May 26, 2024

New details emerge on last week’s fiery standoff, homicide-suicide in Yelm!

Sheriff Derek Sanders shared this photograph of the law enforcement presence outside a home on the 10500 block of Old McKenna Road Southeast on Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office reports an armed individual committed suicide after a six-hour stand-off with the Thurston County SWAT Team. Courtesy of Thurston County Sheriff’s Office via The Olympian.

Authorities find new details on last week’s fiery standoff, homicide-suicide in Yelm

Excerpt from The Olympian via yahoo!news:

The Thurston County Coroner has released details about the deaths of two men in the Yelm area last week.

Emergency responders were dispatched about 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, to a motor home and boat fire in the 10500 block of Old McKenna Road. Fire crews later discovered a dead man, prompting a wider investigation of the area by Yelm police and Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives, The Olympian reported.

About 11:30 a.m. that morning, deputies attempted to execute a search warrant at an adjacent property, Lt. Mike Brooks with Sheriff’s Office told The Olympian.

Deputies found a man and woman inside the home of the dead man. Brooks clarified these individuals were found at property adjacent to where the fire occurred and where the deceased person was found, The Olympian reported.

Brooks said the man displayed a gun and that resulted in a prolonged stand-off with law enforcement. He later took his own life, he said.

The man found dead at the scene was a 67-year-old Yelm resident. He died from a gunshot wound to the head, Coroner Gary Warnock said. The man who took his own life was identified as Abnel B. Quinones, 30, of Yelm, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about this incident to contact detectives at detectives@co.thurston.wa.us.

Read the full story here.


May 26, 2024

Trump’s criminal trial closes in on his malfeasance – Jury to soon get case!

Democratic group kicks off ad blitz targeting Trump’s abortion stance Credit: Daily Kos
  • Editor’s note: Prosecutors asked judge in classified documents case to block Trump from statements endangering law enforcement: CNBC
  • That the court is having to address concerns a former President would make threatening statements to law enforcement is how low this country has gone in support The Former Guy.
  • This is flat-out pathetic that Trump continues to taunt our justice system as an outlaw!
  • One day in the future, just like post-Nazi Germany, this country [and the Republican Party] will awaken from the malaise of supporting Trump and ask, “What have we done?!”

Trump’s criminal trial to hear losing arguments this coming week

+ Bloomberg News: Expect Jury to Convict Trump: Cobb on Hush Money Trial

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+ TIME: What Happens if Trump is Convicted in NY Trial?

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+ MSNBC: Team Trump fumes over ‘Apprentice’ film that depicts Trump sexually assaulting his wife – The Trump campaign is crying ‘election interference’ over a biopic screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

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+ MSNBC’s Deadline White House: Nikki Haley will vote for Donald Trump, after he mocked her husband’s military service [Editor’s note: she does not deserve any of our attention – And to think I almost voted for her in the WA. Primary! This is a spineless politician whose stands change like the shifting sands.]

+ Inside With Jen Psaki: “Trump’s base on her side if she wants to run for office again. So at the end of the day, this is just another stop in her MAGA comeback tour after temporarily showing that maybe she had a spine

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+ MSN: Trump’s Inflated DJT Stock Is a “Bubble,” Truth Social Is a Failure, Experts Say: A Closer Look

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+ MSN: ‘We can’t allow ourselves to become numb’: George Stephanopoulos on Trump running for office again

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+ MSN: Joe Concha: The enthusiasm and momentum is behind Trump

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+ MSN: Trump tries to fundraise off false claims Biden authorized his assassination

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+ MSN: Longtime Democrats now supporting Trump: ‘Everybody’s moving to Trump’

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+ MSN: Quiet part out loud: Trump sells the presidency to Big Oil

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+ MSNBC: This Truth Social boast tells us everything we need to know about Trump’s true character – Donald Trump seems to view the plight of this American hostage as just another opportunity to score political points.

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+ MSN: Trump is a ‘wrecker,’ says historian Robert Kagan

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+ MSNBC: The hush money trial revealed, again, how poorly Trump’s business was run – The defense sought to undermine a witness’s credibility by essentially admitting that Trump’s business had terrible accounting practices.

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+ MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Blog: Trump eyes even more tax breaks for the wealthy, big corporations


May 25, 2024

JBLM honors its fallen soldiers in annual Memorial Day Remembrance!

A soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment adjusts the campaign streamers on the regimental flag prior to a Memorial Day Remembrance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Photo by JM Simpson, May 23, 2024 via The JOLT News.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord honors its fallen soldiers

Excerpt from The JOLT News:

The English philosopher G.K. Chesterton once pointed out that courage is an apparent oxymoron, that it means “to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” 

This sense of courage was remembered this past Thursday afternoon when 1st Brigade, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division held its annual Memorial Day Remembrance at Memorial Park on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 

Originally called Decoration Day, it was formalized by a “Memorial Day Order” issues by Grand Army of the Republic Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan in 1868. Since then, it has been recognized on the last Monday in May in order “to observe Memorial Day by praying, according to their individual religious faith, for permanent peace.” 

About 200 soldiers, veterans, members of the Patriots’ Guard and civilians attended the event. Colonel Kwentin Kuhlman, the brigade’s commander, related how Sergeant Jacob Herring, Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment stayed with his fellow soldiers after having been wounded. 

“He was wounded in December 2003 and could have come home,” related Kuhlman. “But he didn’t; he remained with his unit.”  Sergeant Herring was killed in action on April 28, 2004. 

He then cited the English statesman Edmund Burke who said the evil triumphs only when good men do nothing. 

“The memorials in this park at dotted with the names of the men and women who were determined that good would overcome evil,” concluded Kuhlman. 

“Let us honor their memory and each live lives worthy of their sacrifices.” 


May 25, 2024

Yelm High School Freshman Evelynn Courneya pens outstanding letter in NVN!

Loss of teachers, staff will be detrimental in more than just classrooms

Letter to the Editor of the NVN by Evelynn Courneya:

I am a freshman at Yelm High School, an honor roll student, who cares about the education system. Without the school, I wouldn’t be here now. I am writing this to voice my concerns on behalf of the students of Yelm and to share my experiences.

Our schools are my home, and teachers have supported me left and right. Since I was young, my teachers have always been there to lead me and support me. When I was 9, my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Morisset, assisted me in being removed from a traumatic situation. That was the first time the school had helped me. I owe her a thank you because, without her, I believe I wouldn’t be alive.

In seventh grade, I met Skylar Cole, a social worker who works with students across the district. Skylar has worked with me for three years, learning about my struggles and teaching me that I am valuable. Since seventh grade, I’ve discovered who I am. I am who I am because my world didn’t burn to the ground at age 9 or 12. In my eighth grade year, I still didn’t have a grip on my life, losing myself to the thousands upon thousands of struggles I had to deal with every day. An old teacher of mine, Gregory Saunders, still checks up on me, even though I am not his student anymore. 

Currently, it’s my freshman year, and step by step, I’m learning to love life and what the world has given me. I’ve created new support systems in the high school, and I look forward every day to seeing them, for instance, my favorite teacher, Ms. Brookshire. I eat lunch with her throughout the school week, I tell her my worries, and I tell her what I am doing in life, like the jobs I’m taking and the events I’m going to. I look forward to speaking with my favorite teacher, who cares for me and understands that I am valuable without a letter A to my name. This school is my home. The teachers are my family because they’ve cared more than anyone else. Many other students relate to my situation and are concerned about their support systems being laid off.

Teachers are important, but school activities are also important. It’s an outlet for students. It allows students to connect, with themselves, with advisors and with the environment. It teaches us commitment, fills us with pride and builds our confidence. Our education opens up several pathways for the future. Our education isn’t an expense, it’s an investment.

We’re supposed to learn and grow for future generations, so the generations to come have a better education system than I do right now. I hope you hear my thoughts and my feelings that this is significant to numerous people, not just a certain group. The students are hurt and will continue to be hurt by this outcome. Thank you.

Evelynn Courneya

Yelm


May 24, 2024

Mount Rainier’s timed-entry system starts today. What you need to know!

Traffic jammed the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park in August 2016.
Credit: Dean J. Koepfler, The News Tribune (Tacoma).

Mount Rainier’s timed-entry system starts this Friday. Here’s what you need to know

Excerpt from Tacoma’s News-Tribune via yahoo!news:

If you’re looking to get out to Mount Rainier National Park this Memorial Day weekend, you’re going to have to book an entry reservation.

Beginning on Friday, May 24, Mount Rainier visitors entering through the Paradise Corridor will need to have a timed-entry reservation to enter the park.

The timed-entry pilot system was implemented this year to reduce congestion and impacts on trails caused by too many visitors at once.

“Mount Rainier National Park has experienced an approximate 40% increase in visitation over the last 10 years, leading to overcrowding during the summer and damage to fragile ecosystems,” according to the National Park Service website.

Timed-entry reservations will be necessary to enter through both park corridors, but each corridor requires a separate vehicle registration.

