Thurston County Gov: Thanksgiving Closures

Thurston County government will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. All offices will re-open for regular business on Monday, December 2.

Regular curbside garbage and recycling collection will still be done in Thurston County on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Customers are reminded to have their garbage and recycling bins ready by 6 a.m. on their regular collection day.

The county’s Waste and Recovery Center in Lacey will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and will re-open on Friday, November 29 for regular hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

•    Fire and Police Emergency Services: Call 9-1-1 for emergency police, fire and medic services. Residents are urged to use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies only.  

•    Thurston County Sheriff Non-emergency Services: Residents of unincorporated Thurston County are urged to call the Sherriff’s Department non-emergency number at (360) 704-2740 for non-emergency issues like noise complaints. 9-1-1 should be used for life-threatening emergencies only.

•    County Parks Open: Burfoot Park, Frye Cove Park, Kenneydell Park and the Off-Leash Dog Park at the WARC will be open during regular park hours.

•    Intercity Transit: IT will not operate its local or express bus service on Thursday, November 28. Regular weekday service will resume on Friday, November 29, including Dial-A-Lift service. For more information, visit or call (360) 786-1881.

World AIDS Day Dec 1 2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., and nearly 200,000 of them don’t know they’re infected.  This sad fact highlights an awareness gap and the need for education.  With regular testing, early detection and increasingly effective treatments, people can manage HIV and live long productive lives.   In the past year, there has been much progress in research. A three-year study in France found that one in 10 people treated within 10 weeks of becoming infected were able to combat the disease. This is not the norm, since most are diagnosed long after they are infected.  While proper treatment has become much more available and effective, only 25 percent of Americans with HIV are receiving treatment. It is so important to ensure that all people – especially young people – are aware and educated about HIV/AIDS prevention and the availability of effective treatments.  Visit to learn where you can get tested today.  A public service message from UnitedHealthcare, World Aids Day.
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Prepare Now for a Safe Commute This Winter

The unpredictable northwest winter weather will soon be upon us.  Here are a few things you can do to help make your commutes safer.
Driving Tips:
•    Decrease your speed and increase your following distance.  
•    Avoid unnecessary lane changes.  
•    Warm your vehicle prior to driving to allow windows to defrost.  
•    Drive with your headlights on to increase visibility.
•    If you are involved in a collision, STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE with your seat belt on, that’s the safest place to be.

Check vehicle equipment:
•    Check tires for adequate tread depth and proper inflation.
•    Replace worn windshield wiper blades.  
•    Fill windshield washer with a nonfreezing cleaning fluid.
•    Check and replace defective lights.
•    Check fluid levels including oil and anti freeze.  
•    Check and replace worn hoses and belts.

Plan trips:
•    Pay attention to weather and traffic reports; use social media sites like Twitter to get up to the minute traffic, roadway, and collision information.
•    Allow extra travel time.
•    Avoid unnecessary trips.

What to bring:  
•    During winter months consider carrying additional equipment in your vehicle such as tire chains, a shovel, first aid supplies, gloves, a flashlight, blankets, and an ice scraper.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP), along with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), will be working hard to ensure safe travel to your destination. You, too, can maximize your safety this winter by following these simple tips.     

November 22, 2013/Washington State Patrol Press Release