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Local News
News Dump Ep. 110: I Can Feel It Calling in the Fair Tonight
On the 110th episode of News Dump, Aaron VanTuyl, Eric Schwartz, Franklin Taylor and Isabel Vander Stoep discuss everything happening at THE FAIR — from Little Miss Friendly to concerts to the …
Blaze Destroys Mobile Home, Damages Abandoned Motel Near Great Wolf Lodge 
Fire destroyed a mobile home and damaged an abandoned motel near the Great Wolf Lodge in south Thurston County early Wednesday morning. Rob Smith, Interim Fire Chief at West Thurston Regional Fire …
Brush Fire in Capitol State Forest Spread Uphill by Wind Contained 
A small fire that started early Tuesday in Capitol State Forest spread throughout the day but was considered contained by Tuesday evening. What started about 2:45 a.m. as a fire in a slash pile …
Baby Goat Reunited With Owners After Being Stolen From Grays Harbor County Fair
Penny, a 3-month-old goat, was reunited with her family this week after being stolen from the Grays Harbor County Fair in Elma.  The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office announced the reunion …
Thurston County Reports 419 New COVID-19 Cases
Thurston County reported 419 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths during the period of Aug. 8 through Aug. 14. There were 499 cases reported and two deaths between Aug. 1 and Aug. …
Judges Smitten With Emma Britton, the New Little Miss Friendly
Emma Britton told The Chronicle on Tuesday morning she would be thrilled if one of her friends — the other four top candidates — won. Perhaps that attitude is what earned her the title of …
Tyler Rental ‘Saved the Day’ by Donating Water Truck for Southwest Washington Fair
On Monday, less than 24 hours before the start of the Southwest Washington Fair, volunteers in the horse arena found themselves in a predicament. “4H horse department is in a bind,” …
Mutton Busting Provides Taste of Rodeo Fun Set for Later This Week at the Southwest Washington Fair
Youngsters looking to get a taste of rodeo life can try their hand at mutton busting at the Southwest Washington Fair this week. Set up between the horse barns and the grandstands, mutton busting …
Sirens: Men Arrested for Burglary; Possession of Meth; Dog in Hot Car; Fraud; Harassment
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Criminal Trespass • A woman was trespassed from a business in the 500 block of North Pearl Street just before 8:45 a.m. on Aug. 15 after she slept on the …
Lewis County Conservation District Giving Out Willow Cuttings at Fair
Visitors to the Southwest Washington Fair should never leave empty-handed. Of course, a bag of scones is a necessity. Fortunately, fairgoers only need one hand to carry home a willow tree …
New Cannabis Dispensary’s Location in Centralia Raising Concerns From Drug Rehabilitation Center
Centralia was set to see its second marijuana dispensary open, but the location at 1039 S. Gold St. might be in jeopardy due to a nearby mental health and drug rehabilitation center, CORE Health, …
Centralia College to Host One-Stop Registration Events on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7
Fall quarter starts Sept. 19, but there’s still time to get started at Centralia College.  Students can get on the fast track with their registration, admission and financial aid at …
Chehalis Basin Survey Open to Residents 
The Chehalis Basin Local Action Non-Dam (LAND) committee has set up an online survey for residents of the basin. It’s available at https://bit.ly/ChehalisBasinSurvey.  Anyone in the …
Mineral Lake Lions Den to Host ‘Music Down in the Fishing Hole’ on Aug. 27
The newly-renovated Mineral Lake Lions Den Campground will host a local musician on the “Crawdad Stage” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, for an event titled “Music Down in the …
Pe Ell Residents Raise Traffic Speed Issues; Town Council Expresses Frustration With State Policies Impeding Action
Multiple residents complained about speeding vehicles during the Pe Ell Town Council meeting on Tuesday night.  One resident asked if she could place signs along state Route 6 encouraging …
Local Sports
Cardinals Hope to Follow Experience Up Front Into New Season
The 60-point performances, the gaudy numbers, and Nolan Swofford’s record-breaking performances led to the Winlock football team’s return to the state stage in just its second season …
Tigers Begin Camp Under First-Year Head Coach Dustin McGee
Finally settled in, and ready for the season to get underway, Centralia’s new football coach is ready to hit the ground running after moving across the country with a championship …
Next QB Up: Toledo Rolls With New Face Under Center – Again
TOLEDO — Just like each of the first five years of his tenure as Toledo’s head coach, Mike Christensen has to break in a new quarterback. But as the Riverhawks opened fall camp …
Bearcats Open Up Camp With Sky-High Expectations
Under a sweltering heat wave and running through drills in a helmet, jerseys, and shorts, the W.F. West football team opened up its first day of fall camp Wednesday, and though practice had barely …
Offseason Turnover Leads to Another Young Centralia College Volleyball Roster
What could have been a rebuilding year for the Centralia College volleyball team ended up being hampered by postseason turnover, leaving the Trailblazers in much the same place they were 12 months …

