June 30, 2021

* Portland’s 116 degrees hotter than Dallas, Miami and L.A. have ever been,
* OlyFed Sets New Record of Giving, Volunteerism,
* ‘Outlandish’ forecasts in NW suggest a feared climate reality is here decades early!

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“The recent weather in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver has little precedent in at least four decades.”
Credit: The New York Times


+ KING-5 TV: Washington state to reopen Wednesday, ending more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions

+ The Weather Channel: The Dallesport Airport just across the Columbia River from The Dalles, Oregon, apparently tied an all-time record high for Washington state, soaring to 118 degrees Monday. Another location in the Olympic Peninsula also reached 118 degrees Monday.

+ NBC News: Portland, Ore., soared to 116 degrees — hotter than Dallas, Miami and L.A. have ever been. Portland hit the third-highest temperature ever recorded in a major U.S. city.

+ The Weather Channel: A Running List of All-Time Heat Records Broken in Pacific Northwest, Western Canada

+ Truthout: Northwest Heat Wave Is a Symptom of Terrifying Runaway Climate Feedback Loops

+ NBC News: ‘Outlandish’ forecasts in Northwest suggest a feared climate reality is here decades early

+ The Tri-City Herald: Observatory near Tri-Cities makes scientific history. Here’s the latest discovery – detecting a collision of a black hole and a neutron star for the first time

+ South Sound Business: OlyFed Sets New Record of Giving and Volunteerism


NBC News: House to vote to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol [Ed. note: Would 10 Republicans in the Senate vote with the Democrats to approve this bill? Doubtful!]

The Daily Kos: After new discrimination laws, California bans state-funded travel to five states

Truthout: Arizona Will Spend Millions to Replace Voting Machines Compromised by GOP “Audit” – “will likely cost millions in taxpayer dollars, but election officials were left without a choice after the “auditors” failed to properly secure the voting machines and ballots.”


The Daily Kos: trump’s July 4 rally in Alabama cancelled. Access denied! – “commissioners were concerned that Trump’s appearance on Saturday ‘was going to be a partisan political event, rather than just a patriotic event planned for that evening.'”

George T. Conway III via The Washington Post: America owes thanks to Trump’s lawyers — even William Barr

June 29, 2021

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June 29, 2021

* Monday’s 3rd consecutive day above 100 degrees breaks records,
* Thurston Auditor seeks August 3 Primary Election observers,
* Trump Org. lawyers last-ditch effort to avoid NY charges!

Road Temps Monday.
Credit: WSDOT via KIRO-7 TV, Seattle


+ The Olympian: Yelm’s Timberland library re-opens today as a local cooling center, joining Yelm’s Senior Center

+ The Olympian: Olympia’s all-time record high of 110 degrees on June 28th broke the previous record high of 105 degrees, set June 27, 2021.

+ KING-5 TV: It’s unlikely Washington will have another extreme heat wave this summer

+ NBC News: Pacific Northwest has one of the most intense heat waves ever

+ Thurston County Auditor: Logic & Accuracy Test ahead of the August 3 Primary Election; Seeks Observers

+ Thurston Talk: City of Yelm Re-Organizes to Streamline Services in Preparation for Retirement of Long-Time Employee

+ The Olympian: Thurston commissioners continue to debate major property expansion

+ San Antonio Express News: GIs, families celebrate a pandemic milestone at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston – Yelm’s Pvt. Adrian Cisneros honored as 1 of 13 grads [Ed. note: Congratulations to Pvt. Cisneros!]

+ The Olympian: Thurston County bans discharge of consumer fireworks this July 4 – where you can watch allowed fireworks

+ Airliner Watch: Boeing 777X won’t get approval from FAA before mid-2023 [Ed. note: This is another blow to this aircraft’s development.]

+ The Washington Post via MSN: Canada sets record temperature of almost 116 degrees amid heat wave, forecasts of even hotter weather [recorded in Lytton, B.C. just 1 degree shy of Las Vegas’ hottest temperature on record and hotter than the all-time record highs for 31 states, including several in the South.]


