March 31, 2008


Ian Mardon

Ian Mardon on Violin accompamied by Wolfgang Wortberg on Piano
Fuego Espanol
The Fiery Passion of Spain
Works by Sarasate, Albeniz
as well as a repeat performance of
Mardons “Lux Aeterna”

Due to the overwhelming number of people that packed the Yelm Timberland Library last year for a special performance by German violinist Ian Mardon, he has been invited to return to share his music with the entire community in a unique evening at the Yelm High School Tuesday, April 1st at 7pm to benefit the Yelm Prairie Arts Assn.

The artists [Mardon] repertoire ranges from the major works for violin and orchestra, through a broad selection of solo and chamber music, to his own exciting compositions.
Mardon has, over the course of the years, performed on many TV shows and in numerous movies.
Additionally he has worked for advertising and appeared on a multitude of CDs.
Together with pianist Quitterie Larr, he recorded works by Beethoven, Brahms, Franck and Kreisler.
His enthusiastic performance style has resulted, through appearances with numerous orchestras in Canada, USA and Germany, in his establishing himself as a renowned soloist.
Today, he is continuously performing as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany and North America,” quoting Mr. Mardon’s website.

Tues. April 1st, 2008 @ 7 PM
Yelm High School Auditorium
Tickets sales at the door @ 6:30 PM
Admission $10 Cash or Checks only

– L i m i t e d S e a t i n g –

For information, contact Yael Klein 458-4422
Co-sponsored by Yael & Steve Klein and the Yelm Prairie Arts Assn.

Ian Mardon at his October, 2007 Yelm Library performance
Photo courtesy of Miceal Ledwith

March 30, 2008


“South side work continues on Yelm Avenue, as well as work on Killion Road. Click the link for more information. Info line: 360-458-8428 Comments and questions will be accepted at the end of the recording. All calls will be returned at the caller’s request. Please make sure a contact number is provided in the message,” quoting the City of Yelm website.

March 29, 2008


Babes in Belts logo

“Emergency Medicine One: A seminar with Dr. Howard E. Hagglund, M.D. has been scheduled for March 31, 2008.”

Dr. Hagglund will teach a course he taught to fellow Divemasters when working in the field where no medical services were available. The course includes:

The Art and Judgement of Suturing Wounds

Fracture Assessment and Casting

Master Points for Pain Management

This course addresses the basics of wound assessment, when to suture and when to tape a wound, cleaning and infection control; assessing fractures and how to dress them with a cast; locating Master acupuncture points for pain relief and management.

This course is designed for emergency needs when a medical professional may not be available, as in a disaster. It is not intended to replace or assume the responsibility of getting professional medical attention under normal circumstances.
Registration Details

March 31, 2008 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Deschutes Grange. Pre-register for $25 or pay $30 at the door. Registration may be dropped off at Lemuria between now and March 25, 2008 only.

This will be a recorded event and all in attendance will be required to sign a video waiver.
Learn more about Dr. Hagglund

Howard E. Hagglund, M.D. is the founder of the Hagglund Clinic. With over 30 years as a Medical Practitioner, he is the author of several books, as well as numerous articles. For over 15 years, Dr. Hagglund has hosted a talk radio show offering advice about health care and alternative medicine.

Visit Dr. Hagglund’s website at

March 28, 2008


Jim Szymanski of The Olympian penned this story March 19:
“The Olympia area has moved up to eighth place nationally on Forbes magazines best places to do business list. South Sound was ranked 10th on last years list.

The magazine ranks cities based on factors including job and population growth, crime rates, the cost of living and doing business, educational attainment and cultural and leisure opportunities…

Boy, that speaks well for us, said Mike Edwards, a board member of the Economic Development Council of Thurston County [EDC]. Its certainly an attractant to our area, especially in relation to Seattle and Tacoma.

Edwards noted the recent arrivals of a Cabelas outdoor gear store in Lacey and this weeks opening of Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound as new job creators. Those developments will boost the countys growing tourism business, he said.

Both developments will serve as magnets for further development, Edwards said.”

From Forbes:

The Yelm City Council approved an annual contract renewal of $6,000 with the Thurston EDC last night.

March 27, 2008


Thrift store donations help your neighbors

Lisa Pemberton of The Olympian wrote:

“When you donate clothes, furniture and other household goods to Yelm Community Services’ Thrift Shop, you do more than clean out your closets.

The nonprofit thrift store at 624 Crystal Springs Road N.W. in Yelm raises money to benefit Yelm Community Services, which provides assistance to low-income families in the Yelm and Rainier area.

Some of the agency’s services include a food bank, rental assistance for families and a clothing bank. Here’s how you can support the shop and the services:

Types of items you can donate: The thrift store accepts an array of gently used household items, from clothing, linens and shoes, to toys, books, DVDs and videos.

