March 30, 2017

Worldwide rallies to “retire” Lolita April 1st –
Solidarity Event in Seattle


Lolita ‘incarcerated’ at the Miami Seaquarium
Photo credit: Miami Seaquarium



From the Orca Network
Orca Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization registered in Washington State, dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats.

Worldwide Rallies to Retire Lolita

2017 Miracle Marches for Lolita in London, Miami, Seattle, California, Las Vegas & New Hampshire!
Please check the Facebook links below for details and how you can join a rally near you.

Solidarity Events April 1st:
Seattle, WA

Much is going on to help bring Lolita home and to inform and advocate for her and her family. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to help Orca Network continue this work by clicking HERE. Thank you!
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– About Lolita
“On August 8, 1970 nearly a hundred members of the Southern Resident Killer Whale Community were herded into Penn Cove on Whidbey Island [Puget Sound]. Five whales drowned, seven young whales were stolen from their families. Only one survives today. Her name is Lolita.”
Lolita remains almost 47 years later in a small tank, ‘incarcerated’ at the Miami Seaquarium.


March 30, 2017

Excellent Spring advice from The Olympian Editorial Board

– “Everyone can do a bit for spring air”
“Spring has arrived, and smoke from wood stoves should die down soon. In the down side, smoke from yard debris fires is likely to increase as rains let up and homeowners tackle the winter’s mess in earnest.

That is why we are sharing a few suggestions from the Olympia Region Clean Air Agency. Your family and neighbors may breathe easier.

First, outdoor burning is strictly off limits for residents inside Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Tenino, Rainier, Grand Mound and Bucoda, as well as their urban growth areas.

Burning of household trash anywhere is illegal and subject to fines of up to $14,915. Barrel fires are also prohibited because the contents don’t burn cleanly.

However, outdoor burn piles smaller than 4-feet in diameter are allowed in rural areas with a permit from Oct. 1 to until July 14. The yearly county ban on outdoor fires is in effect from July 15 through Oct. 1,” The Olympian Editorial Board.
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March 29, 2017

Yelm Community Blog’s 11th anniversary today –
Thank you for your interest!

– Yelm Community Blog celebrates 11th anniversary today.
The Yelm Community Blog began coverage quietly on March 29, 2006, eleven years ago today, with this story still pertinent today:
“5000 pupils in Yelm Community Schools”
“Yelm Community Schools announced at the March 14, 2006 Chamber of Commerce Forum that they just enrolled their 5,000th pupil, which doubled their student numbers in 25 years. What they did not say is that student enrollments could double again in as little as 5 years with new housing developments approved by the Yelm City Council.”
[Editor’s note: The Thurston Highlands development of 5,000 homes went bankrupt in 2008, so Yelm Community Schools reports 5,500 pupils enrolled today.]
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Editor’s note:
The Yelm Community Blog was begun at the insistence of a supporter to my 2005 Yelm mayoral campaign, who said I had garnered so much knowledge in the year that I ran for mayor, that to just walk away would be a travesty to the community. I heard this supporter’s message and with his encouragement, began this Blog.

As always, you can e-mail this blogger at info@yelm.com.

Thank you for your continued support.

Steve Klein
Host, Yelm Community Blog


March 29, 2017

‘A taste for Thurston County’ – voting now open


Ice Chips founders Beverly Vines Haines, Charlotte Clary,
in front of painting of Xylitol’s source, birch trees.
Photo: Yelm Community Blog



– “Thurston County: a taste for ?”
“What does Thurston County taste like? Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) wants to know.

The visitor promotion agency has teamed up with the famous grannies at Ice Chips to make a candy that represents the flavor of the region. Together, they have narrowed down the candy choices to three flavors and now seek the public’s help in selecting the winning flavor.

Potential Thurston County flavor choices include:

* Apple Fritters: Inspired by the area’s famous farm fresh fritters, the candy is fused with the fresh taste of apples reminiscent of a trip down the Thurston Bountiful Byway.
* Artesian Rain: “It’s the Water” has long described greater Olympia. Rain keeps natural beauty lush and green and artesian water feeds the area’s burgeoning craft culture. Mint is infused into the candy giving it a refreshing taste.
* Coffee Rain: Thurston County embraces the rain as much as the coffee that runs through local’s veins.

Locals are encouraged to cast their vote at this link. Voting is open until April 16, 2017,” quoting the Business Examiner.


March 28, 2017

Will Trump respect Washington voters on marijuana use?


