June 27, 2020

Assessing Trump’s really bad week! And to cap it off,
The EU is set to issue a US travel ban from COVID-19 spread here!

The heating up and the fading away
By Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer


  • Editor’s note: To underscore the “fading away” of national leadership that has lacked a cohesive COVID-19 response, the Trump Administration has been informed that the European Union (EU) is preparing to issue a new travel ban on the US due to the spread of coronavirus cases in the country. In the last 65+ years, the U. S. has been the “gold standard” on being aggressive to stop community spread of diseases.
  • That the EU may ban Americans demonstrates Trump has forfeited how the U. S. is now perceived worldwide!
  • And speaking of fading away, Trump was even absent from his own Coronavirus Task Force briefing yesterday, their first in 2 months!
  • This caps off a really bad week for a “fading” Trump!

Few people are traveling during the pandemic, and the fees from visa and citizenship applications and other services provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are down sharply. Because of that, the agency may need to furlough more than 13,000 employees (three-quarters of its workforce).

Trump predicts Joe Biden will defeat him during Fox News interview: “Some people don’t love me”

New York Gov. Cuomo to other states: ‘You played politics with this virus, and you lost’

New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic

Analysis: Trump suddenly has a bigger problem than his plummeting poll numbers [a precipitous fundraising drop].

Trump Wants You to Tip Restaurant Owners, Not Servers

Internal documents show Trump is at odds with his own experts as virus surges

“The Trump Referendum: He still has no second term message beyond his own grievances.” A Wall Street Journal Editorial.

Unilever to Halt U.S. Ads on Facebook and Twitter for Rest of 2020 – The company cites hate speech and polarized politics as reasons for ad suspension

Now says Zuckerberg: Facebook will prohibit hate speech in its ads [including Trump Campaign ads]

Timeline: The more than 60 times Trump has downplayed the coronavirus threat

DC Court Upholding DOJ’s Decision to Drop Flynn Case Is a “Travesty” Say Critics and Judge Sullivan tables ruling on Flynn, suggesting case is headed back to Appeals Court

The Trump administration can’t use money that Congress appropriated for military projects to build the wall, the appeals court ruled.

Trump is headlining fireworks at Mount Rushmore. Experts worry two things could spread: virus and wildfire.

Dozens of Secret Service officers and agents told to self-quarantine after Trump’s Tulsa rally, after two of their colleagues tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

States walk back reopenings as confirmed coronavirus cases hit all-time high

Arizona’s Attorney General sends cease and desist letter to church that hosted Trump for COVID-19 claims

Poll: Trump Disapproval Hits All-Time High And He Trails Biden By 8

June 26, 2020

Snaza Brothers Sheriffs make national news,
Rebel against Governor’s mask orders!

Hamilton Sign Supporters
Lewis Country Sheriff Rob Snaza, Tuesday afternoon in south Chehalis. Credit: Jared Wenzelburger, The Chronicle, Centralia

“‘Don’t be a sheep’: Sheriffs rebel against new statewide mask requirements”

“Hours after Gov. Jay Inslee (D) ordered Washington state residents to cover their faces in public, a Republican sheriff in a rural southwestern swath of the state suggested they should be doing no such thing.

“‘Here’s what I say,’ Lewis County Sheriff Robert Snaza told the crowd outside a church Tuesday [ June 23], carrying a megaphone and sporting his green and beige uniform but no face mask. “Don’t be a sheep.”

“Few of the people cheering on Snaza covered their faces either, according to video of the scene taken by the Daily Chronicle of Centralia, Wash. Indeed, the words on a billboard above the crowd seemed to capture their feeling about the pandemic: ‘Oh, no! A virus. Quick — burn the bill of rights.'”

“With coronavirus infections rapidly spreading across the American South and West and more states making masks a requirement, dozens of sheriffs like Snaza are staging a rebellion against state governments. An adherence to their interpretation of Constitution, they say, comes before any kind of public health advice.”

“Still, two Washington sheriffs insisted they can only “educate” residents instead of strictly enforcing the mask order. Snaza’s twin brother [Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza], who heads up the sheriff’s department in a neighboring county, said he will not require his own deputies to cover their faces, fearing it could put the officers in jeopardy in high-risk situations,” by Teo Armus, The Washington Post. Read more

June 26, 2020

Updates, News for June 26, 2020,
* Thurston distributing cloth masks for low-income persons,
* Record COVID-19 spikes push up hospitalization rates in 16 states,
* Wall Street execs brace for a Biden win as Trump fades in polls,
* Judge rejects Trump family attempt blocking publication of niece Mary Trump’s tell-all book!

Aerial view of JFK Int’l Airport, T-4, 5, 6.
Washington state passengers must quarantine on arrival in NY, CT, NJ.

