Local News
Centralia Standoff Suspect ‘Too Ill to Come to Court,’ Will Appear Monday
The Centralia man involved in a standoff with law enforcement Thursday morning will be held at the Lewis County Jail without bail through the weekend pending a preliminary hearing in Lewis County …
Thurston County Corrections Deputy Fired After Drunk Driving Arrest in 2022
A deputy at the Thurston County Corrections facility was fired Feb. 1 after being arrested in 2022 for drunk driving. According to a news release from the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, the …
Thurston County Woman Who Died in Collision on State Route 507 Identified
The person who died in a traffic collision on Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Roy has been identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner and Washington State Patrol. Ariel Meyer, 30, of Yelm, died after …
Centralia Teens, 13 and 16, Injured in Rollover Crash North of Centralia 
Two Centralia teens, ages 13 and 16, were injured after their vehicle left the roadway and rolled multiple times north of Centralia at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Washington State …
Centralia Man Accused of Starving Horses Turns Himself in and Is Released on Unsecured Bail 
The Centralia man accused of abusing two horses in his care last year and failing to answer his court summons on Tuesday turned himself in at the Lewis County Jail on Thursday.  The …
Opening of Tenino Area Sex Offender Housing Facility Delayed
Some Tenino-area residents gathered outside the Less Restrictive Alternative (LRA) sex offender housing facility on 140th Avenue Southwest near Tenino Wednesday morning to protest the arrival of the …
Photo: Centralia Point Assisted Living and Memory Care Holds Open House
Centralia Point Assisted Living and Memory Care would like to thank all those who attended its open house Jan. 22. “Your presence was greatly appreciated and added to the success of the …
City of Toledo Cuts Ties With Brandon Svenson After Background Check Comes Under Scrutiny
The City of Toledo has cut ties with former reserve officer Brandon Svenson — who also serves as mayor of Winlock — due to the possibility that his background check was not properly …
Chamber of Commerce Announces Opening for Part-Time Position as It Expands Hours
The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce is expanding the hours of operation for its visitor center and has a job opening for part-time work on Saturdays and during other chamber …
Chehalis Basin Film Festival Coming to Centralia and Hoquiam 
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting Chehalis River Basin residents to the Chehalis Basin Film Festival. The festival will be broken up into two parts, with the first …
Sirens: Vehicle Stolen as Owner Disconnects Trailer; Roommate Assault; Burglary; Theft
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT  Burglary  • Two Centralia subjects were arrested and released for allegedly breaking into an unoccupied building in the 2800 block of Russell Road at …
The Math Problem Part 2: Chehalis School District Aims to Conquer Its Biggest Hurdle With Innovative Teaching
Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. The …
Centralia Woman to Mark 100th Birthday
Helga Mahoney, of Centralia, is celebrating her 100th birthday. Friends are invited to join her family for a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Fords Prairie Grange, which is …
W.F. West Student Pages in State House of Representatives
Codi Bieker, of W.F. West High School, paged in the Washington state House of Representatives Jan. 23 through Jan. 27. She was sponsored by Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama. Codi paged during the third …
Lewis County Elementary Students Tour ‘Safety City’ With Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Other First Responders
More than 700 Lewis County elementary school students toured “Safety City” Jan. 23 through Jan. 27 to learn about safety in their schools, communities and homes. The students eagerly …
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Local Sports
Bearcats Maintain Local Domination at Sub-Regionals
TUMWATER — As the lights dimmed and the spotlight was lowered at Black Hills on Saturday, the W.F. West boys wrestling team got about its work. The Bearcats’ business is winning, and …
Josh Meldrum Hits Game-Winner in Rainier’s Win Over Ocosta
In a dogfight in the first round of the 2B District 4, the Rainier boys basketball team needed every bit of every minute to pull out a win in Montesano Saturday night against Ocosta.  The …
Riverhawks Falter Late in District Loss to Mules
ROCHESTER — Keeping it tight with the Central No. 3 Wahkiakum through two and a half quarters, the Central No. 7 Toledo boys basketball team fell in the first round of the 2B District 4 …
MWP Can’t Keep Up with Freeman, Seagulls in District-Opening Loss
Though the Morton-White Pass girls basketball team hung around, it couldn’t keep up with a more consistent Raymond squad in the first round of the 2B District 4 tournament at Montesano Saturday …
Pirates Squash Seagulls, Advance to District Quarterfinals
Just two days after a blowout loss to Napavine, the Adna boys basketball team will rematch with the Tigers again on Wednesday after a 2B District 4 tournament-opening win against Raymond Saturday …

