September 17, 2017

Who will watch the “watchers?”
– How to protect your and your family with the Equifax data breach

Credit: Lexington, KY. Herald-Leader

– Editor’s note:
“Who will watch the corporate credit reporting agencies who watch us?” this Blogger asks!

– “Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information”
“Equifax Releases Details on Cybersecurity Incident, Announces Personnel Changes”
Friday, September 15, 2017
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– Congressional Rep. Denny Heck puts the Equifax breach in perspective
“Protecting your personal information – Equifax breach”
“Many of you might not remember giving Equifax your information because typically credit card companies or lenders contract with credit reporting agencies like Equifax to check your credit report. The Consumer Bureau has more information on what your credit history is and what a credit report includes.”

“By now many of you have probably heard about the biggest data breach in our country’s history, exposing the personal data of 143 million Americans who may have had their credit checked by Equifax.

According to Equifax, the breach occurred from mid-May through July of this year. Hackers were able to access people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and sometimes driver’s license numbers. This is far more worrisome than security breaches in the past where hackers obtained credit card numbers, because the damage in those cases can be addressed by replacing the affected credit cards. We obviously can’t replace birthdays and 143 million Social Security numbers.

I share your concern about what might happen if your personal information gets into the wrong hands. The Federal Trade Commission has steps you can take right now to protect your information from being misused. Please spread the word to others about how they can protect their information, including your elderly neighbors. By staying hyper-vigilant, we can prevent criminals from capitalizing on this stolen data.”
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– “Equifax: What will other companies learn?”
By the Chicago Tribune:
“You can brand Equifax as the new Yahoo, the new Target or the new Sony — but that would be glaring understatement. The damage wrought by the hacking of Equifax is bigger and broader than in those previous data breaches. And so, expect Equifax to forever wear the hairshirt of corporate catastrophe.

Equifax likely will survive but will pay a stiff, lasting price for allowing a data breach that affects as many as 143 million Americans, more than half of the country’s adult population.

The company is facing a cascade of lawsuits. Federal lawmakers want congressional hearings, and reportedly the FBI is investigating. It’s a sure bet that Equifax and the country’s other two major credit monitoring agencies, Experian and TransUnion, face a big step-up in regulation.”
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September 17, 2017

Good tips if your lose your Passport while traveling

Photo credit: Getty Images

– Editor’s note:
Always carry a copy of your Passport with you, though keep separate from your Passport.
This assists authorities to issue a new one quicker.

– “What to Do If You Lost Your Passport in the Airport”
“It may not be as dire as you think.”
* If you’re in the U. S.
* If you’re abroad.
By Katherine LaGrave, Condé Nast Traveler.
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September 16, 2017

Today is last day of smoke as winds turn “on-shore” Sunday –
A summary: western fires issues and how to handle in the future

– Editor’s Note:
The National Weather Service predicts winds becoming from the southwest on Sunday, allowing on-shore flow, much cooler temperatures, and something we have not seen in the forecast since June 21st, “rain.”

“Smoke from regional wildfires clouds the sun in Cle Elum
and surrounding areas, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.
Photo credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times

– “The West had a snowy winter, so why the fiery summer?”
“Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western forests and grassland, putting 2017 on track to be among the worst fire seasons in a decade.

A snowy winter across much of the West raised hopes that 2017 wouldn’t be a dried-out, fire-prone year, but a hot, dry summer spoiled that.”

“Here’s what happened, and how bad things are:
* How did we get here?
* How big are the fires?
* What about climate change?
* Tree-eating beetles
* Who’s fighting the fires?
* How bad are the losses?
* What about all the smoke?
* How much has firefighting cost?
* Don’t some fires help the environment?”
By Dan Elliott, Associated Press with contributing writers Matt Volz in Helena, Montana, and Andrew Selsky in Salem, Oregon. Read more

– “Wildfires rage across the West & how we pay to fight them is broken.”
“81 large fires are burning on almost 1.5 million acres in the U.S. To pay to fight these fires, Congress must fund wildfire fighting the same way other natural disasters are funded,” by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).
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– Senator Wyden has proposed many Bills and ideas in tha last week to fight western fires
“Wyden, DeFazio Urge UAS Use to Fight Wildfires”
Sep 14, 2017
Press Release
“U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio today asked federal officials what’s being done to deploy more unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to fight wildfires raging throughout Oregon and the West.”
Click here

September 15, 2017

Eric Rearden has been located

Eric Rearden and vehicle
Photo credit: KOMO TV-4 (ABC) Seattle

– Thurston County Sheriff reports Eric Rearden has been located
In follow-up to yesterday’s Blog entry, the Thurston County Sheriff reports Eric Rearden has been located.

