February 25, 2021

Yelm’s recycling bins re-open March 1st!

Yelm Public Works recycling bins.
Credit: Councilor Joe DePinto’s Facebook post

Free recycling drop off at Yelm Public Works starts March 1st.

  • From City Council member Joe DePinto:

I am really excited to announce that the City of Yelm will be offering a free recycling service to folks in Yelm (and you don’t have to live inside the city limits to utilize the service). Starting next week on March 1st, you can go to Yelm’s Public Works, located at 901 NW Rhoton Rd, and drop off common recycling items such as plastic, aluminum cans and cardboard (No glass currently but for the full list look at the pic below). They will be open for drop off from Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (extended hours/days will be considered depending on demand).

“This was discussed on the Public Works Committee I sit on a few weeks ago, but officially announced [February 23] at our City Council meeting. Lemay and the City of Yelm are partnering to provide this FREE service. At no cost to the taxpayers, I am 100% behind this program which is meant to encourage waste reduction and enhance environmental sustainability.

So if you don’t have recycling services currently, your own bin is overflowing, or you have a bunch of recyclable junk hanging around…drop it off at the Public Works recycling area starting March 1st!” #ThisIsOURTown


February 25, 2021

* Yelm Police Dept. provides neutral meetup spot,
* Lacey warehouse operator hosts hiring event Saturday,
* WA. House aims to close Tacoma’s NW immigration jail!

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Yelm’s new neutral “meetup spot” where residents using online buying and trading markets can meet up to exchange goods. Yelm’s Public Safety Building exchange point has 24-hour camera surveillance with two spots reserved. Credit: Eric Rosane, Nisqually Valley News

*** SELECT REGIONAL NEWS WEDNESDAY ***

NVN: Yelm Police Department Provides New Meetup Spot

The Olympian: Need a job? This Lacey warehouse operator is hiring, says pay starts at $25 per hour – hiring event starts Saturday

Associated Press: Washington House aims to close Tacoma’s Northwest immigration jail

Thurston Talk: Local Leaders in Thurston County Formalize Regional Housing Council

KING-5 TV: Seismic retrofitting effort increased in decades after Nisqually quake

JOLT News: About one in six county residents have received at least one vaccination

McClatchey News: What’s a ‘Snow Moon?’ It will light up the winter sky as February closes, experts say

*** SELECT NATIONAL NEWS WEDNESDAY ***

The Washington Post: QAnon-induced conspiracies are tearing families apart

Politico: Biden readies his first major penalties on Russia

CNBC: Dominion and Smartmatic cases against conservatives have real shot at success

The New York Times: Liz Cheney says G.O.P. must ‘make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy.’

The Points Guy: Cruise lines have officially started to cancel Alaska sailings [Ed. note: Impacting the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia!]

NBC News: Americans are identifying as LGBTQ more than ever, poll finds – 1 in 6 members of Gen Z identify as something other than heterosexual.

*** SELECT TRUMP NEWS WEDNESDAY ***

The Washington Post: Trump’s politics hurt his businesses. Will he sell as he looks to a potential 2024 campaign?

CNBC: Donald Trump Jr. deposed in DC attorney general probe of 2017 inauguration funds

CNN: Steve Bannon investigation gains steam as Manhattan prosecutors subpoena financial records

Bloomberg: Kushner’s Times Square Center Moves Toward Foreclosure

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion while president


February 24, 2021

Wireless Emergency Alert test message Thursday, 11am,
ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Delivery comes to WA. this May!

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From the City of Yelm:

“On Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11 am the @waEMD and the @USGS_WA will jointly send a Wireless Emergency Alert test message to wireless devices in King, Pierce and Thurston counties. To opt in to these messages or for more information visit: https://mil.wa.gov/alerts.”

Read more

+ KING-5 TV: Remembering the 6.8 Nisqually earthquake that shook Washington 20 years ago this Sunday

+ USGS: ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Delivery for the Pacific Northwest coming to WA. in May 2021


February 24, 2021

* Yelm announced August retirement of Grant Beck,
* Yelm to re-open recycling bins in a trial,
* Thurston County jail COVID-19 outbreak improves!

