Yelm Community Blog
Monthly: May 2016

Two rulings affecting our area –
Against Cell Tower and Pocket Gopher

Photo: Deschutes Neighborhood Grp

– “Smith Farm Cell Tower Denied by County”
“Thurston County Hearing Examiner remanded the determination of nonsignificance of environmental impact for the proposed Verizon Wireless Smith Farm cell tower on Vail Road last Wednesday [May 18].”

The Deschutes Neighborhood Group, formed by people who live in the area of the proposed tower, appealed the decision by the county to grant the determination of nonsignificance after it was approved, stating the tower would have no major environmental impact,” by Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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Click here for the ruling.

Photo by Ty Smedes

– “Growth Management Hearings Board Rules Against Thurston County’s Mazama Pocket Gopher Review Process
“Last Friday afternoon [May 13], the Western Washington Region of the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) issued its Final Decision and Order stating that Thurston County’s 2015 Interim Process for reviewing permits in Mazama Pocket Gopher soils violated the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA).

The ruling was in response to attorneys for Olympia Master Builders, The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, and Hinkle Homes filing a petition to the GMHB requesting that the Board review last year’s decision by the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners to modify Thurston County’s Critical Area Ordinance (CAO) without motion, resolution, or public participation, which is in direct violation of Washington State’s GMA.”

“The GMHB’s final order sets a specific schedule for Thurston County to bring its land use practices into compliance with the GMA,” quoting the Thurston County Chamber.
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Yelm City Council gets down to new business Tuesday –
1. Transportation Network Companies (Uber)
2. Hiring a ‘Head Hunter’ for City Admin. recruitment

Yelm Public Safety Building & Council Chambers

– Yelm City Council has a packed Agenda Tuesday
After last month’s embarrassment to Mayor Haring with a challenge by several Council members about his only City Administrator candidate, one with an extensive array of unvetted “baggage” by Mr. Harding who he eventually withdrew when faced with the councilors’ evidence, Mr. Harding finally provides the Council with new business on their agenda tomorrow, after a month with none. Two major projects of note:

1. Ordinance Number 1013 opens the door to Uber and other ride-sharing services
Interlocal Agreement with Cities of Yelm, Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater for Administration and Enforcement of Occupational Permits for Transportation Network Companies
Editor’s Note:
This would allow Uber and other similar companies to serve our area.

2. Engagement for Professional Recruitment of City Administrator
Editor’s Note:
Mayor Harding’s poor leadership is clearly underscored that next week marks one year since former City Administrator Shelly Badger gave notice to resign (Friday, June 5, 2015) and Mr. Harding is just now requesting the Council’s permission to hire a firm for Professional Recruitment of a City Administrator. He should have presented this to the Council on Tuesday, June 9, 2015! For almost a year, this Blogger has recommended Mr. Harding authorize the hiring of “Head Hunter” (talent recruitment specialist) to fill the city’s top paid-staff position.

Click here for the City Council Agenda.

“Climate disruption in overdrive”

Are you prepared for anything, at anytime?
Mullen Rd., Olympia, March 16, 2016
Photo courtesy: NW Prepper Facebook header

– “Climate Disruption in Overdrive: Submerged Cities and Melting That ‘Feeds on Itself'”
“As the presidential campaign circus dominates headlines across the US, glaring signs the planet is undergoing abrupt anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) abound.

A major study published in Nature Climate Change shows that the planet is warming a stunning 50 times faster than when it comes out of an ice age. The implications of the rapidity of this warming, for those who care to digest it emotionally, are horrifying.

The study shows that even if carbon reduction targets are achieved and the planet’s temperature is kept below the 2 degree Celsius warming threshold, sea-level rise will still inundate major coastal cities around the world, forcing one-fifth of the total world population of humans to migrate away from the coasts. New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Jakarta, Cairo, Kolkata and Shanghai will all be underwater.

As though to reinforce this point, NASA recently released data confirming that February was the warmest month ever measured globally, at 1.57 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial baseline temperature average. The new record easily smashed the old global temperature record, which was set just one month before, in January.

