March 31, 2007

STATE SENATOR MARILYN RASMUSSEN TOWN HALL MEETINGS

STATE SENATOR MARILYN RASMUSSEN ANNOUNCES TOWN HALL MEETINGS:

Wednesday, April 4

Roy City Hall:
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7

Orting High School Commons:
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Graham Fire Station:
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Eatonville Library:
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Yelm Middle School:
3:00-4:30 p.m.


March 30, 2007

ASK YOUR COMMISSIONERS TO PRESERVE THURSTON COUNTY’S RURAL HERITAGE

“A message from The Nature Conservancy of Washington
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Ask your Commissioners to preserve Thurston County’s rural heritage

As you may know, Thurston County has been engaged in a rather lengthy planning process regarding the rules for managing designated rural residential lands. This effort has in large been a response to a law suit challenging them to be more protective and not over-develop. The county instituted a temporary moratorium on new subdivisions on its rural lands, and initiated a process that included meetings, public hearings and comment periods. Plan iterations have bounced back and forth between the County Commissioners and the Planning Commission. Perhaps you participated in some of this.

Your Thurston County Commissioners are now considering the final two rule options for rural residential land rules. This is a good time to contact them with your thoughts.
The Nature Conservancy urges the protection of Thurston County’s rural legacy. The Conservancy works with private landowners, Fort Lewis and many volunteers and other partners to restore and preserve habitat in Thurston County. We believe it is appropriate for the county to restrict development of rural lands in order to protect wildlife habitat, water quality and working rural landscapes.

Please write or call your Commissioners and ask them to choose the most restrictive option they can to protect Thurston County’s rural lands.

To send comments to Commissioners Wolfe, Oberquell and MacLeod, visit their Web site
Or call 360-786-5440 to leave a message or set up an appointment to meet with them.”

Nature Conservancy of Washington


March 29, 2007

DON’T MISS THE NISQUALLY VALLEY HOME, GARDEN & TRADE SHOW THIS WEEKEND

Don’t miss the The Nisqually Valley Home, Garden & Trade Show
sponsored by the Nisqually Valley News and the Yelm Chamber of Commerce.

this weekend!


March 28, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

“Dreamtime Visual Communications is a diverse business resource.

We provide a wide array of services, from design and fabrication of signs, trade show booths, and vehicle graphics, to complete identity packages, brochures, business cards, and much more.

Give us a call or email us to find out how we can help you create the most effective promotional tool for your business.

Dreamtime Visual Communications, Inc. 112 Yelm Ave East Yelm, WA 98597
Voice 360.458.7183 Fax 360.458.9449 Toll-Free 866.458.7183″

I DID!


March 27, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

“Fine European Pastries
Our Story
Sebastian missed the taste of home. His wife and friends in the U.S. loved the smell and taste of Sebis baking. These flavors are so uncommon! There are no desserts like this around here. You should really sell this stuff! were common remarks.
In 2004, Sebi and his wife Amy launched Sebastians Best, moving the business to Yelm, WA in December of 2005.

Sebastian makes all his products by hand from the finest natural ingredients, and then delivers them to customers in Yelm and Olympia, and by UPS to people all over the U.S. These pastries are sure to delight your palate with flavors uncommon in the U.S.

We Offer
A delightful menu of Linzer Tortes (rasberry and blueberry), Engadiner Nuss Torte, Swiss Rueblitorte (carrot cake), Apfel Strudel, and a variety of puff pastries and cookies.

For a wholesale or retail price list, please contact us!”

Sebastian’s Best

458 9313
105 E Yelm Ave

YOU MUST STOP IN FOR SOME OF THE BEST TREATS THIS SIDE OF OLD EUROPE!

I did.


March 26, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Professional Pest Control Service for the South Puget Sound Area.

We provide complete professional service for residential homes, including, Annual Inspections, Quarterly Pest Control Programs, and prompt effective elimination of active infestations of carpenter ants, termites, spiders, mice, rats and many other pests.

Serving the pest control needs of Yelm, Ranier, Roy, Lacey, Olympia, Spanaway, Graham, Dupont, Lakewood, Tacoma, Tumwater, Parkland, Puyallup, Rochester, Tenino, Centralia, Chehalis and all rural areas of Pierce, Thurston and Lewis County.

Call Matt Purcell
1 (877) 720-8800
PCI Pest Control

I did!


March 25, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

“The Prairie Hotel offers wonderful accommodations, whether youre on vacation or a business trip. We are centrally located between the Tacoma and Olympia areas. This is a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful country surroundings, while only having a short commute to the city!”

Give them a call when your family or friends visit.

