January 7, 2019

Council does not follow Yelm’s Municipal Code on Mayor Pro-Tem post!


Correction published January 9, 2019: I incorrectly reported the Yelm City Council did not follow the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC). The council did follow the YMC by having a biennial appointment January 9, 2018. However, in a 4-3 split of the council between nominees Joe DePinto and Tracey Wood, Councilor Wood was appointed to an additional 2 year term. With Wood serving out the term vacated when JW Foster became mayor in August 2016, Wood had already been pro-tem for over 1 1/3 years. The 4-3 split vote for Wood to serve yet another term was exemplified in a 2018 study session where a councilor raised the issue that mayor pro-tem appointments should be rotated among the council and should not be a “popularity contest” appointment. The council agreed and discussed looking to rotate the position, perhaps as early as Jan. 2019. Nothing else followed from the study session for 2019. With Wood having been mayor pro-tem for 3.3 years at the end of this year, Yelm will assuredly see a newly appointed councilor for this post in January 2020.


The Yelm Council is one year overdue in appointing a new mayor pro tempore according to Yelm law!

  • Editor’s note: Yelm Mayor Pro tempore Tracy Wood was appointed January 12, 2016. His length of service was questioned by a council member at a study session in mid-2018, with the council agreeing to rotate this appointment at the end of the 2018. The council ended their 2018 business December 11, 2018, with no mention of a new pro-tem. The council agenda of January 8, 2019, mentions nothing of a pro-tem replacement. The city council should appoint a new mayor pro-tem on January 8 to serve for one year to the end of this biennium, as required by city code, then a new pro-tem appointment in January 2020, to serve the full 2 year term.  

Click here for the Yelm City Council Agenda of January 8. 2019.

Bottom line: Quoting the Nisqually Valley News on January 15, 2016, “[Former] Mayor Ron Harding said the city code states the appointment of mayor pro-tem occurs at the first council meeting of the year.”

While the mayor pro-tem appointment may be yet another oversight, I have seen many items mentioned at council study sessions set for future meetings that were also dropped, unintentional or not. However, Yelm Municipal Code (YMC) requirements should be placed on city officials’ annual calendars to be followed. The YMC states, “A mayor pro tempore shall be appointed from among their membership by a majority of the city council members at the first meeting of the newly elected council at the beginning of each biennium, commencing January 1, 2002.” The Yelm Council is one year overdue in appointing a new mayor pro tempore, in addition to missing scheduling this as an agenda item in December and now the first meeting in 2019.
Read more from the YMC.

January 6, 2019

The Olympian Editorial Board stands in support of immigrants! So does the Yelm Community Blog!

“We honor those in Thurston County who protect immigrants during these unwelcoming times”

Editor’s Note: I honor and support The Olympian Editorial Board for their courageous stand! We have many immigrants residing in the Yelm area, with several a vibrant fabric of our community for over a quarter of a century!

Excerpt by The Olympian Editorial Board

While most of the attention to immigration issues focuses on our southern border, ICE also has ramped up internal immigration enforcement, and not just of immigrants who are convicted of crimes. Undocumented people who have lived here for many years, worked, paid taxes and raised children now feel they are in daily danger. The worst fears are that adults will be detained and deported, leaving their children in limbo. In some families, this includes both children who were born here, and those who immigrated with their parents. This is not an unfounded fear. Strengthening Sanctuary activists and Steffani Powell, a local immigration attorney, report multiple such incidents.

The result is that many families are now trying hard to be invisible. They are reluctant to call the police when they are victims of crimes, and many are no longer enrolling their children in Head Start or other early childhood education programs. Some older children are not signing up for state college scholarships, even though they are eligible.

Strengthening Sanctuary, and its partners at CIELO, the workhorse local non-profit that offers educational and social support to the local Latino community, have mounted several programs to help reduce the fear and increase the safety of these families.”
Read more

January 5, 2019

Wind Advisory issued for Yelm area tonight thru Sunday morning


The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to 10 AM PST Sunday.

* WIND…South 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…Hoquaim, Forks, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Bremerton,

* TIMING…South winds will rapidly develop late this evening or early Sunday morning then ease late Sunday morning. For most of the area, the strongest winds will occur in the early morning hours on Sunday.

* IMPACTS…Winds may snap tree branches and cause 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

January 5, 2019

Wolf Haven’s newest resident, wolf dog Layla


“Wolf Haven Welcomes Newest Resident — Wolfdog Layla”

“The newest resident at the Wolf Haven International sanctuary in Tenino used to only roam as far as the backyard cable connected to her collar would let her go.

“Layla, a first-generation wolfdog — her mother was a wolf and her father a Malamute — recently arrived at Wolf Haven by way of an animal shelter in Thurston County. The offspring of a wolf and a domesticated breed of dog often behave unpredictably and wind up in shelters, euthanized or in a sanctuary,” by Will Rubin, The Chronicle [Centralia], posted Dec. 18, 2019 on the Wolf Haven site.

Read more

Click here to visit the sanctuary in Tenino, reservations required.

