Local News
Six More Thurston County Residents Die of COVID-19, Including Two Young People
Thurston County added 616 COVID-19 cases during the week of June 20-26 as the death toll reached 397 on Monday. Six COVID deaths of Thurston County residents were confirmed between June 16 and 27, …
News Dump Ep. 103: Why Don’t YOU Cease and Desist
On the 103rd episode of News Dump, Aaron VanTuyl, Eric Schwartz, Franklin Taylor and Isabel Vander Stoep discuss a cease and desist letter from Lewis County, a dive-bombing bird in Chehalis, …
Man Accused of Crashing Into Centralia Coffee Stand, Interfering With Witness
Bail has been set at $75,000 for a man accused of repeatedly crashing into a Centralia coffee stand and a fence while drunk on Saturday then telling witnesses not to call the …
Johns River Fire in Grays Harbor County Burns 76 Acres, Is 77% Contained
The Johns River Fire, which has burned 76 acres on Grays Harbor County-owned commercial timberland since it was discovered on June 25, was 77% contained as of Tuesday afternoon.  Crews …
Updated: Body of Randle Man Who Drowned in Riffe Lake Recovered
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is resuming its search Tuesday for a 36-year-old Randle man believed to have drowned on Monday. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were …
VA to Open Mobile Medical Unit at Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis in August
Veterans in Lewis County, especially those far away from the Interstate 5 corridor, suffered from the closure of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic operations at the Lewis County Mall in Chehalis. …
Futurus High School Honors 2022 Scholarship Recipients
Futurus High School honored the nine students from the 2022 graduating senior class who received scholarships at the Centralia alternative school’s graduation ceremony earlier this month. …
Washington Ranks 10th Most Green State in Recent Study
Washington has ranked as the 10th most green state in a recent study that defines which states are the best and worst for climate change by Wise Voter, a bipartisan education website. The study …
East Lewis County Transfer Station in Morton to Be Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays in July
The East Lewis County Transfer Station in Morton will be closed Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout July, according to a statement released by the Lewis County Department of Public Works. The …
Quinaults and Other Tribes to Get $1.2M EPA Grant to Protect From Diesel Emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1,254,919 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding to federally recognized tribes in Washington to reduce harmful emissions from stationary …
Black Bear on Centralia’s Davis Hill Was Already a Pest; Now, There Are Two
After a black bear became a nuisance to Roanoke Street and other residents of Davis Hill in Centralia in early June, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) set a trap for the furry pest at …
Local Sports
Toledo’s Nef Named Most Inspirational, Napavine’s Dahl Tallies 49 Receiving Yards at Earl Barden Classic Football Game
After Zane Delp’s first smothering sack, the East’s sideline erupted in whoops and hollers and teammate Jacob Hurlbert broke from the crowd, lowered into a crouch for a respectful flex …
‘Jack State Invite’ Tennis Tourney Held in Chehalis
In honor of longtime W.F. West tennis coach Jack State, about 100 people gathered throughout the day on Saturday to play tennis, watch matches and catch up with their old coach and friends at the …
Twin Cities Babe Ruth Holds Closing Ceremonies
Holding a ceremony for the closing of the Twin Cities Babe Ruth league, parents, athletes, and coaches alike flocked to Stan Hedwall Park to celebrate a full season after a more abbreviated and …
I-5 Toyota/Mountain Dew Takes Third, Renegades Fourth at Selah Tournament
At the Brent Edwards Memorial tournament in Selah this past weekend, a pair of local Legion baseball clubs had a good showing, with the Double-A I-5 Toyota Mountain Dew squad taking third while the …
Centralia Grad Taylor Smith Signs With SPSCC
After graduating from Centralia High School in 2021, and taking a year away from school to recharge, former soccer standout Taylor Smith has signed with South Puget Sound Community College to play …

Chronicle Podcast

  • News Dump Ep. 102: Finally a Commission Puts the Commission’s Commissions Out of Commission
  • News Dump Ep. 101: Dr. Wiley and Multiverse of Madness
  • Sports Dump Ep. 30: State Was Good and the End of the 2021-22 School Year
Obituaries

Death Notice: June 28, 2022

• DONNA LORRAINE WHITE TIPPERY, 90, Chehalis, died June 23 at Providence Centralia Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington.

