October 31, 2013

US Gov’t Conducts Power Grid Drill Nov. 13-14

“New York City during a blackout in 2003. More than 150 companies and groups will take part in a drill that will simulate attacks on the power grid.
Photo credit: Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

– “Power Grid Down Drill To Be Conducted By US Government, November 13-14”
“An electrical grid joint drill simulation is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill.

The downed power grid simulation will reportedly focus on both physical and cyber attacks. The antiquated electrical system in the United States has been one of the most neglected pieces of integral infrastructure” quoting Off-The-Grid News.
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– “As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, A Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow”
By Matthew L. Wald in The New York Times.
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– “Power Grid Down Drill “GridExII” Nov 13-14, 2013
James McCanney makes interesting point at 34 minutes:
It’s not the event but it could be.
People think they are in an exercise, but it could be a real situation.
Click here for YouTube link.
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– Is this Power Grid Down Drill a cover for something else?
“Ron Paul Warns of Martial Law and Economic Collapse”

From Alex Jones’ Infowars.com.
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October 30, 2013

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, 2am

Daylight saving time (PDT) ends this Sunday at 2am.
Move your clocks back one hour prior to retiring on Saturday night.
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October 29, 2013

Pianist Joe Bongiorno returns to Yelm –
THE TRIAD hosts Sunday piano recital

Joe Bongiorno
Photo credit: Joe Bongiorno – solo piano artist

Yelm’s TRIAD Theater will host a Piano Concert with Joe Bongiorno on a stop with his piano concert tour. Joe formerly lived in Yelm and has become a nationally acclaimed concert pianist.

“An intimate evening of original, contemporary solo piano artistry & the inspiring stories behind the songs!
Two award winning composers, both featuring brand new CD releases!
Music to quiet your world..”

Joe will be performing titles from his latest album, the 8th, just released on Sept 16th, Flight of a Dream. He will also be joined by the solo piano artistry of Brad Jacobsen.

DATE: Sunday, November 3, 2013


TICKET PRICE: $15 in advance, $20 at the door!

The Triad Theater
Yelm’s home for Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife
102 Yelm Ave. SE
Yelm, WA 98597
(360) 458-3140
The Triad Arts Theater.com

Click here for details and tickets.

October 28, 2013

Thurston EDC hosts small-business conference Nov. 5

Thurston EDC Logo

“The Thurston Economic Development Council’s Business Resource Center will host the 2013 South Sound Success Small Business Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The event, which goes from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at South Puget Sound Community College’s Hawks Prairie Campus Annex, is designed specifically for new business owners and people interested in starting a business to meet, network and exchange ideas with other like-minded entrepreneurs throughout the day.”

“To register for the conference, visit the event’s website. Registration is $75.
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– “Yelm’s Ice-Chips founders to deliver keynote address”
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October 27, 2013

Introducing United Way of Thurston County

“VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is part of United Way of Thurston County’s ongoing efforts to strengthen volunteerism in our community. By creating an online hub where individuals can seek volunteer opportunities and organizations can post volunteer needs, our goal is to ensure that everyone who wants to get involved can find the resources they need to take on pressing challenges.”
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Yelm’s UCBO, known as Yelm Community Services, was built in 1971 with funding from United Way, as an example.

Click here for United Way Agencies in Yelm.

October 26, 2013

Alexander nails sign to prominent Democrat Jeff Davis’s –
‘Meet the Double-Dippers’ in The Olympian today

Gary Alexander’s campaign sign affixed Democrat Jeff Davis’s post in Yelm

– Republican Gary Alexander’s sign nailed to Democrat Port Commissioner’s Jeff Davis sign in Yelm
What is it with Alexander’s Campaign posting signs so oddly and against County Code, covered here previously?
Now Gary Alexander’s campaign sign is affixed Democrat Jeff Davis’s post in Yelm, near Yelm Vet Hospital (in background) .
Where is this candidate’s oversight of his signs?

What does that say about his management capabilities, especially when the county auditor oversees 40 employees?
Isnt this a fair question for Thurston County voters to ask themselves prior to casting their vote?”

– Interim Auditor of Thurston County Gary Alexander is responsible for upholding the rights of all voters.
JZ Knight is his constituent. We call on Mr. Alexander to distance himself from the Republican Partys derogatory rhetoric and uphold the principles of the office he wishes to continue to hold.

– We strongly condemn actions to disenfranchise ANY voter from participating in their democratic right to support candidates of their choosing.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Washington State Constitution both protect free speech and expressly protect the free exercise of religion and ones spiritual views.

Click here for the “Meet the Double-Dippers” ad in The Olympian today.

Blog writer Steve Klein has been a student of Ramtha’s for 28 years, employed by JZ Knight for 10 years.
Klein has been a Yelm resident for 25+ years.

– UPDATE: October 29, 2013
“Alexander tied to group attacking voter access”
By Dennis Mansker, Olympia
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October 25, 2013

O Bee’s Yelm Branch Grand Opening is Sat.

The OBEE Credit Union announces their Grand Opening
in the former Blockbuster Video store!

1201 E. Yelm Ave.
Saturday, Oct 26

“O Bee Credit Union has been an important part of the Thurston County community since 1955, serving initially the Olympia Brewing Company employees and their families. While we have expanded our membership and evolved into one of the most modern financial institutions in the country, we have always maintained our founding purpose: to provide caring, helpful service to our members and our neighbors in the community.”
Anyone living in Washington State can join O Bee Credit union.”
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Yelm Mayor Ron Harding holds the ribbon with Yelm Chamber Executive Director Cecilia Jenkins to his left

October 25, 2013

Olympia Chamber Orchestra performs in Yelm Sun.

