June 24, 2021

Historically significant Heat Wave brings dangerous temperatures this weekend,
* What To Do During a Heat Wave!

Yelm temps in the 100s this weekend,
Credit: The Weather Channel

HOTTEST TEMPS EVER RECORDED HERE PREDICTED THIS WEEKEND

+ The Weather Channel: Potentially Historic Northwest Heat Wave Likely to Bring Dangerous, Record-Breaking Temperatures – “Seattle is expected to soar well into the mid or upper 90s, which would beat Sea-Tac Airport’s daily record highs for Saturday (90 degrees), Sunday (92 degrees) and Monday (91 degrees). Sea-Tac is likely to approach its all-time June record high of 96 degrees, and it could come within a few degrees of its all-time record of 103 degrees set in July 2009.”

+ National Weather Service, Seattle: Excessive Heat Watch from FRI 2:00 PM PDT until MON 5:00 PM PDT for the South Sound [Ed. note: Yelm high temperatures predicted to be in the 100s Saturday through Monday]

+ Olympia Regional Airport: All-time record high temperature was 104 degrees on August 9, 1981 – The all-time high for any June was 101°F on June 30, 1942. The all time high for any July [the area’s hottest month, on average] was 102 F (39 C) set July 20, 1994, tied on July 29, 2009. To be in the 100s for June is historically significant and portends a long, hot summer.

+ City of Yelm Twitter: Check here often for Cooling Center openings to be posted.

What To Do During a Heat Wave

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
  • Read more from the American Red Cross


June 24, 2021

* Sea-Tac Int’l Airport’s new IAF opens this Fall,
* Yelm’s 2021 Lodging Tax Community Events Grant Program now open,
* Michigan Republicans eviscerate Trump voter fraud claims in scathing report!

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Sea-Tac Airport’s Int’l Arrivals Facility (IAF) opens this Fall
The exterior of the new int’l arrivals structures are complete.
Credit: Airways Magazine

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY ***

+ City of Yelm: 2021 Lodging Tax Community Events Grant Program is Now Open

+ KING-5 TV: Drier conditions than normal in Washington spell trouble for wildfire season With extreme heat on the way, the National Weather Service is sounding the alarm about this year’s wildfire season.

+ The News Tribune via MSN: Carrie Underwood to headline WA state fair. Here are the other top artists to perform

+ McClatchey News: Is the ‘Strawberry Moon’ actually red? Here’s how [tonight’s] supermoon got its name – the last supermoon of 2021

+ The Washington Post via MSN: Seattle scientist digs up deleted coronavirus genetic data, adding fuel to the covid origin debate

+ McClatchy News: People spent more during COVID. Now Washington state expects extra $2.6B in economy

+ South Sound Business: Survey: Washington Boasts Second Best State Economy

+ Politico: FDA to add warning about rare heart inflammation to Moderna, Pfizer vaccine fact sheets

+ Thurston County Auditor: Document Recording Fee Increases Begin July 26 ​

*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM WEDNESDAY ***

The New York Times: General Milley Defends Military Teaching of ‘Critical Race Theory’

MSNBC Opinions: Chris Jones’ Arkansas campaign ad shows how extraordinary Black politicians must be – He’s a nuclear physicist and priest — and wants to be Arkansas’ first Black governor. [Ed. note: The ad for Chris Jones immediately went viral. Click here to see why!]

Bloomberg: Pelosi to name select committee to probe Jan. 6 Capitol riot

KING-5 TV: Warren Buffett resigns from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation [Ed. note: YIKES!]

Reuters: Saudis who killed journalist Khashoggi received paramilitary training in U.S. -New York Times

World Health Org. (WHO): More evidence is needed on the use of the different COVID-19 vaccines in children to be able to make general recommendations on vaccinating children against COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins – Bloomberg School of Public Health: Drop in Convalescent Plasma Use at U.S. Hospitals Linked to Higher COVID-19 Mortality Rate

Salon: The Decline of Butterflies May Bring Dire Consequences for Life on Earth

Huff Post: Background Checks Blocked A Record High 300,000 Gun Sales – About 42% of those denials were because the would-be buyers had felony convictions on their records.

Ken Dilanian retweet: “The 50 Democratic senators who support the For the People Act (or least Manchin’s compromise) represent 43 million more Americans than the 50 Republican senators who oppose it.”

*** TRUMP IN THE NEWS ***

The Washington Post: Nearly 900 Secret Service members were infected with the coronavirus. [The nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington] blames Trump.

