Local News
Easter Eggspress arrives at the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad on March 30 
The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad invites friends and families to put on their spring bonnets and celebrate the Easter season on March 30 with a train ride through the Chehalis River Valley.  …
Razor clams are back on the menu: WDFW announces 11 days of clam digs
Grab your clam shovel or clam gun: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced 11 days of razor clam digs on Washington's coast, starting Thursday, March 7. The agency approved the …
Rochester-based dairy recalls raw milk due to possible health risk 
Sigmon Dairy, based in Rochester, is voluntarily recalling retail raw whole milk displaying “best by” dates March 4 through March 12 because it might be contaminated with listeria …
Salvation Army provides update on coordinated entry program to Lewis County commissioners
The Salvation Army’s coordinated entry program in Lewis County, which aids both the unhoused and those at risk of losing their housing, has assessed 552 households for housing or shelter …
Defendant who fatally stabbed man, injured boy in Chehalis in 2021 sentenced to 35.5 years in prison
Billy Bartlett was sentenced Friday to 429 months, or 35 and a half years, in prison for killing 46-year-old William Foster III and injuring a 12-year-old in Chehalis in December 2021. …
Ashford community is invited to Match 10 Q&A on upcoming fire and EMS levy lift proposal
Lewis County Fire District 17 (LCFD17) is inviting he community to learn more about the fire and EMS levy lid lifts that will be on the April 23 special election ballot. The purpose of the lid …
Centralia-based embalmer attends prestigious seminar
Contessa King, of Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary in Centralia, recently completed 31 contact hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training at the Fountain National Academy by attending …
City of Chehalis awards contract for engineering and architectural services for new fire station design
Originally constructed in 1925, the Chehalis Fire Department’s old fire station has long been in need of replacement. After sharing headquarters with Lewis County Fire District 6 in 2019 before …
Families, foster parents and supporters hold rally for legislative changes for foster children
Families who have lost children, as well as foster parents and supporters, gathered at the Capitol in Olympia on Thursday in support of legislative changes for Washington state children who have been …
After 14 years, J.T. Wilcox to retire from legislature: ‘We need a new generation to put our government back together’
A year after stepping down as minority leader of the House of Representatives, state Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, has announced plans to retire from the Legislature. “By the end of this term, …
Lewis County Fire District 6 to host car seat checkup event on March 8
Chehalis-area drivers with child safety seats in their vehicles, or with child safety seats that still need to be installed, can have a certified seat technician with Lewis County Fire District 6 …
Downtown Centralia shops gone after building owners elect not to renew month-to-month leases
Alivia’s Attic and Pacific Coin & Collectables — formerly known as Slusher’s Coin Shop — are no longer among the many antique shops that line downtown Centralia’s …
Sirens: Juvenile threatens to bring gun to school; Woman spits on store products; Infant evaluated after crash
CHEHALIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Drug violation • A case involving a minor in possession of liquor that was reported in the 300 block of Southwest 16th Street just after 8:05 a.m. on Feb. 28 …
Death Notices: March 1, 2024
• STEPHEN C. STRAND, 77, Olympia, died Feb. 20 at his residence. Arrangements are under the care of Sticklin Funeral Chapel. • BETTYLOU VOLLENDROFF, 83, Centralia, died Feb. 26 at …
Centralia man charged with assault after allegedly choking a woman during a dispute
A Centralia man is facing a second-degree assault charge in Lewis County Superior Court for allegedly trapping a woman inside a residential bathroom and choking her during an argument early Wednesday …
Local Sports
Wilhelm: State B Tournament an event worth celebrating
Towards the end of the quarterfinal round of the state tournaments, a friend of mine texted me. He was confused, because he saw basketball highlights on the local news from Yakima, and he wanted …
Tumwater dance coach leads high school team to first national championship win in 22 years
The Tumwater High School Dance Team won its first national championship at the Dance Team Union competition in Florida last month, making it a dream come true for the dancers and coach. Coach …
Best of the Rest: Championship Saturday
The 2B and 1B state tournaments are in the books, and what a week it was in Spokane. The Napavine girls won their first state championship in school history , while the Mossyrock boys fell just …
Vikings lose 1B state title game to Wellpinit after fourth-quarter collapse
SPOKANE — Luke Cooper kissed the basketball as he and the Mossyrock boys basketball team walked off the floor with their 1B second-place trophy. The Vikings senior, like many of the members of …
Instant: Mossyrock falls to Wellpinit in 1B state title game
The Mossyrock boys basketball team couldn't prevent a Wellpinit repeat, as the Vikings fell to the Redskins 60-56 in the 1B state title game on Saturday night in Spokane. Both offenses came out …

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Obituaries

In loving memory of Jerome Edwards: 1969-2024

Jerome David Edwards passed away unexpectedly at home in Oakville, Washington, at the age of 54 on Jan. 13, 2024.  Jerome was born on March 13, 1969, in Bremerton, Washington. He grew up on …

In loving memory of Wanda (Sue) Spencer Mills: 1936-2023

Wanda Irene (Sue) Spencer Mills went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 15, 2023, at the age of 87. She was born in Chehalis, Washington, on June 18, 1936. She was a lifelong resident of Mossyrock. She …

