August 25, 2021

* Biden honored WNBA’s 2020 champions Seattle Storm at the White House,
* U.S. data show rising ‘breakthrough’ infections among fully vaccinated,
* New CDC studies point to waning immunity from vaccines!

President Joe Biden, left, poses for a photo with Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd, center, and Breanna Stewart, right, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, to celebrate their 2020 WNBA Championship.
“President Joe Biden, left, poses for a photo with Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd, center, and Breanna Stewart, right, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, to celebrate their 2020 WNBA Championship.” Credit: Susan Walsh/AP via McClatchy News

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM TUESDAY ***

+ The Olympian: Olympia arts venues to require proof of vaccination to attend events – Two of the three major venues will accept negative test results if vaccination isn’t possible.

+ JOLT News: Capitol Lake-Deschutes Estuary: Port commissioners decline to declare a preference

+ KING-5 TV: Washington workers who decline vaccine mandate unlikely to qualify for unemployment

+ AP via McClatchy News: US examining Boeing’s treatment of safety-related employees

+ The Olympian: New DNR aerial firefighting airbase for western Washington response debuted in Olympia

+ KING-5 TV: Alaska Airlines flight evacuated at Sea-Tac after cellphone overheats, begins sparking

*** VIRUS NEWS FROM TUESDAY ***

NBC News: Why states are revving up use of monoclonal antibodies as cases surge

Market Watch: Doctors question the optics and the scientific rationale behind the plan for COVID-19 booster shots in the U.S.

Reuters: U.S. data show rising ‘breakthrough’ infections among fully vaccinated

Politico: New CDC studies point to waning immunity from vaccines

The Lancet – Study: Fully Vaccinated Health Care Workers Carry 251 Times Viral Loads

KING-5 TV: Hawaii governor: Now is not a good time to visit

*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM TUESDAY ***

Truthout: Committee Seeks January 6 Phone Records of Lawmakers With Possible Ties to Attack

Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court requires Biden to revive Trump-era ‘remain in Mexico’ immigration policy

CNN: World Bank halts financial support to Afghanistan, says it’s ‘deeply concerned’ for women

Glenn Greenwald: The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan – Using the same deceitful tactics they pioneered in Vietnam, U.S. political and military officials repeatedly misled the country about the prospects for success in Afghanistan.

KTLA-5 TV (LA): The Capitol Police officer who fatally shot a rioter during the Jan. 6 attack acted lawfully, the department concluded.

NBC News: Proud Boys leader sentenced to more than 5 months for burning Black Lives Matter banner

The Times of Israel: The Israeli government has started letting Jews pray on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, where previously only Muslims could worship.

The Washington Post: How to find ‘green’ cleaning products that get the job done

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM TUESDAY ***

AP via The Houston Chronicle: Giuliani associate’s plea in campaign finance case delayed


August 24, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Fauci touts monoclonal antibodies for early covid treatment/prevention,
* “a very effective intervention for COVID-19…we recommend strongly that we utilize this to its fullest.”

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“Monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19: How they work and who is eligible.”
Credit: C/NET

Dr Fauci strongly recommends a safe, free, “very effective intervention for COVID-19”

  • Editor’s note: Yelm Blog readers know I have covered the recent mainstream media news about monoclonal antibody treatment and prevention for symptomatic covid patients.
  • Dr. Fauci said today monoclonal antibody treatment “is a very effective intervention for COVID-19. It is underutilized, and we recommend strongly that we utilize this to its fullest.
  • Monoclonal antibodies are a “post-exposure prophylaxis [prevention], namely for the prevention of COVID-19 after someone has been exposed to a documented case of SARS-CoV-2.”
  • If used early in the infection, they “reduce the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization or death by 70 to 85%
  • WaPo: Last month, the FDA also approved it as a prophylactic medication for people who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated,
  • Why has the Dr. Fauci not mentioned this previously when he touted this in 2018 (see below)?
  • How many lives could have been saved if this was utilized since the pandemic began here?!

