May 22, 2007


Yelm area resident Midnightblue Auld
Photo courtesy of Joe Lambert

Area resident Midnightblue Auld, Miss Thurston Countys Outstanding Teen 2007 is a candidate for Miss Washingtons Outstanding Teen 2007,
competing May 26th-27th. This is a scholarship pageant and is the teen version of the Miss Washington and Miss America pageants.

Miss Auld states in her resume,
Why I should be Miss Washingtons Outstanding Teen 2007: I should be Miss Washingtons Outstanding Teen 2007 because I am eager to take on the leadership role and I see it as an opportunity to give of myself to others. I have the leadership, drive and communication skills necessary and am a good role model for todays teens. My many leadership skills will afford me the opportunity to create awareness of the difference empowering women would make. The slogan She has the power to change the world you have the power to help her do it! should be known by all. I am confident that I will be one heck of an outstanding teen.

Midnightblue’s platform is as follows:
Empowering Women through
(Answer the following three questions)
Clearly define the Platform Issue to which you are sincerely committed and for
which you will be an activist during your year of service as Miss Washingtons
Outstanding Teen.

My Platform Issue is empowering women through I will bring awareness to the fact that women have the ability to create lasting change in their communities and the world. I will advocate that we help meet the needs of less fortunate people around the world by helping women help themselves.

What, if any, are your most significant accomplishments to date concerning
your platform issue?

I have received a Power Pack from to help me to educate others with brochures and videos. I have also started talking to others about the talent show I hope to put on in my community.

Specifically, what do you wish to accomplish during your year of service as an
activist for your platform at the local and state levels?

During my year of service, one of my main goals is to organize a talent show in my community with all the proceeds going to This will not only help financially, but it will also expose others to and will hopefully help me in getting people interested in supporting in other ways. I would also like to become a volunteer with CARE Corps Online and start my own web page to let others know about CAREs live-saving work. Another thing I would like to accomplish is running a promotional booth during Yelms Prairie Days Weekend.

As Miss Washingtons Outstanding Teen, how would you promote and market your
Platform Issue?

As Miss Washingtons Outstanding Teen I would like to promote my platform through public speaking and passing on Care.orgs message through brochures and videos. In the fall of 2007 when I am a full time college student I will have the opportunity to start my own club on this issue.

CONGRATULATIONS Midnightblue and best wishes in your next test!

So many of us remember that sweet little girl in her cute dresses giving the exit announcments at the Drew Harvey Theater. We are so proud of the lady you have grown into…

May 21, 2007


“The Yelm History Project is an attempt to relate the story of Yelm in a variety of ways. It is, actually, many stories. It is a story about the prairie, the surrounding forests, and the Nisqually River; all in the morning shadow of Ta Co Bet; Mt. Rainer. It is also the saga of the Nisqually people, who inhabited the land, shaped the environment, and spread throughout the region. The Yelm History Project, finally, relates the history of the people who settled the prairie, farmed the soil, and logged the forests.”

May 20, 2007


Back by Popular Demand.
Yelm’s Survival Center is offering Two Preparedness Classes scheduled for May 22 or 26, 2007.

They have plans for an in-depth 3 day intensive Medical Training Seminar. Conducted by a very experienced Medical Corpsman, a Nurse, and a Dentist. This class is to train us to be able to handle minor medical emergencies when we will not have access to normal medical facilities for extended periods of time.

Combat/Field Medicine School prepares civilians, with or without medical background.
Including but not limited to first aid, minor surgery, bone setting and casting, dental care and potential extraction.

Open to All

The school is open to all, regardless of knowledge, experience, or skill level.
No prior medical experience or knowledge is required.
The school is a must for families preparing to be on their own for extended periods of time, first responders and especially for travelers. This is hands on at its best.

What You’ll Learn:
how to disinfect serious wounds in the field
how to suture wounds under mass casualty field
how to set broken bones
how to protect yourself from nuclear, biological, and
chemical agents
how to perform minor emergency surgery,
mass casualty triage techniques
shock and trauma management, and much more.

