February 21, 2018

Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall re-election public forum,
Comes to Yelm Tuesday, March 20, Community Center, 6-7:30pm

Photo courtesy: Elect Mary Hall – Democrat

– County Auditor Mary Hall to hold Town Hall re-election public forum in Yelm
The precincts surrounding the city of Yelm were instrumental in lifting Mary Hall’s election victory five years ago, to fill the one-year term on an interim seat, the county’s first Democratic Auditor in 71 years. Auditor Hall is again running for County Auditor and coming to Yelm to connect with the public:

When: Tuesday, March 20, 6-7:30pm
Where: Yelm Community Center
What: Open to the pubic Town Hall Forum with Auditor Mary Hall

Hall ran on a platform in 2013 and 2014 of these ideals and won:
– Proven leadership.
– Award winning innovation.
– Ability to bring divisions together to create efficiencies.
– Collaborative and innovative problem solving.

Hall was recognized in making voting more accessible by advocating for progressive legislation:
* Same Day Voter Registration,
* Automatic Voter Registration
* Pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds.
* Washington Voting Rights Act

– Learn more about Elect Mary Hall and contribute to her campaign!
Click here

Blogger Klein is a sponsor of Mary Hall’s Yelm event.

February 21, 2018

Rite-Aid being bought by Safeway’s parent, Albertson’s –
More consolidation under one owner for 2 long-time Yelm operators

Photo credit: CNBC video

– Editor’s note:
This transaction involves the 139 Rite Aid stores in Washington state.
Safeway and their parent company Albertson’s use direct mail marketing for their weekly specials. Rite-Aid places their insert in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN). After the merger has concluded, the NVN could also lose the Rite-Aid inserts advertising.

– “Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid”
“Albertsons, the privately held owner of Safeway, Vons, and other grocery brands, is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation’s third-largest drugstore chain.”

“Albertsons said it will continue to run Rite Aid stand-alone stores, and most of the grocery operator’s pharmacies will be rebranded as Rite Aid,” by the Associated Press, via NBC News.
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February 20, 2018

Yelm Warming Center open 8am-5pm remainder of week

Photo credit: City of Yelm Facebook

From the Yelm Police Dept. @ 4:50pm
“The Yelm Public Safety Building will remain open as a Warming Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the remainder of this week. If anyone needs overnight accommodations or an emergency shelter they are encouraged to call 1-844-628-7343, Thurston County Family Support Services.
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February 20, 2018

Weather Service issues Winter Weather Advisory for today,
Snow and hazardous travel in the forecast

Issued by: Seattle/Tacoma – WA, US, National Weather Service,
Winter Weather Advisory for Southwest Interior, Washington
Action Recommended: Execute a pre-planned activity identified in the instructions

* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches are expected.
* WHERE…Lowlands of western Lewis, much of Thurston counties
* WHEN…From 10 AM this morning to 10 PM PST this evening.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery roads and reduced visibilities at times.
* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
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February 20, 2018

Ramtha appeared to JZ Knight 41 years ago today,
RSE was founded in Yelm 30 years ago this summer,
Yelm Blogger first met Ramtha 32 years ago tomorrow

JZ Knight
Photo: Copyright © 2017-2018 JZ Knight.
Used with permission.

– Editor’s note
Ramtha presented himself to JZ Knight 41 years ago today, which began a remarkable journey for tens of thousands of people worldwide. I arrived in Phoenix 32 years ago tomorrow [Feb. 21, 1986] for my first event with Ramtha, prior to the 1988 founding of RSE. Whatever you may think about Ramtha, his teachings have inspired students from all over the world to come here over the last thirty years, making Yelm known as one of the most influential and well-known places among the world’s spiritual communities. I am grateful for the contributions of JZ Knight to my life, to our community, and to humanity. Yelm has been enriched as an eclectic place with so many diverse cultures having contributed to the fabric because of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) being based here.

– JZ Knight’s first encounter with Ramtha
By Lisa Pemberton in The Olympian, July 16, 2006

From “Behind the gates at Ramtha’s school,” updated July 15, 2013.

