November 17, 2017

Sea-Tac Int’l Airport Thanksgiving holiday tips and advice

– “Talkin’ Turkey with Sea-Tac”
“Nation’s 9th-busiest Airport Offers Thanksgiving Week Travel Tips”

“More than 950,700 travelers are expected to pass through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from November 19-26. The heaviest travel days are anticipated to be Sunday, Nov. 26 (145,800), Wednesday, Nov. 22 (140,200), and Tuesday, Nov. 21 (131,400). And while it may be at other airports around the country, Thanksgiving is NOT the busiest travel season at Sea-Tac. Passenger traffic is heavier during the summer, from June to August.

To help make the trip easier, Sea-Tac offers these travel tips,” by the Port of Seattle.
Read more about airport preparedness tips and know before you go to Sea-Tac Airport this holiday!


November 16, 2017

Thanks and appreciation to Councilors Littlefield, Hendrickson

Thanks go to Councilors Littlefield and Hendrickson for their years of public service.
Politics is a wonderful platform to debate issues and though I may have disagreed with these councilors’ stands, I appreciate the gifts of their time and commitment they have given to our community.




Councilor Jen Littlefield
Photo credit: City of Yelm

A school teacher, councilor Jen Littlefield was appointed to the City Council by Mayor Harding in his tie-breaking vote in October 2014 to fill a vacancy, while the then-Mayor’s wife worked for the new councilor’s husband. Even though Littlefield had not been chosen by voters twice in the 2009 and 2015 elections, Interim Mayor JW Foster also appointed Littlefield in October 2016 to fill the vacancy of Mayor Pro-tem Bob Isom, who resigned soon after Mayor Ron Harding’s resignation, yet remained on the council until he could vote for JW Foster to replace Harding as Interim Mayor. Foster again cast a tie-breaking council vote by appointing Jen Littlefield (after his council was deadlocked, his first tie-breaking vote was for his council seat’s replacement, EJ Curry).



Councilor Russ Hendrickson
Photo credit: City of Yelm

Councilor Russ Hendrickson was appointed to the City Council by then-Mayor Ron Harding to fill a vacant position in July 2006 on an interim basis until the 2007 election. He subsequently was elected to the position three times: running unopposed in 2007 for the two remaining years on this term, 2009 and 2013. His only candidacy with an opponent was for a fourth term in the 2017 election, results not in his favor. Councilor Hendrickson retired after a long career with the Yelm Telephone Company, where Councilor EJ Curry (a Foster appointee to fill Foster’s own vacated council position when he was appointed Interim Mayor) was the YelmTel owner during a portion of Hendrickson’s tenure there. After the first vote tally November 7, 2017 in being 2 votes ahead of opponent Colt, Hendrickson said, “I got him right where I want him,” quoting Andrew Kollar and Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News. The results reversed and expanded for Colt.


November 16, 2017

Insights into Yelm voting statistics this election, to-date




– The election numbers to-date tell the story brilliantly.
Latest official population figure for Yelm was in 2014 = 8,223
Yelm’s estimated population in 2017 = 9,433
City of Yelm registered voters: 4,485
City of Yelm’s voters in this election to date: 1,269 = 28.29% of Yelm’s registered voters, lowest turn-out of all Thurston County cities and towns. Read more from Thurston County Auditor’s Office.
To date, 13.45% of Yelm’s 2017 estimated population voted in this election.

– Editor’s note:
Interesting that the then Nisqually Valley News Publisher/Editor commented on Yelm’s low voter turnout in the 2009 election, when the results were similar to today’s, though the city then had half of today’s population. As example, the 2009 votes for Mayor were from only 14% of the total population and 29% of the registered voters.
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The Thurston County Auditor’s Office released election results at approximately 4pm yesterday.
Total votes listed below do not include write-ins.

City of Yelm Mayor
Candidate Vote
Joe DePinto 615
JW Foster 631
Difference = 16 votes
Total Votes 1,246

City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 3
Candidate Vote
Cody Colt 600
Russ Hendrickson 531
Difference = 69 votes
Total Votes 1,131

City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 7
Candidate Vote
James C. Blair 553
Terry Kaminski 624
Difference = 71 votes
Total Votes 1,177

Uncontested Council positions all received less than 900 votes each:
Pos. 1, EJ Curry 869
Pos. 3, Tad Stillwell 898
Pos. 4, Tracey Wood 879


November 15, 2017

Gov. Inslee in Bonn, Germany participating in UN Climate Talks –
Over 15,000 Scientists Issued a ‘Second Notice’ to Humanity – “Can We Listen Now?”


