2016 Paddle to Nisqually Landing

This summer hundreds of canoes and thousands of indigenous people will travel great distances together on the inland waterways. The voyagers will be welcomed as honored guests by the Nisqually Indian Tribe for the 2016 Canoe Journey. The Port of Olympia is seeking volunteers to help with the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Landing which will…

The May/June 2016 VOICE Magazine is available in print and digital editions. Chamber members receive the printed edition with their membership, but the digital edition is available to everyone. To read, click here.

New Program will Prepare Juveniles for Real World Success

In recognition of National Reentry Week, Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order April 26 to better support the successful transition of people leaving prison and returning to their communities. Those with criminal records often have trouble getting jobs, housing and higher education. “One of the most significant public safety investments we can make to improve the lives…

Rochester School District Refinances Bonds

Rochester School District recently refinanced its 2006 bonds in order to take advantage of lower interest rates. The refinancing will save District taxpayers a total of over $250,000 during the next 5 years. The savings flow directly to taxpayers through reduced tax levies and are not available for District expenses, according to Superintendent Kim Fry. “The refinancing…

Health Insurance Navigators offer free services to local businesses

Open Enrollment for 2016 health plans on wahealthplanfinder.org is November 2015 through January 2016. OLYMPIA – Two years after the launch of Washington state’s health insurance marketplace, the uninsured rate in the state has dropped to an all-time low of 6.4%. Even so, hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians still lack health insurance. Furthermore, Thurston County’s…