Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 3/1/22

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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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

- The United Methodist Women held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 1977, at the Yelm Community Center. The meeting started at noon and a sack lunch followed.

- Three different comedy shows were set for the Yelm Timberland Library on Saturday, March 15, 1977. They included “Dick Whittington’s Cat,” “The Old Mill,” and “The Snow Day.”

- The Yelm Senior Center began to plan different spring activities for the next couple of months. The activities included a hike, a movie and a visit. The public was invited to join the activities.

- Registration for adult education classes opened in March of 1977. Classes were set to begin April 11 and end on June 13, 1977.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- A program called “Adopt a Stream” began in February of 1987. The program got youth involved to help clean streams around Yelm.

- Seafirst began to accept applicants for its scholarship in 1987. Eighteen graduating seniors were set to receive a scholarship worth $2,000.

- The McKenna Bridge was scheduled to be completed in the summer of 1987. The project included a new road near the location of the bridge. 

- The Yelm Scholarship Committee held a fundraiser on March 25, 1987 at Wolf’s Shoprite Market in Yelm. The proceeds of the fundraiser directly benefited Yelm High School seniors.

- Ann Clifton, the Thurston County assessor, visited the Yelm Senior Center on March 13, 1987 from noon to 3 p.m. Clifton answered questions the attendees posed.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- A family in Rainier saw decades of memories perish in a fire that claimed their house. The family had lived in Rainier since the 60s prior to their house burning down in March of 1997.

- The 1997 Dollars for Scholars Auction raised just over $10,000 in its auction that was held in early March. Over 50 high school seniors benefited from the fundraiser.

- House Bill 1817 cleared out of committee in early March of 1997. The bill specified different technicalities for the reusing of water.

- Multiple students from Yelm High School prepared for a trip to Pennsylvania where they were set to attend a National Student Council. Fifteen students from Yelm High School took part in the trip.

- A power outage on March 10, 1997, left 6,000 people without power. Yelm High School sent students home after the outage occurred.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- An identity thief in Yelm remained at large after stealing credit cards and credit card slips. Several businesses throughout Yelm were hit with theft on Feb. 24, 2007.

- After Diane Oberquil announced she would not return for a sixth term as Thurston County commissioner, two people competed to replace her. Democrats Sandra Romero and Jon Halvorson both ran for the county commissioner seat.

- A level two sex offender registered to live in Thurston County as a transient in March of 2007. The man was found guilty of first-degree child rape when he was 14 years old.

- A Tenino High School teacher was placed on leave after allegations of improper conduct arose. The teacher was accused of having inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old student in early 2007.

- The Roy Town Council repealed its pet laws, which required residents to pay a fee when they registered a pet. This was repealed after residents in the area complained about the fees.

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