The Survival Center
Providers of Family Preparedness, Health, & Survival Supplies
10-6 M-F PT

What – Preparedness Classes — Three Instructors

When – May 22, 2007 7 pm and May 26, 2007 1 pm

Where – The Survival Center 19223 Cook Rd. McKenna Wa 98558 (1-360-458-6778 )

Cost per class: $20.00 includes a copy of the class Text book “Basic Preparedness” (a $20.00 value), handouts, Q & A section, Children’s Section, plus snacks and samples. (if you already have a copy of “Basic Preparedness” bring it along and the fee is only $10.00.)

Space is limited so get your tickets now! (1-360-458-6778 )

In further news from The Survival Center:
The Survival Center Completes Emergency Preparedness Demonstration for Washington State DOT

OLYMPIA, Wa. May 16, 2007 – The Survival Center’s Emergency Preparedness Training
Division completed a one day demonstration at the Tumwater, Washington Department of Transportation facility.

Demonstrations included the new solar powered flashlights, radios and hand crank cell phone chargers. The New Life Saver NOAA Weather Alert System for home and office was well received. The famous Mountain House Freeze Dried food with up to 30 year shelf life was an instant hit.

The Survival Center’s newly designed variety of 3 day plus emergency kits helped many to see how well prepared they were. Most everyone liked to squeeze the New Soft Squeeze Hand Operated LED flashlight, one of the kit items.

“It is encouraging to see that the state of Washington is interested in its employees being prepared. In today’s ever changing world Being Prepared takes on a whole new meaning,” said “Uncle Richard” General Manager of The Survival Center.

May 19, 2007


Cell Phone Tower
Photo courtesy of Yelm-based photographer Guustaaf Damave

Here are my observations of the interactions between the Clearwood Assn. members and their Board at their meeting today.
[Ed. Note: This writer was invited as the guest of one of the Clearwood property owners.]

1. Clearwood Assn. Board President Ron Smith stated up front that the NVN front page story about them being
offered a “boatload of money” was untrue, that the Board has not been contacted by any cell tower company.

The remark was a direct quote of this Blog writer from April 25:
[Ed. Note: Why on Earth these owners would want their pristine environment in which they invested invaded by a cell phone tower is beyond me. Is the loss of their protected community’s culture worth the so-called convenience of cell phones ringing by the lake or on summer walks – not to mention the frequencies affecting all around?
Ignorance IS bliss! Is some multi-national company throwing a boatload of money at the Clearwood Assn. that this even gets on the docket? With all of the homes in Clearwood with land line phones, the argument about safety just does not hold water, IMHO. ]

All I did was ask a question which had not been answered publicly prior to today.

2. The Board was read their Clearwood Assn. newsletter about the process for agreeing to a cell tower in Clearwood. Mr. Smith acknowledged the Newsletter was incorrect about the process for cell tower contact. The process is as follows:
The Clearwood members will vote to allow/not allow the Board to contact cell providers & solicit their interest.
If they vote allowing contact to move forward, then the next vote will be to permit a company and tower site.

3. One of the members brought up the the tax exempt status granted the Clearwood Community by Thurston County and stated her understanding is that if a corporate/for profit entity is allowed in the community, the community would lose its tax exempt & non-profit status. Mr. Smith answered by saying the community would have to pay taxes, yet the non-profit status would remain on some things. He stated their financial adviser had looked into this issue.
[Ed. Note: This lady brought up a very good point and the answers by Mr. Smith were far from reassuring. Were I a member, I would request another independent financial consultant and/or lawyer be hired to examine all sides of a cell tower placement vs. Clearwood’s tax exempt/non-profit status.].

4. Based on some of the comments by the members, many do not know the differences between cell tower microwave frequencies, radio waves, RFID, wi-fi and broadcast frequencies in general. A TV operates on a different frequency than a microwave, yet the 2 were compared as being safe. One lady spoke of the safety of microwave ovens in the home, yet failed to mention these are lead shielded even in the glass door, all microwave ovens suggest the user is a certain distance away when in use and an oven is a small percentage of the microwave frequency intensity of a cell tower.