This means that while it took from the advent of the industrial age until October 2015 to warm the planet 1 degree Celsius, humans have managed to warm the planet another .57 degrees Celsius in just the next four months since then,” by Dahr Jamail, Truthout.
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– And covered on this Blog almost a decade ago.
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Candidates step-up for public office on Nov. ballot

Candidate filing week for the November election concluded yesterday with several candidates providing choices on the all ballots:

– Legislative District No. 2 (includes Pierce and Thurston counties)
State senator
Randi Becker, prefers Republican Party, Eatonville
Tamborine Borrelli, prefers Democratic Party, Yelm
Marilyn Rasmussen, prefers Democratic Party, Eatonville

State representative, Pos. 1, partisan office, two-year short and full term
Amy Pivetta Hoffman, prefers independent Democratic Party, Puyallup
Andrew Barkis, prefers Republican Party, Lacey

State representative, Pos. 2, p, artisan office, two-year short and full term
JT Wilcox, prefers Republican Party, McKenna
Derek Maynes, prefers Democratic Party, Puyallup
Andrew M. Christensen, no party preference, Bellingham
Nathaniel Downes, prefers Democratic Party, Orting

– Legislative District No. 22 (Thurston County)
State Senator, partisan office, four-year term
Erik Lee, prefers Democratic Party, Olympia
Sam Hunt, prefers Democratic Party, Olympia
Steve Owens, no party preference, Olympia
Spencer Baldwin, prefers Democratic Party, Olympia

– Thurston County Commission
District No. 1, partisan office, four-year term
Jim Cooper, prefers Democratic Party, Olympia
Allen Miller, states no party preference
Jon Pettit, prefers Independent Party
John (Hutch) Hutchings, no party preference, Olympia
Diane Dondero, prefers Democratic Party, Rainier

District No. 2, partisan office, four-year term
Gary Edwards, no party preference, Yelm
Kelsey Hulse, prefers Democratic Party, Lacey

– Thurston County Superior Court
Judge Position 1, nonpartisan office, four-year term
Chris Lanese, Olympia
Laura M. Murphy, Olympia

– Judge Position 7, nonpartisan office, four-year term
John C. Skinder, Olympia
Jim Foley, Olympia

Read more in The Olympian.

Support our locally-owned businesses: Rainier’s Tyee Vet Clinic –
2015 Best of Nisqually winner!

About Tyee Veterinary Clinic:
“Tyee Veterinary Clinic is a small animal veterinary medical facility, located in Rainier, WA. The professional and courteous staff at Tyee Veterinary Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Tyee Veterinary Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Rainier and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Tyee Veterinary Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet,” quoting their website.
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Tyee Veterinary Clinic
Ronald F. Overlie, DVM, Owner/Veterinarian
800 Binghampton St W.
Rainier, WA 98576
Phone: (360) 446-8933


Blogger Klein’s dog Tia is treated by Dr. Overlie.

Yelm Toastmasters invites you to join

From the Yelm Toastmasters Club:
You are invited!
What: Nisqually Valley Voices Weekly Meeting
When: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Come early – stay late yes
Where: Prestige Senior Living at Rosemont

Do you wish to improve your ability to…
* Communicate effectively?

* Put ideas across clearly and understandably?

* Improve your self confidence before a group of people?

* Think quickly and clearly under pressure?

* Become skilled in group leadership?

* Listen effectively and constructively?

* Tactfully evaluate someone else’s presentation?

* Gracefully accept helpful feedback?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these, Toastmasters can help you.

By becoming a member, you can reach your goals of better communication in business meetings, community affairs, job interviews, sales contacts, panel discussions, etc. Anyone wanting to improve their speaking and leadership skills will be welcomed.

We were a Perfect 10 Presidents Distinguished Toastmaster Club for 2014-2015 Toastmaster Year.
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Sea-Tac Airport prepares for record summer –
What you can do if flying

Sea-Tac Airport 2015.
Photo credit: Elaine Thompson, Associate Press file, 2015.