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+ The Washington Post: Monoclonal antibodies are free and effective against covid-19, but few people are getting them

+ White House COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Fauci Press Conference Transcript August 24

Dr. Fauci: (10:03)
Thank you very much, Dr. Walensky. I’d like to spend the next couple of minutes in addressing a much underutilized intervention for COVID-19 and that is the use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 disease. Next slide. For those not totally familiar with this, monoclonal antibody is an antibody that’s produced by a single clone of B cells or a cell line and consists of identical antibody molecules that can actually be produced in the in vitro situation in unlimited quantities. Next slide. If you look at the virion on the upper left part of the slide and you look up the blown up spike protein, the red molecule on the right upper panel. When you talk about polyclonal antibodies which result from infection or vaccination, it’s a group of antibodies against every aspect of the spike protein, which is the good news.

Dr. Fauci: (11:10)
However, the concentration and the affinity of those antibodies can be markedly improved if you get a single cloned antibody, hence the word monoclonal, that’s against the very specific part of the spike protein. That can have a major effect in prevention and treatment. Next slide. So let’s look at what we have. We have three anti SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody products that have currently had emergency use authorization from the FDA. And the EUAs here are for adults and children 12 years of age and older who weigh at least 88 pounds. There are three of them. There’s the Lilly product, the Bamlanivimab plus etesevimab, there’s the Regeneron product referred to as REGEN-COV. And then there’s the GSK and Vir product. Each of these products targets the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2. Next slide. So you can do an indication for these antibodies that are twofold.

Dr. Fauci: (12:20)
The first is to treat infection with SARS-CoV-2. Next slide. And in this regard, clinical trials have demonstrated that early treatment with anti SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies can reduce the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization or death by 70 to 85%. It is important to emphasize that this must be done early in infection and not wait, of course, until a person is sick enough to be hospitalized. That’s when you get the best effect. And again, being an underutilized intervention, we want people out there including physicians as well as potential patients to realize the advantage of this very effective way of treating early infection. Next slide. Now, if you look at the people who should benefit from this, this is a list from the FDA and the NIH treatment guidelines about all of the people who may have significant benefit from this type of therapy if given early in their infection. I’m not going to go through each and every one of them. But as you can see, there are a number of conditions on this slide that could benefit from the monoclonal antibody treatment after infection. Next slide.

Dr. Fauci: (13:47)
But there’s also the benefit of prevention using monoclonal antibodies. Next slide. And we know now that the FDA, just a couple of weeks ago, authorized the Regeneron monoclonal antibody for post-exposure prophylaxis, namely for the prevention of COVID-19 after someone has been exposed to a documented case of SARS-CoV-2. And even now, and I won’t show the data because of lack of time, there are now studies in pre-exposure prophylaxis, as well as other studies in treatment. So I’ll have on the last slide, next slide, the treatment guidelines panel. We can give you all the information and it’s accessible on the website shown here. And for physicians, patients, and others who want to know how you can get monoclonal antibodies administered, this is the call center, and is the online way to approach it. So bottom line is this is a very effective intervention for COVID-19. It is underutilized, and we recommend strongly that we utilize this to its fullest.

Click here for the full transcript of today’s White House Covid Task Force Briefing.

Click here for the video.

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+ The New England Journal of Medicine (April 19, 2018): Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Infectious Diseases — Borrowing from History, co-authored by Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D.

“Research advances could facilitate use of monoclonal antibodies for emerging infectious diseases — in treatment of infected individuals, targeted prophylaxis to protect high-risk individuals, and targeted prophylaxis to interrupt transmission in average-risk populations.”

Click here: Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on the use of monoclonal antibodies in the context of emerging infectious diseases. (9.5 minutes)


August 24, 2021

* Thurston County Industrial Hiring Event Wednesday,
* Record 70 consecutive days with no measurable rainfall here,
* Giuliani associate Igor Fruman likely to plead guilty Wednesday!

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Industrial Hiring Event August 25
65 positions to fill for 46 different Thurston County employers
Credit: JOLT News

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM MONDAY ***

+ JOLT News: Industrial Hiring Event August 25 -65 positions to fill for 46 different Thurston County employers

+ Mark King, fire chief, and Jonathan A. Sprouffske, chair of the Board of Fire Commissioners: Thank you to the residents of southeast Thurston County (Yelm and Rainier) for continuing to support our community. 

