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The Centralia Lions Club held its annual youth fishing derby at Fort Borst Park in Centralia on Saturday, April 27. The  derby lasted from about 8 a.m. until noon. Children ages 3 to … more
Kayakers, canoers and rafters returned to the river for the 46th annual Pe Ell River Run on Saturday. Starting at Queen Avenue in Pe Ell, river runners took their time down the Chehalis River … more
Chronicle photographer Ridley Hudson made her way to Mount St. Helens via the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway on Saturday. Meanwhile, Chronicle reporter Owen Sexton headed to White Pass, taking the … more
Gov. Jay Inslee will soon likely sign a bill into law that will require Washington smelt dippers to get a license before they wade out with their nets.  Recreational fishing licenses have … more
Funding for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to combat sea lion predation on the lower Columbia River and its tributaries was removed from the state’s operating budget during … more
Crowds from across the state gathered along the Cowlitz River on Tuesday afternoon for the second day of smelt-dipping approved by the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) this … more
There will be another opportunity to dip for smelt in the Cowlitz River as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved an additional one-day recreational fishery from 1 to 6 … more
Crowds flocked to the Cowlitz River on Thursday morning as smelt-dipping returned after the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a one-day recreational fishery. A … more
Chronicle reporter Owen Sexton captured these images during a photo hunt in East Lewis County on Saturday. To submit your own photos for possible publication in The Chronicle, email … more
The drive caused a bit of a concern. Shrouded by low-hanging gray clouds for much of the trip, I wondered what exactly I got myself into when I pitched a kayaking trip as my first story of 2024. … more
With the arrival of winter, skiers and snowboarders from throughout the region are flocking to Washington’s many ski resorts, including the White Pass Ski Area in East Lewis County. As of … more
By the time the Renaissance began, the oldest trees in the Grove of the Matriarchs may have already turned 300. Today, “old growth” generally refers to trees that are older than 100 … more
National Geographic states Earth first formed 4.5 billion years ago, and humans have been around for about 300,000 of those.   That’s less than 0.007% of all the time on Earth. The … more
For anglers who enjoy catching salmon near Astoria, the California sea lion is an established menace.  The farther out one travels at the river’s mouth, the more they’ll see the … more
Whenever smelt dips open along the Cowlitz River, thousands turn out to catch a bucket of the small silver fish. Part of the dip’s popularity is that smelt are one of the only species of … 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 … more
COUGAR — A bit sizzly up there on the surface, is it? Why not hang out down here, underground, with us supremely cool apes? The year-round temperature inside Ape Cave, a lava tube on the … more
Some call turning 50 getting “over the hill.” For Neal Kirby, who spent over two decades as a school principal in Centralia, turning 70 means getting over the volcano — five … more
Mountain goats and their kids were visible from the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens this Wednesday evening as the observatory closed for the night after its second day open in three … more
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