June 25, 2012

“Nixon was far worse than we thought”

Photo credit: 2012 The Washington Post

For the first time in decades, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward published on June 8th a co-written story for the Washington Post. This time, their story was titled:
“40 years after Watergate, Nixon was far worse than we thought”
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Editor’s Note:
When the Watergate hearings riveted the nation, I was a 19-year-old college Sophomore.
Sure seems like we haven’t learned much since then, as we have continued abuses right down to the local levels of government.

Today, we have a President publicly authorizing the drone-killing of a US citizen on foreign territory without even being accused in a court-of-law and without due-process, a previous President’s lies about WMDs in Iraq as a justification for war, and NO declared war authorized by Congress since 1942, yet our own people (even from Yelm & Rainier) giving their lives for these unconstitutional confligrations.

– An alternative view was posed by Will Bunch of the Huffington Post:

“What Woodward and Bernstein Got Wrong About Watergate”
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– This story out last week is chilling and makes Nixon’s stuff look like child’s play:

“Google: government requests to censor content ‘alarming'”
“Google complied with around 65 percent of court orders and 47 percent of informal requests”
Read more

June 24, 2012

Monday, June 25th OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sandra Romero

Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier and Yelm on Monday, June 25th:

Understanding the Thurston County Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) with Sheriff Snaza
How will the county pay for the ARC and when will it open?

The ARC reached completion in 2010, and will replace the current Thurston County jail which has faced severe overcrowding and is worn out after more than 34 years of use.
Since its completion, the county has faced challenges with opening the ARC, and some questions have been raised about its status.
Sheriff Snaza will update citizens on the opening of the facility, currently scheduled for late 2012 or early 2013.
For more information about the ARC visit http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/arc/.

Please join Commissioner Romero as she hosts this informal coffee hour. There is a lot happening in Thurston County and we want to hear from you! These coffees give you the opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask the Commissioner questions about the county, and share ideas. Commissioner Romero provides participants’ coffee that she pays for herself. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

Citizen meeting with second district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

Monday, June 25, 2012

– Rainier: 9:30am 10:30am at Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St W

– Yelm: 11:00am Noon at Fadis Restaurant (Tahoma Valley Golf Course), 15425 Mosman Ave SW
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Becca Pilcher
Assistant to Commissioner Romero
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 786-5747

June 23, 2012


Yelm Food Co-ops Grand Opening on Saturday 23rd June at Gordons Patio Room,
308 Yelm Ave, E.
Fun guaranteed
from 12 noon to 4 pm,
with Ribbon Cutting at 12.15 pm.

From the Yelm Food Co-op Newsletter:
Were giving away prizes to everyone who enters to play our Wheel of Fortune game. Everyone wins a prize, especially kids. Sample Aldens ice cream, St. Dalfour jams, Bagel Brothers bagels, Batdorf & Bronson coffee, Health Force smoothies, Susie Kyles Local Flavors and more.
Check out our new small Micro-Brew section, its next to our Wines.

Bread Peddler breads and pastries and San Francisco Street Bakery pastries will arrive regularly on Monday and Thursday mornings, along with our fresh Bagel Brothers sandwiches and bagels.

Yelm Food Co-op: www.yelmfood.coop
308 Yelm Ave, E. @ Gordon’s Garden Center
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: 360-400-2210
MondaySaturday 9am 7pm
Sunday 10am5.30pm

June 22, 2012

Internationally Acclaimed Scientist in Rainier Sunday:
Michael Tellinger’s talk OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

From Mr. Tellinger’s website:
“Michael Tellinger, author, scientist, explorer, has become a real-life Indiana Jones, making groundbreaking discoveries about ancient vanished civilizations at the southern tip of Africa. His continued efforts and analytical scientific approach have produced stunning new evidence that will force us to rethink our origins and rewrite our history books.”

Michael Tellinger USA tour
24 June, 2012 – Comes to Rainier

Half-day Presentation and Q & A
1-6 pm
The Awakening Center
138th Ave. NE Rainier, WA 98697

Email: info@awakeningcenterwa.com
Phone: 360-446-7018
Website: www.awakeningcenterwa.com
Directions: http://awakeningcenterwa.com/AwakeningCenterWA/Directions.html

For more details and to book go to:

Tellinger was in Yelm on October 26, 2010 speaking to Ramtha School of Enlightenment students and shared the stage with Giorgio Tsoukalos of History Channel’s ANCIENT ALIENS series.
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June 22, 2012


1. “Man dies from injuries related to Thurston County crash”
“The Washington State Patrol says a Rainier man injured in a collision in Thurston County three months ago has died of his injuries.

Robert Denison, 81, died Tuesday [June 19] from injuries related to the March 21 collision on state Route 507 near Manke Road.”

