September 17, 2010

HILLMAN TO DELIGHT YELM AUDIENCES AGAIN: AUDITIONS FOR “STANDING ROOM ONLY” COMEDY

STANDING ROOM ONLY
Yelm/Rainier areas own resident theater company announces auditions for its December Production of

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Directed by Yelm’s treasure, Nancy Tribush Hillman

“This is the delightful account of Sheridan Whiteside, famed radio personality and international raconteur, advisor to celebrities and royalty, who finds himself unexpectedly and unwillingly confined to the home of a typical Midwestern family the week before his world famous and much awaited Christmas broadcast.

The consequences of this star studded invasion of the house, the family and the entire town is told with expert wit and humor that provide the perfect holiday comedy for the entire family.”

STANDING ROOM ONLY auditioning times:

Sunday, September 26 5-7:30 pm @ 13326 Vail Cut Off Rd. Rainier

Monday, September 27, 6-8 pm @ 13326 Vail Cut Off Rd. Rainier

Tuesday, September 28, 6-8pm @ Gordons Grange in Yelm

Please call ahead to schedule an audition.

360-446-2188 or e-mail: IMNAKOMAH@AOL.COM

CAST BREAKDOWN: Roles are available for 30 people.

YOUNG MEN: Ages 18-24

ADULT MEN: Ages 25-65

YOUNG WOMEN: Ages 18-24

ADULT WOMEN: Ages 25-65

CHILDREN: For small roles as part of a Christmas Choir. Must sing.

Scripts will be provided at the audition.and may be made available prior to readings when appointments are made.

TELL NANCY TRIBUSH HILLMAN YOU HEARD ABOUT THE AUDITIONS ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


September 16, 2010

SAFE DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED MEDICATIONS

Free, safe and secure disposal for unwanted medications.

Updates and locations for other counties are available at http://www.medicinereturn.com/return-your-medicines/return-locations

The following locations now offer drop-off boxes for unused medications:

Thurston County Sheriffs Office, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W. in Olympia

7 days a week/24 hours a day outside Building #3.

Tumwater Police Department at City Hall, 555 Israel Road in Tumwater.

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Lacey Police Department, 420 College Street S.E. in Lacey.

7 days a week/24 hours a day

Tenino Police Department, 358 McClellan Street S. in Tenino.

Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm

Group Health Cooperative, 700 Lilly Road in Olympia.

Monday-Friday 8am-11pm. Weekends & holidays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

(Unlike law enforcement offices, Group Health cannot accept narcotics like Oxycontin or Vicodin).

In addition, a one-day collection event will also be held by the Thurston County Sheriff at the Rochester Community Center at 10140 Hwy 12 SW on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Why are drug-take back programs important?

We now know flushing medicines down the toilet is bad for the environment since wastewater treatment plants do not do a good job of filtering out medications. Measurable amounts of drugs end up in our waterways. Trash disposal is not safe either since many drugs are considered hazardous materials. Other types of hazardous products like pesticides are not allowed in the trash because of possible water contamination. Leachate, or garbage water, is pumped from many sanitary landfills and taken to wastewater treatment facilities which, as mentioned, cannot filter out the medications.

Studies have found the amount of unwanted medicine is significant, ranging from 10 to 33 percent of drugs sold. The total number of containers of medicines sold in WA each year is about 96 million. So if even just 10% go unused, thats 9.6 million containers of medicine that need to be disposed of in our state!

Getting rid of unneeded medicines from our homes safely can help reduce access to drugs that could be abused. The statistics are alarming: misused prescription drugs are the illicit drug of choice among 12 and 13year olds; three in five teens say prescription pain relievers are easy to get from parents medicine cabinets; over half of prescription drug abusers get the medicines from a friend or relative; abuse of opiate pain relievers is increasing rapidly with youth admissions to state funded treatment for prescription opiates now 19 times higher than in 2001; and drug overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths in Washington.

Some communities, such as those in Thurston County, provide drug take-back programs that are very popular and demonstrate the need for such services. Most cities and counties cannot afford to provide take-back opportunities and, with government budgets getting tighter, this situation will not improve. Efforts are underway in Washington State to bring forward legislation that will provide manufacturer-funded take-back programs for leftover prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Do your research at www.MedicineReturn.com and get involved in finding a solution.

For more information, please contact Terri Thomas at Thurston County Solid Waste at thomaste@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-2896

TOGETHER! Offers presentations on the prevention of prescription drug abuse to community groups, concerned citizens and parents.