PRAIRIE HOTEL

458-8300
I did!


March 24, 2007

Gov. Governor Gregoire Honored on International Womens Day

“Governor Chris Gregoire today [March 8] was recognized by the Center for Women and Democracy (CWD) for her work supporting and on behalf of women in Washington and across the country. She was honored as part of International Womens Day celebrations by CWD, which supports womens leadership all over the world.

Governor Gregoire has appointed more women to her Cabinet than any other Governor in the country. Of the 29 positions on her Executive Cabinet, women hold 14,” quoting her office’s Press Release

And this from Jean Marie Christenson (D-Rainier)
1st Vice Chair, LD2

Greetings Friends,
I feel privileged today to share with you this lovely picture of our State’s Governor, Christine Gregorie and myself at a recent gathering where I presented our Governor with a copy of my book, THE KEEPERS AND THE CAGED, a compilation of interviews discussing the Washington State prison system.



Jean Marie Christenson with WA. Gov. Christine Gregoire
Photo courtesy of Ms. Christenson


March 23, 2007

THE CITY OF YELM NEEDS AREA CITIZENS TO SERVE

The City of Yelm has alot of opportunities for area citizens to serve their community, many of which do not require the indvidual to be living within the city limits. Here is a current list of openings:

Elected positions that DO require the person to live within Yelm city limits:
Yelm City Council seats up for election in 2007, each for a 4-year term-
Pos. 1 = Don Miller
Pos. 2 = Joe Baker
Pos. 6 = John Thompson
Pos. 7 = Russ Hendrickson

Positions NOT requiring City of Yelm residency:

Yelm Community Schools all with a 4-year term-
Dist. 2 = Donna Edwards
Dist. 3 = Denise Hendrickson
Dist. 5 = William Hauss

Fire Protection Dist. 17 Bald Hills 6-year term
Pos. 3 = Roger McMaster

Yelm Fire District 6-year term
Pos. 1 = Tim Bruner

Yelm Cemetary District 6-year term
Pos. 1 – Darlene Baker

Yelm Planning Commission
1. seat recently vacated by the resignation of Tami Jenkins

Yelm Timberland Library Advisory Board 5-year term
1. seat recently vacated by the resignation of Tami Jenkins
2. seat recently vacated by the retirement of Pam Walker
Three members must be a resident of the City of Yelm, shall own property inside the city limits or shall have a current City of Yelm business license. The remaining two members shall reside within either the Yelm or Rainier school districts.

Yelm Historic Preservation Commission
Members shall be residents of Yelms designated sphere of influence

Yelm Parks Advisory Committee
Two seats are vacant.
Consists of seven members who are residents of the Yelm area, and are appointed by the Mayor.

Glen Cunningham stopped me at last Monday’s Planning Commission meeting and asked why I commented on his serving on 6 local committees (see Yelm Community Blog entry of February 13, 2007, then scroll down) saying many of these had openings because of lack of community participation & his wealth of knowledge would otherwise go wasted. I told him service to the community is to be acknowledged, however diversity among committee members is what will bring fresh new ideas to the forefront. Does the very same person serving on the Yelm Economic Planning Committee, Yelm Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Yelm Planning Commission encourage diversity and divergent viewpoints, creating a lively discussion about vital issues of the day?

Now is YOUR chance to participate. Those of you living in the county surrounding Yelm can participate in most of these Yelm committees listed above. Now is YOUR chance to have a voice.

What say you?

Will you step up to the plate to serve and fill these committees with your new ideas, new “blood”, new passion, and new vigor to will reshape this town for the future?

To learn more, chekout the City of Yelm site under Citizen Committees.


March 22, 2007

RAINIER PROJECT INCLUDED IN CAPITAL BUDGET

“As the House prepares to consider the 2007-09 Capital Budget, Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Roy) today announced proposed funding for four 2nd District projects that are included in the budget.

The House budget proposal includes appropriations of: $1 million for the Bethel Community Center; $823,000 for Mashel State Park; $160,000 for the Eatonville Family Park; and $350,000 for the Rainier Lifelong Learning Center….

The budget proposal also includes $350,000 for the Rainier Lifelong Center. The goal is to create a food and clothing bank, a youth center, library, museum, learning arts center and a disaster survival center in an existing building. Last year, Campbell was able to appropriate $75,000 for a new heating system for the center, and in the 2005 budget, he got enough to fix the roof of the historic structure — ‘the old school house.’
Campbell noted that this is the first step for the 2007 Capital Budget. It must be voted out by both the House and the Senate before it goes to the Governor for her signature. The 2007 Legislative session ends on April 22,” quoting Rep. Tom Campbell’s Press Release.


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