August 26, 2016

Tenino unites against racism in their community


Tenino family’s car tagged with racist graffiti
Photo courtesy: Thurston County Youth Football League


– “Tenino community cleans up racist graffiti on family’s home”
“The Phillips family was out of town when they got the call that their home and truck were left covered in racist words described by community members as pure hate.”

“Officer Susie Wilson with Tenino Police Department called Phillips to tell him what had happened. ‘I was very angry, I was embarrassed, I was sad, I was very frustrated,’ she said. ‘This is my town, my community, this is where I patrol.’

The conversation could have ended with Phillips and Wilson, but it didn’t.

‘It was like I had to fix it,’ said Heidi Russell. Wilson runs the football team that Phillip’s son is a participant in the Tenino Beavers Youth Football & Cheer.

His teammates and others the family did not know, rallied Saturday morning to clean and repair the damage, before the Phillips got home.

‘We had to make sure that truck did not look like that, because that’s the truck that takes his son to practice three nights a week,’ said Russell.

Russell said a team of 50 volunteers worked over the course of four hours to clean, paint and scrub the home and vehicle,” by Jamiel Lynch, KCPQ-13 TV, Fox News.
Read more and see the video.


– Editor’s Note:
This is the way to stand-up to such a cowardly act!
Bravo to Officer Susie Wilson, her new Chief, former Yelm Officer Don Moody, and the entire team!


August 26, 2016

TC Sheriff Snaza’s condition updated – fund established to assist his family


Sheriff John Snaza during a Feb. 11, 2016 interview.
Photo credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian

Click here for Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Press Releases.

The Yelm Community Blog sends thoughts and prayers to Sheriff Snaza and his family.


August 25, 2016

Twelfth 2016 weather record of 80+ degrees set today

– Twelfth record-breaking +80 degree high temperature this year on August 25th
Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), broke the high temperature record for any August 25th. Today’s high of 92 (33.3 C.) broke the former record high of 90 degrees set in 1982. This is the twelfth +80 degree weather-record this year, the last one noted on August 20th.
Read more


August 25, 2016

First Citizens Bank announces closing of Yelm branch

– Yelm set to lose First Citizens Bank
First Citizens Bank will close their Yelm Branch on November 16, 2016, leaving only two branches left in Washington State: Fircrest and Lacey, plus an ATM-only facility in Eatonville according to a spokeswoman for the North Carolina-based bank earlier today.

First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. of Raleigh, N.C., has operated in South Sound since Sept. 11, 2009, upon acquisition of Venture Bank of Lacey, a failed bank that was closed by state regulators and sold to First Citizens in a deal brokered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

First Citizens in Thurston County, after the Yelm branch closes, will have a branch only in Lacey, and Yelm customers may access all banking services there:
Lacey Main Branch
721 College St SE
Lacey, WA 98503
360.456.0880


Editor’s Note:
This blogger will miss the smiling faces of long-time employees who served First Citizens customers and their predecessor Venture Bank. I wish them well in their future endeavors.
This bank’s closing marks a sad end to a long history of this banks incarnations led by poor decision-making in management and in leadership involving several big names from around Yelm.
Unless another financial institution comes to Yelm, we will see another empty building in our midst.
Read more


August 25, 2016

Former NVN Editor/Publisher Graves uses Yelm example to his Whidbey readers


Keven Graves
Courtesy: Whidbey News-Times

– From Executive Editor & Publisher Keven Graves, Whidbey News-Times:
“As the economy improves, and with approval by the Island County Commissioners of up to $837,000 in funding for a non-motorized trail in Freeland, we think it’s time to move forward in earnest on a proposed trail from Deception Pass Bridge to the Clinton ferry.

The seed for such a project dates back to at least 2006.”

Thurston County also sees the value in trails. The 14.5-mile Yelm-Rainier-Tenino trail not only spans those communities, but also connects them to a 22-mile trail to Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater. Mileage markers along the way serve as incentives for those using the trails for exercise — and there are many who use them.

Rain or shine, the Thurston County trails are populated by runners, walkers, bicyclists, rollerbladers and nature enthusiasts.

Of course, such a venture cannot be built — or even funded — overnight. Thurston County is not wealthy. It took years to complete the Yelm-Tenino trail project. But it is now a well-used link to the various communities.”
Read more


August 24, 2016

County Sheriff Snaza sustains ‘life threatening’ injuries off duty

Click here for Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Press Releases.

The Yelm Community Blog sends thoughts and prayers to Sheriff Snaza and his family.


August 24, 2016

National Weather Service: Heat Advisory for Thursday and Friday

– From the National Weather Service, Seattle:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
… RETURN OF VERY WARM TEMPERATURES OVER MUCH OF WESTERN WASHINGTON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY…

“A COMBINATION OF A STRONG UPPER LEVEL HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE AND OFFSHORE FLOW WILL RESULT IN ANOTHER ROUND OF VERY WARM TEMPERATURES FOR MOST OF THE AREA THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. INTERIOR LOWLAND LOCATIONS WILL SEE AFTERNOON HIGHS BOTH DAYS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE MID TO UPPER 80S WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR EXPECTED TO REACH THE LOW 90S.”

“THE ELDERLY… THE VERY YOUNG… AND THOSE WITH EXISTING HEALTH CONCERNS SHOULD REMAIN HYDRATED AND ATTEMPT TO STAY IN A COOL PLACE DURING THE HEAT OF THE DAY.”
Read more


August 24, 2016

“Best of Nisqually” nominations begin today


Courtesy: Nisqually Valley News

– “Best of Nisqually” nominations begin today
Nominate Your Local Favorites for Best of Nisqually
Nominations continue through Sept. 7!
Click here


August 24, 2016

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ comes to Yelm Aug. 25-26

* The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) leading efforts to stop drunk driving.
* “NHTSA’s ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ patrols comes to Yelm area Aug. 24-26


– “‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ comes to Thurston County”
“Local law enforcement hopes to cut down on the number of DUIs next week with a two-day emphasis patrol.

Four local agencies — the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Olympia Police Department, Yelm Police Department and Washington State Patrol — will conduct emphasis patrols Aug. 25 and Aug. 26.

Officers will specifically look for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, according to Anne Larsen, Thurston County’s Target Zero coordinator. The Target Zero program aims to eliminate all traffic-related deaths in Washington by 2030.”

“Law enforcement agencies statewide will conduct emphasis patrols Friday (Aug. 19) to Sept. 5,” by Amelia Dickson, The Olympian.
Read more


August 23, 2016

Yelm City Council Meeting and Study Session cancelled this week

The first full Yelm City Council meeting scheduled for tonight and tomorrow’s Council Study Session have been canceled due to lack of a quorum. While many councilors are on their end-of-summer holiday, the first full sessions scheduled this week under Interim Mayor Foster’s direction must now with until next month.


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