March 24, 2013

Yelm: On this Palm Sunday,
Jehovah’s Witnesses observes Jesus’ death – March 26

On this Palm Sunday:
Jehovah’s Witnesses invite you to meet with them on the anniversary of Jesus’ death

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:30pm.

Where: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
15012 Vail Rd. SE
Yelm, WA. 98597

Contact: Phone – 894-5710

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March 24, 2013

RSEs ads in prominent Puget Sound newspapers

The Olympian & Tacomas News Tribune ran this ad today:

March 23, 2013

“Police to search students without parental consent”

“Wash. state bill allows police to search students without parental consent”
“Washington state bill, S.B. 5618, that would allow police officers, or “school resource officers,” to search students without probable cause or parental consent, passed the State Senate Monday [March 4], 30-19.

The legislation would allow police to search a student’s person, locker and possessions if they are believed to be violating the law or any school rule. Searches are already mandatory under state law if a student is suspected of possessing a firearm,” quoting the
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March 22, 2013

Thurston & Pierce “Community Health” released

From the Business Examiner:
The annual County Health Rankings report released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute today showed Thurston County moving up the rankings to ninth out of Washingtons 39 counties when it comes to community health. Pierce County remained 26th in the report.

The County Health Rankings project grades counties across the country on how healthy people are today and measures factors that influence how healthy the community will be in the future. The project collects data on critical aspects of our community, such as education rates, income levels, and access to healthy foods, as well as access to medical care, that influence how long and how well people live.”

“While Thurston County has improved from 14th in 2012 to ninth this year, health officials and community leaders agree that more can be done to make community health better.

‘It shows we’re working hard in Thurston County to make this a happy and healthy community, but we can do better. We should work to be number one,’ said Thurston County Board of Health Chair Karen Valenzuela.”
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March 21, 2013

Yelm: “Auction Brings in $135,000 for Scholarships”

From Yelm Community Schools:
“With over $135,000 raised during the auction and more donations still coming in, graduating seniors who completed a DFS scholarship application will see some significant scholarships awarded in June.”

“The DFS scholarships, along with many other community and independent scholarships, will be awarded during the Yelm High School Scholarship Awards Night on Monday, June 3, at 6 p.m.”
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Last year, “$145,000 poured in from community members.”
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March 21, 2013

Rainier Education Foundation holds annual Auction
Saturday, March 23

Rainier High School’s 2013 Seniors

The 14th annual Rainier Education Foundations Auction for Education is Saturday, March 23 at Rainier High School.

From the Rainier Education Foundation site:
“Its almost time for our 14th Annual Auction for Education! On behalf of the Rainier Education Foundation, A Chapter of Dollars for Scholars, we hope you can join us at this years event. Proceeds will go towards scholarships for the Class of 2013, Renewal Scholarships for alumni who received a scholarship when they graduated, and teacher/staff grants.

With the support and generosity of our local community and surrounding areas, the Annual Auction for Education has grown into a very successful fundraiser for the Rainier Education Foundation and the students of the Rainier School District. Since its inception, over $450,000 has been raised. Our goal for this years Auction is $65,000.

We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the businesses and individuals that have supported us in the past with donations. In addition, without the time and energy provided by our many volunteers, both adults and students, the REF would not be able to make scholarships and grants available to support Rainier students. Thank you to the many volunteers for their commitment!! New volunteers are always welcome.”

March 20, 2013

Vernal Equinox in Yelm TODAY – Happy Spring!

The Vernal Equinox in Yelm will occur today, March 20 at 4:02am, PDT Yelm time.
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March 20, 2013

Yelm Hardware to close – kudos to the Demich Family

Demich Family-owned Yelm Hardware building wall
Taken by Yelm Community Blog, March 18, 2013, 6pm

Rolf Boone reports in The Olympian:
“True Value Hardware in Yelm, a longtime family-run business, is set to close as a result of the slower economy, owner Scott Demich said Tuesday [March 19].

The business has been in the Demich family since 1941, beginning with Scott’s grandfather, Charles, followed by Scott’s father, Ron, then Scott and his father began working together in 1991.”

