July 31, 2014

NVN joins American Cancer Society Relay for Life –
set for Aug. 2-3 at Rainier High School.

From Nisqually Valley News (NVN) Publisher/Editor Michael Wagar:
“I am excited to announce the Nisqually Valley News will be part of that cure [cancer], be it in the near future or decades to come.

We are an official sponsor for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Rainier set for Aug. 2-3 at Rainier High School. We hope to have up to 40 people on our team all aimed at raising money to find the cure.

Ive participated before in other communities. I look forward to the midnight walk around the track to glowing luminaries. My thoughts will be with my mom [ Sharon June Wagar, died Dec. 23, 1997, after spending the last month of her life in the hospital, after a years-long struggle against an aggressive form of cancer.]

I encourage other businesses, community leaders and citizens to join the NVN this year. For those interested, contact team retention and recruitment leader Mia Chambers at 360-264-4609. Lets swiftly race for the cure together.”
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– “Relay For Life of Southeast Thurston County”
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Rainier High School
308 2nd St. W.
Rainier, WA. 98576
Click here for more information.

July 30, 2014

Thurston County Fair set to begin

“Greetings, from County Commissioner Sandra Romero

The 2014 Thurston County Fair is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited to participate in all of this year’s fun activities for kids and adults.

On Friday August 1st and Saturday August 2nd we’re offering the second annual Savor South Sound tasting event hosted by the Fair Foundation. The two day event will highlight over a dozen local breweries, wineries, and cideries with a focus on unique recipes, blends and techniques with a Pacific Northwest touch. Savor will also feature grilled salmon and shellfish prepared by the Nisqually Indian Tribe and farm-to-table tastings by Friends of the Market! Check out the flyer below for more information.

I’m also excited for the Live and Local Concert Series featuring regional music sensations like The Brown Edition, The Blackberry Bushes, and DBST.

I’ll also be at the fairgrounds on July 30 for One Buck Wednesday when admission is just $1 per person if you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Thurston County Food Bank. At 6pm come to the Main Stage for the Welcoming Ceremony and watch me compete against other local elected officials in the annual opening ceremonies game!

No matter what day you come, this year’s Fair is sure to be Fun for the Whole Herd!”

– “Savor South Sound”
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July 29, 2014

“Longer, hotter Northwest fire seasons are ‘new normal'”

“Dozens of wildfires, including the largest in Washington state history, are still burning in Oregon and Washington. The Carlton Complex fire has already destroyed more than 300 homes and 400 square miles of land.

The Buzzard Complex wildfire, in eastern Oregon, is the largest in the country.

Top fire and forestry officials say that these mega fires are a prime example of what has quickly become the new normal.

‘Folks are telling me we can’t use historic fire behavior anymore to predict future fire behaviors, everything’s changed,’ said Jerry Perez the Director of the Bureau of Land Management for Oregon and Washington.

Perez is one of many wildfire agency leaders who briefed Senator Ron Wyden on what’s quickly becoming a historically bad fire season.

Data at the briefing showed wildfires are burning hotter and fire seasons are now 70 days longer than they were just 15 years ago,” quoting Wayne Havrelly, KGW, Portland on KING 5 in Seattle.
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July 28, 2014

“Downtown Yelm in 1910”

Posted on the Yelm History Project website July 27, 2014:
Downtown Yelm in 1910
From: Farm Industry Pervades Yelm
The Daily Ledger – July 17, 1910

Yelm, July 16 Freight cars today hide a part of Yelm from the view of passengers of trains on the Northern Pacific tracks, which run through the place. These cars, forming several trains, were being loaded with telegraph poles, piles, hewed ties and posts. All except the ties were products of the Whitlach mill, Yelms main industrial plant, which cuts about 40,000 feet of lumber a day. The poles, piles, ties and posts covered the ground for a block extending from the railroad tracks. They were being shipped to various points in Washington and Oregon, especially in this state, where railroad building is just now causing larger exports from the sawmills.
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The aforementioned is one of several postings on July 27:
Click here

Recognize the names “Isom,” “Wolf,” and Stancil” – from 1944?
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July 27, 2014

Yelm’s Willow Nail Academy

Courtesy: Willow Spa and Nail Clinic, 2014

“The Willow Nail Academy [opened] January 13th 2014 and is the only school in Washington exclusively dedicated to Nail Technology Training. We train in all state board required subjects such as: Safety and Sanitation, Manicuring, Hand Massage, Polishing, Tip Application, Wraps, Sculptured Acrylics and Business. Willow Nail Academy provides a great deal of services, which allows our students to experience all facets of nail technology. Nail Academy students will train for a few months within Willow Spa and Nail Clinic to learn professionalism in the workplace, teamwork and skills of the trade. Our graduates are confident when they complete the course, which encourages them to work in a professional and proficient salon.

There is ongoing enrollment for students. Interested persons can request an information package by going to www.willowspaandnailclinic.com/nail-academy,” quoting Thurston Talk.com.
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Willow Nail Academy
1202 Yelm Ave. E.
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360-458-1491
Website: www.willowspaandnailclinic.com/nail-academy

July 26, 2014

Rgistration open for Yelm’s ‘Survivor’ summer camp

Sponsored by the Yelm Police Dept.

