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Timberland Regional Library Celebrates Native American Heritage Month With Special Library Card
The Timberland Regional Library (TRL) recently unveiled a new, custom-designed library card in honor of Native American Heritage Month.  The card is designed by Ovila Mailhot, a Coast Salish …
Thurston County Releases Preliminary Mid-Biennial Budget
Thurston County released its preliminary mid-biennial budget on Monday. The budget included $515.7 million in expenses, of which $461.9 million were operating expenses.  “Significant …
Webinar Scheduled to Provide Tips on Floodproofing and Assessing Flood Risks
With another wet winter predicted this year, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Office of Chehalis Basin will host the next in its series of webinars about flooding. The latest event will focus on flood …
Nisqually Tribe Continues Broadband Expansion Efforts Through Creation of Open Access Networks
For many in rural communities across Thurston County, affordable, fast and reliable broadband service is hard to come by. To address the issue, the Nisqually Indian Tribe partnered with RedLine …
Gift of Gobble Program Provides 300 Meals for Thanksgiving
As Thanksgiving approaches, Gift of Gobble is set to provide hundreds of meals to local families and individuals. The program organized through Bounty for Families began several years ago. At …
State Patrol Graduates 44 New Troopers From Basic Training
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) added 44 newly commissioned troopers to its ranks on Wednesday, Nov. 16 during the 116th Trooper Basic Training graduation ceremony held at the Capitol Rotunda in …
Community Resource Fair on Black Friday Aims to Help Homeless Individuals
Love Abounds Here will host its monthly community resource fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Yelm Community Center.  The fair traditionally aims to provide assistance to …
Yelm Gears Up for Christmas in the Park Event
The City of Yelm is preparing for its Christmas in the Park celebration that kicks off the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2. The free, two-day event continues a tradition that stretches back to …
Stephanie Kangiser Named ‘Master of Merriment’
Stephanie Kangiser will help kick off the start of the holiday season as she flips the light switch to illuminate the water tower, a Christmas tree and Yelm City Park on Friday, Dec. …
Main Street Cookie Co. Relocates to Tumwater Under New Name
Main Street Cookie Co., a former staple in downtown Rainier, relocated to Tumwater earlier this month and changed its name to LUV Cookies.  Store owner Joycelyn Zambuto said management …
MOMS Club of Yelm Stays Busy With Service Projects
The MOMS Club of Yelm has experienced a busy year as they have helped provide services to the community through their nonprofit organization.  The local club is a chapter of a larger …
Adventure Friends Collects Hygiene Items During Drive
A local group called “Adventure Friends” recently held a hygiene drive to collect items for schools, churches and organizations.  On Saturday, Nov. 19, the group worked to …
State & Regional News
Federal Agencies Study Reintroduction of Grizzlies in North Cascades
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife are evaluating options to restore and manage grizzly bears in the North Cascades of Washington.  Since 1997, the North Cascades have been …
Incumbent Sen. Patty Murray Sails Through to Sixth Term
BELLEVUE — Despite what many thought would be a closer-than-normal race, 30-year incumbent Sen. Patty Murray easily defeated her Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley, giving her a sixth …
'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 …
Life

Nisqually Valley Happenings: Community Calendar for Nov. 24

Friday, Nov. 25 Holiday Market Stroll and shop at the Kodiak Room in Tenino as 30 local artisans sell gifts, decor and treats. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, …

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 • The …

Finding Reason: May God Bless Your Thanksgiving This Year 

He was a star athlete in his high school days. Everyone in his family knew his potential was off the charts. He had learned great skills and was making an excellent income. By everyone’s …

From the Hills: Telling Our Stories 

When I woke up this morning I decided to quit writing these once a week. I have over 700 in my computer’s memory. I’ve written on my way to knee surgery (twice), on vacations, when I was …
Business
At the age of 10, Kahne Loftus began sending care packages to soldiers who were stationed overseas for the holidays. In Loftus’ first year, the Rainier resident sent 40 packages with items …
The owners of Scoopology give a crap and that’s because they’re scooping it up. Through a collaboration with A New Beginning Dog Training, the pet waste removal company owned by Jason …
There are several local locations for kids to gather safely at what has become known as trunk or treat events. I will be at the American Legion Post 164 in Yelm with my decorated trailer but there …
In my 20 years in real estate, I thought I’d witnessed, heard of, or been involved with every type of transaction glitch near closing there could possibly be. Last Thursday, someone left a …
After announcing their plans to open, a new sports bar and restaurant in Yelm aims to celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 24. The establishment, named The Local, is military and locally …
Sports