Photo: Noexcuseradio; Edited: LW/TO


– “Washington’s legal pot experiment: Can it survive Trump?”
“Under Obama, the federal government left states alone. The current White House has made no such promises.”

“Trump spokesman Sean Spicer, however, has promised “greater enforcement” of federal cannabis laws. Newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reminded us that, although states “can pass the laws they choose,” cannabis remains federally illegal, and that the federal government is perfectly free to enforce its own laws.

And that has sent the legal cannabis industry into a bit of a tizzy. The cannabis news space has been a nonstop discussion of Sessions since Election Day, and that’s only intensified of late. Plenty of people in the cannabis industry are skeptical that Sessions can actually do what he’s suggesting, but plenty more are tearing their hair out, wondering if the DEA is going to show up in unmarked vans and cart their hard-earned livelihood away,” by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue, Crosscut.
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March 27, 2017

Yelm Town Hall tonight on Public Safety


Chief Todd Stancil and Councilors DePinto, Carmody, Stillwell
at the Yelm Community Center.
Photo courtesy: Yelm Police Facebook



– From City of Yelm Government, Facebook:
Mayor Foster recently announced we will be hosting a Town Hall/Community Meeting focused on Public Safety on Monday, March 27th at 6:30PM [ends 8PM]. The purpose is for our Police Chief and Officers to share information, listen, and answer questions from the community. At the meeting we will provide updates on the department and talk about paths forward to continue improving public safety and emergency managment (sic) in the City of Yelm. The Mayor and City Council members will be in attendance and we will post this as a special meeting. We hope to see you there!
Location: Yelm Community Center, 301 2nd Street, Yelm, WA.
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March 27, 2017

JBLM artillery training makes noise the next 2 weeks


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



– “Cannon, mortar training will mean big booms from JBLM”
“Four Army units at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are scheduled to conduct artillery training over the next two weeks, which means it might be noisier than usual around the installation.

The first training window begins at 6:30 a.m. Monday, and continues until 9:30 p.m. Friday, JBLM officials reported.

The second window is from 10 p.m. April 4 to 7 a.m. April 5,” by Adam Lynn, The Olympian.
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March 26, 2017

Bert Klein dies –
Yelm Blogger’s father, frequent Yelm visitor and benefactor




– Editor’s note:
My father instilled in his family an understanding of philanthropy and public service, with his influence being felt far and wide, including support for the contributions of my wife Yael & I to Yelm-area causes primarily through The Klein Family Foundation.
A partial list of that legacy includes:
Nisqually Land Trust, Dollars for Scholars, Yelm Food Co-op, Yelm Food Co-op’s Gift of Gobble, South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, Yelm Timberland Regional Library, Rainier Education Foundation, Bald Hills Fire Dept., Southeast Thurston Fire Dept., Hwy 507 Young Life, Yelm Community Schools, South Sound Farm Land Trust, UCBO Christmas turkey drive, Drew Harvey Theater, The Triad Theater, N Theater (new seats for the Drew Harvey Theater), Standing Room Only (SRO), StageStruck Players, Yelm Farmers Market, Yelm Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Yelm Tree Fund (annual Arbor Day celebration).


– Bert Klein of Louisville, KY. passes, age 86.
Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mid America Bancorp d/b/a Bank of Louisville, died peacefully, Friday, March 24, 2017 surrounded by his family. He’s preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Elaine and his son, David. He is survived by his sons, Stephen (Yael) of Yelm, WA and Richard (Beth); four grandchildren, Erin, Kathryn, Chelsea and Casey; and one great-grandson, Luke.

Bert attended Louisville Public Schools, graduating from Kentucky Military Institute. He attended the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in banking with his Senior thesis entitled “Banking in Kentucky” and in 1952, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Upon graduation, he entered the US Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and was stationed in Germany. While in the service, he married Elaine Brodnax of Birmingham, AL.

Bert began working with the Bank in 1953. He became member of the Board of Directors in 1967. He then became President in 1970, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1985 and retired in 2002. Being so active in the Bank, doing the work that he cherished, he also served in many capacities throughout the community, that he loved: he was Chairman of Louisville Regional Airport Authority and during that time, the new terminal was built and later, he became the sole negotiator in its negotiations with UPS on establishing their main hub in Louisville; Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors; Chairman and Annual Fundraising Campaign Chairman for Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts; member of the Jefferson County Financial Advisory Committee; Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Board Member (for over 20 years) at Jewish Hospital; Opening Night Gala Co-Chair with his wife, Elaine for Kentucky Center for the Arts; a member of Kentucky and Louisville Chamber of Commerce; Treasurer for Kentucky Opera Association, Louisville Ballet and Channel 15 Public Television; Chairman of the Board for the Louisville Zoo Foundation; member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Cultural Complex Committee; he served on the Mayor’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Community Development and Chairman of the Mayor’s Economic Development Committee; the Annual Dinner Chairman in 1971 for the National Conference of Christians and Jews; a member of Project 2000, State of Kentucky Financial Institutions Board, The Temple (where he was Treasurer for Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom) and Board of Overseers at the University of Louisville.

