August 21, 2017

Yelm’s Eclipse maximum occlusion will be 94% at 10:20am,
Don’t have proper glasses? Watch live streaming coverage!

“Eclipse coverage percentage is shown.”
Photo credit: NOAA

– KING 5 TV in Seattle will offer live-stream eclipse coverage across all platforms:
KING-5 TV, Facebook,, KING News App.
Click here to access.

– American Airlines 9671 San Antonio to Dallas passengers view the eclipse.
Click here for the video.

August 21, 2017

Ca-ching! Council considers major $$$ outlays for water projects,
These come as a challenging city budget process looms this Fall

Story Highlights
* Council to consider three major expenditures for water projects
1. $158,000 for Southeast Yelm Water Storage via the Water Capital Improvement fund,
2. $54,000 combined through 2020 for potential water rights acquisition with Oly/Lacey,
3. $52,000 annual outlay (potentially 20 years) for Public Works Phase 1 loan.
4. With the annual Library & Community Center maintenance fees, t’is big bucks!
5. Is there another property-owners-funded bond request, or more water fees? Hello?
6. Hopefully the city will not interfere with the Feb. 2018 Yelm Schools Bond.

– August 22, 2017, Council will consider authorizing $158,500
for preliminary design and locating services for the Southeast Reservoir project.

Background from the City’s Staff Report
“The capital improvement plan (CIP) approved as part of the current water system plan (WSP) contains projects necessary to increase capacity, reliability, and efficiency of the potable water distribution system. One of the primary means of increasing reliability and efficiency of the distribution system is by incorporating storage of water in strategic locations to maintain system pressure, provide fire flow protection when needed, and to maintain water availability to our customers in the event of short disruptions in water withdrawal.”

“Public Works began in 2016 to update the 2010 WSP as required every six years by the Washington Department of Health. The update is on-going into 2018. The SE Reservoir was identified in the 2010 WSP as being needed for additional storage and to meet minimum requirements for fire flow. The preliminary results of the 2016 update continued to highlight the need for an additional 1.8 million gallon reservoir in the southeast portion of the City to meet current and future storage requirements.”

“Currently, $480,000 for the completion of design and land acquisition for this project is in the 413 Water Capital Improvement fund.”
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– September 5, 2017, Council to vote to authorize $54,000 as follows
A. $21,000 in 2017,
B. $11,000 annually every year after through 2020 ($33,000).
The purpose is to remain partners with Olympia and Lacey in the Deschutes River Habitat Restoration Project on the Smith Farm land, or to withdraw from the project.
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– Maintenance/upgrades deferments require immediate Public Works funding.
+ Phase 1 requires a $2 million low-interest USDA loan @ $52,000+ (2.6%) annual interest.
+ The total Public Works project is estimated to cost between $11-17 million.
+ This for a city that has a $7 million annual budget.
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August 20, 2017

June was the world’s 4th hottest on-record
A colder than normal Winter is forecast for the Northwest

“A global map of the June 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly,
relative to the 1951-1980 June average.”
Photo credit: NASA

– “June 2017 was fourth warmest June on record”
“June 2017 was the fourth-warmest June in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

[The] month was 0.69 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean June temperature from 1951-1980. It is surpassed by June 2016 (+0.79 °C) and June 2015 and 1998 (+0.78 °C) and only insignificantly warmer than June 2005 (+0.68 °C),” from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
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– “Fall 2017 Temperature Outlook”
“The West is expected to see near- to slightly above-average temperatures this fall, defined as the September through November period,” by Linda Lam,
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– “Farmers’ Almanac predicts rough winter ahead”
“The 2018 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is out this week, and it predicts a rough winter ahead.

The publication called the 2017-2018 winter “The Cold, The Dry, The Wet and the Wild” on their winter outlook page.

The Pacific Northwest can expect brisk temperatures, but drier than last year.”

