November 11, 2008


“Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is celebrated on the same day as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

Veterans Day is largely intended to thank veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to United States national security are appreciated…, quoting Wikipedia.

More from Wikipedia:
“The Congress, by an act approved June 1, 1954 (68 Stat. 168), changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day.”

“The Uniform Holidays Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. After protests by veterans’ groups, it was moved back to November 11 in 1978 (most states had reverted to the original date during the ’70s). Even though it is a federal and state holiday, it is formally observed in most parts of the United States only by government offices and banks.”

“Veterans Day closures, events” in the South Sound, quoting The Olympian.


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but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it?

How this works:

We have Soldier contacts on the “Where to Send” page. Click through the names and select the one(s) you wish to support. They list what the folks they represent want and need. We even have a search capability so you can easily identify what the troops need most.

All the Soldiers involved in this effort are military volunteers stationed in areas that are in harm’s way. You send your support (letters and/or packages) addressed to them and when they see the “Attn: Any Soldier” line in their address they put your letters and packages into the hands of Soldiers who don’t get much or any mail first. Everything is shared.

We have “What to Send”, “How to Send” and “FAQ” pages to help you properly send letters and packages, please read these. Be sure to also read our “New & Stuff” and “Success Stories” pages. This effort is 110% voluntary. You send your support, and maybe some stuff, directly to whatever unit or units you want, you don’t send us anything.

We also have a video you may watch free online, “Tango Mike!” which is a great overview of how the site works. The video is available for purchase HERE.

PLEASE read the entire web site before you send anything.
We want you to be informed and comfortable with this effort.

Thank you for your support!

November 10, 2008


Gail Louise Schorno Passes

Gail Schorno, “Age 65, of Yelm, passed away Wednesday, November 5th 2008, after a two-year battle with cancer. Born in Tacoma to Dallas and Marguerite Edwards, she spent most of her life in Yelm. Gail graduated from Yelm High School in 1961, and was married to her high school sweetheart Larry Schorno for 47 years. Gail, a devoted, talented mother and homemaker, had many interests. She enjoyed singing, acting, horseback riding, cooking, gardening, beachcombing, and piloting her Cessna. She was a great fan of her nine adoring grandchildren, attending their many ballgames and musical events. Many charitable organizations benefited from her generosity, including Yelm Dollars for Scholars, POSSCA, Yelm Performing Arts, Drew Harvey Theater, and Yelm Historical Society. She loved to love her family. She is survived by her mother Marguerite Edwards, husband Larry Schorno, daughters Gayla Schorno-Duerr and Cindy Schorno, sons Dan and Glenn Schorno, sisters Dallas Ann Landon and Christine Chatwood, brother Jeff Edwards, and nine precious grandchildren, Peter, Kristie, Daniel, Natalie, Austin, Jack, Will, Alexis and Laney. Gail will be dearly missed by all and we know we will see her again in Heaven. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 1 pm at the Lawrence Lake Pavilion in Yelm. A brief gravesite visit and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dollars for Scholars Endowment Fund in memory of Gail Schorno,” quoting the Tacoma News Tribune.


November 9, 2008


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November 8, 2008


Regarding the NVN October 10th front-page story quoting Mayor Harding and the City of Yelm Press release concerning the case of JZ Knight vs City of Yelm et al titled “Lawsuit Ruling: Business as usual”, Judge Chris Wickham made final yesterday his Letter Opinion dated October 7, 2008 about this case and did not change anything. The Court listened to a partial list of objections from the City and developers’ representatives and then stated that the City was attempting to keep the truth from being known in this case, overruling the City’s objection to have to inform Ms. Knight when any permits are issued in these five developments.
One can see that developers’ Bloom & Chamberlain Tahoma Terra phases will be impacted with this decision. Telling the NVN in mid-October,
“Recently, we spent hundreds of thousands of our hard-earned money in attorney and consultant fees defending our livelihood.
Other local and the city also spent an equivalent amount and for what?”

