Take a Trip Through Our Community’s Rich History

Posted 6/21/22

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

- Donald Hopper, a …

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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

- Donald Hopper, a sophomore at Yelm High School, was killed instantly when he was struck by a vehicle while bicycling on McKenna-Tanawax Road in June of 1977. The woman who struck Hopper attempted to pass him when she underestimated the distance between her car and his bike.

- Mrs. Doris Klotzner, of Yelm, was elected to the office of grand junior warden for the Grand Ladies Encampment Auxiliary in June of 1977. The election took place in Vancouver.

- The Yelm School Board discussed bids, buildings and personnel at a June meeting in 1977. The district announced a 23 student decrease for the following school year.

- Students from Yelm and Rainier high schools attended Business Week at Central Washington University, which was then set for July 10 through July 16, 1977.

- Nearly 11,000 woodworkers sported picket signs in front of Weyerhaeuser Company plants in Washington and Oregon in June of 1977. The labor dispute involved grievances regarding wages.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- The Sri Chinmoy-Home Peace Run stopped in Yelm for a change of runners and a brief ceremony in June of 1987. Mayor Ron Lawton presented Charles Medeiros, a runner from the organization, with a proclamation from the citizens.

- Keri Gatke, Miss Thurston County and a Yelm High School graduate, didn’t make the cut for the top 10 in the 1987 Miss Washington contest held in Vancouver. She did, however, receive a special non-finalist award.

- The Thurston County Historic Commission held a meeting on July 8, 1987 in Yelm, regarding several Southeast Yelm properties they planned to tour. 

- Thurston County Commissioner Karen Fraser announced and clarified that Clearwood was in fact a no-shooting zone in June of 1987. There had been confusion in the prior weeks.

- Arnold Ball, owner of Arnold’s Country Inn, applied for a Class H liquor license for his business in June of 1987.



A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Josh Frunz, of Rainier High School, played in the Senior All-Star Basketball Classic in Spokane in June of 1997. The senior scored nine points and collected 10 rebounds.

- Fireworks were put up for sale on the Nisqually Reservation in late June of 1997. One of the workers at a stand said he had been selling fireworks at the location every summer for over 20 years.

- The Yelm High School class of 1947 celebrated its “golden’’ anniversary on July 12, 1997. They held a ceremony at Yelm Community Park.

- Mike Edwards, president of the Lacey-based First Community Bank, denied any allegations that he had resigned from his position as president.

- Roy held a Fourth of July celebration that started with a parade to honor Independence Day. Following the parade, several locals performed live music during a barbecue.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- Yelm Prairie Days kicked off in late June of 2007 with a parade and carnival. The parade featured many staples of the Yelm community, including the Yelm Lions Club.

- Police officers considered several different “angles” for a series of carjackings in the area. After investigations resulted in no leads, law enforcement turned to the community for help in June of 2007.

- Two 13-year-old suspects were arrested in the Nisqually Pines community for charges that included burglary in June of 2007. The estimated damage to the properties was $330 and $800.

- Yelm’s Stevens Street said improvements during the summer of 2007 were reported to be on schedule. The project cost just over $1 million and was expected to be finished by September 2007.

- The Yelm school district concluded its 2006-2007 school year on June 25, 2007. The Nisqually Valley News captured photos of students waving goodbye to friends and teachers as buses departed.

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