May 31, 2009

SEPP HOLZER PERMA-CULTURE CLASSES RETURN TO YELM IN JUNE

Perma-Dise Corp. is pleased to announce a new ONE DAY WORKSHOP based on the original lecture series of SEPP HOLZER.

The workshop has been postponed until Saturday, June 13th:
—Morning presentation will include: Photos, Power point presentation, video clips from the original workshops in order to guide participants through the differing aspects of PERMA-CULTURE.
— We will discuss creating different projects, including the problems that arose and how they were dealt with, as experienced at the Yelm site, specifically Earth Bermed Animal Shelter, Hugelbeds, Crater Garden, Terraces, Mushroom cultivation.
— The afternoon session will be a guided tour of the Yelm site.
Q&A encouraged!!! We will be able to point out ALL the varieties of seeds/plant mixes used and where/why they were planted.
$125 Lunch included,
Morning session begins at 8 AM
Center for Performing Arts,
302 Binghampton St W
Rainier WA 98597
Behind Signature Service Real Estate, Rainier
Registration Online at: www.perma-dise.com
Katherine Stelling Administration Perma-dise Corp. email:
info@perma-dise.com

Additional Workshops

We have been busy planting and planning for this June and have scheduled TWO new workshops.
Both are 2 day hands-on workshops and both will take place at the Yelm Project site. Details follow below:

June 4th & 5th – Huegelbeds: Build and plant a Huegelbed from start to finish.

June 6th & 7th – Earth Sheltered Green House – From planning through construction, this very Hands-on workshop will be lead by Michaal Nielson. It will also include how to protect the greenhouse from storm damage, as well as alternative heat storage sources. With repeated planting, this greenhouse will provide a full harvest throughout the entire year.

June 14th: Chicken Housing Sepp Holzer Style – see website for details as they are available.

Please visit our website (www.perma-dise.com) for updates. Some of the Secrets of Eden workshop photos are up as well as the partial seed list from Sepp.

Here’s to an abundant growing season.

Mathilda and Katherine
www.perma-dise.com

TELL PERMA-DISE YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!

UPDATE: The chicken house workshop has been changed to the Herb Spiral.


May 30, 2009

NISQUALLY STREAM STEWARDS OFFER FREE STEWARDSHIP TRAINING

Want to learn how to be a salmon recovery volunteer in the Nisqually watershed, while learning why its such a unique and special place?

A free Nisqually Stream Stewards training is being offered by the Nisqually Tribe and the Nisqually River Council in an upcoming series of classes beginning Wednesday, June 3rd.
Weekly classes will take place on Wednesday or Thursday until late July with five additional Saturday field trips.

The classes will cover a variety of topics, including watershed hydrology and ecosystems, salmon of the Nisqually and their habitat needs, water quality and stream health and the cultural history of the Nisqually Tribe.

In exchange for the free training participants are asked to pledge 40 hours of volunteer service, which may be in on-going watershed education and restoration projects or projects of their own.

Volunteers for the Nisqually Stream Stewards Program pitch in on local salmon projects such as removing invasive grass from stream channels, planting trees along stream banks, monitoring stream health and returning salmon carcasses into streams.

For more information or to register for the training, contact: Don Perry, Nisqually Stream Stewards Coordinator, Nisqually Tribe Natural Resources Department, dperry@nwifc.org, (360) 438-8687 Ext 2143.


May 29, 2009

COMMUNITY RECYCLE DAYS THIS WEEKEND

Community Recycle Days

Thurston County’s Community Recycle Days offer an easy way to recycle a variety of household items at reduced rates.

The next Community Recycle Days will be held:

Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thurston County Fairgrounds, Lacey
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 6, 2009
South Sound Speedway, Tenino
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


May 28, 2009

FREE LECTURE IN YELM FRIDAY – BECOMING PANDEMIC-PROOF


Dr. Karreim Ali

Dr. Karriem H. Ali, MD is a physician and scientist with a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry from Harvard University, and an M.D. degree with Distinguished Honors in Research from Stanford University.

With all of the current misinformation, fear and confusion surrounding Swine Flu and the looming potential for an Influenza Pandemic, we decided it was high time for another enlightening current health update with Dr. Karriem Ali!

Dr. Ali has generously agreed to give us an interesting and informative presentation to help us better understand Influenza, its Natural and Pandemic History, and our best Defense options. His talk will focus upon Influenza Risks and Resolutions, including: documentary footage from the 1918 Flu Pandemic that killed over 500,000 Americans, the current H1N1 Swine Flu virus, vaccines and Preventative Measures that we can take to Prepare & Protect Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Communities.

