Take a Trip Through Our Community’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

- Rainier School District sought a levy worth $100,000 in the winter of 1976. The levy was used to improve the quality of education as well as other needs around the school district.

- The GI Bill, which provides veterans with educational assistance, ended on Jan. 1, 1977. An army spokesman said many young men would miss their opportunity for school because they simply didn’t know the bill was ending.

- A water line was proposed at a Dec. 28, 1976 Yelm City Council meeting. The water line would be located at the new high school.

- Hunters and fishermen were reminded that their licenses expire on Jan. 1, 1977, and that they will need to renew their card for 1977 before hunting and fishing in the New Year.

- The Yelm School District Board of Directors met on Dec. 20, 1976 to determine when they would place an upcoming levy on the ballot. The date was set for the special election on Feb. 8, 1977. 

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- Yelm City Council adopted a new budget going into 1987. The new budget was worth several thousand dollars and was used for the maintenance of public property.

- Multiple businesses were lost in fires as Wolf Haven, Del’s Farm Supply, and the UCBO were destroyed. Police were investigating a possible arsonist on the loose after the Dec. 22, 1986 fires.

- Torrie Iverson, a Prairie Elementary School student, won the boy’s 8- to 9-year-old division hoop shot contest. The event took place on Dec. 13, 1986, at Chinook Middle School.

- Two members of Yelm’s 91st graduating class, Linda Eide and Gary Edward Amundson, both graduated from Saint Martin’s University on Dec. 19, 1986.

- Yelm residents raised $9,000 for over 150 families in need in the Operation Santa fundraiser and toy drive.

- Two Yelm residents graduated from Pacific Lutheran University on Dec. 13, 1986. Lois Montgomery and Linda Russell, both Yelm graduates, earned degrees in nursing, and elementary science, respectively.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- Yelm Boy Scout Troop 268 member Donald Michael Dressen earned his Eagle Scout badge on Dec. 19, 1996. He became the first person from Yelm in two years to receive the honor.

- Yelm police officers were kept busy over the 1996 holiday season as theft, shoplifting, and other petty crimes were common occurrences.  

- Yelm resident Tom B. McDonald died and was featured in an obituary. His service was held on Dec. 22, 1996.

- The city of Yelm announced many projects for the year of 1997. The projects included development strategies and an apartment complex that was set to be completed by the end of 1997. 

- The idea of a community watch dog was proposed during a December 1996 public meeting after more frequent crime occurred in Yelm.

- The Rainier School Board announced multiple events going into January of 1997. The events consisted of a patriotic-themed winter program for fourth through sixth graders on Jan. 24, 1997, as well as many others.

- The 1996 Year in Review was printed by the Nisqually Valley News. It recapped and highlighted an appearance from Bill Clinton and Al Gore to Yelm City Park in May of 1996.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, and Lacey all welcomed a South Korean Taekwondo demonstration team to their cities, which performed in a “Kids Help Kids” benefit. The event took place on Jan. 5, 2007.

- A Yelm woman shared several Scandinavian recipes that have been in her family for generations, including recipes for krumkake.

- Rocky Balboa was released on Dec. 20, 2006 and received harsh responses. Many people anticipated the movie to replicate the success of the original and some were left disappointed.

- Pastor Russ Blake of the Crossroads Church made a suggestion for a New Year’s resolution that related to the commandments. He stated that everyone could show a little more love going into the new year.

- The 2006 Year in Review published by the Nisqually Valley News highlighted important moments of the year, spanning from the announcement of Walmart opening, to sports recaps, and many of Yelm’s crime stories from the year.


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