Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 6/14/22

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

- Daniel Treat, the …

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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

- Daniel Treat, the district forester for Weyerhaeuser’s Tree Farm, was awarded the firm’s 1976 presidential plantation award. He was honored for his efforts in reforesting the area.

- Reverend Clyde P. Bachman was appointed to another year as pastor of the Yelm Community United Methodist Church on June 16, 1977.

- Yelm’s Patsy Walker placed fifth in the long jump competition during the AAU National Junior Women’s Track and Field Championships on Monday, June 20, 1977. She jumped 19 feet, 3.5 inches while the first place winner jumped 19 feet, 7 inches.

- Robert Shaw, of Yelm, graduated from Washington University with a doctorate degree in dental medicine.

- The Yelm Middle School honor roll featured five students with a 4.0 GPA in the 1977 school year. The students were Rethakay Dotson, Kerri McAferty, Monica Ranger, Stephen Spiers and Mary Wilkinson.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- Yelm High School’s graduating class of 1987 featured 140 seniors. Heidi Ranger was the salutatorian.

- Yelm resident Wendy Hood won the “outstanding student award” at South Puget Sound Community College in 1987. The 23-year-old earned the highest honor any SPSCC student could earn, while being a single mother.

- The Yelm Future Farmers of America club earned the $100,000 top prize during the 1987 annual FFA Convention in Pullman, Washington. The award was based on community service.

- The Yelm Scholarship Committee thanked all of the people and businesses who contributed to the 1987 Yelm scholarship fund.

- Four students at McKenna Elementary School received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award in June of 1987. The recipients were Micki Barry, Samantha Schleicher, Raeann Kirsten and Tasha Ahlquist.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Participants in the Seattle to Portland bike ride swarmed through Yelm on June 21, 1997. Over 10,000 bicyclists participated in the STP, an over 200-mile bike ride.

- Work on Five Corners was delayed in June of 1997. City of Yelm Public Works Director Ken Garmann reported the project was put on hold until right-of-way negotiations were complete.

- Wyser Construction, of Edmonds, was awarded a bid by the Thurston County Board of Commissioners on Monday, June 22, 1997 to remove damaged structures and clean up to 20 former home sites along the Nisqually River. The scope of the project included some work in the Nisqually Pines.

- Yelm hosted its second annual “Lighter Than Air” Fair on July 26, 1997. The event featured a lineup of entertainment planned for the entire family.

- The Yelm High School career center was slated to be ready for use and operational by September 1997, according to reports. The building was officially under construction on June 16, 1997.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- Around 60 participants turned out for Yelm High School’s spring ball, which ended on June 22, 2007. The defense switched to a four on four defense during the spring.

- The Nisqually Valley News announced its 2007 athletes of the year, which included Kyle Lyon and Sarah Funk, both of Rainier, and Yelm’s Mike Goold and Janelle Vick.

- Former Nisqually Valley News reporter Keri Van Lue died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 7, 2007 at her Clearwood home. A memorial was held on Friday, June 7, 2007.

- A metal sculpture was donated to the Rainier American Legion Post 264 in mid-June of 2007. The sculpture included a kneeling soldier with a helmet, a rifle and a cross.

- According to a Pierce County audit, over $840,000 was reported missing from Pierce County Fire District No. 17. The report stated the alleged missing money was misappropriated from July 1993 to April 2006.

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