Chronicle Podcast

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Lawrence ‘Larry’ Smith: 1940-2021

Lawrence “Larry” Farley Smith, 81, of Mossyrock Washington, suddenly passed away at St. Peter Hospital on Oct. 20, 2021, from cardiac arrest. Larry was born in South Bend Washington on …

In Loving Memory of Betty L. Prichard: 1932-2023

Betty Prichard peacefully made her way to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan, 17, 2023, in Chehalis, Washington.  Betty was born on Jan. 27, 1932, in Missouri to Walter Kennon and Willie …

Death Notices: Feb. 4, 2023

• KERRY LYNN PETRICH, 54, Chehalis, died Jan. 29 at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington.  • DENNIS WILLARD …

Death Notices: Feb. 2, 2023

• TRACY S. DAVIS, 56, Chehalis, died Jan. 29 at Providence Centralia Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home. • JOSEPH  KRUPLA III, 71, Cinebar, died …

In Loving Memory of Wallace Tippery: 1928-2023

Wallace Hal 'Wally' Tippery was released to glory on January 21, 2023, at the age of 95. Wally was born January 8th, 1928, in Portland, Oregon, to Loyd and Ethel (Dahl) Tippery. He grew up in …

In Loving Memory of Steven Pierce: 1969-2023 

Steven Walter Pierce, 53, of Aberdeen, Washington, passed away peacefully on Jan. 23, 2023, in Elma, Washington. Steven was born on July 16, 1969, to John and Anita (Bourgault) Pierce in …
State & Regional News

Man Accused of Trying to Kidnap Infant From Yakima Walmart

A Wapato man is in jail after a woman said he tried to take her infant son at a Yakima Walmart parking lot Thursday. Police were called to the Walmart at 1600 E. Chestnut Ave. around 12:40 p.m. …

Nation/World News

From China to Big Sky: The Balloon That Unnerved the White House

Star gazing is nothing unusual in Montana, where skies go on forever. But as Chase Doak left work on a Wednesday and looked up on a cold winter day he saw a mysterious round white object that was …

Schools
Achieving Success: The Math Problem: Chehalis — And America’s — Biggest Academic Hurdle
Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. The …
‘The New Buzzword’: How the Chehalis School District Prioritized STEM and Technical Education to Give Students a Brighter Future
Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. The …
Chehalis School District Awarded $1.05M Grant for Student Achievement Initiative
The Chehalis School District will receive $1,050,000 from the Washington Student Achievement Council over the next 18 months to benefit the district’s Student Achievement Initiative. …
‘A Partnership That May Go On Forever’: How The Chehalis School District and Chehalis Foundation Achieved Success
Editor’s note: This is the third installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. …
Powerful Teaching and Learning: How Teaching Was Revolutionized in the Chehalis School District
Editor’s note: This is the second installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. …
Commentary

Braun Commentary: The Homes People Need Can Be Built Sooner — if Government Would Just Get Out of the Way

Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature agree our state needs more places for people to live. A lot more. It doesn’t matter much whether they’re single-family homes or structures …

Mittge Commentary: Remembering Bob Hansen: ‘He Cut the Trail and Carried the Torch’

Longtime readers of The Chronicle will no doubt remember Bob Hansen, whose observational slice-of-life columns brought his wry, good-natured humor to our community for five years in the early …

Commentary: Time to Stop Crooks From Scamming Jobless Benefits

Three years after crooks stole billions in unemployment insurance (UI) funds, federal and state officials are scrambling to retrieve the money which was directed to the jobless and plug leaks in …

Bill Moeller Commentary: Old Lewis County Directory Has Plenty of Stories to Tell

I was just thinking that the only way we can know how far we’ve come is by looking back on where we’ve been.  That’s hardly a profound statement, but it’s the best I …

Being Frank: Dead Zones Are a Symptom of a Warming Planet

As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, former …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Nordic Center at White Pass Ski Area Offers Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and More
Though all winter sports test the athlete’s mettle, the Nordic side of White Pass Ski Area may offer less intimidating recreational opportunities than the steep slopes across U.S. Highway …
Backyard Salmon Spotting Surprises Winlock Landowners: ‘Oh Crap, They Are Here’
The mighty salmon fights its way home only to ensure the next generation’s prosperity. It’s no wonder the fish have such cultural significance. When, in November, Winlock resident …