Local News
Chehalis Man Arrested for Alleged Involvement in Oregon Catalytic Converter Trafficking Ring 
A Chehalis man was arrested Thursday on a $500,000 warrant out of Oregon for his alleged involvement in an organized catalytic converter trafficking ring.  Cole C. Miller, 24, was one of 14 …
Volunteers and OSU Study Fisher Reintroduction in Gifford Pinchot National Forest
As fishers are carnivorous cousins of wolverines and predators of porcupines, one may think researchers would be hesitant about tromping through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to find …
Lewis County Considers Citizen Committee for Contracts on Services for Homeless
Lewis County commissioners are entertaining the idea of forming a citizen advisory committee to take a closer look at contracts between Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) and …
Onalaska School District Launches ‘Stuff the Bus’ Campaign
The Onalaska School District is sponsoring its annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign. The effort will allow community members to donate school supplies to help those students who may not be …
Sirens: DUI Arrests; Vehicular Assault; Dog in Hot Car; Road Rage; Possession of Methamphetamine; Assault
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Theft • A Centralia man was cited for shoplifting a T-shirt in the 300 block of Reynolds Avenue at approximately 4 p.m. on Aug. 12. • A gym bag was …
Lewis County Sees Second Highest Median Home Price on Record Despite Rising Inventory and Interest Rates
In a statement released on Aug. 4, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (Northwest MLS) said the Western Washington real estate market saw an increase in inventory in July, rising to its highest …
Labor Costs, Aging and More: Challenges Facing Lewis County Farmers Highlighted at Forum
Maureen Parkcom, 72, spoke to the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce as a representative of the Lewis County Farm Bureau on Thursday, discussing issues facing farmers in Lewis County and the …
Twin Transit, RiverCities Transit Create New Routes From Longview to Castle Rock to Centralia and Back
People will be able to take public transportation from Longview to Centralia and back thanks to a partnership between local transit companies. RiverCities Transit is starting a new route from …
Man Accused of Stealing Truck From Chehalis Driveway, Fighting Owner, Crashing Vehicle
A Napavine man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly stole a vehicle from a Chehalis driveway — with the owner briefly hanging onto the side as the vehicle sped away — …
In Focus: Lewis County Special Olympics Softball, T-Ball Teams Find Success
The softball and T-Ball teams from Lewis County Special Olympics found success over the weekend. The softball team won gold on Saturday while the T-ball team finished in fourth place. “We are …
Goat Stolen From Grays Harbor County Fair
Crime Stoppers of South Sound is asking for assistance from the public after a goat was stolen at the Grays Harbor County Fair on Saturday night. According to a post by the group on Facebook, …
Photo: W.F. West High School Class of 1971 Holds Reunion
The W.F. West High School Class of 1971 gathers at Alexander-Lintott Park in Chehalis Saturday for their 51-year reunion. The class gathered after its 50-year reunion was scaled back in 2021 due to …
Slow-Moving South Thurston County Pursuit Ends in Arrest
A man was arrested in South Thurston County over the weekend after leading law enforcement officials on a slow-moving chase that ended with a pursuit intervention technique (PIT maneuver) being used …
Local Sports
Offseason Turnover Leads to Another Young Centralia College Volleyball Roster
What could have been a rebuilding year for the Centralia College volleyball team ended up being hampered by postseason turnover, leaving the Trailblazers in much the same place they were 12 months …
From Rochester to Cheney: Talon Betts Still Adjusting After First Week of Fall Camp
Even for the electrically-fast Talon Betts — who dazzled at Rochester with his speed and explosion for the past few seasons in blue and gold — the college game has been a huge …
How ‘Dead’ Is The Football Dead Period?
When coaches around the area went to sleep on July 31, they crossed a threshold. Waking up in August, programs around the state entered the WIAA’s dramatically-nicknamed “dead …
Moore Comes Into Familiar Setting At Toledo
For just the third time in the past two decades, the Toledo girls soccer program will be under new management come the fall. But while Horst Malunat revitalized the Riverhawk program and Noel …
16-Year-Old Eli McNelly Wins Lewis County Amateur
Taking the Lewis County Amateur gross championship by four strokes at Riverside Golf Course in Chehalis, Capital High School student Eli McNelly took the short drive down from Olympia to take home …

