November 24, 2021

* Christmas Tree Farms in the Yelm area opening this week,
* Oly on Ice has returned to downtown Olympia,
* Free Christmas tree via Trees for Troops (active duty or E5 or below)!
Credit: Sprouffske Trees

+ Thurston Talk: 2021 Guide to Christmas Tree Farms in Thurston County

+ Thurston Talk: Where to get Photos with Santa in Olympia and Throughout Thurston County

+ Thurston Talk: The Ice Rink is Back! Oly on Ice Returned to Downtown Olympia for Its Third Season

+ Facebook Post: PSA to anyone who is active duty and E5 or below: You can get a free real Christmas tree through Trees for Troops! Drop by the Northwest Adventure (Lewis Main) by Dec. 1rst to pick a time slot (ID required). Trees are going to be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 4th from 9am-5pm

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Credit: Facebook post

November 24, 2021

* NVN Letter to the Editor thanks Councilor Carmody for her service,
* Amazon settles lawsuit for $2.5M with Washington AG,
* Allegations of corruption raised over Port of Olympia contracts!

On Nov. 22, Bounty For Families (BFF) volunteer Jeevan Anandasakaran loads 25 bags with Thanksgiving meals of 100 distributed. These went into the Staff Sergeant’s truck from Joint-Base Lewis McChord taking 25 meals back to base. Credit: Bounty For Families


+ NVN: Letter to the Editor published: “I Thank Molly Carmody for her Public Service”

+ City of Yelm: Yelm’s All-Volunteer Boards and Commissions Play Valuable Role in Community

+ The Olympian: Thurston County COVID-19 case rate already matches 2020’s peak winter rate

+ Geekwire: Amazon settles for $2.5M with Washington AG over pesticide sales by third-party merchants

+ The Olympian: Dollar Tree to sell a majority of products at $1.25 — not just because of inflation – The decision marks the end of an era for Dollar Tree stores.

+ JOLT News: Allegations of corruption raised over Port of Olympia contracts

+ The Times (UK): Seattle’s Amanda Knox: ‘I want my daughter to exist in a world that’s kinder to her than it was to me’ – It’s 14 years since the death of Meredith Kercher. Knox is now married, has a child and is still fighting for her reputation


KING-5 TV: ‘We have been disregarded’: On 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving, the Wampanoag People want their story told

CNBC: Glass bottle shortages put pressure on wine and spirits companies ahead of key holiday season

Daily Kos: A Situation In Dallas: A Cult Expert Says, “Get The Authorities Involved” with Dealey Plaza QAnon splinter group


Yahoo!: Vermont has the highest vaccination rate in the country [72%]. So why are cases surging? “Vermont does more testing than nearly any other state.”

KGO-7 TV ABC San Francisco: An indoor mask mandate is now in effect in Santa Cruz County and it covers private settings like a home…regardless of vaccination status

CNBC: ‘Vaccinated, recovered or dead’: Germany gives stark winter warning to its people


CNN: Trump says Rittenhouse visited him at Mar-a-Lago – “He called. He wanted to know if he could come over, say hello, because he was a fan,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that aired Tuesday night.

Truthout: Trump-Allied Lawyers Ordered to Pay $187,000 in Fees for Their Election Lawsuit

NBC News: Court order in Jan. 6 documents case may be bad sign for Trump – “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia notified lawyers for Trump, the House committee and the National Archives that they should be prepared to address whether the court even has the legal authority to hear the dispute. Oral arguments in the case are slated for Nov. 30.”

USA Today: Jury awards plaintiffs $25 million in lawsuit against white supremacists behind violence at Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally

The Hill: Parnell exit threatens to hurt Trump’s political clout

CBS News: Proud Boys, Oath Keepers subpoenaed by January 6 committee

The Washington Post: Under Trump, ICE aggressively recruited sheriffs as partners to question and detain undocumented immigrants

November 23, 2021

Nov. 2nd Election’s final results tabulated, certified,
Mayor-elect DePinto won in landslide with 70% of those voting for mayor!
Yelm City Hall public entrance.
Photo: City of Yelm

+ Key take-aways:

  1. The highest number of votes cast in a Yelm race was 1,370 for mayor, which included write-ins.
  2. 26.8% of the 5,107 registered voters in Yelm participated in a city of 10,000+ [Ed. note: pathetic, apathetic!]
  3. The county’s voter turn-out was 38.2%.

