December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas to you and yours – From the Yelm Community Blogger!
Yelm in the Christmas Spirit!
Credit: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art, © 2018.

The Yelm Community Blog has published an annual Christmas message since 2006.
In the Christmas Spirit:

– The Polar Express – “I Believe” scene
This except reminds us that the true spirit of Christmas lies in each of our hearts.
Watch here

“Christmas in the Northwest – Brenda Kutz White”
“Post production opening clip taken from The Christmas in the Northwest Christmas special that aired on KOMO TV [Channel 4] in Seattle back in December of 1987 featuring Brenda Kutz White’s song “Christmas in the Northwest.”

All proceeds from the Christmas in the Northwest project go to Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington.”
Copyright © 1987 Fisher Broadcasting, Inc.
Click here for the video.

– 10,000 singing Beethoven’s – Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy)
Worth hearing and seeing, from 2012.
Click here

– Michael W. Smith – Christmastime (Live From Portland, Oregon, On November 20, 2016)
Click here for this moving song.

– “Do You Hear What I Hear? (Home Free) (Christmas A Cappella)” 2015
“Originally written during the Cuban missile crisis [Oct. 1962], a parallel can be drawn to any time when the world needs a reminder to love not hate.”
Click here for the video.

– “Christmas Gift Suggestions”
By Oren Arnold
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

– “Interesting Facts About Christmas”
“No matter how many Christmases you’ve celebrated, you may not know how five of the most common Christmas traditions came about. Let’s begin with a few interesting facts about Christmas from
* Christmas was declared a U.S. federal holiday on June 26, 1870
* Every year, 30 to 35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S., most of them cultivated by one of the nation’s 21,000 Christmas tree growers
* Poinsettias are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the plant to America from Mexico in 1828
* The Salvation Army has been collecting Christmas donations on the streets across the U.S. since the 1890s
* “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was written in 1939 by copywriter Robert L. May as a marketing piece to attract customers to the Montgomery Ward department store2
* Construction workers initiated the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in New York City in 1931
* The first eggnog made in the U.S. was consumed at the Jamestown settlement in 1607
By Dr. Mercola.
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December 24, 2018

50 years ago today, the world paused to see Earthrise for the 1st time,
I remember this unifying moment of an awful year, 1968!
Earthrise image by NASA astronaut William Anders
Photo credit: NASA

Editor’s Note:

On December 24, 1968, Air Force Col. Frank Borman, the mission commander; Navy Capt. James A. Lovell Jr., the command module pilot; and Air Force Major William A. Anders, the lunar module pilot, became the first-ever acknowledged humans to see the dark side of the moon and enter lunar orbit.

All of humanity around the planet was riveted to their living room television sets to see the live broadcast of earthrise that Christmas eve night. As a 9th grader in Louisville, KY., my family and I turned watched the Tuesday prime time 9:30 to 10 p.m. EST broadcast. After a year of American cities burning in racial unrest, RFK & MLK, Jr. assassinations, violence at the Republican Convention in Chicago, and the Viet Nam war consuming/dividing the nation, this moment not only captivated America, yet gripped the world as everyone gasped in awe.

I was proud to be hired at Eastern Airlines in 1977 when Col. Borman was Board Chairman, CEO and corporate President and got to know him on a first-name basis in the company’s yield management meetings, where I provided insights and recommendations.

The 50th anniversary of this amazing event for humanity is forever memorialized in this video that echoed throughout the world, and the fact that up to that point, more people then heard the human voice live than at any time in world history. Col. Borman, Capt. Lovell, and Major Anders left an indelible and inspirational imprint on this teenager. They deserve our gratitude for aptly choosing to recite Genesis:

“Frank Borman and Jim Lovell discuss the Christmas 1968 Genesis Reading” From July 28, 2017. Click here for the video.

“Remembering 1968: Apollo 8’s Christmas greeting from the moon” From CBS Sunday Morning, December 23, 2018. Click here for the video.

“Remembering the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast” From the History Channel. Click here for the video.

December 23, 2018

NORAD to track Santa despite partial government shutdown!

“NORAD to track Santa and USPS to deliver packages despite partial shutdown”

“North American Aerospace Defense Command tweeted that it was prepared to track Santa’s flight across the globe as it had done for more than six decades.”

Click here for the Official NORAD Santa Tracker.

“North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tweeted on Friday [Dec. 21] that it is prepared to track Santa’s flight across the globe as it has done for more than six decades.

“Military personnel who conduct NORAD Tracks Santa are supported by approximately 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible each and every year,” the tweet read.

“First lady Melania Trump, who arrived at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, said she would still participate in the annual tradition of calling in to NORAD on Christmas Eve,” quoting Kalhan Rosenblatt and The Associated Press.

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December 22, 2018

Tips for making your trips thru Sea-Tac Airport easier this holiday!

