October 27, 2021

* The last seasonal Yelm Farmers Market is Saturday,
* COVID-19 appears to be slowing in Thurston,
* WA. Sec. of State Wyman resigns for Biden post!

The last farmers market for the season is Saturday 10am-3pm, so come out for some pumpkin painting and trick or treating at the market! Photo: Yelm Farmers Market – Facebook


+ Rob Molina hosts The Yelm Podcast: Rob interviewed Blogger Steve Klein about the history of water issues [Also on Spotify.]

+ The Olympian: COVID-19 infection rate appears to be slowing in Thurston County

+ The Associated Press: Federal judge rejects bid to stop Washington vaccine mandate

+ McClatchy News: No shortage of toilet paper or chicken in WA. But you may need to be patient, less picky

+ The Seattle Times: Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman resigns to join Biden administration


MSNBC’s Maddow Blog: Deficit shrinks in the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency

Springer published research paper: Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States

Salon: Virginia Democrats Sue USPS Over Delays That Could Impact State Governor Race

The 19th: Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Texas’s First Statewide Anti-Trans Bill


MSNBC’s Maddow Blog: Trump keeps asking Biden to hide Jan. 6 materials. The White House keeps saying no.

MSNBC’s The Reidout Blog: How a Civil War-era law could doom white supremacists on trial for Charlottesville rally

MSNBC Opinion: Trump evading punishment for trying to steal the election goes way beyond white privilege

October 26, 2021

* Yelm council to approve receipt of American Rescue Plan Act Funds,
* Biden Admin. offers WA. GOP Sec. of State Kim Wyman a post,
* Rolling Stone: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers say they met with members of Congress!

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, seen Sept. 15, 2020, in Olympia, reportedly has been offered a position in the Biden administration related to voter security, according to CNN. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, seen Sept. 15, 2020, in Olympia, reportedly has been offered a position in the Biden administration related to voter security, according to CNN. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


+ City of Yelm: This evening, the city council will approve Resolution No. 621 to receive and utilize the American Rescue Plan Act Funds to invest in infrastructure,
public safety, and COVID-19 mitigation efforts as authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department. 

 CNN: First on CNN: Biden administration expected to name WA. GOP official who challenged Trump’s lies to key election security role

+ The Seattle Times: Report: Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be named to Biden administration election-security post [Ed. Note: Wyman served as Thurston County Elections Director for nearly a decade and served three terms as the elected Thurston County Auditor (2001-2013).]

+ The Olympian: Eleven percent of the troopers working in Pierce and Thurston counties chose to leave the Washington State Patrol rather than be vaccinated, the second highest number of separated employees from the agency’s eight districts.

+ Thurston TalkGrammy Award-Winning Artist Melissa Etheridge Coming to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts – Pre-Sale October 26 at noon; General Public October 29 at noon

+ South Sound Business: Study: State Unemployment Claims 18 Percent Lower Than Pre-COVID Levels

+ The Seattle Times via The Washington Post: CDC director encourages kids to go outside on Halloween and ‘enjoy your trick-or-treating’

+ KING-5 TV (NBC Seattle): The National Weather Service (NWS) said the pressure hit a low of 942.5 millibars Sunday, which is the lowest pressure ever recorded off the Washington coast. The previous lowest pressure off our coast was in 1981 at 950 millibars.

+ The Center Square: Washington State Legislators Locked Out of Offices Over Vaccine Rule

+ McClatchy News: Ken Griffey Jr. purchases shares in Mariners franchise


McClatchy News: Democrats to Biden: Start pushing back more aggressively against Trump

CNBC: Tesla shares rise after Hertz says it will buy 100,000 electric vehicles

KING-5 TV: United Nations says 2020 Greenhouse gas concentrations at new record

McClatchy News: Some American workers are deciding to quit their jobs in defiance of what they consider intrusive vaccine mandates.

