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Three stories making news that affect Yelm:
1. Another unexpected Nisqually Jail death raises alarms
2. Is Congress doing enough to help homeless in Thurston County?
3. Rep. JT Wilcox directs legislature to focus on Nisqually salmon survival

Another Nisqually Jail death raises alarms, especially that Yelm’s prisoners are housed there

“A 28-year-old man who was in custody at the Nisqually Jail died over the weekend after being transported to an Olympia hospital, the Thurston County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

“The inmate was identified as Joseph Cagey, according to Coroner Gary Warnock. The coroner said the man was from Bellingham and that Cagey’s family has been notified.

“‘This is an unexpected and unexplained death,’ Coroner Warnock said,” by Sara Gentzler, The Olympian. Read more

Is Congress doing enough to help homeless in Thurston County?

“More and more people are living on the streets of Thurston County’s cities, as well as in makeshift encampments or their cars — or what the federal government calls “other places not suitable for human habitation.”

“The county’s 2019 homeless census officially found 394 unsheltered people living in the county, up from 320 last year and 124 in 2017.

“The unofficial estimate for unsheltered people is between 800 and 1,000, a discrepancy attributed to the high percentage of people who refuse to participate in the voluntary homeless census,” quoting David Lightman, McClatchy’s chief congressional correspondent. Read more

“Rep. Wilcox: Salmon Need to Be Priority in State Legislature”

  • Editor’s note: Yelm is going to have to grapple with upgrading their Public Works system to ensure there are no accidental breakdowns allowing sewage effluent into the Nisqually River watershed!

“House Minority Leader and 2nd Legislative District Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, says he’s looking forward to making salmon habitat legislation a bipartisan priority following the recent Billy Frank Jr. Pacific Salmon Summit. 

“‘I’m going to be joining with my caucus and with anybody who wants to be a part of the effort to effectively and efficiently address the salmon crisis clear across the state, in Puget Sound and especially here along the Nisqually River,’ Wilcox said in a November video update to constituents, by Eric Rosane, Nisqually Valley News. Read more

Posted by Steve on December 26, 2019 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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