May 21, 2018

Yelm-area voters’ 2018 Ballot choices after Filing Week closed last Friday

– Editor’s note:
With the conclusion of candidate filing week last Friday, Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall’s office has complied the list of who stepped-up to serve in representing Thurston County constituents in the November 2018 election.
No Yelm City Hall seats are up for election this year.

– From the Office of Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall
Candidates of note for most SE Thurston voters are as follows:
* Assessor: Incumbent Steven J. Drew, Democrat
Challenger Tim Oliver, Independent

* Auditor: Incumbent Mary Hall, Democrat
Challenger Stuart Holmes, Independent

* Clerk: Incumbent Linda Enlow, Democrat
Running unopposed

* Commissioner, District No. 3: Incumbent Bud Blake, Independent
Challengers Melissa Denton, Tye Menser, Jed Haney, Independent

* Coroner: Incumbent Gary Warnock, Democrat
Running unopposed

* Prosecuting attorney: Incumbent Jon Tunheim, Democrat
Challenger Victor M. Minjares, Democrat

* Sheriff: Incumbent John Snaza, Independent
Running unopposed

* Treasurer: Incumbent Jeff Gadman, Democrat
Running unopposed

* District Court, Position 1: Incumbent Judge Kalo Wilcox, nonpartisan seat
Running unopposed for the nonpartisan seat.

* District Court, Position 2: Incumbent Judge Sam Meyer, nonpartisan seat
Running unopposed

* District Court, Position 3: Incumbent Judge Brett Buckley, nonpartisan seat
Running unopposed

* Public Utility District, District No. 1: Incumbent Linda Oosterman, nonpartisan seat
Challenger Andrew Saturn

State Legislature
* District No. 2: Reps. Andrew Barkis and J.T. Wilcox, both incumbent Republicans.
Challenger Anneliese Field, Democrat, for the Position 1 seat held by Barkis,
No challenger for Wilcox

Supreme Court
* Position 2: Incumbent Susan Owens, nonpartisan seat
Challenger (Zamboni) John Scannell

* Position 8: Incumbent Steve Gonzalez, nonpartisan seat
Challenger Nathan Choi

* Position 9: Incumbent Sheryl G. McCloud, nonpartisan seat
Challenger Stanley I. Lippmann

* 10th District: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, Democrat.
Challengers: Republican Joseph Brumbles, Nancy Dailey Slotnick of the Independent Centrist Party, Tamborine Borrelli of the Independent Progressive Party.

U.S. Senator
Incumbent Maria Cantwell, Democrat.
29 challengers have filed:
Republicans: Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, Keith Swank, Dave Bryant, Ron Higgins, RC Smith, GoodSpaceGuy, Matthew D. Heines, Joey Gibson, Glen R. Stockwell, Art Coday, Matt Hawkins, Tim Owen, John Orlinski and Susan Hutchison;

Democrats: Clint R. Tannehill, Mohammad Said, Don L. Rivers and George H. Kalberer;

Independents: Charlie R Jackson, Jon Butler, Dave Strider, Jennifer Gigi Ferguson and Thor Amundson; and Steve Hoffman of the FreedomSocialist Party, Sam Wright of The Human Rights Party, Alex Tsimerman of the StandupAmerica Party, James Robert “Jimmie” Deal of the Green Party, Brad Chase of the FDFR Party and Mike Luke, a Libertarian.
Read more from the Auditor’s report.

May 20, 2018

The Spa @ Wellspring debuts a unique experience for Yelm area patrons!

The W Suite
Photo courtesy: The Spa @ Wellspring

– Editor’s Note:
My wife and I were guests of the W Suite Incorporated within Yelm’s The Spa @ Wellspring on Thursday, May 17. We received a tour of the entire facility, an upscale Seattle-styled boutique for personal care which includes a Traditional European Sauna, an Esthetician, a Licensed Massage Practitioner, and their signature “W Suite.” The W Suite includes a 2-person Ofuro traditional Japanese Soaking Tub, massage chair with foot massager, plus an adjacent rainbow shower and jets accessorized with fine hair and skin care products for the use of patrons. The Spa @ Wellspring has a cheerfully decorated lobby and waiting room with each of the purveyors’ rooms connected under one roof. Having experienced Japanese soaking tubs on our visit there in 1999, we were familiar with the concepts which this Yelm specialty shop has authentically incorporated, especially with their unique tub refill faucet emanating from the ceiling. Attention to detail is The W Suite’s hallmark: from the luxurious Turkish towels to aromatherapy oils, quality organic soaps and shampoos, nature sounds or music of your choice, and filtered lemon waters, plus the warm, professional welcome extended by The W Suite’s European-born hostess, Margot.

This is a wonderful gift idea for Father’s Day, summer wedding couples, or to treat yourself and your partner the feeling of being away yet not having to journey to a foreign land, except in your mind. Couple this session as we did afterward with a fabulous dinner and wine or signature cocktail at Gather GastroPub next door, and you will be creating a memorable experience right here at home. The W Suite sessions are for one hour or an hour and a half, with introductory rates currently offered.
Tell them you read about The W Suite on the Yelm Community Blog.

