April 21, 2007

“2nd Legislative District earns $7.7 million in final Capital Budget”

“The 2nd Legislative District won funding for four major projects with an appropriation of $7.7 million in the 2007-09 Capital Budget (House Bill 1092) that passed tonight [April 21]. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Roy) had worked through the session to gain support for projects important to his district.

“In this budget we have procured $2.7 million through the Dept. of Community, Trade and Economic Development for the Bethel Community Center ($1 million); the Eatonville Family Park ($200,000); the Rainier Lifelong Learning Center ($200,000); the Ashford Cultural Center & Mountaineering Museum ($800,000); and the Bridge for Kids in Orting ($500,000),” Campbell said.

“This is a wonderful budget with project funding for every part our large, diverse district,” Campbell said. “It’s the best Capital Budget our district has ever had.”

Other projects in the Capital Budget for the 2nd District are:

From the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recration, the 2nd District won $2.6 million for the Bald Hill NRCA; $823,000 for the Mashel Riparian Habitat; and $568,000 for the Allen Forest critical habitat,” quoting Rep. Campbell’s Press Release.

2nd LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Olympia office: 334 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Office: (360) 786-7912


April 21, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Won’t you stop in the Chinese Wok and congratulate Insuk for operating her quality chinese restaurant in Yelm for 10 years now?


April 20, 2007

GUEST BLOG ENTRY – BRUCE SMITH WRITES “LOCAL BEEKEEPERS ARE VIGILANT”



Photo taken by Karsten Drre on Wikimedia

Reprinted with permssion of the Eatonville, WA. Dispatch.
The Dispatch writer Bruce Smith is an area resident.

“While honey bee stocks collapsed nationwide in at least 24 states, endangering billions of dollars worth of crops, local beekeepers, so far safe from this winter’s mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), have intensified their vigilance.

‘We have not seen any evidence of CCD in the 150 or so WSU colonies located around Pullman,” says Washington State University’s leading bee scholar Professor W. Steve Sheppard, “nor any in the 30 or so we have over in Pierce County.’

CCD is the total, and nearly instantaneous, demise of a bee hive. According to a widely quoted New York Times article of Feb. 27, beekeepers on the east coast and parts of Texas are reporting a 70 percent disappearance of bees, while California reports nearly 60 percent. Officials do not know what is causing this unique kind of die-off.

Entire colonies vacate their hive and are never seen again. Occasionally, some emptied hives are found that contain a few survivors. Examinations reveal that these bees are exceedingly ill with multiple parasitic and fungal infestations.

Local reports vary. In Eatonville, beekeeper David Mitman says he hasn’t lost any hives, but Roy Park reports a loss of 2/3: 80 out of 120 hives.

Long-time Pierce County beekeeper Harvard Robbins states he has lost 20 colonies out of 50 this past winter.

‘But I lost 40 out of 40 a year ago to tracheal and varroa mites, so who knows what’s causing the unusual colony collapse this year,” he said. “It could be a combination of things including mites, the stress of being trucked thousands of miles to pollinate agricultural fields or even feeding on the genetically modified crops so prevalent nowadays.’

John Timmons of Timmons’ Honey Farm in Graham thinks local stocks are holding their own but require strong vigilance against the mites and cold weather. Timmons works closely with Eric Olson of Yakima, who administers over 9,000 bee colonies – many of which are heading to western Washington to pollinate blueberries in the Orting Valley. Olson is reported to have lost 2,000 colonies this winter, which has become the expected norm in the bee industry.

‘But, when I started back in 1974,’ declares Robbins, ‘we never had losses like that. It’s all come from the growing number of problems bees are facing today, especially the arrival of mites in the late ’70s.’

Bees perform two vital roles in our nation’s food chain. One is the production of honey, while the other is pollination. Some foods, such as almonds and apples, depend heavily on bee pollination to develop a crop. Hence, colony collapse disorder is a very serious threat to our food supply,” quoting The Dispatch.



Bruce Smith
Photo courtesy of Yelm-based photographer Guustaaf Damave

“The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is formed to promote the common interest and general welfare of beekeeping, to protect honeybees, to educate beekeepers, encourage good bee management practices, and to encourage good public relations between beekeepers and the public,” quoting their site. Dave Mitman is al ocal officer of the Assn.

