November 22, 2009

POLICE HAVE 2 YELM KFC ROBBERS IN CUSTODY

“A Puyallup man, 22, and a Tacoma girl, 17, are in custody after people matching their physical descriptions took $2,000 from a Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1310 Yelm Ave. E., just before 9 a.m. today, Yelm Police reported…

Yelm’s investigation does not indicate that the two people being questioned are involved in a series of robberies of fast food restaurants in Pierce County [and Yelm], and they do not match the physical descriptions of the suspects in those cases,” quoting The Olympian.


November 22, 2009

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: ROUGH CUT SHEDS

“We are a small company in Roy, WA. We build custom rough cut board and bat sheds, cabins, and playhouses. We start with seasoned douglas fir & Cedar logs, mill them here on our own saw mill into lumber, timbers, and siding. We can build you any size cabin up to 200sqft. with any door and window configuration you want. All our products are entirely portable. We build them here and deliver them complete with our own truck and trailer. All that is required is a level compact site. We have the capabilities to move them on site with a system of rollers. All of our 1×10 siding is full 1″ thick with 3″ bats.,” quoting Rough Cut Sheds.

Contact Ron Or Lisa at (360) 400-0221
Email us @ roughcutsheds@fairpoint.net

TELL RON OR LISA YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


November 21, 2009

CITY OF YELM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR VARIOUS BOARD & COMMISSIONS

“The City of Yelm is seeking applications from Yelm area residents to fill two term expirations on the Yelm Tree Advisory Board, one vacated position and three term expirations on the Historic Preservation Commission and three term expirations on the Parks Advisory Commission.

To apply for any of these positions, a City of Yelm Application and letter of interest is required. Applications are available at City Hall, and on the City of Yelm website at www.ci.yelm.wa.us. Deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2009 for consideration now, and any remaining vacancies will remain open until filled. For additional information please contact Yelm City Hall at 360-458-3835,” quoting the City’s website.


November 20, 2009

STATE REVENUE FORSCAST DROPS ADDED $760 MILLION – CITY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON REVENUE SOURCES & 2010 PROPERTY TAXES

“In Olympia, the sea of red ink is reaching drowning depth. Washington states chief economist today Nov. 19] subtracted another three-quarters of a billion dollars from the state checkbook. The updated revenue forecast widens Washington states budget deficit to more than two and a half billion dollars.

The good news according to chief economist Arun Raha is that Washingtons economy is finally recovering. The bad news is that state revenue is not. Raha told state lawmakers to forget about receiving $760 million in anticipated sales taxes, business taxes, and other revenue. The forecaster says consumers are simply not spending…

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and some top Democratic legislators say they’re open to tax hikes to fill the growing budget hole. Republicans warn against that. Gregoire will take the first run at rebalancing the state budget next month,” quoting Northwest News Network.

The City of Yelm is holding a Public Hearing this Tuesday at the City Council Meeting at 7pm for
“Revenue Sources and Setting Property Taxes for 2010”

HMMM!

Ed. Note: With the State’s declining revenue, you can expect the City of Yelm is seeing declining revenues too, in everything from lack of new building permits, lower home sales taxes due to slow home sales, lower retail receipts & having to support huge expenses in legal bills for the city’s water unapproved Draft Water System Plan & deciding to acquire a citizen’s Water Rights through eminent domain, all amongst other decisions of the city that are coming home to roost.
The City of Yelm property owner & tax payer should be wary AND aware…


November 20, 2009

INTRODUCING RAINIER’S ECO EARTH MANOR

“Eco Earth Manor was created out of a desire to contribute to our community, both locally & globally, in a way that honors our beautiful planet Earth. We are two women, both mothers, who are also interested in supporting women all over the world. Many of our products are created by women in other countries, as a means of supporting their families and communities. We feel truly blessed to be a part of their worlds, and to have the opportunity to introduce them to you, our valued customers.

