December 8, 2018

“Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in 22 states”

“Walmart Nation”
“Walmart is the largest private employer in 22 states”

“If your reaction was ‘ow, Walmart controls A LOT of the country,’ you’d be right. This map shows the largest private employer in every state in the U.S., and Walmart is tops in an incredible 22 states. In total, the company employs 1.5 million Americans.”

“The largest employer in the nation that does not pay its employees a living wage, nor give them health benefits. Many WM employees are on food stamps and state subsidized health care while the corporate offices rake in the $$$. WM is also a member of ALEC – The American Legislative Exchange Council (Koch Bros) – pushing boiler plate legislation to be introduced to benefit the corporation nationwide, state by state, via its legislative members,” quoting “did you know?

This Map Shows the Largest Employer in Every State


December 7, 2018

Last performances of Shrek Friday, Saturday evenings, Sunday matinee


Courtesy: Standing Room Only (SRO)

– Standing Room Only is proud to present… SHREK THE MUSICAL
WHEN: Dec. 7 – Dec. 9, Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm.
WHERE: The Triad Arts Theater, 102 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm WA 98597
TICKETS: $10 Children 4-11 years, $15 Student 12-18 years, $17 Groups of 10 or more, $20 Senior 60+years & Military, $25 People 19-59 years.
Click here to pre-purchase tickets online.

– Standing Room Only (SRO) reminds you there are only 3 more shows of SHREK THE MUSICAL
The story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fight s a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.
Click here

Click here for the Yelm Blogger’s review.


December 6, 2018

Popular ‘Dickens Carolers’ at JZ-Rose in Yelm Sat., Dec. 8 –
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Photo credit: JZ-Rose, Yelm


From JZ-Rose:
“Come enjoy the sounds of Christmas this Saturday at JZ Rose 🎄🎁🎄

“The Dickens Carolers will be at JZ Rose on Saturday December 8th from 10:30am til Noon. Enjoy the Sounds of Christmas while you shop! We will also be sampling Hammonds Hot Chocolate & Moonstruck Truffles.”
Click here


The Dickens Carolers at JZ-Rose is a Yelm holiday tradition, ringing in the joy of the season!
“Adorned in elegant Victorian dress, each ‘a cappella’ quartet consists of two ladies in luxurious velvet and two gentlemen wearing handsome tailcoats and top hats. Your holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, are sung in beautiful four-part harmony. The sights and sounds of The Dickens Carolers are indeed a holiday treat.

“The Dickens Carolers: a professional, Victorian-costumed Christmas caroling organization performing throughout the Puget Sound since 1978.”
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JZ Rose – For All Things Beautiful
207 1ST Street South
Yelm, WA 98597
Telephone: 360-458-4618 or
Toll Free: 877-458-4618
Yelm Store Hours
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm
Click here for the JZ-Rose story.


December 6, 2018

Consider giving to a Backpacks Program this holiday, Fight Child Hunger!
In Thurston County, give to Homeless Backpacks


Credit: Homeless Backpacks


– “Fight Child Hunger This Winter by Supporting a Backpack Program”
“For the one in five children who live in poverty, the holidays can be less-than-jolly, because they rely on school lunch to meet some or all of their nutritional needs.

“Over 12 million children experience food insecurity – and that doesn’t just mean they don’t always know when their next meal is, although that’s bad enough. Food insecurity goes hand-in-hand with poverty, and it can be accompanied by poor health outcomes, difficulties in school, emotional disturbances and much more.

“Advocacy groups and school districts are using a variety of tactics to address this issue, starting with programs to get people and communities out of poverty. But in the short term, there’s one very powerful option: the backpack program, which is often administered through a food bank that partners with a school.”

“Schools have been participating in backpack programs for over a decade, but they’re starting to get more attention as they spread across the U.S. As you might imagine, they start with a backpack — one filled with food which may be shelf-stable, perishable, or a mixture of both,” by S.E. Smith, Care2.com.
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– Thurston County’s Backpacks Program
Homeless Backpacks is a non-profit 501c3 corporation committed to ending homelessness, by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens.

We provide food for the weekend to homeless teens in Thurston county. Some teens are in government-supported meal programs during the school day, but on their own on the weekend. Each week, volunteers deliver food bags to local middle and high schools, as well as all schools in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Rochester.

Each bag has enough food for the weekend, including macaroni & cheese, tuna, ravioli, ramen noodles, chili, fruit cups, granola bars, oatmeal, juice boxes, chocolate milk and assorted snacks. Students go to the counselor’s or nurse’s office and obtain the food. Bags fit easily into backpacks so other students will not know they are part of our program. Each bag costs $8 – $9 per week to fill.”
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December 5, 2018

Yelm Schools Bond in Feb. 2019 requests $99 million from voters


Credit: Citizens for Yelm Schools


– “Yelm school district asking voters to approve $99 million bond”
“The Yelm School District is asking voters to pony up $99 [$98.9 to be exact] million to replace two schools and improve security at all its learning institutions.

“$90.1 million would be spent on replacing Yelm Middle School and Southworth Elementary. $8.9 million would be spent on security enhancements like cameras, key card entry at main doors, front door security, playground safety upgrades, security fencing, lighting, etc. The money would also be used to remove portable classrooms.

Ballots for the bond will be mailed January 24 and the special election will take place on Feb. 12, 2019.

