Local News
Bail Set at $100,000 for Onalaska Man Accused of Pointing Gun at Man in Chehalis
An Onalaska man is facing assault charges for allegedly threatening a man with a gun during a dispute in Chehalis on Thursday.  The victim told police he had confronted a male subject after …
Althauser Rayan Abbarno Stays on Top of New Laws and Technology
For more than 75 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has represented individuals and businesses in our community and throughout the State of Washington. Their attorneys pride themselves on providing the …
ToledoTel Seeks Partnership With Lewis County to Expand High-Speed Internet to Winlock and Napavine
ToledoTel, an internet provider based in Toledo, announced Thursday during a Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event it is seeking a partnership with Lewis County to expand …
Cool, Moist Conditions Lift Gifford Pinchot Restrictions
Citing cooler and wetter conditions, the U.S. Forest Service is easing public use restrictions in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Effective Friday, fire danger was lowered from extreme to high, …
Chehalis Accepting Applications Through Sept. 30 to Fill Vacant City Council Seat
The City of Chehalis is accepting applications now through Sept. 30 to fill a seat left vacant by former Councilor Mike Bannan, who resigned recently after moving outside city limits. Interested …
Centralia Man Convicted for Starting Dumpster Fire That Spread to Rent-A-Center
A Centralia man has been convicted for starting a dumpster fire that spread to the Rent-a-Center in the 2000 block of Borst Avenue on Aug. 25. The defendant, Trevor Singleton, 32, entered a …
Thurston County Man Accused of Breaking into Centralia Distribution Center, Threatening Employees
A Yelm man has been charged for allegedly breaking into a Michael’s Distribution Center in Centralia on Wednesday, damaging employees’ vehicles with a blade and threatening two employees …
Parkwide Fire Ban Lifted at Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park has lifted its parkwide fire ban after consultation with federal fire management officials.  Campfires will be permitted at the park’s three campgrounds, …
Longtime Toledo Police Chief Moving to Napavine Police Department
After serving as Toledo’s chief of police for the last 15 years, John Brockmueller is leaving the department for Napavine, where he will serve as chief of police and work to revitalize the …
Sirens: Arrest for Wielding Gun; Catalytic Converter Thief Caught in Act; Burglary Arrest
CHEHALIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Assault • A fourth-degree assault reported in the 300 block of Southwest 11th Street just after 11 a.m. on Sept. 15 is under investigation. • A …
Pe Ell Recycle Event Set Sept. 25
Lewis County residents can get rid of hard-to-recycle items at a free community recycle event in Pe Ell Sept. 25. Electronics, styrofoam, yard waste and household hazardous waste — like …
‘I Have No Idea if They’re in the Majority’: Second Mineral Meeting Held on YMCA Camp
A second Mineral meeting on a proposed YMCA camp got off to a rocky start Wednesday night. The plan to cycle the small crowd through stations to learn more about the project and submit comments was …
Twin Cities Council Candidates Meet With Master Builders
Three candidates vying for open seats on the Centralia and Chehalis city councils met with members of the Lewis County chapter of Olympia Master Builders (OMB) at the group’s regular meeting …
Evergreen Playhouse in Centralia to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine
Noting that it was joining other area performing arts organizations, the Evergreen Playhouse in Centralia announced this week that patrons will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in …
Hot, Dry Summer Impacts Chehalis Basin Chinook Salmon
