August 31, 2018

DUI patrols will be out across Washington through Labor Day Weekend


Target Zero


– Editor’s Note:
Labor Day Weekend is usually one of the deadliest times of the year on the state’s roadways, so law enforcement agencies across Washington will increase DUI patrols through Sept. 3 for drivers safety.


– “PLAN AHEAD, GET HOME SAFE”
“When you’re drunk or high, you have big ideas, but not necessarily good ideas. Before the party starts, you need to plan to have a safe ride home. If you don’t, you risk a DUI. That means up to a year in jail, a $5,000 fine, a suspended license, an ignition interlock device installed in your car, legal bills…and lots of uncomfortable conversations. So plan ahead. Drunk-you will thank you. For that matter, so will hungover-you,” by Target-Zero.
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– “Target Zero – Washington State Strategic Highway Safety Plan”
“Why a Goal of Zero?”

“From 2012 through 2014, the time period analyzed in this plan, 1,336 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in Washington State. We have to ask ourselves: How many deaths and serious injuries are “acceptable” on Washington’s roadways? How many of your family members would it be “acceptable” to lose to traffic crashes each year? Ten? Five?

“Of course, the answer is none. Zero. The goal of every Washington State citizen should be zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads and highways. The personal, financial, and societal loss for every person killed or injured in traffic crashes is enormous. The loss of even one family member, co-worker, or friend is unacceptable.

“That’s why Washington State has adopted Target Zero — a goal to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Washington’s roadways to zero by the year 2030. Our goal is zero deaths and serious injuries, because every life counts.
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Credit: Target Zero – Washington State


August 31, 2018

Thurston Conservation District supervisors to be vetted at future hearing


“Thurston Conservation District’s board members at a June meeting.
Paul Pickett, Eric Johnson, Linda Powell and Richard Mankamyer.”
Photo Credit: Abby Spegman, The Olympian.



– Editor’s Note:
Richard Mankamyer is from Yelm.


– “State commission to hold hearing on removal of Thurston Conservation District supervisors”
“The Washington State Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing to decide whether to remove two supervisors at the Thurston Conservation District.”

“A report by commission staff released in July found Eric Johnson, the board of supervisors’ chairman, and Richard Mankamyer, its auditor, failed to respond to a public records request, delayed or refused to sign district checks, and prevented the release of board meeting minutes to the public,” by Abby Spegman, The Olympian.
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– “Two conservation district supervisors face possible ouster”
A hearing on removing two farmers from Thurston County Conservation District board will be held in October.
By Don Jenkins, Capital Press.
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August 30, 2018

Last weekend’s Rainier Roundup 2018 heralded in a video!


Rainier Round-up Days.

Rainier Roundup 2018 – The Movie!
Video credit: Adam Boyce.
Click here for a short video from the Rainier Roundup and Bluegrass festival, one of the best in Rainer yet!


August 30, 2018

The “Experience Olympia & Beyond” team now internationally recognized




– From Experience Olympia & Beyond (the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau),
the official destination marketing organization for Thurston County!

“After years of hard work, Experience Olympia & Beyond is officially an accredited Destination Marketing Organization! Recognized by Destinations International, this achievement is one of the highest honors. Check out more details on the past month’s happenings and see how we’re doing on our goals for the year in the July scorecard.”
Click here


Experience Olympia & Beyond
103 Sid Snyder Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501
(877) 704-7500


CONGRATULATIONS to CEO Shawna Stewart and Team, as Yelm is a beneficiary of their work


– UPDATED: September 13, 2018
“Experience Olympia & Beyond Receives Industry Accreditation”
By South Sound Business.
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August 29, 2018

Habitat for Humanity is the beneficiary of a legacy of service
and giving from President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter


“Former President Jimmy Carter holds hands with his wife,
former first lady Rosalynn Carter, as they work with other volunteers
on site during the first day of the weeklong Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project,
their 35th work project with Habitat for Humanity, on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018,
in Mishawaka, Ind.” Photo credit: Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune via AP.



– Editor’s note:
If you would like to join South Puget Sound Habitat for a day of building on their construction sites, click here! SPS Habitat is a volunteer driven organization serving families and communities in Thurston County.


– “Letterman and Carters launch Habitat project at Notre Dame”
“From their seats, almost 4,000 people watched former President Jimmy and wife Rosalynn Carter walk into the Purcell Pavilion, as a man with a long white beard tagged along.

David Letterman. It had been a secret. Even some of the local Habitat for Humanity staff didn’t know the retired late-night TV host would be there Sunday [Aug. 26] at the University of Notre Dame. Not just to kick off an intense, five-day work blitz for 2,000 volunteers building homes in Mishawaka, known as the 35th annual Carter Work Project. But to introduce the 39th president.”

“Jimmy Carter, 93, strolled to the podium in jeans and a button-down Habitat shirt, with his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn, 91, beside him. He quickly started to pay tribute to the “best volunteer we’ve ever had,” their close friend, LeRoy Troyer, the Amish-born founder of a Mishawaka architectural firm, who for 33 years has been the boss on the house where they’ve toiled. Troyer, who has served on Habitat’s international board, is also a key reason that this week’s massive build is coming to St. Joseph County,” by Joseph Dits, South Bend (IN.) Tribune.
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– “Fmr. Pres. Carter Weighs In On McCain’s Life, Legacy And Impact (Full)”
Interview with Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC, August 28, 2018.
Click here for the video.


