August 23, 2019

Nisqually Valley Brewing tap takeover event, Aug. 24

“Nisqually Valley Brewing tap takeover.”

  • By 507 Taproom and Filling Station:

“Come and enjoy some locally made beers.

“16 beers and 2 ciders on tap. We have cans of domestic and microbrews. We also carry NW wines. Our tap list is on the app untappd, download it to keep up to date.”

507 Taproom and Filling Station

106 Prairie Park ST SE,

Yelm, Washington 98597

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August 23, 2019

First Annual Rainier Art Fair at this weekend’s Round-Up Days
Credit: Rainier Round-Up Days

“The First Annual Rainier Art Fair from 10 to 4 on Saturday the 24th.  Sponsored by Rainier Art Commission and Monarch Sculpture Park.

“In Wilkowski Park next to Rainier City Hall.”   

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August 22, 2019

“Commissioners to Hold Evening Board Meeting in Yelm”

“Meeting to take place at Yelm Middle School on Tuesday, August 27, at 5:30 p.m.”

  • From the Thurston County Board of Commissioners:

“In an effort to enhance transparency and take government out into the community, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners are hosting one of their weekly Board meetings at the Yelm Middle School Commons on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.”

What: Board of County Commissioners Meeting
 Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Yelm Middle School Commons, 402 W Yelm Ave, Yelm, WA 98597

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August 22, 2019

Yelm Public Works opening: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II
  • From the City of Yelm Human Resources Dept.

Yelm Public Works Department Opportunity (posted May 14, 2019)

  • Editor’s note: This position has been open for over 3 months. Why?

The City of Yelm is hiring for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II.  Job description.  This recruitment will remain open until filled.  Next review of applicants will take place on August 26, 2019.

Salary Range:    $58,704 – $70,092

To Apply:  Print and complete City of Yelm application.  Submit application along with a letter of interest and resume to:  Karen Bennett, 106 2nd St SE, Yelm, WA 98597 or email to

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August 22, 2019

Thurston Medic One offers CPR classes for the public
Credit: Thurston County

“Citizen CPR Class Schedule and Information”

Medic One provides compression only CPR with AED training.  These 1 – 1.5 hour classes meet nationally recognized criteria for CPR training in the workplace.  Classes are FREE to those who live or work in Thurston County,” from Thurston County Medic One.

Yelm Area available Classes:

Sep 5, 2019 7:00 PM (Thu) 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Avail. Slots = 4 Bald Hills Fire Department (District 17)

16306 Bald Hills RD SE, Yelm, WA 98597


Click here for their website.
Click here for a map. Register for this class

Read more and scroll down to Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 classes, too.

August 21, 2019

Gov. Inslee coming home – ends Presidential campaign!
Gov. Jay Inslee
Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit:AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
  • Editor’s note: THANK YOU Gov. Inslee for all of the vigor, passion, ideas, and leadership. Your voice brought the number one issue for humanity to the fore, climate change and the effects on mankind. This blogger is very proud of your accomplishments.

“Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s ending presidential bid”

“Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

“Inslee announced his decision on MSNBC, saying it’s become clear that he won’t win. He has kept the option of running for a third gubernatorial term open throughout his presidential campaign and said he would discuss his political plans Thursday.

“‘I need to go back to the state of Washington and talk about what I’m going to do in my future political career,’ Inslee said on ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ [6-7pm Pacific time],” quoting Rachel La Corte, Associated Press.

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Governor Inslee wrote this to his supporters, “What we accomplished together is a testament to the power of a small group of people of strong conviction committed to making a big difference. I am confident our work will resonate throughout the remaining months of the campaign.” In Gov. Inslee’s words: “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and organize.”

Blogger Klein is an Inslee for America campaign contributor and supporter.

August 21, 2019

Yelm’s Homelessness Taskforce garners many comments – add yours!

  • From Councilor Joe DePinto on Yelm’s Homelessness Taskforce meeting:

“Tonight [Aug. 20] there was a meeting for the Yelm Homelessness Taskforce, which was created by resolution of the Yelm City Council.

“Councilmember Carmody and myself cochair these meetings. One important portion of the resolution was to identify and create a comprehensive list of services that are currently being provided by different organizations in Yelm, which we have completed.

“We are now in the recommendation phase and tonight’s meeting we discussed multiple options including doing nothing, making the comprehensive list readily available for the homeless, expanding hours of our cooling and warming stations (during extreme heat and cold weather the public safety building is currently available during normal office hours), supporting local organizations that currently provide services, providing city funded property and/or housing, and creating a city position (like a homeless ombudsman) to help the homeless out of poverty. Currently nothing is set in stone and the task force’s recommendation will have to be approved by the entire council.

