Local News
County Commissioner Drafts Ordinance Prohibiting Homeless Camps on Lewis County Land
Lewis County is not unique in its rising population of unsheltered residents. But, perhaps unlike larger counties in Western Washington, the county could count on one hand the number of homeless …
Man Who Murdered Winlock Woman in 1993 Seeks Release
Jonathan M. Kirkpatrick has now been incarcerated at the Washington Corrections Center for 26 years after receiving a 60-year sentence for the 1993 murder of Winlock resident Joyce Robertson. He …
Chehalis Tribe to Benefit From $2 Million In State Funding as Part of Diaper Distribution Pilot Program
Washington state organizations will receive $2 million in funding to provide diapers to families in need, U.S. Senator Patty Murray announced Friday. The funding is administered through the …
Section of State Route 506 Bridge Over Interstate 5 Demolished Overnight Thursday
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday declared an emergency in Lewis County due to damage to the state Route 506 bridge over Interstate 5 that occurred on Sept. 22 when it was struck by an oversized logging …
Pacific County Cannabis Company Enters Settlement With Liquor and Cannabis Control Board
A settlement agreement with Raymond cannabis processor Unicorn Brands LLC was approved by the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) on Tuesday. The settlement ends a year-long investigation for creating …
Centralia City Council Roundup: Departments Make Requests at Budget Workshop, Public Comments and the Leaf Bin Program
The Centralia City Council met an hour before their regularly scheduled council meeting to hold a 2023-2024 budget workshop on Tuesday night. While budget talks dominated most of the council’s …
Sirens: 'Walking Into Oncoming Traffic': Man 'Half-Pulls' a Knife; Beer, Clothing Stolen
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Theft • Clothing was reported stolen from an outlet story in the 1400 block of Lum Road at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28. The suspect fled in a maroon/purple early 2000s …
Centralia Man Dies After Crashing Into Tree on Middle Fork Road Sept. 24
A 30-year-old Centralia man died after crashing into a tree in the 700 block of Middle Fork Road south of Chehalis on Sept. 24, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Chronicle on …
Woman Accused of Pouring Gasoline Into Fish Pond and Damaging Property in Chehalis Faces Animal Cruelty Charge
A woman accused of pouring gasoline into a fish pond and damaging property at a Chehalis residence in May is facing felony animal cruelty and malicious mischief charges in Lewis County Superior …
Lazy H.K. Rodeo Winter Series to Return in Silver Creek
There are only two rules at the Lazy H.K. Bar Ranch in Silver Creek: no dogs and no underage drinking. Though, the latter is only upheld through an honor system. Otherwise, this lawless Lewis …
Lewis County: COVID Tests Remain Available as Drive-Thru Testing Site Closes
The drive-thru COVID-19 testing location on South Gold Street in Centralia closed Thursday. An estimated 12,162 people have been tested at the location since the drive-up option, operated by the …
Bail Set at $250,000 for Vader Man Shot by Wife After Allegedly Threatening to Kill Her With Shotgun
A Vader man accused of threatening to kill his wife with a shotgun — prompting her to shoot him in the cheek with a handgun — in May has been arrested on a $250,000 warrant. Craig …
Local Sports
Tigers Throttle Bellingham to Remain Unbeaten
Scoring all but seven of its points in the first half, and recording two special teams and three defensive touchdowns, the No. 1 Napavine football team defeated 2A Bellingham, 71-13, Saturday …
Pirates Beat Mules in ‘Ugly’ Win
The bits of offense came few and far between Friday in Cathlamet, but the Adna football team escaped a tough place to play with a crucial league win, beating Wahkiakum 12-7 on Friday. “Ugly …
Acorns Overwhelmed by Comets
Digging themselves into an early hole, the Oakville football team fell to No. 5 Naselle on the road Friday, 54-6.  Eddie Klatush led the Acorns with 63 rushing yards and 108 passing yards …
Mountaineers’ Road Trip to Beach Ends In Victory
The Rainier football team got itself into the win column far from home Friday, bussing to the coast and beating Ilwaco 38-14. Jake Meldrum threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns on a 15-for-24 …
Warriors Pick Up First League Win Over Tigers
Bouncing back after opening league with two losses, the Rochester football team defeated Centralia at home Friday night, 38-6.  The Warriors ran the ball with efficiency, with Braden Hartley …

