June 26, 2015

Jen Littlefield running for Yelm City Council Position 4


Jen Littlefield

Jen Littlefield became Yelm’s Position 4 interim Councilor in 2014 after Mike McGowan resigned from the seat one year into a four year term, due to his move out of the city. City Code requires the position to be on the ballot in the following general election, which in this case is November 2015. Mayor Harding cast the split-council’s tie-breaking vote for Littlefield to fill McGowan’s position until then. She is running for election to continue to serve the 2 year unexpired balance of the term.
The following is her statement in her own words:

“I am all in for Yelm! As a current city council member, former planning commission member, community volunteer, and wife of a local business owner, I have supported and served this community that I love.
If elected to continue to serve, I will work toward a more robust economy that welcomes business and keeps our spending power in town. I am also committed to helping grow our opportunities to play! Families need places to go, teens need safe things to do, and our community needs activities that keep us strong and united. As a teacher and a mom of three kids growing up in Yelm, I know how important this is to keeping our community a place people want to call home.
I will pursue these goals while supporting the most important roles of government: ensuring public safety and building and maintaining water, sewer, and transportation infrastructure—all of which are essential to having a healthy and secure community.
Having received an appointment to the City Council in October, I look forward to continuing this work with excitement and a belief in our shared bright future. I would be honored to receive your vote.”

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June 25, 2015

High temperature tied record high in Olympia – 90 degrees

The high temperature for Thursday, June 25 recorded officially at Olympia Regional Airport was 90 degrees, a tie with the record 90 degree high set on this date in 2006.
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June 25, 2015

Mayor Harding surveys Yelm businesses – yet not anonymously


Mayor Ron Harding

Yelm businesses received a survey sent out by Mayor Ron Harding to determine how they view the City of Yelm’s “business-friendliness.”

While I applaud Mr. Harding finally connecting with local businesses well into his third term as mayor [after the city was described as being “non-business friendly” by one of area’s then-local business owners], anyone completing a Marketing 101 class would know a survey with a recipient’s name printed on the document is skewed at the outset, for responders with their name listed will mostly be favorable. As has been described by business owners previously in Yelm Business Assn. Town Hall Forums, many fear speaking-out because they are fearful of adverse city practices in reprisal and therefore, would not return a survey with their true observations without redacting their business’s name.

If Mr. Harding REALLY wants the truth from local business owners, then this survey should be re-sent and requested to be returned anonymously, rather than presenting to the newspaper and the public a skewed response that will incorporate the usual spin from the city that all is well here.
Anonymous surveys are the standard marketing practice for any organization that wants accurate feedback.

The Yelm Community Blog recommends businesses who complete the survey to remove their business name, returning their survey anonymously.

Click here for Mayor Harding’s business survey.
Click here for page 2.


June 25, 2015

Excessive Heat Watch ushers in Prairie Days with a Parade this evening 7pm

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive Heat Watch for our area:
FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT
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Yelm Prairie Days
Jun 25th, 2015 – 7PM
“The Yelm Prairie Days Parade is a decades old tradition which features floats, music, military processions, children, and motorcycles and lots of candy and goodies. The parade ends at Yelm City Park where the Yelm Lions host Prairie Days for the remainder of the weekend with food, vendor booths and a carnival. Many neighborhoods also host big yard sales.”


June 24, 2015

Special Weather Statement now issued for our area! Nineties expected for a week

Issued by The National Weather Service Seattle/Tacoma, WA for the Southwest Interior
[includes all of South Puget Sound]
Wed., Jun 24

… HOT WEATHER IS EXPECTED FRIDAY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK AS WELL AS RISING FIRE DANGER…
STRONG HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT OVER THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILL PUSH TEMPERATURES INTO THE 90S STARTING ON FRIDAY IN PARTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON. OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN WARM… WITH MANY AREAS REMAINING IN THE LOWER TO MID 60S. SATURDAY WILL LIKELY BE THE HOTTEST DAY WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO REACH THE LOWER TO MID 90S AROUND THE GREATER PUGET SOUND REGION AND THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR. HIGH CLOUDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT ALLOWING HIGH TEMPERATURES TO COOL SLIGHTLY ON SUNDAY… BUT THE CLOUDS WILL ALSO KEEP OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES A LITTLE WARMER.