5. The emotional tug “safety issue” about a having a cell phone in case a car goes into the Lake or a hiker trips and breaks his arm was mentioned by 2 members. However, no one mentioned the further endangerment of drivers driving down an already-dangrerous Bald Hills Rd. and using cell phones as a safety issue. HMMM!
Further, many companies offer a radio-signal-based pager that has operated safely for +40 years, as an alternative.

6. Were I a Clearwood Assn. member, I would want answered why and who gave the Board the authority to make preemptive contact with an engineer about a cell tower there, without a vote by the members. I would want to check the by-laws about the Board doing that. Perhaps that is perfectly within the by-laws to do. However, this observer found that the Board contacting an engineer on placement of a cell tower plus contacting a financial consultant on the affects of a cell tower to the Community’s tax exempt status WITHOUT PRIOR member authorization, was clearly something that needs to be addressed.

7. One property owner asked if the Clearwood Assn. Board would be considering the affects of a cell tower on property owners outside of & adjacent Clearwood, noting that cell tower frequencies know no fence boundary. She was told a resounding NO by Board President Smith, adding that the Board’s responsibility was only to what occurred within Clearwood boundaries.
[Ed. Note: That is a very myopic and short-sighted stand that COULD invite trouble for the Clearwood Assn., since a cell tower placed on a Clearwood perimeter would affect property values and potentially cause all of the same affects for neighbor’s land directly adjacent. This could leave the Assn. open to future litigation about cell tower affects on neighbors land, costing the members legal expenses, etc. This would be wise for the Board to consider
before saying NO outright to consideration of Clearwood neighbors’ concerns. Were I am member, I would want this considered.]

8. I would say there were about 100 people there and by a show of hands, the group was about 60% for, and 40% against a cell tower. While this is a small representation of the stated 3,000 residents, those that oppose the tower will have an uphill battle I must say. The lack of knowledge by many members about the harmful effects of microwave radiation emitted by cell towers coupled with the tug of emotion about having cellphone transmissions for safety will cause a cell tower to be voted in. Once that happens and the members agree on contacting a company, it’s all over because the boatload of money offered will be portrayed as handling all of Clearwood’s financial issues, many of which were described today and are numerous, indeed.
And, there WILL be a boatload of money once contact is made. All of this regardless that one member says he receives cellphone transmissions from his provider at Clearwood already – the nearest tower at Five Corners in Yelm.

Ben Franklin said:
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

The Clearwood society is to vote about giving up it’s liberty from the frequencies, “white noise”, health affects, lower property values, etc., etc., etc. to gain what it perceives as a little security just to make a cell phone from this place. They moved to Clearwood to get away from the city, its frequencies, and noise and to be out in the quiet of Mother Nature. There is enough evidence that the towers will displace bees, birds and other animals away from the tower.
Enjoy the eagles while you can.
Soon, they will be replaced by phone conversations on your hiking trails, cell phones ringing by the lake, and more cell companies tripping all over themselves to rent space on the approved company’s Clearwood cell tower.

If you would like to share your views with the Clearwood Assn. Board, Connie Sheehan maintains the Clearwood Community Association website.
Her email address is:

Added on May 22,
I encourage all of the 3,000 Clearwood Assn. members to gather all of the knowledge they can, educate themselves on all sides of the issue and make a decision for themselves and most importantly, to mail in their ballot and vote. I have endeavored to provide points for discussion and information in this and the May 14 & April 25 entries.

May 19, 2007


Author Jean Handley & Yelm Timberland Regional Librarian Kristin Blalack
Photo by Yelm community blog host Steve Klein

“For many years I have enjoyed gazing above my head when local quilters displayed their creations in the library. Months ago I asked Kristin Blalack, a librarian, when the next show would be. She explained that she didnt have the time to coordinate such an effort. She asked me if I did. I volunteered.

So did Yoshi Tokita-Schroder who brought her mother-in-law Dorothy Schroders hand sewn pieces and Margie Carputo a member of our local Prairie Points Quilt Guild. Respondents came from a little article in the Nisqually Valley News and word of mouth spread. I filled in the blanks with my own quilts and we were ready.