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Yelm City Hall
Credit: City of Yelm

*** SELECT REGIONAL NEWS TUESDAY ***

City of Yelm: Last night, City Administrator Graham announced the retirement of Community Development Director Grant Beck effective this August [start at 17:35] – Ed. Note: The city now seeks 2 department heads, Finance and Community Development.

City of Yelm: Announced a trial run re-opening the recycle bins at Public Works beginning March 1st, Monday thru Fridays [start at 17:00]

KING-5 TV: Remembering the 6.8 Nisqually earthquake that shook Washington 20 years ago this Sunday

NVN: Nominations Open for 2020 Yelm Chamber Business Awards

Associated Press: Utility disconnection moratorium extended until July 31

The Olympian: COVID-19 outbreak at Thurston County jail improves, status set to change

The News Tribune (Tacoma): WA Supreme Court throws out think tank’s [The Freedom Foundation] attack on union political activity

JOLT News: New county program lets drug court participants meet with victims of crimes for facilitated conversation

*** SELECT HEALTH NEWS TUESDAY ***

McClatchey News: COVID variant that could harm vaccination effort is found in Washington, officials say

The Wall Street Journal: The One Shot NBA Players Might Not Take: The Covid Vaccine

*** SELECT NATIONAL NEWS TUESDAY ***

USA Today: ‘US leadership has been sorely missed.’ Trudeau, Biden seek to repair alliance in first meeting

NBC News: Extinction threatens third of freshwater fish species, report finds

Business Insider: David Perdue announces he won’t run against Raphael Warnock in 2022 Georgia Senate race

Daily Kos: Texas is getting its water and power back, but the ‘real disaster’ is still looming

The New York Times: Texas ERCOT Managers Resign After Widespread Storm Outages


February 23, 2021

Yelm’s Public Works Dir. Colt on low interest loan for the water reclamation facility!

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Reclaimed water is currently pumped to Cochrane Park from the water reclamation facility (WRF) daily. Credit: City of Yelm

PUBLIC WORKS DIR. COLT ANSWERS QUESTIONS

  • Ed. note: I put some key questions to Public Works Director Cody Colt, who I found open, informative, and welcoming of the opportunity to inform Yelm Blog readers:

Yelm Blogger: Do you have any information on status of the $23M low-interest loan for the water reclamation facility (WRF) the city apparently received, as City Administrator Mr. Graham stated in the Dec. 7, 2020 Study Session?

Dir. Colt: We were on the Draft funding list from Ecology that was sent out in January for the full amount of the 23.8 Million dollar loan. This is a really big step for us and really the last hurdle to getting the WRF funded to be built, interest rate of 1.2% is pretty amazing.

Usually when you make the draft funding list your are guaranteed to get funding, especially when it is a loan vs a grant since they know that will recoup that money.

Yelm Blogger: Will the city council have this on their agenda to formally approve the loan?

Dir. Colt: Council will be the final approval. It is a loan that is based on need. So as we spend money on construction of WRF we Bill it to the loan. We only pay back what we spend, which we estimate to be lower than this amount when all is said and done.

If Council doesn’t approve the construction of the WRF we simply wouldn’t take on the loan.

Yelm Blogger: Thank you for your time and responses. Much appreciated!

Dir. Colt: Always happy to keep the public informed.

+ NVN: Major Improvements Coming to Cochrane Memorial Park [City Council expected to approve approx. $400,000 improvement project]


February 23, 2021

* The National Cathedral tolled 500 bells for 500,000 American COVID-19 deaths,
* WA. COVID-19 metrics trending down!

The President, Vice President, spouses lead nation in mourning 500,000 US Covid-19 deaths, February 22, 2021, The White House entry draped in black bunting. Credit: Doug Mills, The New York Times

*** SELECT REGIONAL NEWS MONDAY ***

+ Yelm Dollars for Scholars: Upcoming Events, Feb. 23, 24, 26

+ The Olympian: COVID-19 Update: A number of COVID-19 metrics trending down in WA, including a case rate of 10.7 per 100,000 people

+ Airways Magazine: The UK bans Boeing 777 PW-powered engines from its airspace [Ed. note: Another blow to Boeing Everett.]

