June 30, 2010

JAMIE HONEY’S IMPROV CLASSES – LAUGH IT UP!


Photo from Jamie Honey’s website

LEARN TO LAUGH, LAUGH TO LEARN
Introducing The Fun Pro
“Healing benefits of laughter combined with encouraging neural plasticity by challenging the mind.
Learn out of the box thinking and have fun doing it!
With Jamie Honey’s Improv classes.”

“Improv is for absolutely everyone!
There are so many benefits to stretching your own limits and giving Improv a try…

Science has come out with some great studies about the benefits of laughter. Laughter stimulates the mind to be in the moment, and when we are in the moment, we are more productive, creative, and healthier.”

Everyone welcome. For more information,
CLICK HERE

Listen to Jamie’s audio message about the July class: CLICK HERE

Adult Improv NEXT CLASS: July 31, 8PM
CLICK HERE for more info.

Improv (Improvisation)…, Lots of Laughs, Smiles and Joy while training Focus, Creativity, Memory and so much more…, LEARN TO LAUGH…LAUGH TO LEARN

Check out the calendar for up coming Improv classes and Adult Improv Parties: CLICK HERE

Laugh it up with Jamie Honey.

TELL JAMIE YOU READ ABOUT HIS CLASSES ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


June 29, 2010

“STATE BUDGET OFFICE PROJECTS $8.7 BILLION DEFICIT”

Amber Gunn of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation reports,

“Beginning in fiscal year 2013 (two years from this July), Washington will face an $8.7 billion deficit. The projection is courtesy of the state’s Office of Financial Management, which released an updated six-year budget outlook today. The 2011-13 budget deficit is projected around $3 billion.”

CLICK HERE for the report from the Washington State Office of Financial Management.

And,
“Gov. Chris Gregoire plans to head to Washington, D.C. this week to make a case for additional federal Medicaid dollars…

If the Medicaid payment doesn’t come through, Washington’s budget reserves could be wiped out. And the state would face about $200 million in additional budget cuts.

The governor could make those cuts across-the-board, or call the Legislature in for a special session to deal with the problem.

Gregoire is slated to appear with other governors at a news conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C,” quoting The Olympian.

LOOK OUT FOR MORE EFFECTS IN YELM!
THE CITY HAS RELIED ON STATE & FEDERAL MONIES FOR ALL SORTS OF PROJECTS.
THOSE DAYS ARE COMING TO AN END & FAST!
AND, THE CITY’S SPENDING MONEY ON LAWSUITS TO SEIZE A CITIZENS WATER RIGHTS, A TEST WELL, NEW PARK FLUSHING-TOILETS COST OVERRUNS & A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER PROJECTS HAS HAD AN EFFECT ON THE BUDGET, WATER RATE INCREASES NOTWITHSTANDING!

GRNATS &


June 28, 2010

CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE FUNDRAISER BESTS 2009 DONATIONS!


Auctioneer Cindy Schorno & her brother World Auto Auctioneer Champion Danny Schorno
Photo Copyright 2010 CSE, Used with permission

The Children’s School of Excellence, located in Rainier, Washington, held their 7th Annual Auction on Sunday, June 27th at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. Over 500 people gathered for the festivities, starting at 3pm for a Silent Auction, followed by a seated three-course dinner and a Live Auction with World Auto Auctioneer Champion Danny Schorno and his sister Cindy, children of Auctioneer Larry Schorno.

Attendees were from a broad spectrum of the community, including CSE families, friends, supporting local business owners and special guests.

The highlight opening the evening’s festivities was a performance from the students themselves. The most anticipated item for auction was the Divine Feast with Ramtha for six guests, donated by JZ Knight, catered by Hell’s Kitchen Winner and Actress, Linda Evans in her home with the talented chef, Master Garola, which garnered $76,000. Marlee Simmons was given the honor to bid on behalf of an anonymous party to make the winning Divine Feast entry.

CSE Board of Trustees President Omey Nandyal gave a touching tribute naming scholarships after recently-deceased CSE supporter Sir Robert – the Sir Robert Jones Scholarships.
Leading off donations for Sir Robert Jones Scholarships with full-year tuition endowments ($6,800) towards financial aid was the Klein Family Foundation (Yael & Steve Klein), Linda Evans, and Rebecca & James Capezio, which launched a paddle call for Financial Aid raising a total of over $40,000 to provide financial assistance to students who, without such assistance would not have the opportunity for a CSE education.

“We are very proud to announce that officially $181,000 at CSEs 7th Annual Auction. This was another very successful auction, while not a record in terms of dollars, but in community spirit and support. There was more good will, volunteerism, and guests in attendance whose involvement, care, friendship and commitment keep our school growing and thriving, in particular during this challenging economic environment. That so many opened their billfolds and their hearts to these children and this School is so inspiring. The Board, Faculty and Staff are honored and our students and families are blessed and treasured by a truly special and remarkable community,” expressed a CSE Board of Trustees member to the Yelm Community Blog at the close of the evening.

