October 31, 2006

THURSTON COUNTY FLOOD BULLETIN JUST RELEASED

The Thurston County Flood Bulletin for Fall, 2006 has just been released. With the Fall/Winter rains returning, reading this and preparing your home & family is very important.

Further, from the Thurston County Emergency Management wesbsite:
“Interested in learning more about Emergency Preparedness?

For individual or family preparedness, see our Emergency Preparedness Public Education page.

If you and your neighbors or organization want to develop a Community Emergency Response Team, check our CERT page.

To learn more on the web about emergency preparedness, go to 3days3ways.org or our LINKS page.”


October 30, 2006

YHS GRAD MAKING WAVES IN BASEBALL

Jacob Butler, Toronto Blue Jays professional baseball standout has returned to his hometown of Yelm for some off-season rest. Mr. Butler is a 2001 YHS grad. His hometown newspaper, the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) states, “Pro baseball player and Yelm grad Jacob Butler, 23, is back in his hometown for the off-season to get a job and help train young players.” See the full story in the October 27 edition of the NVN on newstands now.
Welcome Home, Jacob!


October 29, 2006

END DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

“‘On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. Beginning in 2007, DST will begin on the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November. The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress. Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete, ” quoting webexhibits.org.
Standard Time began at 2am this morning when our clocks turned back one hour.


October 28, 2006

LETTER TO PIERCE COUNTY BUSINESS EXAMINER

This to Editor of Pierce County Business Examiner in response to their September 29th story.

Dear Sirs;

I am writing to disagree with your assertion stated in your story of September 29, 2006 titled “Yelm officials paving way for retail growth” where you state,
“Since the Wal-Mart decision, public opposition has calmed down, Beck notes.”

Just because Yelm’s Super Wal-Mart is under construction does not give justification to City of Yelm Development Director Grant Beck saying public opposition has died down, which is not the fact. There have been many persons that have gone on the record in 2006 to the City of Yelm Planning Commission and City Council raising the warning flags to both entities about the serious effects their decisions are having on traffic and water in the Nisqually Valley.
Were your reporter Kamilla K. McClelland to do a little research, she would find this is true.
She could easily do a check via Yelm’s first community blog hosted by this writer.

Your writer failed to inform your readers that the Yelm City Council earned the egregious 2006 Jefferson Muzzle Awards
for completely inhibiting public comment before the Council about Wal-Mart, in addition to placing a “moratorium on moratoriums” on Big-Box construction when a moratorium was requested by a local citizen. Both of these actions happened on his watch when current Yelm Mayor Ron Harding was Mayor Pro-Tem. Even The Olympian expressed concern in their October 15, 2005 editorial about Mr. Harding not speaking up for the public interest on these issues. Let’s be totally up front with your readers, this letter is written by Mr. Harding’s Mayoral opponent in 2005. That said, I am interested in issues being brought before the public, which seem to be lost in reporting from City staff interviews.

The Yelm City Council heard public testimony last Tuesday night [Oct. 24] by Olympia Professional Engineer (PE) Ed Wiltsie on the record stating the Council’s traffic and groundwater decisions have opened the City of Yelm to major issues including potential future litigation, if not addressed soon. Even Mr. Beck stated in his Staff Report recommendation to the City Council of October 23, 2006 (see page 2, last paragraph) that they “consider the points raised by Mr. Wiltsie…”

I would appreciate your informing your readers of such to provide balance to Ms. McClelland’s report.

Stephen R. Klein
Yelm, WA.


October 27, 2006

LETTER TO EDITOR OF NVN PUBLISHED

This writer has received a request from a reader to list here the Letter to the Editor I wrote that was published on October 20 in the NVN. The following was printed unabridged:

Editor,

I am writing as I have observed you to say you are intent on providing balanced reporting for your readers.

Therefore, I am sure that you would wish to let your readers know that there are current and non-current students in Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment that use the knowledge they have been taught in RSE in their lives everyday and are proud to say so, in contrast to your two front-page stories, beginning with the Sept. 22 article titled “Life after RSE focus of meeting Sunday.”

The following students are just some of the names that were in the media in recent weeks that would provide your reporters plenty of material to present a balanced report, all have called this area home.

Further, I understand your reporters are always looking for stories of interest on which to present to your readers, so there is plenty of material here.

1. Linda Evans was a guest on CNN’s Larry King Live on Sept. 15 sharing with a worldwide audience about her new role on the stage in Legends! and that she moved here to attend RSE.

2. James Flick achieving the rank of 70 out of 8,800 participants in the World Series of poker and bringing home over $90,000 in winnings.

3. Cate Montana’s new publication announced mid-September, Global Intelligencer, with 85,000 initial subscribers.

4. Danielle McCarter, Northwest Airlines Seattle Reservations Call Center Manager being selected to manage the opening and staff training of Northwest Airlines’ new Singapore Reservations Call Center, which will take calls from all over SE Asia. Danielle’s husband Dave is also a NWA reservations agent in Seattle and former RSE student.