Tornados Advance to Semifinals for First Time in Program History

The Tornados defeated the Kennewick Lions, 36-27, on Saturday, Nov. 19 in their closest game of the season as they punched their ticket to the state semifinals for the first time in the …

Tornados Continue Winning Streak With Victory Over Southridge

In the first round of the 3A state playoffs, the No. 1 seed Tornados hosted the No. 16 seed Southridge Suns in what transpired to be yet another blowout win for Yelm, who secured a 51-7 victory on …

Three From Yelm Soccer Team Named to All-SSC List

Three girls from the Yelm soccer team were recently honored with All South Sound Conference selections. Senior Meridee Hill and sophomore Holly Dorhauer were each named first team all-SSC, while …

South Sound Conference Football Awards Announced

With the conclusion of the 2022-23 South Sound Conference regular season, coaches from around the league gathered on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to cast votes for league honors. The results are as follows: …

Strong Expectations Set for Yelm Wrestling as Season Approaches

Yelm’s wrestling program is set to return to the mats on Monday, Nov. 14 for the 2022-23 season. After a fifth place team finish at the 2022 Mat Classic and plenty of state returners, the team …

Yelm Cross Country Completes Season at State 3A Competition

To conclude its 2022 season, the Yelm cross country program sent seven athletes and two alternates to the 3A state competition where the Tornados placed 16th out of 20, and saw two of their athletes …

Tornados Roll Through Bishop Blanchet in 3A District Playoffs

Wind and rain couldn’t stop the Yelm ground game as the Tornados swept through Bishop Blanchet’s defense on their way to a 50-7 win on Friday, Nov. 4, earning them the top spot in the …

Beavers Welcome Red-Hot Mountaineers to the Black Top

Perhaps no team is hotter in Washington Class 1A football than the team marching into Stone City Friday night for a first round state matchup against No. 7 Tenino. No. 10 Mount Baker is physical, …

Local Runners Fare Well at State Cross Country Championships in Pasco

Led by some impressive team and individual performances, Chronicle-area distance runners fared well at the State Cross Country Championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on …

Beavers Run Past Knights to Second Straight State Berth

The Tenino football team, aside from one slight hiccup, has kept the train rolling all year long, and the train didn’t stop in its 54-0 demolition of King’s Way Christian Friday night on …

Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Democrats Need to Invest in 3rd Congressional District to Hold It

Washington’s 3rd Congressional District election has been a nail biter. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez holds a significant lead, but Joe Kent has been on Steve Bannon’s podcast war room saying …

Richard Stride Commentary: The Value of Taking Time to Listen to the Music

Do you ever listen to music by the Doobie Brothers? One song says, “Don’t you feel it growing day by day. People getting ready for the news. Some are happy, some are sad; Oh, we have …

Don Brunell Commentary: Honoring Fallen Heroes Goes Beyond Lowering Our Flags to Half-Mast

Lowering our flags to half-staff is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or police officers killed in the line of duty. It is a vivid …

Julie McDonald Commentary: Reflections on a Turbulent Summer and Election Season

When U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler narrowly lost to Joe Kent in the top-two primary election, I was disappointed but not surprised. A lot of former president Donald Trump’s fans in the 3rd …

Superintendent's Corner: Local Veterans Welcomed Back on Campuses

Students and staff have been so excited this fall with the ability to run all-school assemblies again. There is nothing quite like a packed gymnasium full of enthusiastic students and staff. This …
Obituaries
Death Notice: Nov. 24, 2022
Anneke Wilhelmina Jensen, 79, of Olympia, Washington passed away on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mills and Mills Funeral Home, Tumwater.
In Loving Memory of Roy Moline: 1944-2022 
Roy Moline, 78, of Roy, Washington, passed away on Oct. 24, 2022, surrounded by his wife and daughters.  He was preceded in death by his father (Eugene), mother (Gladys), brother (Jack) and …
In Loving Memory of John Nipper: 1937-2022
On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, John Louis Nipper, a loving husband and father of three children, who had four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, passed away surrounded by loved ones at the age …
In Loving Memory of James Thompson
James Paul Thompson died Sept. 12, 2022. He was born to Christine and Paul Thompson in Chicago, Illinois, and was a beloved brother to Nita Renn and Johnny Thompson (deceased) and Judy Hurley …
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 …