Local News
'Subtle’ Tsunami Surges From Undersea Eruption Hit Washington Coast, as Officials Warn of Waves to Come
The first tsunami surges from an underwater volcanic eruption in the South Pacific began hitting the Washington coast shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday and were — as predicted — quite …
Man Arrested for Allegedly Wielding Knife, Threatening Centralia Bar Employee
A 28-year-old Seattle man was arrested Friday night after allegedly wielding a knife and threatening to stab a Centralia bar employee who asked him to leave.  Donovan E. Spillers was booked …
Chehalis Farrier Charged for Allegedly Hitting Horse With Shoeing Hammer in September 
A Chehalis man has pleaded not guilty to accusations he purposefully injured a horse while putting shoes on its hooves in September.  Todd Graham, 47, reportedly became …
State Patrol Identifies Pedestrian Killed on I-5 in Lewis County 
The Washington State Patrol has identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a semi-truck while on Interstate 5 near mile marker 72 late Tuesday.  Jonathan L. Hogan, 46, of Olympia, …
Providence Caring for Record Number of COVID-19 Patients, But Fewer Require Critical Care
The number of patients receiving care at Providence Southwest Washington hospitals in Centralia and Olympia has more than doubled over the last two weeks, according to a hospital …
As Packwood Improvement Club Changes Leadership, Commitment Remains
There may have been a changing of the guard at the Packwood Improvement Club (PIC) over the transition into 2022, but the goals of the community-oriented board of volunteers remains the …
Commissioners Extend Deadline to Fill Three Vacancies on Lewis County Planning Commission
The Lewis County Planning Commission is still looking to fill three vacancies after the Board of County Commissioners this week approved an extension of the deadline to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27. …
Rep. Herrera Beutler Co-Sponsors Police Grant Funding Bill
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is one of nearly a dozen original sponsors for a bill that reauthorizes a law enforcement funding grants program, the congresswoman’s office announced …
Flood Causes Washouts on Chehalis-Centralia Railroad Line, Scenic Rides to Be Postponed
The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum (CCR&M) brings thousands of passengers each year on a journey through the Chehalis River Valley to showcase the beauty and history of the line. On …
Red Cross Faces ‘Dire’ Blood Shortage
The American Red Cross is facing its worst blood shortage nationally in over a decade. In recent weeks, the American Red Cross had less than a one-day supply of critical blood types and has had to …
Sirens: K-9 Pursues Man Who Wielded Gun in Burglary; Arrest for Graffiti; Assault and Harassment
CHEHALIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Recovered Vehicle • A stolen vehicle was recovered from the 400 block of Southwest William Avenue at 4 p.m. on Jan. 12.   Counterfeiting • …
Centralia Police Investigating Possible Armed Robbery at Centralia Business; Unidentified Suspect Fled Scene With $40
Police are investigating a possible armed robbery that was reported at a business in the 900 block of Harrison Avenue just after 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. A suspect described as a “white male …
Par 4 Sports to Host Virtual Golf Tournament to Benefit Centralia Community Foundation
On Saturday, Feb. 6, Par 4 Sports, a golf and sport simulator business in the Northwest Sports Hub in Centralia, will host a virtual golf tournament to benefit the Centralia Community Foundation. …
Lewis County-ToledoTel Awarded Full Request of $23.5 Million to Bring Broadband to Winlock Area
Lewis County and ToledoTel received the largest chunk of funding Thursday when the Washington State Broadband Office published its list of awardees for the first round of Infrastructure Acceleration …
‘It Was Scary’: Chehalis Avenue Apartment Residents Detail Evacuation and Return to Their Homes After Flooding
Alicia Cook was one of the first to evacuate the Chehalis Avenue Apartments when flood water began inundating the complex around 1:30 a.m. on Friday of last week. “As soon as we were …
Comment Period Open for Rule Affecting Fisheries Management at Mount Rainier National Park
The National Park Service has opened a 60-day public review and comment period on a proposed rule change affecting the implementation of the park’s 2018 Mount Rainier National Park Fisheries …
‘People Get Shot Over Less’: Centralian Charged for Allegedly Shooting at Vehicle That Drove Through Flood Water in Galvin
A Centralia man has pleaded not guilty after allegedly shooting at a vehicle that drove through flood water in front of his house in the 4800 block of Galvin Road on Friday. The defendant, Jerome …
Local Sports
Bearcat Boys Capture Kelso Invite Title
Six W.F. West wrestlers claimed individual titles to help the Bearcats take first place as a team at the 2022 Dave Holter Kelso Invite on Saturday. The Bearcats finished with 276.5 to edge host …
Wolves Run Past Valiants on Long Road Trip
Heading across the border and to his old stomping grounds, Black Hills boys basketball coach Jeff Gallagher led his team to an 83-68 win over his former school Valley Catholic (Ore.) Saturday …
Riverhawks Overtake Cardinals to Win Second Straight
After dropping its first two league games, the Toledo boys basketball team has responded with two straight league wins in two days. Friday night, it was Onalaska, on Saturday, it was Winlock in a …
Thunderbirds Clamp Down on 4A Skyview in Win
The Tumwater boys basketball team got off to a slow start in a defensive-minded game, but came out of the halftime break on fire, outscoring 4A Skyview by 19 in the second half to defeat the Storm, …
Collette’s Last Second Shot Pushes T-Wolves Past Cruisers
Down by one with seconds remaining, Morton-White Pass found its magic late in a huge non-league contest with Eatonville.  Pushing the ball in transition, the rock ended up in senior Leytan …

