Take a Trip Through Our Area’s Rich History

Compiled by Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 11/22/22

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

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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 1977 Yelm High School football team was honored during a banquet in late November of 1977. Dave Lazelle was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.

• Two Yelm residents were charged in relation to an Olympia robbery on Nov. 17, 1977. One of the assailants was charged with 11 felony counts, which included first-degree robbery, four counts of second-degree assault and five counts of first-degree kidnapping. 

• Glen Maultby and Sandy North were named Homecoming king and queen during the 1977 Yelm High School football game. Maultby and North also led the Homecoming parade.

• Mark Cummins was named to the 1977 all-league team as a first team lineman. Seniors Andy Wolf and Gunnar Peterson were also included on the list. 

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

• The Tornados 1987 football campaign ended in a loss following a state quarterfinal matchup with the Tumwater T-Birds. The Tornados dropped the contest 25-0 in November of 1987. 

• Esther Webb and Lorraine Lilley, two volunteers with the United Community Betterment Organization, aimed to distribute commodity items to members of the community that were in need. They served over 500 families in November of 1987. 

• The Old Time Fiddlers group performed at the Roy Grange on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1987. The group also invited attendees to join them for a potluck lunch following their performance. 

• Richard Sauers, of Yelm Middle School, was named the Science Teacher of the Year in 1987. He was honored at a fall conference at Washington State University on Oct. 31, 1987. 



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

• A criminal investigation was launched into a former Yelm High School teacher. The investigation was launched after allegations of sexual assault.

• A 33-year-old woman was killed and her 9-year-old son was critically injured after a shooting near 328th Street in Pierce County. The woman was discovered dead in her son’s bedroom by her 34-year-old boyfriend.

• The Roy City Library was set to hold its winter festival on Dec. 5, 1997. The event, which began at 5 p.m., was sponsored by the Roy Fireman’s Auxiliary Center. Treats and refreshments were provided for the children in attendance. 

• The 1997-98 Yelm High School boys basketball team looked to rebuild during its upcoming season. Their first game of the season was scheduled as an away matchup with Fife.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

• Yelm’s Walmart pledged to donate over $5,000 to local food banks in Yelm in order to provide some help for families during the holiday season in November of 2007. The money was donated directly to the Yelm Food Bank.

• The City of Yelm created an internship program so they could work with Yelm High School students who were interested in city employment. The paid internships included a rate of $8.50 an hour. 

• The Rainier boys basketball team was optimistic as they rolled into the 2007-08 season. The team returned a plethora of upperclassmen, which included Alex Gudgel, Matt Wilson, Kyle North, Bradon Franklin and Jacob Fox.

• Several Tornados football athletes were named to the 2007-08 Pierce County all-league team in November of 2007. The selections included Marco Lugo, Avery Herbison, Ed Brown, Zac Farino, Marshall Llanos and Marcus Turnquist.

• Yelm FFA members Tiffany Shore, Aly Schneberger, Kelsey Anderson and Jackie Yoder received awards at the 2007 FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. They received awards for their livestock evaluation team, alongside other individual awards. 

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