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.
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– “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.
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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.”
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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

DePinto/Foster 19 votes apart for Mayor, Colt & Kaminski projected winners

The Thurston County Auditor’s Office released election results at 4:36pm this evening, with mayoral candidate Joe DePinto now 19 votes from Foster’s total.

– Editor’s Note:
One thing has become crystal clear no matter who wins the mayoral position; Yelm voters are mirroring national voting patterns – with nearly half of the voters choosing a first-time mayoral candidate over the interim-mayor, plus soundly electing a new councilor over a two-term incumbent. Voters want change and lack trust in “The Old Guard’s” polices and methods, for when the music stops, will have led Yelm citizens to carry a heavy burden and pay a high price for past decisions.
That is a threshold this city has now reached.
The first priority for whoever becomes the mayor-elect is to reach-out to the divided electorate and welcome all to “Team Yelm!”
“United we stand, divided we fall,” quoting the motto of the State of Kentucky.

The Yelm Community Blog projects Cody Colt defeating Russ Hendrickson and Terri Kaminski defeating James Blair. With Colt’s win over Hendrickson, the “slam dunk” complicit-council-majority voting by what is termed “The Old Guard” will finally be over, for Colt brings a fresh perspective that is not beholding to anyone!

The totals do not include write-ins.
City of Yelm Mayor
Candidate Vote
Joe DePinto 611
JW Foster 630
Difference = 19 votes
Total Votes 1,241

City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 3
Candidate Vote
Cody Colt 596
Russ Hendrickson 530
Difference = 66 votes
Total Votes 1,126

City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 7
Candidate Vote
James C. Blair 552
Terry Kaminski 620
Difference = 68 votes
Total Votes 1,172

Uncontested Council positions all received less than 900 votes each:
Pos. 1, EJ Curry 866
Pos. 3, Tad Stillwell 895
Pos. 4, Tracey Wood 876


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.
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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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November 12, 2017

Yelm Farmers Market returns to city center in 2018


Photo courtesy: Yelm Farmers Market


Yelm Farmers Market to return to city center roots in 2018
“New location for the market next year – exciting times ahead!”

“Looks like we’ll be at the Yelm Community Center next year – great venue right on the Yelm City Park. Huge thanks to Tami Merriman, Grant Beck, Michael Grayum and Mayor Foster for their support!” quoting the Yelm Farmers Market Facebook page.


– Editor’s note: This blogger has always advocated for the Yelm Farmers Market to be back in Yelm. Congratulations to all who pushed the logjam out of the way to make this a reality.


November 11, 2017

Veterans Day 2017 – Honoring America’s Service Men & Women!


Photo credit: www.VA.gov


– Veterans Day Observances
National Observance
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. Read more

Local Observances
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion host two ceremonies in honor of our area’s active and retired service members: November 11th at 1pm at the Yelm Cemetery, and 3pm at the Roy Cemetery. The Boy and Girl Scouts will place flags on tombstones and hand out remembrance poppies. We give sincere thanks and appreciation to our area’s active duty personnel, veterans and their families. We are proud of them!


– ABOUT VETERANS DAY
“Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)…

The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” quoting Wikipedia.
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– HONORING ALL SOLDIERS WHO SERVED
“For most of us Veterans Day holiday just means a chance to enjoy an extra day off from work or school. However this day November 11, be sure to spend a few minutes on its true purpose, by acknowledging any person who served in any military service branch. These include the members of the US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy or the Coast Guard.

Many people often believe that Veterans Day and Memorial Day are celebrated for the same reason. There is however a important difference between the two holidays. While both honor our military personnel, the Memorial Day is a day to remember and pay respect to all that died serving our country in a war, while Veterans Day is to celebrate all soldiers who served in the forces at anytime, during peace or war,” quoting Veterans Day 2015.
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– “ARMISTICE DAY”
“On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, fighting ceased in the ‘war to end all wars.’ People went on killing and dying right up until the pre-designated moment, impacting nothing other than our understanding of the stupidity of war.”

“Believe it or not, November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, support troops, or cheer the 15th year of occupying Afghanistan. This day was made a holiday in order to celebrate an armistice that ended what was up until that point, in 1918, one of the worst things our species had thus far done to itself, namely World War I.

World War I, then known simply as the world war or the great war, had been marketed as a war to end war. Celebrating its end was also understood as celebrating the end of all wars,” quoting David Swanson, World Beyond War.org.
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