October 31, 2015

Flood Watch & Wind Advisory in effect for Thurston County!

– “Flood Watch for Thurston County”
“Issued by The National Weather Service Seattle/Tacoma, WA
Sat, Oct 31, 4:56 am PDT

… FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON…”
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– “Wind Advisory for Southwest Interior, WA [includes Yelm and vicinity]”
“Issued by The National Weather Service Seattle/Tacoma, WA
Sat, Oct 31, 8:00 am PDT

… WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON…
* TIMING… THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.”
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– “Officials discourage visits to Mount Rainier this weekend”
“Officials with Mount Rainier National Park are discouraging travel in the park this weekend due to expected rain and snow.

Superintendent Randy King said in a news release that park officials have begun preparations for a “significant weather event” bringing up to 15 inches of rain with snow at higher elevations,” quoting the AP on KING 5 News.
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October 31, 2015

“Halloween Revelers Get Extra Hour as Daylight Time Ends”


Photo via Pixabay

“Halloween 2015 ends with a special treat for late-night revelers — an extra hour to sleep in on Sunday morning.

Nov. 1 marks the end of Daylight Savings Time, so at 2 a.m. clocks are set back to 1 a.m.

California and most other states will ‘fall back’ to Standard Time on Sunday. Only Hawaii and most of Arizona do not change with the rest of the country,” quoting Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego.
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October 30, 2015

Dr. Judy Mikovits – Last week’s Yelm guest speaker to be on Coast-to-Coast Nov. 3rd


Judy Mikovits, Author of Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth
Photo courtesy: Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE)

Host George Noory will welcome Judy Mikovits and her co-author Kent Heckenlively
on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd (
KIRO 97.3 FM radio locally, 10pm) to discuss their book:
Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth

Mikovits was a Guest Speaker in Yelm last week at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE).

“Mikovits earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from George Washington University. In her 35-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has studied immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, virology and drug development. They’ll reveal how a retrovirus is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and even neurodevelopmental disorders in children. They’ll also share their journeys into the minefield that is autism and the peril and promise of science at the very highest levels in our country.

Heckenlively is a science teacher, an attorney, and a founding editor of Age of Autism,” quoting Coast-to-Coast AM.



– Mikovits flew from Yelm to rally in Atlanta at the CDC last weekend
On Oct. 23-25, a gathering was “held to demand the end of unsound political decisions based on fraudulent science. Attendees of this rally will be taking their message directly to the Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The hopes for this CDC rally demanding truth, transparency, and freedom will be to create awareness around the dangers of vaccines and to spotlight the “cesspool of corruption” within the agency as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently described it,” quoting Jefferey Jaxen, Health Impact News.
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Purchase the book Plague in Yelm at JZ-Rose or online.

– UPDATE: November 4, 2015
“Coast To Coast AM – November 3, 2015 Retrovirus Revelation & Current Events”
Coast To Coast AM Host George Noory’s show states:
“Science teacher and attorney Kent Heckenlively, is a founding editor of Age of Autism, and Judy Mikovits, earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and studied immunology, virology, and drug development over 35 years. In the first half of the show, they shared the revelation that a retrovirus called XMRV is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and even autism. In 2009, Dr. Mikovits presented her discovery to leading scientists at the National Institutes of Health. However, in the ensuing years, she was drummed out of her field due to various controversies, and the medical establishment doubting her findings. Heckenlively noted the possible connection between vaccinations (which sometimes have embedded retroviruses) and the development of autism.”
Click here for the interview beginning 13:40.

– Blogger Klein is a former 12 year employee of RSE and a 30 year Ramtha student.