A quilt is constructed of two layers of fabric, solid or patchwork with a batting as loft that is stitched through all layers in an appealing pattern. Examples of quilting have been found in Egyptian tombs; used by knights to protect their bodies from armor; worn by Catholic priests during Henry VIIIs reign to disguise their official garments in order to say Mass in private homes; hung from clotheslines to direct runaway slaves to the North; and utilized by soldiers of the Civil War who took them to serve as bedding and in some cases, their casket.

In the United States early on, quilts were made of linen, wool and silk and used whole as most busy households had no time for creativity. Wealthy women on the East Coast had time and access to a variety of colors, usually imported, to play with. With the advent of the Singer sewing machine, time was freed up, cotton was becoming available and dyes had become more varied.

Patchwork quilts were all the rage. At the end of World War II interest waned as women stayed in the workforce and bought manufactured goods. With the Bicentennial came a resurgence of our heritage and quilts were part of that. Fabric designers, stores, guilds, galleries and museums all blossomed with this new wave.

Today, men, women and children participate in quilting. Whole cloth of all kinds, patchwork, collage, bedding, wearables and more all belong to the expanding art and skill of the quilt. This spirit is carried on display in the Yelm Timberland Library through the month of May.”

Jean Handley
Yelm, WA.

May 18, 2007


Yelm Timberland Regional Library
Photo courtesy of Yelm-based photographer Guustaaf Damave

The Yelm Timberland Regional Library announces:

RACOGALU: Bohemian Music Concert (for adults and families)
Professional musicians interpret the folk and classical traditions of Bohemian music, performing songs and melodies that could be heard over a century ago in settlers homes. Light refreshments will be served. This free public event is part of Timberland Regional Librarys program series, The Big Read: Timberland Reads Together, My ntonia. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Yelm Library.

May 18
5-6 p.m.
Yelm Timberland Library

Then, head over to the:
World Music Drum and Song Circle
Friday, May 18, 2007
7-9 p.m.
Yelm Middle School Commons
Experience rhythms, instruments and songs from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean with Geoff Johns.

Join cross-cultural percussionist and singer Geoff Johns for an evening of rhythm and song. Bring your drums and voices and join in the fun. Geoff will demonstrate, educate and perform on a variety of drums and percussion instruments, plus facilitate audience participation in drum-circles and sing-alongs. No experience necessary. All ages welcome.

Learn more about Geoff.
Sponsored by: Washington State Arts Commission.

So folks can come get their feet tapping to Bohemian music, grab a bite to eat and then head on to drum the evening away!

May 17, 2007


Return of the Popular Apple Strudel Class
with Chef Sebastian of Sebastians Best Bakery
105 East Yelm Avenue

Its Apfelstrudel time!

Class includes ingredients, our Swiss family strudel recipe, coffee and tea, and your own strudel to take home ready for baking!

Friday May 18th, or Friday June 1st at 7:00pm

$34 per person or $60 per couple (people under 14 free)

The class is approximately 2 hours long.

Please bring;

Rolling Pin

Cookie Sheet

Apple Peeler

Knife to cut the apples



Each month a new class, a new taste!

May 16, 2007


Representative Tom Campbell
Photo from Representative Campbell’s official website

Rep. Tom Campbell will be holding a Town Hall Meeting in Yelm

Saturday, May 19
10:00am until 11:30am
Yelm City Hall

And later that day:
12:00noon – 1:00pm
Roy City Hall

Mr. Campbell has been a champion of many issues for his district, covered here in recent months.
Join him for what is sure to be an informative session.

May 16, 2007


Yesterday’s 85 degrees recorded at Olympia Regional Airport tied the record high for the date set in 1958.

May 15, 2007


Yelm Prairie Arts Assn. Logo
Photo courtesy of Yelm Prairie Arts Assn. website

“Yelm’s annual Art Walk Week is really more than a week long and starts
May 15 with a celebration of the arts at Fort Stevens Elementary and a
live Mexican music performance at the Yelm library.

A grant from ACT 6, Yelm Art Consortia, funds a variety of programs in
the schools and community. Since school began last fall,
Artists-in-Residence have quietly been teaching, assisting, and
demonstrating techniques to help buttress arts education in the community.
quoting the NVN.

ACT 6 website

Yelm Prairie Arts Association website