July 23, 2011

NY TIMES FEATURES NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE


Map courtesy Nisqually Land Trust

Leslie Kaufman wrote this front-page piece published in the New York Times on Thursday, July 21, 20011,

Changes in the Air
Seeing Trends, Coalition Works to Help a River Adapt

NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Wash. For 10,000 years the Nisqually Indians have relied on chinook salmon for their very existence, but soon those roles are expected to reverse.

Based on current warming trends, climate scientists anticipate that in the next 100 years the Nisqually River will become shallower and much warmer. Annual snowpack will decline on average by half. The glacier that feeds the river, already shrunken considerably, will continue to recede…

To prepare for these and other potentially devastating changes, an unusual coalition of tribal government leaders, private partners and federal and local agencies is working to help the watershed and its inhabitants adapt. The coalition is reserving land farther in from wetlands so that when the sea rises, the marsh will have room to move as well; it is promoting hundreds of rain gardens to absorb artificially warmed runoff from paved spaces and keep it away from the river; and it is installing logjams intended to cause the river to hollow out its own bottom and create cooler pools for fish.

Read more from the New York Times report.

Read more from Kaufman’s Blog.

Read more about the Nisqually Land Trust’s River rafting Trip last weekend.


July 22, 2011

2nd ANNUAL ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT

From KOMO-TV 4 News in Seattle:

2nd Annual Yelm All-Star Tournament
Start: Saturday, July 23, 2011 @ 8:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 24, 2011 @ 8:00 PM
Longmire Park


July 22, 2011

COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROMERO HOSTS JULY 25TH COFFEE-
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Sandra Romero

Commissioner Sandra Romero Hosts Monthly Coffees with Area Residents

Monday, July 25th, 2011.

FROM COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S E-MAILER:
Commissioner Sandra Romero Hosts Monthly Coffees with Area Residents

Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier, Yelm and Lacey on Monday, July 25th.

Please join us as we learn about noxious weeds and their control.
Rick Johnson, Thurston Countys Noxious Weed Control Coordinator, will provide an update of noxious weeds in the county as well as a list of several new species.
Join us Monday, July 25, 2011

Commissioner Romero provides coffee to participants. 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, July 25th, 2011

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

Yelm: 11:00am Noon Fadis Restaurant (Tahoma Golf Course) 15425 Mosman Ave. SW.

Mary Anderson
Commissioner Staff
360-786-5747 or anderma@co.thurston.wa.us


July 21, 2011

“REP. WILCOX’S SECOND DISTRICT UPDATE”


Photo credit: Mr. Wilcox’s Legislative Office website

Rep. JT Wilcox’s (R-Roy) 2nd Legislative District Update on July 12, 2011 opened with some great stories and pictures about our area’s past where Rep. Wilcox observed,

“Traveling the long back roads of our district between communities reminds me of the history of our area, specifically how many of our communities sprang up as the result of the logging industry.”

After the area’s history, in closing, he said:

In other news

Ive recently been appointed to the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations. The purpose of the committee is to study and review economic development issues, emphasizing international trade, tourism, investment and industrial development. An economic development policy can unleash the power of private enterprise to rebuild the economy. With my experience in private business, I can help point out the places where government is standing in the way. I look forward to providing solutions and promoting our rural industries, including sustainable forestry, farming, food processing and others.

I hope you will continue to provide me feedback as I work for you. Please feel free to contact my office anytime or call and set up a time to meet with me.

Its an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,

J.T. Wilcox

P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7912
jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov
http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/wilcox


July 20, 2011

“YELM CO-OP FOCUSES ON EXPANSION”


Photo credit: Yelm Food Co-op, used with permission

From the Press Release:
Summer 2011 finds the Yelm Food Co-op launching a fundraising campaign for Phase One of an Expansion Project that will move the Co-op store to a larger space. The move is necessary because the Co-op is growing at almost 40% each year and has simply outgrown its current location.

The Board of Directors has set a Phase One goal of raising $27,000 by September 30, 2011 to pay for a Market Analysis and a Financial Feasibility Study. These professionally executed studies are necessary to show the potential size of the Yelm market and how the expanded store can truly meet the needs of the community.

According to Co-op Board President, Bill Wyman, “We want to position the Co-op as a community leader in projects that strengthen and support the local Yelm economy. Part of this vision includes providing a reasonably sized natural foods grocery store that provides a local year-round market for the areas organic farmers, while at the same time providing consumers with the best in locally produced meat and produce.”

Earlier this year, a survey of Co-op member-owners revealed a high level of support for the creation of a larger store that offers new and expanded departments and a far greater selection of items than the current location can possibly carry. Included in the vision for the new store are a deli and a salad bar, a butcher counter, a Pacific Northwest wine section, a demonstration kitchen and classroom space, and a coffee bar with an inviting dining/sitting area.

Fundraising efforts include a phone campaign to inform member-owners of the need to raise the money; a Help Your Co-op Grow Beanstalk and Golden Egg display in the store to track our fundraising progress; and various to-be-announced special events to raise both funds and awareness of the Co-op and its broader vision.