August 28, 2018

SPSCC brings exciting new opportunities, options to Yelm this Fall


Photo Credit: South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC)


– “SPSCC is coming to Yelm this fall”
“Calling all future students in Yelm, Rainier, McKenna, and Roy!”
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– “Exciting SPSCC Opportunities Coming to Yelm This Fall”
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is providing several new opportunities for Yelm residents to complete high school and get college credit starting fall of 2018. Whether you’re in high school and looking to get a jump start on college, or you’re a full time working adult looking to start college or get your high school diploma, SPSCC has options for you,” by Marta Helpenstell in Thurston Talk.
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August 28, 2018

Endangered West Coast humpback whales to be protected by the Trump Admin.


A humpback whale breeches off Half Moon Bay, CA., Aug. 7, 2017.
Photo credit: Eric Risberg, AP File Photo.



– “Trump administration agrees to protect West Coast humpbacks”
“In a settlement with environmental groups, the Trump administration has agreed to designate critical Pacific Ocean habitat for endangered humpback whales.”

“The suit by the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Foundation, a nonprofit that represents Native American tribes, was settled Friday [Aug. 24] in federal district court in San Francisco.

“The National Marine Fisheries Service agreed to designate critical habitat for the animals by mid-2019 and finalize those boundaries a year later,” by the AP.
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August 27, 2018

Kroger to phase-out plastic bags, including their QFC, Fred Meyer stores


Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. to phase-out plastic bags at their stores.
Photo credit: Rogelio V. Solis, AP



– Editor’s note:
When Albertsons’ Safeway brand phases out plastic bags, will the last major county jurisdiction, Yelm’s City Council, finally get the 4 council votes required to pass a plastic bag ban here? This no-brainer of an initiative has been previously vetoed by the pre-2018 council. The time has come to bring this to a vote by the 2018-2019 council!


– “Kroger, which owns QFC and Fred Meyer, to phase out plastic bags at all stores”
“Seattle is once again setting trends for environmental practices at stores: A little more than six years after the city banned plastic bags, the nation’s largest grocery store is beginning to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.

Kroger Co. will start Thursday [Aug. 23] at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores next year. Fred Meyer, which is also owned by Kroger, will follow soon after. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025.

Retail stores in Seattle were banned from issuing single-use plastic bags in July of 2012. The move spread, with over a dozen cities in the state, including Tacoma and Olympia, also banning plastic bags,” quoting the Seattle PI.
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August 27, 2018

WA. Supreme Court affirms $12 million verdict against Thurston County




– “State Supreme Court rules against Thurston County on Maytown gravel-mining permit”
“The Washington Supreme Court has affirmed a $12 million verdict against Thurston County over a mining permit for a Maytown property.

“The case centered on a permit to mine gravel issued by Thurston County in 2005 for land near the intersection of Interstate 5 and state Route 121, once the site of an explosives plant,” by Abby Spegman, The Olympian.
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August 26, 2018

Sen. John S. McCain, III served his country honorably,
Sen. McCain hated the press, though was always passionate about free press!


After having spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi,
U.S. Navy Lt. Commander John S. McCain III was welcomed by then-President Richard Nixon on May 24, 1973.
Photo credit: Getty CBS News



– Editor’s note:
I was in high school in the early 1970s when I first recall hearing of John McCain for his refusal to accept release from the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner of war detention center ahead of POWs who had been there longer. His captors had learned that his father was an important figure in the U. S. military (who would eventually be made the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific command) and offered to relase him early for what they thought would be political purposes. McCain refused to leave unless his comrades were as well. In 1973 at the end of my freshman year in college, what impressed me was his stoicism when he was finally released with his fellow POWs and deplaned the military transport aircraft from Vietnam at the then-U. S. Clark Air Base in the Philippines, televised live to the nation. A battered body from years of torture and improper treatment for his injuries, U.S. Navy Lt. Commander McCain met and was honored by President Nixon, barely able to walk. Though not agreeing with some of his hawkish views, I always appreciated his advocacy for a free press and denouncing use of torture on U. S. prisoners, two major issues where his voice lent great weight.

Last September, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked McCain, “How do you want the American people to remember you?” McCain replied, “He served his country. And not always right, made a lot of mistakes. Made a lot of errors. But served his country, and I hope you could add honorably.”

This nation is greater for having been served honorably by Sen. John S. McCain III!


– “‘Meet the Press’ record holder McCain remembered as a passionate patriot”
McCain, who died Saturday at the age of 81 after a battle with brain cancer, appeared on “Meet the Press” 73 times over the course of his career, more than any other guest in the show’s history.”

“When asked whether he agreed with President Trump’s declaration that the press is the “enemy of the American people,” McCain offered a stern warning.

“I hate the press,” he joked. “But the fact is, we need you, we need a free press, we must have it. It’s vital. I’m very serious now, if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free, and many times adversarial, press. And without it, I’m afraid we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”

“I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator, I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history,” by NBC News, Meet the Press.
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– “One moment from McCain’s 2008 run made clear his character and foretold Trump’s rise”
“Played and replayed constantly since the senator’s death on Saturday at age 81, the [2008 Presidential campaign] moment seems to presage the rise of the ‘birther movement,’ the era of ‘alternative facts’ and the presidency of Donald Trump less than a decade later.

“At a high school about 30 miles south of Minneapolis, a blond woman in a red shirt addresses McCain, who is in the final weeks of what will be his second failed run for the White House.

“‘I gotta ask you a question,’ she says. ‘I do not believe in, I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not a . . . he’s an Arab.’

“‘No, ma’am,’ McCain replies, shaking his head and taking the microphone from her. ‘He’s a decent family man and citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about,'” by Greg Jaffe, MSN.
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