August 19, 2017

In answer to where the Yelm Blogger stands on this week’s issues –
Arnold Schwarzenegger brilliantly states the case I support,
The USA…

Fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses President Trump
Photo credit: ATTN: Exclusive, screen shot

– Schwarzenegger’s Message To Trump:
As of this posting here, almost 44 million views on Facebook.
Click here for the video.

– “Ex-neo Nazi explains how and why people join”
“Arno Michaelis is a former white power activist who says he learned how to stop hate,” by Jake Tapper, CNN.
Click here for the video.

August 19, 2017

‘Reading Buddies’ a success at Yelm’s Ft. Stevens Elementary –
“PASS IT ON: 1 hour a week can unlock a child’s potential”!

– United Way’s Reading Buddies program a great success at Fort Stevens Elementary.
Local Leader Sara Steinberg said this to the Yelm Community Blog:
“Last year’s test results showed how much this program made a difference at Fort Stevens, but the most rewarding part was seeing the excitement in the children’s eyes when we got together every week. This fall, in addition to building the program in Yelm, we hope to introduce it in Rainier.”

“Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life in just 1 hour per week, right here in Yelm? The United Way’s Reading Buddies program is seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with kids in local schools. Training provided. Contact Program Coordinator Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773 ext. 121 or”
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PSSST! PASS IT ON: 1 hour a week can unlock a child’s potential!
* How?

Spend that time helping them practice reading, and they’ll be more likely to graduate.

* What difference can 1 hour a week make?

A HUGE DIFFERENCE: By 3rd grade, students not reading at grade level are 4 times more likely to NOT graduate high school! That’s why Yelm is looking for caring adult volunteers to give younger students extra, one-on-one reading practice!

* Through what program?

United Way’s Reading Buddies, which has already helped 800 students in Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties.

* And now it’s come to Yelm?

Last year the program began at Yelm’s Fort Stevens Elementary School. This fall we need Reading Buddies for both Fort Stevens and Rainier schools.

* What’s involved in being a Reading Buddy?

During the school year, you spend 1 hour a week, usually working individually with 2 students.

* How can you learn more?
1) On YouTube, search for “reading buddies 2016 united way thurston” to see 2 short videos about Thurston County’s program.

2) Visit, click on “Get Involved,” then on “Reading Buddies.”

3) Attend a Reading Buddy Orientation. There’ll be several to choose from, including one on Monday afternoon, Sept. 18, in Yelm.

4) Contact Program Coordinator Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773 ext. 121 or

5) Chat with Reading Buddy Local Leader Sara Steinberg, 360-458-0954 or

August 18, 2017

Tips for The ‘Great American Eclipse’ this Monday, August 21, 2017 –
First U. S. coast-to-coast full eclipse since 1918

“Eclipse coverage percentage is shown.”
Photo credit: NOAA

“Man with eye damage from 1962 eclipse: Don’t make the same mistake I did”
By Meghan Holohan, TODAY, NBC News.
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– A Partial Solar Eclipse with 94% occlusion will in Yelm approx. 10:20am.
From Time and
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– ‘Not a good idea:’ Why you shouldn’t try driving to the eclipse Monday morning”
“Transportation officials in Oregon and Washington have a message for the region’s drivers: However bad you think traffic is going to be during next Monday’s total solar eclipse, it’s probably going to be worse than you imagine. A lot worse,” by Allison Sundell and Travis Pittman, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
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– “How to See the Best Total Solar Eclipse in a Century”
The August eclipse will be the first to go coast to coast across the U.S. since 1918, offering viewing opportunities for millions of people.
By Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic.
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– “You Have Questions About the Solar Eclipse. We Have the Answers”
“Everything you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable viewing experience this Aug. 21,” by Dan Falk, Twitter, NBC News.
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– “6 Ways Weather Could Change During the Great American Eclipse”
At a Glance
* Even partial eclipses have been known to change weather conditions.
* Temperatures and wind speeds often drop in the path of totality.
* Large-scale weather systems may feel slight effects.
By Jonathan Belles,
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August 17, 2017

Counselor at Yelm’s Camp of the Cascades dies in hiking fall

– “St. Mary’s Academy community mourning loss of recent grads killed in cliff fall”
“The local community is mourning the loss of two young women who died on a backpacking trip when they fell off a cliff along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Friends say Emily Lang and Emma Place, both 19, were cut from the same cloth – two young women with big hearts and big plans, just starting their lives. But on Saturday [August 12, 2017] evening, hikers found their bodies below a 150 foot cliff, six miles northwest of Timberline Lodge. Investigators can only assume they fell.”

“Place spent the summer working as a counselor at Cascades Camp in Yelm, Washington. She grew up there as a camper. Assistant Director Rob Mohrweis says Place had a strong faith and a passion for service. The staff is devastated.”

“The teens graduated from St. Mary’s Academy together in 2016,” by Jamie Wilson,, Portland.
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August 17, 2017

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ patrols begin here tomorrow through Labor Day

* The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) leading efforts to stop drunk driving.
* “NHTSA’s ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ patrols return to Yelm area Aug. 18-Sept. 4.

– “A drunk driver nearly killed him. Now his story illustrates why we have DUI patrols.”
“Summer is the deadliest season of the year on the state’s roads, which is why law enforcement agencies around the region are beefing up their presence in the upcoming weeks.

