Deschutes On-Ramp To NB I-5 Will Close Overnight Monday 9/21

TUMWATER – The Deschutes Way Southwest on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, while crews install new raised pavement markings on northbound Interstate 5. 

During the closure, motorists are advised to access I-5 from the Trosper Road interchange to the south.

 September 21, 2015

Urban Forestry Restoration Project – Now Taking Applications Until September 30

Great news! The Urban Forestry Restoration Project (UFRP) has been extended for the 2015-2016 project year (October 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) and applications are now being accepted.

Each successful applicant receives approximately four weeks of Puget SoundCorps crew time to assist with urban forestry tasks that enhance the health and function of urban trees and forests.

Healthy urban trees and forests help to manage stormwater, reduce soil erosion, clean the air we breathe and the water we drink, and provide a broad range of additional ecological, economic and public health benefits.

Proposed projects must lie within the Puget Sound Basin, on publicly-owned property, and may not displace workers already in place or contracted. Criteria for selection include:

  • Local commitment to urban forestry;
  • Water quality impacts and community benefits;
  • Project planning and coordination; and
  • Public support and citizen stewardship involvement.

Application forms can be downloaded from the UFRP website. For questions or more information, please contact the UFRP Project Manager, Micki McNaughton, at (360) 902-1637 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application deadline is 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Ear to the Ground Press Release - September 21, 2015

Sept. 19 Bring Your Child To No-Cost Immunization Clinic

Get back-to-school vaccines for pre-school and K-12 children. Thurston County Public Health, in cooperation with the county’s Medical Reserve Corps and Group Health Cooperative, is sponsoring a no- cost “back-to-school” immunization clinic on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Children who are entering pre-school (age 3) through age 18 can get immunizations that are required for school, plus other recommended vaccines, including flu vaccines, and immunizations for chickenpox, measles, whooping cough, and others.

The no-cost clinic is open to all school-age children—you do not have to be a Group Health member to participate. The clinic operates on a first come, first served basis, and pre-registration is not required. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all children, and you should bring each child’s immunization records if available. Immunization waivers or exemptions will not be issued.

WHAT:    No Cost Back-to-School Immunization Clinic  

WHEN:    Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon

WHO:       Children ages pre-school through 12th grade
                  *Open to all students (not just Group Health members)

WHERE: Group Health Cooperative’s Olympia Medical Center at 700 Lilly Road NE in Olympia, 98506

For more information about the clinic, including a full list of available immunizations, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health and click on the “Back to School Immunizations” links, or call (360) 709-3080 (TDD 360-867-2603).

Information about vaccines required for school entry can be obtained from your school or from the Washington State Department of Health (www.doh.wa.gov). More information on vaccines and how to protect your family from preventable diseases can be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Sept. 16 - Public Hearing for Thurston County’s Capital Facilities Plan

Public comment invited on six-year plan for county’s buildings and facilities.

The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. on proposed updates to the county’s Capital Facilities Plan. The public is invited to participate in informed discussion, and testimony will be accepted at the September 16 hearing.

 The county’s Capital Facilities Plan describes the county’s financial plan for building and maintaining its capital facilities for the next six years. Counties and cities in Washington are required to have six-year capital facilities, and they are required to update those plans annually.

To view the proposed updates to the Capital Facilities Plan and the supporting documents, go to www.ThurstonPlanning.org, click on the “Capital Facilities Plan Hearing” links in the “News and Links” section. Hard copies of the Capital Facilities Plan documents are also available for viewing in the Resource Stewardship Department office in Building One at the county courthouse campus.

Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony at the September 16 public hearing. Written comments can also be emailed to Brad Murphy, Senior Planner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mailed to:

Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
Land Use and Permitting, ATTN: Brad Murphy
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16. For questions about the proposed items or the public hearing, please contact Brad Murphy via email or at (360) 754-3355 x4465.

WHAT:          Public Hearing on Capital Facilities Plan
WHEN:          Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.
WHERE:       County Courthouse Building One, Room 152 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502