April 15, 2024

Yelm’s Cosmic Carrot Farm gets WA. State Sustainable Farm and Fields fund grant!

Cosmic Carrot Farm’s new alley-cropping system will allow the Yelm farm to grow berries, including elderberry, aronia, and goumi berry, with the highest levels of antioxidants. The agroforestry practice of alley cropping is also good for the environment. Credit: The Chronicle.

Nisqually Valley farm growing new crops, fighting climate change at same time

Grant money used to implement agroforestry practices

Excerpt from The Chronicle:

For one Thurston County farmer, taking on climate change isn’t too big of a challenge.

In 2020, Warren Neth, the owner of Cosmic Carrot Farm in Yelm lobbied for the grant monies from the Washington State Sustainable Farm and Fields fund. Last month, he received approximately $8,000 to plant an alley-cropping system to grow berries with the highest levels of antioxidants.

Alley-cropping systems are an agroforestry practice in which rows of trees or shrubs are planted to create alleys in which agricultural or horticultural crops are produced, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Neth’s case, annuals like vegetables were planted between rows of perennials like berries.

The initiative supports local farmers across the state by providing them with funds to plant crops that reduce carbon, add biodiversity and help farms fight climate change.

“I’m a big advocate for alley-cropping systems. It’s something that is very applicable for this area,” Neth said of the agroforestry practice. “We need to really figure out how to reduce our food system’s burden on the environment, and this is one way to do that.”

Cosmic Carrot Farm planted 500 feet of elderberry, aronia and goumi berry in mid-February because of their high level of cancer-fighting antioxidants. Neth said he plans to use the berries in value-added products like gummies and teas. Between the rows of berries, the farm aims to grow vegetables and flowers that will be sold at its farm stand, the Yelm Farmers Market and to restaurants in the spring.

According to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alley cropping can sequester an estimated 1.37 tonnes of carbon dioxide per acre per year, which is equivalent to the amount of gas it takes to drive 3,401 miles in a standard SUV. Alley cropping also reduces irrigation needs by lowering water evaporation in soils by 15% to 30% and reduces fertilizer needs, Neth said.

Cosmic Carrot Farm was one of four sites in the Thurston Conservation District to receive funding for the program. Dancing Goats and Singing Chickens Farm in Yelm, Helsing Junction Farm in Rochester and Oyster Bay Farm in Olympia also received funding.


Cosmic Carrot Farm will host two spring markets at the farm on Sunday, April 28 and Sunday, May 26, where visitors tour the farm and learn more about alley cropping. The farm will offer plant starts to help visitors begin their own backyard gardens, flower bouquets or kid activities. To reserve a spot for a tour, visit https://www.cosmiccarrotfarm.com/.

Local farms that are interested in receiving funding for similar practices can visit the Sustainable Farms & Fields fund website at https://www.scc.wa.gov/programs/sustainable-farms-fields.

Read more from the full story in from The Chronicle.

April 14, 2024

Unprecedented: An American President’s criminal trial set to begin April 15!

Cartoon Totality of Darkness
Credit: via Daily Kos

Trump’s criminal trial set to begin tomorrow – Delay, Deny, Denigrate

+ Andrew Weissmann on MSNBC’s Deadline White House: If Trump is so innocent, why is he doing everything to avoid clearing his name?


+ Politico: Michael Cohen on the Trump Trial: Prepare To Be Surprised – Trump’s former attorney on the hush money trial, how he’s preparing for life as the key witness and who he expects Trump will choose as a 2024 running mate.


+ Wired: How a Right-Wing Controversy Could Sabotage US Election Security – Republicans who run elections are split over whether to keep working with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to fight hackers, online falsehoods, and polling-place threats.


