Local News
News Dump Ep. 104: My Father Took Me into the City to Join the Worst Parade
On the 104th episode of News Dump, Aaron VanTuyl, Eric Schwartz, Franklin Taylor and Isabel Vander Stoep discuss the county’s collective online reaction to the 4th of July, a wild Max Headroom …
‘If He Ever Sees Freedom, No One Will Be Safe’: Man Convicted in Death of State Trooper Sentenced to 45 Years
A Lewis County Superior Court judge has sentenced William Thompson, the man convicted last month for the March 2020 murder of Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin R. Schaffer, to 45 years in …
Randle Man Who Drowned in Riffe Lake Has Been Identified
A 36-year-old man who drowned in a Lewis County lake last week was identified on Tuesday, according to the Lewis County Coroner's Office. Michael P. Miller of Randle drowned in Riffe Lake on June …
Toledo Man Accused of Attacking Stepfather With Machete on Sunday 
Bail has been set at $150,000 for a Toledo man accused of pulling his disabled stepfather out of a wheelchair and hitting him in the back of the head with the handle of a machete on …
In Focus: Summerfest Parade Rolls Through Downtown Centralia on Independence Day
The Summerfest Fourth of July parade rolled through the streets of downtown Centralia on Monday. Here are some photographs from Chronicle photographer Jared Wenzelburger. Look for additional …
One Seriously Injured, Another Hurt When Fireworks Explode in Tenino Sunday
One man was burned and another man’s hand was injured in a fireworks explosion in Tenino Sunday night, according to South Thurston Fire.  Both men were thought to be in their late teens …
Tenino’s Shiplap Quilt Shop and Coffee House Honored in Quilt Sampler Magazine
Less than one year after opening, the Shiplap Quilt Shop and Coffee House in Tenino will be featured in the fall edition of the Quilt Sampler Magazine. The fall magazine featuring Shiplap will be …
Thurston County Reports 779 New COVID-19 Cases
Thurston County reported an increase in COVID-19 cases as the health department tallied 779 new cases and two deaths during the period of June 27 through July 2. The deaths included a woman in …
Rochester Man Dies Following Saturday Crash on U.S. Highway 12
A 60-year-old Rochester man has died after initially being transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Saturday after a crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Grand Mound. Kenneth M. Pekola was …
Summerfest Demolition Derby Features Drivers of All Ages, Cars of All Sizes
The crowd of more than 3,500 at the Centralia Summerfest demolition derby on Sunday was energized for the entirety of the hourslong event, from starting races until the final derby. But there was …
New Christian Values-Based Early Learning Center to Open in Centralia on Sept. 1
The founders of the new Pacific Northwest Early Learning Center came together under less than ideal circumstances in September 2021, but with a dream to provide community-focused child care and a …
Crowded Thurston, Lewis ERs Adopt New Policy to Keep From Turning Away Patients
Hospitals in Thurston and Lewis counties have taken steps to avoid diverting patients from their emergency departments due to overcrowding. The hospitals worked with their emergency medical …
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum Launches Stationary ‘Escape Room Dinner Train’ at the Depot 
A scoundrel has taken the controls of Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum’s 1920s dining car and, with no outside help on the way, it’s up to the passengers to use their puzzle-solving …
Centralia Breeder’s Thoroughbred Earns ‘Horse of the Year’ Distinction
Farm life is full of highs and lows: births, deaths, earnings, loss, fruits and labor. Petra Lewin, of Centralia, has toiled away on her Prather Road farm since 1972. Her biggest high to date …
Local Sports
Rainier’s Jeremiah Nubbe Once Again Becomes Gatorade Player of the Year
Jeremiah Nubbe has added another accolade to his long resume of athletic achievements. Following his senior year at Rainier High School, Nubbe was named the Gatorade Washington Track and Field Player …
Lewis County Coaches Announce All-Area Track and Field Team
Lewis County’s coaches have announced their annual Lewis County All-Area Track and Field Team for the 2022 spring season. This year’s squad includes 13 athletes on the boys side and …
Adna’s Haley Rainey Still Dominating at the College Level
Haley Rainey is a sticky note person. Whether it’s using them to plan out the various classes, practices, weight lifts, or social events in her life, she has them everywhere. But the most …
Tyler Gussin Slow-Pitch Tourney Coming to Centralia July 16-17
The Tyler Gussin Wood Bat Memorial Slow-Pitch Tournament, which will raise funds for the Centralia High School baseball program, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17. The softball …

Chronicle Podcast

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Shirley Mae Bates: 1930-2022

Shirley Mae Bates was born on Oct. 27, 1930, to Harry M. and Nora D. Beard, joining her three sisters, Carol, Eila and Phyllis. On April 3, 2022, at age 91, Shirley passed away peacefully at home in …

In Loving Memory of Patrick McCarty: 1949-2022

On Sunday, June 12, 2022, Patrick Harrison McCarty, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle went to be with Jesus at the age of 73.  Patrick was born on Jan. 30, 1949 in …

Death Notices: July 2, 2022

• ANITA KAYE PEDERSON, 75, Chehalis, died June 21 at Providence Centralia Hospital. A celebration of life will be held  from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at Sticklin Funeral Chapel, 1437 South Gold, …

In Loving Memory of Richard Donald Hall: 1932-2022 

Richard Donald Hall, age 89, is now in the loving arms of our Lord. Dick passed away on June 19, 2022, in his home of 65 years. Dick’s parents, Alice Nettnin Hall and Harold Hall, brought him …

In Loving Memory of Melody Rose Dowell Mohney: 1975-2022

The world lost a beautiful soul all too soon. On June 20, 2022, Melody Rose Dowell Mohney received her wings. Mel was just 47 years young when her vibrant young life was cut short. Mel was born in …

In Loving Memory of Patricia Mae "Patty" Smith: 1948-2022

Patricia Mae "Patty" Smith passed away Dec. 27, 2021 in McCleary, Washington.  She was born Aug. 24, 1948 to Sherley and Beverly (Burnette) Boursaw in Newberry, Michigan.  She is …
State & Regional News

Washington's Deadline for No More Fossil Fuel Impossible if Snake River Dams Breached, Study Says

The four lower Snake River dams are essential to meeting the Northwest's climate goals to decarbonize the electric grid by 2045, says a new analysis commissioned by Northwest RiverPartners. The …

Nation/World News

‘They Encountered Pure Hell’: Sheriff Says Man Who Killed Kentucky Cops Opened Fire Without Warning

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Police who went to a home in a small eastern Kentucky town to investigate an alleged rape ran into a storm of bullets in which three officers died and several others were …

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 …
Commentary

Commentary: Veterans Ask Only for What They Were Promised After Pledging Lives

Whether a volunteer or draftee, each and every veteran signed a document agreeing to sacrifice his or her life during service for the United States of America. That makes a veteran different from …

Brian Mittge Commentary: Sunny or Cloudy, Summer Days Are Sweet, Indeed

“Summertime, and the living is easy...” — George and Ira Gershwin   I’m a bit of a contrarian when it comes to summer. I’m happy with overcast and mid-60s …

Bill Moeller Commentary: Is Summer Really Here? And Another Trip to the Emergency Room

You’ll probably be reading this at least a week or more after I’ve written it, so I can only assume that, just maybe, summer is finally here. We can only guess how long it will be …

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 …
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. …