For what, they ask?
That was presented by Knight’s attorney before a Hearing Examiner in Yelm and the Yelm City Council in 2007, which has now been addressed by the Thurston County Superior Court –
to get the City of Yelm to follow the laws of the State of Washington on water.
[Ed. Note: Bloom & Chamberlain knew all along there was not enough water to support these developments, as they have been feverishly attempting to acquire water rights for their properties for a couple of years now. Did they just go along and trust the City, expecting no one would be perceptive that there was not enough water or go to Superior Court if they did notice? Wise developers should make absolutely certain the city has the water available before committing on any development. Otherwise, they may sink alot of money into a project, not be permitted to build and accrue out-of-pocket expenses they may never be able to recoup.]

Yesterday, the NVN published Bloom/Chamberlain’s unfounded accusations about Ms. Knight’s property not operating in compliance & filing a complaint with Thurston County. Where was the NVN’s award-winning investigative journalism on this issue. The only thing that was given ink were Bloom & Chamberlain’s accusations, with NO questioning of the County. The NVN has previously reported the State’s Dept of Health & Ecology were called on by Bloom & Chamberlain to investigate Knight’s water systems and found to be in compliance, TWICE. Now Bloom & Chamberlain are asking the County to investigate Knight’s sewage systems.

Playing the victim and then throwing out accusations is an easy way to divert attention from the fact that these 2 developers just did not do their homework on Yelm’s water issues & moved ahead with their investments here anyway, expecting to acquire sufficient water only to be told the City does not have water to support some of their Tahoma Terra phases.

Bottom line:
“So it is clear that the City must make findings of “appropriate provisions” for potable water supplies in this case by the time of final plat approval.

The final determination of the Court concluded the City is required to show approved and available water rights sufficient to serve all currently approved and to-be approved subdivisions in this case. “The “reasonable expectation” based on historical City’s suggested finding potable water would be considered insufficient to satisfy this condition.”

This case has nothing to do with stopping or limiting development, rather to direct the City to follow the laws of:
the Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC)
the Washington Water Code
and that a determination of ‘appropriate provision’ [of water] are a condition of preliminary plat approval and must be provided at final plat approval.

Quoting City Administrator Shelly Badger in a press release, “‘it is ironic that the decision equates to Yelm doing business as usual. ‘The permitting process isnt changed.'”

That is not true now as NO permit can be issued in any of these five subdivisions unless adequate water is proven at final plat, NOT at building permit issuance stage.

Mayor Harding can say this is “business as usual”, however to quote Knight’s attorney Keith Moxon,
“The Judge agreed with JZ Knight that a “reasonable expectation” (Yelm’s current wording to approve developments’ water rights acquisition in the future) is not sufficient to meet the legal requirement of making “appropriate provisions” for a potable water supply.

JZ Knight is grateful that this Judge carefully reviewed the record of the city’s actions and determined that the city’s approach to approving development without provision for potable water is not lawful.

Hopefully, the City of Yelm will now make arrangements to stay within its water rights and approve new development only when it has an adequate water supply.”

Read Judge Wickham’s October 7th Letter Opinion in the case of JZ Knight vs. City of Yelm et al which was made final on Friday, November 7, 2008.

The City of Yelm Water Press Release dated October 10, 2008 says:
“‘To set aside water rights at a time other than building permit does not make sense. In essence, the City would have to set aside water for lots that might not ever be developed,’ said Yelm Mayor Ron Harding, who is happy with the decision.

‘If the judge had agreed with Knight,’ Harding explained, ‘all growth in Yelm, including the construction of new homes and businesses would stop.’

‘With the economic challenges we are facing, both nationally and locally, continued development is essential to maintain a healthy community,’ Harding concluded.”

Mr. Mayor, did you not read Judge Wickham’s Letter Opinion about the 5 subdivisions as quoted above???
Bottom line: Water has to be proven to be available for these 5 subdivisions at final plat. If not, then construction in these developments cannot move forward.

