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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Hot Topics and Events
Celebrate Earth Day Apr. 22Countless workshops, events and celebrations are happening this week for Earth Day 2014!
Local governments going green
"Environmental Health Matters" blog
New county art piece debuts Apr. 25
Support Thurston County 4-H Apr. 23 — May 4Get 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!
More info on the Spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover campaign
Thurston County WSU Extension 4-H program
Quick Title Service Starts May 5Starting Monday, May 5 you can get same-day vehicle and vessel title service at the Thurston County Auditor's Office.
Quick Title news link
Thurston County Quick Title QA
Thurston County Auditor's Licensing homepage
Feds Add Gopher to Growing List of Endangered Prairie SpeciesThe 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.
Apr. 8 Mazama pocket gopher news
Thurston County Planning Dept. prairie web pages
USFWS Washington Office web pages
Center for Natural Lands Management
May 3 is Secondhand SafariJoin us at the fairgrounds Saturday, May 3 for the annual garage sale and re-use fair! Call or email to reserve your booth today.
May 3 Secondhand Safari details
Landslide InfoThe tragic landslide in Snohomish County has many people wanting more information about landslides and how to detect a landslide hazard.
WA Dept. of Natural Resources
DNR landslide fact sheet & FAQs
Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance and managing geologic hazards like landslides
New Enforcement Code is Under ReviewThe 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.
More enforcement code details
Federal Review of Pipeline ExpansionThe 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.
FERC's Oct. 2013 project update brochure
Map of Washington Expansion Project CP-13-507
Recruiting - Civil ServiceThe Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill a number of positions during 2014.
Click here for more information.