Local News
Quiet Departure of Morton K9 Leads to Claims of Abuse
After going two years with no contact from the Morton Police Department about K9 Camo, the beloved Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix she donated to the department, Sara Riley says she got an …
Nobody’s Happy About New Masking Recommendations
Nobody is happy about Washington’s new mask recommendations. This week, the exasperation of the governor and health officials with those refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 was …
Public Can Comment on Mount Rainier Air Tours
The National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working to manage how and when air tours occur over Mount Rainier to preserve the character and visitor experience on the …
Chehalis VA Clinic to Close in October
As many as 3,500 local veterans may soon have to make the trek to Olympia for health care, as the South Sound VA Clinic in the Lewis County Mall prepares to close this October. Clients will be …
Boistfort High School Classes of 1970 and 1971 50th Reunions
At noon on Aug. 8, at the Boistfort High School gymnasium/lunchroom at 983 Boistfort Rd. in Curtis, the Boistfort alumni association will host its annual Boistfort alumni potluck to celebrate the …
Bagpipes Coming to Borst Park Thanks to Friendship Between Local History Buffs
If Beverly York was suddenly transported to the 1870s, her hobbies would not reveal her as a time traveler, though her bagpipe playing might draw some attention. But the rest of York’s list …
Centralia College Student Earns State Championship in Second College Speech Contest
Tony Messineo, a Centralia College student and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant, was named grand champion of the second-annual Statewide Inspirational Speech Championship. The …
Sirens: Arrest After Hit-and-Run Crash; Assault; Artifacts Stolen; Attempted Car Prowl
CHEHALIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Crashes • Minor injuries were reported after a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of North Hampe Way and North National Avenue just after 1:05 p.m. on …
Multiple Fire, EMS Levies on Aug. 3 Primary Election Ballots in Lewis, Thurston Counties
Perused your ballot yet? There’s likely a bond or levy initiative on it to fund fire departments or emergency medical services. At least seven agencies in the Lewis County and south …
Meet the Three Candidates for Mayor of Vader
Three candidates are competing for the mayor's seat in Vader in the upcoming August primary election. Two candidates, Judi Costello and Tom Shows, are challenging incumbent Mayor Joe Schey, who …
RISE Lewis County Seeks Mentors to Lift Locals Out of Poverty
RISE Lewis County has a vision to get locals into stable housing. The anti-poverty organization wants middle-class residents to volunteer as mentors for those living on the poverty line, with the …
Trio of Candidates Emerge in Race for Rochester School Board
Three candidates have emerged in the race to replace Rochester School Board member John Mortenson, who’s retiring after 26 years serving in the role. Firefighter Thomas Trott, real estate …
Chehalis Site Renamed ‘Poplar Tree Farm’ After Concerns Over ‘Plantation,’ City Manager Says
A 250-acre irrigation project along state Route 6 that’s owned by the City of Chehalis has a new name, says City Manager Jill Anderson: poplar tree farm. Since its acquisition by the city …
Longtime Onalaska School Board Member Faces Two Challengers for At-Large Seat in Primary
Longtime Onalaska School Board member Mary Glenn will face two challengers this August in a bid to retain her at-large seat. Steve Legg, a supervisor at TransAlta Centralia, and Ben Sabin have …
Lori Fast Resigns From Centralia School Board as First Term Nears End
Centralia School Board President Lori Fast announced her resignation Wednesday, citing plans to move out of the district just months before her first term comes to a close. Her resignation was …
Hit-and-Run Victim Follows Perpetrator After Collision Near Maytown, Helps Police Make Arrest
A white truck reportedly hit the side of another car Wednesday night on I-5 near Maytown, then quickly sped off — but the other car's driver stayed on his tail. Washington State Patrol was …
Fundraiser for Injured W.F. West Grad Brock Peterson Set for Aug. 21
A fundraiser is being held for Brock Peterson, a 2002 W.F. West graduate, who was injured in a diving accident in early July. Peterson, 37, was paralyzed from the chest down while swimming with …
SW Washington Study: Vaccination Reduced Senior COVID-19 Hospitalizations by 90%
Being vaccinated against COVID-19 reduced the risk of hospitalization by 90 percent for people age 65 and older, according to a report released Wednesday by public health officials. The report …
Local Sports
Battle on the Black Top Soccer Tourney Kicks Off in Tenino
The Tenino Beavers girl soccer team has been making adjustments after losing Brienna Dell, the school’s all-time leading scorer, and all-league defender/midfielder Iris Campesino, who are both …
Larch Mountain 8-10s Topple Bonney Lake-Sumner to Remain Alive in State Tourney
Coming off its first loss of the state tournament, a 9-1 defeat to Pacific on Tuesday, Larch Mountain Little League’s 8-10-year-olds were facing an elimination game against Bonney Lake-Sumner …
Larch Mountain Takes First State Loss, Heads to Loser-Out Match
Larch Mountain Little League’s 8-10-year-olds received the pitching performances it needed to stay in it but a slew of errors resulted in a 9-1 defeat to Pacific Little League in the second …
Chehalis 9-11 Little League Still Alive After Blowing Out Anacortes
The Chehalis 9-11-year-old All-Stars kept their state title hopes alive with a 32-0 thrashing of Anacortes in the 9-10-11 Washington state Little League Tournament Monday night in Woodinville, …
Toledo Grad Kate Demery Joins Centralia College Volleyball
Kate Demery is responsible for earning herself a college volleyball scholarship but she thanks her older sister, Beth Demery, for sparking an interest in the sport years ago. Kate, a 2021 Toledo …
Chronicle Podcast