+ MSNBC’s Morning Joe: ‘We might see someone become ill’: Joyce Vance says Trump could get creative with delay tactics


+ The Guardian: For all his bombast, Trump is plummeting – financially, legally and politically


+ Axios: Scoop: Trump, GOP plot 2025 criminal probe of Bidens


+ CNBC: Trump targets two likely witnesses ahead of his criminal trial, despite gag order


+ Daily Kos: Pundits might be dismissing Trump’s hush-money case, but voters aren’t


+ The David Parkman Show: Trump’s brain getting worse QUICKLY, says psychologist


+ NBC News: Judge in Trump’s classified docs case grants prosecutor’s request to keep names of government witnesses secret


+ Truthout: US Billionaires Have Doubled Their Wealth Since 2017 Trump Tax Overhaul – Billionaires now control 1 out of every 25 dollars of American wealth.


+ Daily Kos: 4 years ago [April 13]: Trump claims ‘ultimate’ and ‘total’ authority


+ Stars and Stripes: Trump immunity bid opposed by 19 top former defense officials in brief filed with Supreme Court


The Hill: Megyn Kelly says Trump will be convicted in hush money case: ‘No doubt’


+ NBC News: Trump’s Ex-Finance Chief Is Sentenced to 5 Months in Rikers for Perjury Allen H. Weisselberg admitted that he had lied about helping Donald J. Trump inflate his net worth to win favorable loan terms.


+ Business Insider: Trump saved millions by keeping court in dark about billionaire’s bond offer: report


+ Truthout: Judge Denies Trump Appeal to Delay Hush Money Trial Scheduled for Next Week – Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal his affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.


+ CNBC: Trump loses bid to delay hush money trial while he fights gag order


+ The Independent: Trump is booted off Bloomberg’s Billionaire list after Truth Social stock price dives


+ CNBC: Trump Media shares drop below $30, company sheds more than half of market cap since trading debut


+ Newsweek: Fox News Host Corrects Donald Trump Spokesperson After Gag Order Rant


+ The Independent: Potential blow for Trump as lawyer-turned-witness leaves legal team, report says


+ HuffPost: Newspaper Editor Tells Readers He Must Say Truth About Trump, Even If It Offends


+ Newsweek: Donald Trump Stung in Primary As Huge Number of Republicans Vote Against Him


+ Newsweek: ‘Intriguing’ Trump Filing in Hush Money Trial Betrays Testimony Fears


+ Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post: Don’t overlook these five aspects of Trump’s N.Y. trial


+ MSNBC’s Deadline White House:Top Former Military Personnel urge Supreme Court to reject Trump Immunity Question – a new letter urging the Supreme Court to reject the Trump Immunity question from retired high ranking officers in our military, with concerns that it could upend America’s standing as protector of democracy around the world. 


+ MSNBC’s Maddow Blog: Key Republican reps: Russian propaganda has ‘infected’ much of the GOP – When powerful Republican committee chairs start complaining about their party being “infected” with Russian propaganda, it’s clear the GOP has a problem.


+ MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Joe Scarborough calls out Trump supporters ‘knowingly voting for a fascist, voting for a racist’


+ The Washington Post via MSN: Small-time investors in Trump’s Truth Social reckon with stock collapse


+ The Independent (UK): Trump’s mentoring by mob lawyer Roy Cohn at centre of new biopic to be shown at Cannes


+ Wired Magazine: Inside the Election Denial Groups Planning to Disrupt November – Groups like True the Vote and Michael Flynn’s America Project want to mobilize thousands of Trump supporters by pushing baseless claims about election fraud—and are rolling out new technology to fast-track their efforts.


+ Charlie Sykes on MSNBC: This Liz Cheney snub offers an incredibly depressing peek at life in a second Trump term – The Gerald R. Ford Foundation’s alleged Liz Cheney snub is a sobering reminder of Trump’s power.

April 14, 2024

House passes bipartisan bill expanding warrantless spying on Americans – next to the Senate!

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson is seen in the U.S. Capitol before the House reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on April 12, 2024, in Washington, D.C.
Credit: Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images via Truthout.

House Dems Team Up With GOP to Expand Warrantless Spying on Americans

The bill, which critics call the largest expansion of state surveillance since the Patriot Act, now heads to the Senate.

Excerpt from Common Dreams via Truthout:

The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation to expand a major mass spying authority after voting down a bipartisan push to attach a search warrant requirement to the heavily abused surveillance law.

