County Up Close
Spring 2019: Volume 2, Issue 2
Interest in County’s Fish Passage Enhancement Program on the Rise
Thurston County has successfully implemented the first comprehensive program to replace fish blocking culverts in the region, opening more than 7.5 miles of fish habitat in the last two years alone.

Staff with Thurston County Public Works were invited to the regional meeting of Tribal governments to discuss initial program results and how working with Tribal stakeholders helped improve project outcomes.

Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on Courthouse and Regional Administrative Building Resolution
On Tuesday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m, citizens will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the Board of County Commissioners on a proposed ordinance to add a ballot proposition to increase the levy of the regular property tax to fund a new Courthouse and Regional Administrative Building. The ballot proposition would have to be approved by a majority of the voters at an upcoming election.

What: Public Hearing on the Courthouse and Regional Administrative Building Resolution
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, Building 1, Room 28

Commissioners to Hold Evening Board Meeting in Rochester 
In an effort to enhance transparency and take government out into the community, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners are hosting one of their weekly Board meetings at the Rochester Middle School Commons on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. 

What: Board of Commissioners Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Rochester Middle School Commons, 9937 US-12, Rochester, WA 98579

The Color of Justice
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Yu was the keynote speaker at Thurston County Superior Court's 'Color of Justice' program on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Chief Justice Yu shared her story of how she came to be a Chief Justice in Washington State.

The Color of Justice is a program that fosters diversity in the judicial system and seeks to inspire and encourage minority youth to consider a career and the law and judiciary system.

Dedicated Staff Carry Out Election Despite Historic Snow Storm
While most people were listening to the dreadful forecast and making grocery lists to ensure they had what they needed during February's snow storms, the Auditor and Thurston County elections department were working with Emergency Management to ensure the February 12 Special Election went on without a snag.

Celebrating Women's History
March was Women's History Month in Thurston County! The Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation to Dr. Thelma Jackson, a local activist, historian, and education advocate who served as a member and five-time President of the North Thurston School Board for 20 years. Dr. Jackson spoke about the many women who have contributed to making Thurston County what it is today, including Rebecca Howard. Mrs. Howard was a business woman in the Olympia area in the 1860s. We commemorated Women's History Month throughout the month of March by sharing the stories of women who are making a difference in our County and community!