September 23, 2017

County Auditor schedules Voter Registration Drive Tuesday – Yelm included
“Feds: Russians tried to hack Washington state elections”

– “September 26 is National Voter Registration Day”
Local registration drives held as part of national day of action; registered voters encouraged to post selfies and photos with #CelebrateNVRD [and #ThurstonVotes] on social media accounts

“On September 26, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will join a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day on November 7 as part of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). The Auditor’s Office encourages eligible voters to register online (MyVote.wa.gov) or at one of the many following voter registration drives throughout the week:

September 26, 11am – 2pm
Haggens Northwest Fresh (1313 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia)
Grocery Outlet (8221 Martin Way E, Lacey)
Walmart in Yelm (17100 State Route 507 SE, Yelm)
Tenino Market Fresh (669 Lincoln Ave E, Tenino)

‘Registering to vote is the first and most critical step to fulfilling your civic responsibility as an eligible voter,’ said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. ‘Without registering to vote you can’t vote. If you don’t vote, you’re not participating in key decisions about who represents your interests at different levels of government, and how our communities respond to important issues,'” quoting the Press Release from Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall.
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– “Feds: Russians tried to hack Washington state elections”
“Federal authorities have told officials in Washington that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the state prior to the 2016 general election.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in a statement that the Department of Homeland security informed her office Friday of the attempted breach, which state officials had already been aware of.

‘As we’ve stated before, we continue to work cooperatively with DHS – including during the election last year. The security protocols we already have in place made us aware of these attempted intrusions by Russian IP addresses throughout the course of the 2016 election. There was no successful intrusion and we immediately alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the activities,’ Wyman said in a released statement,” by Associated Press and Chris Daniels, KING 5 News, Seattle.
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September 23, 2017

Yelm’s last Farmers Market of the season is Sunday, September 24, 10am-3pm


Yelm Farmers Market booth
Photo courtesy: Bee Forever Apiary



– This Sunday is the last Yelm Farmer’s Market of 2017
“Join us on Sunday, Sept 24th for the final market of the year. Come by and buy some goodies and thank the vendors for being part of the market,” quoting the Yelm Farmers Market.
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September 22, 2017

Autumn officially arrives in Yelm today at 1:02pm PDT

– “Equinox comes on September 22”
“The September equinox arrives on September 22, 2017 at 20:02 UTC. Although the equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, your clock times will depend on your time zone. For time zones in the continental U.S., this equinox comes at …1:02 p.m. PDT. ,” by Deborah Byrd in Astronomy Essentials.
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September 22, 2017

Californians told to prepare for the “Big One” –
Residents of the Pacific Northwest would be wise to do the same!
Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for September 27th, 11:20AM PDT


Credit: Ready.gov


– “After Mexico Quake, California Urges Residents to Prepare for ‘The Big One’”
“This week’s deadly earthquake in Mexico has many Californians asking: What will happen when the proverbial “big one” hits?

And their government is telling them two things: You will be on your own. And most of you are not ready.

Cities, counties and Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Emergency Services say a big quake will overwhelm police and fire crews and require citizens to take care of themselves for a week, maybe longer.”

“This week’s deadly earthquake in Mexico has many Californians asking: What will happen when the proverbial “big one” hits?

And their government is telling them two things: You will be on your own. And most of you are not ready.

Cities, counties and Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Emergency Services say a big quake will overwhelm police and fire crews and require citizens to take care of themselves for a week, maybe longer,” by James Rainey, NBC News.
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– On September 27, 2017 at 2:20pm EDT there will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System).
It will be broadcast everywhere in the United States across:

Radio stations
Broadcast Television
Cable
Wireline
Satellite service providers
Digital radio

If rescheduled, the alternate date will be October 4th.
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“The IPAWS National Test is scheduled for September 27th, 2017. The American Sign Language video has more information.”
Click here for more from FEMA.

– “Come to the Thurston County Prep Expo!”
“This year’s Expo is being held at Capital Christian Center in Olympia on September 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m”
Click here for more from Thurston County Emergency Management.
Read more on the Prep Expo.


– Yelm area has one of America’s oldest preparedness stores in our midst
Read more from the Survival Center.
Click here for the Survival Center Facebook page.
Click here for the Survival Center Blog.
Click here for the free Survival Center Newsletter.


September 21, 2017

Lincoln SUV commercial shoot in Roy with Matthew McConaughey


“McConaughey is reportedly filming a car commercial in Roy.”
Photo provided by Tracy Atkins Goble via KING-5 TV News, Seattle.



– “Matthew McConaughey sightings in Roy, Washington”
“A small Washington town was buzzing with news of a big-time celebrity on Thursday. Matthew McConaughey spent the day working in Roy, Washington, crew members confirmed to KING 5.

Photos from set show the actor behind the wheel of a car, surrounded by production tents and trailers. Roy’s Chief of Police confirmed that Lincoln was shooting a commercial for the Navigator luxury SUV,” Jennifer King, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
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September 21, 2017

Yelm Schools Bus Tour to see why your YCS vote matters –
Sept. 21 & Oct. 6, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


Photo credit: Yelm Community Schools (YCS)


– Editor’s note:
I took the previous bus tour and was surprised at what I learned about why passing the school bond is so important for our city’s future – our children!


