February 19, 2017

JZ Knight’s remarkable 40th anniversary with Ramtha –
Begins 5th decade channeling Ramtha’s teachings for the world

JZ Knight
Photo courtesy: © 2014-2017 JZ Knight, used with permission.

* Ramtha appeared to JZ Knight 40 years ago this week
* Knight became known as a “channel” of Ramtha and 1980′s New Age movement icon
* Ramtha established his Yelm-based School of Enlightenment (RSE) in 1988
* Yelm acclaimed internationally as a spiritual hub
* Ramtha’s teachings delivered on 6 continents
* RSE has been a Yelm economic engine for decades, thousands coming here annually
* JZ Knight and Ramtha now begin the 5th decade of their remarkable journey together

– In 1977 on the third Sunday in February, Feb. 20, from Knight’s book State of Mind:
“Einstein and I were becoming giddy and downright silly. You can only do so many pyramids, and there are only so many things you can find to go under them. Maybe that is why all those mummies died so young — they laughed them¬selves to death building their graves. At any rate, we began to laugh hysterically. In jest, I grabbed one of the rejects off the floor, held it over my head, and proclaimed, ‘Attention, attention please, you are now about to witness a miracle. We are about to place our new brain machine upon the willing victim, upon whom nature did not smile with great intelli¬gence. Carefully we place the pyramid in the aligned posi¬tion, encompassing the entire head and face. In moments, gentlemen, you will witness a truly magnificent transfor¬mation.’

I placed it on my head, and through peals of laughter from myself and Einstein, I mumbled, ‘I sure hope it works.’ After a few moments, I lifted the end of the pyramid just to eye level and, laughing so hard that tears were streaming from my eyes, I caught the glimmer of a bright light at the other end of my kitchen. The light was blurred by the tears, so I reached for a tissue and wiped the tears away. I blinked, and to my utter shock and amazement, there stood a giant man at the other end of my kitchen . . . just standing there, aglow.

This . . . thing . . . was made all of light, like golden glitter dropped through a ray of sunlight. His shoulders came to the top of the door, and it was as if the ceiling had dis¬appeared to make room for his head. It was beautiful. His robe seemed to be of purple light, a dazzling display of color and crystal against this strangeness of immense human form. An illuminating white overlay formed the broad mantle of his shoulders. I could not make out if jewels and gold flashed upon his heavenly robe or if they were lights. These were the brightest lights and colors I had ever seen, and yet they were not harsh. His face . . . it was the most beautiful face I had ever seen . . . eyes that shone like ebony stones with copper flashes . . . skin, if that is what it was, the coloring of olive, bronze, illuminated, and a fine chiseled nose and a broad jawline and a smile that would rival any Hollywood star’s. My eyes went glassy, like those of a sleepwalker. I could hear voices about me, but they were far away, like in a dream. The power to reason had fled my mind, and I felt pulled into the splendor of that unearthly magic. A blue light blazed and filled the room with an aura of innocence and holy peace that emanated from this stately form. A moment later — I don’t know, maybe it was an hour later — I formed an utterance of words that must have come from a feeble innocence within my being. “You are so beautiful. Who are you?’

A smile so divine parted his lips to reveal glistening, immaculate teeth.

I am Ramtha the Enlightened One. I have come to help you over the ditch.’
The words were delivered in a most melodious manner,” quoting her New York Times Bestseller book State of Mind.

Read more from JZKnight.com, used with permission.

Happy 40th Anniversary JZ, with Ramtha!

Blogger Klein is a former daily employee and current consultant to JZK, Inc., beginning his 32nd year as a student of Ramtha.

February 18, 2017

JBLM Commander Colonel Daniel S. Morgan spoke in Yelm

Col. Steven R. Johnson, JBLM 1st Special Forces Group & Community Connector,
Mayor JW Foster, Col. Daniel S. Morgan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander,
at the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Forum, Feb. 14.
Photo courtesy: City of Yelm Government Facebook

* JBLM Commander Morgan: “trust, transparency, collaboration and collective responsibility”
* Info provided about the base, what comprises JBLM core values and uniqueness.
* Enunciated goals of connecting with base neighbors and the Yelm community.
* I was impressed with Col. Morgan’s command of the importance of JBLM’s Yelm neighbors.
* Col. Steve Johnson, JBLM’s Community Connector, seeks to reinstate Yelm ties.

