Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 5/3/22

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

- A juvenile who …

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Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History


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

- A juvenile who lived in Yelm was arrested after he broke into a local convenience store and stole merchandise valued at over $1,200 in May of 1977. This was not the young resident’s first encounter with the law.

- The city of Yelm celebrated Poppy Days on Friday, May 20, 1977. The event memorialized fallen soldiers from past wars.

- Members of Yelm’s Boy Scout Troop 268 were honored by the Yelm Lions Club with an award celebrating their volunteer work in May of 1977. The ceremony took place at the Tumwater Area Council.

- The Nisqually Pines settled a land dispute with West Settle in May of 1977. West Settle was set to pay $30,000 to be a member and sponsor of the Nisqually Pines Community Club.

- The Yelm School Board announced the starting age for kindergartners would stay at Nov. 1. The state announced the following year would sport a Sept. 1 cutoff date. 

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- The Yelm Prairie Kiwanis Club sponsored a trip for its members so they could attend a Seattle Mariners game at the King Dome in May of 1987. Ultimately, the Mariners lost the contest to the Yankees, 8-3.

- Members of the Y-Wait Ministry in Yelm partook in a community clean up project around the city. While they were cleaning litter, the young members also accepted donations for their group.

- Yelm High School’s “Little Theater” group hosted a rendition of “My Emperor’s New Clothes” on May 23, 1987. The funds from the play benefitted Yelm City Park.

- A meeting was held on May 12, 1987 in the Nisqually Pines to discuss options for the opening of the residence’s swimming pool. Members of the community were disheartened when they learned the pool wouldn’t be open in time for Memorial Day.

- Approval was granted by the state for the Prairie Security Bank to finally open. Bank founder Mike Edwards was notified the branch was approved in May of 1987.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Yelm High School senior Darby Hayes was selected to become a member of the Seattle Sea-Gals cheerleading team. The announcement was made in May of 1997. She was a member of the YHS cheer team and was also part of the high school’s jazz line.

- Construction work began at Five Corners in May of 1997. Residents expressed concern about the traffic the construction would create.

- The American Legion Post in Yelm raised its American flag in May of 1997, signaling the arrival of spring in the Nisqually Valley. The post made it a tradition to raise the flag with the arrival of springtime each year.

- A users meeting for the Yelm-Tenino Trail was set for May 19, 1997. Attendees provided input on how to improve the trail during the meeting.

- A Yelm resident suffered serious injuries in a car accident at the Roy Y in May of 1997. The man was transported to Madigan Army Medical Center where he was treated for head, facial and internal injuries.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- A Yelm resident found her goat shot dead in her pasture near Yelm High School when she went to feed it in May of 2007. Investigators did not know if the goat’s death was connected to an intruder on Yelm High School’s campus who sported a rifle the prior week. 

- Students at McKenna Elementary School launched a “strike” to protest their lack of lunch options in May of 2007. Three third grade students wrote a letter to then-principal Amy Sturdivant about how they’d like to see healthier options featured.

- The Yelm City Council halted a resolution that prohibited petition requests for residentially zoned properties in the area. The policies were adopted five years prior in September of 2002.

- Former Roy police chief John Hawk died unexpectedly in May of 2007. His family and friends gathered for his memorial service on Sunday, May 13, 2007.

- Former Yelm High School graduate Randy Leppell was announced as Sea Sailor of the Year in May of 2007. Leppell was selected out of nearly 100,000 other sailors.


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