September 23, 2018

Pizzeria La Gitana Fundraiser for “Young Life HWY 507” September 26,
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC to support this wonderful organization!

Pizzeria LaGitana
Photo credit: Pizzeria La Gitana

– “Pizzeria La Gitana Fundraiser for Young Life HWY 507”
Hosted by Pizzeria La Gitana of Yelm and Young Life Hwy 507

Wednesday, September 26 at 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Pizzeria La Gitana
309 Yelm Ave E
Yelm, WA 98597

“Support our mission while enjoying Delicious foods!
Eat at Pizzeria La Gitana Wednesday, September 26th between 11:30am – 8:30pm.
HWY 507 Young Life will receive 20% of each order total when you WRITE “Young Life” on the tip receipt.
Bring your friends and family, eat some great authentic Italian Pizza & Pasta !! YUM!!”
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September 22, 2018

Autumn officially arrives in Yelm today at 6:54 p.m. PDT

Equinox alignment, not to scale.
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WHEN: Saturday, September 22 at 6:54 PM PDT
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– Yelm’s Equinox is September 22
“The September equinox arrives on September 23, 2018 at 1:54 UTC. Although the equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, your clock times will depend on your time zone. For time zones in the continental U.S., this equinox comes at …6:54 p.m. PDT.,” by Deborah Byrd in Astronomy Essentials.
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Equinoxes and solstices
Photo credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

September 21, 2018

Yelm’s Blogger became a resident here 30 years ago today –
For 3 decades I have proudly called Yelm home!

Blogger Steve Klein

Thirty years ago today, September 21, 1988, I arrived in Yelm after purchasing a home here and moving from San Francisco, in my mid-thirties, excited about my life’s new direction and being here in the Pacific Northwest. I never looked back and have now called Yelm home for 30 years after living coast-to-coast-to-coast, as this is my treasured place on the planet.

My wife and I have invested in this community by buying and currently owning multiple properties both within the Yelm city limits and in rural Yelm.

THANK YOU to all of you who so have enriched and been a part of the fabric of my life!
Onward to the next 3 decades and more from right here…

September 21, 2018

Thurston County candidates forum in Olympia, Tuesday, Sept. 25,
1st time this century the county Prosecutor’s post has a challenger!
Learn about “The Power of Prosecutors” from 3 informative videos.

Photo credit: Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

– Editor’s note:
The first challenger this century to the incumbent in the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is on the November ballot, Victor Minjares.

– “Thurston County Prosecutor Candidates’ Forum”
Open to the Public · Hosted by Victor for Thurston County Prosecutor
Tuesday, September 25 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation
2315 Division St NW, Olympia, Washington 98502
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– Three short and informative videos from the ACLU!
“The Power of Prosecutors: An Overview”
“Prosecutors have the power to flood jails and prisons, ruin lives, and deepen racial disparities with the stroke of a pen. But they also have the discretion to do the opposite. This video explores the power of prosecutors to continue to drive mass incarceration — or end it.”
Click here for the video.

– “The Power of Prosecutors: Charging”
“Prosecutors are the gatekeepers of the criminal legal system. They decide whether to prosecute and what to charge. Their harsh and discriminatory practices have fueled a vast expansion of incarceration as the answer to societal ills over the last several decades. This video exposes how basic charging decisions can reduce our reliance on incarceration and lead to healthier communities.”
Click here for the video.

– “The Power of Prosecutors: Plea Bargains”
“Did you know that more than nine out of 10 cases are resolved by plea bargain? That’s in large measure because the laws, like harsh mandatory minimum sentences, have stripped judges of much of their discretion and have instead given prosecutors all the negotiating power. The result: Overwhelmingly, people plead guilty, even when innocent, out of fear of a negative outcome at trial.”
Click here for the video.

Blogger Klein us a support Victor for Thurston County Prosecutor campaign supporter.

September 20, 2018

Next National Parks Free Entrance Day is September 22

– “Free Entrance Days in the National Parks”
Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:
* January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
* April 21: First day of National Park Week
* September 22: National Public Lands Day
* November 11: Veterans Day

Includes these Washington Parks:
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park

Read more from the National Park Service.

September 20, 2018

Premier Collision Carstar Yelm ribbon cutting Sept. 20, 4pm

Credit: Yelm Chamber

Premier Collision Carstar
103 1st St. N.
Yelm, WA 98597

September 20, 2018

Yelm Food Co-op’s annual meeting in September 22nd – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Photo credit: Yelm Food Co-op

– Form the Yelm Food Co-op
“Join Us for the 2018 Annual General Meeting at the Co-Op!”

“It’s that time of year again – This year we will have our meeting at the store.
“Enjoy wine tasting in our Wine Cellar along with some tasty foods to sample.
“Please come in and support your co-op. Voting will be open all day.”

Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, September 22nd
2 pm – 4 pm
Yelm Food Coop

“Voting will be required before the wine tasting!
“Your Participation Matters. See You There!”
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Blogger Klein is a Yelm Food Co-op founding member.

September 19, 2018

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Yelm couple’s stolen Jeep and missing dog were located!

– “Couple’s Jeep and dog found after being stolen from hospital”
“The Jeep stolen from a Washington couple was found Tuesday night. The dog, 5-year-old Ivey, was found near the Jeep Wednesday morning, KIRO-TV reported. The couple said that social media and the news coverage helped them immensely in their search,” quoting the the Atlanta (GA.) Journal-Constitution.
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Read more from KCPQ-TV 13 FOX News, Seattle.

September 19, 2018

50 years ago today – Barbra Streisand’s movie debut opener in “Funny Girl,”
A personal reflection and historical perspective of this national treasure.

Barbra Streisand in her movie debut scene,
Hotlink for video of “Hello Gorgeous,”
opening line from Funny Girl.
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– Dear readers,
While this is not a story about the Yelm area, I am sharing a personal note in tribute to Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, and the Broadway show and movie hit Funny Girl, the movie having touched my soul 50 years ago this week.

Today marks the 50 anniversary of the opening debut of the movie version of Barbra Streisand in her smash hit “Funny Girl,” directed by William Wyler and for which Streisand won the Best Actress Academy Award for her movie performance. Funny Girl became one of my top 10 favorite movies and still remains in that category to this day. There will not be another made like this one.

Streisand’s acknowledgment of the talent that went into this movie on acceptance of her Academy Award puts this unique film in context. Imagine, she was not yet 27 years of age (DOB April 24, 1942) when she accepted the 1969 Oscar on April 14, 1969 with co-winning Best Actress Kathrine Hepburn! “Hello, gorgeous” were the first words Streisand said in the film’s opening and when accepting the Academy Award for Best Actress, her acceptance speech comment after being handed the statuette was to look at the Oscar and say, “Hello, gorgeous,” a classic line at a classic moment. Streisand has been one of the few to win an Oscar on her movie debut.
Click here for Streisand’s Oscar acceptance speech.

Funny Girl was selected in 2016 for preservation in the National Film Registry and designated a national treasure, considered “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress. The script was loosely based on the life’s journey of Broadway and film star Fanny Brice, whom I consider to be the greatest female comedienne of the 20th Century. Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and those that followed had the door opened for them by Brice. The movie’s Producer was Brice’s son-in-law, Ray Stark. Streisand sung “My Man“, “Second Hand Rose“, and “I’d Rather Be Blue,” which were actually performed by Ms. Brice during her career.

– The movie debut of “People”
However, the Funny Girl song that touched Broadway audiences was “People,” also the title of Streisand’s fourth solo studio album released in September 1964 when she was 22 years of age, with a newly recorded version incorporated in the movie 4 years later.
Click here for the movie version of this famous song.

– A brief history of the productions
“The original Broadway production of ‘Funny Girl’ opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York on March 26, 1964, ran for 1,348 performances (March 1964 to July 1967), and was nominated for the 1964 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Score,” quoting IMDb. The movie production began in August 1967, shortly after the Broadway show closed.

Anne Bancroft was the producers’ choice to star in the Broadway play but she withdrew without explanation. Columbia Pictures wanted Shirley MacLaine to play Fanny Brice, however Brice’s son-in-law Stark, who also produced the Broadway show, insisted on Barbra Streisand repeating her Broadway role.

“[Streisand] is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the American Film Institutes Lifetime Achievement honor and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award” from IMDb.
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– Trailer of the remastered movie edition
Click here for the clip.

September 18, 2018

Yelm couple has their Jeep stolen with family dog inside!

Ivey, the Worley’s family dog, Yelm

– “Yelm couple desperate to find dog after Jeep with dog inside stolen from hospital”
“A Yelm couple is desperate to find their dog after their Jeep was stolen during a hospital visit.

“KIRO 7’s Rob Munoz reports the thief may not have even known the dog was inside at the time.

An empty leash outside of a Yelm home was once the spot where Ivey, a 5-year-old Labrador mix, loved to sit between the sun and shade.

Last night, Samantha Worley says she had a panic attack and was taken to a Allenmoore hospital in Tacoma.

Her husband, Richard, followed along in a 1991 Jeep Cherokee with Ivey in the back. [Richard Worley said, “I just got out of the Army recently.”]

“‘We were inside the waiting room for about an hour when he went to check on the dog and our Jeep,’ Samantha Worley said. ‘And he noticed the Jeep was gone.'”

“Now, they have no Jeep and no dog,” by Rob Munoz, KIRO-TV 7 News, Seattle.
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