August 23, 2016

Yelm City Council Meeting and Study Session cancelled this week

The first full Yelm City Council meeting scheduled for tonight and tomorrow’s Council Study Session have been canceled due to lack of a quorum. While many councilors are on their end-of-summer holiday, the first full sessions scheduled this week under Interim Mayor Foster’s direction must now with until next month.


August 23, 2016

Yelm Police now interacting with the public via social media

* Yelm Police Dept. proudly debuts Facebook page
* With former Mayor Harding out, city staff have freedom to interact with constituents

On August 16, 2016, a new day dawned in Yelm with the arrival of public interface and transparency in the debut of the Yelm Police Department’s Facebook page, heretofore not allowed in Mayor Harding’s administration.

Congratulations to Chief Stancil and his team on their department’s debut on social media now that new leadership is in-office at City Hall. This is long overdue and a sign that things truly are changing in Yelm.
Congratulations also go to Interim Mayor Foster for his “fostering” of openness in government.
A breath of fresh air has ensued. BRAVO!
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August 22, 2016

‘A Midsummer Night’s Shakespeare’ in Yelm – Aug. 26-28

– A Midsummer Night’s Shakespeare – Theatrical Production
Choose from four performances-
* Friday, August 26th at 7:30pm $10;
* Saturday, August 27th at 2pm $10;
* Saturday, August 27th at 7:30pm $10;
* Sunday, August 28th at 2pm $10.

– TICKETS for A Midsummer Night’s Shakespeare
A Multi-generational Musical for the entire family with a cast of 20 adults and 20 children of all ages.
Brought to you by Summerstruck Productions & Standing Room Only Acting Company.
Click here to purchase your tickets, or at the door.


August 21, 2016

11th 2016 weather record of 80+ degrees set on Aug. 20 –
DNR issues statewide burn ban

* Saturday was 2016’s 2nd hottest to-date @ 96 degrees (June 5 was 97)
* Eleventh record-breaking +80 degree high temperature this year
* Burn ban is effect in all state forests, state parks and forestlands protected by DNR
* Outdoor burning, campfires in fire pits, use of charcoal briquettes are prohibited
* Liquid gas/propane stoves not using solid briquettes, have on/off controls are permitted
* Statewide ban does not include federally-owned lands, i.e. national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges


– Eleventh record-breaking +80 degree high temperature this year on August 20th

Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), broke the high temperature record for any August 20th. Today’s high of 96 (35.6 C.) broke the former record high of 95 degrees set in 1950. This is the eleventh +80 degree weather-record this year, the last one noted on August 19th. Though unofficial, Yelm area stations reported hotter temperatures.
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– Ocean air (onshore flow) moves in, 20 degrees cooler Sunday, yet back into the 90’s by week’s end. Thursday, August 25 could be another record-breaker.
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– “DNR bans campfires across the state”
“With the arrival this week of the most dangerous fire weather of the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is expanding the statewide burn ban effective noon today, Aug. 17 to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through Sept. 30, 2016.”
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August 20, 2016

“When Soldiers Come Home, Who Tends to Their Moral Injuries?”


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

Editor’s Note: A moving and compelling “must read” story, as all of us in the Yelm area have friends and neighbor soldiers returning home from deployment!


– “When Soldiers Come Home, Who Tends to Their Moral Injuries?”
“Listening can help ease the transition home for veterans and ultimately heal us as a nation.”

“I wanted to write this for all the civilians struggling to understand their role in supporting veterans as they come home,” by Micael Bogar, Yes! Magazine.
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August 19, 2016

Yelm ‘cooling centers’ open due to record heat –
10th weather record of 80+ degrees this year

* Saturday will be hottest of year to-date
* Cooling centers are air conditioned, open-the-pubic, and provide a place of heat relief for elderly, infirmed, persons with respiratory issues, or anyone vulnerable to heat stroke



– Tenth record-breaking +80 degree high temperature this year
Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), broke the high temperature record for any August 19th. Today’s high of 95 (35 C.) broke the former record high of 94 degrees set in 1961. This is the tenth +80 degree weather-record this year, the last one noted on June 5th.
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– Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through Saturday night.
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Thurston County Emergency Management “cooling centers” available now
These are open-to-the-public places in our area to keep cool this weekend:
* Tenino Quarry Swimming Pool: 300 W. Park Ave., Tenino, open noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $4/person.

* Tenino Fire District 12: 187 S. Hodgden St. SE, Tenino, open 24 hours.

