February 29, 2020

The Top 10 Googled questions on the Coronaovirus

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Coronavirus particle diagram. Credit: MSNBC

“Coronavirus: Answering the top 10 questions people have been Googling”

“These are the top questions people have been asking about the coronavirus.”

“According to Google Trends data, these are the top 10 things people are searching about the coronavirus,” by Suzanne Nuyen, KING-5 TV News, Seattle. Read more


February 29, 2020

First coronavirus death in U. S. reported in Washington state –
Gov. Inslee issues a public statement, Emergency Proclamation!

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Credit: KING-5 TV News, Seattle

“One person dies from coronavirus in Washington state”

“The Washington Department of Health confirms one person has died from the coronavirus. This is the first death from the virus in the United States”

“Information about who the person is or how they contracted the virus was not immediately released. Health officials also said they have identified new people with the infection, but did not say how many.”

“The Washington Department of Health and Public Health Seattle & King County plan to hold a press conference at 1 p.m. to provide more information,” by KING-5 TV News, Seattle. Read more 

“Inslee statement on death in Washington state from COVID-19”

“It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to their family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus. 

“In partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Department of Emergency Management and local and community health partners, we are strengthening our preparedness and response efforts. I am committed to keeping Washingtonians healthy, safe and informed.” Read more

“Washington Governor Declares State of Emergency Over Coronavirus; First Death Reported in U.S. From COVID-19”

“‘I have issued an emergency proclamation to ensure WA has the resources necessary to prepare for and respond to a COVID-19 outbreak,’ Gov. Jay Inslee said Saturday afternoon on Twitter. ‘We have been actively preparing and will do everything in our power to protect the health and safety of Washingtonians,'” by Ron Brackett and Jan Wesner Childs, The Weather Channel. Read more


February 29, 2020

Two Yelm businesses have staff honored with published stories –
TRL’s Mike McGowan, Timberland Bank’s Tess Faughn

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Tess Faughn, grand marshal of the 2019 Prairie Days Parade.
Credit: Timberland Bank

“For over 100 Years, Giving Back to the Community has Been an Integral Part of Timberland Bank”

“Tess Faughn is one of Timberland Bank’s employees who is well-known for performing a long list of selfless acts. Her everyday job as Branch Operations Supervisor at the Yelm branch keeps her plenty busy, but Faughn always prioritizes her free time to stay active throughout Thurston County volunteering at a number of local nonprofits. Some of her specific community involvement over the years include serving as the President for the Midday Yelm Lions Club, President of the Rotary Club of Yelm, Yelm Community Services Board Member and Hope Restored Christian Ministries Treasurer. No matter the role that she’s in, Faughn is always ready and willing to step up to make positive things happen,” by Kelsey Norvell, in Thurston Talk. Read more

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Mike McGowan
Credit: Paul Dunn, NVN

“Yelm Librarian Has Been Helping Patrons Find What They Need for a Quarter Century”

“New York Native, Former City Councilor Mike McGowan Finds Joy in Helping Library Visitors”

The New York City native, now 63, has worked at the Yelm Timberland Library for 25 years, his current title of public services specialist allowing the gregarious man with the shoulder-length flowing white hair some latitude to shape his job as he envisions it.

“He spends much of his time creating and performing programs for children — his outreach often taking him to Yelm-area schools far and wide. When he’s not performing for kids, he’s often answering difficult questions as the Yelm branch’s reference librarian,” by Paul Dunn, Nisqually Valley News. Read more

Blogger Klein is a Timbelrand Bank customer, and former Yelm Library Advisory Board Chair


February 29, 2020

Aspen Farms Event Derbies this weekend, March 21-22, April 18-19.

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Credit: Aspen Farms Horse Trials

“Aspen Farm Horse Trials is just the best!”

Aspen Farms Event Derby #1 2/29-3/1

Aspen Farms Event Derby #3 March 21 + 22

Aspen Farms Event Derby #2 April 18 + 19

Aspen Farms Horse Trials

15910 130th Trl SE, Yelm, Washington 98597


February 28, 2020

WHO raises coronavirus threat – virus poses a ‘very high’ risk at a global level –
Trump muzzles CDC, NHI from direct public pronouncements!

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“Tourists wearing a protective respiratory mask tour outside the Colosseo monument (Colisee, Coliseum) in downtown Rome on February 28, 2020 amid fear of Covid-19 epidemic.”
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“WHO raises coronavirus threat assessment, now says virus poses a ‘very high’ risk at a global level”

“World Health Organization officials said Friday they are increasing the risk assessment of the coronavirus, which has spread to at least 49 countries in a matter of weeks, to “very high” across the world.

