December 15, 2010

INTRODUCING METAPHYSICAL WORKSHOP & WELLNESS FAIR – SATURDAY

The Crystal Buffett

Metaphysical Workshop & Wellness Fair

December 18th, 2010

Greetings,

We’re kicking off our first Metaphysical Workshop & Wellness Fair this December just in time for the holidays.

You a cordially invited to a phenomenal event – please join us December 18th between 10am and 7pm for great fun.
Vendors from all over the region will be here. Meet local artists, practitioners, psychics, and more… Enter to win prizes, and visit the new Bodyriver Healing Arts location.

Please click the link to RSVP that you’ll be attending!

Namaste’

Kass Horner, LMP, SC
info@bodyriver.com

Where:
Bodyriver Healing Arts, Yelm Washington
10501 Creek Street S.E. Suite 1B
Yelm, WA 98597

When:
Saturday December 18, 2010
10am to 7:00 PM PST


December 14, 2010

YELM SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

Adam Ashton reports in-depth in The Tacoma News Tribune for the Associated Press ,
“One of the six soldiers killed by a suicide blast Sunday in Afghanistan was from Yelm.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports 25-year-old Cpl. Sean M. Collins was a 2004 graduate of Yelm High School. His mother, Linda Collins, is a teacher at a Yelm middle school.

Sean Collins listed his home town at Ewa Beach, Hawaii. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky., and previously served two deployments in Iraq,” quoting the Seattle Times.

Also,
“Governor Chris Gregoire has directed that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Tuesday, December 14, in memory of U. S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jason D. Peto, 31, of Vancouver, who died December 7 from wounds received last month while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Tuesday, or first thing Wednesday morning, December 15,” quoting Governor Chris Gregoire’s website.


December 14, 2010

CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS TONIGHT


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

On the City Council Agenda tonight:

1. The City of Yelm will “continue the Public Hearing to consider the Final 2011 Budget tonight at 7pm.
Ed. Note: An immediate voting of the ordinance will follow, since no one will show up to comment, just like last meeting.”

2. The Yelm City Council will vote in the
“City of Yelm/Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Services Agreement”

“To approve and authorize Mayor Harding to sign the attached Service Provider Agreement between the City of Yelm and the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce for the period January 1, 2011 December 31, 2011 in the amount of $7,500.00.”

Mayor Harding is also the Chamber President & should recuse himself and turn-over the conversation on this issue to mayor Pro-tem Isom.

3. The Yelm City Council will
“Adopt Ordinance No. 930 amending Chapter 16.10 Yelm Municipal Code relating to speed limits and school zones within the City of Yelm.
Adopt Resolution No. 518 establishing speed limits greater than 25 MPH on certain City Streets.
Background
The Yelm Transportation recommended that the speed limit on Killion Road be raised to 35 MPH to its intersection with the Yelm Loop (SR 510 Alternate) in order to support the intended use of the Loop as a quicker alternate route than Yelm Avenue (SR 510).”

4. The Yelm City Council will
“Adopt Resolution No. 517 requesting the Washington State Department of Transportation raise the speed limit on SR 510 between mile post 12.70 to mile post 13.28 from 35 to 45 miles per hour and to raise the speed limit on SR 510 Alternate between mile post 13.28 and 14.69 from 35 to 45 miles per hour.
Background
The SR 510 Yelm Loop SR 510 Alternate has been designed for a speed limit of 50 miles per hour and is to be posted at 45 miles per hour upon completion.”

5. The Yelm City Council will
“Adopt Ordinance No. 931 relating to development regulations and water connections; establishing a process and standards for issuance of building permits subject to availability of City water service; ratifying and confirming prior acts; and, providing for effective date and period of regulations.”


December 14, 2010

THE OLYMPIAN: “THURSTON COUNTY ZONING CHANGE”

Ranch owner fights Thurston County’s zoning change
SCHADER CROWN: ‘It basically cuts the value of the property in half’

John Dodge wrote this very important story for county property owners in the Olympian Sunday.
CLICK HERE


December 13, 2010

MR. GRAVES: YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

Nisqually Valley News (NVN) Publisher/Editor Keven Graves wrote an Op-Ed last Thursday about a call he made to me on Nov. 19th that omitted so many things, I am responding here publicly, as I “will not be his punching bag.”

1. Why did Steve Klein not call Mr. Graves to let him know of the Supreme Court accepting JZ Knight’s case against the city?