– JBLM Commander Morgan addressed Yelm Chamber members
“Colonel Daniel S. Morgan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander, spoke to more than 40 local community and businesses leaders at the Yelm Chamber of Commerce [Feb. 14th] to communicate the bond between the base and the neighboring community.

‘I believe in trust, transparency, collaboration and collective responsibility,’ Morgan said. ‘That is what JBLM is and that is what is our relationship is.’

The monthly forum draws high-ranking public officials, civil services, and people from local and national businesses. They use the forum as a chance to network and listen to presentations from guest speakers.

Morgan provided information about the base, what makes up the core values of the installation, what makes JBLM unique from other bases around the country and how all of these factors connect with the Yelm community. He spent a large amount of time talking about what he called his ‘big rocks.'”

“For Line Critchfield, the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, having a such a high-ranking JBLM official come to speak with the group highlighted how seriously JBLM regards the relationship between the two,” by Rio Fernandes, Northwest Guardian.
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February 17, 2017

YBA proposes Arts commission to Mayor and Council

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted a proposal to establish an Arts Commission at the city council meeting Feb. 14, 2017. The document read in-part:

Dear City Council Members and Mayor Foster:
The Yelm Business Association presents the enclosed draft ordinance language relative to establishment of a Yelm Arts Commission. The purpose of the proposed arts commission, as defined in the draft ordinance is as follows:
As a matter of public policy, the city of Yelm recognizes that support for artists and arts organizations, development and stewardship of public art, arts education, and cultural development are public necessities and essential for the continuing growth and development of Yelm’s citizens, economy and quality of life. The primary duty of Yelm’s arts commission is to identify and actively encourage the development and sustainability of the arts in the city by serving as the city’s primary resource in matters of public art and culture, as provided in this chapter.
As you know, our purpose has always been to help promote local business in Yelm, and we sincerely believe that the city council shares in that desire. Proposing ordinance language such as this falls well within that purpose. We look forward to your consideration of this proposed ordinance, and we certainly are available to meet with the council at any time to discuss it.

Read more of the proposal.

– Reprinted from YelmBusiness.org. Used with permission.

– UPDATE: February 16, 2017
“YBA Proposes Art Commission Creation”
“Goal to Help Business by Supporting Art”
By Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
Read more

Blogger Klein is a founding YBA Board member and Secretary.

February 17, 2017

YBA adds Food Truck specifics to Comp. Plan Hearing –
Gets issues on Council’s Study Session Agenda

Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to the Yelm city council
parking area to dovetail with the YBA proposal, at the invitation of YBA V.P. Steve Craig.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted further comments to Yelm City Hall officials Feb. 14, 2017 about their Food Truck Regs. proposal, to be included in the city’s Comprehensive Plan update. The YBA Food Truck Regs. proposal was the subject of the first Town Hall Public Forum in Yelm in over 12 years (Nov. 4, 2016). This update was completed with the assistance of Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association. Councilor Joe DePinto publicly apologized to YBA President Schmier and acknowledged that council had not discussed this proposal in the 5+ months since first presented, directing City Administrator Michael Grayum to add the YBA Food Trucks regs. proposal to the council’s study session agenda.
Click here

Also included were these reports beneficial in developing food truck regulations, supplied by the WFTA:
* 7 Myths and Realities About Food Trucks
Click here for the pdf.

* New National League of Cities Report Highlights Mobile Vending Best Practices
Click here for the pdf.

– From Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association
“As the small business industry of mobile food continues to grow in popularity here in Washington, it only makes sense for local governments to make the necessary changes to accommodate this issue.

Many cities are welcoming these innovative businesses by writing simple regulations meant only to protect public health and safety. It is not the role of government, to create protectionist barriers for some business, and not allowing for economic liberty to all.”
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February 16, 2017

Yelm must diversify economy, now more urgent than ever –
Wal-Mart’s brick-and-mortar stores’ dominance diminishes

* Warren Buffett drops Wal-Mart as an investment.
* This signaled the death of retail as we know.
* With Wal-Marts in Lacey & Graham, is Yelm’s Wal-Mart soon threatened?
* Wal-Mart previously announced hundreds of store closures in 2016.
* Brick-and-mortar retailers struggle against e-commerce.
* Local e-commerce is an economic-engine sector Yelm does not yet recognize.
* This Blog has always highlighted our area’s e-commerce businesses.
* Yelm MUST diversify sales tax revenue, not be so dependent almost solely on Wal-Mart!