ALTHOUGH COASTAL AREAS AND OTHER AREAS NEAR LARGE BODIES OF WATER WILL BE A LITTLE COOLER… TEMPERATURES IN THOSE PLACES WILL STILL BE WELL ABOVE NORMAL.

DURING HOT WEATHER IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY HYDRATED BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE HEAT… STAY INSIDE IN AIR CONDITIONED AREAS. AVOID LEAVING CHILDREN AND PETS UNATTENDED IN CARS… AS TEMPERATURES INSIDE PARKED CARS CAN RISE VERY QUICKLY TO DEADLY LEVELS. REMEMBER TO APPLY SUNSCREEN IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS.

THE WEATHER HAS BEEN QUITE DRY THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS AND NOW WITH THE HOTTEST WEATHER OF THE YEAR EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND… FIRE DANGER WILL BE HIGH. A NUMBER OF FIRES HAVE ALREADY OCCURRED IN WESTERN WASHINGTON THANKS TO THE DRY CONDITIONS.
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Click here for the forecast for the next week.


June 24, 2015

Habitat for Humanity has built 50 homes – Yelm store adds to their ability

– “Fifty homes and counting for Thurston County’s South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity”
“South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is about to embark on a milestone when it completes its 50th home since the organization came to Thurston County in 1989.”

“That’s how far the organization has come in the past 26 years. It also employs 20, operates two stores that sell recycled building materials, and recently expanded into a former Dollar Tree store in west Olympia. That site is both a store and the administrative offices for Habitat for Humanity. Another store is in Yelm.

‘A store is the engine that fuels the machine,’ longtime Executive Director Curt Andino said, still passionate about the transformative power of owning a home and excited about where the stores are taking the nonprofit.

The Olympia and Yelm stores generated gross revenue of more than $1 million in the organization’s most recent fiscal year, Andino said, enough to fund the construction of two homes at Wood’s Glen [Lacey],” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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Yelm Habitat for Humanity Store
412 Yelm Ave East
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360-956-3456 ext. 3


June 24, 2015

Relay Color Run, Rainier – Saturday, June 27, 10:30am

Color Me Relay for Life 5k Color Run
Yelm Dental & Nisqually Valley News Relay for Life Teams
Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)
Rainier, WA
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June 23, 2015

Yelm City Council approved new positions tonight

The Yelm City Council tonight adopted Ordinance No. 1002 amending the 2015 Salary and Benefit Schedule by adding an exempt Public Works Manager position, re-establishing the Finance Director and Senior Accounting Clerk positions, and setting an effective date.

Background
“The 2015 Budget, including the Salary and Benefit Schedule was adopted by City Council in December 2014, (Ord 992) and the Salary Schedule, Appendix II amended in March 2015, (Ord 997 and 998). Since that time, the departure of some personnel afforded the opportunity to evaluate the organization of those departments. In so doing, it was determined that two of the now vacant positions could be combined into one, thereby creating a new position of Public Works Manager and filling the needs of the current city operations. The Finance Director and Senior Accounting Clerk positions, established and filled in prior years but currently vacant, are being re-established for use as the needs of the city grow.”


June 23, 2015

Thurston County issues burn ban countywide today

“County Issues Burn Ban Starting June 23”
“Fire officials strongly discourage fireworks”

“Thurston County officials are issuing a countywide burn ban that will take affect at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 23. This ban covers all of unincorporated Thurston County. The Cities and UGA
already have a full time burning ban. The burn ban decision comes as weather forecasters predict record high temperatures coming later this week along with the possibility of lightning strikes, but little or no precipitation.

“This weather pattern of high temperatures combined with lightening but no rain is expected to last through the Fourth of July weekend. That means the burn ban is a critical part of protecting lives and property. Our local firefighters will have their hands full as it is,” said Resource Stewardship department director Scott Clark, who also serves as the county’s fire marshal.

The countywide ban on outdoor burning applies to all land clearing and yard debris burning,” quoting the Thurston County News Release.
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June 23, 2015

4th annual Yelm Rotary Stampede this Saturday

From Yelm Rotary:
“The 4th Annual Yelm Rotary Club Prairie Stampede will take place on Saturday, June 27th at Yelm Middle School.
The Rotary Club of Yelm is dedicated to service-in our community and in the world. The proceeds raised by the Yelm Prairie Stampede go to help fund charities and community activities that help make this world a better place to live.

Our course is an easy level course. Our run is USATF Cerfified : WA 10029MN

For online registration via active.com please click here.”
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