Local News
Transmission Rates Rising as Thurston County Adds 57 COVID-19 Cases Friday
Thurston County reported 57 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest daily total in months and an indication that transmission levels may be moving in the wrong direction. That's in addition to …
Herrera Beutler Sees Big First Quarter Haul, Raises $744,754
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, the Republican congresswoman from Battle Ground, dominated the first quarter of fundraising in a bid to defend her seat from three GOP challengers in the 2022 …
Public Health: New State Funding Is ‘Down Payment’ for Long-term Support
After state lawmakers vowed to pump more money into Washington's “woefully underfunded” public health system, Lewis County might already be seeing the start of that bolstered …
Neighbors’ Dispute Reignites Lewis County Noise Ordinance Considerations
A bitter dispute between neighbors — both of whom reportedly blast daytime music at the expense of the other, according to Sheriff Rob Snaza — has Lewis County re-examining its noise …
Event to Bring Awareness to Local Unsolved Cases Set for Saturday
Friends and family of three victims of local unsolved missing or murdered persons cases are inviting the community to join them for a “honk and wave” in Grand Mound Saturday evening to …
Lewis County PUD Employees Honored for Saving Pinned Motorist
On Friday, five Lewis County PUD employees were honored for their roles in saving a motorist who was pinned by a vehicle in early January. According to a post on Facebook, Lewis County PUD …
Morton to No Longer Allow District Court Use of Community Building
Morton’s in-person court proceedings are on shaky ground, as the small town will no longer allow Lewis County District Court judges to use its Bob Lyle Community Center for once-monthly …
Sirens: 'Screaming Slurs': Refusing to Leave; Shooting Complaint; Assault
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Crashes • Minor injuries were reported after a vehicle collided with a parked vehicle at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and N Street at approximately 9 …
Comments Open for Harrison Avenue Dollar General Application
Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, on an application submitted to build a 10,600-square-foot Dollar General store at 1417 Harrison Ave., the city of Centralia says. Appeals …
Chehalis First Grade Students Returning to Classrooms Four Days a Week Starting April 26
Falling in line with kindergarteners, first-graders in the Chehalis School District will return to four days of in-person instruction beginning Monday, April 26, in preparation for the return of all …
Toledo Indians Prepare to Rebrand at Behest of State
The Toledo School District announced preliminary rebranding plans this week as Washington state is poised to ban public schools’ “inappropriate use” of Native American mascots and …
Chehalis Creates Backup Plan for EMS Levy
In addition to putting an emergency medical services (EMS) levy in front of residents on Aug. 3, the city of Chehalis will preemptively place the same question on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. …
Local Sports
Second-Half Surge Comes Too Late for Beavers
Tenino recovered from a 2-0 deficit at the half to score two goals within a 10-minute stretch, but a late Forks goal put the Beavers away in a 3-2 road loss Saturday. “Maybe the long road …
1A Girls Tennis: Undefeated Beavers Rocket to 5-0
It wasn’t the way Tenino coach Sam Whitney or the Beavers wanted to win, but an injury forfeit by Stevenson sealed Tenino’s 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs at home on Saturday. Megan …
Prep Fastpitch: Bearcats Best Warriors in Rematch Showdown
BIG NIGHTS: Bearcats Hold Off Warriors; PWV Secures League Title; Mossyrock Wins Walk-Off Thriller W.F. West junior ace Kamy Dacus brought the heat, striking out 10 batters and allowing one earned …
2A Girls Tennis: Bearcats Nab First Victory
W.F. West was victorious in two singles and two doubles matches to claim a 4-2 win over Tumwater, the Bearcats’ first of the season, in 2A Evergreen Conference play Friday at …
Prep Baseball: PWV Moves Into Three-Way Tie for First
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley may have faltered in game two of Friday’s home doubleheader with Forks, falling 15-1. But it was the Titans’ 3-2 victory in game one that was the most …
Chronicle Podcast

  • News Dump Ep. 42: The Coming Barcade, Awkward Return to School, a Refusal to Vote and Farewell to a Lawman
  • News Dump Ep. 41: Security Concerns, Masking Controversy, the Opinion Page and Facebook Comments of the Week 
  • News Dump Ep. 40: Ranking the issues and Toledo vs. Winlock in an economic-development-off
Obituaries

Death Notices: April 17, 2021

• ANNETTE MARIE ROBINS, 54, Kelso, died April 12 at her residence. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home, Winlock. • GINA ROSE SMALLEY, 52, Chehalis, died April 9 at …

Ronald Lloyd Barnes

Ronald Lloyd Barnes, a resident of Chehalis, Wash., passed away at home Sunday, April 11, 2021. Ron was born in Enumclaw, Wash., March 6, 1957, to Donald and Lucille Barnes.The family moved to the …