+ JOLT News: City of Lacey declares Arbor Month – Mayor to donate one of his own trees to Yelm

+ The Weather Channel: No rain in the forecast for the rest of the month – today marks 70 consecutive days without measurable precip. – the previous record was 55 days set in 1960 and broken last week.

+ Global Newswire: Harbor Custom Development, Inc. Contracts to Purchase 75 Unit Permitted Condominium Site in Yelm, Washington for $3,325,000

+ The Olympian: Father and son combo highlights defending 3A SSC champion Yelm’s depth

+ South Sound News: Study: Washington Unemployment Claims More Than 75 Percent Lower Than Last Year

+ The Chronicle (Centralia): Commentary by Don Brunell: We Must Stop and Rethink Washington State’s Long-Term Care Law

*** VIRUS NEWS FROM MONDAY ***

Truthout: Pfizer Vaccine Gets Full FDA Approval, Potentially Triggering Mandates

AP via Bloomberg: Pentagon to Mandate Covid-19 Vaccines After Pfizer Wins FDA Approval

The BMJ (British Medical Journal): FDA granted full approval to Pfizer vaccine without public discussion of data

Orlando Sentinel: CDC issues warning to not cruise to those at high-risk whether vaccinated or not

NBC News: Jesse Jackson and wife, Jacqueline, ‘responding positively’ to Covid-19 treatment – they were vaccinated last January

*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM MONDAY ***

The New York Daily News: Rachel Maddow and MSNBC reach multiyear deal to keep top-rated host at the network: report

McClatchy News: Democrats are trying to sell Biden’s agenda. But key voters aren’t paying attention

AP via The LA Times: Pop-up restaurants may stick around as COVID sees resurgence

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM MONDAY ***

The Washington Post: Giuliani associate Igor Fruman expected to plead guilty in campaign-finance case [Ed. note: Another worry for Trump world if Fruman cooperates with the Prosecutor!]

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports: Fmr. Pence aide: Visa system for Afghan allies ‘destroyed’ under Trump

Business Insider: The January 6 committee are seeking phone, email, and text records from ‘several hundred people’ for Capitol riot probe, including members of Congress


August 23, 2021

* Masks required indoors statewide beginning today,
* St. Peter Hospital’s ER overflowing as COVID cases surge,
* US National Park Service birthday is Aug. 25 – free admission!

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Patients arriving on ambulances have also had to wait with emergency medical service crews before entering Providence St. Peter Hospital because there are not enough beds to transfer patients, or they cannot safely wait in the triage area.
Credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

+ The Olympian: St. Peter Hospital staffers describe life in the overflowing ER as COVID cases surge

+ KING-5 TV: Masks required for all Washington residents in indoor public settings beginning today

+ The Seattle Times: Inslee’s vaccine mandate draws fire from union and questions about unemployment benefits

+ The Points Guy: US National Park Service is celebrating its birthday on Aug. 25 with free admission to all 423 sites

+ KING-5 TV: ‘I feel guilty for putting her there’: Lacey woman demands answers after her mother dies from COVID-19 in nursing home

+ Gate Checked: Canada Will Soon Require All Air Travelers To Be Fully Vaccinated

*** AFGHAN NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

Mediaite: ‘Why Do You Continue to Trust the Taliban, Mr. President?’ Biden Leaves Presser to Chorus of Shouted Questions

The Drive: 800 People Evacuated From Kabul Aboard A Single C-17 Cargo Jet

CNBC: Pentagon orders U.S. airlines to help fly Afghanistan evacuees [Ed. note: Seattle’s largest international carrier included, Delta]

CNBC: President Biden’s job approval ratings drop as Covid cases rise and crisis in Afghanistan mounts

Politico: ‘The Temperature in Saigon Is 105 and Rising’ – What I learned about American power watching the U.S. leave Vietnam — and then Afghanistan decades later.

