thurston Avenue NE.  Pile driving activity for the new building is scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 25, and last up to six weeks.

March 2009

Lawmakers face tough decisions as economy slides

Republican Rep. Gary Alexander of Olympia and ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, is calling lawmakers to get down to developing solutions to the budget shortfall as the state's Economic Revenue Council releases a report that lowers the budget forecast another $500 million during the next two years.

"We've been hearing for some time about the need to wait until the official March revenue forecast before an official state spending plan can be discussed within the Legislature," he said. "There's been a lot of time wasted since the beginning of session when House Republicans were calling for immediate action.  I'm hoping that we can now begin the serious task of closing our state's $8.8 billion budget shortfall and placing Washington back on the path of budget sustainability, responsibility, and restraint."

March 2009

New title insurance regulations take effect Saturday

Beginning March 21, the way title insurance companies interact with real estate agents and others who refer business to them will change. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has adopted new rules that specify what incentives are and are not allowed.

March 2009

DNR files counterclaim in Taylor suit

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources filed its answer yesterday to a lawsuit filed by Taylor Shellfish Co. in Thurston County Superior Court.

March 2009

New publisher at The Olympian

George Le Masurier will be the new publisher of The Olympian, according to a release late yesterday from The McClatchy Co., owner of the daily newspaper. He replaces John Winn Miller, who resigned in January.

Since 2001, Le Masurier has been publisher for The Peninsula Gateway in Gig Harbor and The Herald in Puyallup, both weekly newspapers also owned by McClatchy.

March 2009
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