Local News
Police: Man, 23, Is Arrested in Connection With Stabbing in Tenino, Police Say
A 23-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon after Tenino police say he was involved in a stabbing. The victim is 33, although it wasn’t …
Census Data Shows How Thurston County Has Become More Diverse Over Last Decade
Thurston County's population diversified between 2010 and 2020 as those who identify as Hispanic or as two or more races showed the most growth. The U.S. Census Bureau released nationwide data in …
Culture Audit of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Finds Problems With Trust, Bullying, Communication
A cultural audit of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, started in lieu of allegations of pervasive sexual harassment, found problems with communication, bullying and internal …
Gov. Inslee Names Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner as Ninth Judge
Gov. Jay Inslee appointed a new ninth judge to Thurston County Superior Court on Friday. Court Commissioner Indu Thomas will fill the new role on Nov. 1, according to a news release. The …
Swope Second on Lewis County Commission to Contract COVID-19, Plans Return to Office
Lewis County Commissioner Sean Swope confirmed Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, and that in fighting off the virus he “took everything that the CDC said not to …
Vaccination Rates in Small Lewis County Schools Vary in Leadup to Mandate Deadline
With Washington state schools still racing to get staff members either vaccinated against COVID-19 or exempted by next month, many of Lewis County’s smallest school districts are reporting …
Napavine Railroad Crossing Closure Planned for Oct. 4-8 
BNSF Railway is planning a road closure at the East Washington Street railroad crossing in Napavine from 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 8 for crossing renewal.  Signage will be posted …
Apple Harvest Ready to Round Out Festival Season
COVID Challenges: Onalaska Alliance Works Around New Restrictions By Carrina Stanton For The Chronicle Twelve years ago, members of the Onalaska Alliance envisioned creating a festival that …
Mount Rainier National Park Awards Firewood Contract for Two Campgrounds
The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded a 10-year concession contract to sell pre-cut firewood and kindling within the Ohanapecosh and White River campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park to …
State Suspends License of Lewis County Nurse Convicted on Domestic Violence Charge 
The Washington State Department of Health has suspended the nursing license of a Lewis County man convicted of second-degree assault, domestic violence, in April.  The defendant, Brian L. …
Lewis County Superior Court: Jury Trial Suspension Extended Until Nov. 1
Lewis County Superior Court has extended its suspension of all jury trials until at least the week of Nov. 1. Bench trials — trials where a judge hears a case and makes a decision without a …
$500,000 Bail Set for Man Accused of Strangling, Threatening to Kill, Imprisoning Woman in Chehalis Residence 
A man is being held in lieu of $500,000 on charges stemming from a July 1 incident during which he allegedly strangled and threatened to kill a woman in her car before forcibly taking her into a …
Centralia Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Child in His Household as a Juvenile 
A Centralia man is facing six first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation charges for allegedly abusing a child in his household multiple times between 2011 and 2016.  The …
YMCA Officially Acquires 500 Acres at Mineral Lake
The YMCA is one step closer to turning Mineral Lake property into an overnight youth camp.  This week, the nonprofit announced its official acquisition of 500 acres.  It plans on …
Sirens: Thefts; Vehicle Prowls; Assault
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT  Vehicle Prowl  • A firearm was reported stolen from a residence in the 1400 block of Windsor Avenue at 1:55 p.m. on Sept. 22.  • Just …
Centralia Burn Ban to Be Lifted Sept. 29
In consultation with the Riverside Fire Authority, the City of Centralia will lift its outdoor burn ban restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, according to a city news …
Three Finalists for Port of Chehalis CEO Announced
The Port of Chehalis on Thursday named the three finalists under consideration to replace outgoing port CEO Randy Mueller, who’s moving down south to lead the Port of Ridgefield.  The …
Inslee Extends Eviction Moratorium One More Month
OLYMPIA — Washington's eviction moratorium "bridge" program, set to expire next week, will be extended one month, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday. The program will now end at 11:59 p.m. …
23 Washington  State Senators Ask Inslee to Suspend Incoming Long-Term Care Tax
A group of 23 state senators — including two moderate Democrats — formally asked Gov. Jay Inslee to use emergency powers to suspend an incoming .58% payroll tax aimed at funding long-term …
Washington Analyzed Two COVID Scenarios for Fall; One Is Much Worse Than The Other
COVID-19 hospitalization and transmission rates are likely to remain at high levels through the fall, despite slight declines since peaks in August, according to new projections by the state …
Local Sports
Tigers Continue to Roll in Win Over Mountaineers
If you blinked at any point during Napavine’s 66-6 win over Rainier Saturday night, you might have missed a Tigers touchdown.  Gavin Parker took the Tigers’ (4-0) opening handoff …
Patana, Remund Power Bearcats Past Shelton
Elizabeth Patana and Olivia Remund each tallied one goal and one assist and W.F. West put Shelton away with a 3-1 road victory in 2A Evergreen Conference play Saturday afternoon. Patana lit up the …
Vikings’ Sweep Snaps Loggers’ 4-Game Win Streak
ONALASKA — Mossyrock came out firing the first set, stole the momentum early and put away Onalaska in three sets (25-16, 25-14, 25-21) in non-league action Saturday in Onalaska. The Loggers, …
Vikings Blast Chief Leschi for Second-Straight Win
Mossyrock quarterback Easton Kolb had three touchdowns and three other Vikings scored twice as Mossy had little trouble with Chief Leschi for a 60-0 road win in Puyallup Friday. Eaton Kolb had two …
Titans Edged, 21-20, in Battle With Forks
Titans Edged, 21-20, in Forks By Eric Trent / etrent@chronline.com After losing to Forks 49-0 last season, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley had the Spartans on the ropes Friday, holding a 21-15 lead with …

