May 28, 2017

Washington ranked number one “Best State to Make a Living 2017”

– “Best and Worst States to Make a Living 2017”
“Washington earns the No.1 spot as the Best State to Make a Living. This isn’t a stroke of luck! The state has been in the top two rankings for the past seven years.

How has Washington managed to do so? See the details here:

‘Location matters greatly to your career,’ says’s personal finance expert Richard Barrington. So, unless one is tethered to particular state for personal or familial reasons, go east (Virginia), west (Washington), north (Minnesota) or south (Texas) young graduate. You too, mid-career professional.

Based on a formula that factors in median income, cost of living, unemployment rates, state income taxes and workplace safety, has just released its Best and Worst States to Make a Living in 2017, by Richard Barrington, Senior Financial Analyst, CFA.
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May 28, 2017

Gates and Zuckerberg warn about automation replacing worldwide jobs

“Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have advice for today’s graduates.”
Photo: © Provided by Dow Jones & Company

* Why is this important for Yelm Community Blog readers?
* The trends for the future are now more clear.
* A new dynamic must now be carefully considered by local city planners!

– “When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen”
“Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, but they both agree on the biggest threats to American jobs.

At his Harvard University commencement speech on Thursday [May 25], Facebook (FB) chief executive Zuckerberg, had some tough words for the Class of 2017. “Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks,” he said, adding, “When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.”

Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft (MSFT) earlier this month, sounded the same warning. Gates said he didn’t want to sound like the guy from “The Graduate,” which celebrates 50 years this year. In that movie, old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) was given this very famous piece of advice: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word …Plastics,” And today? That word would likely be “robots.” Gates took his 34.8 million Twitter followers by the virtual shoulder and said “artificial intelligence” would have a huge impact. In other words, why not join the revolution? After all, that’s exactly what Zuckerberg and Gates did with social media and computer software.

But that’s not the only response to the robot revolution,” by Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch.
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May 27, 2017

The war against Raw Milk continues to spread ignorance and fear –
Fortunately, raw milk is still available locally at the Yelm Co-op

Raw milk
Photo credit: KING 5 TV News, Seattle

– “Raw Milk/Cheese Are Undergoing a Renaissance as Artisanal Foods Rise in Popularity”
* Raw Milk Has Been Wrongfully Demonized
* To Be Safe, Raw Dairy Cows Must Be Raised on Pasture
* The Benefits of Raw Milk
* How to Identify a High-Quality Producer of Raw Milk
* Where to Buy Raw Milk, and What to Do if it’s Not Legal in Your State
By Dr. Mercola.
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– “Big Dairy Continues War Against Farmers and Raw Milk”
* According to a CDC report, dairy consumption causes an average of 760 illnesses and 22 hospitalizations a year, of which they claim 96 percent are caused by contaminated unpasteurized milk
* The study specifically looked at raw dairy contaminated with Escherichia coli, salmonella, listeria and campylobacter — the latter of which is commonly found contaminating chicken CAFOs and produce
* The war against raw milk has been one of the most successful, fear-based campaigns ever created to monopolize an industry

“Increasing numbers of Americans are seeking out unpasteurized, or raw, dairy products — both for the health benefits and the flavor. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), meanwhile, has released a report that’s clearly an attempt to squelch the growing enthusiasm for obtaining farm-fresh foods like raw milk and cheese,” by Dr. Mercola.
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– “Making the Decision to Switch to Raw Milk”
* Why Make the Switch to Raw Milk?
* International Dairy Foods Association Tries to Halt Raw Milk Movement
* CDC Twists Raw Milk Data to Make It Seem More Dangerous
* The Hypocrisy in Banning Raw Milk While ‘Legal” Foods Kill Millions
By Dr. Mercola.
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– Editor’s Note: I have visited this raw milk producer & support their work
Dungeness Valley Creamery
“The Dungeness Valley Creamery is a family owned and operated raw milk dairy located in Sequim, WA. We practice the most clean and sanitary conditions from the milking parlor to our customers. We eat and drink what we produce, and are proud to be a provider of this high quality natural food throughout Western Washington.”
Sold in Yelm at the Yelm Food Co-op.
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May 26, 2017

Yelm Farmers Market opens 7th season Sunday

Photo courtesy: Yelm Farmers Market

– Yelm Farmers Market opens Sunday, May 28, 10am-3pm

– “Sarah Curtis is the new YFM Manager!”
“We now have a new manager for our beautiful market as it heads into its 7th year!