Chronicle Podcast

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Lisa Grunenfelder: 1945-2022

Longtime Adna, Washington, resident Lisa Jane Grunenfelder passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2022.  Lisa was born Dec. 21, 1945, and attended schools in Oakville, Washington. She graduated in …

In Loving Memory of Robert Auman: 1930-2022 

Robert “Bob” Auman passed away on July 19, 2022. He was born at home in Nebraska on May 13, 1930, to Leslie and Vera Auman. He was in the middle group of nine brothers and two sisters, of …

Death Notices: Aug. 13, 2022

• DAVID WAYNE FOSTER, 79, Centralia, died Aug. 5 at Providence Centralia Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary. • TIMOTHY M. UNDERWOOD, 72, …

In Loving Memory of Jeremiah Dunham: 1986-2022

Jeremiah Michael Dunham, 36, of Centralia, Washington, passed away July 25, 2022, in Centralia. He was born June 5, 1986, to Dale and Mindie Dunham. He was known to his family as “Buddy” …

Celebration of Life for Earl and Neva Conzatti

Please join us for a celebration of life to honor Neva and Earl Conzatti.  Stop by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Riverside Golf Club and Bistro in Chehalis. It will be …

In Loving Memory of Berenice Barney: 1920-2022

Vincent Barney, of Tenino, was born Aug. 23, 1920, in Bucoda, Washington, and passed away Aug. 2, 2006, in Tenino.  Berenice Barney was born Nov. 19, 1920, in the Hanaford Valley in …
State & Regional News

New $4.2 Million Tsunami Tower in Pacific County Can Hold 400 People

It’s not if a natural disastrous wave will hit Washington state’s coast — it’s when. When, and getting to safety as quick as possible, were the main messages that numerous …

Nation/World News

Crimea Base Blast Deals Blow to Russia’s War Machine in Ukraine

Explosions at a Russian airbase in Crimea that Ukraine says destroyed nine fighter aircraft may indicate new Ukrainian offensive capabilities that complicate Kremlin efforts to support its invading …

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 …
Commentary

Julie McDonald Commentary: Hemphill-O’Neill Lumber Company Celebrates 75 Years Against the Odds

On Jan. 6, 1947, two longtime lumbermen — 72-year-old Allen Candee Hemphill and 56-year-old Robert Harold O’Neill — each invested $30,000 to create the Hemphill-O’Neill …

Commentary: Why Gasoline Engines Must Be Part of Reducing Carbon

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline-powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example, Glacier National …

Other Views: Herrera Beutler Graceful in Face of Defeat

The ouster of Jaime Herrera Beutler as our congressional representative brings about something increasingly rare in modern politics: A gracious farewell. Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, on …

Bill Moeller Commentary: Hydrogen Fuels Deep Thoughts on Boundaries of Twin Transit

A story in a recent copy of this newspaper made me aware of the fact that I haven’t kept up with the times. That’s something that, as a much younger lad, I used to accuse most older …

Commentary: Violent Crime Born of Bad Policies That Must Be Addressed Now

The final weekend of July was a lot like many in Pierce County recently. Two people were shot in a Tacoma park, one fatally. A shootout at a South Tacoma gas station left one man dead. In another …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Photo: View From Skyline Trail at Mount Rainier
Chehalis resident Brian Zylstra captured this photograph from the Skyline Trail above Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park while hiking Sunday. In the background are the Tatoosh Range and Mount …
Ape Cave Makes for Dark, Cold and Creepy Adventure in Gifford Pinchot
COUGAR — A bit sizzly up there on the surface, is it? Why not hang out down here, underground, with us supremely cool apes? The year-round temperature inside Ape Cave, a lava tube on the …
Cascade Carnivore Project Reports Wolverines Have Reproduced at Mount Rainier for Third Consecutive Year
Wolverines have reproduced at Mount Rainier National Park for a third year in a row, according to an announcement last week by the Cascade Carnivore Project. The news marks another positive …