September 30, 2016

‘Snowden’ comes to Yelm Cinemas today thru Oct. 6

“Snowden” opens today at Yelm Cinemas thru Oct. 6.
Click here for showtimes and to purchase your tickets.

Snowden-the movie, Official site, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone.
Click here

– “Review: ‘Snowden,’ Oliver Stone’s Restrained Portrait of a Whistle-Blower”
By A. O. Scott, The New York Times.
“Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a quiet, crisply drawn portrait of the world’s most celebrated whistle-blower, belongs to a curious subgenre of movies about very recent historical events. Reversing the usual pattern, it could be described as a fictional “making of” feature about “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning documentary on the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. That film seems to me more likely to last — it is deeper journalism and more haunting cinema — but Mr. Stone has made an honorable and absorbing contribution to the imaginative record of our confusing times. He tells a story torn from slightly faded headlines, filling in some details you may have forgotten, and discreetly embellishing the record in the service of drama and suspense.”
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– “‘Snowden’ builds case for whistleblower in Oliver Stone movie”
By Brian Lowry, CNN.
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– Editor’s note:
My wife and I saw the movie in Lacey opening night September 16th. Rarely do I post reviews, however I did on Fandango’s site about this one:
“Director & co-writer Oliver Stone has done it again showing the public the depths of international stories of interest along the lines of “JFK” and “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Nixon” – he topped them all as this is his best, in my view! His casting was brilliant, especially Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, who I perceive will garner an Academy Award nomination. Every American should see this movie, regardless whether they believe Snowden is a hero or not! You may disagree with Snowden and his motives, however he took an oath pledging to “defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” He saw the county’s enemy and that was in his face here at home. Stone is to be commended for taking this subject head-on.”

September 30, 2016

Yelm Farmer’s Market holds Harvest Fest on October 9th

Yelm Farmers Market
Photo credit: Yelm Community Blog staff

“The popular Harvest Festival for 2016 at the Yelm Farmers Market has been set for October 9th this year. The half-day schedule of fun activities will be held during the market time of 10 am to 3 pm at Nisqually Springs Farm, at 17835 SR 507.

Similar to last year’s heavily attended event, the Harvest Festival will include pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting (so children won’t need to carve for decorating), hot apple cider, face painting, and the ever-present photo-booth opportunity of the Yelm Farmers Market mural. This year, hay rides will not be available. There will be coffee sack races with prizes for children and adult categories as an additional activity (weather permitting),” quoting the Yelm Farmers Market.
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Yelm Farmers Market
17835 SR 507
Nisqually Springs Farm
Yelm, WA 98597
Open Sundays through Oct. 16, 2016, 10am-3pm.

September 29, 2016

With 3 Yelm City Administrator candidates withdrawing, what have we learned

Public Safety Building housing Council Chambers, Yelm

* Mayor JW Foster inherited a mess of personnel issues from former Mayor Ron Harding
* Mayor Foster had to fill positions for a Public Works Mgr, Clerk, Building Official
* Permanent City Administrator position now vacant for 13 months to-date
* Interim City Administrator Brandon’s contract ends tomorrow, mayor to do 2 jobs
* 3 Yelm City Administrator candidates withdrew after being interviewed
* Prothman Co. to provide more City Administrator candidates for consideration

Interim Mayor JW Foster has had his hands full in the almost 2 months since being inaugurated. He has done a stellar job in dealing with so many of the city’s personnel vacancies left in the wake of resignations, retirements, and open positions. As far as the search for a City Administrator replacement, here is what we have learned at this point:

1. Low salary range now adjusted
Mayor Foster stated the city’s original salary range was too low compared to other similar-sized cities, which has now been rectified:
Read more from the Craigslist post.

