Local News
Coroner’s Office Identifies Victim of Fatal Workplace Accident 
The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal workplace accident that occurred in Centralia May 16.  The victim was identified Wednesday as Seth E. Parvin, 29, …
News Dump Ep. 100: A Very Special Episode 
On the 100th episode of News Dump, the hosts reflect on their first episode, rate a few dozen local festivals to kick off festival season, and get a first-hand account of The Great Chronicle River …
In Focus: SpringFest Brings Animals, Inflatables and More to Centralia College
SpringFest continued Tuesday on the Centralia College campus.  Students and staff are treated to a petting zoo, caricature drawings, a photo booth, inflatables, a food truck and …
Thurston County Reports 807 New COVID-19 Cases
New cases of COVID-19 in Thurston County increased in the health department’s latest report as 807 cases were tallied during the period of May 16 through May 22. The prior week there were …
Washington Zoos Remove Birds From Public Exhibits to Reduce Risk of Avian Flu
With cases of bird flu confirmed in Washington state, several Washington zoos are taking precautions to reduce risk to certain birds by removing them from public exhibits. The latest outbreak of …
Headwaters to Harbor: River Diary No. 1 — Up a River With Only a Paddle
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 …
Work to Begin on New Cascade Inpatient Substance Use Disorder Facility in Chehalis
People suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) will soon have a place in Lewis County to undergo voluntary inpatient recovery. Cascade Community Healthcare will be converting the office space …
In Focus: Volunteers Put Final Touches on Greenwood Memorial Park Before Rededication
Following the cleanup event Saturday, a formal rededication ceremony for Centralia’s Greenwood Memorial Park will occur at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. The public is invited to attend. The …
Lacey Man Arrested for Allegedly Pointing Gun at Woman at Centralia Gas Station in January
A Lacey man accused of threatening to kill a woman at a gas station in Centralia in January has been arrested on a $100,000 warrant. Derek Anthony Wylie, 24, was identified via surveillance video …
Outdoor Movies and More Coming to Chehalis This Summer After Grant
The Chehalis Parks and Recreation Department announced recently that Summer Experience and Enrichment for Kids Fund (SEEK) awarded the department a grant to bring a slate of outdoor enrichment …
Mushroom Club to Show ‘Fantastic’ Film at Society’s Monthly Meeting
The Southwest Washington Mycological Society (SWMS) wants to grow an interest in fungi at its upcoming June 7 meeting. All interested are welcome to go to 17 SW Cascade St. in Chehalis, the WSU …
Jaime Herrera Beutler to Host Telephone Town Hall on June 1
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler announced on Monday she will be hosting a telephone town hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. In the statement released by Herrera Beutler’s …
Experience Chehalis Plans to Erect New Mural in Downtown Chehalis, Calls for Artist Applicants
Experience Chehalis has plans to erect a new mural in downtown Chehalis. According to a news release, the organization believes that through public art, a society can aim to not only beautify its …
Sirens: Animal Cruelty; Assault; Theft; Malicious Mischief
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Failure to Transfer Title • A 56-year-old Centralia man was arrested and released at around 1:35 p.m. on May 20 for failing to transfer the title of his vehicle …
Local Sports
Von Wasson Leads 2A State Golfers After First Day
OLYMPIA — Months removed from the day he punched his ticket to state back in the fall, Centralia golfer Von Wasson didn’t miss a step on the first day out on the green at Capital City Golf Course …
Matlock Named 2B Pacific MVP, Five Titans Earn First Team All League
Paced by MVP and college bound two-way star Olivia Matlock, the Pe Ell-Willapa Valley softball team had a strong showing in the 2B Pacific All League awards. Along with the star senior, five Titans …
Nubbe, Koetje Named C2BL Track Athletes of the Year
Rainier’s Jeremiah Nubbe and Morton-White Pass’ Jordan Koetje were named the Central 2B League’s Athletes of the Year for the spring track and field season in a vote by the …
State Softball Playoff Seedings Announced
After district softball tournaments finished up Saturday afternoon, the WIAA seeding committees met up to put together the brackets for the upcoming state tournaments coming up this week across all …
Pirates Win Slugfest With PWV for District Crown
Nobody involved had ever seen anything like it. Adna crushed three homers before recording a single out, knocked six balls out in the first three innings, built a nine-run lead — and wound …

Chronicle Podcast

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Patrick Joel Gillaspie: 1947-2022

Beloved son, brother, husband, father and grandfather went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 7, 2022. He passed away at his home in Onalaska.  Pat was born on Aug. 21, …

In Loving Memory of Corinne "Corrie" Morgan: 1982-2022

Corinne “Corrie” Nicole Morgan, 39, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away April 7, 2022. She was born July, 30, 1982 in Pasco, Washington. Corrie met the love of her life, Josh Morgan, and …

