August 4, 2015

Yelm Community Health Fair this Thursday


August 3, 2015

Port of Olympia Primary important in shaping area’s future

– “Port races are important for Thurston County economic future”
“Thurston County voters will elect two new Port of Olympia commissioners this fall. These candidates won’t generate the publicity of legislators or mayors, but they’ll help shape our community’s future.

The commissioners will lead one of our region’s most valuable assets, an organization critical to the economic, environmental and cultural health of Thurston County. Their decisions will go a long way in determining its significance in the future.

Thurston County residents benefit from the port, even if they don’t work within the maritime industry, in ways many may not recognize or may take for granted.

That’s why the Thurston County Chamber and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 47 have joined forces to promote public understanding of the port’s unique and valuable contributions to our community,” by Robert Rose and David Schaffert, Special to The Olympian.
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– “Port of Olympia primary candidates address revenue decline”
“The race for the two seats on the Port of Olympia commission has attracted six candidates, making this the most active port primary in years.

On Tuesday, voters in the two districts at stake — District 1 and District 3 — will decide who advances to the general election in November.”

“In District 3, there is no incumbent because Sue Gunn resigned earlier this year, and appointee Michelle Morris is not running. The challengers are E.J. Zita, 55, a longtime professor of physics and renewable energy at The Evergreen State College; Jerry Farmer, 62, co-owner and sales manager of radio station KRXY 94.5 FM; and Bob Jones, 68, a retired Army man, veterans advocate and consultant to small manufacturers that want to do business with defense contractors.

Larry Goodman dropped out of the District 3 race for health reasons, but his name is still on the ballot.

Whoever advances and eventually wins, however, will likely inherit a different port than in past years. Revenue at the marine terminal has fallen sharply because of lower oil prices, which has slowed the need for fracking sand imports, and a stronger U.S. dollar, which has made log exports more expensive,” quoting Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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August 3, 2015

“Yelm standoff ends peacefully when armed man surrenders”

“A tense standoff came to a peaceful end in Thurston County where an armed man fired at several people who showed up to arrest him, and briefly held his landlord hostage, according to police.

Scott Langston owns the home on 107th Loop SE. He said his roommate held him at gunpoint when bail bond agents showed up to take him into custody, but he made his escape by crawling out a bathroom window.”

“The standoff began just before 6 p.m. Sunday,” quoting KOMO-TV 4 News in Seattle.
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August 2, 2015

Yelm Farm and Pet reminder about our pets’ heat stress

Symptoms of and Treating Heat Stress in Your Pets
Signs of heat stress are:
– Heavy panting
– Glazed eyes
– Anxious expression
– Refusal to obey commands
– Rapid pulse
– Unsteady, staggering gait
– Vomiting
– Purple tongue

If your pet becomes overheated, it is a true medical emergency. Take charge. Move your pet to the shade immediately and apply cool (not cold) water in order to lower core body temperature. Let your pet drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes. Even if you succeed in cooling the animal, relapses are common. You must still get your pet to the veterinarian immediately to prevent shock, organ damage and brain damage.

Source material for this blog article was provided by Purina Mills, Inc. © 2007
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Yelm Farm and Pet
11242 Bald Hill Rd SE
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360-400-4141


August 2, 2015

August adventures in the Nisqually wildlife refuge – Open to the Public


Nisqually Twin Barns Loop Boardwalk Trail
Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

– “About the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge”
“The Nisqually River Delta, a biologically rich and diverse area at the southern end of Puget Sound, supports a variety of habitats. Here, the freshwater of the Nisqually River combines with the saltwater of Puget Sound to form an estuary rich in nutrients and detritus. These nutrients support a web of sea life – the benefits of which extend throughout Puget Sound and beyond.

While most major estuaries in the state have been filled, dredged, or developed, Nisqually River’s has been set aside for wildlife. In 1974, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect the delta and its diversity of fish and wildlife habitats.”
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– Summer Lecture Series
“The free hourlong talks begin at 7 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium.

Attendance is limited to 100 people, and seating will open at 6 p.m. on a first-come basis, and you must be present. The refuge’s $3 entrance fee is waived for those attending the lectures.

Here is the remaining schedule:

Aug. 5: “Working for Earth: How Climate Change is Affecting Us,” by Judy Todd, writer and poet and founder of Nature Connect Northwest.

Aug. 12: “The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank Jr.,” by Trova Hefferman, author and director of The Legacy Project at the Washington State Heritage Center, and Hank Adams of the Franks Landing Indian Community.

