January 17, 2017

Yelm Food Co-op eyes Tacoma expansion in wake of none there

– Yelm Co-op looks at Tacoma expansion, as their Co-op closed 6 months ago:
“Cooley [Chrissy Cooley, one of the organizers of Friends of the Co-op] says the Yelm Food Co-op has expressed at least a preliminary openness to expanding to Tacoma, and general manager Barnaby Urich Rintz will be on hand [at a Wednesday meeting] to present a plan on how that might look.

Rintz confirmed the interest late last week. He said the Yelm Food Co-op is in its 10th year of operation and has roughly 800 members. The store operates out of a location with about 2,000 square feet in floor space — or about half the size of Tacoma food co-op’s Sixth Avenue location — and Rintz indicated that a Tacoma location, if one materializes, would likely ‘be … similar to our store here in Yelm.'”

“When it comes to the support he sees in Tacoma for a food co-op, including the more than 2,000 members the co-op had here before it was shuttered, Rintz put things simply: ‘We could definitely work with that,'” by Matt Driskoll, Tacoma News-Tribune.
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Blogger Klein is a Yelm Food Co-op founding and current member.

January 17, 2017

Yelm Cemetery asks for the community’s help!

Grave-site of James Longmire, one of Yelm’s first veterans

– From the Yelm Cemetery:
A message to the community”
“We are in great need to getting files and document support. Due to “old mistakes,” we are still trying to re-build our database of plot owners.
We have limited paper files to support the purchase of a grave, and limited documentation of the interment of an individual. Our hope and prayer is that we can encourage individuals that do hold deeds or have family and/or friends interred at the cemetery, that these individuals will come forward with any documentation, any paperwork they might have as evidence of ownership, even of a picture during a funeral service showing the grave site. And specifically important if they purchased [a plot] within the past 10+ yrs as a PN (pre-need).”

– If you have ANY information, please contact:
Yelm Cemetery
11540 Cemetery Rd SE
Yelm, Wa 98597
Phone: 458-5377

Tell the Yelm Cemetery staff you read about them on the Yelm Community Blog!

January 17, 2017

Yelm-Tenino Trail may be extended to Bucoda

The Yelm-Tenino Trail
Map credit: Thurston County Parks

The Chronicle [Centralia]
“The city of Tenino will receive a nearly $65,000 slice of a grant to examine connecting trails in west Tenino and Bucoda, and possibly making additional extensions into Lewis County.”
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January 16, 2017

MLK, Jr. Day – Honoring the legacy of an American icon

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King
in Montgomery, Alabama, April 29, 1966.
(Photo: JRT / AP)

This story has been posted here annually on MLK, Jr. Day since 2009.


“Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States, and he has become a human rights icon: King is recognized as a martyr by two Christian churches. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986,” quoting Wikipedia.

– The Seattle Times has a fabulous 2011 expose on the civil rights giant.
Click here

– The full version of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.
August 28, 1963, posted on YouTube.
Click here.

– UPDATE: For the 2016 King Holiday:
* “Internet convinces Mississippi town to properly honor Martin Luther King Jr.”
“In 1985, the city of Biloxi passed an ordinance to officially refer to Martin Luther King Jr. Day as ‘Great Americans Day’ to include figures like Robert E. Lee in the celebration. It took a couple decades for the internet to notice, but when it did, the backlash got the city’s mayor to change the name back,” quoting Twitter.
Click here

* “National Parks are free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day”
From KING 5 TV News, Seattle.
Click here

January 15, 2017

Thurston County utility studying prescription medications in wastewater –
Yelm was warned about this issue over a decade ago”

Prozac and other drugs in Puget Sound waters and fish,
some of the highest levels reported in the country
Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries, Univ. of WA

– Editor’s Note:
The issue of prescription drugs and chemicals in our area’s water has been covered here many times, most recently April 16, 2016, where I summarized all of those stories with this then-breaking news: “‘Drugs found in Puget Sound salmon’ – Wastewater treatment may be the cause”
Click here

Interestingly, then-area resident Ed Wiltsie (now deceased), BSCE, MSCE, PE (Professional Engineer) brought this issue before the Yelm City Council over a decade ago in making recommendations to address this issue in Yelm’s Public Works’ water and sewer systems. That fell on “deaf ears” and he did not even get the courtesy of a reply. Now, LOTT is taking this on.

– “LOTT studying effects of prescription medication, other chemicals in wastewater”
“The utility [The LOTT Clean Water Alliance, the sewer treatment utility that serves Thurston County] is about 3 1/2 years into a $5 million study that is expected to last about six years. And it’s not just looking at pharmaceuticals, but also chemicals created by toothpaste, cosmetics and fire retardants, he said.

So far, the study has examined the following areas:

▪ The quantity and specific chemicals in the wastewater stream.

▪ The amount of those chemicals found in groundwater and surface water.