– The information was sent from the WA. Supreme Court to Yelm’s City Hall, because of the city’s status as a plaintiff in the appeal of the case.
– The Nisqually Valley News is the City of Yelm’s designated newspaper of record & should be informed of all news items of public record.
WHY did the city not inform the newspaper of this case?
And why did Mr. Graves not report in his Op-Ed what his city contacts told him upon questioning them on omitting him from the Court’s decision?

– JZ Knight & Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment issued no press release on this topic, so the newspaper received nothing from the School, however this news was posted on the WA. Supreme Court website, JZ Knight’s website & the Yelm Community Blog.

– I asked Mr. Graves about finding the Supreme Court case story on the Yelm Community Blog or JZ Knight’s website.
He stated he does not read them.
Yet, all of those links were on search engine alerts within minutes of posting.

2. I then asked Graves why he did see this story on search engines for Yelm.
He said he does not subscribe to that service, saying most of the links there would be from his newspaper.
I told him over the span of a week, a low percentage are from his paper, except on Friday’s when his online edition is published.
He said he gets tips from the community.

I thought – a local newspaper not getting search engine Alerts about Yelm, Rainier & Roy?
Hmmm! Wow, are his readers missing alot there every week.

3. I also mentioned to Mr. Graves that his city contacts let him down this time, those who always feed his paper when issues are on the city’s side, yet not when the city is not viewed so positively.
THAT should be noted, as the city’s actions speak volumes.

[For example: JZ Knight & Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment issued no press release on the Charles Napper case, where this man attempted to burglarize Ms. Knight, yet that was front page, top-of-fold news in Graves’ NVN.]
Further, Graves also asked me to change the Nov. 19th Blog entry to be fair to his newspaper, saying the paper did not know of the ruling. I did add an update at the bottom of that report to that affect.

4. Graves asked me to agree to call him when the School has news items.
I declined, telling him the School issues official Press Releases through a publicist in Los Angeles & he will continue to receive those.

– The Yelm Community Blog & this Blog host have been derided & held with utter disdain by Mr. Graves in public Op-Eds for 5 1/2 years. Graves will not even mention the Yelm Community Blog by name in his newspaper, using other adjectives to describe the site.

As for me supplying the NVN with news tips, why should I?
I have written Mr. Graves twice over the years asking if he would be willing to have a conversation about the NVN & Blog joining forces, like they do in so many other cities. That request enlisted a cold shoulder each time.
However, that offer still stands to this day.
And, Yelm.com is changing soon & many will want to get aboard.

BOTTOM LINE:
And last, at the end of our talk, I asked Mr. Graves if our conversation would end up in his newspaper or remain private.
He assured me the contents of the call he describes where he “flipped my lid” was private.
Well, so much for that, which I knew in advance from experience, as demonstrated by his similar, past actions – where he tells me our interactions are private & then turns-around and prints them.

While I may be the target of Mr. Graves continued scorn, I will not be a punching bag by his omission of facts, all to change the context of the story to suit the newspaper’s whims.

Mr Graves cannot have it both ways –
treating me with contempt on the one hand,
& yet wanting me to call or e-mail him news-tips on the other.


December 13, 2010

OLYMPIA SETS NEW RAINFALL RECORD FOR DEC. 12TH

“The National Weather Service says the rainfall Sunday set a record at Sea-Tac Airport of 2.19 inches, breaking the mark for the date of 1.70 set in 1966…

Other records set Sunday were 1.8 inches at Olympia,” quoting The Olympian.


December 12, 2010

WATER CONSERVATION LAUDABLE –
THOUGH STORY OMITS EXCESSIVE RATE INCREASES & MANDITORY IRRIGATION CUTBACKS AS CAUSE

While the city reports water conservation, which is laudable, several issues were not covered in the newspaper story.

1. Unfortunately, little was said about the root cause of the city’s water conservation push.

2. The City of Yelm over-pumped their annual water allocation and were required to take stark measures to continue to obtain water for the develop, develop, develop agenda of this City Hall.
The City of Yelm over-pumped their Ecology allocation of 796.66 acre feet per year (afy) of water rights in 2009 at 810.42 afy.

3. The city was also restricted by Health to a limited number of additional connections to the city’s water system in 2010.

4. The comments of Mayor Harding below about how many acre feet per year of water the city saved in 2010 are only an estimate on his part & MUST be verified by Ecology and then compared to their annual allocation. Those numbers should be made public in late January, 2011.