The bill to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for two years passed by a vote of 273-147, with 59 Democrats and 88 Republicans voting no. More Democrats voted for the bill than Republicans.

With Section 702 set to expire next Friday, the legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate.

“Despite a litany of abuse — improper snooping on protesters, lawmakers, thousands of campaign donors, and journalists — the House today wrote the FBI and intelligence agencies a blank check to keep misusing FISA Section 702,” said Jake Laperruque, deputy director on surveillance at the Center for Democracy & Technology.

“This bill’s only ‘reform’ to U.S. person queries is simply codifying agency rules that have already proven grossly inadequate at stopping abuse of FISA 702,” Laperruque added. “If this bill becomes law, in two years Congress will be back debating this same issue, no doubt with even more examples of law enforcement abusing the backdoor search loophole to conduct warrantless surveillance of Americans.”

The measure’s final House passage came after a handful of closely watched amendment votes.

Read more from the full story.

April 13, 2024

From Bigfoot to UFO sightings in WA. featured on Netflix!

Bigfoot was spotted on video walking along the wildlife overcrossing on I-90, Washington State Department of Transportation officials said. Credit: The Tri-City Herald via yahoo!news.

WA phenomena featured on Netflix show of the unexplained. 6 other weird WA instances

From Bigfoot to UFO sightings, from unprovable stories to geological formations, the unexplained phenomena in Washington are plentiful.

Excerpts from The Tri-City Herald via yahoo!news:

The latest season of “Files of the Unexplained” has been released on Netflix. The series looks at unexplained phenomena across the country, diving into what’s known about the instance.


WA’s many Bigfoot sightings

Washington has seen its fair share of claims regarding Bigfoot. The cryptid species has reportedly been spotted across Northwest forests.

The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization’s database says Washington has had more sightings than any other state, with over 700. The Washington National Guard even has information on the legend, including the fact that “Sasquatch” is derived from the Salish word “Sasquits.”

Multiple counties have enacted legal protections for the potential species, placing fines and other punishments for anyone who kills a sasquatch.

Some Washington areas are more popular for sightings than others, including the Olympic Peninsula, surrounding Lake Wenatchee, the Oregon Butte area and around Mount Rainier.


Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

The Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve showcases another natural phenomena that have stumped scientists for decades. A series of dirt mounds up to seven feet high and 40 feet across, occurring in conjunction, the phenomenon has been described as soil or prairie pimples.

Like Gravity Hill, there are several occurrences like the Mima Mounds across the world, but still no conclusive explanation as to how they occur. The Natural Area Preserve is the best way to see the hills of silt, sand and pebbles, though other sets appear in the area.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has publications on the possible explanations. Some believe the mounds are a result of seismic activity, others believe it was glacial impact. There is no shortage of theories into the phenomenon, but no concrete explanation.


WA hotbed for UFO sightings

Bigfoot isn’t the only paranormal sighting the Evergreen State is known for. There’s also a high frequency of UFO — or UAP — sightings in Washington.

In fact, a 2022 Axios study ranked Washington as the state with the most per capita sightings, based on data from the National UFO Reporting Center.

While many people are familiar with the acronym UFO, unidentified flying object, the formal acronym has been established as UAP, unidentified anomalous phenomena, an effort to ease the stigma.

Whatever you call them, sightings of unexplained aircraft are common in Washington.

Perhaps the most popular spot is around Mount Rainier, like the most well-known sighting in Washington. In 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine shiny UAPs moving at fast speeds.

It was his explanation of the aircraft that led to widespread use of the term “flying saucer.” Due to the nationwide appeal of the story, and the subsequent government investigation, some believe Arnold’s sighting set off the following decades of public fascination with UAPs.

The Evergreen State has been a hotbed for sightings ever since.

April 13, 2024

Yelm Boys & Girls Club CEO briefs city council.

Credit: Yelm Branch – Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County via Facebook

+ The Yelm branch is the sixth Thurston County Boys & Girls Club location and opened its doors September 2019. The Club provides programs that help youth and strengthen the community.