▪ The utility’s effectiveness in treating those chemicals,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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– “Drugged Up Fish Supply”
“In the past 30 days, nearly half of Americans have used at least one prescription drug. Nearly 22 percent used three or more during that timeframe and more than 10 percent used five or more.1

There are individual health repercussions of taking so many drugs, especially when unnecessary or inappropriately prescribed, but another often-overlooked consequence is turning up in the world’s waterways in the form of pharmaceutical pollution.

When you take a medication, only a fraction of it is metabolized by your body. The rest gets excreted in your urine or feces where it enters wastewater (and most water treatment plants are not equipped to remove drugs from the water supply).”

“Even the manufacture of pharmaceuticals may lead to higher drug contamination levels downstream from the factories (up to 1,000 times higher at some factories, according to the Harvard Health Letter).

Once in waterways, these unnatural chemicals pose not only a risk to humans’ drinking water supplies but also cause harm to marine life, in surprising and disturbing ways.”

“Antidepressants and Diabetes Drugs Detected in Puget Sound Fish”
“Puget Sound, which is located along the northwestern coast of Washington, is yet another body of water being inundated with contaminants from wastewater plant effluent.

A study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center detected 81 chemical compounds in the water, including the antidepressant Prozac and the diabetes medication metformin,” quoting Dr. Mercola.
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January 14, 2017

Two stories today: how towns are being affected by huge companies –
“Uber and Lyft Are Threatening to Expose Poor and Elderly to Predatory Practices “

Driver display of Lyft and Uber stickers in downtown LA.
Photo credit: Richard Vogel, AP, Jan. 12, 2016.

– “Uber and Lyft Are Threatening to Expose Poor and Elderly to Predatory Practices”
“Despite these problems, ride-hailing companies are being further enmeshed with social life.”

“As this process happens, it’s important to point out who is being left behind: mainly, those who cannot use these services, or who can only use them via intermediaries (which are sometimes predatory). For example, in the United States, both Uber and Lyft generally require a smartphone and a credit card to use the service. This leaves out people who don’t have, or cannot obtain, a smartphone and a credit card, as well as those who don’t want to use either for their transportation.”

As jurisdictions decide how to respond to the emergence of ride-hailing companies, it should be clear that making vulnerable groups pay more for the same service is not a desirable outcome. In absence of regulations that require ride-hailing companies to serve the poor and elderly better, governments should provide (or continue to provide) alternatives that are more accessible to these groups,” by Kevin Cashman, Truthout.
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– “How ride-hailing apps like Uber continue cab industry’s history of racial discrimination”
“Our new paper, “Racial and Gender Discrimination in Transportation Network Companies,” found patterns of discrimination in how some drivers using ride-hailing platforms, such as Uber and Lyft, treat African-American passengers and women. Our results are based on extensive field studies in Seattle and Boston, both considered liberal-minded cities, and provide stark evidence of discrimination,” quoting The Conversation.com.
Click here

– “Amazon’s increasing retail market share is worrisome for developing local business”
Click here or see next entry down.

January 14, 2017

Amazon’s increasing retail market share is worrisome for developing local business

Amazon Books, solo physical store,
University Village, Seattle.
Photo credit: Michael Hanson, The New York Times

– Amazon possess an increasingly dominant share of the retail market
– At the expense of public coffers

– “$1 of Every $2 Spent Online Goes to Amazon. Can We Break the Company’s Stranglehold?”
“Amazon.com is ubiquitous: It seems to reach into all the corners of our lives, selling everything from toiletries to furniture. Yet, beyond the “A to Z” selections offered on Amazon exists the reality that workers, consumers and their communities are suffering from the retailer’s stranglehold on the American economy, researchers at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) say in a study released in late November. Not only does Amazon possess an increasingly dominant share of the retail market — with one of every two dollars spent online going to the company — but it is increasingly expanding into other low-road money-making schemes, at the expense of public coffers. Amazon’s grip on the US economy should be worrisome for anyone seeking an egalitarian and fair society,” quoting Mario Vasquez, Truthout.
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January 13, 2017

The Olympian Editorial Board ‘gets it’ on Yelm’s Nisqually Tribe jail contract –
Hones in on “who pays if something goes wrong”

– Editor’s Note:
In addition to The Olympian Editorial Board highlighting “who pays if something goes wrong” in the Nisqually Tribe jail contracts, one additional issue that has arisen in this case is about the Constitutional rights of a U. S. citizen arrested in Yelm or other contracting community with the tribal jail, then being sent for incarceration there, and those same rights may not exist at that jail because of the tribe’s sovereign immunity under federal law. Stay tuned.

– From The Olympian Editorial Board
“Jail contracts with Nisqually tribe need closer look”
“South Sound police agencies ought to review their legal contracts with the Nisqually Indian Tribe for housing inmates at the tribal jail near Yelm. Local governments need to rule out any chance their arrangements are not legal under state law, or could be challenged.