EU may bar U. S. travelers.
Credit: Photo: Vincenzo Pace, Airway’s Magazine


+ Thurston County distributing cloth masks for low-income individuals, families – More than 128,000 will be distributed to local organizations

+ Black Lives Matter protests haven’t caused spike in coronavirus cases, report finds

+ Thurston County Sheriff’s Office will not criminally enforce state’s mask mandate

+ New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut decided to impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers from current high-risk U.S. States, including Washington

+ Gov. Inslee announces plan for reopening college campuses in the fall

+ Thurston County Unemployment Stands at 14.4 Percent, [while] One-Third of State’s Workforce Has Filed for Unemployment, Commissioner LeVine Says

+ Need a job? McDonald’s says it’s hiring 3,900 workers this summer in Washington state

+ Hands On Children’s Museum readies an array of family programs to start in July

+ Port of Olympia commission set to vote on option agreement for Tumwater land next month

+ Gov. Inslee announces plan for reopening college campuses in the fall

+ CDC estimates up to 150,000 coronavirus-related deaths by July 18

+ Record spikes in U.S. coronavirus cases push up hospitalization rates in 16 states

+ Consumer Fireworks Sales Start June 28


Wall Street execs brace for a Biden win as Trump fades in polls

There could be 10 hidden coronavirus cases for every reported one, CDC director says

Returning to lockdown? Almost two-thirds of Americans support the idea in new survey

Don’t microwave books [to kill COVID-19]: Here are safe ways to use the library in coronavirus pandemic

Don’t let fake contact tracers steal your information. Here’s how to protect yourself

Not just movies: Drive-in concerts, drag shows planned with social distancing in mind– Artists have found ways to perform for fans

New York court tosses lawsuit over Trump family tell-all book

The New York Times: Biden Takes Dominant Lead as Voters Reject Trump on Virus and Race

Jobless claims fell slightly last week, a sign economic recovery is stalling

U.S. GDP fell at 5.0% rate in first quarter; worse is likely on the way

Fed puts restrictions on bank dividends after test finds some banks could be stressed in pandemic

Trump cranks up attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice

From Bolton to Mattis, Trump Faces Aides Turned Adversaries

June 25, 2020

Yelm Senior Center re-opening featured on KIRO-TV 7!

Credit: Yelm Senior Center

“Yelm Senior Center reopens after 3 month COVID-19 closure”

“When KIRO 7 stopped by Tuesday, seven people were there playing pinochle and making up for lost time. Members sat in small groups and a few wore masks.

“Us seniors, we get together, we stick together,’ Ken Engel said.

“Members’ physical health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic is still the main priority, but people said they feel safe at the center and socialization helps their mental health.

“‘We’ve all been in quarantine and none of us have gotten sick, so we’re kind of counting on each other that we’re taking care of business,’ Engel said. ‘I trust all these people, they trust me.’

“The Yelm Senior Center is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.,” by Shelby Miller, KIRO-TV 7 (CBS) News, Seattle. Read more and see the video report.

June 25, 2020

U. S. single-day coronavirus cases hit new high record >36,000!


“US hits record for confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day”

“The United States recorded its highest one day total with more than 36,000 new coronavirus cases. Hospitalizations and caseloads have hit record highs in nearly half a dozen states,” by MSNBC. Click here

June 24, 2020

Thurston County approved by state to move into Phase 3

Credit: Thurston County

Thurston County approved to move to Phase 3

“The Washington State Department of Health approved the Thurston County application to move to Phase 3 on 6/24/20.”

“Subject to the conditions in this approval, the activities and business services listed in Phase III of Governor Inslee’s Phased Approach to Reopening Washington Plan are now permitted in Thurston County. These activities and business services are:

Recreation: Outdoor group recreational sports activities of 50 or fewer people; recreational facilities at <50% capacity (gyms, public pools, etc.), and professional sports without audience participation (horseracing, baseball, etc.)

Gatherings: Allow gatherings with no more than 50 people

Travel: Resume non-essential travel


o Restaurants/taverns <75% capacity and table size no larger than 10

o Bar areas in restaurants/taverns at <25% capacity

o Movie theaters at <50% capacity

o Customer-facing government services (telework remains strongly encouraged)

o LibrariesoMuseums

o All other business activities not yet listed except for nightclubs and events with greater than 50 people

Click here to read the full document.

June 24, 2020

Regional News & Tips for June 24, 2020,
* Yelm-Tenino Trail’s Deschutes bridge closed for repairs,
* Yelm’s Senior Center reopens after 3 months,
* Thurston’s Coroner on pandemic’s costs: suicides!

