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The Red White Blue Agency hosted a “Retro Rainier Independence Day Celebration” on Saturday, July 2 at Wilkowski Park in Rainier. The event featured a variety of activities, like … more
Following the retirement of former Chief of Police Todd Stancil, the City of Yelm appointed former Assistant Chief of Police Rob Carlson to fill the vacancy on Tuesday, June 28. Carlson has been … more
Heather Hirotaka has been selected as the state’s new archivist. Hirotaka, who previously worked at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office as the licensing and recording manager, began … more
The Yelm Prairie Line Trail may receive additional funding to renovate the Nisqually Trestle into a walking and bicycling path that spans across the Nisqually River. The push for the initial phase … more
After the Mineral Lake Lions Den Campground was given a major facelift by volunteers ahead of the fishing season’s opening day with the town’s annual fishing derby, members of the Mineral … more
Yelm City Council member Joshua Crossman faced verbal backlash at the June 28 Yelm City Council meeting for “inappropriate actions” regarding his response to a Yelm School District … more
Less than one year after opening, the Shiplap Quilt Shop and Coffee House in Tenino will be featured in the fall edition of the Quilt Sampler Magazine. The fall magazine featuring Shiplap will be … more
The Missing Indigenous Person Alert (MIPA) system, a new statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people, went into effect on Friday, July 1. The alert system adds a specific designation to … more
With fears of “the Really Big One,” Washington residents are trying to grasp what would happen when a large earthquake hits the Cascadia subduction zone and what they would do afterwards. … more
Thurston County reported an increase in COVID-19 cases as the health department tallied 779 new cases and two deaths during the period of June 27 through July 2. The deaths included a woman in … more
When doing some spring cleaning or a yard sale, sometimes old pieces of clothing end up in a garbage bag or at a landfill, but Yelm area football enthusiasts can help the program simply by cleaning … more
Thursday, July 7 Senior Lunches The Yelm Adult Community Center will hold its weekly lunches at 11:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays through Fridays. Senior Services for the South Sound operates the … more
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 - Yelm’s … more
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking public input regarding the development of an electric vehicle infrastructure plan. The plan will be completed by Aug. 1 to qualify … more
Sirens - Yelm Police Department Assault Reported at Yelm Residence Yelm police officers responded to a call at around 8:47 p.m. on Monday, June 27 after a man called to report that his adult … more
The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office has issued safety tips for fireworks to help keep the holiday safe and enjoyable.  Its list of recommendations include:  Purchase … more
After a public hearing on a rezoning application with about 30 folks present — where two Mineral residents held up signs reading “NO Rezone in Mineral” and one resident even took to … more
Yelm’s Chief of Police Todd Stancil has retired after 28 years of service in the Yelm community. Stancil, who was also the interim city administrator, was selected as the chief of police in … more
Yelm residents created a buzz on the morning of June 25 as they lined Yelm Avenue for the traditional Prairie Days Parade. The sun shined bright when attendees began to take to the street around 8 … more
Think of a NASCAR pit-stop, but for helicopters: that’s what soldiers were practicing at the Chehalis-Centralia Airport on Wednesday, June 22. According to spokesperson Captain Kyle Abraham, … more
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