Local News
CEO Randy Mueller Announces Coming Departure From Port of Chehalis
If the Port of Chehalis’s bread and butter is industrial development and warehouse distribution, then helping out small businesses is its jam. That is, at least, according to port CEO Randy …
Question of 175-Acre Packwood Park Revived
After a pandemic-induced pause, discussions around the fate of a forested Packwood gem have been revived. The 175 acres of state-owned land around Skate Creek hosts wildlife, nearly 4 miles of …
Sirens: Dogs in Hot Cars; Harassment; Resisting Arrest; Assault
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Theft • A catalytic converter was reported stolen from the 3400 block of Galvin Road just after 9:20 a.m. on June 21. • A vehicle prowl was reported …
With Land Purchased, Tenino Theatre Nonprofit Pursues Building Performing Arts Center Downtown
A Tenino-based theatre nonprofit announced this week plans to pursue building a community arts center and theater after acquiring land in downtown Tenino. Bob McKenzieSullivan, managing director …
Lewis County Buys Chehalis Masonic Temple
With $435,000, Lewis County has purchased the Masonic Temple in Chehalis, located at 123 W Main St., along with its parking lot across the street. But the building will likely be surplused and put …
There Are Lots of Options for Fourth of July Fun in Lewis County Area
The pandemic meant that people were largely encouraged to celebrate last year’s Fourth of July within the safety of their own social circles. This year, with an end to some social …
Olympia Driver Hits, Kills Pedestrian in Cowlitz County
An Olympia driver struck and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 5 near Woodland in Cowlitz County on Tuesday, according to a Washington State Patrol press memo. The collision occurred before 8:45 …
Centralia Mayor Susan Luond Addresses Her Comments on Pride Flag
Centralia Mayor Susan Luond at Tuesday night’s city council meeting apologized that her comments in a recent Chronicle story about gifted pride flags offended people, saying that she was not …
Expanded Child Tax Credit to Reach 1.4 Million Washington Children
Starting next month, most families with children in Washington state can expect to begin receiving up to $300 in monthly payments as part of the new expanded child tax credit. Tucked into the …
No, the Lakeview Isolation Facility Is Not Contracting With ICE
Despite public statements made by Lewis County Commissioner Sean Swope this week, the state-run COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facility operating out of a Centralia motel does not have a contract …
Lewis County COVID-19 Case Rate Half of What It Was Last Month
Lewis County continued its downward trend of COVID-19 cases this week, reporting 43 new positives. That’s down from 53 the week prior, and 93 and 122 before then. Six new …
Lewis County Unemployment Fell in May
Unemployment in Lewis County dipped by 1.1% in May, according to the state Employment Security Department’s (ESD) most recent report. Lewis County now sits at 5.9%, not seasonally adjusted, …
Onalaska Middle School Honor Roll
Onalaska Middle School on Tuesday published its fourth-term honor roll list. Taylor Babb, Lisa Liddell, Melissa Reiman, Kaiyah Sandridge, Kate Zandell, Will Zandell, Lillyana Miller, Rylee Popppe …
Hot Temperatures Prompt Emergency Burn Ban in Lewis County
With a potentially record-setting heatwave on the horizon, Lewis County has enacted emergency burn restrictions, effective Friday, June 25.  Temperatures are projected to hit 106 in …
Construction Begins This Month to Restore Aquatic Habitat in Chehalis River Tributaries 
Construction will begin this month to restore habitat in sections of the Satsop and Wynoochee rivers to benefit salmon and other aquatic species. Work will take place on state-owned aquatic lands …
'Mount St. Helens Humbled Me, and I'm Grateful for It' — One Writer's Experience Attempting to Summit a Volcano
One Foot in Front of the Other On a recent Thursday morning, I packed a bag with the 10 essentials and set out for a bucket-list hike: the summit of Mount St. Helens. The week before I had snagged …
Chehalis Man Accused of Shooting at Adult and Child Fishing Near Pe Ell 
A Chehalis man is facing first-degree assault charges for allegedly shooting at an adult man and a 12-year-old child who were fishing in Helmicks Pond northeast of Pe Ell on June 19.  The …
Silver Creek Man Accused of Threatening Woman With Crossbow in Walmart Parking Lot 
A Silver Creek man has been charged for allegedly threatening a victim with a crossbow in the Chehalis Walmart parking lot.  Chehalis Police Department officers responded to the Walmart in …
News Dump Ep. 52: Packwood Does Not In Fact Need Dave Matthews
On this 52st episode, Chronicle Associate Editor Aaron VanTuyl, Editor-in-Chief Eric Schwartz and pal Luke Kilgore talk about the Packwood sewer system, an interesting Chehalis School Board meeting, …
Thurston County Anti-Mask Group Fights to Repeal Mask Mandate in Schools
This spring, Yelmmite Sarah Greulich’s child came home from school one day red in the face and short of breath due to what Greulich believes is the mask mandate at Yelm Community …
Local Sports
Dirtbags Split Twinbill with Hudson’s Bay
The Rural Baseball Dirtbags completed a walk-off win over Hudson’s Bay in game one, then couldn’t beat the Cubs, or nightfall, in a 4-2 loss in three innings on the back end of the …
Twin Cities Lacrosse Caps Off Successful Inaugural Season
The season didn’t end the way the kids had hoped for, but advancing to the South Sound Youth Lacrosse League playoffs crowned an impressive run for the Lewis County’s first-ever youth …
W.F. West’s Piper Chalmers Earns 2A EvCo Bowling MVP
W.F. West sophomore Piper Chalmers was named the unanimous 2A Evergreen Conference MVP and the Bearcats dominated all-league selections as announced by the conference on Wednesday. Chalmers, who …
W.F. West’s Carter McCoy Nabs 2A EvCo MVP
Recently-graduated W.F. West standout Carter McCoy was named the 2A Evergreen Conference MVP as announced by the league Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-5 Lower Columbia College commit averaged 14.8 …
W.F. West’s Drea Brumfield Named 2A EvCo MVP
W.F. West junior Drea Brumfield was named the 2A Evergreen Conference MVP and three other Bearcats earned all-league honors as announced by the league Tuesday morning. Brumfield averaged 17.4 …
Chronicle Podcast

