July 4, 2020

Happy July 4th – Independence Day in 2020 America

Credit: Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources

+ America the Beautiful sung by Hillsdale College’s Choir (Michigan)

+ America the Beautiful sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

+ “Star Spangled Banner As You’ve Never Heard It”

+ Facts about the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776

+ How to celebrate Independence Day the legal way in Thurston County

+ From the American Red Cross: a few tips to have fun and help stay safe:

social distancing If your community is reopening, know what precautions to take in public settings. Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others, and wear cloth face coverings in public. barbecue Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited. firework Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. swimming Kiddie or inflatable pools can be a great way to have fun. Drain the water from the pool and flip it over after swim time is over.

Check out more grilling, fireworks and water safety tips for a safe holiday weekend.

July 3, 2020

Boeing to end production of the 747 after 50+ years!

Boeing rolled out the first 747 from the Everett plant on Sept. 30, 1968.
Credit: AFP/Getty Images via Seattle P-I.

Pan Am flew the first trans-Atlantic commercial flight to London from NYC on January 21, 1970.
  • Editor’s note: 50 years ago today, July 3, 1970, I flew the first of what would become many rides on a Boeing 747, my first with Trans World Airlines (TWA flight 803) from Paris-Orly to New York-JFK. This was just over 5 months after the inaugural passenger flight of the 747 by Pan American World Airways Clipper Young America.
  • With carriers converting the now plentiful, recently retired, 2-engined 777s and 767s to freighters, COVID-19 makes the large, 4 engine passenger aircraft obsolete.
  • The last 747 from Boeing’s Everett production line will roll-off in 2 years.

“Boeing 747 Program Comes to a Close”

“It is the end of the line for one of the world’s most iconic airliners. Boeing Co. has reportedly stopped sales of its 747-8 aircraft, the last generation to be built.

“The final 747 will roll out of Everett in approximately two years’ time, according to various changes in financial statements.”

“Boeing has been preparing to wind down the 747 Project for quite some time, building customer interest in the Boeing 777X and a potential freighter version. The company told Bloomberg, ‘At a build rate of half an airplane per month, the 747-8 program has more than two years of production ahead of it in order to fulfill our current customer commitments.’

“Boeing has 15 unfilled orders to date, all freighters. United Parcel Service (UPS) has 12 of these, and the fate of the other three is unclear due to a dispute with Volga-Dnepr Group,” by Aaron Davis, Airways Magazine. Read more

Bloomberg: Boeing Quietly Pulls Plug on the 747, Closing Era of Jumbo Jets

The Points Guy: Boeing is ending production of the 747

July 3, 2020

News and Tips for July 3, 2020:
* Inslee extends face coverings required for businesses statewide,
* Inslee halts county advancements to next Phases,
* Thurston reports record COVID-19 diagnoses for any week!

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This shows how public expenditures are upside down
Credit: Progress America


+ Inslee extends face covering requirement for businesses statewide and halts county advancements

+ Pandemic prompts some creative twists on 4th of July festivities

+ Yelm Chamber Selling Shirts to Benefit Local Small Business Grants

+ Yelm Police Adding Additional Coverage for Fourth of July Weekend

+ State Parks Urging Responsible Recreation During Fourth of July

+ Thurston County gets new Health Officer as Dr. Diana Yu prepares to re-enter retirement

+ Regal Martin Village theaters in Lacey delays reopening. Here’s what to expect

+ Olympia Farmers Market Launches Online Market

+ Yelm Schools Superintendent’s Message for July 2020

+ FedEx hiring 400 employees in Tacoma


More than half of Americans say they’re more stressed than they were before the Covid-19 pandemic

CNN’s White House Correspondent John Harwood: the 6 states with the highest positive test rates for coronavirus over the last week – exceeding 10%, compared to national average of 5.5% – all have Republican governors

Washington state reports new highest daily total of 716 COVID-19 cases

Studies show coronavirus affecting people of color at higher rates in Washington

Heart conditions drove spike in deaths beyond those attributed to covid-19, analysis shows – many patients died after not seeking care due to covid-19 fears

California man who posted regret for attending party died a day later of coronavirus

Fed officials raised concerns in June that U.S. could enter a much worse recession later this year if coronavirus cases continued to spike

Checking In: FlyHealthy@SEA [Sea-Tac Int’l Airport]

E.U. coronavirus safe list: This is why the U.S. was nowhere near making the cut

Thurston County reports nine new COVID-19 cases, sets new diagnoses record for any week

Coronavirus conspiracy theorists: What new research says about people who ignore rules

Low Levels of Vitamins B12 and D Linked to Depression

The U.S. job market is still in very bad shape. Just wait until the fiscal time bomb goes off.

