September 22, 2008

AUTUMN BEGINS THIS MORNING IN YELM

Happy Autumnal Equinox, 8:39am today in Yelm!


September 21, 2008

THURSTON COUNTY “BUDGET WOES THREATEN SOCIAL SERVICES; “CITY OF ROY ‘BROKE'”

THE OLYMPIAN REPORTS THIS ABOUT THURSTON COUNTY

“As many as 17 social-service agencies could face layoffs or other cuts if budget-strapped Thurston County stops contributing to the Human Services Review Council, agency leaders said.

‘It would be catastrophic,’ said Charles Shelan, executive director of Olympia-based Community Youth Services, speculating that the county’s pullout could lead to state or federal matching funds drying up as well. ‘It’s affecting the most vulnerable people in the community.’

The review council, a coalition of area governments that awards grants of between $12,000 and $50,000 to individual nonprofit human-service agencies, distributed $416,000 this year to the 17 organizations. Of that amount, the county contributed $112,000, about 27 percent of the review council’s budget.

The county is under pressure to reduce its 2009 general-fund spending plan by $4 million from this year’s $79 million.”

NVN: “CITY OF ROY ‘BROKE'”

“Former clerk-treasurer Betty Garrison berated the Roy City Council Monday [Sept. 8] and accused them of misappropriating funds.

‘The City of Roy has serious cash flow issues,’ Garrison told council.

‘The city is basically broke.’

Mayor Natalie Banks had asked Garrison to review the citys budget and offer advice,” quoting the NVN.

NVN: “Roy mayor knew report was coming”
“Former employees and at least one past mayor say former clerk-treasurer Betty Garrison did the right thing in confronting the Roy City Council about its financial meltdown.”

THE MICROCOSM OF THE MACROCOSM GOING ON RIGHT HERE IN THE NISQUALLY VALLEY!

AS ONE BLOG READER ASKED THIS WEEK AFTER THE NVN STORY WAS PUBLISHED ABOUT ROY GOING BROKE:
“Maybe we need an audit as well before this happens to us [Yelm]!

HMMM!

Maybe! Just maybe… however only IF the citizens stand-up and demand an audit!
No likely though.

Or, will Yelm residents continue to be told and not question that everything is just fine & wake up one day to find they are not, i.e. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, AIG Insurance, Lehman Bros, Merrill Lynch!


September 20, 2008

“SONIC BOOMS HAVE FT. LEWIS NEIGHBORS SOUNDING OFF”

“On YouTube you can see the rockets that might be headed to Fort Lewis. They’re known as “HIMARS” – short for “high mobility artillery rocket system.” En route to enemy targets, they break the sound barrier…

Loud weapon exercises are nothing new for Fort Lewis’ neighbors…

Fort Lewis commanders say they want to be good neighbors. If the tests start next year, they would happen only during daylight hours and at most spread out over four weeks throughout the year.

Officials at Fort Lewis declined our request for an on-camera interview.

A base spokesman said the program is anything but a “done deal” and the fort wants to hear from and work with any neighbors concerned about it.

The U.S. Army is taking public input on the proposal for the next two weeks.

Comments can be mailed to Army Public Works at IMWE-LAW-PWE MS17 Attn: Mr. Van Hoesen, P.O. Box 339500, Fort Lewis, WA 98433-9500 or by sending an e-mail to bill.vanhoesen@us.army.mil, ” quoting KING-5 TV News in Seattle.
[Ed. Note: Click on the video in this story!]

To all Yelm, McKenna, Roy & Nisqually Reservation neighbors to Ft. Lewis, please send your comments to:

Army Public Works at IMWE-LAW-PWE MS17
Attn: Mr. Van Hoesen
P.O. Box 339500
Fort Lewis, WA 98433-9500
or by sending an e-mail to bill.vanhoesen@us.army.mil

The Army Times report on this story.

More Ft. Lewis trees in our area to be harvested? From the Seattle Times.

The Olympian story includes decibel levels for our area!


September 19, 2008

FIRST ANNUAL “MCKENNA FEST DRAWS LARGE CROWD”

“The sun shined brightly throughout the day as residents flocked to the first-ever McKenna Fest.

People visited booths selling a variety of items including food, decorations and crafts.

Roger Smith, event organizer and general manager for Baydo Chevrolet, said McKenna Fest was a way to thank customers and introduce themselves to new ones.

Local businesses in McKenna offered various deals…

The sun shined brightly throughout the day as residents flocked to the first-ever McKenna Fest.

People visited booths selling a variety of items including food, decorations and crafts.

Roger Smith, event organizer and general manager for Baydo Chevrolet, said McKenna Fest was a way to thank customers and introduce themselves to new ones.

Local businesses in McKenna offered various deals…

McKenna Fest was sponsored by businesses in the McKenna Y area.

