December 18, 2014

Mounting electronic waste & what we can do

"Mounting Electronic Waste Poses Major Threat to Environment, Health"
"In 2012, the world amassed almost 49 million metric tons of e-waste, including everything from last generation cellphones and laptops to televisions and washing machines. The largest contributor, the United States, supplied nearly 66 pounds of e-waste per person that year. And the trend is only growing. One study, conducted by a United Nations partner organization, projects that this number will rise to 65.4 million metric tons by 2017. As the amount of e-waste dramatically increases, solutions for proper disposal have lagged considerably behind."

"But a great deal of e-waste ultimately winds up in landfills, meaning the toxic materials they contain, such as lead, arsenic, beryllium and mercury, often end up leaking into the environment, poisoning ecosystems and harming not only humans but animals and plants too. Improper disposal also poses a risk to data security as any information that has not been wiped from a device can usually be extracted with ease.

E-waste recyclers can be seen to be a responsible response to this problem," quoting Lauren Walker, NEWSWEEK.
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From Thurston County Solid Waste:
Manufacturers are now required by state law to offer recycling services for certain electronic items at no cost to residents, nonprofits, small businesses, schools and local governments. The law took effect January 1, 2009 and applies to the following items only:

TVs
Desktop computers
Laptop computers
Monitors
E-book readers (such as The Kindle and the Nook)
Portable DVD players

The state Department of Ecology is coordinating and enforcing the law through the E-CYCLE Washington program.

Take your local items here:
Goodwill Yelm Retail Store
906 East Yelm Avenue in Yelm
(360) 400-2400
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December 17, 2014

Vote for Yelm Community Schools Prop. 1 -
February 10, 2015


Yelm Community Schools logo


2015 Bond Information Proposition 1: February 10, 2015
Bonds to Make Safety Improvements, and Construct and Renovate School Facilities


- What is a Capital Facilities Bond?

- Reasons for a Bond - Why now?

- What Projects will the Bond Support?

- Will the Grade Configuration of Schools Change?

- What Will the Proposed Bond Cost?

The tax rate increase (over the existing rate) would be approximately $0.92 per $1,000 of assessed value, or $184 per year (or $15.33 per month) for a home valued at $200,000.
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- Open to the public “Chats with the Superintendent”
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at Crossroads Community Covenant Church

• 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 23 at Yelm Senior Center

• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at Yelm Prairie Christian Center

December 16, 2014

Rep. Heck voted against the federal budget


Rep. Denny Heck
Photo credit: Greg Nash

- "Rep. Heck says too many non-spending policies were tucked into federal spending bill"
"U.S. Rep. Denny Heck said Monday he voted against the more than $1 trillion federal budget bill last week that averted a government shutdown, even though it had $39 million for one of his pet budget projects, a new Evergreen Elementary School at Joint Base Lewis McChord that serves special needs students.

The Olympia Democrat said the budget bill had too many policy decisions embedded in it. H.R. 83 passed the House by a vote of 219 to 206 late Thursday and cleared the Senate on Saturday."

"'This was my first exposure to this ‘Let’s take a big handful of crap and keep putting it in the budget bill.’ It bothered me,' Heck said during his quarterly sit-down with The Olympian editorial board," quoting By Brad Shannon in The Olympian.
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- Heck Statement on the "CRomnibus"
Dec 11, 2014
Press Release
Rep. Denny Heck's statement on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Appropriations Act for FY 2015
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Editor's note:
BRAVO to Rep. Heck.

Dec 20th @ 7pm: Yelm Community Orchestra and Chorale -
offering traditional Christmas Tunes!

Sat., Dec. 20th @ 7pm: The Yelm Community Orchestra and Chorale doing traditional Christmas Tunes!
$5 per family.

The Triad Theater
Yelm's home for Arts/Entertainment/Nightlife
102 Yelm Ave. SE
Yelm, WA 98597
(360) 458-3140
Visit www.thetriadartstheater.com for more info.

December 15, 2014

Yelm Food Co-Op set to hit $1M mark

By Debbie Burgan in the Grapevine:
"So, it looks like this may be our $1 Million year.
Did you know that Yelm Food Co-Op is considered an anomaly in the Co-Op industry?
We opened with only $26k in the bank. At that time, the average new Co-op venture was $1-3 million, half of which the banks required to come directly from members. I can’t deny that we weren’t a bit crazy (and there were days when we were flat out insane) but we managed to pull it off anyway because everyone wanted this more than we didn’t want it! We were (and still are) willing to do what is necessary to keep moving forward.