Therefore, the City’s Press Release and quotes from Mayor Harding & City Administrator Badger are not-so-subtle, calculated and deliberate attempts at subterfuge of the truth and public trust. Quoting only the city’s own Press Release and not Judge Wickham’s Opinion Letter is indicative of the newspaper’s complicity, too, which is no surprise…

The Court saw that as well and mentioned this on the record yesterday!

The City must follow the Court’s findings or be in contempt.
The City can appeal the court’s decision.

Will the readers of the NVN be informed of this major decision affecting the way the City of Yelm conducts business?

November 7, 2008


Prisons go green, farm, recycle to save energy
More facilities seek alternatives in attempts to reduce costs, waste

“LITTLEROCK, Wash. – Of all the things convicted murderer Robert Knowles has been called during his 13 years behind bars, recycler hasn’t been one of them.

But there he was one morning, pitchfork in hand, composting food scraps from the main chow line and coffee grounds from prison headquarters doing his part to “green” the prison.

“It’s nice to be out in the elements,” said Knowles, 42, stirring dark, rich compost that will amend the soil at the small farm where he and fellow inmates of the Cedar Creek Corrections Center grew 8,000 pounds of organic vegetables this year.

Inmates of the minimum-security facility, 25 miles from Olympia, the state capital, raise bees, grow organic tomatoes and lettuce, compost 100 percent of food waste and even recycle shoe scraps that are made into playground turf.

‘It reduces cost, reduces our damaging impact on the environment, engages inmates as students,’ said Eldon Vail, secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections, which oversees 15 prisons and 18,000 offenders. ‘It’s good security.’…

Gains with ‘Con-Post’

While there isn’t scientific evidence that such activities are helping inmates, Nalini Nadkarni, an environmental studies professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., notes anecdotal evidence that it’s working.

‘They were stimulating their minds and having conversations that were different than ‘How much more time we have left?’ said Nadkarni.

One inmate went beyond conversations, enrolling in a doctoral program when he got out and co-authoring a research paper with Nadkarni on a moss-growing project she started to help reduce the impact of wild moss harvesting on forests.

While Cedar Creek went green out of economic necessity it had to conserve because it didn’t have the wastewater capacity to expand four years ago it is now embracing other benefits, said Dan Pacholke, a state prison administrator who helped implement many of the practices.

Cedar Creek uses 250,000 fewer gallons of water a year, saves $6,000 to $8,400 annually on garbage bills and avoided a $1.4 million sewage treatment plant upgrade.

A large “Con-Post” marks the prison’s composting station, made of recycled concrete blocks and reclaimed wood, where Knowles spends about six hours a day, making sure the compost gets enough heat, moisture and air to break down food scraps.

‘They trust me to do all this with no supervision,’ said Knowles, who is serving time for the hit-and-run death of an off-duty police officer.

‘I like growing the vegetables,’ Knowles said. ‘My mom had a garden. I can see having my own garden,'” quoting MSNBC.

November 6, 2008


“Confirm the appointment of Glen Nutter to fill the vacancy on the Yelm Planning Commission.”

With great sadness, the Yelm Planning Commission lost member Peggy Wolf Kennedy.
Pursuant to the Yelm City Councils Protocol Manual, the Community Development Department advertised the vacancy by an official announcement in the Nisqually Valley News, and posted the announcement at public places in City Hall and the Library. The announcement was also sent to all board and commission chairpersons and all persons who have expressed an interested in the past to serve, but who were not previously selected.
The Community Development Department received 2 applications,” quoting the Staff Report to the City Council issued by Mayor Ron Harding on October 17, 2008.

The City Council confirmed Mr. Nutter to the post at their October 28th session.

