June 26, 2016

“Nisqually Stream Stewards – Now Recruiting 2016 Class Participants!”

Photo credit: Nisqually River Council

– “Nisqually Stream Stewards – Now Recruiting 2016 Class Participants!”
“Nisqually Stream Stewards is a program of the Nisqually River Council and Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Department that trains participants to be effective citizen scientists. The class introduces participants to a network of natural resources professionals in the South Puget Sound region and promotes community engagement through hands-on learning.

Participants receive 40 hours of class time, which includes field experiences at Mount Rainier National Park, UW Pack Forest, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and many other locations. In exchange, participants commit to giving 40 hours of volunteer time in the Nisqually over the next year.”

“The Nisqually Stream Stewards class is free, but limited to the first 30 participants. It is open to people of all ages and abilities, especially those wanting to learn more about their communities, meet new people, and become a more effective volunteer for the watershed. However, those under 16 should plan to attend with an adult chaperone.

Classes are held on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings beginning July 26, 2016 and continuing through September 24, 2016,” quoting the Nisqually River Council & Nisqually Indian Tribe.
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Nisqually Stream Stewards: Open for Enrollment

June 25, 2016

2 Yelm restaurants move locations – Subway and Mariachi Allegre

Now open at their new location!

Subway – Yelm
Creek Street Plaza (next to Kinja’s)
1304 Yelm Ave East
Suite A-101
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone ahead for your order: 360-458-1171.

Soon to open at their location!

Mariachi Alegre Mexican Restaurant
16605 106th Ave SE
Suite A 4-6 (next to Yelm Liquor and Beverage)
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone ahead for reservations: 360-400-8226.
Proudly serving Yelm, Roy, McKenna, Rainier, Tenino, WA, and surroundings.

Hours of Business:
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am to 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00am to 10:30pm

June 24, 2016

Thurston auditor’s office recognized for social media outreach

Mary Hall
Photo courtesy: Thurston County Auditor

– “Thurston County Auditor’s Office Wins Award for Voter Outreach Efforts”
“The Thurston County Auditor’s Office is the recipient of the 2016 Washington Secretary of State’s voter outreach award. This annual award recognizes a county’s elections division for excellence in efforts to increase voter participation and improve voter education.

‘Our elections team has achieved a lot of firsts in the state and even the country. It’s nice to be recognized by Washington State as being the best,’ said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. ‘Our voter outreach efforts use technological and creative tools – a trend we’re seeing particularly with our millennial voters, who are the largest voting bloc in the nation. Additionally, most of our outreach efforts are free, which saves taxpayers money. We’re getting a big bang for our buck on our voter outreach efforts.’

The Secretary of State’s Office chose Thurston County specifically for its innovative communications campaigns…,” quoting the Thurston County Auditor.
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– Editor’s note:
I remind Yelm Community Blog readers that then-candidate for Auditor Mary Hall ran on a platform of reaching out to millennials to get them in the voting process, so has fulfilled her campaign pledge with an acknowledgement such as this. Congratulations to Mary Hall and her fine team.

June 23, 2016

Join Commissioner Romero for her Coffee Chats –
Mon., June 27, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Sandra Romero

On Monday, June 27, join Commissioner Romero and her guest, SSMCP Program Manager Col. Bill Adamson, for coffee and conversation about local issues that impact veterans and civilians alike.

Col. Adamson is a career Army officer with 30+ years of broad military, industry and interagency experience. Adamson joined the SSMCP as their Program Manager in January 2016. In the short time he has been with the agency, Adamson has already successfully applied to get the South Sound recognized as a Great American Defense Community. Prior to his work for the SSMCP, Adamson served as Director of Joint Planning and Strategic Land Power Analysis for Systems Planning and Analysis Inc. in Alexandria, Virgina. Col. Adamson’s military career also includes multiple combat deployments and joint tours at the Pentagon.

SSMCP is committed to bringing military and community members together on a regular basis to share information about current and future projects and to seek funding for infrastructure and other needed regional improvements. Their projects include producing documents such as the 2010 JBLM Growth Coordination Plan (published Dec. 2010) and the JBLM Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).

Commissioner Romero meets once a month with community members for informal coffee chats on a wide variety of local issues. At the end of the guest presentation you will have an opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask her questions about the county, and share ideas. Romero is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

What: Citizen meeting with second district County Commissioner Sandra Romero
When: Monday, June 27, 2016
Rainier: 9:30am – 10:30am, Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester Street West
Yelm: 11:00am – 12:00pm, Pizzeria La Gitana, 309 Yelm Ave E

June 22, 2016

SE Thurston Fire Authority Levy Lid info and volunteer openings

The Pride of the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority Fleet
Photo courtesy: Southeast Thurston Fire Authority

– “2016 Levy Lid Lift on ballot to Restore 2007 Levy Rate”
“From 2011 to 2013 S.E. Thurston Fire Authority experienced an unprecedented loss in revenue exceeding $700,000. In response the Fire Authority eliminated five positions, froze all base wage and cost of living increases, successfully applied for, and received, 1.2 million in federal grants, as well as established partnerships with neighboring jurisdictions to share cost. The prior levy lid lift, which was approved by the voters, expired in 2013. Your board of commissioners made a conscious decision to wait three years before re-running the proposition. It was our intention to help citizens recover from the downturn in the economy.

