February 28, 2022

* WA. indoor mask requirements will be lifted as of 11:59 p.m. on March 11!

Office of Gov. Jay Inslee

Governors Newsom, Brown and Inslee Announce Updated Health Guidance

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee, Washington:
“We’ve continued to monitor data from our state Department of Health, and have determined we are able to adjust the timing of our statewide mask requirement. While this represents another step forward for Washingtonians, we must still be mindful that many within our communities remain vulnerable. Many businesses and families will continue choosing to wear masks, because we’ve learned how effective they are at keeping one another safe. As we transition to this next phase, we will continue to move forward together carefully and cautiously.” 

In Washington, indoor mask requirements will be lifted as of 11:59 p.m. on March 11. This new date does not change any other aspect of the updated mask requirements Inslee announced last week. Masks will still be required in certain settings including health care, corrections facilities, and long-term care facilities. The Washington State Department of Health will be issuing new guidance for K-12 schools next week so schools can prepare to implement updated safety protocols.

February 28, 2022

Flood Watch for Thurston County through Wednesday

Flooding symbol Credit: National Weather Service


+ KING-5 TV: Most of western Washington is under a Flood Watch until Wednesday due to heavy rainfall. The Washington Cascades are also under an Avalanche Warning Monday.

Issued By

Seattle/Tacoma – WA, US, National Weather Service

Affected Area

Portions of northwest Washington and west central Washington, including the following counties, in northwest Washington, Grays Harbor, Mason, Skagit and Whatcom. In west central Washington, King, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston


WHAT…Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible.

WHERE…Portions of northwest Washington and west central Washington, including the following counties, in northwest Washington, Grays Harbor, Mason, Skagit and Whatcom. In west central Washington, King, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston. WHEN…From late tonight through Wednesday afternoon.

IMPACTS…Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Heavy rain tonight through Monday night for the Cascades and Olympics. Rivers flowing off the Olympics could begin flooding tonight. Rivers flowing off the Cascades could begin flooding on Monday. – http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS

ACTIONS…You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

February 28, 2022

* Hundreds of thousands worldwide protest Russia’s aggression,
* Inslee: Standing with Ukraine and the defense of democracy,
* President Zelensky: The face of democracy’s hero!

Over 100,000 gathered in Berlin’s Tiergarten park on Feb. 27 to protest the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images via The Washington Post

This is the face of democracy’s hero!

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Credit: via UK’s Daily Mail.


+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Standing with Ukraine and the defense of democracyThe Seattle Times details how Washingtonians can help. The U.S. Department of State is providing security and travel updates for Ukraine.

+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Washington wins one of 13 federal broadband grants – a $30 million grant to support broadband infrastructure in Ferry, Jefferson, Kittitas, Okanogan and Stevens counties.

+ KING-5 TV: Ukrainian residents in Washington attempt to figure out immigration, aid for families abroad

+ The Olympian: Thurston County’s homeless census count is underway. Here’s how it’s going so far


The Washington Post: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will likely ratchet American food prices even higher, experts say – Wheat and seed oil exports could be dramatically impacted, and it could take years before a return to normalcy because of disrupted planting schedules.

Truthout: Inflation Talk Belies Deeper Question: Why Was Everything So Cheap Before?


The Washington Post via MSN: Russian flights will be banned from the airspace of 20 European nations

Michael Birnbaum Tweet: In a nearby country that was also subjugated by the Kremlin, thousands of Latvians sang Ukraine’s national anthem in front of the Russian embassy in Riga Friday night [see video]

AFP News Agency: Russian president Vladimir Putin has been suspended as honorary president of the International Judo Federation (IJF) due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the sport’s governing body announced

AFP News Agency: Pope Francis has called for the “urgent” opening of humanitarian corridors for civilians to flee Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

BuzzFeed News: “SNL” Paid Tribute To The Ukrainian People With A Poignant Cold Open – an emotional performance from the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York. Click here for the moving video.

Covie Tweet: Notice how Ukrainian patriots are defending their capital instead of attacking it.

