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In this January 2020 file photo, tents are pictured inside a homeless encampment in Olympia.
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Port of Olympia officials and Thurston County sheriff’s deputies displaced an estimated eight unsheltered people from a wooded Tumwater property on Monday, sparking objections from activists concerned “sweeps” of camps add pressure to a shelter system already strained by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Daffodils bloom near the Legislative Building on April 6, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
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Thurston County is poised to enter Phase 2 of reopening as soon as next week, a step that would be a first among counties in the populous Puget Sound region. 

Under Gov. Jay Inslee's "Safe Start Washington" plan, Phase 2 allows restaurants, retail stores, hair and nail salons, and offices to reopen their doors, with restrictions meant to limit spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Thurston County is looking into the arrest of a man by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the county courthouse earlier this year.

On Thursday afternoon, county commissioners will hold a meeting to examine what happened during the June 20 arrest, and consider possible policy changes.

Thurston County Manager Ramiro Chavez said the ICE arrest at the courthouse came as a total surprise to him.

Courtesy of the Thurston Conservation District

An election at a Thurston County land stewardship board is getting more attention than usual.

Saturday's election for an open seat on the Thurston Conservation District's board comes as the body faces a state investigation into allegations of dysfunction. 

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There aren't typically a lot of high school students in courtrooms. But a judge in Thurston County is bringing the court to them.

A few dozen juniors and seniors at Olympia High School recently gathered in a small theater to watch small claims court.

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Plenty of folks around Yelm remember of this patch of land near the Deschutes River.

Few have longer memories than 94-year-old Earl Herness. 

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The Thurston County Sheriff's Office in Washington state says Sheriff John Snaza has been critically hurt in a motorcycle crash in Montana.

Lt. Tim Rudloff says in a news release that Snaza suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, which happened Tuesday at about 6 p.m. in Sanders County, Montana.

Snaza was flown to a hospital in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he was listed in critical but stable condition on Wednesday.

Austin Jenkins

Brian Phillips spent 71 days in solitary confinement this summer. He was locked up in the Thurston County Jail after he went off his psychiatric medication and had several run-ins with police. Like many of inmates in his situation, Phillips had to wait weeks for a mental health evaluation. While he waited, the isolation took a toll.