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The Thurston County Board of Commissioners and staff on Tuesday afternoon held a special memorial tribute to recognize the more than 400,000 people in the United States who so far have died from … more
Just when residents of Washington will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine depends on how many doses the federal government delivers and how many the state can administer in a day. Currently, the … more
Lewis County Public Health and Social Services announced five new cases of COVID-19 cases Monday and an additional seven on Tuesday, bringing the county’s cumulative case count since March to … more
A Washington state Senate bill that would move all counties to Phase 2 reopening will have its first public hearing Wednesday. The public may testify at the 8 a.m. hearing remotely from their … more
Acknowledging lagging coronavirus vaccine distribution, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a public-private partnership Monday he said would speed up the process by creating new vaccination sites, mobilizing … more
When Diane DeBacker worked as state education commissioner in Kansas, educators talked often and openly about their schools' standardized test scores. Then, in 2018, she moved to Seattle, where … more
OLYMPIA — A proposed bill in the Legislature would change reopening metrics for schools, allowing kids to get back to in-person learning sooner than the current plan allows. It is one of many … more
Thurston County will join the National Association of Counties and counties from across the nation for a National COVID-19 Memorial Tribute at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.The Board of County … more
Lewis County Public Health and Social Services announced an additional 93 county residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 from Friday through Sunday — 40 were reported on Friday, 27 on Saturday and … more
A third Stafford Creek Corrections Center inmate has died from COVID-19, the state Department of Corrections announced Sunday. The inmate contracted the virus at the Aberdeen-based corrections … more
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 58 on Sunday, giving Thurston County 329 cases for the week and 5,785 to date, county health data show. It is the 10th straight week that the county has … more
KENNEWICK — The Benton County Commission unanimously adopted a resolution that puts pressure on Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators to "let the elected officials have a voice" when it comes to … more
Restaurants have more options for outdoor dining thanks to a recent adjustment to the state's COVID-19 rules. Earlier this week, the state released new guidelines for "open-air" seating in … more
OLYMPIA — The Washington State House of Representatives voted to extend Gov. Jay Inslee's COVID-19 emergency orders, despite Republican objection to the length of the extension. Similar to the … more
Siobhan Ake worried she would miss the sign, the clue that would tell her if it's time to pull her second grade son out of public school. She wasn't thrilled with her son's first year — … more
OLYMPIA — Providing economic assistance to families and businesses, improving broadband internet access, reopening schools and allowing for more flexibility in child care options are just a few of … more
A grocery union on Thursday organized public events to draw attention to its calls for hazard pay for workers as it heads into negotiations with Fred Meyer. UFCW Local 367 used a digital mobile … more
The Thurston County Sheriff has tested positive for COVID-19, he told The Olympian Friday, and the county confirmed a second outbreak of the virus at the county jail. Sheriff John Snaza said he … more
All of Washington state will remain in Phase 1 of Gov. Jay Insee's statewide reopening plan until at least Jan. 25. The Washington State Department of Health announced the news Friday. Inslee's … more
Three COVID-19 infections diagnosed in Washington in October were caused by virus with a mutation that might boost the respiratory bug's ability to dodge immune defenses. The mutation, called … more
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