August 31, 2020

Yelm Food Co-op’s award-winning wine buyer to leave,
Say good-by to Anne Marsh before Tuesday evening to wish her well!

Anne Marsh
Credit Yelm Food Co-op

“Every New Beginning Is Some Other Beginning’s End” Green Day

  • Editor’s note: I wish Anne Marsh well on her journey.
  • She brought style, knowledge, and an uplifting demeanor to her job,
  • Anne won 2 KING-5 TV Best of Western Washington awards.
  • Plus 1 NVN Best of Nisqually Valley award.
  • Tuesday will be Anne’s last day as the Co-op’s “Virtuose de Vin”!
  • Yelm has been fortunate to have Anne serving us for 8 years!
  • From the Yelm Food Co-op’s Anne Marsh:

The words of that song came to me [Anne Marsh] the other day as I was reflecting on this journey here at the Co-op. Every ending really is the beginning of something new and every new beginning happens because some other journey has come to an end. Dear Friends, my journey here has come to an end.
It was 8 years ago in August that the phone call came from Lisa Fitkin. “”The Co-op wants someone to do wine tastings or something. You’re really good at that, you should check it out”. That was the start of it all. 

Yes, it was my heart, soul and passion that created Wine Cellar of Yelm. But it was your enthusiasm …. and loyalty ….. and love that sustained my dream and carried it through many transitions including winning TWO BEST OF WESTERN WASHINGTON awards and a Best of Nisqually Valley!  I leave my creation to the Co-op now, and I know it will be your continued passion for all that I taught you about wine, which will carry it through its next transition.

YES there will still be a wine selection … the store remains open. But I won’t be there. The  Co-op will inform you of what is to come.

For now I would simply like to thank you..It has been my absolute joy to create this beautiful little space and fill it with treasures and share my heart with you. Every bottle in there is my heart and soul. YOU have been my absolute joy.

Thank you for eight awesome years together.  

Tuesday September First will be my final day at the Co-op

Please stop in between now and then and say goodbye. You may want to take advantage of one last opportunity to consult with me.  Call the store or E-mail me and let me know what you’d like: I’ll pick out a few bottles for you or build you your very own custom case that I know you’ll love. 💕

Read more from Anne’s last Co-op newsletter.

August 31, 2020

* McClatchy Newspapers under new ownership this week,
* Voter reg. hearing for Thurston Commission candidate C Davis,
* United Airlines permanently eliminates most change fees!

a large airplane flying high up in the air: Alaska Airlines photo.
Alaska Airlines offers a new way to the great outdoors this winter, nonstops to the Grand Tetons skiing.
Credit: Alaska Airlines


+ By Kevin McClatchy, McClatchy Newspapers (owner of The Olympian, Tacoma’s News-Tribune, 49% owner of The Seattle Times): “It’s time to bid farewell — and say thank you”

+ By Craig Forman McClatchy: “You will decide the future of local news” [McClatchy will emerge from bankruptcy, likely on Sept. 4., when ownership will by Chatham Asset Management]

+ JOLT News: Thurston County holds voter registration challenge hearing over C Davis address

+ Voter registration hearing for Thurston candidate C Davis covered more than his address [Ed.note: This person is not capable of answering a simple question about his residency, so has no business being a candidate for public office.]

+ Washington craves pizza from this chain [Papa Murphy’s] the most during pandemic, report says

+ United Airlines permanently eliminates most change fees, adds free standby option

+ Thinking about ski trips? Alaska Airlines is offering a new service out of Seattle

+ Retailers are reporting record online sales during the pandemic. But it won’t last forever

+ We’re doing our best with Zoom. But we’ll still need offices — and each other.

