June 30, 2018

WiFi Free Schools worldwide – replacing wireless with wired internet


Photo credit: Wifi Free Schools


– “Schools Now Replacing Wireless With Wired Internet, Due to Confirmed Student/Staff Illnesses and Increased Health Risks from Wireless Exposure-Website Provides Locations and More”

No “safe” level of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation exposure has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women. Despite this, many millions of American taxpayer dollars have been spent making public schools “high tech” while tech inventors have been limiting their own kids’ use and sending them to private “low tech” schools.

If your children are having any type of behavioral, emotional, mental or physical health issues, lab testing may determine if some or all of this is because of “Microwave Sickness” aka “ElectroSensitivity” (ES). There are so many symptoms that this it’s often misdiagnosed”

“This website is for parents and teachers seeking WiFi-Free schools.

In 2011, The World Health Organization classified all sources of wireless WiFi radiation as a Possible Carcinogen. Many scientists believe it should be classified as a Carcinogen,” by Activist Post.
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June 30, 2018

Join Timberland library’s 50th anniversary celebration,
Today at the Yelm Library, 1pm


Yelm Timberland Regional Library
Photo credit: Yelm Community Blog



– Timberland Regional Library System’s 50th anniversary celebrations:
The library system is throwing parties at its sites districtwide to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Yelm library’s celebration begins today at 1pm today at the library. The celebration will have cupcakes, tea and music, along with a Fireside Jams program, where people will bring instruments and play freely with each other.
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June 29, 2018

NSA spy-hub discovered in the Northwest – in downtown Seattle!


Seattle’s NSA spy hub, according to Journalist Ryan Gallagher.
Photo credit: Andrew Lanier / KIRO Radio



– “NSA spy hub allegedly discovered in downtown Seattle”
“‘It [an NSA spy hub in Seattle] highlights just how deeply embedded all of this actually is in terms of this being on US territory,’ Journalist Ryan Gallagher told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross. ‘Of course, the NSA is supposed to be a foreign intelligence agency, so it shows the extent it relies upon facilities on American soil within US telecommunication networks.’

According to Gallagher’s story on The Intercept, there are eight hidden NSA spy hubs in US Cities — buildings where the NSA monitors phone calls, emails, and other online communications within the United States. The buildings are generally tied to AT&T operations. One is located at 3rd Avenue and Seneca Street in downtown Seattle,” by MyNorthwest.com, KIRO 97.3 FM Radio, Seattle.
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June 29, 2018

Congressional District 10 Candidate Forum and Straw Poll ‘Mock Election’


Credit: CD 10 Candidate Forum and Straw Poll


– About the CD 10 Candidate Forum and Straw Poll ‘Mock Election’
“Join Counted for our first official event! We’re kicking things off with a candidate forum and straw poll for Washington’s 10th Congressional District.

“Our straw poll will be a little different—participants will have three ballots each. One will be a traditional choose-one ballot, like those currently used in elections around the state. Another will be an approval voting ballot, which looks similar to a traditional ballot, but allows you to vote for as many candidates as you’d like. And another will be a score voting ballot, where voters can rate each candidate on a 0-5 scale.

“All 2018 10th CD candidates have been invited. Independent Centrist Nancy Dailey Slotnick, Independent Progressive Tamborine Borrelli, Republican Joseph Brumbles, and a representative from Democrat Denny Heck’s campaign are participating.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Only eligible voters in the 10th Congressional District will be allowed to vote in the straw poll. Check your registration status and find your districts. All are welcome to attend and observe.”

PROGRAM
12:30 p.m.: Doors open. Sign in, mingle with the candidates, and enjoy drinks and light snacks.
1:00 p.m.: Candidate forum—come learn more about your congressional candidates.
2:10 p.m.: Straw poll and vote tabulation—see the process and experience the benefits of approval and score voting first-hand.

VENUE INFORMATION
Free parking is available in the lower parking lot on the west side of the school. The building is ADA accessible. If you need other accommodations, please email us in advance.

WHEN
June 30, 2018 · 12:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

WHERE
Capital High School Commons
2707 Conger Ave
Olympia, WA 98502
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June 28, 2018

Yelm’s Ronelle Funk: “Sounding the Call on Distracted Driving”


Ronelle Funk
Photo credit: Ronelle Funk Insurance Agency



– “Allstate’s Ronelle Funk is Sounding the Call on Distracted Driving”
“Funk’s passion for the issue is both personal and professional. As an agent, she wants to help her clients stay safe, as a mother of 19- and 23-year-old boys, she wants to change a culture that puts them at risk. “I’m very concerned about them and their friends,” she says. “I had a friend who was killed in a traffic accident my senior year in high school, so I already had some connection to this as a young person.”

