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Some 55,000 Washingtonians may have to pay back thousands of dollars in jobless benefits. That dismal prospect was shared Thursday by Cami Feek, the state Employment Security Department's (ESD) … more
Just how competitive is Western Washington's housing market? A recent listing for a four-bedroom home in Puyallup drew 45 offers. Some relief could be on the way for would-be homebuyers … more
State lawmakers grilled aides to state Auditor Pat McCarthy at a hearing Thursday, questioning the auditor's actions related to a massive data breach affecting 1.3 million Washingtonians. The … more
OLYMPIA — With federal COVID-19 vaccine shipments on the rise, Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday expanded the list of Washingtonians eligible for doses in the coming weeks to law enforcement, public … more
State lawmakers on Thursday advanced a proposal requiring payment plans and other protections for tenants who have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic. The legislation, which must still clear … more
The next group of Washington residents eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting March 22 includes "high-risk essential workers groups" such as grocery-store personnel, child-care workers and … more
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping voting rights bill this week, and while much of it won't affect Washington, Secretary of State Kim Wyman still has some concerns. HR 1 would … more
A former guard at the Green Hill School, a juvenile rehabilitation facility in Chehalis, was indicted late Wednesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for delivering … more
One might think that having your felony charges dismissed would be a cause for celebration, but for members of Lewis County’s Drug Court program, the atmosphere the day they learned of a recent … more
Lewis County will not consolidate its 911 dispatch services with Thurston County 911 Communications (TCOMM), after a contracted study revealed no major cost benefits, no staffing efficiencies and … more
The United States Department of Justice has received reports that fraudsters are creating websites mimicking unemployment benefit websites, including state workforce agency (SWA) websites, for the … more
The Greenwood Memorial Park has been a sore spot for the community as it was for years choked by overgrown vegetation and trash while not being maintained, but after action from the city of Centralia … more
Lewis County Public Health and Social Services reported nine new COVID-19 cases Wednesday through Thursday, as well as 21 “probable” cases from antigen tests. Of those nine new cases, … more
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Vehicle Prowls • Tools were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Cooks Hill Road just before 11:10 a.m. on March 3. • Just after 10:50 … more
After state Rep. Peter Abbarno’s bill to redirect RV waste discharge away from local waterways died in the House, his attempt to pass the initiative via an amendment to a housing bill was also … more
Residents in the Paradise area east of Mineral can now apply to fill a vacancy on Fire District 17’s Board of Commissioners. Individuals are eligible if they live within the district’s … more
A bill enabling public utility districts (PUDs) and port districts to provide broadband internet directly to Washingtonians received broad support from many in Lewis County earlier this year. … more
Amid low returns, fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) this week  announced a closure to sportfishing in the Queets, Quinault, Humptulips and Chehalis … more
A Centralia man was found guilty of second-degree assault of a child in Lewis County’s first 12-person jury trial under COVID-19 conditions since October. Cory M. Caldwell had been accused … more
Chris Richardson, who worked in economic development for the Chehalis Tribe and who had recently been active with the Port of Olympia, suffered a heart attack and died Feb. 24, according to those … more
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