Between May 24 and Sept. 2, vehicle reservations will be necessary to enter through the Paradise Corridor from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting July 4 through Sept. 2, vehicle reservations will also be necessary to enter through the Sunrise Corridor from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Timed-entry reservations can be booked through Recreation.gov for $2 per ticket. Modifications and cancellations can be made to the reservation until the start time, but the reservation fee is non-refundable.

Timed-entry reservations do not replace the park entrance fee which is $30 per vehicle.

According to the National Park Service website, you do not need to make a reservation if:

  • You enter the park by vehicle before 7 a.m. or after 3 p.m. between May 24 and Sept. 2.
  • If you have in-park lodging reservations at the Paradise Inn or National Park Inn or if you have a campsite reservation at Cougar Rock or White River Campgrounds, and enter the park any time after 1 p.m.
  • If you are on foot or riding a bike.
  • If you have other permits such as wilderness permit, special-use permit, research permit or commercial-use authorization that allows you entrance to the park without reservations.

May 24, 2024

Weather, traffic outlook in the South Sound region for Memorial Day weekend!

Credit: yahoo!news.

Here’s the weather, traffic outlook in the South Sound region for Memorial Day weekend

Excerpt from The Olympian via yahoo!news:

As travelers set out on likely congested roadways for Memorial Day weekend, the extended holiday could be wet early on in the South Sound region before clearing up, with temperatures forecast in the high 60s on Monday.

The National Weather Service says there is a slight chance of showers in the region on partly-sunny Saturday, with a high near 57. It’s expected to grow warmer and be dry on Sunday (high near 59) and Memorial Day, which is forecast to bring mostly sunny skies and a high near 68.

Traffic impacts

Motorists should expect congestion this weekend, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Travel looks to be heavy both ways along Interstate 5 between Lacey and Tacoma through Tuesday, WSDOT charts show. The charts do not include projections between Tacoma and Seattle.

According to WSDOT, congestion is expected on southbound I-5 from Tacoma to Lacey between:

  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
  • 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday

Heading the other direction on northbound I-5 from Lacey to Tacoma, congestion is anticipated from:

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
  • 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday

Sea-Tac Airport volumes

Meanwhile, high-passenger volumes are expected at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where the Transportation Security Administration said this week that it projected to screen more than 365,000 departing travelers between Thursday and Tuesday.

That figure would represent a 9.6% increase over last year’s volume, TSA said. Thursday and Friday were expected to be the busiest days at Sea-Tac.


May 23, 2024

Squaxin tribe gets federal grant to remove 5th Avenue Dam. Nisqually project funded too!

The Fifth Avenue dam creates Capitol Lake in Olympia at the mouth of the Deschutes River. Federal money granted to the Squaxin Island Tribe will be used to remove the dam and restore the Deschutes Estuary. Credit: Tony Overman, The Olympian.

Squaxin tribe gets federal grant to remove 5th Avenue Dam. Nisqually project funded too

Nationally, $240 million was awarded for 46 fish passage projects.

Excerpt from The Olympian via yahoo! news:

Two local tribes are receiving more than $12 million in federal grants to remove fish passage barriers, including Olympia’s Fifth Avenue Dam.

The two local projects are among nine projects the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is funding in Washington state with a total of $39.4 million. The goal is to remove fish passage barriers such as small dams and culverts, open salmon and steelhead migration routes, and allow more salmon to return to their natural spawning grounds.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is receiving $6.4 million to help remove the Fifth Avenue Dam across the mouth of the Deschutes River, draining the man-made Capitol Lake and restoring the Deschutes Estuary.

According to NOAA, restoring the estuary will help recover habitat for threatened Puget Sound Chinook, and support tribal capacity to expand their barrier removal efforts and engage in salmon recovery planning in South Puget Sound.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe is receiving $5.8 million to remove and replace a culvert that is completely blocking fish passage on Brighton Creek, a tributary of the Nisqually River, and to replace the Harts Lake Road South culvert. The old culvert will be replaced with a new channel-spanning culvert southeast of McKenna on the Pierce County side of the river that will allow threatened Puget Sound steelhead and Chinook salmon to reach high-quality habitat.

The project will include a wildlife crossing and help reduce flood risks and provide opportunities for further native plant restoration, NOAA says.

The funds come from the NOAA Fish Passage through Barrier Removal grant program, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.


May 23, 2024

Yelm-based Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment celebrates 36th anniversary this week!

