June 30, 2012


From the Rainier Community Garden Facebook page:

The Rainier Community Garden is a new project developed by the Rainier High School Agriculture Instructor Angie Karnes and her Environmental Science Students. It will continue to grow with our support.

Our purpose is to bring the Rainier community and surrounding areas together and provide educational gardening opportunities for everyone while growing fresh food and impacting local hunger issues.

The Rainier Community Garden in partnership with Rainier High School grows fresh vegetables together as a collective group and donates a portion to the local food bank.

The Garden was started by Rainier High School and is located on school campus. 36 raised beds have been built! 300lbs of vegetables were donated to the Rainier Food Bank in 2011. For the 2012 season, we’re growing broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard, beets, lettuce, peas, corn, beans, radishes, herbs, garlic, onions, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. There’s also an orchard with 21 cherry trees, apple, plum, pear and peach trees.

To find out more, come to our regular Weekly Work Parties.
Tuesdays: 4 – 7 p.m. | Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome! New gardeners too!

The Garden is located at the south end of the Rainier High School parking lot by the large greenhouse. (308 Second Street West in downtown Rainier)

Angie or Mike Karnes
Rainier High School phone: (360) 446-2205

June 29, 2012

Yelm’s TRIAD Theater announces:

Rainier’s internationally acclaimed author Bettye Johnson, a two-time Independent Publisher’s award winning recipient in 2006 and 2008 “will share parts of her life, her love of research that has created her books and her articles,” tonight, Friday, June 29th at Yelm’s TRIAD Theater.

Johnson’s latest book will be out the first part of July, What the Blank Do You Know About the Bible, based on her research. This will be her 7th book and she is already writing her 8th.

The second edition of An Uncommon Education A Memoir is already off the presses:

This summer Bettye will observe her 83rd birthday and she isn’t through yet.
Bettye will be delighted to answer your questions.

The public is invited to come and find out what Bettye is all about and her many achievements.

WHEN: Friday, June 29, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: The TRIAD Theater, 102 Yelm Ave. E. in Yelm

TIME: 7:00 p. m.

ADMISSION: $5.00 with a free coffee.
All proceeds will go to the TRIAD Theater.

June 28, 2012

Phoneix Rising School Auction raises $40,000

“In the end, it was sunshine and a $40,000 net gain for the Phoenix Rising School. Along the way, Sundays first annual art auction included thunder, lightning and torrential downpours, but the undaunted crowd carried on, bonding under one large tent and several canopies and enjoying delicious food prepared by Dawn Young and her crew of volunteers,” quoting the PRS.
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Ed. Note: A stunning achievement for a private school with a capacity of 84 students!

Click here to learn more about Rainier’s Phoenix Rising School.

June 28, 2012


“Did you know that western Washington State gets more sun per year than Germany, which is the solar production capital of the world? Solar is viable in Washington, …,” quoting Solarize Thurston.
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June 27, 2012

“Horse-rescue ranch gets new home in Rainier”

“A rescue organization that specializes in rehoming thoroughbred racehorses has settled near Rainier.”

“A rescue organization that specializes in rehoming thoroughbred racehorses has settled near Rainier.

The move makes Second Chance Ranch the second-largest horse rescue in the county. Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County has been helping with county sheriffs seizures for years.

The two organizations look forward to supporting each other in the future.”

“Second Chance Ranch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is now located at 12440 Koeppen Road S.E. in Rainier.

To donate, go online to www.secondchanceranch.org,” quoting Chelsea Krotzer in The Olympian.
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June 27, 2012

YELM: City’s building permits approval ratchets back up

Even with citizens’ appeal of Ecology doubling Yelm’s water allocation still in-process, the City of Yelm is moving full-speed ahead with MORE growth by approving so many new building permits, up almost 100% over the same period last year, even as Yelm is choked now with traffic:

“Construction on new homes is on rise in Tumwater, Yelm and Lacey”

“Single-family building permits through the first six months of the year, compared with the same period in 2011, have increased to 93 from 62 in Tumwater, have risen to 141 from 115 in Lacey, and have grown to 50 from 26 in Yelm, according to data compiled by The Olympian,” quoting Rolf Boone in The Olympian.
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A reminder of what Mayor Harding said after his March, 2011 State of the City Address:

“I know some will look at these numbers [the population growth doubling here in the last 10 years] and think that our population growth is a bad thing, considering more traffic, larger schools, increased service demands and cost. This may be true, but a growing population also provides the ability to build new roads, schools and provide services not currently available.”

“We want to be progressive; we want housing values to increase; we want job growth and the ability to access services here locally rather than traveling to surrounding areas. What we must strive for is to accommodate and encourage growth in a controlled and well-planned environment.”