The Wrap: Anonymous Hacker Collective Takes Credit for Cyberattacks Against Russian Government

MSNBC Opinion: Putin thinks he’s the hero of Russia’s story. He couldn’t be more wrong. If the history of strongmen is any indication, it may be downhill for the Russian leader from here.

Daily Mail (UK): Kremlin ‘sends more than 400 mercenaries from private militia into Kyiv to assassinate President Zelensky and his government’ – with group told peace talks are ‘smoke and mirrors’


NBC News: There are signs Republicans want to move on from 2020. Trump may not allow it.

Business Insider: Trump took documents to Mar-a-Lago that are so sensitive they may not be described in public, report says

The Washington Post: Backstage drama at Jan. 6 rally for Trump draws interest of House committee

Daily Kos: Mitt Romney confirms Trump & Republicans supporting Putin are nearly treasonous, morons

February 27, 2022

World landmarks light up in support of Ukraine!

“A photo tweet sent from the Simpsons’ official account depicts Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and baby Maggie holding Ukrainian flags in unison with a caption reading, ‘#TheSimpsons #Simpsons #Ukraine.’”


+ Reuters: From Berlin streets to Sydney, global outpouring of support for Ukraine

+ Reuters: Musk says Starlink active in Ukraine as Russian invasion disrupts internet

+ Venture Beat: Russia will get hit hardest in cyberwar over Ukraine, expert says

+ DNYUZ: Cyber threat grows after Russia SWIFT sanctions over Ukraine

Seattle Space Needle
Credit: Tim Durkan Tweet
The Empire State Building lit in the colors of the Ukrainian flag on Friday.
“The Empire State Building lit in the colors of the Ukrainian flag on Friday.”
Credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images via The New York Times
The Colosseum in Rome on Thursday.
Credit: Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images via The New York Times
The London Eye on Friday.
Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images via The New York Times
The Eiffel Tower, Paris
Credit: La Tour Eiffel Tweet
#ZakimBridge Boston, Massachusetts USA, via Mass. Transportation
The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Credit: Paul Zinken/DPA via the AP, via The New York Times
The I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis.
Credit: Minnesota Dept. of Transportation
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – A small group of citizens gather in front of the Sarajevo City Hall lit up with the colors of the Ukrainian flag, Feb. 24, 2022. The UN refugee agency said around 100,000 people had fled their homes in Ukraine and several thousand more had left the country since neighboring Russia invaded early on February 24. Credit: Elvis Barukcic/AFP via Getty Images from KNTVNBC, San Jose, CA.

February 26, 2022

* Biden nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court,
* CDC easing mask requirements, Inslee sticking with March 21,
* U.S. congressional panel expands probe of Trump documents

An historic photo.
Biden nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court
A Black, female Supreme Court nominee with a Black, female Vice President flanking the President.
Credit: FOX News


+ The Olympian: Inslee sticking with March 21 for lifting COVID mask requirements — for now, will have more to say next week on the CDC’s easing of mask requirements.

+ Aviation Weekly News: Emirates considering canceling its Boeing 777X order amid delays [the 777X is assembled in Everett, WA.]

+ Thurston County Auditor’s Office: Seeks Citizens to Serve on “Against” Committee for a Ballot Measure in the April 26 Special Election

+ JOLT News: Get your favorite books from TRL anywhere, anytime – The library system’s updated mobile application allows those on the go to access their favorite books and resources from anywhere.

+ The Chronicle (Centralia): Providence Hospitals Sued by Washington AG Over ‘Collection Tactics,’ Allegedly Failing to Provide Charity Care

+ The Olympian: Ruby Beach in the Olympic National Park landed a top spot on Tripadvisor’s 2022 “Best of the Best Beaches” in the United States.

+ The Olympian: Procession of the Species canceled again, but Arts Walk will go on this spring – “We have an amazing turnout for Procession. … It’s not time yet.”


+ CNBC: Biden nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

+ The Salt Lake Tribune: Seven weeks of near-record low snowfall in the Colorado River Basin have water managers worried – Lake Powell could soon see its level drop below the critical elevation where the Glen Canyon Dam stops being able to generate power.