Sarah is no stranger to Farmers Markets. She was the assistant manager of the huge Puyallup Farmers Market for 3 years and brings us a wealth of experience from that. She also has a BS Science Degree in Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College and was an intern at the Thurston Conservation District,” quoting the Yelm Farmers Market (YFM).
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– “Power of Produce at the Yelm Farmers Market May 28”
What’s happening? Bring your kids aged 5-12 to register for the Power of Produce Program.
When? Sunday, May 28th 2017 10:00am
Where? Nisqually Valley Farm, 14200 Yelm Hwy SE, Yelm
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– Karla’s popular booth announces their return for 2017
Karla’s Wild Shop returns to YFM with a variety of goats milk soaps and Local Raw Honey, Bee Pollen, Bee’s Wax Candles from Bee Forever Apiary!
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– “Thrifty Thurston Visits Farmers Markets in Olympia, Tumwater, Tenino, and Yelm”
“At the heart of farmers markets in Thurston County are seasonal, fresh, healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The markets are never boring as their offerings evolve over the growing season.

Each farmers market is passionate about educating all ages on the merits of buying fresh, local food. And quite frankly, their passion for their mission is infectious, for the benefits of shopping farmers markets are many fold,” by Jessica Reeves-Rush, Thurston Talk.
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May 25, 2017

“Seattle’s population growth leads nation”

– “Seattle’s population growth leads nation: Report”
By Travis Pittman, KING 5- TV News.
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May 25, 2017

Port of Olympia garners 2018 passenger cruise ship callings –
Thurston County tourist attractions featured for passengers

‘American Constellation’ to begin carrying up to 175 visitors to Sound Sound ports
of Olympia and Tacoma in 2018, as the first modern tour ship schedule begins sailings.
Photo courtesy: American Cruise Line, ACL

* 3-year effort by the Port of Olympia, City of Olympia, Thurston Economic Development Council, Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, and the Olympia Downtown Association.

– “Cruise ships coming to South Sound”
“Capping what Port of Olympia Commissioner Bill McGregor claimed on Facebook was his pursuit “for almost three-years,” the South Sound’s most inland marine terminal has been added to the 2018 schedule of sailings by American Cruise Lines. A Tacoma stop is also shown on the company’s website brochure.

This ‘small-ship’ cruising specialty line explores ‘protected waterways, sheltered harbors and magnificent rivers’ on vessels carrying no more than 185 passengers.”

“ACL has agreed to include Olympia as a destination (Port of Call) on its Grand Puget Sound tour itinerary in late summer to autumn next year. The 175-passenger newly-built ‘American Constellation‘ ship will berth at the Port Plaza dock between September and November 2018,” quoting the Business Examiner.
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– “Olympia will be port of call for cruise ship, port says”
“About a year from now, a ship will sail into Olympia’s Budd Inlet carrying more than 100 tourists, instead of logs or a shipment of corn.

That’s because the Port of Olympia announced Wednesday that American Cruise Lines, a company known for its cruises on the Columbia and Mississippi rivers, will make Olympia a port of call for the American Constellation, a new 175-passenger ship.

The ship is expected to stop in Olympia as part of an 11-day Grand Puget Sound tour that will begin and end in Seattle, according to a spokeswoman for the Connecticut-based company,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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May 24, 2017

Why Yelm’s council should pass a plastic bag ban?
Read this – plastics in oceans permeate our food chain

“One of many hundreds of crabs that now make their homes out of plastic debris
washed up on Henderson Island in the Pitcairn island group. This…is an Avon cosmetics jar.”
Photo credit: Jennifer Lavers

Why is this story of importance for Yelm Community Blog readers?
Because Yelm is one of the few jurisdictions left in this county not passing a plastic bag ban.

– “38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island”
“Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn group, is covered by 18 tonnes of plastic – the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world.”

“Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic.

The nearly 18 tonnes of plastic piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic, “grotesque” extent of marine plastic pollution,” by Elle Hunt, UK’s The Guardian.
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May 23, 2017

Gov. Inslee signs 2 new bills – Distracted Driving Law and WA State ID Compliance

Gov. Jay Inslee
Photo credit: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee

– “Inslee signs tougher distracted driving bill into law”
“Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that bans holding hand-held devices while driving.