Politico: Manafort banker goes on trial over alleged bribery – “Chicago banker seeking a high-level post in the Trump administration tried to improve his chances by pushing though $16 million in risky loans to former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort

NBC News: Michigan Republicans eviscerate Trump voter fraud claims in scathing report

Daily Beast: Trump Wanted His Justice Department to Stop ‘SNL’ From Teasing Him

Business Insider: Trump is envious of Jared Kushner’s 7-figure book advance and worries his son-in-law will take credit for his administration’s accomplishments, report says

Daily Beast: How the Decline of Murdoch’s Tabloid Empire Makes Fox News Even More Dangerous – The hacking scandal finally caught up with the London tabs, turning them into a worthless asset. Now the mogul’s motherlode—Fox News—is right here, and it’s on a roll.

The Lincoln Project: How dotard gets back to the White House


June 23, 2021

Capital City Pride streaming community Virtual Pride Event this weekend!

Capital City Pride
Credit: Capital City Pride
Credit: Capital City Pride

Oly Pride Gathering#VirtuOLY2021

Who: Capital City Pride

What: Day Time Dance Party / Open-Mic Live Streaming Community Virtual Pride Event

Where: The Lamplighters Creative Space in Downtown Olympia

When: June 26th Saturday @ 2pm-4pm

Why: Because Love is Love and We Love the Gays!

Capital City Pride is an all age, all inclusive, and all welcoming gathering.

We encourage you to dress up and let those rainbows fly!

There WILL be a PHOTOBOOTH!


June 23, 2021

* Yelm Prairie Line to extend to Nisqually,
* Yelm Schools prep for a full Fall reopening,
* Golf has surged in the South Sound since pandemic!

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Yelm Prairie Line Set to Extend Out to Nisqually River
Yelm Prairie Line Trail Map
Credit: ForeverGreen Trails

*** SELECT REGIONAL NEWS ***

+ NVN: Yelm Prairie Line Set to Extend Out to Nisqually River

+ Yelm Schools Superintendent’s Corner via the NVN: Preparing for a Full Reopening in the Fall

+ The Olympian via MSN: Thurston County’s budget amendment is much larger than usual. The county is continuing to respond to the pandemic, space needs and unexpected costs

+ South Sound Business: Tee Time – In the South Sound and beyond, golf has surged since the pandemic — with many courses setting records.

+ KING-5 TV: Washington health officials want people to prepare for wildfire smoke

+ NVN: Lions Return With Free Summer ‘Movies in the Park’ Series

+ The Washington Post via The Seattle Times: Washington state extremist pays a price after unmasking by left

*** SELECT NATIONAL NEWS ***

The New York Times: Republicans are asserting more control over the voting process. Local Democratic election officials have been the first to go.

Truthout: 20 Attorneys General Urge Postal Commission to Reject Louis DeJoy’s Plan to Slow Mail

American Red Cross: Tips to help your family prepare for unexpected emergencies.

*** TRUMP IN THE NEWS ***

NBC News: Tentacles of Manhattan DA’s Trump probe reach former bodyguard Calamari

The Daily Kos: Trump’s Republican allies wanted to sabotage government. They largely succeeded

Truthout: Trump Complained COVID Testing Would Lose Him the Election, New Book Says

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Trump discussed sending Americans with virus to Guantanamo, according to book MSNBC’s Morning Joe: How QAnon conspiracies impact American Christianity

MSNBC: FBI agent acknowledges Trump supporters discussed ‘revolution’ prior to Capitol riot

Truthout: Trump Wanted Justice Department to Stop TV Hosts, “SNL” From Making Fun of Him


June 22, 2021

* Prepare now for a very hot weekend!
* Upper 90s possible in Yelm –
* American Red Cross tips to get prepared!

Credit: Rory Siegel Photography & Fine Art, ©2021. Used with permission.

Be prepared for a very hot weekend

High temperatures predicted to be in the upper 90s this weekend. More updates later in the week.

+ Yelm’s 10 day weather forecast from The Weather Channel: Click here

+ KING-5 TV: Wildfire threat building across Washington state [Ed. note: Conditions usual seen in mid-July are happening in 2021 in mid-June.]

From the American Red Cross:

  • Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
  • Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined.
  • Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time— home, work and school—and prepare for power outages.
  • Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit in case a power outage occurs.
  • Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
  • Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.
  • Get trained in First Aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
  • Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.
  • Read more

June 22, 2021

Cascade Bicycle Club cancels Seattle-to-Portland Classic.
Join Kaiser Permanente’s Virtual STP Challenge presented by Alaska Airlines instead!

Credit: Cascade Bicycle Club

Seattle to Portland Presented by Alaska Airlines

From the Cascade Bicycle Club:

Event has been canceled for the 2021 season.

Join the Kaiser Permanente Virtual STP Challenge presented by Alaska Airlines instead!

