“Who’s Who in the Nisqually” with Randy King –
Tuesday, March 14, 7pm at The Triad




Host and Interviewer Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar, Vice President and founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association (YBA), and a founding member of the Nisqually Land Trust.


Initial sponsors of the Who’s Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry.


– UPDATE: March 9, 2017
“Who’s Who Features Mount Rainier Superintendent”
From the Nisqually Valley News.
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– UPDATE: March 16, 2017
“Rainier Superintendent Joins Who’s Who Discussion”
“Randy King Talks Past, Present and Future of Our Volcanic Neighbor”
From the Nisqually Valley News.
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2nd “Who’s Who” hosted Comm. Gary Edwards –
YBA co-sponsored this dynamic interview


Mayor JW Foster, Thurston Commissioner Gary Edwards,
Interviewer/Host Steve Craig, YBA Vice President
Photo courtesy: City of Yelm Government Facebook



– Second monthly interview series of “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” occurred February 16, 2017
“Last night [February 16, 2017] at The Triad Theater our County Commissioner and former Thurston County-Sheriff, Gary Edwards, was the featured guest for “Who’s Who in The Nisqually Watershed.” He answered questions ranging from pocket gophers to septic tanks, moonshine to law enforcement. Then Yelm’s new Mayor, JW Foster, was invited to highlight the work they are doing together to strengthen economic growth and development. These community forums are FREE, fun, open to the public, and feature a new guest each month. Learn more at: https://www.thetriadartstheater.com/,” quoting City of Yelm Government on Facebook.
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– About Host and Interviewer Steve Craig
Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar, Vice President and founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association (YBA), and a founding member of the Nisqually Land Trust. Craoig also owns the historic Wolf Building, home to Yelm’s Triad Theater.


Initial sponsors of the Who’s Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry.

YBA proposes Arts commission to Mayor and Council

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted a proposal to establish an Arts Commission at the city council meeting Feb. 14, 2017. The document read in-part:

Dear City Council Members and Mayor Foster:
The Yelm Business Association presents the enclosed draft ordinance language relative to establishment of a Yelm Arts Commission. The purpose of the proposed arts commission, as defined in the draft ordinance is as follows:
As a matter of public policy, the city of Yelm recognizes that support for artists and arts organizations, development and stewardship of public art, arts education, and cultural development are public necessities and essential for the continuing growth and development of Yelm’s citizens, economy and quality of life. The primary duty of Yelm’s arts commission is to identify and actively encourage the development and sustainability of the arts in the city by serving as the city’s primary resource in matters of public art and culture, as provided in this chapter.
As you know, our purpose has always been to help promote local business in Yelm, and we sincerely believe that the city council shares in that desire. Proposing ordinance language such as this falls well within that purpose. We look forward to your consideration of this proposed ordinance, and we certainly are available to meet with the council at any time to discuss it.

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– UPDATE: February 16, 2017
“YBA Proposes Art Commission Creation”
“Goal to Help Business by Supporting Art”
By Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA adds Food Truck specifics to Comp. Plan Hearing


Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to the Yelm city council
parking area to dovetail with the YBA proposal, at the invitation of YBA V.P. Steve Craig.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.

The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted further comments to Yelm City Hall officials Feb. 14, 2017 about their Food Truck Regs. proposal, to be included in the city’s Comprehensive Plan update. The YBA Food Truck Regs. proposal was the subject of the first Town Hall Public Forum in Yelm in over 12 years (Nov. 4, 2016). This update was completed with the assistance of Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association. Councilor Joe DePinto publicly apologized to YBA President Schmier and acknowledged that council had not discussed this proposal in the 5+ months since first presented, directing City Administrator Michael Grayum to add the YBA Food Trucks regs. proposal to the council’s study session agenda.
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Also included were these reports beneficial in developing food truck regulations, supplied by the WFTA:
* 7 Myths and Realities About Food Trucks
Click here for the pdf.

* New National League of Cities Report Highlights Mobile Vending Best Practices
Click here for the pdf.


– From Lori Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Food Truck Association
“As the small business industry of mobile food continues to grow in popularity here in Washington, it only makes sense for local governments to make the necessary changes to accommodate this issue.