January 4, 2019

Gov. Inslee plans to pardon thousands of marijuana convictions

“Washington Gov. Inslee to pardon marijuana convictions”

“Inslee called it an injustice that small-time convictions have hampered people’s ability to buy a house, get a job or chaperone field trips.”

“More than six years after the state legalized the adult use of marijuana, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday [Jan. 4] he plans to pardon thousands of people convicted of small-time possession charges — the latest in a series of moves by states and cities to ease the burdens people face from having minor criminal records for using pot,” byu Gene Johnson, Associated Press, via KING-5 TV News, Seattle. Read more

January 4, 2019

Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools holds 2 kick-offs Jan. 7

From Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools:

Unveiled: a new logo
The new logo reflects our organization’s desire for the at-large community to see neighbors supporting Yelm Community Schools’ “People, Pupils and Programs” year-round. Last year, CSYS worked hard to show, shout out and share about our amazing community members, specifically on Facebook. “Our Schools, Our Community, Our Future” truly resonates with our mission. CSYS wants to thank Bella Chavez for her beautiful design work and Eddie Pablo III, creative content manager, for his vision. During the campaign season, you will still see the Vote Yes yellow and black logo that folks are accustomed to.

Come kick it with us: Monday January 7 at 6 p.m. (two locations)
This year, Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools will host 2 campaign kickoffs on the same night: Varsity Pizza in McKenna and at Yelm Community Center. This idea was brought forth by several forward-thinking individuals and we want to thank them for moving us in this direction. Please support your voting area’s (county) kickoff event. We will have small yard signs, campaign swag and light refreshments at both events. No RSVP needed, just sign in electronically at the door. Bring your calendar. The campaign is off to a great start but there is still much to do in the following 2 months! Your time is valuable to us. See established campaign activity dates in the “Upcoming Events” section.

What can you commit to?
● Phone banking

● Doorbelling 

● Letters to the Editor (The Olympian; Tacoma News Tribune; or Nisqually Valley News)  

● Sponsoring / Hosting CSYS for a bond ‘round table’

Read more

January 3, 2019

StageStruck’s “Annie’s America” Jan. 4-6 @ The Triad!


Click here to buy your tickets.

From The StageStruck Youth Theater:

“The StageStruck Youth Theater Program is brought to The Triad by Nancy Tribush Hillman and teaches a diverse array of stage arts including acting, staged readings, set construction and design, costuming and lighting. The Mission of this program is for young people to experience self, and that means self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect and self-expression. The vehicles taught in this type of performance education are acting, singing and theater movement resulting in each student becoming courageous and comfortable before an audience of their friends, family and even total strangers. 

“These beautiful children will now take what they’ve learned and perform for you “Annie’s America” 
Read more

January 2, 2019

Yelm’s City Hall offices relocate this week to new “digs”


From the City of Yelm website:

Yelm City Hall will be closed on January 1st for the New Years holiday, and also on January 2nd & 3rd for our move to the new city hall building.  City Hall offices (including the Community Development Dept., Executive Dept., and the Finance Dept.) will re-open at the new building, located at 106 2nd St SE on Friday, January 4th at 9:00 a.m.  Thank you for your continued support and patience.  Have a safe and happy New Year!

January 2, 2019

SPSCC joins with Yelm to offer classes in our town!


From SPSCC (South Puget Sound Community College):

SPSCC is partnering with the City of Yelm to bring Community Education programming to Yelm. The classes will be located at the Yelm Community Center. Here is the list of what is happening this Winter:

• Expanded Acrylic

• Teach Your Camera Everything it Knows

• Country Swing Dance

• Basic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy.

We love to partner with Thurston County businesses and organizations to create an educated and enriched community. If you are a local organization offering, or would like to offer, community-focused education, and you want to partner to develop and promote your programs, email us at conted@spscc.edu. Read more about this program.

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year 2019 – A Demarcation, The Year of Exponential Change!


HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours from the Yelm Community Blog!
A New Year’s message has been published here annually since in 2007.

Thank you for your interest and patronage in 2018.
– Steve Klein, Host

– An annual New Year’s inspirational and moving message, from Steelehouse Media.
Click here for this inspirational video.

“Everyone needs a new beginning – whether it be from a personal failing, tragic past, or in the desire to pursue a dream. The need for renewal is not only what we embrace at the New Year; it’s also at the heart of salvation itself.”

– Quotes in the Video:
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.
That… will be the Beginning.”
~ Louis L’Amour


“The beginning is the most important part – for that is the time character is being formed.”
~ Plato

“The Object of a New Year is NOT that we should have a New Year. It is that we should have a new Soul.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

“Maybe this year…walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but potential.”
~ Ellen Goodman

“Decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
~ J.P.Morgan

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just the first step.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.”
~ Marsha Petrie Sue

“Everyone who got where they are are had to begin where they were.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~ St. Francis of Assisi

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”
~ T.S. Eliot

“If anyone is in CHRIST, he is a NEW creation; old thing have passed away; all things have become new.”
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17


“For I know the plans I have for you…to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11

Click here for Steelehouse Media’s New Year’s Inspiration, Copyright © 2011-2016.
Purchase here


Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.



Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.



Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com