March 31, 2013

A story of rebirth in these times – Anne Frank’s legacy

Associated Press/Michael Conroy – In this Monday, March 18, 2013 photo, Mary Fortney, learning resource development manager at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, looks over chestnut saplings from the tree outside Anne Frank’s hiding spot in Amsterdam being cared for in the museum’s greenhouse in Indianapolis. Eleven saplings grown from seeds taken from the massive chestnut tree that stood outside the home in which Frank and her family hid are being distributed to museums, schools, parks and Holocaust remembrance centers through a project led by The Anne Frank Center USA. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

A story in this season of rebirth:

“Saplings from Anne Frank’s tree take root in US”
“Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.

The tree, one of the Jewish teenager’s only connections to nature while she hid with her family in a Secret Annex in her father’s company building, was diseased and rotted through the trunk when wind and heavy rain toppled it in August 2010. But saplings grown from its seeds will be planted starting in April, when the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will put the first one in the ground, ” quoting Pamela Engel for the Associated Press.
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March 30, 2013

Wilcox annual Easter Egg Hunt is today

Wilcox Family Farms Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Wilcox Annual Easter Event
Saturday March 30, 2013

From our family to yours, an invitation to:
Tour the organic egg farm
Walk the salmon spawning creek
Take a wagon ride around the farm
Visit the original one room schoolhouse & the historical museum

Come join us for a fun-packed DAY!

11am AND 2pm
By popular demand there will be 2 hunts so one is sure to fit your schedule
Come join the fun!

Admission is FREE.
Wilcox Farm
40400 Harts Lake Valley Rd.
Roy, WA

CLICK HERE to see the 2011 Wilcox Easter Egg Hunt on YouTube.

March 30, 2013

UPDATE: Court Hearing in JZK, Inc. vs Coverdale –
Pastor Adams & Dr. Keay lose protective cover

Judge Gary Tabor

Two issues were brought before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor’s Hearing on Friday, March 29, 2013 in the case of JZK, Inc. vs. Virginia Coverdale:

1. No distribution of deposition transcripts
In recent weeks, Coverdale concluded no agreement with JZK, Inc. attorneys after a series of exchanges for her to release discovery materials in the case. Therefore, JZK, Inc. attorneys brought a motion for a protective order on “discovery materials” that can not be disseminated [i.e. transcripts and videos of any deposition and other items the Court allows to be reviewed by the plaintiff, JZK, Inc.].

The Court granted JZK, Inc’s. motion for several reasons, elaborated by Judge Tabor.

2. Doctors and clergy can not use their professions as reasons to not be deposed
Enlightened Europa (EE), a Facebook group aligned with Coverdale, hired Yelm-based attorney Breckan C. L. Scott, who markets herself as a Personal Injury & Criminal Defense Attorney. Scott objected to the Court about JZK, Inc’s subpoena for Facebook to release information related to certain of their user accounts. Scott said the information content exchanged within the group and any information relating to the identity of the groups is “privileged” and should not be subject to a subpoena, in part because of EE’s claim the purpose of the group is “recovery,” and explicitly because members include two doctors, a Registered Nurse and a Christian Pastor (Jeff Adams of Yelm-based Paramount Christian Church). Adams was previously fined by the Court $500 for “refusal to testify.”

JZK, Inc. lead attorney Jeffrey Grant

Further, EE group members claimed in their declarations that JZK, Inc. lead attorney Jeffrey Grant was manipulating the law and that Judge Tabor was not following the law correctly. Judge Tabor reminded the EE attorney and their members present that his is a Court of the law, not hearsay and accusations.

Mr. Grant is a Shareholder of the Seattle firm Skellenger Bender and “an adjunct faculty member of the Seattle University and University of Washington Schools of Law, participates as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (“AV”).”

The Court found no status to protect the doctor and pastor under “privileged communication”, however did find there could possibly be some privacy issues regarding details of identities of individuals at this point in the case. Therefore, the Court narrowed the scope of the Facebook subpoena to the IP addresses for the 24 individuals named in the JZK, Inc. subpoena.

In denying their motion for a “protective order of privileged communication,” Judge Tabor laid down the potential of JZK, Inc. attorneys scheduling a second deposition for Coverdale and Dr. Brain Keay plus deposing Pastor Adams without benefit of any claim of “privileged communication.” Therefore, Coverdale, Keay and Adams lost whatever protection they thought they should possess in seeking to limit further questioning by JZK, Inc. attorneys.

Bottom Line:
Coverdale and her colleagues must comply with both JZK, Inc. motions granted by the Court.
The Court has kept a narrow focus in this case as stated from the outset – that this is a breach-of-contract case and is not about limiting any person’s freedom of speech nor copyright infringement, as covered here November 14, 2012.

Blog writer Klein is in his 28th year as a student of Ramtha’s and has been employed by JZ Knight for 10 years.

March 29, 2013

“Impact fees in Thurston County soon to kick in”

From the Business Examiner:
“Impact fees on new development in unincorporated Thurston County will soon begin.

The Board of Thurston County Commissioners adopted Growth Management Impact Fees for Parks, Transportation and Schools in December 2012. The fees, according to John Tennis, public information program manager for the county, are intended to fund improvements necessary due the increase in new homes, students and traffic related to new development.

According to statistics from the Thurston Regional Planning Council, the countys population was about 250,000 in 2012,” added Thurston County Commission Chair Sandra Romero. “In just the next 8 years, that number is expected to exceed 300,000. That kind of growth will affect us all, and these fees will help us provide the kinds of parks, roads and schools that make this an attractive place to live and raise a family.