Chronicle Podcast

  • A Very Special Episode: News Dump v. Lewis County Sheriff Candidates 
  • News Dump Ep. 109: Packwood, Potholes and Port-a-Potties on Lee Grose’s Wild Ride
  • News Dump Ep. 108: The Aug. 2 Primary in Concerto
Obituaries

Death Notices: Aug . 18, 2022

• WILLIAM “STEVEN” FERREL, 66, Ethel, died on 10, at his residence. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home. • CHRISTINE L. BENFIELD, 88, Centralia, …

In Loving Memory of Lisa Grunenfelder: 1945-2022

Longtime Adna, Washington, resident Lisa Jane Grunenfelder passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2022.  Lisa was born Dec. 21, 1945, and attended schools in Oakville, Washington. She graduated in …

In Loving Memory of Robert Auman: 1930-2022 

Robert “Bob” Auman passed away on July 19, 2022. He was born at home in Nebraska on May 13, 1930, to Leslie and Vera Auman. He was in the middle group of nine brothers and two sisters, of …

Death Notices: Aug. 13, 2022

• DAVID WAYNE FOSTER, 79, Centralia, died Aug. 5 at Providence Centralia Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary. • TIMOTHY M. UNDERWOOD, 72, …

In Loving Memory of Jeremiah Dunham: 1986-2022

Jeremiah Michael Dunham, 36, of Centralia, Washington, passed away July 25, 2022, in Centralia. He was born June 5, 1986, to Dale and Mindie Dunham. He was known to his family as “Buddy” …

Celebration of Life for Earl and Neva Conzatti

Please join us for a celebration of life to honor Neva and Earl Conzatti.  Stop by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Riverside Golf Club and Bistro in Chehalis. It will be …
State & Regional News

Washington Undersheriff OK to Preach in Uniform, Sheriff, Prosecutor Say

Columbia County Undersheriff Robbie Patterson did not break departmental policy or violate the Constitution by speaking publicly about his religious and political beliefs while in uniform, according …

Nation/World News

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg Pleads Guilty to All Charges in Tax Fraud Scam

NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s long-serving financial gatekeeper pleaded guilty to 15 felonies on Thursday and directly implicated Donald Trump’s family real estate business in …

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 …
Commentary

Bill Moeller Commentary: In the Good ol’ Summertime: Thoughts on the Season

Well, how has your summer been, so far? Yeah, mine too. Outside of some self-inflicted incidents I’ve already written about, mine has been as normal as can be expected. I’m not …

Other Views: Inslee Should End Emergency Orders — COVID-19 Is Part of Life Now

When Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Feb. 29, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the future was uncertain. Two-and-a-half years later, the path forward is clearer. The …

Being Frank: Tribes Need to Be at the Table to Conserve Wildlife

Treaty tribes have been working for decades to get federal support for our essential wildlife programs. We’re counting on the U.S. Senate to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act …

Julie McDonald Commentary: Hemphill-O’Neill Lumber Company Celebrates 75 Years Against the Odds

On Jan. 6, 1947, two longtime lumbermen — 72-year-old Allen Candee Hemphill and 56-year-old Robert Harold O’Neill — each invested $30,000 to create the Hemphill-O’Neill …

Commentary: Why Gasoline Engines Must Be Part of Reducing Carbon

Implausible as it may seem, gasoline-powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example, Glacier National …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Volunteers and OSU Study Fisher Reintroduction in Gifford Pinchot National Forest
As fishers are carnivorous cousins of wolverines and predators of porcupines, one may think researchers would be hesitant about tromping through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to find …
Photo: View From Skyline Trail at Mount Rainier
Chehalis resident Brian Zylstra captured this photograph from the Skyline Trail above Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park while hiking Sunday. In the background are the Tatoosh Range and Mount …