July 31, 2021

Introducing Yelm’s BioSmart Research,
Pain management dispensary opens here August 3rd!

Clinical and scientifically verified formulations using CBD for pain management
BioSmart Research’s CEO Renee Searle.
Credit: BioSmart Research

BioSmart Research Announces Break Through Cannabinoid Isolate Formulas with Potential Health Benefits

  • Editor’s note: I recently received a Press Release from BioSmart Research with a Yelm address. I contacted the company and spoke with CEO Renee Searle about the business and in choosing to be based in Yelm. The following is what I learned:

Renee Searle moved to Rainier, WA in 1992.  Renee saw a need for job opportunities in Yelm where her offices were located.  By 2008, BioSmart employed 42 people at the airport facility.   In 2008 she purchased the commercial complex at the Yelm Airport where her various businesses have flourished.  The recession of 2008 brought about an abrupt reduction in staff.  Renee is currently looking to expand her domestic distribution opportunities from her offices at the Yelm airport using local talent and resources.

BioSmart Research is opening a CBD dispensary on August 2 at its corporate headquarters located at the Yelm Airport on Cook Rd.

BioSmart Research is a Yelm-based CBD isolate manufacturer that specializes in pain management formulas that are totally THC-free.  BioSmart makes custom formulas with Hemp extracts that are known to have health benefits for those suffering from pain, anxiety, and a host of other cannabinoid deficiencies. 

BioSmart’s dispensary is on the second floor of its corporate headquarters located at 18324 Cook Rd. at the Yelm airport.

The dispensary offers 38 products including tinctures, analgesic balms, vaping supplies, and skincare products.  BioSmart’s professional formulas contain 7-12 times the amount of CBD and terpenes found on most internet sites, at a fraction of the price.  Biosmart’s products come with a money-back guarantee. 

BioSmart’s products are distributed nationwide through doctors and health care providers but are also available to the general public because there are no psychoactive ingredients in their formulas.

The dispensary will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 daily M-F starting on August 3.

The dispensary offers free counseling and samples as well as referrals to qualified physicians who specialize in cannabinoid therapies.  Discounts of 30-50% are available when purchasing from the dispensary directly.

BioSmart is looking for a lab assistant and a marketing strategist for the Thurston county area.  Those interested can contact Renee directly at 360-888-2893.

July 30, 2021

45 days and counting – June 15 was last measurable precipitation here!
The record dry spell length is 55 days, set in 2017!
Heat advisory in effect through Saturday night!

A group of kayakers shares space with a pair of ducks near the Hiram M. Chittenden Ballard Locks, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, under sunny skies in Seattle. Photo: AP PhotoTed S. Warren

Today marks 45 consecutive days without any measurable precipitation

June 15 was the last day with measurable precipitation. The record dry spell length of 55 days was set in 2017. That broke the previous record of 51 consecutive dry days in 1951.

  • Ed. note: The dry season historically begins here after July 10th. This year, the last date of any measurable rainfall was June 15. There is no rain in the forecast for the rest of July. And August is usually the driest and hottest month.

Click here for the statistics from NOAA at Olympia’s Regional Airport. Then click in the month under View Station Data.

+ Heat Advisory from THU 11:00 PM PDT until SAT 11:00 PM PDT

The WA. Department of Ecology offers some of these water saving tips on its website:

  • Use a leak-free, high efficiency toilet, and use a wastebasket for trash.
  • Turn off the water while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • If you take a bath, plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.
  • Turn off the water while you lather when washing your hands.
  • Thaw foods in the refrigerator overnight instead of using water.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and make sure to use the appropriate water level or load size selection when washing clothes.

July 30, 2021

* Inslee, other Western governors meet with Biden on wildfires,
* Tim’s Pharmacy & Gift Shop one of “9 Legacy Businesses to Know,”
* GOP’s Kinzinger Tells CNN “Nobody Actually Believes the Election Was Stolen”!

