June 30, 2011

YELM AREA STORIES IN THE NEWS

Several stories have highlighted the Yelm area in the news in recent days –

– “Nisqually Tribe building new jail near vacant one”
Read more from Drew Mikkelsen of KING-5 TV News in Seattle.

– “Yelm Prairie Elementary receives $10,000 donation”
Read more from KOMO-TV 4 News in Seattle.
Read more from the Yelm Community Blog.

– Yelm Rotary Club raises $2,000 in their second annual Prairie Stampede 5K run
Read more about the run from the Yelm Community Blog.

– “Emergency Department Consistent Care Program at Providence St. Peter Hospital wins National Award for Improving Community Health”
Read more from Providence St. Peter Hospital’s Press Release.

– Area Fireworks calendar:
“Fireworks are allowed in the following places, with restrictions as specified:
– Yelm: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Monday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

– In unincorporated Pierce County, fireworks can be discharged from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Sunday; 9 a.m. to midnight Monday; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

– In unincorporated Thurston County, fireworks can be discharged from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday and Monday,” quoting Stephanie Kim in the Tacoma News Tribune.


June 29, 2011

YELM CITY COUNCIL SURPRISES LAST NIGHT


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

The Yelm City Council meeting last night had some distinct surprises:

1. Regarding this agenda item:
Adopt Resolution Number 524 establishing the temporary name Walmart Boulevard for that portion of the future SR 510 Alternate between SR 507 and 103rd Street.

Council member Mike McGowan voiced his concern that for the City of Yelm to endorse naming a street after a local business was setting a precedent he preferred the city not engage, citing an unfair advantage of one business over another, regardless of the size and stature of Wal-Mart here.
Ed. Note: I absolutely agree with him. What has all-ways been a surprise in this town is that the members of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce, mostly comprising our local businesses, do not speak-up on issues such as this that affect ALL of our local businesses.
Now that question has been raised, should the City of Yelm change the names of:
– Creek St. to Brown Auto Car Way
– 103rd St. to Prairie Hotel St.
– 1st St. to Tim’s Pharmacy St
or
– 4th St. to Gordon’s Garden Center Ave.?

Kudos to Mike McGowan for raising this issue AND for voting against the rest of the City Council on this resolution. Not often does one see a non-unanimous vote from the Yelm City Council and frankly, I think Mayor Ron Harding was taken aback there was a dissenter on a vote.
Well-stated and well-done in support of all of our other local businesses, Mike!
DOES YELM’S CITY COUNCIL CAVE-IN TO MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS HERE, AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES?
Ask a locally-owned business owner.

2. We heard a question raised from Council member Russ Hendrickson, who never speaks on anything, outside of his required council member report. THAT was a surprise in itself.
After Yelm Community Development Director Grant Beck’s Staff Report on the STIP, Hendrickson questioned Beck about a letter received from me on this action item:
Adopt Resolution Number 526 establishing the 2011 to 2017 Yelm Six Year Transportation Improvement Program [STIP] for the City of Yelm.

Hendrickson ‘s remarks about this writer’s letter and his confusion about what I was requesting demonstrate time and time again certain members of the Yelm City Council have no grasp on key issues and rely too much on city staff’s explanations on which to cast heir vote. Beck’s always-evasive answers and Staff Reports are relied upon for key votes without question, as was in Hendrickson’s case last night. Beck gave his usually evasive answer without cross-examination from Hendrickson, never addressing the points about dividing Loop Phases on the STIP. Hendrickson should have asked to “table” this item until he got clear and could learn more.

Russ: what was remarkable in Beck’s presentation & answer was that nothing was mentioned about dividing Phase 1 & 2 of the Loop, the key point of my letter. THAT should have provided you enough to further question!
SIMPLE QUESTION: WHY IS THE MUCH-HERALDED PHASE 1 OF THE NOW-OPENED SR 510 LOOP STILL ON YELM’S 6-YEAR PLAN TO OBTAIN FUNDING?

So, I wrote Hendrickson a letter after the meeting to summarize my points:

Dear Russ,

You comment/question at the City Council meeting tonight regarding your confusion about my letter was NOT addressed by Mr. Beck.

I raised two points about the city’s STIP, which were not addressed by Mr. Beck’s presentation or response:
1. Beck told the Council the city’s STIP is the funding, planning document for the next 6 years.
Then, what I suggested is that Phase One be separated (Y3 on your map) and shown on the STIP as an operating road.
I suggested only listing Phase 2 of the Y3 as unfunded.
There is no longer any need to have the entire Y3 on the STIP, since Phase One is funded, completed & open to traffic.
Only Phase 2 of the Y3 corridor should be on the STIP as being a desire for the city to have funded for planning purposes the next 6 years.

