Local News
Sen. Cantwell Highlights Road Safety Grants for Washington Communities
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, released a statement on Monday announcing 16 Washington state communities would receive federal grants to help reverse the statewide increase in traffic …
Chamber's Home & Garden Show Returning in April; Vendor and Display Applications Being Accepted
Following a one-year hiatus, the Home & Garden Show will return to the Blue Pavilion at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds on April 14 and 15, according to a Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of …
Lewis County Expands Curbside Recycling to Packwood; Service to Begin in Spring
In a unanimous vote on Tuesday morning, the Board of County Commissioners voted to expand curbside recycling services to the easternmost end of Lewis County. As of October 2007, curbside recycling …
Chamber of Commerce Announces Ribbon Cutting for The Centerville Cafe  in Centralia
The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday announced a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Centerville Cafe will take place at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 15.  The …
Three Days of Razor Clam Digging Starts Friday on Copalis Beach
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers on Wednesday confirmed razor clam digging reopens at Copalis Beach on Friday, Feb. 3, followed by additional opportunities on Feb. …
Local Republican Lawmakers Say Return of In-Person Session Draws Hope for Bipartisanship
Late last month, Southwest Washington legislators spoke of a desire for bipartisan collaboration in ways the previous two sessions fell short. The 105-day 2023 legislative session began on Jan. …
Lewis County Auditor’s Office Announces Registration Deadlines for February Special Election
The Lewis County Auditor’s Office released a statement on Monday announcing registration deadlines for the Feb. 14 special election.  According to the auditor’s office, Feb. 6 …
Woman Accused of Practicing Law in Lewis County Without License Faces Felonies
A woman who was retained as counsel for a defendant in Lewis County Superior Court last year is now facing felony charges for unlawful practice of law.  The woman, Malika M. Duke, 44, of …
Warrant Issued for Centralia Man Accused of Starving Horses
A $10,000 bench warrant was issued for a Centralia man on Tuesday after he didn’t appear in Lewis County Superior Court to fulfill a summons on accusations that he allegedly abused two horses …
State Legislators Introduce Bill Requiring Public Notice When Moving Sex Offenders in ‘Civil Custody’ to Private Locations
State Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 5544, requiring “adequate” public notice when the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) considers …
Onalaska Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Seven Counts of Animal Cruelty
An Onalaska woman who has been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty fulfilled a summons to Lewis County Superior Court on Tuesday with her attorney, where she pleaded not guilty to all …
Sen. Braun Criticizes Democrats on Police Pursuit Reform
Republicans in the state Senate released a statement on Tuesday criticizing police reform legislation sponsored by Democrats on grounds the legislation was based on inaccurate data. According to …
Sirens: Suspect 'Punching People': Sex Offenses; Mail Theft; Residential Burglary Arrest
CHEHALIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Trespassed From Property • A woman who reportedly stole trash from a dumpster in the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue was trespassed from the associated …
Thurston County Man Guilty of Murdering His Parents at Their Maytown Home in 2021
A jury found a 31-year-old Thurston County man guilty of murdering his elderly parents in 2021.  Josiah Sweeney, 31, has been convicted on two counts of first-degree aggravated murder, …
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Local Sports
Bearcats Beat Down Bobcats
W.F. West proved itself the home to the superior type of cat, as the Bearcats rolled past the Bobcats of Aberdeen 78-52 on Thursday in Grays Harbor County. Soren Dalan came away with 19 points, …
Rainier Grits Out Win Over Toledo
The Rainier boys basketball team might have gotten itself into a mud wrestling match early against Toledo on Thursday, but the Mountaineers stuck with it until the going got better, coming back …
Trojans Fall to Kodiaks on Senior Night
While it didn’t get the result it wanted Thursday night, the Pe Ell boys basketball team celebrated three seniors, but fell to Columbia Adventist at home on senior night, 44-36.  The …
Mossyrock Beats Valley to Earn 1B CVL Title
The Mossyrock girls basketball team got its first of what it hopes will be a few titles this season Thursday, beating Willapa Valley 53-35 in Menlo to take the 1B Columbia Valley League …
Tigers Trounce Pirates, Capture League Title in Adna
ADNA — No, the 2B No. 5 Napavine boys basketball team isn’t going to be cutting down nets over a league championship. Though the Tigers clinched the Central 2B League title Thursday …