Boys & Girls Club CEO updates City Council on Yelm organization

Excerpt from the NVN:

Yelm’s Boys & Girls Club branch found its home in the former Yelm City Hall building in 2019. Five years after the organization settled into its permanent location, Thurston County Boys & Girls Club CEO Shellica Trevino updated the Yelm City Council about the overall impact the club has had in the city.

Since finding its home in 2019, Trevino said Yelm’s Boys & Girls Club has grown to serve 387 members over the last five years. The Yelm City Council approved the transition into the old City Hall building at a meeting in 2019.

“Our mission is to inspire and enable our youth to realize their greatness,” Trevino said. “When you all said yes in 2019, you all joined us in that mission to make sure kids have a place, both before and after school, that was affordable to their parents and gave them an opportunity to be safe.”

Yelm’s Boys & Girls Club supports youth of all different backgrounds, Trevino said. She noted that nearly half of the population in the organization qualified for fee-waiver scholarships, meaning their family is in the low-to-moderate income demographic. As well, 51% of participants qualify for free-and-reduced lunch, 31% of the population comes from single parent households, and 43% of members are people of color.


She added that families who don’t qualify as low-to-moderate income households pay a $50 yearly membership and $150 monthly for before and/or after school programming at the club. Low-to-moderate income families could potentially get their $50 yearly membership waived and will pay $30 monthly for club programming.

The club also offers several programs for members, including the Youth of the Year honor, which named the first youth of the year in Yelm this year. All eight branches under the Thurston County Boys & Girls Club umbrella offer the Kayla’s Kids program, which provides local mental health support.

April 12, 2024

Yelm man dies when Jeep crashed in Lacey on Thursday!

College Street SE near 32nd Avenue in Lacey was shut down for nearly three hours on April 11 after a reckless driver lost control of their vehicle, left the roadway and crashed into trees. Courtesy Lacey Fire District 3 via The Olympian on X.

Yelm man killed when Jeep crashed into trees off College Street in Lacey on Thursday

Excerpt from The Olympian:

A driver died Thursday after he lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway and crashed into trees on College Street in Lacey.

Mathew Bergin, 38, of Yelm, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lacey Police Sgt. Jeremy Knight said officers were dispatched at 12:52 p.m. Thursday, April 11, to a vehicle that had slammed into a tree. He said the department received word just a few minutes before the wreck that a white Jeep Cherokee was driving recklessly and turning onto College Street from Yelm Highway.

Knight said the driver was swerving and almost hitting other vehicles. He then lost control, crossed southbound lanes of traffic and struck trees near 32nd Lane. Knight said speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

April 12, 2024

The son of Yelm woman Teresa Latham says her murder was senseless!

Woman found shot dead at Spanaway crash scene identified © Provided by KOMO-TV Seattle.

You never think it’s going to happen to somebody you love,’ son calls mother’s murder senseless

The son of a Yelm woman says her murder was senseless and it has left a hole in a lot of lives. Police are still looking for her killer. Click here for the video.

Excerpt from KIRO-7 TV News, Seattle:

The son of a Yelm woman says her murder was senseless and it has left a hole in a lot of lives.

Now, the search is on for her killer.

The shooting happened [March 27] on Spanaway Loop Road South. Detectives don’t believe she was a target.

A spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says he believes the shooting was random. The bullets probably came from the woods in the area. They say there is no reason Teresa Latham should be dead.

“So, my grandma called me,” said Devin Latham. “I found out that way.”

That’s how Devin Latham got the news that his 47-year-old mother had been shot and killed.

What prepares you for your mother’s death? he was asked.

“We had talked about it quite a lot,” said Latham. “She worked in the death industry. She worked at the Yelm cemetery for a long time. And she made headstones ever since I was a little kid.”

Yet, he says, she was so full of life.

“She loved roller skating,” he said. “And we would go dirt bike riding together and quads. We’d go camping. A lot of good times.”

An adventuresome lady, he agreed.

“Definitely,” he said. “Since I was a little kid, we’ve always been involved with motor sports.”

Teresa Latham’s adventuresome life came to a violent end on Mar. 27.

She was on her way to her job as manager at a Dollar Tree. It was early, her son says, 4:30 a.m. on that Wednesday morning, because she was to meet a delivery truck before the store opened.