The fire commissioners and Chief King’s decision to ask the community to restore our prior funding levels is not a decision that your department leadership takes lightly.
Although S.E. Thurston Fire Authority has been able to maintain service levels, call volume has increased 17%, over the past 5 years, we have exhausted all cost cutting and revenue generating measures, and in addition our federal grant for staffing is set to expire in 2017. Consequently S.E. Thurston Fire Commissioners are placing a multi-year lid lift proposition before the voters on August 2, 2016. This levy, if passed, will restore the 2007 regular property tax levy which expired in 2013 to the maximum statutory rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. If passed, this levy will allow the authority to maintain our current levels of service.”
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Won’t you consider casting your vote FOR the Levy Lid on the Aug. 2nd ballot?

– “SE Thurston Fire Authority Accepting Volunteer Applications”
• Be at least 21 years old
• Have a high school diploma (or equivalent)
• Have a good driving record
• Pass a criminal background check
Must pass tests:
• Board interview
• Oral
• Written
• Physical agility
• Medical evaluation by doctor
For questions, email m.fogarty@setfa.org or volcor@setfa.org, or call (360) 458-2799.

June 21, 2016

“Game-changing” – cellphone radiation linked to cancer

Photo credit: Robert Piras/Shutterstock

– “‘Game-Changing’ Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer”
* An increased incidence of brain and heart tumors was seen in rats.

“It’s the moment we’ve all been dreading. Initial findings from a massive federal study, released on Thursday [May 26, 2016], suggest that radio-frequency (RF) radiation, the type emitted by cellphones, can cause cancer.”

“The findings should be a wake-up call for the scientific establishment, according to Portier [Chris Portier, a former associate director of the NTP who commissioned the study.], who is now a contributing scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. ‘I think this is a game changer,’ he said. ‘We seriously have to look at this issue again in considerable detail,'” quoting Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones.
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– “Latest Radio Frequency Study Adds Credibility to Concerns About Cell Phone Hazards”
* Latest Radiofrequency Study — A Wake Up Call for Cell Phone Hazard Deniers?
* Heart and Brain Tumors Found in Rats Exposed to Cell Phone Radiation
* Electromagnetic Fields Can Damage Cells and DNA Via Cellular Stress Responses
* Epidemiologist Calls for Revised Cell Phone Standards
* 1 in 4 Car Accidents Caused by Cell Phones
* How to Protect Your Health From Cell Phone Radiation
By Dr. Mercola.
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June 20, 2016

Summer begins in Yelm today –
That means Yelm Prairie Days are ahead!

Credit: NASA

– From The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
“The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The timing of the summer solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator.

In 2016, summer begins with the solstice on June 20 at 6:24 p.m. EDT. [3:24pm PDT].”
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– “For the first time in nearly 70 years [1948], the Full Moon and Summer Solstice coincide on the same day.”
From The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
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– Yelm Prairie Days
Prairie Days sponsored by the Yelm Lions Club
June 23 – 25, 2016
“Get ready for food, music, rides, the parade and more! It’s time for the Annual Prairie Days!”
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– “Join the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce for Prairie Days Parade 2016 – Carnival Rio!”
June 23, 7pm
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June 19, 2016

“We are in a kind of climate emergency now” –
President Obama says climate change is real

Melting Greenland ice cap show the immediate effects of climate change.
Photo credit: John Mcconnico/AP

President Obama visited Yosemite National Park yesterday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park system’s establishment. He used the backdrop of the park’s towering waterfall to the caution that the threat of climate change is real and affecting the planet now.
Read more from CNN.

– “Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Has Passed the Point of No Return”
Washington State’s Mount Rainier climber Dahr Jamail penned this outstanding report in Truthout.
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– NASA data: seven straight months of record-breaking/record-shattering heat
2016 likely be the largest increase in global temperature ever in a single year.
April 2016 was the hottest April ever recorded and surpassed April 2015’s record by the largest margin of increase ever recorded.
Click here

– NASA: “February smashed a century of global temperature records by a ‘stunning’ margin”
“The Nasa data shows the average global surface temperature in February was 1.35C warmer than the average temperature for the month between 1951-1980, a far bigger margin than ever seen before. The previous record, set just one month earlier in January, was 1.15C above the long-term average for that month”

‘We are in a kind of climate emergency now,’ said Prof Stefan Rahmstorf, from the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in Germany. He told Fairfax Media: ‘This is really quite stunning … it’s completely unprecedented,'” quoting Damian Carrington and Michael Slezak, UK’s Guardian.
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– “Unraveling spiral: The most compelling global warming visualization ever made”
“Over the years, scientists have attempted to visually communicate the Earth’s warming in many ways. They’ve developed an array of maps, charts, and animations that present an unmistakable picture of a warming world.

But I’ve seen no visual as striking and effective as the infographic posted to Twitter Monday [May 9] by climate scientist Ed Hawkins,” By Jason Samenow.
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June 18, 2016

‘Food Frontiers’ Documentary on U. S. Food System Changes

Courtesy: Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

– “‘Food Frontiers’ Documentary Reveals the Changing Landscape of the American Food System
“Did you know that 1 in 7 American households experience food insecurity, not knowing whether they’ll be able to eat on any given day? It’s a massive problem, but one that communities across the country are beginning to tackle in earnest.

‘Food Frontiers,’ co-produced by Leo Horrigan and Mike Milli, features several community-driven projects aimed at improving access to healthy foods in a number of innovative ways.

The film is part of Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Foodscape’s online curriculum — an interactive site scheduled for release in August, which will teach high school students and teachers about the American food system and what can be done to improve it,” quoting Dr. Mercola.
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June 17, 2016

Capital City Pride Weekend, June 17-19, 2016 –
Now more important than ever!

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– UPDATE: June 19, 2016
“Olympia Pride parade draws 20,000 to capital”
Read more from Josh Green, KING 5 TV News.