The Auditor released the Final Results at 1:44pm today!

+ Office of the Thurston County Auditor: Canvassing Board Certifies General Election

Yelm Mayor: DePinto led 70.58% with 967 total votes to 28.32% for Butler with 388 votes.

Yelm Council Position 3: Crossman led 58% with 758 total votes to 41% for McAtee with 536 votes.

Yelm Council Position 4: Smith led 68% with 891 total votes to 31% for Burney with 414 votes.

Yelm Council Position 5: Hess led 54% with 699 total votes to 45% for Roy with 588 votes.

Yelm Council Position 6: Kaminski led 59% with 790 total votes to 40% for Chai with 540 votes.

Port of Olympia District 2: Iyall led 52% with 35,236 total votes to 48% for Simmons with 32,385 votes.

Port of Olympia District 3: Evans led 55% with 38.030 total votes to 44% for Hansen with 30,324 votes.

Yelm’s Advisory Fireworks Ban failed at 56% voting no, 756-604 votes.

Click here for full results from the Thurston County Auditor.

November 23, 2021

* Rainier High’s Jesse Nubbe wins area’s Sports Star of the Year Award,
* Providence expands visitations due to lower COVID-19 hospitalizations,
* U.S. listed as a ‘Backsliding Democracy” for 1st time!
Jesse Nubbe Wins Boys Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission’s Sports Star of the Year Award
Pictured: Rainier High’s Jesse Nubbe with his mother after he signed signed with the University of Texas.
Credit: NVN


+ NVN: In response to lower COVID-19 hospitalizations at the facility and an ample supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Providence has expanded its visitation policies at facilities in Southwest Washington.

+ Thurston Talk: Support for Students and Families Is Center Focus for Yelm Community Schools

+ NVN: Rainier High’s Jesse Nubbe Wins Boys Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission’s Sports Star of the Year Award

+ AARP: 15 Major Retailers That Are Closed on Thanksgiving – But you can order online anytime, and most stores open early for Black Friday

+ Thurston Talk: Shop Local with Pacific Northwest Inspired Gifts in Pierce County

+ NVN: Nisqually Rez Mart to Move into New Facility Next Year

+ South Sound Business: Products with Purpose Alaffia is the name of Tchala’s Olympia-based hygiene care company

+ NVN: Bob Iyall Becomes Nisqually Tribal Member of Highest Elected Position


The Guardian (UK): [Australia’s Northern Territory] NT communities of Binjari and Rockhole in hard lockdown as Covid outbreak expected to worsen – Australian defence force called in to help with transferring positive cases and close contacts

Associated Press: Protests erupt over virus rules in Austria, Italy, Croatia

U.S. Dept. of Labor: The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is suspending implementation and enforcement of its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for organizations with 100 or more employees. The federal court ordered OSHA “take no steps to implement or enforce” the mandate “until further court order.”

Associated Press: Official: More than 90% of fed workers got shots by deadline [Ed. note: That means 350,000 of 3,500,000 did not!]

National Vaccine Information Center: Found 2,620 cases where the Vaccine is COVID19 and there was vaccine exposure during pregnancy, the pregnant patient miscarried, reported Nov. 12th (“The non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is an independent clearinghouse for information on diseases and vaccine science, policy, law and the ethical principle of informed consent.”)