2. With the SR 510 Loop now complete from Mudd Run Rd. to Cullen Rd. and terminates at Cullen, the same wording from the city’s 20 year plan AND on the city’s Joint Plan with Thurston County should have this wording listed on the STIP, as well:

“Joint Plan Only – Y3 SR 510 to SR 507 (SR 510 Loop):
As of 2010, improvements beyond Cullens Road are not funded, aside from right-of-way acquisision (sic).
These Improvements are expected to be funded within the 20-year planning horizon.”

Afterall, the STIP IS the city’s planning document for road/sidewalk funding for the next 6 years.
Why would the city NOT show the aforementioned 2 facts on the STIP?

Sincerely,

Steve Klein

BOTTOM LINE:
Both of these issues raised by Council member McGowan and my letter on the STIP are for the public benefit now and in the future. While Council member Wood ran on a platform in 2009 of being the person to vote to support the general public and the working man/woman, his silence on these two issues and others in the past has been palpable. He has voted straight-up for the continuance of the Yelm Cabal, as one local figure terms the leadership here! And Hendrickson’s capitulation to Beck without further investigation for himself was not in the public’s interest.


June 28, 2011

YELM CITY COUNCIL’S AGENDA FULL TONIGHT


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

The Yelm City Council will hold a Special Filing Period just for Position 6’s Council seat June 28, 29 & 30, since no one stepped forward to run for this seat during the regular filing period.
Read more
Read more from KOMO-TV 4 in Seattle.

On the Agenda tonight, the Yelm City Council will vote to approve the following:
1. Adopt Resolution Number 524 establishing the temporary name Walmart Boulevard for that portion of the future SR 510 Alternate between SR 507 and 103rd Street.

2. Adopt Ordinance 939 amending Chapter 12.22 Public Facility Naming and Chapter 12.20 Street Naming and House Numbering to allow the placement of historic street name signs on City streets.

3. Adopt Resolution 525 designating 105th Avenue SE as historically named Baker Road.

4. Adopt Resolution Number 526 establishing the 2011 to 2017 Yelm Six Year Transportation Improvement Program [STIP] for the City of Yelm.

Ed. Note: I sent a letter to the Mayor and City Council for tonight’s Council session recommending they change their STIP to be consistent with the City of Yelm 20 year STIP and the Joint STIP with Thurston County.
Read more


June 27, 2011

BALD HILLS FIRE DEPARTMENT ACQUIRES A NEW FIRE RATING & WATER TENDER!


Thurston County Fire Protection District 17 Logo
Mark Gregory, Fire Chief,
Steve Slater, Deputy Fire Chief

The Bald Hills Fire Department (Thurston County Fire Protection District 17) has reported to this Blog they have acquired a 3,000-gallon water tender, incorporating a 750-gallon-per-minute pump with expanded equipment-storage capacity. This will be a modernization replacement for one of the department’s two aging tenders, at a cost of $202,000.

The Fire Department will hold a naming contest with Lackamas Elementary School students casting their votes when school resumes in September. The winning student will receive a ride to school adjacent the Fire Department in the new truck.

The Bald Hills Fire Dept. reports they have also lowered their Public Protection Classification fire rating, “which should reduce homeowners insurance in our district”, due to improvements in training, response times and staffing, according to Fire Commissioner Bill Owen.

ABOUT THE BALD HILLS FIRE DEPT.
Our volunteer department is located in the rural southeast corner of Thurston County. We serve a local community of approximately 3,580 citizens. We provide fire suppression and basic life support emergency medical services. We also provide and receive mutual aid from neighboring fire districts within Thurston County. Our primary station is located along Bald Hill Road in front of Lackamas Elementary School…

Three elected officials who comprise the Board of Fire Commissioners govern our Fire District. They serve as policymakers and provide guidance to the Fire Chief…

The department is lead by a full-time paid Fire Chief. The Fire Chief is responsible for administration and operations of our Department…

The foundation of this department is our volunteers and their families. Our department is and shall remain a volunteer organization.
Read more

Read more on the Bald Hills Fire Department’s fine Leadership.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE STAFF & VOLUNTEERS OF THE BALD HILLS FIRE DEPT.!

Read more – Posted on KOMO-TV 4 News in Seattle July 14, 2011.