CNBC: Business groups ask White House to delay Biden Covid vaccine mandate until after the holidays


Rolling Stone: EXCLUSIVE – Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in ‘Dozens’ of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff (included Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). [Daily Kos: Two Jan. 6 rally organizers are talking, and congressional Republicans should be nervous]

Daily Kos: Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Calls to Expel Members Who Aided January 6 Plot After Fiery Report

Daily Kos: ‘We are determined to make the fraud of 2020 the issue of the election,’ Michigan county GOP pledges

Daily Kos: Cowboys For Trump Founder Cuoy Griffin Turns on Trump. Griffin Is Mad He Was Arrested For Jan 6th.

MSNBC’s The Mehdi Hasan Show: As Dems focus on Manchin, GOP ensures coup that failed doesn’t in 2024

CNN Politics: First on CNN: Biden White House rejects more executive privilege claims by Trump

October 25, 2021

Can the chamber director serve their mission, yet execute their oath if a council member?

  • Editor’s note: I have been asked by several readers about an appearance of a conflict of interest with Yelm Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Line Roy’s candidacy for Yelm City Council.
  • Should she win, both positions would require her to be loyal to each of their constituencies: the Yelm Chamber of Commerce members, and the public’s interest in serving all of Yelm. 
  • The City of Yelm has been previously warned twice in the last 15 years by the State Auditor to take all precautions to avoid conflicts of interest.
  • I put this question to Ms. Roy a week ago and have received no response for publication to-date:
If Ms. Roy should win the council seat, how can she adhere to her oath of elective office to uphold the Yelm Municipal Code’s Protocol Manual to maintain the utmost standards of … “fairness in carrying out their public duties; avoid any improprieties in their roles as public servants,” while having the fiduciary responsibility to adhere to the Chamber’s mission to refer chamber members to visitors first above all others?
Should a council member be serving 2 masters? If elected as a councilor, this is a conflict!
For example, would Ms. Roy refer only Chamber member restaurants to visitors as required of the Executive Director? Or would she refer visitors to non-Chamber member restaurants, too? If elected as a councilor, this is a conflict!
The Chamber’s Executive Director advocates, coordinates and collaborates developing, planning and executing joint Chamber/City projects and events. If elected as a councilor, this is a conflict!   
The city funds a Chamber map annually and certain events during the year, funding requested and accepted by the Chamber’s Executive Director. If elected as a councilor, this is a conflict!
This issue was in the news in 2010 when Mayor Ron Harding was selected at the Chamber’s President. Nisqually Valley News Editor/Publisher Keven Graves then wrote, “I believe the ‘perception’ of a conflict of interest can be every bit as damaging as a genuine conflict of interest.”

From the Yelm Protocol Manual: Chapter 1.04 Section B. Code of Conduct Policy

“It is the policy of the City of Yelm to uphold, promote, and demand the highest standards of ethics from all of its elected and appointed officials. Accordingly, all elected officials, members of all appointed boards, commissions, committees, City employees, consultants and professional service providers are expected to maintain the utmost standards of personal integrity, truthfulness, honesty and fairness in carrying out their public duties; avoid any improprieties in their roles as public servants; and never use their City position or powers for personal gain.”

October 25, 2021

* Olympia pumpkin grower achieves fame and fortune,
* Ten years ago today, the 787 flew first paying passengers,
* Trump had a “Command Center” to plot his Coup and Insurrection!!

Jeff Uhlmeyer's giant pumpkin is escorted to the weighing platform, as shown on KIRO7 News on Oct. 12, 2021.

Jeff Uhlmeyer’s giant pumpkin escorted to the weighing platform, Oct. 12, 2021. Credit: KIRO-7 TV, via JOLT News.



+ JOLT News: Local Olympia pumpkin grower achieves fame and fortune

+ Thurston Talk: Take A Day Trip to the Capitol Forest for Hiking Trails You Won’t Forget

+ The Archive: Ten years ago today, ANA of Japan launched the first Boeing 787 passenger flights


The New York Times Morning Report: Company documents obtained by The Times revealed the degree to which Facebook knew of extremist movements on its site that were trying to polarize American voters before and after the election, but failed or struggled to address the issues.

The Washington Post: White supremacists are returning to Charlottesville. But this time, they’re on trial.

