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Some people wonder, “Why should I get a vaccine or wear a mask when it’s still possible to get COVID-19 if I do?” The answer: Vaccines and masks load the dice in our … more
There are so many people we would like to thank for their contribution to the Yelm water tower project. First, my employee and partner on this project Andrew Barben, having the faith in me and us to … more
Thank you to the residents of southeast Thurston County (Yelm and Rainier) for continuing to support our community. Your approval of proposition one will provide essential funding to ensure SE … more
I am asking the Washington GOP to please stop fighting Governor Inslee’s health measures. There have been no measures to fight COVID coming from the Washington Republicans, only these … more
Regarding the story on the Yelm Loop in the July 15 edition of the Nisqually Valley News, Community Development Director Grant Beck is incorrect when he said, “The bottom line is that it was so … more
Parents were at the Rainier Gym on June 16 in protest over many things the school board has and has not been doing to look after the interest of the kids’ well-being. Many are upset that the … more
I wish to compliment you and your staff at the Nisqually Valley News for your continuing excellence in covering local high school sports and academic achievements and other activities.  Even as … more
When we, the players, learned of our coach being fired, we were shocked. The person who put in more time, money and effort than anyone else ever had to better the basketball program in Rainier was … more
As school ends, many things come to a head and many parents find confusion on different situations and happenings. This holds true with the Rainier High School boys basketball program. The day before … more
I am requesting an open microphone at the upcoming Rainier School Board meeting on June 16. The public needs an opportunity to voice their opinion. We need this open to the public and no tricks to … more
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 … more
Rep. Brad Klippert (R-Kennewick) introduced HB 1377, which would end vote by mail and HB 1014, which would elect the governor by an electoral college vote by county. While these bills will not become … more
I am a resident of Rainier and I love the wildlife and prefer a small-town atmosphere. A Dollar General store and parking lot is wrecking my idea of a small-town atmosphere. I mean, there is a … more
Editor’s note: Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, released the following statement after the announcement of plans for a new gas tax.  As I listened to the House Democrats roll out their … more
For 25-plus years, the holiday season meant spending time shopping at JZ Rose and viewing the gorgeous window displays. No matter what season or time of year, the window displays and all the various … more
On April 14, during a meeting, the Tenino City Council agreed to pay $23,000 to the Washington Municipal Clerks Association for expenses. Tenino Clerk Treasurer John Millard stated that the city … more
A 40-year-old bicyclist from Seatac is accused of driving under the influence after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday, Nov. 25, along State Route 507 north of Roy, according to the Washington State … more
I have loved and lived on my little farm in Yelm between the country folk and the Ramtha School of Enlightenment since 1995.The many-year homesteaders who raise gardens, cattle and horses with rifles … more
The other day I watched as a group of people on horseback stopped in a field along the main road in Tenino to rally support for a candidate for governor. Although I did not agree with their stance in … more
An observation for your readers in response to your story, “Yelm Council Passes Design, Cost Estimate Agreement for Educational Center and Business Incubator.” Why was Joe DePinto the only … more
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