Communities Yet another chilly spring on tap for the Northwest? Yet another chilly spring on tap for the Northwest?
It seems like a broken record:

Did you hear? It was a chilly spring in 2008.(Coldest start to June on record)

Did you hear? It was a chilly spring in 2010. (2nd-longest wait for first 75 degree day of year)

Did you hear? It was a chilly spring in 2011. (Coldest April on record, 2nd wettest March-April)

Did you hear? It was a chilly spring in 2012. (3rd wettest March on record)

If long range forecasts are to be believed, tune in next year when I add a line for 2013.
Communities "School days, school days...." "School days, school days...." (Photo Gallery)
School sessions are starting all over the area this week. Do you have a cute "first day of school" pic? Send it to with your name and your neighborhood/school and we will post it here!

Editor's note - We are closing this gallery as of 11 a.m.
Communities Cascade Camp hosting open house on Sunday
The Cascades Camp & Conference Center is holding their "Summer Fun Open House" on Sunday afternoon at their complex on Peissner Road.

The camp, a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is holding the open house from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Communities 'Oceans of Magic' comes to Yelm Tuesday
Ever seen a sea sponge appear, change shape, and then disappear again?

Entertainer Louie Foxx will be show you at the Yelm library on Tuesday, June 29.

Foxx will present "Oceans of Magic," a show that combines science with magic, comedy, puppetry and audience participation.
Communities Ribbon cutting ceremony planned at Longmire Park
City officials and members of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce are planning a ceremony to celebrate new flush toilets at Longmire Park in Yelm.

The ceremony is set for July 7th at 3 p.m. The project received $400,000 from the Washington State Public Works Board.
Communities Ceremony planned as 17th Fires Brigade returns from Iraq
More than 300 Soldiers from the 17th Fires Brigade will be reunited with their families and friends at a ceremony on Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The event starts on 4:30 p.m. on Monday at Soldiers Field House, according to a news release from JBLM.
Communities Yelm Rotary to install new officers
July 1st marked the first day of the new Rotary year. That means new officers for The Rotary Club of Yelm.

We're told officers will be installed upon everyone's return from the holiday weekend during Tuesday's regularly scheduled Rotary meeting.
Communities It's all about lavender in Roy this weekend It's all about lavender in Roy this weekend
The fields at Mountain Meadow Lavender farm are quickly becoming a rich purple just in time for the innaugural festival this weekend.

The Lavender Festival runs July 9-10 and includes plenty of activities for kids and adults. The farm is located at 919 304th St. S., in Roy.
Communities Stream Team seeks volunteers to help monitor stream bugs
The Thurston County Stream Team is looking for volunteers to monitor stream bugs in streams around the Yelm area this summer.

Stream bugs live in the streambeds and provide useful information about water quality.

There are three opportunities to volunteer:

- July 15 at Eaton Creek, 10 a.m.
Communities Kyle Mackie graduates from Navy basic training
Kyle W. Mackie recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Mackie is the son of Karen K. and stepson of Larry Arnholt of Yelm. Mackie is a 2008 graduate of Yelm High School.