Local News
Centralia Police Chief Stacy Denham selected as city manager of Chehalis 
Centralia Police Department Chief Stacy Denham has been selected as the next city manager of Chehalis, according to a Monday news release. “The Chehalis City Council is excited to announce …
Man accused of kidnapping woman, trying to drive her to California arrested in Lewis County 
A man accused of kidnapping his estranged wife in Kent and attempting to drive her to California while he was intoxicated was arrested in Lewis County early Sunday morning.  The man, …
Man accused of fracturing another man’s jaw in a fight outside of a Salkum bar
Bail is set at $5,000 for a man accused of punching a man repeatedly and fracturing his jaw outside of a bar in Salkum on Friday.  The defendant, identified as Cody Benjermin Edward Rider, …
Man, 58, pronounced dead at Maytown Rest Area after a medical emergency on Monday 
A 58-year-old Vancouver man was pronounced dead at the southbound Interstate 5 Maytown Rest Area in Thurston County on Monday after he suffered a medical emergency.  Richard J. Fulton was …
MGP votes in support of House passed foreign aid package
Following months of debate, the United States House of Representatives voted Saturday to provide $95 billion in foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel in a package that now heads to the Senate for …
Reader’s lens: A stunning Saturday sunrise over Mount Rainier
Shelly Ford captured these stunning photos of the sun rising over Mount Rainier from Pleasant Valley Road in Chehalis on Saturday, April 20. To submit photos to The Chronicle for possible …
Lewis County Auditor’s Office: Unofficial results for April 23 special election will be available online at 8:15 p.m. on election night
Unofficial results for the April 23 special election will be available at https://elections.lewiscountywa.gov at approximately 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Lewis County Auditor’s Office advised …
Suicide survivor and mental health advocate Kevin Hines to speak at W.F. West High School on Thursday
Kevin Hines, a suicide attempt survivor who has gone on to become an advocate for improving mental health, will host a free community presentation at W.F. West High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, …
Sirens: Man swings machete while walking; suspect facing charges after chase; man pulls gun after argument
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Criminal trespass • Two homeless Centralia residents were cited for trespassing at Blakeslee Junction on Eckerson Road at 8:30 a.m. on April 19 for …
Centralia Planning Commission to hold special meeting this week to discuss emergency housing and more
On Thursday, April 25, the Centralia Planning Commission will hold a special meeting to discuss a number of topics, including emergency housing, according to a city news release. The meeting …
Julie McDonald: Medical care grew locally from doctor’s offices to large hospitals
Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the French-Canadian Sister of Providence who started nearly 30 schools, orphanages and hospitals in the Pacific Northwest during the 19th century, never started a …
Hilary Franz meets with Ukrainian delegation to discuss wildfire management, forestry
As part of a growing list of international partners, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz met with a delegation of Ukrainian officials last week to discuss wildfire mitigation and …
Veterans Memorial Museum to host first Lewis County Autism Coalition Car and BMX Show this summer
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, the Lewis County Autism Coalition and Cornerstone Center for Development will hold a fundraiser car and BMX bike show at the Veterans Memorial Museum, …
Local Sports
Prep softball: Two-out magic lifts Bearcats to statement win over T-Birds
Lilly Camp. Annika Hollingsworth. Ella Ferguson times two. It has been a murderers row of pitchers that the W.F. West High School softball team has faced this spring. All three are Division I …
Rainier drops two to Toutle Lake
Not much went right for the Rainier baseball team on Monday, as the Mountaineers were beaten by Toutle Lake 13-0 and 15-3 in a doubleheader sweep. In the first game, Toutle Lake scored all 13 of …
Timberwolves bested twice by Chinooks
The Morton-White Pass baseball team dropped a pair to Kalama on Monday, losing 15-2 and 10-0 in a C2BL doubleheader. Kalama took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1, but the T-Wolves (4-12, …
Tenino can’t recover from slow start against Hoquiam
The Tenino softball team fell behind early and never recovered on Monday, as the Beavers fell to Hoquiam 18-1 in five. The Grizzlies took control with four in the first and second, and they blew …
Bearcats' doubles dominate in win over T-Birds
The W.F. West girls tennis won its ninth match in a row on Monday, defeating Tumwater 5-1. W.F. West coach Megan Wellander made the switch at the No. 1 and 2 singles leading into the match, and …

