January 16, 2022

* Celebrate Betty White on what would have been her 100th birthday,
* Jan. 17 – Movie special in theaters one day only!

Betty White: A Celebration
In Theaters Mon, Jan 17
Statement from the producers of Betty White: 100 Years Young, Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein: We will go forward with our plans to show the film on January 17 in hopes our film will provide a way for all who loved her to celebrate her life—and experience what made her such a national treasure.
Credit: Fathom Events

Betty White: A Celebration In Theaters Mon, Jan 17 – One Day Only

“What is the #BettyWhiteChallenge? Here’s how you can honor the TV icon on her birthday”

“Fans of iconic actress Betty White are coming up with ways to honor her on what would have been her 100th birthday. White, whose illustrious TV career included roles on “Golden Girls,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Hot in Cleveland,” died Dec. 31 at 99 years old. The death shocked the nation, as many were planning on celebrating her milestone birthday on Jan. 17.”

“‘On Betty White’s 100th birthday, January 17th, everyone should pick a local rescue or animal shelter in your area and donate just $5 in Betty White’s name,’ reads a Facebook post. ‘Make her 100th birthday the movement she deserves.'”

“The late Betty White was a tireless advocate for animals for her entire life, from caring for homeless animals as a child to launching her own weekly TV show “The Pet Set” dedicated to her celebrity friends and their pets.”

“Originally planned before White died, a one-day only special will come to movie theaters Jan. 17 to honor White. “Betty White: A Celebration,” originally called “Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration,” will play in nearly 900 movie theaters and tells the store of White’s life,” Mike Stunson, McClatchy Newspapers. Read more

For information on how to buy tickets, visit FathomEvents.com.

January 15, 2022

Washington and West Coast under a tsunami advisory from undersea volcano eruption!

The undersea volcano eruption near the Pacific nation of Tonga
“The undersea volcano eruption near the Pacific nation of Tonga sent large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground.” Credit: Japan Meteorology Agency via AP, NBC News

UPDATE: January 15, 6pm.

+ KING-5 TV: Tsunami advisory canceled for Washington, Oregon coasts

Tsunami advisory issued for U.S. West Coast after undersea volcanic eruption

  • Editor’s note: Yelm is 11 miles inland from Puget Sound, and at the far southern end of the Sound, so no worries here. However, this IS a wake-up call for Washington.

From NBC News:

California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the Canadian province of British Columbia could all be affected, the National Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

“A tsunami advisory has been issued for Hawaii and parts of the U.S. Pacific coast after an undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near Tonga on Saturday.

“Residents living near beaches, harbors, marinas and other coastal areas should move away from the shore and make their way inland or uphill, the bulletin added.”

“The advisory was issued after Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted near Tonga early Saturday, sending strong waves crashing onto its main island, Tongatapu.

“The eruption lasted 10-15 minutes and threw ash plumes over 8 miles high, according to the Tonga Geological Services.”

January 15, 2022

* Surveillance will follow us into ‘the metaverse,’
* Bob Iyall selected Chair of Port of Olympia Commission,
* Where to Donate All of Your Unwanted Stuff!

The Washington Post: Surveillance will follow us into ‘the metaverse,’ and our bodies could be its new data source. Photo: iStock/Washington Post Illustration


+ JOLT News: Bob Iyall selected Chair of Port of Olympia Commission – Commissioners discuss conflict of interest claims

+ JOLT News: Olympia council discusses plans to require all-electric buildings – Washington’s Deep Decarbonization Study, determined that building electrification remains one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing greenhouse gas in homes and buildings.

+ JOLT News: TRL Story Trails combine love of reading and nature – People of all ages can enjoy a nature walk and a delightful book at the same time.

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): Debt overwhelming many in Washington state restaurant, hotel industries, new data show

+ Delta New Hub: [Sea-Tac hub operator] Delta Air Lines has been awarded the Platinum Award for operational excellence by aviation analytics firm Cirium. Delta also took home the award for most on-time North American airline. 

+ JOLT News: City of Tenino ripped off in email scam – Tenino lost $280K in what the state auditor called “irregular payments.”


