May 22, 2008

OLYMPIA’S CAPITOL THEATER SCREENING “THE UNFORESEEN” THIS WEEKEND

The Capitol Theater in Olympia will be screening a movie called The Unforseen, starting Saturday the 24th, through the following Friday. Its about:

An ambitious west Texas farm boy with grandiose plans tires of living at the mercy of nature and sets out to find a life with more control. He heads to Austin where he becomes a real estate developer and skillfully capitalizes on the growth of this 1970s boomtown. At the peak of his powers, he transforms 4,000 acres of pristine Hill Country into one of the states largest and fastest selling subdivisions. When the development threatens a local treasure, a fragile limestone aquifer and a naturally spring-fed swimming hole, the community fights back. In the conflict that ensues, we see in miniature a struggle that today plays out in communities across the country,” quoting the film’s website.

The New York Times said this about this film: click here.


May 21, 2008

CHRISTENSON ANNOUNCES DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S NOMINATION OF HER FOR LD2 STATE REP


JeanMarie Christenson
Photo courtesy of Stephany Ray

Quoting LD2 Candidate Christenson’s campaign:

JeanMarie Christenson overwhelmingly wins LD2’s Democratic Nomination for State Representative.

JeanMarie Christenson won Legislative District 2’s Democratic nomination for State Representative at the Nominating Convention in Graham, May 19th, outpacing her opponents.
Christenson’s resounding 128-weighted votes reflected Party confidence.

The official tally: Christenson 128, Harper 26, Collins 27.

In addition to her being the Democratic Party’s officially nominated candidate, JeanMarie was pleased to announce her endorsement by the LD2 Democrats.

Christenson’s persuasive speech expressed her fine track record of preparedness, effort, dedication, knowledge, and experience. JeanMarie helped answer questions about the technicalities of the nominating process, and her understanding of both State and local issues was clearly demonstrated.

With her campaign now in high gear, JeanMarie has strong momentum. Christenson is quoted as saying, “I will continue to dedicate myself, and work diligently for all the folks in our District and State, to help make sure everyone has a future worth walking into.”

The Tacoma News Tribune’s Joe Turner penned a brief story and has a public comment section on his newspaper blog.


May 21, 2008

YELM LIBRARY HOSTS “OUR PAST – OUR PRESENT” TODAY AT 3PM



Yelm Timberland Regional Library

Photo courtesy of Yelm-based photographer Guustaaf Damave

Wednesday, May 21
Our Past, Our Present: Share Your Memories on video for city archives
Elders of the community are invited to join in a conversation about their life experiences at school, on the farm, with pets, in Yelmand more. Members of the Yelm Historical Society will facilitate. This session will be videotaped as a resource for present and future generations.
3 – 4:30 PM


May 20, 2008

YELM TOWN HALL MEETING MAY 28TH WITH LD 2 STATE REP. CANDIDATE CHUCK COLLINS


Chuck Collins

Town Hall Meeting With 2nd District State Representative Candidate

CHUCK COLLINS

2nd District State Representative candidate Chuck Collins
will speak and answer questions at a
YELM TOWN HALL MEETING

at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

at Gordons Grange, 308 East Yelm Ave.

Mr. Collins is a 1996 University of Washington graduate with ties to the environment. He is a life-long sportsman, a former U.S. Forest Service firefighter, ranger, and Department of Energy Program Manager. Collins currently provides strategic consulting and advice to the electric power industry.

Mr. Collins is a resident of Yelm and is active in many business and charitable organizations.

Hosted by the the Yelm Community Blog

WON’T YOU JOIN US TO HEAR MR. COLLINS VISION FOR THE DISTRICT
AND SHARE YOUR VIEWS TO UPDATE HIM ON YELM’S ISSUES?


May 19, 2008

BACKPACK SURVIVAL WORKSHOP JUNE 1ST

BACKPACK SURVIVAL WORKSHOP

“This is a basic 3 hour adult class being presented by Jaymes Brandon.
In this workshop, Mr. Brandon will discuss how to choose the correct type and size backpack.
Jaymes will also exhibit and explain all the short-term “Survival Items”
necessary to survive a natural disaster or whatever else one may need to face,
from several days up to one month, within our backpack.
Jaymes comes from experience having survived the jungles of Vietnam
and has backpacked many times alone over the years for a month at a time in the High Desert areas of America’s Southwest with only his backpack and survival skills.

