April 30, 2023

Friday’s warm weather one for the record books here!

Credit: Rory Siegel Photography & Fine Art, ©2023.
Used with permission.

Record high temperature recorded Friday in Olympia

Excerpt from The Olympian:

Previous record-high daily temperatures fell across western Washington on Friday, including areas around Olympia, Seattle and Everett, NWS Seattle tweeted. Tacoma and Bellingham both fell a couple degrees short.

[Editor’s note: The actual high on Friday in Olympia was 79 degrees.]

The Saturday forecast shows high temperatures of 76 degrees in Tacoma and 75 in Olympia. The sun is expected to be out all day and won’t set until after 8 p.m. Tacoma’s record high for April 29 is 77 degrees, set in 1989. Olympia saw its all-time daily high of 81 in 1957.

[Editor’s note: The actual high on Saturday in Olympia was 77 degrees.]

April 30, 2023

“Trump’s danger is on display in multiple Manhattan courts” 

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a press conference following the arraignment of Donald Trump on April 4 in New York. Credit: Kena Betancur / Getty Images via MSNBC’s Deadline: Legal Blog.

Jordan Rubin in the April 28th edition of MSNBC’s Deadline: Legal newsletter. Trump’s danger is on display in multiple Manhattan courts 

Special counsel Jack Smith moved one step closer to potentially charging Donald Trump in the Justice Department’s Jan. 6 investigation this week. We learned late Thursday that former Vice President Mike Pence appeared before Smith’s grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court denied Trump’s attempt to keep Pence off the grand jury stand. And that was far from the former president’s only legal problem this week.

Trump’s civil rape and defamation trial began Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, with plaintiff E. Jean Carroll taking the stand in the days that followed. My colleague Lisa Rubin, who’s been in court for the ordeal, described the extraordinary opening statement delivered by Carroll’s legal team. Though he hasn’t stepped foot in the courtroom and might not throughout the trial, Trump is already tempting additional legal trouble with his social media posts lashing out at Carroll.

Trump’s criminal entanglements moved along as well this week, with state prosecutors in the Manhattan hush money case seeking a protective orderto restrict Trump’s access to and use of evidence that’ll be turned over during discovery. In its request, the Manhattan district attorney’s office cited the former president’s history of lashing out at seemingly everyone involved in his multiple investigations over the years. 

Down in Georgia, we got some big timing news, thanks to a letter from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to local law enforcement, in which she told them to prepare for criminal charging decisions in her 2020 election interference probe between July 11 and Sept. 1. While she supposedly sent the letter so law enforcement could make safety preparations, MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann explained what he believes was the true motivation of her message.

In other Trump news of importance last week

+ CNN: Hear Arnold Schwarzenegger’s prediction about Trump – In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about his predictions for former President Donald Trump in 2024.

+ Daily Kos: A second researcher hired by Trump admits that he found no fraud in 2020 election—and Trump knew it

+ Washington Post: Trump touts authoritarian vision for second term: ‘I am your justice’ – The former president is proposing deploying the military domestically, purging the federal workforce and building futuristic cities from scratch

+ CNN: Trump lawyers rail against DOJ in letter, reveal foreign leader briefings may be among classified documents taken from White House

+ MSNBC’s Deadline White House: Trump’s embrace of a Jan. 6 defendant sets a dangerous precedent

April 29, 2023

Most crime-targeted trailheads in western WA. identified,
Two are frequently visited by Yelm area residents!

Credit: The paved Chehalis Western Trail. Photo by Suzanne Aird

Frustrated hiker compiles list of most crime-targeted trailheads in western Washington

Car break-ins and thefts at trailheads are becoming a growing problem. One man decided to document this and found the most targeted trailheads in our area.

  • Editor’s note: Be aware when visiting –
  • Nisqually State Park: SW- Longmire/Paradise 
  • Chehalis Western- Woodard Bay Trailhead: Olympia

Excerpt from KING-5 TV News, Seattle:

As the sun comes out, trailhead parking lots are starting to get packed with cars. Car break-ins and thefts at trailheads are becoming a growing problem. One man decided to document this and found the most targeted trailheads in our area.

“Is hiking safe? Absolutely. Are there some really bad trailheads? Absolutely,” said the man, who asked not to be named for safety reasons. 

He started compiling vehicle break-in data last year after seeing windows smashed at a trailhead.

This list shows the five most targeted trails with data from 2015 through 2022. All are no more than a two-hour drive from Seattle.

