Local News
Suspect in Portland man’s January killing — his wife — found dead
A woman suspected of killing her husband in Portland last month was found dead Tuesday near Long Beach, Washington, police said. On Jan. 26, Portland police officers discovered Phillip Pierce, …
Controversial curriculum choices bill moves forward in Washington state Senate
A bill in Olympia is moving ahead that would give the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction ultimate decision-making authority when it comes to controversial teachings on race, gender …
Lewis County commissioners eye restricting needle exchange programs
Lewis County could soon pass additional restrictions on needle and syringe exchange programs and forbid safe injection sites. “We, in Lewis County, have record high numbers when it comes …
Washington women’s club looking for Lewis County resident scholarship applicants
The St. Helens Club, one of Washington state’s first women’s clubs, is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a female student who has completed at least two years of college and plans to …
Emergency pavement repair work set for northbound I-5 between Centralia and Chehalis
Travelers who use northbound Interstate 5 through Centralia and Chehalis in Lewis County should plan for nighttime delays through Friday, Feb. 23. The work is set to begin on Wednesday night. …
Raise for Rowyn: Tenino nonprofit helps out ‘700th angel’; fundraising gala and auction scheduled for April
In what the nonprofit organization called a “solemn milestone” on its Facebook page, Raise for Rowyn announced it had helped the family of “our 700th angel” in a Jan. 27 post. …
Washington state lawmakers provide update on current session, initiatives to Legislature, at legislative briefing
While Washington state lawmakers will hold joint hearings next week on several initiatives to the Legislature, Democratic leaders have determined two “are so devastating to the people of …
Death Notices: Feb. 21, 2024
• JOHN CHARLES BURCH, 63, Bucoda, died Feb. 15 at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • JESSICA KEllY ANNE STRIEDINGER …
Sirens: Over $1,000 in merchandise from a store; four juveniles shoot Orbeez pellets; Burglary report not what it seems
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Drug violations • A 36-year-old Centralia man was cited for driving with a suspended driver’s license and possession of meth in the 1400 block of Lum …
Lewis County Historical Museum taking part in oral history program
Everyone has their own history and, for the Lewis County Historical Museum, it's time to tell some of those stories. The Chehalis museum is sponsoring a project conducted by a University of …
Chehalis woman faces child assault charge after school counselor reported concerns
A Chehalis woman is facing a felony child assault charge after Chehalis School District staff reported a child abuse complaint last week. A counselor at a Chehalis elementary school reported …
Senate budget proposal includes ‘legislative-led audit’ of juvenile detention facilities
The Washington state Senate’s supplemental operating draft proposal released Monday includes funding for a “legislative-led audit” into the executive branch’s juvenile …
Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association holding acoustic music jam in Chehalis
Musicians are invited to participate in the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Assocation’s acoustic music jam this Friday, March 1, at Faith Baptist Church in Chehalis. Faith Baptist Church is …
Centralia trading card shop to host card and memorabilia show
Keiper’s Cards — a trading card and sports memorabilia store in downtown Centralia — will be hosting its third card and memorabilia show at the Tower Plaza Mall located at 320 N. …
In focus: Clouds roll over the summit of Mount St. Helens
Chronicle photographer Ridley Hudson captured these photos of Mount St. Helens last weekend from the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway.  To submit photos to The Chronicle for possible …
Local Sports
1B Columbia Valley All-League Girls Basketball Teams
Mossyrock and Pe Ell were the two best teams in the Columbia Valley League all season long, and both the Vikings and the Trojans were well-represented in the CVL’s all-league teams. Pe …
1B Columbia Valley All-League Boys Basketball Teams
It was Naselle’s year in the Columbia Valley league, as the Comets won league and had the MVP and Coach of the Year. But Mossyrock and Pe Ell had their share of honorees, including …
Sports Dump: Five D4 Champs and One Displeased Official
The sports crew (Dylan, Kody and Aaron) discuss the district finals, Kody’s run-in with a referee, Antonio Campos’ state championship, the regional seedings and more. Five teams are now …
Updated: State tournament seeds, regional round matchups set
The WIAA released the regional round matchups for next week, and 12 area teams will be taking part in Regionals over the next six days. In games between teams seeded one through eight, both …
Beavers come up short in district title game
The Tenino boys basketball team fell just short of a district championship on Saturday, as the Beavers fell 67-63 to Seton Catholic in the 1A District 4 title game. Seton Catholic had a lead as …

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Obituaries

In loving memory of Herb Harmanson: 1957-2024

Herbert “Herb” Nels Harmanson, 66, a lifetime resident of Onalaska, passed away on Jan. 12, 2024, after a long struggle with medical issues. He was born Nov. 30, 1957, and adopted by his …

In loving memory of Tommy V. McKune: 1943-2024

Tommy V. McKune passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at home. He was born on April 23, 1943, to George and Geneva McKune, of Toledo, Washington. He graduated from Toledo High School in 1961. His …