+ JOLT NEWS: Despite dry conditions, wildfires elsewhere, fire season average in Thurston County

+ Zuckerberg says Facebook made mistake not removing militia post


Inside Trump’s pressure campaign on federal scientists over a covid-19 treatment

First Study Shows an Oral Rinse Could Reduce COVID Risk


Senior intelligence officials will no longer brief Congress in person on foreign threats to the 2020 election [Ed. note: See Ratcliffe’s poor performance at his confirmation hearing. Start at 8:00 Click here]

Shift on Election Briefings Could Create an Information Gap for Voters

McGahn argued Kushner’s security clearance should be downgraded: book

Trump swiped $44 billion from FEMA as he undermined unemployment negotiations before Hurricane Laura

Michael Moore warned that Trump’s support among his base is ‘off the charts’, and he is on course to win the presidential election

Trump retweeted a message from the far-right OAN network calling anti-racism protests an attempted ‘coup’

Trump’s favorability and perceptions of COVID-19 response stagnate: POLL

A new ABC/Ipsos poll shows NO Trump post convention bounce

Did an IP address accidentally reveal QAnon’s identity? Who Is QAnon? Was the Poster’s Identity Revealed This Week?

Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President Hardcover – September 1, 2020, by Michael S. Schmidt

The Guardian: Michael Schmidt of the New York Times has written a masterful and alarming account of ‘the struggle to stop a president’

QAnon supporters join thousands at protest against Germany’s coronavirus rules [Ed. Note: Will QAnon incite this in America. Just watch!]

Top U.S. intel official: China wants Trump defeated, Russia is sabotaging Biden

WaPo: The Cybersecurity 202: Ex-DHS official Miles Taylor says Trump is a threat to election security

Ex-DHS official Miles Taylor regrets family separations. Now he’s trying to stop Trump.

Video: A Former DHS Official Says Trump “Purges” Anyone Who Disagrees With Him

Video: Republican Voters Against Trump, Elizabeth Neumann and Miles Taylor on CNN

Fact-checking Trump’s lies is essential. It’s also increasingly fruitless. (the From Scottie Nell Hughes, a paid commentator for CNN during the 2016 campaign, said something startling, live on WAMU’s Diane Rehm radio show: “There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore, [as] facts.”)

Secret Service copes with coronavirus cases in aftermath of Trump appearances

WaPo’s Deputy editorial page editor Ruth Marcus: Trump’s convention was repulsive and dishonest. I fear it was also effective

Social Security fund would run out of money in 3 years if Trump eliminates payroll tax: SSA analysis

IRS guidelines put employers on the hook for Trump’s payroll tax break

NYT’s Maureen Dowd: The Princess [Ivanka] vs. the Portrait in Trumpworld

‘Promises kept’? Not entirely. Here are five pocketbook pledges Trump broke. Candidate Trump’s promises included universal health care, tax hikes for the rich, infrastructure spending and six weeks paid leave for all moms. President Trump hasn’t delivered.

August 30, 2020

Late summer outdoor adventures await at 5 Thurston waterfalls!

Deschutes Falls Park Thurston County Parks Gorge Courtesy of Thurston County
“The gem of Deschutes Falls is a 27-foot waterfall.” Photo courtesy: Thurston County

“5 Waterfalls in Thurston County and Surrounding Area”

“The rushing water cascading down the lush Pacific Northwest foliage and dynamic rocks is a site to behold. Chasing waterfalls in Thurston County is a great way to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Check out these five waterfall hikes in and around Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm.”

Deschutes Falls Park outside Yelm

Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls

Mima Falls near Olympia

Hamma Hamma Falls out 101

Rocky Brook Falls, Hood Canal area

By Alyssa Ramsfield for Thurston Talk. Read more

August 29, 2020

* Military Times: Top general says no role for military in presidential vote,
* Boeing to decide on consolidating 787 assembly plants – could gut WA aircraft industry!

“Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.” Says no role for military in presidential vote. Credit: Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP
  • Editor’s note: Too many important headlines yesterday making impact in America. Choose the ones of interest to you below:


+ I-5 closed overnight this weekend between Fife, Federal Way for bridge work

+ Military Times: Top general says no role for military in presidential vote [Ed. Note: Is General Milley messaging Trump through the media to put him publicly on-notice?]