Learn about “The 12 most Essential Items” we always need to have on hand and why!

There will be a handout listing these items at the best price available and where you can purchase them.

There will be Q & A’s as needed.

This will be a very informative and fun filled class; be prepared to be partnered-up at times.

What to bring: A flexible tape measure, note pad & pen and a good sense of humor.
If you already have a backpack bring it along.

This class is limited, so you will need to reserve your spot early to secure your place on a list.
Payment will be taken on the day of this class at check-in.
Please email your intent to: dsmartt@thurston.com or call 360-264-2708 – ask for Debbie.

Date: Sunday 1st June 2008
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Place: Tenino Quarry House
Tenino Park
Cost: $25 per person
or $35 per couple

This is a basic course and will be the 1st in a Series of “Outdoor Survival Skills” Mr. Brandon will be holding,
for those who are interested in more offerings.”


May 18, 2008

MAYOR & TRIBAL ELDER HAVE COLUMNS IN THIS WEEK’S PAPER TOUTING WATER MANAGEMENT

The Nisqually Valley News’ two regular columnists Mayor Ron Harding and Nisqually Tribal Elder & Northwest Fisheries Commission Chair Billy Frank, Jr. both talk about water management:


THE HONORABLE MAYOR RON HARDING

Yelm Mayor Ron Harding explains in his monthly City Talk column titled “City adopts seasonal water rate hike”,
“But it’s not the daily household and business uses that are causing concern: it’s the discretionary summertime usage and wasting of water that is challenging us…
The State of Washington requires us to implement conservation efforts. Last year, the city advocated a voluntary conservation program for the summer season…

This year, to discourage wasting of water, the city council and I agreed to apply a seasonal rate increase for June through September.”


Billy Frank, Jr.

Nisqually Tribal Elder & Northwest Fisheries Commission Chair Billy Frank, Jr. in his column titled “Time for better water management” talks about exempt wells “that could potentially run our rivers dry”.

The Olympian on May 15th preceded these columns with a story titled
“Olympia, tribe agreement aims to ease water worries”:
“The water agreement signed Wednesday [May 14] between the city of Olympia and the Nisqually tribe is the first concrete step on a path to ease the water crunch for Thurston County’s population center.
In the coming weeks, Lacey will become a partner as Olympia and the tribe work to jointly develop a new wellfield and retire McAllister Springs as a municipal water source after 60 years of use…
Olympia is required under federal law to either treat McAllister Springs with a costly ultraviolet disinfection system or find a replacement water source by October 2012. The springs are exposed and vulnerable to contamination, particularly from spills of railcars running on the nearby line. Wells used by the Nisqually tribe are low-producing, according to the tribe.”

The City of Yelm will have to be brought into the agreement about McAllister Springs since the city’s water policies affect this water source, as discussed here previously in January, 2007.

Further, the City of Yelm is going to Superior Court from a suit filed by JZ Knight that will hopefully establish the facts and truth about the City of Yelm’s actual water rights, as discussed here on March 6, 2008, since city and State Dept. of Ecology officials share different views of Yelm’s acquired water rights.


May 17, 2008

RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDED TODAY

Olympia Regional Airport reported a high temperature of 91 degrees today, which broke the previous record set in 1956.
Further, yesterday’s 85 degrees was one degree short of the 86 degree high set in 1985.

Sunday will be 20 degrees cooler as marine air moves in.

This is the second record high this season, the first one set on April 12, 2008.

“The Green River and Cedar River were closed to all recreational traffic Saturday afternoon, as the spring melt-off created dangerous conditions,” reports KING-5 TV.

A raft rescue had to be conducted on the Nisqually River in McLenna today, as reported in The Olympian.


May 17, 2008

BLUE BOTTLE HOLDING LITERARY AFTERNOON TOMORROW!


