October 23, 2014

Commissioner Romero's Coffee Mon., Oct. 27 -
in Yelm, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


Sandra Romero

FROM COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROMERO'S e-mailer:
Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier and Yelm on Monday, October 27th.

On Monday, October 27th, join Commissioner Romero and her guest, Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, for coffee, and learn about all of the services the Auditor’s Office provides.

Mary Hall was elected Thurston County Auditor in November, 2013

There is a lot happening in Thurston County and we want to hear from you!
Once a month, Commissioner Romero meets with community members for informal coffee chats. These meetings give you the opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask her questions about the county, and share ideas. Commissioner Romero provides participants' coffee. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

What:
Citizen meeting with 2nd district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

When:
Monday, October 27th, 2014

Where:
- Rainier: 9:30am – 10:30am at Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St W

- Yelm: 11:00am – Noon Tacos Gaby, 307 Yelm Ave SE
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October 22, 2014

Record rainfall total for any Oct. 22 today!

The National Weather Service recorded 1.43 inches of rain at Olympia Regional Airport today, which beat the previous single-day rainfall total for any October 22 here of 1.32 inches, noted in 1951.
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Introducing the debut of the Yelm Business Assn. -
1st general meeting Oct. 28, 4pm

From the Press Release:
"On Tuesday, October 28th at 4:00 p.m., the newly-formed Yelm Business Association will be having its first general meeting at the Triad Theater, 102 Yelm Avenue East. Current members as well as any local business owners or those who have business interests in the city of Yelm are invited to attend. The YBA Board of Directors will be sharing some of their thoughts on priority issues and direction, but want to hear directly from other business-owners about important issues in the business community.

Several months ago, a small group of local business owners formed the YBA, basing their model on that of the Olympia Downtown Association and other similar associations. The purpose of the YBA is to provide a voice for local business owners in City government, as well as to advocate for policies and programs that support local businesses and the ability of those businesses to continue to hire employees and reinforce the local economy. A significant number of local businesses have expressed concerns that their voices are not being heard by the City of Yelm government, and this organization was formed to address those concerns directly with Yelm’s leadership.

The stated mission of YBA is “to preserve, promote, and enhance Yelm’s locally-owned businesses by acting as an advocate to local government, by improving Yelm’s aesthetic appeal, and by encouraging citizen and business involvement in the community.” The organization has also incorporated as a non-profit corporation and has applied to the IRS for 501(c)(6) status."

- "Make Your Voice Heard"
"Work with local business owners in your community and make a difference"

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October 21, 2014

Yelm Co-op's annual 'Gift of Gobble' returns for 2014


Mr. Turkey 2013 all feathered out; each feather represents that funds were collected to feed two families.

YELM COOPERATIVE ANNOUNCES FIFTH ANNUAL "GIFT OF GOBBLE"

Leaves are falling - Thanksgiving is on its way. The Yelm Cooperative will once again nourish our community through a project called "Feed a Family - Give the Gift of Gobble."
To raise the needed money, charitable contributions, large or small, are being accepted at the Yelm Food Co-op now until Thanksgiving.

- Last year the project raised enough money to feed 106 families.

- This year the Co-op has set its goal of feeding 125 families.
In addition to accepting individual contributions, project volunteers will call on area businesses for donations. Just $65 will provide all the ingredients for a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast that will feed a family of six, plus leftovers! Each family gets: a naturally-grown turkey, organic vegetables and potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pie fixings and more.

The Yelm Food Co-op is located at 308 Yelm Avenue East inside Gordon’s Garden Center.
The store carries organic, artisan and whole foods from many local farmers and companies.

For further information, contact General Manager Barnaby Rintz at 360-400-2210.

