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Yelm newspaper heralds defense of JZ Knight

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

NVN Editor/Publisher Michael Wagar
Photo credit: The Chronicle,
Centralia & Lewis County, WA

The Yelm-based weekly Nisqually Valley News (NVN)newspaper heralded the defense of JZ Knight from RSE students and the Thurston Democrats in their Friday, May 9th print and online edition:

- RSE Students Defend Knight, Ramtha
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- “Students stand-up with letters to local newspaper supporting RSE”
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- RSE student letters referenced in preceding story
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- “Thurston Democrats Chair Calls JZ Knight ‘Democrat in Good Standing”
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– Three terrific Letters to the Editor:
* “Why Not Start Working Together as a Community?”
By Lucy Jeanne
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- “JZ Knight an Asset To The Nisqually Valley”
“JZ Knight has been an asset to this community, donating large amounts of money to our EMS system. We all benefit from better fire and medical attention.”
By Deb Voyles
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- “Eventually Justice Will Be Served Against Vigilantes”
By JZ Knight
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JZ Knight: the legacy of Billy Frank, Jr.

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Picture on easel of Gov. Dan Evans for whom the award is named, Billy Frank, Jr., Congressman Norm Dicks and Nisqually River Foundation Chair David Troutt,
October 24, 2012, co-sponsored by JZ Knight.
Photo credit: Mary Hasken Photography

On the sudden passing of Nisqually Tribe fishing activist Billy Frank, Jr.:
Billy Frank, Jr., leaves a lasting legacy for the Nisqually people and all of those living in the Nisqually River’s watershed. His commitment to tribal fishing rights and the protection of our natural resources will forever be preserved for future generations in the restoration of the salmon habitat.

We grieve with all of our friends and neighbors of the Nisqually Tribe. Billy’s dedicated advocacy for our region will always be in our hearts. Upon hearing of his passing at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment South Korea event, JZ Knight said, “He was a dear man to me.”

He is remembered and greatly loved.

JZ Knight
and Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment Staff & Students
Yelm, WA

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JZ Knight responds to NVN Editorial

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

JZ Knight addresses Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment students, November 7, 2013

JZ Knight’s exchange with Nisqually Valley News (NVN) Sports Editor Tyler Huey was published and released in their print edition Thursday, April 17, in response to his opinion column.
“You should know and be glad you attended Fresh Air II and what you have been taught at RSE about physics.”


To read JZ’s letter in the NVN, click here.

Dear NVN Editor,

Sports Editor Tyler Huey’s April 4th column said “Belief Is a Powerful Asset for Everyone,”
and that “The notion of Ramtha being real seems silly” and that “Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) appears to be a cult.”
In correspondence with one of my staff, Huey said, “No credible scientists believe the assertions taught of quantum physics,
and how one can literally predict the future and change your reality.”

Yet he received a published paper link to the American Society for Psychical Research co-written by the then-foremost leading parapsychology researcher in the US, Dr. Stanley Krippner, describing how I allowed him to conduct 3 PUBLIC tests on my body in 1997 to demonstrate if science supported my channeling Ramtha was authentic. Who would allow that public testing to occur if not genuine? Krippner publicly said “[JZ Knight] is not a fraud,”

Huey was also shown quotes from two of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th Century about the validity of quantum physics taught at RSE:

1. “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.”
Max Planck, one of the founders of quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.

2. “The first person to suggest that quantum theory implies that reality is created by human consciousness was not some crank on the fringes of physics, but the eminent mathematician John von Neumann.
In his quantum bible [Mathematische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik or The Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics] …, the most influential book on quantum theory ever written, von Neumann concludes that, from a strictly logical point of view, only the presence of consciousness can solve the measurement problem.”
Physicist Nick Herbert

I asked Huey if in his opinion there is no scientific basis for Ramtha, then what is his opinion on creationism, the talking snake story in Genesis
and that the world according to Christian belief is only 6,000 years old?
Where is the scientific basis for these stories?
And, how DID Cane & Abel have children? Who did they marry?

He responded, “I do not believe in the talking snake story; I do not believe in God; I do not believe the universe, living organisms, etc., originated from divine creation; I believe in evolution and science; I believe anyone who thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old is like an ostrich who sticks its head in the sand, follows a book that was written thousands of years ago, and ignores modern-day facts that have disproven many things they believe to be true. Perhaps I am wrong on some accounts, but that is what I believe.”

I said,
“Great answer.
And we let folks believe whatever they choose,
even in talking snakes and a 6,000 year old earth”.
That you and your newspaper solicit community debate is an important role in fostering understanding in our community.
I acknowledge Sports Editor Huey for his views on science supporting the knowledge of our world today. And, on this we agree:
“Belief Is a Powerful Asset for Everyone.”

JZ Knight

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“I urge you to know.”

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

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Statement regarding the tragic death of RSE student Fiona Regan

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Fiona Regan

Ms. Knight has released the following statement expressing her sorrow and that of her students.

Statement from JZ Knight

We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Fiona Regan that has occurred in our tranquil rural community.

Fiona was enrolled in her first Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE) Beginning Retreat in her home country of Ireland in March 2008, then travelled to events on the Yelm, Washington, campus and subsequently moved to the area to be close to the School she loved and the friends she met here. We are disheartened at the loss of any of our students, but to lose them in a sudden death is a greater shock.

Knight said, “I consider all the students in this school so very unique, rare, and such a gift to their family, friends, and community that the loss of such a precious student as Fiona hurts my heart. We share in the grief with Fiona’s family, fellow students, her friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Fiona’s unexpected death affects us all, and many lives will be affected because of her untimely passing.”

