September 24, 2016

Introducing Yelm’s Phoenix Company Cards and Games LLC

* Phoenix Company Cards and Games provides a positive game play environment
* Kids, teens, and adults can find common ground and interest using games
* Provided a Yelm area “cooling center” during summer heats waves
* Trina Johnson will speak Monday @ Every Monday Yelm Networking Group.

– About Phoenix Company Cards and Games LLC:
“We stock a focused selection of games and conduct product demos on most everything that we sell. This allows us to offer a more rewarding shopping and gaming experience to every one of our loyal patrons.

Here at Phoenix Company we strive to promote and provide a positive game play environment. A place where kids, teens, and adults can find common ground and interest using games to bridge age gaps. The original social media! We’re proactive in our community and encourage our customers to take the same pride in our store.”
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Phoenix Company Cards and Games LLC
303 Creek St. SE
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360.960.8373

– Editor’s note:
A big “thanks” of appreciation goes to Phoenix Company Cards and Games LLC for offering their facility late into the nights as a Yelm area “cooling center” during the summer heats waves. Trina Johnson of Phoenix Company Cards and Games will be the guest speaker this Monday at the Every Monday Yelm Networking Group.


September 23, 2016

Thurston ruling on Grocery Manufacturer’s Assn. in Atty. Gen. Ferguson’s sights

WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson

– From Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General:

“Holding the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association accountable”
“A Thurston County Superior Court judge already ruled that the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association violated Washington State campaign finance laws in its bid to defeat 2013’s GMO-labeling Initiative 522. The court is now considering whether the Association’s illegal conduct was intentional.

That determination will have significant bearing on the penalties the organization will pay. If the court rules that Association’s conduct was intentional, the penalties can be tripled.

In 2013, the Association raised $14 million from its members in solicitations for a new “Defense of Brands” account, above and beyond regular member dues. PepsiCo, for example, contributed nearly $3 million to the account, and Nestle and Coca-Cola upwards of $2 million each.

The Association then donated $11 million of the $14 million to the “No on 522” campaign. As a result, the money was listed as coming from Association, not the actual donors.

I’ve argued all along that the association knew what it was doing.”

“This landmark case has been a long fight for accountability. The message from my office is clear: I will not allow big money donors to hide from public scrutiny. I will continue to fight to hold them accountable.”
Read more on this from The Ferguson File.

– Editor’s note:
I applaud Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for taking such a strong stand on this issue!

September 22, 2016

Autumn Sunrise from Yelm

Autumn Sunrise, September 22, 2016, which began at 7:21am.
Photo credit: KIRO TV 7, Seattle

September 22, 2016

Introducing Yelm distributor of Dead Sea skin care line –
Seacret Skin Care products rep. Liliana Duggan

– Editor’s note:
I had previously purchased Seacret Skin Care products on a Spring trip to Israel and was almost out. I was about to research on the internet from where to restock, when I met Liliana Dugan at the very first session of Yelm’s Every Monday Networking Group. I was unaware this was distributed at the local level, nor that Yelm was fortunate to have a distributor in the area. I have restocked and am using several of their products now, a satisfied customer!

– About Seacret Products
“Seacret is a Dead Sea skin care line. Past scientific studies of the Dead Sea’s mineral resources mostly focused on their curative properties for skin diseases, current research is producing its most positive results in the field of healthy skin care and maintenance. Dead Sea cosmetics have gained an international reputation for their many beneficial qualities for maintenance of the skin’s youthful appearance and protection of the cell nucleus against early aging. Minerals are essential external additives. They have the ability to strengthen each layer of the skin, imparting an anti-aging effect that lasts for hours and even days.”

– About Yelm Distributor Liliana Dugan
Liliana Dugan has been working with Seacret since the beginning of their transition from high-end malls to current distribution through relationship marketing, four and a half years.
Click here to read more, see the product line, and contact Ms. Dugan.


September 21, 2016

Autumnal Equinox occurs here tomorrow morning, 7:21 AM

Spring Equinox, not to scale
Photo credit:

WHEN: Thursday, September 22 at 7:21 AM PDT
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– “Equinox comes on September 22”
“The equinox is coming up! Autumn (or spring) ahead. All you need to know, here,” by Deborah Byrd in Astronomy Essentials.
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Equinoxes and solstices
Photo credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

“Four Things to Know About the 2016 Fall Equinox”
“Though meteorologists consider Sept. 1 the start of fall for record keeping purposes, the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of astronomical fall. This year, that happens this Thursday morning, Sept. 22.

