July 25, 2017

Yelm gears-up for 1st UFO Fest & Symposium this weekend

From The Triad Theater Facebook page:
There is some confusion about the Festival vs. The Symposium. Two great parts of UFO Fest. The Festival is FREE Admission outdoors by Yelm Cinemas. The Symposium has World Renowned UFO Speakers at The Triad Theater (with two held at RSE due to audience size).

DAILY Fri/Sat/Sun=$100/$150/$125, 3-DAY Tickets (Regular
$250 and VIP $400), A-LA-CART: JZ, $50 and A-LA-CART: PANEL $50.

www.yelmufofest.com for information and for tickets.

Due to limited seating at The Triad, these 2 events will be held at The RSE Campus.
Cost is $50 for either of these events:
* JZ Knight – Saturday 10a-12p or
* Panel Discussion: JZ Knight; Dr. Sasha & Janet Lessin; Dr. Miceal Ledwith; Capt. Randy Cramer; Laura Eisenhower.
Click here to buy Symposium tickets.

July 24, 2017

Three important stories on today’s Yelm Community Blog

Scroll down to see these three important stories posted today:
1. KING 5 TV’s full day of Disaster Preparedness, today July 24!
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2. Intercity Transit receives grant to replace 40 vanpool vehicles
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3. Trump cuts “ScaleUp Thurston,” & other small business owner training programs
Trump’s pro-business administration hurting his base, small businesses
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July 24, 2017

Trump cuts “ScaleUp Thurston,” & other small business owner training programs
Trump’s pro-business administration cuts hurt his base: small businesses

– “Why is Trump’s pro-business administration hurting businesses in Thurston County?”
“President Donald Trump once declared that he would be the “greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

After a recent decision to cut a business owner training program in Thurston County — and 14 other locations around the country — some might question Trump’s claim.”

“Locally, the program was known as ScaleUp Thurston, a multi-week course that helped businesses beyond the start-up stage grow.

“ScaleUp received about $200,000 a year from the SBA.”

“The decision to discontinue the program clearly was not data driven because it produced results, with businesses increasing their revenue and adding employees, Nightingale said [Celia Nightingale, director of the center],” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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– What is ScaleUp?
“Scaleup is part of the ScaleUp America initiative developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Thurston EDC and the Center for Business & Innovation were selected to deliver one of the 15 ScaleUp Programs offered nationwide. It’s the only one of its kind on the West Coast.

ScaleUp is a comprehensive training program, which includes in-person classroom training and one-on-one business mentoring and technical assistance to help small business owners plan and achieve their business growth goals.”
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July 24, 2017

Intercity Transit receives grant to replace 40 vanpool vehicles

Photo credit: Intercity Transit

– “Transportation agencies receive gov’t funds for projects”
“Transportation agencies around and near the South Sound are among beneficiaries to approximately $230 million in newly awarded state and federal grants.”

“Intercity Transit, which serves Thurston County, also received a sizeable sum, including $885,000 to replace 40 vanpool vehicles.

Pierce Transit, City of Tacoma, Mason County Transportation Authority and Thurston Regional Planning Council also received funds.

Overall, more than 80 agencies statewide received awards through the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Consolidated, Regional Mobility, Formula, Vanpool and Connected Washington grant programs,” quoting the Pierce County Business Examiner.
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July 24, 2017

KING 5 TV’s full day of Disaster Preparedness, today July 24!

Join KING 5’s full day of Disaster Preparedness coverage on Monday, July 24
“Why is KING 5 focusing so much on disaster preps? It’s certainly not to scare you. Earlier this year, we began the task of creating a disaster plan – how this station would deliver the news if a major disaster struck the Pacific Northwest.

We began by consulting state emergency planners, the Red Cross, medical professionals, even other newsrooms.

What we got was a BIG wakeup call.

Emergency planners all had a simple message: It’s not IF a disaster will happen, it’s WHEN. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. Devastating wind storms. Floods. Mudslides.

The experts say few are ready. And being ready means being able to support yourself, your loved ones, your neighborhood for 2 weeks. Because after a region-wide event, it could take that long for help to come from the rest of the country and world.

So our plan to make a plan for KING… inspired us to help all our viewers understand what they need to do to get prepared.

The people of KING 5 are like you: We live and work here. Most of us have families, friends and pets who we will need to care for.

Our full day of coverage is a first step … for us … and, we hope, for you. Watch day-long coverage Monday on KING and KONG, on our king5.com, our Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #AreYouPrepared.
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– “Prepare to be on your own in a major Pacific Northwest disaster”
“Local disaster relief may not be ready for mass response to a major event. Here’s how you can watch out for you.
By Travis Pittman, KING-5.
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– “How to start building your emergency supply kit”
By Heather Graf, KING-5.
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July 23, 2017

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall
Open for Free in the South Sound July 27-30, DuPont

American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall, DuPont.
Flyer credit: The U.S. Marine Corps, sponsors, the city of DuPont, hosts.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall is coming to the South Sound.

The replica is 80% of the size of of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., at almost 8 feet in height, 360 feet in length. The display is scheduled from 2pm July 27 to 3pm July 30 at DuPont PowderWorks Park, 1775 Bob’s Hollow Lane, DuPont. Admission is free.
Read more from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA).