Did you know that Washington is one of 16 states in the nation where drug overdoses, primarily with prescription drugs, have surpassed car accidents as the No. 1 cause of accidental death?

TOGETHER!, with The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is providing an educational presentation called Rx360 Washington. Through Rx360, health, prevention and treatment professionals come together to deliver presentations about the prevention of prescription drug abuse to community groups, concerned citizens and parents. The individual experiences and expertise of each presenter provide audiences with a “360-degree” view of the prescription drug abuse issue. Informative and motivational, Rx360 challenges concerned citizens to take action to stop the spread of prescription drug abuse in their community.


YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

September 25th Saturday

October 6th, Wednesday

Lacey Timberland Regional Library

WEBINAR

Community Room

5:30 to 6:30pm

10:30 to 11:30am

&

September 22, Wednesday

October 20th, Wednesday

WEBINAR

12:30pm to 1:30 pm

9:00am to 10:00am

Presenter Jim Cooper

No registration necessary

Sign up on our website: http://thurstontogether.org/

For information please contact Diane Pieroni 360-493-2230 x15 or DPieroni@ThurstonTogether.org


September 15, 2010

YELM’S LEMURIA 15th ANNIVERSARY SALE THIS WEEK

Lemuria is celebrating 15 years of service to the greater Yelm community!

As a token of appreciation we are having a Special Sale.

From Tuesday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 18, the following items will be 30% off:

Clothing (excluding coats)

Jewelry

Books

CDs

Jody Bergsma Cards, Posters, Mugs and Paraphernalia

Glass Diamonds

Journals

Singing Stuffed Animals

Book Boxes

DVDs

Then on top of that, each day we will offer a category at 50% off:

Tuesday CDs

Wednesday Jody Bergsma Cards, Posters, Mugs and Paraphernalia

Thursday Clothing (excluding coats)

Friday Books

Saturday Jewelry

Store Hours for the Sale

10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday

10 AM to 7:30 PM Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

10 AM to 5 PM Saturday

There will be lots of other in-store promotions. We need to make space for Christmas stuff, so come help clear out the store. And check out the new handbags from Bagtique.

Lemuria/Mail Unlimited
303 First St. S., Suite 2
Yelm, WA 98597
(360) 458-2699

CONGRATULATIONS TO LEMURIA OWNER FRAN WHITE FOR 15 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY!

TELL THE FOLKS AT LEMURIA YOUR READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG.


September 14, 2010

WHERE IS YELM’S FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY?

1. MORE UNPLANNED WELL EXPENDITURES APPROVED TONIGHT

The Yelm City Council is going to vote tonight to spend another $80,000 for the well the city has been digging.
Golder Associates has asked to change the revised test cost to approximately $142K, up from a little over $61K, an $80,600 increase to produce a new pump for the driller, Boart, to pump more water.

Golder says, “the $80,600 change order is only for Boart Longyear costs (not Golder time revising the approach and working on validating costs) and is for the aquifer test portion of the project only.”
HMMM! What are Golder’s billings going to be for this change?
CLICK HERE for the change order in costs.

The City’s Staff Report says,
“The preliminary tests of the well via air lift testing and specific capacity testing indicate a well that will likely produce more water than the predicted 750-1000 gallons per minute. In an effort to fully develop the well and maximize the yield, the contract needs to be amended to include the additional upsizing of the pump, as well as the additional piping footage for the water discharge associated with this larger volume.”

“Staff recommends approving the change order for the following reasons: 1) The increased production capacity of the well can potentially offset additional capital infrastructure costs identified in the six year capital improvement plan; 2) the increased production capacity out of one well versus multiple wells, may offset some of the proposed impacts in the Nisqually and Deschutes water basins.”
CLICK HERE for the Staff Report.

ED. NOTE: Based on the city’s behavior the last 10 years on a whole host of subjects, I do NOT trust this city’s officials when they say:
“can potentially”
“may offset”
THIS MEANS THERE IS AN OUT & NOT TO EXPECT RESULTS

An $80,000 additional expenditure was not planned either.

And the key question has never been addressed:
“Why does the city need a new water system less than 2 miles from the existing system?
To lessen the impact on Yelm Creek is not a good enough answer.
Tonight the city will vote on buying a larger pump to pump in excess of “750-1000 gallons per minute” from the very same aquifer as the existing well, which could be dug deeper & save all of this money for water rate payers. That amount of water pumped a mile away will affect Yelm Creek, too.
WHERE IS YELM’S FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY?