Truthout: Public Health Professionals Must Demand an End to the Use of Weaponized Drones

AARP: Where to Donate All of Your Unwanted Stuff – Declutter by finding new homes for electronics, medical supplies, furniture and more

The Washington Post: Surveillance will follow us into ‘the metaverse,’ and our bodies could be its new data source – Virtual reality headsets learn more about you than traditional screens. That could be good news for creepy companies.


McClatchy Newspapers: COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases on the rise amid unprecedented surge, WA says

The Defender: Myocarditis Tops List of COVID Vaccine Injuries Among 12- to 17-Year-Olds, VAERS Data Show – VAERS data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included a total of 1,033,994 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 21,745 deaths and 170,446 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020, and Jan. 7, 2022.

The Defender: As Protests Erupt, Some Countries Backtrack on COVID Mandates While Others Double Down – As protests grow in EU countries and worldwide against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and so-called “vaccine passports,” some countries appear to be backtracking or at least harboring second thoughts about enforcing such measures, while others are digging in their heels and moving forward with punitive restrictions on the unvaccinated.


CNN: Fact-checking Jim Jordan’s letter to the Jan. 6 committee

MSNBC Opinion: Kevin McCarthy is choosing Trump over America – Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows have a shared hypocrisy when it comes to special committees in Congress.

January 14, 2022

Yelm’s government leaders making newsworthy impacts!

Speakers at the Jan. 12 forum included, l-r, Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder, Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby, Tumwater Mayor Debbie Sullivan, Yelm Mayor DePinto and Thurston County Commissioner Tye Menser.
Courtesy of Thurston County Chamber of Commerce via JOLT News

From Mayor Joe DePinto’s Facebook post:

“2022 Thurston County Chamber State of the Community”

Earlier today I gave my first official speech as Mayor to the Thurston County Chamber during their 2022 State of the Community event. I discussed Yelm’s strong financial footing, revenue growth, water rights, the Yelm Loop, bragged about our employees, and our commitment to partner with and support our neighboring small cities of South Thurston County. Wonderful event and I am happy to work with the Thurston County Chamber to grow our economy and attract some good family wage paying jobs to Yelm.

Click here to watch Mayor DePinto’s 9 minute speech.

From The Olympian:

“[DePinto] highlighted the importance of south county and the sometimes “forgotten cities” of Rainier, Tenino and Bucoda.

He said he appreciates being invited to the event, but he believes the mayors of those towns should have been as well.

“They often get left out or marginalized when it comes to grants from the county or state, regional stakeholder groups, events like these, or in roundtable discussions with congressional or state leaders,” he said. “I understand that sometimes the big dogs of Thurston County gotta eat, but there needs to be some more equity in the smaller communities here in Thurston County as well.”

Click here to watch Mayor DePinto’s 9 minute speech.

+ The Olympian via MSN: Thurston County leaders review years past, express need for further partnering in 2022

+ JOLT News: Four mayors [including Yelm Mayor Joe DePinto] and one county commissioner presented at annual State of the Community Forum at Thurston Chamber of Commerce’s monthly lunch forum [January 12th]


From the City of Yelm Government’s Facebook page:

“Last Friday a planning session occurred between our Mayor, City Administrator, and Public Services Director along with the Nisqually Tribal Chair and Council (Pictured below). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss projects, collaborations and the upcoming joint council meeting that will be held on February 17th in the Nisqually Council Chambers. You may have noticed the Nisqually flag flying below the US and WA State flag at city hall. It will remain up until the historic February 17th joint meeting. This meeting will be recorded and posted to the city’s YouTube page for public viewing.”

Credit: City of Yelm Government’s Facebook page

January 14, 2022

* “Fact check: No discussion of forced quarantine, vaccines from WA. health board,”
* WA. Board of Health meeting was the topic of a nationwide misinformation campaign, Yelm area folks helped to disseminate!
* Urban Native Era rolls out popular headwear with REI!

Urban Native Era rolls out popular headwear with REI. Here’s where to get it” ”
“The ’You’re on Native land’ statement is made for everyone to wear and comes from an Indigenous perspective and when you’re wearing it, you acknowledge that already.”

