Pacific Avenue Lane Closure

On Monday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m., vehicles traveling east on Pacific Avenue will not be able to access the northbound on-ramp to I-5. Those traveling west will still have access to northbound I-5. Westbound Pacific Avenue will also be restricted to one lane. The City of Olympia and the Washington State Department of Transportation will be performing work on a storm drain. Drivers are asked to use caution and obey all traffic control when traveling through the area. This work is weather permitting.

November 1, 2013/ City of Olympia News Release

MTA Benefit Area Public Meeting

Mason County Public Transportation Benefit Area, doing business as Mason Transit Authority, will hold a public meeting comprised of members of the Mason County Commissioners and the representative of the City of Shelton to consider a change in the composition of the Mason Transit Authority Board of Directors’ representation. Public comment will be received at the meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM at the Mason Transit Authority administrative offices located at 790 East John’s Prairie Road, Shelton, Washington 98584.

Mason Transit Authority Board Composition (PDF)

Mason Transit Authority 2014 Budget Review (PDF)


November 1, 2013/Maston Transit Authority Public Notice

PSD Rolls Back Taxes For Third Year In A Row

In 2011, Pioneer Citizens approved the three year Maintenance & Operations Levy. This levy was approved for $3,254,750.00. At our board meeting in October, the Pioneer School Board of Directors approved a reduction of this collection amount by $406,119.00.

Therefore, we will now collect $2,848,631.00 from local tax payers. This roll back occurred because of increased State and Federal revenue after levy calculations had been prepared. This increase in funding replaced the need to collect these funds from local taxpayers.

November 1, 2013/ Pioneer School District News Release

Community Foundation Funds ThurstonABC

Olympia, WA---The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound announced that its Board of Directors has approved a grant up to $80,000 for the Thurston Asset Building Coalition (ThurstonABC) to expand their work and provide coordination and administrative support to the coalition’s efforts. Now in its sixth year, ThurstonABC’s goal is to shorten the pathway out of poverty for people living in Thurston County.  The five “HUBS” -- housing, food, health, income and financial literacy—are networks of nonprofit, business and government partners working in common sectors.  ThurstonABC’s focus is on collaboration within and between the sectors to reach and support the people they serve in common.  

The grant will fund contract positions to manage and organize the partners’ work to broaden this initiative’s reach and capacity.  Grant funds will also engage organizational development resources to continue integration within the broader community.  ThurstonABC’s goal is to form a seamless network of partners working together to create an environment where barriers to self-sufficiency for people with limited incomes are minimized.

“This grant supports a community defined strategy, including enhanced collaboration in service delivery for our residents seeking an effective pathway out of poverty,” says Norma Schuiteman, The Community Foundation’s executive director.   The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound made the grant through its partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on alleviating intergenerational poverty. “Their efforts exemplify the type of community- identified priorities we are committed to support,” she adds.
“This grant will take the impact of our work to the next level.  With the assistance of paid coordinators and other key support we believe our work will benefit people throughout Thurston County by better serving those in need,” says Robert Coit, ThurstonABC chair.  The grant will also fund work to clearly define organizational priorities, build a budget around those, and implement a fund development plan.  “We are grateful to The Community Foundation for seeing the intrinsic value of our collaborative vision and its capacity to assist the greater community,” Coit adds.

November 1, 2013/ The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound News Release