March 28, 2015

Cut down on plastic – why? Read this!
Yet Yelm still resists a plastic bag ban

Mouth of the Los Angeles River, Long Beach, California.
Photo source: ©© Bill McDonald, Algalita Foundation / Heal The Bay

“As stated in the featured documentary, Inside the Garbage of the World, ‘we’re going to create an environmental catastrophe that we may not be able to recover from.’

Many take for granted that their garbage “magically disappears” once it’s picked up by the garbage truck, but nothing could be further from the truth. Most garbage does not disappear. It’s simply relocated to a landfill or a recycling center. Trash also makes its way down storm drains and into nearby waterways.

The Abomination That Is Plastic…

Our throwaway mentality has created a pollution problem that now threatens the future of humanity itself. Plastic trash is of particular concern, as bits and pieces of plastic are mistaken for food by birds and sea animals.

Debris in the ocean also blocks sunlight from which plankton and algae sustain themselves, and this has negative implications on up the food chain as it eventually becomes micronized and winds up in some of the seafood you eat,” by Dr. Mercola.
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- “Are Plastic Grocery Bags Sacking the Environment?”
By John Roach for National Geographic News
September 2, 2003, over a decade ago
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Editor’s note:
Yelm is the largest city in Thurston County that has not banned the use of plastic grocery bags.

March 27, 2015

A patient of Dr. Matthew Martinez responds to accusations

Dr. Matthew Martinez
Photo courtesy: Absolute Health Clinic

Editor’s Note:
In a rush to publish a story without sufficient background and waiting for Dr. Martinez to return from his family holiday to be able to provide comments, I wrote this letter now published in the online edition of the Nisqually Valley News in response to the newspaper’s foray into an incriminating story of an area physician, yet omitting many facts and patient interviews. The newspaper’s Online Poll was highly inflammatory in omitting key facts, as well.

Yelm_Blogger posted:
I have proudly been a patient of Dr. Martinez for over a year and am a very satisfied customer.
I have come to know him as a man of integrity, personal responsibility and most of all – “heart.”

I am standing-up for this PHYSICIAN, so that your readers have the opportunity to hear from one of his patients,
rather than from those commenting who have never experienced his manner, touch and healing nature.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a retired RSE staff member, as your newspaper reported last December.

Steve Klein

Absolute Health Clinic’s statement for his Yelm patients:
“Dr. Matt has decided to close his Yelm office.

It was a hard decision but with the demands of his travel it has proven to be too difficult to maintain two clinics.

He values all of his patients and we will do our best to get you into the Olympia Office.”

Introducing Project Hope

Dr. Matthew Martinez with David in Australia
Photo courtesy: Absolute Health Clinic

Project Hope is one of the many examples of “heart” conveyed by Dr. Martinez, a story that should be told locally:
“Project Hope is about a young man named David from Australia that Dr. Matt is helping……..

David was misdiagnosed at birth & as a result has been in a wheelchair his whole life. He is a carefree & happy young man & loves life & his family.”
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I have known the family of David in Australia for many years, his parents having been guests in our Yelm home and us visiting with them in Oz.
They are so thrilled with David’s progress since Dr. Martinez has been working with him.

March 27, 2015

I-5 changes will bring Tacoma into HOV era

Washington State Department of Transportation

Interstate 5 Tacoma M Street to Portland Avenue project
“The project widens northbound and southbound I-5 to four general-purpose lanes and one additional HOV lane from M Street to near L Street. To allow for the widened roadway, WSDOT will replace the Pacific Avenue and McKinley Way bridges over I-5, and build a new northbound I-5 bridge over the I-705 interchange,” quoting KING 5 TV News, Seattle.
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March 26, 2015

Tonight in Oly, screening the documentary:
“Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields”

- The documentary “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” will be shown in The Capitol Theater, Olympia tonight.
Ground Operations is a documentary film and social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers. Let’s help them get started and build their resources, so that veterans can create healthy new lives for themselves and delicious food security for communities across America. Ground Operations screening events feature farm-fresh food, the film, farmer-veteran speakers and a robust conversation about local food and farming.”
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- Organized by GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty), a grassroots Olympia-based non-profit dedicated to nourishing a strong community by empowering people and growing good food.

- Oly Float is proud to be a sponsor, featuring a discussion panel after the viewing.
Oly Float is committed to helping veterans transitioning back into civilian life, as floating can be incredibly beneficial in any treatment program focused on PTSD and TBIs.

Tickets available at the Capitol Theater box office. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $9.

Click here to watch the trailer.

March 25, 2015

Crowe Law: New attorney brings expertise to Yelm

Holly Scott, Crowe Law, Yelm

“New Attorney…Family and Workforce Expertise to Crowe Law”
“Holly Scott believes that the legal profession is a service industry. ‘That’s something Dan Crowe and I share, an understanding that we’re helping people with problems they can’t necessarily deal with on their own,’ she says. In January, Scott joined The Crowe Law Office in Yelm, bringing a wealth of experience in workforce issues and a familiarity with family law.”

“At Crowe Law, Scott will be focused on general practice. ‘Whatever comes up,’ she says.”

“The Crowe Law Office offers comprehensive legal services, including criminal defense, family law, estate planning, business law, real estate and civil litigation. For more information visit,” quoting Thurston Talk.
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March 24, 2015

Yelm Council must deal with contract labor pay tonight

Public Safety Building housing Council Chambers, Yelm

2015 is the year that the City of Yelm has to get new contracts in place via Collective Bargaining Agreements of the city’s two represented groups: the recently approved agreement with Public Works and the yet to be ratified contract with the Yelm Police.