In Loving Memory of Gerald "Jerry" Colson, Sr.: 1961-2022

Gerald “Jerry” W. Colson Sr., 61, passed away Feb. 19, 2022 In Bismarck, North Dakota. He was born in McCleary, Washington.  Jerry attended Mount. St. Helens High School in …

In Loving Memory of Jerome Wasson: 1939-2022

Jerome “Jerry” Merle Wasson, 83, passed away suddenly on May 7, 2022, at his beloved home in Centralia. Jerry (also known as Ace, Jerome and dad) was the second of three children born to …

In Loving Memory of Beverle Lou Davis: 1935-2022

Beverle Lou Davis, age 86, of Chehalis, Washington, passed away unexpectedly in Everett, Washington on April 11, 2022.  Beverle was born in Yakima, Washington, to Henry and Eva Rohn. Beverle …

In Loving Memory David John Waldock: 1942-2022 

David John Waldock passed away peacefully at his home in Chehalis on May 11, 2022. He was born on Dec. 13, 1942 to Leo and Louise (Schultz), the second of five children in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The …
State & Regional News

Western Washington Bear That Evaded Capture for Years Is Caught, Killed 

The unnaturally large black bear that evaded capture on the Eastside for more than two years was trapped and killed near Issaquah last week, wildlife officials said Tuesday. The 5-year-old bear …

Nation/World News

Millions of Imported Baby Formula Cans Are Heading to the U.S., FDA Says

Millions more cans of baby formula will be available in the U.S. in the coming months, the nation’s Food and Drug Administration said, detailing steps it’s taken to alleviate a shortage …

Headwaters to Harbor
How to Stay Safe While on Western Washington Rivers, Lakes
As the weather warms up, Washington residents are sure to turn to water activities like boating, swimming, paddling and all sorts of water sports. And this year, as the cost of gas soars, safety …
Chehalis River Fun Fact: Why Engineer Log Jams? Fish Are Fans of Large Wood in River
By 2021, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) had installed 27 log jams along the Skookumchuck River. At a glance, large wood in the river may appear to impede the water and life …
Chehalis River Fun Facts: Water Measurements — What’s a Cubic Foot Per Second?
A garden hose fills a 5-gallon bucket in about one minute. Therefore, water in the hose can be measured as 5 gallons per minute. Water in rivers is measured by USGS gages at a rate of cubic feet per …
A Historical River Voyage, Part 1: The Harrowing Journey of David Douglas to the Chehalis River
Editor’s Note: One of the earliest written records of a voyage along the Chehalis River came from explorer and botanist David Douglas. As The Chronicle’s journalists paddle the river in …
Flying Over the Chehalis River With a Former Lewis County Detective
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 …
The View From Above: The Upper Chehalis River Basin in Photos
A day prior to departing for a journey from Pe Ell to Grays Harbor, Chronicle journalists Isabel Vander Stoep and Jared Wenzelburger were treated to a look from above by pilot Dave Neiser. The …
Business Stories
Chick-fil-A Is Exploring a New Location in West Olympia on Capital Mall Property

Chick-fil-A, a fast-food restaurant chain known for its chicken sandwiches, is exploring a new location in west Olympia, according to city of Olympia information. The business proposes to build a …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Winlock UGA Annexation Should Worry All Residents

The Winlock UGA annexation should concern all Winlock citizens. I attended the Winlock City Council meeting at May 9. My concerns are the letters and flyers the city sent out to all of us in …

Commentary

Highlighting Lewis County: Dutch Nonagenarian in Centralia Recalls Life During World War II

As a young teenager, Grietje Klijnsma stood on a Heerenveen street in the northern part of The Netherlands and watched an Allied pilot eject from his airplane, but as he was dangling from his …

Brian Mittge Commentary: Spring Days Paddling on the Chehalis River

Today, if all goes according to plan, two Chronicle journalists will begin an epic trip down the Chehalis River. Reporter Isabel Vander Stoep and photographer Jared Wenzelberger are beginning …

Bill Moeller Commentary: Crotchety Man Unloads

It may be because I deal with words that I hate to see them misused. And since I spent so many years in radio, also words that are mispronounced. There’s no excuse for saying …

Don Brunell Commentary: Inslee and Murray Are Targeting the Wrong Dams

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams with fish passages and …

Our Views: Kent’s Attack on Private Sector Provides Reason to Be Wary

Congressional aspirant Joe Kent appeared to side with Vladimir Putin on the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. He attracted a contingent of white nationalists from Idaho for a local town hall meeting …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Spring Chinook Salmon Sportfishing on Lower Columbia River Extended Through Mid-June
Columbia River spring chinook salmon sportfishing below Bonneville Dam will continue through June 15 with just one break for a limited commercial fishery Monday. Oregon and Washington biologists …
WDFW: Why Anglers Might See More Unmarked Chinook Smolts on the Cowlitz River This Spring
Editor’s Note: The following article was published last month by WDFW. The spring Chinook salmon hatchery program on the Cowlitz River does double duty: not only does it provide angling …