Local news
State Trooper Justin Schaffer Among Eight Fallen Washington Officers Honored in D.C. This Week
Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer is among eight Washington state law enforcement officers whose names will be added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., this week …
Arrests Made in Killing of  Chehalis Man in Thurston County
An anonymous tip submitted on the morning of Monday, May 3 led the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office to arrest two more suspects in the murder of 37-year-old from Chehalis. The body of Jose …
Inslee Announces Two-Week Pause on Reopening Rollbacks
All counties in Washington state received a two-week reprieve from potential rollbacks in the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan as Gov. Jay Inslee announced the most up-to-date data shows reason …
Wolf Haven Awarded $227,000 Grant
Wolf Haven International near Tenino has received a $227,000 grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for new development staff to support wolf conservation programs. Wolf Haven is a wolf …
Yelm Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Drug Trafficking, Gun Possession 
A 51-year-old Yelm man has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for trafficking methamphetamine and illegally possessing guns, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of …
Herrera Beutler Joins Opposition to WDFW’s Proposed Wildlife Refuge
Southwest Washington’s U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler joined officials recently in opposing a proposed wildlife refuge slated for property located in Thurston and Lewis counties. …
Regional Editor Hired for CT Publishing, Nisqually Valley News
Veteran reporter and editor Justyna Tomtas has been hired as the new regional editor for CT Publishing. Tomtas was most recently the education reporter for The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho. Prior to …
Massage Business Goes From the Table to the Mat
At massage-therapy business Mat Magick, partners Jennifer and Ian Brooks are packing up the oil and moving their work from the traditional table to a mat on the floor. Jennifer Brooks started the …
Police Search for Suspect Who Stole Equipment from Longmire Park
A person in a red Dodge Dakota was spotted leaving the parking lot of Longmire Community Park in Yelm after reportedly stealing several thousand dollars worth of baseball equipment owned by the …
Yelm Lions Club to Hold Open House for Renovated Carlson Cabin
The Yelms Lion Club will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 to celebrate its complete renovation of its historic Carlson Cabin. The project was made possible through a …
New Weekly Thurston County COVID-19 Infections Spike
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported a spike in COVID-19 infections in Thurston County, with new infections increasing to 318 during the week of April 26 to May 2, bringing the …
Yelm Resolves to Secure Funds for an Outdoor Fitness Court
Yelm City Council passed a resolution to adopt and allocate funds for an outdoor fitness court at one of its parks as part of the 2021 National Fitness Campaign at its April 27 council …
State & Regional News
Capital Gains Tax: A Look at How Washington Got Here and What's Still to Come
OLYMPIA — The road to pass a capital gains tax in Washington is a long one. Democrats have pushed for it for years. Even before talks of a capital gains tax, the state grappled with …
Inslee Signs Capital Gains Tax Into Law
A 7 percent tax on capital gains is now law after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the long-awaited bill on Tuesday, May 4, but there could still be a long way to go until it is implemented. The tax has …
Mask Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities Relaxed to Counter ‘Stark Social Isolation’
Life at long-term care facilities will be getting closer to normal again. On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee aligned long-term care visitation guidelines to match the guidelines from the Centers for …
Idaho's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Relies on Nationwide Wave of Anti-Abortion Laws Eyeing Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, outlawing virtually all abortions in the state, with an …
WDFW Budget ‘Healthy’ After State Budget Passes Washington Legislature
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's budget is "healthy" following the passage of a two-year state budget, according to director Kelly Susewind. The Washington Legislature passed the …
Washington Wildlife Rehabilitators See Surge in Calls During Pandemic
Cooped up Americans have turned to the natural world to find some solace during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us — Washingtonians included — have noticed something amiss — …
Business
Gone are the goats and cows. So, too, the sheep, pigs and roosters. On to greener pastures, perhaps, rooting and chewing cud along the way.But don’t despair, they’ll soon be replaced by a …
Churrell Maguire couldn’t have found a better job. It was 2013, and the then Olympia resident had just earned her certified nursing assistant (CNA) license when she began caring for a Tumwater …
“Oooh, you’re such a manly man.” That’s my wife Barbara.  She’s watching me — a bald, bearded, 68-year-old — grunt through push-ups in our Olympia living room, my hands, toes and …
A modern western movie hums in the background and two pint-sized pups bounce and bark as Kc Field cuts a young customer’s hair into a mohawk on a recent sunny morning. Trucker caps line the ceiling …
Looking beyond the shelves of protein crisps and performance powder at Freedom Training Center, there’s a real story of hope, resilience and courage that plays out daily on the weight …
Sports