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Irene Carter: 1929-2022

Irene Carter went to her heavenly home on Sept. 18, 2022, at the age of 93 in Olympia, Washington. She was born July 1, 1929 to Amasa (Nick) and Hazel Nichols.  She met the love of her life …

In Loving Memory of Marshall “Mike” Freels: 1946 -2022

Marshall “Mike” Ray Freels, 75, was born Sept. 9, 1946, to John and Rena Freels in Enterprise, Oregon.  Mike married Marion Martin Hou on June 10, 1984, at Unity Church in …

In Loving Memory of James MacMillan III: 1942 -2022

James Blaine MacMillan III, M.D. passed away on Sept. 4, 2022, at age 80, at his home in Washington state.  ”Dr. Mac” as all his OB/GYN patients and residents called him, had a …

In Loving Memory of Michael Bodine May 7, 1943-Aug. 11, 2022

Michael "Mickey" Mark Bodine was born in Tacoma, Washington. He was one of 14 siblings to his parents, Elmer Rex Bodine and Mary Elizabeth Arends. After school, Mike worked in the mills of the Oregon …

In Loving Memory of Kyle Perkins: 1992-2022

Kyle Robert Perkins, 30, was taken far too soon in a tragic car accident on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.  He is survived by his mother, Colleen Sharkey; father, Rob Perkins; brother, John …

Death Notices: Oct. 1, 2022

• SCOTT WAYNE DONLEY, 70, University Place, died Sept. 18 in Olympia. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • LINDA FANTZ ARTHURS, 68, Centralia, died …
State & Regional News

Satanists File Federal Lawsuit to Overturn Idaho's Abortion Ban

The Satanic Temple has joined the legal effort to overturn Idaho's criminal ban on abortions. The religious organization headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District …

Nation/World News

Taiwan’s Military Needs Overhaul Amid China Threat, Critics Say

TAIPEI, Taiwan — As the Senate contemplates sending large sums of security assistance to Taiwan, independent defense analysts here are urging U.S. lawmakers to maximize their leverage at a …

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 …
Business Stories
WSECU Chehalis Branch Opens in New Building, Adds Features

The Chehalis branch of the Washington State Employee Credit Union (WSECU) has moved to a new location where members can enjoy a “larger, more feature-rich space,” according to a news …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Tracy Murphy Would Be Asset to Community as Sheriff

Tracy Murphy is the true measure of a man. How do you really know who he is? We are not political. We don’t claim to be greatly educated, but we know “real” when we see …

Commentary

Being Frank: Traditional Knowledge Protects Environment for Next Seven Generations

Every generation owes it to the next seven generations to protect the environment. At the rate populations are growing and the climate is changing, it’s getting harder and harder to be …

Bill Moeller Commentary: A Fall Cleanup of the Column Cabinet

I’ve often griped about my own inability to take all the little notes to myself and either do something with them or throw them away. The following column has very little connection with …

Commentary: State Agency Is Making Rules for Inslee’s Permanent Vaccine Mandate

It’s heartbreaking that in this third year of COVID-19, with all we know about the virus and the vaccines’ strengths and limitations, there are still people fearing they won’t be …

Julie McDonald Commentary: White Settlers Flee to Blockhouses During Indian Wars

With white emigrants settling in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1850s, Native Americans throughout the region faced huge disruptions to their lives and displacement from their traditional …

Brian Mittge Commentary: Considering the Value of Bart & Ted’s Excellent Adventures

I love hard news, political deep-dives, on-the-ground reports, dogged investigative journalism and all the rest of the nitty-gritty that makes a newspaper so vital to a community’s …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Hoof Rot or Not, WDFW Wants Reports of Elk With Limps, Misshapen Hooves
Elk in Packwood can seem as common as pigeons in Seattle, but pigeons don’t tend to stand in the roadway, sift through trash or take up residence overnight in the front lawn. Along with the …
Mountains and Marmots and Meadows: a Guide to Cascadian Critters at Paradise
Most of the year, Mount Rainier is a sleeping giant with a blanket of snow and a pillow of clouds. In ephemeral late summer, the mountain reminds us it’s teeming with life. Especially at …