April 22, 2012

EARTH DAY, 2012

“On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part.”
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April 21, 2012

YELM’S COMMUNITY THEATER RETURNS HOME
AND PRESENTS TWO MAY SHOWS

STANDING ROOM ONLY (SRO) THEATER PRODUCTIONS RETURN TO YELM’S HISTORIC WOLF BUILDING,
NOW NAMED – THE TRIAD THEATER (YELM, RAINIER, ROY)!

1. ALICE IN NEVERLAND, May 4-5
As an originally scripted musical. hand crafted by director Nancy Hillman and author Daniel Wyman in order to spotlight the talents of the youth branch of the SRO Acting Troupe. StageStruck Playactors provides training in the performing arts and is composed of over 40 students and teen assistants who learn the basics of acting, singing and movement in the process of creating and rehearsing a show, whose performance is the culmination of the class.
This term’s production is a mixed up Mother Goose adventure tale of three iconic teen-age girls, Dorothy, Wendy and Alice, who become separated from their storybooks, and spend two acts and twenty musical numbers finding their way home, with the aid of a multitude of famous and infamous fairytale characters.

WHEN: May 4-5
WHERE: The new Triad Theater Performance Space (formerly the Drew Harvey Theater)
102 Yelm Ave. in Yelm.
TICKETS: On sale at the Yelm Food Co-op & Gordon’s Garden Center
For advanced reservations, call 360-446-2188.
PRICE: All tickets $6.

2. A LOUD NOISE IN A PUBLIC PLACE, May 17-22
A play with music, spans four decades in the life of George Metesky, the notorious Mad Bomber, who held New York City hostage in the 1950s with his homemade pipe bombs. In this epic vaudeville, George is an Everyman figure who takes on the established power structure in a quixotic quest for justice, and despite repeated betrayals, rebuffs and indignities, never gives up in his relentlessly determined though monstrously misguided battle for fair play. Ultimately, the show poses the question, What is the proper response to, and is there an antidote for the dehumanization and depersonalization of life in industrial/post-industrial society?

STANDING ROOM ONLY’s production of this musical will be its first full scale presentation, in effect, the World Premiere. The production, as directed by Nancy Tribush Hillman, will use wit and irony to maximize the entertainment value of Metesky’s situation in the style of Bertold Brecht’s Three Penny Opera. She will be aided in this task by musical director Stephen Borsuk and his magnificent arrangements.

WHEN: May 17-22
WHERE: The new Triad Theater Performance Space (formerly the Drew Harvey Theater)
102 Yelm Ave. in Yelm.
TICKETS: On sale at the Yelm Food Co-op & Gordon’s Garden Center
For advanced reservations, call 360-446-2188.
PRICE: All tickets $12.

Read more about Nancy Tribush Hillman and STANDING ROOM ONLY (SRO) and StageStruck Playactors.

Klein & his wife have been longtime financial contributors and patrons of Hillman’s N Theater [Standing Room Only and StageStruck Playactors].


April 21, 2012

“Yelm [High School] hosts Mountain Invitational”

Meg Wochnick penned this article in The Olympian:
“[Rashon] Smith, a Timberline senior, holds the top three times in Class 3A for the boys 110-meter high hurdles and 300 low hurdles with career-best times achieved in last weekends Larry Eason Invitational.

His time of 15.43 seconds in the 110 high hurdles at Fridays Mountain Invitational at Yelm High School wasnt a personal best, but thanks in part to a push from teammate James Segura-Mitchell in the next lane, it was enough to propel him to a come-from-behind, first-place finish.”
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April 20, 2012

“Eatonville Mayor Ray Harper embroiled in ‘Trail Funds’ controversy”

“Eatonvilles mayor Ray Harper found himself squarely on a political hot seat Wednesday, April 18, when renowned conservative radio talk show host Dori Monson railed about the Towns mis-use of funds donated for the purpose of building walking trails and a system of foot bridges over the Mashel River and using them to pay regular, on-going Town expenses.

Eatonville Town Councilmember Robert Schaub appeared on Monsons long-running radio broadcast My Northwest on KIRO radio in Seattle, and the two discussed the controversy,” quoting Bruce Smith of The Mountain News, an Eatonville-based “online news magazine that has in-depth features, columns and news stories pertaining to our area that can not be found anywhere else.
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April 20, 2012

YELM: COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S COFFEE –
Monday, Apr 23rd OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Sandra Romero

FROM COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S E-MAILER:
Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier and Yelm on Monday, April 23rd:

Come learn the ins and outs of your septic system with this months guest, Environmental Health Specialist David Tipton, who will give a one hour presentation titled How Maintaining Your Septic System Can Save You Money.

David has been with Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Environmental Health Division since 1991. He has worked with septic system programs for 14 years and is currently working in the Henderson Watershed Protection Area (HWPA) program, assuring proper septic system operation and maintenance. David also conducts workshops teaching HWPA homeowners how to properly inspect their own septic systems for deficiencies and maintenance needs.

There is a lot happening in Thurston County, and we want to hear from you! These coffees give you the opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask the Commissioner questions about the county, and share ideas. Commissioner Romero provides participants’ coffee that she pays for herself. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm and Rainier.

What: Citizen meeting with second district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

When
: Monday, April 23, 2012

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.