A Literary Afternoon will be held at the Blue Bottle, 309 Yelm Ave. E, Yelm on May 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by International Award-Winning Author Bettye Johnson, the program will feature the following,

Suzanne Fairbrother, Ph.D. author of “Finding the Goddess Within.” Dr. Fairbrother earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City. She has worked with women in a private practice of Psychotherapy for more than a quarter of a century. She has a private practice in Yelm.

Bruce Smith a professional writer and storyteller and a 1998 National Storytelling Champion, runner-up. Currently, Smith writes full-time for The Dispatch newspaper located in Eatonville, Wa. He has earned recognition from the American Institute of Physics on his article, “Antigravity: The Holy Grail of the 21st Century.” Smith will read from his novel, “The Men of Honor of Unity House.”

Carolyn GiaMarco, a poet and writer will share her poetry. GiaMarco is a long-time resident of the Yelm area and a prolific writer on reflections on what she observes.

Diane Dondero, author of “Udderly Simple Dairy Foods,” a delightful memoir containing recipes for simple dairy foods. Dondero is a Disaster Reservist, State of Wa. Emergency Management and the Founding Director, Babes in Belts designed to assist others in being self-sufficient and taking responsibility for their lives.

Delores Crowell, artist and writer will read an essay titled, “My Love Affair With Jewels.” Crowell in her art uses innovative ways with pressed flowers. Crowell is a long-time resident of the Yelm area.

Iris Moore, author of a children’s picture book, “Henrietta the Guard Chicken,” has also received the Award of Merit for her writing and winning poetry contests by the League of Western Writers. A member of the International Society of Poets, she is currently working on a collection of her poems, titled “Blossoms of Light.” Moore is also a singer and songwriter.


May 16, 2008

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: XOCAI CHOCOLATE DISTRIBUTOR PAT STEWART

EAT CHOCOLATE GET HEALTHY
SHARE CHOCOLATE GET WEALTHY
EAT COOKIES LOSE WEIGHT
SAFE FOR DIABETICS

“You are invited to a delightfully fun free healthy delicious chocolate tasting of nuggets, power squares, protein bars, cookies, Omega bars and Activ Drink.

May 17, 2008, Saturday afternoon 5:00 to 6:30 in the office of Yelm Real Estate (beside Arnolds Restaurant next to Bon Jons Hairstyling and the tanning salon).

If this time does not work for you, let us know as there are other tastings being scheduled. You could have one in your own home, just call to schedule one.

XOCAI (pronounced sho-sigh) Chocolate is a superfood made by a patented cold process at 110 degrees so that the health is not cooked out of it. There are no refined sugars, added caffeine, preservatives, fillers or wax used in Xocai products. So, how can that taste good? Come and taste for yourself.

Chocolate is naturally healthy but cooking at high heat destroys most of the nutrients and adding refined sugar and milk fats make it unhealthy. Now with Xocai chocolate you can enjoy your passion without any guilt about how much you eat and in fact know it is good for you.

Xocai chocolate products are a great treat for children.

If you love chocolate so much you cant wait to taste it, call 446-4876, leave a message with your address and a sample can be sent in the mail. Or, if you have received a small sample and cant wait to order some, check out the website at www.onlythebestchocolate.com and place an order or call me (Pat Stewart) and Ill take care of it for you.

Bring along this invitation to a tasting and you will be given an extra nugget to take home to share with someone else you know who loves chocolate.

People with high blood pressure, diabetes, gum disease etc. will thank you for telling them about this healthy chocolate.

See you there and bring a friend or family member.”


May 15, 2008

YELM ANIMAL SHELTER CITIZEN ACTION MEETING TONIGHT

The Yelm Animal Shelter Citizen Action Committee will have their 2nd meeting sponsored by Liquid Soul Cafe in McKenna at 7pm tonight?

“This meeting is to work out details for a resolution on the Yelm Shelter and the inhumane treatment of dogs at this facility. We plan on going before the City Council on the 27th [of May] at 7:30 pm to discuss this issue.

These meetings are a place for volunteers to gather and discuss plans.

Anyone who would like to join our Yahoo Group – Yelm SOS (Save our Shelter), please email our group at YelmSOS@yahoogroups.com, or show up for the meeting tonight.

Thanks for your help.

Cathy Vargas


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