A key feature will be medical insider information about the #1 recommended flu drug Tamiflu exposing its weaknesses as an antiviral agent in the event of an actual pandemic, and the FDA reprimand against Roche Pharmaceuticals (Tamiflus manufacturer) for misleading the public with exaggerated claims and advertising schemes.

Most importantly, Dr. Ali will discuss the efficacy potential of specific health-promoting products which can help us to Strengthen our Immune Systems to prevent us ever catching the flu at all! These will include: Vitamins C and D, BRM4, Zinc Gluconate, Oscillococcinum, and Airborne.

As a bonus, Dr. Ali will teach us a simple formula for an inexpensive and effective hand sanitizer that can easily be made at home from natural ingredients that are readily available in our local stores.

EVENT DETAILS:
Friday, May 29 2009
Rosemont Retirement and Assisted Living Community
215 Killion Rd. NW, Yelm, WA 98597
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: Free

CLICK HERE for information from MastersConnection.

CLICK HERE for information from Beyond the Ordinary internet radio.


May 27, 2009

WELCOME TO STREAM TEAM – PROGRAM TO PROTECT & ENHANCE AREA WATERS

From the Stream Team website:

Welcome to Stream Team

Stream Team is an education-to-action program for people interested in protecting and enhancing our local streams, rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound.

Stream Team volunteers plant trees, mark storm drains, gather stream health data, remove litter, talk to people at local viewing sites about spawning salmon, and perform other tasks that make a big difference in the health of our local waterways.

Stream Team also offers classes and field trips on a wide range of topics, including shellfish, salmon, native plants, geology and “stream bugs.”

Sign up today!

Ready to get your feet wet? Contact the staff person who represents the program in your area:

City of Lacey: Erin Keith, (360) 438-2687

City of Olympia: Patricia Pyle, (360) 570-5841

City of Tumwater: Debbie Smith, (360) 754-4140

Thurston County: Chris Maun and Ann Marie Finan, (360) 357-2491.

Stream Team is sponsored by the storm and surface water utilities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County.


May 26, 2009

PART II – THURSTON HIGHLANDS DEFAULT GIVES COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY TO REMAKE ITSELF

KEY QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED REGARDING THURSTON HIGHLANDS IN YELM

The City of Yelm’s acceptance of the Thurston Highlands’ application several years ago violated the city’s own 1995 Vision Plan.

WHY WAS THE YELM VISION PLAN IGNORED?

On January 5, 1995, the Yelm Vision Plan was adopted by the city after many months of work from local citizen input.
Quoting the Vision Plan:
“Yelm now faces the challenge of accommodating substantial additional residential growth and wishes to regain its status as the areas primary commercial center. The Washington State Growth Management Act of 1990 requires that each city in highly populated counties of Washington plan for future growth. The citizens of Yelm have taken an active roll in their comprehensive planning.
Channeled properly, growth can be positive, bring jobs, and strengthen the community. However, if growth is allowed to occur unchecked and without careful planning, the small-town, neighborly qualities, and natural beauty of the city may be destroyed.
[Ed. Note: This was recorded in 1995, folks!]

Therefore, the Vision Committee has been working to upgrade the downtown, create a real heart for the community, and direct future growth of the city.
The Committees intent is to improve the commercial areas economic viability and convenience , as well as its appearance. The projects purposes are to:
1. Improve the economic vitality of the citys commercial areas by focusing on three economic sectors; industry,
retail and commercial, and tourism.
2. Build community pride and involvement.
3. Enhance Yelms identity with a directed sense of character, downtown improvements, and coordinated improvement efforts.
4. Improve vehicular circulation.
5. Promote efficient and high quality land use”

Local citizens involved include these recognizable names:
YELM VISION COMMITTEE
The Yelm Vision Plan was funded through donations
Frances Andrews Chairperson from private individuals and businesses.
John G. Thompson Chairperson
Shelly Badger
Glenn Blando
Lyle Burstad
Lee Anne Campbell
Margaret Clapp
Steve Craig
Jocelyn Eastland
Vicki Elam
John Huddleston
John Kinnee
Susan Louis
John Thomson
Bob Wolf
Peggy L. Wolf

WHY HAVE MANY OF THESE VERY CITIZENS BEEN SILENT ON THE TOTAL DISREGARD OF THIS PLAN –
AND THE SILENCE FROM THESE CURRENT PROMINENT CITIZENS IS OF NOTE:
John G. Thompson now on the Yelm City Council
Shelly Badger – now Yelm City Administrator
Margaret Clapp – now commercial development owner in the Yelm business corridor
John Thomson – now Yelm Planning Commission member

The Yelm Vision Plan stated there would one central business core and that no other business center would be established to compete with the current downtown area.
HMMM!
Why is there over 1.5 million sq. ft. of commercial space (comparable to the square footage of 8 Super Wal-Marts)
proposed in Thurston Highland, which will create a whole new business area to compete with our current downtown.

