Local News
In focus: LC Coffee Company's The Creamery holds grand opening in Centralia
The Creamery LC Coffee Company held its grand opening ceremony on Friday afternoon in Centralia.  The Creamery is the latest opening by the Lewis County Coffee Company. Read more about the …
Rider injured when motorcycle hits vehicle on I-5 in Lewis County 
A 72-year-old Gold Bar man was injured Friday afternoon when his motorcycle struck a vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Napavine, according to the Washington State Patrol.  Mark E. Plumb was …
Expect nighttime delays on Interstate 5 in Centralia area beginning Sunday
Travelers who use Interstate 5 just north of Centralia should plan for overnight work and travel delays due to roadway repairs beginning Sunday, July 24, according to a news release from the …
Lewis County commissioner asks residents to be prepared in case of 911 outages
After a faulty software update caused a technological meltdown that swept across the globe Friday, disrupting online services for businesses, hospitals, governments and more, a Lewis County …
Foster parents of missing girl Oakley Carlson to hold school supply drive in August 
The former foster parents of missing 6-year-old Oakville girl Oakley Carlson will hold a school supplies drive through the month of August in Oakley’s honor.  Oakley’s foster …
In focus: Northwest Salmon Smokehouse celebrates six months of business in Chehalis
Members of the business community, customers and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce gathered at Northwest Salmon Smokehouse in downtown Chehalis Thursday morning to celebrate six months of …
Kiddin’ Around to host Dine and Dash — a Chef’s Night Out to boost mission of supporting area youths
Kiddin’ Around, a nonprofit organization founded in 2021, will host its first first Dine and Dash — Chef’s Night Out fundraising event in downtown Centralia on Thursday, July 25, …
Sirens: Homeless an uses power outlet without permission; mailboxes knocked over; animals left in parked van; meth found in juvenile's room
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Criminal trespass • Just after 6:55 a.m. on July 17, a business in the 1100 block of Grand Avenue reported a disorderly male who appeared to be under the …
Death notices: July 19, 2024
• GREGORY FANCHER, 71, Toledo, died June 28 in Toledo. Arrangements are under the care of Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary. • LEVI SANCHEZ, 82, Oakville, died July 6 at home. …
Brian Mittge: Berry sweetness and obscure additions to Lewis County’s Top 10 spots
Happy Berryuary! It’s my favorite time of year: the midsummer season when Washington’s woods are at their bountiful best.  The native trailing blackberries are delicious, the …
Forest management, protection a focus at state commissioner of public lands forum
The seven candidates running for Washington state commissioner of public lands shared their preferred policies and how they would manage and protect state lands last week at a forum in Vancouver to …
Chehalis Fire Department launches new advanced life support paramedic program
The Chehalis Fire Department has launched a new advanced life support (ALS) paramedic program, Fire Chief Adam Fulbright announced Wednesday. The program, which offers pre-hospital medical care …
Boistfort class of 1974 to be honored at alumni potluck
The annual Boistfort High School alumni potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Boistfort School lunchroom and gym next to the school on Boistfort Road in Curtis. All former …
Pierce County man accused of damaging electricity substations; Centralia man charged as accomplice
A 33-year-old Tacoma man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court in Portland to charges accusing him of damaging two power substations in Oregon in 2022. Zachary Rosenthal was charged with …
Commerce Department awards Chehalis Tribe $750,000, Quinault Nation $13 million to promote climate resilience
The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation has received a $750,000 grant from the Washington state Department of Commerce to promote climate resilience amongst tribes. The funding is …
Local Sports
Dirtbags top Wyoming’s best to finish pool play unbeaten
The RBI Dirtbags capped regional pool play with a third win in as many games on Thursday, as they defeated Rock Springs (Wyoming) 9-6. The Dirtbags took the lead early with six runs in the first …
Chehalis All-Stars fall in elimination quarterfinal
The Chehalis 12U All-Star Team’s summer season came to an end on Wednesday, as Chehalis was beaten 16-4 by North Kitsap in an elimination quarterfinal. Heading into Tuesday, Chehalis was …
Eddie Smith leaning on experience, familiarity in return to Washington
Eddie Smith still gets a special feeling when he passes through Centralia. “Even just driving through I-5, seeing exit 82,” Smith said. “The goosebumps start coming.” …
Toutle's Zach Swanson selected by Detroit Tigers in MLB Draft
Toutle Lake standout Zach Swanson was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the MLB Draft Monday as the 266th overall pick in the ninth round. After waiting an agonizing hour and turning down two …
Eddie Smith says coaching baseball at UW 'is more than I ever could have imagined'
Eddie Smith is happy to be back in his home state. The new Washington Husky baseball coach, who was formally introduced by UW athletic director Pat Chun on Tuesday afternoon, has had quite a …

