Local news
Yelm district could go out for another levy after latest fails
Yelm Community Schools (YCS) is facing a challenging situation after its measure to replace the education and operations levy failed in the Feb. 13 special election.   Unofficial results on …
Yelm Community Center to receive solar and battery backup
In case of a major power failure in the city, the Yelm Community Center can be used for emergency services or other purposes after the Yelm City Council approved a contract to provide solar at the …
Two arrested after police chase in Yelm
A man and a woman were arrested late Monday, Feb. 19., near Morris Road in Yelm on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) posted on Facebook. …
Motorist arrested for DUI after colliding with pole in Yelm
One person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after the driver crashed their vehicle into a pole at the intersection of Longmire Street Southeast and 100th Avenue Southeast in …
Yelm Community Center to receive solar and battery backup
After some deliberation, the Yelm City Council approved, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, a new “simple-majority” method of voting to fill the vacant Position 4 seat following Holly Smith’s …
Yelm to host 2024 DoDEA Pacific Regional conference
For the first time, Yelm will host the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Pacific Regional Meeting.   During the three-day event, which began Wednesday, Feb. 21, through …
Rainier community passes two school district levies in special election
Rainier School District received strong support from community members in the Feb. 13 special election as taxpayers approved two separate levies in the district. The two levies — …
Yelm’s SRO Theater successfully hosts ‘Love Ballads and Valentines’ radio show
Standing Room Only (SRO) Theater, a Yelm based community-led theater group, is finding its stride post-COVID. The organization has held two events since early December and aims to continue bringing …
What's Happening: 'Seussical The Musical,' Taste of the Prairie, Lego Club
Thursday, Feb. 22 Taste of the Prairie — Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon People who make a purchase at Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon on Thursday, Feb. 22, will have a portion of the …
Yelm police deem threatening voicemail at Mill Pond Elementary a hoax
A threatening voicemail left to a staff member at Mill Pond Elementary in Yelm, Monday, Feb. 19, was deemed a hoax, according to school district officials.  In a post on Yelm Community …
Thurston Narcotics Task Force seizes 40k fentanyl pills, 104 pounds of meth, 42 guns, cash
With help from law enforcement agencies across the state, Thurston County Narcotics Task Force seized drugs, firearms, cash and vehicles that stemmed from a cartel operation. Thurston County …
Southern border, geopolitics hot topics at Joe Kent’s Yelm meet and greet
Joe Kent, a Republican 3rd Congressional District candidate, believes the Yelm and Rainier communities are a crucial factor in his second attempt running for a seat in the U.S. House of …
State & Regional News
WDFW approves five days of coastal razor clam digs; additional digs planned for March
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more opportunities on coastal beaches beginning Feb. 21, Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed Thursday. …
Thurston County warns of jury scam
Thurston County issued a warning of a “jury scam” to residents in its latest “Friday Five” weekly county update.   Residents were warned of individuals calling and …
DeGoede brothers close sale on iconic Mossyrock flower farm
Brothers Jack and Bob DeGoede — owners of the iconic DeGoede Bulb Farm, a staple in the Mossyrock community for nearly 50 years — finally closed a sale of the farm at the beginning of …
Olympia crowd demands hearing on citizen initiatives
A sea of red, white and blue covered the Capitol steps, Feb. 2, as hundreds of Washingtonians proudly waved American flags and demanded hearings on six initiatives that would roll back taxes, give …
Hundreds rally for rent caps and affordable housing
As budget negotiations begin in the state Legislature, calls for action on affordable housing and rent caps from the annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day are expected to ring in the ears of …
Pair of proposed bills would offer free community college to eligible Washington students
Per capita, Washington ranks among the lowest states in the country in terms of the number of residents who apply for federal student aid to fund a postsecondary education. And community …
Mandatory voting proposed by Democrats
Washington State Journal A proposal to make voting mandatory drew criticisms from 2,000 people in a Washington state Legislative hearing Jan. 25. “We are already in a moment of …
Mount Rainier Park to require reservations for many during peak hours this summer
Visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will need a reservation to enter the park through the Nisqually, Stevens Canyon and the Sunrise/White River entrance stations during peak hours this summer. …
State looking at bolstering backcountry search and rescue
In a recent Washington State public hearing held by the House Innovation, Community and Economic Development, and Veterans Committee, lawmakers explored bolstering search and rescue resources.   …
Life

