November 23, 2013

Yelm City Council holds Budget Hearing Tuesday


Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers

The Yelm City Council City will conduct a 2014 final budget public hearing Tuesday, November 26 at 6pm, Yelm Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Avenue. The hearing will continue and close December 10.
Click here for the 2014 City of Yelm Budget.

Editor’s Note:
I’ve always been amazed at the City of Yelm’s unique lack of public consideration to hold a public meeting such as this Thanksgiving week, when many are away.
Of course, I’ve always been amazed at the public’s lack of participation in so many of the city’s affairs that ultimately effect their lives and wallet.
Perhaps the City of Yelm knows the public won’t participate, so does not matter when they hold this session.


November 22, 2013

50 years ago today, America changed forever!


President Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy descend the Eastern Airlines-supplied airstairs from Air Force One at Dallas Love Field.
Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton / The White House via EPA file

There is no American that does not remember where they were upon hearing the news that President Kennedy has been assassinated in Dallas, a same Friday afternoon 50 years ago today. I was a fourth grade student in elementary school in Louisville, Kentucky and can recall the events surrounding being informed like the event happened yesterday. The nation paused and was riveted for the next week on what had happened, leading up to the State Funeral and beyond Thanksgiving Day, while pondering the aftermath in the context of the new Lyndon B. Johnson presidency.
I have toured the Boeing 707 that flew President Kennedy to Dallas that day and stood in the very cabin where LBJ was inaugurated.

“http://www.museumofflight.org/air-force-one“>Read more

– “What if JFK had lived? Book reimagines a presidency, a war and the ’60s”
“Jeff Greenfield, the author and political analyst, pondered what might have happened if the rain had held the starting point for a butterfly-effect tale that imagines JFK surviving the assassination attempt and changing the course of the 1960s,” quoting Erin McClam, NBC News.
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On Nov. 22, 1963, America was changed forever. For the first time, a wide television audience witnessed the unfolding of a national tragedy. Fifty years later, we still remember the events of that fateful day, and the men who told its story.
Photo by Carl Mydans/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

– “5 journalists who got their start covering the JFK assassination”
“In today’s media coverage, a presidential trip is followed in real-time through updates on social media, blogs and 24-hour news channels. Fifty-years ago it was a different story. Television was just beginning as a medium for news, social media didn’t exist and there were far fewer citizen journalists. President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, was still followed closely, but what started as a normal day became anything but. It ended up forever changing the nation, and for five journalists it marked a watershed moment in their careers,” quoting Briget Shrivell for PBS News.
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Dealey Plaza
Photo courtesy of: The Dallas Morning News

– “Dallas to mark 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination with memorial ceremony”
“Dallas is planning a major public memorial ceremony in 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination at Dealey Plaza, it was announced Tuesday.

‘The tone is very important,’ Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. ‘We want to mark this day by remembering a great president with a sense of dignity and honor he deserves. The 50th will be a serious, respectful and understated public memorial.’

Rawlings said public donations are being taken to cover the cost and no tax money will be used for the event, which will take place on Nov. 22, 2013,” quoting Ken Kalthoff, NBCDFW.com.
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– “JFK assassination: When a nation coming of age lost its youth”
“To my parents and their contemporaries, President Kennedy represented the best of the best. The youngest man ever elected President came into office in a rush to “get the country moving again.” An author and a war hero, he was charming, articulate and ironic. He was how the children of the Depression liked to see themselves.

My father always said that the day JFK died was the day our country went from optimism to cynicism. His death changed the way his generation saw their country and themselves, ” by Bill Flanagan, CBS News “Sunday Morning.”
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– “Jackie Kennedy’s Iconic Pink Suit: A Piece of History”
By Andrea Mitchell of NBC News
Click here for the video.

