November 21, 2010

MOUNT RAINIER CLINIC TO REMAIN IN YELM –
CORPORATION HAS BEEN SOLD

Yelm’s iconic Mount Rainier Clinic has been sold & will remain in operation after all.

From the Mt. Rainier Clinic website:
“Good News! Dr. Russell Kolbo, ND, and Dr. Karl Peterson, ND, who have a combined experience of over 65 years in medical practice, will join the Mount Rainier Clinic staff on November 23rd. They will continue to provide the same high quality of care using the same Clinic treatment protocols as in the past. The link below leads to an important notice.”


Former Mt. Rainier Clinic owner John A Cranton, ARNP said this in his letter to patients:

“It is a GREAT sense of relief and PLEASURE to announce that Mount Rainier Clinic WILL NOT be closing its doors on November 22nd! I am happy to announce that, effective November 23, 2010, Dr. Kolbo and Dr. Peterson will continue where I, and my father before me, left off.

After several meetings with them to hammer out the details, we are all excited that they will KEEP THE DOORS OPEN to Mount Rainier Clinic. They will continue to offer the same services now offered by Mount Rainier Clinic. I am also confident that they will continue providing the same high quality of care with the same level of professionalism you have become accustomed to. The current medical and administrative staff, who have been instrumental in the provision of care and maintaining our good reputation, will continue to work with Dr. Kolbo and Dr. Peterson.

Dr. Russell Kolbo, ND, and Dr. Karl Peterson, ND, have a combined experience of over 65 years in medical practice, all in the Tacoma, WA area. They both practiced with Dr. Karl Petersons father in the 1970s.

I can assure you these fine gentlemen will continue to follow the same protocols initially established by my father, Dr. Elmer Cranton, MD. My Father and I met with the doctors on November 16th and feel confident they will serve you well. In fact, they will become my providers of choice and I will be seeking there advice to improve my personal health and well-being.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CRANTONS IN THE SALE OF THEIR BUSINESS.
WE WISH ELMER & JOHN ALL THE BEST!

WE WELCOME DR. KOLBO & DR. PETERSON TO THE GREATER YELM COMMUNITY & TRUST THEIR EXPERIENCES HERE WILL BE AS FRUITFUL AS THE CRANTON’S YELM CLINIC ESTABLISHED 20 YEARS AGO.


November 20, 2010

COUNTY COMMISISONER ROMERO ANNOUNCES JOINT NOVEMBER/DECEMBER COFFEE –
FOR DECEMBER 13TH


Sandra Romero

Commissioner Sandra Romero Hosts Monthly Coffees with Area Residents

Monday, December 13th.

FROM COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S E-MAILER:
Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier, Yelm on Monday, December 13th.

Commissioner Romero provides to participants coffee that she pays for herself. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

What:
Citizen meeting with second district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

When:
Monday, December 13th, 2010

Where:
Rainier: 9:30am 10:30am – Rainier City Hall 102, Rochester St. W.

Yelm:
11:00am Noon location TBA

Commissioner Romero’s November Newsletter is out and packed with great information.
CLICK HERE for Commissioner Romero’s County Newsletter.


November 19, 2010

INTERESTING?
WHERE WAS OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER ON THIS IMPORTANT STORY?

– If anyone in the Nisqually Valley were to have their case taken up by the Washington State Supreme Court, wouldn’t that be a major, front-page headline in our local newspaper?

– If anyone in the Nisqually Valley were to have their case against the City of Yelm taken up by the Washington State Supreme Court after the State Appeals court overturned a Superior Court ruling, wouldn’t that be a front-page headline in our local newspaper?

The Nisqually Valley News (NVN) touts itself as serving all of the Nisqually Valley. Why have they omitted the news of the case: JZ Knight vs. the City of Yelm was granted a review by the Washington State Supreme Court on November 2nd?

THAT A YELM-AREA CITIZEN HAS THEIR CASE ACCEPTED FOR REVIEW BY THE WA. STATE SUPREME COURT IS BIG NEWS, DON’T YOU THINK?

