November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the Yelm Community Blog!


Photo credit: Yelm’s international award-winning photographer,
Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art

This Thanksgiving Day message was first published here in 2009:

– Editor’s Note:
THANKSGIVING DAY has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863 & became a federal holiday in 1941. President Lincoln issued this proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving on October 3rd, 1863, which is as pertinent today as during the Civil War to heal our nation’s wounds:


By the President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

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Photo credit: Hillsdale College YouTube video


– America the Beautiful sung by Hillsdale College’s Choir (Michigan)
“Written by Katharine Lee Bates and composed by Samuel A. Ward, “America the Beautiful” is one of the most well-known and beloved American patriotic songs. The song celebrates the natural beauty and the “patriot dream” of the United States.

Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.”
Click here for the video.


– America the Beautiful sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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November 22, 2017

Weather record set for any Nov. 22nd in Puget Sound

Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), broke the high temperature record for any November 22nd. Today’s high was 66 degrees (18.9 C.), breaking the 1957 record high of 63 degrees (17 C.).
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– “Record highs already broken in Western Washington Wednesday”
By Jordan Steele and Travis Pittman,KING-5 TV News.
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November 22, 2017

Heavy rain warning + Flood Watch thru Thanksgiving Day afternoon

– Heavy Rainfall Warning for our area
Issuing Office: Seattle/Tacoma
Source: National.Weather.Service

4:10am PST, Wed Nov 22

… HEAVY RAINFALL TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING CONTINUES THE INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… THE RECENT RAINS HAVE INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON, WITH ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED AT TIMES TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF…A HALF TO ONE AND A HALF INCHES OVER THE INTERIOR LOWLANDS. THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN WILL CONTINUE THE INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CURRENT CONDITIONS, VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE, SELECT HYDROLOGY INFORMATION UNDER RIVERS AND LAKES, AND THEN SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LINKS TO THE LANDSLIDE INFORMATION PAGES.
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– Flood Watch for Thurston County, Washington
Issuing Office: Seattle/Tacoma
Source: National.Weather.Service

4:00am PST, Wed Nov 22

… FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON…
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November 22, 2017

Shop Local, Shop Small® in Yelm this ‘Small Business Saturday’ –
Small Business Saturday founded by American Express is November 25


Courtesy: American Express

* American Express ‘Shop Small’ program supports Yelm local businesses and elsewhere,
* Support small businesses in a big way – Let’s Shop Small®,
* Shopping local gives to our community in huge ways,
* Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation that designated Nov. 25 as Small Business Saturday,
* Click here for the map of the American Express Small Business participants in Yelm
.
Read more from American Express.


– “Local Spots to Shop on Small Business Saturday”
“The products, services, and locales of these mom-and-pop shops differ, but all take pride in providing outstanding customer service, maintaining relationships, and being part of their communities.”

“Small Business Saturday, launched by American Express in 2010 to promote local retailers, restaurants, and services, is looking to continue its successful charge in 2017. Last year, an estimated 112 million shoppers bought at small businesses, a 13 percent increase over 2015.

Officially recognized by Congress in 2011, Small Business Saturday joins Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Support from public officials in all 50 states has added to the effort.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), small businesses provide jobs for 58 million Americans. Local firms give back to their communities, create healthy neighborhoods, and offer residents more choices. Shoppers and retailers are building relationships within their communities, and Small Business Saturday is becoming a holiday tradition,” By Patricia Doherty, Departures Dispatch.
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November 21, 2017

NWS issues Flood Watch for Thurston County –
Heavy rain in the forecast for today and tonight!

– Flood Watch for Thurston County, Washington
Issuing Office: Seattle/Tacoma
Source: National.Weather.Service

3:59am PST, Tue Nov 21

… FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON… THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR … WEST CENTRAL WASHINGTON, KING, LEWIS, PIERCE, SNOHOMISH, AND THURSTON.

* FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON *

A WARM FRONT AND THE PLUME OF SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE WITH IT WILL BRING 2 TO 5.5 INCHES OF RAIN TO THE OLYMPICS AND MOUNT RAINIER TODAY AND TONIGHT, AND 1 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN TO THE CASCADES NORTH OF MOUNT RAINIER. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE NEAR 8000 FEET.

A SECOND FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BRING ANOTHER 1 TO 4 INCHES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY, WITH THE SNOW LEVEL FALLING FROM 7000 FEET TO 4000 FEET AS THE SYSTEM MOVES THROUGH.

* THE TWO SYSTEMS IN CLOSE SUCCESSION PRESENTS A THREAT OF FLOODING ON RIVERS IN WESTERN WASHINGTON. FLOODING COULD BEGIN TONIGHT OR WEDNESDAY. IT LOOKS LIKE THE THREAT IS FOR A RELATIVELY MINOR FLOODING EPISODE.