Credit: Urban Native Era Courtesy to McClatchy Newspapers


  • Editor’s note: I received many solicitations from Yelm area readers to join in this campaign, yet upon reading the Board of Health agenda vs. the multiple e-mails of the seemingly misinformed, something was clearly amiss. The first three stories below described the facts:

+ USA Today: Fact check: No discussion of forced quarantine, vaccines from Washington health board

+ The Olympian: FACT FOCUS: Washington state isn’t changing quarantine rules – A Washington State Board of Health meeting on Wednesday became the topic of a nationwide misinformation campaign as social media users, political hopefuls and conservative pundits pushed false claims that the meeting would include a vote to force unvaccinated residents into COVID-19 quarantine camps.

+ The Seattle Times: Protesters descend on WA Board of Health after misinformation about vaccine plans goes viral


+ The Olympian: Port of Olympia Commissioner Amy Evans, one of two new faces to join the commission this year, heard conflict of interest accusations during her first regular commission meeting on Wednesday.

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma) via MSN: Washington hospitals describe ‘worst’ level of operational crisis since start of COVID

+ KING-5 TV: Inslee pauses non-urgent medical procedures, deploys National Guard to Washington hospitals Inslee is also dedicating resources to make it easier to discharge patients to long-term care facilities and asking retired healthcare workers to temporarily return.

+ Office of the Governor: Inslee prioritizes poverty reduction efforts

+ Thurston Talk: Olympia is Third Pacific Northwest City to Prioritize Health and Clean Air by Cutting Climate Pollution From New Buildings

+ KING-5 TV: WA. election worker harassment could lead to prison, big fine under Senate-approved bill – the bill now goes to the House

+ Thurston County Elections: Offering Observer Training ahead of February Special Election  


The Washington Post: The past seven years have been the hottest in recorded history, new data shows

CNBC: Queen strips Prince Andrew of royal affiliations as he fights Epstein accuser case in the U.S.


CNBC: Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses, allows health-care worker rule

CNBC: Oath Keepers leader, 10 others charged in seditious Jan. 6 plot to breach Capitol

Daily Kos: Who will receive a Jan. 6 committee subpoena next? Time will tell but the clues are mounting

CNBC: January 6 committee subpoenas Google, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit in probe of Capitol attack

Daily Kos: Carl Bernstein: (almost) all will be revealed, 1/6 is “in excess of anything we saw in Watergate”


The Points Guy: ‘Worst may be behind us’: Delta sees demand hit from omicron, but thinks it won’t last long

Newsweek: Quebec to Impose ‘Significant’ Fines on Unvaccinated Residents

NBC News: Whether we’ll need yearly boosters remains an open question, Fauci says

The Defender: What Did Fauci Know … and When Did He Know It? Two members of Congress this week called for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to produce the transcript of a conference call between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins during which the two discussed possible origins of COVID-19.


CNN via MSN: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham sent GOP Leader Mitch McConnell a very clear message Wednesday night: Get on board with Donald Trump or get out.

Truthout: Trump Is Still Casting Himself as the Victim to Keep Political Control

January 13, 2022

Virus news from Wednesday:
* Omicron will infect ‘just about everybody,’ Fauci says,
* ‘Unambiguously good news’: Sharp decline in COVID wastewater levels in Boston area!

New wastewater measurements of COVID show a sharp decline.
Credit: MWRA via WBUR – NPR radio, Boston


Associated Press: Health officials around the U.S. let COVID-infected staff stay on the job [Ed. note: This after 700 Mayo Clinic health care workers were fired for being unvaxxed.]

The Washington Post: Federal agencies must test unvaccinated workers weekly starting in February, Biden administration says

The Washington Post via MSN: Omicron will infect ‘just about everybody,’ Fauci says

CNBC: Should we treat Covid like the flu? Europe is slowly starting to think so

Forbes: Study Finds Cannabis Compounds Prevent Infection By Covid-19 Virus

WBUR radio, NPR Boston: ‘Unambiguously good news’: Sharp decline in COVID wastewater levels in Boston area

WNBC-4 TV New York: NY Positivity Dips Again, Severe Case Growth Slows; 99% of US Now High Transmission Zones – Omicron variant symptoms are milder than those associated with prior COVID strains, but hospitalizations are still rising. The CDC said Wednesday more than 99% of all U.S. counties are considered high transmission areas

The Defender: DOD Can’t Block Discovery of Evidence in Military Vaccine Mandate Trial, Judge Rules – The ruling could lead to the discovery of evidence of wrongdoing by the federal government and military, including records showing the military violated U.S. Department of Defense official policy by requiring the administration of an Emergency Use Authorization vaccine.

