Local news
Yelm district could go out for another levy after latest fails
Yelm Community Schools (YCS) is facing a challenging situation after its measure to replace the education and operations levy failed in the Feb. 13 special election.   Unofficial results on …
YHS Drama Club brings classic Dr. Seuss stories to the stage
The Yelm High School Drama Club’s spring musical explores a journey from the Jungle of Nool near the River Waloo to the town of Whoville.   The club’s first production of the …
Yelm Community Center to receive solar and battery backup
In case of a major power failure in the city, the Yelm Community Center can be used for emergency services or other purposes after the Yelm City Council approved a contract to provide solar at the …
Two arrested after police chase in Yelm
A man and a woman were arrested late Monday, Feb. 19., near Morris Road in Yelm on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) posted on Facebook. …
Motorist arrested for DUI after colliding with pole in Yelm
One person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after the driver crashed their vehicle into a pole at the intersection of Longmire Street Southeast and 100th Avenue Southeast in …
Yelm Community Center to receive solar and battery backup
After some deliberation, the Yelm City Council approved, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, a new “simple-majority” method of voting to fill the vacant Position 4 seat following Holly Smith’s …
Yelm to host 2024 DoDEA Pacific Regional conference
For the first time, Yelm will host the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Pacific Regional Meeting.   During the three-day event, which began Wednesday, Feb. 21, through …
Rainier community passes two school district levies in special election
Rainier School District received strong support from community members in the Feb. 13 special election as taxpayers approved two separate levies in the district. The two levies — …
Yelm’s SRO Theater successfully hosts ‘Love Ballads and Valentines’ radio show
Standing Room Only (SRO) Theater, a Yelm based community-led theater group, is finding its stride post-COVID. The organization has held two events since early December and aims to continue bringing …
What's Happening: 'Seussical The Musical,' Taste of the Prairie, Lego Club
Thursday, Feb. 22 Taste of the Prairie — Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon People who make a purchase at Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon on Thursday, Feb. 22, will have a portion of the …
Yelm police deem threatening voicemail at Mill Pond Elementary a hoax
A threatening voicemail left to a staff member at Mill Pond Elementary in Yelm, Monday, Feb. 19, was deemed a hoax, according to school district officials.  In a post on Yelm Community …
Thurston Narcotics Task Force seizes 40k fentanyl pills, 104 pounds of meth, 42 guns, cash
With help from law enforcement agencies across the state, Thurston County Narcotics Task Force seized drugs, firearms, cash and vehicles that stemmed from a cartel operation. Thurston County …
State & Regional News
White Pass Ski Area preparing for ‘Dragons vs. Dinos’ Winter Carnival this weekend
Looking for a family-friendly time in the snow? Look no further than the White Pass Ski Area this weekend. Starting Saturday, the White Pass Ski Area will officially kick off its “Dragons …
Report finds Washington positioned to capitalize on demand for hydrogen
A recent report from the state Department of Commerce found Washington can position itself as a leader in green hydrogen as the state looks to further reduce reliance on fossil fuels in the coming …
WDFW approves five days of coastal razor clam digs; additional digs planned for March
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more opportunities on coastal beaches beginning Feb. 21, Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed Thursday. …
Thurston County warns of jury scam
Thurston County issued a warning of a “jury scam” to residents in its latest “Friday Five” weekly county update.   Residents were warned of individuals calling and …
DeGoede brothers close sale on iconic Mossyrock flower farm
Brothers Jack and Bob DeGoede — owners of the iconic DeGoede Bulb Farm, a staple in the Mossyrock community for nearly 50 years — finally closed a sale of the farm at the beginning of …
Olympia crowd demands hearing on citizen initiatives
A sea of red, white and blue covered the Capitol steps, Feb. 2, as hundreds of Washingtonians proudly waved American flags and demanded hearings on six initiatives that would roll back taxes, give …
Hundreds rally for rent caps and affordable housing
As budget negotiations begin in the state Legislature, calls for action on affordable housing and rent caps from the annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day are expected to ring in the ears of …
Pair of proposed bills would offer free community college to eligible Washington students
Per capita, Washington ranks among the lowest states in the country in terms of the number of residents who apply for federal student aid to fund a postsecondary education. And community …
Mandatory voting proposed by Democrats
Washington State Journal A proposal to make voting mandatory drew criticisms from 2,000 people in a Washington state Legislative hearing Jan. 25. “We are already in a moment of …
Life

Adult Easter egg hunt to take place at Cochrane Park

Adults over the age of 21 should mark their calendars for Saturday, March 16, as the City of Yelm Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a “Midnight Eggstravaganza,” an adult Easter …

What’s happening: Nisqually Valley community calendar

Thursday, Feb. 15 Family Storytime Join the Yelm Timberland Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. every Thursday for family storytime. The event includes music, movement, books and activities for …

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 • Intruders …
On Saturday, Feb. 3, 165 chess players came to Centralia College for the 2024 Southwest Washington Scholastic Chess Championships, an opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12 to qualify for regional state competition.