“Dr. Glen Nutter, former superintendent of schools in Yelm, Washington, is serving as assistant to the vice chancellor and lecturer at Livingstonia.Glen is supervising several building projects and curriculum development.He has taught at universities in the USA, Kenya and Eastern Europe giving students and faculty a broad perspective in higher education,” quoting Zoom Info. And this about Dr. Nutter from University of Livingstonia.

CLICK HERE for the NVN’s report on Dr. Nutter’s appointment.

[Ed. Note: This writer will always remember the kindness Peggy Wolfe Kennedy showed me when I ran for Yelm Mayor in 2005 by coming to my Town Hall Q & A and sharing her views, advice, wisdom and counsel with me.
Mrs. Kennedy passed June 1st, just short of her 80th birthday, which happens to be my birthday.]


November 5, 2008




We’re witnessing history that will be enshrined in the fabric our our society forever!


Sandra Romero

Cathy Wolfe

Thurston County will see some changes as Sandra Romero & Cathy Wolfe make strong showings in their wins. Now, the work begins as Thurston County Commissioners must deal with a major budget crisis.

Incumbents Senator Marilyn Rasmussen & Reps. Jim McCune and Tom Campbell were all returned to continued service, although each were elected by strong opponents that made respectable showings.

The Olympian
has up-to-the-minute coverage.

Everyone was a winner for having choices on the ballot from all of those who gave of themselves in wishing to serve the public.

November 4, 2008


Mayor Harding reported in his monthly NVN column on October 17th:
“As tax revenue drops, so does the ability to provide those needed services.

I am most proud that we looked toward the future, planned ahead, and built strategic cash reserves.
We can weather a downturn in the economy and continue to provide vital city services.”

One certainly hopes that what the Mayor says is true about the city’s cash reserves. However, he is right;
“As tax revenue drops, so does the ability to provide those needed services.”

Yelm’s Wal-Mart, KFC/Taco Bell, Starbucks & Pizza Hut are providing the major sales tax increases year-over-year for Yelm. Property & permit taxes are all way down and the County has lowered the property values, which will impact 2009 property tax receipts. This will all impact Yelm’s coffers.

Here are some stories that impact our county:

The Thurston County Food Bank is spending record amounts to keep up with demand as the economy sours.
From The Olympian

Hard times have some flirting with survivalism
Economic angst has Americans stockpiling ‘beans, bullets and Band-Aids

Survivalists hunker down

Home prices fall by sharpest annual rate ever
Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller price index off by record 16.6 percent
From the AP

First-Ever Layoffs Loom at Postal Service
From Labor Notes

Economic downturn may be picking up speed
Latest data show rising job losses, sharp pullback by consumers

Thurston County residents face tax increase
Board votes to fund programs for mental health, addiction
From The Olympian

November 3, 2008



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The staff at Tim’s Pharmacy & Gift Shop is dedicated to helping take care of you and your family. Whether you need a prescription filled, a gift to purchase, or just have a question, we are here to help you in any way we can because that is just what neighbors do.”

Tims Pharmacy to stay in the family
“Nancy Larson is approaching an important anniversary for her family-owned and -operated business, Tims Pharmacy Drugs and Gifts. Larson is nearing the 30th year of ownership,” quoting the NVN.


November 2, 2008


“Hard times have some flirting with survivalism
Economic angst has Americans stockpiling ‘beans, bullets and Band-Aids”

“Richard Mankemyer, general manager of the Survival Center, in McKenna, Wash. said he too is swamped.
‘There are a lot more people interested in being prepared, stocking up and being on their own for extended periods of time, as weve been advising,’ he said. Among them are businesses, he said, including a major Northwest corporation that recently spent tens of thousands of dollars to stock up on shelf-stable foods for its executives. He would not identify the company, but he said he urged the officials to stock up for its other employees as well,” quoting MSNBC.

Survivalists hunker down [Excellent Video]
“While many Americans are worried about the tough economic times, Rob,
an urban survivalist in Seattle says hes preparing his family for the worst-case scenario,”
quoting MSNBC.

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