Local news
Farrelli’s Pizza Targets Oct. 17 as Grand Opening Date
After much anticipation surrounding Yelm’s newest pizza joint, Farrelli’s Pizza has tentatively set Monday, Oct. 17 as the restaurant’s grand opening date. Clayton Kreuger, the …
Attorney General: Thurston County to Receive Over $5 Million to Fight Opioid Epidemic
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced on Monday the state is expected to receive $518 million from a settlement with McKesson Corp., Carnival Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Drug …
Annual Lacamas Harvest Fest in Roy Highlights Local Vendors
The Lacamas Community Center hosted its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1 at their location at 32113 Eighth Ave. S. in Roy. Each year when fall rolls around, the Lacamas Community Center …
Tenino Food Bank Plus Faces Donation and Supply Chain Issues
As inflation continues to rise, not only are citizens feeling the burn in their pocket books but outreach organizations like the Tenino Food Bank Plus are seeing a decline in donations. Rep. Peter …
In Focus: Racing Caskets in ‘Boo-Coda’
Teams raced down East Seventh Street during the Boo-coda Pine Box Derby Casket Races on Saturday, Oct. 1. Six teams competed in the event where participants looked to clock the fastest time. …
Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Oct. 6
Thursday, Oct. 6 Home Tornados Volleyball Matchup On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Yelm Tornados volleyball team will host the Central Kitsap Cougars in a South Sound Conference matchup. The game …
Trunk-or-Treat Event to Return to Wilkowski Park for 10th Iteration
Wilkowski Park will come alive with ghosts, goblins and superheroes later this month. Back by popular demand as one of the biggest fall events in Rainier,  the community enrichment …
Take a Trip Through Our Area’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 •  An …
Rainier Resident to Compete in Ironman World Championships
Linda Johnson started with gymnastics at a young age and has always strived to do athletic activities ever since. The Rainier resident traveled to Kona, Hawaii last weekend to prepare for her …
Pirate-Themed Murder Mystery Dinner to Be Presented by Thurston County Groups
The Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre, the Olympia Elks Lodge and the Rochester Citizens Group will present a dinner theater to celebrate the month of Halloween. The Italian dinner will be a murder …
Sirens: Shopper Caught Stealing Underwear at Walmart; Woman Charged With Assault; Auto Theft Reported at Yelm Cinemas; Vehicle Prowl Reported at Vancil Loop Southeast
Yelm Police Department  Shopper Caught Stealing Underwear at Walmart Yelm police officers responded to a report of a shoplifter at Yelm’s Walmart at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, …
State & Regional News
'It's Happening With Younger and Younger People': UW Expert Talks About Keeping Youth Safe Amid Rise in Fentanyl Use and Overdoses
With 27 years of work in the opioid addiction field, Caleb Banta-Green said he didn't think it could get as bad as today's big rise in fentanyl use. Fentanyl is killing people from accidental …
Washington's Remaining COVID-19 Emergency Orders to End on Oct. 31
Washington's 10 remaining COVID-19 emergency orders will be lifted by Oct. 31, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday. "We've come a long way the past two years in developing the tools that allow us …
Steve Hobbs Moves On in Secretary of State Race But Opponent Remains Too Close to Call
Who will be moving on to the general election in the secretary of state's race remained unclear Tuesday night. Democrat and incumbent Steve Hobbs will move forward, having received 41.2% of the …
Patty Murray, Tiffany Smiley Sail Through to November Election in U.S. Senate Race
Sen. Patty Murray will defend her seat in November against a former triage nurse and veterans advocate from Pasco who has the backing of the national Republican Party. Tiffany Smiley, 41, finished …
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Announces Multi-State Deal Forgiving Millions of Dollars in Jewelry Debt for Military Members
Last week, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Harris Jewelers, a national jewelry outlet, would provide over $1.5 million in debt relief and refunds to over 1,000 service …
Washington Hospital Leaders Call on State to Help With 'Unprecedented' Capacity Crisis
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Hospital Association is asking the state for help in addressing "unprecedented" capacity issues at hospitals. Many hospitals statewide, including most on the …
Incumbent Patty Murray, Republican Tiffany Smiley Likely to Emerge in 18-Candidate Race for U.S. Senate
For the top two candidates for one of Washington's U.S. Senate seats, bolstering the economy and handling record-high inflation are top priorities. But five-term Sen. Patty Murray and political …
Misinformation, Security of Elections on Secretary of State Candidates' Minds This Election
The security, transparency and misinformation surrounding the state's election system are all top of mind for candidates hoping to be Washington's next secretary of state. The race has drawn eight …
New Washington Laws: New Rules Take Effect in Areas Ranging From Guns to Pickleball to License Fees
OLYMPIA — Changes to gun regulations, new transportation fees and a new state sport are all among the changes Washington residents may soon see. Some of the bills the Legislature passed this …
Life

From the Hills: Notes in a Bottle

Husband and I are going to Oregon in a few days to talk about an especially challenging time in our marriage and how God restored us. We think telling personal stories is important. The Bible is …

Bucoda Becomes 'Boo-Coda' With a Month of Halloween Fun Ahead

With October being the official spooky month, Bucoda is preparing for its month-long Halloween celebrations with the Boo-Coda Spook-Tacular festival. Aside from changing the town’s name to …

Finding Reason: What About the Trend of ‘Deconstructing Faith?’

