Photo courtesy: Yelm.com
Area stories of note in 2012 on the Yelm Community Blog:
– Citizens appeal Yelm’s new water rights from Ecology
A group of local property owners appealed the more-than-doubling of the City of Yelm’s water allocation by the Department of Ecology. The Pollution Controls Hearings Board, who hears appeals from Ecology’s decisions, found merit in the case and against Yelm’s wishes, allowed time for proper due-diligence.
That Hearing occurred December 17-19, 2012, with a decision expected in 2-3 months.
– Yelm’s Council votes $528,000 for test-well engineering
There is a citizens appeal currently in-process on the city’s water allocation and this well is on land not owned by the city.
– Yelm woman wins national photo contest
Rory Sagner’s photo The Way Home is a winner in Canon U.S.A.s Project Imaginat10n photo contest.
– Area Election News:
Incumbents JT Wilcox and Randi Becker re-elected to statehouse, Rep. J.T. Wilcox elected as Floor Leader and a member of the caucus’ leadership team
– Denny Heck elected in new 10th Congressional District
Heck has been named to the influential House Budget Committee for the upcoming Congress. Of the 49 new Democratic members of the U.S. House, Heck will be the only one to serve on the high-profile committee.
– Two Yelm grandmothers chosen to appear on ABC-TV’s Shark Tank
Beverly Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary landed a $250,000 investment from Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran for their Ice Chips Candy company.
– Judge: Ex-Ramtha student not allowed to release RSE’s materials
Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon stated regardless of the emotions and opinions, his is a court of law, the case of JZK, Inc. vs. Virginia Coverdale, et al is a simple one – that of a contract violation by Coverdale, who signed agreements with JZK, Inc’s subsidiary, Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) to not disseminate the school’s materials. Coverdale had maintained to the Court her defense for distributing private RSE materials was protected under constitutionally-protected free speech.
– “Ramtha School Takes Legal Action To Remove Unauthorized Videos”
JZK, Inc., the parent company of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE), has filed legal action in Thurston County Superior Court, Case No. 12-2-02241-8, to remove proprietary videos across all platforms on the Internet, including YouTube and other Web sites. The distribution and failure to remove the videos are in violation of a written agreement.
– 2012 crimes put Yelm frequently in state and national spotlight
As but one example in 2012, Yelm people facing hard times, make desperate choices:
“Police: Transient took $20 in bank robbery in Yelm, awaited arrest”
As the Yelm City Council moves ahead to grow this town, one of the state’s fastest growing, crime has been on the upswing that includes all sorts of crime.
– “Thurston public power initiative handily defeated”
PSE and their Australian parent spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars against the public initiative with misleading information
– “Yelm man climbs Chicago skyscraper with bionic leg”
“The metal on Zac Vawter bionic leg gleamed as he climbed 103 floors of Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower, becoming the first person ever to complete the task wearing a mind-controlled prosthetic limb,” quoting the AP.
– “Yelm FFA Ag Com Team Wins Third in Nation”
“Placing third in the nation was the Yelm FFA Agricultural Communications team of Kyle Sneddon (pictured center), Savannah Hoffman (pictured left), and McKenzie Bostic (pictured right),” quoting Yelm Community Schools.
– Habitat for Humanity opens Yelm store
South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity has opened a store in Yelm, its second in Thurston Count
– Ramtha videos trigger a political uproar
Area Democratic candidates donate JZ Knight’s campaign contributions to charity after spliced and highly edited copyrighted videos of Ramtha from private school functions are publicly released through the efforts of disgruntled ex-RSE student Virginia Coverdale.
– September 2012 one for the weather record books
one of the driest Septembers on-record!
– Yelm Farmers Market wraps-up stellar first year
The final day at market was September 30th at their Cultural Heritage Explosion
– Yelm man pleads guilty to Mt. Rainier waste dumping
James Barber, a waste treatment operator at Mount Rainier National Park pleaded guilty to dumping 200,000 gallons of sewage over a waterfall and into the Nisqually River, in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
– Centralia Pays $45,000 for Yelm Hydro Plant Canal Study
“The Centralia City Council approved a $45,000 contract to do a feasibility study on the Yelm Hydro Plant canal following a sinkhole developing.
– “Ex-Yelm Cemetery District leader charged”
“A former superintendent of the Yelm Cemetery District is charged with first-degree theft for allegedly stealing from the district for about 10 years.”
– Yelm Starbucks honored for superior performance
Michael Page, Starbucks VP Quality acknowledged the fantastic overall result of 97% or greater and zero ‘criticals’ on their fiscal 2012 QASA test.
– Name for Yelm/Rainier’s Free Clinic released: Tahoma Vista
A group of concerned citizens are moving ahead with planning a Free Clinic in the Yelm-Rainier area, led by Dr. William Elledge.
– Rainier’s Main Street Cookie Co. in the news
Owner Joycelyn Zambuto now has six employees, two manufacturing locations a retail store in Rainier and another space in the same town & sells cookies throughout the Puget Sound area
– ‘Air Force One’ overflies Yelm’s Bald Hills
President Obama was enroute from Portland, Oregon to Boeing Field in Seattle.
– 3rd Annual Yelm Prairie Stampede garners enthusiastic crowd
This event is Yelm Rotary Clubs main fundraiser for the year to obtain youth programs funds.
– Yelm’s ‘Silver Bullet Band‘ making an impact with their music
Silver Bullet is a 5-piece hard rock band formed January 2010, with several songs they wrote.
– New business opens in Yelm’s downtown historic building
Salon Nouveau, owned by Kevin Jackson and Gregory Platt, is a full service hair salon and spa offers European facials, nails, hair and eyelash extensions, waxing, laser services, and body treatments in a relaxing and inviting setting.
