July 31, 2011

MARIACHI ALEGRE MEXICAN RETAURANT
ANNOUNCES NEW BRUNCH HOURS & ITEMS

Mariachi Alegre Mexican Restaurant has announced new brunch hours and items starting this Sunday:
“We have now added new items to our All You Can Eat Sunday Brunch, such as pancakes, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, sausage, bacon and more! Also, we have opened an hour earlier. We are now open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.”

Mariachi Alegre Mexican Restaurant
717 Yelm Ave East.
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone ahead for reservations: 360-400-8226.

Hours of Business:
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am to 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00am to 10:30pm

Visit our second location at:
21900 Pacific Hwy S.,
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 253-945-7717

Tell Mariachi Alegre Mexican Restaurant you read about them on the Yelm Community Blog!


July 30, 2011

YELM YARD SALES THIS WEEKEND

Seattle’s Craiglist.

Location: Yelm Eagles Club
11609 Koeppen Rd.

About the Fraternal Order of Eafles
“The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope,” quoting their website.
Read more.

Additional Yard sales in the area
Read more.


July 30, 2011

YELM ALL-STAR TOUNRAMENT THIS WEEKEND


Photo of Longmire Park’s Public Building

From Active.com:

Yelm All-Star Tournament

Start: Saturday, July 31, 2010
End: Sunday, August 1, 2010
Longmire Park 16820 Canal Rd SE Yelm, Washington

ALL TEAMS ARE WELCOME!
This is an 8U Cal Ripken Rules Machine Pitch Tournament. With all the rain we need to try to get some more games in. The first 10 teams to send there check and team info to 15802 104th ave se Yelm Wa 98597. Are in. Cross your fingers for some sunshine. If you have a 10u team and would like to play we may set up a 10u as well. We need all teams to bring 1 dozen leather baseballs.

Class/Type/Skill Level: 8u Machine Pitch/Cal Ripken Rules

Ages: 8 and under

Cost: 300

Min Games Allowed: 4

Max Teams Allowed: 10

Organization Information: YBC Cagers
Phone: 360-485-3360


July 29, 2011

‘ANNIE GET YOUR GUN’ ROLLS INTO YELM!

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
at Gordons Outdoor Theater..
presented by the Standing Room Only Theater Company.

This famous showbiz classic, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, is based on the true story of backwoods sharpshooter Annie Oakley, and the love of her life, Frank Butler, the expert marksman who was also her greatest competitor. The show features such famous melodies as Theres No Business Like Show Business, They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful, You Caint Get A Man With A Gun, Doin What Comes Naturlly, and Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better. Starring a large cast of local favorites, Annie Get Your Gun promises to be a delightful way for the entire family to spend a summers evening guaranteed to bring out the long awaited sunshine.

Directed by Nancy Tribush Hillman, Musical Direction by Stephen Borsuk,
Sets by Mark Carlson and Lighting by Charlie Corl and Brian Keay.

Get your tickets now and join in the funnin. Remember it’s outdoors, so dress appropriately.

Performance Dates: August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Time: 8pm nightly

Place: Gordons Outdoor Summer Theater, 308 Yelm Ave. East

Cost: All tickets $12.

Ticket Outlets: Gordons Garden Center, Yelm Food Coop, Kendra Gebb Accounting.

For information and reservations: call 446-2188


July 28, 2011

Special Screening at Yelm Cinemas this Saturday:
FARMAGEDDON – THE MOVIE


Yelm Cinemas at Prairie Park
Photo courtesy of Yelm Cinemas

From JZ Knight’s website, used here with permission:
At the request of JZ Knight, Yelm Cinemas manager Howard Christian says his theater is proud to present to Yelm & vicinity a Special Screening of
“Farmageddon – The Movie” in Yelm July 30th.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT YELM CINEMAS SATURDAY, JULY 30 AT 9AM ONLY…


“Americans right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

Filmmaker Kristin Cantys quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities.”

CLICK HERE for tickets to what will certainly be a filled performance.

Read more for information and the trailer.


July 27, 2011

ECONOMIC WARNING SIGNS – UNCERTAIN FUTURE!

1. “Thurston jobless hits 8.5 % for June”

Rolf Boone reports in The Olympian:
“Thurston County shed jobs for the second consecutive month in June, increasing unemployment to 8.5 percent from 8 percent in May, although some of those June job losses were tied to seasonal cuts in education, according to state Employment Security Department data released Tuesday [July 26].

The lack of hiring in construction typically a big employer in the summer has Vleming [regional economist Jim Vleming] concerned about the local economy as it moves closer to fall and winter, a time of slower job growth, he said.”


July 27, 2011

2. “State treasurer sends warning over U.S. debt default”

Brad Shannon for The Olympian reports:
“Washington state Treasurer Jim McIntire wrote to state congressional leaders Monday, warning that a federal debt deal is needed to avoid crushing a fragile economic recovery. ‘I am writing today to implore you to find a way to avert a national default by passing a balanced, thoughtful and long-lasting budget solution,’ the note begins.

The Democrats letter adds: ‘Failure to act will likely crush a fragile economy, irreparably harm struggling businesses and families, damage responsible state governments, and undermine emerging stability among our community banks. This is a risk we cannot afford to take.’

