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When Shawnell Pilz and Luke Harris moved into their new place in Pe Ell, the previous homeowner had one unusual stipulation for the new residents: They needed to be ready to welcome Pe Ell River … more
Just days after Western Washington saw its first 70-degree weather of the spring, much of the region has now been blasted with wet, heavy snow.  Centralia, Chehalis and most surrounding … more
The annual Pe Ell River Run took place Saturday, and The Chronicle’s Jared Wenzelburger and Isabel Vander Stoep were there for it.  The loosely organized annual event takes participants … more
What do Tiger Woods, Mike Krzyzewski and Ron Brown have in common? All are giants in their respective sports. But most importantly, in the twilight or end of their careers, they are three guys who … more
When you have a professional mole, you call in the professional mole catcher. Or, as he’s known in Lewis County, “The Mole Man.” His name is Paul Rees. The 70-year-old … more
Working with the public isn’t the easiest thing to do, but Kimberly Schrader could teach a master class in the task. Schrader, 52, of Adna, has been working at Alderson’s Awards … more
On Friday, members of the Onalaska community and local fishing enthusiasts gathered at Carlisle Lake.  Joined by Lewis County leaders including commissioner Lee Grose and State Reps. Peter … more
A 2018 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which includes Western Washington, determined it was unconstitutional for cities to enforce laws against sleeping and camping in … more
As she enters the examination room with her patient and the door closes behind her, Dr. Jennifer Polley steps into a space she considers sacred. Thirty years ago, Polley was a founding member of … more
Mount St. Helens is an elusive wonder.  It steps out of the morning fog to offer majestic views, only to don a veil of clouds moments later. Still, the headless peak has become an icon of … more
When Chehalis resident Dave Smith, 61, was a kid, riding a bicycle felt a lot like freedom. Now he spends his retirement working at the Hub City Bike Shop in downtown Centralia to help extend … more
Seven local Rotary International clubs in Cowlitz and Lewis counties are working with members near the Russia-Ukraine conflict to donate money and medical supplies to Ukrainian refugees. The two … more
Internal investigation materials from the Centralia Police Department have shed light on the department’s decision to fire Officer Phil Reynolds in December for the second time. In addition … more
Had it been raining on March 23, 2021, like it was that same day a year later, it’s unlikely Zachary Rager would have jumped into the Chehalis River from the railroad trestle bridge along the … more
Spring is here. Lewis County, along with much of Western Washington, is seeing its highest temperatures of 2022 with the Twin Cities hitting 64 degrees on Tuesday at 4 p.m. National Weather … more
The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce unveiled Cynthia Mudge as its new executive director during Friday’s annual chamber banquet following the departure of longtime director Alicia Fox, … more
In presenting “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at the Evergreen Playhouse, director Rich Garrett wanted to create a true ensemble piece that challenged what most people think of … more
The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce chose Providence Health System as its “Business of the Year” at Friday's chamber banquet in Chehalis. Providence Centralia Hospital’s … more
The Office of the Chehalis Basin initially planned to take a small group of local officials, technical experts and outside consultants in a van to visit sites typically impacted by flooding in the … more
There are several reasons why Kent Hojem gravitated toward working at the Washington State Fair. His best friend's father is one of them. "His father was a fair manager at the Southwest Washington … more
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