June 26, 2012

Yelm: In the news AGAIN!
Body found outside city limits

The AP is reporting:
“YELM, Wash. The Thurston County Sheriff’s office says a partially decomposed body of an adult female has been discovered near state Route 507.

Lt. Greg Elwin says investigators are treating the death as suspicious because the body was found in the bushes.

A motorist who had car trouble discovered the body while walking a dirt road and reported it at about noon Tuesday.

Elwin says the body was found east of the Nisqually Reservation and northwest of Yelm.”
Read more from the Seattle Times.

UPDATE: June 29, 2012
“Body found near Yelm WA is missing Tacoma woman”

“The Thurston County coroner says a body found off a highway near Yelm, Wash., has been identified as a 53-year-old Tacoma woman missing since mid-May.”

“Rita Catherine Kagawa is being investigated as a homicide. Wood says his office has a person of interest.

Kagawa was reported missing by her family on May 20,” quoting the AP in the Seattle Times.
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UPDATE: July 5, 2012
“Warrant issued for arrest of murdered woman’s ex-husband”
From KOMO-TV 4.
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UPDATE: July 9, 2012
“Body of man accused of killing his ex-wife found’
From KING-5 TV News in Seattle.
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June 26, 2012


Posted today on the City of Yelm website:

Public Service Opportunity:
The Yelm Police Department is looking for part-time volunteers to serve in a non-sworn capacity to assist the department.

Candidates that are accepted into the program will go through training specific to their duties and responsibilities. Training will be just a few evenings over a couple week time period and when completed, will provide the volunteer with knowledge on how to be a valuable resource for the department and the city.

Candidates may serve in the capacity as court room security, identifying parking violations, conducting vacation house checks, providing security in local parks and trails, and possibly court transports of prisoners, to just mention a few.

The ideal candidate would be someone with plenty of free time, that is passionate about the community and wants to serve in a position to give back. Applications can be picked up and turned in at the Yelm Police Department. We are looking for at least 6 qualified applicants prior to the beginning of training. For questions contact the Yelm Police Department at #360-458-5701.
(posted: 6/26/2012)

June 26, 2012


Yelm’s TRIAD THEATER announces their current line-up:

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
Accordion, sax, violin, cellos, wind, guitar, piano, mandolin banjo, acoustic drums…voices…the only thing electric are the mics and the bass and pickups for acoustic equipment. Blues, Reggae, Hollow Earth folk,
Country, Jazz and Acapello vocalist groups. $5 donation incl. cup of coffee. Where artist and music lovers get a chance to meet in an intimate environment.

– DOCUMENTARY Premiere this Wednesday & Thursday (June 27th-28th) 7pm
and Sunday (July 1st) $5 donation includes coffee or popcorn.

Adams Calendar by Michael Tellinger
For those that missed the lecture by Michael Tellinger at the Awakening Center, THE TRIAD theater is showing his doc about amazing archeological finds and information about sound as an energy field.

Friday June 29th, 7 PM

Spend the evening listening to this author’s reflection of her newly published book and fascinating research on Mary Magdalene. She has requested all proceeds go to the Triad Theater. ($5 with a cup of coffee)

Movie Nights The Classic, Gullivers Travels- (Inspired by Hollow Earth Theory)
Bertolinnis riveting 1900. ITALIAN/ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Epic tale of friendship of 2 boys from different economic classes starting in the early 1900s that live thru the pre and revolution of Italy until they are old men. (Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland featured in this shocking tale). AlphaCentauri Nights!, Yelm Unlimited TV Show, Live theater-STEAMBATH.
Conversations with Miceal Ledwith series continues to sell out crowds.

The Triad Theater
102 Yelm Avenue SE
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: (360) 458-3140

June 25, 2012

“YELM: Teens assaulted at Yelm Prairie Day”

This Letter to the Editor in the Tacoma News Tribune is chilling, if true!

YELM: Teens assaulted at Yelm Prairie Days
Letter by Michele E. Mallery, Yelm on June 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

My teenage son and two of his teen friends were assaulted by two men in their 30s this weekend at the Yelm Prairie Days event. The men attempted to rob them, however they did not have any money. The men told the boys to strip down to just their underwear so the men could search for money or any other item of significant value. They then physically assaulted the boys, asked their names and told them they were going to rape them, as well as kill them, if they did not cooperate.

The boys did not tell the parents until the next day out of fear. The Yelm police have been notified and a statement has been made. The boys were able to get a good description of the two men.

I am a concerned mother who wants to get the word out about this crime to see if there were other assaults during the Yelm Prairie Days. These teens are traumatized by what happened and fearful something may happen to them or family members, and I dont blame them. Please spread some light on this issue as it may affect others who are afraid to come forward.
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