December 22, 2014

Roundtable on Near Death Experiences Tues @ 12n.

Photos Copyright © 2014 JZ Knight. Used with permission

Yelm-based Beyond the Ordinary internet radio will host a special 2 hour roundtable discussion on the general ideas and issues of Near Death Experiences (NDEs) from the expertise of a theologian and physician, with both Science and Religion at the same forum!
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 12 Noon.
Click here to listen live.

December 21, 2014

Winter begins today in Yelm at 3:03pm

Credit: NASA

- Today is the 2014 Winter Solstice.
Read more from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

- Winter Solstice 2014: Shortest Day Of The Year Marked By Pagan Celebrations
By The Huffington Post Religion Editors.
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December 20, 2014

"Flood Watch for Thurston County, WA"

Issued by The National Weather Service Seattle/Tacoma, WA

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"Klein Retiring From RSE in January"

Steve Klein
"Steve Klein points to a remote viewing exercise he completed at Ramtha's School of Enlightenment. Klein is retiring from his position as event services manager at RSE."
Photo courtesy: Steven Wyble / Nisqually Valley News

"Klein Retiring From RSE in January"
"Longtime JZ Knight Aide Will Remain Active in Yelm Issues"

By Steve Wyble, Nisqually Valley News:

"While Steve Klein is retiring from his job as event services manager at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, he’s etched a place for himself in the Yelm community. He isn’t going anywhere.

Sitting in RSE’s arena on Tuesday [December 16], where the school hosts its lectures during events, Klein reflected on his career, his vision for Yelm, and how he plans to stay busy after his career at RSE is over.

Klein will retire this January after having worked at RSE for 10 years. He felt it was time to say goodbye to the school as an employee, although he’ll continue to be involved, including as a student.

'I think you have to follow where your passions lay and it’s very distressful when you don’t follow your soul and what you feel in your soul,' he said."

"Klein moved to Yelm in 1988 from San Francisco. He was done with the corporate world and retired from the airline industry, he said.

Klein said Yelm is an eclectic community, strengthened by the talent, creativity and passion to help others exhibited by its residents.

'Regardless of my political differences with some of the politics here, one thing I know is that every person that’s here wants the best for this area and that’s wonderful,' he said."

"Future Plans"

"Klein doesn’t have any big plans post-retirement, he said. He expects to continue with his current activities — and there’s a lot of them. He posts regularly on his blog,, is a member of the Yelm Business Association and Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, and is interested in city and county issues, he said.

One of Klein’s main concerns for the Yelm community is the city is growing without following the Yelm Vision Plan from 1995, which he said the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce paid $30,000 for, to guide the city in planned growth.

He’ll also keep his eye on the need for industry growth and water, air and traffic problems, he said."
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Click here to read the full text of the story (scroll down to bottom).

Copyright © 2014 Lafromboise Communications, Inc.
Used with permission – can not be republished for commercial use/advertising.

Blogger Klein is an 11+ year employee of JZK, Inc. and beginning his 30th year as a student of Ramtha.

"UN Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming"

Gardener holding handful of Parisienne Carrots,an heirloom carrot variety.
(Photo: Chiot's Run)

"United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming"
"In 2013, the United Nations announced that the world's agricultural needs can be met with localized organic farms. That's right, we do not need giant monocultures that pour, spray and coat our produce with massive amounts of poisons, only to create mutant pests and weeds while decimating pollinators and harming human health. Don't believe the hype: We do not need genetically modified foods "to feed the world," by Maryam Henein, Truthout.
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- "Seeds of the Future"
"By now, most Americans know that the world's rainforests are being cut down at an alarming rate, coral reefs are dying from ocean acidification and warming, and the sea is being overfished to the point of exhaustion. We are in the midst of an unprecedented collapse of biodiversity, the largest extinction event since the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth 65 million years ago.

But fewer people have heard about another ongoing mass extinction that involves the foods that we eat. More than 75 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that humans once consumed have already gone the way of the wooly mammoth and the saber-toothed tiger, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. And half of all domesticated animal breeds have been lost in roughly the past century," by Richard Schiffman, Truthout .
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Get you locally sourced foodstuffs at:
Yelm Food Co-op
308 Yelm Ave, E. @ Gordon's Garden Center
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: 360-400-2210
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December 19, 2014

The Spirit of the Northwest!

Rick Holley
Photo courtesy: Plum Creek Timber Co.

