Local news
Roy residents voice concerns about water quality, safety in city
Roy city councilors kicked off their study session on Monday, June 10, with a discussion about the possibility of new community outdoor athletic facilities in town that would be funded by a grant. …
Rainier seniors earn awards ahead of graduation
Rainier High School held its annual senior awards night to kick off the Class of 2024’s graduation week. The following awards and scholarships were handed out: Valedictorians — …
Three injured, one charged in two-vehicle crash near Rainier
Three people were injured and one woman was charged with vehicular assault in a two-vehicle crash after 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, that left state Route 507 off of Koeppen Road blocked for over four …
Yelm Community Schools hands out district awards
By Dylan Reubenking dylan@yelmonline.com Yelm Community Schools honored its top students, teachers and employees, as well as its retirees during its annual district awards ceremony at Yelm …
Yelm City Council discusses gambling taxes at study session
The Yelm City Council will soon vote on the fate of gambling taxes collected by the City from pull tabs, punchboards or other local gambling activities. Members of the council spoke in favor of …
City officials provide updates on upcoming Prairie Days and centennial celebration activities
With one of Yelm’s biggest weekends of the summer just over one week away, city officials updated what to expect during Prairie Days weekend. Kicking off the busy weekend from 5 p.m. to 8 …
Sirens: Golf course burglary, homicide investigation
Restaurant at Tahoma Valley Golf Course burglarized Yelm Police officers responded to the Tahoma Valley Golf Course around 7:04 a.m. June 3 when the reporting party claimed the restaurant on the …
City Council to vote on the future of library advisory board and homelessness committee
The futures of the Yelm Library Advisory Board and the Homelessness Committee lie in the hands of Yelm city councilors, as they’re slated to vote on the possible elimination of the two groups …
Rainier to host inaugural Monster Swap Meet June 15
Wilkowski Park in Rainier will be full of motorcycles, 4x4s, trucks and for sale and show, as well as games, raffles, local vendors and food during the inaugural Monster Swap Meet on Saturday, June …
What's Happening: Prairie Days, Mushball, Movies in the Park
Saturday, June 15 Yelm’s first “Color Fun Run” The City of Yelm’s Parks and Recreation Department and YARD seek to kick the summer off by hosting an inaugural Color …
Female bull rider, U.S. Army truck driver aiming to inspire young girls
Karina Stelck takes pride in being a woman in male-dominated fields. Not only does the Boise, Idaho, native serve as a motor transport operator in the U.S. Army, she also enjoys riding bulls in her …
Local cowboys and cowgirls compete in annual June Roy Pioneer Rodeo
Numerous local cowboys and cowgirls gathered on Huggins Greig Road for the annual spring Roy Pioneer Rodeo on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. Several local competitors tried their luck in …
State & Regional News
Tenino Quarry Pool renovations nearly finished as grand reopening approaches
One of Tenino’s top summertime attractions will return on Saturday, June 22, as the Quarry Pool will reopen after a several-year hiatus. The improved Tenino Quarry Pool, 399 W. Park Ave., …
Multiple visitor centers remain open along Spirit Lake Highway after 2023 debris flow
Several recreational sites remain open to explore at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument following the May 2023 debris flow, known as the South Coldwater Slide, according to a news release …
Timed-entry reservations begin at Mount National Park’s Paradise Corridor
Mount Rainier National Park timed-entry reservations for visits to the popular Paradise Corridor began Friday, May 24, and will run through Monday, Sept. 2. Many weekend and weekday advance-timed …
Billy Frank Jr. statue sculptor “honored” to work on project
Once the Billy Frank Jr. statue is installed in the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., in 2025, sculptor Haiying Wu will be the first Chinese-American to have a …
Roy animal sanctuary takes in nearly 60 roosters rescue from cockfighting
Roy’s Heartwood Haven, a sanctuary that specializes with animals rescued from cruelty cases, recently rescued nearly 60 roosters, stemming from a cockfighting operation bust in eastern …
Braun calls for more legislative action after three infants exposed to fentanyl
Senate Minority Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, has called on the Legislature to take additional action to curb children’s access to fentanyl and other deadly narcotics. The call comes …
Candidate filing week begins May 6
The Nisqually Valley News The opportunity to formally declare candidacy for the 2024 elections opens at 8 a.m., Monday, May 6, online and at elections offices across the state. Mailed …
From Tenino to Bend, Oregon, Love Covers looks to support nonprofits, build relationships through sewing
Sewing has always been a passion and a way to bring people together for Patti Ledesma, of Tenino, and Cathleen “Cat” Wallace, of Bend, Oregon, who have been friends for more than 30 years …
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office warns of increase in scammers
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) warned the community of an increase in scams in which scammers pretend to be members of the sheriff’s office. According to TCSO’s …
Life
Terry Smith and his mother Lola Smith smile for a photo at Prestige Senior Living Rosemont's art walk on May 10.

