Local news
Missing Hiker at Mount St. Helens Found Dead
A hiker who was reported missing earlier this week at Mount St. Helens has been found dead. On Wednesday at about 1:50 p.m, hikers in the Mt. Whittier area called Cowlitz County 911 to report they …
Senior Center Seeks Volunteer Bus Drivers
Usually, the Yelm Adult Community Center has a system of buses that take home-bound folks to the senior center, but right now, that service is severely hampered. That’s because the center …
Folks to Show Off Their Talent at Wilkowski Park
When Veronica Brauer, who works in Real Estate, was showing a house in the Nisqually Pines, she noticed an ice cream truck rolling through the neighborhood and knew she would have to act …
Cochrane Park Brings Storybooks Alive
In late spring, Yelm Timberland Regional Library Manager Erica McCaleb loaded her car with foam boards and enlarged storybook pages and set off to Cochrane Memorial Park. Together, she and the …
Chamber Puts Second BBQ Rally on the Grill
The Nisqually Valley BBQ Rally returns this month after skipping what would have been its second annual event last year due to COVID-19-related shutdowns. The rally, organized by the Yelm Chamber …
Medic One Seeks Modernization of County’s Medical Equipment with Levy
Thurston County Medic One has placed a levy measure on next month’s primary ballot. The levy aims to restore funding to the 1999 voter-approved rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed …
Thurston County COVID-19 Cases See Uptick After Recent Slump
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported an uptick in new COVID-19 infections, with the number increasing to 187 during the period of July 12-18, as compared to 134 new infections …
Chamber Awards Highlight Exemplary Businesses in Yelm
The Yelm Chamber of Commerce celebrated its third Chamber Business Awards, recognizing its members with a series of accolades for their work last year during an event on July 13 at the Yelm Community …
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: - Trees blocking …
Sirens: Deputies Take Fire in Recent Incident; ‘Aggressive’ Woman Assaults Boyfriend; Woman Pays $3,000 of Fake Bail Money to Scammers; Vandals Egg Man’s Vehicle on Yelm Avenue; Thief Smashes Car Window, Steals Purse; Catalytic Thieves Return to Yelm
Deputies Take Fire in Recent Incident Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident on Saturday, July 17 in the area of the 16000 block of Chuckawa Lane Southeast in Yelm, …
Mount Rainier: Public Comment on Management of Nisqually to Paradise Corridor Now Open
The public can now offer input on the transportation and visitor use management planning process for the Nisqually to Paradise travel corridor in Mount Rainier National Park. The National Park …
EMS Agencies in Thurston County Experience Patient Transport Delays 
Fire agencies in Thurston County that provide emergency medical services (EMS) have experienced patient transport delays because of ambulance availability and hospital capacity. A news release …
State & Regional News
Washington Sheriffs Sign Letter Vowing to Uphold Second Amendment
Hoping to quell their constituents’ fears, the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association put out a statement last week affirming their commitment to uphold the Constitution – …
WDFW Closes All Eastern Washington Wildlife Areas to Overnight Use Amid High Wildfire Danger
All eastern Washington wildlife areas managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be closed at night due to high fire danger starting Friday. The closures are in response to …
Commissioner of Public Lands to Announce Indefinite Closure of DNR Public Lands East of Cascades
Public lands east of the Cascades managed by the Washington state Department of Natural Resources  will be closed indefinitely because of drought and the worsening wildfire …
'Unprecedented Conditions' Lead to Resource Shortages for Firefighting Agencies
Local fire agencies have put out the call for more support staff as they continue to battle what officials have called an unusually intense wildfire season amid a shortage of workers. The Idaho …
Mechanic, 23, Wins Washington's $1 Million Vaccine Lottery
OLYMPIA — A motorcycle mechanic from south King County became the state's biggest, and final, winner of the vaccine lottery. Kameron M., 23, won $1 million as part of the state's program to …
Officials Report Some Progress Fighting Large Fires, But Worry as Red Flag Warning Remains
A red flag warning remained in place for much of Eastern Washington through Thursday night as firefighters continue to brace for breezy conditions. The National Weather Service said winds of 5 to …
First Female Grizzly Bear in Washington Captured, Collared, Released Near Metaline Falls
Federal wildlife managers captured and collared a female grizzly bear, with three cubs, near Metaline Falls in northeast Washington, about 10 miles from the Canadian border on June 17. This is the …
Western Washington’s Golden Paintbrush Flower Could be Removed From Endangered Species List
OLYMPIA – A flower in Western Washington and Oregon may be removed from the nation’s endangered species list after decades of work to save it. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service …
Inslee Declares Drought Emergency for Vast Majority of Washington
Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency Wednesday for the vast majority of Washington and said that the historic dry spell is being made worse by climate change. “We have to recognize …
Business
Nestled neatly among the streets of Tenino, the quaint little Braids and Blossoms Flower Farm adds a fragrant bloom to the small city. Owned by Ridgeline Middle School math teacher Tabatha Sand, …
Folks have another choice for massage therapy in Yelm with the opening of Salt and Sage Holistic Body Care, which moved to the city on June 1. Madison Pate, licensed massage therapist and owner of …
There’s an old troupe in classic literature where a witch who lives in a hut mixes salves and potions out of the herbs she grows in an enchanted forest garden. Joy Hiebert, of Yelm’s …
At massage-therapy business Mat Magick, partners Jennifer and Ian Brooks are packing up the oil and moving their work from the traditional table to a mat on the floor. Jennifer Brooks started the …
Gone are the goats and cows. So, too, the sheep, pigs and roosters. On to greener pastures, perhaps, rooting and chewing cud along the way.But don’t despair, they’ll soon be replaced by a …
Sports

