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Any Time is Tea Time at Tea-Rations

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 6:00am


My morning cheer is a cup of bold black tea. Hot and robust, tea starts my day on the right note. Alysia Shelton, owner and operator of Tea-Rations, will help you find the right tea for your mood and taste buds. The year-old teahouse located out Martin Way has loose teas, pots, and accessories for

Deschutes Watershed Guide

Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 1:39pm

DERT just published the Deschutes Watershed Guide – a 16 page full color tribute to the environmental history of the Deschutes River and its watershed! Click on the image below to download the watershed guide. If you would like to receive a physical copy please email If you feel like sending a donation to DERT – although not required to receive a guide – you can send it to DERT; PO Box 11093; Olympia, WA 98508. Or click on the donate link on the right side of this page. Thanks!

Deschutes River Watershed Guide

Categories: Local Environment

Elite Cleaning of Washington: Greenest Clean in Town

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 6:00am


In the Northwest we love our green, whether it’s in the form of an old-growth evergreen or environmentally-friendly products to eat, wear, drive, or use around the home. Considering the long-term consequence of our eco-footprint is as easy as saying yes to that second cup of coffee. Green products for around the home are second

Two-Alarm Fire in Downtown Olympia Destroys Warehouse

Janine's Little Hollywood - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 8:12pm

Above: City of Olympia deputy fire chief Greg Wright was still on site early Tuesday morning at 227 Adams Street in downtown Olympia after a two alarm fire destroyed the one and a half story, rectangle shaped, wooden building, which was built around 1920. Wright said the cause of the fire was still undetermined.
By Janine
A building at 227 Adams Street in downtown Olympia was already heavily involved in fire by the time firefighters arrived within three minutes from the call to dispatch at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday morning, said City of Olympia deputy fire chief Greg Wright in a press release.
Aided with units from Lacey, Tumwater, and Thurston County, there were approximately 35 firefighters at any one time working on the fire. The main fire was out after about 90 minutes and there were no reported injuries to firefighters.
In what could have been a far worse situation, the area between the fire building and the adjacent structure, an alley, was filled with new and used propane tanks and a propane delivery truck. Those tanks were kept cool and remained undamaged. The building is owned by Acme Fuel Company. 

Above: Evidence will be analyzed for a possible cause of the fire. The structure was a total loss, including two fuel oil delivery trucks and two other trucks inside at the time of the fire.  A tea wholesale business and a wood shop in the building were also destroyed. Preliminary damage estimates are $350,000 for the building and $500,000 for the contents. 
The building was built in 1920, according to the Thurston Regional Planning Council historic property inventory database, and did not have a fire alarm system or fire sprinklers. 
Above: Washington State Department of Ecology spill response employees lower absorbent booms down a storm drain early Tuesday morning near the corner of Thurston and Adams Streets in downtown Olympia. 

Heavy run off from the fire covered several streets and briefly blocked access to the downtown Intercity Transit bus facility, but as drains were cleared by Olympia Public Works, the water receded. An undetermined amount of runoff from the fire went into nearby Puget Sound. Ecology is also in touch with the building owners about products stored in the building.

The Evergreen State College Named Only West Coast “Best Buy” in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:39am


Submitted by The Evergreen State College The “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017” has named The Evergreen State College as one of just 21 “Best Buy” public colleges in the United States, Canada and the U.K.  Evergreen is the only public college or university included from the West Coast and is one of just 46 institutions,

Thurston Food Rescue Expands Efforts to Feed Those in Need, Keep Food out of Landfill

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:34am


Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste What do you end up with when you combine one solid waste division, with one local food bank, 30 schools and 15 restaurants? Fewer hungry people, and a lot less waste. In 2015, what is now known as Thurston Food Rescue, recovered an amazing 63,669 pounds of prepared, but

Providence and Fairfax File Certificate of Need for 85-bed Freestanding Psychiatric Hospital

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:11am


Submitted by Providence St. Peter Hospital Providence St. Peter Hospital and Fairfax Behavioral Health have entered into a joint venture to form Olympia Behavioral Health LLC and have jointly submitted a Certificate of Need (CON) with the Washington State Department of Health to develop and operate an 85-bed freestanding psychiatric hospital for children, adolescents and

