Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 2/8/22

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

- Hal Wolf, a Yelm …

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Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

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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

- Hal Wolf, a Yelm businessman and former state legislator, was added to the Evergreen State College board of governors in February of 1977.

- Guy Sherman, a Yelm High School  graduate, was in the pulpit at the Yelm Community United Methodist Church.

- The final round of second and third graders from McKenna Elementary School toured Yelm for their social studies class. The tours started in early January 1977.

- It was announced that the Yelm High School drama club would perform “The Matchmaker” on March 4 and March 5 in 1977. The cast featured Perry Gordon, Mitch Heely, John Thomas, Larry Skewis, and others.

- A study from Olympia showed the radiation levels in the city and surrounding areas including Yelm had not increased during 1976.

- Cub Scout Pack No. 268 held its “Blue and Gold” celebration and dinner on Feb. 22, 1977. The event highlighted young Cub Scouts who moved up units, usually separated by age.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- Southworth Elementary School students had the opportunity to partner with the World Book Club in a fundraiser for more books. Students who read a certain number of pages were eligible for rewards from the school.

- Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Exhibit re-opened for the 1987 season on Feb. 14, 1987. Northwest Trek featured a 45 minute ride which showed the region’s most common animals.

- Yelm City Hall held its monthly open house on Friday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event included cake and refreshments.

- Rainier High School held a unique “donkey basketball” event on Feb. 24, 1987. The event featured a competition between Yelm and Rainier high school FFA members who played a game of basketball while riding donkeys.



- Gene Sharratt, an employee of the Yelm school district, received a nationally recognized award for providing a quality education to his students.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- A landslide in February 1997 caused a gas company to shut down its pipe near Rainier. The company hoped to resume its work by March 1997.

- J. Gordon Melton, the director of the American Religion Institute in Santa Barbara, California, studied the religion of Ramtha, along with other professors in early 1997. They found that there was nothing “evil” about Ramtha’s school.

- A workshop was hosted on Feb. 27, 1997 regarding the air operating permit with Yelm’s Lasco Bathware. The event highlighted the new permits for air operations.

- A Yelm man who claimed to be a psychic traveled to Seattle in February of 1997 to provide comfort to a missing man’s wife.

- Yelm High School expelled six students in February 1997 after they were caught smoking marijuana on campus and distributing it to other students. YHS maintained a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- A Yelm teenager was ripped off of several hundred dollars after he attempted to sell his Mustang in order to travel to Alaska. The man wanting to buy the car claimed it had several different issues, resulting in hundreds of dollars being transferred, but the car had no issues.

- Yelm Mayor Ron Harding hosted the “State of the City” speech in February 2007. He previewed how the city planned to improve over the course of the year, which included major work on Yelm Avenue.

- A Yelm family received a police escort to the hospital after a woman went into labor and was ready to give birth. The couple was caught speeding and was pulled over by police who learned about the situation and provided the escort to the hospital.

- Diane Oberquell vacated her position on the Board of Thurston County Commissioners in 2007 in order to spend time with her family in Yelm. Oberquell served for over 20 years and planned to run again for a seat in 2008 following some time off.

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