Local News
Thurston County man convicted for brutally killing a dog sentenced to four years in prison 
A Thurston County man convicted in April for killing someone’s dog and throwing it into the Nisqually River in October 2023 was sentenced Friday to 48 months, or four years, in prison.  …
Man accused of fatally shooting his pregnant wife and another man in Thurston County on Thursday 
A 21-year-old Lacey man accused of fatally shooting his pregnant wife and their roommate in Lacey on Thursday is being held without bail on a 72-hour review hold while the prosecutor’s office …
Pe Ell School honor roll
Following are members of Pe Ell School’s second semester honor roll. Students are listed from highest to lowest GPA. Students with the same GPA are listed in alphabetical order. 12th grade …
Lewis County permit center to temporarily close as part of move
The Lewis County permitting center will temporarily close later this summer as the county begins to open the new Community Development and Environmental Health Building. The permit center, where …
WSDOT: Possible 10-mile, two-hour backups coming for local stretch of Interstate 5
Motorists should expect long delays in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at the Lewis and Thurston county line the week of June 24, according to a news release from the Washington state Department …
Supporters to hold ‘super signing’ event in Centralia for natural gas initiative
Supporters of an initiative to stop Washington’s movement away from natural gas use in homes and other buildings will host a “super signing” event in Centralia next week. The …
Fundraiser tournament for W.F. West student bowler competing in Detroit nationals is Sunday
After medaling in the 1A/2A Washington State Bowling Tournament in January and then finishing third in the Washington state United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Pepsi Youth Championship tournament …
Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run passes through Lewis County
On the morning of Thursday, June 20, a lone runner made his way up North Tower Avenue in Centralia holding a flaming torch and running his leg of a 95-mile route of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace …
Increased motorcycle safety patrols coming to Randle area
According to the Washington Traffic Commission, more motorcycles travel on Washington’s roads in the summer months than any other time of year. Because of this, the commission said law …
Death notices: June 21, 2024
• REBECCA ANN CARRILLO, 83, Centralia, died June 18 at her residence. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • ANITA GRACE HAWKINS, 95, Oakville, died …
Sirens: Child taken by CPS after woman overdoses; dogs locked in hot cars; woman steals from hotel, is arrested
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Malicious mischief • Damage to rented equipment at a construction site was reported in the 1300 block of Alexander Street just after 7:25 a.m. on June 19. …
Longtime Love INC volunteer retires after 20 years of service
Jim Holding, a longtime resident of Lewis County, has retired from his volunteer work with Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) after 20 years of service. He began volunteering in early 2000 …
Health Department selects organization for HIV case management in Lewis, Thurston, Mason and Pierce counties
The Washington state Department of Health (DOH) has selected the Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to provide HIV case management in four Washington …
Lewis County Auditor: Military and overseas ballots for August primary mailed
The Lewis County Auditor’s Office mailed 526 ballots to military and overseas voters on Thursday ahead of the August primary election. As required by law, the mailing comes 45 days ahead …
From Luxe Wine Bar to Luxe Wine & Whiskey: Downtown Centralia bar rebrands and expands
After originally opening Luxe Wine Bar in downtown Centralia in November 2022, Shawna Viggers Sicila held an official rebranding party last week to christen the bar Luxe Wine & Whiskey.  …
Local Sports
AA Awesome Trailblazers slug their way past Centralia
It didn’t take Hirota Smaciarz long to get on base on Thursday. On the first pitch of Awesome Chevrolet’s matchup against Centralia, Smaciarz’s first game back after missing …
Chirhart embracing future as Centralia College AD
When Joe Chirhart first came to Western Washington in 2002, he thought he was just passing through. The reigning Alaska Male High School Athlete of the Year was touring schools to play …
All Lewis County Track and Field Team
Lewis County Coaches have announced their annual Lewis County All-Area Track and Field Team for the 2024 spring season. This spring, the team includes an even dozen on the boys side and 14 on …
Parmantier fans 11 in 'Pigs win in Vancouver
Isaac Parmantier set the tone for the junior Rural Baseball Inc. squad, Tuesday, in a 7-3 victory over 360 Baseball Club in Senior Babe Ruth baseball action at Skyview High School. Parmantier …
Rainey finds comfort at Cal State Fullerton
Coaches called. They were offering a boatload of pitching opportunities. They were willing to give a long leash in the circle. As Haley Rainey navigated the craziness of the transfer portal two …

Chronicle Podcast

  • News Dump Ep. 191: Run from the law, you’re the Kayak Maaaaaan
  • News Dump Ep. 190: The true heroes of graduation season were the photographers. Just kidding. It was the students.
  • News Dump Ep. 189: Kody has had QUITE enough as Aaron drops bread for sea lions
Obituaries
Donald Stannek 

In loving memory of Donald and Ona Lee Stannek 

Donald W. Stannek passed away peacefully on the morning of April 26, 2023. Don was born and raised with two sisters in Pe Ell, Washington, to Alois and Myrna Stannek on over 120 Acres. Don, 94 years …

In loving memory of Larris John Vlach: 1947-2024

Larris John Vlach was born on Oct. 31, 1947, in Prentice, Wisconsin. He was the son of Roy and Dorothy Vlach. He passed away peacefully at home on June 11, 2024, after a long battle with …

In loving memory of Dennis McCormick: 1944-2024

Dennis “Butch” Lee McCormick, born in Lebanon, Oregon, passed away peacefully at his home in Puyallup, Washington, on June 6, 2024. He was 79 years old.  Dennis was born Dec. …

In loving memory of David Earl Steinbrenner: 1957-2024

David Earl Steinbrenner passed away of cancer on June 5, 2024, in Centralia, Washington, his home of 66 years. He was born Aug. 30, 1957, to Eugene and Erlyse Steinbrenner in Olympia, Washington. …

In loving memory of Susan Kay Jensen: 1945-2024 

Susan Kay Jensen went home to the Lord on June 15, 2024, at the age of 78. She was blessed to have passed in the comfort of her own home surrounded by loved ones, thanks to her niece, Pam Hudson, who …

In loving memory of Joseph Bonagofski: 1930-2024

The world became a little less bright on June 2, 2024, with the passing of Joseph (Joe) Bonagofski. Joe was born on Sept. 17, 1930, to Roy and Irene Bonagofski, in Selfridge, North Dakota, a small …
State & Regional News

Suspect flees into wildlife refuge after two people shot dead in Thurston County Thursday night

A 21-year-old Lacey resident was arrested early Friday morning in the fatal shooting of two people he lived with. Officers were dispatched at around 9 p.m. Thursday to the 5400 block of 57th …

Schools
Green Hill School celebrates graduation of its first bachelor’s degree recipients
Eleven Green Hill School residents graduated from Centralia College on Tuesday, including the first cohort of graduates receiving bachelor’s degrees. College classes at Green Hill School, …
Maureen Harkcom: Cinnamon rolls and chili? A lunch break at Mossyrock schools
After recently highlighting the Boistfort School lunch program , I recently made a second school visit, this time to the Mossyrock School District. I spent some time with Kim Chambers, their …
Chehalis School District Superintendent Dr. Christine Moloney resigns; Rick Goble to serve as acting superintendent
Chehalis School District Superintendent Dr. Christine Moloney announced her resignation on Tuesday after four years with the district. Executive Director of Student Achievement Rick Goble will …
Winlock Miller Elementary School holds second annual spelling bee
The Winlock Student Community Advocates (WSCA) recently held the second annual Winlock Miller Elementary School Spelling Bee. In early May, each first grade through fifth grade class held …
Twin Transit, Chehalis School District receive state climate grants funded by Climate Commitment Act
The Chehalis School District will receive $2.1 million from the Washington state Department of Commerce to fund a solar project of W.F. West High School, part of more than $72.6 million in grants to …
Business Stories
Open house set to celebrate new location of Zap Master Electrology and Schine Health in Centralia 

Zap Master Electrology and Schine Health will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Friday, July 5, celebrating their new location 103 and 105 N. Tower Ave. in Centralia, according to a news …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the editor: Concerns over hydrogen hubs

The Biden administration has announced plans to build regional hydrogen hubs across the country in his search to eliminate carbon and similar gas. He wants to demonstrate the productions, storage, …

Commentary

Brian Mittge : Saluting the universal father

My daughter and I are traveling this week and I'm sending this column from the road. It's been so sweet to spend solo time with one of my children, especially knowing that my wife is home having a …

John Braun: Inslee will say anything to protect hidden gas tax

At about this time in 2022, Gov. Jay Inslee boldly claimed our state’s new cap-and-tax law would “have a minimal impact, if any…pennies” when it came to the cost of gasoline …

Julie McDonald: Detering offspring among the Rayton descendants in Lewis County

John and Angeline Rayton raised a family of 11 children, and their descendants still populate Lewis County today. The Rayton family history has been preserved in a history book compiled by June …

Sean Swope commentary: There should never be a time when a 911 call goes unanswered

In recent weeks, I have received alarming reports from two residents of Lewis County who, in moments of critical need, called 911 only to be routed to voicemail. Imagine facing a …

Brian Mittge: Thoughts on fatherhood, faithfulness and fidelity

As we celebrate fathers with cards and barbecue picnics this weekend, let’s take a moment to look at some of what we admire most in the great dads (and moms) out there: faithfulness and …
Outdoors
Outdoors
At the World Elk Calling Championships, an Oregon man takes top prize
A Vernonia, Oregon, man was declared the world’s best professional elk caller at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2024 World Elk Calling Championships, held this week in Big Sky, …
In focus: Fishing without barriers at the Cole family pond
About 42 years ago, the late Noel Cole began allowing people who might not otherwise get the opportunity to go fishing to drop a line at the Cole family property in Lewis County. That tradition …
In focus: Scenes from the Hummocks Trail and Spirit Lake Highway on the road to Mount St. Helens
Chronicle photographer Ridley Hudson captured these photos during a trip to the Mount St. Helens area on Wednesday, June 12. The show scenes from the Hummocks Trail and Spirit Lake Memorial …