+ McClatchy Newspapers: Federal government announces $300 million in new grants to expand internet access in rural areas


The Miami Herald: CDC relaxes COVID mask guidelines — but it depends where you live. What to know

The Washington Post: CDC to loosen coronavirus mask guidelines as soon as Friday – The new guidelines will seek to minimize strain on the health-care system while allowing more people to go maskless in indoor public spaces

The Defender: Is CDC Hiding Data to Serve Its Political Narrative? We’ve been denied information the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hid for the better part of a year, undoubtedly to serve the purpose of forcing the appearance of reality to more closely conform to a political narrative.


The Washington Post: Trump largely isolated in praise for Putin as GOP condemns Russian invasion – The crisis showcases competing impulses within the Republican Party in a test for democracy globally

CNBC: U.S. congressional panel expands probe of Trump documents

Politico via MSN: That time Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Jackson shredded Trump in a federal court ruling

February 26, 2022

* Ukraine: Select story highlights from Friday,
* How you can support these WA. orgs. that help Ukraine,
* Pope Francis visited Russian Embassy to ‘express concern’ about Ukraine!

“Don’t tell me America doesn’t care what happens outside America. #StandWithUkraine
Standing with Ukraine. Downtown Dallas.
Credit: RT: Eric Rep. Swallwell

“A woman holds an anti-Putin poster during a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in front of the Russian representative office in Pristina, Kosovo.” Credit: AFP via Getty Images, and Daily Kos.


The Bellingham Herald via The Olympian: How you can support these Washington state organizations that help Ukraine

HuffPost: Pope Visits Russian Embassy To ‘Express Concern’ About Ukraine – Pope Francis took the extraordinary measure despite a health issue that prompted him to cancel other engagements.

Bloomberg Opinion by Leonid Bershidsky: Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a sin all Russia will bear – Though Russians and Ukrainians are closest of kin, their two identities and cultures are distinct

CNBC: Photos show global outrage at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Daily Kos: Video of Ukrainian woman offering armed Russian soldier sunflower seeds becomes face of resistance

Daily Kos: Putin’s adventurism in Ukraine could be the beginning of the end to his rule

Reuters: Russia vetoes U.N. Security action on Ukraine as China abstains

The Washington Post via MSN: Putin’s attack on Ukraine echoes Hitler’s takeover of Czechoslovakia

AP: E.U. [and the U.S., Canada, U.K.] will freeze assets of Putin, Lavrov, in retaliation for Ukraine invasion – the Council of Europe suspended Russia from the continent’s foremost human rights organization. The May 28 UEFA Champions League final, the Super Bowl of European soccer, was stripped from St. Petersburg and replaced by Paris.

MSNBC MTP Daily: Petraeus: Ukraine invasion ‘pouring gasoline on burning embers’ of Russian unrest

Daily Kos: Putin threatens to attack Sweden and Finland if they try to join NATO

Daily Kos: UA Ambassador: Russian Troops give up: “they didn’t know that they were brought to Ukraine to kill”

Daily Kos: Everyone seems shocked at how poorly Russia’s invasion is going, further humiliating Putin

The Washington Post Opinion [accessible text]: Putin thinks he can win a new Cold War. He may be right. [“A Republican Party that once led the fight against godless communism (that’s how all those evangelical Christians got into politics, by the way) now bows to a leader who calls Putin a “genius.” Rather than opposing Russian aggression, Ronald Reagan’s political descendants roll back voting rights and support armed insurrectionists in the U.S. Capitol.]

Official Airline Guide: Russia Closes its Aviation Borders: Affected Airlines will Find Alternatives

McClatchy Newspapers: Sports world condemns Russia after invasion of Ukraine. Here’s what’s happening – pulls Russia partipation.

The Washington Post via MSN: Ukraine says Chernobyl radiation levels ‘exceeded,’ as Russia confirms its forces seized the nuclear plant

McClatchy Newspapers: Eurovision says Russia will not be in this year’s song contest. ‘The only right decision’

CNBC: The world is bracing for a global cyberwar as Russia invades Ukraine

The Points Guy: More cruise lines drop Russia, Ukraine calls in wake of invasion

UPI: Delta Air Lines suspends agreement with Russia’s Aeroflot [Ed. note: All SkyTeam partners need to do the same immediately! Air France, Turkish Air?]

