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Bucoda Becomes 'Boo-Coda' With a Month of Halloween Fun Ahead
With October being the official spooky month, Bucoda is preparing for its month-long Halloween celebrations with the Boo-Coda Spook-Tacular festival. Aside from changing the town’s name to …
State Salmon Recovery Board Awards Nearly $2.8M to Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor County Projects
The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) announced in a news release on Monday the approval of almost $76 million in grants to help recover salmon populations around the state. …
Delays Expected on I-5 in South Thurston County for Repairs Wednesday and Thursday
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) issued a news release this week stating that asphalt repair is set to start on Wednesday on Interstate 5 from mileposts 85 to 93 in South …
Longtime South Sound Official Mike Kain Dies
Longtime South Sound official Mike Kain died on Saturday, Sept. 24, after he suffered a heart attack while officiating a football matchup between Yelm and River Ridge the prior night. Kain served …
Yelm School Board Swears in Student Representatives
The Yelm School Board swore in five new student representatives during its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22.  The representatives include Ileana Wall, Quentin Robinson, Madisyn Erickson, Damian …
Deadline to Apply for 2022 BERT Grants Is Oct. 7
The application period for the 2022 Business Economic Recovery Taskforce grants is open through Oct. 7. The grants are provided through the Yelm Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Yelm …
Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Sept. 29
Thursday, Sept. 29 Apple Sales We Love Rainier WA is selling handpicked Fuji apples to help support events in the community. People can purchase 40 pounds of apples for $45. To place your …
Yelm Food Sovereignty Project Hopes to Create a More Self-Sufficient Society
Some people have started to look at new ways to bring food to their dinner tables because of food prices that have increased and a strained supply chain. The Yelm Food Sovereignty Project started …
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 cemetery …
Sirens: Fatal Collision Reported in Roy; Hit-and-Run Reported on Yelm Avenue; Explicit Photos Used as Blackmail; Vehicle Prowl Occurs at Yelm Safeway; Hit-and-Run Takes Place in Shiplap Parking Lot
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Fatal Collision Reported in Roy Deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover collision at …
State Department of Agriculture Says Bird Flu Uptick Likely This Fall
As birds begin their fall migration, the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) wants to warn poultry farmers of the increased risk in the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, also …
State & Regional News
'It's Happening With Younger and Younger People': UW Expert Talks About Keeping Youth Safe Amid Rise in Fentanyl Use and Overdoses
With 27 years of work in the opioid addiction field, Caleb Banta-Green said he didn't think it could get as bad as today's big rise in fentanyl use. Fentanyl is killing people from accidental …
Washington's Remaining COVID-19 Emergency Orders to End on Oct. 31
Washington's 10 remaining COVID-19 emergency orders will be lifted by Oct. 31, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday. "We've come a long way the past two years in developing the tools that allow us …
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 …
Life

Finding Reason: What About the Trend of ‘Deconstructing Faith?’

As part of a bigger movement, a new trend has begun called among other titles “deconstructing faith.” From what I have read, there appears to be two major kinds of deconstructing faith. …

From the Hills: Another Season of Football

It’s football season — again. Yes, already.    Before summer is even over, all the football teams have emerged from weight rooms like butterflies from their chrysalis. …

Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Sept. 22

Thursday, Sept. 22 Apple Sales We Love Rainier WA is selling handpicked Fuji apples to help support events in the community. People can purchase 40 pounds of apples for $45. To place your …

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 • Junior Rodeo …
Business
Fall is here and so are falling prices in the real estate market.  The high inflation and increasing mortgage rates are definitely slowing down the market. The bad news is that houses are …
BeJoyful Holistics will host a Harvest Anniversary Celebration to commemorate one year of business on Oct. 8. The holistic store has invited local vendors to set up shop from 4 to 8 p.m. outside …
John and Jenni Bourdon had not really planned to open a second tasting room besides the one at their Tenino area Sandstone Distillery. They certainly did not plan to do it in the waning days of a …
3 Bedroom, 2 full Bath, 1,356sqft corner lot rambler with a nice Big Backyard, RV Parking and a 2 Car Garage. New roof. New gutters. New fence. New interior paint. New laminate floors. New carpet. …
Yelm Farm and Pet is set to host its annual customer appreciation and wood pellet sale later this week. The event has gone on for over 10 years, and is set to span from Friday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, …
Sports

Beavers Fall to Eagles in Four

After taking the first set on the road in Elma, the Tenino volleyball team fell in the next three in a four-set loss, 20-25, 25-18, 25-9, 25-17.  Macy Griffis and Brooke Bratton combined for …

Shake-Ups in AP Poll Set Up Two SW Washington Showdowns

After Royal's upset defeat at the hands of Lynden Christian, a new No. 1 has taken over the 1A poll, and sets up a showdown in Stone City this weekend. Elsewhere in 2A, No. 2 Tumwater will play host …

Beavers Swept at Home By Bulldogs

The Tenino volleyball team opened up 1A Evergreen play with a tough one, falling to Montesano 25-17, 25-10, 25-7 at home on Tuesday. “The score doesn’t show how we played,” …

T-Wolves Hold On to Defeat Rainier in Five

After taking a two set lead in White Pass Tuesday, the Morton-White Pass volleyball team clung to victory in a five-set match against Rainier, 25-21, 25-23, 24-26, 17-25, 15-13. The Timberwolves …

Beavers Drop League Opener to Bulldogs

Taking on its biggest league rivals of late in its league opener, the Tenino girls soccer team fell behind and couldn’t make a comeback in a 3-1 defeat to Montesano Tuesday on the Black …

Tenino Keeps Seeing Improvement Against Hoquiam

Seeing some improvement across the board, the Tenino boys golf team battled to a 183-190 decision against Hoquiam Tuesday at Tahoma Valley Golf and Country Club in Yelm. The Beavers were led by …

Volleyball: Mountaineers Go 2-1 During Week, Tornados Drop Two Matchups

The Rainier Mountaineers had a strong week of play during their third week of action in the early 2022 volleyball season, as they collected two wins and dropped a close loss in five sets. …

Yelm Girls Soccer Team Works to Turn Season Around

After seven games in the early 2022 soccer season, the Yelm girls soccer program has gotten off to an “unlucky start” with a 2-5 record. The girls have been able to hang around and …

Tornados’ Versatile Carreto Leads the Way During Victory at River Ridge

Yelm’s William Carreto proved to be a Swiss Army knife yet again for the Tornados during a game against River Ridge on Sept. 23. Carreto, who has played as a linebacker, running back and …

T-Wolves Grind Away to Win Over Mountaineers

Rainier certainly didn’t make anything easy, but the Morton-White Pass football team got just enough going offensively to stay perfect on the year, rolling out 16-6 winners at home in Morton on …

Opinion

Being Frank: Traditional Knowledge Protects Environment for Next Seven Generations

Every generation owes it to the next seven generations to protect the environment. At the rate populations are growing and the climate is changing, it’s getting harder and harder to be …

Julie McDonald Commentary: White Settlers Flee to Blockhouses During Indian Wars

With white emigrants settling in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1850s, Native Americans throughout the region faced huge disruptions to their lives and displacement from their traditional …

Lynda Wilson Commentary: California’s Power Problems Should Serve as Warning for Washington

We’re taught about a “safe following distance” in driver’s education because bad things can happen when you ride the bumper of the car ahead of you. In 2005, Democratic …

Todd Myers Commentary: Many Who Claim Climate Spending Is Good Can’t Really Explain Why

Simple question: how should we measure the success of climate policy? Answer: By maximizing CO2 reduction for every dollar spent. This smart approach is standard practice for many private …

Don Brunell Commentary: Garbage Is an Important Source of Energy

Those who live in Spokane know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power 13,000 …
Obituaries
In Loving Memory of Gayle Wellman: 1956-2022
While surrounded by family, Gayle Wellman, of Yelm, passed away on Sept. 3, 2022, at the age of 65. Gayle was born in Scotia, California on Sept. 15, 1956, to Sally and Frank Simmons.  Gayle …
In Loving Memory of Patricia Veltman: 1958-2022
On Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, Patricia Sue (Poeschel) “Patti” Veltman, loving wife and sweet sister of three siblings, beloved daughter of two proud parents, passed away at age 63 in Seattle, …
In Loving Memory of Melinda Games: 5/12/53 - 8/21/22
On Aug. 21, 2022, at 6 p.m., surrounded by the love of her family, it was time for Melinda’s body to rest and soul to be set free. At the age of 58, she was sadly diagnosed with early onset …
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 …