“‘We have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level,’ Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva,” by by Berkeley Lovelace, Jr. and William Feuer, CNBC. Read more

“Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney suggests people ignore coronavirus news to calm markets”

  • Editor’s note: Trump and his sycophants have lied so much, they are no longer credible and no one is listening to them. The markets are in a major decline again today! The markets and the virus are out of Trump’s control.

From CNBC:

  • White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Friday suggested that Americans should ignore media reports about the coronavirus amid fears of the deadly disease spreading into the U.S.
  • Mulvaney, who also heads the Office of Management and Budget, also said that there will “probably” be school closures and transportation issues due to the impact of the virus.
  • Mulvaney claimed that the media has only started paying close attention to the coronavirus because “they think this is going to be what brings down” President Trump.

By Kevin Breuninger, CNBC. Read more

“Is the White House starting to censor public-health officials?”

“Muzzling experts before they can answer questions might save Team Trump some embarrassment, but it fixes the wrong problem.”

“The vice president’s first move appeared to be aimed at preventing the kind of contradictory statements from White House officials and top government health officials that have plagued the administration’s response…. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, one of the country’s leading experts on viruses and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, told associates that the White House had instructed him not to say anything else without clearance,” by Steve Benen, MSNBC. Read more


February 28, 2020

GOP state legislators: Proposed budget can’t survive recession,
With an economic downturn at hand, Yelm’s Public Works upgrades more in peril!

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House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm)
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“GOP lawmakers say Democrats’ proposed budget increases can’t survive next recession”

  • Editor’s note: With the long-term uncertainty of the Coronavirus resulting in a contracting economy, and stocks down 10% in four days, the purse strings on many projects will soon be pulled shut until the depths of this crisis are ascertained!
  • Where is Yelm going to get the $17-$25 million for the required upgrades to the Public Works Department’s Water Reclamation System, if not from the federal and/or state level, with a recession on the horizon?

“Republican legislators on Tuesday took aim at the Democrats’ budget proposals, saying the party that controls the House and Senate is risking budget cuts when the next economic downturn strikes.

“‘There’s a real danger of coming to a crashing halt in the future, either near or far, because we know the kind of budget growth that we are going to be seeing is not going to be sustainable,’ said House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox of Yelm.

“On Monday [Feb. 24], House and Senate Democrats released their proposed supplemental budgets, which make changes to the two-year spending plan that ends June 30, 2021. House Democrats would increase spending by $1.2 billion to $53.7 billion. Senate Democrats propose new spending of nearly $1 billion, to $53.6 billion,” by James Drew, The Olympian. Read more


February 27, 2020

Seattle-King County’s pandemic flu planning checklist one of the best! –
RSE preparedness recommendations are pertinent still today!

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“Pandemic flu planning checklist for individuals and families”

“This checklist will help you to take steps to lessen the impact of a severe influenza pandemic on you and your family. Many of these steps are good advice to help you and your family during any disaster, like an earthquake or flood,” by Seattle – King County Public Health.

Click here for the full report.


Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) has taught preparedness for 32 years.

This 2014 post from the RSE-Newsletter, still pertinent today.

Now, having a shelter with food storage to provide for one’s family has become mainstream news:

– From the United Nations: Climate Panel’s March 31, 2014 warning
“UN Climate Panel Issues Dire Warning of Threat to Global Food Supply, Calls for Action and Adaption”
Read more from Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!

– From FEMA: “National Preparedness Goal”
“A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.”

“The National Preparedness Goal, released in September 2011, defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies.”
Read more

– From Ready.gov: “Campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare”
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched in February 2003, Ready, a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.”
Read more

– From former Presidents Bush and Clinton: Public Service Advertisements to prepare – in 2006
“Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are urging Americans to take steps to better prepare themselves, their families and businesses for emergencies,” quoting the Dept. of Homeland Security.
Read more

– From JZ Knight: “Ramtha’s students are not survivalists; they are sovereignists”
“RSE students are not survivalists. We are sovereignists. We have always been taught to be prepared for anything, to be able to provide and care for ourselves and our families. A sovereign person is able to support their life without gambling on banks, the stock market, or paper investments. I am very proud of this culture of RSE and that our students have heard this message from Ramtha for over 25 years,” quoting JZ Knight.
Read more

– From Ramtha: Stressing the importance of storing food for over 3 decades
“The important issue of preparedness I taught many years ago is that I asked for all of the people who would listen to put up food and to become sovereign and to have lots of water but to have it out of the ground, and to put up food for all of those concerned in your life, and to be sovereign — utterly sovereign — to save your clothing and to put it up, and to work towards a point that regardless of what would happen with the world you could continue to sustain yourself. Now that is not a new teaching. That happened many years ago in your time. But it is still important because the times that I spoke about are already here and are unfolding.”
– Ramtha
September, 1993
(Excerpt from: Taking the Journey Inward, September 16, 1993. Ramtha Dialogues®, Tape 9322 ed.)