2. DEPT. OF ECOLOGY SOON TO LOOK AT OLD WATER LAWS

This Seattle Times story says:
Economic climate change hits water policy

“State revenue problems are forcing a serious conversation about how the state might overhaul the management and financing of Washington water resources. New ways of raising money and a hard look at old water laws are headed to the Legislature from the state Department of Ecology…

The department’s Water Resources Program has prepared a report to the Legislature that not only explores imposition of user fees in pursuit of more consistent funding, but also seeks to update state water laws and application processes.”
Ed. Note: Expect more impacts on Yelm’s applications to increase the city’s water allocation.
Yelm has said the city has spent hundreds of thousands on legal fees to condemn a citizen’s water rights.
WHERE IS YELM’S FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY?

3. STATE REP. SAYS EXPENDITURE FOR CITY’S LOBBYIST A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONIES

Megan Hansen of Nisqually Valley News said in her story titled:
“Yelms bypass taking shape as road nears completion”

The City of Yelm approved contracts for lobbyists during its last council meeting.

One of the objectives behind hiring the lobbyists is to have a presence at the capital during the next legislative session, according to city officials…

Previously, the city paid $25,000 for services and received $33 million through the gas tax for the bypass, City Administrator Shelly Badger said.

‘It was a good $25,000.’


Representative Tom Campbell
Photo from Representative Campbell’s official website

On his Facebook page, Rep. Tom Campbell questioned why Ms. Hansen left out any mention of his efforts to get Yelm Bypass funding by saying,
“Nice article on the first phase of the Yelm Loop project. It has died and been revived more than Lazarus, thanks to the Governor’s budgets. Just curious why I was left out by the NVN? Since it was me that provided the State support to do this project.”

HMMM! That IS a valid question!

Rep. Campbell added,
“Also interesting that the town of Yelm is once again wasting taxpayers money by hiring lobbyists for no reason. All they [the lobbyists] ever do is come by my office and ask if I have the project safe in the budget…

They pay legislators to look after their districts needs. This is just government waste.”

Ed. Note: This from our State legislator. He’s telling it like it is in Olympia. This is the ONLY person I have seen step forward to say that this expenditure is a folly.

Let’s take a tally, the city only has enough to spend $50,000 for a very small library for only City of Yelm citizens annually (ignoring the contributions of county property taxpayers), however will spend 1/2 that for a lobbyist to do our legislator’s job?
WHERE IS YELM’S FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY?


September 13, 2010

GOVERNOR TO ASK FOR MAJOR STATE BUDGET CUTS

“Governor Chris Gregoire is expected to order across the board state budget cuts on Monday.

It’s a preemptive response to a revenue forecast scheduled Thursday, which is expected to show further declining revenues,” quoting Chris Daniels of KING-5 TV News.


September 13, 2010

CITY OFFICIALS PORTRAY TRL AS ‘BAD-GUY’ ON LIBRARY’S FUTURE


Mayor Ron Harding

THIS STORY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 12TH AT 8:11AM.
SINCE THEN, WE HAVE THIS RESPONSE:
UPDATE:
Sunday, September 12th , 5pm

Emmett O’Connell, one of the seven trustees on the TRL Board of Directors had this to say on his own blog:
– “One thought on the Yelm Library situation (not really any more regional than other libraries)”
CLICK HERE

– “How the history of Timberland (and rural libraries systems across Washington) impact the situation in Yelm”
CLICK HERE

– “The Yelm Library Capital Facility Area (what it could be)”
CLICK HERE

YELM BLOG ENTRY:
The front-page story this week in the Nisqually Valley News by Melanie Lockhart was shocking with comments by Mayor Harding and TRL interim-Yelm Librarian & City Council member McGowan portraying Timberland Regional Library (TRL) being the cause of the uncertainty in the library’s future here.

Quoting from the report,
“Yelm City Councilman Mike McGowan, who is also acting as the interim Yelm Library manager following the transfer of Mike Wessells, said expecting financial responsibility to be in Yelms hands alone is absurd.

‘Two parties have fought over whose responsibility and whose buck it is,’ McGowan said.

‘I think it is an issue that is bigger than Yelm.’

He said the library isnt just a city resource, but a regional one that serves far more people than Yelms taxpayers…”

THERE HAS BEEN NO FIGHT OVER WHO SHARES RESPONSIBILITIES.

