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After Inslee Announces Plans, Republicans Say Restrictions Should Be Lifted June 15
Following Inslee’s announcement Thursday that most COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted by June 30, Republican leaders in the Legislature responded with a joint statement.  Senate …
Wolf Haven Involved in Release of Red Wolves in North Carolina
A red wolf from Wolf Haven International, which is based in Tenino, was released into the wild with several other wolves from other care facilities in a collaborative effort that marked the first …
Bat in Thurston County Tests Positive for Rabies
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported the first positive rabies bat this year in Thurston County, marking the second case in Washington state. The bat was sent to the …
Chamber Director Plans to Run for Yelm City Council in General Election
Line Roy, the director of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, has applied for a vacant city council seat and has announced her intention to run in the general election.  Roy, who has directed …
City Council Upgrading Cochrane Memorial Park’s Natural Water-Purification Process
Cochrane Memorial Park is currently undergoing over $300,000 of improvements for “phase one” of its development plan as budgeted by Yelm City Council in their last cycle. When …
Community Comes Together in Prayer
About 30 of the community’s faithful came out to Yelm City Park Thursday, May 6, for the National Day of Prayer. “I believe in the power of prayer and intercession for our nation and …
Yelm High School Sports Medicine Team Wraps Up Sixth at State
Yelm High School’s sports medicine program and team normally spends this time of year going to a big state convention where they compete with other schools to show off their knowledge and …
Man Dies in Pierce County After Colliding With Tree
A 39-year-old man from Eatonville died after his vehicle hit a tree in Pierce County on May 8. A news release from the Washington State Patrol stated Shawn P. Peverelle was traveling southbound on …
New Weekly Thurston County COVID-19 Cases See Moderate Decrease
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported a moderate decrease in new COVID-19 infections in the county, down to 301 new infections during the week of May 3-9, bringing the running …
Sirens: Pre-Purchased Kitten Stolen From Pet Shop; Yelm Business Loses $30,000 to Fraud; Alcohol Stolen from Safeway; Yelmite Discovers His Trailer Was Stolen While on Vacation; Renewed Mail Theft Occurs at Yelm Residences; Repeated Thefts of Vehicle Part
Sirens - Yelm Police Department Pre-Purchased Kitten Stolen From Pet Shop Mindy Renee Kuenzi, who owns a pet and grooming shop, called police on Tuesday, May 4, to report the alleged theft of …
State Trooper Justin Schaffer Among Eight Fallen Washington Officers Honored in D.C. This Week
Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer is among eight Washington state law enforcement officers whose names will be added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., this week …
Rep. Wilcox Highlights ‘Inequitable Treatment’ of Counties in Reopening Plan
House Minority Leader Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, sounded off against Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent decision to put all counties in Washington state on a two-week pause in the state’s COVID-19 …
State & Regional News
Sen. Patty Murray Calls Lack of Affordable Child Care 'Silent Epidemic'
In a virtual Northwest Passages forum with The Spokesman-Review on Wednesday, Sen. Patty Murray laid out her vision for remedying the nation's lack of affordable child care, which she called a …
Washington State Officials Warn of Record-Breaking Wildfire Season to Come
OLYMPIA — After several years of devastating wildfires across Washington, lawmakers this year agreed to make a major investment in wildfire prevention and forest health. It was a fight …
Open Carry at Capitol, Demonstrations Now Prohibited After Inslee Signs Bill Into Law
OLYMPIA — Open carry is now prohibited at public demonstrations and at the state capitol campus, after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday. The new law bans open carry within …
Capital Gains Tax: A Look at How Washington Got Here and What's Still to Come
OLYMPIA — The road to pass a capital gains tax in Washington is a long one. Democrats have pushed for it for years. Even before talks of a capital gains tax, the state grappled with …
Inslee Signs Capital Gains Tax Into Law
A 7 percent tax on capital gains is now law after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the long-awaited bill on Tuesday, May 4, but there could still be a long way to go until it is implemented. The tax has …
Inslee Announces Two-Week Pause on Reopening Rollbacks
All counties in Washington state received a two-week reprieve from potential rollbacks in the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan as Gov. Jay Inslee announced the most up-to-date data shows reason …
Business
At massage-therapy business Mat Magick, partners Jennifer and Ian Brooks are packing up the oil and moving their work from the traditional table to a mat on the floor. Jennifer Brooks started the …
Gone are the goats and cows. So, too, the sheep, pigs and roosters. On to greener pastures, perhaps, rooting and chewing cud along the way.But don’t despair, they’ll soon be replaced by a …
Churrell Maguire couldn’t have found a better job. It was 2013, and the then Olympia resident had just earned her certified nursing assistant (CNA) license when she began caring for a Tumwater …
“Oooh, you’re such a manly man.” That’s my wife Barbara.  She’s watching me — a bald, bearded, 68-year-old — grunt through push-ups in our Olympia living room, my hands, toes and …
A modern western movie hums in the background and two pint-sized pups bounce and bark as Kc Field cuts a young customer’s hair into a mohawk on a recent sunny morning. Trucker caps line the ceiling …
Sports

