July 22, 2013

“Registration open for Yelm’s ‘Survivor’ summer camp”

“13th annual event returns Aug. 5-9 at YMS”
“Registration is now open for Yelm’s annual “Survivor Summer Camp.”

Organized by the Yelm Police Department, the camp is open to all students entering grades 7 through 12 within the Yelm and Rainier School Districts.

The City of Yelm will sponsor the first 75 participants and here’s what they can expect:

Participants will be grouped into teams; the overall number of camp participants will determine the size of the teams. Each team will choose a team captain as well as their team name. The teams will compete against one another in various athletic and non-athletic events for points. The team with the most points at the end of the week will be the team champion and get their names and pictures in the local paper.

Events may include, but not limited to the following: Soccer, Tug of War, Long Jump, Running Relays, Water Balloon Toss, FB Throw/Kick, Bicycle Ride, Talent Contest, Wheelbarrow Race, Wall Sitting, Basketball, 3-Legged Race, Shoe Toss Obstacle Course, Softball, and Sprint Races.

“13th annual event returns Aug. 5-9 at YMS”
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July 21, 2013

Introducing the News Tribune’s NEW online Yelm edition

The Tacoma News Tribune has created a Yelm section for their online edition.
Click here

July 20, 2013

Why voting YES for Bald Hills Fire Levy matters!

Thurston County Fire Protection District 17 Logo
Mark Gregory, Fire Chief,
Steve Slater, Deputy Fire Chief

From the Bald Hills Fire Dept website:
“Our volunteer department is located in the rural southeast corner of Thurston County. We serve a local community of approximately 4,190 citizens. We provide fire suppression and basic life support emergency medical services. We also provide and receive mutual aid from neighboring fire districts within Thurston County. Our primary station is located along Bald Hill Road in front of Lackamas Elementary School.

The foundation of this department is our volunteers and their families. Our department is and shall remain a volunteer organization. We are dedicated to the protection of lives, property and the environment through service, compassion and professionalism. Being a volunteer requires numerous hours of initial and on-going training. They endeavor to meet training requirements and performance standards that make no distinction between paid or volunteer personnel.”
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Read more from Steven Wyble’s excellent report in the Nisqually Valley News:
“Bald Hills fire district asks voters to renew levy”
“Measure, if passed, would allow an override of tax increases imposed by Initiative 747”

July 19, 2013

Thurston-Here-to-There Challenge extended

Thurston-Here-to-There Challenge

From Thurston Here to There:
Weve Extended the Travel Challenge to July 31st!

Drive Less and Save Cash!
The Thurston Here to There Travel Challenge
Its Simple Enter weekly for a chance to win a prize!

Through July 31st

How do I participate?
Replace one or more trips you normally travel by driving alone with carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, biking, walking, teleworking or working a compressed work week instead.

Trips must be of a practical nature. For example, work, shopping, errands, medical appointments or taking the children to summer camp are eligible activities for entering the challenge.

Each week you eliminate one or more drive alone trips, tell us about it by completing the form below.

Who can enter?

The contest is for those whose trips orgin or destination is in Tumwater, Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, or Bucoda. More than one person per household may enter.

Winners announced weekly!

Enter as many weeks as you like (only one entry per person per week) between April 1 and May 31, 2013. Complete the entry form and submit it before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced the following week. We will email you if you are a winner.

Read more from Thurston Here to There.

July 18, 2013

Wal-Mart 6th anniversary & still no bypass to handle traffic

Today marks the 6th anniversary of the Yelm Wal-Mart opening!

The City of Yelm Community Development Dept. recommended back in 2005 & 2006 that the Yelm City Council approve the permit for a Wal-Mart to be constructed in Yelm. There were public hearings and several groups, including Protect Yelm, that raised many issues about this store being built here.

Traffic mitigation was a key concern –
how would the projected 750+ vehicles a day be handled on Yelm streets.
The City of Yelm’s own Transportation Mitigation Plan for Wal-Mart construction being approved REQUIRED that traffic would be handled via a completed Yelm Bypass WITHIN 6 YEARS!
Many of the public KNEW there would be no funding for a Bypass by 2013 and protested the approval to the Yelm City Council and their Hearings Examiner on these grounds. They would not listen nor agree.

