Local News
Suspect crashes into barbed wire fence, flees on foot near Offut Lake
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized a firearm and impounded a vehicle near Offut Lake on Sunday night after a 911 caller reported the possibly intoxicated driver had crashed into a …
White Pass Ski Area celebrates 40th anniversary of brothers winning Olympic medals
Phil and Steve Mahre are fraternal twin brothers who were born in Yakima in 1957. In 1964, when their father became the mountain manager for the White Pass Ski Area, the family moved to the …
Death Notices: Feb. 19, 2024
• JUDITH GAIL SHIELDS, 89, formerly of Chehalis, died Feb. 17 at Evergreen Health Hospice Care in Kirkland. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives of Washington. • …
No injuries reported in four-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in Chehalis on Saturday
A non-injury, four-vehicle collision involving a hit-and-run driver and a parked Washington State Patrol vehicle was reported at milepost 75 on Interstate 5 in Chehalis Saturday evening. An …
Sirens: False report that a penis was cut off was the result of hallucination from drugs, police discover
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Malicious mischief • Vandalism to car tires was reported in the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road just before 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 15. • A local …
Julie McDonald: Former Toledo man recalls family friendship with Mary Kiona
Every year during the first half of the 20th century, Upper Cowlitz native Mary Kiona and her friends set up camp for a week or so across Spencer Road from Frank and Maria “Mary” …
Local lawmaker to be temporarily replaced by stepdaughter as he reports for military duty
Lilian Hale, the stepdaughter of 19th District Rep. Joel McEntire, R-Cathlamet, a U.S. Marine Corps reservist, will temporarily serve as his replacement at the end of the legislative session. On …
Miss Thurston County Teen organizes 5K to benefit missing Oakville girl Oakley Carlson
Miss Thurston County Teen 2024, Emma Adams, has organized a 5K run in honor of missing Oakville girl Oakley Carlson, who disappeared three years ago at the age of 5. The event, titled …
Toledo Community Library hosts seed swap event
For nine years now, a Vancouver family that owns land in Toledo and plans on moving has organized an annual seed swap event at the Toledo Community Library. On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Wedams were …
Cinebar farm and pumpkin patch now hosting monthly airsoft games
While the weather was overcast for most of the weekend, Cinebar remained dry Saturday, which was good news for the small group of airsoft enthusiasts who showed up at The Huntting’s Pumpkin …
Smelt run draws crowds to the Cowlitz River
Crowds flocked to the Cowlitz River on Thursday morning as smelt-dipping returned after the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a one-day recreational fishery. A …
Coroner’s office identifies attempted murder suspect who died by gunshot in Randle area
The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has identified the attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm suspect who the sheriff’s office reported died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound …
In focus: Snowy scenes from Adna
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Wellspring Centralia to celebrate opening with ribbon-cutting ceremony
After nearly three years of planning, Wellspring Centralia is celebrating the opening of its assisted living and memory care facility with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to the …
Local Sports
1B Columbia Valley All-League Girls Basketball Teams
Mossyrock and Pe Ell were the two best teams in the Columbia Valley League all season long, and both the Vikings and the Trojans were well-represented in the CVL’s all-league teams. Pe …
1B Columbia Valley All-League Boys Basketball Teams
It was Naselle’s year in the Columbia Valley league, as the Comets won league and had the MVP and Coach of the Year. But Mossyrock and Pe Ell had their share of honorees, including …
Sports Dump: Five D4 Champs and One Displeased Official
The sports crew (Dylan, Kody and Aaron) discuss the district finals, Kody’s run-in with a referee, Antonio Campos’ state championship, the regional seedings and more. Five teams are now …
Updated: State tournament seeds, regional round matchups set
The WIAA released the regional round matchups for next week, and 12 area teams will be taking part in Regionals over the next six days. In games between teams seeded one through eight, both …
Beavers come up short in district title game
The Tenino boys basketball team fell just short of a district championship on Saturday, as the Beavers fell 67-63 to Seton Catholic in the 1A District 4 title game. Seton Catholic had a lead as …

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Obituaries

In loving memory of Sterling M. Powell: 1956-2024

Sterling Powell was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1956. He lived for several years in Colorado, relocated in 2006 to Southwest Washington, and finally cashed out his chips in Winlock, Washington after …

In loving memory of Larry Lewis Rakoz: 1939-2024

Larry Lewis Rakoz passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 13th surrounded by his family. He was born in Toledo, Washington, on Oct. 6, 1939 to Ferdinand “Fritz” Rakoz and Adora (Nash) …

In loving memory of Ethel W. Keen: 1930-2024

Ethel W. Keen, 93, of Ethel, Washington, passed away on Jan.11, 2024, at her home in Ethel. She was born in Ajlune, Washington, on July 5, 1930, the oldest of seven children born to Gertrude Smith …

In loving memory of Anne W. Lindeman: 1921-2024

Anne Lindeman passed away in her sleep on Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, 2024, at Bishop Place in Pullman, with son Glen by her side and her cat lying on her lap.  Born June 25, 1921, in Western …

In loving memory of Jean Evelyn Wark: 1926-2024

Jean Evelyn Wark, born April 26, 1926, to Reginald and Evelyn Clayton, joined her heavenly father on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Prior to her passing and throughout her life, she was surrounded by …

In loving memory of Cory Dale Canfield

Cory Dale Canfield was born in Centralia, Washington, on December 25, 1975, to John and Debbie Canfield. He was raised in Centralia but moved to Montana, where he spent most of his adult life until …
State & Regional News

Coroner IDs skeleton found along riverbanks in Kalama, Clatskanie in 2022

Skeletal remains found in 2022 off the Columbia River near Temco Kalama have been identified as an Oregon man reported missing that January. Cowlitz County Coroner Dana Tucker states in a news …

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. …
Commentary

Brian Mittge: Taking a big step toward healthier lives and communities

A decade ago, I had the chance to hear from a National Geographic explorer who had searched the world for the secrets of people who live long, healthy lives.  What he discovered was the …

Sen. John Braun: Democrats are wrong to use children as defense of income tax

The Democrats who currently control the Legislature should uphold our state constitution by giving proper attention to Initiative 2109, which would repeal Washington’s capital gains tax. It is …

Focus on Agriculture: Napavine schools leading the way on agricultural education

This past week, I had an opportunity to spend a little time with Dave Rutherford, who is the Napavine School District career and technical education (CTE) director. Rutherford took time out of …

Julie McDonald: Leslie Lewallen says abortion discussion needs more focus on compassion

Although the Washington state Republican Party has officially endorsed Joe Kent in the race for Third Congressional District, lifelong Republican Leslie Lewallen said she’s a better choice if …

Sen. John Braun: Democrats’ continued crusade for higher property taxes proves they no longer respect will of the people

One day in November 2007, a Democrat-controlled Legislature, called back into session by a Democrat governor, voted to restore a 1% cap on the growth of property taxes. The tax limit, approved by …
Outdoors
Outdoors
WDFW approves five days of coastal razor clam digs starting Feb. 21; additional digs planned for March
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more opportunities on coastal beaches beginning Feb. 21, Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed Thursday. …
One-day smelt fishery set for Thursday on Cowlitz River 
Smelt-dipping will return to the banks of the Cowlitz River as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved a one-day recreational fishery on Thursday, Feb. 15. During the …
In focus: Mountains, waterways and more — scenes from East Lewis County
Chronicle reporter Owen Sexton captured these images during a photo hunt in East Lewis County on Saturday. To submit your own photos for possible publication in The Chronicle, email …