CNBC: Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey says ‘hyperinflation’ will happen soon in the U.S. and the world

Sludge: Secretive House Caucus Is Appointing Corporate Democrats to Key Committee Seats

Edward Snowden: It is crucial to bear in mind that the industry’s problem is not data “protection,” it is data COLLECTION. Mass surveillance must be recognized as a crime, not a business model.

The Hill: Sotomayor on court’s refusal to block Texas abortion law: ‘Catastrophic’

CNBC: ‘We should be concerned’: Internal documents reveal Facebook studied and knew its QAnon push


Daily Kos: Trump had a “Command Center” to plot his Coup and Insurrection

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Trump’s ‘coup lawyer’ Eastman disavows infamous memo – with an apparent change of heart by John Eastman, an attorney for Donald Trump who outlined a quasi-legal plan for overturning the 2020 election and how the January 6th attack on the Capitol could work if Mike Pence rejected Electoral College votes.

October 24, 2021

Editorial cartoonists’ insights on last weeks stories of note!

“A legacy of honor and humility”
Credit David Horsey, The Seattle Times
Jack Ohman: The last shall be first ...
“The last shall be first”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
“Trump’s new same old platform”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
“Traffic jam”
Credit Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Jack Ohman: Another fine message ...
“Another fine message”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
“Local politics has gone national”
Credit David Horsey, The Seattle Times
Jack Ohman: Miner inconvenience ...
“Miner inconvenience”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
Credit: Lisa Benson, Washington Post Writers Group

October 23, 2021

5 Stops for Fall Farm Fun – Pumpkin Patches in Thurston County!

Schilter Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
Credit: Experience Olympia & Beyond

“Pumpkin Patches & Harvest Fun You’ll Fall For”

Plentiful Pumpkin Patches & Fall Farm Adventures

If you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin, or want to trek through a locally grown corn maze, our region’s farmers have you covered. Want to get out mid-week or are looking for ideal weekend adventure? With this many options, you’ll find the perfect patch for your schedule:

+ Experience Olympia & Beyond: 4 Stops for Fall Farm Fun

+ Thurston Talk: 2021 Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in Olympia and Throughout Thurston County

October 23, 2021

* It’s that time of year – consider a Gift of Gobble donation,
* Tenino’s Scatter Creek Winery & Brewing set to close in Dec.,
* Centralia’s Big Hanaford Power Plant the last coal-fired plant in WA.!

The Centralia Big Hanaford Power Plant is the last coal-fired plant in Washington State.”
Credit: Evan McGlinn for The New York Times


+ Bounty For Families: It’s that time of year again! Please consider donating to help us serve families in our community a Thanksgiving dinner!

+ The Olympian: Scatter Creek Winery & Brewing in Tenino is set to close at the end of the year, the business announced on Facebook and in a message shared with The Olympian. The owners are retiring, they said.

+ Gov. Jay Inslee: Inslee and Murray announce next steps to establish solutions for salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin

+ The Seattle Times: Attorney [Tana Lin] Who Helped Fight Trump Travel Ban Appointed to Federal Bench in Washington State

+ The Seattle Times: New Estimates Show 50% Drop in COVID Infections in Washington, According to State Report

+ KOMO-4 TV: Inslee joins efforts to welcome Afghan refugees to Washington state

+ Entertainment Tonight: Amanda Knox and Husband Christopher Robinson Welcome a Baby Girl


The New York Times: A dispatch from the Arctic – Climate-change adaptation can be a difficult subject to discuss

Common Dreams: Biden Says He’s Open to Reforming Filibuster to Win Voting Rights

ProPublica: The Oath Keepers Militia Movement Has Taken Root in the Republican Mainstream

The Washington Post: You’re not ‘fully vaccinated.’ You never will be. It’s a goal for communities or nations, not for individuals

Forbes: Dr. Anthony Fauci Received Big Pay Increase To Prevent Pandemics

The Next Web: Edward Snowden: ‘If you weaken encryption, people will die’ – Snowden has joined a campaign to promote encryption

Washington Examiner: Biden delays release of secret JFK assassination files [Ed. Note: Sad this continues to be kept from the public!]


