Local news
Landowners in Yelm Recover $142,600 For Land Lost to Rail-Trail Operations
A Missouri-based litigation law firm specializing in rails-to-trails litigation won $142,600 from the federal government for two landowners in Yelm who lost land as a result of the …
Local Veteran Organizations to Host Memorial Day Ceremonies in Yelm and Roy
Stretching back for over 150 years, Americans have honored those who have lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces.  The tradition will continue on Monday, May 30, as the local …
InGenius! Launches Summer Arts Market in Yelm
A local artisan gallery and boutique has kicked off a summer arts market that aims to infuse the heart of Yelm with more local art and live entertainment. The InGenius! Summer Arts Market will …
Volunteers Help Beautify Yelm During ‘Pretty City Day’ Clean Up Event
Local businesses and residents came together on Saturday, May 21, in an effort to beautify the area by cleaning up trash as the city hosted its first “Pretty City Day.” The initiative …
Thurston County Election Races Take Shape as Filing Deadline Ends
There were 271 candidates who filed for 190 positions that will be on the ballot in Thurston County. The top two candidates in each primary race with three or more candidates will move on to the …
Roy Veteran Takes Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Bob Dimond and his son John embarked on  a trip of a lifetime recently after multiple COVID-19 related postponements. Bob, who is a Roy resident, served in the U.S. Army for 22 years as a …
Rainier Martial Arts Teaches Tang Soo Do to Members of All Ages
Rainier Martial Arts has been a staple in the community of Rainier, and previously Yelm, since 1995. Instructor Bob Aubrey teaches Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art. The veteran-owned business …
Local Businesses Receive Nominations for Chamber Awards
Over 20 local businesses received notice of their nomination for the 2021 Yelm Chamber of Commerce business awards, which features six different categories. Award winners will be announced at …
Prairie Elementary Holds Assembly to Celebrate Disc Golf Course
Prairie Elementary School held a reopening ceremony for its disc golf course for its students on Friday, May 20. The school welcomed several members of Dynamic Discs, who worked to educate …
Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for May 26
Thursday, May 26 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 …
Thurston County Reports 807 New COVID-19 Cases
New cases of COVID-19 in Thurston County increased in the health department’s latest report as 807 cases were tallied during the period of May 16 through May 22. The prior week there were …
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 - Two Yelm …
State & Regional News
COVID-19 Cases Rising in Washington, But Health Officials See 'Steady Course'
Following similar trends nationwide, COVID-19 case rates are rising in Washington. The statewide average of cases over the past seven days is 228  per 100,000 people, keeping Washington in …
As Pandemic Ends, State Works to Ensure Coverage to Those Who Might Lose Medicaid
As the pandemic erased jobs and suddenly left thousands of people without employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, many enrolled in the government's Medicaid program. Today, as the job market …
WDFW Approves Nine Days of Razor Clam Digs to Close Out a Successful Season
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the final round of razor clam digging can proceed as planned from April 29 to May 7 to wrap up a memorable …
Biden Makes First Trip to Washington Since Becoming President, Talking Climate Change and More on Earth Day
SEATTLE — It is the beginning of a "new day" in fighting climate change, President Joe Biden said on Friday, April 22 at an Earth Day event in Seattle. Biden's two-day West Coast tour neared …
Washington State Parks Searches for Park Hosts
Washington State Parks is looking for parks hosts. Hosts volunteer at least 28 hours a week helping park aides, answering questions, explaining park rules and performing groundskeeping tasks, …
COVID-19 Vaccines Will Not be Required for School Entry in Washington State
The Washington State Board of Health has voted to not require COVID-19 vaccines  for children to attend schools and day cares. Earlier this year, the technical advisory group, made up of …
Fearing a Threat to Shellfish Industry, Washington Legislature Provides Funds for Kelp, Eelgrass Protection
SHELTON, Wash. — Bill Dewey walked through the Taylor Shellfish oyster FLUPSY — a floating upweller system used to grow shellfish in open water — in Oakland Bay on Tuesday …
Nurse, Healthcare Worker Shortage at Center of Several New Legislative Programs
OLYMPIA — After the COVID-19 pandemic worsened the healthcare worker shortage in Washington, the Legislature this session approved funding for a host of proposals to attract new medical …
Learn About Cougar Ecology, Behavior at Online Meeting
A state carnivore research scientist will present information on the ecology and behavior of cougars in the Pacific Northwest's increasingly urban landscape at the April 13 online Zoom meeting of the …
Life

From the Hills: Facebook Words of Wisdom

I’m so glad God doesn’t act on the memes that appear on Facebook. We’d all be in a lot of trouble. I’m also glad I didn’t take their advice. Sometimes what sounds really …

From the Hills: My Jesus Is Everything

We all have challenges that slow us down and change our course. Maybe it’s a marriage that lost its loving core; could you have tried harder? Is there a son or a daughter that needs more than …

Mystical Enchanted Garden Fest Set for Yelm City Park

Yelm City Park will soon host a plethora of Disney characters and superheroes as the third annual Mystical Enchanted Garden Fest takes over. The event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. …