July 2, 2020

News and Tips for July 2, 2020:
* Wear a mask, soldier. General tells JBLM community,
* New U.S. virus cases are up 80% in past 2 weeks,
* Trump: Black Lives Matter mural in NYC a ‘symbol of hate’!

Graph shows why the EU not admitting Americans


+ Wear a mask, soldier. General tells JBLM community to follow Gov. Inslee’s mask order

+ Inslee announces distribution of $365 million in federal funds

+ State Supreme court hears oral arguments in car tabs initiative lawsuit

+ Pay cuts are becoming a defining feature of the coronavirus recession

+ American Airlines requests to shift LA-Shanghai route authority to fly Seattle-Shanghai, competing with Delta

+ Lacey City Councilor Michael Steadman Looks to Unseat County Commissioner Edwards

+ 25 of the best resources veterans, military and their families can use right now

+ Attorney General Bob Ferguson calls for new Washington state law to track and report police use of deadly force


Using a bandana as a COVID-19 face mask? You might want to reconsider, video shows

New Cases in U.S. Are Up 80% in Past 2 Weeks

Alaska Airlines will give people a ‘yellow card’ for not wearing masks on flights

Small businesses bought supplies to combat coronavirus. They could soon get a tax break from Congress

Pay cuts are becoming a defining feature of the coronavirus recession

Is Nasal Irrigation More Important Than Hand-Washing?

Official U.S. coronavirus death toll is ‘a substantial undercount’ of actual tally, Yale study finds

Transatlantic Traumas – With the European Union and United Kingdom classifying the United States as a Red-Light destination then only the chosen few or those seeking quarantine will be able to travel.


Trump: Black Lives Matter mural in NYC a ‘symbol of hate’ that would denigrate Fifth Avenue

Trump now says ‘masks are good,’ but doubts national mandate is needed as coronavirus cases rise

Meet the Supporters Trump Has Lost

Jeff McCausland, retired U.S. Army colonel and former member of the National Security Council: Trump’s latest Russia scandal isn’t going away anytime soon. Here’s why.

Judge Overturns Trump Border Rule Requiring Immigrants to Claim Asylum in Another Country

Trump campaign backs off in-person events as coronavirus cases pick up

‘New Low’: Army Veteran Hits Trump Over Russian Plot Against Troops | MSNBC

No masks or social distancing to be required at Trump’s Mt. Rushmore fireworks and virus spectacular

Caroline Randall Williams in The New York Times: You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument

Republicans signal to Trump to back down on defense bill veto threat over renaming Confederate bases

July 1, 2020

Mary Trump’s book allowed by court to be distributed!

“Judge rejects Trump family attempt to block publication of niece’s tell-all”
Credit: Erin Schaff | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Click here to pre-order your book.

“New York appeals court clears the way for a publisher to distribute tell-all book by President Trump’s niece”

Key Points

  • A New York appeals court cleared the way Wednesday for a publisher to distribute a tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece over the objections of the president’s brother.
  • Although the book was scheduled to be published on July 28, Simon & Schuster said thousands of copies of the 75,000-copy first run of the book had already been sent to bookstores and others.
  • The appeals ruling, though, left in place restraints against Mary Trump, the book’s author and the president’s niece, after the president’s brother said in court papers that she was part of an agreement among family members not to write about their relationships without permission.

“The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division said it was lifting a restraint that a judge put on Simon & Schuster a day earlier that would have blocked distribution of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”

“Although the book was scheduled to be published on July 28, Simon & Schuster said thousands of copies of the 75,000-copy first run of the book had already been sent to bookstores and others,” by CNBC. Read more

July 1, 2020

Local and State News + Tips for July 1, 2020,
* Lacey’s I-5 and Marvin Rd. interchange changes coming,
* Thurston County reports a big jump in COVID-19 cases,
* Mass. requires visitors from most states to self-quarantine [including WA.]!

Overhead view of the Marvin Road overpass.
I-5 and Marvin Rd. interchange
Credit: WSDOT


+ WSDOT: Northbound Marvin Road: Temporary changes will require extra travel time

“Northbound Marvin Road(State Route 510) travelers in Lacey are encouraged to plan ahead to help prevent delays as crews continue to transform the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.

“During the evening of Thursday, July 9, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will remove the existing restrictions for southbound traffic. In the northbound direction, the right lane will be open for through traffic, and the left lane will become a left-turn only to southbound I-5. 

“This temporary change, which could extend up to 24 days depending on the weather, will create congestion and delays for northbound travelers.” Travelers can expect heavier-than-normal traffic, especially during the afternoon commute.

