February 24, 2017

Yelm High’s Girls Wrestling Team achieve first State Title


Photo credit: Yelm Girls Wrestling Facebook site


Yelm High School girls’ wrestling coach Amy Earley rarely takes the time to add up potential team scoring scenarios while her squad is competing at a tournament.

She leaves that up to her wrestlers.”

“This certainly was the case at the Mat Classic as before the official announcement was even made the Tornados already had done all the math. They knew Yelm was headed towards its first state championship.

The Tornados advanced a school-record six wrestlers to the state championships. All six placed, including three who advanced to the finals, as Yelm edged Federal Way to capture the state girls’ wrestling championship at the Tacoma Dome on February 18,” quoting Thurston Talk.com.
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February 23, 2017

Introducing Senior Services for South Sound and
SHIBA, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors




– About Senior Services for South Sound, serving Yelm’s Senior Activities Center
Established in 1973, Senior Services for South Sound offers progressive and comprehensive services for seniors. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people as they age. Senior Services offers a wide range of programs for seniors and their families include adult day care, Meals on Wheels, Senior Community Dining, Senior Transportation services, the Care Connection Caregiver Registry, social services, health programs, adult learning, and indpendent living programs.

The largest program offered by Senior Services for South Sound is the Senior Nutrition Program provided in both Mason and Thurston counties. This pogram alone provides over 110,000 meals each year to 2,500 individual seniors.

Senior Services for South Sound is proud to provide activities programs at the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, Olympia Senior Center, and Yelm Senior Activities Center.
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Click here for their Facebook site.


– What is SHIBA, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors
SHIBA is a free, unbiased, and confidential program provided to you from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
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February 22, 2017

Beyond The Ordinary Show interviews JZ Knight at 5pm today!
Yelm continues to be in spotlight of the spiritual world


JZ Knight
Photo © 2016-2017 JZ Knight,
used with permission.


– JZ Knight interviewed this evening at 5PM PST on the Beyond The Ordinary Show
Topic: Creating Your Future Now
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Click here to sign-up for free INSTANT ACCESS to the LISTEN LIVE page of the Free Web Stream or Replay Page (if you missed the broadcast).


– About the Beyond The Ordinary Show
The Beyond The Ordinary Show, founded and hosted by John Burgos, offers FREE LIVE interactive webinar broadcasts featuring the world’s leading transformative thought leaders, energy healers and spiritual masters.

Established as a platform to honestly speak about subjects, feelings and thoughts that are hard to find in mass media, the Beyond The Ordinary Show quickly grew into an interactive community for those seeking ancient wisdom, the next generation of mystical teachings, spiritual awakening and soulful guidance.

Each broadcast is LIVE and FREE, and features John sitting down with today’s most relevant, cutting-edge experts and awakened luminaries to talk about physical, mental and spiritual clarity and direction, and so much more!
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February 21, 2017

State Auditor issues Yelm 3rd “historic” deficiency finding –
All 3 reports from Harding’s lack of management skills,
Interim Mayor Foster to enact new procedures


Seal of the Washington State Auditor’s Office


City of Yelm receives scathing audit report from State Auditor
* Conditions were all under former Mayor Harding’s and previous councils’ oversight
* Previous councils complicit by not asking questions, “rubber-stamping” Harding’s actions
* Revolving door of former Yelm Finance Directors indicative of issues, yet little was asked
* Harding was Thurston County Deputy Auditor for a year – yet underscores his lack of skills
* Is this the ending epithet to Harding’s “reign of error” which Interim Mayor Foster inherited?
* New Councilors Carmody, Stillwell, DePinto asked financial/budget questions in early 2016.

Onward to the Future
* Interim Mayor and City Administrator make their “high priority to address the historic issues”
* I recommend an independent accountant needs to be on city’s Finance Committee
* I’ll repeat my previous call – councilors should demand an independent budget audit, now!
* Interim Mayor Foster should publicly address this report with his constituents immediately



The Washington State Auditor released their every-two-year audit for the City of Yelm on February 16, 2017. The report lists several areas of “deficiency” which had not been corrected from the two previous deficiency audits, covered here when they were released: the 2014 audit on November 10, 2014, and the 2012 audit on February 19, 2013.


Excerpts from The City of Yelm Audit released February 16, 2017:
Description of Condition
During our audit we identified the following deficiencies in internal controls over financial reporting that, when taken together, represent a material weakness:
* The City does not have formal policies in place that establish effective controls over financial statement preparation.
* The City does not have procedures in place, including supervision and oversight, to ensure information entered into the general ledger is accurate.
* The City lacks an effective review process to ensure amounts reported on the financial statements agree to the supporting general ledger.
* The City did not implement an independent review of journal entries to ensure they were allowable, accurate, and supported.
* City staff responsible for reporting amounts in the financial statements and compiling the footnotes did not ensure they were prepared in accordance with the Budget, Accounting and Reporting Systems (BARS) Manual.


Cause of Condition
The City has not made it a priority to provide adequate training and oversight or develop the necessary resources or processes, to prepare accurate accounting records and financial statements.


