March 26, 2012


Photo courtesy Yelm Community Schools (YCS)
YCS Superintendent Andy Wolf, Civic Educator of the Year Ed Bergh,
YHS Principal Brian Wharton, and Legislative Representative JT Wilcox.
Bergh being honored as Washington Civic Educator of the Year

Lisa Pemberton penned this report in today’s Olympian:

Educating kids, learning himself

YELM: Recently honored by the state, teacher Ed Bergh talks about life, career

“Yelm High Schools Ed Bergh recently was honored as Washington Civic Educator of the Year by the state Legislature.

He teaches world problems, history and a variety of American government electives.

‘He loves what he helps his students accomplish,’ said Yelm High Principal Brian Wharton. ‘This passion and energy motivates other teachers.’

Bergh, 60, of Olympia, talked to The Olympian about his career. Here are excerpts of the conversation.”

“Ive taught for 38 years (all at Yelm High School). Ive also ended up doing quite a bit of research and writing on the history of Yelm.”

“Two years ago, while I was watching television, I suddenly developed double vision. It turns out I had a walnut-sized tumor on my brain. The tumor is a chordoma tumor. Its not cancerous, but its very difficult to treat.”

“The tumors remnants are dormant, so I get to live forever again.”

Editor’s Note:
Bergh is also the founder of the Yelm History Project.
Read more

March 25, 2012


A sign on the former Little Caboose Restaurant in Yelm (at the corner of 93rd and Yelm Hwy), which was previously a convenience store, Tomassini’s Restaurant and then in 1989 a flower shop says The Bunkhouse is to open soon. Their Facebook page says they are moving from McKenna to this Yelm location on April 1st.

Read more on the Facebook page of Bunkhouse BBQ and Burgers, Burger Restaurant McKenna, Washington.

UPDATE: March 30,2012
Now open in Yelm, relocated from McKenna location.
Congratulations and wishing them well.

March 24, 2012

BPA: “Wind Farms Generate Record Power”

“Wind farms have generated a record-breaking amount of power this month. The Bonneville Power Administration [BPA] is hoping to avoid over-generation problems that happened last spring.

Strong winds generated 4,000 megawatts onto the Bonneville Power Administrations transmission grid on a single day this month. Thats as much as four nuclear power plants.

This spike comes at a time when the Pacific Northwest grid already has an abundance of power. Thats because rivers are running high as the snow melts.

Last year BPA shut down wind facilities because there was more power than the grid could handle. Spokesman Mike Hansen says BPA is trying to avoid those problems,” quoting Courtney Flatt in OBP News.

Read more from the Bonneville Power Administration, United States Department of Energy

March 23, 2012


Nisqually Indian Tribe
12th Annual Nisqually
Wellbriety Pow-Wow
March 23th, 24th, and 25th 2012
Nisqually YC Community Center
1937 Lashi St. NE Olympia, WA 98513
Grand Entry: Sat & Sun@ 1pm and 7 pm

Flyer Information

More information:
Nisqually Youth and Community Center
Address: 1937 Lashi St. NE Olympia, WA 98513

Grand Entry: Sat & Sun@ 1pm and 7 pm

Master of Ceremonies: Sonny Eaglespeaker

Arena Directors: Casey & Buck Wallahee

Host Drums: Creekside and Wild Rose

Head Man Dancer: Mark Sison

Head Woman Dancer: Bridgett Eaglespeaker

All Dancers-Registration closes @ 3:00 on Saturday March 24th

And First 7 drums-To register will be paid
Read more

March 22, 2012

Tenino Police Chief resigns –
cites affair with Yelm PD officer

Jeremy Pawloski reports in The Olympian:
“Tenino Police Chief Sean Gallagher resigned Wednesday [March 21] after Mayor Eric Strawn said he planned to place Gallagher on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation into what Strawn said was evidence of ‘conduct unbecoming of an officer.’

“After Marlo Gallaghers [the Chief’s wife] suicide, Sean Gallagher denied to detectives that hed been having an affair. But after further questioning, ‘Mr. Gallagher disclosed that he was having an extra-marital affair and was romantically involved’ with a Yelm police officer.

He later apologized for lying, saying he was concerned about his law enforcement reputation.”

March 22, 2012


Photo courtesy: Rainier High School

KOMO-TV 4 News in Seattle reports:
The Rainier High School “Dollars for Scholars” auction is coming up March 24.

In its 13th year, the event will be held at the Rainier Middle/High School campus and features a lasagna dinner at 3:30 p.m. ($7.00 for adults $4.00 for children).

The silent auction starts at 4 p.m. with the live auction following at 7 p.m. Free childcare is available.

For more information, call Traci Carli at 360-446-3207, Suz Miller at 360-894-3377 or Jill O’Brien at 360-446-0730.
Read more

March 21, 2012


Mayor Harding’s annually announced goal since 2006 at each State of the City address to build a Community Center during his term has now been eclipsed by the recent announcement of the Yelm Lions Club’s proposed youth and community center that would cost an estimated $10 million.

Tyler Huey reported in Friday’s edition of the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) the Yelm Lions Club is “charging forward with plans to build a center” and their board “authorized the establishment of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit foundation.” Huey reports “millions of dollars to be raised by the Lions through grants and fundraising.”

Editor’s Note:
One HAS to question what is going on in Yelm:

1. Yelm has a quality community center with Yelm Community Services, also supported by donations and tax-deductible funds from the public. I have commented for years why Mayor Harding, city staffers and others always ignore this fact.
And, why hasn’t the Yelm Community Services board not shouted this out!
Click here for Yelm Community Services’ fabulous website.