The City of Yelm received the egregious “moratorium on moratoriums” about the public not being permitted to mention Big-Box stores at Council sessions.

So, here we are in 2013, 6 years later after the opening and there is no Bypass to mitigate Wal-Mart traffic, just as the public predicted.


July 18, 2013

Why Snowden should be welcomed here a hero

By Glenn Greenwald in UK’s Guardian:
“Email exchange between Edward Snowden and former GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey”
‘I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States constitution’

Mr. Humphrey,

Thank you for your words of support. I only wish more of our lawmakers shared your principles – the actions I’ve taken would not have been necessary.

The media has distorted my actions and intentions to distract from the substance of Constitutional violations and instead focus on personalities. It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy. Perhaps it does. Perhaps, in such times, loving one’s country means being hated by its government.

If history proves that be so, I will not shy from that hatred. I will not hesitate to wear those charges of villainy for the rest of my life as a civic duty, allowing those governing few who dared not do so themselves to use me as an excuse to right these wrongs.

My intention, which I outlined when this began, is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. I remain committed to that. Though reporters and officials may never believe it, I have not provided any information that would harm our people – agent or not – and I have no intention to do so.

Further, no intelligence service – not even our own – has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).

You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.

With my thanks for your service to the nation we both love,

Edward Snowden

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– “Jimmy Carter Defends Edward Snowden, Says NSA Spying Has Compromised Nation’s Democracy”
“‘America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,’ Carter said,” quoting Nick Wing in The Huffington Post.
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July 17, 2013

Suzie Kyle on the value of “growing local”

Suzie’s March, 2013 Greenhouse

– Suzie Kyle of Winlock Meadows Farm:
the value of ‘growing local.’

Click here

– Suzie shares about the her own commercial kitchen, The Yelm Community Kitchen.

“It will be a shared-use kitchen where others can also rent it to produce their own products, as I know how hard and expensive it was to find a licensed kitchen to work in. The core food producers have unanimously agreed we want it to be an organic, non-GMO kitchen. Our first licensed processor will be making amazing, hand-crafted chocolates.

Coming on board, with inquiries daily, will be:
– 4th generation Spanish Desserts,
– German Bread,
– Caribbean Hot Sauce,
– Cultured Vegetables,
– Cuban Sandwiches,
– and Susie’s brand line of local artisan foods.

You may know her products from the Yelm Food Coop: Garlic Basil Dressing, Garden Burgers, Protein Peanut Butter Bars, and Quinoa Salads. She will also be offering Meal Packages which can include soups, salads, whole roasted chicken, main courses, desserts, and her Salad-Bar-in-a-Fridge. For more information for kitchen rental or to purchase products, contact Susie at: winlockmeadowsfarm1@yahoo.com.”

– Susie Kyle Commentary:
“Focus on Healthy Local Food Will Help Us All”

For The Chronicle – Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Editor’s Note:
Visit Suzie every Sunday through the Fall at the Yelm Farmer’s Market!

– “10 Ways to Starve a Multi-National GMO Conglomerate”
“The federal government has made no secret of their support of Monsanto, so its up to us, the consumers, to starve them out.

The best way to do that, according to the founder of Eat Local Grown, Rick Davis, is to Starve Monsanto, feed a farmer.

Every dollar we put into the pockets of small farmers is a dollar that Monsanto doesnt receive. By cutting off the funding for Monsanto through consumer choices, we can starve this beast out,” quoting Daisy Luther in The Organic Prepper.
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July 17, 2013

Zimmerman case: two views dovetail with mine

– “Sorry, the Zimmerman Case Still Has Nothing to Do With ‘Stand Your Ground'”

“The initial decision not to arrest Zimmerman, former Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee said last week (as paraphrased by CNN), “had nothing to do with Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law” because “from an investigative standpoint, it was purely a matter of self-defense.” And as The New York Times explained last month, “Florida’s Stand Your Ground law…has not been invoked in this case.” The only context in which “stand your ground” was mentioned during the trial was as part of the prosecution’s attempt to undermine Zimmerman’s credibility by arguing that he lied when he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he had not heard of the law until after the shooting. During his rebuttal on Friday, prosecutor John Guy declared, “This case is not about standing your ground.”