Gov. Jay Inslee


– “Climate leaders respond to Trump’s fossil fuel event”
From Gov. Inslee’s News Release:
Gov. Jay Inslee and other climate leaders are in Bonn, Germany this week to participate in the UN climate talks. Inslee and others responded to President Trump’s fossil fuel event and discussed their commitments to a clean energy future. Watch the video here.

“The fundamental message at Bonn is that Donald Trump cannot stop us. This is the most important thing we want the world to know. The U.S. Climate Alliance states make up 40 percent of the economy and we have hundreds of cities, universities and businesses that aren’t slowing down one bit on our work to move away from coal and towards a clean energy future and economy,” Inslee said.

The release from the US Climate Action Center is [here].


– “Pacific Coast leaders share clean economy progress at COP 23 global climate change talks in Bonn”
From Gov. Inslee’s News Release:
Gov. Jay Inslee and other members of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, joined a panel discussion today [November 13, 2017] in Bonn, Germany, focused on moving toward a clean energy economy.

“The West Coast offers a blueprint: this is how you build a thriving, innovative economy that combats climate change and embraces a zero-emission future,” Inslee said. “We know it’s possible because we’re doing it.”

The release from the Pacific Coast Collaborative is [here].


– “Forget Donald Trump. Can anybody solve climate change?”
“Meeting for annual climate talks, America’s political leaders are forcefully reiterating their commitments to the landmark Paris climate accord, despite President Donald Trump’s dismissal of the pact as a threat to the nation’s economy and sovereignty.

Govs. Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington and Kate Brown of Oregon – top officials of the West Coast’s “Blue Wall” – promised in Bonn to fill the widening gap left by the federal government’s retreat from the international stage. They were joined by mayors and members of Congress, business leaders and philanthropists in their calls for resolve,” by Christopher Cadelago, Sacramento Bee.
Read more


– “Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ to Humanity. Can We Listen Now?”
“Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the “second notice” to humanity warns of “widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss” unless business-as-usual is upended”
By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams.
Read more


November 15, 2017

Yelm business wins KING-5 TV’s Best of Western Washington –
Blue Waters Acupuncture Center wins regional contest

Blue Waters Acupuncture Center wins King-5 TV’s Best of Western Washington
From the owners:
“We wanted to share with you some very exciting news we received a few days ago from King5.com, the news channel in Seattle … our office has won in their poll “The Best of Western Washington“!! And we are honored by those that voted for us!! In the poll, only one other Acupuncture office was noted here in the South Sound, in Olympia, the others [nominees] were located in Seattle or around it. So this makes us really happy our Yelm shire is included on their map!!
We thank our customers for nominating and voting for us.”

Edith and Michael Carruth, MD, LAc.
(Licensed only as an Acupuncturist in WA State)

– Editor’s note:
Blue Waters Acupuncture Center tells the Yelm Community Blog they have already received calls from potential clients from as far away as Tacoma, highlighting Yelm’s quality purveyors of their craft.

Blue Waters Acupuncture Center
503 First St. S. Suite # 4
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360-400-5625
Website: www.bwac.biz

Tell Blue Waters Acupuncture Center you read about them on the Yelm Community Blog!


Blogger Klein is a Blue Waters Acupuncture Center client.


November 14, 2017

Joe DePinto concedes in Yelm Mayoral Race – A Man of Integrity all the way!


Joe DePinto carrying our State Flag in Legislature
Photo courtesy: Joe DePinto for Yelm Mayor



From Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm Facebook page, 9pm on Nov. 13:
While the latest count isn’t the final tally, I don’t believe it will change more than a handful of votes. I’m down 49.23% (611 votes) to my opponents 50.77% (630 votes) with difference of 19 votes. It might get a little tighter but I no longer see a path to victory.

I called the Mayor a few minutes ago and congratulated him on his win. He was humble and we both agreed there was a large contingent of supporters for both of us and in the best interest of Yelm, we need to come together.

While I am coming to terms with losing this election and doing a lot of self reflection, I’m not upset about losing. I was going against someone who is the incumbent, has been involved in Yelm politics for a long time, and was able to raise more money than me. To come within 19 votes, I’ll hold my head high.

Almost half of the voters in Yelm believed in me, my vision for Yelm, and wanted change. I might not have won, but I learned this race was much bigger than me. There was a large contingent of Yelm voters who felt underrepresented and I am proud to be their voice. I will work with the Mayor to bring new revenue sources to Yelm, increase public safety, improve our economy, bring a YMCA to Yelm, and to modernize and increase professionalism in our local government.

Lastly, I want to thank all my supporters who have encouraged and helped me along this journey. Despite what others may say, I ran to represent you. While I was out doorbelling, a constituent said she appreciated me because I am a man of the people. That was among the best compliments I have ever received and what I strive for as an elected official.