Elizabeth Ann Jodoin

Elizabeth Ann Jodoin (Haunreiter) passed away unexpectedly Feb. 6, 2021, with her husband and daughters by her side.Liz was born in Chehalis, Wash., to Edward Francis and Roberta May Haunreiter Nov. …

Alfred Lyle "Spud" Anderson

Alfred Lyle "Spud" Anderson, 78, of Mossyrock, Wash., passed away at home Saturday, April lO, 2021. Spud, as he was known by everyone, was born May 22, 1942, in Chehalis, Wash., to Red and Lorna …

Craig D. Smith: 1956-2021

Craig D. Smith went to be with his Lord and Savior March 4, 2021. His cause of death was a cardiac event. Craig was born June 19, 1956, to Doug and Margaret Anne (Phillips) Smith in Chehalis, Wash. …
State & Regional News
Washington State Ranks Low for Home Foreclosures, But Aid Groups Are Bracing for More
Federal protections, combined with a white-hot housing market, have kept a lid on foreclosures in Washington. Even so, counselors who try to help homeowners avoid foreclosure say they're gearing …
To-Go Cocktails Will Keep Flowing in Washington State With Law Extended Into 2023
Remember last May? It's OK, nobody really does — but that's when the restaurant industry's struggle to survive the COVID-19 era, combined with patrons thirsty for something to go with their …
Tim Eyman Ordered to Pay $2.9 Million to Cover Washington Attorney General's Legal Costs
Tim Eyman must pay nearly $2.9 million to cover the legal fees and costs of Attorney General Bob Ferguson's nearly four-year lawsuit against Eyman for campaign finance violations, a Thurston County …
Holocaust Survivor Faces Spokane Nazi at Sentencing: 'What Can I Do to Convince This Man the Holocaust Happened?'
A Holocaust survivor rose from her seat Friday morning moments before a self-proclaimed Nazi would get seven months behind bars for defacing the Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue in Spokane with swastikas …
Be Prepared for More Big Crowds at Washington's Campgrounds
State officials recommend planning early and developing alternatives for those wanting to join the crowds flocking to public camping sites as Washington's weather warms up. Shortly after COVID-19 …
'Strong Evidence' of a Fourth Wave as COVID Vaccine Doses Become Available for All Washington Adults
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee warned Thursday of "strong evidence" of a possible fourth COVID-19 wave in Washington, just as residents 16 years and older become eligible for …
Drug Possession: Washington Senate Says Make It a Gross Misdemeanor, After Supreme Court Strikes Down Felony Law
OLYMPIA — After an emotional debate that scrambled party lines and revealed deep divisions on how to treat substance use, the Washington Senate Thursday approved a bill to treat drug possession …
Region to Climb Toward 80 Degrees as Clear Skies Offer Chance to See Lyrid Meteor Shower
Fans of celestial wonders and lovers of warm weather are in for a treat this weekend with clear skies, a chance to see the Lyrid meteor showers and the year's first 70-degree days. Thursday was …
Jobless Claims Surge as Many Washingtonians Enter Their Second Year of Unemployment Benefits
In a fresh sign of the pandemic's lingering economic impacts, thousands of jobless Washingtonians have collected their 52nd week of unemployment benefits and must now refile to keep that assistance …
COVID-19 Tests Provide Crucial Clues About How to Fight Coronavirus, But They've Fallen in Washington State
Coronavirus testing got off to a disastrous start last year, putting the nation in a position of playing catch-up to the pandemic. The delay in getting widespread testing in February, 2020, left …
Business Stories
Lewis EDC Member Spotlight: Moerke Brings Well-Rounded Experience to Centralia’s Exodus Engineering

By The Lewis Economic Development Council   As owner and president of his own business Exodus Engineering based in Centralia, Luke Moerke must like to keep busy with a long list of …

Commentary
Michael Wagar Commentary: Through the Fire of Life, Tenino’s Mayor Proves He Is the Right ‘Solution’

The Tenino mayorship — the gift that keeps on giving, at least for us journalist types. Thankfully, this sordid tale of woe ends in the brightest of notes, with kudos to the current mayor of …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: We Need to Get Our Big Shots Under Control

Congressional testimony recently established that big tech made good money fostering wild conspiracy theories and enabling the Jan. 6  insurrection. News flash. Corporate America is hard at …

Outdoors
Outdoors
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 …
Anglers Hit Millersylvania State Park After WDFW Plants Nearly 2,000 Trout
Nearly 2,000 rainbow trout were planted in Deep Lake at Millersylvania State Park in south Thurston County Monday. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1,815 fish weighing …