The New York Times via The Times of India: Afghanistan faces economic shock as sanctions replace aid

Center for Responsive Politics: Defense Contractors Spent Big in Afghanistan Before the Taliban Took Control

The Washington Post: Afghan refugee goes into labor on U.S. evacuation flight, gives birth on landing

*** VIRUS NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

The Washington Post via Stars and Stripes: Vaccine resistance in the military remains strong, a dilemma for Pentagon as mandate looms

The Hill: Fully vaccinated man dies of COVID-19, daughter says he was cautious

KRON-4 TV (San Francisco): Friend Remembers Vaccinated Woman Who Died From COVID-19 in Marin County

ProPublica: As Cases Surge, CDC Only Tracking a Fraction of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections

The New York Times via Yahoo!: ‘Nursing Is in Crisis’: Staff Shortages Put Patients at Risk

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Trump admin deliberately sabotaged refugee process, stranding war allies: former insiders

Daily Kos: Ex-Pence aide blows whistle on Trump administration’s campaign to keep Afghan allies out of U.S.

CNBC: U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks reinstatement of Trump-era immigration policy

Mediaite: Senior Trump Officials Rip Former Boss for Afghanistan Pact: ‘The Taliban Didn’t Defeat Us. We Defeated Ourselves.’

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi: Trump admin sabotaged visa process for Afghans. Stephen Miller was the tip of the spear.

Business Insider: Donald Trump booed at Alabama rally after encouraging his supporters to get vaccinated against COVID-19, video shows

MSNBC: Alabama city hosting Trump rally declares Covid emergency before event


August 22, 2021

Last week’s headlines from America’s editorial cartoonists!

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“Afghanistan”
Credit: Steve Sak, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Progress. Afghanistan. Taliban.
Credit: Lisa Benson, Washington Post Writers Group
“Hubris and Folly drove America’s Afghanistan adventure”
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times
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The 4th COVID surge
Credit:
By Walt Handelsman, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
“The Taliban’s assurances on women’s rights”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
Jack Ohman: Flight of fancy ...
“Flight of Fancy”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
Jack Ohman: Last flight out ...
“Last Flight Out”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
“The Biden Difference”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
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“Taliban 2.0”
Credit: Michael de Adder, The Washington Post

August 21, 2021

* Yelm City Council Pos. 4 recount certified for Steffen Burney,
* Only 1,066 voters of Yelm’s 5,305 registered took part in this election,
* Inslee issues two proclamations for facial coverings, vaccine requirements!

Afghanistan: If you can’t take us, take our children, plead crowd outside Kabul airport
A baby who was passed over an airport wall topped with with barbed wire to a U.S. Marine, has been reunited with their father, said Maj. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps spokesperson.
Credit: Telegraph World News

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

+ Thurston County Auditor: Yelm City Council Race Recount Certified – The Thurston County Canvassing Board certified the Yelm City Council Position 4 race which underwent a mandatory manual recount Friday morning. The board certified that Steffen Burney will advance to the General Election in November over Kayla Russel by one vote. The votes did not change from the earlier results.

+ Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall: “Only 1,066 voters of the 5,305 registered in Yelm took part in this election, and the margin of who is advancing to the general election is a single vote. This is an example of how every vote really does matter.” [Ed note: 20% participation is pathetic Yelm!]

+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Inslee issues two proclamations for facial coverings, vaccine requirements

+ KING-5 TV: US extends COVID-19 border restrictions with Canada, Mexico through Sept. 21

+ The Olympian: Here’s how Washington Tribes are updating their COVID measures

+ The New York Times: Western Drought Will Last Into Fall or Longer – The forecast, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, comes as almost half of the land area of the lower 48 states is experiencing drought.

+ The Olympian: West Coast exposed to 7 times more wildfire pollution than standards allow, study says – People living in Washington, California, Oregon, Wisconsin and Colorado are most affected.

*** VIRUS NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

The New York Times via The Seattle Times: Those anti-COVID plastic barriers probably don’t help and may make things worse – Scientists say the barriers probably give people a false sense of security, and sometimes can impede airflow and affect ventilation in ways that could help the coronavirus spread.