The Tenino man who went missing last week at a Yelm-area Chevron station was arrested in Colorado on Thursday, September 14th, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. Eric A. Rearden, 41 is a level 3 sex offender and was reported missing by his father.
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September 15, 2017

Shine Specialties announces Grand Opening Sat., Sept. 16

– About Shine Specialties
“Shine Specialties a local family owned business, serving all over the U.S. If you are looking for promotional products, custom or team apparel, signs,banners, business cards,window or wall vinyl decor or fundraising ideas, give us a call. Our unique capability to print in very small quantities from our own in-house equipment guarantees quick turnaround,and for much larger production requirements, we have direct access to the industry’s largest manufacturers. We also provide full color copy and print services, fax, and notary services.”
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Shine Specialties
305 1st St. S, Unit #4, across from Yelm City Park
Yelm, WA. 98597

September 15, 2017

Rains to return as Autumn officially approaches –
Fall arrives in Yelm September 22 at 1:02pm

After one of the driest, warmest summers on-record, the winds finally turn from the Southwest, bringing onshore moist ocean air and rains, now in the forecast for Sunday. Click here
Can Fall be far behind?
La Niña winter weather possible for a return again this year, as Pacific Ocean conditions increase the chances of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Click here

Spring Equinox, not to scale
Photo credit:

WHEN: Friday, September 22 at 1:02 PM PDT
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– “Equinox comes on September 22”
“The September equinox arrives on September 22, 2017 at 20:02 UTC. Although the equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, your clock times will depend on your time zone. For time zones in the continental U.S., this equinox comes at …1:02 p.m. PDT. ,” by Deborah Byrd in Astronomy Essentials.
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Equinoxes and solstices
Photo credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

September 14, 2017

Easthaven Villas Memory Care Unit dedication is today @ 2:30PM –
During National Assisted Living Week

Photo credit: Easthaven Villas Facebook page

Easthaven Villa Memory Care Neighborhood
Located behind the Assisted Living Building
311 Cullens Rd. NW
Yelm, WA. 98597

September 14, 2017

Police asking for the public to help locate Eric Rearden

Eric Rearden and vehicle
Photo credit: KOMO TV-4 (ABC) Seattle

– “Police: Thurston Co. man went to sell some fishing poles, then vanished”
“Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Thurston County man who hasn’t been seen since he went to meet a potential buyer who contacted him online about buying some fishing poles.

The missing man, identified as Eric A. Rearden, 41, advertised the fishing poles for sale on the website. At about 8 p.m. on Sept. 5 he went to the Chevron gas station in Nisqually Valley to meet with a potential buyer from Lynnwood. He hasn’t been seen since.

Rearden’s car, a red 1995 Suzuki Swift two-door with license plate number BDZ-2147, also is missing.

Rearden is described as a 41-year-old white male standing 6-feet-5-inches tall and weighing 360 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was clean-shaven when last seen, with a crew-cut style haircut.

Anyone who has seen Rearden or who knows his whereabouts is urged to contact the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office at 360-786-5599 or call 911 dispatch at 360-704-2740,” by KOMO TV 4 (ABC) Staff.
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September 14, 2017

County Sheriff John Snaza reflects on wisdom gained from accident

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza
During a Feb. 11, 2016 interview.
Photo credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian

– Editor’s Note:
I was fortunate to greet and shake-hands with Sheriff Snaza at the Rainier Round-up Parade the last weekend of August. Thurston County is fortunate to have a sheriff who has garnered such profound wisdom from life’s lessons, which shows on his face, in his countenance, and his demeanor. We’re all enriched by his honesty and openness!

– Lisa Pemberton of The Olympian penned this thoughtful report:
‘It would have been a huge loss for this community had he not survived’
“A year ago, Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza was on life support after a horrific motorcycle crash while he was on vacation in Montana.”

“The sheriff, who was elected in 2010 and again in 2014, said he continues to get stronger, and has emerged from the ordeal with a new mission.

‘I would say I’m more wanting to fight for people being safe,’ Snaza said. ‘More than ever, I see my opportunity of being able to make a difference can change at any moment, and I want to use all of those moments to make a difference.'”
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– “Sheriff John Snaza back on the road after near fatal motorcyle (sic) crash”
“Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza nearly lost his life one year ago in a motorcycle crash in Montana while not wearing a helmet. He reflects on the support he has received and the lessons he has learned since the accident.”
Click here for the video.

September 13, 2017

Truly Motivated’s Annual 5K Run for Recovery Sat., Sept. 16

Credit: Truly Motivated’s Annual 5K Run for Recovery


“Now in its 7th year, Truly Motivated’s Annual 5K Run for Recovery is both a fundraiser, helping raise vital monies for the organization as well as an opportunity to raise awareness in our local community about recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. For more than ten years now, Truly Motivated has offered services here in Yelm to men and women seeking freedom from the bondage of this disease of the mind, body and spirit.”

“The event, which will be held at Yelm Middle School on September 16th will feature testimony from one of our Truly Motivated Success Stories, vendors booths hosted by our event sponsors and a free raffle drawing and an easy 5K route. The Run will start at 10 AM but we encourage you to come early for check-in and gather before we begin. Registration is $24 when you sign-up before August 10th ($30 after) and early birds will receive a free event t-shirt!”
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