Local News
News Dump Ep. 183: Trying to scare off clandestine fornicators
On the 183rd episode of The Chronicle News Dump, hosts Aaron VanTuyl and Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Eric Schwartz discuss the latest ordinance from the county commissioners and how long it’ll be …
Washington Supreme Court to consider emergency stay on high-capacity magazine ban Wednesday
The Washington State Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday concerning the state ban on the sale of "large-capacity" ammunition magazines. The state’s high court won’t be …
Spring Community Garage Sale set for Saturday at Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
The annual Spring Community Garage Sale is set for Saturday, April 20, at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds.  Early-bird shoppers can enter the premises from 8 to 9 a.m. for $5. General …
Oblivion Wrestling to debut May 25 at Thurston County Fairgrounds
Fans of professional wrestling in Thurston County and surrounding regions will finally have their fix of local action as Oblivion Wrestling is set to debut on Saturday, May 25, at the Thurston County …
Man stopped in Centralia with meth, heroin and fentanyl in 2020 sentenced to nine years in prison in federal court 
A man linked to a large drug ring who was stopped in Centralia with approximately 12 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1.8 kilograms of heroin and 162.4 grams of blue fentanyl pills in February 2020 has …
Lewis County detectives investigating suspected homicide in Randle; suspect in custody 
Detectives are investigating the death of a male discovered in the 100 block of Davis Creek Road in Randle on Sunday afternoon, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.  …
Washington law enforcement organization weighs in on upcoming changes to pursuit law
In less than two months, law enforcement agencies across Washington state will have a less restrictive set of rules when it comes to vehicle pursuits of fleeing suspects. The Washington State …
One injured in crash that closed U.S. Highway 12 between Rochester and Grand Mound for over four hours on Monday 
U.S. Highway 12 was closed for about four-and-a-half hours between Rochester and Grand Mound Monday afternoon following a three-vehicle crash.  One of the three drivers, identified by the …
Centralia man arrested after striking woman who was on electric scooter, leaving scene in Chehalis 
A 23-year-old Centralia man was arrested Monday after allegedly crashing into a woman who was on an electric scooter and then leaving the scene, according to the Chehalis Police Department.  …
Man accused of leading a police pursuit from Napavine to Tumwater arrested, charged 
A Tacoma man who fled from police from Napavine to Tumwater early Sunday morning before pursuing officers used a PIT maneuver to stop him is now facing DUI, driving with a suspended license and …
Bail set at $1 million for man accused of shooting a rifle at people in Vader on Saturday 
A man is facing nine charges in Lewis County Superior Court for allegedly shooting at people with a lever-action rifle while walking down the street in Vader on Saturday.  No injuries were …
Centralia police commander reflects on 2007 O.J. Simpson robbery case he helped investigate
Sept. 13, 2007, was a slow night for the Las Vegas Police Department’s Robbery and Homicide Bureau. That was the only reason then-detective Andy Caldwell and his partner were out on patrol when …
Neighbors concerned over trespassers on land owned by Lewis County
While the roughly 2-acre piece of property sat vacant Tuesday afternoon, April 9, a collection of residents told the Lewis County commissioners that morning that a piece of county-owned land at the …
Longtime area photographer throws first pitch for Larch Mountain Little League opening ceremony
The sun was shining on the Larch Mountain Little League players as they lined the field at Tenino City Park on Saturday morning. Each year, the organization, combining Rochester and Tenino, …
Sirens: People squatting at vacant residence; Man seen lying on railroad tracks; Man seen 'carrying a pole with a knife at the end'
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Disorderly conduct • A homeless Centralia resident was warned for “yelling and swearing” in a city park in the 2000 block of Borst Avenue at …
Local Sports
Prep boys soccer: Page unleashes ‘superstar’ status in Bearcats win
TUMWATER – Cayden Page knows he’s the closer. The goalkeeper for W.F. West High School’s boys soccer team has been the one that comes in for the final 40 minutes either in a …
Bearcats stay unbeaten with win in Aberdeen
The W.F. West girls tennis team came away with another win on Tuesday, as the Bearcats topped Aberdeen 4-2 on the road. Emma Hamilton was the lone Bearcat single to come away with a win on …
Tenino dominates long-distance races in Forks
Peter Hilton, Sevrin Mickelson, and Ronin Wachter-Parent earned victories for the Tenino track meet on Tuesday, as the Beavers competed in a P2BL meet in Forks. The trio helped the Beavers …
Cardinals stymied in four-inning loss to Wildcats
The Winlock softball team fell behind quickly and never recovered in a 19-2 loss to Ocosta on Tuesday. The Wildcats scored five in the first and second to take a 10-0 lead, and they continued to …
Walk-off walk lifts Warriors over Highclimbers
The Rochester softball team came away with a comeback victory on Tuesday, as Kole Smith drew a bases-loaded walk to complete a 3-2 walk-off victory over Shelton. The Warriors (5-6, 2-4 2A EvCo) …