Member-owners are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday September 18 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Yelm Adult Community Center at 16530 103rd Ave NE, Yelm. At the meeting, members will hear a progress report on the Expansion and cast their votes for Board members.

Please visit the Co-op website at www.yelmfood.coop to learn more. Look for our newsletter, The Grapevine, at the store and at http://yelmfood.coop/2011/07/our-second-newsletter/ and download the PDF.
The Yelm Food Co-op, located on First Avenue in the Frontier Village Shopping Center, is open to the public and carries organic and whole foods from farmers and companies that employ earth-sustaining food production techniques.
For further information, contact Kate Morgan at 360-400-2210.

TELL THE YELM CO-OP YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


July 19, 2011

YELM’S KELLY WATKINS IN OREGON FAIRGROUNDS CHAMPIONSHIPS

“Gunslingers ride hard at Farm-City”
“Mounted shooters show skills with horses, firearms”
“But Kelly Watkins of Yelm, Wash., arrived at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds last week with four youngsters, three of them her own, who competed in mounted shooting events during Friday’s warmup and the North Pacific Regional Championships,” quoting the East Oregonian.


July 19, 2011

NISQUALLY TRIBAL JAIL CONCERNS –
PUBLIC MEETING TODAY, 2PM

– Thurston County Commissioners Meeting 2 PM July 19, 2011 2 P.M.
“Neighbors to the proposed Nisqually Jail on Yelm Highway and Route 510 are appearing this afternoon before the Commissioners weekly public comment session at 2 pm. at the Thurston County Court House, 2000 Lakeridge Drive Olympia, Wa.,” quoting STOP the Nisqually Tribal Jail Yelm Highway.
Read more

– “Construction Begins on Controversial Nisqually Tribal Jail”
By ICTMN Staff June 28, 2011
Read more

– “Nisqually Jail Impact”
“Water Rights Concerns”
“The Nisqually Safety Complex will require water and new wells are going to be drilled at the Mcallister Wellfield- a mile from the construction site.

The lowering of water levels of our neighborhood lakes and wells is something we need to keep our eye on.”
Read more


July 18, 2011

WHY IS YELM’S CABAL SILENT?
IS THERE A DOUBLE-STANDARD?

The Yelm Cabal is the name given by some very long-time residents, property and business owners that comprise a group of Yelm business, religious, and civic leaders that exert an unusual influence among the affairs of Yelm and environs. Often times, as has been noted throughout the years on this blog, priority-one in protecting the public’s interests has been overridden by their agendas that had the affect of doing just the opposite. The question that now arises is whether the Cabal will now in 2011 support the stand they took in making an issue in the election of 2005.
Webster’s defines a Cabal as “a small group of secret plotters.”

BACKGROUND
Megan Hansen reported in the local newspaper on July 8:
“Yelm resident Ken Garmann filed for Yelm City Council Position 6, which is currently held by John Thompson.

Garmann is no stranger to Yelm city government. He was the public works director from 1994 to 2000 and has worked with various cities throughout the region.

He is currently capital programs manager for the City of Bothel, but plans on retiring at the end of the year.”

THE FACTS
– Not one citizen filed during the regular filing period to run for Thompson’s Position 6 Council seat he is vacating. Interesting to observe not one person filed to run against Joe Baker for his Position 2 seat and only Yelm Planning Commissioner J. W. Foster stepped-up to run unopposed for Don Miller’s vacating Position 1 seat. Yelm has had very few people step forward to serve as Council candidates in recent years.
– The City of Yelm properly had an extended filling period June 28-30.
– Since no one expressed interest during the regular filing period, the public waited to see what candidate would run for Position 6 in the extended filing period.
– Ken Garmann filed for Position 6 during the filing period extension, yet works full-time for the City of Bothell, some 70+ miles away.
– The aforementioned, local newspaper is quoted on September 16, 2005 about that year’s election:
“Residency requirements state that a candidate must live in his stated home at least 12 months prior to an election. The rules also stipulate that “intending” to live someplace is not the same as actually living there, according to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.”

On Thursday, July 14, I called Mr. Garmann in Bothell’s City Hall, introduced myself and asked him about this issue. He told me he lives near his office during the week and returns to Yelm on weekends, saying he has owned a home, has been registered to vote here, and has paid taxes in Yelm for 20 years. He said I should have approached this differently with him. I asked for his input on how/what he would suggest. He said he refers to his Yelm residence as his home and plans on retiring from his Bothell post at the end of the year, adding there is no issue about his running for Yelm’s City Council. I informed him this WAS an issue here in the 2005 election, vigorously led by business, religious, and civic leaders and reporters then working for the local newspaper.

BOTTOM LINE
While I strongly support anyone that wishes to step forward for public service and I am certain Mr. Garmann has valuable experience to bring to the position, I agree with Keven Graves’s November 25, 2005 editorial in the local newspaper:
“We (he & then Mayor-elect Harding) agree that a transparent government is better government.”

