May 31, 2014

Fill the Boot fundraiser for MDA in McKenna

“Central Pierce firefighters holding Fill the Boot fundraiser at McKenna intersection”
“Central Pierce Fire & Rescue will be collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at a McKenna intersection this weekend.

Firefighters will be at the intersection of state Route 702 and state Route 507 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,” quoting the Tacoma News Tribune.
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Ed. Note:
Be prepared for long delays going north on Hwy 507, as traffic has periodically been backed-up as far as Yelm’s Wal-Mart.

May 31, 2014

The Mountain News: Bruce Smith’s compelling story –
Why consider Ramtha?

Bruce A. Smith
Photo credit: The Mountain News

From Bruce Smith, Publisher of The Mountain News in Eatonville:
“Our mission is to report the news of those who live close to Mount Rainier in body or spirit. In terms of the physical, were talking about the communities of southern Pierce and eastern Thurston and Lewis counties, from Puyallup in the north to Yelm in the west to Eatonville and Morton in the south.”

“The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, The New Physics An Introduction to the Science of Consciousness. What follows is Chapter 5, a part of an on-going series here at the Mountain News.”

Ramtha An Overview of his Science and View of Reality
“For those leery of Ramtha, believe me I can appreciate your anxieties. I have had my own moments of doubts that Ramthas school was a cult, his channel JZ Knight was faking it, or felt dismayed by the financial cost of attending RSE.

So, what I propose here is that I walk you through my journey of how I came to know Ramtha, discovered he is a great teacher, and what I have learned from him. Hopefully, that will give you a context in which to consider his science regardless of any mis-giving you might have about him.”
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Yelm Community Blogger Steve Klein has been employed by JZK, Inc. since October 2003.

May 30, 2014

“Snowden: Obama Broke Vow to Change Bush Policies”

I care not what you think of this man’s actions or of him as an individual, if anyone reads the Constitution of the United States that Edward Snowden swore to uphold and defend as a government employee, one will see he is a Patriot in following his oath.
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May 30, 2014

STANDING ROOM ONLY’S (SRO) Summer Struck Theater Program

STANDING ROOM ONLY (SRO) announces Summer Struck Theater Program for ages 8-18, a three week theater arts Performance Class in singing, dancing & acting.

Culminating in The musical PRODUCTION at the triad theater OF ANNIE MEETS THE MONSTERS

DIRECTED BY Nancy Tribush Hillman.
Registration begins May 9th.
Classes begin June 23.

Early registration for age 8-12 $125, Age 13-18 $100
Registration after June 17: $150 / $125

Limited scholarships and payment plans available.
Email: or
Phone: (360) 250-6591 (360 446-2188)

Tell SRO you read about them on the Yelm Community Blog.
Their programs have helped so many of our local students and families!

May 29, 2014

Two Yelm events this Sunday

Credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce

Spring Swing Golf Tournament
Tournament, Tahoma Valley Golf Course
Sponsored by the Yelm Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Click here to register.

Credit: Yelm Farmers Market

2014 Season Dates Are Set
Sundays, 10am 2pm
June 1st October 26th

Yelm Farmers Market
17835 SR 507 SE
outside Yelm, WA near the Nisqually River.
Click here for more information.

May 28, 2014

How we can honor the legacy of Billy Frank, Jr.

Photo credit: Michael Harris, Legacy Project

This terrific Letter in The Olympian was submitted by Dean French:
“Billy Frank Jr. didnt just save the salmon, he saved the people, and not just the Native American people but all people.

Are we going to let the legacy of Frank and our forefathers go for naught? Let us all now fight for our future.

The people of Washington might be mindful in letting the coal and oil trains pass through our lands for gains of others. I believe that Frank would say ‘I think not!’ Should we stand aside and let big oil take our streams, rivers, bays, shorelines and estuaries?

The people of Washington have everything to lose, our ecosystem, our way of life, the beauty of our special place. I believe we must rise up as Frank would have and fight for our salmon and our way of life.