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Obituaries

Celebration of Life for Fred Collins

Please join us in the celebration of life for Fred Collins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Stan Hedwall Park Pavillion, 1501 Rice Road, Chehalis, Washington. Join us for a family BBQ. You’re …

In Loving Memory of June Reetz: 1944-2021

Carolyn "June" Reetz passed peacefully, holding her son's hand, as she made the long-awaited journey to reunite with the love of her life.  Born in 1944, she met her soul mate and eloped in …

In Loving Memory of Nita Marilyn Onn: 1932-2021

Nita Marilyn Onn, 89, Tenino, died Monday, July 19, 2021 at Swedish Hospital, Issaquah.  Born in Tenino on Jan. 3, 1932, to Roy and Dona Raner, Nita spent most of her early years growing up …

In Loving Memory of Frances Karney: 1918-2021

Frances Pospisil Karney, born on a farm near Moore, Mont., on May 27, 1918, passed away in Lacey, Wash., on July 27 at the age of 103. Her husband Wesley Karney and her six brothers and sisters all …

Death Notices: July 31, 2021

• SHERRY L. TRAVERS, 75, Centralia, died July 27  Lander House Adult Family Home in Centralia. Service details are pending at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole …
State & Regional News
Disease Confirmed in Deer Found Dead in Anacortes
ANACORTES — At least one deer in northeast Anacortes has died as a result of the viral infection known as adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD), the state Department of Fish and Wildlife …
Masks Will Be Required in K-12 Schools This Fall in Washington
Masks will continue to be required in public and private K-12 schools when classes start this fall in Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday schools would open this fall in person as …
COVID Surge Fills Largest Tri-Cities ICU; Patients Being Sent Out of Town
RICHLAND, Wa. — Kadlec Regional Medical Center has had to search across the Northwest for other hospitals to treat some of the most seriously ill Tri-Cities area patients over the last week as …
Washington Man Receives 15 Years in Federal Prison After Sexually Soliciting Minors on 'Fortnite'
A 21-year-old Grandview, Washington, man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to child pornography charges stemming from communications on the popular video game …
President Biden Announces Pentagon Directive to Plan for Mandatory Military COVID-19 Vaccinations
President Joe Biden on Thursday said he was taking the first step toward inclusion of the COVID-19 vaccine on a list of mandatory inoculations for military members. "Since many vaccinations are …
Amazon Raked in $113 Billion in Three Months. That's a Letdown.
Amazon continues to rake in cash during the pandemic. But for the first time in a year, there's an inkling that the company's record-setting pace of growth may be slowing ever so slightly, sending …
WSU to Lead New Research Institute to Apply Artificial Intelligence Innovations to Farming
Washington State University will lead a new federally funded research institute to take the agriculture industry further into the future via artificial intelligence. The USDA-NIFA Institute for …
Providence St. Peter Is the No. 3 Hospital in the State, Report Says
Providence St. Peter Hospital has been recognized as a "best hospital" by U.S. News & World Report for 2021-22. The Olympia-based hospital was ranked as the No. 3 hospital in the state, as a …
Jobless Claims Continue to Fall in Washington Even as U.S. Braces for Case Surge
