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Working to Keep Us Safe – Olympia Fire Prepares for Worst Case Scenarios

  By Laurie O’Brien There are a lot of things the majority of Thurston County citizens don’t think about very often. Among them is what we would do if our lives were put in danger as a routine part of our jobs. For firefighters and law enforcement personnel, however, that situation is a daily reality. Taking […]

How Deep is the Rivalry between Tumwater and Black Hills High Schools?

  By Taylor Tryon, Tumwater High School Intern to ThurstonTalk In the Tumwater School District, there are two rival high schools – Tumwater High School and A.G.West Black Hills High School. The two schools were a combined Tumwater school until the opening of Black Hills in 1997, splitting the student body. So how is a […]

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Saint Martin’s University Science Exploration Workshop Brings Fun, Learning to Boys & Girls Clubs Kids

  By Gail Wood A rocket launches, a robot is made entirely out of Legos, an eye peers into a microscope – learning is happening, a peek into how math, science and engineering work at Saint Martin’s University. About 38 students from five different branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County took […]

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Avanti’s Madeline Poultridge Crowned Capital Lakefair Queen

  By Sara Hollar, Olympia High School Intern to ThurstonTalk Capital Lakefair means different things to different people around Thurston County. For many it’s a chance for fun rides and fair food. For others, the parade is the highlight of the Lakefair experience. But for the five young women who make up the royalty court, […]

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Stella Parker – Capital High School Senior Achieves Despite Adversity with Epilepsy

  By Katie Doolittle When Stella Parker graduates from Capital High School later this year, her diploma will symbolize years of determination and learning. In this, she’s just like other members of the class of 2015. But since Parker’s road to academic achievement has been a little bumpier than most, her arrival at this educational […]

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With Help and Hard Work, Lee Thibodeau Has Become an Eagle Scout, a 4.0 Student and a Leader

  By Gail Wood With pride, Mark Thibodeau can rattle off his son’s accomplishments in the classroom, Boy Scouts and sports. With gratitude and appreciation, he can name the people who have helped his son along the way. Accompanying every accomplishment, and there have been many in Lee Thibodeau’s young life, there stands a teacher, […]

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Welcome to JBLM – A Newcomers Guide to Exploring the South Sound Area

  By Sonia Garza Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! If you’re stationed near JBLM, like us and so many people in the area, or if you’re just new to Washington State, you will find that there are so many wonderful things to see and do. Here is a list of my favorite activities, using JBLM […]

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Meet Jaxx – Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Breaks in a New Dog

  By Laurie O’Brien Before you read this story, I invite you to take a trip down memory lane: Three years ago, ThurstonTalk introduced you to Rex, a K9 deputy with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO). Fast forward to 2015, and Deputy Rod Ditrich, is looking forward to easing his friend and partner, Rex, […]

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Neighborhood Notes – Behind Chris Hamilton’s Lens

  By Kate Scriven With beautiful images posted to ThurstonTalk.com’s social media page, Chris Hamilton has quickly developed a devoted fan base. He captures sunsets, Orcas, eagles, and iconic waterfront images of our area that take our breath away and remind us why we love living in Thurston County. But who is the man behind […]

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Victoria Williams – Savvy Seamstress Behind Olympia’s Bella Jean Boutique

  By Katie Doolittle Radiating efficiency and quiet expertise, Victoria Williams presides over the multi-faceted business at Bella Jean Boutique. Much like its owner, the storefront is bright and welcoming, an attractive mix of 21st century chic and graceful, old-fashioned elegance. Says Williams, “I want people to feel at home when they come in and […]

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