– “14 Things You Didn’t Know About JFK”
“Check out our list of the 14 Most Surprising Facts About JFK,” quoting ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.
Read more

– “John F. Kennedy: Executive Order 11110”
“Executive Order 11110 – Amendment of Executive Order No. 10289 as Amended, Relating to the Performance of Certain Functions Affecting the Department of the Treasury”
June 4, 1963
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– “Banksters Are Manipulating Bitcoin Too & and is it JFK Payback Time?”
*Just a note on the significance of FRIDAY November 22, 2013. It was 50 years ago Friday that the Bad Guys took out John F. Kennedy due in part to his attempt to take down the Banking Cabal by issuing Silver Backed US Dollars.

His murder was only 5 months after he signed Executive Order 11110

There are many Good Guys who STILL want their pound of flesh from the Banking Cabal for their attack on our President. 50 Years is a long time to wait but it sure feels like something is about to happen…maybe a little symbolic payback?!”

So keep an eye out for “Silver Fireworks” on Friday,” quoting Bix Weir, BeforeItsNews.com.
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November 21, 2013

The Triad features new TV video: “Yelm in the Spotlight”

Yelm in the Spotlight
Yelm in the Spotlight airs on Channel 22, TCTV, 3 times a week this month! Featured are the ‘Yes on I-522 Initiative,’ Mary Hall for County Auditor in Yelm for a fundraiser, and documentaries at The Triad such as The Source Family, upcoming November previews, and their very own Mind Mason, Michael Apau!

Watch us on TCTV, Channel 22!
11/22 at 6:30pm 11/27 at 7:30pm 11/29 at 6:30pm!
Click here for “YELM in The SPOTLIGHT” from The Triad Theater broadcast on TCTV Cable.


“Paul Keeslar, right, and his son Kiernan, left, install a stained glass window
Paul designed at the Triad Art Theater in Yelm.
Building owner Steve Craig, left, and Paul’s father Cliff, right, look on.”
Photo courtesy: Nisqually Valley News

Jayne Cameron, Steve Craig and three generations of Keeslars: Cliff, Paul, & Kiernan have all added tremendously to the fabric of life in Yelm. Congratulations to them all.

– “Sculptor Puts His Familys Touch on Local Art Center”
“The Triad Arts Theater in Yelm is a little more colorful after a contribution from a family of local artists.

A new stained-glass window sits atop the entrance of the theater, located at 102 E. Yelm Ave.

The window was designed by local sculptor Paul Keeslar. He had help from his son Kiernan Keeslar. Pauls other son, Kale, and his father, Cliff, helped install the window Saturday morning.

Paul Keeslar said hes known Steve Craig, owner of the theater building, for awhile and they had discussed the possibility of making a custom stained-glass window for the building.

Theater Director Cameron Jayne told Keeslar she wanted the window to reflect the theaters logo. The triangle shapes in the window reflect the ‘triad’ of the theaters name, while the iconic ‘tragedy’ and ‘comedy’ masks associated with dramatic theater represent its commitment to the arts,” quoting Steven Wyble in Nisqually Valley News.
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Click here for “YELM in The SPOTLIGHT” from The Triad Theater broadcast on TCTV Cable.


November 20, 2013

Rainier author Bettye Johnson acknowledged by the
International Women’s Leadership Association’s (IWLA).


Bettye Johnson
Rainier-based award-winning author

Rainier resident and acclaimed author Bettye Johnson has been recognized by the International Women’s Leadership Association’s (IWLA).
Read more and see Bettye’s video.

Johnson most recently co-sponsored a month-long display at the Yelm Library September 3-30, 2014 featuring books by other local authors, garnering media attention in the Nisqually Valley News. She has been a champion of Yelm-area writers for years.
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ABOUT BETTYE JOHNSON
“I recently published my memoir, An Uncommon Education: A Memoir. This memoir is about my years working for the American Embassy in Paris from 1952-1955. The Prologue give information about my childhood. I was age 23 when I fulfilled a dream of travelling (sic) the world. I read an article in the Houston, Texas newspaper for clerical to work overseas in the Foreign Service, U.S. State Department. From Paris I was transferred to the embassy in Tokyo where I met and married a career Marine. We had three sons and when he retired, we divorced. A year later I met the man of my dreams and we married. He passed in 2000. I live in Washington State and began serious writing in 2004.”
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Read more from Ms. Johnson’s website.

