Local News
Unattended Campfire Suspected as Cause of Mima Mounds Area Fire
West Thurston Fire Authority firefighters responded to a blaze in the Mima Mounds area on Saturday night.   The fire appears to have been caused by an unattended campfire, according to …
Thurston County Woman Celebrates Retirement, Last Child’s Graduation by Hiking Pacific Crest Trail
When Beverly King retired on Dec. 20, 2022, she knew she had at least one goal for her retirement, and that was to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which stretches from the Mexican border to the …
In Focus: Centralia Fantasy Festival Brings Fanciful Fun to Fairgrounds
The Centralia Fantasy Festival was held over the weekend at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis.   It was the first time the event was held there. “This festival is about …
Sirens: Man Arrested for Spitting on Someone; Eluding Police; Criminal Impersonation; Disorderly Subjects
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT   Theft   • An electric bicycle that was mounted on a car’s bike rack was reported stolen from the 100 block of North Iron Street just after …
Updated: Napavine Athletic Director Provides Update After Sprinter Suffers Medical Emergency at State Meet
The Napavine High School athletic department confirmed to The Chronicle on Sunday that sprinter Maddie Dickinson, who collapsed at the 1B/2B/1A state track and field championships in Yakima last …
Grand Opening for Saddle Bum in Centralia Set for June 7
A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for downtown Centralia’s newest business at noon on June 7, according to the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.   Saddle …
Michaela Voeller Takes Over State Farm Insurance Office in Chehalis
Michaela Voeller is taking over the State Farm Insurance office in Chehalis.   The office will be located at 883 S. Market Blvd. where Gene Sanders was located. According to a news …
In Focus: Rochester Girl Captures Hardware at 2A State Track Meet
Rochester's Erica Schuon competed at the 2A state track meet and received a medal for her performance in the 100-meter ambulatory race. "She participated in the 100-meter ambulatory race and placed …
Classics and Customs Turn Out at Lewis County Cruisers’ ‘Car-nival’ at Veterans Memorial Museum
With summer just around the corner, it’s officially car show season in Lewis County.   On Saturday, 124 classic car enthusiasts and custom fabricators turned out with everything from …
‘Karate Kid’ Actor Turned Energy Drink Maker Buys Tenino Estate of Heiress After Substantial Price Reduction
A unique estate near Tenino with one-of-a-kind features has sold after a huge price reduction and four years on the market. The buyer is a 1980s actor turned energy drink mogul.   Scott …
Two People Allegedly Connected to March Overdose Death in Centralia Released Days Before Scheduled Trial
After about two months in jail and five days before they were to face trial on charges related to the overdose death of a 22-year-old Centralia man, two suspects were released from Lewis County Jail …
Napavine AD Provides Update After Sprinter Suffers Medical Emergency at State Meet
The Napavine High School athletic department confirmed to The Chronicle on Sunday that sprinter Maddie Dickinson, who collapsed at the 1B/2B/1A state track and field championships in Yakima last …
Freedom Walk and Sentinel Statue Restoration Complete; Twin Cities Memorial Day Ceremonies Set for Monday
Volunteers from the Bricklayers Local 1 Washington and Alaska union have finished restoration efforts on the The Sentinel statue and Freedom Walk War Memorial at George Washington Park in downtown …
Vehicle Crashes Into Visiting Nurses Thrift Shop in Centralia
The Visiting Nurses thrift shop was forced to close Thursday morning after a vehicle drove into the building off of Pearl Street in Centralia.   Centralia police had not released additional …
New Timberland Library Board Member Sought After Lewis County’s Representative Cites Concerns, Resigns
Citing frustrations over decisions from the five-county library organization, Chehalis resident Brian Zylstra resigned from his position representing Lewis County on the Timberland Regional Library …
Local Sports
Riverhawk Repeat: Toledo Boys Win 4x400 State Title
YAKIMA — A few of the faces may have changed, but the result remained the same.  For the second year in a row, the Toledo boys 4x400 team ended the 2B track season with a state title, …
PWV Eliminated One Game Short of Trophy Round
YAKIMA — The Pe Ell-Willapa Valley team sprung one upset but fell to an old foe Saturday, coming a game short of the trophy round thanks to an 8-7 loss to P2BL rival Ocosta in nine innings in a …
Vikings Earn Third Place at 1B State Tournament
YAKIMA — The Mossyrock softball team played all the way through the consolation bracket at Gateway Sports Complex on Saturday, beating DeSales 8-5 in a must-win game before moving on and …
Pirates Fall to Jaguars in State Championship
YAKIMA — Some things would just be a little bit too perfect, too storybook. The day after it took down the giants of its area , the Adna baseball team had its return to the state title …
2A Track Roundup: Tumwater Girls Repeat As 2A Team Champs
Led by seven more placers Saturday on the final day of the 2A Track and Field Championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma, the Tumwater girls team repeated as team champions.  The …

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Ann Borchardt: 1963-2023

Our beloved Ann Dorothy Borchardt passed away peacefully on April 26, 2023. Ann was born in Chehalis on September 1, 1963, to Dennis and Janette Dorothy.  Ann graduated from W.F. West High …

Death Notice: May 26, 2023

• EUGENE “MAC” MCCLEES, 99, Chehalis, died May 24. Arrangements are under the care of Sticklin Funeral Chapel.  

