November 30, 2014

“Yelm officers rescue woman from sinking car”

“A 30-year-old Spanaway woman was rescued by two Yelm police officers after her car crashed into a canal off Highway 507 near Vail Road SE Sunday.

Yelm Police Department says Deputy Brett Campbell and Officer Taylor responded to a 911 call around 2:30 a.m., and found the woman trapped inside her vehicle that was filling up with water,” quoting Seattle’s KOMO-TV 4 News (ABC).
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UPDATE: December 1, 2014
Click here for more from KOMO-TV 4 News.

“911 caller: ‘My car’s filling up with water'”
By Drew Mikkelsen, KING 5 News.
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“Dramatic 911 Call: ‘My Car Is Filling Up With Water’:
Click here from NBC News.

Editor’s Note:
A good opportunity to remind readers the “The Effortless Vehicle Escape Tool” makes a good stocking stuffer:
“This is the emergency tool that enables a quick escape from a vehicle by simply pressing it against a side window,” from Hammacher.
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November 30, 2014

Calorie Count required, even on movie theater popcorn

– “Calorie Counts at Last Coming to Chain Restaurants”
“Menu Labeling Proponents Pleased that Supermarkets, Convenience Stores, Movie Theaters, & Alcohol Covered Under Final Rule”

“Calorie counts will become permanent fixtures on America’s chain-restaurant menus and menu boards in about a year when new regulations, released in final form today by the Food and Drug Administration, take effect. The rules apply to chains with 20 or more outlets nationally, including supermarkets, convenience stores, and movie theaters, which also sell restaurant-type foods. Calorie counts will also be posted on tags for salad bars, bakery items, and soda dispensers, and a companion rule requires calorie labeling for vending machines,” quoting the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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Read more from The New York Times.

November 29, 2014

Gov. Inslee: Shop local “March on Main St.” is TODAY

Gov. Jay Inslee

From the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee:
“As the holiday shopping season enters full swing, Gov. Jay Inslee is asking residents to shop local and support the small businesses that drive Washingtons economy.

Shopping locally helps create local jobs, said the Gov. Inslee. These local businesses create jobs in our communities and the trickle-up effect helps fuel our states economy. The holidays are a great time to discover the products and services available from Washington-grown businesses.

Nov. 29 marks the fifth Small Business Saturday, a national movement to broaden the post-Thanksgiving shopping focus beyond traditional Black Friday. Shoppers are encouraged to promote their own #shopsmallWA and #shopsmall experience using social media on Nov. 29. Small business owners throughout Washington are touting why they Choose Washington to run their business on a new Department of Commerce webpage.

In Washington state, small businesses account for 98 percent of all employers. Every dollar spent at a local business is recirculated three times more in the community than a dollar spent at a chain store.”

November 28, 2014

2 Weather Alerts for our area, include SNOW tomorrow

1. Special Weather Statement for Southwest Interior, WA
Falling temperatures from the mid-50’s at daybreak to the low 30’s tonight will lead to:
Read more from The National Weather Service.

2. Flood Watch for Thurston County, WA
Read more from The National Weather Service.

November 28, 2014

Wal-Mart workers’ strikes & protests this Black Friday

“Demonstrators call for higher wages at one of 1,500 Black Friday protests planned at Walmarts across the country, in Los Angeles, Nov. 29, 2013. The retailer filed trespassing injunctions in California and four other states to bar protesters from Walmart property.” (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)

“Is Walmart the World’s Worst Corporation?”

“That was the question posed last week by Public Eye, a counter-event to the World Economic Forum, as it sought a worthy winner for its ‘lifetime achievement award.'”

“But time may be finally running out for Walmart’s business model based on poverty wages, poor conditions and worker intimidation. The company’s workers and their supporters will engage in strikes and protests on Black Friday at 1,600 retail stores across the country, including at stores in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas and Washington, DC. And criticism is spreading. At a congressional briefing last week, Rep. George Miller (D-California) excoriated Walmart’s employment practices for ‘singlehandedly wreaking havoc on American families . . . making it impossible for hundreds of thousands of workers to have a shot at the American Dream.'”