*** AFGHAN NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

Twitter Events: Private intelligence report says the Taliban are searching for Afghans believed to have worked with previous administration or foreign forces, Reuters, The New York Times and AFP report

Daily Kos: Growing number of governors tell Biden admin they’re ready to welcome Afghan families

Wall Street Journal: “I am hiding myself.” Afghan women fade from public view as fear of the Taliban and uncertainty prevail

*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

NBC News: Internal probe exonerates Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt

NBC News: It rained for the first time at the summit of Greenland’s ice sheet – The rare rainfall was only the third time in less than a decade that above-freezing temperatures were recorded at the highest point on the ice sheet.

Associated Press: Climate impact of coal sales from U.S. public lands is freshly scrutinized [Ed. note: About time!]

CNBC: The Department of Education just approved $5.8 billion of student debt relief for over 300,000 borrowers with disabilities

Market Watch: Apple delays return to office until January 2022: report

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Speak Out Against Apple’s Mass Surveillance Plans

Edward Snowden: Shamefully, it took me a very long time, peering down from my technocratic perch at the CIA and later the NSA, to apprehend the nature of my work: transforming the internet—a liberating, democratizing tool—into an architecture of oppression.

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***

Truthout: New Report Reveals Trump Administration Used Feds to Bring Harsher Charges Against BLM Protesters

Newsweek: Ariz. GOP Official Releases Open Letter to Republicans Blasting Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Collapse of pro-Trump conspiracy theories raises domestic terror concerns – how the pro-Trump fringe is handling the debunking of its conspiracy theories and the failure of its message board prophesies.


August 20, 2021

Breaking News: mRNA vaccine updates

Booster shot covid-19 vaccine concept
Credit: Wachiwit/iStock via Getty Images

Vaccines still in Emergency Use Authorization phase, not yet FDA approved

+ CNBC: Scientists blast U.S. push for Covid vaccine booster shots as premature, say data isn’t compelling

+ The Washington Post: Biden team tries to get ahead of the virus — and maybe the science — with decision on booster shots

+ Seeking Alpha: CDC postpones COVID-19 booster shot review amid debate over third dose

+ Bloomberg: Booster Review Delayed by CDC as Debate Swirls Over 3rd Shot

+ Reuters: U.S. reviewing if Moderna shot tied to higher heart inflammation risk – Washington Post

+ Seeking Alpha: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine being probed in U.S. for higher-than-expected risk of side effect

+ Seeking Alpha: Moderna, BioNTech in selloff despite interest in COVID-19 booster shots

+ The Washington Post: U.S. review of possible link between Moderna vaccine and uncommon side effect delays adolescent approval


August 20, 2021

To reduce hospitals’ COVID-19 overcrowding, the Biden Admin. encourages antibody treatment after testing positive, to prevent symptomatic stage!

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Credit: The New York Times

  • Editor’s note: Finally, after plenty of monoclonal antibodies have been stored by the U. S. government, hospital systems on the verge of collapse due to COVID-19 overcrowding, are finally giving them a go and mainstream media is covering this story!
  • These are the same monoclonal antibodies used in the multiple drug cocktail to save the life of President Trump and may keep many from having to go to the hospital.

MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES NOW ENCOURAGED BY BIDEN ADMIN.

+ Vanderbilt University Medical Center: U.S. government reserves supply of COVID-19 antibody cocktail discovered at VUMC [April 6, 2021]

+ The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC: Feds aim to save Covid-flooded hospitals with antibody therapy facility

+ The New York Times: As Virus Cases Surge, Biden Administration Encourages More Use of Antibody Treatments – A top White House adviser said monoclonal antibody treatments, sometimes underused, could still be crucial in helping people with Covid-19 avoid getting very sick.

+ Association of American Physicians and Surgeons: Peter McCullough, MD testifies to Texas Senate HHS Committee – Doctors need to treat their COVID-19 patients and if so, an 85% reduction of hospitalizations would ensue. [Ed. note: Dr. McCullough says doctors sending positive tested patients home to wait for symptoms is not TREATING them, which they took an oath to do! Monoclonal antibodies is one of the treatments administered along with an anti-inflammatory, Vit. C & D, and zinc.]