CNN: Former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, who pushed baseless election fraud claims, expected to testify before January 6 committee

The Washington Post: In a post-Trump world, these pastors are ditching the evangelical label for something new

MSNBC: Former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas found guilty of campaign finance crimes

The Hill: Judge to hear Trump‘s case against Jan. 6 committee beginning November 4

October 22, 2021

Nisqually River Foundation, Nisqually Land Trust seek tree planting volunteers!

Lackamas Flats
Photo: Nisqually Land Trust

In partnership with the Nisqually Land Trust, we will be planting over 4,000 native trees and shrubs this fall! These trees and shrubs will help restore critical habitat in the beautiful Nisqually Watershed. We will be planting at our Powell Creek Protected Area and Lackamas Flats Protected area from Wednesday, October 27th through Saturday, November 20th.   In order to accomplish this, we need your help!! We normally fill these dates with school field trips, but with so many districts unable to take field trips, we need our trusty volunteers to help us get all these trees in the ground!

Here are the POWELL CREEK eventsSign up for any shift from Oct. 28th through Nov. 10th on Eventbrite here!  Most days have a morning and afternoon shift!

Here are the LACKAMAS FLATS events.  Sign up for any shift from Nov. 12th through Nov. 20th on Eventbrite here!  Most days have a morning and afternoon shift!

October 22, 2021

* BeJoyful Holistics Yelm ribbon cutting today,
* 2nd potential La Niña winter being felt in western WA.,
* NIH says US funded gain-of-function at Wuhan lab, despite Fauci’s denials!

Credit: Yelm Chamber


+ JOLT News: Take steps to get ‘Flood Smart’ this Flood Awareness Week – Here are some specific suggestions for people who live in flood plains.

+ JOLT News: Public invited to nominate tourism leaders – New award named for Patrick Knutson to honor “legend” of tourism

+ Experience Olympian and Beyond: Annual State of Tourism Meeting will be held at Yelm Cinemas Nov. 18

+ JOLT News: County official proposes redistricting – County district maps would have non-contiguous boundaries under a plan proposed by County Manager Ramiro Chavez

+ Prestige Senior Living Yelm: Rosemont will be holding a free webinar dedicated to answering the community’s questions on cognitive health, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Enroll for the online webinar is October 28 at 2 p.m.

+ The Seattle Times: Alaska Air Group turns its first unaided profit since 2019

+ KING-5 TV News: Impacts of another potential La Niña winter already being felt in western Washington – This would be the second La Niña in a row, which could make for a colder, wetter fall and better snowpack in the winter.

+ The Seattle Times: Western Washington’s first Black U.S. attorney, Nick Brown

+ South Sound Business: BaseHubs, a new app aimed at connecting JBLM families and veterans with local businesses, has officially launched in Pierce County to help drive the region’s economic recovery.


FOX News: NIH acknowledges US funded gain-of-function at Wuhan lab, despite Fauci’s denials – Fauci has repeatedly denied that the U.S. funded gain of function research in Wuhan

The Points Guy: After telling people to stay home, Hawaii is ready for travelers to come back next month


Former RNC Chair Michael Steele on MSNBC’s Deadline White House: The Republicans would throw over the filibuster in a second if meant more power for them. The GOP counts on Dems being feckless. [start @ 5:50]

Associated Press: Texas GOP leader pays illegal voting ‘bounty’ to Democrat [poll watcher who reported illegal voting by a Pennsylvania Republican]

Daily Kos: AT&T has yet to answer for its support of OAN, and customers have had it

CNBC: Biden’s support fading fast, as CNBC survey finds concerns on the economy, Covid and inflation


KING-5 TV: Which 9 Republicans joined Democrats in holding Steve Bannon in contempt? [Ed. note: Jamie Herrera Beutler of region south of Yelm in WA’s. District 3.]

MSNBC’s The Reidout: Ex-KKK leader David Duke takes credit for Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson -During his recent podcast, Duke said both men stole his racist ideas about “white replacement” and made them mainstream.

Daily Kos: Rep. Gohmert asks why Rep. John Lewis wasn’t treated the same as Jan. 6 insurrectionists [Ed. note: White, Christian, Male-Dominated society’s best, eh!]