February 25, 2022

* Washington State politicians offer Ukraine crisis support,
* How you can support the people of Ukraine,
* ‘Europe’s darkest hour’ since WWII: World leaders condemn Russia’s attack!

“A woman reacts Thursday as she waits for a train trying to leave Kyiv, Ukraine. An invasion by Russian troops into Ukraine has heightened tensions around the world and caused many residents of Kyiv to flee the city.”
Credit: Emilio Morenatti, AP, via The Olympian.


+ Bellingham Herald: Washington State politicians respond to Ukraine crisis, offer support – Washington state politicians are responding to the Russian violence

+ McClatchy Newspapers: Want to support the people of Ukraine? Here are some ways you can help from afar – “We fear further escalation will worsen an already devastating humanitarian situation,” the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

+ The Chronicle: State Republican Leaders Say Supplemental Budgets Don’t Do Enough to Bring Tax Relief

+ City of Yelm: March 1st Study Session the council will get a budget update

+ Geology Hub: Mount St Helens Volcano Update; The Magma Chamber is Recharging, Earthquake Swarm

+ NVN: Yelm Community Schools Report Norovirus Spread 

+ South Sound Business: Study: Washington Among Top 10 Most Educated States

+ The Olympian: Judge dismisses second recall attempt against Thurston County Commissioner Tye Menser – The judge found the petitioner’s complaint “lacked both factual and legal sufficiency” to proceed.


  • Ed. note: As LGBTQ rights are coming under assault in many states, gay marriage is also in the cross hairs. Former Supreme Court Justice Kennedy wrote on Love and Marriage in 2015, which is a guidepost that is still pertinent to this day! Click here for this beautiful perspective.

Daily Kos: Republican sabotage of the Biden administration is coming back to bite all of us

Truthout: US Version of Canadian Trucker Convoy Gets Off to Embarrassing Start

Truthout: USPS Defies Biden’s Plea to Electrify Fleet, Finalizing Gas-Powered Truck Plan


NBC News: ‘Europe’s darkest hour’ since WWII: World leaders condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine – “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring,” President Joe Biden said.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: ‘The post-Cold War era is over’: As Russia attacks Ukraine, the world divides – with China and Russia on the same side, ‘The post-Cold War era is over’: As Russia attacks Ukraine, the world divides and this story IS why we should care: The chilling similarity between Russia’s attack on Ukraine and when Hitler invaded Poland

The New York Times (accessible text): Russians Now See a New Side to Putin: Dragging Them Into War

NBC News: DHS warns of urgent cyberattack threat as Russia tensions escalate

Reuters: FAA expands area in eastern Europe, Russia where U.S. airlines cannot operate

Airways Magazine: Ukraine Crisis: What we know about Ukraine’s airports/airspace so far

CNBC: Satellite imagery shows Russian attack on Ukraine from space

CNBC: Russian invasion of Ukraine to further strain U.S. chip supply for auto, tech industries

Truthout: US Stokes Tensions With Russia by Building Military Base 100 Miles From Border

CNBC: The case for bitcoin as ‘digital gold’ is falling apart

MSN: Climate change: Sea ice levels reach lowest level on record in the Antarctic Ocean


The Defender: 400,000 Cases of COVID Vaccine Injuries Found in Data Analyzed by German Health Insurer – A German health insurer BKK ProVita said an analysis of data collected from more than 10 million people suggests COVID vaccine side effects are “significantly” underreported. The company said its analysis revealed a “significant alarm signal” and said “a risk to human life cannot be ruled out.”


Daily Beast: Trump Pals Beg Him to Stop Kissing Putin’s Ass During Ukraine Invasion

The Washington Post: Prosecutors in Trump probe quit after new DA seems to abandon plan to seek indictment of former president – Former Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance approved seeking an indictment, but his successor, Alvin Bragg, seemed uninterested, people familiar with the situation said.

Daily Kos: U.S. Army Colonel Alexander Vindman, the star witness in the first impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, has officially served Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and two other Trump White House officials, Julie Hahn and Dan Scavino with a lawsuit alleging witness intimidation and retaliation.

