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

• Richard Hall, an 18-year-old Yelm resident, was arrested in McKenna for his involvement in the McKenna bridge fire. His bail was set at $1,500.

• A cleanup project for the Nisqually River ore spill neared completion in September of 1977. The cleanup efforts began on Aug. 19, 1977.

• Gas prices increased as Labor Day approached in 1977. The nationwide average in September of 1977 was 68 cents per gallon.

• Rainier schools were set to open to students on Sept. 7, 1977. Classes were scheduled to begin at 8:30 am and teachers returned the prior day.

• The Yelm Senior Center hosted a craft display on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1977. People of all ages were invited to join the senior center for an afternoon of show and tell.

A Look Back at This Week, 35 Years Ago

• Students in Yelm returned for a new school year on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1987. Temperatures in the 90s created challenges for both students and teachers as everyone tried to stay cool during a heat wave.

• A drug unit busted a Lindsay Road couple and confiscated over 500 marijuana plants in September of 1987. The plants involved in the bust were estimated to value around $750,000.

• The Eatonville Kingdom Hall project was completed in “a quick build” over the timeframe of Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 1987. The new building was built by Jehovah’s Witness church members.

• The Yelm Prairie Christian Center invited the public to attend its “special barbecue” and to watch musical performances on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, 1987. The events each began at 6 pm

A Look Back at This Week, 25 Years Ago

• The Yelm Postal Service announced it would utilize a toll-free number that allowed them to work with specially trained customer service employees. The postal service believed the phone number would connect customers to the proper people who could then help them.

• A “possible” meth lab was uncovered by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 26, 1997. The lab was uncovered after police were dispatched to a residence following a domestic dispute.

• The completion of the five corners project was delayed to Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1997. Workers suffered setbacks because of the weather, which led the project timeline to be extended.

• Teachers at Yelm Middle School started to return to their classrooms to prepare for the upcoming 1997-98 school year. Alexis Solek, a seventh grade teacher, said she was thrilled for the school to start backing up.

A Look Back at This Week, 15 Years Ago

• The 2007 September Roy Rodeo drew a large crowd over the weekend as over 4,500 people came out to watch the action. Event organizers believed that might have been the best attendance in the history of the Roy Rodeo.

• A youth group in Rainier partnered with Rainier High School to “take Rainier back from taggers.” This came to fruition after multiple arrests related to vandalism occurred in Rainier and Tenino during the summer of 2007.

• Rainier High School had 11 student athletes removed from their respective sporting teams after accusations of drinking and partying. The athletic department swiftly removed the students from the teams for “violation of the athletic department code.”

• A cement truck backed into a sedan in Yelm on Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. Images were taken of the cement truck that had reversed into a Subaru Legacy, causing the windshield to cave in.

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