The JOLT – The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater (and The Daily JOLT newsletter)

Public service journalism for Thurston County, Washington


The JOLT nourishes the civic lives of Thurston County residents and grows community capacity by publishing accurate, relevant and entertaining stories that help people become better informed and more involved in local issues, events and activities.

About our journalism

Find more than 4,000 local news and feature stories we’ve published, all of which are both searchable and available at no charge on our website.

(And if you’re not already receiving The Daily JOLT, our weekday newsletter that shows you the day’s local headlines, you’re invited to subscribe – for FREE! Just go to the form at

This is reporting you won’t find anywhere else (certainly not in the national news!) because it covers the issues that most impact your day-to-day life — local government activity, school board meetings, building development, etc.

In addition to covering the hard news, we also feature local columnists who write about gardening, local birds, local nonprofit organizations, life here as a senior citizen, health and personal growth. Plus, an increasing number of reader letters, local high school sports pictorials, full-length obituaries (which we publish at no charge) and more.

And check our Community Calendar for all kinds of local and online events, every day


Olympia, WA, USA



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