Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 2/22/22

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

- Ken Meyers, a …

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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

- Ken Meyers, a former Yelm resident, was promoted to a U.S. Navy chief in January of 1977. The former resident was stationed in Alaska at the time of promotion.

- Bald Hill CB Club held a spaghetti feed on March 5, 1977 at the VFW Hall in Tenino. The event was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- The Nisqually Indian Tribe began a call for bids for a new tribal center on March 3, 1977. The potential structure was going to be a multi-purpose building.

- Paul Chance, a junior, was Yelm High School’s first state champion wrestler after he won the 115 weight class at the state tournament.

- The Yelm Community Center planned a week of events for the week of March 1 to March 7, 1977, which included a meeting with the Thurston County assessor, a trip to Hoquiam’s Castle, a day of games and a day of service.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- The United Methodist women group met on March 11, 1987 at the church, where Dr. Joanne Brown of Pacific Lutheran University spoke.

- The Prairie Days princess selection was slated for March 16, 1987 at Yelm High School’s theater. Any junior class girls were eligible to participate.

- Kim Schoning, a Yelm High School student, received a scholarship from the Washington Association of Education Office. Schoning was recommended by several of her teachers, including Kathy Gore Steele.

- The Cattleman’s Livestock Exchange’s license was revoked by Thurston County planning and the health department after reports showed manure disposal wasn’t being handled properly.

- Southworth Elementary School students modeled a traditional Native American wardrobe on Feb. 27, 1987 in an all-school assembly, which displayed different Native American traditions.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Yelm resident Randy Paigen described his interest in drag racing, stating he enjoys the rush he gets from the sport. The man drove a 1955 Chevrolet in his first ever drag race, which occurred in Seattle.

- LASCO officials from the Olympic Air Pollution Control Authority explained its air operating permit to a small audience on Feb. 27, 1997 at Yelm High School.

- A bid worth $370,000 was granted at a Feb. 27, 1997 meeting. The contract was awarded for the Five Corners bid.

- The Rainier girls basketball team won the District 4 championship in the 2B classification, after defeating Toutle Lake, 57-48. Chante Schutz led Rainier in scoring with 22 points.

- A 26-year-old Yelm man was shot near Lake Lawrence after a confrontation turned physical. The man was shot in the leg after an argument broke out, but was expected to make a full recovery.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- The annual Yelm Dollars for Scholars auction was held on March 3, 2007 at Yelm High School. This was the 12th annual auction.

- Health commissioners expressed concerns about pollution in March of 2007 as air quality continued to decrease.

- McKenna Elementary School kicked off its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. All of the proceeds went to the American Heart Association. McKenna’s physical education teacher, George Goss, spearheaded the fundraiser.

- The trial for a man accused of murder in Rainier was set for May 21, 2007. The man stabbed his wife to death with a butcher knife on Jan. 1, 2007.

- Satellite images showed how much Yelm and the surrounding areas had changed. The changes highlighted different geological features that have changed over time.

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