Walmart easily deserves the title of the country’s worst corporation, and by wreaking havoc on the lives of its employees and supply-chain workers worldwide, it must also be a strong contender for Public Eye’s award for the worst corporation in the world,” by John Logan, Truthout.
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Editor’s note:
Yelm has been forever changed by the arrival of one of their superstores here! Many of this town’s former businesses have shuttered or left, including QFC and locally-owned Yelm Hardware.

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the Yelm Community Blog

This Thanksgiving Day message was first published here in 2009:

THANKSGIVING DAY has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863 & became a federal holiday in 1941.
President Lincoln issued this proclamation which set the precedent for Americas national day of Thanksgiving on October 3rd, 1863, which is as pertinent today as during the Civil War to heal our nation’s wounds:

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

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And this thoughtful piece, especially for 2014:
“#Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today”

For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.
By Jedediah Purdy, YES! Magazine.
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November 26, 2014

Yelm supports those not able to cook this Thanksgiving

For our area citizens who are not able to cook Thanksgiving meals, the following free community meals are currently scheduled here:

The Bunkhouse, 1506 Yelm Ave. W. Yelm, will serve a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Any donations will go to [Yelm Prairie Christian Center (YPCC)] God’s Portion Food Bank. Contact 458-9298.

Crossroads Community Covenant Church, 11520 Bald Hill Road SE, Yelm, will offer a free traditional meal at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving. For more information, call 400-7877.
Read more from The Olympian.

November 25, 2014

City Council Public 2015 Budget Hearing Tonight:
Water/sewer tax increase proposal set for approval

Public Safety Building housing Council Chambers, Yelm

While the Yelm City Council lowered the property tax RATE by 1% on November 12th, the will vote tonight on amending the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC) to:
“Adopt Ordinance No. 991 amending the YMC, Chapter 3.42 Utility Tax which increases the rate imposed on Water, Sewer and Storm water Utility from 4% to 6% upon the sale, delivery, distribution or furnishing or water, sanitary sewerage collection and disposal services and storm drainage facilities.”

The City Council will also hold a 2015 Budget Public Hearing tonight,
(Editor’s note: interesting they schedule this before Thanksgiving, so expect none of the public to comment.):
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Editor’s Note:
The Yelm Community Center Bond was rejected twice in two different ballots, yet the city moved forward to obtain a county grant and using water/sewer reserves to construct the center, without public approval.

Do they have proper financial records checks and oversight in moving funds around on their books, as the State Auditor recently revealed was lacking.

– UPDATE: December 4, 2014
“Yelm Raises Citys Utility Tax Rate From 4% to 6%”
Read more form the Nisqually Valley News.

November 24, 2014

Yelm Prairie Christian Center Food Bank Applications

The City of Yelm posted Public Notices for the following:

1. Yelm Prairie Christian Center Food Bank Operations
LOCATION: 501 103rd Avenue NE, Yelm, WA 98597

Notice of Application for Case #20140270, Yelm Prairie Christian Food Bank Operations.

An application by Yelm Prairie Christian Center, PO Box 578, Yelm, WA, 98597, for a site plan review and special use permit was received by the City of Yelm on October 27, 2014. The application was determined to be complete on November 4, 2014.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Conduct food bank operations from an existing 3,456 square foot storage building with 320 square feet of additional dry storage containers and refrigerated storage containers.
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2. Yelm Prairie Christian Center Food Bank Distribution Warehouse
LOCATION: 907 Rhoton Road SE, Yelm WA 98597

Notice of Application for Case #20140269, Yelm Prairie Christian Food Distribution Warehouse.

An application by Yelm Prairie Christian Center, PO Box 578, Yelm, WA, 98597, for a site plan review and boundary line adjustment was received by the City of Yelm on October 27, 2014. The application was determined to be complete on November 13, 2014.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Construct a 23,760 square foot warehouse building along with associated office space, parking, loading and unloading, and stormwater facilities.
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November 24, 2014

“Community Input Needed on Plastic Bag Ordinances”

“Online surveys for businesses and customers”

“Thurston County Solid Waste is seeking input on the bag ordinances that took effect July 1 in the cities of Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey, and the unincorporated areas of Thurston County.”

“Complying with the new ordinances required some adjustments for both retailers and their customers. Thurston County Solid Waste staff is eager to get feedback on their experiences now that the plastic bag bans have been in place for more than four months. The information from the surveys will be included in a status report on the ordinances that’s due in early 2015.”

The two online surveys-one for retailers and one for customers-are available at

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