WHY WAS THE YELM VISION PLAN IGNORED?

Thanks to Bill Hashim’s remarks to the Yelm City Council, this very issue (a request to update the Plan) will be an upcoming Agenda item for a Council Study Session. As soon as the session is announced, I will let you know so that, you, the public can observe.
After all, we don’t want the Plan changed behind our (the public’s) backs to allow Highlands sized developments here, against the 1995 guidelines!
Don’t think the City Council would not change the Plan to allow a 2nd business area & 5,000 homes without citizen input???
Think again!

What is next out there on Thurston Highlands’ property?
The community’s citizens must be strong & force city to rezone that property – and perhaps make that an election issue.

Other issues of grave importance are:
1. how the area should be zoned
2. what other interests are in that zoning.
3. that the Highlands has been used to make a bedroom community out of this city at great future costs to the community – in one of the state’s largest proposed developments, that has little to no self-sustaining industrial or jobs base.

We have an opportunity to remake our community based on following the foresight of the citizen-created 1995 Vision Plan.
Let’s hold the City Council’s & Community Development Dept’s. feet to the fire & see that our officials follow their own city’s adopted guidelines!

Do we want the City of Yelm to be a 5,000 home bedroom community?

WHY WAS THE YELM VISION PLAN IGNORED?


May 25, 2009

MEMORIAL DAY, 2009 IN THE USA



A caisson entering Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, DC
Photo from Arlington National Cemetery website,
Courtesy of Andrew V. McMaster, May 2006

Dear Readers;

This weekend is our Memorial Day holiday when America pauses to honor those that have given their lives in service to their country. The Yelm Community Blog host & Kleiners Korner editor/publisher appreciates and honors all of those who have served to defend, protect, and preserve our country from outside invaders. Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action, quoting Wikipedia.

On this Memorial Day, this writers thoughts and prayers are with the families that have had to endure monumental suffering at the hands of American Presidents & Congress by losing sons and daughters in deceptive wars that had little or nothing to do with defending this country and where THEY get swept aside in the fog of war.” These are families like Pat Tillmans mother, who explained her story for CBS News 60 Minutes May 4, 2008. Mr. Tillman was an NFL football great who was inspired to enlist to serve his country after 9/11 and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, with the Pentagon covering-up the truth and using Tillmans name to fabricate more deceptions.

Locally, I would like to acknowledge the work and commitment of people like Tad Stillwell. Tad owns Yelm’s Farmers Insurance Agency and has been away in Iraq in service to his country for almost a year. I will be one of the first to shake Tads’ hand and welcome him home later this year.


Photo of Rainier’s fallen son, Justin Norton

This writer wishes to remind the Community of the
Justin Norton Scholarship Fund
honoring Rainier, Washington’s fallen soldier in Iraq.

About Sgt. Norton

Donations can be mailed to:
Justin Norton Scholarship Fund
c/o Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 444
Yelm, Wa 98597


May 24, 2009

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: SHARON’S HAIR SALON

Introducing Sharon’s Hair Salon:

A couple of doors down from the former Sebastian’s Bakery & Tim’s Pharmacy

Men, Women & Children.
Cosmetologist and Certified Men’s Hair Stylist and Barber.
Affordable prices!
Senior & Military Discount.

Walk-ins welcome.

Sharon’s Hair Salon
Sharon Riggins
Cosmetologist & Certified Men’s Hair Stylist
109 Yelm Ave. E.
Yelm, WA. 98597
by appointment 360-400-0444

TELL SHARON’S HAIR SALON YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


May 23, 2009

REGIONAL FIRE DISTRICT PLAN UP FOR PUBLIC HEARING MAY 26TH

Public Hearing on Regional Fire Protection District Plan May 26

“Yelm City Council will hold a Public Hearing at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 26 at the Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Ave. SE. Click the link to view the proposed plan.
Call 360-458-8436 if you need more information.
(posted: 5/15/2009),” from the city’s homepage.

