Local news
Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting, Habitat Restoration in Nisqually Watershed 
The Nisqually Land Trust and the Nisqually River Foundation are calling on the community to get involved with tree planting and habitat restoration projects. Usually, buses full of school children …
Yelm Utility Payments Due by End of Month
Those with past-due water account balances in the city of Yelm have until Oct. 31 to pay up. Due to the governor's recent proclamation, the prohibition of utility disconnection during the COVID-19 …
Sheriff's Office Seeks Information to Identify Homicide Victim Found on Reservation Road Southeast
Detectives from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information regarding the murder and indentity of an unidentified man, whose body was found Friday, Sept. 24 on the 2200 block …
Yelm’s Housing Market Increases by 25% Since Before Pandemic
Yelm’s housing market has increased by 25.6% since the COVID-19 pandemic started as the median sale price for homes has ballooned. Theresa Bjorke of Keller Williams Realty said in …
Washington Secretary of State Holding ‘Mock Election’ Through Nov. 2 for Public School Students
From now until general election day, Nov. 2, the Washington Secretary of State’s Office will be hosting a non-partisan mock election for all public school students and teachers to participate …
SPSCC Reaches 95% Employee Participation for COVID-19 Vaccine
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) announced this week that 95% of the college’s 448 full-time employees, faculty and adjunct faculty received their COVID-19 vaccinations, ahead of the …
U.S. Representatives, Officials Discuss Need for Federal Investments in Tribal Communities
Officials from the U.S. House of Representatives and Tribal nations recently discussed the need for continued federal investments in Tribal communities and conservation efforts. U.S. Reps. Marilyn …
Councilmember and Restaurateur Face Off in Bid for Yelm Mayor
Yelm City Councilmember Joe DePinto will face Dennise Butler, co-owner of Mr. Doug’s Family Restaurant, in the race for Yelm’s next mayor after current Mayor JW Foster announced last …
City Council Candidates Roy and Hess Vie for Fifth Seat
Candidates Line Roy and Brian Hess will face off in the Nov. 2 general election for the Position No. 5 seat on the Yelm City Council. Both candidates detailed their vision for Yelm as they looked …
Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Oct. 14
Editor’s Note: Events and meetings in this list are compiled by Nisqually Valley News staff on a periodic basis, oftentimes weeks in advance. Email event and meeting submissions to …
Thurston County Sees Decrease of More Than 100 Week-Over-Week COVID Cases
New COVID-19 cases in Thurston County have begun to drop, with news deaths associated with the virus showing more of the same. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported 13 new …
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: - Western Airpark …
State & Regional News
Public Comment on Washington's Spring Bear Hunting Seasons Coming to a Close
A chance to comment on proposed changes to Washington's spring bear hunting season will close Oct. 21. After that, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission will review a WDFW …
Staffing Has Always Been a Challenge in Long-term Care Settings — the Vaccine Mandate Could Make It Worse
Long-term care facilities could face critical staffing shortages this fall as Gov. Inslee's vaccine mandate takes hold Oct. 18. Robin Dale, CEO of the Washington Health Care Association, which …
MultiCare Looks for Washington Volunteers for COVID-19 Booster Trial
OLYMPIA — MultiCare Health System is looking for volunteers to take part in a clinical trial involving Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine boosters. The trial will give participants one booster dose …
Inslee Urges Construction Industry Labor Organizations to Support COVID-19 Vaccinations
Leaders of construction industry labor organizations can save lives by encouraging their members to get COVID-19 vaccinations, Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday at the Washington State Building and …
Exemption Alone Won't Save State Workers' Jobs
OLYMPIA — Thousands of state workers, health care workers, teachers and others are hoping to stay employed without getting vaccinated against COVID-19. But many could soon find themselves on …
Washington's Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect Friday —  Here's What you Should Know
Plastic bags are about to be out. Now shoppers have to choose: bring your own or pay extra. Single-use plastics are the "most littered" in Washington, which prompted a new state law banning the …
Thousands of State Workers Submit Vaccination Exemptions; Tally Includes Hundreds of State Troopers
OLYMPIA — Thousands of state employees, including hundreds of state troopers and prison guards, are seeking exemptions from Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccination mandate. The deadline for full …
Lumber Prices Fall, But 'Chaos' in Supply, Labor Hits State’s Home Builders
Lumber prices have finally fallen off record levels, but other supply problems will prevent Spokane-area homebuyers from seeing the benefit of lower costs for some time, industry officials …
New Nonprofit Focuses on Reforming State Wildlife Management, Advocates Shift From 'Consumption' to 'Conservation'
A new nonprofit has entered the conservation fray, and is focusing on reforming how Washington state manages its wildlife and ecosystems. "Washington Wildlife First" will set its sights on …
Business
Missy Deleon, owner of Missy’s Brow Boutique, started her semi-permanent cosmetics business on Aug. 7, after leaving a career as a dental assistant. Deleon completed her training course for …
After five years of labor, Roy resident Beth Stock has reopened the historic Roy Bar and Grill under the new name, “The Place In Roy.” Built in 1926, the building was originally used …
On a given day in Yelm City Park or Cochrane Memorial Park, one might see Yelm-area residents Coco Lopez, 22, and 15-year-old brother, Kevin, out strolling with one of their 300 baby trees. The …
Not unlike its host of hungry piglets, Rainier’s Vail View Farms is in its infancy. After Fred Delaney retired from the military in 2017 from a 26-year career in electronic warfare, Delaney …
Yelm-area resident Amy Malik started the business Small Town Veggies to promote local farming and address food insecurity in the region. The store features a wide variety of fresh, locally grown …
Sports