2. Harding’s newspaper column last week titled “Clearing up confusion on community center” just added more confusion!
Harding said that the city’s community center “could be structured to offer classes that would provide things to do for all ages.”
Harding also told the Nisqually Valley News on February 10, 2012:
“The city wouldnt be able to afford to staff the building.”
The city already provides taxpayer support to the Yelm Adult Community Center with classes for our area’s seniors and now the Yelm Library, which offers a wide variety of programs!

Harding continued saying “The Lions Club model is more of an activity center. Programs like those offered at the city facility could be included.”
“Our goal as a city is to provide an additional community space that can be enjoyed by all, yet is financially sensible for our community and current economy.”

Harding really needs to get a grip & put himself in the shoes of his constituents!
Where is HIS mind in providing something “financially sensible for our community and current economy?”

1. He just spent over 2 million dollars to buy a library condo facility for area citizens to have a place where classes and programs could be offered for all ages. That bond debt is now placed on the backs of city property owners.

2. The Yelm Community Services Center already exists and has been supporting this community since 1971.

3. The Lions Club is going to raise $10 million for a facility?
Harding has previously said in the NVN even the YMCA “realized the city’s model [for a community center] missed the mark compared to the YMCA model in several areas, including population density, facilities, programs and fee structure.”

4. Yelm Lions Secretary Dave Pratt said, “Yelm Community services focuses primarily on social services, so this will flush out the needs of the community.”

How myopic of a comment is that?
Does Mr. Pratt know that the Yelm Community Services center has classrooms, a gymnasium and currently offers several youth and adult programs that have been assets for this community?

We have a very fragile economy and have watched for months as the city grappled with financing the purchase of a way-too-large, less-than-desirable 2nd floor library condo at a cost to Yelm property owners of over $2 million dollars. The community already supports the 501 (c) 3 non-profits in the Yelm Adult Community Center and Yelm Community Services organization and now property owners are expected to pony up for two additional community centers via grants, donations and taxpayer funding?

Please tell us how and why our officials are spending this kind of money like “drunken sailors”?
Why are so many good people going in different directions, which in the end, works against each other?


March 20, 2012



“The vernal equinox the first day of spring will arrive tomorrow (March 20) at 05:14 Universal Time, or 1:14 a.m. EDT. Even more intriguing is that for those in the Mountain and Pacific Time zones, the equinox will actually arrive tonight (March 19),” quoting

Spring began in Yelm last night at 10:19pm.

March 19, 2012

Chief Seattles attributed legacy –
proper stewardship of our area’s lands

The only known photo of Chief Seattle, 1864

From Wikipedia:
“Chief Seattle (an Anglicization of Si’ahl), originally (c. 1780 – June 7, 1866) was a DkhwDuwAbsh (Duwamish) chief, also known as Sealth, Seathle, Seathl, or See-ahth. A prominent figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with David Swinson “Doc” Maynard. Seattle, Washington was named after him. A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of native Americans’ land rights has been attributed to him; however there is controversy about what, if anything, he actually said.”

“No one alive today knows what he said; he spoke in the Lushootseed language, and someone translated his words into Chinook jargon, and a third person translated that into English.”

“Some years later, Dr. Henry A. Smith wrote down an English version of the speech, based on Smith’s notes. It was a flowery text in which Siahl purportedly thanked the white people for their generosity, demanded that any treaty guarantee access to Native burial grounds, and made a contrast between the God of the white people and that of his own.”

Editor’s Note:
Chief Seattle’s speech has been noted for acknowledging the USA’s purchase of native tribal lands and potentially offering counsel for the land’s proper stewardship.

The leaders of Yelm, in particular, could learn from Chief Seattle.
After-all, their own Comprehensive Plan states that sustainability will be the guiding principle A sustainable community thoughtfully provides or the needs of its residents with efficiency and stewardship for the future.

The city’s focus on obtaining more water rights, issuing more permits to build more homes and attract more growth in this town has garnered the following:
1. one of the top cities in the state for growth
“Yelm Morphs From Prairie Town to Countys Fastest Growing City”
2. the number one issue here – traffic
3. more pollution problems
4. more air problems
5. more crime problems
6. more water problems – gosh, the state’s Supreme Court ruled against Yelm in a noted water rights case.

Regarding the continued plundering of this town’s resources, Chief Seattle’s attributed comments AND the words of Yelm’s own Comprehensive Plan regarding stewardship should be the guide, rather than the almighty dollar firing the twinkle in the eyes of our city’s leaders.

March 18, 2012


Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza

From KOMO-TV 4 news in Seattle:

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza and his staff will hold a town hall meeting on March 21 to discuss the department’s Field Operations Bureau.

Snaza will display equipment used by the F.O.B. and the a K-9 team will be on hand.

The meeting will take place at the Griffin Fire Department, 3707 Steamboat Loop NW in Olympia.

This is the first in a series of town hall meetings planned by TCSO.”
Read more from the Press Release.

Editor’s Note:
In his 6 1/4 years as Yelm’s Mayor, Ron Harding has NEVER held a town hall meeting. Our Congressional Representative, state legislators, County Commissioner & County Sheriff have all held forums here.
Not Harding!
Of what is Mayor Harding afraid?

Perhaps his constituents will ask him this question and our local newspaper will report his answer.


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