August 9, 2011
YELM AREA STORIES IN THE NEWS
- "Intercity Transit makes vans available to non-profits"
"Intercity Transit is currently accepting applications for the award of several retired vanpool vehicles to local qualifying organizations. Intercity Transit has four older passenger vans, with seating capacity of up to 12 people, depending on vehicle type."
"Qualifying applicants must serve clients within the cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater or Yelm or within their urban growth areas.
Government agencies and private nonprofit organizations that are 501(c)(3) are eligible to participate. Applicants must identify how a van will benefit their constituency and the community as a whole," quoting The Olympian.
- "Yelm community to replace water mains"
"Nisqually Pines Community Club in Yelm is planning water system improvements that will cost an estimated $3 million to $4 million," quoting Seattle's Daily Journal of Commerce.
- "Dennis Hallman, Yelm UFC Fighter, Dons Speedo, Gets Ass Kicked by Manscaped Brian Ebersole"
"Yelm, Wash.-based UFC welterweight Dennis Hallman wore a package-delivering blue Speedo emblazoned with the words "Training Master" during the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday.
His opponent, Brian Ebersole, was paid an extra $70,000 to make sure Hallman never wore that outfit again. Ever.
Not to be outdone, Ebersole shaved his chest hair into an arrow-shaped man patch," quoting the Seattle Weekly Blog.
- "Gregoire to state agengies: Prepare for deeper cuts"
"Gov. Chris Gregoire told state agencies and workers Monday [August 8] to prepare for additional budget cuts as high as 10 percent, warning that Washington's economic outlook has weakened.
In a letter to state employees, Gregoire budget director Marty Brown called the task 'daunting,'" quoting KING 5 News in Seattle.
Ed. Note: The economic conditions will not bode well for the City of Yelm funding a $1 million purchase of a 2nd floor condo library in Margaret Clapp's Prairie Park. An intention of the City Council to purchase the facility in this economic environment will not get us there. The questions now must be asked:
A. Do we need 8,900 square feet of space for a library with Kindle and other electronic book sources reducing books required to be on the shelf?
B. What IS the city's bonding capability for this facility?
No one has ever answered these questions.
- "Efforts fail to revive Steilacoom scuba diver, 63" [from Yelm]
"A 63-year-old woman [from Yelm]drowned Monday while scuba diving with a companion near Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom."
"Authorities identified her as Leslie Jacobsen of Yelm," quoting the Tacoma News Tribune.
Ed. Note; Will the local newspaper run a front-page story on Ms. Jacobson's death, citing the unusual nature of her passing, as they did with recently deceased Sally Paulsen?
Or will the usual ho-hum, yawn, double-standard prevail? We'll see. HMMM!