Yelm Food Co-op opens in new location
Doubles size from former location by moving to Gorden’s Garden Center Patio Room on Yelm Ave.
– The Bunkhouse BBQ & Burgers opens in Yelm
Moves from McKenna with a great menu for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
– Yelm citizens become 2nd floor library condo owners and
$1 million bond debt-holders to add third Community Center
The Yelm City Council added an additional $1,000,000 for a community center to the $1 million library net purchase price without public input, a community center the city said it cannot staff.
– Tacoma News Tribune: Special Investigative Report
Yelm Court Hindered Public Files Access – Lack of Training Cited
– Yelm Community Schools introduces New Strategic Plan
“The Yelm School Board approved the four-year strategic plan developed by a team of community members and staff.”
– A biography of Nisqually tribal activist Billy Frank Jr. released
“Frank has been active in the American Indian movement to reclaim treaty rights including pitched battles along the Nisqually River over salmon harvests during the 1960s.”
– Yelm woman is Quilt Show Semi-Finalist
Yelm quilter Doris Kanz (nickname, Namaste) is a finalist in the Pacific West Quilt Show.
– Yelm Farmer’s Market opens
“The Yelm Farmers Market is a reality! We will be opening on May 27th in conjunction with Memorial Day.
– Councilman McGowan only one voting for public’s rights-to-know
After a closed-to-the-public Executive Session item, Council member Mike McGowan was the only one voting “No”, saying public notification and responses from the Executive Session were required prior to the vote. Rarely has anyone in Yelm voted in favor of citizens’ interests in the last dozen years and against the council’s usual unanimity. McGowan’s stand was the right thing to do.
– New medical center opens in Yelm
Elysium is the umbrella for a group of dedicated Health Care Professionals that offer traditional, as well as alternative medicine, health care, services & education for your greatest & most radiant health & well-being.”
– America’s Credit Union (ACU) opens in Yelm
“ACU is a full service, fully insured financial cooperative established in 1954” for the military and their families.
– Ramtha’s School students make headlines with Remote-View project
“Every person has some sort of psychic ability, and this exercise develops each person’s skills,” said JZ Knight, President of RSE and channel for Ramtha the Enlightened One. “The school curriculum involves training people to use the latent abilities in their own brain as a daily exercise and integrate that into their lives. Accurate results in March and April from the February retreat confirm the power of remote-viewing.”
– YHS Teacher Named Sports Medicine Teacher of the Year
“Gary Clinton was named the Sports Medicine Teacher of the Year by the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association (WCTSMA)”
– Yelm Animal Alliance (YAA) work grows here
“We are a small, all volunteer 501c3 non profit charitable organization dedicated to the rescuing and re-homing of lost, homeless, discarded, often abused and injured dogs in our community. We do not operate a shelter and depend entirely upon our amazing foster families.”
– Nisqually Valley News celebrates 90 years of service
“The first Nisqually Valley News rolled off the press in February 1922.”
– The Wall Street Journal covers Yelm man’s amazing story
Bruce Smith on his recent heart attack – what he learned is published one of the largest, national newspapers.
– Rainier student’s achievements qualifies for national conference
Navarreaux Simmons was nominated by one of his teachers to participate in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC). He traveled to Washington, D.C in June, 2012 for the week-long event.
– Thurston EDC’s Non-profit of the year: Faith Harvest Helpers -Yelm
“Thurston County has one of the highest concentrations of non-profits per capita in Washington State and this category acknowledges their contribution to the overall health of the county.”
– Yelm City Council votes 3rd year of summer water restrictions
The Yelm City Council establishing policies and procedures for the implementation of water conservation measures in 2012.
– Rainier High School students honored on ABC-TV
Marcus Crone was selected by Good Morning America as a “Disney Memory Maker” for his act of kindness inviting Chelsea McComb to the prom, making a memory for her to last a lifetime.
– Yelm.com debuts as web Gateway to the Nisqually Valley
Being in the top 10 of Washington cities for growth necessitated a single information point. Yelm.com is the logical website to provide a professional platform where every resident can feel proud in how our area’s assets are presented.”
– Annual Dollars for Scholars Auction
$145,000 was raised for Yelm Community School scholars.
– University doctoral candidate & scientist returns home for lecture
Bess Koffman, a PhD candidate at the University of Maines Climate Change Institute, spoke about her research using Antarctic ice cores.
– City of Yelm receives “A” Bond rating
This is the lowest of the “A” ratings, which cautions “Strong capacity to meet financial commitments, but somewhat susceptible to adverse economic conditions and changes in circumstances”
– YHS teacher Ed Bergh honored
Named Washington Civic Educator of the Year by the state legislature. Nominated by State Rep. JT Wilcox
– Yelm man’s video aired on national television show
Jaime Honey’s video excerpt was selected and aired nationally on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Dance Dare.
– “New Nisqually building to add to tribe’s growth”
“The Nisqually Indian Tribe is building a $7.9 million administration center, one of many projects helping to transform the small tribe into a major player in south Puget Sound.”
– Yelm Community Schools Levy passes
The Replacement, Educational Programs,Maintenance and Operations Levy passed after a massive public education and awareness campaign
– SE Thurston Fire Authority difficult decisions in 2012
Continued deterioration in property valuation & tax revenue force a question examined in all levels of operation: “Fire Service: “What is the new ‘normal’?
– WA Supreme Court finalizes JZ Knight water rights win against Yelm
“The opinion of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington was filed on December 15, 2011, and became final on January 4, 2012. This cause is mandated to the superior court from which the appeal was taken for further proceedings…,” quoting Ronald R. Carpenter, Clerk of the Supreme Court, State of Washington.