Drew Mikkelsen

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Jehovah's Witness congregants working on rebuilding Olympia church destroyed in 2018 arson

Congregants of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Olympia are working on rebuilding the church. It will reopen in January. OLYMPIA, Wash. — A group of 200 volunteers is working on...

Formerly incarcerated people paid to return to jail to help those behind bars

Peer counselors who previously served time hope to prevent crime and homelessness by meeting with those who are currently incarcerated. MONTESANO, Wash. — After spending 11 years in and out of...

Driver in stolen car stopped by wet concrete in Lakewood

A woman drove through 100 feet of wet concrete, get stuck in freshly cement, then walked away from the car with a half-full whiskey bottle and a little boy. LAKEWOOD, Wash....

Washington State Patrol’s DUI backlog is growing

Tests that used to take a month to process, can now take up to a year, according to WSP. SHELTON, Wash. — Evidence that used to take a month to process...

Half of West Thurston Regional firefighters could lose their jobs if next levy fails, chief says

If the levy fails, cuts will be inevitable, said Fire Chief Rob Smith. That could lead to increased response times to 911 calls. THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. — More than half of...

Organizers hope to honor Japanese-Americans imprisoned at Puyallup fairgrounds with gallery

The gallery would have a wall listing the names of those imprisoned and would include an example of what one of the barracks looked like. PUYALLUP, Wash. — Despite its non-threatening...

New drug treatment facility being opened by Quinault Indian Nation

It will offer medical and dental care, mental health assistance, and even child care for anyone diagnosed with substance use disorder. ABERDEEN, Wash — In October, the Quinault Indian Nation is...

Homeowners in Thurston County are asking for higher taxes. Here's why

The homeowners want to give the county funding, and the authority to clean weeds, pollution and algae from the lake they call home. OLYMPIA, Wash. — More than a dozen property...

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