February 10, 2016

Yelm Schools Levy passes, Bond fails – what this all means

– Yelm voters speak: No new construction bond taxes – four separate ballots all denied proposed projects.

Unofficial Results from the office of Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall
* Yelm CS Prop. No. 1 YELM COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy)
Vote for One 1
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,315, 56.95%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,750, 43.05%
Levies require a simple majority to pass.

* Yelm CS Prop. No. 2 YELM COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (New Construction, Renovation & Safety Bond)
Vote for One 1
Approved. . . . . . . . . . . 2,141, 52.33%
Rejected. . . . . . . . . . . 1,950, 47.67%
Bonds require a 60% majority to pass.

– Editor’s Note:
As with the Yelm Community Center Bond, the Yelm Community Schools Construction Bond failed to pass twice within a year. Yelm voters are clearly making a strong voice heard – they do not want to underwrite construction bond taxes and to carry the subsequent maintenance expenses associated with operating the new buildings. City of Yelm voters voiced their consternation that the City of Yelm made an end-run around them on the Community Center and got a grant to fund the construction of that structure anyway, regardless of the voters say. Yet, the operation and maintenance of that facility will now be born by City of Yelm tax payers.

Yelm Community Schools Superintendent Andy Wolf told Lisa Pemberton of The Olympian:
“It’s disappointing. You really want to do what’s right for kids. If you don’t see it every day, and you’re not at Southworth running seven lunch periods a day … I think it’s unfortunate. Class sizes will get larger because we don’t have places to put kids”

The Yelm Community Schools are bursting at the seams and will begin to plan some changes, as they need to address an “expected 900 unhoused students.” As Wolf explained in several advisory group sessions, this is the only way to alleviate the crowding without construction funding from public bonds. Portable classrooms do not allow the best environment for teaching and raise a unique set of campus security issues covered here previously. I have seen first-hand the issues of overcrowding and building reconstruction required just to maintain our schools in a proper operational condition and echo Superintendent Wolf that people are unaware if they do not see how they must operate seven lunch periods at Southworth everyday. Yelm citizens should know that the City of Yelm permitting construction for new housing in major developments on the west side of town have caused a burgeoning growth of students in schools in that area. With only more housing construction coming along there and two school construction bonds failing, no relief for schools is in sight!

Governor Jay Inslee was able to observe Yelm Community Schools campus conditions and crowding one year ago this week when he visited Fort Stevens Elementary and Yelm High School.
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* “VIDEO: Olympia and Yelm school districts offer February levy measures”
By Steve Bloom, The Olympian.
Click here to see the issues with having Yelm Middle School students educated in 12 portable class buildings.

Blogger Klein is a Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools contributor and on the citizens advisory committee of the YCS Levy & Bond.

February 10, 2016

Karla’s Homesteading Class this Saturday –
Learn to make Goat Milk Soap

Photo courtesy: Karla’s Wild Shop

Karla’s Popular Homesteading Class for February
Learn to make Goat Milk Soap with organic ingredients which moisturizes and nourishes your skin. If you have sensitive skin this is another reason to come and enjoy the experience…
Do you like the feeling of luxurious soap on your skin? Do you want to be in charge of the ingredients which are in your soap? Do you want to learn the Art of Soap Making?
Come and join us for our fun class and learn how to make Goat Milk Soap with organic ingredients. You will make several bars of soap which you will take home.”

– Class Details
When: Saturday, February 13th from 1pm to 4pm
Where: Karla’s Wildshop in Yelm, Bald Hill Area.
Cost: $35 for the class and $12 for materials.
Reservations: email Karla7@fairpoint.net

“Over the last few months my Wild-Shops have been booked out very quickly, so I encourage you to sign up soon if you want to be part of any Wild-Shop.”
– Karla
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– Check-out Karla’s 2016 Classes Schedule
Click here

February 9, 2016

Yelm Schools Levy & Bond results

Unofficial Results Thurston County, Washington
Run Date:02/09/16 Special Election
RUN TIME:08:02 PM February 9, 2016

Vote for One 1
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,315 56.95
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,750 43.05
Levies require a simple majority to pass.