HOW CAN MR. MCGOWAN SERVE THREE MASTERS?
– WITH HIS PAYCHECK COMING FROM TRL
– WITH HIS CITY COUNCIL POSITION.
– WITH HIS LIBRARY MANAGERIAL POSITION TO REPRESENT ALL LIBRARY PATRONS & TAXPAYERS – EVEN THOSE OUTSIDE OF YELM’S CITY LIMITS.

HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER THAN TO SAY THESE THINGS, WHICH SHOWS HIS IGNORANCE. THIS MAN IGNORES THE HISTORY OF TRL’S ASSOCIATION WITH YELM AND HOW THE LEASE TO USE MARGARET CLAPP’S BUILDING WAS CREATED AS A TEMPORARY MEASURE ALMOST A DECADE AGO.
YET, HE WAS ON-DUTY AT THE SMALL LIBRARY FACILITY AT CITY HALL & WAS PASSIONATE THEN ABOUT BEING IN A LARGER SPACE WHILE A NEW BUILDING WAS SOUGHT.
MY, HOW QUICKLY HE FORGETS!

MCGOWAN’S BOSS, TRL DIRECTOR MICHAEL CROSE MADE VERY CLEAR IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THIS BLOG THAT YELM & TRL SIGNED A 10-YEAR AGREEMENT IN 2001. THE CITY HAS AGREED TO, KNOWN ABOUT AND BEEN TOLD THAT TRL EXPECTS YELM TO FULFILL THEIR PROMISE TO SUPPLY A PUBLIC BUILDING AT THE END OF 2011, JUST AS TRL HAS FULFILLED THEIR WORD FOR THE 10 YEARS PAYING FOR FACILITY PREPARATIONS & A LARGER SHARE OF THE RENT IN A PRIVATE FACILITY.

“Harding elaborated on the fact the city initially entered into the partnership with Timberland under the assumption it would primarily be a city resource.

But once the library moved into its current facility, it expanded into a regional resource.

‘I dont think we would have entered into that contract all those years ago if we had known,’ McGowan said..”

THE CITY ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT IN FULL AWARENESS OF WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND THAT THIS LIBRARY SERVED PATRONS FROM OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS. MAYOR HARDING CAME ONTO THE YELM CITY COUNCIL IN 2001, THE SAME YEAR THE CITY SIGNED THE AGREEMENT WITH TRL. HE HAD NO ISSUE THEN WITH THE TRL AGREEMENT.

AT NO TIME HAS MR. HARDING *EVER* VOICED ANY ISSUE WITH THE TRL AGREEMENT UNTIL NOW:
– NOT WHEN THE LIBRARY’S FUTURE WAS RAISED 5 YEARS AGO
– NOT WHEN I WAS ON THE YELM LIBRARY BOARD AND BROUGHT THIS UP TWO YEARS AGO
– NOT AT THE MAYOR’S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS IN FEBRUARY
– NOT WHEN TRL’S BOARD VOTED LAST SPRING NONE OF MR. HARDING’S PROPOSALS FOR TRL TO CONTINUE PAYING FOR A SHARE OF RENT IN A PRIVATE BUILDING WAS ACCEPTABLE.

THE MAYOR MISCALCULATED AND RELIED ON TRL “COUGHING-UP” DOUGH AFTER 2011 IN A CONTINUED JOINT SHARING OF RENT. SO NOW HE BLAMES TRL?

OH, AND IF MR. MCGOWAN WOULD DO HIS HOMEWORK AND SPEAK TO HIS OWN BOSS ON THE ISSUE, HE WOULD FIND THE CITY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE SIGNING IN 2001.

“Any potential grants the city may apply for likely wouldnt go to extending that lease, but instead constructing or remodelling (sic) a new facility…

Harding said he did bring the issue to the Thurston County Commissioners.

‘They dont have funds in their budget and they dont look at it as their responsibility,’ Harding said…

Harding said the county has an annexation agreement with Yelm that says the city will provide any library services…

Harding added that he wonders why the responsibility for a regional library lies in Yelms hands and not Rainiers, Teninos or any other citys hands.”

SO WE NOW HAVE MAYOR HARDING FINALLY ADMITTING WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG – ANY GRANTS FOR WHICH THE CITY WOULD APPLY WOULD GO FOR NEW BUILDINGS.