  • News Dump Ep. 51: A Larger Oversized Check for a Larger Oversized Man
  • News Dump Ep. 50: Vaccine Hunger Games, Identifying as Having the Vaccine, a Courthouse Protest and More
  • News Dump Ep. 49: Helping the County Spend That Monorail Money
Obituaries

Death Notices: June 24, 2021

• JULIE ANN MOULTON, Randle, died June 17 at home. Arrangements are under the care of Fir Lawn Funeral Chapel. • WILLIAM “ANDY” ANDREW HALL, 48, formerly of Chehalis, died …

Death Notices: June 22, 2021

• IVY ANN HUNT, 16, Napavine died on Monday, June 14, 2021. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home, Winlock. • MATTHEW “MATT” WAYLAND KINNEY, Portland, …

Death Notices: June 19, 2021

• GAYLE ROSEANNA STEVENS, 78, Centralia, died April 16. A celebration of life was held June 19 at Centralia Christian Church. • RANDOLPH HAROLD SWEET, 56, Kelso, died May 12 in the …

Jennie Annan : 1929-2021

 Chehalis Resident Jennie Myrtle Hill Annan, 92, passed Monday June 7, 2021, at home with loved ones attending.  She was born January 16, 1929, in Ellenville, N.Y. to Harry Hill and …