+ Thursday Night Trash Fire Scorches Land Near Yelm Post Office

+ Nisqually Tribe icon Billy Frank Jr’s. photo featured in Aug. 27 Biden ad (photo at 1:24). 

+ Gov. Inslee updates for Phase 2 and 3 Agritourism COVID-19 Requirements (Hay/Wagon/Train Ride/Haunted Houses/Outdoor corn mazes/animal viewing/playground equipment)

+ Boeing to decide on consolidated 787 assembly plants. If in SC, this ‘could gut Washington State’s Aircraft Industry

+ Thurston candidate C Davis defends registering to vote at ‘non-traditional address’

+ Thurston County COVID-19 cases rise by 17 on Friday to 979 – 22% of all Thurston cases are in the 20s

+ Sea-Tac Int’l Airport announced their air filtration system exceeds the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommendation of MERV 13 Filtration to remove aerosolized viruses, by using MERV 14 filters, which capture 90 percent of COVID-19 sized particles.


Fledgling militia group put out call to arms in Kenosha and 5,000 people responded. Now it’s banned from Facebook after fatal shootings during protests

Zuckerberg says Facebook made ‘operational mistake’ in not taking down militia page

Trevor Noah: ‘Enough with this militia bullshit,’ they’re ‘dudes threatening people with guns’ [Click here for this brilliant analysis.]

U.S. political divide becomes increasingly violent, rattling activists and police

‘It’s chaos’: Postal workers say mail still backlogged, despite DeJoy’s promises [Ed. note: Please vote and cast your ballot at the various drop boxes throughout Thurston County! Trump has ensured the Postal Service’s credibility can not be relied to deliver your ballot on time!]

‘Wild and Timely’ Report Details Infiltration of Far-Right Militias and White Supremacist Groups in US Police Departments

“MUST SEE: Democratic state Rep. John Deberry Jr. [D-TN] delivers an incredibly powerful speech on race in America.”

United is now canceling empty flights — but you won’t find out until check-in

United Airlines confirms largest pilot cuts in 94 years of operation – 2,850

New York City battled back the coronavirus. Now it’s struggling to pay for it. Ed. note: A WARNING OF YELM OF THINGS TO COME! The same issues facing New York and other cities will eventually occur in Yelm, as happened in 2008-2009’s Great Recession and 1999’s bust. Yelm should head this story’s warnings!]


IV High-Dose Vitamin C Saves Critically Ill COVID-19 Patient

Documents Reveal Government’s ‘Corruption and Wrongdoing’ [with FDA]

Coronavirus model projects more than 317,000 US Covid-19 deaths by December

Bloomberg Opinion: Covid-19 is solidifying America’s decline – America Needs President Bill Lincoln

37 at SeaTac federal detention center infected with virus


On August 27th, “Chief Judge Stanley Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington ordered the Trump administration and the USPS to provide documentation about the mail slowdowns within 10 days.

Analysis: To make his argument for re-election, the president can’t admit that he’s in power right now — and the hellscape he projects on his opponent’s election is already here.

Court orders Trump admin to recognize U.S. citizenship of child born to married same-sex couple

Biden’s Campaign registered the domain:

Biden’s speech trounces Trump’s in overnight TV ratings

CNN fact-checker wins night in must-see rapid fire clip where he lists almost two dozen Trump lies

Watchdog groups say convention appearances broke Hatch Act – filed two separate ethics complaints

As QAnon Conspiracy Spreads on the Far Right, Climate Science Deniers Jump Aboard

House Democrats announce contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Forbes: Trump Has Now Moved $2.3 Million Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Private Business

Billionaire Trump friend, donor Ronald Lauder goes quiet on the fundraising front [Lauder is President of the World Jewish Congress and heir of Estée Lauder Companies]

Republican Voters Against Trump has an inspiring new ad

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, confirms resignation over health concerns [Ed. Note: Trump supporter on the world stage and devoted friend for years to America]

The Guardian: The FBI warned for years that police are cozy with the far right. Is no one listening?