In Loving Memory of Gail Wrzesinski: 1937-2022 

Gail Janice Wrzesinski passed away June 14, 2022, at the age of 84, with family at her side.  Gail was born in Harlowton, Montana on Oct. 24, 1937 and was raised in Barber, Montana. She then …

In Loving Memory of Elizabeth Humiston: Sept. 9, 1965 - June 13, 2022

Elizabeth A. Humiston passed away on June 13, 2022 in Olympia, Washington at the age of 57, after a courageous 20 year battle with multiple sclerosis. Liz was born in Redding, California to Pete …

In Loving Memory of Timothy Turner: March 9, 1946 - June 1, 2022 

Timothy Morris Turner, 76, of Olympia, Washington, passed away on June 1, 2022, from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease.  Tim was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where he …

In Loving Memory of Carl M. Maw: 1932-2022 

Carl M. Maw, born Oct. 3, 1932 in Parma, Idaho, departed this life on June 10, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and went on to receive a Bachelor’s …

Death Notices: June 25, 2022

• ZACHARY S. WILLIAMS, 44, Winlock, died June 20 at his residence. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home, Winlock. • SCOTT M. WALLIN, 54, Winlock, died June 18 at …
State & Regional News

Former Oregon Elementary School Principal Sentenced to 43 Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Students

The former Damascus elementary school principal convicted of sexually abusing four students behind his closed office door is set to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Clackamas County Circuit …

Nation/World News

Ghislaine Maxwell Gets 20 Years in Prison for Enabling Jeffrey Epstein’s Abuse of Girls

NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced 20 years in prison Tuesday for enabling Jeffrey Epstein’s serial abuse of underage girls for a decade. The former British socialite appeared …

Headwaters to Harbor
A Historical River Voyage, Part 4: Back Home on a Freshening Breeze
Editor’s Note: David Douglas, namesake of the Douglas fir tree, was one of the first people to document a trip through the rivers of today’s Lewis County. His grand voyage covered areas …
Chehalis Basin Land Trust Undergoes Leadership Shift, Remains Dedicated to River Restoration
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected to the river …
River Diary 6: The Chehalis River From an Entirely New Perspective
Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and …
Retired Independence Valley Farmer Reflects on Riverside Career, Flooding
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues …
Headwaters to Harbor: River Diary Five — Chehalis River Meets the Sea
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected to the river …
Satsop River Erosion Threatens Farmland Near Confluence With Chehalis River
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected …
BigBankFishing Showcases Chehalis River Fishing Via YouTube
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected …
Climate Change and the Chehalis River: Experts Outline Potential Dangers for Fish and Flooding
Editor’s Note: This story is part of "Headwaters to Harbor," a project by The Chronicle to document the Chehalis River from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor while highlighting people and issues connected …
Headwaters to Harbor: River Diary No. 4 — My First Bear
Until Friday, I had never seen a bear outside of the zoo. I’ve been to Glacier National Park and many other parts of Montana, the Redwoods, Haida Gwaii (also known as the Queen Charlotte …
Business Stories
Port of Centralia Takes Steps Toward WinCo Deal for Centralia Station

As announced during a Port of Centralia meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Powell Development will now move into a purchase and sale agreement with WinCo Foods LLC. Kyle Heaton, executive director of …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: I Will Vote for Change in 3rd Congressional District

I recently saw an advertisement for Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler where she claimed she was working to reduce gas prices for Washington families. In a telephone town hall, she also said that …

Commentary

Highlighting Lewis County: Ponder Family Has Deep Roots in Lewis County

While walking home from a Rainbow Girls meeting, Carol Matteson and her friends accepted a ride from a handsome young man, Richard “Dick” Ponder. “And next thing I knew, he asked …

Brian Mittge Commentary: Bad Blackbird of Chehalis an Apt Anti-Hero of Our Era

So many of the problems in our world today seem larger than life; far away but looming ominously as they cast a pall over our future and a threat over the present day. In a way, the latest villain of …

Being Frank: ​​We Need All Hands on Deck to Slow the Spread of European Green Crab

Efforts are ramping up to control the explosion of invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) in western Washington. The invasive species reached San Francisco in 1989 and was first detected …

Bill Moeller Commentary: The Aftermath of My Experience With a Virus

I don’t suppose there’s a policy on when you can stop thinking about something as serious as the coronavirus once you’ve come into personal familiarity with it, but here — and …

Don Brunell Commentary: ​​Drones Can Help Restore Scorched Public Forestlands

Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions of dollars. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to reducing …
Outdoors
Outdoors
'Mystery': Bear Carcass Found on Washington Beach '100% a Grizzly'
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Game Warden Dave Jones says he was just as shocked by reports of a dead grizzly bear on a Whatcom County beach last week as anyone else. In fact, he …
Washington Commission Shoots Down Petition Allowing Senior Crossbow Hunts
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously voted to deny a petition allowing those 65 and older to use a crossbow for hunting during archery season. The commission is appointed by the …
Slew of Animal Attacks Highlights Importance of Paying Attention When Recreating Outdoors
Human-animal encounters — of the violent kind — have been in the news. Most notably, and closest to home, a 9-year-old girl was attacked by a cougar less than two hours from Spokane. …