June 26, 2011

YELM HISTORY PROJECT PHOTOS ADDED

Last week, the Yelm History Project added The Methodist Church to the website’s online Album.
Read more


June 25, 2011

YELM PRAIRIE DAYS WRAPS-UP TODAY

From KOMO-TV News:
Yelm Prairie Days wraps up three days of summer celebration on Saturday with a carnival, vendors, kid’s zone entertainment and special events like the perennial favorite Magnificent Mutt Show for kids and their pets.

Admission is free and plenty of parking is available. Here’s today’s schedule:

Saturday, June 25
11:00 am Vendor and Food Booths Open
11:30 am Weiner Dog Races
12:00 pm Animal Alliance Pet Adoptions
12:00 pm Carnival Opens
1:00 pm Magnificent Mutt Show
2:00 pm Children’s Interactive Fun & Games
5:00 pm Music and Entertainment
10:00 pm Vendor and Food Booths Close


June 24, 2011

YELM-TENINO TRAIL NOW HIGHLIGHTED ON REI’S WEBSITE

Yelm-Tenino Trail

“Just a few years ago, Olympia-area cyclists were offered the choice of roads or more roads for their touring pleasure. Not that theres anything wrong with thatthe country lanes around our capitol city are as inviting and uncrowded as youre likely to find within an hour or so of Seattle. But then the upside-down T was created. The bottom half of the grand off-road route through Thurston County is the Yelm-Tenino Trail, which traverses the eastern half of the county and runs through three small towns: Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino. Its an eminently useful and very pleasant amenity,” quoting REI.

Read more from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC).

Read more on the Yelm-Tenino Trail from Thurston County Parks and Recreation.


June 24, 2011

COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROMERO HOSTS JUNE 27TH COFFEE-
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Sandra Romero

Commissioner Sandra Romero Hosts Monthly Coffees with Area Residents

Monday, June 27th, 2011.

FROM COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S E-MAILER:
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 and Lacey on Monday, June 27th.

Join us as we learn about road building and maintenance from industry representative Dean Smith with Lakeside Industries. A family-ownedcompany since 1952, Lakeside Industries focuses on asphalt paving here
in the Pacific Northwest. They work on both public and private projects of all sizes, and contract with the county for paving services.

Commissioner Romero stated, If youre like me, youve probably experienced some form of road construction project this summer. We have such a limited window of opportunity for construction that they all seem to be happening at once. After our guest speaker last month many questions came up about our county roads and what goes into the maintenance and materials on these roads.

Commissioner Romero provides coffee to participants. 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 27th, 2011

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

Yelm: 11:00am Noon Fadis Restaurant (Tahoma
Golf Course) 15425 Mosman Ave. SW.
(Please note new location.)

Lisa Paribello
Commissioner Staff
paribel@co.thurston.wa.us

PLEASE NOTE COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OUT THIS MONTH!
Read more


June 23, 2011

LOCAL TALENT MAKES ‘CACTUS FLOWER’ YELM’S SUMMER ‘HOT-TICKET’


Cast Photo of Cactus Flower. Photo by Bill Gralow, used with permission.

Standing Room Only
presents
CACTUS FLOWER
A Situation Comedy by Abe Burrows of a “a mirthful tale of a man, his girlfriend, his secretary, and a den of dental patients all entangled in a witty web of white lies.”

Rainier High School student Kayla Geist will portray Toni Simmons, Dave Champagne plays Dr. Julian Winston and Hans Molland plays Igor Sullivan. Geist was recently covered here for her fine performance at Rainier High School of StageStruck Players, the youth division of Standing Room Only Theater Company’s presentation of American Idle.

CACTUS FLOWER is directed by Nancy Hillman at Gordon’s Grange
June 24-25-26-28-29-30

Cactus Flower
Gordon’s Grange
302 Yelm Ave. E.
Yelm, WA. 98597
all tickets $10 on sale at Gordon’s Garden Center, Yelm Food Co-op and at the theater door.

This one is sure to be a sellout!

Coming in August:
Annie Get Your Gun

SEE YOU THERE!


June 22, 2011

YELM’S GIORDA E. ‘TRUNK SHOW’ THIS WEEK


Giorda Elie
Photo Copyright 2011 Giorda E. Used with permission.

TRUNK SHOW IN YELM

June 23rd & 24th

You are invited to an exclusive trunk show featuring Fall 2011 collections from Lourdez Chavez and Kevan Hall

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GIORDA E.
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Yelm Washington 98597
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