The sun rises over downtown Boise, Idaho, through a haze of smoke from wildfires burning throughout the West – Monday, July 26, 2021. . (Darin Credit: Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP


+ The Olympian: Inslee, other Western governors to meet with Biden on wildfires Friday

+ City of Yelm: Yelm City Council Seeks Members to Serve on For or Against [fireworks] Committee

+ Thurston County Auditor: Ballots and Drive-Through Voter Assistance Available for August 3 Primary Election

+ NVN: Yelm Readies for Initial Design Work to Complete ‘Civic Center’ – Planned Education and Innovation Center Will Add Another Facet to Yelm’s City Campus

+ JOLT News: Joint-Base Lewis McChord seeks public comments to improve community services

+ NVN: District Faces Public Outcry Over Fall Reopening Plan – Current DOH Rules Require Face Coverings for Students in School Settings

+ South Sound Business: Tim’s Pharmacy & Gift Shop one of “9 Legacy Businesses to Know”

+ AAA: Driving the Scenic Pacific Northwest Coast in an Electric Vehicle

+ NVN: City Hires Three to Fill Staffing Needs

+ City of Yelm: After 18 years and 5,334 hours of service, Reserve Officer Mike Baker is retiring from Yelm P.D.


KSDK-5 TV St. Louis: CDC calls for fully vaccinated individuals to be tested for COVID-19 following exposure even if asymptomatic

UCSF Cardiology: Coffee Doesn’t Raise Your Risk for Heart Rhythm Problems – No Link Between Coffee Consumption and Arrhythmia

The Washington Post: 890-million-year-old fossils may be oldest sign of animal life on Earth, Canadian geologist says

Truthout: We Need Genuine International Cooperation to Tackle the Climate Crisis

Truthout: Analysis Shows GOP Can Take Control of Congress by Gerrymandering Just 4 States


NBC News: Officer Michael Fanone received threatening, expletive-laced voicemail as he testified about Jan. 6 – The caller repeated former President Donald Trump’s false claim that the presidential election was stolen.

Truthout: GOP’s Kinzinger Tells CNN “Nobody Actually Believes the Election Was Stolen”

July 29, 2021

InGenius! Gallery’s ribbon cutting July 30, 11am!

InGenius! Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Grand Opening of InGenius! Local Artisan Gallery & Boutique in Yelm,
Friday, July 30, 11am, in the former JZ-Rose store

InGenius! Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHEN: Friday, July 30, 11am

WHERE: 207 1st Street S, Yelm, former location of JZ-Rose

+ NVN: New Galley (sic) Hopes to Revitalize Yelm’s Art Scene

July 29, 2021

* Universal masking recommended in WA. indoor public spaces,
* Gov. Inslee: students, staff required to wear masks,
* Bill DeVore retires from YPD to run 507 Taproom!

Gov, Insee recommended Wednesday universal masking in indoor public spaces for most Washington counties
Credit: KING-5 TV


+ KING-5 TV: Officials recommend universal masking in indoor public spaces for most Washington counties – The new guidance is in line with the CDC’s recent reversal for counties with “high” and “substantial” transmission risk for COVID-19.

+ The Olympian: Students, staff required to wear masks as they return to school, Washington governor says

+ Thurston County Auditor: License plate shortage will require Auditor Licensing Services and Subagents to issue paper plates

+ KING-5 TV: Light wildfire smoke moving into western Washington

+ Thurston Talk: From Precinct to Pub: Bill DeVore Retires from Yelm Police Department to Run 507 Taproom Full-Time

+ CNBC: Boeing posts surprise profit as aircraft demand rebounds from pandemic slump


NBC News: $550 billion infrastructure spending deal passes key test vote in Senate – after Trump decries the bill

ABC News: US reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the world [Ed. note: Now just why is that when the U.S. has one of the leading rates of vaccination? Breakthrough cases are on the rise.]

NBC News: Pfizer says vaccine’s power wanes over time. Are you still protected?

CNN: The Justice Department put states and local officials on notice of their federal obligations when conducting post-election audits and dictating the rules for casting ballots.