“JZ has her first encounter with an extraordinary being in her Tacoma kitchen [Sunday, February 20, 1977]. The being is Ramtha.”
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– About JZ Knight
“JZ Knight is the unique channel of Ramtha and author of the best-selling autobiography, A State of Mind, My Story. Historians and religious experts who have studied her life’s work call JZ Knight the Great American Channel and recognize her as one of the most charismatic and compelling spiritual leaders of the modern age. JZ Knight is the only channel through whom Ramtha has chosen to deliver his message. She and Ramtha have inspired audiences worldwide for the last three decades, bridging ancient wisdom and the power of consciousness together with the latest discoveries in science,” from Ramtha.com
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– About Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment
“Yelm is home to one of the largest international academies of spiritual learning and development, popularly known as “the original school of Consciousness & Energy®.”

Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) was established in Yelm in 1988 and has thousands of participants who travel from over 34 countries around the world to attend classes here at the campus in Yelm,” quoting Yelm.com.

RSE’s first Yelm event as a school was August 5-7, 1988.
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Ramtha in Australia, June 25, 2014

Blogger Klein is a JZK, Inc. emeritus employee and begins his 33rd year as a Ramtha student Feb. 22nd.

February 19, 2018

Yelm opens to the public a warming station today & Tuesday,
If required, Wednesday and beyond

Photo credit: City of Yelm Facebook

From the City of Yelm Police Dept.:
Warming Center Update –
The Yelm Public Safety Building is currently open as a warming center until 5:00 p.m. today. The building will also be open tomorrow (Tuesday) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Additional openings will be considered based on the weather. Any individual seeking a longer term relief from the weather is encouraged to utilize the services of a full-service shelter. If you have any questions regarding the warming center or shelter locations please contact the Yelm Police Department. For 24 hour emergency shelter information anyone can contact Family Support Services of Thurston County at 1-844-628-7343.

February 19, 2018

President’s Day in America, 2018

President Trump, with the 1st President’s canvas,
Photo credit: Jonathan Ernst, Reuters file photo.

– President’s Day
“Washington’s Birthday [Feb. 22, 1732] is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents’ Day or President’s Day). As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states,” quoting Wikipedia.
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Read more of President’s Day trivia from MSN.

Click here for George Washington’s Farewell Address read every President’s Day in Congress.

– Note:
Most government offices, libraries, and many banks will be closed, and no U. S. Postal Services.

– 2018 corresponding stories:
“Presidents Day reminds us of George Washington’s presidential vision. And Trump’s disrespect.”

“The presidency that Washington personified was adopted by all subsequent presidents. Until last year.”
By Russell Shorto, NBC News, Think.
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– Gov. Jay Inslee calls for gun legislation as President’s Day Weekend began
Inslee: “Our state and our nation need action against gun violence and we need it this year”

While speaking to Mom’s Rising members in the Legislative Building today [Feb. 16], Gov. Jay Inslee called on the Legislature and Congress to pass common sense gun-safety legislation this year. His comments follow another massacre at a high school – this time in Parkland, Florida.
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February 18, 2018

Karen Fraser recognized as a trailblazer with a trail naming,
Port of Oly names waterfront park and trail for Billy Frank, Jr.

Sen. Karen Fraser
Photo credit: Thurston Talk

– “People in Politics: Karen Fraser
“In recognition of Karen Fraser’s decades of service and long list of accomplishments, the area’s Woodland Trail that runs through Lacey and Olympia was recently renamed Karen Fraser Woodland Trail. The City of Lacey noted that the Trail’s new name was a fitting tribute for someone who has been a “trailblazer” from Lacey to the state Capital.”

“There were monthly meetings, public testimony, lots of data and tours up and down the entire basin. The work of the task force needed to represent the balance of all interests.

“‘There are at least two dams, agriculture and towns like Yelm on the river,’ noted Karen. ‘There’s a whole chapter in our final report on economic enhancement. It is not just locking up all the land around the river.’

“Approved by the Legislature, the final plan established the Nisqually River Council that to this day, helps implement the plan,” by Barb Lally, Thurston Talk.
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Billy Frank, Jr. Park, Olympia
Photo credit: Port of Olympia

– “[Olympia] waterfront trail and park will be named for Nisqually activist Billy Frank Jr.”
“The Port of Olympia commission has unanimously approved a waterfront project that will name a trail and park for Billy Frank Jr., the legendary Nisqually tribal activist who died in 2014.

