Local News
Lewis County Man Accused of Failure to Register as Sex Offender 
A Lewis County Superior Court judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a sex offender registered in Lewis County who is accused of failing to report to the sheriff’s office for mandated …
Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival at Toledo Park Aug. 12-14
Five bands have been signed by the Washington Bluegrass Association to perform at the group’s annual Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival set for Aug. 12-14 at the Kemp Olson Memorial Park in …
Herrera Beutler in Trouble as Kent Gains in 3rd Congressional District Race
Challenger Joe Kent gained on U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in vote counts released Friday, leaving the six-term incumbent teetering on the brink of defeat amid the backlash over her vote to …
Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Providing Police Services for Toledo; Council Votes Down Contract With Napavine Police
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is temporarily providing law enforcement services to the Toledo area after the city's police chief left the position and a possible policing contract with the …
Lewis County Decides on New Location for Animal Shelter
Lewis County officials have announced they are finalizing the purchase of the Washington State Employees Credit Union building located at 2015 Northeast Kresky Ave. in Chehalis to be the new site for …
Thurston County Seeks Applicants as It Expands Board of Health
The Thurston County Board of Health (BOH) is looking to add more community members as it expands, and three new positions are available. The BOH is responsible for supervising public health services …
Lewis County Embarks on Permitting Process for New Sheriff Substation in East Lewis County
Depending on funding, a new substation of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office could be completed and operational by early 2023, the Lewis County announced in a news release on Friday. The …
Updated: Vehicle Stolen, Beehives Dumped in the Adna Area on Monday
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story was published in Thursday’s edition and included incorrect information. Roughly $11,000 worth of empty beehives were dumped on Frogner …
Sirens: Rape Reported; Man Knocked Unconscious; Cash, Silver Stolen; Trespassing
CHEHALIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Rape • A rape that was reported in the 200 block of Mineral Creek Road South just before 1 p.m. on Aug. 3 is under investigation.   Hit-and-Run …
Scholarship Increases Access to Mental Health Care, Honors Local Woman’s Life
Kaitlyn Beesley’s mother died far too young. And in her name, Beesley is working to create a future in which everyone has access to the help that might have prevented her untimely …
100 Years and Counting: Woodland Village in Chehalis Celebrates Lives of Eight Centenarians
Woodland Village in Chehalis celebrated the lives of eight centenarians on Monday. Ahead of the celebration, The Chronicle was able to interview four of them as they reflected on their more than 100 …
Napavine Fire Levy Still Failing as of Thursday Ballot Count
Lewis County Fire District 5’s levy initiative was still failing as of Thursday’s updated ballot count. While the proposal was failing by just 31 votes on election night, updated …
West Thurston Fire Levies Leaning Toward Failure in Latest Count
While more Rochester- and Littlerock-area voters have voted in favor of the fire authority’s levy proposal than have voted against it, the two ballot measures hadn’t received the required …
Local Sports
Rochester Grad Paige Winter Signs With DI Portland State
Growing up in what she called an “underdog town and school,” Paige Winter never thought she would play Division I women’s basketball.  A prep standout at Rochester — …
Lewis County Closers 12u Baseball Team Wins Northwest Nations Tourney
Last weekend at the Northwest Nations Tournament in Eugene, Oregon, the Lewis County Closers 12u baseball team captured the tourney championship. In the Closers’ opening game of the …
Blazers Looking Up Heading Into 2022 With Experience
Clarence Gunderson is starting to think he’s got a good thing going at Centralia College. For the first time in his tenure leading the Trailblazers’ women’s soccer program, …
Top Storylines to Watch as Football Season Nears Return
The long wait for football fans in Lewis and South Thurston counties is nearly over. Nearly nine months after state champions were crowned last fall, new faces — both on the field and the sidelines …
Bearcats Best Tigers for Battle on the Blacktop Crown
TENINO — For a game that meant nothing, with one unofficial referee, at a stadium a quick drive away from both schools, Centralia and W.F. West’s meetup Sunday sure felt like it had a bit …

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Suzanne Duncan: 1939-2022

Mrs. Suzanne Marie Lee Duncan, aged 83, of Lacey, Washington, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2022, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on April 14, 1939, in Portland, …

In Loving Memory of Laurie Kohnke: 1955-2022

Laurie Jean Kohnke entered the world on Nov. 17, 1955. Laurie enjoyed gardening, laughing, time with her family, baseball, and most of all, her animals. Laurie spent many years as a dedicated vet …

In Loving Memory of Dean Hamilton: 1937-2022

 Dean E. Hamilton was born in Toledo, Washington, on July 21, 1937. He is a fraternal twin to his brother Dale. They joined a much loved sister Arlene.  Dean started farming at age 10 …

In Loving Memory of Russell Lacey: 1964-2022

Russell Jon Lacey went home to be with his Savior on June 17, 2022. He was born Nov. 15, 1964, in Chehalis, Washington.  He was survived by his son Dylan Jon Lacey, his brother Tony (Kay) …

Death Notices: Aug. 6, 2022

• JOANN G. STRAIN, 81, Glenoma, died July 30 at Leah’s Adult Family Home in Chehalis. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home. • LAWRENCE “LARRY” A. …

In Loving Memory of Tony “Bill” Milanowski: 1943-2022

Tony William “Bill” Milanowski, age 78, passed away at his Pe Ell, Washington, home on the morning of July 25, 2022, one week short of his 79th birthday after a long, courageous struggle …
State & Regional News

Firefighters Make Progress on Washington Fires

Firefighters continued to increase containment Saturday on wildfires burning in Eastern and Central Washington. The Williams Lake fire near Cheney burned 1,868 acres as of Saturday night and …

Nation/World News

Remains of World War II Soldier Identified as Man Among First to Land on D-Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — DNA, dental and other analyses confirmed the identity of remains buried in Belgium as a 27-year-old World War II soldier from North Carolina who died during battle in a German …

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

Peter Abbarno Commentary: America’s Heartland Is All Around Us

County and regional fairs across the state are just around the corner. Many of our thoughts turn to great fair food, rides, games and entertainment. Here at home in Lewis County, the Southwest …

Commentary: Election Fraud Mania Reaches the Trenches of Democracy

This has been vote-counting week around the state. But the guy in charge of counting them down in Mason County says he can't go into the vote-counting room. "If I go in, someone would immediately …

Brian Mittge Commentary: When the Votes Are Close, Character Shines Through

As I write this, the race for second place in the Third Congressional District is national news. Who will represent the Republican Party in the November election? Will it be incumbent U.S. …

Bill Moeller Commentary: New Farmers Market Location Is a Very Welcome Change

As you read this it’s probably sometime around Thursday, Aug. 4, but I wrote it Saturday morning, July 29. At the time, I was debating whether or not an old geezer should even be …

Commentary: Fewer Firefighters Due to Mandate Should Make Us Hot Under the Collar

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for state employees — you know, the one that cannot stop spread or transmission of the virus among coworkers — could …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Cascade Carnivore Project Reports Wolverines Have Reproduced at Mount Rainier for Third Consecutive Year
Wolverines have reproduced at Mount Rainier National Park for a third year in a row, according to an announcement last week by the Cascade Carnivore Project. The news marks another positive …
Washingtonians Support Legal Hunting, But More Than Ever Don't Care Either Way, Survey Finds
While the majority of Washingtonians support legal hunting, more people than ever don't care, according to a survey commissioned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and published …
Centralia Man, 70, Aims to Climb State’s Five Volcanoes in One Year
Some call turning 50 getting “over the hill.” For Neal Kirby, who spent over two decades as a school principal in Centralia, turning 70 means getting over the volcano — five …