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Obituaries

Death Notices: Sept. 25, 2021

• GOLDIE JEAN BUTLER, 81, died Sept. 14 at Providence St. Peter Hospital. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 at Sticklin Funeral Chapel followed by a graveside service at Greenwood …

In Loving Memory of Harlan E. Thompson: 1945-2021

Harlan Eugene Thompson (known as Harnie or Harn by a number of childhood friends and family), of Cedar Park, Texas, passed away on Sept. 18 at the age of 76. He was born on May 10, 1945 in Aberdeen, …

In Loving Memory of Haley Richards: 1980-2021

Heaven gained an angel but we lost our beautiful, sweet and funny daughter, sister, wife and mother. Haley Christin Rosbach Richards passed away very peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at …

In Loving Memory of Jannette Ann Buffington: 1940-2021

Jannette Ann Buffington, 80, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. She was born Dec. 11, 1940, in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, to Stanley and Isabelle Grygny. She was the oldest of five …

In Loving Memory of Drew Douglass: 2007-2021

Drew “Boogie” Douglass, 14, of Chehalis, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 at home. He was born on March 19, 2007 to Steve and Jennie (Majeski) Douglass.  He spent the first …

In Loving Memory of Johnnie Richard (Rich) Lavender: 1958-2021

Johnnie Richard (Rich) Lavender passed away at home on Sept. 3, 2021. Rich was born in Chehalis, Washington, on April 1, 1958, to Johnnie W. and Nellie R. Lavender. Rich was a unique individual who …
State & Regional News
State Trooper Whose Work Was Key to Investigation of 2017 DuPont Amtrak Derailment Dies From COVID
A veteran Washington State Patrol trooper and accident-reconstruction expert who led the agency's investigation into the 2017 derailment of an Amtrak train in Pierce County has died from COVID-19 …
Crews Now Have Schneider Springs Fire 43% Contained
Firefighters continue to make progress on the Schneider Springs Fire, getting it 43% contained by Sunday morning, according to a Forest Service news release. That's a 5% gain over Saturday …
Washington Nursing Home Struggling to Contain COVID Outbreak That Has Infected 74 People
A nursing home in Washington state is struggling to battle back a coronavirus outbreak that has so far claimed the lives of five people. Since the first case was reported one month ago, 22 staff …
After Objecting to State Mandate, Vashon Island Fire Chief Says He Got Vaccinated
Despite his objections to Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate, Vashon Island Fire Chief Charles Krimmert announced last week he received a Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. Krimmert, …
Massive Effort to Welcome Afghans Will Soon See 1,700 refugees Arrive in Washington, 400 in Idaho
WASHINGTON — Nearly 1,700 Afghans who fled the Taliban takeover of their country in the final days of America's longest war will begin arriving in Washington state as soon as this week, along …
Health Care Unions Say Washington Hospitals 'on the Brink of a Crisis'
Washington hospitals have spent the past month enduring the largest wave yet of COVID-19 cases, and the surge is prompting health care worker unions to issue renewed calls for hospitals to take …
School Bus Driver Stabbed to Death in Front of Students in Eastern Washington 
A school bus driver was fatally stabbed in front of students after picking them up from a Washington state elementary school Friday afternoon, authorities said. The alleged killer, who is now in …
1935 Kidnapping Revealed 9-Year-Old Timber Heir’s Mettle, Led to ‘Greatest Manhunt in History of Northwest’