January 13, 2022

* Yelm looking to hire an Associate Planner,
* Inflation rises 7% over the past year, highest since 1982,
* “NPR interview shows an agitated, delusional Donald Trump”

CNBC: Inflation rises 7% over the past year, highest since 1982


+ City of Yelm: With the recent resignation of Associate Planner Casey Mauck, the city is hiring an Associate PlannerJob description.  This recruitment will remain open until filled.

+ NVN: Trial Date Set for Olympia Man Arrested Last Year for 2018 Yelm Jehovah’s Witness Attacks

+ The Seattle P-I: Partisan divide on COVID policy widens in state legislatures

+ NVN: Verification of Land Trust’s First Carbon Project Beats Projections

+ McClatchy Newspapers: MultiCare submits plans to launch emergency medical center in Lacey

+ The Olympian: Thurston County moves to entirely remote public meetings due to Omicron surge – County offices remain open for in-person services.

+ McClatchy Newspapers: Neo-Nazi leader’s threats against journalists net prison time in Washington, feds say


CNBC: Inflation rises 7% over the past year, highest since 1982

CNBC: Judge rejects Prince Andrew’s bid to dismiss Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit

CNBC: GOP leader Kevin McCarthy refuses to cooperate with House Jan. 6 Capitol riot probe

NBC News: Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend testifies to grand jury in sex trafficking probe – The development suggests the Department of Justice may be moving closer to indicting the Florida Republican.

MSNBC’s MaddowBlog: Why grand jury testimony from Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend matters – Rep. Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend testified to a federal grand jury, which is not good news for the Florida Republican.

USA Today: ‘No power whatsoever’: Romney warns Dems of 2022 consequences if they change filibuster

MSNBC Opinion: Mitch McConnell wants to break the Senate if the filibuster is abolished – If Democrats nix the filibuster for voting rights, McConnell’s threatened to bring the Senate to a halt.


CNBC: Trump hangs up on NPR interviewer who pressed him over his false 2020 election claims

Daily Kos: NPR interview shows an agitated, delusional Donald Trump

Newsweek via MSN: Rabbi Charged in Capitol Riot Wants $50 Sentence, Accuses DOJ of ‘Tar and Feathering’

MSNBC’s The Reidout: Team Trump is melting down as probe by N.Y. AG Letitia James intensifies – Recent outbursts and legal filings show the former president, his family and his legal team are feeling the heat.

AlterNet: Arizona Republican who signed phony ‘certification’ saying Trump won flees from reporter‘s questioning

January 12, 2022

* Local, National News From Tuesday:
* Greyhound moves to Olympia Transit Center eff. Jan. 15,
* Biden supports filibuster changes to pass voting rights legislation!

The Olympia Transit Center announced on Monday a new partnership with Greyhound buses to expand travel opportunities in and out of the state’s capital. Steve Bloom, The Olympian


+ The Olympian: Greyhound to begin service out of Olympia Transit Center starting Jan. 15 – The service will provide regional and national bus travel options for South Puget Sound residents.

+ McClatchy Newspapers: Thurston County Superior Court extends jury trial suspension at least a month – Officials cited a surge in COVID-19 cases as the reason.

+ The Olympian: Thurston County Superior Court extends jury trial suspension at least a month

+ KING-5 TV: No, Washington won’t forcibly quarantine those who have COVID-19 or are unvaccinated

+ McClatchy Newspapers: ‘We need action’ Gov. Inslee says in annual State of the State address – encouraging legislators to address homelessness, poverty, climate change, salmon recovery and transportation.

+ Daily Mail (UK) via MSN: FAA orders ‘full ground stop’ at ALL west coast airports Monday in the wake of a North Korea missile firing.

+ NBC News: U.S. issues ‘Do Not Travel’ warning for Canada amid Covid rise – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed Canada “very high” risk for travel on Monday as the State Department issued a “Level Four” warning. “Even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants (in Canada),” the CDC says.