In Thurston County, officers from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm police departments, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol will be part of a series of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” patrols between Friday and Labor Day.”

“This year, the agency is sharing the story of Jack Fletcher of Battle Ground to drive home the danger of impaired drivers. Three years ago, his vehicle was struck head-on by a truck driven by a drunk driver,” by Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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August 16, 2017

Gov. Inslee vigorously responded to Charlottesville violence –
President Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet the most “liked” ever!

– From Gov. Jay Inslee, August 12, 2017:
“No American can ignore the disgusting hate and violence we’ve seen in Charlottesville over the last two days .

“Trudi and I hold the victims of today’s attack in our thoughts, and we know that all Washingtonians who believe in freedom, peace, and justice for all will do the same.

“It is on all of us, from me, to you, and all the way to the President, to denounce and decry the horror we’ve seen today in Virginia.

“But speaking out against this hate is not enough. Our actions as a nation in response to racist, nationalist bigotry will speak louder.

“We can not let anyone stoke racism for political gain. We can’t ignore an attack on our people. And we will not tolerate hate in any form, anywhere, in the United States of America.”
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– “Obama Charlottesville tweet is now the most liked ever”
“Obama’s tweet Saturday [Ayg. 12] quoting Nelson Mandela in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va., is now the most liked tweet since Twitter launched.”

“The quote is from former South African president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.”

I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

By William Cummings, USA TODAY, TEGNA.
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August 16, 2017

Family of Yelm’s hit/killed bicyclist speaks-out to honor him

Bicyclist Martin Valencia killed Aug. 13, 2017
Photo: KOMO-TV 4.

– “Family of cyclist killed by truck in Yelm: ‘Tino really saw the good in everybody'”
“The family of a Thurston County teenager who was hit and killed by a truck while riding his bicycle is now on a mission to honor one of his life-long dreams.

Martin “Tino” Valencia, 19, was on his way to the Walmart store in Yelm on Sunday afternoon when a truck hit him on the shoulder of Highway 507.

‘When I’m trying to sleep, that’s all that I think is someone killed my son,’ Valencia’s mother Theresa told KOMO News on Tuesday afternoon. ‘And it’s so hard to accept that.'”

“It breaks her heart to know her kind, caring, and intelligent boy never got the chance to live out his dream of riding down the west coast to California.

Now, her grieving family is making plans to spread his ashes along the way instead. They’ve created a YouCaring page to help raise money to make the journey happen,” by KOMO News Staff.
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August 16, 2017

Yelm’s Pizzeria LaGitana featured in Thurston Talk

The patio at Yelm’s Pizzeria La Gitana is like ‘a little oasis’
according to owner Marian Licxandru. Photo: Yelm Blogger.

– “Be Our Guest: At Yelm’s Pizzeria La Gitana, Customers are Family”
“Within the last year, the Yelm location added pasta to the menu after consulting with chefs from Romania, France, Italy and New York. ‘We have a lot of friends who work in kitchens around the world and they give us recipes and tips,’ says owner Marian Licxandru. ‘We worked for six months to get everything just right.’ The menu now includes spaghetti carbonara, which Licxandru describes as ‘breakfast with spaghetti’, and spaghetti Bolognese. ‘It takes six hours to simmer and do the sauce,’ he says. ‘We make it twice a week. We started out making one batch but now we make four.'”

“For Licxandru, guests are like family. ‘Whoever comes in here, they need to leave happy,’ he says,” by Heidi Smith, Thurston Talk.
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309 Yelm Ave. E.
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: (360) 400-2929


August 16, 2017

Oregon has 3rd US ecosystem to file lawsuit defending rights

The Siletz River in Lincoln, Oregon.
Photo credit: USFWS – Pacific Region

* Washington is looking at this case for the Hanford Reach and other state sites.

– “Oregon Ecosystem Files Lawsuit to Defend Its Rights”
“On July 24, the Siletz River Ecosystem (SRE) in Northwestern Oregon took legal action to protect itself.

Becoming the third US ecosystem to do so, the SRE took this self-defense step by filing a motion to intervene in the lawsuit Rex Capri and Wakefield Farms, LLC v. Dana W. Jenkins and Lincoln County, and Lincoln County Community Rights.”

“If Nature Has No Rights, Neither Do We”
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout.
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August 15, 2017

Yelm native is United Way’s Lewis County 2017 Woman of Distinction

Angela DuPont, Lewis County United Way’s Woman of Distinction winner.
Photo credit: Matt Baid, The Chronicle [Centralia]

– “United Way’s Power of the Purse Strong in 12th Year”
“Growing: Woman of Distinction Award Goes to Angela DuPont”

“The United Way’s 12th annual Power of the Purse event, held at the Riverside Golf Club in Chehalis on Tuesday [Aug. 8], was stronger than ever this year.

“Women from all throughout Lewis County attended the event and were able to enter to win a variety of prizes — which included a wide variety of purses — with the proceeds benefitting (sic) the United Way of Lewis County.”

“The Woman of Distinction award this year went to Angela DuPont, who once worked for United Way but is now the people operations director at Pacific Mobile.”

DuPont grew up in Yelm, but has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 15 years,” by Matt Baid, The Chronicle [Centralia].
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