Local News
News Dump Ep. 116: Prop Me Up Beside the Router If I Die
On the 116th episode of News Dump, Aaron VanTuyl, Eric Schwartz and Isabel Vander Stoep discuss plugging your corpse into the web, a wizard train, bridges and why you shouldn’t hit them, bird …
Sex Offender Convicted for Stabbing Thurston County Deputy, Threatening Elderly Woman
Ronald Clayton, a 43-year-old sex offender charged for stabbing a Thurston County deputy at a Yelm residence in March 2021, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of of second-degree attempted …
Red Flag Warning Comes as Goat Rocks Fire Battle Continues
The Goat Rocks Fire northeast of Packwood continues to grow and is still 0% contained after having consumed 3,675 acres of forest as of Monday morning. On Monday from noon to 7 p.m., a red flag …
Cascade Community Healthcare Will Host Forum Focused on Lewis County Social Services on Dec. 14
Cascade Community Healthcare will host its ninth annual Legislative and Governmental Forum on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The forum will feature a panel consisting of legislators from …
Southbound Interstate 5 Will Close at Exit 60 Overnight on Sept. 29 for Construction Work
Southbound Interstate 5 will be closed at Exit 60 near Toledo from 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, to 6 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, as crews continue work to replace the damaged southbound section of the …
Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival Brings Back Full Lineup This Week
Over the years, the Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival has grown and changed, but organizer Cathy Murphy said members of the Onalaska Alliance have always had one goal in mind when it comes to their …
Sirens: Broken Business Windows; 'Highly Intoxicated' Man Causes Disturbance; DUI Arrests
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Disorderly Conduct • An Idaho resident was arrested just after 10:10 a.m. on Sept. 23 and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct after …
What’s on the Ballot for Lewis County Voters This November General Election?
Ahead of the Nov. 8 general election, the Lewis County Auditor’s Office released a list of the propositions and offices that Lewis County voters could see on their ballots. For the races …
Lewis County Home Prices Stabilize Amid Increase in Inventory; Prices Unlikely to See Significant Declines
In a statement released earlier this month, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (Northwest MLS) said reports that Western Washington real estate  is entering a bear market are “highly …
City of Centralia Accepting Nominations for Volunteer Special Recognition Award Program
Know someone who volunteered in Centralia over the past year? The city is looking for nominees to consider for the first Volunteer Special Recognition Award, a new annual program dedicated to …
Nationally Known Gospel Music Group Coming to Chehalis’ First Christian Church On Oct. 16
The Liberty Quartet, a gospel music group from Boise, Idaho, consisting of Royce Mitchell, bass; Paul Ellis, lead; Philip Batton, tenor; Will Arasmith, baritone; and Doran Ritchey, piano/baritone, …
Pe Ell School District Opens Application to Fill Vacant Seat on School Board
The Pe Ell School District is seeking a candidate to serve out the last 15 months of an unexpired term in an at-large position on the Pe Ell School Board, the district announced Monday.  The …
Port of Chehalis Considers Two Budget Routes for 2023
In a public meeting last Thursday morning, Port of Chehalis CEO Lindsey Senter discussed details of two preliminary fiscal year 2023 budgets with the port commissioners. “One is asking for …
Winlock School District Kicks Off the School Year With a New Calendar
Editor’s Note: The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction originally published this story in mid-September. We’ll publish updates from the office throughout the school …
Local Sports
Mossyrock Sweeps Away CAA
The Mossyrock volleyball dispatched Columbia Adventist with little trouble Monday, sweeping the Kodiaks 25-8, 25-11, 25-13. Hailey Brooks and Payton Torrey shared the Vikings’ team lead with …
Tigers Put Up Seven on Fishermen
The Napavine soccer team put a touchdown up on its hosts, then kicked the extra point for good measure, beating Ilwaco out on the coast by a score of 7-1. The Tigers took advantage of a pair of …
Pirates Blank Raymond-South Bend
Playing in its first home game in three weeks, the Adna girls soccer team defeated Raymond-South Bend Monday, 5-0.  Most of the scoring came in a late barrage in the first half, with freshman …
Loggers Put Away Ducks Early
Led by more strong play from Brooklyn Sandridge and more offense to spare, the Onalaska girls soccer team defeated Toutle Lake Monday at home, 11-0. The Loggers got five goals from Sandridge, who …
Bearcats Barely Undercut Tigers
The W.F. West boys golf team got the better of its rivals by the slimmest of margins Friday, beating Centralia 242-245 at Riverside Golf Course. Centralia’s Von Wasson took his usual …

Chronicle Podcast

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Obituaries

Death Notices: Sept. 27, 2022

• PATRICK NEIL SMITH, 75, Chehalis, died Sept. 19 at Tacoma General Medical Center. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • JORE L. LUND, 52, Centralia, …