She was driving in the 17400 block of Spanaway Loop Road South when shots rang out. She swerved into the middle of the road and collided head-on with another vehicle.

That driver wasn’t injured. But Teresa Latham died in an instant.

April 12, 2024

Rep. Wilcox says “there is a lot of bipartisanship” in legislature!

Nearly 96% of bills passed in 2024 received some level of bipartisan support

Excerpt from The Center Square:

While there was some partisan rancor on hot-button issues during this year’s short 60-day legislative session, recent data indicates Washington state lawmakers from both major parties can work together to pass bills under certain circumstances.

Of the 381 bills sent to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk this session, 365 – or nearly 96% – received at least one “yes” vote from both parties, according to analysis from nonpartisan legislative staff.


91.34% (348 of 381) of bills garnered six or more Republican votes;

89.24% (340 of 381) of bills received 10 or more Republican votes;80.84% (308 of 381) of bills earned 31 or more Republican votes.

“While we vote together on many bills, there are a few crucial issues where the stark differences between the parties are clear,” said Billig, who will not be seeking re-election. “Our Democratic majorities vote our values – whether our Republican colleagues join us or not – on issues important to Washingtonians such as gun safety, reproductive freedom and climate change.”

Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, partially agreed with Billig’s assessment.

“It’s true, there is a lot of bipartisanship,” he said.

Wilcox, who also is not running for re-election, went on to provide some context for that assessment.

“Unfortunately, the most important bills – the small number of controversial bills – don’t get supported by the other side,” he observed.

April 11, 2024

Bloodworks Northwest Launches 1,000 Thank Yous Campaign!

Courtesy of Puwadon Sang-ngern via Pexels via South Sound Business.

Bloodworks Northwest Launches 1,000 Thank Yous Campaign

Excerpt from South Sound Business:

Bloodworks Northwest has announced the three-month-long 1,000 Thank Yous campaign in appreciation of blood donors across the Pacific Northwest. Click here

The organization’s blood supply is supported entirely by donations and requires at least 1,000 donors a day to match the demand of hospitals. By hitting 1,000 donors a day, Bloodworks Northwest is able to ensure an adequate and healthy blood supply for patients, the organization said in a press release.

“We cannot thank our donors enough for continuously showing up to supply hospitals with lifesaving blood,” Sue Nixon, executive vice president of community and donor engagement at Bloodworks Northwest, said in the release. “When we think of serving hospitals all across the Pacific Northwest, 1,000 people have to donate every single day to have the blood on hand and ready for the patients who need it. The fact that generous people save one another’s lives and that you can do that too, that’s what the 1,000 Thank Yous campaign is about.”

The campaign will express the organization’s gratitude with prizes for donors. This month, donors will have the chance to win a trip to Hawaii. In the future, donors will have a chance to win a $1,000 gift card and a chance to win an inflatable Bote stand-up paddle board, the release said.

April 11, 2024

Thurston County median home price rose to a new high in March!

Credit: The Olympian· RichLegg/Getty Images

March was great for Thurston home sellers, but not so great for buyers. Here’s why

Thurston County median home price reached a new high last month.

Excerpt from The Olympian via yahoo!finance:

The last thing a prospective Thurston County home buyer probably wants to hear is that a single-family residence is getting more expensive to purchase.

But that’s what happened last month as the median price rose to a new high, according to March housing data released by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Depending on which camp you’re in — buyer or seller — this is what happened: The median price of a single-family residence rose to $535,000 last month, up 7% from March 2023, the data show. The previous all-time high was $529,950, set in August 2023, The Olympian reported.

Although the number of homes sold fell 24% between March 2024 and March 2023, there was still enough demand (239 homes sold) combined with low inventory to push median price higher. Low levels of inventory continue to favor the seller over the buyer. A market that doesn’t favor either side has four to six months of inventory.

How much single-family home inventory did the county have? Less than two months, the data show. New listings also fell behind last year’s pace. There were 324 new listings last month, down from 372 in March 2023.

Read more


Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.



Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.



Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com