Chronicle Podcast

  • News Dump Ep. 80: ‘Well, That Sucked’ — Covering the 2022 Flood
  • News Dump Ep. 79: Mystery Chickens and a Moment of Silence for Dennis Hadaller
  • News Dump Ep. 78: Tell That Snow to Stay Out of Our Swamp
Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Wayne E. Dunbar: 1925-2022

Wayne E. Dunbar, 96, passed away on Dec. 27, 2021 in Chehalis. He was born and raised near Galesburg, Illinois. Always industrious, he sought odd jobs to help the family when his father died at a …

In Loving Memory of William D. Ward

William D. Ward, age 95, a long-time resident of West Seattle, died peacefully on Jan. 4 in Centralia, Washington. He had resided the last year and a half at Woodland Village in …

In Loving Memory of Lois Toland: 1931-2022

Lois Marie (Gough) Toland passed away peacefully at Sharon Care Center Jan. 9, 2022. She was born Oct. 1, 1931 in Downey, Idaho to Marion Odell Gough and Mildred Aldous.  She is preceded in …

Death Notices: Jan. 15, 2022

• LARRY DEAN SCOTT, 85, Centralia, died Jan. 4 at his residence. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • DAVID G. STARCHER , 68, Randle, died Jan. 4 at …

In Loving Memory of Katherine Diane (Hatcher) Snyder: 1944-2021

Katherine Diane (Hatcher) Snyder, of Rochester, passed away at Providence Centralia Hospital, on Dec. 28, 2021, after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 25, 1944, in Seattle, Washington. She spent …

