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Cougar sighted in Dayton

DAYTON–A pair of recent sightings of a cougar here has prompted a couple of calls from concerned citizens to local Fish and Wildlife Officer Chase Copenhaver. "We've had a couple of sightings in... Full story


Mishap injures motorcyclist

A Dayton man sustained injuries in a single-motorcycle mishap nine miles from Dayton on North Touchet Road last Thursday, September 10. Thomas E. Vanzuyen, 57, of 1315 S. 2nd St., Dayton, was...


Air quality tanks as smoke lays into region

DAYTON–Firefighting resources are mobilizing in Whitman County and near Ukiah, Ore., just two relatively close fires that are contributing to severe smoke in the western United States. Air-quality...


Indigent Defense Contract offered to Rachel Cortez

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners offered the Indigent Defense Contract to Rachel Cortez on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. She will represent Columbia County through the end of the year,...


Free flu shot clinic

DAYTON–The Columbia County Health System will sponsor a free flu clinic in Waitsburg on September 30 at 4–6 p.m. behind the Waitsburg Clinic and here on two dates: September 24 at 12–1 p.m. at...

Fall-applied N tends to be missing when needed in spring

COLFAX–The unique growing environment of the PNW, paired with the highly mobile nature of nitrogen, poses significant and cascading challenges that are increasingly difficult to overcome if nitrogen investments are not adequately managed from the...


In last week’s story regarding the Port of Columbia’s broadband project, we erred in stating that the Port was having Pocket iNet expand broadband within the city limits. The Port is seeking to build a fiber optic network that may be leased by...

Census deadline approaching

DAYTON–The 2020 Census deadline is just around the corner on September 30, 2020 and the power to shape Columbia County and southeastern Washington for the next ten years lays in the public’s hands. The census provides information about public...



Hubert Richard Harting Jr. November 7, 1948–August 19, 2020 Hubert Richard Harting Jr., "Rick", age 71, died peacefully Wednesday morning at the Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., on August...



Della Jean Hill February 20, 1944–September 8, 2020 Della Jean Hill, 76, longtime Rosalia resident, passed away suddenly there on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Della was born to William and Hazel... Full story


2020 Virtual Columbia County Fair Youth Livestock

The 2020 Virtual Columbia County Fair included these young exhibitors and their livestock... Full story


Columbia County Fair Scrapbook

Young exhibitors at the 2020 Virtual Columbia County Fair proudly showed their livestock... Full story


What's New at School?

DAYTON-School has been in session for two weeks now, and things are looking good. In the beginning, there seemed to have been a lot of uncertainty from many students, parents, and even teachers about...


Columbia County's 2020 "Virtual" Fair won't soon be forgotten

DAYTON–The 2020 Columbia County Fair was like no other in its 130-year history. The fairgrounds were eerily quiet where, in years past, this corner of Dayton teemed with activity: people lined up... Full story



By Sean Russell Hopefully, by the time you read this, the smoke will have cleared, and our blue skies returned. This past weekend the air quality was an astounding 430 on a scale of 0-500; 0 being...


Spotlight on Art

By Carolyn Henderson Special to the Dayton Chronicle DAYTON–Wenaha Gallery is showcasing both the functional and non-functional ceramic ware of Pat Fleming through October 3. Kennewick artist Pat...

Quote of the Week

“I can remember way back when a liberal was generous with his own money.” – Will... Full story

BMAG Virtual Gallery presents "Animals"

DAYTON–A virtual gallery exhibition for the Blue Mountain Artists Guild features member art of animals which is now available for viewing and sharing via the guild’s gallery show video ANIMALS. The September show ANIMALS was decided upon last...


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Smoke from forest fires filled the air in [Western] Washington and immediately the finger of blame was pointed at climate change. Prior to the recent fires, the 2020 fire season had been extremely...


DAYTON–Everyone I talk to can’t wait for 2020 to be over with, done, finis. It’s like we’ll wake up some day and there won’t be any more hysteria about COVID-19 and we’ll say “Now, where was I?” What it’ll take to get to that...


On the Edge of Common Sense

I have known and worked with many women in the feedlot business. Some as cowboys, some as vets, some as lay doctors, as cattle processors, feed truck drivers, foremen (or forepersons) and managers...

Letters to the Editor

To the editor, After reading and watching the news online and on TV, it appears that our country is divided into those who care about property and those who care about people, and most astute observers could easily identify which political party...

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