Category Archives: Spirituality

Local ties to new revelations about the downing of TWA Flight 800 in 1996

By Bruce A. Smith A dramatic – and surely shocking for many – documentary on the crash of Flight 800 is about to be shown on cable TV. In the July 17 broadcast, titled “TWA Flight 800,” six members of … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Events, Politics, Spirituality | 7 Comments

Ramtha, Democrats, and f-bombs – an insider’s view

By Bruce A. Smith  At the heart of the recent flap over the release of a doctored video clip showing Ramtha the Enlightened One lambasting the pedophilic priests of the Catholic Church in words peppered with tons of salty language, … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Ramtha, Spirituality, Uncategorized | 26 Comments

Democrats donate Ramtha monies to charity

By Bruce A. Smith  In response to tremendous pressure from Republicans to return monies donated by Ramtha channel JZ Knight, local Democrats are grabbing a middle ground and giving the money to charity. 

Posted in Culture, Politics, Ramtha, Spirituality, Uncategorized | 21 Comments

Ramtha videos trigger a political uproar

by Bruce A. Smith  A wave of highly edited video clips from several teachings of Ramtha the Enlightened One have ignited a firestorm in local political contests, especially the battles for Thurston County Council and the state senate race in … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Ramtha, Spirituality | 36 Comments

Grandpa’s Medicine Staff, a story by author Wayne Cooke of Graham

~ Note:  This is a fictional story by Wayne Cooke, inspired by his relatives of the Klallam tribe, and their late dad, Loren Cooke, who needed Rob.  Synopsis:  Grandpa was the tribal shaman (doctor) for his tribe on the Washington … Continue reading

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Author with ties to PNW pens book describing her marriage to a man with a secret life as a bank robber

by Bruce A. Smith In her new book, Disguised Blessings, author Jeanne Callahan Trantel tells the story of her life married to a man who led a double life.

Posted in Book reviews, Remarkable men and women, Spirituality, Yelm News | 9 Comments

The Hunt for DB Cooper – A basket of cheer for Sheridan

by Bruce A. Smith  I found Sheridan Peterson, sort of, but he defintely got his basket of cheer.

Posted in Culture, DB Cooper, People Profiles, Remarkable men and women, Spirituality | 7 Comments

“The Adventures of Nicholas” – a beloved re-telling by a retired Bethel school teacher

~ Retired Bethel elementary school teacher Wayne Cooke has been caught up in a huge swell of Christmas Spirit this week and he has sent the Mountain News a remarkable holiday story – it’s actually a tale about a tale.

Posted in Bethel News, Book reviews, Culture, Entertainment, Folk tales and stories, Graham News, Parkland, Spanaway, Spirituality | 6 Comments

Working for Santa Claus

~  After arriving in Yelm from my home in New York in 1991, I decided to go for the adventure of outrageous experience rather than finding a job that paid me enough money to pay the bills.  Yup, I took … Continue reading

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Profile: Anthony Latoski and his efforts to heal a heart attack with focused thought

by Bruce A. Smith  In March 2006, Yelm resident Anthony Latoski suffered a heart attack.  He was 42 years old.

Posted in Culture, People Profiles, Remarkable men and women, Science and Technology, Self Reliance, Spirituality, Yelm News | 3 Comments