– Ramtha’s “Recommendations for Sovereignty – for everyone”
Click here


February 27, 2020

Two Yelm businesses noted for enacting proactive Coronavirus precautions –
Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment and Yelm’s Food Co-op

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Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) suspends live events worldwide through end of April – classes conducted via streaming

  • Editor’s note: RSE’s major spring Retreat was scheduled for March 8-14, the annual time when students from around the world descend on Yelm for their classes. Yelm businesses that have been the beneficiary of these visitors’ patronage will now be adversely impacted from their revenue loss.

“In the light of recent developments with the coronavirus, JZ and the RSE Staff met this morning [February 24] to consider how best to respond to the uncertainties in the world,” read the RSE’s e-mailer and social media posts. Read more

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Yelm Food Co-Op announces suspension of purchasing Chinese goods due to coronavirus

From the Yelm Food Co-op’s Press Release:

“With the news that the Coronavirus will most probably be coming to the USA. And the fact that the virus can last on food packaging for 9 days, the Yelm Food Coop wants to inform the people of Yelm that we will not be buying anything from China until the outbreak is over. The very few products that we do have from China have been in the store for a while and wouldn’t be contaminated.

“We are fortunate that most of our products are either local or from safe sources. We would like to remind people that the best way to combat illness it to keep your immune system strong, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh air and plenty of sleep.” Read more

Blogger Klein is in his 35th year as a Ramtha student and a founding and current member of the Yelm Food Cooperative.


February 27, 2020

Venus and The Moon give a rare celestial show tonight!

Venus And The Moon Will 'Kiss' In Rare Celestial Show This Week
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“Venus And The Moon Will ‘Kiss’ In Rare Celestial Show This Week”

If you’re looking for a bit of romance in your life, all you need to do is look up to the sky on Thursday, February 27, to see Venus and the moon share a ‘kiss’ during a rare celestial show.

“As long as the weather is clear, you’ll be able to see a delicate curved crescent moon alongside a very bright Venus, as the two objects meet in the night sky.”

“In reality, when it seems as though Venus and the moon come into contact on February 27, Venus will actually be 84 million miles away from Earth, while the moon is 249,892 miles away.

“If you don’t manage to catch a glimpse of the bright sky meeting between the two planets, you can expect to see another on March 28 when the crescent moon creeps back toward Venus for a very similar event,” by Emma Rosemurgey, UK’s Unilad. Read more

Thursday, Feb. 27 evening — Crescent Moon Meets Venus

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“In the western evening sky on Thursday, Feb. 27, the young, crescent moon will make a lovely sight sitting a generous palm’s width to the left (or 6 degrees to the celestial south) of very bright Venus. Viewed in a telescope, Venus will exhibit a gibbous phase (inset),” from Space.com. Read more


February 26, 2020

JZ Knight and Ramtha:
Noting the 43rd anniversary of a remarkable collaboration!

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JZ Knight at RSE
© 2020 JZ Knight.

Used with permission.

CONGRATULATIONS TO JZ KNIGHT FOR 43 YEARS OF SERVICE TO HUMANITY!

  • Editor’s note: No single person has had such an impact on Yelm’s development in the last 30+ years than JZ Knight. Her school established here in 1988 with the thousands of annual visitors, many moving here, garnered the attention in the early 1990s of national fast food chains and large grocery stores setting up shop here, fueling Yelm’s growth. Prairie Park set up shop and began investing here in 1995, which subsequently brought the hotel, movie theater, and Fay Fuller Building in the late 1990s.

Highlights of JZ Knight’s remarkable collaboration with Ramtha

* Ramtha appeared to JZ Knight 43 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
* RSE has been an economic engine for decades, thousands coming here annually, spurring Yelm’s growth
* Yelm acclaimed internationally as a spiritual hub – Ramtha teachings delivered on 6 continents
* Over 100,000+ enrollments worldwide, plus live-streaming offered
* JZ Knight and Ramtha are in their 5th decade of their remarkable journey together

From JZ Knight.com.

JZ Knight recalled when Ramtha appeared to her, on the third Sunday of the second month [February 20, 1977]:

“‘I am Ramtha the Enlightened One. I have come to help you over the ditch.’ The words were delivered in a most melodious manner.”

Click here for Knight’s full description of that moment, from The New York Times bestselling book A State of Mind, by JZ Knight.

Blogger Klein is in his 35th year as a Ramtha student.


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