Local News
Filing Week Ends With Fireworks as Congressional Candidate Drops Out; Commissioner, PUD Races Head for Primary 
Candidate filing week ended with some fireworks Friday. Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District Brent Hennrich stepped out of the race at the last moment. Lewis County Assessor …
Investigation Underway After Vader Woman Says She Shot Husband in Self Defense
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident where a 51-year-old Vader woman reportedly shot her 54-year-old husband in self defense.  Deputies responded to the scene …
Napavine to Offer Summer Classes For Lewis County High School Students
Napavine will be offering three classes this summer for students in eighth through 11th grades anywhere in Lewis County. The classes will meet June 27 through July 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and …
Centralia Stream Team to Host China Creek Cleanup on June 4
The Centralia Stream Team has announced a cleanup event for China Creek on June 4. Participants will meet in the Centralia College parking lot at 113 South Rock St. at 10 a.m. and be divided into …
Herrera Beutler Introduces Bipartisan Bill Aiming to Increase the Number of Police Officers
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrea Beutler, R-Battle Ground, introduced legislation this week addressing staffing shortages among police departments in Southwest Washington and the country more broadly. …
Cat Show Coming to Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
The International Cat Association (TICA) cat show will scratch and claw its way to the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds June 11-12. The show, presented by the Commencement Cat Club, will run from …
Award-Winning Adna Teen to Perform at Centralia “Soaring Soloist” Concert
The annual “Soaring Soloist” Concert will be presented by the Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra at Centralia College’s Corbet Theater at 7 p.m. June 13. According to the …
Sirens: Building vs. Frying Pan ; Sidewalk Cave-in; Assault; Fraudulent Charges
LEWIS COUNTY JAIL STATISTICS As of Friday morning, the Lewis County Jail had a total system population of 142 inmates, including 124 in the general population and 18 in the Work Ethic and …
Thurston County Commissioners Award Treatment Sales Tax Funds
The Thurston County Board of Commissioners this week voted unanimously to approve $1.2 million in treatment sales tax funds over a 19-month period beginning June 1 for six local service …
Centralia College to Break Ground on New Athletic Field May 25
After over 20 years of planning and nine years of student fundraising, Centralia College will finally break ground on its new Multipurpose Athletic Field at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The …
Arbor Health Organizes Freedom Festival Benefit Run for Mossyrock Community Group
Arbor Health is partnering with the Mossyrock Area Action League (MAAL) to organize a benefit run during the communityFreedom Festival. The event will span the Fourth of July holiday weekend with the …
Cantwell Bill Allowing Longer Leases for Chehalis Tribal Land Moves to Senate Floor
A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell that would add the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation to a list of Tribes authorized to hold leases of up to 99 years has passed out of the …
Two More Suspects in Regional Drug Trafficking Case Appear in Court
Two more suspects in a drug trafficking case connected to a family-run operation out of Fresno, California, have appeared in Lewis County Superior Court. Juan Tolentino-Chino, 33, and Hernestina …
Cantwell Meets With Cowlitz Leaders About Future of Controlling Sediment From 1980 Mount St. Helens Eruption
TOUTLE — The unpaved road to the Toutle River Sediment Retention Structure was blocked by fallen trees, so Sen. Maria Cantwell and a group led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers walked through …
Local Sports
State Softball Playoff Seedings Announced
After district softball tournaments finished up Saturday afternoon, the WIAA seeding committees met up to put together the brackets for the upcoming state tournaments coming up this week across all …
2B Softball District Roundup: Toledo, Rainier Punch State Tickets
Taking the long route through the 2B District 4 tournament, the Toledo softball team advanced to the state playoffs next week in Yakima after rebounding from a 10 a.m. loss, upsetting Onalaska in the …
Toledo’s Season Comes to an End Against No. 3-Seed Chewelah
SPOKANE — The seniors on Toledo’s baseball team had won 10 games in their career heading into this season. While the season ended here Saturday at Shadle Park High School at the …
Pitching Duo Leads T-Birds to State Final Four
For the first time since 2014, the Tumwater baseball team has made it out of the regional round of the state playoffs and will earn a trip to the state semis after back-to-back gems from its pitchers …
Quick Starts Push Bearcats to Baseball Final Four
After two years without a state tournament, and a year away in 2019, the W.F. West baseball team is back in the 2A state semifinals after defeating back-to-back opponents at Foss High School in …