In Loving Memory of Charles Underwood: 1961-2023 

Charles Roy Underwood “Chuck” passed away in the early morning on May 21, 2023, in Centralia, Washington, surrounded by his loved ones. Charles was born on Oct. 15, 1961, in Dexter, …

In Loving Memory of Richard Hamilton: 1956-2023 

Richard “Rick” Dwight Hamilton, 66, of Chehalis, Washington, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2023.  Rick was born to Robert Hamilton Sr. and Ruth Kinzer on Oct. 25, 1956, in …

In Loving Memory of Judith Dean: 1945-2023

Judith Rae (Peterson) Dean, 78, of Centralia, went suddenly to be with the Lord on April 25, 2023. She was born March 13, 1945 in Minot, North Dakota, to Christ and Faye Peterson. In 1965, Judy …

In Loving Memory of Elsie (Kathy) Owen: 1925-2023 

Elsie (Kathy) Lundeen Owen, a direct descendant of the pioneers of Thurston County families of Lundeen, Sarjent, Rutledge, and Mounts, died at the age of 97 in her home in Prineville, Oregon on March …
State & Regional News

Bipartisan Bill to Help Tribes and Counties Manage Wildfire Risk on Federal Land as 'Good Neighbors' Gains Momentum in Congress

WASHINGTON — Tribes and counties could keep revenue from timber projects on federal lands under a bill that's gaining momentum in the House of Representatives, after several Washington …

Schools
The Math Problem Part 2: Chehalis School District Aims to Conquer Its Biggest Hurdle With Innovative Teaching
Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. The …
Achieving Success: The Math Problem: Chehalis — And America’s — Biggest Academic Hurdle
Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. The …
‘The New Buzzword’: How the Chehalis School District Prioritized STEM and Technical Education to Give Students a Brighter Future
Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. The …
Chehalis School District Awarded $1.05M Grant for Student Achievement Initiative
The Chehalis School District will receive $1,050,000 from the Washington Student Achievement Council over the next 18 months to benefit the district’s Student Achievement Initiative. …
‘A Partnership That May Go On Forever’: How The Chehalis School District and Chehalis Foundation Achieved Success
Editor’s note: This is the third installment in an ongoing series focused on the Chehalis School District and the success of its Student Achievement Initiative, which was launched in 2013. …
Commentary

Julie McDonald: Toledo’s Don Buswell, His Brother and Four Sons Built Roads and Then Relaxed in the Sauna

Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of a series of columns focused on Don Buswell and his family’s history. Find previous installments at chronline.com.   After the …

Brian Mittge Commentary: When the Community Becomes the School

Starting in September, students will be released 90 minutes early from the public schools in Chehalis every Wednesday so teachers have new dedicated collaboration time.   This will match an …

Bill Moeller Commentary: Contemplating Our Memories — While We Still Have Them

Are you surprised that my recent birthday celebration brought to mind some of the places,   events and other features that no longer exist in the area? On top of that, in writing last week's …

Commentary: We Should Build Our Future Electricity Supply Around Hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half a world apart, they have lots in common — beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes and vibrant salmon and …

Highlighting Lewis County: Buswells Flew Airplanes During WWII, Then Logged Forests and Built Roads

In the spring of 1940, a year after Don Buswell graduated, the old wooden Toledo High School building on the hill burned down, and not long after a principal had been fired, perhaps for fooling …
Outdoors
Outdoors
43 Years After Eruption, Mount St. Helens Continues to ‘Reveal New Mysteries’
National Geographic states Earth first formed 4.5 billion years ago, and humans have been around for about 300,000 of those.   That’s less than 0.007% of all the time on Earth. The …
In Focus: Exploring the Ape Cave South of Mount St. Helens, Which Reopened May 18
The Ape Cave in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest south of Mount St. Helens reopened to the public on Thursday.  Timed reservations are required, according to a release. Entry tickets …
Could Prescribed Fires Offer the Best Protection for Washington's Lynx?
WINTHROP, Wash. — On a subfreezing morning in March, Carmen Vanbianchi is crouched in the snow, cramming chunks of roadkill deer into a pouch she calls her meat purse. She wrenches the …