Local News
Centralia Police: Human Remains Found in Chehalis River 
The Centralia Police Department reported Monday that human remains were found in the Chehalis River.  The discovery was made near Mellen Street on Sunday, according to a media …
Woman Charged After Breaking Into Chehalis Home and Attempting to Shoot Homeowner
A Spanaway woman has been charged with attempted murder after she allegedly broke into a Chehalis residence early Friday morning and pointed a gun at one of the occupants.  The homeowners, a …
Photos: Penny Playground From Above
A newly renovated Penny Playground opened in Chehalis Friday, and children and their families made full use of it all weekend. Here's a look at the new part from above. 
Remote Learning Returns in Pe Ell as Students Quarantine
Middle school and high school students in Pe Ell are returning to remote learning after 20% of its campus population quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, Superintendent Kyle MacDonald wrote Monday …
Filing Week Begins With Flurry of Local Candidates
Election filing week began in earnest Monday, with candidates turning out to either maintain seats or break into government. This year’s ballot will be loaded with city council, school …
Lewis County, Neighbors Awarded Attorneys Fees for 2012 Northern Spotted Owl Litigation
Years after its joint lawsuit over Northern Spotted Owl habitat, Lewis County has accepted a settlement of $140,000 in attorneys fees, split between itself, Skamania County and Klickitat County. …
Man With Pending Arson Charges Accused of Threatening to Burn Down Tribal Housing Complex in Toledo
A Kelso man has been charged for breaking into a Cowlitz Indian Tribe housing complex in Toledo on Wednesday after having previously threatened to burn down the building and kill everyone inside. …
Braun Says Inslee’s Veto of COVID-Related Provision in Racial Equity Analysis Bill Shows ‘Lack of Understanding’
State Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, spoke out last week after Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed an amendment the Centralia lawmaker added to a bill that mandates a racial equity analysis in schools by the …
Chehalis Man Charged for Allegedly Threatening to Cut Off Child’s Hand With a Knife
A Chehalis man has been charged for allegedly threatening to cut off a 7-year-old’s hand on Thursday. The man, whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the victim, allegedly …
Morton Man Charged for Alleged Possession of Child Pornography
A Morton man has been charged for possession of up to 11,000 images containing child pornography. Curtis Jay Farrier was arrested after the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from …
Lewis County Commissioners Offer Varied Responses to Sheriff’s ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Proposal
County commissioners aren’t in agreement about making Lewis County a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” voicing concerns Monday as Sheriff Rob Snaza continued to push for the …
Sirens: DUI Arrest; Graffiti Reported in Centralia; Identity Theft; Harassment; Assault
CHEHALIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Vehicle Prowl • At 9:45 a.m. on May 14, a vehicle prowl was reported in the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court that occurred sometime the night before. …
Onalaska Smokestack Unanimously Approved to State Historical Registry
Onalaska’s iconic smokestack at Carlisle Lake was approved last Thursday by the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to be listed to the Washington Heritage Register. …
Herrera Beutler Helps Pass 'Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act'
Last week, the U.S. House passed the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act, which was co-sponsored by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. “Our brave men …
Education Briefly: Top Graduates in Chehalis, Centralia; More In-Person Learning in Chehalis; NW Pediatrics Doctor Hosting Vaccine Q&A for Toledo; Napavine K-5 Registration Open
Editor’s Note: Education Briefly is a new weekly feature of The Chronicle. Each Tuesday, Reporter Eric Rosane will round up news from the local education scene. He can be reached at …
Local Sports
Bearcats Triumph Over Tigers in 93rd Annual Swamp Cup
W.F. West used a 32-point second quarter to run away from Centralia for good in a 76-19 victory over the Tigers in the 93rd annual girls basketball Swamp Cup game on Monday in Chehalis. Centralia …
2A Boys Hoops: Bearcats Best Tigers in Swamp Cup
2A Boys Hoops: Bearcats Best Tigers in Swamp Cup By Eric Trent / etrent@chronline.com   Centralia hung for the first quarter, holding a 15-12 lead after one, but W.F. West’s deep …
1B/2B Girls Hoops: Torrey Lead Vikings Over Kodiaks
Payton Torrey scored 20 points and Mossyrock rolled past Columbia Adventist, 45-21, in 1B Coastal League girls basketball action Monday night in Mossyrock. Torrey hit five three-pointers and added …
2B/1B Boys Hoops: T-Wolves Topple Previously-Unbeaten Tigers
Morton-White Pass broke out for an early lead, led wire-to-wire and fended off a ferocious four-quarter comeback attempt by Napavine to deal the Tigers their first loss of the season in a 74-71 win …
2021 All-Central 2B League Softball Teams
Adna senior pitcher Haley Rainey, the reigning Central 2B League MVP, is now back-to-back MVP after the C2BL released its all-league teams on Sunday. Rainey led the defending 2B state champion …
Chronicle Podcast

  • News Dump Ep. 47: Sanctuary Cities Are Where The Heart Is With Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier 
  • News Dump Ep. 46: The One Where the Podcast Ends Because Eric Won’t Wear a Mask
  • News Dump Ep. 45: Finally a Mock Draft of Local Festivals 
Obituaries