‘We even take records,’ thrift store worker David Robinson said.

The shop also accepts a few items that some thrift stores shy away from, including clean mattresses of any size, furniture without stains or rips and small kitchen appliances such as crock pots and toasters.

Types of items you can’t donate: Because of safety concerns, the thrift store does not accept used car seats. Also, like many thrift stores, Yelm Community Services doesn’t accept used computer gear, such as monitors, keyboards and computer CPUs.

Large appliances: The shop does not accept large appliances, such as washers and dryers. However, workers can put you in touch with families in need of such items.

‘We do have a request list for people who can’t afford them,’ Robinson said.

Donation hours: Items can be brought in during store hours, which are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The agency requests that folks call ahead to make sure there’s room for donations. Robinson said that especially is a concern during the summer when the thrift shop receives a lot of donations left over from people’s garage sales. It usually takes a few days for the thrift shop to make room for more donations, Robinson said.

n More information: If you are interested in learning more about the Yelm Community Services’ Thrift Shop, call 360-458-4230.

Each Tuesday in Living, learn how to dispose of everything from electronics to hazardous materials. Share ideas for reducing, reusing or recycling with features reporter Lisa Pemberton at 360-704-6871.

From The Olympian:
Don’t toss old medicines, try to recycle them

‘Done with those pills? Just flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash, right?

Not so fast: If you do, you could damage the environment or put a child at risk.

Fortunately, there is a better way to rid yourself of unneeded medicines, thanks to the Medicine Take Back Program, says Rachel Donnette, education and outreach specialist with Thurston County Environmental Health.

Here’s what you do:

Gather your unwanted medications.

Keep them in their original containers and mark out any personal information.

Find a pharmacy drop-off location near you by going to or calling 800-RECYCLE (800-732-9253). In Thurston County, you can bring old medications to Group Health at 700 Lilly Road N.E. in Olympia.’

March 26, 2008


Yelm Timberland Regional Library
Photo courtesy of Guustaaf Damave

– Editor’s Note:
The Yelm Timberland Library Board gave the annual library report to the Mayor and City Council last night. This writer is the Library Board’s Chair and read the statement that was approved by the entire Board, except for one Board member. This report is supported by the Timberland Regional Library (TRL).

The letter presented to Yelm’s officials is printed below in its entirety and presents the facts that the city needs to decide if there will be a commitment to continuing a library here.


While Mayor Harding acknowledged that city officials have met with TRL officials, he said that the city does not know what support for a library here will be in the future.

TRL Manager of Administrative Services Michael Crose was in the audience and addressed the Mayor and Council saying that the Yelm Library Board’s public statement accurately reflects the views of TRL and added that in order to effect a new library in Yelm, we must all work together, since timing is critical with the economy softening somewhat.

Yelm Council member John Thompson expressed his appreciation to the Library Board Chair for the consideration given to Prairie Park’s future (they are the current Library landlord, for which he is General Manager).

Yelm council member Mike McGowan stated he is a TRL employee in Yelm and values his work there. He said this library is vital to the youth in this town, since they use the facility more than adults, as evidenced by their checkout rate of materials compared to adults.

Yelm Timberland Library Board member Ronni Nutter asked to have her name removed from the Board Letter saying she saw the letter for the first time yesterday morning and had concerns.
Mrs. Nutter thought the Board’s roll was not to tell the city and council what to do about the Library.

Ed. Note: Here is the city’s definition of board responsibilities from the website:
“The Yelm Library Advisory Board advises the Mayor and City Council on specific library matters. It consists of five members appointed by the Mayor for a period of five years, on the basis of demonstrated interest in, or knowledge and support of public libraries…

The Yelm Library Advisory Board makes studies, reports, and recommendations and serves as an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council in all matters relative to the need for acquisition, utilization, care, maintenance and disposition of the library building or buildings and all property or equipment pertaining to or associated with library purposes which is or is intended to be owned by the City of Yelm; evaluates, advises and makes recommendations regarding the relationship between the City of Yelm and Timberland Regional Library District (TRL); evaluates legislative issues before the Washington State Legislature related to library matters, which may impact the City of Yelm, property owners within the City of Yelm, and/or patrons of the Timberland Regional Library District; serves as liaison between citizens and the Mayor and City Council on library-related issues; and reviews, advises and makes recommendations on rules and regulations governing the use of the library, its building(s) and grounds, and such equipment owned by the City of Yelm.”


Here is the Yelm Timberland Library Board Letter in its entirety:

Letter from the Yelm Library Advisory Board
to the Yelm City Council

My fellow Yelm Library Board members and I are here tonight to not only to give our annual Library report to the City, we are here to raise questions to you members of the City Council and the Greater Yelm Community about the future of a Library in Yelm beyond the current Yelm Timberland Librarys lease expiration date of July, 2012.