South Sound BBQ Festival Offers More Than Just Tasty Treats

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 6:00am


Ahh, summer – the season when we spend our time whiling away long evenings with trips to local ice cream shops, craft breweries, or dinner options that let us share a meal with our four-legged friends. But these gorgeous days and balmy nights don’t need to wreak havoc on your waistline. With community events and

Catch the Waves with Sassy Seafood

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 6:00am


Some might say they are a small fish in a big pond, but Sassy Seafood owners, Libie Cain and Teresa Reeves are making a monumental splash. It’s a daunting task to enter the world of canned seafood, but that’s only spurred Sassy Seafood to be ecological, sustainable, delightful, insightful and a cut above all others.

Readers’ Choice: ThurstonTalk’s Most-Read Stories in June

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 9:59am


Summer is in full swing and ThurstonTalk readers are diving into stories about fun things to do in town and in the great outdoors. From Farmers Markets to hiking trails, our article are showcasing the best our county has to offer. The most-read articles from June below are a great snapshot of the good things happening

DAP Elite 15U Set to Play in YBOA National Tournament

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 7:04am


The Derrick Pringle-coached DAP Elite 15U is heading to Orlando for the Youth Basketball of America National Championships – a week-long event which draws the nation’s best players ranging from second grade through high school. For many on the team, it’s their first venture to the Sunshine State. For Pringle, the trip has been more

The Story of Lacey: From Community to City, Part 2, 1892 – 1948

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 6:00am


Submitted by Lanny Weaver for the Lacey’s 50th Anniversary Committee Read Part 1 of this article series here. The Woodland Driving Park racetrack had brought the railroad, a hotel and a post office to the community of Woodland in 1891. Unfortunately for a succession of owners, with rare exception, it did not bring success. Yet

6 Ice Cream Shops Worth Screaming for in Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Sun, 07/03/2016 - 6:00am


On a sweltering, Thurston County summer day our palettes yearn for something sweet and cold. The best solution to this problem – ice cream! But not just any old tub of frozen dairy will do. Instead, we want the creamy, local variety. One of the signature ice creams of our area has to be Olympic

Peyton Russell Triple Jumps Her Way to Miami

Thurston Talk - Sat, 07/02/2016 - 7:56am


The letter arrived during Peyton Russell’s junior year, almost catching her off guard. The envelope, featuring the University of Miami’s recognizable school colors and logo, was quickly opened. Enclosed was a questionnaire – the first steps in the recruiting process. Enthusiastically, Russell filled it out, her already long list of extraordinary track and field accomplishments

Jude Fritts – 30 Years of Carving and Still Learning

Thurston Talk - Sat, 07/02/2016 - 6:00am


“The only hard core tool I use is a router,” says carver Jude Fritts. “I am able to see the finished piece in my mind. So, it is a matter of removing the wood that doesn’t belong.” Fritts smiles and adds that it is “handy,” that she is able to know what to leave, what

Author Visit: Paige Orwin

OlyBlog Home Page - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 4:25pm
Event:  Mon, 07/18/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Join us at the Olympia Timberland Library, where Paige Orwin will discuss her new SF/Fantasy novel, The Interminables.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Copies of the book will be available to buy.  Feel free to call 360-352-0595 with any questions. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Dig for Your Dinner on Hood Canal

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 6:00am


Gathering your own dinner, on the shores of Hood Canal, can be both fun and rewarding.  Shellfish are plentiful and fairly easy to harvest on Hood Canal.  Grab a shovel, print a license (free for kids under 15) and head out for a bucket of steamer clams. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Strategies for Keeping Your Skin Young – Tips from Merle Norman’s Madelin White

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 6:00am


At Merle Norman Spa in Lacey, many clients have the same question: “My skin is getting drier and I’m getting wrinkles. What can I do?” The solution, says owner Madelin White, usually has to do with dry skin. “I ask a lot of questions,” she says. “We need to find out what they’re using for

Olympia 4th of July Weekend Events Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 5:19am


Let’s start this weekend off with a bang.  Your Independence Day weekend in Olympia can be filled with traditional Americana (think: parade) or relaxing journeys (think: hiking).  Celebrate 4th of July in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater throughout the weekend.  Use our events calendar to keep track of all the patriotic and festive activities happening around

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