Forbes: Trump’s Business Partners Allegedly Involved In Human Trafficking, Mafia Matters, Probable Money Laundering

Secretly recorded audio of Trump’s sister prompts new call for investigation into his admission to Penn

Trump wanted to “maim” and “tear gas” migrants at US-Mexico border, former DHS official claims

August 28, 2020

* I-5 to be closed nights of Aug. 28, 29 in Fife area,
* Thurston County can’t shake COVID
Delta Air Lines adds hand sanitizer stations near boarding doors and lavatories on every Delta aircraft – a first for U.S. airlines. Credit: Delta Air Lines


+ WSDOT: A five-mile stretch of I-5 [Fife to Federal Way] is closing for two consecutive nights this coming weekend – Aug. 28 and 29. Be prepared

+ Thurston County’s Economic Development Council (EDC) announced the first delivery last week of the new Food Security Box program.

+ The Army Corps of Engineers finally rejected Alaska’s disastrous open-pit Pebble gold and copper mega-mine

+ Stressed remote workers turn to renting hotel rooms

+ WA school districts won’t be denied transportation funding for delivery of meals, materials


Thurston County can’t shake COVID

Washington state health officials disagree with CDC guidance on asymptomatic testing

Wealthy nations applaud their leaders’ covid-19 responses. The U.S. and U.K. are the exceptions.

Tracking Coronavirus Cases at U.S. Colleges and Universities

‘A black eye for the CDC’: Director walks back coronavirus testing guidance

That’s not water — it’s hand sanitizer. FDA warns of sanitizer packaged like food

August 28, 2020

Trump proved he’s RNC’s Monarch, not the President of all of America.
Yet Trump received voluminous bad news Thursday!
The choice between something big and a little, little man.” Credit: Ann Telnaes, Washington Post


Hundreds of former aides to George W. Bush, John McCain endorse Biden for president

Father of fallen soldier releases video telling Americans not to trust Trump with their lives

NY Attorney General Letitia James wants Eric Trump’s testimony – The president’s son refused to appear for questions, or produce documents requested, despite a subpoena.

Eric Trump takes 5th in New York probe into Trump Org. finances

New York attorney general probes perplexing Trump Tower Chicago loan deal

Trump must turn over tax returns, does not deserve immunity, Manhattan’s top prosecutor says – Trump has until Monday to respond in writing. Oral arguments are scheduled for Sept. 1 before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

WaPo: Room rentals, resort fees and furniture removal: How Trump’s company charged the U.S. government more than $900,000

The White House threatens reporter [Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold] writing story on Trump’s corruption

Biden trolled Trump with 2-minute ad that will run during renomination speech

Kamela Harris addresses urgent crises in America – “and who we are as a country” [her speech begins at 9:15]

OK to not vote for Trump if you’re GOP, Christian says former DHS official Elizabeth Neumann

Woman who became a citizen on TV did not know she would be part of Republican National Convention

House Homeland Security chair calls for investigation into Chad Wolf’s role in naturalization stunt used for the Trump’s political purposes.

Trump says election workers, not USPS, could lead to 2020 miscount [Ed. Note: While continuing to undermine the election, he fails to provide proof.]

Pelosi vows to get Trump’s tax returns from new Treasury chief if Biden wins

‘Zero remorse’ from Trump for using White House in RNC

The Lincoln Project hits again – this is the 5th Trump attack in less than 36 hours

Major New Study: People Who Live in Red States Die Younger. Conservative Policies Are to Blame.

Top Democrat Demands Postmaster General DeJoy Turn Over All ‘Secret Communications With the Trump Campaign’ – “The Postal Service should be independent and removed from politics. Engaging in undisclosed contacts with Trump campaign officials directly undermines these goals.