October 20, 2014

Sierra Club-endorsed candidates in Yelm Thursday -
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



The South Sound Sierra Club
cordially invites you to join us in supporting
Sierra Club endorsed candidates
Greg Hartman for State Representative, 2nd District
Karen Valenzuela for Thurston County Commissioner (incumbent)

Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Yelm Grange, 302 East Yelm Avenue (next door to Gordon's Garden Center)
Come and meet the candidates!
Refreshments provided

October 19, 2014

October is Non-GMO Awareness Month



- "October is GMO Awareness Month"
"Every October, thousands of supermarkets, cooperatives, and independent natural food retailers join the Non - GMO Project in celebrating your right to know what’s in your food. Established in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness on the GMO issue, Non - GMO Month has become one of the farthest - reaching
campaigns of its kind," quoting Florence Vincent, Yelm Food Co-op.
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- "About Non-GMO Month"
"Non-GMO Month was created by the Non-GMO Project in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness on the GMO issue. Citizens and organizations across North America are discovering the risks GMOs pose to our health, our families, and our planet," quoting The Non-GMO Project.
Read more

- "No GMO: Your Complete Guide to GMO"
By Nation of Change.org
Read more

October 18, 2014

Ballots begin arriving in the mail! -
Be sure to vote - it's important for the future!



Two thoughtful and informative articles on local races:

- "Challengers in rural 2nd Legislative District seek to unseat Republicans"
By Melissa Santos, The Tacoma News Tribune.
Read more

- "Decision time in state rep races"
From The Dispatch of South Pierce County.
Read more


This letter in The Olympian is important to note, as Wilcox also refused to debate his opponent.
Do we want someone who has such disregard for his constituents to represent us?


- "Wilcox the only candidate who didn’t attend forum"
" A recent Yelm candidate forum drew Hunt, Hartman, Nielson, but no Wilcox.

There was an enormous chance to meet with voters recently in Yelm, at a candidate forum sponsored by the True Grass Roots organization. It drew about 60 engaged voters who wanted to hear about the candidates and their positions on property rights and taxes. Being from the 2nd District I felt it very important that the candidates show up and make their ideas known. Hopefully when people cast their votes in the next couple weeks, they will take a look at who showed up and who tried to hide."

James Holcomb
Olympia


October 17, 2014

Vote for Tenino business in KING 5's Best of Washington


Photo courtesy: Don Juan's Mexican Kitchen, Tenino

Thurston County's Don Juan's Mexican Kitchen in Tenino is a top nominee in KING 5 TV's 2014 Best of Washington series on Evening Magazine.

Tenino's Don Juan's Mexican Kitchen family is comprised of Juan, Ava, Marcela, and Juanito Martinez.

Click here to support our locally owned business by voting for them, sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

Don Juan's Mexican Kitchen
639 Lincoln Avenue East
Tenino WA 98589
Phone: (360) 264-8226
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TELL DON JUAN'S MEXICAN KITCHEN YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!

Vote for Yelm business in KING 5's Best of Washington


Photo courtesy: Pizzeria La Gitana, Yelm

Thurston County's two locations of Pizzeria La Gitana (Yelm and Olympia) are top nominees in KING 5 TV's 2014 Best of Washington series on Evening Magazine.

Yelm's Pizzeria La Gitana's owners are Marian Licxandru (pronounced: Le-shan-dru) and his wife, Luminita (Lumi).
Olympia's Pizzeria La Gitana store owners Francesco Chechi & Carlos Morist are also Yelm area residents.

Click here to support our locally owned business by voting for them, sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

PIZZERIA LA GITANA
309 East Yelm Avenue
Yelm, WA 98597
Phone: (360) 400-2929


TELL PIZZERIA LA GITANA YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!

October 16, 2014

Commissioner Romero attends prestigious KY Conference


Credit: American Farmland Trust

Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero will be attending a prestigious Kentucky Conference:

Comprehensive Approaches to Local Farmland Protection
Farmland, Food and Livable Communities
Lexington, Kentucky - October 20-22, 2014


On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Commissioner Romero will join the dais with -
Billy Van Pelt, CEO, Woodford Forward, Incorporated (moderator); Janice Hill, Executive Planner in Kane County, Illinois; Don Robinson, Lexington-Fayette Rural Land Management Board; Sandra Romero, County Commissioner from Thurston County, Washington; Cynthia Wilson, Long Range Planning Manager, Thurston County, Washington

Participants will "Learn about effective local farmland protection efforts that use multiple tools to protect agricultural land and support agriculture. Featured localities include Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky; Kane County, Illinois; and Thurston County, Washington."
Read more from American Farmland Trust's National Conference.


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