May 14, 2021

6th Annual Yelm Rotary Club Virtual 5k Prairie Stampede May 16-22!

Credit: Rotary Club of Yelm

From the Rotary Club of Yelm

Join us for a Virtual version of our 5k to be held during the week of May 16-22, 2021.

“The 6th Annual Rotary Club of Yelm Prairie Stampede will take place as a Virtual 5k during the week of May 16-22, 2021.   The Rotary Club of Yelm is dedicated to service-in our community and in the world. The proceeds raised by the Yelm Prairie Stampede go to help fund charities and community activities that help make this world a better place to live.” Read more

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May 14, 2021

* Inslee announces statewide reopening June 30, Phase 3 starts May 18,
* Juneteenth a WA. state holiday in 2022,
* Thurston’s Mary Hall 2020 WA. Auditor of the year recipient!

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy WA: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30.
Credit: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee


+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Inslee announces statewide reopening date of June 30 and short-term statewide move to Phase 3

+ Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall: Recipient of the 2020 WA State Auditor of the Year award from Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

+ WSDOT: SR 510 Yelm Loop – New Alignment Phase 2

+ The Spokesman-Review (Spokane): Sen. Patty Murray Calls Lack of Affordable Child Care ‘Silent Epidemic’

+ Associated Press: New Washington state law makes drug possession a misdemeanor

+ KIRO-7 TV: Juneteenth to be a state holiday in Washington state in 2022

+ South Sound Business: Commerce, ArtsFund Partner to Help Nonprofit Community Organizations

+ Yelm High School: Graduation 2021 Update

+ Alaska Airlines: Announced plans for fleet growth and route expansion, adding Belize City, Belize


The Washington Post Opinions: Alongside dozens of prominent Republicans, ex-Republicans and independents, we are announcing “A Call for American Renewal,” a nationwide rallying cry against extremist elements within the GOP, and highlighting the urgent need for a new, common-sense coalition. Click here for “A Call for American Renewal

The New York Times: Climate change is making big problems bigger

CNBC: Why everyone from Elon Musk to Janet Yellen is worried about bitcoin’s energy usage


MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Potential Trump indictment moves closer with McGahn agreement to testify to Congress

The New York Times: Activists and ex-spy said to have plotted to discredit Trump ‘enemies’ in government

Truthout: Trump Extradition Orders Could Be Blocked or Delayed by DeSantis

May 13, 2021

Councilor Joe DePinto announces candidacy for Mayor of Yelm!

Joe DePinto
Credit: Yelm city council

From Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm:

It’s official! Check out my video announcing my campaign to become the next Mayor of Yelm. #ThisIsOURTown #ThisIsOURTime.

Our town! Our time! Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm!

Click here for the video.

Blogger Klein is a supporter of DePinto for Mayor

May 13, 2021

The Yelm Lions Club’s Carlson Cabin open house is Saturday!

Credit, Yelm Lions Club

The Yelm Lions Club holds open house this Saturday

“The Yelms Lion Club will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 to celebrate its complete renovation of its historic Carlson Cabin.

“The project was made possible through a $200,000 grant from the state of Washington, stated a news release. Yelm Mayor JT Wilcox and Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, sponsored the grant.”

“The public is invited to see the renovated building during the open house at the Yelm Lions Club, 300 Yelm Avenue West. COVID-19 protocols will be observed at the event,” quoting the NVN. Read more

May 13, 2021

* Thurston County cat catches a bat with rabies. What to know,
* Open carry ban at state Capitol signed into law,
* Retired generals/admirals to Biden: not legitimately elected, question mental health!

Credit: The New York Times


+ The Olympian: Thurston County cat catches a bat with rabies. Here’s what to do if you encounter a bat

+ NVN: Chamber Director Line Roy to run for Yelm City Council in General Election [Ed. Note: What are your thoughts about this?]

+ KING-5 TV: Open carry ban at state Capitol, near demonstrations signed into law in Washington

+ South Sound Business: New Website Makes Finding Lost Property in Washington Easier

+ McClatchy News: State asks K-12 schools to plan for return to full-time, in-person instruction next fall

+ Delta Airlines: [Sea-Tac’s leading international airline] Delta earns J.D. Power’s No. 1 airline ranking -“Delta’s ‘people’ scores are a key factor in its success,” said the J.D. powers report.

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): Trump wants revenge against Republicans over impeachment. Is Rep. Dan Newhouse in trouble?


Business Insider: More than 120 retired generals and admirals wrote to Biden suggesting he wasn’t legitimately elected and questioning his mental health

CNBC: Elon Musk says Tesla will stop accepting bitcoin for car purchases, citing environmental concerns

The Hill: Forest service is flunking Biden’s science test

CNBC: Inflation speeds up in April as consumer prices leap 4.2%, fastest since 2008

Associated Press: COVID-19 deaths in the United States have tumbled to an average of about 600 per day, the lowest level in 10 months.


