August 5, 2022

Meet your freinds and neighbors at Yelm’s Jazz In The Park,
Tonight and Saturday, Yelm City Park!

Credit: Yelm’s Jazz in the Park

5th “Yelm – Jazz in the Park” – Tonight & Saturday, Aug. 6

From the City of Yelm:

Yelm – Jazz in the Park” – 5th edition.

Family friendly + lovely cozy ambiance for everyone! Something to come and enjoy in August!


Join us @ Yelm City Park and prepare to enjoy a relaxing evening, taking in the breathtaking view of Mount Rainier while serenaded by live jazz bands. FREE admission!


Bring your family and friends, picnic basket and blankets, or maybe enjoy the food supplies offered on site. Regardless of what you bring with you, be prepared to be transported to a vacation state of mind.


A beer and wine garden will also be featured, and for our guests visiting from out of town, the local Prairie Hotel is an upscale accommodation option. We look forward to seeing you there again!

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August 4, 2022

* Bloodworks Northwest Yelm Community Pop-Up,
* August 11-12 – Book your appointment today.
* Giving blood = Giving Life. “Donate while it’s hot”

Our Blood Supply doesn’t get a Summer Vacation. Donate this August.

Make a blood donation appointment before you take yours and help make sure lifesaving blood is there for the patients who need it.   

Click here to schedule an appointment in Yelm.


August 3, 2022

Trump-endorsed WA. candidates in 3rd place: Kent (Dist. 3), Culp (Dist 4),
Top two vote getters move on to Nov. ballot!

Credit: KING-5 TV News, Seattle, screen shot

Credit: KING-5 TV News, Seattle, screen shot

August 3, 2022

The Catholic Church dumps millions to anti-abortion campaign in Kansas!
Separation of Church and State? Not in the USA!

Credit: Popular Information

+ MSNBC: Anti-abortion Republicans tried to dupe voters in Kansas. They failed.

+ MSNBC’s The Last Word: Cecile Richards: ‘Extraordinary victory’ for abortion rights in Kansas

Catholic Church spending big on anti-abortion constitutional amendment in Kansas

From Popular Information:

The Catholic Church gave over $750,000 to anti-abortion campaign in Kansas

One of the largest donors to anti-abortion groups campaigning for the amendment is the Catholic Church. Recent filings show that Catholic dioceses gave at least $750,000 to the Value Them Both Coalition in 2021. The coalition, which includes anti-abortion groups Kansas Family Voice, Kansans for Life, and the Kansas Catholic Conference, is campaigning across Kansas.

The filings show that of the $1.2 million that the coalition raised in 2021, $500,000 was donated from the Archdiocese of Kansas City and $250,000 was donated from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita. Documents covering 2022 donations will not be filed until later this month. 

Churches are normally prohibited from engaging in political campaign activity due to their tax-exempt status. The prohibition, however, only applies to campaigns involving “candidate[s] for elective public office.” The IRS considers ballot initiatives a “legislative activity” and churches are allowed to spend money to influence the result. In this case, it means that tax-exempt funds are being used to add an anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution.

An analysis by the Kansas City Star found that “[l]ess than 4% of donations [to the PAC] came from individual Kansans.”


August 2, 2022

Incumbents Rep. Herrera Beutler and Newhouse hold narrow leads!
Only one Thurston incumbent running behind – Sheriff Snaza

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Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash. District 3, speaks in January 2021 as the House debates the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Pennsylvania, at the U.S. Capitol. Credit: House Television via AP, file and The Seattle Times

Results from the top races of the Washington state primary

From KING-5 TV News, Seattle:

Here are the top races we’re tracking in the Washington state primary election, including U.S. Senate and the state’s congressional districts.

U.S. Senate

Senator Patty Murray, who is seeking her sixth term in the U.S. Senate, is leading the race with 54% of the vote, following an initial round of returns counted. Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley is trailing Murray with 32%.

Secretary of state

Sen. Steve Hobbs, who was sworn into the position last November following an appointment by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee to fill the seat, is leading with 41% of votes counted, following an initial round of returns counted. Julie Anderson trails Hobbs with 13%, followed by Republicans Bob Hagglund and Keith Wagoner.