ABOUT THE IWLA
“The International Women’s Leadership Association’s (IWLA) dream, passion, and commitment – and the challenge is to provide useful, meaningful resources to every mother, daughter, sister, and friend that enhance every woman’s opportunity to reach her greatest level of personal and professional development; and in so doing make it possible for every woman to realize her own goals, her own potential, her own dreams.
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November 19, 2013

Young Life 507 names new director


Young Life

Our local chapter of the national Young Liife group (Young Life HWY 507) held a dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 9, catered by Yelm’s Casa Mia Restaurant.

The Yelm-area Young Life Chapter also named as new leader, Sarah Cooper. Young Life Hwy 507 operates The Coffee Place, across Yelm Ave. W. from Yelm Middle School, which pans to reopen in December.
Read more from the Nisqually Valley News.

Who is Young Life for?
“Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program WyldLife. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College.

Young Lifes multicultural ministry, focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States. We refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum and to our work with teen moms as YoungLives. In a partnership with Military Community Youth Ministries, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond. The Small Towns initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people.”
Read more

Visit us locally, where about 400 students are served each month at:
The Coffey Place
311 Yelm Ave West
Yelm, WA. 98597
(360) 970-3367
across the street from the Yelm Middle School.


November 19, 2013

“Military families…prepping for another…shutdown”

“‘We take care of each other’: Military families already prepping for another government shutdown”

“More than 80 percent of middle-class military families expect another federal shutdown in January, according to a survey released Monday to NBC News, and some of those troops financially depleted from the previous shutdown are tapping food-sharing programs to help feed their children.”

“The group’s latest survey found that 81 percent of middle-class military families which includes senior, non-commissioned officers plus any troops whose pay grade gives them a household income of at least $50,000 are not confident Congress will avert a January shutdown. (The companys index includes 530 respondents aged 25 to 70 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent).

Collectively, the military community is nervous about further wage disruptions, as occurred during the October shutdown, Spiker said. That anxiety is fueling a variety of frugal behaviors”: the sharing and stockpiling of food, the slashing of home spending, and cuts in both 2013 holiday travel and gift giving,” quoting Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor.
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Editor’s Note:
Yelm ‘s military families are breathing a sigh of relief that the Park Bond did not pass, which would have cost a homeowner an additional $10 per month for 25 years on a $200,000 assessed home. This added to annual water & sewer rate hikes would just add to our military families’ burdens, even though the city recently lowered the tax rate by 1%. The Yelm City Council can feel good and get newspaper headlines in lowering the tax rate by 1%, while they annually raise the water & sewer rates 8.25% & 5.4% respectively.


November 18, 2013

Rep. Alexander to keep his word – leaves House Dec. 31


Rep. Gary Alexander

Brad Shannon reports this morning in The Olympian:
“Expect a game of musical chairs at the state Capitol soon. Republican state Rep. Gary Alexander is keeping his campaign promise to leave the state House and he said itll be effective Dec. 31. Alexander had pledged before the August primary election that he would step down at years end whether he won or lost his bid for Thurston County auditor.

Mary Hall, a Lacey Democrat who works as elections supervisor in Pierce County, narrowly beat Alexander for the auditors job, as was reported by The Olympian’s Lisa Pemberton. With few ballots left to count as of Sunday, Hall led by 723 votes, or barely 1 percentage point.”
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November 18, 2013

Yelm’s Ice Chips founders featured in The Olympian


Yelm-based Ice Chips founders Beverly Vines-Haines, Charlotte Clary
Photo credit: Shark Tank on ABC-TV

“Recognized for their appearance on the television show Shark Tank, Ice Chips co-owners Bev Vines-Haines, left, and Charlotte Clary speak during the South Sound Success Small Business Conference, held Nov. 5 at the South Puget Sound Community College Hawks Prairie annex in Lacey,” quoting Rolf Boone in The Olympian.