+ Journal of Infection: Infection-enhancing anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies recognize both the original Wuhan/D614G strain and Delta variants. A potential risk for mass vaccination?

+ Wall Street Journal: Why Is the FDA Attacking a Safe, Effective Drug? Ivermectin is a promising Covid treatment and prophylaxis, but the agency is denigrating it.

+ University of Oxford (UK): Ivermectin to be investigated as a possible treatment for COVID-19 in Oxford’s PRINCIPLE trial

+ Truthout: TX Governor Gets Rare COVID Treatment While Banning Mask and Vaccine Mandates [monoclonal antibody treatment!]

+ The Washington Post: Monoclonal antibodies are a freely available treatment for covid-19 that can prevent severe disease if given early enough to patients. Donald Trump, when he became sick as president, received them. But patients are rarely taking this therapy now. Fewer than 30 percent of eligible patients have taken Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ monoclonal antibodies, the drug company said. “It is absolutely the standard of care for covid-19,” one infectious-disease pharmacist told The Post. “It is my hope that clinics know that.” Source


August 20, 2021

* Consumer sentiment drops to a 10 year low,
* Record 66 consecutive days with no measurable rainfall here,
* One desperate vet, and how he saved his Afghan interpreter!

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“What Are These Three Shocking Charts Telling Us?”
Credit: University of Michigan via Forbes Magazine

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

+ The Weather Channel: No rain in the forecast for the rest of the month – today marks 66 consecutive days without measurable precip. – the previous record was 55 days set in 1960 and broken last week.

+ The Olympian: About to lose unemployment benefits next month? Washington won’t keep the program going

+ The Seattle Times: Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is among the strictest in the nation

+ KING-5 TV: Vaccine mandate for Washington school workers comes amid staffing shortages – Bus drivers in particular face shortages as school districts prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. [Ed. note: Unemployment set to rise on top of 10 million unfilled jobs in the U.S.]

+ CNBC: [Seattle-based] Amazon is reportedly planning to open department stores, its latest experiment in physical retail

+ South Sound Business: Public Works Board Approves More Than $123M in Pre-Construction, Construction Loans

*** AFGHAN NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: ‘Wheels up’: The story of one desperate vet, and how he saved his Afghan interpreter [Ed. note: This is a must-see story!]

NBC News: Images of bloodied Afghans contradict Taliban’s claims of moderation

*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

NBC News: Three vaccinated U.S. senators test positive for coronavirus

CNBC: Scientists blast U.S. push for Covid vaccine booster shots as premature, say data isn’t compelling

KING-5 TV: Start-up US airlines say bookings sag as COVID cases rise [Ed. note: leisure travel is the bell-weather of consumer sentiment concerns.]

University of Michigan via Forbes Magazine: What Are These Three Shocking Charts Telling Us?

Bloomberg News: Soaring Cost of Food Is Forcing Families to Scrimp at the Dinner Table – Inflation is slamming fridges shut and leading households around the world to make sacrifices

CNBC: Oil falls for a sixth straight day, sinks to the lowest level since May on fears of slowing growth [below $64 a barrel]

Common Dreams: ‘Resounding’ Climate Win as Judge Blocks Alaska Drilling Project Defended by Biden

Daily Kos: GOP-led Maricopa board seeks $2.8 million from Arizona GOP Senate for equipment damaged in fraudit

Wikileaks: Julian Assange speaking in 2011: “The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war” #Afghanistan [Ed. note: And Biden’s Justice Department doubled down on persecuting him. Assange must have hit on a truth the powers do not want revealed!]

The New York Times via The Seattle Times: Potential GOP takeover of Atlanta-area election board inches forward

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Ken Kurson, friend of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was pardoned of federal charges by Trump before he ever went to trial, now faces charges from New York State, which is not bound by federal pardons.

Daily Kos: Donald J. Trump pardoned a cyberstalker, but failed to grasp he didn’t have that power


August 19, 2021

Yelm Council holds Public Hearing Tuesday, Aug. 24,
Gee, 8 days after the first of 2 Public Hearings, Yelm finally posts the 6 Year Transportation Plan – How transparent of them?!