Whenever the city has had a perceived victory in this case, as in the Washington Appeals Court overturning the Thurston County Superior Court case, that merited a front, top-of-page headline story with quotes from Mayor Harding.
Now, we have the Supreme Court granting to review the petition of
* Knight v. City of Yelm

and there has been nothing, nada, & nary a word!
And, not one word was mentioned about this during the public on-the-record Yelm City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 9, a case that if the Supreme Court overturns the Appeals Court ruling, will have major implications & ramifications for Yelm.

From the Mayor & City Council – nothing, nada, & nary a word!
Nope, the mayor’s column this week in the NVN is all about Phase 1 of the Yelm Bypass.
Interesting.

Given the newspaper went to press the night of the 3rd, I figured the NVN just couldn’t get this in their November 5th edition. Then, when this major story was not in both the November 12 & 19th editions, something was amiss.
The NVN cannot say they did not know because they get all details from City Hall (which the city received on the 2nd) & their staff reads this Blog daily, so would have seen the November 10th Blog entry.

And, if upon reading this blog, the NVN just performed a cursory search engine query, they would have found the official Washington Courts Petitions for Review website dated, November 2, 2010, Department One listing No. 16, “Knight v. City of Yelm
Granted”.

A KEY QUESTION REMAINS:
WHY HAVE NISQUALLY VALLEY NEWS READERS & YELM CITIZENS BEEN KEPT IN THE DARK ABOUT THE WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION GRANTING REVIEW OF JZ KNIGHT’S CASE AGAINST THE CITY?

HMMM!

UPDATE 11:35am:
NVN Publisher/Editor Keven Graves called me just a few minutes ago to say he was unaware of this story and would have printed, if so.
In fairness, while the story was listed on JZ Knight’s website, there was no Press Release from Ms. Knight or Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment.

However, in the November 5th edition of the Nisqually Valley News, this was the top-of-fold headline in their print edition and online web-link:
“Man arrested after trying to save channeler”
“An elderly Yelm man was arrested last week after trying to save JZ Knight.”

Interesting that JZ Knight nor Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment issued any Press Release on this story either, yet this found its way to NVN front-page coverage.

I referred Mr. Graves to his sources at Yelm City Hall to ascertain why they did not notify him of the November 2nd WA. Supreme Court acceptance for review of Ms. Knight’s petition, since these were public documents.

Will be interesting what he reports.


November 18, 2010

VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT PROPERY OWNERSHIP

Area resident Kathy Lund shares her valuable findings with Yelm Community Blog readers & everyone.
Printed here with permission:

“Recently, we were reminded to make sure we have the right documents and proof to be able to show true ownership and rights to our properties. I have just spent time with a well known and trusted lawyer in Olympia going over all of this. His very best advice is this “NEVER BE CAVALIER ABOUT SERIOUS BUSINESS”.

I hope the following information will help to dispel erroneous ideas about how this is done. This is offered in simple terms for ease of understanding. It is wise to seek your own counsel and to not rest on any information that you read or hear, especially if it does not sit well with you. It is critical to use the appropriate instruments to prove property ownership.”

See what Ms. Lund says about:

– LAND PATENT/GRANT

– QUITCLAIM DEED

– DEED OF TRUST

– STATUTORY WARRANTY DEED

– TITLE INSURANCE POLICY

“The best way to know that you have full knowledge of all recorded encumbrances, liens, and easements on property is by obtaining a Title Insurance Policy through a Title Company. Without this knowledge, an owner can be vulnerable to many different potentials that could cause a dispute in ownership.”

CLICK HERE for more information.


November 17, 2010

PREPAREDNESS INFO: THURSTON COUNTY FLOOD BULLETIN, FALL, 2010

With the powerful storms we have been incurring lately and winter has yet to begin, the THURSTON COUNTY FLOOD BULLETIN, FALL, 2010 is very important information for all to read.

CLICK HERE for the complete Bulletin.


November 16, 2010

WASTE FREE HOLIDAYS IS A GREAT HOLIDAY RESOURCE EVERY YEAR

“Welcome to Thurston County’s WasteFree Holidays Web site!

Did you know that Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? The added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons add up to an additional 1 million tons of waste each week. Thats a lot of garbage!