5. Yelm Real Estate Network Military Outreach Project spearheaded by RSE student Joann Gifford, who is collecting gifts that will be distributed in conjunction with Fort Lewis to local Nisqually Valley military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

6. Area movie producer Betsy Chasse’s new children’s book company Elora Media, based in Yelm announced in September.

7. Area artist Gary Craig introducing his illustrations for three new children’s books.

8. Guustaaf Damaave’s touching Patriot Day story completing the destiny of his family’s WWII Holland liberation greeting card he recently found 60 years later and passed on to former WWII soldier and Yelm City Council-man Don Miller.

9. Piano composer Joe Bongiorno’s announcement he has been selected to perform his music composition in-concert in Bellevue Nov. 4. Further, he was made executive manager of Seattle’s Piatti Italian Restaurant in September.

10. Sam George, Microsoft’s Tablet PC program developer interviewed by Jean Enerson on KING-5 TV for his miraculous recovery from a near-death jet-ski incident and his novel treatment at Harborview Hospital and Medical Center.

11. Jean Marie Christenson garnering more total votes than the incumbent in our local Second Legislative District’s Primary on Sept. 19. She is the Democratic candidate for our state’s Legislature and lives in your newspaper’s local demographics area.

12. Local resident John Glennie was interviewed in Yelm last month for a documentary slated for Japanese television. Mr. Glennie was owner and captain of the boat Rose-Noelle when it capsized. His book chronicles the 119 days he and his crew spent adrift at sea that commanded the unofficial world’s record for survival in a cold climate.

13. Area frequent visitor, (actress) Salma Hayek made international headlines last month with the premier of her new ABC-TV sitcom “Ugly Betty.”

14. Local author Bettye Johnson has been named the winner of the prestigious 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category “Religious Fiction” for her book Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls.

15. Local son Tal Moore starting a successful Internet business from scratch in Rainier to national acclaim, covered by your Seattle P-I colleagues.

16. Danielle Graham’s Yelm-based NW Frontier Research Institute, a Yelm-based nonprofit global research organization, being invited to collaborate with China’s scientists and traveling to Hong Kong next month.

17. Dr. Miceal Ledwith, former adviser to the Pope, introducing his second DVD in the series titled “The Hidden Years, Vol. 2 of Deep Deceptions – How Jesus Became a Christ.”

18. JZ Knight, opening her new JZ-Rose store as anchoring Bellevue Square tenant and branding her Yelm location JZ-Rose.

I invite you to contact any of the aforementioned people for next week’s story, to provide your reporters plenty of balance in your newspaper’s report of RSE students and their accomplishments.

Stephen R. Klein
Yelm


October 26, 2006

PROJECT COMMUNITY SANTA KICKS OFF NOV. 4TH

“Join the fun on Saturday, November 4th for Project Community Santa Dance & Auction! One hundred percent of monies raised go toward buying new coats, shoes if needed, and as many toys as possible for children of all ages, providing a Merrier Christmas than these children might otherwise experience. This event is sponsored by the Yelm Community Education Advisory Council. Last year they purchased over 450 new coats alone! Project Community Santa is a non-profit organization with every person involved a volunteer. The Dance & Auction are open to the public, age 21 and over, and are welcome to attend this important fundraiser at Lake Lawrence Lodge on Topaz Drive in Yelm. The silent auction and dance begin at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm.

Other ways to help?

* New toy donations may be dropped off at the Yelm School District Administrative Office at 107 First Ave. N Yelm.
* Donate an item to be included in the silent auction-drop off at the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce
* Cash donations may be mailed to: Project Community Santa, PO Box 2148, Yelm, WA 98597

For questions or more information please call 458-6113 or 458-6106. Thank you!”
quoting the Fairpont Communications Monthly Newsletter.


