Tacoma News Tribune’s editorial on JZ Knight vs. City of Yelm

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Tacoma News Tribune editorial writer Cheryl Tucker published an editorial in Inside Opinion June 9 titled “Knight’s water war with Yelm is one worth fighting.

Tucker stated:
“Ramtha may or may not have been a great warrior 35,000 years ago, but his purported modern incarnation – New Age guru JZ Knight – is fighting a good fight of her own.

“Knight, whose 80-acre estate and Ramtha School of Enlightenment is just outside Yelm city limits in Thurston County, has been battling in court for four years to prevent five housing developments from going in nearby.”

“Knight’s argument: that Yelm had overestimated its ability to provide water to the developments, and so would be forced to drain water from sources where she owns senior water rights.”

“Knight and the DOE make an excellent point: Those questions need to be answered way in advance – before development plans are finalized. If local governments can’t prove they have enough water to accommodate the new growth, then they shouldn’t permit it.”
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