Sea-Tac Int’l Airport
Credit: Port of Seattle

“Holiday Spirit Is in the Air at Sea-Tac Airport”

Story highlights:

  • Use the Apps!
  • Sign up for text alerts.
  • Travel Tips and tricks
  • Getting to the airport
  • Ready for the security checkpoint
  • What’s new at Sea-Tac Airport?

“Recently launched Sea-Tac Airport App for Android and iOS, re-opened runway, increased security checkpoint efficiency help serve an expected three million guests over the…three weeks [of holiday travel],” quoting the Port of Seattle. Read more

December 21, 2018

Dec. 21 is the Winter Solstice, shortest day of the year,
Winter begins in Yelm today at 2:23pm!
“The North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun at the December solstice.”
(Not to scale) Photo credit:

– WINTER begins Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm PST
“It is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the shortest day of the year.
“In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.
“December Solstice in Yelm, Washington, U.S.A. is on
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm PST,” quoting
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December 20, 2018

Weather record: tie for record high Dec. 20th temp.

Credit: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art

– Weather record – Tie for high temperature for any Dec. 20th
Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), tied the high temperature record for any December 20th at 56 degrees (13 C.), the previous record set in 1973. The average high for any Dec. 20th is 44 degrees (6.7 C.).
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December 20, 2018

NWS issues wind advisory for our area thru 7pm

Wind Advisory for Southwest Interior, Washington

From 10:00am PST, Thu Dec 20 until 7:00pm PST, Thu Dec 20

Issued by: Seattle/Tacoma – WA, US, National Weather Service,

WIND…South wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 55 mph.

TIMING…Winds will increase rapidly Thursday morning, continuing into Thursday afternoon.

IMPACTS…Winds may cause weaker trees and branches to fall and produce local power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution. Read more

December 20, 2018

Press release: Introducing a new self-guided cycling tour, includes Yelm!
Yelm-Tenino Trail
By: Experience Olympia & Beyond

“Biking Beyond: Taste and Explore the Olympia Region on Two Wheels With New Self Guided Tour”

“New cycling resource offers insider tips for sights, sips and samples along the Yelm-Tenino Trail in Thurston County”

“OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new self-guided cycling tour in the Washington state capital region, along the locally-loved Yelm-Tenino Trail launches today. Available in digital and print format, the guide was created to assist visitors in finding experiences that range from recreation and family fun to top spots for sipping, exploring and dining. 

“Our region has long been loved among cyclists for both its accessibility and natural beauty,” said Shauna Stewart, CEO of Experience Olympia & Beyond. “The Yelm-Tenino trail is easy to navigate and offers unique stops for the kids – like swimming in an old stone quarry, tasting fresh baked cookies or catching a movie in a recliner at the cinemas.”

“The scenic Yelm-Tenino trail stretches 14 miles through the rural communities of Yelm, Rainier and Tenino along the former Burlington Northern railroad line,” by Experience Olympia & Beyond.
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December 20, 2018

South Sound’s economy and business climate are “unique”

Olympia brewery
Minnaert via creative Commons

“South Sound Year in Review (And A Look Ahead)”

“The South Sound’s economy and business climate are singularly unique, and that was never truer than in 2018.”

“In the following, we take a county-by-county look at some of this year’s notable business and economic news, as well as some forward-looking observations on projects and activities poised to make headlines in 2019.”


“Office parks are one thing, but what about business campuses focused on agriculture instead? Enter the Southwest Washington Regional Agricultural Business & Innovation Park. Scheduled to break ground in Tenino late next year, this unique venture aims to expand and develop local food and agriculture production, creating more than 150 jobs in this industry sector along the way. Bonus: The park will be located in Thurston County’s Bountiful Byway, a bucolic setting filled with farms, wineries, breweries, and distilleries, and a popular draw for agritourism.

“Also on the radar: The development of a craft brewery and distillery district in and around the former Olympia Brewery in Tumwater,” by South Sound Business. Read more

December 19, 2018

Nisqually Tribe, Yelm officials meet, agree to cooperation
Nisqually Indian Tribe

From Yelm’s Molly Carmody on her council Facebook page:

“Today [Tuesday, December 18, 2018] was the first meeting between the Yelm City Council and the Nisqually Tribal Council. It went very well! We had lunch over a casual meet-and-greet. Everyone introduced themselves, and told the group what their passions are. What was interesting was that each City councilmember had a corresponding Tribal councilmember who expressed the same passion. For example, Tad Stillwell was interested in emergency preparation, which was a concern voiced by Chris Olin of the Nisqually. Terry Kaminski and Hanford McCloud both expressed interest in the arts and culture. Julie Palm and EJ Curry both discussed societal concerns. Willie Frank III and I saw eye-to-eye on environmental and natural resource issues.

“This could be an incredible cooperation and partnership between our two groups. We all said that this was a lovely introduction, but that we need to make an effort to continue the discussion… we can’t let this be a one-time “feel-good” meeting. We need to work toward our common goals, which will take time, work, and cooperation.

“I’m honored that the Tribe met with us today. Nisqually Chairman Ken Choke proposed that the Tribe host our next meeting – I look forward to it!” Read more


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