Thurston County Public Hearing for Extending Marijuana Regulations Oct. 28

Public comment taken on six month extension of interim regulations. The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 28 to accept public testimony on extending interim zoning regulations for state-licensed marijuana producers, processors and retailers for six months. County commissioners are considering legislation that would extend the current marijuana zoning regulations until May 11, 2015. No other changes or amendments are proposed to the interim regulations. The current interim zoning regulations for state-licensed marijuana producers, processors and retailers are set to expire November 12, but county staff have requested additional time to complete a work plan for marijuana zoning and develop a proposal for final zoning regulations.

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Vacancies For Lacey City Council Advisory Boards & Commissions

The Lacey City Council is currently recruiting for one vacancy on the Planning Commission, and one vacancy on the TCTV Board of Directors.

The Planning Commission develops recommendations for long range planning and incorporates ideas into comprehensive planning goals and policies. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Lacey City Hall. Planning Commission members serve a three-year term with a two-term limit. The applicant must be a resident of the City of Lacey. The vacancy is open until filled. 

The TCTV Board of Directors sets the policy for TCTV to assist residents and organizations to communicate information and exchange ideas through the medium of community access television. The board meets at 6:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at the TCTV studios, 440 Yauger Way SW in Olympia. The vacancy is open until filled. 

If you are interested in serving on the Planning Commission or TCTV Board of Directors, and would like to receive an application, please contact Jenny Bauersfeld at (360) 413-4387, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also download an application from the City’s website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us. Please submit a letter of interest and resume along with your application.

October 10, 2014

Training Provided For Emergency in Montesano

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) bringing a FREE Department of Homeland Security-certified course - Continuity of Government Operations Planning for Rural Communities to Montesano, Washington.

History demonstrates that disasters and emergencies often interrupt, degrade, or destroy local government’s ability to perform essential functions. This is especially true in rural communities where resources are typically limited under the best of circumstances.  These jurisdictions must develop plans that address succession planning, redundant communications, and alternate site needs for their communities to face natural and manmade threats.  The environment after a disaster can be chaotic, which is why it is important to have a plan in place that is specific yet flexible enough to respond to any situation.  

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Celebrate The Launch Of The Thurston Bountiful Byway

The Thurston Bountiful Byway is finally here to lead you on a path to some of the county’s finest farms, wineries, and historic attractions. On Monday, October 13, you’re invited to join the founders of the Byway to celebrate its launch at the Schilter Family Farm.

The Bountiful Byway runs through the heart of Thurston County’s most picturesque rural and agricultural lands. The scenic route promotes agricultural tourism, or agritourism, in the rural parts of the county. The byway starts in the Nisqually Valley, stretches south to the city of Yelm and west to the Capital Forest before ending at the intersection of Mud Bay and Delphi Road.

Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero lead the development of the Bountiful Byway in collaboration with several community partners including local farmers and business owners, the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau, Thurston County WSU Extension, and the Thurston Regional Planning Council. Romero stated, “Between 1950 and 2008, Thurston County lost over 90,000 acres of farmland to urbanization. Our community is rapidly losing this vital part of our history, culture, and economy, and we recognized a need to do something to help save it. The byway will serve as the tourism backbone of the county; creating a new market for agritourism businesses and increasing traffic to rural Thurston County.”

Along the way, you can explore dozens of special stops and activities including creameries, nurseries, wineries, historic sites, and even a sculpture garden. Pick a day and stop at as many attractions as time allows!

For more information about the byway please visit www.ThurstonBountifulByway.com.

WHAT:          Thurston County Bountiful Byway Celebration—free and open to the public

WHEN:    Monday, October 13, 3:00-4:00pm
WHERE:  Schilter Family Farm
              141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE
               Olympia, WA 98513

October 8, 2014