Please don’t be sad or upset for me, I ain’t going anywhere. This was a humbling experience and only fueled my desire to serve. I will continue to be your voice on the city council.

Let’s come together and support our Mayor who won fair and square. Thanks again for all the support and love you showed me during this campaign. I’m Joe DePinto and this is OUR town!”


– Editor’s Note:
This man Joe DePinto is a class act and ran an impeccable campaign against much nastiness from what is termed here as The Cabal and his opponent’s campaign. DePinto raised an awareness on so many problems that otherwise would have never seen the light of day. We need his questions, his focus, his passion on the council in the next two years of his councilor term, as much as he gave in his last two years. Voters spoke and while Foster squeaked by in this race, almost half of the voters wanted change, so this is no referendum on Foster’s leadership and direction. With Colt on the council, Foster’s Old Guard council majority will no longer be a voting block in lock-step to the mayor’s desires either. DePinto spoke very wisely, “Let’s come together and support our Mayor,” as he is going to need our support with a mountain of issues bearing down on Yelm during his coming term.


November 14, 2017

Gather Gastropub/Simply Organic opens seated restaurant –
Yelm’s Wellspring Plaza location begins Nov. 16th


Credit: Gather Gastropub, Simply-Organic


– From Gather Gastropub/Simply Organic:
“We are green light to go! Our 1st day open to the public will be 11/16. We are still working out the reservation system. But for now, you can send us a message with day/time/guest count and we can get it in the books. Our number will be the same and you can also call to make a reservation soon. I will upload our menu this weekend. From lamb shanks to eggplant to ceviche, we really pushed the culinary envelope here like we always have in our old space. Welcome to Gather.”
Read more


Gather Gastropub/Simply Organic
At Wellspring Plaza
9144 Burnett Rd
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: (360) 960-8358

Congratulations & Best Wishes to Bryce Hughes and his staff!


November 13, 2017

High Wind Warning in effect through 9PM this evening!

Issuing Office: Seattle/Tacoma
Source: National.Weather.Service

7:47am PST, Mon Nov 13

… HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS EVENING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS EVENING.
* WIND… SOUTH 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 OR 65 MPH.
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS… THE I-5 METRO CORRIDOR FROM LEWIS COUNTY NORTH TO SNOHOMISH COUNTY. INCLUDES THE GREATER SEATTLE AREA, BELLEVUE, TACOMA, BREMERTON, AND OLYMPIA.
* TIMING… LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.
* IMPACTS… FALLING TREES AND LIMBS, POWER OUTAGES, AND MINOR DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… HIGH WINDS CAN TOPPLE TREES ONTO ROADS, VEHICLES, AND ROOFTOPS. FALLING TREES OR LARGE BRANCHES HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO CAUSE FATALITIES DURING WINDSTORMS. DOWNED POWER LINES CAN CAUSE POWER OUTAGES LASTING A COUPLE OF HOURS OR LONGER. SECURE LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS OR LIGHT-WEIGHT FURNITURE BEFORE THE POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS ARRIVE.
Read more


November 13, 2017

Due to popular demand “Young Frankenstein” extended –
Shows now through Thanksgiving Weekend: fun, fun, fun for the whole family!


Courtesy: Standing Room Only Theater Group


Standing Room Only (SRO) Presents: Young Frankenstein the Musical in Yelm!
From the brains behind The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his classic monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage.

Yelm’s feature of this musical comedy hit the mark with a talented cast, terrific choreography, and amazing use of sets and props in such a confined area. Click here for the show’s Review by the Yelm Community Blogger.


– Show Location
The Triad Theater
102 E. Yelm Ave
Yelm WA 98597


– EXTENDED SHOW TIMES & DATES:
Nov 17th (Fri) 7:30pm
Nov 18th (Sat) 7:30pm
Nov 19th (Sun) 3pm

Nov 24th (Fri) 7:30pm
Nov 25th (Sat) 7:30pm
Nov 26th (Sun) 3pm

– PRICES:
$25 – Regular Price
$20 – Military, Seniors, and Students
$17 – Group Rate (10 or more)
Click here to pre-purchase tickets.


November 13, 2017

Yelm High School’s Choir to hold 1st ever Mattress Fundraiser, Nov. 19


Credit: Yelm High School Choir


– From the YHS Choir:
“The Yelm High School Choir will be hosting our 1st EVER Mattress Fundraiser NEXT Sunday, November 19th at Yelm High School from 10am-5pm. We will have 30 quality mattresses – all new, name brand, of all sizes (Simmons, BeautyRest, Restonic, and More). ALL with HUGE savings off Retail! Come out, Support the Kids & Get a Great New Bed!!!”

“Support the Yelm HS Choir!”
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