Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 4/19/22

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 Yelm School Board received two resignations as April of 1977 neared an end. The two who resigned were Thomas Ledbetter and Dorothy Welch.

- The 19th annual Roy Rodeo was hosted on April 30 through May 1 in 1977. The rodeo, which is still prominent in Roy, featured various events.

- Elementary school students in Yelm represented Yelm Community School during the district spelling bee. Several students took part, including Kevin Cantwell, Kelly Vernon and Pam Absteen, who won their competitions.

- The Rainier Headstart program held a rummage and bake sale on May 7, 1977. The event was hosted at the Scout Cabin and lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

- Residents at a McKenna home received a comforting hot tub thanks to the Trinity Lutheran Club in Parkland.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- The Yelm/Rainier FFA club started to prepare for its fundraising auction, which was scheduled for May 9, 1987. The previous year, the club received various awards for their work with FFA.

- Gorse weed, an invasive weed similar to scotch broom, was spotted in Rainier by state officials in late April 1987. The weeds presented a dangerous fire hazard and officials asked the weeds be removed immediately. 

- Three Yelm High School students were honored at the Yelm Lions Club for being the top students of the month in April of 1987. The students recognized included Heidi Ranger, David Roper and Dan Kachenchai.

- Fifth graders at Yelm Community Schools departed for a weeklong trip to Camp Cispus in Randle in April of 1987. A total of 35 students attended the camp and there were also 10 fifth grade teachers who attended the trip.

- A walk-a-thon benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was held in Yelm on May 16, 1987. The event began at the Shell Station on 103 Street and Highway 407.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Yelm’s water reuse project received state funding on April 26, 1997 which included $10 million for water reclamation.

- Former Yelm High School principal Gary Martin accepted a position as principal of Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana. The new school was the largest high school in Montana at the time.

- Yelm High School student Kara Gonzalez was a finalist at the annual Cinco de Mayo festival at the Lacey Community Center for the honor of “la reina” or queen. The event was set for May 4, 1997.

- A meeting for the Yelm bypass was held on April 22, 1997 during an open house event. Citizens left the meeting curious and concerned.

- A community choir formed in early 1997 and held its first rehearsal on May 5, 1997. The choir welcomed residents of Yelm and the surrounding areas to join.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- A Rainier teenager, who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in 2007 following a head-on collision, was moved to Rainier Vista Care Center in Puyallup. The teenager remained in a coma and wasn’t allowed any visitors at the new care center.

- A celebration of life event was held for a Yelm resident on April 29, 2007 after he lost his life in a car wreck on Bald Hill Road. The celebration was held at the Nisqually Moose Lodge in Yelm.

- Kale Broxson, 32, was identified as the victim who died in a car fire in April of 2007. The investigation of his death remained open.

- Bystanders chased down an Olympia man after he allegedly committed theft at the Prairie Hotel. The thief was chased throughout Yelm before he was eventually caught.

- A barn fire on Allen Road in Roy claimed some baby chicks and a hen. Following the fire, first responders surprised the 11-year-old with new baby chicks.

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