  1. Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail Head: Cougar Mountain 
  2. Tiger Mountain Trail Head South: Tiger Mountain
  3. Nisqually State Park: SW- Longmire/Paradise 
  4. Chehalis Western- Woodard Bay Trailhead: Olympia
  5. Pine and Cedar Lakes Trailhead: Bellingham

April 29, 2023

Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce partners for May 2nd Job Fair!

Credit: Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce

From Yelm Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Munoz:

I wanted to share an upcoming event on behalf of Yelm Community Schools and the Yelm Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. On May 2nd, Yelm CTE is partnering with the Yelm Chamber of Commerce, City of Yelm, ESD 113 STEM Alliance & CCL, and PacMtn WorkSource to host a HIRING EVENT from 1pm-7pm at the Yelm Community Center.

Please feel free to share this event. Click here for a downloadable copy of the flyer, which you can share on your social media, website, or in your business. We would love for this event to reach as many people as possible.

April 29, 2023

The Yelm Farmers Market opens Saturday, May 27

Credit: Yelm Farmers Market on Facebook

Yelm Farmers Market Set to Open for Season on May 27 in New Location

Excerpt from the NVN:

The Yelm Farmers Market is set to return on Saturday, May 27, at a new location in front of the Yelm Police Station on McKenzie Street.

The market, which was previously held at the Yelm Community Center, allows local vendors the opportunity to sell their handcrafted items or homegrown food.

“We’re just hoping for a great year. It’s different for us because we’ve been in the same location for five years,” market organizer Jon Jamieson said. “It’ll be a new change being down the street, but we’re hoping for a good turnout and hoping to be in tune with some of the events we’ll coincide with at the community center, such as the Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally and Prairie Days. We’re hoping this new location works out.”

Jamieson said the city decided to rent out the Yelm Community Center to other events like weddings or gatherings. Since the Yelm Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization, Jamieson said they couldn’t afford the rent there.

April 28, 2023

Yelm Job Fair is May 2nd, Yelm Community Center.

JD Fernstrom, Technical Services Manager of STIHL Northwest, presenting industry certificates students earned in class and are ready to use on their resume to demonstrate their skills and knowledge thanks to Yelm Community Schools. Credit: Yelm Community Schools via Thurston Talk.

The Yelm Job Fair Prepares High School Students and Job Seekers for the Future

Except from Thurston Talk:

High school students have a lot on their plate. As graduation approaches, they plan for college, careers, military service, internships and the occasional chance to sleep in after commencement. Yelm Community Schools prepared the Yelm Job Fair so students can learn more about potential employment, network with local small businesses, practice interview skills and build confidence presenting themselves to recruiters and future bosses. The event takes place on Tuesday, May 2, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Yelm Community Center and is open to the public and job seekers of any age.

“Yelm Community Schools values the partnerships we have within the community and thank our partners who are collaborating with us to make the Job Fair a reality,” says Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director Teri Melone. These include the Yelm Chamber of Commerce, City of Yelm, Pacific Mountain WorkSource, ESD 113 STEM Alliance and Career Connect Washington.

These partnerships are designed to build a strong, resilient talent pipeline within the community.


The Yelm Job Fair welcomes all students and job seekers, not just those affiliated with the district. There will be more than 35 employers on-site looking to fill more than 500 open positions in a variety of fields. Melone compiled a list of employers, job openings and type of work for those planning to attend.

Read more

April 27, 2023

Yelm Councilor James Blair resigns effective April 30,
Position 1 seat is up for election this November!

Yelm council member James Blair.
Credit: City of Yelm.

Council member James Blair announced he is moving outside of city limits.

  • Editor’s note: Anyone moving their residency knows well in advance of such a move.
  • For Mr. Blair to announce for the first time that he was resigning at that meeting due to a move, and without prior notice to the council, his constituents and voters, is disingenuous, at best.
  • The council was taken aback, and rightly so.
  • Former council members Tad Stillwell, Pat Fetterly, and Mike McGowan all gave plenty of advance notice when they were moving outside of city limits, and each were subsequently feted with a last meeting celebration and acknowledgement.
  • While I thank Mr. Blair for his service, this action along with several previous examples, clearly demonstrated Mr. Blair did not have the public interests of Yelm voters as a priority.

Blair announced to the public and city council session that he would not complete his term, ending this December.

Click here for the Yelm City Council video if Tuesday, April 25, 2022 for Blair’s resignation. Start at 1:22.

Council member Blair was elected to Position 1 in November 2019.


Blogger Klein was a supporter and contributor to Mr. Blair’s candidacy for city council in 2017.

October 16, 2017: In Yelm city races: DePinto, Colt and Blair are the best choices –
Votes for the future, not more of the past!