“Bonds in Washington state require a 60% super majority to pass,” by Shawn Goggins, ifiberonenewsradio.com, Shelton.
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– From Yelm Community Schools
“Current school tax includes state tax, local levy, and 2003 bond which is $8.04. There are changes in state funding (McCleary Decision) that will lower the state and local levy rates. In 2020 the total tax rate with the projected new bond rate would be $6.97 which is $1.07 less than property owners pay now. That rate will decline further as the 2003 bond is paid off in 2022.”
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Credit: www.ycs.wednet.edu/bond


– From Superintendent Brian Wharton, YCS December 2018 E-Newsletter
“We are please the school board has passed a resolution to place a bond measure on the February 12, 2019, Special Election as recommended by the Community Facilities Advisory Committee and support by the Citizens for Support of Yelm Schools. Our focus is on improving student safety and replacing critical buildings.

“Each school will benefit from the bond proposal addressing safety projects. Take time to ask your school how these projects will improve your student’s educational experience and as they progress to other schools in our district.”


December 5, 2018

Small Business Resources available in Thurston County

– “Small Business Resources by County”
“According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 99.5 percent of businesses in Washington qualify as small businesses. Those 590,908 small businesses employ approximately 1.3 million people, or 51.5 percent of all employees in the state.

“Whether you run a small business, or are thinking about starting one, there are numerous resources available year round:

Thurston County
* Thurston Economic Development Council
* Thurston County Small Business Incubator

From South Sound Business.
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December 4, 2018

Council: unsavory optics of the same 2 citizens serving on 2 committees




At the city council study session this evening, Councilor Molly Carmody questioned the poor optics of having the two same persons [who both also serve on the Chamber Board] serving on both the Salary Commission and the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC), where they are in a position to have advisory input over dissemination of thousands of dollars in funds making “significant financial decisions.” Councilors Stillwell and DePinto added their comments and questions in support of this subject. Carmody said she liked these people, and trust these people, yet the optics are terrible, even that they have the city’s best interest at heart. Carmody called for a greater effort next year in citizen recruitment to serve on these committees. Carmody also recommended that the elected official Chair be rotated among the councilors annually, so all can get experience on this committee.

Bottom line:
The public will be informed and have an opportunity to comment on the LTAC decisions at the December 11th council meeting. Click here for the council session video, begin at 57:00.


– Editor’s Note:
I applaud Councilor Carmody raising this issue and the comments from the council in transparency to bring this before the public. The Yelm Community Blog initiated this issue on October, 23, 2018 and November 28, 2018.


December 4, 2018

Photos from Yelm’s 2018 Christmas in the Park!


Christmas in Park 2018
Courtesy: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art, © 2018.




Christmas in Park 2018
Courtesy: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art, © 2018.




Christmas in Park 2018
Courtesy: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art, © 2018.




Christmas in Park 2018
Courtesy: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art, © 2018.



December 4, 2018

County Commission may vote on permanent marijuana regs. – FINALLY!
Thurston one of the last state jurisdictions with interim regs.


Photo: Noexcuseradio; Edited: LW/TO


– Editor’s note:
I have posted many stories on the lack of county enforcement by their own regulations, the latest entry was August 18, 2018 titled: “Why are marijuana regulations designed to protect the public not enforced?

I then questioned why was Thurston County’s White Star on a Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) marijuana retail applicants list when they are a Tier 3 Producer & Processor, since the WSLCB clearly states having all three licenses is not permitted: producer, processor, and retailer? Thurston County’s White Star has been a Tier 3 Producer & Processor since April 2016.

Hopefully, Thurston County will soon no longer be one of the last jurisdictions in the state operating on interim zoning regulations, the commission will vote on permanent rules, and will limit growing operations only in certain industrial or commercial districts, not in agricultural and rural residential zones.


– “Thurston commission might soon vote on permanent marijuana rules after 5 years of tweaks”
Under the latest draft, businesses will be permitted only in certain industrial or commercial districts, depending on whether they are producers, processors or retailers.

Since 2013, the interim regulations have been renewed 13 times, most recently last month. In 2016, commissioners considered passing permanent regulations but held off to make changes in response to concerns from the public.

According to the Municipal Research and Services Center, Thurston County is one of the last jurisdictions in the state still operating on interim zoning regulations.

A public hearing on whether to make the interim regulations permanent is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 11 in Building 1, Room 280 of the county complex at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia,” by Abby Spegman, The Olympian.
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December 4, 2018

Alaska’s Nov. 30th earthquake is a reminder for us here –
“Prepare to be on your own in a major Pacific Northwest disaster”


Photo credit: KING 5-TV News, Seattle


– Editor’s note:
Our western Washington quakes tend to be more shallow than last Friday’s Alaska quake, which cause more damage.


– “Washington and Alaska share scary earthquake parallels”
“Alaska and Washington share similar geology, drawing scary parallels between Friday’s 7.0 quake in Anchorage and its potential for Washington,’ by Glenn Farley, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
Read more


– “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.”

“Are you ready to be on your own for days if not weeks in a major natural disaster? Experts say it’s not a matter of if but when.”

“You’re on your own.

‘If a 9.0 earthquake or a tsunami wipes out homes, roads, bridges, communication, and other infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest, keep that thought in mind. You have to assume no one is coming to help you, and you may not be able to get anywhere to find help, at least for a few days.

“It’s not because responders don’t want to help. It’s because, as disaster preparation experts agree, they aren’t ready to jump with a region-wide response when something that big happens.

‘It’s a sobering thought, and that’s why you need to be ready — now — to be on your own,” by Travis Pittman, KING 5 TV News, Seattle.
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