“Funk believes that while technology can be an effective tool, knowledge is power, and she plans to continue spreading the message about the risks posed by phones and driving. “I see firsthand the results of accidents, the damage to vehicles and the injuries,” she says. “It’s important to raise awareness so we can reduce the harm that distracted driving causes.”

“For more information, visit the Ronelle Funk Insurance website or call 360-491-3376 for the Lacey office and 360-458-6061 for her office in Yelm. Ronelle Funk and her agencies are in the top 1 percent in the nation,” by Hedid Smith, Thurston Talk.
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June 28, 2018

Washington driver’s licenses change July 1 to comply with REAL ID




– “Washington driver’s licenses change July 1 to comply with REAL ID”
“Starting in July, Washington state standard driver’s licenses will be marked with “Federal Limits Apply.” That means you can’t board a domestic flight or enter federal facilities with a standard license beginning in October 2020,” by Allison Sundell, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
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June 27, 2018

County Prosecutor challenger Victor Minjares engaged Yelm forum tonight!


Photo credit: Victor for Justice


– Editor’s Note:
Reform Candidate for Thurston County Prosecutor Victor M. Minjares (D-Olympia) held a Town Hall Public Forum at the Yelm Community Center this evening [Wednesday, June 27th] sponsored by Yelm’s Blogger, Steve Klein. Victor spoke about why he is running for this office, briefly described his extensive background, and then shared his vision with the audience.

Victor is the first challenger of an incumbent Thurston County prosecutor in the 21st century! Victor’s clear and concise points definitely made an impact on the guests, with what was an hour Q & A that had to be ended due to time constraints, followed by his continuing to dialogue with participants for an additional hour. The robust audience included a Yelm and Olympia city councilor, a former state legislator, and a Nisqually Valley News reporter filing her story for their July 6th edition.


– Key points garnering the guests’ attention:
* Prosecutorial injustice is slowly bankrupting Thurston County.
Our county is in crisis. The County Commissioners are spending more money than is coming in. About 76% of our General Fund is spent on Law and Justice: the Prosecutor’s Office, the courts, police, defense counsel, coroner, and the county jail (keeping people locked up). While crime remains steady, our new jail is already overflowing with people, and we take money from our county’s emergency reserves to keep it full. The General Fund is the only part of the budget over which the Commissioners have direct control. The 76% spent on Law and Justice is three-quarters of their budget.

* Our Prosecutor’s Office is mismanaged and out of control.
Most of the people in our county jail have not been convicted of a crime? Although presumed innocent, most defendants are not serving sentences; they are waiting for their trial date and cannot afford to post bail.
Note: I shared the story of a Yelm resident I am aware was arrested for 2 felonies, no prior arrests, not even a traffic ticket. He could not post bail and languished in jail for 69 days until going before the judge, who threw out one of the charges for having no basis, and lowered the other charge to a misdemeanor, then released him. The county spent over $8,000 on incarcerating him ($117.38 per night), plus the County did not get revenue from his loss of income. Victor said this has become the norm requiring change.

* Our diversion programs aren’t real and aren’t working.
The only thing our diversion programs actually “divert” is attention — from the embarrassing fact that year after year, our County continues to waste tax dollars and human potential on criminally prosecuting and incarcerating mentally ill and homeless low-level offenders.

* Reforming the Prosecutor’s Office will bring Real Justice.
Victor said if elected, he will reform our Prosecutor’s Office so that our County has the potential to live within its means, and will seek to ensure real justice is done in every possible case: past, present, and future. He spoke extensively that one of the Proscutor’s jobs is is to protect the rights of all who come before them.

Victor said he will shine sunlight upon any past errors of this Prosecutor’s Office and use that knowledge to inform new, ethical practices alongside modern practices and procedures, by working to create an independent Conviction Integrity Unit process to attempt to cure or mitigate past injustices, and to provide knowledge as to which individual prosecutors truly seek justice, and which, if any, habitually abuse their authority. He committed to to work cooperatively with our police agencies and county commissioners to create working, cost-saving pre-booking diversion programs so we might focus our limited trial resources primarily on serious crimes.


