Local news
Yelm Utility Payments Due by End of Month
Those with past-due water account balances with 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 …
Commissioners Vote to Lease Building to House Operations
The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted on Oct. 5 to move forward with a lease of The Atrium at 3000 Pacific Ave. in Olympia to house the county’s general government …
Rainier School Board Candidates Head for General Election
Rebecca Stillings and Marco Gonzales will face off in the race for the district 5 seat on the Rainier School Board in the Nov. 2 general election. Stillings, who responded to Nisqually Valley News …
Volunteers Sought 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 Council Approves Contract for Phase One of New Dog Park
The Yelm City Council authorized Mayor JW Foster to sign a public services agreement to complete construction phase one of a new dog park, along with an access road on the same site, for …
Nisqually Land Trust Looks Back on Successful Year
With an early-October acquisition of over 10 acres in the lower Ohop Creek protected area, the Nisqually Land Trust has grown to a total of 8,751 acres since it was founded in 1989. Jeanette …
Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Oct. 21
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 …
Looking Back: 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: - Yelm …
Sirens: Thief Steals $10,000 in Tools; Woman Calls in Assault She Didn’t See; Auto Thief Steals From Apartment
Auto Thief Steals From Apartment Yelm police officers responded to a call about an auto theft on Monday, Oct. 11. According to a police report, a woman called police officers after she found …
Thurston County Sees Increase in Week-Over-Week COVID Cases
New COVID-19 cases in Thurston County have seen a week-over-week increase of 62 cases, with news deaths associated with the virus decreasing substantially. Thurston County Public Health and Social …
‘Sad Page in WA State’s History’: Local Lawmakers Decry Inslee Vaccine Mandate as Monday Deadline Passes
As the deadline closed Monday for state, health care and education workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, several Washington state Republican lawmakers issued statements decrying Democratic Gov. …
State & Regional News
State Asks for Public Comments on Favored Recreational Pastimes
The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is seeking people to weigh in on how its funding should be spent by taking a survey about their outdoor-recreation interests. Now in the …
Child Care Costs More Than College in Washington; Democrats in Congress Want to Change That
When Emily Gwinn decided she wanted to get back into the workforce a year after her third child was born, one big question loomed: Who would care for her kids while she was at work? "You almost …
Washington Wildlife Officials Sample for Chronic Wasting Disease on Opening Day of Deer Hunting Season
For the first time in a decade, Washington wildlife officials surveyed for a deadly neurological disease during Saturday's modern deer hunting season opener. Washington Department of Fish and …
Three Washington Democrats at Center of Crafting Bill to 'Fundamentally Reshape the American Economy'
WASHINGTON — Three Washington lawmakers are at the center of a debate among Democrats that will decide the fate of the ambitious national agenda they campaigned on in 2020 — and perhaps …
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 …
Business
Adam Cunningham, 46, of Yelm, is in the process of growing his part-time photography business, a venture that started in wildland firefighting, but has spanned to a second generation of Cunningham …
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 …
Sports

Beavers Drop Second Straight Match in 2-1 Loss to Elma

Tenino’s offensive woes continued as the Beavers couldn’t find the back of the net once again in a 2-1 loss at Elma in 1A Evergreen Conference play on Tuesday. The Beavers have now …

Two Beavers Advance to District Tourney

Tenino golfers David Dallaire and Ethan Baxter have both qualified for the 1A District 4 Tournament on Thursday. Dallaire, who shot a school-record 45 last week in the Beavers’ …

Tornados Trounce North Thurston, Add to Winning Streak

The Tornados had such a decisive football victory over North Thurston High School, 47-6, that the coaching staffs from both schools decided to keep the clock running for the rest of the game with six …

‘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 …
Life
In response to a world currently filled with turmoil, Time Magazine just put out a special edition titled, “The Power of Positive Thinking – Why Attitude Matters.” What a relief to …
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 …
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 …
Opinion
Commentary: Public Schools, Community Services Depend on State-Managed Working Forests
Over two million acres of working forests managed by the state of Washington provide a sustainable and continuous supply of timber, clean water for salmon, habitat for wildlife, family-wage jobs and …
Commentary: ​​By George, McGovern Was Right
Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota was never a darling of conservatives; however, in his later years he shocked fellow Democrats by his outspoken backing for streamlining government regulations and …
Letter to the Editor: Vote for Bob Iyall and Joel Hansen
The Port of Olympia’s commissioners are happy spending millions of Thurston County taxpayer dollars on the Swantown Marina private fuel dock; the Big Blue Crane used under 20 hours a year …
Commentary: Public Schools, Community Services Depend on State-Managed Working Forests
Over two million acres of working forests managed by the State of Washington provide a sustainable and continuous supply of timber, clean water for salmon, habitat for wildlife, family-wage jobs and …
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 …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Roberta “Jane” Campbell: 1936-2021
Roberta “Jane” Campbell passed away June 15, 2021 in Loris, South Carolina. She was born Oct. 26, 1936 in Tacoma, Washington. She was the daughter of the late Ken “Utah” …
In Remembrance of Barry Bridges
The family of Barry Robert Bridges sincerely hopes you can join us for a celebration of life honoring Barry, Oct. 23, 2021, at The Sportsman Club in Rainier, Washington. Refreshments and fond …
In Loving Memory of Cecelia Mae Jenkins: 1948-2021
Cecelia Mae Jenkins, 72, of Rainier, Washington passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. She was born Dec. 2, 1948 in Olympia. Cecelia graduated from Yelm High School with the class of 1967. She was …
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, …