October 30, 2015

Flood Watch posted for Thurston County, Yelm area

Issued by The National Weather Service Seattle/Tacoma, WA
Fri, Oct 30, 4:04 am PDT

… FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON…

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST WASHINGTON AND WEST CENTRAL WASHINGTON… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES… IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON… CLALLAM… GRAYS HARBOR… JEFFERSON… KITSAP… MASON… SKAGIT AND WHATCOM. IN WEST CENTRAL WASHINGTON… KING… LEWIS… PIERCE… SNOHOMISH AND THURSTON.
* FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON
* A WET PATTERN WILL DEVELOP TODAY AND CONTINUE INTO SATURDAY. RAIN WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES… ESPECIALLY OVER THE MOUNTAINS. 4 TO 8 INCHES OF RAIN IS LIKELY OVER THE MOUNTAINS FOR THE 48 HOUR PERIOD COVERING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THIS WILL CAUSE SHARP RISES ON AREA RIVERS. MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE POSSIBLE ON SOME AREA RIVERS BY SATURDAY MORNING AND FLOODING CONCERNS FOR AREA RIVERS WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY. OF PARTICULAR CONCERN IS THE MOUNT RAINIER AREA AND RIVERS FLOWING OUT OF THE PARK. SOME MODELS SHOW RAINFALL AMOUNTS WELL OVER A FOOT FOR THE 48 HOUR PERIOD ENDING SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THESE AMOUNTS COULD CAUSE MORE SERIOUS FLOODING FOR RIVERS FLOWING OFF MOUNT RAINIER.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLOODING BUT FLOODING IS NOT IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND BE READY TO ACT QUICKLY IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A WARNING IS ISSUED.


October 29, 2015

Colder weather coming to the Pacific Northwest


Photo credit: The Weather Channel

From The Weather Channel:
“Perhaps the biggest change as the calendar flips to November will take place in the West.

The first nine months of 2015 were the hottest January-through-September period on record in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.”

As November begins, this pattern will be flipped.

The jet stream will plunge into the West, ushering in colder air. Like spokes in a wheel, upper-level disturbances rotating through that jet stream dip will lift moist air and wring out valley rain and mountain snow much of the week ahead.”

“Mountain snowpack is also of critical importance for water supply in the West, particularly in California. Some snow is also expected in the Sierra, Siskiyous, Cascades, and possibly the Tehachapis and San Gabriels of Southern California in the week ahead.

Some rain is expected, as well, in northern California, but given the orientation of the jet stream, it is not expected to be heavy. The more soaking rain will target the Pacific Northwest into the upcoming weekend.

Then, there’s the cooldown.”

“Highs may struggle to get out of the 40s in lower elevations of the northern Great Basin and the Pacific Northwest, including Salt Lake City, Boise and Seattle.”


October 29, 2015

Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends this Sunday at 2am,
turn your clocks back one hour prior to retiring Saturday!


Photo credit: clock-waterboysh-flickr (Photo: KING)

– Be sure to move your clocks back one hour prior to retiring on Saturday, October 31st.
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– “Love it or hate it – daylight saving ends on Sunday”
“Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m. is when we move our clocks BACK one hour, shifting clocks from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time.

The good news: We add an hour to the weekend (one we’ll give back on March 13).

“Fire departments nationwide urge customers to make a habit of changing the batteries in home smoke alarms on the same weekend the clocks change.”
From KING 5 News.
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October 28, 2015

Yelm to get a Walgreens Drugstore – which is purchasing Rite-Aid, located here


“This June 4, 2014, file photo shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston.
Walgreens confirmed Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, that it will buy rival Rite Aid,
creating a drugstore giant with nearly 18,000 stores around the world.
Photo credit: Charles Krupa, AP Photo

Walgreens Drugstores, Inc. initially looked at the pad adjacent the Yelm Medical Plaza to build a store location here and withdrew, now the Olympia Federal Savings site. With the completion of the Rite-Aid acquisition by Walgreens, Yelm will finally get a location of this quality company at Rite-Aid’s Yelm Ave. E. & Vancil Rd. corner, which recently completed a major renovation.


– “Walgreens to Buy Rite Aid for $9.4 Billion”
“As companies throughout the universe of the health care industry accelerate the pace of consolidation, two of the country’s biggest drugstore chains have agreed to combine to create a new giant.

Walgreens Boots Alliance said on Tuesday [Oct. 27] that it would buy Rite Aid for more than $9.4 billion in cash, significantly bolstering its influence with drug makers and pharmacy benefit managers.