Chronicle Podcast

  • Sports Dump Ep. 50: The District Tournament is Bloated and Bewildering
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Obituaries

Death Notices: Feb. 2, 2023

• TRACY S. DAVIS, 56, Chehalis, died Jan. 29 at Providence Centralia Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home. • JOSEPH  KRUPLA III, 71, Cinebar, died …

In Loving Memory of Wallace Tippery: 1928-2023

Wallace Hal 'Wally' Tippery was released to glory on January 21, 2023, at the age of 95. Wally was born January 8th, 1928, in Portland, Oregon, to Loyd and Ethel (Dahl) Tippery. He grew up in …

In Loving Memory of Steven Pierce: 1969-2023 

Steven Walter Pierce, 53, of Aberdeen, Washington, passed away peacefully on Jan. 23, 2023, in Elma, Washington. Steven was born on July 16, 1969, to John and Anita (Bourgault) Pierce in …

In Loving Memory of Blake Alistair Davis: 2005-2023 

“A masterpiece all in themselves and an irreplaceable artist” feels like not enough words for our person that we love tremendously. Blake’s family and friends are heartbroken to …

In Loving Memory of Harold Sorensen: 1922-2023

Harold Sorensen went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Harold had a very strong Christian faith where Jesus was always by his side. As he said at his 100th birthday party: “I …

In Loving Memory of Donald Clymer: 1931-2022 

Donald M. Clymer, age 91, was born in Olympia, Washington on Aug. 8, 1931, and passed away in his home in Centralia, Washington on Dec. 27, 2022. He grew up in Alaska where he was married and started …
State & Regional News

Oregon Bikini Coffee Stand Owner Accused of Raping, Abusing Ex-Employees, Job Applicants

The owner of a drive-thru coffee stand in Hillsboro, Oregon, has been arrested for alleged sex crimes against seven people, including former employees and job seekers, police and court records …

Nation/World News

Fighter Jets, NATO, Congress and Ukraine: Complex Issues Roil United States-Turkey Relations

WASHINGTON — The United States is locked in a delicate dance with Turkey, one of its most problematic allies, that involves fighter jets, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Congress and, …

Schools
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. …
Powerful Teaching and Learning: How Teaching Was Revolutionized in the Chehalis School District
Editor’s note: This is the second 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

Commentary: Time to Stop Crooks From Scamming Jobless Benefits

Three years after crooks stole billions in unemployment insurance (UI) funds, federal and state officials are scrambling to retrieve the money which was directed to the jobless and plug leaks in …

Bill Moeller Commentary: Old Lewis County Directory Has Plenty of Stories to Tell

I was just thinking that the only way we can know how far we’ve come is by looking back on where we’ve been.  That’s hardly a profound statement, but it’s the best I …

Being Frank: Dead Zones Are a Symptom of a Warming Planet

As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, former …

Julie McDonald Commentary: Lewis County AAUW Branch Celebrates Its First Century

Do you believe women pursuing a college education can impair their fertility? Today, such a notion sounds absurd, but that was a prevailing myth dispelled only after a small group of college …

Commentary: Success in Our Public Schools Will Require a Commitment by Our Whole Community

Recently, I tried to evaluate my year as president of the Centralia School Board and what I may have learned during my 81 years that would help me assist Superintendent Dr. Lisa Grant and the board …
Outdoors
Outdoors
Nordic Center at White Pass Ski Area Offers Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and More
Though all winter sports test the athlete’s mettle, the Nordic side of White Pass Ski Area may offer less intimidating recreational opportunities than the steep slopes across U.S. Highway …
Backyard Salmon Spotting Surprises Winlock Landowners: ‘Oh Crap, They Are Here’
The mighty salmon fights its way home only to ensure the next generation’s prosperity. It’s no wonder the fish have such cultural significance. When, in November, Winlock resident …