Local News
Hundreds Take Part in Thurston County Vigil for Family Killed in House Fire
A house fire near Capitol Forest that killed five members of the Cox family earlier this month spurred hundreds to attend a vigil at Tumwater High School Sunday evening. One organizer said they …
‘Unacceptable’ Death Threats Allegedly Sent Over Tenino Sex Offender Home, Sheriff Says
State officials and a residential care services company have allegedly received death threats in response to a planned sex offender housing facility near Tenino, Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders …
Thurston County Sheriff on Tyre Nichols Killing: ‘You Deserved Better’
After Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, was beaten by several police officers in Memphis on Jan. 7 and died in a hospital three days later, body cam footage released in the days following …
In Focus: Semi-Rare ‘Hair Ice’ Photographed Near Napavine
Chronicle staffer Sarah Burdick captured these photos of semi-rare "hair ice," also known as ice wool or frost beard, during a walk near Napavine on Sunday morning.  "Fungus shapes a …
Chehalis Middle School Student Pages in State House
Messina Occhino paged in the Washington state House of Representatives Jan. 16-20. The Chehalis Middle School student was sponsored by Rep. Ed Orcutt, of the 20th District. Messina was able to …
Silver Creek Man Pleads Not Guilty to Domestic Violence Assault Charges
A Silver Creek man accused of pointing a gun at a woman in August and assaulting the same woman in December has pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in Lewis County Superior …
Abbarno Bill to Expand Veterans Employment Tax Credit Scheduled for Committee Hearing
The state House Finance Committee has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 p.m. on a bill sponsored by state Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, seeking to create job opportunities …
Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District Passes Accountability Audit 
The Washington State Auditor’s Office has completed its inspection of the Lewis County commissioners in their role as the board of supervisors for the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone …
Sirens: Burglaries; Another Pursuit Terminated; Criminal Impersonation; Indecent Exposure; Assault
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT  Fraud  • Fraudulent transactions out of a state retirement account were reported in the 700 block of North Tower Avenue at approximately 8:45 a.m. on …
Southwest Washington Mycological Society to Hold Meeting on Feb. 7
The Southwest Washington Mycological Society will hold a meeting on Feb. 7 at the WSU Extension Office in Chehalis at 6 p.m.  The office is located at 17 SW Cascade Ave. in Chehalis. There …
Greater Toledo Community Library to Hold Valentine’s Day Book and Bake Sale on Feb. 11 and 14
The Greater Toledo Community Library’s Valentine’s Day Book and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 14. Valentine’s Day cards will also be available for …
Orcutt, Other Lawmakers Back Legislation Creating Special Mount St. Helens License Plate
The Mount St. Helens Institute last week announced its campaign for a special license plate featuring the image of Mount St. Helens is back on track.  After previously gathering almost 4,000 …
New Chehalis Optometry Clinic Scheduled to Open in June
Rainier Eye, set to open in June, may help those with trouble seeing — but, its owners’ vision for a community-owned and operated optometry clinic is clear. The clinic, located in …
Lewis County Fire District 5 Personnel Honored at Recent Awards Dinner
Jester’s Auto Museum and Event Center was the location of the Lewis County Fire District 5 annual awards dinner on Jan. 21.  The event was cosponsored by the Fire District 5 …
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Local Sports
Mountaineers Grind Out Slugfest Over Riverhawks
The Rainier girls basketball team did it with defense Monday, wrapping up its regular season with a 38-22 win at Toledo. The Mountaineers put in 19 points in the first quarter, then settled in for …
Trojans Fall to Comets
The Pe Ell girls basketball team couldn’t get much going offensively on the road Monday, falling to Naselle 58-32 in 1B Columbia Valley League action. “Their defense took us out of …
Tigers Inch Closer to League Title at Kalama
The 2B No. 3 Napavine girls basketball team gunned it early and didn’t let up until the fourth quarter, racing past Kalama 63-32. The Tigers held the Chinooks to three points in the first …
Cardinals Drop Close One at Home
The Winlock girls basketball team dropped its penultimate matchup of the regular season Monday, losing to Wahkiakum 51-40 in Egg Town. “I am proud of our effort tonight,” Winlock coach …
Wrestling Roundup: Centralia Girls Finish Fourth, Boys Seventh at Berserker Invite in Tacoma
In the final tune-ups for most wrestling squads before postseason begins, several area teams wrestled in big tournaments across the state before sub-regionals begin next weekend.  The …

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Obituaries

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 …

In Loving Memory of William Webster Jr.: 1941-2022

William, affectionately known as “Bill,” was a beloved father and friend to all who knew him. Bill lived a full and adventurous life, always seeking new experiences and challenges. He …

In Loving Memory of James Wahl: 1930-2023

James Dale Wahl, 92, Chehalis, Washington, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on Jan. 15, 2023. Jim was born on the Wahl Homestead in Boone, Iowa, March 18, 1930, to Frederick and Francis …

A Celebration of Life for Betty Brattain: 1943-2022

Elizabeth “Betty” Brattain passed away unexpectedly. Please join us on Feb. 4, 2023 at 1 p.m. to celebrate Betty's life at The John Gaffney residence 487 Haywire Road, Winlock, …

In Loving Memory of Louis Rivera: 1958-2022

Louis “Lou” Rivera, 64, of Centralia, Washington, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Dec. 27, 2022, after suffering a year-long battle with kidney disease.  He is …
State & Regional News

Dead Horses Discovered in Okanogan County Likely Starved to Death, Documents Say

The five dead horses found on an Okanogan County woman's rural property likely starved to death and the emaciated surviving horse was eating snow for water, according to court documents. Jennyfer …

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

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 …

Sen. John Braun Commentary: To Restore Public Trust, Start Reestablishing Public Safety

I don’t know anyone who would choose to live next to a big, noisy international airport, or have sexually violent predators for neighbors.  Through no fault of their own, people in the …

Bill Moeller Commentary: Seasonal Contemplations of an Elderly Columnist

I was just thinking about spring. It’s still a ways off but some signs are appearing.  Weeds are certainly poking their heads out already, primroses are appearing and, depending on the …

Brian Mittge Commentary: Micromanaging Lawmakers Set Back Students and Teachers

The Legislature is back in session, and parents (and all who care about their community’s schools) should pay attention to how some powerful state lawmakers are pushing to roll back local …
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 …