March 23, 2015

Community input required on Schools Boundary Changes

From Yelm Community Schools:

District Seeks Community Input on School Boundary Changes
Yelm Community Schools is facing an immediate need to redraw school attendance boundaries for the 2015-16 school year to alleviate unbalanced overcrowding in our elementary schools.

One of the implications of not passing the recent school construction bond is we are now forced to make changes to our school attendance areas to help equalize enrollment across the district. The goal is to most efficiently use current school buildings to house our growing enrollment. These changes will affect elementary and middle school boundaries.

A Boundary Committee has met with Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc. to develop a proposal for boundary changes. Factors considered included the current population of each area, the projected growth, and transportation efficiency while trying to keep neighborhoods in the same school.

The district has scheduled two public forums to explain the committee’s proposal and gather additional input and comments from the public before presenting a final proposal to the school board. Comment forms and an online survey will be available for the public to make written comments that will be reviewed by the committee before making its final recommendation.

If you would like more information, have questions, or would like to make a comment, please consider attending one of the forums.

School Boundary Forums
Location: District Office Board Room, 107 1st Street North, Yelm

* Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
* Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Public Comments survey will open March 25 and close April 15.

March 22, 2015

World Water Day Is Today

From the UN-Water – World Water Day 2015 on Water & Sustainable Development:
“Sunday March 22nd is World Water Day. . Collective meditation events have been proven to have significant global impact; for example, on social stress, crime rates, and armed conflict.

Watch the “trailer” for #LOVEWATER and World Water Day.

Learn more at and

Editor’s Note:
With the drought emergency and water saving measure enforce statewide, California is slated to run out of water within a year and is ground zero for water awareness in the U. S.
Click here for this shocking report form NBC News.

“Governor Inslee declares drought for three Washington regions”
Click here

March 21, 2015

Spring is here:
Mark your calendars for the Nisqually Home Show –

Today is the first full day of Spring, so time to mark your calendars for the Nisqually Home Show


March 20, 2015

Spring begins in Yelm today at 3:45pm

– Spring officially begins today
“Astronomically speaking, the March equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic. In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox is known as the vernal, or spring, equinox, and marks the start of the spring season.

In the Southern Hemisphere, this equinox is known as the autumnal, or fall, equinox and marks the start of the fall season; the vernal equinox for the Southern Hemisphere occurs in September.

The March equinox happens at the same moment across the world but is converted to local time. In 2015, it falls on March 20 at 6:45 P.M. EDT, 5:45 P.M. CDT, 4:45 P.M. MDT, and 3:45 P.M. PDT, for example,” quoting The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Read more

– “Late-Week Storm to Usher in Cold Across East, Put Spring on Hold”
By Jordan Root,“>Read more

March 20, 2015

Commissioner Romero’s Coffee Mon., Mar. 23 – in Yelm, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Sandra Romero

Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts Thurston County Environmental Health Educator Jane Mountjoy-Venning and learn what you can do to help improve the water quality in your community.

The human body is over 50% water which makes H2O one of our most precious resources
Jane Mountjoy-Venning has 20 years of experience with ground water education in Thurston County. Her many talents include presenting well, septic, and lawn care workshops; developing educational materials; and working with community groups. Most recently, Jane coordinated the Scatter Creek Aquifer Project, a three year effort to work with citizens in an area of the county with an especially vulnerable groundwater drinking water source to develop and recommended ways to keep the water safe now and in the future.

The safety of your water supply depends on you, your friends, and neighbors. Jane will help answer your questions about well safety, water quality, and pollutants that can contaminate our ground water.

There is a lot happening in Thurston County and we want to hear from you!
Once a month, Commissioner Romero meets with community members for informal coffee chats. These meetings give you the opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask her questions about the county, and share ideas. Commissioner Romero provides participants’ coffee. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

Citizen meeting with 2nd district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

– Rainier: 9:30am 10:30am at Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St W

– Yelm: 11:00am Noon Tacos Gaby, 307 Yelm Ave SE
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March 19, 2015

“Water Fluoridation Promotes Thyroid Impairment, Study” –
Does Yelm flouridate city water?

“A glass of tap water in New York.”
Photo credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

– Water Fluoridation Promotes Thyroid Impairment, Study Warns
“Fluoride is a toxic drug linked with an array of potentially serious health problems. Most recently, research linking fluoridated water consumption to thyroid dysfunction received attention in both British and American media.

Evidence also suggests it may contribute to or exacerbate behavioral problems such as ADHD, by way of pineal gland calcification.

