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Mount Rainier National Park Pays Tribute to Two Rangers Who Died During 1995 Rescue Attempt
Mount Rainier National Park on Friday paid tribute to two rangers who died during a rescue attempt on Aug. 12, 1995. Sean Ryan and Philip Otis were attempting to rescue an injured climber on the …
Thurston County Deputies Recover ‘Massive Amount of Stolen Property’ After Report of Shots Fired 
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday it recovered at least four stolen vehicles and a “massive amount of stolen property” after responding to the 14700 block of …
Roy Pub and Eatery Car Show Returns for Fifth Annual Event
The Roy Pub and Eatery Car Show is set to return to the rodeo town on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Roy Tavern. Car enthusiasts can expect a great show throughout the …
Yelm Mail Carrier Named Outstanding Member of the Year by State Association
Kris Skewis has been a mail carrier in Yelm since 1994. She was recently named the Washington Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (WARLCA) 2021-2022 Outstanding Member of the Year. “I …
At 21, Roy Farmer Is Already a Veteran of the Fields
Yelm High School graduate and lifelong Roy resident Colton Lester, 21, has completed yet another successful haying season. Each summer, he tends to his family farm of over 100 years, cutting their …
Local Voting Roundup: South Pierce Fire Levy Renewed, Incumbents Mostly Hold Strong Leads
Following the Aug. 2 primary election, South Pierce Fire and Rescue is now expecting its emergency medical services levy to be renewed. After requiring simple majority voter approval to renew, the …
Yelm FFA Champions Crowned at Thurston County Fair
The Yelm FFA concluded a successful showing at the Thurston County Fair during their stay from July 27 to July 31. The Yelm FFA group accounted for over 15 grand champions and a handful of reserve …
Burn Restrictions Imposed for Gifford Pinchot to Decrease Risk of Fire
Due to increased risk of wildfires, Gifford Pinchot National Forest fire managers have issued restrictions on campfires, smoking and other activities within the forest effective Monday, Aug. …
Bluegrass Festival Ready to Tickle Strings in Rainier
Rainier will have a little bit more twang on the weekend of Aug. 26-28 as it hosts its annual Rainier Round-Up Days and bluegrass festivals. The bluegrass event, which started in 1991, has become …
Washington Attorney General Announces Settlement for Service Members Who Lost Towed Vehicles
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a court order on Wednesday requiring a Clark County towing company to pay military service members damages for illegally selling their …
SPSCC Awarded Gold Recognition in Best of South Sound
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) was recently awarded “gold” in the community college category in the Best of South Sound contest. The Best of South Sound allows community …
Munchies Plus Offers Menu Variety With a Twist in Yelm
Munchies Plus coffee opened up shop on Friday, July 29, at its location at 1110 E. Yelm Ave.  in the same building as King Cronic Vape and Smoke. The business currently offers traditional coffee …
State & Regional News
Steve Hobbs Moves On in Secretary of State Race But Opponent Remains Too Close to Call
Who will be moving on to the general election in the secretary of state's race remained unclear Tuesday night. Democrat and incumbent Steve Hobbs will move forward, having received 41.2% of the …
Patty Murray, Tiffany Smiley Sail Through to November Election in U.S. Senate Race
Sen. Patty Murray will defend her seat in November against a former triage nurse and veterans advocate from Pasco who has the backing of the national Republican Party. Tiffany Smiley, 41, finished …
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Announces Multi-State Deal Forgiving Millions of Dollars in Jewelry Debt for Military Members
Last week, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Harris Jewelers, a national jewelry outlet, would provide over $1.5 million in debt relief and refunds to over 1,000 service …
Washington Hospital Leaders Call on State to Help With 'Unprecedented' Capacity Crisis
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Hospital Association is asking the state for help in addressing "unprecedented" capacity issues at hospitals. Many hospitals statewide, including most on the …
Incumbent Patty Murray, Republican Tiffany Smiley Likely to Emerge in 18-Candidate Race for U.S. Senate
For the top two candidates for one of Washington's U.S. Senate seats, bolstering the economy and handling record-high inflation are top priorities. But five-term Sen. Patty Murray and political …
Misinformation, Security of Elections on Secretary of State Candidates' Minds This Election
The security, transparency and misinformation surrounding the state's election system are all top of mind for candidates hoping to be Washington's next secretary of state. The race has drawn eight …
New Washington Laws: New Rules Take Effect in Areas Ranging From Guns to Pickleball to License Fees
OLYMPIA — Changes to gun regulations, new transportation fees and a new state sport are all among the changes Washington residents may soon see. Some of the bills the Legislature passed this …
Inslee Makes COVID Vaccines a Permanent Requirement for Many State Employees
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive making COVID-19 vaccines a permanent condition of employment for state workers in executive and small cabinet agencies, including …
State Wildlife Commission Debates Wolf Rule in Charged Meeting
In a sometimes heated meeting Washington wildlife managers continued to debate last week whether or not to implement new wolf-livestock rules. While the commissioners won't vote on the proposed …
Life

Roy-Based Healing Touch and Aromatherapy Aims to Help Clients With Pain, Relaxation

Shanda Whitney is here to help people feel better. The Roy-based massage therapist was trained in Fife in 2007. After a year, Whitney was certified and ready to take on customers. She spent a …

Grace+Grit Delivers Unique Take on Photography

Ann Mills started her photography journey 13 years ago. Her passion has since flourished into a business called Grace+Grit, which serves Yelm and the surrounding area. “When I had my …

Take a Trip Through Our Area’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 …

From the Hills: What Do You Do With a Chance?

