July 28, 2014

"Downtown Yelm in 1910"

Posted on the Yelm History Project website July 27, 2014:
Downtown Yelm in 1910
From: Farm Industry Pervades Yelm
The Daily Ledger - July 17, 1910

Yelm, July 16 – Freight cars today hide a part of Yelm from the view of passengers of trains on the Northern Pacific tracks, which run through the place. These cars, forming several trains, were being loaded with telegraph poles, piles, hewed ties and posts. All except the ties were products of the Whitlach mill, Yelm’s main industrial plant, which cuts about 40,000 feet of lumber a day. The poles, piles, ties and posts covered the ground for a block extending from the railroad tracks. They were being shipped to various points in Washington and Oregon, especially in this state, where railroad building is just now causing larger exports from the sawmills.
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The aforementioned is one of several postings on July 27:
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Recognize the names "Isom," "Wolf," and Stancil" - from 1944?
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July 27, 2014

Yelm's Willow Nail Academy

Courtesy: Willow Spa and Nail Clinic, © 2014

"The Willow Nail Academy [opened] January 13th 2014 and is the only school in Washington exclusively dedicated to Nail Technology Training. We train in all state board required subjects such as: Safety and Sanitation, Manicuring, Hand Massage, Polishing, Tip Application, Wraps, Sculptured Acrylics and Business. Willow Nail Academy provides a great deal of services, which allows our students to experience all facets of nail technology. Nail Academy students will train for a few months within Willow Spa and Nail Clinic to learn professionalism in the workplace, teamwork and skills of the trade. Our graduates are confident when they complete the course, which encourages them to work in a professional and proficient salon.

There is ongoing enrollment for students. Interested persons can request an information package by going to www.willowspaandnailclinic.com/nail-academy," quoting Thurston Talk.com.
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Willow Nail Academy
1202 Yelm Ave. E.
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: 360-458-1491
Website: www.willowspaandnailclinic.com/nail-academy

July 26, 2014

Rgistration open for Yelm's 'Survivor' summer camp

Sponsored by the Yelm Police Dept.

Survivor Camp 2014
When: Mon., August 4 - Fri., August 8, 9am to 12 noon each day
Where: Longmire Park, 16820 Canal Rd SE, Yelm
Description: Annual Survivor Summer Camp, each day FREE!
Registration: Yelm Police Dept.
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From the flier:
"Registration open for Yelm's 'Survivor' summer camp"

14th annual event returns Aug. 4-8
Registration is now open for Yelm's annual Survivor Summer Camp.

Organized by the Yelm Police Department, the camp is open to all students entering grades 7 through 12 within the Yelm and Rainier School Districts.

The City of Yelm will sponsor the first 75 participants and here's what they can expect:

Participants will be grouped into teams; the overall number of camp participants will determine the size of the teams. Each team will choose a team captain as well as their team name. The teams will compete against one another in various athletic and non-athletic events for points. The team with the most points at the end of the week will be the team champion and get their names and pictures in the local paper.

Events may include, but not limited to the following: Soccer, Tug of War, Long Jump, Running Relays, Water Balloon Toss, FB Throw/Kick, Bicycle Ride, Talent Contest, Wheelbarrow Race, Wall Sitting, Basketball, 3-Legged Race, Shoe Toss Obstacle Course, Softball, and Sprint Races.

July 25, 2014

Introducing Enterprise for Equity

"Our mission is to ensure that low-income people in the South Sound region have access to training, technical assistance, support, and credit for small business development. Micro-enterprise services are provided with the belief that people can and do transform their lives as they bring their dreams to their entrepreneurial efforts."
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"Enterprise for Equity has been helping low-income people start small businesses since 1999.Donate online to Enterprise for Equity The Microcredit Summit in Washington, D.C in 1997 initially inspired this effort. After the Summit a small group of volunteers brought together 30 representatives of low-income serving agencies in the South Sound such as the Food Bank, Refugee and Immigrant Services Center, and Housing Authority to learn about the self-employment needs of the people they serve. Since then we have developed relationships with these agencies, conducted comprehensive business planning programs, obtained our 501(c)3 designation, established an active Board of Directors, and received sponsorships and funding from foundations, businesses and public agencies.

Our organization has implemented a full menu of business planning, technical assistance and support services to help people increase their income, confidence and financial security. Enterprise for Equity is uniquely qualified to support low-income entrepreneurs in the development of their business."
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July 24, 2014

"'Most Evil Company' Loses Court Battle"

A very thorough report form Dr. Mercola's newsletter:
"During last year's I-522 ballot campaign to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Washington State, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) came up with a devious, and illegal, money-laundering scheme to protect the identity of members who donated funds to the opposing campaign.

You might remember that several major food companies experienced major backlash from consumers when their contributions to the 2012 anti-labeling campaign in California (Prop. 37) came to light, and those donating to the Washington campaign certainly wanted to avoid the same fate.

Unfortunately, this illegal move helped the GMA defeat I-522 (by a mere one percent margin), but they did get their just deserts… the GMA was sued by Attorney General Bob Ferguson in 2013, who accused them of intentional money laundering and violating state campaign disclosure laws.

Several developments have happened since then, including the GMA trying to sue a state (twice) – a motion that was recently rejected."

"On October 16, 2013, Attorney General Ferguson filed suit against the GMA on behalf of the State of Washington, alleging the association had violated the state's campaign disclosure laws."

