March 10, 2012

“Leadership Thurston County now accepting applications for 2013”

From Rolf Boone in The Olympian::
“Leadership Thurston County, a leadership training program, is accepting applications for its class of 2013.

The program runs September through June and participants meet once a month to learn about community issues, build relationships and explore opportunities for leadership, according to a news release.

The cost of the program is $1,750. Applications are due May 15 and participants must live or work in Thurston County.”

Read more on Leadership Thurston and for more information, view the brochure.


March 10, 2012

STATE SENATOR BECKER’S YELM HIGH PAGE


Sen. Randi Becker & Yelm Page Cassandra Faber in the State Capitol, Olympia
Photo courtesy: Washington State Senator Randi Becker’s Newsletter

“Cassandra Faber participated in the Senate Page Program during the sixth week of the 2012 session. Cassandra is the daughter of Alan and Dawn Faber of Yelm. She is a freshman at Yelm High School. Great job, Cassandra!” quoting State Senator Becker.

Read more
on the Senate Page Program

Read more
on Senator Becker.


March 9, 2012

TO YELM COMMUNITY BLOG READERS

There will soon be a change in the way readers access the Yelm Community Blog!

If you wish to directly access the blog after next week, please bookmark this link:
https://yelmcommunity.org/

Once a new design of Yelm.com is activated next week, this blog will only be accessible on Yelm.com via another click-though to www.yelmcommunity.org.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED INTEREST!


March 9, 2012

YELM PARK VANDALISM CAPTURED ON VIDEO

This shocking video of Yelm City Park vandalism has been turned over to Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil for investigation. As of March 8, 2012, this video had 17 views.
View the video “A day in yelm washington” on YouTube.


March 9, 2012

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS THIS SUNDAY AT 2 AM

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2am, meaning all clocks must be turned forward one hour before retiring THIS Saturday night.
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March 8, 2012

YELM CRIME VICTIM ASKS:
“Can I have it back please?”
STOLEN PROSTHETIC FOOT

Yelm is in the news spotlight AGAIN for burglary and an unusual theft!

From Natasha Ryan at KING 5 News in Seattle:
“It’s a cold hearted theft that robbed a man of a possession he relies on.”

“In a small community, Jen says they never lock their doors. The thieves took the family’s computer, a gun, a camera and something even more valuable, Zac’s prosthetic running foot.

‘I don’t care about all the electronics things, they’re easy to replace but that is fairly expensive to replace,’ said Zac”.

“The foot is custom made for him and isn’t worth much to anyone else.

‘Can I have it back please?’ said Zac.”

Editor’s Note:
Mayor Harding was quoted in the Nisqually Valley News Feb. 24th:
“Any jurisdiction’s job is to improve the quality of life for its residents.”

However, the grow, grow, grow policies of this mayor bring all of the big city issues with it, as Yelm has witnessed a continued escalation in crime.

UPDATE:
Now this has propelled Yelm onto the national news scene today.
Read more on MSNBC.


March 8, 2012

YELM: ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’ BALL THIS SATURDAY

SE Thurston County Relay For Life


Relay For Life logo
Courtesy of the American Cancer Society

Yelm’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life is July 21st & 22nd, 2012, 3pm at Yelm High School with a kick-off this Saturday.

Open to the public.
Kick-off Winter Wonderland Ball
Saturday, March 10, 7 PM.
Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge
1117 Yelm Ave. W
Yelm WA. 98597

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“Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer in our community. At the event, we celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society in its mission to save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer, and empower individuals to fight back. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.”

“Sign up today to become a part of the Relay phenomenon. Together we will fuel the work and the hope that can help make a cancer-free future a reality,” quoting their website.
Sign up.


March 8, 2012

YELM: NISQUALLY SHORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Come join the Nisqually Land Trust on Saturday March 10, from 9am-noon

for a day of stewardship on our protected lands in Yelm. We’ll be removing invasive Scotch broom and Himalayan blackberry in order to create wildlife habitat and improve water quality in the Nisqually River.
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March 7, 2012

Tatemae – 6 one-act plays come to Yelm Friday

Tatemae
(The Public Face)
Comprised of six one-act plays

Kellie Petersen, Western Washington University and Ambassadors Tour present…

“We have a great show coming up March 9th at Gordon’s Grange.
This play will prove to be a very fun event, comprised of six 10 minute, one-act plays plus a bonus play. The actors are a troupe of Japanese exchange students from Western Wash U.,” quoting Kellie Petersen.

– Awesome Power of the Black & Decker
By Bryan Willis – An inventive backyard comedy of possible romance & nature vs. machine

– The Course We Set by Amy Tofte – A generational bittersweet piece about the viability of love

– A Tall Order by Sheri Wilner – A humorous look at our perceptions of the opposite sex as it relates to the dating scene

– Signs by Deborah Yarchun – Comedy on a street corner regarding friendship, peer pressure & inventive parental guidance

– Cafeteria by Arlene Hytton – Loyalty, friendship & the new lunch wrap come into question at the work place

– Playground Confidential by Bryan Hawthorne – A hilarious who done it that takes place on the childrens playground ala Film Noir

– Plusthe one-act play Sophie By Bryan Willis

Co-sponsored by Northwest Playwrights Alliance

When: Friday, March 9th, 8:00 pm

Cost: Tickets: $12

Where:
Gordons Grange, 302 Yelm Ave E.

Ticket and play info: Phone 458-2481 or e-mail kellie@gordonsgardencenter.com

Read more


March 6, 2012

YELM: LONGMIRE PARK REVISITED IN WAKE OF VANDALISM


Longmire Park’s Public Building pictured March 5, 2012

This writer has long proclaimed the over $400,000 spent for a structure to house 8 flushing toilets at Yelm’s Longmire Park was a ridiculous amount of money for facilities that may see major use 4 months of a year during summer weather. I love the park and seeing families there. However, the expensive toilets structure was a misplaced decision, in my view.

THINK ABOUT THIS
One could build 2 nice $200,000 homes for the price of 8 flushing toilet suites and a concession stand –
AND that does not even include the additional $400,000 to put water and sewer pipes to the structure!

A PERSPECTIVE
I grew up in Louisville, KY. and our park there had three baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a hockey field. Our park’s toilet structure had a men’s & women’s section on each side and an open breezeway in the center, on a building footprint the size of Yelm’s. That was always sufficient for Louisville teams when using the park, and built for under $50,000 in today’s dollars.

Amazing that Yelm’s has eight individual toilets, 8 individual sinks, 8 individual electric hand-dryers, 8 metal doors and on and on. I know jobs were provided for a short while, yet the almost 1/2 million dollar cost to this city and state during an economic downturn was incomprehensible for 8 individual flushing toilet suites then and still is today by any standard. And, the toilets grant money could have been used for a library structure, especially relative with the library purchase deal now loading over 1 million dollars of interest debt on the backs of city residents.

AND TODAY
Now, Yelm’s golden park is showing signs of tarnish, as crime rises with the growth here, the park has been the recipient of juvenile vandalism that includes destruction to signage and spray-paint graffiti on dugouts and other buildings.
Note: see the differences in the pictures above and below, as an example!


Longmire Park’s Public Building pictured in 2010

BOTTOM LINE

Indeed, on a recent visit last week, I noticed that 2 of the toilets were not only locked, the door handles were removed. Two additional toilets were closed (presumably for winter) and most of the sleek signage has been vandalized and stolen.

This is a sad state for a jewel that the city says the public so much wanted and to a family name with a proud tradition in Yelm.


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