March 24, 2017

Yelm Blogger’s history featured in local newspaper

– Editor’s Note:
My sincere appreciation and gratitude go to Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News Contributing Correspondent, in her reaching-out to me with a genuine desire to learn about my passion for this town. I also thank NVN Publisher/Editor Michael Wagar for allowing Mrs. Culletto the print-space to properly cover her interview, which I thoroughly enjoyed:

– “Steve Klein — Yelm’s Community Media Activist”
“Former Ramtha Spokesperson Started Out His Media Journey With Simple Email”

“For any society to thrive, it requires the active participation of its citizenry. Local activism comes in many forms — educational, environmental, health, safety and so on. For local community activist Steve Klein, it came in the form of information.”

“Klein’s call to social activism came after 9/11 when he sent an email to a group of friends sharing some key posts that he found compelling and which weren’t widely circulated in the mainstream news.”

“Looking forward he sees positive possibilities on the horizon.”

“‘The city of Yelm and surroundings are on the threshold of dynamic change and all of the pieces are in place to create a synergy that will catapult Yelm into a marvelous future,” Klein said. “That requires — indeed demands — public participation to further the potentials in our midst.”
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March 24, 2017

Alaska Air, Virgin America release merger plans –
Preserves Seattle’s home-town airline

Photo credit: Alaska Air Group, Inc.

– Alaska Air to retire the Virgin America brand in 2019
“We want to share the vision for the future of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. After much learning and listening, the difficult decision has been made to retire the Virgin America name sometime in 2019. We are grateful for your loyalty and passion and our Alaska promise to you is to infuse many of the great elements you love about Virgin America into the Alaska experience, bringing you a warm and welcoming airline with a West Coast vibe,” quoting their frequent flier e-mails.

– “Alaska Airlines and Virgin America share vision for the future”
Brand will be defined as warm and welcoming, with a modern, West Coast-inspired vibe
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March 24, 2017

SPSCC plans renovation at Lacey campus –
Yelm students’ ease of access considered

– “SPSCC plans renovation to help ease growing pains at Lacey campus”
“South Puget Sound Community College officials predicted that their new Lacey campus would become a popular choice for students in northeastern Thurston County.

They just didn’t expect it to grow so quickly.”

“For students in Yelm, getting to classes in Lacey takes a ride on one bus, instead of the three buses it takes to get to SPSCC’s main campus on Mottman Road Southwest, Green said.”

“The surge in enrollment has left college officials scrambling to find ways to accommodate the influx of students.

Plans already are in the works to expand the campus,” by Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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– A Yelm SPSCC satellite campus had been considered
Covered here in January 2015.

March 23, 2017

Rainier Education Foundation 18th Annual Auction Mar. 25

– From the Rainier Education Foundation

Come join us for the 18th Annual Auction for Education!

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Rainier High School

Doors open for Silent Auction 3:30 pm
BBQ Dinner* (tickets on-line only!) 6:00 pm
Live auction with Larry Schorno 7:00 pm

*Barbecue Dinner by Steel Clayton – Master of the BBQ | State Farm Agent
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March 23, 2017

Closing this weekend: Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP at The Traid

Final Week of Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP at The Traid
Click here for the show’s review.

First time ever! PAY WHAT YOU WILL Actors Benefit Thursday, March 23rd 2017 at 7:30 p.m. as they lead into our final weekend. All profits of the evening will be divided among the cast and crew as a thank you for the many hours of dedication to the production.

The last weekend shows at The Triad Theater in Yelm, Friday & Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Tickets available: Click here

Directed by Chris Cantrell, Costumes by Renee Cottriel, Photography by Bill Wyman.

Cast: Alex Michael Brown, Drew Doyle, Jeremy Chenvert, Jesse S. Geray, Kellie Petersen, Kevin McManus, Paige Doyle, Rebekah Bonnett.

Show closes Sunday, March 26th 2017.

March 22, 2017

Rainier’s Phoenix Rising School has UW’s Drawing Contest Winner

Photo credit: Phoenix Rising School

– From Phoenix Rising School:
“UW’s Drawing Contest Winner”

“Congratulations to Dalton for being among the 6 winners of the University of Washington’s annual drawing contest, run by its Neuroscience for Kids department. A total of 291 drawings from five countries (USA, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Canada) were submitted. Drawings were judged on the basis of originality, scientific accuracy and overall design.

