December 23, 2014

Insecticide banned from Thurston County properties

“Thurston County is the first county government in Washington state to ban the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on the property that it manages and owns.

The chemical is highly toxic to honey bees and bumblebees, and is found in a variety of gardening products designed to keep insects away from plants.

The Board of County Commissioners decision came as good news for beekeepers who believe the chemical has contributed to the loss of bee populations and the collapse of bee colonies,” by Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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December 23, 2014

Overnight lows of 20+ degrees on tap for next week

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December 23, 2014

Survey: JBLMs Impact on Yelm is significant

Credit: JBLM

By Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News:
“Joint Base Lewis-McChord has a huge impact on Yelm, and a survey given to people who work on the base helps show exactly how large that effect is.
South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) solicited responses for the survey from 3,154 active-duty service members and government civilian employees assigned to JBLM.

JBLM has a significant impact on the surrounding communities.

The bases impact on the state is around $6.1 billion per year, about 1.8 percent of the states gross domestic product, program manager Tiffany Speir said. Of the JBLM service members living off-base, 938 2.9 percent live in Yelm, according to the survey.

The 2013-14 survey solicited responses through October 2013. The results were released this spring, Speir said.”

“More Information”

” Nearly 1 in 8 of Yelms military population is active duty. Members of the Army comprise 77 percent, and 20 percent are in the Air Force.

Eighty-three percent of JBLM-employed Yelm residents feel the support of their local community is good or very good.

Forty-eight percent of Yelms military residents own their homes; 39 percent rent their homes.

Approximately 15 percent of JBLM-employed Yelm residents plan to transition out of the military in the next two years. Forty-five percent plan to stay in the Puget Sound area; of those, 54 percent will seek jobs, and 21 percent will stay for school.

Eighty-eight percent of JBLM-employed residents feel Yelm is safe.

Sixty-nine percent of JBLM-employed residents do their grocery shopping off-base and 91 percent say nearby access to fresh and healthy foods is good or very good.

Ninety-seven percent of JBLM-employed residents do their retail shopping off-base, and 88 percent of Yelm residents say access to nearby quality commercial businesses and services is good or very good.”
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December 22, 2014

Roundtable on Near Death Experiences Tues @ 12n.

Photos Copyright 2014 JZ Knight. Used with permission

Yelm-based Beyond the Ordinary internet radio will host a special 2 hour roundtable discussion on the general ideas and issues of Near Death Experiences (NDEs) from the expertise of a theologian and physician, with both Science and Religion at the same forum!
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 12 Noon.
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December 21, 2014

Winter begins today in Yelm at 3:03pm

Credit: NASA

– Today is the 2014 Winter Solstice.
Read more from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

– Winter Solstice 2014: Shortest Day Of The Year Marked By Pagan Celebrations
By The Huffington Post Religion Editors.
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December 20, 2014

“Flood Watch for Thurston County, WA”

Issued by The National Weather Service Seattle/Tacoma, WA

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December 20, 2014

“Klein Retiring From RSE in January”

Steve Klein
“Steve Klein points to a remote viewing exercise he completed at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment. Klein is retiring from his position as event services manager at RSE.”
Photo courtesy: Steven Wyble / Nisqually Valley News

“Klein Retiring From RSE in January”
“Longtime JZ Knight Aide Will Remain Active in Yelm Issues”

By Steve Wyble, Nisqually Valley News:

“While Steve Klein is retiring from his job as event services manager at Ramthas School of Enlightenment, hes etched a place for himself in the Yelm community. He isnt going anywhere.

Sitting in RSEs arena on Tuesday [December 16], where the school hosts its lectures during events, Klein reflected on his career, his vision for Yelm, and how he plans to stay busy after his career at RSE is over.

Klein will retire this January after having worked at RSE for 10 years. He felt it was time to say goodbye to the school as an employee, although hell continue to be involved, including as a student.

‘I think you have to follow where your passions lay and its very distressful when you dont follow your soul and what you feel in your soul,’ he said.”

