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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February 21, 2018

Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall re-election public forum,
Comes to Yelm Tuesday, March 20, Community Center, 6-7:30pm

Photo courtesy: Elect Mary Hall – Democrat

– County Auditor Mary Hall to hold Town Hall re-election public forum in Yelm
The precincts surrounding the city of Yelm were instrumental in lifting Mary Hall’s election victory five years ago, to fill the one-year term on an interim seat, the county’s first Democratic Auditor in 71 years. Auditor Hall is again running for County Auditor and coming to Yelm to connect with the public:

When: Tuesday, March 20, 6-7:30pm
Where: Yelm Community Center
What: Open to the pubic Town Hall Forum with Auditor Mary Hall

Hall ran on a platform in 2013 and 2014 of these ideals and won:
– Proven leadership.
– Award winning innovation.
– Ability to bring divisions together to create efficiencies.
– Collaborative and innovative problem solving.

Hall was recognized in making voting more accessible by advocating for progressive legislation:
* Same Day Voter Registration,
* Automatic Voter Registration
* Pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds.
* Washington Voting Rights Act

– Learn more about Elect Mary Hall and contribute to her campaign!
Click here

Blogger Klein is a sponsor of Mary Hall’s Yelm event.

February 21, 2018

Rite-Aid being bought by Safeway’s parent, Albertson’s –
More consolidation under one owner for 2 long-time Yelm operators

Photo credit: CNBC video

– Editor’s note:
This transaction involves the 139 Rite Aid stores in Washington state.
Safeway and their parent company Albertson’s use direct mail marketing for their weekly specials. Rite-Aid places their insert in the Nisqually Valley News (NVN). After the merger has concluded, the NVN could also lose the Rite-Aid inserts advertising.

– “Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid”
“Albertsons, the privately held owner of Safeway, Vons, and other grocery brands, is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation’s third-largest drugstore chain.”

“Albertsons said it will continue to run Rite Aid stand-alone stores, and most of the grocery operator’s pharmacies will be rebranded as Rite Aid,” by the Associated Press, via NBC News.
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– UPDATE: April 27, 2018
“Rite Aid merger with grocery chain progresses, but it’s uncertain if shareholders will allow it”
By David Wenner, Penn Live.
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February 20, 2018

Yelm Warming Center open 8am-5pm remainder of week

Photo credit: City of Yelm Facebook

From the Yelm Police Dept. @ 4:50pm
“The Yelm Public Safety Building will remain open as a Warming Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the remainder of this week. If anyone needs overnight accommodations or an emergency shelter they are encouraged to call 1-844-628-7343, Thurston County Family Support Services.
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February 20, 2018

Weather Service issues Winter Weather Advisory for today,
Snow and hazardous travel in the forecast

Issued by: Seattle/Tacoma – WA, US, National Weather Service,
Winter Weather Advisory for Southwest Interior, Washington
Action Recommended: Execute a pre-planned activity identified in the instructions

* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches are expected.
* WHERE…Lowlands of western Lewis, much of Thurston counties
* WHEN…From 10 AM this morning to 10 PM PST this evening.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery roads and reduced visibilities at times.
* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
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