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Walk on the Wild Side with Local Birders

  By Lynn West A noisy crow may haunt our sleep, a sweet hummingbird may hum in our hollyhocks, and, if fortunate, we may spot a stately great blue heron on a nearby shoreline. Yes, birds are part of our daily lives, but usually only in passing. Birders, rather than distractedly acknowledging a glimpse or […]

Skokomish Tribe, Tacoma Power Collaborate to Restore Salmon and Steelhead to the Upper North Fork Skokomish River

  By Melanie Kallas Ricklefs Ninety years ago, steelhead and several species of salmon spawned freely in the North Fork Skokomish River system. According to Dave Herrera, Fisheries Policy Representative for the Skokomish Indian Tribe, Sockeye salmon spent their rearing phase in a small natural lake that is now far beneath the surface of Lake […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Combats Learning Loss with Summer Brain Gain

  By Lisa Herrick Boys & Girls Clubs of America contends that most youth lose about two months’ worth of math skills during summer, but low-income youth also lose more than two months’ worth of reading skills while their middle-class peers make slight gains. Keeping kids’ brains stimulated during summer is a challenge for any […]

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500 Flags Fly in Lacey

  By Lynn West On every major thoroughfare in Lacey, Washington this week, or any week preceding a national holiday, the stars and stripes will be waving in the breeze. That is, not just one or two United States flags on a pole here or there, but over 500 flags! In this regard, Lacey is […]

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Joy Johnston – Personal Devotion Creates Fundraiser for Providence St. Peter Hospital’s Healing Garden

  By Nikki McCoy Joy Johnston, a seasoned belly dancer, and busy mom who runs her own PR firm, was breastfeeding her daughter when she first noticed the lumps in her breast. Thinking it could be clogged milk ducts, she wasn’t too bothered. But four months after weaning, the lumps were still there. And they […]

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Alex Parker Creates a Positive Community through CHS Young Life

  By Claire Smith, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk The Young Life Organization is a long-standing faith-based group geared towards teens. It provides a way to connect with other teens in their school and meet others from the greater community. It’s a big deal – over 1.4 million kids are involved in Young Life […]

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Local High Schools Work Together for County-Wide Food Drive

  By Sara Hollar, Olympia High School Intern to ThurstonTalk When Capital and Olympia High Schools co-hosted the Association of Washington Student Leaders conference in fall of 2014, the students didn’t know the effects of the event would be so far-reaching or long-lasting. Teens from across the state were getting to know each other, but […]

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Tumwater’s Andrew Dellsite and Andrea Senior Shine in the Olympia Master Builders Design Contest

  By Gail Wood One day, Andrew Dellsite and Andrea Senior both want to be involved in architecture design and construction. Except Dellsite’s pursuit will bring him to aerospace engineering and design – rockets and spaceship stuff. Senior is thinking about pursuing physical therapy, which is a different kind of reconstruction. Both Tumwater High School students […]

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ThurstonTalk Invites High School Internship Applications

  ThurstonTalk.com has opened a limited internship opportunity to Thurston County high school students interested in writing or photography. A special thank you to Hometown Property Management owner, Andrew Barkis, for partially sponsoring this experience for high school students. The internship will run from September 2015 – June 2016 and is open to all Thurston County students […]

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Capital High School Debate Team’s Hard Work Equals Victory at State Competition

  By Lauren Fraiser, Capital High School Intern to ThurstonTalk. As many parents know well, high school students like to argue. But most don’t do it as well as Capital High School’s debate team. This year, the group have argued topics ranging from genetically modified foods, to the use of private prisons. As a competitor […]

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