The Hill: Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump – Reagan policies or governance personified a forward-looking, can-do conservatism. Trump personifies a dark, vitriolic negativism

Slate: Disaffected Republicans Threaten Breakaway Third Party to Kneecap Trump’s GOP

Yahoo! News: Cheney, stripped of leadership position, vows to keep Trump from returning to presidency

Salon: Liz Cheney is an enemy of democracy — just as much as the Trumpers – “Cheney helped create the monster of Trumpism and American neofascism. She voted in support of Donald Trump’s policies 93 percent of the time.

Business Insider: Trump asked the Secret Service to get ‘these fat guys off my detail’ because ‘they can’t run down the street,’ according to new book

The Hill: Book claims Trump family members were ‘inappropriately’ close with Secret Service agents

Common Dreams: Senate Votes to Repeal Trump Rule Helping Predatory Lenders Trap People in Debt

May 12, 2021

Bloodworks NW pop-up in Yelm has Sunday openings left!

May 14*, 15*, 17* & 18 (* Appointments are full),

Click here to sign-up for Sunday openings.

Click here to schedule your appointment.
Courtesy: Bloodworks Northwest

May 12, 2021

* Yelm council to chose Pos. 4 member May 18,
* Lummi tribal carvers make Olympia stop Saturday on totem journey,
* Gov. Inslee signs bill requiring “just cause” eviction!

May be an image of text that says '2021 NATIONAL POLICE RESPECT. HONOR. REMEMBER. WEEK'
“During National Police Week, May 9-15, we honor the legacy of law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. May we recognize and appreciate all those who protect and serve.” By City of Yelm Government


+ City of Yelm: The city council will hold a special session Tuesday, May 18 to choose a councilor to fill Position 4.

+ The Olympian: Lummi tribal carvers make Olympia stop this Saturday on totem journey to D.C.

+ KING-5 TV: Inslee OKs bill curbing debt-based license suspensions in Washington

+ Associated Press: Wash. governor signs bill requiring “just cause” eviction

+ Community Farm Land Trust: We are so excited to announce that the Fresh from the Farm Guide is officially here…and just in time for the beginning of the season!

+ NVN: Yelm Water Reclamation Facility to Undergo Transformation by End of the Year

+ NVN: Fire Authority One Rung Closer to New Lake Lawrence Station

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): Local military base [Joint Base Lewis-McChord] starts farmers market. Vendors, including vets, encouraged to join

Looking back:

+ NVN: On May 8, 1996, Yelm City Council appointed its newest councilmember Adam Rivas. “It will be neat to do. I’m looking forward to it,” Rivas said. [Ed. note:Adam Rivas served as mayor for one term 2001-2005.]

+ NVN: Walmart purchased a 200,000-square-foot parcel, which used to be the El Patio property, and paid Yelm City Council $636,000 in April 2006 for permit fees.

May 11, 2021

Yelm government is vulnerable from multiple 2021 leadership changes,
Council hears ten Position 4 applicants tonight!

City of Yelm Applies for Additional Water Rights for Future Development - Thurston Economic ...
Yelm City Hall
Credit: Thurston EDC

Council interviews 10 candidates for open seat – while other posts set for turnover

  • Ed. note: For the first time in 20 years, the leadership of the City of Yelm is undergoing massive changes in 2021, with the mayor retiring, 2 new department head appointments (Finance, Community Development), 5 potential city council position changes, and a new Planning and Building Manager. All of these changes place Yelm in a very vulnerable position, as the new people will take approx. a year to become fully conversant with their jobs. Will the city elect new councilors who do not have their allegiances aligned with what has been called “The Cabal” here, and we break 3-3 tie votes where the mayor chooses a new councilor, as an example?

+ Yelm’s City Council will interview 10 candidates tonight to fill out the term through December for the vacant Position 4.

+ Position 4 plus 3 other council positions are up for election this year, so change is a huge potential

+ Mayor Foster announced his retirement leaving the mayor’s seat up for election

+ The 4th Finance Director in Mayor Foster’s 5 year term began here yesterday

+ Community Development Director Beck announced his retirement for this summer

+ The Public Services Department has an opening for a Planning & Building Manager [Ed. note: There is no Public Services Department yet listed on the city’s website, however the Public Works and Community Development Depts. are being reorganized and merged, with Cody Colt as Director. Click here for the Job Description, which reports to new Public Services Dept. Director Colt.] Why would the city post a job in a new department when they have not previously notified the city council, the Planning Commission, nor the public of this reorganization?

+ Community Development’s Assistant Planner Casey Mauck was recently hired

A Yelm Community Blog commenter was very astute:

Why [does] the mayor continue to employ Michael Grayum through the hiring of a 3rd Finance Director, 3rd Public Works Director, And now a new Planning and Building Manager [in Community Development]. If statistics state that turnover cost (sic) 1.5 times the employees salary how can this be an effective management strategy? Why are so many high level employees “leaving for new employment”. This really makes me wonder about Joe Wolfe’s statement of a “toxic work environment” stated back in June of 2019. Has anyone asked other employees how they feel about going to work everyday? Is Michael Grayum fostering a negative environment and pushing employees out?