Forbes: U.S. Named A ‘Backsliding Democracy’ For The First Time On European Think Tank’s Annual List

The Wrap: 2 Longtime Fox News Contributors Resign Over Tucker Carlson’s Capitol Riot Special

USA Today: Kevin McCarthy said if Republicans retake House, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar may get ‘better’ committee assignments

KING-5 TV: Pope to young people: We need you to protect environment

NBC News: ‘An invisible hazard’: Warming cities hire chief heat officers to tackle growing threat – Los Angeles joins Phoenix and Miami-Dade County in Florida in creating roles to center the risks of extreme heat.

NBC News: Cuomo’s conduct while in office was ‘extremely disturbing,’ N.Y. Assembly finds – The report concluded Cuomo used state employees to produce his book and downplayed Covid nursing home deaths. It also found “overwhelming” evidence for sexual harassment allegations against him.

The Washington Post: N.Y. Assembly report finds ‘overwhelming evidence’ Cuomo engaged in sexual harassment, used state resources for memoir


NBC News: Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Alex Jones, Roger Stone and other Trump allies – The committee’s new batch of subpoenas is in connection with a rally held near the Capitol shortly before a pro-Trump mob stormed the building in early January.

The Washington Post: RNC agrees to pay some of Trump’s legal bills in N.Y. criminal investigation

Associated Press: Michael Cohen ends prison term after Trump-related crimes

Bloomberg: Trump’s former fixer [Michael Cohen] is unleashed, and ready to make money [“I make this promise: I may have been prosecuted — and right now I am the only one (Trump confidants imprisoned) — but I will not be the only one at the end,” he said during an appearance on CNN Newsroom.]

The Washington Post: N.Y. prosecutors set sights on new Trump target: Widely different valuations on the same properties

Dallas Morning News: ‘Undeniably a cult’: Fringe QAnon group remains in Dallas, awaiting JFK Jr’s arrival – on the 58th anniversary of his father’s death

November 22, 2021

* Hubble’s 2021 portraits of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune,
* 58 years ago the nation wept as JFK’s life ebbed,
* Andrew Sullivan: American democracy at risk because citizens can’t compromise!
“Hubble’s 2021 portraits of the outer planets show changes in the atmospheres of Jupiter (left), Saturn (upper right), Uranus (middle) and Neptune (lower right). Science: NASA, ESA, Amy Simon (NASA-GSFC), Michael H. Wong (UC Berkeley).”
Image processing: Joseph DePasquale (STScI)



+ The Olympian: 10 things Western Washington gardeners should be thankful for

+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Statement on COVID booster expanded eligibility – as the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup confirmed actions taken Nov. 19th.

+ The Olympian: Washington gets another positive state revenue forecast


NPR: Protests have broken out across Europe in response to tightened COVID-19 restrictions

The Washington Post via MSN: Marine Corps compliance with vaccine mandate on course to be military’s worst

The Defender: In interviews just days apart [last week], Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted COVID vaccines aren’t effective, but both suggested the solution is to give more boosters to more people.

Business Insider via Yahoo!: Disney World pauses COVID-19 vaccination mandate policy for park staff

Common Dreams: As COVID Cases Surge in Europe, US Death Toll Now Surpasses 2020 Fatalities


CNET via MSN: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope delivers epic new views of gas giant planets

Daily Kos: Psst, gas prices are falling, partly thanks to President Biden. Someone alert the GOP

Associated Press: Interior secretary seeks to rid US of derogatory place names

Daily Kos: Democratic lawmakers blast Supreme Court commission for ‘both-sidesing’ court politicization

Daily Kos: Secret ALEC-run ‘Academy’ of right-wing lawmakers met to discuss voter suppression strategies

Daily Kos: Rittenhouse Attorney Reveals that Fox News and Tucker Carlson Bankrolled the Defense Team

Politico: As a coal plant fights for life, it could enrich Manchin – A power plant that buys coal from a company controlled by Sen. Joe Manchin’s family is fighting to stay alive by generating electricity for superfast data computing [i.e. a cryptocurrency mine], after being on the brink of financial collapse for years.

CBS 60 Minutes: Andrew Sullivan on American political discourse and rescuing conservatism in 2021 – says American democracy is at risk because citizens can’t compromise or separate politics from life.

