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On the tail end of the lowest monthly unemployment rate seen since the start of the pandemic, Lewis County in October saw a slight 0.1% increase in its rate to 4.7%, according to new employment data … more
For the first time in more than two months, no new deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Lewis County Public Health and Social Services’ weekly activity report.  According to the … more
For a few short hours overnight in November 1971, Missoula's Michael Cooper may have been the most wanted man in the United States. The world geography high school teacher had caught Northwest … more
On the 73rd episode of News Dump, Aaron VanTuyl, Franklin Taylor and Eric Schwartz discuss the sheriff’s (successful) request for more deputies, D.B. Cooper and the money he spent, a for-profit … more
Nancy and Mickey Gunter of Centralia Ballet Academy say keeping their students dancing over the COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy. After all of the masking, temperature checks and working with … more
During the holiday season, the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging produces a wish list for senior citizens and disabled clients. Traditionally, donors shop for items on the wish list and … more
Thurston County confirmed Monday that six more residents have died and 536 contracted COVID-19 in the past week. Four men died due to COVID-19: one in his 40s, one in his 60s, one in his 70s and … more
OLYMPIA — A handful of Republican state lawmakers and others are suing Democratic leaders and a House official over COVID-19 policies at the Legislature. The lawsuit comes as Senate and … more
Students at Chehalis Middle School lined up to receive freshly carved turkey from school and district staff during Tuesday’s 10th annual “Thanksgiving Dinner for … more
The Centralia Downtown Association’s Lighted Tractor Parade will return this year on Dec. 11 for the 12th time.  Tractors, antique trucks and construction equipment bedazzled with … more
After lambasting Lewis County Commissioner Lindsey Pollock last week for questions regarding his budget request, Sheriff Rob Snaza will get two deputies and a records technician funded in the 2022 … more
When Mark and Lorie Spogen considered purchasing a piece of property in rural Chehalis earlier this year, their interest was purely business. They didn’t know they would gain something even … more
Tenino’s next police chief will likely be named later this week. That’s according to Mayor Wayne Fournier, who said Friday that the city was wrapping up the process to select the … more
Port of Centralia commissioners at their regular meeting last week approved a levy tax increase amounting to about 4.3 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value starting next year, according to a … more
CHEHALIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Crashes • A non-injury, two-vehicle collision was reported in the 1400 block of South Market Boulevard just after 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 19. • A … more
Joe Miller can trace his Cowlitz ancestry back to his grandfather, but despite two decades of trying, he’s not an official member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe under the current enrollment … more
Trotting a 5K is the perfect way to get the family active and outside before the labors of cooking and eating an enormous plate on Thanksgiving. At 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25, Althauser Rayan … more
The City of Chehalis is “cautiously optimistic” about its finances going into 2022. A budget passed this week includes funding for new positions with the understanding that if revenues … more
Lewis County Public Health and Social Services is moving forward with a plan to find a contractor who will oversee future operations of the county’s animal shelter. Public Health and Social … more
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