Editor’s Note:
While this town has grown into a city nearing 10,000 inhabitants, Yelm lags behind in staffing/funding key labor groups. Therefore, the Yelm City Council is expected to approve 3 resolutions tonight, quoting the Staff Reports:

* Resolution No. 555 Establishing a Policy for Payment of Retroactive Pay.
This year is unique in that the bargaining with the Teamsters and Public Works began after the 2015 Budget adoption. Council ratified the 2015-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement with Public Works membership on March 10, 2015. The terms of the agreement include a retroactive payment of wages effective January 1, 2015 to the membership.
Any adjustments will require an amendment to the Salary and Benefit Schedule based on the terms of the agreement. For non-represented employees, Resolution No. 555 would establish a policy to allow the City to make adjustments to the compensation of the non-represented employees.

* Ordinance 997 Amending 2015 Salary and Benefit Schedule Appendix II and Appendix III for Rate Adjustments and Benefits related to the 2015-2017 Public Works Collective Bargaining Agreement and on-represented employees.

* Ordinance 998 Amending 2015 Salary and Benefit Schedule Appendix II for Market Rate Adjustments for Public Works Director and Police Chief.

Historically, the City has provided consistent wage and benefit adjustments to all employees, including both represented and non-represented when financially and operationally able. The wages and benefits determined in the Salary and Benefit Schedule is adopted as part of the annual budget with consideration of the Collective Bargaining Agreements of the two represented groups in place. The 2012-2014 CBA agreement with Public Works and the Yelm Police expired 12/31/14, prior to the start of bargaining for a 2015 agreement. The terms of the previous agreements remain until a new agreement is in place.

Recommend to amend the 2015 Salary and Benefit Schedule Appendix II increasing the salary of the two exempt positions found to be significantly below the market comparables for Public Works Director and Police Chief.

In addition for approval tonight:
* 2015 Water Conservation Program – Commercial Irrigation
The City Council adopted a water conservation program in 2010 that established a water budget for each water customer with an irrigation meter. The budget was based on the amount of water according to the Washington Irrigation Guide needed to maintain healthy and productive landscaping, or the customers use in 2009, whichever was less.This program was anticipated to reduce irrigation usage in half. The program was highly successful and water customers saved over 65 million gallons (200 acre feet) of water since 2010. These water savings, along with residential water conservation, helped to realize the City’s conservation goals and extend the life of existing water system infrastructure.The Council has continued the program each year since 2010.

March 23, 2015

Community input required on Schools Boundary Changes

From Yelm Community Schools:

District Seeks Community Input on School Boundary Changes
Yelm Community Schools is facing an immediate need to redraw school attendance boundaries for the 2015-16 school year to alleviate unbalanced overcrowding in our elementary schools.

One of the implications of not passing the recent school construction bond is we are now forced to make changes to our school attendance areas to help equalize enrollment across the district. The goal is to most efficiently use current school buildings to house our growing enrollment. These changes will affect elementary and middle school boundaries.

A Boundary Committee has met with Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc. to develop a proposal for boundary changes. Factors considered included the current population of each area, the projected growth, and transportation efficiency while trying to keep neighborhoods in the same school.

The district has scheduled two public forums to explain the committee’s proposal and gather additional input and comments from the public before presenting a final proposal to the school board. Comment forms and an online survey will be available for the public to make written comments that will be reviewed by the committee before making its final recommendation.

If you would like more information, have questions, or would like to make a comment, please consider attending one of the forums.

School Boundary Forums
Location: District Office Board Room, 107 1st Street North, Yelm

* Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
* Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Public Comments survey will open March 25 and close April 15.

March 22, 2015

World Water Day Is Today

From the UN-Water – World Water Day 2015 on Water & Sustainable Development:
“Sunday March 22nd is World Water Day. . Collective meditation events have been proven to have significant global impact; for example, on social stress, crime rates, and armed conflict.

Watch the “trailer” for #LOVEWATER and World Water Day.

Learn more at and

Editor’s Note:
With the drought emergency and water saving measure enforce statewide, California is slated to run out of water within a year and is ground zero for water awareness in the U. S.
Click here for this shocking report form NBC News.

“Governor Inslee declares drought for three Washington regions”
Click here

March 21, 2015

Spring is here:
Mark your calendars for the Nisqually Home Show –

Today is the first full day of Spring, so time to mark your calendars for the Nisqually Home Show


March 20, 2015

Spring begins in Yelm today at 3:45pm

- Spring officially begins today
“Astronomically speaking, the March equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic. In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox is known as the vernal, or spring, equinox, and marks the start of the spring season.

In the Southern Hemisphere, this equinox is known as the autumnal, or fall, equinox and marks the start of the fall season; the vernal equinox for the Southern Hemisphere occurs in September.

The March equinox happens at the same moment across the world but is converted to local time. In 2015, it falls on March 20 at 6:45 P.M. EDT, 5:45 P.M. CDT, 4:45 P.M. MDT, and 3:45 P.M. PDT, for example,” quoting The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
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- “Late-Week Storm to Usher in Cold Across East, Put Spring on Hold”
By Jordan Root,“>Read more