KING-5 TV: Biden will support filibuster changes to get voting rights legislation passed

McClatchy Newspapers: US Mint begins shipping quarters honoring poet Maya Angelou

Investment Watch Blog: “Starting January 15th, 2022, truckers must show a proof of vaccine to cross the Canada/US borders. Since March 2020, drivers were considered “essential”. They could cross the border without a covid test or the vaccine. Under Biden/Trudeau administration, this is about to change” – 22 000 truckers are about to lose their job. But this estimate is from the Canadian Trucking Association. The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) estimated this number closer to 31 000 truckers.

The Points Guy: Facing operational issues, regional airlines make deep schedule cuts

The Washington Post: Four reasons you’re seeing empty grocery store shelves – The omicron surge, extreme weather and record December sales are among the reasons that toilet paper aisle is looking shaky again.

Clay Aiken for Congress (D-NC): Remember Clay Aiken 20 years ago on American Idol? He’s now a podcast host and political activist running for Congress in his home state, NC, to become the first gay member from NC.

January 12, 2022

* Virus News From Tuesday:
* Red Cross declares ‘first-ever’ national blood crisis amid pandemic,
* COVID-19 is still with us, but fading as a chief concern in U.S.!

The Red Cross declared its first-ever national blood crisis, saying it’s experiencing significant shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Arnulfo Franco AP File via The Olympian


  • Editor’s note: I have reported here several times about some health care workers being fired or forced out of their jobs because of not receiving the vaccine. Yet, some of these people already had COVID19.
  • Shouldn’t these vital workers be permitted to return to work, with appropriate precautions, because at this critical time, we need them far more than any risk they pose?

CBS News: Red Cross declares ‘first-ever’ national blood crisis, pleads for donations amid pandemic – O positive and O negative donations are especially in demand.

Daily Kos: COVID-19 is still with us, but it’s fading as a chief concern for Americans in 2022

The Defender: A 26-year-old South Dakota man who died Nov. 12, 2021, of myocarditis — four days after his third booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine…According to the autopsy report and certificate of death, Joseph died from severe heart damage from “myocarditis in the left ventricle due to the recent Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine.”

CNBC: United cuts flights as about 3,000 workers call out sick from Covid

CNBC: Over 50% of Europeans will be infected with omicron in next 2 months: WHO

KING-5 TV: Research finds lungs may be resistant to omicron variant

CNBC: Facebook delays return to office until March, Covid-19 boosters required

CNBC: Omicron-specific vaccine is coming, but it ‘may not matter—everybody’s going to be infected’: Expert

January 12, 2022

* Trump News From Tuesday:
* Jan 6 Committee seeks talks with Giuliani,
* Trump speechwriter’s testimony subpoenaed by 1/6 Panel!

The committee issued subpoenas for two close aides, Andrew Surabian and Arthur Schwartz, to former President Donald Trump’s eldest son on Tuesday.
Politico: Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Trump Jr. advisers, Trump speechwriter
Credit: Mike Stewart/AP


Salon: Jan. 6 committee on Capitol attack wants to talk to Rudy Giuliani

Bloomberg: Trump Speechwriter’s Testimony Subpoenaed by Capitol Riot Panel – Subpoenas also sent to two advisers to ex-president’s son

Daily Kos: On Monday, a federal judge took a line of questioning that ought to have Trump and Trumpworld quaking in their boots. Specifically, federal district Judge Amit Mehta dared to ask whether Trump’s failure to immediately denounce the violence of Jan. 6 was a sign that he approved of the horror that unfolded that day. The fact that a judge is even asking those questions in open court at all is telling, to put it mildly.

Truthout: “Stick to the Facts” — Judge Rejects Claim That Trump Urged “Peace” on Jan. 6

Salon: National Archives: Trump allies caught using forged documents to overturn 2020 election

WDIV-4 TV Detroit: Documents show a group from Michigan attempted to overturn the 2020 election by sending false documents to the state, the courts and the nation

Daily Kos: The 14th Amendment bars insurrection plotters from government. It’s about to be tested – on Trump supporter Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)

MSNBC MaddowBlog: Kevin McCarthy already planning retribution after midterm races – Kevin McCarthy is making plans to use future power to punish House Democrats he doesn’t like. This GOP scheme will not end well.


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