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November 17, 2013

IMPORTANT STORY:
“China and the end to the U. S. Dollar”

“The death of the dollar is coming, and it will probably be China that pulls the trigger. What you are about to read is understood by only a very small fraction of all Americans. Right now, the U.S. dollar is the de facto reserve currency of the planet. Most global trade is conducted in U.S. dollars, and almost all oil is sold for U.S. dollars. More than 60 percent of all global foreign exchange reserves are held in U.S. dollars, and far more U.S. dollars are actually used outside of the United States than inside of it. As will be described below, this has given the United States some tremendous economic advantages, and most Americans have no idea how much their current standard of living depends on the dollar remaining the reserve currency of the world. Unfortunately, thanks to reckless money printing by the Federal Reserve and the reckless accumulation of debt by the federal government, the status of the dollar as the reserve currency of the world is now in great jeopardy,” quoting Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse.
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November 16, 2013

Yelm risks city’s budget relying on Wal-Mart’s growth

The City of Yelm has been placing too much dependency on Wal-Mart for sales/tax revenue growth here, focusing on attracting multi-national corporations at a great loss to the foundation of this community – locally owned businesses, many of which have closed.

As an example, the City of Yelm approved Wal-Mart’s permit here based on a traffic mitigation plan that used a completed Yelm Bypass to be completed within 7 years of store opening, when the city KNEW Bypass funding would not be forthcoming for a decade or more, a “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” in the minds of city officials from Wal-Mart’s sales taxes. Wal-Mart opened July 18, 2007 and there is still NO Bypass funding to build a road to mitigate their traffic

Now, Yelm’s decision relying on Wal-Mart for tax revenue growth may stall, as they have some major problems that will trickle-down to all of their stores, as this story demonstrates:

“Why Wal-Mart Can’t Compete With Costco for Black Friday”
“Mega-retailer Wal-Mart generally seems like the biggest turkey in retail, even when it’s not Thanksgiving time. However, the megabehemoth, which generally gets the most grief about worker treatment, is once again under fire for its employment policies.

Wal-Mart’s alleged agreements to Florida requests after workers’ recent strike there have galvanized Southern Californians to strike as well, hoping to have their own discussions with the retail giant to improve employee policies.

Some of the complaints are similar to those from last year, when Wal-Mart faced major strikes just ahead of the traditionally biggest shopping boon of the year — Black Friday. In addition to the usual complaints about rock-bottom pay, terrible hours, and shoddy benefits, Wal-Mart is perpetuating another major risk to overall business health. Investors should think long and hard about what this means for the long term.

When companies skimp on costs related to their employees, service — one of the most elementary and essential factors in retail — starts to disintegrate. It’s not even just a morale problem, which in itself is a negative. Obviously, miserable workers make for a sad and oppressive experience.”

It’s not impossible to pay employees well and have a profitable business.
Take Costco, which pays its employees an average of $20.89 per hour. On the other hand, Wal-Mart pays an average $12.67 per hour to approximately 475,000 full-time workers in the U.S. However, its quite another story for its nearly 1 million part-time workers here, who make about $9 per hour, or approximately $26,000 per year.

Costco has stable and even super-loyal clientele as well as workers with no real reason to complain. From the investor standpoint, Costco’s longtime operational decision to sacrifice some near-term profitability to actually provide comfortable and upwardly mobile jobs for workers has worked out very well, hasn’t it? It hasn’t exactly been a stock dud.

At Costco, employees stick around far more than workers do at other retailers. In addition, and in line with the American dream, there actually are real opportunities to rise through the ranks at Costco,” quoting Alyce Lomax, The Motley Fool.
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