The $181,000 raised this year is a 27% increase over 2009’s $142,197.49 donations, both impressive amounts for a small, private school in rural Washington.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BENEFICIARIES – OUR LOCAL STUDENTS!
AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN ALL OF THE FUNDRAISERS FOR AREA CHILDREN IN 2010!

UPDATE: July 1, 2010
The official results from CSE. CLICK HERE

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All rights reserved.
This material may not be broadcast, published, rewritten or redistributed without written permission.


June 27, 2010

COUNTY FORECLOSURE DELINQUENCIES UP 30%

Rolf Boone filed this report in The Olympian:

More behind on property taxes
FORECLOSURE?: Number delinquent in county up 30 percent over ’09

“The number of property owners who were delinquent paying their property taxes rose 30 percent in the past year, according to delinquency notices filed this month in Superior Court.

There were 104 delinquent property owners in June…

‘I think its just the sign of the times, the economic times, and the difficulties people are having,’ county Treasurer Shawn Myers said this week about the higher number of delinquencies. People who owe property taxes have until January to pay their bill or the property could be sold at auction, Larson said.”


June 26, 2010

JOIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROMERO MONDAY IN YELM – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


Sandra Romero

Commissioner Sandra Romero Hosts Monthly Coffees with Area Residents

Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier & Yelm on Monday, June 28th.

This months coffee will focus on the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) and its work with the Vision Reality Taskforce. Our special guest will be TRPC Senior Planner, Thera Black.

Commissioner Romero stated, We need to ask ourselves, does our community vision reflect what is actually occurring in the County?

These coffees give you the opportunity to talk about issues, ask questions about the county, and share ideas. Commissioner Romero provides to participants coffee that she pays for herself. She is the
representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

What: Citizen meeting with second district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

When: Monday, June 28, 2010

Where: Rainier: 9:30am 10:30am – Rainier City Hall 102
Rochester St. W.

Yelm: 11:00am Noon Blue Bottle Espresso 309
East Yelm Avenue

Contact:
Lisa Paribello
Commissioner Staff
360-786-5747
paribel@co.thurston.wa.us
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

YELM’S BLUE BOTTLE CAFE & ESPRESSO HOSTS COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S COFFEES.


June 25, 2010

JZ KNIGHT RESPONDS TO NISQUALLY VALLEY NEWS – INCORRECT INFO


JZ Knight
Photo Copyright 2009 JZ Knight.
Used with permission

“JZ Knight’s legal team issued this response to Megan Hansen’s front-page story in today’s Nisqually Valley News”:

“JZ Knight has not been ordered to pay $195,000 in attorney fees and costs, as reported in the Nisqually Valley News. No court order setting the amount of a fee award has been issued. The Court of Appeals decision on the land use appeal allowed the City and Tahoma Terra to submit requests for “reasonable” attorney fees and costs. Their requests for fees were submitted, but Knight has an opportunity to submit objections to the fee requests. These objections are due to be filed by June 28th. A court ruling on a fee award is expected within two weeks. Knight’s attorneys do not expect the court to award the City and Tahoma Terra the amount of fees they requested,” quoting Ms. Knight’s website.

‘There could still be an objection to the reasonableness of the amount of the fees, and there could also be a petition for review to the Supreme Court as well,’ said Community Development Director Grant Beck.”…

RSE [Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment] abuts Tahoma Terra,”
quoting Ms. Hansen’s report.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word ABUT:
“to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border”

Therefore, the sentence is incorrect because no place does any Tahoma Terra parcel abut RSE.

The facts in the case that led to Thurston County Superior Court Judge Wickham to side with Ms. Knight.
CLICK HERE.


June 24, 2010

YELM PRAIRIE DAYS STARTS TODAY

The 2010 “PRAIRIE DAYS FLYER”.

“The Yelm Lions & Yelm Chamber of Commerce invite to you be part of a Yelm Tradional event.”
Thursday, June 24 – Prairie Days Parade – Line up starts at 6:00pm; Parade at 7:00pm
Thursday-Sunday, June 24-27 Prairie Days Celebration, Yelm City Park

Park hours: 10am until closing

ENJOY THE FUN & FESTIVITIES!

The Nisqually Valley News published an excellent insert all about Yelm Prairie days festivities.
CLICK HERE for their link.


June 23, 2010

COUNCIL’S MCGOWAN ASSERTS PARK TOILETS CRITICISM IS POLITICAL STAB AT CITY


Longmire Park flush toilets facility
Photo Copyright 2010 Yelm Community Blog

A Yelm citizen returned to City Council last night in follow-up with an observation about the berating he received from Council member McGowan May 11th when he commented the $400,000+ spent on Longmire Park flush toilets was not a priority for funding.
[The City of Yelm requested a grant from the state via the district’s legislators to build flush-toilets & a small concession stand at Longmire Park, rather than use portable toilets. The flushing-toilets building cost almost a 1/2 million dollars, money requested and appropriated at a time of great distress with annual state budget deficits.]

