Local News
Battle Ground teacher arrested for online sexual corruption of a child in Oregon
A Battle Ground High School teacher was arrested on Saturday, April 20, in Albany, Oregon, after being caught up in a citizen-led sting on social media.  Kevin Weeks, 57, remains in Linn …
Providence Health & Services to pay $200M for illegal timekeeping and break practices
Providence Health & Services must pay more than 33,000 hourly employees a total of more than $200 million after a King County judge found evidence the hospital system had willfully been …
In tight race for Congress, incumbent MGP leads Republican challengers in fundraising
After pulling off the biggest upset of the 2022 election cycle, data from the first quarter of 2024 shows that Third District Congressional Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, currently leads …
Thurston County temporarily close book donation bins in Lacey, Rainier and Rochester
The Thurston County Public Works Department this week announced the temporary closure of book donation bins at the Waste and Recovery Center in Lacey and the drop-box facilities in Rainier and …
Death Notices: April 19, 2024
• CARISSA L. BREMGARTNER-GARDIPEE, 36, Adna, died on April 8 at her residence. A graveside service was held on Friday, April 19, at St. Urban Cemetery in Winlock followed by a celebration of …
Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez legislation to aid small businesses in federal contracting clears committee
Bipartisan legislation to help small businesses access federal contracts received a boost this week, unanimously passing out of the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday. If passed, the …
Sirens: Motorhome stealing power from residence; employee at local business scammed; person dies of overdose
Editor’s note: The Chronicle did not receive reports from the Chehalis Police Department on Thursday or Friday. Those reports will be included in the next edition. CENTRALIA POLICE …
State suspends Lewis County certified nursing assistant for allegations of sexual misconduct at Vancouver health care facility
The Washington state Department of Health has suspended the license of a Lewis County certified nursing assistant pending further legal action. David Floyd Potter cannot practice in Washington …
Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez introduces resolution to declare ‘National Lineman Appreciation Day’
In recognition of the 115,000 linemen tasked with maintaining the country’s electrical infrastructure, Third Congressional District Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, introduced a …
Evaline School to host 140th anniversary celebration on May 18; Hope Grange’s 120th anniversary celebration to follow
Evaline School is celebrating its 140th anniversary with an open house on Saturday, May 18. The Winlock-based public elementary school serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade, with …
Firefighters extinguish 2-acre wildfire west of Napavine on Wednesday
Firefighters from the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Lewis County Fire District 5 responded to a 2-acre blaze off Monroe Road west of Napavine at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday. …
Man pleads guilty in connection to 2022 Cowlitz County murder, blowing up the body
Jerome Adrian Markert pleaded guilty Monday in connection with the murder of a transient man whose remains were later blown up in a failed attempt to hide the crime. According to court …
Lions Club fishing derby at Fort Borst Pond in Centralia set for April 27
The annual fishing derby at Fort Borst Pond in Centralia, sponsored by the Centralia Lions Club, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27. Children ages 3 to 15 can sign up for prize …
Court ruling clears way for carbon storage projects on state logging lands
A timber industry group and two counties — including Lewis County — challenged a plan to set aside about 10,000 acres of trees to absorb carbon dioxide and help combat climate change …
Local Sports
Beavers come from behind to top Loggers, snap losing streak
The Tenino softball team snapped a nine-game losing streak on Saturday, and it did so in come from behind fashion, scoring five in the sixth to top Onalaska 7-4. “Very happy to get back in …
Warriors drop road contest in Montesano
The Rochester softball team dropped its second straight game on Saturday, as the Warriors fell to Montesano 7-3. The Warriors (6-7, 3-3 2A EvCo) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to …
Titans fall to Eagles, top Grizzlies in Montesano
The Pe Ell-Willapa Valley softball team played two games in Montesano on Saturday, losing to Elma 7-6 in nine innings before defeating Hoquiam 12-6. Against Elma, the Titans (10-3, 3-1 P2BL) …
Jones secures open 100 title in ginormous invite
Tumwater High School junior standout Ava Jones blasted her personal best in the 100-meter dash out of the water with a blistering time of 12.16 seconds to capture the event at Saturday’s gearUP …
Riverhawks rally down four, lose heartbreaker to Fishermen
Despite notching just one hit and clawing its way back from a multi-run deficit, Toledo’s baseball team got bit by the walk-off bug as Ilwaco plated the game-winning run to triumph 5-4 on …