2. Mayor Harding did not conduct proper ‘due diligence’ – first candidate Chatwin withdrew
If former Mayor Harding had done his homework of candidate Stefan Chatwin, he would known about allegations of Chatwin’s mishandling city funds in Hayden, Idaho and other issues. In an embarrassing turn for Harding, Chatwin withdrew his name for consideration after being offered the job. With almost a year without a permanent administrator, Harding finally turned to his city council to approve hiring a professional talent recruitment firm, Prothman Company.
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3. Adam Lincoln. Lakewood Assistant City Manager – second candidate to withdraw
After the interview process on September 8, one of three excellent Prothman Company candidates withdrew his name from consideration.
Mr. Lincoln shared with me how the city should be using social media more to tell city hall’s story, rather than just the news through the local newspaper and blog. I agree and was thrilled to see Mayor Foster allowed the Police Dept. to have a Facebook page, immediately after Mayor Harding left, which has been long overdue. Harding had a clamp-down on any such communication with constituents, of which Mr. Lincoln was well aware.
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4. Melissa Evans, Las Vegas Sr. Economic Dev. Specialist – 3rd candidate to withdraw
After JW Foster selected Evans for the post, she also withdrew her name from consideration.
* Ms. Evans brought a wealth of understanding about what Yelm must do to diversify the city’s revenue stream, which she said must be the top priority [I agree!].
* She said the city should be focused on growing the economy rather than ‘roof tops.’ [I agree & totally opposite of Mayor Harding’s grow, grow, grow policies of housing developments and ignoring businesses, giving Yelm the nickname of being “non-business friendly!”]
* Evans spoke of Yelm needing workforce development, enticing businesses to want to move here saying, “Pushing the workforce element would make Yelm more attractive.”
* She said Yelm needs to transform from a bedroom community into a place where people also can work in good-paying jobs.
* Evans also noted Community Development needs an “Ombudsman” to be more receptive to the public.
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5. Interim City Administrator Bill Brandon leaves September 30.
Yelm’s contract with Prothman Company for Interim City Administrator Bill Brandon expires September 30. Brandon was originally supposed to be here for only a few months and has been here for over half a year. He has done a magnificent job in handling a unique set of issues, including the resignation of Mayor Harding and subsequent new management direction under Interim Mayor Foster. I applaud him for his outstanding contribution to our community during a difficult time. He has been a beacon of light guiding the city!
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Bottom Line:
Yelm’s City Administrator is an “at-will position,” meaning they can be terminated for almost any reason. I am certain many candidates look to this job and see Mayor Foster is an interim mayor for a year, then he may not choose to run again next year or there may be a new mayor elected, and that elected mayor may want to choose their own city administrator. That has to be a major deterrent to accepting this position, which the Prothman Company will have to address with the next round of candidates.
As of Monday, October 3rd, the City of Yelm will return to the mayor performing two jobs: his own and as acting city administrator (without pay).

The search for a permanent, full-time Yelm City Administrator continues!

September 28, 2016

Honoring a hero of mine –
Shimon Peres of Israel passed away at age 93

Shimon Peres shakes hands with Steve Klein, August 1988
King David Hotel, Jerusalem
Photo credit: United Jewish Appeal, Prime Minister’s Mission to Israel

“Optimists and pessimists die the same way.
They just live differently.
I prefer to live as an optimist.”

Shimon Peres

– Editor’s note:
Shimon Peres is a hero of mine not because of his 7 decades as a leader in Israel, rather for the abrupt change and about-face he undertook in going from one of Israel’s leading hawks to being a Nobel Prize-winning Ambassador of Peace. In order to achieve such a stunning reversal of views, Prime Minister Peres developed an inner strength, courage, and wisdom to move into a state of humbleness to be a light-bearing champion of change, realizing that arrogance and bravado leads to war and does not serve his people. Only through humility can one do that. This understanding goes way beyond working for Jewish causes and the State of Israel, rather a visionary and true world humanitarian in an area of the world bereft of such leadership.

I was very fortunate to be the guest with a few members of my family on The Prime Minister’s Mission to Israel in summer 1988, an educational trip to exchange ideas, experiences, and viewpoints with Israelis from many diverse fields, along with tours of notable sites. After a day of break-out groups, I went up to Peres to shake his hand for his leadership in finding peaceful solutions in the Middle East. He won the Nobel Peace Prize not long after that in 1994, along with then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.

The transformation of his views and a passion for world peace by Prime Minster Peres mirrors that of another one of my heroes the world lost earlier this year, Muhammad Ali.
Their commitments in their changes of uplifting the world are truly testaments to a life well-lived!

– “Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and prime minister, dies at 93”
“Shimon Peres, the former president and prime minister of Israel, died overnight following complications from a stroke. The Polish-born Nobel Peace Prize winner served alongside Israel’s founding fathers and participated in peace talks with the Palestinians. NBC’s Kelly Cobiella reports for TODAY from London.”
Click here for the Peres clips.