Chronicle Podcast

  • News Dump Ep. 182: Hats off for the Director of Fluff
  • News Dump Ep. 181: It was that damn sasquatch
  • News Dump Ep. 180: Breeding giant sheep for fun and profit
Obituaries

In loving memory of Alta ‘June’ Wachter-Busse: 1927-2024

Alta “June” Wachter-Busse, Evaline, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Born in Centralia on June 3, 1927, June was a lifetime resident …

In loving memory of Johnnie Lee Workman: 1944-2024 

John Workman, 79, passed away Easter Sunday peacefully at his home in Mossyrock, Washington, surrounded by his wife Penny; daughter Cassie; and grandson Colby Johnson.  John was born in …

In loving memory of Thomas Fisher: 1973-2024

Thomas (Tom) Harrison Fisher was born Dec. 20, 1973, to Harrison (Horty) and Nancy Fisher in Chehalis, Washington. Tom unexpectedly left this life and received his angel wings on March 2, 2024, at …

In loving memory of Donald Wray Aylsworth: 1936-2024

Donald Wray Aylsworth, 87, of Chehalis, Washington, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024, at home. He was born Dec. 16, 1936, in Cambridge, Nebraska, to William and Ruby (Balcom) Aylsworth. He …

In loving memory of William Wirtanen: 1944-2024 

William J. Wirtanen of Oakville, Washington, died April 7, 2024, at the age of 80. He was born Feb. 5, 1944, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to Laurie John and Vivian F. Wirtanen.  William grew …

Death Notices: April 12, 2024

• BUDDY BRIAN HUGHES, 86, Olympia, died April 6 at his residence. A service will be held from noon to 3 p.m. May 4, 2024, at 10131 Coachman Lane SE in Olympia. Arrangements are under the care of …
State & Regional News

Washington state government spending increased 169% from 1991 to 2023

The state’s total spending was $12.21 billion in 1991 and increased to $73.59 billion in 2023. When adjusted for inflation, that accounts for the 169% increase. That's according to budget …

Schools
Lewis County donates $35,000 to project to house homeless Centralia students
The Board of Lewis County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to provide $35,000 to a project to house homeless students in the Centralia School District. The move comes after the Centralia …
Napavine SkillsUSA student to compete in national competition
Napavine High School sophomore Lyla Kirkpatrick will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, in June to compete at the national level after she placed first in the prepared speaking category at the Washington …
Centralia and Chehalis Catholic parishes bring back Stations of the Cross enactment
With the early spring showers clearing up just in time for this past weekend, close to 200 local Catholics began their Easter weekend by watching as Centralia’s St. Mary’s and …
Napavine High School third quarter honor roll
Following are members of Napavine High School’s third quarter honor roll, as provided by the school district. Students are listed in alphabetical order.   12th grade …
Napavine Middle School third quarter honor roll
Following are members of Napavine Middle School’s third quarter honor roll. Students are listed in alphabetical order.   Eighth grade Superintendent’s list: 3.5 to 4.0 …
Commentary

Julie McDonald: Mother Joseph and Sisters of Providence opened schools, hospitals, orphanages

Today marks the 201st birthday of a Canadian woman whose loving selfless acts of service saved many lives throughout the Pacific Northwest. Esther Pariseau was born April 16, 1823, on a farm …

Commentary: Local descendant finds big surprise at American Revolution exhibit in Thurston County 

How would you feel if you walked into a national exhibition and saw your own direct relative’s image and life narrative as part of the story?  That is exactly what happened to Stuart …

Brian Mittge: Family ties are as sweet as the spring sunshine

My oldest son just got back from a visit to his cousins in Texas. Offhand, he mentioned how similar my brother and I are.  It made me smile. I’m honored to be associated with my …

Our Views: Beacons of hope — Scholars Haven and Centralia Community Foundation

In a world filled with uncertainties and obstacles, it is truly inspiring to see the rise of organizations that bring hope dedicated to supporting those in need and nurturing the aspirations of our …

Commentary: Nearly 100 years ago, Centralia College and Lewis County paved the way

Lewis County likes to do things differently. It always has. It’s that trailblazing spirit that led to the founding of Centralia Junior College in 1925. More community colleges followed our …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Nonprofit brings tracked mobility chairs to Grays Harbor County 
“Living life on one’s own terms” is the foundation of David’s Chair, a nonprofit organization founded in 2017 that’s bringing beach trips to those whose physical …
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to monitor sandhill cranes with drones
RIDGEFIELD — Researchers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will conduct drone surveys over known locations of sandhill cranes in Klickitat County to assess the technology's …
WDFW approves seven days of coastal razor clam digs; additional tentative digs planned for April and May
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more digging opportunities on coastal beaches as Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers last week confirmed digs that …