Truthout: GOP Congressional Candidate Used Campaign Funds to Take Part in Capitol Breach

NBC News: Collapsed Florida building residents told it was safe, despite ‘major structural damage’

NBC News: Clarence Thomas says federal laws against marijuana may no longer be necessary

Truthout: As Delta Variant Spreads, WHO Urges Masks and Social Distancing


The Wall Street Journal: Trump Organization Lawyers Make Last-Ditch Effort to Avoid New York Charges

Politico: Trump lawyer: Manhattan DA won’t charge former president – Cy Vance’s team plans to bring narrowly focused charges in its probe of the Trump Organization, Ron Fischetti claims.

Business Insider: Trump Organization executives can’t stomach prison time and may flip if faced with criminal charges, former EVP says

Mother Jones: Documents Show Ivanka Trump Didn’t Testify Accurately in Inauguration Scandal Case – She said she played no role in planning inaugural events. These records suggest otherwise.

James D. Zirin, a former federal prosecutor: Trump is suing New York over a golf course. That could be a big mistake. Litigation was the former president’s way of doing business for decades, but now he has criminal exposure to consider

Rachel Maddow Blog: Bill Barr corrupted the Justice Department, but not quite enough for Donald Trump. In this story, there are no heroes. Quoting this important observation in the story, “All of this is notable as a matter of understanding the details of what transpired, but I have a follow-up question: why was the Senate Republicans’ leader [McConnell] discussing partisan election strategies with the then-attorney general?”

HuffPost: ‘Utterly Deranged’ Trump Has Full Meltdown Over Bill Barr, Mitch McConnell – The former president attacked the two key figures who enabled his agenda, calling them “spineless RINOs.”

June 28, 2021

* Yelm cooling center available today at Yelm’s Senior Center,
* Western WA. sees hottest day on record,
* In Trump Admin’s last months, AG Barr finally had enough: Report!

Heat wave timeline: Excessive Heat Warning for Washington state extended through Tuesday
Credit: KING-5 TV News, Seattle


+ City of Yelm: Yelm Senior Center opens cooling center for public and pets!

+ KING-5 TV: Know the signs of heat illness and take steps to prevent dehydration as it heats up in Washington – Dizziness, nausea, headaches and muscle cramps are all signs of heat illness.

+ The Olympian: Here’s how hot it got in Western Washington Sunday. And it’s supposed to be hotter Monday – Oly hit a record 105!

+ KING-5 TV News: Heat wave timeline: Western Washington sees hottest June day on record – Sunday also marked one of the first times in the state’s climate record that Sea-Tac had two consecutive days above 100 degrees, including records that date back to 1894.

+The News Tribune (Tacoma) via MSN: When will the heat wave in Western Washington end? Monday night

+ KING-5 TV: Here’s how rapidly your car heats up in the sun

+ McClatchy News: Why is it taking so long to get relief money to renters? Thurston County has distributed $4.1 of its $25 million of federal rent assistance. More state money is on the way.

+ The Olympian: Organizers cancel Capital Lakefair for second straight year – Organizers say they will try again in 2022.

+ KING-5 TV: How to build your own DIY air conditioner


Stundin: Key witness in Assange case admits to lies in indictment – A maj­or wit­n­ess in the United States’ Depart­ment of Justice ca­se against Ju­li­an Assange has admitted to fabricat­ing key accusati­ons in the indict­ment against the Wiki­leaks found­er. [Ed. note: To quote Edward Snowden: “This is the end of the case against Julian Assange.”]

The Washington Post: 2 secretaries of state undercut Trump’s fraud claims in key, GOP-controlled states. Republicans have now voted to strip both of power.

MSNBC Opinions: Why DOJ’s Georgia election lawsuit is a warning shot to SCOTUS – AG Garland intends to use the what’s left of the Voting Rights Act to the full extent possible.

Prism: Organizers Are Calling on Congress to Close Loophole That Enables Prison Slavery

Sludge: Biden Plans to Enact Trump Rule Allowing Drug Companies to Price Gouge on Life-Saving Treatments


+ The Atlantic: Inside William Barr’s Breakup With Trump – In the final months of the administration, the doggedly loyal attorney general finally had enough. “Donald Trump is a man consumed with grievance against people he believes have betrayed him, but few betrayals have enraged him more than what his attorney general did to him. To Trump, the unkindest cut of all was when William Barr stepped forward and declared that there had been no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, just as the president was trying to overturn Joe Biden’s victory by claiming that the election had been stolen.”