– Bottom line:
Victor said if elected, he will “reform the Prosecutor’s Office, and change our law and justice system for the better.”
Many of the guests asked Victor to return to Yelm for more and he agreed, date to be announced!
Minjares brings a wealth of experience to this position. Click here to read more about Victor.


Blogger Klein supports Victor M. Minjares (D-Olympia) for Thurston County Prosecutor.


June 27, 2018

Yelm Open House tonight with Victor Minjares, County Prosecutor candidate –
6:30PM, Community Center, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


Photo credit: Victor for Justice


– Editor’s Note:
Please join Victor M. Minjares (D-Olympia) for Thurston County Prosecutor this evening, at a Public Town Hall, Yelm Community Center, 6:30pm-8pm.
Click here for more info.


In the 25 years I have been following Yelm’s political scene, I do not recall any Thurston County Prosecutor conducting a Town Hall public forum in Yelm.

2018 is different!

MEET your Reform Candidate for Thurston County Prosecutor Victor Minjares this Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at the Yelm Community Center. HEAR about prosecution policies, real reform, and our ballooning County law and justice budget. ASK questions of the first challenger of an incumbent Thurston County prosecutor in the 21st century!”
Minjares brings a wealth of experience to this position. Click here
Please join Mr. Minjares Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Yelm Community Center, 6:30pm-8pm.


The time has come for a change with in leader with a vision:
Minjares “wants to shine sunlight into our justice system, review convictions for integrity, and create an efficient, just system that respects the rights of all.”

“To reform the Prosecutor’s Office, and change our law and justice system for the better, Victor needs your help. Together, we can do it!”
Donate here


Blogger Klein supports Victor M. Minjares (D-Olympia) for Thurston County Prosecutor.


June 27, 2018

Yelm’s award-winning Photographer Rory Sagner a NatGeo Editor “Favorite”,
“The Blu Room” photograph garners a National Geographic Editor’s attention


“HEALING WITH LIGHT – THE BLU ROOMS”
Photo credit: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art
for Absolute Health, Olympia



– Editor’s note:
Yelm’s award-winning photographer Rory Sagner submitted this photo for National Geographic’s assignment called “Everyday Science.” The submission was an editor “favorite.” Sagner told the Yelm Community Blog, “This project’s title “Everyday Science” describes The Blu Room, and so it is that healing with Light is becoming known to be!”


– Rory Sagner’s photograph a “Favorite” by NatGeo’s Editor Prasenjeet Yadav
Photograph by Rory Sagner
“HEALING WITH LIGHT – THE BLU ROOMS #technology #frequency #light #science #everydayscience #healing #bluroom
BluRooms use a technology of healing with light. “Scientists have known for years that certain wavelengths of light in certain doses can heal, but they are only now uncovering exactly how it works. Together, the UWM cluster has found that NIR and blue light repair tissue in dramatically different ways, but both act on the same enzyme in the cell’s energy supply center: the mitochondria. The studies have revealed key information about managing the effects of aging and disease.” Science Daily 2013″
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June 26, 2018

Bombshell revelation presented at council tonight,
Yelm accepted 640 acres of Thurston Highlands land for LID-default tax debt,
Where is transparency? The public has not been presented with this information!




– Story highlights:
* This evening at the Yelm City Council –
* Councilor DePinto asked City Administrator Grayum about 640 acres the city acquired,
* DePinto: The mayor signed an agreement for foreclosed Highlands property, [12/29/17]
* DePinto asked Grayum if that sounded familiar, Grayum paused, asked what was the question.
* DePinto: “Does the city own outright the 640 acres, or are we like holding it?”
* Grayum: “There’s alot of moving parts around that.”
* Grayum: “Let me get back to you with a comprehensive memo”…”there’s alot of sensitivities.””
* DePinto: Requested the council get that information.

* Why are the council and public not informed when documents exist? (see all of these docs below)
Click here for the council session’s video.


Bottom line:
This Blog entry’s research is designed to let Yelm constituents learn and decide for themselves, rather than awaiting the city administrator’s “comprehensive memo” [where]…”there’s alot of sensitivities” about property the city now owns, in addition to the recent Fairpoint Building and land purchases that clearly had limited public process. However, key questions require public answers!