Prestige Senior Living Rosemont hosts resident art walk

Eleven residents of Prestige Senior Living Rosemont in Yelm displayed their talents on Friday, May 10 as the assisted living facility hosted an art show. The displays featured oil paintings, …
Aurora Decker, pictured at Yelm City Park on May 8, will travel to Dallas, Texas, in July for the International Cinderella Scholarship Pageant.

Yelm student named 2024 Washington Cinderella Teen Queen

Aurora Decker has competed in pageants since she was 6 weeks old. She recalls her mother, Anna Farley, standing behind her at the competitions and making her wave and blow kisses to the audience at a …

Yelms Lion Club here to serve

The motto of the Lions Club is “We Serve,” and the Yelm Lions Club has taken that to heart, working to empower volunteers and serve the community. Locally, the Yelm Lions are busy, …

Yelm district honors volunteers of the year

Yelm Community Schools awarded eight of its volunteers as the 2023-24 Volunteers of the Year during its Thursday, April 18, board meeting. Eight of the nine schools in the district chose one …
Business
Business is booming for The Riot Fitness in Yelm less than three months after it opened in March. Fitness and dance classes are filling up daily, and the salon is as busy as ever for owner Kayla …
Kaos Dance Elite (KDE), a children’s dance school in Yelm, is moving into a larger studio location in town ahead of its summer sessions, Monday, June 17. The business, currently located at …
As InGenius! Gallery & Boutique celebrates its third anniversary this summer, the Yelm business opened a new space dedicated to its arts program called InGenius! Artventures on Saturday, May 11. …
Cyndi Doud never envisioned herself as a business owner. She is no stranger to leadership roles in the professional sphere, but when she purchased The Shiplap Shop & Coffee House in April, she …
After a weeks-long search, the Yelm Chamber of Commerce hired Tina Richardson as its next executive director. Richardson replaces Amanda Muñoz, who stepped down last month after more than a …
Sports

Tornados focusing on development of young talent ahead of first 4A season

Yelm linemen Chris Hauss (61), Damien Williams-Butler (51) and Jonah Smith (63) celebrate on Nov. 25, 2023, after defeating the Eastside Catholic Crusaders, 7-0, to advance to the 3A State Championship game against Bellevue.
The Yelm High School football team, coming off back-to-back 3A state championship game appearances, is entering a new era in the 2024 season. YHS athletics advance from 3A to become a member of the …

Seven Yelm athletes sign to continue athletic careers in college

By Jacob Dimond jake@yelmonline.com To conclude the 2024 athletic calendar year, Yelm High School celebrated seven seniors who signed their commitment letters, or National Letters of Intent …
Texas' Jeremiah Nubbe begins his motion for a practice throw during hammer throw warmups at the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field.

College track and field: Dual-citizenship plays role for Nubbe post-NCAAs

EUGENE, Ore. – For over a decade, it has been an option for Jeremiah Nubbe. He’s using it for his career in track and field. After an NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships that …
Texas' Jeremiah Nubbe competes in the hammer throw  during the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field. Nubbe, a Rainier grad, finished ninth in the event.

College track and field: Podium finish just out of reach for Texas’ Nubbe

EUGENE, Ore. – When Jeremiah Nubbe left The TRACK at New Balance following the weight throw finals at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, he barely missed becoming an All-American. …

Tenino announces school Athletic Hall of Fame

Tenino High School announced its inaugural Tenino Athletic Hall of Fame on Tuesday, and they are seeking community input for nominations. “We want to honor the legacy our athletes, coaches …
Texas' Jeremiah Nubbe celebrates after a throw during a track and field meet this season.

