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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

Facing deportation, mother and son seek sanctuary at Olympia synagogue

About 40 people gathered at the synagogue for the announcement Thursday, including other faith leaders and members of the Temple Beth Hatfiloh congregation. Maria Pablo Matias, who fled her country …


New rules would allow longer forced holds

A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington’s involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia.


House, Senate budgets advance alongside new tax proposals

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Budget discussions advanced in the state Capitol on Friday, with Senate Democrats unveiling a two-year budget the same day House Democrats passed their own proposal — and …


Wolf Advisory group meeting Tuesday, Wednesday

The Washington Wolf Advisory group will discuss what to do once wolves are delisted in the state during a meeting on Olympia, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Cannabis Observer keeps industry updated on rules, bills

It wasn’t cannabis that brought Gregory Foster and his family to Olympia one-and-a-half years ago.


WSU regents authorize up to $5.26 million to settle lawsuit over 2017 hard drive burglary

The class-action suit in King County Superior Court stemmed from an April 2017 burglary at an Olympia storage facility in which someone stole a hard drive containing sensitive information on …


Life after death: Recompose, a soil-based alternative to burial and cremation, moves closer to reality

Today, Recompose – which would convert human remains to soil – is still just a concept. But it’s approaching reality, with scientific testing done at Washington State University and legislative …


South Sound Little Caesars Pizza franchisee fined $42,000 for labor law violations, state says

A South Sound Little Caesars Pizza franchisee has been fined $42,000 for allegedly violating youth labor laws, according to the state Department of Labor and Industries.


Serial cat mutilations leave Olympia-area residents angry, scared and suspicious

The cat mutilations/killings attributed to the same person or persons in Thurston County now total 11, including one found Friday morning. The investigation has so far come up empty despite …


Olympia synagogue plans ceremony to declare itself a sanctuary for immigrants

Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia has decided to become a sanctuary congregation and has planned a public ceremony to commemorate its decision to aid immigrants.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 12:15 p.m.

WSP says Olympia abduction report a hoax

The Washington State Patrol says a reported a possible abduction at a downtown Olympia park was a hoax.


‘We love you, Lindsey’: Family, friends remember McCleary girl who disappeared in 2009

Tables in the church foyer were lined with photos of Lindsey Baum, from when she was a baby up to age 10. There she was in a cowboy hat, in …


Olympia council declares homelessness a public health emergency, delays camp eviction

The Olympia City Council on Tuesday declared a public health emergency related to homelessness and postponed the eviction of people in one homeless camp on city-owned property for at least …


Racquetball drama spills off the court: ‘I not only lost a club, I lost friends’

Friedman, an avid racquetball player, was a member of The Valley Athletic Club in Tumwater for 35 years before his membership was revoked. He said it was because over the …


Veterans advocates use cannabis to reduce suicide, PTSD

When Patrick Seifert learned 22 U.S. veterans were committing suicide daily, it changed his world and inspired him to do more.


Olympia passes rules for city-sanctioned homeless camps

The Olympia City Council has approved new rules for permitted homeless camps, part of a larger effort to address the city’s homeless crisis.


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

More walking patrols coming to downtown Olympia this week, OPD says

More Olympia police officers are set to hit the downtown streets on walking patrols this week, seven months after voters passed a public safety levy to pay for community policing.


Hundreds march down Capitol Way in Olympia Monday to call attention to poverty

About 200 people gathered on the Capitol Campus, marched down Capitol Way and temporarily blocked traffic at some downtown intersections on Monday afternoon, all of it coordinated to call attention …


Review: Corrections center broke Washington state purchasing rules, inflated budget projections

When Washington state corrections officials announced a new superintendent for the Cedar Creek Corrections Center


Sloths, lizards, anteater in limbo after sanctuary seizures

The owners of an Oregon-based private wildlife center are petitioning to get their exotic animals back after Olympia animal control officers seized them a few weeks ago.


Sloths, lizard and other reptiles taken from Olympia home

Sloths and other exotic animals have been confiscated from a home in Olympia.


Lawsuit against WSU claims negligence led to burglary that exposed sensitive data

Washington State University is facing a class-action lawsuit in King County Superior Court that alleges negligence and violations of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act. The 33-page complaint, filed in December, also …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

John Kerry: Individual states can lead on climate change

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged support for legislative efforts in the Washington state to pass a carbon pollution tax to address climate change.


Spin Control: Somebody call the IT department

To err is human, Shakespeare said, but to really screw up takes a computer.


Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district

The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …


State Senate passes bill protecting students’ free speech

A bill to protect high school and college students’ rights to publish and speak freely in school-sponsored media has passed the Washington Senate.


With homelessness on the rise, Spokane organizations welcome federal dollars, fear state funds may be in peril

Nearly $4 million in federal funding was awarded to Spokane-area organizations Thursday, dollars aimed at ending homelessness at a time when the number of homeless people is on the rise …


Olympia gets rid of its anti-panhandling rules following Supreme Court decision

The city of Olympia has removed references to panhandling from its municipal code in response to a Washington state Supreme Court decision that partially invalidated a Lakewood ordinance restricting panhandling.


Trial for former WDFW official accused of raping coworker to begin

The trial is set to begin Tuesday for a former Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife employee accused of raping a coworker in December 2014.


Nine people were arrested in Olympia’s May Day protest. Here’s where their cases stand.

The Olympia Police Department arrested nine people on May 1 after protesters broke windows, fought with onlookers and threw rocks in downtown Olympia.