Rep. Richard DeBolt’s bill to finance flood damage prevention and aquatic species habitat protection passes the House

Rep. Richard DeBolt’s bill that would authorize $700 million in bonds to finance Chehalis Basin flood damage reduction and aquatic species habitat restoration projects passed the House of Representatives today. As the state’s second-largest river drainage system, the Chehalis Basin’s history of flooding includes 18 floods in the last 20 years. DeBolt says the human suffering and environmental damage caused by…

Ballet Northwest presents Crescendo with members of the Olympia Symphony

It is an Olympia tradition – for years Ballet Northwest has staged a ballet performance over Mother’s Day weekend. This year as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Ballet Northwest presents a groundbreaking collaboration with members of the Olympia Symphony, titled Crescendo.  The production will feature short works set to well-known orchestral pieces including Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four…

United Way of Thurston County Launches Emergency Assistance Fund to Help Those Impacted By Nisqually Flooding

It is in times of need that we discover the full impact of a community united. Today, United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) is mobilizing the caring power of people in Thurston County by activating its Emergency Assistance Fund, a community-wide effort to provide rapid financial assistance to families and individuals affected by the Nisqually…

Thurston Economic Development Council Receives USDA Food Hub Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), the Washington State University (WSU) Thurston County Extension and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) a Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) Planning Grant to develop a Southwest Washington Food Hub. LFPP offers grant funds to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase…