July 17, 2019

Yelm Farmers Market increases business 32.9% over last year to-date

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“The Numbers are In, See how we are doing.”

  • Editor’s note: Very proud of what the Yelm Farmers market has achieved since they returned to downtown Yelm last year and of our community’s support! BRAVO.

“Just finished week seven heading into July 13th weekend of the Yelm Farmers Market.   We crunched the numbers and have placed the 2019 Live Financials page on the farmer’s market website.  Continuing our commitment to transparency from last year, the community can see our data almost as quickly as we do.  In a nutshell, we are currently doing 32.88% more business at the Yelm Farmers Market than last year. Our vendor count has increased and we have had some great complimentary event’s hosted in the park as well as a POP Kids program manager to really help the Kids club grow,” from Bounty For Families.

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Blogger Klein is a Bounty For Families contributor.


July 17, 2019

August 6th Primary ballots to be mailed today

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Thurston County Auditor’s Office mails ballots today for Aug. 6th Primary

City of Yelm voters have one council seat on this ballot: Position 1 with 3 candidates

City & County voters have a school board seat on the ballot with 3 candidates.

Click here for more information.


July 16, 2019

Nancy Tribush Hillman’s life to be celebrated this Sunday @ The Triad –
Open to the public!

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Nancy Tribush Hillman
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  • Editor’s note: So many Blog readers have asked about a Life Celebration for Nancy Hillman, so I am pleased to post this information.
  • From Nancy’s daughter, Rachel Hillman on her Facebook post

“Dear Friends of Nancy Hillman in the Yelm/Rainier Community:

We will be gathering at the Triad Theater at 7PM this Sunday, July 21st, after the close of her show “Giving” (how appropriate!), to have a Theater Shiva for my mom. A shiva, in the Jewish tradition, is where we gather to mourn and honor our deceased loved ones by sharing our grief and stories. A Theater Shiva, I’ve just decided, is where we do all of that and also sing show tunes when we want to, which is without question how my mother would do it.

“If you are part of her local community, please feel free to come and join. Please bring some food to share, and something to drink. For those who are not local, please don’t feel you need to fly in. We will be honoring, memorializing, and celebrating her in New York and possibly LA as well, since that is where many of her other family and friends live. This is just what we are moved to do here and now, and it feels right. We know she will love it. Come let’s be together to celebrate her and enjoy the beautiful community she loved so much.


July 16, 2019

City of Yelm’s 2 news releases: Transportation Plan update, Water Tower restoration to begin

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“Council Adopts Updated Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan”

“City Council last Tuesday, approved the updated six-year Transportation Improvement Plan that will include many street and sidewalk improvement projects to increase pedestrian safety and reduce traffic in Yelm.”

“A high resolution image of the map can be viewed here.”

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“Yelm Water Tower Restoration Planned to Begin This Summer”

“Among the many improvements being made in our City this summer, the Yelm water tower restoration project is anticipated to begin before the leaves begin to fall, thanks to the advocacy of our local residents and business owners. 

“Before long, the iconic tower will be a community art piece in the heart of town with fresh paint and outfitted with LED lighting with an impressive arrangement of different features and colors to coincide with the holidays and other special events. The project will also include new fencing, landscaping and an interpretive kiosk to tell the story.”

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July 15, 2019

Yelm council candidate James Blair clarifies he is still running for Pos. 1

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James Blair
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  • Council candidate Blair said today he did not drop out of the campaign.

“There seems to have been some confusion regarding my campaign. I am NOT dropping out. That post was simply meant to inform everyone that I would be taking some time to focus on some personal family matters.

“I am still running. I will still be on the ballot.

“If you EVER have any questions, feel free to reach out to me through Facebook or email electjamesblair@gmail.com, posted July 15 on Facebook.

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“Due to personal reasons, effective immediately I am suspending campaign activities.

“I apologize to anyone I am letting down. My name will still be on the ballot. I still have the same passion for our town. However, I must commit 100% of my attention at home at this time. Pending results of the Primary, I will update you all on how I will be moving forward.

“Best of luck to EJ Curry for Yelm City Council and Lanakila Washington YELM City Council, Position 1, 2019 in August!”

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July 15, 2019

Thurston County’s annual Burn Ban goes into affect Monday, July 15!

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  • From the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA):

Burn Ban now in affect in the Yelm-Rainier area!

RESIDENTIAL BURNING LIMITATIONS

Thurston County
Pile Size Limitations: Permits for fires up to 10′ x 10′ for non land clearning (sic) burns. Permits are available here.
Fee: No Fee
Comments: No burning July 15 – September 30. Before burning,please complete the electronic permit

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July 14, 2019

Whether you like Trump or not, deportation of non-criminals and the border crisis “betray American values”

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“Border crisis betrays American values”

“The mistreatment of asylum-seekers along our country’s southern border will be this country’s shame for generations. It contradicts the fundamental values of our nation. It must end.

The appalling conditions in Customs and Border Protection detention centers reported by government watchdogs and The New York Times, and observed by Congressional representatives last week are inexcusable: Thousands of detainees — including children — held for days or weeks in short-term facilities, with no access to showers, hot meals or clean clothes. Overcrowding, including standing-room-only conditions for single adults at one location. In another, officials found some detainees had been held for more than a month in overcrowded cells.”

“The mistreatment of asylum-seekers along our country’s southern border will be this country’s shame for generations. It contradicts the fundamental values of our nation. It must end.

“The appalling conditions in Customs and Border Protection detention centers reported by government watchdogs and The New York Times, and observed by Congressional representatives last week are inexcusable: Thousands of detainees — including children — held for days or weeks in short-term facilities, with no access to showers, hot meals or clean clothes. Overcrowding, including standing-room-only conditions for single adults at one location. In another, officials found some detainees had been held for more than a month in overcrowded cells,” by The Seattle Times Editorial Board.

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“Trump’s latest war on reality: Cover up the concentration camps”

Despite ample evidence of inhumane conditions, Trump and his minions are ready to roll out ‘alternative facts'”

“Right now we are dealing with a nightmare at our southern border. The government is essentially torturing children and their parents who have come to seek asylum from frightful conditions in their home countries. Trump likes to take credit for ending the family separation policy that appalled the nation and the world some months back, claiming that it was a policy he inherited from President Obama and stopped when he heard about it. (That is a lie.)

“But there are still thousands of children who are in U.S. custody far beyond the time it should take to process them and get them to the relatives they almost always have waiting for them somewhere in the country. And it’s impossible to ignore the fact that punishing these kids is part of the plan to “deter” refugees from seeking asylum. Some of them are dying. Others are being traumatized. All of them are being held in conditions no civilized country would even allow hardened criminals to endure,” by Heather Digby Parton, Salon Magazine.

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July 14, 2019

Yelm Blog readers knew this was coming – showdown brewing as Treasury Sec. Mnuchin seeks to raise debt ceiling

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Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin
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The Hill.

Mnuchin urges Congress to quickly pass new debt limit”

“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told congressional leaders that the debt ceiling should be raised before lawmakers leave for their August recess to avert the potential of an unprecedented default on the national debt.

“In a letter to House and Senate leaders Friday [July 12], Mnuchin said that based on updated projections, ‘there is a scenario in which we run out of cash in early September, before Congress reconvenes.’

“The notification comes one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wanted an agreement this month with President Donald Trump on raising the borrowing limit and setting spending levels for the coming budget year,” by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer.

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July 13, 2019

Thurston County Parks – a summertime adventure right here nearby

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“Spend Some Time at a Thurston County Park”

“One doesn’t have to travel far in Thurston County to experience the diverse scenery of the Pacific Northwest. In the back yard of local Thurston neighborhoods lay acres of park land and trails available to all with mountain views, playgrounds, rental venues and beach access. Whether celebrating an anniversary, or a day out swimming with the family, Thurston County parks and trails can be an escape into the South Sound’s natural beauty,” by Molly Walsh, Thurston Talk.

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July 12, 2019

Puget Sound rattled by 4.6 earthquake and aftershocks!
Are you prepared to be on your own in a major disaster?

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“4.6 earthquake strikes near Monroe”

“It was followed by a series of aftershocks, including one that was a magnitude 3.5.”

“The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor struck at 2:51 a.m in the Three Lakes area, which is about eight miles north of Monroe. It was about 13.5 miles deep.”

“Reports of shaking came from as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia and as far south as Olympia,” by TEGNA Staff, King-5 TV News, Seattle.

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“Prepare to be on your own in a major Pacific Northwest disaster”

“Local disaster relief may not be ready for mass response to a major event. Here’s how you can watch out for you,” by Travis Pittman, King-5 TV News, Seattle.

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