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April 19, 2012

EARTH DAY 2012 IS SUNDAY

EARTH DAY 2012

“On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part.

Attend a local Earth Day event and join one of our Earth Day campaigns as we collect A Billion Acts of Green and elevate the importance of environmental issues around the world.”
Read more from Earth Day Network.

TWO AREA EARTH DAY EVENTS
1. YELM
Nisqually Land Trust is teaming up with Alpine Experience to host a work party in Yelm.
Date: Sunday April 22nd, 2012
Time: 10 am 1 pm
Read more & register, which is required.

2. OLYMPIA
“Following on last years success, the [South Sound] Green Tour will feature 18 commercial and residential sites in and around Olympia.

These sites highlight the comfort and affordability of sustainable lifestyles both at home and at work.”
Read more from Thurston County Solid Waste, a proud sponsor of this exciting and educational event.

While this writer has asked, suggested & offered to help Yelm on this and other events:
AGAIN THIS YEAR, THE CITY OF YELM WILL HAVE NO EARTH DAY EVENTS OR PARTICIPATION!


April 18, 2012

YELM: BURGLARY WAVE – WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

The burglary wave that has been hitting Yelm in recent months and bringing media scrutiny here was certainly ratcheted-up Tuesday when the local store of multinational corporation’s Wal-Mart was targeted:

Jeremy Pawloski reports in The Olympian:
“Yelm police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion of stealing more than $15,000 of merchandise, including six laptop computers, from Walmart on state Route 507.”
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April 18, 2012

“Donations put Thurston County horse-rescue group in the black”

From Chelsea Krotzer in The Olympian:

“An outpouring of community support has put Thurston Countys largest horse-rescue organization back in the black.

Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County takes in horses seized by the Sheriffs Office; it also helps horse owners with feed and medical bills. Representatives of the agency said it would have been forced to turn the Sheriffs Office away after the seizure of six extremely sick horses in January cost $10,000 in medical bills.

Residents donated about $12,000 over the past two weeks, putting the nonprofit halfway to a comfortable goal of $25,000. The groups plight was featured in a story in The Olympian early this month.”
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April 17, 2012

RAINIER STUDENT’S ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNIZED


Navarreaux Simmons

Reprinted from the April 13, 2012 RSE Newsletter.
Copyright 2012 JZ Knight. Used with permission.

Navarreaux Simmons was nominated by one of his teachers to participate in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) in June 2012 in Washington, D.C. This is quite an honor in recognition of a students achievements. Simmons is a student at Rainier Middle School in Rainier, Washington.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) offers mature, high-achieving middle school students the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying the leaders of the past and by focusing on social advocacy to make a positive impact in their homes and communities. Through an examination of both different historical time periods and characteristics of leadership, students will gain a better understanding of what it takes to become an effective leader.
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Navarreaux said his desire is to study string theory. He was inspired by the July 2011 visit to Yelm and presentation at Ramthas School of Enlightenment (RSE) by Brian Greene. Greene is Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Columbia University, physicist, string theorist, and author of The Elegant Universe. As an example of his interest in science, the last report Navarreaux turned in to his teacher was on Non-Newtonian fluid.

Navarreaux is the son of Marlee and Greg Simmons. Greg is the Director of Marketing at RSE.


April 16, 2012

YELM HOTEL’S CLAPP AGREES TO A SURCHARGE

Matt Batcheldor reports in today’s Olympian:

“Thurston County could see new hotel surcharge”
“Promotional aid: Visitors would pay extra $2 per room in a newly created Tourism Promotion Area”

“Hotel patrons in Thurston County could pay $2 extra per room to fund tourism promotion, under a proposal the Olympia City Council is scheduled to discuss Tuesday.”

“Presenting the idea will be George Sharp, executive director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau. He proposes creating a countywide Tourism Promotion Area, a state-sanctioned designation that would allow the hotel surcharge to go to his agency.”

“To make it happen, Sharp needs Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm and Thurston County to agree to the proposal, as well as 60 percent of the hotels in the affected area. Sharp said he needs to meet with five more hotels to reach the threshold.”

“Hotels have endorsed the marketing area.”

The Prairie Hotel in Yelm also agrees.”

EDITOR’S NOTE:
I have often thought taxes on hotel or rental-car patrons to fund stadiums and tourist promotion was taxation without representation.

The Olympian comments as follows tend to agree:
1. “If the hotels are in such an agreement that they support the additional tax, why don’t they just make a contribution to the Tourism Promotion Area for each room they rent?

Why do we need more government involvement in the affairs of private industry?”

2. “Makes sense to me, charge the Tourist more to visit….wow what a concept!”

3. “This whole idea sound more like somebody wanting to keep their gubbmint job by taking money from taxpayers without giving them a sound reason for another tax. Yes, it’s a TAX, not a “surcharge”.
And read this article from last December: http://www.theolympian.com/201…”

LONGTIME YELM RESIDENTS WILL REMEMBER YELM PRAIRIE HOTEL OWNER MARGARET CLAPP LED A GROUP IN 2003 TO BRING A NASCAR TRACK TO YELM, ALL WITHOUT A PUBLIC SAY, EXCEPT THE TAXPAYER WOULD FUND THE PROJECT!


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