This year, consider doing something a little different — give the gift of experience. Treat someone you know to a dinner out or a live theater performance. If you still want a gift to hand to someone, make it yourself. Coupons for babysitting, yard work, or other services show you care enough to give of your time, not just your money. Bake a tasty treat. Consider wrapping gifts inside re-useable containers such as cookie tins, flower pots or baskets.”

Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Curbside and Drop-Off Locations

CLICK HERE to learn more

So visit www.wastefreeholidays.com and get some great ideas for your holiday shopping list this year!


November 15, 2010

“TOWN CRIER”?
CONCERNED CITIZEN SAYS WE ALL SHOULD BECOME ONE!

The following Letter to the Editor was sent to the Nisqually Valley News for publication & is printed here with permission of the writer, unabridged:

I am writing this letter from the standpoint of a concerned citizen of my community.
There have been a rash of eatery and entertainment closures (due to lack of patronage) here in McKenna
and surrounding communities such as i.e. Clarks, Pit Stop, and Blue Bottle just to name a few.

There is an adage that says “silence is golden” however there are instances where we as neighbors should break that silence even to the point of becoming the “town crier”. I feel that this is one of those such instances. I have watched for a 5 year period a Family owned and operated (Husband,Wife and Daughter) quality local business, namely “The Liquid Soul Coffee Roasters” located in McKenna, delegate tireless and consistant effort to bring from the T.V. set the ideology of the weekly sitcom “Cheers” to real life here in our own backyard and that by all indications they have done a stellar job of doing just that in that they have created an atmosphere where people have become friends on a first name basis over the most healthiest food (all organic) and live musical entertainment that is second to none!

However, they did not even stop there ! The owners (Martin and Barbara Salinas) unselfishly flung open the doors of their business as a meeting place for the local animal care advocacy group for abused and abandoned pets !
Even more they rose to the occasion when local political incumbencies needed a platform to rally and dine, again their doors were opened. From these exploits alone, it seems pretty clear that they both Love and take great Pride in their Community and invariably raises the question….. “do we” ?

Apparently not, because due to (non-patronage) they too, are slated for closure in about 6 months.
How sad. A community is not defined by where the county boundary lines merge nor by the lay of the land but rather by the residents who comprise it, in other words….US !!

I won’t bore your readers with vague statements, just hard facts.
I think this trumpets a very loud and pathetic statement about the residents here that because of turning a blind eye to a business that has given so much and yet received so little (even to the point of closure), I am exercising my Civic Duty (as should we all) to say ” is it that we wouldn’t know a gift horse even if it looked us in the mouth or rather is it that we as a community have grown so apathetic that we actually don’t give a damn” ?

This is a question that we all should ask ourselves and please, don’t forget to answer it !
To the Salinas family @ Liquid Soul, I say Kudos for a magnificent job and a very heartfelt THANK-YOU!!

Concerned Citizen,

Jeffrey Allen

Ed. Note:

Mr. Allen is correct, there seems to be a shift of locally owned & operated businesses closing shop here in the area.
Mayor Ron Harding’s statement in the Friday, November 12, 2010 edition of the Nisqually Valley News seems to underscore our community’s lack of leadership when he says,

“Another bonus [about the Les Schwab Tire Store opening], Harding said, is chain businesses such as Les Schwab, Walmart and Safeway draw other businesses into the community,” quoting Megan Hansen’s report.

Yes, Harding is correct; more “chain businesses” are drawing-in more “chain businesses”. Yelm’s main street has been likened to becoming Spanaway’s Pacific Ave, what with all of the worldwide names of chain stores here.
With the Les Schwab opening, Yelm has finally arrived at that description.
“Chain busineses” as Harding calls them, are mulit-national corporations that pay the highest price for road-frontage land, as local property owners cash-out along Yelm Ave. before the values drop further.
CLICK HERE for more about tumbling property assessments around here.

YES, “chain stores” have hired local employees & those jobs are wonderful. However, non Puget Sound-based stores expatriate their funds out of this state and back to their headquarters, while our locally owned businesses struggle & tank, as Mr. Allen so aptly stated. When they do, the “chain businesses” end up directing the agenda here, dictated by direction and guidance of how things are done in their stores coming down frorm a headquarters thousands of miles away.
Les Schwab Tire Centers are based in Oregon, as an example.