CNBC: State AGs plan to fight court dismissal of their antitrust claims against Facebook

Daily Kos: The climate crisis is here, steadily getting worse, and should be treated like an emergency

Edward Snowden: Daniel Hale, one of the great American Whistleblowers, was sentenced to four years in prison. His crime was telling this truth: 90% of those killed by US drones are bystanders, not the intended targets. [“Hale, 33, told a federal judge he felt compelled to leak about a program that he believed was indiscriminately killing civilians in Afghanistan.’}

Gizmodo: Snowden: People Who Bankroll the Spyware Industry Should Be in Prison


The Washington Post: As Trump pushed for probes of 2020 election, he called acting AG Rosen almost daily

MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber: Trump under oath in 2021? New DOJ ruling rattles Trumpworld

Law & Crime: Trump Family Loses Big Appeals Court Fight to Force Fraud and Deceptive Practices Lawsuit into Secret Arbitration

The Hill: Arizona Senate liaison overseeing audit will quit

Sidney Blumenthal in Veterans Today: What did Jim Jordan know about the insurrection and when did he know it? I have some questions for the Republican congressman about events at the US Capitol on 6 January

Truthout: Jim Jordan Admits on Fox News That He Spoke to Trump on January 6. It’s why he should probably expect a subpoena.

MSNBC Opinions: The Jan. 6 committee may succeed where Trump impeachment efforts failed

July 28, 2021

Take precautions for 90 degree heat today thru Saturday!

Credit: Rory Siegel Photography & Fine Art, ©2021. Used with permission.

90 degree heat today through Saturday – Take Precautions

These days are the warmest of the year annually.

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

July 28, 2021

* Yelm fills Arts Commission members,
* Emergency rooms at capacity in Puget Sound region,
* Billionaire Richard Branson has advice for overcoming self-doubt!

Arts Commissioner Steve Craig had a mural painted on the Wolf building prior to his time on the commission.
“Arts Commissioner Steve Craig had a mural painted on the Wolf building prior to his time on the commission.” Credit: Daniel Warn, NVN


+ NVN: Yelm Fills New Commission Focused on the Arts

+ KING-5 TV: Emergency rooms at capacity in Puget Sound region

+ The Seattle Times: Public health officials in Snohomish, other Western Washington counties urge mask use indoors as COVID cases rise

+ KING-5 TV: Officials say we’re at our ‘most fragile time’ since the start of the pandemic.

+ AP News: Starbucks hits sales record as customers return to stores

+ Newsweek: Wildfire Smoke Map As Hazardous Air Quality Reported in California, Oregon and Washington

+ JOLT News: Six commissioners agree to postpone five-member ballot measure


Edward Snowden: The Insecurity Industry: The greatest danger to national security has become the companies that claim to protect it, This will be the future: a world of people too busy playing with their phones to notice that someone else controls them.

Truthout: First 1/6 Hearing Reveals What We Already Know: It Was a GOP Riot

Truthout: Record-Breaking Heat Waves Have Arrived Decades Earlier Than Predicted

CNBC: Billionaire Richard Branson has this advice for overcoming self-doubt

CNBC: CDC to reverse indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people should wear them indoors in Covid hot spots

CNBC: American Airlines warns about jet-fuel shortages around the U.S., asks pilots to conserve

The Washington Post: Global supply lines struggle amid virus outbreaks in the developing world

Washington Examiner: Bet on Rand Paul against Anthony Fauci


The Rachel Maddow Show: Parade of Trump-tied criminal cases marches on

Glenn Kirschner, MSNBC Opinion Columnist: The FBI didn’t investigate Brett Kavanaugh. We deserve to know why. This circus of FBI mismanagement and White House underhandedness cries out for congressional inquiry.

CBS News: Justice Department says ex-Trump officials can testify about Capitol attack

Business Insider: An Arizona GOP official tore into the state’s election recount on Fox News: ‘This was not a stolen election’

July 27, 2021

Yelm’s Hotel Tax Committee needs a complete overhaul by the new mayor!
Appearance of conflict of interest should be avoided to avoid mistrust!

Applications closed June 30 for LTAC funds dissemination.
Credit: City of Yelm

Yelm previously cited by State Auditor for appearances of conflict of interest, which continues

Story highlights:

+ Mayor Foster allowing the Yelm Chamber’s Executive Director Line Roy, as a member of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC), to vote public funding for 2 of her own Chamber events, has at minimum, the ‘perception’ of a conflict of interest, which can be every bit as damaging as a genuine conflict of interest. The Executive Director should have recused herself from voting to send public funds for her Chamber events. She voted public money for 2 of her own projects.

