November 22, 2014

Gov. Inslee says there will be action on oil trains

Gov. Jay Inslee

The number of oil trains running across Washington is unacceptable, and the Legislature will consider bills in the upcoming session that mandate advance notification of oil shipments by rail as well as more funding for railroad crossings and emergency response training, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.

"[He was] speaking to the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance that met Friday at Olympia City Hall to address the surge of oil and coal trains passing through Washington.

The alliance is a coalition of local, state and tribal leaders from the Northwest who say the trains threaten the environment, economy and public safety.

As shipments of oil increase in the Puget Sound region, so does the likelihood for spills and accidents."
"Between 11 and 16 trains pass through rural and suburban areas of Thurston and Pierce counties every week, according to reports from BNSF Railway."

'It is clear that we have to take significant action including being better prepared to handle an oil train explosion or large scale spill,' Inslee said.

Although the federal government is the main regulator of the railroads, Inslee said there are some actions the state can take now, such as lowering speed limits of the trains," quoting Andy Hobbs, The Olympian.
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Editor's note:
BRAVO to Gov. Inslee continuing to take a stand on this important issue to us in rural Thurston County & statewide!

November 21, 2014

"Monsanto Vows to Challenge Maui GMO Moratorium" -
Protect your family, buy organic @ Yelm Co-op

"Keeping Market Shares by Force"

Monsanto, Pepsi, Kraft, and a collection of other pesticide producers and junk food manufacturers have poured over $100 million to defeat state and county initiatives to keep American consumers in the dark about genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in our food.

This is despite the fact that more than 60 other nations already require such labeling. It really goes to show that the entire business of chemical seed engineering depends on maintaining its stronghold over the American market.

Every fight these companies engage in against consumers is a loss for their brand regardless of outcome. What sense does it make to fight consumers for anti-transparency purposes?

Eventually, once awareness reaches a certain threshold, altered consumer preferences will start to choke GMOs out of the marketplace. The only questions are, how long will that take? And how much environmental and health harm will accrue in the meantime?

Chemical Technology Industry Aims to Remove Local and State Right

The GMA, whose 300-plus members include Monsanto, Coca-Cola, and General Mills, is pushing a Congressional bill called the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014."8

The bill, dubbed the "DARK" (Denying Americans the Right to Know) Act, would actually preempt all states from passing GMO labeling laws.9 It would also bar states from enacting laws that make it illegal for food companies to misrepresent their products by labeling GE ingredients as "natural." The DARK Act would even limit the FDA's power to force food companies to disclose GE ingredients," by Dr. Mercola..
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For all your organic quality foods, shop at the Yelm Co-op!

Yelm Food Co-op
308 Yelm Ave, E. @ Gordon's Garden Center
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: 360-400-2210
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November 20, 2014

Drilling deeper into Yelm's aquifer may be dangerous

City of Yelm's 750' well drilled at end of Tahoma Blvd.
Photo copyright © 2010, Yelm Community Blog
Photo taken with zoom lens June 21, 2010.

- Is Yelm's groundwater being depleted?
Is drilling so deep (750') into the aquifer to more-than-double Yelm's water rights so the city can approve increased building permits wise? See the CBS News report from last Sunday below.
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- "Depleting the water"
"Lesley Stahl reports on disturbing new evidence that our planet's groundwater is being pumped out much faster than it can be replenished"

"It's been said that the wars of the 21st century may well be fought over water. The Earth's population has more than doubled over the last 50 years and the demand for fresh water -- to drink and to grow food -- has surged along with it. But sources of water like rainfall, rivers, streams, reservoirs, certainly haven't doubled. So where is all that extra water coming from? More and more, it's being pumped out of the ground.

Water experts say groundwater is like a savings account -- something you draw on in times of need. But savings accounts need to be replenished, and there is new evidence that so much water is being taken out, much of the world is in danger of a groundwater overdraft."
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November 19, 2014

A novel idea for citizen involvement -
Yelm is a long way from something so unique!

"The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million"
"Then [Vallejo, CA. Councilwoman Marti] Brown]had an idea.

She’d read about an experiment in Brazil where a local government allowed its residents to suggest and vote on ideas for how to spend tax dollars. The process, with the clunky name Participatory Budgeting, allowed citizens, rather than politicians, to decide how to spend infrastructure dollars. Would this be a way, she wondered, of making sure Vallejo’s money would be spent in a way its residents liked?

'I thought, there’s got to be a better way to do budgeting, there needs to be more transparency,' she said, in an interview. 'It was a huge part of what helped propel Vallejo toward bankruptcy–that financial process is not a transparent process. The public doesn’t get to see it, they don’t know anything about it,'" quoting Alana Semuels, The Atlantic.
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Editor's Note:
While way too progressive for this Yelm City Council, this IS an innovative idea that got citizens involved in their local government.