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Corinne "Corrie" Morgan: 1982-2022

Corinne “Corrie” Nicole Morgan, 39, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away April 7, 2022. She was born July, 30, 1982 in Pasco, Washington. Corrie met the love of her life, Josh Morgan, and …

In Loving Memory of Gerald "Jerry" Colson, Sr.: 1961-2022

Gerald “Jerry” W. Colson Sr., 61, passed away Feb. 19, 2022 In Bismarck, North Dakota. He was born in McCleary, Washington.  Jerry attended Mount. St. Helens High School in …

In Loving Memory of Jerome Wasson: 1939-2022

Jerome “Jerry” Merle Wasson, 83, passed away suddenly on May 7, 2022, at his beloved home in Centralia. Jerry (also known as Ace, Jerome and dad) was the second of three children born to …

In Loving Memory of Beverle Lou Davis: 1935-2022

Beverle Lou Davis, age 86, of Chehalis, Washington, passed away unexpectedly in Everett, Washington on April 11, 2022.  Beverle was born in Yakima, Washington, to Henry and Eva Rohn. Beverle …

In Loving Memory David John Waldock: 1942-2022 

David John Waldock passed away peacefully at his home in Chehalis on May 11, 2022. He was born on Dec. 13, 1942 to Leo and Louise (Schultz), the second of five children in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The …

In Loving Memory of Dean Simpson: 1960-2022 

Stanley Dean Simpson passed away in Chehalis, Washington on May 14, 2022. He was born in Murray, Utah on Nov. 18, 1960. Attending school in Chehalis, Dean graduated from W.F. West High School in …
State & Regional News

Congress Approves $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine as Bipartisan Vote Splits Northwest Republicans

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine in a bipartisan measure backed by Democrats and most Republicans, while Northwest lawmakers …

Nation/World News

Russian Bombardment Has Turned Ukraine’s Donbas Into ‘Hell,’ Zelenskyy Says

KYIV, Ukraine — With its grip tightened along the southern coast, Russia redoubled its assault on Ukraine’s Donbas region Friday, turning parts of the country’s eastern industrial …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Blaming Buffalo Shooting on Conservative News Is Outrageous

I read Riley Dolan’s Letter to the editor this morning with great alarm. Another liberal calling out the conservative media. His (I assume Riley is a man, and if I’m wrong, I apologize) …

Commentary

Brian Mittge Commentary: Spring Days Paddling on the Chehalis River

Today, if all goes according to plan, two Chronicle journalists will begin an epic trip down the Chehalis River. Reporter Isabel Vander Stoep and photographer Jared Wenzelberger are beginning …

Bill Moeller Commentary: Crotchety Man Unloads

It may be because I deal with words that I hate to see them misused. And since I spent so many years in radio, also words that are mispronounced. There’s no excuse for saying …

Don Brunell Commentary: Inslee and Murray Are Targeting the Wrong Dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams with fish passages and …

Our Views: Kent’s Attack on Private Sector Provides Reason to Be Wary

Congressional aspirant Joe Kent appeared to side with Vladimir Putin on the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. He attracted a contingent of white nationalists from Idaho for a local town hall meeting …

Highlighting Lewis County: ‘Into the Woods’ Production Offers a Trip Down Memory Lane

As we waited inside Corbet Theatre Saturday evening for the Centralia College production of the musical “Into the Woods” to begin, I perused the program listing the cast members and their …
Outdoors
Outdoors
WDFW: Why Anglers Might See More Unmarked Chinook Smolts on the Cowlitz River This Spring
Editor’s Note: The following article was published last month by WDFW. The spring Chinook salmon hatchery program on the Cowlitz River does double duty: not only does it provide angling …
Mineral Community Club Gets a Kick-Off With Annual Fishing Derby
Some days the fish just don’t bite. But once in a while, the piscean stars seem to align. Saturday at Mineral Lake was one of those days. With cheeks a jolly red from a day in the sun, …