Dead and dying spring Chinook salmon were found in the Newaukum River basin this summer. The root of the problem is in the historic Pacific Northwest heat wave experienced this summer and the …
Centralia Woman Convicted of Controlled Substance Homicide
A Centralia woman convicted of controlled substance homicide for delivering fake oxycodone pills to a man who later consumed them and died of an overdose in October 2020 was sentenced in Lewis County …
A Foggy Hike at Mount St. Helens, as Summer Turns to Fall on the Volcano
Stepping up to Johnston Ridge, I stared out into a wall of gray. I could barely make out the lip of Mount St. Helens, just as it disappeared – swallowed completely by the fog. Hiking along …
It’s a Go: Razor Clam Digs Begin Friday
The first series of razor clam digs in the 2021-22 season have been approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, with early-morning digs kicking off Friday, Sept. 17. Shellfish …
Winlock Man Accused of Knocking Victim Unconscious With Crowbar Claims He Acted In Self Defense 
A man accused of striking a man with a crowbar outside a Winlock residence on Sept. 8 —  knocking him unconscious and breaking some of his teeth — claims he acted in self defense, …
News Dump Ep. 63: “Dear Jay, I Wrote You But You Still Ain’t Callin’”
On this 63rd episode, Chronicle Associate Editor Aaron VanTuyl, Editor-in-Chief Eric Schwartz and Franklin "The Veep" Taylor discuss Winlock’s mayoral proclo-letter, the Mystery Tennant at the …
Elementary School, Centralia Celebrate Annual ‘Noah Markstrom Superhero Day’
A bright yellow bench covered in sticky notes sits in the playground of Fords Prairie Elementary School, home of the Tiny Tigers. Notes read: “The nicest person I have ever met in my …
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad to Hold Pumpkin Train Rides in October
This year’s Pumpkin Train excursions will be held by the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum on the third and fourth weekends of October, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 16 and 27, and Oct. 23 and …
Girls Night Out Coming to Downtown Centralia on First Weekend of October; Proceeds to Benefit Hope Alliance
Oct. 2 is the next Girls Night Out in downtown Centralia. Starting at The Station Coffee Bar, shoppers pay $5 for a list of participating businesses and follow the balloons to their destinations. …
Chehalis Community Renaissance Team Calls for Artists to Make Series of  Chehalis Postcards
Chehalis retailers with growing numbers of tourist patrons recently noticed something missing from their guests’ experiences: postcards. The Chehalis Community Renaissance Team (CCRT) is …
Local Sports
Tenino Shuts Out Rochester With Versatile Attack
Five different players scored a goal for Tenino as the Beavers relentlessly put balls on goal in a 5-0 win over Rochester in the Scatter Creek Derby.  Outshooting the Warriors 36-7, and …
2B Football: Adna Runs Over MWP In The Rain
Tristan Ridley went for over 100 yards on the ground, four Pirates scored touchdowns, and the Adna defense kept the Morton-White Pass offense out of the end zone in a 38-6 win at home Saturday …
1B Football: Mossyrock Erupts in 78-36 Victory Over Charles Wright
Easton Kolb was on fire, scoring six total touchdowns to help Mossyrock earn its first win by easily outdistancing Charles Wright for a 78-36 non-league victory at home on Friday. Kolb was the …
2A Football: Rochester Outlasts Black Hills On The Road
TUMWATER — Up by just two against a scrappy Black Hills squad at the half, and with a nearly torrential rain falling on an already soaked field, Rochester needed a drive.  That’s …
Tigers Find Tough Sledding in Shelton
Every time Centralia threatened, disaster struck, including six fumbles, as the Tigers were handed a 33-6 loss on the road to Shelton Friday. Centralia’s bad luck was epitomized in an …