“I really would like to hear what you think the city should or should not do, so please comment below (try to keep it civil and tolerant of different perspectives). Lastly thank you to everyone who showed up tonight, I appreciate ya!”

Click here to comment.

Click here for a thoughtful response by citizen Andrea Lee Montierth.

August 21, 2019

Mural depicts Yelm’s status as the “Historical Gateway to Mt. Rainier”
Credit: City of Yelm

“Mount Rainier to be Exemplified in Wolf Building Mural”

The historic Wolf building on the corner of Yelm Avenue and First Street is now home to a mural that beautifies the City, and exemplifies the proximity and view of Mount Rainier from our incredible City.

“The mural, a giant landscape illustration of Mount Rainier from a vantage point of a lush, green forest with a pristine river will capture the view and shape of the mountain as seen from Yelm.

The artist behind the illustration is Scott Leamer [city’s error, Mr. Leamer’s name is Seth, not Scott], who has created more than 40 murals in multiple different cities and paints community oriented murals for new and existing Trader Joe’s Stores.”

Steve Craig, owner of the building, which is on the City’s historic register and home to the Triad Theater expects the mural to add to the aesthetic appeal of Yelm and create a better sense of place within the downtown core. The mural is a way for the City to embrace the gateway status and establish a connection between Yelm, Mount Rainier and the Triad Theater, Craig said.

The Yelm Historic Commission unanimously accepted the placement of the mural on the building under the condition that the landscape reflected Yelm’s view of the mountain,” by the City of Yelm.

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August 21, 2019

Thurston EDC announces announce a ScaleUp Training Series Scholarship for eligible businesses
Credit: Thurston EDC

“Thurston EDC Encourages Your Eligible Business to Apply for STEDI ScaleUp Scholarship Program”

  • From the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC):

The Thurston EDC is pleased to announce a ScaleUp Training Series Scholarship available to eligible businesses in South Thurston County. The South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI) focuses on the long-range economic and community development in the rural areas of Thurston County. ScaleUp Thurston is a comprehensive business-growth training program which includes in-person classroom training and one-on-one coaching to help small business owners plan and achieve their goals.  ScaleUp Training Series include: Business TuneUp, Build Your Market and Financial Mastery. The Business TuneUp class helps businesses to be able to put order and systems in place that ends up resulting in more freedom and breathing room to work on their businesses and not in their business. The cost of the course is $795 or $395 for one class which can be taken a la carte. Businesses located in Lacey / Olympia/Tumwater may also be eligible for a city-sponsored scholarship.

Scholarships will be awarded to one business from each of the following areas: Yelm/Rainier, Tenino/Bucoda and Grand Mound/Rochester. Representatives from STEDI, City of Yelm, Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Rainier, City of Tenino, Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce, Town of Bucoda and Grand Mound/Rochester Chamber of Commerce will be invited to review and rank applications and select one business from each area to receive a scholarship to the ScaleUp Training Series.  The application deadline is August 26, 5:00 p.m.”

Click here for more information and to enroll.

August 20, 2019

Yelm photographer Rory Sagner’s work chosen for 5th time in NatGeo’s “Your Shot”

Courtesy: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art, © 2019.
Used with permission.
  • Editor’s note: I am elated to report this honor Yelm’s award-winning photographer Rory Sagner received from her 5th published National Geographic photo, especially that this evolved from meeting the rabbi at Yelm’s first annual Menorah Lighting in the Park last December.

“National Geographic “Your Shot” Editors selected Sagner’s photo”

  • From Rory Sagner: “I am over the moon with joy as I saw this morning that my photo “UPSHERNISH DANCE” was just published in a National Geographic Your Shot story called “Rites of Passage!” It was one of 25 photos chosen out of over 5000 from around the world! This is now my 5th photo published in a NGYS story. Focus and hard work create wonderful things in our lives!

“Here’s the link to the story and my photo is the 15th down on the page:

“Here is the link to the photo in my NGYS gallery:

“I was asked earlier this year to come and take photos for the Rabbi and his family at the Upshernish (shearing) ceremony for his son. I’d met him and his family at Yelm’s first annual Menorah Lighting in the Park last December. I probably took at least 200 photos or more and spent many hours editing the best of them for their family. Interestingly enough, a few months later the Rites of Passage assignment was posted calling for submissions and the Rabbi gave me permission to submit a couple of those photos.”

Congratulations to Rory Sagner!