As part of a bigger movement, a new trend has begun called among other titles “deconstructing faith.” From what I have read, there appears to be two major kinds of deconstructing faith. …

From the Hills: Another Season of Football

It’s football season — again. Yes, already.    Before summer is even over, all the football teams have emerged from weight rooms like butterflies from their chrysalis. …
Business
Fall is here and so are falling prices in the real estate market.  The high inflation and increasing mortgage rates are definitely slowing down the market. The bad news is that houses are …
BeJoyful Holistics will host a Harvest Anniversary Celebration to commemorate one year of business on Oct. 8. The holistic store has invited local vendors to set up shop from 4 to 8 p.m. outside …
John and Jenni Bourdon had not really planned to open a second tasting room besides the one at their Tenino area Sandstone Distillery. They certainly did not plan to do it in the waning days of a …
3 Bedroom, 2 full Bath, 1,356sqft corner lot rambler with a nice Big Backyard, RV Parking and a 2 Car Garage. New roof. New gutters. New fence. New interior paint. New laminate floors. New carpet. …
Yelm Farm and Pet is set to host its annual customer appreciation and wood pellet sale later this week. The event has gone on for over 10 years, and is set to span from Friday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, …
Sports

Tornados Volleyball Is Winless in SSC Action

Following a strong start to the season, the Tornados have run into some struggles in the form of the South Sound Conference. After losing to Gig Harbor and Timberline, the Tornados hoped to …

Tornados Continue to Shine With Shutout Homecoming Victory

The stands were jam-packed for the 2022 Homecoming football game as students, fans, family and alumni watched the undefeated Yelm Tornados host the North Thurston Rams. Spectators were in for a …

Rainier Beats Northwest Christian in Five

The Rainier volleyball team came oh-so-close to falling to the dreaded reverse-sweep, but pulled a five-set win at the last moment over Northwest Christian in Lacey on Monday, 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, …

Beavers Roll at Home Over Cardinals

The Tenino volleyball team needed to grit out a close first set, then hit its stride going forward in a home non-league contest against Winlock, beating the Cardinals 26-24, 25-16, …

Cross Country Roundup: Bearcats, Beavers, Pirates, Vikings All Race in Pierce County

Four local schools made the way up to Pierce County on Saturday, with Mossyrock, Adna, Tenino, and W.F. West all joining a crowded field at the 26th John Payne Invitational, hosted by Curtis High …

Mountaineers’ Road Trip to Beach Ends In Victory

The Rainier football team got itself into the win column far from home Friday, bussing to the coast and beating Ilwaco 38-14. Jake Meldrum threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns on a 15-for-24 …

Beavers Drop First Game to No. 1 Cruisers

TENINO — There are no moral victories in football, particularly in a Tenino football program that has come to expect to dominate and keep up with the best teams in the state.  But if …

Rainier Can't Overcome Trouble Spots in Loss to Toutle Lake

RAINIER — The Rainier volleyball team showed bits and flashes of good things to come, but tough stretches and unforced errors outweighed them at home Wednesday night in a sweep at the hands of …

Beavers Fall to Eagles in Four

After taking the first set on the road in Elma, the Tenino volleyball team fell in the next three in a four-set loss, 20-25, 25-18, 25-9, 25-17.  Macy Griffis and Brooke Bratton combined for …

Shake-Ups in AP Poll Set Up Two SW Washington Showdowns

After Royal's upset defeat at the hands of Lynden Christian, a new No. 1 has taken over the 1A poll, and sets up a showdown in Stone City this weekend. Elsewhere in 2A, No. 2 Tumwater will play host …

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: I Hope You Will Join Me to Support Joe Kent for Congress

In a couple of weeks, I will be voting Joe Kent for congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. I am a supporter of and was a donor to Jaime Herrera Beutler’s campaign for …

Letter to the Editor: A Mega Airport in Thurston or Lewis County? WSDOT and Governor’s Expansion Work Untruthful, Misleading

Once again, this is the case with the current effort to decide on a location recommendation for a new mega airport in the Puget Sound region. It is done very skillfully and intentionally through …

Being Frank: Traditional Knowledge Protects Environment for Next Seven Generations

Every generation owes it to the next seven generations to protect the environment. At the rate populations are growing and the climate is changing, it’s getting harder and harder to be …

Julie McDonald Commentary: White Settlers Flee to Blockhouses During Indian Wars

With white emigrants settling in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1850s, Native Americans throughout the region faced huge disruptions to their lives and displacement from their traditional …

Lynda Wilson Commentary: California’s Power Problems Should Serve as Warning for Washington

We’re taught about a “safe following distance” in driver’s education because bad things can happen when you ride the bumper of the car ahead of you. In 2005, Democratic …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of James Thompson
James Paul Thompson died Sept. 12, 2022. He was born to Christine and Paul Thompson in Chicago, Illinois, and was a beloved brother to Nita Renn and Johnny Thompson (deceased) and Judy Hurley …
In Loving Memory of Gayle Wellman: 1956-2022
While surrounded by family, Gayle Wellman, of Yelm, passed away on Sept. 3, 2022, at the age of 65. Gayle was born in Scotia, California on Sept. 15, 1956, to Sally and Frank Simmons.  Gayle …
In Loving Memory of Patricia Veltman: 1958-2022
On Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, Patricia Sue (Poeschel) “Patti” Veltman, loving wife and sweet sister of three siblings, beloved daughter of two proud parents, passed away at age 63 in Seattle, …
In Loving Memory of Melinda Games: 5/12/53 - 8/21/22
On Aug. 21, 2022, at 6 p.m., surrounded by the love of her family, it was time for Melinda’s body to rest and soul to be set free. At the age of 58, she was sadly diagnosed with early onset …
In Loving Memory of Mary Marie Agosto: 1926-2022
Mary Marie Agosto passed away from cancer on July 25, 2022, in Rainier, Washington, her home for the last six years. She was born Oct. 1, 1926, to Frank Hess and Anna Towlry Hess in Oberlin, Kansas. …