CLICK HERE to see the plan on the city’s website.


May 22, 2009

CITY & NVN CONTINUE TO HOODWINK PUBLIC – WHY?

Frankly, the gall and hubris of City of Yelm officials and the NVN never ceases to amaze me!

Either the NVN is not only the city’s newspaper of record, yet also its mouthpiece following the city’s B. S.
OR
they are just not educated and so ignorant to the ways cities operate, regardless of their award-winning investigative journalism and having a direct pipeline to one of their former award-winning reporters in the City of Yelm Community and Government Relations Coordinator [who won her investigative journalism award in 2005 on how many toilet flushes I made at my house during my run for Mayor in 2005. Where is the NVN now on the city’s water issues?].

Today’s front-page story “City: Knight water ad is a ‘scare tactic'” is just another example of the city’s & newspaper’s intent to keep the public in the dark!

Quoting the NVN,
“Yelm City Administrator Shelly Badger said the city conducted the study to determine if the southwest section of Yelm was an appropriate place to pull water from in a long-term scenario…
Badger said the study needed to be conducted regardless of Thurston Highlands, but that the Highlands can’t be left out because it is inside the city limits.”

THE FACT THAT MRS. BADGER AND THE NVN CONTINUE TO NOT ADDRESS THIS ISSUE IS VERY TELLING!

The Golder Water Study (on Thurston Highlands land) had only one purpose and that was to find water for a private developer to locate water on their private (not city owned/controlled) land and bring to the city with their 3 applications. As a matter of public policy, developers are supposed to pay for their impacts up front, just like schools, roads, traffic and water. However, the public will pay with Thurston Highlands because the city funded the water study up front and has maintained they will be reimbursed by impact fees from building permits in the development. And, the city had no contract with the developer to get repaid for this water study. The city was expecting fees imposed through an EIS from future home hook-ups to cover those costs; fees not able to be collected if nothing is built. The developers are now gone and left the city with 2/3 of a million dollars the taxpayers will have to swallow, unless the developers somehow cure their default. Mrs. Badger & the Nisqually Valley News, developers are supposed to present all aspects of their project to the city beforehand, not the city to the developer. The city requires that of ANY other applicant, why not from Thurston Highlands, LLC.?
WHY DO YOU BOTH KEEP OMITTING THIS FACT!

“The drop (in wells levels by 23 feet) is 30 years from now, city officials said,” quoting the NVN.
ABOUT THE 30 YEAR ISSUE, WHICH IS THE 1,000 POUND GORILLA IN THE ROOM,
THE CITY & NVN WILL NOT TELL YOU THIS:

– There is NO mitigation on the effects this Plan is going to have.
And the city knows that!
– The city has not even studied the effects their plan will have on surrounding wells.
And the city knows that!
– All of the information on the city’s MDNS is the city’s opinion.
And the city knows that!
– This comment period and appeal ending today is supposed to take care of ALL public comment for 30 years.
And the city knows that!
– Unless the MDNS is appealed by 5pm today, no one will have any recourse for comment on it for 30 years.
And the city knows that!
– If you or your descendants wish to comment on the city’s water plan in 10, 20 or 30 years, the city can say no one said anything in 2009, the plan says so – tough!
And the city knows that!
– This is a land-use issue under SEPA.
Making comments and bringing all of this in the open is about preserving YOUR RIGHTS to talk about this issue in the future.
And the city knows that!
– The city’s Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance says the proposed water withdrawal increase by five-fold is non-significant. How can that amount of water withdrawal produce anything except a SIGNIFICANT DROP in the local aquifer? That should require, indeed demand, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
And the city knows that!
HOW CAN THIS KIND OF ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT NOT BE AN OUTRAGE TO AREA CITIZENS?

THE CITY AND NVN OBVIOUSLY WISH TO KEEP YOU, THE PUBLIC, IN THE DARK ON THIS AND MAKE THEMSELVES THE VICTIM WHEN THE TRUTH IS BROUGHT OUT.

Please educate yourself:

SEE the full-page informational ad by JZ Knight in The Olympian, the NVN & NVN Shopper this week.
ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS FROM THE CITY’S OWN MDNS!
CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE
for more information on this from JZ Knight’s website.

AND, THURSTON COUNTY’S SILENCE ON THIS IS DEAFENING, SINCE MANY OF THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF YELM IN THURSTON COUNTY!


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