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Obituaries

Death Notices: April 19, 2024

• CARISSA L. BREMGARTNER-GARDIPEE, 36, Adna, died on April 8 at her residence. A graveside service was held on Friday, April 19, at St. Urban Cemetery in Winlock followed by a celebration of …

In loving memory of Harriet Rajala: 1937-2024 

Harriet Sinclair Rajala, of Chehalis, Washington, passed away on March 8, 2024, peacefully with family by her side.  Harriet was born on Sept. 13, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and …

Death Notices: April 17, 2024

• MARSHALL JOHN SCOTT, 82, Centralia, died April 11 at his home at Assured Hospice in Centralia. There are no services scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Sticklin Funeral …

In loving memory of Ted D. Kohler: Oct. 10, 1942 - March 23, 2024

Ted Kohler, of Napavine, Washington, passed away at home with his family by his side. Ted was married to Jeanne in 1961 and she survives him at home. He worked for the Napavine School District for 30 …

In loving memory of Alta ‘June’ Wachter-Busse: 1927-2024

Alta “June” Wachter-Busse, Evaline, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Born in Centralia on June 3, 1927, June was a lifetime resident …

In loving memory of Johnnie Lee Workman: 1944-2024 

John Workman, 79, passed away Easter Sunday peacefully at his home in Mossyrock, Washington, surrounded by his wife Penny; daughter Cassie; and grandson Colby Johnson.  John was born in …
State & Regional News

In focus: Professional bull riding makes a stop at Tacoma Dome

Loud cheers and country music filled the Tacoma Dome as professional bull riders put their grit to the test in the Tacoma “Unleash the Beast” championship Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of …

Schools
Evaline School to host 140th anniversary celebration on May 18; Hope Grange’s 120th anniversary celebration to follow
Evaline School is celebrating its 140th anniversary with an open house on Saturday, May 18. The Winlock-based public elementary school serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade, with …
Lewis County donates $35,000 to project to house homeless Centralia students
The Board of Lewis County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to provide $35,000 to a project to house homeless students in the Centralia School District. The move comes after the Centralia …
Napavine SkillsUSA student to compete in national competition
Napavine High School sophomore Lyla Kirkpatrick will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, in June to compete at the national level after she placed first in the prepared speaking category at the Washington …
Centralia and Chehalis Catholic parishes bring back Stations of the Cross enactment
With the early spring showers clearing up just in time for this past weekend, close to 200 local Catholics began their Easter weekend by watching as Centralia’s St. Mary’s and …
Napavine High School third quarter honor roll
Following are members of Napavine High School’s third quarter honor roll, as provided by the school district. Students are listed in alphabetical order.   12th grade …
Commentary

Gluesenkamp Perez: Our veterans served our country. It’s time we served them.

Editor’s note: Congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp Perez was offered an opportunity to write an op-ed on a topic of her choosing after the previous publication of a commentary by her Republican …

John Braun: When it comes to dodging constitution, Democrats are habitual offenders

Republicans see absolutely no need for an income tax in Washington. Thanks to unanimous support from Republican legislators, Initiative 2111 was passed on March 4. It outlaws any income tax at any …

Richard Stride commentary: Beginning to understand the meaning of understanding

I love watching documentaries, usually those that are about history or historical figures. My wife likes sitcoms. If you saw us at home sitting on the couch together, you would see that she …

Julie McDonald: Mother Joseph and Sisters of Providence opened schools, hospitals, orphanages

Today marks the 201st birthday of a Canadian woman whose loving selfless acts of service saved many lives throughout the Pacific Northwest. Esther Pariseau was born April 16, 1823, on a farm …

Commentary: Local descendant finds big surprise at American Revolution exhibit in Thurston County 

How would you feel if you walked into a national exhibition and saw your own direct relative’s image and life narrative as part of the story?  That is exactly what happened to Stuart …
Outdoors
Outdoors
The digs roll on: WDFW announces seven days of coastal clam digging to round out April 
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more digging opportunities on coastal beaches beginning April 23, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed …
WDFW: Latest big game hunting regulations and special hunt applications now available
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has released the latest big game hunting season and regulation information, including a decision from the WDFW director about 2024-2026 hunting …
Hundreds of lowland lakes around Washington open for fishing on April 27
Anglers can look forward to trout fishing in hundreds of lowland lakes throughout the state beginning April 27— and perhaps winning one of more than 800 trout derby prizes along with their …