Elwha Valley Whiskey Bend Road to Close for Repairs January 15

Whiskey Bend Road, the gravel road connecting Olympic Hot Springs Road to the Whiskey Bend trailhead, will close to all use on Wednesday, January 15. The 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road will close to all use for one day, Wednesday, January 15, to allow the Olympic National Park road crew to clear and repair a culvert that was plugged during this past weekend’s heavy rains.

The road will close on Wednesday morning and reopen Wednesday evening when repairs are complete.

January 14, 2013/Olympic National Park News Release

Three Planning Commission Hearings Jan. 15

Thurston County - Public comment taken on Ken Lake, Schader Crown Ranch, county’s Comprehensive Plan. The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold three public hearings on Wednesday, January 15 starting at 7 p.m. The hearings are on proposed land use plan map changes for the Ken Lake area, the Schader Crown Ranch Long-Term Agriculture reconsideration, and on Comprehensive Plan amendment methods.

Ken Lake Land Use Map Changes
The first public hearing will be on a proposed amendment to change the land use and zoning for approximately 106 acres located in an unincorporated area of the Urban Growth Boundary for the City of Olympia in an area northwest of Ken Lake. The land use and zoning would change from Residential Four Units per Acre TCC 23.04 (R-4) to Residential Low Impact Two to Four Units per Acre TCC 23.04 (RLI-2-4) or other appropriate land use and zoning district.

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Public Comment Invited

Thurston County - The 2014-2015 Preliminary Docket of Development Code Amendments is now available to the public for review and written comment. Comments on the preliminary docket must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21.

The Official Docket of Development Code Amendments is a list of proposals for making changes to Thurston County’s development regulations. The development code docket can include proposals on a wide variety of topics, including modifying residential or commercial zoning requirements, boundary line adjustments, rural special use permit standards, building setbacks, and many more. The development code docket does not include Comprehensive Plan amendments or amendments to county subarea land use plans. The Board of County Commissioners chooses the topics from the Preliminary Docket of Development Code Amendments, which is maintained year-round, and then places them on an Official Docket of Development Code Amendments, which is forwarded to the Thurston County Planning Commission for proposal development and review.

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New Winter Ferry Schedule

Set an open or planned course with the Washington State Ferries winter sailing schedule beginning Sunday, Jan. 12. Highlights of the winter 2014 schedule, in effect through April 5, include:

  • Sidney, B.C.: As with previous winters, service to Sidney, B.C. is suspended.
  • Anacortes/San Juan Islands: Three vessels will operate on weekends. Four vessels will remain in service on weekdays.
  • Fauntleroy/Vashon Island/Southworth: Fewer sailings on weekends.
Schedules and other trip-planning tools including available vehicle spaces, terminal cameras, and best times to travel are available online, on the ferry or at the terminal. For those on the go, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s mobile app also contains a full listing of the most current ferry schedule.

January 2014