Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 4/26/22

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

- Jerry Brown, a …

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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

- Jerry Brown, a student at Yelm High School, was awarded a scholarship from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. A total of $23,775 scholarships were given away, with Brown’s being worth $25.

- The Extension Homemakers Club invited the community to join them during their achievement sharing day for families on May 19, 1977. The event took place at the Olympia Community Center.

- Two films were shown on Saturday, May 14, 1977 at the Yelm Timberland Library. The films included “Mole and the Chewing Gum” and “The Ugly Duckling.”

- The Nisqually Valley Women of the Moose held a mother and daughter banquet on Sunday, May 15, 1977 at the Nisqually Lodge beginning at 2 p.m.

- An errant driver wiped out two gas pumps at the Four Corners gas station after he cut the corner too sharply. The damage was estimated at $250.

- Billy Frank was elected chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission on May 6, 1977. Frank was an active member of the Nisqually Tribal Council.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- Gary Daurelio, a Yelm police officer, received the award of Officer of the Year on April 28, 1987. He received the award for his “commendable efforts” and was noted for his contributions to the city’s police department.

- Billie Needham, a Roy resident and instructor for the Yelm Extension School, was named the Educator of the Year.

- A rummage sale called “Order of the Star” was held from May 8 to May 9 in 1987. Homemade pies and coffee were up for sale at the fundraising event.

- Yelm High School held a school board meeting on May 7, 1987 as they began getting closer to the 1987-1988 school year.



- The city of Roy introduced new garbage rates to the city in May of 1987. The rates included a  $4.75 increase.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Fifteen months after a flood on the Nisqually Indian Reservation occurred, the Nisqually River school reopened on May 1, 1997.

- A meeting was held about water rights in the area in May of 1997. Residents in attendance wanted the city to make improvements to Yelm Creek and other areas in the flood zone.

- Over 150 residents attended an open house to hear about the new proposed Y-2 route, otherwise known as the Yelm Bypass, in May of 1997.

- The Stallion Riding Club held a riding event on Saturday, May 3, 1997. The event was the first of many set for the summer months.

- South Puget Sound Community College held a Mother’s Day plant sale on May 9, 1997. It was the college’s 23rd annual iteration of the event. 

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- A trespasser was spotted walking behind Yelm High School with what appeared to be a rifle. The incident resulted in a lockdown of the high school’s campus.

- Over 45 students participated in Mill Pond Elementary School’s fishing derby at Clear Lake in May of 2007.  The first place team’s catch weighed in at 3 pounds, 12 ounces.

- A Rainier School District bond was set for the May 15, 2006 special election. The bond was set to generate over $8 million and needed a 60% supermajority to be approved.

- Several buildings were available for lease in May of 2007 near Creek Street. The interested businesses included AutoZone, Anytime Fitness, KFC, Desert Sun and a Teriyaki Shop.

- Yelm City Council’s approval of a $200-per-hour legal specialist left some residents asking why a service like that would be needed. The city of Yelm was looking to prevent any lawsuits by hiring the expert.

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