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  • Editor’s note: A Yelm City Council Staff report on the STIP buried in the council’s packet is not a public posting to garner comments for a Public Hearing!
  • The Yelm City Council received the staff’s six-year transportation improvement program (STIP) information packet on August 5, yet there was no public posting prior to their STIP Public Hearing on August 10.
  • I had asked the city council about this prior to their August 10th meeting. The issue was raised then and Mayor Foster directed the STIP to be publicly posted on Aug. 10. That finally occurred on Aug. 18, 8 days after he directed.
  • The 2nd and last Public Hearing on the STIP before the council votes their approval is August 24. You may e-mail the council your comments directly.
  • City Hall leaders continue to tout transparency, yet the public is often left in the dark if someone does not speak up.
  • Click here for the six-year transportation improvement program (STIP)

From The Staff Report:

2022 – 2027 Six-year Transportation Improvement Program

The six-year transportation improvement program (STIP) is the capital facilities document that
guides transportation funding for a six-year cycle. The STIP is based on the Yelm
Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Plan and is the ‘implementation’ document for the
overall plan. Projects that are not on the STIP are not eligible for State or Federal funding, or
the use of local Traffic Facilities Charges (TFC’s). Although it is a six-year plan, it is required to
be updated annually as projects are completed and new priorities arise.

The proposed 2021 to 2026 list includes:
 Bald Hill Road reconstruction – City limits to 5 corners.
 Yelm Prairie Line Trail – Power canal to Roy.
 Longmire/Yelm Avenue intersection – Traffic control.
 Mosman Avenue East Phase 3 – 3rd to Clark Road.
 Coates Avenue connection – Killion to Cullens.
 Burnett/93rd intersection – Realignment and traffic control.
 2nd Street sidewalk improvements – Mosman Ave to Cochrane Park.
 Mosman Avenue SE reconstruction – 2nd St. to 3rd St.
 Mosman Avenue Phase 2 – Longmire to Railroad.
 Yelm Avenue improvements – 1st St. to 4th St.
 Rhoton Road NW Reconstruction – Railway to Yelm Loop (SR 510 ALT)
 N.P. Road * Wilkensen Road Reconstruction – 1st Street to Yelm Loop (SR 510 ALT)
New additions to the STIP are the Rhoton Road
Maintenance items including ADA upgrades and the annual overlay program are also included
in the STIP.

From the NVN:

“The only update to the STIP from years prior is the reconstruction of Rhoton Road Northwest from Railway Street Southeast to the intersection of the planned Yelm Loop. The project is funded with about $1.2 million from the state and $960,000 in local funds

Projects Scheduled to Start in 2022

“For $634,608 in federal funds and $847,592 in local funds, the city plants to construct a new road connecting Longmire Street with the new Mosman Avenue intersection. It includes the addition of bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and stormwater improvements along the corridor. Other  improvements in the scope of the project include the construction of a new road from Longmire Street to Solberg Street, and the reconstruction of Mosman Avenue between Solberg Street and Railroad Street.

“The city plans to extend the Yelm Prairie Line Trail to the city of Roy for about $1.5 million in state funds and $75,000 in local funds.

“Construction of a new 5-foot wide multi-use concrete sidewalk along the west side of Second Street Southeast from Cochrane Park to the existing sidewalk at Mosman Avenue would use $160,000 in state funds and $90,000 in local funds.

“For $180,000 from the state and $130,000 from local funding, the city plans to construct sidewalks on both sides of Mosman Avenue Southeast. The project includes intersection treatment at Second Street Southeast and Mosman Avenue Southeast as well as the construction of bike lanes from Second Street Southeast to Third Street Southeast.

“Finally for 2022, the city plans to use $539,280 in federal funds, about $1.3 million in state funds and $464,360 of local funding for the construction and repair or replacement of sidewalks, new parallel parking, intersection treatments and access control channelization features along both sides of Yelm Avenue from First Avenue Southeast to Fourth Avenue Southeast.”


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