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

Volunteers Needed for 2014 Homeless Census on Jan. 23

Volunteers are needed to help with the annual homeless census in Thurston County on Thursday, January 23. Along with the call for volunteers to help with census and survey activities, this year’s census also needs volunteers for two homeless resource fair events where families and individuals struggling with homelessness can get hot meals, warm clothing and coats, other survival commodities, and where they can connect with social services. The homeless resource fair events in Olympia and Yelm and the other census activities are part of an annual nationwide “point in time” census that determines who is homeless, why and what resources are needed to help people get back to independence.

The annual Thurston County Homeless Census is coordinated by the City of Olympia, which has a contract with Thurston County to do the census. The results of the census are used to help guide federal, state and local funding decisions for local shelters, transitional housing, and related supportive services. The Thurston County HOME Consortium oversees the annual census and uses the data to help make recommendations for the multi-jurisdictional administration of the county’s housing programs. The consortium is comprised of elected officials from Bucoda, Olympia, Lacey, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, and Thurston County and is an advisory board to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners.

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Mason County Sheriff’s Honor Guard Seeking Donations

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is seeking donations in order to be able to send two of their members to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Washington DC, May 2014.This prestigious event brings together Honor Guard members from across the United States to participate in a national competition as well as to provide honor to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice while enforcing the laws of this land.

This event will also be adding the names of over 140 Officers, Deputies, Troopers and Agents that were killed in the line of duty in 2013.  These additions will also include WA State Patrol Trooper Sean O’Connell.The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is completely funded by public donations and they do not charge when requested to participate in public functions.

The Honor Guard is a tradition started by Deputy Sheriff Chris Mondry in 2010.  Since then, the Honor Guard has participated in every line-of-duty death memorial in WA State, participated in local events such as the Belfair parade, and have attended several memorial services throughout the region.

The cost to compete in the competition, the national training and to participate in the memorial event, as well as the cost of food is being personally covered by team members.  The Honor Guard is requesting donations to cover just the cost of the air fares and lodging.  Round trip air fare for 2 ($1,450.00) and lodging for two rooms over four days ($1,500.00) comes to $2,950.00. Please contact Deputy Sheriff Chris Mondry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you!

January 6, 2013/Press Release MCSO