* MODELS SHOW SEVERAL RIVERS CRESTING NEAR OR JUST ABOVE FLOOD STAGE INCLUDING THE SKOKOMISH, COWLITZ, NISQUALLY, WHITE, SNOQUALMIE, STILLAGUAMISH, SKAGIT, AND NOOKSACK. HOWEVER, THIS DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF FLOODING IS LIMITED TO THESE RIVERS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.
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November 21, 2017

Yelm’s Community Center continues operating in red ink,
Is this a surprise? Councilor DePinto raised this issue to council previously.
This is one of this week’s top-read stories in the Nisqually Valley News


Yelm Community Center
Photo credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce



– Editor’s note:
One of the “Most Popular” current Nisqually Valley News stories is about Yelm’s Community Center operating in red ink.
Why is this even in question?
After all, Yelm voters twice rejected the bonds to construct the community center after which then Mayor Ron Harding did an end-run around the voters, improperly utilizing a low-income grant plus a $1 million addition to the Yelm Library Bond without public input to build the facility, which the complicit council voted/approved (including then-councilor JW Foster)! Within the last year and a half, Councilor Joe DePinto has questioned the ability of the city of Yelm to recoup projected annual expenses. This facility is going to be a boondoggle on Yelm taxpayers’ backs for years!


– “Yelm Community Center Running In the Red”
“Labor, Overtime, Repairs, Debt Service Totals Unaccounted For”

“Yelm City Administrator Michael Grayum presented a two-year update regarding cost and revenue of the Yelm Community Center at the council study session last Tuesday.

The building remains a center of controversy as two bond proposals failed and the city spent a combined $70,000 out of the water and sewer fund and more than $71,000 out of the reserve fund. The total cost of the project was almost $2.7 million and about $2.5 million was funded by bond proceeds and the legislative capital budget.

A big grievance from the community has been the cost to rent the facility, Grayum said. The current rate is $50 per hour for the North or South event rooms or $100 for both and events without alcohol require a $250 damage deposit and events with alcohol require a $500 deposit. City sponsored events are free while commercial events are double. Rentals Monday through Thursday have a minimum of two hours while rentals Friday through Sunday have a five hour minimum. The kitchen costs an additional $100 for the full day along with an additional $50 per day to use audio and visual equipment,” by Andrew Kollar, Nisqually Valley News.
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November 21, 2017

Yelm Timberland Library conducts “Fireside Jams” –
Open to the public!


Yelm’s Timberland Regional Library, 2nd floor
Photo credit: Yelm Community Blog



– From the Yelm Timberland Regional Library:
Are you aware that Yelm Library now holds fireside jams for Adults, Teens middle & high school?

Description reads:
Bring your acoustic instrument and be ready participate at this open music session. Open to seasoned pros and absolute newbies. Limited numbers of ukuleles and guitars will be available for use. This program is supported by the Friends of the Yelm Timberland Library.

Remaining dates are Nov. 22, and Dec. 13 & 27. All are on Wednesdays, 5:30-7PM.
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November 20, 2017

DePinto closes in on Foster – only 13 votes difference as of now




The Thurston County Auditor’s Office released election results at 3:56pm today.
Total votes listed below do not include write-ins.

City of Yelm Mayor
Candidate Vote
Joe DePinto 618 = 49.48% (DePinto picked-up 3 votes since Thursday)
JW Foster 631 = 50.52% (Foster picked-up 0 votes since Thursday)
Difference = 13 votes
Total Votes 1,249

Next vote tally is November 27th.


November 20, 2017

Widespread area PSE outage forces Yelm Schools to close today


PSE Power Outage Map, Nov. 20, 2017
Credit: PSE



– Yelm Schools closed due to widespread PSE outage
“Due to wide spread power outages and 1/2 day schedule, Yelm Schools will be canceled today. Students on buses will be returned home. Conferences are also canceled,” quoting Yelm Community Schools FB.
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November 20, 2017

“Experience Olympia & Beyond” hosts Yelm function unveiling new ads




– Editor’s Note:
On Wednesday, November 15th, the fine staff of Experience Olympia and Beyond hosted a private showing of their new advertisement spots for approximately 45 people at Yelm Cinemas. Mayor Foster, City Administrator Grayum and local guests were feted to catering provided by Budd Bay Cafe and sample tastings from Thurston County’s Sandstone Distillery and Stottle Winery.
Click here to watch the videos.


– From Experience Olympia and Beyond, Tourist Information Center
“Enjoy a decidedly different getaway. It’s all right here. Really.”
Click here to see the advertisement video.


– About Experience Olympia and Beyond
The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau serves all of Thurston County.
We offer visitor information on Thurston County and Washington State. Be sure to check out our website, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages. More information at www.visitolympia.com.
Click here for the new “Olympia & Beyond” Visitor Guide and Map, online version.


Experience Olympia and Beyond
located on the Washington State Capitol Campus
103 Sid Snyder Ave SW
Olympia, Washington
@ExperienceOlympiaAndBeyond
Phone: (360) 704-7544
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