While John Thompson raised this issue at a Fall 2007 Council Meeting and there was a discussion in one of your Study Sessions and recent Retreat, we are here tonight to bring this issue into the public forum. Further, Mr. McGowan is an employee of TRL, so two members of this Council have a vested interest in this discussion.

The Timberland Regional Library gave the city an exemption for 10 years in 2002 to operate in the Prairie Park (PP) complex and building owned by Margaret Clapp, whose corporate manager is John Thompson. Obviously, PP wants to know the city’s intention to continue the building lease for a library beyond 2012, as they want to look for a new tenant(s) if the library is not going to continue there. Further, they have notified their intent to substantially raise the payment of the monthly lease, in which they gave the city quite a favorable rate in 2002. As you know, the state recently notified the city regarding the city’s practice of collecting tax money for use of a public facility being housed in a private building as being improper [Yelm History Museum housed in Clapp’s PP complex], so continuing a lease in PP may not be an option considering the state’s notification, along with the likelihood of a substantial rate increase in the existing lease. Additionally, TRL would be hard pressed to grant Yelm another exemption to operate a library in a private facility, as the other 18 jurisdictions in the TRL five-county region are all required to be in public facilities. Some of these cities have expressed their concerns about the favoritism granted Yelm on this issue. The only other anomaly in Timberland is Montesano. The W.H. Abel Library in Montesano was a gift to the former Grays Harbor County Library. The title to the building was permanently transferred to TRL when the District was established.

With 4 years before a planned move needs to be in the final stages, the City of Yelm has no land and/or structure put forth in which to house a Library. Given the short lead-time to acquire land, plan, construct and move, TRL and your Yelm Library Board are letting you know we believe Yelm’s Library facility beyond 2012 should be recognized as a priority issue by the City Council and the residents of the Yelm area.

While TRL is a committed partner with the greater Yelm community by being willing to pay the full cost of financial/site analysis, a feasibility study, financial considerations, 50% of architectural services up to the point where the project is ready to go to bidders,
interior design costs and TRL professional support for developing the new library (i.e. physical plan), they can only do so if and when the City has committed to funding the purchase of land for a public Library facility and set aside resources for its share of professional architectural services.

Once there is a commitment from the public and City Council to purchase land for a Library, the TRL Foundation (TRLF) can work with the city to provide data as to how much can the city employ from other financing sources, cost of project vs. dollars raised information and assistance in requesting donated/discounted land from developers or private individuals. TRL and the TRLF can also begin working with financial donors to solicit funds for construction, furnishings and equipment once there is a commitment from Yelm.

Bottom line: Your Yelm Library Board and TRL officials are standing before you tonight to raise the red flag about the future of the Yelm Timberland Library. We wish to work in partnership with the City to assure that this future includes this valuable community resource. A monumental project such as this requires the combined efforts of city officials, the resources of TRL and the citizens of the greater Yelm community. The Yelm Library Board and TRL are ready to start the process needed to create a permanent Library facility as soon as the city’s commitment has been demonstrated.

Thank you,

Yelm Library Advisory Board
Jeanette Burnham
Steve Klein, Chair
Annie McCandliss
Roberta Stephenson
Kristen Blalack, Librarian


Blogger Klein is the Yelm Library Citizen Advisory Board Chair.

March 25, 2008


Olympia Regional Airport

“Port commissioners gave tentative approval Monday [Feb. 4] to consider commercial air service at Olympia Regional Airport for the first time since 2004.

They invited a Eugene, Ore.-based consultant to present the recruitment plan for daily service between Olympia and Portland at the next commission meeting, which is Monday [Feb. 11].

Air service between Olympia and Spokane stopped in September 2004 when Montana-based Big Sky Airlines ended service to Olympia.

Consultant Mark Sixel foresees a cooperative arrangement including Olympia for propeller-powered planes that also would fly to Tacoma Narrows Airport, Bremerton, Port Angeles, Aberdeen and Roseburg, Ore., said Rudy Rudolph, director of Olympia Regional Airport. The hub for the service would be Portland International Airport…

Rudolph identified potential carriers as Cape Air, which serves New England, Florida and the Caribbean, and Washington state-based Kenmore Air, which serves the Seattle area, the San Juan islands, Whidbey Island and Victoria, British Columbia,” quoting The Olympian.

Ed. Note: This writer appreciated & enjoyed the air service provided by Big Sky from Olympia to Spokane. They had an interline ticketing/baggage/frequent flier mileage agreement with partner Northwest Airlines and provided convenient connections from Olympia through Spokane to Northwest’s Minneapolis hub and beyond.

Any airline wishing to succeed must provide easy/seamless connecting service to a major carrier in Portland like Northwest or Alaska Airlines.