What do they have we don’t have? Buying power. Hitting this $1 Million dollar level will put us in an excellent position to join them.
Another factor is the Members. The Olympia Food Co-Op has over 10,000 members to our 1,600, 40+ years to our 8, and revenue in the millions (at one point they were where we are now and were faced the same decisions we are making now).


We were just approved by the IRS for this [non-profit status] in the past couple of months. The immediate benefits include:
- Tax Deductible dues and donations
- Potential Grant Money for equipment
- The Yelm Farmers Market
- The Yelm Community Gardens (another non-profit venture to help educate people on how to grow and be sustainable)"

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Yelm Food Co-op
308 Yelm Ave, E. @ Gordon's Garden Center
Yelm, WA. 98597
Phone: 360-400-2210
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Yelm area woman's petition on Change.org:
Support the US Post Office

From Florence Vincent:
"I wanted to share an exciting update about a petition I created on Change.org:
'President of the United States: Please appoint people who support the Post Office to it's Board of Governors!'

Read about the update 'Senator Bernie Sanders speaks' below, and join me in supporting this campaign by signing the petition!"
Click here

December 14, 2014

The Spirit of Christmas

If you haven't already seen these, they are a must-watch!!!

Expect to be moved:

- "Sainsbury's OFFICIAL Christmas 2014 Ad"
"Presenting the new Sainsbury’s Christmas advert. Made in partnership with The Royal British Legion. Inspired by real events from 100 years ago.

This year’s Christmas ad from Sainsbury’s – Christmas is for sharing. Made in partnership with The Royal British Legion, it commemorates the extraordinary events of Christmas Day, 1914, when the guns fell silent and two armies met in no-man’s land, sharing gifts – and even playing football together.

The chocolate bar featured in the ad is on sale now at Sainsbury’s. All profits (50p per bar) will go to The Royal British Legion and will benefit our armed forces and their families, past and present."
Click here

- "WestJet Christmas Miracle"
"Experience a WestJet Christmas Miracle as they show the Spirit of Giving by bringing Santa and Christmas to a small town, Nuevo Renacer, near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The gifts were provided in a plastic storage container because it could be reused by each household. The Dominican Republic is a popular vacation destination from the United States and Canada as it’s fairly easy to get to and certainly warmer in the winter months
Click here


- "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley - #OnTheRoad"
"Unique traffic stops in Kansas City, Missouri bring drivers to tears. Watch last night's "On the Road" with Steve Hartman."
Click here


- "One special Christmas delivery: Cop who caught starving mother stealing eggs gives her two truckloads of food to feed her family"

* Officer William Stacy and his colleagues delivered the food on Wednesday [in Alabama]
* Helen Johnson, 47, was caught stealing five eggs on Saturday by Stacy
* Declined to arrest her and instead bought her the eggs and gave her a hug
* Made the desperate mom promise not to shop lift again in the future
* The story was captured on video by passerby and went viral online
* Johnson lives with her two daughters, niece and two grandchildren in the same apartment,"
by James Nye, UK's Daily Mail.
Click here for the video.


- And our own area's giving is a favorite -
"Christmas in the Northwest"

"Musical artists from across Northwest Supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital since 1985"
Click here

December 13, 2014

Yelm's JZ-Rose offers Showroom Specials

December 12, 2014

Yelm & vicinity still without power - Schools closed today

As dawn approaches, Puget Sound Energy has crews dispatched to our area to restore power lost since last night's dinner hour.
Click here for Puget Sound Energy's outage map.

Yelm Community Schools closed today:
"Closed, No kindergarten or preschool, No out-of-district transportation. District Closed due to electrical power outages," quoting KING-5 TV News. Click here

Chehalis Western Trail Lacey bridge dedication Saturday

"Festivities are planned for Saturday, Dec. 13, to celebrate the completion of the Chehalis Western Trail’s Pacific Avenue crossing near the Lacey-Olympia border.

Activities start at 11 a.m. and include a ribbon cutting, commemoration, cake and cider and celebratory walk over the new bridge. The activities will take place nearby in the Music 6000 parking lot, 3738 Pacific Avenue SE."

"The 22-mile trail stretches from Woodward Bay to the north south to the outskirts of Rainier where it links with the 14.5-mile Yelm-Tenino Trail," by Craig Hill, The Olympian.
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