“Klein moved to Yelm in 1988 from San Francisco. He was done with the corporate world and retired from the airline industry, he said.

Klein said Yelm is an eclectic community, strengthened by the talent, creativity and passion to help others exhibited by its residents.

‘Regardless of my political differences with some of the politics here, one thing I know is that every person thats here wants the best for this area and thats wonderful,’ he said.”

“Future Plans”

“Klein doesnt have any big plans post-retirement, he said. He expects to continue with his current activities and theres a lot of them. He posts regularly on his blog,, is a member of the Yelm Business Association and Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, and is interested in city and county issues, he said.

One of Kleins main concerns for the Yelm community is the city is growing without following the Yelm Vision Plan from 1995, which he said the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce paid $30,000 for, to guide the city in planned growth.

Hell also keep his eye on the need for industry growth and water, air and traffic problems, he said.”
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Copyright 2014 Lafromboise Communications, Inc.
Used with permission can not be republished for commercial use/advertising.

Blogger Klein is an 11+ year employee of JZK, Inc. and beginning his 30th year as a student of Ramtha.

December 20, 2014

“UN Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming”

Gardener holding handful of Parisienne Carrots,an heirloom carrot variety.
(Photo: Chiot’s Run)

“United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming”
“In 2013, the United Nations announced that the world’s agricultural needs can be met with localized organic farms. That’s right, we do not need giant monocultures that pour, spray and coat our produce with massive amounts of poisons, only to create mutant pests and weeds while decimating pollinators and harming human health. Don’t believe the hype: We do not need genetically modified foods “to feed the world,” by Maryam Henein, Truthout.
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– “Seeds of the Future”
“By now, most Americans know that the world’s rainforests are being cut down at an alarming rate, coral reefs are dying from ocean acidification and warming, and the sea is being overfished to the point of exhaustion. We are in the midst of an unprecedented collapse of biodiversity, the largest extinction event since the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth 65 million years ago.

But fewer people have heard about another ongoing mass extinction that involves the foods that we eat. More than 75 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that humans once consumed have already gone the way of the wooly mammoth and the saber-toothed tiger, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. And half of all domesticated animal breeds have been lost in roughly the past century,” by Richard Schiffman, Truthout .
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Get you locally sourced foodstuffs at:
Yelm Food Co-op
308 Yelm Ave, E. @ Gordon’s Garden Center
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: 360-400-2210
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December 19, 2014

The Spirit of the Northwest!

Rick Holley
Photo courtesy: Plum Creek Timber Co.

“CEO gives back bonus, says he doesn’t deserve it”
“Rick Holley is CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co. (PCL), a Seattle-based real estate investment trust that owns and manages around 6.8 million acres of timberland in 19 states. Today Holley disclosed, via a regulatory filing, that he has returned 44,445 restricted stock units back to the company because he does not believe that he should receive such an award unless Plum Creeks stockholders see an increase in their investment return, by Dan Primack, FORTUNE.
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December 19, 2014

Commissioner Romero’s Coffee Mon., Dec. 22 – in Yelm, 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, December 22nd, with guest Ramiro Chavez, Thurston County Public Works Director, about Roads, Recycling, & Recreation.

Ramiro Chavez was appointed Thurston County Public Works Director in August of this year however he is not new to the Public Works arena. Ramiro began his public works career in 1991 with Pierce County where he worked in transportation managing complex projects and programs along with sophisticated funding models. A 26 year resident of Thurston County, Ramiro understands the challenges and opportunities local residents face. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington and holds program management professional certification.

There is a lot happening in Thurston County and we want to hear from you!
Once a month, Commissioner Romero meets with community members for informal coffee chats. These meetings give you the opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask her questions about the county, and share ideas. Commissioner Romero provides participants’ coffee. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

Citizen meeting with 2nd district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

Monday, December 22, 2014

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

– Yelm: 11:00am Noon Tacos Gaby, 307 Yelm Ave SE
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