January 27, 2017

Bald Hill Rd. Safety Improvement Project Update

– BALD HILL RD, SMITH PRAIRIE RD TO OWL PIT Safety Improvement Project
This project will reconstruct a 2.5 mile section of Bald Hill Road SE, between Smith Prairie Road and Owl Pit, widening the roadway to provide 11 foot travel lanes with 5 foot paved shoulders. New stormwater facilities will also be constructed.

Jan 25th, 2017 –The relocation of utilities will by PSE and Fairpoint continue until May of 2017 at which time the contractor will return to begin major road construction, the speed limit will be 25 MPH during this time, and the anticipated completion date of this project is by September 2017.
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January 27, 2017

“Nisqually tribe won’t fish chum after historic decision”

– Filed by Allison Morrow, KING-5 TV News, Seattle:
In a historic move, the Nisqually tribe is closing its most popular salmon season. After several years of fish declines, they believe it’s necessary to save the fish from disappearing completely.

“Our Indian people have been fishing. That’s been our way of life, that’s been our culture, our history, our traditions,” said Willie Frank III, a member of the Nisqually tribe.

Frank calls the Nisqually River his tribe’s “medicine.” The water connects generations of his people. It connects him to his father, longtime environmental activist Billy Frank Jr.

But standing there today, he says that connection faces historic challenge.

“It was tough to explain to our elders and our tribal members that we’re not going to be able to fish this year, because of the lack of salmon,” Frank said.

For the first time ever, the Nisqually tribe won’t fish for chum salmon. They’re keeping the river closed, like they have since August.
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– Editor’s Note:
Nisqually Tribe Chairman McCloud spoke extensively on this issue last night at Yelm’s Triad Theater in the “Whose Who in the Nisqually Watershed: mountain to sea.”

January 26, 2017

“Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed” TONIGHT –
First interviewee: Nisqually Tribal Chair, Farron McCloud
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, The Triad Theater, 7pm

Initial sponsors of the interview sessions at the Triad Theater are the Yelm Business Association, Keystone Masonry and Olympia Federal Savings.

Courtesy: the Triad Theater

January 25, 2017

Glen Morgan resigns from Rochester School Board –
Judge says he violated federal law in robocalls case

Back Row: Ben Elkins, Glen Morgan (resigned), John Mortenson,
Front Row: Michael Langer, and Cami Haskins
Photo courtesy: Rochester School District

– Editor’s Note:
On Friday, January 20, 2017, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy rejected Glen Morgan’s request for dismissal of a lawsuit against his negative election campaign robocalls about Democratic candidates, which displayed false caller-ID numbers associated with the Democratic Party or its individual members. The Court ruled that Morgan violated federal law. The timing of Morgan’s school board resignation coincides with the court’s decision, as he now has to gear-up for a court case. This issue was extensively covered on this Blog October 24, 2016.

– Update: January 27, 2017
“Case against Glen Morgan over controversial campaign robocalls will proceed”
By Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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– “Glen Morgan resigns from Rochester School Board, leaving vacancy”
“Glen Morgan has resigned his seat on the Rochester School Board.”

“Morgan is heavily involved in land use rights, and is a former staffer of the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank. He was recently named in a lawsuit over a series of robocalls that his political groups, Friends of Jimmy and We Want to Be Friends of Jimmy, Too, sponsored against Olympia City Council member Jim Cooper during Cooper’s unsuccessful bid for Thurston County Commissioner,” quoting Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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January 25, 2017

Retirement Open House for YCS Teacher Ed Bergh – Jan. 28th

Ed Bergh honored in 2012 as Washington Civic Educator of the Year.
Former YCS Superintendent Andy Wolf, Civic Educator of the Year Ed Bergh,
former YHS Principal Brian Wharton, and Legislative Representative JT Wilcox.
Photo courtesy Yelm Community Schools (YCS)

– Tasha Johnson announces Retirement Party for Ed Bergh
“We will be having an Open House Retirement Party for Mr. Ed Bergh on Saturday, January 28 from 1pm-4pm at Yelm High School. Please join us in celebrating Ed’s many years of service.
We would like to ask those who are attending to please bring a snack of some sort to share.
Please share with everyone you know!