From KIRO-7 TV News, Seattle:

U.S. Congress, District 3

As of Tuesday evening, Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is out to an early lead with 31.8% of votes, although votes for Republican candidates comprise the remaining 68.2%. Herrera Beutler leads that group of GOP candidates at 24.5%, followed by Joe Kent at 20.1%, and Heidi St. John at 15%.

Washington’s 3rd congressional district includes Lewis, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties, as well as part of southern Thurston county.

U.S. Congress, District 4

Incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse is leading in his own primary as well, having garnered 27% of votes early on, followed by Democrat Doug White at 26%. Former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp sits in third at 21.7%, followed by state Rep. Brad Klippert (8.6%) and Navy veteran Jerrod Sessler (10.9%).

Washington’s 4th congressional district encompasses a large area of central Washington, including all of Okanogan, Douglas, Grant, Yakima, Benton and Klickitat counties, as well as parts of Adams and Franklin counties.

Thurston County

+ The Olympian: Only one Thurston County elected official running behind challenger in Tuesday tallies – Sheriff Snaza


August 2, 2022

Crime Stoppers of South Sound needs our help!

Crime Stoppers of South Sound, which operates an anonymous tip line about crimes, may close next year after pandemic-related impacts hurt its fundraising activities.
Credit: Crime Stoppers of the South Sound

Got a tip? Crime Stoppers may not be able to help next year. Here’s why

From The Olympian:

Crime Stoppers of South Sound may close next year because the pandemic has hindered the nonprofit’s fundraising efforts, organization leaders say.

The non-profit organization has been offering rewards for tips about crimes that lead to arrests in Thurston County since 1991. It has operated all those years with funding from community sponsors and fundraising events, co-founder Ed Sorger told The Olympian.

But COVID-19 has stalled both of those funding streams, Sorger said. The pandemic has prevented them from holding fundraising events like they used to. For example, the organization used to host a “shred event,” where people could destroy documents and voluntarily donate to Crime Stoppers.

At the same time, he said some long-time sponsors have diverted their donations to other causes or have had their own fundraising woes.


The Nisqually Indian Tribe also had been a key donor that provided consistent funding, Sorger said. Crime Stoppers manager Julie Wright told The Olympian their inability to conduct community outreach and host events made it difficult for them to make their case to the tribe for more funding.


Crime Stoppers of South Sound accepts tips at 800-222-8477. People can donate by mailing a check to PO Box 6442, Olympia, WA, 98507 or online via PayPal.

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August 1, 2022

A hot and dry July shows longer duration heat waves here!

Olympia Regional Airport’s 99 degrees broke a high temperature record Saturday.
Credit: KING-5 TV News

  • Editor’s note: Last week’s consecutive days of 90+ degree weather demonstrated extreme weather events have started to become more severe, of longer duration, and more frequent.
  • Normally a dry month, July 2022 was even more dry with .09 inches of rain, compared to a normal year with .53 inches.

July reflected several weather records in Western Washington

+ KING-5 TV News: Seattle sets all-time record longest stretch of 90 degree highs Sunday – The heat wave broke all-time records for parts of western Washington.

This stretch of six straight days above 90 set an all-time record at Sea-Tac for the past 77 years.

On Tuesday Bellingham (90), Olympia (97) and Seattle (94) all broke previous daily high records, and on Saturday Olympia (99) and Shelton (99) broke previous daily high records.

+ The Olympian: Sweet relief! Cooler weather is coming to South Sound, forecaster says


August 1, 2022

Yelm’s 5th Jazz in the Park this Friday and Saturday!

Credit: Yelm’s Jazz in the Park

5th “Yelm – Jazz in the Park” – Friday, Aug. 5 & Saturday, Aug. 6

From the City of Yelm:

Yelm – Jazz in the Park” – 5th edition.

Family friendly + lovely cozy ambiance for everyone! Something to come and enjoy in August!


Join us @ Yelm City Park and prepare to enjoy a relaxing evening, taking in the breathtaking view of Mount Rainier while serenaded by live jazz bands. FREE admission!


Bring your family and friends, picnic basket and blankets, or maybe enjoy the food supplies offered on site. Regardless of what you bring with you, be prepared to be transported to a vacation state of mind.


A beer and wine garden will also be featured, and for our guests visiting from out of town, the local Prairie Hotel is an upscale accommodation option. We look forward to seeing you there again!

Read more


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