[Ed. note: Click here for this provocative interview!]

Bloomberg: More American Adults Say They Don’t Expect to Have a Child: Poll – as U. S. birthrate trends down


Rolling Stone via MSN: Trump Actively Seeking Vengeful Ouster of Alabama’s Republican Governor, Report Says

Daily Kos: Trump looks to be putting the screws to both McCarthy and McConnell

The Washington Post via MSN: A MAGA squad of Trump loyalists sees its influence grow amid demands for political purity among Republicans

NBC News: Fueled by Trump-inspired grievance, attempts to terrorize public officials escalate

November 21, 2021

New dynamic video “Just Beyond Olympia” highlights our region!

From Experience Olympia and Beyond:

“We are excited to share our new video, “Just Beyond Olympia”. We created this video is to highlight places and activities outside Olympia, encouraging visitors to venture to all corners of Thurston County. This video was produced in partnership with Voortex Productions & Austin DeWees.”

Click here for this dynamic video highlighting our region.

November 20, 2021

* Amtrak resumed service on the Point Defiance Bypass route,
* Inslee affirmed support of high-speed rail corridor with Oregon & B.C.,
* J. Edgar Hoover hid that Malcolm X witnesses were F.B.I. informants!
“The northbound Amtrak Cascades train rolls across the Interstate 5 overpass in DuPont, Wash., on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. The overpass was the site of the fatal train derailment in December 2018.” Credit: Tony Overman /The News Tribune via AP


+ The Olympian: Amtrak resumed service Nov. 18th on route where 3 died in 2017

+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Affirmed support of high-speed rail corridor with Oregon & B.C.

+ The Olympian: Republican Kim Wyman answers ‘call of duty’ with Biden election job – Washington state’s Republican secretary of state is preparing to move across the country to take a key election security position within the Biden Administration.

+ McClatchy Newspapers: State meeting targets, but this is needed for Washington to meet net-zero emissions goals

+ Daily Kos: Individual charged in 737Max debacle, he says Boeing made him do it.


Reuters: Wait what? FDA wants 55 years to process FOIA request over vaccine dataThe 1967 FOIA law requires federal agencies to respond to information requests within 20 business days.” [Ed. note: The key question remains, what ARE they wanting kept hidden?], Mercola: FDA Doesn’t Want to Release Clinical Trial Data for 55 Years

The Hill via MSN: Vaccine mandate already causing problems for defense contractors — they will get worse

NBC News: Austria reimposes full Covid lockdown, makes vaccination compulsory

FOX News: Fauci: COVID-19 hospitalizations rising among vaccinated

Children’s Health Defense: CDC Forced to Admit It Doesn’t Collect Data on Natural Immunity to COVID

Political Irish: Irish Deputy PM says the 5% of the nation’s unvaccinated population is causing a problem – Ireland has highest vaccination rate in the world, yet will impose a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Amazon reported [Friday] morning that his book The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health, is the #1 overall bestselling book in Anerica!

The Defender: As Reports of Injuries After COVID Vaccines Near 1 Million Mark, CDC, FDA Clear Pfizer, Moderna Boosters for All Adults

NBC News: The Data Point: America’s Covid-19 immunity is waning

Children’s Health Defense: VAERS data released today by the CDC included a total of 894,145 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 18,853 deaths and 139,126 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020, and Nov. 12, 2021.


Newsweek: Rep. Madison Cawthorn offers Kyle Rittenhouse “an internship,” says he isn’t guilty, and tells followers to also “be armed and dangerous.”

Associated Press: Biden administration acts to restore clean-water safeguards

Daily Kos: Biden boots Bloom from Postal Service board, DeJoy’s days as Postmaster are numbered

The Defender: Calif. Supreme Court Upholds Couple’s $86 Million Award in Roundup Weedkiller Case

MSNBC Opinion: GOP redistricting maps will gerrymander Democrats out of the House – You don’t need a crystal ball to see doom for Democrats in 2022 — just a map. [Ed. note: As I have often said here, democracy in America will be in the last gasp if the Voting Rights bill does not pass.]

MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell: During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, President Biden’s nominee to be the Comptroller of the Currency, Professor Saule Omarova, faced questions from Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) that were roundly condemned by the committee’s Democratic members. Kennedy asked Omarova about her participation in communist youth group that was compulsory in Soviet-controlled Kazakhstan where Omarova was born. “I’m here today,” she told Kennedy,” because I’m ready for public service.”

[Ed. note: 1950s McCarthyism is alive and well in 2021 with this disgusting display of ignorance & bigotry.]

KING-5 TV: Longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years happened overnight – A partial, but almost total, lunar eclipse was seen across the world from Thursday night into Friday morning.

The Chronicle (Chronicle): Exonerated Man in Malcolm X Murder Declares Innocence in Court as the Truth Finally Comes Out – which the FBI kept hidden for 56+ years.

The New York Times: J. Edgar Hoover Hid That Malcolm X Witnesses Were F.B.I. Informants


Reuters: Lawyer who tried to overturn Trump’s 2020 loss appointed to a U.S. election board

CNN: Federal judge says Trump has responsibility for Janaury 6, calling rioter a ‘pawn’

Politico: House Covid panel subpoenas former Trump adviser Navarro – The committee issued its first subpoena to Steven Hatfill, a virologist and former adviser to Navarro, in September.

November 19, 2021

* Open VAERS: “18,461 COVID Vaccine Reported Deaths through Nov. 5,”
* The Atlantic: Why Health-Care Workers Are Quitting in Droves,
* ‘Significant’ amount of fully vaccinated are being hospitalized with COVID-19!

VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System deaths by year for 31 years, via Open VAERS.
18,461 COVID-19 Vaccine Reported Deaths from 2020 through Nov. 5, 2021, bringing annual vaccine deaths to incredible heights.
Credit: Open VAERS, a private organization that posts publicly available CDC/FDA data of injuries reported post-vaccination, and VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


+ Orca Network: Virtual 20th Birthday Party celebrating 20 Years of Connecting Whales and People in the Pacific Northwest! Nov. 20th, 3-5 pm and YOU are INVITED!

+ The Olympian: Washington state to mirror contentious federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Inslee says

+ JOLT News: Kama Montermini, Olympia woman competing for title of Mrs. America in Las Vegas this Saturday

+ South Sound Business: Thurston Strong Announces New Round of Small Business, Nonprofit, and Agriculture Grants


Open VAERS: The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System: 18,461 COVID Vaccine Reported Deaths through Nov. 5, 2021.

Medscape via The Medical Progress: CDC: 30% of Hospital Workers in US Still Unvaccinated

The Atlantic: Why Health-Care Workers Are Quitting in Droves – About one in five health-care workers has left their job since the pandemic started. This is their story—and the story of those left behind.

Deseret News via MSN: Why a ‘significant’ amount of fully vaccinated people are being hospitalized with COVID-19

The Defender: Locking Down Unvaccinated-Only ‘Not About Science, It’s About Punishing People’


The Washington Post: Pentagon inspector general raises questions about former D.C. Guard commander’s Jan. 6 account


NBC News: Trump gave an agency $100 million to fight Covid. Here’s what happened. The Development Finance Corporation was tasked with bankrolling “resources needed to respond” to Covid. So far, says a watchdog, it hasn’t disbursed any funds.

Daily Kos: Trump Threatens to Sue Pulitzers to Revoke Awards for Factual Russian Collusion Stories

MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes: Joe McCarthy meets Trumpism’: Warren blasts GOP tactics to block Biden nominee – Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts the GOP “Red Scare tactics” during the confirmation hearing of Soviet-born Biden nominee Saule Omarova: “They have attacked her viciously, mercilessly, personally, and stupidly.”  [Ed. note: 1950’s McCarthyism, 2020’s McCarthyism – same thing! Both are disgraceful.]