Vote for One 1
Approved. . . . . . . . . . . 2,141 52.33
Rejected. . . . . . . . . . . 1,950 47.67
Bonds require a 60% majority to pass.
Read more

February 9, 2016

Yelm Chamber Forum hosts Three Girls Media today –
Mayor’s annual State of the City not on agenda

Erika Taylor Montgomery, Three Girls’ CEO
Photo courtesy: Three Girls Media

– The Mayor’s State of the City has been traditionally presented in February for the public and media at the Yelm Chamber Forum, yet is not on their agenda this year. No public announcement has been made on when Mayor Harding will present his annual address.

– From the Yelm Chamber of Commerce:
Join us at our February Forum & Luncheon as Erika Taylor Montgomery with Three Girls Media will lead us in a dynamic presentation:
Social Media Marketing: What Your Business needs to Know to be Effective!

Erika Taylor Montgomery founded Three Girls Media Inc. 10 years ago. Prior to launching her successful public relations and social media management business she was an on-air TV and radio host in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years. Erika moved her company to Washington in 2013. Her business headquarters are in Yelm and she resides in Rainier. She loves helping small business owners publicize their companies and seeing them grow.
Read more about Yelm-based Three Girls Media.

– Editor’s note:
* The Forums are reflecting the previously-announced re-branding of the Yelm Chamber to focus more as a local business development organization, rather than primarily supporting local events and tourism in this area. On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Executive Director Victoria Wortberg outlined to the members at the monthly Forum the vision of the Chamber for 2016 and beyond:

• What new programs are going to be available to help you grow your business (sneak peek: a new Chamber website that lets you sell directly to other members)
• How you can share your concerns and suggestions with City officials (i.e.: regular Town Halls)
• How the Chamber will help market our community and businesses outside of the Yelm area (i.e.: new events)
• How you can improve your skills at managing “the business of your business” (i.e. personalized coaching and seminars with business experts)
Click here for more.

* The Yelm Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement has also changed to:
“The Chamber of Commerce supports our local businesses by promoting economic development, community involvement, and government connectivity.”
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* The Yelm Chamber was authorized $7,500 by the Yelm City Council on January 26, 2016 for the following services on behalf of the City of Yelm:
“Provide 2016 tourist and area promotional services; research and prepare tourist-related materials promoting the City of Yelm; produce the 2016 map; organize, sponsor, administer and advertise community events that draw attendees from outside the Yelm area, such as Yelm Prairie Days and the Home and Garden Show; and provide space for a display and information booth at various events at the CITY’S request,” quoting the Council’s Staff report.

Blogger Klein is a Yelm Chamber member.

February 8, 2016

South Sound Seed Stewards returns to Yelm roots in 2016

The Yelm Community Blog is proud to have covered the South Sound Seed Stewards (S4) since inception in 2007.

– From the South Sound Seed Stewards:
The South Sound Seed Stewards are excited to announce they are returning to their Yelm home in 2016.
Tuesday, February 9th is the new meeting day.
We have changed the meeting day to the Second Tuesday of each month.

WHEN: Monthly meetings beginning Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

WHERE: Yelm Senior Center, 16530 103rd Ave SE, Yelm, WA 98597.

TIME: 7:00 P.M.
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S4s mission is to encourage community independence and self-reliance through producing and sharing locally adapted heirloom and open-pollinated seeds.
The organization of volunteers offers programs and classes that teach the art and science of seed saving.

February 7, 2016

Introducing South Sound’s Family Support Center – Serving Yelm area

On Monday, January 25, Thurston County Commissioner Romero hosted at her monthly Coffee Chat in Yelm guest Shelli Slaughter, Family Support Center director since 2006. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, operating separate from the county, though collaborates with them.

