July 31, 2012

Yelm: Treasurer, Court Admin., Police Officer openings

From the City of Yelm website:
– CITY OF YELM TREASURER
“The City of Yelm is seeking a talented and detail oriented individual to serve as City Treasurer in the Finance and Administrative Services Department.
Responsible for accurate day-to-day, quarterly and annual financial operations of the City, following policies in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, using accepted accounting principles. Provide technical support on studies and projects and be able to communicate effectively.

Combination of certified education and experience that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Two (2) years municipal government experience required.

This is a full time, non-exempt position under the supervision on the City Clerk/HR Manager. Current salary range $52,764 – $63,000 DOQ.

Open until filled. Click on the headline for full job description and City of Yelm application form. Return completed application, resume and letter of interest to: City of Yelm, HR Manager, 105 Yelm Ave W, Yelm WA 98597.
(posted: 7/26/2012)”
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Editor’s Note:
Jennifer Hough is no longer with the City of Yelm.

– CITY OF YELM COURT ADMINISTRATOR
“The City of Yelm is seeking a professional and talented individual to serve as Court Administrator in the Yelm Municipal Court. Candidates should possess strong communication, leadership, organizational and management skills. Combination of certified education and experience that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Proficient in JIS system required.

This is a full time exempt position under the direction of the Judge. Current salary range $56,993 to $68,052. Open until filled.
Full job description.

– LATERAL POLICE OFFICER
Lateral Police Officer for the City of Yelm. Current salary $4,737 to $5,331 per month, based on current union contract. Minimum qualifications include one year employment with a law enforcement agency within the past 24 months and completion of the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy or equivalency academy. Applicants will go through an application screening process and an oral board interview. Successful applicants will then proceed to a Chiefs interview and a thorough background investigation to include a polygraph, psychological and medical examination. Must be 21 years of age and have received a high school diploma or G.E.D. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Applications can be obtained and dropped off at Yelm City Hall, 105 Yelm Ave West, Yelm, WA. 98597. There is a $10.00 fee for the application. For additional information contact Gretchen Isaksson, Civil Service Secretary at 360-458-8815 or email gretcheni@ci.yelm.wa.us.

– PUBLIC SERVICE POLICE VOLUNTEER
The Yelm Police Department is looking for part-time volunteers to serve in a non-sworn capacity to assist the department.
Candidates that are accepted into the program will go through training specific to their duties and responsibilities. Training will be just a few evenings over a couple week time period and when completed, will provide the volunteer with knowledge on how to be a valuable resource for the department and the city.

Candidates may serve in the capacity as court room security, identifying parking violations, conducting vacation house checks, providing security in local parks and trails, and possibly court transports of prisoners, to just mention a few.

The ideal candidate would be someone with plenty of free time, that is passionate about the community and wants to serve in a position to give back. Applications can be picked up and turned in at the Yelm Police Department. We are looking for at least 6 qualified applicants prior to the beginning of training. For questions contact the Yelm Police Department at #360-458-5701.
(posted: 6/26/2012)

EDITOR’S NOTE:

As with Yelm’s Mayor & City Council seats where there are no opponents, wazzup that the City of Yelm has all of these unfilled positions?
Why the lack of public sector position fulfillment in Yelm?
Hmmm!


July 30, 2012

YELM CINEMAS SPECIAL SHOWING –
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Yelm Cinemas Special Screening for August 3-9.
All screenings are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Click here for Yelm Cinemas showtime information.

Yelm Cinemas at Prairie Park
Photo courtesy of Yelm Cinemas

August 3-9
Last call at the Oasis
Starring Erin Brockovich-Ellis


At Yelm Cinemas
Showtimes: 12:30pm, 5:05pm & 7:20pm daily August 3-9.


ABOUT THE MOVIE

“Although it covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface, there is a very real possibility that in the near future, there won’t be enough water to sustain life on the planet. This documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and individuals championing revolutionary solutions. Firmly establishing the urgency of the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we are willing to act now.”

Inspired by the book “The Ripple Effect” by Alex Prud’homme, “Last Call at the Oasis,” is from Participant Media, the company that brought you “Page One,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Food, Inc.,” and “Waiting for Superman.”

Click here to check for showtimes

BRING YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS –
HELP YELM CINEMAS DIFFERENTIATE THEMSELVES FOR BRINGING IN GROUNDBREAKING FILMS!


July 29, 2012

YELM: ANOTHER KENTUCKIAN HERE – ‘L’IL ABNER’

STANDING ROOM ONLY presents LIL ABNER, a joyful musical based on the iconic, ironic comic strip by Al Capp, about an average American mountain boy, who leads the beloved, homespun citizens of Dogpatch, Kentucky, USA in their attempt to prove to the world that they are not an unnecessary place that would serve as an ideal choice for the next A-bomb Test. Besides Abner himself, the town and the show are populated by unforgettable characters, such as irascible Mammy and Pappy Yokum, greedy General Bullmoose, unstoppable Evil Eye Fleagle, thunderous Earthquake McGoon, stupendous Stupefying Jones, madcap Marryin Sam, and adorable Daisy Mae, not to mention an entire ensemble of Dogpatchers who will sing and dance their way into your hearts.

Featuring local favorites Dave Champagne, Kayla Geist, Rachel Martinez, Hans Molland, Ruthanne Chadwick, Marcela Martinez and Richard Frias.

Directed by Nancy Tribush Hillman, with Musical Direction by Claudia Simpson-Jones and Choreography by Rachel Martinez. Perfect for the entire family.

DATES: August 2-8

TIME: 8pm

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

TICKETS: $12. On sale at the Yelm Food Coop and Gordons Garden Center
Call 360-446-2188 for reservations and information.