The measure, signed by Inslee in Tacoma Tuesday [May 16], prohibits holding an electronic device – including phones, tablets and other electronic devices – while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light to change.

Inslee vetoed a section that had the measure take effect in 2019. He said it was too important to wait for the provisions to become law. The law will now take effect in mid-July,” quoting the AP, via KING 5 – TV.
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– “Washington becomes latest state to seek ID compliance”
“You’ll be able to use your Washington State driver’s license to board commercial flights until October 2020, thanks to a bill Governor Jay Inslee signed Tuesday [May 16].

“It brings Washington State into compliance with the REAL ID Act,” said Tony Sermonti, legislative director for the Washington Department of Licensing,” quoting Heather Bosch, KING 5 TV.
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May 22, 2017

New candidates step-up to serve Yelm City Council –
Hendrickson does not defend his own seat, runs for Pos. 3 –
3 incumbents have no challenger to garner public debate!
Mayor’s seat has 2 candidates, 12 years since voters had choices.

Thurston County Auditor’s Office posts candidates at close of filing week
* 2 candidates vie for Yelm mayor for the 1st time in 12 years: Foster & DePinto.
* 3 council seats have no challenger: Curry, Stillwell, Wood,
* With uncontested seats still at issue here, there will be no debate on these 3 candidates’ stands, except for Stillwell who well-enunciated his views in the 2015 election to fill that vacated seat.
* Council Pos. 1 was appointed in 2016, will run in 2017 without a challenger: Curry.
* Council Pos. 3 has a Pos. 7 incumbent vs. a new candidate: Hendrickson, Colt.
* Council Pos. 4 and 5 have no challengers: Stilwell, Wood.
* Council Pos. 7 holder now running for Pos. 3, leaving 2 new Pos. 7 candidates, Blair, Kaminski.
* The council will definitely have a new mind joining, in the Pos. 7 winner.

– At the close of Filing Week last Friday (May 19) at 5pm, two Yelm trends emerged:
A. some refreshing new faces have emerged to run for Yelm City Council,
B. The mayor’s seat has 2 candidates, which WILL garner debates on issues,
C. 3 incumbents have no challenger to engender their public discourse,
D. Current Pos. 7 Councilor Hendrickson obviously had prior knowledge that his current Pos. 3 colleague Councilor Littlefield was not going to run, so instead of defending his seat against previously-announced new-comer James Blair, he moved to file as a candidate for Pos. 3, yet now has a new opponent for that seat in Cody Colt. Hendrickson is finally going to have his 11+ year record challenged, which is in the public’s interest.
E. Kamisnki has been a long-time public servant on the Yelm Planning Commission.
Read more from the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.

– Cindy Teixeira Nisqually Valley News (NVN) Correspondent’s astute observation
Teixeira filed this in the NVN online and print editions May 18, 19:
“With few contested races, those who filed this week and face no opponent don’t have to do anything but show up to take the oath after the election.”
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Editor’s Note: That IS a frequent sad state of affairs for our city government’s election cycle.

– Bottom Line:
I acknowledge anyone wishing to serve the public’s interest. Running a campaign with a challenger and then serving the public is not for the faint-hearted or thin-skinned.

– Yelm Candidates (those with public sites listing their stands are hotlinked)
Mayor of Yelm
Current Interim Mayor JW Foster
Current Pos. 6 Councilor Joe DePinto

Pos. 1
Current Pos. 1 Interim Councilor EJ Curry

Pos. 3
Current Pos. 7 Councilor Russ Hendrickson
New Challenger Cody Colt

Pos. 4
Current Pos. 4 Councilor Tad Stillwell

Pos. 5
Current Pos. 5 Tracey Wood

Pos. 7
New Challenger James Blair
New Challenger Terry Kaminski

May 22, 2017

Yelm Farmers Market opens for 7th year this Sunday, May 28

Photo courtesy: Yelm Farmers Market

– Yelm Farmers Market opens May 28, 10am-3pm

– “Power of Produce at the Yelm Farmers Market May 28”
What’s happening? Bring your kids aged 5-12 to register for the Power of Produce Program.
When? Sunday, May 28th 2017 10:00am
Where? Nisqually Valley Farm, 14200 Yelm Hwy SE, Yelm
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