Adult Easter egg hunt to take place at Cochrane Park

Adults over the age of 21 should mark their calendars for Saturday, March 16, as the City of Yelm Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a “Midnight Eggstravaganza,” an adult Easter …

What’s happening: Nisqually Valley community calendar

Thursday, Feb. 15 Family Storytime Join the Yelm Timberland Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. every Thursday for family storytime. The event includes music, movement, books and activities for …

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 • Intruders …
On Saturday, Feb. 3, 165 chess players came to Centralia College for the 2024 Southwest Washington Scholastic Chess Championships, an opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12 to qualify for regional state competition.

Yelm Middle School wins at Southwest Washington Scholastic Chess Championships

On Saturday, Feb. 3, 165 chess players came to Centralia College for the 2024 Southwest Washington Scholastic Chess Championships, an opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12 to qualify for …
Business
What started with a “Little Einsteins” spaceship cake for Dee Ragsdale’s daughter’s first birthday has turned into a full-time cake business. Ragsdale, a Clearwood resident, …
It’s a new year, and Yelm business Funtime Toys and Gifts is ready for it. Heather Ekland founded the business on the internet in 2006 as freedomdaysales.com and became a brick-and-mortar …
Beth Stock takes pride in being a female business owner in the tree service industry. The longtime Roy resident is the owner of She Cuts It Tree Service, a business that started on a whim. She …
Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que announced its expansion to Yelm on May 10, 2023, and over eight months later, on Friday, Jan. 26, the barbecue restaurant celebrated its grand opening and officially welcomed …
Longtime Yelm resident Bobby Mcgill, a 50-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has dreamt of owning a restaurant since he was 21. Now his dream is coming true. With his wife, Pepsy’s …
Sports

Yelm girls wrestling team places fifth at Mat Classic XXXV

Yelm's Madelyn Lawson, 170 pounds, wrestles Brainbridge's Sage Swalley on Friday, Feb. 16, at Mat Classic XXXV.
Yelm’s girls wrestling program had a memorable weekend at Mat Classic XXXV. With a fifth-place team finish, a state champion and a runner-up, the Tornados represented themselves well after a …
Yelm's Kaleb Holman, 165, wrestles Ferris's Jack Neale on Friday, Feb. 16 in the opening round of Mat Classic XXXV.

Yelm boys wrestling ties for ninth place at Mat Classic XXXV

In Yelm wrestling coach Gaylord Strand’s final Mat Classic appearance in his 50-year career, his team tied for ninth place with just five wrestlers appearing in the state tournament. He capped …
The Tenino Band performs during Tenino's loss to Seton Catholic in the 1A District 4 title game at Hoquiam on Feb. 17.

Beavers come up short in district title game

The Tenino boys basketball team fell just short of a district championship on Saturday, as the Beavers fell 67-63 to Seton Catholic in the 1A District 4 title game. Seton Catholic had a lead as …
Offensive lineman Kyle Kaaiwela, Oklahoma Baptist University commit, signs his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Yelm High School's signing day event.

YHS football celebrates signing day; six seniors sign letters of intent

Family, friends, classmates and teammates gathered in the Yelm High School commons on Wednesday, Feb. 7, to celebrate six college-bound Tornados, who signed their national letters of intent (NLI) to …

Yelm boys basketball loses district playoff matchup, 73-69, to Evergreen

Yelm High School’s boys basketball season ended on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Vancouver following a 73-69 loss to the Evergreen Plainsmen in the district playoffs. Despite a strong effort by …
Members of the Rainier High School girls wrestling team pose for a photo at regionals at Adna High School on Feb. 10.