Leonard "Bud" Clayton Merta: 1929-2021

Bud Merta passed peacefully at home in Indian Wells, Calif., April 22, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. He was 92 years old. Bud was born on March 12, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to Max and Gladys …

Death Notices: May 15, 2021

• THEDA JEAN ALLENDER, 75, Chehalis, died May 10 at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home, Winlock. • HARRY STEVENS NEPHEWS JR., 61, …

Wanda Faye James: 1939-2021

Wanda Faye James of Olympia, Wash., was born in Coolidge, Ariz., May 8, 1939, to Jack and Minnie Ashley. She passed away peacefully on her 82nd birthday, May 8, 2021, at Providence St. Peter Hospital …

Shirley M. Odle: 1922-2021

Shirley M. Odle, 98, passed peacefully to her Lord, April 24, 2021, at My Blue Heaven Adult Family Home in Centralia, Wash. She was born in Seattle, Wash., to Wilford J. and Hazel S. Cross, Oct. 13, …

Richard “Dick” Kenneth Rico: 1949-2021

Richard “Dick” Kenneth Rico, 72, died unexpectedly May 2, 2021, at the UW Medical Center in Seattle, of complications from lymphoma. He was a resident of Toledo, Wash., for the last 46 …
State & Regional News
It's Time to Make Sure Your Phone Will Get Washington's New ShakeAlert Early Earthquake Warnings
OLYMPIA — Washington residents with a cellphone in their pockets could have a short, but possibly critical warning before they feel the next big earthquake. Earlier this month, Washington …
Washington Inmate Lawsuit Claims Vaccine Rollout Is Too Slow
A lawsuit is questioning whether women and staff at the Correction Center for Women at Purdy, among other state prisons, are being vaccinated at rates high enough to ensure they are safe. The …
‘A Second Shot at Life’: Orphaned Bear Cubs Return to the Wild in Grays Harbor County
SOUTH OF OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST — Reacting to the auditory assault of clanging metal, barking dogs, shouts and rifle blasts, a 168-pound American black bear shot out of the open end of a …
'Most Important Election of Our Lifetime' Brought Record Voter Turnout in Washington
There was never any question which presidential candidate would carry Washington in 2020. Democrat Joe Biden's victory over incumbent Republican Donald Trump was a foregone conclusion in our reliably …
Tacoma Bar's Liquor License Suspended After Year of COVID Complaints
The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has suspended the license of An American Tavern in Tacoma for 180 days, following nearly a year of citizen complaints and numerous citations. "Due to the …
Sixth Washington State Man Charged in U.S. Capitol Breach Case
A King County man has been arrested and charged  with entering the U.S. Capitol with a pro-Trump mob during January's deadly insurrection. Joseph Elliott Zlab, 51, of Lake Forest Park, was …
Washington State Expands 'Good Samaritan' Law to Protect Volunteers in Emergencies, Disasters
Washington state has expanded its "good Samaritan" law to protect volunteers who help others during emergencies or natural disasters. House Bill 1209,  sponsored by Rep. Dan Bronoske, …
Inslee Vetoes 2030 Target for Electric Vehicles Set by Washington Legislature
A 2030 legislative goal for ending sales of gasoline and diesel passenger vehicles in Washington has died at the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure, due to a Senate amendment, could only take …
Dog, 11 Puppies Abandoned in Point Defiance Park Bathroom
A pit bull was abandoned in a bathroom stall at Point Defiance Park with a suitcase full of 11 puppies tied to her. The 4-year-old dog was starving and emaciated, according to the Humane Society …
Washington Diesel Truck Shop Accused of Tampering With Hundreds of Pickups to Thwart Emission Controls
RPM Northwest promotes a crew of elite technicians skilled at top-end upgrades that can enhance the performance of diesel trucks. "Peace of Mind. You are in the hands of the industry's finest," …
Business Stories
Pacific Northwest Cookie Company: Taking Advantage of Opportunities Key for Local Family Business Growth, Says Founder

An Adna family business is taking the cookie industry by storm with its vegan, gluten-free cookies that, unlike most similar baked goods on the market, actually tastes good. Pacific Northwest …

Commentary
Julie McDonald Commentary: What Happened to the Grand Old Party? It’s Gone

Last week’s vote to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from a top leadership position in the Republican Party left me wondering what happened to the party I once endorsed, the party of high moral values, the …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Sheriff’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Pursuit Makes His Performance Less Honorable

I find it increasingly disturbing when public officials, especially those in law enforcement, decide on the strength of their own beliefs or convictions, they are not going to follow or enforce the …

Outdoors
Outdoors
Marine Toxin Levels Dropping, But Not Enough for Razor Clam Digs
State shellfish managers were hoping for some good news this week from domoic acid tests on razor clams. They didn't get it. "We were hoping that today's razor clam domoic acid results would allow …
After Devastating Fires, Washington Considers Moving Embattled Sage Grouse Onto the State Endangered Species List
GRAND COULEE — The sky was still the deep blue of early morning and dominated by the moon when Michael Schroeder leaned in and asked, over the wind, "Can you hear them?" I listened. I heard …
Bird Feeders Can Go Up Again, But Remain Vigilant, Washington State Officials Say
A drop in the number of reports of sick or dead birds across Washington and other Northwest states means backyard bird feeders can be put back up, according to the Washington Department of Fish and …