If a transparent government IS better government, Mr. Garmann’s candidacy for the Yelm City Council raises two questions that require asking:

1. Does Garmann’s living and working most of the week in Bothell and returning to Yelm on weekends as he stated, qualify residency for 12 months leading up to the election by “actually living there [Yelm], according to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office”?

2. Is there an appearance of conflict of interest for a full-time, capital programs manager of another Puget Sound city living there a majority of the week while employed by that municipality and running for City Council in Yelm?

Graves also said in his November 25, 2005 editorial:
“This newspaper’s role is to empower residents by keeping them informed. We trust our readers to read the facts and draw their own conclusions.”

If that is true, then newspaper readers would benefit from these facts to draw their own conclusions. Unfortunately, since Garmann has no opponent running against him to bring forth these issues, one can only hope the local newspaper empowers their readers with these facts.

If the newspaper and other leaders are going to back-up their words from 6 years ago, then Mr. Graves December 10, 2010 editorial quote applies to the Yelm Cabal currently, as well,
“You can’t have it both ways.”

THREE WEEKS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE FILING EXTENSION – WHERE ARE THOSE VOICES NOW WHO SO LOUDLY SPOKE-OUT IN 2005?


July 17, 2011

NISQUALLY LAND TRUST’S RIVER RAFTING TRIP – AMAZING!


Map courtesy Nisqually Land Trust

My wife and I spent a delightful day with the Nisqually Land Trust’s (NLT) river-rafting float trip of the Nisqually River, NLT being one of the stewards working to protect the river’s watershed (see map above)!

After assembling at Wilcox Farm at 9am, the group was bussed to the put-in point at Nisqually-Mashel State Park, near Eatonville. Our bus passed through the recently restored Ohop Valley, part of the Puget Sound and its tributaries salmon recovery area, where we were updated on this project.
Read more on the salmon recovery efforts in the Ohop Valley, covered here October 17, 2010.


Photo courtesy Nisqually Land Trust

Participants filled 7 rafts and journeyed 13 miles down a remote, mostly undisturbed stretch of the Nisqually. Along the way we saw sweeping undeveloped landscapes, including some of the Trusts conservation lands, wild animals and birds while enjoying the quiet, only broken by the rustling of the wind through the cottonwoods.

Half way through the journey, we were served a wonderful lunch on-shore. Our trip ended approximately 4pm back at Wilcox Farm, where our vehicles were waiting for us.

We were joined on the trip Land Trust Staff, including the NLT president since the 1989 formation, George Walter, NLT Executive Director Joe Kane, NLT Board Member J. W. Foster, Land Steward Joe Kennedy, Administrative Assistant/Field Technician Candi Ziegert & several other NLT personnel, who provided color and insights with their commentary along the way, staffing each raft.


About the Nisqaully Land Trust

“The Nisqually Land Trust acquires and manages critical lands to permanently protect the water, wildlife, natural areas, and scenic vistas of the Nisqually River watershed.

The Nisqually Land Trust was established in 1989 to protect wildlife habitat threatened by the consequences of rapid population growth. Today it conserves and restores over 3,400 acres in the Nisqually watershed,” quoting the website.

Read more and enroll in the river rafting trip of the lower Nisqually, Saturday July 24.

Read more
and enroll for the Nisqually River Hike, Saturday, August 6.

Read more
and sign-up for volunteer opportunities.

How You Can Help
Read more on the various ways of giving to help purchase, protect, restore and manage natural areas and wildlife habitat in the Nisqually River Basin.

WON’T YOU CONSIDER GIVING TO PROTECT THIS VITAL NATURAL RESOURCE AT OUR DOORSTEP?

TELL THE NISQUALLY LAND TRUST YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


July 16, 2011

‘NEW’ SPIRAL CAFE RIBBON CUTTING JULY 22

From KOMO-TV 4 News in Seattle:
The new Spiral Cafe Arts & Well Being Studio is officially cutting the ribbon July 22nd at 11:00 a.m. and then holding a grand opening party and celebration at 7:00 p.m.

Heres how the caf/studio describes itself on its Facebook page:

Spiral Cafe Arts & Well Being Studio is a multipurpose cultural center which incorporates an organic locally grown, cafe, free internet, featuring Liquid Soul Coffee, an environmentally sound Bamboo dance floor facilitating Yoga, Zumba, Tango, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Salsa, Kickboxing, Belly Dancing, Break Dancing, and a 16 by 19′ platform for live music, theater productions, open mic, DJ & dancing as well as for lectures & workshops. Spiral is available for private parties and receptions with catering available.

Spiral is a place of community enrichment. No matter what differences we as human beings have, we share a common thread of joy whenever we are singing, dancing, participating in community theater or meeting a friend for lunch or coffee. It is these things that tie us together and make us momentarily forget what sets us apart. This is what Spiral Cafe intends to contribute to its community, one smile at a time.

The caf/studio is located at on the first floor of 201 E Yelm Ave.

The hours of operation:

Mon – Tues: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wed: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thurs: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri: 7:00 am – 1:30 am
Sat: 9:00 am – 1:30 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

And for more information:

info@spiralcafe.net
360 400-CAFE (2233)

TELL SPIRAL CAFE YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


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