Let the legacy that Frank fought so hard to defend be the legacy he and we leave for our children.”
Click here

May 28, 2014

WA Conservation Voters 2013-2014 Legislative Scorecard

From the Washington Conservation Voters 2013-2014 Legislative Scorecard:
Find out how your legislator scored here

“Published once every two years since 1992, Washington Conservation Voters Scorecard is the best guide to environmental politics in Washington State. It is the clearest accountability tool showing how legislators succeeded or failed to protect the environment. It is read by thousands of voters, elected officials, and opinion leaders across the state. It not only scores the environmental voting records of individual state legislators, but also paints the picture of the past two sessions.”

“The Scorecard includes 12 Senate votes and 8 House votes, on issues ranging from public health protections, to clean energy standards, to land-use protections. These votes came at a time under the new anti-environmental Majority Caucus Coalition, which took control of the Senate at the start of the 2013 Legislative Session. This illustrates the challenge we had in front of us: having to spend too much time protecting against rollbacks of even the most core environmental protections, and failing to make progress on important issues like climate change. In the Senate, 20 senators scored over 80%, while 30 scored under 50%. In the House, 53 representatives scored over 80%, and 47 scored under 50%.

The complete WCV 2013-2014 Legislative Scorecard can be viewed online at:”
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May 27, 2014

Saturday, Yelm Spring Clean-up @ NEW location

Spring Clean-up
Saturday, May 31st, 8 AM
Yelm Public Works
From City of Yelm.

May 27, 2014

“Feds wont allow water for pot growers”

“Delivering a major blow to state-licensed pot growers in Washington state and Colorado, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said today it will not allow any federally-controlled water to be used on marijuana crops.

As a federal agency, Reclamation is obligated to adhere to federal law in the conduct of its responsibilities to the American people, said Dan DuBray, the agencys chief of public affairs.

The decision could hit particularly hard in Washington state, with the federal agency controlling the water supply for two-thirds of Washington states irrigated land,” by Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau.
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May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014 – Remembering those who gave

A caisson entering Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, DC
Photo from Arlington National Cemetery website,
Courtesy of Andrew V. McMaster, May 2006

This story reprinted from first publishing here May 28, 2007:
This weekend is our Memorial Day holiday when America pauses to honor those that have given their lives in service to their country. The Yelm Community Blog host appreciates and honors all of those who have served to defend, protect, and preserve our country from outside invaders. Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action, quoting Wikipedia.

The wars have left their mark on this area, as we are reminded of one of the first from this area to give the ultimate sacrifice, Rainier’s Justin Norton, who was killed in June 2006:

Rainier’s fallen son, Justin Norton

Justin Norton Scholarship Fund
honoring Rainier, Washington’s fallen soldier in Iraq.

About Sgt. Norton

Donations can be mailed to:
Justin Norton Scholarship Fund
c/o Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 444
Yelm, Wa 98597

– Memorial Day observed locally

The entire community is invited to honor the men and women who died while defending the United States. Memorial Day services will be held Sunday in Yelm and Roy, and Monday in Rainier.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5580 is hosting the Yelm and Roy ceremonies, which will be held at its respective cemeteries. The Yelm ceremony is 1 p.m. Sunday at 11540 Cemetery Road SE, and Roys is 3 p.m. at 288th St. S.

The American Legion Post 264 hosts a ceremony 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial Park in Rainier on Binghampton Street, just north of the Texaco gas station.

– Delta Airlines honors our military on their last flights home.
A group of Delta Air Lines employees has made a commitment to honor and recognize members of the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Delta Honor Guard, which has been operating since 2005, is composed of approximately 30 men and women who volunteer their time to honor fallen troops whose remains come through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport aboard Delta flights, according to Brian McConnell, coordinator of the Delta Honor Guard.
Click here for this moving ceremony, which occurs even in the rain, plane-side.

– “Memorial Day and the Meaning of Freedom”
By Jeff Deist, Mises Economics Blog
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– “The Path of the Warrior”
A moving tribute from the Humanity Healing Foundation.
Click here for the video.

– Won’t you consider a contribution to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Click here to donate.


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