In loving memory of Donald R. Anderson: 1931-2024

Donald R. Anderson, 92, died Feb. 9 in Centralia, Washington. He was born May 27, 1931, in Bucoda, Washington, to William and Gina Anderson. After graduating from Centralia High School, Don joined …

Death Notices: Feb. 19, 2024

• JUDITH GAIL SHIELDS, 89, formerly of Chehalis, died Feb. 17 at Evergreen Health Hospice Care in Kirkland. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • …

In loving memory of Sterling M. Powell: 1956-2024

Sterling Powell was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1956. He lived for several years in Colorado, relocated in 2006 to Southwest Washington, and finally cashed out his chips in Winlock, Washington after …

In loving memory of Larry Lewis Rakoz: 1939-2024

Larry Lewis Rakoz passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 13th surrounded by his family. He was born in Toledo, Washington, on Oct. 6, 1939 to Ferdinand “Fritz” Rakoz and Adora (Nash) …
State & Regional News

Judge rejects higher prison term for Oregon woman who killed her abuser

When her stepfather moved across the street from her in late summer 2021, Skylar Faith Crowe got scared. She said she had endured years of sexual abuse from Richard Higheagle starting in grade …

Good News
Green Beret’s Medal of Honor now on display at Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis
Fifty-four years to the day after a brutal battle unfolded in the Kon Tum province in Vietnam and nearly took the life of U.S. Army Green Beret Franklin Douglas Miller, his children, friends and …
Oregon Zoo’s baby rhino turns one month old
The newest member of the Oregon Zoo’s rhinoceros family crossed a milestone this week, turning one month old on Thursday, Jan. 4. The yet-to-be-named calf, born to parents Jozi and King on …
Centralia High School grad joins UW Marching Band on trip to National Championship 
The University of Washington Marching Band, which includes Centralia High School Class of 2022 graduate Lucy Nowicki, will fly out to Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 6, ahead of Monday’s …
Puget Sound Energy donates $15,000 to Toledo Neighbors Program
The Toledo Neighbors Program, a nonprofit that helps people share food and other resources with their neighbors without restrictions, has received a $15,000 donation from Puget Sound Energy, the …
Schools
Tenino High School teacher named Washington State VFW Teacher of the Year
Tenino High School agriculture teacher Geraldine Maxfield has been named Teacher of the Year by Washington State Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Maxfield has spent her entire teaching career in …
Gary Loomis receives Centralia Distinguished Alumni Award
The Centralia Alumni Association awarded Gary Loomis, 1960 Centralia graduate with a legacy in the fishing industry and environmental advocacy, with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award on …
Washington Legislature considers paying for vape detectors in schools, but do they deter vaping?
Nearly every time Lewis and Clark junior Olive Pete uses the restroom for its intended purpose, a peer is in the next stall vaping, blowing clouds of nicotine-laced tutti frutti vapor. "So many …
In Focus: Lewis County elementary students tour ‘Safety City’
Last week, Lewis County elementary students, teachers and law enforcement met up in “Safety City:” a brightly-colored, miniature city designed to teach young children safety basics. …
Centralia City Council passes resolution supporting school district replacement levy
With all upcoming Feb. 13 ballots in the mail as of Thursday, Jan. 25, according to the Lewis County Auditor’s Office, the Centralia City Council unanimously passed a resolution during its Jan. …
Commentary

Commentary: America still needs more welders and fewer philosophers

In 2017, I wrote a column titled “America needs more welders and fewer philosophers.” It was a slogan Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used in his 2016 presidential campaign to call attention to …

Commentary: Repealing capital gains income tax will 'devastate' basic education — is that true?

A recent statement by the Senate Majority Leader asserts that passage of Initiative 2109, an initiative from the people to the Legislature to repeal the capital gains income tax, would “result …

Commentary: A warning about warning labels — new law aims to thwart initiatives

Democrats are telling us Initiative 2109 will blow a $5.6 billion hole in the state budget. That’s the initiative to repeal the state’s new income tax on capital gains. They say it …

Julie McDonald: Former Toledo man recalls family friendship with Mary Kiona

Every year during the first half of the 20th century, Upper Cowlitz native Mary Kiona and her friends set up camp for a week or so across Spencer Road from Frank and Maria “Mary” …

Brian Mittge: Taking a big step toward healthier lives and communities

A decade ago, I had the chance to hear from a National Geographic explorer who had searched the world for the secrets of people who live long, healthy lives.  What he discovered was the …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Smelt run draws crowds to the Cowlitz River
Crowds flocked to the Cowlitz River on Thursday morning as smelt-dipping returned after the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a one-day recreational fishery. A …
WDFW approves five days of coastal razor clam digs starting Feb. 21; additional digs planned for March
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more opportunities on coastal beaches beginning Feb. 21, Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed Thursday. …
One-day smelt fishery set for Thursday on Cowlitz River 
Smelt-dipping will return to the banks of the Cowlitz River as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved a one-day recreational fishery on Thursday, Feb. 15. During the …