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Thurston County, Washington, is located at the southern end of Puget Sound in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Majestic Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains are nearby to the east, while the Pacific Coast is just an hour's drive to the west. Home to more than 245,000 residents, Thurston County is 60 miles south of Seattle and 100 miles north of Portland, Oregon.

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Celebrate Earth Day Apr. 22

Countless workshops, events and celebrations are happening this week for Earth Day 2014!
link arrow Local governments going green
link arrow "Environmental Health Matters" blog
link arrow New county art piece debuts Apr. 25
Earthday World Globe Image

Support Thurston County 4-H Apr. 23 — May 4

Get your $1 paper clover at Del's Feed and Farm Supply stores in Yelm and Olympia to support Thurston County 4-H youth and programs!
link arrow More info on the Spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover campaign
link arrow Thurston County WSU Extension 4-H program

Quick Title Service Starts May 5

Starting Monday, May 5 you can get same-day vehicle and vessel title service at the Thurston County Auditor's Office.
link arrow Quick Title news link
link arrow Thurston County Quick Title QA
link arrow Thurston County Auditor's Licensing homepage

Feds Add Gopher to Growing List of Endangered Prairie Species

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Mazama pocket gopher is now listed as a threatened species, joining several other South Sound prairie species that are protected by the Endangered Species Act.
link arrow Apr. 8 Mazama pocket gopher news
link arrow Thurston County Planning Dept. prairie web pages
link arrow USFWS Washington Office web pages
link arrow Center for Natural Lands Management

May 3 is Secondhand Safari

Join us at the fairgrounds Saturday, May 3 for the annual garage sale and re-use fair! Call or email to reserve your booth today.
link arrow May 3 Secondhand Safari details

Landslide Info

The tragic landslide in Snohomish County has many people wanting more information about landslides and how to detect a landslide hazard.
link arrow WA Dept. of Natural Resources
link arrow DNR landslide fact sheet & FAQs
link arrow Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance and managing geologic hazards like landslides
Landslide Information

New Enforcement Code is Under Review

The Board of County Commissioners is considering a new consolidated enforcement code title. The new Title 26 consolidates land use code enforcement regulations from 13 chapters into one.
link arrow More enforcement code details

Federal Review of Pipeline Expansion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon be issuing a Draft EIS on a natural gas pipeline expansion project that includes a portion in eastern Thurston County. FERC Docket No. CP13-507.
link arrow FERC's Oct. 2013 project update brochure
link arrow Map of Washington Expansion Project CP-13-507
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  FERC Seal

Recruiting - Civil Service

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill a number of positions during 2014.
link arrow Click here for more information.
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