THESE KIND OF OMISSIONS ARE NOT HELPFUL FOR THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS TO WHICH YELM MUST ADHERE IN HOW MUCH WATER THEY CAN PUMP & THEIR ABILITY TO ADD CONNECTION PERMITS.

Megan Hansen reported for the Nisqually Valley News last Friday:

“The City of Yelms water conservation campaign seems to be working and city officials are singing praises.

‘Weve saved a tremendous amount of water,’ Yelm Mayor Ron Harding said. ‘Its been a very successful program.’

Earlier this year, the city instituted water budgets for commercial customers during summer irrigation months…

The outcome: the city saved 35 acre feet of water.

Results surpassed even the citys expectations, Harding said. The projection was to save 22 acre feet…

Two businesses that went above and beyond, Walmart and Prairie Hotel, were recognized by the city Monday [December 6]…

Because of this residents are now conserving, Harding said. The city used 90 acre feet of less water this year than last year.”

ALSO OMITTED FROM HANSEN’S REPORT IS THIS UP-COMING CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCE:

“The Yelm City Council will vote Tuesday night to:
Adopt Ordinance No. 931 relating to development regulations and water connections; establishing a process and standards for issuance of building permits subject to availability of City water service

The City currently has a limited number of water connections available for the issuance of new building permits. In order to administer permits orderly during this time period, the City Council is requested to adopt an amendment to the Water System Code to clarify how permits will be processed during this time period of limited connection availability.
The process as outlined in the proposed Ordinance is designed to be fair to all applicants. Permits are and have always been processed in first come first served order. The situation now exists, however, that a large scale commercial or multi-family permit application could require more water connections than the City currently has available and, since that permit cannot be issued, hold up all permits behind it in line.”

BOTTOM LINE:
THE CITY ADMITS THEY HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF WATER CONNECTIONS & HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT HOW THEY DOLE THOSE OUT.


December 11, 2010

MRS. WASHINGTON USA ON YELM’S CHRISTMAS-IN-THE-PARK


Photo credit: Mrs. Washington America 2010, Carla Richards’ website

Mrs. Washington Pageant winner for 2010 Carla Richards was unable to attend Yelm’s Christmas-in-the-Park last week, however had this to say on her website about her stand-ins:

Mrs. Pacific Northwest (Lisa Bluhm) and Mrs. Thurston County (Dionne Tarter) did a great job representing both their titles and the Mrs. Washington Pageant by being apart of such a fun tradition for the City of Yelm.”

All of the 2010 Christmas-in-the-Park participants were thrilled to have Mrs. Pacific Northwest & Mrs. Thurston County join us this year for our annual Christmas festivities.


December 10, 2010

COUNTY COMMISISONER ROMERO’S OPEN-TO-THE PUBLIC DEC. 13TH COFFEE


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.

Come learn about Thurston County Medic One, the first countywide, tiered response EMS system in the nation. Find out what the differences are between Medic One paramedic units, Fire Department units and private ambulances. Discover how citizens have a key role in everyday emergencies and disasters. Our special guest will be Emergency Services Director, Steve Romines.

Commissioner Romero stated, This time of year it is important to be ready for emergencies and disasters. It was only November when we got snow and wind. What you can do to be prepared, and how to take action in emergencies is a very important topic.”

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 Taco Gaby 307 Yelm Ave. E (NEW LOCATION)

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


December 9, 2010

BALD HILLS FIRE DEPT. ‘SANTA RUN’ SATURDAY


Bald Hills Fire Dept. Volunteers

The Bald Hills Fire Department is pleased to announce
Santa Run 2010
Saturday, December 11
Clearwood Store
5:30 PM.

If you dont have a kid, and cant borrow one, come anyway.
This is an event for young and old.
Everyone is welcome.

Kids can sit on Santas lap, have their picture taken, and get a bag of stuff (yes, candy is in there too).

Adults can join in the caroling and see neighbors who have disappeared indoors since the weather turned cold.

Clearwood Store owners Jonathan, Myung, and Paul Cho are donating & will be cooking burgers and hot dogs. There will be cookies and warm beverages.
Everything is FREE.

Ho, Ho, Ho, to one and all
from the BALD HILLS FIRE DEPARTMENT!

PLEASE TELL THE FINE FOLKS AT THE BALD HILLS FIRE DEPT. YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


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