“The Yelm man was heading east on Manke Road and was stopped at a stop sign before pulling out onto SR 507 and hitting Denisons pickup truck, which was pushed into a third vehicle.

The driver then left the scene,” quoting Stacia Glenn in the Tacoma News Tribune.
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2. “Yelm driver taken to Harborview after crashing into pole”
“A man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after driving into a pole north of Yelm Thursday [June 21], according to the Washington State Patrol,” quoting The Olympian.
Read more

June 22, 2012

Thurston Cty’s Updated Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO)

LAST CHANCE for the public to weigh in on new Thurston County ordinance proposal:
Changes would be made to Critical Areas Ordinance that protects wildlife, habitat
Read more from Thurston County.

Published in The Olympian June 1st by Chelsea Krotzer:
“A public hearing on the draft ordinance will be held at 10 a.m. June 23 at the Thurston County Courthouse Building 2, Room 129.

The ordinance is part of the county code that protects wetlands; aquifer recharge areas; geologically hazardous areas; flood, seismic and volcanic hazard areas; and fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas.

The ordinance was adopted in 1994 and has yet to be updated.

The highlights of the changes in the draft ordinance include:
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June 21, 2012


The Nisqually Valley’s Phoenix Rising School invites you to:
Come Enjoy a Classy Afternoon with Art & Splendor at our upcoming Phoenix Rising School Inaugural Art Auction! Join the Phoenix Rising School in Celebrating the Importance of the Arts and Supporting our Children for the Future!

Featuring Renowned NYC Portrait Painter Artist Stephen Bennett who is donating 2-3 pieces of his Face Painted Portraits like 100 Mile Smile & Break from Dancing attached, so look for them on the PRS website and at the Auction!
Meet him in person and get your print signed.

Also showcasing & recognizing aspiring local artists. Please kindly contact the school with your donations for this important auction! The proceeds are donated to help further the goals of The Phoenix Rising School.

– Date & Time:
Sunday, June 24th from 1-4pm.

– Admission Fee:
$25, includes Champagne & High Tea with Delectables.
Fun with a Cause!

– Get Tickets:
Order your tickets online or call the office at 360-446-1500.

– Online Silent Auction:
Online bidding for Sunday’s Art Auction is now open & will be available until Sat., June 23nd at 11:00PM.
The bidding will continue and finalized at the live auction event on Sunday, June 24th.
To place a bid on some of the items that will be auctioned off live,
Click here.

– How to contribute if you do not attend:
Even if you cant make it to this event, you may help the school by becoming a monthly or one-time donor and Thank you for your support.”
Click here to contribute your tax-deductible donation.

– Get your local shopping PR Discount Card:
The PR Card Offers Great Discounts On Local Shopping!
Click here for the list of participating businesses.

June 20, 2012


Summer officially begins today at 4:08PM PDT.
This is the longest day of year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Read more from MSN.

Read more from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

June 20, 2012


Yelm Prairie days events:

– Thursday, June 21: Prairie Days Parade – 7pm. Sponsored by: Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce.
Click here for list of Parade participants.

– Thursday – Saturday, June 21 – 23: Prairie Days at Yelm City Park. Sponsored by: Yelm Lions Club.

– Sunday, June 24: Golf Tournament at Tahoma Golf Course – 8am. Sponsored by: Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Education/Foundation.

June 19, 2012

Drones: Will we be soon seeing these in Yelm soon?

The June 16th Blog entry here garnered many viewers and several personal comments sent in.

The news in the last few days about drones spying on civilians is a good follow-up to the “traffic cameras” now arriving in yelm:

– “Drones over America: Are they spying on you?”
“Thousands of them could be flying in US skies within the next 10 years”
Read more by Brad Knickerbocker in The Christian Science Monitor.

– “Talk of drones patrolling US skies spawns anxiety”
Read more by Joan Lowy of the Associated Press.

– “The drone over your backyard: A guide”
“U.S. skies are being opened to police and private drones. Will it be the end of privacy?”

Read more in “The Week” Magazine.

– “War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs”
Read more from Elisabeth Bumiller and Thom Shanker in today’s New York Times.

– “US military surveillance future: Drones now come in swarms?”
“A small insect or a mosquito over your ear may now be much more than simply annoying. Those could easily be micro drones which now come in a swarm of bug-sized flying spies,” quoting RT.
Read more

And then this in USA Today on June 20, 2012:
– “High-definition cameras, biometric scanning could speed fliers through airport security.”
Read more

UPDATE: June 25, 2012
“Jimmy Carter Accuses U.S. of ‘Widespread Abuse of Human Rights'”
Read more from ABC News, Amy Bingham

Read more from President Carter’s Op-Ed in The New York Times.


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