I was in-audience as Slaughter shared her unique and touching story about the domestic violence she experienced and how fortunate Thurston County is to have the vast resources available to families in need: i.e. affordable housing and homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault, child abuse and neglect prevention, maternal/child health and under-served or marginalized persons (i.e. don’t speak English or who identify as LGBTQ).

Slaughter said Thurston County has the 3rd highest domestic violence rate in Washington state, with family homelessness on an increase for over 10 years. As an example, she reported an estimated 1,600 homeless school children in Thurston County alone, which does not include toddlers or infants not in the school system.

The support center’s services are needed now more than ever.

– From the Family Support Center of South Sound
“The center is a local, nonprofit, multi-service agency founded in 1992 to provide families, children and survivors of domestic violence with coordinated supportive services in one centralized location.”
* Mission, Vision, Values & Beliefs

Our Mission
Working together to strengthen all families

Our Vision
We envision a community where all families are valued and nurtured and have the resources to be strong, healthy, and self-sufficient

We Value
• Cooperation and collaboration as the best approach to getting things done
• Families as children’s best assets
• Individuals and community partnerships which support families
• Innovations that celebrate diversity

We Believe
• In focusing on family strengths rather than limitations
• The human spirit in all people is worthy of respect
• All people are capable of life change
• All families deserve the opportunity for positive change and growth
Click here for contact information.

– Additional resources referenced by Family Support Center Executive Slaughter
* Center for the Study of Social Policy
“The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) works to secure equal opportunities and better futures for all children and families, especially those most often left behind.

Underlying all of the work is a vision of child, family and community well-being. It’s a unifying framework for the many policy, systems reform and community change activities in which CSSP engages. ”
Read more

* About the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework
“The Center for the Study of Social Policy maintains a rich library of resources to support implementation of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework.”
Read more

* Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
Excellent report from Spokane Regional Health.
Read more

February 6, 2016

Yelm area to be impacted by JBLM noise from rocket tests

Joint Base Lewis-McChord training. “A part of the base near Yelm
is often a place for helicopter training, firing ranges and artillery drills.”
Photo credit: Peter Haley, Tacoma News Tribune Staff photographer

– “2-week exercise at JBLM might include nighttime cannons and mortars”
“Exercise will begin Monday”
“Expected to conclude Feb. 23″
“Warmup for upcoming drill in California”
Read more from Adam Ashton, Tacoma News Tribune.

– “Army moving forward with rocket test at JBLM despite protests over noise”
“Boom will be louder than a rock concert for DuPont, Roy, Nisqually”
“Army aims to save money, keep soldiers closer to families”
“Nisqually Tribe opposes rocket test, citing concerns for wildlife and people”

“Joint Base Lewis-McChord plans to proceed with a three-day artillery test in March that will help determine whether the Army can practice firing rockets that have the potential to create sonic booms in the South Sound area.

The practice rockets — 27 rounds to be fired in the week of March 14 — will be especially noticeable to residents in DuPont, Roy, Yelm and the Nisqually reservation.

Soldiers will shoot them from a firing range just east of Interstate 5 near the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge,” quoting Adam Ashton, Tacoma News Tribune.
Read more

– “Dangers of Rocket Fuel Chemical Downplayed” from 2005, still pertinent today.
By Rob Stein, Washington Post.
“A chemical from rocket fuel that has seeped into drinking-water supplies nationwide is safe at higher doses than federal environmental officials had concluded, according to a report released yesterday [January 10, 2005].

The chemical, perchlorate, can be ingested safely at doses more than 20 times those deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency, an expert panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences concluded.

