February 28, 2021
February 27, 2021
Ever wonder about the naming of Yelm’s Vancil Road? PVT Edwin Harold “Buddie” Vancil featured on podcast!
Marine Corps PVT Edwin Harold Vancil, 19, killed in World War II, remains unaccounted-for.
“Private Vancil was with his brothers in Charlie Company of the 2nd Tank Battalion when they landed on Betio as part of Operation: GALVANIC. The mission of the 2nd Marine Division was to secure the island in order to control the Japanese airstrip in the Tarawa Atoll; thereby preventing the Japanese Imperial forces from getting closer to the United States, and enabling US forces to get closer to mainland Japan. It would become one of the bloodiest battles in the Corps history.
“It was November 20, 1943 (D-Day for the “Battle of Tarawa”), when young Bud – just 19 years old – perished. He was reportedly soon buried in Cemetery #17 on Betio Island – a temporary location chosen by his fellow Marines, the survivors of the battle, until the Fallen could be recovered and returned to their families.
“Having a loved one away from home during the holidays is always trying; however, having a son or husband off fighting in the war left the whole family on edge. The fact that this battle took place just before Thanksgiving meant that most of the families, who had unknowingly earned their Gold Star, would receive their heart-wrenching telegrams on Christmas Eve – some Christmas Day or even New Years Day.
“For his service and sacrifice, Bud’s family accepted the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation.” Read more
+ Podcast Episode 53 – Two Heroes Buried Side By Side; But Only One Came Home – History’s Military Mysteries – Missing in Action featuring the Case of Private Edwin Vancil
February 27, 2021
* High school students recommended to return to classes, * Chief of Cherokee Nation asks Jeep to stop tribe’s name use, * Trump’s accountant expected to now flip in D.A. inquiry!
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HuffPost: Revealed: Meet The Trump Fanatic Who Tasered A Cop At The Capitol Insurrection
The New York Times: Chief of Cherokee Nation Asks Jeep to Stop Using Tribe’s Name
CNN: Arizona Republicans propose giving lawmakers — not election officials — final review of election results [Ed. note: Voter suppression is on full offensive in swing states!]
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MSNBC’s 11th Hour with Brian Williams: McConnell would back Trump in 2024 after blaming him for riot [Ed. note: McConnell is only after one thing, abject power. He will do or say anything, and shift his stands to regain majority leadership in the Senate in 2022. Whatever it takes. Nothing else matters; not to legislate, not to build consensus in the Senate, not caring about the American public. ONLY power for himself!]
February 26, 2021
Councilmember DePinto awarded with Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership
- Ed. note: Councilor DePinto is the only Yelm city council member who has received the Assn. of WA. Cities (AWC) Certificate of Municipal Leadership (2020) and the AWC Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (2021).
- Congratulations to Councilor DePinto. This achievement is to Yelm’s benefit with Joe in city government!
From the media release:
"Joe DePinto, City Councilmember, Yelm, Washington recently received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). "AWC’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership program recognizes city and town elected officials for accomplishing training in four core areas: * Roles, responsibilities and legal requirements * Public sector resource management * Community planning and development * Effective local leadership "Those who earn the advanced certificate continue to strive for excellence by attending conferences and trainings, serving their community, and further developing leadership skills. "'Cities and towns around the state are continually transforming in light of changing laws and the need to meet new challenges and opportunities,' said AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King. "Our Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership recognizes mayors and councilmembers who continue to enhance the tools they need today to understand the legal landscape, plan for the future, manage their resources, and foster strong relationships. The elected officials who earn this certificate demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and a desire to bring new ideas back to their community." "To earn the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership, Councilmember DePinto completed more than 60 hours of training credits and demonstrated community service. He is the first councilmember from the City of Yelm to achieve this certification. "Councilmember DePinto was first elected to the Yelm City Council for the 2016-2019 term and then reelected for the 2020-2023 term. Over the years Councilmember DePinto has served on many committees and local boards including the Yelm Public Safety Committee, Yelm Finance Committee, Yelm Public Works Committee, Yelm Economic Development Committee, South Thurston Economic Development Initiative, Co-Chair of the Yelm Homelessness Taskforce and as a board member of the Thurston Economic Development Council. He has championed efforts to increase public safety, led the charge to lower water rates and fought to increase transparency in local government. "AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington's 281 cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. AWC also provides training, data and publications, and programs such as the AWC Employee Benefit Trust, AWC Risk Management Service Agency, AWC Workers’ Comp Retro, AWC Drug and Alcohol Consortium, and AWC GIS Consortium."