Equinox seems like a really complex term, but it’s actually pretty simple. Here’s a breakdown,” by Ada Carr,
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September 20, 2016

Thurston’s ‘Bountiful Byway’ in the news –
Excellent Autumn activity ideas

Thurston Bountiful Byway, sign
Photo credit: Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB).

* Excellent story in Nisqually Valley News highlights attractions in our area
* Terrific nearby activity ideas for a full or half-day
* Yelm Farmers Market is a featured stop on the tour
* Click here for the Thurston County’s Bountiful Byway website.

– “Bountiful Byway Offers Best of Thurston County”
“Self-Guided Tour Delivers Great Food, Fun at Leisurely Pace”

“Whether you are entertaining visitors from out of town or just looking for something different to do, Thurston County’s Bountiful Byway is chock full of options, entertainment, products and activities.

Getting away from the big city and finding fun things to do can be challenging, but the agritourism district created two years ago offers unique experiences for adventurers of all ages.

Dozens of stops are contained within the district, which ‘starts in the Nisqually Valley, stretches south to the city of Yelm and west to the Capital Forest before ending at the intersection of Mud Bay Road and Delphi Road Southwest,’ according to information provided by the group.

Those looking to explore the stops and activities will find more than ’90 suggested agricultural, ecological and cultural stops” to consider when planning a day of it,'” quoting Cindy Teixeira,
Nisqually Valley News.
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September 19, 2016

Yelm Bald Hills Fire Protection District 17 now recruiting volunteers!

Thurston County Fire Protection District 17, Bald Hills

– “Volunteer with us!”
“Currently a​ccepting volunteers who are 18 years of age or older and have completed High School or received a G.E.D. No experience is necessary as all training and equipment is provided by the Department. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable training and experience while making a direct and positive impact on people’s lives. Follow the “Volunteer Opportunities” link at the top of this page to learn more and download an application packet today! quoting Bald Hills Thurston County Fire Protection District 17 website.
* All training provided.
* Must be 18 or older.”
From the Bald Hills Thurston County Fire Protection District 17 website.
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Thurston County Fire Protection District 17
Mark Gregory, Fire Chief
16306 Bald Hill Rd. SE
P. O. Box 783
Yelm, WA. 98597
Contact us today by phone – (360) 894-2517
E-mail –
Website –

Blogger Klein is a contributor to Bald Hills Fire and a resident within the Thurston County Fire Protection District 17, Bald Hills.

September 18, 2016

AlertSense Notifies Residents of Emergencies County-wide

– From Thurston County
“Thurston County Community Notification System”
Sign Up below to receive emergency alerts from Thurston County– a FREE service for our residents.”
Click here

September 17, 2016

City Administrator nominee Melissa Evans declines city’s offer

– “Evans Declines City’s Offer for City Admin Post”
By Nisqually Valley News, Friday, September 16, 2016 3:41 pm

“City administrator candidate Melissa Evans declined the city’s offer on Friday, Yem (sic) Mayor JW Foster said. The city council unanimously confirmed her to the post at Tuesday’s meeting.

Foster will discuss the city’s next steps at the council strategic planning meeting tomorrow [Saturday].”

– Editor’s note:
Melissa Evans was a very strong candidate for Yelm as City Administrator, with her business development experience, focus on developing a revenue stream, city hall public relations, and more. I hope Mayor Foster and the city council negotiate a salary/benefits package for Ms. Evans to have her come here, if that is the issue. One concern is that Interim City Administrator Bill Brandon is leaving his post September 30 and with all of the changes in city government, we need a full-time city administrator yesterday.

September 17, 2016

Thurston County incomes stagnant, lags national/state median income

– “Median incomes stagnant in Pierce and Thurston counties while King County and U.S. incomes grow”
“Though the median U.S. household income rose by 5.2 percent last year, workers living in Pierce and Thurston counties saw a different outcome.

Median household wages — where half earn more and half earn less — remained essentially flat from 2015 compared with the previous year for Pierce and Thurston counties, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.”

$60,496 Pierce County median household income in 2015

$62,137 Thurston County median household income in 2015

$80,349 King County median household income in 2015

$64,129 Statewide median household income in 2015

Bby Kate Martin, Tacoma’s News-Tribune.
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