July 22, 2017

Monsanto’s Roundup gets Cancer Label in California,
Do you use this product? If so, be forewarned?!
And EPA’s Pruitt moving to gut clean air and water rules

– “Monsanto’s Roundup to Get Cancer Label”
Story at-a-glance
* California regulators stated that glyphosate will appear on the state’s list of cancerous chemicals beginning July 7, 2017.
* This means new labels may be appearing within the next year in California that include a cancer warning on Roundup and other glyphosate-containing weed killers.
* An increasing number of lawsuits are popping up across the U.S., alleging Monsanto’s Roundup caused cancer and the company engaged in fraudulent activity and deceptive advertising of its weed killer.
By Dr. Mercola.
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– Trump’s cabinet corporate titans backseat public’s interests by reducing industry regs.:
“EPA chief Pruitt in Arkansas pushing end to clean air and water rules”
Posted By Max Brantley, Arkansas Times Blog.
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“As Pruitt Guts Water Rules, EPA Will Allow Fracking Waste Dumping in the Gulf of Mexico”
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout.
Editor’s note:
Would you eat or serve seafood to your family caught in Gulf of Mexico waters laced with drilling wastewater, which can contain fracking chemicals, drilling fluids and pollutants, such as heavy metals, unacceptable and prohibited under the Clean Water Act?
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And this sad news
“Trump Administration Withdraws Rule to Protect Endangered Species”

“Fisheries Service Reverses Course to Save Whales, Sea Turtles, and Dolphins”
By Oceana.org.
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July 21, 2017

Three important stories on today’s Yelm Community Blog

1. Texting young persons’ brains function as if on drugs,
Neurological damage to a developing brain similar to cocaine addiction
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2. Avoid I-5 in Oly this weekend between Boulevard Rd. and Pacific Ave.
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3. Washington’s distracted driving law effective July 23.
What you need to know!

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July 21, 2017

Texting young persons’ brains function as if on drugs
Neurological damage to a developing brain similar to cocaine addiction

Texting teens
Photo credit: NBC News

– Dear readers;
Last Sunday, I was listening to the car’s radio news while driving and took note of a study about how teen texting has been associated with neurological damage to a developing young person’s brain similar to cocaine addiction. So many stories on this issue have been released in the last few years demonstrating the loss of cognitive and social skills among our young people, leaving them far less equipped to handle today’s world than those without smart-phone screen addictions. Recent reports and an excellent book below:

Story Highlights:
* “Texting on Smartphones Muddling Teen’s Brain Functions”
* “How Has Texting Affected the Social Lives of Teens?”
* “Text Messaging with Smartphones Triggers a New Type of Brain Rhythm”
* Book – “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids-and How to Break the Trance”

– “How Has Texting Affected the Social Lives of Teens?”
“Talking on the phone is so old school. Most teens today prefer texting. About 75 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States own cellphones, and 75 percent of these teens send text messages, according to the Pew Research Center’s Pew 2010 Internet and American Life Project. More than half of these teens text daily. With texting outpacing other forms of communication, you have to wonder how this technology shift alters the social lives and behavior of today’s teens.”
[Key paragraphs include:]
* Teen Texting Patterns
* Social Impact
* More Social Effects
* Texting and Risky Behavior
By Jayne Blanchard, Livestrong.com.
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– “Texting on Smartphones Muddling Teen’s Brain Functions”
By Karen Joseph, TheOneSpy.com.
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– “Text Messaging with Smartphones Triggers a New Type of Brain Rhythm”
“Sending text messages on a smartphone can change the rhythm of brain waves, according to a new study published in Epilepsy & Behavior.

People communicate increasingly via text messaging, though little is known on the neurological effects of smartphone use. To find out more about how our brains work during textual communication using smartphones, a team led by Mayo Clinic researcher William Tatum analyzed data from 129 patients. Their brain waves were monitored over a period of 16 months through electroencephalograms (EEGs) combined with video footage,” quoting Elsevier.
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– Excellent book on this subject:
“Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids-and How to Break the Trance”
“In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology―more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity―has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Brain imaging research is showing that stimulating glowing screens are as dopaminergic (dopamine activating) to the brain’s pleasure center as sex. And a growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can,” quoting Amazon.

Book review
“Details how compulsive technology usage and reliance on screens can neurologically damage the developing brain of a child the same way that drug addiction can.” ― Vice
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– UPDATE: July 23, 2017
“Experts Warn New Tech Will Create ‘Invisible Killing Fields’ Across America And ‘Gestapo-Like Tactics’ Are Being Used To Silence This Information”
By Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline.
Editor’s note: The mainstream news hotlinks in this article are very valuable.
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July 21, 2017

Avoid I-5 in Oly this weekend between Boulevard Rd. and Pacific Ave.

– “Planning to take I-5 this weekend? Consider this your warning.”
“The Washington State Department of Transportation is asking drivers to avoid using northbound I-5 for in-town trips in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater. If you must take I-5, plan to travel early in the morning or late at night when traffic is lighter. Check traffic before you leave on WSDOT cameras or in the WSDOT app, and give yourself extra time to get where you’re going.

Crews will be working on the bridge over Pacific Avenue to rebuild the approach slab (that’s the piece of concrete that connects the highway to the bridge) and replace expansion joints (the part that allows the bridge to move with traffic and weather conditions),” by Abby Spegman, The Olympian.
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