* Tenino Timberland Library: 172 Central Ave. W, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

* Yelm Timberland Library: 210 Prairie Park St., open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

* Phoenix Company Cards and Games: 303 Creek St. SE, Yelm, open 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.
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– Beat the Heat with Safety in Mind
County residents reminded of summer safety tips as heatwave approaches
From Thurston County Emergency Management
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August 19, 2016

Mark your calendars: 3rd annual Yelm Rotary Jamboree Sept. 17

-Mark your calendars!
“Get Ready! The 3rd Annual Jamboree sponsored by the Yelm Rotary Club is coming this September 17th. Featuring a Backyard Badminton Competion as well as a Cornhole Tournament. Two person teams take on each other for fun, community and annual bragging rights! Be sure to deck your team out with your most creative costume. Prizes for the best team costume will be awarded.
Visit our website for more information.”

3rd Annual Yelm Rotary Jamboree
Saturday, September 17 at 10 AM
Yelm City Park in Yelm, Washington
Click here for Rotary Club of Yelm information on Facebook.


– About the work of Rotary Clubs and Rotary International
“We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.”

“Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities’ toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world.”
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August 18, 2016

Excessive heat warning for Yelm area –
Friday and Saturday set for 2016’s hottest yet

– From The National Weather Servbice, Seattle
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING FROM 2PM PDT THU UNTIL 9PM PDT SAT
FOR THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR [Olympia, Yelm, and vicinity]

“HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT AND LOW LEVEL OFFSHORE FLOW WILL RESULT IN AND EXTENDED PERIOD OF HOT WEATHER FOR WESTERN WASHINGTON THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. RECORD HIGHS ARE LIKELY IN MANY LOCATIONS. THE HOTTEST DAYS AT THE COAST WILL BE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY WITH COOLING ON SATURDAY. THE HOTTEST DAYS FOR THE INTERIOR WILL BE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THURSDAY TO 9 PM PDT SATURDAY. THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.”

“AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNINGS MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR, CREATING A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS (NOT ALCOHOL), SEEK AN AIR-CONDITIONED PLACE, STAY OUT OF THE SUN, AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.”
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Click here for the Yelm forecast.


– Editor’s Note:
Friday and Saturday’s forecasts of upper 90’s in Yelm and near 100 in the Bald Hills are expected to break all-time record high temperatures for those dates (94 and 93 respectively).


August 17, 2016

Apex Window Fashions: A locally-owned Yelm business for 25+ years

– About Apex Window Fashions:
“At Apex Window Fashions our first priority is to listen to you. We pride ourselves in putting together our customers’ many tastes and needs into a cohesive and tasteful representation of the real you.

Let us help you with your project expertly.

Seth will listen to you, and will explore every option in an effort to find the right solution for you with his 25+ years of window fashions expertise: He has been selling, measuring, installing, and repairing window fashions for over 25 years – all of those ‘I wish I would have done this, or I should have done thats’ of past Apex Window Fashions clients have enabled Seth to create a system where he can help you find the perfect window coverings to fit your needs, style, and situation.”

“At Apex Window Fashions, we can do it all – Call me, Seth, at Apex Window Fashions for all of your window covering needs.”

Business Hours:
Call Us Any Time Day or Night
Here to Serve YOU on Your Schedule.
(360) 701 – 5259


– Editor’s Note:
Be sure to scroll down to the precious story “The Brief History of Apex Window Fashions”.
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August 16, 2016

‘Oil bomb trains’ – An eye-opening report from the front lines –
From here in the Pacific Northwest!


An oil train snaking its way through downtown Seattle
Photo credit: Marcus R. Donner, Puget Sound Business Journal

– “To Stop ‘Bomb Trains,’ I Honeymooned in Jail”
“With one tiny loose bolt, oil trains can erupt into an inferno, scorching everything for miles.

It was a few days after my wedding. I was supposed to be honeymooning at a nearby winery with my newly minted husband, celebrating our unlikely marriage at age 55.

Instead, I was sitting on the railroad tracks in the pouring rain. Along with 20 other brave souls, some weeping, some singing, I was facing down a locomotive in a town — Vancouver, Washington — that many fear will be forced to accept the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country.

Why would anyone do something like that?

Because a few short days before, we’d watched in horror as a mile-long train filled with Bakken crude derailed in Mosier, Oregon and burst into towering flames.

We call these oil trains “bomb trains” because we know, with one tiny loose bolt, they can erupt into an inferno, scorching everything for miles,” by Daphne Wysham, OtherWords, a project of the Policy Institute of Policy Studies.
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