Yelm, Rainier Emerge Victorious In Season’s First Week

The Yelm High School boys basketball team won two of their most recent games, and the Rainier boys team won one. The Tornados faced off against North Thurston High School in an away game on May 4, …

Tornados Finish Out the Season With a Perfect Record

After scoring 170 runs and tallying just 41 points against them in the season’s shortened 14 games, the Tornado softball team accomplished everything it could have possibly mastered this year, …

2021 1A Evergreen Conference All-League Boys Soccer Team

Tenino boys soccer claimed four first-team all-league selections and one honorable mention pick as announced by the 1A Evergreen Conference on Friday. Midfielder Chris Ramez, forward Zack Russell, …

Mountaineer Standout Smokes in a Pitch to Districts

If asked about her 121-strikeout record over 11 games, Rainier softball pitcher Bailey Elwell, would say that she’s nothing special. Yet the junior led her team to districts for the first …

Rainier Celebrates Girls Varsity, District Champions

Rainier girls varsity tracksters outperformed all other schools in the WIAA District 4 Championships at Rainier High School on April 29, placing first overall with 102 points, clinching six distinct …

Yelm, Rainier Wrestling Coaches Grapple With Slim Turnout

In his 47 years of coaching Yelm wrestling, Gaylord Strand has seen his fair share of challenges leading a premiere, public-school wrestling program. But this year might just take the cake. …

Yelm, Rainier Girls Varsity Basketball Seasons Gear Up

With season three of high school athletics’ shortened schedules looming, both Yelm and Rainier girls varsity basketball teams are working on melding crews of four experienced basketball players …
Life
Enjoy these snapshots of articles written in past issues of the Nisqually Valley News from 45, 35, 25 and 15 years ago, respectively. A Look Back At This Week, 45 Years Ago: - The children of …
Naturally aspirated automotive engines typically utilize a mechanical thermostat to regulate the temperature. Since lots of fuel explosions and friction occur in the operation of such motors, heat …
We’ve watched a lot of documentaries since the pandemic started. Those that explore man-made disasters are especially upsetting. The oil spill in 2010 off the coast of Louisiana is one of …
Opinion
Johnson Commentary: Manufacturing and Technology Sectors Provide Solid Foundation Through Pandemic and Beyond
The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how easy it is to take things for granted. Family barbecues, baseball games and kids going to school are just a few examples. As some of our old way of life …
Being Frank: Utility Should Examine, Address True Costs of Skagit River Dams
It is time for Seattle City Light to address the damage its three hydroelectric dams have caused over the past 100 years to the Skagit River, the tribes who have always lived here and their …
Superintendent's Corner: As the School Year Draws to a Close, District is Committed to Finishing Strong
As we approach the last month of the school year, our constant theme will be to finish strong and prepare for a full reopening of schools next fall. Between now and then we have a great deal to do, …
Letter to the Editor: Time to Reopen Businesses
It is time to call our governor out on his Stay Home, Stay Safe decree. The original stated purpose was to “flatten the curve,” not “stamp out the virus.” We have complied and …
Caserta Commentary: We Must Continue to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
With the beautiful weather and our state’s opening of COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 16 or older, there is a welcome sense of hope that we might finally be turning the corner in this pandemic. …
Wagar Commentary: TransAlta Reneging on Promise of Using Mine Land for Economic Development
A week ago U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler added her voice in opposition to the proposal by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to acquire about 9,600 acres of …
Obituaries
Maryann Twiggs
Maryann Twiggs, 80, passed away of acute respiratory distress syndrome, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. She was born Jan. 18, 1941, to Charles and Mildred Rinck. A 25 year long Yelm …
Raymond M. Varo
Raymond M. Varo, a resident of Yelm for over 40 years, passed away April 10, 2021, at the age of 86, at Tacoma General Hospital of a severe head injury from an unfortunate fall.He is survived by his …
Death notice
Margaret Rose Cummings, 80, Lacey, died Monday, April 5, 2021, at home. No services are planned at this time. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Lacey, 360-491-2222.
Death notices

Death Notices: March 27, 2021

• KAMI SUE SILVA, 51, Vancouver, died March 20 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House, Vancouver. Arrangements are under the care of Fir lawn Funeral Chapel. • EDWIN MAYNARD WALLACE, 73, …