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

- The city of Yelm experienced three car accidents on the morning of Sunday, May 22, 1977. A car struck a light pole on Mosman Avenue, a man rammed his vehicle into the side of a bridge in McKenna, and a man crashed on state Route 507.

- Rainier High School hosted a music concert on May 26, 1977 at Rainier High School. The performance included the bands and swing music.

- Two graduates of Yelm High School were named to the Dean’s List at Glenville State College in West Virginia in May of 1977. The students were Tom Browning and Linda Wendler.

- Jim Lohr, of Yelm High School, won the Olympia-Coastal Washington essay contest, which featured nearly 30 entrants. The theme for the essay was “My investment in America: 1977.”

- The Pacific Northwest’s largest stamp show was held at the Tyee Motor Inn in Tumwater from May 27 to May 29, 1977.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

- A two-hour ceremony was held in late May of 1987 at the capitol in honor of fallen Vietnam veterans. Former governor Booth Gardner spoke at the event.

- A 19-year-old Yelm resident died after he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun in May of 1987. The victim thought the handgun was not loaded, pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger.

- The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office implemented a zero tolerance policy for “keggers” as the class of 1987 neared its graduation date. According to former Sheriff Gary Edwards, Yelm lost four students in the class of 1986 the prior year because of drunk driving.

- Three Tornados were named to the Pierce County League 1987 all-stars team. Sophomore infielder Shelly Dalager, senior Leslie Parkinson, and senior outfielder Lisa Cebula all received honors.

- The city of Rainier hosted a spring clean-up event in May of 1987. The event began at 9 a.m. and residents picked up nearly 60 pounds of trash.

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

- The Kiwanis Car Show was hosted at Yelm City Park on Sunday, May 18, 1997. Dozens of vintage cars were on display at the event.

- Yelm police officers were kept busy in May 1997 as the frequency of speeders increased. More officers were posted near Five Corners as construction was underway as a deterrent to those who drove too fast.

- Officials from Thurston County Parks expressed disappointment in the turnout for their meeting regarding the Yelm-Tenino Trail. Only 15 people were in attendance.

- A former pastor from Roy was sentenced to six months in prison and three years of sexual-deviancy counseling in May 1997. The former pastor was accused of child molestation.

- The dates of the 1997 Roy Rodeo were officially set for May 31 to June 1 in 1997 at the Roy Rodeo Arena. Following the rodeo was a western dance that was held at the Roy Rodeo Hall.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

- Discussions on opening a new Applebee’s restaurant in the Nisqually Plaza in May 2007 continued. The business hoped to open in time for the holiday season, but the plans never came to fruition.

- The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department concluded an investigation into funds that were missing from the Roy fire department. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were reportedly stolen over at least a decade. The alleged employee’s contract was terminated in 2006.

- Yelm High School junior Payden Scogin was surprised with a concert in his honor. Scogin’s leukemia entered remission and proceeds of the concert went toward his treatment. 

- Students at Yelm Middle School were able to experience a taste of music from all over the world, as musicians from Brazil, Africa and Jamaica displayed an array of music.

- Yelm High School basketball player Antoine Sims was named student of the month in May of 2007. His achievements both academically and athletically earned him the recognition.


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