The treasurer went on to say the states ability to borrow at low cost is at risk and that 18 community banks have already failed [including Venture Bank, formerly with a branch in Yelm], which further reduces access to capital for local governments.”

Ed. Note:
Covered here Monday was one way this could affect Yelm; the interest cost for the proposed purchase of the Yelm library could drastically increase before a bond is issued.

Read more of Treasurer Jim McIntire’s letter, in its entirety.

3. “Consumer Confidence Falls to a New Two-Year Low”
Rasmussen Reports writes:
“Consumer confidence has fallen to a new two-year low while investor confidence continues to hover just above the lowest levels of 2011.

The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures the economic confidence of consumers on a daily basis, fell four points on Wednesday to 63.7…

The Rasmussen Consumer Index reached its highest level ever at 127.0 on January 6, 2004. The all-time low was reached on March 10, 2009 at 54.7.”

4. “Double-dip recession appears to be a reality for middle-class”
The Business Examiner reports:
“At a time when economists continue to debate the likelihood of a double-dip recession, the majority of middle-class Americans think the nation is already in one, according to the First Command Financial Behaviors Index.

Recent findings of the monthly survey reveal that 63 percent of middle-class consumers believe the United States is in a double-dip recession, up sharply from 50 percent last summer.”


July 26, 2011

BURN BAN IN EFFECT JULY 15 – OCTOBER 15

“Thurston County Solid Waste Program”

“Outdoor Burning in Thurston County”

Read more
from Thurston County’s Public Works Dept.


July 25, 2011

“Accountability, responsibility are good things”


Yelm Timberland Regional Library

The local newspaper’s July 15 editorial about thievery titled “Accountability, responsibility are good things” can be equally applied to other local issues here, too.
‘Accountability’ is not mutually exclusive only to a wrongdoing.

The newspaper’s Editor/Publisher Keven Graves said,
“Accountability is good.

I think Americans have become too lenient. We tend to coddle people, including our children. Theres a notion that holding someone accountable for their actions is somehow cruel and unusual punishment or mean….

Why are so many people afraid to enforce rules? I think part of its a desire to be liked, including by our own children.”

Ed Note:
The editorial is apropos to several issues in Yelm, including the city’s “intent” to purchase the current library facility, to which these questions apply:

– On April 26, Yelm “Mayor Ron Harding presented a plan to the TRL Board of Directors where the city would purchase the existing library space on the 2nd floor of the Prairie Park Building for $1 million dollars through a 20-year bond, with TRL paying the annual O & M expenses ($37,000 per year) through the bond’s term, ” quoting the April 27 story posted here.
Does the City of Yelm HAVE the ability to support a bond for the library?

– Outside of the Yelm City Council voting June 14 their “intent” to purchase the facility, the public and taxpayers have heard no-thing on this deal in the three months since first proposed.
When will the public see the 2nd floor facility’s appraisal to compare with the $1 million purchase price?

– The library deal could cost alot more between the April 27 proposal and when a purchase is finalized.
When will the public hear about how the city will finance the $1 purchase, including the total interest expense on the debt?

– If Moody’s and other credit agencies lower the U. S. credit rating amidst the U. S. debt ceiling crisis and interest rates then rise, will the City of Yelm still be able to afford the $1m bond plus increased borrowing expenses on the debt?

Graves IS right:
“Accountability is good.”…

“Theres a notion that holding someone accountable for their actions is somehow cruel and unusual punishment or ‘mean.’…

Why are so many people afraid to enforce rules?

I am a strong supporter of a library here and these questions with an open dialogue are important aspects of accountability AND for community-wide involvement.

WHERE IS THE CITY’S ACCOUNTABILITY ON THEIR ‘INTENT’ TO PURCHASE THE YELM LIBRARY FACILITY?
THE TAXPAYING PUBLIC, PATRONS, CONTRIBUTORS, SUPPORTERS DESERVE REGULAR UPDATES.
ACCOUNTABILITY IS GOOD.


July 24, 2011

LOCAL CONCERNS OVER FUKUSHIMA RADIATION


Logo of The Mountain News
Photo Copyright 2011 The Mountain News.
Used with permission


Bruce Smith of The Mountain News
submitted this story he wrote, of note to Yelm Community Blog readers:

“A flurry of press releases from a private nuclear energy watchdog group – Heart of America Northwest, which is based in Seattle has sparked a renewed inquiry into the amount of radiation the Pacific Northwest has received from the nuclear incident in Fukushima, Japan.

At the time of the partial meltdown of radioactive materials in Japan, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Washington state Department of Health (DOH) repeatedly assured American citizens that radioactive fallout from Fukushima was minimal in our area, and had not generated any health risks, particularly in milk or drinking water.

However, Heart of Americas review of the actual data collected by the EPA and DOH reveals amounts of Iodine-131 falling in Pacific Northwest rainwater that have raised concerns in some quarters…

At the heart of the issue is the question of how to interpret the findings, made problematic by the apparent lack of clearly defined and agreed-upon health standards for a variety of radioactive components found throughout the ecosystem and food supply, such as air, rain, pasture lands, crops and milk.”

Read more from Smith’s story in The Mountain News.


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