Further, this story on the subject from the Christian Science Monitor:
“What’s happening to the bees?
Suddenly, the bees farmers and growers rely on are vanishing. Researchers are scrambling to find out why. The cause of the die-off has yet to be determined. Its effect on the food supply may be significant. Longer-term, it may also force a rethinking of some agricultural practices including our heavy reliance on human-managed bees for pollination. The Christian Science Monitor reports that to insure crop pollination, scientists suggest increasing habitat for native pollinators. Evidence suggests that the honeybee disappearance may be due to bee immune systems weakened by varroa mites, pesticides, poor nutrition, genetically modified crops, and other factors.”

Bruce Smith’s own website is The Quantum Story.


April 19, 2007

ROBUST BUSINESS GROWTH PUTS OLYMPIA ON FORBES’ LIST

“The Olympia metropolitan area ranks as one of the top places in the country for business and careers, according to a new Forbes magazine study.

Michael Cade, executive director of the Economic Development Council of Thurston County, said the finding could help the EDC promote South Sound growth.

Our mission is to promote the area as a place to invest, Cade said. This certainly makes it easier.

The study ranks Olympia 10th out of the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the country. The Olympia metro area, which comprises all of Thurston County with its population of 233,000, ranked high because of its 2 percent population growth twice the national average and growth in jobs and income in the past five years, according to the study,” quoting The Olympian.


April 18, 2007

LOCAL INTERNET BUSINESS DEBUTS UPGRADED WEBSITE

Will of the Wind [Rainier, WA based] carries a wide array of beautiful and wonderful products all related to enjoying the captivating Spirit of the Wind.

Our goal at Will of the Wind is to provide products for your home and garden of which you can be proud and that you will enjoy for years to come. We also sell fun wind toys, such as kites and spinners for the delight of children and adults alike.

New products and services are added to the site regularly as we grow and expand. Thank You for dropping by and we hope you enjoy your visit,” quoting their website.


April 17, 2007

FORMER YELM MAYOR KATHY WOLF PASSES

From Yelm City Administrator Shelly Badger,

“We received word today that Kathy Wolf passed away after a long bought with cancer. For those of you new to the City, Kathy served on the City Council for 12 years prior to her 8 years as Mayor from 1993 2001. She was a highly respected and loved Mayor, with a wonderful sense of community and the ability to bring people together to accomplish what many thought could not be done. For those that had the privilege to work for her, she always made you feel part of something very special when you were on her team.

The memorial service for Kathy will be Saturday, April 28th at 1:00 PM at Yelm High School.”


April 17, 2007

CONGRSSMAN ADAM SMITH IS SCHEDULED TO VISIT OUR AREA

You are invited to join Congressman Adam Smith

Saturday, May 12^th , 2007, 1:00-2:30pm

Panorama City, Chalet Building Lower Level

1650 Circle Lane SE, Lacey

And:

Saturday, June 2^nd , 2007, 1:00-2:30pm

Town of Steilacoom Community Center

2401 Worthington Street, Steilacoom

And:

Wednesday, August 22^nd , 7:00-8:30pm

The Village at Angle Lake

4040 South 188th Street, SeaTac

Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith is looking forward to meeting with constituents and listening to concerns, answering questions, and updating everyone on issues facing Congress.

The Budget

Military and Veterans

Healthcare

And more

R.S.V.P. via email or phone if you are able to attend

(253) 896-3775 or (888) SMITH09


April 16, 2007

LOCAL ART SHOW APRIL 21

“SCHAFFER GALLERY ART & FRAME Presents local sculptor Neil Kaber April 21st 6-9PM.
Next to Buddy Bear espresso 104 Yelm Ave.
Everyone is welcome.
Come meet the artist and see his illuminated outerspace sculptures.
It will certainly be an intergallactic experience you won’t forget,”
quoting Neil Kaber.


April 16, 2007

CELL PHONE USE IN CARS LIKELY TO FACE NEW LIMITS”

“Legislators moved Washington closer to banning the use of hand-held cell phones by drivers, sending Gov. Chris Gregoire a bill Wednesday [Apr. 11] to enact a ban that would take effect in July 2008….
This bill sends the message to all drivers across the state that talking on your cell phone while driving is dangerous, said House Transportation chairwoman Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island. Or hang up and drive,” quoitng The Olympian.
[Ed. Note: About time this was enacted here. And, this will save lives!]


April 15, 2007

CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE (CSE) RECORDS A FIRST

Rainier, WA based Children’s School of Excellence (CSE) is one of the first schools to have a 100% enrollment with every student having a library card. Mike McGowan from the Yelm Timberland Regional Library came out to CSE to make sure everyone had a card in hand.



CSE students with Yelm Timberland Library official Mike McGowan
Photo courtesy of CSE


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