EXCEPT THE CITY APPLIED FOR A GRANT FOR A NEW BUILDING TO HOUSE FLUSHING PARK TOILETS. SINCE THEY DID THAT RECENTLY, GOING BACK “HAT-IN-HAND” TO ASK FOR ANOTHER GRANT FOR A NEW BUILDING IS TOO SOON, ESPECIALLY IN THIS ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT.
YES, PARK TOILETS GRANT FUNDING & A PUBLIC LIBRARY GRANT FUNDING **ARE** CONNECTED.

OH, AND TO Belinda and Larry Barkan WHO WROTE A LETTER TO THE NVN EDITOR
Friday, August 20, 2010 ASKING,
“Is it true that our city leaders could have asked for a grant to keep our present library open or to build a new library building?

If they instead chose to ask for a grant for toilets in the park plus kicked in millions of our dollars, they have some explaining to do…

“Please, city leaders, show us that you have not flushed our great library down the toilet.”
NOW YOU KNOW! YES, THEY FLUSHED THAT OPPORTUNITY ON PARK TOILETS!

OH AND WHY A LARGER REGIONAL LIBRARY IN YELM? SIMPLE –
YELM IS THE LARGEST CITY AND SERVES A GREATER GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT (FROM WHICH LIBRARY TAXES ARE COLLECTED) THAN EITHER RAINIER OR TENINO.
AND, THE COUNTY SAYS THE CITY HAS AN ANNEXATION AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE A REGIONAL LIBRARY. DOES THIS CITY NOT HONOR THEIR CONTRACTS?

“He said the regional library is a great resource, but he recognizes that if Yelms taxpayers are going to bear the sole responsibility, then the city may need to put its residents needs first.

‘We just need to make sure that were balancing it so Yelm residents arent paying more than expected for services.’

EXCUSE ME, MR MAYOR! PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE YELM LIBRARY DISTRICT OUTSIDE OF THE CITY PUT IN WAY MORE DOLLARS FOR THE YELM LIBRARY THAN YOUR CONSTITUENTS IN THE CITY’S LIMITS. WHY WOULD YOU EXCLUDE THEM? THESE PEOPLE PAY FOR TRL TO PROVIDE STAFF (YOUR COUNCIL COLLEAGUE MR. MCGOWAN’S SALARY, AS AN EXAMPLE), BOOKS, RESOURCES, COMPUTERS, ETC.
THE CITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN RESPONSIBLE TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC LIBRARY BUILDING SINCE YELM JOINED TRL.

YOUR COMMENT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE.

This was pure “damage control” – put the blame on someone else for your lack of action & directness to the community for all of these years.
Some see through all of this smoke & mirrors!
Expect more of this subterfuge.

I HOPE THE COMMUNITY RISES UP TO THESE CONTINUED DISTORTIONS & ASK FOR THE TRUTH!
AND NEVER YET HAS THE NVN QUOTED ANY TRL OFFICIAL IN ALL OF THESE STORIES. HMMM!

The way things are going with blaming TRL with inaccuracies for the Yelm Library’s future coming from the Nisqually Valley News Editor/Publisher Graves’ comment, Mayor Harding’s public statements, former NVN reporter & city spokeswoman Cindy Teixeira’s accusations in her letters to the editor & Yelm’s own TRL interim Librarian McGowan’s ridiculous remarks, you think we might get TRL to be held responsible for the whole truckload of the Kennedy assassination?

UPDATE:
Sunday, September 12th , 5pm

Emmett O’Connell, one of the seven trustees on the TRL Board of Directors had this to say on his own blog:
– “One thought on the Yelm Library situation (not really any more regional than other libraries)”
CLICK HERE

– “How the history of Timberland (and rural libraries systems across Washington) impact the situation in Yelm”
CLICK HERE

– “The Yelm Library Capital Facility Area (what it could be)”
CLICK HERE


September 12, 2010

YELM’S 20-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATED – BYPASS TRAFFIC TO USE NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS NOTED

YELM COMMUNITY BLOG EXCLUSIVE

During the Public Hearing with the Yelm Planning Commission & Yelm City Council, I requested the 2010 to 2015 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Map be amended to show
– Phase One of the Bypass (the 1.1 mile stretch from Mudd Run Rd. to Cullen) to be competed in 2011
– Phase 2 (3.4 mile section from Cullen to Wal-Mart) to reflect as unfunded.
This would provide the true picture for planners in the city, county & state.
Yelm City Community Development Director Beck responded that was unnecessary and declined, leaving the map with showing a whole Y3 Bypass.