+ MSNBC Opinions: Why Giuliani’s suspension is bad news for Trump’s legal team

+ The Daily Kos: Trump aides drafted Insurrection Act proclamation to deploy military against D.C. protests last June

+ The Daily Kos: Trump encouraged white supremacists to join Jan. 6 event, then his team helped them hide from police

+ The Daily Kos: Likely Trump Org indictment could mean big trouble for Trump hotels, liquor licenses

+ Vanity Fair (From June 2017, instructive today): How Donald Trump and Roy Cohn’s Ruthless Symbiosis Changed America – In 1973, a brash young would-be developer from Queens met one of New York’s premier power brokers: Roy Cohn, whose name is still synonymous with the rise of McCarthyism and its dark political arts. With the ruthless attorney as a guide, Trump propelled himself into the city’s power circles and learned many of the tactics that would inexplicably lead him to the White House years later.

June 27, 2021

Last week’s key stories from America’s cartoonists!

A climate change denier suffers heatstroke in this Breen cartoon
Climate change is a hoax?
Credit: Steve Breen, The Union Tribune (San Diego)
The sentencing
Credit: Steve Sak, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial Cartoon.
Watch for the crocodiles
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times
Jack Ohman: The truth isn’t out there ...
The truth isn’t out there
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
The Republican Agenda
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
Moving Mount McConnell
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times
Rudy Giuliani
Credit: Steve Sak, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
editorial cartoon
White Supremacy vs. CRT
Credit: Chris Britt, Creators Syndicate

June 26, 2021

* Burn Ban now in effect thru Sept. 30.
* (Consumer) fireworks banned nearly everywhere in county, includes sparklers!

Burn ban: Thurston County has banned all yard-waste and land-clearing fires through Sept. 30, 2021.
Burn ban: Thurston County banned all yard-waste and land-clearing fires through Sept. 30th.
Credit: Image by Stephan Pietzko via JOLT News

+ McClatchy News: Thurston County Fire Marshal announces burn ban due to hot weather conditions – in effect through Sept. 30.

+ JOLT NEWS: Burn ban effective immediately – Applies to residential yard waste burning and all land clearing burns — but not BBQs.

+ Washington State Department of Natural Resources: DNR Warns of Statewide Weekend Fire Danger, Implements New Burn Restrictions

+ JOLT News: (Consumer) fireworks banned nearly everywhere in county including sparklers.

June 26, 2021

* COVID-related capacity limits now removed at most cooling centers,
* WA. blood banks, hospitals issue urgent call for donors,
* Trump Org. could face criminal charges next week!

Washington’s Lighthouse loop
Browns Point Lighthouse Park
Credit: Metro Parks Tacoma

+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: COVID-related capacity limits now removed at publicly owned or operated, and non-profit cooling centers.

+ Yelm Timberland Library: This facility will be available as a cooling center Saturday and Tuesday.

+ The Seattle Times: Washington Blood Banks, Hospitals Issue Urgent Call for Donors Amid Critical Shortage

+ South Sound Business: In the South Sound and beyond, golf has surged since the pandemic — with many courses setting records.

+ AAA WA: Best Scenic Drives in Washington [Ed. note: Excellent ideas for summer.]

+ AAA WA: Lighthouse loop – This loop showcases some of Washington’s best lighthouses, with a drivable route that begins and ends in Seattle.


NBC News: Justice Department announces challenge to Georgia’s restrictive voting law

CNBC: Big Oil’s increasing number of climate lawsuits draws parallels to Big Tobacco

The Points Guy: Secretary of State says US borders will remain closed for EU citizens


Law & Crime: Trump Organization Could Face Criminal Charges as Soon as Next Week: Reports

Politico: DHS is concerned about Trump reinstatement conspiracy theory, top official says

CNN: Pence contradicts Trump on January 6, calling plan to decertify 2020 election “un-American”

PR Watch: ALEC Lawmakers Look to Spread Arizona-Style Election Audits to Other States

The Washington Post: How Trump’s blunders fueled our coronavirus nightmare

ABC News: Pro-Trump Republicans determined to oust GOP incumbents

June 25, 2021

Yelm Senior Center opens cooling center for public and pets!

