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Cristopher Gaudreau will serve 25 years in prison for the October 2021 murder of his girlfriend, local LGBTQ+ activist and performer Rikkey Outumuro.  The sentence was at the high end of the … more
For more than 10 years, the Veterans Memorial Pearl Street Pool in Centralia has been closed due to maintenance issues and budget constraints. During that time, the Save The Outdoor Pool (STOP) group … more
Having closed in September 2021, the longtime home of the Kit Carson Family Restaurant in Chehalis stayed vacant for about a year before Seattle Chef Eyner “Rene” Cardona began renovating … more
For dancers and supporters of Southwest Washington Dance Center, the loss of their beloved “Nutcracker” in 2020 to COVID-19 restrictions was an especially hard blow. It wasn’t … more
A woman estimated to be around 40 years old was taken from the scene and kept under observation for smoke inhalation as responders fought back a house fire in the 1000 block of West Main Street … more
The Cascade Mountains form a kingdom and the trees below are subjects. Nobility lives high up in a castle.  To get to the palace, one must cross rivers and forests. There he rests on sheets … more
Starting Dec. 2, the Fort Borst Park drive-thru light display will be returning to Centralia for citizens to enjoy this Christmas season.  The light displays, which will feature both animated … more
To Winlock residents and city officials who had been inside the Winlock Haunted Hostel, Hotel and B&B in recent years, the fire that engulfed the building on Nov. 8 was tragic and terrifying, but … more
The 72nd annual Santa Parade is on Saturday in Downtown Chehalis. The parade’s theme will be “The Night Before Christmas.”  Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Director … more
As Mary Oliver once wrote, the wild goose’s call is “harsh and exciting.” The phrase also aptly described the fanfare of the trumpeter swan, which can be heard from miles away, … more
Another month has passed since Aron Christensen and his dog, Buzzo, were found dead on a hiking trail near Walupt Lake in East Lewis County.  With no clear answers yet on what happened to the … more
Mistletoe Tree Farm is only open as a u-cut Christmas tree seller for 10 days out of the year, but each of those days is packed with families coming to the rural Chehalis farm from across the region … more
Two or three households are displaced after a support beam in an apartment building on North Rock Street caught fire Friday morning.  Firefighters with the Riverside Fire Authority and the … more
Ask someone who was there when Centralia College began offering four-year degrees 10 years ago and they often remember feeling a little like they were in uncharted territory. The state had only … more
When it comes to holiday donations, most people think of toy drives, but children aren’t the only ones in need of support. The Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging assists seniors and … more
Bell-ringers from the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign outside stores have long been a cheery sign of the holidays.  This week, they’ve returned to the entrances of Walmart in … more
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a false report of an active shooter at Rochester High School that caused law enforcement to evacuate the school Tuesday … more
Piano virtuoso Charlie Albright performed for attendees gathered in the Corbet Theatre Friday evening for a “Classical Christmas Fundraiser Concert,” with proceeds going to the Charlie … more
With a dry November, not even previous rainfall or below-freezing temperatures could stop a swell of over a dozen fires across Western Washington, according to the Washington Department of Natural … more
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