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Thurston County has around 300,000 people. Its neighbor to the south, Lewis County, has around 80,000.  Currently, both have three-person boards of county commissioners, where each elected … more
After a rocky start, the 118th Congress has begun and Southwest Washington’s new representative, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, has been sworn in. An owner of an auto repair shop in … more
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — The road to Paradise is closed on weekdays. Mount Rainier National Park's most popular winter destination has beckoned skiers, snowshoers, sledders and snow … more
The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) released a statement Thursday announcing its priorities for the upcoming state legislative session.  Three out of its four … more
If a beaver and a rat had a baby, it might look something like a nutria. The semiaquatic rodent, which is an invasive species in the Northwest, sports large, orange teeth and a rat-like tail. … more
On an open-ended question in Crosscut-Elway’s annual poll, the single most-named issue registered Washington voters hoped the Legislature would focus on this session was … more
It takes a serious matter to make politicians bare emotions.  Seeing the paper cranes representing children who underwent trafficking, abuse and assault while visiting the Youth Advocacy … more
After a Monday morning meeting where Lewis County Public Utility District (PUD) commissioners voted 2-1 to fire General Manager Chris Roden “without cause,” the commissioners went right … more
Fatal at a dosage small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil, fentanyl has been a concern for law enforcement and government officials in recent years due to its deadly impact across Southwest … more
The Toledo Boat Launch parking lot isn’t as glamorous as Times Square, but Toledo’s New Year’s Eve ball drop has a perk that New York’s doesn’t: you get to eat the ball … more
Father Rushes Wife From Pe Ell to Centralia to Deliver First Baby of New Year By Chris Thomas / For The Chronicle  The first baby of 2023 born at Providence Centralia Hospital came into … more
Calling Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for over a decade, one might expect the background droll of congressional staff or the muttering of … more
Through fires, floods and everyday life in the greater Lewis County area, Chronicle Photo Editor Jared Wenzelburger was there to capture big moments and compelling images in 2022. Here are photos he … more
A man who reportedly fled from Centralia police officers attempting to arrest him Thursday evening was still at large as of Friday morning, according to the Centralia Police … more
It’s been nearly a month since Angie Krause, formerly known as Angie Humphrey, gave her final radio signoff as an officer with the Centralia Police Department, but settling into retirement is a … more
Inspired by Gather Church’s tradition of providing free meals to homeless people for Thanksgiving, Leah Rader, general manager of the Chevron station located at 520 South Tower Ave., spent her … more
After last Friday’s freezing rain storm caused dozens of accidents in the area, 36-year-old Onalaska resident Jack Franks went out the next day, on Christmas Eve, to help stranded motorists … more
Six men were charged Tuesday for their alleged roles in a major drug organization that has brought large quantities of meth, fentanyl, heroin and cocaine from California into Western Washington, … more
A high wind warning is in effect for West Lewis County Tuesday afternoon as southwest winds are forecast to blow at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour expected. Some … more
While there are several options for downtown Centralia visitors looking to grab a drink, Shawna Viggers Sicilia wanted to provide a more calm, low-key alternative from exisiting bars and … more
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