Survivor Camp 2014
When: Mon., August 4 – Fri., August 8, 9am to 12 noon each day
Where: Longmire Park, 16820 Canal Rd SE, Yelm
Description: Annual Survivor Summer Camp, each day FREE!
Registration: Yelm Police Dept.
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From the flier:
“Registration open for Yelm’s ‘Survivor’ summer camp”

14th annual event returns Aug. 4-8
Registration is now open for Yelm’s annual Survivor Summer Camp.

Organized by the Yelm Police Department, the camp is open to all students entering grades 7 through 12 within the Yelm and Rainier School Districts.

The City of Yelm will sponsor the first 75 participants and here’s what they can expect:

Participants will be grouped into teams; the overall number of camp participants will determine the size of the teams. Each team will choose a team captain as well as their team name. The teams will compete against one another in various athletic and non-athletic events for points. The team with the most points at the end of the week will be the team champion and get their names and pictures in the local paper.

Events may include, but not limited to the following: Soccer, Tug of War, Long Jump, Running Relays, Water Balloon Toss, FB Throw/Kick, Bicycle Ride, Talent Contest, Wheelbarrow Race, Wall Sitting, Basketball, 3-Legged Race, Shoe Toss Obstacle Course, Softball, and Sprint Races.

July 25, 2014

Introducing Enterprise for Equity

“Our mission is to ensure that low-income people in the South Sound region have access to training, technical assistance, support, and credit for small business development. Micro-enterprise services are provided with the belief that people can and do transform their lives as they bring their dreams to their entrepreneurial efforts.”
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Enterprise for Equity has been helping low-income people start small businesses since 1999.Donate online to Enterprise for Equity The Microcredit Summit in Washington, D.C in 1997 initially inspired this effort. After the Summit a small group of volunteers brought together 30 representatives of low-income serving agencies in the South Sound such as the Food Bank, Refugee and Immigrant Services Center, and Housing Authority to learn about the self-employment needs of the people they serve. Since then we have developed relationships with these agencies, conducted comprehensive business planning programs, obtained our 501(c)3 designation, established an active Board of Directors, and received sponsorships and funding from foundations, businesses and public agencies.

Our organization has implemented a full menu of business planning, technical assistance and support services to help people increase their income, confidence and financial security. Enterprise for Equity is uniquely qualified to support low-income entrepreneurs in the development of their business.”
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July 24, 2014

“‘Most Evil Company’ Loses Court Battle”

A very thorough report from Dr. Mercola’s newsletter:
“During last year’s I-522 ballot campaign to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Washington State, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) came up with a devious, and illegal, money-laundering scheme to protect the identity of members who donated funds to the opposing campaign.

You might remember that several major food companies experienced major backlash from consumers when their contributions to the 2012 anti-labeling campaign in California (Prop. 37) came to light, and those donating to the Washington campaign certainly wanted to avoid the same fate.

Unfortunately, this illegal move helped the GMA defeat I-522 (by a mere one percent margin), but they did get their just deserts the GMA was sued by Attorney General Bob Ferguson in 2013, who accused them of intentional money laundering and violating state campaign disclosure laws.

Several developments have happened since then, including the GMA trying to sue a state (twice) a motion that was recently rejected.”

“On October 16, 2013, Attorney General Ferguson filed suit against the GMA on behalf of the State of Washington, alleging the association had violated the state’s campaign disclosure laws.”

“In its countersuit, the GMA requested that the case against them be dismissed, but Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller has ruled against them,” quoting Dr. Mercola.

Dr. Mercola “recently named the GMA ‘the most evil corporation on the planet,’ considering the fact that it consists primarily of pesticide producers and junk food manufacturers who are going to great lengths to violate some of your most basic rightsjust to ensure that subsidized, genetically engineered and chemical-dependent, highly processed junk food remains the status quo.”
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July 23, 2014

Over a quarter inch of rain breaks record

The over a quarter inch of rain (.27 inches) broke the record rainfall for this date (July 23) at Olympia Regional Airport.
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July 23, 2014

Introducing CREW –
Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup

CREW formed in the late 1990s to address the regional nature of earthquake hazards in the Pacific Northwest and the interdependency of public agencies and private businesses in planning for earthquakes. We are a nonprofit public-private coalition of business people, emergency managers, scientists, government officials and civic leaders who work together to reduce the effects of earthquakes and related hazards, such as tsunami, throughout the Cascadia region, which stretches from northern California to British Columbia.”

Specifically, CREWs goals are:

Promote efforts to reduce the loss of life and property damage from earthquakes;
Educate and motivate decision makers, managers, and the general public to reduce risks associated with earthquakes; and
Foster productive linkages between scientists, critical infrastructure providers, businesses and governmental agencies in order to improve the resilience of communities after an earthquake.
Read more in our Strategic Plan.

We invite all individuals, businesses and organizations that want to make the Cascadia Region more resilient to earthquakes and related hazards to join us.”
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