In This Issue....
Electronic Check-in System Extends to More County Buildings
Boat Licenses set to Expire Wednesday, June 30
Stream Team to host Trail Clean up Event on Mclane Nature Trail
But first....
The Thurston County's Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is recruiting for three open positions, which include a Thurston County resident representative, a business representative, and a waste collection representative. This is an exciting time to be a member of the SWAC. Input is needed on major capital improvement projects at the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) in Lacey and the Rainier and Rochester drop-box facilities. Visit the SWAC website to learn more.
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COVID-19 Update
Registration for vaccine clinics is available on the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Facebook and Twitter pages, the county's COVID-19 webpage, or the Washington State Department of Health's vaccine locator tool.
Public Health & Social Services (PHSS) is transitioning away from large scale drive through vaccination events, but they are excited to announce they will be at Capital Mall seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a mobile vaccination team. The mobile team will be in the Sephora parking lot between Red Robin and the Cinemark movie theater administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for anyone age 18 and older. No appointments are needed, but people can pre-register on the PHSS vaccine website if they would like to reserve a spot. In addition, they will be at Rochester High School on Saturday, June 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. administering the Phizer vaccine for anyone 12 and up. All minors 12-17 years old must receive parent or guardian consent to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This can be done in PrepMod when registering for an appointment or at the time of vaccination. Parents or guardians do not have to be present at the time of vaccination if they signed the consent form online during registration.

No insurance is required and the vaccination is free. Please bring a form of ID with your name and birthday on it - ID card, passport, birth certificate, MyChart profile, Skyward profile, or insurance information are all acceptable forms of ID. Anyone requiring assistance can call the PHSS vaccine helpline at 360-867-2610. We are seeing a slow but steady increase in the number of residents getting vaccinated. 57.98% of residents age 16 and older have initiated their COVID-10 vaccine, and 50.04% of them are vaccinated. Across all age groups, 46.80% of all county residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 40.39% are fully vaccinated. Thurston County reported 331 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one hospitalization this week. Sadly, we lost our 93rd Thurston County resident to COVID-19 – a man in his 40’s. Our total COVID-19 case count is now at 10,380 since March 2020.
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Check-in System Extended to Clerk's Office,
Public Health & Social Services
The QMatic check-in system allows you to get in line electronically, and in some cases set an appointment.
On Tuesday, January 19, Thurston County implemented a new electronic check-in system for the offices in Building 1 of the Courthouse Complex, to include the Auditor’s, Treasurer’s, and Assessor’s Offices. Recently, the electronic check-in system was extended to the Clerk's Office in Building 3 of the Courthouse Complex and Public Health & Social Services on Lilly Road. You are not required to check in for the Building Development Center or Commissioners Office in Building 1.

The electronic check-in system allows you to electronically get in line, and in some cases set an appointment, for services electronically. Individuals will get in line or set an appointment by signing up online, scanning a QRCode before entering the building, or using the Kiosk system on the first floor of the building. Those who scan the QRCode or use the website to get in line before entering the building can wait in their vehicles or lobby areas and the system will notify you when it is your turn. To get in line electronically or sign up for available appointments, please visit www.thurstoncountywa.gov/qmatic
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Auditor's Office Earns National Achievement Award for Pandemic Response in Elections
The Thurston County Auditor's Office was recognized for their efforts to protect employee and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Association of Counties recognized the Thurston County Auditor's Office for their work to protect election workers and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Achievement Award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. To ensure employee and public health was protected, the Auditor's Office: 
  • Partnered with a nearby community college to stand up a drive-thru voting center 
  • Made significant physical and operation changes to the county's Ballot Processing Center. 
 
Awards are given in 18 different categories nationally that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement, and many more. You can read more about the award on the Thurston County Auditor's Office website.
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Boat Licenses Set to Expire June 30
Boat registrations expire on June 30 of each year.
​All boat registrations will expire on Wednesday, June 30. If you need to license your vessel, you have three options for renewing your tabs:
  • Renew online through the Department of Licensing (DOL). If you choose this option, you can have your tabs sent directly to you by mail or pick them up at the closest local licensing offices in Thurston County.     
  • Renew by visiting the Thurston County Auditor's Office or one of eight local licensing subagencies in Thurston County. It is helpful to have your WN number, your boat's Hull Identification Number (HIN), or a copy of a prior year's registration.
  • Renew by mail, if you received an email reminder from DOL. Make sure to calculate your fees online or call the county's licensing team at (360) 786-5406 to get the correct fees. You will need your WN number for us to assist you by phone. After calculating the correct fees, mail the check (made out to "Thurston County Auditor" or "DOL") or money order to:
Thurston County Auditor
Attn: Licensing
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 9850
Please include a copy of the renewal notice email or provide WN or Hull Identification Number (HIN) on the check or money order. You can learn more about renewing your boat tabs on the DOL's website or by reading through these boat tab renewal frequently asked questions.
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Stream Team Invites Public to Trails Clean up Event of Mclane Creek Trail June 10
The Mclane Creek Trail is 1.5 miles long, roundtrip, located in Capitol Forest.
Join the Stream Team of Thurston County on Thursday, June 10, to help keep McLane Creek Nature Trail beautiful and accessible to all those who want to experience the trails, plants, and, animals. There are appropriate and physically distanced tasks for everyone, to include lightly trimming back growth along the trail, removing leaves from the boardwalks, and clearing paths of any large debris.

The project is expected to take a few hours and will be a great opportunity to get out doors and experience the diversity and beauty of a Puget lowland forest. We mindfully trim back growth along the trail, remove leaf debris from boardwalks, and clear the paths of any large debris. You can register here: https://streamteam.info/events.
Before you go....
The Regional Housing Council (RHC) met for their May meeting on Wednesday, May 25. The RHC was created with the primary purpose to leverage resources and partnerships through policies and projects promoting equitable access to safe and affordable housing in Thurston County. You can learn more about the RHC here.
This week Commissioner Carolina Mejia released the first issue of her new monthly newsletter, The Update With Commissioner Mejia! In this month's issue, she covers a lot of topics, including what's happening with the Habitat Conservation Plan. You can sign up for future issues and read this month's issue here.