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Richard Wilkinson: 1942-2021

Former Aberdeen resident Richard Lloyd Wilkinson, age 79, of Chehalis went home to be with his Savior on Sept. 2, 2021, while salmon fishing with friends on the Columbia River.  He was born …

In Loving Memory of Roy Hewlett: 1947-2021

Roy William Hewlett, 74, of Chehalis, died peacefully at his home Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. He was born March 11, 1947, the son of Charles A. and Clarice S. Hewlett.  Roy graduated from W.F. …

In Loving Memory of Bonnie Anderson: 1944-2021

On Aug. 28, 2021, Bonnie Mae Anderson, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away at age 77.  Bonnie was born on Jan. 19, 1944, in Boise, Idaho. Her parents were Gladys and …

In Loving Memory of John Ashley: 1954-2021

John Leslie Ashley went home to the Lord peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, surrounded by loving family and friends. Those who knew him were recipients of his extraordinary selflessness. He was …

In Loving Memory of Louis “Russ” Frogner: 1920-2021

Louis Russell Frogner, 101, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at his home in Adna, Washington.  “Russ” was born June 11, 1920, in Adna to Christian Johansen Frogner and Leola …

Death Notices: Sept. 16, 2021

• DAVID EDWIN REED, 67, Centralia, died Sept. 11 at home. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • LORRAINE RITA LUNDGREN, 93, Centralia, died Sept. 6 at …
State & Regional News
Man Reportedly Sticks Head in Occupied Ladies' Restroom Stall at Western Washington Grocery Store
A man, who already has a conviction for indecent exposure, allegedly stuck his head underneath an occupied restroom stall in the ladies' room at a Bellingham grocery store and grabbed a woman's …
Detectives Arrest Eastern Washington Man Accused of Severely Beating Elderly Mother
A man who allegedly assaulted his mother, leaving the woman  in her late 70s hospitalized, has been arrested. Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives, with the assistance of the Pacific …
Parler's Dispute With Amazon Headed Back to King County Superior Court
A Seattle federal district judge Friday approved free-speech social network Parler's request that its complaint against Amazon Web Services be heard in county court, the latest U-turn in a case that …
Portland Gun Crime Prosecutions Rise Dramatically as Violence Surges
A new tool from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office shows what many community leaders and law enforcement officials have been saying for the last two years: Gun violence in Portland …
Vaccine-Related Threats to Public Official in Oregon Lead to Arrest on Federal Charges, FBI Says
A 64-year-old Albany man faces federal charges after the FBI said he made threats to an unnamed Oregon public official about the COVID-19 vaccine, according to court documents. The FBI was …
Oregon Medical Board Revokes License of Doctor Who Bucked COVID Guidelines
The Oregon Medical Board revoked the license of a Dallas doctor earlier this month after he refused to follow COVID-19 guidelines in his office, spread misinformation about masks and over-prescribed …
Olympia Police Planning for Return of Proud Boys, Antifa City Says
Olympia Police plan to respond to two demonstrations on Saturday to prevent a repeat of the Sept. 4 clashes that left one person with a gunshot wound. The city expects to see a right-wing Proud …
State Workers Are Getting Exemptions to Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine — But Will They Keep Their Jobs?
OLYMPIA — Washington government agencies are granting hundreds of religious and medical exemptions for state workers who don't want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But so far, agencies like the …
World’s Largest Trees Under Siege From California Wildfire as Sequoias Face New Perils
Deep inside the heart of Sequoia National Park lies a cathedral-like grove that is home to thousands of towering sequoia trees. Known as the Giant Forest, it draws throngs of visitors each year who …
Eastern Washington Colleges Begin Crackdown on Submission of Student, Staff Vaccine Statuses
With Eastern Washington University's fall quarter set to start Wednesday, college officials are hoping for a big push in the coming days to collect the campus community's COVID-19 vaccination …
Nation/World News
Capitol Rally Reprising Jan. 6 Sees More Police, Fewer Protesters
WASHINGTON — Several hundred supporters of Donald Trump demonstrated in Washington on Saturday amid a heavy police presence, protesting against the prosecutions of people who stormed the …
Big Gap Between Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Seen for Preventing COVID-19 Hospitalizations
LOS ANGELES — Amid persistent concerns that the protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines may be waning, a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that …
Facing Surge of Haitian Migrants in Texas, Biden Administration Will ‘Accelerate’ Removal
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Saturday it would send hundreds of border agents to Texas and “accelerate” efforts to remove Haitian migrants who surged …
Pentagon Admits Kabul Drone Strike Killed Only Civilians
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon admitted Friday that its drone strike in Kabul on Aug. 29 was a “tragic mistake,” killing 10 civilians, including seven children, instead of ISIS-K …
Trudeau Holds Slight Election Edge, With Help From his Opponents
Justin Trudeau and his Conservative rival are nearly tied heading into the final weekend of Canada’s election campaign, leaving the prime minister with decent odds of holding on to …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Columbia River Salmon Fishing to Close Below Bonneville Dam
Portions of the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam soon will be closed to all salmon fishing, fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington announced on Thursday. The closure is due to …
WDFW Announces 62 Days of Tentative Razor Clam Digs in 2021
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers announced Friday 62 tentative dates for razor clam digs beginning in mid-September and running through the end of the …
Westport Salmon Fishing Opens Seven Days a Week 
Starting Friday, salmon fishing out of Westport will be open seven days a week. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement Tuesday that weeklong fishing would begin …
History
Chronicle History Project: Eisenhower Stops in Centralia in 1952
Editor’s Note: The following news item was published Oct. 7, 1952, as Dwight Eisenhower pursued the presidency. It likely reflects an earlier stop than the one depicted in the photos included …