The question has arisen because an inmate sent to the tribal jail by the city of Yelm later died in custody. Ed Budge, lawyer for the family of Andrew J. Westling, who died in 2016, has cited a memo from former state attorney general Rob McKenna, who thinks the contracts are not valid under state law.”

“Tribes are sovereign governments and immune from legal claims for damages under federal law unless they explicitly waive the immunity.

As Lacey has proved, tribal jails can be an excellent option for housing city inmates at competitive rates. The issue is who pays if something goes wrong.”
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– UPDATE: In the Nisqually Valley News print edition out this afternoon.
In an answer to the Question of the Week about the Yelm’s jail situation, Tony Sirgedas of Eatonville addressed this issue for Yelm succinctly:
“Yelm went with the lowest bid. A facility with no state or federal oversight, no way to hold them to proper standards. The city needs to rethink this contract as it makes them completely liable for the actions of the jail staff and policies that they have no say over. Either that or get ready to pay millions.”

Mr. Sirgedas is correct, and all of these issues were covered in the Nisqually Tribe’s public forum on the then-porpoised jail in 2011. The Yelm Community Blog covered that story extensively back then:
* July 9, 2011
Click here

* September 28, 2011
Click here

* October 3, 2011
THIS WEEK: County holds Nisqually Jail public forum
GUEST ENTRY: Preston Collins of Yelm on the jail issue.
Click here

* February 3, 2012
Click here

January 13, 2017

Yelm Councilor Molly Carmody to attend a Federal Conference in D. C.

Councilor Molly Carmody
Photo credit: City of Yelm

Editor’s Note:
Councilor Camrody also shared this news publicly at the Yelm City Council session on January 10th. This is really exiting for Camrody and the citizens of Yelm in having a councilor willing to represent our town in a federal conference back east. BRAVO to Councillor Carmody for accepting this trip.
Looking forward to her report when she returns.

– From the Facebook post of Molly Carmody – Yelm City Council (used with permission):
“I am really, really excited to announce that I will be representing Intercity Transit at the Federal Legislative Conference in Washington DC in March. We’ll be educating Congress-members about the importance of mass transit and pushing for increased funding. The trip is completely funded by Intercity Transit (not Yelm). This is VERY exciting and I can’t wait! Time to study up!”
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– About the 2017 Legislative Conference
“The Legislative Conference educates members on important federal legislation and policy initiatives; provides members with the opportunity to shape future industry positions and federal transportation policy; provides direction on the industry’s legislative strategy and advocacy efforts with the U.S. Congress and executive branch; and offers sessions with key members of Congress, Administration officials, staffers and Washington opinion makers.”
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January 12, 2017

Internationally acclaimed Rob Simone interviewed JZ Knight from Yelm –
Listen Tonight, 11pm PST via Pre-recorded Free Web Stream –

“The ‘BluRoom’ Healing Chamber and Helping Veterans with PTSD”

Rob Simone
Photo courtesy: RobSimone.com,
used with permission.
JZ Knight
Photo © 2016 JZ Knight,
used with permission.

TONIGHT! Yelm is a prominent focal point in the “spiritual” world.
– “Inventor & Author JZ Knight reveals her BluRoom technology that combines UVB ultraviolet light and Tesla architecture. Army Cpt. Williams-Patnoe & Vietnam Veteran Dale discuss their experiences,” quoting The Rob Simone Talk Show.

Listen Online Tonight:
Pre-recorded, Audio Replay, Thursday, January 12th, 11pm (PST)
Click here to listen to the Free Web Stream.

The Blu Room®
Photo courtesy: JZ Knight, used with permission.

– The Blu Room® is available to the public in Yelm at The U Wellness Center.
Click here for more information.

– About Rob Simone, from IMDb:
“Rob Simone (IMDB) is an award-winning media personality, TV host, author and the guest host of the nationally syndicated talk show, Coast to Coast AM – heard on over 530 radio stations across the U.S.

Rob has appeared in Ancient Aliens (History Channel) and is a featured contributor to FATE Magazine and has appeared, co-produced and consulted on reality TV series and documentaries for NBC Universal, the History Channel, National Geographic, Nippon TV, Japan and Discovery Networks.

For the past 10 years, Rob hosts and produces the “Rob Simone Talk Show” on 104.4 FM in London, UK & on-line syndicated networks. This weekly show features authors, filmmakers and other fascinating guests on topics of science, consciousness, lifestyle and travel. Rob’s London show is the longest running alternative information talk show in the UK.”
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– JZ Knight was also interviewed by Mark Alyn on the Late Night Health radio show.
Knight was interviewed from Yelm on December 21, 2016.
Late Nite Health is an “upbeat, friendly and entertaining health radio show. The program features a combination of traditional, complementary and integrative health care information.”
Click here to listen to JZ Knight’s dynamic 2 part interview (scroll down for the stream.)