In Loving Memory of Eloise E. Schinnell: 1927-2021

Eloise E. Schinnell, 94, passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2021. She was born Dec. 10, 1927 to Claude and Olga Miller. The eldest of six children, she grew up in Glacier, Washington and attended Mt. …
State & Regional News
New State House Bill Would Make Oil Owners Financially Liable for Oil Spills
The financial responsibility for an oil spill will fall on those who own the facilities and vessels that produce and transport oil under proposed House Bill 1691. “The goal is to minimize …
Chemicals in Cosmetics Targeted in Proposed New Washington Law
For a large portion of Washingtonians, the use of cosmetic products is a part of their everyday routine, but some of those same household products often contain harmful chemicals that cause a variety …
One in Critical Condition, Five Others Injured in Shooting at Oregon Rap Concert
At least six people were injured, including one critically, Friday night in a shooting at a rap concert in the Oregon city of Eugene. The incident is “about as close as you’re gonna …
Nirvana ‘666’ Sign Leaves Highway 8 in Grays Harbor County
A piece of music history used as a photographic memento for fans of Nirvana for about 30 years is coming to Aberdeen, and the man who bought the sign couldn’t be happier. Wil Russoul, …
14-Year-Old Arrested in Fatal Renton Shooting
A 14-year-old was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting Wednesday in Renton that left a 54-year-old man dead, according to the Renton Police Department. Officers were called to the 2000 …
Jobless Claims, Benefits Payments Jump in Washington State Amid Omicron Uncertainty
New jobless claims in Washington fell slightly last week but remain above prepandemic levels as the state job market absorbed seasonal layoffs, lingering winter weather effects and yet another surge …
Washington Hospital Workers Filed Record Number of Workplace Safety Complaints Last Year, Unions Say
Washington hospital workers filed a record number of workplace safety complaints last year, the state's health care unions reported Thursday — another reminder of the exhaustion and burnout …
Western Washington Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Dog Fatally Shot in Front of 11-Year-Old
A Des Moines man was charged Thursday with first-degree animal cruelty and reckless endangerment after he allegedly shot a dog twice in front of the animal's 11-year-old owner, according to the King …
House Panel Votes to Delay Washington's Long-Term Care Tax to 2023
OLYMPIA — A House panel has voted to delay the long-term care tax until 2023. On a 31-2 vote, a House committee approved a bill Thursday to delay the implementation of the tax. On a 23-10 …
Suspected Burglar Found in Rafters of Graham Business Is Arrested During Police Standoff
Pierce County deputies arrested a 33-year-old man Thursday morning after he reportedly broke into a business at a Graham shopping center and wouldn't come out during a hours-long standoff with law …
Nation/World News
Thousands of Native Children Were Adopted in the 1960s as a Government Plan of Forced Assimilation; This Woman Was One of Them
PHILADELPHIA — While visiting the Tekakwitha Nursing Home to sing for residents, 13-year-old Denise Owen was led away from the rest of her boarding school group by a nun. A special surprise …
Some Escapees Pay Bribes, Cross Rivers, Risk Lives to Return to Kim Jong Un's North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea — Not long after nightfall on New Year's Day, a short, slight man picked a spot along one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world, a quarter-mile from the nearest …
Year After Trump Impeachment Vote, Town Believes Their GOP Congressman ‘Stabbed Us All in the Back’
HANFORD, Calif. – It’s been a year now, but in this Central Valley farm town, like the nation, the divide has only grown. Todd Cotta was working in his gun shop when a customer came in …
From Pandemic to Endemic: Can 2022 Succeed Where 2021 Failed?
WASHINGTON — After two years of contagion and death, COVID-19 is shifting again. Omicron is spreading faster than any previous variant, but it’s also proving less malevolent. …
All Hostages Free in Texas Synagogue Standoff, Governor Says
FORT WORTH, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that all hostages are safe and out of a Colleyville synagogue after a loud bang and gunfire were heard. U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne …
Business Stories
After 10 Years, Alicia Fox Leaving Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce

The longest-serving executive director in this history of the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce is leaving the organization.  The chamber announced the departure of Alicia Fox in a news …

Commentary
Brian Mittge Commentary: National News Comes a-Knocking in Lewis County as ‘January Lights’ Go National

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo   Driving around as our communities dry out from the flood, I’ve noticed that more homes than …

Outdoors
Outdoors
Severe Winter, Diseases Have Biologists Concerned About Regional Wildlife Populations
Snow and cold weather have biologists worrying about regional wildlife, particularly after Eastern Washington deer herds were hit hard by two deadly diseases this summer. Washington Department of …
WDFW Offers Special Hunt Drawing for Early Hunter Reporting
Hunters who report their 2021 black bear, deer, elk or turkey hunting results by Jan. 10 will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2022, Washington …
2021: The Year Outdoors in the Pacific Northwest
Another year has ticked down, which means it's time for The Spokesman-Review's annual roundup of the most interesting and important outdoor stories from 2021. With the lingering economic, social and …
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 …