The same day his 9-year-old son disappeared, Tacoma timber baron John Weyerhaeuser received a ransom note. Little George had been kidnapped, the letter said, and the perpetrators wanted $200,000 …
Oregon Elementary School Staff Member Who Came to Work in Blackface Has Been Fired, According to Report
A Mabel Rush Elementary School staff member who came to work last week in blackface, saying she was Rosa Parks and that she was protesting mandatory vaccines, has been fired, according to Newberg …
Oregon Suspends Prisoner Work Program After Inmate Escaped From Forest Crew, Allegedly Attacked Two Women
The Oregon Department of Corrections this week temporarily suspended a program that sends inmates to work in state forests, campgrounds and parks in response to the April escape of a 14-time felon …
Nation/World News
A Daily Pill to Treat COVID Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say
Within a day of testing positive for COVID-19 in June, Miranda Kelly was sick enough to be scared. At 44, with diabetes and high blood pressure, Kelly, a certified nursing assistant, was having …
Federal Judge Taps the Brake on NYC Public School Vaccine Mandate
NEW YORK — An appeals court judge has tossed a monkey wrench into the city’s demand that teachers and other adults in public schools be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, buying time …
House Budget Panel Advances Biden’s Giant Tax, Spending Bill
WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee advanced a draft version of President Joe Biden’s signature tax and social spending measure, a milestone ahead of possible votes on the floor of …
House Democrats, Galvanized by Texas ban, Vote to Legalize Abortion Nationwide
WASHINGTON — The House on Friday voted to legalize abortion nationwide until fetal viability, and even though the legislation is almost certain to fail in the Senate, it marks a historic …
Two Dead, 12 Injured in Kroger Grocery Store Shooting in Tennessee, Police say
A shooter killed one person and at least a dozen others were injured Thursday inside a grocery store in Tennessee, officials said. The shooting happened at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, …
Business Stories
Sunbird Shopping Center Sold

Sometimes, it’s best to go with your gut. That’s what Ron Sturza says. He’s worked at the Sunbird Shopping Center for roughly 45 years, and it’s that gut feeling …

Commentary
Talking About Suicide: A Reporter Shares Her Experience

I usually keep my byline to the news section of The Chronicle, but I asked Editor Eric Schwartz permission to make a brief foray into the opinion page for suicide awareness month so I could share my …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Help the Haitian Immigrants

I read there are Haitian potential immigrants huddled under a bridge in Texas. Yes, we should send in the National Guard. Have them bring meals, toilet facilities, waste baskets, etc. We are a rich …

Outdoors
Outdoors
Columbia River Salmon Fishing to Close Below Bonneville Dam
Portions of the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam soon will be closed to all salmon fishing, fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington announced on Thursday. The closure is due to …
WDFW Announces 62 Days of Tentative Razor Clam Digs in 2021
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers announced Friday 62 tentative dates for razor clam digs beginning in mid-September and running through the end of the …
Westport Salmon Fishing Opens Seven Days a Week 
Starting Friday, salmon fishing out of Westport will be open seven days a week. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement Tuesday that weeklong fishing would begin …
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 …