Click here to read more from the Cascade Bicycle Club.


June 21, 2021

Reminder: Yelm Loop online open house, register your comments by July 1!

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Yelm Loop Project
Credit: WSDOT

SR 510 Yelm Loop Phase 2 Improvement Project Online Public Meeting

+ From WSDOT:

[WSDOT’s online open house is where] you will have an opportunity to learn more about and provide your comments on the SR 510 Yelm Loop, Phase 2 Improvement Project (Project) – Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA). The information and graphics presented below show the existing conditions, potential project-related effects, and proposed mitigation. Read more

+ JOLT News: Yelm is fourth largest city in Thurston County but some say it has the worst traffic jams. The project aims to alleviate the traffic congestion on Yelm Avenue, especially during peak hours. The project would not just improve the traffic in the city but also affect the regional transport system.

+ WSDOT: Public invited to online open house through July 1 for SR 510 Yelm Loop completion project – construction expected to begin summer 2023 and be completed early fall 2025.


June 21, 2021

* Take heat precautions today, low 90s predicted,
* Native Americans moving 5,000-pound totem to D.C.,
* Boeing 737 MAX 10 completes first flight successfully!

Flags
Photo courtesy of Legislative Support Services.
On Thursday (June 17), the governor joined the state LGBTQ Commission, the Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network (RAIN), and community members to raise the rainbow Pride flag over the Capitol Campus.

*** SELECT NATIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

+ The Olympian via MSN: Get ready for some heat. Olympia will likely match this record high temperature of 92 degrees today

+ KING-5 TV: Thurston County homeowners change ‘shocking’ racist covenant language

+ The Points Guy: Alaska Airlines shows its Pride with LGBTQIA+ livery

+ The Washington Post: Native Americans are transporting a 5,000-pound totem pole to D.C. from the Pacific Northwest

+ Airliner Watch: Boeing 737 MAX 10 completes its first flight successfully

+ The Daily Kos: Seattle’s Amazon is intentionally burning through warehouse workers, but it may not be sustainable forever

Truthout: Biden Has a Chance to Oversee Biggest River Restoration Project in US History [in the Pacific Northwest]

*** SELECT NATIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

NBC News: Biden to revive longtime presidential tradition Trump skipped – the unveiling of former President Barack Obama’s official portrait

The Daily Kos: FBI investigates connection between members of Congress and the insurrection

The Washington Post: Biden struggles to sell democracy abroad when it faces challenges at home

CNBC: As Europe cracks the door open to visitors, airlines pounce with new trans-Atlantic flights

The Points Guy: Southwest Airlines unveils new ‘freedom’ livery, gives workers 50,000 points for 50th anniversary

*** TRUMP NEWS LAST WEEKEND ***

Salon Magazine: Why Trump must be prosecuted: Nothing less can break the twisted bond with his supporters

MSNBC’s The 11th Hour With Brian Williams: ‘They all f—–g hate me’: Book reveals Trump remark on black voters

Salon Magazine: Donald Trump and the new Lost Cause – If you want to know how the Big Lie will go down in revisionist history, look to the South and the Civil War

The Daily Kos: Trump admin lawyers having trouble finding jobs post-Jan. 6. Violins shrink to quantum level

CNBC: Under Trump, Juneteenth was marred by controversy — with Biden, it’s a federal holiday

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Trump tried to fire her for telling the truth; Biden wants to give her a promotion – Christi Grimm incurred Donald Trump’s wrath when she spoke up about critical shortages in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, now nominated by President Joe Biden to be inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Business Insider: Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made at least $53 million from private companies while serving in government: report

CNN: See how Trump’s lies evolved from crowd size to conspiracy theories

Business Insider: Taxpayers reportedly shelled out $2.4 million to fund Trump’s golf visits in New Jersey

USA Today: Trump DOJ takes extreme measures to another level


June 20, 2021

Summer officially begins tonight at 8:32pm PDT!

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Credit: NASA

* From The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
“The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The timing of the summer solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator.”

In 2021, summer begins with the solstice on June 20 at 8:32pm PDT. Read more


June 20, 2021

Happy Father’s Day to all of our dads

Father and his newborn son
Photo credit: Velvet Moth, Australia

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL FATHERS EVERYWHERE!

– This story has been published here every Father’s Day since June 15, 2008.
“Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Mother’s Day, the celebration honoring mothers,” quoting Wikipedia.

– Father’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in Spokane, WA., June 19, 1910.
Sonora Smart Dodd originally thought of the idea while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon the previous year.
Read more from Visit Spokane.com.

Click here for Father’s Day Fun Facts from Chiff.com.

– “‘Gift’ – A very touching video. About Father and son.”
Read more


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