Local news
Flurry of Candidates File for Positions in Upcoming Elections
The road to the August primary election and the November general election officially began Monday with the start of filing week. Would-be candidates have through Friday afternoon to file the …
Wolf Haven Continues its Work to Strengthen Mexican Wolf Population
The Wolf Haven International sanctuary, located just outside of Tenino, is one of just three pre-release breeding facilities for the Mexican wolf. The sanctuary recently welcomed the assistance of …
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 …
Kat’s Classroom Will Expand to Offer Kindergarten
Kat’s Classroom in Yelm will expand to include kindergarten classes this fall. The learning center opened last August as it offered preschool and pre-k classes to the community. The building …
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 Council Makes May Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The Yelm City Council passed a proclamation to declare May Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at its May 10 meeting. Mayor Joe DePinto said the proclamation hits on a personal note …
Masonry Cafe to Expand to Old Firehouse Location on Yelm Avenue
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 Eyes Stand-Alone Location
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 …
Auditor’s Office Seeks Citizens to Serve on ‘Against’ Committees for Primary Ballot Measures
The Thurston County Auditor’s Office is on the hunt for folks who can serve on “for” and “against” committees for measures which will appear on the ballot in …
Yelm School Board Highlights McKenna Elementary School, Elects Student Representatives
The Yelm School Board held a study session on Thursday, May 12, which highlighted progress at McKenna Elementary School and also featured the election of new student representatives. Jodi Jarmin, …
Yelm Graduate Reflects on His American Song Contest Appearance
Matt Sablan, who is musically known as Sabyu, recently had an opportunity to show the world a glimpse into his family’s roots during a performance on NBC’s “American Song …
City of Yelm Has Openings on its Boards, Commissions
The city of Yelm has several open positions on its boards and commissions that are geared at getting civic input from its residents. The boards and commissions advise the city’s mayor and …
State & Regional News
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 …
Inslee Signs $64 Billion Supplemental Budget Into Law
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed a $64.1 billion supplemental budget that will make new investments in K-12 schools, programs designed to reduce poverty and homelessness, behavioral …
Life

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 …

Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for May 19

Thursday, May 19 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 …

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 - Professional …
Business
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 …
Crystal Bundy, the owner of a popular Rochester coffee stand, has plans to expand the business to a second location, located on Yelm Highway and Burnett Road. The “Yelm Public Notices” …
Tenino added one more restaurant to its bounty on Monday, thanks to Miriam Garcia and husband Jose Villegas, who opened up Pizza Mia. On Monday, Garcia and Villegas held a grand opening and …
Dancing Needles Tattoo Studio isn’t your normal tattoo shop, or at least that is what its customers think. “We have a very open floor plan,” Dancing Needles Tattoo owner Hannah …
Sports

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 …

Mountaineer Boys Capture C2BL Championship

RAINIER — Led by three first-place finishes, Rainier boys romped to the Central 2B League Championship with 115 points at home on Friday. Toledo boys finished second with 102, Napavine was …

Beavers Win Season Finale Shorthanded Against Cruisers

Playing in its regular season finale, the Tenino girls tennis team swept Eatonville on the road Friday, not dropping a single set in a dominant showing before 1A Districts next Wednesday. Megan Letts …

Beavers Come Up Just Short of Regionals in District Third-Place Game

CASTLE ROCK — Moved up due to rain in the forecast, and after pitching its third arm already in the third inning, the Tenino baseball team would have to once again reach into its bag of tricks …

Beavers Fall One Win Short of Regional Berth

CASTLE ROCK — Tenino baseball nearly pulled it off but ultimately fell just short of a regional playoff spot after taking an 8-7, season-ending loss in eight innings to King’s Way …

Beavers Stay Alive for Regional Bid With Comeback Win

CASTLE ROCK — Trailing Eatonville 6-1 in third inning, Tenino baseball roared back to life with a six-run fourth inning and held on for an 8-6 victory in a loser-out match in the 1A District IV …

Beavers’ Season Ends in District-Playoff Loss to Monte

Tenino boys soccer’s run finally came to an end in a 1-0 loss to Montesano in the 1A District IV tournament on Tuesday. Montesano, which has been a thorn in the Beavers side this year, used …

Opinion

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 …

Line Roy Commentary: Love Isn’t Enough; We Have to do the Work

If you and I have ever met, you know that I love my community. I love how Yelm (and the areas that surround it) is full of kind, generous, hardworking people. I love the businesses in it, how they …

Our Views: Slade Gorton Was a Powerhouse for Our State, Community

Former attorney general and state and national lawmaker Slade Gorton passed away almost two years ago, but like many families who lost loved ones during the time of COVID-19, the Gorton family had to …

Superintendent's Corner: Southworth Elementary School Will Be Great for Students, Staff

As the last month of the school year approaches, students and families may be turning their attention to much-needed summer activities, trips or the other fun things we get to do. For the school …
Obituaries
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) …
In Loving Memory of Raymond N. Glassburn: 1953-2022
Raymond N. Glassburn, a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and amazing friend to all, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Kindred Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Ray was …