"In its countersuit, the GMA requested that the case against them be dismissed, but Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller has ruled against them," quoting Dr. Mercola.

Dr. Mercola "recently named the GMA 'the most evil corporation on the planet,' considering the fact that it consists primarily of pesticide producers and junk food manufacturers who are going to great lengths to violate some of your most basic rights—just to ensure that subsidized, genetically engineered and chemical-dependent, highly processed junk food remains the status quo."
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July 23, 2014

Over a quarter inch of rain breaks record

The over a quarter inch of rain (.27 inches) broke the record rainfall for this date (July 23) at Olympia Regional Airport.
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Introducing CREW -
Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup

"CREW formed in the late 1990s to address the regional nature of earthquake hazards in the Pacific Northwest and the interdependency of public agencies and private businesses in planning for earthquakes. We are a nonprofit public-private coalition of business people, emergency managers, scientists, government officials and civic leaders who work together to reduce the effects of earthquakes and related hazards, such as tsunami, throughout the Cascadia region, which stretches from northern California to British Columbia."

Specifically, CREW’s goals are:

Promote efforts to reduce the loss of life and property damage from earthquakes;
Educate and motivate decision makers, managers, and the general public to reduce risks associated with earthquakes; and
Foster productive linkages between scientists, critical infrastructure providers, businesses and governmental agencies in order to improve the resilience of communities after an earthquake.
Read more in our Strategic Plan.

We invite all individuals, businesses and organizations that want to make the Cascadia Region more resilient to earthquakes and related hazards to join us."
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July 22, 2014

The American Police State -
Bill Maher, the latest from Snowden, and more

- "Bill Maher Rails Against Militarized Police State"
Ed. Note: This nails it - absolutely accurate!
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From Edward Snowden:
- NSA Employees Routinely Pass Around Intercepted Nude Photos
By Wang Wei, The Hacker News
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- Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that' - video interview"
Excerpt of interview with UK's The Guardian.
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And two relevant stories on "The American Police State:"
"An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This"
"The Rainbow Swash is an iconic piece of public art near Boston painted on the circumference of a 140-foot high liquefied natural gas storage tank in 1971 and repainted in 1992 at an adjacent site. It is actually one of the largest copyrighted pieces of art in the world. The original artist was Korita Kent," quoting James Prigoff on the ACLU Blog.
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"Commentary -What I Don’t Like About Life in the American Police State"
By John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute.
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July 21, 2014

Gov. Inslee positions state to lead on solar

Gov. Jay Inslee

- " Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here’s how."
"Until now, the process of legally installing solar panels on a building in Washington has been what it is in most of the U.S.: while there are state and national building codes, each county enforces them differently."

Then this April, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order to deal with carbon emissions — and that order paved the way for the standardization and simplification of solar permitting. It was a surprisingly agreeable process, says Mia Devine, a project manager at Northwest Solar Communities, a coalition that helped with the rule changes. 'The mandate of the governor’s office really made people pay attention. It actually passed unanimously.'

This whole 'actually making it easy to put in solar' thing is still fairly rare, but the idea of having simpler rules seems like a popular one," quoting Heather Smith in Grist.
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Editor's Note:
Bravo to Gov. Inslee for taking the lead in this development. I purchased my first solar panels in 1992 and for over 20 years, solar has provided a reliable year round power source for my home, even here in the Northeast. To reduce the need for fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint IS the future.

And, President Obama went the other way, unfortunately!

- "Seismic rift: Obama splits with environmentalists on Atlantic oil exploration
White House sides with energy companies in dispute with environmentalists"

"The Obama administration on Friday [July 18] green-lighted a plan to allow the oil industry to search for possible oil and gas under Atlantic waters using air guns and sonic blasts that environmentalists say can harm marine life."

"It also helps pave the way for possible drilling off the East Coast in the 2020s by giving the industry a new chance to prove the oil and gas potential of the area as the Obama administration assembles a five-year plan for selling offshore energy leases beginning in late 2017," quoting Jennifer A. Dlouhy in the Houston Chronicle.

Editor's note:
Imagine Daytona Beach, Carolina's Outer Banks or the Chesapeake Bay's famed crabbing waters destroyed by an oil pipeline disaster? Of course, the damage to our coast's marine life will be enormous from the sonic blasts alone!

July 20, 2014

This summer, visit two lavender farms in our area

Photo courtesy: Urban Harvest

- Mountain Meadow Lavender Farm
"Welcome to Mountain Meadow Lavender Farm near Roy.... 10 acres that is soon to be LAVENDER CENTRAL in the Nisqually Valley! Owned by Barbara and Gerald Hulscher, we now have nearly 1,000 plants of several varieties growing in our fields on the corner of 8th Ave. So and 304th. Come on over and visit our store or give us a call!"

Mountain Meadow Lavender Farm
919 304th St So
Roy, WA. 98580
(253) 843-4109

- Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm
"The Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm is a boutique farm located, in Olympia Washington, at the base of the Puget Sound. We specialize in Dried Lavender Crafts, Dried Lavender Bundles (fresh in-season), Lavender Buds, Culinary Lavender, Soothing Body Products, Aromatherapy and Lavender Gifts."

Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm
9733 Evergreen Valley Rd. SE.
Olympia, WA. 98513
(360) 754-2002
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