+ In Business Ethics 101, that is a conflict of interest, which engenders mistrust about how public tax money is handled. Mayor Foster should have intervened to stop this. As an example, two council members previously on the Chamber Board and were required to recuse themselves from council’s action items to fund Chamber requests. Additionally, according to the RCW, Mayor Foster is required to appoint “at least two [LTAC] members who are persons involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under this chapter.” He has only Line Roy who qualifies, as the other rep. should have been replaced years ago when the non-profit dissolved in which she presented. Mayor Foster also appointed Line Roy to the Salary Commission, comprised of Yelm citizens, “to set the salaries of elected officials.” There are many fine representatives of other Yelm-based non-profits for Mr. Foster to have drawn talent, instead of Ms. Roy for both the salary commission and the LTAC group.

Avoiding an appearance of a conflict of interest is not rocket science!

+ Would you agree that to request funding of the tax dissemination committee on which one serves in representing the Chamber, to vote for the Chamber’s requests, AND accept that money from the committee for the Chamber, has crossed the lines of proper business ethics?

+ Does the fact that Line Roy did not recuse herself in this situation and is running for city council, impinge on her candidacy, where serving the public’s interest must be first and foremost, not self-interest?

+ Bottom line: The Chamber have every right to request and receive funding from LTAC, however 1.) and though the Chamber’s Exec. Dir. is allowed to be on the LTAC committee, 2.) and the Exec. Dir. requested funding for her own Chamber events, 3.) yet the Exec. Dir. voted on the Chamber receiving the funds, and 4.) the Exec. Dir. received that funding for the Chamber. She should have recused herself from the vote.


– The Washington State Auditors Office issued the Accountability Audit Report for the City of Yelm on February 19, 2013. The Assistant State Auditor responded to a “hotline referral” about an appearance of a conflict of interest on Mayor Harding’s part in May, 2010.

Harding was the then-Treasurer & President-elect of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and Mayor of Yelm who “brought a proposal to the chamber board to purchase an electronic sign” to rent to advertisers and be placed on a city-owned easement at the corner of Killion Rd. & Yelm Ave.

– From then-Nisqually Valley News Editor/Publisher Keven Graves Op-Ed of May 21, 2010:
“As mayor, Harding has the potential to knowingly or unknowingly ‘grease the skids’ for the chamber in this process.”

“I believe the ‘perception’ of a conflict of interest can be every bit as damaging as a genuine conflict of interest.”

– An excerpt of the State Auditor’s results of the City of Yelm audit are as follows:
Mayor Harding should have…“bent over backwards” to prevent any and all appearances of a conflict of interest about the Chamber’s electronic reader board on city-owned land. Click here

Bottom Line

  • This appearance of a conflict of interest has continued with Mayor Foster. He appointed Yelm Chamber Executive Director Line Roy several years ago to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) representing 1 of 2 community non-profits. She subsequently submitted applications for LTAC funding of 2 functions the Chamber sponsored or co-sponsored, receiving $8,000 and $2,500 for the Nisqually Valley BBQ Rally and the Nisqually Valley Home and Garden Show, respectively.
  • Mayor Foster has the Chamber’s Executive Director on this committee who recommended funding for her organization and also vote on being a recipient of that funding, which is a genuine conflict of interest. Foster has engaged in several appearances of conflict of interest, covered here extensively the last 5 years.
  • As the State Auditor told Harding about his Chamber overreach, Mayor Foster also should have…“bent over backwards” to prevent any and all appearances of a conflict of interest, and ensure Line Roy recused herself when the Chamber’s applications were received and discussions and voting occurred on the Chamber as a recipient.
  • And that Line Roy continued to participate to vote for the Chamber to receive funding indicates she has little concept and/or regard for avoiding any and all appearances of a conflict of interest.
  • If Line Roy does not understand this concept, then can we expect her to practice recusing herself when conflicts of interest arise for her if elected to the Yelm City Council?
  • Yelm’s newly elected mayor this Autumn needs to properly overhaul this committee to restore credibility and fairness in handling LTAC funds.