Rainier’s Jeremiah Nubbe Named Gatorade Player of the Year

Jeremiah Nubbe first learned he had been named the 2020-21 Gatorade Washington Boys Track and Field Player of the Year from his mom, who received an email from the organization announcing his …

Tenino’s Takari Hickle Commits to Oregon State University Football

    Tenino’s Takari Hickle, a 3-star defensive end, announced his verbal commitment to Oregon State University football Monday night. The commitment caps an …

Yelm High School Hires New Girls Basketball Coach

In the wake of longtime coach Russ Riches’ retirement, Yelm Community Schools has hired assistant coach Jennifer Sleeman as his replacement. Sleeman has been coaching and volunteering with …

YHS Sees Its Winningest Year In League

Yelm High School athletes probably deserve to be on the Wheaties box this year, given their mounting victories. With four undefeated seasons, six teams emerging as league champions, two teams …

Rainier Boys Pick Up a Couple More Wins By Season’s End

Rainier High School boys basketball had its best season in recent memory, ending with a record of 5-7. The five final games showed three wins and two losses for the Mountaineers. When …

Senior Terelle Dunn Clinches Second In League For Tornado Hoopsters

The Yelm boys basketball team finished off the season strong with a 64-47 victory over River Ridge High School for senior night, thanks to an effort by senior Terelle Dunn, who clinched second in …

Nisqually Valley News Recognizes Athletes of the Year

The Nisqually Valley News has recognized the athletes of the year for the 2021-22 school year.  Coaching Staff of the Year: Yelm Football Jason Ronquillo’s Tornados had their …
Life
She said, “I did a lot of research…”  Mandy Patinkin, playing the role of Montoya in the 1987 classic movie, The Princess Bride, famously said, “You keep using that …
Mom and dad were very happy to have their child and spouse move in with them for a time. They even gave up their master bedroom so they could feel like they were in their own little apartment. The …
Last week, I coached a friend whose 5-year-old daughter has become rather sassy. This little girl has some well-executed plays, and extraordinary explanations for why she must do some things and …
Opinion
Letter to the Editor: Misleading and Not Historically Accurate
Regarding the story on the Yelm Loop in the July 15 edition of the Nisqually Valley News, Community Development Director Grant Beck is incorrect when he said, “The bottom line is that it was so …
Camden Commentary: Think Twice Before Making That Nazi Comparison
Some advice for politicians of both parties, liberal and conservative commentators and social media posters: Before you make a comparison between something happening today and Nazi Germany, think …
Johnson Commentary: Labor Shortage Emerges as Major Issue for Washington Employers
What a difference a year makes. As Washington emerges from the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges facing many employers is finding enough qualified workers. It’s a dramatic shift …
Sen. Jim McCune Commentary: How Parents Can Fight Critical Race Theory in Our Public Schools
Last month, South Kitsap School Board member John Berg introduced a resolution to prohibit classroom teaching of theories that promote racial hatred. For that he was called a nut. District …
Being Frank: Adjudication Will Help Untangle Nooksack River Water Rights
The Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe are looking forward to the start of the process to untangle water rights and protect threatened salmon in the Nooksack River basin by finding out just how much …
Sen. John Braun Commentary: Survived the War? Yes. Won the Super Bowl? Hardly   
Politicians often say things they wish they hadn’t. Sometimes we’re trying to be funny and the humor falls flat. Sometimes anger or frustration gets the better of us. And sometimes, a …
Obituaries
Honey D. Badger: 1944-2021
Honey D. Badger died peacefully Friday, June 4, 2021, at home in Rainier, Wash. Honey was born Christmas day December 25, 1944, in Shelton, Wash., to Charles and Zuella (Sue) Payne. Her dad, …
Ray Wilson
Ray was born January 20, 1941, in Yelm, Wash., to Nathaniel and Rhonda Wilson. After his parents passed, he was lovingly raised by James and Letha Isom. After Ray graduated from Yelm High School, he …
Priscilla Christine Enger
79 years young, passed in Yelm, Wash. Priscilla Christine Enger was born to the proud parents of Leslie Earl and Opal Loretta Enger in Bellingham, Wash.She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School …
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, …