The conclusion was praised by defense contractors facing potentially billions of dollars in cleanup costs but denounced by environmental activists, who accused the Defense Department, defense industry and White House of exerting undue influence on the panel.
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February 5, 2016

UPDATE: Cell Tower Appeal Hearing set March 7, 2016

Photo Courtesy: Deschutes Neighborhood Group, Yelm

The Deschutes Neighborhood Group is pleased to announce the Thurston County Hearing Examiner has set Monday, March 7 for the Appeal Hearing in order to accommodate the Appellants, which was agreed to as the date upon which the greatest number of necessary parties could be present.
The group appealed a Determination of Non-significance (DNS) that would permit the construction of a proposed Verizon cell tower on the former sheep farm at 16224 Vail Road SE, Yelm.
Read more on this from Thurston County Permitting & Land Use.
Click here for the case document.

The public is invited to help by signing an Affidavit and/or Declaration.
* An affidavit: a legal term for an official written statement made under oath before a notary public.
* A Declaration: a written statement submitted to the Hearings Examiner in which the writer swears ‘under penalty of perjury’ that the contents are true.

The affidavits and declarations that will be provided will cover the following topics:

1. Decline in Property Values by the proposed cell tower in the Lake Lawrence area
2. Mt. Rainier view ruined by proposed cell tower
3. Personal knowledge that you already have wireless cell coverage in the Lake Lawrence area
4. Adverse health effects of cell towers
5. Balloon test notification & lack of public meeting
6. Lake Lawrence letter saying the club wants the tower, yet many in Lake Lawrence were not polled
7. A statement that simply says: states I do not want the cell tower with no further explanation/reason

Times to come and sign your affidavits and/or declarations at the Yelm Food Coop.
February 7, Sunday:
11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Declarations only (no Notary available)

February 13, Saturday:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Affidavits and Declarations
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Declarations Only

February 20, Saturday:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Affidavits and Declarations
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Declarations Only

From the Deschutes Neighborhood Group:
“We are a group of individuals in rural Thurston County, Washington State who have come together to protect our local environment and ourselves, so that we may all enjoy the full measure of our unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Our current focus is to prevent a cell tower construction in our rural/residential area, which would radiate 24/7 harmful microwave radiation to all of life.”
Click here

– Editor’s Note:
That the Thurston County Hearing Examiner has agreed to an Appeal Hearing is a huge accomplishment for this group, who requested rescinding the DNS (denying Verizon a special use permit) and a refund of the appeal fee and compensation for their work in this appeal.

* Carroll Cobbs on a then-proposed May 2007 Clearwood tower is pertinent today.
Then Rainier resident Bioengineer and former Radiation Health Physicist Carroll Cobbs (now deceased) worked with Dr. Henry Lai at the University of Washington. Lai is the renowned researcher and Professor Emeritus at UW’s Department of Bioengineering. Cobbs penned his views from his vast experience on the the cell tower debate.
Read more

Recent associated news story of note
* “EMF Controversy Exposed”
January 20, 2016 by Dr. Mercola.
Read more

Blogger Klein is a Deschutes Neighborhood Group contributor.

February 4, 2016

JZ Knight’s compelling interview from Yelm with an energetic Host-
Listen on audio replay

John Burgos, Beyond the Ordinary Show Host
Photo credit: Beyond the Ordinary Show

The Beyond the Ordinary Show with Host John Burgos conducted a live interview with JZ Knight from Yelm on February 3rd.
The session’s topic was “The Spiritual Life of Aliens: Understanding our brain’s connection to alien life” and included questions via an interactive call-in format with the public.

Click here for the 2+ hour audio replay.

Editor’s note:
This was a robust and dynamic conversation with a well-prepared interviewer and excellent questions from listeners around the country. The upliftment, inspiration and hope conveyed throughout will leave you with “jazz.” Bravo! As host John Burgos said, “Truth [is] being shared on this call.”

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Blogger Klein is in his 31st year as a continuous student of Ramtha.

February 4, 2016

Yelm Business Assn. announces support of Yelm Schools Levy & Bond

Click here for the YCS Replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy/New Construction, Renovation & Safety Bond Fact Sheet.

Click here for the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) website.

Yelm Blogger Steve Klein is a Yelm Business Assn. founding Board member.