+ Thurston County reports a big jump in COVID-19 cases – Tuesday tied the county’s own record for the most new cases in one day.

+ Lakewood woman embarks on journey to raise awareness of COVID-19 impacts on Navajo tribe

+ Attorney general calls for database of police deadly force incidents in Washington state

+ Washington likely to seek federal loan to keep jobless fund solvent

+ Rebound and Recovery website aims to help Small Business Bounce Back by the Association of Washington Business (AWB)

+ WA. Lawmakers thought Inslee’s veto went too far; they were right – The governor knew vetoing a single sentence in roads budget was unusual. Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy ruled it wasn’t legal


Massachusetts to require visitors from most states to self-quarantine [including WA.]

Fauci says U.S. coronavirus outbreak is ‘going to be very disturbing,’ could top 100,000 cases a day

‘We fear the worst.’ Top health officials say pandemic ‘not even close to being over’

Flying soon? You’ll have to submit a COVID-19 health questionnaire for these airlines

Delta Airlines engages Mayo Clinic experts to advise on making travel even safer

How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic?

Inside Amazon’s Kent fulfillment center, a proving ground for the company’s coronavirus response

Should kids return to school? Pediatricians say yes, but teachers aren’t so sure

Bars are ‘bad news,’ Fauci says as states see coronavirus cases soar

California’s slide from coronavirus success to danger zone began Memorial Day

TSA casts doubts on effectiveness of passenger temperature checks at airports

National Mask Order Could Save U.S. Economy $1 Trillion, Goldman Sachs Says

Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many?

L.A. County issues dire warning amid ‘alarming increases’ in coronavirus cases


A National Mask Order Could Save U.S. Economy $1 Trillion, Goldman Sachs Says

Retired Four Star General Barry McCaffrey: ‘In 50 years I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’ amid reports the U.S. had intelligence that Russia offered and paid the Taliban bounty to kill U.S. troops| Deadline | MSNBC

Trump has lost his senior advantage. And that could cost him in November.

Tribal leaders renew push to remove Mt. Rushmore from sacred land as Trump event nears

Gold sprints to near 8-year top as virus crisis uncertainty rages on in the US

June 30, 2020

Yelm Councilor James Blair responds to rally reports,
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen upstaged his appearance!

“March For Our Rights 3 rally at Heritage Park in Olympia on Saturday [June 27]. Here, five-year-old Gresham Davis cheers on a speaker as he attends the rally with his parents, Brandon and Aimee Davis of Olympia.”
Credit: Tony Overman, The Olympian.

  • Editor’s note: I post news stories about Yelm that are published in local, state, national and international news media so that you, the reader, can be informed about what is being said about our community.
  • Last Sunday morning, I posted the headlines of many Yelm news alerts received about the surprise appearance of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen at a conservative rally in Olympia on Saturday, which quoted a Facebook post by Yelm city council member James Blair, who was a scheduled participant.
  • Mr. Blair wrote to me saying he preferred I reached-out to him for comment.
  • On Sunday evening, I responded to Mr. Blair and offered to publish his Guest Entry of what he wished to share with Yelm Community Blog readers, and have received no reply to-date.
  • My invitation still stands for Mr. Blair to submit a Guest Entry for publication on this blog.
  • In fairness to set the record straight, Mr. Blair did post this on his Facebook page, “Here’s the article that should have been written. Thank you, Rolf Boone.” [an excerpt from The Olympian in today’s print edition is posted below].

“Those at rally share details of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s surprise appearance”

“Saturday’s rally was called “March for Our Rights 3,” which was held at Heritage Park in downtown Olympia.”

“Event emcee and guest speaker, Matt Marshall, and Yelm City Councilman, James Blair, both attended the rally.

“Cohen was dressed in a strange hillbilly costume,’ Blair said in an email to The Olympian Sunday morning. ‘(Cohen) was noticed by quite a few people throughout the event prior to going on stage, and (some) raised red flags. It was when I actually heard his voice I had my suspicions it was him. Others identified him as well.’

“Organizers and others tried to get Cohen off the stage, but security guards, which they thought were there for the rally, suddenly prevented them from getting to the stage, Marshall said. They finally broke through security, but Cohen quickly exited to a privately hired emergency medical vehicle, he said.”

“‘There were people throughout the crowd with communication devices in their ears, and cameras on the crowd, which is not something that normally happens at these events,’ Blair said in his email. ‘All of those people, along with the individuals who were singing along with Cohen in the crowd, all disappeared when they retreated off the stage to the ambulance and left.'”