In Loving Memory of Anna Lucille Sturdivant: 1933-2022

Anna Lucille Sturdivant, 89, of Centralia, Washington, passed away Aug. 20, 2022 at Prestige Post Acute and Rehab Center, Centralia. She was born to Glen Sheets and Hattie Jane Smothers Aug. 4, 1933, …

In Loving Memory of John Ennor: 1954-2022

John William Ennor, 68, passed away Aug. 30, 2022, in Oakville, Washington, his home of seven years. He was born April 5, 1954, to John Trehane Ennor and Ruth Leona Erickson in Des Moines, Iowa. He …

In Loving Memory of Jay Morris: 1952-2022

Jay Allen Morris, 70, of Rochester, passed away Sept. 16, 2022, at Providence Centralia Hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 1952, to Robert James (Bob) Morris and Velleda Rosalie (Babe) Finch at Bethesda …

In Loving Memory of Sharon Imhoff (Thacker): 1954-2022

Sharon Imhoff was born in 1954 as Sharon Rossi and was raised in Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir, California. She was voted an outstanding female athlete and homecoming queen by the Dunsmuir High School in …

In Loving Memory of Randy Cline: 1961-2022 

Randy Thomas Cline, 61, of Kasilof, Alaska passed away September 7, 2022. Randy was originally from Rochester, Washington. He spent most of his adult life in Alaska, which he loved. He never had a …
State & Regional News

Suspected DUI Driver Wrecked Car East of Roy at High Speed, Killing Passenger

A 21-year-old man drove off a Pierce County road at a high speed early Sunday morning near Roy, rolling the vehicle and killing a man in the passenger seat, according to the Sheriff's …

Nation/World News

Report: More Than 1,000 Wild Horses Sent to Slaughter

The American Wild Horse Campaign released a report Friday documenting that 1,020 federally-protected wild horses and burros have been sold at slaughter auctions in the last 22 months. The …

Headwaters to Harbor
Paddlers Recover Kayak Lost During Headwaters to Harbor Series
Readers of The Chronicle may remember the front page story from May 24 titled “River Diary No. 1: Up a River With Only a Paddle,” which was part of the paper’s Headwaters to Harbor …
Commentary: How to Stay Safe While Paddling the Chehalis River and Beyond
Luna Leopold, a leading U.S. geomorphologist and hydrologist, said this of rivers: “We must let the river teach us. Not just a few of us. Let the river teach all of us.” Like many …
A Historical River Voyage, Part 4: Back Home on a Freshening Breeze
Editor’s Note: David Douglas, namesake of the Douglas fir tree, was one of the first people to document a trip through the rivers of today’s Lewis County. His grand voyage covered areas …
Chehalis Basin Land Trust Undergoes Leadership Shift, Remains Dedicated to River Restoration
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected to the river …
River Diary 6: The Chehalis River From an Entirely New Perspective
Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and …
Retired Independence Valley Farmer Reflects on Riverside Career, Flooding
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues …
Headwaters to Harbor: River Diary Five — Chehalis River Meets the Sea
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected to the river …
Satsop River Erosion Threatens Farmland Near Confluence With Chehalis River
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected …
BigBankFishing Showcases Chehalis River Fishing Via YouTube
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected …
Commentary

Julie McDonald Commentary: White Settlers Flee to Blockhouses During Indian Wars

With white emigrants settling in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1850s, Native Americans throughout the region faced huge disruptions to their lives and displacement from their traditional …

Brian Mittge Commentary: Considering the Value of Bart & Ted’s Excellent Adventures

I love hard news, political deep-dives, on-the-ground reports, dogged investigative journalism and all the rest of the nitty-gritty that makes a newspaper so vital to a community’s …

John McCroskey Commentary: Decisions by Democrats Have Made Us Less Safe

Over the past couple of years, thanks in large part to actions by Democrats — or, more accurately, inaction — we find ourselves in some places feeling unsafe due to some serious matters …

Don Brunell Commentary: It’s Not Just Garbage — It Can Be an Energy Source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility, which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 13,000 …

Julie McDonald Commentary: From Portland to Centralia, Mary Jane Mills Made Lewis County History

After traveling west from Missouri over the Oregon Trail in 1847, early Lewis County settler Elkanah Mills staked a land claim in Clackamas County, Oregon, on May 5, 1848. That was the day after …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Hoof Rot or Not, WDFW Wants Reports of Elk With Limps, Misshapen Hooves
Elk in Packwood can seem as common as pigeons in Seattle, but pigeons don’t tend to stand in the roadway, sift through trash or take up residence overnight in the front lawn. Along with the …
Mountains and Marmots and Meadows: a Guide to Cascadian Critters at Paradise
Most of the year, Mount Rainier is a sleeping giant with a blanket of snow and a pillow of clouds. In ephemeral late summer, the mountain reminds us it’s teeming with life. Especially at …
How to Climb Mount St. Helens During Peak Season
So you want to climb a mountain. Scratch that — a volcano. For many, especially those living in the Pacific Northwest, climbing Mount St. Helens is a great way to dip your toes into …