The Deschutes River trestle adjacent SR 507 and carries the Yelm-Tenino Trail, closes for repair today thru September.
Credit: Eric Rosane, Nisqually Valley News


Section of Yelm-Tenino Trail [over Deschutes River] Closed This Summer

Returning to Their Roots: City of Yelm’s Hometown Staff Grew Up Locally

Timberland Library Pick-up and Return Services Resume at Most Branches

Yelm Senior Center Reopens After Three Months

A Hidden Cost of the Pandemic? Suicides, Says Thurston County Coroner

Over 700 cash-strapped cities halt plans to repair roads, water systems or make other key investments


Inslee announces statewide mask mandate

This Deficiency Could Increase Your COVID-19 Risk by 12x

Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Immune System

Elderberry Can Effectively Reduce Upper Respiratory Symptoms


U.S. Home-Mortgage Delinquencies Reach Highest Level Since 2011

‘Tough on China’ has been key to Trump’s campaign, but Bolton’s book has made that idea hilarious

EU May Ban Travel from US as it Reopens Borders, Citing Coronavirus Failures

Gold rallies to more than 7-1/2 year high on flight to safety

Twitter flagged another Trump tweet for violating its policies

June 23, 2020

Inslee orders wearing masks required statewide beginning Friday

“Gov. Inslee announces statewide mask requirement for Washington”

According to the governor’s office, a public health order from Secretary of Health John Wiesman will take effect Friday, making masks mandatory in indoor or outdoor public places, with some exceptions.

“Some people are exempt from the requirement: people who are deaf or hard of hearing, while they’re communicating, and children under the age of 2. Children ages 3 to 5 are not required to wear facial coverings, but it’s strongly recommended.

“The governor’s office also said there will be times when it’s appropriate to take off a mask, such as sitting at a restaurant at a safe distance from others, or during solo recreation or recreation with household members,” by Alexis Krell, Debbie Cockrell, The Olympian. Read more

June 23, 2020

Yelm’s Bounty for Families co-hosts FREE Online Workshop Wednesday

Credit: Bounty For Families

Dealing with Mud, Manure, & Compost in Your Urban Garden

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Hosted by Thurston Conservation District and Bounty For Families

FREE Online Workshop through the Homegrown Yelm Project, Wednesday, June 24th, 5:30-7:00pm

“Do you raise chickens or other farm animals in an urban setting? Do you compost your kitchen scraps and garden clippings? Check out this workshop for resources, ideas, and best practices for how to safely manage mud, manure, and home compost systems in an urban setting. Great ideas for urban lots and rental properties will be provided. Follow up technical assistance for individuals living in the Yelm area is available through this funding. Online handout packets will be shared with participants and the meeting will be recorded and available after the fact. Closed captioning and Spanish language translation available.”

Register here: https://form.jotform.com/201546330753147

“You will be sent a secure link to join our Go To Meeting event.Questions? Contact Nora White, nwhite@thurstoncd.com or 360-999-3727This project was made possible through funding provided to NACD by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.” Read more

June 22, 2020

Regional News, Tips for June 22, 2020,
* JBLM military exercises today thru July 1,
* Thurston officials worry about COVID-19 cases spike,
* Arctic notes hottest-ever temp. – 100.4 degrees!

What you need to know about upcoming military exercises at JBLM
Soldiers rush to mount a CH-47 Chinook helicopter after completing an air assault mission in 2013. Kimberly Hackbarth, specialist Courtesy, 2013


To be able to rise to 2020’s challenges, we can turn to nature to nurture ourselves

What you need to know about upcoming military exercises at JBLMMonday, June 22 through Wednesday, July 1, the 75th Ranger Regiment will be conducting exercises between JBLM and Satsop Nuclear Power Plant in Elma.

Health officials worry about spike in coronavirus cases as Thurston County applies for Phase 3

Thurston County Distributing More Than 128,000 Cloth Masks for Low-Income Individuals and Families

Even as the economy reopens, Thurston residents are still losing jobs. Here’s why

Regal Martin Village theaters in Lacey getting ready to reopen

Wash. Supreme Court holds school districts liable for employees’ sexual misconduct

Inslee announces additional guidance for weddings and funerals

Strawberries have weathered COVID-19 and a cool spring to arrive with summer – in Yelm


To be able to rise to 2020’s challenges, we can turn to nature to nurture ourselves

Persistently high layoffs suggest recession ‘will be longer-lasting than we expected’

7 Things to Know About Hand Sanitizer

National Parks Are Reopening, but Should You Go?

Vitamin D Combats Viral Infections and Boosts Immune System

Elderly More Likely to Suffer Pandemic Loneliness — Unless they Feel Younger Than Their Age

Spinach, Eggs and Gouda Cheese to Combat COVID?


Arctic records its hottest temperature ever – 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees above the normal high temperature

Hospital bed capacity helps states measure COVID-19 spread. Here’s why it matters

2nd wave of virus cases? Experts say we’re still in the 1st

Jeffrey Epstein Documents Could Expose Powerful Politicians, Businessmen

‘Heartbreaking,’ Say Global Experts, Alarmed at Signs US Has ‘Given Up’ Fight to Stop Covid-19

Boeing takes another huge hit – Qatar Airways pushes back 8-10 years new jet deliveries of the 787-9, 77X, 777-8, 777-9, Drops 737 MAX Orders

The whole world is watching America’s failure

Fauci pledges to speak out if Trump rushes COVID-19 vaccine

World in ‘new and dangerous phase’ of COVID-19 pandemic, warns WHO Chief

In countries keeping coronavirus at bay, experts watch U.S. case numbers with alarm

A QAnon caucus? Fringe conspiracy theory advocates aim for Congress


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