December 10, 2018

Yelm in national news today: Jehovah’s Witness halls arson fires

“Arson ‘attacks’ target Jehovah’s Witness halls in WA. State”

“‘How frustrating is it that people who find a solemn place of worship — now it’s being destroyed,’ an official said.”

“The earlier fires occurred in Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm between March and August, KING reported,” by Tim Stelloh, NBC News.

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December 10, 2018

Council to seek public input on hotel tax distributions list!

Credit: City of Yelm

From the Yelm City Council Agenda:

“Council will consider the recommendations from the LTAC [Lodging Tax Advisory Council] to invest in community events, activities, and other expenditures designed to increase tourism. Information publicly available at:  “

  • Editor’s Note: As agreed at the December 4th council study session, the public will be informed and have an opportunity to comment on the LTAC decisions at the December 11th council meeting. Thank you to councilors Carmody, Stilwell and DePinto for advocating in the public’s interest!

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December 10, 2018

Yelm’s Downtown Corridor Plan Open House Dec. 13

Credit: City of Yelm

Open to the public – citizen input is requested!

From Yelm’s Community and Economic Development Dept.:

“The City is hosting a public open house on Thursday (12/13) from 4-7pm at the Yelm Community Center. We will be sharing the preliminary concepts which have been refined based on the feedback we received at the working sessions. At this time, we are hoping to get some additional input from the community before moving into development of the draft action plan.”

December 9, 2018

December 7 , 2018 is a day that will live in infamy for Trump!
Trump’s DOJ accuses him of 2 felonies. Economic uncertainty follows.
Americans should take note: “a storm’s a comin'”

“President Trump boarded Air Force One with toilet paper stuck onto his left foot.”  Oct. 4, 2018. Credit: UK’s Daily Mail.

  • Editor’s note: President Trump clearly has more than toilet paper stuck to his shoe now that his own DOJ has accused him of committing two felonies according to documents released by the Southern District of New York (SDNY) on Friday, December 7, 2018. That was the 77th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing, “a day which will live in infamy,” quoting President Franklin Roosevelt.
    Clearly, December 7th is a day that will live in infamy for the Presidency of Donald Trump, now more weakened on the world stage in being accused of 2 felonies.
    This is not good for America and as with Nixon in 1974, the uncertainly of what will happen with this country’s leadership in the future will spill over into economic uncertainty reflected in the markets, and eventually hit your household’s wallet.  I am a Constitutionalist, so whatever you think of President Trump, I am for our laws being followed and if those are broken by our leaders, then they should be prosecuted as any other citizen.  

Stormy Daniels said this to President Trump May 5, 2018, on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL), “a storm’s a comin'”!
Click here for the video.

– These stories making news in the last week:

Trump Accused of Multiple Felonies

Trump is losing the trade war with China based on his favorite report card, and it’s probably going to keep getting worse

Frida Ghitis Trump’s worst week ever? From Mueller and Michael Cohen to Bush’s funeral, the past seven days were disastrous

December 9, 2018

Trump shrugs aside historic debt his admin. amasses

Credit: Tom Toles, Washington Post

– “Trump on Coming Debt Crisis: ‘I Won’t Be Here’ When It Blows Up”
“The president thinks the balancing of the nation’s books is going to, ultimately, be a future president’s problem.”

“Sources close to the president say he has repeatedly shrugged it off, implying that he doesn’t have to worry about the money owed to America’s creditors—currently about $21 trillion—because he won’t be around to shoulder the blame when it [national debt] becomes even more untenable.

“The friction came to a head in early 2017 when senior officials offered Trump charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a ‘hockey stick’ spike in the national debt in the not-too-distant future. In response, Trump noted that the data suggested the debt would reach a critical mass only after his possible second term in office.

“‘Yeah, but I won’t be here,’ the president bluntly said, according to a source who was in the room when Trump made this comment during discussions on the debt,” by Asawin Suebsaeng, Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast.
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December 8, 2018

Now Lacey’s Jehovah’s Witness hall destroyed by fire!

“$36,000 reward offered after fire destroys Jehovah’s Witness hall in Lacey”

“The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lacey was destroyed Friday morning [Dec. 7] by a fire that detectives call suspicious.”

“The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office called the fire suspicious and said a local will investigate its cause. A $36,000 reward is being offered for information.”


“Four fires were set earlier this year at three different Kingdom Halls located throughout Thurston County.

  • March 19: Olympia Kingdom Hall
  • March 19: Tumwater Kingdom Hall
  • July 3: Olympia Kingdom Hall
  • August 8: Yelm Kingdom Hall

“Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza said his office will do whatever it can to help federal investigators hold someone responsible for the attacks over the year,” by Brian Price, Drew Mikkelsen, KING-5 TV News, Seattle .

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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.
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Click here for the Yelm Blogger’s review.

December 6, 2018

Weather record: Tied record low for any Dec. 6th

Photo credit: Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art

– Weather record – Tie for low temperature for any Dec. 6th
Due to clear skies not trapping in heat this morning, Olympia Regional Airport, closest official weather service station to Yelm (16 miles), tied the low temperature record for any December 6th at 17 degrees (-8.3 C.), the previous record set in 1980. The average low for any Dec. 6th is 33 degrees (.6 C.).
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December 6, 2018

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

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.”
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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.