Local news
Yelm Man Dies In ‘Tragic’ Propane Stove Accident
An 85-year-old man from Yelm died in a fire at his residence in the 17700 block of Vine Lane Southeast at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Lt. Cameron Simper, the public information officer …
Mayor DePinto Gears Up For an Active First 100 Days in Office
As the first month of Joe DePinto’s term rounds out, the new mayor of Yelm aims to fill out the rest of his first 100 days by increasing workplace morale, employee training and public access to …
Nisqually Tribe and Partners Receive EPA Award for Ecological Forestry Management
The Nisqually Indian Tribe and several of its partners received a federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) award at the start of the year for ecological forestry management. The tribe found …
Hope For Heroes Offers Therapy For Veterans
The Hope for Heroes Horsemanship Center in Yelm offers a program that helps veterans with post-tramatic stress disorder gain a measure of control over their emotions again. Winston Churchill once …
Yelm High School to Offer In-House Associate’s Degree Program
Yelm Community Schools is now offering a college degree program where students can earn an associate of arts degree that can be transferred to a four-year institution. Assistant Superintendent …
‘Freedom Mile’ to Raise Funds for Gym Lost in Dec. 22 Nisqually Plaza Fire
In an effort to help rebuild Freedom Training Center, two Yelm residents have created the “Freedom Mile,” a charity event which will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Yelm …
Yelm Girls Bowling Turns its Season Around, Beats North Thurston
Yelm bowling coaches Cami Stovall, Cortney Walton and John McBride are proud of the team’s efforts this year. After starting the season 0-4, the girls have added multiple wins to their …
Thurston County Board of Commissioners Move to Virtual Meetings
The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners has opted to move public participation at meetings to a virtual only format because of the spread of COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant. A …
Tribe Works to Extend Broadband Services to Unserved Areas
The Washington Statewide Broadband Office (WSBO) awarded the Nisqually Indian Tribe with $6.775 million to expand its broadband services throughout the Nisqually region. The grant will allow the …
Yelm City Council Fills Two Open Council Seats
The Yelm City Council appointed Line Roy and Joseph Richardson as new councilmembers to fill the seats formerly held by Mayor Joe DePinto and Molly Carmody after several applicants detailed their …
Tenino School District Places Levy on Special Election Ballot
The Tenino School District has placed a replacement capital levy on the ballot for the Feb. 8 special election. The levy rate is estimated to be $1.11 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which …
Rotary Selects Kendall Lawson as December Student of the Month
The Yelm Rotary announced Kendall Lawson as its December 2021 Student of the Month. Lawson is a senior at Yelm High School and will be honored at the Jan. 25 Yelm City Council …
Thurston County Asks Area Residents to Submit Initial Assessments for Flood Damage
Thurston County Emergency Management has asked people impacted by the recent flooding to submit their initial damage assessments as soon as possible. The data collected aids the Federal Emergency …
Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Jan. 20
Thursday, Jan. 20 Senior Lunches The Yelm Adult Community Center will hold its weekly lunches at 11:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Senior Services for the South Sound …
Inslee Calls on Hospitals to Halt Non-Emergency Procedures Amid Omicron
With Washington state currently facing a wave of COVID-19 spurred on by the virus’s omicron variant, the state has put a number of measures in place to handle the surge in hospitalizations, the …
Thurston County Reports 3,573 COVID-19 Cases
Thurston County saw a slight decrease in weekly COVID-19 cases during the period of Jan. 10 through Jan. 16 as the health department tallied 3,573 new cases. The prior week there were 3,709 …
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 - Yelm School …
Sirens: Catalytic Converter Thefts Continue; Man Loses Wallet at Library; Mail Theft Reported on 105th Avenue; Golf Pro Shop Site of Shoplifting; Man’s Car Tagged with Spray Paint; Edwards Street Residence Vandalized
Sirens - Yelm Police Department Catalytic Converter Thefts Continue Yelm police officers responded to a theft call on Monday, Jan. 10. According to a police report, officers were alerted to …
Yelm Man Killed in Logging Accident
A man killed in a Jan. 10 logging accident has been identified by the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.  Christopher L. Braae, 31, of Yelm, died of severe blunt force head injuries, …
Thurston County Public Health Offering Free Water Testing for Residents Affected by Flooding
Thurston County residents who may have had their water wells affected by the historic flooding two weeks ago can test their water starting Tuesday through a program offered by Thurston County …
State & Regional News
How Did the Pandemic Impact Kids' Test Scores in Washington? Early Numbers Don't Look Good
Families will need to wait a bit longer to find out how much learning has been lost at their child's school during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the numbers, when they finally come out, will …
Proposed Washington Law Would End Employment Tests for Marijuana Use
Washington marijuana users won’t face losing their job over a positive drug test if a proposal under consideration in the state Legislature wins approval. SB 5517 would update the Washington …
Price-Gouging on At-Home COVID-19 Tests Has Become a Concern, State Attorney General Says
Washington state last year saw 1,300 complaints from consumers who said they noticed at-home coronavirus tests being sold at prices at nearly triple what they cost in a local pharmacy, according to …
Washington Hospitals Hoping to Avoid Crisis Standards of Care
Despite the repetitive nature of things being "unprecedented" for hospitals and the health care system during a nearly two-year long pandemic, many hospital and health care administrators statewide …
Lawmakers to Consider Multiple Gun Control Proposals This Session
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers will consider multiple proposals this session to restrict access to guns in Washington. A Senate committee on Monday heard proposals involving gun rights, including one …
New State House Bill Would Make Oil Owners Financially Liable for Oil Spills
The financial responsibility for an oil spill will fall on those who own the facilities and vessels that produce and transport oil under proposed House Bill 1691. “The goal is to minimize …
Chemicals in Cosmetics Targeted in Proposed New Washington Law
For a large portion of Washingtonians, the use of cosmetic products is a part of their everyday routine, but some of those same household products often contain harmful chemicals that cause a variety …
House Panel Votes to Delay Washington's Long-Term Care Tax to 2023
OLYMPIA — A House panel has voted to delay the long-term care tax until 2023. On a 31-2 vote, a House committee approved a bill Thursday to delay the implementation of the tax. On a 23-10 …
'Take Action This Day': Inslee Pushes Legislature to Pass Laws on Climate, Housing, Education, Transportation
OLYMPIA — The Legislature must act this session on climate change, housing and transportation, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. In his annual State of the State address, Inslee again pushed the …
Business
Preparing a house to go on the market for sale can be daunting. What needs to be done? How much will it cost?  While every house and home seller are different, there is a fairly basic …
Some homebuyers have actually become hesitant to buy a home because of mixed signals from their employers. Will they be able to work from home or will they need to work from an office? How much …
Both Pierce County and Thurston County continue to see strong sales despite low inventory.  This crazy ride that the real estate market has seen over the last couple years will likely carry into …
People didn’t have to look far to find the perfect toy to give this holiday season as Funtime Toys and Gifts in Yelm experienced a rush of customers before Christmas. Heather Ekland, the …
The statement “a picture says a thousand words” has been out there for a long time and for good reason. Video says even more than that. Our world has changed a lot in the past couple …
Sports