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Obituaries

In loving memory of Harriet Rajala: 1937-2024 

Harriet Sinclair Rajala, of Chehalis, Washington, passed away on March 8, 2024, peacefully with family by her side.  Harriet was born on Sept. 13, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and …

Death Notices: April 17, 2024

• MARSHALL JOHN SCOTT, 82, Centralia, died April 11 at his home at Assured Hospice in Centralia. There are no services scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Sticklin Funeral …

In loving memory of Ted D. Kohler: Oct. 10, 1942 - March 23, 2024

Ted Kohler, of Napavine, Washington, passed away at home with his family by his side. Ted was married to Jeanne in 1961 and she survives him at home. He worked for the Napavine School District for 30 …

In loving memory of Alta ‘June’ Wachter-Busse: 1927-2024

Alta “June” Wachter-Busse, Evaline, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Born in Centralia on June 3, 1927, June was a lifetime resident …

In loving memory of Johnnie Lee Workman: 1944-2024 

John Workman, 79, passed away Easter Sunday peacefully at his home in Mossyrock, Washington, surrounded by his wife Penny; daughter Cassie; and grandson Colby Johnson.  John was born in …

In loving memory of Thomas Fisher: 1973-2024

Thomas (Tom) Harrison Fisher was born Dec. 20, 1973, to Harrison (Horty) and Nancy Fisher in Chehalis, Washington. Tom unexpectedly left this life and received his angel wings on March 2, 2024, at …
State & Regional News

Southwest Washington officer confiscated illegal drugs on day of his fatal overdose

Battle Ground Police Sgt. Richard Kelly confiscated illegal drugs during a call prior to suffering a fatal overdose in August 2023, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office found in an external …

Schools
Lewis County donates $35,000 to project to house homeless Centralia students
The Board of Lewis County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to provide $35,000 to a project to house homeless students in the Centralia School District. The move comes after the Centralia …
Napavine SkillsUSA student to compete in national competition
Napavine High School sophomore Lyla Kirkpatrick will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, in June to compete at the national level after she placed first in the prepared speaking category at the Washington …
Centralia and Chehalis Catholic parishes bring back Stations of the Cross enactment
With the early spring showers clearing up just in time for this past weekend, close to 200 local Catholics began their Easter weekend by watching as Centralia’s St. Mary’s and …
Napavine High School third quarter honor roll
Following are members of Napavine High School’s third quarter honor roll, as provided by the school district. Students are listed in alphabetical order.   12th grade …
Napavine Middle School third quarter honor roll
Following are members of Napavine Middle School’s third quarter honor roll. Students are listed in alphabetical order.   Eighth grade Superintendent’s list: 3.5 to 4.0 …
Commentary

Gluesenkamp Perez: Our veterans served our country. It’s time we served them.

Editor’s note: Congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp Perez was offered an opportunity to write an op-ed on a topic of her choosing after the previous publication of a commentary by her Republican …

John Braun: When it comes to dodging constitution, Democrats are habitual offenders

Republicans see absolutely no need for an income tax in Washington. Thanks to unanimous support from Republican legislators, Initiative 2111 was passed on March 4. It outlaws any income tax at any …

Richard Stride commentary: Beginning to understand the meaning of understanding

I love watching documentaries, usually those that are about history or historical figures. My wife likes sitcoms. If you saw us at home sitting on the couch together, you would see that she …

Julie McDonald: Mother Joseph and Sisters of Providence opened schools, hospitals, orphanages

Today marks the 201st birthday of a Canadian woman whose loving selfless acts of service saved many lives throughout the Pacific Northwest. Esther Pariseau was born April 16, 1823, on a farm …

Commentary: Local descendant finds big surprise at American Revolution exhibit in Thurston County 

How would you feel if you walked into a national exhibition and saw your own direct relative’s image and life narrative as part of the story?  That is exactly what happened to Stuart …
Outdoors
Outdoors
The digs roll on: WDFW announces seven days of coastal clam digging to round out April 
Razor clam diggers can look forward to more digging opportunities on coastal beaches beginning April 23, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed …
WDFW: Latest big game hunting regulations and special hunt applications now available
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has released the latest big game hunting season and regulation information, including a decision from the WDFW director about 2024-2026 hunting …
Hundreds of lowland lakes around Washington open for fishing on April 27
Anglers can look forward to trout fishing in hundreds of lowland lakes throughout the state beginning April 27— and perhaps winning one of more than 800 trout derby prizes along with their …