Local news
Inslee Announces New Vaccine Incentives
Former and active military will now have their own chance at winning big by getting vaccinated as Gov. Jay Inslee announced “A Heroes Thanks,” a program designed to fill a gap in the …
Four Hospitalized — Including Two Children — in Suspected DUI Crash on State Route 7
Four people were hospitalized and a driver is facing felony DUI, vehicular assault and child endangerment charges after a crash on state Route 7 in Pierce County at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, …
Body of Person Who Fell Through Snow Bridge Recovered at Mount Rainier
Rangers and Mountain Rescue volunteers on Wednesday recovered the body of an individual who fell through a snow bridge at Paradise on Tuesday.  The individual, whose identity is being …
City of Yelm Rejects Current L&I Guidance on Vaccinations
The Yelm City Council approved a resolution to bar the city from collecting, storing and disseminating COVID-19 vaccination records at its June 8 city council meeting. The decision comes in the …
Man Faces Vehicular Assault Charge in I-5 Collision
A 26-year-old man from Lakewood faces a vehicular assault charge after he reportedly struck a vehicle on Interstate 5 in Pierce County on Sunday. According to the Washington State Patrol, Jemsy …
Online Open House Scheduled for SR 510 Yelm Loop
The Washington State Department of Transportation is holding an online open house where people can learn about the next steps in the State Route 510 Yelm Loop project. The project will build the …
Summer Reading Program Fosters Learning, Literacy at Yelm Timberland Regional Library
It’s not too late to join the Yelm Timberland Regional Library’s summer program, which started June 1 and goes through Aug. 31. The Summer Library Program is an initiative for all ages …
City of Yelm Seeks Comment On Potential New Subdivisions
The city of Yelm has received two applications for new housing developments in the Mill Pond area. The initial public comment period regarding the potential subdivisions ends Friday, June 18, …
Thurston County Sees Small Uptick in New COVID Cases
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported an increase in new COVID-19 infections, with the number rising to 222 during the period of June 7-13, as compared to 159 new infections …
Tenino Looks to Host Musical, Theatrical Performances at Quarry Pool
Is the glass — or, in this instance, the pool — half empty or half full? Depends on who you ask. When it comes to the sun-soaked swimmers who come out every summer to the Tenino …
Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History
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 …
Sirens: Vehicle Prowler Steals Garage Door Opener; Dumpster Diver Trespassed From Burger King; Yelm Police Serve Warrants
Sirens - Yelm Police Department Vehicle Prowler Steals Garage Door Opener Yelm police were called to Longmire Street for a vehicle prowl incident at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, according to a …
State & Regional News
The Average Washington Salary Is $76,000? Technically, But Economists Say It's Complicated
Rising pay for tech workers coupled with layoffs affecting many low-wage Washingtonians during the pandemic led to an average wage of $76,741 last year, according to a state report released …
In Victory for Cantwell and Other Northwest Senators, Senate Passes Rare Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Outcompeting China
WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan vote following weeks of haggling and delays, on Tuesday the Senate passed a roughly $250 billion bill aimed at boosting the U.S. technology sector's ability to …
As Lawsuit Against Inslee Gets Supreme Court Hearing, Lawmakers, Activists Express Concerns for Future Compromises
OLYMPIA — As Gov. Jay Inslee faces a lawsuit from the state Legislature over line-item vetoes he issued on climate bills last month, some lawmakers and activists worry what Inslee's veto power …
New State COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives Include $1 Million “Shot of a Lifetime”
People who have not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine now have more reasons why they might reconsider as Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Shot of a Lifetime” incentives …
Public Can Comment on Plans for Expanded Seismic Monitoring on Mount Rainier
The plan to expand Mount Rainier’s seismic monitoring systems — aimed at warning hikers and residents of oncoming eruptions, landslides or mudflows — is moving forward. And the …
Inslee Pushes COVID-19 Vaccinations, Defends Climate Change Vetoes in Interview
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that if sports fans want to root on the Cougars and Huskies this fall in-person, the best way to make that happen is to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. "It's a distinct …
Business
There’s an old troupe in classic literature where a witch who lives in a hut mixes salves and potions out of the herbs she grows in an enchanted forest garden. Joy Hiebert, of Yelm’s …
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 …
Sports