I brought this issue to the attention of County Commissioner Sandra Romero at her Yelm Coffee on April 26, who was joined by County Associate Planner Jeremy Davis. Mrs. Romero asked if I would meet with County officials to discuss my suggestion, since part of Phase One of the Bypass is outside city limits in the county and she found my comments valid for review with the Comprehensive Plan Updates of the city & county. I agreed.

That meeting occurred with Thurston County officials and as this is a joint plan, they agreed & revised the “City of Yelm 20 Year Transportation Plan (2005-2030)” with a note at the top saying,

“Joint Plan Only – Y3 SR 510 to SR 507 (SR 510 Loop): As of 2010, improvements beyond Cullens Road are not funded, aside from right-of-way acquisision (sic). These Improvements are expected to be
funded within the 20-year planning horizon.”

I felt the public and Thurston County planning officials had a right to know & have listed on this official document (the STIP map) that the Bypass was to be built in two phases, as requested by the city and that Phase One traffic would use city residential streets, with no traffic light at Cullen Ave & Yelm Ave. West.

Further, Bypass traffic coming into the city (i.e. heavy truck traffic) would also use the neighborhood streets of Coats Rd & Stevens St. to/from Cullen, creating a scenario where the city will have heavy 2-way traffic on Cullen between Yelm Ave. West & Coats Rd & the Bypass, especially during School entry/exit times. These are residential neighborhood streets with children at play.

I pointed out Cullen Rd. is not designed to carry this type of traffic or ensuing volumes & this situation will not be remedied anytime soon & therefore should be on the map.

CLICK HERE for the revised City of Yelm 20 Year Transportation Plan (2005-2030).


September 11, 2010

CITIZENS CONDEMN TAZING BY LOCAL POLICE

Megan Hansen reported in yesterday’s Nisqually Valley News:

“The City of Yelm had its hands full when it received a five-page records request from a man who was tased and arrested in late June.

Raymond Leo Jarlik-Bell, 67, of Yelm, was arrested for obstructing a public servant after being pulled over for not having a back license plate…

Jarlik-Bell allegedly refused to get out of his vehicle and was combative with police, resulting in a Yelm officer tasing the man.”

Ed. Note: Mr. Bell’s next Court appearance is Thursday, September 16th, 11AM.

These comments to the online version of this story raise some very interesting points:

“The following are comments from the readers. In no way do they represent the view of yelmonline.com.”

bisarwisdom wrote on Sep 7, 2010 12:11 PM:
“After reading this article, I’m glad to see people standing up for their rights. If a 67 year old man was obstructing justice, and needed to be tased, then something is wrong with the officer’s decision making ability. I do not support anyone being tasered. I consider it to be attempted murder.
I have reviewed the stress and strain put on the human heart by these taser guns and it needs to stop.
How can we as the community stop these officers?
They do not have a license to kill. Recent news has proved over 500 deaths have occurred from tasers last year.
The geneva convention strictly prohibits the use of electronic warfare or biowarfare on all civilians. ”

Ranger wrote on Sep 8, 2010 1:46 PM:
” The writer says he is part of a “Constitutionalist movement”. I’m not sure if the writer knows that the officers who tazed him swore an Oath to the Constitution.
IF this man is a Constitutionalist, then why are the Officers Tazing him??? And, if these officers are not Constitutionalists which they aren’t, then they should be fired immediately for deprivation of rights.
The constitution was written for this nation by men who put their lives behind their autograph, so that we have the right of free travel without restrictions or licenses. The man in this article was exercising that right. This sounds like these Unconstitutionalist officers prevented him from doing that. I (for one) will not stand for this anymore. All you Officers who swore an Oath to the Constitution, you need to question what you are doing.
Your word is your bond.
And to the writer of this article- you have painted this man to be a criminal. You are probably too young to know the value of the Constitution. I suggest you read it before you write of something you do not know. ”

Det_Daddy wrote on Sep 8, 2010 2:00 PM:
” I believe if Law Enforcement Offcers were respected there wouldn’t be the need for tasers. These individuals have been tied with the political correctness that has swept our country. If someone hits a law enforcement officer, that officer has the right to hit them back and lock them up. But in this day and age of cell phone video that law enforcement officer would get crucified in the media. A sad state of affairs in my book. Respect the Law and you wouldn’t get tased, D A ”

ranger wrote on Sep 8, 2010 4:20 PM:
” “respect the law, and you won’t get tased”???
I’m not even going to discuss how ignorant that statement is.
You sir, have rights whether you choose to exercise them or not. The Constitution is so great that you even have the right to be governed by a corporation outside of the jurisdiction of the Constitution. That is how free you are (under the Constitution).
If you think ‘Law’ is statutes and corporate policies, then you need to go back and learn what Law is.
Good day. ”

THIS IS AN INTERESTING OCCURRENCE IN YELM, ESPECIALLY IN-LIGHT OF THIS NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE STORY BY FAREED ZAKARIA:
“What America Has Lost”
“Its clear we overreacted to 9/11.”