October 25, 2006

FINALLY! YELM CITY COUNCIL ‘HEARS’ ED WILTSIE’S REMARKS

Ed Wiltsie was the only speaker to make a public comment at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting regarding Ordinance 858 amending the Yelm Comprehensive Plan. He spoke brilliantly about traffic and water issues.
Regarding traffic, the points he made are as follows:
A. The major thoroughfare through town (SR 507) carries
school traffic, emergency responders to medical treatment in Olympia and serves as the
only alternate route around I-5 closures between Tacoma & Olympia.
B. Since 1992, major intersections of this road have been graded level of service (LOS) F,
the lowest grade possible. There is no lower threshold and there is not a method for measuring or establishing how far below the LOS F threshold the system can go. Considering the full scenario in Yelm, a LOS F means the road conditions need to be immediately improved because of safety issues while development adding to a LOS F road needs to be kept to a minimum until the road is improved to a higher threshold.
C. Yelm has laudably performed all of the improvements that are possible along the Commercial Corridor, Yelm Avenue, which partially offsets the impact of modest development. However, the recent approval of mega developments (i.e. Wal-Mart, Tahoma Terra) and consideration of Thurston Highlands (which has been noted as one of the largest residential development projects in the United States) does not seem to be consistent with the intent of the concession granted by the language in the Comprehensive Plan. This size of development will lead to unsafe conditions on Yelm Avenue and the numerous side streets that will experience more and more bypass traffic as congestion increases.
D. Mr. Wiltsie was asked if the City Council should shut off development. He said no because funding to support the construction of traffic improvements is derived from such development. Mr. Wiltsie did suggest the city council should not be considering mega-developments (i.e. Thurston Highlands) until the Y3 Loop is in place, as it will add too much additional traffic, creating a more dangerous situation and more safety issues. The city at this point needs to look to improving the SR 507 conditions or reconsider approving further development until such time that SR 507’s LOS F is improved.
The implication was clear in this listener’s mind: the City of Yelm is going to be liable in lawsuits from traffic deaths because of its acceptance of LOS F intersections all-the-while adding development and worsening the conditions for 15 years.
E. Mr. Wiltsie stated that a city can temporarily approve development with a major road graded LOS F as long as there is some remediation to improve that LOS F roadway, such as a bypass. He stated that when (and if) the bypass is open approximately 2015, almost 25 years will have passed with SR 507 being graded LOS F (1992-2015). Mr. Wiltsie said that means this is not a temporary condition, since this road has been graded LOS F since 1992 and the City Council & Planning Commission have deemed this LOS F acceptable.
F. Even the city’s own Development Director, Grant Beck stated in his staff report:
“The City Council should carefully consider the points raised by Mr. Wiltsie in which he indicates that the establishment of a level of service F in the downtown core is not being used as intended by the 2001 Comprehensive Transportation Plan as adopted by the Yelm Planning Commission and the Yelm City Council, as the intention of the City Council is ultimately determined by the City Council. If the Council’s intention is correctly expressed by Mr. Wiltsie’s comments, it should clarify that for the record.”
G. Mr. Wiltsie outlined groundwater issues for the city, as well, which raised several questions, in particular about his findings that 3 culverts under SR 507 by Hawk’s Landing have been covered by the developers, impeding water flow that caused flooding last year.
H. Bottom line:
The City approved the Comprehensive Plan revisions unanimously anyway, even with all of the questions of Mr. Wiltsie plus Mr. Beck’s suggestion to consider Mr. Wiltsie’s comments. While the respect and admiration was noted from the City Council towards Mr. Wiltsie and his report, not one member of the City Council raised their hand to say they would like to table the adoption of Ordinance 858 amending the Yelm Comprehensive Plan and do further research regarding Mr. Wiltsie’s comments.
The citizens of Yelm owe Ed a great deal of thanks for his constant efforts on their behalf at bridging these understandings for the Planning Commission and City Council.


October 24, 2006

EXCLUSIVE — GROUNDWATER ISSUES ADDRESSED TO CITY COUNCIL

Olympia engineer Ed Wiltsie submitted this letter to the Mayor of Yelm, Yelm City Council, Yelm Planning Commssion, & Yelm Planning officials for the Yelm’s Public Hearing of the Comprehensive Plan Update scheduled for October 24th. He granted permission to share his letter about Critical Areas/Shallow Groundwater Expression with the Yelm Community Blog in this exclusive report.
See his letter and supporting diagrams here starting on page 9.


October 23, 2006

ATTRACTIONS OF INTEREST FOR A WEEKEND JAUNT

“Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest geniuses the world has ever known. More than 500 years ago, he designed flying machines, robots, submarines and underwater breathing gear; laid much of the groundwork for the artificial heart valve; and created some of the greatest paintings in the history of art. With little formal education, his brilliance lay in his ability to master different subjects and fuse them together through observation, insight and inspiration.
This exceptional international exhibition features more than 50 interactive and static machines, full-size reproductions of his paintings and amazing interpretive insight into his character. Visitors experience the brilliance of the man, the inventor, the genius and are given an inspired understanding of Leonardo’s unparalleled contribution to world history,” quoting the Museum of Flight at Seattle’s Boeing Field. Showing October 1, 2006 to January 28, 2007.

And:
“The Dead Sea scrolls have awed audiences everywhere they have been exhibited. Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls is an original exhibition exploring both the context of the scrolls and the science and scholarship associated with their discovery and interpretation.
Regarded by many as one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century, these scrolls predate Christianity. Until their discovery, the oldest Hebrew biblical manuscript known to scholars was written in 895 C.E.* The biblical Dead Sea scrolls are more than 1,000 years older, having been transcribed or copied between 250 B.C.E. and 68 C.E., written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek…
This remarkable experience runs September 23, 2006-January 7, 2007 at Pacific Science Center. Tickets are available now at 1-877-DSS-1947 or Pacific Science Center’s web site.


October 22, 2006

YELM GRANDMOTHER PUBLISHES BOOK & OPENS WEBSITE

“Her family has been threatened and torn apart by one member’s severely fundamental religious dogma. In writing this book, a grandmother has made the decision to give her family choices, to awaken them to their own free will and to a life of joy.

The author of Grandma’s God tells her own story, of leaving religion behind as she searched for healing, truth and God in her life. She found her answers through a school of ancient wisdom and an ascended master, Ramtha, in the Pacific Northwest.

Here is a delightful glimpse of what Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment is about and some of its basic teachings through the eyes and understanding of one student,” quoting Myra Hansen’s site.
Her book: Grandma’s God


Photo courtesy of Grandma’s God website


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