Aug. 19: “Geologic History of the Nisqually Reach,” by Tim Walsh, geologist with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Aug. 26: “Caspian Terns of Puget Sound,” by Joe Meche, naturalist, educator and member of the North Cascades Audubon Society.”



– Guided Walks
In addition to the lecture series, the refuge also holds guided walks, with varying themes, each weekend.

The walks last about 1-2 hours. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and can bring binoculars if you have them. Most of the walks leave from the visitor center.

Among those on the schedule for August are:

Aug. 2: 11 a.m.-noon. Walk with experienced birder Richard Cormier as he leads “Raptors of the Delta.” Look for bald eagles, northern harriers, peregrine falcons, great horned owls and others. This program starts in the center’s auditorium.

Aug. 8: 10:30 a.m.-noon. “The Magical Forest” walk is family-friendly. Participants will learn about the relationship between plants, animals and other organisms in the refuge forest.

Aug. 9: 1-2:30 p.m. During “Home Sweet Home,” Sue Stone will talk about the people who have made the Nisqually River delta their home. She will talk about native people, European settlers and the events surrounding the Medicine Creek Treaty.

All the programs are free, but there is a $3 entrance fee (good for up to four adults). The programs will run through Sept. 20.

The refuge is located just off Interstate 5, at Exit 114. For more information, call the refuge at 360-753-9467 or go to fws.gov/refuge/Nisqually,” quoting The Olympian.
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August 1, 2015

While most Yelm businesses have summer irrigation restrictions –
Wal-Mart does not, regardless of record heat/dryness here


Yelm Wal-Mart sidewalk area adjacent SR 507
Photo credit: Yelm Community Blog, July 30, 2015

– Yelm’s multi-national corporations have no irrigation concerns while many locally-owned businesses are on irrigation restrictions
While the Pacific Northwest is in the midst of the warmest and driest summer on-record, the Yelm Wal-Mart (self-described community good citizen) is thumbing their nose at most Yelm businesses, which have a city-mandated irrigation restriction. While Safeway has been watering their front sidewalk strip, clearly not at the same volume of Wal-Mart, who has fully green strips vs. Safeway’s green-brown strips being noticeably different. Of course, if you are a local business owner here, your yard is likely totally brown. Again, large multi-national corporations rule Yelm, as so many locally-owned business owners have previously said. While there are a few businesses with watered green areas, Wal-Mart’s is the largest watered storefront grassy strip and the most visible. And what is up with the City of Yelm watering the Stevens St. grass strips?

– Official weather station at Sea-Tac Int’l Airport records hottest June, hottest July, most 90 degree summer days and driest period, EVER!
“The following cities have clinched their hottest July on record (all data is preliminary):

* Seattle: July 2015 average monthly temperature is 71.2 degrees. This beats the old July record of 69.5 degrees set in 2009. Depending on the final data, this may have also beat out August 1967 (71.1 degrees) for the hottest of any month on record. Records date back to 1894.”

“Seattle saw its eleventh 90-degree day of 2015 on Friday, which is a new record for the most 90-degree days in a calendar year. The old record was nine days set in 1958. Seattle averages just two days with 90-degree heat annually. The Emerald City could add to this record with temperatures forecast to be near 90 this weekend. A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Pudget (sic) Sound area through Sunday.”
Read more from The Weather Channel.

– Tinder dry here
“It’s also been historically dry lately. May 1 – June 30, 2015, was the driest ever for that period. This past June was the fourth-driest June on record. Normal June rainfall is 1.57 inches. Seattle received 0.23 inches last month,” quoiting KING-5 TV News in Seattle.
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– “The Wettest Rainforest in the United States Has Gone Up in Flames”
“When fire can eat a rainforest in a relatively cool climate, you know the Earth is beginning to burn.”
By Subhankar Banerjee, The Nation.
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– “Warm water ‘blob’ invades Puget Sound”
From KING-5 TV News in Seattle.
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July 31, 2015

Yelm Business Assn. asks city for Hotel-Motel Tax transparency

Printed in the Nisqually Valley News July 31, 2015:


“Information Wanted on $167K Tax Fund”
Posted online: Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:22 pm

Editor’s Note: The following letter was submitted to the Yelm City Council at this week’s meeting.

Dear City Council Members and Mayor Harding:

The Yelm Business Association (YBA) requests the current status of the city of Yelm’s hotel/motel tax fund and committee makeup.

On Jan. 13, 2015, the Yelm City Council approved the establishment of a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, which defined the duties and functions of the committee and established an effective date.

