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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 • Yelm …
‘United in Opposition’: Local Lawmakers Talk Thurston, Pierce County Airport Proposals
When prompted on Thurston County-area legislative priorities during an interview at the Capitol in Olympia on Friday afternoon, House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, smiled and asked, “You …
Bill Proposes Relaxing Restrictions on Low-Dose Cannabis Drinks
Consumers will be able to purchase more low-THC liquid-infused products in a single purchase if a bill in the Legislature wins approval.  “HB 1249 is necessary to ensure that the …
Bills Push for Improving Salmon Habitat, Removing Barriers
Starting at The Olympia Ballroom in the state capital’s historic district, students from across Washington carried inflatable orcas and salmon as they marched through the streets of Olympia to …
Strickland, Barkis and Mejia Participate in Government Town Hall in Yelm
Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, state Rep. Andrew Barkis and Thurston County Commissioner Carolina Mejia participated in a government town hall meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Yelm Community …
Sirens: Yelm Post Office Reports Theft; Vehicle Prowl Near Creek Street; $110 of Merchandise Stolen From Yelm Safeway
Yelm Post Office Reports Theft Yelm police officers responded to an incident at the Yelm Post Office on Thursday, Jan. 19, around 9:45 a.m. after a report of theft was made to police …
State Representatives Sponsor Bill Again Attempting to Reform Governor’s Emergency Powers
State Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, introduced a new bill this week that would reform the governor’s emergency powers, according to a statement released on Tuesday.  The bill, House Bill …
Amid Lawsuit on Initial Rezone Decision, Lewis County Commissioners Will Hear YMCA Appeal
Testimony in support, a unanimous planning commission decision and a positive recommendation from community development weren’t enough to get the Lewis County commissioners to vote for the YMCA …
Vigil Marks 16th Anniversary of Thurston County Woman’s Murder
Friends and family of Karen Bodine gathered Sunday evening at the gravel lot near Rochester where her body was found exactly 16 years prior to celebrate Bodine’s life and raise awareness for …
Amid Uproar Over Tenino Sex Offender Housing, Lawmakers Work on Bill to Prevent Similar Situations
State lawmakers are working on a bill to prevent situations similar to the opening of a new home for individuals convicted of sexually violent offenses in Tenino that has surprised, worried and …
Suspicious Vehicle Eludes Tenino Police, Driver Is Later Arrested for Multiple Felony Charges
A suspect who eluded Tenino law enforcement Thursday afternoon was arrested later that day on multiple felony charges, the Tenino Police Department stated in a news release.  The series of …
Amid Lawsuit, YMCA Purchases Remainder of Land From Mineral Lake to Nisqually River
The YMCA of Greater Seattle has purchased approximately 1,500 acres of land abutting its 500 acres on the north shore of Mineral Lake in northeast Lewis County. The nonprofit first purchased the …
State & Regional News
Washington Legislature Looks to Set Up State-Run Apprenticeship Programs for Students
OLYMPIA — Washington students may soon have another option in high school — a state-run apprenticeship program in a number of different fields. As the Legislature looks to tackle …
State Launches Online Application Portal for Prospective Foster Parents, Caregivers
The Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) launched a new online application portal Monday for those interested in becoming foster parents or caregivers. The ultimate goal …
House Honors Jamie Walsh, Late Wife of Rep. Jim Walsh, With Unanimous Resolution
On Thursday, Jan. 12, members of the Washington state House of Representative unanimously passed a resolution honoring Jamie Walsh, the recently deceased wife of state Rep. Jim Walsh, …
Bill Would Speed Process to Get Cosmetology License in Washington
Cosmetology students will be able to register for their final exam before they have completed their course work if a bill under consideration by the state Legislature is approved. House Bill 1017, …
Proposed State Legislation Aims to Clarify Rules on Courthouse Dogs
Four dogs sat in a House hearing room and two more watched the room over Zoom as a legislative committee last week discussed rules dog handlers must follow in courthouses for dogs to assist people …
Here Are the Issues to Watch After the Legislature Convened Monday for 2023 Session
The economy. Public safety. Homelessness and the housing shortage. Taxes. These vexing issues are front and center as the Washington Legislature convened this week for its first in-person session …
Legislative Leaders Talk Pursuit Laws, Blake Decision Ahead of Session
While neither party fully agrees, Washington’s House and Senate leaders have a desire to find middle ground with their counterparts on the state Supreme Court’s Blake Decision. But, a …
Inslee Seeks to Increase Funding ‘to Scale’ for Homelessness
On an open-ended question in Crosscut-Elway’s annual poll, the single most-named issue registered Washington voters hoped the Legislature would focus on this session was …
Budget Leaders in the Legislature Discuss State of Budget, Taxes and Education
Budget leaders in the state Legislature were divided in their priorities for the upcoming legislative session during a question and answer session with reporters at the state Capitol on Thursday, …
Life

Finding Reason: Sometimes God Is Working Even When it Doesn't Look Like it

By the time it was my turn to speak, he, a hardened, totally disengaged criminal, had moved next to another guy in the prison chapel in the back row and that guy decided to turn completely sideways …

Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Jan. 19

Thursday, Jan. 19 Food Bank The Yelm Community Services food bank, at 624 Crystal Springs St. NW in Yelm, will hold a food giveaway from 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. Clients cannot …