New jobless claims in Washington continue to decline as the state economy rebounds from the pandemic and employers scramble to rehire. Washingtonians filed 4,554 new, or "initial," claims for …
Man Arrested by Seattle Police for Sexual Attack on County Employee in Courthouse Restroom
A 35-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning inside the King County Courthouse after Seattle police say he hid in a women's restroom and attacked a woman who works at the courthouse. A …
Nation/World News
No Shots, No Service: Delta Variant Fuels Push for Vaccine Proof
President Joe Biden and other political leaders are playing catch-up as they push for more vaccine mandates: The proprietors of Provincetown, Massachusetts, are way ahead of them. In the …
Japan Expands Tokyo Emergency Amid Record Surge During Olympics
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expanded a state of emergency to areas surrounding Tokyo and extended it to the end of August, in the face of a record virus surge unfolding as his country …
Biden’s Afghan Evacuations Begin as First Flight Lands in US
The Biden administration’s first evacuation flight for Afghans who aided American and other coalition forces has arrived in the U.S., as the administration steps up efforts to relocate …
Senate Moves to Legalize Pot at Federal Level
WASHINGTON — The Senate is preparing to wade into a controversial conversation about federal policies on marijuana after Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, …
SC Governor Files Brief Urging Justices to Uphold Mississippi Abortion Ban; 11 Others Sign On
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Henry McMaster has weighed in on a case in front of a U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, which protects the right of a woman to have an …
Business Stories
For Fun, Just Insert Coin in Downtown Centralia

In just two weeks in business, Insert Coin has already become Ryan Brumbaugh’s favorite place. Brumbaugh, of Rochester, said he was excited when he heard about a retro video game arcade …

Commentary
Brian Mittge Commentary: Celebrating the Great Women of Our Shared Local History

I was pleased to see the Lewis County Historical Museum open a new exhibit on some of the noteworthy women in our community, both past and present. The honorees include people who made national …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Daydreaming About Changes at The Chronicle

I was just daydreaming about what I’d do if I  swere Charles Foster Kane and I could buy the paper. I thought it might be fun to share my top five ideas, presented here in reverse order …

Outdoors
Outdoors
Coastal Salmon Kicks Off in Southwest Washington Aug. 1
The leaves have not yet browned, popped free of their constraints and floated lazily to the ground. The air does not have that crisp edge to it yet. Summer is still in its height and glory here in …
Sturgeon Retention Set to Open for Two Days on Lower Columbia
Anglers will get a chance to land a white sturgeon as a portion of the lower Columbia is slated to open for retention on Sept. 11 and 18. Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited. The opening is …
Widespread Wildfires Could Threaten Hunting Access in Eastern Washington
Hunters are anxiously waiting to see how this year's fires impact fall hunting seasons, some of which start as soon as Aug. 1. "This is terrible what's happening in Eastern Washington," said Mark …
History
Chronicle History Project: Eisenhower Stops in Centralia in 1952
Editor’s Note: The following news item was published Oct. 7, 1952, as Dwight Eisenhower pursued the presidency. It likely reflects an earlier stop than the one depicted in the photos included …