Local News
Thurston County judge issues temporary order preventing city from cutting down 400-year-old tree
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Sharonda Amamilo issued a temporary restraining order Friday that prevents the city of Tumwater from chopping down a 400-year-old Garry oak that is listed on the …
Vehicular homicide charge possible after Vader woman, 42, struck and killed along Interstate 5
A 42-year-old Vader woman was struck and killed while standing on the shoulder of Interstate 5 in Clark County on Friday, according to the Washington State Patrol.  Jessica M. Blinebry died …
MGP defends committee ‘no’ vote on Farm Bill as deadline nears
Third Congressional District Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, defended her decision to vote against advancing the Farm Bill out of committee. …
Sirens: Death under investigation in Centralia; drugs, stolen items found in vehicle; neighbor reported for burning trash
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Criminal trespass • A Castle Rock resident was trespassed from private property in the 1200 block of Lum Road just after 8:05 a.m. on May 22. • …
Death notices: May 24, 2024
• JOHN M. HENRICKSEN,   79, of Chehalis, died May 15 at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in …
Centralia School District expands its 2023-24 budget due to unexpected enrollment costs
Due to an unexpected increase in enrollment costs this year, the Centralia School Board voted Wednesday to expand the district’s 2023-24 budget by a total of $1.75 million, bringing the total …
Brian Mittge: Final thanks to a dynamic dentist and a dedicated community leader
Thousands of people have brighter smiles today because of Dr. John Henricksen, and not just because he was a fine dentist in Chehalis for decades.  He certainly was a caring and skilled …
Next Lewis County Transit meeting set for May 28
The next regular board meeting of the Lewis Public Transportation Benefit Area, which does business as Lewis County Transit, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. The meeting is open to the …
Bucoda, Tenino projects recommended for funding by congresswoman
The 30-year-old fire engine that services Bucoda could soon see an upgrade thanks to federal funding requested by Third Congressional District Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal. On …
Polls offer conflicting picture on voter initiatives
Five-and-a-half months until the general election, a slate of polling shows that Washingtonians currently support a series of conservative initiatives set to appear on the November ballot. On …
Opponents of initiative to repeal Washington capital gains tax hit campaign trail
Backers of the No on Initiative 2109 campaign are off and running. I-2109, set for the ballot in November, asks voters to repeal the capital gains tax. State lawmakers passed a capital …
Temporary closure in place on portion of Forest Road 25
Forest Road 25 within the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District will be temporarily closed to motorized vehicle traffic between mileposts 13.7 and 15. The closure will last for approximately three …
Chehalis Basin Strategy in review: Replacement dam on Mill Creek still bringing flood protection for 200-plus homes and businesses
Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series highlighting projects that have been completed as part of the Chehalis Basin Strategy. These projects are implemented in cooperation …
Washington campers asked to not transport firewood
Several state agencies are asking campers and outdoor enthusiasts to not move firewood and instead buy it where they burn it this camping season. The request is being made to limit the spread of …
Local Sports
State Softball: Junior-laden Thunderbirds fall in state title game
SELAH — It was drawn up exactly how the Tumwater High School softball team wanted. The meat and the potatoes of its lineup at the plate with a chance to snare an improbable walk-off. Ella …
State Boys Track and Field: Tumwater storms up leaderboard to nab team trophy
As Tumwater High School’s Dane Iversen left the shot put ring after his three preliminary throws, he was actively distraught. “I felt like a mess,” the senior admitted. …
State Girls Track and Field: T-Birds lose one three-peat, keep another
The dream of the Tumwater High School girls track and field team leaving Mount Tahoma High School with three consecutive Class 2A state team title trophies ended on Saturday.  Still, it …
PWV wins three to take third place at state
After a close loss to Adna in a state quarterfinal on Friday, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley needed to win three games in a row if it wanted to take third at the 2B State Tournament. The Titans did just …
Bearcats finish state tournament 2-2
W.F. West’s softball season came to an end on Saturday morning, as the Bearcats fell to Aberdeen 11-1 in a consolation game at the 2A State Tournament in Selah. The loss left the Bearcats …

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Obituaries

In loving memory of Alene Palmer: 1938-2024

Charlotte “Alene” Palmer, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2024, in Seattle at the age of 86. Born on Feb. 13, 1938, in Mossyrock, …

