Local News
Town Hall: Chehalis Residents Express Concerns Over New Apartment Complex on 21st Street 
Nearly 40 residents who live on or near 21st Street in Chehalis gathered at the Lewis County Fire District 6 station for a town hall Wednesday aimed at allowing residents to voice traffic and …
Protection Efforts Nearly Complete With Goat Rocks Fire Half a Mile From the Timberline Neighborhood
The Goat Rocks Fire northeast of Packwood has seen recent growth along Coal Creek. On Friday morning, the blaze was reportedly one half mile away from the Upper Timberline neighborhood. After …
WSDOT Considering Options After Bridge Again Hit by Oversize Load While Already Undergoing Repairs 
The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed at milepost 60 for several hours on Thursday after a log truck struck the state Route 506 overpass near the Vader and Toledo area.  The …
Hoof Rot or Not, WDFW Wants Reports of Elk With Limps, Misshapen Hooves
Elk in Packwood can seem as common as pigeons in Seattle, but pigeons don’t tend to stand in the roadway, sift through trash or take up residence overnight in the front lawn. Along with the …
Sirens: Swimming in the Fountain; Sword Fighting in the Street; Driver Involved in Crash Would Like to Speak to a Manager
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Vehicle Accidents • A driver sustained minor injuries following a single-vehicle collision that was reported in the 1200 block of North Tower Avenue at …
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad Will Host ‘School of Wizardry Express’ Event on Oct. 1 and 2
The public is invited to “experience magic, mystery and managed mischief on the School of Wizardry Express,” according to a news release by the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum. …
Woodland Avenue Construction Set to Start Monday in Centralia
Starting on Monday, Sept. 26, Woodland Avenue in Centralia will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday until Oct. 28 so construction crews can install a new storm sewer and …
WSECU to Open New Branch Location  in Chehalis on Monday
The new branch location of Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) in Chehalis is set to open on Monday, Sept. 26. It’s located at 1725 Northwest Louisiana Ave., across from the Home …
Treasurer Announces Changes to Lewis County Property Taxes Coming Due to State Law
The Lewis County Treasurer’s Office on Friday released a document that describes changes to property taxes as a result of state legislation that was passed in March. House Bill 1982 — …
New eCare Mortuary Seeks to Offer Lewis County Residents Price Transparency, More Affordable Options
Losing a loved one is never easy. To help make the process of funeral planning more affordable and simple, eCare Mortuary founders Diane Achord and Emily Diser said they are focusing on providing …
In Focus: Driver Cited for Hit-and-Run After Crashing Into Chehalis Building
A driver was cited for a hit-and-run in the 500 block of Northwest Pacific Avenue just after 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 21 after their vehicle struck a building. No injuries were reported.
Mountains and Marmots and Meadows: a Guide to Cascadian Critters at Paradise
Most of the year, Mount Rainier is a sleeping giant with a blanket of snow and a pillow of clouds. In ephemeral late summer, the mountain reminds us it’s teeming with life. Especially at …
State Department of Agriculture Says Bird Flu Uptick Likely This Fall
As birds begin their fall migration, the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) wants to warn poultry farmers of the increased risk in the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, also …
Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society to Host 53rd Annual Oktoberfest at Swiss Hall on Oct. 1
The Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society will celebrate its 53rd annual Oktoberfest at the Swiss Hall in Frances on Saturday, Oct. 1. Throughout the day, patrons will be able to compete in bowling, …
A Look Back in Time: Lewis County Residents Support Richard Nixon Following His 1952 ‘Checkers Speech’
Lewis County was reported by The Chronicle as showing its support for Richard Nixon on Sept. 24, 1952. At the time, Nixon was a U.S. senator from California running with Dwight Eisenhower as the …
Local Sports
Vikings Roll Past Sound Christian
The Mossyrock football team's offense hit a new level Saturday in Pierce County, putting up 10 touchdowns in a 72-24 win over Sound Christian at Curtis High School. Sophomore quarterback Easton …
Blazers Swept by LCC in Conference Opener
Falling in its NWAC opener, the Centralia College volleyball team was swept by Lower Columbia (25-20, 25-17, 25-21) Friday night in Centralia. The Trailblazers were again led by the play of …
Riverhawks Come Back to Defeat Cardinals
Trailing by two sets on the road in Winlock, the Toledo volleyball team flipped a switch and manufactured a five-set come-from-behind win (23-25, 15-25, 26-24, 25-15, 15-10) against the Cardinals …
Bearcats Beat Out T-Birds
The W.F. West boys tennis team won the top five matches on the scorecard in its road matchup at Tumwater, dowing the Thunderbirds 5-1. Singles First singles: Aaron Boggess (WFW) def. Drew …
Beavers Bruise Their Way Past Loggers
The back-and-forth brawl that was last year’s matchup on the Black Top between Onalaska and Tenino failed to materialize this time around in Onalaska, as the combination of a bruising Beaver attack …