February 24, 2022

* A big chill grips Western WA., and now in Ukraine,
* Thurston County activates hazardous weather response,
* WA. hospitalizations, ventilator use are going down!

A cold chill grips the world as Putin invades Ukraine.
“Cold prompts hazardous weather advisory” in Western WA. Credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian


+ KING-5 TV: Seattle and Olympia set new record daily lows Wednesday morning.

+ Thurston County via Thurston Talk: Thurston County Activates Hazardous Weather Response – The advisory calls for expanded outreach and daytime warming center

+ NVN: Several Housing Developments Slated for Yelm – “Mayor Joe DePinto noted that Yelm is one of Washington’s 10 fastest growing cities during his “State of the City” speech on Feb. 8. That trend is expected to continue in 2022 and beyond, as numerous housing projects in the city are under development, according to DePinto.” [Ed. note: Yelm is poised for explosive growth!]

+ The Olympian: The latest case numbers for WA state show hospitalizations and ventilator use are going down.

+ The Olympian: Providence Southwest hospitals are now allowing limited in-person visits starting today. MultiCare Capital Medical Center has long allowed visitors.

+ McClatchy Newspapers: Public will be allowed in WA State Senate chambers again starting Friday

+ Airliner Watch: 5G could interfere with radio altimeters on most Boeing 737s, FAA says


CBS News: NATO officials say Russian attack on Ukraine has begun

The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Air Space Closed to Commercial Air Traffic: Eurocontrol

The New York Times: Risk of uncontrollable wildfires will rise and spread globally, United Nations warns – Extreme wildfires may increase 14 percent by 2030, even with deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions


The Defender: The Extraordinary Story of How Governments Suppressed Effective COVID Treatments and Targeted Physicians Who Prescribed Them – Public health authorities knew about chloroquine and other treatments for COVID-19 before there was a COVID-19 — because they had figured it out for the 2003 SARS epidemic and the 2012 MERS epidemic. But they hushed it up.


The New York Daily News via The Olympian: Trump rape accuser lawyers to skip deposing ex-president in delayed Manhattan federal suit — ‘We’d like his DNA. That’s it.’

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY.): Former President Trump’s adulation of Putin today – including calling him a “genius” – aids our enemies. Trump’s interests don’t seem to align with the interests of the United States of America.

MSNBC’s The Reidout Blog: It’s time to admit the obvious: Donald Trump sure is acting like a Russian agent – Trump’s remarks praising Putin’s military aggression against Ukraine should be the last straw for anyone inexplicably holding out hope he’s not driven in part by Russian interests.

NBC News: Two top prosecutors investigating Trump Organization resign – The pair of veteran lawyers had been leading the Manhattan district attorney’s office investigation into the former president and his company.

February 23, 2022

Mary Hall kicks-off her reelection campaign for County Auditor!

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“Elected leaders across the county are supporting Mary Hall’s re-election as County Auditor.”
Credit: Re-elect Mary Hall Thurston County Auditor
  • Editor’s note: Last Saturday (February 19), I was proud to have been invited to attend the campaign Zoom kick-off for the reelection of Mary Hall as Thurston County Auditor. Hall has brought a level of integrity and transparency in public process that has garnered accolades from around the state and country.
  • I endorse Mary Hall in her reelection campaign to continue instilling confidence and security in audits and elections during these challenging times.
  • Thurston needs someone of Mary’s caliber to continue her quality of management.
  • Click here to learn more about Mary and contribute to her campaign.

About Mary Hall

Auditor Mary Hall is an award winning public servant who was elected County Auditor in 2013, re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Prior to being elected she spent 17 years as an elections administrator in Pierce County. She is a nationally certified Elections Administrator. 

Accomplishments for Thurston County

  • Formed an award winning cybersecurity task force and worked with Homeland Security to ensure your vote is safe.
  • Has made the Ballot Processing Center more secure than ever.
  • Worked to break down barriers to voting by advocating for voter access legislation and stronger audits.
  • Began publishing local voters pamphlets for special elections.
  • Opened additional drop boxes making it more convenient for voters to return their ballots.
  • Cut the wait time from 4 – 6 weeks to same day for vehicle and vessel titles by introducing Quick Title services.
  • Has saved the county tens of thousands of dollars by taking advantage of vendor discounts and changing how and when we pay vendors.
  • Due to clean financial audits, Mary Hall has moved Thurston County from high risk to low-risk category saving tens of thousands of dollars in audit costs.
  • Rewrote materials in plain language to make government documents easier to understand.
  • Broke down silos working across departments in the county sharing resources.