In loving memory of Ann Marie (Sprenger) Hankins: 1940-2024

Ann Marie (Sprenger) Hankins was born to Howard and Elizabeth (Bess) Sprenger on Dec. 9, 1940, in Toppenish, Washington. She was an early Christmas present for the Sprenger family! Ann passed …

In loving memory of Irene Jacklynn Dulin: 1930-2024

Irene Jacklynn Dulin pursued knowledge and understanding throughout her long life. She read constantly, studying history and politics, garden design and plants, and the lives of people far and …

In loving memory of Denise Aileen Anderson: 1960-2024

Denise Aileen Anderson, surrounded by family, unexpectedly went home to her Lord on May 12, 2024, in Seattle, Washington. We would like to thank Providence Centralia Hospital, Life Flight and …

In loving memory of Greggory Evans: 1960-2024

A celebration of life for Greggory Evans — his goodness, his generosity, his warmth and his spirit — will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Mossyrock Community Hall.  …

Death notices: May 22, 2024

• MARY ELAINE THOMPSON, 59, Chehalis, died May 17 at Providence Centralia Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Sticklin Funeral Chapel. • MICHAEL MCKINNEY, 81, Centralia, died …
State & Regional News

DOJ arrests two suspected of smuggling people into the country by railroad from Canada

Two men have been arrested as part of a federal investigation into a human smuggling operation bringing people illegally into the U.S. by rail from Canada. Jesus Ortiz-Plata, 45, of …

Schools
Gluesenkamp Perez announces 2024 congressional app challenge
Last week, U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, announced that her office is accepting applications for the 2024 Congressional App Challenge. The competition encourages students to …
Centralia College Foundation names Tim Browning as 2024 Distinguished Alumnus
The Centralia College Foundation has named Tim Browning its 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. He will be recognized at the Centralia College Foundation’s Night of Celebration on June …
W.F. West students take over Lewis County Coffee Co. stand
W.F. High School students took to the Lewis County Coffee Co. stand on Jackson Highway to put their skills to the test and raise money for the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) program …
Evaline School celebrates 140th anniversary alongside Hope Grange’s 120th in Winlock
Originally founded in the small town of Evaline just outside of Winlock in 1883, the Evaline School officially celebrated its 140th anniversary Saturday, May 18. The school hosted an open house …
Toledo High School senior banks 4,000th career half-court shot
Toledo High School senior Chris Harvey has reached another illustrious milestone. Harvey banked his 4,000th career half-court basketball shot on Monday as his family and classmates looked on. …
Commentary

Publisher's Note: A heartfelt farewell to a quiet community hero: Dr. John Henricksen

In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to overlook the quiet heroes among us. Dr. John Henricksen, who recently passed away, was one such hero — a man whose life was defined by selfless …

John Braun commentary: Progress on behavioral health requires more cooperation, less conflict

From 2013 through 2017, Republicans led our state Senate and Democrats had the majority in the House. While it lasted, that break in one-party control of Olympia was good for the people of our state. …

Maureen Harkcom: Parents need to demand quality meals be brought back into schools

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with ”M&M,” as I will refer to Margaret Garrett and Meredith Arseneau of Educational Service District 113 (ESD 113) up in Tumwater. …

Richard Stride commentary: Good sleeping habits help promote overall good health

Do you sleep well? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. After looking at articles about sleep, here’s what I found:  We all know that good sleep equals good health. We are …

Julie McDonald: Pioneer graves atop Boistfort mound threatened a century ago

An unusual mound on the Boistfort Valley southwest of Chehalis proved the perfect place to bury early pioneers — at least until 1887, when a wealthy Canadian farmer bought the property, removed …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Mount Rainier National Park's timed-entry system starts this Friday
If you're looking to get out to Mount Rainier National Park this Memorial Day weekend, you're going to have to book an entry reservation. Beginning on Friday, May 24, Mount Rainier visitors …
Missed the aurora borealis? Watch for these upcoming celestial sights
Like a thief in the night, the aurora borealis arrived suddenly — and seemingly unannounced, if you weren't paying close attention — across the upper half of the globe this past weekend. …
In focus: Anglers flock to Toledo Lions Club’s annual Jim & Penny Lancaster Kids Fishing Derby
Here are some scenes from the Toledo Lions Club’s annual Jim & Penny Lancaster Kids Fishing Derby at South Lewis County Park Pond — also known as Wallace Pond — in Toledo on …