July 21, 2024

Go Kamala! Biden drops out of race – endorses Harris!

“My fellow Democrats, I have decided not to accept the nomination and to focus all my energies on my duties as President for the remainder of my term. My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made. Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.” Credit: Joe Biden on X.

Read: Biden’s letter to Americans withdrawing from the 2024 race

+ FOX News: Biden endorses Kamala Harris after bowing out of 2024 race

My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made. Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this,” he continued. 

Biden announced just minutes before he endorsed Harris that he is dropping out of the presidential race. 

BIDEN ENDS BID FOR SECOND TERM IN WHITE HOUSE AS HE DROPS OUT OF HIS 2024 REMATCH WITH TRUMP

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President. And while it has been my intention to seek re-election, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term,” Biden said in his letter posted to X Sunday afternoon. 

Biden continued that he will address the nation in detail on the decision “later this week.” As of Sunday afternoon, Harris has not tweeted about Biden dropping out.

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+ MSNBC: Trump issues first statement after Biden says he’s dropping out – The former president opted against a unifying message with a Truth Social post ripping into Joe Biden’s legacy.

Trump had called for national unity in the wake of an assassination attempt against him last weekend. But he quickly ditched that message by the time he accepted the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday at the Republican National Convention. His acceptance speech, which ran more than 90 minutes, was filled with insults and vitriol.

His Truth Social post about Biden’s withdrawal was no different.


July 21, 2024

Inherit the Wind is an excellent film to learn from history as Trump uses Project 2025!

“Inherit The Wind” The famous 1960 movie based on a real-life case in 1925; two great lawyers argue the case for, and against, a Tennessee science teacher accused of the crime of teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. Credit: imdb.com

In the wake of Project 2025 being unveiled, this country should pause and watch this film. and learn from history.

With the white washing of our history in schools, every American should see this film!

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Inherit the Wind is a parable that fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial as a means to discuss McCarthyism.[5] Written in response to the chilling effect of the McCarthy era investigations on intellectual discourse, the film (like the play) is critical of creationism.

In the wake of Project 2025 being unveiled, this country should pause and watch this film. and learn from history.

Click here to buy or rent.


July 21, 2024

Project 2025: Trump’s dystopian platform- A sample of how you may be affected!

Credit: Facebook.

Project 2025 shreds American values

“There is no clearer example of the threat to our way of life.” Opinion in The Washington Post by Larry Hogan, former Republican governor of Maryland, is the state’s Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate.

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+ Now This Imapct on YouTube: Law School Grad Breaks Down Project 2025’s Plan for the U.S.


July 20, 2024

Yelm school board votes to add new District No. 1 director!

The Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors pose for a photo on July 18. From left: Frank King, Denise Hendrickson, Debbie Edwards, Casey Shaw and Bill Hauss. Credit: NVN.

Yelm school board votes to add new District No. 1 director

Lone applicant Frank King sworn in

Excerpt from the NVN:

After Mark Rohwedder’s May departure from his District No. 1 seat on the Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors, the board voted unanimously to approve Frank King’s appointment to fill the vacancy during its Thursday, July 18 meeting.

King, a 2004 Yelm High School graduate, was one of two applicants to apply for the position, but he was the only applicant that lived within District No. 1. He answered questions from the board, and, following an executive session, he was appointed and sworn in. King will hold the seat until the November 2025 election, when he could run for a full four-year term.

King is a small business owner who said he has lived in the district for 30 years. When prompted by the board to explain why he decided to apply to be a director, he said he wanted to be engaged in his children’s education as he has multiple children in the school district.

“Yelm was so paramount in my community that I wanted to give back. Once Mark resigned, I knew that sometimes you just have to say yes to some things,” King said.


July 20, 2024

Thurston County Fair invites foods, hobbies, arts and crafts enthusiasts!

Two young children are looking at pink show pigs in a 4-H pen at an American County Fair. Photo by Christin Gasner via The JOLT News.

Thurston County Fair invites foods, hobbies, arts and crafts enthusiasts to submit their entries

Submit your entry during the competition, which will be held at the Thurston County Fairgrounds from July 22 to 29.

Excerpt from The JOLT News:

The “Buzz on Down to the Thurston County Fair!” is fast approaching, and they are calling on art, floral, food, hobbies and crafts, and photography enthusiasts to participate in their open-class contests.

For those interested in joining, submit your entry during the competition, which will be held at the Thurston County Fairgrounds from July 22 to 29.

Below are the details of the different open-class contests.

Open Class Photography

To be held on July 26 from 4-7 p.m. and July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., interested participants will have the opportunity to showcase their best photos of any subject, including people, pets, scenery, food, and many others. The photos can be in landscape or portrait orientation and in black and white or full color.