So how did Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, respond to Zimmerman’s acquittal last night? By announcing that ‘we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state.'”
By Jacob Sullum in Reason.com.
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– “Is This Still America?”
“The political intervention in the Zimmerman case is un-American.”

“The only real heroes in this trial were the jurors. They showed that this is still America at least for now despite politicians who try to cheapen or corrupt the law, as if this were some banana republic. Some are already calling for a federal indictment of George Zimmerman, after he has been acquitted.

Will this still be America then?”
By Thomas Sowell in the National Review. Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
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UPDATE: July 17, 2013
“Jimmy Carter on George Zimmerman Verdict: Right Decision”
From ABC News.
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July 17, 2013

“Wilcox Family Farms on a roll with hard boiled eggs”

Drew Mikkelsen reports for KING 5 News:
“There’s no doubt the chickens came first at Wilcox Family Farms, but the place wouldn’t still be here if it weren’t for their eggs.

Their little hens are laying new life into the farm started by the Wilcox family in 1909.

A European-designed hard boiled egg machine, one of only six in the country, is a big part of the farm’s future.”

“But customers seem to love them. They’re on sale at Top Foods and Metropolitan Markets and they could be in northwest Costcos later this summer.”

“Wilcoxs owners decided to get into the hard boiled business when they realized the only mass produced hard boiled eggs sold locally were from New Jersey.”
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July 16, 2013

Crash of TWA Flight 800 documentary airs tormorrow

“A 90-minute documentary, ‘TWA 800,’ which premieres on the Epix cable channel on Wednesday [July 17], the 17th anniversary of the disaster, argues that the jumbo jet was downed by missiles and alleges a high-level cover-up,” quoting The Raw Story.
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Read more from flight800doc.com/

Editor’s Note:
I remember former military intelligence remote-viewer David Morehouse explaining his views about TWA 800 when he visited Yelm a year after the crash as a Ramtha School of Enlightenment guest speaker in 1997 (see his interview below).

After Anderson Cooper’s report on CNN which recently re-aired (originally broadcast in 2006), Morehouse’s information all makes perfect sense.

Here is Morehouse’s report:

“Former military intelligence remote viewer David Morehouse shares his insights into accessing multi-dimensional reality, and reveals disturbing details on the downing of TWA Flight 800.”


“It was like turning a 747 into a microwave oven.”

That’s how David Morehouse explained what happened to TWA Flight 800, after he delivered a remote-viewing report for CBS News – a report which was never aired.

“We originally started at the request of a producer at CBS to work in consonance with them to investigate the downing of Flight 800,” explains Morehouse.

“We used a team of six remote viewers. After having gone back in time and looked at the event, five of them did not say that a missile struck the aircraft, but said that it was an energy beam or a light beam and that the aircraft exploded. It was a light beam that could not be seen by the human eye. It was high-powered microwaves.

“We did a 32-page report for CBS on it; a lengthy investigation. We used a law enforcement liaison officer who was a retired US city cop. I was dealing with Ph.D.s who owned patents on fiber optic cables.

“It goes right back to the CBW thing in the Gulf War [the cover-up of chemical/biological warfare by the Pentagon]. The first thing that came out of the Navy was, ‘We had no exercise going on, none whatsoever.’ I saw the message from the Department of the Navy to the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] that said that from this time to this time-which was a time window that included the departure time of Flight 800-there was an exercise going on.

“The microwave that we think did it was built by Phillips Laboratories. It’s about the size of a Ryder truck, a moving truck about that size, which produces 1.4 gigawatts, a billion watts of power in a concentrated stream of electrons that are guided by a self-generated electromagnetic field. The footprint of this particular weapon can be anywhere. They can tweak it up or down. They can crank it down to a footprint the size of a basketball. They can expand it out to a footprint the size of a football field. Of course, the more you disperse the electrons, the less effective the beam is, but it’s still pretty nasty stuff.”

Morehouse, of course, had to deal with the usual denial.”
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