Out of 5 different age groups, Dalton won in the age-category of Kindergarten to 2nd grade – ‘My brain helps me…’

You can view all the winners here.”
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– In 2016 PRS had two winners at the UW’s brain poetry contest.
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March 21, 2017

YBA’s Schmier on Yelm’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

YBA President Cynthia Schmier
Photo credit: The Cynthia Schmier Team, RE/MAX Country

From the YBA website, used with permission.
– YBA President Cynthia Schmier was officially appointed to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee by the Yelm City Council, according to the conditions in the following Staff report:

To: Yelm City Council
From: Michael Grayum, City Administrator
Date: March 10, 2017, (for the March 14, 2017 Council meeting)
Subj: Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Member Recommendations

In 2015, the Yelm City Council adopted ordinance No. 993 establishing the formation of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). RCW 67.28.1817 requires the appointment of a minimum of five members to the Committee. Two members must be from the hotel industry which collects the lodging tax, two members must be from agencies who are involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenues received from the tax, and one member is to be an elected official of the municipality who will also serve as chair of the committee.
At the March 7, 2017 City Council study session, Mayor Foster shared that he was resurrecting the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) to support local businesses, bring the community together and use dedicated funds to promote tourism in ways to put “heads in
beds” in local hotel rooms. (Currently, there is $213,000 in the fund. The city receives an average of $15,000-$20,000 per year.) The City Administrator briefed the Council on next steps, which include:
1. LTAC Committee members confirmed;
2. LTAC Committee meets to identify funding criteria, schedule, application materials, Final Report form, and other supporting documents;
3. The application process is publicly advertised;
4. LTAC Committee reconvenes to review applications and make recommendations
to the City Council for distribution of lodging tax funds;
5. City Council approves distribution of lodging tax funds;
6. Applicants complete and submit a Final Report form to the City.

Recommend approval – Confirming of Mayor Foster’s appointments of:
* Margaret Clapp (Owner, Prairie Park Hotel)
* Denise Hibbeln (Manager, Prairie Park Properties)
* Line Critchfield (Executive Director, Yelm Chamber of Commerce)
* Cynthia Schmier (President, Yelm Business Assoc.)
* Noah Crocker (Finance Director, City of Yelm)
* JW Foster (Mayor, City of Yelm and LTAC Committee Chair)
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– “Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Formed”
By Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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Blogger Klein is a YBA founding Board member and Secretary.

March 20, 2017

Are elected officials’ endorsements of Foster appropriate this early?
Is this REALLY in Yelm’s public interest, before May’s Filing Week?
Or is this yet another Yelm King being anointed by outsiders?


– Key points of observation:
* Interim Mayor JW Foster presented his mayoral candidate endorsements March 11.
* All area State Reps, County Commissioners, County Mayors, County Sheriff endorsed Foster.
* The public will not be aware of all candidates for public office until Filing Week in 2 months.
* Every Yelm mayoral election after 2001 has had a large list of officials’ endorsements early.
* The perception has been that elected officials support the incumbent no matter what.
* This has resulted in an intimidation factor, giving pause to anyone opposing the incumbent.
* Foster’s firefighting career and civic duties make him well-known to the endorsers.
* However, outsiders tend to sway public opinion, creating a perceived interference in the Yelm race.
* Are elected officials’ endorsements in the public interest, without knowing all who are running?
* This political movement is all from former Mayor Ron Harding’s 3-term election strategy books.
* Is Yelm’s mayoral race recognized as all sewn-up, with this incumbent now beholding to others?
* Yelm voters have had no options for mayor here since 2005 with only one candidate on the ballot in 2009 and 2013, as no one dared oppose the incumbent against such a gauntlet of endorsers.
* Challengers to all incumbent positions provide voters with choices and create healthy debate.

– NVN: interim Mayor JW Foster’s campaign for Yelm mayor announced March 11
“Foster Seeks Full Term”
“Yelm Mayor JW Foster announced his bid for the mayor’s office on Monday [March 11] at an informal meet and greet at Prairie Hotel,” by Graham Perednia.
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– Candidate Foster’s endorsers include every major area elected official in county and cities, plus state legislature reps.
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– Filing Week is May 15-19, 2017
The first day [candidate] filings may be accepted by mail is May 1st,” quoting the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.
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– Mr. Foster asked for my endorsement. This was my response:
“I am not making any endorsements until summer when I can see who enters each of the races and can learn about their stands and platforms.”

– Bottom Line:
I support many of Foster’s policies, not the politics that usurp the public interest.

March 20, 2017

County Commissioners Study Cannabis Regulations Tuesday

– Board of County Commissioners Agenda Setting Work Session – Cannabis Regulation (Briefing 3/15)

March 21, 9am

Thurston County Courthouse – Building #1, Room 280

Click here for further information.

– Marijuana’s Impact on Communities and the Environment:

By Michelle Horkings – Brigham
Click here to read this important document.

– Statement Regarding Marijuana Operations by Michelle Horkings Brigham
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March 19, 2017

Spring officially arrives in Yelm Monday, March 20, 3:28am
Wet weather returns Tuesday thru week’s end

Spring Equinox, not to scale
Photo credit:

WHEN: Monday, March 20 at 3:28AM PDT
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– “Spring arrives with sunshine Monday”
Monday brings the start of a new season! The Spring Equinox, when the sun’s direct rays are exactly over the equator, occurs at exactly 3:28 a.m. Monday.

While it will be spring astronomically, the weather on Monday is also looking spring-like,” form KING 5 TV, Seattle.
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Wet weather returns Tuesday to end of week
Photo credit: Weather Channel