College track and field: Nubbe generating plenty of buzz as Longhorns throwing star

EUGENE, Ore. – Glance at the list of All-American and Olympic throwers at the University of Texas and it is lengthy. It started with two-time Olympian Oskar Jakobsson in 1976 and 1980 and most …
Yelm alumni Nathan Mathis is out of elegibility following his participation and showing in WWU's national championship rugby team.

‘It was an incredible journey’: Yelm alum Mathis reflects on experience with WWU National 7’s Championship team

Yelm High School class of 2018 graduate Nathan Mathis recently achieved a lifetime athletic accomplishment by competing for and winning the College Rugby Association of America’s (CRAA) …

Tenino announces school Athletic Hall of Fame

Tenino High School announced its inaugural Tenino Athletic Hall of Fame on Tuesday, June 4, and organizers are seeking community input for nominations. “We want to honor the legacy our …

New sports organization aims to offer opportunities for athletes in the South Sound

Total Sports Development NIL brand ambassadors Kyler Ronquillo and Henlee Sherman pose on Yelm High School’s turf field.

Total Sports Development (TSD), an athletic skill and ability development organization that recently launched in Yelm, aims to enrich the legacy of athletics in the region with more opportunities for …

Tenino resident making history playing tennis at University of Arizona

Colton Smith reacts after clinching a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships semifinals in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on May 23.

Colton Smith, a junior at the University of Arizona and one of the top collegiate tennis players in the United States, represented his hometown of Tenino at the NCAA Singles Championships in …

Opinion

Look into all of WA Cares to know if it’s right for you

Proponents of WA Cares inspired an opinion piece I wrote for The Washington State Standard titled, “ WA Cares is not a good answer for people in need. ” It ran on May 3.  …
Sen. John Braun and members from the SRC hold a press conference in the SRC Caucus Room on Nov. 29, 2022.

Braun: Vote ‘yes’ on Initiative 2117 and pay less

June is here, and the start of summer is just around the corner. A year ago, the first day of summer had Washington moving in front of California to have the highest gas prices in the nation. As …
Letters to the editor can be submitted to yelmnews@yelmonline.com.

Gillnetting is not a sustainable harvest method

Editor, In his article on Washington salmon fisheries management, Ed Johnstone calls for greater emphasis on habitat protection and restoration, not harvest management alone, to help recover …
Letters to the editor can be submitted to yelmnews@yelmonline.com.

Upcoming forum important to Yelm residents

Editor, Respectfully, to my community I ask several questions. Please read them and contemplate how you would answer. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at the Yelm Community Center, …
Sen. John Braun in Olympia from the Capitol on Friday, Feb. 15, 2024.

Commentary: Progress on behavioral health requires more cooperation, less conflict

From 2013 through 2017, Republicans led our state Senate and Democrats had the majority in the House. While it lasted, that break in one-party control of Olympia was good for the people of our state. …
Obituaries
In loving memory of Kristi Marie Cichon Spark
Kristi Marie Cichon Spark (nee Bircher) passed away on May 22, 2024, in Olympia, Washington, at the age of 50. She was born on Dec. 6, 1973, in Tacoma, Washington, to Vern and Linda Bircher. Kristi …
In loving memory of John Reeves: Feb. 3, 1947 - May 17, 2024
It is with great sadness that we announce John “Papa” Reeves, of Yelm, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2024, at his home in Lake Lawrence, exactly as he wished it to be. He joins …
In Loving Memory of Gary Henslee
Gary Henslee left to join his savior on April 27, 2024.   He was born in Spokane, Washington, to Paul and Garaldine Henslee on May 23, 1939. After graduating from North Central High …
Death Notice: Edward Richard Bauer II
Edward Richard Bauer II, 69, of Yelm, died May 3. Arrangements are under the are of Funeral Alternatives of Washington — Lacey.
In Loving Memory of Alice Marjorie Smith 1935 ~ 2024
Marjorie Smith passed away peacefully on April 9, 2024, at her daughter’s home in Yelm, Washington, at the age of 88. She was born to Louis Barons and Nelsie Barons Foss on Oct. 1, 1935, in …