– “Warren Buffett just dropped Walmart and signaled the death of retail as we know it”
“Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway just sold off $900 million of Walmart stock, choosing to invest billions in airline stocks instead.”

“The sale, which leaves Buffett with nearly no shares in Walmart, comes as America’s largest traditional retailer has been rushing to catch up to Amazon and other online competitors. Amazon’s market value is now $356 billion, compared with Walmart’s $298 billion. Buffett last year acknowledged that traditional brick-and-mortar retailers were struggling in the face of competition from the e-commerce giant.”
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– UPDATE: July 21, 2017
“They are capturing the fall of legacy retailers in real time. Is your store next?”
“Consider, for a minute, the stores that make up your retail past.

Payless ShoeSource. Kmart. Sears. Or malls you used to visit that didn’t survive the ensuing decades.

Dan Bell and Erik Pierson feel your pain. The two online video stars are chronicling, to a growing YouTube audience, the decline of stores nationwide,” by Debbie Cockrell, Tacoma News Tribune.
Read more

February 16, 2017

“Who’s Who in the Nisqually” with Gary Edwards –
Tonight @ 7pm, The Triad – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Thurston Commissioner Gary Edwards
Photo courtesy: Thurston County

– “Everything starts with a conversation,” quoting host Steve Craig.
The second in the series of monthly interviews of “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” hosted by Steve Craig will occur Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7pm, at The Triad Theater in Yelm. Craig’s guest will be Yelm-area resident and newly elected Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards. This sesison is open to the public, who will have an opportunity to ask the Commissioner questions.

Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar, Vice President and founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association (YBA), and a founding member of the Nisqually Land Trust. Edwards and his family have longtime roots in our community all the way back to the 1800’s when the Edward’s family were homesteaders in the area. He has had a remarkable career of public service that continues in his new position.

Initial sponsors of the Who’s Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry.

Used with permission of the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA).

February 15, 2017

Special Weather Statement for Southwest Interior, WA. –
Includes Yelm & vicinity

Issuing Office: Seattle/Tacoma
Source: National.Weather.Service

4:11pm PST, Tue Feb 14

Read more from the National Weather Service.

February 15, 2017

Fairpoint Communications sold – affects Yelm-area phone/internet customers

– Fairpoint Communications sold – provides telephone/internet support for Yelm area
“Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. will buy FairPoint for $1.5 billion. The merger is to be completed in 2017.

Consolidated Communications, based in Mattoon, Illinois, has communications networks in 11 states including Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Consolidated uses a fiber optic network and data centers to sell access to Internet, voice, video, managed services cloud computing and wireless backhaul.

FairPoint is based in North Carolina and currently provides phone service in 17 states to 1.6 million customers and Internet to 230,000 customers. Most of the company’s customers and workforce are in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont,” quoting Anne Galloway, VTDigger, a publication of Vermont Journalism Trust.
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– Press Release: “Consolidated Communications to Acquire FairPoint Communications, Inc.
Read more from the Press Release.

– About Yelm serviced Fairpoint Communications
“FairPoint Communications offers services in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington. FairPoint is the largest provider in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.”
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– Editor’s note:
I expect the YWave.com & Fairpoint.net e-mail addresses may eventually be discontinued, which means local customers will then have to change all of their stored e-mail addresses.

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day to Yelm Community Blog readers!

Photo courtesy: Yelm’s JZ-Rose,
Copyright © 2008-2017. JZ Knight.
Used with permission.

“Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine’s cards, donating to charity or gifting candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished,” quoting Wikipedia.

This Valentines Day message first appeared on the Yelm Community Blog in 2008.

February 13, 2017

City of Yelm government begins to tell their own story – FINALLY!