Mary Hall is an award winning Auditor

2021 NACO (National Association of County Officials) Achievement Award – COVID Response in Elections

2020 Drive thru voting and Ballot Processing Center

2020 Auditor of the Year Award – from Kim Wyman, former Secretary of State

2020 Presidents Award for Outstanding Service – Washington Association of County Auditors 

2020 Community Leadership award – Leadership Thurston County

2020 NACO Achievement Award – Cybersecurity Initiative

Click here to learn more about Mary and contribute to her campaign.

Blogger Klein is a contributor to the Elect Mary Hall campaign.

February 22, 2022

Yelm’s Historic Water Tower restored as iconic symbol –
Yelm Blogger’s story covered in The JOLT News!

The Yelm Water Tower’s lights were inspired by Seattle’s Space Needle.
Courtesy: Washington State Department of Commerce via the Yelm Community Blog

The Journal of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater (JOLT News) covered Yelm Blogger’s story

Yelm’s Historic Water Tower restored as iconic symbol

By Steve Klein

Many readers of The JOLT may not be aware of recent news from southeast Thurston County: Yelm.  Olympia is well known for the iconic state capital building, Lacey is building a railroad station to represent ties to its past, and Tumwater’s connections to the Falls and Brewery are classic. 

Now Yelm has a newly restored, iconic symbol with the recent restoration and dedication of its historic water tower.  

As a Yelm arts advocate, Steve Craig always says, “Everything always starts with a conversation.”  Steve served on the Board of the now-dissolved Yelm Business Association (YBA) as the Arts Committee Chair, and first suggested in 2016 that the dilapidated and decommissioned Yelm water tower could have both historic and artistic significance.  The 125-foot-tall, 50,000-gallon water tower was built in 1946 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, and is one of a dwindling number of such water towers in the United States.  This is the same company that built the iconic Warner Brothers Water Tower in Burbank, CA. 

Doors opened for Craig, as he contacted several people throughout his mission to promote his idea of saving the tower, which was being considered for demolition by the city. Craig formed the non-profit “Save the Historic Yelm Water Tower” group and they succeeded in getting the tower onto the state’s historic register, the only such tower to have that status in Washington State.  The group then garnered $150,000 in state money to be used to refurbish the structure; Craig credits Washington State Rep. J.T. Wilcox for sponsoring the project and getting it into the state’s capital budget. 

Craig turned again to Rep. Wilcox with a proposal to illuminate the tower with computerized lighting inspired by the Seattle Space Needle.  Wilcox was then successful in securing $300,000 in the next capital budget for lighting, fencing, landscaping and an interpretive kiosk.  The LED computerized lighting system came from the Czech Republic.   

The City of Yelm held a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the restoration on November 23, 2021, at the Yelm Community Center, which faces the tower.  The ceremonial light was turned on at dusk to the music from 2001 Space Odyssey, as the tower lighted Yelm’s night sky. 

The Yelm City Council created an Arts Commission in 2021 to which Craig was appointed and elected Chair.  He envisions the Historic Yelm Water Tower being utilized as an artistic anchor and stimulus for creativity benefiting the entire Yelm community well into the future.  “The art part is that we’re going to use colorful computerized lighting so that we can have a variety of different displays depending on the occasion, such as New Year’s Eve, 4th of July and Seahawks games.  I believe not only is it going to be a historic icon, it’s going to be an art piece that people will appreciate year-round,” Craig added.  He has received feedback from the state arts commission that Yelm’s tower may now be eligible for the Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award by combining art with history, something the Yelm Arts Commission may pursue. 

At the base of the tower will be an interpretive display that will give visitors the history of Yelm’s iconic symbol, joining with the historic structures in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater.  The water tower is located in downtown Yelm, across the street from Yelm City Hall. 

Steve Klein publishes the Yelm Community Blog  


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