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People flocked to the twinkling town of Rainier as they packed into Holiday Park on Thursday, Dec. 2 to illuminate the night with the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. The park … more
The community of Yelm is celebrating the holidays in two main installments this year, with the first one having already occurred on Friday, Dec. 3 in a tree lighting ceremony at Yelm City Park. At … more
The Yelm Lions Club will host its Christmas store again this year, where kids 12 and under can shop for their guardians free of charge for the upcoming holiday. Leesa Wilson, chair of the Lions … more
On clear, sunny days, Mount Rainier can be seen in all its glory from atop the Skookumchuck Dam. Birds glide steadily across the water in similar fashion to the Joint Base Lewis McChord aircraft … more
Crossroads Community Covenant Church in Yelm is hosting its 15th annual Christmas play for the community this week. The performances aim to entertain the community, while also giving back to a good … more
A local family gathered up enough resources and supplies to give out 211 Thanksgiving meals in its own “Thanksgiving in a Basket” program. Amber Ogle, the clan’s matriarch, has … more
Yelm Community Schools (YCS) and a group of civic-minded youth conducted a series of charity initiatives in time for Thanksgiving. The programs ranged from clothing and hygiene drives to free … more
Medicine Creek Enterprises, of the Nisqually Tribe, will relocate its Rez Mart to the roundabout that intersects Yelm Highway and state Route 510, with construction expected through the end of spring … more
Christmas came early to the Yelm Community Center, as the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival decked the halls from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 … more
A local nonprofit, Bounty For Families, is teaming up with the Yelm Food Co-Op again this year for the Gift of Gobble. The program offers 100 families a full turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, which … more
The Nisqually Region was the site of heavy rains and high waters late last week as an atmospheric river hit the area and peaked on Friday, Nov. 12. The event was one of two that affected Western … more
The citizens of Yelm have a new shining star to view at night, thanks to the recently completed project to install computerized lighting on the historic Yelm water tower. And don’t worry, … more
The winners of the 2021 Best of Nisqually Valley awards were recognized during a gala held at Copper Gables Barn and Venue in Roy on Thursday, Nov. 4. The full results can be viewed here. more
An elderly Tenino woman was killed in a house fire off of 163rd Avenue early Monday morning.  The fire was already fully involved when a neighbor woke up shortly before 4:30 a.m. and noticed … more
Yelm Community Schools received the Above and Beyond Award from the Washington National Guard’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) office. Yelm High School Band Teacher Scott … more
People dressed in costumes came out in full force to the annual Halloween in the Park event on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Wilkowski Park in Rainier. The park was rebranded to “Boo-Kowski Park” … more
The Rainier Historical Zion Church recently received the final touches of a decade-long restoration effort the city of Rainier undertook at the venue. The building, located at 209 Olympia St., … more
When people say “the greater Yelm area” they are usually referring to unincorporated Thurston County, or even McKenna or Rainier — not Edmonds. But Yelm High School graduate … more
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