We are located in a lovely, small community called Rainier in the beautiful Evergreen State (Washington), not far from the Emerald City (Seattle), an easy place to be green!

We look forward to being a great resource to you, both for products and information, in support of your earth friendly choices.

Please contact us by email at info@ecoearthmanor.com or by phone at 1.877.336.4326,” quoting Eco Earth Manor.

Shop our Holiday Botiques

SATURDAYS, November 21 & December 510 – 3pm

Hors d’oeurvres, Sparking Cider & No Tax!

Essentail Touch Maggage
109 Binghampton St. W
Suite C
Rianier, WA.
877-336-4326


November 19, 2009

YELM AREA ICON DOROTHY CARLSON PASSED AWAY

“Dorothy Carlson, daughter of Stewart’s founder Emmett, has passed away.”

Please see the announcement on the Stewart’s Meat Market website: CLICK HERE.

THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG SENDS OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS TO THE CARLSON FAMILY !


November 19, 2009

GARBAGE RATE INCREASE A POTENTIAL FOR THURSTON COUNTY RESIDENTS

“Thurston County residents will pay more to have their trash hauled away next year if county commissioners approve a proposed 37.5 percent increase in disposal fees.

An additional 8.2 percent rate increase would take effect in 2012 under the proposed ordinance.

Recycling success comes at a price. Programs started by the county and its private hauler that reduce the waste sent to landfills also cut into the revenue needed to run the countys trash-disposal operations money that is raised through tipping fees. Tipping fees are assessed to residents and haulers who dump their trash at the Waste and Recovery Center in Hawks Prairie or one of its drop sites…

The state Transportation and Utilities Commission regulates the rates that LeMay, which picks up garbage for Thurston County customers who dont live in Olympia, can charge. Last week, LeMay filed a request with the commission for a rate increase that would take effect Jan. 1. Jeff Harwood, district manager for Grays Harbor, Lewis and Thurston counties, estimated that the move would increase the average homeowners bill by $2 to $3 a month. He said the company would not profit from the proposed increase,” quoting The Olympian.


November 18, 2009

YELM’S KNIGHT PLEDGES $100,000 TO SE THURSTON FIRE/EMS IN 2010 – GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY


JZ Knight
Photo Copyright 2009 JZ Knight. Used with permission

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE BY:
LCO – Levine Communications Office Inc
(Los Angeles, CA) November 16, 2009.

For the Southeast Thurston Fire and EMS,
Christmas came early this year thanks to JZ Knight.

Hailed by Time Magazine as the most celebrated of all current channellers, JZ Knight recently gave $10,000 to The Southeast Thurston Fire and EMS.

This very generous act of kindness was a way for JZ Knight to express her admiration and gratitude for the heroic efforts of the fireman. The fire department has always been very professional when they have been called out.

With the first $10,000, Chief Rita Hutcheson said, When I saw that check, I had to do a double take, I about choked.

JZ Knight is also very aware of the tough economic times and wanted to let the department know that she is in full support of the continuous efforts being made. The funds were used for the departments detector and battery program and for other public education and development projects.

In addition to the $10,000 JZ has now issued a statement saying that she is going to donate another $10,000 with a pledge to give over $100, 000 over eight months.

JZ said I so appreciate the professionalism of the fire dept and their immensely important good works.

More from Knight’s website: CLICK HERE

FURTHER, LAST WEEK ON HER WEBSITE, KNIGHT ACKNOWLEDGED THE CHALLENGES IN THIS ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT FACING AREA FIRE OFFICIALS WITH TAX RECEIPTS FOR OPERATIONS LINKED TO FALLING PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS, FORCING TOUGH DECISIONS FOR LOCAL FIRE COMMISSIONERS JUST TO MAINTAIN RESPONSE TIMES & SERVICES THE PUBLIC EXPECT & DEMAND.
SHE IS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR THE YELM FIRE CONSOLIDATION BALLOT MEASURE COMING FEBRUARY, 2010.