Daily Kos: Uh oh. The RNC chair just admitted ‘Joe Biden won the election’

November 18, 2021

* South Puget Sound Gives continues through Nov. 19th –
* Family Volunteer Day is Saturday, a Global Day of Service!

May be an image of 2 people and text that says '1 T A A AL November 8-19 give LOCAL'
Credit: Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

Give Local 2021, November 8-19 – Support the causes you love today!

Read more from South Puget Sound Gives – the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound.

From Points of Light, world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service:

“This Saturday (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) is Family Volunteer Day, a Global Day of Service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. This year, the needs are greater than ever before and though volunteering may look different, there are still so many ways to give back. Take time out with your family this season to help others and make a positive mark on the world. To learn more about this day of service and ways that you may get involved go to

November 18, 2021

* Thurston EDC names Business Community Liaison, Mayra Pena
* Olympia Chamber Orchestra’s Free Yelm Concert this Sunday,
* Fox News boss Rupert Murdoch issues rare rebuke to Trump!
“The Thurston County Economic Development Council has announced that Mayra Pena has been named the BIPOC Business Community Liaison for the organization.”
Soprano Pena is well known in Yelm for her voice.
Credit: South Sound Business


+ South Sound Business: The Thurston County Economic Development Council has announced that Mayra Pena has been named the BIPOC Business Community Liaison for the organization

+ Olympia Chamber Orchestra: Free Yelm Concert Sunday, Nov. 21, 3-5PM, Yelm Community CenterREGISTER HERE

+ The Charlotte Observer: The longest lunar eclipse in centuries will happen tonight, NASA says.

+ The Chronicle (Centralia) by Willie Frank III and David Troutt: How Do We Stop Tire Debris From Killing Coho Salmon?

+ Nisqually Land Trust: Land Trust Acquires Two Key Properties Along Ohop Creek

+ JOLT News: Local business owners can promote their businesses at Experience Olympia, for free


Truthout: Fauci Says Booster Shots May Become New Definition of Being Fully Vaccinated

NBC News: Hospitalizations rising among people fully vaccinated but not boosted, Fauci says

Bloomberg: TSA Screeners Face Nov. 22nd Vaccine Deadline With Up to 40% Lacking Shots – If they don’t accommodate employees during these holidays coming upon us, we are going to have an issue with the screening process,” quoting Hrdrick Thomas, president of the American Federation of Government Employees’ division representing front-line airport security officers.

MSNBC: People are wrecking their bodies trying to ‘detox’ from the Covid vaccine

CNBC: More Americans are planning holiday parties without Covid precautions this year

CNBC: Merkel warns fourth Covid wave is hitting Germany with ‘full force’


CNBC: Yellen says U.S. could hit debt limit on Dec. 15, giving Congress more time to strike deal

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: ‘A sham from the beginning’: Man at center of GOP vote fraud hype lied, pleads guilty

The Washington Post: 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 12 months during the pandemic

The Olympian: Regulators seek to suspend Trump rule on allowing the railway to ship natural gas

Daily Kos: Rep. Katie Porter wins the day as she takes on Postmaster Louis DeJoy with her mighty whiteboard

Sludge: GOP Billionaires Who Never Donated to Democrats Are Funding Manchin and Sinema

Salon: Michigan GOP’s Voter Restrictions Could Eliminate 20 Percent of Polling Sites [Ed. note: Yet another state where the Republicans are restricting voting access to discourage high turnout favoring the Democrats.]


MSNBC’s Maddow Blog: John Kelly, Trump’s former chief of staff, is no longer holding back – It says a lot about the former president that the man who served at his side for a year and a half seems to hold him in barely contained contempt.

MSNBC: ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley sentenced to 41 months in prison

The Guardian (UK): Rupert Murdoch says Trump should stop focusing ‘on the past’ in rare rebuke – Fox News boss has made few public comments about ex-president who was championed by many of the network’s commentators


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