Chronicle Podcast

  • News Dump Ep. 194: Where do you even put 1,000 pills?
  • News Dump Ep. 193: Too many people’s champions, not enough crime
  • News Dump Ep. 192: A Star-Spangled Podcast (with CDA guests!)
Obituaries

In loving memory of Thomas (Tom) Hulbert: 1947-2024

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas (Tom) Hulbert, a remarkable man whose kindness, generosity and unwavering work ethic left an indelible mark on all who knew …

In loving memory of Shirley Jean Hanson: 1939-2024

Shirley Jean Hanson passed away June 25, 2024, in Olympia, Washington, her home of 56 years. She was born Oct. 9, 1939, to Ray F. and Hazel M. Bartley in Ajlune, Lewis County, Washington. …

In loving memory of Ron Brown: 1934-2024

Ronald Harold Brown passed away peacefully in his Centralia home on the morning of July 5, 2024, at the age of 90.  Ron was born to William H. Brown and Cecilia E. (Struthers) Brown on May …

Death notices: July 17, 2024

• WARREN BURR JOHNSON, 92, Chehalis, died July 8. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • THOMAS MICHAEL HULBERT, 77, Olympia, died July 13 in …

In loving memory of Barbara Goodwin

Barbara Goodwin passed away June 9, 2024, in Centralia, Washington, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She will be missed by all who knew her!  Barb is preceded in death by her …

In loving memory of Larris Vlach: 1947-2024

Larris John Vlach was born on Oct. 31, 1947, in Prentice, Wisconsin. He was the son of Roy and Dorothy Vlach. He passed away peacefully at home on June 11, 2024, after a long battle with …
State & Regional News

Man run over by an RV in Vancouver parking lot after a fight ID’d by police

The man who was run over and killed by another man driving an RV after a fight in a Vancouver parking lot has been identified. Sundance Rainbow Goodroad, 46, died from blunt force injuries on …

Schools
Centralia College to host the fifth annual Statewide Inspirational Speech Championship
Centralia College’s Jamie Cline will compete for the title of Statewide Inspirational Speech Champion on July 27. This year’s competition will mark the fifth year since the …
Winlock educator celebrated as she retires after 39 years of teaching
The end-of-the-year assembly at Winlock Middle School included a special surprise for a longtime teacher on Friday, June 28. The gathering of students and staff honored retiring educator Lisa …
Toledo High School trimester three honor roll 
Following are members of the Toledo High School trimester three honor roll. Students are listed in alphabetical order.  12th grade  Principal’s list: 3.75 to 4.0  …
Onalaska High School second semester honor roll 
Following are members of the Onalaska High School second semester honor roll.  12th grade  Highest honors: 4.0  Conner I. Blair, Rylan R. McGraw, Baiden S. Munter, …
Mossyrock Jr./Sr. High School second semester honor roll 
Following are members of the Mossyrock Jr./Sr. High School second semester honor roll. Students are listed in alphabetical order.  12th grade  Perfect 4.0  Koltin S. …
Commentary

John Braun: When Democrats say they want to lower costs, ask them about the cost-saving initiatives

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But Senate Republicans aren’t feeling particularly flattered that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is claiming to support a majority of …

Commentary: Packwood Fire Department nears the end of an era

I am writing this commentary to urge Lewis County Fire District 10 voters to approve the levy increase for the Packwood Fire Department (PFD) on their Aug. 6 primary ballot. In preparation for …

Maureen Harkcom: Lewis County agriculture statistics show importance of local farmers

If you hung in there with me on the last commentary about the agricultural landscape of Washington state, let’s now try Lewis County agriculture on for size. Remember, this information …

Julie McDonald: Nation needs people to respect political opponents

I jumped up from an afternoon nap and rushed to the television Saturday upon reading the subject line on an emailed news release on my phone: “Gluesenkamp Perez statement on shooting at Trump …

Richard Stride commentary: Malcolm Muggeridge, Grandma Red and timeless truisms, buster

Have you ever heard of Malcolm Muggeridge? Neither had I until a book I just finished mentioned his name.     Malcolm was born in Sanderstead, Surry, England, in March 1903. He …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Software error scrambles Washington hunting tag draw
Software problems disrupted Washington's special hunt permit drawings this summer, and officials have been working to make things right. A coding error in the third-party software that the …
Grays Harbor County man sentenced to 29 months in prison for big game violations
On July 1, a Grays Harbor County poacher was sentenced to 29 months in state prison and served a $4,000 fine and a two-year suspension of his hunting privileges, the Washington Department of Fish and …
In focus: Scenes from the Bench and Snow Lake Trail at Mount Rainier National Park
The Bench and Snow Lake Trail is a 2.2-mile trail near Paradise within Mount Rainier National Park that can be accessed from Stevens Canyon Road. It takes about two hours to hike in and out with …