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Three notable Thurston Count stories:
* Nisqaully Tribe works with WA. schools on cultural teachings,
* The Olympian Editorial Board: We have an election system you can trust!
* Obesity rates rise in 33 WA. counties, including Thurston!

“The Nisqually flag flies alongside the United States and Washington state flags outside a North Thurston Public Schools building.”
Credit: North Thurston Public Schools via The Olympian.

Three important stories here in Thurston County

+ The Olympian: Nisqually Tribe finding its ‘sense of pride’ working with WA schools on cultural teachings Along with the help of Nisqually Tribe council member Hanford McCloud and Bill Kallapa, a Nisqually tribal member appointed to the Washington State Board of Education by Gov. Jay Inslee, Frank has worked to integrate Nisqually studies into the North Thurston curriculum.

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+ The Olympian Editorial Board: We have an election system we can trust. Don’t believe us? You can see for yourself

“Last year, a group calling itself the Thurston Voter Research Project knocked on a lot of doors and questioned people about their voter registration. They described this effort as “ground-truthing the voter rolls.” They reportedly wore badges that said “Thurston County,” though they were not employed by or in any way associated with the county.

“They thought they’d found some fraud when people said no one at their address matched the name on the voter rolls. But when the Thurston County Auditor’s office went through their entire list of questionable registrants and addresses, they found that many of the voters registered at those addresses were military voters who must use their last local address when they are away on active duty. Others were inactive voters or voters who had recently moved and updated their addresses.

Not a single incidence of fraud was found.

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+ The Olympian: Washington isn’t as healthy as you thought. Obesity rates rise in 33 counties, study finds

“A recent study found that people in 33 out of the 39 Washington counties have become more overweight over the last 10 years, according to BarBend, an online strength training resource and fitness news outlet.

“BarBend studied obesity levels throughout Washington state and data from County Health Ratings to see changes in obesity from 2012 to 2022.

“County Health Ratings defines obesity levels as the percentage of those over 18 years old with a body mass index of 30 or higher.”

“Thurston County had a 4% increase and 33% of its current population being obese.”

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Posted by Steve on August 19, 2022 at 12:31 am | Permalink

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