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Former and active military will now have their own chance at winning big by getting vaccinated as Gov. Jay Inslee announced “A Heroes Thanks,” a program designed to fill a gap in the … more
Four people were hospitalized and a driver is facing felony DUI, vehicular assault and child endangerment charges after a crash on state Route 7 in Pierce County at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, … more
Rangers and Mountain Rescue volunteers on Wednesday recovered the body of an individual who fell through a snow bridge at Paradise on Tuesday.  The individual, whose identity is being … more
The city of Yelm will not enforce a recent resolution approved by council to essentially ignore recent workplace guidance put out by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), … more
For the first time in many years, Yelm High School held its graduation ceremony on campus, celebrating over 300 students on June 12. The seniors faced multiple challenges in the 2020-21 school … more
Students unpacked ponchos as rain pitter-pattered across the pavement, community members stapled signs together and children lined the road as dozens of citizens protested the Rainier School … more
The Yelm City Council approved a resolution to bar the city from collecting, storing and disseminating COVID-19 vaccination records at its June 8 city council meeting. The decision comes in the … more
The Yelm Prairie Historical Museum is a time capsule to a simpler time, but that capsule could have an expiration date if folks don’t do something to support it. The museum on Third Street … more
A 26-year-old man from Lakewood faces a vehicular assault charge after he reportedly struck a vehicle on Interstate 5 in Pierce County on Sunday. According to the Washington State Patrol, Jemsy … more
The Washington State Department of Transportation is holding an online open house where people can learn about the next steps in the State Route 510 Yelm Loop project. The project will build the … more
It’s not too late to join the Yelm Timberland Regional Library’s summer program, which started June 1 and goes through Aug. 31. The Summer Library Program is an initiative for all ages … more
The city of Yelm has received two applications for new housing developments in the Mill Pond area. The initial public comment period regarding the potential subdivisions ends Friday, June 18, … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported an increase in new COVID-19 infections, with the number rising to 222 during the period of June 7-13, as compared to 159 new infections … more
Is the glass — or, in this instance, the pool — half empty or half full? Depends on who you ask. When it comes to the sun-soaked swimmers who come out every summer to the Tenino … more
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 … more
Sirens - Yelm Police Department Vehicle Prowler Steals Garage Door Opener Yelm police were called to Longmire Street for a vehicle prowl incident at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, according to a … more
A Yelm man potentially experiencing a mental health crisis was arrested Wednesday, June 9, after he allegedly rammed a gate twice at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, hit a patrol vehicle and later … more
A nationally-renowned nonprofit conservation group announced Wednesday it has purchased a 1,567-acre ranch, just west of Tenino city limits, that will eventually be managed as part of the Scatter … more
A former Thurston County Sheriff’s Office K9 handler says he plans on challenging Sheriff John Snaza when his position is up for reelection in 2022. Tyler Turpin, 30, is a former Thurston … more
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