Yelm Farmers Market Set to Return at End of May

Lovers of the Yelm Farmers Market will soon be able to peruse items from local and regional vendors as the event is set to open for the season on Saturday, May 28. Jon Jamieson, who is in his …
Business
The crazy hot real estate market seems to be fading away, finally. Whether it be from inflation, gas prices, or the flat-out effort by the Federal Reserve to slow down the nation’s real estate …
Masonry Cafe Catering has plans to invest in the city of Yelm by taking over the old firehouse on Yelm Avenue next door to its 105 E. Yelm Ave. storefront. The city of Yelm’s website states …
El Ray Burro, a Mexican restaurant, is planning on opening a new location at 604 Yelm Ave. The current restaurant is located at 608 W. Yelm Ave. inside the Shell Station. According to …
Fifteen years ago, a group of people formed the Yelm Food Co-op as a way to get organic and natural foods without having to drive to Olympia. They started in a strip mall and have since moved into a …
Summer is just around the corner and the Tahoma Valley Golf Course in Yelm is welcoming golfers of all skill levels. Unlike other small community golf courses that are outside of town, Tahoma is in …
Sports

Yelm Fastpitch Notches Spot at 3A State Tournament

The Yelm fastpitch team secured key wins last week to earn a spot at the 3A state tournament. During a busy week, the Tornados faced off against the Auburn Riverside Ravens on Thursday, May 20 …

State Softball Playoff Seedings Announced

After district softball tournaments finished up Saturday afternoon, the WIAA seeding committees met up to put together the brackets for the upcoming state tournaments coming up this week across all …

2B Softball District Roundup: Toledo, Rainier Punch State Tickets

Taking the long route through the 2B District 4 tournament, the Toledo softball team advanced to the state playoffs next week in Yakima after rebounding from a 10 a.m. loss, upsetting Onalaska in the …

Koetje, Nubbe, and Doidge Impress at 2B District Championships

Sporting numerous event winners yet again, the Rainier boys track and field team took home the team prize at the 2B District 1/4 Track and Field Championships Friday at W.F. West High School in …

Yelm Fastpitch Wins Playoff Matchup Against Auburn Riverside

There was no shortage of offense in the 3A District playoff matchup between the Yelm Tornados and the Auburn Riverside Ravens on May 19, as 34 combined runs were scored.  Yelm was able to …

Six Yelm High School Fastpitch Athletes Sign to College

Following a 16-4 record in the regular season, the Lady Tornados celebrated six seniors on May 11 who signed to continue their fastpitch careers after high school. The six seniors each …

Mountaineers Advance to District Quarters Against Forks

In the first round of the 2B District 4 Tournament at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey, the Rainier softball team dispatched Stevenson, 6-2, Monday.  The win propels the Mountaineers …

Beavers Earn Trio of Second Team Selections on All League List

With a first team 1A Evergreen team mostly comprised of Grays Harbor athletes — all but four of the 12 selections, and those two non-Grays Harbor athletes are from Forks and Ilwaco — the …

Beavers Knock Off 3A Timberline on Senior Day

In its last game of the season, the Tenino softball team picked up a Senior Day win over 3A Timberline, 11-2.  It was a senior-heavy day for the Beavers, who picked up a cathartic win in …

Beaver Boys Third, Girls Fifth at Sub-Districts

Tenino boys finished third as a team and Tenino girls placed fifth at the 1A Evergreen League sub-district championships in Montesano on Friday. The Beaver boys were led by freshman Carson …

Opinion

Being Frank: Proposed Chehalis Dam Threatens Salmon and Treaty Rights

A proposed dam on the Chehalis River is a threat not only to salmon recovery, but also our treaty rights. It’s a step in the wrong direction as the rest of the region has moved into an era …

Don Brunell Commentary: Manufacturers Are Back to Building Inventory

Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, factory workers were humming along assembling products just after components were delivered.  It was called “just-in-time” production. …

Letter From the Health Officer: CDC Changes COVID-19 Community Level From Low to Medium 

Our COVID-19 transmission rates continue to rise and we are seeing an increased number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Thurston County. On May 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …

Richard Stride Commentary: Benjamin Franklin and the Value of Giving Up Your Anger

PBS recently released a new documentary by Ken Burns focused on Benjamin Franklin. I hadn’t realized Benjamin Franklin and his son William were on opposite sides of the American …

Don Brunell Commentary: Inslee and Murray Are Targeting the Wrong Dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams with fish passages and …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Joyce Dunn: 1964-2022
Joyce E. (Spivey) Dunn, of Olympia, Washington, passed away on May 7, 2022. She was born on April 4, 1964 to Lee and Sharon Spivey in Fort Hood, Texas. Joyce graduated from Yelm High School in 1982 …
In Loving Memory of Louise Reeder Kemp: 1936-2022 
Louise Reeder Kemp passed into the loving arms of our Lord from Alzheimer’s on March 17, 2022, surrounded by family. Born in Onawa, Iowa in 1936 to parents Roy Reeder and Violet Smith, she grew …
In Loving Memory of Elmer Cranton, MD: 1932-2021
Elmer Mitchell Cranton, M.D., passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at the age of 89. He was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on Sept. 17, 1932.  Elmer joined the U.S. Navy after high school and …
In Loving Memory of Virgil Roy Baker: Dec. 8, 1936 - April 19, 2022 
Virgil R. Baker peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. Throughout his life, Virgil had the ability to walk into a room of strangers and leave surrounded by new friends. His …
In Loving Memory of  Everett Fraissinet Jr.: 1931-2022
Everett R. Fraissinet Jr. passed away at the age of 91 years on Easter Sunday on April 17, 2022.  He was born in Tacoma, Washington, to Everett R. Fraissinet Sr. and Violet (Bryde) …