– “Obama to attend Shimon Peres funeral in Jerusalem”
“[President] Obama led tributes to the elder statesman as a friend who refused to give up on the dream of peace.

Peres’ commitment to Israel’s security and pursuit of peace was “rooted in his own unshakeable moral foundation and unflagging optimism” the US leader said in a statement.

Obama is to join world leaders including former US president Bill Clinton, French President Francois Hollande and German President Joachim Gauck and Britain’s Prince Charles in attending Peres’s Friday funeral at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl, where many Israeli dignitaries are buried.

Peres, who was 93, held nearly every major office in the country, serving twice as prime minister and also as president, a mostly ceremonial role, from 2007 to 2014,” quoting France’s AFP.
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September 28, 2016

Yelm Interim City Council Pos. 3 Application now available for candidates

Public Safety Building housing Council Chambers, Yelm

– Yelm Interim City Council Pos. 3 Applicants now accepted
With the resignation of Councilor Bob Isom leaving his former council seat vacant, the city of Yelm is now accepting applications from the public for city council. The interim council seat has one year remaining in this term, then is open to election in November 2017.
Click here for the application.

– The RCW is clear on the qualifications for those to be considered:
RCW 42.12.070 Filling nonpartisan vacancies.
“(1)Where one position is vacant, the remaining members of the governing body shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant position.”
1. U. S. & WA. citizen,
2. age 18 and above,
3. elector within the city limits.
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– Editor’s Note:
While a former city council candidate who previous lost their elections and served for a year as interim councilor may be at the top of the list to consider for appointment, along with a Planning Commissioner who lost their council election, I am elated to hear Mayor Foster is committed to more transparency in city government and wants to involve community members to be part of the governing process. To choose someone new to city government would bring a welcome change, diversity, and fresh insights.

September 27, 2016

Thurston County’s United Way ‘Day of Caring’ this weekend

– From United Way of Thurston County:
Day of Caring is the single largest day of volunteerism in Thurston County! We invite you to join us as we celebrate 24 years of Day of Caring in Thurston County, where volunteers come together to complete service projects for local agencies.

To increase the opportunity for individuals and organizations to participate, Day of Caring is now two days: Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Help us make an impact in our community! Register here to volunteer as an individual.

If you would like to register a team or project, please contact: Stacy Hicks, Volunteer Coordinator at (360) 943-2773 ext. 122 or

September 30 – Projects begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

September 30 – Appreciation Party, 3 – 5 p.m., The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

October 01 – Morning Kick-Off, 8 – 9 a.m., West Central Park

October 01 – Projects begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m

Click here to learn more.

September 26, 2016

All 7 Thurston County water systems test positive for Chromium-6 –
The “Erin Brockovich’ Chemical found in City of Yelm water system

Credit: Environmental Working Group via

* Chromium 6 in drinking water of more than 200 Million Americans
* Carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich” with Julia Roberts
* All 7 Thurston County water systems tested positive for chromium-6
* Includes City of Yelm water system
* What can you do? Buy a counter-top water filter.
* Yelm’s Survival Center an excellent source for water filters.

– “‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Drinking Water of More than 200 Million Americans”
“Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich,” which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound – and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way.

Today [September 20, 2016] EWG released an analysis of more than 60,000 tap water tests conducted nationwide, finding that chromium-6, or hexavalent chromium, is in the tap water of more than 218 million Americans,” quoting Bill Walker, Vice President and Managing Editor and David Andrews, Senior Scientist, Environmental Working Group.
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Credit: Environmental Working Group

– Chromium-6 Testing Report for Thurston County, Washington:
All 7 water systems tested positive for chromium-6.
92 out of 104 samples tested positive for chromium-6.
[Interactive Map access at bottom]

* County-wide Statistics
Average: 0.230 ppb
Range: ND – 0.574 ppb

* California Public Health Goal: 0.02 ppb

* Systems Containing Chromium-6
– Lacey Water Department
– City of Olympia
– City of Tumwater
– City of Yelm
– Scenic Shores Water Company
– Bucoda Water Dept.
– Eagle Estates

Click here for the Interactive Map.

Click here for the 2015 City of Yelm Water Quality Report.