“But the rise of this national-security state has entailed a vast expansion in the governments powers that now touches every aspect of American life, even when seemingly unrelated to terrorism.”

TAZING A 67-YEAR OLD MAN IN YELM, WASHINGTON, USA FOR REFUSING TO GET OUT OF A VEHICLE FOR NOT HAVING A LICENSE PLATE?
OH, AND THE OBSTRUCTING A PUBLIC SERVANT CHARGE?
THE NVN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED THE POLICE OFFICER REACHED IN THE CAR FOR MR. JARIK-BELL’S BRIEFCASE.
HMMM! WHAT HAVE WE BECOME?


September 10, 2010

YELM FOOD CO-OP’S ANNUAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY



Our YELM FOOD CO-OP’s Annual Meeting
is scheduled for
Sunday, September 12
3:00 PM
at the Yelm Adult Community Center,
16530 103rd Ave SE, (turn right at the end of Creek St)
Yelm, WA.

This year we have an exciting list of things to discuss and will have lots of food samples and meat and vegan hot dogs for all. See you there!

We are also holding a raffle for some wonderful prizes donated by our community partners including:
****Blue Wave Acupuncture Gift Certificate $60
****Mail Unlimited One Year Free Mailbox Rental for new customer
****Lemuria – $50 worth of cut glass diamonds
****Sunbirds 2 sleeping bags
****Red Nails 1 pedicure
****Gordons Garden Center 1 cherry tree
****Lemuria 1 Yelm Food Coop tee shirt
****Giorda E Gift Certificate $100
****Giovana Mendoza 1 Reike treatment
****Used Wonders Art Piece
****Carolyn Mascarin Decorated side salad plate set
****JZ Rose 1 Colorful Garden Set
****Yelm Food Co-op 1 Organic Turkey

Tickets for the raffle are on sale at the store now; $2 a ticket or 3 tickets for $5,
(not necessary to be present to win).
Check out all the prizes on top of our produce display in the store.

CLICK HERE for membership information.

Yelm Food Co-op
404 1st Street, SE, Frontier Village
Yelm, WA. 98597
360-400-2210,
Monday Saturday 10 am 7 pm
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September 9, 2010

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD GROWTH COORDINATION

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Growth Coordination
“Communities surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) have experienced a significant rate of population growth and economic expansion due to a variety of Department of Defense initiatives. The Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is funding a year-long planning process to proactively address the effects of existing and anticipated growth on communities surrounding the base through the development of a JBLM Growth Coordination Plan. The Growth Coordination planning process, administered by the City of Lakewood, is currently underway and includes all the major jurisdictions and service area stakeholders in the study areas region. AECOM, an international consulting firm with offices in Seattle, has been retained to facilitate and lead the planning process. The AECOM team includes members with local knowledge and national expertise in military growth plans, land use planning in Washington State, housing, healthcare, education, economics, and transportation. The project team and stakeholders are identifying community “gaps” that exist or are projected to occur in the southern Puget Sound region as a result of the anticipated military growth at JBLM through 2015.”

Study Area
“The JBLM Growth Coordination Plan will generate detailed analyses and recommendations for the study area that extends from the southern portion of the City of Tacoma in Pierce County south to the cities of Lacey and Yelm in Thurston County…”. View the study area map

“Please send us your feedback and comments on project materials by emailing nancy.bird@aecom.com. Please check back often for updated project information.”

UPDATE:
Lewis-McChord to grow by thousands of soldiers
“The Army on Friday [Sept. 10] formally announced its plans to station up to 5,680 more active-duty soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, boosting the areas economy and the nations military strength while placing further demands on local roads, housing and schools.”
By Christian Hill, Military News – The News Tribune.

Lewis-McChord growth could test infrastructure
By Christian Hill in The News Tribune.


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