Yelm is the fastest growing community in Thurston County- Highly attractive and affordable, the Nisqually Valley is comprised of unique, character-filled communities. Prairie Pride and rich history, combined with dedicated citizens generate a wonderful quality of life in Yelm, Rainier, McKenna,Tenino and Roy. Life here remains as energizing and vital today as it was 150 years ago when settlers first arrived in the Valley. Off the beaten track, but a short driving distance to all major metropolitan areas of western Washington, including Military Bases, Yelm, Rainier, McKenna, Tenino and Roy offer safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, great schools, fabulous parks, family-oriented community celebrations, and a vast array of business, employment, and volunteer opportunities. The Nisqually Valley News is a strong and vital participant in the happenings of the Valley. We are the best read option in the whole area with extremely high readership of local news, advertising and sports.