The Olympian updated this story after the Port of Olympia meeting on February 11.

March 24, 2008


For Thurston County:
“Welcome to Animal Services’ website!

This is where to find information about adopting a pet, animal control, pet care and lots of other stuff.”

The Seattle Humane Society lists other agencies all over Puget Sound.

Forget about the lost furnishings and finances, the most pitiful victims of the subprime mortgage crisis rocking the United States are the family pets.

Shelters across the country have seen sharp upticks in the number of people giving up their pets in recent months because they have been forced out of their home, quoting My Wire.


March 23, 2008



The August 19th Primary will have these names on the ballot for County Commissioner:

1. Robin Edmondson

Robin Edmondson
Mr. Edmondson has “over 25 years experience encompassing Executive Management, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Finance, Securities, Budget Analysis, Business Development and International Marketing demonstrating proficiency in Leadership, Negotiation, Persuasion, Innovative Problem Solving, Evaluation, and Perception,” quoting his website.
He told the Yelm Community Blog, “I am running for County Commissioner because I am absolutely in favor of open government.” He pointed out that his agenda is “where your opinion is eagerly sought and you are an integral part of the decision making process.”

2. Jackie Jo Reid

Jackie Jo Reid
Ms. Reid told the Yelm Community Blog she is running because “Someone should do something! And then I finally realized that someone could and should be me.” Her website says of her agenda, “As an Independent, I have no party ties, only the people, to please. My concern is for every individual that lives in Thurston County. You are my priority and the one I will work for. It doesn’t matter how I stand on an issue – it matters how the majority stands on an issue.”
“Am I qualified? You decide. I have more than 8 years in finance, over 10 years in purchasing, and 10 plus years experience in City government. Additionally, I have a strong background in IT and communications.
I will bring fresh ideas and inclusive concepts to the table for all of us.”
Click here for her Vision for Thurston County.

3. Jon Halverson

Jon W. Halvorson
Mr. Halvorson has acknowledged the economy as being an issue here saying, “Given today’s economy and the difficulty of making ends meet, I will strive to help the County have the most efficient and effective services possible. I pledge to be open-minded, a good listener, and seek your advice.”
Mr. Halvorson’s bio includes being appointed by four successive Lacey Mayors as a citizen representative, served on the Lacey City Council and in May, 1993, became the 10th Mayor of Lacey and held the office through January, 1996.

4. Sandra Romero

Sandra Romero
Mrs. Romero has been a resident of Thurston County for 24 years and for 12 years, represented her constituents in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and much of Thurston County in our State’s House of Representatives. She worked to build consensus on issues as diverse as civil service reform, animal cruelty laws and landuse issues.
Her vision as County Commissioner from her website says, “I believe that we can develop both sensibly and sensitively. But we need to start now by cherishing our land, our trees and our water, not squandering them.
In governing wisely, the county can be a good and helpful neighbor. We must strike a balance between respecting private property rights and personal freedoms, while promoting public health and the joy of daily living here.”

March 22, 2008


“In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated March 22 as “World Water Day” to draw international attention to the critical lack of clean, safe drinking water worldwide.
In 2007, 69 cities across the United States passed resolutions acknowledging March 22 as World Water Day.
World Water Day is an international day of observance and action to draw attention to the plight of the more than 1 billion people world wide that lack access to clean, safe drinking water. Celebrated since 1993, World Water Day was designated in 1992 when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly passed a resolution. With each passing year, the observance has grown larger and stronger,” quoting the World Water Day website.


“This film is about water, the most amazing yet least studied substance. From times immemorial, scientists, philosophers and theologians tried to understand its explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature.

Witness recent, breathtaking discoveries by researchers worldwide from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Israel, the USA, Britain, Austria, Japan, Argentina, China and Tibet.

The arguments expound upon unexpected and challenging assumptions enlightening many years of research to open humankind to new horizons, such as the applications of structured water in agriculture, or the use of water in treatment for the most serious diseases and more.

The Geography of the film spans the globe. The implications go beyond the solar system, suggesting that water has the ability to convey messages faster than light, perhaps linking water with the absolute. Water is so unique, and so profound, its miraculous properties are still awaiting to be discovered,” quoting WATER, the movie.

Intention Media is handling the distribution of Water, which is headed by filmmaker Betsy Chasse (co-creator of the hit film What the Bleep Do We Know?!) of Yelm.

This writer saw this film and thinks everyone should see it. This is a landmark award-winning documentary that provides knowledge about this precious resource on a grand scale!

Mayor Harding has commemorated this day with information on the city’s electronic reader board outside City Hall.
Click here for Yelm Cinemas showtime information.

Yelm Cinemas at Prairie Park
Photo courtesy of Yelm Cinmeas’ website


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