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An end to restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight as Gov. Jay Inslee announced a change in statewide policy Thursday, May 13. During a press conference, Inslee said … more
In a virtual Northwest Passages forum with The Spokesman-Review on Wednesday, Sen. Patty Murray laid out her vision for remedying the nation's lack of affordable child care, which she called a … more
OLYMPIA — After several years of devastating wildfires across Washington, lawmakers this year agreed to make a major investment in wildfire prevention and forest health. It was a fight … more
OLYMPIA — Open carry is now prohibited at public demonstrations and at the state capitol campus, after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday. The new law bans open carry within … more
A red wolf from Wolf Haven International, which is based in Tenino, was released into the wild with several other wolves from other care facilities in a collaborative effort that marked the first … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported the first positive rabies bat this year in Thurston County, marking the second case in Washington state. The bat was sent to the … more
Line Roy, the director of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, has applied for a vacant city council seat and has announced her intention to run in the general election.  Roy, who has directed … more
Four-year old Alan Bean and his sister, two-year-old Olivia, thought they were in for their usual trip to Yelm City Park last month, but they came away from the experience with precious treasures of … more
The S.E. Thurston Fire Authority was granted $515,000 to remodel and expand the Lake Lawrence fire station, which is currently unstaffed. Since the authority does not call for volunteers from home … more
Cochrane Memorial Park is currently undergoing over $300,000 of improvements for “phase one” of its development plan as budgeted by Yelm City Council in their last cycle. When … more
The Washington State Legislature appropriated Yelm $850,000 in its 2021 supplemental capital budget for a new biosolids dryer, which is one part of the city’s plan to install a new water … more
About 30 of the community’s faithful came out to Yelm City Park Thursday, May 6, for the National Day of Prayer. “I believe in the power of prayer and intercession for our nation and … more
Yelm High School’s sports medicine program and team normally spends this time of year going to a big state convention where they compete with other schools to show off their knowledge and … more
A 39-year-old man from Eatonville died after his vehicle hit a tree in Pierce County on May 8. A news release from the Washington State Patrol stated Shawn P. Peverelle was traveling southbound on … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported a moderate decrease in new COVID-19 infections in the county, down to 301 new infections during the week of May 3-9, bringing the running … more
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: - The regular crew … more
Sirens - Yelm Police Department Pre-Purchased Kitten Stolen From Pet Shop Mindy Renee Kuenzi, who owns a pet and grooming shop, called police on Tuesday, May 4, to report the alleged theft of … more
Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer is among eight Washington state law enforcement officers whose names will be added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., this week … more
OLYMPIA — The road to pass a capital gains tax in Washington is a long one. Democrats have pushed for it for years. Even before talks of a capital gains tax, the state grappled with … more
House Minority Leader Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, sounded off against Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent decision to put all counties in Washington state on a two-week pause in the state’s COVID-19 … more
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