Smith said the event was sucha success , they plan to make it an annual or even bi-annual event,” quoting the NVN.


September 18, 2008

COMMUNITY RECYCLE DAYS THIS SATURDAY & NEXT

Recycling and Disposal

Community Recycle Days

Thurston County’s Community Recycle Days offer an easy way to recycle a variety of household items at reduced rates.

The next 2008 Community Recycle Days will be held on the following days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

– Saturday, Sept. 20 at the South Sound Speedway between Tenino and Rochester

– Saturday, Sept 27 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds on Carpenter Road

Please fill out this form and bring it with you to Community Recycle Days (PDF).

Items Accepted at Recycle Days

Tires — passenger vehicles, without rim, $2 each

Tires — passenger vehicles, with rim, $3 each

Tires — tractor size (prices for larger tires will be determined on-site by the vendor), $10 each

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners (max. 4 per vehicle), $15 each

Stoves, washers, dryers, hot water tanks, microwaves (NO dishwashers accepted), $5 each

Televisions, computer monitors, laptops, $15 each

CPUs, fax machines, printers, scanners, copiers (under 50 lbs), $5 each

CD & DVD players, VCRs, stereo systems, radios, speakers, $2 each

Keyboards, computer mice, all types of phones, printed circuit boards, FREE

Power tools, push or riding lawn mowers, bicycles, small gas motors
(including chain saw, weed trimmer, outboard boat motor), FREE

Goodwill donations
(small furniture, clothes, working small kitchen appliances, kitchenware), FREE

Scrap metal (including de-valved propane tanks), FREE

Flower pots (2 gallon or larger, clean and unbroken), FREE

Questions: Call 357-2491 or e-mail wwm-webmaster@co.thurston.wa.us.
Last updated: 08/03/2008

http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/wwm/Recycling_and_Disposal/Recycle/Recycle%20Days/Recycle%20Days.htm


September 17, 2008

OLYMPIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 1ST WESTMINSTER SERIES THIS SUNDAY

Westminster Chamber Music Series
Who: The Olympia Chamber Orchestra presents

What: Westminster Chamber Music Series;
Three Sundays at Three, an assortment of solos, duets, trios, quartets and ensembles from Bach to Joplin.

When: September 21, February 1, and March 29

Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church

1925 Boulevard Rd SE, Olympia WA

Cost: Free, donations are appreciated.

Contact:www.olympiachamberorchestra.org


September 16, 2008

THURSTON COUNTY JURY DECIDES – JZ KNIGHT WINS CASE


JZ Knight
File Photo


Whitewind Weaver
Photo from Ms. Weaver’s MySpace page

“Ex-student violated contract with JZ Knight, jury decides”

“A Thurston County jury ruled Monday [September 15] that Rainier spiritual teacher Whitewind Weaver borrowed techniques from the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in Yelm and taught them as her own, violating a school registration certificate that limits the teachings to students’ personal use.

The jury, deliberating less than two hours on the fifth day of a civil trial on the breach-of-contract claim, awarded $10,388 in damages to Ramtha school founder JZ Knight and her company JZK Inc.

That was the amount of revenue Art of Life Coaching Inc., the company founded by Weaver, received from an August 2006 seminar where the contract violations occurred.

‘We asked for $10,388 and a verification that the defendant broke a contract, and we received both, so I’m well-satisfied,’ said Tacoma attorney Rick Creatura, representing JZK Inc.

In closing arguments, Creatura asked the jury to set aside personal skepticism about Knight or her claim to channel Ramtha, a 35,000-year-old male warrior spirit, and to decide the case solely on legal issues.

‘I want you to wipe the horns off their (Knight and school associates’) heads these are real people, intelligent people,’ he said. ‘Their beliefs may be different than yours, but they’re still entitled to protection.’

Weaver, calm and composed after the jury’s announcement at the Thurston County courthouse, said she was satisfied that she and her colleagues stood up for what they believed was right…

Knight, contacted later, said the case was “highly important” because “we had to set a precedent” that the school’s teachings were protected…

“Many people have been granted permission to use the work,” Knight said, “but the problem was they (Weaver and associates) never asked they just used,” quoting The Olympian.

From the NVN:
“Knight prevails in suit against Weaver”


September 15, 2008

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: CRITTERS-ON-THINGS


Marcy Deutsch,
of Critters on Things.com

One of the delights that this writer and his wife experienced at last week’s 1st annual McKenna Fest were the local community crafts makers, some of whom we met and discovered for the very first time. One of the highlights of our day was our encounter with Marcy Deutsch and her booth manager mother, Robin.

“Marcy Deutsch is a 25 year old autistic artist who considers Yelm, Washington her home. At 5, Marcy was first diagnosed with moderate high functioning autism and given a bleak outlook by the doctors. Despite all the odds piled against her, she graduated Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington with a 3.7 grade point average. She also learned to fly planes, even though she wont drive a car.