Open Class Hobbies and Crafts

Interested crafts enthusiasts are invited to showcase their beautiful creations on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woodcrafts, ceramics, jewelry, embroidery, and so many other lovely handicrafts are welcome in the dozens of hobby and craft contests held during this date.

Open Class Art

The contest will take place on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on July 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants of all ages are invited to enter and bring their best creations, including paintings, sketches, drawings, miniatures, and sculptures.

Open Class Baking

Showcase your best-tasting breads, pastries, cakes, pies, cookies, and other baked goods on July 29 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Open Class Preserved Foods

On July 29, from 12 noon until 6 p.m., submit your canned fruits and vegetables, pickles, sauces, jams, and jellies. You can also enter vinegar, preserved meats, dehydrated foods, honey, and an array of other preserved items.

Open Class Floral

Numerous floral competitions featuring a wide variety of categories will be held on July 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. Participants can enter cut flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs, bulbs, container gardens, and many other types of plants.

The “Buzz on Down to the Thurston County Fair!” will be held from July 31 to August 4.

The 2024 Exhibitor’s Guide contains everything you need to participate in open-class and club competitions. It also provides details on entry forms, camping, and the fair’s schedule of events.

For further information, visit the Thurston County Fair webpagehttp://www.thurstoncountyfair.org/ or contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453.


July 19, 2024

Plan Ahead: temporary closure of JBLM’s DuPont Gate, July 29 – Aug. 5!

I-5 – Mounts Rd. to Steilacoom-DuPont Rd. – Corridor Improvements. The project will add HOV lanes to both directions of I-5. Credit WSDOT.

Plan ahead for temporary closure of JBLM’s DuPont Gate July 29 – Aug. 5 for road construction

From WSDOT:

Other JBLM gates will remain open during this work DUPONT – Beginning 5 a.m. Monday, July 29, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord DuPont gate will close to all travelers. The gate will reopen 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5 The closure of this gate allows crews to continue to improve access to and from JBLM. The temporary DuPont Gate closure does not affect other JBLM gates. Travelers will want to plan to take alternate routes and allow for additional travel time during the closure. The Washington State Department of Transportation appreciates travelers’ patience and understanding during this work. The closure allows crews to shorten the overall construction timeline, shortening the length of traffic disruptions. The project will build a new Steilacoom-DuPont Road interchange (exit 119) and also extend the existing southbound I-5 HOV lane to Steilacoom-DuPont Road. The northbound HOV lane will extend from Mounts Road to the existing HOV lane at 41st Division Drive. This project is intended to help relieve chronic traffic congestion and improve mobility along I-5 near the military base. It is the third in a series of projects to widen I-5 and create new HOV lanes. Construction began in early August 2023 and will continue through 2026. For more information about this ongoing project, please visit the online open house. Real-time information is available via the WSDOT app and statewide travel map.


Hyperlinks within the release:

Improve access: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIDRY3j6DNI
JBLM gates: home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/about/Directorates-support-offices/directorate-emergency-services/provost-marshal/gate-information
Project: wsdot.wa.gov/construction-planning/search-projects/i-5-mounts-rd-steilacoom-dupont-rd-corridor-improvements
Online Open House: engage.wsdot.wa.gov/i-5-mounts-to-steilacoom-dupont-rd/
WSDOT app: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Inform/mobile.htm Statewide travel map: wsdot.com/Travel/Real-time/Map/
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WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state’s transportation systems. To learn more about what we’re doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at wsdot.com/traffic.  
 

July 19, 2024

Yelm Prairie Line Trail expansion could be completed by summer 2025!

The Yelm Prairie Line Trail can be located on Rhoton Road, and spanning down NP Rd SE.
Credit: NVN.

End in site for Yelm Prairie Line Trail expansion

Renovations in next phase could be complete by summer 2025

Excerpt from the NVN:

Just one month after celebrating the completion of Phase 2 of Yelm’s Prairie Line Trail, Yelm city councilors learned that Phase 2B, or renovations of the trestle bridge over the Nisqually River, will be completed by the end of 2025.

Yelm Public Works Director Cody Colt said during the July 9 City Council meeting that he’s hopeful to see the city hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony around this time next year but offered a disclaimer that he’s “always over-optimistic” about project timelines.

“We’re shooting for the end of next year. By the end of 2025, this will be complete,” Colt said. “It’s nice that the bridge is already there, so we’re just refurbishing the bridge. But there’s a lot of ecological things we need to do, like preventing stuff from falling into the river. That’ll be the part that slows us down, on how much the Department of Health and Ecology are involved.”

Colt said the city received 30% of the design plans for the project on Sunday, July 7, but added the plan will be edited along the way. He told council members they will get another update in six months as Yelm Public Works receives 90% of the design plans and begins the construction phase.