– UPDATE: October 1, 2016
“Global Water Pollution Has Reached Frightening High”
“Recent news stories tell us a sobering truth: Not only are we facing rapid depletion of groundwater aquifers, much of the world’s water supplies are also becoming too contaminated to safely drink or use for cooking or bathing,” by Dr. Mercola.
Read more

– UPDATE: October 1, 2016
“My statement on @ewg findings of nationwide Chrom-6 drinking water contamination”
By Erin Brockovich, Tweeted September 20, 2016.
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– UPDATE: October 6, 2016
“Yelm Water Quality Good”
“Drinking water for the city of Yelm met all standards for safety in 2015, according to a quality report released late last month,” quoting the Nisqually Valley News.
Editor’s note: No mention of the Chromium 6 issue was in the newspaper’s report.
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September 25, 2016

Introducing Yelm’s Blue Lotus Spa

Photo credit: Blue Lotus Spa and Hyperbaric Chamber,
used with permission.

– About Blue Lotus Spa and Hyperbaric Chamber offerings:
1. Hyperberic Chamber Oxygen Therapy
increases Stem Cell growth, significantly reduces EDEMA and swelling, increases production of collagen, helps recover faster from strokes, heals swollen muscles and much more. Stop by for more information on how the chamber could benefit you.

2. BLISS Salt Tub
Epsom Salt, baking soda, salts from all over the world including your surveyed custom made essential oil, to soak in and detox and get nourished while enjoying a MASK from SEACRET filled with Dead Sea minerals that are known for their health and wellness benefits.

3. Light Therapy Tanning
promotes Vitamin D in our body & a nice tan after just 8 minutes.

4. European Finish Sauna
strengthens your immune system, detox and then cool yourself of in our Jacuzzi shower.

5. Ionic Detox Foot Bath
soaks most toxins out of your body thru your feet.

6. Massages
Aroma Touch, Sports, Classic, Swedish, Sound vibrational healing, Cranio Sacrale Therapy, Reiki and Foot reflexology.
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Blue Lotis Spa and Hyperbaric Chamber
Claudia M. Maritus, Proprietor
404 1st Street S., Suite H
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: 360-955-5987


September 24, 2016

Introducing Yelm’s Phoenix Company Cards and Games LLC

* Phoenix Company Cards and Games provides a positive game play environment
* Kids, teens, and adults can find common ground and interest using games
* Provided a Yelm area “cooling center” during summer heats waves
* Trina Johnson will speak Monday @ Every Monday Yelm Networking Group.

– About Phoenix Company Cards and Games LLC:
“We stock a focused selection of games and conduct product demos on most everything that we sell. This allows us to offer a more rewarding shopping and gaming experience to every one of our loyal patrons.

Here at Phoenix Company we strive to promote and provide a positive game play environment. A place where kids, teens, and adults can find common ground and interest using games to bridge age gaps. The original social media! We’re proactive in our community and encourage our customers to take the same pride in our store.”
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Phoenix Company Cards and Games LLC
303 Creek St. SE
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360.960.8373

– Editor’s note:
A big “thanks” of appreciation goes to Phoenix Company Cards and Games LLC for offering their facility late into the nights as a Yelm area “cooling center” during the summer heats waves. Trina Johnson of Phoenix Company Cards and Games will be the guest speaker this Monday at the Every Monday Yelm Networking Group.


September 23, 2016

Thurston ruling on Grocery Manufacturer’s Assn. in Atty. Gen. Ferguson’s sights

WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson

– From Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General:

“Holding the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association accountable”
“A Thurston County Superior Court judge already ruled that the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association violated Washington State campaign finance laws in its bid to defeat 2013’s GMO-labeling Initiative 522. The court is now considering whether the Association’s illegal conduct was intentional.

That determination will have significant bearing on the penalties the organization will pay. If the court rules that Association’s conduct was intentional, the penalties can be tripled.

In 2013, the Association raised $14 million from its members in solicitations for a new “Defense of Brands” account, above and beyond regular member dues. PepsiCo, for example, contributed nearly $3 million to the account, and Nestle and Coca-Cola upwards of $2 million each.

The Association then donated $11 million of the $14 million to the “No on 522” campaign. As a result, the money was listed as coming from Association, not the actual donors.

I’ve argued all along that the association knew what it was doing.”

“This landmark case has been a long fight for accountability. The message from my office is clear: I will not allow big money donors to hide from public scrutiny. I will continue to fight to hold them accountable.”
Read more on this from The Ferguson File.

– Editor’s note:
I applaud Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for taking such a strong stand on this issue!


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