+ CNET: Boeing’s massive foldable-wing 777X jet completes its first test flight

*** SELECT HEALTH NEWS MONDAY ***

Truthout: National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said the proliferation of the virus due to partisan resistance and politicization around wearing a face mask could be responsible for tens of thousands of deaths.

NBC News: Biden upends Trump’s calculation of who gets federal vaccination help – This time, vaccines and supplies are going to underserved communities. “Anything Trump did, we’re doing the opposite,” said one official.

CNBC: New York AG says Trump Supreme Court tax ruling won’t affect her probe of company

*** SELECT NATIONAL NEWS MONDAY ***

CNN: Biden leads nation in mourning 500,000 US Covid-19 deaths

AP: US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

Washington National Cathedral: February 22, 2021: Watch Cathedral Bell Tolling for 500,000 COVID Deaths [Ed. note: And 300 bells tolled on December 15, 2020]

McClatchey News: Small businesses to get priority under Biden administration’s new rules for PPP loans

Common Dreams: Texas Refineries Release Over 300,000 Pounds of Pollutants During Storm

USA Today: Supreme Court to hear challenges to abortion, immigration rules held over from Trump administration

CBS News: UN chief says “feeding frenzy of hate” fueling global white supremacy


February 22, 2021

Trump in the news Monday, as he entered a perilous phase!

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Trump lashes out after Supreme Court decision on his financial records.
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*** SELECT TRUMP NEWS MONDAY ***

The Hill: Trump lashes out after Supreme Court decision on his financial records [Ed. Note: The Court issued a unanimous decision. Trump’s appointees followed the law and not loyalty to him!]

The New York Times: Trump Taxes: Here’s What’s Next in the Manhattan D.A.’s Investigation

Business Insider: Trump says he’s facing ‘political persecution’ after Supreme Court rejects his attempt to keep tax returns hidden [Ed. note: Trump plays his well-worn, aggrieved victim card. He is not above the law.]

Politico: Supreme Court won’t hear GOP’s Pennsylvania election challenge

Truthout: Trump to Push Himself as GOP’s “Presumptive 2024 Nominee” at CPAC, Report Says [Ed. note: Trump being a presumptive nominee for political office will be short-lived with the potential of inevitable civil and criminal indictments coming.]

MSNBC: Just 17 percent of Trump voters think Biden legitimately elected

Forbes: Dominion Voting Sues MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell [for $1.3 billion] For Defamation Over Election Conspiracy

Salon: Republicans Are Keeping Trump’s Big Lie About a “Stolen” Election Alive

CNN: Trump offered Kim Jong Un a ride home on Air Force One following Vietnam summit


February 22, 2021

BREAKING NEWS:
Supreme Court approves grand jury to get Trump’s tax returns!
Trump’s legal options exhausted to block their release.

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President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak in the Rose Garden at the White House on Jan. 19, 2018.
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Supreme Court won’t stop grand jury from getting Trump’s tax returns

“The decision marks a decisive defeat in Trump’s prolonged legal battle to keep his tax records out of the hands of investigators.”

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to block a New York grand jury from getting President Donald Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns, a decisive defeat in his prolonged legal battle to keep his tax records out of the hands of investigators.

“The ruling does not mean the returns will become public any time soon, and they might never be publicly released. Under state law, materials turned over to a grand jury must be kept secret. But Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance can now require Trump’s accountants to turn over the records that the president has steadfastly refused to surrender to prosecutors or Congress.”

“Vance is seeking tax returns covering eight years for a grand jury investigation of hush money payments and other financial transactions. The investigation began after it was disclosed that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about her claim that she had an affair with Trump, an allegation the former president has denied.”

Now that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for Vance to enforce the subpoena, the president has exhausted his legal options to block it. The full tax return documents, or portions of them, would become public only if Vance brings criminal charges at some future date and seeks to introduce them as evidence,” by Pete Williams, NBC News. Read more

+ MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: Trump loses Supreme Court appeal on personal, corporate tax returns 

“The Supreme Court has declined to block a New York grand jury from obtaining former President Donald Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns, and now his accountants must turn over eight years of tax documents to investigators. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.” 


February 22, 2021

* U.S. reaches 500,000 deaths from coronavirus,
* House Armed Svcs. Chair Adam Smith, D-Wash., cited QAnon chatter,
* The Pizzagate gunman is out of prison. What next?

