Olympia

Pest Management
8:06 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake

A New Zealand mud snail, frozen in ice from Capitol Lake.
Allen Pleus Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

A cold snap might be an effective tool for fish and wildlife managers trying to stop the spread of a tiny invasive species. Capitol Lake in Olympia is serving as a testing ground for freezing out New Zealand mud snails. 

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street culture
4:41 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Murder Reveals ‘Lord of the Flies’ Street Culture in Olympia

Lt. Paul Lower of the Olympia Police Dept. heads into a former homeless camp in Olympia where a murder took place last fall.
Austin Jenkins

On Washington’s Capitol campus in Olympia, sandstone buildings stand as monuments to the rule of law. But just a few blocks away you can find a street culture where young adults and teenagers live by their own rules—sometimes with tragic consequences. An especially grisly murder last year revealed an underworld in Washington’s capital city that can sound almost like it belongs in “Lord of the Flies.”

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plastic bag ban
2:40 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Olympia Becomes 10th Wash. City to Ban Plastic Bags

Starting in July, Olympia will ban single-use plastic bags like these

Olympia has become the tenth city in Washington to ban disposable plastic bags from retail stores.

A unanimous vote from the Olympia City Council means starting in July, shoppers will have to bring their own reusable totes or pay 5 cents for a paper bag. Olympia joins nearby Tumwater and unincorporated Thurston County in enacting the ban.

Katrina Rosen, field director with Environment Washington, says the news is evidence of the growing movement spreading in the south Sound.

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citizen lobbyist
5:01 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Determined Father Learns the Ropes in Olympia, Advances Bill

Citizen lobbyist Jeff Schwartz with his wife Cathy and sons Jacob (on couch) and Sam at their home in Kirkland, Washington.

There are nearly 900 registered lobbyists in Washington state. These are the paid professionals who try to influence the outcome of the legislative process.

But this year, a determined dad proved even outsiders can play the legislative game with a bit of help.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Social issues in Inslee's inaugural speech rub Republicans wrong way

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 5:40 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s new governor touched a nerve with some Republicans in his inaugural address. On the topic of abortion Democrat Jay Inslee called on the legislature to pass the so-called Reproductive Parity Act. It would require health insurers that cover maternity services to also pay for abortions.

Inslee said, "Washington women need the freedom and privacy” to make their own health care decisions.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Jay Inslee sworn in as governor, says Washington still poised to change the world

Jay Inslee gives a thumbs-up after being sworn in as Washington state Governor on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state is poised to develop the next wave of innovations that will change the world.

In prepared remarks for his inaugural speech Wednesday, Inslee cited the state's history of ideas in aerospace and software. He said Washington isn't done.

Inslee's first talk took an international focus, noting that the world economy is changing as it emerges from the recession. And he said the state must move swiftly to continue competing with the rest of the world.

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Other News
11:39 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Vandals attack Olympia police station, again

Photo from Wednesday's crime scene.
Olympia police

Nine windows were broken at Olympia’s west-side police station early Wednesday morning, said police spokeswoman Laura Wohl.

Based on the patterns of the broken glass Wohl reasoned that a hammer or a similar tool was used to break the windows.

Currently no suspects, motives or leads have been identified, but the police suspect anarchists are behind the vandalism.

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Environment
4:04 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Audubon map – new Puget Loop unveiled as enviro groups strategize

Stormy weather is not the best recipe for bird watching.

But that’s not stopping environmentalists from getting together in Olympia to set their legislative priorities.

And among the festivities celebrating the Washington Conservation Voters’  day of lobbying is the unveiling of a colorful new, hand-drawn bird-watching map.

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Winter Storm
1:15 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Storm knocks out power in Washington capital campus

A thick coat of ice is seen on tree branches Friday morning.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The massive snow and freezing rain storm that pummeled the Pacific Northwest has caused a power outage at Gov. Chris Gregoire's office, legislative buildings and other state agencies in Olympia.

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Japan Quake & Tsunami
11:23 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Puget Sound area groups stand up for Japan's disaster victims

Members of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) of Olympia rally support earlier this week for the victims of last Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Masami Yamamoto Courtesy JACL Olympia

Rallies, memorials and interfaith prayer gatherings are scheduled around Puget Sound today and through the weekend, as people gather in support of the victims of last week's earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan.

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Real Estate
7:45 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Old Olympia Brewery seeks new life as mixed-use complex

The historic 1906 Olympia Brewing Co.structure, along the Deschutes River, is looking for a new life.
Michael D. Martin (flickr)

The former Olympia Brewery, in Tumwater, Wash., may join a handful of historic structures around Puget Sound that are finding new life as shopping or entertainment complexes. 

A Centralia developer bought the old brewhouse and a nearby warehouse last year, and now he's trying to put together a plan that will attract further financing.

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Washington State Legislature
8:05 am
Fri February 11, 2011

One month down, lots of work ahead on budget

Supporters of pre-K programs in Washington rally on the steps of the statehouse in opposition to proposed budget cuts.
Austin Jenkins N3

Washington's legislature has hit the one-month mark. Budget writers say a deal is close at hand between the House and Senate to re-balance the current two-year spending plan. After that, attention will shift to the closing a multi-billion dollar shortfall in the next two-year budget.

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Tax Exemptions
1:56 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Lawmakers take stand on urban-to-rural tax flow


Democrats in the Washington House of Representatives have a "One Washington" mantra. But a couple of Western Washington lawmakers are testing that East-West unity. Their issue? The flow of state tax dollars that go over the mountains.

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State Data Center
8:02 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Rents cause sticker shock at new state data center

Steep rents at Washington’s new data center complex are causing some sticker shock in Olympia
Austin Jenkins N3

Construction of Washington's new $300 million data center complex is expected to wrap-up this summer. But as state agencies prepare to move in, the rent per square foot is causing some sticker shock.

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2011 Legislative Session
7:45 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Lawmakers face budget blues in 2011 session

Washington lawmakers are singing the blues over the state’s budget woes. The legislature convenes Monday for a 105-day session. Once again, majority Democrats are confronted with a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.

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