In loving memory of William E. Kludt: 1937-2024

Bill passed away on Feb. 22, 2024. He was born Feb. 9, 1937, in Pendleton, Oregon, to Edward and Bernice Kludt. He attended Centralia schools, operated a dairy and beef farm for 25 years, and drove a …

In loving memory of Metta and Phillip Wickstrom

Metta E. Wickstrom (nee Kossler) was born in Denver, Colorado, on Aug. 7, 1931, and passed away Feb. 4, 2024, at home in Bothell, Washington.  Phillip R. Wickstrom was born in Boulder, …

In loving memory of Robert LaClair: 1933-2024

Robert Dale LaClair was born June 2, 1933, in Olympia, Washington, where he lived with his mother, Edna, and his two brothers, William and Gerald. After graduating from high school, Bob honorably …

In loving memory of Martin Max Jungmayer

Martin Max Jungmayer, a lifetime resident of Bucoda, Washington, graduated from Centralia High School in 1942, starting his career with The Daily Chronicle, where he retired after 42 years. …
State & Regional News

‘We will honor Chris, even in sorrow’: Washington State Patrol trooper killed on I-5 

A Washington State Patrol trooper was killed early Saturday morning after being struck by a motorist on southbound Interstate 5 near Marysville, the agency said in a news release. Snohomish …

Good News
Green Beret’s Medal of Honor now on display at Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis
Fifty-four years to the day after a brutal battle unfolded in the Kon Tum province in Vietnam and nearly took the life of U.S. Army Green Beret Franklin Douglas Miller, his children, friends and …
Oregon Zoo’s baby rhino turns one month old
The newest member of the Oregon Zoo’s rhinoceros family crossed a milestone this week, turning one month old on Thursday, Jan. 4. The yet-to-be-named calf, born to parents Jozi and King on …
Centralia High School grad joins UW Marching Band on trip to National Championship 
The University of Washington Marching Band, which includes Centralia High School Class of 2022 graduate Lucy Nowicki, will fly out to Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 6, ahead of Monday’s …
Puget Sound Energy donates $15,000 to Toledo Neighbors Program
The Toledo Neighbors Program, a nonprofit that helps people share food and other resources with their neighbors without restrictions, has received a $15,000 donation from Puget Sound Energy, the …
Schools
Tenino High School teacher named Washington State VFW Teacher of the Year
Tenino High School agriculture teacher Geraldine Maxfield has been named Teacher of the Year by Washington State Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Maxfield has spent her entire teaching career in …
Gary Loomis receives Centralia Distinguished Alumni Award
The Centralia Alumni Association awarded Gary Loomis, 1960 Centralia graduate with a legacy in the fishing industry and environmental advocacy, with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award on …
Washington Legislature considers paying for vape detectors in schools, but do they deter vaping?
Nearly every time Lewis and Clark junior Olive Pete uses the restroom for its intended purpose, a peer is in the next stall vaping, blowing clouds of nicotine-laced tutti frutti vapor. "So many …
In Focus: Lewis County elementary students tour ‘Safety City’
Last week, Lewis County elementary students, teachers and law enforcement met up in “Safety City:” a brightly-colored, miniature city designed to teach young children safety basics. …
Centralia City Council passes resolution supporting school district replacement levy
With all upcoming Feb. 13 ballots in the mail as of Thursday, Jan. 25, according to the Lewis County Auditor’s Office, the Centralia City Council unanimously passed a resolution during its Jan. …
Letters to the Editor
Letter to the editor: Deport Oregon frogs

Earlier this year, I read an article in The Chronicle indicating we must save the Oregon spotted frog. An earlier article said we must kill 500,000 barred owls as they are not native to Washington. …

Commentary

Isabel Vander Stoep: Grammy winner Brandy Clark is the perfect big stage hero for Lewis County

Type “Morton” and “Wikipedia” into the search bar, and you’ll see Morton Salt, Morton, Illinois, and a steakhouse before you find the hometown of Grammy award-winner …

Commentary: Lewis County is driving the shift to trucking’s green hydrogen future

For generations, our region's trucking industry has been a driving force behind our economy, connecting businesses and communities along the Interstate 5 stem by ensuring the reliable delivery of …

John Braun: Lawmakers should listen to the people on all six of their initiatives, then vote

Our state Legislature is on a path to make history by enacting three of the six initiatives submitted by Washington voters. While that is a win for the people of our state, we can and should do …

Sean Swope commentary: Rejecting a misguided celebration of International Women's Day at college

As a community, we stand at a critical juncture where the very essence of womanhood is being undermined and distorted under the guise of inclusivity. Recently, our local community college …

Commentary: In the coming climate crises, denial is the best course of inaction

In Lewis County, millennials and Generation Z youngsters make up only 35% of the population, whereas the Greatest Generation, Silent Majority, Baby Boomers plus Generation X make up the majority, …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Diggers rejoice: WDFW approves 11 days of coastal razor clam digs starting March 7
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more digging opportunities on coastal beaches beginning March 7, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed Friday. …
Another one-day smelt fishery announced for Cowlitz River
There will be another opportunity to dip for smelt in the Cowlitz River as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved an additional one-day recreational fishery from 1 to 6 …
In focus: Clouds roll over the summit of Mount St. Helens
Chronicle photographer Ridley Hudson captured these photos of Mount St. Helens last weekend from the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway.  To submit photos to The Chronicle for possible …