July 27, 2021

* Kid-Friendly Bike Paths throughout Thurston County,
* VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers,
* Capitol riot forces trade assns. to reconsider their donations!

Yelm-Tenino Trail is kid-friendly.
Credit: City of Yelm


+ Thurston Talk: Kid-Friendly Bike Paths in Olympia and Throughout Thurston County

+ Yelm Lions Club: Movies in Longmire Park Summer 2021 – Saturday, August 7, 8:45-10:45PM

+ KING-5 TV: Officials await clarification over new law enforcement reform bill ‘misconceptions’ House Bill 1054 and House Bill 1310 went into effect Sunday, July 25, 2021. The bills sparked debate between lawmakers and law enforcement.

+ McClatchy News: VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

+ Associated Press: Warming rivers in US West killing fish, imperiling industry


The New York Times: As China Boomed, It Didn’t Take Climate Change Into Account. Now It Must.

Business Insider: Philip Morris International CEO says cigarettes should be banned and the company will stop selling Marlboros in the UK within a decade

The Washington Post: As coronavirus surges, GOP lawmakers are moving to limit public health powers

USA Today: White House declines to release number of breakthrough COVID-19 cases among vaccinated staff

NBC News: Capitol riot forces trade associations to reconsider their donations

McClatchy News: Biden’s job approval rating slips to 50% — the lowest since he took office, poll says – as COVID cases spike across the U.S.


Daily Kos: Trump claims Biden may yet be removed from office while Republican lawmakers attack Jan. 6 probes

Daily Kos: Donald Trump is ‘An American War Criminal in His Own Country’ ~ Carl Bernstein on CNN

Salon: The Big Lie Promises to Be a Centerpiece of the GOP’s 2022 Election Strategy

MSNBC Opinions: Trump rally triples down on Arizona audit lies in new phase of a damaging legacy – The rally proved the former president’s commitment to turbocharging the GOP’s agenda to unravel voting rights.

MSNBC’s MaddowBlog: Why Donald Trump’s absurd ‘reinstatement’ fantasy matters – For those concerned about domestic extremists, Trump’s “reinstatement” nonsense creates a threat that can’t be ignored.

CNN: This is the most unhinged Trump rant about the 2020 election yet

MSNBC: Carol Leonnig reports that Trump ‘gleefully’ watched his supporters charge the Capitol on Jan 6

July 26, 2021

Joe DePinto officially kicks-off Yelm mayoral campaign!

Joe DePinto
Credit: Yelm city council

Joe DePinto officially holds Yelm Mayoral kick-off

Yelm city council member Joe DePinto held a formal, mayoral campaign kick-off Saturday evening, July 24th at the Nisqually Spings Farm, Yelm. Invited guests present included members of the Nisqually Tribe, friends, family, and long-time supporters. The event was catered by Yelm’s Jerk Juicy BBQ, to the delight of all.

  • DePinto gave an unscripted talk with a handout about his community priorities if elected:
  • 1. Public Safety – intends to push for 2 officers on-duty at all times,
  • 2. Work on traffic congestion bringing together WSDOT and regional leaders,
  • 3. Focus on Yelm’s economy, working to diversify businesses here,
  • 4. With alot of growth on the horizon here, good planning requires the supporting infrastructure needs,
  • 5. Reiterated his advocacy for open transparency in city government.

+ Joe DePinto is the only current council member to have never missed a city council meeting or study session.

+ Joe DePinto is 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).

+ Editor’s note: Joe DePinto has kept his word in championing his previous campaign promises since taking elective office. He has been steadfast in transparency by constantly keeping the public informed via social media. The city needs Joe’s youth, vigor, vision and joviality. The time has come to end 2 decades of dictatorial mayors who did not communicate with their own constituents – and mayors that had an extraordinary amount of staff turn-over, where transparency was a mere slogan and not practiced.

From Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm:

It’s official! Check out my video announcing my campaign to become the next Mayor of Yelm. #ThisIsOURTown #ThisIsOURTime.

Our town! Our time! Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm!

Click here for the video.

Blogger Klein is a supporter/contributor of DePinto for Mayor


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