From the city staff report:

“Any county, city or town that has imposed the hotel/motel (lodging) tax and has a population of 5,000 or more is required to establish and maintain a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee per RCW 67.28.1817. The committee’s membership must be a minimum of five members confirmed by the council and made up of equal number of business members of the community that collect the tax and eligible agencies that request funding from the revenue collected from the tax, including any municipality, used directly or indirectly through convention, visitors bureau or destination marketing.

“One member shall be an elected official of the municipality who shall serve as chair of the committee.”

City Council Member Bob Isom remarked during the meeting that, “One of the requirements is a minimum of two members who are representatives of businesses required to collect the lodging tax. Now I see an issue here because we’ve only got one business (that collects the tax, Prairie Hotel).” Mr. Isom may not be aware that Yelm does actually have a bed and breakfast establishment within the city limits, Conley Suites Bed & Breakfast, which could also send a member to the committee. City Administrator Shelly Badger said the city’s attorney would be consulted for an opinion before committee members are selected.

The Yelm Municipal Code Chapter 3.84 also states:

“This tax may be levied only for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of acquisition, construction, or operating of stadium facilities, convention center facilities, performing arts center facilities and/or visual art center or museum facilities or to pay for advertising, publicizing, or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting visitors and encouraging tourist expansion or for other approved state statute uses. (Ord. 479 § 2, 1993).”

As a business organization, the YBA feels that this tax fund directly affects local businesses in that it is designed to attract consumers to Yelm. These consumers would be purchasing our businesses’ goods and services, touring the area, and taking away an impression of Yelm that we would hope is favorable.

On Jan. 13, 2015, the lodging tax fund reportedly had a balance of $167,000. The YBA would like to inquire as to the current balance of the collected tax funds, their availability, the status of the committee, and whether funds are collected from establishments in Yelm other than the Prairie Hotel. Would the city be interested in sending a representative to educate YBA members about the committee and dissemination of funds?

Sincerely,

Yelm Business Association Board Members: Molly Carmody, Cynthia Schmier, Steve Klein, Steve Craig and Bill Hashim; and Executive Director Daniel W. Crowe
Click here for the letter included in the official correspondence for the July 28 City Council Agenda.


Blogger Klein is a founding Board member of the Yelm Business Assn.


July 31, 2015

Yelm “native son” Joe Bongiorno returns for piano concert Sunday

Joe Bongiorno stops in Yelm on his popular concert series tour in the Pacific Northwest.
Don’t miss this event Sunday, August 2, The Triad Theater, Yelm.

Joe Bongiorno & Brad Jacobsen return by popular demand for their 3rd concert at The Triad and bring with them a third performer, solo piano artist Amy Janelle.
Enjoy an evening of original solo piano artistry along with the stories that inspired the music.
Seating is general admission, doors open at 6:30pm
Joe Bongiorno – www.solopianomusic.com
Brad Jacobsen – www.bradjacobsenmusic.com
Amy Janelle – www.amypiano.com

Click here to purchase your tickets.


July 30, 2015

“NVN Corrects Report Regarding Chiropractor Matthew Martinez” –
Yelm newspaper should officially apologize to Dr. Martinez


Dr. Matthew Martinez, DC with David Batten in Australia, June 2014
Photo courtesy: Absolute Health Clinic

AN EDITORIAL:
In the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) online edition of July 29, 2015 and in their above-the-fold print edition dated July 31, 2015, the NVN stated:
On March 20, 2015, the newspaper published a news story on page one with a headline that read “Chiropractor Who Led Ramtha DNA Study Sanctioned for Fraud.”

The article accurately reported chiropractor Matthew Martinez was charged by the Washington State Department of Health in November 2012 for (1) charging a patient’s insurance company for treatment the patient denied had been provided and which was not documented in chart notes for the patient and (2) advertising that he was a licensed massage therapist when he did not hold a current license for such position.”


– At first reading of this story, one may wonder what is the “correction” if the NVN “accurately reported” the story about Dr. Martinez, DC.
The issue is the story’s headline stated “Chiropractor Who Led Ramtha DNA Study Sanctioned for Fraud,” yet nowhere in the documents referenced by the NVN from the Washington State Department of Health or the State of Washington Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission was “fraud” ever mentioned.
Click here for the public documents:

– NVN Publisher/Editor Michael Wagar told me on his arrival here,
“I am not your friend, nor am I your enemy, however I will be fair.”
Mr. Wagar has repeated this statement to me several times since.
While the newspaper’s “Correction” is admirable, this admission falls far short of an apology from connecting Dr. Martinez, DC to fraud in a high-profile story on March 20, 2015.