Despite irrefutable evidence of harm, the United States still adds fluoride to municipal water supplies reaching nearly 211 million Americans. As of 2012, more than 67 percent of Americans receive fluoridated water,” quoting Dr. Mercola.
Read more

– “Water Fluoridation Linked to Higher ADHD Rates”
“New research shows there is a strong correlation between water fluoridation and the prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, in the United States.

Its the first time that scientists have systematically studied the relationship between the behavioral disorder and fluoridation, the process wherein fluoride is added to water to prevent cavities.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, found that states with a higher portion of artificially fluoridated water had a higher prevalence of ADHD,” quoting Douglas Main, Newsweek.
Read more

– “10 Facts About Fluoride You Need to Know”
“If you live in the US, where more than two-thirds of Americans receive fluoridated water, you may simply assume that it’s always been that way. But this is not so. Water fluoridation began in 1945, despite the fact that fluoride is not an essential nutrient.

Quite the contrary, the fluoride added to drinking water is a toxic byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. It is a poison to your body. In 1943, even the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons that change the permeability of the cell membrane by certain enzymes,” quoting Dr. Mercola.
Read more

– Does Yelm fluoridate city water?
Ryan Johnstone, P.E., Public Works Director for the City of Yelm said the city does not fluoridate city water nor has plans to do so.

March 18, 2015

Yelm author Thomas Gondolfi, owner of TANSTAAFL Press

“Thomas Gondolfi holds up stuffed animals he uses to promote his book ‘Toy Wars.'”
Photo credit, Nisqually Valley News

– “Publishers, Authors Fill Yelm With Books”
By Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News, September 5, 2014:
“Books help shape peoples lives. They can inform, entertain and inspire. Its not surprising books play an important part of peoples lives, even as the Internet threatens to change the way people consume the written word.
Yelm is filled with book publishers, large and small, motivated more by spreading their message than by making money though money is still important.”

“Thomas Gondolfis parents were both bibliophiles, so its not surprising he grew up to found a small indie press in Yelm.
Gondolfis parents both loved western and mystery novels, but his dad had a penchant for science fiction that his mother only casually shared. But that love of science fiction rubbed off on Gondolfi. At first, his dad introduced him to the juvenile fiction of sci-fi author Robert Heinlein. As he grew up, he started getting into Heinleins adult fiction.
A Heinlein novel, in fact, was the inspiration for the name of Gondolfis company TANSTAAFL Press.
The acronym stands for, There aint no such thing as a free lunch, a phrase popularized by Heinleins novel, ‘The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.'”

TANSTAAFL Press has put out a total of five books, including two by Gondolfis longtime friend Bruce Graw, author of TANSTAAFL titles ‘Demon Holiday’ and ‘Demon Ascendant.’
‘I see it (the company) growing organically with the additional books Ive put out,’ he said.
Gondofli has learned the best way to promote books is through word-of-mouth, Gondofli said.”
Read more

Click here
for the YouTube video, “Book Marketing According to Yelm’s TANSTAAFL Press.”

Read more about Thomas Gondolfi.

March 17, 2015

Commissioners to hear Title 26 briefing – Mar. 18

From the Thurston County Long Range Planning Division:
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., the Board of County Commissioners for Thurston County will hold a Board Briefing to review Title 26 (the proposed unified enforcement code).

This Board Briefing is open to the public, but unlike a Public Hearing, the Board typically does not take public testimony at a Board Briefing. The purpose of Wednesday’s Board Briefing is to:

Hear the results of public comment taken during the public comment period, which closed on March 15, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Hear proposed revisions to the draft ordinance based on public comment.
Allow the Board to ask questions of staff and provide guidance to staff.

Click here
for FAQs.

Click here for the docket page.

March 17, 2015

“The Possibility of Escape” – the Prison Industrial Complex

Editor’s Note:
A thoughtful look at the Prison Industrial Complex
By Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
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March 17, 2015

Ringling Bros. Circus to drop elephant acts –
Is there hope for Lolita due to public demands?

Lolita incarcerated at the Miami Seaquarium
Photo credit: Miami Seaquarium

– “Elephants to Retire From Ringling Brothers Stage”
In the 133 years since P. T. Barnum bought his first one, no animal has been so closely identified with the circus as the elephant, starring under the big top, adorning posters and ritually announcing the circuss arrival with a gawk-worthy parade into town in the case of New York, through the Midtown Tunnel.

But after decades of animal rights activists claiming that it treats the giant creatures cruelly, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey announced Thursday that its three touring circuses, performing 1,000 shows a year, would phase out elephant acts by 2018,” by by Richard Richard Prez-Pea, The New York Times.
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