November 18, 2014

Yelm's Calli Hyder is National FFA winner

Calli Hyder - National Winner (1st place)
in Job Interview receiving her award with Yelm FFA Adviser Matt Mounts
and two national FFA officers. Photo courtesy: Yelm Community Schools

Yelm students impact National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
"Congratulations to the following Yelm FFA students for their national accomplishments, including:
* Calli Hyder - National Winner (1st place) in Job Interview, who received a $1,000 cash scholarship.
* Top 10 Chapter in the Nation - Models of Excellence
* Top 10 Chapter in the Nation - Models of Innovation
* Students presenting: Chloe Riggins, Erin Smith, Casey Sowles and Taylor Koch
* Sheridan Lantz - national finalist in Goat Proficiency
* McKenzie Bateman and Kelley Quiroz - outstanding Agriscience projects
* Amanda Brown - chosen from among several hundred talented applicants to sing at a general session in front of a packed house of over 10,000 members.

Yelm Community Schools has the state's largest FFA chapter, in operation here for 75 years. Hyder is Yelm’s fifth national winner.
Click here for the National FFA Press Release.

November 17, 2014

Tied record low today for any November 17th

The National Weather Service recorded 18 degrees this morning at Olympia Regional Airport today, which tied the previous November 17th low of 18 degrees set in 1961.
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JZ Knight in the news in local and daily newspapers

"JZ Knight relaxes with her dog at her pool inside her home on the grounds of the Ramtha's School of Enlightenment. Knight, who says she channels the 35,000-year-old Ramtha, is turning over day-to-day operations of her business JZK Inc. to a board of directors."
Photo credit: Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News

- "Purported Channeler of Ramtha Stepping Down From Daily Responsibilities for JZK, Inc."
"JZ Knight is stepping down from some of her duties as president of her company, JZK, Inc.

"Michael Wright, a spokesman for the company, said Knight — who claims to channel Ramtha, a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior turned spiritual guru — is stepping back from the day-to-day business management role she’s held for the past 10 years at the company. She’ll be stepping into a role as President Emeritus, Wright said.

Knight will remain the company’s “visionary” and continue to channel Ramtha, Wright said.

'“She’s going to continue to be involved in molding the future of the school and the organization behind the school that supports it,' he said. 'She’s just not going to be involved in the business management, day-in, day-out affairs.'

'Knight has committed to appearing with Ramtha at major events next year in February and July in Yelm, in May in South Korea, in August in Italy, and in September in South Africa, Wright said,'" by Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News
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Used with permission – can not be republished for commercial use/advertising.

- "Tax-exempt status of Olympia-based think tank under challenge by channeler JZ Knight"
"The tax-exempt status of the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank, has been called into question by lawyers for Yelm-based spirit channeler JZ Knight.

Knight, who has a long-running battle with the Olympia-based foundation over its use of her videotaped spiritual talks, contends the group is acting as a politically partisan organization," by Brad Shannon, The Olympian.
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Blogger Klein is an 11+ year employee of JZK, Inc. and beginning his 30th year as a student of Ramtha.

November 16, 2014

Record low today for any November 16th

The National Weather Service recorded 16 degrees this morning at Olympia Regional Airport today, which beat the previous November 16th low of 18 degrees set in 1961.
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While the previous mornings have been as cold, no records were broken.

Public comment accepted through November 30 on Electromagnetic Warfare training (EW) in Oly Peninsula

EA 18G Growler: Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141.
Photo: Mass Comm. Specialist 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee, US Navy

- "Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park and Forest in Washington State"

"What is at stake is not just whether the military is allowed to use protected public lands in the Pacific Northwest for its war games, but a precedent being set for them to do so across the entire country."

"These protected national commons [Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest] are also the areas in and near where the US Navy aims to conduct its Northwest Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare training program, wherein it will fly 36 of its EA-18G "Growler" supersonic jet warplanes down to 1,200 feet above the ground in some areas in order to conduct war games with 14 mobile towers. Enough electromagnetic radiation will be emitted so as to be capable of melting human eye tissue, and causing breast cancer, childhood leukemia and damage to human fetuses, let alone impacting wildlife in the area.

If it gets its way, this means the Navy would be flying Growler jets, which are electronic attack aircraft that specialize in radar jamming, in 2,900 training exercises over wilderness, communities and cities across the Olympic Peninsula for 260 days per year, with exercises lasting up to 16 hours per day," quoting Dahr Jamail, Truthout.
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- "Petitioning the U. S. Navy"
"DO NOT put ANY camper-sized trucks with electromagnetic radiation equipment to conduct war exercises with military aircraft from 15 sites in Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor counties."

"The Navy wants to allow three camper-sized trucks with electromagnetic radiation equipment to conduct war exercises with military aircraft from 15 sites in Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor counties.
The locations — 12 in Olympic National Forest and three on state Department of Natural Resources land — would be part of the Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range and would involve aircraft from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island," quoting
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Written public comments are accepted through November 30 and should be submitted to Greg Wahl, a Forest Service environmental coordinator, at 1835 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia, WA 98512.
Questions or comments about the project should be directed to Wahl at or 360-956-2375.

November 15, 2014

"Olympia ranks as one of Washington’s most LGBT-friendly cities"

"Olympia has joined the ranks as one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in Washington.

Olympia scored 100 out of 100 possible points in the 2014 Municipal Equality Index. Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, the index rates cities nationwide based on their sensitivity and outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The average score for cities in Washington is 85 out of 100 points, which exceeds the national average of 59, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Olympia and Seattle both scored 100 points. Tacoma scored 92 points," quoting Andy Hobbs in The Olympian.
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