And with Yelm Mayor Ron Harding also serving as Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce President, his statement is even more ominous.
His policy of grow, grow, grow – develop, develop, develop has come at a price to Yelm businesses (water rate increases, tax increases, water irrigation cutbacks, loss of tax revnue when huge developments tanked & the city had no liens, etc.).
These continued action demonstrate little regard to the future of Yelm and impacts on air, traffic, water, and current fellow Chamber business owners.
And, the challenges by area officials towards locally owned businesses discussed here previously many times underscores this even more.


Mr. Allen’s letter warrants all of us becoming a “town crier”. BRAVO!


November 14, 2010

SACRED GEOMETRY WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED
– FOR THIS SATURDAY

BEGINNING SACRED GEOMETRY WORKSHOP

From the Press Release:
Sacred Geometry is an ancient science that reveals the precise way that the energy of creation organizes itself, from the most minute particles to the patterns of the cosmos. We will explore the countless connections of geometry to nature, music, art, architecture, scientific phenomenon and more. Studying Sacred Geometry is an experiential learning process that includes drawing of 3 dimensional forms in 2 dimensions with the traditional geometer’s compass, square (straight edge) and pencil.

Through this workshop, the student will be able to: draw basic geometric patterns and understand the significance of such forms as the Vesica Pisces, Flower of Life, the Golden Mean (Phi Ratio), Fractals and others, as well as their relationships to nature, art, music and sciences. The student will understand the importance of proportions, relationship and ratio and can use the constructions they create for their own creative endeavors.

RSVP:
Lisa 360.789.2526, lisa@lucid9design.com

WHEN:
Saturday, November 20, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

WHERE:
The Awakening Center
10905 138th Ave SE
Rainier, WA (just off Rainier Rd, close to town)

COST:
$25 adults, $10 children under 12

WHAT TO BRING:
Drawing pad, approx. 10 x 16. Also drafters compass, mechanical pencil, straight edge (ruled or un-ruled is fine). Optional: colored pencils or markers. If you do not have these tools, there will be a few on hand (first come, first served).

PRESENTED BY:
Elizabeth Diane, a Designer
LUCID 9 DESIGN, INC.
lisa@lucid9design.com
www.lucid9design.com
ph: 360.789.2526


November 13, 2010

“YELM FFA NAMED NATIONAL CHAPTER AWARD WINNER”

The National FFA Organizaton issued this Press Release:

“The Yelm FFA Chapter of Yelm, Wash., was named Model of Innovation winner in community development at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

The nations top 10 three-star gold chapters in the community development division competed for the award. Yelm FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the conventions second general session on Thursday, Oct. 21. Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, chapter and student development divisions.

Members of Yelm FFA helped more than 500 kids catch and process more than 800 fish at the Trout Ponds. Along with Trout Unlimited and Moose Lodge, the members educated the junior fisherman on the states two-fish limit and encouraged participants to continue recreational fishing. Additionally, the chapter executed a campaign entitled Project Tornado: Destroying Bad Driving Habits. As a result of the public awareness campaign, DUI violations dropped 39.78 percent in Yelm and area police officers stopped 60 percent less vehicles for passengers not wearing seatbelts.”

ABOUT THE FFA

“‘Future Farmers of America’ was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting– it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art.

FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.

So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.”


November 12, 2010

FREEDOM SCHOOL HOLDS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE THIS WEEKEND

Going Out of Business Sale!

The Freedom School is going out of business, but carrying on the dream!

“We have educational games, books and materials, tvs, dvd and video players, dvds, videos, computer games and music cds, adult books, children-adult clothes, mirrors, sofas and tables, whicker shelf, kitchen supplies, child’s bike, dress-up clothes, puzzles, art supplies, high chair, bean-bag chairs, entertainment center, and other items available.

When:
Friday, Nov. 12
and
Saturday, Nov 13

Time: 9-6.

Where:
206 Minnesota St
Rainier, WA.
next to Mirror Magic

Everything must go! Great prices on everything, all offers considered!

Please come and support the completion of the dream!
Thank you!”


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