We support and honor the request of Fiona’s family and friends in refraining from speculation and social-media gossip so they are allowed to grieve without adding any more pain and heartache, as they wish to maintain privacy during this difficult time.

JZ Knight

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JZ Knight accepts Chamber’s Award

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues, Yelm Economy

2013 Yelm Chamber Award honorees:
Tom Dewell, JZ Knight, Joseph Bravo, Jason Witherow, Michael Wagar, and Ronelle Funk.
Photo credit: Barbra Kates Photography,

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, JZ Knight accepted the Yelm Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business of the Year award in the “50 or more employees” category at the Forum luncheon meeting’s award ceremony. Yelm Chamber Executive Director introduced Knight’s award and Mayor Ron Harding was on hand to make the presentation and shake hands with each of the winners, followed by Chamber President Ronelle Funk adding her congratulations to the winners, as well. Funk reported this was the first year that Chamber members sent in their nominations for award winners, where formerly the Chamber’s Board selected the annual recipients.

Knight and Nisqually Valley News Publisher/Editor Michael Wagar brought their entire staffs to the luncheon presentation, which added to camaraderie of the monthly meeting.

The complete list of 2013 Honorees:
Business of the Year (0-5) Allstate Insurance, Ronelle Funk
Business of the Year (6-10) Nisqually Valley News, Michael Wagar
Business of the Year (11-20) Jason’s Greenhouse, Jason Witherow
Business of the Year (21-49) McDonald’s of Yelm, Joseph Bravo
Business of the Year (50+) JZK, Inc., JZ Knight
Non-Profit, The Rotary Club of Yelm, Tom Dewell, President
Chamber Volunteer of the Year, April Sage, KeyBank
Citizen of the Year, Cecelia Jenkins, Yelm Chamber Executive Director

This 2013 Yelm Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza Award went to JZ-Rose, tied with Tim’s Pharmacy.
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Happy Thanksgiving from JZ Knight

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Click here for the message JZ Knight.

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Yelm Chamber’s 2013 award honors
JZ Knight and her company

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues, Yelm Economy

From the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, November 26, 2013:

Congratulations to the 2013 Annual Chamber Award Winners!
The following Chamber members will be honored at the Tuesday, December 10th Luncheon Forum!
We are excited to have the opportunity to honor these deserving businesses at our luncheon.
They have all contributed many volunteer hours and a wide-variety of financial support for a substantial cross-section of our community.
The Chamber members jointly make a tremendous difference for the citizens of our local area.

2013 Honorees:
Business of the Year (0-5) Allstate Insurance, Ronelle Funk
Business of the Year (6-10) Nisqually Valley News, Michael Wagar
Business of the Year (11-20) Jason’s Greenhouse, Jason Witherow
Business of the Year (21-49) McDonald’s of Yelm, Joseph Bravo
Business of the Year (50+) JZK, Inc., JZ Knight
Non-Profit, The Rotary Club of Yelm, Tom Dewell
Chamber Volunteer of the Year, April Sage, KeyBank

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Mary Hall elected County Auditor

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Photo courtesy: Elect Mary Hall

JZ Knight predicted Mary Hall would win the Thurston County Auditor position, saying the election would be close, though Hall would prevail. Now, Hall has indeed won, as reported by Lisa Pemberton in The Olympian today:

“Mary Hall barely wins job of county auditor”

“The close Thurston County auditor’s race appears to be over.

On Wednesday [Nov. 13], Pierce County elections supervisor Mary Hall was maintaining a slim lead with 33,814 votes, or 50.54 percent. State Rep. Gary Alexander had 33,091 votes, or 49.46 percent.”

“The election will be certified Nov. 26 and results will be declared final, Alexander said this week.”
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The Olympian published a letter this morning from Olympia Disabilities’ advocate and attorney Brendan Williams:

“I hope we move forward, as a tolerant community, with the failure of a deplorable attack by defeated Auditor/Rep. Gary Alexander upon those associated with J.Z. Knight. Knight herself is a public figure who can defend herself, but Republicans now wish to deny civic participation even to those finding value in Knight’s Yelm school.”

“I don’t know Knight. But many of those who subscribe to her beliefs run businesses and are engaged, productive citizens who add value to Thurston County. I encourage, and welcome, their participation in our democracy, whatever my personal feelings about their beliefs.”
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Bottom Line:
Hall is to take the Oath of Office November 26.

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“Knight exposed Alexander, prefers Hall for auditor”

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Letter to the Editor published in The Olympian,
submitted by Jeanne Ray of Olympia:

“Thank you, JZ Knight Inc., for your ad exposing Gary Alexander’s less-than-stellar activities (Olympian Oct. 26). There was only one thing missing from that ad. This is my understanding of how Alexander was unanimously appointed to county auditor: The commissioners were given names from the Republicans and by law they had to appoint from those names.

Ron Harding, Yelm mayor, was Alexander’s competition for appointment to county auditor. Harding declined to be considered but refused to officially withdraw his name.
[Harding officially resigned the night prior to the Commissioners' meeting to appoint a replacement]
This left the commissioners with only one choice — Alexander. They appointed Alexander who immediately hired Harding to a newly created $72,000 a year job.

Please vote for Mary Hall. I would rather have an intelligent, experienced and honest “technician” (Alexander’s word) than an overeducated, underhanded career politician as my county auditor.”
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