Arizona GOP worried Trump and McSally will cost them the state: “Arizonans are fed up” – Trump and McSally’s sagging poll numbers now threaten to flip both chambers of the state legislature to Democrats

August 27, 2020

* Trump: “Who’s going to stop me” using The People’s House for the campaign?
* New milestone of 180,000 COVID-19 deaths today,
* Where is Trump’s empathy for the ravaged Gulf Coast? Tonight is his crowning!

Trump Campaign uses The People’s House for political purposes
Credit: Gabriel Alcala for The Washington Pos

Trump in the news not presented Wednesday at the RNC!

** Where is national leadership on these dual crises **

+ America crossed a milestone today with 180,000 COVID-19 deaths – no day of mourning, no flag at half-staff, no Presidential empathy for the affected families of the deceased. Rather today is an anointment of a despotic king!

+ Laura makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, with ‘unsurvivable’ storm surge for SW Louisiana – a storm to change the map

** Stories belying Trump’s ‘Law & Order’ plans **

Vindman brother files whistleblower complaint alleging retaliation by Trump Administration

FBI official: No evidence of ‘coordinated’ mail-in voter fraud

Fewer voters say they’re voting by mail amid uproar over USPS changes

Pompeo faces probe after brazen RNC speech

Pompeo’s RNC Speech Violated His Own Ethics Guidelines for the State Department

Schiff says FBI hasn’t probed national security risks of Trump’s foreign financial ties [yet!]

Analysis: The president evidently sees strength in deception. Voters seem to be growing wary of the gap between his reality and theirs.

Reminder: The anonymous White House official who wrote ‘A Warning‘ about the Trump administration said in 2019, “Trump will hear from me, in my own name, before the 2020 election

WaPo: As a sale of the National Enquirer collapses, some wonder if the tabloid is too hot to handle [longtime publisher and Trump champion is David Pecker]

The rabbi who is neighbor to Mark and Patricia McCloskey speaks out: ‘They are bullies’

‘Judge not’: priest rejects RNC speaker’s [Lou Holtz] attack on Biden’s faith

I Am a Farmer’s Daughter, and I Don’t Buy Trump’s Promises to Family Farms

Trump losing 2020 is key to “future of civilization,” says ex-Trump insider

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to reinstate abortion drug restrictions [Ed. Note: And this man says he supports women, REALLY???]

Right-Wing Reporter With No Known Health Expertise Is Given Senior Post at FDA

FDA chief’s misstatement erodes trust in public health, experts say

WaPo: The White House abruptly ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stop recommending coronavirus tests for many people exposed to covid-19 infections, alarming health experts.

WAPo: President Trump has repeatedly complained that the country’s infection rates would look better if fewer Americans got tests.

WaPo: The CDC also warned shop workers that they could face threats and violence from customers upset over mask requirements, and advised employees not to argue with barefaced patrons.

CDC’s New Testing Guidelines Appear to Follow Trump’s Call to “Slow the Testing”

** Trump’s “law and order” message undermined by his own officials **

Former Trump Homeland Security Official Elizabeth Neumann Blasts President As a Threat to America: ‘We Are Less Safe Today’

Former chief of staff at Trump’s Department of Homeland Security, Miles Taylor, explains very serious allegations against Trump [CLICK HERE for the video]

Reminder: The anonymous White House official who wrote ‘A Warning‘ about the Trump administration said [this] in 2019, “Trump will hear from me, in my own name, before the 2020 election

August 27, 2020

The Journal of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater (JOLT) breaking story:
County Commission candidate C. Davis accused!

C Davis, aka C Davis Plover, from 2020 campaign materials.
C Davis, aka C Davis Plover, from 2020 campaign materials.
Credit: Elect C Davis campaign

“Candidate for county commissioner accused of sexual harassment”

“Multiple local women come out against C Davis”

By Madeline Shannon of JOLT [used with permission]:

“C Davis, a candidate for the Thurston County Board of Commissioners, allegedly made inappropriate and “creepy” remarks to girls as young as 12 at local churches, offering them flowers and candy and seemingly made a point of trying to find a “child bride” in a church setting.