“We’re at 30% plans now. We’re going to make it fancier and nicer, but this is just the base of what we can do,” Colt said. “The good news is we’re already coming in around $200,000 to $300,000 under budget. It is a grant, though, so if we do have money left over, we’re going to try to do even cooler things, maybe make patterns or displays, other things to make it even better because we want to use that grant money to make it as cool as possible.”

He said that a 5-foot fence will be built on both sides of the trestle bridge to ensure safety of bicyclists and equestrians using the trail. In addition to the new fencing, Colt said a 4-foot bump-out will be added to each side of the bridge for pedestrians to walk out onto. The trestle will also feature binoculars for hikers or horseback riders to enjoy the scenery.


July 18, 2024

Man arrested for attempted murder in Yelm Sunday evening, say police

Credit: Stock photo P_Wei Getty Images/iStockphoto via The Olympian.

Man arrested for attempted murder in Yelm Sunday evening, police say

Excerpt from The Olympian via yahoo!news:

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of multiple crimes Sunday evening, including first-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting a man in Yelm, police say.

About 7:20 p.m., police were dispatched to the 15200 block of Chad Drive Southeast. During the 911 call, dispatchers could hear someone yelling about a gun, Sgt. Kevin Taylor said.

Police arrived to find the suspect outside the residence, then detained him as he tried to re-enter it, Taylor said. Inside they found an adult man who had suffered a gunshot wound to his head, Taylor said.

The victim was first taken to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and then on to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, he said.

Taylor said the bullet passed through the victim’s cheek and back of his head, and yet, incredibly, the last he had heard was that the victim was alert, walking and talking.

In addition to being booked on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, he also was booked for two counts of second-degree assault/domestic violence and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Taylor said the two men knew each other, but he was unsure about the relationship.


July 17, 2024

Yelm’s 2023 overall serious crime was down: State Report!

A Yelm police vehicle sits in front of a cotton candy colored sky near the Yelm Water Tower. Credit:
Yelm Police Department via
the NVN.

State report indicates overall serious crime down in Yelm in 2023

Excerpt from the NVN

According to the annual Crime in Washington 2023 report, serious crimes in Yelm decreased 19.68% from 2022 to 2023.

According to the report, last year, 518 “Group A” crimes were reported, a decrease of over 100 from 2022, which had 645  “Group A” crimes reported to the Yelm Police Department.

The report, prepared by Criminal Justice Information Support Staff and released July 9, highlighted over 500 “Group A” offenses and nearly 300 additional “Group B” arrests.

“Group A” statistics include: murder, manslaughter, rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object, fondling, aggravated assault, simple assault, intimidation, kidnapping, incest, statutory rape, human trafficking offenses, violation of no contact or protection orders, robbery, burglary, larceny-theft offenses, motor vehicle theft, arson, destruction of property, counterfeiting or forgery, fraud offenses, embezzlement, extortion or blackmail, bribery, stolen property offenses, animal cruelty, drug or narcotic violations, drug equipment violations, gambling offenses, pornography, prostitution offenses and weapon law violations.

According to the statistics, police arrested 167 people for Group A offenses.

In 2023, a total of 518 “Group A” offenses were reported, down from 127 from 2022. Of the 2023 offenses reported, 76 involved domestic violence. According to the statistics, 167 total arrests were made.

Statistics in “Group B” include bad checks, curfew or vagrancy, disorderly conduct, drunkenness, DUI, family offenses, liquor law violations, peeping Tom, trespass and “all other offenses.” According to the Crime in Washington 2023 report, there were 284 “Group B” arrests, including six juveniles.


July 17, 2024

Thurston’s Sheriff Sanders stops to answer call of nature, meets domestic violence suspect!

Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders had a well-timed bathroom break Saturday night, according to his own post on social media.
Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders had a well-timed bathroom break Saturday night, according to his own post on social media.Credit: Sheriff Derek Sanders via The Chronicle.

Thurston County sheriff stops to answer call of nature, discovers domestic violence suspect

About 11 p.m. Saturday, his department was responding to multiple domestic violence calls, including one on state Route 507 in Yelm where a man allegedly was prowling on the victim’s property and sending threatening text messages.

Sanders, according to his Facebook page, joined K-9 Bowie, Yelm police and Nisqually police to find the suspect.

Then this:

“While checking SR507, human nature intervened and my Wendy’s lemonade had ran its course,” Sanders posted on Facebook. “While looking for a bush on the side of the road to go potty, I located the suspect hiding in a small field. He was placed under arrest and is off to the county jail.”



According to Thurston County jail information, a 53-year-old man was arrested in the 14800 block of state Route 507 on suspicion of harassment/domestic violence and stalking/domestic violence.


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