Over time, with dedicated service, Bert was honored by many organizations, including Man of the Year 1985 at the Israel Bond Tribute Dinner; 1986 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award at the National Conference of Christians and Jews; 1990 Community Service Award – Catholic School Alumni; 2001 Man of Vision – Prevent Blindness; 2008 Couple of the Year – The Temple; and in 1990 Adopted Alumnus Membership Bestowed from the University of Louisville Alumni Association, to name just a few.

Bert enjoyed swimming, working on his farm, duplicate Bridge, traveling to many wonderful destinations, had a sweet tooth for chocolate but most of all, he loved his family. He loved his Jewish community and heritage, and the entire Louisville community was dear to his heart. He simply loved life, had a beautiful heart and a beautiful mind, as he was known for being a “numbers genius”. A great passion for Bert was shared with his wife, when in 1998, formed a thoroughbred racing and breeding partnership with Elaine and his son, Richard, winning over 90 stakes races, of which 22 were graded stakes wins. And having a beautiful and generous heart, he and his family were donors for many major gifts including Klein Neuroscience Wing at Jewish Hospital, Klein Family Center at The Temple, Klein Learning Center at Churchill Downs Backside, Klein Family Scholarship at Centre College, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc. – Elaine Klein Career Development Award and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance Scholarship.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 28th at The Temple, 5101 US Hwy 42, with burial to follow in The Temple Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in Yelm-area can be sent to South Puget Sound Habitat of Humanity, earmarked for their Yelm location.


– The March 24 passing of Bert Klein was reported as follows:
* Bert Klein’s Obituary published in the Louisville newspaper
Read more in the Courier-Journal (A Gannett Company).

* “Owner-Breeder Bertram Klein Dies”
From Bloodhorse.
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* “Prominent owner, breeder Bert Klein dies at 86”
From Daily Racing Form (DRF).
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* “Bertram Klein, Owner And Breeder of Numerous Stakes-Winning ‘Berties,’ Dead At 86”
From the Paulick Report.
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* “Bertram W. Klein, 86, Passes Away”
From Thoroughbred Daily News.
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March 25, 2017

Nisqually Tribe begins new housing development


“The Nisqually Indian Tribe has begun the first phase of a major housing development
at the site where it hosted a weeklong potlatch for the 2016 Canoe Journey. Interns are
building the first home, set to be completed soon.”
Photo: Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.



– “For Nisqually tribe, a house that’s more than a home”
“It’s a three-bedroom, 1,506-square-foot new construction rambler on the Nisqually Indian Reservation.”

“It’s the first structure in a major development slated to bring 60 single-family homes and duplexes and a 40-unit apartment complex to the tiny reservation near Yelm, about 15 miles east of Olympia. The tribe also wants to develop a 6-acre park, a health clinic, an elder care center and a church on the property.

Many of the energy efficient homes will be built for the tribal elders, officials say,” by Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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March 24, 2017

Yelm Blogger’s history featured in local newspaper

– Editor’s Note:
My sincere appreciation and gratitude go to Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News Contributing Correspondent, in her reaching-out to me with a genuine desire to learn about my passion for this town. I also thank NVN Publisher/Editor Michael Wagar for allowing Mrs. Culletto the print-space to properly cover her interview, which I thoroughly enjoyed:


– “Steve Klein — Yelm’s Community Media Activist”
“Former Ramtha Spokesperson Started Out His Media Journey With Simple Email”

“For any society to thrive, it requires the active participation of its citizenry. Local activism comes in many forms — educational, environmental, health, safety and so on. For local community activist Steve Klein, it came in the form of information.”

“Klein’s call to social activism came after 9/11 when he sent an email to a group of friends sharing some key posts that he found compelling and which weren’t widely circulated in the mainstream news.”

“Looking forward he sees positive possibilities on the horizon.”

“‘The city of Yelm and surroundings are on the threshold of dynamic change and all of the pieces are in place to create a synergy that will catapult Yelm into a marvelous future,” Klein said. “That requires — indeed demands — public participation to further the potentials in our midst.”
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