It is through her art that she has learned to connect more to the world around her. Marcys style is unique and many feel that her exquisite artwork captures the very soul of the animals she draws.

She was the winner of the 2008 Yelm Arts Walk poster contest. She has also participated in the Olympia Arts Walk, where her incredible art received the praise of all who saw it…

What is incredible is that as a young child, Marcy rarely drew, and only if she had to. It was only when a school project required all the kids to draw their favorite pet or animal that Marcy drew Tiny, her green-winged macaw. It was then that everyone realized what an incredible talent she had. Teachers in awe were amazed at her artistic rendition of the bird and contacted Marcys parents to let them know about this savant like talent. Immediately, Marcy started taking private art lessons, honing her talents. Marcy is skilled in many different medium, including color pencils, oils, pastels, and watercolors.

Marcys artistic journey is an inspiring one and gives hope to parents of other autistic children,” quoting Marcy’s website, Critters on Things.

Marcy’s mother Robin is “the author of The Healthy Bird Cookbook and/Click That Does The Trick, and has over 28 years of experience with Parrots.”

TELL ROBIN AND MARCY YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDERS!


September 14, 2008

INTRODUCING LOCAL CRAFTSMAN — MAKER OF FAIRY SHACKS

“Whether for play or for display,
a fairy house is ideal for all your fairy fun! Create fairy gardens, or magical fairy displays with Fairy Shack’s original rustic fairy dwellings. These fairy homes are hand crafted by fairy artisans in the mossy Pacific Northwest. Each Fairy Masterpiece is a one of a kind Fairy Shack original. These houses are scaled minature houses crafted out of weather resistant cedar and quarried stone. Please contact us if you have a custom fairy house idea or if you have any questions about our fairy homes,” quoting Fairy Shack.

“Our goal is to add joy and a touch of magic to our products to inspire people to contemplate the unknown and bring beauty into their homes!” quoting Jude and Diana of Fairy Shack.

This writer and his wife saw these magical creations at their booth at McKenna fest last week.

See Fairy Shack’s creations at their next booth:
Yelm Eagles Annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale
11609 Koeppen Rd SE
Yelm, WA 98597
(360) 458-4144.
It starts at 9 and goes to 5.
Saturday Oct. 25

TELL FAIRY SHACK YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


September 13, 2008

PROPOSED NEW HOTELS IN LACEY — INCLUDING A MARRIOTT-OWNED PROPERTY

The Pierce County Business Examiner reported in the September 1st edition,

“South Sound hotel plans move forward as tourism grows”

“Growing tourism interest in Thurston County has encouraged Best Western to submit a proposal for a new hotel in Lacey. If built, the project would be the international hoteliers second in Lacey, and would comprise 85 rooms and 51,800 square feet of space.

City documents indicate Olympia developers Sang Jae and Keum Woo purchased the site at 8316 Quinalt Drive N.E. in Hawks Prarie for $1.67 million.

The proposed hotel addition in Lacey would add to an already healthy inventory, said Mike Dexter, executive director of the Olympia, Lacey, & Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Occupancy rates in the three capitol-area cities reported well in 2007, with Tumwater showing what Dexter described as astronomical rates. With some hotel occupancy rates reaching 90 percent and growing tourism opportunities, additional beds will be appreciated. In Lacey, a new regional athletic center, currently under construction, will likely create greater need for hotel rooms.

Combined with new retail arrivals such as sportsmans mega-store Cabelas, Lacey and surrounding cities will need more rooms for customers coming to the area to shop and take advantage of nearby outdoor recreation opportunities.

‘I think this comes at a good time,’ said Dexter.

He also mentioned that other hoteliers have been kicking dirt in Lacey and surrounding cities, and that Best Western might not be the only one with sights set on the area. A 107-room Marriott inn, for example, has reportedly been proposed to be built in Hawks Prarie by California-based developers Hall Equities Group.”

And this from Hall Equities Group:
“Hall Equities Group is pleased to announce that it has received final approval from the City of Lacey for its Lacey Town Center project.

Located in Lacey WA adjacent the State Capital city of Olympia WA. Lacey Town Center is located on a 10 acre site at the northwest intersection of Main street and Marvin road, one block off the Marvin road / Interstate 5 intersection. Lacey Town Center will consist of a new 107 room Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites which will be surrounded by some 63,000 square feet of retail shops, a Bank pad, and several sit down restaurants. Lacey Town Center is adjacent to the new 220 acre Lacey Gateway project, which is anchored by a new 165,000 sq ft Cabelas store, which opened in November 2007. Principals of Hall Equities Group acquired the three parcel site in a series of transactions over the last few years.”

Yelm’s Prairie Hotel is currently underway building a 44-room new addition to their current 23 rooms, as well.


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