Photo credit: City of Yelm Government Facebook

“Superintendent Brian Wharton, YMCA CEO Kyle Cronk, and Yelm Mayor JW Foster met to explore ways their organizations can work together to support kids and serve unmet community needs. We are in an exploratory, unobligated phase to identify how the YMCA, City of Yelm, Yelm School District, and other community partners can establish a collaborative forward looking vision.

More conversations will follow with the school board, city council members, parents, kids, residents, and other community leaders. Exciting ideas. Please stay tuned.”
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“Great meeting with the CEO of the South Sound YMCA about the initial results of the community survey. As you may know, the City of Yelm is exploring the feasibility of building a full featured YMCA in or near our community. Good news is the initial survey results indicate there is a lot of interest from Yelm. Other potential locations include Lacey and Olympia. Further info and analysis is needed before the YMCA makes a decision. They need to make sure the capital can be raised for construction and a facility can be operated here in a sustainable manner. This is a collaborative effort with neighboring cities, Thurston County, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Yelm Chamber of Commerce, Yelm Community Schools, and several business and community leaders. Let us know your thoughts and please stay tuned.”
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The hard work of the City of Yelm employees and the approach the city had undertaken to cross-train them during the last week’s snow storm to keep the main roads safe for all the residents, schools, and businesses of Yelm was exemplified in a smooth flow for everyone.

While Councilor Molly Carmody received a question/complaint via social media about the city’s operations during the snow storm, this person had not written “to the city to voice concerns or ask these questions directly of city staff, and we appreciate the opportunity to inform people to help avoid negative assumptions. We welcome questions, comments, or suggestions…for people to contact the city directly. Simply go to the city’s webpage and “send a comment to Mayor Foster.” They will receive a reply in a timely manner. Here’s the link: http://www.ci.yelm.wa.us/mayor-comments,” quoting City Administrator Michael Grayum to the Yelm Community Blog.

Grayum added:
It’s important to keep in mind that we get snow so infrequently we do our best to take advantage of the training opportunity, especially given that we are an ‘all hands on deck’ type of Public Works Department that does its best to serve the residents, schools, and businesses of Yelm. The City owns one sand truck, one deicer truck, and two snow plows. This equipment is normally in the shed 360 days a year and we do as much cross training as possible in the limited time snow is on the ground. For this reason and more, when it snows you will often see two employees in the snow plow and other equipment at the same time driving along the curb line.

The first main reason is training. We have two experienced snow plow drivers on our team and are training new employees to use this equipment. Having one experienced driver with the new driver helps with the on-the-job-training and prevents damage to the truck or private property.

The second main reason is safety. Having a spotter in the passenger seat helps to not damage the truck and avoid clipping drains which could do significant damage to the road. As the snow gets slushy and starts to melt, we have crew members drive next to the curb line in trucks to identify clogged/iced over drains and clear them immediately to improve driver safety and prevent intersections from flooding as the snow melts.

The third reason is efficiency. When drains are iced over or compacted with snow, crew members clear them immediately. Another bonus of having crew members team up in the plow is so they can go faster when they need to exit the vehicle to open up the catch basin by hand.

In the future, residents can continue to expect to see Public Works Crews teamed up together on occasion when we hire new employees in order to give them a chance to learn where some of the catch basins are located, what routes to plow/sand, and trouble areas to avoid.

It is also important to mention that when our Public Works crews operate snow equipment they service the arterials/main roads first to support high volume traffic areas and bus routes. We have set routes that are plowed/sanded/de-iced routinely. After the main roads are cleared, our crew members then service residential streets. We are not selective or show favoritism to one area or another. We respond directly to resident requests when we are all caught up and do our best to get their road cleared on a case-by-case basis.

Finally, our Public Works team works hard and puts in long-hours to keep the roads safe for all of us. I believe they deserve our appreciation and not our accusations and negative insinuations. If people do not want to use the website to contact and ask questions directly, please feel free to pass on my contact information and I will do my best to assist, inform, and answer any questions they may have.

Michael Grayum, Yelm City Administrator

– Bottom Line:
KUDOS to Yelm City Administrator Michael Grayum and Interim Mayor Foster for open government, communication with constituents, and transparency in fostering this type of communication from our city after 10 1/2 years of none. The City of Yelm Government Facebook page is accessed here.


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