The Spa @ Wellspring Integrative Wellness Center
9144 Burnett Rd. SE
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: (360) 400-4400

– From The W Suite at Yelm’s Wellspring Plaza
The W Suite offers a luxurious 2-person, authentic Japanese bathing and soaking tub experience.
Bookings are for one or two guest and are 1 hour or 1 1/2 hour sessions.

150 gallons of pure filtered water infused with an abundance of Dead Sea, Himalayan, and Epson Salts. Your choice of aromatherapy from our exclusive essential oil blends. Emerge yourself in our luxurious Japanese Soaking Tub, masterfully crafted with fragrant Hinoke wood: 22 inches deep, 86 inches long, and deep enough for complete immersion. This buoyancy reduces body weight by 90%, allowing your body and mind to relax deeply.

Your bathing starts with our custom build shower with rainbow jets, a luxurious showering delight!
The unique combination natural salts in your tub contain many minerals (including potassium and magnesium) which helps the nervous system, reduces stress and can even relieve water retention.
Thousands of years ago, both the Greeks and the Romans recognized the therapeutic effects of warm sea water, penetrating the skin and entering the blood stream with its relaxing, regenerative and stimulating properties.

Please let us know before your visit what soaking experience you desire.

*** Relax & Unwind….enjoy the water temperature of your soaking experience as a warm soothing oasis.
*** Detox & Boost……. enjoy the traditional Japanese soaking experience that has the water temperature hot! at around 109 degrees. We advise to stay in only as long as comfortable, then take a cold (er) shower and then re-enter the soaking tub, etc. This is thermotherapy, hydrotherapy, wet salt therapy and aromatherapy, all in one and that is simple, effective and luxurious.

* improved circulation
* lower blood pressure
* enhanced immune system
* respiratory relief
* detoxification
* burned calories
* better skin tone
* joint and muscle pain relief
* stress-relief

The setting in our elegant W-Suite creates a peaceful place to break away from the day. It includes a massage chair and foot-masssager and the very best of natural body care products. Enjoy soothing nature sounds or or play your own music per blue tooth on our speaker.
This is the perfect antidote to a hectic and stressful lifestyle. We look forward to your visit.
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May 19, 2018

Apex Window Fashions celebrates 30 years serving Yelm this month

– From Seth Blaustein, Owner/Operator with 30 Years of Professional Window Fashions Experience:
“At Apex Window Fashions, we carry the full line of HunterDouglas®, Norman® and a mix of other brands. There are wide variety of coverings with many manual lifting, and motorization, and technology control /lift options.

“We give Free In-Home demonstration and estimates. We also work off of cost-based pricing structure.

“You get the pros and cons about your choices, so you may make an educated decision, and also know exactly what to expect when your window coverings are installed.

“We professionally laser-measure, provide, & install a wide variety of window fashions that can be manufactured in The United States, Mexico, or China. Something for every style and budget.

“Our professional installers have an average of 30 Years experience too.

“We conveniently provide Daytime, and Evening appointments. Start at 10:30 and final appointment starts at 5:00/6:00pm.

“Please feel free to call us any time 9 am to 9 pm any day of the week.”

Apex Window Fashions
Seth Blaustein
“We Have a Passion for Window Fashion!”
Phone: (360) 701-5259
Click here to check out online reviews.

Blogger Klein is a long-time satisfied Apex Window Fashions customer ever since covering my first Yelm home’s windows in September 1988.

May 18, 2018

Puget Sound-based Alaska Air in the news this week:
* 2 African American females command Portland-bound flight together,
* Copper River Salmon Season now underway

Sea-Tac Int’l Airport
Photo credit: Alaska Airlines, Inc.

– “Alaska Airlines’ first flight piloted by two African-American women earns round of applause”
“Passengers aboard an Alaska Airlines flight earlier this week became part of a landmark trip for the carrier, as it was the first of its flights to be piloted by two African-American women.

Captain Tara Wright took to the intercom to make the announcement shortly before takeoff on Sunday [May 13, 2018], telling passengers they were about to be part of ‘a pretty interesting piece of Alaska Airlines history.'”

“‘And finally … you’re sharing a pretty interesting piece of Alaska Airlines history this morning,’ she told travelers. You’ll be piloted by two African-American female pilots, for the first time in Alaska Airlines history,” by Michael Bartiromo, Fox News.
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– “Copper River salmon 2018: Alaska brings first fish to Seattle”
“This week marks the official start of the 2018 Copper River King Salmon season in Cordova, Alaska. For many people, the kick-off of Copper River salmon season means that summer is officially here.

As part of the tradition to celebrate the first catch, Alaska Airlines hosted the 9th annual Copper Chef Cook-off on Friday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport,” by Alaska Airlines.
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May 18, 2018

County Commission disseminates Treatment Sales Tax Funds

– “Thurston County Commissioners Award Treatment Sales Tax Funds”
“Thurston County residents with mental health or substance use issues will benefit from grants awarded by the Thurston County Commissioners. [May 16, 2018], the Commissioners approved $331,560 in Treatment Sales Tax (TST) funds for five community organizations located in Thurston County.”

