Olympia City Hall Closure 9/19

This Thursday, September 19, Olympia City Hall will be closed from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for the City’s annual Employee Recognition Program. We apologize for any inconvenience. Many of our most common in-person transactions can be handled online, including parking citation and utility payments, at olympiawa.gov/pay.

September 16, 2013/City of Olympia Press Release

No-Cost Back-to-School Immunizations Sept. 21

Third annual clinic has more vaccines, open to pre-school aged children.
The Back-to-School season can put a strain on family with the need for new school supplies, new school clothes, and the need for required immunizations for students. To help Thurston County families get back-to-school immunizations, 2013 marks the third year in a row that the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and Group Health Cooperative’s Olympia Medical Center are offering a no-cost immunization clinic for children. The Back-to-School Immunization Clinic is on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at Group Health Cooperative’s Olympia Medical Center.

This year, children in Thurston County can get immunized from pre-school age to high school seniors at no cost. The clinic will also offer all vaccines recommended for children in addition to those required by schools.


Workshops on Biomass Energy Tool

Forest Biomass Calculator helps assess long-term viability of forests
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in partnership with the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (UW SEFS) will be holding four technical workshops on how to use the web-based Washington State Biomass Calculator – a tool for emerging sustainable energy businesses.

The Washington State Biomass Calculator serves those interested in developing biomass facilities or for landowners interested in supplying forest biomass to such facilities in Washington State. It was developed by researchers at UW SEFS in collaboration with TSS Consultants in 2012.

DNR, in partnership with UW SEFS, is offering hands-on technical training to prospective biomass investors, forest landowners and managers, and the general public at workshops across the state this October. Participants will receive an overview of the Biomass Calculator, with hands-on instruction in the use of the web-based tool. Wireless internet will be available at all workshops, allowing participants to walk through the tool’s functions and examine trial scenarios with the instructor. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets to take full advantage of this unique opportunity.


Culvert Work Near Twanoh State Park: LATEST

Local access to SR 106 near Twanoh Falls closes Monday night Sept. 16

TWANOH FALLS – From 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close access from both East Twanoh Falls Drive and East Creekside Drive to State Route 106 in Mason County. During the closure, crews will increase the elevation of the highway by five feet to accommodate a 20-foot culvert being installed under the road. Residents who access SR 106 from those two side streets are advised to plan ahead and to park outside of the construction zone if they need to travel on SR 106 during that time.

More information on the culvert project can be found at WSDOT’s project web page.


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WSDOT reduces SR 106 to one lane near Twanoh State Park for culvert work. Motorists traveling along scenic State Route 106 should expect delays up to 15 minutes from early September to mid-October while crews remove and replace a culvert under the highway.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce SR 106 to one-way, alternating traffic around the clock near Twanoh State Park, eight miles east of Union. That one lane of traffic will be rerouted onto a temporary, 600-foot-long detour built adjacent to the highway.

The speed limit through the work area has already been reduced to 25 miles per hour. The work area includes the SR 106/Creekside Drive intersection, which provides access to approximately 400 homes. Flaggers will provide around-the-clock traffic control to maintain access to those homes during the seven weeks the detour is in effect.

In those seven weeks, crews will cut through the roadway asphalt to expose and remove the existing three-foot-wide culvert, and replace it with a 20-foot-wide culvert. The new culvert’s substantially increased capacity is expected to reduce the potential for localized roadway flooding, which has been a chronic problem. A side benefit is that the larger culvert will provide an enhanced passageway for fish.

After the new culvert is installed, crews will repave the highway, which will be about six feet higher at the site to accommodate the larger culvert, and restore the previous 40 mile-per-hour speed limit. The project is scheduled to be complete this fall.

WSDOT News Release