“‘I haven’t been contacted by anyone claiming to be associated directly with Cohen,’ he said in his email. ‘However, in the last 12 hours my post has been distributed throughout many social media channels, with who knows what commentary. I’ve had hundreds of people calling me a racist, Nazi, and white supremacist, none of which has any ounce of truth,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian. Read more

“The Washington State Three Percenters, who organized the rally, also addressed the performance on their Facebook page, calling it a “display of disgusting antics.” 

“‘We of the WA3% were appalled at the performance of an entertainer adorned in clown-face, who — much to our group’s mutual repugnance — voiced a series of racist and antisemitic jokes and songs, while on the stand,’ the organization wrote. ‘This display of disgusting antics was neither condoned nor accepted by WA3%, and we disavow any affiliation with this lamentable individual. Our ranks enjoy the membership of every race, religion, and creed, and such despicable behavior is NEVER allowed within our group, and if it ever arises, it causes the immediate dismissal of the perpetrator.'”  

June 30, 2020

European Union officially denies U. S. passengers entry due to our virus threat!
Yelm will also see less European visitors here in Summer 2020.

Immigration Comntrol
Credit: MSNBC

“European Union formally bars U.S. travelers due to coronavirus threat”

“NBC News’ Richard Engel reports on the list of countries whose virus levels are deemed low enough to allow people from those places to travel into the European Union, which has been mostly sealed off since March,” on Stephanie Ruhle, MSNBC. Click here

+ European Union bars travelers from U.S. citing coronavirus concerns – The move is a sign of how the U.S. is seen by Europe and elsewhere as a global coronavirus hotbed.

+ Why Americans shouldn’t be surprised that Europe is blocking them. It was “embarrassing,” a “blow to U.S. prestige,” and a “stinging rebuke to the Trump administration’s management of the coronavirus scourge.”

+ E.U. could lose billions by blocking Americans, but U.S. COVID-19 rates made it ‘inevitable’

+ U.S. becoming further isolated by COVID-19 crisis

June 30, 2020

Candidates Virtually Debate for 10th Congressional District Set for July 1, 7-8:30pm

Credit: Getty Images, via Tacoma’s News-Tribune

“10th Congressional District candidates to debate virtually July 1”

“Candidates for the open 10th Congressional District seat will debate online July 1.

“The Nature Conservancy in Washington and the Washington State Wire are hosting the debate, which will focus on the climate, the environment, economic policy and social justice.

“It’ll be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., moderated by Washington State Wire publisher DJ Wilson.

“Anyone can attend, but free advance registration is required at washingtonstatewire.com.

The 10th Congressional District encompasses most of Thurston and Pierce counties and part of Mason County,” by Alexis Krell, The Olympian. Read more

June 30, 2020

Local and State News + Tips for June 30, 2020,
* Thurston’s virus cases continue to skew toward young people,
* CDC says U.S. has ‘way too much virus’ to control pandemic,
* Berlin: America’s relationship with Germany may never be the same again!

U. S. Coronavirus cases precipitously rise!
Credit: Johns Hopkins University. Data through June 28, via CNBC


Thurston County coronavirus cases continue to skew toward young people

In the coronavirus-era, removing graffiti along public roadways is a low priority

Washington State Fair Makes Accommodations Due to COVID-19

Former Yelm grocer Hal Wolfe noted for idea of a Business Week program for high school students decades ago

South Thurston County location under consideration for ‘Sea-Tac-size’ airport – Public comment can be sent to the Thurston County commissioners.


CDC says U.S. has ‘way too much virus’ to control pandemic as cases surge across country

World’s dominant strain of coronavirus ‘is 10 TIMES more infectious than the one that jumped to humans in China’ because it mutated so its vital spike protein doesn’t snap as often in the body, scientists say

COVID-19 data: What the numbers mean and how to tell if the coronavirus is spreading

How Pandemic Stress Can Hurt Your Health

Elderly More Likely to Suffer Pandemic Loneliness — Unless they Feel Younger Than Their Age

The TSA Just Announced This New Airport Security Requirement

Bold Action Required to Defeat Second Wave of COVID-19

Nearly half the U.S. population is without a job, showing how far the labor recovery has to go

Traveling for July 4? Here’s what to pack in the age of coronavirus, experts say


A Sun Belt time bomb threatens Trump’s reelection

Five reasons Donald Trump is losing, with the proof

You should see this VoteVets ad just out –  WOW!

America’s relationship with Germany may never be the same again, Berlin warns

Trump’s growing re-election threat: Republican skeptics

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Judge rejects Roger Stone request to delay prison term


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