April 26, 2023

Learn how you can “Recycle Right”

Credit: Washington State Department of Ecology

Don’t bag your recyclables

Putting your recyclables in plastic bags causes problems. The recyclables inside can’t get properly sorted, and the bags can get tangled in the machinery. As a result, bagged recyclables are pulled from the sorting lines by workers and sent to the landfill. It’s better to keep your recyclables loose in your bin.

Click here for the video: Recycle Right: Don’t Bag Your Recyclables!

How you can Recycle Right

Recycling helps reduce pollution, save energy, conserve natural resources, and support local jobs and businesses. Follow these tips to make sure your recycling efforts don’t go to waste.

Empty, clean, dry plastic soda bottle.

Empty, clean and dry

Empty out liquids, rinse or scrape out food residue, make sure paper and cardboard are dry, and keep your recycling bin closed to shut out rain.

Don't bag your recyclables.

Keep recyclables loose, do not bag them

Recycling rules differ from region to region.

Not everything can be recycled

Even items that have the recycling symbol may not be accepted for recycling in your program or even in the state.

Read more

April 25, 2023

Gov. Inslee signs bill to ban assault weapons in WA.!

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Tuesday before signing into law a bill banning assault weapons. Washington state became the 10th state in the U.S. to ban such weapons. The ban was part of a sweeping package of proposals aimed at reducing gun violence. An emergency clause in the assault weapons bill made the law effective immediately. Credit: Shauna Sowersby, McClatchy Newspapers.

Read more from the Office of gov. Jay Inslee.

Washington state has now banned selling assault weapons

The bill does not ban the possession of assault weapons and allows for ownership by law enforcement and military service members.

Excerpt from KING-5 TV:

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Tuesday morning that banned the sale, manufacture and import of assault weapons in Washington state.

Washington is now the 10th state in the United States to ban selling assault weapons. 

The House concurred with a floor amendment to House Bill 1240 that was added in the Senate, voting 56-42 to approve it on April 19. The amendment will allow gun manufacturers to sell inventory already in stock prior to Jan. 1, 2023, and only to out-of-state clientele for 90 days after the bill goes into effect. 

The bill does not ban the possession of assault weapons and allows for ownership by law enforcement and military service members, with an exception in cases of inheritance. 

Inslee and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson both took to social media to celebrate the passage of the bill, with Inslee tweeting, “WA does not and will not accept gun violence as normal. Banning the sale of assault weapons, our bill to enact training requirements and a wait period, and the bill to improve accountability of manufacturers and retailers will save lives.”

April 25, 2023

Fulton County District Attorney signals Trump may be indictment target!

Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton County DA says charges could come as soon as July in election interference probe

Excerpt from The Hill:

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) told law enforcement officers Monday she plans to announce indictments in her probe into interference into the 2020 election as early as July, requesting “heightened security and preparedness in the coming months.”

The letter, first reported by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, is one of the latest progress updates on a probe centered on former President Trump’s effort to block President Biden’s victory in the state since Willis in January said charging decisions would be imminent.

Willis said she will announce any indictment between July 11 and September 1, noting that an announcement in the case is likely to spur “significant public reaction.”

Willis’s case could be far reaching, with prior interviews with the grand jury forewoman noting its final report suggested multiple indictments.

‘Red-alert’: George Conway suggests DA memo means grand jury will likely indict Trump

Excerpt from The New Civil Rights Movement via MSN:

Responding to news that Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis has told law enforcement to prepare for an announcement this summer, attorney George Conway is suggesting it likely means her special grand jury is expected to indict Donald Trump.


“Willis said she will announce possible criminal indictments between July 11 and Sept. 1,” the AJC adds, “sending one of the strongest signals yet that she’s on the verge of trying to obtain an indictment against Trump and his supporters.”

“We have seen in recent years that some may go outside of public expressions of opinion that are protected by the First Amendment to engage in acts of violence that will endanger the safety of those we are sworn to protect,” Willis wrote, the AJC reports. “As leaders, it is incumbent upon us to prepare.”

Conway strongly suggests he believes Willis would not have issued her “red-alert all-hands-on-deck memo” if she did not expect her special grand jury to return an indictment against Trump, although he does not name the ex-president.

“If DA Willis is putting out a red-alert all-hands-on-deck memo to law enforcement like this,” Conway tweets, “you can be reasonably confident the caption on the indictment isn’t going to be ‘State v. Giuliani et al.’ or ‘State v. Meadows et al.’ The lead defendant will probably be someone else.”

The AJC’s Tamar Hallerman, who co-wrote the article about Willis and her memo, tweeted: “The letters amount to one of the strongest signals yet that Willis is on the verge of trying to obtain an indictment against Trump and his supporters.”


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