But the combination may draw a skeptical eye from government regulators concerned about the retail pharmacy market effectively shrinking to only a few big chains.

The deal is the latest taking place in the sweeping changes under the Affordable Care Act, which has inspired drug makers, insurers and others to combine,” by Michael J. de la Merced and Hiroko Tabuchicot, The New York Times.
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October 28, 2015

Former Yelm High running back Jacob Swilley in the news


“Former Yelm High running back Jacob Swilley, who is now the starter at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.”
Photo credit: Christopher Sabato



– “Former Yelm High running back Jacob Swilley finding right path at Willamette”
“Jacob Swilley is exactly where he wants to be — finally.

He’s playing football at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, as a redshirt junior. And he’s starting at running back.

‘Starting off, it was just getting into the rhythm of things,’ Swilley said. ‘I didn’t feel like I was on my own. I felt like I fit in and was finally in a good situation.’

Swilley, a Yelm High School graduate, transferred from Central Washington University last season. He initially decided to commit to Central — a Division II school — over Willamette, which plays at the Division III level in the Northwest Conference against Pacific Lutheran and University of Puget Sound, among others,” quoting Lauren Smith, The Olympian.
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October 27, 2015

Yelm City Administrator position finally posted almost 2 months after vacancy

The Yelm City Administrator position was FINALLY posted on the City of Yelm public site almost 2 months after the position’s vacancy and almost five months after the position was known to become vacant after September 1st, previously announced June 5th when then-City Administrator Shelly Badger publicly gave a 90-day notice.

Quoting the City of Yelm:

GENERAL GOVERNMENT POSITIONS
City Administrator

The City of Yelm is seeking an experienced manager with extensive knowledge of modern principles and practices of municipal government. Successful candidate will effectively coordinate activities of all city departments, while fostering a strong community and team environment.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration and five years executive level management experience. Combination of experience and required education will be considered. Master’s degree in business or public administration and ICMA membership shown preference.

Position description – click here. Non-exempt, full time. $104,000 – $125,000

To apply: Print and complete the City of Yelm application, and supplemental questionnaire; submit with resume and letter of interest to:
HR Manager, City of Yelm, 105 Yelm Avenue W., Yelm WA 98597 or email to: janines@ci.yelm.wa.us.
Open until filled. Posted October 2015.
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Editor’s note:
I am not impressed with our local newspaper that they would provide Mayor Harding a “bye” on this vacancy at City Hall for over 2 months in not covering this story. With so many issues in this town requiring a hands-on, experienced administrator that this position has not been posted in almost 5 months is questionable, at best.


October 26, 2015

Yelm Bald Hills Fire Protection District 17 deserve our praise


Thurston County Fire Protection District 17, Bald Hills

Bill Owen, Thurston County Fire Protection District 17 [Bald Hills Fire] Commissioner penned a wonderful summary of this fine volunteer Fire Dept. in his re-election Voter Pamphlet comment:

“Last year the Bald Hills Fire Department responded to over 400 emergencies. We are a volunteer department responding at all times of the day or night to assist our neighbors in the Bald Hills. We authorize our fully trained members to take trucks home to respond directly to calls, improving response times. In spite of the recession, by careful planning and budgeting, the Department acquired four brush/rescue trucks, an ambulance, a new water tender, a second tender about to enter service, and two older but reliable fire engines. We maintain a large capital reserve. This year we paid off our equipment bond which will lower your taxes. We have improved our rating with the Fire Rating Bureau, which lowers insurance premiums. The Fire Department has grown from a few members when I was elected to more than thirty now. Most of the credit for our successes and accomplishments goes to our dedicated members who volunteer their time so generously. Their contributions are the indispensable ingredient in our fine level of service. Our Department and I will continue working hard to train, equip, attract and retain good volunteers. I would be honored by your vote to continue this work.”


Thurston County Fire Protection District 17
Mark Gregory, Fire Chief
Tel. (360) 894-2517
email – chief17@fairpoint.net
URL – www.baldhillsfire.org


Blogger Klein is a contributor to Bald Hills Fire and a resident within the Thurston County Fire Protection District 17, Bald Hills.


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