Mountaineers send 10 wrestlers to Mat Classic

Rainier High School will have a heavy presence at the Mat Classic XXXV in Tacoma after each of its wrestling teams had successful outings at the 2B District 4 regional tournament on Saturday, Feb. …

Yelm boys wrestling finishes in first place at regional tournament

Yelm High School’s boys wrestling team drove 154 miles to Oak Harbor High School for its 3A regionals tournament. After a long day of wrestling on Saturday, Feb. 10, the Tornados made the long, …

Five Mountaineer grapplers take home medals at Mat Classic

Rainier's Zander Peck, 157 pounds, prepares to wrestle Tonasket's Gabe Ray at the Mat Classic XXXV on Feb. 16.

The Rainier High School boys and girls wrestling team had a historic weekend at the Mat Classic XXXV at the Tacoma Dome, with three boys and two girls taking home medals.   Junior Zander …

Mountaineer girls earn fifth seed at state, place second at districts

Angelica Askey drives down the lane against Adna on Feb. 13.

The Rainier High School girls basketball team had a chance to complete a revenge tour of the only two teams who beat it en route to its first district title in 13 years. The Mountaineers knocked …

Mountaineers fall short of district title in loss to Tigers

Brooklynn Swenson attempts a free throw against Napavine on Feb. 17.

The Rainier High School girls basketball team had a chance to complete a revenge tour of the only two teams to beat it en route to its first district title in 13 years. After knocking off …

Opinion
Sen. John Braun in Olympia from the Capitol on Friday, Feb. 15, 2024.

Democrats are wrong to use children as defense of income tax

The Democrats who currently control the Legislature should uphold our state constitution by giving proper attention to Initiative 2109, which would repeal Washington’s capital gains tax. It is …

Securing border high priority for GOP congressional candidate Lewallen

When Third District U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez said on a podcast that “nobody stays awake at night worrying about the Southern border,” the words appalled attorney Leslie Lewallen, …

Letter to the editor: NVN wrong for recognizing Roy

Editor, For the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) to name Line Roy its 2023 Person of the Year is misplaced at best. Ms. Roy is a public servant and, as such, is paid by Yelm taxpayers as a city …
Republican Leslie Lewallen discusses her candidacy during an interview with Chronicle columnist Julie McDonald.

Julie McDonald: Leslie Lewallen says abortion discussion needs more focus on compassion

Although the Washington state Republican Party has officially endorsed Joe Kent in the race for Third Congressional District, lifelong Republican Leslie Lewallen said she’s a better choice if …
A mockup of the Billy Frank Jr. statue was on display at the Washington State Capitol Building on Jan. 10.

Statue of Billy Frank Jr. reminds us to tell our story

Family, friends and tribal and state leaders recently witnessed the unveiling of a model of the Billy Frank Jr. statue in a ceremony at the state Capitol. The 4-foot-tall model — depicting …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Peggy Lucille Black April 2, 1944 - Jan. 17, 2024
In Memoriam of Peggy Black Peggy Lucille Black passed away on Jan. 17 from a brief illness. She is survived by husband, Brian Black, daughter Shelley Lucus, brother Wes Ament Jr., sister …
In loving memory of Grace M. Dvorak: March 20, 1940 - Jan. 13, 2024
Grace passed away into the arms of her Lord on Jan. 13, 2024, at her home in Yelm, Washington, surrounded by her husband and two sons. Grace was born on March 20, 1940, to Albert and Emma …
In Loving Memory of Janet L. Thompson
On Nov. 15, 2023, our sweet mama, Janet L. Thompson, left us to fly free with the angels. She was a mom, a wife, a grandma, a great-grandma and a friend to many.   She was a wonderful …
In loving memory of Jeffrey Lee Stone 1952-2023
Jeffrey Lee Stone, born on May 16, 1952, in San Francisco, California, at the Presidio Army installation, passed away on Nov. 3, 2023.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and June …
In Loving Memory of Linda Robbins 11/30/1945 ~ 10/26/2023
Our sweet Linda Lois Robbins (Whited) passed away peacefully on Oct. 26 in Kennewick after a long battle with dementia. She was a kind and gentle lady who was loved by everyone. Linda did many …