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Children throughout the Twin Cities will be able to ride the bus for free starting Oct. 1 under a new program called “Move Ahead Washington” that was passed by the state Legislature at … more
The Goat Rocks Fire in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest northeast of Packwood was estimated at 3,096 acres Tuesday as nearly 200 people continued battling the lightning-caused blaze.  … more
A wildfire thought to be caused by lightning in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in early August grew tremendously on Friday as a red flag warning — a weather advisory signaling dry, windy conditions … more
U.S. Highway 12 between Packwood and White Pass is opening and evacuations set in place due to the Goat Rocks Fire in East Lewis County are largely being lifted this evening as the red flag warning … more
The Goat Rocks Fire in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Packwood continued to spread in all directions overnight. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, the fire had been mapped at 2,842 acres, nearly twice … more
Lewis County has issued level two and three evacuation notices for Packwood and the areas surrounding the Goat Rocks Wilderness Fire following the fire’s rapid growth Friday … more
Residents of Packwood and the surrounding area filled every vacant seat in the Packwood Community Hall Tuesday evening, pulling out extra chairs and finding places to stand when all the pre-arranged … more
When students at Rochester High School started the school year this week, they had some new selections at their school library. Doug and Elizabeth West, the duo behind the high school’s … more
The Goat Rocks Wilderness Fire roughly 7 miles northeast of Packwood has grown to 80 acres.  While fire activity has been subdued since the fire grew in size Friday, officials with the U.S. … more
In 2026, America will celebrate its 250th birthday. Ahead of that, the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis is trying to drum up excitement around the history of the nation’s fight for … more
The first Tenino Railroad Day is coming up on Sept. 17 and will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will signal the reopening of a caboose at the Tenino Depot Museum. The caboose has been … more
The still developing story of Olympia teen Gabriel Davies began with fear last week: The 16-year-old athlete was reported missing, last seen in a remote area of Thurston County. After a search and … more
The 16-year-old Olympia boy whose disappearance launched a two-day search in South Thurston County this week has been arrested on charges of murder, burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm, … more
An encampment at the end of Centralia’s Eckerson Road with a regularly-fluctuating population of people experiencing homelessness was the backdrop for a tour of elected and appointed officials … more
With almost half its funding for the next four years on the line, the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority has decided to place its maintenance and operation levy proposal on the November ballot. … more
Investigators located a missing 16-year-old Olympia High School football player late Thursday evening after an extensive two-day search. Gabriel Davies of Olympia was found at 10 p.m. on the 13600 … more
The stigma surrounding drug overdoses makes it difficult for survivors, the loved ones of those who died from an overdose and the community at large to discuss and address the myriad of emotions … more
A Centralia man has been charged with second-degree arson for allegedly starting fires — including a brush fire that burned 12.5 acres in northern Centralia — on Saturday.   A … more
Norma Szabo grew up playing at Westside Park. Today, she is its neighbor. Szabo has watched generations of families enjoy the small green space in Chehalis’ Westside neighborhood. In recent … more
A fire that burned 13 acres and led to nearby roads and Interstate 5 being closed for nearly five hours Thursday is considered “potentially suspicious,” a West Thurston Fire official told … more
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