“To qualify for TST funds, organizations must use evidence-based or promising practices that have consistently demonstrated their effectiveness in helping people with substance abuse or mental health challenges achieve their goals.”

“Washington State law allows counties to collect a 1/10 of 1% sales tax to fund enhanced and expanded substance use and mental health treatment services, and for therapeutic courts. Thurston County has collected this tax since 2009,” submitted to ThurstonTalk by Thurston County Board of Commissioners
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May 17, 2018

Gov. Inslee brilliantly articulated his vision on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe”

Gov. Jay Inslee

– Gov. Inslee is Chair of the Democratic Governors Assn (DGA), dedicated to electing Democratic governors across the country.
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Click here for today’s interview video, scroll down to:
“Democratic governors eye victories in 2018”
“Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., is the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, and he joins Morning Joe to discuss Democratic gubernatorial candidates for 2018.”

May 17, 2018

Serving Yelm 9 years – American Family Insurance Agent Ken McCulloch

Ken McCulloch
Photo credit: American Family Insurance, Yelm

– From Ken McCulloch, Yelm’s American Family Insurance agent
“As your local American Family Insurance agent, I can offer you dependable auto, home, business, and life protection.”

“American Family Insurance’s vision is ‘To be the most trusted and valued customer-driven insurance company.’ As your American Family Insurance agent, I believe there’s more to insurance than the policy itself. It’s about providing dependable protection and service. That’s why earning your trust is my policy. As a local American Family Insurance agent you can count on me to answer questions, help with a claim and protect your dreams. American Family Insurance offers protection for your auto, home, business, farm, ranch or life. Whether you’re starting a family, planning for retirement, building a new home or rebuilding your life after a disaster, I will be there. Whenever you have questions about your insurance needs, my staff and I are here to answer them. From the moment you call, email, send us a Yelp message or take the time to walk through our front door, we will work with you to meet your needs and protect your dreams We are licensed in Washington and Oregon.”

– About Yelm’s American Family Insurance agency
“Our agency was established in 2009 in the same location we are in today. We now have 2 employees to serve you. American Family Insurance was started by Herman Wittwer, a struggling insurance salesman who dreamed of selling auto insurance to Wisconsin farmers. He understood that farmers presented lower risks compared to city drivers because they drove less often and parked their autos for the winter. Confident he had a good idea, Herman opened Farmers Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in 1927. Our company’s name changed in 1963 to American Family Mutual Insurance Company. Today, we offer auto, home, life, umbrella, business, farm & ranch insurance products. As a mutual insurance company, our customers and owners are one and the same. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. & its Operating Companies, American Family Life Insurance Company, 6000 American Parkway, Madison WI 53783.”

– About Ken McCulloch
“12 years of active duty service in the Navy followed by various employment opportunities until gaining the experience necessary to open this agency. concurrently completed 8 more years of Service in the Army National Guard and retired with 20 years service in 2008. Moved to Yelm in 2002 and raised a daughter and son. I have been married to my best friend and bride for 35 plus years.”
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Yelm’s American Family Insurance agency
609 W Yelm Ave, Ste 4
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: 360-458-5800

May 17, 2018

Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates gives back in monthly public service

– “Rebuilding Bones and Homes with Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates”
Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates is in the business of helping people. With locations in Centralia, Olympia, Tacoma, Tumwater and Yelm, Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates (FASA) have quite the local footprint (ahem…) in the realm of podiatry. Yet as successful as they have been in their business, the drive to help others goes far beyond the Pacific Northwest. They have gone to Nicaragua, Haiti, Guatemala and even Africa. This year, however, FASA has set their sights on helping their fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.

“FASA has been no stranger to public service within their own community. In what they call their “12 Months of Giving,” FASA plans to do some form of community service every month of every year,” by Daniel Beers, in ThurstonTalk.
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Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates Yelm Clinic
201 Tahoma Blvd SE Ste 208
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360.400.3338

May 16, 2018

Phoenix Rising School’s annual Dinner & Auction May 19th –

Photo courtesy: Phoenix Rising School

– Phoenix Rising School annual dinner dance and fundraising auction
When: Saturday, May 19th from 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Schorno’s Nisqually Springs Farm, 17835 Hwy SE, Yelm
Ticket price $50 includes: Dinner, Dancing, Paddle Call, Silent and Live Auctions.
(21 and over ONLY event)
Tickets & catalog: click here

May 16, 2018

Introducing Animal Rescue and Adoption for Yelm & vicinity

Logo courtesy: Animal Rescue and Adoption, Roy

– Animal Rescue and Adoption
“Non-Profit providing and promoting no-kill options for animals whose owners are no longer able to keep them. We cover all of the Nisqually Valley and beyond from Lacey through Yelm, Rainier and rural Thurston. In Pierce: McKenna, Roy, Graham, Spanaway, Puyallup, Eatonville and all rural between the south Pierce border to Tacoma. We are well known in Yelm and region since 1990.”
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Click here for the A.R.A.A. website.