Obituary: Yvonne Garcia and Clint Combs

 Two Combs siblings died nine days apart.  Yvonne Carol (Combs) Garcia (the 7th child) was born August 3, 1958, in San Bernardino, Cali. She died May 8th, 2021, in Laredo, Texas of …
State & Regional News
Seahawks Can Have Full Capacity Crowds at Lumen Field This Season, Team Announces
Welcome back, 12s. After playing the 2020 season in an eerily quiet Lumen Field, the Seahawks announced Tuesday they will be able to welcome fans back into the stadium at full capacity to open the …
Washington State Announces 100% Capacity at Home Football Games This Fall
For the first time since November 2019, Washington State is inviting fans back to home football games at Martin Stadium, signaling a return to normalcy following a year that was dramatically impacted …
Focused Approach Will Help Washington State's COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake, Inslee Says
Gov. Jay Inslee toured an Auburn pop-up clinic on Tuesday as the state continues to take a targeted approach to vaccinate harder-to-reach populations in areas where vaccination rates are down in …
Man Charged With Stealing Seattle Police Officer's Vehicle After She Was Fatally Struck
A Seattle man was charged Tuesday with felony hit and run and the theft of a vehicle of an off-duty Seattle police officer, after she was struck by a car and killed while assisting people involved in …
'I Need You to Shoot Him.' Woman Reports Chimpanzee Attacked Her Daughter in Oregon
PENDLETON, Ore. — Body camera video shows a chimpanzee owner in Oregon asking deputies to shoot her pet after it attacked her daughter. The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday …
Former Director Pleads to Lesser Charge in Theft of Ocean Shores Chamber Funds
Former Ocean Shores Chamber of Commerce director Piper Marie Leslie entered an Alford plea of guilty to attempted theft in the second degree — a gross misdemeanor — in Grays Harbor …
Lacey Warehouse Operator Hiring, Offers $7,000 Annual Bonus
Uline, a distributor of shipping materials, is looking to fill more than 50 warehouse positions at its facility in Lacey, the business announced this week. To fill those positions, Uline will host …
Couple in Court on Murder Allegation in Southwest Washington Starvation Case
A Clark County judge set bail at $1 million each for the adoptive parents of a 15-year-old Vancouver boy who died from starvation and neglect in November. Both Felicia L. Adams, 52, and Jesse C. …
Man Suspected of Burning Pride Flag Stolen From CWU, Says It Was Retaliation for the Theft of His Religious Flag
The teen suspected of stealing a Pride flag from the Central Washington University Student Union and Recreation Center and later burning it told police he stole the flag in retaliation for the …
New Tax Credit Could Cut Child Poverty in Half, But White House and Northwest Tribes Fear Poorest Families Could Miss Out
WASHINGTON — Starting in July, most American families are eligible to receive monthly payments of up to $300 per child that promise to cut child poverty by nearly half, but the White House and …
Business Stories
Renovations Ramp Up at McFiler’s Chehalis Theater

Renovation work inside the newly-renamed McFiler Chehalis Theater has officially begun. While Tim Filer, who purchased the theater with his business partners back in late 2020, has been doing …

Commentary
John McCroskey Commentary: Mike Roewe Is an Example of a Life Well Lived

I wasn’t originally going to write a column this week at all due to grandkids, summer activities and Father’s Day, but then I went to the funeral mass for former District Court Judge Mike …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Critical Race Theory Only Serves to Divide and Label

I read Marty Ansley's letter to the editor about Critical Race Theory (CRT) being taught in schools and his criticisms of those who are against it. I agreed with all of his points about teaching …

Outdoors
Outdoors
Searching for Spring Salmon on the Columbia
It wasn’t something I would normally do. My fishing trips typically consist of solo ventures or with one or two family members or close friends. So to hire a fishing guide and join four …
Four More Razor Clam Digging Days Approved at Mocrocks Beach
State shellfish managers have approved four more days of razor clam digging at Mocrocks Beach only, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. The approved morning razor clam digs …
The Ape Cave Has Reopened: Take a Trip to St. Helens for Some Bigfoot Lore and Hidden Gems
If you’re looking for some climbing, some slime and some Bigfoot lore, the recently-reopened Ape Cave at Mount St. Helens may be the sweet spot. The pitch-black cave provides a trek into where …
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 …