April 15, 2006
A. A 5,000 home development has been proposed for Yelm’s former NASCAR site. In addition to the 1,200 home development under construction by the same owners, some 6,200 total new homes by these people alone will bring 12,000 – 20,000 new residents to Yelm’s current 4,455 residents as reported in the April 14th NVN. [Ed. Note: story not archived.] link here
"In this website, you'll find information relating to the new Thurston Highlands Community coming to Yelm. Learn about what a "master planned community" is, how this will affect the community you live in, and much more." [I guess tripling + the population of this town will "affect the community!"] link here
Has anyone noticed the Thurston Highlands link is the only one of two listed under "Local Businesses" on the Nisqually Valley News homepage? HMMM! WHY? How about other locally owned businesses being listed? What's up with that? The Yelm Chamber ad does not even have a link. This writer wrote the newspaper publisher and asked what he requires to be listed there. Awaiting response. link here
B. Yelm’s City Council received the dubious honor of being one of the most egregious entities to public free speech with the 15th annual Jefferson Award. link here
After reading the Mayor’s comment to The Olympian stating that Yelm supports him because he received 79% of the vote, here are those facts provided by the Thurston County Auditor:
The 79% (848 votes of 1,076 cast for Mayor) that voted for Mr. Harding to which the Mayor refers in The Olympian piece was actually 19% of the official population of Yelm (4,455 at election) and 40% of the registered voters (2,110) on November 8, 2005. 51% of registered Yelm voters actually cast a ballot for Mayor. Those results are difficult for anyone to call a mandate supporting their policies. And, the Mayor and City Council still have not:
1. Lifted the ban on the "W-word" being mentioned during the public comment session of council meetings.
2. Lifted the moratorium on moratoriums.
3. Held any kind of public town-hall meeting or forum.
C. This from Turlock, CA.: “A state appellate court ruled Wednesday [Apr. 5] that the city's ordinance designed to keep discount "big box" businesses from operating grocery stores is legal. The Wal-Mart corporation sued Turlock soon after the City Council passed the ordinance with a 5-0 vote in 2004. Council members said then that the 225,000-square-foot-supercenter the Wal-Mart corporation wanted to build in the city would cause substantial traffic congestion and resulting environmental harm, quoting the Modesto Bee. [Ed. Note: They used the same grounds on which the Yelm Commerce Group based their arguments for Yelm, yet Turlock had their City Council working with them.] link here
D. In one victory though, Amtech Corp., one of Yelm’s two fiberglass factories, announced this week that it is shutting down its Yelm plant on July 31. The company said that it will close the Yelm production facility, located at 406 Railroad Street, effective this July. In a brief press release issued Tuesday [Apr. 4], the company said that senior management decided to close the Yelm facility on Railroad Street...One reason cited for the move is the increasing residential development surrounding the Yelm facility,” quoting the NVN in this front-page, un-archived story. [Ed. Note: Now with 6,200 new homes to be built within two miles of the plant, I suppose so. This place spews out odorous toxins from their stacks that descend on neighboring children playing after school] link here .