When: Saturday, January 28th, 2017 01:00pm
Where: Yelm High School
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Click here for the GoFundMe page which to-date has raised $23,310 of the $20,000 goal!

CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Bergh and his family for thier years of service to the future of Yelm – our kids!

January 24, 2017

Yelm Councilor Carmody writes elected officials on behalf of Yelm

Councilor Molly Carmody
Photo credit: City of Yelm

– Yelm Councilor Molly Camrody sends letter on behalf of Yelm:
[Printed her with permission.]

Dear [State of Washington] Representatives Wilcox and Barkis, and Senator Becker,

As a member of the Yelm City Council, I urge you to support House Bill 1113. This proposal would gradually increase the share of city and county liquor revenue, eventually reinstating the traditional percentage based sharing formula between cities, counties, and the state, and is vital to increasing Yelm city revenue. Even though Yelm has more than doubled in size in the last 8 years, and is the fastest growing city in Thurston County, our B&O tax revenue percentage lags behind those of other cities in Thurston County, because Yelm is becoming increasingly viewed as a “commuter” or “bedroom” community to larger, more expensive cities. We lack the industry and retail base that provide substantial B&O tax, and unfortunately, due to the greater use of cell phones, the revenue that we receive from the landline telephone tax is dramatically decreasing. The increased liquor revenue share would help to make up some of the B&O tax and telephone tax gaps.

I also urge you to support Senate Bill 5240, which would provide additional liquor revenue to cities and counties for state fiscal years 2022 through 2025.

Very sincerely,

Molly Carmody
Yelm City Council

January 24, 2017

“I Count Thurston’ Homeless Survey, January 26 –
Locally in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino

– From Jessica Caldwell, I Count Thurston PIT Coordinator and Rural Community Connect Events Lead:
Every year Thurston County is responsible for the Point-in-Time [PIT] Homeless Survey to create an annual report that represents those living in sub-standard living conditions or experiencing homelessness. The I Count Thurston team will be training over 100 volunteers to facilitate the survey as well as securing donations to offer those who complete the survey, a care package of useful goods.

Click here to visit our website.

The goal of the Community Connect Event is to offer free services, care and engagement from local community members, to those living in sub-standard living conditions. This year with an emphasis on counting more of our homeless neighbors living in the rural areas, we are partnering with Yelm Community Services (the food bank) and The Lions Club for our event site, as we will be able to reach and survey more people than previous years. Because the survey itself does not offer immediate relief, the I Count Thurston team feels that activating local businesses, service providers and volunteers, will help to increase public awareness and offer the greatest immediate support to those who need it.

– Update: January 19, 2017
“Survey Will Count Homeless Population”
“Volunteers and Donations Needed for iCount Thurston’s Community Connect Events”
By Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News.
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– Update, January 26, 2017
“Expanded Homeless Census Aims to Shine Light on Rural Communities”
“When Anita Marriott thinks about homelessness, her mind usually goes to downtown Olympia. There, the issue is clearly visible and as a result, many of the services available in Thurston County are directed to the urban core.

But Marriott, a long-time resident of rural Yelm, knows that the problem is not specific to Olympia. ‘My brother works at the Safeway in Yelm, and he’s told me stories of people living in the bushes. The merchants in town really know about the issue,’” she says,” by Heidi Smith, Thurston Talk.
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– UPDATE: February 2, 2017
“Yelm Shines During Homeless Count Event”
“Businesses, Organizations Open Their Hearts to Assist Those Without a Place of Their Own”

“The volunteers of Yelm’s Community Connect Event: Kevin Jackson, Gregory Platt, Jade Jackson, Cari Schwisow, Mary Beth O’Connell, Jan Jones, Anita Marriott, Jessica Caldwell, Jim Capezio, Tom Dewell, Martha Jorgensen and Ralph Marriott.”
By Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News.
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January 23, 2017

“Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed” this Thursday –
First interviewee: Nisqually Tribal Chair, Farron McCloud
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, The Triad Theater, 7pm

Farron McCloud, Nisqually Tribal Chairman
Photo credit: Nisqually Indian Tribe

– From The Press Release:
Triad Theater announces monthly on-stage interviews with “Whose Who in the Nisqually Watershed: mountain to sea.” Nisqually Tribal Chair, Farron McCloud, will be the first interviewee.