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Swarm of nearly 20 earthquakes rattles Mount Rainier.
Credit: Stacia Glenn, Tacoma’s The News-Tribune.

*** SELECT REGIONAL NEWS LAST WEEKEND ***

CBS News 60 Minutes: QAnon’s corrosive impact on the U.S. [Ed. note: An outstanding report in understanding Q followers and their affect on our community!]

Salon Magazine: House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., cited QAnon chatter surrounding March 4 during a hearing this week with defense officials flagged by CNN that QAnon followers still think Trump will be inaugurated — on March 4. The National Guard will be ready. [And the next QAnon date is May 20th!]

KING-5 TV: State Politics Washington lawmaker urges schools to swap spring and summer breaks

The Olympian: Washington overdose deaths increased significantly during first half of 2020

The News Tribune (Tacoma): Is it time to plant peas yet? Only for some of us in Western Washington

McClatchey News: Swarm of nearly 20 earthquakes rattles Mount Rainier in Washington, geologists say

*** SELECT HEALTH NEWS LAST WEEKEND ***

NBC News: U.S. reaches 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus – The number of dead rivals the population of Atlanta or Sacramento, California.

The New York Times: Fauci expects Americans could still need to wear face masks in 2022.

Forbes: Face Masks May Act As Humidifiers, Further Protecting You Against Severe Covid-19

CNBC: CDC says these are the most common side effects people report after getting Covid vaccine

Associated Press: Airlines plan to ask passengers for contact-tracing details

CBS News: Former Trump official details “grave misstep” in COVID response

Study Finds: ‘Fat but healthy’ is a myth, new research on weight and heart health concludes

The New York Times: Scientists Call on CDC to Set Air Standards for Workplaces, Now

AARP: Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Adults at Greater Risk from COVID-19 – Higher prevalence of underlying health conditions than heterosexuals cited

*** SELECT NATIONAL NEWS LAST WEEKEND ***

UK’s Daily Mail: United Airlines Boeing 777 rained down debris over a square mile of Denver after its engine EXPLODED before ‘textbook’ emergency landing – as police say they are ‘staggered’ no one died [Ed. note: The most comprehensive report to-date!]

The Daily Kos: Dana Bash rips Texas Rep: Texas begging for federal help when it’s in a mess for its “independence.”

WaPo: It’s time to bury the myth of Texas exceptionalism [scroll down for text]

Truthout: White Supremacy Set the Stage for Texas’ Miserable Disaster Response

*** SELECT TRUMP NEWS LAST WEEKEND ***

The Daily Kos: Steven Bannon wants Trump to run for House speaker in 2022 to impeach Biden

WaPo: The Pizzagate gunman is out of prison. The QAnon conspiracy theories he helped unleash are out of control.

The Seattle Times: A UW professor explains why the GOP, even now, just can’t quit Trump [“They see Trump as the last thing standing between them and a fundamentally changed world. They see him as more than a president, he’s a protector and guardian of a culture,” said Parker, a fundamentally white, Christian culture.]

The Daily Kos: Idiot Who Sat in Pence’s Chair is Arrested. After He Bragged He Would Never be Caught.

WaPo: U.S. investigating possible ties between Roger Stone, Alex Jones and Capitol rioters

The Daily Kos: Prosecutor who brought down John Gotti interviews Michael Cohen in Manhattan DA’s Trump probe

The New Yorker: Meet SG3: The Élite Legal Squad That Vowed to Safeguard the Election – Calling themselves the Three Amigos, a self-appointed legal SWAT team of former Solicitors General ran through all the Doomsday scenarios they could think of—except armed insurrection at the Capitol.

Newsweek: Republicans Hit Back at GOP Censures of Senators Who Voted to Convict Trump


February 21, 2021

Last week’s key stories in cartoons!

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Credit: Drew Sheneman, The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
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Jaime Herrera Beutler’s brave lone voice in the wilderness.
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times
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Credit: Mike Luckovich,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Limbaugh’s legacy.
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times
Political Cartoon U.S. trump impeachment
Credit: Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison
Political Cartoon U.S. ted cruz texas cancun
Credit: Steve Sack, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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