Founded in 1883, the paper was originally a weekly. Since 1996, the Chronicle has been published each morning, and its first Saturday edition was published in 1997. The paper converted to a morning publication with a new design in April 1996. The Chronicle is owned by Pioneer News Group of Seattle.
It is noted by many of its residents and non-residents to have an entertaining Police Reports section, which include "many minor crimes of a more humorous or absurd nature". In 2011 they published a book We Don't Make This Stuff Up a compilation of over 30 years of some of these crimes.