February 25, 2018

Uptown Lounge one of several businesses marketing outside of Yelm,
Local entrepreneurs bringing visitors/dollars here via advertising

– Editor’s Note:
Our locally owned businesses are getting the message that they must be aggressive themselves in target-marketing their businesses, with several making investments by branding and advertising in Thurston Talk and Experience Olympia and Beyond. As this blog recently referenced, these businesses are driving visitors and tourism dollars to Yelm, boosting this bedroom community’s economic vitality. Bravo for them in taking promotion into their own hands.

– “Uptown Lounge: Handcrafted Cocktails and Cuisine in the Heart of Yelm”
“If you haven’t spent a night out at Yelm’s Uptown Lounge, it might be time. The 21+ restaurant and bar, adjacent to the Yelm Cinemas, is Yelm’s newest hangout spot and locals and visitors from surrounding areas are coming back for more.”

“General manager Vanessa Diaz shares that, “in 2018 we’re going to expand our offerings so we’re touching base with everyone in the community.” And that means more partnerships with the adjacent theater for specially themed “dinner and a movie” nights including classic films and 80s hits,” by Thurston Talk Editor.
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– “About Thurston Talk”
“ThurstonTalk is a community social network delivering positive stories about what it’s like to live, work and play in Thurston County Washington, including Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Tenino and the surrounding area. Advertise with ThurstonTalk. Brand your business and tell your story to your target market.”
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February 24, 2018

Chinese Wok Yelm has been sold – closing Feb. 28, 9pm
Stop by and thank owner In Suk for 21 years of service!

Chinese Wok Yelm logo
Photo credit: Chinese Wok, Yelm

– Editor’s Note:
Chinese Wok owner In Suk Lind has informed the Yelm Blogger that she has sold her restaurant and will retire after 21 years in the business here. I have known In Suk for 20 of those years, since just after she opened her Chinese Wok Restaurant in Yelm. Mr. Doug’s had closed for awhile in the mid-1990s and a bagel shop opened in about the front third of the facility. That was short-lived, followed by Lind opening Yelm’s Chinese Wok. My wife and I were so impressed, we rented the entire restaurant in July 1996 for a family celebration. We have been customers ever since. In 1997, In Suk was the first buyer to invest in Creek Street Plaza with a frontage “condo” on the street. She brought needed diversity to the Yelm dining scene in 1995.

Lind said the new buyer is from Tumwater and will re-open as a Thai, Asian-fusion restaurant, to be called the “Red Lantern.” They will have an opening in the spring after remodeling to their specifications. In Suk and her husband Ron plan on traveling. When new City Administrator Michael Grayum began his post here a year ago, I took him to lunch at Chinese Wok to introduce him to someone who invested in our community for over 2 decades. Through many challenges, both personal and economic, her business survived and prospered, because she offered good food at fair prices, and warm personal service. Chinese Wok was always a steady, reliable restaurant option even after Yelm Safeway opened in 1999 with Chinese take-out at their deli counter, a new Chinese Restaurant opened near the high school, and all through the 2008 economic downturn, which had a devastating effect on our city in 2008-2009.

Please stop by on or before Wednesday for take-out and congratulate in In Suk!
Tell her you read about her news in the Yelm Community Blog!

Chinese Wok
10501 Northeast Creek Street, Suite A
Yelm, Washington 98597
Next to the Yelm Post Office
Phone: 360-458-1500
Hours: this week only –
Saturday (today) 11am – 9:30pm
Monday-Wednesday, 11am – 9pm

February 23, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: State Legislature passes bill in record time,
Shields some of their records from the public

– “Within minutes of each other, Washington state Senate and House agree to shield many of their records from the public”
“Ever seen legislation in Olympia move this fast? With no debate, the Washington state House and Senate approved a bill Friday that makes some legislative records public starting in July — but shields records that already exist.

“Within minutes of each of other, Washington House and Senate lawmakers approved a bill Friday that makes some legislative records public starting in July — but shields records that already exist.

“The votes came about 48 hours after lawmakers announced a sweeping proposal to remove the Legislature from the state Public Records Act and set new guidelines for the disclosure of some laws.

Senate Bill 6617 passed the Senate, without debate, 41-7. Minutes later, House lawmakers took it up and approved it 83-14,” by Joseph O’Sullivan, Seattle Times Olympia Bureau.
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– “Your elected leaders don’t want you reading their emails”
“State lawmakers have introduced a bill to circumvent the public records ruling.”
By Jerry Cornfield, Everett Herald.
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– NVN Publisher, WNPA incoming President Michael Wagar weighed-in on this issue
“The legislators that voted themselves special exemptions to protect their own reputations should be ashamed,” Wagar said.
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Editor’s note: I only wish Mr. Wagar was as vocal in his local newspaper in aggressively covering Yelm’s mayors and state representatives as well, where he always seems demure.