“The Farmers’ Almanac is celebrating their 200th anniversary this year. If you’re wondering whether or not any of these predictions are accurate, sources at the organization have claimed an accuracy rate of 80%,” by Suzanne Nuyen, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
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August 19, 2017

In answer to where the Yelm Blogger stands on this week’s issues –
Arnold Schwarzenegger brilliantly states the case I support,
The USA…

Fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses President Trump
Photo credit: ATTN: Exclusive, screen shot

– Schwarzenegger’s Message To Trump:
As of this posting here, almost 44 million views on Facebook.
Click here for the video.

– “Ex-neo Nazi explains how and why people join”
“Arno Michaelis is a former white power activist who says he learned how to stop hate,” by Jake Tapper, CNN.
Click here for the video.

August 19, 2017

‘Reading Buddies’ a success at Yelm’s Ft. Stevens Elementary –
“PASS IT ON: 1 hour a week can unlock a child’s potential”!

– United Way’s Reading Buddies program a great success at Fort Stevens Elementary.
Local Leader Sara Steinberg said this to the Yelm Community Blog:
“Last year’s test results showed how much this program made a difference at Fort Stevens, but the most rewarding part was seeing the excitement in the children’s eyes when we got together every week. This fall, in addition to building the program in Yelm, we hope to introduce it in Rainier.”

“Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life in just 1 hour per week, right here in Yelm? The United Way’s Reading Buddies program is seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with kids in local schools. Training provided. Contact Program Coordinator Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773 ext. 121 or”
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PSSST! PASS IT ON: 1 hour a week can unlock a child’s potential!
* How?

Spend that time helping them practice reading, and they’ll be more likely to graduate.

* What difference can 1 hour a week make?

A HUGE DIFFERENCE: By 3rd grade, students not reading at grade level are 4 times more likely to NOT graduate high school! That’s why Yelm is looking for caring adult volunteers to give younger students extra, one-on-one reading practice!

* Through what program?

United Way’s Reading Buddies, which has already helped 800 students in Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties.

* And now it’s come to Yelm?

Last year the program began at Yelm’s Fort Stevens Elementary School. This fall we need Reading Buddies for both Fort Stevens and Rainier schools.

* What’s involved in being a Reading Buddy?

During the school year, you spend 1 hour a week, usually working individually with 2 students.

* How can you learn more?
1) On YouTube, search for “reading buddies 2016 united way thurston” to see 2 short videos about Thurston County’s program.

2) Visit, click on “Get Involved,” then on “Reading Buddies.”

3) Attend a Reading Buddy Orientation. There’ll be several to choose from, including one on Monday afternoon, Sept. 18, in Yelm.

4) Contact Program Coordinator Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773 ext. 121 or

5) Chat with Reading Buddy Local Leader Sara Steinberg, 360-458-0954 or

August 18, 2017

Tips for The ‘Great American Eclipse’ this Monday, August 21, 2017 –
First U. S. coast-to-coast full eclipse since 1918

“Eclipse coverage percentage is shown.”
Photo credit: NOAA

“Man with eye damage from 1962 eclipse: Don’t make the same mistake I did”
By Meghan Holohan, TODAY, NBC News.
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– A Partial Solar Eclipse with 94% occlusion will in Yelm approx. 10:20am.
From Time and
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– ‘Not a good idea:’ Why you shouldn’t try driving to the eclipse Monday morning”
“Transportation officials in Oregon and Washington have a message for the region’s drivers: However bad you think traffic is going to be during next Monday’s total solar eclipse, it’s probably going to be worse than you imagine. A lot worse,” by Allison Sundell and Travis Pittman, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
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– “How to See the Best Total Solar Eclipse in a Century”
The August eclipse will be the first to go coast to coast across the U.S. since 1918, offering viewing opportunities for millions of people.
By Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic.
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– “You Have Questions About the Solar Eclipse. We Have the Answers”
“Everything you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable viewing experience this Aug. 21,” by Dan Falk, Twitter, NBC News.
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– “6 Ways Weather Could Change During the Great American Eclipse”
At a Glance
* Even partial eclipses have been known to change weather conditions.
* Temperatures and wind speeds often drop in the path of totality.
* Large-scale weather systems may feel slight effects.
By Jonathan Belles,
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August 17, 2017