– “Sea-Tac Airport prepares for record number of summer passengers”
* Port of Seattle making many changes including adding temporary private contractors at checkpoints beginning May 23 to assist passengers and allow TSA to open more security lanes

“The Port of Seattle is taking several steps to prepare for a record number of travelers anticipated this summer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Starting next week, 90 private contractors will assist passengers at security checkpoints and free up TSA personnel to open up more lanes to reduce wait times. An exercise with Sea-Tac, TSA and major airlines led to several strategies designed to make security lines more efficient for travelers.

For the first four months of 2016, passenger traffic has increased 10 percent compared with 2015, which recorded a 12.9 percent passenger increase.”

– “More Travel Tips, Parking Coupon and More”
Whether it’s live music, easy access parking or dining options, Sea-Tac has it all for travelers. Click this link to plan your visit to the 13th largest and fastest growing large airport in the U.S.,” quoting the Port of Seattle.
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Yelm Farmers Market opens Sunday, May 22nd

New Manager Suzanne Santos
Photo courtesy: Yelm Food Cooperative

From the Yelm Farmers Market:
“New Manager Brings Wisdom and Experience to Yelm Farmers Market”

“Suzanne brings a wealth of experience to the role, managing not only multiple markets in Austin but also serving as Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Center, an organization that works with all three ‘legs’ of the food system. ‘If you think of it as a stool, the legs are gardening, cooking, and farm direct sales,’ she explains. ‘We worked on all three, and would facilitate farmers selling directly to institutions, as well as setting up smaller neighborhood markets for clients that had traditionally been underserved.'”

This year the market will be opening on Sunday, May 22nd, a day Suzanne is already anticipating. ‘I’m looking forward to watching it unfold,’ she says. ‘You can see it blossoming every Sunday morning as the tents pop up in a festival-like setting. The music starts and you smell the coffee and you can hear the kids chattering away and listen to farmers exchanging recipes or cooking methods with somebody who doesn’t know how to cook a kohlrabi. That’s when it all comes to fruition.'”
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Yelm Farmers Market
Nisqually Springs Farm
17835 State Route 507 SE (by Stewart’s Meats)
Yelm, WA 98597

Sundays through October 16th
10am – 3pm
Click here for the Press Release.

The Triad hosts “Where To Invade Next” this weekend

“Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with WHERE TO INVADE NEXT: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.

Just in time for election season, America’s favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places,” from Michael Moore.
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Click here to see the trailer.


Recycling in America – “How much of what you recycle ends up at the dump?”

Photo credit: Otherwords

– “A Curbside Crisis”
“How much of what you recycle ends up at the dump?”

* First, don’t “wish-cycle.”
“Lumping together old garden hoses, plastic shopping bags, and old sneakers with newspapers and plastic milk jugs won’t get that junk reincarnated as yogurt containers.

It just increases the cost of the entire recycling process by making it harder to haul and sort everything, because workers will be taking your wish-cycled items to a different destination — a trash incinerator or landfill. Learn your local recycling rules and follow them.

* Second, don’t grab that bag.
Putting your recyclables into a bag to carry them out to the recycling bin might seem logical, but every bag has to be ripped open at the sorting facility — a time-consuming process that holds up the sorting line. This time crunch is sometimes “solved” along the way by tossing the bags of recyclables into the trash pile.

Instead, try collecting and carrying your recyclables out to the bin in a container or box, and reuse it every week.

* Finally, play the sorting game.
See if your city has special collection points for electronics or specific plastic containers to ensure they end up in the right place. Some cities even collect paper separately to protect it from contamination. Castoffs unfit for curbside collection might be perfect for a recycling drop-off at a nearby grocery or supply store. Check to discover what can be recycled where.

Recycling is an important service to our society — and our planet. If U.S. recycling levels can rise to a 75 percent participation rate, that would equal the environmental benefit of removing 50 million cars from the road each year and could generate 1.5 million new green jobs.

All it would take to turn things around and keep more of our trash out of the dump is a handful of new recycling habits,” quoting Beth Porter, OtherWords.
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– “Welcome to Thurston County Solid Waste”
“Your waste prevention and recycling resource!”
Click here

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