This city council rests their laurels on transparency, open government and public process.
WHY ARE THERE “SENSITIVITIES” ON THIS ACQUISITION, ACCORDING TO MR. GRAYUM?
* Terrific the city has had the deed via a lien of 640 acres for 6+ months, yet why was this hidden?
* How many councilors knew about this land acquisition and the public documents?
* Why has this land acquisition deal not been presented to the public in a council session?
* A July 26, 2016 council motion only gives approval to enforce the city’s rights on this property.
* No follow-up council ACTION item gave the mayor the authority to accept this land.
* What further information was provided to councilors after July 26, 2016, if any?
* Has the city adjusted their revenue budget for the loss of this land’s immense LID income?
* Council’s vote occurred under the previous mayor and city administration, Harding’s last council session (except one last Study Session). Why has the current mayor not updated the council?
* Mayor Foster was present as a councilor the only time this was publicly discussed July 26, 2016.
* The July 26,2016 Executive Session needs to be made public now that city signed a statutory deed.
* The city acquiring a land deed via a lien under the new mayor requires a separate Action item, public disclosure.

* Seattle’s Foster-Pepper negotiated the Statutory Deed? Does council know their legal billings?
* What does the city intend to do with the land if acquired? What is the city’s plan?
* Has a council committee and/or city staff discussed the land’s future, without public process?
* There is no doc. showing the council gave authority to Mayor Foster to sign the agreement.
* Yelm City Council Protocol Manual — Chapter 2 states:
+ “It is also important to note that policy is established by at least a majority vote of the Council.”
+ “It is staff’s responsibility to ensure the policy of the Council is upheld.”
* Then why did Mayor Foster sign and take possession of 640 acres of the land’s deed without council’s Action item and discussion, and if there is one, where is that recorded? Council only gave authority to take action, yet did not approve this deed process.


– Here are the public documents on the 640 acres Yelm has owned for 6 months:
* Parcel number: 21727000000

* County Assessor document showing City of Yelm as owner, click here

* County Assessor document showing City of Yelm acquired land on 12/27/2017, click here

* Geodata document showing City of Yelm the official owner, click here

* Agreement for Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure
Editor’s Note: Signed by Mayor JW Foster, Dec. 29, 2017, pg. 15.
click here

* STATUTORY WARRANTY DEED IN LIEU OF FORECLOSURE
Key provision:
“This Deed is intended to be an absolute conveyance of title to said property to Grantee and is not intended as a mortgage, trust conveyance, mortgage, or security instrument of any kind. It is the intention of Grantor to convey to the Grantee all of Grantor’s right, title, and interest absolutely in and to said property. Possession of said property has been surrendered to Grantee.”
Editor’s note:
DePinto’s question is answered – yes, the city has been holding this land outright for 6 months because they have a lien that will defer full title to the city within two years of the agreement’s date if the grantor defaults!
There is no ambiguity, this IS comprehensively detailed.
click here

* This is the only public documentation of this property from July 26, 2016 Council Minutes:
YELM CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016 MINUTES
Executive Session At 6:34pm Mayor Harding announced that Council will go into a 30 minute Executive Session to discuss potential litigation (RCW 42.30110 (1) (i)). City Attorney Steve DeJulio was present by phone.
At 7:04 pm, Mayor Harding reconvened the regular meeting.
16-090 MOTION BY TAD STILLWELL TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY’S SPECIAL COUNSEL TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS, AND TO FILE SUCH ACTIONS AS ARE APPROPRIATE, TO ENFORCE THE CITY’S RIGHTS UNDER THE KILLION ROAD LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AND THE 2012 KILLION ROAD LID
REPAYMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND DDD WASHINGTON LLC.
SECONDED BY TRACEY WOOD. MOTION CARRIED.
Councilmember DePinto stated these are steps necessary to prevent the City from losing money in the LID Fund. More information will be made available as time goes on regarding this matter.
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* The City of Yelm’s website on the City Council’s responsibilities:
Yelm City Council Protocol Manual — Chapter 2
2.01 City Council Generally

“Fundamentally, the powers of the City Council are to be utilized for the good of the community and its residents; to provide for the health, safety and general welfare of the citizenry. The City Council is the policy making and law making body of the City.
State law and local ordinances grant the powers and responsibilities of the Council.

It is important to note that the Council acts as a body. No member has any extraordinary powers beyond those of other members. When it comes to establishing policies, voting, and in other significant areas, all members are equal. It is also important to note that policy is established by at least a majority vote of the Council. While individual members may disagree with decisions of the majority, a decision of the majority does bind the Council to a course of action. Council Members should respect adopted Council policy. In turn, it is staff’s responsibility to ensure the policy of the Council is upheld.
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