Yelm Middle School wins at Southwest Washington Scholastic Chess Championships

On Saturday, Feb. 3, 165 chess players came to Centralia College for the 2024 Southwest Washington Scholastic Chess Championships, an opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12 to qualify for …
Business
Karin and Sverre Ange wanted to combine their passions to create a new business in Yelm. Karin served for more than 18 years in the U.S. Army National Guard as a supply sergeant, and Sverre owned his …
What started with a “Little Einsteins” spaceship cake for Dee Ragsdale’s daughter’s first birthday has turned into a full-time cake business. Ragsdale, a Clearwood resident, …
It’s a new year, and Yelm business Funtime Toys and Gifts is ready for it. Heather Ekland founded the business on the internet in 2006 as freedomdaysales.com and became a brick-and-mortar …
Beth Stock takes pride in being a female business owner in the tree service industry. The longtime Roy resident is the owner of She Cuts It Tree Service, a business that started on a whim. She …
Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que announced its expansion to Yelm on May 10, 2023, and over eight months later, on Friday, Jan. 26, the barbecue restaurant celebrated its grand opening and officially welcomed …
Sports

Rainier proud of growth and grit despite tough finish

Johnny Boesch attempts a corner 3-pointer against Onalaska on Jan. 24.
The end of an athletic season is rarely a joyous occasion for most high school teams, as most teams enter the offseason with a sour taste in their mouths. But for Rainier High School’s boys …

Spring sports under way in Nisqually Valley region

With just Rainier High School’s girls basketball team still competing, local baseball, softball, track, soccer and tennis programs are under way for 2024 spring athletics. Baseball …

WIAA tests out body cams for referees

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) is looking at addressing sportsmanship problems at sporting events by having referees wear body cameras. The eight-week pilot …

Beavers fall to unbeaten Leopards in Regionals

The Tenino boys basketball team couldn’t keep up with top-seeded Zillah in the Regional Round of the 1A State Tournament on Friday, as the Leopards rolled to a 65-39 win. Tenino was down …
Lena Fragner shoots a three during W.F. West's District Championship win over Columbia River on Feb. 16. in Kelso.

Regional Round Preview: A glance at the local matchups

Eleven area basketball teams are still alive in the chase for a state championship, and they’ll return to the court this Friday and Saturday. Among the 11 still standing, seven are already …
Yelm's Emma Norman, 100 pounds, wrestles Decatur's Jaelyn Quintanilla on Friday, Feb. 16, at Mat Classic XXXV.

Yelm girls wrestling team places fifth at Mat Classic XXXV

Yelm’s girls wrestling program had a memorable weekend at Mat Classic XXXV. With a fifth-place team finish, a state champion and a runner-up, the Tornados represented themselves well after a …
Yelm's Kaleb Holman, 165, wrestles Ferris's Jack Neale on Friday, Feb. 16 in the opening round of Mat Classic XXXV.

Yelm boys wrestling ties for ninth place at Mat Classic XXXV

In Yelm wrestling coach Gaylord Strand’s final Mat Classic appearance in his 50-year career, his team tied for ninth place with just five wrestlers appearing in the state tournament. He capped …

SPSCC men’s team headed to conference championships

The South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) men’s basketball team clinched a spot in the 2024 Northwest Athletic Conference’s (NWAC) Basketball Championships this March. The …

Five Mountaineer grapplers take home medals at Mat Classic

Rainier's Zander Peck, 157 pounds, prepares to wrestle Tonasket's Gabe Ray at the Mat Classic XXXV on Feb. 16.

The Rainier High School boys and girls wrestling team had a historic weekend at the Mat Classic XXXV at the Tacoma Dome, with three boys and two girls taking home medals.   Junior Zander …

Mountaineer girls earn fifth seed at state, place second at districts

Angelica Askey drives down the lane against Adna on Feb. 13.

The Rainier High School girls basketball team had a chance to complete a revenge tour of the only two teams who beat it en route to its first district title in 13 years. The Mountaineers knocked …

Opinion
The Capitol in Olympia on Friday, Feb. 23.

Guest Commentary: Erosion to state’s Public Records Act is at a tipping point, must be reversed

The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a …

Back to Business: America still needs more welders and fewer philosophers

In 2017, I wrote a column titled “America needs more welders and fewer philosophers.” It was a slogan Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used in his 2016 presidential campaign to call attention to …
Sen. John Braun in Olympia from the Capitol on Friday, Feb. 15, 2024.

Democrats are wrong to use children as defense of income tax

The Democrats who currently control the Legislature should uphold our state constitution by giving proper attention to Initiative 2109, which would repeal Washington’s capital gains tax. It is …

Securing border high priority for GOP congressional candidate Lewallen

When Third District U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez said on a podcast that “nobody stays awake at night worrying about the Southern border,” the words appalled attorney Leslie Lewallen, …

Letter to the editor: NVN wrong for recognizing Roy

Editor, For the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) to name Line Roy its 2023 Person of the Year is misplaced at best. Ms. Roy is a public servant and, as such, is paid by Yelm taxpayers as a city …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Peggy Lucille Black April 2, 1944 - Jan. 17, 2024
In Memoriam of Peggy Black Peggy Lucille Black passed away on Jan. 17 from a brief illness. She is survived by husband, Brian Black, daughter Shelley Lucus, brother Wes Ament Jr., sister …
In loving memory of Grace M. Dvorak: March 20, 1940 - Jan. 13, 2024
Grace passed away into the arms of her Lord on Jan. 13, 2024, at her home in Yelm, Washington, surrounded by her husband and two sons. Grace was born on March 20, 1940, to Albert and Emma …
In Loving Memory of Janet L. Thompson
On Nov. 15, 2023, our sweet mama, Janet L. Thompson, left us to fly free with the angels. She was a mom, a wife, a grandma, a great-grandma and a friend to many.   She was a wonderful …
In loving memory of Jeffrey Lee Stone 1952-2023
Jeffrey Lee Stone, born on May 16, 1952, in San Francisco, California, at the Presidio Army installation, passed away on Nov. 3, 2023.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and June …
In Loving Memory of Linda Robbins 11/30/1945 ~ 10/26/2023
Our sweet Linda Lois Robbins (Whited) passed away peacefully on Oct. 26 in Kennewick after a long battle with dementia. She was a kind and gentle lady who was loved by everyone. Linda did many …