Beavers Cruise Past Eatonville for League Win

In its first game since Jan. 10, Tenino used staunch defense to offset tired legs in a 49-28 victory over visiting Eatonville in 1A Evergreen League play on Friday. Tenino built a 20-8 lead in the …

Rainier Wins Second Straight After Strong Third Frame

The Rainier boys basketball team didn’t get off to the start it wanted, but thanks to a strong third quarter run and scoring galore, the Mountaineers upended Onalaska at home, 73-46, Friday …

Beavers Can’t Keep Up With Cruisers at Home

TENINO — Though it played the league-leading Eatonville Cruisers tough in the first half, trailing by just one, the Tenino boys basketball team couldn’t keep pace, dropping another league …

Loggers Complete Furious Comeback Against Mountaineers

CLUTCH: Onalaska Ends Game on 8-0 Run to Claim a 39-37 Victory Over Visiting Rainier ONALASKA — The game looked cooked. Done. Stick a steak knife in it. Rainier had just ripped off a 10-2 …

Mountaineers Snap Three-Game Losing Streak in Key League Battle

RAINIER — Something had to give Wednesday night as Rainier and Toledo battled in a Centrali 2B clash between fringe state bid contenders.  The Mountaineers were freefalling on a …

Beckman’s Double-Double Paces Rainier Past Toledo

Guided by freshman Bryn Beckman’s 15-point, 12-rebound double-double, the Rainier girls basketball team improved to 5-1 in league play and beat Toledo on the road, 40-29, Tuesday …

Yelm Girls Bounce Back, Boys Drop Consecutive Games

The Lady Tornados rode a hot streak after losing to Bonney Lake to start the season. After five straight wins, the ladies dropped back to back games against North Thurston, and 3A state championship …
Life
On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 in the afternoon, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan (and the fourth largest recorded in world history) lasted approximately six minutes. The epicenter was …
Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 4.3 million Americans, or 2.9% of the entire workforce, quit their jobs in August. That was a record-breaking month, piggybacking on …
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 - A request for …
Opinion
Jason Mercier Commentary: Should Citizen Ballot Measures Be Banned in Odd Year Elections?
A bill scheduled for a public hearing this week (HB 1727) would ban citizen ballot measures in odd years, but still allow local governments to call special elections to increase taxes. A similar bill …
Richard Stride Commentary: Remembering a Special Dog After Death of Washington K9
On the news recently, I listened to a story about a Seattle police dog who was fatally stabbed by a robbery suspect. An officer on scene was also injured. If you are a dog lover like me, and you too …
Being Frank: Salmon Recovery Will Take More Than Money
There’s no doubt about it. The Biden administration is working hard to pay the price for salmon recovery. The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is just an example. We have never seen …
Letter to the Editor: These Soldiers Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
I am seeking some help from the residents of the Yelm area. I am working with a group, Flags of Valor, from the St. Louis area that recently conducted a memorial to the soldiers who have given their …
Don Brunell Commentary: Time to Replace State’s Ill-Thought Long-Term Care Law
The first order of business as Washington’s Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state’s new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who …
Julie McDonald Commentary: A Flooded Freeway? Not That I Could See
As rain pelted the roof Thursday night, I surfed the Internet for news about road closures due to flooding. Despite closure of the Rush Road interchange at Exit 72, I read assurances that closure of …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Ann Kahler: 1927-2021
Ann Carolyn Kahler, a longtime resident of Yelm and Tacoma, Washington, peacefully passed away from this life on Dec. 5, 2021, at the age of 94.  Ann was born in La Grande, Oregon, on Nov. …
In Loving Memory of Dennis Hugli: 1943-2021
Dennis L. Hugli passed away Dec. 25, 2021, at Regency Manor in Olympia, Washington. He died of blood cancer and dementia. He was born in Ohio on Sept. 7, 1943. He lived in Yelm, Washington, for …
In Loving Memory of Gracie Leigh Sudano: 1930-2021
Gracie Leigh Sudano, beloved sister, godmother, aunt, “extra mom” and friend, passed away peacefully Dec. 19, 2021. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched — and …
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, …