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Brian Wharton recently announced he will retire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year, after serving seven years as the superintendent of Yelm Community Schools.  Wharton, who said he loves … more
Inside what Gov. Jay Inslee described as Washington’s first facility on a “new horizon of behavioral health treatment,” daylight warms the room despite it being a foggy, rainy … more
There were only two seats left vacant in the Tenino High School auditorium during Sunday’s community town hall: one for a representative of the state Department of Corrections (DOC) and one for … more
Protesters from the Tenino area on Thursday demonstrated at the Capitol against plans for housing sex offenders at a home south of Maytown.  The facility, owned and run by Supreme Living LLC, … more
Members of the community came out in droves to the Yelm High School stadium on Monday, Jan. 23, to celebrate the city’s first ever 3A state championship win in football. At the event, which … more
Hanford McCloud, a member of the Nisqually Tribal Council, hosted the City of Yelm’s first Storytellers event, where he discussed the history of the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s early … more
Olympia resident Jill Hammond, formerly Jill Leitzke, finally received her high school diploma from Tenino High School more than four decades after completing her classes. The Tenino School District … more
Tenino area residents will not allow a privately-owned, less-restrictive housing facility for five sex offenders to operate near Maytown without putting up a fight.  With less than a week … more
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 … more
Tenino area residents filled almost every vacant seat in the Thurston County Board of Commissioners’ meeting room in Olympia on Tuesday with one unified message of concern and anger toward a … more
Newly elected Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders began in his new role on Tuesday, Jan. 3 after he defeated former sheriff John Snaza in the general election. Just two weeks after he started … more
Between Sisters Boutique recently celebrated the re-opening of its store in a new location at 1202 E. Yelm Ave. The shop originally opened on March 6, 2020, with mother in-law Heidi Potter and … more
After a rocky start, the 118th Congress has begun and Southwest Washington’s new representative, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, has been sworn in. An owner of an auto repair shop in … more
Jared Potter, a Yelm resident for nearly 20 years, has found success in the film industry.  Whether it’s animation or effects work in television shows, movies or commercials, Potter has … more
As we prepare to enter a new year, we look back on the headlines of 2022. In this roundup, readers will find one news item from each of the Nisqually Valley News’ editions of the … more
In celebration of Yelm’s 3A State Championship win earlier this month, Mayor Joe DePinto honored the football team with a mayoral proclamation at the Yelm City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. … more
Cari Thompson moved to Yelm nearly 35 years ago in search of “life in the slow lane” after she became a well-known artist in Carmel, California. Thompson’s love of painting came … more
After 100 years in Yelm, lifelong resident Willis Earl Herness said he is thankful to still call the Pride of the Prairie home. Herness, who recently turned a century old, celebrated his birthday … more
A 48-year-old woman was ejected from a vehicle involved in a single car collision in Roy and declared dead at the scene on Saturday. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department stated witnesses … more
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