Although the Walmart store in Yelm made a dent in business activity at the hardware store, it was the overall state of the economy that finally spelled the end for the business, Scott Demich said.

‘It’s been a steady decline,’ he said. The decision to close the business, however, which will take place in the next 30 to 60 days, is somewhat of a relief, Demich said, because he no longer will have to put up with the struggles of keeping a business alive.”
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Commenters to The Olympian story wrote:
– “Too bad. That has been a staple in Yelm for a long time. A lot of kids got their first jobs in that store as teens working weekends and summers there. Lots of history in that place. Good luck in your future endeavors.”

– “Its (sic) been said that most small mom and pop stores and family run stores are barely making it. They are staying open as a labor of love or out of concern for their employees becoming unemployed. Many stores, even large box stores and chain stores, are dying and shutting down.”

Kudos to the Demich Family for their footprint on Yelm, which will leave a lasting legacy, as demonstrated by their donation in 1950 of Yelm City Park.

The Yelm History Project:
Lists Demich Hardware in their 1949 “Yelm and McKenna Businesses from Annuals”
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March 19, 2013

Yelm: Doubling city water rights “affirmed”

The City of Yelm issued this Press Release:
“On March 18, 2013 the City of Yelm received the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order from the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) affirming the issuance of Water Right Permit No. G2-29085. This water right provides the City of Yelm with 20+ years of continued growth and the ability to serve its future planned population.
Approval of the water right was originally granted by the Department of Ecology in October 2011, but was appealed by a local group of residents. Since that time, the City and Department of Ecology have worked to prepare for the PCHB hearing held in December 2012.”

“The City of Yelm will be withdrawing the water from a new water source located approximately 1.3 miles west of downtown Yelm. This will be the first new water source for the community in over 50 years and will be withdrawn from a deeper more protected aquifer.”

“The City plans on spending the next couple of years working on mitigation projects associated with the water right as well as building the infrastructure necessary to deliver the water to its customers.”
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Editor’s Note:
1. The more-than-doubling of the city’s water allocation is NOT progress in the fragile Nisqually River Basin environmental ecosystem. Ecology has become nothing more than a rubber-stamp agency for municipalities and their corporate developers, rather than the protectors of the environment this agency was 20 years ago.

2. When neighbors’ wells run dry, they should send their bills to dig their wells deeper to the City of Yelm. How many more homes and how much more traffic will Yelm allowed to be built within their city limits? This city is already known for a high home foreclosure rate.

3. Yelm streets will again be torn-up to lay infrastructure piping from the Tahoma Terra well location to the city’s Public Works Dept – ripping apart newly paved streets. This time, the city should look to widen Yelm Ave. West to 5 lanes while they lay new pipe, to mitigate the continuing traffic issues.
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Click here for a history of this issue.

March 19, 2013

Washington leads country on GMO labelling –
LA’s “Guerilla Gardener” teaches on foods’ sourcing

– From Dr. Mercola’s website, one of the leading health websites in the country:
“Whole Foods recently announced the health food giant will make labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients mandatory in its American and Canadian stores by 2018.

Organic Consumers Association Calls on Whole Foods to Move Up Labeling Timeline

Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! who served as co-chair of Prop 37, has criticized Whole Foods timeline, saying Americans need labeling of GMO foods today, not five years down the road,6 adding that had they supported Prop 37 sooner, Americans may have labeling right now.

Washington’s I-522 is expected to pass in November 2013, becoming the first statewide mandatory GMO labeling law. The law establishes July 2015 as the deadline for compliance. Whole Foods Markets already complies with the U.K.’s mandatory GMO labeling law in its seven stores in that country. Whole Foods came under fire last year when the company dragged its feet in supporting Proposition 37, California’s Right to Know GMO Labeling citizens’ initiative. In October, CEO John Mackey confirmed in a blog post that Whole Foods stores knowingly sell Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, without labeling it.
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2. “Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA”
Mr. Finley wisely states in his report on TED:
“Free is not sustainable”
“Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.”
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“Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.

Why you should listen to him:”
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