June 5, 2007


This is now being spread on the interent and of interest:


In WWII, there was an advisor to Prime Minister Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. This had an amazing effect as bombing stopped.

There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America.

If you would like to participate: Each evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00PM Central, 7:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United
States, our troops, our citizens, and for peace in the world.

If you know anyone who would like to participate, please pass this along. Someone said if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we would be speechless. Our
prayers are the most powerful asset we have.

June 4, 2007


Ed Wiltsie
Photo courtesy of Mr. Wiltsie

Ed Wiltsie’s talk “Climate Change & Your Community” will be this Thursday, June 7
from 6:30pm until 8:30pm at Yelm’s Middle School Commons.

His talk is open to the public for a $10 admission at the door.

June 3, 2007


“I just finished reading through the Legal Notices in the May 25, 2007 issue of the Nisqually Valley News. (I’m a few days behind the locals because snail mail takes a little time to get to Chicagoland.) Netting out at nearly one full page of teeny-tiny type were four notices of “Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance”. Yes, Yelm is on a building spree, the likes of which hasn’t happened in this area before.

First: SEPA # 05-0755, by Windshadow LLC c/o Trinity Land Development Company. Their proposal: 56 multi-family units and 163 single-family homes on 24 acres (30 less 20% open area) on Berry Valley Road.

Second: SEPA # 07-0094, by Regent Mahan, LLC. Their proposal: 66 townhome units on 4.4 acres (4.89 less only 10%) on the corner of Durant Street and SW Berry Valley Road. Durant Street is being considered the open space on this project.

Third: SEPA # 07-0097, by Petra Engineering, LLC. Their proposal: 61 multi-family units on 3.68 acres (4.6 less 20%) on Berry Valley Road.

Fourth: SEPA # 07-0128, by Windshadow II Townhomes, LLC, c/o Trinity Land Development. Their proposal: 24 townhomes on 1.95 acrea (2.43 less 20%) on (you guessed it) Berry Valley Road.

The totals: a combined 370 units on 34.03 acres (maximum). That’s an average of about 4006 square feet per “home” – including the land!
[Ed Note: This compares to the record 217 Housing Starts (SFD & Duplexes) reported for 2005 on City Development Director Grant Beck’s presentation to the Yelm Planning Commission on March 19, 2007. There were 178 Housing Starts last year. Looks like another record year!].

Oh yes…the traffic. The City indicates that these combined proposals will generate an average of 2895 trips per day, including 291 during the “PM Peak Hour”. That’s a mess of cars. They figure that having that many trips will take the Level Of Service (LOS) at Longmire Street and Yelm Avenue West (SR 510) from “C” or “D” (depending on which paragraph you read) to “E”. By ordinance, the lowest permissible LOS at that intersection is “D”.

The City’s “mitigation” is to add a traffic signal to the intersection. Their simulation suggests that this will bring the LOS back “up to the accepted LOS D.” Whether LOS D is acceptable to Yelm residents is irrelevant; this is what the ordinance says is the minimum requirement, so that’s as far as they need to take it.

By the way, traffic mitigation for the first proposal is dependent upon the completion of migitations from another development – Berry Valley I – at the intersection of Berry Valley Road and Tahoma Boulevard.

That’s right! I’d forgotten that Tahoma Terra is building Tahoma Boulevard, which empties its hundreds of homes and thousands of daily trips out to a signalized intersection at the corner of Killion Road and Yelm Avenue West. Not to worry…that’s at least a couple hundred feet down the road.

Welcome to the Big City.”

James Zukowski

June 2, 2007


This from Yelm’s Bar Cinco emailer on upcoming activities in store for this unique enclave in our town:

Saturday, June 2 Paul Rodriguez. Paul rocks the house with his wide repitoire of vocals and guitar numbers. 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 7 Carol Banach Playing showtunes, rock and classical favorites on the keyboard. 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Saturday, June 9 TBA

Saturday, June 16
Join us for Bar Cinco’s One-Year Anniversary Party.
Music, raffles, giveaways. Celebrating our first year of tapas and drinks.
Happy Hour all day long! A great line-up of live music is in the works starting at 5:30 pm:
Andy Carroll,
Local artist with heartfelt vocals and hot-licks on the guitar. 5:30 pm
Croon Ella,
Beloved local rock ‘n roll band is back! Starts at approximately 9 pm

Saturday, June 23 TBA

Saturday, June 30
Michael Harrison and Friends 9 pm

Noteable Notes:
Overflow parking available at the medical arts building next door

Happy Hour – Tuesday thru Friday, 3 – 6 pm.
Discount on beers and specialty drinks

All Day Tuesdays – 25% discount on all bottles of wine

Need a venue for a special event?

Bar Cinco is available for private parties on Sundays and Mondays.
We’ve hosted weddings, wedding receptions, birthday, anniversary and holiday parties,
a CD release party and many other special events.

How may we help to make your gathering special? Call us @ 400-9000 to make arrangements.

Check out our website at www.barcinco.net


June 1, 2007


Yelm Mayor Ron Harding
Photo from the City of Yelm website

Yelm Mayor Ron harding asks for community support for the Yelm Adult Community Center:

“In a community as generous as ours, the needs are ongoing for those who can benefit from the assistance of others.

I try to help whenever I can. It’s important to send, whenever possible, the message of the many ways in which residents can contribute to a brighter community through charity….

The Yelm senior citizen center, or Yelm Adult Community Center, is a self-supporting, nonprofit organization that provides a community for seniors to come together. This organization houses opportunities for services and activities that reflect their experiences, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their health and dignity, support their independence, and encourage involvement in, with and for our community.

Programs at the center include; preparing daily meals at little or no cost, and providing group activities such as games, watching movies or going on outings with a group and so much more.

Over the past couple of years the center has experienced several changes and with those changes has come an equal number of challenges. The previous center was located downtown next to True Value Hardware.

The building’s upkeep was becoming unmanageable, and as a result the seniors were prompted to consider taking the center down a new avenue. With the help of a community block grant and the sale of the old building, the new center was built across Yelm Creek on 103rd Ave. Though the structural improvements are completed, there is a substantial amount of work to be done and support to be given in order to supply our seniors with a comfortable environment in which they can personalize their community.

This center is a renewed environment for the patrons to interact in; however, the new location has also brought some added expenses and reduced revenues.

Most of the money the senior citizens center operates on is donated, and to offer advanced programs and security, the center could certainly use our help.

The easiest way for you to help our Senior Citizen Center is to donate money.

Even just a small donation from each of us could go a long way in supporting the center and making the lives of our seniors just a little bit easier. If you are unable to make a monetary donation, they could also use your help with the promotion or assisting with some of their many programs. If you would like to help please call the center at 360-458-7733, ” quoting the Mayor’s monthly column in the May 25 edition of the Nisqually Valley News (Subscriber access only).


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