‘We Earned Our Respect’: Beavers Beat Bulldogs At Home For First Time In 24 Years

TENINO — After breaking through arm tackles, crushing opposing ballcarriers, and leading Tenino to a 32-26 win over Montesano Friday night, the only one who could bring Takari Hickle down all night …

Titans Hold Off Rainier’s Passing Attack in 39-28 Win

Titans Hold Off Rainier’s Passing Attack in 39-28 Win By Eric Trent / etrent@chronline.com PE ELL — After a turnover-filled first half for both sides, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley …

Beavers Start Slow in Loss to Bulldogs

TENINO — In a rematch of the district championship game last year, and the second matchup the teams have played this season, Montesano got off to a hot start and ran away from Tenino, 3-0, on the …

Beavers Still Searching for First Win After Loss to Monte

Tenino couldn’t put it all together in a straight-set loss (25-11, 25-10, 25-13) to visiting Montesano in a 1A Evergreen Conference match on Thursday. “The scores don’t reflect …

Beavers Drop Heartbreaker to Cruisers in Five Sets

In a back and forth match all night, Tenino couldn’t grab the win against Eatonville in a five set loss (24-26, 25-22, 28-30, 25-23, 15-12).  “They played so scrappy, their hustle …

Beavers Cruise Past Cruisers

Alivia Hunter recorded a brace, Kamryn Oliviera continued her recent success scoring, and the Tenino Beavers are rolling again.  After dropping their first two games of the season, both …

Rainier Football Comes Up Short Against Forks

The Mountaineers fell to Forks 33-8 Friday night, Oct. 8, in a football matchup. Rainier Coach Andy Bartell said his team did not play to their potential. “It was a little …
Life
The Bible has quite a controversial account, recorded in John 5. Here, we have the historical story of the ingrateful healed invalid. More notably, it’s known as the healing at the …
Bucoda, or BOO-coda during the month of October, claims to be the “World's Tiniest Town with the Biggest Halloween Spirit.” As one of the many events supporting its claim in the …
The United States of America prides itself on being a “land of opportunity.” We are (for the most part) a free people, enjoying “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” …
Opinion
Letter to the Editor: If the Intent Is to Divide and Conquer, It Is a Job Well Done
Thank you for publishing that refreshing commentary by Julie McDonald. If all of the concerns and accusations promoted by anti-COVID-19 advocates were true, it would mean that all of our health care …
Brunell Commentary: Why All the Fuss Over Taiwan? And Why Washington Should Care
Unfortunately, what happens in Taiwan doesn’t just stay in Taiwan. It impacts us. So when President Xi Jinping announced China’s plan to step up “unification” efforts, it …
Being Frank: Hatchery Fish are Treaty Fish
Tribal treaty rights are being attacked by so-called conservation groups that threaten legal action against our hatcheries. Hatchery production is an essential part of salmon recovery. Along with …
McDonald Commentary: Questions and Comments Prompt Search for COVID-19 Answers
The COVID-19 pandemic is a creation of the media. COVID-19 was created in a lab. Vaccines don’t work. Masks don’t work. They died of comorbidities, not COVID-19. Hospitals earn kickbacks …
Letter to the Editor: Vote for Bob Iyall and Joel Hansen for Port Commissioner
Every Thurston County taxpayer supports the Port of Olympia. The port is supposed to support all of Thurston County. It has three commissioners and for many years it has been run for the benefit of …
Letter to the Editor: Seize the Chance to Rewrite Odds on COVID-19 With Vaccine
Some people wonder, “Why should I get a vaccine or wear a mask when it’s still possible to get COVID-19 if I do?” The answer: Vaccines and masks load the dice in our …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Jason Turner: 1975-2021
Jason Jeffrey Turner passed away on Sept. 10, 2021 at 12:20 a.m. after a 37 day battle with COVID-19.  Jason was born on Jan. 17, 1975 to Bill and Gloria Turner in Olympia, Washington. He …
In Loving Memory of Linda Stephens: 1945-2021
 This is the solemn announcement of the passing of a caring daughter, sister and mother, Linda Diane Stephens, who was born Linda Diane Roberts, at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North …
In Loving Memory Of James Kitchen: 1934-2021
 James Albert Kitchen went home to Heaven on Sept. 12, 2021, at his home in Rainier with his wife beside him. He was born on Jan. 14, 1934, in Echo Park, California, to Joseph and Violet …
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, …