Organics Collection Program in Thurston County

The organics collection programs in Thurston County have gone through several changes over the past few years. This left many residents and businesses confused about what can go in their organics collection bins. To clear things up, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and LeMay recently adopted the same list of acceptable items. So now, no matter where you live or work, or who picks up your organics, the items you can put in your bin are the same. These items fall into three basic groups:


Seeking Public Input On Olympia Neighborhood Centers

You Can Help Shape Olympia’s Future Neighborhood Centers. The City of Olympia is laying the groundwork for supporting successful neighborhood centers. These small-scale neighborhood activity hubs offer residents convenient shopping and other services within a half-mile or 20-minute walk from home, contributing to a healthy lifestyle, helping us reduce our carbon footprint, and fostering neighborhood interaction.

What kinds of neighborhood centers do you want in Olympia?  Fill out our short questionnaire on OLYSpeaks at This survey will be open until midnight on October 28, 2014.

The Olympia Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall about initial exploration of the City’s neighborhood center regulations.

Washington And Oregon Seek Nominations For Columbia River Fishery Advisory Groups

OLYMPIA - Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon are seeking candidates to fill positions on advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The two states’ fish and wildlife departments will accept nominations to their joint advisory groups on Columbia River sport and commercial fisheries through Friday, Nov. 14. The two groups meet three to four times per year to develop recommendations for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and smelt fisheries.

Members are also expected to provide comments on issues addressed by the North of Falcon season-setting process for salmon fisheries, Columbia River Compact commercial fishing hearings and joint state hearings on sportfishing policies.

“Advisory group members provide an important voice for the fishing public,” said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “We’re looking for candidates who can fill that essential role.”


WDFW Seeks Candidates For Wolf Advisory Group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve for the next two years on the committee that advises the department on wolf recovery and management.

WDFW Director Phil Anderson will appoint up to 12 Washington state residents to the Wolf Advisory Group, which makes recommendations to guide the department’s implementation of the 2011 state Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

WDFW formed the advisory group in 2013 with nine members, who represent the interests of ranchers, wolf advocates, and hunters. The current members’ terms expire Dec. 31, and Anderson said they are encouraged to re-apply if they wish to continue. The new appointees’ terms will run through December 2016.