Have you ever wondered how God heals our deep emotional hurts? You know the ones I’m talking about — the pain that lingers long after the offense has ended. These are not the little …
Business
Kelan Moynagh, the operator of Yelm Earthworm and Castings Farm, is on the hunt for someone who wants to take over his longtime business. The farm has operated in Yelm since 1991 and has been ran …
The Stone City is building on its rocky foundation. The City of Tenino announced Thursday it has entered into a lease agreement with the Tenino Stone Carvers to occupy a portion of a city-owned …
It is amazing to see how much the words fear, doubt, uncertainty and even recession have crept into the headlines and stories across all of the news and social media outlets over the last few …
The InGenius! Gallery and Boutique shop in Yelm will celebrate its one year anniversary on Saturday, July 30. The celebration, which has a theme of “Meet the InGenius,” will allow the …
Sports

Blazers Looking Up Heading Into 2022 With Experience

Clarence Gunderson is starting to think he’s got a good thing going at Centralia College. For the first time in his tenure leading the Trailblazers’ women’s soccer program, …

Yelm Nisqually Basin 12u All Stars Take Second at Regional Tournament

Following their state championship victory on Saturday, July 9, the Nisqually Basin 12u All Star team traveled to Meridian, Idaho, to compete in the Cal Ripken League regional tournament. On …

Top Storylines to Watch as Football Season Nears Return

The long wait for football fans in Lewis and South Thurston counties is nearly over. Nearly nine months after state champions were crowned last fall, new faces — both on the field and the sidelines …

Bearcats Best Tigers for Battle on the Blacktop Crown

TENINO — For a game that meant nothing, with one unofficial referee, at a stadium a quick drive away from both schools, Centralia and W.F. West’s meetup Sunday sure felt like it had a bit …

Tenino Football to Play at Lumen Field Showcase

The Tenino football team announced Wednesday on Twitter that a previously scheduled home contest against Klahowya on Sept. 16 has been moved to the following day, and will be a part of the Lumen …

Former Tornado Football Player Shares His Story of Perseverance at Cal

After a dominant tenure as a Yelm Tornado, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Dylan Jemtegaard received 17 Division One scholarship offers to continue his football career. Once Jemtegaard graduated in 2021, …

Kyler Ronquillo Commits to Play Football at Portland State University

Kyler Ronquillo, Yelm’s swiss army knife wide receiver and defensive back, committed to Portland State University during an official visit to the university. The Vikings extended an offer to …

Nisqually Basin 12U All Star Team Wins State Championship, Set to Compete in Idaho Tournament

The Yelm 12U All Star team recently brought home some hardware after they won the Washington 12U State Championship in the Cal Ripken league. Now, the Nisqually Basin All-Stars will compete in …

Gallery: Centralia and Tenino Girls Soccer Meet for Preseason Tune-Up

As the summer continues, local girls soccer teams have already started working on set pieces and counterattacks in preparation for the fall 2022 season. Thursday at Tiger Stadium, Centralia and …

New Tenino Athletic Director Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling for Beavers

After guiding Winlock’s boys basketball team for the last seven years, and heading its athletic department since 2020, Nick Bamer has come to the Stone City to become Tenino’s full-time …

Opinion

Superintendent’s Corner: Summer Brings Strong Work and New Leaders

In many ways, school districts can be busier in the summer months than when school is in session. This summer is no exception. We have lots of students doing amazing things. STEMKamp is a …

Commentary: Violent Crime Born of Bad Policies That Must Be Addressed Now

The final weekend of July was a lot like many in Pierce County recently. Two people were shot in a Tacoma park, one fatally. A shootout at a South Tacoma gas station left one man dead. In another …

Commentary: Policy Center's Cost Projections for Low-Carbon Fuel Law Confirmed

Next year, one of the state’s newly adopted climate policies, the low-carbon fuel standard, will take effect in Washington state. The legislation requires companies to reduce the carbon …

Commentary: Fewer Firefighters Due to Mandate Should Make Us Hot Under the Collar

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for state employees — you know, the one that cannot stop spread or transmission of the virus among coworkers — could …

Superintendent’s Corner: Summer Brings Strong Work and New Leaders

In many ways, school districts can be busier in the summer months than when school is in session. This summer is no exception. We have lots of students doing amazing things. STEMKamp is a …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Mary Marie Agosto: 1926-2022
Mary Marie Agosto passed away from cancer on July 25, 2022, in Rainier, Washington, her home for the last six years. She was born Oct. 1, 1926, to Frank Hess and Anna Towlry Hess in Oberlin, Kansas. …
In Loving Memory of Lola Orris Ritter Bowen Stancil: 1915-2022 
Our inspiration.  Lola Orris Ritter Bowen Stancil was born next to the Opera House, when there was an Opera House, in Bucoda, Washington, on Jan. 31, 1915, to Lester Ritter and Clara Lenora …
In Remembrance of Dawn Hobson
A memorial service will be held for Dawn Hobson on July 16, 2022 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Yelm Prairie Christian Center, 501 NE 103rd Ave., in Yelm. It's a potluck celebration and water will be …
In Loving Memory Elene Newby: 1934-2022
Elene H. Parks Newby (also known as Gaye) passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Elene was born on Aug. 18, 1934, to Melvin Sylvester and Olive Pearl (Crosson Robertshaw) Parks in the small town of …
In Loving Memory of Michelle Marie (Mosher) Rice: 1958-2022
With profound sadness, we inform you of the loss of our beloved Michelle Marie (Mosher) Rice, age 64, who passed away May 17, 2022, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. She was born …