Recommendation
We recommend:
* The City create formal written policies that establish effective controls over the preparation of the financial statements.
* The City implement procedures, to ensure information entered into the general ledger is accurate.
* The City implement an effective review process to ensure amounts reported on the financial statements agree to supporting accounting
records.
* A secondary independent review of journal entries to ensure they are allowable, accurate, and supported.
* Individuals responsible for preparing and reviewing the financial statements, notes, and schedules have sufficient technical training and effectively use the BARS Manual when preparing the City’s annual financial report.


City’s Response
The City of Yelm has made it a high priority to address the historic issues identified by the State Auditor’s Office.


Auditor’s Remarks
We appreciate the City’s response and wish to thank the City’s staff and management for their cooperation and assistance during our audit.
We also look forward to working with the new Mayor, City Administrator, and Finance Director to address the issues identified in this audit.
We look forward to reviewing the corrective action during the next audit.


Click here to read Yelm’s “Accountability Audit Report.”
Click here to read Yelm’s “Financial Statements Audit Report.”


February 20, 2017

Noting the passing of area Democratic Party volunteer Scott Brineman


Scott Brineman
Photo credit: Thurston County Democrats



– From the Thurston County Democrats
“It is with incredible sadness that we must let our Thurston County Democratic family know that Scott Brineman passed away Friday from complications of the flu, at St. Peter’s hospital. Scott was the new Chair of the 2nd LD and he was so excited for the future of our party. He recently retired from the Carpenters, and was a proud labor activist. We were blessed to have him as our friend. We will miss his energy, dedication, smile and laugh. The family has asked for privacy at this time. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and hearts through this very rough time. They will know that Scott’s larger Democratic and Labor family will be there for them. We will post information about a celebration of life when more is known.”


– Editor’s Note:
As the Democratic Party’s Area Caucus Coordinator (ACC) for Yelm last Spring, I enjoyed working with and learned much from Scott. His passing is noted with great sadness, as his passion and experience will be sorely missed. Blessings to his family in their loss.


February 20, 2017

President’s Day in America, 2017


Warren G. Harding, Andrew Jackson, Calvin Coolidge
Photos Everett Collection/Rex Features



“Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents’ Day or President’s Day). As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states,” quoting Wikipedia.
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Read more of President’s Day trivia from MSN.


February 19, 2017

JZ Knight’s remarkable 40th anniversary with Ramtha –
Begins 5th decade channeling Ramtha’s teachings for the world


JZ Knight
Photo courtesy: © 2014-2017 JZ Knight, used with permission.



* Ramtha appeared to JZ Knight 40 years ago this week
* Knight became known as a “channel” of Ramtha and 1980′s New Age movement icon
* Ramtha established his Yelm-based School of Enlightenment (RSE) in 1988
* Yelm acclaimed internationally as a spiritual hub
* Ramtha’s teachings delivered on 6 continents
* RSE has been a Yelm economic engine for decades, thousands coming here annually
* JZ Knight and Ramtha now begin the 5th decade of their remarkable journey together



– In 1977 on the third Sunday in February, Feb. 20, from Knight’s book State of Mind:
“Einstein and I were becoming giddy and downright silly. You can only do so many pyramids, and there are only so many things you can find to go under them. Maybe that is why all those mummies died so young — they laughed them¬selves to death building their graves. At any rate, we began to laugh hysterically. In jest, I grabbed one of the rejects off the floor, held it over my head, and proclaimed, ‘Attention, attention please, you are now about to witness a miracle. We are about to place our new brain machine upon the willing victim, upon whom nature did not smile with great intelli¬gence. Carefully we place the pyramid in the aligned posi¬tion, encompassing the entire head and face. In moments, gentlemen, you will witness a truly magnificent transfor¬mation.’

I placed it on my head, and through peals of laughter from myself and Einstein, I mumbled, ‘I sure hope it works.’ After a few moments, I lifted the end of the pyramid just to eye level and, laughing so hard that tears were streaming from my eyes, I caught the glimmer of a bright light at the other end of my kitchen. The light was blurred by the tears, so I reached for a tissue and wiped the tears away. I blinked, and to my utter shock and amazement, there stood a giant man at the other end of my kitchen . . . just standing there, aglow.

This . . . thing . . . was made all of light, like golden glitter dropped through a ray of sunlight. His shoulders came to the top of the door, and it was as if the ceiling had dis¬appeared to make room for his head. It was beautiful. His robe seemed to be of purple light, a dazzling display of color and crystal against this strangeness of immense human form. An illuminating white overlay formed the broad mantle of his shoulders. I could not make out if jewels and gold flashed upon his heavenly robe or if they were lights. These were the brightest lights and colors I had ever seen, and yet they were not harsh. His face . . . it was the most beautiful face I had ever seen . . . eyes that shone like ebony stones with copper flashes . . . skin, if that is what it was, the coloring of olive, bronze, illuminated, and a fine chiseled nose and a broad jawline and a smile that would rival any Hollywood star’s. My eyes went glassy, like those of a sleepwalker. I could hear voices about me, but they were far away, like in a dream. The power to reason had fled my mind, and I felt pulled into the splendor of that unearthly magic. A blue light blazed and filled the room with an aura of innocence and holy peace that emanated from this stately form. A moment later — I don’t know, maybe it was an hour later — I formed an utterance of words that must have come from a feeble innocence within my being. “You are so beautiful. Who are you?’