November 17, 2009

VENTURE FINANCIAL MISSING FILING DEADLINES

“n a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission today, Venture Financial Group Inc. acknowledged it will not be able to file its quarterly report for the quarter ended Sept. 30 on time. In fact, it could be argued that the benefits to shareholders of full compliance with reporting requirements are outweighed by the costs to the issuer and creditors of obtaining and reporting the information.

Venture Bank, the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, was closed by the Washington Department of Financial Institutions on Sept. 11, 2009. The report states that common shareholders no longer have any equity in the company since the closure.
Venture Financial had its former offices and all of its records were maintained on systems at the Venture Bank’s premises. Although it retains a copy of certain basic financial records, it no longer has access to the Bank premises or systems.

Since the closure, the holding company has not engaged in any business operations other than to identify liabilities, according to the report that identifies former Venture Financial Chairman Ken Parsons Jr.,” quoting the Business Examiner.


November 17, 2009

“CENSUS: SMALL CITIES LOSE LUSTER IN DOWNTURN”

Some interesting notes in this recently released cenesus report about small cities and towns, that echo what is going on in Yelm from the AP:

“America’s small cities are losing some of their traditional appeal to upwardly mobile families seeking wholesome neighborhoods, a stable economy and affordable living…

In 2000, small cities, which include remote towns and the distant suburbs known as “exurbs,” ranked at the top in the share of people with college diplomas. They slipped to No. 2 last year with 30 percent holding degrees in between medium-sized cities, which had 31 percent, and big cities, at 29.8 percent.

Poverty is growing in the small cities, fueled partly by population growth, although average median income of $60,294 in those communities is still higher than other places…

Demographers attributed some of the shifts to the housing downturn and a spike in gasoline prices, which has hit residents in the far-flung exurbs harder. Many families in smaller towns also are looking for jobs in larger cities because of the current recession and are rethinking the wisdom of a lengthy commute to work…

‘Small towns have a certain appeal to people, and their quality of life there is backed up by the data,’ said Mark Mather, associate vice president of the nonprofit Population Reference Bureau. ‘But as more people move in, small towns start to lose the qualities that attracted people there in the first place.'”

ED. NOTE: THIS IS CERTAINLY TRUE HERE IN YELM!
YELM HAS TAKEN ON LEGAL BILLS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DEFENDING THEIR WATER POLICIES, BEEN HANDED BILLS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF THE UNPAID FEES & TAXES FROM THE DEFAULT OF A 5,000 HOME DEVELOPMENT, HAD TO HAVE CITY STAFF LAYOFFS TO BUILD BACK DANGEROUSLY LOW RESERVES & BEEN AN ADVERSARY TO LOCAL CITIZENS BY CONTINUING TO CARRY-THOUGH WITH THE WATER CONDEMNATION OF A LOCAL CITIZEN’S WATER RIGHTS AND HUGE WATER RATE INCREASES ASSOCIATED WITH AN UNAPPROVED WATER SYSTEM PLAN!
AND ALL BECAUSE OF A PUSH BY THE MAYOR & CITY OFFICIALS TO GROW, GROW, GROW THIS PLACE WITH LITTLE THOUGHT GIVEN TO THE CONSEQUENCES ON THE ENVIRONMENT, TAXPAYER, PROPERTY OWNER & THE FUTURE, ALL THE WHILE SCOFFING AT THOSE WHO QUESTION THEIR POLICIES!
NOW, ALL OF THEIR MISTAKES AND HUBRIS ARE COMING HOME TO ROOST IN MASSIVE BILLS, TO BE BORNE BY THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS, WHILE THEY ARE RE-ELECTED UNOPPOSED & HONORED WITH ANNUAL CITIZEN AWARDS.
OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS WHAT THE CITY OF YELM CITIZEN WANTS.
WELL, THEY ARE GOING TO GET MORE OF THIS FROM CITY HALL!


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