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 • John Dowies, …

Finding Reason: Sometimes We Want More Mercy, but Need to Be More Thankful

He started by saying he had been dwelling a lot on the mercy of God. He knew he deserved to be incarcerated and didn’t deserve God’s mercy. Still, he wanted it. Standing before a judge …
Business
Twenty-five years ago, someone made less than flattering comments about Jackie Wright’s painted portraits of her grandmother. As a result, she decided to focus on ceramics, which eventually …
As a new business, 507 Auto Detailing has garnered a good reputation, securing the top spot in the Best of Nisqually contest in its first year.  Co-owner Jeff Stockbridge got into car …
Rainier’s Sprouffske Trees Inc. has provided Christmas trees to the Nisqually Valley area and beyond for generations. Their trees have filled more than half a million homes, family member …
Main Street Cookie Co., a former staple in downtown Rainier, relocated to Tumwater earlier this month and changed its name to LUV Cookies.  Store owner Joycelyn Zambuto said management …
At the age of 10, Kahne Loftus began sending care packages to soldiers who were stationed overseas for the holidays. In Loftus’ first year, the Rainier resident sent 40 packages with items …
Sports

Tigers Dominate Rainier, Clinch Bye at Districts

NAPAVINE — Stifling the Rainier attack through the first half, the 2B No. 5 Napavine boys basketball team continued its hot streak, defeating the Mountaineers at home Friday night, …

Rainier Crushes Ony Shorthanded

Playing without more than a few key contributors, the Rainier girls basketball team defeated Onalaska on the road Thursday night in Central 2B League play, 60-10.  Haleigh Hanson and …

Pirates Bounce Back to Hammer Rainier

Stifling Rainier all game, the Adna boys basketball team reassessed and refocused last weekend after a tough end to the week, and defeated the Mountaineers, 60-39 Wednesday night in a get-right …

Roundup: Yelm Boys Basketball Win at Peninsula, Girls Lose to Black Hills, Timberline

With just three weeks of the regular season remaining, the Yelm boys basketball program looked to keep its playoff hopes alive through two South Sound Conference games, while the girls battled in …

Rainier Boys Lose to Oakville, Secure Wins Against Winlock and Onalaska

Pulling off another upset of a higher-classified team, the 1B Oakville boys basketball team was down at the half against 2B Rainier but ended up defeating the Mountaineers in Thurston County on …

Yelm Boys Wrestlers Finish Second at Bearcat Invitational

As the regular season winds toward an end, the Yelm Tornados boys wrestling team continued what Coach Gaylord Strand described as postseason preparation at the Bearcat Invitational on …

New Scatter Creek FC Select Program to Open Tryout Registration in Spring

As soccer continues to grow in Lewis and south Thurston counties, a new select club will begin play this year in Scatter Creek FC, based out of Tenino and Rochester and aimed at boys and girls groups …

Rainier Comes Back to Down MWP

With 19 assists as a team, the Rainier girls basketball team got off to a bit of a cold start before picking things up in the second quarter to defeat Morton-White Pass at home, 71-51, Tuesday …

Tenino Offense Stagnant in Loss to Grizzlies

TENINO — Things went from slow to stopped on offense for the Tenino boys basketball team at the wrong time Tuesday, as the Beavers saw their shot at a 1A Evergreen title fade significantly in a …

Acorns Pull Away From Rainier on the Road

Pulling off another upset of a higher-classified team, the 1B Oakville boys basketball team was down at the half against 2B Rainier but ended up defeating the Mountaineers in Thurston County Saturday …

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Bill Seeks to Remove ‘Qualified Immunity’ for Washington’s Law Enforcement Officers

A bill coming up this session is HB 1025. It is a bill that will open up each and every law enforcement officer and private security guard to nuisance litigation, and will also transfer liability to …

Being Frank: Dead Zones Are a Symptom of a Warming Planet

As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, former …

Sen. Braun Commentary: Refusal to Even Acknowledge K-12 Learning Loss Is Disservice to Students

This year’s legislative session is already more than two weeks along, and leading Democrats in our state have yet to publicly express any interest in solving the learning loss in our …

Julie McDonald Commentary: Why Can’t Elected Politicians Protect Classified Documents?

One of the federal government’s primary roles as outlined in the U.S. Constitution is national security, establishing and maintaining a military, so it stands to reason our leaders would do …

Letter to the Editor: A Call to Action for Yelm Citizens

Hi, my name is Heidi, and I am on the Yelm Creative District Task Force. We are working to have Yelm become a Washington State Certified Creative District which has the potential to bring in grant …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Harold Harding: 1957-2023 
Harold Arthur Harding, age 66, passed away Jan. 11, 2023, in Yelm, Washington, after a long battle with lung cancer and COPD. He was born on Nov. 29, 1957, in Youngstown, Ohio. His parents were Jim …
In Loving Memory of Nathan Farrell: 1983-2022
Beloved husband, son, father, brother, uncle and friend, Nathan Edward Farrell, passed into the presence of the Lord on Dec. 9, 2022, in Pace, Florida at the age of 39.  Nathan was born Nov. …
In Loving Memory of Mary Ann Graham: 1945-2022
Mary Ann Graham passed away Dec. 9, 2022, in Olympia, Washington. She was born Jan. 12, 1945, to Gertrude Wille and Duncan Chisholm in Jordan, Montana. Mary Ann was a 26-year resident of Yelm, …
In Loving Memory of Wayne Carlton Paiva: 1945-2022
Wayne Carlton Paiva, of Roy, Washington, died on Nov. 28, 2022, at home alongside his wife Kathy, family and friends, ending a long battle with cancer. He was 77 years old.  Wayne was born to …
In Loving Memory of Anneke Jensen: 1943-2022  
Longtime Boston Harbor resident, Anneke Wilhelmina Jensen, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded with love and family on Nov. 12, 2022, after a brief but valiant fight with …