Photo courtesy: Olympia Chamber Orchestra

“Olympia Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Claudia Simpson Jones! coming to The Triad Theater Sunday, October 27 at 3pm.

Yes, its true! Claudia Simpson-Jones is bringing the Olympia Chamber Orchestra to Yelm!
Support the arts!
Support the theater!
Join us!
Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 at the door.
Click on the Buy Now tab on our events page,” quoting The Triad Theater.
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The 40-piece Olympia Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Yelm resident Claudia Simpson-Jones.

From Steven Wyble today in the Nisqaully Valley News:
“When Claudia Simpson-Jones takes the stage at Yelms Triad Theater this Sunday, it will be her first time conducting the Olympia Chamber Orchestra in the town shes lived in for more than 20 years.

Its Simpson-Jones ninth year conducting the orchestra, but she said the orchestra has never before ventured outside South Puget Sound Community Colleges Minnaert Center for the Arts.”
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October 24, 2013

County Commissioner Romero’s Coffee
Monday, Oct. 28

Sandra Romero

Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier and Yelm on Monday, October 28th:

Commissioner Romeros County Fair Coffee Talk
On Monday, October 28, join Commissioner Romero and her guest, Thurston County Emergency Manager, Kathy Estes, for coffee, and learn about how the county prepares for disasters and what you can do to stay safe.
Thurston Countys Emergency Management department works hard to keep this community safe. This years catastrophic flooding in Colorado and local early season storms have been particularly grim reminders of our own flood risk. It is not always possible to provide immediate assistance to those affected by storms and flooding. Demand often exceeds available resources, leaving people on their own sometimes for days before outside help arrives.
Estes has worked in emergency management since 1999 and has been employed by Thurston County for 23 years. She will explain how you can prepare for winter hazards so your family is ready to weather any storm that comes our way.
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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 2nd district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

Monday, October 28, 2013


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

– Yelm: 11:00am Noon at Tacos Gaby, 307 Yelm Ave. E.
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Read Commissioner Romero’s Fall 2013 Newsletter:
“Fall is here, and with it comes reflection on the accomplishments of the past year and visioning for what lies ahead in 2014.”
Click here

October 23, 2013

Voter disenfranchisement wrapped in a flag

In response to Washington Republican Party demands for JZ Knight return donations to Democrats –

– It is appalling that fanatical Republicans would disenfranchise any lawful voter in this state. The State Republican Party wants to approve peoples beliefs before letting them participate in elections.

– The Koch brothers, ALEC, and other far-right extremists pour millions of dollars into our local campaigns to spread lies and, sadly, it is legal. Rep. Alexander sat on ALEC’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.
The truth is Gary ALECxander has voted against Human Rights bills in the state legislature since 2006.
Do you really think he will be a fair Auditor for all eligible citizens?
Have you seen his voting record on LGBT issues?
2006 HB 2661 Expanding Jurisdiction of the Human Rights Commission (anti-bullying) 61-37 VOTED NO
2007 SB 5336 Domestic Partnerships 63-35 VOTED NO
2009 SB 5688 Anything But Marriage 62-35 VOTED NO
2011 HB1267 Domestic Partners & Parentage 57-40 VOTED NO
2012 SB 6239 Marriage Equality 55-43 VOTED NO
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Not only is he an opponent of the most basic Civil Rights for gays and lesbians, which is widely supported in Washington, in 2007 Rep. Alexander even voted against a law affirming the legal rights of people with disabilities a law that passed the Senate 46-2.
Now whos the bigot?

While fellow constituents were treated to a government shutdown delaying payments to thousands, these two “civil servants” were still collecting two paychecks from tax payers!

1. Alexander
During 2013, Rep. and Interim County Auditor Gary Alexander “double-dipped” with two taxpayer-funded jobs, plus benefits:
Thurston County Auditor $105,276 and
WA State Legislator $42,106.
Total $147,382, plus benefits.

2. Harding
Alexander appointed as his Deputy Auditor the Mayor of Yelm, Ron Harding:
Thurston County Deputy Auditor, $72,000 and
Yelm Mayor $30,000 [highest paid mayor in Thurston County].
Total $102,000, plus benefits.
These two employees received over a quarter of a million dollars in salaries and benefits in 2013!

– It is appalling that Washington State Republicans double-dip at the public trough while people everywhere are struggling. It is appalling the Republicans claim to support private, free-market capitalism and then attack a successful business leader. Their latest tactic is to slur JZ Knight even after she was vindicated in court in July.

– Dont let Republicans tell you how to think. The word “cult” represents just as much prejudice and antagonism as racial slurs or derogatory words for women and homosexuals.

– Gary Alexander is the Interim Auditor of Thurston County, responsible for upholding the rights of all voters. JZ Knight is his constituent. We call on Mr. Alexander to distance himself from the Republican Partys derogatory rhetoric and uphold the principles of the office he wishes to continue to hold.

– JZ Knight did NOT hold a fund-raiser for Mary Hall. We call on the Washington State Republicans to issue a correction of their distortion of the facts and an apology to JZ Knight, Mary Hall, and Washington Democrats.

– We strongly condemn actions to disenfranchise ANY voter from participating in their democratic right to support candidates of their choosing. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Washington State Constitution both protect free speech and expressly protect the free exercise of religion and ones spiritual views.

– This is just another example of Republicans attempting to expunge and discredit Democratic voters around the country. Dont let state Republicans fool you. Unwrap their derogatory rhetoric and look at their abysmal record.






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