Southbound Lane Of Capitol Boulevard Closed

The right-hand southbound lane of Capitol Boulevard, between Dennis Street SW and Israel Road SW in Tumwater, will be closed on Saturday, September 28, 2013. A private contractor, Potelco, will complete utility work which requires temporary lane closure, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday only.

September 26, 2013/City of Tumwater Press Release

Special Presentation – “Small Infill Housing”

The Olympia Planning Commission invites the public to attend a special presentation about “Small Infill Housing” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7 at Olympia City Hall.

As Olympia’s population grows, infill development will be key to creating a less consumptive, more compact and walkable city. Infill development is the process of developing vacant or under-used parcels within existing, built-out neighborhoods. Olympia’s vision for the future, as expressed by the community and captured in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, includes the following goals: provide mixed and affordable housing types, create a less auto-dependent urban form, maximize public investments, and support vibrant, well-functioning neighborhoods. Infill housing can move us closer to achieving these goals. At the same time, it is important for infill to fit within the existing neighborhood context.


Historical Commission For City of Lacey

The Lacey City Council is currently recruiting for one vacancy on the Historical Commission. The Lacey Historical Commission provides leadership in historic preservation and developing information concerning the historical significance of the local Lacey area. The Historical Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Historical Commission members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit. Applicants must be residents of Lacey or live in the urban growth area (UGA) of the city.

If you are interested in serving on the Historical Commission and would like to receive an application, please contact Jenny Bauersfeld at (360) 413-4387, or by email at . You may also download an application from the city’s website at Please submit a letter of interest and resume along with your application.

September 26, 2013/City Of Lacey Press Release

Controlled Blasts Scheduled: Elwha River

Contractor Barnard Construction of Bozeman, Montana is at work this weekend to prepare for a series of controlled blasts early next week near Glines Canyon Dam. These blasts will not affect the dam and will have a minimal effect on sediment release.
Rather, the short series of blasts is designed to decrease the size of several large boulders left by a post-1926 rockfall.  Comparisons between 1920s-era data and photos and current conditions reveal that a significant rockfall, possibly associated with dam construction, occurred slightly downstream of the Glines Canyon Dam.  Boulders released by the rockfall now pose a barrier to upstream salmon migration.
“We know that the pre-dam river channel through Glines Canyon was clear and free of large obstructions,”said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.  “Removing the rockfall debris will restore the pre-dam channel conditions and provide clear passage for returning fish once dam removal is completed next year.”
The Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to all public entry beyond the Altair Campground.  Additionally, all areas west and downhill of the Whiskey Bend Road are closed to public entry, with the exception of the Upper Lake Mills Trail and upper Lake Mills delta.  The Elwha River within the Lake Mills area is closed to all boating.
Removal of the remaining 50 feet of Glines Canyon Dam is expected to begin later this fall.
Webcams of the Elwha River Restoration project are available through the Olympic National Park website ( or directly at and provide updated images throughout daylight hours.
More information about Elwha River Restoration, including weekly updates, is available at the Olympic National Park website, and at facebook/elwhariverrestoration.
Olympic National Park News Release