"CEO gives back bonus, says he doesn't deserve it"
"Rick Holley is CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co. (PCL), a Seattle-based real estate investment trust that owns and manages around 6.8 million acres of timberland in 19 states. Today Holley disclosed, via a regulatory filing, that he has returned 44,445 restricted stock units back to the company because “he does not believe that he should receive such an award unless Plum Creek’s stockholders see an increase in their investment return,” by Dan Primack, FORTUNE.
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Commissioner Romero's Coffee Mon., Dec. 22 - in Yelm, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Sandra Romero

Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier and Yelm on Monday, December 22nd, with guest Ramiro Chavez, Thurston County Public Works Director, about Roads, Recycling, & Recreation.

Ramiro Chavez was appointed Thurston County Public Works Director in August of this year however he is not new to the Public Works arena. Ramiro began his public works career in 1991 with Pierce County where he worked in transportation managing complex projects and programs along with sophisticated funding models. A 26 year resident of Thurston County, Ramiro understands the challenges and opportunities local residents face. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington and holds program management professional certification.

There is a lot happening in Thurston County and we want to hear from you!
Once a month, Commissioner Romero meets with community members for informal coffee chats. These meetings give you the opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask her questions about the county, and share ideas. Commissioner Romero provides participants' coffee. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

Citizen meeting with 2nd district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

Monday, December 22, 2014

- Rainier: 9:30am – 10:30am at Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St W

- Yelm: 11:00am – Noon Tacos Gaby, 307 Yelm Ave SE
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December 18, 2014

Mounting electronic waste & what we can do

"Mounting Electronic Waste Poses Major Threat to Environment, Health"
"In 2012, the world amassed almost 49 million metric tons of e-waste, including everything from last generation cellphones and laptops to televisions and washing machines. The largest contributor, the United States, supplied nearly 66 pounds of e-waste per person that year. And the trend is only growing. One study, conducted by a United Nations partner organization, projects that this number will rise to 65.4 million metric tons by 2017. As the amount of e-waste dramatically increases, solutions for proper disposal have lagged considerably behind."

"But a great deal of e-waste ultimately winds up in landfills, meaning the toxic materials they contain, such as lead, arsenic, beryllium and mercury, often end up leaking into the environment, poisoning ecosystems and harming not only humans but animals and plants too. Improper disposal also poses a risk to data security as any information that has not been wiped from a device can usually be extracted with ease.

E-waste recyclers can be seen to be a responsible response to this problem," quoting Lauren Walker, NEWSWEEK.
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From Thurston County Solid Waste:
Manufacturers are now required by state law to offer recycling services for certain electronic items at no cost to residents, nonprofits, small businesses, schools and local governments. The law took effect January 1, 2009 and applies to the following items only:

Desktop computers
Laptop computers
E-book readers (such as The Kindle and the Nook)
Portable DVD players

The state Department of Ecology is coordinating and enforcing the law through the E-CYCLE Washington program.

Take your local items here:
Goodwill Yelm Retail Store
906 East Yelm Avenue in Yelm
(360) 400-2400
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December 17, 2014

Vote for Yelm Community Schools Prop. 1 -
February 10, 2015

Yelm Community Schools logo

2015 Bond Information Proposition 1: February 10, 2015
Bonds to Make Safety Improvements, and Construct and Renovate School Facilities

- What is a Capital Facilities Bond?

- Reasons for a Bond - Why now?

- What Projects will the Bond Support?

- Will the Grade Configuration of Schools Change?

- What Will the Proposed Bond Cost?

The tax rate increase (over the existing rate) would be approximately $0.92 per $1,000 of assessed value, or $184 per year (or $15.33 per month) for a home valued at $200,000.
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- Open to the public “Chats with the Superintendent”
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at Crossroads Community Covenant Church

• 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 23 at Yelm Senior Center

• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at Yelm Prairie Christian Center

December 16, 2014

Rep. Heck voted against the federal budget

Rep. Denny Heck
Photo credit: Greg Nash

- "Rep. Heck says too many non-spending policies were tucked into federal spending bill"
"U.S. Rep. Denny Heck said Monday he voted against the more than $1 trillion federal budget bill last week that averted a government shutdown, even though it had $39 million for one of his pet budget projects, a new Evergreen Elementary School at Joint Base Lewis McChord that serves special needs students.

The Olympia Democrat said the budget bill had too many policy decisions embedded in it. H.R. 83 passed the House by a vote of 219 to 206 late Thursday and cleared the Senate on Saturday."

"'This was my first exposure to this ‘Let’s take a big handful of crap and keep putting it in the budget bill.’ It bothered me,' Heck said during his quarterly sit-down with The Olympian editorial board," quoting By Brad Shannon in The Olympian.
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- Heck Statement on the "CRomnibus"
Dec 11, 2014
Press Release
Rep. Denny Heck's statement on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Appropriations Act for FY 2015
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Editor's note:
BRAVO to Rep. Heck.


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