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Snaza Seeks Re-Election Despite Troubles

Snaza Seeks Re-Election Despite Troubles

Sheriff John Snaza In the past year, he’s faced an unsuccessful recall effort for declining to make his employees wear masks and subsequently presided over four COVID-19 outbreaks at the Thurston County Jail (testing positive himself in January), and questioned law enforcement reforms enacted by the Legislature. He allows department patrol vehicles to sport thin blue line stickers in their rear windshields, a practice that has been banned by some law enforcement agencies. The office he leads is part of a law enforcement region that refused to respond to a state Attorney General’s request for information on how, in three…
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“It’s unbelievable”

“It’s unbelievable”

In late October seven years ago, a knot of very nervous people huddled in the basement of a downtown Olympia church, literally watching the paint dry on a new kind of overnight shelter for the community’s most vulnerable people.  Rooted in empowering the people it would support and committed to respecting their dignity and educating the community regarding its most vulnerable and marginalized folks, The People’s House, now with a new name – the Interfaith Works Downtown Emergency Shelter – was ready for its first guests after months of often contentious community discourse regarding not only the shelter, but the…
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Olympia Interim Police Chief Retires

Olympia Interim Police Chief Retires

Less than 24 hours after he updated the community on another open, armed conflict that raged through downtown Olympia and ended in a shooting before police took any action to de-escalate it, the city of Olympia announced interim Police Chief Aaron Jelcick is retiring effective September 30.  And apparently as reassurance to a community rattled by more than a year of sporadic, largely unchecked violence near the state Capitol Campus and downtown, Jelcick said police are engaged in planning for another possible confrontation on September 18, when members of a group involved in Saturday’s rampage – the Portland-based Proud Boys…
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Ballots and Drive-Through Voter Assistance Available for August 3 Primary Election

Ballots and Drive-Through Voter Assistance Available for August 3 Primary Election

News Release   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 29, 2021  CONTACT:     Mary Hall  TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us  360.786.5408     711 Washington Relay  Ballots and Drive-Through Voter Assistance Available for August 3 Primary Election 14.83% of Thurston County ballots have been returned in the Aug 3, 2021 Primary Election   OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Auditor’s Office reminds voters the deadline to return ballots for the Primary Election is Tuesday, August 3.  If you’ve not received a ballot or you’ve misplaced your ballot, you can request a replacement.   ·       Email elections@co.thurston.wa.us  ·       Call the Auditor’s Elections Division at 360.786.5408   ·       Download a ballot at VoteWA.gov  ·       Visit the Voting Center at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502   Return envelopes must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 3, or deposited into one of 29 ballot drop boxes no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Drop box locations are listed at ThurstonVotes.org, in the voters’ pamphlet, and in the ballot packet. Voters who mail…
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License plate shortage will require Auditor Licensing Services and Subagents to issue paper plates

License plate shortage will require Auditor Licensing Services and Subagents to issue paper plates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021  CONTACT:  Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us 360.786.5224711 Washington Relay  License plate shortage will require Auditor Licensing Services and Subagents to issue paper plates OLYMPIA – Due to a statewide license plate shortage, the Thurston County Auditor's Office and eight licensing subagents will issue passenger vehicle licensing customers temporary paper permits.  The paper permits will be good for 60 days and can be displayed the same way temporary plates are displayed when purchasing a car from a dealer. Licensing customers will also be issued tabs that they can attach to their metal plates once they are available.   The shortage is only impacting passenger vehicle licensing customers. Truck, trailer and motorcycles licensing customers are not impacted.  Licensing subagents are private businesses overseen by the County Auditor's…
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2021 Olympia City Council Position 7 Candidates

2021 Olympia City Council Position 7 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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2021 Olympia City Council Position 2 Candidates

2021 Olympia City Council Position 2 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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2021 Olympia City Council Position 6 Candidates

2021 Olympia City Council Position 6 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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Olympia City Council Position 5 Candidates

Olympia City Council Position 5 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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Olympia City Council Position 4 Candidates

Olympia City Council Position 4 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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