CNN: TRUTH Social: 3 reasons why Donald Trump’s new social media company is doomed to fail

October 21, 2021

* The Great Washington Shakeout is today, 10:21 am,
* ‘Bomb cyclone’ brewing off coast – rain, wind coming,
* Loren Culp looks to unseat Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)!

GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR at night - 21 Oct 2021 - 0250 UTC
“‘Bomb cyclone’ brewing off coast.” Photo: NOAA, GOES-West


+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): ‘Bomb cyclone’ brewing off coast. What does that mean for Tacoma and Olympia?

+ International ShakeOut Day: The Great Washington Shakeout is today, October 21 at 10:21 am

+ Thurston County: This is Flood Awareness Week in Thurston County, county leaders are encouraging residents to prepare for winter storms

+ NVN: Nisqually Land Trust Looks Back on Successful Year

+ KING-5 TV: Inslee praises COVID-19 vaccine mandate as 95% of Washington employees get the shot [Ed. note: 4,774 of 59,477 did not.]

+ The Center Square: Cost to Replace Washington State Patrol Troopers Lost to Vaccine Mandate Tops $12.4M

+ Medscape: A physician assistant who runs a pediatric clinic in Washington State says he’ll fight against a license suspension over prescribing ivermectin as a cure for COVID, among other allegations.

+ KOMO-4 TV: Former WSU coach Nick Rolovich to file lawsuit against school for ‘illegal termination’

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): Amazon on seasonal hiring spree as it continues to grow its footprint in Pierce County

Breibart: Former Washington Gubernatorial Candidate Loren Culp Angling to Unseat Republican Impeachment Voter Dan Newhouse


The New York Times Morning Report: How can so many Americans afford not to work? And will it last?

Bloomberg: Senate Republicans vote unanimously to block the Freedom To Vote Act

David Corn of Mother Jones: SCOOP: Manchin Tells Associates He’s Considering Leaving the Democratic Party and Has an Exit Plan – He could pull the trigger if he doesn’t get his way on the Build Back Better bill.

The Los Angeles Times: Can TSA vaccinate enough screeners before the Thanksgiving travel rush?

Daily Kos: ‘Nightmare scenario’: Substantial majority of Americans don’t trust Supreme Court, want reforms

ABC News: Senate Republicans expected to defeat voting rights reform bill for the second time this year

CNBC: Koch network spends big to lobby against Biden agenda while supporting other Democratic plans


NBC News: Why the GOP should take Trump’s new blackmail scheme seriously [Ed. note: 4-10% of Republicans may decide not to vote because they believe in the “Big Lie” of election fraud. They can’t win losing those voters.]

MSNBC Opinions: Trump’s 2020 election lies are even worrying Marjorie Taylor Greene – Greene is doing the once-unthinkable: departing from the Trump line. “roughly 10 percent of Republican voters expressed a serious lack of confidence in the security of Georgia’s elections, with 4 percent saying they did not think elections were secure in Georgia and would not vote in future elections, and 6 percent saying they were unsure whether their votes would be counted.”

Business Insider: The Trump Organization is facing another criminal investigation in New York over its golf course’s financial dealings, report says

CNN: Donald Trump (yet again) proves there’s no bottom with his Colin Powell statement

Washington Examiner: [Trump favorite in GA.] Senate candidate Herschel Walker rejects Trump’s election fraud ultimatum [Ed. note: Ought oh, is the firewall breaking?]

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: A majority don’t want Trump to run in 2024, polling shows, 58 percent of voters do not want former President Trump to run again in 2024.

Business Examiner: Steve Bannon not cooperating suggests Trump may have been ‘personally involved in the planning and execution’ of the January 6 insurrection, Liz Cheney says

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: The oligarch raided by the FBI and how Mitch McConnell got the ‘Moscow Mitch’ nickname [Ed. note: This history is important to keep in context!]

Newsweek: As Donald Trump’s 2024 Chances Increase, Mitch McConnell Sounds the AlarmWashington Examiner: McConnell signals it’s time to move past Trump ‘rehash’ of 2020 election

Politico: Opinion | Trump’s Post-Mortem Roasting of Powell Could Burn Him in the End


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