Mountaineers End District Run Early, Prepare For the Future

The lady Mountaineers won the first round of the Central 2B district basketball tournament against North Beach High School with a towering score of 75-13, but were ousted in the second round by …

Yelm Girls Basketball Finishes Undefeated Season

The Yelm girls basketball team finished a stainless season last week, as they dominated their competition each game. Senior Bayleigh Harder was named league MVP, senior My’Kel Jones was …

Yelm Boys Tennis Team Finishes Strong After Mixed Season

The Yelm High School boys finished their tennis season 5-3 after playing each team in the league twice. In the last game of the season, the Tornadoes beat Timberline 3-2. “The two that we …

Tornados Go Undefeated on the Mat, Named League Champions

Yelm wrestlers pinned their way to a toppleless 8-0 season, emerging league champions after their 72-12 match against Timberline on Wednesday, June 3. Coach Gaylord Strand said he’s proud of …

YHS Hires Pro-Volleyball Player as Coach

Yelm Community Schools hired Molly O’Hagan, a former pro volleyball player, as the head coach for Yelm High School’s upcoming fall 2021 volleyball season. O’Hagan started playing …

Yelm’s Lady Hoopsters Continue Undefeated

The Yelm High School girls basketball team added another two games to their perfect record, defeating Capital High School 68-43 and toppling River Ridge 70-34 at home last week. Rainier girls …

Girls High School Basketball Teams Net More Wins

Yelm girls basketball has added two more wins to this season’s record, which has been perfect so far, and Rainier girls basketball has picked up another win of its own. Yelm The Tornados …
Life
There he was, sitting right in front of me, sharing why he plans to relocate to a different incarceration facility. It bothered him immensely that he witnessed a violent attack a few weeks ago where …
Judas Iscariot is one of the most reviled characters in biblical history. Christians characterize him as the New Testament version of “Public Enemy No. 1.” He is so despised that nobody …
Bob Goff is one of my favorite contemporary Christian writers. His meditation on grace begins with a dissertation about Peter Pan’s shadow. There is a scene in the Disney movie where Peter and …
Opinion
Letter to the Editor: Our Administration Failed Your Children
As school ends, many things come to a head and many parents find confusion on different situations and happenings. This holds true with the Rainier High School boys basketball program. The day before …
Letter to the Editor: Lack of Support and Trickery
I am requesting an open microphone at the upcoming Rainier School Board meeting on June 16. The public needs an opportunity to voice their opinion. We need this open to the public and no tricks to …
Letter From the Health Officer: Answering Questions About COVID-19, Vaccines
I am excited for the beginning of summer. This week I wanted to answer some of the questions I have received from the community. Why is there a discrepancy between the case counts Thurston County …
Being Frank: Outdated Wastewater Facilities Undermine Water Quality Gains
We’ve seen some real progress over the past few years in efforts to prevent human waste from damaging the health of Puget Sound and the Washington coast. Still, we face a chronic problem with …
Brunell Commentary: Land is the Wild Card In Biden’s Green Gamble
By Don Brunell   Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to total 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035, just 15 short …
Vaccines Are a Shot in the Arm for Small Business
Early in the pandemic, signs of encouragement started appearing on theater marquees, church message boards, front lawns and living room windows. “We’re in this together.” …
Obituaries
Priscilla Christine Enger
79 years young, passed in Yelm, Wash. Priscilla Christine Enger was born to the proud parents of Leslie Earl and Opal Loretta Enger in Bellingham, Wash.She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School …
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 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, …