The fees, which go into effect on Tuesday, will be assessed at the time a completed building application is submitted to the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center and the fees will be collected at the time the Building Permit is drawn.”
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Read the full Thurston County Commissioners’ Press Release of March 28:
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March 28, 2013

Can Harding “faithfully” execute his oath of office?
That question posed to Yelm’s City Council last Tuesday

Can full-time Thurston County Deputy Auditor and
Yelm Mayor Ron Harding “impartially” execute his oath of elective office?

The following letter was sent by this writer on March 15 to Thurston County Auditor Gary Alexander and copied to the Thurston County Commissioners and the Yelm City Council. The letter was a public document on the Yelm City Council’s Agenda on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, yet not discussed by the Council:

Dear Rep. Alexander,

The City of Yelm’s Oath of Office of office taken by elected officials partially states,
“I will faithfully and impartially perform the duties of City Council Member of the City of Yelm to the best of my ability.”

I am writing to bring to your attention that Deputy Auditor Ron Harding in his role as Mayor of Yelm has an appearance of a conflict-of-interest by directing the Yelm City Council to vote on issues between Yelm and Thurston County, as was the case on Tuesday, March 12.

With all of the City Council members aware that Mr. Harding is Thurston County Deputy Auditor, he can not “impartially perform duties of City Council Member of the City of Yelm.” Just the fact that Harding is employed as a County executive carries a subconsciousness intimidation factor that may prohibit a free exchange of discussion amongst Council members about Thurston County issues on their agenda”

“From here on, Mr. Harding should recuse himself on any and all Thurston County matters that come before the Yelm City Council and vise-versa, for now that he is a the County’s full-time Deputy Auditor, his actions should reflect the accountability and stature of the County’s Auditor’s office.

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March 27, 2013

Former NVN leader evacuated in Whidbey Is. slide

“An aerial photo shows before and after images of a landslide near Coupeville, Wash., on Whidbey Island, Wednesday, March 27, 2013.” NBC News
Photo credit: AP Photo / Ted S. Warren

Whidbey Island landslide evacuee Keven Graves is interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on AC 360:

“Graves: ‘I didnt have any warning”
Click here

Graves says his home is less than 200 feet from the slide area in this photo.

Editor’s Note:
As Graves took the reigns of the Whidbey News-Times, one can only hope he REALLY means what he says in this Feb 26, 2013 Op-Ed:
“Ethics matter in community papers | Publisher’s Column”
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March 27, 2013

“Yelm FFA Sponsors 5K Run to Combat Hunger”

From Yelm Community Schools:
Saturday, March 30, 2013
7:15 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – 5K run
9:45 a.m. – 1-Mile Bunny Hop Family Fun Run

Park at Mill Pond Elementary, 909 Mill Road SE, Yelm
Race start and finish will be located at Ridgeline Middle School

Everyone is invited to participate.

School staff and students are encouraged to join the campus competition – which campus can register the most participants?

Pre-Registration due March 14
Cost: $10 and 5 canned goods
Bring your canned goods the morning of the run
Pre-Registered Participants get a Hop for Hunger T-Shirt
All participants receive a Hop for Hunger pin

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March 26, 2013

Mayor to proclaim Yelm’s Arbor Day tonight

On the Yelm City Council Agenda tonight:

“NOW, THEREFORE I, Ron Harding, Mayor of the City of Yelm, do hereby proclaim April 26, 2013 as Arbor Day and the Month of April 2013 as Arbor Month
and I invite the Council and Citizens of Yelm to our Arbor Day Celebration at 11:00 am April 26, 2013 at the Yelm City Park.

FURTHER, I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.
Signed this 26 day of March 2013”
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Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.

Founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872, National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April.

Washington State’s Arbor Day is the second Wednesday in April.

Won’t you donate a tree to our town by sending a check to Yelm City Hall for Yelm’s Tree Fund!

March 25, 2013

‘Sustainable Thurston’ Open House in Rainier Thursday

From the City of Yelm website:

Sustainable Thurston
“Sustainable Thurston, of which Yelm is an active participant, has two ways to engage the community converstaion (sic) about sustainability. Share Ideas – Help Shape the Future.

Come to an Open House
Wednesday March 27, South Sound Manor, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater
Thursday March 28, Rainier High School, 308 2nd Street West, Rainier”
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March 25, 2013

Wolf Haven in the news:
“Mexican Wolf Reintroduced 15 Years Ago”

From Wolf Haven’s Press Release:
“A Mexican gray wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) was developed with a goal of restoring the mammal through captive breeding and reintroduction to historic ranges. And on March 29, 1998, in white-out conditions, captive-born Mexican wolves stepped out into the wild for the first time in 15 years.

In 1994, Wolf Haven International was selected to participate in the SSP program. Since that time, the sanctuary has produced five litters of Mexican gray pups and released two packs – 11 wolves – into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Some of the first Mexican wolves released back into the wild came from Wolf Haven (which is one of only three pre-release facilities for the Mexican wolf in the United States).

During the week of March 23 30, SSP facilities, wildlife advocacy organizations, Wolf Education Centers and individuals will come together with one common purpose – to educate the public about this most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America, the Mexican gray wolf. The hashtag #LoboWeek will be used as we share information about this beautiful, endangered animal.
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