February 26, 2021
* Trade request or not, Russell Wilson seems upset in Seattle, * Inslee pauses WA. reopening plan at Phase 2,* 4 things to do in Thurston County’s Phase Two!
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Olympia & Beyond: 4 Things To Do in Phase Two in Thurston County
February 26, 2021
* Nursing home deaths have plummeted, * House passes sweeping LGBTQ rights bill, * Prosecutors receive Trump’s tax, financial, and auditors’ reports!
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CBS News: House passes sweeping LGBTQ rights bill
UPI: VP Harris Swears-in UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Washington, DC [Ed. note: The second African American woman to hold this job.]
Air France: Proudly presents its new safety video, taking you on a stroll through the most beautiful places in France: the Paris Opera, the Château de Versailles, the iconic Eiffel Tower and the legendary Hotel Martinez. [Ed. note: Very clever video, has me dreaming of my next Air France flights! Spring is in the air.]
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February 25, 2021
Free recycling drop off at Yelm Public Works starts March 1st.
- From City Council member Joe DePinto:
“I am really excited to announce that the City of Yelm will be offering a free recycling service to folks in Yelm (and you don’t have to live inside the city limits to utilize the service). Starting next week on March 1st, you can go to Yelm’s Public Works, located at 901 NW Rhoton Rd, and drop off common recycling items such as plastic, aluminum cans and cardboard (No glass currently but for the full list look at the pic below). They will be open for drop off from Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (extended hours/days will be considered depending on demand).
“This was discussed on the Public Works Committee I sit on a few weeks ago, but officially announced [February 23] at our City Council meeting. Lemay and the City of Yelm are partnering to provide this FREE service. At no cost to the taxpayers, I am 100% behind this program which is meant to encourage waste reduction and enhance environmental sustainability.
“So if you don’t have recycling services currently, your own bin is overflowing, or you have a bunch of recyclable junk hanging around…drop it off at the Public Works recycling area starting March 1st!” #ThisIsOURTown
February 25, 2021
* Yelm Police Dept. provides neutral meetup spot, * Lacey warehouse operator hosts hiring event Saturday,* WA. House aims to close Tacoma’s NW immigration jail!
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Associated Press: Washington House aims to close Tacoma’s Northwest immigration jail
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The Washington Post: QAnon-induced conspiracies are tearing families apart
The Points Guy: Cruise lines have officially started to cancel Alaska sailings [Ed. note: Impacting the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia!]
NBC News: Americans are identifying as LGBTQ more than ever, poll finds – 1 in 6 members of Gen Z identify as something other than heterosexual.
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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion while president
February 24, 2021
Wireless Emergency Alert test message Thursday, 11am, ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Delivery comes to WA. this May!
From the City of Yelm:
“On Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11 am the @waEMD and the @USGS_WA will jointly send a Wireless Emergency Alert test message to wireless devices in King, Pierce and Thurston counties. To opt in to these messages or for more information visit: https://mil.wa.gov/alerts.”
February 24, 2021
* Yelm announced August retirement of Grant Beck, * Yelm to re-open recycling bins in a trial, * Thurston County jail COVID-19 outbreak improves!
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City of Yelm: Last night, City Administrator Graham announced the retirement of Community Development Director Grant Beck effective this August [start at 17:35] – Ed. Note: The city now seeks 2 department heads, Finance and Community Development.
City of Yelm: Announced a trial run re-opening the recycle bins at Public Works beginning March 1st, Monday thru Fridays [start at 17:00]
Associated Press: Utility disconnection moratorium extended until July 31
The News Tribune (Tacoma): WA Supreme Court throws out think tank’s [The Freedom Foundation] attack on union political activity
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The Wall Street Journal: The One Shot NBA Players Might Not Take: The Covid Vaccine
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The New York Times: Texas ERCOT Managers Resign After Widespread Storm Outages