– From Yelm Community Schools (YCS)
Join Superintendent Brian Wharton on a guided tour to learn about the structural challenges of maintaining 30+ year old buildings and why voters cannot afford to delay the passage of the bond any longer.

Open to anyone in the community.

Sept. 28 from 10am-12pm
Oct. 6 from 5-7pm

Click here to reserve your seat- space is limited.


September 20, 2017

“Strawless in Seattle” campaign to reduce the plastic waste-stream –
Yelm could be the County’s innovator to propose here


Photo credit: Strawless in Seattle


– Editor’s note:
A move to ban plastic straws and utensils has been sweeping across our country and is now in Seattle. The City of Yelm has the opportunity to be a leader in reducing these items from Thurston County’s waste-stream. Hopefully, since so many city officials read Yelm’s Blog, this story will move a counselor or four to propose and pass this here.
SK –


– “Seattle to ban plastic straws, utensils at restaurants next year”
“An ordinance banning plastic straws and plastic utensils will take effect next year in Seattle.

Starting July 1, 2018, eateries in the city will no longer be able to dispense plastic items, Seattle Public Utilities’ Strategic Adviser for Product Stewardship Sego Jackson said.”

“‘As of July 1, 2018, food services businesses should not be providing plastic straws or utensils,’ Jackson said. ‘What they should be providing are compostable straws or compostable utensils. But they also might be providing durables, reusables, or encouraging you to skip the straw altogether.’

The exemption allowing the disposable plastics was put in place in order to allow technology to make compostable alternatives more feasible.”

“According to the National Park Service, Americans use about 500 million drinking straws every day,” by Brett Cihon, KCPQ-13 TV News (Fox), Seattle.
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– “Our Bodies Are Becoming Plastic”
“Story at-a-glance
* Globally, 83 percent of tap water samples tested were found to contain tiny microplastic particles
* In the U.S., 94 percent of tap water samples were found to contain plastic — the most out of all the locations tested
* Large quantities of microplastics are likely being transferred to agricultural land via sewage sludge”
By Dr. Merocla.
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September 20, 2017

Yelm FFA profiled in video




– “This Week in Agribusiness, September 16, 2017”
From Delta Farm Press:
“Orion Samuelson profiles Yelm FFA, Yelm, Wash., has grown to more than 1,000 members. Member Magdalena Skotto talks about the many activities the group gets involved in around the region.”
Click here for the video, then click Part 6.


– The FFA Chapter video was also in the Corn and Soybean Digest
Click here


September 19, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month –
Thurston County’s Prep Expo is September 30


Credit: Ready.gov


– “National Preparedness Month”
“This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.”
Read more from Ready.gov.


– “Come to the Thurston County Prep Expo!”
“This year’s Expo is being held at Capital Christian Center in Olympia on September 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m”
Click here for more from Thurston County Emergency Management.
Read more on the Prep Expo.


– Yelm area has one of America’s oldest preparedness stores in our midst
Read more from the Survival Center.
Click here for the Survival Center Facebook page.
Click here for the Survival Center Blog.
Click here for the free Survival Center Newsletter.


September 18, 2017

Yelm organizations hold many events open to the public this weekend –
La Vida Alpaca Farm Days, Yelm Co-op annual meeting, Farmhouse Decor Event,
“Radio Show” @ The Triad

Check-out these fabulous happenings in Yelm this weekend!


– National Alpaca Farm Days at La Vida Alpaca in Yelm
Sat., September 23rd, 10 AM – 4 PM PDT at La Vida Alpaca, 15631 159th Lane SE, Yelm.
Alpaca open house: Meet alpacas and ranchers from several area farms. Activities for all ages, alpaca products for sale. Information: 360-894-1273, dbagshaw@earthlink.net and lavidaalpaca.com.
Read more and purchase tickets.


– Yelm Food Cooperative Annual General Meeting
Sat., September 23rd, 2 PM – 4 PM PDT at the Yelm Community Center.
Read more


– Farmhouse Decor Event in Yelm

Sat., September 23rd, 10 AM – 5 PM PDT at The Barn Porch, 8746 Cullens Rd SE, Yelm.
Read more


– SRO’s “RADIO SHOW” Double Feature @ The Triad Theater

Credit: SRO via The Triad Theater

– Two Performance dates:
DATES: Friday Sept 22nd and Saturday Sept 23rd
TIME: 7:30 Each Night
PRICE: $10 (all tickets)
LOCATION: The Triad Theater, 102 Yelm Ave E., Yelm.
BUY TICKETS: Click here

Directed by Andrew and Paige Doyle.
Produced by Dave Champagne
Cast: Kellie Petersen, Dave Champagne, Drew Doyle, Paige Doyle, Taylor Simpson, Will Champagne, Steve Harshfield, Rich Frias, Jeremy Chenvert.

COMING SOON…
Tickets go on sale September 20th for The Mel Brooks Musical “Young Frankenstein”. Performances begin October 20th.
Click www.srotheater.org for information.


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