“Several women — most of whom are now adults — accused Davis on social media in recent days, with one confirming to the JOLT that the Republican candidate made advances to her about 16 years ago.

“The mother of another girl told the JOLT that Davis’s troubling behavior has continued more recently, with her daughter bothered by interactions with him when she was just 13 years old.

“The accusations — which Davis denied, saying he doesn’t “even know” the people raising the issue — were made on Facebook in recent days, after the August 4 primary election.”

“The JOLT spoke with Wargacki, who said the timing of her Facebook post was in response to finding out he is advancing in the primary to the general election and how she felt uncomfortable he was seeking political office. The post had nothing to do with his personal politics, she added.”

Endorsement withdrawn

“It seems the messages are being heard by those who previously endorsed Davis for the county board of commissioners. 

“‘We’re not moving forward with endorsing him,’ said John O’Callahan, chairman of the Thurston County Republican Party. ‘We’re going to step aside and not be affiliated with him.'” Read more

August 27, 2020

* Yelm Cinemas reopening Sept. 4,
* Thurston County Health Officer answers three important questions!
Yelm Cinemas reopens Sept. 4

+ Yelm Cinemas to re-open September 4, for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays showings at 25% capacity, masks or facial coverings will be required. Buy your tickets early.

+ Secretary of State Kim Wyman has issued an emergency rule change that requires county officials to use first-class mail at least 15 days before Election Day when sending ballots to voters in October.

+ JOLT News: New [Thurston] county health officer answers three questions

+ Thurston County unemployment rate rises to 10.4 percent in July

+ Here’s what we know about Tacoma’s USPS sorting machines and mail-in voting

+ JOLT NEWS: [County’s] Solid Waste Management Plan Draft Open for Comments

+ Nation’s poorest areas got billions less in PPP cash than richest, report finds

+ Study of Heart Attack Victims Showed Most Had Normal LDLs

August 26, 2020

* Yelm’s city council rejects Term Limits,
* Plan for I-5 Fife area closure nights of Aug. 28, 29,
* Best of Nisqually 2020 nominations open thru Sept. 3,
* FEMA: Lost Wages Grant for Washington to provide $300 per week!

CNBC: Here’s why new cases of the coronavirus are down across most of the U.S.


+ The Yelm Council Term Limits Ordinance [pg 111] was not authorized [Ed. note: The usual 4-3 vote tally occurred with Councilors Curry, Stillwell, Wood, Kaminski voting “No,” in yet another perfect example of why term limits are necessary here!]

+ FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Washington to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-1

+ Puyallup’s Ezra Meeker lauded in new book for saving the Oregon Trail [by retired Yelm High School history teacher Dennis Larson]

+ Consolidated Communications Wins Silver Stevie® Award for COVID-19 Response

+ WSDOT: A five-mile stretch of I-5 [Fife to Federal Way] is closing for two consecutive nights this coming weekend – Aug. 28 and 29. Be prepared

+ The Yelm Council adopted a resolution authorizing an application to the Recreation and Conservation Office for a grant to design and construct Phase 2 of the Yelm Prairie Line Regional Trail from Yelm into Pierce County. [see page 91 on the hotlink]

+ NVN’s Best of Nisqually 2020 nominations now open thru Sept. 3 [Ed. note: Been a long time since the public has heard from our newspaper’s Editor, so this event is timely and uplifting.]

+ NVN: Yelm Prairie Lanes Prepares for Return

+ NVN: Yelm Secures Funding to Finish Mossman-Longmire Connection

+ Thurston County is currently ranked third in the state for response to the 2020 Census

+ Here’s why new cases of the coronavirus are down across most of the U.S.

+ American Airlines is cutting 19,000 jobs when federal aid expires in October

+ We are acting ‘immorally, unethically and self-destructively’ -Al Gore [about our planet]


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