Local News
Lewis County voters again asked to support sales tax increase to fund 911 call center
While the scores of emergency vehicles parked outside the Lewis County Courthouse Tuesday morning weren’t responding to an active emergency, supporters of a proposal to increase the …
Thurston County Board of Commissioners to go on three-week recess
The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will take a three-week recess from Monday, June 24, through Friday, July 12. No board briefings or regular meetings will occur during this time. The …
Centralia Downtown Association awards $20,000 in facade grants; more safety and micro grants available
At its board meeting on Wednesday, June 12, the Centralia Downtown Association (CDA) approved four facade grants for downtown businesses totaling $20,000. The recipients were Jewelry Boutique, …
Thorbeckes’ new Grand Mound fitness center opens for business
On Monday, June 17, Thorbeckes held the grand opening of the gym’s newest location in Grand Mound. Officially called Grand Mound Thorbeckes on the gym’s website, the new gym is …
Death notices: June 19, 2024
• CAROL J. SMITH, 79, Packwood, died May 29 at her residence. A celebration of life with a potluck to follow will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Packwood Community Center. …
Sirens: DUI and fake ID arrest; assault, sexual misconduct reported at juvenile facility; possible kidnapping reported
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Theft • A 20-year-old Centralia man was arrested in the 600 block of Centralia College Boulevard just after 9:50 a.m. on June 17 and was booked into the …
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 …
Discover Lewis County receives state grant to study shoulder season trends
Discover Lewis County (DLC) has received a state grant the agency said will help it research how businesses can maximize tourism benefits in the county. On Tuesday, Discover Lewis County …
Lewis County commissioners honor two longtime fire chiefs
Praising their years of dedicated service to the county, the Lewis County commissioners celebrated two longtime fire officials Tuesday as they prepare to retire. “This morning, we have the …
Wounded bald eagle dies shortly after being discovered in Centralia
A wounded bald eagle died shortly after being discovered on a property on Scheuber Road Monday afternoon. Property owner Joe Wiley said a neighbor discovered the wounded animal in a rhododendron …
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 …
Chehalis Outfitters to celebrate its third year in business
Chehalis Outfitters is celebrating its third anniversary and invites the community to celebrate by enjoying free cake, entering to win in giveaways and providing testing for pressure canner lids from …
Rochester animal rescue hosting meet-and-greet adoption event Saturday in Chehalis
Looking for a new furry best friend? This Saturday, June 22, Rochester’s Red Rose Animal Rescue will be at the Tractor Supply Co. in Chehalis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a meet-and-greet adoption …
Local Sports
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 …
PHOTO: Sabotage NW wins Father's Day Classic
The Sabotage NW fastpitch team went south for Father's Day weekend, and the team left Tillamook, Oregon with a first-place finish in the Father's Day Classic Tournament. From left to right, Jaycee …

Chronicle Podcast

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Obituaries

In loving memory of Larry Duane Smith: 1940-2024

Larry Duane Smith, born on July 14, 1940, in Centralia, Washington, peacefully passed away in his home, surrounded by his loved ones, on June 5, 2024, in Mossyrock, Washington. He was 83 years old. …

In loving memory of Kent Reader Simms: 1936-2024

Kent Reader Simms, age 87, passed away at home in Chehalis, Washington, on June 8, 2024, his and Nancy’s 61st wedding anniversary. He was born Aug. 23, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, to the Rev. …

In loving memory of Nathan Bronson: 1999-2024

Nathan Bronson passed away June 6, 2024, in Olympia, Washington, his home of six years. He was born March 16, 1999, to Michael and Jennifer Bronson in Olympia. He grew up in Rochester, Washington, …

In loving memory of Jack Martin Peltier: June 21, 1993 - June 8, 2024

Jack Martin Peltier, beloved husband, father, son and friend passed away unexpectedly on June 8, 2024, in Chehalis, Washington. Born on June 21, 1993, in Bellingham, Washington, Jack spent his …

Death notices: June 17, 2024

• RONALD D. KRAFT, 74. Chehalis, died June 9 at St. Joseph Medical Center. Arrangements are under the care of Sticklin Funeral Chapel. • JACK MARTIN PELTIER, 30, Chehalis, died June 8 …

In loving memory of Judith Marie Williams: 1944-2024

Judith Marie Williams died June 8 at her home in Olympia. She was born June 13, 1944, to Don and Dorothy Renecker. She worked in the food service Industry her whole life. In 1979, she went to …
State & Regional News

Eastern Washington rape suspect disappears after he was released because of an attorney shortage

Tri-Cities is already seeing the consequences of a serious defense attorney shortage after an accused rapist disappeared last week after recently being released from jail. Another suspect whose …

Schools
Centralia College announces 2024 Outstanding Student Award winners
Centralia College has selected five students to receive the college’s Outstanding Student Award at the Centralia College Foundation’s Night of Celebration on Thursday, June 20. The awards …
In focus: Visions Academy holds graduation ceremony in Chehalis
The Visions Academy class of 2024 held a graduation ceremony at Lintott Elementary School in Chehalis on Thursday, June 13.  Graduates included John Striedinger, Morgan Walker, and Chance …
In focus: Oakville class of 2024 celebrates at graduation ceremony
The Oakville class of 2024 celebrated during a graduation ceremony at the Oakville gymnasium on Saturday.  Chronicle photographer Ridley Hudson captured these photos.  The …
Noah Markstrom’s legacy lives on: Centralia elementary school student honored with namesake award
Fords Prairie Elementary School’s gymnasium was filled with boisterous laughter, clapping and a rendition of “Rainbow Connection” on Friday, June 14, during an end-of-the-year …
Lewis County Youth Mentorship Program organizing school supply resource fair in August; donations still being accepted
Though many students throughout Lewis County have just started enjoying their summer vacation, the Lewis County Youth Mentorship Program is already organizing and preparing for its Back to School …
Business Stories
Rainier Eye invites community to celebrate its first anniversary

Rainier Eye will be showcasing entire collections by Gucci and Tom Davies at its first anniversary celebration and frame show. The event will be hosted from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 21. The …

Commentary

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 …

John Braun: Give Washington parents the right to choose how their children are educated

A dozen years ago, the state Supreme Court declared our state's approach to funding K-12 education had failed. Some legislators wanted to respond to the historic ruling in McCleary v. Washington …

Commentary: Life of a nonprofit land trust in the Chehalis River Basin

The Chehalis River Basin Land Trust was born from two ideas. One was the appreciation of the beauty of this wonderful area, and the second was the desire to preserve this splendid diversity for …
Outdoors
Outdoors
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 …
Road to iconic Washington state fire lookout finally set to reopen
An infamously rough road to an iconic fire lookout finally got cleaned up, and it's opening soon. Pilchuck Road, also known as Forest Service Road 42, leads to the popular Mount Pilchuck trail …