May 11, 2021

* Poll: Inslee’s approval ratings lowest in more than a year,
* Drug overdoses skyrocket in WA. amid COVID,
* Reversing Trump, US restores transgender health protections!

Credit: City of Yelm


+ City of Yelm: Employment opportunity for a Planning & Building Manager in the Public Services Department

+ KING-5 TV: Inslee at lowest approval ratings in more than a year, statewide poll finds

+ The Olympian: The median price of a Thurston County home is now $430,000, 20% higher than April 2020

+ The Seattle P-I: Drug overdoses skyrocket in Washington state amid COVID

+ Associated Press: The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is piloting a new virtual queuing program and touchless check-in kiosk system.

+ KING-5 TV: Amazon says it blocked 10 billion listings in counterfeit crackdown


Bloomberg: CDC Limits Review of Vaccinated but Infected; Draws Concern

CNBC: Fauci says face masks could become seasonal after Covid pandemic

Travel + Leisure: A Breakdown of Every Major U.S. Airline’s Face Mask Policy

NBC News: Biden admin reversing Trump-era limits on protections for transgender people in health care

Associated Press: New White House panel aims to separate science, politics

The Hill: Young, diverse voters fueled Biden victory over Trump – A sharp increase in Millennial and Generation Z voters was a major factor

The Washington Post: German priests defy Pope Francis with blessings of same-sex unions

The New York Times: Quintin Jones Is Not Innocent. But He Doesn’t Deserve to Die [Ed. note: I do not expect that Texas Gov. Abbott would have compassion and reduce the sentence to life without parole. Yet another reason why government should not be exciting citizens for any reason!]


KING-5 TV: Reversing Trump, US restores transgender health protections

NBC News: Republicans are ousting Cheney all because Trump wouldn’t concede

The Washington Post: Trump’s out-of-power agenda: Retribution against foes, commanding the spotlight and total domination of GOP

The Daily Kos: New Biden task force will get to work sifting through Trump administration’s scientific sabotage

MSNBC Opinions: Trump is his own worst enemy. The last few months prove it.

The Washington Post: The making of a myth – Russell J. Ramsland Jr. sold everything from Tex-Mex food to light-therapy technology. Then he sold the story that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

May 10, 2021

* Yelm Food Co-op says April was best ever,
* It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a reassessment of work in America,
* Trump 2020 election lawsuits lead to requests to discipline lawyers!

Fantastic news from Yelm’s Food Co-op
Credit: Yelm Food Co-op’s May 8th Newsletter


+ KING-5 TV: Statewide poll suggests Democratic Sen. Patty Murray should not seek re-election

+ FOX Business: Boeing risks missing Air Force One 2024 deadline due to legal, production issues

+ The Seattle Times: Southern resident orcas celebrate 3 healthy calves as researchers find J pod in best overall condition in a decade


Business Insider: 4 years after a man’s rushed execution, new tests find someone else’s DNA on the murder weapon [Ed. note: Executions by the state must cease, for our judicial system is fallible and executing far too many innocent people, as we learn after the fact!]

NBC News Opinions: Florida has a new restrictive voting bill. Here’s how to stop more like it. Trump’s conservative Supreme Court is a threat to fair elections. This obscure legal rule could help.

The Washington Post: GOP governors slash jobless aid to try to force more Americans to return to work

The New York Times: The Republican Party’s efforts to limit voting rights are making inroads. After Georgia, Florida and Texas governors signed bills limited voter access, Arizona, Michigan and Ohio are considering their own bills.

The Washington Post: Maryland governor grants posthumous pardons for 34 Black lynching victims

HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule: Crypto Mania!

The Daily Kos: Norwegian Cruise Lines will pull ships out of Florida if required by Gov. DeSantis to take unvaccinated passengers

The Washington Post: It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America.

NBC News Opinions: American plane behavior is out of control. Flight attendants like me are sick of it.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: ‘You wanted to be just like him’: MLB’s oldest living Hall of Famer, Willie Mays turned 90 May 6 [Ed. note: Willie Mays captured the imagination of so many young Baby Boomers, like me!]


The Washington Post: Congress is finally investigating the lab accident covid-19 origin theory


The Wall Street Journal: Trump 2020 Election Lawsuits Lead to Requests to Discipline Lawyers

George Conway in The Washington Post: What Trump has to fear from Rudy Giuliani

Yahoo! News: House GOP campaign wing reportedly withheld bad Trump polling from lawmakers at retreat

NBC News: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: GOP turning into ‘circular firing squad’ over Trump loyalty

Associated Press: Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ imperils Republicans who don’t embrace it

ProPublica: Trump Spawned a New Group of Mega-Donors Who Now Hold Sway Over the GOP’s Future


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