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People will gather at the Yelm Skate Park on Aug. 21 to honor Collin McLaren, an 18-year-old from Yelm High School who died on May 1 as a result of fentanyl poisoning. McLaren’s mother, … more
The First Baptist Church of Yelm is set to celebrate 50 years of service in the Yelm Community with a Sunday service on Sept. 11, which is open to the public. Following the service, there will be … more
Forest fires like the one that broke out between Bucoda and Centralia on Monday, where density of the forest prevented firefighters from attacking the flames themselves and prompted a helicopter … more
As the Thurston County Fair drew to a close on Sunday, exhibitors packed up and headed home for Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Olympia alike. On Thursday, July 28, FFA, 4-H and Open Class livestock … more
The third annual Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally, which is often described as the “biggest event of the summer,” lived up to its expectations on Saturday, July 23. The event was held … more
Thurston County declared a three-day, three-night hazardous weather event on July 25 leading up to the Puget Sound’s mid-summer heat wave.  Thurston County health officials urged people … more
Masonry Cafe officially reopened its doors on Wednesday, July 13, with an expansion of the cafe into The Old Firehouse on Yelm Avenue. The new upgrades to the business will help establish the … more
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the addition of a new “little free library” at Prestige Senior Living Rosemont in Yelm on Tuesday, July 12. Two residents unveiled the … more
The Red White Blue Agency hosted a “Retro Rainier Independence Day Celebration” on Saturday, July 2 at Wilkowski Park in Rainier. The event featured a variety of activities, like … more
Yelm residents created a buzz on the morning of June 25 as they lined Yelm Avenue for the traditional Prairie Days Parade. The sun shined bright when attendees began to take to the street around 8 … more
Yelm High School celebrated nearly 350 students at the Tacoma Dome as they sent off the Class of 2022 during a commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 16. For the first time since the class of … more
Rainier High School celebrated 53 seniors during its 2022 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 10. Beginning at 6 p.m., hundreds of spectators made up of friends and family gathered to witness … more
The 61st annual Roy Pioneer Rodeo returned during its June iteration as attendees gathered from throughout Washington to attend the staple event for the city. With over 2,000 people in attendance … more
The Yelm Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the American Legion joined together on Memorial Day to honor those who died defending the United States. Nearly 30 people attended the memorial service … more
Representatives from the Nisqually Indian Tribe celebrated as one of the final beams was set into place on the tribe’s new Elder Center on May 19, which is expected to be completed in March. … more
Since its arrival in Washington state two weeks ago, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu, has now hit nine backyard flocks in seven counties, with Thurston County … more
Organizers brought back the Rainier Community Talent Show on Saturday, May 14 after its first iteration in July of 2021 proved to be popular. The event featured a heavily packed line of … more
Two climbers were rescued by helicopter from the Kautz Climbing Route on Mount Rainier Friday, according to the National Park Service.  A U.S. Air Force Chinook helicopter with the 304th Air … more
The Yelm American Legion Post 164 has replaced its cannon that was stolen sometime during its Easter celebration this year. The cannon was used as a way to honor fallen veterans. On Saturday, … more
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