The Triad Theater is pleased to announce monthly on-stage interviews of “who’s who” in the Nisqually watershed: from mountain to sea, starting Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 pm.

Cameron Jayne, theater director, said she is pleased and excited to bring people with notable and interesting backgrounds to the theater to be interviewed with time at the end of each session for public Q and A. It is a huge opportunity for the community to learn about individuals in the Nisqually watershed who are making a difference in a variety of ways.

Steve Craig, Vice President of the Yelm Business Association (YBA) and Fulbright Scholar, will be conducting the interviews. Craig said he is modeling the interviews along the lines of Charlie Rose, who has for several years conducted interviews on PBS television. The format will be simple and relaxed, with interesting and gentle probing of interviewee’s involvement in the Yelm and greater Nisqually community.

Monthly interviews will be divided into a fall/winter series, followed by a summer/fall series. The first interview to kick things off is with Farron McCloud, Chair of the Nisqually Tribe. “It is most appropriate to begin with Mr. McCloud, since the Nisqually people were the first to make the Nisqually watershed their home,” Craig said. “And, there is so much happening with the Tribe these days, it is hard to keep up. It will be great to hear first hand about the many happenings.”

Others very interesting interviewees will be announced soon, and the public will not be disappointed, according to Theater director Jayne.

Initial sponsors of the interview sessions at the Triad Theater are the Yelm Business Association, Keystone Masonry and Olympia Federal Savings.

Questions may be directed to Steve Craig: (360) 790-7490.

– January 19, 2017
” Triad Theater to Host Monthly Interviews”
“‘Who’s Who’ Starts with Nisqually Indian Tribe Chairman Farron McCloud”
Read more on this in the Nisqually Valley News.

Blogger Klein is a Yelm Business Assn. Founding Board member and Secretary.

January 22, 2017

Introducing “Health Ambition,” an excellent resource for you and your family

– Editor’s Note:
I post pertinent health news stories periodically from Dr. Mercola’s website, of interest to Yelm Community Blog readers. I receive e-mail requests from several sites to post their information, as well, yet have not found many that post scientific journals, public documents and reports for you, the reader, to discern yourself, as does Dr. Mercola. One of the recent requests I received for consideration came from Helen Sanders, the main editor at Health Ambition. This is a website that also uses scientific evidence to back their advice, and “simplify complex health advice, give realistic expectations, and write for real everyday people with busy lives.”

As the idiom says, “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and this confirmation is provided to assist you and your family in having knowledge to be proactive in your “health ambition.”

– From Health Ambition
Are You Making The Healthiest Lifestyle Choices?
If you are not sure then now is time to learn to :

* Make Healthy Food Choice Without Compromise For Taste
* Lose Weight & Have More Energy Using Natural Methods Only
* Prevent Chronic & Deadly Diseases With Clever Life Hacks
Click here to access the Health Ambition website.

– About Health Ambition author Helen Sanders
Hey there, I’m Helen, founder and editor in chief here at Health Ambition. After my best friend mistook my excessive weight gain for me being pregnant, I decided to take control of my life and get into shape. I’m on a mission to share my insider health tips with all of you, to give you simplified and actionable health and nutrition advice.

Health Ambition was established in 2012 with the goal to provide easy to understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. I was always frustrated seeing too many health sites fail to provide actionable information to their readers.

I wanted Health Ambition to be different and I made a commitment to making sure our advice can be followed by ​regular people with busy lives, not just Hollywood celebrities with personal trainers and personal chefs.

If you are a new reader and want to get started on your health journey today, check out our Getting Started Page.
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January 21, 2017

Kissy Flick returns to Yelm’s Triad Theater tonight!

Kissy and James Flick
Photo credit: KissyFlick.com

– From The Triad Theater:
Saturday, Jan 21st – Kissy Flick Live in Concert –
Come hear their beautiful music heartwarming to the soul.
All ticket holders receive one free beverage.
Doors open at 7pm, Starts at 8pm for $20 on-line or $25 at the door.



Click here for more about Kissy Flick on Facebook.


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