Counselor at Yelm’s Camp of the Cascades dies in hiking fall

– “St. Mary’s Academy community mourning loss of recent grads killed in cliff fall”
“The local community is mourning the loss of two young women who died on a backpacking trip when they fell off a cliff along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Friends say Emily Lang and Emma Place, both 19, were cut from the same cloth – two young women with big hearts and big plans, just starting their lives. But on Saturday [August 12, 2017] evening, hikers found their bodies below a 150 foot cliff, six miles northwest of Timberline Lodge. Investigators can only assume they fell.”

“Place spent the summer working as a counselor at Cascades Camp in Yelm, Washington. She grew up there as a camper. Assistant Director Rob Mohrweis says Place had a strong faith and a passion for service. The staff is devastated.”

“The teens graduated from St. Mary’s Academy together in 2016,” by Jamie Wilson,, Portland.
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August 17, 2017

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ patrols begin here tomorrow through Labor Day

* The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) leading efforts to stop drunk driving.
* “NHTSA’s ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ patrols return to Yelm area Aug. 18-Sept. 4.

– “A drunk driver nearly killed him. Now his story illustrates why we have DUI patrols.”
“Summer is the deadliest season of the year on the state’s roads, which is why law enforcement agencies around the region are beefing up their presence in the upcoming weeks.

In Thurston County, officers from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm police departments, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol will be part of a series of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” patrols between Friday and Labor Day.”

“This year, the agency is sharing the story of Jack Fletcher of Battle Ground to drive home the danger of impaired drivers. Three years ago, his vehicle was struck head-on by a truck driven by a drunk driver,” by Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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August 16, 2017

Gov. Inslee vigorously responded to Charlottesville violence –
President Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet the most “liked” ever!

– From Gov. Jay Inslee, August 12, 2017:
“No American can ignore the disgusting hate and violence we’ve seen in Charlottesville over the last two days .

“Trudi and I hold the victims of today’s attack in our thoughts, and we know that all Washingtonians who believe in freedom, peace, and justice for all will do the same.

“It is on all of us, from me, to you, and all the way to the President, to denounce and decry the horror we’ve seen today in Virginia.

“But speaking out against this hate is not enough. Our actions as a nation in response to racist, nationalist bigotry will speak louder.

“We can not let anyone stoke racism for political gain. We can’t ignore an attack on our people. And we will not tolerate hate in any form, anywhere, in the United States of America.”
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– “Obama Charlottesville tweet is now the most liked ever”
“Obama’s tweet Saturday [Ayg. 12] quoting Nelson Mandela in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va., is now the most liked tweet since Twitter launched.”

“The quote is from former South African president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.”

I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

By William Cummings, USA TODAY, TEGNA.
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August 16, 2017

Family of Yelm’s hit/killed bicyclist speaks-out to honor him

Bicyclist Martin Valencia killed Aug. 13, 2017
Photo: KOMO-TV 4.

– “Family of cyclist killed by truck in Yelm: ‘Tino really saw the good in everybody'”
“The family of a Thurston County teenager who was hit and killed by a truck while riding his bicycle is now on a mission to honor one of his life-long dreams.

Martin “Tino” Valencia, 19, was on his way to the Walmart store in Yelm on Sunday afternoon when a truck hit him on the shoulder of Highway 507.

‘When I’m trying to sleep, that’s all that I think is someone killed my son,’ Valencia’s mother Theresa told KOMO News on Tuesday afternoon. ‘And it’s so hard to accept that.'”

“It breaks her heart to know her kind, caring, and intelligent boy never got the chance to live out his dream of riding down the west coast to California.

Now, her grieving family is making plans to spread his ashes along the way instead. They’ve created a YouCaring page to help raise money to make the journey happen,” by KOMO News Staff.
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