Editor’s Note: This writer is from Kentucky.

THIS ONE IS SURE TO BE A SELL-OUT, SO GET YOUR TICKETS SOON!


July 29, 2012

“Official: JBLM’s efforts to notify public about noise fell short”

Christian Hill reports in The Olympian:
“A spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord said Friday the base was remiss in not informing residents of a major change in air routes that has resulted in dozens of public complaints about helicopter noise this month.”

“Rodriguez [Robert Rodriguez, the official responsible for managing Lewis-McChords airspace] and his colleagues developed two one-way U-shaped routes that veer into Thurston County to accomplish this. The first counter-clockwise blue route passes over Yelm and Lake St. Clair, while the second clockwise red path goes out farther and directs helicopters over a group of lakes in and near Lacey and close to the city of Rainier before turning them north.”
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July 28, 2012

“Yelm Cooperative Looking for New Directors”

“If you have the desire to help lead the Yelm Cooperative into the future and have the skills we need, wed like to hear from you,” quoting the Yelm Food Co-op.
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July 28, 2012

CAL RIPKIN BASEBALL TEAM RECOGNIZED BY CITY


The Nisqually Basin Cal Ripken Baseball Team,
Chris Sheedy, President, top-row, left

******** 2012 State Champions! ********

Nisqually Basin Cal Ripken Majors 60 wins 12U State Tournament in Puyallup.

They’re going to Meridian, Idaho Baby!

The Nisqually Basin Cal Ripken Baseball –
Serving Eatonville, McKenna, Rainier, Roy, Yelm, and surrounding communities for 10 years.
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Mayor Harding and the Yelm City Council recognized the team with medals on Tuesday, July 24. President Chris Sheedy spoke on behalf of the managers and the team. Chris said this is the 10th year of the Cal Ripkin team and first time as State Champions. Chris said if they win in Idaho, they go on to Boston for the World Series.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS, THE MANGERS & ENTIRE TEAM!


July 27, 2012

FAITH COMMUNITIES DISASTER PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP – MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012 7:00 9:00 PM

The public is invited to attend the next faith communities disaster planning workshop to be held on Monday, July 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the new Thurston County Emergency Management building, 9521 Tilley Road SW, just south of Tumwater.

“The purpose of the workshops are to facilitate awareness, provide information, and offer opportunity for Faith Communities to plan for emergencies and disasters; and to partner with local Emergency Management in community disaster planning,” quoting Thurston County Emergency Management.
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July 27, 2012

YELM:
TAXABLE RETAIL SALES DECLINED FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE QUARTER

“Taxable retail sales increased 4.7 percent to $24.1 billion during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today [July 19].

In Pierce County, all taxable retail sales increased 2.36 percent compared to the same period last year and Thurston County saw even more of an increase with a 2.98 percent change. In Lewis County all taxable retail sales increased 2.6 percent compared to the Q1 2011,” quoting the Business Examiner.
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Results for the City of Yelm:
The City of Yelm continues to lag behind Thurston County and the county’s major cities for quarterly taxable retail sales, according to the WA State Dept. of Revenue report released July 19.
Yelm is the only major retail area in the county reporting 3 consecutive quarters of taxable sales declines.

The year-over-year first-quarter 2012 data shows:

– Thurston County: Rose 2.98 percent to $885.5 million from $859.8 million.

– Olympia: Rose 0.24 percent $400.1 million from $399.1 million.

– Lacey: Rose 5.90 percent to $217.4 million from $205.3 million.

– Tumwater: Rose 7.01 percent to $97.5 million from $91.1 million.

– Yelm: Fell 1.97 percent to $35.6 million from $36.4 million.

Yelm’s taxable retail sales [which determines tax revenue coming into city coffers] have continued to lag behind other major county cities for 3 consecutive quarters now:
4th quarter, 2011, Yelm’s taxable revenue fell 10.10 percent
3rd quarter, 2011, Yelm’s taxable revenue fell 8.91 percent

UPDATE:
August 1, 2012
Rolf Boone reported these retail sales numbers in The Olympian:

“Thurston County and two other major cities in the county Lacey and Yelm also showed modest growth, an improvement over the fourth quarter of 2011, when retail-sales results mostly were flat.”

“Here are the retail-trade numbers for the county and its largest cities for the same year-over-year period.

Thurston County: Rose 2.17 percent to $447 million from $437.5 million.

Olympia: Rose 1.51 percent to $202 million from $199 million.

Lacey: Fell 4.36 percent to $122.6 million from $128.2 million.

Tumwater: Rose 23.72 percent to $53.9 million from $43.6 million.

Yelm: Rose 5.1 percent to $22.2 million from $21.1 million.”
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July 26, 2012

Yelms JZ Rose featured in Northwest Military.com

Northwest Military.com featured Yelm’s JZ Rose in a special section:
SHOP – Discover the South Sound one shop at a time…

The article was titled:
A Rose is a Rose”
“Unique store in Yelm a travel destination”

Read more, then click to page 5.


July 25, 2012

‘Air Force One’ overflies Yelm today


Puyallup resident Ron Bestrom’s photo sent to KING-5 TV

In case you missed the stunning sight over our area yesterday and today, Air Force One had an inbound flight path Tuesday that took President Obama from Portland to Boeing Field and was clearly seen in the Bald Hills and visible looking east from Yelm. The aircraft overflew the area approximately 5:35pm, prior to the 5:50pm landing northbound in Seattle on runway 3-1.

The Boeing 747 left Boeing Field this morning and flew low, directly over Yelm as the President got a commanding tour & view of Mt. Rainiers west face before turning southeast en-route to his next stop, New Orleans.

The President was in the Seattle area for a fundraising visit.
Read more from KING-TV 5 News.


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