The project is expected to begin with a dedication ceremony March 9, Frank’s birthday. Once complete, a trail that runs along East Bay, as well as a park at the north end of the port peninsula, will be named for him, port spokeswoman Jennie Foglia-Jones said,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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February 18, 2018

Thurston County Sheriff’s virtual ride-along began in Yelm

– “Thurston County turns to Facebook for new deputies”
“Deputy Chris Schoenberg did something new Friday [Feb. 16].

“He took visitors on the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department Facebook and Instagram pages on a virtual ride-along [In Yelm],” by Matt Markovich, KOMO-TV 4 News, Seattle.
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February 17, 2018

Yelm Mayor is officially not a “full time mayor,” rather part-time,
Regardless of Foster’s continued use of this term

Mayor JW Foster
Photo credit: City of Yelm

– Story highlights
* Yelm Mayor JW Foster calls his title “your full-time mayor,”
* The Yelm Municipal Code (YMC) directs the mayor’s as a part-time post,
* City Administrator is a full-time position to supervise city functions,
* Mayor paid $30,000 + benefits annually, highest part-time mayor’s salary in county,
* City Administrator has a salary range of $110,948-$148,681,
* Is Foster lobbying for a salary increase by continued use of the term “full-time mayor?”
* Or does he want the council to pass an ordinance making the mayor a full-time post,
* Such a move would require the City Administrator position to be downgraded.
* Recommendation: Foster could instead describe himself as “your dedicated mayor.”
* Mayor Foster supports transparency, which requires use of an appropriate description.

– Foster calls himself “your full time mayor” during campaign and since
During last Fall’s campaign for mayor, JW Foster called himself Yelm’s full-time mayor in several events, which drew questions from those that are familiar with the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC). The city’s directive is that the Yelm Mayor is a part-time post, with the City Administrator a full-time position which oversees the city’s daily functions.

Mr. Foster called himself “your full time mayor” yet again at the State of the City.
The local newspaper quoted his statement to which I responded on-line as follows:

“The Yelm Municipal Code directs the Mayor as a part-time position to serve as the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, paid $30,000 annually, reflective of the part-time status. The City Administrator is designated as a full-time position to supervise, administer, and coordinate the activities and functions of the city, with a corresponding salary range of $110,948-$148,681,
according to the 2018 city budget. While Mr. Foster has been calling himself “your full-time mayor” for some time now, perhaps because he chooses to participate in other activities with many not requiring his official attendance as Mayor, yet he takes on that mantle resulting in the use of the term being disingenuous. To provide more transparency, a suggestion would be for Foster to say he is “your dedicated mayor.” Otherwise, if Mayor Foster continues to use the “full time mayor” description, the Yelm City Council should discuss changing the Yelm Mayor to a full-time administrative position and down-grade the City Administrator post.”

– Bottom Line:
While Mr. Foster has chosen to take on all of these duties below, no one asked him to take on so much. While this was necessary to understand city functions when he was thrust into an interim mayor position after Mayor Harding’s sudden resignation, a year and a half later, he should be disseminating many of these roles. This town also has a City Administrator properly remunerated to supervise, administer, and coordinate the activities and functions of the city. Both do not need to participate on these committees.

Committee & Liaison Assignments (from the Mayor’s page)
* Yelm Community & Economic Development Committee
* Yelm Public Safety Committee
* Yelm Public Works Committee
* Yelm Finance Committee
* Vice Chair – Thurston Regional Planning Council
* Member – South Sound Military and Community Partnership, Elected Officials Council

Mayor Foster represents Yelm on the following committees
From the February 13 City Council Agenda
* Yelm Emergency Operations Board
* Community Investment Partnership (CIP)

From Mayor Foster’s Facebook page:
* Thurston County Medic One, part of the Cardiac Arrest Quality Assurance Team

From the Nisqually Land Trust
* JW Foster is President

If Foster is soliciting for more salary and benefits by his continued use of the term “full time mayor,” the Yelm City Council is the forum to address this. Otherwise, use of his mayoral campaign’s slogans are long over.

“With integrity, nothing else counts. Without integrity, nothing else counts”
Attributed to Winston Churchill