May be an image of text that says 'Beat THE HEAT Yelm Senior Center COOLING CENTER June 25- June 28'
Credit: City of Yelm Government Facebook

Beat the heat at the Yelm Senior Center (16530 103rd Ave SE). They will be opening their doors to anyone in need, along with their well-behaved pets. We appreciate members of the community coming together to look out for their neighbors in need. Thank you!

Cooling Center Hours:

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Monday: Noon to 8:00 p.m.

June 25, 2021

* In heat: No amount of time is safe leaving children/pets in cars,
* Defund the military? GOP’s anti-woke crusade is dicey,
* Pelosi announces select committee to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot!

Climate change has plunged the Western U.S. into its worst drought in two decades.
Lowest water levels in Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam since the 1930s this week.
Credit: Justin Lane/EPA, via Shutterstock and The New York Times Morning Report.


+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Inslee announces eviction moratorium “bridge”

+ City of Yelm: Updated City of Yelm Organizational Chart as Community Development Director Beck leaves city in August

+ The Olympian: Hands on Children’s Museum in Olympia splashes into summer with new exhibits

+ AAA Washington: There is No Safe Amount of Time to Leave Children or Pets in a Car


The Washington Post via MSN: Defund the military? GOP’s anti-woke crusade dips into dicey territory.

NBC News: Pelosi announces select committee to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Truthout: Terrifying UN Draft Climate Report Urges Total Transformation of Our Way of Life – Beyond the dire warnings in the report, the assessment of current efforts to curtail climate disruption is damning.

CNN: US government seizes dozens of US website domains connected to Iran [Ed. note: Trevor Timm tweeted: “The US government unilaterally censoring websites on a global scale based on vague “disinformation” claims. Glad we can be assured this power definitely won’t be abused or copied, or backfire.”]

Common Dreams: Only U.S. and Israel Vote Against Resolution Demanding End to Blockade of Cuba [Ed. note: Hopefully, the Biden Administration will cease this Trump Admin. policy relic.]

McClatchy News: US life expectancy drops most since WWII, study says — COVID deaths aren’t only reason – Hispanic and Black people saw the largest drops in life expectancy in 2020 compared to white people.


The Washington Post: Inside the extraordinary effort to save Trump from covid-19

CNBC: Rudy Giuliani suspended from practicing law in New York over false statements about Trump election loss

MSNBC: ‘Dangerous game’: NY prosecutor says Trump Org execs in serious legal jeopardy

The Daily Kos: Jarvanka desperate to erase the memory of being Trump’s de facto “chiefs of staff”

Truthout: House Judiciary Committee Examining Who Ordered [Trump] DOJ Subpoenas on Democrat Lawmakers

Reuters: Biden backers sue ‘Trump Train’ members, police over campaign bus incident

June 24, 2021

Historically significant Heat Wave brings dangerous temperatures this weekend,
* What To Do During a Heat Wave!

Yelm temps in the 100s this weekend,
Credit: The Weather Channel


+ The Weather Channel: Potentially Historic Northwest Heat Wave Likely to Bring Dangerous, Record-Breaking Temperatures – “Seattle is expected to soar well into the mid or upper 90s, which would beat Sea-Tac Airport’s daily record highs for Saturday (90 degrees), Sunday (92 degrees) and Monday (91 degrees). Sea-Tac is likely to approach its all-time June record high of 96 degrees, and it could come within a few degrees of its all-time record of 103 degrees set in July 2009.”

+ National Weather Service, Seattle: Excessive Heat Watch from FRI 2:00 PM PDT until MON 5:00 PM PDT for the South Sound [Ed. note: Yelm high temperatures predicted to be in the 100s Saturday through Monday]

+ Olympia Regional Airport: All-time record high temperature was 104 degrees on August 9, 1981 and tied on July 29, 2009 – The all-time high for any June was 101°F on June 30, 1942. The all time high for any July [the area’s hottest month, on average] was 102 F (39 C) set July 20, 1994. To be in the 100s for June is historically significant and portends a long, hot summer.

+ City of Yelm Twitter: Check here often for Cooling Center openings to be posted.

What To Do During a Heat Wave

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
  • Read more from the American Red Cross


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