Many cities are welcoming these innovative businesses by writing simple regulations meant only to protect public health and safety. It is not the role of government, to create protectionist barriers for some business, and not allowing for economic liberty to all.”
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“Who’s Who in the Nisqually” with Gary Edwards –
Thursday, February 16, 7pm at The Triad


Thurston Commissioner Gary Edwards
Photo courtesy: Thurston County



– “Everything starts with a conversation,” quoting host Steve Craig.
The second in the series of monthly interviews of “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” hosted by Steve Craig will occur Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7pm, at The Triad Theater in Yelm. Craig’s guest will be Yelm-area resident and newly elected Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards. This sesison is open to the public, who will have an opportunity to ask the Commissioner questions.

Steve Craig is a Fulbright scholar, Vice President and founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association (YBA), and a founding member of the Nisqually Land Trust. Edwards and his family have longtime roots in our community all the way back to the 1800’s when the Edward’s family were homesteaders in the area. He has had a remarkable career of public service that continues in his new position.

Initial sponsors of the Who’s Who interview series are the Triad Arts Theater, Yelm Business Association (YBA), Olympia Federal Savings (OFS), and Keystone Masonry.

YBA’s 2015 proposal now up for public comment –
Community Center naming for Wolf Family


Yelm Community Center
Photo credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce


The City of Yelm published a Public Notice in the city’s newspaper of record, the Nisqually Valley News in last Friday’s edition.

City of Yelm Public Notice:
The Yelm City Council would like your feedback before it takes action on a proposal to name the new community center at 301 2nd Street “the Wolf Family Community Center”. The Yelm Business Association has made the proposal to honor the Wolfe family [first presented to the city council in June 2015], a long time local family with a tradition of service to the community. Before deciding on the proposal, the City Council would like the community’s feedback on the proposed name and any alternatives that should be considered. You may submit your comments on the proposal by emailing webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the comment form at www.ci.yelm.wa.us, or through the City’s Facebook page @CityofYelmWA.
Location: 301 2nd Street.
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– Local Briefs
Yelm Looking for Public Input on Naming Community Center

The Yelm City Council is accepting public comment about naming the Yelm Community Center.

The Yelm Business Association proposed naming the community center after the Wolf family, because of their long history of benefiting the Yelm community.

Comments can be sent to webmaster@ci.yelm.wa.us, by using the form on the city’s website at ci.yelm.wa.us or through the city’s facebook page @CityofYelmWA, Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 1:57 pm in the Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA’s Steve Craig on 1st “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” interview with Farron McCloud, Nisqually tribal chairman


Nisqually tribal chairman Farron McCloud, Steve Craig
Photo courtesy: Nisqually Indian Tribe



YBA Board Vice-President Steve Craig interviewed Nisqually tribal chairman Farron McCloud on January 26th, as the first guest of the YBA co-sponsored monthly “Who’s Who in the Nisqually” interview.


– “Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed: Mountain to Sea”
“I had the distinct honor of interviewing Nisqually Tribal Chairman Farron McCloud last week on stage at Yelm’s Triad Arts Theater.

The interview, open to the public, was the first in a series of 2017 winter/spring and summer/fall monthly interviews titled, “Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed: Mountain to Sea.”

The purpose of the Who’s Who interviews is to provide the community an opportunity to learn more in-depth about notable and interesting people who live in our midst, and there are many.

So, it was with this intention that Farron McCloud agreed to be the first to be interviewed, realizing the Nisqually Tribal People were the first inhabitants here. It is not known exactly when they arrived, but it was hundreds, if not thousands of years ago.

Chairman McCloud’s tribal and very personal accounts of tribal life were interesting for me to hear. The many trials and tribulations that started with the Nisquallies being forced off their land to live on a small designated area called “reservation,” and how their great Chief Leschi was hanged for resisting. Indeed, until recent times, the Tribe suffered many hardships, including not having electricity on the reservation until the 1960s, carrying water from the river, and relying on outhouses during that time.”
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Click here for the review of the event in the Nisqually Valley News.