– Dr. Karriem H. Ali, MD questioned the NVN’s assertions last Spring:
“Your presentation appears to be founded upon allegations against Dr. Matthew Martinez, none of which relate in any way to the suitability of an individual to conduct DNA investigations,” quoting Dr. Ali’s letter to Mr. Wagar, which was also submitted to the Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE) Newsletter for publication, permission also provided to this Blog for posting.

The noted allegations are virtually slanderous related to the actual records found in my search. What I did find seems equivalent to mailing payment for an insurance bill, but forgetting to sign your check~ the corporation could very well treat your payment as fraudulent for not being appropriately signed and, as such, sanction you with fees for late and/or non-payment.”


– Linda Barnes,BA, MA, Ed.D said the NVN story was a “character assassination of a skilled doctor.”
Her Letter to the Editor was published in the NVN, quoted with permission, in-part:
“In response to the Nisqually Valley News article dated March 20, 2015, entitled ‘Chiropractor Who Led Ramtha DNA Study Sanctioned for Fraud,’ according to the Stipulated Finding of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Agreed Order the allegation of fraud is not true. The article is character assassination of a skilled doctor and caring, giving man.

Fraud has legal implications and is commonly understood as ‘dishonesty calculated for advantage.’ Legal fraud is a specific offense with certain features. The definition of medical fraud is ‘The intentional misrepresentation or deception resulting in payments for services not rendered.’

The Chiropractic Commission concluded, ‘the alleged conduct fell within Practice below the Standard of Care.’ This practice was related to patient documentation and billing process.”

Dr. Martinez complied with all Orders. It is noted this Order was signed May 10, 2013. On March 20, 2015, there was less than two months to completion of the Order. For a two-year period, patient’s records/billings were scrutinized without further difficulty. The Nisqually Valley News reporting of the allegations and findings of fact appear distorted to support the alleged accusations.

On March 13, 2015, the Nisqually Valley News published an article titled “JZ Knight Claims DNA Switcheroo.” Dr. Martinez was the physician taking the DNA samples that were submitted to three independent laboratories for testing. The Nisqually Valley News article questioned and ridiculed the significant medical and scientific results. The article quoted information gathered from a plant geneticist. I wonder why the Nisqually Valley News did not search for a Board Certified medical geneticist. A simple web search found six Board Certified Medical Geneticists at the University of Washington.

The article labeling Dr. Martinez a “fraud” was written one week later on March 20. The articles appear to be designed to demean and discredit Dr. Martinez due to his involvement with the DNA testing. On March 27, the Nisqually Valley News’ “Question of the Week” was related to Dr. Martinez’s credibility. I cannot recall any individual who was presented by the Nisqually Valley News in this manner for public judgement (sic)/condemnation.

The Society of Professional Journalism Code of Ethics states: ‘Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. The journalist should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

‘Journalist should: Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources when possible.'”



Bottom line:
In the view of this Blogger, Mr. Wagar would live up to his commitment to be “fair” by issuing an official apology to Dr. Martinez, DC for what Ms. Barnes described as a “character assassination of a skilled doctor and caring, giving man.” Dr. Martinez deserves no less!

Blogger Klein is the former Event Services Manager of RSE and in his 30th consecutive year as a Ramtha student.
Dr. Karriem H. Ali, MD is a recent staff addition to Absolute Health Clinic in Olympia and long-time Ramtha student.


July 30, 2015

“A Supreme Threat to American Democracy” –
A very astute commentary!

“A Supreme Threat to American Democracy”
“We’re one judge away from government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.”

“With several justices already over 80, the next president could nominate as many as four new members of the court. Will the new justices bolster the conservatives, who favor legislative power only when it violates minority rights, or the liberals, who have demonstrated a serious commitment both to voting rights and to the legislative process?

With the plutocratic Chief Justice John Roberts and Scalia leading the way, the conservatives pose as outraged populists regarding marriage equality. They pretend, ludicrously, that they don’t believe in the court reviewing and invalidating popularly enacted laws.

What a joke. The same justices have no problem with nullifying laws that implement affirmative action, produce majority-minority legislative districts, or exclude corporations from spending money in political campaigns.

These so-called conservatives strike down almost any law that curtails the power of corporations. They just don’t like the idea of equal protection and due process applying to people.

Here’s the principal question facing the court for the foreseeable future: Who is the Constitution for? Is it for corporations, or the rest of us?”

By Jamie Raskin, professor of constitutional law at American University, a Maryland state senator, and a Senior Fellow at People For the American Way. He is the author of Overruling Democracy: the Supreme Court v. the American People.
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