A smile so divine parted his lips to reveal glistening, immaculate teeth.

I am Ramtha the Enlightened One. I have come to help you over the ditch.’
The words were delivered in a most melodious manner,” quoting her New York Times Bestseller book State of Mind.

Read more from JZKnight.com, used with permission.


Happy 40th Anniversary JZ, with Ramtha!


Blogger Klein is a former daily employee and current consultant to JZK, Inc., beginning his 32nd year as a student of Ramtha.


February 18, 2017

JBLM Commander Colonel Daniel S. Morgan spoke in Yelm


Col. Steven R. Johnson, JBLM 1st Special Forces Group & Community Connector,
Mayor JW Foster, Col. Daniel S. Morgan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander,
at the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Forum, Feb. 14.
Photo courtesy: City of Yelm Government Facebook



* JBLM Commander Morgan: “trust, transparency, collaboration and collective responsibility”
* Info provided about the base, what comprises JBLM core values and uniqueness.
* Enunciated goals of connecting with base neighbors and the Yelm community.
* I was impressed with Col. Morgan’s command of the importance of JBLM’s Yelm neighbors.
* Col. Steve Johnson, JBLM’s Community Connector, seeks to reinstate Yelm ties.



– JBLM Commander Morgan addressed Yelm Chamber members
“Colonel Daniel S. Morgan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander, spoke to more than 40 local community and businesses leaders at the Yelm Chamber of Commerce [Feb. 14th] to communicate the bond between the base and the neighboring community.

‘I believe in trust, transparency, collaboration and collective responsibility,’ Morgan said. ‘That is what JBLM is and that is what is our relationship is.’

The monthly forum draws high-ranking public officials, civil services, and people from local and national businesses. They use the forum as a chance to network and listen to presentations from guest speakers.

Morgan provided information about the base, what makes up the core values of the installation, what makes JBLM unique from other bases around the country and how all of these factors connect with the Yelm community. He spent a large amount of time talking about what he called his ‘big rocks.'”

“For Line Critchfield, the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, having a such a high-ranking JBLM official come to speak with the group highlighted how seriously JBLM regards the relationship between the two,” by Rio Fernandes, Northwest Guardian.
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February 17, 2017

YBA proposes Arts commission to Mayor and Council




The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted a proposal to establish an Arts Commission at the city council meeting Feb. 14, 2017. The document read in-part:

Dear City Council Members and Mayor Foster:
The Yelm Business Association presents the enclosed draft ordinance language relative to establishment of a Yelm Arts Commission. The purpose of the proposed arts commission, as defined in the draft ordinance is as follows:
As a matter of public policy, the city of Yelm recognizes that support for artists and arts organizations, development and stewardship of public art, arts education, and cultural development are public necessities and essential for the continuing growth and development of Yelm’s citizens, economy and quality of life. The primary duty of Yelm’s arts commission is to identify and actively encourage the development and sustainability of the arts in the city by serving as the city’s primary resource in matters of public art and culture, as provided in this chapter.
As you know, our purpose has always been to help promote local business in Yelm, and we sincerely believe that the city council shares in that desire. Proposing ordinance language such as this falls well within that purpose. We look forward to your consideration of this proposed ordinance, and we certainly are available to meet with the council at any time to discuss it.

Read more of the proposal.


– Reprinted from YelmBusiness.org. Used with permission.


– UPDATE: February 16, 2017
“YBA Proposes Art Commission Creation”
“Goal to Help Business by Supporting Art”
By Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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Blogger Klein is a founding YBA Board member and Secretary.


February 17, 2017

YBA adds Food Truck specifics to Comp. Plan Hearing –
Gets issues on Council’s Study Session Agenda


Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to the Yelm city council
parking area to dovetail with the YBA proposal, at the invitation of YBA V.P. Steve Craig.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted further comments to Yelm City Hall officials Feb. 14, 2017 about their Food Truck Regs. proposal, to be included in the city’s Comprehensive Plan update. The YBA Food Truck Regs. proposal was the subject of the first Town Hall Public Forum in Yelm in over 12 years (Nov. 4, 2016). This update was completed with the assistance of Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association. Councilor Joe DePinto publicly apologized to YBA President Schmier and acknowledged that council had not discussed this proposal in the 5+ months since first presented, directing City Administrator Michael Grayum to add the YBA Food Trucks regs. proposal to the council’s study session agenda.
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Also included were these reports beneficial in developing food truck regulations, supplied by the WFTA:
* 7 Myths and Realities About Food Trucks
Click here for the pdf.

* New National League of Cities Report Highlights Mobile Vending Best Practices
Click here for the pdf.


– From Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association
“As the small business industry of mobile food continues to grow in popularity here in Washington, it only makes sense for local governments to make the necessary changes to accommodate this issue.

Many cities are welcoming these innovative businesses by writing simple regulations meant only to protect public health and safety. It is not the role of government, to create protectionist barriers for some business, and not allowing for economic liberty to all.”
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