Ramtha, The Enlightened One
Photo credit: Copyright © 2024 JZ Knight. Used with permission

Congratulations to RSE for 36 years being based in Yelm!

– Editor’s Note:
I was living in San Francisco 36 years ago this week from where I enrolled and flew into Denver to attend Ramtha’s Retreat at Snow Mountain, Colorado, May 22-28, 1988 (Tape # 194). During that gathering, Ramtha responded to a previous request from a participant to teach them what he knew, prompting him to create his Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE), over 11 years after first appearing to JZ Knight in February 1977. He conducted “dialogues” in the intervening years. JZ Knight established RSE’s world headquarters in Yelm.
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Who is Ramtha?
Click here to listen to Ramtha in his own words, by Will Arntz, producer, director, writer of the 2004 internationally acclaimed independent film, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?“.
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Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE), was founded by JZ Knight in 1988 and based here in Yelm. The first official event of Ramtha’s newly established school in Yelm was conducted the first weekend of August 1988, which I also attended. Whatever opinion you may have about the school, this corporate entity headed by JZ Knight has paid taxes, employed scores of local staff, and been an integral part of the fabric of life in SE Thurston for 35+ years now. Yelm, Washington quickly became one of the most well-known seats of spiritual learning worldwide and is still prominent to this day. In the period from 1988 until the 2008 economic downturn’s affects were felt here in 2009, Yelm became visited by more international visitors than any other city in the South Sound, as described by one of our Legislative representatives. Since 2009, live-streaming classes from Yelm for the school’s students in up to 44 countries worldwide and simultaneously translated in over 10 languages has placed Yelm as an international city of notoriety, of which the economic benefit has been enormous for this area. In the late 1990s, famed religions scholar J. Gordon Melton nicknamed RSE as The American Gnostic School after years of studying the school in Yelm.

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Congratulations to RSE, JZ Knight, and ALL of the students who have ever engaged the teachings of Ramtha, The Enlightened One.


Blogger Klein has been a student with Ramtha since February 1986.


May 22, 2024

Yelm is the scene of yet another homicide! Body found at site of motor home fire.

Thurston County fire crews search the scene of a fatal shooting that occurred on the evening of May 21, 2024. A dead body was also found on the same evening at the adjacent Yelm property. Credit: KOMO-4 TV, Seattle.

+ KIRO-7 TV, Seattle: Body found on Yelm property adjacent to standoff site where man fatally shoots himself

+ KIRO-7 TV, Seattle via MSN: VIDEO: Deputies say Yelm standoff, death investigation at adjacent property may be connected

Click here for the video report.

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Body found at site of Yelm motor home fire; Police investigating as a homicide

SWAT was in a standoff with an armed person who was found inside the victim’s home for about six hours before they died by suicide.

Excerpt from KING-5 TV News:

Police are investigating after a body was found at the site of a motor home fire in Yelm, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Yelm police were dispatched to a “suspicious situation” on the 10500 block of Old McKenna Road Southeast at around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. The fire department was sent to a motor home and boat on fire, and after extinguishing the blaze, discovered a dead person. Law enforcement is investigating the death as a homicide. 

During the investigation by Thurston County patrol deputies and detectives and the Yelm police, investigators discovered two people inside the victim’s residence, one of whom was armed with a gun. 

SWAT was called in and attempted to negotiate with the person for six hours before they died by suicide.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact detectives by email: detectives@co.thurston.wa.us.


May 21, 2024

Trump declines to testify – The defense rests without presenting a defense!

Defendant Trump. Credit: Daily Kos

Trump’s defense rests in New York election interference trial

+ CNBC: Trump defense rests at New York hush money trial, ex-president doesn’t testify

+ NBC News: Trump doesn’t testify in hush money trial after saying he would – Criminal defendants have the right to testify in their own defense. The former president chose not to exercise that right in his New York trial.

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+ NBC News: Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for May 28

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+ Newsweek: Trump Hush Money Trial: Latest Polling in 3 Charts

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+ MSNBC’s Maddow Blog: Protesters show up at Trump’s trial, but not the ones he wanted

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+ MSNBC’s Deadline White House: The hush money trial could all come down to these instructions

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+ MSNBC’s Maddow Blog: New ad taunts Trump over his apparent reluctance to testify

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+ NBC News: As Trump airs his election doubts, many supporters say they won’t accept a Biden win in 2024 – NBC News spoke to more than 50 Trump supporters, most of whom said they don’t believe Biden can win legitimately in November.

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+ Newsweek: Donald Trump Has No Plausible Response to Michael Cohen Evidence: Attorney


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