February 23, 2018

Weather record – 3rd day of record low temperatures at Oly Airport

– Weather record – Record low for any Feb. 23rd @ Oly Airport

Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), broke the low temperature record for any February 22nd. Today’s low was 18 degrees (-7.8 C.), breaking the 2005 record low of 20 degrees (-6.7 C.). The average low for February 23rd is 33 degrees (.6 C.).
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February 23, 2018

Yelm Schools Bond officially fails – vote count certified today

Photo credit: Yelm Community Schools

– The Yelm Schools Bond required a 60% super-majority approval to pass.
The Yelm Schools Special Bond measure failed with a 58.97% approval, which remained under the required 60% super-majority.

– Editor’s note:
The Yelm Community Schools Bond faced an already-challenged uphill battle as the Yelm city council approved water rate increases after the November 2017 election, with property owners getting their newly increased January water bills at the same time their school bond ballots were in the mail. This on top of Port of Olympia tax increases, a fire levy, and Yelm’s new storm-water/sewer rate increases. City of Yelm voters have had many more taxes/fees added in their bills in the last 6 months, yet Yelm and Thurston County voters pushed this bond over the 60% super-majority required. However, this Bond did poorly in Pierce County, meaning the benefits of bond were not sufficiently conveyed to Pierce County voters, something to remember on future bonds. Had Pierce County voters been as enthusiastic as Thurston voters, this bond would have easily passed.

Yelm voters have rejected bonds twice in recent years for a community center plus smaller schools bond measures in 2015 and 2016. The previous passing Yelm Community Schools bond was in 2003.

Final results:
Thurston County
3,227 votes Approve 60.82%
2,079 votes Reject 39.18%
Total votes 5,306
Click here for the results.

Pierce County
441 votes Approve 48.25%
473 votes Reject 51.75%
Total votes 914
Click here for the results.

Approve 3,668 = 58.97%
Reject 2,552 = 41.03%
Total 6,220

February 22, 2018

Weather record – Record 17 degree low for any Feb. 22nd @ Oly Airport

Weather record – Record low for any Feb. 22nd @ Oly Airport

Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), broke the low temperature record for any February 22nd. Today’s low was 17 degrees (-8.3 C.), breaking the 1973 record low of 21 degrees (-6 C.). The average low for February 22nd is 33 degrees (.6 C.).
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February 22, 2018

Sam Zeif, one of Parkland, Florida’s students of immense courage!

Sam Zeif, a Parkland high school senior, Feb. 21, 2018, 1:48pm PST.
Photo credit: MSNBC screen shot, via Business Insider.

– Editor’s note:
Samuel Zeif, who turned 18-years-old the day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., made a sincere and heartfelt plea during a listening session with President Donald in The White House, February 21, 2018.

– “Sam Zeif: Why Can I Still Go To A Store And Buy A ‘Weapon Of War'”
“Sam Zeif on Wednesday [Feb. 21, 2018] pleaded for gun control during a listening session with President Trump.”
Click here for the empowering video on MSNBC.

– From The 11th Hour with Brian Williams interview on MSNBC:
“Parkland survivor Sam Zeif: We are going to win this fight”

“Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Sam Zeif who was a part of a meeting with Pres. Trump on gun control joins to discuss what he learned from the White House’s listening session.”
Click here, scroll down to 2/22/2018 for the inspiring video on MSNBC.

February 22, 2018

Fairpoint customers are now in the Consolidated Communications network

– Editor’s Note:
Beginning February 20th, FairPoint customers are now in the Consolidated Communications network.

– From Consolidated Communications:
“Welcoming FairPoint Customers to Consolidated Communications!”

“We are excited to welcome you to Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL). We are committed to making this transition seamless for you and we remain committed to provide reliable services at competitive prices, backed by our experience team. Leveraging our fiber-rich network, we will be offering you new products and services in the near future, both at home and in the workplace.
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February 22, 2018

Food Truck Regs. changes proposed, could lower prices

Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to
the Yelm city council dovetailing with the YBA Food Truck proposal.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.

– “Food truck law could lower prices, improve meal quality, owners say”
“The proposed bill would allow food truck owners to meal prep in their trucks instead of licensed brick and mortar kitchens.”

“Currently, food truck owners in Washington state are required to store and prepare all food in licensed kitchens in brick and mortar structures.

“The bill passed unanimously out of the House of Representatives [and had a hearing before a Senate committee Tuesday, February 20, 2018],” by Drew Mikkelsen, KING 5 TV News, Seattle.
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February 21, 2018

Weather record – Record low for any Feb. 21st @ Oly Airport

Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), broke the low temperature record for any February 21st. Today’s low was 13 degrees (-10.6 C.), breaking the 1957 record low of 18 degrees (-7.8 C.). The average low for February 21st is 33 degrees (.6 C.). The National Weather Service tweeted on Wednesday morning [Feb. 21], “Olympia has the distinction of being colder than any location on Alaska’s Arctic Coast and North Slope this morning.”
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