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Jay Morris: 1952-2022

Jay Allen Morris, 70, of Rochester, passed away Sept. 16, 2022, at Providence Centralia Hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 1952, to Robert James (Bob) Morris and Velleda Rosalie (Babe) Finch at Bethesda …

In Loving Memory of Sharon Imhoff (Thacker): 1954-2022

Sharon Imhoff was born in 1954 as Sharon Rossi and was raised in Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir, California. She was voted an outstanding female athlete and homecoming queen by the Dunsmuir High School in …

In Loving Memory of Randy Cline: 1961-2022 

Randy Thomas Cline, 61, of Kasilof, Alaska passed away September 7, 2022. Randy was originally from Rochester, Washington. He spent most of his adult life in Alaska, which he loved. He never had a …

In Loving Memory of Ronald Zenkner: 1947-2022

Ronald Earl Zenkner, of Toledo, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, peacefully at home, after a nine-month battle with cancer. He was born in Centralia, Washington on Aug. 3, 1947, to Earl and …

Death Notices: Sept. 24, 2022

• JOAN L. ZIMMERMAN, 87, Winlock, died Sept. 19 at Prestige in Centralia. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home. • LILLIAN ‘IRENE’ CARTER, Olympia, died …

In Loving Memory of Malee Joyce Price: 1949-2022

Malee Joyce Price, 73, of Centralia, Washington, passed away peacefully on Sept. 11, 2022, at Providence Centralia Hospital.  Malee was born in Centralia, Washington, on June 21, 1949. She …
State & Regional News

Gov. Jay Inslee Returns to Washington After Nordic Trade Mission, Forgoing European Vacation

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has returned to Washington early, after spending the last several days leading a delegation on a trade mission to Finland, Sweden and Norway.  Inslee’s office …

Nation/World News

Report: More Than 1,000 Wild Horses Sent to Slaughter

The American Wild Horse Campaign released a report Friday documenting that 1,020 federally-protected wild horses and burros have been sold at slaughter auctions in the last 22 months. The …

Headwaters to Harbor
Paddlers Recover Kayak Lost During Headwaters to Harbor Series
Readers of The Chronicle may remember the front page story from May 24 titled “River Diary No. 1: Up a River With Only a Paddle,” which was part of the paper’s Headwaters to Harbor …
Commentary: How to Stay Safe While Paddling the Chehalis River and Beyond
Luna Leopold, a leading U.S. geomorphologist and hydrologist, said this of rivers: “We must let the river teach us. Not just a few of us. Let the river teach all of us.” Like many …
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 …
Business Stories
Ribbon Cutting Set for New Centralia Barbershop, The Refined Man

A ribbon cutting will be held for the opening of The Refined Man in Centralia on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. The event will mark the opening of the barber shop’s second location after its Olympia branch. …

Commentary

Brian Mittge Commentary: Considering the Value of Bart & Ted’s Excellent Adventures

I love hard news, political deep-dives, on-the-ground reports, dogged investigative journalism and all the rest of the nitty-gritty that makes a newspaper so vital to a community’s …

John McCroskey Commentary: Decisions by Democrats Have Made Us Less Safe

Over the past couple of years, thanks in large part to actions by Democrats — or, more accurately, inaction — we find ourselves in some places feeling unsafe due to some serious matters …

Don Brunell Commentary: It’s Not Just Garbage — It Can Be an Energy Source

If you live in Spokane, you know about its waste-to-energy facility, which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 13,000 …

Julie McDonald Commentary: From Portland to Centralia, Mary Jane Mills Made Lewis County History

After traveling west from Missouri over the Oregon Trail in 1847, early Lewis County settler Elkanah Mills staked a land claim in Clackamas County, Oregon, on May 5, 1848. That was the day after …

Opinion: The Story of the Praying Bremerton Coach Keeps Getting More Surreal

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Bremerton assistant football coach Joseph Kennedy had the right to pray on the field, it wasn't widely understood then that the court had also ordered …
Outdoors
Outdoors
How to Climb Mount St. Helens During Peak Season
So you want to climb a mountain. Scratch that — a volcano. For many, especially those living in the Pacific Northwest, climbing Mount St. Helens is a great way to dip your toes into …
WDFW Announces 56 Days of Tentative Coastal Razor Clam Digs, Beginning Sept. 22
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) last week announced 56 tentative dates for razor clam digs at coastal beaches from Sept. 22 through Dec. 28. "The …
How to Visit the Elusive North Side of Mount Hood, Home of Big Views and Beautiful Trails
It’s not so easy to get a good look at the north side of Mount Hood. While folks in Washington might be used to a distant look at the north face of Oregon’s tallest mountain, …