2021 1A Evergreen Conference All-League Boys Soccer Team

Tenino boys soccer claimed four first-team all-league selections and one honorable mention pick as announced by the 1A Evergreen Conference on Friday. Midfielder Chris Ramez, forward Zack Russell, …

Mountaineer Standout Smokes in a Pitch to Districts

If asked about her 121-strikeout record over 11 games, Rainier softball pitcher Bailey Elwell, would say that she’s nothing special. Yet the junior led her team to districts for the first …

Rainier Celebrates Girls Varsity, District Champions

Rainier girls varsity tracksters outperformed all other schools in the WIAA District 4 Championships at Rainier High School on April 29, placing first overall with 102 points, clinching six distinct …

Yelm, Rainier Wrestling Coaches Grapple With Slim Turnout

In his 47 years of coaching Yelm wrestling, Gaylord Strand has seen his fair share of challenges leading a premiere, public-school wrestling program. But this year might just take the cake. …

Yelm, Rainier Girls Varsity Basketball Seasons Gear Up

With season three of high school athletics’ shortened schedules looming, both Yelm and Rainier girls varsity basketball teams are working on melding crews of four experienced basketball players …

Yelm, Rainier Face Off in Extra-League Preview Game

With a six-week season and only a handful of practices before their respective league openers, the Yelm and Rainier varsity basketball teams faced off in an extra-league intramural game Saturday, May …

Tracksters in Rainier Run, Jump and Throw Their Way to Districts

The Mountaineer girls’ track and field team placed second and the boys’ team placed fourth out of 11 teams each at the 2B Central League Championships for Track and Field last Friday, April 23 at …
Life
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 children of …
Naturally aspirated automotive engines typically utilize a mechanical thermostat to regulate the temperature. Since lots of fuel explosions and friction occur in the operation of such motors, heat …
We’ve watched a lot of documentaries since the pandemic started. Those that explore man-made disasters are especially upsetting. The oil spill in 2010 off the coast of Louisiana is one of …
Opinion
Letter to the Editor: Time to Reopen Businesses
It is time to call our governor out on his Stay Home, Stay Safe decree. The original stated purpose was to “flatten the curve,” not “stamp out the virus.” We have complied and …
Caserta Commentary: We Must Continue to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
With the beautiful weather and our state’s opening of COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 16 or older, there is a welcome sense of hope that we might finally be turning the corner in this pandemic. …
Wagar Commentary: TransAlta Reneging on Promise of Using Mine Land for Economic Development
A week ago U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler added her voice in opposition to the proposal by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to acquire about 9,600 acres of …
Brunell Commentary: Rethinking Natural Gas Bans
Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings.Thankfully, the legislators ended their …
Brian Mittge Commentary: It’s Time to Buy American
If there’s one thing that Americans agree on — and one thing that we actually have the power to control with our everyday actions — it’s that we want to build things in America again.I say …
Letter From the Health Officer: Update on Vaccines, COVID-19
Hello Thurston County! I hope you are enjoying our beautiful Pacific Northwest spring weather. Here at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services we have been working hard on vaccination …
Obituaries
Maryann Twiggs
Maryann Twiggs, 80, passed away of acute respiratory distress syndrome, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. She was born Jan. 18, 1941, to Charles and Mildred Rinck. A 25 year long Yelm …
Raymond M. Varo
Raymond M. Varo, a resident of Yelm for over 40 years, passed away April 10, 2021, at the age of 86, at Tacoma General Hospital of a severe head injury from an unfortunate fall.He is survived by his …
Death notice
Margaret Rose Cummings, 80, Lacey, died Monday, April 5, 2021, at home. No services are planned at this time. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Lacey, 360-491-2222.
Death notices

Death Notices: March 27, 2021

• KAMI SUE SILVA, 51, Vancouver, died March 20 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House, Vancouver. Arrangements are under the care of Fir lawn Funeral Chapel. • EDWIN MAYNARD WALLACE, 73, …