Council member McGowan stated last night,
“the previous criticisms I believe had nothing to do with the actual bathrooms, but were just done for political stabbing at the city…

I am very sensitive when things that are promoting the children of this community get criticized I believe for other purposes other than just observation…

When the criticism is leveled at the city and it involves the children of the city, I have a tendency to get very defensive.”

This is a typical political tactic used by politicians in-and-of itself – emotionalizing an issue to deflect attention off of the subject “under the lights.”

Criticism on $460,000 for flush toilets as opposed to continued use of portable-toilets has nothing to do with what McGowan terms criticism of “things that are promoting the children of this community.”

As the public commenter stated, “it’s about priorities.”
Especially in this economy with annual state budget deficits & cutbacks in all sorts of state projects.
The commenter said the Council should listen to the public instead of putting them down, regardless if they disagree with the council’s actions. The commenter said the Council can then do what they want anyway.

I went to summer boys camp in the north woods of Minnesota & Wisconsin for 5 years as a teen and used portable-toilets frequently. When I was a resident in San Francisco and hiked in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, I used portable-toilets every weekend, as do all of the families & visitors there and in many national and state parks, as well as ball fields all over this state.

When the City of Yelm puts as much effort into building a Public Library on-behalf of city & county library taxing-district residents as they did for flushable-toilets in a ball-park located outside of the city’s core & away from a majority of the public’s use, [as stated by Council member Joe Baker] & will be patronized only by a small portion of the public each year, then perhaps my criticism will be tempered, Mr. McGowan.

Yelm’s Library has the 2nd highest year-around teen use in all of the TRL system, and as of yet, the public has yet to hear definitively about the future of a Yelm Library facility after December 31, 2011.

While your support for flushing-toilets in a ball-park for our children is admirable, where is that same passion about standing-up for our children using the Yelm Timberland Library? They are there every day the facility is open thoughout the whole year, not just on Summer nights & weekends?
The city has had 8 1/2 years so far to get a public library facility with nothing to show for it, to date.
And, you are a library staff member!

IT’S ALL ABOUT PRIORITIES, SIR!
THIS BOILS DOWN TO FLUSHING TOILETS IN A BALL-PARK OR A LIBRARY FOR OUR CHILDREN, DOES IT NOT?

The Mayor announced to Council last night the flushing-toilets ribbon cutting is set for July 7th.
I trust Mr. McGowan will attend, for the sake of our children!


June 22, 2010

YELM-BASED PERMA-DISE CORP OFFERS TOURS OF THEIR NATURAL GROWING METHODS

Perma-Dise Corp. is pleased to announce Perma-dise Tours –
90 min tours of Sepp Holzer’s Perma-Kultur methods as implemented in Yelm.

Tours are $15 each and start at 5.00pm on
June 25th,
July 2nd
and July 4th

See website: www.perma-dise.com for driving directions.
Meet at: Old Cougar Mountain Store Parking Lot
Minimum input for Maximum output!!

About Perma-Dise, from their website:
For more than 40 years now, Sepp Holzer, the agricultural rebel has been transforming his family farm in the Lungau district in the Austrian Alps into an eco-paradise of fishing ponds, ten thousands of fruit trees, shrubs, vines and highly productive vegetables and herbs. Here, at an altitude of 1500 meters (~5000 feet) in the “Siberia of Austria”, he has created a self-sustaining landscape in which he produces many varieties of the best quality fish, fruits, nuts, vegetables, mushrooms, pork, poultry and even citrus without irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides or weeding.

By observing nature and experimenting with his own garden from childhood on, he developed his own form of Permaculture, which is already the subject of scientific research. He cleverly uses ecological relationships and cycles, letting nature do the work for him with minimal labor input while providing optimum living conditions for his plants and animals. In this way he creates an eco-paradise which also achieves maximized economic success from his farming activities.

E-MAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION:
info@perma-dise.com
or CLICK HERE

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


June 21, 2010

READY OR NOT – SUMMER ARRIVES TODAY AT 4:28AM

The 2010 Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is Monday, June 21st at 4:28AM Yelm time.
Source: U.S. Naval Observatory

“As of Friday, Seattle still was waiting for its first daytime high this year of 75 degrees. The latest day of the year for the thermometer to reach 75 previously was June 9, 1991…

May 20, May 25 and June 3 all registered record rainfall in Olympia for those days of the year, according to Weather Service records,” quoting John Dodge in the Tacoma News Tribune.

“In case you want to remember the good ol’ days: just a year ago, we [Seattle] tied a record for the driest spring recorded,” quoting KING-5 TV.

UPDATE: JUNE 23
“Seattle inches past 75 degrees after 272-day chill”
From the Seattle P-I.


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